September 2013 SOTD Playlist

Well into building October’s #SongoftheDay playlist and already skipping a few days like a boss. A failing inattentive boss, who’s accountant is smuggling funds. But at least I have yet to be smacked with a sexual harassment lawsuit kind of boss….ANYWHO… I am pretty proud of my September Playlist, 30 days and there are 15 videos. 53 minutes of audio awesomeness. Tell me what you think!! — I enjoy having my musical taste validated (not torn a part) by strangers.

*Discover new stuff – Rediscover Old Stuff – Get Inspired by the Music*

Phoenix Art District for the win!

Never have I seen so many colorful and fun murals in one area. In Los Angeles the street art is spread out, from Downtown to Santa Monica behind buildings and down alleys. But Phoenix art district has stepped it up and put us to shame with its art district. Art District in Los Angeles means a collection of art galleries, with modest store fronts and a few wheat paste signs sprinkled on walls or light post. But in Phoenix, it is a collection of larger than life expressions of creativity. I came upon Roosevelt Street on accident. Deciding to venture out past my comfort zone established by where I had been staying during my little weekend getaway. We ventured to the “other side” of the ten freeway and found a tasty place for lunch, afterwards I intentionally turned down this and that street on my way back to the freeway when I turned down Roosevelt and was compelled to stop. SO MANY MURALS!

Won’t lie, a few illegal u-turns were made in the process. Having to park my car a second time after I drove further down the street and spotted more amazing murals. I don’t usually stop and enjoy street art. I notice it and then keep moving on in my vehicle. Not anymore! I’m really motivated to just pull over my car for a quick second and take a picture. Unlike these gorgeous and fun pieces that will be up for a while, some of the murals/ street art in Los Angeles you never know when it will disappear. These are just a few of the murals I took pictures of as we were in a bit of a rush, but there are way more to see and check out!

More information on Phoenix Art District



Interview with artist Casey Weldon


“Comparing your work to others is often only good for a kick in the gut. ” C.W.

Name: Casey Weldon
Nickname: Big Head (It is, physically not figuratively. I think)
Sign: Virgo

Food: French Fries
Book: Catcher in the Rye (Cheesy answer, but it’s the only one I’ve read more than once!)
Season: Summah
Favorite Medium: Liquitex Soft Body Acrylics

MAOI:  What animal is your spirit guide?

CW: Mmmm, Sloth?

MAOI: What superhero would be your sidekick?

CW: Which one is the one that gives good back rubs?

MAOI: Bathroom read?

CW: Any random trivia book.

MAOI: Do you remember the first public space you showed your art in? How were your nerves, what was the response?

CW: Yes, it was in Las Vegas and the response was mostly positive, and I was a sweaty mess. I am still often a sweaty mess.


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Colorful Timelapse Painting by Lora Zombie


Lora Zombie‘s beauty and blue hair is as striking visually as her paintings. A disciplined self taught Russian painter, she plays with water colors ability to bleed and run creating movement which transcends beyond the compositions line and structured form. I came across her on Colossal and loved watching the time lapsed video of Lora’s layers of water color build up from water downed splotches to dense pigment, all coming together to create her stories image.

Matrushka Construction (Clothing Store/ Fashion Designer)


I’m no stranger to the streets of Silver Lake but for the first time last November I stumbled into Matrushka Construction, a store on Sunset Blvd in the buzz of Sunset Junction. It was love at first sight! With the philosophy “size is relative” hanging on every tag, Matrushka offers complimentary tailoring on all clothing they sell in order to get the perfect fit for you. After strolling through the brightly colored dresses and unique glass jewelry from a local designer, I knew I wanted to know more about this adorable store and who was behind it. When I returned home I emailed the owner of Matrushka and she promptly replied back. So yes, I have been holding on to this survey since November 2012. And as I have not been great at posting, I took it as an obvious nudge from the universe this weekend when I happened to see Matrushka in my favorite coffee table book, Bohemian Modern. (which I happened to be looking through for the first time in years). So without further ado here is my interview with owner Laura Howe of Matrushka Construction.

Name: Laura Howe



Book: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Color: Green

Time of Day: dusk

MAOI:  Do you remember where you were when the thought bubble that would be Matrushka Construction popped into you head?

Laura: I was in Silver Lake when Matrushka came to be….

MAOI: How would you describe Matrushka Construction in three words?

Laura: Uniquely-Smart-Fashion

MAOI:  How long did it take for Matrushka Construction, to go from concept to creation?

Laura: It took 2 weeks to go from conception to creation.


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Car Seat Headrest Interview – Dorm Room Magic


Name: Will Toledo
Nickname: No regularly-used ones, though I think it’s cool when people call me ‘Car Seat Headrest’.
Sign: right at the tail-end of Virgo

Cookie: any kind that is provided specifically for me that I don’t have to pay for.
Color: Colors work best in interplay with each other, I refuse to choose! Better to be surprised by vision.
Time of Day: 9 AMish, when I’m getting up. The day is all bright potential, which I usually choose to waste.

MAOI: Do you believe in horoscopes and zodiac signs?

CSHR: You know, in a rational sense I do – humans are more reducible to a formula than we’d like to believe, so anyone with a decent grasp of the species can make pretty accurate predictions! I don’t think our fates are dictated by the stars, but I do think it’s pretty telling that over the past few millennia we’ve kept connecting the dots in the same way.

MAOI: Most wild and crazy thing you have done thus far in your life?

