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Here’s one from the vaults! Is Star Spanglish Banner a lost track from INSANE IN THE BRAIN, the unreleased 2007 album that was the subject of speculation, lawsuits and at least two shootings? Those close to HORCHATA ICE (photo) won’t say. And those ties to Biggie and Tupac? Don’t go there.

 

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“Dump Trump?” “F* the police”? Wassup with that?

“I wrote this for the kids!,” hip hop artist and activist Olmeca says.

He explains it this way:: [Mas…]

 

Drummer David Jacobo is a SoCal pocho (Sylmar/Van Nuys/East Los) who works as an educator with special need kids in Portland. Guitarist Cassi Blum. from Reno, Nevada via the East Coast, is a PDX barista.

Together for just six months, the two kick it old school Black Flag style as indie punk band Tallwomen. POCHO’s Punk Rock Artesano Junco Canché gives them “5 liberty spikes out of 5.” [Mas…]

trejotrumptacobowlAs the election cycle heats up, hopeful candidates try to gain Hispanic/Latino support, but we won’t get fooled again.

POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz and POCHO Associate Naranjero Gustavo ¡Ask a Mexican! Arellano spill the Hispandering beans on Maria Hinojosa’s Latino USA. [Mas…]


Electric Light Orchestra’s I can’t get it out of my head is the lastest pop music cover from Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds).

PREVIOUSLY ON LOS CENZONTLES COVERS: [Mas…]

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Canadian First Nations DJ Crew A Tribe Called Red mixes up traditional sounds with future sonics and they want you to use this song instead of racist mascot chants in sports arenas.

TheFader.com explains: [Mas…]

harrygrayIn this week’s Episode #74 of Entrepod, the podcast for wannabe entrepreneurs, host Adam Buckholtz (photo) speaks with Bay Area entrepreneur Genesee Flashpan.

She’s flushed with pride about WePupy — a new app that wipes “the sharing economy” and sanitizes it for your protection.

When you have to go, you have to go, and WePupy makes it easy to leave your cares behind at carefully curated facilities near you. [Mas…]


The three homies who comprise a band named after the Mexican barrio destroyed to build Dodger Stadium (photo)The Chavez Ravine — are out with a new tune: Touch Down.

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Los Supercivicos: Satirical super hero citizens of Mexico City (audio)

by Andalé Mono May 23, 2016 Audio

Los Supercivicos, Mexico’s City’s self-appointed superhero vigilantes, wield the wicked sword of satire as they fight for truth, justice and the Mexican Way. Zakiya Gibbons reports for NPR’s LatinoUSA: Alex Marin y Kall and Arturo Hernández are redefining crime-fighting in Mexico City with their comedy group, Los Supercívicos. Armed with comedy and a camera, the […]

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Dank beats from L.A.’s Goblins from Mars: ‘King Taco’ (audio)

by Soy Capitan May 11, 2016 Audio
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The “two dudes from Los Angeles, California that make some dank beats fam” create magic free open source music as the Goblins from Mars. They’re on Facebook, of course, and they have this new cool reggae tune out on SoundCloud called King Taco. Is it an ode to the famous taqueria in East Los? We […]

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OC cumbia punks Thee Commons debut ‘Foolish King’ (audio)

by Soy Capitan May 10, 2016 Audio
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Fullerton, California’s finest psychedelic cumbia punk rockers Thee Commons have released the first track from their album Loteria Tribal. The Orange County group’s edgy Foolish King comes as the band begins a national tour this summer.

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WAR (the OG band): ‘Cinco de Mayo’ (1981 complete)

by Comic Saenz May 5, 2016 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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Three poems from Mexington, KY by Profe. Steven Alvarez (audio)

by Comic Saenz May 2, 2016 Audio
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Steven Alvarez, POCHO amigo and Assistant Professor (Writing Rhetoric and Digital Media, Latin America Studies, English) at the University of Kentucky, teaches a course called Mexington, about the growing community of Mexican Americans in UKY’s hometown, Lexington. He’s a poet, too. CON PAPELES / CON DIGNIDAD 0:03to my left is Appalachicano see & down the […]

