How cool is this? I’m pretty excited. “The Infectious Ephemera of Germs” was my first story for KCET Artbound. Thanks to everyone who voted.
I wrote another one since then. “Reinventing the Wheel with Efren Delgadillo, Jr.” went live last week. It’s about the artist behind the massive wheel at the center of a recent production of Prometheus Bound.
Here are two more stories you might have missed.
“The Purge Producer Jason Blum Explains How He Turned the Film Into a Haunted House”
Blumhouse of Horrors is bringing another scary adventure to Los Angeles this Halloween season. For last week’s installment of my L.A. Weekly column, “Cult Stars,” I went behind the scenes of The Purge: Fear the Night.
“Pete Tong Is a Very Big Deal in EDM, and Now He’s in L.A.”
Pete Tong just set up his homebase in L.A. I got to talk to him about the move, as well as his thoughts on the U.S. dance music scene, for L.A. Weekly.
I didn’t go inside Underground until the party was over last night. I wasn’t DJing, so I powered through three interview transcriptions and showed up shortly after 1 a.m. I stood outside, stack of flyers in my hand and waited for people to leave.
“Come back tomorrow night,” I would say while handing them a piece of paper marked with the details for Shadowplay. That’s our party that’s happening tonight.
Flyering at Underground isn’t a big deal. It’s the same promotion and DJ team, and some of the same crowd, so people are receptive to promos. That doesn’t mean they’ll show up tonight. It just means that they didn’t shoot me a glare and throw the flyers on the ground.
We still print up and pass out paper flyers. That sounds quaint, but it helps. Most of the people who take the flyer will never stop by the party, but you can say the same thing about Facebook invites. The benefit of IRL promotion is that you can actually gauge a reaction better than you can with a like on a status update. Anecdotally, I can tell you that when someone takes the flyer and expresses interest in the event, there’s a good chance you’ll see the person at the party.
I’m a co-promoter and resident DJ at Shadowplay, which is a goth party that happens every fourth Saturday of the month at the Grand Star in Chinatown. It’s a really fun time, if I do say so myself. We’ve only been around for a few months, but we’ve managed to somehow get a cool group of regulars and new people coming in for every party.
“Tribute to Magu” by Germs. (Photo: Liz Ohanesian)
Last week, my first story for KCET Artbound hit the web. It’s called “The Infectious Ephemera of Germs.” In it, I interview L.A.-based artist Germs about his stunning work and the impact Los Angeles has had on that work.
Right now, the story is up for your vote. If it does well in the voting round, KCET Artbound will make a video documentary based on the story. I think that’s pretty cool. Hopefully, you do too. If you do think that this is a smashing idea, then you need to cast a vote.
“Vote Head-to-Head: The Artwork of Germs vs. Previewing the Broad Contemporary Art Museum“
I think I still have this Ride album on cassette too.
Every Friday night, Underground goes down at the Grand Star in Chinatown. I’m a rotating resident there, meaning that I play every few weeks. It’s a really fun party with a nice mix of music and crowd. This past Friday, I got to do play the warm up set, which I love because I can play stuff that probably won’t do really well in the middle of the night. I got to play later on as well, with middle-of-the-night and closing set to follow. Check out the set lists.
Setting up for Germs’ show at Vincent Price Art Museum (Photo: Liz Ohanesian)
I just started writing for KCET Artbound. For my first story, I headed down to the Vincent Price Art Museum to chat with L.A.-based artist Germs as he set up for his recent show. You can read the results of the interview in, “The Infectious Ephemera of Germs.”
My records from last night.
Last night, I headed down to Club Berlin, a fun indie and ’80s dance party at Alpine Village, with a crate full of vinyl. I played two sets.
Want to hit the dance floor? I’ll be playing vinyl tonight and tomorrow at two different clubs in the L.A. area.
There’s a webseries called Dick Figures. I’ve been covering them since 2012. Recently, the team behind the incredibly popular series was able to crowdfund and produce a Dick FIgures movie. I wrote about it for L.A. Weekly and it made the print edition, which is still really exciting. Maybe there’s something to be said for following a story for a good year-and-a-half. I’m not sure if you can still find this issue out on the streets, but you can read it online.