4.18.2010

current musical obsession



I was a huge fan of Los Lobos in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Allan and I saw them several times and he interviewed the band and wrote about them. I fell out of touch with them somewhere along the way, but have rediscovered them and now can't stop listening to a live download Allan found for me from last New Year's Eve at this New York City venue.

On this fan video, you can just barely see my man Steve Berlin and his enormous contrabass saxophone, and can't really make out all the textures and rhythms going on. But cumbia is cumbia. I find it completely addictive.

8 comments:

redsock said...

I interviewed David Hildago in 1991, who is singing and playing the violin here. This song was from their new album at the time, The Neighborhood.

Here's some better sax. ... Holy shit, they are kids!!! ... So, the Los are great, but can make L like a Dead song?

redsock said...

Mas Y Mas!

In all the more recent clips, Louie Perez is not drumming, he's playing guitar. I wonder if he drums at all anymore.

L-girl said...

So, the Los are great, but can make L like a Dead song?

They are probably the only ones who could!

But really, it's not the Dead's songs I have a problem with - much of the songwriting is great. I just hate them, especially and always and forever everything that emanates from Jerry Garcia's mouth and/or guitar.

So Los Lobos doing Dead is ok. No Jerry around, I'm probably good.

L-girl said...

I interviewed David Hildago in 1991, who is singing and playing the violin here. This song was from their new album at the time, The Neighborhood.

Ah, the Austin City Limits appearance. I love this song, and of course I love the fiddle, because I adore violin in all guises - Cajun, Irish, hillbilly, western swing, etc etc.

This is great, thanks.

L-girl said...

Here's some better sax. ...

I heart Steve Berlin.

L-girl said...

Louie Perez is not drumming, he's playing guitar. I wonder if he drums at all anymore.

Supposedly he's the best guitarist of all of them, but no one else could play drums, so he did!

When we saw their acoustic show at Carnegie Hall, he was a wizard on 10 different kinds of strings.

L-girl said...

Mas Y Mas!

Whoa, this is great! OMG

OK, I'll stop now.

redsock said...

I downloaded a DVD last year with bits of four of their shows. The first one is from 1975! Should pull that one out and watch it.