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Monday, March 31, 2008

City Weekly's Holly Mullen

It’s that time of year again. Time for every locally owned business owner to get ancy, for select media to clear their desks, and for any politician who screwed up royally to bite their nails off.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Poor Yorick Studios

For the majority of people in Utah, when they think of places to see fantastic art, South Salt Lake probably doesn't come up in their top five all that often.--- But to the cultural elite and many of the artists who call Salt Lake City their home, it's one of the best spots to be in. Poor Yorick Studios has been doing well for years now with their bi-annual studio showcases.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Lower Lights

The current generation of internet users have dozens upon dozens of options in front of them for conversations and associating with the world beyond their desk.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Greatest Flow On Earth

This past Thursday I got a chance to attend the CD release party for The Greatest Flow On Earth Vol. 1, mixed by the hosts of KRCL’s Friday Night Fallout show, Roots Rawka and DJ Che.  Sushi and hip-hop, how can you go wrong?  --- If you’re a fan of rap, hip-hop, even reggae, this is definitely a CD to check out.  Featuring just a taste of Utah’s finest at their craft, the album shows that there's more to local hip-hop than the tired repetitive playlist you hear on U92.  Performing live at the Circle Lounge on State were many of the artists who contributed tracks to the album, along with mix tracks from Che himself.  I got a chance to ask both men some questions about the album and other topics, and snap some pictures of the party and performances.DJ Che & Roots Rawkahttp://www.myspace.com/rootsrawka1Gavin: Tell us a little about yourselves.Rawka:  My name is Tevita Ilamanu Hoko, a.k.a. RootsRawka, a.k.a. RootsSkyWalker, a.k.a. RootsLeonidus.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

In The Loop: 3/23/08. Random Weekend Info

On Thursday I was able to make it out to the CD Release Party for "The Greatest Flow On Earth" over at the Circle Lounge.  --- But due to a few complications I haven't been able to get the interviews up yet.  As soon as I get those I'll have them posted with photos and more info.  I already have a plan on what I want to do as far as stories go this week, but as usual we'll see what happens.  There's a lot going on here at the end of March and it's tough to pick.On a side note, mostly for the purposes of humor but also because I'm slightly irritated, I'd like to point out that I'm sick of seeing chainlink in downtown SLC.  With the exception of maybe Sandy, chainlink is everywhere.  There are homes in West Valley City that are almost completely surrounded and wrapped in it.  It's become the human version of chicken wire.  It's ugly, it snags people's clothes when they just walk by it, it's useless as security without razor-wire along the top.  Living downtown, I loved the idea that I could walk for several blocks and never see this stuff.  Now it's starting to appear in places up here because of construction.  It may be the geek in me talking, but it is 2008, you'd think we could have made a decent and affordable force-field by now.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

In The Loop:3/19/08. The SCA, Community Radio News, Looking Ahea

I only got one word to describe this photo… Ping!That’s the sound the helmet makes when someone gets a headshot on their opponent.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Tower Theater's Open Mic Winner: Amanda Stoddard

Last month I went up to the Tower Theater and covered their Open Mic Night film festival.  This week we’re talking to one of the winners of the festival.  Amanda Stoddard took in her short film called “Float My Boat”, a music video for local band The Mollies, and walked away with the Judge’s Choice award.  I got a chance to talk with her about the making of the film, Open Mic Night, projects she’s currently doing, and a few other questions here and there for the winning director.  All to the majestic sounds of speeding cars going 55 off the light on South Temple during lunch.  What’s with you people?!?

Friday, March 14, 2008

Pablo Patron & Padrino, Scenic Byway, Funk & Gonzo

I pulled up the calendar for Wednesday dates and threw the imaginary dart at The Urban Lounge's show this week.  But as I grow older and my eyesight starts to leave me like an ex, I looked at the following week's show.  I went and found out it was a totally different show with three different acts.  Not wanting to be a jerk (even though I'm a jerk anyway, but not that big of a jerk) I stayed anyway and covered it because that night was a hip-hop show, and I hadn't been to one in a while.  I was not disappointed, and actually very thankful I caught this show instead.  Probably won't be as thankful when my vision is so blurry that it appears like I'm looking through a stained window, but let's move on.--- With DJ LaMont, DJ Cee playing tunes throughout the night, we got to see rapper Padrino and his brother Pablo Patron (special shout out to on stage dancer Talido and guest performer Mz. Malicious), ska-hop band Scenic Byway, and the self described "hip-hop funkrock jazz"  sound of Funk & Gonzo.  I took some pictures and chatted with all three acts.Pablo Patron and Padrinohttp://www.myspace.com/padrinosjamsGavin: Bit of a small crowd on hand tonight, what did you think of it?Padrino: You know sir, any crowd, is a crowd.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Utah Free Media

Is it just me or does it feel like local radio isn’t trying this year? As if throwing up it’s hands and admitting defeat, most of the stations (regardless of format) have pretty much made a statement that they’re either going corporate out of ratings lack or staying with what they’ve got to keep what little they have.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Red Light Books

Just one year ago Red Light Books started off as one of the new stores to open up along the Broadway Strip.  Replacing a dead storefront area of downtown that once used to be half of a antique dish store.  Ever wonder where your grandma used to get her plates that would have that decorative blue trim?  That's where.  When the store went bankrupt and left, Red Light moved on in.--- One year later business is good, in-store shows are frequent, and the future for the place looks brighter than ever in that lovely shade of red.  Did I mention the yellow carpet is gone?  Pretty good for a bookstore that sells mostly alternative literature in a conservative environment.  By opening up to the underground culture as opposed to trying to fit the standard, Red Light has turned itself into a local cultural hub that shows no signs of stopping.  And that's just after one year.  I went in and snapped some photos and asked some quick questions for store co-owner Tia Martinez about the store one year later.Tia Martinezhttp://www.myspace.com/redlightbooksGavin: How does it feel hitting the one year mark?Tia: I am amazed at all the support from the underground community in SLC. I am blessed, this is hopefully one of many more years to come.Gavin: For those who don't know the full story, tell us how Red Light Books came about.Tia: Me being stubborn and Jared unconditional support and love for me.Gavin: Fair enough.

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