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by Michelle Bird
The original Netflix hit series, Orange Is The New Black debuted its long-awaited second season last night. Don’t worry I won’t be giving away any spoilers on here, because as we all know, we can’t wait to get home this weekend, close that front door and ignore the world for two days as we watch back to back episodes. Well, now you can take a bit of the series with you while not glued to the screen with the Orange Is The New Black Soundtrack.
The 12-track compilation features some good tunes from Tune-Yards, Betty Davis, Kelis, and the Velvet Underground, just to name a few. Also included, is the show’s Grammy-nominated theme song “You’ve Got Time,” by Regina Spektor.
I wasn’t streaming Orange Is The New Black at midnight, but instead attended a Q&A that night with director, Jodie Foster and two of the main characters, Taylor Schilling (who plays Piper Chapman) and Kate Mulgrew (better known as Red onscreen).
Not only did the ladies tackle the perception and empowerment of women on television, but shared fun facts, like how Schilling and Mulgrew had previously worked together on another show. Mulgrew set the tone on what it’s like to work on a cast with such few men, noting that its liberating in the sense that they’re not restrained to act a certain way, or more so be aware of their persona, they can deliver their craft in a carefree manner, focusing on what’s more important without reservations. Schilling added to that by saying that in her career it is often so rare to come across the opportunity to play a character who is not the shadow of a man, but instead her own force, which was the main reason she couldn’t pass up the part and was so eager to be a part of the project.
There were quite some humorous moments, like when Schilling shared that they barely wear any makeup on the show if any, keeping to the realism of the fact that they’re in prison. She followed by doing an impression of their adored make-up artist: “that blemish right there, it looks beautiful on your face, let’s leave it!”
I think the soundtrack definitely embodies the broad genres Orange Is The New Black dabbles into, with pieces of drama, comedy and suspense intertwined, while it also brings into light topics that our society might find taboo.
Schilling laid the bricks right, when she said that ultimately Orange Is The New Black is a show about finding yourself, discovering new things about yourself, mending the past, and the people that become those puzzle pieces for you to do so.
With a variety of new and old songs, some dating back to 1926, like “Baby Face” by Whispering Jack Smith, the soundtrack connects the dots between how your past has to do with your present circumstances, and yet can’t remain ignored. Which is one of the important aspects they present in each episode of the series, when they show tidbits of the characters’ past, how their lives use to be and what landed them in the slammer.
So if you want to twerk to “Milkshake” or hit a B-flat to Spektor’s “yooouuuuu’ve gooot tiiiiiiiime!” you can grab your copy in digital, CD, or limited-edition orange vinyl.
P.S.- Orange Is The New Black has been renewed for a third season, to be released June 2015.
Orange Is The New Black track list:
1. You’ve Got Time — Regina Spektor
2. Walkin Up The Road — Betty Davis
3. Move And Groove Together — Latimore
4. Gangsta — Tune-Yards
5. I’ll Take You There — The Staple Singers
6. Milkshake — Kelis
7. Walking Backwards — Leagues
8. Kickface — Little Foot Long Foot
9. Sunday Morning — Velvet Underground
10. Living This Life Makes It Hard — The Dutchess and The Duke
11. Chicken — Nancy Cassidy
12. Baby Face — Whispering Jack Smith
Orange Is The New Black hashtags: #oitnb #orangeisthenewblack
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Wisconsin’s indie folk band PHOX will certainly be one you want to keep your eye on, they may be newcomers, but are climbing their way up pretty quickly. The six-piece band who released their EP Confetti in early 2013, have already played in major festivals: South By Southwest, Lollapalooza and Apple’s iTunes Festival in London; not to mention they’ve opened up for Blitzen Trapper and the Lumineers.
PHOX debut full-length album– set for release June 24th via Partisan– was recorded in Justin Vernon’s home studio in Eau Claire, WI. Their tunes are exquisitely textured with multi-instrumentation featuring: banjos, guitars, mandolins, flute, clarinet, nice harmonies, and smooth vocals by frontwoman, Monica Martin.
PHOX just released another cut from their upcoming LP, the track titled “1936,” which you can listen to below:
So many bands and artists coming back to the music scene, one of them that we’re glad to see is Avi Buffalo. The Long Beach, CA based indie band have announced their sophomore album, At Best Cuckold, and along with that shared a brand new track “So What.” The album is produced by frontman, Avi Zahner-Isenberg– who although a bit more polished in sound– still brings back everything you loved about the band’s first takes. At Best Cuckold is set for release September 9th via Subpop. Take a listen to “So What” below!
