MixTape { Forward, Again }

Change is guaranteed in this life. Guaranteed to hit us again and again. and guaranteed to knock us out of our center at times. When change comes we feel completely unprepared. not ready. scared. But how can one prepare for the future? The future is a projection. There is truly no way to prepare for that which we do not know. all we can do is give our awareness to our divine love for ourselves and others and the to THE PLAN and release a need for control. There are greater forces at work, our ego is the only thing that can stop that divine work from taking place. Why waste the present guessing what is next. What is here now is beautiful and what is to come is beautiful as well.. in its own way. Every moment we are given, especially those that are so uncomfortable we have no idea where we even are… are a gift. a vital moment to more fully realize the self. a vital moment to grasp more fully our strength. a vital moment to breathe in our adaptability and to really step into the present and embrace it for all it is. LET GO of the rest and experience grace. Even without the “preparation” we think we may need, we will be ready. In any moment we are ready. It is a practice and as we learn how to effortlessly glide through change, our experience of life feels more like the dance it is meant to be.  

I believe music can help guide the process and bring us into the dance of life. These songs have come to me as I myself transition through many changes. My mind can be so strong at times but music always brings me back… To feel more, heal more and BE more of who I truly am. 

MixTape { Wild Pendulums }

"Spark of inspiration, Light my spirits fire. Let the joy of creation be my hearts desire. Let me flow with the music, let me dance my dreams alive. Let me sing my deepest feelings until the whole world thrives" 

{ Clean Bandit - Dust Clears }

<As the dust clears and it all starts to disappear… It may get harder cause you just restarted. Wherever you are,  l a n d   o n   a n o t h e r   s t a r  ! >

song and visuals breathe LIFE. let the experience of this piece crack something open in you. Nothing is fixed. the possibilities of human life are infinite. 

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How many reasons there are to speak from a stage.. for the fame, the money, the rush, the power, to be heard, seen, felt&#8230; a combination of all of the above. For some it is in the pure purpose of awakening a listener. a soul on a mission per say. a heart on fire for change.  Michael Render (Killer Mike) is one such soul. His medium is rap. His motive is truth. This Thursday an eager crowd at The Echo got exactly what they asked for in showing up to hear such truth. Acapulco versions of &#8216;Regan&#8217; and &#8216;R.A.P Music&#8217; called for presence not usually seen at a rap show. The energy in the room led by his unwavering dedication to social justice NOW.
R.A.P. Music was released in March 2012. its message is timeless. Thank you Mike, for inviting us to see more and take action. Movement is the move. You ready world?

How many reasons there are to speak from a stage.. for the fame, the money, the rush, the power, to be heard, seen, felt… a combination of all of the above. For some it is in the pure purpose of awakening a listener. a soul on a mission per say. a heart on fire for change.  Michael Render (Killer Mike) is one such soul. His medium is rap. His motive is truth. This Thursday an eager crowd at The Echo got exactly what they asked for in showing up to hear such truth. Acapulco versions of ‘Regan’ and ‘R.A.P Music’ called for presence not usually seen at a rap show. The energy in the room led by his unwavering dedication to social justice NOW.

R.A.P. Music was released in March 2012. its message is timeless. Thank you Mike, for inviting us to see more and take action. Movement is the move. You ready world?

MixTape {Flirting Over Everything}

look. exhale.

see. feel. acknowledge. hide the grin. know the plan. flutter with the excitement. begin to let in. shed. exhale.

relax. step farther. wind. groove. grin. wink. dance… captivate. exhale.

play. trust… exhale.

shed again, expose innocence. show power… lift. exhale. 

clear. wind. smile. exhale

question everything… trust it all.

Fall. 

Dance

MS MR - SECONDHAND CAPTURES ; more than music

MS MR new album {SECONDHAND CAPTURES} is more than an album. It aims to transcend, influence and incorporate an abundance of mediums of art. The duo has created a very interesting visual identity that I for one feel reflects the direction music is going. Cheers to new frontiers. The album is unreal. Buy it on itunes HERE and enjoy the visuals they have given us above. 

