The Mighty Junebugg – a June of all Trades


A Cake for HOUSESHOES

So I get a text message early in the morning asking if I could make a cake for DJ Houseshoes that night at Little Temple. I had the day off and decided SURE, I’d love to! Instantly thoughts of carving cake into the shape of some house shoes came to mind. I got to the point where I was imagining piping on frosting to look like courderoy when the homie Byze started telling me about Houseshoes obsession with Newport cigarettes. Thats brilliant, a Newport Cake!

I set out to the store to buy all the necessary supplies. I had never made a cake using fondant before and I didnt have time to fuck up! I had exactly enough time to make one cake, right; and deliver it to the Little Temple by Midnight. I didn’t even have time to curl my hair or get dressed up. I literally made the cake right up until we walked the door and then I had to drive like a madwoman to get it to LA in time. Here are some pics of what ensued.




An afternoon at Droop’s
May 26, 2010, 9:42 pm
Filed under: Art, DJing, Friends, Life, Music

I went to visit my dear friend Droop and met his friend, a hip hop plumber. Well what I mean is that he is a plumber AND an MC. To top it all off, he is an amazing artist as you can see in the album artwork he did…



Its a Beautiful Life!
April 6, 2010, 11:05 pm
Filed under: Art, family, gardening, Inspiration, Life

I just love weekends at my parents house!

My sister made some stencil stepping stones for the garden.



Beat Swapmeet this Sunday & Rapper’s Delight
April 6, 2010, 8:18 pm
Filed under: Art, Beat Swapmeet, Delicious Vinyl, DJing, Events, Fashion, Gigs, Hip Hop, Life, Music

The Los Angeles Beat Swap Meet: 2 Year Anniversary

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnrF-N_xH-4

Sunday after-noon April 11, 2010

Grandstar Jazz Club (Chinatown)
Home of Fly-Ball, Boombox, Firecracker, & Soul Sessions.
943 N Broadway – Los Angeles CA 90012

12noon-6pm / Free with Canned Good
Donations are hand delivered to the LA homeless community.

This is an All Ages event – Casual drinking (bar open) for the 21+

Over 30 Invited Vendors & Collectors Buying Selling & Trading Records from all over The World.

BLUES – DISCO – FUNK – HIP HOP – JAZZ – PUNK – REGGAE – ROCK – SOUL – WORLD

3 Areas of Music.. Records For Sale.. & Conversations Awaiting..

Downstairs: Hosted by Odds (Bpandodds.com)

An all 45’s extravaganza.. Live DJ’s share rare selections from there 7 inch collections. Reputable vendors from both Buena Park & Pasadena record swaps setup here, amongst a few dozen other invited vendors, in the likes of a different atmosphere (for once). Bar available for the grown..

Upstairs: Hosted by L.Scatterbrain (Zulu Nation, Foundation Funkollective)

Some of Hip-Hop’s living legends reside upstairs, selling records & spinning them of course. Special surprise in-store performances + our 1st official DJ battle. In the past Ras G, J-Rocc, Frank Nitt, Percee P, & Illa J, just to name a few, have blessed our listening ears with live, last minute surprise, showcases.

Outside: Hosted by Huskey Radio, & Listen Clothing

Features a vendor village of boundary pushing designers, brands that they have created, and the people who love to look fresh. Live DJ’s spin only vinyl and the place is decorated with record vendors. Record-inspired art, every culture in the world in 1 city, & the fresh California Sun.. peaking in between the Chinatown buildings.. reminds you why you Love LA.

Real DJ’s spinning 12’s & 45’s.. some that are even for sale:

671, Abel, AC The PD (Hip Hop Philosophy Radio), Analog (Beathackerz Collective), Blessaid, Charlie Rock (Rock Steady Crew), Chikaramanga (Tres Records/Giant Panda), Clenzroc, C-los (Stacksvinyl.com), Counterstryke, Early Worm, Endo, Expo (Root Down), Frank, Gabe Real (More Fire/Foundation Funkollective), Jawa (Scratch Academy), Kidragon (Table Manners), Kidriz, Kiwamu Omae (Shibuya Club), Listen Recovery Crew (Listen Clothing), Los Undergods, Mixmaster Wolf (Breakestra/Dark Leaf), Pryvet Peepsho (Fly-ball), Shred One, Source (Dicknose Monkeys), Uncle Bucky, Valtron, Yotah (Shibuya Club), The Plushone (Stereolove)

The 1st ever…Beat Swap Meet DJ Battle

$200 Cash Prize – Hosted by DJ Jawa (Lost Unknown, Scratch Academy) UP-STAIRS.

Judges:
Mr. Choc (Beat Junkies), Pryvet Peepsho, & P-Trix (IF2)

Sign-up: DJJawa@gmail.com



funny shit
December 7, 2009, 6:10 am
Filed under: Art, Books, Funny

The only book I’ve ever stolen in my life  was “Steal This Book” by Abbie Hoffman. It was at the WOW store by the Marina Pacifica in Long Beach. I used to go there all the time in college to look at all the great art books and magazines for inspiration. I came across this book and stole it just for shits-n-giggles. I never actually got around to reading it though.

