Category Archives: Inspiration

Minnie Riperton Tribute | July 12th | Grand Performances

ADVENTURES FROM PARADISE
A Tribute to Minnie Riperton
July 12th | Grand Performances | 8PM


On Saturday, July 12th, in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, The Decoders will be joined by a 20-piece ensemble that will include very special guest vocalists to celebrate the life and music of female soul icon Minnie Riperton. The event is entitled Adventures From Paradise and will feature a live remixing and reinterpretation of her music, which has never been done before.

This unprecedented concert will be honoring contributors to her music such as Richard Rudolph (her husband and co-writer) Leon Ware, Charles Stepney and the psychedelic soul sounds of his multi-racial 60’s super group The Rotary Connection (of which Minnie was also a part of), as well as highlighting her work with Stevie Wonder and other great producers/songwriters like Stewart Levine and many more.

July 12th marks the date of her transition into the infinite. Falling victim to breast cancer at the young age of 31, Minnie spent her last days on earth in Los Angeles; paying tribute to her musical greatness in the last place she called home is an honor which The Decoders do not take lightly. It will be a magical night under the stars at Grand Performances, a historic outdoor live music venue in downtown LA’s California Plaza. The event is free, all ages and open to the public.

The Ensemble:
Todd M. Simon – trumpet, flugelhorn, music director
Adam Berg – keyboards, music director
accompanied by:
Blake Colie – drums
Eugene Brandon Owens – bass
Patrick Bailey – guitar
Tracy Wannomae – tenor, alto sax
Claire Courchene – trombone, cello
Pete Jacobson – cello
Thomas Lea – viola
Paul Cartwright – violin
Tylana Renga – violin
Steve Haney – percussion
Shafiq Husayn – percussion
Sly 5th Ave – Woodwinds

The vocal cast:
Amber Coffman
Andree Belle
Angel Deradoorian
Arlene Deradoorian
Coco O
Gavin Turek
Jimetta Rose
Joey Dosik
Kadhja Bonet
Kimbra
Loren Oden
Mara Hruby
Moses Sumney
Nia Andrews
Niki Randa
Thalma De Freitas
& Very Special Surprise Guests!

w/ Members of the KJLH Radio Free Choir
led by: Natasha Feltus

Hosted by KCRW DJs
Aaron Byrd and Anthony Valadez
Curated/Produced by:
Rocio “wyldeflower” Contreras

Event captured by:
Eric Coleman (Mochilla) and Greg “the Dude” Ponstingl

GRAND PERFORMANCES is located at:
California Plaza: 350 S. Grand Ave | Los Angeles, CA 90071

RSVP on Facebook

final vinyl fridays: nueve 5.30.14 with Jimetta Rose Smith

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RSVP ON FACEBOOK

If only I was in Chitown – 100 Saxophones for Sun Ra

 In honor of the infinitely great Sun Ra – we celebrate his 100th on this plane -

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- Act like You Know – NPR -

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Nueve turns One 2.28.14 w/ Heartbreak Radio!

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each month at “nueve” (nine) brings together the record collector / selector / DJ / music lover, etc., creating an open/free platform for sound exchange in 9 record rotating sets*

» in honor of the month of passion, the season that makes scorpios and my love for sad songs we invited some pro’s at this love song game to join us!

*everyone is welcome to bring 9 records to share or simply your ears, stop by, tune in and join the musical conversation every final (vinyl) friday.

friday, 2.28.14*
HEARTBREAK FRIDAY EDITION
hosted by: DJ Phatrick and Lady IMIX of Heartbreak Radio!
http://radiosombra.org/category/heartbreakradio/

7pm-2am* (extended sound sessions)
no cover | drink/sound specials | rotating 9 record sets*
curated by: wyldeflower

@ The Virgil :: 4519 Santa Monica Blvd LA, CA 90029

RSVP ON FACEBOOK*

△9 = highlighting delta/change and the full cycle/completion 360º 3+6+0=9*
*inspired by Carlos Niño’s 360º record pot-luck & Novena Carmel*

NUEVE Friday 1.31.14 hosted by HouseShoes!

nuevea monthly musical potluck celebrating music lovers and their record collections in revolutions of nine.

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each month at “nueve” (nine) brings together the record collector / selector / DJ / music lover, etc., creating an open/free platform for sound exchange in 9 record rotating sets*

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*everyone is welcome to bring 9 records to share or simply your ears, stop by, tune in and join the musical conversation every final friday!

7pm-2am* (extended sound sessions)
no cover | drink/sound specials
| rotating 9 record sets*
curated by: wyldeflower

final [vinyl] fridays*
Friday 1.31.14  @ The Virgil :: 4519 Santa Monica Blvd LA, CA 90029

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1.31.14 hosted by :: DJ Houseshoes
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RSVP on FACEBOOK

△9 = highlighting delta/change and the full cycle/completion 360º 3+6+0=9*

inspired by Carlos Niño’s 360º record pot-luck | co-curated by Novena Carmel.

Nueve: a monthly vinyl potluck | Friday 12.27.13

nuevea monthly musical potluck celebrating music lovers and their record collections in revolutions of nine.

each month at “nueve” (nine) brings together the record collector / selector / DJ / music lover, etc., creating an open/free platform for sound exchange in 9 record rotating sets*

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*everyone is welcome to bring 9 records to share or simply your ears, stop by, tune in and join the musical conversation every final friday!

7pm-11p (or until the last record spins*)
no cover | drink/sound specials
| rotating 9 record sets
Friday 12.27  @ The Virgil :: 4519 Santa Monica Blvd. LA, 90029
final [vinyl] fridays curated by: wyldeflower

RSVP on FACEBOOK
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NUEVE – Scorpio Edition 10.25

nuevea monthly musical potluck celebrating music lovers and their collections in revolutions of nine.

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This month at Nueve we are celebrating all Scorpius energy.
Some pretty musical/magical scorpios and scorpio aficionados have been invited to share nine of their favorite records on what happens to be the 9th nueve this year! synchronicity and alignment at the top of the season. can’t wait to share/reveal the selectors, see y’all there!

△9 » here is the ‘vinyl potluck’ science: there is a sign up sheet by the turntables when you walk in… bring records & sign up if you wanna play. now, here is the math: 9 records at aprox 2min each is a 18-20min set, allowing 3 folks an hour. Nueve is from 7-11p that’s about a 9-12 person record potluck rotation.

NUEVE – final vinyl fridays 9.27

nuevea monthly musical potluck celebrating music lovers and their collections in revolutions of nine.

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△9 » here is the ‘vinyl potluck’ science: there is a sign up sheet by the turntables when you walk in… bring records & sign up if you wanna play. now, here is the math: 9 records at aprox 2min each is a 18-20min set, allowing 3 folks an hour. Nueve is from 7-11p that’s about a 9-12 person record potluck rotation. see you there!

friday, 9.27.2013
Located @ The Virgil.
RSVP on Facebook
weflyink.com/nueve

Nueve: vinyl potluck 8.30 hosted by Shafiq Husayn

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△9 » here is the ‘vinyl potluck’ science: there is a sign up sheet by the turntables when you walk in… bring records & sign up if you wanna play. now, here is the math: 9 records at aprox 2min each is a 18-20min set, allowing 3 folks an hour. Nueve is from 7-11p that’s about a 9-12 person record potluck rotation (we usually always go over haha) see you there!

