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East Los rockers The Chavez Ravine‘s new music video takes us to the mysterious zone known as the Bermuda Triangle, where being buried in a shallow grave doesn’t mean your love affair is over.

[Video by MANDO+KEVIN. The Chavez Ravine is Manny Nieto (vocals/guitar), Mando Lopez (bass), and Phil Guerrero (drums).]

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The Jewish festival of Hanukkah חנוכה starts Sunday night, so Hebrew hermanos Jaquann and Luis prepare potato latkes (pancakes) one of the season’s signature treats. (Totally NSFW adult language.)

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POCHO amigo Top Chef alumnus Katsuji Tanabe doesn’t want you to waste food. That’s why he’s sharing his recipe for chilaquiles.

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Radical reiki master and post-modern yoga guru Shea Depmore wants you to breathe, breathe out and VOTE BLUE.

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East Los pocha Alice Bag aka Alicia “Alice” Armendariz (formerly of the The Bags) just released this track in support of Professor Christine Blasey Ford, Ph.D.’s testimony about rapey Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

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Reiki-method ‘Trump Detox’ meditation will chill you out (video)

by Comic Saenz September 20, 2018 Cultura
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Breathe in. Breathe out. Reiki Master Sondra welcomes you to this week’s TRUMP DETOX MEDITATION: Do you need to detox from Donald Trump? From the stress of the Kavanaugh hearings and Trump’s inability to pronounce “anonymous?” This Reiki healing meditation video is for you. This week’s mantra: Kamala. [Video by Shea Depmore.]

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Talk (And Sing) Like A (Mexican) Pirate Day 2018: ‘Santy Anno’ (video)

by Comic Saenz September 19, 2018 Cultura
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It’s International Talk Sing Like A Pirate Day and we’re please to present not only a “sea shanty” about being a pirate, but one about the Mexican-American war of the 1850s. It’s even in Wikipedia! This video of Santy Anno has music by Forebitter and Lord Cavendish manga-influenced artwork assembled by uploader LordDrakoArakis, probably not […]

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Iconic Chicana Dolores Huerta has been fighting sexism since forever (video)

by Comic Saenz September 18, 2018 Cartoons

Famed labor organizer and activist Dolores Huerta has been fighting sexual harassment and discrimination since forever — when she was working in an office, when she was building the United Farm Workers, and when men tried to take credit for her work. In this video, by Hannah McNally, Huerta tells her story.

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What is killing the great classical composers of Europe? (video)

by Comic Saenz September 14, 2018 Cartoons
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In the lucha libre of Classical Europe, famous composers are dropping dead at an alarming rate. What is killing these guys? Brenda Ortiz of Vancouver and CDMX, who loves animating stories, made Músicos y Medicina para el Colegiio Nacional de México conmemorando su 75 aniversario.

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Ex-con Creeper is back, drops CholoFit for CholoSpin (NSFW video)

by Comic Saenz September 11, 2018 Cultura
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Our favorite ex-con Creeper had some early success with his CholoFit classes, but a quick rise to fame led to some very public meltdowns. Now Creeper returns with CholoSpin and your loud-mouthed Tia and your neighbor’s chihuahua will finally meet their match. [Frankie Quiñones is Creeper. Some NSFW language.] PREVOUSLY ON CREEPER:

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UFOs and ancient Andes ruins: Frank Zappa’s “Inca Roads” (video)

by Comic Saenz September 11, 2018 Cultura
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The supremely weird (what else is new?) Inca Roads was the opening track on Frank Zappa’s 1975 LP One Size Fits All. Zappa and friends explore the racist cable TV theory that ancient illegal space aliens built the civilization of the Incas, because ancient Incas were not smart enough to do it themselves because brown. […]

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Blow that funky shofar, bot boy (Happy Rosh HaShanah 2018 video)

by HIP HOP JUDIO September 7, 2018 Cultura
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A musical shoutout (and Hebrew/Spanish pun) to all our friends at Temple Beth Pocho who, at sundown Sunday, are celebrating Rosh HaShanah, which marks 5779 years since the creation of the world. Happy New Year y Le Shanah Tovah tambien. What is that date on the Mayan Calendar? (Tekiah? One of the traditional four ritual […]

