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…]
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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…]
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…]
Art 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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To 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…]