Puerta Negra

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Why the Latin Grammys Remain America's Biggest Anti-Mexican Sham

    Over a decade ago, I wrote an op-ed piece for what was called Pacific News Service but is now New American Media bemoaning how pathetic the Latin Grammys were due to their lack of Mexican music. "The definers of Latin culture," I wrote then, "have decided that the most popular Latin music genre in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    The 20 Greatest Los Tigres Del Norte Songs of All Time: The Complete List

    The very first music review I wrote for this infernal rag was 11 years on Los Tigres del Norte, the conjunto norteƱo group who will one day go done in history as one of the greatest musical groups of any genre or language for their brilliant fusion of politics, braggadocio, storytelling, awesome su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    The World's Best Guide to Buying Tequila That Doesn't Suck

    I'm a liquor store yenta. That's right; if I see you picking up one of those neon green bottles of margarita mix, or God forbid the bilious-looking piss-yellow bottle with the Cuervo garbage already mixed in, I will come over and strike up and awkward conversation in which I try to convince you to b ... More >>

  • Food

    October 11, 2012

    Forrest Cokely, Liquor Expert

    [Best Of 2012] The Hi-Times Wine Cellars master's favorite things about Orange County