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Through My Lens

Finally getting around to sharing some photo collections that I’d been meaning to go through for quite some time. Spent most of the past year sans camera since mine had an irreparable spot on the lens, but my wife’s Canon S90 was great to put in my pocket and snap the majority of the collections below. Glad to finally have a camera again, now it’s time to do some long-overdue shooting.

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Lack of multiple batteries on the S90 caused my day to be cut short while at the procession for the Jui Tui Shrine during the Phuket Vegetarian Festival in October 2012. Included are shots of the spirit mediums (mah song) getting pierced inside the Jui Tui Shrine, some of the procession itself, and, unfortunately, just a few of my favorite part, the ‘eiw geng’ procession at the finale. For more comprehensive sets of the Vegetarian Festival, check The Goldbrick Gallery.

 

Random collection of photos taken over the course of the past year. Among the snapshots, you’ll see scenery that I’ve taken in countless times while riding the ferry and bus from Koh Samui to Phang Nga; Loy Krathong Day; Christmas; holidays at Banyan Tree; market and shops in Thai Muang, Phang Nga; local life and scenery in Surat Thani, Krabi, Phuket and Phang Nga; and chillin’ around the house in Don Sai, Phang Nga and here at home in Lamai, Koh Samui, Surat Thani.

Rock Bar – Koh Samui

Here’s a video showcasing my friends’ bar here on Koh Samui down the street from my house in Lamai. Tucked away in a tiny cove nearby Hinta Hinyai, it’s the perfect place to chill out and relax. Definitely check it out if you visit the island sometime. If you’re lucky, they’ll have live music on the beach/rocks to set the vibe just right.

On this evening back in February, they hosted some of my favorites in the Thai Ska and Reggae scene; Tai Sawan, Som Rom Band and Job2Do. Didn’t know it at the time, but yours truly got caught on film at the 4.35 mark. Enjoy!

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Inna Ruminations Stylee

Inna Ruminations Stylee has been a long time comin’ since the last one (9 months to be exact and 8 months before that one). Minimal time gets spent on the Web clicking away reading/watching/listening to this, that and the other; however, here are a variety of things I bookmarked on random occasions since mid-2012.

Dust & Grooves = Awesome! The brainchild of Brooklyn-based Eilon Paz, the site is a photography and interview project documenting vinyl collectors in their most natural and intimate environment: the record room.

Looking forward to the book coming out at the end of the summer and hoping I’ll be able to get my hands on it. Check the site if you never have and make a contribution to their book project if you’d like via Kickstarter!

Eilon Paz, from Dust & Grooves (above), was recently featured in PBS’ Off Book (an excellent series) episode titled “We Love Retro Media: Vinyl, VHS, Tapes & Film“. Good stuff!

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Landfill Harmonic is a heartfelt & moving story of how instruments made from recycled trash bring hope to children whose future is otherwise spiritless. Wonderful!

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Watched Wattstax recently. Here’s The Crown Prince of Dance, Rufus Thomas, killin’ it back in ’72. Looks like a helluva party!

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Wattstax

Check out the “Rap Quotes” street art project by Jay Shells. Brilliant!

Signs

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Volker Schaner spent 13 years to create Vision of Paradise. It’s billed as “the unique, poetic, humorous and “prophetic” adventure with the legendary Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, the one movie that explains it all…” Highly anticipating this one!

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“Straight from the Horse’s Mouth” is a series of shorts featured on Groundation’s website from Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace, legendary Jamaican drummer and also member of Rockamovya along with the Groundation crew and others. Excellent content!

Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace presents Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

Straight from the Horse's Mouth

Speaking of Groundation, I had their live version of “We Free Again” on loop for weeks earlier this year. The percussion laid down is wickedly on point. Powerful!

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Listening to the massive sounds of “Give Thanks and Praise” by Yabby U & The Prophets while writing this post. Nice it up!

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Give Thanks and Praise

Never knew that Ernest Ranglin, Monty Alexander, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare joined together for the Jamaican Legends concerts in various spots held throughout last year. Thrilled to see these masters of their instruments together and to serve up some classics. Below are “Surfin’” and “Ram Jam” from Blue Note, Tokyo. Click here to see a full concert at the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland which features Tyrone Downie on the keys. Niceness!

