#WestCoastWednesdays presents Lazy Astronauts

Purity beats perfection. Every time. Gabonano and Ralph Quasar (fka 18Sense) have found a pure place that lies somewhere between procrastination and productivity. There, the duo lackadaisically built a launch pad, from which the Lazy Astronauts took to space, and they show no sign of coming back down. The recently released, self-titled album, Lazy Astronauts, feels akin to a laid back, …

#WestCoastWednesdays presents Sam Gouthro

Image courtesy of Lenny Villegas (@villegasmedia) If J Dilla’s “So Far To Go“, featuring Common and D’Angelo, somehow took on the flesh of an unassuming twenty-something living in San Diego, California, the song would undoubtedly bear uncanny resemblance to Sam Gouthro. The humility and laid-back nature of the SD native might make an allusion to Dilla, Com’ Sense, and D’Angelo …

#WestCoastWednesday presents Ms. Lauryn Hill | Mystery of Iniquity

I took a week off from posting “#WestCoastWednesdays presents…” in the wake of Charlottesville as I engaged in conversations, both online and, more importantly, in person, to gain some understanding of where people are at; and to allow myself to process a bit as well. In turn, I have run the emotional gamut from hopelessness as “statistics” and “blacks kill …

#WestCoastWednesdays presents Tyson Amir

Being one of a few white faces in a sea of beautiful, powerful, and passionate black men and women, sitting under the weight of Tyson Amir’s words shared from his poignant, socio-political, freedom fighter’s memoir, his magnum opus (at least to date), Black Boy Poems, was uncomfortable. And that’s good. Those moments have made me who I am, they make …