Thursday, April 14, 2016

"Better Call Saul" - Season 2, Episode 9, "Nailed"

Season 2, episode 9, "Nailed" opens with a distant view of the escarpment of a volcanic plateau along a remote road heading south to the border. That escarpment belongs to La Bajada Hill, famous in National Old Trails Road and Route 66 lore, and the most important administrative boundary in Spanish colonial New Mexico, between Rio Abajo and Rio Arriba. It was a significant impediment to travel and commerce for many years.

Vince Gilligan's Albuquerque is like a funhouse mirror image of the real Albuquerque, and it's no surprise that trouble lurks at the edges.

Saul is dead.


Oasis Motor Court Sign, Tetilla Peak Road, La Bajada, NM (35.571913ø, -106.250978ø). Sawzall to the tires (Season 2, episode 9, "Nailed").

The music accompanying the driver on his Regalo Helado journey is "Mi Cucu" by "La Sonora Dinamita", the Columbian band that has been so successful over the last several decades spreading love of cumbias throughout Latin America, and the rest of the world.

Cumbias are a favorite music used in Zumba. This is my favorite Zumba song, "El Viejo del Sombreron", also by "La Sonora Dinamita":

"Mi Cucu" is a cross-genre cover of "My Toot Toot", long-famous in Cajun Zydeco music circles:

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