8.30.13 hosted by :: Shafiq Husayn*
RSVP on Facebook*

7pm-10pm | no cover | drink/sound specials
curated by: wyldeflower | rotating monthly hosts*

final fridays :: 8.30 | 9.27 | 10.25 | 11.29 | 12.27 +++
@ The Virgil :: 4519 Santa Monica Blvd LA, CA 90029

△9 = highlighting delta/change and the full cycle/completion 360º 3+6+0=9*

more info: http://weflyink.com/nueve
host link(s): https://twitter.com/shafiqhusayn

*inspired by Carlos Niño’s 360º record pot-luck & Novena Carmel*

Nueve York 5.30 hosted by Boogie Blind & Sucio Smash & LA 5.31 hosted by Monalisa | May, 2013

nuevea monthly musical potluck celebrating music lovers and their record collections in revolutions of nine.

each month at “nueve” (nine) the rotating host brings together the record collector / selector / DJ / music lover, etc., creating an open/free platform for sound exchange in 9 record rotating sets*

final fridays (&one nyc thursday this month!)
7pm-10pm | no cover | drink/sound specials

curated by: wyldeflower | rotating monthly hosts*

Thursday 5.30.13 NUEVE YORK hosted by :: Boogie Blind & Sucio Smash NYC Edition* @ The Fat Buddah :: 212 Avenue A (between 13th St & 14th St) New York, NY 10009 | RSVP on Facebook

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Friday 5.31.13 (LA)
hosted by :: Monsalisa*
@ The Virgil :: 4519 Santa Monica Blvd LA, CA 90029 | RSVP on Facebook

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*everyone is welcome to bring 9 records to share or simply your ears, stop by, tune in and join the musical conversation every final friday!

more info: weflyink.com/nueve

△9 = highlighting delta/change and the full cycle/completion 360º 3+6+0=9*

inspired by Carlos Niño’s 360º record pot-luck | co-curated by Novena Carmel.

HIATUS KAIYOTE | Saturday March 23rd in LA!

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Temple Bar Concepts Presents:

HIATUS KAIYOTE
All the way from Australia with their Debut Los Angeles Performance!
http://hiatuskaiyote.com/

Saturday, March 23, 2013
11:00pm Performance
9:00pm Doors

Opening performance by Shafiq Husayn and The Dove Society @ 10:30pm ~

plus DJs Aaron Byrd and Jedi

Presale tickets are SOLD OUT!

» A limited number of tickets will be available at the door, first come first served. Tickets will go on sale at 9pm when doors open. $18 cash only.

The Del Monte Speakeasy
52 Windward Avenue
Venice, California 90291
www.townhousevenice.com

▲Hiatus Kaiyote are future soul. Based in Melbourne, the four-piece fuses neo-soul, hip hop and electronic beats with flavors of Latin, dubstep and opera, all presented with a cinematic sheen.

The band formed in mid-2011, and ever since they have been racking up accolades including a listing in the Who’s Hot 2012 feature in Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival Magazine. Their debut release, Tawk Tomohawk, peaked in the Top 10 played Albums on KCRW in June and July, 2012. The band has shared bills with Brainfeeder Records artists, Taylor McFerrin, Lapalux and oOoOO, Warp legends Chris Clark and Harmonic 313, sound genius Robin Fox. They have already been featured at Woodford Folk Festival (2011/12) and The Melbourne International Jazz Festival (2012).▼

Peace Go With You, Gil + MdCL presents CHURCH at Mercado La Paloma

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Peace Family,Mercado La Paloma is thrilled to present a spectacular FREE evening for music and culture lovers of ALL AGES as it hosts two incredible events in one night on February 24 from 7pm-11pm.

The festivities will begin with the celebatory sounds of special guest DJ Jeremy Sole (KCRW / theLift / Afro Funke) setting the atmosphere on the 1s and 2s.

This will transition into an intimate presentation of last year’s epic “Peace Go With You, Gil” concert in tribute to the late cultural icon, Gil Scott-Heron. Those who missed the first tribute in 2012 will have a second opportunity to catch the
virtuosic performances by some of the most talented musicians in the world under the direction of celebrated musical director and drummer, Dexter Story.
Special guest for the night includes Scott-Heron’s daughter, Gia Scott-Heron.

The all star ensemble features:
Vocals: Jimetta Rose and Love-Logiq
Trumpet: Todd M. Simon
Tenor Saxophone: Kamasi Washington
Keyboards: Mark de Clive-Lowe
Guitar: Patrick Bailey
Bass: Trevor Ware
Percussion: Allakoi Peete
Drums: Dexter Story
With special guest: Gia Scott-Heron
Visuals: Professor Nalepa

Produced by Jonathan Rudnick

See and hear the wonder of the PGWYG Full ensemble show last Summer @ Grand Performances:
www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC7273834CD3971C2

https://soundcloud.com/peacegowithyougil

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The night will shift gears Mercado La Paloma hosts an exclusive presentation of international superstar DJ, Mark de Clive-Lowe’s widely popular club night, “CHURCH,” featuring some of music’s most innovative artists. MdCL’s “CHURCH” residence in LA and NYC is equal parts jazz club, live remix experiment and dance party.

The artistic heavies invited for the night include KAMASI WASHINGTON (Brainfeeder), NIA ANDREWS (Janelle Monae/Common), SHAFIQ HUSAYN (Sa-Ra), FREDDIE WASHINGTON (Patrice Rushen/Herbie Hancock), DERF REKLAW
(Ramsey Lewis/The Pharoahs), DEXTER STORY (Kindred Spirits), and special surprises.

Past guests include the likes of Mark Kelley (The Roots), James Genus (Herbie Hancock/Chick Corea), Jean Grae (Talib Kweli/The Roots), Nia Andrews (Janelle Monae/Common), Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Suite for Ma Dukes), Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experiment) and countless more alongside guest DJs including Questlove, DJ Spinna, Rich Medina and The Gaslamp Killer.

http://wepresentchurch.com/

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DETAILS FOR “PEACE GO WITH YOU , GIL” + “MARK DE CLIVE-
LOWE’S ‘CHURCH’”:
Sunday, February 24 from 7PM – 11PM

7:00pm-8:00pm: Jeremy Sole
8:00pm-9:00pm: Peace Go With You, Gil
9:00pm – 9:15pm: Jeremy Sole
9:15pm – 10:15pm: MdCL presents CHURCH
10:15pm – 10:45pm: Jeremy Sole
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Thank you to our partners for making all of this possible ::
Artplace America
Grand Performance
The3Collective
Designs by Colleen

nueve – a monthly musical pot-luck

nueve - a monthly musical pot-luck celebrating music lovers and their collections in revolutions of nine.

final fridays beginning 2.22 +
for more details: weflyink.com/nueve
rsvp on facebook*

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East Side Story Rehearsal Day 1 | Knobworld

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i’d like to help you in your struggles to be free…

Until the Quiet Comes – Short Film by Kahlil Joseph

salt the skies

It’s All Around You

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MdCL’s ChurchLA: SHAFIQ HUSAYN + THE DOVE SOCIETY plus guest DJ COLEMAN (Mochilla)

MdCL's CHURCH: SHAFIQ HUSAYN + THE DOVE SOCIETY plus guest DJ COLEMAN (Mochilla) | Los Angeles!

this. is. gonna. be. magical. from east to west and back. Church Cali style~

in association with Giant Step, FROLAB + Fusicology…. Thursday 23 August at Del Monte Speakeasy/Townhouse Basement in Venice! Mark your calendars for the 4th Thursday of every month – CHURCH LA!

With Mark de Clive-Lowe out of town for this one, CHURCH is happy to be welcoming live sets from SHAFIQ HUSAYN + THE DOVE SOCIETY plus guest DJ COLEMAN (Mochilla).