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Pete Seeger Plays Pasadena: Oh you can’t scare me, I’m sticking to the union (video, lyrics)

by Comic Saenz September 3, 2018 Cultura
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America’s folk singer, Pete Seeger, tells a dressed-up crowd at Pasadena’s Rose Parade he’s “sticking to the union.” Words and music to Union Maid by Woody Guthrie. Mira los lyrics:

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Always Look for the Union Label: Music vids for Labor Day Weekend 2018

by Comic Saenz August 31, 2018 Cultura
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It’s Labor Day Weekend! ¡Orale! Happy Labor Day Weekend! Sing along with the music that celebrates the ordinary working people who keep this country — and the world — in business: 9 to 5 from Dolly Parton, Look for the Union Label, Workin’ in a Coal Mine, This Land Is Your Land, and Solidarity Forever.

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‘Get out of the White House,’ angry citizen yells at Trump (video)

by Comic Saenz August 26, 2018 El Now
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POCHO.COM Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz was across the street from the White House — Lafayette Park — on the evening of August 26, 2018, and recorded some FREEDOM OF SPEECH in action. “Get out of the White House,” this one citizen yelled, echoing the screams of millions of American minds. Also something about Diet Coke, murder […]

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Paco Estrada, Brandon Callies as The Heart of the City: ‘The River’ (video)

by Comic Saenz August 24, 2018 Cultura
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 The River is new video from Brandon Callies (Black Tie Vendetta, Brandon Callies and The American Revival) of Austin and Paco Estrada (SouthFM, Paco Estrada and One Love) of Dallas. But The Heart of the City — as these Texans call themselves — won’t let life get them down.

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Traditional chile lime cricket tacos are good for Mother Earth (video)

by Comic Saenz August 24, 2018 Cultura
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Crickets are very efficient in turning dirt and air and water and other critters into big fat delicious grillos, much more efficient than cattle who drink water like it falls from the sky and fart like they’re not breathing the same damn air as ustedes and me. And grillos are traditional, indigenous, and delicious! Bay […]

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The Legend of The Wolf Woman/La Loba, The Bone Woman/La Huesera (video)

by Comic Saenz August 16, 2018 Cultura
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 La Loba, from film student Margarete Laue re-imagines the traditional Mexican folk tale popularized by Clarissa Pinkola Estés in Women Who Run With the Wolves: She creeps and crawls and sifts through the mountains and dry riverbeds, looking for wolf bones.

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‘I Don’t Like the Comics You Drew’ and ‘The Critic’ (videos)

by Comic Saenz August 13, 2018 Cartoons
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In the brand new music video I Don’t Like the Comics You Drew, Dave draws the first page of his comic book and excitedly shows it to his friend Lei Lei. Lei Lei, however, is not impressed. Hollywood comic hero Mel Brooks was not impressed either. Here’s Oscar-winning The Critic from 1963:

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The U.S. was once known as ‘a nation of immigrants’ — now, not so much (video)

by Comic Saenz August 7, 2018 Cultura
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A Mexican cleaning lady in New York Ctiy learns that the “nation of immigrants” is not so friendly these days. Based on a true story, Let My People Stay is by Olivia G. Jimenez.

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‘Carmelita’ by Warren Zevon: Life, death, mariachis, and heroin in Echo Park (live video, lyrics)

by Comic Saenz August 2, 2018 Audio
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The late musical genius Warren Zevon was in Ensendada, no maybe he was in Echo Park. And maybe he OD’d on heroin, or not. He did hear “mariachi static on his radio,” however. The live video is from 1977. Mira los lyrics:

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This LA-born Mexican-American hero voluntarily joined his Japanese-American neighbors in the WWII Manzanar internment camp

by Comic Saenz August 2, 2018 Cultura
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Seventeen year old Los Angeles-born Ralph Lazo (photo) voluntarily entered the Manzanar Japanese-American internment camp after learning his neighbors were being locked up by the government. He later joined the military and helped liberate the Philippines and spent his life “discouraging the occurrence of similar injustices and violations of civil liberties in the future.” [Video […]

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We used to have a man in the White House we could be proud of; Joan Baez explains in ‘The President Sang Amazing Grace’ (video)

by Comic Saenz August 1, 2018 Cultura
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At the memorial service in Charleston, S.C. for the victims of a white wing racist terrorist, Barack Obama, the last real President of the United States, joined the congregation of mourners. What he did on that day became a song by Zoe Mulford, performed here by Xicana OG activist Joan Baez and animated in pastel […]

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