Saturday, October 31, 2009

Samhain = Halloween!?

Yes a month since i last touched these keys to say what i was thinking..on HALLOWEEN i return,ha!well last night i took a nap and awoke this morning missing My gig (Firecracker) its been a long week... life goes on as does this yearly tradition of Halloween. where we seem to let loose dress up as something we are not in some cases as we really see ourselves or just to have the chance to take the risk of..the slutty everything girl costumes and the full artistic life size reproduction funny. i have several Memories of this day. it has always had some kind of happening, about 7 years ago it was the day i realized that i wanted to date someone that i had only thought of as a friend we found a white rabbit running down an echo park street and rescued it from its sure demise, it was that moment that we knew..some years after that, a huge Argument with my mom over taking a Realistic fake gun out..yeah she was right not wanting me walking around in the streets with it..that was also the year that cops walked into a Halloween party and shot a black actor with a fake gun..

"It wasn't clear if the actor knew the officer was responding to a noise complaint or if he thought he was just another party goer in costume, a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman said"

Who thinks that would of been a possibility..Fuck the police!!
i have thrown Countless parties on this day its crazy to look back at all of them that don't reflect at all the origins of Halloween:

The festival of Samhain celebrates the end of the "lighter half" of the year and beginning of the "darker half", and is sometimes[5] regarded as the "Celtic New Year".[6]

The celebration has some elements of a festival of the dead. The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the Otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. The family's ancestors were honoured and invited home whilst harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks. Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit and thus avoid harm. In Scotland the spirits were impersonated by young men dressed in white with masked, veiled or blackened faces.[7][8] Samhain was also a time to take stock of food supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. Bonfires played a large part in the festivities. All other fires were doused and each home lit their hearth from the bonfire. The bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into its flames.[9] Sometimes two bonfires would be built side-by-side, and people and their livestock would walk between them as a cleansing ritual.

How do i feel about this night. Today really kind of bored especially after that description..
sounds a lot better then most of our options that we have now..wish there was something to attend that was classic and a real get away maybe in a castle with costumes of the past With real Production Value is what I'm looking for i think..with most of our options of the same surrounds just different night all hiding in masks and slutty clothes..don't know if i will be taking part this year,i do know of a nice House party in cypress park going on that is the only perk of interest.
if i do decide to wonder out into the Spooky LA madness.. it will be as Stanlee Black for sure..
my Yearly Escape.Stanlee:Masked Hero of the beats and Young ladies hearts on an intergalactic Mission of Peace love and always a good time.Accompanied by His Side Kick the THRILL Sargent.the two travel the Universe to fight the EVIL doers where ever they may show there faces Disabling there powers with the sweet sounds of Stanlee's Exotic Percussion's and future Orchestra.

Lovely Tricks and Adult treats baby.

I know i know..but its all Fantasy.. or is it?
check this out was just sent to me..
15 Interesting Halloween Facts for Grown-Ups

so for some of you that still have no plans here is a little list of some events going i don't get hit with text later"whats going on tonight"..

Have fun what ever it may be u get into.


San Francisco heads!!

Monday, October 5, 2009


Saturday i woke up laying in my bed slowly focusing on my ceiling fan going round & round..Thinking about The past month of promoting our event ASHE..thoughts of what was in store for the evening reflecting on how happy i felt to be working with my very close crew.IronHoney.The day had arrived and it was starting..

The process of getting music ready for events is always different For me.Not to mention when you decide to play Wax.not just making a play list at my desk on my computer...
but pulling my records and siting and listening to what comes to some musical order.
(kind of an all day...pre-event private stress party)
This night was not only about taking it back but Moving it forward

"A night to celebrate our divine oneness,through rhythm and dance"

ASHE our first night of an on going working relationship of good friends to express The music close to us freely in a new place..but also the first chance to collectively celebrate Diana & Kaya's wedding Anniversary & 30th birthday... so as i lay there having all these warm thoughts of what this night meant to me and all those involved and the people planning to attend ...
Maybe i should go back to sleep and nap,till this feeling goes away
NO I need to jump and get these records together!!

The Process begins 1pm.The process ends 745pm.

i got lost in the music didn't put anything in order,just grabbed what i wanted to play and grouped them in two bags .Afro Latin electronic future disco jams & the basics of those rhythms cumbias salsa & Batucadas..i trusted that the sequence would come to me later that with just enough time to get ready drive by radio shack to pick up some recordable mini disks to record the sets of the night... im Off.first stop.
Azul: do you guys have recordable mini disks
Radio shack:No sir we don't carry those anymore.
its 845 I'm late need to do get to sound check and set more time to stop.
900:Son Zoo.greats me.we plug up and start getting the sound in order.
soon after Ironhoney in the place.Faces painted,Headdress on, face painting booth good to go.
incense burning,Candles Lit.sound checked.lets dim the lights.

10:00 Tok's starts us with the Afrobeat Assault the room starts to fill

11:30 I get on the decks.Opening with the Introduction Narrative from a Tumba Francesa record on Afro Cuban Music..blending at the same time a Louie Vega cut "Africa/Brasil" its on...about an hour and a half later i awoke from the music knowing i had dropped some heat from uptempo Afro Latin house to a cumbia salsa set that judging by the crowded dance floor had been just what was needed no planned set just the vibe and energy of the night..

time to hand it over to Son Zoo to finish it off..
And That he did with his own mix of Next level Diaspora Afro-progressive sounds..
i have to thank all of the people that came out Saturday night it was a wonderful evening and with out you it wouldn't be possible.thank you Paul @Blu Monkey for letting us transform your space to hold these music sessions.. thank you Kaya & Diana (IronHoney) Toks,Sonny & Manny for doing what u do.. we have a lot to be thankful for and more events to produce..