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Alternative Tanda 5: Pop Vals

This weeks alternative tanda focuses on pop waltzes (vals).  "Hijo de la Luna" is a classic alternative tango song and has a great waltz rhythm for dancing. Sting's "Until" is one of my favorite waltzes to dance to. It is such a beautiful song and has a classic waltz rhythm. "Will You Remember" is a sweet and pretty waltz. Also, a note for DJs, I have trimmed the intro off of "Will You Remember" so that it does not take so long to get to the waltz rhythm.

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Alternative Tango Tandas

Song Orchestra / Band
Feeling Good Michael Buble
Fallin' Alicia Keys
Satisfied Prince
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Do I Move You Nina Simone
Tell Me More and More and Then Some Nina Simone
In the Dark Nina Simone
Cheek to Cheek Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
I Put a Spell On You Nina Simone
I Want Some Sugar in my Bowl Nina Simone
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Come On Over (Turn Me On) Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
The Truth Handsome Boy Modeling School
Hell is Around the Corner Tricky
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Glory Box Portishead
Only You (French Version) Portishead
2 Wicky Hooverphonic
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Bloodstream (edited at 3:53) Stateless
Until the Morning Thievery Corporation
Talk Show Host Radiohead
Teardrop Massive Attack
Angel (radio edit) Massive Attack
Heat Miser Massive Attack
Cuore Sacro Andrea Guerra
Bloodstream (edited) Stateless
2 Wicky Hooverphonic
I would normally leave "Smells Like Teen Spirit" out.. unless I have already used "Cuore Sacro" in another tanda.
Nothing Else Matters Apolyptica
Smells Like Teen Spirit Mandragora Tango Orchestra
Cuore Sacro Andrea Guerra
Assassin's Tango John Powell (Mr & Mrs Smith Soundtrack)
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Red Right Hand Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Little Drop of Poison Tom Waits
Temptation Tom Waits
Tango Til They're Sore Tom Waits
Stormy Monday Blues Bobby "Blue" Bland
3 O'Clock in the Morning Blues Ike & Tina Turner
The Thrill is Gone B.B. King
Very low energy and a bit depressing.. but good for dancing.
Mad World (Alternative Version) Michael Andrews
My Life Dido
Love Came Here Lhasa de Sela
Another very low energy tanda, but can follow it with a waltz or milonga. Any of these songs can bee put together for a tanda.
9 Crimes Damien Rice
Hallelujah K.D. Lang
Smells Like Teen Spirit Tori Amos
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction Cat Power
Everybody Hurts R.E.M.
Fever Elvis Presley

Tango Til They're Sore

Holly Cole
Temptation Diana Krall
Kind of a jazz/swing/blues set. I would use the first 3, unless I had already used "Feeling Good," in which case I would use one of the last two.
It's A Man's World Patricia Kaas
Temptation Diana Krall
Feeling Good Michael Buble
I Put A Spell On You Nina Simone
Blue Angel Squirrel Nut Zippers
Not my favorite set, but for a strickly long alternative milonga, I might play it.
Slippery Sidewalks Bajofondo Tango Club with Nelly Furtado
Bust Your Windows Jazmine Sullivan
Siempre Me Quedara (short) Bebe
This is a set with the feel of Argentine Folk music. I would normally leave the last one off. The middle two are technically milongas, but I think the classic folk music feel is what ties it all together.
Luna Mercedes Sosa
Lo Hermoso Que Fue Pedro Aznar
El Violin de Becho Alfredo Zitarosa
La Cumparsita Silvana DeLuigi
Both of these songs are very long, so I would probably just play the two of them and then go to something else.
Fairly Right Bajofondo Tango Club with Elvis Costello
I Want You Elvis Costello
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Hearts A Mess Gotye
Somebody That I Used to Know Gotye
Boy with a Coin Iron & Wine
Boy with a Coin Iron & Wine
Cornflake Girl Tori Amos
Tango in Harlem Touch and Go
White Lilies Peder
Black Coffee St. Germaine
Fever Peggy Lee
Petite Fleur Chris Barber
This tanda has a middle eastern feel. These are pretty popular with Alternative DJs, but are not my cup-o-tea.
Chaloupée René Aubry
Time 4 Time Nigel Kennedy, Kroke
Meger Candan Ercetin
Usual Happiness Kroke


