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MOMENT OF ZEN: The Dirty Heads “My Sweet Summer”

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Written by Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

I’ve said it before I’ll say it again, “Music can save you life.” It might not rescue you from a burning building or keep you warm when your freezing but it can lift your spirits up when your down. It can transport you to a place you can call home and be a refuge from pain. It motivates you to do amazing things that you didn’t think was possible. Most importantly, it is the fast way to connect to our emotions and unlock what we are feeling at that exact moment. Whether it be when we’re fucking pissed off and want to destroy everything or we’re so sad that we want to eat a gallon of ice cream. Music can put us in place of ZEN.

Our Moment of Zen: My Sweet Summer by The Dirty Heads

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The Dirty Heads is a reggae band from Huntington Beach, CA with a melodic style that includes hip hop and ska punk genres. Their debut album, Any Port in a Storm, was released on September 23, 2008. The band was founded in 1996 by Jared “Dirty J” Watson and vocalist/guitarist Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell in Orange County, CA. The two first met at a party during their freshman year of high school. Upon hearing one of Bushnell’s rap demo tapes, Watson became inspired to collaborate with him on a new project. At the time Bushnell was already in a punk rock band, while Watson had no previous music experience. In Bushnell’s garage, the two began writing hip-hop songs with reggae and punk influences. The band’s name stems from their older brothers and family calling them “dirty heads” when they were younger. Although many people believe it comes from a specific event when the two were stealing a pack of beer, this has never been confirmed by the band, and it’s more likely just a general family thing.

The Dirty Heads released an 11-track acoustic album, titled “Home – Phantoms Of Summer”, on October 29, 2013.

Their new album will be titled “Sound Of Change”, it will be released on July 8th, 2014; On May 6, 2014, they released the first single, “My Sweet Summer” on iTunes.

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Our Moment of Zen is My Sweet Summer because it’s been hot as fuck in Los Angeles with tempertaures reaching over 100 degrees and the heatwave making it seem like we are already in the middle of summer. The song makes us realizes why we live in SoCal because of the great weather. Granted, we are in a middle of a heatwave but this songs makes us remember that in other parts of the world it totally sucks. This song it totally fun and upbeat which we should take that attitude with this beautiful Southern California weather because summer only comes once a year and we always miss it when it’s gone.

 

Moment of Zen: UB40- Red Red Wine (Throwback Thursday)

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WRITTEN BY: RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ

I’ve said it before I’ll say it again, “Music can save you life.” It might not rescue you from a burning building or keep you warm when your freezing but it can lift your spirits up when your down. It can transport you to a place you can call home and be a refuge from pain. It motivates you to do amazing things that you didn’t think was possible. Most importantly, it is the fast way to connect to our emotions and unlock what we are feeling at that exact moment. Whether it be when we’re fucking pissed off and want to destroy everything or we’re so sad that we want to eat a gallon of ice cream. Music can put us in place of ZEN.

OUR MOMENT OF ZEN: Red Red wine by ub40 (TBT)

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UB40 are a British reggae/pop band formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England. The band has had more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also achieved considerable international success. The band has been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times, and in 1984, were nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group. One of the world’s best-selling music artists, UB40 have sold over 70 million records.

Their hit singles include their debut “Food for Thought” and two U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number ones with “Red Red Wine” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. Both of these also topped the UK Singles Chart, as did the band’s version of “I Got You Babe”.

Our Moment of Zen is Red Red Wine because after a long week of being sick and work, I needed this old school song to chill out and relax. Thank God it’s Friday tomorrow and I am defiently going to drink a couple of glasses of red wine. Check out and listen to this throwback song by UB40 while your relaxing with a glass of wine, thinking about the weekend.

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OUR MOMENT OF ZEN: Fever by The Black Keys

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WRITTEN BY: RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ

I’ve said it before I’ll say it again, “Music can save you life.” It might not rescue you from a burning building or keep you warm when your freezing but it can lift your spirits up when your down. It can transport you to a place you can call home and be a refuge from pain. It motivates you to do amazing things that you didn’t think was possible. Most importantly, it is the fast way to connect to our emotions and unlock what we are feeling at that exact moment. Whether it be when we’re fucking pissed off and want to destroy everything or we’re so sad that we want to eat a gallon of ice cream. Music can put us in place of ZEN.

OUR MOMENT OF ZEN: Fever by The Black Keys

The Black Keys is an American rock duo formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums). The duo began as an independent act, recording music in basements and self-producing their records, before they eventually emerged as one of the most popular garage rock artists during a second wave of the genre’s revival in the 2010s. The band’s raw blues rock sound draws heavily from Auerbach’s blues influences, including Junior Kimbrough and Robert Johnson. Their new album, Turn Blue, is coming out this year on May 13th and I cannot wait.

I’ve been a fan of the Black Keys for years now and I was wondering when their next album was coming out. So, when I heard they were going to release their new single today I was excited but when I heard the new song, entitled Fever,  it just reminded me why they one of my favorite bands.

