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Big thanks to Sole Bicycles in Venice for the new ride! The El Tigre is the perfect ride to help me get around Venice easily especially during those crazy holidays when the streets seem to be flooded with tourists. Today I managed to break out the camera and take some snapshots along a ride to the pier. What I love about these guys is that they are more than happy to help and answer questions regarding their product. I love my bike and the ability to move around very easily on it.  Check out their cool bikes and fixtape series here.

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There is something special in the air around Mariachi Plaza. Last night we shot some scenes for an upcoming episode on The Collective. I brought my Nikon along and walked around the block to get some shots and try to capture that magic.  Big thanks to Cristine and Panda for making the magic happen behind the camera and logistics! No details on what we were filming yet. You have to watch and find out! Series kicks off March 6 on NUVO TV and powered by VEVO! Watch the teaser! Hope you dig.

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If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen a couple of these shots. I parked my car into a lot and saw all these birds. After getting out they all flew away and I happened to have my I Phone in hand and managed to snap these shots on rapid fire. Kinda cool.

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Things are moving super fast! A little fast. I had this great talk with Levi Maestro last night about the concept of time. We recorded the chat for a future podcast but it’s really interesting how we put time into perspective. Anyhoo, when things get crazy I tend to break out the camera for some piece of mind. Hope you enjoy these snapshots. No theme, no photo essay. Just what I see along the way this thing we call life.

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Went to my friend Yash’s house today and was surprised to see all the vinyl he picked up while in India on his past trip. I was instantly drawn in looking at all these beautiful covers. You tell these records were played hundreds of times on record players. The dust on each record looked so amazing! I took out my I Phone and began snapping shots.

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First things first, Happy 2014. A big thanks to the folks at Cana Rum Bar/213 Nightlife for making last night happen. My guest list was cut off and maxed out yesterday and I could not think of a more intimate setting than inside this wonderful venue that I call home on Thursday nights. If you were there then you saw my crazy 7 plus hour marathon mix that just about went into every musical direction I could think of. I wanted to snap more shots inside but the venue was so dam packed and I could not make my around. It was also great meeting lots of wonderful listeners of my radio show and podcast! Somehow when the cloud of smoke faded I found myself greeted by the morning day light sometime around 7 am. Great way to kick off 2014. Have a great year!

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This past Friday night at THE GOODS at Zanzibar was a true family affair! We had dance circles, soul train lines and dance tests in the building all night long. Big love to all the friends we got to see celebrating another end of the work week with us. We do it again this Friday night! Bring a friend or make a friend. Drop me a line for guest list love!  Hope to see you!

*** Guestlist – anthonyvaladez@gmail.com ***

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TONIGHT!  Friday December 6th!

It’s The Goods at Zanzibar with yours truly on the turntables with a record bag full of gems and KG Superstar holding down the mic duties. It’s a bit chilly out there in So Cal so swing through and shake your rump with the Friday night fam bam!  Drop me a line for guest list love! You send, I reply and you are good to go!  Hope to see you!

* Guest List – anthonyvaladez@gmail.com * 

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After djing at Cana Rum Bar last night I had this urge to take some snapshots. The night felt right and I had this new Blood Orange cd on repeat. I wish I had brought my camera but instead settled for these I phone snapshots. Hope you dig.

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I’m not sure where to begin but we only live once and all I want to do is take snapshots to document this roller coaster ride. Just got back in to LA and last night was a super blast that included pyro, alcohol, folks raging hard all under a desert sky far away from home. Last night had the potential to turn into the Hangover 4 but instead was.. just another night under the desert sky far away from home.  Perfect and much needed!  the next morning  I had to rush through TSA just to find wi fi to hear my segment on Here and Now. Did you hear?  I think hearing the songs in the segment made me a bit more relaxed. But once I got home it was awesome to walk Smedley and smell the Venice air!

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Tonight we get it in for another round of Friday night madness at The Goods at Zanzibar. Yours truly on the turntables w/ KG Superstar holding down the mic duties. Would love to see you there! Drop me a line for guest list love, I’ll confirm and you will be good to go! Hope to see you!