At Best Cuckold‘s tracklist:
1. ‘So What’
2. ‘Memories of You’
3. ‘Can’t Be Too Responsible’
4. ‘Two Cherished Understandings’
5. ‘Overwhelmed with Pride’
6. ‘Found Blind’
7. ‘She Is Seventeen’
8. ‘Think It’s Gonna Happen Again’
9. ‘Oxygen Tank’
10. ‘Won’t Be Around No More’
In support of the new album, At Best Cuckold, Avi Buffalo is also heading to Europe on a mini-tour, you can check those dates below:
Sep. 23 – Gothenburg, SE – Pustervik
Sep. 24 – Stockholm, SE – Kagelbanan
Sep. 25 – Oslo, NO – John Dee
Sep. 26 – Lund, SE – Mejeret
Sep. 28 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega / Ideal Bar
Sep. 29 – Hamburg, DE – Prinzenbar
Oct. 01 – Paris, FR – Le Divan du Monde
Oct. 03 – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
Oct. 05 – Dublin, IE – Whelan’s
Oct. 06 – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
Oct. 08 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
Oct. 10 – London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
Oct. 14 – Amsterdam, NL – Tolshuistuin
Oct. 15 – Brussels, BE – Botanique / Witloof Bar
Oct. 16 – Koln, DE – Luxor
Oct. 17 – Berlin, DE – Privatclub
Jack White has just released the video for the title track “Lazaretto” off the new album, bearing the same name. The video was directed by Jonas & Francois, featuring a black and white contrasted theme, with tons of odd balls thrown in the mix, like snakes, cars, broken glass galore, and a dude with a Jack White tattoo on his chest. Check out the video below!
Anybody else have a Jack White tattoo, perhaps you can be in the next video?
Canadian musician/producer, Dan Snaith worked the progressive dance charts back in 2010 with the track, “Swim,” Snaith is back in action this year as Caribou, with a new album Our Love. The first single, “Can’t Do Without You” reminds you of what he left off with his 2010 track, following experimental sounds and soul influenced samples building up the production throughout the track. Take a listen to “Can’t Do Without You” below!
Our Love Tracklist:
01 “Can’t Do Without You”
03 “All I Ever Need”
04 “Our Love”
06 “Second Chance”
07 “Julia Brightly”
09 “Back Home”
10 “Your Love Will Set You Free”
Jenny Lewis is gearing up this summer to release a new record, The Voyager, after six years of a solo dry spell. She’s just unveiled the first single off the album, which is produced by none other than Beck, the track is called “Just One Of The Guys”– and we must say it’s a pretty nice tune with a great summer vibe, and a folky twist.
The Voyager is set for release on July 29th. Take a listen to “Just One Of The Guys” below via NPR.
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by Michelle Bird
The weather couldn’t of been any more perfect, as Long Beach gave a sunny welcome to the bi-annual Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival. This is the sixth year Patchwork has made an appearance in the city, and every year it seems to get bigger and better. The outdoor craft fair made the Marine Stadium Park its temporary home, with over 200 vendors bringing their handmade goods, which included: clothing, food, artwork, accessories, plants, home décor, jewelry, etc.
Patchwork is the equivalent of what a real-life Etsy would look like if it were springing across your community instead of online; of course with a few added perks, like music, enjoying a food truck meal out by the water, a bicycle valet area, and the fact that you can bring your furry best bud to bask in the sun with you.
Zipping through 200 vendors and jam-packed rows can be quite a tedious task, so you know how we do it here at Black Vinyl, handpicking nothing but the best for you. Below are some vendors that we admired not only for their creativity, but also for their genuine output and quality of product.
Making our way into the festival, my eyes were instantly drawn to the Reclamation Dept. Sisters Heather and Casey get mad props for their creative booth design; while most vendors had traditional E-Z ups, Reclamation Dept made a vintage bicycle the center of attention– it served as the base and transport system for their goods. The ladies focus on “renewing gear from yesteryear” (as their slogan states) primarily making messenger bags and bicycle accessories from vintage military items.
One of the most valuable traits their pieces have is that they still carry the story from the original owner– blemishes and wear that add to their vintage character, and if the name of the soldier is present, you best believe Heather and Casey leave that birthmark on the bag as well. They love knowing that each item is given a new life, instead of laying forgotten in a warehouse.
The most inspiring story came from Kelden, at Est Wst Collective, who spoke passionately about the hand-making process of their bags, which are vegan-friendly by the way. Est Wst Collective’s goods aren’t made by Kelden, they are hand-made from folks in remote villages across the ocean that are still looking to practice their craft but don’t have a market locally to do so due to the decline in their area.
From the edge of the Kathmandu Valley to the mid-hill regions of Nepal, these crafters carry materials from mountains, hills, and fields, hand-weaving each one. Kelden shared that having a Buddhist upbringing had a lot to do with the development of the brand, whereas ethical production and eco-friendly materials play a major role. Not only that, but Est Wst Collective supports a global cause, a percentage of each purchase goes towards “supporting fair wage job opportunities, skill development, and free housing to weavers and their families.”