So anyways, this summer I was on a road trip with my fabulous O’Neill cousins Kristi & Kelly. We drove from Oregon to Long Beach on Highway 1 which is along the coast the entire way. It was the 4th day of the trip and we were in the car driving allll day. We decided to stop at a little place called Café Aquatica to grab a bite to eat but when we got inside, it was hot and smelled like fish… not a good combination. As I turned to walk out the door, I noticed a book sitting on the waiting bench. I don’t know what possessed me, but I snatched it up and walked out the door. I think it belonged to someone who was waiting, I really don’t know why I stole it… I’m not a thief. I’m sorry to who it belonged to & will even return it gladly. When we got back to the car I finally opened the VELVET cover and found some funny shit inside… literally!

SPRINKLE BRIGADE VOLUME 1: NEW YOURK STATE OF MIND

This book is a great conversation piece and has brought lots of laughs around my house. Get one for yourself or as a gift on Amazon… its FUNNY SHIT!!!



Delicious Vinyl Presents: FREAK CITY
November 20, 2009, 7:28 am
Filed under: Art, Cooking, Delicious Vinyl, DJing, Events, Fashion, Freak City, Hip Hop, Life, Music, Rapper's Delight

On November 5th I was invited to cater a really cool event. Delicious Vinyl celebrated the release of  their new Delicious Vinyl DJ app for iPhone.

The event was at Freak City, an ART MUSIC STYLE gallery with hybrid retail space. Its located on Sunset Strip right below the Delicious Vinyl headquarters.

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So anyways, back to the story at hand, Perfection is perfected, so I’ma let ’em understand from a young BUGG’s perspective that I was there to cater the Delicious Vinyl DJ premier event. I wanted to make finger foods, things people could eat and enjoy while dressed to the 9’s without losing any sexy. Here are some flicks from the night.

Rick Ross & Mike “Floss” Ross founders of Delicious Vinyl

*Photos by RENZ

Ms Casey Carter’s blog review of the event



Things that make me smile
October 31, 2009, 4:51 am
Filed under: Art, graffiti, Life, Random Pic of the Day

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West Coast Road Trip: Day 1
August 21, 2009, 5:06 am
Filed under: Art, camping, DJing, Events, J Ross Parrelli, Life, Music, Oregon, Travel, West Coast Road Trip

Just 10 days after a magnificent trip to Sequoia National Park I was at it again, only this time on a grander scale. I was scheduled to DJ at the Northwest World Reggae Festival with my girl J Ross Parrelli. At first I had planned to fly up and back down but thru the wonders of Facebook, I learned that my cousins Kristi & Kelly would be together in Washington at the same time. We coordinated our schedules and it worked out that we would be able to take the road trip of a life time together! I hadn’t spent time with Kristi & Kelly together since I was in 7th grade and I was really excited. The plan: Kelly flies from NY to Seattle to meet Kristi, they drive down to the festival in Oregon to see my show and pick me up. Then the three O’Neills drive from Oregon to Long Beach. The pictures below are what ensued. First off, I was in Oregon for this festival:

Northwest World Reggae Festival

Northwest World Reggae Festival

I flew into Portland Thursday night and my friend Giana picked me up. We went back to her house to pick up her kids before driving down to Marcola where the festival takes place. While waiting for her to pack, Giana told me to look at the paintings her son did. At the beginning of summer, her boys went to a children’s hip hop summer camp and her 11 year old son Baqi painted these!

painted by an 11 year old boy!

painted by an 11 year old boy!

Baqi (the artist) with his painting "The Light Within"

Baqi (the artist) with his painting "The Light Within"

It blew me away! This kid is like a flyer version Basquiat and he’s only 11! I can only imagine how his art will look when he grows up… watch out for Baqi!

The drive from Portland to Marcloa was almost 3 hours and we didn’t arrive at the festival until around 1am. I was tired as hell and it was raining. I snuck into a crowded tent with J Ross, Yanski, Will and Axé. There was a small space between a person and a puddlle so I claimed it as my own and KNOCKED OUT for the night. In the morning I woke up and we went to the local store to get some supplies and phone reception.

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Axé was wearing some fly kicks

The little town was so cute! This was their Community News bulliten

The little town was so cute! This was their Community News bulletin

I LOVE the logo for the Oregon State lotto... fingers crossed!

I LOVE the logo for the Oregon State lotto... fingers crossed!

Axé and Selah met in the little market...

Axé and Selah met in the little market...

