Boing Boing tv: Cafe Tacvba -- Interview and Performance (Music)

Café Tacvba (MySpace, Wikipedia) are one of the most, if not the most, imaginative and recklessly experimental indie rock bands ever to come out of Latin America. They formed in near Mexico City in the late '80s, and have been happily mutating ever since. I'm always kind of surprised when non-Spanish-speaking American friends don't know who they are -- they're sort of like the Radiohead of Mexico. Anyway, Boing Boing tv caught up with the tacubos backstage after their set at the Outside Lands festival, and our UK-based music correspondent Russell Porter asked them important questions about their excellent shoes, and why lots of ladies run screaming to stage-rush them during shows (Answer: because they're awesome).

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Sponsor Note: This episode, and other BBtv music features this month, are sponsored by the Crowdfire live music social media project. You can find images, video, and audio about the band featured in today's show at Crowdfire -- here's the search link for fan-uploads related to Café Tacvba.

Related Boing Boing tv episodes from Outside Lands:
* Roots Reggae Legends Toots and the Maytals (music)
* Broken Social Scene: interview and live performance (music)
* Galactic's "Modern New Orleans Funk" with Xeni and Russell (music)
* Interview with Cold War Kids frontman Nathan Willett (music)
* Andy Gould, rock band manager, dances on the labels' graves.
* Primus: Xeni interviews Les and Ler (music)
* Kaki King, guitar hero: performance, interview with Xeni (music)
* BB Gadgets' Joel at Outside Lands: Crowdfire deconstructed
* Carney at Outside Lands - a "Boing Boing tv Bus Session." (music)
* Steel Pulse founder David Hinds at Outside Lands (music)
* Boing Boing tv backstage at Outside Lands: (Xeni + Russell Porter)

(Special thanks to Wayneco for the magic bus, and to Virgin America for air travel.)


  1. When I lived in Chile for a few years in the late nineties… the most popular bands were Cafe Tacuba, Los Arteciopelados,. Sui Generis, La Ley, Los Tres and one of my favorites.. soda stereo.

    All of these bands are amazing.. check out all of them.

  2. Ooops! one more band that was awesome.. Los Prisioneros!

    They had a huge hit called “we are sudamerican rockers!”

  3. Yesss!!! Thank you thank you for bringing our beloved tacubos to the BB masses!!! It’s about time more people were privy to their awesomeness!!

    I’ve seen them live thrice now and it’s always a great show. The unplugged is good, but Re and Cuatro Caminos are also highly recommended!

  4. One of my fondest concert memories comes from a Cafe Tacuba show around 1995. They were about to play their song “El Borrego”, which is a sort of fast industrial-hardcore punk song; the guitar player had just barely strummed the first note, when an 8-meter wide mosh pit formed, instantly! Everybody knew what was coming, heh! Of course, I jumped into the pit, headbanging, arms flailing like a madman… with my eyes half closed. After a few seconds of fury, I stopped to sort of re-orient myself, and I realized I had reached the edge of the moshpit and was about to crush two young girls, barely on their teens. The horrified look on their faces was priceless!

  5. ha! nice story.

    the Radiohead of Mexico? Mmm, these guys are certainly happier than Thom Yorke!
    But I get the idea :)

    I use to like them a lot. They have a very powerful live show, and they have come a long way since their beginning, always mutating. Good to see them here.

    Funny that some of you mentioned Los Tres, ’cause Cafe Tacuba have a 4 song EP tribute to Los tres.

    And Los Prisioneros… well, it was my first favorite band and probably my first rock concert ever.

  6. A huevo!!!

    Thank you BB. First the time lapse effect video from Keith Loutit featuring Sonido Lasser´s music, now Cafe Tacuba. Wow! Mexican bands on win.

    If you´re into their music some other recommnedations are Kinky and Colectivo Nortec.

    Camara, pivote y rin desde Cochambre City.

  7. Great!!

    Wonderful band! I live in Argentina and I’m delighted to seen the featured on Boing Boing.

    Check all their music and other group on their style that is missing on thegreat list that the first commenter did is be “Fabulosos Cadillacs”. check the also…

    Latin culture has so much to offer…

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