Wednesday, February 10, 2010

DJ setlist, Pianos, February 3rd, 2010.

Here's the set from last Wednesday's gig... Another week, another fun throwdown at Pianos. This one was a bit mellower than previous weeks, and I was once again kinda pushing to see what I could get away with. Trying to mix my familiar tunes in different ways, incorporate different material, and only reaching for the standby songs/segues when I got myself into a jam and needed a second to breathe.

The Rulers- Wrong 'Em Boyo
Lafayette Afro-Rock Band- Hihache
King Curtis- Sing A Simple Song
Cymande- The Message
Gang Starr- DJ Premier In Deep Concentration
Marlena Shaw- California Soul
Blackalicious- Deception
CSC Funk Band- Bad Banana Bread
The Meters- Chug-Chug-Chug-A-Lug
The Soul Lifters- Hot, Funky And Sweaty
Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band- Cissy Strut
6ix- I'm Just Like You
Rudy Robinson & The Hungry Five- Get It Together (pts 1 & 2)
Charles Wright- You Gotta Know Whatcha Doin'
The Jackson 5- How Funky Is Your Chicken
James Brown- Funky Drummer
The Mighty Hannibal- Somebody In The World For You
Norma & The Heartaches- Hot Pants Dance
Aretha Franklin- Rock Steady (alternate mix)
The Houseguests- What So Never The Dance (pts 1 & 2)
Big Daddy Kane- Ain't No Half Steppin'
Beck- Lloyd Price Express
De La Soul- Buddy (12" mix)
The Mohawks- The Champ
The Emotions- Blind Alley
The Pharcyde- Oh Shit
Heavy D (and everybody else from 1991)- Don't Curse
Tony Alvoin & The Belairs- Sexy Coffee Pot
Maceo & All The King's Men- Thank You Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Agin
Slick Rick- Children's Story
Outkast- Rosa Parks
Otis Redding- Hard To Handle
Marley Marl & The Juice Crew- The Symphony
Pete Rock & CL Smooth- Straighten It Out
The Gaturs- Cold Bear
A Tribe Called Quest- Steve Biko/Award Tour
Freddie Scott- (You) Got What I Need
Gang Starr (feat. Nice & Smooth)- DWYCK
The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band- Express Yourself (alternate version)
Public Enemy- Shut 'Em Down (Pete Rock Mixx)
Mary J. Blige- Family Affair
Craig Mack- Flava In Ya Ear
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo- Ill Street Blues
Busta Rhymes- Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check
Mos Def- Universal Magnetic
Aaron Neville- Hercules
Alton Ellis & The Flames- Cry Tough
20th Century Steel Band- Heaven & Hell Is On Earth
Dandy Livingstone & Rico- A Message To You Rudy
The Brothers Seven- Funky Smunk
Jeff Beck- Come Dancing
Gang Starr- Check The Technique
Joe Beurger- Joe's Funky
Jungle Brothers- Because I Got It Like That
The Belle Stars- Iko Iko
Booker T. & The MG's- Melting Pot
The Pharcyde- Soul Flower (remix)
Brand Nubian- Slow Down
Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud- Girls I Got 'Em Locked
Kid Cudi- Make Her Say
A Tribe Called Quest- Electric Relaxation (Propellerheads Mix)
Nice & Smooth- Hip-Hop Junkies
Das EFX- They Want EFX
Black Sheep- Flavor Of The Month
Jean-Jacques Perrey- EVA
Mickey & The Soul Generation- Soulful Sickness
Pete Rock & CL Smooth- T.R.O.Y.
Stevie Wonder- You Haven't Done Nothin'
The Clash- Rudie Can't Fail
Curtis Mayfield- Power To The People
The Bar-Kays- Soul Finger
The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band- Yellow Submarine
Jimmy Cliff- The Harder They Come

Shockingly, everything ended up sounding good and mixing well (even the hip-hop/soul/punk/soul/funk/funk Beatles cover/reggae run there right at the end). Fun times.

Gig announcements and more fun constantly posted at my professional twitter... For info on the home of my weekly Wednesday sets, see the Pianos Website.

