7.31.2011

Ahoy Ahoy

So, blathering about music with Mr. Boats the other night at the aforementioned Hive party, Noble invited me to contribute here. As a wayward DJ who has gotten back on (off?) the wagon in the past year, I'm well chuffed about a lot of new, new to me, and newly rediscovered tracks. As far as EDM stuff that I would likely mix goes, I'm a house head who likes it from disco to deep to jack to tech (although not exactly "tech house" but more what I like to call "deep n weird"). But I like to hear stuff from all over the map. Might have a small dubstep prejudice, but I can dig it on occasion.

This here is some new (nu?) disco. I think I heard it on KCRW, which is fabulous eclectic streaming radio out of LA. NPR actually, but they've got an all music stream if you don't wanna hear the news too. Anyway, what gets me about this track is that it's a really solid groove, but then they come in with this acid twerk at about the 2:00 mark that just makes me do a duck face. Acid disco. Is that a genre? I love it.



PS the name's Andy, but you can call me Captain. Or Abe. Or whatever. Long as you call me.

7.30.2011

Dolla Dolla bill ya'll!!!!!

Via my sister and Pretty lights .... love you sis!


I love Chicago summertime parties!!!!!!

So last night I played a gig at my friend's artist collective grand opening ~ The Hive - 1902 N Milwaukee ... and like all good parties, this one got a little chaotic. If this party is any indication of what the Hive will be then they are on the right track. I played an early, short set, not my best but later I was trying to play some disco for my boy Andy. Here you go brother, my favorite nu-disco song in the world ... Villa - Anita


Villa - Anita

Here's another favorite for the love ....

7.28.2011

Boy 8-Bit - Phase IV

Phase IV by Boy 8-Bit

Delorean - Deli

This song makes me happy!

My Upcoming DJ Gigs

Friday - July 29 @ The Hive
1902 N Milwaukee Ave #2


Details:
THE HIVE IS BORN: CELEBRATE YOUR REBIRTH
The artist exhaustingly exploits an elemental force that birthed into their existence. This force grows to be almost uncontainable so proceeds to contextualize from thought to form. This cyclic demeanor of creation renders a tragic beauty in which we would like to celebrate.

BIRTH FEST explores the process of birth as a metaphor for creation beyond just the individual artist and furthermore into social context from which art strives. As a community space we hope to become fertilized with the brilliance of your mind. This show is NOT purely about showing art, its about creating a context for artists to merge.


P a r t i c i p a t i n g A r t i s t s


- ONGOING -

DAVIEL SHY AND MACHAELA

POPera - 48 FILM PROJECT CREW



- FIRST TRIMESTER -

MOODY AND THE BEEKEEPER

REE YEES

SNORRE SJONOST HENRIKSEN

MR. TRANSYLVANIA

BOOGA



- SECOND TRIMESTER -

EMILY BINKOW

DJ REV

ANDREW SCOTT YOUNG

JOSHUA ESMANUEL-DAVID SLATER

MYSTREATER

MAYA JEFFEREIS

NOBLE



- THIRD TRIMESTER -

STANTON MCCONNELL FROM SANTAH

THE HOLE CREW

HOPE ESSER

CCDM PERSSON

AARON ZARZUTZKI AND DAN SMITH

JUSTIN RANDEL

WILLIAM

CAMERON AND SAMANTHA


Artists, DJ's, musicians, dancers, noise, electronic, comedians, improv, circus acts, magic, airbrush artists, face painters, live painting, photographers, fortune tellers, film extras, actors, and more...

• Production Crew for the 48HR FILM FESTIVAL PROJECT shooting
on premise: http://www.48hourfilm.com/​chicago/
• Live Video/Radio Broadcast
• Adult Beverages
• The spirit of liberation dancing within us

Documentation and coverage of the Festival will be showcased on The Hive's website and provided to participating artists upon request. Additionally, selected artists will be asked to perform or showcase their work during scenes on film. Highlighted artists will be credited for participation in the film.

Curated by: Cassandra Jackson, Erica Gressman, Emily Binkow, Carlita Gay & Ryan Johnson

Contact: thehive1902@gmail.com



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DIRTY 30!! (Amourena's Re-Birthday Celebration!)
Saturday Aug 7, 10 pm @ Exit
1315 North Ave
Chicago IL

Details: Not DJing but it's my birthday


Celebrate this beautiful year of growth and rebirth with Amourena Tsokatos and the Shot Down in Flames crew! We are also celebrating the birth of Noble Long, Amy Joiner, La Pebbles, and Shaman Jay!!!!

NO COVER! CHEAP DRINKS! SLAMMIN DANCE FLOOR! FIRE AND BURLESQUE PERFORMANCES! FREE FOOD!

and yes, this is the DIRTY 30!!!! SO LOOK OUT!!!

If you've EVER been to one of our BDay events then you KNOW wtf is up!!

Lets make this one another unforgettable night of GOOD VIBES, Friends, Fire, Drinks and Dancing!!

