I Needed Color and Maybe I Need Less Sleep? by Randy Ortiz

In an amazing mini-documentary, THE Jim Carrey has managed to blow me away with his expression and art. Confusing and complicated is the mind of an artist and blessed are we to somehow let those thoughts and emotions out. A great looks into his mind, his art and how life sometimes works it's way into solving heartbreak and feeling.

He mentioned something that struck a chord with me, being up late and creating which I used to do a lot. In a recent creative slump I have had many thoughts as to what is the contributing factor, be it time, energy or motivation but time frame might be a contributing factor. I create best when there's isolation and no interruptions, this might have sparked me trying to find a better way for me to work without being up at 3AM cause... work, haha.

Thank you Jim.

Elhae's Aura (II) Is Shining by Randy Ortiz

If... you... don't... want... DRAMA, get with this Elhae Aura II 'cause it's well worth your 3AM after a wild party night or just wanna lay back and enjoy some of that good heart to heart R&B soul. I've praised Elhae before several times and what he's been consistent with while still being himself is elevating his sound on each and every next project. This is what good R&B should sound like right now without the cheesy bullshit, he also has a good balance of Hip-Hop in this project as well and it doesn't take away from the overall feeling of Aura II. A bit late to the album party since this came out in April but good music has no expiration or limit and this album I highly recommend to folks that like good music and don't mind that good love love in it.
Listen to the album below and make sure to show the homie support by buying/streaming it and let him know what you think. He's also going to be in Miami for SoulLit in August so go check him out live and get those tickets! See below for info.

Re/Inter-view: Pink Frost Returns with New Minds by Randy Ortiz

Labels... who needs em? People get too wrapped up in wanting to label the sound a band creates and I'd rather not. Especially when you have a band like Pink Frost ripping and roaring in your ear as Adam Lukas' vocals permeate throughout the album, creating a rugged yet cleaner and focused sound after a 4 year break. New Minds is a energetic, heavy yet dark album that keeps you going the entire damn time. It keep pushing in your ear till you just let it take over and the guitar beats you senseless as the vocals wrap around your head, let it. I came across their Sundowning album this year for the first time and was fully enjoying Ruins, Orange Sky Suicide and Dead Cities to name a few, so New Minds came to me at the perfect time.

Now having completed a few listens of New Minds, I can safely say that I do enjoy their harder hitting songs which is most this album and Bare Roots hits that spot in my Black Sabbath heart that I cannot ignore. It has that great droning and wailing guitar slow-down that makes you want to just take a break from whatever you're doing and space out for a few. You can feel the wind hitting you in Circles as the drums create this aural stomp while the melodic space of HeadlightsMirror Maze and We No Time settle you down from that high to end it on a slower note. I love bands like this where it takes you to another dimension and is about the music, not some gimmick or fad but exploration in sound.

New Minds is out now on iTunes, Spotify and on Bandcamp(Digital/CD/Vinyl). You can have a listen below and purchase it in your preferred format directly from their Bandcamp.

Now that we got to share what the new album feels like,
let's talk to vocalist/guitarist Adam Lukas of
Pink Frost!

Welcome back boys and thanks for releasing yet another album that continues to explore sound! It's truly great and I'm sure it'll also be a great gift to existing fans as well as all the new fans you'll gain in your journey.

Aside from the 4 year break and its reason, what learnings resonated with band after the release of Sundowning (2013) and remaster of Gargoyle Days (2015) that may have impacted New Minds? 
A lot has happened since Sundowning, but there is no real reason for the delay. 
We actually recorded the basic tracks for New Minds quite a while back, so we had the chance to live with the tunes for a while and really experiment with things. Adding a harmony here or a fuzzed out guitar there. Searching for days for the perfect reverb. Having a bit of detachment from the original sessions really helped us look at the songs dispassionately and focus on the dynamics of each song without the prejudice of performance or ego getting the way. In some ways it was like working with a different band. There were no deadlines set, so we could let the songs evolve and grow until they felt fully realized.

Time is best when creating so that's great you guys were able to sit with the tracks for a bit! Sometimes you just need to step back. When writing and rehearsing new songs, do you guys have anything in particular that gets you "in the zone" when in the creative state?
All the drugs mostly and maybe some practice.

