Fresh Air’s “Slowly Coming Along” Free Download

November 24, 2011 at 11:13 am
I spoke to Khalil a few days ago, and we decided to throw up all of our old Fresh Air material for free download.  I need to upload more, but, for now, you can download our EP, "Slowly Coming Along," for free.

The Straight Ahead: November 27th

November 24, 2011 at 7:00 am
We're back this Sunday at Association in Downtown LA.  Each night we've gained new friends and family, and everyone has responded positively about having a jazz night in LA with DJ's who collect jazz records!  We'd love to see you there...

Support the Thanksgivends Compilation

November 23, 2011 at 6:00 am
This is a great opportunity for folks to support the Thanksgivends cause, but can't make it to the actual event this Wednesday.  Name your price, whatever you can manage.  You will be helping a couple of great programs based out of Los Angeles, and you're generosity will be rewarded with this compilation of music.  PLEASE SUPPORT! THE GIVENDS Benefit Compilation Vol. 1 (20 tracks) (ONLY AVAILABLE Digitally 11/20-12/25, 2011)
A collaborative artists effort to raise funds and awareness for programs incorporating the arts for underprivileged and at risk youth.
SONGS DONATED BY FOLLOWING ARTISTS:
VIKTER DUPLAIX • THE REBIRTH • MARK DE CLIVE-LOWE • MICHELLE SHAPROW PALENKE SOULTRIBE • LARS BEHRENROTH • QUETZAL GUERRERO • DIGITAL FUNK ADDICTS THE IMAGINATION & E REECE • JIMIJAMES • JOSH ONE • DPR*MASS • CHANNEL 2 • DERRICK BUCK • JOY JONES SIMPLE CITIZENS • MALECO COLLECTIVE • GARFIELD ADAMS • CONNIE PRICE & the KEYSTONES • BIG DADDY KANE THE ILL RELATIVES • JUAN HOERNI & BRAD KENT • M80 • J. MAKA EL • BREIS • HEIDY • IRANTZU PUJADAS
"YOU NAME THE PRICE!"
THIS YEARS BENEFICIARIES: MARVISTA FAMILY CENTER www.marvistafc.org SOUND ART http://www.soundartla.org PEACE4KIDS http://peace4kids.org/ PIO PICO MS MUSIC PROGRAM

Thanksgivends – Bringing together LA for a good cause

November 22, 2011 at 9:28 pm
I'm honored to be a part of the 13th annual Thanksgivends event this year, which is going down at Los Globos nightclub in Silverlake.  As always, this event is dedicated to bringing all of Los Angeles together for one night to raise money for at risk youth.  I'm spinning in the downstairs lounge at 2:20am!  This year's beneficiaries are: MARVISTA FAMILY CENTER www.marvistafc.org SOUND ART http://www.soundartla.org PEACE4KIDS http://peace4kids.org/ PIO PICO MS MUSIC PROGRAM
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
9:00pm until 4:00am | 21 + | $10 ADMISSION
@Los Globos Nightclub, 3040 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
2 levels | 3 areas featuring the best of LA underground culture Live art patio, Guest hosts/performers http://www.facebook.com/events/243010432423267/

Aischa Traidia “What’s Going On?”

November 22, 2011 at 7:00 am
I have no idea how to pronounce her name, but I'm diggin this track!  Synth soul goodness from yet ANOTHER fresh artist based out of Amsterdam.  Got an email from the good people at Melting Pot Music, and went right to the shop to buy this digital single. [soundcloud]http://soundcloud.com/olski/aischa-whats-going-on[/soundcloud]

Garfield Adams “1st Things First”

November 21, 2011 at 11:30 am
Garfield Adams "1st Things First" The new, self-relesed, album from Garfield Adams is now available on Bandcamp.  High quality hip hop with heavy jazz vibes.  Support independent artists! This track features one of my favorite Los Angeles MC's, Derrick Buck.

Shaolin Jazz – The 37th Chamber

November 21, 2011 at 7:00 am
My man Gerald Watson sent me the first single to this remix project almost A YEAR ago, and it took me about 4 months to actually listen to it (I'm guilty of that quite often).  I did some youtube diggin and found this really interesting video describing this project, which strived to examine the essence of the jazz music and wu tang clan songs that are involved.  I'm enjoying everything about this project, from the posters to the videos.

Jungle By Night = Afrobeat Goodness

November 20, 2011 at 9:56 pm
I stumbled on this LP a few weeks back at my local record shop in Long Beach, and was delightfully surprised!  These dudes are very young, all 22 and younger, based out of Amsterdam.  Check out this video, which pretty much sums them up better than I can.  If you love afrobeat music, this record, which is, in essence, a one-take studio session, will make you bug out.  I've been reccomending this to everyone I know.  Enjoy! You can get the vinyl or digital version at the Kindred Spirits label shop.

The Straight Ahead, November 13th

November 8, 2011 at 12:04 am
We're back in action!  Come through this Sunday from 7am-1pm for this free event dedicated to all things jazz.  Don't sleep!

Tools of the Trade: The Pocket Chair

November 2, 2011 at 8:00 am
Although I've never made a purchase, I'm a sucker for informercials and "as seen on TV" stores, I finally could no longer resist.  Was at Walgreen's the other day looking for Halloween stuff, and I found a certified tool of the trade for vinyl collectors and diggers who like to go to swap meets and flea markets:  The Pocket Chair! Got this for 10 bucks.  It fits in a pretty small pouch, and while it COULD fit in your pocket, it probably wouldn't be that comfortable.  But with the handle on the pouch, it's extremely easy to carry around. If you're not familiar with the painful process of looking for records at flea markets, let me break it down.  Often, vendors will have crates or boxes of records on the ground instead of on tables.  So you have to kneel down, often for quite a long time.  There's two options: Squat or actually get on your knees.  Either way, after about 5 minutes of holding the same position, you get tired.  You can switch back and forth, change weight to different feet/knees, but either way, it sucks.  You can try utilizing another crate or box to sit on, but then you're sitting on records....not cool.  As you can see here, sometimes it's not easy sifting through a stack of records.  You can spend hours going through one vendor's piles of gems.  Enter the pocket chair.  Next time you're at a swap meet and see something like this, pull out your pocket chair, and laugh at the other collectors cursing their knees for getting scraped on the cement.
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