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The Bloom | Festival Documentary Web Series

time December 13th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , , ,

A Journey Through Transformational Festivals is an online documentary web series that is being put together mainly about west coast music festivals. The four part series focuses around the festival community and events that took place over the summer of 2012.

The last post I made was about Electronic Awakening and covers the history and community that has evolved over the years. It seems like this webseries seems to be covering a lot of different topics as well but targets the festivals of 2012.

This year I’ve attended nearly 10 festivals across the States. I can’t tell others enough about my journey this year. The summer of 2012 will never be forgotten in my life. The adventures that I had this summer will forever impact who I am and who I will become. The trailer above is comprised of footage taken from Symbiosis 2012. Symbiosis 2009 I missed but made it a point to make sure that I attend this years event. Out of all the festivals I attended Symbiosis is the one gathering I’ll never ever stop talking about. There have been ideas running through my head about putting something together that I can show others to help showcase all these event.

A Journey Through Transformational Festivals will be released in four episodes over the course of 2013. I’m really looking forward to seeing what they put together. The first episode won’t be out till February 2013 but they recently put out a small video together titled The Bloom which can be found below.

The Bloom gives us a bit more insight into the different areas each video will concentrate on as well as a collection of festivals they were at. It’s great to see coverage of all these events as many people are completely aware of these events. The outdoor festival community is quite a unique tribe as it’s a completely different experience from traditional club/bar events. The attire, dance, food, personality, spirituality, music, etc is something that I believe everyone should experience. I hadn’t attending an outdoor camping event till Lightning in a Bottle 2009 and it changed my life forever. I had been to events like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Ultra, and others but these events are so vastly different when it comes to these west coast festivals.

I can’t wait till February 7th, 2013 as it is the confirmed date for the first episode, The Peak Moments of Our Lives. Based on my personal accounts of this summer I know that the title seems quite fitting. Be on the look out for more information at The Bloom

EPISODE 1: “The Peak Moments Of Our Lives” (February 7th, 2013)
EPISODE 2: “The Parties Are Practice”
EPISODE 3: “A Sense Of Mythos & The Sacred”
EPISODE 4: “Reinhabiting The Village”

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Electronic Awakening | Movie Review

time December 11th by John-Michael authorTags: ,


Electronic Awakening is documentary put together by Andrew Johner about the rave/festival culture. It’s one of the better films I’ve watched about the current scene today. The focus is on overall community that has been built and the culture it has started across the world.

The documentary covers tons of interviews from key players in the community from visionary artist, authors, musicians, promoters, and many others who have contributed to this giant movement. If you’ve never been to a large outdoor electronic festival this film will give you a glimpse into the festival scene.

I can’t tell you how many flashbacks and amazing memories rushed back into after watching the film. It’s astounding how big the culture and community has grown. There are small tribes and groups of people coming together all across the world building these events and coming together to celebrate life, love, music, art, and creativity. I’ve had to luxury of attending my first festival in 2009 which changed my life. Growing up in Miami, FL and big city life I never had been exposed to such events or strong community. Lightning in a Bottle was when I discovered this massive awakening inside. There is nothing like sharing these moments in time dancing, networking, sharing ideas, and coming together. I’m very isolated living in Miami and must travel to these events to feel like I belong. These events bring all of us together and awaken a deeper consciousness to the things around us. There are so many unique and different people out there who we may never encounter in our day to day life but these festivities give us an outlet of expression in any which way we want to use.

This film is something I recommend to many as it shows that even if there are politics, popularity contest, and more that we deal with in this community we need to focus on the greater good. There is more than drugs, sex, and music in this culture. Despite as tainted as it seems and almost a revitalization of the hippie movement there is a greater good at work which brings us all together. This films covers so many different aspects that make me proud to be part of this movement. All the interviews, music, video footage, etc… really give you a small taste and glimpse of this giant community.

Be sure to check out more information at Electronic Awakening.

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi Review

time October 23rd by John-Michael authorTags: , , ,


Jiro Dreams of Sushi is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. Too be quite honest it’s already in my top 5 films right next to Star Wars. It comes off as perfection and seems quite close to it if it was possible.

The story is about a Jedi Knight who fights and lives by Sushi. His life has been devoted to being a sushi maker.

Jiro, is an example of the idea of perfection. He might not be perfect but he has lived to the standard of being perfect. It’s possible with anything in life. You can train your entire life devoted to one thing. By now you have picked up on something you really enjoy doing. You’ve doing it enough times where you feel good about it. This can be anything in your life. Perfection is an idea. The idea of someone working his or her entire life devoted to reaching the highest possible bar. That is Jiro, the Sushi Jedi Knight.

