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Examining The New Los Angeles Paradigm: An Interview With Victor Jones

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Victor Jones thinks about Los Angeles in a way few people do: he thinks about it in the future tense, as a place of myriad possibilities. “Los Angeles, unlike most well known cities, is a twenty-first century paradigm in terms of its ability to inform how people live and what people do and how they experiences civic and public space. It is a new physical model of urbanity: I think Los Angeles is a fantastic case study.”

“Thats the draw here,” he says. “While perfect weather, a great economy, and geography have made life easy to take for granted my work in academia and design pushes back on the city, forcing people to reconsider the evidence of things not seen. This push back is to say—Hey.—let’s stop and revisit this, acknowledging that we are a part of a discussion, that we are not completely inside ourselves and that we are becoming a greater reference globally. When we look at urban development in Beijing, Dubai, Mexico City for example, Los Angeles has become a reference versus traditional nineteenth century cities. Let’s try to understand the physical implication of these things.”

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Clueless, 2014

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If you’ve been on the Internet this week, you have seen all the buzzing surrounding Iggy Azalea‘s new music video for the song “Fancy.” The song is very simple since it is basically another common entry in the “Hey, y’all: I’m a rapper—and I’m fancy.” category. Champagne is sipped, swagger is bragged about, and names are spelled out: whatever corny rap tropes you could hope for, Iggy gives it to you.

The reason why this song has become so popular is because of it’s video because Director X was able to distill Los Angeles cult classic Clueless into a three and a half minute bite. It is a now/then referential playground that some young nineties obsessed musician was going to do for a video: it is not surprising. What is surprising is that the execution is so flawless that it needs some praising.

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ingMob’s Marrow

ingMob Marrow

ingMob has a very academic quality to his music. His debut LP is called Marrow, a title that automatically places listeners in a somewhat scientific headspace. This isn’t unintentional: ingMob—AKA Raymond Weitekamp—is a PhD student studying Organic Chemistry at CalTech in Pasadena. Science is kind of his thing. His sound marries the human experience with technical grace, crafting a sound that is accessible yet intellectual.

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Get Normal With SFV Acid’s “The Dwell”

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SFV Acid is one of those local acts who defy all sort of logic. He’s totally LA but seems totally from another world and he has an entrancing uniqueness in both his sound and look. He’s very talented and, as we learned with The Dwell, has an incredible sense of humor and way with portable electronics. To give you a peek inside his Valley world, one full of shopping malls and lazily wandering people, the music video for title track “The Dwell” provides exactly what you would expect: the San Fernando Valley plus acid, both the sound of acid house and the feeling that you are tripping out.

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Ghana Must Go Fiber CAFAM Los Angeles

CAFAM is hosting a two day event called Ghana Must Go on November 1 and November 2. There will be a trunk show, West African inspired works, performances, and more.

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Fit, Form, Function Compton

Fit, Form, Function is a new (and first) Compton based arts journal. They’re hoping to explore a few things, their first issue specifically speaking to “objects we do not touch.” If you want to get involved, send in submissions by November 15.

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House Of Modern Horrors Alex Miller Los Angeles Halloween 2014

In case you need more frights this weekend, Alex Miller is bringing an immersive exhibition called the House Of Modern Horrors. It’s a cringeworthy event showcasing “nightmares that haunt our reality.” EEeEeEeeeEE. There will also be some comedians, too.

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