A rundown of the best events in our fair city this week.
LOVE NAIL TREE 7TH EDITION CHRISTMAS WAREHOUSE SHOPPING EVENT WHEN: Thursday, December 19, 6pm-11pm & Friday, December 20, 10am-7pm WHERE: The Warehaas | 611 Gladys Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021 WHAT: We don’t always wear graphic tees–but when we do, we make sure they tell a story. Celebrate visual storytelling and clothing with a meaning by visiting Love Nail Tree’s 7th Edition shopping event tonight. Expect drinks, homemade desserts, Christmas music, and first grabs at Love Nail Tree’s collection. | more info
UPXUNDR X VIPER ROOM: ‘GRAVY’ POP-UP & PARTY WHEN: Friday, December 20 at 8:30pm WHERE: 8852 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069 WHAT: Purveyors of the ultimate casual-luxe tees and jerseys, UPXUNDR have been on our radar for a minute. This Friday they team up with the iconic Viper Room for a party soundtracked by up-and-coming beatsmiths and DJs: Esta, Kittens, Joe-Kay and Abeskees. Better yet, get 25% off all the UPXUNDR gear you can get your hands on. $10 pre-sale; $15 at the door. | more info
CULTS AT HOUSE OF BLUES, LA WHEN: Saturday, December 21 at 7:30pm WHERE: 8430 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069 WHAT: NYC-by-way-of-San Diego duo Cults are making their way home and bringing their sunny, synth-pop with them from the east coast back to where it belongs. Band members Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin’s whole surf-pop vibe brings about longings of summer, which they probably desperately need in New York this time of year, but while the two are home are the holidays, we could use our own dosage of summer, sun-kissed tuneage. | more info
LUCENT DOSSIER EXPERIENCE AT THE FONDA WHEN: Saturday, December 21 at 8pm WHERE: 6126 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028 WHAT: Acrobats, fire dancers, and snake charmers are just some of the many oddities you may find at a Lucent Dossier Experience show. You may have gotten a taste of this highly theatrical troupe at the Do Lab’s stage at Coachella, but this Saturday, head to the Fonda for the full experience, where steampunk meets electronica meets trapeze for a highly interactive and surreal performance. | more info
FLOSSTRADAMUS AT THE WILTERN WHEN: Saturday, December 21 at 8pm WHERE: 3790 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90010 WHAT: For the past eight years, Chi-town boys J2K and Autobot have made breaking new sounds to audiences all over the globe their prerogative and have become club-kings in the process. With their Major Lazer “Original Don” flip introducing them to the masses, the duo have a rep of tearing down every venue they step into: from warehouse to mainstage, the two have taken party-rocking to a whole different level that doesn’t involve any shuffling whatsoever. | more info
UGLY SWEATER RUN AT LA STATE HISTORIC PARK WHEN: Saturday, December 21, 11am WHERE: 1245 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 WHAT: Put your hideous christmas sweater to more than one use by rockin’ it at this Saturday’s Ugly Sweater Run. The LA State Historic Park hosts this 5k run dubbed “the ugliest 5k in the world.” Ditch the gatorade and grab a hot chocolate during the run, and at the end of the race, you’ll receive a choice of Sam Adam’s Winter Lager, Boston Lager, or Angry Orchard Hard Cider. Yum. | more info
LA COUNTY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION WHEN: Tuesday, December 24, 3-6pm WHERE: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion | 135 N Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 WHAT: True to tradition, the LA County Arts Commission presents its 54th annual holiday celebration, complete with over 800 performers presenting music and dance representative of the many cultures and neighborhoods in our fair city. Emmy-nominated performances and there’s free parking at the Music Center? The arts commission knows how to cater to their Angelenos. | more info
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Hope everyone has had a great pre-halloween weekend! But if you were at home, saving all of your energy for Thursday, and are still racking your brain as to what you should dress up as, we got you covered – and luckily, most can be done by a quick visit to your closet.
LANA DEL REY
Is Lana Del Rey still relevant? She had that song from The Great Gatsby that seemed to make its way on to every Facebook timeline at least once a week. You may think she is not an easy giveaway at a Halloween event, but you’re wrong. FIRST: All you need to do is accentuate her most talked about asset, those plumped lips! Let’s look at her Interview magazine cover, pictured above. They, geniusly, used a bumble bee to show off those puffy lips (HELLO, ICONIC!). Anyway, find yourself a fake bee from a craft store of some sort. Then, invest in lots of lip plumper. SECOND: Eyeliner. Put that winged liner on THICK – top and bottom. As for her hair, it is reminiscent of a ’60s school girl – lots of volume, right in the front. LASTLY: As far as clothing, be creative. Take any of Lana’s looks – look back at her H&M line, which consisted of lots of pink. Or, a romper with an old school vibe, Koshka has one in lemon. Extra points: Do some stiletto nails, a flower crown, and some heart-shaped glasses. Think lolita, but richer and chicer. If no one gets it, just start singing Video Games and swaying.