DOVE SOCIETY is a creative collective of musicians, vocalist, artist, writers, performers & producers based out of Los Angeles, which consist of Sha

fiq Husayn, Jimetta Rose, J-Mitchell/Melodious Fly, Fatima & Breezy LoveJoy. Dove Society brings a brand of music from a wide range of musical styles that reaches into the past & on onward into the future.

“CHURCH has earned a reputation as one of the premier jam nights in the city… MdCL is an uncategorizably gifted talent…” – LA Times

From the jazz club to the dancefloor, CHURCH is a musical journey of no boundaries and endless surprises. Live sets interpolating jazz, improv, live remixing, beats and dancefloor electronica into a melting pot of sounds and styles unlike any other. Joined by a stellar cast of musicians, vocalists, DJs and spontaneous guests from LA and beyond, each and every month is a totally unique and individual music-lover’s experience…

“A must see event!” – Giant Step New York

Guests at MdCL’s CHURCH have included the finest of jazz and soul musicians including DJ Spinna, Jose James, Coco Owino (Qaudron), Nia Andrews (Common/Janelle Monae), Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Suite for Ma Dukes), Nate Smith (Jose James/Dave Holland), Sy Smith, Chris ‘Daddy’ Dave (Mos Def/Common), Mark Kelley (The Roots), Jody Watley (Shalamar), Vesta Williams (RIP), Leon Mobley (Michael Jackson), Ohmega Watts, Sy Smith, Greg Hutchinson (Joshua Redman), Dwight Trible (Pharoah Sanders), DJs The Gaslamp Killer, Lefto, Ge-ology, Aaron Byrd, N’Dea Davenport (Brand New Heavies) and many more….

$5 before 10 / $10 after

LA: Shabazz Palaces, Gonjasufi, Ras G, Samiyam and more!


ARTDONTSLEEP presents:

Thursday 7/19/2012

Shabazz Palaces
Gonjasufi
Ras G
Samiyam
Sonnymoon
Thavius Beck
The Log.Os
Elephant & Castle

Hosted by: The Hawthorne Headhunters

Featuring The Pure Filth Sound System
&
Live Screenprinting by HIT+RUN

Echoplex :: 1154 Glendale Blvd :: Los Angeles, CA. 90026
8pm-2am
18 + Wiser

Tickets: www.artdontsleep.com
15$ limited presale :: 20$ GA

ArtDontSleep Podcast IV (Mixed By Elephant & Castle):
http://soundcloud.com/artdontsleep/artdontsleep-podcast-iv

dig deeper . . .

Shabazz Palaces
http://shabazzpalaces.com/

Gonjasufi
http://www.sufisays.com/

Ras G
http://soundcloud.com/ras_g

Samiyam
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samiyam/194681980556546

Sonnymoon
http://www.plugresearch.com/sonnymoon

Thavius Beck
http://www.plugresearch.com/thaviusbeck

The Log.Os
http://the-log-os.com/

Elephant & Castle
http://www.plugresearch.com/elephantandcastle

Hawthorne Headhunters
http://www.plugresearch.com/headhunters/

The Pure Filth Sound System
http://purefilthla.com/history

HIT+RUN
http://thehitandrun.com/

MOPLA: An Evening of Photography + Music.

KCRW, Stones Throw Records, and The Lucie Foundation present…

An Evening of PHOTOGRAPHY and MUSIC

Featuring the photography of:
B+ | Eric Coleman | Joao Cañziani | Viviane Oh

Performances by:
Madlib (DJ) | Peanut Butter Wolf (VJ) | Jonti (live) | Gary Wilson (live) | Jonwayne (live)

Featuring the MOPLA Silent Auction to benefit
Lucie Foundation’s at-risk youth photography program, SNAPSHOP!
(Silent auction closes at 10pm)

PLUS: A special projection by the Los Angeles Times & Pro’jekt LA Part One AND: A Preview of the Create:Fixate Snap Flash Exhibition.

A portion of the proceeds raised will be donated to the Pablove Shutterbugs.

Tickets: $25.00 available at http://mopla.eventbrite.com/

An official MOPLA event.

Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Bárbaro (Mini Doc) by B+ | LA show details…

Quantic and Alice Russell will be performing LIVE on a heavy heavy lineup including the Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Bilal and King in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012. SECOND SHOW ADDED: Tickets Available: www.evfamusic.com | RSVP on FACEBOOK

AND
Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 SOLD OUT
www.artdontsleep.com



HOMAGE: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Phil Cohran, Venice Dawn, William Hart, Dj Spinna 2/23 L.A.!

Thursday February 23rd, 2012 :: 8pm-2am

EVFA & ArtDontSleep present:
HOMAGE

Live Performances by:
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble feat Phil Cohran

Opening Performance by:
Venice Dawn feat William Hart (Delfonics)

Main Room DJs:
DJ Spinna & Lefto

Lounge DJ’s:
Anthony Valadez, Expo, Seano, Rani D.

Hosted By:
Azul 213

Exchange LA :: 618 S. Spring Street :: Los Angeles, CA 90014 :: (213) 627-8070

21 + wiser:
Table/Bottle Service Available: ella@exchangela.com

Tickets: www.artdontsleep.com
25$ presale :: 30$ @ the door

FREE Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Track:
http://soundcloud.com/artdontsleep/02-spottie

Fusicology Invite:
http://fusicology.com/events/?event_id=50341&cid=LA&fv=feature

Facebook invite:
http://www.facebook.com/events/368779053138187/?context=create


Dig Deeper:
The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (HBE) is composed of eight brothers from the south side of Chicago. They come from an extraordinary musical family. Other sisters and brothers are professional musicians; their mothers are singers, and Philip Cohran, their esteemed father. By the time the members of the HBE were growing up, Phil’s work as a musical activist and educator led to the establishment of a space called the Sun Ark in a warehouse behind the family home above a furniture shop. At nightfall when they went to bed, the children would hear their father rehearsing with his band the Circle Of Sound. They were wakened at 6 a.m. for several hours of music practice before going to school. From an early age they were a central part of their father’s Youth Ensemble. By the end of the nineties, with everyone out of school, they brought together their musicianship, their jazz roots and their hip hop sensibility, and made a living busking on the streets of Chicago. They came up with their name after an incident on the El: playing on the platform, a man in a suit watched them for hours, missing train after train, till in the end he approached them and said, “You guys just hypnotized me.”

Kelan Phil Cohran was born in Oxford, Mississippi on May 8, 1927. He is a jazz musician, musicologist, composer, instrument designer, holistic health advocate, and community activist. He is known most for his Affro-Arts Theater, Artistic Heritage Ensemble, trumpet contributions in the Sun Ra Arkestra in Chicago (1959-1961), and as one of the cofounders of the AACM. Cohran (pronounced “co-RAHN”), was born in 1927 and grew up outside of Oxford, Mississippi in an area known to this day as “Coontown.” The family moved to St. Louis when he was about ten. In 1958 Cohran joined Sun Ra’s Arkestra in Chicago and became a lifelong devotee of the charismatic, eccentric bandleader who was either from Birmingham or Saturn, depending on who you asked. Cohran played cornet on some of the Arkestra’s greatest records, including Interstellar Low Ways and Fate in a Pleasant Mood, and became so entangled in Sun Ra’s strict regimen of practice, performance, and inculcation with esoteric ideas that he lost his wife and job. Cohran decided to stay in Chicago when the band moved to New York in 1961.

