Saturday, January 31, 2009

PHOTO OF THE DAY: victory

it will be the 5th life of a samurai. water for life

source: one of my favorite photographer duos MI-ZO, zoren gold and minori, mi-zo

Thursday, January 29, 2009

WANDERLUST

Björk's amazing video from last year was awarded Best Video of the Year & Best Art Direction on the Antville Music Video Awards 2008. Incredible job with the animation and the art direction; kudos to directors Encyclopedia Pictura (Isaiah SaxonSean Hellfritsch) and produced by Mark De Pace and Zach Mortensen at Ghost Robot. Check it in HD here.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: steven meisel

you know why i like this .......teatro by steven-meisel for VOGUE Sept 2001

Yes, the one on the left, please.....

follow the heels at posso the spat!

iRECOMMEND: Bilal * Friends We Love * Minority Reporter * Raye 6

THURSDAY JAN 29 Doors: 7PM :::: Show: 9PM
BILAL at S.O.B.s
204 Varick St, NYC
Admission: $28 in adv & 32 DAY OF SHOW
With the appearance of his single "Soul Sista" on the 'Love & Basketball' movie soundtrack in 2000, Bilal gained much-deserved exposure and attention from people outside R&B circles. In addition, Bilal sang the hook on Common's "The 6th Sense" with neo-soul singer Jill Scott. He also commonly scats and plays keyboards at his live shows. Bilal has appeared on Common's Like Water for Chocolate, Guru's Jazzmatazz Street Soul, and has written and produced for the likes of Erykah Badu. Get Tickets Here



FRIDAY
, JAN 30 7pm - 3am
Sly Art vs Robot City Presents: The Friends We Love Festival Fundraiser
434 Broadway 5th floor, NY NY 10013 between Grand + Howard
*Enter at 38 Howard around corner*
Trains - NR6QJMZ19 to Canal

Suggested donation: $20 / $10 minimum
DJs & Live Performances by: Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love * Waajeed * Moni * Dhundee * Jose James * GAEA ft TK Wonder * Sarah White / Daru Jones / DJ Kiva / Don Cuco* Probe dms * Asen James Hosted by: Stimulus
Live Art by The Neocons: Ellis G* Poster Boy NYC * Aakash Nihalani
Screenings of Friends We Love Video series at 7:30 / 8:30 / 9:30


also on FRIDAY
make sure to check out my man, AL DALE, aka The Minority Reporter's huge party in Brooklyn. Al is one of my favorite peoples in Brooklyn, so when he asked me to be one of the hosts' of the night that celebrates the one-year anniversary of his way-more-than-just-a-blog THE MINORITY REPORT, I gladly said yes. Al, one of the most stylish men alive actually managed to translate the virtual reality (which often gives an illusory sense of connectedness to the "real" world) into a real community with his blog. Kudoes to him for that.
Fri. Jan 30th '09 "YEAR ONE" -the Minority Report's One Year Anniversary and Tiffany Rhode's B'day Celebration Dinner
@ Tamboril - 527 Myrtle Ave near Grand St.
Dinner starts 9pm-10:30 Dance from 10:30-4am
Music by Brooklyn's musical ambassadors the Ahficionados
And guest DJ K-Salaam

Hosted by the Stylistic Agency, Guts, Cocolah, Keith MSJG Enterprises, Harriet's Alter Ego, Lichiban, Silky (Sound Proof International), Loft Boys Media, 718 Bodega, Swagger 360, Not Just Vintage, Tamara Delbridge, Coup D'etat BK, Kristen Fraser, Heavy, Children of Da Curb, Isis (Small Wonder / C.I.A.), Kiser, Born As A Raggamuffin, and the Brooklyn Circus.


Dress code Semi formal Semi funky
Heineken Lite promo $3 beers All night
Two happy hours 10pm-11pm, 2am-3am
$30 bottle special
Pre-fix menu
John Legend ticket give-away
And possibly an Ipod (?)
Live percussionist w/ DJ

SATURDAY
Jan 31 2009, 9pm doors; 10pm show
92YTribeca, 200 Hudson Street $12
Hip-hop aficionados Danny Castro and Anthony Marshall bring their legendary Lyricist Lounge showcase to 92YTribeca. What started in a small studio apartment on the Lower East Side has grown to include some of the hottest names in hip-hop (Q-Tip, Mos Def, Common, Snoop Dogg and Erykah Badu to name a few). Come see what the live Lyricist Lounge shows are all about, bringing you some of the best new hip hop talent from Brooklyn and beyond. Tonight, they bring it to 92YTribeca!

