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
Or walk on the sea
But his heart it was big
And his soul knew no cages
And wherever he went
He brought gifts for all ages
He didn’t have elves
Way up at the North Pole
But he knew lots of Hopi
Maya, Navaho and Huichol [Mas…]
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? [Mas…]
PREVIOUSLY ON UFOS: [Mas…]
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. [Mas…]
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: [Mas…]
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 and cholos. In the club’s parking lot, adjacent to a lumberyard, several lowered 1950s and 1960s Detroit-built cars display airbrushed murals and shiny chrome, the one exception being a caramel brown 1941 Chevy truck.
Click here for POCHO’s review of Lowriting, from which this special sneak preview is excerpted.
On the stage are two members of Quetzal, one of East Los Angeles’ most popular bands: Quetzal Flores and his long-time companion, Martha Gonzalez. Flores strums a jarana, a traditional stringed instrument from the Mexican Gulf port state of Veracruz. Gonzalez is seated astride a cajon, also used extensively in the Son Jarocho tradition of that state, and thumps with her hands and fingers a driving cadenced beat as she sings in Spanish and English, words heavily tinged with Mexican/Xicano cultural and political significance. [Mas…]