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Kosher for Passover nachos, and rice and beans (video, audio)

by Barney Asada April 28, 2016 Audio
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The Jewish celebration of Passover is a week-long Feast of Unleavened Bread, or “matzo” in Hebrew. Most Jews stick to matzo and avoid regular bread, wheat products, rice, corn, and beans. This may change, though, since an 800-year-old religious ban on rice and beans was just overturned. Ingenious cooks over the centuries have found ways […]

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Los Cenzontles: Randy Newman’s “Memo to My Son” (video, lyrics)

by Soy Capitan April 25, 2016 Audio
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Los Cenzontles cover Randy Newman’s Memo To My Son. Mira los lyrics:

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LatinoUSA: The War on Weed’s racist history (plus ‘Reefer Madness’)

by DAVE ZNOTEER April 18, 2016 Audio
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“Before Ronald Reagan’s crusade against crack, and Richard Nixon’s war on drugs, there was the ‘reefer madness’ campaign,” writes Sarah Hayley Barrett: In the early 1900’s, cannabis was well-known as a plant with curative properties. It was listed in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia as medicine for over 100 illnesses. But in 1930, Harry J. Anslinger was […]

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LA’s Ramiro Gomez makes invisible workers visible (NPR audio)

by Comic Saenz April 12, 2016 Audio
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Painting on the radio is like fish on bicycles, except if you are POCHO amigo Ramiro Gomez, Jr., whose artistic mission is to represent the usually invisible immigrant laborers who keep America running. Via NPR’s Morning Edition:

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor: ‘My Beloved World’ (audio)

by Andalé Mono April 11, 2016 Audio
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From 2013: LatinoUSA’s Maria Hinojosa talks to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor about her memoir My Beloved World. The book tells the story of Sotomayor’s childhood in the South Bronx and her years before the court.

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Fugitive Merle Haggard found love by the ‘Seashores of Old Mexico’

by Soy Capitan April 7, 2016 Audio
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Country music legend Merle Haggard, 79, died Wednesday. In the 1970s, the working man’s poet wrote and sang this sentimental corrido about a gringo from Tucson who escapes the law to find peace and love by the Seashores of Old Mexico. The song was Top Ten country music hit for singer George Strait. R.I.P., Merle. […]

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Latino USA: Trump is good for business – the piñata business (audio)

by Andalé Mono February 22, 2016 Audio
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“Jennifer De Benito could have had any piñata she wanted for her 14th birthday party. She chose a piñata of Donald Trump. The three-foot-tall piñatas depict Trump in a business suit with his infamous blonde hair and they’re flying off the shelves on both sides of the U.S.–Mexico border,” writes Samantha Clark. “It all started […]

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Juanita Ca$h: ‘Fuego del Amor (Ring of Fire)’ (audio)

by SOY CAPITAN February 16, 2016 Audio
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“What would it sound like if Johnny Cash had an illegitimate daughter raised in Juarez?” asks the Juanita Ca$h Facebook page. “Juanita Ca$h has come to take her revenge on her father’s music: Blasphemous, boisterous, psychedelic cumbia versions of her daddy’s classic songs.” Uhm, huh?

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Marilynn Montaño is embedded in her migrant father’s rough hands

by Andalé Mono January 14, 2016 Audio
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Orange County poet and activist Marilynn Montaño’s poem His Machucada Hands is a “testament to the ways that being undocumented has taken a physical toll on her father’s body. The title, she said, came from noticing his hands on the steering wheel every morning as he drove her to middle and high school,” according to […]

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Esquivel: Have A Space Age Bachelor Pad Christmas (video playlist)

by Soy Capitan December 25, 2015 Audio
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All the kool kats and kitties dig this playlist o’ videos from the Esquivel Christmas LP. Man, they dig it the most! Plus, it’s in ¡LIVING STEREO! PREVIOUSLY ON JUAN GARCIA ESQUIVEL: ¡Mucho Machacha! [music video]

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Brooklyn’s Mexican Israelite kids meet a local rabbi (audio)

by SOY VEY December 7, 2015 Audio
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Cute, curious kids at the Mexican Israelite Church of God in Brooklyn have many questions about their neighbors –– mysterious Hasidic Jews. Example: What is the deal with those big fur hats? Debbie Nathan reports for LatinoUSA:

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