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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).

[DISCLOSURE: I was WAR’s National Director of Album Promotion for a while and ate so often at the Sunset Grill (like in the Eagles song) I could run a tab.] [Mas…]


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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tales_of_auto_elasticityfChris Labrooy utilizes CGI to twist everyday things into new forms. We like his cars. [Mas…]

trejocruiseMachete don’t text, but he did stop by — on a recent Wednesday cruise night, on Van Nuys Boulevard in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley to check in with ManCave TV. [Totally NSFW hardcore soundtrack.] [Mas…]


Third-generation lowrider Orlando Holguin, six years old, was riding low and slow before he could walk. [Video by Shannon Cottrell for the L.A. Weekly.]

La Cucaracha: All. My. Friends. Love the lowvader (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz August 3, 2015 Cartoons
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L.A. lowriders cruisin’ and jumpin’ for Cinco de Mayo (NSFW video)

by Soy Capitan May 5, 2015 Cultura
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Every year for Cinco de Mayo the lowriders cruise to Los Angeles’ Elysian park for some fun family time and spectacular hydraulic jumpin’. Sunday’s conclave was captured in this video from MancaveTV. [Hiphop soundtrack is NSFW with N-word etc.]

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

by Comic Saenz May 2, 2015 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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Perhaps you should consider advance funeral planning (video)

by RON FLOSS April 10, 2015 Cultura
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Book your final ride in advance, pochos, or you could be stuck with Uber…or something slower…and lower!

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La Cucaracha: Lowrider hydraulics are harder than they look (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz January 26, 2015 Cartoons
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It’s ‘Christmastime for the Jews’ (Darlene Love SNL music video)

by SOY VEY December 24, 2014 Cultura
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Diva Darlene Love’s classic rock operatic anthropological study of how non-Christians deal with/avoid/cope with the biggest (second biggest?) Christian holy day of the year.

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The Daily Show in Texas: Are Latinos worse than Chinese? (video)

by Chale Knickerbocker October 30, 2014 El Now
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Jon Stewart and The Daily Show are in Austin, Texas, which is right next to, well, you know … that other country. POCHO’s Migrant Editor Al Madrigal went to the Lone Star State to find out why exactly Texans think Latinos are worse than Koreans and Chinese. Have we mentioned that Al is EL HOMBRE?

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La Cucaracha: Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz October 6, 2014 Cartoons
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Puro Pinche Oldie: Brown Brothers of Soul’s ‘Ese Cholo’ (video)

by MOON GUAC March 20, 2014 Cultura
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This groovy instrumental featuring a Hammond organ, very much in the late 1960s early 1970s Green Onions and Shotgun groove, is from the The Brown Brothers of Soul. It’s called Ese Cholo.

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Art ‘Chicano Soul’ Meza loves the ‘Lowriting’ (audio)

by Comic Saenz March 7, 2014 Audio
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POCHO’s favorite photographer — Art Meza AKA Chicano Soul — tells KCRW’s Lisa Napoli about his first book, Lowriting. Lowrider culture, the Echo Park native says, reflects pride in your heritage and pride in your community. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti likes his Art Meza photo of the iconic Sixth Street Bridge:

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‘Tokyo: Living La Vida Lowrider’ by Luis J. Rodríguez

by Luis J. Rodríguez February 12, 2014 Cultura
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A row of bald-headed, broad-shouldered young men stand together in the middle of a small smoky dance club called Sound Base. They wear well pressed Dickies pants, Locs (wrap-around shades), extra-long flannel shirts or long cotton athletic shirts in black and gray. A few had T-shirts with images of lowrider cars as well as cholas […]

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Sneak Peak: Art Meza’s photos from ‘Lowriting’

by Especial Correspondents February 12, 2014 Cultura
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Art Meza sent us three photos from Lowriting, like this shot of a Chicana who knows you can’t go lowrider cruising without the hoop earrings and ink. Click to enlarge. In case you didn’t see it, the Lowriting book review is here. This lowered Chevy Bel-Air coupe with fender skirts is a sweet ride:

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San Diego lowriders hop to the music — opera (video)

by LOWEN SLO February 7, 2014 Cultura
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Anyone can make a video of San Diego low riders hopping, and lowrider fans partying. But not everyone can set it to operatic music. Filmmaker Gloria Morán, of San Francisco, did just that. PREVIOUSLY ON LOWRIDERS:

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Survey says? Pocho Ocho top Chipster New Year’s Resolutions

by Especial Correspondents January 15, 2014 Cultura
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To be a Chipster (Chicano + Hipster) is not a destination, but a journey, and seekers must never rest. These are the Pocho Ocho Chipster New Year’s Resolutions our readers shared with us: 8. Despite the Indio heritage that gives me a sparse Fu Manchu facial hair configuration, I resolve to grow a Chente-strength bigote […]

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Oy vey! It’s ‘Christmastime for the Jews’ (SNL music video)

by SOY VEY December 25, 2013 Cultura
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Oy vey! From SNL, it’s diva Darlene Love’s classic rock operatic anthropological study of how non-Christians deal with/avoid/cope with the biggest (second biggest?) Christian holy day of the year.

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Poetry for Christmas: The Amazing Story of Felix Navidad

by Victor Payan December 24, 2013 Cultura
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Not so long ago And not very far Lived a jolly young man With a lowrider car His name it was Felix Navidad was his name And he was known round the world So great was his fame He was just a man Just like you or like me He couldn’t fly through the air […]

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Lowriders in Thailand ride a little lower (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés August 26, 2013 Cultura
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How low can you go? This Thai lowrider scooter also rides a little slower. MORE LOWRIDERS:

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Pocho Ocho ways to tell you’re watching ‘Latino ñews’

by Especial Correspondents July 24, 2013 Cultura
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It’s no surprise to us Pochodores — it’s why we started POCHO.COM: Actual research reveals more and more U.S. Latinos are getting their ñews in Ingles — ñews from respected journalists like brothers Jorge Cooper-Ramos (right), and Anderson Ramos-Cooper (left.) OK, sometimes Latinos get their ñews from Gustavo Almadovar live in the O.C., but not lately. Meanwhile, Univision is leading […]

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