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Open Forum / Re: This is not a drill: NEW ALBUM in November
« Last post by njwolf on August 02, 2019, 08:58:48 am »
Thanks for sharing the good news. Wonder if there will be any original songs by the band on the album. It will be nice to have something to complement the LL Christmas EP I have: Rudolph The Manic Reindeer/This Time of the Year/The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire).
 
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Open Forum / Re: This is not a drill: NEW ALBUM in November
« Last post by kosh1313 on August 02, 2019, 06:56:55 am »
Mucho gras, BC. Good stuff, man. Hope you get to pick a few with guys when they get to the lowlands.
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Open Forum / This is not a drill: NEW ALBUM in November
« Last post by Bart Cornand on August 02, 2019, 05:00:40 am »
OK, folks, the cat is out of the bag: The new album will be a Latin Christmas album.
I interviewed Steve on July 25 for Knack Magazine (Belgium), a few days before the band flew to Europe. This is how it went – unedited.


Steve Berlin: “Latin Christmas album out in November 2019”


You’ve been touring relentlessly, but we haven’t heard any new material since Gates of Gold (2015). Any news?
Steve Berlin: We just finished one yesterday, believe it or not. It’s a Christmas record, of all things. (chuckles) It came out really good. We haven’t really had a record label since Live at the Fillmore. But now Rhino approached us, and said, “What do you guys think about doing a Latin Christmas record?” We said, “Sure.” They said, “Well, if you could finish it by the end of July, we can put it out this year.” Mind you, they came to us at the end of May, so for us it was… insanity. Two months of very intense work, but we pulled it off. It’ll be out early November. 

Fantastic. Any guests?
Berlin: Conrad’s son Jason is playing drums on one song. And on percussion we had Marcos Reyes from War and a guy that Cesar found, Alfredo Ortiz. David played a lot too – everybody pitched in.

Rumor has it you were scheduled to record an album in Nashville, about six months ago.
Berlin: Yes. That blew up. We were all lined up to do an album with Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys’ frontman, BC). David and I went down there to check what Dan had in mind and what his vibe was like. We can’t work with just anybody, it has to feel right. There are certain… rules, I guess. We never define them, but we know when it’s right and when it’s wrong. So Dave and I went down there and hung around for almost a week. It was interesting, but I think that at the end of the day what Dan really wanted was a David Hidalgo solo record. (laughs) He didn’t want anybody else involved, or not as involved as we would want to be.
The funny part is, we were still willing to do it, and believe it or not we were actually on the plane to Nashville when he pulled the plug.

Did the band have new songs ready to be recorded, or would it be a matter of writing in the studio?
Berlin: Dan has a rotating crew of writers – very Nashvillean, where people come in for three hours, smoke pot, shoot the shit, and write a song. Very formulaic, old-school Nashville. That’s what David and I went down there to do: We hung out, smoked pot, shot the shit, wrote songs. (laughs) We actually came up with twelve of them, I guess, in four days. But it wasn’t really us. It was us plugging into Dan’s thing. Some of the songs were OK. I wouldn’t call any of them great. Some were really not great at all. And I think this is where the train went off the rails. When Dave and I left, we thought, “OK, this is a good start.” But Los Lobos songs are written by Dave and Louie or Cesar and Louie. It’s not like we never collaborate this way, but at least we get to see the process and we get to meet some interesting people. Our perception of the whole thing was “OK, we take two, three, maybe four of these songs, and turn them into Lobos songs. But Dan was like, “These are the songs that we’re gonna do.” We were like, “Dude, there’s no fucking way we’re doing seven of these songs. We wouldn’t touch them with a 20-foot pole.” That’s where we lost the thread.

Good riddance, then?
Berlin: Well, it could have turned into something interesting, but it was never going to turn into anything healthy.

You guys are all in your sixties now. Is this the final European tour?
Berlin: No way. We’re already planning the next European tour, in May of next year. And it won’t be a week, like now. We’re talking about three or four weeks. Let’s do it right, for a change.