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Al Newman aka Al Fingers, who assembled the Greensleeves: First 100 Covers book a few years back, has delivered another book, Clarks in Jamaica, which focuses on the popularity of Clarks shoes in Jamaica. Looks interesting! Great to see this 2011 photograph of one of my deejay heroes, Jah Stitch. No Dread Can Dead!

Jah Stitch - Clarks

Wanted to show my love and respect to Ossie Hibbert who moved on to a higher place in July 2012. The legendary keyboardist, pianist, arranger, composer and engineer played on countless tunes while with the following groups: The Aggrovators, Joe Gibbs and the Professionals, The Revolutionaries and Soul Syndicate. The cream of the crop in Jamaican music.

Take a listen to one of my favorites attributed directly to him as Ossie Hibbert & The Revolutionaries. The thunderous “War of the Stars” which is a dub version of Gregory Isaacs “Mr. Know It All”. Jah bless!

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Been wanting to check out Last Shop Standing for a while now, but can’t seem to hunt it down. Send it my way if you have it!

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Last Shop Standing

The Lions dropped another platter recently and I couldn’t have been more thrilled to toss it on the turntable. Jungle Struttin’, recorded in an impromptu session over a few days mind you, was choice from start to finish and has been a favorite for years. This Generation follows suit with more boss vibrations and the notable difference being the inclusion of more vocal cuts. Favorite tracks that I keep dropping the needle on are “Revelations” and “Let’s Go Out Tonight”. Strictly boss sounds in my book!

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The Lions - This Generation

Darryl Reeves, saxophonist and fellow ATLien, delivered The Dillaquarium Mixtape back in February to honor the late J Dilla. Stream it here or download it here.

Darryl Reeves - Dillaquarium

Say what? New Lord Quas vibes droppin’ soon via the Yessir Whatever LP which showcases some tunes that were released on rare and out-of-print vinyl as well as others that were previously unreleased and have been mixed and mastered for the first time. Yessir!

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Haven’t followed the NBA season in the least bit this year. No TV. Limited highlights. However, DeAndre Jordan’s monstrous jam didn’t slip past my radar. Nasty!

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Always been a huge fan of of non-verbal films and time-lapse cinema. LovetheFrame delivers a stunning time-lapse short titled Desolation.

That’s about all I got for now. Hope all is well wherever you are! Guidance and blessings from Lamai, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand.

Lamai, Koh Samui, Surat Thani

The GoLdBricK Gallery

Finally processed and organized my collection of super-wide and panoramic shots, and selected some of my favorites to share over at the GoLdBricK Gallery! Enjoy a few below or click the link to view the entire album.

Wide Angles Collection – The GoLdBricK Gallery

Inna Ruminations Stylee

It’s been a helluva long time since I dropped a ruminations post. Eight months to be exact. Spent the latter part of last year at home in the U.S. and have been busy since my return with this, that and the other. However, the following things have crossed my path in past months. Some are more recent, some aren’t.

Antibalas are set to release their latest effort via Daptone on 7th August. If simply reading that wasn’t enough to give you goosebumps, then take a listen to edited-versions of “Sare Kon Kon” (Killer!) followed by “Dirty Money”. With an extended hiatus since Security, the crew shows they are clearly still in fine form.

This Is My Home is a short documentary on Manhattan resident Anthony Pisano. It highlights the treasures found in his apartment and his sincere warmth as a person. Just wonderful. Watched this one a while back, yet it hasn’t lost its charm in the least bit. Check it if you’ve never seen it!

Andrew Jervis, store clerk of the legendary Groove Merchant record store in San Francisco and A&R representative of Ubiquity Records, recently started up a new site titled The Sport of Selection. Head on over there for the Friday Night Session and other audio adventures. While grabbing the link, I just watched the Kutiman video below. Dope!

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Did a double take when I saw the Wonderwheel Catalog Mix compiled by DJ Nu-Mark. One of my favorite DJs diggin through the crates of a label run by another one of my favorite DJs, Nickodemus. More please!

Counting the days til the new Lions records drops on Stones Throw. Check the preview track, “This Generation (Dub)”, and I’d kill to get my hands on the five-song sampler disc that dropped via Drip.fm. Someone send it if you got it! Vibe on the live sounds below. Niceness!

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Came across Caprice87′s YouTube channel somehow and was left speechless at what I found. Goldmine of dance videos from the late eighties to early nineties. Need something to make your day? How ’bout this gem featuring a line dance to Adonis’ “No Way Back”…Neck-snapping dude at 1:28 had me rollin’!…or the gem below featuring Captain Rapp’s “Bad Times”. Mindblowing!