The moon was shinning bright in Miriam Dema’s booth, hence why she was wearing the ever-trending heart-shaped sunglasses. Ok, maybe it wasn’t the moon exactly, but that full moon print sure lit-up my eyes. Dema produces vintage inspired silkscreen prints with environmentally friendly pigment, in her studio located in the Los Angeles mountains. Her original designs garner a love for California and the open road.
Artist Kelly Frisby designs adorable illustrations that reminded me of the 1970s. Greeting cards and prints that feature her take on characters from various popular films, like Where The Wild Things Are and Wizard of OZ, along some original pieces. She’s been known to draw characters from her favorite John Hughes movies, one of them being the Breakfast Club.
If you wanted to keep that good-hair-day going through the entire event, you needed to stop by the Gypsy Pea Magoo booth and grab an UpCreek Paddle brush, or a beard brush for the gents to tame that facial hair. The quirky wood brushes are hand painted by Chelsea DeVere & Laura DeRuiter, who also happen to be hairdressers.
As far as apparel goes, Tiny Whales had the raddest tees for kids. The husband and wife team design t-shirts with original slogans that remind your little one he has a “heart of gold” and is a “wildflower soul,” all so they can be the hippest kids on the block.
For the crafty makers looking for industrial and Americana supplies Randy Jones over at Tikiranch had you covered with an array of vintage American flags, old keys, old watch parts, and the occasional creepy doll head.
Matt Spangler, made sure you knew robots were entitled to have burritos as pets, and that Back to the Future, could’ve easily been set in the future.
Blossom Vintage and The Library Store gave shopping a whole new light, by curating their goods inside a vintage Airstream trailer and an old truck, where shopping becomes less about the product, and more about the experience.
Front Porch Pops kept you cool with their array of amazingly delicious homemade popsicles. Flavors like Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, Cookies and Cream, Mango Chili fought over who’s gonna get NOM-ed by your mouth. My taste buds were thankful for the Cuckoo for Coconuts!
Of course succulents were the favorite green accent piece throughout the festival, and if you didn’t take the trolly down to the marina, you could’ve easily roller skated there too.
Patchwork Shows have proven to be the place where creative makers, thinkers and admirers gather. It feels like downtown main street USA coming back to life, awakening a simpler time when American people bought local, supported each others businesses, and valued the core of the community.
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Unseen Warhol films are getting a new light, as Dean Wareham curates “Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films.” An array of artists which include: Wareham, Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox, Eleanor Friedberger, Tom Verlaine of Television, and Suicide’s Martin Rev, will provide live musical scores to 15 previously unreleased films by Andy Warhol.
The premier will be taking place on October 24th at UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, and will continue to tour nationally making pit stops at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York (November 6th-8th) and at the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, PA (October).
The films feature Warhol and an array of folks like John Giorno, Marcel Duchamp, Mario Montez, Jim Rosenquist, Billy Kluver, Marisol, Taylor Mead, Mary Woronov, and Edie Sedgwick.
Warenham is no stranger to Warhol films, in 2011, he and musical partner Britta Phillips participated in 13 Most Beautiful… Songs from Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests. Watch one of the performances below!
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Here’s your morning cereal drenched with nostalgia! The cast of the Wonder Years– one of the most loved shows of the 80s/90s– reunited to make all your childhood dreams come true. Yes, Winnie Cooper included.
The Arnold family got together and took a bunch of selfies, and of course it wouldn’t be complete without Paul and Winnie. They pretty much look the same.
The cast got together for an upcoming Wonder Years DVD release, that includes much of the original music. You can stream the entire series on Netflix now.
Enjoy the nostalgia below!
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by Michelle Bird
A packed house at the Observatory in Santa Ana, CA greeted the Puerto Rican Alternative Hip Hop band Calle 13, who are currently wrapping-up a tour in support of their fifth studio album Multi Viral.
It’s very hard to pin-point Calle 13 into one genre of music, you see the band is not only composed of stepbrothers Rene (lead singer, songwriter) and Eduardo (multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and beat producer)– who call themselves Residente and Visitante– there is also a whole orchestra included: their half-sister aka PG-13 (Ileana Cabra Joglar) does backing vocals, there’s guitars, electric mandolins, trumpets, percussion, accordion, cymbals…oh, I can go on trust me; making each track have an identity of its own. They intertwine elements of reggae, jazz, hip hop, salsa, bossa nova, electronica and cumbia, which is one of the reasons Calle 13 is adored by many, because of their creativity and integrity.
