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Saturday, September 09, 2017

What Is Hip-Hop? Children's Book out now

Hi, everyone!  I know it's been such a long time since I have last blogged here on youngestindie.  Thought I'd share some big news with you all.  I kept calling this project "book 2", but "book 2" is finally out!  It is the second children's book I have illustrated with my clay figures, and written by Eric Morse, produced by Nelson George, and published by Black Sheep - Akashic Books.  This time we tackled the music genre and culture of hip-hop.  It was definitely a lot of work, and I really gave it my all.  I hope you are interested enough to pick up a copy and check it out!  Official book release was this past Tuesday on September 5, 2017.  If you are looking to purchase the book offline, please call your local bookstore and ask if they have in stock, or if they can order for you.  For all you online shoppers, the book is available on many websites, including, and  Thank you! 

If you are in the Los Angeles area, please support our local bookstores!  I checked online and it shows that What Is Hip-Hop? is now on the shelves at:

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What Is Hip-Hop? Book Trailer

Thursday, March 30, 2017

You are my medicine

Melancholy Hill is one of my favorite Gorillaz songs.  With the recent buzz of Gorillaz big comeback and new songs, I was inspired to make Noodle!  I recorded the process and sped it up.  Check out the video!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Fighting evil by moonlight 🌙

It was raining cats and dogs all day yesterday (and some other days last week).  So here is what I did on my rainy Sunday.  It's Luna and Artemis from Sailor Moon.  We were really into Sailor Moon in the late 90s.  Always appreciated the details of the story.  Although, I've got to say, in the American version of Sailor Moon, Luna's voice sounded more like an old grandma, whereas, the Japanese version, she had a super cute voice.  It's okay, I still loved it anyway.

The pictures are all I can feel

I've been looking so long at these pictures of you
That I almost believe that they're real

Here are some time lapse videos capturing the process of making Robert Smith out of play doh.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

It never rains in Southern California

It's been raining a lot in Los Angeles this month.  It is winter, after all.  The rain just keeps coming down.  Angelenos just do not go out when it rains, if it can be helped.  I opened the window and looked out.  The air was cold and fresh.  As I looked at the pouring rain, I thought to myself, at least it didn't rain like this any time I went to a show.  I thought about it more.  I just couldn't remember any time I lined up in the rain, or ran to my car after a show.  Then, I remembered that one time it rained when I tried to wait outside for Morrissey after his show at the Palladium.  I didn't have an umbrella, and gave up pretty quickly because, hey, who am I kidding, right?

Thursday, November 03, 2016

My blog is 10 years old!

Ten years ago today, I started this blog.  I just wanted a creative outlet, and it was.  I was able to share with you some illustrations, and play doh/ clay art.  But it became more of a documentation of my gig life in the indie rock days.  Always in love with music and rock and roll, going to gigs was a huge stress reliever for me.  I studied fashion design and was starting out in the industry, but it was stressful, and I was feeling frustrated most of the time, but when I listened to music and went to go see bands, I felt so alive.  Even if the crowd got wild sometimes, I just needed to dance and mosh and enjoy the music.  I also had my share of post-show blues, which is completely normal.  Anyways, I am thankful for all the amazing memories from that time in my life.  Especially because it feels like everything has changed now, such as venues, bands.  After all, ten years is a pretty long time.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

10 Year Anniversary: My Top Ten Bands/Moments/Shows

 Youngest Indie is celebrating 10 years of gig life blogging.  Here, in no particular order, is my top ten bands/moments/shows that really capture what Youngest Indie was all about (2006~2016).

No intro needed.  Forever and always.  So many great memories.  I am thankful.

2. JET
Again, no intro needed.  Always and forever.  So many great memories.  I am thankful.

The first time I saw The Horrors was around the same time I started this blog.  It was at the now defunct Safari Sam's.  They performed at Franki Chan's Tuesday night thing.  Oh yeah, I went to a ton of those.  Thanks to their awesome touring dates, I made sure to check out every one that was in Southern California, every time they came.  I did that because I knew moments like these wouldn't last forever and they would become great memories.  By that, I mean me.  You're only young once and crazy enough to drive to San Diego just to see a band.

Their sound defines the indie 2000s, but never sounds dated, always such a great dance party at their shows, and I love every single song.  And Alex has perfect front man swag for days.

5. OK GO
Once I went shopping to Paul Smith (yes, that pink building), back in 2006 before all the bloggers started using it as their backdrop, with my coworkers for research, and I saw OK GO shopping for their suits.  Saw them as many times I could, and many times I did.  I even finally caught a tambourine that Timothy threw.

Also an essential band to define the indie sound.  I even made it in one of their music videos, where I first met Steve and he was super nice.  Saw them many times. 

So rock and roll and so much style.  I just love their music and their stage presence.  When I saw them at Coachella, I miraculously made it to front and center.  I even got a glow baton thing.  It was at the tent, in the evening.  There was a cool breeze.  Everything was going to be okay (after suffering in triple digit heat).

I mean, what is the mid 2000s without Myspace and Nylon.  Sometimes they would have a Myspace/Nylon music issue.  Here I went to the magazine party in 2008where The Like and newno2 performed.  I just have this memory where newno2 were on stage about to start their set, Blur's Girls and Boys were blasting and we were all kind of dancing to it, including Dhani Harrison.  Also, Brent Bolthouse was at this party.

My old stomping grounds.  Sometimes, when a band had a residency, I tried to go to every single show.  I went to this place pretty often.  Everything felt so familiar and right.

10. COACHELLA 2012
My first Coachella ever.  You know I don't like big festivals, but that year was my dream lineup.  It was basically all the bands you would see on Youngest Indie, all on one bill.  So crazy.  I had to go.  Plus, it was the Refused reunion.  And I saw Buzzcocks, Pulp, The Horrors, The Hives, Noel Gallagher, Squeeze (I heard Up The Junction live and in the flesh), Black Lips, Kasabian, The Vaccines, Justice, the list goes on.

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