* Guest list – anthonyvaladez@gmail.com *

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** Big thanks to Jaz for some of these great shots!! **

Almost there! November 19th is the date for  on my first single set to drop on Plug Research. The forthcoming LP  features some of my favorite artist and musicians from around the world who collaberated on this project  which I am excited to share in early 2014.  The first single features LA emcee/producer/musician Zack Sekoff who kills the track “Zack’s Thesis“. I mean KILLS IT!  You can also get to know Zack, who was a recent guest on my podcast. Listen!  Remixes will also feature my band Los Girls (project with Nick Rosen) and Kalva Won. Both remixes really surprised me and are set into two different musical spectrums.  The video for the single  is set to drop in the coming weeks and features a few of our friends set somewhere in DTLA. You might recognize a few of them.  Big thanks to Holly Port for directing the video for Zack’s Thesis and also Ray Riarratana for camera assistance. Hold tight!

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Tonight! We celebrate Friday! We kick things off at Zanzibar on the west side with yours truly on the turntables and KG Superstar on the mic. LA’s best dance party invites you to tune out all the negativity and strap on your dancing shoes and get down with us!  Drop me a line for guest list love and I’ll confirm! Hope to see you tonight!

* Guest list love – anthonyvaladez@gmail.com *

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Week Three! The pics keep coming in from all around the world from KCRW listeners.  Big thanks to all the folks who tuned into this morning’s program and sent in pic’s of their listening environment. You can see my pics from my Instagram account which include real time video as well. This is third week of the visual conversation with listeners. It’s fun! Thanks again friends!! And listen to this morning’s program here! Great playlist too!

(Shots below  were submitted on 5th of Nov)

Big Joe just sent while enjoying his evening in Bangkok!

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David Thompson is working and tuned in from Bangkok!

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Alexa is sitting in her parking spot taking selflies while listening!

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Joseph Collins is a pretty clean dude! Nice set up!

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Ben in route to the Avalon in his M3

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Karina tuned in with a selfie!

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Justin is tuned in on this vintage looking radio!

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Gibbons Tale is locked in while waiting for a train from Philly while en route to LA!

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Marshmello form London sent this nice shot of the rain.

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(Shots below  were submitted on 29th of October)

Abraham in Barcelona sent this beautiful shot!

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@Marshmello in London sent this awesome pic! She holds down a great show on NTS Radio out there. Make sure to check her out!

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Devoted listener and globe trotter Kahina sent this from Algiers! Nice vibes!

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Joe sent this from Bangkok! Great shot Joe!

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Kurt tuned in from Brussels! Kurt is always up and listening to Monday night’s show and starting his day with us!

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@deaudude tuned into KCRW in his Toyata.

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Arnold in Compton sent this. Love that D.O.C album btw!

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Gabby is en route somewhere in the late night hour looking for a parking spot and tuned in! Hope you found one Gabby!

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Sean! C’mon man!!!

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Matt studying for Law School sent this. Good look bruh!

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Angel has his headphones on and seems to be staring at the ceiling. All to the good!

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(Shots below  were submitted on 22th of October)

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Chris “Cakeshop” painting in La Puente.

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Kevin working late at Cemex in Inglewood

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Carlo from the Bay Area tuned in via KCRW.com

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Michael tuned in and smilin’ in the Bay Area!

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Manuel from East Los working late.

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Chris from Vegas was playing games and tuned into the show

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Emilio in the lab

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Jael tuned in while studying!

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Naima aka @blkpantherbarbi sent this via Twitter.

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Karina aka @LArain sent this on twitter too!

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Ryan’s tuned in all the way from Peru!

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@Dreamz got off work and was locked into KCRW from his room

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Kalva One tuned in

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Comedian Dan Ahdoot tuned in from his car

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Runner @JustinVivian99 making the rounds working super late.

