Monday, February 28, 2011

The Last Day x The First Day.

Today signifies the last day of this year's Black History Month. It also signifies the first day of the rest of your life. I am redefining what that means for me, what my history will look like, I invite you to do the same.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bitches Brew for Efrem and you.

I felt Dizzy and Sonia, heaven and Miles between my thighs
Better than love, we made delicious

Monday, February 21, 2011

INNERVIEW: Kendrick Daye creator of Art Nouveau Magazine

We got the dope opportunity to chop it up with creator of Art Nouveau Magazine, Kendrick Daye.

This Thursday, Art Nouveau Magazine celebrates three years of avant garde art exposition with a party featuring THEOPHILUS LONDON! For tickets visit Accept the Nouveau.

SFV: What are three things attendees can expect to experience at the anniversary party?
KD: 1> Debauchery 2> Bass Infected Pop Music 3> Theophilus London

SFV: During your artistic journey to realizing your dreams, what have you learned to be true?  What have you learned to be false?

KD: What I've learned to be true is that there really are no rules. Everybody is after the same thing, but not everybody goes about it the same way. If you keep at it long it and do you long enough people are going to have to notice. What I've learned to be false is other people's opinions. When you have a vision and you believe in it so much, what they have to say doesn't matter.

SFV: Some really fly individuals in the fashion, art and music scene have graced the pages of Art Nouveau over the last three years including Coco&Breezy, J*Davey and Ron English. What can readers expect this year in the pages of Art Nouveau Magazine?
KD: The next issue entitled GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS will be our tribute to the art of the pinup. Expect some visually stimulating art & design.

SFV: I sell vintage clothes with Strange Fruit Vintage and I spend a lot of my time and energy introducing or re-engaging people in all things 80s and 90s.  So, it's only right that I ask the person who spends his time introducing people to the "nouveau" a question about the "vieux" (old). Who are some artists, long gone, who have inspired you as a creator?

KD: Andy Warhol. Picasso. Basquiat, Keith Haring and Milton Glaser.

SFV: What mind blowing experience are ATliens, and any person smart enough to make the commute to Art Nouveau Magazine's 3rd Anniversary Party, in store for when Theophilus hits the stage?

KD: I'm a fan and I don't know what to expect. This is the first time I'll have seen him live and I'm just uber amped to see the songs I've hummed along too for so long played live.

Thanks Kendrick! Here's to many more years of creativity, insanity and Art Nouveau Magazine.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Video Killed the Radio Star

 Recently, the lovely crew at Live From Memphis tortured invited me to watch music videos in preparation for the upcoming 6th Annual Music Video Showcase.

In two hours, I saw a host of really good and really not-so-good music videos from all over the country.  And while my lips are sealed on which is what, late night reflections on the event made me wonder how we could possibly resurrect radio, quickly. Because, some things just shouldn't be seen and by the same token, some things are meant to be seen again and again.

Here are some of my favorite vintage music videos.  I am in no way arguing that these are the best, I'm merely saying they left a lasting impression on me all these years.

Also, if you're in Memphis or have the urge to travel, join us for the Music Video Showcase, the weekend of March 12 and watch the new videos that several of us selected as "made for TV viewing pleasure."

8 of the full 18 minutes...Shuh-moan

Sanrio celebrates 50 years of pick pocketing parents!

Pencil protectors, erasers, pencils with the eight colors of ink, back packs, thermos, plush animals, folders, lip gloss, gum and a whole host of expensive items I had to have or I would just DIE remind me just how awesome Sanrio is and my childhood was. It also reminds me of just how much dinero my mom shelled out so I would fit in with the other 5th graders.

Fret not dear readers, I was on a quest to be different even back then. My friends pretty much all loved the sweet faced "Hello Kitty." Who wouldn't? And it wasn't until fairly recently that I found out the store wasn't named "The Hello Kitty Store." I on the other hand loved an underappreciated frog.

Introducing the original lady killer...

Happy Birthday Sanrio! Kiss the frog for me.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Love4DaHater Compilation Album AVAILABLE!!

A few weeks ago, Memphis hip hop artist, Jason Da Hater, was helping a complete stranger put air in her spare tire at a gas station on Poplar. During that short time span, and while he was preoccupied lending a helping hand, someone jumped in his car and sped off. They ended up stealing his paid off car and cell phone.

As you may or may not know, Jason "Da Hater" Harris is a staple on the hip hop music scene. In addition to that, he is also a football coach at Whitehaven high school and consistently transports many of the boys to and from practice.  While he's made a reputation for being known as "Da Hater" there are hundreds of us who know what a genuinely good and loving person he is.

19 Memphis area hip hop artists, a few deejays and producers and all of his friends and supporters are getting together to raise money, and show all of our LOVE FOR THE HATER!

Your donation large or small will help us raise money to help Jason.

We also want you to enjoy the Love 4 Da Hater Compilation Album by clicking the below link!


Thank you for the LOVE! SPREAD THE WORD!!