Record Store Day April 20th, 2013

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Hi Inspiration Den readers! I hope you’re as excited about Record Store Day as I am!  There’s nothing better than finding one of your favorite albums on vinyl! I think my top 5 favorite finds would have to be 1) The Kinks – Muswell Hillbillies 2) T-Rex Electric Warrior 3) Hasil Adkins – The Lonesome and Blue Sounds of Hasil Adkins 4) Leonard Cohen – Songs From A Room 5) The Byrds – Sweet Heart of the Rodeo. I’m really looking forward to finding some newbies to add to my collection!

A few month’s back we featured one of our favorite Record Store and shop owner Dave of Factory Records. I think Factory has one of the best record selections around! If you don’t already follow Factory on FB, you should. Dave has been posting some awesome finds, as well as some ominous photos of records that wont be announced/released until RSD on 4/20! Not only will Factory be putting out new stuff but they’ll also have a whole parking lot filled with records for all of us to dig through. Trust me, there are lots of gems to be found! Dave will be opening his doors at 5:05am. Hope to see ya’ there!

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Here’s an image from Dave’s FB page! I don’t know about you but I’m so excited to sift through these crates of records!

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Here’s another awesome image of Factory Records! So many records!

Here’s a couple more record stores in the area that I love and if you need to find some record stores in your area check out the

Record Store Day Website!

Cream Tangerine at The Lab

Fingerprints 

Port of Sound Record Shoppe

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Coachella Fashion Week 1

It’s officially the kick off of the music festival season! Tomorrow is the first day of Coachella and although I wont be going I’m sure jealous of those who will be! Some of my favorites will be performing this weekend including Grinderman, Beach House, Of Monsters and Men, Sigur Ros, Violent Femmes, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Kurt Vile so enjoy every moment!

The weather has been seriously glorious the past few days (minus the wind) so we all know it’s gonna be blistering hot on the hot field of Coachella so we’ve got some fashion inspiration you’ll love from Loaffler Randall, Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, and H&M. Keep and eye out early next week because I’ll be posting Coachella Fashion Week 2! And remember even if your not gonna make Coachella this year at least you can go out and buy these Hot Threads for summer!
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Allison Escalante – Nothing Lost

Last week I was able to sit down with singer/song writer/ worship leader Allison Escalante to discuss her first full length album, dropping January 18th! Allison’s openness and vulnerability with her music is encouraging for all artist. Enjoy the interview and hope to see you at the CD release shindig and snag a copy of her album for yourself!

Here’s a sample of one of her favorite songs from the album;  I Need Your Help

LWF: Little Woodland Friend (Amber)
AE: Allison Escalante

LWF: What is the inspiration/vision behind your album title “Nothing Lost”? 

AE: When writing this album I had decided I wanted to convey a sense of vulnerability through each song. I want to connect with people on a more intimate level, even if I don’t know them personally.  Even though my heart for this album is to be vulnerable, I still have trouble with it sometimes. I was in LA at the mastering studio the other day, and as certain songs started to play, I began feeling like the walls were closing in on me. I even stooped so low as to take my coat off and cover my head with it. Vulnerability is not easy, but I feel it’s necessary.
 
LWF: What do you hope to achieve through the release of this album? 

AE: I want the listener to know who I am as a person and understand that we all go through trials. A lot of people are uncomfortable with the idea that worship leaders have emotions, or are weak and vulnerable. I think vulnerability is sometimes misconstrued as a form of weakness, but it can also be a way of showing strength, courage, and a valid emotion. I feel like “Nothing Lost” represents that well. 
 
LWF: How was the album written and did you have a vision for it prior to starting the project?
AE: I went into the project with eight songs and didn’t end up using any of them. In my everyday life, I started to notice how annoyed I was getting with passing pleasantries, and how fake I had become. .. So I threw out all of the songs and started writing from past failures, present tragedies and the types of memories you wish you could forget but secretly wanna keep. I  wrote one song in the studio, laid it down and from there the songs started flowing out. That’s where I noticed the vulnerability, loss, and emotion coming through. Through this process “Nothing Lost” was created. My songs are about real life experiences, and through those experiences there is nothing lost. There is always a hope.  
 