The lineup for January 31 includes:
Blitz The Ambassador
Raye 6
Homeboy Sandman
Umi
M-Island

Monday, January 26, 2009

SOLAR LOVE: solar eclipse today


worship the sun

FLORA FANTASTICA::: Brian Burkhardt and The Exile of Homo Sapiens From The Garden Of Eden

Check out one of my favorite artists and good friend, Miami-based Brian Burkhardt's surreal creations inspired by the mysteries of nature and cyber-age technology. I owe a lot of inspiration to this man.

To find out more about Brian's artistic evolution check his interview on Miami New Times.




Friday, January 23, 2009

FREE MUSIC : THEOPHILUS LONDON ::: This Charming Man

Folks have been counting the days till the official release of my BK fam, THEOPHILUS LONDON's new mixtape This Charming Man mixed by Machinedrum, one of the best producers working out there...dark and innocent, this charming man might leave you speechless!!!
so take a deep breath and download it for free
right here!

New Yorkers can catch Theo tonight at his official party with Melo-X at the decks MIXTAPE RELEASE PARTY TONIGHT @ ARROW BAR 85 Avenue A 11pm-till late
also check my feature on him back from the summer here. He is the artist to watch in 09 (that is if you haven't been already following his ascent)... don't say I haven't told you.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

ARTISTS OF THE MONTH: PPP

ABUNDANCE is golden!
PPP 's highly anticipated second album, Abundance, IN STORES NOW!!!!

This incredible record has been on heavy rotation in my cd player since the summer...and now it's finally available to the public! PPP (formerly known as Platinum Pied Piper) fans who have been waiting for a new record since their banging debut release Triple P are in for a treat. The new sound couldn't be more fresh and yet musically as complex and ferocious as music used to be back in the heydays of soul and funk...it is simply real, good music with a lot of soul and heart-hitting beats. PPP's ABUNDANCE takes their Detroit Motown-legacy to new heights creating a classic sound that is definitely on pair with the old masters. As I've been saying it since I first heard it, this album is huge and hearing it live might just change your life forever...if you were at the after-party of last summer's BROOKLYN Hip-Hop festival, then you know what I am talking about, but in any case make sure to catch the crew at their live shows. Meet the cast and check out other dope PPP & Waajeed videos from bling 47 on youtube.


Abundance features an all new cast of up-and-coming singers including the album's main songwriter, Coultrain, and leading ladies, Karma Stewart & Jamila Raegan (check my feature of them on WRONGLIPS), plus the return of PPP vet, Neco Redd. My two favorite tracks Luv Affair and Pigeon Hole are perfect examples of the vast talent that this new line-up represents. You can buy Abundance now through Ubiquity Records & Amazon, and iTunes. Support artists & good music by actually purchasing their work...unless of course it's free (check the free download ABUNDANCE mixtape link on the right.)

And there's still a lot more in store from Waajeed, PPP & the whole Bling47 crew - so be sure to stay tuned to www.myspace.com/waajeedandthebling47group& www.FRESHselects.net for all the latest music news, tour info, exclusive downloads & more.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

LIVE ART: Golden Sunday's Market Brunch at the LOFT

I'll be live painting at this sexy all-female live art & music event (also for the gents, of course) hosted by the one and only Raye 6! THE LOFT is know for some of the dopest parties in Brooklyn (e.g. like the most recent NYE party with two of the hottest songstresses of NYC Raye 6 and Res performing). for the price of a brunch in Soho you get a whole Brooklyn experience...don't miss this one!

FREE MUSIC: Peter Hadar ::: All Mine

Future soul heavy-hitter, singer/songwriter Peter Hadar follows up his sophomore release 'Well Dressed For The Art Show' with a quick little EP of signature selections to set the mood for love. 'She's 4 Months', is a 5 single mix to be released on 2.10.09 as a free download on his new blog www.ThePeterHadarShow.com, which also launches that Valentine's Day week, and will be available on iTunes & Everywhere on 2.17.09.

stay tuned and get the teaser here!

