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Archive for May, 2010

Unique74 Remembers GARY COLEMAN


even Uncle Phil had to go and hate on Rick James..smh..


SAVE THE DATE: SOULNIC 6.26.10


Unique74 salutes MILES DAVIS

MAVERICK. MUSIC. MILES.

Happy Birthday!!!


Unique74: MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND JUMP OFF!!!

the party dont stop!! THIS WEEK at STEREOLOVE | Little Temple | 5.27 | Thursday



The party continues with A-SKI + DJ MIKECHECK ft a special live peformance by SAILAWAY COLLECTIVE (Afro Latin vibes!!) ..this is the MEMORIAL DAY JUMP OFF!! we want to see YOU ready to party once again this Thursday!!

LITTLE TEMPLE
4519 Santa Monica Blvd

$5 Cover all nite! +(DRINK SPECIALS 9-10)
FREE w/ RSVP before 10:00pm + GUESTLIST + BIRTHDAY:
unique74events@gmail.com

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SUNDAY | MAY 30

5th St Housequake | Unique74 | Zanzibar

presents..

MEMORIAL MADNESS

5.30.10

+appearing LIVE!
SA RA CREATIVE PARTNERS | http://www.sa-ra.net
RES | http://www.the1res.com

+ NAS & DAMIEN MARLEY “Distant Relatives” listening party

+very surprise special guest appearances!

Special Guest Dj:
ANTHONY VALADEZ (KCRW)

Resident Dj:
A-SKI (Unique74, STEREOLOVE)

9pm-2am | 21 + | $5 Red Stripes $6 Sangria

ZANZIBAR
1301 5th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401-1414
(310) 451-2221

$15 Advance | $20 Door
PURCHASE TICKETS:


STEREOLOVE: MICHELLE SHAPROW | JOONIE | PERFECTO | 6.3

Unique74 | Little Temple
STEREOLOVE

“a weekly excursion of the ultimate feel good.”

6.3

live guests:

PERFECTO
[LA progressive hip hop]
http://rampartscandal.com/
This Hip Hop artist bears an energetic show with amazing showmanship (which is a lost art for many Hip Hop artists). A great combo of street wise lyrics, a concious flow and witty metaphors set this LA based artist apart from many. You might have caught him a few months ago at 5th St Housequake (Zanzibar) performing with the likes of BLU, PAC DIV and NOLA DARLING just to name a few. If you dig artists such as COMMON, TALIB KWELI and GAME..you will dig PERFECTO!!

MICHELLE SHAPROW
[singer/songwriter/producer]
http://www.facebook.com/michelleshaprow

“f*cking great track!! (BACK DOWN TO EARTH)
makes me happy today in tokyo as I look out of my window x”
-Giles Peterson

“Michelle is an amazing talent. I don’t know how she does it but somehow her music feels like a mixture of
1 part)..Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, 1 part).. raw funk and
1 part)..that whimsical feeling you get when you’re dancing like you don’t care who’s watching… ”
-Eric Benet

“Michelle Shaprow is all things beautiful. Her aura, presence and most of all sound make for a gift for all to share. Michelle is the truth. ”
-King Britt

JOONIE
[soul, r&b, pop]
http://www.jooniezone.com/
A brilliant vocalist and talented musicians (plays piano and guitar) who has toured as Elliott Yamin’s keyboardist and been behind the scenes writing, arranging, producing or playing instrumentals for other artists including, Ruben Studdard and Nappy Roots.

+ RESIDENT DJ’s:
A-SKI & MIKECHECK

LITTLE TEMPLE
4519 Santa Monica Blvd

$5 Cover all nite! +(DRINK SPECIALS 9-10)
FREE w/ RSVP before 10:00pm + GUESTLIST + BIRTHDAY:
unique74events@gmail.com


YAHZARAH – “WHY DONTCHA CALL ME NO MORE” OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO


Unique74 Revisited | “Feel What I’m Feelin” | Dj Center

DJ CENTER “Feel What Im Feelin”

An inviting collage of honest music and warm beats coming from
planet Brooklyn. Dj Center brings an exciting and delightful compilation of grooves while inviting you to his world and state of mind through these carefully picked selections. The presentation of this mixed
complilation is quite fascinating for the fact that this is
a double disc release covering the various degrees of Nu Soul/Hip Hop and Free Form Jazz. “Feel” also has an array of rare gems from artists such as Q Tip “Money Maker”, Sa-Ra
feat.
Pharoahe Monche “Glorius”
(remix) and the ultra rare Digable Planets “Dedicated”. Other artist featured are The Platinum Pied Pipers, Vinia Mojica (wassup
DJ Magnito!!), The Last Poets and many more.
The Hip Hop Soul disc serves as an appetizer for the motherlode which is the “Jazz in the Color Purple” disc. The “Jazz” disc is purely an invitation to the essence (next to Blues and Gospel) of Hip-Hip and Soul. These compesitions
are not only timeless but they bring an instensity and quality that you simply dont find in today’s musicians. The artists featured on this disc such as Pharoah Sanders, Ahmad Jamal, Yusef Lateef, Ramsey Lewis,Kenny Burrell,etc are not playing a groove, they are playing an experience. Center captures that feeling and emotion of these musical gods featuring pieces such as Pharoah Sander’s majestic piece “Lower Egypt” which sounds just as moving today as it did when I use to hear it as a child.

This disc also features a very regal
rendition of WAR’s “Slipping Into Darkness” perfomed by Chicago’s own Mr. Ramsey Lewis and the Gary Bartz/Andy Bey classic “Celestial Blues”.
The “Jazz” side is filled with a lot of “jellies and gems” but its clearly a testiment of pure perfection and feeling of these great musicians that will or may never be heard again in such a fashion. DJ Center takes you on one serious musical journey with this release and hopefully you too will get “the feeling”.


FREE KUTMAH!


all about MAURICE WHITE | Unique74 | Props

Lately, i’ve been putting together final tracks for upcoming releases this summer. During that process, i’ve been wanting to incorporate elements outside of my “normal” recording process. I’ve been pondering the idea of playing rhythm guitar, I also have been overdubbing a lot of my own live drums just to explore new rhythms. During this past month I have been listening to a lot of early Chicago Funk-Soul (mainly Chess-Brunswick and other off beat labels). When I think of Chicago Soul, I cant help but think about my hero the great Maurice White. Besides being leader of the iconic funk-jazz-soul unit Earth Wind and Fire, he was a also a drummer on many of the sessions at Chess records (along with Morris Jennings). Countless sessions such as “Rescue Me”, “Sitting In The Park, “Grits Aint Grocery” (been wearing out Little Milton’s collection this week!) bear the back beat of Maurice White.

I just so happen to have a kalimba at the lab and I couldn’t help thinking about the story from my uncle (who is very close to Mr White) explaining to me how Mr White and the kalimba came about. According to his recollection, it was at a music store located in Chicago called “Frank’s” where Mr. White’s first encounter with the kalimba took place during the mid 60’s and he has been playing it ever since.

I remember seeing Mr White a couple of times during my early college days (he was always at my bank, amazing!!) and I always felt nervous in going up to shake his hand. But I waved at him, he waved back and my day was made just on that alone. There are very few like Mr. White that went through the various stages of growth and mastered the art of production and recording. There is a leadership quality (reflecting the work ethic of a Mr. White) that is lacking in today’s so-called “modern era” where there are very few artists who take risk and plentiful are willing to follow the depreciated sound pallet only to become flavor of the month. I write this in showing recognition and appreciation to one of my musical heroes who went against the grain and is a constant inspiration. Thank You Mr. White!