It’s Halloween, Witches!!

Trick or Treating is for suckers (and loyal readers with children). The rest of us should find some other way of celebrating Halloween. Don’t worry, we have some suggestions…

 Halloween with Treasure Mammal?! How can you go wrong? 

 The Phoenix Art Museum will be showing this classic tale of love and massacre tonight.
More info here

Annie Dunn from Chaos In Color Answers the YabYum 7

1. Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Annie, and I paint colorful creatures, from cute to macabre but mostly just odd. My goal is to make people laugh, or at least smile. If not that, then consternation will do. I work under the name Chaos in Color.

2. Where can people view your work?

My art prints are always available at vanAnnies.com, and the home page has a list of upcoming shows where people can see my work in person. You can get announcements about new paintings and upcoming shows via our email list.
3. How did you get your start?

My background is in programming for computer graphics, but it’s hard to get a job in that area without moving to Silicon Valley, and business programming really doesn’t do it for me. My love of computer graphics just kind of morphed over the years into digital painting, which has all of the color but none of the cubicle. I’ve been painting for about nine years now.

4. What inspires you?

Humor, cats, nature, and spooky things, especially Halloween. And color of course. I like paintings that require a little bit of thinking or observation to see what’s really going on. My favorite part of art shows is seeing how people react and hearing how they interpret my paintings.  I’ve been surprised by many of their observations. I also like symbolism. Many of my paintings are either about mortality or have a “life is short” sort of message.

5. What do you like about Arizona?

Saguaros, they are super cool.  I really should paint more saguaros. I also like that skeletons are popular pretty much year round. Probably the best part of the southwest for me is that there are so many native cat species – puma, bobcat, ocelot, jaguar, and jaguarundi. I wish more people understood how special that is.

6. What would you like to accomplish before you die?

I pretty much just want to live before I die, instead of wasting away. I hope that somewhere along the line my paintings will help people feel better about their own lives and whatever time they have.

7. What is your weapon of choice for the inevitable zombie apocalypse?

I will have an army of cats to fend off the undead. I am unfortunately still working on getting the cats to follow commands.

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See more of Annie at:

Artist Websites
Zazzle
Etsy
Facebook
Twitter

Bigger Than Sound

Hey did everyone see this amazing short documentary about Charlie Levy and Stateside Presents? If you haven’t seen Bigger Than Sound, you need to check it out right now! Produced by Kayla Frost and directed by Alex Gregory, get a not-often-seen inside look into the life of Charlie as told through himself and folks such as Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World and Sam Means of The Format. Brush up on some great local music history and find out how this man helped make the Phoenix scene what is today…


Bigger Than Sound from Sliding Door Productions on Vimeo.

Web Round Up

I have returned with another week of foraging around the web…

Phx Taco, our favorite place to keep tabs on everything street art around the state, shared this Columbus Day prank. While you’re there check out the newest post on Breeze & Lalo Cota

Playboy Manbaby has created a tumblr page and, like their music, it generates this popculturemeltdown effect. As I have a seizure condition, I could only briefly inspect the page so delve on my behalf.

VegCo – the 100%  plant-based supermarket – is seeking to develop their flagship in Phoenix. Read more about the project and/or pledge your support for this innovative project. 

The Spec armed members of Black Carl with cameras before they took off for Alaskan-tour-adventures. Follow along in pictures. 

Junk in the Trunk is getting ready for one of its fabu, vintage markets, this time at the Icehouse in Phoenix.
I just bought my ticket.

Danielle of Sometimes Sweet opens a dialogue about the role of Sesame Street and PBS in our lives and the current threats of funding cuts should Mittens gain the presidency.
Morganna Guzzon of Modern Times Magazine covers SlutWalk Tempe, an event aimed at raising rape awareness. 

The images above are not ours but simply borrowed from the linked site, if you take issue please just let us know and we’ll pull it down. If you know of an Arizona-operated blog or website that we might not know of (quite possible) please send it our way – yymeditors@gmail.com – thanks!

