Tigers On Tujunga

The latest video from Los Angeles-based producer/musician Bei Ru is just out. His intricately layered song delivers an interesting and somewhat surreal video shot in and around Los Angeles. Shot by Postas (@itsPostas) / Edited by Paisley Zerr & Jesse Dvorak / Wardrobe styled by Moneeekah / Cast: Christine Garibian, ReefKills, Stuntman, Ervin, Lilly Breeze, Remind. The whole LA Zooo album is great.

TSOTW: LA Zooo

The merch that accompanied Bei Ru‘s latest album LA Zooo is just outstanding – I love how it subversively plays on the theme of Zoo Staff gear gone bad. Look closely, the penguin’s got a switchblade. Watch your pockets! Available in Bei Ru’s online store and also via my friends at Hutch LA.

Save Music in Chinatown 11

My talented friend Martin Wong is organizing another of his great fundraiser matinee concerts to raise money for arts education at his daughter’s school – Castelar Elementary in Chinatown, Los Angeles. I’ve been to a few of these events and I can’t emphasize enough how special it is to see the great acts that Martin lines up, in a cozy, family-friendly setting. The line-up of acts, tickets, and more deets are here.

But Stay Woke

I’ve had the new album from rapper/actor/producer/comedian/songwriter/director (etc) Childish Gambino a/k/a Donald Glover on repeat lately. His latest release “Awaken, My Love!” departs from his previous catchy intellectual trap, and goes in an entirely unexpected lush, funky, soulful, musical direction. At various points he evokes Rick James, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Parliament-Funkadelic, Prince, even Michael Jackson, all while managing to sound incredibly original at the same time.

Miss Sharon Jones!

Been so busy, I forgot that posting here is even a thing! Sorry. Check out the trailer for this new feature-length documentary Miss Sharon Jones! directed by Barbara Kopple. The incredible singer unfortunately passed away in 2016.

RTJ3

I’m so late to the RTJ3 party, I wouldn’t be surprised if RTJ4 drops before I finish this post. The latest from El-P and Killer Mike – serious contenders for hip-hop’s woke-est rap duo, carrying the torch for the Public Enemy brand of social & political commentary in 2017, in my mind at any rate. As always, their latest release is available as a free download.