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MUSEic: Casey Hurt

31 Mar

I had the privilege of interviewing the supremely talented singer-songwriter Casey Hurt for YNLA Mag. This dude is a problem, he’s got a jazzy, soulful, acoustic thing going on and if you love any of those genres or just good music in general, you definitely need to know who he is. His new album Mended Souls will be dropping April 9th. SUPPORT TRUE ARTISTS! You can read my interview with him here. Below is a sexy little number off of his new album entitled Sing To You. Enjoy……

EYEGASM: Sex Tape [Deftones]

26 Mar

Directed by ZFCL this is one of the most interesting and beautiful pieces of cinematic artistry I’ve seen. Their website is dope too. They make my inner candy kid very happy.

ART BY: Mitsy Avila Ovalles

24 Mar

March 18th, The California Institute of Integral studies ended it’s exhibit ChicaChic/La Nueva Onda, The New Wave of Chicana Art. Promotional posters had been plastered up all over Oakland Bart stations since early February and every time I saw them I stopped.

Conceptually, the show looked like it would be phenomenal. Consisting of works from five contemporary Chicana artists, the pieces featured articulated the perspectives of these young women raised in the Bay area on the heels of the Chicano Civil Rights movement. Issues of culture, identity, power, protest, race, gender, and sexuality would be explored by this eclectic and talented group of female artists. I could dig it. 

I’ve always been fascinated by people, the ways they choose to express themselves, and the things these expressions tell us, the things we interpret about that person. From their style of dress to the peculiarities of dialect, the gait in their walk to the staple foods of their diet; we form the picture of who people are from these things. Yet this is only the superficial and sometimes misleading outer dermis that protects the more subtle and less controlled inner mechanisms. I never made the time to go and see the artwork, procrastination is a mutha, but in conducting some research I found the artist whose work  on the posters drew the bulk of my interest . Her name is Mitsy Avila Ovalles. After reading her blog I knew there was a reason I liked her.On top of being ill with the art, Ms. Ovalles is pretty witty, and shares my musical sensibilities. Like attracts like, no? Below are some of my favorite digital drawings from her portfolio courtesy of her site which is here. Check her blog here.

E40 by Mitsy Avila Ovalles

E40 by Mitsy Avila Ovalles

 

Nancy by Mitsy Avila Ovalles

Nancy by Mitsy Avila Ovalles

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DIFFERENT WORLD [THE FREEDMINDS]

8 Feb

THE FREEDMINDS COLLECTIVE IS NICE WITH THE TEE GAME. ACTUALLY THEYRE KINDA NICE WITH EVERYTHING THEY DO. THEIR BRANDING IS FLAWLESS. I ADMIRE THE AESTHETIC OF THE ART DIRECTION TOO, LOW BROW YET REFINED WITHOUT COMING OFF AS OVERWORKED OR BOURGEOIS.  THIS IS ONE OF THE YOUNG BRANDS I’D LIKE TO SEE HAVE SOME LONGEVITY. ALL AND ALL I RESPECT HOW THEY GET DOWN IN THE CREATIVE SENSE. THE TEE IS HAND ILLUSTRATED BY ARTIST SUSAN WU.

TEE by FREEDMINDS

Who is Brooklyn’s Finest?

2 Sep

I was under the impression it was Don Cheadle and Wesley Snipes, but it seems I was mistaken. The Stuyvesants are laying claim to that title and I can’t knock them for it either. The music is ultra nice on several levels, there’s some real down-tempo, grooved- out, melodicness and some upbeat, funky, blaxplotation, solfulness as well. It’s good morning music for sure, I could see myself listening to this as I sipped tea and read the Times in my bathrobe before I headed out to stomp through the city on my Mary Tyler Moore. I’m always checking member Darien Victor Birk’s site and tumblr Flwrpt. Stimulating stuff to say the least. Is Brooklyn just a mecca for all things dope? I have a feeling I might find myself stalking the streets there sometime in the near future. So go on, enjoy some free music.

Earlin’ in the Evening……

1 Sep

 

She’s gorgeous,

When niggas see her

jaws hit the floor, so

when she left

it didn’t break my heart

it broke my torso…..

The first time I heard Luper was the event that pushed me from impartial spectator to official fan. Peace to Young H of Go In Radio for being the first one to put me on to OFWGKTA through our interview a while back. His last podcast is ill, as always, and features some of their joints, check it here. Now when it comes to rap crews, nobody likes to play favorites but you always end up having one. You know it goes. So as it stands I’ve come to possess a statutory-esque fascination with Earl Sweatshirt.  Dude is nasty. He’s already on par with emcees 10 years his senior as far as lyrics and flow are concerned. The music is hella good, but wait until they all can get into a club without it being teen night. I dig em though. It’s like Tribe Called Insane Clown Posse, Wu Jackass, cultural diffusion at it’s finest.  When I was the same age as these tikes , black  kids who were into alternative culture were looked at kind of like side-show oddities and there were little to no represenatives of that particular demographic in popular culture especially within the realm of hip-hop.  It’s fascinating  to witness the barrage of fresh creative idealogy spilling from the minds and souls of the MTV Generation as they mature.  Side note; is it just me or does California produce some of the most eclectic and verbally agile emcees in the U.S.? That might be reaching a little far but I wasn’t surprised when I heard these kids were from the left coast, as a matter of fact I kind of expected it. Is the weather? Something carried in the breeze coming off the Pacific maybe?

Sell The Kids For Food…….

26 Aug

No 13 off  Pitchforks Top 50 Music Videos of the 90’s , Nirvana “In Bloom”. Summer before 8th grade.