The podcast with Alexandra and the Starlight band interview on Music Life Radio will go live on 30 November, complete with live in studio records of two songs. Thanks for the write-up East Bay Express!
I totally disagree with your harsh New Spell review. If that's what high school jazz bands sound like, I'd love to know what school you went to. And harsh reviewer, what kind of music are you working your ass off to get out there- or do you just criticize others for a living?
Nice article on a necessary facet of our culture. I read this article in an italian restaurant in san jose ca and was reminded just how multicultural the world really is. Too often we attempt to restrain or contain the cultures within themselves when really they intertwine. Music crosses all barriers, I believe. Now the question is how can we "dissolve" the other barriers?
I like 4 out of 6, can't wait to hear the rest of the album!
Glad you're open to global sounds.
I THANK YOU RACHEL! FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE!.. THIS IS "MAHASEN" THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT & SHOUTING ME OUT IN THE FAREWELL TO HIPHOP ARTICLE __ I'M STILL MAKING GREAT MUSIC TO ALL WHO HAVENT GOT A CHANCE TO KNOW ME ***** FOLLOW ME @ONLY1MAHASEN www.soundcloud.com/mahasen ******
PS: And thank you so very much for attacking me personally for something my employer chose to do. Brilliant. I assume you all personally take-on all of the duties of your employer, and are personally responsible for the actions they take. Such a commitment is admirable of you. Allen
i was born in ug moved to Kenya while young , went to school ,got trained by my uncle to sing who left to Australia, and lately i immigrated to the USA corrections
uncle 'home country is Uganda but he immigrated from Kenya
It has been a year since some of the above comments were made and the Solano Avenue Association would like to follow-up.
A) There were concerns that our temporary restriction of payments to performers was permanent and that this is obviously the end of payments to performers “from now on”. In 2012 the Solano Avenue Association issued almost $8,000 in payments to performers (some were paid more than they asked for; all others were paid exactly what they asked for – without negotiation). So you were all wrong and your attempts at predicting the future are appreciated and amusing, but inaccurate.
B) Someone took the time out of their day to look into our books to amuse themselves. Our director’s personal salary has been posted and we will note that he is worth double. There are mentions of a raise. You will also note that along with the Directors raise, we let-go of our webmaster, saving the Association thousands of dollars in fees. Yes our director received a raise; he also had to learn HTML and take over the responsibilities of the website, increasing his workload by twenty percent. Next time be sure to know what you are taking about before you open your mouth.
C) Thank gosh for global warming, crow tastes shitty cold. This is “journalism”? Please. Like spinach, your concerns and comments have boiled down to nothing.
Note that Eggplant Casino plays every 2nd Thursday at Disco Volante as well. Hot Einstein's Oct. 20th show at Disco Volante is also a monthly gig--every 3rd Saturday. Thanks for helping spread the word about these bands--and yes, Eggplant Casino has a great stage presence.
This album is full of amazing surprises and it gets better with each listen
I've always *loved* your writing and looked forward to savoring your insights and they way you beautifully phrase them in each Wednesday issue (actually rushing online to read them Tuesday night, of late). I hope your transition to "hard news" will leave room for all the style you've cultivated to continue to come through and grow. I'm scratching my head as to what publication you might write for, and chuckling a bit to myself at what "hard news" even is, and who on earth prints it.
Rachel, we hardly knew ye! Best of luck from the jazz fan, KV.
Sad to be coming to the Express just as you're leaving it. But I agree with Ben (from my left-but-not-forgetten LA Weekly) - wonderful piece, and best of luck to you!
Rachel, best of luck. Loved your Los Rakas piece back in the day, think it's an example of hip-hop journalism as portal. Suerte on your camino! <3 <3
First, your writing abilities are great I enjoyed your article.
I wanted to know what this meant> Sure, Common is a much safer rapper than Biggie Smalls. But it's quite clear, to any avid hip-hop consumer, who is the better artist.<
Common isn't a "safe rapper", to most liberal americans, he's an angry black man. Speaking up for black culture and how it was raped and discredited. He speaks about his Muslim beliefs and calls white america out. Any "avid" hiphop listener/consumer would& should pay attention to the message being told by the rapper. Biggie rapped about his past, his lifestyle and his future of death. Just because Common wasn't rapping about "bitches and blow" doesn't make him less of a rapper, or make Biggie a better rapper. They're both great emcee's with the ability to write poetry. With that statement, you took away from hiphop.
I believe this is the problem with rap and hiphop. We credit people like chippy (whose photograph is featured in the print article) who is an awful lyricist and a joke for hiphop music. For some reason people give in to her shit show because she's willing to show her ass on stage and "twerk"? Emcees like Rocky Rivera don't get shine? Come on Bay Area, get your life!
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