FREE MUSIC: James Pants....and WE'RE THROUGH

I discovered James Pants (Stonesthrow) early last year through my friend, TRACE's managing editor Steven Psyllos...been meaning to give his record WELCOME some love here...it's electrifying:)
oh and here is the link for an equally electrifying freebie...the remix of Ka$h by A-Trak

If you want to know more about the man, check the interview with Stonesthrow's founder Peanut Butter Wolf.

ARTIST TO WATCH:: CUBIC ZIRCONIA

I am so pissed that I only found out about the debut performance of CUBIC ZIRCONIA, the freaky new project of Tiombe Lockhart of "PPP fame" along with Nick Hook and Todd Weinstock (of Men, Women, and Children), four hours after the fact. The trio were playing their first NYC show ever at Webster Hall 's The Studio space. Well, I guess we just have to wait until they get back from their London tour. Until then listen to some of their tracks (especially the smokin "I Wanna Freebase You") on their myspace page & check out Mel D. Cole's dope photos of the show on villageslum.com

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

MY HOMIES RULE TOO: Livingroom Johnston

Livingroom Johnston is the alchemist of verbal and visual transmutations. Like his power animal, Ganesh the infinite bounty of nature who swallows the sorrows of the Universe and protects the world, Livingroom Johnston is the playful omen of prosperity and spiritual progress. Livingroom Johnston is also a pro-skater pioneer who in 1991 graced the cover of Transworld Skateboard magazine and has received sponsorships by SHUT Skates, Spitfire Wheels, Venture Trucks and Skate NYC skateboard and accessory shop and has been featured in Mass Appeal, Complex, YRB, Format, TRACE, among others. The man with a heART of gold, this native New Yorker has touched many with his mystic magic world of dancing elephants, melting rolex watches, afternoon drinks in the park, white-on-black strokes demonstrating the infinite possibilities of creativity in many worlds at once. Look out for new Lichiban x Livingroom collabos in 09!

LIVINGROOM JOHNSTON ///////////////////////////////
renaissance man, poet/ writer/ painter/ pro-skater, miracle man, the now, the magnum opus, the physical manifestation of the Philosopher Stone.

WHAT DO YOU DO? Write books and paint and enjoy life.
WHERE DO YOU CALL IT HOME? The world within.
TRUE BEAUTY IS… Livingroom Johnston.
BEATS… something Livingroom Johnston doesn’t give mind too.
TRUE SEXY IS… Livingroom Johnston.
MUSIC IS MY… bitch.
ART DOES NOT… mean one should ask for it for free. Or try and hoodwink folks to participate in lucrative events wherein finance, (as a gesture of appreciation), is not given the artist – in exact proportion to service rendered.
MY NIGHTS ARE… wild like Hunter S. Thompson with Brown skin.
THESE 3 TURN ME ON… Money, Pussy and mirrors.
SELF-KNOWLEDGE … is Livingroom Johnston.
ENOUGH OF … Livingroom Johnston then start again and fill up from more Livingroom Johnston.
MY CREATIVITY IS… the physical manifestation of Gold.
TRUE POWER IS… Livingroom Johnston.
LIFE CAN BE THE... experience that one learns from or a bitch, when one is not deliberately creating.
I DREAM OF... creating Livingroom Johnston’s days.
TO LOVE IS TO… know Livingroom Johnston.
I'VE GOT FLOW BECAUSE…. I AM the physical manifestation of Gold.
THE WOMAN OF THE FUTURE… is going to do whatever it is they will to do.
WHERE CAN WE REACH YOU? just think hard enough.
LATEST PROJECT... writing with the NEW WORLD MAGAZINE.
WHAT'S NEW FOR 2009? MORE LIVINGROOM JOHNSTON.
SHOUTOUTS? Shout out to all who support the life of Livingroom Johnston.

Livingroom's exclusive set of handmade novels are available for $20.00 each... $100.00 entire set. livingroomjohnston@yahoo.com they are delivered in a special secret way!" Don't miss out, these prized items will be one to show off to your grandchildren. Also check his new hardbound book "I Don't Want To Think About It Right Now" here.