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MixTape 5.13 {Stay}

Love takes us on such glorious wandering paths of emotion. The different places we reach on the winding road with ourselves or with another.. are beautiful in their imperfections. Celebrate every moment of feeling… Good, bad, blissful, playful, sunny, silly, sultry, angry, empty, alone. One will end and another will begin. but be grateful for feeling.. in every emotion there is life! It’s impossible to put feelings to words so they can be shared and understood by more than just the self. I find music comes close. Enjoy

**TICKET GIVEAWAY**  The amazing Arthur Ashin aka Autre Ne Veut will be at The Troubadour TONIGHT @ 8pm and we want to help YOU get there. We are giving away 3 pairs of tickets to the show tonight in the next 3 hours. FOLLOW us on Tumblr or Twitter &amp; REPOST to enter to win! Winners will be announced via twitter!

**TICKET GIVEAWAY**  The amazing Arthur Ashin aka Autre Ne Veut will be at The Troubadour TONIGHT @ 8pm and we want to help YOU get there. We are giving away 3 pairs of tickets to the show tonight in the next 3 hours. FOLLOW us on Tumblr or Twitter & REPOST to enter to win! Winners will be announced via twitter!

Some of my favorite men/ roommates made their live debut Monday night at The Bootleg… heres to em’!

GANGPLANS is a production duo lead by Echo Park/Lake Arrowhead musicians War Gogh and Tiger Smith (ex-Blacks& and Sea of Cortez). Not only do they bang out killer tunage.. the two manage a fantasy football team AND ride bikes together to the local farmers market. Keyboardist Myles Young (Mr. MPH), multi-instrumentalist TJ Abbonizio, and drummer Troy Lawton (A B & The Sea) round out GANGPLANS’ live show.

The newly aligned crew played a short and varied set monday, sprinkled with elements of original sounds, and experimentation. With many friends in attendance… Josh Ballinger on the visuals + Julie Bach with the premier of her new music video… the evening was quite the family affair. Gangplans was able to take a breath entering their first show together and just play. And hey! they sounded good too.

The last song of their set - ‘Like We Never Have’ really grabbed my attention.  A definite add to any summer playlists you have in the works.

GANGPLANS is currently working on their debut LP, Alcapwned, which features a different artist per track. The album will be released on digital and vinyl format in Summer of 2013. If this is any indication of the future, we cant wait to see whats next for these bro’s. Stay tuned.

The Echo was packed last Friday for Check Yo Ponytail 2. The LA crowd vibed happy as Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson delivered signature vocals out of the worlds most adorable face. He sported a hat resembling an oversized leather yamika. A tattoo of a third eye on Neilson’s adam’s apple peaked out of his colar as he pressed against the mic, giving us exactly what we came for. UMO’s live sound is dusty, meandering and freeing.. like an old record, captured in time, preserved and delivered, in this case, through the echoplex’s encompassing acoustics. 

UMO brought with them some unexpected crowd moving openers. Foxygen, Gothic Tropic and Wampire all brought exciting sets. Foxygen, with their sultry bedroom pop sound, especially enthralled and surprised the people. They were fully in their moment, creating a performance that was heartfelt and sucked us in completely. Giving us permission to escape with them to jump and play for a bit. 

Pick up Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s latest release, II, here

Our favorite sounds from UMO, Foxygen and a special ‘Check Yo’ Ponytail mix’ from Warpire 

Tom Krell’s performance at the Echoplex in Los Angeles Tuesday night was sparsely arranged and haunting, a breathtaking adventure into a muted, introspective world. Krell, the experimental singer and producer who performs under the name How to Dress Well, is currently in the middle of a three-month long tour that flirts with two continents and a handful of countries in support of his most recent album Total Loss. The crowd in Los Angeles was receptive to the raw, unfiltered performance Krell is famed for, one that nudges and goads the audience to a similar place of self-reflection…

Continue reading our article on How To Dress Well here… via The Huffington Post

Our Favorite sounds from HTDW