Yes! You heard correctly Amanda Blank will be performing live at El D after Street Scene Day 1 Friday August 28th! For those unfamiliar Amanda Blank is a Philadelphia-bred indie rapper/songwriter who has toured and recorded alongside Spankrock, Santogold, and Diplo. She's currently on tour for her new album 'I Love You' which features collaborations Lykke Li, The Cool Kids, Switch, and many more. We've got limited discount presale tickets for only $8, the link is below. These tickets guarantee entree. Hurry this event will sell out!



SECS This Thursday

This Thursday we’re showcasing something for the ladies. That’s right, Seduction Empowerment… Ever heard of it? Well, it isn’t about taking someone to bed, and waking up next to some dude with a sweet stache and wondering… what the hell happened?! Seduction Empowerment is a bit different. Seduction Empowerment Coaching Sessions (SECS), is about empowering women with scientifically tested dating techniques. The folks at SECS believe that more knowledge will bring more options when dating. By building confidence, discovering your dating preferences, and understanding what your body language is truly saying, you can have more fun and more opportunity in the dating world! After this educational event, you’ll have all the necessary tools to find that special person(s).

Unlike the many worthless and unproven self-help books, SECS uses scientific evidence to back up their lessons. Tricia Yeomans (interpersonal coach/presenter for the night!) attained her M.A. at SDSU while researching nonverbal communication in dating. Her work has been published in popular media, like Cosmopolitan, as well. Who better to present on this stuff, right?

So come on out to EL||D this Thursday and check out SECS! Class begins at 6:30p. There will be a $5 cover at the door. Space will be limited, so If you’re interested RSVP ==> HERE. Plus, after the session, guest vocalist Latanya Lockett will be performing with Ikah Love and the Grown Folk House Band. Should be a great night!

See ya there!



Young Guns This Sat

Thanks to everyone who came out to my Bday celebration last time at Young Guns. The crowd went batshit crazy for the villains, myself included. I got loads of great feedback on the night including kudos to Ben the Style Shark for creating a very unique photobooth. The only complaint I heard was that I should have DJed longer since it was my party and old friends came to see me play. Well this Satuday at Young Guns I'll be doing just that. I've booked myself for the main time slot and I've got two very legitimate dudes supporting me in the early night. Ben will be busting out some vintage polaroid film and the bad ass bar tenders will be pouring some amazing drinks. Btw here is a video from last time:


See You Saturday!

Dj Groundfloor


#15 // Stones Throw Artist Showcase #2: DAM-FUNK

Say kin folk?
This week at Grown Folk Shit we are proudly presenting the 2nd installment of our Stones Throw Artist Showcase series, featuring LA's Dãm-Funk.
Evidently this brethren has been putting in work on the keyboards around LA for sometime, but now dude is set to really really do it this year with the release of his debut album "Toeachizown". The album will be released this fall on Stones Throw as a 5 LP set! That's two and a half hours of music! C'mon now... by no stretch of the imagination, is dude playing games.

(photo by Shaun Bloodworth from his recent photo essay "LA Dope")

Dãm-Funk is at least two beasts in one -
First of all, your man is putting out the craziest, most focused music. Peep his output over the last year (it's all available at the Stones Throw online store) and you'll get the sense that this is an artist who is so bout what he's doing that it would be a just wrong for him to be doing anything other than what he's doing. Following a series of 12"s and remixes (including most recently his remix of 'Summertime Clothes' by Animal Collective) Dãm has just released the first two volumes of recordings that will comprise his debut LP. The first volume is titled "LAtrik" and features just about the coldest cover art you could ever imagine.

Dãm on the sound of this volume:
“LAtrik is more of my 'electric style' (hence the title of this volume)..."

The just released second volume is titled "Fly" and has yet, colder cover art.

"They're joints that U can roll 2. Let your hair down 2. Vibe with a lady 2 (or vice-versa), + stay 'fly' 2. I know there's still some fly ladies & gentlemen out there... 4 U. - D-F "

There's a free download of the song "10 West" from this volume over on the stonesthrow.com newsfeed. Here's a bootleg youtube vid for the song, that we personally love...

Yo it's mad bootleg, but it's so nice... Those slick ass long exposure postcard-from-LA shots of the 10 freeway headed into downtown... It's like a trailer for lost Bret Easton Ellis film adaptation staring Prince instead of Andrew McCarthy.

Okay, so as a recording artist, Dãm-Funk seems to be really striving for something uncommon and earnest. Big up yourself for that duke.
Then, you have Dãm-Funk the DJ and record collector, at which both disciplines he appears to have super game. Ol' boy is getting his dj sets reviewed in the New York Times... He's got radio shows and mixes coming out all over the world, from places like the BBC and stussy.com... He currently has the most butteryest show up on the Stones Throw Podcast... Plus he holds down a regular LA party called "Funkmosphere".
Man, if everybody's party promo was this fly...

Possibly my favorite part about this brother is evidenced, in part, in the video below. "... my mission is to give homage and respect to the elders that brought funk down to us... you can't forget about this magical music... It's the people's music..." Yo, money has like the best attitude ever demonstrated by a musician, and I fully trust that dude is speaking from the heart. And to top everything off... A synth metal project?!?! So cold!

Special dedication to the entire Stones Throw camp (Jamie I see you!) for supporting forward cats like this and for making this Thursday's party possible.


Thursday August 6th, 2009
Grown Folk Shit / Stones Throw Artist Showcase #2:
w/ Dam-Funk

$5 at the door

Doors open at 9pm