Chances are you know Choe. With a long list of clients such as Nike, Levis, CBS, BMG, Marvel Comics, and Vanity Fair,to name a few, his work can be seen all over the world in all facets of society. Currently a wandering resident of the earth, Choe can paint anything on anything. From murals to magazines, Books, t-shirts and movies. Choe says his next venture would be to illistrate the entire bible and paint the entire great Wall of china. Check out more of his work HERE
Hailing from Sweden, vocalist Yukimi Nagano and her close high school friends Erik Bodin (drums), Fredrick Källgren (bass) and Håkan Wirenstrand (keyboards), Little Dragon stepped into the spotlight with the release of their first double A-side single on Peacefrog. Yukimi has sung with Sweden’s electronica-jazz outfit Koop, and both Yukimi and Erik play live with José González. Little Dragon prides themselves on taking tired musical traces and styles, give them a shot in the arm to leave us with something fresh and positive.
Check out the MYSPACE OR THE LIVE SHOW IF YOUR IN OR AROUND SOUTHERN CALI IN NOV. Nov 20 2008 8:00P Beauty Bar San Diego, California Nov 21 2008 8:00P The Roxy Los Angeles, California Nov 22 2008 8:00P Soho Santa Barbara, California Nov 25 2008 8:00P Detroit Bar Costa Mesa, California
Last night Live Mechanics presented the highly anticipated Fall/Winter collection 08 at Area, one of the Hottest spots in Los Angeles. Kicked off by Black Morris Bizarre, and DJ Oakason, the Live models commanded the runway, rocking the signature leathers, and premium denim, as well as introducing Lively, Live Mechanics ladies line. Thank you's go out to all our 250+ guest that were in attendance, including Ne-yo, Eva Pigford, Charles Porter, Girlfriends' Jill Marie Jones, and the list goes on... check out more here @ afterpaty247
Comprised of brothers Krispy Kream and Rah Al Millio, the Knux are a clever alternative rap duo who are musicians as well as singer/rappers. Born in New Orleans yet displaced by Hurricane Katrina, the musically schooled brothers began creating a stir nationally in late 2007 when they were the opening act for Common on his Finding Forever tour. Dressed in throwback Adidas zip-ups, fat gold chains, and altogether atypical contemporary rap attire, the Knux performed with a live band (the Symetrics) and DJ (DJ Cobra) and frequently left crowds puzzled and occasionally booing. Once the Knux were signed to Interscope Records, however, attitudes changed as tastemakers began taking note -- first and foremost bloggers, who were quick to champion the duo and point out its affiliation with rap industry power broker Paul Rosenberg, the manager of Eminem. The brothers' MySpace page in turn began getting heavy traffic in lieu of any commercially available music. "Cappuccino" was the first Knux song officially released by Interscope, beginning with an appearance in an episode of the fourth season of the HBO show Entourage; a video for the song was subsequently filmed. A debut album, Remind You in 3 Days, was scheduled to follow sometime in 2008.
Just got a chance to check out a screening of Miracle on St. Anna (which is out TOMORROW). Amazing film about the all black 92nd "Buffalo Soldier" division stationed in Tuscany, Italy, who find themselves trapped behind enemy lines and separated from their unit. Directed by Spike Lee, from a screenplay by James McBride. The story is inspired by the August 1944 Sant'Anna di Stazzema massacre perpetrated by the Waffen-SS in retaliation to Italian partisan activity. Make this a WEEKEND MUST.
So lets take it back a bit. September 4th-6th, the Live Cru went to San Diego for the Agenda trade show. The spring 09 collection continued to get major buzz (I'll post what I can later! It's crazy, trust!), while Fall and Holiday 08 continued to sell out. Check for it NOW.
THE SHOW... THE AFTERPARTY UP NEXT: BREAD AND BUTTER...
Its that time to pack the the havaianas away again. Summer 08 is officially over, school has started and vacation time as all used up, but the party continues! Load up the ipod with the LIVE MECHANICS end of summer playlist and reminisce like Danny and Sandy.
Growing up in Kansas City, Kansas, she found an escape from rough surroundings through the excitement of her own imagination. "My father had a drug addiction," she explains. "Though there were plenty of good days, it really damaged my family. There were times when mentally I had to create my own world."
She discovered a talent for the arts during school, eventually leaving Kansas City for New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts. On a whim, she left on a flight bound for The Netherlands that fatefully had a layover in Atlanta. "I had an intuition about Atlanta. I knew that really creative people like Outkast had come from here, so my subconscious was telling me that I should stay. I felt like this could be a place where I could start my own movement."
That movement now has a name, The Wondaland Arts Society, operating as a studio and collective as well as Monáe's record label. A chance meeting at Def Poetry Jam introduced her to soon-to-be Wondaland co-conspirators Chuck Lightning and Nate "Rocket" Wonder. Together they've fallen into a starry-eyed creative shorthand, staying up all night to dream up songs. The mutual admiration shared by the three has opened up new avenues of inspiration.
Atlanta has provided a rich soil for Monáe's blossoming in other, no less fated ways. It was there that she happened to meet Outkast's Big Boi at a local music event. Considerably impressed with her talent, he invited her to lend featured vocals on "Letting Go" from his Got Purp? Vol II mixtape. With a growing local fan base, it wasn't long before Sean "Diddy" Combs contacted her via MySpace. Sure that she was the target of a practical joke, Monáe ignored his message until Big Boi confirmed that it was indeed the real Puff Daddy who was hitting her up.
Combs was taken with her first single, "Violet Stars Happy Hunting" streaming online. "He fell in love with the overall concept," says Monáe. The exchange led to her current record deal with Bad Boy Records, which allows her full creative control.
The Wondaland team are working on video and film projects to come out in conjunction with the upcoming releases, as well as a graphic novel, the Atlanta Ballet interpreted several of Monáe's songs when they debuted "Big with Antwan 'Big Boi' Patton," an original work of dance with songs from various Purple Ribbon artists.
Monáe has carved out her own path by following her instincts. "I really feel that music and artists have a huge influence in the way we think. My goal is to help bring as many people as I possibly can together with my music.
U.N.I. x LMTD - U-N-I wins MTV’s LA Breakout Artist
U-N-I wins MTV's Best Breakout L.A. Artist award for the 2008 Video Music Awards. Their July performance at The Roxy for MTV2 and Timer Warner Cable's "Road to VMAs" was voted as the fan favorite. Judges Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, Kat Von D, and The Game all gave their blessings as Thurz and Y-O battled against fellow L.A. artists The Ruse and End Roulette for the title.
S.L.A.T.E 2008 Photo Recap - BIG UPS, TO ALL MY HA......
Here are some photos from day 1,2, and 3 of the S.L.A.T.E/MAGIC SHOW. Different people paid a visit to our booth and different folks came to the show to perform. It was a great show for Live Mechanics. Check out the pictorial.