[this post crossposted at musicwrite.blogspot.com]

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DJ setlist (partial), bar 151, February 1st, 2010

Here's the rundown of my set at 151 from a couple weeks ago... Or at least the first couple hours thereof. It was a slow night, and I decided to kick things off with a lot of stomping-skanking-honking grooves. Stuck in that vein 'til midnight or so, then transitioned to a funk/soul blend; cueing tracks back and forth between a few compilations, trying to get familiar with some reissues I'd recently acquired (and I stopped keeping a record of what I was playing at that point).

So. A set of ska/garage/r&b/soul titles for your perusal:

The Wailers- Tall Cool One
Baba Brooks & His Band- One Eyed Giant
Prince Buster- 7 Wonders Of The World
Shane Kai Ray- Jungle Talk
Calvin Cool- El Telecote
The Savoys- Slappin' Rods & Leaky Oil
The Four Sounds- Mama Ubangi Bangi
Baby Huey & The Babysitters- Monkey Man
The Maytals- Monkey Man
The Shardells- Black Crack
The Tennors- Ride The Donkey
Skip Cole- Do The Whip
Prince Buster- Madness
Clarence & Calvin- Rooster Knees And Rice
Richard Berry- The Mess Around
The Rulers- Wrong 'Em Boyo
The Kinks- The World Keeps Going Round
The Harry J Allstars- The Dog
? & The Mysterians- Up Side
The Untamed- I'm Going Out Tonight
Ramsey Lewis Trio- High Heel Sneakers
Booker T. & The MG's- Hip Hug-Her
The Skatalites- Garden Of Love
The Third Bardo- I'm Five Years Ahead Of My Time
The Creation- Ostrich Man (miscue)
The Music Machine- Talk Talk
Thee Midnighters- Thee Midnight Feeling
The Wailers- Seattle
The Aztecs- Damelo Baby
Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band- Brothers & Sisters
The Mighty Hannibal- Somebody In The World For You
Ernie & The Top Notes Inc.- Dap Walk



Anyhow. I spin at 151 every Monday, 10pm->last call, it's on Rivington & Suffolk in the Lower East Side. Nice spot, laid back, dark, funky, and I can just drop in and spin whatever I'm in the mood for. Some nights it's heavy funk, sometimes old-school hip-hop, often more of a rock and punk edge than my gigs in other venues... It's a good chill way to spend a school night. And as ever, gig announcements and more fun can be found thru my professional twitter.

[this post crossposted at musicwrite.blogspot.com]

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Sunday, February 07, 2010

DJ setlist, Pianos, January 27th, 2010.

Here's my Wednesday evening set from two weeks ago, starting pretty heavy on the soul/bluebeat/ska/funk, and branching into more classic hip-hop and block party tunes as it goes... Been picking up lots more reissues lately, and trying to push myself a little harder to play less of my standby tracks / play familiar things in a different order. So, there's still plenty of faves, but not as I'd normally use 'em... Good to aim a bit out of the comfort zone once in a while.

