Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Mahalia Jackson queen of gospel

   I was in Oakland this past weekend with my girlfriend and a couple of friends checking out art boutiques, when I came across the rich gospel voice of Mahalia Jackson. Then again last night while watching the 1959 version of "Imitation of Life" starring Lana Turner and Juanita Moore, I hear Mahalia voice again in one of the scenes. 
  Mahalia Jackson is viewed by many as the pinnicle of gospel music.  She was born on Oct 26, 1911 and was the third child of a Barber and Preacher who died at age 25 when she was only 4.  At age 16  she found plenty of work singing as a soloist at churches and funerals. In 1937, she began recording with Decca records but her albums didn't sell as they expected.  From 1946 to 1954 she was with Apollo records, but it wasn't until 1954 to 1967 when she joined Colombia records, that she gained broad recognition as a spiritual singer. 

  For more information on Mahalia Jackson visit http://www.mahaliajackson.us/

Monday, January 30, 2012

Mayer Hawethorne

     Multi instrumentalist Mayer Hawethorne grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan listening to classic soul and jazz tunes with his father. His sound makes me reminisce back to the low rider/motown jams I would hear during my early childhood, but with a modern twist. For more info on Mayer Hawthorne visit http://mayerhawthorne.com/

Friday, January 27, 2012

Audrey Kawasaki

  Influenced by both Manga Comics and Art Nouveau, Audrey Kawasaki's work is seductive and innocent at the same time. Her art is painted on wooden panels giving it a natural texture. With her fluid lines and soft warm colors, Audreys paintings give me a feeling of being awake in a dream. If you are interested in Audrey Kawasaki's art work go to http://www.audrey-kawasaki.com/sale/


Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Trims

   San Jose Californias indie rock band (The Trims,) formed in 2009 when Gabriel (vox/guitar) and Eric (bass) decided to collaborate on a project that would bring a new sound to the bay area music scene. Bryan (lead guitar)soon joined to add his own cutting edge guitar sound and songwriting talents to the mix. The trio continued to write and practice, but were still in need of a permanent drummer. Finally Billy (drums) joined the group bringing the creativite dynamic the band sought.
  In Feb 2011 "The Trims" released their debut album "We Cried For Fun." This was quickly followed with a music video for the song “The Breeze” and a 6 song E.P. “Cut To Fit”.

For over a year, The Trims have played dozens of shows in venues all over northern California including: Bottom of the Hill, Avalon, and The Blank Club. In May 2011, from over 150 entries, The Trims were selected and then voted to play Live 105’s BFD Festival at the Shoreline Amphitheater. In October, they were invited to play San Jose’s Left Coast Live festival. The band is currently touring and working on new material.

The Trims have received press and radio support from KITS Live 105, KNCL 104.9, SaveAlternative.com, KSJS, FCC Free Radio, San Jose Metro, BAYFashion Magazine, and Cabo Wabo Tequila.

For more info on The Trims, visit: www.TheTrims.net

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Abel Godinez Romero

    Info: Abel Godinez Romero. Born and raised in Watsonville California. Artist/journalist.

How did you get into art? 
   From a "nature vs. nurture perspective", I can definitely say I got both my ability and influence from my mother because my dad has never been the artistic type.  Both of my parents come from really humble beginnings (immigrated to California from Mexico, met working in a factory here in Watsonville), so I'm really grateful for them providing me with paper and pencil to pass the time with.  I don't really remember if I enjoyed drawing so much because I was good at it, or if I was good at it because I enjoyed it. Either way, I devoted a lot of my time to it as a child.  I went to a public elementary school, but I was fortunate enough to be a part of the G.A.T.E program which offered the opportunity to learn about art, music, poetry, etc., while also taking students on field trips out of Watsonville to art museums in San Francisco and technology museums in San Jose.  After those nurturing years through the G.A.T.E program, I went about five or six years without making any art.  My middle school didn't offer any art programs, so without an outlet, my motivation to create art died out for a while (I went about five years without making any art at all).  Feeling the need to express myself, I eventually got into graffiti.  I went a little overboard with it, and eventually landed in juvenile hall for my efforts.  Having been put on probation and accumulating thousands of dollars worth of fines by the time I was 15, I had to get a job at Domino's Pizza and get my grades up to par at school because I was being threatened with expulsion.  My senior year in high school, I was fortunate enough to be selected for an advance placement art class along with a class in video production through the R.O.P program.  Without a doubt, all these influences in my past helped me appreciate everything art has to offer, and, most importantly, motivated me to keep doing it.

Why do you love art?
    Because it can be a cathartic experience for people of all ages both symbolically and physiologically. I strongly feel that exposure to art will magnify the human experience because it exercises our ability to feel emotion and compassion (through the neocortex/mammalian part of our brain as opposed to the more primitive/reptilian part of our brain).  Paintings with meaning, music, theatre, film;  all of these artistic outlets have the ability to touch a persons soul.  Stress leads to cognitive, emotional, social, and motor problems, while art has the ability to nurture the process (one article I’d recommend every artist to read is “The effect of art on the brain of the underprivileged child”  by Christina Pili).  It is a fact that when schools emphasize the arts in their curriculum, they witness dramatic improvements in student performance extend to every single other subject (yet the arts are always the first things to be slashed when making budget cuts).  One could say this is because of miscommunication within bureaucrats, but I’ve never been one to shy away from a taboo subject some might call “conspiracy”.  To understand what I’m referring to, one needs to look no further than this creepy quote by a famous Rockefeller:  “In our dreams, people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands. The present education conventions of intellectual and character education fade from their minds, and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive folk. We shall not try to make these people, or any of their children, into philosophers, or men of science. We have not to raise up from them authors, educators, poets or men of letters. We shall not search for great artists, painters, musicians nor lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen – of whom we have an ample supply. The task is simple. We will organize children and teach them in a perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way.” -John D. Rockefeller, General Education Board (1906)

Who are your influences?
   I love the work of Banksy, Mike Giant, Shepard Fairey, Ernesto Yerena, Salvador Dali, Chuck Close, and so many more.  Others who I consider artists in their particular field are Calle 13, Immortal Technique, Bruce Lipton, David Perlmutter, and Frank Bardacke.

