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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.

Farewell Obamas

Sad to say it’s President Barack Obama’s last day in office today. Lots of people will be very sad to see him and his lovely family leave, myself included.

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.

The Pizza Show

Several good friends have told me I need to check out the new pizza-themed show from VICE Munchies, which is called The Pizza Show. This episode is all about pizza in NYC. Now I’m starving hungry, and ready to go hunting for some pizza myself.

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.