Our Moment of Zen comes from hearing the new single from the Black Keys called Fever because it’s been a while since I heard anything from the Black Keys and I especially didn’t feel good this morning due to my cold and listening to the Black Keys made me feel a little better. I thought it was kinda ironic that I was feeling better listening to a song called Fever when I’m sick as dog. I can’t wait for the album and I love the single, please check it out and decide for yourself!

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Going out for a Run- Mid-Wilshire (Just Pictures)

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Mid-Wilshire is a highly diverse, well-educated and densely populated residential neighborhood in the central region of Los Angeles, California. Its commercial and public-use areas also make it the site of world-class museums and research centers and of widely known shopping districts and restaurants.

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Moment of Zen- Sanctified by Rick Ross

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WRITTEN BY: RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ

I’ve said it before I’ll say it again, Music can save you life.”  It might not rescue you from a burning building or keep you warm when your freezing but it can lift your spirits up when your down. It can transport you to a place you can call home and be a refuge from pain. It motivates  you to do amazing things that you didn’t think was possible. Most importantly, it is the fast way to connect to our emotions and unlock what we are feeling at that exact moment. Whether it be when we’re fucking pissed off and want to destroy everything or we’re so sad that we want to eat a gallon of ice cream.   Music can put us in place of ZEN.

Our Moment of Zen: Sanctified by Rick Ross

Sanctified is on off  Mastermind, which is Rick’s is the sixth studio album by American rapper Rick Ross. The album was released on March 3, 2014, by Maybach Music GroupSlip-n-Slide Records, andDef Jam RecordingsMastermind was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 67, which indicates “generally favorable reviews”, based on 16 reviews.[39] Nick Catucci of Entertainment Weekly gave the album an A–, saying “As always, he’s got a gifted ear for rumbly, deep-gloss beats. “Sanctified“, which Kanye produced and raps on, sounds like platinum mallets drumming on shipping containers. His flow too remains flawlessly weighted. He’s leisurely and precise even on the theatrically dark “In Vein”, where he raps fast to play off the Weeknd’s cynical come-ons.

I think my favorite track off the album has to be Sanctified, produced by Kanye West, DJ Mustard, and Mike Dean. I just love the old school R & B intro with the great Betty Wright with her amazing voice, it transports you back in time when music was gritty and real. I love her intro and I also love the Hook.

All I want’s 100 million dollars and a bad bitch
Plus that paper chasin’, it done turn me to a savage
Groupies in the lobby they just tryna get established
God, I’ve been guilty, fornicatin’ from my status

But I think Kanye once again kills it on this track and had the best bars on the song.

Niggas be lovin’ the old Ye, they sayin’ the new Ye, that nigga be spazzin’
But when Ali turn up and be Ali, you can’t ever change that nigga back to Cassius

God sent me a message, said I’mAnnotate too aggressive
Really!? Me!? Too aggressive!?

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Love, Value and the Self- Philosophy of a Successful Woman

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Love, Value and the Self.

Philosophy of a

Successful Woman 

Written by: Jasmine Rausch Jasmine’s Instagram

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Valuing yourself is one of the most important things to have in order to live a quality life. I am learning this first hand. Many of us do not respect ourselves enough or believe we are deserving of a better life. We find our way into unsatisfactory jobs and relationships, and maintain these positions because of complacency. Once complacency sets in, it becomes difficult to see the bigger picture that drives us to strive for greatness.

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As I begin to start my own business, I have run into this conflict quite a bit. If you lack value for your self then you simply cannot see the value in your service or skill. It is important to be firm with your rates and value your service. Even if you are just starting out,  it is worth it to be willing to lose a client, a job, or an opportunity if your needs aren’t being met. I have come to realize that it isn’t about getting all the business but rather the right kind of business. I have found that those who respect my rate also respect my time and value the service I am providing.

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In my relationship, I communicate because I value myself. This all started when I was participating in a pranayama/ meditation workshop that centered around self love. I was working with a partner asking and answering the questions that were given to us. As we fell deeper into the exercise I told my partner “Who will ever love me as much as he ( my boyfriend) does.” My partner looked at me surprised and responded with “You will.” Then it clicked. I did not know what self love was and I certainly did not have much of it. I spent the following months working on loving myself as much as my boyfriend has. Things have slowly started to shift. I want my relationship to be one I want to be in, but more so to be the kind I feel I deserve.  I communicate my needs, my fears, my goals, and my loves for me and I hope my partner does the same.

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Loving yourself and valuing yourself will create abundance in all areas of your life.  I find this to be an everyday practice.

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Miriam Williamson writes in A Return to Love:    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous. Actually, who are you not to be?”

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Midnight Cities Band Review- Locals Only (L.A. Natives)

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Midnight Cities

Band Review

Locals Only

(L.A. Natives)

Written by: Ryan Fu @fu_beatz 

Fuck Hollywood.

