Category Archives: Photography
Thundercat: “Evangelion”/”We’ll Die” Video
Directed by: Mochilla
KCRW, Stones Throw Records, and The Lucie Foundation present…
An Evening of PHOTOGRAPHY and MUSIC
Featuring the photography of:
B+ | Eric Coleman | Joao Cañziani | Viviane Oh
Madlib (DJ) | Peanut Butter Wolf (VJ) | Jonti (live) | Gary Wilson (live) | Jonwayne (live)
Featuring the MOPLA Silent Auction to benefit
Lucie Foundation’s at-risk youth photography program, SNAPSHOP!
(Silent auction closes at 10pm)
PLUS: A special projection by the Los Angeles Times & Pro’jekt LA Part One AND: A Preview of the Create:Fixate Snap Flash Exhibition.
A portion of the proceeds raised will be donated to the Pablove Shutterbugs.
Tickets: $25.00 available at http://mopla.eventbrite.com/
An official MOPLA event.
Quantic and Alice Russell will be performing LIVE on a heavy heavy lineup including the Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Bilal and King in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012. SECOND SHOW ADDED: Tickets Available: www.evfamusic.com | RSVP on FACEBOOK
Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 SOLD OUT
Directed by Eric Coleman
Cinematographer: Rich Hama
Producer: Cat Jimenez
Aquarius, Fire Dragon. . .
Mentor, teacher, brother . . .
Horace Tapscott through Frank Zappa . . .
Gentle giant, humble and fierce – piercing, poignant, pointed, unabashed . . .
Cosmic chords that sing forever . . .
Nigritian Knight in space flight . . .
From his heart he speaks the truth, through his hands he plays our lives . . .
And to see him smile is truly beautiful!
We treasure you dear friend!
December 1, 2011
M.E.D. – Blaxican (Official Video HD – Stonesthrow) Directed by Eric Coleman (Mochilla)
Produced by Madlib, from the album “Classic”
Director: Eric Coleman (Mochilla); Editor: Luke Lynch; Camera Operators: Coleman, B+, and Mike Park; Producer: Marybell Chavez
from warm sunny days to sweet starry nights. no matter how big or how small, be part of something beautiful. we are one. ♥ donate whatever you can from $1 to $500. view gaby hernandez’s video below for “sweet starry night” and donate on kickstarter! let’s see this beautiful project manifest!
love, blessings and many thanks in advance*
sweet starry night KICKSTARTER*
Once a month, Braza! is taking a faithful crowd on a musical trip around Brazil to explore the rhythms and sounds of Samba, Funk, Batucada, MPB, Broken Beat, Tropicália, Hip Hop, Forró, House, Boogie, Soul, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Disco, Jazz, Bossa Nova, and so much more this great country has to offer.
Whether it’s Kento playing his recent finds from a Brazilian family visit or Vanka and Elan playing the contemporary rhythms of Baile Funk and Brazilian house you’re guaranteed to see groups of Brazilian transplants moving and socializing. But what gives Braza its lively reputation and charm is the addition of live Brazilian percussion players, iconic Brazilian images being projected onto SOM’s wall, and even food carts serving up native delights.. The party achieves the difficult task of not only bringing the sights, sounds, and tastes of Brazil but most importantly a spirit that usually can only be found 6,476 miles away.
Special Guest: B and Eric Coleman (Mochilla, LA)
Hosted by Antonio Guedes
Music & video clips taken from Obrigado Dilla – A tribute to Dilla at the Brasilintime premiere show at SESC Pompeii in Sao Paulo.
MED – “CLASSIC” feat Talib Kweli produced by Karriem Riggins for
Stones Throw Records*
Directed by: The Qualities of Light (Shane Sakanoi & Rich Hama)
Cinematography: Rich Hama, Theo Jemison, August Bradley, & Grace Oh
“Abstract Vision Female Perspective” curated by Azul213 connects a group of highly inspirational and creative female energy into a fly Los Angeles gallery on February 11th, 2011.
Introducing @WeFlyInk to LA : http://weflyink.com (7p-10p) for a giant brainstorm : Collective Perspective – Los Angeles • CONNECT, INSPIRE, BRAINSTORM + CREATE VISIBILITY collectively for innovative projects worldwide.
The Mint Collective and Nu Soul Magazine present Collective Perspective – Los Angeles, a gathering to unite and inspire creatives in the City of Angels.
The goal is to CONNECT, INSPIRE, BRAINSTORM + CREATE VISIBILITY collectively for innovative projects worldwide.
