doin’ fine in the 909.

Big thanks to Mike Styles and Porchlite of the Inland Empire-based Beats of All-Nations crew for the invite to turn some vinyl this past Saturday. The ARTISM group art show held at NuWave Studio in the City of Upland brought together a fantastic roster of visual artists, whose various pieces I found myself admiring at length during the three hours I stayed. All evening long, I kept saying how I thought that while it was a relatively small show, all the pieces were remarkable. I was really grateful to be included among the roundup of tasteful deejays that blessed the turntables on that evening, each adding more depth to the visual experience the art lovers expected. I enjoyed meeting some new folks as well as seeing some familiar faces like Stryke Uno and Gabe Real. I look forward to attending the next show!

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bernin’.

Civic Duty: CHECK! Here I am outside my local polling place on Tuesday June 7th, having just done my part to make sure the seeds of change and revolution keep growing. Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders are just the beginning. Keep it real and spread the good word.

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shady stuff…not.

For this week’s quotes o’ wisdom, I’ve turned to the director of comedic actor Jim Carrey’s (if you saw last week’s post, see what I did there?) movies, TOM SHADYAC (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar). If you’d like to know more as to why I’ve chosen him, be sure to watch the documentary about his life, career and recent spiritual awakening, titled “I AM.”

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“I think true success is intrinsic…It’s love. It’s kindness. It’s community.”

“I hope people start to look at their lives as the most powerful, creative act they will ever offer this world.”

blues travelers.

Last Friday night, I made the twelve-minute drive out to Claremont CA to attend a super cool concert. Though I support live music on a regular–almost weekly–basis, it’s a blessing when I can drive under ten miles, stay out of L.A. city proper one less night a week, and still catch a new up and coming band from halfway around the world. Fortunately, with the nearby Coachella Festival luring in so many of these would-be world stars, opportunities like this are more likely for Southern Californians in the month of April (I saw Kinshasa’s Mbongwana Star a few weeks ago!).

On this particular night, I caught up with Algerian quintet IMARHAN, whose familial ties to recent desert blues trailblazers Tinariwen have helped forge their young and fresh take on traditional Tuareg sounds. They began by delving into a handful of deep, beautiful, slow burning grinders, while a string of fierce and funky uptempo numbers closed their fantastic 90-minute set, stirring the relatively small but welcoming audience into a dancing frenzy. Considering their home is literally on the other side of the planet, I couldn’t believe this was a free show!

I’ve been in bliss listening to the vinyl LP that I brought home that night. Be sure to grab one for yourself! Out on City Slang imprint, it hits the stores (and online sites) on Friday April 29th!

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imarhan album cover