The people who count things and make lists say there are over three dozen wars going on right now. Some “experts” insist this is inevitable, but others offer a different vision. One opposing point of view comes from a dead dude we know as Isaiah:
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Suburban band Cutty Flam, the Rock n’ Roll sound track to a 1950’s B-Movie starring Ritchie Valens opposite Betty Page directed by Quentin Tarantino, offer this new video for Robot Heart. It’s about life, loss, death and going to the prom, plus it’s easy to slow-dance to. (Video by Jose Emmanuel Varela for BrotherScienceTV and Cutty Flam.)
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(PNS reporting from BELIZE CITY) The Nohmul complex, an ancient Mayan pyramid in the north of this Central American country, was recently bulldozed by a local contractor who used the crushed rock to “fill” a road. Nohmul was utilized as a ceremonial center 2,300 years ago.
After public outcry from archaeologists, local authorities said they would investigate the demolition.
Belize real estate attorney Alejandro Bolsa de Duchez defended the destruction:
POCHO’s crew of slackers, surfers, skaters and all-around SoCal party peeps missed this video when it came out in March, but when we started going through the tunes on the excellent new FREE Nacional Records Sampler, this track perked up our ears and made us look for a video. From Argentina with love, meet Señor Flavio, pochas y pochos, with Dulce Babalu.
Johnny Perez, the original drummer for Tex-Mex superstar band Sir Douglas Quintet, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 69. This 1965 video shows Perez and his bandmates performing their hit She’s About A Mover on NBC’s Hullaballoo.
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Los Lobos? We say they’re the best Los Angeles band ever. Others dismiss them as just another band from East L.A. Either way, here they are in a just-released video, lamenting lost love live at the San Diego House of Blues in When the Circus Comes from the masterful Kiko album.
- More Los Lobos: One Time, One Night (in America)
Monterrey technorock superstars Kinky and an illuminated robot amigo shot this new video in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong. (Despues Del After = After the After.)
And we love this older (possibly NSFW: side boobs) English-language Kinky production with an eight-bit video game look, the band’s tribute to Those Girls:
Girl In A Coma, the all-chica metal power trio from Texas, just released this surprisingly pop track One Eyed Fool. Girl in A Coma is sisters Nina (vocals/guitar) and Phanie Diaz (drums) and long-time friend, Jenn Alva (bass). Check it out! And if that’s not enough, we ran a cool video from the band in March.
People you know, situations you recognize, stuff you resemble, calles you cruise, stories you live — they’re all here in De la Calle, the super Spanglish new alt.cumbia video from San Antonio band Bombasta.
Omar Torrez sure can play! That’s why he toured with Tom Waits and played with others like the Buena Vista Social Club and Jethro Tull. The Los Angeles Times wrote: “Dare we dub him the Latin Hendrix?! The fastest fingers in the West, a massive talent poised to break out and kiss the sky.”
Omar Torrez describes his music as “equal parts rock, Latin, delta blues, atonal classical, and performance art.” His heritage is as diverse as his music, ranging from Spanish and Basque (via Mexico) to Norwegian, Native American and Russian roots.
We especially like his new release — a happy-go-lucky smile of a tune called Marina (play this loud!) which will have you chair-dancing in no time at all. Srsly.
It’s easy being green when you Take the Red Line. Rock metal skaters It’s Casual recommend public transportation.
Alicia Velasquez AKA “Alice Bag” — music scene pioneer in first-wave L.A. punk band The Bags — went on the road this winter to promote her autobiography Violence Girl. After a record store appearance, she answered a few questions for Punk Globe magazine.
Here’s the interview and the “trailer” for her book. Yes, books have trailers. And check out The Bags performance video and the vintage gurl-punk Cholitas footage — all below.
TGIF Music Video from La Chata’s Music Box: El Cunjunto Nueva Ola — a crew of masked cumbia-loving luchadores — has a new album out called Chido Chido. No, no I am not saying it’s chido (cool in English.) Well, actually, it is. This tune is called Cumbia Town.
Are you ready to boogie? Straight-up Texican boogie rocks the house eight to the bar in this 2009 Fabulocos show. The band is smokin’ — Mike Molina on drums, James Barrios on bass and Kid Ramos on guitar live in New Braunfels, TX. You can see in the video that it’s daytime in Texas. Luckily, damn daylight savings doesn’t mean it’s too early to boogie!
Hang ten, pochos, with this super mellow old-school surf guitar instrumental from Lost Acapulco, the Mexico City surf, garage and punk band.
TGIF Music Videos: Los Brioles are a crazed psychobilly trio from Spain. Dead men, like dead puppies, probably don’t have much fun, but they sure do rock!
But wait — there’s more! Dig this local cholobilly music video from Los Bandits who describe themselves this way:
Psychobilly, Rockabilly, Punk, Spanish guitar, Cumbia, and Mexican music that has an infiltration of Chicano based lyrics.
Vintage footage of strip clubs and exotic GoGo dancers heats up this 2009 release from Mexican retro-rockers Matorralman. Beauties, cuties and nudies! ¡Que rocko!
(Semi-nude breasts with pasties and/or kinky tassels. No nipples. May be NSFW or unavailable in your area; ask your doctor before beginning any GoGo dancing regimen.)
TGIF Music Video Double Play: Groove on out the office with WAR’s Low Rider and Cisco Kid. How a band made up of six African-Americans and a Jew from Denmark turned into one of Latinos’ favorite groups is a long story, but the songs WAR wrote at 7417 Sunset Blvd. were definitely happenin’ in the hood. All but one of WAR’s surviving original members now perform as the Lowrider Band.
TGIF Music Video, dedicated to all you lovers out there! Tierra – an offshoot of El Chicano – had their greatest hit with a remake of this Philly Soul classic Together. The sensuous vocals, slick horn arrangements and hypnotic groove make this extended live performance something special. And a big shout out to thee one and only Mr. Duran!