The gallery space at Ear Peace Records vibed with music, colors and lines as patrons walked along to view the 50 or so artworks hung on the wall. A few wandered outside to grab a beer and check out the murals in the courtyard outside. Celebrating the independent record label and store’s grand reopening, artists, musicians and appreciators of both art and music came together for “Breathe Easy,” an art show put on in collaboration with Endless Canvas.
Since Ear Peace initially opened on April 1, 2011, it has been building its home at the crossroads of art and music with the intent to foster integration between them. At the start, they focused on their record store and boutique, but also put on music-related events like live performances and open mics.
In light of the success of such events, Ear Peace decided to get rid of their boutique and clear out the downstairs space. “We wanted to be more involved in the art side and music side of things., Ear Peace Records owner Alison Ferrell told me. “We wanted to be doing stuff that was more fun for us.” In a small upstairs room, they still sell some Ear Peace merchandise, underground hip hop CD’s and vinyl and every shade in Montana Colors’ 94 spray paint collection Read More…
The Understudies – No Higher
Music produced & Arranged by Fly Cobb & Geebz
Written by Sean E Depp, Poe & Citizen
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Candlespit | The Understudies | Browse & Cyberclops
ft. Poe, JB, Citizen, Sean E Depp, Cyberclops, Browse.
Produced by Cyberclops, Citizen, DJ Effective, Myers, Browse, DeaconLF.
Executive Produced by Study Music Group
Engineered, Mixed & Sequenced by Citizen & Candlespit Collective
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FRI 2/17 – Oakland, CA @ Shredder’s Lair, (544 60th @ Telegraph)
INFO: Doors Open @ 8:30 PM
– First 40 people receive FREE admission and a drink
– $5 general admission
– Skate Contest: Winner receives prize courtesy of 510 skate shop
The Understudies x Candlespit Collective perform 9:30 – 10:30!
@ 10:30 – 11:00 – Mad Flows
@ 11:00 –11:45 – Wordup & Dope City Saints
@ 11:45 – 12:15 – Craft + @ 12:15 – close – B.durazzo & Gee w/ Special Guests
FRI 2/24 – Berkeley, CA – Ear Peace (3268 Adeline) w/ Endless Canvas Art show –
When Alison Ferrell suggested Jesse Bordiuk and Stu Lucero open a store to accompany their start-up record label, the trio didn’t take long to jump on the idea. In fact, three days after the brainstorming session, the group signed the lease for Ear Peace Records on Adeline Street.
Lucero, who along with Bordiuk and producer Cyberclops makes up the rap group Candlespit Collective, said word is spreading about the record store/label. [Watch the video above for an introduction.]
“Business is on the rise,” Lucero said. “I mean it started to sort of pick up, then it picked up a little more. You know, we’re just kind of adapting and figuring out what it is we need to bring in that brings more people.”
The shop’s inventory is constantly evolving, with new items added to the South-Berkeley hip-hop hub daily. The store — lined with colorful street art and canvas paintings — boasts a collection of classic vinyl for DJ sampling, new CDs, men’s and women’s clothing, paints, edged markers, and even custom art by appointment.
“We call it object tattooing,” Lucero said, pointing to a vibrant wooden duck created by one of the store’s in-house visual artists.
Along with a wide selection of goods, owners at Ear Peace Records provide a comfortable creative atmosphere for Berkeley’s many talented artists. There are areas to create new works of art and a lounge in the back to kick back and access free Wi-Fi.
“It’s like a community center with a really cool gift shop,” Lucero said.
Author: Robert A. Mills is a graduate student studying interactive journalism at The Reynolds School of Journalism at The University of Nevada, Reno. He is currently interning at Berkeleyside. See his previous stories for us here and the videos he has shot and/or edited for us on Berkeleyside’s YouTube channel.