Growing up in Argentina in the '90s, I was exposed as a very young child to the wonderful artistry of Juana Molina. She was on TV as a brilliant comedian, one of the few women in Argentine pop culture who refused to be objectified. She was intelligent, funny and didn't play second fiddle to any man. She was rara — weird — and I loved it.
Her first album, Rara (1996), was produced by Argentine musician Gustavo Santaolalla (composer of the Brokeback Mountain soundtrack). Molina is one of those multi-talented artists who succeeds brilliantly at everything she does. Like her comedy, her music is profound but very humorous, relaxing but frantic. She flirts with Argentine folk and trance-inducing industrial electronic beats. English and Spanish. Serious and playful.
Through superb albums like Una Dia, and Son in particular, she's garnered a loyal, adoring fan base that crosses cultural barriers. Her music has evolved into truly beautiful and towering sonic sculptures.
We were thrilled to have Juana Molina on this week's show to talk about her new album, Wed 21, her musical influences, and how to rebel when your parents have the coolest musical tastes ever.