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Take a look back into Yo! MTV Raps and the impact it had on culture and music around the world. Almost instantly when I see a reference to this show, “The 900 Number” by 45 King starts playing in my head. Classic moments throughout this video.

Gotta dish out some news from the hardwood. Didn’t follow the action from the Association in the least bit this year. The shortened schedule kicked off the day I left from the States to return to the Land of Smiles and I never checked any highlights online as the season progressed. Revisited the best moments as the playoffs got underway. Gerald Green’s windmill dunk and Blake Griffin’s superhuman jam were some of the nastiest I’ve seen. Insane!

NBA Slam Dunk Contest was totally lame this year. Weak participants doing weak as hell dunks. Here’s the “low”lights. Guess Jeremy Evans’ two-ball dunk was pretty dope, but that’s about it. Boo!

Congrats to Bron Bron for finally getting his ring. Certainly was rooting for the Heat to lose, but they deserved to take home the Larry O’Brien trophy. Still hate the way Miami’s ‘Big Three’ came together and the whole ‘Decision‘ thing, but King James is definitely one of the greatest hoops players ever and I’m glad he got his due. Gotta love the video below.

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Check out NBA TV’s The Dream Team documentary of the 1992 USA men’s Olympic basketball team. Legendary hoops heroes who changed basketball on a global level. Fantastic memories of being a 12-year old and watching their incredible level of play, then trying to emulate it in my driveway. Great to relive the awesome moments and to hear the commentary on the squad’s experience.

The Dream TeamPart 1, Part 2, Part 3

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Moving away from the hardwood to the blacktop, Doin’ It in the Park delivers a look into the culture that is streetball in New York City as Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau take us on a journey to courts around the city. Another one I can’t wait to see!

Well, moving on to other non-hoops related ish…

Listening to U Black’s “Jammys A Do It”, a version to The Travellers “Poor Man Cry” platter while compiling this. Studio real hot girl as I would say! Murderous style!

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Tall Black Guy crushes 12 vibes on his Tempo Dreams: Volume 1 session. Check the samples below. Pick up the full length here. Smooth sounds throughout.

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Following Texas Thunder Soul (still waiting to see it!) comes another music documentary that is essential viewing. The story of Charles Bradley as told in Soul of America looks completely captivating!

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Paris DJs has always had you covered on the audio front. Now, in conjunction with Fred Feuillet, of Full Power Prod, and interviewer Nicolas Ragonneau, they are serving up some stellar footage of musical happenings in Paris including recent performances by Céu, The Black Seeds and Neal Sugarman (below). Keep checking back for more. Also, be sure to check out the other stellar videos (Charles Bradley, Quantic, Belleruche, TM Juke & Jack Baker Trio) from Full Power Prod here.

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Never thought I’d see the day when these two things happened. 1. The Avett Brothers featuring Dirk Nowitzski on tambourine during “I Killed Sally’s Lover”. 2. Matisyahu lookin’ hella different. Say what???

Hi-ho! Ron Burgundy and gang are back for another Anchorman flick and here’s not one, but two teaser trailers. That is good news!

Watched these films, and a few others, while on a long-distance (very long-distance) flight from the U.S. to Japan. One made me laugh, two made me pissed off. Recommended.

Clever idea for this Trojan Records elbow tat. Reggae Got Soul! Nice one!

Big Youth recently stepped foot into Bakery Studio to voice a couple of Breadwinners riddims. Check the vibes on “By the Sweat of Your Brow” and “Joy” which are presented here unmixed and direct from the mic. The last cut is Al Breadwinner serving up a live dub mix. Riddim forward!

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Tim Armstrong, from Rancid, recently stepped foot into Guitar Center’s Hollywood store to serve up three special tunes on his acoustic six-string. We were treated to “East Bay Night” off Let the Dominoes Fall, a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Big River” and a folk-version of “It’s Quite Alright” off Rancid V. These have been in heavy rotation for months.

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B+ gives us a look into the Ondatrópica project from Mario Galeano and Will ‘Quantic’ Holland which is due out via Soundway on 16th July. They assembled an all-star cast of Colombian musicians at the legendary Discos Fuentes studio in January of this year with a focus on reinterpreting the tropical musical heritage of Colombia with new approaches in composition, arrangement and production in a classic and mythical setting. Gives me the chills!

