on the upan up.

This week’s Wednesday wisdoms, from the Upanishads (and from my super planner):

“One who see all beings in the Self, and the Self in all beings, hates none.”

“Where there is joy there is creation. Where there is no joy there is no creation; know the nature of joy.”


On Saturday January 30th, the La Junta Sound System were invited to play records out in the courtyard of the Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) on Los Angeles’ Museum Row/Miracle Mile/Wilshire District. Though Yukicito was missing in action due to his extensive preparations for upcoming samba performances in Brazil, I was with the ‘mano DEGRUVME from 11am-5pm mixing everything from soul jazz to future soul, cumbia to samba, disco to nu-disco, highlife to afrobeat, Stevie to Marvin to Michael, and more! We received some great feedback and–dare I say!–compliments from the CAFAM staff as well as museumgoers. We also were asked for quite a few La Junta business cards, while Degruvme even sent some lucky guests on their ways with a free copy of his brand new ECHOES OF A DREAM EP. Below are just a few shots I snapped as we were setting up shop for the day. Much love to CAFAM’s SASHA ALI (aka MISS MODULAR RADIO) for the invitation, plus sincere personal thanks to some friends that came through to peep the exhibitions and hang for bit: M’DAYA& SHAWN, SHEILA G, DARRELL & (MEESH)ELLE, TAMARA, and ROBERTO.


Above:  La Junta Sound System’s ‘degruvme’ welcoming early museumgoers out on the courtyard at the Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM).


Above:  degruvme shining behind the turntables.


Above: Just a few of the records I brought along for the day’s musical journey around the world (front-to-back): AZTECA “Pyramid of the Moon”(Oakland Latin funk/rock); DEXTER STORY “Wondem” (Ethiopian-inspired L.A. soul); OS BATUQUEIROS “Deus Tem Mais Pra Dar” (pagode-style samba).