Rico- Sea Cruise
King Curtis- Sing A Simple Song
The Paragons- On The Beach
Eric Morris- If I Didn't Love You
Alton Ellis & The Flames- Girl, I've Got A Date
Ike Turner & The Kings Of Rhythm- Getting Nasty
Tim Armstrong- Hold On
The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band- Watts Happening
The Harry J Allstars- UFO
Eric Donaldson- Cherry Oh Baby
The Selecter- s/t
Don Covay- Sookie Sookie
Roger & The Gypsies- Pass The Hatchet
The Houseguests- What So Never The Dance (pts 1 & 2)
Sly & The Family Stone- Trip To Your Heart
The New Birth- Got To Get A Knut
The Temptations- Psychedelic Shack
Stevie Wonder- We Can Work It Out
Tony Alvoin & The Belairs- Sexy Coffee Pot
The Impressions- Check Out Your Mind
Al Green- Love Ritual
Little Jr Jesse And His Teardrops & The Tears- Funky Stuff
The Golden Toadstools- Silly Savage
The Fabulous Counts- Dirty Red
Ramsey Lewis- Do What You Wanna (Mr. Scruff mix)
DJ Shadow- The Number Song (Cut Chemist mix)
Main Source- Fakin' The Funk
Nice & Smooth- Hip-Hop Junkies
De La Soul- Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)
Artifacts- Whayback
Apache- Gangsta Bitch*
Stevie Wonder- You Haven't Done Nothin'
6ix- I'm Just Like You
Shuggie Otis- Aht Ah My Head
The Clash- Return To Brixton
EPMD- You're A Customer
Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band- Express Yourself (alt version)
Eric B & Rakim- Eric B Is President
The Emotions- Blind Alley
Gang Starr- Check The Technique
Big Daddy Kane- Ain't No Half Steppin'
The Unspoken Heard- Soon Come
A Tribe Called Quest- We Can Get Down
Public Enemy- Shut 'Em Down (Pete Rock Mixx)
Mary J. Blige- Family Affair
Norma & The Heartaches- Hot Pants Dance
De La Soul (feat. Mos Def)- Big Brother Beat
James Brown- Blind Man Can See It
Lord Finesse- Funky Technician
Das EFX- They Want EFX
The Willard Posey Reunion- Cissy Strut'n American Woman
Cymande- The Mesage
Pete Rock & CL Smooth- Straighten It Out
The Gaturs- Cold Bear
Dandy Livingstone & Rico- A Message To You Rudy
87th Off Broadway- Can't Get Enough
Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock- Keep It Going Now
Nas- Made You Look
Mickey & The Soul Generation- Soulful Sickness
The Pharcyde- Runnin'
Otis Redding- Hard To Handle
Booker T. & The MG's- Hip Hug-Her
The 20th Century Steel Drum Band- Heaven & Hell Is On Earth
Earth, Wind & Fire- Brazilian Rhyme
Babe Ruth- The Mexican
Eric B & Rakim- Know The Ledge
James Brown- Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved
Lords Of The Underground- Chief Rocka
Gang Starr (feat. Nice & Smooth)- DWYCK
EPMD- The Crossover
KRS-ONE- Sound Of The Police
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo- Ill Street Blues
Freddie Scott- (You) Got What I Need
De La Soul- Itsoweezee
Jimmy Cliff- The Harder They Come
Pete Rock & CL Smooth- T.R.O.Y.
The Harry J Allstars- Je T'aime
The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band- Yellow Submarine
Young-Holt Unlimited- Soulful Strut

*R.I.P. Apache, December 26, 1964 - January 22, 2010

Wrapped up with a 1-2-3 punch of ska-funk-soul-strumentals... That "Yellow Submarine" is SICK. From the self-titles Watts 103rd album. Well worth seeking out.

Gig announcements and more fun constantly posted at my professional twitter... For info on the home of my weekly Wednesday sets, see the Pianos Website.

[this post crossposted at musicwrite.blogspot.com]

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

DJing, Charlottesville VA, Wednesday January 6th 2010!

If you are around in central Virginia tomorrow, you should come check this out.



...And if you're not, you should still look at the lovely event poster that my buddy James K. Ford and I made. The best imaginary vintage paperback cover never made, methinks. Very "Ace Double", in color scheme and layout.

Anyhow, DJ gig. In the hometown. With my buddy James (AKA DJ Hummingbird Feeder) and me. We'll start around 9/9:30/10pm and go 'til last call. It will rock, and funk, and do other genretastic verbjectives...

And it would be great to see you.

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Monday, January 04, 2010

DJ setlist, Camino, January 2nd, 2010.

My first DJ set of the new year, from Camino in Charlottesville, Virginia. Starts out with a mini-set of mellow Beatles covers, builds to a pretty solid run of funk and hip-hop tunes, wraps up in much the fashion it began... Lotsa classics, lotsa rare stuff, a few random bits of whimsy, and one point where the amp overheated and everything went quiet. Pretty alright.