VIVIAN ABROMOWITZ (SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS)
Before I go on to describe the amazing look that is Vivian Abromowitz, you need to make sure you have watched Slums of Beverly Hills. If you have, watch it again – if you haven’t, you should be ashamed of yourself. It was filmed in the ’90s but takes place in 1976 – two recognizable eras as well as ones that have trends coming back, so you more than likely have one or more items for this costume in your closet. FIRST: Her iconic outfit is simple to recreate – if you are a lazy costume do-er, this is a good one. We know all of you have a pair of denim high-waisted cutoffs, pull em out. Then, you need to go bra shopping, but not to Victoria Secrets. Possibly shop in your grandmas drawer, or go to Macy’s or something of the sort. You will need a bra in white, with thick straps. Make sure it shows through what you will be shopping for next, a cropped halter top; extra points if you can find a red one. NEXT: Her socks are athletic knee socks – very American Apparel so they shouldn’t be hard to find. Then, go with any shoes you want – some type of 70s platform if you want height, or athletic shoes if you want comfort. LASTLY: If you are already at the thrift store looking for your cropped top, don’t forget the most important item – a blow dryer. If it isn’t yellow, grab some spray paint.
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR
Now for some male suggestions – but again we remind you all of these are unisex, ’cause we don’t believe in gender binaries. On that note, this character is easy to mimic, but it doesn’t mean it is any less fun. FIRST (and only): You have to think bold, bright, mismatched, and very ’90s to truly embody Will in his Fresh Prince days. You can do the outfit in the theme song, yellow and green striped shirt, blue shorts, a camera placed on your neck, and a bright colored hat (like the ones at Mokuyobi Threads). Extra points: make a cardboard cut out of the taxi he rolls up in. PS: You can also embrace his lack of rule following when it came to suit wearing. Remember when he wore the comberbun around his chest with the bright pattern shirt underneath, and a bow tie? DO IT. You more than likely have an old suit lying around, so you may just need to invest in a couple key pieces. Also, you will need a hat for that look as well.
ANDY WARHOL You may think this is overdone, but whatever – it is a costume for the lazy, AND cultured, duh. FIRST : You will just need all black, but preferably a black turtle neck. NEXT: You need a crazy, white/blonde wig and some dark sunglasses. LASTLY: This costumes most important aspect will be the Warhol you choose to embody throughout the night. Do a little neurotic with a side of genius, and people should get it. Carry around a camera or some paint if you feel inclined. Or, have someone on your hip dressed as Edie Sedgwick.
We like to stay relevant here, and who is more relevant than the Kimye duo? Fortunately, they have both been looking AMAZING post North West. So, if you want to feel chic on Halloween, test the waters with a monochromatic couples outfit. FIRST: Kanye’s style is very high-end, but actually really simple. He sticks to the basics, all black, all white, a little denim, and maybe baby blue. Our friends at UPXUNDR actually have a shirt inspired by the rapper, the Lord Tee. It is longer than your average and just needs to be paired with the same color pants – I would do a black tee, with some leather jogging pants – extra points: act angry about not being able to produce the leather jogging pant first – DAMN YOU FENDHI!! NEXT: As for Kim, her style has gotten exponentially better since she started dating Kanye – no more Herve Lager bandaid dresses, thank god. So, to match your beau, pick a color and go with it – also, show off those curves (or add some if you need to – Halloween allows for exaggeration, so do what you must). Choose some skin tight leather, downplay an all white peplum, you can almost wear whatever. As for hair, go long and straight, or a tight, high ponytail. Then, throw on some big sunglasses cause as Kim you are always hiding from the paps. LASTLY: As this couple your best accessory will be an adorable baby girl, but if you cannot get your hands on one, carry around a huge compass pointing NorthWest. People should get it.
Soulection — if that name doesn’t ring a bell, maybe it’s about time to come out from whatever rock you’re hiding under. The label slash collective has been gaining steady progress since their inception in 2011 under founders Joe Kay and Andre Power, who have stacked the label roster higher than we can stack the empty Red Bull cans in our office. We caught up with one-half of the big dream duo, Andre Power, to talk about being the new kids on the block, why we both dig singers and worldwide takeover.
