Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Samples at Burning Man

SUPERGOODMUSIC Colorado writer and crunk, glitch-electro-hop producer Samples is heading to Burning Man and throwing it down for the bartering community for a few days. For the uninformed, Samples, better known as Ben Samples, is one half of the live remix project Fresh2Death (other member is Greg Fisk) and a member of the Denver Bass Squad. In just 4 years since becoming a weekly radio show DJ, Samples has electrified the Denver/Boulder scene with his hybrid club hip-hop countless times.

This weekend he brings his remixing shenanigans to northern California for the yearly Burning Man Festival.

His first performance is tonight at 10 pm at Nexus 10:00 & E and then at 4 Am - False Profit 4:30 & E.

Samples plays again Wednesday night at 2 am - Bass Camp 2:00 & D. Thursday night, same time, different place - False Profit 4:30 & E.

After taking Friday night off to enjoy the festivities, Samples throws it down again after the burn around 4 am at Portal Patch 3:00 & H.

You can learn more about Ben Samples and download some of his music on the "choose your own price" model at http://bensamples.com/

FUNKMOSPHERE = Weekend Hangover Cure

Did you wake up with a case of the Mondays this week? Pining for the weekend fun that just ended? Wishing you had just one more night to kick it to some good music and have a few libations? If you did, you should have gone to Funkmosphere at Carbon last night. AND, we basically recommend you go there every week...

For 4 years, Dam Funk, the rising Stones Throw artist, has been holding down Carbon in Culver City, CA on Monday nights with a plethora of electro-funk boogie records. B-boys routinely show up to display their talents and battle with both friends and dance foes. 45 fans and electro-boogie-funk lovers line the bar with $5 or less beers and flat brims while they absorb the 70s sounding grooves and observe the flailing bodies on the dance floor. Once the clock strikes midnight, you're certain to see someone get served - and quite possibly by one of the spectacular b-girls that gracefully whip the competition into shape.

The night is always FREE, and on this particular Monday - the Funkmosphere crew was celebrating Egyptian Lover's birthday. As seen above, Peanut Butter Wolf was in the house and spinning the fire for the mostly 'regular' crowd along with Dam Funk.

What is remarkable about the Funkmosphere event is that it is an untapped resource of awesomeness; despite its 4 year tenure, the amazing music and ambiance - it doesn't get to capacity. It certainly gets crowded (usually by regulars) and it can get hot indoors if it weren't such a cool summer, but there is always enough space for the dancers to put the moves on.

So, if you are looking for something to cure your weekend blues or simply spice up the start of your week - we have no better recommendation than Funkmosphere. If you are looking to meet some cool people and possibly new friends who could teach you some amazing dance moves - go there. The crowd of 21+ electro boogie funk lovers are a friendly bunch; their love for the music is infectious and they are happy to share their appreciation with others. The DJs love for the scene, especially the host's, is infectious too. The dancing is absolutely breathtaking - it makes you wish you were remotely close to that good. Combine all those elements at a cool, relatively inexpensive bar and you just got one Damn Funky event.

Funkmosphere is a FREE electro-funk boogie event that takes place every Monday at Carbon on Venice Blvd. - 9300 Venice Blvd. FYI, If you were a fan of the old Starshoes bar on Hollywood Blvd. and the funky shows that would go down there with DJ Miles, this is a similar substitute BUT with better dancing.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sunset Strip Music Festival Skeets Off at The Roxy

As you can see, DJ Skee, Skee TV and all their guests (Xzibit, Paul Wall, Strong Arm Steady) seriously threw it down to start off the amazing weekend that is the Sunset Strip Music Festival.

The Roxy played host to the star studded event that was the third installment of Skeetox and there were a handsome lot of notable characters in the audience. Surprisingly, the room was not at capacity despite the twitter publicized announcement that both Xzibit and Paul Wall would be there. But, hey, that made for a way more comfortable environment.

Enjoying the choice crowd, I mingled for a while before Skee and his band took to the stage. Once there, Skee's band brought a nice selection of recent and old hip-hop hits to the party and added their own live flavor to the DJ set. Although not The Roots, this live hip-hop medley band is fun to watch and very energized on stage. Playing a host of familiar music, it was really easy to enjoy their performance. They had me questioning why I don't go (or possibly form) a hip-hop cover band....