[photos: courtesy of Amir Ebrahimi at amirnyc.com]



MY PEOPLES RULE: Sarah White, Dhundee, Nappy G and Arch type

Just opened my inbox and saw an email from Bagpak Music with their Best of 2008... three of the featured tracks were from my peoples who all came out with fantastic records this year.

Sarah White "Fade" (happened to be also one of my favorite tracks from her) ::: Yellowtail feat Selma I "Miss 17" (Arch typ's Punk Funk Mix) :::: Nappy G "Fight The Power" (Pimps Of Joytime Remix) ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::CLICK TO CHECK THE SONGS







Also check out the sexy new track FALL 4 YOU that my girl,Sarah White just did with our homie, DJ/producer Dhundee DHUNDEE.

Monday, January 12, 2009

ARTIST TO WATCH:: RAYE 6

Raye 6's new EPK including some of my work. Check the My Girlfriends Rule feature of Raye 6 on my other blog WRONGLIPS.


On that note, if you wonder why only My Homies Rule on my blog is because along with my blog partner, singer, Sarah White, I've been posting the features of the ladies on WRONGLIPS under the label Hey Ladies. Check the answers of some of today's most talented female artists we have featured so far from Yukimi from Little Dragon, J Davey, Karma Stewart and Jamila Raegan of PPP, Kissey Asplund, Lucy Love, Rucyl, MJ Zilla, Yah of Cocolah and YAKBLAK, Eagle Nebula, Jimi James, Marthalicia, Fly Ladi Di, Delhine Diallo, to Gabriella Davi-Khorasanee (Founder of Mama Clothing) among others on WRONGLIPS!!!!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

THE BEAUTY OF TRANSIENCE

I hope to achieve the level of inner freedom one of my favorite artists David Ellis has to be able to let go of my work on this level.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Going to MANIFEST HOPE: DC

I got invited to submit a new piece to the MANIFEST HOPE: DC exhibit preceeding the much-anticipated Inauguration ceremony. The closing gala will feature Santogold and De La Soul and the works will be judged by high profile artists and activists, such as Anne EllegoodDavid RolfEric HiltonLaura DawnRobbie Conal-Shepard FaireySpike LeeVan Jones

Along with its partners, MoveOn.org Political Action, the Service Employees International Union and Obey Giant, MANIFEST HOPE: DC, will issue an inspiring visual call-to-action, encouraging a redirection of public energy toward true reform in three key areas: health care reform, worker's right and green economy


The MANIFEST HOPE: DC Gallery will be open to the public in Washington, DC for the days preceding the Presidential Inauguration, Saturday, January 17th, 2009 through Monday, January 19th, 2009 between the hours of 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Art exhibition management will be provided by our Washington, DC gallery partner, Irvine Contemporary.

I know that many of you are planning on heading to DC , so don't miss this if you are in the area. Check more info at manifesthope.com.

iheARTNYC: James Jean KINDLING opening at JONATHAN LEVINE 1/10/09


James Jean has been on my radar for a while , so I can't wait to see his new work opening this Saturday at the Jonathan Levine Gallery.

KINDLING
Jan 10 thru Feb 7, 2009
Opening Reception - Saturday, January 10th 6pm- 9pm

learn from the master....

a lesson in advertisement....thanks Wes!

they don't make superheros like this anymore

Thursday, January 8, 2009

FREE MUSIC:Michael Jackson "Never Can Say Goodbye" (Beatnick & K-Salaam Remix)

Music addicts keep getting spoiled these days. I can't even keep up with all the dope music floating out there in cyberspace for free. Just opened my mailbox to find this free remix from good friend, NYC-based producer/DJ K-Salaam. Completely brilliant...no samples used and the instrumentation retains the track's timeless quality. Grab it while it's available here

Also get more goodies on his imeem page

Monday, January 5, 2009

FREE MUSIC: J. Period & Theophilus London

dopeness

J.PeriodQuantcast

also
Theophilus London's much-anticipated ThisCharmingMixtape is about to drop...until then get a taste
Grey X Sage (Misty Night) - intro - download here

NYC: watch your Metrocard!

