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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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Maria Hinojosa of NPR’s LatinoUSA talks with Los Angeles Alcalde Eric Garcetti.

The mayor’s message for President Trump? YOU ARE NOT THE BOSS OF ME!

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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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POCHO amigos Cutty Flam, the alt.rock.band from your black-and-white-retro future, asked us a pregunta on the Twitter:

Do you want a new Prom Punk Rola to dance with your Angel Baby?

Why, yes we do! Here is the latest from these local faves: Runaway. Now send the Angel Baby, por fa.

warcincoThis 1981 single from WAR was the first time many non-Latinos heard of Cinco de Mayo. This photo shows the original guys at the Sunset Grill (7439 Sunset, next to their offices (Far Out Productions) at 7417 Sunset. The Guitar Center swallowed up 7417 a while back.

L-R: Charles Miller (sax, RIP), Lonnie Jordan (keyboards, the only original member in the new so-called WAR), Howard Scott (guitar, Lowrider Band), Harold Brown (drums, Lowrider Band), BB Dickerson (bass, Lowrider Band), Lee Oskar (harmonica, Lowrider Band). Not pictured, Papa Dee (RIP, percussion).

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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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Chinese were the first to cross the Mexican border (video, audio)

by Verdana Bold April 5, 2017 Audio
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The first targets of American border agents were Chinese, not Mexican. When the California Gold Rush ended and the railroad building boom came to a close, it became easy for politicians to exploit anti-Chinese sentiment. The result was an immigration policy that led to the first smuggling operations across the U.S-Mexico border. [Video by Timeline.] […]

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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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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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Orange President salutes Black History Month (transcript, audio, toon)

by STEPHEN FETCHIT February 2, 2017 Audio
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Our historic President knows more about Black History Month than the last President, who was not so historic. And instead of teaching us in American, the President is going to speak English to you, you know, to class up the history of this carnage-loving people, his African-Americans. Our speech researchers here at the National Pochismo Institute took Wednesday’s […]

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Lalo Alcaraz on WGBH/PRI: ‘U.S. is becoming Mexico’ (audio)

by Comic Saenz January 23, 2017 Audio

POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz stopped by WGBH in Boston today to record an interview (audio and video) for Public Radio International’s The World with Carol Hills. It sounds like he made some new friends in Boston: Alcaraz is a strong believer in laughing during hard times. And that’s where satire comes in. Coping with humor […]

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We don’t want your tiny hands anywhere near our underpants! (audio)

by Soy Capitan January 21, 2017 Audio
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“We don’t want your tiny hands anywhere near our underpants!” Fiona Apple sings. Everyone, now: WE DON’T WANT YOUR TINY HANDS ANYWHERE NEAR OUR UNDERPANTS!

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LatinoUSA NPR Audio: The 1% and 99% of Mexico meet in NYC

by Barney Asada January 10, 2017 Audio
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LatinoUSA’s Antonia Cereijido writes the intro: If you go to a high-end restaurant in New York City, there’s a good chance that you’re dining among some of the wealthiest Mexicans in the world and being served by some of the poorest. This story was produced in collaboration with Round Earth Media. Tyler Kelley is a […]

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DREAMer from Georgia, back in DF, tries to fit in (NPR audio)

by Moctezuma Cortés December 12, 2016 Audio

Yovany Diaz was brought to the U.S. without papers when he was only seven, and he grew up in Georgia, speaking English. When his mom’s health issues required him to move “back” to Mexico City, this all-American ice hockey loving pocho found himself in a strange new world, even though it was “home.” James Frederick […]

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¡Orale! We’re getting $5.2 million for Christmas! (audio)

by MR. UDEAGHA OLUCHUKWU November 28, 2016 Audio
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OMG! We’re getting a $5.2 million ATM Card for Christmas! Here are the deets: GOOD DAY MY FRIEND. How are you, and with your family, All the arragement is done about your ATM CARD,there is no problem again but i let you know that . Our ATM DEPARTMENT OFFICE Benin republic here are delivery your […]

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Songwriting therapy: When everything is f—-d, keep on going (audio)

by Josh Millard November 22, 2016 Audio
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I wrote a little pep talk, for myself and for anyone else who needs one, as we wade through the fuckedness of all this. Catchy and short and angry and upbeat and exactly a minute long. [NSFW F-bomb.]   [Music and art by METAFILTER main man CORTEX aka Josh Millard.]

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RIP y QDEP: Ramón ‘Chunky’ Sanchez, pocho hero of San Diego

by Lalo Alcaraz October 31, 2016 Audio

I was sad to hear that San Diego and Barrio Logan Chicano icon Ramón “Chunky” Sanchez passed away Friday at the age of 65. Born in 1951 in Blythe, California, Chunky learned to play music from his family, and lived his childhood as a migrant farmworker. He left the farm he worked with his father […]

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Latinos boo Senator ‘Little’ Marco Rubio at Orlando fiesta (audio, video)

by Bronco del Camino October 26, 2016 Audio
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If was not a fun fiesta for Senator Marco Rubio (R-FLA) Sunday when Orlando festival goers greeted his appearance with a chorus of yells, jeers and boos. NPR reports: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio got booed off a stage in Orlando on Sunday, by a crowd that was overwhelmingly Latino. It happened at Calle Orange, a […]

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Señor El Trumpón, El Cabrón: Chinga tú dinero! (audio, lyrics)

by Soy Capitan October 14, 2016 Audio
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POCHO amigos songwriters and singers Tapia Corel y Jim Rhodes (aka Partners in Crime) present Trumpón, “…inspired by the antics of Donald Trump, who has continued to defy disbelief, no matter what he says or does.” Los lyrics:

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‘That Mexican Thing Again’ ringtones make America great again (audio)

by Comic Saenz October 6, 2016 Audio
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Make America Great Again with Mike Pence That Mexican Thing Again ringtones. They’re the perfect audio identifiers for those extra especial phone calls!

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De Nalgas: We are culeros, here to wake you up (NSFW audio, lyrics)

by Soy Capitan September 28, 2016 Audio

Mexico City punk rockers De Nalgas’ (On Your Butt) new single, Pare de Sufrir Pare de Mamar (Stop Suffering, Stop Fucking Up) from the album Vulgar Dulce Hogar, has some deep feels about celebrity vs ability in the music world. POCHO scored the Mexclusive NSFW lyrics in Spanish and English to spread the word. [Adult […]

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Fantastic Four fight ‘The Hate Monger’ (Marvel Comics radio show)

by Comic Saenz August 29, 2016 Audio
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The superhero gang just want a regular Fantastic Four superhero kinda day, but things are a little off kilter: An evil character called The Hate Monger is causing a massive disturbance in the Force with his hateful rhetoric. ComicVine @ GameSpot sets it up: The FF go out and run into the Hate-Monger. The Hate-Monger […]

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