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Jaw-dropping cinematography in Tom Lowe’s TimeScapes which came out recently and can be purchased here. It’s the first 4D film to ever be sold to the public. Completely in awe over the visuals in the two trailers below. Simply astounding!

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‘Til the next ruminations session…Jah Bless! Guidance!

Exploring Koh Samui

Sights seen on afternoon spent driving through the hills behind my house over the mountains to Mae Nam, on to Plai Laem, Laem Samrong and Choeng Mon in the northeastern area of Koh Samui, returning south past Koh Matlang and Chaweng back to Coral Cove before hitting home in Lamai.

Inna Ruminations Stylee

Just as in the last posting, way back in April, flooding continues to remain an issue for Thailand. While it was in the southern area earlier this year, it is presently the central region that is in a crisis state and the water is now moving into Bangkok with the situation worsening by the day.

While in Bangkok last week, I had hoped to go up to Ayutthaya, an ancient city in Thailand, and the former capital of the kingdom, that is littered with places that I could spend hour upon hour checking out. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen as the area has been totally evacuated and flood waters have inundated the entire city center and beyond. On the day I was going to set forth, the front page of the Bangkok Post featured this stunning shot.

Ayutthaya Flood

Visit the Bangkok Post for the latest news updates and information on how you can contribute to relief efforts.

Check out the events of Thai politics via this excellent timeline (2001-2010) created by Wit Pimkanchanapong. It starts with the election of Thaksin Shinawatra as Prime Minister back in 2001 and ends just one week before the assassination of Maj. Gen. Khattiya Sawasdipol, commonly known as Seh Daeng, which would lead to the end of three-month-long Red Shirt protest in Bangkok. Campaigns would follow and, in the beginning of July, Thailand elected their first female Prime Minister, Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of the former Prime Minister who was ousted nearly five years earlier through a military coup. Clearly things have come full circle around here. Is that a good thing?

Thai Political Timeline

In my experience, I have met far too many Thais who possess very little knowledge of geography and historical events around the world. I can even go further to say that many don’t know the same subject matter in regards to their own country. Rather amazing, yet sad, to be honest. The Thai school system fails miserably in these areas. Case and point is the choice of costume at a school parade by students in Chiang Mai, the second largest city in Thailand. Teenagers dressed as Nazi soldiers! Click the link and shake your head in disbelief that this happened in 2011.

Nazi schoolgirls in Thailand

The video below was taken while riding on the canal boats of San Seab in Bangkok. A journey which consisted of being thrilled by the fast pace of the boats, the craziness of watching the workers traverse the narrow ledge of the boat, the disgust of the stench of sewage that was present throughout, the unfortunate surprise of being drenched in said sewage from an unexpected wave, the amazement of seeing a local guy fishing in the waters (can’t imagine eating anything out of those waters!) and, I shit you not, the shock of seeing a dead body of a person who hung himself on an overpass! Fucking for real! If you are looking for an adventure in Bangkok, it’s guaranteed to be just around every corner. Just spend 15 baht and ride these canal boats and you’ll never forget it. Holy shit!

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Here’s the shitty picture I got. Had just put my camera up after getting drenched and couldn’t get it out in time. Probably better I didn’t get a close up. All the onlookers are on the far left side with the coppers on the bridge.

San Saeb Canal, Bangkok

On the shitty pictures of amazing moments tip, here’s another one. This time it was a more pleasant siting in the water. It was the beautiful Indo-Pacific pink humpback dolphins that live off the waters of Khanom, Nakhon Sri Thammarat and Don Sak, Surat Thani. My jaw dropped when I was hanging over the railing of the ferry as we left the port and the pink dolphin jumped out of the water right next to me. Fumbled from my camera and wasn’t able to fire off in time for what might have been an incredible shot. Totally awesome moment!

Khanom, Nakhon Sri Thammarat and Don Sak, Surat Thani

Watched this a helluva long time ago, but just now posting it. It’s the trailer to the upcoming documentary, Take Me Away Fast, which follows Frank Gossner, of Voodoo Funk, as he journeys around West Africa in search of records. Can’t wait to see the full length feature of this one!

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Column Five Media presents “The Value of Data Visualization” for a look into the intersection of data and design. Peep it.

