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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!

Hey, kids: Batman and Robin know that prejudice has no place in our country. We need teamwork! [Mas…]

sof_aacute__by_ekhi_guinea-d756999Sometimes you’ve just got to turn off the TV and walk away — and a long Labor Day weekend is the perfect excuse! [Mas…]

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I fell into a burnin’ ring of fire
I went down, down, down
And the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns
The ring of fire, the ring of fire
I fell into a burnin’ ring of fire
I went down, down, down
And the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns
The ring of fire, the ring of fire

Johnny Cash somehow manages a version of Ring of Fire en Español: [Mas…]


The country music legend Jim Reeves had a lot of big records, but we like this “half-fast” April 16, 1964 live-in-Norway version of his hit Adios Amigo. He died later that year behind the controls of a small plane that crashed in Tennessee during a violent thunderstorm. He was 40 years old.


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!

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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In 1959, this country singer just loved ‘Tiquela & Mexican Beer’ (video)

by Soy Capitan March 30, 2016 Cultura
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In 1959, country singer Larry Bryant released a 45 celebrating his love of Tiquela & Mexican Beer. Music trade magazine Billboard called it “interesting” — not a good sign — and the record never made much of a splash. But the original 45 (#101 — the first release?) on Santa Fe Records is a $25 […]

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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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Naco Ñewsday: ‘Naco art’ according to Instagram (photos)

by HABLO PICASSO October 6, 2015 Cartoons
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Let’s define our terms: According to the Daily Texican, “naco,” not a nice word, is Mexican slang for a lower class, ignorant country bumpkin, and/or a derogatory term for an “Indio” or native. “Naco art,” therefore, is the Mexican version of lowbrow “art” like Elvis paintings on velvet or sad clowns and/or big-eyed “Keene” people. […]

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Ask A Mexican: Should Mexicans move to the South? (video)

by Comic Saenz February 19, 2015 Cultura

It’s complicated, but Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano considers the future of Mexican-Americans in the South and suggests it’s the new, unconquered Aztlan ripe for the Reconquista Part II. After all, paisas and good ole’ boys are the same with the horses and the whiskey and the marrying their second cousins, right? (Gustavo’s art courtesy […]

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Who are these so-called U.S. ‘Hispanics’? They’re Mex to the max

by RON FLOSS September 18, 2014 Cultura
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Mexican-Americans — all 34 million — make up over two-thirds of the U.S. Latino population according to the Pew Research Organization:

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World Map: Every country is #1 in something (infographic)

by Comic Saenz October 22, 2013 Cartoons
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Every country in the world has to be Numero Uno in something, right? These maps have the surprising details:

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Accused rapist? Fugitive spy? Ask your travel agent to ‘Do Ecuador’

by EDUARDO BURRO June 25, 2013 El Now
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(PNS reporting from QUITO) You don’t have to be an accused rapist hiding from the Swedish police like Julian Assange or an alleged spy like Edward Snowden to consider asylum in the República del Ecuador. That’s the message of the new Do Ecuador marketing campaign from Ecuador’s Ministry of Tourism, which was announced in this […]

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Mainstream media wants to know: WTF are ‘pochos’ and ‘nacos’?

by Lalo Alcaraz July 12, 2012 Cultura
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I have long said it is a Pocho Planet, and maybe you can make the case that it’s a Naco World as well! We all know what a pocha or a pocho is, and the greatness and prestige that designation implies. But if you aren’t clear, or wondering what the hell naco means, watch this mun2 video featuring Gustavo […]

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Johnny Cash ‘Fuego D’Amor (Ring of Fire)’ en Espanol (video)

by Comic Saenz July 10, 2012 Cultura
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Johnny Cash somehow manages a version of Ring of Fire en Español. Thanks to Remezcla for the link!

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

by Victor Payan July 4, 2012 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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