Archive | April, 2010

Get Dressed to This: Outer Space

30 Apr

This morning, during my commute to work (which, as of late, has been the only time I have had to review music for this site . . . sigh), I came across a mix that just made me think of space. It could be because I was watching Danny Boyle’s highly underrated film Sunshine, which is about a spaceship crew that is burdened with the task of saving the Earth from utter obliteration by reviving the dying sun. But I also think it has something to do with the mere fact that I spend so much time packed into small spaces. Nothing is vast, and everything that happens in my life seems to take place in small spaces, inches away from someone else’s armpit or centimeters below someone’s magazine. It’s all in context really, but when I think about day to day existence, particularly with the coming of higher temperatures, I think of tightly packed subterranean suffocation and the need to break from that, the relief of being above ground, and the dream of floating in the vast openness of the sky.

When I was little, I had the occupational dream of being an astronaut, though mainly because of the fashionable uniform and the prospect of eating space ice cream on a regular basis. Between then and now, my job desires have shifted quite drastically, but my interest in metallic wares remained in tact. On that note, I present to you this week’s Get Dressed to This feature. The music is a mix by London-based DJ Stopmakingme that has been making its rounds on the blogs. I chose it because something about it screams “space robot” like no other, making it one of the most fitting choices for the futuristic, borderline-spacegear ensemble I’ve put together for this post. Enjoy!

the music:

Stopmakingme – Mix for Dummy Magazine
Stopmakingme – Dummy Mix 27 (March 2010)bystopmakingme

the outfit:

1. Shoes: Karim Rashid for Melissa in Pewter, $104 USD

 

2. Dress: Endecott Dress (in black) by Kimberly Ovitz, $415 USD

Retail DJ April Tracklist: Rainy Day

30 Apr

My sincerest apologies, dear readers, for just getting this to you. As I expressed on my Twitter and Facebook pages, there was little out there this month that compelled me to add it to the April tracklist. Most of the new indie bits I came across were a little lacklustre. Fortunately, thanks to the folks at Discobelle, Too Many Sebastians, and God knows where else because they have been on my iPod for a while, I was able to put together this month’s (albeit late!) tracklist for your listening pleasure. The theme for this month’s set is “Rainy Day.” April showers, afterall, bring May flowers, right? That’s how the saying goes of course, but I felt like adding a little more to that idea.

Most of the songs on this mix are a little more mellow than my usual. What’s great about them, though, is that all together, they combine to make one partake in a little light dancing while stuck inside during the rain. When I was little, I used to do exactly that on rainy days. I’d stay indoors, playing my 35s and 45s in my Fisher Price record player while sprawled out on the floor drawing and coloring. I actually enjoyed the rainy days more than the ones that were sunny and nice because they allowed me to be at rest and really find the source of my creativity. Not only that, they allowed me to be fully engaged with my first and most solid love: music.

All that being said, I hope you all enjoy this April Tracklist. It’s made with the rainy day in mind, but certainly can be co-opted for even the sunniest of days. Enjoy!

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1. Proxy – 8000 (John Roman Lost Tourist Dub)

