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Ry Cooder on guitar and vocals and Flaco Jimenez on norteño-style accordion make magic with the Ben E. King classic oldie but goodie Stand By Me.

PREVIOUSLY ON FLACO JIMENEZ: [Mas…]


“You shoulda told me you was married, baby,” she said. Those were the last words he ever heard. Flaco Jimenez and Ry Cooder explain: That’s the way the girls are in Texas! If not, we’ve got lyrics: [Mas…]

Who’s got a beard that’s long and white?
Santa’s got a beard that’s long and white
Who comes around on a special night?
Santa comes around on a special night
Special night, beard that’s white
Must be Santa, must be Santa
Must be Santa, Santa Claus

[Listen closely as Bob Dylan lists Santa’s eight reindeer — names not in the official lyrics: “Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon; Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton”.]


Botas picudas? Check! Cowboy hat? Check! Norteno music? Check! Let’s dance, but not too much. A minimalist dance.

PREVIOUSLY ON BOTAS PICUDAS: [Mas…]

Who’s got a beard that’s long and white?
Santa’s got a beard that’s long and white
Who comes around on a special night?
Santa comes around on a special night
Special night, beard that’s white
Must be Santa, must be Santa
Must be Santa, Santa Claus

(Listen closely as Bob Dylan lists Santa’s eight reindeer — names not in the official lyrics: “Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon; Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton”.)

Thanks to Bill Vitka for the link.


When Tijuana’s Nortec Collective played the Shanghai Expo a few years ago, do you think it was the Chinese city’s first electric techno tuba experience? Mad magic is waiting at the Borderland.

Ladies: Is your guy a ‘Macho Man from Taco Land’? (music video)

by Esponja Roberto de Pantalones Cuadrados April 2, 2012 Cultura
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Ladies: Does this song describe anyone you know? Or shall we ask again after tonight’s big game? Gary P. Nunn is a Texas singer/songwriter with a good eye for detail and a pointed wit.

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Mexican city bans Los Tigres for narcocorrido, actual narcos still OK

by Santino J. Rivera March 15, 2012 El Now
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(PNS reporting from CHIHUAHUA) The New York Times reports that Mexican super group Los Tigres del Norte, dubbed the Metallica of Norteño Music, has been banned from performing in the state Chihuahua after they sang one of their popular narcocorridos at a cattle expo in Ciudad Juárez. The band began a heavy rendition of La […]

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Houston Norteño band shreds on an iPad accordion!

by Victor Payan March 7, 2012 Cultura
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Houston Norteño band Grupo Delirio revs up what we’re calling Cumbia 2.0 with the help of an iPad accordion app, inaugurating the age of the iCcordion! We can’t wait for banda groups to fight back by unleashing the mighty iTuba! ‘Til then, enjoy the musical machaca, carnales!  Will this app work on the new iPad […]

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