For the last three months, I've had a feeling something was not right with my 31-day unlimited MTA metrocard...It seemed like I was able to use it for only 3 weeks instead of the supposed 4 weeks + 3 days, so I finally decided to keep my receipt and check the next time my card expired. Sure enough, it happened again. According to my receipt, I purchased the card on December 9th, but my card expired on January 1st, instead of January 8th or 9th as it was supposed to! I called MTA, and told them what happened and was told that I am not the only one who had the same experience this week or in fact in general!!!! The MTA employee told me that he gets 3 or 4 calls a week regarding this issue. So it looks like there is some sort of a NY citywide phenomenon going on and the MTA is counting on you trusting their integrity by not keeping your monthly Metrocard receipt and matching it against the expiration date, just in case you suspect something might accidentally goes wrong with your card....if nobody realizes that it is a pattern, then it looks like a one-time mistake and you'll send in your card and they will refund you...case closed. Of course I can't know what the truth is based solely on my example, but I suggest you keep your receipt next time you buy a new card.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

THE SECRET LIVES OF SAMURAIS: art of the heart ::: the new work

opening :: light :: ascent :: serpent :: heart :: future :: now :: gaze :: mirror :: self :: mirror :: divine :::

NEW WORK from the
SECRET LIVES OF SAMURAIS FROM THE LAND OF ETERNAL LOVE


Lichiban ::: "Leopard Lux :: I carry light"

Quan Luv x Lichiban collab "Harakiti & Lotusheart :: I'll Meet You In The Light..."
Working with Quan on two of our collabs was connecting on both creative and spiritual levels. Our characters knew each others and started to activate old archives of knowledge in us.

Lichiban :: [beginning of my collab with Concep, I made this and then handed it over to him]

Concep x Lichiban ::: "I'll Meet You In The Crystal Cave" One of my favorite painter friends, Concep hasn't seen the rest of the work when he painted this, but he managed to tune into not only the subtle theme of the show (painting her aura) but also the color scheme of the rest of the work..he made the piece radiate with a glow..a quality he has mastered in other of his work as well.

Lichiban x Quan Luv :: "Harakiti & Lotusheart :: The Prototype". This one was the very first piece of the show. I drew Lotusheart and then Quan went in with his character, the cosmic lover Harakiti, Lotusheart's long lost Ninja warrior. I worked on this for more than a week and it is one of my favorites.

Lichiban :: "Ray of Six Petals" inspired by my fellow feline warrior, beautiful amazon woman Raye 6. I can't wait to have her new album, 'She Looks Like Fun' drop soon...Watch out for her, she is the next big thing.

Lichiban :: "The Return of the Future"   Theophilus London. He'd asked me earlier to do a pitch for his upcoming album, This Charming Man. During the all-night painting sessions, I kept myself inspired by listening to my friends' tracks (it happens that most of them are dropping or just recently released their new album, which is why I made a point of making their music into the soundtrack of the opening. I am planning to draw all of them as time permits)

Lichiban :: "The Challenger:::My Defeat is My Redemption" & "Leopard Lux ::: I Carry Light"...there is so much I could say about these two...On the left, the young Mega D masquerading as Darth Vader/Challenger.

Quan Luv x Lichiban collab "Harakiti & Lotusheart :: I'll Meet You In The Light..."
Quan drew Harakiti on this one first and then I took over with the rest continuing to unfold their story. I love Quan's characters, his drawing skills are outrageous.
Link
Lichiban :: "Serpentpower Reminds Lotusheart". I painted this one live at Mutant Folklores Digitales show in Brooklyn

The Hall of Heroes

Hall of Ninjas featuring Pesu x Lichiban collab ::: Pesu did an amazing job with this...I tried to keep it simple to let his part shine ::: pieces in this series were painted live at various locations in NYC.

Off the Wall


the inspiration of these works to a large degree came from sharing our creative energy with my dear friends during the
all-night powwows, collabos & priceless conversations or from listening to their music. i spent the last week staying up till 7:30-8am trying to finish everything...will never forget the support. thank you!
stay tuned, more images of collabos and show pics are on their way!
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