Jimmy Ponder-While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Booker T. & The MG's- Lady Madonna
Overton Berry Trio- Hey Jude
Ramsey Lewis- Day Tripper
Harry J. Allstars- Don't Let Me Down
Booker T. & The MG's- Michelle
Harvey Averne- I Feel Fine
The Selecter- The Selecter
King Curtis- Memphis Soul Stew
Lee Dorsey- Four Corners (pt. 1)
The Fantastic Johnny C- Boogaloo Down Broadway
Marvin Gaye- Stubborn Kind Of Fellow
Jamie Lidell- Multiply
The Houseguests- What So Never The Dance (pts 1 & 2)
Johnny Cameron & The Camerons- Funky John
Tony Alvoin & The Belairs- Sexy Coffee Pot
Freddie & The Kinfolk- Mashed Potato, Pop Corn
The Bar-Kays - Soul Finger
Little Junior Jesse And His Teardrops & The Tears- Funky Stuff
The Clash- Return To Brixton
Slick Rick- Children's Story
The JB's- You Can Have Watergate
Brand Nubian- All For One
The Gaturs- Cold Bear
Pete Rock & CL Smooth- Go With The Flow
Big Daddy Kane- Warm It Up Kane
Chubb Rock- Treat 'Em Right
LL Cool J- Jingling Baby (remixed but still jingling)
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo- Poison
Bobby Williams- Funky Superfly
The Pharcyde- Soul Flower (remix)
Ramsey Lewis- Do What You Wanna (Mr. Scruff mix)
Stevie Wonder- You Haven't Done Nothin'
A Tribe Called Quest- Electric Relaxation (Propellerheads mix)
Salt N Pepa- Shoop
Diamond & The Psychotic Neurotics- Sally Got A One-Track Mind
King Herbert & The Knights- Cissy Strut
De La Soul feat. Mos Def- Big Brother Beat
The Soul Dukes- Soul-69
KRS-ONE - MCs Act Like They Don't Know
Big L- Put It On
The Pharcyde- Runnin'
Masta Ace- As I Reminisce
Beck- Lloyd Price Express
Jay-Z - Izzo (H.O.V.A.)
*OVERHEATED AMP*
Jay-Z - Izzo (H.O.V.A.)
Freddy Scott- You Got What I Need
The Emotions- Blind Alley
Marley Marl (w/The Juice Crew)- The Symphony
The Jackson 5- Can I See You In The Morning
The Fugees- Ready Or Not
Original Concept- Charlie Sez
Kid N Play- Gettin' Funky
3rd Bass- The Gas Face
Stezo- It's My Turn
James Brown- Blind Man Can See It
Special Ed- I Got It Made
Craig Mack- Flava In Ya Ear
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo- Ill Street Blues
Otis Redding- Hard To Handle
Busta Rhymes- Woo-Hah!
Ike Turner & The Kings Of Rhythm- Getting Nasty
Pete Rock & CL Smooth- T.R.O.Y.
Mickey & The Soul Generation- Soulful Sickness
Nice & Smooth- No Delayin'
Norma & The Heartaches- Hot Pants Dance
The Unspoken Heard- Soon Come
The Clash- Justice Tonight/Kick It Over
Vince Guaraldi & Bola Sete- I'm A Loser
Gershon Kingsley- Paperback Writer
Booker T. & The MG's- Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End

So, anyhow. Camino is a new Mediterranean restaurant downtown, run by a couple old friends, with awesomely high-quality eats and a great selection of wines and boozes. I guess this was the first musical thing they've hosted, and I'm hoping to spin there again whenever I'm in town. Good chill vibe, nice smallish space, great people. Fun gig. More soon, I hope.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

DJ setlist, Pianos, December 16th, 2009.

My set from Wednesday the 16th, 5-10pm, first of a two-night run of happyhour gigs. Mostly funk and hip-hop, with a bit of soul and ska and other surprises:

Maceo & All The King's Men- Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
The Impressions- Why Don't You Check Out Your Mind
The Temptations- Don't Let The Joneses Get You Down
King Curtis- Memphis Soul Stew
Pete Rock & CL Smooth- T.R.O.Y.
The J.B.'s- Pass The Peas
Milly & Silly- Getting Down For Xmas
Bob James- Take Me To The Mardi Gras
The Emotions- Blind Alley
Curtis Mayfield- Power To The People
Jimmy Cliff- The Harder They Come
The Harry J Allstars- Je t'aime
Bobby Williams- Funky Superfly (parts 1 & 2)
Big Daddy Kane- Ain't No Half Steppin'
Electric Jungle- Funky Funky Christmas
Jeff Beck- Come Dancing
Beck- Lloyd Price Express
Das Efx- They Want Efx
Nice & Smooth- Hip-Hop Junkies
Kid Cudi- Make Her Say
The Pharcyde- Runnin'
Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band- You Gotta Know What You're Doin'
Stevie Wonder- You Haven't Done Nothin'
6ix- I'm Just Like You
The J.B.'s- (It's Not The Express) It's The J.B.'s Monorail
The Gaturs- Cold Bear
Eric B. & Rakim- I Ain't No Joke
Charles Earland- Letha
Pete Rock & CL Smoooth- Straighten It Out
Heavy D + everyone in the world, circa 1993- Don't Curse
King Herbert & The Knights- Cissy Strut
Boogie Down Productions- My Philosophy ->
The Unspoken Heard- Soon Come
Joe Beurger- Joe's Funky
James Brown- Make It Funky
Gang Starr- Full Clip (instrumental->vocal)
A Tribe Called Quest- We Can Get Down
Public Enemy- Shut 'Em Down (Pete Rock Mixx)
Mary J. Blige- Family Affair
Marley Marl & The Juice Crew- The Symphony
Tony Alvoin & The Belairs- Sexy Coffee Pot
Outkast- Mrs. Jackson
The Clash- Return To Brixton
Slick Rick- Children's Story
Whodini- Freaks Come Out At Night
Jean-Jacques Perrey- EVA
Tom Tom Club- Genius Of Love
Salt N Pepa- Shoop
De La Soul Feat. Redman- Oooh
Busta Rhymes- Woo-hah! Got You All In Check
A Tribe Called Quest- Electric Relaxation (Propellerheads mix)
Gang Starr feat. Nice & Smooth- DWYCK
The Clash- Rudy Can't Fail
Eric B. & Rakim- I Know You Got Soul
The Fugees- Ready Or Not
Booker T. & The MG's- Melting Pot
Black Sheep- The Choice Is Yours (remix)
De La Soul- Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)
Sly & The Family Stone- If You Want Me To Stay
The Pharcyde- Ya Mama
Norma & The Heartaches- Hot Pants Dance
Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew- The Show
Sly & The Family Stone- Everybody Is A Star
Whodini- Friends
Fresh 3 MC's- Fresh
Nu Shooz- I Can't Wait
Grand Puba- 360 Degrees
LL Cool J- Jingling Baby (remixed but still jingling)
The Herbaliser- Ka-Boink!
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien- Mista Dobalina
Freddie Scott- You Got What I Need

Not a bad set. Somewhat crippled by leaving an important box of discs at home by mistake, but there's times when limitations make you work harder... And guess this was one of 'em. Played a few more cheesy/classic things than usual, but it worked well for the crowd. Good times.

Gig announcements and more fun constantly posted at my professional twitter... Spinning at least once a week somewhere in the Lower East Side.

For info on where this was, see the Pianos Website.

[this post crossposted at musicwrite.blogspot.com]

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Monday, May 25, 2009

"The Boys". Go see.

I'm breaking a long silence here to mention a film that just opened in three cities. And if you know me (and if you're somehow reading this, I bet you do), please take my recommendation.

The film is called "The Boys". It's a documentary on Richard and Robert Sherman. Now, odds are you have no idea who those people are, but I'd bet good cash you know many of the songs they wrote. "It's A Small World". "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers". "Tall Paul". "You're Sixteen [you're beautiful, and you're mine]". "I Wanna Be Like You" (from The Jungle Book). All the songs from "Mary Poppins", "Bedknobs And Broomsticks", "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", "Charlotte's Web", and oodles of others.

And it's a film that shines a light on unsung giants of pop culture, provides a great portrait of painful family dynamics, and (vitally) pulls at the heartstrings with lots of great great music.

Now, there's been no publicity for this film, I only discovered it by mistake; I walked by the theater in NYC where it was playing, and decided I had to see it. And if you're in SF, LA, or NY, I encourage you to do the same. It's totally worth it, if only to remind yourself of how great the music truly is, and how vitally important it it to have these moments of genius that break through the treacle of American entertainment... And how one can create for all audiences without pandering. It's full of sounds and images that I've known all my life, but elicit emotions from me even today.

Much respect to Disney for putting this out. And thanks to the filmmakers and the Sherman Brothers. 'Nuff said.

(Film website here.)

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Rump-Mas!

In the traditional fashion for this festive season, I hereby present your recommended dosage of holiday cheer: GIANT GLOWING INFLATABLE SANTA BOOTY!




Have a wonderful holiday season, and don't say I never gave you nuthin'.


-PAR