In 2008, Adrian Younge, founder of The Venice Dawn, would find himself at the center of the Black Dynamite zeitgeist. Instrumental in the film’s development, Younge not only edited the film, but also composed the original score, which was hailed as a modern blaxploitation masterpiece for authentically capturing the cinematic soul of the 1970’s, from Isaac Hayes to Curtis Mayfield. Adrian Younge solidified himself as a force to be reckoned with and soon went to work writing music for the forthcoming Black Dynamite cartoon series on Adult Swim. The new LP, titled Something About April, is a heavy, dark mix of psychedelic soul and cinematic instrumentals with hip-hop aesthetics, touching on influences from Morricone to Otis Redding. Younge is currently writing and recording material for his next project, a Delfonics album with William Hart, founding singer of the legendary soul group.

William Hart, among the first purveyors of the smooth, orchestral sound that would come to typify Philadelphia soul, The Delfonics established themselves as one of the quintessential soul groups of the late 60’s and 70’s and created some of the most notable songs of that era. Formed in the early 1960’s in Philly by brothers William “Poogie” and Wilbert Hart and schoolmate Randy Cain, the Delfonics established a reputation as a solid young vocal group and William Hart as a fine young songwriter. They hit both the Pop and Soul top five in 1968 with the Bell/William Hart composition “La La Means I Love You,” a now-classic soul ballad highlighted by Hart’s plaintive falsetto lead. More hits followed over the next few years, including the memorable “Ready Or Not Here I Come,” “You Got Yours And I’ll Get Mine” and their other top ten Pop hit, “Didn’t (I Blow Your Mind This Time),” which won the 1970 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance.

Turning heads throughout the industry, DJ Spinna’s sonics soon infiltrated numerous genres. Tapped by everyone from George Michael to Mary J. Blige to Motown Records (for his brilliant Michael Jackson homage to “We’re Almost There”). It’s here his production presence would flourish greatly, as Spinna would go on to revive and revise Soulful marvels like Donald Byrd, Eddie Kendricks, Betty Carter, Roy Ayers and Al Jarreau. Visit New York City any given month and find a number of Spinna themed throw-downs in the city’s esteemed venues – each as memorable as the last.

As one the most important tastemakers Europe has to offer, and affiliated with labels Brownswood, Blue Note, !K7 Records and Jazzy Sport, this bearded early riser is consistently a couple steps ahead of your average early adopter. As a leading dj on Belgium’s foremost national radio station Studio Brussel he’s received compliments from Rough Trade Shops and Gilles Peterson. His passion for jazz resulted in a remix album for Blue Note which was well received by the community. Lefto is forever moving forward but always has an ear in the past. Famed for his gloriously eclectic DJ sets, he switches effortlessly between hip hop, funk, breaks, neck-snapping beats, future bass, South-American influences, bruk riddims and some wild African rhythms. He’s not only a deejay and producer but also curates his own stage at the Dour Festival and his own nights in Gent in collaboration with Democrazy.

RAISE IT UP!

CHURCH – New Location, New Day!

On New Year’s Day we farewelled our beloved venue Angel’s, and now we’re relaunching CHURCH LA at a new home and a new day… Thursday 26 January at Del Monte Speakeasy/Townhouse Basement in Venice! Mark your calendars for the …4th Thursday of every month – CHURCH LA!

“CHURCH has earned a reputation as one of the premier jam nights in the city… MdCL is an uncategorizably gifted talent…” – LA Times

From the jazz club to the dancefloor, CHURCH is a musical journey of no boundaries and endless surprises. Globetrotting musician MARK de CLIVE-LOWE leads live sets interpolating jazz, improv, live remixing, beats and dancefloor electronica into a melting pot of sounds and styles unlike any other. Joined by a stellar cast of musicians, vocalists, DJs and spontaneous guests from LA and beyond, each and every month is a totally unique and individual music-lover’s experience…

“A must see event!” – Giant Step New York

Guests at MdCL’s CHURCH have included the finest of jazz and soul musicians including Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Suite for Ma Dukes), Nate Smith (Jose James/Dave Holland), Sy Smith, Chris ʻDaddyʼ Dave (Mos Def/Common), Mark Kelley (The Roots), nia andrews, Jody Watley (Shalamar), Vesta Williams (RIP), Leon Mobley (Michael Jackson), Ohmega Watts, Sy Smith, Greg Hutchinson (Joshua Redman), Dwight Trible (Pharoah Sanders), DJs The Gaslamp Killer, Lefto, Ge-ology, Aaron Byrd and many more….

$5 before 10 / $7 after

always.

“The time is always right to do the right thing.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Robert Glasper Experiment “Black Radio” EPK captured by FROLAB

2012 is sounding quite beautiful already… take a sneak peak at the making of the Robert Glasper Experiment’s new album “Black Radio out early 2012 on Blue Note Records.

VIDEO captured & edited by FROLAB

Pre-Order your copy of Black Radio! - Blue Note Records.
iTunes | Amazon (Vinyl)

Track Listing:
1. Lift Off/Mic Check (featuring Shafiq Husayn)
2. Afro Blue (featuring Erykah Badu)
3. Cherish The Day (featuring Lalah Hathaway)
4. Always Shine (featuring Lupe Fiasco & Bilal)
5. Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.) (featuring Ledisi)
6. Move Love (featuring KING)
7. Ah Yeah (featuring Musiq Soulchild & Chrisette Michele)
8. Consequence Of Jealously (featuring Meshell Ndegeocello)
9. Why Do We Try (featuring Stokley Williams)
10. Black Radio (eaturing Mos Def)
11. Letter to Hermoine (featuring Bilal)
12. Smells Like Teen Spirit

Robert Glasper, Black Radio Piano. photo by: Jewell Green (@missfrolab)

for more info please visit: frolab.com

tiger style.

agreement 1

Be impeccable with your word – Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

agreement 2

Don’t take anything personally – Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

agreement 3

Don’t make assumptions – Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

agreement 4

Always do your best – Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

Manifest mindful movements. Reflect. Move forward. Repeat. 360. Word is Bond.

happy new day, everyday.

afro blue. welcoming me into 2012.

Mother by Nate Morgan

Nate Morgan
Aquarius, Fire Dragon. . .
Mentor, teacher, brother . . .
Horace Tapscott through Frank Zappa . . .
Gentle giant, humble and fierce – piercing, poignant, pointed, unabashed . . .
Cosmic chords that sing forever . . .
Nigritian Knight in space flight . . .
From his heart he speaks the truth, through his hands he plays our lives . . .
And to see him smile is truly beautiful!
We treasure you dear friend!

Carlos Niño
December 1, 2011

Stones Throw Celebrates 15 Years: Los Angeles, Dec. 22

Thursday, December 22, 2011 at the Exchange Los Angeles. Presented by Fusicology & KCRW.

Upstairs room – DJs: Madlib, Mayer Hawthorne, Peanut Butter Wolf, Dam Funk, Rhettmatic, DJ Romes. Upstairs room – MCs: Homeboy Sandman, M.E.D., Steve Arrington, Oh No, Jonwayne, Strong Arm Steady, Wildchild, Percee P. Downstairs room: The Lions, Vex Ruffin, Jonti, Dublab DJs.

618 Spring Street, Los Angeles CA 90014
9PM-2AM // 21+ // $30 at the door

Pre-sale tickets:
http://www.ticketfly.com/event/79903

HOMAGE: Roy Ayers (Full Band) feat Pete Rock! w/Thundercat, Jrocc +more!

