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Eric Holland, a former Arizona ESL teacher who moved to Mexico, writes and sings amazing songs about the border. His Amnistia, which we first featured four years ago, paints a picture we’d all like to see! [Video by Danny Worms.]

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“She left Santana in a Chevrolet, to visit her tia in East L.A. — but she never got there!” [F-bomb.]

Late lamented SoCal punks Manic Hispanic and their 2003 version of a Ramones tune take on new relevance with Trump’s DACA threats. The I.N.S. Took My Novia Away is from the CD/album Mijo Goes to Jr. College.

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What do we know about Uruguayan-turned-Argentinian pianist and composer Manuel Aróztegui? Not too much other than he wrote this crazy cool tune at the turn of the last century — i.e, 1900! Here’s the composer’s “ragtime tango” El Apache Argentino as performed by Juanjo Domínguez on classical guitar.

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Ick! There is this spider — La Araña — crawling on me. In Southern Califas’ San Gabriel Valley, Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds’s house party gets scary.

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A story of cross-border romance — a mojado and a Cajun queen — are the stars of country singer’s Hank Snow’s Mexican Joe and Joli Blon, released on 78 RPM disk in 1953.

Here are the lyrics and guitar chords (via Genius Lyrics) so you can sing and play along! [Mas…]

A true life story from the Mexican Revolution and a mojado’s migration from Chihuahua to Califas come alive as our Chicano musical hero Lalo Guerrero shares The Ballad of Pancho Lopez. [Mas…]

Mexican Guitar Quartet is all about ‘Bluezilian’ (video)

by Soy Capitan August 3, 2017 Cultura
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Chingon classical/jazz/experimental fusion from the Mexican Guitar Quartet: Arturo Hernandez, Victor Garcia, Falu Dominguez y Francisco Villegas. The song is Bluezilian by Clarice Assad. It’s not easy listening. Listen hard and you’ll hear flamenco, blues, rock, Bach, jazz, and some musical jokes. We dig it.

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Trump sings ‘Despacito’ to Joint Session of Congress (fake news video)

by QUESO KASEM July 28, 2017 Cultura
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We got this video from the new dude in the White House — The Mooch. He’s a communicatin’ kinda guy.

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Here comes the paletero man! (Lucky Diaz lyrics music video)

by HORCHATA ICE July 21, 2017 Cultura
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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! PREVIOUSLY ON PALETEROS:

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Mexico’s waltz gift to the world: ‘Over the Waves’ (videos)

by Soy Capitan July 10, 2017 Cultura
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Even if you didn’t know that the proper name for this waltz is Sobre las Olas — Over 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 […]

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David Hidalgo y Los Cenzontles salute los braceros (video, lyrics)

by Soy Capitan July 7, 2017 Cultura
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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.] Mira los lyrics:

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Dave Alvin (The Blasters): ‘Hey, Baby, It’s the Fourth of July’ (video)

by Soy Capitan July 3, 2017 Cultura
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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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La Santa Cecilia y Rebel Cats: ‘Soy Mexico-Americano’ (video y lyrics)

by Soy Capitan June 30, 2017 Cultura
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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’ […]

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Lin-Manuel Miranda ‘Hamilton’ video: ‘Immigrants get the job done!’

by Soy Capitan June 29, 2017 Cultura
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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. Rolling Stone reports:

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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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