Fuck all the fake ass people you meet on the daily, talking about industry bullshit, sexting their lives away on their crackberry. Every time I talk to someone in Holly-weird I feel like I’m talking to a robot with their generic answers about how they feel about life and their bullshit 9 to 5 jobs. Take it from Neo; you can’t experience life from a cubicle. Fuck all the tourists and the annoying paparazzi with their flashing lights. KimYe and Paris are overrated.

Fuck their dress code and fancy attire,

Fuck the fake smiles and the lies they tell you. The streets aren’t paved in gold but in the blood of people’s dreams that are smashed in year after year.

But if you’re tough and determined enough, you just might make it in the Jungle we call L.A.

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One Friday night, I might have found a band that might be tough enough for the mean streets of Cali and can find success in Hollywood. I found myself far away from the hated Hollywood scene to check out Midnight Cities at the Lot 1 Café in Echo Park. If you lived in Los Angeles for a little but you’ve probably have heard about Echo Park. It’s not much of a tourist attraction with the exception of the park but you wouldn’t come here for anything else except if you worked or lived here.

This is why I like to come to Echo Park because it is far away from all the Hollywood bullshit. You get that feel of “Locals Only” as soon as you step into Lot 1 Café. There is no waiting in line, no ugly bouncer, no rude greeter at the door, just alcohol, real people and good music. This is where I met and heard the sound of Midnight Cities.

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The bar is small as fuck but it feels like home with no weird funky drink names. You ask for a beer and you get a beer, no bullshit. People, who live around the neighborhood, gather there with their friends for a drink and to listen to good music. Not once, while I was there did I hear anything concerning about the Crapdashians or any Hollywood jargon. It was real people having real conversations about life. The music was the same way with each band playing from their hearts regardless if anyone was listening to them or not. Midnight Cities is one of these bands playing tonight.

If you thought the bar was small, the room where the bands played where even smaller. Just imagine a rock band and a dozen of your friends playing in your Master Bedroom.

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But I liked it.

Just four walls, a couple of lights and a band that’s all you really need. There’s something personal and romantic about watching a band that is seriously two feet away from you. I was right in front, two feet away, watching Midnight Cities killing it.

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They are much louder and play faster then the rest of the bands I heard that night. You could hear that their music is heavily influenced by bands in the 90s like Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, and Nirvana. The band consists of Nick, the drummer, Martin, the bassist and the leader/singer-songwriter, Simon Cardoza.

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Nick is the straight forward, no nonsense type of guy. When he asks for a beer, he gets a beer. This is how he plays the drums with confidence and the bravado of a man, who knows who he is and knows want he wants. He has a day job but want he really wants is just to be a musician and play in a good band. Right now he is crushing on the drums, adding the thudding sounds of Midnight Cities. You can hear the pain, the frustrations and the love as he beats the living the hell out of the drums, trying to leave everything he has out there on the stage like a samurai on the battlefield.

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Martin, a warrior himself, is more elegant with his instrument as he looks like he’s playing on a cloud. If Nick is the heart of the band with his beats then Martin would be the spirit of the band. As he plays so effortlessly and without a care in the world even though he just found out he just got laid off from his job, that doesn’t deter him from having a good time and play good music. He is very philosophical in the way he lives his life and how he plays music as he goes with the flow musically and spiritually.

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But it wouldn’t be Voltron without their captain and fearless leader Simon Cardoza. Simon formed this group and he is charge of everything, from the music, the marketing and even when they should eat a grilled cheese sandwich or not before performing. He is a man with a plan. This plan involves playing music for a living and not as a side gig. He wants to make music that people will love and enjoy. Music is his passion in which he would gladly risk it all and put himself out there to see one person enjoy his music. Just like Nick and Martin, Simon is there for the love of music and you can see it when they perform.

Far away from the broken dreams of Hollywood Boulevard, I saw a band still trying to reach for stars. There’s something awesome about watching a relatively new band performing in a small room with only a couple of people watching them, playing their asses off like they were playing on the Main Stage at Coachella. This is why I think Midnight Cities is going to be a successful band. With the Simon’s passion about music and his band member’s work ethic, this band is ready to launch into to space and into the stars where nothing matters except for the things that really matter to you. But for now I like knowing Midnight Cities before they become rock stars, it’s like a “Local’s Only” thing.

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Who Needs Self-Medication When There’s Meditation!

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Great article about how to handle the daily stress of life without using any medications. A must read if you need a natural stress reliever!

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Let me start off by saying I knew almost nothing about meditation when I decided to write this. I tried it once in physical education in school, but I never got into it. I don’t like to sit still very much unless I’m doing something (reading,making something,writing, etc.). But, I didn’t realize that I actually do a type of meditation when I exercise (which I’ll get into later). I wanted to write about meditation, because (as the title suggests) I have a huge problem with self-medicating. For some reason, even though I have practiced other forms of avoidance, self-medicating (with drugs/alcohol/whatever) has never been a vice of mine. I loathe the idea of it, and generally have a hard time empathizing with those that partake in it. I am somewhat of a hippie at heart. I like eating naturally, I like to spend time in nature, and I hardly ever…

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