Archive | February, 2010

I <3 Mondays: Discotheque dans le Metro

28 Feb

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I am a die-hard fan of the White Light Mix Series. They are some of the best mixes on the web, for sure, if you consider music choice, consistency, and the overall ability to both relax and motivate AT THE SAME TIME. I didn’t know it was possible, but it is, thanks to these amazing musical gems. These mixes are great for a cure of The Mondays because they allow you to be productive while having a little aural fun. For this week’s I ❤ Mondays post, check out the newest White Light Mix by DJ Eleven. With its opening of Simian Mobile Disco’s and Beth Ditto’s pairing to an awesome remix of  “Love Can’t Turn Around,” this mix is sure to make your Monday a little . . . brighter.

I particularly liked DJ Eleven’s note on the mix:

“When Matty C first told me about the White Light series, he kept coming back to a description of listening to music while driving at night. Since most of us in New York City don’t drive, traveling music has to be approached differently. So I set out to make a mix from records I never get a chance to play out that would provide the perfect soundtrack to the walking, turnstile hopping, dude-selling-his-beat-tape-out-front-of-Fat Beats-avoiding, taxi-hailing, dollar-van-riding, slice-grabbing, coffee-on-the-run-drinking, and then walking a little more that is getting around the Rotten Apple.”

As a New Yorker who is always on the go with little time to just sit and think EXCEPT when I am in transit (how ironic), I found that DJ Eleven’s note was really fitting. This mix also happens to include a ton of songs and artists we have featured regularly on this site. Holler! 🙂

Enjoy:

DJ Eleven – White Light Mix 20 (right click/save as  to dl)

tracklist:
(by the way, EVERY SONG is amazing)

Simian Mobile Disco – Cruel Intentions (Maurice Fulton Remix)
Azari & III – Reckless (With Your Love)
Toby Tobias – In Your Eyes (Tensnake Remix)
Lifelike – L.O.V.E Is What You Need
Farley “Jackmaster” Funk – Love Can’t Turn Around (Lifelike Remix)
Chromeo – Night by Night (Siriusmo Remix)
Housemeister – What You Want (Siriusmo Remix)
Little Boots – Earthquake (Treasure Fingers’ Epicwave Mix)
Curses! – The Deep End (Holy Ghost! Day School Dub)
Bodie Lee – Foxy Tonight (Ajello Remix)
Kris Menace & The Dream – Walking On Lightning (U-Tern Blend)
Empire of the Sun – We Are The People (Shazam Remix)
Walter Jones – I Am Loved
Fred Falke – 8:08pm @ The Beach

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Last Call!

28 Feb

Today is the LAST DAY to listen/download the Retail DJ February Tracklist (free music, people, free music!) AND the Cassius live DJ set from the 1999 Winter Music Conference(that is nowhere else on the web, seriously).

Click before time runs out!

1. Retail DJ February Tracklist: a Tale of Two Hearts

2. Cassius Live DJ Set from the 1999 Winter Music Conference

And while you listen, get pumped for all the musical goodies for March!

Retail DJ

Saturday Site Love: Generation Bass

27 Feb

Kuduro, Cumbia, Dubstep, and plenty of other super-danceable genres are the focus of this awesome blog. With mixes galore and background info to boot, Generation Bass does a great job in filling in where some other blogs leave off. They also have a great set of links to other music blogs that’s worth checking out. Here’s a little sample of what they’re working with over at GB:

ZORT

February 25th, 2010

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We got this in from Rafa from the Frikstailers a few days back about something new coming out on their label and here’s what he says:

It´s an EP of a great band from our city called Zort. They are kind of our godfathers, they represent our main human and musical influence, in fact we live with the leader of the band and he´s the director of the club we run every saturday (Switch Club).

Grab a free track here and read the rest of the official stuff below:

Mambo Poa Martino (Ben Mono remix) by RevoltIntoStyle

We’re delighted to announce the release of Zort’s Mambo Poa Martino EP on Revolt Into Style Records.

Formed in Cordoba, Argentina in 1998, Zort have recorded and released a series of albums joining the dots between hip hop, jazz, broken beat, electronica and contemporary classical music.

Their first release for Revolt Into Style kicks off with the energetic electro stylings of rising Berlin star Ben Mono’s remix. A superb blend of vintage house and electro synths, his re-working builds to a stunning climax guaranteed to slay the dance floor.

Next up is Cordoba local Cristobal Paz, who shows a real lightness of touch with his remix. Snatches of vocals weave in and out of slowly shifting percussion on this minimal house treatment. On the flip side we have the original mix, a blend of hip hop beats, synths, live brass and acoustic bass.

The voices are provided by talented residents of the Nairobi Children’s Remand Home, recorded by a film-maker friend of Zort named Martin Granata. He spent time in Nairobi filming a documentary about street football called ‘The Street and the Ball’, and his field recordings at the orphanage were the inspiration for the track, and form the basis of Mambo poa Martino.

To finish we have the Frikstailers brilliant reconstruction, the vocals layered over simple synth lines and beats, with a crescendo of chopped snares, cymbals and FX before the track winds down into silence.

Click here to buy the vinyl or digital from Juno.
Click here to buy from iTunes.
Click here to buy direct from our digital store.

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Welcome to 2004

27 Feb

Last night was not the best of nights. I had planned on going to see Vitalic at Webster Hall (and of course getting some amazing footage for y’all), but I was dog tired (even though I had spent all day in bed reading Vogue and watching cheesy romantic comedies in between office emails due to the snow day). I ended up spending the bulk of my night at Pathmark grocery store and Target, buying storage items for my new apartment. Somewhere, between the South African imported oranges and the canvas and leather magazine organizers, I lost my cell phone. This would be the third time I have lost a phone in the past 4 months.