LWF: What is your favorite song on the album?
AE: I have two… The first is “We Want to Bless You” because it takes on whatever particular emotion you are feeling at that time, happy or sad.  I listened to this song in my car for 2 full days over and over again once the cello had been tracked. I literally went from being blown away by how awesome the cello sounded against the layered guitars on the instrumental part, to crying my eyes out listening to it in the evening. It somehow took on this incredibly tragic/romantic sound. My second favorite song is “I need Your Help” because it was written for a really good friend who’s wife cheated on him and then left him. This was a way for me to comfort and encourage him. 


LWF: Why are you a worship leader?
AE: I know God has blessed me with this gift and I know I’m called to usher His people into His presence through song. I take it very seriously. I’m very aware of the shape peoples hearts are in. I know they come into church broken and burdened and just want to hear God’s heart for them. I know this because I’m in the same boat. For a time, I didn’t take Leading Worship seriously. I was disgusted at my heart and how I had somehow come to the conclusion that I offered the Lord something amazing and that i somehow made things “Better”. I quickly realized how wrong I was and decided to stop being involved in music all together. I had no intention of ever picking my guitar back up again, much less singing in front of a congregation again. But God Restores! I now stand with my guitar and sing from a place of vulnerability in an attempt to encourage people who are also going through hard situations.

LWF: Any Advice to young musicians? 
AE: I think practice is a huge part of honing your craft. It’s too easy to let yourself go. Also, make sure to expand your musical interests. Don’t box yourself in. Learn other styles and genres. Don’t just do it because you know how to, but let things you don’t know influence  you. I think it’s important to be musically smart as well. There is a huge difference between a musician and an artist. Anyone can pick up a guitar and learn a few chords..  Last weekend I had the privilege of driving to the mountains with another musician to play for a group of 18- 25 year olds. We were listening to music as we drove and I sat there listening to him pick song after song apart. Initially it was slightly annoying, but as time went on I found myself incredibly interested and blessed to sit next to him and just watch. There was something musically smart about him- a definite artist. So often I don’t pay much attention to songs. I know I should, but I don’t. It was easily a car ride that changed my musical perspective.

(Photo by Robert Escalante)
 
 
Allison will be throwing a CD release shindig on 1/18, see flyer below for all the info!
For more info visit Allison’s Website

Where the Buffalo Roam: the musical genius of Aaron Lee Martin

Hailing from America’s heartland, singer/songsmith/superhero Aaron Lee Martin has an indomitable passion for music. Whether he’s onstage playing for packed house or in a tour-van sharing new material with a couple adoring fans, he exhibits the same raw emotionalism and devotion to his craft. Freighted with country/folk arrangements and heartrending balladry, Aaron’s music builds on—not belabors—familiar American themes. With matchless vocals and poignant lyrics, he delivers love & loss, life & death, in equal doses, while sidestepping sentimentality—and managing to have fun in the process (Kansans are a rowdy bunch!). Though he’s toured extensively (playing festivals, barrooms, and coffee shops across the country), Aaron rarely turns down an opportunity to play—not because he’s desperate, but because he desperately loves what he does. Already he’s got two full-lengths and a Christmas album under his belt (preview/purchase here), but whether you’re a longtime fan or a new convert, you can rest assured—the best is yet to come! 

Here is a sample of Aaron’s solo Album available for purchase:

 
 

LWF: Little Woodland Friend
ALM: Aaron Lee Martin

LWF: How long have you been writing/playing music?
ALM: The cliche’ answer…more or less my whole life, ha. I remember writing cheesy love songs when I was 8 years old. Now I just write cheesy love songs while I’m 28 years old. But I have always loved the idea of putting my thoughts to melodies and have always loved the way that words can rhythmically fit together like puzzle pieces.
I started out on the drums, but quickly realized that it was not the most conducive instrument to write songs on as a singer/songwriter, though I feel like it immensely helped me to establish a sense of rhythm. One day, I picked up my dad’s acoustic guitar and started picking out London Bridges on the bottom E string and found out that playing by ear was something that came natural to me. He showed me a few chords and I just kinda taught myself from there. Fast forward through my bleached blonde teenage years of awkward music selection and fronting alternative/rapcore bands, I discovered that I really loved folk music.
I think I finally found my voice in the singer-songwriter/folk genre, not only audibly (a little less Scott Stapp and a little more Aaron Lee Martin, ha), but lyrically. Over the last 7 years, I’ve acquired a banjo, other various folky instruments, and somehow figured out that I can fit my foot inside a tambourine…so that’s fun! Yeah, long answer to a short question.
 