LA CANVAS: You guys started Soulection in 2011 and it just seems like everything surged upward: your popularity, fans’ reception of the music coming from the crew, it all just seemed to escalate in a short amount of time. Can you elaborate on what that’s been like?
We started with an idea, and that idea actually kind of switched once we got things going. We got the first compilation two years ago that drew in a lot of supporters and fans for us, and from then we had a lot of friends that wanted to help us out. I don’t know, everything just seemed to flow together a lot better and faster than we expected it to. I mean, there was no real plan in the beginning but everything that has happened in the last two years has definitely been a blessing. Me and Joe coordinate a lot on ideas and thoughts and we get a lot of help from the team when it comes to proper ways to market, proper ways to promote ourselves and things like that. Every aspect that we’re doing we try to not put a whole bunch of pressure to become somebody else, but just to keep doing what we do and let it flow.
LAC: Have there been any challenges or setbacks along the way?
Probably one of the biggest challenges is the communication between artists – especially because we work with a lot of artists overseas. There is so much coordination that has to go into maintaining those types of relationships because you have to factor in things like time zones and language barriers. I mean, it’s been tough, but this whole thing has been a huge learning experience for all of us.
LAC: At what point did you guys start bringing on the rest of the crew – Sango, IAMNOBODI, Esta – did things just start to fall into place?
Yeah, me and Joe were diggin’ all these crazy beats styles we found on SoundCloud, MixCloud, different blogs and stuff like that. I know we heard of Sango a long time ago, like in the very beginning — it’s funny because a lot of us became friends before we started talking about the business side of things, we were more mainly focused on the music side. So Joe and Sango were talking every day, me and Esta talked like once a week – IAMNOBODI was just making amazing music so we brought him on. We’re kind of really organic in that sense because we find a sound that fits – The Sound of Tomorrow – and we kind of just flow with it. We check out the artist, their past and current work, and see if they have what it takes to help us make what we’re vibin’ for in the future. We just have that keen air for what’s dope.
LAC: Yeah, we definitely feel that. We follow you guys on Facebook and you’re always posting dope tracks, whether its someone from Soulection or someone else’s.
Yeah, and that’s part of it too, we’re not selfish about if there’s another label out there that’s also making amazing music. We’re not going to tell you to not listen to them and to only listen to us. And the end of it all, it’s about sharing good music and keeping what we’re doing alive. Because there’s a lot of people who don’t like to look back once they get to a certain level; we don’t ever forget about the music, at all.
LAC: Being out in LA, with other crews like HW&W (Recordings) and Team Supreme, is there some kind of… friendly competition of sorts between you guys? I know you’re all homies, but…
As far as competition goes, there isn’t really any (heavy competition) but it’s like a sport. We’re all teammates at the end of the day; we’re all there for the same reason, we can all learn from each other, we can sit down and share ideas, have conversations, share goals and focus on that. But I guess you can say that there is a different kind of friendly competition, nothing too deep like East Coast and West Coast. It’s all love.
LAC: That party on Saturday, though…
I cannot wait for that. I’m performing and doing all the visuals, so all the live projections for the show. So I’ve been working that all week, making sure all the performances flow together; it’s a nice little challenge to have. Just sucks that I hurt my leg this week.
LAC: Yeah, man, what happened?
We were at Kaytranada‘s show at the Pagoda (in San Jose) last week and we were all on the stage partying hard, and I took a step back and missed the stage and sprained my ankle.
LAC: Red Bull Music Academy did a piece on you guys, basically placing you at forefront of LA’s beat scene. What place do you guys think you hold in it? Coming from Low End Theory and that entire beat scene, being named the new kids on the block, that must mean something.
It totally means something. That’s the best way to put it – we look at a lot of movements as being generational things. So we look at ourselves as part of the next generation that’s part of what Brainfeeder has done, what Stones Throw have done – because they’ve paved the way for us, because if it wasn’t for them there may not be a Soulection. We’re here to be the present day of what they have created for us and for LA and the music scene. At the same time, we’re definitely there to help the cats that are coming up behind us, because we know there are guys ready to take our spot already, you know? We just want to keep growing and do what we do and push people to follow what we’re doing.
LAC: I mean, I definitely see that you guys believe that moniker you live behind, “They sleep, we grind.” Via social media, it looks like you guys are constantly working at 3am.
