Tuesday, November 30, 2010
If you read Dollar Bin Jams and you don't know who Cosmo Baker is, you should probably punch your own self in the nuts, and then take a little time to learn up about the man.
Philly born and bred, Cosmo is a crucial link in a long chain of talented DJs in Philly - he was raised up by the generation before him and helped raise the generation after, even though he moved to Brooklyn. Pretty much every DJ and club-goer in Philly, NYC and worldwide has a huge respect for Cos and I feel very fortunate to be in music game at the same time and place as the dude. He's also always down for a 4AM pretzel on Washington Ave, so I can't be mad.
OK enough with the puff-piece. I'm mentioning Cosmo because he just redesigned his always-excellent site, and now there are more reasons than ever to go there and soak up the insane record knowledge that always spills off the page. If you're down with DBJ you should most definitely be over there getting learned!
VISIT - the new cosmobaker.com
And check Cosmo's newest installment of the Love Break series -
Love Break Three - The Heart's Final Chapter by cosmobaker
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I'm really happy to be a part of NickNack's remix project for his Dearly Departed LP, and it's now out and available at the price of your choosing!
The roster of remixers for the project was great, including Bird Peterson, B.Cause, DJ Ayres, DJ DRM and more.
I'm really happy with how the song turned out - it's a disco groover with a very organic feel and a lot of swing to it. I recall playing it at Robotique in the spring and getting a lot of "wtf was that?" from people.
The record is available from Crowd Control records with a pay-what-you-wish type arrangement, you can pay nothing if you want, but please, give generously!
NickNack - Dearly Departed Remixed
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
DBJ homie Ed Blammo recently recorded a new mix and he wants you to have it. He also wants to pour mimosas down your throat every Sunday. Read on...
I started a new party this month at PYT in Philly. Every Sunday from Noon-4 come get some much needed Electric Relaxation. I recorded a short mix of some of the music I play for the Sunday brunch crowd. I'm hoping to record a few more of these on a semi-regular basis as the party continues. And yes, there are free mimosas every week, and yes, they are delicious.
Electric Relaxation Vol. 1 by Electric Relaxation
Koushik - Be With
Amp Fiddler - Eye To Eye
Lenny Kravitz - Storm feat. Jay-Z
Toni Braxton - You're Making Me High
A Tribe Called Quest - Find A Way
Da Bush Babees - The Love Song feat. Mos Def
Erykah Badu - Soilder
Radio City - The Hop feat. Bajka
The Roots - Right On (Shawn Ryan Edit)
Wave Machines - Keep The Lights On
Breakbot - Make You Mine
Snoop Dogg - Crazy feat. Nate Dogg
Dam-Funk - 10 West
Taana Gardner - Heartbeat (Club Version)
The Gap Band - Outstanding
Yvette Michele - Every Day & Every Night
Sunday, November 14, 2010
2 da hip dip the hop you don't stop, dollar bin jams wit the real hip-hop! I am about to head on tour as the official 3rd Rail Jam dj for the second year in row and I figured I would rip a few joints I plan to spin. Of course I have to shout out my sponsor Slacker Radio! If you didnt check out the station I program by downloading the Slacker Radio free app to your smart phone or on on the website, Do So Mang! Btw If you are a producer/artist I would love to play your track on my station so send ur best work to me at firstname.lastname@example.org ... In the mean time here is a classic I never get tired of, enjoy!
Friday, November 12, 2010
This Saturday is the 5-Year Anniversary of Philadelphyinz. That's beyond an eternity as far as parties go.
It’s been a long strange trip! Long story short, it’s pretty amazing to wake up every morning and know that going to “work” means DJing, traveling to new and exciting places and making music in the studio. It’s all because of this party, and it’s all because of the people who have come to this party (and those that it spawned) over the years. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
We'll be giving away a limited edition 5-Year Anniversary Mixtape, which is kinda funny, because today I remembered a quirky story about how this party came to be - a story in which an old mixtape I made is central... and then I found the mixtape. And I'mma post it.
