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Mariachi El Bronx on World Cafe | July 12, 2012

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Los Angeles-based Mariachi El Bronx started out as a punk band called The Bronx, but that was before its members discovered a collective love for Mexican folk music. The group fell hard for mariachi, and when faced with playing an acoustic punk rock set for a TV show, they decided to fully embrace that new direction and start a Mexican-flavored side project. Since that fateful day, there have been two eponymous Mariachi El Bronx albums, and a third LP is in the works.

On today's episode of World Cafe, host David Dye asks Mariachi El Bronx which genre of music is harder to play. The next big test for the boys will take place in Mexico, the birthplace of mariachi, where the group has never played. To learn more about mariachi music and its history, be sure to also check out this week's episode of Latin Roots, hosted by Catalina Maria Johnson, which further explores the genre. (link)

Playlist

(( )) for interlude music

HOUR 1

World Party "Ain't Gonna Come Till I'm Ready" Goodbye Jumbo
Father John Misty "I'm Writing A Novel" Fear Fun
Jenny Lewis "Carpetbaggers" Acid Tongue
Dr. Dog "Lonesome" Be the Void
Bob Weir "Mexicali Blues" Ace
((Mariachi El Bronx "Norteño Lights" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Mariachi El Bronx "Slave Labor" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Mariachi El Bronx "My Brother the Gun" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Mariachi El Bronx "Matador" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Mariachi El Bronx "Norteño Lights" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Mariachi El Bronx "48 Roses" Mariachi El Bronx II))
Blur "Under the Westway" Under the Westway
Joy Division "Love Will Tear Us Apart" The Best of Joy Division
Michael Kiwanuka "Tell Me a Tale" Tell Me a Tale EP
The Allman Brothers "Dreams" Beginnings
((The Stone Foxes "Young Man" Bears & Bulls))

HOUR 2

Lucinda Williams "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Best Coast "The Only Place" The Only Place
Thao "Bag of Hammers" We Brave Bee Stings and All
Beachwood Sparks "Forget the Song" The Tarnished Gold
Dillard & Clark "Train Leaves Here This Morning" The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark
((Mariachi El Bronx "Lady Rosales" Litigation))
Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan "Fiesta Del Mariachi" La Fiesta Del Mariachi
Rana Santacruz "Loopita" Chicavasco
Mariachi El Bronx "Lady Rosales" Lady Rosales
((Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan "La Fiesta del Mariachi" La Fiesta del Mariachi))
Phish "Gotta Jibboo" Farmhouse
The Decemberists "Summersong" The Crane Wife
St. Vincent & David Byrne "Who" Love This Giant
The Head and the Heart "Lost in My Mind" The Head and the Heart
((Scott Matthews "Dream Song" Passing Stranger))