Archives for the month of: September, 2012

Erykah Badu is someone that fearlessly embraces change, re-inventing herself time and time again. Her aesthetic inspires the free thinkers, and the lovers of jazz, R&B, hip hop and all things soulful. For those interested in their roots, Badu exemplifies a strong appreciation of the past. Her work combines African influences, various spiritual ideologies , as well as Egyptian culture and Southern African folk traditions. To all you out there striving to bring something positive into the world, Erykah Badu is your girl. I am eagerly awaiting her performance tonight at Decibel Festival’s Renegades of Funk showcase. See Badu alongside The Cannabinoids and The Starship Connection, at The Paramount Theatre (TIX).


Never complacent, Erykah has moved into yet another untapped area. Taking a group of musicians, DJ’s and beat makers she has empowered them with an array of musical tools (3 turntables, 6 keyboards, 4 drum machines, a theramin, 8 laptops), creating an electronic orchestra of sorts. Together this crew, known as The Cannabinoids,will showcase a live remix set of Badu’s work. This is a re-imagined presentation of Erykah Badu’s diverse style and influences, centered around a concept of improvisation.

The theme of tonight’s show takes you deep inside the human brain. You may not know this, but inside your head there are cannabinoid receptors. Research has shown that these specific proteins in your brain are responsible for the euphoric effects of cannabis (“Marijuana consists of the dried flowers of Cannabis plants selectively bred to produce high levels of THC and other psychoactive cannabinoids”). Each artist on stage will become one of these cannabinoids; creating a joyous, psychedelic live hip hop extravaganza for you and friends.


As if that wasn’t enough, Erykah Badu will then head to the RBMA After Hours, to perform a DJ SET at Q (Pike & Broadway, Capitol Hill Seattle). If you missed my post mentioning Q, let me reiterate that it blows away every club in Seattle, and possibly the north west. Doors are at 2:00 am, 21+. Also on the lineup, B. Bravo with Justice & Treasure. Here’s a link to TIX


Erykah Badu – Facebook Twitter

– Jimi Jaxon 


I am blowin’ this Friends of Friends showcase UP. You’ll notice that below this interview with showcase performer Groundislava, I’ve chosen FoF as THE show to see on the final day of Decibel Festival 2012 (The Baltic Room, 9/30, 21+). Here’s the FB event, if you plan on coming, invite your buddies. Now onto my conversation with Groundislava; covering the Feel Me album art, video game soundtracks and the vibe of his upcoming Seattle show with Shlohmo, LOL Boys, Salva and Lazy Brow. 


DD Hi Groundislava. What are you up to right now?

GIL I’m watching some movie with Liam Neeson and eating soup, and answering these questions, of course. I’m feeling a little under the weather.

DD Congratulations on Feel Me getting its release. Who designed the rad artwork for this lp?

GIL My brother designed all the art for this album, as well as my last LP and both my EPs. He’s a very talented visual artist. I’m working with him on a new music video as well.

DD I haven’t been to LA since I was very little. If I were to come down to your area, where would we hang out and get food? From reading your Twitter, I take it we won’t be stopping by Whole Foods..

GIL Whole Foods annoys me because it’s really great and convenient, but its absurdly expensive. If you were here I’d probably take you to koreatown and we’d get some korean BBQ or tofu soup. Koreatown is probably my favorite part of LA to hang out in, as well. There’s lots of great places to drink or do karaoke or whatever. 

DD I’ve got your Soundcloud going while I play N64. It’s making my Super Smash Bros. battle a lot more emotional. What video game soundtracks stand out to you most? 

GIL There’s a lot of great ones that I’ve been interested in. And now, with youtube being what it is, I find so many more great songs and full soundtracks. I really enjoy the soundtracks for Bomberman 64 and Bomberman Hero, Chrono Trigger, Pilot Wings… there’s a lot more.


DD Disco Droppings has chosen the Friends of Friends showcase as it’s top pick, for Decibel Festival 2012’s final night. For those thinking about stopping by your show, what’s the vibe going to be like?