Stone Rose Lounge @ Sofitel Hotel | 8555 Beverly Blvd L.A
Thursday, Jan 20, 2011
||| THE PERSPECTIVES |||
• The Mint Collective
• Nu Soul Magazine
• Umoja Hi-Fi
• Andre Power
• Beats N Crates
• Friends We Love
• Jasmine De La Paz
• Tru Thoughts Records
• Andrew Quesada
• RedLight Promotions
||| SOUND PROVIDERS |||
• DJ Destroyer • (www.destroyer.podomatic.com)
• DJ Seano • (www.soundcloud.com/djseano)
• DJ Spinorita • (www.soundcloud.com/angelablanca)
• DJ Moni • (www.djmoni.com)
This is the second installation of Collective Perspective. Check out the footage by About Her Films from the first edition in San Francisco August 2010. http://bit.ly/bGJH7B
||| ABOUT |||
• The Mint Collective • (www.themintcollective.com)
The Mint Collective is a group of people from different beats all using their blessings to promote, market & increase visibility for creative endeavors.
• Nu Soul Magazine • (www.nu-soulmag.com)
Nu-Soul is an online magazine that bridges the gap between the world of R&B and the underground sounds of electronic music, the common factor being an emphasis on funk, soul and urban lifestyle with a heavy focus in creating visibility through Nu Soul live events.
• Umoja Hi-Fi • (www.umojahifi.blogspot.com)
Umoja (Swahili for “unity”) reflects the diverse array of musical styles the soundsystem plays (abstract house, downtempo, hip-hop, jazz, reggae, electronic, drum & bass), unified in the spirit of dub, experimental and beat driven music. The Umoja Soundsystem, a DJ collective, was established in 1993 in Los Angeles by DJ’s Tomas and Daz originally as a club night called Umoja Jazz & Ragga Lounge, and later as a conglomeration of likeminded DJs.
• Andre Power • (www.andrepower.tumblr.com/)
West coast transplant by way of Philly, Andre Power has a diverse approach to creative endeavors. Bridging the gap between visual art, photography and graphic design with heavy universal inspiration rooted in music, Mr. Power is poised to elevate art goonery worldwide.
• Beats N Crates • (www.beatsncrates.com)
LA-based blog and radio series giving visibility to aspiring, emerging and established artists in the underground hip hop movement worldwide.
• Friends We Love • (www.friendswelove.com)
Founded in New York and recently planted in Los Angeles, Friends We Love (FWL) is a boutique production company and web TV station founded by filmmaker Mike Vargas and multi-media artist Moni Pineda. Their mission is to CREATE, EDUCATE & CELEBRATE through the arts.
• Soundwaves Radio • (www.soundwaveskpfk.wordpress.com)
Soundwaves Radio airs live on KPFK, Los Angeles (90.7FM) every Saturday night from midnight to 2am showcasing worldwide musical talent. Headed by Abraham Beltran alongside his co-hosts Miss Cecilia and DJ Seano, the three partner to bring visibility to the best hip hop, nu-soul, funk, downtempo and overall eclectic under-the-radar sounds.
• Jasmine De La Paz / Tru Thoughts Records • (www.labelloveworldwide.bandcamp.com
UK-based Tru Thoughts Records, the label behind artists like Quantic, Natural Self and Belleruche has been making serious waves amongst musical tastemakers worldwide since 1999. The imprint’s U.S. representation comes from Miss Jasmine De La Paz, the lady behind a plethora of creatively awesome, musically-driven projects. Fusing her love of eclectic sounds with her wide-spread network has allowed Miss. Jazz to carve her own niche into the music industry successfully releasing the second installation of her compilation project, Label Love, expanding minds to new styles, vibrations and colors.
• Andrew Quesada Photography • (www.andrewquesada.com)
This LA-based photographer provides gritty, colorful, diverse, 60’s-70’s vintage warmth in combination with current fashion-forward imagery adding his own unique old school flavor.
• RedLight Promotions • (www.redlightpromotions.com)
Founded by Jenn Laskey, RedLight Promotions is a full service event planning and production company specializing in nightlife, artist marketing and promotions and outside of the box creative and influential event marketing.
• WeFlyInk • (www.weflyink.com)
A collaborative source/platform for music, art, education, expression, motivation, and love fused by Rocio “WyldeFlower” Contreras. We’re all interconnected in our projects, visions, dreams – we create to share, express, educate, grow and expand…. Los Angeles is a melting pot of beauty, where vibrant colors and sounds pour from the core and bless us on the regular. We educate, ourselves and others via this and many other forms of communication. +WE representing community +FLY representing freshness, as well as a jump and dive into our hopes, dreams & goals +INK to trace the stages of the ages.