After DJ Skee and his band finished riffling through chart toppers of yesterday, Strong Arm Steady were the first guests to grab the mic and massage the crowd. Playing in familiar stomping grounds, SAS delivered a quick dosage of their L.A. flavor before handing the microphones over to more accomplished MCs.

After Strong Arm Steady, Paul Wall came to the stage with his quintessential iced grill and painted arms. Starting late, perhaps because he had drove slow, Wall reminded the crowd why his Southern drawl and swagger can still rock a room, leaving the crowd pining for more.

Wall, although a veteran, is not as senior as Xzibit. Long before Wall's "Ride Slow" or his own TV show Pimp My Ride, X was killing the West Coast with his poetic flow on tracks like "Foundation" and "Papparazzi." No longer really acclaimed for his MC abilities (he does more acting and voice overs; his last album release was in 2006), Xzibit exhibited why he still deserves credit amongst his rapper brethren. He was energetic, enthusiastic and passionate on the stage. You could feel the energy rise when the took the mic and you were itching for more when he finished his performance.

Thanks to The Roxy and DJ Skee for making it happen. It was dope. We can only hope that the rest of Sunset Strip Music Festival week and weekend is this good.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Purple Melon Unofficially Kick Off SSMF At The Viper Room Thursday

Purple Melon, a British quartet that now rocks it proper in the states, is kicking things off, unofficially, for the Sunset Strip Music Festival at The Viper Room on Thursday August 26th. We had the privilege of catching up with these budding stars for an interview before they get things cooking in Sunset’s venomous music kitchen, and of course, our 14th question was “is bacon good on everything?”

To our surprise, that led to quotes of Karl Pilkington and a proclamation of love for swine flesh. But, before we divest those tasty details, get a little bit of an idea of where this band came from and how life has changed for them since moving to LA a year and a half go…..

SUPERGOODMUSIC: Where did you all meet?

Eric: I met Tom back in school when we were both 16-17. … Owen and Jason came a few years later. Before them we had a few suicidal drummers, bigot guitarists and Hawaiian short-sleeve shirt wearing keyboard players that didn’t suit the band. After long stints with those guys, we decided that we couldn’t bear it anymore and we found Owen via audition and Jason on the internet on a sex site.

Tom: We found Jason on adultfriendfinder.com.

SUPERGOODMUSIC: And what made you decide to come to LA?

Tom: The rock music scene in LA Is a lot better than England at the moment. Plus, the weather is nice.

Owen: LA just seemed to be the right place for us to be based. There’s a much bigger scene for classic rock music out here in America. We’ve always set our sights high so we figured we’d take a risk, move here and see what happens…

Jason: And we wanted to release our album and do our thing in the states!

SUPERGOODMUSIC: Where do you live in town?

Jason: We live in Hancock Park, in our legendary pool house.

Eric: It’s a very Orthodox Jewish area. I’m not sure how our neighbors feel about us playing loud music everyday. I suppose they’ve never complained though, maybe they’re secretly rocking out next door to our rehearsals?

SUPERGOODMUSIC: What’s your favorite part about the city?

Owen: I just love the fact everywhere you go it feels like you’re on a movie set! Having watched so many American films growing up, it’s really cool living here. I can’t imagine I’d get bored of being out here.

SUPERGOODMUSIC: And the music scene?

Owen: The music scene is quite mixed. There are some very talented individual musicians, but it seems not so many great bands. One of the good things though is that there are a lot of opportunities for bands here. Lots of venues and places to get to showcase yourself where hopefully you’ll get discovered.

Eric: I love the music venues; I love the Strip and being part of a great music scene. California girls aren’t bad either.

SUPERGOODMUSIC: What do you miss from across the pond?

Jason: I miss football! Soccer to you guys. I love it so much, miss it every day!

Eric: Cheese and onion crisps, fish and chips, Scotch eggs, marmite, ginsters pasties and my family. Not in order of missingness.

Tom: I miss Marmite and Quavers.

SUPERGOODMUSIC: What are you favorite L.A. venues to play at?