That was so present up in San Francisco. Literally, we were like, drink, party, kick it, work at like 2am, watch (Mr.) Carmack and Ab-Jo work on a beat, take a quick 20-30 minute nap, then back at it. It was rare to have us all together so we were all on that good creative high so when you’re in a zone, you gotta run with it.
LAC: I heard you guys finally found a singer?
I mean, we’re always looking, it’s not like once we find someone, that’s it. We’ve been talking to a few people. But it’s just like with our producers, we’re constantly searching and growing trying to find people that are down to rock with us. One really good reason we were looking for a singer is that a lot of our producers like to sample, do remixes, flip beats and when you do that, a lot of copyright laws come into play and it got to a point where we just don’t want to have to deal with that, you know? Somebody takes a Rihanna song and flips it and blows up, they can’t really go that far from that song. But if we had someone to lay down original vocals, then that shit can be infinite. That was one of the main reasons, but we also want to cover all ground as far as future soul, future beats. We don’t want to just be instrumental or hip-hop. We want to try to reach every aspect of our sound and the future of it.
LAC: So what is 2014 looking like for you guys?
My god… (laughs) For me personally the biggest thing is European tours and touring the entire world really. That’s something we’ve been talking about for the past two years and something that we all want to do. It’s definitely a dream for me because I feel that once we do that our following will definitely probably double. It’s one thing to be on the Internet, but once you make that physical presence and start doing these shows in Europe, Asia, and Australia, that these people start showing that much more love to you. Off the top, 2014 is going to be the worldwide move for us.
Catch Andre, Joe Kay and Esta, along with their HW&W (So Super Sam, Bahwee, Astronautica) and Team Supreme (Lil Texas, Penthouse Penthouse) homies and hella more at the 4th Annual Asylum Halloween Party this Saturday. In conjunction with Assemblyline Collective, UPxUNDR, Swisher Society, Rif and yours truly, this is one for the books. Don’t miss it. Tickets available online only.
UPXUNDR pretty much gets it: Streetwear is the new menswear. This LA-based brand started creating menswear and streetwear synergy just a few months ago, and already have a medley of perfectly-executed button-up baseball jerseys made from atypical materials. Also part of their collection is the sought-after Lord Tee with its perfectly baby-soft feel and classic fit. With smart menswear pieces like these, the movement is experiencing something of a renaissance, and those smart enough to stay TRU to their niche market will prevail.
UPXUNDR owners Jon, Jovin and Jun are producing the clothes they want to wear as adults, while still paying homage to those years growing up in the $treetwear $truggle. UPXUNDR‘s authenticity and gimmick-free designs are what men want to wear right now– and the ladies have taken notice, too. The brand responded accordingly and hopes to soon make extra smalls available to a more dainty clientele. For this week’s VENUS//MARS online feature, our in-house stylists here at LA CANVAS demonstrate the female//male potential of the perfectly crisp white poplin baseball jersey from their latest collection (available online next week).
As per usual, we take our featured garments to the mean streets of Los Angeles to exist in their natural state.
If this is what UPXUNDR looks like on the grind, well, we can’t wait to see what’s next.
Can’t wait till next week? To pre-order the white poplin baseball jersey right now, contact: [email protected]
FEMALE MODEL: Madison Williams @ LA Models
MALE MODEL: Joel Alexander @ Next
ART DIRECTOR: Lauren McQuade
STYLING: Aaron Ramey, Lauren McQuade
MAKEUP ARTIST: Michelle Sosnowski
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Mark Wales, Ron Pre
The first ever BAY STREET BAZAAR was all kinds of fun this past Saturday, mostly because it gave us an excuse to hang out with all of our best pals and (not) share a Jarritos ice cream float. Our friends at Koshka co-hosted the downtown shopping party and had a pretty bangin’ set-up stacked with über-cute pieces from recent collections, but we’re not here to play favorites.
The dudes at UPXUNDR were killing it with their take on modern street wear, along with Undefeated, Stussy, GPPR and Us Versus Them. The shopping experience was rounded out with hats from Goorin Bros., who have been providing people with high-quality headwear since 1895.
Outside, The Flower Truck brought color to the already vibrant refreshment lounge where Jarritos was slinging soda floats to the sweet-deprived. Satisfied shoppers hung out and watched live art by Paige Smith along with other installations by local artists Gregory Siff and Tyler Spangler.
PBR helped populate the beer garden and made sure the beer pong games never ran dry. All of this while DUBLAB.com‘s DJs spun just the right vibe to focus our attention on the task at hand: SHOPPING.
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