Monday, March 31, 2008

Green Paranoia


This shit is sick. My freshman year of college I got very lucky (in more ways than one) and became the Hip Hop director at the Shippensburg college radio station. I played anything I wanted and bugged out on countless freestyle sessions. I also got to interview Doodle Bug of the Digable Planets and later on performed and recorded with him. A lot of good things came from being the director which included getting first dibbs on countless promotional music. One of my favorite promos was a cassette tape from Non Phixion from Matador Records. It was a mixtape with a green cover mixed by DJ Eclipse, they called it "The Green Tape". I dipped around hard to that tape and was in the conspiracy, anti-government, blunt zone. This paticular track was not on the tape but later released on the "Green CD" that came with a DVD from Non Phixion. Enjoy. I can't explain this insaness...
Non Phixion - Info Junkies
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This Sunday 4/6, Philadelphyinz are gettin it in like it's 1998 at Silk City in Philly with the All Rap Bar Mitzvah. And to get everyone in the mood, we're rolling out Rap Week at Dollar Bin Jams.

New rap, old, rap, rare rap, played-out rap, European rap, freestyles, bootlegs, remixes, whatever. Rap for days. Get excited.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Stainless's First Post


Well Hello, I hope you boys and girls like my rips (especially the boys, wink wink). This is a UK Import I got for a little over a dollar, I tried to look this up on Ebay and the only thing listed at the time was a twelve inch or two but this is from the LP "So Damn Tough" on Blue Chip from '89. I can't explain this insaness, suckaaaaaaas...

Rythm Mode: D - Turntable Doom
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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Disco Sirens?

Hurrah time again! Saturday, April 5, we are excited to host dancefloor overlord Marcos Cabral. He, along with Jacques Renault, is part of Runaway, a premier disco duo that works with Chinatown Records, Rekids & Wurst Edits. We promise Marcos will bring unquestionably awesome grooves to everyone who can fit into Medusa. Until then, you can prepare yourself with two fresh Runaway mixes and this interview, conducted by our own Dave Tatasciore:

When did you first start DJing, and how did you get into it?


My father started me off on my record addiction at an early age. He bought me Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" when it originally came out. I was probably around six or seven years old.

I started DJing in the Catskill Resorts (think Dirty Dancing) when I was about fourteen. I would DJ in the "Teen Disco" for hotel guests, playing freestyle, house, and hip-hop. At that time I was listening to Hot 103 on the radio, which broadcasted live from various NYC clubs every Saturday night. Then after I graduated high school I started going to raves and became interested in techno.

You put out a pair of minimal techno records on the Trapez label in 2003 and 2004, respectively. What inspired you to start doing disco music instead? Was your remix of Hansen & DJ Daniel's "Only Love" in 2004, which hints strongly at disco, one of the first steps you took in that direction? Do you think you'll go back to making techno records in the future?

Music in general can become really inbred. As much as I love techno, I think I just needed some new influences. I heard alot of disco in my living room as a child, so for me to feel something for it now as an adult is no surprise. With my Runaway project (Jacques Renault and I), we're looking at dance music as a whole...we want to make house, techno, disco, etc.

What motivates you to do edits? What elements in the music do you hope to emphasize or eliminate through the process?

When I hear part of a record and think, wouldn't it be cool if I could just play that part over and over, maybe I could add some parts, drums, synths, or whatever. Being able to make it my own and alter it to fit in with what I play as a DJ. Sometimes I'll just eliminate a weird key change or sometimes I'll transform the song into something totally different. I'm not looking to make money off creating edits, I just enjoy making new DJ tools.

In your Beats in Space appearance on 10/9/07 you mentioned upcoming Runaway 12"s for both Wurst Edits and Brennan Green's Chinatown Records; can you tell us the status of those releases?

Our next Wurst Edits release should be out this summer. Our upcoming release on Chinatown ("Alberg 30") should be out before the end of April. Also, I should mention we have another record coming out on I'm a Cliche Records within the next few months, as well as a release for Rekids. The Rekids release is going to be called "Brooklyn Club Jam". It will feature remixes by L.S.B., Ame, and others...we're very excited about that one.

What are your Top 5 Desert Island records?

