DEAL

You wanna make a deal?  Let's make a deal.  

How about one between the Sunnis & Shia?  Is that possible?  No, you say?  Then how about between Democratic Liberal Progressives & Alt-right Republican Neo-Conservatives?

A peace deal. Not a war deal.  

Mind you, neither Good nor Evil ever really wins out over the other in the eternal fight against such Magnetic power of perspective; a theoretical pull posing as gravity. 

Prophet / Profit or not, meeting at the intersection of Good & Evil and forming a oneness in that void, just as everything else had to do in order to come to and maintain its existence, appears exclusively necessary. 

Prophets / Profits nevertheless continue to convert and decompose of this Earth & we continue to voluntarily cling and claw for our allahs / dollas.  

Can we heal this division?  Do our cancers go with it?  Should we not all work towards that goal?  Throwing all our weight back onto the momentum like a fight against an Oceans wave?

Or is the future in succumbing to it?  In our virtualized existence where we (our avatars) never commit error of offense at a flawless computerized rate and nary a hairy is ever out of place. 

Our existence had once insisted on existing outside of the deep ocean blue. And did. Now a million años passed and nearly 80 million Millennials in tow, insistence to exist outside of the habitat since seems near, and natural. 

Perhaps there is a future there. Though I have a feeling some of us fishies might not be making it.  Some of us might not even want to.

Heat Delerium

Suspicion omits buildings from naming 13th floors accordingly, but these guys encapsulate the forbidden.  This jam wails hard & will be summer's anthem once it's gone.

Admit it, the heat waves sweeping across the country and globe have got us all going a little nuts, though maybe not quite as nuts as Damo and his band Can have gone.  Here' a video of them performing Paperhouse.  Recommend finding their recording of Sing Swan Song as well and trying to identify the Kanye West / Mos Def sample of Drunk and Hot Girls.

Boogaloo nostalgia of NYC summers.  Before the globalizing effect the internet had on our different coultures, boogaloo music was one of the few genres that broke barriers between us in the 1960's.  From the streets to the dance halls, uptown to downtown, everyone was encouraged to sing and dance along with these catchy tunes.

This afro-latin music comes not from a shores of a Caribbean island but instead from white sands of The Bronx, Orchard Beach to be exact.  Next summer, if you're in NYC, skip the Rockaways and the Jersey Shore one weekend and party with the Domincanas & Boricuas on the beach in the Bronx.  It won't be long before it's gentrified like the rest of the city.

These French-Canadians man.  This choreographed piece is such an incredible artistic expression of the real.

Use the last of the season's best heirloom tomatoes to make a variation of this perfect summer salad asap.  Great for labor day weekend BBQ.  I personally recommend mixing Watermelon, House Pickled Red Onions (marinate sliced red onions in a tiny bit of red wine vinegar), Cucumbers (seeded), Heirloom Tomatoes (mixed colors), Feta Cheese, Basil, pepper, light salt, light olive oil. 

Use the last of the season's best heirloom tomatoes to make a variation of this perfect summer salad asap.  Great for labor day weekend BBQ.  I personally recommend mixing Watermelon, House Pickled Red Onions (marinate sliced red onions in a tiny bit of red wine vinegar), Cucumbers (seeded), Heirloom Tomatoes (mixed colors), Feta Cheese, Basil, pepper, light salt, light olive oil. 

Surf rock pioneer Dick Dale is playing Malibu this month for the merry band of coastal drifters that litter the Pacific Coast Highway chasing waves.  I'll be among them.  Now, up until discovering this interpretation of Miserlou, his was my hands down favorite, but move over Dick, another dick is taking over. 

Bootsy Bellows, the benchmark nightclub in West Hollywood, re-opened this summer and while working for the company, I've had my share of unbridled fun within it.  It's named after co-owner David Arquette's burlesque dancing mother of yesteryear and there's only one other Bootsy that I've every heard of.  He had a Rubber Band & this track that could make anyone sweat.

Surely, you never heard of Loleattta Holloway before, but her vocals on this song are instantly, universally recognizable.  Mark Wahlberg is one of the most of successful stars in the world and likely would be no where if it wasn't for Loleatta.  And for that, I really don't know whether to love her or hate her.  But give this video till at least the 4 minute mark and your admiration for this boss chick will be undebiable.  She gets it in. 

