Song of the Week: “Kiko and the Lavender Moon” by Los Lobos

by Douglas Cowie on 5 April 2019

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Kiko and the Lavender Moon” by Los Lobos:

Los Lobos is the American rock ‘n’ roll band of the last forty years. They anchor themselves in their Chicano tradition and then radiate outwards from it, infusing everything that comes across their ears and making it theirs. They are serious, ear-stretching musicians who put fun at the center of their musicianship. Here they are on Sesame Street. Here they are burning up an awards ceremony with a high school mariachi band. Here they are just straight ahead rocking better than anybody straight ahead rocks. They’ve been doing this nonstop for longer than I’ve been alive. Los Lobos are bigger than themselves, and they’re basically everything I want music to be, and they’re not make believe, they’re real. Amazing.

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