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Welcome to Always Never Yesterday, an occasional newsletter about music, art, opportunity, good times and the future. This edition is full to the brim with great stuff.

I hope you like it.



Our first mix of 2017 is from the incredibly creative duo SPF666 and Commune. These two are highly skilled at navigating many genres and styles. As a team they work the booth until is screams for mercy while the dance floor screams for more. It's a true pleasure to share this mix of solid Garage magic with you.

ANY003: SPF666 + Commune


Would you ever marry a robot if it had near-flawless AI?
Commune: I think I've seen enough cyberpunk movies and anime to decline that option.

SPF666: As long as they were rich. 

What is something from your past that you want to revive/revisit?
C: The macrobiotic sushi I had in LA. And more stagediving to bands. You can't really do that in clubs.

S: I used to hop trains + hitch hike during an embarrassing few years as a crust punk, and while I don’t miss the scabies, I do miss constant travel. It’s nice to manifest that restlessness in something healthy like day hikes + camping now.

How will tomorrow be different?
C: More synth VSTs to play with. More books to read. My plants will be bigger.

S: Hopefully a slight abatement of my crippling multiday new years hangover.

Technology will change culture. In 100 years what do you imagine to be a positive change technology has created?
C: Hopefully some sort of way to preserve all types of media—including books, music, and film—forever. It's still a lot of work to find more obscure media even with widespread usage of the internet. And if we're really talking futuristic, maybe an option to either consume this media in it's original quality or a remastered version.

S: It’s pretty difficult to be optimistic about the future, especially with respect to technology. I’d like to hope that automation would eventually allow people to work less + enjoy life more, but that’s not how capitalism works. At least we’ll ideally be able to pirate/steal (unsure of correct terminology?) everything with 3d printing technology. Also maybe the clubs on terraformed mars will suck less than on earth.

What are you excited to learn about?
C: Different music genres, music theory, mysticism, food, alchemy.

S: This year I’m focusing more on my writing/music journalism. I’m not a great writer but I’m excited to learn/explore new ways to amplify voices + preserve narratives within dance music. Also, I’ve got a short term resolution for the perfect homemade bagel.  

If you were an architect, what would you build?
C: Something opulent like the Shah Cheragh Mosque in Shiraz, Iran. Or forgoing that, maybe not a building at all but just some nice furniture.

S: A sealand-style free standing platform in the middle of the ocean. i’d claim micronation status + invite all the freaks. Alternately, some strange, illegal metropolis out of reclaimed shipping containers on a little parcel of forgotten land (freak separatists welcome there too).

What song sounds like the future to you?
C: Opaque by Aquasky seriously sounds like some sci-fi world soundtrack. And that came out in '97!

S: Taken literally, Dj RIP - Musica Del Futuro

Any gigs coming up?
S: We’ve got our party B*Nice every 2nd Fridays @ Jade Club (old Rotture/Euphoria) with Tyler Tastemaker + Carly Barton this month. Both of these DJs are incredible and I can’t wait to see them tear it up! 

You can find SPF666 + Commune at:


Call For Models/Participants: Burial Series


A burial is used in various cultures to signify a transition from the living to the afterlife.  Bodies are adorned and prepared to transition to a new world, which can signify better places, reincarnations, bust most notably a place of happiness and bliss.  

In the Burial Series, Sean M. Johnson is looking to use these rituals as metaphors to create burials of LGBTQIA+ individuals to explore their fantasy or idealized world they would like to be in.  As a community that is marginalized in many cultures, societies, and religions, Sean is seeking to create a dialog that explores ideologies of desire, loss, and hope through fantasy.  These burials are portraits and collaborations of the model’s idealized worlds, their hopes, and places they could be in without the stigmas that are placed on them.      

Requirements: Participants must reside in the Portland Metro area and identify as LGBTQIA+ and as an artist.  By participating in this project, you agree to the artist terms (model release), two meetings, one collaborative photoshoot, and will be given an edition print of your image from the series.  

This project is funded by the RACC Project Grant and will be displayed in June 2017.  For more information please contact Sean M. Johnson at or you may visit his website at


ELSEWHERE is seeking artist for their residency program.

"Residencies invite artists working across media, fields, disciplines, and administrations to create projects that activate Elsewhere’s ‘living’ museum. Residents live and work within the museum for 2-4 weeks creating site-specific, responsive work that explores the museum environment, surplus inventories, cultural histories, social systems, neighborhood communities, and past artworks."

Applications due Feb 11th

Lupita's Artist Project Grant awards $1,000 grants to make art focused on "Place"

"The Lupita’s Artist Project Grant, consisting of $1000 to help fund the creation of a new artist project yearly, is funded by Sierra Nevada College’s MFA Interdisciplinary Arts program in the interest of helping to support artist communities both locally and internationally. 2017 will be our second iteration of the annual grant.

We seek to fund the work of emerging artists who are particularly interested in generating objects or activities surrounding notions of 'Place.'"

Proposals due Jan 15th



A dear friend of mine I met in college now lives in Mexico as a community artist and muralist.

She recently shared some of her thoughts and experiences about her life in Mexico; the effects on her family and those she knows and love. She sees an urgency to help Mexican-Americans in the current political climate and she decided to share this opportunity. To paraphrase my friend Emily:

"ODA (OTROS DREAMS en ACCIÓN)--helps Mexican Americans returning to the land of their ancestors (a place many of them do not know, many often not even speaking Spanish) because of deportation, or by choice, because they are tired of the racism and limited opportunities the USA offers "illegal" immigrants. The Mexican government has little in the way of infrastructure for adjusting these people to a new culture and land--ODA is the only project that I know of that addresses these issues and helps these people, who arrive by the thousands."

Take a moment to understand the issues and, if you can, donate to the cause.


This is just a fun website that basically plays cool sounds and shows you beautiful visuals when you mash on the keyboard. Its a great distraction and a nice pick-me-up


I'll be down in San Francisco on January 14th to DJ Pound Puppy with Taco Tuesday and Kevin O'Connor at the SF Eagle.

Some of my art projects are being featured in This Place: Selections From The Frontier, an exhibit at Sierra Nevada College from Jan 7 to March 3. I'll be giving an artist talk on March 2nd.

Bridge Club celebrates its 5th year this month! Sign up for our newsletter to hear about our celebration and other upcoming events.
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