A sea of high-energy folks in a sold-out venue, swaying their hips to opening tracks “Fiesta de locos” (Party of the Crazy Folk) and “Baile de los pobres” (The Dance of the Poor), while sipping on their cold beers bought at the lobby. The guy at the corner wearing thick-framed glasses singing at the top of his lungs to “El Aguante” (To Tolerate), the shirtless fellow in a herd of human cattle at the pit holding a flag up representing his country and feeling on top of the world, the lady next to me dripping in sweat and almost jumping through the barrier when “Nadie Como Tu” (Nobody Like You) came on– I thought she was going to collapse, so did my ear drums– all these folks passionately identifying with a crusade to find yourself in a society oppressed by political power.
Rene emits an affluent energy to the crowd in which you don’t know if it’s coming from the delivery of his satire lyrics while rapping, or when he’s catching air mid-way through the song. The words spilling through his mouth resonate with such force, that you realize you’re listening to a poet rather than a rapper.
Eduardo graces the sideline, watching the show unravel, watching his music, his melodies take life on-stage. Instrument after instrument he switches, sometimes going through three instruments in one track alone. His arms like an octopus quickly interchanging from guitar, to melodica, to accordion, back to guitar. A beast at what he does, you can tell how much attention to precision and detail has gone into creating each song.
The tour might be ending, but the multi-Grammy award winning band, will be making an appearance in various international festivals during the month of July. If you’re looking for an eclectic musical fusion with some conscious lyrics dabbled in the mix be sure to check out Calle 13′s Multi Viral.
American author, poet, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has passed away early Wednesday, at the age of 86.
Angelou was known for countless inspiring words, most notable her autobiography “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, ” her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” which she read at President Bill Clinton’s 1993 inauguration ceremony. She inspired many by her strength and wisdom.
May the caged bird always sing, here are some of her most inspirational quotes.
1. “The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.”
2. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
3. “Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.”
4. “I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
5. “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”
6. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
7. “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”
8. “Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin – find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.”
9. “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back.”
10. “Talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity. We use it.”
by Chris Behroozian, aka @sonofnasser
This past weekend was spent on the Northern California coast in celebration of my twenty-third year of life. I’ve spent this past year in search of fulfillment after ending a college soccer career and seeing a world of opportunity open up to me. I began taking photos, and saw the city I live in light up, seeing beautiful places every weekend. I had lived in the Bay Area for two years, but it became brand new to me and I didn’t know what I had been doing the past two years.
My birthday was no different than any of these weekends, just another spot my friends and I had yet to explore. It was different, however, from my other birthdays in that I felt no need to do something special– I had new friends and new places to go, and although that feels normal it is relatively new to me and has been developing into a lifestyle for me in the past few months. The lifestyle is one of exploration, adventure and new friendships, which is more of a culture that Instagram has introduced to the lives of its users. A social community has been built around being creative and being outdoors, and it is fantastic. In this way Instagram is much more useful than people give it credit: It helps people connect, it gets us out into nature, gives a sense of purpose and maybe can help people find a career or life path. If anything, it is just fun and a good way to spend the weekend detaching from your week.
I’ve also spent the year doing a lot of thinking and I can say I’ve probably learned some things. My life has always been structured by school and athletics, I was very disciplined. One thing that has helped me lately is doing things purely because they sound fun or because I want to do them. This is how adventuring started, if I had one day off I would drive four hours to take some pictures and have to drive all the way back a few hours later; less thinking and more doing. That is not something that came naturally to me, but it caused me to stop wasting my time or putting things off because they weren’t practical. Another thing that I find important is creating a living space that cultivates your creativity. Surround yourself by things you love, and enjoy spending a day at home cooking your own meals. Have your room inspire you to write, to draw, to take photographs, or play music.
Not only surround yourself with things you love, surround yourself with people who love. I’ve met more people these past 6 months than I have in all my college years. Typically I am introverted and some what of a loner. I still do believe it is important to be content alone and I’ve spent some time working on that. Being alone is also essential to bring originality when creating by making sure your work is a result of yourself, but we also need others. I’ve learned most of what I know about photography by exploring with new friends and seeing the way they look at things. The people I have met through the common interest of photography have beautiful and adventurous souls and being around them brings positivity into my life.
I asked my followers on Instagram to submit some questions, and here are a few of my favorites:
What is your inspiration?
Nature was my first inspiration that got me into photography. Many of my friends continue to inspire me with their photos. My sister’s creativity inspires me.
What is your favorite place you’ve traveled?
The English countryside for its green rolling hills, cottage homes, and delicious pub food.
How long have you been a photographer?
My interest in photography dates back to high school. I started avidly taking photos six months ago and I got my first camera three months ago.
Since many people I meet first know me by my Instagram name (@sonofnasser) I loved this question. Nasser is my dad’s name, and yeah it is that simple.
What is your favorite thing to photograph?
Trees and the ocean are what I mostly seek out, but strive to photograph more daily life content.
Follow Chris on Instagram: @sonofnasser
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