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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…]

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(PNS reporting from GUANAJUATO, MX) State-of-the-art leaf blower technology developed in Mexico’s Silicon Barrio is at the heart the Pentagon’s latest robot warrior, PNS has learned.

The PopoPotencia leaf blower engine powers the WildCat, a Boston Dynamics combat robot (video) built for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). [Mas…]

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Today we observe Veterans Day, AKA Armistice Day, which marks the end of World War I.

Dulce et Decorum est is a poem written by poet Wilfred Owen in 1917, during the War, and published posthumously in 1920. Owen’s poem is known for its horrific description of chemical warfare and condemnation of war.

The Masters of War are not supposed to use poison gas any more (attention, Bashar Al-Assad) but drone strikes aren’t much fun either.

POCHO dedicates this poem to all our veterans in gratitude for their service and sacrifice and with the hope no child will see war again. [Mas…]

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro knows what to do about Syria, based on careful study of the works of Jesus of Nazareth, Susan Sontag, Brother Malcolm X, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lennon, Robert Fisk, Hugo Chavez, Howard Zinn and Simon Bolivar.

The commie commandante, still BFFs with murderous Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, publicly shared his foreign policy expertise with His Excellency Barack Obama Monday afternoon: [Mas…]

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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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Vintage 1968 anti-war video reborn: ‘Mickey Mouse In Vietnam’

by PREZ PIGASUS June 24, 2013 Cartoons
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This one-minute 1968 black and white short 16mm animation by Milton Glaser was thought to be lost, but it resurfaced a month ago. There are lots of versions floating around but we like this one with music. Mickey is no stranger to controversy. Here are two recent Mouse-themed toons from POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz:

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Happy Summer Solstice from Tonatiuh and WAR (video)

by MOON GUAC June 21, 2013 Cultura
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Enjoy this summertime classic from East Los faves WAR (the original, OG lineup.) The homies are “rappin’ on the CB radio in the van.” The image? The Aztec sun god Tonatiuh, from the Codex Telleriano-Remensis (16th century.)

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Whitest Kids U Know: Hey, kids, aren’t you lucky?! (music video)

by Andalé Mono June 10, 2013 Cultura
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Aren’t You Lucky to be born in the only place that always gets it right? The Whitest Kids U Know sing.

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Welcome to the George W. Bush Presidential Library (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz April 26, 2013 Cartoons
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Clark Gesner: ‘Found on the Elevator’ (audio science fiction)

by SIX OF NINE April 12, 2013 Audio
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An 8½” 20RPM disc containing this 11-minute recording was found on the elevator at 205 W. 57th St. in New York City on Feb. 11, 1969 by the composer Clark Gesner.

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The Lowrider Band: Jam for the ’9 to 5 (Ordinary Man)’ (video)

by ESTEBAN L. DORADO February 28, 2013 Cultura
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The surviving guys (minus one) of the band formerly known as WAR (East Los favorites) are now the Lowrider Band. This just-released video is their OG salute to the ordinary man who works hard all day at a job he hates so he can take care of his family. RELATED: WAR ‘(All My Friends Know […]

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How to eshake hands Chicano style (CA y TX versions) [video]

by Sara Inés Calderón November 26, 2012 Cultura
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In this video for POCHO U’s Gabacho Outreach Program (POCHO U, GOP!) I demonstrate the Chicano Handshake including a California version, a Texas version and a version with extra love. Why can’t we be friends?

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For the Veterans: Anti-war poem from WWI: ‘Dulce et decorum est’

by Comic Saenz November 12, 2012 El Now
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Today we observe Veterans Day, AKA Armistice Day, which marks the end of the first World War. Dulce et Decorum est is a poem written by poet Wilfred Owen in 1917, during the War, and published posthumously in 1920. Owen’s poem is known for its horrific imagery and condemnation of war. They don’t use poison gas […]

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When Michael Jackson was ‘The Cisco Kid’ (1977) plus WAR [videos]

by MOON GUAC August 30, 2012 Cultura
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Michael Jackson stars as the Jackson Family mashes up WAR‘s Cisco Kid and Bob Marley‘s I Shot the Sheriff in this clip from their 19977/78 season. And here’s WAR:

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Happy July 4! ‘Star Spanglish Banner’ by Horchata Ice (audio)

by QUESO QUESEM July 4, 2012 Audio
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Here’s one from the vaults! Is it a lost track from INSANE IN THE BRAIN, the unreleased 2007 album that was the subject of speculation, lawsuits and at least two shootings? Those close to Horchata Ice won’t say. And those ties to Biggie and Tupac? Don’t go there. More cool fireworks GIFs like this one […]

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Twitter War! Iron Sheik says Jose Canseco ‘Worst Mexican of All Time’

by Santino J. Rivera May 15, 2012 El Now
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(PNS reporting from DIXIE) Though the competition was stiffer than Ronald Reagan’s corpse, retired MLB douchebag and Twitter hack Jose Canseco has been declared the Worst Mexican of All Time by ex-professional wrestler The Iron Sheik. Canseco has the “raisin balls” and is an embarrassment to all of Mexico, The Sheik told PNS. The contest […]

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