But first, the details:
PHILADELPHYINZ 5-YEAR ANNIVERSARY SPECTACULAR
DJ APT ONE + SKINNY FRIEDMAN with
ED BLAMMO (BLAM CITY)
ELVIS SUAREZ (STRICTLY RHYTHM RECORDS)
Giveaways of a special 5-Year Anniversary mixtape
Hosted by Lexie -Free before 11, $5 After
Medusa Lounge, 27 S. 21st Street, Philadelphia
One night in November 2005, I walked into the Royal Tavern in South Philly to meet some friends, after polishing up a mixtape I was working on at home. The previous week I had played a Halloween show as Myron Cope Experience (an outfit I had with Burnso, who is featured on the most recent RCMP release) with Diplo and Plastic Little, that KT (not yet then of Broadzilla) had booked. I see Jayson (of PL) sitting at the bar chatting with Khyber booker Stacie George and I say hello. I didn't really know Stacie at the time or what she did for a living. Jayson and I cut it up about how Jules peed in an ice bucket in the green room. A propos of nothing, Stacie mentions that she's got a night she's trying to fill at the Khyber, Jayson says "this guy's a good DJ we played with him last week," I hand her the only finished copy of the mixtape I had just finished literally fifteen minutes earlier (which I was gonna give to my buddy Jai). A few days later I got a call back, fast forward five years, add Skinny Friedman, Medusa Lounge, Lexie, a record label, a bunch of touring and there you have it.
Anyway, here's the mix - called "The Food Money Mixtape." It's not really a representation of what I was playing in clubs at the time, but it's very representative of my tastes, has some pretty rare and cool records on it and it actually holds up to my standards pretty well. I found it this morning and gave it a listen or two and really enjoyed it. I won't give a tracklist (because I don't actually have one), but it's got some Eddy Senay, Nas, The Smiths, Whodini, Ohio Players, Biggie, Dexter Wansel, Cymande, Timmy Thomas, Raw Sex, Gwen McRae. I guess I haven't really changed that much over the years.
DJ Apt One | Food Money Mix (2005)
Mediafire | 192 kbps
P.S. To see a brief photo retrospective of Philadelphyinz and a master-list of everybody who has played the party, go to Philadelphyinz.com.
Bonus points to those who can name some of the tunes in the mix in the comments!
Monday, November 8, 2010
I just received my copy of the Honey Soundsystem's recent Brotherhood compilation in the mail today. Fans of vintage disco & house take note - this 13 track CD is loaded with excellent edits, originals & obscurities (a tape edit of Maurice from 88?!). So far my favorites are Filthy Luka's Missing You, Gaye Marvin's (of Secret Mixes & Fixes fame!) edit of Lost in Music & the Discodromo cut. Have a listen below. You can pick up the CD directly from the Honey Soundsystem here.
Honey Soundsystem presents: Brotherhood (V/A) by Honey Soundsystem HNYTRX
They were also kind enough to offer up this free download of a Patrick Cowley classic, made in honor of what would be his 60th birthday.
Loverde - Iko Iko (Pee Play and C.L.A.W.S Edit) | Mediafire | WAV
Native Underground: Till It Hurts - Play It Loud Dub by thewurst
Wurst has outdone itself once again with the new Native Underground EP. Here's the story...
Native Underground came together through Craigslist of all places. Veteran house producer Henry Maldonado was looking for a singer that channeled the likes of Chaz Jankel, Peter Brown, and even Wham-era George Michael to pair with his latest work, so he placed an ad online. The Brooklyn native had cut his teeth in the early 90s on Strictly Rhythm (as a member of House 2 House and Urban Rhythm), the late 90s and early 00s on MAW (as Rhythm Section), and more recently on UK disco stalwart Tirk, and on his own Speak label (as Son of Sound), and was looking to evolve his sound intoa distinctly pop direction. Simply enough, Javi answered the ad, Henry loved his voice, and the rest, well, the rest is the accompanying EP.Available from Juno Download or Boomkat next week.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Next Friday the Magic Message is bringing some top shelf selectors to Medusa: Mike Simonetti & DJ Kaos. Hot on the heels of their recent Lovefingers, TBD & Morgan Geist parties, the Magic Message brothern have outdone themselves once again. Get ready, get stoked, get pumped!!! And while your at it get facebooked: http://tinyurl.com/novembermagicmessage. In the meantime, here are a couple sweet mixes to freshen up your itunes:
Mike Simonetti - Fact Magazine Mix 172 | Mediafire
DJ Kaos - Train Wreck Mix | Get it from Red Bull
Also, here's my favorite Kaos cut, featuring Sal P. from Liquid Liquid!!! (the cover art from the Rong pressing is way cooler):