The Value of Data Visualization

Greenpeace activists and artist John Quigley created Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Vitruvian Man in the Arctic Ocean using copper pipes. The incomplete image was done to highlight the effects of climate change. Click here for a few more photos and to read the story.

Vitruvian Man in the Arctic Sea - John Quigley

Ever wanted to be Mikey Dread? Well, now you can! Check out the virtual Mikey Dread site and mash up di dance. Love that the selecta is a lion! Run di riddim! Raaaaaah!

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Been a huge fan of the Kashmere Stage Band since 2006 when Now-Again dropped the Texas Thunder Soul anthology. Director Mark Landsman traced the roots of the band and delivered the story of bandleader Conrad O. Johnson with the Thunder Soul documentary. I’ve been watching with anticipation for it to be released ever since the first premiere was held at SXSW back in March in Austin, TX. Now it has arrived! Just gotta hunt down a screen that has it showing!

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Check DJ Shadow’s short from the SXSW premiere.

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Go for a ride on the International Space Station as it traverses the Earth from over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. Awesome!

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3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38,000 miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage…all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food….into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films. Courtesy of Rick Mereki, director and producer; Tim White, director of photography, producer and editor; and Andrew Lees, actor. Move. Learn. Eat.

On the hi-fi while compiling this post is the Willows’ “Send Another Moses”. Original Roots style from Studio One. Extending the vibes with the Brentford Reggae Band’s version on the flip. Massive sounds!

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Artist/Designer Lewis Heriz and DJ Hugo Mendez are the founders of Sofrito, a party held in London that is equal parts killer on the eyes, with incredible poster art, and on the ears, with plentiful amounts of tropical sounds from all corners of the globe. Check out the history of the event below and visit here, here, here, here and here for the vibes!

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The Mikiphone Pocket Phonograph. One of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. Dope!

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Tim Armstrong aka Lint aka Tim Timebomb of Rancid debuts his RockNRoll Theater series. Here’s the trailer to the first episode titled “Dante”. Excited to see the full episode and for more from the series to be delivered our way.

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Tim Timebomb's RockNRoll Theater

Roger Rivas, boss organist for the Aggrolites, serves up more Skinhead Reggae in this second volume of his Organ Versions series (…grab the first volume here). This time he was working with Mark Morales, L.A.-based record collector, and Jurassic Sound outta Brazil. Hotness!

Roger Rivas – Organ Versions Vol.2; Self-Released, 2011

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Learn about the man called Norman Jay MBE and his legendary Good Times Sound System. Ruling supreme on the London scene for 30 years now. Respect!

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Strut serves up a tribute to mark the anniversary with this special set. This selecta was known for his broad taste in music and this offering delivers nuff variety. Enjoy!

Norman Jay MBE -  Presents Good Times 30th Anniversary Edition; Strut, 2011

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Punk rock, drinkin’, chillin’, crusin’ around on motorbikes. That’s the culture of Lexington, Kentucky as documented in Carlos Puga’s Satan Since 2003. Check it out!

Finally! Finally! Finally! It has arrived! Ron Fricke’s Samsara, which I have been anticipating for years, finally debuted on September 11th at the Toronto International Film Festival! Future showings are in the works and, while it may take some time for this to grace my eyes, I’m patiently awaiting that wonderful day.

All of the projects he has worked on in the past have had a significant impact on me after viewing them and this one will undoubtedly do the same. Check out a few of the stills below which certainly only represent a true fraction of the beauty that lies in the reels.

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This last image of a mandala brought back memories of watching Werner Herzog’s Wheel of Time and recalling one of its more powerful and moving scenes, to me personally of course. I was in awe when watching this and learning for the first time about the Tibetan Buddhist monks who perform prostrations along their entire journey to Bodhgaya, India for the Kalachakra Initiation. Simply remarkable.

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Through My Lens

Collection of pictures from July and August in Phang Nga, Surat Thani and Bangkok.

Through My Lens

A collection of photos, from March to June, that include the sights seen in the provinces of Phuket, Bangkok, Phang Nga, Surat Thani and Krabi.

Inna Ruminations Stylee

The skies opened recently over Southern Thailand and, before finally moving to the Andaman region and out to sea, left a wake of destruction, across areas of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Krabi and Surat Thani, from flooding and landslides. The low-pressure mass that remained stagnant over the area was entirely unseasonal as this is the height of dry season.

