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Life is crazy and it’s hard to keep it together, but we must persist for the children. Bang Data’s new music video is puro Loco. That’s why it’s also the title track from Oakland-based alternative band’s third studio album. [NSFW F-bomb.]

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Not only is she singing her alternative butt off, but she’s also playing her Fender bass in the back seat of a lowrider with her drummer. Clearly, Xenia Rubinos is Just Like I. [NSFW stealth F-bomb,]

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San Diego’s Los Hollywood says they’ll see you tomorrow. Heidy Flores is singing and playing bass. Remember her name.

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  1. Go for it! Actually try that loco New York Times pea guacamole recipe that has been dividing the nation. Worst case scenario, it’s guácala but you can call your mama and brag to her that you ate an entire vegetable. Maybe she’ll make you some real guacamole as a reward!
  2. Got a fierce sweet tooth? Scandalize everyone by making this dessert guacamole with lots and lots of chocolate!
  3. Impress your Filipino friends by making this sabroso avocado milkshake with condensed milk. (Tell the metiches that ask you what it is that it’s full of nopales!)
  4. Just go ahead and throw everything in your ethnic identity in a bowl with this Chorizo-Queso Fresco-Guacamole!! [Mas…]

bicilopochitliImage via Metzican.

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dailypennsylvanianlogoIn 1996, The Daily Pennsylvanian, the student newspaper of the University of Pennsylvania, reported on a presentation by POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz at the 14th annual Festival Latino de Penn.

You won’t believe what happened next!

Actually, nothing happened next — it happened a few years before 1996. Que? POCHO Jefe-de-Content Comic Saenz was Managing Editor of VERY SAME The Daily Pennsylvanian when he went to Penn and he planted that Lalo story in a future edition by means of his WordPress wormhole publishing prowess, which powers this POCHO.COM you are reading right now!

Lalo has remained true to his mission. At the festival, he unveiled his plans for POCHO.COM, his vision for a virtual varrio on the Internets, where ordinary people can control their own media:

Chicano cartoonist entertains students
By ANJALI KUMAR · March 28, 1996, 5:00 am

Cartooning is not what it used to be, according to Chicano political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz.

Alcaraz spoke Monday night in Houston Hall, opening up the 14th annual Festival Latino de Penn. [Mas…]

The Idiot’s Guide to Smart People: ‘Music’ (video)

by Verdana Bold April 1, 2014 Cultura
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Bang Data has mad ‘Amor Califas (California Love)’ [audio]

by MOON GUAC January 24, 2014 Audio
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The Bay Area’s Bang Data is in love ♡ with the Golden State. And Amor Califas California Love is in Spanglish, just like we like it.

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Ecuador’s Swing Original Monks party in ‘Fiesta Popular’ (video)

by MOON GUAC December 6, 2013 Cultura
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This is how they party in Quito, Ecuador. Clowns, luchadores, stilt-walkers, magicians, fireworks and music all get screen time in Swing Original Monks’ Fiesta Popular.

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Alt.surf.punk.cumbia? Thee Commons: ‘Sunburn at Midnight’ (video)

by MOON GUAC November 20, 2013 Cultura
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The band is Thee Commons from East Los and they debut officially on BrotherScienceTV’s Rewind on YouTube today. Since you asked, it’s Lion on guitar, Monkey on drums and Wolf on bass.

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La Cucaracha: It’s the GOP alternative to Obamacare (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz November 5, 2013 Cartoons
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Swiss band Pizza Prostata says ‘Buenas Tardes, Innuendo’ (video)

by MOON GUAC November 4, 2013 Cultura
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Bern, Switzerland band Pizza Prostata wishes a good afternoon to Innuendo.. The band, aside from using random Spanish words as lyrics, specializes in “great songs, badly played, but with passion.“

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[Chamber music for chipsters] Dorian Wood: ‘La Cara Infinita’ (video)

by Comic Saenz September 27, 2013 Cultura
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Dorian Wood is a Los Angeles-based avant garde (“alternative” is not a big enough word) composer and performer who publishes his own compositions via a company called Why Are You Doing This Music which maybe gives you a hint of what to expect from his self-produced album Rattle Rattle. This version of the Echo Park […]

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[TGIF Long Weekend Music Video] Café Tacvba: ‘Eo’

by MOON GUAC August 30, 2013 Cultura
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Get your long weekend off to a fast start with Café Tacvba and Eo (El Sonidero) from 2003.

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Mahatma Dandys: Turning your ‘Miedos’ into sueños (music video)

by MOON GUAC August 2, 2013 Cultura
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Alternative folk-rock collective the Mahatma Dandys: They’re on your video, turning miedos (fears) into sueños (dreams.)

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Mia Maestro has a song for the ‘Blue-Eyed Sailor’ (video)

by Andalé Mono July 30, 2013 Cultura
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Argentinian actress and musician Mia Maestro uploaded this video eight months ago but no one really noticed until Vimeo made it a pick selection and it exploded online over the last few days. Great song, sensual singing and amazing body art/body painting, awwww yeah!

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When Xenia Rubinos gets going, she’s a ‘Whirlwind’ (music video)

by MOON GUAC May 7, 2013 Cultura
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She’s a Puerto Rican-Cuban singing pocha from Connecticut and no one makes music with the intensity she does. Here’s the latest from the astounding Xenia Rubinos — Whirlwind.

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Grammy-award winning Quetzal: ‘Imaginaries’ (videos)

by QUESO QUESEM February 11, 2013 Cultura
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Here’s a video about the album Imaginaries by East Los Angeles band Quetzal, which won a Grammy in the “Latin rock, urban or alternative album” category Sunday night. And here’s an actual Quetzal music video called This Is My Home about East Los:

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La Chata’s Music Box: Madness en Español! Who knew? (video)

by La Chata April 27, 2012 Cultura
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TGIF Music Video: Madness — Uno paso adelante. When La Chata skanks at the office, this is what she skanks to! Veteran English ska/2tone band Madness also recorded One Step Beyond, from their 1979 debut album, in Spanish, and here’s the proof. Rock esteady, Teddy! Original English version here:

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El Conjunto Nueva Ola is chido! ‘Chido Chido’ actually (music video)

by La Chata March 23, 2012 Cultura
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TGIF Music Video from La Chata’s Music Box: El Cunjunto Nueva Ola — a crew of masked cumbia-loving luchadores — has a new album out called Chido Chido. No, no I am not saying it’s chido (cool in English.) Well, actually, it is. This tune is called Cumbia Town.

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