Friday, March 16, 2012

Contact High

Here's a hit by Allen Stone via my cousin -- a talented musician and member of a soul/garage band. This song has been in heavy circulation serving as a soundtrack to my Saturday morning memo-writing sessions.


Monday, March 12, 2012

El Fatom

I met the Phantom Street Artist when I was 14 years old. Few people may know that the street artist, widely known for his iconic album cover artwork for Rage Against the Machine's Battle for Los Angeles, is also a talented wrestler. He was one of my first wrestling mentors. We trained wherever we could - frequenting wrestling rooms and gyms in and around around East LA and the Greater San Gabriel Valley year-round. Over the years the Phantom has remained a close family friend.

Here's a video of one of his latest performances, "You Don't Know What Art Is."

In recent years the Phantom has incorporated live performances into his exhibitions. Using an almost obsessive attention to detail, his performance creates an undeniable aura. Initially I found the homemade aesthetic of the props and lighting captivating -- almost like I was watching a school play. Then the camera work and monologue intensified while the noise on the film a gradually evoked the morbid feel of 1990s crime scene footage. This bold critique of the politics of the art world is a breathe of fresh air. Enjoy.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Steven Seagal

He's easily one of my top 10 action heroes (a list which I will share in the near future). Mr. Seagal is quite the conversationalist and has great taste in music. Enjoy.