I grew up on punk and alternative music and given that my introduction to feminism came from Riot Grrrl, I was strongly attracted to woman-fronted bands and so many great bands came out of Los Angeles, including X. It wasn't until I was in my 20's that I would seek out music that sounded more like the Los Angeles that reflected my upbringing and my community, which was predominantly Latino. Los Angeles' Los Abandoned was my gateway drug.
For the Maps & Legends issue of Bitch, I wrote about of my favorite LA bands in an article called “Riffs of Passage—Three L.A. bands with more than music on their mind.” Here's a mixtape to accompany that article.
Ice El Hielo - La Santa Cecilia
Wargasm - L7
Me Quieren En Chile - Los Abandoned
We Got the Beat - The Go-Go's
Bloodletting - Concrete Blonde
Illegal En Estyle - Pilar Diaz
Violent Girl - The Bags
Imaginaries - Quetzal
Fade Into You - Mazzy Star
Cherry Bomb - The Runaways
La Bamba Rebelde - Las Cafeteras
Your Phone's Off the Hook, But You're Not - X