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R&B singer Miguel and beloved Mexican icon Natalia Lafourcade join forces on Coco’s signature song Remember Me.

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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:

 

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It’s Labor Day Weekend!
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Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Sing along with the music that celebrates the ordinary working people who keep this country — and the world — in business: Look for the Union Label, Workin’ in a Coal Mine, This Land Is Your Land, and a stunning Leonard Cohen version of Solidarity Forever. [Mas…]


Sometimes homies Los Lobos sound like they are John Cougar Mellencamp’s or Tom Petty’s brothers from another mother. This is one of those times. These all-American stars sing all-American stories, like One Time, One Night in America. Respect.

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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.


Why, we asked ourselves, would these RelaxMusic people upload scores of allegedly ethnic or national background music videos to YouTube? If people play them as background audio, they will not be looking at — and clicking on — ads, so the uploaders will not make money. Is it a public service? Some kind alternative facts thing? We don’t know. On the other hand, you can enjoy two hours of uncredited, unnamed mariachi (and other Mexican) muzak right here.

Today’s the day the music – and Ritchie Valens – died

by Comic Saenz February 3, 2017 Cultura
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Today marks the sad anniversary of “the day the music died,” the February 3, 1959 airplane crash that took the lives of rock stars Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens. Valens, from the L.A. suburb of Pacoima, was born Richard Steven Valenzuela and some consider him the father of Chicano rock. Pocho Valens […]

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Tish Hinojosa: He was from ‘The West Side of Town’ (video, lyrics)

by Soy Capitan December 7, 2016 Cultura
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Folk/country singer songwriter Tish Hinojosa sings a song about a pilgrim’s progress in America — a Mexican pilgrim in Texas. Felipe, the father, lived in San Antonio, on The West Side of Town. That’s were Felipe met Maria… Los lyrics:

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Songwriting therapy: When everything is f—-d, keep on going (audio)

by Josh Millard November 22, 2016 Audio
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I wrote a little pep talk, for myself and for anyone else who needs one, as we wade through the fuckedness of all this. Catchy and short and angry and upbeat and exactly a minute long. [NSFW F-bomb.]   [Music and art by METAFILTER main man CORTEX aka Josh Millard.]

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For weird Mexican surf music, try the Mexican Weirdoh’s Surf Band

by Soy Capitan November 3, 2016 Cultura
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They’re weird. They’re Mexican. They play surf music. That’s why they named the band the Mexican Weirdoh’s Surf Band.

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Always look for the union label: Music vids for Labor Day

by Comic Saenz September 5, 2016 Cultura
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Happy Labor Day! Sing along with the music that celebrates the ordinary working people who keep this country — and the world — in business: Look for the Union Label, Workin’ in a Coal Mine, This Land Is Your Land, and Solidarity Forever.

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Kids learn traditional music at free mariachi summer camp (video)

by Soy Capitan August 5, 2016 Cultura
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A free mariachi summer camp in the city of Santa Rosa spreads the love for Mexico’s music in Northern California. KQED public TV explains:

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Two minutes with the mariachis in Boyle Heights, East Los (video)

by EMO MONTAGE July 27, 2016 Cultura
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In this moody, black and white 2 minute study : Mariachi, video creator Kimo Easterwood hangs out at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, on Los Angeles’ Eastside.

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Señor Lingus: Come for the food and stay for the mariachis (video)

by Barney Asada July 18, 2016 Cultura
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At Señor Lingus — the Mexican restaurant chain with live music — you’ll come for the food and stay for the mariachis! Check your Yelper Pages for a Señor Lingus in a shopping mall near you.

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Half-fast country music classic: Jim Reeves ‘Adios Amigo’ (video)

by Soy Capitan July 7, 2016 Cultura
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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.

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Los Lonely Boys: Yo Quiero Creedence ‘Born on the Bayou’ (video)

by Soy Capitan June 27, 2016 El Now
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Los Lonely Boys — three pochos from Texas — rock hard on this burning version of the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic Born on the Bayou and make it SPANGLISH at the end. Here’s the backstory via Rolling Stone:

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You can’t go wrong with Mariachi Flor de Toloache and ‘Tequila’ (video)

by Soy Capitan June 16, 2016 Cultura
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New York City’s Mariachi Flor de Toloache — live in Memphis — take a request for a song everybody loves, Tequila, the 1958 golden oldie by The Champs.

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Ordinary guy microwaves a burrito and then THIS happens! (video)

by RICK PAYLESS May 12, 2016 Cultura
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Video creator Glen Hunt was just an ordinary guy, microwaving an ordinary burrito (don’t judge) and then THIS happened.

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Unclear on the concept, Die Cooleros are living the dream (video)

by QUESO QUESEM September 29, 2015 Cultura
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Die Cooleros, a German pop band, say you should live the dream, or, as they put it, Lebe Deinen Traum. PREVIOUSLY ON CULEROS:

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New from Los Lobos: ‘Gates of Gold’ (audio)

by Soy Capitan September 21, 2015 Audio
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LA’s best band, Los Lobos, is releasing their first album of new material in five years, Gates of Gold. We’ve got the entire record here and then individual tracks, courtesy NPR.

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Dude, where’s my Death Star? ‘Estar Wars’ – cumbia style (video)

by Soy Capitan September 10, 2015 Cultura
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La Cumbia de Patricio Cobarde marches the hell out of the Imperial March, aka La Cumbia Imperial, from Star Wars. These are not los droids you’re looking for. Then there was the time a mariachi wedding band played the Super Mario Bros theme song.

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Always look for the union label: Music videos for Labor Day weekend

by Comic Saenz September 4, 2015 Cultura
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Happy Labor Day Weekend! Sing along with the music that celebrates the ordinary working people who keep this country — and the world — in business: Look for the Union Label, Workin’ in a Coal Mine,9 to 5, This Land Is Your Land, I’m Stickin’ to the Union and Solidarity Forever.

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Nae Nae: Boricua senior citizens chair-dance like a boss (video)

by Soy Capitan August 28, 2015 Cultura
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At the Residence Senior Living facility in San Juan, PR, the gray tigers are all about the Whip/Nae Nae.

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Why did the Border Patrol show up at a Latino music festival? (video)

by Soy Capitan August 21, 2015 El Now
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The Buenas Vibras (Good Vibes) festival last weekend in Lake Elsinore was a benefit for cancer patients. Why did the U.S. Border Patrol show up? Leticia Juarez of ABC7 Los Angeles reports:

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