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  • The Brujas You Couldn't Kill - The New Parish

    Our old friend Chhoti Maa has but together an amazing show. In her own words: 

    Bruja literally means witch, but this word is often used as an insult, suggesting evil or bitchy behavior…this comes from colonization and machismo. For many years, the word Bruja was used to belittle, vilify and delegitimize traditional womyn healers / doctors /wise womyn.

     Today, we use the word Bruja to challenge that colonial covering, to unearth and revitalize our connection to our Grandma healer ancestors who guide us and pass down sacred knowledge.

    Listen to our podcast with Chhoti here!


    Local rappers and educators
    MADlines and CHHOTI MAA aka BRUJALYFE are hosting:
    The New Parish, Nov. 15th, 2015
    Doors at 6:00pm
    Show starts at 7:00pm
    $8 Advance Tickets
    $12 At the Door
    18 and Over (Bar with ID)
    Purchase Tickets Here
    Facebook Event Page Here
    Get down with DJs, Vendors, Music and Brujeria.
    The Brujas You Couldn’t Kill:
    SUZI ANALOGUE (Never Normal Brooklyn)
    WORLD HOOD (Sacramento Solcolective)
    HADEEL RAMADAN aka Coca Blu


  • Podcasting Irene Diaz with Two Live Acoustic Songs

    Irene has emerged forcefully as a dynamic singer/song writer out of Los Angeles. With a deep soulful sound, Irene's music  grabs your attention immediately. Having been recognized by NPR as a top talent and opening for luminaries such as Lila Downs Irene stands apart. Listen to the podcast below as we discuss her music, influences, favorite recipes and enjoy her soul grabbing sound with two live acoustic songs! 

    You can listen to her tracks on Soundcloud below.

    Finally check out this amazing video of her live at the Gaia Haus. She is currently working on her first LP and we will certainly let you know when that comes out. 

     -Filiberto Nolasco Gomez

  • Dream Has No Friend


    We have been gleefully following and writing about the sounds that are emerging from a new generation of musicians and artists in our native Los Angeles. Recently, the video "Dream Has No Friends" was brought to our attention by director Lorena Endara.


    The video comes from the experimental Jon Armstrong Jazz Orchestra and features a mostly latino cast set in Los Angeles. According to their press release, 


    "it was inspired by a poem that drifts between consciousness and unconsciousness. Similarly, the music video takes you on a strangely emotional and visual experience of sound. It was filmed in Los Angeles and the open-ended journey points viewers towards the new face of American jazz."



    After reviewing the entirety of the Jon Armstrong Orchestra music and slightly intimidated by the length of the songs, Director Lorena Endara, 

    "picked "Dream Has No Friend" because of the mood. it reminds of an old black and white mystery film and i thought it be cool to capture different parts of Los Angeles. Since Eduardo [husband and guitarist for Chicano Batman} is my Los Angeles guide I feel like I have high standards for what the city is. deep inside, my goal was to impress Eduardo with the locations I picked. i know he loved the b-roll shot of the trees over the 110 freeway right in the beginning. "

    I for one enjoyed the music. I appreciated the dark tones emanating from the brass and woodwinds along with the experimental design of the music. The video has a classic look panning elegantly through the heart of Los Angeles. Clearly Lorena's approach to filmmaking has a minimalist aesthetic. Using juxtaposition and adjusting the opacity levels Lorena is able to effectively convey conflict emanating from the main character.  The phrasing in the film complemented the tone and feel of the music without feeling like a music video. 


    -Filiberto Nolasco Gomez

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