In Chinatown yesterday, the 26th Edition of Beat Swap Meet went down. It was a good day for Vinyl Record culture. The blistering Los Angeles heat didn’t seem to affect all the collectors and enthusiasts that made it out. Sellers kept their collections cool from warping with tarps, and buyers didn’t mind sweating it out while digging for treasures.
We thank everyone that made it out to the scratch session we hosted. Hopefully the weather for the next one will be more favorable. Beat Swap Meet is always a great event and good time. Always nice seeing our culture preserved and introduced to newer generations. If you didn’t make it down this time, see you at the next one!
Getting started at the scratch booth.
The homie and IDA world scratching champion DJ IQ came down to do a demo and spoke in a panel
Always nice seeing supporters
Legend Dj Mark Luv (Zulu Nation) always seen at the BSM in the scratch booth cutting , sharing knowledge, and cracking jokes
Dj MikeRawk mid headshell connection
Here’s a new track for your ears, This is the first video from Choosey’s upcoming release titled Left Field dropping on Dirty Science records Oct 14th, 2014. Our very own @sound_girrl is also featured in this video rocking our ICON FLORAL Racerback Tank.
Pay no attention to the actual shirt posted, only focus on its message. We are not trying to sell to you; we just want to take some time to speak on its message. Our La Riots design from our summer collection was released to serve as a reminder that injustice is still occurring constantly, and that we must open our eyes and realize that things haven’t improved. We wanted everyone to know that events like this can reoccur at anytime since the main problem has not been cured. It has only been hidden, and overlooked due to distractions we are given and fed constantly. Unfortunate and extremely sad, the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri are an example of the message we were trying get across to our supporters through our LA Riot concept. It only takes one spark to ignite the rage of a city. That rage then fuels the rest of the country as you may have seen. Rioting and destruction begins, following an appearance of martial law. The government is now forced to take responsibility and attempt to mend things. Note that we say, “mend”. The fix is only temporary. It’s like putting duck tape over a leaky hose. The hose will continue to leak again slowly, or eventually burst with too much pressure. We need to realize that nothing has been fully repaired. This is the state our country has been in for a very long time. The only way for things to improve is if justice is given regularly in situations big or small, and things like this are kept transparent. Nothing to hide, no blame, just people doing good for humanity rather than acting with ignorance and instilled hatred. Hopefully justice will be served and given to the nation, and most importantly to Michael Brown. When things settle, please continue to seek justice. Not by Rioting or violence, but from discussion and constant inquiry. Don’t accept what you are told, because most of the time they are not fully true.
#justice #ferguson #michaelbrown #seektruth #seekjustice #truth #itsbiggerthanyou #wakeupworld #acrylick #pursuethetruth
Zero Freitas, 62, a wealthy Brazilian businessman who’s spent his life collecting several million vinyl records, recently shared his story with The New York Times. Freitas has bought records from some of the world’s biggest collectors such as former music-store owner Paul Mawhinneyand renowned West Coast collector Murray Gershenz.
“I’ve gone to therapy for 40 years to try to explain this to myself,” said Freitas who suggests his obsession is tied to childhood memories of his father playing records. Freitas bought his first record as an adolescent in 1964, and by the time he finished high school he owned around 3,000 records. After he graduated from studying music composition in college, Freitas took over the family business — a private bus line that serves the Sao Paulo suburbs — and at age 30 had about 30,000 records. 10 years later, the bus company prospered and made him rich. Around that time, Freitas split up with his wife and that’s when his buying habits escalated, soon adding six figures to his collection. “Maybe it’s because I was alone,” Freitas said.
Freitas now has a team of international scouts in South Africa, Nigeria, Cairo, New York and Mexico City, all of whom represent his mainstay, negotiating deals and shipping records back to Brazil every month. Alongside a dedicated team of interns who help catalog his ample collection,Freitas has began to set up the Emporium Musical — a non-profit organization and music library that digitalizes as much of the collection as possible. Head to the New York Times to read the full article.