EVFA & ArtDontSleep present:
Homage

Live Performances by:
Roy Ayers featuring Pete Rock (Live full band)

Opening Performance by:
Thundercat (Live)
and
J.Rocc

Lounge DJ’s:
Anthony Valadez, Clifton Weaver, Destroyer, Lee Joseph & Marlon Fuentes

Hosted By: Garth Trinidad

Visuals: Strangeloop (Brainfeeder)

Thursday November 17th, 2011 :: 8pm-2am :: 21 and wiser

Exchange LA:
618 S. Spring Street :: Los Angeles, CA 90014 :: (213) 627-8070

Tickets = $30 http://homage.eventbrite.com/

Table Bottle Service Available: ella@exchangela.com

Enjoy this complimentary mix from Anthony Valdez:
http://hypebeast.com/2011/10/ron-ayers-homage-mix-by-anthony-valadez/

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Learn more:

Roy Ayers was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in a musical family. At the age of five, Lionel Hampton gave him his first pair of mallets, which led to the vibraphone being his trademark sound for decades. The area of Los Angeles that Ayers grew up in, now known as “South Central”, but then known as “South Park”, was the epicenter of the Southern California Black Music Scene. The schools Roy attended (Wadsworth Elementary, Nevins Middle School, and Thomas Jefferson High School) were all close to the famed Central Avenue, Los Angeles’ equivalent of Harlem’s Lenox Avenue and Chicago’s State Street.

Ayers was responsible for the highly regarded soundtrack to Jack Hill’s 1973 blaxploitation film Coffy, which starred Pam Grier. He later moved from a jazz-funk sound to R&B, as seen on Mystic Voyage, which featured the songs “Evolution” and the underground disco hit “Brother Green (The Disco King)”, as well as the title track from his 1976 album Everybody Loves the Sunshine.

In 1977, Ayers produced an album by the group RAMP, Come Into Knowledge, commonly and mistakenly thought to stand for “Roy Ayers Music Project”. That Fall, he had his biggest hit with “Running Away”. In 1980, Ayers released Music Of Many Colors with the Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.

Since then, Roy Ayers has toured the world, many times over, released numerous records and had dozens of life changing collaborations. Roy also made a hug impact in the world of Hip-Hop and RnB. Many people have sampled him and covered him. Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blidge, Mos-Def, Digable Planets, DJ Shadow, Nas, Madlib, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, Common, The Pharcyde, Pete Rock, Jill Scott and many many more.

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Pete Rock, “Soul Brother No. 1.” Rose to prominence in the early 1990s as one half of the critically acclaimed group Pete Rock & CL Smooth. After the duo went their separate ways, Rock continued with a solo career that has garnered him worldwide respect. Along with groups such as Stetsasonic, A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots and Gang Starr, Nas and Notorious B.I.G., Talib Kweli and the late J Dilla, Rock played a major role in the merging of elements from jazz into hip hop music (also known as jazz rap). He is widely recognized as one of the greatest hip hop producers of all time, and is often mentioned alongside DJ Premier and RZA as one of the mainstays of 1990s East Coast hip hop production.

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Stephen Bruner is Thundercat and Thundercat is the dominant bassist rising within the ranks of R&B, rock, hip-hop, jazz, electronic, and beyond. The mystique behind the man named for his favorite cartoon seemingly hides an introspective, ambitious, and fearless young artist whose solo debut album is finally emerging in front of the vast catalog of experience he has amassed in collaboration with the likes of Erykah Badu, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Shafiq Husayn, Suicidal Tendencies, Stanley Clarke, and Flying Lotus, his closest partner and head of the Brainfeeder movement. Stephen is joined by a serious cast of jazz monsters!

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J.Rocc: One of the original turntablists, J. Rocc founded the Beat Junkies in 1992 with Melo-D and Rhettmatic, but has done just as much on his own as in a group setting. He began DJing in the mid-’80s with a California group named PSK. Soon after forming, the Beat Junkies became a seminal force in the rise of instrumental hip-hop, including core member Babu plus future stars Shortkut and D-Styles.

In addition to numerous mixtapes and his own production for Stones Throw releases, J. Rocc has been the DJ for Madlib’s live shows since the early 2000′s, was the 3rd member of Jaylib (Madlib & J Dilla) during the group’s live events, and collaborated with Madlib on Beat Konducta Vol. 5-6: A Tribute to J Dilla.

RSVP on Facebook and secure your tickets, purchase them online: http://homage.eventbrite.com

Tuesday LA: 11/1 Chris Dave & Friends *LIVE* (Pino Palladino/Tim Stewart/Mark de Clive Lowe/Kamasi Washington)

Frolab Presents….

The FROhibition *LIVE* Sessions

CHRIS DAVE & FRIENDS

featuring

Pino Palladino

Tim Stewart

Mark De Clive Lowe

Kamasi Washington

hosted by

Cognito

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An intimate jam session with the musicians who played on classic LP’s from
Adele, D’Angelo, Jill Scott, Mint Condition, Maxwell, Erykah Badu, John Mayer, Jody Watley & more!

@ The historic

Del Monte Speakeasy
52 Winward Ave, Venice, CA 90291

– Featuring hand-crafted seasonal cocktails made with local Venice Farmer’s Market produce,
and all juices, syrups & cordials are prepared in-house and on premise! –

$11 Presale –> chrisdave.eventbrite.com

$15 @ Door

21+

Doors open at 9pm

Show starts at 10:30

early arrival suggested… don’t miss out!

M.E.D. – Blaxican

M.E.D. – Blaxican (Official Video HD – Stonesthrow) Directed by Eric Coleman (Mochilla)

http://stonesthrow.com/​med
Produced by Madlib, from the album “Classic”

Director: Eric Coleman (Mochilla); Editor: Luke Lynch; Camera Operators: Coleman, B+, and Mike Park; Producer: Marybell Chavez

MOCHILLA REMIXED: Photo Selects/Logo Remix Exhibition + After Party!


Save the date:
Thursday, October 20th Mochilla & Hit+Run present “MOCHILLA REMIXED” at the Townhouse Gallery in Venice. Some of our favorite visual artists have flipped the classic Mochilla logo, originally designed by Stephen Serrato – check out Augustine Kofie’s version (included). On opening night, these logo remixes will be on display alongside iconic photographs by Mochilla founders B+ and Coleman. Each has selected specia…l photo selects from their vast collection for this exhibition that runs from October 20th-November 12th.

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•Participating Mochilla Logo Remix Artists:

Aaron De La Cruz
Abcnt
Alfred Hawkins
Augustine Kofie
Brent Rollins
Cody Hudson
Eric Coleman
Ernesto Yerena
Patrick Martinez
Retna
Ritzy Periwinkle
Stephen Serrato
+more TBA

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Also running alongside the show will be a pop-up shop with our recent releases and a few classic selects. Keep an eye out for some very special limited edition Mochilla gear that will only be available the night of the show. Don’t miss the opening night after party next door at the Del Monte Speakeasy with surprise guests! We’ll be celebrating our recent Timeless Remixed project on our “Feito Em Casa” Mixes.

• 7pm-10pm* Art Exhibition : Townhouse Gallery
• 10pm-2am* After Party: (Two Doors East) Del Monte Speakeasy

MOCHILLA REMIXED After Party

Live Performance by
Bei-Ru (Beat/DJ Set)

DJing throughout the night
Babu
Ta’raach
Coleman

+some very special guests…

Check http://mochilla.com/ for updates.

circulatory system | recent works | augustine kofie*

diggin up some smooth lyrical gems.

i first heard this about 12years ago. i got it on a blank mix tape. i memorized the lyrics but lost the tape (hopefully it found it’s way into another lucky tape deck). imaginary friends by Emanon (Exile and Aloe Blacc) is a fantastic album with a sound marking a particular era of jazzy melodic hiphop. for years i had no clue who it was, i’ve ran into Exile and Aloe several times since these tracks first graced my ears and have made it a point to rant and rave about how fresh these tracks are, take a listen…

and this. !!!

and on and on…

LA vs. War II [Art Exhibition: 9/9-9/11]

**PARKING**

LA Vs. WAR main parking lot open 5PM til CLOSE:
1813 South Santa Fe Avenue, Los Angeles, 90021 — $5. Park and walk north to Porter Street.