Raze - "Break 4 Love"
Fingers Inc - "Can You Feel it"
wait...I shouldn't list only dance records...
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Fleetwood Mac - Rumors
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
wait...let's make it "6 Desert Island records"...
Runaway "Brooklyn Club Jam" :)

Runaway - Live at A:Kult Boston | Zshare

Runaway - MCDXII | Zshare

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Certified Nuance-Free

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The Perceptionists - Memorial Day | Divshare | YSI | 320 kbps

We recently marked our fifth year of national embarrassment in Iraq. We're way past the point where jokes about the war are funny, and maybe even past the point where anyone can say anything intelligent and insightful about it at all. So who do you turn to if you want a protest song with the subtlety of a roundhouse kick? Well, Tom Morrello, probably. But if you want it to be at all good, holler at some backpacker rappers.

Mr. Lif, Akrobatik and DJ Fakts One dropped their first album as The Perceptionists on Def Jux in 2004 and "Memorial Day" was the lead single. In my book, Lif is top five for non-traditional rap while Ak never seemed to outgrow his Real Hip-Hop phase, but the contrast of the cerebral rap and the brute force rap work well here. Akro lays the rugged first-person imagery on thick while Lif gets a little more introspective, as he is want to do. Fakts' beat is bombastic.

But really "Memorial Day" is all about the hook. It doesn't get more straightforward than "WHERE ARE THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION? WE BEEN LOOKIN FOR MONTHS AND WE AINT FOUND NOTHIN." Even though it was usually preaching to the converted in 2004 whenever I played this in public (and I did), it felt good and cathartic to be able to broadcast a big WTF to a room full of people.

Protest music outgrew its usefulness by the time corporate charities started corralling hair metal stars to record posse cuts about SIDS in the 80's, and protest rap jumped the shark long before Immortal Technique started dropping entire mixtapes about the RAND Corporation. But "Memorial Day" is streamlined to perfection. As we pump nine figures weekly into Iraq, it's disturbing to think everything Ak and Lif say here is still true and nobody is even bothering to answer any of the questions they ask.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Double Dose Of Sparks

L.A.'s Mael brothers have been making music under the Sparks moniker for well over 35 years. Needless to say, the duo has seen and contributed to a variety of musical trends that have come and gone over those years, from good old rock music to late 1970's coke-addled disco. In 1979, the guys hooked up with Giorgio Moroder to produce No. 1 In Heaven, their eighth album and a record cited by people like Depeche Mode, Erasure and New Order as a "landmark" electronic pop record.

Beyond its influence on multi-million selling synthpop acts, the record also spawned a pair of excellent dancefloor hits that seem to have had a clear effect on Murphy and Goldsworthy of DFA Records fame and are well-loved by Italo heads.

Despite a disappointing showing on the album charts, the single "Beat The Clock" made it all the way up to #10 on the U.K. singles chart. For extended dancefloor damage, check out the catchy and shimmery Moroder break about 1:45 in.

Sparks - Beat The Clock | Divshare | YSI |192 kbps

"Tryouts For The Human Race" didn't have as much of an impressive showing on the charts, but is another beast of a Moroder production that would serve as a fantastic lead-off track on your next mix.

Sparks - Tryouts For The Human Race | Divshare | YSI |192 kbps

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

I Confess

Jellybean wisely exercised discretion on this one, basically doing an extended edit with some extra percussion. 21 Gun Salute inspired this post - thanks for the consistently good tunes Woods!

The English Beat - I Confess
( Special BEAT Remix by Jellybean Benitez)

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Today, the good folks over at did a megapost on the dear Skinny Friedman and myself, representing what we consider the best of our original work of '07-'08.

Many of the tracks they put up over there have never appeared anywhere with dedicated hosting, and they didn't find permanent hosting there either. Since this is our little slice of the internet over here, we figured this would be a good place to mirror their post with some dedicated links that will memorialize these songs for ever and ever.

(Some of this stuff has appeared on DBJ before we started using dedicated hosting.)

Gillie Da Kid - Get Down on The Ground (Philadelphyinz Remix)
divshare | YSI | 320 kbps

Philadelphyinz - Pittsburgh Club Anthem
zshare | YSI | 320 kbps

DJ Apt One - Mickey Dreidels in Rome
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DJ Apt One - Mickey Dreidels Theme
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DJ Apt One - Mickey Dreidels '92
(Previously appeared with dedicated hosting)

Sebastien Tellier - L'amour et la Violence (DJ Apt One Remix)
(Previously appeared with dedicated hosting)

Skinny Friedman - Frozen Hands
divshare | YSI | 320 kbps

Skinny Friedman - Buck Buck Champions '08
divshare | YSI | 320 kbps

Skinny Friedman - What the Fuck is This?
divshare | YSI | 320 kbps

Too $hort - Keep Bouncin (Skinny Friedman remix)
divshare | YSI | 320 kbps

[ - Philadelphyinz Mega Post]

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Sangria Beats

With spring right around the corner, it's only appropriate that DJ's are going to get behind the decks and litter the world with new mixtapes. I decided to jump the gun a little bit and put together a little soundtrack for outdoor drinking/lounging/carousing.

