Local artist Woes and artists from Singapore, Clogtwo & Inkten, painted a piece in Long Beach this week. The theme was based off a Cartoon Network show called We Bare Bears. The series follows three bear siblings, named Grizzly, Panda and Ice Bear in their awkward attempts at assimilating into human society. The finished mural is located at Lyons Art Supplies.
POW! WOW! Long Beach is the gift that keeps on giving right now – it seems like great new content about the event comes out from another source almost daily. We were lucky enough to have Canadian artist / art blog curator Jeff Hamada of Booooooom fame on hand during the week of, documenting the event and spreading the good word. About two weeks ago he posted a wonderful recap of photos from his perspective. While we’re talking about Jeff, don’t miss our Imprint Presents Jeff Hamada talk from a couple of years back if you haven’t seen that – it was a great event you can check out the full video from on our Events page.
Stefaan De Croock is a graphic designer from Briges, Belgium. He dedicates his time piecing together old wooden planks, doors and furniture to create his project called ‘Strook’ . His most recent piece ‘Elsewhere’ is on a side wall of an old furniture factory in Mechelen, Belgium. Here’s a process video on how he made his cool recycled wood mural.
The folks in Dengue Fever are longtime friends of mine and the band has been all over this Imprint blog. Zac and Nimol represented Cambodia Town and independent music as part of Imprint’s conference about Long Beach. The band recently played on of my benefits for the school that my daughter attends in Chinatown. So how could I miss last week’s show at Alex’s Bar in Imprint’s home town?
I love the venue–a bona-fide punk dive bar without irony or poseurs–and it’s even better that it’s in the middle of Cambodia Town. You can get banh mi, iced coffee, and badass rock ‘n’ roll right across the street from each other! And so the sold-out show was packed with underground music lovers as well as locals who knew Nimol from when she sang at Dragon House. Cool!
I’ve probably seen the band a dozen times but this was the first show that didn’t feature David Ralicke on horns. Of course I missed his additions and embellishments to the songs but it was cool to see Zac and Ethan fill the space with on the axe and keys. Senon and Paul on the rhythm end, too. On the tight, sweaty stage the red-hot set recalled the alien-yet-familiar garage rock genre that mutated out of G.I. bars across Southeast Asia in the ’60s and ’70s and inspired the band.
Dengue Fever didn’t go on until 11:30 and when they finished the raging 90-minute set they didn’t need to come back for an encore. They were fried and the crowd was, too. Kind of a relief because it was already 1:00 a.m. when we started hanging out, catching up with the band (Wendy and Nimol before the show, above), and then saying hi to other friends (that’s Fredo from Bongoloidz/Gogol Bordello/Beastie Boys and Bradley and Armon from Flattbush being bookends after the show, below) before finally heading back up to L.A.
There will be more chances to see Dengue Fever this year. Echo Park Rising sounds pretty good to me., and then in September they’re going on a proper tour to the East Coast before flying away to Europe. Check out tour dates (and music and gear) at denguefevermusic.com!