You can’t overestimate how exciting it was to be openly gay in San Francisco in the 1970s. I mean, Stonewall had happened in 1969, gay civil rights legislation was passing in different states, and, you know, for the first time you could love openly and not be considered sick, not be arrested. It was a very exciting, heady time…
Alysia Abbott writes about growing up with her gay dad in SF in the 70s in her new book Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father. As a millenium of civil rights struggles whirs into action before our very eyes — nascent advances are made, fundamental victories are threatened — it’s good to take a close look at those who brought us this far by demanding the right to be themselves.

You can’t overestimate how exciting it was to be openly gay in San Francisco in the 1970s. I mean, Stonewall had happened in 1969, gay civil rights legislation was passing in different states, and, you know, for the first time you could love openly and not be considered sick, not be arrested. It was a very exciting, heady time…

Alysia Abbott writes about growing up with her gay dad in SF in the 70s in her new book Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father. As a millenium of civil rights struggles whirs into action before our very eyes — nascent advances are made, fundamental victories are threatened — it’s good to take a close look at those who brought us this far by demanding the right to be themselves.

Fairyland Memoir

Fairyland Memoir


LOS ANGELES : WOMBLETON RECORDS
Jali Musa Jawra is from the Kankan region of Guinea in West Africa. The Jali (or “Djeli”) prefix on his name means “musician by birth”; both of his parents were jalis as well, you see. Traditionally speaking, Djelis were more or less wandering minstrels in this part of Africa. He is best known for playing the Kora, a 21-string bridge-harp, though he also mastered the balafon, basically a wooden xylophone from the idiophone family of tuned percussion instruments. He plays guitar and sings, too — but doesn’t everyone. Am I right Hollywood?
Moving to Abidjan in the Ivory Coast to play in Mory Kante’s band in the late 1970s put Jawara in a more progressive state of mind. When he split from Kante in ’83 he developed his own, hypnotic and exciting style of modern African Mandinka music. The album this tune was taken from, “Soubindoor”, was recorded in London in 1988 and was released on Island’s Mango imprint.
The song is about how suspicion and mistrust can ruin otherwise loving relationships. So to put it in your frame of reference, Wombleteens, this song is like West Africa’s answer to “Love Will Tear Us Apart”. I’d like to hear what Jawara could do with “Shadowplay” or “Disorder”, wouldn’t you!
AUDIO OF SOUBINDOOR (1988)
- From the selectors at Wombleton Records in Highland Park — all vinyl all the time for all the people.

LOS ANGELES : WOMBLETON RECORDS

Jali Musa Jawra is from the Kankan region of Guinea in West Africa. The Jali (or “Djeli”) prefix on his name means “musician by birth”; both of his parents were jalis as well, you see. Traditionally speaking, Djelis were more or less wandering minstrels in this part of Africa. He is best known for playing the Kora, a 21-string bridge-harp, though he also mastered the balafon, basically a wooden xylophone from the idiophone family of tuned percussion instruments. He plays guitar and sings, too — but doesn’t everyone. Am I right Hollywood?

Moving to Abidjan in the Ivory Coast to play in Mory Kante’s band in the late 1970s put Jawara in a more progressive state of mind. When he split from Kante in ’83 he developed his own, hypnotic and exciting style of modern African Mandinka music. The album this tune was taken from, “Soubindoor”, was recorded in London in 1988 and was released on Island’s Mango imprint.

The song is about how suspicion and mistrust can ruin otherwise loving relationships. So to put it in your frame of reference, Wombleteens, this song is like West Africa’s answer to “Love Will Tear Us Apart”. I’d like to hear what Jawara could do with “Shadowplay” or “Disorder”, wouldn’t you!

AUDIO OF SOUBINDOOR (1988)

- From the selectors at Wombleton Records in Highland Park — all vinyl all the time for all the people.


Gothic Tropic plays this weekend at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs as part of Cutty Sark's Stay True weekend showcase. It’s gonna be rad.
<a href=”http://gothictropic.bandcamp.com/track/monkey-bars” data-mce-href=”http://gothictropic.bandcamp.com/track/monkey-bars”>Monkey Bars by GOTHIC TROPIC</a>
Photo by Joseph Guzman

Gothic Tropic plays this weekend at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs as part of Cutty Sark's Stay True weekend showcase. It’s gonna be rad.

Photo by Joseph Guzman


Plastic Love — the LA duo of DJs Bas Elgharib and Jimmy Maheras — spin disco, house, techno, acid, shoegaze, polka, dubstep and everything in between December 1 at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs. Based in LA but inspired by both coasts, Jimmy and Bas showcase global artists through their radio show and webcast Plastic Love Radio. Jimmy made a mix just for Ace to give a taste of what he’ll be playing next Saturday in the Amigo Room.

Plastic Love — the LA duo of DJs Bas Elgharib and Jimmy Maheras — spin disco, house, techno, acid, shoegaze, polka, dubstep and everything in between December 1 at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs. Based in LA but inspired by both coasts, Jimmy and Bas showcase global artists through their radio show and webcast Plastic Love Radio. Jimmy made a mix just for Ace to give a taste of what he’ll be playing next Saturday in the Amigo Room.


The one and only Chris Johanson held a percussion workshop at Summer School 2012 at Ace Hotel & Swim Club. This is the track he recorded with a bunch of Ace guests by the pool, a painting he made about it, and a picture of Chris and folks. And here’s what Chris had to say about it:
This is an art making situation where everyone is going to make some new art. We are going to talk about life though stories, percussion and paint. When we are done everyone will leave with a CD of music that they will never forget making. I have an idea what we are going to do but as we know in this trip called life, you never know how it is going to go. There could be some detours, a bump in the road, an unexpected beautiful who knows what, etc. I can tell you this, it will be fun and at the very least awkward. So come on into the art class and have a good time.

The one and only Chris Johanson held a percussion workshop at Summer School 2012 at Ace Hotel & Swim Club. This is the track he recorded with a bunch of Ace guests by the pool, a painting he made about it, and a picture of Chris and folks. And here’s what Chris had to say about it:

This is an art making situation where everyone is going to make some new art. We are going to talk about life though stories, percussion and paint. When we are done everyone will leave with a CD of music that they will never forget making. I have an idea what we are going to do but as we know in this trip called life, you never know how it is going to go. There could be some detours, a bump in the road, an unexpected beautiful who knows what, etc. I can tell you this, it will be fun and at the very least awkward. So come on into the art class and have a good time.


DJ Prestige's holiday mix for Ace. Catch him in the lobby Friday evenings at Ace Hotel New York.


Sex and Violence - custom remix by Boy Crisis for Ace Hotel.


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