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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Viva Mexico

Le Butcherettes Flip the Script

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Tue, May 13, 2014 at 4:00 AM
Teresa Suarez - PHOTO: KYLE DE LOTTO
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  • Teresa Suarez
Teresa Suarez sits at a table inside the Brite Spot.

In some ways, she hasn't changed since her then-Guadalajara-based group Le Butcherettes came to fame in 2011 with their album Sin Sin SinThe act performed in aprons drenched in fake blood, with severed hog heads and chunks of meat on display, all incredibly direct metaphors about misogyny, sexism, and the unsolved murders of women in Ciudad Juarez. The performances were insane and amazing

Then, as now - on the eve of Le Butcherettes' new album Cry Is For the Flies, out on Thursday  - she wears her brown hair long, her eyes still widen and she still holds her hands up as if balancing invisible plates when she waxes philosophical.

But said philosophies have changed dramatically. "I was super ambitious, you could even say pretentious," she admits of her past self, "and I wanted to take over the world with my meat on my back." She's since shed the apron, the severed heads and the political soapbox. 

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

Viva Mexico

Morrissey - Sports Arena - May 10, 2014

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Mon, May 12, 2014 at 6:55 AM
TIMOTHY NORRIS
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Morrissey, Tom Jones, Kristeen Young
Sports Arena
May 10, 2014

Meat may be murder, but hot dogs were $10 at the L.A. Sports Arena for Morrissey's show on Saturday night. (Unlike his performance in town last year, at the Staples Center.) The faithful flocked to pay hungry homage to their - what, Savior? Shepherd? (De)sex shaman? 

Morrissey did not disappoint his doting devotees, and how could he have? Moz can do no wrong in the eyes of his congregation, and that held true on Saturday night.

See also: Our slideshow of the concert

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Viva Mexico

Six Best Narcocorrido Albums in History

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Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 4:00 AM

El Komander - COURTESY TWIINS MUSIC GROUP
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Narcocorridos, or "drug ballads", are songs that soundtrack the world of narcoculutra. Since the Mexican drug war began in 2006, the genre has exploded in popularity and the lyrics have kept pace with the brutal violence unfolding in the streets. While the accordion and horn driven music may be inaccessible to many English listeners, the stories behind the music are shocking and incredible. The ten albums below are indispensable pieces of the genre's long and bloody history.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Viva Mexico

Yes, Mexican Music is Violent. Get Over It

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Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 3:45 AM

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From Movimiento Alterado's "Sanguinarios del M1"
BuKnas de Culiacán singer doing what he does best--vamping!
America's liberal class and MSMers are abuzz right now over Narco Cultura, a documentary about Mexico's horrific drug war and the musical movement that has risen around it. These libs (and more than a few conservatives) are telling each other and the two Mexicans they know about how Mexican music nowadays glorifies the drug trade, how artists will write songs for narcos on commission, how musicians go on stage with AK-47s, bulletproof vests, and bazookas, how those songs revel in being as gory as possible--and how terrible all of this is.

Never mind that the music groups highlighted really hit their height in Mexican culture in 2010. Never mind that almost no media outlet had reported on this new wave of narcocorridos--alternately called el movimento alterado ("the altered movement"--"altered" as in "high as shit") or corridos enfermos ("sick corridos") until now, and now everyone is tripping on themselves to report this "new" news. NPR and the New York Times did stories on Narco Cultura recently, so it's now news! And you know something is the liberal flavor of the month when they're going to Ry Cooder--the only person progressive gabachos trust for their ethnic music--so he can cluck about the sadness of it all.

SNORE. Yes, America: Mexican music is violent. Get over it.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

Viva Mexico

Jenni Rivera: L.A. Spots to Remember Her

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Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 6:51 AM

Rivera in 2003 - JEANNE RICE
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  • Rivera in 2003
Before her death last year, Dolores Janney "Jenni" Rivera, was one of the best-selling regional Mexican artists of her generation.

The scrappy tomboy daughter of Mexican immigrants came from dirt poor Long Beach to sell out arenas in the motherland.

Yet she went largely unnoticed by non-Hispanics until the small Learjet she was riding after a concert crashed into a hillside in Nuevo León on December 9, 2012.

She was 43.

Though her explosive, uncensored personality and often-public feuds made her a polarizing figure for many Mexicans, she built an empire, with her own reality show, a cosmetics line, a denim line, and a real estate firm, among other ventures.

She was anticipating the announcement of her first crossover move -- an English-language sitcom for NBC -- which made her passing even more tragic.

But there are many ways to remember La Mariposa del Barrio, as she once called herself: Here are five places across Los Angeles County where you can still feel Jenni's presence.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hip-Hop

Sick Jacken and Cynic Talk Terror Tapes Vol. 2

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Tue, May 15, 2012 at 4:30 AM

Sick Jacken and Cynic at Graff Lab in Pico-Union - IVAN FERNANDEZ
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  • Sick Jacken and Cynic at Graff Lab in Pico-Union
See also: Psycho Realm's 
Message Resonates As Strongly As Ever

Sick Jacken and Cynic are lauded Pico-Union rappers; the former is a member of underground hip-hop sensation Psycho Realm, while the latter is one half of Street Platoon and a frequent Realm collaborator.

Psycho Realm became a phenomenon in the '90s, but the group was put on hold in 1999 one month before the release of their second album after Jacken's brother Big Duke -- the other half of Realm -- was shot in the neck. The incident left him a paraplegic and Jacken left the music world for a few years. He returned to the stage with some help from Cynic and his partner Crow; Jacken and Cynic have a new record out today titled The Terror Tapes Vol. 2. We spoke with them recently at the Graff Lab in Pico-Union, near where they grew up.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

Metal

Metalachi Combines Heavy Metal and Mariachi. Strippers Love Them

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Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 4:30 AM

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When he arrives at VIP Showgirls Gentlemen's Club in Hollywood, Metalachi trumpet player El Cucuy is told that there's no liquor license, and that the non-alcoholic beverages cost six bucks. He doesn't seem to mind.

"Does that include chi-chi milk?" he asks. The woman behind the counter laughs. The answer is no.

Tonight he's clad in face paint, a gray wig and a sombrero. This is pretty much par for the course for Metalachi, a Hollywood-based quintet that performs mariachi versions of popular heavy metal songs such as Dio's "Rainbow in the Dark," Europe's "The Final Countdown" and Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train."

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