Sangria Beats - Mixed by Billy W
Doug Willis – Skate Dancer (Joey Negro Club Mix)
Fish Go Deep & Tracey K. – The Cure And The Cause (DJ Meme’s Philly Suite Mix)
Ron Hall and The Muthafunkaz – The Way You Love Me (Dim’s TSOP Version)
Mighty Dub Katz – Guaguanco (Ashley Beedle’s Heavy Disco Mix)
Faze Action – Disco Warrior
DJ Meme – Patolada
Joey Youngman – Dilated
Chaz Jankel – Get Myself Together (Hercules Herchouse Mix)
The Juan Maclean – Happy House (Lee Douglas Remix)
The Glimmers – I Would Rather Go (Out With The Boys)
Blackbelt Andersen – Sirup (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
Metro Area – Miura (Maelstrom Edit)
Woolfy – Hesitation
Jine – The House (Harvey Mix)

Billy W. - Sangria Beats 2008

If you Philly heads are craving some live disco vibes, Mike Tee and I are back at the Medusa Lounge this Friday. Come sip some sizurp and get your creep on.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Remember We

An early 90's hip-hop bootleg I found at the Marvelous. Unfortunately, the remixer is not credited. I will upload a label scan soon.

Mobb Deep - Shook Ones (Remix)
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World Renown - Come Take A Ride (Remix)
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Da Bush Babees - Remember We (Remix)
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Cella Dwellas - Good Dwellas (Remix)
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Saturday, March 15, 2008


I have to confess that before watching the excellent documentary High Tech Soul: The Creation of Techno Music I had no idea that Eddie "Flashin" Fowlkes was just as important to the birth of techno as the so-called "Belleville Three" (aka Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson).

The Germans were on top of that shit though, and in 1993 Fowlkes scored a contract with Tresor Records in Berlin. There, with help from in-house production team 3MB (Moritz Von Oswald and Thomas Fehlmann), he recorded the second half of his ode to the genre he dubbed Technosoul. Combined with sessions from Fowlkes' native Detroit, the resulting full-length is both funky and futuristic, organic and precise. Here's a cut from each half.

Eddie "Flashin" Fowlkes - My Soul
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Eddie "Flashin" Fowlkes - Hoodlum Child
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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Philadelphyinz x Quannum Records SXSW Mix

Philadelphyinz - Quannum Records SXSW Promo Mix
Download link: Yousendit

Ap/Sci - Windows Rattle Off (Remix)
Curumin - Caixa Preta
Pigeon John - Money Back Guarantee (Yinzapella)
Joyo Velarde - Take You Home
Blacklicious - You Didn't Know That Though (Philadelphyinz club edit)
Honeycut - Shadows (Trackademics Remix)
General Elektriks - Opaque Gender
Lifesavas - Shine Language (Sipped Out Yinzer Drum Edit)
Tommy Guerrero - No Guns More Glory

Recently, Skinny and I worked out an arrangement to do a promotional mixtape for Quannum Projects' SXSW showcase this year. Most readers probably know of Quannum Records as the longtime home to indie West Coast hip-hop acts like Blackalicious, DJ Shadow, Latyrx and others. I can't speak for the Left-Coasters, but Quannum has sort of flown under the radar for a lot of people the last several years out here. Honestly, as a result we didn't really know what to expect.

When we got their upcoming release catalogue, we went through it piece by piece. A lot of the artists were the same ones we remembered from our more indie-rap-attentive days earlier in the decade, but while we were sleeping, they'd diversified their roster substantially. Quannum has added Brazilian acts such as Curumin. They've got some more electronic remixes from Trackademics and some Philly soul-style stuff on tap from Joyo Velarde.

The mix is pretty heavily doctored- we added drums to just about everything, changed speeds, chopped shit all over the place. Even stuff not listed as being edited is, in fact, edited most of the time. We listened until we recognized samples and went and pulled the source records and played with those.

Truthfully, it was like Iron Chef- there is a finite amount of source material, but we were determined to make something recognizeably our style, and it worked. The only time we broke the rules was when we busted out the Blackalicious of my shelf and made a club edit of You Didn't Know That Though (No old Quannum they said). Nia is just too good an album to be neglected if you're gonna make a tape for Quannum.

Ultimately, the Quannum SXSW showcase got cancelled this year, although they sent some acts down there.

