California Love, a Travelogue
Having just graduated and not wanting to get a real job just yet – I decided to escape London and catch up with friends and family on America’s West Coast whilst I work out what the hell to do with my life…
So, I’m going to be adventuring around California for the next few months and will be reporting back each week with reviews, interviews, travel tips/ recommendations, stories, pictures and all that jazz…
I flew out to San Francisco on the 19th September and onto LA on the 1stOctober, the first few jet-lagged days of my trip were spent falling asleep in the sun on Dolores Park, a bit of a hipster playground that is great to take a picnic to and people watch for the most entertaining characters SF has to offer…
As to be expected, the live music scene out here is pretty fun and crazy diverse. There’s always some festival going on in San Francisco, and on the 29th September we were lucky enough to see the Robert Glasper Trio play Downtown as part of the SF Jazz festival. The show was just beautiful really, the Trio dextrously blending jazz with soulful hip hop, rock, eighties classics…pretty much any request that the audience threw at them. Keep your eyes out for the full in-depth interview with Robert himself.
Then, last Saturday in Los Angeles we caught Rob Swift of the X-Ecutioners spinning in Chinatown to a mesmerized crowd at the Grand Star Jazz Club. Funniest part of the night had to be when we were dropping Rob off at LAX around 6.30 in the morning and our friend Jack was mouthing off to the security guard about how amazing the X-Ecutioners are – it went something like this:
Jack: You have no idea – Rob Swift of the muthaf**king X-Ecutioners man! You got the Beat Junkies, the X-Ecutioners…You have no idea!!
Guy loading his car in front: Who’s in the X-Ecutioners???
Jack: This guy knows! Who are you man??
Guy: I made the made the movie ‘Scratch’!
Jack: Rob Swift just walked in the building man!
Guy (Doug Pray): I spent days with him!
Jack: He’s flying JetBlue – go find him!
So, director Doug Pray of turntablist documentary ‘Scratch’ runs into the LAX terminal to find long-lost buddy Rob. It was heart-warming.
Again, keep your eyes out for some proper after-party round-table discussions with Rob Swift, Jack Napier and Emily Rhodes coming up…
San Francisco really is a foodie heaven, and there’s a couple of places in the Mission District I hit up recently that I’d recommend checking out if you’re ever in town. Firstly, if you’re a fan of sushi, there’s Tokyo-Go-Go on 16th (http://www.tokyogogo.com/) – try the Hot Ginger Sake for a heady kick. And secondly, if you’re down to go on an all-out vegan tip, head to Herbivore on Valencia (http://www.herbivorerestaurant.com/) – the menu is HUGE.
I was lucky enough to celebrate my birthday out in San Francisco on the 28th and the weather was sexy hot, so we were able to drink out at local favourite bar Zeitgeist (http://zeitgeistsf.com/) before partying the rest of the night on a rooftop… Another favourite dive bar on Valencia worth hitting up is Elbo room (http://www.elbo.com/)
Here’s a selection of dope street art I spotted exploring the streets of SF and LA….
Check back next week folks for the next instalment!
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