Aztlan Underground

Aztlan Underground

Infobox musical artist
Name = Aztlan Underground


Img_capt =
Background = group_or_band
Origin = Los Angeles, CA, USA
Instruments =
Genre = Chicano rap Alternative rock Experimental
Years_active = 1989–present
Label = Xicano Records and Film
URL = [http://www.aztlanunderground.net/ Official site]
Current_members = Yaotl Alonzo Beas Joe "Peps" Caxo

Aztlan Underground is a fusion band from Los Angeles. Since early 1989, Aztlan Underground has played Rapcore. Indigenous drums, flutes, and rattles are commonplace in its musical compositions.

This unique sound is the backdrop for the band's message of dignity for indigenous people, all of humanity, and Earth. Aztlan Underground has been cultivating a grass roots audience across the country, which has become a large and loyal underground following. Their music includes spoken word pieces and elements of punk, hip hop, rock, funk, jazz, and indigenous music, among others.

The artists are Chenek "DJ Bean" (turntables, samples and percussion), Yaotl (vocals, indigenous percussion), Joe "Peps" (bass, rattles), Alonzo Beas (guitars, synth), Caxo (drums, indigenous percussion), and Bulldog (vocals, flute).

Aztlan Underground appeared on television on Culture Clash on Fox in 1993, was part of "Breaking Out", a concert on pay per view in 1998, and was featured in the independent films "Algun Dia" and "Frontierlandia".

The band has been mentioned or featured in various newspapers and magazines: the Vancouver Sun, Northshore News (Vancouver, Canada newspaper), New Times (Los Angeles weekly entertainment newspaper), BLU Magazine (underground hip hop magazine), BAM Magazine (Southern California), 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. They also opened for Rage Against the Machine in Mexico City.

It was nominated 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.

Aztlan Underground were signed to a Basque record label in 1999 which enabled them to tour Spain extensively and perform in France and Portugal.

Other parts of the world that Aztlan Underground have performed include Canada, Australia, amd Venezuela.

The band is currently in the studio completing their third album as of June 2006. The new album is currently in its final stages of production as of Fall 08.

Discography

"Decolonize"

Year:1995

# Teteu Innan
# Killing Season
# Lost Souls
# My Blood Is Red
# Natural Enemy
# Sacred Circle
# Blood On Your Hands
# Interlude
# Aug 2 The 9
# Indigena
# Lyrical Drive By

"Sub-Verses"

Year:1998

# Permiso
# They Move In Silence
# No Soy Animal
# Killing Season
# Blood On Your Hands
# Reality Check
# Lemon Pledge
# Revolution
# Preachers Of The Blind State
# Lyrical Drive-By
# Nahui Ollin
# How To Catch A Bullet
# Ik Otik
# Obsolete Man
# Decolonize
# War Flowers

ee also

*Chicano Rap
*Native American hip hop
*Rapcore
*Chicano rock

External links

* [http://www.myspace.com/xicanorecordsandfilm Xicano Records and Film]
* [http://www.myspace.com/aztlanunderground Myspace link]


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