David Wax Museum plays Kirk Avenue Music Hall on May 24, 2013. We spoke with the band’s Suz Slezak last year, before a FloydFest appearance. I didn’t get to give the ‘cast as much love as it deserved at the time, with everything else going on, so here is a worthy rerun.
We talked about how the band got itself into the Newport Folk Festival, where it was a breakout act. Also in the podcast, a discussion of the quijada, a percussion instrument made from a donkey’s jawbone. Slezak counts that as one of her instruments, along with fiddle and vocals.
We stream “Chuchumbe,” a song from the 1760s that the Catholic Church banned in Mexico. All these years later, the song has re-emerged, and it is a big part of David Wax Museum’s gonzo fiesta.