Speaking of going nuts... this an awesome movie on the subject.  Masterful mind tricks.  Watch it.  Netflix. 

Netflix is doing so much right right now.  I love how they've taken over comedy hour specials.  This routine Chris Tucker does on Michael Jackson is one of the best bits I've seen in a long time.  Glad he's back to being funny this guy. 

Peep 'Chateau Rebel', the homies' Gregory Siff & Louis Cannizaro's collab installation at the 4am gallery in the Pacific Design Center in LA.  Rockaway Beach stand up. 

Peep 'Chateau Rebel', the homies' Gregory Siff & Louis Cannizaro's collab installation at the 4am gallery in the Pacific Design Center in LA.  Rockaway Beach stand up. 

Inaugural Post - Mid-Summer Madness

Louis Jordan's on tempo hip pop is the dance move of the day.  This song was covered by the acclaimed Harry Nilson decades later & became my favorite song of his, but this original version is a perfect summertime throwback.

Killing it Kindess.  This track is super sexy.  Put a saxophone on a track and I'm sold.  

This original recording of A Taste of Honey, later popularized by The Beatles, won four grammies in 1965 & is the perfect tune for your swinging 60's summertime get down.  

Billy Stewart is one of the best who ever did it & totally slept on.  His mic tosses are humorously unimpressive but his skats and funny hat on the other hand... 

Leon Bridges, our generations' best soul singer, doing what he does in the boogie down.

Keeping up with the theme of funny hats, this vignette from Jim Jarmusch's Night on Earth hilariously captures the character and grit of the NYC I grew up with.  

I saw Rocco DeLuca play live recently and it was ice cold.  Great crunchy slide guitar.  

Seymour Cassel at his best & a young Steve Buscemi.  New York & show business at it's best and worst.  

I've been HOOKED on Louis Prima lately.  This is one of his biggest hits, but you might know the David Lee Roth remake even better.  

Before Judd Apatow & Seth Rogan and the modern day buddy pictures, these guys did it best.  Timeless stoner humor.  

The memoir of an eloquent hobo at the turn of the 20th century.  Forward by William S. Burroughs

The memoir of an eloquent hobo at the turn of the 20th century.  Forward by William S. Burroughs

I want to be Jack

My car is a star.  She's broken down in this short film, but she was only acting.  

Move Over, Taxidermy: Contemporary Design Gets Lighter and Cleaner - New York Times, July 26, 2015 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/30/fashion/move-over-new-vintage-contemporary-furniture-gets-lighter-cleaner.html?_r=0

Move Over, Taxidermy: Contemporary Design Gets Lighter and Cleaner - New York Times, July 26, 2015

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/30/fashion/move-over-new-vintage-contemporary-furniture-gets-lighter-cleaner.html?_r=0

Poignant film.  Bad ass.  And I just love saying the title out loud.

Robert Mitchum staaaays scheming.

Claudio Villa was of a class above the rest.  This song transports me. 

Because disco lives.  

Guru & Primo are Hip Hop Gods.  Gangstarr records were among the first in my HIp- Hop collection after I copped my first set of Technics in 1998 & whenever these beats drop I want to immediately pop open a 40 of O.E.

Kid n' Play remade this track decades later, but the originals are always better.  Perfect jam for a summertime cook out.  

A great take on the struggles of an Italian restaurant on the Jersey shore & one of my favorite beach scenes in movie history.  

We shot this video at Blind Dragon.  I was in the middle of that all day dance party while Big Sean & Kanye put on a private concert for us.  Granted, it was the same song over and over.  Fortunately it's a good one.  Surprised it's not getting more radio play.

A brilliant actress & one of my favorite people in the whole world stars in this French Canadian film that turns from charming to disturbing on a dime.  

Mr. Fong’s Is Chinatown’s Unlikely New ‘It’ Bar - New York Times, July 29, 2015 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/30/fashion/mr-fongs-is-chinatowns-unlikely-new-it-bar.html

Mr. Fong’s Is Chinatown’s Unlikely New ‘It’ Bar - New York Times, July 29, 2015

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/30/fashion/mr-fongs-is-chinatowns-unlikely-new-it-bar.html

Smart film.  Watch it.