Friday, March 30, 2018

PINK ELEPHANTS PODCAST #09 - NEHAL ABUELATA: MUSIC IS MY ISLAND

Sweet HayaH opening for funk legend Brenton Wood during
San Jose's 2017 Music In The Park series. (PHOTO: Ryan Keenan)



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Nehal Abuelata. (PHOTO: Adam Brioza)
“Travel is the death of prejudice” it’s often been said, usually to those who could benefit from a healthy dose of the remedy. But the saying holds no less true for those whom travel has been an integral part of their life experience: America’s nearly fifty million immigrant peoples, many of whom crossed multiple countries to arrive here.

Nehal Abuelata is the singer and keyboardist for the band Sweet HayaH, and one of those fifty million immigrants for whom the United States is home only in name. Born in Egypt and raised in France, Nehal moved to the US in high school, as her parents sought better life opportunities for the family. A lifelong, albeit tenuous relationship with the piano provided her a gateway to community here where none had previously existed, and she’s been working it to the hilt ever since.

I recently sat down with Nehal to talk about her globe-trotted upbringing, how it has influenced her life and music, and what it means to be American when the definition is never said the same way twice.

MUSIC:
Sweet HayaH – Te Tu Matas
Sweet HayaH – No Voice
Sweet HayaH – Yourself

Check out Sweet HayaH's first official music video
for their hit single "Backwards!"



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Saturday, March 24, 2018

PE PODCAST EXTRA #03 - "WHAT'S YOUR PLAN FOR THE WASTELAND?" LIVE AT THE PE STUDIO


Remember that interview I had with Patrick Kaufmann from San Jose punk rock band The Roughies a few weeks ago? After our conversation, he stuck around for a bit to record this great, drunken rendition of their hit single "What's Your Plan For The Wasteland?" that you're really going to love. And for as little as a dollar a month in our Patreon account, this song -- along with a ton more bonus content -- can be all yours. Don't miss it!

Patty K of The Roughies. (PHOTO: Randle Aubrey)

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

HOUSEKEEPING: SICK, SICK, SICK



It ain’t much like me to vanish without a trace from this blog like that. I’ve put a ton of time and energy into the damned thing, more than enough to justify saying goodbye were I to have decided to abandon the project. So I hope you’ll take that to mean that my last three-plus weeks of cricket-tude were, in fact, incidental…

Due to a combination of high stress, poor diet, and motherfuckers constantly getting in the way of me getting what I want, I ended up in the hospital back in late February, and was only just released a few days ago, stabilized yet far from having made a complete recovery.

The details of my ordeal are manifold, and disturbing. I’ll not share them here as of yet, as I’ve still hardly processed most of them. Suffice it to say that this has got to have been the single most harrowing experience of my entire life, and I’m just happy (and goddamned lucky) to be alive.

As for the rest **gestures at everything** I’m not exactly sure when I’ll be back up to speed. I’ve got several podcast episodes on the back burner, along with a slew of bonus content what needs producing. But I can also hardly take a shit without having to stop and catch my breath right now, and I’m (some would say thankfully) recuperating far away from my studio at the moment. That will change soon enough, but to be frank, even if I was able to do so, I don’t think I could produce another episode of the show at the moment even if I wanted to.

Now would be a good time to mention that I did manage to get my last episode up on schedule before shit hit the fan, but because of the shit-fan-hitting I was not able to make a standard blog post for. Here’s the player; tell your friends!



If there’s a bright side to this whole ordeal, it’s that it’s forcing me to slow down a bit and think strategically about what I am and aren’t capable of, and how to make the former happen without continuing to dig myself an early grave. More on that later, too.

Meanwhile, imma get back to my latest bing run of Game Of Thrones, because what better thing to watch when you’re couch-locked than sixty-plus hours of treacherous white people and zombies and dragons?

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

PINK ELEPHANTS PODCAST #08 - PETER ALLEN: MAKING SAN JOSE GREAT AGAIN



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Peter Allen. (PHOTO: Facebook)
The phrase “all politics is local” stands as one of the most tired, overused clich├ęs in politics today. Sadly, that doesn’t make it any less true.

Peter Allen, a current member of San Jose’s Planning Commission and former city council candidate, knows this better than most. One of many Democratic candidates in last year’s council race, he ran on a platform of local bipartisan engagement and encouraging the citizenry to get more involved in the decisions affecting their city.

Peter and I sat down not long ago to talk about his experience running for San Jose’s District Six council seat, dealing with the agony of defeat, and what it really takes to run for public office.

MUSIC:
Blonde Toledo
– Monterrey
Usurper Vong
– Peeping TomKat
No Flow
– Lucky Day
Periscope
– Control Image

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