LWF: Where do your songs come from? Take us through your creative process…

 

 

ALM: My songs usually come from whatever I am directly or indirectly inspired by at the time. Sometimes it’s sunrise, sometimes an episode of Lost. Sometimes it’s pure fiction and sometimes I’m letting myself be as vulnerable and naked as I can be, while still keeping my clothes on. 
I believe there is a song for every season, emotion, victory and failure that we have. I’ve found that it’s the usually those things that are the hardest to face and reveal about yourself, but somehow still muster up the courage to express, that people seem to relate to the most. It allows a sense of freedom for people to accept who they are and can help us to be conscious of the fact that none of us are truly ever alone. 
As far as the process goes, there is no rhyme or reason. Songs come to me often when I’m driving or in the shower, ha. I just usually hit a point where I realize I’m going crazy because I’m not writing or playing, so I write something…and then realize I am still crazy, ha.
 
LWF: Who or What inspires you?
ALM: Oh, I guess I partly answered this question in the last question, ha. But as far as the “Who” goes, I’m greatly inspired by a handful of authors, namely Steinbeck, George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis, Thoreau, Chekhov, and Bradbury. The intellect, wit, romance, and honesty these guys bring to the table absolutely blows my mind! 
I’m also a pretty big fan of Pete Seeger. He taught me that one voice, as well as many voices united as one, can do an awful lot to stir up things and cause genuine change and compassion to occur.  
I also draw inspiration from biblical poetry (psalms, proverbs, lamentations, ecclesiastes, etc.). There are quite a few biblical references and connections that can be found throughout my music. 
Aside from those few things, I’m sure there are a million other things that inspire me, but brokenness and vulnerability will stir my soul every time!
LWF: Anything new in the works?
ALM: Yeah, I have plans for my next 3 releases, 2 eps and a full length. They are titled “Blessings and Curses” “Vanity of Vanities” and “The Garden” and they will be released in that order.
I’m actually in the process of recording “Blessings and Curses” and I’m hoping to release it by early Spring. Here soon, I’ll be setting up a Kickstarter to help fund the album, so if you feel like supporting, please be on the lookout for that at http://aaronleemartin.com/
And you can actually listen to a demo of one of the songs “Moriah” at http://harveststar.bandcamp.com/track/moriah
 
LWF: Aside from music, how do you bide your time?

ALM: Well, when I’m home I work carpentry. Not very good at it yet, but I enjoy learning. And I just started doing yoga. Not very good at it yet, but I enjoy learning.
Ha, I also enjoy connoisseuing various things or at least pretending like I am a connoisseur. (yeah, I know connoisseuing is not a real word, but I like it!) Making up words. And traveling. But I’d say my most fulfilling times are either spent enjoying community living with trusted friends or being completely alone in nature just absorbing and living in the moment as much as I can. This last summer, I had the best of both worlds. I was housesitting with some of my closest friends on some acreage in Central KS, with rolling hills and around 10 buffalo roaming free on the property. We spent our days gardening, taking care of puppies and riding bikes down hilly dirt roads. Most nights we’d cook a family dinner and eat together. After my roommates went to bed, I’d usually stay up until 3:00am sitting out in the front yard, listening to the coyotes and watching the stars. This was a small dose of heaven for an extroverted-introvert, such as myself.
 
LWF: (bonus question) What is your beard made of?
 
ALM: The blood of 10,000 angry Irish Men; The colors of a Kansas sunset; The aroma of cloves, soured milk, tobacco and whiskey; and snakes, snails and puppy dog tails! Oh, and I have a white patch too.
 

Thanks Aaron for letting us feature & Interview you. We LOVE you! 

If you’re interested in hearing more from Aaron check out his website

FACTORY RECORDS

Established in 2010, Factory Records is one of the OC’s best kept secrets. Whether you’re a certified wax-head or just a rookie looking to round out your collection, Factory’s got something for everyone. Shattering the elitist music-snob archetype, Dave Noise (Factory’s owner) won’t roll his eyes if you come in asking for Beatles reissues. And if you’re in need of suggestions, he’s well versed in just about every genre imaginable—everything from “space rock” to “mutant disco.” And with the money you’ll save not having to pay shipping online, you can treat yourself to a few gems from Factory’s fabled Bargain Bin (pictured below).

