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Carrie Rodriguez "La Punalada Trapera"

Hola, Bienvenido, Cinco De Mayo! Una cerveza, por favor? Tecate o Corona con lima. I can ask for the check, too, but that’s about the limit of it for me. And maybe for you too. In which case it is handy that I am stopping, because likely you couldn’t read it anyway. I wish we were all bilingual-trilingual, even! I think it is important to embrace our own and other cultures, to celebrate our heritages in this awesome nation of immigrants. My kin are from various European areas. I wish I could speak those languages too.

I don’t know if Carrie Rodriguez is fluent, but it wouldn’t surprise me if she is. I do know that she can sing in Spanish. Do you know that she moved back to Austin? And that she did something really cool called The “Woodshed Series,” as she showcased new songs at Threadgill’s WHQ on Wednesday nights, where sometimes a special guest or two stops by to join her. And that she will be playing a gig at Threadgills on June 9th?  Of course, you know that she has a new album out, a set of duets with Ben Kyle called We Still Love Our Country. It was just over a year ago, in March of 2010 that we had her come before the Music Fog cameras, at the above mentioned Threadgill’s WHQ. She sang in Spanish for us, a song that her great aunt recorded 40 years ago called “La Punalada Trapera.”

-Jessie Scott

La Puñalada Trapera - Love and Circumstance


Wagons "I Blew It"

(Explicit Lyrics)

I had this ersatz corned beef sandwich at some fast food chain restaurant I had never heard of. It had a big sign in the window that said it was a "New York style deli." I am from New York, and lately I had been craving a taste of home, so I walked inside. No bagels, or rye bread…that’s not a good sign. Hmmmm, I was thinking, maybe I shouldn’t do this, but the corned beef and pastrami looked like it was “the kind.” So I bit the bullet and I ordered. It took forever for my sandwich to come. It had cheese on it (I didn’t ask for cheese!). It bore no resemblance to what you would get at the world famous Carnegie Deli, a sandwich piled high with slices of bright pink corned beef, warm from the steam table. This place only offered it on white or wheat bread, rye wasn’t even a choice. Bah Humbug.

Thank goodness when it comes to the music, authenticity is not specific to a region! Wagons are from Down Under, led by frontman Henry Wagons. So there is no “the” at the front of their name. They deliver as they call it, ‘Melodramatic Popular Song.” The 5th album from the men from Melbourne is Rumble, Shake and Tumble and it is coming out in a couple of days on May 6th in Australia and New Zealand, but hey, I guess you can just pay the extra postage! It takes a global village. We couldn’t help but book them when we had the chance during SXSW. It was joy! “I Blew It” is insinuating, jangly, infectious. Dig the Music Fog Marathon version from back in March at Threadgill’s.

-Jessie Scott