For additional parking options, please take direction from our staff at the venue entrance: 2350 Porter St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
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As a follow up to the original LA Vs. WAR show held in April 2008, LA Vs. War returns as a massive three-day experiential art exhibition and cultural event presenting some of today’s most prolific, pro-peace/anti-war and political artists in multi-media.

LA Vs. WAR II will commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Artists from LA and beyond will examine the questions: After 10 years of the Global War …on Terror, where do we now stand as a nation? Is the world a safer place? Where does the Peace movement go from here?

WHO:
Curated By:
John Carr of Yo! Peace, the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Political Gridlock and Ad Hoc Art
Produced By: Estée Ochoa

Contributing Artists:
Aamber, Abcnt, Adam Smith, Aise, Alexander Skramble, Alison Smith, Ando Pndlian, Army of One, Art Hazelwood, Asylm, Billy Davidson, Brianna Lengel Bail, Chase, Chaz Bojorquez, Christopher Wallace, Chuck Sperry, cojoco, Contra One, Cryptik, Deadmundo, DJ Lucha/Besos Not Bombs, Dog Byte, Doran Dada, Doug Minkler, Eddie Colla, Edward Colver, Emory Douglas, Enik, Eriberto Oriol, Eyeone, Eyerie, Farzad Kohan, Favianna Rodriguez, Free Humanity, Garrison Buxton, Geraldine Lozano, Gilles d’Amecourt, Glenn Brooks, Graphonic, Guillermo Bert, Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca, James Bentley, Jesus Barraza, Joe Iurato, John Carlos De Luna, John Carr, John Fekner, Jon Paul Bail, Josh MacPhee, Juan Fuentes, Juana Alicia Araiza, Julio Salgado, Krystine Kryttre, Kyle Goen, Lalo Alcaraz, Leba, Leo “CatZ” Limon, Leo Eguiarte, Leopoldo Pena, lilstickyrice, Lucky Bunny, Lydia Emily, Malaquias Montoya, Man One, Manny Torres, Marilyn LaGrone-Amaral, Mark of the Beast, Mary Sutton, Mas, Max Neutra, Mear, Melanie Cervantes, Michael Russek, Michelle Cohen, Mike “Maximum Fluoride” Fisher, Nino Rodriguez, Not My Goverment, Nuclear Winter, Orameh Bagheri, Oree Original, Oscar Magallanes, Overton Loyd, Paul Barron, Peace Be With You, Poli Marichal, Raymundo Hernandez-Lopez, Ricardo Duffy, Ricardo Estrada, Richard Sanchez, Robbie Conal, Ron Donovan, Rupert Garcia, Septerhed, Shark Toof, Shepard Fairey, Simba Russeau, Sonji Mariposa, Street Phantom, Two Rabbits, Vyal, Werc, William Acedo, Winston Smith, Yem, Yuri Shimojo, Zoltron

Performance Art by:
Alex Munoz, Amitis Motevalli, Byron Jose, Gian Munoz, joebutoh sculptour, Michael Datcher, Ms. Slowcialization, Nancy Popp, Raquel Gutierrez, Yuki Hayashi-Hammel

Live Art Curated by Crewest Gallery and Mobile Mural Lab by:
Asylm SH, Bazar, Bounce, Chase, Contra One, Cryptik, Fearo, Gustavo Garcia, Jim Fonseca, Lydia Emily, Man One, Mandoe, Mear, Nuke, Vyal, Wenceslao Quiroz, More TBA

Video Art program curated by Kelly Fancher featuring works by:
Elizabeth Wood, Manuela Viera-Gallo, Elle Burchill, Pouya, Vivian Wong

Participating DJs curated by ArtDontSleep and Dublab.com:
Aaron Byrd, Adrian Younge, Al Jackson, Alfred Hawkins, Alter, Andrew Meza, Anthony Valadez, B+, Carlos Nino, Coleman, Destroyer, DJ Moni, DJ Shiva, Expo, Frosty, GLK, Hawthorne Headhunters, Haycock, House Shoes, Inka One, Jun, Knxdlge, Kristi Lomax, Lady Sha, Lee Bannon, Marc deClive Lowe, Matthew David, Monalisa, Mndsgn, Mono/Poly, Mr. NumberOnederful, Plann B., Rani D., Rhettmatic, Seano, Scott K & special guests.

Also Featuring:
Live T-shirt Printing By: Hit+Run featuring peace and antiwar graphics
Peace Altar By: Ofelia Esparza and ZAN
Laser Graffiti By: Buff Laser 2000
Peace Photo Project By: Azul 213
Stenciling Demonstrations & Workshops By: Oscar Magallanes and Leo Limón

WHAT:
Large selection of fine art, limited-edition prints and pro-peace posters on view, chronicling the creative responses to the current military conflicts in the Middle East/North Africa/Central Asia, The Global War on Terror, the Drug Wars and other wars on marginalized peoples.

Live art demonstrations and workshops to engage the audience in creative activities ranging from painting, t-shirt printing, stenciling, performance art and altar-making

Teach-ins with grassroots activist-partners from Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), Code Pink, Youth Justice Coalition, Antiwar.com, Center for the Study of Political Graphics, and Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) in effort to inform and energize attendees in transforming their own lives and communities

Peace Photo Project will be taking portraits of attendees as activists for Peace, LA Vs. WAR video art program and more

Preview the LA Vs. WAR event program:
http://vswar.org/pdf/LA-Vs-WAR-TRIFOLD-program-final.pdf

When:
Friday, September 9th, 2011 – Sunday, September 11th, 2011
12:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Where:
The Vortex
2341 E. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Entry: $5.00 Suggested Donation
All Ages

For more information and updates visit: www.vswar.org
Like LA Vs. War on Facebook: www.facebook.com/vswar
Follow LA Vs. War on Twitter: www.twitter.com/lavswar

About LA Vs. War II
LA Vs. WAR II is a not-for-profit project that will live on past the September 2011 Los Angeles event under the name Vs. WAR. The show will evolve and travel to other cities bringing its unique model of creative resistance and collaboration to other communities. Originally organized out of the Yo! Peace poster show, the first LA Vs. WAR welcomed 6000 attendees and gained widespread impact on a national scale.

About John Carr / LA Vs. War Creator & Curator
John Carr is an internationally acclaimed artist, designer and curator based in downtown Los Angeles. He is the curator of Yo! What Happened to Peace? a traveling peace/antiwar poster exhibition and editor of a poster art book by the same name. In 2008 Carr created LA Vs. War, earning the Center for the Study of Political Graphics “Art as a Hammer” award for his achievements.

LA VS WAR II, September 2011

wylde[passion]flowers vs war [!!!] » *like* L.A. vs WAR on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/p​ages/LA-Vs-WAR/16988896306​4644

LA VS WAR II

September 9, 10, 11 2011
Noon to Midnight

At
The Vortex
2341 E. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Parking will be available in nearby lots, please follow signs at the venue.

