We’re in the final stretch of 2015 now and I’m already looking forward to February – when POW! WOW! Hawaii comes around again. They’ve already announced details of the festival, including the 2016 roster, and the schedule of events. The roster features an all-star line-up, as always, and the event schedule has expanded too. Can’t wait.
This story’s a bit of a bummer, sorry. According to Motherboard, “One of the biggest environmental disasters in US history is happening right now, and you’ve probably never heard of it.” In Aliso Canyon, 110,000 pounds of methane are spewing out of the ground every hour, for the last two months.
POW! WOW! has added a great big musical component to this the POW! WOW! Hawaii festival in February, 2016. The line-up boasts Hawaiian group The Green, DJ Babu & Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples, Eli Mac, Likkle Mai, Taimane Gardner, Cipha Sounds, and of course, POW! WOW! School of Music. Get tickets here.
There is so much amazing public art in and around Los Angeles right now. Los Angeles Times reporter Deborah Vankin takes stock of the situation, in her article “Murals turn blighted L.A. alleys into an outdoor art gallery” with a focus on the Gabba Alley Project in Filipinotown.
This amazing HTML 909 website by Berlin-based Finnish developer/engineer Teemu Kallio deftly emulates the classic Roland TR-909 drum machine from the mid-’80s. The fully programmable 16-step synthesizer boasted the first ever MIDI. The iconic Japanese machine runs a few grand so this great-looking website is an incredibly affordable and accessible alternative.
Not much chance of that here in Los Angeles, luckily. Here’s the recent Christmas EP from Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, better known as Aloe Blacc.
This week’s T-Shirt of the Week is this mashup of Star Wars spacecraft design and Aztec technology – a top-down view of the Millenium Falcon, with aspects of the Aztec calendar woven into it. It’s by Bootleg, and is available at Hutch LA.
Pump is an interesting (if not slightly alarming) documentary on the oil industry, covering its roots, how it came to be the primary fuel option available for decades, and much more mind-blowingly strange stuff about the car & oil industries. It also looks at the viable alternatives for creating a more competitive marktplate, including electric cars like Tesla. Catch it on Netflix.