Known Recap

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LA TACO have a really nice recap of photos from the Patrick Martinez “Lovely Day” / Aaron De La Cruz “Some Thing Else” twin opening at Known Gallery last Saturday. The photos are by Erwin Recinos, who captured the vibe at the gallery really well.

Monsterist

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I’ve been a fan of Pete Fowler since the designer vinyl figure boom, way back at the turn of the century. I was lucky enough to interview him for Mass Appeal magazine too – maybe #48. Here’s a nice video interview with Pete Fowler by Dudebox.
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Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble

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I’ve been mildly obsessed with Kickstarter projects lately. I was surfing music blogs and came across this Kickstarter project from NY based Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble. They want to record a new album and they need $9000 by June 30th. They’re more than half way there already, and if you watch the video, you’ll see they have well-respected folks like Bobbito Garcia and DJ Rich Medina endorsing the effort. Via SoundRoots World Music & Global Culture.

Naturally Brewed

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The NY Times have a great little feature on the iconic Kikkoman Soy Sauce bottle design by Kenji Ekuan. I’ve ingested enough of this stuff that it deserves a blog post for sure, but creating a bottle seen on tables all around the world apparently was not enough for Mister Ekuan. He also designed the rather space-y Akita Shinkansen (aka Bullet Train), and the Yamaha R1 motorbike back in 1967. As such, he is one of Japan’s most famous designers.

LUZ NAZ VIELAS

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I posted about the incredible project by Spanish collective Boa Mistura in São Paulo earlier this year. They painted huge, bright murals which read words like “beauty” and “sweetness” across several buildings, when viewed from the right perspective. Now there’s a great 17min documentary out about the eye-catching project. The Vimeo page has some more info about it. Via Arrested Motion. [Watch Video]

Cruz Control

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I was lucky enough to get my foot in the door at Known Gallery last night. The final preparations for Patrick Martinez‘ “Lovely Day” exhibit and Aaron De La Cruz‘ “Some Thing Else” exhibit were both being put in place. It looked incredible. Aaron was kind enough to let me post a few sneak peeks of his latest work on Instagram, while he put some final touches on his installation. I’m really looking forward to the opening on Saturday. [View Photos]

Mic Check 1234!

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Mic Check 1234! is the latest release from DJ/producer Max Tannone. The mash-ups feature politically-minded rap lyrics from the likes of Public Enemy, Tupac, Nas, and Black Star, over top shelf punk acts including the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned, and Black Flag.