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Raza Comida is your source for traditional cuisine with a modern flair, like the new and delicious Sunday morning menudo pops. [Audio via our friends @ Librotraficante.. Check out Tony and friends tonight on the radiola!]

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Yesika Salgado dissects “What I Know,” a poem from her book about family, love and loss, and the city she calls home. [Audio from our friends at NPR’s Latino USA.] [Mas…]


During the 1990s, when Luis Echeverría Álvarez was president of Mexico, technicians recorded a presentation of Mexicanos, al grito de guerra, the Mexican national anthem. In 2014, artist Iván Abreu “pressed” the anthem onto a 7-inch 45-RPM record made of ice. Listen before it melts! Or maybe listen WHILE it melts, starting about two minutes in.


When he taught ESL, POCHO amigo Eric Holland learned that a song is a great way to teach students a new language. He wrote this song to teach English-speaking [adult] gabachos a few useful words en Español.

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POCHO amigo Javier Cabral, aka freelance food writer TheGlutster, talked to Southern California Public Radio’s Larry Mantle about why $8 tacos may be worth it. Cabral wrote about this for our compas at L.A. Taco. Frankly, you had me at the uni.


SoCal pocha punk pioneer Alice Bag’s demo version of this brand new Christmasy song takes no prisoners. Merry Pinches to you! Alice explains it this way:

Here is a sneak peek of a new song conceived by Candace PK Hansen. She really wanted us to have an anti-fascist Christmas song. This is just a demo version, it sounds much better with the whole band, come hear it tonight at Cafe NELA

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LISTEN: All you want for Christmas: ‘Buñuelos a monton’

by Barney Asada December 19, 2017 Audio
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É Arenas É Arenas, bass player for Chicano Batman, cooks up some cumbia for Christmas in this new song Buñuelos a Monton, and he includes all your favorite fiesta Mexmas specialties:

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(NPR Audio) Racism can literally make you sick, studies show

by Comic Saenz December 4, 2017 Audio

He had just left a fancy restaurant, celebrating a big achievement, a Ph. D. degree, when he encountered racism, racism that can hurt your health. NPR tells the story:

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POCHO’s Lalo Alcaraz: From Disney critic to COCO consultant (NPR audio)

by Especial Correspondents November 20, 2017 Audio
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This is how they begin the story about POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz and the Disney/Pixar film COCO over at NPR’s LatinoUSA:

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Before America went crazy, Uncle Sam welcomed immigrants (audio)

by Especial Correspondents October 18, 2017 Audio
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Before World War II, the American government cranked up the propaganda machine to WELCOME immigrants with a Sunday afternoon radio program from the INS called I’m An American. Sara Laskow reports for NPR’s All Things Considered. Here’s the show with immigration posterboy and refugee from the Nazis Albert Einstein:

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#TBT ThrowBackThursday: When Yugo-Mex ruled (audio, video)

by Soy Capitan September 28, 2017 Audio
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In the mid-’60s, Mexican mariachi music ruled the airwaves in Yugoslavia. Singers sported charro suits and sombreros, typical mariachi garb, with typically Slavic names. Public Radio International has the story:   Here’s a video example:

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Manic Hispanic: ‘The I.N.S. took my novia away!’ (NSFW video)

by Soy Capitan September 15, 2017 Audio
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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.] SoCal punks Manic Hispanic’s 2003 version of a Ramones tune takes 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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‘When Mexican Joe Met Jole Blon’ (1953 YouTube music, lyrics)

by Soy Capitan August 14, 2017 Audio
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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!

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POCHO History 101: Lalo Guerrero’s ‘Ballad of Pancho Lopez’ (video)

by Soy Capitan August 10, 2017 Audio
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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.

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The Firesign Theatre: Join the Free Mexican Air Force (1973 PSA)

by Verdana Bold August 4, 2017 Audio
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    In 1973, comedy group The Firesign Theatre unleashed this public service announcement — distributed to “underground” rock radio stations on a 45 RPM disk — for the Free Mexican Air Force.

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Latino USA: If You Give a Toddler a Tortilla (NPR audio)

by Especial Correspondents July 31, 2017 Audio
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She just wants to prepare some home made flour tortillas with her baby girl just like she did with her own mom. What’s the big deal? NPR’s LatinoUSA explains: April Salazar longs to make her Grandma Alice’s tortillas with her daughter. It is the same tortilla recipe her grandmother’s mother made in Baja California and […]

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Mezcal: It’s not just for Mexicans anymore (NPR audio)

by CRUDO MENUDO July 13, 2017 Audio
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More and more Americans are getting into mezcal, and that’s good news for a new generation of artisanal farmers and producers. NPR reports:

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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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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti: Hey, Trump! Not in my backyard! (NPR audio)

by Especial Correspondents May 30, 2017 Audio
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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! From NPR, this background:

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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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Cutty Flam’s latest prom punk rola “Runaway” is EZ 2 dance 2 (audio)

by Comic Saenz May 15, 2017 Audio
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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.

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L.A. OGs WAR (the ORIGINAL band): ‘Cinco de Mayo’ (1981 complete)

by Comic Saenz May 5, 2017 Audio
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This 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, […]

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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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