Tim Smooth, pioneering and influential New Orleans rapper, has passed away

Pioneering New Orleans rapper Tim Smooth died yesterday (Tuesday 26th 2011) at the young age of 39, after a long battle with cancer. Though not a household name outside of New Orleans and circles of New Orleans Rap fans, he was one of the undisputed pioneers in the city’s scene. Like a hip-hop Zelig he … Continue reading Tim Smooth, pioneering and influential New Orleans rapper, has passed away

New Orleans Block Party – Bounce Music goes to SXSW 2010

This looks incredible. South By Southwest is hosting a bounce music showcase. This is your chance to experience some of the biggest talents to come out of the New Orleans Rap scene. Although they made their pledge goals, you can still donate and get various merchandise. Now I may have to go to SXSW for the … Continue reading New Orleans Block Party – Bounce Music goes to SXSW 2010

Fucking with the Tombstone! — A history of New Orleans’s Tombstone Records

This blog entry is a look back at one of New Orleans‘s more obscure hip-hip labels, Tombstone. Tombstone Records was a notable New Orleans Rap label in the 1990s that released a handful of high caliber releases that sold over 100,000 albums around the South in three years before abruptly ceasing operations after a series … Continue reading Fucking with the Tombstone! — A history of New Orleans’s Tombstone Records

No Enclave — Cuban Los Angeles

As of 2018, Latinos comprised an estimated 47.7% of Los Angeles’s population. 75% of Latino Angelenos were of Mexican ancestry. Salvadorans comprised about 8% of Latino Angelenos. Guatemaltecos comprised about 5% of the Latino Angeleno population. Los Angeles is, additionally, home to the largest populations of Mexicans, Salvadorans, and Guatemaltecos outside of their respective homelands. I’d … Continue reading No Enclave — Cuban Los Angeles

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography — The Google Maps

INTRODUCTION Over the years I’ve drawn maps, painted maps, and created digital maps. For the latter, I’ve most often used Google‘s My Maps program for several reasons. It’s relatively easy, looks relatively good, has pretty good functionality (e.g. links to websites and decent customization) and because Alphabet Inc. (Google’s parent company) is the fourth-largest company … Continue reading Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography — The Google Maps

Pan-Asian Metropolis – Visiting Moonlight Forest

A couple of nights ago, Una and I visited Moonlight Forest, a lantern festival currently taking place Wednesday through Sunday nights at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Its one of several local winter light festivals happening right now, along with Griffith Park’s LA Zoo Christmas Lights and Holiday Light Festival Train Rides, … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis – Visiting Moonlight Forest