I enjoyed an amazing snickerdoodle with my Rockstar for breakfast

I enjoyed an amazing snickerdoodle with my Rockstar for breakfast

The paper had the perfect Orgonian on the cover

The paper had the perfect Orgonian on the cover

Back at the festival I explored our surroundings. It takes place on some property an old man owns, he gets a shitload of money every year and we get a festival. People camp on the outskirts of the prarie right next to the trees. The festival and all its booths take place in the middle. For some reason I didnt take enough pictures to give you all an accurate look at how it was but here it goes:

This field would soon be filled with people watching the show

This field would soon be filled with people watching the show (stage is in the middle)

I cooked up some pasta for our peeps...

I cooked up some pasta for our peeps...

a painting by Derek Leitch, MZK, at the eVocal booth

a painting by Derek Leitch, MZK, at the eVocal booth

These teepees were the green rooms backstage

These teepees were the green rooms backstage

I loved this flower, anybody know the name of it?

I loved this flower, its called a Queen Anne's Lace (thanks Ruff Kuts!)

The festival even had pirates in addition to the mass of hippies

The festival even had pirates in addition to the mass of hippies

Honey Bucket for the ladies only... really!

Honey Bucket for the ladies only... really!

quite possibly the coolest hoodie I've even seen

quite possibly the coolest hoodie I've even seen

Herbal Shakes & Hot Elixers

Herbal Shakes & Hot Elixirs

Tierra Madre

Tierra Madre - Fine Latin Foods

Divine Cupcakes

Divine Cupcakes

Bio Diesel conversion kits were even available at the festival!

Bio Diesel conversion kits were even available at the festival!

some yummy organic fruit

some yummy organic fruit

Conscious Cultivation Honey

Conscious Cultivation Honey

Ethiopian cross in front of Kristafari's tent. I'm bummed I didnt get a pic of him!

Ethiopian cross in front of Kristafari's tent. I'm bummed I didnt get a pic of him!

Turntable art at Kristafari's camp (he had the best camp of the festival)

Turntable art at Kristafari's camp (he had the best camp of the festival)

We were camped right behind the eVocal booth

We were camped right behind the eVocal booth

My cousins Kristi & Kelly arrived!

My cousins Kristi & Kelly arrived!

at the same time my friend dj Counterstryke's sister Laurel arrived

at the same time my friend dj Counterstryke's sister Laurel arrived

Zulu Nation representing at the festival

Zulu Nation representing at the festival

Finally it was time for the show. J Ross Parrelli and I were on right after Queen Omega, she had a live band and  rocked an amazing show. Parrelli and I were caught off guard when we discovered that the turntables were on the side of the stage instead of ON the stage but we still had a great show!

Blowin bubbles and bangin' beats!

Blowin bubbles and bangin' beats!

J Ross blowing everyone away

J Ross blowing everyone away

Laurel and her friends enjoyed the show

Laurel and her friends enjoyed the show

the Mighty Junebugg

the Mighty Junebugg

Yanski rocked it with a bullhorn

Yanski rocked it with a bullhorn

So we played until about 1:30 and then went to check out Kristafari’s set in the Dome. I was about to fall over form exhaustion so I went to bed, the next day would be a big one!



a field trip to Remo & Mandinga-an Afro Peruvian band
August 5, 2009, 8:21 pm
Filed under: A Field Trip to Remo, Art, DJing, Events, Life, Mandinga -Afro Peruvian Band, Music

I went to this event with no idea of how cool it was going to be. 1eventflyerI didn’t really start to get excited about it until we pulled into the REMO parking lot. The building just had a special glow and I knew all kinds of good things happened inside.

1DSC05764When we walked in I saw a giant warehouse with a dance class going on. There were men, women and children of all ages, shapes and sizes learning Afro Peruvian Dance steps with a percussionist hammering out the rhythm.

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While the dance class went on I decided to explore the building, I saw all sorts of interesting drums and percussion instruments…

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1DSC05794Once everybody had the gist, it was time for an intermission while the band MANDINGA set up. During this time Dj Renz from Listen Recovery Crew played some tunes and the drummers played along

Finally it was the moment everyone had been waiting for, the Afro Peruvian Band MANDINGA was ready to perform and they brought dancers with them. All the things everyone had learned that evening were about to be showcased by professionals.

The band introduced itself and their solos were pretty nice

Now it was time for the dancers to shine and they didn’t disappoint!

For the second half of the show, the audience was invited to play along with the band!

It was definitely a cool night, it made me happy to be alive! While the band was packing up, the people from Remo were setting up for a children’s drum circle the following morning. Even though the chairs were empty, I could only imagine how inspiring it would be.

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KBH CIRCUS (or something like that)
July 11, 2009, 6:44 am
Filed under: Art, Events, KBH Circus

The boys from KBH had an art show and it was pretty damn fresh. They did it right with gift bags for the guys and gals, a free bar and food cooked up by Petey Parker. Here are some highlights of the night.

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So in my gift bag I got a t-shirt... I like to call this photo, "Small Shirt on an Extra Large Girl"

I like to call this photo, "Small Shirt on an Extra Large Girl" (free gift bag shirt)