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SATURDAYS> UNIQUE74 & HARLEM PLACE CAFE presents…A Weekly Brunch Called… SATURDAYS


Unique74 & HARLEM PLACE ALLEY Presents..
A Weekly Brunch Called..SATURDAYS

a weekly Saturday MORNING-AFTERNOON soiree in DTLA..

Eclectic/Soulful Selections & Progressions:
A-Ski
TAILWIND TURNER

Sangria | Wine | Beer
Breaksfast + Lunch
+more TBA
HARLEM PLACE CAFE (formerly known as LOST SOULS CAFE..ENTER THROUGH ALLEY BEHIND GATES..CORNER IN FAR RIGHT)
124 W. 4th St | DTLA
11a-2p
FREE


Unique74 education> Arinmaya and Theimagination : Live @ 169 Bar, NYC | Maskenada

Arinmaya and Theimagination : Live @ 169 Bar, NYC | Maskenada from Theimagination on Vimeo.

Arinmaya: vocals
Theimagination: keyboards/ sounds/ DJ selections
Percussion: Rene Reyes
Drums: Oskar Haggdahl

*Video footage courtesy of 6 Chapter video
**Video re-edit by theimagination

Connect>>>
Arinmaya: arinmaya.com
Theimagination: theimaginationmusic.com


Fresh Kicks: 90 Minute Cassette Tape | Theimagination


STEREOLOVE | DEREK MCKEITH, BRUCE HATHCOCK, LAST CALL ft MR FRENCH | 3.25

UNIQUE74 | LITTLE TEMPLE | presents…

STEREOLOVE

3/25

We want to thank everybody who joined the STEREOLOVE + EXTRA MILD SAUCE fam last week for the EXCLUSIVE “A TASTE OF CHICAGO” event w/ a very special guest DJ set by DRACK MUSE who rocked the house with another amazing soulful set!! + we cant forget THE LEGENDARY MC LADY COPPER (in a very RARE appearance) who came to bless the mic!

THIS WEEK, we have another great line up of amazing cutting edge/ soulful artists that will set the party off w/ the STEREOLOVE sound collective!!!

APPEARING LIVE!!

Opening Acoustic Set:
BRUCE HATHCOCK
http://www.brucehathcock.com

LAST CALL (all rthe way from FRANCE)
Art Bleek, Charlie Sputnik and special guest DJ set by MR FRENCH (KCRW)

DEREK MCKEITH
http://www.myspace.com/derekmckeith (a very RARE LA APPEARANCE!!)

RESIDENT SELECTIONS:
LOTUSPETAL
PLUSHONE
DJ MIKECHECK
and A-SKI

21 and wiser | $5

| DRINK SPECIALS | 9p-2a

RSVP/ BIRTHDAYS / GUESTLIST
unique74events@gmail.com

LITTLE TEMPLE | 4519 SANTA MONICA BLVD (crosst st: VIRGIL)

::STAY TUNED FOR OUR 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY EVENT IN MAY!! ::

http://www.myspace.com/stereolovelittletemple
http://www.stererolovecollective.wordpress.com
http://www.unique74mag.com

dont 4get THE OFFICIAL ERYKAH BADU LISTENING PARTY THIS SUNDAY!! w/ PAC DIVISION, BLU, NOAH DARLING at ZANZIBAR


Unique74 salutes SLY STONE | HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!


MAVERICK < MUSIC | FUNK SUPREME
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SLY STONE!!

Guess who produced this number?
(proud owner of the 7inch on this jam..)

This next record has haunted me for years. The lead singer is still a mystery to this day..but it is clear as bell that the FAMILY STONE is holding down the rhthym section. Guess who produced this one? (whoever has the 7 inch to this.. you are BEYOND official, not easy to find. I am a proud owner of this and the MIGHTY JOE HICKS version on 7inch).

Guess who was the FIRST to use the talkbox? Which later influenced STEVIE, GUITAR WATSON, FRAMPTON, McCARTNEY, ERNIE ISLEY, TROUTMAN, etc. This was the theme music for the late great FRANKIE CROCKER “The Chief Rocker” (MY HERO!!) in his earlier years whenever he would “rap” on the radio. Stomp down Blues Funk at its finest!!

Fans: the song is entitled “Sex Machine”…no not the James Brown version..it can be found on their 1969 release “Stand”

RARITIES >

“I Dont Know What The World Is Coming To” (1975) | Bobby Womack Sly provides background vocals. Put headphones on for it to really become clear, can be heard at the end near fade out.

