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Here is the newest compilation from the Vanity Projects label. Some of the artists have released or will be releasing music on the label. Some of the artists are just pals. Please listen, enjoy and feel free to share.
Here’s a thing. This started with something I made using Yellofier, an app for my phone, while I was at work. Hence, “Yellow at work.” It’s easy.
In this AP file photo, Robert Mugabe remembers Bob Marley while smoking a spliff to relax after the conclusion of another contentious election season.
Made this for the new Mabson Enterprises compilation
Today, LA Weekly published an article about the myriad difficulties facing independent arts and music spaces in Los Angeles’ East Side. Reading the article made me angry again about the 2010 closing of Echo Curio and scared anew about the future of spaces like Pehr.
We did just elect a new city councilman, though. Thus, now is a great time for those of us who care about these venues to express ourselves. Mitch O’Farrell, the new councilman, campaigned on his knowledge of the district and his engagement with the citizens therein - so we have every reason to believe that he’ll listen to us.
As the LA Weekly article suggests, there are several people making a concerted effort to destroy what we want to protect. Certainly, these folks are making their cases to the councilman-elect. We should also make our case to him, so that he doesn’t see it as a one-sided issue.
So, if you care about independent art and music in LA, I hope that you’ll take some time to tell Mitch O’Farrell that you do. His campaign email address was Mitch@MitchforCityCouncil.org, but since the campaign is over I decided to send a message to his Facebook account. I’m really not sure what the best method is.
This is the letter I wrote:
I made this during my lunch break on Friday; I was listening to 91.5 FM. It’s called “Tchaikovsky in Waves with Delay and Reversals” because I believe in truthful advertisement.
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