366TAS: 3:55 – Devotchka – Contrabanda

Unfortunately, I couldn’t present my favorite Mexican band to celebrate Cinco de Mayo today. They do have a track that’s one second shorter and had I posted that late enough, it might as well have been published today, but that’s cheating. Besides, I’ll need to call on them later in the year.

Instead, today’s pick is “Contrabanda”, a mariachi-style track from Devotchka’s 2011 album, 100 Lovers. Don’t think this is a novelty selection made simply to fit in with the holiday theme, however. Like the choice of “Solitary Man” for Valentine’s Day, this pick was made on the first go-through, before I had even charted out what days each song would go up. 100 Lovers was one of my top 20 albums from 2011, mostly because of its compelling, consistent atmospherics. It was certainly an album that was more than the sum of its parts and while the individual songs were good, they were so much better in the context of the album. To the extent that any song from 100 Lovers had the hooks to stand on their own, “Contrabanda” was that song. The whole album is definitely worth checking out too.

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One Response to 366TAS: 3:55 – Devotchka – Contrabanda

  1. John says:

    His stint as vocalist for a band called “Foreigner” notwithstanding, Lou Gramm has never been considered anyone’s favorite Mexican artist. Still, I really like “Midnight Blue,” so that’s my 3:55:

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cRdgIZgobs&w=420&h=315%5D

    (R.E.M., likewise not a Mexican artist, did a cool cover of “Midnight Blue”:

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQbAizfsvrQ&w=420&h=315%5D)

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