HAHA! Gotta get there somehow eh? As I listened to New Minds at the end of the day, it served as a soundtrack of sort. Is there a certain feel that you guys were going for in this album?
Not consciously, but there is a certain underlying cohesion that seems to bind the tunes together. They all relate to and inform each other. It’s probably the thing I’m most proud of with the LP. We explore a lot of moods throughout the record, but it all feels like part of the same whole. A proper album, in an old school way, that makes sense from beginning to end. While sequencing the track order for the LP, it became obvious that there was only one way things could go. Every time we tried to switch up the song order something felt off and we put it back in its proper place. Each song serving a purpose in the puzzle.

Completely agree with the beginning to end feel! Glad to see music cohesion exists and not just tracks that go together. What's going on now that New Minds is finally out in the wild?
Trying to figure it all out at the moment. Hoping to tour and perform as much as possible.

What's up with the piñata?
That’s Alex’s girlfriend. Isn’t she lovely?

Sure is, I'd hit that haha. Now a VERY important question for ya, It's 3AM in Chicago, you're hungry and you have 6 bucks in your pocket... what's the best place to eat?
The Tamale Guy will actually come to you at the bar you’re at because it’s 3AM and he will kindly take your last $6 and even though you won’t be able to afford that taxi you were planning to take home, and can’t Uber because you dropped and shattered your phone after doing too many shots, you will still be happy. Solid late night eats.

Well damn that's actually a great thing, I'm sure he has a good amount of business and if I'm ever in Chicago I'll look him up. You can only pick one... Super Mario Brothers Super Show, Ren & Stimpy Show or Invader ZIM?
Ren and Stimpy

Good pick, I like to at least sneak in one 'toon question haha. Thanks for giving us your time and shedding some light into the Pink Frost world. Anything you wanna leave us with?
Peace and love, peace and love. And unbridled anxiety.

At work now so halfway to unbridled, haha.
Thanks again to Adam Lukas for answering and entertaining, hear ya on the next one or on stage!

El Mató A Un Policia Motorizado - El Tesoro by Randy Ortiz

It's been a while since I've posted anything from El Mató A Un Policia Motorizado (Argentina) but they are back! Their new album titled La Síntesis O’Konor on Nacional Records (June 23rd) is coming up and lucky for anyone with ears, I'm fortunate to be premiering 'El Tesoro' which is a new track off their upcoming album. Listen below and escape into the melodic guitars and lose yourself in what might be your favorite new song to leave on repeat. It's such a clean yet fuzzy sound that just makes you crank up the volume and lose yourself in between the guitars and bass as Santiago's voice carries you around the music-scape.
No estoy seguro de cuántas veces he repetido esta canción, jaja... que canción muchachones! Also peep out their spacey album art after the video and let them know what you think on Twitter!

Onyx x D.O.D. won't let you sleep by Randy Ortiz

Well damn... I haven't heard a more threatening collabo than these two groups in a minute, Netherlands D.O.D. and Queens own Onyx. Bringing you to a place of darkness and savage hard hitting beats with great visuals. The videos are fantastically done and fit the mood perfectly, props to Andres Fouché! Shiftee, low down gritty and grimy to the fucking max.
Their album 'Shotgunz In Hell' (iTunesAmazon, Spotify) comes out today May 29 which is perfect to bump in that BBQ ya'll have going on right now, just bring the kids to play inside haha. Peep the other two videos they got for this release and get a fear for your life going, err... I mean a feel for the album.

BANG BANG BANG.

Sunday Tunes: Vainilla X - Sopa Salvaje by Randy Ortiz

Todays Sunday tunes are coming via Argentinian band Vainilla X. An eclectic Spanish album full of grungy, rock and punk sounds that freely flow from one track to the other. The lead singer has a peculiar voice that reminds me of movies like Amores Perros or summer time outdoor concerts, I dig it. Hope you dig it too and find your way to the checkout of purchasing Sopa Salvaje!

VHS-OST: Time Bandits by Randy Ortiz

Sooo many visions of neons streaks... where am I and what year is this?! Either way, I'm sold on the duo of Jr Doom and BWinshell that make VHS-OST.

Right from the beginning I got a hint of Scarface killing Manny vibe from Act One, then it turns into a lush synth jungle of sounds and neon lights that carries itself very well and engulfs you in its light. All you want to do is chill and let the wave take you wherever its going and that's exactly what I did, it took me from Rad Racer (NES) to Miami nightlife, sunny beaches and then racing on wet asphalt. It feels so calculated yet free of any type of rules set, I truly enjoyed every bit of it. The awesome artwork was done by 800lb productions and it truly captures the right look, it also reminds me of Game Informer's old magazine mascot. I'm excited to see where this project takes Jr Doom and BWinshell and what they tap into for the following album.