After swinging by the shop and talking to Dave, you can tell he’s guy who genuinely loves what he does. But don’t think he takes it for granted. In fact, he’ll be the first to tell you that such privileges don’t come cheap. Back in ‘91 he opened Noise Noise Noise Records (now the stuff of local legend) to instant consumer acclaim. “Noise3 just killed it in the 90’s,” says Dave, “I was able to buy a house in a middle-upper class Costa Mesa neighborhood, paid my taxes and bills, had that financial security so many others wished they had—hell, I even had a pretty fat retirement fund going…and then I fucked it all up.” By 2003, Dave had fallen heavy into drugs—to the detriment of his shop. “It was obvious to everyone around that I was fucked… Folks abandoned me and store en masse.” In 2006 he hit rock bottom—“I was broke, in and out of jail, and after skipping out on 5 months’ rent at Noise3, out of a shop and a job.” But with the support of his friends and family, he eventually got his act together (read Dave’s full story here—seriously, read it!). Shortly after, he opened Factory Records. “I opened the shop with some reluctance,” he says, “wondering if I still had my any game left in the record world, and doubtful that a store could thrive in this day and age… But I did, and it has.”

The Interview
LWF – Little Woodland Friend
DN – Dave (Factory Records)
 

LWF: Factory has such a well-rounded selection. There seems to be something for everyone. Where do these records come from? How are they chosen?

DN: I want my shop to reflect what I myself would want to find in a store: variety. Just recently, some girl bought a Current 93 album, an Earth album, a Jimmy Smith album, and a bunch of 70s coke-rock, and I thanked her for buying such a mix of stuff. If I was only selling the Pink Floyd and Black Keys records I normally sell to people all day long, and no one bought a cool bag of stuff like she did, I’d be bored silly and should be working at an office cubicle somewhere because at least I’d have health benefits. Also, just the other day, a kid, probably no older than 17 or 18, bought a David Axelrod album. I was stoked! Most kids his age want to buy a TSOL patch to put on their backpack.

I get my stuff by any means necessary, but most of it comes from people bringing in collections to me. I’ve always had amazing luck with this, and am very fortunate in this way. You won’t find me battling jackasses on my days or mornings off at swap meets or thrift stores or yard sales or auctions. Ebay and those dumb TV shows have turned everyone into wanna-be pickers—and those shows make it seem so fucking easy! They need a show about how many times you strike out compared to the few times you really come up. I spent enough years tweaking my brains out chasing that elusive crate of gold, and it’s just not worth it to me. That lifestyle wears one’s soul out. If you can do it for a hobby, it’s fun, but I find no joy in digging through the endless shit that every other storage warrior in town has torn through just to stay alive. I know these resources are there if I get desperate, but besides a casual visit once in a blue moon, with no expectations, I stay away. And the thought of going blind staring at Craigslist waiting for the word “records” to pop up? No thanks. It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack, and the haystack is made up of some great-grandpa’s easy listening records that someone looked up on Ebay. I have a few secret tricks that I use to get good records in the shop, and these methods take work, but I’m pretty confident my years of experience allow me to stay ahead of the game by doing what I do. 

I order new stuff too, but it’s not much compared to the used vinyl in the shop. New vinyl doesn’t have the same markup as used vinyl, and you’re stuck with it if it doesn’t sell. But I do take risks to keep the selection unique. I’ll order stuff that I’ve never heard of just because it sounds cool, and I know certain customers are willing to trust me if I suggest they buy something. I have to keep Factory Records very balanced…I have to have all the Doors and Beatles and Black Keys and Led Zeppelin and Radiohead and Pink Floyd that the masses want, but I have to have something different from the other shops. I want people to be, like, “Oh, I found the new Myrninerest ‘Journey To Avebury’ 12″ EP at Factory”. This is the new project from David Tibet; it’s a soundtrack to a Derek Jarman film, and so far, I’ve sold a few copies and I’m stoked because I’m sure only a few shops in Orange County are brave enough to touch something like this, and I feel so much better selling this than another damn Misfits record. Of course, I get stuck with some gambles. I just started a section called “Factory Records Greatest Misses”; it’s a section under the normal racks where I mark down new vinyl since I can’t send it back. People are just discovering this section and love it.

LWF: What’s your greatest find? What are you currently digging for?

