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Hey kids! Here comes the Mexican ice cream man! Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band know what’s cool. In Spanglish!

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Even if you didn’t know that the proper name for this waltz is Sobre las OlasOver the Waves en Ingles — we bet you recognize the melody. Right? It’s the song they play on merry-go-rounds! And it’s not by Johann Strauss, the waltz king. It’s by Mexican classical composer Juventino Rosas, and performed here by the London Symphony Orchestra.

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This homage to Mexican braceros sets archival photos and portraits to Best of Me by Los Cenzontles with David Hidalgo of Los Lobos and Taj Mahal from their American Horizon CD. [Portraits by Craig Sherod. Edited by Maureen Gosling.]

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Roots rock singer/guitar slinger and East Los homie (Downey) Dave Alvin sings a classic ode to America, folky roots, broken hearts, independence and Mexican kids shooting fireworks. Hey, baby, it’s the Fourth of July!

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POCHO faves La Santa Cecilia (Marisoul on vocals) team up with Mexican rockabilly band Rebel Cats on a new, live version of Soy Mexican-Americano. The video was shot at Be Bops, a 1950s-style American diner in Mexico City. If there was a washboard in addition to the cajon, we’d call this zydeco.

Here’s Los Cenzontles’ version of the song, which is on heavy rotation at POCHO World Headquarters in East Los:

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s powerful new video for Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) is based on a track from The Hamilton Mixtape.

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Dance your space suits off: ‘Pachanga en la Luna’ (video)

by Soy Capitan June 19, 2017 Cartoons
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We like the cover art even more than the tune: It’s Los Autenticos, dancing their Moon landing spacesuits off in Pachanga en la Luna.

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Bang Data is heading to the stars in ‘Galactica’ (lyrics video)

by Soy Capitan June 13, 2017 Cultura
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Even pocho-level bad Espanish is understandable with this new Galactica lyrics video from Bang Data. Someone — we won’t say who — is lookin’ for a love to call their own. The band plays today at L.A.’s Fonda Theatre.

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The Trump drama makes a fine (Rossini) opera (video)

by Soy Capitan June 7, 2017 Cultura
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Rebecca Nelsen (soprano) and Eric Stoklossa (tenor) deliver all the fake news about the 45 Regime in the style of composer Rossini and SNL “Opera Man” Adam Sandler. [Video by Operatico Politico.]

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Los Lobos Live: Kiko and the Lavender Moon (video, lyrics)

by Soy Capitan June 6, 2017 Cultura
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Is Kiko and the Lavender Moon the best song from Los Lobos best LP? If you’re wondering why the band looks so young in this video — that’s because it’s over 20 years old. Mira los lyrics:

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Nancy Sanchez y Marisa Ronstadt: Love as big as the ‘Ocean’ (audio)

by Soy Capitan June 2, 2017 Audio
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Los Angeles singer-songwriter Nancy Sanchez’ new album release American Novio includes this perky love song, Ocean, which features sweet harmonies from (Linda’s cousin) Marisa Ronstadt. Check it out.

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Mariachi Entertainment System: ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’ (video)

by Soy Capitan May 31, 2017 Cultura
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The classic oldie from Olivia Newton John and Grease gets a new sound and new look from Mariachi Entertainment System. MES’ Kickstarter is here.

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Little Pedro and the Street Singers explain ‘Spanish America’ (video)

by Soy Capitan May 22, 2017 Audio
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In “Spanish America”, supposed kid singers explain how tortillas are corn bread and frijoles are what’s for lunch: From the Children’s Record Guild 78, released circa early 1950s. With David Pfeffer as Pedro, also with Sally Sweetland, Earl Rogers, Lee Sweetland, Denise Alexander and David Anderson. Music by Miguel Sandoval. Story by L. Paris.

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‘Trumpon Sangron’ Version II by Partners ‘N Crime (audio and lyrics)

by Soy Capitan May 19, 2017 Audio
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Singing, songwriting Partners ‘N Crime explain:

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POCHO Rock History: The Blendells ‘La La La La La’ (video)

by Soy Capitan May 10, 2017 Cultura
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In 1964, East Los Angeles pochos The Blendells had a hit with a Latin-tinged cover of Stevie Wonder’s La La La La La.

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Los Cenzontles cover Dylan’s ‘Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man’ (audio)

by Soy Capitan May 4, 2017 Audio
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Raza roots collective Los Cenzontles strip Bob Dylan’s Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man back to the basics (the lyrics) and then build it back up en estilo Latino. That’s Eugene Rodriguez, vocals, Lucina Rodriguez and Fabiola Trujillo, chorus, Emiliano Rodriguez, bass, Carlos Caro, bongo, shaker, guiro, tambourine, and Silvestre Martinez, cajon, congas. DID YOU KNOW? Bruce […]

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Ozomatli does ‘La Bamba’ reggae style (official and live videos)

by Soy Capitan May 1, 2017 Cultura
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POCHO amigos and SoCal homies Ozomatli put a reggae spin (with some topical lyrics) on La Bamba. Ozomatli plays La Bamba in Solana Beach:

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New from Las Cafeteras: ‘If I Was President’ (music video)

by Soy Capitan April 27, 2017 Cultura
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What Would I Do if I Was President? Eastside homies Las Cafeteras want to know. And what would you do? Feed the kids? Fix the schools? Stop the wars? House the homeless? Heal the sick? PREVIOUSLY ON LAS CAFETERAS:

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Sure hope not, but it looks like “We’re Gonna Get War Again” (video)

by Soy Capitan April 24, 2017 Cartoons
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The headlines made us remember this video prophecy from 2010 from Balkan Beat Box. Looks like we’re gonna get War Again. 🙁

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Cambalache’s new video: Son jarocho in another dimension

by Soy Capitan April 18, 2017 Cultura
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East Los Homies Cambalache takes the traditional son jarocho sound, adds futuristic costumes and settings for the stunning new video Butaquito Lindo. What’s it all about? The YouTube page explains:

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‘Mexican Joe’: #1 on the country charts in 1953 (video plus lyrics)

by Soy Capitan April 17, 2017 Cultura
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Mexican Joe was a happy-go-lucky gambler, playboy and sneak who topped the country and western music charts in 1953 in this song by “Gentleman” Jim Reeves. Here’s Joe’s story:

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Guadalupe Plata: What have I gained from loving you? (video, lyrics)

by Soy Capitan April 10, 2017 Cultura
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Spanish “punk blues” band Guadalupe Plata asks the age-old question, “¿Qué He Sacado Con Quererte?” Even if you can’t understand Andalusian Español, we bet you can’t take your eyes off this vertically-scrolling goth video with dissonant surf guitars. Mira los lyrics by Chilean songwriter Violetta Parra:

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Twofer Friday: Metalachi’s ‘Hot for Teacher’ + ‘Crazy Train’ (videos)

by Soy Capitan April 7, 2017 Cultura
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They’re metal! They’re mariachi! They’re puro Metalachi. Get back Van Halen! Watchale Ozzy Osbourne!

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1960s folk legend Joan Baez is back: ‘Nasty Man’ (video)

by Soy Capitan April 6, 2017 Cultura
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New York-born pocha Joan Baez came out of retirement to write, perform, and release a song about Trump. For some reason she calls it Nasty Man.

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