As with the previous drives, those who donate five cans of food will receive hip hop goodie bags filled with CDs, t-shirts, posters, and more.
It's a great event -- you should take part. For more, we spoke with Angela H. Rodriguez, founder and director of the organization, who also raps under the name Teno.
The clean-living Kramer was released in 1978 and three decades later brought together a group of musicians, including British singer/songwriter Billy Bragg, for a benefit gig. Bragg had written "jail guitar doors" on his guitar, and founded a non-profit organization named after the song to provide instruments to prison inmates in Britain. Kramer brought the organization stateside in 2009.
UPDATE: Ruiz wrote in to tell us the band, thanks to a tip, has recovered the van. The interior was damaged and merchandise and gear are still missing. "The van will need repairs," writes Ruiz. "But the van is home."
"Downey Police forensics have recovered prints, and footage of the thief from the location where he abandoned the vehicle," continues Ruiz. "They chose to pursue the investigation, in support towards the Lynwood Sheriff's department."
Members of Lynwood act La Resistencia had about the crappiest Christmas morning you can imagine this year.
The skacore band has a recording and rehearsal space in Lynwood, where they normally keep their touring van off the street. On Christmas Eve, however, they moved the van to accomodate a neighbor's Christmas party. "It's only gonna be there a few hours," reasoned La Resistencia drummer Clemente Ruiz.
When Ruiz went to retrieve the van at 3 a.m. on Christmas morning, however, it was gone.
Called Uncool, it's the kind of idea that you'd think would be immediately and universally embraced by music writers and readers alike...but within days of announcing a Kickstarter to fund the project, its proposal had already set off miniature flamewar on Tumblr, and a month into the campaign, they have only been able to raise a fraction of the project's funding.
Case in point: Since Anti-Christ Demon Core (ACxDC) vocalist Sergio Amalfitano's daughter Savina has run into trouble, the community has rallied. Little Savina is just an infant, but she has a big problem: tetrology of fallot. This means she has a small pulmonary vein as well as a small hole in her tiny heart. For now, she's getting 94 percent of the oxygen she needs. But there are potentially serious consequences. For example, if she gets hurt or cries a lot, she can pass out and turn blue. As she's still a baby, this could cause serious developmental issues; she's already two pounds smaller than her twin sister Azellea.
Christmas may be over, but lots of local musicians are still hoping for a little seasonal generosity. They're seeking help footing the bill for production of their albums -- remember those? -- and have turned to Kickstarter. You may be feeling tapped out at this time of year, but, hey, the economy's improving, right? Right? Anyway, here are five completely worthy local musicians who will put your shekels to good use.
"He's one of the smartest kids we have, and through that whole thing, Sessions was a way for him to escape the drama. We knew he felt safe here, and it was a way for him to relieve a lot of stuff he was going through by writing and recording his music," says 29-year-old Patrick Huang, aka DJ Phatrick of Native Guns). He's one of the instructors at the helm of Sessions LA, a music writing and recording program for youth in the Rampart District of Los Angeles.
But as of October 1st, that refuge has been threatened. Due to a budget cut, Sessions LA no longer has the financial means to continue its programming. They decided to raise money on their own through an IndieGoGo campaign, setting a goal of $15,000 by December 9th. So far, they've received only about half of that.