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zee avi

Posted in reviews, rock & roll with tags , , , , on August 28, 2009 by bex0r

While i persozeeavi_music_cdnally have a love/hate relationship with the online phenom known as YouTube, it undoubtedly has served to provide a launch pad for some amazing and very deserving independent artists. Recently I was tipped off by‘s article on Malaysia wunderkind Zee Avi, a self-proclaimed “minimal postmodern romantic storyteller,” who has been launched to world-wide acclaim after being discovered by manager Ian Montone (MIA, Vampire Weekend, White Stripes,  Raconteurs). Her video of an original Christmas song went viral (it has received over 800,000 views to date!) and since being “discovered” has released her self-titled studio debut on Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records.

She effortlessly blends old school jazz vocal chops with a campy modern  pop sensibility. Her sweet melodic style paired with slightly melancholic and clever lyrics create a juxtaposition of themes that in any other artist would sound contrived or pretentious- but not Zee. Her humble beginnings, paired with obvious years of practice have resulted in an album of finely crafted tunes that is both refined and yet pleasantly down-to-earth at the same time. Even the most elementary of listeners will be able to pick out the subtle (and not so subtle) nods to jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald and Etta James.

The combination of jazz vocals with folk/pop compositions and insightful writing results in an album that will have you spellbound and charmed at first listen, and as you listen to the compelling voice of this talented young singer you will hear the years of hard work that must have gone into honing this sound. It is organic sounding and natural, which I really enjoy. The instrumental backing is minimal and highly complimentary, mostly relying on Zee’s competent guitar skills and acoustic instruments.

“Bitter Heart”

My choice cuts off the album are: Tracks 3 – Honey Bee and Track 10 – Darlin’ It Ain’t Easy.

Head over to iTunes and buy this amazingly talented musician’s album!


Don’t Think Twice (It’s Alright) – Bob Dylan

Posted in daily, rock & roll with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2008 by bex0r



In prep for my upcoming show *PLUG*



A collaborative look at the figurative art process.

Chapel Arts

(304 Dunlevy Avenue)
Vancouver, BC

7$ Donation at the door
Friday, March 28, 2008 at 8:00pmNegar Hooshmand –make-up

Some highlights of the exhibit/show:n504723451_609514_5014.jpg

– Figurative oil paintings/ Figurative Ink Drawings on Canvas/Figurative Acrylic paintings/Pastel Drawings

– Models will be present/Professional photos of the models(head shots) will be posted.

– Contributing artists (female vocalist, band, dj,photographer, make up artist, videographer)will be visible at the venue, in person as well as through visual representation

– Video will be shown to highlight the models preparing to be photographed, being photographed in preparation for the figurative work.It is also worth noting that it is a collective of people working together; collaborating, sharing, applying creative thought from their own area of specialization. This will allow the audience to see elements involved in the creation of a final piece of figurative art, as it is never a solely individual process.

Featured Artists:

Adrian Fuerth – oil paintings

Nathalie Morin – acrylic/ink paintings

Contributing Artists:

Elisha Clement -photo

Ellen Yang -pastel drawings (figurative)

Sheryda Warrener – poetry

Wiliam D. Amendola -video

Live Entertainment:

Bex- Folk

Never Forget Anyone

DJ Yes, Yes, NO! Yes

Models: Bex Apostoli, Elisha Clement, Ellen Yang, Erin Boswell, Laura Byspalko, Sarah Albrecht, Sara Mullin, Sheryda Warrener, Nikki Reimer