Dos Guitarras y un Gringo

March 19, 2010 6:19 PM

micayetoca, this one's for you, man! Does this sound too gringo?

Most of the rhythm guitar is borrowed from a college kid in Tijuana, Mexico...his Corrido. The recording is kinda weak and it's the last time I'll record using a toy guitar. It's fun to play but doesn't record very well.

posted by snsranch (14 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

Haha! sns, you beautiful gringo you! Love it!

But it's too short! WANT MORE!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:11 PM on March 19, 2010

Lovely! Feels like the end of a late night, sitting outside around a fire drinking something really strong out of the bottle.
posted by chococat at 8:59 PM on March 19, 2010

That's very nice. 2nding what Flapjax said : we want some more stuff like that !
(Thanks !)
posted by nicolin at 2:45 AM on March 20, 2010

Man this is awesome. Just perfect. You nailed that Lydia Mendoza sound. Fantastic.

And I don't know what you mean when you say that the recording is kinda weak, it's perfect. It captures the song and it's perfectly clear. If it's a matter of timing, don't worry about that, a metronome would have killed it. This is perfect. I'd love to hear more like this one, this is truly excellent.
posted by micayetoca at 4:51 AM on March 20, 2010 [1 favorite]

And I realize now that I didn't ask the question "does it sound too gringo?"

They say 300 miles to the south of the US border and 300 miles to the north of the Mexican border lies a country between the US and Mexico. Some people call it Amexica. There, people speak in Spanglish, they have their own food, their own music, their own culture. It's definitely not Mexican, although it is and it is definitely not American, although it is. This sounds like a fine example of Amexican music. A truly fine example.
posted by micayetoca at 5:26 AM on March 20, 2010 [4 favorites]

Really nice.
posted by evisceratordeath at 10:06 AM on March 20, 2010

What a sweet tune. I like it!
posted by umbĂș at 12:08 PM on March 20, 2010

This is really gorgeous and I really think shows your true soul as a musician. Yeah, that's uber cheesy. But I think your best tunes are of this style - jangly, rhythmic, and really beautiful.
posted by ORthey at 2:35 PM on March 20, 2010 [1 favorite]

Wow, thank you guys for the awesome comments.

There will be more to come...with vocals Spanish. This is the kind of stuff I want to play while busking this summer. I'm hoping to put together maybe a 45 minute set.

micayetoca, I just should have used a big guitar for the rhythm. I really love playing the toy guitars, but I got a little frustrated trying to make the two tracks sound distinct and separate. I guess it worked though.

About your Amexica comment, John Steinbeck couldn't have said it better and it's so true. Your putting this song in that context really means a lot to me. Thank you!

flapjax...right back atcha, baby!
posted by snsranch at 4:20 PM on March 20, 2010

Muy bien hecho, amigo. This is lovely and charming - and what makes this for me (please don't take this the wrong way sns) is that it's not too polished and pernicketty. It's a wee bit buzzy, intonation is a little iffy (toy guitar, I guess) and slightly hesitant until you hit your stride - and that is.......perfect. It would make a great movie soundtrack for opening titles. Flapjax is sooo right. I was just getting into that and it fucking stopped. AAAaaarrrggg!!! We demand MORE.
posted by MajorDundee at 3:27 AM on March 21, 2010

I'm such a sucker for buzzing strings. Love it. Yay for new snsranch songs!
posted by Corduroy at 3:00 PM on March 21, 2010

too short! i would seriously buy an album's worth of tunes like this - bien hecho
posted by mrmarley at 6:20 AM on March 23, 2010

This is awesome. And yeah, actually, the toy guitar makes for good texture.
posted by uncleozzy at 8:00 AM on March 23, 2010

this is a glorious awesome
posted by By The Grace of God at 6:00 PM on March 24, 2010

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