DN: My greatest find changes day by day. I’ll come across some far out electronic record with a wild breakbeat and be in love with it for a day or two, then something new will come in the door, and I’m off and running with that. I had a dude bring two crates of records into the shop the other day: one crate of really nice, basic, easy-to-sell punk and new wave, and a crate of grandma’s easy listening albums. I made him an offer, he took a breath, and I knew what he was gonna say: “I think I’m gonna keep the box of punk, but I’ll sell you the easy listening records”. This happens often. Instead the guy says “I’ll never listen to the punk stuff ever again, but I’d like to hang onto the other box.” So he took the crap that would have broke my back hauling it to my parking lot sale, and I spent two days listening to some of the awesome punk rock I grew up with, making my money back (and then some) at the end of that second day. For those two days, that crate was the greatest find. Of course, as I mentioned earlier, I’ve had three Beatles Butcher Covers come in over the past few years, and a Beatles ad-back cover. These are some of the Cadillacs of Beatles collectibles. So when these float in, I’m stoked. One of the Butchers came in with a ton of other rare Beatles, and a bunch of first press punk, a sealed Germs LP, a number of Dangerhouse 45s, and much more. The guys that had it were, like, on the way to the Goodwill and decided to see if they could get any money. I could have given them $30 and they’d have been stoked, instead I offered them $300 and they were in heaven—just blown away. The last Butcher Cover I got, the kid had a big stack of junk plus the Butcher. I asked what he wanted, and he said twenty five or thirty dollars. I gave him $80 and just made his day. But he made mine. Butcher Covers are “greatest find” kind of records. But there are so many greatest find records, and I’ve had too many of these days to list.

And what am I digging for? Besides all the rad types of records I’ve been describing above along with the usual shit that pays the bills? Nothing for me, really. I have zillions of records already. Not that doing drugs was good for me, but when I was wasted, I bought tons of albums for myself, and then totally forgot what I bought. I can go to storage and open boxes and be, like, “I own this? Fuck yeah!” So I go digging in my own storage unit and don’t have to spend any money. I do buy a handful of albums every week for myself though…mostly off the radar new releases or reissues. Nothing too particular; something will just sound neat and I’ll buy the whole album for myself. I guess I do have one holy grail that’s eluded me for over a quarter century that I would drop some money on if I could find it: at a high school dance in the 80s, I heard a version of New Order’s “Subculture” with female vocals. I’ve never been able to find any info on who did this record, but it’s out there somewhere, so that would be a huge “greatest find” for me.

LWF: What’s trending these days?

DN: At Factory Records, the trending topics are #blackfriday #recordstoreday #dollarrecords #parkinglotsale (Record Store Day’s Black Friday event and our same-day $1 record parking lot sale), #blackgoosetavern #tacotuesday (our new neighbors the Black Goose Tavern, who are bringing back Taco Tuesdays to our little shopping center), and #factoryrecordsdavenoise #instagram (self-explanatory I hope).

LWF: Why is there such an enduring interest in vinyl? What’s the allure?

DN: You know, this is one question I’ve never been good at answering. Some people love the sound quality, but I can’t weigh in on that because my hearing sucks. I’ve always said if you put me in a room and played a record and then a CD or digital file, there’s no way I could tell them apart. I can enjoy the music but I don’t have the ability to appreciate every little nuance like some freaks do. Our audiophile section at the shop is labelled “Pretentious Audiophile Bullshit”, because that’s how I feel about that stuff. You can play me David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust on one of those paper-thin Dynaflex records from the 70s and it sounds great to me. The cover art on a record is definitely a draw. CD cover art sucks and I don’t own an iPod but I guess you’d have to stare at a little thumbnail of the cover art on that. Fuck that! I want cover model Sandy Warner on Martin Denny’s “Primitiva” album at 12″ x 12″. I certainly love vinyl for DJing. I’m no pro DJ, but I’ll throw down some tunes at a bar here and there, and I have a few crates of beat up old rock and funk and reggae records that I don’t mind thrashing around to make the crowd move. I think the idea of putting thought into what’s gonna be played and hunting down those songs on vinyl and hauling them into a club and making a crowd move says a lot. Any dolt with a laptop can hunt down any song anyone wants to hear, which, for me, steals some of the magic. I guess if you’re DJing a wedding and need to be prepared, the laptop is a good thing, but I like the randomness of a few crates of vinyl in a club.

