Another One Bites the Dust

Sad news today that New York City underground/indie record store mainstay Other Music is closing. This is yet another in a long line of NYC (and presumably worldwide) music retailer closures over the last two decades. As someone who still prefers to buy music in-person and in some kind of 3D disc-shaped format, this is all increasingly worrisome.

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Save Music in Chinatown 9

Martin Wong is back with the 9th installment of his great Save Music in Chinatown Sunday matinee fundraiser concert series organized to pay for the defunded music education program at Castelar Elementary School. I’ve been to quite a few of these and they’re always very enjoyable, family-friendly, intimate performances by punk legends and other Los Angeles luminaries. This weekend’s episode features California Saccharine, Trust Zander, Schloss Spokenest, and Mike Watt & The Secondmen. More info on Facebook. Tickets here.

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Sam Rodriguez x Calaka

San Jose-based artist Sam Rodriguez (interviewed) has just launched a great capsule collection with indigenous brand Calaka, which fits into his larger Type Faces series of work. The capsule includes a print, and print & tee sets for both adults and children. An incredible collab which speaks to Mexican descent, Native roots, and a hybrid mixture of the two, pieces of “the collective story of The People who lived in the Western Hemisphere prior to 1491 through the present.” [View More]

City of Gold

I’m a big fan of Jonathan Gold – the Pulitzer Prize winning food critic for the LA Times. I’ve certainly enjoyed some amazing food thanks to his knack for discovering culinary gems worth visiting. The downside is of course, that his reviews can really blow spots up, which, while presumably a great thing for business owners, can be frustrating for longtime clientele. Still, sharing is caring, as they say. This award-winning documentary City of Gold is all about the talented writer and it’s in theaters now.