July 30 2013
La Santa Cecilia got its start playing a mix of rancheras, norteno music and other Mexican-influenced rhythms for tourists and passers-by on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. The group developed a strong following as it started writing original songs and playing in clubs and other venues.
Audiences particularly responded to singer La Marisoul's charismatic personality and voice. She's sung on stage with Elvis Costello, who contributes a vocal to the band's debut album, Treinta Diaz. Another song from the record, "ICE El Hielo," is about immigration — a subject that touches each member personally. "ICE" refers to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the force involved in the deportation of undocumented immigrants.
In this installment of World Cafe, La Santa Cecilia performs a selection of songs from Treinta Diaz, including "ICE El Hielo."
(( )) for interlude music
Los Lobos “The Road to Gila Bend” The Town and the City
Parquet Courts “Stoned and Starving” Light Up Gold
Morphine “Honey White” Yes
((The Cuban Cowboys "Jinetero" Cuban Candles))
La Santa Cecilia “Treinta Dias” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
La Santa Cecilia “Monedita” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
La Santa Cecilia “Losing Game” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
La Santa Cecilia “Ice El Hielo” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((La Santa Cecilia "Monedita" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Calexico “Quattro (World Drifts In)” Feast of Wire
Modest Mouse “Dashboard” We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Ethan Johns “Don’t Reach Too Far” If Not Now Then When?
Jimi Hendrix "Red House" Blues
Bombino “Tamitidine (My Darling)” Nomad
Cream “I Feel Free” Heavy Cream
Jack White “I’m Shakin’” Blunderbuss
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros “Better Days” Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
The Subdudes “Need Somebody” The Subdudes
Little Comets “Jennifer” Life Is Elsewhere
((Here We Go Magic "Ahab" Here We Go Magic))
Aimee Mann “Charmer” Charmer
Mayer Hawthorne “The Stars are Ours (Edit)” Where Does This Door Go?
Chris Isaak “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing” Forever Blue
Houndmouth “Penitentiary” From the Hills Below the City
((John Mayer "Shadow Days" Born and Raised))
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion “Chairman Meow” Wassaic Way
Paul Simon “One Trick Pony” One Trick Pony
Arthur Alexander “Anna” The Ultimate Arthur Alexander
Marshall Crenshaw “Soldier of Love (Lay Down Your Arms)” Marshall Crenshaw
Boz Scaggs “Mixed Up Shook Up Girl” Memphis
((Black Joe Lewis "I Don't Mind" Black Joe Lewis))