There are a lot of arguments for the love of vinyl, and while I don’t know specifically why I’ve been fascinated by record albums since I was ten, I’ll support any reason anyone has that keeps wax alive.

LWF: Will the 8track or audio cassette ever make a comeback?

DN: 8-track, I doubt it. There are folks that collect them, and even a few souls who utilize them for the music itself, but there are not enough 8-tracks left on this planet in useful working order to support a comeback. Cassettes, much to my surprise, have made a bit of a return. When I closed Noise3, the only cassette buyers we had left were tweakers with unkempt beards pedaling around on old ten-speeds with battery-operated Walkmans. Then I open up Factory, and I get these dudes with shaggy beards with funky yellow Walkman tape players on ten-speeds looking for tapes, but they’re not tweakers, they’re hipster kids who have suddenly found vinyl too mainstream. There’s a whole cassette culture out there. My neighbors at Mesa Music Services across the parking lot have a label called Lavish Womb Recordings and probably 98% of their releases are cassette-only. My friend Todd who runs that shop gave me an old tape deck and I use it all the time. I don’t sell tons of tapes, but I move a handful a week and it’s a fun item to keep around.

LWF: Can you offer some good rules of thumb for the aspirant collector?

DN: Well, for all my swap meet and garage sale hating, those places are a fun place to get started. Don’t expect any gems after sunrise, but you can get lots of good, basic stuff for a buck or two (or less!). And always offer them $10 for “the whole box”. It often works, and you can bring all the leftovers you don’t want to Factory Records for store credit. And let’s not forget about the Factory Records World Famous Cheapo Bin. I keep this stocked with $1.99 or less vinyl—people LOVE this section! It’s a great way to start a collection, and if you do it on a Tuesday, you can get cheap tacos at the Wild Goose Tavern across the way. For ten bucks you can eat and get some new tunes!

Don’t be afraid of worn records. Most will play just fine, with some minor crackle. If this crackle bugs you, stop buying records RIGHT NOW and just stick with iTunes. And a little scuff does not equal a skipping record. I often see rookies inspecting a beautiful looking album, and mistake a light scuff for a scratch. I want to grab them and yell at them (I never have) and make them understand records are fucking durable!! Just keep them out of the hot sun, because if they warp, your record is RUINED!! 

When I have someone new coming into the shop buying records for the first time, wanting to buy half the store, I recommend they slow down, and only buy what they can listen to in a week or two’s time. Going apeshit right outta the gate leads to burnout. Savor the visit, and leave with a reason to come back. (This benefits me, too. Duh.) 

And lastly, avoid those $80 record players you can buy at the big box stores like the plague. I won’t name names here, but on the rare occasion someone wants to return a record for skipping, I ask if their player is a such-n-such brand, and it almost always is one of those cheap players. And I’ll play their record in the shop and it plays just fine. Buy a Sony or Technics or another brand that has stood the test of time. You can get a great new turntable for $150, $200. Spend the extra money and you’ll be much happier. Ohhhh, also…put plastic outer sleeves on your records. Just do this. 
And shop at Factory Records as much as you can.

LWF: Do you have any other interests/hobbies besides records?

DN: I love cats. I’m typing this with my cat Tigger on my lap. And one of Tara’s cats just pooped out 5 kittens a month ago, so I’m having fun watching these little things grow. I love bodysurfing. I’m no big wave rider, and it’s too cold for me now, but I am in the water from like April to October at least a few times a week riding two to five foot waves. Being in the water is where I get to relax and get away from things. I like watching the Lakers, but they haven’t inspired me too much yet this season. I have faith though, and I’ll get hooked as usual. I love Project Runway, and haven’t missed an episode in years. I love anything to do with Star Wars, and have been enjoying all the buzzing about the new movies that are in the works. And, oh, speaking of Star Wars…I’m a world famous A-list cosplayer under the name Boba Phat. I travel to different Comic-Cons in costume and run a Facebook fan page and have thousands of awesome fans who love to stop me for photos and free stickers when I’m dressed up at the cons. It’s the closest thing I’ll ever be to being a rock star, with the added bonus of being able to take my mask and costume off at the end of the day and be regular old anonymous David James, the record store guy from Costa Mesa. Check it out: www.BobaPhat.com

LWF: Thanks Dave. We’ll be seeing you soon!

 

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