This Grammy Award winning song from 1999 is from The Roots fourth studio album Things Fall Apart. Musician Jill Scott co-wrote the song and recorded vocals for it but because she was still relatively unknown the label MCA Records insisted on replacing her with Erykah Badu. The rapper Eve also performs on the track.
As part of the BET Experience, The Roots will be at Club Nokia on Saturday 6/27 to present Dilla, a tribute to the producer J Dilla, with Erykah Badu.
Devendra Banhart is talking with Zach Pennington, the head writer of the awesome LA app 5 Every Day, at LACMA’s Art Catalogues. There will be a DJ for the reception and a performance with Banhart’s band as well as a book signing (free)- http://www.lacma.org/event/devendra-banhart
The drawings in Hugo Crosthwaite’s exhibition at Luis de Jesus Los Angeles for Tijuana Radiant Shine have an interesting mix of comic elements combined with melancholic ones, while those that make up Shattered Mural are more somber as they focus on the toll of the horrible violence in Mexico.
Taking inspiration from Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, “The Hymn”, Tijuana Radiant Shine is composed of a puzzle-like installation of fourteen mixed media drawings on panel. The works are visual poems that depict the hopeful possibilities for a better future and the dichotomy of the reality that exists in this border city’s daily life.
Shattered Mural is a floor installation of forty-three sculptural wall fragments that reference the recent abduction and murder of the 43 college students in the Mexican State of Guerrero. This tragic event has become a national, and perhaps international, symbol for victims of institutional corruption and repressive regimes around the world. Unlike the Tijuana Radiant Shine panels, the sculpture fragments of Shattered Mural were created by deconstructing a mural into forty-three shards that when put back together would contribute to the whole.
Also make sure to look at the backs of the mural pieces which have different colors and patterns. This show closes 6/20/15.
This song was originally released as a B-side of the instrumental and completely different sounding Born Slippy in 1995. In 1996 it was re-released as its own single due to the popularity it received from its use in the film Trainspotting (clips of which are in the video above). They teamed up with the director of that film, Danny Boyle, to help create the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics.
Underworld are currently on tour with the re-release of their critically acclaimed album dubnobasswithmyheadman and are playing the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Sunday 6/21.
Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/18-6/21/15)-
The Art of Melrose is a series of themed events taking place on the third Thursday of the month this summer, from Fairfax to Highland on Melrose with a focus on a three block section. This time for Focus on Fashion it will be Gardner, Martel and Fuller and the businesses will be offering everything from discounts and gifts with purchase to free food and drink – https://www.facebook.com/events/859366760820083/
Culver City’s Summer Crawl includes a free figure sketching class at Graphaids, discounts at some of the local businesses and other events in the area while you check out the art galleries- several shows are opening that night as well- http://culvercityartsdistrict.com/summer-crawl-2015/
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah- Over and Over Again (Lost & Found)
It’s the 10th Anniversary of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s eponymous self-released debut album, which the song above is from. They are currently on tour, playing the album in its entirety along with other songs from their catalog. The show tonight at the Troubadour is sold out but you can see them in Santa Ana on Saturday 6/13/15 at The Observatory.