Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
dedicado a la gente maya... artist: the reflektor title: la gente maya director: tonatzin films year: 2008
Monday, May 24, 2010
All songs written and produced by Bradford Johnson, Jr. (Busy)
Album artwork and page design by Lichiban
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I grew up listening to his music mainly on WBLS via Frankie Crocker and Tony Humphries in the early 80s’ and I have memories of going to my local record store in the neighborhood to buy jams like ‘Let’s Go Dancin” by Sparque and I got ‘My Mind Made Up’ by Instant Funk, both included in this session. As a New Yorker and anyone living in New York in the 80’s you couldn’t really avoid Larry’s work. Some of his work even infiltrated the hip hop world via samples with records like ‘Heartbeat’ by Taana Gardner, ‘7th Heaven’ used in Biggie’s ‘Friend of Mine’ and Central Line’s ‘Walking Into Sunshine’ used in the classic LL Cool J/Marley Marl remix of ‘Jingling Baby.’
Some call it Boogie, some say Disco, and some Garage but at the end of the day it’s straight up good music that you can dance to and enjoy, period! This is part one, more to come shortly.
Larry Levan Dedication Part 1
Friday, May 21, 2010
The original version of FADE was produced by DJ Don Cuco, Sarah's partner-in-love, which still remains the sultriest of the bunch. Here is Mas Vox's interpretation
& the homie, Dhundee's spin on 'C-Train'
The C-Train remix EP (which I had the pleasure to do the cover for) blends the sounds of dubstep, dancehall and drum n bass, with the sexy-sultry-soul vocals of Sarah White, to make a fusion match-made for the dancefloor. As a Minneapolis native, this Brooklyn transplant, cries out through flo and song expressing the effects of life on the hustle and the grind, and the challenge of keeping a balance. 'C Train' is a sweet collaboration of time, space, passion and raw beats. The original is produced by her partner Dj Don Cuco (Cultura Love), and then given a completely new life when remixed by 3 masters of sound, Dj Dhundee (Sugarcuts), Matt Shadetek (Dutty Artz) and Heinrich Zwahlen (Basscut). Definatley one to get your heads nodding, mind expanding and hips grinding..
Thursday, May 20, 2010
She is definitely a little goddess. I recently was commissioned to paint her, which I am super excited about. I actually got back to doing art full time by drawing children first-kids are huge inspirations...they always keep me in check and in touch with my own inner child. When she first came with her mom (whom I also doing a piece for) to visit my place and take photos for the piece, she just loved the fact that there was art everywhere. She asked me to give her a sketch book and started drawing her own piece. While working she had several spontaneous outbursts of "I am an artist!". It was a wrap for me. I am her number one fan.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Last summer, we were shooting an interview at my old house (yes yes ROOM 777 is of the past now) with my girl NIKKI NTU, MELO's long-time collaborator. The interview featured our Berlin-fam Andrea, Kesed, Janine, Claude, myself and of course Melo, i.e. the artists and friends who have been involved in some way in NIKKI's debut release project A History of Dreams that Melo produced and I illustrated.
Upper Management (Snippet) by GalaxRecordings
Saturday, May 15, 2010
"Suspended in an arcade of magnetic loops, the image shows a one million degree hot solar plasma cooling down..[On July 14, 2000] this flare spawned a solar storm that bombarded Earth with a shower of protons, causing scientific and communications satellites to short-circuit. Through a series of chemical reactions in our atmosphere, the protons drastically diminished the upper-most areas of the ozone layer, a protective blanket mostly in the stratosphere that blocks life-threatening ultraviolet radiation from reaching the Earth. This shower of protons, known by solar science insiders as the Bastille Day event, was the third largest of its kind in the last 30 years." [source]
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
I first heard of SONNYMOON on the homie, Melo-X's blog when he dropped his remix of the duo's cover of Drake's Houstatlantavegas, which was one of my favorite tracks from Melo's new mixtape Audio Foreplay. Professionally trained jazz musicians, the graduates of the Berklee School of Music Dane Orr and Anna Wise have come together about a year ago to form their band, choosing their name Sonnymoon as an homage to the legendary jazz saxaphonist Sonny Rollins. Anna's sensual and ethereal voice gives the band's sound a distinct character, which could be described as a hypnotizing genre-bending fusion of experimental jazz, trip-hop, ambient electronica, alternative rock and hip-hop, drawing inspirations as wide-ranging as artists like Portishead, Bjork, Flying Lotus, Little Dragon, Black Dice, J-Dilla or Drake. Their debut album GOLDEN AGE that dropped last December as a free download (see link below) got raving reviews and has been building up the hype around the band's NYC debut coming this Sunday, May 16 at Le Poisson Rouge (which also be a celebration of Melo's birthday-not to be missed!). I am one of the hosts of the event, so I got a chance to do a quick interview with them. Here it goes...
Lichiban: I heard you guys live in Boston. Are you from there? How is the music scene there? Do you know the guys from Passion Pit who came out of Boston and recently gained international fame?
