Like a sound you hear, that lingers in your ear…

California Soul by Ashford & Simpson for the 5th Dimension. I like this version by Marlena Shaw much better than the original, even though the original is pretty good in its own right.

Had a really great time in San Diego this weekend, and this song really sums up the vibe I got while I was there. All I need now is another Chamango (Mango puree smoothie + mango chunks + chamoy= the best thing known to man) from Teresita’s Fruiteria to complete the experience. If you are ever in San Diego, more specifically near Chula Vista, make sure to stop by Teresita’s Fruiteria. You won’t be disappointed.



Viejas del Mercado

I really like this video. It may be a two year old promo video for Retna and the mac gallery, but I think what really interested me is the simplicity of the production and more than anything the soundtrack. Actually come to think of it, it may be mostly the soundtrack that really draws me to this video. Its only a small snippet of Gloria Ann Taylor’s Love is a Hurting Thing, so if you like it as much as I do then listen to the rest here. Unfortunately this is such a rare track that its hard to find a good quality version online. If anyone comes across a clearer version make sure to post a link to it in the comments.

retna and the mac gallery promo from viejas del mercado on Vimeo.

Make sure to check out the rest of Viejas del Mercado’s videos on their Vimeo page. Their latest video provides a sneak peak of a project/exhibition slated to open this summer. Here is the description provided on that video page:

Beginning with a series executed by some of today’s most prominent graffiti artists, drawing on a medium that gained notoriety as a pictorial elaboration and adornment of subways and trains, with plans to include a broad variety of artists from different fields of practice, The Boneyard Project will seek to re-envision our evolving relationship with flying through populist and fine art perspectives, allowing prominent figures from the fine art world, installation and conceptual art disciplines as well as revered figures of youth culture, to each remind us of that unique romance we have had with planes in our lifetimes. With rising fears, prohibitive costs, and more hassles than seem even slightly reasonable, the great joy of getting on a plane to arrive someplace entirely new and exotic has lost much of its appeal in recent years. Yet to this day this amazing possibility is what flying still represents for us. It is a history and a future we should trust great artists to explore for us. And in our own culture where obsolescence is part of the plan and disposability is a bad habit of commerce we are having a very hard time shaking, the very idea that in the desert there is this wonderful graveyard of disused planes waiting for some new breath of life begs that we ask a generation of creators and thinkers to recycle and re-imagine these former marvels of engineering to take us some place we have indeed never dreamed of before.

THE BONEYARD PROJECT from viejas del mercado on Vimeo.

Hopefully they’ll post another video once the project is done.


Jazz Abstraction

I have been slowly listening and absorbing the sounds of jazz, moving like an amoeba through the different styles and engulfing what I find appealing. I like the traditional jazz but find that at times its too fast and ends up sounding like one extended solo. Don’t get me wrong, I still like it, but I can only handle so much of it. I found myself listening to more and more of the jazz fusion with elements of funk and groove, listening to those same artists that moved from their traditional jazz roots for the more melodic and funky notes, such as Donald Byrd and jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers. But in exploring other genres of jazz I came upon a little gem from Polish producers/DJs Skalpel. This took jazz into a whole direction that I was not familiar with. The duo have been collecting Polish Jazz record samples and have created what we hear below, which to me it sounds like traditional jazz deconstructed and reinterpreted. Though it is a stark contrast from the funky grooves I’ve grown fond of, I really enjoyed this take on jazz and ended up purchasing the whole album.

The video is pretty cool as well. It has this James Bond feel to it and I half expect Sean Connery to step out and point a gun straight at me mid video.

Song: Break In
Artist: Skalpel
Album: Skalpel
Year: 2004


All That You Give

This mellow song by The Cinematic Orchestra is always soothing and a joy to listen to. The woman sitting in the booth with the soulful voice is none other than Fontella Bass who is well known for her hit Rescue me in 1965.

I love how The Cinematic Orchestra mixes jazz, orchestral composition, lounge, and trip hop and I’m always amazed by how well their music is produced. I am hard pressed to find a song on this particular album that I don’t like. I am admittedly more fond of the more steady and uptempo beat, but its always nice to listen to something smooth and slow to wind down or when in a contemplative mood. The video below is a little grainy, but the audio quality makes up for it.

Song: “All That You Give”
Artist: The Cinematic Orchestra
Album: Every Day