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Music Thursday: Cinco de Mayo Special Edition

Music picks, this time for Cinco de Mayo. Some choice tracks from Rob and a couple from Widge in regards to this day of celebration. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Jose Jose: 20 Exitos
Maldita Vecindad: El Circo

We kick off with one from Rob that I second: it’s Rodrigo y Gabriela. This is a live version of “Tamacun” from their self-titled album. They rock ass.

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All of their stuff is good. But the MP3 version of that album is here…and the CD is available here.

Rob then throws in José José and his classic, “El Triste.” This is fantastic.

This compilation of his has an MP3 version of the studio performance.

Mexican ska. Because I dig me some horns. This is Maldita Vecindad with “Un gran circo (A Big Circus).”

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That’s available on their album El Circo.

Mexican-American Border Music, Vol. 1
Esquivel: Space-Age Bachelor Pad Music
Los Yaki

An excellent compilation of Tex-Mex sounds, Mexican-American Border Music, Vol. 1: 1928-1958 leads off with this track from Bruno Villareal. It’s “Es Un Capricho (It’s a Whim).”

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That collection is available as either a CD or MP3 download from Amazon.

Now it’s Juan Garcia Esquivel and “Begin the Beguine.” It originally appeared on Other Worlds Other Sounds.

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For some reason, the majority of Esquivel’s stuff is out of print and unavailable on MP3 from Amazon. However, you can get the compilation Space-Age Bachelor Pad Music used on CD.

Here’s a group from Mexico called Los Yaki and…well, see how quickly you can figure out what song they’re covering.

Unfortunately, I got this from a compilation…and can’t find where it’s available for purchase. So until you can find it…here tis. Enjoy.


  • Was Cinco de Mayo by War too obvious? Cuz I love that track (and nearly any other song by War).

  • We were actually trying to stick with straight Mexican music…but you get points for that reference regardless. :-)