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Aztlan Underground is a fusion band from Los Angeles.
Background[edit | edit source]
The band trace their roots to the Eastside Hardcore scene, They have played rapcore, with elements of punk, hip hop, rock, funk, jazz, and indigenous music, and even spoken word. Indigenous drums, flutes, and rattles are also commonplace in their music.
As centerpiece of a collection of politically active and culturally important artists in Los Angeles throughout the 1990s, Aztlan Underground appeared on Culture Clash on Fox in 1993, was part of Breaking Out, a concert on pay per view in 1998, The band was also featured in the independent films Algun Dia and 1995's Frontierland and on the upcoming Studio 49.
The band has been mentioned or featured in various newspapers and magazines: the Vancouver Sun, New Times, BLU Magazine (underground hip hop magazine), BAM Magazine, La Banda Elastica Magazine and the Los Angeles Times calendar section. It is also the subject of a chapter in It's Not About a Salary, by Brian Cross.
To this day Aztlan Underground remains active in the community lending their voice to annual events such as The Farce of July to the recent movement to recognize Indigenous People's Day in Los Angeles and beyond.
In addition to forming their own label, Xicano Records and Film, Aztlan Underground were signed to a Basque record label in 1999 which enabled them to tour Spain extensively and perform in France and Portugal. Aztlan Underground have also performed in Canada, Australia, and Venezuela.
The band has been recognized for their music with nominations in the New Times 1998 "Best Latin Influenced" category, the BAM Magazine 1999 "Best Rock en Español" category, and the LA Weekly 1999 "Best Hip Hop" category. The release of their eponymous third album on August 29, 2009 was met with positive reviews and even earned the band four Native American Music Award (NAMMY) nominations in 2010.
Discography[edit | edit source]
Decolonize[edit | edit source]
- "Teteu Innan"
- "Killing Season"
- "Lost Souls"
- "My Blood Is Red"
- "Natural Enemy"
- "Sacred Circle"
- "Blood On Your Hands"
- "Aug 2 the 9"
- "Lyrical Drive By"
Sub-Verses[edit | edit source]
- "They Move In Silence"
- "No Soy Animal"
- "Killing Season"
- "Blood On Your Hands"
- "Reality Check"
- "Lemon Pledge"
- "Preachers of the Blind State"
- "Lyrical Drive-By"
- "Nahui Ollin"
- "How to Catch a Bullet"
- "Ik Otik"
- "Obsolete Man"
- "War Flowers"
Aztlan Underground[edit | edit source]
- "Be God"
- "Light Shines"
- "In the Field"
- "9 10 11 12"
- "Smell the Dead"
- "Crescent Moon"
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Viesca, Hugo (September 2004). "The Battle of Los Angeles: The Cultural Politics of Chicana/o Music in the Greater Eastside". American Quarterly. 56(3): 719–739 – via ResearchGate.
- Lerner, Jesse; Ortiz, Ruben (September 16, 1995), Frontierland, Emiliano Alvarez, Alfredo Figueroa, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, retrieved March 22, 2018
- "Frontierland/Fronterilandia (1995)". UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. June 25, 2012. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
- Harris, Nick, Aztlan Underground, Aztlan Underground, retrieved March 22, 2018
- Cross, Brian (1994). It's not about a salary: rap, race, and resistance in Los Angeles. New York: Verso. p. 263. ISBN 0860914453.
- Cruz, Araceli. "Why This Group Honored Native People on the 4th of July". Teen Vogue. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
- "S.A. mayor, city councilors will declare Thursday Indigenous People's Day". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
- "SPOTLIGHT: Aztlan Underground - RPM.fm". rpm.fm. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
- "NAMA 12". www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
- Radio, Southern California Public (November 12, 2010). "Los Angeles band Aztlan Underground gets 4 Native American Music Awards nominations". Southern California Public Radio. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
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