LA Vs. WAR II will mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11 2001 attacks with a massive group art exhibition and event taking place in Downtown LA from 9/9/11 to 9/11/11. Artists from LA and beyond will examine the questions: After 10 years of the Global War on Terror, where do we now stand as a nation? Is the world a safer place? Where does the Peace movement go from here?

FEATURING

ART EXHIBITION
Curated by Yo! Peace, Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Political Gridlock, and Ad Hoc Art. Will feature fine art and limited edition prints by a mix of local and out-of-town artists. A participating artist list we be displayed here as it becomes available.

LIVE ART

Graffiti & Live Art by some of LA’s most notorious artists, curated by Crewest Gallery & Mobile Mural Lab.
Live t-shirt printing by Hit+Run featuring peace & antiwar graphics. Customize a t-shirt or bring your own apparel.
Stenciling demonstrations and workshops organized by Oscar Magallanes & others.
Peace Altar by Ofelia Esparza and friends. Bring your own photos and mementos to add to the powerful meditation for Peace.
Peace Photo Project will be taking portraits of attendees as activists for Peace.
Laser Graffiti interactive experience hosted by buffLaser2000

TEACH-INS
In the honored tradition of the peace movement’s “teach-in,” come listen and interact with speakers from our grassroots activist partners Iraq Veterans Against the War, Antiwar.com, Center for the Study of Political Graphics and others. Schedules to be announced.

MUSIC
LA Vs. WAR II welcomes the return of an all-star DJ lineup curated by Dublab.com and ArtDontSleep. DJ schedules will be listed here as they become available.

Please donate to the Project on Kickstarter if you’re able: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1716253169/la-vs-war-art-for-peace-in-the-hope-era

One Take: From Elsie Houston to Carmen Miranda by Iara Rennó

On the Sunday before Stevie Wonder took Los Angeles on a Global Soul journey at the Hollywood Bowl. A different journey was being tracked by a young singer from Brasil in front of Graumanns Chinese Theatre. In one take here unedited, covering the song made famous by songstress Elsie Houston – Iara Renno traced the journey of another young Brasilian of Portuguese descent Carmen Miranda. Iara is a good friend of Mochilla and a third generation singer/songwriter. She looked after us when we went to premiere Timeless in Rio. She has a keen sense of history especially of the twenties and thirties. Her Operatic Ballet based on Macunaíma the famous magical, allegorical novel by ethno-musicologist Mario de Andrade is an inspiring piece. To see her work an unsuspecting crowd on Hollywood Boulevard on Sunday reminds us of the era when CGI and Darth Vader impersonators didn’t exist.

B+

IN MEMORY OF ELSIE HOUSTON
By Iara Renno

eh eh eh
eh eh ah
where is my turtledove
who fled the cage…

Turtledove, a traditional song, was recorded in the 30′s by Elsie Houston. She was the daughter of a father from the U.S and a mother in Rio. She is Carmen Miranda’s contemporary, a friend of Pagu and Mário de Andrade. Elsie was part of this group of artists who invented indigenous Brazilian culture. Today I find myself entranced by their memory and, like them (Carmen and Elsie), somehow I ended up here in ‘Los Angeles’. My mother has the last name Miranda (no relation), and I am the turtledove, whose destiny is to sing and fly around the world.

Ê ê ê
ê ê ah
cadê minha pomba-rola
que fugiu lá do pombal…

Pomba-Rola, canção de domínio público, foi gravada na década de 30 por Elsie Houston. Filha de pai norte-americano e mãe carioca, contemporânea de Carmen Miranda, amiga de Pagu e Mário de Andrade, Elsie fez parte desse grupo de artistas que trouxeram à tona a cultura genuinamente brasileira. Já não é de hoje minha identificação com esse sentimento… é desse mesmo ponto que parto, e, assim como Carmen e Elsie, de algum modo vim parar aqui na ‘América’. Minha mãe tem Miranda no nome, e minha herança é essa memória genética dos passáros, cujo destino é cantar e voar pelo mundo.

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Big thanks to Benjamin Tierney for the sound mix.

heavy track to match the week.

this song was dedicated to me many moons ago when i got in a motorcycle accident, it’s by far one of the saddest radiohead songs i’ve ever heard. enjoy the song and sing your life. hug someone you love today because tomorrow doesn’t come equipped with a safety net.

-wyldeflower

grinding halt.

this song has always been a fave. xx

a dedication:

this track is dedicated to the internet, the web, the void we continue to enter and finally the structure of nature and my strong desire to be surrounded by it…  ♥

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF_k6mIw9w0

EVENT REVIEW & SLIDESHOW : Brainfeeder LA

EVENT REVIEW & SLIDESHOW : Brainfeeder LA, Music Box June 2011 | FusicologY.COM

I’ve been to the Music Box several times but never have I witnessed such a grand set up of sound:

Perfectly vertically-aligned bass amps making the stage look like it was elegantly lowered, and of course creating that deep PureFilth sound that the Brainfeeder Crew is known for. I walked into the melodic sounds of Teebs transitioning into Samiyam‘s classic rapbeats and sneak peaks off his upcoming Sam Baker’s Album to be released on Brainfeeder.

Gaslamp Killer’s set was magnificent, weaving through classics, samples and original productions. Austin Peralta and Thundercat’s duet set was like a flight through the cosmos preparing the audience for Flying Lotus’ stellar performance.

They joined him on stage with Carla Azar from Autolux on drums, playing both unreleased and highly anticipated joints like “Do The Astro Plane”. The Brainfeeder LA show was a symphony of beats and visuals that continued throughout the night and Fusicology was there to witness it.

words/article: Ro\WyldeFlower
Music Box, June 2011

Check out the PHOTOS/SLIDESHOW, shot by Mike Park

vijay iyer trio: about “historicity”

music is indeed a healing power, thankful for our creative light. biggups b+   for the heads up on this amazing album. it’s been on repeat and has inspired some true musical digging…

-wyldeflower

vijay iyer trio: about “historicity”

“…every player has an equal function, there is a way in which everything you do is structural, it’s not ever that you are over the music or on top of the music, you always are the music… it’s sort of spontaneous architecture…” ~vijay iyer

Caltriot: MOODYMANN in LOS ANGELES by Eric Coleman and Mike Park | MOCHILLA

Caltroit: Moodymann in L.A.

“I don’t make music for the masses to dance to, I make music for the small majority that listens.” -Kenny Dixon Jr. (aka MoodyMann)

Moodymann is one of the most inspiring House producers of all time. He is definitely a genius and one of the most outspoken voices in the normally non-confrontational world of electronic dance music. Moodymann is committed to keeping a distinctly black imprint on techno and house. While he may frustrate people with his refusal to be interviewed and insistence on reminding people of the genre’s origins, the soulfulness of his output is unquestioned. Utilizing classic soul and jazz samples, low-slung bass lines and an approach to drum programming that is diametrically opposed to the tendency to push the tempo faster and faster. Moodymann is one of the few electronic artists to create great sketches of music that translate into emotional albums that may not be easily digested but will certainly stand the test of time.

I have been a long time fan of Moody’s hybrid form of techno/house dance music. There have been many attempts to have Moodyman dj in LA but it has never quite came to pass. Mike and I were fortunate to attend two of his three highly anticipated dj performances. This video is a personal homage to one of the best soulful house producers. Moodymann is in a league of his own.

Enjoy.