Owen: I’ve enjoyed most of the venues we’ve played. As long as the sound is good and there’s a crowd than it’s usually fun. We’ve played quite a mixture of places – from the usual Sunset venues, to dive bars to arenas. It’s tough to pick a favorite, but we always have fun at The Viper Room.

Jason: Viper Room!!!

Eric: The Viper Room, Molly Malones has a great sound, The Whiskey A Go-Go. Looking forward to playing the House of Blues soon!

Tom: The Viper Room and The Troubadour. The Viper Rom has a great vibe and the sound guys always do a great job.

SUPERGOODMUSIC: What was the last show you saw but did not perform at?

Jason: Think it was Ozzy Osbourne at House of Blues…that was sick!

Eric: I saw Nico Vega at the Troubadour. Pretty sick!

Tom: I went to see The Dirty Diamond at Hotel Café. Great local band.

SUPERGOODMUSIC: Are concerts a good place to take a first date?

Jason: I can’t see why not! Unless you recommended the band and they sucked!

Eric: Only if you know who’s playing and what sort of vibe you want. Imagine turning up to a death/gridncore/brutal/black metal show with your woman.

Tom: Definitely. Girls love being taken to rock concerts, so long as they don’t mind waking up with tinnitus and stinking of beer.

Owen: If it’s not too loud, then yes. Generally, it helps to be able to communicate. Perhaps Motorhead might not be the best for a first date.

SUPERGOODMUSIC: What can we expect from Purple Melon for the rest of 2010?

Jason: Hopefully world domination!!!

Eric: Exciting stuff. More packed out shows all over L.A. We do a lot of free guestlists too, so add us up on Facebook and we’ll let you know about all of them (http://www.facebook.com/purplemelonmusic ) We’ve also been working on our own rockumentary/reality TV show and we’ve pretty much finished writing a second album.

Tom: Loads more gigs and TV appearances. Jason will probably get more muscular, I might invest some time into a tan, and we will all have haircuts at some point.

SUPERGOODMUSIC: What’s your favorite eating spot in LA?

Eric: Purple Melon loves a good burger. In N Out or Umami Burger are favourites. Tom loves Jack in the Box’s curly fries too. It’s bordering on an obsession. I bet Jason will say something healthy for this question. He is very self-conscious about his body at the moment and is going through changes. I think he’s finding hairs in funny places.

Jason: Probably Cactus Tacos.

Tom: Koi

Owen: I love the variety of burger chains here. My favorites are In N Out and Umami Burger. I still have quite a few more to try but I’m sure eventually I’ll get through them all. I’m also loving Mexican food. Addicted to tacos!

SUPERGOODMUSIC: Is Bacon good with everything?

Owen: Yes. I love pig tissue.

Jason: Pretty much.

Eric: I don’t think it’s good with everything. It’s good with fried eggs, backed beans, toast and a cup of teat. Bacon can also be used to lure Vietnamese lake worms out of one’s system by placement upon one’s head. Not my words, the words of Karl Pilkington.

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SUPERGOODMUSIC: What isn’t it good with?

Eric: Um, can’t think of anything. I suppose it is good with everything then,

Jason: Chocolate.

Tom: Maple syrup. What the fuck is that about?

Owen: A heart condition and 50 lbs. of excess weight.

SUPERGOODMUSIC: How do you feel about Lebron James’ decision?

Jason: It doesn’t matter, the Lakers will still beat the Heat in the Finals.

In addition to having a sense of humor, an appreciation for L.A. culture, and some discerning taste buds, this cast of characters clearly has an affinity for the Sunset Strip and more particularly The Viper Room. You can catch them performing at their favorite musical stomping ground tomorrow night as Sunset Strip Music Festival kicks off at the various Sunset Strip venues. Check out more show information at The Viper Room's website - www.viperroom.com.

Purple Melon is scheduled to perform around 10 p.m., but come early, locate the band mates and discuss your thoughts on burger joints in LA (convince them to try The Counter, Father’s Office, 8 Oz. and others), applications for bacon, why marmite is something they crave and why the Lakers will beat the Heat next season…

You can check some of their righteous rock in this cool little video they sent us!