Donny & The Dorks

by Mark Anderson

The first time I listened to Donny & the Dorks it was 10:02 on a Thursday. I was tired as all get out, a little elevated too. That’s when “Boner Skit,” the first track off their new self-titled EP, hit me like a (insert noun) to the face. “Falling Off The Deep End” barreled in second and it’s eerie synth and dance-mode style promply enticed me to look further into these Dorks.

In the process of trying to discover just who in the heck these people were, I found myself completley lost in the hypnotizing melody of “Navy Blues,” the album’s third track. I stopped what I was doing, paused the album, and proceeded to watch the music video for the song instead. You should do the same, I found it to be entierly relaxing.

“A person who is dedicated to living authentically, rather that from the ego… dorks are typically more noted for their quirky personality and behavior rather than their interests or IQ which may or may not be on level with traditional geeks or nerds.” Or so says the Urban Dictionary. Either way, the quirkiness shines through on the fourth song, “Peanut Butter Skit,” a funky instrumental complete with reverb soaked snare drum.

“Kick Him Off His Crutch” rounds out the album with it’s simple yet captivating sound. “Jazz, surf, whatever sounds the fanciest” is what they use to describe themselves and nowhere do I find that analogy more apt than in the final track. Then, as soon as it begins, the EP drifts away.

With a pair of shows scheduled on October 26 and 27 at the Yucca Tap and Trunk Space respectively, now is your chance to see these dweebs, I mean Dorks, for yourself.


Donny & The Dorks – “Navy Blues” Official Music Video from Tanner Hall on Vimeo.

Donny & The Dorks

by Mark Anderson

The first time I listened to Donny & the Dorks it was 10:02 on a Thursday. I was tired as all get out, a little elevated too. That’s when “Boner Skit,” the first track off their new self-titled EP, hit me like a (insert noun) to the face. “Falling Off The Deep End” barreled in second and it’s eerie synth and dance-mode style promply enticed me to look further into these Dorks.

In the process of trying to discover just who in the heck these people were, I found myself completley lost in the hypnotizing melody of “Navy Blues,” the album’s third track. I stopped what I was doing, paused the album, and proceeded to watch the music video for the song instead. You should do the same, I found it to be entierly relaxing.

“A person who is dedicated to living authentically, rather that from the ego… dorks are typically more noted for their quirky personality and behavior rather than their interests or IQ which may or may not be on level with traditional geeks or nerds.” Or so says the Urban Dictionary. Either way, the quirkiness shines through on the fourth song, “Peanut Butter Skit,” a funky instrumental complete with reverb soaked snare drum.

“Kick Him Off His Crutch” rounds out the album with it’s simple yet captivating sound. “Jazz, surf, whatever sounds the fanciest” is what they use to describe themselves and nowhere do I find that analogy more apt than in the final track. Then, as soon as it begins, the EP drifts away.

With a pair of shows scheduled on October 26 and 27 at the Yucca Tap and Trunk Space respectively, now is your chance to see these dweebs, I mean Dorks, for yourself.


Donny & The Dorks – “Navy Blues” Official Music Video from Tanner Hall on Vimeo.

Baratin

by Byron Carrick

The locavore movement, or even remote awareness, has come a long way lately. Folks are starting to gain more understanding of why it’s a good idea to support local farmers and businesses that offer the local bounty. Pavle Milic and Charleen Badman have been doing it for years over at Restaraunt FnB, the first local eatery that offered a full Arizona-only wine list as well as big purveyors of locally grown and raised offerings. So it only makes sense that the two open up another joint that offers the same delicious ideas, but with a twist.

Baritin keeps to the theme of farm to table, but the menu might surprise you. The ever-changing features generally offer up the simplicity of what is at its peak at that particular moment. A snack, a salad, a sandwich and something sweet. That’s it. There are no selection of sides or choices of bread. Quite simply, you are offered what is freshest, available, and truly delicious.