Be sure to support and buy/stream the album on iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby and Pandora. Below is the video for Laser XT, enjoy!

Hip Open Mind-Open Ears Hop by Randy Ortiz

It was hard for me to stand anything with DJ Khaled, didn't understand Future, have trouble attempting to listen anything Soulja Boy or Gucci Mane... didn't know what a Desiigner was and always tried to pay more attention to lyrical emcees over anything. That part.

Something's changed. 

No matter how basic or unnecessarily convoluted that emcees flow is, it has a persona and even if you don't understand them it doesn't mean that you can't feel anything when you listen to a song. Some tracks and artists are solely here to get you amped up, inspire you and even make you feel invincible, does that negate their effect or contribution to Hip-Hop? Don't think so. Step off that real Hip-Hop soapbox bullshit and open your ears up, what you like today wouldn't have happened if folks discriminated (hated) the beginnings of this genre.

Would I write off Nas for a dope beat? Never BUT they have their place and mood which emanates, don't neglect it because you just might have some fun (shocking I know) with it. I've been enjoying Future, Lil Uzi Vert and even that new DJ Khaled Major Key album is getting plays. What if Jonzun Crew, The Egyptian Lover, Cold Crush Brothers, Sugarhill Gang, Rammellzee, Love bug Starski and Warp 9 never happened because no one gave them a chance and weren't considered? Think about that while you also ponder why it's wack to be happy or positive in a damn song.

Oh... that ScHoolboy Q video up there? Let it play and soak it up 'cause you need this.

What geekery am I up to? by Randy Ortiz

Hey giants! Sorry about the down time on the site, work and family stuff can keep you busy for a while hehe. My lil Giants are now 9, 3 and a soon to be 1 yr old, yep almost got my own basketball team but now I need energy, haha. So the geekery never stops in my house and there's been a disturbance in the usual digital world of playing Star Wars Card Trader which is dying off for me (another day) because of Topps' greed, I have two new sites/apps I use that are taking much of the little free time I have. See below for both and if you join, don't forget to add wgmeets! They are Clect and Neonmob, check the goodness below!

First up is Clect, I've been a non-posting member for a while but now that I am in the beta testing stages for their iOS app, I'm all for it and having fun uploading photos of my toy collection.

What’s Clect exactly? A website where you can upload pictures of all your collectibles, figures, toys and toy photography while being able to see others as well. Talk toys, like others collections and shoot the shite. You create packs (sets) and the photos you upload are cards that can go into whatever packs you like. They will also let you buy/sell in the near future which is a major plus for me since I have a few figures looking for good homes. I have sooooo many photos to take... 

Check it out if you can and tell em wgmeets (add me) sent ya!


Secondly is Neonmob which is an online card trading site where you can collect other artists/photographers work, it's been very pleasant so far and some of the art there is pretty dope. Yes I am a digital card collecting addict... no shame haha.

They give out tons of freebie cards daily and when or if you decide to buy coins to open packs, the artists are actually getting some of that, you can also buy prints of their work if you really dig their work also! You can create sets (70% royalty) also which is a part of the service I am currently working on creating a set for. So many art styles and I already collected all cards from an Animal Crossing set, yes there is an Animal Crossing set haha.

The traders are pleasant and the experience has been good so far, don't forget to add me and send me a trade! I like the browser IU, good clean design and the iOS app currently in the works is shaping up to be a great on the go addiction... err addition. Yeah addition.

The WGM Art Gallery is now up! by Randy Ortiz

I've been slowly but surely gathering a few folks to start an online gallery where I can showcase artwork and photography from all sorts of mediums and places. Today is the day that I reveal the WGM gallery and extremely glad to have the trust of fellow artists to display their work properly. Thanks also goes to Google's Open Gallery folks, they've been a great help as I picked their brains, they have created such a wonderful concept and powerful zoom, you can really get in there and see the detail of the work.
I hope to have more artists join in and perhaps have a rotating exhibition per artist on a monthly or bi-monthly basis... let's see. A Giant thanks to the first participating artists which are Dewey Saunders , Eduardo Colon, Adam Lister, MtheNelson, Rasheed Chappell and Sean Conley. After each exhibit you can see information about them and their respective links. Hope everyone likes the gallery and remember to ZOOM in on the pieces, that's half the fun besides their amazing work!

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