My mother, Carmen, often sent me to La Paloma Market, while my brother Salomon watched I Love Lucy re-runs. We lived in East Los Angeles’ Ramona Gardens housing project, where I had to be selective about the routes I took.

Since I feared the barking dogs along the alley, I always took a shortcut through the hill that was controlled by a local gang, the Hill Boys. The homeboys never bothered me on my daily trip for groceries, especially since we attended Murchison Elementary School at the same time. [Mas…]

angrybirdog(PNS reporting from TOKYO) Japanese character actor Bad Badtz-Maru will star as a gang-banging, tagging Chicano in a new animated feature called Angry Bird O.G., PNS confirmed on Sunday.

This could be a comeback role for 20-year-old Badtz-Maru (バッドばつ丸). The spiky-haired method actor has found little work since playing the mascot at the 2006 FIBA World Championship of Basketball here. [Mas…]

The surviving guys (minus one) of the band formerly known as WAR (East Los favorites) are now the Lowrider Band. This just-released video is their OG salute to the ordinary man who works hard all day at a job he hates so he can take care of his family.

For what it’s worth, although Canadian Neil Young first hooked up with the core players who would become Crazy Horse in 1968, it wasn’t until the addition of Spanish-American guitarist Frank “Poncho” Sampedro in 1975 that the band cemented the ragged sound that would seal their legacy as the godfathers of grunge. Young, Pocho Rican drummer Ralph Molina and bassist Billy Talbot formed the perfect combination.

Check out this hot video! The boys are in Spain singing the praises of Latinas — the Cinnamon Girl — while also establishing the dress code for grunge…in 1987! 

More musica below! [Mas…]