ON THE STAGE: AMOURENA TSOKATOS/SYLAR BRODIE/COLIN BREEN/MICHAEL ROBERT VON HAUSEN

ON THE DECKS: NIKK SKUM

SLANGIN DRINKS: LACEY HEISSENBUTTAL

ON THE GRILL: BURGERS/HOT DOGS/SIDES all FREE AND GRILLED THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT!!!

This shizz is gonna be OFF DA CHAIN!!



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Saturday Aug 13, 10 pm @ Secret Location on the North Side


Details: 
It's taken months to find the perfect spot for us to get down, underground, and do the Safety Dance, and we've got it! Come party 'til the break of dawn in an intimate but large loft that you may have seen in the movies or at a deeply underground afterparty. We're going to transform the space for your dancing, creating, and socializing enjoyment for one night.

Move your feet to the sounds of:
Duke Shin - Bad Advice, Inc.
Marcin Albekier - Freakeasy
Magpie - p.e.t.
Puffs Baggswelle - Cleverpillar
DJ Ryan - Safety Third Productions
Noble - Barrel Dem
Los Hamburgler - Cleverpillar

Feast your eyes on creative work by:
The KnockOut Photo Booth with Ordinary Anomaly
Gordon Kummel
Ellie Sorokin
Elysia Lock
Amy J Designs
...more TBA

Space is limited for this private, invitation-only event. It's $10 in advance, and $15 at the door (if there is room). Advance RSVPs are strongly encouraged, and the only way you can ensure your spot is by donating in advance. You can reserve your spot using WePay:https://www.wepay.com/dona​te/safety_dance.

The northside location will be sent to all those who RSVP. It's very convenient to public transportation and cabs. It's street parking in a busy neighborhood, so carpooling is great if you have to drive.

This is a new space and cooperation with the owners and the community is key to protecting us all. Please come and go quietly, dispose of your trash properly, and do not hang around outside of the venue. Protect the community we all love and are always building.

See you there, suckahs!



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Friday Aug 19, 9 pm - 3 am @ Temple Synphoria
RSVP required - http://www.ilovetosyn.com


Details:
SYNPHORIA at Temple Synphorium!! Friday August 19th

Your conscious community celebration of light, love, acceptance, and creativity!!
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Creativity without judgment, Spirituality without religion, Manifesting Conscious Community ...Here and Now!

2 Dance floors! Trippy performance art! Drumming! Tarot! (mostly) Veggie food! Live music! Heart-lifing intentions!! AMAZING beautiful people!!!

Official invite wording at http://www.ILoveToSyn.com/
Energy exchange: $15 suggested donation per person,
$10 if you arrive after 1:00 am
(NOTE: Saturday's sugggested donation = $20)

Doors open 9:00 pm,
Intentions start at 10ish pm (Rabbit hole ~~ 10:30 pm)
Energy elevation 11ish :)

Performance highlights so far (updated daily)
• Doors open 9 pm, free form drum jam starts 9 pm in Zen Den
• "REBIRTH" Fan Dance by Amourena Tsokatos (her Synful debut!)
• CCM performs "5th Element" +"OmManePadmeHum" +"Awaken" by The Collective Consciousness Movement (CCM)
• Synner Blessing Those Attending Burning Man [Bring/wear one of your BM outfits (that's not overly revealing, thanks!)]
• The "Unveiling" of ???
• Gallery art by Lera Gershevich
• DJ Noble in Eden!
• LIVING Garden of Eden


• DJ Prestonanda Klik in Onederland (be moved by music)
• Fungus Humongous!!! Art Installation by Yva Neal in Zen Den!
• Tumble down The Rabbit Hole (go a little deeper)
• Garden of Eden (groovin' dance floor)
• White Glove Dance! (reach up w/your glowing hands!)
• Emily's Chillout Room (get your chill on)
• Lots of ice cold lemon-lime water and iced electrolyte! (chill chill)
• 2am Breakfast!! French toast and scrambled eggs!! (YUM!)

We're actively working on this amazing event now. Check back for updates!

[Rsvps accepted via facebook until 5:00 pm on Fri 8/19
Rsvps accepted via phone/ text to 773-841-1824
After 5 pm on 8/19, call or text your rsvp to Emily]

(NOTE : Synphoria is NOT a public party, it is held in our home, not a public venue. If you "drop in" without rsvping in advance, you will be turned away at the door. Please don't put either of us in that position... and rsvp. Thanks :))

With all due respect, and no offense meant, we are very protective of the energy of our celebration, our space, our home, our community.

We implement these guidelines:
Gratitude, appreciation, compassion, celebration.
Expanding consciousness, connecting hearts.
Ask first, Protect the community, Leave no trace.

No "meat-market"/sexual energy, no political energy.
No beer, no hard liquor, no hard substances, no exceptions
**no alcohol is served** :)

ROAR (Right of Admission Refusal) in effect. We reserve the right of admission refusal for any reason, including overintoxication, exhibiting too much sexual energy, aggressiveness, or if we are not comfortable with you in our home. This is in place for the protection of our home, and our community. Thank you for understanding. :)




7.27.2011

Detroit Hip-Hop

While most are familiar with Detroit artists like Eminem and D12. The underground scene in Detroit has been alive and well for years. Groups such as Slum Village and artists who battled their way to the top like Ro Spit, Danny Brown and Elzhi; have kept the scene vibrant. Let's not forget one of the greatest hip-hop producers ever Jay Dilla (R.I.P.) According to his obituary at NPR.org, he "was one of the music industry's most influential hip-hop artists, working for big-name acts like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes and Common."


