Monday, August 31, 2009

Local Natives Residency - Last Night!!

Photos: Joe McQuillen
Taken at Spaceland
August 3, 2009

Catch the Local Natives tonight at Spaceland for the last of their August residency. They'll be playing with The Henry Clay People and Aushua, two of our other local faves. In the meantime, enjoy some shots that McQ took.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Jujubeats Festival: Z Trip's Old School Swaggah'

Review/Photos: Julio Iniguez
Jujubeats Festival featuring Z Trip
August 1, 2009
Oak Canyon Ranch

A few miles east of the Circle of Orange, through a slender dirt path, we are led by security guards with flashlights to what is a temporary parking lot. Driving further down on windy roads we see the lights. 12:30 AM, deep in the forest, the night is young. Lights are flashing and beats are bumping as a few thousand people dance and party the night away, old school rave style. No lines or hassles to get in. We are finally in the full splendor of this year's Jujubeats Festival. Four stages adorn the canyon complete with lights, lasers, DJ's and, of course, kids of all ages getting down.

We headed over to the Flower Power Garden, where we arrived just in time to catch Z Trip jump on the decks. Acclaimed as the "Godfather of Mash-ups" by some, Z Trip proceeds to do what he does best: rock the heads off anyone within earshot. He was the captain of a musical journey that made pit stops in the lands of Dubstep, Reggae, Old School Jams, Hip-Hop and Techno. The speakers pumped out hits from artists like Michael Jackson, Daft Punk, Phil Collins, M.I.A., Wolmother, MSTRKRFT, Bloody Beetroots, Naughty by Nature and Weezy.

The man left no stone unturned as he entertained the masses with fun and familiar tunes all jumbled up into an ear candy treat. Along with his Serato turntables and effects processor, Z Trip uses a MPC sampler (which he uses to add percussive fills to his mixes) to make songs that thump, bump THAT much harder, all executed flawlessly and skillfully. As his set continued, people seemed to get closer to the stage and stuck to Z Trip's grooves as the sounds that bled from Donald Glaude's stage became louder and louder. People cheered throughout and willingly took the musical journey that Z Trip led from past to present to those future sounds that kept the vibe alive.

For a smaller event in comparison to the huge raves L.A. has been throwing down lately, Jujubeats put on quite a spectacle with fire dancers and plenty of lights and go-go dancers to keep those in attendance in sensory overload. The overall vibe at the place was peaceful and positive and I was surprised by the lack of candy kids with beads up to their shoulders. Light shows were in full effect but more so than, say, the beaded necklaces with pacifiers. The festival was a well planned and executed event with an awesome line up that included the Glitch Mob, Donald Glaude, DJ Heather, DJ Dan, and Bassnectar.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Reminder: Lykke Li and The Deadly Syndrome - August 4th - The Wiltern

Aw! Los Angeles locals, The Deadly Syndrome, will be opening up for Lykke Li on Tuesday night at The Wiltern. Visit Live Nation if you've yet to get your tickets.

McQ's Point of View: Mason Proper, Wild Light and Stellastarr at The Troubadour

Photos: Joe McQuillen
July 31, 2009
Mason Proper, Wild Light and Stellastarr
The Troubadour

"Mason Proper was great. Wild Light was decent. I left after three songs from Stellastarr. I almost wish the order was reversed..."
-Joe McQuillen

Mason Proper is going to hit up the Pacific Northwest on August 3 (Doug Fir in Portland) and August 4 (Chop Suey in Seattle) with Stellastarr and Wild Light. If you're in the area, go and check it out. For now, enjoy some shots that McQ took.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Fabric 8 Gallery Opening in San Francisco

Fabric 8 Gallery Opening
Mission District of San Francisco.
July 25th, 2009
Review: Lorna Pacheco
Photos: Robert Teitelbaum and Lorna Pacheco

Saturday night was filled with anticipation as we were invited to the new opening of two galleries behind what is known as the Fabric 8 boutique. Fabric 8 seells art, urban clothing, music, and rocking accessories, located in the Mission District on Saturday night.

The show featured a total of 30 artists that participated in two shows including the “Creature Features” show, honoring “monsters and other worldly creatures.” Gallery owner, Olivia Ongpin, catered guests with decadent nibbles from local vendors that included Sessions Syrah, Gobba Gobba Hey cookies and a crème brulee cart! The show delivered, as it brought together large instillations of paintings, each with unique expressions for the eyes of all future collectors to covet.

The place got crowded quickly. People just kept swarming in and pieces were being purchased (unlike a lot of the shows Ms. Killer has experienced in Los Angeles). I wasn’t fast enough and lost the golden opportunity to purchase a drawing by local artist Ursula Young, who was one of the many featured artists at the event. Not to worry though, because Fabric 8 has a track record for always having at least 20 needfull things you’ll want to take home with you. If your in SF, check out this gem of a spot, or at least view their online store at their website.