CSHR: Taking a 30-hour bus ride to spend a week with a romantic interest about 900 miles away from where my parents believed I was.

MAOI: If you could morph into any animal what would it be?

CSHR: A human. Say no to body dysphoria!

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Last Night of Local Natives Residency Spaceland 2009

Here is the said Article mentioned in the below rejection letter, still one of the best shows I’ve ever been too. 


Local Natives have stormed their way through the indie rock world and I believe possess a future akin to fellow Silver Lake alum such as Silversun Pickups, Cold War Kids, and Airborne Toxic Event. Back home after the Daytrotter Barn Tour the boys set up a Monday night residency for August at hipster haven Spaceland. If you’re 21+, own a plaid shirt, and listen to the dancey folk beats of the new indie wave, then this is your spot. With the Fun band, led by former The Format singer Nate Russ, and Henry Clay People on the bill to open for Local Natives the line began around 8 and was fully wrapped around the building and down a block by 8:45, doors open at 9. Fortunately my friend and I charmed an attractive guy standing in line smoking a cigarette. We really were just looking to bum some tobacco, but our new gentlemen friend along with two American Spirits allowed us to cut in line. This kind gesture prevented my friend and me from having to trek up a hill in order to join the back of the line and cross our fingers that we get in. When a show is free and has an amazing line up one is grateful for these blessed type of encounters.

By the time we got in I barely caught the tail end of Fun. Which in retrospect was very disappointing as their album is on heavy rotation and I don’t think they will be visiting LA for a while. After a “what to be expected” performance from Henry Clay People, energetic yet acoustics muffled the power of their lyrics. The main attraction, Local Natives took the stage. The standard wave of bodies pushed forward. With hardly any breathing room in the front, I somehow made it over to a friend I had met at the previous Monday night. What sparked our friendship was the fact she danced! Really got into the music and danced, not just the little hip sway and head bop. I admired her for the physical freedom she possessed and was determined to truly dance to the music too. The band held the audience completely captivated, everyone bopping and singing along. While my hips swiveled and my arms moved to the beat of their melodic and strong percussions, I slowly started to see other people dancing just a little bit more. Arms were being raised and heads were shaking too, punctuating the songs crescendo. By their last song Sun Hands, after an extended instrumental set, when the singer broke back into the chorus every single person in the first couple rows were truly dancing. Feet were pounding, fists were hitting the air, and the audience was expelling the lyrics with passionate exasperated voices.

Never in my entire show going experience have I ever witnessed a scene as harmonious and spontaneously choreographed as that moment. Looking to my right and left and seeing everyone dancing! This band has a way of exciting its audience with a unique and creative energy that cannot be manufactured. It’s organic in its power, and may these boys share this experience with as broad and as wide an audience as possible. With a few more stops in the North Western States Local Natives will be off to Europe until mid October. Make sure to catch this band while the venues are small, before you know it the ticket prices will be more than a tank of gas.

My First Rejection Letter – Circa 2009

From Monday September 21, 2009

Today I feel like a true writer. A vindicated writer! Today I received my first rejection letter. Which is awesome because especially with the use of the Internet now, people don’t get rejected, they get ignored. And I was rejected! The editor took time out of his day to say I’m not it, and that’s special.

Well here is the letter. Hopefully I’ll be able to share more soon; rejection and approval.

Hi, Rebekka. Thanks for getting in touch. Although we really enjoyed checking out your lists and articles on the Spinto Band and Local Natives, at this point we unfortunately don’t think your submission aligns with our current direction.Continued luck with your writing career,Brandon

+++Brandon Wall
Editor in Chief

A Curator’s Commandments to Artists – #1

#1 – Thou Shall Not Drop Off Art Work That Is Not Ready To Be Hung


In my three years of curating group shows, my number one pet peeve and actual problem that at times would put me in a bind; was that artists would drop off art work with no way to hang it. Or would leave brackets with me, but then give me the responsibility to install the brackets, which made me nervous because I didn’t want to damage the piece in the processes. This is not a nice thing to do to your curator. Depending on the person and the location your curator might not have the tools or the time to install a way to hang your piece. I never carried wire, brackets, or a drill on me. My tool box was equipped to hang art on the wall, not make a piece able to hang. Sometimes I would have immense time crunches. Needing to get my show up an hour or two before doors and stressing about incomplete pieces was not helpful. Thankfully in the few times I came across this problem, I was able to get assistance from the framing shop down the street, Bunny Gunner. But if they were not there, then those artists would have never had their work on the wall.

Yes, making your work able to hang on a wall is the artist’s responsibility. This is like a construction worker building a house, and not putting in a front door. Why would you leave your work incomplete? If you want your art to be showcased, then why would you drop it off with someone unable to hang it. If you want your piece to be purchased, give your collector an easy way to display it on their own wall. Would you want to buy something that was not finished; pants with no zipper or Doc Martins with no laces?

Exceptions to this rule; you’re an artists working with a fairly large gallery that is established and you have discussed with them who will handle framing/ how your pieces will be hung. Unless you and the gallery/ curator talk about the hanging process in detail; always assume your pieces need to be ready to be hung*. This makes you look like a professional artists, a serious artist and are steps towards making a good impression on the art world and who you work with.

Unless you want your piece leaning against a wall on the floor, make sure it can be hung by a nail before you drop it off.


If you are a curator or gallery owner and have a few commandments you would like to share email