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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…]

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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…]

luisnewA 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…]

meza3Art Meza sent us three photos from Lowriting, like this shot of a Chicana who knows you can’t go lowrider cruising without the hoop earrings and ink. Click to enlarge. In case you didn’t see it, the Lowriting book review is here.

This lowered Chevy Bel-Air coupe with fender skirts is a sweet ride: [Mas…]


Anyone can make a video of San Diego low riders hopping, and lowrider fans partying. But not everyone can set it to operatic music. Filmmaker Gloria Morán, of San Francisco, did just that.

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cucahipstersTo be a Chipster (Chicano + Hipster) is not a destination, but a journey, and seekers must never rest. These are the Pocho Ocho Chipster New Year’s Resolutions our readers shared with us:

8. Despite the Indio heritage that gives me a sparse Fu Manchu facial hair configuration, I resolve to grow a Chente-strength bigote in 2014.

7. Nopalitos every day keeps the doctor away.

6. Repeat after me: Tenochtitlan, not panocha flan. [Mas…]

Oy vey! It’s ‘Christmastime for the Jews’ (SNL music video)

by SOY VEY December 25, 2013 Cultura
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Oy vey! From SNL, it’s diva Darlene Love’s classic rock operatic anthropological study of how non-Christians deal with/avoid/cope with the biggest (second biggest?) Christian holy day of the year.

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Poetry for Christmas: The Amazing Story of Felix Navidad

by Victor Payan December 24, 2013 Cultura
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Not so long ago And not very far Lived a jolly young man With a lowrider car 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 […]

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Lowriders in Thailand ride a little lower (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés August 26, 2013 Cultura
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How low can you go? This Thai lowrider scooter also rides a little slower. MORE LOWRIDERS:

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Pocho Ocho ways to tell you’re watching ‘Latino ñews’

by Especial Correspondents July 24, 2013 Cultura
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It’s no surprise to us Pochodores — it’s why we started POCHO.COM: Actual research reveals more and more U.S. Latinos are getting their ñews in Ingles – ñews from respected journalists like brothers Jorge Cooper-Ramos (right), and Anderson Ramos-Cooper (left.) OK, sometimes Latinos get their ñews from Gustavo Almadovar live in the O.C., but not lately. Meanwhile, Univision is leading […]

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Dateline Република Србија: All my friends know the lowrider (video)

by N. KULTURNY CHELOVEK June 7, 2013 Cultura
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In the formerly-Soviet Република Србија (Republic of Serbia), lowrider rides you!

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@Chicano_Soul’s photographs ride lower and slower

by ART MEZA May 6, 2013 Cultura
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I don’t consider myself a photographer but I do enjoy walking through car shows, up and down the aisles admiring the bombs, lowriders and classics and snapping a few pix while I’m there. I photograph the rides and sometimes their owners standing beside them. I started off using the camera on my Samsung phone but […]

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eBay ‘sniper’ outbids local man for ‘Chola Low Riders’ pulp magazine

by MING SANS MERCI February 6, 2013 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from PDX) Area collector Reynaldo “Ronnie” Morales’ heart was broken Sunday night when a last-minute auction bid from an eBay “sniper” pushed the coveted September 1953 issue of Amazing Future Tales out of his grasp and into the arms of another. The sniper killed Morale’s chances with a $37.83 winning bid. Morales had […]

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Huell Howser is classic in this ‘Lowrider Magazine’ car show video

by Lalo Alcaraz January 7, 2013 El Now
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I am sad about yesterday’s passing of a California treasure, the extremely upbeat public TV host Huell Howser. He was the longtime host of California Gold, a show that covered the nuggets of Cali history in a hilarious and charming way. If you don’t understand the fuss, watch this classic video of Huell cheerily interviewing participants at […]

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The Story of Felix Navidad (Xmas Poesia)

by Victor Payan December 21, 2012 Cultura
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Not so long ago And not very far Lived a jolly young man With a lowrider car 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 […]

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Konichi-wa, homie, from Japan’s cholos, lowriders y Chicano rappers

by YOKO LOCO June 22, 2012 Cultura
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Invasion, “Asia graffiti & lifestyle magazine,” writes: Two parts of Chicano hip-hop culture in particular have become popular in Japan: the music, and the cars. When the Japanese do Chicano rap, they still rap in Japanese instead of English, Spanish, or some mixture of the two. But the beat, the clothes and the look are […]

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Kids, lowrider bikes, culture and history in Tucson 1996: ‘Low y Cool’

by M.A.S. BURRITO April 14, 2012 Cultura
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When a French filmmaker shoots Chicano Tucson, the result is fascinating and maybe a little bit foreign — in a good way. Low y Cool documents the lives of the Camaradas Lowrider Bike Club in South Tucson, AZ in 1996. The 52-minute video was directed by Tucson resident and transplanted Frenchie Marianne Dissard with funding […]

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Pochismo 101 Edu-Video: ‘How to be a cholo’ (NSFW)

by Comic Saenz February 6, 2012 Cultura
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Would you like to swing on a star? Carry moonbeams home in a jar? And be better off than you are? Or would you rather be a cholo? Watch this video to find out how! NSFW (language.)

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