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Peanut Butter Wolf Delights Poolside at the Line Hotel

 

A lazy summer heat beat down on the Line Hotel’s outdoor pool as mass of laissez-faire humanity lounged around the oasis like bespectacled sun lizards. Local musicians, instagram-obsessed 20-somethings, and tattooed Californian bros all assembled to absorb the easygoing aesthetic, as well as the brilliantly curated music of music legend, Peanut Butter Wolf.

 

Kicking off a music-focused Summer pool party series, The Line Hotel pulled off a coup in getting Chris Manak aka Peanut Butter Wolf to appear in such a casual and understated setting. PBW is producer/ DJ and founder of Stones Throw Records, one of the most successful and influential indie labels of all time. Yet there he stood, pulling vinyl out of crates behind a poolside DJ setup, largely ignored by the oblivious bathing suit-clad day drinkers. A gaggle of hip-hop heads and inspired bikini girls floated around the DJ booth as PBW dropped audio jewels on his decks.

 

Time evaporated as the sunset of the evening’s pool party began to avail itself.  Peanut Butter Wolf continued to paint the ambience with deep hip-hop cuts and danceable rhythms. A quintessential Austin afternoon that ebbed away beautifully and helped frame what a casual Sunday pool party should look like.

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Documentary Review: Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton

It takes quite a documentarian to truly delve into the heart of their topic while still maintaining a pleasing aesthetic. Jeff Broadway's newest film, Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton, shoots a telescope into the fruitful career of artist and producer Chris Anak, better known as Bay Area bred, Peanut Butter Wolf.

Aided by cameos and testimonials from the likes of musical giants from hip hop and underground soul and alternative rock, the film cracks open the shell of Wolf's wildly influential and coveted label, Stones Throw Records. Divided into chapters ranging from tales of Wolf spending his lunch money on records as an adolescent, to hip-hop royalty Madlib's long time collaboration with Stones Throw, the movie follows the numerous stages of the label, including J Dilla's career and tragic passing, Madlib's transition to Madvillain, the inclusion of the eccentric Gary Wilson and PB Wolf's manifestation of his alter-ego Falerio. The foundation of the film alludes Stones Throw's  success to the openness of its founder's creative mind. In the words of Homeboy Sandman, "They don't try to create artists, they try to find artists."

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton is a captivating, historically potent and complete film. We recommend you check out this documentary to explore a true staple in Bay Area music history and culture. -Kat Collins

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