»»» Read On + View Video at http://www.hiphopdx.com
peep this heavy video featuring some very influential artists as they express their views on art, war and censorship (of the BLU piece above) on the Museum of Contemporary Art.
[A short series of interviews with some folks who care at the Downtown LA BLU Moca whitewash protest using laser gaffiti // 01.03.2011] via @Crewest
+++ultra nice Radiohead cover by Bilal with Robert Glasper on the keys, always a treat and followed by one of my favorites, Sometimes, coming in at 8:18 ~ w/a fresh photo by Eric Coleman of Mochilla who also took the cover for Bilal’s recent album “Airtight’s Revenge” Out NOW!
these two exclusive downloads are sneak-peak gems from Mochilla to you in celebration of the 10 years of Mochilla double CD coming out in 2011* Both are mixed by Eric Coleman of Mochilla. Right click on the link [save link as..], download, enjoy and TURN IT UP!!
VTech is proud to present, A Decade of Mochilla, an epic mixtape, spanning Mochilla’s 10 Years Mixed into one mixtape and shared with you in two parts. This is Part One…
Mochilla is really more than ten years old. It was 1998 when Coleman and I explained to our Mexican producer on the set of the Control Machete video for Ileso that we would only shoot with the equipment that fit in our backpack. It was a Jansport (for clarity!). He replied… “Oh ok, you guys are the Mochila guys, Mochileros”. Of course we loved the word mochilla (the Spanish for backpack) but apparently didn’t know how to spell it thus the two Ls!
In 2001 we released our first project commercially under that name. Keepintime was a photo-essay that under the tutelage of Adam Glickman at Tokion became a short film. He initially thought of it as a piece to put on that new thing – the internet. But when it ended up being 12 minutes long we decided it was too long so we made a VHS to sell – we pressed up a thousand and they flew out the door.
Keepintime: Talking Drums and Whispering Vinyl became a Film Festival favorite and then the calls started. In the ten years since then Mochilla has grown. We have an office now and a micro staff of dedicated, talented people. We have travelled the world, made films about all kinds of music, crossed all kinds of boundaries, worked with people from 5 to 95 years of age and we are having a lot of fun the process. Along the way we have made an archive of photos, videos and audio. It is filled with glorious performances, tough breaks, ambitious harmonies and a lot of soul.
Early in 2011 we will be releasing a two CD Mix of these performances – one live and one live in studio.
As a seasonal gift to our friends at VTech we have decided to sneak you this first 20 minutes of the first volume. This is truly only a sneak peak in to the vast musical vaults of Mochilla. Coleman has sat thru many hours of music, digging in and around multi-tracks of kicks, snares and scratches. It is almost unfair to try to encapsulate all of this wonderful music into 2 CDs, but he did. Next week we will have another 20 minutes from the second CD, the studio sessions.
There’s a lot of memories here. A lot of magic.
Download, enjoy and you know – turn it up!
The response to the first part of this mix has been incredible. Thank you for all the support and retweeting, reposting. Mochilla loves the love. Part two here today for download is stepping the game up and to quote Coleman “I wanted this mix to slap everyone in the face and get them to pay attention.” It is purely rhetorical of course, our version of a slap in the face is the caress of bossa nova, the thump of cumbia or the heart stopping wind sucking gaps of great syncopation. This mix has all of that.
Remember of course these are 20 minute teasers for the full mixes coming in 2011.
Just a quick note on the photo that we used on the cover – I snapped this one at the great “La Marcha” way back in 2001. It was taken in the Zocalo in Mexico City and Maldita Vecindad were performing in solidarity with the EZLN. The kid on his friends shoulders with the El Che shirt embodies all that we wanted Mochilla to be way back in 01 – engaged, excited, energetic and happy. Our brother and design guru Keith Tamashiro flipped it into our first logo and Stephen Serato has reflipped it into our 10 year mix cover.
This will warm your ears, brighten your heart and remind you of the strength of good music, download, hit play and you know – turn it up…
Thanks for all your support and happy holidays,
for TRACK LIST please visit http://music.vtechphones.com
“These artists got so creative. Never thought you could tweak a skull a hundred different ways. From graf to jewels to esse skulls, how dope.” -Ani Yapundzhyan
The following photos are what Ani calls her “skull rant” from Crewest‘s Dia De Los Muertos art show in DTLA:
Two of the illest skulls of the entire skull show:
Different as night and day: skulls
When skulls cry…
This skull is a WyldeFlower creation. Please peep the detail:
Sideview of @WyldeFlower‘s skull:
Krylon skull! Whaaat?