A unique concept in a world of choices. We are so used to going into a restaurant and having a massive selection to choose from, but Baritin  takes you out of that comfort zone. They instill trust deep inside your bones, then deliver it on a plate or two with great success.

My wife and I went during the week for our first time. Small and cozy with patio seating we chose to sit inside. We both ordered the salad, the cold chicken sandwich and a glass of local Arizona wine.

The salad was a medley of shaved squash, radish, a light balsamic and oil with flakes of Parmesan and pinion nuts. So fresh and heavenly I barely took a breath in between bites. Everything blended together so well, the flavor and crispness was an eye opener.

But the sandwich. Oh my.

Stacked tall on fresh local bread, smothered in Charleen’s amazing cole slaw, sat the most beautiful, deep fried and refrigerated chicken I have ever seen. Yes, cold fried chicken. It took me back to my childhood when my grandmother would fry up chicken for dinner, then the next day I would sneak little pieces from the fridge off the plate of leftovers. The texture of fresh bread, cole slaw and that damn chicken was a symphony of memories and understanding when food was real and tasted good.

The end result was my sheer fascination to know what the next menu might offer. This quaint mystery and longing has me anticipating my next visit.

5 stars and a hug to Charleen and Pavle. They have simply done it again.

photos by Byron Carrick


Sole Answers the YabYum Six (Seven)

Photo by William Dickey
Sole, for many of us at YabYum, needs no introduction. Those seeking gold chain raps and bitch slapping rhymes will most likely be disappointed with the hip-hop Sole offers to audiences. Dedicated to fighting the powers that be and inspiring change through art and global activism, Sole was gracious enough to answer the YabYum Six.

1. Who are you and what do you do? 
my name is sole i make music and fight the power!

2. How did you get your start? 
i started recording music with cassette dub tape loops on a karaoke machine. the rest is history.

3. What inspires you?
emma goldman, 1968, guy debord, slavoj zizek, good sci fi novels, my friends, the poetry of francois villon and bob kaufman… shit… been very inspired by andrew jackson jihad lately….

4. What do you like about Arizona?

Photo by William Dickey

i used to live in the middle of the coconino national forest on beaver creek… i honestly believe that the riparian environments outside of sedona are the most beautiful things i have ever seen. i would wake up in the morning read, go bathe in a creek, run around with my dogs, pull a scorpion out of the sink… i love the dry heat… i love that even though in the mountains people are mostly right wing/libertarian i got along well with everyone and had lively discussions. i miss shooting at paintings of terrorists my friend olan would make.

5. What would you like to accomplish before you die?
immortality! riches! i’d like to think i helped create some meaningful lasting change in the united states as well.

6. What is your weapon of choice for the zombie apocalypse?
tons and tons of IEDs with a gatling gun as a back up.

 
   7. What would Sole’s Ruthless Criticism of Arizona be?
fuck sherrif joe arpaio and his racist supporters. other than that i wish that you could take the buildings in tucson and place them in flagstaff… that would literally be the best city in america. maybe not remove them from tucson, just duplicate em!

It has been over seven years since the release of Sole’s last solo album Live From Rome. Sole’s upcoming solo album, A Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing, is finally set to release this November 13th. Pre-order available here. Fans get an instant download of Sole’s Songs That Went VOID ep when pre-ordering A Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing.
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DVD

Songs That Went VOID provides an awesome precursor to Sole’s upcoming release, and proves that the D.I.Y. revolution is alive and well. While first listening to the ep, I was tempted to throw my bike into oncoming traffic and start an impromptu protest of the streets around me, but I instead found that the ep was just as well suited for getting aggro at the gym.  

Songs That Went VOID is like a hip-hop spaceship that travels through the cosmos taking solace in snapping the necks of corrupt systems and greedy politicians. While some would say that Sole no longer lives in Arizona, in many ways the suggestion seems subjective. After several repetitions, I am sure Songs That Went VOID will not burn out my weekly playlist anytime soon.
JP

Check out more about Sole at:
http://www.soleone.org

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