Qué Pasa, Raúl

Hosted ByRaúl Guerrero

A podcast for Spanish learners and music lovers. Your host, visual artist Raul G, uses pop songs to help you learn useful language, grammar and simple phrases. in the process you will also discover great singer-songwriters, famous in the Hispanic world.

El cabreo es una energía

Brace yourself: it’s Putochinomaricón! And he’s not amused! And he’s using the subjunctive!!

“Yo creo que la buena música surge de los intestinos y del odio extremo”, says Chenta Tsai, born in 1990 of Taiwanese parents. ‘I think Good music springs from the guts and from extreme hatred’. Here’s one of the key tenets of the punk ethos: anger is an energy.

Chenta, aka Putochinomaricón, makes ‘the kind of music that would sound in a Chinese bazaar of the year 3000’. His songs explore the neuroticism and banality of modern culture, whilst slipping in some caustic messages around race and sexuality. He also touches on our ever-increasing obsession with social media and his own generation’s struggles with the burdens of young adulthood.

The song for this episode is Ojalá (te murieras) – I wish (you would die), from Tsai’s sophomore album Miseria Humana. In it we will see some wicked uses of that wickedest of tenses: the imperfect subjunctive.

So, brace yourself… ¡Es Putochinomaricón! ¡Y está cabreado! ¡¡Y está usando el subjuntivo!! You have been warned.

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