Here on Samui and surrounding islands, life largely came to a halt with widespread flooding resulting in impassable roads, electricity outages and the cancellation of all flights and ferries leaving no way to access or depart the island. The infrastructure improved quite rapidly and, once the weather system moved out, we welcomed sunny skies to help dry up the land. Glad to welcome blue skies, feel the scorching sun typical of the peak of summer and see the rebuilding taking place. My thoughts are with all those who lost loved ones and the thousands who lost their possessions.

Around Samui in video: Massive boulder nearby my house, Channel NewsAsia report, Here’s what the streets around the island looked like

Around the South in pictures: Devastating landslide in Krabi, Incredible floods in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Damage throughout Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani

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Phun Phin, Surat Thani

Na Khao, Krabi

We all know the Earth can show its incredible beauty and its sheer destructive power as well. Check the simply stunning time-lapse footage, from Terje Sorgjerd, taken atop El Tiede, the highest peak in Spain, for evidence of the former.

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Been vibin’ on Ikebe Shakedown’s Hard Steppin’ EP for a few months now and I’m highly anticipating hearing the sounds of their upcoming release on Ubiquity due out in early June. Give the tune “Tujunga” a listen below and stay on the lookout for the full length. If you haven’t heard the EP, pick it up here.

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Long-lost video reels of the NYC Ska Mob have been unearthed courtesy of the YouTube channel from StrikkklyROCKERS. On offer is a stellar collection of videos featuring the Version City Rockers performing some crucial covers as well as videos of other members from the NYC scene.

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Months have passed since the NBA Sprite Slam Dunk Contest went down, but I gotta serve up my two cents since no ruminations have been delivered since then. Overall, I was definitely impressed with the jams and there were some pretty innovative dunks in the mix that I had never imagined. Serge Ibaka retrieved a teddy bear from the rim with his teeth which was pretty clever and took off from the charity stripe which is always impressive, but doesn’t shine that much to me. Blake Griffin was a monster on the court this year, but his dunks (side of the backboard windmill, 360, off-the-glass honey dip, and jumping over a car…or the hood of a car to be more clear) were certainly nice, but fell below what I imagined would come from his powerful arsenal. Not surprised he was the winner as a result of the fans from “They Dunk. You Decide.”, who must have assumed it was a popularity contest.

My final round would have featured Javale McGee, who showed off his multiple ball tricks including three balls on one dunk and two balls on separate goals on the same dunk…Nice!…and the true winner in my book, Demar Derozan, whose highlights included the ‘East Bay Funk Remix’ dunk which was hella difficult (44 = bullshit) and the killer ‘Show Stopper’ dunk which was the best of the evening. Check it below as it’s certified sick! He got robbed again this year, but I hope to see him take it to ‘em in 2012.

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Cheers to the Samui Flair Monster who can be found at Lamai Walking Street every Sunday evening on the beach road. These guys have some tight tricks up their sleeves when it comes to bartending and constantly rock a smile on their face even if a shaker gets spilled, an ice cube gets dropped or a bottle gets smashed. They definitely don’t take it too seriously that is for sure. Rarely order cocktails from them, but always check out their show as I wait for my pizza at the booth beside theirs while listening to them blare either House or Luk Thung vibes.

Big ups to NYCTrust for sending me one of their limited-edition mixtapes. The Swing-A-Ling session is the first of many to come from NYCTrust Radio. Keep up the great work with the label and ‘preciate the hookup.

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Where’s that Swing-A-Ling name from you ask? Charlie Ace’s mobile record shop of course! While browsing some pictures of it on the Web, I came across Jah Bill’s custom model. Guilty of being jealous. That’s a boss replica!

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Charlie Ace

Love seeing the Swing-A-Ling Mobile Record Shack in action and, even more so, Charlie Ace’s reply to “Where did you get the idea from?” and “Do you think you are doing a function by getting the music to the poor black people?”. One love!

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Finally got my hands on two kilograms of the inimitable aroma of Srinavas Sugandhalaya nag champa. Its constant presence in my home has been well missed for years. Fantastic to take in that scent again when I opened the box. Now I just gotta keep that supply comin’ from here forth.

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There are literally tons of platters that blend nicely with burnin’ nag champa, but, for that initial one, you know I had to toss This is Augustus Pablo onto the turntable. Strictly meditative!

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On the hi-fi at the present while compiling these thoughts is the CE crew, from the ATL, preachin’ the truth!

