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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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Singing, songwriting Partners ‘N Crime explain: [Mas…]

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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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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 Langhorne, Bob Dylan’s long-time guitarist, and the inspiration for Mr. Tambourine Man, died recently. [Mas…]

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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: [Mas…]

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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?

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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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RIP Rosie ‘Angel Baby’ Méndez Hamlin of Rosie and the Originals (video)

by Soy Capitan April 3, 2017 Cultura
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Que en paz descance oldies but goodies sweetheart, a pocha rock ‘n’ roll original, Rosalie “Rosie” Méndez Hamlin. Hamlin, lead singer of Rosie and the Originals, the early Sixties group that scored a hit with their timeless single Angel Baby, died March 30th. She was 71. Rolling Stone reports:

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The San Patricio Batallón: Aztlan’s Irish heroes (4 music videos)

by Soy Capitan March 17, 2017 Cultura
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This corrido by Orange County Celtic-rock homies The Fenians tells the tragic story of the San Patricios, the St. Patrick’s Battalion. The unit of 200 mostly Catholic Irish immigrants deserted the United States Army and fought with the Mexican Army against the U.S.A. in the Mexican–American War. Scots-British post-punk The Wakes Band offer their version […]

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International Women’s Day: Las Cafeteras ‘Mujer Soy’ (video)

by Soy Capitan March 8, 2017 Audio
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In Mujer Soy, by Las Cafeteras, we see a day in the real life of Maryann Aguirre, a woman from East Los Angeles. Happy International Women’s Day! (Remixed by YUKICITO.)

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Tom Russell live music video: “Who’s gonna build your wall?”

by Soy Capitan March 6, 2017 Cultura
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Singer songwriter Tom Russell — he comes from border country in Texas — has a question for the Cheeto Bandido: “Who’s gonna build you wall?”

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Mexican Dubwiser wants you to ‘Lecture Me’, babe (video)

by Soy Capitan February 27, 2017 Cultura
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Shot in Los Angeles and Mexico City, Mexican Dubwiser‘s latest “Post Futuristic Rebajada Cumbia Soul Experiment” is this chingon video with Spanglish rhymes with a mad house vibe. We like it. PREVIOUSLY ON MEXICAN DUBWISER:

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We’ve got your basic 2-hour-long mariachi music video right here

by Soy Capitan February 24, 2017 Audio
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Why, we asked ourselves, would these RelaxMusic people upload scores of allegedly ethnic or national background music videos to YouTube? If people play them as background audio, they will not be looking at — and clicking on — ads, so the uploaders will not make money. Is it a public service? Some kind alternative facts […]

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Las Cafeteras: ‘If I Was President’ (audio)

by Soy Capitan February 23, 2017 Audio
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Tastes Like L.A. by Las Cafeteras East Los musicians Las Cafeteras have long made political progress a signature element of their sound and the band’s new single continues the tradition. If I Was President — released on Monday, Presidents Day — starts with the son jarocho song Señor Presidente and “then flows into a bilingual […]

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Los Hollywood: Cassette mixtape + Polaroid selfies = ‘Cucu’ (video)

by Soy Capitan February 22, 2017 Cultura
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Los Hollywood — from San Diego and Tijuana — do the Time Warp again as they mashup the past (cassette tapes, Polaroid cameras) with modern pop and selfies in the new video Cucu. Los Hollywood es la visión artistica de una banda dinámica conformada por Heidy Flores (voz/bajo) [POCHO ❤️ HEIDY], Gustavo Mojica (batería), y […]

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Mexican roqueros De Nalgas: ‘Con Dinero Baila El Perro’ (video)

by Soy Capitan February 21, 2017 Cultura
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When it comes to Rock en Español, we love De Nalgas y Molotov. In this angry new release, De Nalgas turn the standard lyrics music video upside down by spelling out the Spanish words via memes and social media. The band is sick and tired of Mexico’s hypocrisy and lies and this is their “combat […]

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Alice Bag: We reject your ‘Reign of Fear’ (music video, lyrics)

by Soy Capitan February 14, 2017 El Now
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East Los punk pioneer Alice Bag wrote this song for the orange-skinned fascist fear monger. We reject, she sings, your Reign of Fear. Mira los lyrics:

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Haydn Vitera, Vanessa del Fierro: ‘Que Pasara’ (music video, lyrics)

by Soy Capitan February 6, 2017 Cultura
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Shot in East Austin, Que Pasara features Haydn Vitera, POCHO amiga Vanessa del Fierro, and the one and only Ruben Ramos “El Gato Negro” and celebrates the raza who made America (and Austin) great. ¡Mira los lyrics:

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Mariachis vs Pink Floyd: Another brick in the wall? Nunca! (video)

by Soy Capitan January 27, 2017 Cultura
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Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, for example Mariachi Cabos vs Pink Floyd’s Another Brick In the Wall. Winner: MARIACHI CABOS!

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