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I decided to do a little experiment. Traditionally in radio its a very one sided conversation with the dj or host curating the vibe.  I always make it a point to interact and engage with listeners via social media wether it be with real time updates or instagrams.  I thought about how I can make it a two way visual conversation by asking listeners to send me snapshots of the  environments in which they listen to the program.  Here are a few that were sent to me from listeners. This was fun!  Also you can listen to the entire program here. Thanks to all the participants! You are all amazing and Im grateful for your ears and to have you as part of the ANTVALA Monday night tribe!

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Chris “Cakeshop” painting in La Puente.

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Carlo from the Bay Area tuned in via KCRW.com

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Michael tuned in and smilin’ in the Bay Area!

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Manuel from East Los working late.

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Chris from Vegas was playing games and tuned into the show

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Emilio in the lab

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Jael tuned in while studying!

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Naima aka @blkpantherbarbi sent this via Twitter!

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Karina aka @LArain sent this on twitter too!

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Ryan’s tuned in all the way from Peru!

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@Dreamz got off work and was locked into KCRW from his room

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Kalva One tuned in

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Comedian Dan Ahdoot tuned in from his car

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Runner @JustinVivian99 making the rounds working super late.

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Late night school work for Alyssa

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Got to visit the Red Bull NYC building today and explore the Write Of Passage exhibit which explores the impact of American graffiti art on global culture. Mass Appeal did a great job putting this together which includes a giant SKEME piece and a reconstruction of an actual subway setting.  It was also cool to check out the RBMA radio station in the building and meet some of the great folks who are making things happen at this wonderful institution that supports creativity and community. It was also a pleasure to meet co-founder of Ego Trip/Mass Appeal Sacha Jenkins who had lead a workshop  earlier in the space and is also curating the WOP exhibit. It’s open to the public! If you are in the city make sure to swing by and check it out! More info can be found here.  Thanks Shelley + Hannah and all the cool folks for the great visit!

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Last night in Brooklyn was incredible! This whole trip was incredible. It was great to see soo many friends from all over the world come out and get down with us! The jump off at FREE CANDY was something. Big big big love to all the folks at Redbull Sound Select // Move Forward Music and Plug Research for making this event happen.  ALL the acts were incredible and different from one another. I got to see my faves Tanya Morgan and Amp Live but got introduced to the sounds of Rat King, Pegasus WarningYC the Cynic, Wavy Spice, The Ton Tons, Emily Bell. Myth Sizer and his crew got the crowd moving and it was nice to finally meet and enjoy Denitia and Sene in the flesh!  And a big shout out to Wavy Spice the Versace Hottie for her flows! She knows how to work a crowd.

On another note, I am humbled by the amazing turn out of friends who came out and I got to see. Brooklyn really showed love and it was an honor to get the crowd moving through out the night.  It was also great to meet so many listeners of my radio show and fans of my blog as well. Sometimes when Im in the basement I really have no clue as to who is listening but after last night It’s very evident NYC is all ears!  Big love!  Until next time….

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This morning I wrapped up my KCRW show  then headed over to LAX to catch an early flight so I could I make it in time for the Co-Sign/Mophonics CMJ Rooftop party over looking midtown.  Made a stop to get some of Eddie Huang’s Baohaus followed by a drop at Reed Space which has some of my favorite hard to find magazines and street wear.  Took a quick walk over to East Village Radio and met up with the dudes from  Chillin Island. Big up Despot, Dapwell and Himanshu. Then headed to the party and played some records at the Mophonics office which is amazing and over looks Midtown. Caught up with some friends, old friends and fellow dj’s ScribeAtropololis and Still Born.  If you are in Brooklyn I’ll be at FREE CANDY tonight (Oct 15) w/ Tanya Morgan, Amp Life and many others. More info here .  Cheers!

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Tonight I am back at Cana Rum Bar in DTLA for another weekly edition of LATIDO. Playing the music I love from around the world. Big thanks to Canyon Cody who has been holding things down for me these past few weeks!  Ive got some new sounds to share. Come lounge and enjoy some of the finest rums on the east side of town. Just mention my name at the door for the hook up!  Cheers!

