CRASH+BURN 2014

cnbWe’re kicking it off tomorrow night, Saturday July 12th with our annual summer jam “CRASH+BURN 2014” at The Echoplex. It’s the record release party for our 40th music release on HIT+RUN, the future funk classic “Money Green Viper” by ZACKEY FORCE FUNK.

Come check out ‘The Electron Don’ performing cuts from the soon-to-be-released marbled-green 12” vinyl record (housed in a one-of-a-kind screen printed jacket) and pick one up before next week’s in-store date for only $10!! Celebrating alongside Zackey will be producers from his album, as well as live performances by CRIMEKILLZ, IX LIVES, OLIVER THE 2ND, KATE MO$$, GIOVANNI MARKS, dj sets by SODAPOP, LOW LIMIT, MAGO & EDDY FUNKSTER, plus a VERY SPECIAL SURPRISE ARTIST to be announced tomorrow! Hypnotic visuals by STRANGELOOP all night, and live screen printing by THE HIT+RUN CREW featuring exclusive designs by MIKE C, ABCNT, AMBUSCH, ENIK, MARK OF THE BEAST, CHAIN GANG, SCUMBAG TONY, MAGO, YU MAEDA, CHRISTOPHE GILLAND, MALKY, and more!

The first 100 peeps through the door get a FREE blank T-shirt to customize plus stickers & more! Support by Sticky Ricks, dublab, Soundlessons, LA Weekly, LA Record & Friends Of Friends.

THE ECHOPLEX (1156 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026)
9PM-2am | 18+ | $10

L.A. Heat: Recap

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LA Heat: Taste Changing Condiments, is an art exhibition exploring the impact of Sriracha and Tapatio in Los Angeles. The exhibit included a curated selection of artwork from artists of diverse backgrounds who are passionate and reflective about notions of identity, community, and foodways.

Sriracha and Tapatio hot sauces are two examples of the recent homegrown all-American condiments that have dramatically impacted American cuisine. The rise in popularity of these condiments signifies an increase in Asian and Latino populations living in the US and especially in Los Angeles after the passing of the Immigration and Nationality Act in 1965. In 1971, Mexican immigrant Jose-Luis Saavedra, Sr., started Tapatio Hot Sauce, a unique combination of red chili peppers, spices and a hint of garlic, in a warehouse in Maywood, California. David Tran, an immigrant from Vietnam of Chinese ancestry, started making Thai-inspired Sriracha sauce blended fromchili peppers, vinegar, garlic in small shop in Los Angeles Chinatown in 1983. In large American cities everywhere, both Sriracha and Tapatio contend to rival Heinz Ketchup and French’s mustard as the all-American condiment for the Y-Generation, for these hot sauces have become interwoven into the American cultural fabric and thus becoming an ubiquitous condiment in American cuisine.

So now that you have a little background of the exhibit, I won’t hold back and show you some of what I thought were some real L.A. Heat in the show. No particular order just as I saw it walking into the museum, enjoy. LA_Heatprints

Sandra Low

Sandra Low

Werc chile

Werc chile

Werc1

Werc1

Clayton-Bros

Clayton-Bros

Slick (mask)

Slick (mask)

Slick (cans)

Slick (cans)

Slick (print)

Slick (print)

Patrick_Martinez-w-David-Tran

Patrick_Martinez-w-CEO/Founder_David-Tran

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Henry_Taylor

Henry_Taylor

Phung_Huynh

Phung_Huynh

Eye_one

Eye_one

Nery_Gabriel_Lemus

Nery_Gabriel_Lemus

Sket

Sket

Sketracha

Sketracha

Michael_Massenburg

Michael_Massenburg

Michael_C_Hsiung

Michael_C_Hsiung

Ganjin_Fujita

Ganjin_Fujita

Kwanchai_Moriya

Kwanchai_Moriya

Trinh_Mai

Trinh_Mai

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L.A. Heat: Taste Changing Condiments

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LA Heat: Taste Changing Condiments, is an art exhibition exploring the impact of Sriracha and Tapatio in Los Angeles. The exhibit will include a curated selection of artwork from artists of diverse backgrounds who are passionate and reflective about notions of identity, community, and foodways.

