Crescent City outfit expand Tex-Mex base to take in more native Latin grooves

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The Iguanas – Plastic Silver 9 Volt Heart

This battery-packed example of the New Orleans groove is released to chime with the Big Easy’s sultry jazz and heritage festival?undoubtedly the most fun anyone can have with or without undergarments on.

Rocking origins are tempered by Rod Hodges’ and Rene Coman’s rediscovery of some Caribbean funk lying on their doorstep, which means that swift-fingered nuggets like “Machetey Maiz” and the cajun-toasted “The First Kiss Is Free” are powered up on pedal steel, accordion and the ever lyrical bajo sexto. Sounds best taken with a six-pack and a bowl of gumbo. Good eating, in other words.