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kindred voices.

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Sending deep gratitude today to LA global bass artist GINGEE for inviting me to contribute a track to this diverse compilation of Filipino musicmakers from the US, Canada, France, and of course the Philippines. My pieces is from an EP of meditation traks I’d worked on in late 2013 that I shelved in favor of other projects, this one incorporating just a gong, a rainstick, a simple vocal and a few drum samples. Listen through and enjoy this project…there is some fantastic material here. Free for download or pay what you’d like. Please share it if you dig it.

Curated by GINGEE and KIMMORTAL.
Cover art by KIMMORTAL
Baybaysin (pre-colonial script in title) by KRISTIAN KABUAY


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enchanté.

Much love and gratitude to the homie, my dude outta Chamonix Mont-Blanc, my French connection, Seb(astien) ‘DJ Krimi’ Benisti, for airing my Me Llevaba (Glenn Red ‘Rub-a-Dub’ remix ft. Todd Simon) by QUITA PENAS on his ‘RADIO KRIMI’ 24/7 online radio broadcast. Not only does it fall among wonderful company on the list photographed here, but every Radio Krimi mix and playlist bursts with amazing music, carefully curated by Seb and his wide but discerning tastes. Do tune in to RADIO KRIMI as often as you can!

And be sure to check out the QUITA PENAS Remixes by my crew LA JUNTA SOUND SYSTEM on the QUITA PENAS BANDCAMP PAGE.

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it’s bananas! (and papayas)

JUST RELEASED!!
It’s been about a year since my partners in crime, DEGRUVME and YUKICITOm and I from LA JUNTA SOUND SYSTEM began working on remixes of three tunes by our friends from local Los Angeles (Riverside) band QUITA PENAS. This past Tuesday April 12th, however, the time was right to put the remixes out into the world, into the ethers, and into the hearts of our mutual fans, and hopefully into some new ears! Much love and gratitude to the fellas of Quita Penas and to Samuel Martinez of desmadre.com for the supafresh album art.

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Click the link to grab the EP from QUITA PENAS Bandcamp Page. Just $4 for all three tracks. Skip that one overly sweet espresso drink and cop some of this tropical flavor!


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good egg.

Pretty cool…I found an egg (-shaped graphic, that is) along with a Brian Eno production credit on this morning’s hunt. Happy Easter to you and your loved ones!

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In case you wanted to hear a bit of what this record sounds like, here’s a YouTube video of the song “Something Lefeh-O”, Track 2 on Side 1 of the LP. Hope you dig it.


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‘mek’ ya swoon.

Below are a handful of photos from last Wednesday’s acoustic set from the Bay Area’s ‘MEKLIT’ HADERO, taken at Balch Auditorium at Scripps College in Claremont, CA. She mesmerized the intimate but enthusiastic crowd with an aurally stripped-down acoustic trio set, featuring only guitar, upright bass, and percussion. Meklit’s fine repertoire of jazz, soul and pop blend with East African sensibilities, thanks to her Ethiopian-American heritage. I bought two of her albums on cd, shown below. Cop ’em and let your friends know!

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kings, queens & troubadours.

Last night’s show at West Hollywood’s famed TROUBADOUR concert venue was blast, thanks to a soulful, lovely and lively show by NYC’s EMILY KING! She’s on tour promoting her new album The Switch. You’ll be completely enamored by the songs, the album, and by Emily’s voice, probably finding yourself listening over and over, memorizing and soon singing every lyric, every verse, every melody. Much respect as well to acoustic soul king DAVID RYAN HARRIS, who opened the show and held court with his singalong-worthy tunes (even though we arrived only in time to catch his last number). Of course, much love to the beautiful queens, ALMA, AMANDA and DORENYSE, with whom I had the honor of dining prior and attending the show. Just another royally fantastic evening enjoying Los Angeles and her vibrant culture.

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Above: Emily King’s guitar tech tunes up the axe minutes before the band hits the stage.

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elemental hero.

It’s been a heavy posting day for me, with this being my fifth of the afternoon. However, I can’t sign off today without paying respects to one of my early musical heroes, MAURICE WHITE, of EARTH WIND & FIRE. Their music, with his voice in the lead position for much of it, was seminal in my musical education with its soulfulness, funkiness, and its well-informed incorporation of rhythms from around the world, especially those of Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean. I suppose that my affinity for international sounds began with the music of EWF, having been exposed to their music at a young age via older cousins who had their album covers pinned to their bedroom walls and the vinyl on their old turntable platters whenever I’d visit.  Since then, my musical journey has just been a trip back to where those sounds originated.

With that, back in February 2010, I was invited to play a live set at DJ PHATRICK’s “DEVIL’S PIE” event, which at the time was held in the northeast Los Angeles community of Glassell Park at the Verdugo Bar. They asked their visiting deejays to play a mix of songs that paid tribute to the work of a favorite musical artist. I chose EWF. Inspired by the collection of songs I chose for that night, I would later record a mix that would commemorate EWF’s 40th anniversary as a band in 2011-2012. It’s been posted here in the sidebar of this blogsite since…please scroll down and click the green ‘MIXCRATE’ widget and you’ll be taken straight to it. You’ll be able to stream or download the mix from the Devil’s Pie Soul Mixcrate page, where a complete track list is also posted. Hope you enjoy it!

I’m not sure who took this photo of Maurice white heading toward the Pyramids at Giza, but it’s a perfect way to remember him in his element. Rest in Peace.

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