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SO @#$%*ing LOVE NY!

imageAlways did, always will…so many ties to this city, it’s hard not to! Now that I’m living here (oh U didn’t know?), LA I miss U dearly. So much I’m sleeptalking, SMH wishing she was closer for a lil’ sleepover… But then again, being here sure makes one get over missing LA when it comes to di… imageJust kiddin’… Sort of LOL! In the 90’s, while going to NYU, I never seemed to leave the Village — back then, I thought anything surrounding Washington Sq Park was '99 til infinity! Nowadays? It doesn’t seem one has to leave, or beat Brooklyn. at. all! Hey boo, wait ‘til U see. And what’s a better way to kick things off for my ‘warm’ welcome, than by 3 million gathered, parading n’ festively celebrating my return by having the West Indian Day Parade (aka ‘Labor Day Jam in Brooklyn’) right on EPW! The NYPD got involved too, n’ even NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (his entire family led the parade) waved a Trini flag! imageAlready ran into Spike Lee casually taking a stroll in his old ‘hood in the heart of Forte Greene on Lafayette n’ Fulton in Fowler Sq; been to many flee markets — including the all-eats Smorgasburg Brooklyn Flea (thanks cuz!) at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2 right on the water n’ two art + crafts Brooklyn Fleas in Williamsburg n’ Fort Greene respectively; discovered fantastic food from Uruguay @Tabaré after drinking way too many pitchers of caipirinhas (blame Lyons!) meeting such incredible folks @Miss Favela! imageWe drove through blocks n’ miles of ONLY seein’ Hasidic Jews in the Williamsburg area connecting Bed-Stuy that blew my mind; saw the buildings where Jay-Z as well as Biggie grew up; even caught Melody Ehsani's creative designs for Chevrolet as part of the Essence Street Style Festival in DUMBO n’ the beat don’t stop.  imageI’ll leave the intricacies of the nightlife experiences for another post, but I did meet up w/one of my BFFs for delicious Italian dinner @Bottino (excellent atmos btw) on the westside — NYC-style, before Rudimental’s SOLD OUT show @Terminal 5 (stay tuned for more on dem lads!) left us all soul-ed up! imageNYC hasn’t slept since I’ve left in the 90s! Are U surprised? I’m surely not. To think I’d sat in JFK on 9/11/11 awaiting a flight to LA on a visit here n’ luckily never boarded, is crazy lookin’ back over a decade ago! imageAnd to those I’ve recently met, still have to meet n’ to all who’ve known me, from my luv’d fam + friends in LA to NY n’ the world over — CHEERS! Together forever, let’s get even spicier

imageSonos Studio hits NYC, providing a pop-up space for musicians, design, tech n’ more that’ll be offering your ears daily ‘soundtrition’, from Sept. 30 - Oct. 5 @NeueHouse! The permanent Sonos Studio in LA is already legendary n’ known for their exhibits, music performances n’ more, so here’s NY’s chance to level di score! Get on the list

imageRight after we’re just digesting the biopic of James Brown, here comes another music legend — JIMI: All Is By My Side, where André 3000 Benjamin portrays ‘The Musical Roots of Jimi Hendrix’. In theaters nationwide Sept. 26!

imageLenny Kravitz. Rocks. There’s no question about that, but can he Strut? Sure he can… find out here. He kicks off his European tour too! 

LENNY’S TOUR DATES:
Oct. 22nd               Moscow, Russia                              Crocus City Hall
Nov. 1st                 Minsk, Belarus                                  Arena
Nov. 3rd                 Lodz, Poland                                    Atlas Arena
Nov. 5th                 Berlin, Germany                               O2 World
Nov. 7th                 Frankfurt, Germany                          Festhalle
Nov. 8th                 Stuttgart, Germany                           Schleyerhalle
Nov. 10th               Milan, Italy                                        Mediolanum
Nov. 12th               Austria, Vienna                                 Stadhalle
Nov. 13th               Prague, Czech Rep.                         O2 Arena
Nov. 15th               Munich, Germany                            Olyumpiahlle
Nov. 16th               Zurich, Switzerland                          Hallenstadion
Nov. 18th               Oberhausen, Germany                    Konig-Pilsener
Nov. 19th                Amsterdam, Holland                       Ziggo Dome
Nov. 21st                Antwerp, Belgium                           Sportpalais
Nov. 23rd                Paris, France                                  Palais Omnisport
Nov. 25th                Geneva, Switzerland                      Arena De Geneve
Nov. 26th                Dijon, France                                  Zenith
Nov. 28th                Lyon, France                                  Halle Tony 
Nov. 30th                Nice, France                                   Nikaia
Dec. 1st                  Marseille, France                            Le Dome
Dec. 3rd                 Bordeaux, France                            Patinoire
Dec. 6th                 London, UK                                      Wembley Arena
Dec. 8th                 Lille, France                                     Zenith
Dec. 9th                 Lux City, Luxembourg                     Rockhal
Dec. 11th               Nantes, France                                Zenith Mantes
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Tokimonsta kicks off her Fall Tour in LA, starting on Fri, Sept. 19 @El Rey — hey, I USED to live a stones throw away! Peep other dates above!
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The buzz is still buzzin' on this LA-native, Jhene Aiko. Catch her live in the flesh on tour, on that slow, slurpy spaced-out tip w/none other than the master of dreamy R&B (sorry The Dream!), The Weeknd. Dates below…
The Weeknd Tour w/Jhene Aiko

September 19, 2014 
Brooklyn, NY
Barclays Center

September 21, 2014
Toronto, Canada
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

October 9, 2014
Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Bowl

October 10, 2014
San Francisco, CA
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