“You Caught Me (Smiling)” (1971) | 7inch version | Sly and The Family Stone
Okay, for my “diggers” out there..you know where im going with this one..This is an alternate mix compared to the standard lp mix. The difference is that during the first bridge before the chorus, Sly lets out a huge JB-ish growl that can be only found on the 7 inch version.

Motown | The Golden Years {Dahl | McDougal III }
The Great Weldon McDougall III,
Musician, Producer, Former Label Exec for Motown/Philadelphia International states in his book that Sly and The Family Stone’s “STAND” lp was used as reference at Motown quality control meetings in search of direction for The Jackson 5 debut Lp “ABC” .

Funk Gets Stronger | Funkadelic | (1979)
Sly on the background vocals/talk box with Roger Troutman on Rhythm Guitar. A really feel good cut!!

Guess who is the proud owner of a skit with Sly + a live perfomance of “Family Affair” on The Tony Orlando Show (1977)?! Super Rare..Not even YOU TUBE can claim that one..


In The Lab w/ THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE


I recently had the chance to catch up with the Grammy Nominated THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE. The collective have been making waves in the music scene and are setting a tone for many more great albums to come. They shared their process behind the magic of putting together “Leave It All Behind” to Nicolay’s sojourn in Shibuya. (CONGRATULATIONS on the GRAMMY NOMINATION!!)

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You guys are red hot and raising the bar. “Leave It All Behind” is in constant rotation in my mixes, the album is crazy nice (translation: its a really good record). What was the inspiration behind recording this album?

PHONTE: For me it was wanting to explore different kinds of music, doing something that I didn’t have a chance to do up until that point. I wanted to stretch out and try something new.

NICOLAY: We were on the same page, we didnt have a lotta ideas in the beginning but didnt want to do what we already did before. That was partly what the album was all about, kinda do something that we had not done before. Instead of starting a new chapter, we started writing a book.

The album is fun, tangible and its funky. How have you guys grown since the first release?

PHONTE: I try to focus more on my song writing. Writing songs with bridges, hooks and full fledge songs that stand well on their own, lyrically and melodically.

(To Nicolay) From a production stand point, I noticed you have strayed away from sampling for obvious reasons i’m sure. What’s your take on your approach as a producer then compared to now?

NICOLAY: I think you learn as you grow and by learning i dont mean just musically grow, but you learn everything behind the scenes. What I learned is that if you use samples and you are not finacially able to clear them, there is a lock on the music and you become limited to an “in the moment” type thing. We are trying to make music that is timeless, it is better to compose music that is 100% original. I also felt that I needed to creatively try something different, I reached whatever goal I had in the sampling arena. I wanted to try something new.

From what I gathered on “Leave It All Behind”, it appeals to Hip Hop fans but I also feel an approach to a new form of R&B being brewed, this album totally dispels the “R&B is dead” myth (which is a running joke amongst me and my peers)

PHONTE
: When we sit at the piano and when I sit down to write in the studio, I’m not thinking of making any new type of R&B, etc. We’re just making music from our heart and it feels right.

Overall, Do you guys purposely stay away from titles, barriers and labels?

NICOLAY: I think as long you are trying to do something in the music industry, you can’t really get away from labeling music. People are going to expect you to slap a genre on it at the very least, especially with us running our own imprint we had to deal with situations like that. People think in terms of good and bad music, there is good music that comes in many different shapes and sizes, that’s what is important to me.

Who is responsible for the writing collective and putting the concepts together?

NICOLAY:
Our method of working pretty much me starting with some ideas of sketches or work through tracks and send those to Phonte and them. At that point it becomes kinda under his control in the sense of song writing and collaborations with other artists. The whole song writing and vocal perspective is something that he’ll work on and i’ll get it back. In terms of concepts that we work with, it is normally Phonte that will come with stuff like that. In terms musically, we go back and fourth and find what’s the common ground between the two of us in terms of what we want to do in that’s why we kick it back and fourth like that.

How long did it take to put the album together?

NICOLAY: we started around the end of 06′, but we are not the type of people to really work on a project all the way through and that be the only thing. Its really an off and on type of thing, but overall it took about a year or two.

(To Nicolay) Shibuya is a beautiful album, with well crafted compositions. It seems like you were wide open on this album. What was your inspiration for this album and the title alone?

NICOLAY: In 06 I was lucky enough to visit Tokyo and Shibuya is the one of Tokyo’s areas, kind of the more hip trendy places. Roughly, the album is inspired of what I saw there and the overall feeling. The album is an ode to that experience and the people, the noises and vibes.

What is your experience with the international market and them receiving the material? There is so much great music in the states, how do you guys stand out and stay concistent?