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Check the wealth of boss wax served up from the following YouTube channels. Wicked Roots tunes on these vinyl sides that were thankfully shared from SamCeMar, JamaicanRootsWebsite and PabloKingStoned. There are more cats out there dishin’ out similar vibes, but just wanted to feature these. Nuff respect and keep the grooves flowin’.

Just one selection of the many crucial roots vibrations to be found is Sangie Davis and the Gatherers with “Words of my Mouth” b/w The Upsetters “Word a Mouth Dub”. Massive chune! Jah bless!

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Big ups to my crew from the ATL, Esperanza, for continuing to deliver choice designs as they have been doin’ for years. Wish I could check out a Bravos ballgame with you at the Ted, cheer on the Hawks as we look to finish off the Magic in Game 5 (sweetness!) or just chill out doin’ nuthin’ but chattin’ on the porch with a delicious brew in hand. Someday soon I hope. Until then, keep holdin’ it down in the ol’ hometown. Guidance!

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Inna Ruminations Stylee

Following their release to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Groove Merchant Record Store in San Francisco, Ubiquity has just put out this limited-edition record case along with a set of 10 seven inches. Read about the details here and watch below how The Key Printing and Binding in Oakland made them.

Groove Merchant 20 Record Box

Adrian Quesada, member of Grupo Fantasma, Ocote Soul Sounds and Brownout, is set to launch his latest project under the moniker The Echocentrics. Sample a selection of two cuts to be featured on the upcoming full length titled Sunshadows, to be released by Ubiquity in early April.

The Echocentrics - Esclavo Y Amo bw Electric Travels The Echocentrics - Sunshadows

This piece of killer animation demonstrates that no matter how many times you try, you simply cannot walk in a straight line if you are blindfolded. Without a point of reference like the Sun, a star, a mountain, etc., you’ll end up just going in circles. Interesting stuff.

Have you ever seen the Chinese artist Liu Bolin’s work? Dubbed “The Invisible Man”, he camouflages himself in various settings and the results are nothing less than brilliant. I’d bet that if I didn’t tip you off to what was going on in these pictures that you’d probably gloss right over a few of them without knowing there was a person standing there. Check the following galleries of his work. Gallery #1, #2, #3.

Liu Bolin

Here’s some various shit about the man like DJ Nu-Mark. He recently served up his latest mixtape, Take Me With You. Check out the 20-minute snippet mix of the same name here and pick up the LP here. His next full length, titled Broken Sunlight, is set to be released in the coming months. He also recently dropped a remix of Nas & Damian Marley’s “Nah Mean” cut off their Distant Relatives record from last year. Gotta say I love the original banger way more, but certainly happy to toss this in the crates as well. Listen online here or download a copy here. Lastly, Mochilla paid him a visit and checked out his mad collection of musical toys to be found at his crib. Dude is one of the most creative beat makers out there and this video pretty much reaffirms that. Wanted to embed it below, but it’s having issues. So…peep it here.

DJ Nu-Mark

Big ups to LWR MGMT, for the heads up on the NBA Slam Dunk Contest Video Visualization from Hoopism. It is a timeline that compiles nearly every dunk from the years 1984-2010, and sorts each dunk by year and score. Only gripe, and not sure if it is just on my side, is that the playback controls for the videos are missing. Other than that, this thing is pure fucking brilliance for dunk enthusiasts like myself.

The Edge of the Earth is a documentary filmed solely using solar power. It was shot over the course of two weeks in the complete wilderness that is the Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska and takes you on a journey down the Alatna River. The results are exceptionally stunning!

Photographer Luke Duggleby and reporter Ron Gluckman were granted access into the Dhammakaya movement at their main temple in Pathum Thani province. Check the pictures of this rather strange and controversial sect of Buddhism here.

Dhammakaya

Dhammakaya

Dhammakaya

Learn more about Scoutmob via the Esperanza Transmission. They’re an ATL-based company that provides insight into local shops and eateries, and, more importantly, hard-to-resist deals, on your mobile phone, to get you out to visit such places. Enjoyed listening to the philosophy behind the company and the guidelines they have used to attain their success. Had to laugh when they were ripping on clamshell phones and I glanced over at the hella-advanced piece of technology laying on my desk. Suits my needs, so I got no worries on being light-years behind. To both of these crews, keep up the great work. Peace out from the Land of No 3G Networks.

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