Alternative Vals (Waltz) Tandas

Song Orchestra / Band
Cantor/Singer Year Type
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La Valse d'Amélie Yann Tiersen     Vals
Les Jours Tristes (inst) Yann Tiersen     Vals
Padam Padam Edith Piaf     Vals
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Hijo de la Luna Mecano     Vals
Until Sting     Vals
Will You Remember? The Cranberries     Vals
Tout le Monde Bruni     Vals
Preservons l'Amour (edited) Mouron     Vals
Analia Cuarteto Almargro     Vals
Fuck Was I Jenny Owen Youngs     Vals
Buonanotte Fiorellino Francesco de Gregori      
French Accordian Quadro Nuevo     Vals
Where Do You Go To My Lovely Peter Sarstedt     Vals
La Valse de L'Amour Edith Piaf     Vals
Padam Padam Edith Piaf     Vals
Simply a Waltz Edith Piaf     Vals
Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien Edith Piaf     Vals
Androgyne Quartango     Vals
To Tango Tis Nefelis Haris Alexiou     Vals
Pearl Cirque du Soleil     Vals
Sólo por Miedo María Salgado     Vals
Tango for Evora Loreena McKennitt     Vals
Pearl Cirque du Soleil     Vals
Di Goldene Pave Chava Albertstein     Vals
Di Krenitise (The Well) (edited) Chava Albertstein & Klezmatics     Vals
Ershter Vals Klezroym     Vals
Yumenji's Theme In the Mood for Love     Vals
My Tender and Affectionate Beast Evgeni Doga / Kolibri     Vals
Waltz of the Butterfly Seitkaliyev with St. Petersburg     Vals
Waltz 2 From Jazz Suite Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra      
Palomita Blanca Hugo Diaz      
Guitarra Mia Hugo Diaz      
Amores de Estudiantes Hugo Diaz      
Ilusion de Mi Vida Los Indios Tacunau      
Romance de Barrio Los Indios Tacunau      
Luna de Arrabal Los Indios Tacunau      
Marlene 17 Hippies      
Ungarn-Walzer 17 Hippies      
Gelb Zwo Drei 17 Hippies      
Ein Letzter Tanz 17 Hippies      
Ershter Tants 17 Hippies      
Le Waltz 17 Hippies      
De Cara a La Pared Lhasa      
El Desierto Lhasa      
Ta-Bakiera Kayah      
Ghir Enta Souad Massi      
Dance Me to the End of Love Leonard Cohen      
Take this Waltz Leonard Cohen      
Here are some crazy but fun waltzes. They are only for that late night crowd or practica with dancers that are very adventurous.
Das Grobe Erwachen (...und jetzt...) Annett Louisan      
Buonanotte Fiorellino From Album Ninne Nanne      
La Valse A Mile Temps Jacques Brel      
It's Oh So Quiet Bjork      



Tanda of the Week: Osvaldo Pugliese from 1956-58

This week's tanda is one of my favorite tandas to dance to by Osvaldo Pugliese. It has everything that makes Pugliese great. These songs are bold but tender, calm and then energetic. To enjoy dancing to his music, you have to be able to enjoy the silence. It is about the moments between the steps.  Many believe that you have to have a large vocabulary to dance to Pugliese, but actually I probably do less when dancing to his music. It is about patience, balance and the connection to your partner.

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Tanda of the Week 4 (Anibal Troilo) 2012-04-02

This weeks tanda is a classic golden age tanda by Anibal Troilo with Francisco Fiorentino singing. The combination of Troilo and Fiorentino is one of the greatest in tango. If you are a purest and absolutely must put 4 songs with singers and can't mix singers with instrumentals then "Yo Soy el Tango" would go great instead of "C.T.V."

Troilo is considered on of the four primary orchestras of Argentine tango including d'Arienzo, di Sarli, and Pugliese. He had a very long career and really contributed to the evolution of tango's sound. In Buenos Aires, you will see statues and paintings of Troilo all over the place and his music very loved by the older dancers. It has a lot of rhythm and strong melodies and gives dancers lots to work with.

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Alternative Tanda 3: Electronic Tango (Electrocutango, Otros Aires)

This weeks alternative tanda focuses on electronic tango music. "Felino" is almost a classic of electronic tango and is often used at alternative milongas. I have put it with two songs by Otros Aires, one of the best modern tango bands. The second song mentions the greatest classic tango orchestras  Pugliese, Troilo, d'Arienzo. The final song is a great cover of Pugliese's classic song, "La Yumba."


Tanda of the Week 3 (Juan d'Arienzo) 2012-03-26

This weeks tanda is a classic golden age tanda by Juan d'Arienzo with Hector Maure singing. From 1940 to 1944, d'Arienzo had a wonderful orchestra with Hector Maure singing and Fulvio Salamanca on piano.

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Vals Tandas - Mixed

Here is my collection of mixed vals tandas. My favorites are highlighted. I usually play 3 song vals tandas, but most of the tandas below are arranged in 4 song tandas for when they are needed.

Song Orchestra Cantor/Singer Year Type
This is one of my faovrite vals tandas. This includes a wonderful version of Corazón de Artista by Ricardo Malerba.
Bajo Un Cielo de Estrellas Francisco Lomuto Fernando Díaz 1941 Vals
Corazón de Artista Ricardo Malerba   1943 Vals
Lagrimas y Sonrisas Rodolfo Biagi   1941 Vals
I think this is a great example of trying to put songs together that have a similar spirit and feel. These are fun and playful and fit together very well. All of these are real crowd pleasers, especially Tengo Mil Novias and Estas Chicas se Quieren Casar. People are always smiling and laughing after this tanda.
Isabelita Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1940 Vals
Tengo Mil Novias Enrique Rodriguez Roberto Flores y Choir 1939 Vals
Estas Chicas se Quieren Casar Angel Condercuri Alberto Castillo 1949 Vals
Todos Queremos Mas Angel Condercuri Alberto Castillo 1953 Vals
Isabelita Alfredo Gobbi     Vals
Rosamel Carlos di Sarli Roberto Rufino 1940 Vals
Jugando, Jugando Miguel Caló Raul Beron 1944 Vals