The Crewest gallery.
Look into its eyes…
I just called…to say…I skull you….
My eyes have seen you…
Hands down, my favorite skull from the entire art show.
I conclude my skull rant with this question: Do you bang with the Red or do you bang with the Blue?
All words and photos taken from Aninomous twitter feed*
www.crewest.com | The show runs until November 28th, 2010. Crewest: 110 Winston Street Los Angeles, CA 90013-1424 (213) 627-8272
Great moments captured_my fave shot of the night 10.30.2010*
[WyldeFlower & photo-realistic artist, Antonio Pelayo – October 30th, 2010 – Los Angeles]
+++Although the photo above isn’t from the same set – please visit Gino Espinosa‘s photo booth set from the Day of the Dead Exhibition! I was Gino’s fill in photographer for part of the night. twas ultra fun*
Self Help Graphics & Art‘s 37th annual Dia de Los Muertos Celebration!
Nov. 2nd, 2010 | 5:00 p.m – 11:00 p.m. | FREE to the community!
Noche De Ofrenda , Saturday, October 30, 2010 6-9 p.m.
Self Help Graphics & Art 3802 Cesar Chavez Ave. East L.A., CA 90063
Led by premier altar maker and community resident Ofelia Esparza and assisted by the entire Esparza Family. Everyone is invited to contribute ofrendas to Self Help Graphics & Art’s Community Altar. We encourage you to bring copies of photos of revolutionaries in your family.
Please visit: http://www.selfhelpgraphics.com/events/diadelosmuertos.php for more info*
Day of the Dead Celebration- Nov. 2, 5-11 p.m.
East Los Angeles Civic Center 4801 East 3rd Street, East L.A., CA 90022
4 p.m. – Day of the Dead Procession – Join us with Calacas and face painting at Belvedere park’s Virgen de Guadalupe Mural Located at, the corner of Cesar Chavez Ave. & Mednik Avenue
5 p.m. – The event begins at the East Los Angeles Civic Center. Come celebrate Day of the Dead with Self Help Graphics. This years celebration will feature music, community altars, many food vendors and local arts & Craft vendors!
MC’d by Felipe Esparza NBC’s 2010 Last Comic Standing.
– Cantos De Los Muertos featuring Ollin y Las Cafateras
– Los Jornaleros del Norte
– Concepto Tambor
– La Bestia
– Hard N Da Paint featuring Special Guests
– Electric Current Eccentric Kaos
– DJ Toks & DJ Rob Free
East Los Angeles Civic Center 4801 East 3rd Street, East L.A., CA 90022
Please visit: http://www.selfhelpgraphics.com/events/diadelosmuertos.php for more info*
Sounds of Al-Mashriq: The Land Where the Sun Rises
Mochilla has brought you some beautiful mixes over the past twelve months: Hear the World, Addis to Axum, and the Verocai retrospective, Arranjos e Compisicoes. We value the idea of new old music, treasures that most likely haven’t found their way to your ears yet, and today’s mix is no different.
This past summer, Coleman and myself, along with Jay Electronica and his DJ, TJ the King, Ommar Offendum, and Will Quantic had the chance to go to the Middle East and play. We even made it to Egypt and linked with Kutmah there, but that’s a whole other story… This mix represents some of what we learned. It’s a group effort, but Coleman made the whole thing seem magically coherent…
Please click HERE, on album images or follow link below to download this mix and read the liner notes.
[Click HERE or on Image to view Slideshow]
The Petronio Alvarez Festival is a 5 day music event and competition held annually in Cali, Colombia. By a process of application and selection over 90 groups are invited each year to compete for the winning title. Across several evenings, bands perform in different musical categories as five judges mark them on appearance, composition, delivery and sound. The diversity is astounding, but all music presented is rooted in the traditions of the Pacific: marimba lead currulao from the south of the coast, home made violins from cauca and cutting dual-clarinet chiramia music from the choco region. As well as strictly folkloric groups, the festival also plays host to more urban interpretations of the Pacific sound, fusing tradition with salsa, reggaeton and rap. The Petronio experience is band focused, but the crowd give so much to the event, a great sense of unity and pride is shared by all who attend. A songline sung on stage soon becomes a thousand strong sing-along echoing around the shaky concrete frame of the bull ring it is held in.
