Archive for November, 2011


David Wax Museum

David Wax Museum

If you haven’t yet heard of David Wax Museum, take the time to find out. These guys are the real deal.  The duo put on a high-energy, raucous show at Johnny Brenda’s in Philly last friday.  The packed crowd was very appreciative as the band rolled through a great set of music.

Their sound is wonderfully interesting, fusing mexican folk music and entertaining, hopeful lyrics. Upon first sight and sound, it is instantly evident that they set themselves apart, most notably because they play cool Mexican instruments. A donkey jawbone makes several appearances and provides an oddly pleasing rattling sound. That’s right. A donkey jawbone, more specifically called a quijada.  If thats not cool, I don’t know what is….

David studied Latin American history and literature and spent a lot of time in Mexico’s La Huasteca region. After graduating he traveled once again south of the border and quickly became immersed in the music.

“As a foreigner, I quickly discovered that music is the great connector,” Wax said. “In Mexico, folk [music] is such a communal experience – it’s very joyful, very inclusive, and very inspiring.”

Its not surprising that he then set his sights on being proficient on the Mexican jarana and mastered three forms of Mexican sons (sounds): son jarocho (think, “La Bamba,”), the made-for-dancing son huasteco, and the fiddle-driven son calentano.  David Wax (guitar, jarana, vocals) and his musical partner Suz Slezak (fiddle, quijada, vocals) take this novel musical genre, dubbed Mexo-Americana and create an exciting, entertaining experience that should not be passed up.

Catch the Museum if you can.


A Little More Time Marginalized: SG Podcast #38

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SG is super excited to bring you this, our next set of musical masterpieces. This week you’ll find some cool songs that were initially made for television cartoons. These songs (Joe Cool & Me and My Arrow) have been on repeat in my head all week long. So, whether you’re sitting  at your desk with your earbuds on, or you’re at home listening on your hi-fi stereo, or even if you pop it on your iDevice for your ride home later, remember who brought you these wonderful audible gems.  SG of course. Enjoy. Share. Repeat.

Podcast #38 comprised of these warm, witty, amiable, good natured, humorous, and playful tracks:

Blitzen Trapper – Stolen Shoes & A Rifle ++ The Wood Brothers – Twisted ++ Leon Russell – If The Shoe Fits ++ Vince Guaraldi – Joe Cool (vocal) ++ Harry Nilsson – Me and My Arrow ++ Ziggy Marley – Walk Tall (w/ Paul Simon) ++ Wilco – Dawned On Me ++ Ween – Your Party ++ Bruce Springsteen – Old Dan Tucker ++ Eric Clapton – The Sky Is Crying/Have You Ever Loved A Woman/Ramblin’ On My Mind (live 1974) ++ John Doe – Peggy Sue Got Married ++ Tedeschi Trucks Band – Shrimp and Grits (Interlude) ++ Tedeschi Trucks Band – Love Has Something Else To Say ++ Otis Redding – The Happy Song (Dum-Dum) ++ The Gourds – Marginalized

Download Shady Groove Podcast #38