“Turn It Up”
Coleman
MOCHILLA

Feel. George Duke 1971-1980

Ever since we started working on the Thundercat record we’ve all been listening to the living legend, George Duke so much!
Our friend B+ (Mochilla) put together a mix dedicated to his amazing catalog…

-Brainfeeder

Feel. George Duke 1971-1980

Thundercat’s recent cover of For Love I Come inspired me to have a listen again to the amazing music of George Duke. When most of the records on this mix were made it was an extraordinarily creative time in LA. A family of musicians were bringing new rhythms, new instruments, new humor, new international influences to jazz. CannonBall was an important figure and his partner David Axelrod – but the new arrivals Airto Moreira and Flora Plurim were also instrumental and then George Duke from the Bay Area who had collaborated with Frank Zappa.

George Duke has been an inspiration to hip-hop for many many years… Back in 1991 an album came out called Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest. You may know the name for another reason but anyways on a song called The Infamous Date Rape Tribe sampled Steam Drill by Cannonball Adderley featuring George Duke and we were off to the races. Ice Cube sampled Duke for True to the Game from Death Certificate that same year. Since then many more beat heads have been attracted to Mr. Dukes amazing keyboard playing, sense of rhythm and unique lyrical stylings. Dilla has definitely listened as has Madlib, Pete Rock, Kanye, Karriem Riggins and now well Thundercat, who for all his youth has actually played with George Duke.

This mix is in tribute to George Duke as it is in celebration of Thundercat.
I think we are in a similarly creative moment now in LA as existed in the mid seventies and it seems fitting to make the link.
Good musicians will make you listen again and
ThunderCats For Love I Come surely made me do that.
Enjoy.

B+
(for Mochilla.com)

DOWNLOAD on BRAINFEEDER
right click [ctrl] and “save link as” or follow link to listen

rest in poetry/power/peace*

“Don’t be afraid of revolution! It ain’t nothin’ but change and change is bound to come. Put a little revolution in your life and you’ll understand where I’m comin’ from.” ~Gil Scott-Heron [R.I.P]

 

Braza! feat. B+ and Eric Coleman Party June 3, 2011 @ SOM SF

brazasf.com

Once a month, Braza! is taking a faithful crowd on a musical trip around Brazil to explore the rhythms and sounds of Samba, Funk, Batucada, MPB, Broken Beat, Tropicália, Hip Hop, Forró, House, Boogie, Soul, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Disco, Jazz, Bossa Nova, and so much more this great country has to offer.

Whether it’s Kento playing his recent finds from a Brazilian family visit or Vanka and Elan playing the contemporary rhythms of Baile Funk and Brazilian house you’re guaranteed to see groups of Brazilian transplants moving and socializing. But what gives Braza its lively reputation and charm is the addition of live Brazilian percussion players, iconic Brazilian images being projected onto SOM’s wall, and even food carts serving up native delights.. The party achieves the difficult task of not only bringing the sights, sounds, and tastes of Brazil but most importantly a spirit that usually can only be found 6,476 miles away.

Line up:
Special Guest:
B and Eric Coleman (Mochilla, LA)

Resident DJs:
Kento
Vanka
Elan

Hosted by Antonio Guedes

Visuals by 
Caasi
mochilla.com
facebook.com/​brazasf
myspace.com/​brazasf
som-bar.com

Music

Music & video clips taken from Obrigado Dilla – A tribute to Dilla at the Brasilintime premiere show at SESC Pompeii in Sao Paulo.

Jay Electronica in Nepal “Dimethyltryptamine” (final edit)

beat by J Dilla
Filmed in Kathmandu in fall 2008 by Decon.
Directed by Jason Goldwatch (twitter.com/goldwatch)
Director of Photography Rob Gilbert (twitter.com/jungletactics)
Produced by Isaiah Seret
Style by Joseph I (twitter.com/blkangelz)
Roll Audio by Dantana (twitter.com/dantana)
Executive Produced by Peter Bittenbender (twitter.com/decon)

Final Edit

Two Soups And A Honeybun via OBEY*

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KUTMAH “The New Error Vol. 2″ Sampler

Next week, our pal Justin “Kutmah” McNulty will be getting some well deserved love by our Southern California extended family, and I’m happy to be apart of this celebration. Last year, I reported on the deportation and organized a FREE KUTMAH: OBEY Radio event and got a chance to visit him in Manchester and London which lead me to plan this Los Angeles event with Brandy Flower of Hit + Run. Please join us on May 12th, 2011 at the HVW8 Gallery. More info below!

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The Los Angeles exhibition of “Two Soups And A Honeybun” debuts May 12th at HVW8 Gallery in Hollywood brought to you by Hit+Run, Dublab, HVW8, & OBEY.  For KUTMAH’s hometown reception he has created “The New Error Vol. 2″, an exclusive 80-minute mix cd, as well as a limited OBEY Kutmah tee, a limited-edition screenprinted poster, and a 92-page art book of the entire “Two Soups And A Honeybun” collection, which will be available for sale (in limited quantities at the event).

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Then there’s the afterparty at The Echo, brought to you by Dublab and Hit+Run, featuring Ras G, Jonwayne, Take, Superdeluxe, Alter, and Gaby Hernandez for the icing on top.

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For those of you in London, there’s a launch party on May 11th for The New Error Vol. 2 at Rough Trade East in The Old Truman Brewery with live performances by Kutmah, Om-Unit, Tapes, Blue Daisy, Cherrystones, and Patchwork Pirates.

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All in all, it seems like a hell of a week. Would love to see you here!

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JUSTIN ‘KUTMAH’ MCNULTY was born in Brighton, England and moved to the United States when he was twelve years old.  KUTMAH grew up in Hollywood, California where he earned his reputation as a talented underground artist & DJ.  As an intrinsic member of the Los Angeles-based music collective dublab, KUTMAH launched his seminal club Sketchbook in 2004, which forged roots of the now-infamous L.A. beat scene.

On May 5th 2010 without any advanced warning and based on no criminal activity, armed U.S. Federal agents entered KUTMAH’s home and arrested him. Kutmah was incarcerated for two months under immigration charges. Sparking the FREE KUTMAH campaign, a collective of artists, friends and fans  rallied for the release of the well-respected artist. Theincredible global support behind the FREE KUTMAH campaign showed the power of his presence in modern art & music.  Upon KUTMAH’s release, he was immediately deported to the UK where he currently resides.

It was during his time spent locked-up that KUTMAH sought solace in art, drawing to keep sane with only a short pencil and his laminated ID card. The frustrated and emotional impact of his imprisonment and deportation have come to fruition with “Two Soups And A Honeybun”, the full collection of 37 drawings KUTMAH created in prison.  ”Two Soups And A Honeybun” debuted in London at 18 Hewett Street gallery on January 19th 2011. To celebrate the initial exhibition KUTMAH also launched “The New Error”, his exclusive three-volume mix cd series released with long-time collaborators Hit+Run.

The Los Angeles exhibition of “Two Soups And A Honeybun” debuts May 12th at HVW8 Gallery in Hollywood.  For KUTMAH’s hometown reception he has created “The New Error Vol. 2″, an exclusive 80-minute mix cd, as well as a limited-edition screenprinted poster, and 92-page art book of the entire ”Two Soups And A Honeybun” collection.  KUTMAH’s global art tour will culminate in Japan this summer with a special month-long showing in Tokyo, alongside record shop in-stores and an official opening night afterparty with djs and live performances.

Over the last year KUTMAH has toured Europe, djing shows with Saul Williams, The Gaslamp Killer, Flying Lotus, Gonjasufi, The Cinematic Orchestra, Dabrye and others.  KUTMAH also has forthcoming records out on Stones Throw, Brainfeeder, Poo-Bah & All City Records in 2011.

www.kutmah.com

-ROAM (Obey Clothing)

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