Both this forum and Flanges & Hummus attract some "interesting" drive-bys, eh?
Here in southern California we are much closer to Mexico than you
I kinda doubt that. Like Sarah Palin, I
can see Mexico from my front door! Oh wait, wrong country ...
and in fact a lot of us are actual Mexicans!
In fact, a lot of me is actual Mexican!
And half of the radio and TV stations are Mexicans.
And, amazingly, half of all Mexicans are radio and TV stations!
Come here and listen
Yes, listening to Mexican radio is definitely the main reason to visit Southern California.
and you will hear a lot of polka on those stations, but it is traditional European polka, not the trumpet/violin mariachi style.
Not exactly. Polka is not a significant part of Mariachi. You do hear some Mariachi here, but norteño styles are much more common and popular. And the two broad norteño styles are: Tex-Mex aka Ranchero, and Banda Music. Ranchero is accordion-based and influenced by the German populations in central and south Texas. Banda Sinaloense is brasswind-based and an outgrowth of French-style military bands during the era of Maximillian. Extended listening to either style will make your brain melt and ooze out of your ears.
Vivat diabolus in musica! MTGuru's (old) GG Clips
/ Blackbird Clips
Joel Barish: Is there any risk of brain damage?
Dr. Mierzwiak: Well, technically speaking, the procedure is