Sriracha and Tapatio hot sauces are two examples of the recent homegrown all-American condiments that have dramatically impacted American cuisine. The rise in popularity of these condiments signifies an increase in Asian and Latino populations living in the US and especially in Los Angeles after the passing of the Immigration and Nationality Act in 1965. In 1971, Mexican immigrant Jose-Luis Saavedra, Sr., started Tapatio Hot Sauce, a unique combination of red chili peppers, spices and a hint of garlic, in a warehouse in Maywood, California. David Tran, an immigrant from Vietnam of Chinese ancestry, started making Thai-inspired Sriracha sauce blended fromchili peppers, vinegar, garlic in small shop in Los Angeles Chinatown in 1983. In large American cities everywhere, both Sriracha and Tapatio contend to rival Heinz Ketchup and French’s mustard as the all-American condiment for the Y-Generation, for these hot sauces have become interwoven into the American cultural fabric and thus becoming an ubiquitous condiment in American cuisine.

Participating artists in the exhibition include:

Edith Beaucage
Erik Benjamins
Audrey Chan
Ching Ching Cheng
Dave Chung
Chris Christion
Clayton Brothers
Eye One
Gajin Fujita
Daniel Gonzalez
Patrick “Pato” Hebert
Michael Hsiung
Phung Huynh
Tomo Isoyama
Nery Gabriel Lemus
Sandra Low
Trinh Mai
Patrick Martinez
Michael Massenburg
Kwanchai Moriya
Jose Ramirez
Yoshie Sakai
Jose Sarinana
Sand One
Shark Toof
Sket
Slick
Henry Taylor
Werc

Opening Reception on March 13, 2014!

6 p.m.–7 p.m. Members only*

7 p.m.–9 p.m. General public

*RSVP required for members-only event. All are welcome to the general public session. Members may bring one guest during the members-only portion of the evening.

To RSVP call (213) 485-8567 or e-mail rsvp@camla.org with the subject heading “LA Heat Reception” by Monday, March 10.
Image above by Daniel Gonzalez, 2013.

Coming of Age

It was the start of a week of foggy cloudy nights in December, when my homie Vyal posted a video of what he was about to paint with 2 other artist (Leba & Daniel Lahoda). It was a massive 148 feet x 126 feet on the side of this insane building. He didn’t mention what it was for, but news broke out later that it was for a band called Foster The People. It ended taking them 11 days with 16 hours each day, which was nearly half an acre of a mural space. Those are some dedicated soldiers.

So my daughter being a fan of the band found out about a secret show they were having Thursday night, Jan. 23. Even though, she had a futbol soccer game that day in Santa Monica and we happen to live in the Eastside of LA, she made it home in time. So some cool guy, well we’ll just name him “Pops” managed score to 2 free passes to the event which happen to be in downtown LA. So off we went just my daughter and I. 15 minutes later, we walk up to the mural and spot of the show 539 S. Los Angeles Street.

The crowd was mellow and all these pumped up kids casually rocking out that night with the downtown view in the background of the stage and the mural to the left. It was good times indeed. Later on that night, Mark Foster of Foster the People dedicated the massive work of art after a free concert in an adjoining parking lot. In the middle of his set, he referred to the mural as “a splash of color in the middle of Skid Row.” After the show, he gave a dedication speech, in which he highlighted his band’s motivations for creating the mural.

“For the last three years I’ve lived a block away from where we are right now, and it’s been amazing to be able to witness the cultural renaissance that’s happening downtown right now,” he said. “We wanted to make something outside of music that made this city more beautiful.”

“The creation of the mural, designed by the LA-based graphic artist Young & Sick, is the subject of the music video for Foster the People’s latest single “Coming of Age.” “The mural depicts what would appear to be a female model, bent over, and vomiting lines of multicolored, psychedelic stream of consciousness. To her left are a number of cartoonish, disembodied arms holding cameras and snapping photos.”

After the concert Mark Foster had some words and even got a little emotional as he wanted to have everyone who was there be part of the mural who was there for the event that night as well. So he asked everyone to hand stamp the mural with paint. It was a good show, my daughter was happy and we walked back to the car down skid row with paint on our hands and memories which I hope she never forgets. And, if she does, I can send her this link of what went down that night. Ha!

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Lakers Win!

I thought it was a good way to start the New Year and go watch the Lakers. I was lucky enough to get invited to the game last Friday against the Jazz. It was kinda sad watching the Lakers without Kobe. It felt like the old days when the Lake Show was gone and before we got Shaq & Kobe. But we made the best of it. Laker won 110-99 and we got 2 free tacos for keeping the visting team under 100 points. #golakers This is a little of how it looked.1-lakersour seatslakerslaker girlshall-of-famersafter-second-halftwo-tacos