Passion is something we all should have for something. We must believe in it. It is our life and reason to get up in the morning for. Every task done today should be done in a new way to improving on the last time done. It’s beautiful. Devotion and passion will stand out no matter what you do. We should take pride and passion into account in everything we do.

I can’t express it enough how much I believe in this message.

Make the best of your past the worst of your future. Try to improve and continue to learn about what you love. We aren’t perfect nor can be but if we live to that standard it is to reach a closer understanding of what we love. There is no prize for doing this except knowing that life was full filled every day of your life.

There are Jedi Masters in every field and industry. We should strive to be one just like Jiro has. The hard word and devotion given to our skills will live on forever. What we discover and learn should be passed on to our apprentices. Despite the old age or even death of a great Master Jedi Knight they live on in their work even if it is only in the dream world.

The few things that really caught my attention was how old sushi has been around and the prep it takes to make sushi. It’s an ancient art. Since the beginning of time there has been fish and humans have been hunting it. Over the course of time there has been the concept of eating raw seafood. Sushi takes that into account and making it has become a true art form. Jiro, is an example of being a Grand Master Jedi of Sushi.

The movie is on Netflix for Instant Watch!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing this review!

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RISE | X-Men Fan Movie | Age of Apocalypse Movie

time August 16th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , ,

RISE is a X-Men based movie idea that is trying to become reality by die-hard fans via Kickstarter. I grew up reading and watching the X-Men and always found the Apocalypse story to be the most fascinating piece of the X-Men story. I’ll never forget that shinny holographic card of Apocalypse. It’s great to see that some fans are trying to make this story come to life in their own interpretation of the saga. It so happens that I went to high school with many of the people involved and decided that I could use this blog to get them over this small last hurdle. The project is nearly 100% funded but just needs a few more thousand in the next 2 days.

I will admit that at first I was disappointed that this is just another comic book cop out since it seems like everything is going super heroes. The more I thought about it made me realize you know what… I want to see this. It takes a lot to impress me when it comes to movies just as it does for music but this story is one of my favorites in the comic book universe. Truth is I’d love to see more filmmakers make completely original new stories. There’s too much being redone or ideas recycled for my taste. It’s hard not to look up movies and see some sort of sequel or story revisited. Now if we’re talking some old friends from high school doing X-Men during the age of Apocalypse I’m all for it.

For more information and to help fund this project:
Rise X-Men Fan Movie

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Of Porcelain | Why Wait?

time June 8th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , , , ,

Of Porcelain aka Josh Mayer is no joke my favorite producer. Anyone who has ever talked to me about producing music eventually knows that my biggest influence would be Of Porcelain. The downtempo trip-hop artist is most well known by his other alias Ooah of The Glitch Mob. He also has other projects he is part as well such as PantyRaid and The Seedling Escape.

Josh has created such an impression with me that he’s probably one of the few artist out there that still feel starstruck whenever something appears from him. Despite recently seeing him preform with MartyParty as PantyRaid at Lightning in a Bottle he regained my faith that there’s a possibility of some more Of Porcelain or melodic sexy music still inside him after that underwhelming Superior EP. Watching him play you could see Marty jumping up and going crazy during the heavy aggressive basslines and you could see Josh just chillen grooving. It was obvious when Josh picked a tune as you could see him swaying to the chill beat and getting into it and see Marty just standing there. It’s interesting to see and hear the obvious differences in their music today. You can really tell the parts Marty wrote and the parts Josh wrote.

This new track by Of Porcelain brings so much faith back into music and where I first fell in love with chill glitchy beats. Ooah’s most recent track on soundcloud The Love I Need almost left me questioning if he was just experimenting or changing his sound towards this new direction PantyRaid was going for. He is extremely busy now with the upcoming Glitch Mob tour and has quite the insane life touring with Marty as well so I can only hope after the tours tone down we will see Of Porcelain revisited or hell even The Seedling Escape. Kitty D has been on a role as well and still has that unique sound which continues to stray away from the heavy bass beats. I can’t tell you how disappointing it is to see so many others fall to the trap of making heavy dance floor bangers.

Josh, Thank you for what you do and the music you create. I think I speak on behalf of many of your fans and lovers of music when saying this: PLEASE Of Porcelain album is way long overdue and in this brostep era something beautiful is needed baddddd. Take your time. BUT please everyone is craving something new with those hypnotic tones you’ve shown in the past. See you at the Dallas date if not out of town for a show. Much Respect & Love.