My favorite Detroit, via Ann Arbor, hip-hop DJ is DJ Graffiti. His sweet souled out mixes are bliss to my ears. Check out tunes from Ro Spit, Elzhi and Danny Brown, Jay Dilla and a DJ Graffiti mix after the jump.









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DJ Graffiti - You like Me & I Love You For It by djgraffiti

7.22.2011

Diplo - Florida


Diplo - Florida from Rory on Vimeo.

AC/DC - Thunderstruck (Crookers Remix)


WOW!

MK9 Johnny Cage's Theme

Nathan Fake - The Sky was Pink (James Holden Remix)

Sabres of Paradise - Smokebelch 2 (David Holmes Remix)

(thee) Mike B - Watch Your Ton! Vol. 2

My favorite reggae, ragga and jungle DJ ever .... THEE Mike B!
(thee) Mike B - Watch Your Ton! Vol. 2 by theemikeb

7.20.2011

SUPA EUROS - Release the Beast Mix

Straight from Munich, Germany and MySpace comes one of my favorite mixes. I came across this about 2 years ago on Stereobait.com. These guys are ill. Too bad they haven't released more stuff.


                                                    Supa Euros - Release The Beast

I Wanna Be A Cowboy - Boys Don't Cry

7.19.2011

A Tribe Called Quest Saved My Life

Last night I saw the new movie Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest and I was most pleased. I've been a big fan of Tribe, ever since they saved my life. Let me explain. On November 9, 1993 I was a soldier serving in the army in Germany. On this particular date, we were out in Grafenwoehr, Germany doing training. Right before I left to camp in the woods for a few weeks, I picked up Midnight Marauders. From the beginning with the tour guide announcing "Hello, this is your Midnight Marauder program. I am on the front of your cover. I will be enhancing your cassette and CD with certain facts that you may find beneficial The average bounce meter for your Midnight Marauder program will be In the area of 95 bpm We hope that you will find our presentation precise, bass-heavy, and just right."

The training was cold, wet, muddy and just plain miserable but I kept that CD on repeat knowing that half way around the world, things were not only "just right", but that people were rejoicing this CD. I know I was. So, yeah this was my introduction to A Tribe Called Quest and it literally kept me sane.

Go see the movie, you won't regret it ... even if you are not a fan or even a fan of hip-hop. The story is the same for many bands and indeed many who work together. The initial period is often the most creative, where people are working together at their prime ... each person bringing their own edge to the game. Then once the fame and money comes, the egos, animosity, and resentment set in as one person is perceived to be the frontman. This leads to passive aggressive behavior that can trigger years of bitterness and fighting if communication is not optimal. The movie gives us a pretty objective viewpoint of all the members and leaves us with the underlying question ~ can we ever get back to the glory days of A Tribe Called Quest?


Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest 

Documentary (Trailer)





A Tribe Called Quest - Lyrics to Go





Keys N Krates Remixes Tribe Called Quest


7.18.2011

Yolanda Be Cool Down Under

Yolanda Be Cool ... whose name is an obvious reference to the movie Pulp Fiction, has been pumping out tunes for only two short years. Hailing from Australia, they colaborated with DCUP to release We No Speak Americano in 2010. Afro Nuts is some of their earlier work and it rocks!

The Presets Down Under

Great song and video from The Presets ... another band from Oz!

The Land Down Under pt 2



7.16.2011

The Land Down Under

My friend Miriam, from http://www.miriaminthemidwest.com, is a sweetie. She is also an Australian resident living here. She reminded me recently how much I love Australian artists, from Midnight Juggernauts, Cut Copy and the Presets, the Church ... but these guys and INXS started it all for me as a kid ~ Midnight Oil (also known informally as The Oils to fans) inspired me deeply. Their call to action lyrics, voiced by singer Peter Garrett as he struts his stuff so uniquely in this video, powerful rhythm and driving tempo makes this one of my favorites. Thank you Miriam! I'll be highlighting Australian music this whole week on here!

7.05.2011

Utah Saints


Utah Saints have been making great music since 1991. Jezz Willis and Tim Garbutt make up the band, whose sound is largely made up from samples. They went big with Something Good, the Kate Bush inspired tunedTim toured with Orbital, Moby, and Aphex Twin in the late 90's While Jezz hosted a radio show on Kiss 105 in the UK. They recently remixed Bring Me The Horizon - Football Season is Over.




Utah Saints V Faith No More - EPIC by UtahSaints

7.01.2011

It's FRIDAY ~ YEAH ... make some Boys Noize!



Alex Ridha, AKA Boys Noize, is truly gifted. Pumping out timeless tunes, that are hard to place in any genre, Boys Noize makes it look simple. Look for more Boys Noize songs and albums at Boysnoize Records

Mode Selektor + Apparat = Dopesauce



I have to thank my roommate Amy for this find. Truly one of my current favorites!