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Great things come in threes. Alex began recording his third album earlier this year shortly after writing with other artists and during his extensive tour schedule. He had around 22 songs kicking around in his head, from which the 13 below were selected. As an artist with an ever-evolving sound, he wanted this album to be a true expression of where he is musically at this juncture in his life and career. The tracks are rich with references to classic funk, pop, rock, and soul. The result is "Alex Cuba", the album, which is being released today in Canada. To our U.S. friends, the wait will not be long as we plan to release it there this Spring. Check it out at your favourite music store. We hope you enjoy it.
"Alex Cuba" Tracklisting:
1. Directo 2. Caballo 3. Ella 4. If You Give Me Love 5. Que Pasa Lola 6. Gira 7. En El Cielo 8. Tierra Colora 9. Solo Tu 10. Hoy Para Siempre 11. Como Amigos 12. Amar 13. Contradicciones
Alex will be touring nationally in Canada beginning in Victoria, November 6th and ending in Toronto, November 30th. Full schedule below:
6 Element Nightclub, Victoria 8 The Queens Hotel, Nanaimo 10 The Biltmore, Vancouver 12 The Key City Theatre, Cranbrook 13 Langham Theatre, Kaslo 14 Local 522, Calgary 15 Elks Lodge, Red Deer 17 The Bassment, Saskatoon 18 The Exchange, Regina 19 The Park Theatre, Winnipeg 21 Lincoln Alexander Theatre, Hamilton 22 The Blind Dog, Windsor 26 Zaphod Beeblebrox, Ottawa 27 L’Astral, Montreal 28 Market Hall, Peterborough 30 Sound Academy, Toronto with Bebel Gilberto
Thanks/merci beaucoup for the support and we hope to see you during the run! Gracias.
4 STAR REVIEW ON MUSICOMANIA
Check out two Alex Cuba Segments on Terra TV. Copy/Paste the sites below to view. Enjoy!
Follow the site below to read the new edition of "QUE BOLETIN"
LATIN ALTERNATIVE BANDS: ON THEIR OWN
July 26, 2008
Though Latin alternative artists have been able to push creative boundaries with label support, this year's Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York showed that many of the acts' business strategies are catching up to their art.
Attendees at the conference, held July 8-12 at New York's Roosevelt Hotel, heard from artists who are deploying a wide range of tactics to get their music heard.
Folk-pop/funk artist Alexis Puentes, who performs under the name Alex*Cuba, told the gathering that he had written about "a million songs" while looking to get signed. The British Columbia-based Puentes initially licensed his music in other countries and then signed to an indie that tried to steer him in a more tropical- sounding direction.
"They completely missed the point," he recalled. So Puentes formed his own label, Caracol, and with an artists' grant from the Canadian government, he recorded his album "Agua del Pozo" and hired a publicist. He secured independent physical distribution in a few big Canadian cities. And with digital aggregator Indie Pool, he put his music on iTunes stores around the world, where he scored several "single of the week" features. He has won two Juno Awards and for a second run of the album got a pressing and distribution deal with EMI Canada.
Puentes was considering a license offer from Blue Note that suddenly went into limbo as parent company EMI went through yet another round of restructuring. "I don't think it's safe for any artist in the world" to count on a label deal, said an unfazed Puentes, who is touring festivals into the fall. "To me, that's history."
Most artists interviewed by Billboard were resigned to the necessity of having to pursue a DIY career strategy. But singer/songwriter Bea Conenna of New York group Bea Ba acknowledged that her band is looking to get signed by a label. "We've been pushing ourselves for 10 years as independent artists," she said, adding that gigs still don't cover the cost of traveling to them and that "no musician really wants to spend his day in an office."
Los Amigos Invisibles guitarist Jose Luis Pardo told a conference panel that he spends plenty of time nowadays dealing with business for his band's own Gozadera Records label, which Los Amigos formed after the group parted ways with Luaka Bop. The band is working on its third tour-financed album.
Meanwhile, Chile's Gonzalo Yañez, formerly on Warner, now goes directly to stores via Feria La Oreja, the label associated with Chilean retail chain Feria del Disco (the company also has a booking agency). Today in Chile, "the multinationals have fewer staff than my label," Yañez said.
As Pistolera lead singer Sandra Velasquez put it, "All you need is a great manager, publicist, booking agent and distribution. We have everything we need."
Thanks to our friends at iTunes, Alex Cuba will play an exclusive set this Sunday, July 27th at 4 p.m. to celebrate the opening of Apple's new flagship store in Montreal. Its free and open to the public so come on down! Address is: 1321 Rue Ste-Catherine Ouest (just west of Rue De la Montagne).
Hey, Alex Fans,
Alex Cuba ring tones are now available through Rogers Wireless. Follow the link below to get yours today!
Check out Alex Cuba in The New York Times.
"The Bowery showcase also included Alex Cuba, a Cuban-Canadian with a 1960s fashion sense and a hollow-body guitar. He led a trio in songs that have affectionate lyrics and genial, lilting grooves that can be as much Brazilian as Cuban.
His voice was suave, while his guitar leads had a hint of bluesy bite that he would do well to cultivate. Then again, his label (Caracol, which released his album "Agua del Pozo" last year) might not mind if he turned into a Cuban John Mayer."
Follow the link below to read about Alex Cuba at SOB's.
"Among the highlights of the short acoustic showcase was Alex Cuba, who took the stage with his laid-back demeanor, great charm and great guitar and vocal chops. Performing solely with an acoustic guitar, he quickly won the audience over, getting everyone to sing along with him on the chorus of his "Sí, Pero No," from his recently released CD Agua de Pozo.
Looks like Alex Cuba is back in school. Alex will be spending today shooting his latest music video in a Scarborough Ontario high school for the title track "Agua del pozo."