The end of YouTube and the death of free speech on the Web: welcome to The Machine

Do you ever get the feeling that everyone is being distracted, simultaneously, while more sinister things occur quietly in the background? Or that maybe the real enemy is not who the media tells you it is, but rather the media itself. I looked up the definition of schizophrenia the other day and it shocked me. […]

An open letter to past friends, so-called enemies and the legion of silent frenemies

This is an open to letter to all the folks whom I have written off over the years (and who have written me off), both online and in person, but mostly online. This is to all those people with whom I’ve had arguments, disagreements, spats, shouting matches, differences of opinion, different politics, knockdown drag out […]

The cult of illusory superiority – Part 1: Hypocrisy

*editor’s note: due to the length of these rants, I’m going to break them into separate parts. This is part one. If you asked me what bothers me the most about the era we live in I would give you an earful but I can narrow it down to a couple of main points that […]

Hypocrisy is America’s cup of coffee OR Anything but Mexican

National politics almost always put Chicanos in weird, awkward, contradictory and often bizarre places and positions. Let me rephrase that: national politics almost always put this Chicano in weird, awkward, contradictory and often bizarre places and positions, lest I commit the cardinal sin of speaking for anyone but myself. But yeah. This is truly Bizarro […]

You can’t go home no more and songs for old fools

I’ve found more solace, understanding, meaning, righteousness, inspiration, validation and a laundry list of other things, in music more often than I have in human beings. I know I’m not alone in this method of coping with this thing we call life, because it’s where things like blues and jazz come from. As a musician […]