L: If you would have to describe your sound with 5 word…
Experimental, rhythmic, fluid, playful, dissonant
L: How long have you guys been making music?
SM: We had our first birthday a few months ago.
L: I first heard you guys through the homie, Melo-X’s remix of your cover of Drake’s “Houseatlantavegas”. Who came up with the idea to cover the song?
SM: Melo-X is the dude, we’re meeting him in person for the first time this week. We get lots of crazy ideas and have fun executing them, and that song was one of many things we did in October when we were bored.
L: What’s the process of making a song? Is there a pattern or is it more fluid?
SM: There is no pattern, at least not yet. We can never expect the next song to come out the same way as the one before. If there were a method to the madness, we’d probably get bored with it. The best shit happens when we’re messing around and not taking ourselves too seriously.
L: What would be a dream place to play at?
SM: Our hometown spots, Yoshi’s in Oakland and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in upstate NY.
L: If you were offered to choose, who would you like to tour with?
SM: Likeminded musicians. It would be cool to tour with a group of maybe 4 bands and each performance would flow seamlessly into the next with no breaks. Each act could contribute to an overall experience, like a movement in a suite. Fever Ray being featured somewhere in the line-up would be supreme.
L: What was your favorite 3 albums of the last year?
Little Dragon – Machine Dreams
Lil Wayne – No Ceilings
Atlas Sound - Logos
L: What are you working on next?
SM: Our NY debut is this coming Saturday. Check event info here.
Keep googling us, you’ll find out what were up to. We are twitter nerds @sonnymoonmusic
SM: Raydar Ellis, Meghan Stabile and Revive Da Live, Dawaun Parker, Anthony Valadez and KCRW, @DiscJockeyLE, Blindiforthekids, Couch Sessions, AMB, Bars Up.
FREE DOWNLOAD : Sonnymoon 'GOLDEN AGE'
Sunday, May 9, 2010
a face of Indian media a hitherto unbeknown to me...was seriously confused at first site, so i did a little research to find out
that Vikram Aur Betaal was a children's television program aired on DD National. The series contained stories from Indian mythology that aim at teaching kids lessons of life while entertaining them. The concept of the program was based on Baital Pachisi, a collection of tales about the semi-legendary King Vikram (identified as Vikramāditya) and the Vetala, a huge vampire-like being.....[source]
Video: Television series "Vikram Aur Betaal" (1988) from Ramanand Sagar
Music: "Under Pressure" (1981) by Queen and David Bowie
Saturday, May 8, 2010
In their own words, "What if you saw a person, and he or she told you what they wanted you to conclude about them? Through the collaboration of photographer, artist, the subject and their words, a dialogue is started and the degrees of human separation become closer.
Human° was created by Arian Camilleri and Rodney White, two artists of different disciplines with an ambitious but possible goal. Bring humans together 1° at a time.
Humanº is an ongoing portrait project and we are always looking for interesting subjects."They asked me to come on board and give them 9 words that would represent me. I think this was my first AIO appearance on a photo. The project is still growing, but I love what they have so far. According to the plans, the 36"x 44" prints will eventually be revealed in an exhibit and will be also collected in a book. Check out more of the series on humandegree.com
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Shout to my man, Derreck of Trees for Breakfast for putting me on!
Monday, May 3, 2010
Dec 2009, Dubspot, New York
From his bio"Waajeed was studying art and djing in and around the local music circuit before he has gotten himself into full time music production. Waajeed was an executive producer on Dwele'sRize, which ultimately led to Dwele getting signed to Virgin Records shortly thereafter. He has been a close friend of Slum Village since its earliest days, DJ'ing for them on their earliest tours, convincing the group to release their first album/demo, Fan-Tas-Tic (Vol. 1), choosing the group's name, and introducing them to fourth member Elzhi. Waajeed's productions have led to him working with some of the industry's most respected artists such as Roy Ayers, Radiohead, and many others
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Benji is the resident at the monthly club night he runs in London called Deviation. The Deviation night regularly showcases famous DJs and producers, such as Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Skream, Mark Pritchard, Moodymann, Mala, Marc Mac, MJ Cole, and was the first night in Europe at which Flying Lotus and Dam-Funk played. There have been one-off Deviation nights at Fabric featuring Madlib and J-Rocc and in Madrid, Spain. In March 2010 the night moved from its home at Gramaphone to CAMP on Old Street.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
In his own words..."I am a reawakening of the Romantic Movement ; an observer of Love and the Power it holds. So when given the opportunity to document my priceless experiences and connect them with moments in melody I've captured, I am humbled. Amorous is my appreciation for the relationship and the magic it holds between two people. The essence of a bond and its affect on its environment for the better. Special thanks to London for its environment and the Lovers that shared their intimacy. The Beauty Created."
heavy-hitters, Tiombe Lockhart (ex-PPP, Cubic Zirconia) & Machinedrum
keeping it sexy