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Van Conner, Screaming Trees co-founder and bassist, died after an extended illness.
I really can’t get enough cumbia this summer. Bringing things full circle, several or all of the members of Twin Tones are in Sonido Gallo Negro. I wish there was a better version of a live performance where they are wearing their masks and have the live graphics projected by the theremin player (theraminist?).
Speaking of videos I wish I could feature, both Natalia Lafourcade & San Pascualito Rey seem to be stifled by rights contracts that forbid embedding of live performances at radio stations like KEXP. That was disappointing; tunes by those two were sonic pillars of my trip hoped to feature.
Thanks for hanging out with me this week.
We’re headed out to the Sonoran desert now, via Route 111, Route 86, and the curiously-named census designated place called Mecca. A shambling, trippy, psych & surf tune about a popsicle vendor seems appropriate for the heat coming our way down at the Salton Sea.
When I was at the Ski-Inn* late one night, sucking down pints of Mango Cart to replace the water my body has lost in its effort to keep my insides from cooking during the day, I got to chat with a few local folks. One fella told of a recent summer night in which he went to bed in 115° F heat at midnight, and got up for work before sunrise to find it had cooled off to 110°.
Yes, that makes two cumbia tunes in one week. If we’re playing Bacon rules, three bands I’ve played this week share a common connection to a fourth. Sergio Mendoza leads Orkesta Mendoza & plays keyboards in Calexico; Joey Burns & John Convertino co-founded Calexico; Xixa is fronted by Brian Lopez, a guitarist in Calexico, and Gabriel Sullivan. Lopez & Sullivan also play in Giant Sand, while Burns & Convertino are former members of that band.
* Don’t miss the patty melt, which is made with wonderfully sweet locally-grown onions. If it was good enough for Tony Bourdain, it is good enough for me
From the recent double album by the House.