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Rodrigo Y Gabriela on World Cafe | May 18, 2012

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Rodrigo y Gabriela plays everything from heavy metal to jazz to acoustic folk. The duo started out in a thrash-metal band in Mexico City, but moved to Dublin in 1999. From Ireland, its inventive instrumental music spread to the U.K., then to Europe and the U.S. before finally finding its way back to Mexico. Rodrigo y Gabriela's big break came in 2006, when the pair's self-titled debut topped the Irish charts. In 2008, 11:11 became a mainstream success in the U.S., boosted by prominent placement on MTV and ESPN's Monday Night Football. In spite of a busy touring schedule, the duo was able travel to Cuba and spend time in the studio to craft its ambitious new album, Area 52.

Area 52 is nothing if not bold, with Rodrigo y Gabriela's performances aided by C.U.B.A., a 13-piece Cuban orchestra. Although the album features no new material, the duo revisits its previous works with deftness and an emphasis on experimentation. The fast, heavy acoustic-guitar riffs are transformed by the brass section, which on Area 52 injects a zesty Cuban jazz feel into an already lively sound. (link)



(( )) for interlude music

The Jayhawks "Take Me With You" Hollywood Town Hall
M Ward "Primitive Girl" A Wasteland Companion
The Decemberists "Down By the Water" The King is Dead
First Aid Kit "Blue" The Lion's Roar
((Stephaniesid "Missing From God" Warm People))
Rodrigo Y Gabriella "Santo Domingo" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Rodrigo Y Gabriella "Hanuman" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Rodrigo Y Gabriella "Logos" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((The Cuban Cowboys "Jinetero" Cuban Candles))
Washed Out "Eyes Be Closed" Within and Without
Michael Kiwanuka "Tell Me A Tale" Tell Me A Tale EP
((The Budos Band "Up From the South" The Budos Band))


The Rolling Stones "Miss You" Some Girls
Allo Darlin' "Capricornia" Europe
Elvis Costello "What's So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding" Armed Forces
Best Coast "The Only Place" The Only Place
David Wax Museum "Yes, Maria, Yes" Everything is Saved
((Marching Band "Aggravate" Spark Large))
Trampled by Turtles "Alone" Stars and Satellites
Wilco "Impossible Germany" Blue Sky Blue
The Walkmen "Heaven" Heaven
Talking Heads "Stay Up Late" Little Creatures
Zeus "Are You Gonna Waste My Time" Busting Visions
((Bell X1 "Amelia" Blue Lights on the Runway))
Chuck Brown "Bustin' Loose" We Got This
((The Revelations "Because Of You" Deep Soul))

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