People arrive ready to represent their origins in the Pacific and both celebrate and illuminate African heritage in Colombia. The festival also serves as a tremendous opportunity to see groups from rural regions who often travel several days by water and road to get there. It would be near impossible to see such a cross section of groups at any time of the year without traveling for several months by boat throughout the Pacific rivers and jungles, a part of Colombia increasingly known for its guerilla and paramilitary presence.
The Petronio Alvarez festival, relatively speaking, is still in its infancy. But like so many events of its kind, commerciality and business interests can so quickly change the aesthetics beyond recognition. For the meantime, Petronio remains an event for the people, people who for a long time have been excluded or isolated from mainstream Colombian identity. It’s not the most organized event, nor the biggest, but it’s certainly one of the most vibrant live music experiences you’re ever likely to experience.
Will “Quantic” Holland,
Cali, Colombia August 2010.
Click HERE or follow link(s) below to view slide show and listen to the fabulous audio from the Petronio Alvarez festival in Cali, Colombia!!!
*Full Screen: http://music.vtechphones.com/video/4683/fullscreen
To buy ‘The Narcicyst’ LP, please go to
The Narcicyst feat Shadia Mansour – “Hamdulillah” (Official Video)
Directed and Edited by Ridwan Adhami | Written by Yassin Alsalman and Shadia Mansour | Original Track produced by SandhiLL | Piano by Stefan Christoff | Additional production and arrangement by Doctor Dinar and The Narcicyst
To say ‘Hamdulillah’ is to be grateful for what one has.
The images of the past decades have cast a veil on our identity as a people. We, as international brothers and sisters, are now witness to injustice in real time. We watch our Wars in HD. Injustice is played in real time.
It is time for us to claim our faces back.
This video is a global collaborative effort by 10 photographers- from London to Lebanon, Cairo To Canada, Abu Dhabi to America- to create a portrait of the New Global Citizens. They are DJs, MCs, poets, architects, teachers, doctors, parents and children. Most of all they are people.
Thank you to everyone that was involved. We are blessed to have each other.
Bilal‘s New Album | Airtight’s Revenge | Out September 14th, 2010 (PreOrder on http://Amazon.com)
1. Cake & Eat It Too – Produced by Bilal Oliver & Steve Mckie
2. Restart – Produced by Bilal Oliver & Steve Mckie
3. All Matter – Produced by Bilal Oliver & Steve Mckie
4. Flying – Produced by Bilal Oliver & Nottz
5. Levels – Produced by Bilal Oliver & Shafiq Husayn
6. Little One – Produced by Conley “Tone” Whitfield
7. Move On – Produced by Bilal Oliver & Steve Mckie
8. Robots – Produced by Bilal Oliver
9. The Dollar – Produced by Bilal Oliver & Steve Mckie
10. Who Are You – Produced by Bilal Oliver & Steve Mckie
11. Think It Over – Produced by 88 Keys
Gothic Futurism http://www.gothicfuturism.com
*Great Article on: The Wire
About the Project:
We are 20 students in Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico prepared to start our own community news project with daily broadcasts and online posts to our community (and you!) using various platforms. We already possess basic photojournalism skills thanks to Project Luz.
Over the course of 6 months, we will set up the platforms and begin news reporting, writing and publishing our stories to our worldwide audience. Our mentor, a San Francisco-based journalist, audio producer and sound artist, is ready to spend her time, energy and resources to turn us into youth journalists within our community.
Now, we just need your backing and you can watch it all unfold!
Students will be informed of project success at the completion of their summer audio/photo workshop.
Budget for 20 students / 6 months includes professional equipment for every student includes SLR cameras, field recorders, microphones, headphones, laptops with editing software. Additional expenses for web designer, printer, projector, cell phones, website, housing, food, transportation.
DONATE. LIGHT. FIND. A. WAY…
Quantic and his Combo Barbaro – Un Canto A Mi Tierra
Peace to a beautiful week(end). I spent the last few days sorting thru contacts, labels, stamps, press releases, usps to get our (Mochilla) Timeless promos out to the hands of DJs, writers, radio personalities, producers, promoters, friends and fam… some new and many familiar names. Super excited for the box sets coming out April 2009. The future is so incredibly bright!
*photo courtesy of Cognito for frolab.
PRE-ORDERS NOW AVAILABLE: MOCHILLA.COM/TIMELESS
The exhibit will be open to the public Sat 1/30-2/6 Exclusive images from the making of the “Ecstatic” to tour photos & more.
This Saturday, 7- 11pm at the HVW8 Art + Design Gallery, 661 N. Spaulding Ave, 90026.
for more info: http://www.frolab.com/ecstatic