October 11, 2014
San Francisco, CA
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
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OK, so let’s be honest — what song did we NOT like by Culture Club in the 80s? None! Get ready to sing-a-long steady ‘cause the boys joined by Boy George of course, tour the US! 
11/15 – Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa – Rancho Mirage, CA
11/17 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
11/19 – Shrine Auditorium – Los Angeles, CA
11/22 – The Pearl – Las Vegas, NV
11/25 – Beacon Theatre – New York, NY
11/28 – Etess Arena – Atlantic City, NJ
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Catch Banks on Sat, Sept. 13 from 7-10p in LA @Sonos Studio (man I’m gonna miss that place ‘til their week-long pop in NYC)! RSVP NOW cause it’ll be insane at the door! An ongoing exhibit titled Born In Blue goes ‘til Oct. 24, if U can’t make it get in Sat… image
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Well…well…well, finally I’m here to make it in Brooklyn for this Wonderground Dance Party, happenin’ this Fri, Sept. 12 from 9p-2a @Bed-Vyne Brew w/nuff selectors, nuff selections n’ nuff wine + beer to select from. ‘Free Your Fridays’!
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OK ‘locals’, here’s some other dives to splash into for the weekend, creating stories for during next week’s grind. Catch DJ Scribe for ‘I LOVE Vinyl' in Brooklyn on Sat, Sept. 13 @TBA. No, that’s the name of the spot!
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This Sat, Sept. 13 in LA — DTLA to be exact, catch the opening daytime party called Kaftan Discothéque from 2-8p @Ace Hotel w/music by Smooth Sailing. It’s FREE, but U gotta? Yep, RSVP
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The JanSport Bonfire Sessions continue this Sat, Sept. 13 in Brooklyn @Greenwood Park from 5-11p w/Atlas Sound, Ducktails n’ Mas Ysa under the moonlit sky, n’ guess who’s invited? YOU! U must RSVP tho…
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In LA, next week on Thurs, Sept. 18 from 7p, go curate your culture-less self…OK, go get some free liquor at the open bar for this pop up art exhibit opening by Dirt Cobain n’ Serf TCF @Stone Malone Gallery
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In LA (Silverlake to be exact), Subsuelo presents…Chancha Via Circuito + others such as Rafi eL (below). It’s on Thurs, Sept. 18 @Los Globos. Get ready for some electronic cumbia, which means U will be dancing out the door too! image
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Pasadena Arts Council (in LA again) presents: A x S Festival 2014! It beams from Fri, Sept. 19-Oct. 5 throughout many venues n’ dates in the Pasadena area!
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Hearing this man spin on a boat party cruise might just be one of my hidden underground dreams. Osunlade, presented by The Real, literally hits the decks on Sat, Sept. 20 — boat leaves on-time from 8p-12a @Pier 83 (Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises) in NYC. So don’t be on CPT, as he’s joined by DJs Kenny Bobien n’ Carlos Mena.
imageSorry lads, it’s official — Jessie Ware's gettin' married soon. But sulk (or salivate!) over her new TOUGH LOVE LP hittin’ stores in the UK (Oct. 6) + in the US (Oct. 21)! 
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Miss Carnival? Yea, there are folks who just live for a breakfast fete or some Rave! Miami Carnival happens soon, n’ here’s a jam on Thurs, Oct. 9 presented by Trinijunglejuice that’s not to be missed. Book ya ‘flight’ HERE! So allyuh eh goin’ down!?
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In early Oct, let’s hope there’s a hold up of that cold weather ‘cause there’s one more NY festival left in Brooklyn! Talkin’ bout that Escape Music Fest, Oct. 11-12. Ready to escape?

Unification...

After speaking to so many whom I thought was in da know, it was quite surprising that, not only did they not see Finding Fela yet, but they had no idea this film existed! Sure it’s new, but this Alex Gibney-directed film rocked Sundance’s socks n’ shoes off! Especially that ‘scene’ — I cannot give away, U just have to catch this documentary on the life (as well as a look into the theatrical ‘FELA!’) of Nigerian icon, Afrobeat pioneer n’ musical legend, Fela Kuti. After U watch, U’ll know what ‘scene’ I was referring to. Bizarre! Anyway, I’d say this doc’s on the same level n’ equivalent to ‘Marley’. Yea, it’s that GREAT. And the soundtrack? Lord… It shows @Symphony Space in NY again on Sun, Sept. 21 - buy here! Finding ya city is EASY!

*Names* - Thk Me Later...

This track, laced by Treasure Fingers n’ already in my repetoire as ‘IMMEDIATE BACK-UP’ starts off w/chords to put U in a slow, trance-like stupor before the rhythm dashes off into a faster pace. ATL’s soulful songstress Bosco graces her vocals…then…boom! Yea, it even got this Buckingham Palace guard dancing! It’ll get it turn’t-up if they lacked interest before.   

~Experiments In Time~

So…this guy jumped ship from his record label, n’ is now FREE! Speaking of, after U buy his latest release on CD Baby, Experiments In Time, email: thewillisbeal@yahoo.com the proof, n’ he’ll personally send U an 8-track EP (his of course - free), The Golden Hour 

Happy B'day Barry!

He’ll live on forever through his soulful, sexy-ass voice n’ incredible music orchestra compositions! Play his music all day today, to wish + thank him well all the way to heaven!

This song’s like the depressed, slower version to Nico & Vinz's happier, brighter “Am I Wrong?" optimism of summer fun! Blood Orange ropes in UK emcee Skepta on this dark, deep type of cloud rap/grime-like “High Street” ballad dealing with life’s struggles, seemingly perfect for the upcoming Fall/Winter. Directed by Lucy Luscombe, the mood floats through tribulations from childhood’s headaches n’ dream-y aspirations, anxiously awaiting success. U know, a period of NO FLEX ZONE before U really make it before U fake it…