Grab the NEW Of Porcelain tune off the Seek Sick Sound Comp Vol. 2

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Voodoo Farm / Artist Spotlight

time May 14th by Dj EA authorTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Voodoo Farm is the music project of NYC-based producer/DJ/filmmaker Liam Dirlam. The sound is described as “Electronic Dancerock” and infuses styles of Electro House, Dubstep, and Hip-Hop using live instruments, vocalists, and machines. Voodoo Farm’s first single, “Bangers & Cash” was placed on rotation on at MTV, VH1 and SpikeTV… also considered for mtvU’s “Best Freshman Video Award” in September 2010. They have a bunch of dope remixes that they’ve done recently that are up for free download at soundcloud.com/liamdirlam. Without fail, every time I drop one of their tracks live, there is always someone who will run behind the DJ booth to see what I’m playing, haha.  Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for their awesomeness. Check out the remixes below and grab the free downloads (alternative download links posted within the descriptions of the tracks on soundcloud). Also, each of the songs has a fun video to go along with them and you can check them all out at www.youtube.com/user/voodoofarmmusic.

Wiz Khalifa ft. 2Pac- Roll Up (VOODOO FARM Remix)

Outkast ft Lady Gaga – Wheelz of Steel (VOODOO FARM Remix)

The Doors – People Are Strange (VOODOO FARM Remix)

Download (right-click save as): Adele vs. Jay Z vs. Biggie – Rolling in the Deep (Voodoo Farm Remix)

Dirlam and Robert E. Corrigan JR (Muscle Car Chronicles) are now working on a REMIX/B-SIDE album that will drop this summer for free.   Their second full-length album will be finished in September. I’m stoked to be sharing the stage with them this summer in Dewey Beach on July 29th! If you’re on the east coast, you should def check out this event: Dewey Beach EDM Fest

Make sure to like Voodoo Farm on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/voodoofarm

Much love and respect!

-EA (EA@afromonk.com)

soundcloud.com/djeamusic

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Manifestation Celebration | Dallas 2011

time December 28th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , , , ,

Manifestation Celebration 2011 Dallas, Texas

May 7th, 2011 Dallas, Tx
A Night at the Museum:
The Alex Grey Experience
@ Dallas Museum of Nature & Science

Speakers

Alex Grey
(Meet & Greet, Discussion, Live Painting w. The Nadis Warriors)

Allyson Grey
(Meet & Greet, Discussion, Live Painting w. The Nadis Warriors)

Daniel Pinchbeck
(Q&A, Signing)

Maestro Don Jose Campos
(Opening Ceromony, Closing Ceromony, Signing, Shamanic Intiation during Nadis Warriors Set)

Rick Strassman, MD
(Meet & Greet, Signing)

Mitch Schultz
(Q&A, Meet & Greet)

Jamie Janover
(Discussion: Unified Field Theory)

Peter Gorman
(Meet & Greet, Signing)

Rose Hahn
(Discussion: Divine Feminine, Signing)

Alberto Roman
(Poetry, Translator for Don Jose Campos)

Michael Garfield
(Live Painting, Discussion)

Music

The Nadis Warriors (w/ Jamie Janover & Don Jose Campos)
Bluetech
Eskmo
Janover

Phutureprimitive
D.V.S*
Govinda
Language Love
Brede
ONE4ALL
Metranohm
DJ PWR
Wizard
Afro Monk
& more TBA!

Film

Full Screenings of:
2012: Time for Change

DMT: The Spirit Molecule

They will be using multiple projections of Alex Grey’s art to fill the 79 foot Imax screen. All exhibits will be open to the attendees.

To ensure a pleasant and intimate evening for our attendees, only 1,000 tickets total will be sold for this event!!!

Insiders are reporting that there are less than 200 tickets available! This event will SELL OUT! Come join us on this amazing experience of pure artistry all around!

BUY TICKETS

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The Glitch Mob – Beyond Monday

time April 14th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , ,

That is all… carry on!

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Gorillaz – Go Bananaz Film

time October 13th by John-Michael authorTags: , , ,

The Gorillaz are one of the few bands out there that have impressed me with how far they have gone. It is no surprise that they’ve blown the music industry by storm. These guys are talented musicians and make it a point to show everyone that they are truly artist and original in everything they do.

Learn more about the people behind the familiar characters we’ve come to recognize and adore. Babelgum use to have this to watch for free but currently doesn’t anymore. It does seems like they’ll be adding it back in the near future. Check out the page at http://www.babelgum.com/gorillazgobananaz

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The Cat Piano

time October 7th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , ,

The Cat Piano Short Film

The Cat Piano is a short film directed by Eddie White and Ari Gibson. It has won many awards already. The short film is narrated by well known artist Nick Cave. The film originates from a poem written by Eddie White.

I’m all about short films and this one is great. No longer than 10min of your time. Beautiful music and exceptional performance by Nick Cave. The color hues are warm and give that true beatniks environment. Enjoy!

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