PHONTE: It comes from the inner desire to want to do better and being a genuine fan of the music you create. That’s what keeps you going.

(To Phonte) How are you able to incorporate the duality of singing, writing and rapping?

PHONTE: I think its both sides of me that I enjoy doing, I dont really look at it as a rap career or singing career.

Radio is changing in this day in age, are you guys seeking to cater in the direction of radio play or are you guys satisfied with solid and concistent underground audience?

PHONTE: Radio aint changing, Radio is dying. (all laugh)

Im trying to be PC about it. (all laugh)

PHONTE: For me personally its about making the music I want to make and letting it connect with the people I enjoy. Thats it for me, radio has never supported our records for the years i’ve been in the game and we’ve been able to survive and thrive.

(To Nicolay) In your previous releases you had a very warm sound? What type of new toys you are using these days?

NICOLAY: Well on “Connected” I didnt have any equiptment, I did that mainly with a computer, keyboard, desk top speakers that came with it and a bass. I did the best that I could with what I had. I think with minimal means we are always able to do a lot, we sometimes jokingly say that are two tracks are no less better than people’s multi track.

Any future remixes or upcoming artists that you are grooming at the moment?

NICOLAY: Actually, i’ve been doing a lot of remixes lately. I just finished a remix for RJD2, his new record is coming out soon. I did a remix for Vikter Duplaix his new single “Electric Love”, I did a remix for Sy Smith. Phonte and myself are working on a number of projetcs but eventually The Foreign Exchage Music is now also our imprint. Which means we can put our strength behind some of the people we’ve been down with for a mintute. Zo! who plays in our live band is working on his full length album which is coming in the Summer of 2010. We’re working with Yazarah, who people know from the both Foreign Exchange albums as well as our tour. She’s dropping her album with us in Spring. Phonte is working on his solo album that will drop in the Fall, all in all we got a lot going on.

(To Phonte) What’s going on with Little Brother?

PHONTE: We got an EP that we will be dropping this year.

a Very Special Thanks to..
http://www.theforeignexchangemusic.com/http://www.thebeautifulproject.blog.com/

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Interview: Dj A-Ski
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STEREOLOVE | DR MADD VIBE (aka Angelo Moore of the legendary FISHBONE) + UNSTOPPA BROS | 1.14



STEREOLOVE | Adam Stern & friends | Little Temple | 12/3

STEREOLOVE | LITTLE TEMPLE | 12.3

w/live opening acts:
MATEO DENALI | http://www.myspace.com/mateodenali
For the soul. For the club. For the ride. For the love of music.

ADAM STERN | http://www.myspace.com/adamsternmusic
Adam Stern is a Los Angeles based singer – songwriter originally from Berkeley, California who is breaking the mold with his independently released debut album “The Dreamer Child.” His innovative approach to today’s music is shocking to fans and listeners alike. Adam brings a new unique concept he calls “Organic Pop” by combining a folk base with influences which cover the gamut from pop to world rhythms. Adam’s live shows are each a unique, soul & heart opening experience on a high vibration flowing with love & positivity in the spirit of peace & co-existence.

we are also celebrating the B’day of Unique74/StereoLove’s own LOTUSPETAL + all the fly Sagitarian babies!

And your resident djs, A-SKI, LOTUSPETAL, PLUSH ONE and DJ MIKECHECK spinning a collage of FUNK, SOUL, HIP HOP, SOULFUL HOUSE, AFRO LATIN, and REGGAE

$5 Valet and Ample Street Parking
+Drink Specials| Booth Reservatons | B’days
$5.00 cover or FREE Before 10pm w/ RSVP to unique74events@gmail.com

4519 Santa Monica Blvd (cross st VIRGIL)

Save The Date:
Dj Rashida (Golden Stereo) -12/10
Jimetta Rose Album Release Party- 12/17


Unique74 | education: TheIMagination

Movements from CultureDigitaL on Vimeo.


Theo Parrish Live @ Sunday’s Best (NYC)

Theo is str8 gettin’ it!! you see that right there?!! THIS is what im talkin’ about..THIS is how WE do it! NO Robots, NO Attitudes, NO Inhibitions, NO Pretention, NO Neo Soul (what a joke..another conversation), NO Make up, NO Insecurities! FREE the F–k UP!!

0:37 (I see that James Brown, YES!)


Dude talking at 2:09 ruins the moment by the saying the “No No” of all phrases..you know he got off the cheese bus big time, right?

PS: it gets deeper..WHY do they have umbrellas out dancing in THE RAIN?…I LOVE IT!