08/17/2012, 7:52 am
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This video – incredible video – from Las Cafeteras is making me SO nostalgic over Los Angeles and joyful at the same time.  Passion is the fashion!

If you’re in LA this weekend, don’t miss Las Cafeteras who are Outernational’s special guest (along with Los Hollywood from San Diego) for their ‘Future Rock‘ EP release party at The Satellite – Saturday August 18 – TICKETS HERE.

Drawn From Reality: Outernational On Road + ‘Future Rock’ LIVE
08/16/2012, 4:09 pm
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Outernational is in the midst of their 5-week, ‘Future Rock‘ EP tour which kicked off in Chicago towards the end of July and has taken the band thru Texas and onwards to Fresno tonight and Salinas tomorrow before their Los Angeles EP Release party on Saturday @ The Satellite.

Check this piece in Amoeba Music‘s blog (S/O to the great, Billy Jam!): Outernational’s Music Takes On New Significance With Announcement of Ryan as Romney Running Mate

Pick up a copy of ‘Future Rock’ EP at Amoeba Hollywood!

Today the band took a break to talk to Alexandra Govere on Spreecast live about their current tour, upcoming against-the-grain projects and the need for spearheading a new wave of radical culture across music, theater, film and art.  Click the photo to watch the webcast:

Upcoming shows:

Fresno, CA | THUR 8.16.12

El Callejon (Salinas) | FRI 8.17.12

Los Angeles, CA | SAT 8.18.12

Raka Party & Raka Update: “no tenemos limites” on CNN!
08/15/2012, 5:06 pm
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¡¡¡¡¡It’s a Raka Party!!!!! 

Los Rakas has been on tour across the USA, from smashing X-Fest in Modesto to making their Austin, TX headlining debut last weekend at Flamingo Cantina to a LIVE  crowd of Rakas singing along and showing Raka Love; Read this feature in the Austin American Statesman: “Hip-hop Duo Blend English, Spanish

This week Los Rakas is in Miami, FL, where they have been recording, working & partying hard!

It’s a Raka Party @ Meek Mill Show w/ Lil Bow Wow @ Club Mansion

Their Miami debut is at PAX, Thursday, August 16thGet Tickets.  And of course, it wouldn’t be a Raka Party without the generous love from Hennessy and Heineken – who are sponsoring an open bar for the first hour of the show tomorrow.

Raka Dun and Raka Rich were on CNN en Español’s Encuentro program yesterday evening.

The group continue to spread their movement of  Raka Love beyond borders and boxes, with Raka Rich saying to host, Camilo Engaña:

La musica de nosotros es de corazón, no tenemos limites, na mas es musica!
Our music comes from the heart, without limits, it’s just good music!

Today, the group stopped by MTV Tr3s for an interview – stay tuned for that exclusive!

1q2st.jpgLos Rakas @ MTV Tr3s Studios

Don’t forget Los Rakas is still in the running to have their custom Puma sneaker win the Modelo Especial  ‘Blank Canvas Project‘!  Vote everyday till September 3rd.  Los Rakas is in the lead, but need your support!  Vote:

Check out this special Raka shoutout to fans voting worldwide!

New video “Bien Ribetiao” – directed by Lady Tragik – will premiere on Vevo on August 21st!

“That’s what the Raka movement is about … to have people feel confident about themselves, their culture, and feel proud about where they are from.”
– Raka Dun in AUSTIN360.COM

Latest Music:
Raka Dun – ‘No Tan Listo’ (DOWNLOAD)
Raka Rich – ‘Copita de Champaña’ (DOWNLOAD)
Los Rakas – ‘Raka Love’ (DOWNLOAD)

Latest Video:
Los Rakas – ‘Enamorado De Ti‘ (WATCH)

Raka Party Coming Soon!
We’ve taken our time with these songs. We are adding some new touches and releasing them. It’s not just one kind of style; it’s different styles of club music.  We’ve been working for years, and little by little people are starting to see that we have different styles. This is the time to show the people that we can also do this kind of music.”
-Raka Rich on Upcoming ‘Raka Party’

FREE DL: “They Never Ask You What Kind Of World You’d Like”
08/03/2012, 11:12 am
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Free Download: Outernational, “Empty Lives”
By August 2nd, 2012 at 12:12 pm

(Photo: Piero F. Giunti)

On the Tom Morello-produced EP Future Rock, indie rock activists Outernational blend revolutionary styles, bridging Clash-like anthems with world music and hip hop. Take a listen to the band’s single “Empty Lives,” a song with some pretty interesting origins, below.

“We wrote this song in a cozy Phoenicia cabin one winter upon receiving an assignment from Morello,” vocalist Miles Solay tells American Songwriter.

“In the beginning of our working relationship Tom was fond of giving ‘assignments’. In essence, these were creative devices intended to jumpstart the process of writing a song or a way of focusing on a musical element to lay the foundation for the jam to come. With this song we were instructed to take the bass-line from Metallica’s ‘Seek & Destroy’ and make it the bass-line of our song with the exception being that it would be played backwards. That’s right, the same bass-line note-for-note but with the notes in opposite order. The song was also to be fast tempo and needed a gang vocal saying ‘BO!’ in the chorus.

“The song’s lyrics speak for themselves, I believe, laying bare the degrading and putrid nature of American society,” Solay continues. “This song is for those reared on that parasitic and illusory American Dream. How many youngsters think they’re so hip in aspiring to be like Tony Montana? How many are trained to think that being inside the Master’s house is the place to be instead of getting rid of the whole slave plantation itself? No more. We declared ‘Empty Lives’ as the first single off of Future Rock because we thought certain things needed to be said right off the bat. And, well, because it goes to 11.”