Release Date: Oct 29, 2013
Record label: 429 Records
Genre(s): Country, Latin, Americana, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Roots Rock, Latin Rock, Heartland Rock, Mexican Traditions, Tex-Mex
Los Lobos were together for 33 years before they got around to making a live album, but it didn't take long for them to grow fond of the format; Disconnected in New York City is the fourth concert set the veteran East L.A. band has released since 2005. As the title suggests, Disconnected in New York City was recorded during an acoustic gig at the City Winery in N.Y.C., and shows off the more intimate and easygoing side of the group's musical personality, with the absence of amps taking some of the bite out of David Hidalgo's guitar solos, often the high point of their gigs.
There’s this stupid Pace salsa commercial, some version of which has been running for years, that makes fun of a dude because his condiment comes from New York City. The authentic cowboys in the ad gawk in disbelief, as if modern San Antonio, Texas, shares more in common with the old southwest than it does the Big Apple. These days, as Los Lobos will tell you, the ‘hood is where you find it—whether it be East L.A.
When they started out in their native East Los Angeles, in 1973, Los Lobos may not have seemed destined to last long enough to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Brought together, in their own words, by a love for Ry Cooder, Randy Newman and, erm, Fairport Convention, the band put their own distinctive Latino spin on traditional American music. It would be seven years before they made an impression beyond their own back yard, however, something they acknowledge in The Neighbourhood, the opening song from this celebratory live show.