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Before going super Hollywood I use to do this party on the corner of Virgil and Santa Monica Blvd on Saturday nights at Little Temple. We called it Fast Fwd because we were always thinking ahead. Well, not really but it just sounded cool. Anywhere from 300-400 plus folks use to swing through on our night that celebrated the LA community. I loved every single Saturday because we built friendships here. And our friends made friends. It was also around the time when Social Media really began to take off and we experimented with photography, projections, live instruments into the fold. It was unlike anything in LA. Fellow Dj’s Destroyer, Puffs, Jahkova, The Remitch, Baby Bubba, Full Crate (Amsterdam), The Whooligan (SF) J1 (RIP) Wonway Possibul (SF) all swung through and rocked our crowd. KG Superstar would rock the mic and I would always have the time of my life.  Good times! 

* You can now catch me having the time of my life at The Sayers Club in Hollywood!! Whoop! Whoop! *

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So after rocking the turntables at the  Cana Rum Bar in DTLA I figured I was already up and would swing by the Santa Monica Apple store close to home and check on the line for the new I Phone. I saw about 100 folks already gathering either knocked out, reading, talking or just using local wi fi while waiting for 8 pm to fall upon us. I parked my car and got in line around 3 am. There were times in my head that I thought “is this worth it?”. And the answer was yes! You see, I have waited in lines before for sneakers (5 hours for the limited edition Converse Poor Man’s Weapons High tops!) but I could easily just wait a few days and walk into the store and get it right?

Nah! I wanted to sit and geek out with fellow Mac/Apple enthusiasts on the cold hard concrete and discuss new apps, secrets and technics to better understanding my products from Apple! That’s the best part that folks do not understand. Engaging with that community in regards to technology that further help us understand our products. I dig it! Okay but 5 hour wait? I did crash on a towel in the cold but I enjoyed the time and got to meet some great folks!  The response on my social media was interesting though. People could not understand why I or anyone else would want to do this.  Some even with snark and rude comments.  Even passer by’s shook their heads in disbelief and shouted “ridiculous” towards us. I get it. However these were folks who just wanted something right away. We talked, we engaged and even had out own little social media pow wows in the middle of the night. This was our own mini version of Ted Talk! This was our nerdery of Coachella! (Nerdchella?!) This was our Midnight Christmas sale!  But yea, that concrete was super hard. Anyhoo, I love my new I phone!  Enjoy the pics!

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I got to the venue a little early so I decided to snap some shots around the area. Im a sucker for telephone cables and hoops a little after the sun sets. I got to the Bootleg, warmed up the room. Davis Fetter took to the stage and worked his magic!  He worked out a short but sweet set before passing things over to Marion Hodges and Brian Cunningham rocked things on the turntables.  From Morrissey to Northern Soul these two worked up the energy prior to Myron and E .   Make sure to check out Myron and E who are featured on my new Stonesthrow mix!  It’s a free download!  In the mean time, enjoy the pics!

** Shout outs to Katie @ Bootleg/Fold // Jodi @ Stones Throw // Aysa @Fusicology **

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Great day of music and meeting some of my favorites including Robert Raimon Roy and Moses Sumney. Got hip to LA transplants via Oregan, Moonwhild. Loved them so much I got their cd and played it on last night’s KCRW show. I love this venue! So great to see the Bootleg/Fold folks keep live music going strong in LA.  Peep the snapshots. Oh. and my guilty pleasure of Korean BBQ is also added in the snapshots. Sue me.

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Big thanks to all who came out and stayed way past last call and the lights coming up!  Big love to the Cuerators, Alejandro, Sughey, DjGC Lady Vee, Daveed and also the awesome folk I got to meet last night!  Spent less than maybe 24 hours in the city but managed to take some snapshots of some randomness.  I even got to record a chat with Miles Bonny at a White Castle on the Southside!

