Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs and recordings from Independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday host Cheryl Waters, is “Hanuman” by Rodrigo y Gabriela from their 2009 album 11:11 on ATO Records.
Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero are the pair known as Rodrigo y Gabriela. Both classically trained (and extremely gifted) flamenco guitarists, the pair have been enjoying great success far from their Mexico City roots. Strangely enough, in 2005 the band relocated to Dublin, Ireland, to pursue a more “artist friendly” community, and were quickly embraced by a whole new host of European listeners. U.S. audiences may actually be more familiar with the band from appearances on MTV, Monday Night Football, and even a track on the soundtrack for Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. On 11:11, the long anticipated follow up to their impressive 2006 self-titled album, the duo pay tribute to 11 musicians and bands who have inspired them along their career — and the range is surprising, from Jimi Hendrix to Astor Piazzolla to Dimebag Darrell! It shouldn’t take long for listeners of today’s Song of the Day, “Hanuman,” to recognize the nods to fellow Mexican guitar virtuoso Carlos Santana as the inspiration. Sit back and enjoy this combination of classic rock, traditional flamenco music, and a whole lot else.
The band is currently on a lengthy world tour. You can find out more about Rodrigo y Gabriela on their MySpace page or read more on their website. While in Seattle this past September, Rodrigo y Gabriela performed an electrifying in-studio. Here’s “Hanuman” from that session: