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Welcome to Spring. Tools like facebook, skype and twitter have expanded our friend universe. But, when it comes to managing your
fan base, you may need more robust tools. We review four this month and
take a tour of Diane Warren's Realsongs studios where hits get heard through ATC speakers. Soundfield Goes To Harvard. DJ Cox spins Focusrite Liquid. RO$$ and Warner team up and more...

Stay strong Japan. text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation -- help Sendai 9.0 earthquake survivors.
If you're in NY, enjoy Hiromi concert benefit for Japan at the Falcon on March 30 - details below.

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Diane Warren's Realsongs Studios
Features ATC Monitors & Timeless Hits

Diane Warren has shaped the sound of pop music for nearly three decades. A prolific, wildly-successful, and enduring songwriter, her songs have been performed by hundreds of artists, including such icons as Aerosmith, Elton John, Tina Turner, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, Roberta Flack, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Roy Orbison, Lenny Kravitz, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera, Kid Rock, Kelly Clarkson, Jessica Simpson, and Mary J. Blige. A member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Warren has penned over one-hundred charting songs and possesses the unique distinction of having seven hits, all performed by different artists, on the charts simultaneously. Warren maintains a fully-staffed studio under the name
of her publishing company, Realsongs. The two control rooms and the listening room in the Realsongs complex recently received an upgrade to ATC monitors - four pairs in all.

Warren moved into the office building where Realsongs now resides twenty-five years ago. What started as two rooms slowly expanded as Warren's success grew and other residents moved out. Now Realsongs occupies the entire floor! The two control rooms, with adjoining small live rooms, are dubbed Studio D and Studio W. While vocals represent the vast majority of recordings at Realsongs, chief engineer Mario Luccy also records guitars, bass, keyboards and drums.

Peter Stengaard, a Danish-born producer and engineer now in residence at Realsongs, introduced Luccy and the rest of the staff to the ATC monitors. He ordered a pair of mid-field ATC SCM100ASL monitors for Studio W, where he does most of his work. "It was immediately apparent that the ATCs were much cleaner and unaffected than the monitors we were using," said Luccy. "Mixing on the ATCs is a dream - the detail and separation are astounding. Getting the right sound is faster and easier than it used to be, and now I'm guaranteed that whatever sounds right on the ATCs will translate outside of the studio. Another thing I really like is that I can crank them up for the artist and then turn them down to something more reasonable for mixing without any loss of articulation."

TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier US importer/distributor and/or US sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm. TAG product line includes A-Designs (USA),ATC Loudspeakers (UK), Bock Audio (USA), Chameleon Labs , Geoffrey Daking & Co. (USA) Drawmer (UK), George Massenburg Labs (GML USA),Lehmann Audio SABRA SOM (Brazil), SoundField Microphones (UK), Tonelux, True Systems, Tube-Tech and Sonodyne Nearfield Monitors

Hiromi Concert for Japan

Concord Jazz artist, pianist-composer Hiromi Uehara has supported her impressive body of work with an ambitious tour schedule that has
electrified audiences throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia with performances that have pushed the limits of piano jazz to new frontiers of compositional and technical skills. Heralded as one of the brightest lights on the piano jazz landscape, the Japanese prodigy has not only lived up to the initial praise for her early efforts but surpassed it entirely. And now to celebrate her "travel journal" and the youth of her 20's, the Pianist embarks on her first solo piano recording

Sean Beavan (NIN, No Doubt, Marilyn Manson, Kill) recently mixed the legendarily influential Morbid Angel's forthcoming album, along producing a re-formed, infectiously hooky My Darling Murder, and is currently mixing a live DVD for The Shining, or whom he also mixed the heavily critically touted album, "Blackjazz". Congrats to Beavan for also getting nominated for best producer by N.A.R.I.P.'s (National Association of Record Industry Professionals).



Award-winning producer and engineer Alan Parsons (Pink Floyd,
The Beatles, Yes, Paul McCartney, Alan Parsons Project) has an enigmatic new group called the SubClones.
He is recording the debut album at LA hit-makers' studio, The Village. , he is the man behind billions in record sales. More recently Parsons released the 3-DVD series, "The Art and Science of Sound Recording." The identity of SubClones is presently a closely-guarded secret, but they are rumored to be known as well-respected, highly experienced and remarkably talented musicians. The dictionary definition of "subclone" is a clone or descendent of a mutant occurring in a previous clone.



Bandleader Jose Rizo joined mixer Tommy Vicari for the mastering of the debut album from "Mongorama," a new, 9-piece, latin-jazz ensemble formed by KJazz radio personality Jose Rizo, exploring the early Mongo Santamaria charanga-jazz material of the 50's and early 60's. Conga legend Mongo Santamaria, saxophonist Chombo Silva and flautist Rolando Lozano performed an exciting latin jazz sound driven by cuban charanga rhythms and old-school straight ahead jazz.




The Belle Brigade
Where Not To Look For Freedom

Warner Bros.

This month, our favorite acoustic video performance is by Warner Brother artist, The Belle Brigad. Listen to their single loosers performed from the duo's bath tub sporting 22,000+ YouTube views. Clean & charming!
watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheBelleBrigade
This song is on their forthcoming self titled debut (in stores 4/19) co-produced by Matthew Wilder and the Belle Brigade. The brother and sister duo from Los Angeles are grandkids of film composer John Williams. The band was also at SXSW promoting the new album.



Diane Warren at Realsongs Photo: David Goggin


After that introduction, Realsong's existing monitors fell like dominoes.
One pair of near-field ATC SCM25As joined their larger siblings in Studio W.
Another pair of SCM25As went into the listening room. Finally, a pair of midfield SCM50ASLs went into Studio D. "Now there is a wonderful consistency at Realsongs," said Luccy. "We hear the honest detail of what we're working with no matter where we are in the facility." Although Warren remains appropriately above the knob twiddling for which she hired Luccy and Stengaard, listening is another matter. "I am very particular about the sound of my monitors, and I have had an opportunity to sample many in the course of my career," said Warren. "The ATC monitors sound great. I really like them."

Having an armada of ATC monitors at Realsongs does more than make work pleasant and the finished products transcendent. It allows the team to work faster in the moment to capitalize on the seeds of inspiration that grow into the hits of tomorrow. "I remember we were recently recording the vocals to 'Better Me,' performed by Keyshia Cole," said Luccy. "When she wants to sing, she wants to sing NOW. Generally, there's not a lot of patience at Realsongs for elaborate setups or trying out different microphones or preamps. With the ATCs, I finally have the right tool to quickly ascertain whether the take is technically where it needs to be. And if it's not, I can quickly zero in on the trouble and make it right."


For more information on ATC Loudspeakers (UK) contact Brad Lunde or Phone (702) 307-2700 or visit www.transaudiogroup.com.

LasVegasProAudio.com, LasVegasProAudio.com, a division of TransAudio Group, is the launch pad for the brands of tomorrow. The goal of LasVegasProAudio.com is to provide unique equipment, useful information and long-term support to their clients.LVPA product line includes: Accusound Cable, Economy 50mm Shockmount,Enhanced Audio (Ireland), PAULY Superscreens (Germany)Sonodore Microphones (Holland) Liverpool-based Studiocare Professional Audio will distribute Daking Audio and Bock Audio in the United Kingdom.


March 30
Hiromi's performance at the Falcon in NY will be a very specail night with all proceeds going to the Japanese Red Cross to help the disaster relief effort. Suggested dona
tions $50.
Call (845) 236-7970 to make a dinner reservation


At The Village is producer/engineer Alan Parsons (center) with his new project, SubClones. Photo: Jessica Shokrian


At Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood
L-R: Mongorama mixer Tommy Vicari, music director and flautist Danilo Lozano, bandleader Jose Rizo, and mastering engineer Bernie Grundman. Photo by David Goggin.

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Focusrite Liquid Channels Rocking DJ Carl Cox

"My Focusrite Liquid Channels are transparent but warm and big in their sound and, as testament to their quality, our FOH engineer said it was the first time in his career that he didn't need to add any EQ or processing!" remarks Carl Cox,
a DJ who needs no introduction.
A pair of the hardware processors acts as the last stage in his chain, before the signal from the stage hits the enormous PA system, whether he’s playing a beach party in Miami, a superclub in Berlin, or a global music festival. "They fit the bill perfectly. They are the solid final link in my audio chain for my live show, something that gives me a sonic edge. EQ, compression, limiting: you just set it and forget it."

Soundfield Goes To Harvard
Harvard's New SoundField Mark V Microphone Broadens Horizons

Harvard University's media production center has added a SoundField Microphones Mark V B-Format microphone to its existing inventory,
which already includes a SoundField SPS422B mic and an SP451 surround sound processor. The Mark V is being used to make stereo and surround-sound recordings for various departments at the university, including the music faculty.

Anthony Di Bartolo, manager of the university's media production center, provides audio, video and multimedia services across the university, and has himself long been a user of SoundField microphones for jazz and acoustic recording, including the older ST250 portable microphone system. "We already have an SPS422B and the SP451 surround processor here," he explains, "but we were looking for another mic or system that would enable us to record in surround. Of course, there are now various ways to do that, and we considered those, but it was the flexibility that the Mark V offers after recording that really did it for us, as well as its phase coherence and tonal neutrality."

Like all SoundField's microphone systems, the Mark V comprises a multi-capsule microphone that produces audio in a four-channel proprietary format. Known as SoundField B-Format, the four-channel signal may be decoded using SoundField hardware or software to produce audio in a variety of formats, from phase-coherent mono to multi-channel surround, via stereo and M&S. If the four-channel B-format signals are recorded, the processing and decoding may be carried out at a later date, allowing the audio output format to be determined long after the recording. The Mark V's hardware processor offers many options for processing B-Format signals captured with its associated microphone, including the ability to change the microphone's orientation and virtual pickup pattern after recording if required.
"Much of the audio work we do at Harvard ends up in stereo," explains Anthony DI Bartolo, "but we do archive the four-channel B-Format signal for post-production flexibility later. We have used our older SPS422B and SP451 processor to create 5.1 surround soundscapes, and the Mark V offers us even more options, with the ability to move the mic after the recording, or change the pickup pattern in post. That's useful to us, as we don't always get a soundcheck, and we're often constrained by where we can place mics. With the Mark V's processing options, we can remedy some of those issues.

TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier US importer/distributor and/or US sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm. TAG product line includes A-Designs (USA),ATC Loudspeakers (UK), Bock Audio (USA), Chameleon Labs , Geoffrey Daking & Co. (USA) Drawmer (UK), George Massenburg Labs (GML USA),Lehmann Audio SABRA SOM (Brazil), SoundField Microphones (UK), Tonelux, True Systems, Tube-Tech and Sonodyne Nearfield Monitors




Cox is no stranger to the DJ booth, and has picked up numerous accolades in his tremendous career. After picking up his first pair of turntables at age 15, he was the soundtrack to the raves of the late ’80s and early ’90s, pioneering three-deck mixing. He was the first ever winner of DJ Magazine's Top 100 poll in 1997, and he still packs venues worldwide. But he also has serious studio chops, with three albums, countless singles and a glut of remixes to his name.

The definition of the happy customer, Carl's hooked on the Liquid Channel. In his own words: "the Liquid Channels will be rocking the Carl Cox Live Show for some time to come!"

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"Since purchasing the Mark V, we've used it to produce audio in 5.1 for an innovative surround sound concert here at Harvard, the Sound Space Experience. The Mark V was also used on some recent university choral sessions featuring a wonderful new Skinner organ, as well as the historic Skinner Op. 308 organ in downtown Boston. Both recordings are currently being prepared for release."


For more information on SoundField Microphones (UK) contact Brad Lunde or Phone (702) 307-2700 or visit www.transaudiogroup.com.


For more information on SoundField Microphones contact Brad Lunde or Phone (702) 307-2700 or visit www.transaudiogroup.com.

LasVegasProAudio.com, LasVegasProAudio.com, a division of TransAudio Group, is the launch pad for the brands of tomorrow. The goal of LasVegasProAudio.com is to provide unique equipment, useful information and long-term support to their clients.LVPA product line includes: Accusound Cable, Economy 50mm Shockmount,Enhanced Audio (Ireland), PAULY Superscreens (Germany)Sonodore Microphones (Holland) Liverpool-based Studiocare Professional Audio will distribute Daking Audio and Bock Audio in the United Kingdom.

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Expresso Walk And Talk with... The Dream, Perry & Lil Wayne

Extended.Admin Deals With Warner Chappell for Grammy Award-winning, chart-topping R&B singer/songwriter and producer, Terius “The-Dream” Nash , renowned pop songstress Katy Perry who ascended to household-name-status since her 2008 hit “I Kissed a Girl,” and rap heavyweight Lil Wayne.
The-Dream has worked with countless megastars in his young career, and is one of the most sought-after songwriters in the business. His modern classics include Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” Justin Bieber’s “Baby” and the 2010 Grammy award-winner for “Song of the Year,” Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” among many others. He's back in the studio working on a new album, titled The Love IV slated for a Summer 2011 release
In May of 2010, Katy Perry released her second No. 1 Single, “California Gurls,” and in August 2010 issued the album Teenage Dream. All three of her album’s singles so far, “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” and “Firework,” have reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, catapulting the album to the top of the Billboard 200. Perry is currently on tour in Europe and will return for a stateside tour this summer alongside fellow Warner/Chappell artists Marina & the Diamonds, as well as pop star Robyn
Lil Wayne co-publishing agreement includes Wayne’s back catalog and future recordings. Born Dwayne Carter and raised in the infamous New Orleans neighborhood of Hollygrove, Lil Wayne began his millions-selling, prolific rap career at just 14 years old with the famed southern rap label, Cash Money. Lil Wayne, then referred to as Gangsta D, partnered with B.G. to form the duo The B.G.z and released their debut album True Story in 1995. Wayne later joined the hardcore rap group The Hot Boys—consisting of B.G., Juvenile and Young Turk—who released their debut album Get It How U Live! in 1997. The Hot Boys’ next album, Guerilla Warfare, reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

RO$$ Maybach Label Partnership. Warner Bros. Records announced a partnership with Maybach Music Group, the label imprint founded by best-selling hip-hop artist and entrepreneur Rick Ross. Maybach artist roster include the rappers Wale, Triple-C, and Meek Mill, who will become part of Warner Bros. Records roster. “We are thrilled to be in business with Rick Ross. He is an entrepreneur who built his company from the ground up... a music magnate, a lightning rod, and an empire builder,” says Warner Bros. Records Co-President and CEO Todd Moscowitz. Ross who spells his last name w/ $$ signs rose from ruling Miami’s underground rap scene before coming out of the shadows to release the three biggest scores of his career: 2006’s Port of Miami, 2008’s Trilla, and 2009’s Deeper than Rap, which each debuted on the SoundScan chart at No. 1. Ross is known for his hit singles “Hustlin’,” “Aston Martin Music” featuring Drake (which went to No. 1 at urban radio), “The Boss,” and “BMF.” He is currently recording God Forgives, I Don't, the follow-up to his fourth studio album, 2010’s gold-certified Teflon Don. Ross is also preparing to hit the road with Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and Travis Barker for the I Am Music II Tour, which kicks off March 18th in Buffalo, NY, a 24-date trek across North America that kicks off Mar. 18 in Buffalo, N.Y., and wraps May 1 in East Rutherford, N.J., with a headlining set at Bamboozle. Ross and blink-182 drummer Travis Barker will perform a DJ/drummer set with Mixmaster Mike. Ross dropped a new album. The 12-track TEFLON DON arrives June 29th on the Boss’ Maybach Music label, bringing some serious fireworks to the Independence Day blow-up. The album’s first single pick, “Super High” featuring fellow Def Jam artist Ne-Yo, and members of the Miami-based Triple-C (Carol City Cartel). The A-list guests featured on TEFLON DON include Jay-Z, Kanye West, Chrisette Michelle, Drake, T.I., and Raphael Sadiq. “Super High” was produced by DJ Clark Kent, who leads a squad of producers including J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, the Runners, the Inkredibles, (all of whom worked on Deeper Than Rap) and the Olympics. The players all come together on Teflon Don: The Movie, a documentary film that probes the making of the new album. Mr Ross says: "God fogives. I don't."

Two Signings Warner/Chappell Music has signed a worldwide administration agreement with renowned modern folk musician Sam Beam of Iron and Wine. As part of the agreement, Warner/Chappell will administer his entire catalog and future works. Iron and Wine was formed by South Carolina-born, Texas-based front man Sam Beam. His latest and fourth studio album, Kiss Each Other Clean, was released on January 25th, 2011, and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. This is Iron and Wine’s highest-selling debut, having sold 39,217 copies in its first week, and its first released on Warner Bros. Records Warner/Chappell has also signed a worldwide CO-publishing agreement with singer/songwriter John West for his existing and future works.Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, John West began honing his craft while in high school. He later moved to Chicago, enrolled in Colombia College—a school for visual, performing, media and communication arts—and continued playing guitar with a number of bands in the area. After college, West moved to Los Angeles and began performing on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica where he ended up selling more then 35 thousand self-released CDs. Soon, he began selling out popular LA venues like the Roxy and the Troubadour. West is currently in the studio at work on his major label debut with industry heavyweights like Ari Levine, Kevin Rudolf, Jerry Wonda, Benny Blanco, and Mike Elizondo, and recently collaborated with Pusha T from the Clipse. John West is headlining the Key Club Hollywood on April 8th and is scheduled to open for Travie McCoy on a number of upcoming tour dates at colleges across the country.
Seven Facebook Management Tools For Your Fan Base
According to British anthropologist Robin Dunbar, human brain has 150 cognitive limit to the number of people you can be friends with. Remeber this when you add a new friend to your facebook page! Now if you're an artist, the game changes. You need an army of fans and it's a big world. Social networking allows the world to keep going in a massive conversation, but you might find that your band is having a bit of problem staying in touch with its fan base. So, here are seven customer service applications that allow you to quickly respond, stay in touch, and continue to enhance your brand’s presence on Facebook. We will look at these tools in the two issues of studioexpresso.
Feel free to test drive them and see which one serves your fan base best.

Tool #1 --Assistly

Announced last month, Assistly has enhanced and improved its ability to offer customer service support for businesses’ Facebook pages. Control and monitor the conversation — as well many other digital services — directly your desktop with their product. The desktop application works in real time, providing the opportunity to interact and be more available for their customers. Any member of a company can connect to offer assistance on a particular question. With prices ranging $39 to $99, Assistly serves as a customer relationship management product that helps your fan base be an arm’s length away to ensure you are offering the best quality customer service for them.
Tool#2 --Buddy Media
Buddy Media designs Facebook pages and does a lot to continue to engage your fan base after your brand’s finished site is up and running. The company is the popular choice for many reputable to be a one-stop shop for all social marketing, including customer relations. The tools offered by Buddy Media track responses, monitor mentions of rival companies, and quickly connect your fans when any issues may arise. Utilizing these tools can help you post the best possible content that will engage your fans by analyzing exactly what is working. While the brand does not specifically offer a product labeled as customer relationship management, the company’s solutions cover just about all areas to help you have the most mutually beneficial relationship with fans possible.
Tool #3 --Faceconnector
If you simply can’t wait for Salesforce.com to make its own Facebook CRM product available, here’s something you can use right now. Formerly called Faceforce, Faceconnector is a third-party application that plus into Salesforce.com for enriching and growing your professional relationships.
It’s somewhat similar to LinkedIn in prompting you to search your personal network for professional leads and potential new customers — find someone who could make an introduction, reach out to a new customer based on shared interests, and aim for an improved customer relationship by taking the time to learn a little more about specific target audiences. Faceconnector is an interesting integration option for Salesforce.com. I question just how useful it might be to access to my entire personal network in the interest of maintaining and growing any business relations. I guess you never really know who may be a friend of a friend.
Tool #4 Get Satisfaction
This company is the customer service support software of choice for many reputable brands, and the Facebook-enabled plans sold by Get Satisfaction begin at $49. A support tab will be installed directly to your Facebook page, similar to the feature offered by Parature. Obviously as plan price increases, more features become available including: more moderator seats, improved widgets, and an integration of help CRM and helpdesk tools. They offer specific details of their plans and examples of companies that would fit into each category. They also have a Price Genie, and their staff is readily available to answer questions. Overall, from the basic plan forward Get Satisfaction offers widgets, Google analytics integration, a statistics dashboard to keep track of what is working, and so much more to help build a quality presence in the interest of attracting loyal fans. Begin searching their page today to see their wide range of capabilities to help continue to grow your brand.

Next month we will review three more. Stay tuned!

Can Celine Dion Save Las Vegas?" She's been called a one-woman stimulus bill, projected to generate thousands of jobs for Las Vegas. Expecting one person to turn around a "sluggish" $18 billion economy is optimistic.
Hey, it's a start: Resurrecting Vegas is "a lot of weight to place on one diva’s bony shoulders," says Joe Brown at Las Vegas Weekly. And yet, the one million tickets Celine Dion is likely to sell over three years "has already meant the addition of hundreds of jobs, including an orchestra of 30-plus union musicians and singers." But if Dion's fan-base — middle-class men and women who are not hardcore gamblers — returns to Las Vegas, the hope is that it could make up for the crowds lost to bad economy. Caesars Palace has signed Dion through 2014, promising her a reported $100 million to perform 70 times a year in its 4,082-seat Colosseum . Ticket sales have been brisk, at $55 to $250 a seat, but can Dion really salvage an entire city?

Nic Harcourt New Podcast At Guitar Center . Hosted by music tastemaker and music journalist Nic Harcourt the podcasts feature interviews and intimate performances with some of the biggest names in music. The podcasts are available now on the iTunes, Zune and Blackberry networks. Past sessions have presented Weezer, Cake, Peter Gabriel, Jane's Addiction, Buddy Guy and The Cult.

Brandon Green Wins Yes, the same Brandon Green who won an American Idol audition in 2008 and claims to collect his clipped nails in a bag. Eew! You could say he's rediscovered by Guitar Center. Yes, talent across the United States are invited to submit their music at YourNextRecord.com for a chance to win a thrilling prize packages to include $10,000 in new gear from Guitar Center and TuneCore distribution. OurStage.com is to collect and present each music artist's submissions and allow music fans to rank them. "It is harder than ever to get noticed as a musician, even if you are producing really great material. That's what Guitar Center and I hope to change for one talented artist or group that's ready to go to the next level," says Barker who teamed up with the retail giant to give one undiscovered artist the opportunity to record with the acclaimed drummer and producer Dan Huff at Red Bull Studios in Los Angeles.

artist expresso-- Ask Claris

Artists write or call us every day from all corners of the world -- US, France, Germany, Russian, Israel, Asia, Australia and Middle East. Most are interested to get heard or build their careers. Now and then we'll feature a letter or feedback and share our response. Our goal remains to empower new artists and encourage them to find their voice and musical path. Most importantly, we're here to remind the artists that it's a long journey, so enjoy the process and grow your fan base.
We encourage artists to provide a link to their music site when they contact us...if you're interested to have a producer or mixer involved, specify number of songs, budget and desired delivery date. Meantime, visit production talent at studioexpresso to find the right production partner for you.
Let us know if you would enjoy having us host sessions given by our community where your music will get heard and you can have direct access to industry. Send an email with "I want to get heard" in the subject line to claris@studioexpresso.com

Art & Revolutions On March 12th studioexpresso dropped in Robert Berman Gallery (2525 Michigan Ave Santa Monica, CA 90404) to enjoy a reception presented by Subliminal Projects and view REVOLUTIONS, The Album Cover Art of Shepard Fairey. The exhibition continues through April 23rd, 2011.

A star in the world of street art for nearly two decades (his stickers of the wrestler Andre the Giant earned him an A on an assignment at the Rhode Island School of Design), Mr. Fairey has parlayed his stark imagery into a successful design and marketing company, Obey Giant, with corporate clients like Pepsi. The parking lot of the gallery was filled with lines of fans who stood in the cold to get a glimpse of the collection. Wait, this looked more like a rock concert than an art exhibit! The gallery featured over 80 pieces of Punk, Rock, New Wave, Jazz, and Hip-Hop inspired artwork based on the 12" record cover format. To mark the occasion, two special Limited Edition Album Cover Print Box sets were released for the exhibition. Performances by bands OFF! and The Nichemakers made the parking lot look more like a big party!
In 2008 Mr. Fairey earned a new level of mainstream attention. His stylized "Hope" poster of Barack Obama became one of the most highly visible, though unofficial, images of the presidential campaign. Mr. Fairey's 2008 show "Duality of Humanity" at the White Walls Gallery in San Francisco, his third and largest there, sold out before it opened, with some pieces going for as much as $85,000. (On obeygiant.com, prints go for $75; studio pieces are normally around $20,000.) Perry who is diabetic and married with two young daughters is often arrested for putting up his posters. Because the charge usually amounts to a misdemeanor, expunged after six months, Mr. Fairey typically pleads guilty and pays a fine. "He's raising important issues about consent and who decides what we see in public spaces," said Jill Medvedow, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art. ''It's Norman Rockwell crossed with the Dead Kennedys crossed with Communist-era propaganda,'' says Fairey of his art.

RIP Eruarc Ernesto “Seco” Uribe Alpizar
1958- 2.23.11

Portrait of Seco (1958-2011) Portrait by Donna Granata FOTM Portrait Series 2004; Seco at an exhibit in Ventura with portraits of musicians including LA Phil's Maettro Dudamel

Mexican-born Ojai resident artist Seco died on the 23rd of February, 2011. He was 58.
In spite of his successful initiation as a promising writer and journalist, Seco found himself as a visual artist. At the age of 33, after five years of studying human anatomy, he had his first solo exhibit at the Jardin Borda Museum.
In '96 Seco came to the United States creating a large and impressive body of work based on classical music and the musician.
In '98 he was the guest of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra where he sketched the orchestra with Gustavo Dudamel conducting during their closed-door rehearsals. Seco´s gesture and brushstroke capture the movement and the energy of his subject, drawing us close to his passionate vision of life. "Ernesto was generous...he did not hesitate to donate his time and talent to benefit local musicians. His art will live long but he'll be missed," says Claris Dodge.

He is survived by his sons Jorge, Olmo, Omar and Emilio.
A memorial service is planned for Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the Stoneworks Studio
300 Ventura Avenue (back unit). The public is welcome.

RIP Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins
July 7, 1913 - March 21, 2011

One of the last great Mississippi bluesmen, Pinetop enjoyed success as a solo artist since the 1980s, and is known for holding down the piano chair in the great Muddy Waters Band for twelve years. The great irony of Pinetop’s career is that he didn’t blossom as a headliner until his eighth decade – a phenomenon that resulted in the release of 15 solo records in 15 years, beginning in 1992. Aside from his well-deserved GRAMMY® recognition, Pinetop also received a National Heritage Fellowship in 2000 from the National Endowment of the Arts. He has been featured in the documentary Piano Blues, directed by Clint Eastwood for the Martin Scorsese PBS series, The Blues. Most recently, Pinetop received a Grammy in 2010 for his work with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith for Best Traditional Blues CD for Joined at the Hip with Telarc Records.

The Pinetop Perkins Foundation is a tax exempt non-profit organization. It's mission is to provide encouragement and support for youth and young people at the beginning of their musical career; and help provide care and safety for elderly musicians at the twilight of their career.

Celebration of Life Monday, March 28, 2011 - 8:00PM Antone's Blues Club 213 W 5th St Austin, TX 78701

RIP Elizabeth Taylor
February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011

Taylor defined Hollywood glamour and became an icon crossing cultural and language barriers. Warhol's 'Liz #5' is currently owned by hedge-fund manager Steve Cohen. Sources say he has enlisted Phillips de Pury to auction off a turquoise Andy Warhol portrait of the screen star for at least $20 million at its major sale of contemporary art on May 12 in New York.
And yes, Taylor really did have violet eyes.
A private funeral service for legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor will be held at Forest Lawn in Glendale
Last Time I Saw Her In Paris


The Award for Fearless Self-Expression Goes to Tom Waits
Watch Tom accepting 2011 Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame award and comparing it to the City "...key that fits nothing!" Congrats Tom for your fearless self-expression.

"At our humble studio in the hills of Sonoma County we're expressing the gratitude we feel for the opportunity to work with such an iconic artist. We want to thank Tom Waits for forging a unique path in music and maybe imparting some of that same courage onto everyone. Irreverence and a sense of humor is another aspect of Tom's work that has continued to inspire and remind us of what we are here to do.... defy the laws of convention and maintain integrity."
--Mark "Mooka" Rennick of Prairie Sun Recording Studios (Tom Waits' Discography at PSR)

Happy Holi, Happy Spring!
What's Bhang? An intoxicating white drink (cannabis or marijuana mixed with milk, almond, spices and sugar) served by people in north Hndia on the festival of Holi. We recommend espresso. Your choice!
Watch the Hindu celebration of color

EXPRESS YOURSELF! Until next month... celebrate, because you are the key!

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