Happy Halloween folks! I hope you all have your masks and costumes ready for some devilish fun tonight? Need some inspiration…? Check out artist Lora’s site for some seriously fresh art. I’m totally impressed with the breadth of work and how dope it all is.
So…I love this time of the year….if you live somewhere that goes through 4 seasons, I’m sure you can relate. The signs of Nature are everywhere and all around us, but none are like the changing of the seasons; the coming and going of Life – rebirth, bloom, decline and renewal. There’s just something about Fall that makes you reflect and prepare, physically and mentally, for the impending return of Old Man Winter.
Heading to the Danforth (Toronto) with the kids to link up with cousins for the crazy (infamous) Halloween scene down there….but wanted to share this tune that sums of the day and the whole Fall feeling for me this year. Plus, it’s another beautiful day here in the tDot and this, a jawn off Raashan Ahmad’s new record called Falling, featuring Aloe Blacc and Gift of Gab (from Blackalicious), really nails it home. Been banging this joint for the last few weeks….very dope-Ish. Loving Gift of Gab’s verse…sounds like he just rhymes off one long ass sentence – true to his alias. Word.
[Falling, Raashan Ahmad feat. Aloe Blacc & Gift of Gab]
And, just to add a little more “value” to this post and because I’m a Flying Lotus fan….here’s a great vid from his recent EP, Pattern+Grid world. Flying Lotus has a crazy sound and style, and this video is testament to the freshness (and innovative material) he puts out. I came across the vid via Freshnerd.com (wicked site, check it out). Oh, please be nice to your co-workers….(video not to be taken literally).
Fresh is good. Fresh fruit, fresh gear, fresh air…..and yes, fresh new music. Not sure if you’ve had a chance to bang the new Aloe Blacc record, but you really should if you haven’t yet.
I can’t imagine that it’s easy to rock the rapper/singer steez….Mos Def did it really well, and now Aloe Blacc has taken the craft to the next level. He’s really on some fresh creative-ISH.
Stones Throw recently posted a two part video called A Take Away Show, via La Blogotheque of Aloe in Paris hanging with musicians JB Aubonnet and Francois Clos (n crew). The video is directed by Colin Solal Cardo and is a great production in my opinion….that whole raw “improv” street vibe not only seems like a natural setting for Aloe’s soulful vocals, but fits the content of the music he performs as well. Check out the videos below. Loving You Make me Smile….you really need to get the album if you haven’t already.
Aloe performs 4 songs, Hey Brother, I Need A Dollar, in the first video, and You Make Me Smile and a cover of Bill Withers, Use Me, in the second video.
If you haven’t heard of MF Doom, you suck. But it’s never too late….Hip Hop loves everyone and the doors of Good Music are always open. If you haven’t heard of Clutchy Hopkins, it’s all good, not many people have….Clutchy is still a mystery to many. Some insightful videos on Clutchy….there are three parts, this is part two. Make sure to check out parts three and one to get the full scoop on Clutchy Hopkins. The whole idea is brilliant in my opinion.
R2D2s cousin an office drone? http://bit.ly/b56PPb video is funny….imagine one of those cruising around your workplace, ha! #
Some Clutchy brilliance… (Misled Children ~ Clutchy Hopkins â€“ People's Market Track 14) â™« http://blip.fm/~xpc3q#
It only took nearly a decade of jaw dropping, ground breaking, inspirational work, but JR has finally turned some Big Heads and was awarded the 2011 TED prize. Way to go JR….your work is real reward for all of us, but it’s nice to see you get your props on an international scale…and for something like the TED prize. On the TED blog, TED says, “…his work matches the creativity and innovative spirit of TEDâ€™s community, and his art inspires people to view the world differently â€“- and want to change it for the better.” (Past winners of the TED prize include Bill Clinton, Jamie Oliver, Sylvia Earle and Dave Eggers).
Anyway, this definitely makes me happy. To see someone doing what they love to do AND making an global impact at the same time is something to learn from and to aspire to. If you haven’t already seen it, check out the trailer for JR’s film, Women Are Heroes. More inspirational sh!t. Straight up, Filthygoodness. Good to see that JR’s been keeping busy…peep the work he’s doing in Shanghai – above and below. Thanks again JR!
Halloween’s just round the corner….got your costume yet? My 5yr old has hers…she’s going as Belle from Beauty and the Beast. And my 2yr old is going as Snow White. (I won’t rant about Disney’s stranglehold on young minds all over the world). Looks like Vader’s making sure to get to his Halloween bash on time! (can’t remember where I found this pic…if it’s yours and you want me to take it down, just ask, I would totally credit it if I had remembered to bookmark the site where I found it…my bad).
Dug up this old mix…some nice tracks. Reminds me of the Brant Street days back before King St. blew up. A good set to throw on and just let play…if you’re into that rare groove, nuJazZ, funky soulful house vibe. I guess you could say some of the tracks are pretty “old” now. But good music is timeless right? Anyway, for whatever it’s worth…thought I’d share.
One of my favourite sites to visit as much as free time permits is The Citrus Report. For me, it’s like the Rebirth of Cool online art rag – always a smart, interesting take on the world of contemporary art; always showcasing and reviewing compelling, brilliant contemporary artists and their art. Pretty much everything they cover and put out, I really dig. Most of my favourite art and artists of late I have come across through The Citrus Report (TCR). It really is a premier resource and network for (filthy-good) contemporary art and culture. My nose never usually gets this brown.
Not too long ago, TCR posted a detailed review on a summer showing by artist Rene Almanza in Barcelona. I can’t say that I’ve heard of Rene Almanza before, but then again, I’m not really in the “loop” when it comes to contemporary art and I don’t’ claim to be. I do know that I love art and love what I love when I see it. I also now now that Rene Almanza is masterful and has created some brilliant works of art. I tried to read the review/essay on the TCR site, but sweet-Confucius, it was a tough read. I felt like I was back in University reading Leviathan by Hobbes or something of the ilk…snoooooze. What did jar my slanted eyes wide open was Rene’s work. Absolutely filthy-good. Here are a few more pieces that I liked most. You can find more on The Citrus Report and tons more on Rene’s site.
What struck me about this piece above was that it come across as the perfection representation of the beginnings of “design” or the inception of an idea, or just after when the wheels begin to turn. To elaborate….when you start to “design” something or if you “begin anywhere” with an idea and start to move forward…things are still hazy; squiggly and not in nice neat lines. But you do have a small lump of clay that you are slowly beginning to fashion, to shape, to bring to life. This piece of art shows me that exact point in the process. I think it would be a great piece to go in a design studio – large format. Really like this one..so I had to add it into the site art at in the header design (if you didn’t notice).
Yeah, I ain’t hearing all that noise either! If you have a few extra minutes to spare, check out the Flux Catalog on Rene’s site via the Magazine Viewer…it’s easy, just click on the first page that loads up when you hit Rene’s site.