If you are interested in Abels artwork, you can contact him on Facebook.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


  Portland Oregon based band Starfucker was founded by Joshua Hodges in 2006. Starting as a solo project, the band now includes Shawn Glassford and Keil Corcoran. As the band grew in popularity, they recieved touring help from Partick Morris and Ian Luxton. 
  Starfucker plays a well blended mix of electronic, pop, and dance music. The thing I enjoy about thier tunes is that it's dance music you can actually listen to, or go out and have a dance revolution.
  Starfucker released their first album self titled "Starfucker" in 2008. In 2011 they came out with the albums "Reptilians", and "Jupiter."  For more information about Starfucker click strfkr site or myspace

Monday, January 23, 2012

That sketch/ Messer Chupps

  These are some drawings I've been working on.

Work in progress
 I did this one about 1 year ago.
  My girlfriend Nico is a big fan of zombie films. She has a passion for cooking, so I drew her as a zombie cook. Nico has so many amazing food recipes that if i'm craving something but don't know what, I go to her blog for ideas on what to make to eat. You can view her blog at www.satinandsalt.com
  I would also like to share some surf spacey horror music for today. I would like to introduce Messer Chupps. They are a 2 piece band from Russia. The came out with their first album Monster and Monster in 1999. Have a taste of their bloody killer sound. For more info on Messer Chupps click Messer.


Sunday, January 22, 2012


 Swedish band Koop was formed in 1997 by Magnuss Zingmark and Oscar Simonson. Inspired by hip hop, jazz and house dance, Koops sound is laced with sensual rhythm that will keep you wanting more. 
  Collaborating with a series of talented artist, the pair released their debut album Sons of Koop in 1997. Their music is created through a series of sample and overlays, thousands of short clips of sound and music reworked to create the unique Koop sound. The final piece that brings the composition together are the guest vocalist which include Yukimi Nagano, Rob Gallagher, Mickael Sundin, Ane Burn and Hilede Louise Asbjornsen.
  For more info about Koop go here or there.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Alisha Ripatti

   Alisha Ripatti, a very talented Santa Cruz 
County local artist/musician, became obsessed 
with drawing in the 2nd grade. 

  "I would study animals and the way they 

moved for what seemed like hours. Later in high 

school I would stay up until 2 am searching for 

artist who's style I admired." 

  Alisha has always been drawn to surrealism 
and particulary artist with morbid undertones. 

  "I became fixated on skeletons and skulls in 

particular. They have a purely asthetic feel."

  Aside from being an amazing artist, Alisha 
is an incredible guitarist and guitar teacher. 
If you are interested in guitar lessons or want
to know more about her artwork, you can contact 
her at ladiablow@gmail.com or facebook


Here is a list of artist Alisha admires: Dali, Escher, Naoto Hattori, Alex Pardee, Murakami, and Marlo Meekins.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Simple Citizens


  I came across the Simple Citizens one night when I was passing by the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz. I was lured by colorful jazz chords and 60's soul influenced rhythms blended perfectly with the 90's hip hop asthetic.
   The Simple Citizens are a LA based band that quickly grew recognition in the LA scene in 2008 with their single Early Morning. Since 2010, The Simple Citizens have been expanding both as a band and an in demand rhythm section.
Different members of "SC" have been recording and touring with other LA groups such as Oregone, Jeremy Sole's MUSAICS, Emily Wells and Bei Bei. For more information on SC go to SCfacebook or website.

Thursday, January 19, 2012


These are some caricatures I drew about 2 weeks ago. Enjoy!
 Can I stop smiling now?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Today I was reminiscing about my trip to Brazil. So I uploaded some old pics of the street art I saw in Brazil, along with some Brazilian songs I really like. 

                      Marcelo D2 & Claudia - Desabafo Deixa Eu Dizer 

Jorge Ben- Carolina Bela

Quarteto EM CY
                                                            Mural in Sao Paolo Brazil
                                                                125 ft. of Jesus  

                   Street art in Rio   "Come on guys, Yeah!"
       Local street artist in Rio

 Tudo bem
  Rio from a different view

  Street art in Rio

Rio de Janeiro is full of life, white soft sandy beaches that feel like stepping on powdered sugar, crystal clear warm water, delicious hearty food, amazing music and art. I had the privilege of being there during Carnival, which is a Catholic festival that leads up to Ash Wdednesday. The streets are filled with dancers, singers and musicians dressed in elaborate costumes. However I didn't take as many pics because I didn't want to risk getting robbed. Which reminds me, if you decide to visit Brazil, try not to wear anything that is (or looks) expensive when your out in the streets. Hope you enjoyed.