However, in support of the mix, we are playing a Quannum NYC Showcase this weekend with Curumin (Brasil), Chico Mann (Antibalas, NY) and Los Pirata (Brasil, first US show).

@ Union Pool in Brooklyn, 484 Union Ave @ Meeker

Saturday, March 15th.

we're spinning between sets and from 12-4

$10 before midnight, free afterwards.

The mix can also be found on the blog at

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Great column on Resident Advisor yesterday, calling out mp3 bloggers who wantonly give away other people's music. The discussion on their message board rages on, and I'd like to briefly address the subject, as we are in fact running an mp3 blog ourselves.

Because I fall somewhere in the middle on this debate - and this post could easily become a veritable thesis if I attempt to expound - for now I'll just say that I respect Steve Mizek's reasoned and thoughtful take on the issue. I read his blog, Little White Earbuds, back when he used to post mp3s, and I continue to read it today because I find the content to be of an exceedingly high caliber. I can only hope that our readers feel similarly about this blog.

Here at Dollar Bin Jams (cue the Power Point presentation) our intent is not to one-up the "competition" by being the first to leak the latest Justice edit or the Next Big Thing in bloghouse anthems. Nor is it to give people something for nothing at the expense of the artists whose work we champion. Our primary reason for existing is, and always has been, to preserve and share rare and classic music simply for the sake of the music itself, and we will continue to do so as long as we feel that it is the right thing to do.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Youngins in the thoroughfare

I made a quick intro edit of this great track the other night and I figured I'd share. It's a track that I've always avoided playing out because the regular intro is basically a drum fill and then BOOM (no John Madden).

Platypus - Street Babies (Apt One Intro Edit)
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The intro is 16 bars for appropriate disco mixability.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Un autre niveau

Sebastien Tellier is, frankly, one of my favorite artists out there right now, and his new album is just straight fire. I wrote something about him over on Just Sayin recently, and, in lieu of directing you there, I'll just quote myself:
I don't want any girl I fancy anywhere near Sebastien Tellier because he's going to seduce them with mood disco and his swishy white pants and have unspeakably filthy sex with them. He's like one of those dudes who preys on foreign exchange students at the Sorbonne or something- he's got an accent, and even though he can't help it, that gives him an advantage.
Anyway, I heard one of his new tracks, L'amour et la Violence, recently, and like most of his material, it blew me away. I just had to remix it, and I'm quite proud of it,

Sebastien Tellier - L'amour et la Violence (DJ Apt One Remix)
YSI | Mediafire | 320 kbps

And by the way, wait for the pianos.

Oh, and for those of you in New York this weekend, check Skinny and I out (and a secret special guest that DBJ readers will be thrilled to hear) at the Lucky Cat in Williamsburg on Friday night:

Not in New York? Don't despair, we've got Philly locked down on Saturday:

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Keep On Dubbing

Here's hoping the warm weather stays with us: one of my all time favorite albums, and the best thing ever done with a melodica. Clearly, I had a hard time choosing only one, two or even three cuts, but that still leaves two-thirds of a dub classic that belongs in your collection.

Augustus Pablo & King Tubby - 555 Dub Street
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Augustus Pablo & King Tubby - Brace's Tower Dub, No. 2
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Augustus Pablo & King Tubby - King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown
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Augustus Pablo & King Tubby - Satta Dub
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Bonus! Before Bob Marley, Alton Ellis was considered to be Jamaica's most soulful singer. This extended mix of "Can't Stand It" doesn't seem to be available on vinyl (at least according to Discogs) but it's a great find on CD, as this song simply should not stop after only two and a half minutes.

Alton Ellis - Can't Stand It (extended mix)
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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Praise Jah!

In the early 80's, Jah Wobble recorded some killer dubbed out post-punk material that is long overdue for some DBJ exposure. Invaders of the Heart is a hella spacey percussive track for innerspace voyages and bearded dancefloors. This track is the focal point of the post; everything else is just garnish.

The other songs are the better material from his 1980 album The Legend Lives On. For a while I was playing Blueberry Hill in sets, much to the dismay of anyone listening. Today Is The First Day meandered about too much, so I took a quick stab at giving it some direction.

Jah Wobble - Invaders of the Heart (Exotic Decadent Disco Mix)
Mediafire | YSI | 320 kbps | Highly Recommended

Jah Wobble - Blueberry Hill
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Jah Wobble - Beat The Drum For Me
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Jah Wobble - Today Is The First Day Of The Rest Of My Life
(Shawn Ryan Edit)
| ***updated with improved "master"
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Jah Wobble - Tales From Outer Space (aka T.V.)
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