Song of the Day: Mexican Chili Taco Fiesta - Tamales Oaxaquenos

Mexican Chili Taco Fiesta

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part 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 selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Tamales Oaxaquenos” by Mexican Chili Taco Fiesta from the 2009 album Mexican Chili Taco on Fiesta Daddy-O Grande.

Mexican Chili Taco Fiesta - Tamales Oaxaquenos (MP3)


When you first hear the name of band called “Mexican Chili Taco Fiesta” you might immediately think it’s a half-baked joke band populated with teenagers and fart jokes. Thankfully, Mexican Chili Taco Fiesta is nothing of the sort. A supergroup comprised of Danny “Daddy-O Grande” Amis of Los Straitjackets, Esteban “Crunchy” Lopez and “Señor” Caleb Ramirez of Los Acapulcos, and Enrique “Truko” Casasola of Los Twin Tones, MCTF is all that you could want out of a Mexicano surf rock quartet. On their self titled debut, the group charges out of the gate with crunchy guitars and running bass lines with the track “Tamales Oaxaquenos.” The song, like the album, is purely instrumental save for a few lines of Spanish narration that echo out over the guitars and it features what is likely to be the most amazing drum solo you’ll hear this year. Thunderous snare and tom fills abound in this surf rock gem that introduces you to a whole album of non-stop action.

Since this supergroup effort is more a side project than anything else, no tour is currently scheduled, though both Los Straitjackets and Los Twin Tones are both on tour this winter. You can find dates for both on Daddy-O Grande’s MySpace page, but Seattle listeners take note: Los Straitjackets are performing tonight at The Tractor with El Vez (get tickets now if they’re still available!). To put you in the mood, here’s a quick clip from a previous Tractor performance:

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