Headlined by Snoop Dogg backed by the legendary Roots themselves, the seventh annual Roots Picnic brought artists from across all genres to Philadelphia. Chill Moody, Rudimental, A$AP Ferg, Jhené Aiko and Janelle Monae performed.
Interview conducted after Signal Hill’s show on Thursday, April 25, 2013 after their show at the North Star Bar, Philadelphia PA.
Tell me how you wrote ‘Corners’. Walk me through that again.
Dave Masters: So, Corners was initially going to be a 45 second interlude. It’s really actually pretty funny, Rishi and I wrote it one day and sent it over to Tim and Brian. Tim actually made the comment and said, ‘dude, I could listen to that riff over and over again for hours.’ And so, when they came out to finish working on the record, Brian was out getting a tattoo and we played through a couple songs, and we were like ‘let’s play riff for Tim and get him excited,’ and then some inspiration was drawn after everyone was in the room and we ended up making a 7 minute song out of what was going to be a 40-second interlude.
Tim Cooper: Which song?
TC: Oh yeah, that’s right.
DM: Brian was like, ‘Oh, I’m going to get a tattoo.’ Like…
TC: Like, ‘yo you’re in town for like a day and we have practice and you’re going to get a tattoo?’
The 35th annual Human BBQ at Pi Lam in West Philadelphia was held on Saturday, April 6, 2013.
The lineup of bands ran from noon till midnight and featured the acts Cold Fronts, Norwegian Arms, DRGN King, Delicate Steve, Plates of Cake, Laser Background, Total Slacker and Banned books.
This is my Friday, March 15th from 12pm to 8pm when I arrive at SXSW in Austin, TX.
Here’s a list of my tentative schedule:
Friday, March 15, 2013
noon—Cold Fronts @ Maggie Mae’s
noon—Norwegian Arms @ J Black’s
noon—Toro Y Moi @ House of Vans
12:15—Bleeding Rainbow @ The Hype Hotel
1:00—June Divided @ Chugging Monkey
2:00—DRGN KING @ SXSW Waterloo
2:00—Vacationer @ Clive Bar
3:00—Cheers Elephant @ Wardenclyffe Gallery
4:00—Bleeding Rainbow @ Bar 96
5:00—DRGN KING @ West 6th Street Block Party
5:00—Vampire Weekend @ Radio Day State Austin Convention Center
6:00—Heartless Bastards @ Patagonia Austin
7:00—Bleeding Rainbow @ The Grackle
8:00—The Flaming Lips @ Auditorium Shores Stage (Lady Bird Lake)
8:00—Green Day @ ACL Live
8:20—TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb @ The Aquarium
9:00—Grandchildren @ Meduse Lounge
10:10—Weyes Blood @ The Hideout
10:15—Dawes @ Mohawk Outside
10:15—Riff Raff @ Haven
10:30—METZ @ Bar 96
10:40—Thee Oh Sees @ Hotel Vegas Patio
10:50—Hunters @ Scoot Inn (Theresa recommended)
11:00—Cold War Kids @ Stubb’s
11:00—Andrew WK @ Clive Bar
11:00—Pusha T @ Austin Music Hall
11:15—Murder by Death @ 1100 Warehouse
11:35—Bun B @ Austin Music Hall
11:50—Mystikal @ The Main
12:00—Chiodos @ Dirty Dog Bar
12:00—Talib Kweli @ The Pandora Porch
12:00—Wolfgang Gartner @ Speakeasy Kaberet (until 1:50)
12:00—Fitz and the Tantrums @ Lustre Pearl
12:15—Ghostface Killah @ Viceland
12:30—Wavves @ Bar 96
12:30—Flosstradamus @ Republic Live
12:40—Kendrick Lamar @ Austin Music Hall
1:00—Talib Kweli @ Empire Control Room
1:00—Toro Y Moi @ The North Door
1:45—Dirty South Joe @ Haven
Saturday March 16, 2013
10:30—Dawes @ W Hotel Austin
11:00—Vacationer @ Hype Hotel
12:00—Norwegian Arms @ J. Black’s
12:00—Waxahatchee @ The Liberty
12:20—Eshon Burguny @ Carver Music Boyd Vance Theatre
12:45—Foxyjen @ Corner of 6th and Red River
3:45—Jukebox the Ghost @ Uncorked Wine Bar
5:00—TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb @ J. Black’s
5:00—Surfer Blood @ Cedar Street
6:00—Thee Oh Sees @ Clive Bar
9:45—Trinidad James @ VICELAND
12:30—Kendrick Lamar @ VICELAND
1:00—DRGN KING @ Shakespeare’s Pub
My goal is to cover the Philadelphia music scene at the largest music showcase in the world. I wouldn’t plan a vacation any other way.
EDIT: AUGUST 17, 2012
The messages I’ve received have asked me to make clear that the people fighting in these images were not affiliated with Occupy LA, nor did the group wish for them to be there. As a journalist I covered Occupy Philly from the first days at Dilworth Plaza until the night they were evicted. I lived among them and talked to many of the people on a personal basis. Many of these stories and more can be seen at Occupy215.net. For Occupy LA, I merely wanted to see in what shape the group was still in, and within these images is what I found.
The large African American man was loud and boisterous from the moment I arrived and was presumably in the same mood before then. He was amped up beyond the point of control. I had no way of knowing if he was a part of the group or not. The small Hispanic fellow finally approached and said “why don’t you just shut the fuck up, man?” and then slapped him in the face. The big fellow came at him with a huge right haymaker, and then a strong left, but the swift little man ducked under both. All available bodies jumped on top of the large man, while the smaller one got free and started punching him in the back of the head.
Around this time those who wished to meet and actually have a discussion gathered the people and swiftly made their way away from the park without the company of the two fighters. In the last image, the group in full can be seen outside the Los Angeles Community Action Network Headquarters, which advertise on its website campaigns of: civil and human rights, share the wealth, women’s issues, anti-violence, food access, community events and civic participations. If the group continued on a march from there, I do not know. The police on bikes had not followed, but at the entrance to the parking garage from which I had taken the shot was an undercover police officer keeping a close eye on them.
I realize I’m perpetuating the negative stigma of the movement by showing only these photos and nothing more. But, as I said, I had seen online that they were planning a march and this is what I arrived to. For me, it was just the same old shit I had seen when the movement in Philadelphia had begun to collapse. I didn’t come to this rally for financial gain, I just want to be there and see for myself. But, when I being to feel uncomfortable in an unnecessary situation, there’s no reason for me to stay. This may be shitty journalism, but this “democracy” that Occupy exemplifies is no better.
More pictures after the jump.