America pauses Monday for Dr. Ricky Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2019

(PNS reporting from WASHINGTON, D.C.) America will pause Monday to remember the life and message of Dr. Ricky Martin Luther King, Jr., whose Tengo a Dream y Dance! speech changed the nation forever.

Post offices and other public facilities not already closed by the shutdown will be shuttered, banks and stock exchanges are taking the day off and salsa picante and sweet potato pie – his favorite snack combo – will go on sale all across America. Monday’s holiday honors RMLK’s 41st birthday.

Mas…America pauses Monday for Dr. Ricky Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2019

Rick Trevino y Flaco Jimenez: Love, but ‘I Am A Mexican’ (video)


It’s a sad, sad country music tale of a “mixed love affair” gone bad. He needs America, America needs him, Rick Trevino sings, but I Am A Mexican. There’s also La Migra to keep things interesting.

Tex-Mex legend Flaco Jimenez backs Trevino up on accordion, and as chance would have it sings a song on the very same subject:

Mas…Rick Trevino y Flaco Jimenez: Love, but ‘I Am A Mexican’ (video)

And the winner is … METALACHI and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (music video)


Our favorite heavy metal mariachi band — Metalachi — serves up a spectacular video for their version of Bohemian Rhapsody, featuring special guest star Felipe Esparza. Their third album — inexplicably called Tres — is available now.

PREVIOUSY ON METALACHI:

Mas…And the winner is … METALACHI and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (music video)

53 Years Ago in East Los: ‘Happy New Year Baby’ from The Sisters


Fifty-three years go – 1965 – big hair and girl groups were what all the cool kids dug in East Los Angeles.

Sisters Rosella, Ersi, and Mary Arvizu believed they could be the next Supremes — even before there were Supremes. They called themselves The Sisters.

Mark Guerrero, son of Chicano music legend Lalo Guerrero, tells the story:

Mas…53 Years Ago in East Los: ‘Happy New Year Baby’ from The Sisters

Where is The Chavez Ravine? Lost in the ‘Bermuda Triangle’ (video)


East Los rockers The Chavez Ravine‘s new music video takes us to the mysterious zone known as the Bermuda Triangle, where being buried in a shallow grave doesn’t mean your love affair is over.

[Video by MANDO+KEVIN. The Chavez Ravine is Manny Nieto (vocals/guitar), Mando Lopez (bass), and Phil Guerrero (drums).]

It took us a while to figure out exactly what was in these tacos (video)


POYO? That’s not how you spell POLLO! What is that brown stuff? Are these corn or flour tortillas?

WHAT EXACTLY IS GOING ON IN THIS VIDEO?

Mas…It took us a while to figure out exactly what was in these tacos (video)

Top Chef’s Katsuji Tanabe makes guacamole at his Chicago place BARRIO (video)

Chicana punk icon Alice Bag: ‘I Believe Her, Do You?’ (new music, lyrics)


East Los pocha Alice Bag aka Alicia “Alice” Armendariz (formerly of the The Bags) just released this track in support of Professor Christine Blasey Ford, Ph.D.’s testimony about rapey Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

MIRA LOS LYRICS:

Mas…Chicana punk icon Alice Bag: ‘I Believe Her, Do You?’ (new music, lyrics)

In San Pablito, Puebla, they still make paper the old-fashioned way – from bark (video)


In San Pablito, a small village in Puebla, in southeast Mexico, the centuries-old tradition of amate paper — paper made from bark — is an important part of the local economy. It also used to part of the resistance to Spanish colonial rule.

Culture Trip explains:

Mas…In San Pablito, Puebla, they still make paper the old-fashioned way – from bark (video)

Ex-con Creeper is back, drops CholoFit for CholoSpin (NSFW video)


Our favorite ex-con Creeper had some early success with his CholoFit classes, but a quick rise to fame led to some very public meltdowns. Now Creeper returns with CholoSpin and your loud-mouthed Tia and your neighbor’s chihuahua will finally meet their match. [Frankie Quiñones is Creeper. Some NSFW language.]

PREVOUSLY ON CREEPER:

Mas…Ex-con Creeper is back, drops CholoFit for CholoSpin (NSFW video)

UFOs and ancient Andes ruins: Frank Zappa’s “Inca Roads” (video)


The supremely weird (what else is new?) Inca Roads was the opening track on Frank Zappa’s 1975 LP One Size Fits All. Zappa and friends explore the racist cable TV theory that ancient illegal space aliens built the civilization of the Incas, because ancient Incas were not smart enough to do it themselves because brown. [George Duke, vocals and keyboards; Ruth Underwood, marimba.]

Mira las palabras:

Mas…UFOs and ancient Andes ruins: Frank Zappa’s “Inca Roads” (video)

Blow that funky shofar, bot boy (Happy Rosh HaShanah 2018 video)


A musical shoutout (and Hebrew/Spanish pun) to all our friends at Temple Beth Pocho who, at sundown Sunday, are celebrating Rosh HaShanah, which marks 5779 years since the creation of the world. Happy New Year y Le Shanah Tovah tambien.

What is that date on the Mayan Calendar?

(Tekiah? One of the traditional four ritual blasts on the ram’s horn, or shofar, on the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Think of TEKIAH as an Old Testament GRITO and you’ll be on the right track.)

Always Look for the Union Label: Music vids for Labor Day Weekend 2018

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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: 9 to 5 from Dolly Parton, Look for the Union Label, Workin’ in a Coal Mine, This Land Is Your Land, and Solidarity Forever.

Mas…Always Look for the Union Label: Music vids for Labor Day Weekend 2018

La lucha is real! ‘El Santo’ is ‘a real New-Mexican story’ for ‘real lovers’ (video)


El Santo, the Vimeo description says, is a “Real New-Mexican Story for Real Lovers.” We’ve watched it a buncha times and were not sure what it means or if we are one of those “real lovers” in the intended audience, but we like what we see. [Video by K48 PRODUCTIONS … in Milano of all places.] Also, be careful of strangely glowing cocktails with with bugs inside.