Streams: Los Lobos, “The Neighborhood” from Disconnected in New York (2013)

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Los Lobos challenged themselves like never before on 1990’s The Neighborhood, as heard on this smart take on the title track from the band’s forthcoming live set Disconnected in New York.

The new concert recording, featuring a December appearance at New York’s City Winery, will arrive on October 29, 2013 via 429 Records, even as Los Lobos celebrates their 40th year together. A new tour will take them into 2014. Original members David Hidalgo, Steve Berlin, Louis Perez, Cesar Rosas and Conrad Lozano remain. They’re joined on this jazzy tale of street-level determination by Enrique “Bugs” Gonzalez and Camilo Quinones.

Expertly blended into a bubbling stew of Tex-Mex rock, country, R&B, blues and traditional Latino sounds, Los Lobos was — and is — an endlessly ambitious concept that makes most genre labels seem small indeed.

Elsewhere on Disconnected in New York, the group offers energetic new readings of songs from throughout their storied career, including the career-making remake of “La Bamba,” standout moments like “I Got To Let You Know” from How Will the Wolf Survive, and music from their most recent studio effort, Tin Can Trust. One of the 1980s’ most interesting acts hasn’t lost a thing in the interim.

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