I blame this series of mishaps primarily on my shockingly bad memory. I can leave a room, come back in, and have already forgotten what I had left it for in the first place (was I going to the kitchen? was I headed to the bathroom? did I have laundry downstairs I needed to hang up?). The problem is completely maddening, and sometimes makes me sad. Needless to say, I was more frustrated about being too tired to go see Vitalic than misplacing my phone because it.happens.that.much.

This morning, at the suggestion of my mother, who has become increasingly more tech saavy than I these days , I perused the offerings on eBay. The end result? A Blackbery 7290. These came out in 2004, but considering the fact that my last phone (which was a free replacement care of AT&T) was a Nokia that had a seriously delay in doing well, anything related to the keypad, I felt like I had accomplished something. I finally got a phone that could do more than text and answer calls. This was a step up, but a reminder at how old I am getting (or maybe just at how quickly technology is changing without me).

The good news is that a) I already know how to use the thing because back in my days of legal corporate servitude, I was indeed strapped to my B-Berry, as we’d affectionately call them at the firm, and b) it’s spacious enough to accommodate my enormous hands, for which the phones of today are not so well-suited. The bad news? It’s a little big (though I often have a purse the size of Montana, so that’s a bit irrelevant) and it may not have cutesy ringtones (also not a huge problem because my phone is on silent 99% of the time, one of the reasons why I keep losing the thing without any hope of finding it).

The entire experience reminded me of something odd: I never lose my music devices. I have missplaced an iPod here and there, but always found it shortly after. My tape players and cd players were never too far from sight. Headphones, though frequently broken, were never lost. This is telling considering my obsession with music. I’m hoping that the large size of the old new Blackberry I have purchased will help remedy the problem, though I think I may have to trick myself into thinking it’s actually some source of music if I want it to stay closer to home and not in some abyss where all my other phones have ended up.

On a happy note,  here’s Aeroplane’s newest mix. They released this 5 days ago, and while it’s not chock full of bangers like their earlier sets, the last few tracks are worth the buildup.

Aeroplane “Chart Mix” February 2010 by Aeroplane (Official)

Have an amazing Saturday night.

Retail DJ

Retail DJ Is Now on MySpace

27 Feb

You read that correctly. Retail DJ is now on MySpace. Why? Because MySpace continues to be one of the best sites, in my opinion, for music artists. Can you listen to tracks of your favorite artists AND keep up with their upcoming shows as easily anywhere else? Not really. So while this may seem like a flashback, there’s a method behind the madness.

Retail DJ on MySpace

The page is not pretty yet, but I’ll have it nice soon. I just wanted to let you all know! 🙂

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Friday Fashion Fail: No, Rachel Zoe, No . . .

26 Feb

I was checking out piperlime.com the other day for black flats to feature in this week’s Get Dressed to This: Vintage Finds when I stumbled across a couple of Rachel Zoe picks that made my heart skip a beat. This momentary lapse in blood circulation was unfortunately not due to excitement. No, it was due to good old fashioned WTF? Check out these hideous shoe horrors they are trying to peddle to us:

ay meu Deus do ceu. SO UGLY. Say it with me, now, “No, Rachel Zoe, no.”

Or what about these? Are my shoes going to a funeral at a bordello? “No, Rachel Zoe, No.”

Speaking of houses of ill repute, I think that might be the only place these shoes would fly. “No, Rachel Zoe, No,”

Ok, let’s not pull a “Carrie Bradshaw” on our feet too. These are outdated, fugs, and I totally saw them at an outlet mall in Brazil for like $15. That $165 isn’t worth it, ladies, trust me. “No, Rachel Zoe, No.”

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Mix On Tap: It’s Electric

26 Feb

Recently, the combination of melting snow and a couple of live wires turned manhole covers on New York City streets into hotbeds of electricity, giving a few people a minor scare while sending others to the hospital literally for extreme shock. While I certainly don’t want to replicate the effect live wire electricity has on the common passerby, I’d like to share with you a way to make your weekend a little more. . . electric.

As per usual, this mix on tap features a music mix + mixed drink that will surely make up get up and dance, even if you have to do it in the comfort of your living room because your new boots are too pretty to ruin in the snow.

Today’s music comes to us care of DJ Johnny Blaze, one of the reigning kings of Baltimore club music. He manages to sneak in some amazing tracks, including a sample from Crydamoure’s Waves compilations (vol 1 / vol 2), which, if you don’t already have, you need to buy ASAP. As per usual, the tracklist can be found in the Music Archive:

DJ JOHNNY BLAZE – ELECTRIC PARADISE MIXTAPE (click to dl)

Today’s drink recipe comes care of eHow. It calls for a lot of ingredients, but the end result is yummy. Hopefully, by the time you’ve finished it, you won’t remember all the liquor you had to buy in the first place:

Electric Kool-Aid Recipe

Ingredients: ice, cranberry juice, 1.5 oz vodka, pineapple slices, maraschino cherries, 1/2 oz melon liqueur, 1/2 oz cherry brandy, 1/2 oz amaretto, 1/2 oz Southern Comfort, 1/2 oz sour mix, 1/2 oz peach schnapps, 1/2 triple sec, grenadine

1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
2. Shake melon liqueur, triple sec and sour mix with three ice cubes in a shaker.
3. Begin layering the liquors in a highball glass, starting with the peach schnapps.
4. In the shaker, layer first the Southern Comfort, then the amaretto, then the mix.
5. Layer the cherry brandy, followed by the vodka.
6. Fill the rest of the glass with cranberry juice
7. Add a dash of grenadine.
 8.Do not stir.
9. Top with a cherry or pineapple slice.

Happy Friday . . .

Retail DJ

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