Sister Crayon, DLRN & Stevie Nader at Harlow’s

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Sacramento, this Saturday 8/1 we’re teaming up with Stevie Nader and supporting the homies Sister Crayon before they play the Low End Theory Festival next week! The show is right after the Father show at Harlow’s and is 21+.

If you haven’t seen Sister Crayon play live yet, you’re in for a treat. They recently dropped a new album, “Devoted” on Rodriguez-Lopez Productions and released a video for their single “Your Girl”.

Cop earlybird tickets here.

ColdCutz! Music Club

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I don’t know if you heard…but we’re in the middle of a vinyl revival! Sales of vinyl records are increasing each year! Artists are putting out records only available on wax! Record store day is pretty much a national holliday! Folks are burning their iPods in the streets!

Not quite, but vinyl is becoming a common and beloved medium for music once again. With so many options and avenues to listen to music online, I think folks are just fatigued by the disposability of it all. Consumers want to simply appreciate the music and invest in the music they love. They want shit that lasts.

A big part of music appreciation is being able to share the music with other people. A year ago, a group of homies and I started the ColdCutz! Music Club in San Francisco. We meet every 4th Thursday of the month at El Amigo Bar in the Outer Mission to share music that we’re excited about. One of the most interesting things about the night is that we feature open turntables. Anyone can bring their records and share music. The best part is you never know what you’re gonna hear. One minute it’ll be the Brazillian funk of Marcos Valle, the next minute people are dancing on top of the bar to Whitney Houston.

As a DJ, it’s dope to see other people bring records and try to figure out a DJ setup for the first time. Most of them are hella nervous until they start to see people reacting to the music — a privilege I get whenever I play out. One of my homies described it as “the most stressful fun I’ve had in a long time”. Even better is when they come back the next month with a new stack of records to share. You know they’ve caught the bug.

Here’s a few flicks from our party last Thursday.

 

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Who Shot You

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For most folks my age, New York City in the 80s has a mythos that is unparalleled. It was the birthplace of hip hop, the center of the art world and the scene that produced DebBAE Harry. Unfortunately until Doc Brown finishes that Delorean, it’s a place I can only visit through photos, films and music documenting the scene.

George Dubose is a legendary music photographer most well known for his work documenting New York culture in the 80s. Contemporaries with Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, he got his start shooting rock groups like the B-52s and the Ramones and even documented Madonna’s first gig ever at Uncle Sam’s Blues in Long Island. In the hip hop world, he’s responsible for shooting album covers for icons such as Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markee, among others.

Now residing in Germany, Mass Appeal recently sat down with him to talk about his experiences.

Fear & Loathing on Vevo

Yoooo…our video for “Fear & Loathing” is now up on Vevo!

The video was directed by the one and only Sami Abdou with Jameson Jordan on photography. We shot the video over a couple days in a motel just outside of Sacramento. The appropriate environment to capture the darkness between the nightlife and daybreak.

Click here to share the video.

Wiki Wiki Wiki

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I got into DJing through my older cousins. We spent afternoons watching DJ battle videos and listening to mixtapes in order to study the craft — until my uncle made my cousin smash his cassette tapes with a hammer because the tapes had curse words on them, lol.

I didn’t grow up thinking DJing was a “Filipino” thing, but found it interesting that the best DJs happened to be Filipino. These DJs, primarily Filipino-American, had kids (like my older cousins) all over the region chasing down parties looking for the perfect beat. Mobile DJ crews in the late 70s/80s/early 90s weren’t limited to Fil-Ams, of course, but in terms of longevity and influence, the Fil-Am DJ community in the Bay was unrivaled. But unless you were a part of the scene, however, chances are you’ve never heard of the it.

Oliver Wang (scholar/professor/writer/gawd) aims to change all that. He recently released “Legions of Boom: Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews in the San Francisco Bay Area” on Duke University Press. Wang explores the cultural and sociological factors that led to the rise and eventual decline of a scene that had an undeniable impact on West Coast hip-hop and dance music. More importantly, the book documents and shares stories of a music scene that’s remarkably flown under the radar all these years.

TIDAL Rising Features DLRN

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“TIDAL Rising is a dedicated showcase for today’s emerging and independent artists. Curated by the TIDAL Editors, Rising highlights artists just beginning to make waves. We’re continuously updating the Rising section’s album and track lists, but each week we highlight five special picks you really shouldn’t miss out on.”

Check out the write up on DLRN here