Oct 162015
 

Run The Jewels feat. Zack de la Rocha- Close Your Eyes and Count to F**k

Director A.G. Rojas’ statement about the video via Revolt.tv

When Run The Jewels sent me this track, I knew we had the opportunity to create a film that means something. I felt a sense of responsibility to do just that. We had to exploit the lyrics and aggression and emotion of the track, and translate that into a film that would ignite a valuable and productive conversation about racially motivated violence in this country. It’s provocative, and we all knew this, so we were tasked with making something that expressed the intensity of senseless violence without eclipsing our humanity. For me, it was important to write a story that didn’t paint a simplistic portrait of the characters of the Cop and Kid. They’re not stereotypes. They’re people – complex, real people and, as such, the power had to shift between them at certain points throughout the story. The film begins and it feels like they have been fighting for days, they’re exhausted, not a single punch is thrown, their violence is communicated through clumsy, raw emotion. They’ve already fought their way past their judgments and learned hatred toward one another.  Our goal was to highlight the futility of the violence, not celebrate it.

I am really proud of where we ended up, and I am very thankful that our actors Shea Whigham and Keith Stanfield committed to these characters 100%. They breathed complex life into two people who are usually portrayed in simplistic ways—as archetypes. I can tell you it was an emotional shoot day. It is tough to re-create moments that are so fresh and prevalent in our world today. It affected all of us in deep ways. But I believe that it is important that the way we feel when we see these events in real life has an effect on us. That we resonate with what we know to be right and we don’t numb ourselves out so those feelings can simply be swept away, we must confront them and take some action, however small, or we’ll be stuck in the same cycle of violence and hate.

And from the Youtube description-

For El-P of Run the Jewels “this is a vision of a seemingly never-ending struggle whose participants are pitted against each other by forces originating outside of themselves.” Adds partner Killer Mike “this video represents the futile and exhausting existence of a purgatory-like law enforcement system. There is no neat solution at the end because there is no neat solution in the real world.

Run the Jewels are playing in Pomona tonight 10/16/15- http://www.foxpomona.com/events/detail/278423

Oct 152015
 

Run The Jewels- Banana Clipper (feat. Big Boi)

Killer Mike and El-P’s collaboration, Run The Jewels, is having a good year. They played Coachella this past April and are now on tour around the country. There are tickets available for their show at the Fox Theater in Pomona on Friday 10/16/15, which is the closest they are coming to Los Angeles for awhile.

The song above is off their first self titled album from 2013 and has Big Boi of Outkast, providing guest vocals. Killer Mike was featured on Outkast’s 2001 song The Whole World.  Currently their second album, Run The Jewels 2, is on their website as a free download. You can also download a free version of that album remixed by Just Blaze, Zola Jesus, Dan the Automator and more, with cat sounds added, called Meow the Jewels, created after a very popular Kickstarter campaign.

Feb 202014
 

We Were Promised Jetpacks- Human Error

Things to do in and around Los Angeles this weekend 2/20-2/23:

Thursday-

Thomas Struth is speaking at LACMA- http://www.lacma.org/event/thomas-struth

Thursday through Saturday

LA Dance Project at the Ace Hotel- Three pieces, including one sneak peek- one choreographed by Benjamin Millepied (Black Swan), another with visual concepts by Barbara Kruger and Sterling Ruby-  http://tickets.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1222

Tales From Two Cities- Writing from Los Angeles at Los Angeles Central Library- http://writingfromca.com/schedule.html

Friday

We Were Promised Jetpacks at El Rey- http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/246549

2 Chainz, Pusha T and August Alsina at the Hollywood Palladium- http://concerts.livenation.com/event/09004B84BA83533B?tm_link=artist_msg-0_09004B84BA83533B&crosssite=TM_US:1615064:73794

Shadow of a Doubt at LACMA with an intro by Bill Hader- http://www.lacma.org/event/shadow-doubt-0

Saturday

Phantogram at the Hollywood Palladium (moved from the Wiltern)- http://concerts.livenation.com/event/09004C2A924C6519?crosssite=TM_US:1384147:73794

A.S.Berman talks about and signs his book about the groundbreaking TV show Soap at Book Soup- http://soapcompanion.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/book-event-this-saturday-feb-22/

Screening of A Raisin in The Sun with special guest Mamie Hansberry (sister of the film’s writer) at Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum- https://www.facebook.com/events/675105575868937/?ref=22

Pomona Art Walk- http://www.downtownpomona.org/events-calendar/art-walk/

Saturday and Sunday

Snow Days at the LA Zoo- There will be snow in some animal habitats and sledding for humans- sleds are provided- (2/22 and 2/23)- http://www.lazoo.org/snowdays/

Sunday

Jacob Hashimoto is speaking at MOCA Grand Avenue (his show opens on 3/1)- http://edu.moca.org/calendar/2014-02-23#mevent-7967

Feb 062014
 

Myron & E- If I Gave You My Love

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (2/6-2/2/9):

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Oct 112013
 

Liars- Scissor

Things to do this weekend in and around Los Angeles-

Outside Los Angeles-