GIL FoF kinda nails it on all fronts, and there’s really something for everyone. We have all sorts of sounds and vibes, but it’s all really fun shit. We never just go up and play whatever the hottest tracks are, and we all have really interesting catalogs. Expect a party :]


Groundislava – Facebook Twitter  Soundcloud

– Jimi Jaxon

For the final day of Decibel, I choose the Friends of Friends showcase (Fb). This 21+ party happens at The Baltic Room, with sets from Shlohmo, Salva, Groundislava, LOL Boys and Lazy Brow. Back in 2010, I met Henry Laufer aka Shlohmo outside of Neumos after his Decibel set. He wasn’t 21 at the time, so the venue booted him out. On the positive side I got to hang out with him, and soon after, a Shlohmo interview appeared on Disco Droppings. Those that get hyped on variations of hip-hop, and the environments created by The Weeknd, Flying Lotus and Baths should swing by The Baltic Room on 9/30.


It’s difficult to create a worthy remix for Wheez-ie’s “Keep Yer Chin Up”. I say that because the original is so fucking incredible. Leave it Salva to come up with something magical. Groundislava has a new album out entitled Feel Me on Friends of Friends. His superb XLR8R mix can be heard ova here. The track selection, mixing and dreamy narrative fit snugly together. Lazy Brow is the label head of FoF, and he starts off the night with a DJ set. 



Friends of Friends – Facebook

Decibel Festival – Twitter Facebook

– Jimi Jaxon 


The Universe of Keith Haring marks the first time a film has made me cry. I felt such a strong connection to his personality and mindset toward the world, and the people around him. This documentary reaffirmed my feeling that art allows an opportunity for a vision to live on and continue it’s evolution and significance; far beyond an artist’s lifespan.

Christina Clause did a wonderful job putting this 2008 documentary together. Keith Haring’s family, along with close friends, Yoko Ono, Kenny Scharf,  Jeffrey Deitch and Tony Shafrazi fondly recall their experiences with the influential artist. The film explains how Haring ended up in New York at exactly the right time (with exactly the right people), harnessing his creativity as a pop/graffiti artist. I’ve included all 7 parts of the documentary, along with pictures of his work. I hope it inspires and challenges you.

As Keith began to assert his sexuality, his pieces became increasingly phallic; forcing people to deal with his openly gay lifestyle. His overall style incorporated bold lines, bright colors, and active figures representing unity and life. His depictions of birth, sex, death and war left a long lasting legacy; revered as the visual language of the 20th century. Many political and social messages are presented in his work, such as the nuclear proliferation, the crack epidemic and AIDS. 

One area that I found endearing was his willingness to bring art out of the gallery and into everyday life. From his chalk drawings in New York Subways, to the murals he painted in Australia, Brazil, Paris, Minneapolis, and Manhattan, Haring felt a need to reach a wide range of people. As an artist, he resonated with adults and children of all sorts of backgrounds. Between 1982 and 1989, Haring created over 50 public works, many of which are still around today. His distinct approach and lively personality eventually caught the attention of Andy Warhol, who became a close friend and mentor. Sadly, Keith Haring died on February 16th, 1990 due to AIDS related complications. He was 31 years old.


In March, a retrospective exhibit of Haring’s work, Exhibitions: Keith Haring: 1978-1982, opened at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. Obey clothing now celebrates Keith Haring’s work, with a collection of mens and women’s clothing. 

Keith Haring Foundation 

– Jimi Jaxon

George Bashington Productions are to thank for putting this show together (FB event), with Live For The Funk sponsoring. Lunice brings fresh energy and effortless style to the hip hop world. Now 23, he’s done remixes for prominent labels such as Mad Decent, XL Recordings and Young Turks. A part of the LuckyMe collective (Machinedrum, Jacques Greene, Rustie), he released the One Hundred EP and the Stacker Upper EP in 2011. I’ve been especially taken by “Runnin”; the smooth beat he did for Azealia Banks, as well as TNGHT; his collaboration with Hudson Mohawke. Tomorrow marks Lunice’s first Seattle appearance. All hip-hop enthusiasts, and those drawn to future dance sounds should give him a warm welcome and come to Neumos.



Kastle from San Francisco joins Lunice. Be sure to catch the whole lineup, with sets from RL Grime and my buddy Cedaa happening early on.




George Bashington Productions – Facebook

– Jimi Jaxon