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Finally the weekend is over! Prepping for a 2 day vacation far from home before it’s time to hit the grind again. Chinatown was fun! Big thanks the HM Soundsystem for having me!  LATIDO was fun! The Goods was super cracking! Saturday was wild at Sunday was perfect at Sayers. These are some of the snapshots I took along the way.

 **  Ps.. Hope you might join me tonight for our weekly session on KCRW at midnight. **
Live tweeting over at @anthonyvaladez.

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Crazy weekend. I had no idea that lack of street mixed with self inflicted anxiety could make your right eye ball develop pressure. The dj residencies were all super fun and cracking. I was super bummed to hear about what went down Saturday on the Venice Boardwalk though. Peep the snapshots.

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I am back up in the bay. Thanks to the kind folks behind the Fiesta Frida party at the Women’s Center for bringing me up to play.  Traveling to get there was a bit of a challenge due to cancelled flights into the bay but I made it!  The minute I got to the room I hit the sack. Thanks to King Most for little tour of the pies, pop and the infamous crepe truck! Speaking of King Most, peep the blog tomorrow! New podcast with the SF dj/remixer/rico suave lad up on the blog tomorrow!  Hope you enjoy these snapshots!

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It was an incredible day at Grand Park! While en route home I managed to snap some shots of some folks west of the 110 Freeway firing off fireworks on the streets.  It reminded me of my days as a youngster and staying out past my bed time to watch fireworks illuminate the San Fernando sky.  Peep the blog tomorrow for Grand Park pics! Hope these pics make you rewind in your mind!
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You know it’s Summer time when folks come to the clubs wearing less and less. And what better way to kick off the season then with some new wheels! The residencies were fun this weekend. Thanks to all who came out to Cana Rum Bar, Zanzibar, Sayers and at Sunday Sessions at Grand Park! Fun times all around. Hope to see you back at Grand Park for our 4th of July jump off! Info here.

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My very first public showing of my photographs! Big thanks to the folks over at Gabba Gallery who are big fans of the blog!  I’m excited to share some of my favorites that capture the theme of the show. I’m also excited to be showing alongside some talented and brilliant maestros who will also be a part of this show. We are having a little party on the 13th of July and I would love to see you all out and about!  I’ll be bringing some records as well to help celebrate the show.  Details below!  Hope to see you!

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Snap, Click: A Life in Photographs

The Gabba Gallery

Opening Reception Saturday, July 13th 7pm-11pm
The Gabba Gallery 3126 Beverly Boulevard
with DJ – Anthony Valadez (KCRW) spinning a special set

Featuring: BrakhaX2, Mark Hanauer, Anthony Valadez, Jason London, Steve Olson,Paul R. GiuntaJoanne BrooksLela Edgar and Mary Josephine Hanson

Music by : Sharper Image
Special Guest DJ Set : Anthony Valadez (KCRW)
Celebrity Mixologist: Amanda Gunderson

Exhibition open from July 13th through August 10, 2013

Sponsors: Congenial Spirits, Ips Natural Chips, Hubert’s Lemonade, Societe Perrier

contact info:
thegabbagallery@gmail.com

Last weekend Allen (Plug Research) and I took a road trip up to the Bay area to shoot this new video for Shortcircles new single. I grabbed the camera, packed my bag and hit the road for a couple of days. It was cool to see the Shortcircle studio in the heart of east Oakland. Im in the process of finalizing my next record so it’s always interesting to see how other folks produce and create sounds.  I also took some snap shots while up north. Can’t wait to share the new video. Just finished the editing yesterday. New Shortcircles drops July 2nd!

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Wheeew! What a Sunday it was at UCLA for the Jazz Reggae Fest. The temperature was just right as folks began to enter for the long haul of great artists such as Grouch and Eligh, Jhene Aiko, Common, Santigold and has.  I kicked things off with an obvious Roy Ayers classic to kick off the festival. My man Thurz held down mic duties.  This is one of my favorites spots to play records at. Folks seriously move to just about anything!  Special appreciation to the folks who made this all happen and of course all the great folks who came out and brought some great energy to this year’s show! I managed to get some great shots. Hope you dig!

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