Record Store Day was good to me. Spent a few hours around noon at the Artform Studio in DTLA & came up on some joints. It was a good time, a lotta heavyweights in the house. After that, I went and played Jazz records at the Last Bookstore for a couple hours. Good times all around.
Need to try to make this one!
KCRW & Stones Throw Records Present Stones Throw 15 Year Anniversary:
Stones Throw Records 15 Year Anniversary
Madlib, Peanut Butter Wolf, Mayer Hawthorne, Dam-Funk, MED, Homeboy Sandman, Oh No, Steve Arrington, Jonti, Vex Ruffin, The Lions, Strong Arm Steady, Rhettmatic
Thu, December 22, 2011
Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 3:00 am)
Los Angeles, CA
TONIGHT! Who’s rollin?
Beat Swap Meet #16 was it? I lost count awhile ago. During the lead-in and the weekend I was regretting a little bit staying at home, because LA had, in succession, Erykah Badu on Thurs, Spinna and J Rocc All 90s Party on Fri and then Madlib’s Medicine Show on Sat. I didn’t go to any of these because I wanted to save all my chips for Sunday’s Beat Swap.
In the end, it was a good decision. The vibe seemed real mellow, even though plenty of folks came through. It was also like a small reunion where everyone gathers together one last time before the holidays and the new year starts, so that aspect is enjoyable.
Top 5 moments:
1 - Young Guru (Jay-Z’s engineer) coming to my boy Endo’s booth when almost everyone had packed up. He ended up buying half a crate of records & chopping it up for a half hour or so, so that was really ill.
2 -Chopping it up with the homie Jawa (Scratch Academy tent), who had just returned from a 2-month trip to east Africa. He had been doing DJ workshops with the youth there for 2 months, in a warzone (Uganda, Tanzania & one more country I forget…Somalia?). At the end of his workshops, the kids performed what they had been practicing with some of Africa’s top pop stars.
3 - Digging for records at the same place Babu, Rhett & Revolution do.
4 - Fatlip performing ‘Passing Me By’
5 - (Finally) Getting clean OP copies of Ironman, Only Built For Cuban Links & a sealed Beats, Rhymes & Life for what the cost of one should be. My copies were partied out years ago, time to pass them on.
Big shouts to Percee P, DJ Ralph M (Funkdoobiest), GL Killer, Dibiase, Ras G, DJ Swamp, DJ Curse, Hen Gee & DJ Evil E (Ice T) for reppin & everyone else who rolled through.
Bottom 3 photos by Allan Ray Bayaua.