You’ve been quite busy as a producer. What have you been working on lately?
Berlin: Recently, I have produced Fastball, Greyhounds, and Taylor Scott – a young guitar player, really good.

Hip-hop has become the dominant style in the last decade. Is there still room for roots music?
Berlin: You know, there is always something happening, there’s always something that seems to predominate – until eventually it stops and something else happens. (laughs) These days, we’ve made our little niche, and we really don’t care about all the other shit that is going on. We’ve been so far outside of the mainstream for so long, it doesn’t matter. Not to us, anyway.

You’ve been very outspoken on social media about Donald Trump.
Berlin: How can I not?

Maybe it’s time for Los Lobos, as a symbol of the Mexican-American community, to take a stand, and write a political album. After all the band started out with Sí se puede, a charity album for the United Farm Workers of America.
Berlin: The way it is in our country right now, you have to pick a side. I think you’ll definitely see more activism with us. It’s life or death. For the whole fucking planet. If we don’t get this fucker out of here it’s game over.

© Knack Magazine, Brussels/Bart Cornand

 
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Open Forum / Re: 40th Anniversary of the Blasters
« Last post by njwolf on July 30, 2019, 09:08:54 pm »
It's amazing the Blasters went from playing a wedding to opening for Queen in about 15 months. Billy Davis, the newsletter editor, did a great job in interviewing all the current and former band members, transcribing the tapes, and putting together a coherent narrative. I first saw the Blasters in Philadelphia in 1984 when I was 28. I saw Dave Alvin on his King of California tour earlier this month in Philadelphia and now I'm 63. Time does pass quickly.

 
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Open Forum / Re: New song featuring David on lead vocals
« Last post by njwolf on July 30, 2019, 09:01:05 pm »
Here are the credits for the song:
 “Inside Of Us All”
Music by Robert Mailer Anderson & Jay Walsh
Lyrics by Robert Mailer Anderson
Performed by David Hidalgo, Vincent Hidalgo, David Hidalgo, Jr., Charlie Musselwhite, Max Baca,
Miguel Govea, David Eugene Russo
Recorded at Sound Asylum, Santa Ana, CA
Engineered by Mike Troolines
Mixed by Michael Landolt
Courtesy of UpCal Entertainment
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Open Forum / Re: New song featuring David on lead vocals
« Last post by jleopold on July 30, 2019, 07:27:01 pm »
Does anyone know who wrote the song?
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Open Forum / Re: 40th Anniversary of the Blasters
« Last post by rovalle on July 30, 2019, 06:17:33 pm »
thanks a mas excellent read...brings back a lot of memories...fuck I'm old...
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Open Forum / 40th Anniversary of the Blasters
« Last post by njwolf on July 30, 2019, 07:05:33 am »
 Since 1994, the newsletter American Music has chronicled the music of the Blasters, Dave Alvin, and related artists. The current issue looks back on how the Blasters got started in 1979 and the early years of the band. This oral history features interviews with current and former members of the band, including Steve Berlin. Here is a link:
 http://www.blastersnewsletter.com/newsletter/amer85.htm
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It's A Long, Long Way / Sept 6th Albuquerque NM
« Last post by rovalle on July 28, 2019, 12:38:01 pm »
Sandia Resort & Casino...another co bill with The Mavericks I believe
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Open Forum / Re: "No Encore" book - w/Louie
« Last post by rovalle on July 26, 2019, 08:40:03 am »
Could it be the Olympic Auditorium story?

No Encore!: Musicians Reveal Their Weirdest, Wildest, Most Embarrassing Gigs

Featuring never-before-told stories, No Encore! takes you on tour with over sixty iconic musicians as they relive their weirdest, wildest, most embarrassing gigs.


Or maybe when after a gig in the Echo Park area the trans in Cesar's station wagon went out and they drove back to The Eastside in reverse...
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