Retail DJ April Tracklist – Track 1 by RetailDJ

2. DJ Wool – Watch This
Retail DJ April Tracklist – Track 2 by RetailDJ

3. Anonym – Trust Me (Original Mix)
Retail DJ April Tracklist – Track 3 by RetailDJ

4. Detachments – Circles (Mighty Mouse Remix)
Retail DJ April Tracklist – Track 4 by RetailDJ

5. Little Majorette – Bite the Bullet (Le Prix Remix)
Retail DJ April Tracklist – Track 5 by RetailDJ

6. Max Sedgley – Something Special
Retail DJ April Tracklist – Track 6 by RetailDJ

7. Siriusmo – Discosau
Retail DJ April Tracklist – Track 7 by RetailDJ

8. Leonardus – Can You
Retail DJ April Tracklist – Track 8 by RetailDJ

9. Daft Punk – Technologic (Lebatman Rework)
Retail DJ April Tracklist – Track 9 by RetailDJ

10. Lo-Fi-Fink – Marchin’ In (Silver Columns Remix)
Retail DJ April Tracklist – Track 10 by RetailDJ

11. Alan Braxe & Fred Falke – Chrystal City
Retail DJ April Tracklist – Track 11 by RetailDJ

Funk on a Friday: Leo Justi

30 Apr

A few days ago, I received an email from a super nice Rio-based producer named Leo Justi. Somehow, he’d caught wind of Retail DJ and decided to send me some tracks that were laced with a sound I know very well and love very much: funk carioca. Leo had remixed the MC Miltinho track “Kid Conga” to take it to a whole new level of funkyness, and I’ve got to give him props. I LOVE it, and I hope you do as well. Happy Friday!

MC Miltinho – Kid Conga (Leo Justi Remix)

Mc Miltinho – Kid Conga (Leo Justi Remix) by Leo Justi

On top of that, Leo has given a new face to a track that I am straight up sick of. He manages to replace the bored look on my face with a smile via his remix of Major Lazer’s “Pon the Floor.” I think his mix brings out something in the track that was missing in the first place.

Major Lazer – Pon de Floor (Leo Justi Refix)
Major Lazer – Pon de Floor (Leo Justi Refix) (2009) by Leo Justi

For more on Leo Justi, check out his Soundcloud page. It’s chock full of delicious, dance-y sounds!

– Retail DJ

Please Bring Back the Pants

29 Apr

Leggings =/= Pants

I love leggings as much as the next girl, but I certainly don’t consider them legitimate options for full coverage legwear a la pants. The folks over at Jezebel have long-remarked on the phenomenon now known as “leggings as pants,” and its related glance atrocities (aka random acts of violence committed to the onlooker upon observing one wearing leggings at pants), but I didn’t realize what a serious fashion faux-pas it was until I returned to the States. At the time of the trend’s initial takeoff, I was in Brazil, where it’s more like “pants as leggings” (aka the lady jeans are often so tight they cut off circulation). What I referred to as the “anorexo-jean” (meaning it’s so skinny that it looks like the jeans are starving themselves) are still a more favorable alternative in my opinion to the leggings as pants craze because at least there is SOME structure, some semblance of the things actually being meant to worn as a clothing item and not a legccessory a la stockings. But in NYC, it’s really gotten a bit out of control.

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For Your Listening Pleasure

28 Apr

Siriusmo

I often place mixes here that induce dancing or that are good to get ready to GO dancing, but every now and then, I come across mixes that are just.amazing.for.listening. I found this mix from Siriusmo a few days back on the Too Many Sebastians site (which has moved to www.toomanysebastians.net), but didn’t get a chance to listen to it until during this morning’s commute.

I was pleasantly surprised.

I’ve liked Siriusmo and his amazing remixes for some time now, so I should have known that the mix would be musical gold, yet for some reason, I had not gotten around to listening to it. Then again, I believe some things happen for very good reason. This mix set the tone for my day, which, despite circumstances, was pretty calm and ended on a really positive note (which I will describe at some point in the near future . . . ahem).

It’s not the best mix for dancing, mainly because it travels so much genre-wise that it makes you wonder mid-way whether or not it’s the same mix or if your iPod has somehow shifted to some other long-lost track on the list. He jumps from funk to jazz to house to hip hop and back again, and it’s surely a set of trips that cannot be missed. So take an opportunity and check out this mix. Trust me when I say you will be very happy from taking my advice on this one!

Siriusmo – Shir Khan’s Radioshow at Fritz (3.23.2010) DJ Mix

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Tracklist after the jump

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Upcoming Shows: The Twelves. Grum, and SOUL CLAP!!!!

27 Apr

I am very excited to announce that one of my absolute favorite DJ duos Soul Clap will be here tonight at Santos Party House playing amazing grooves for the ears of non-dancing New Yorkers. Hopefully, they will rile up some sense of positive dance-worthy happiness that makes people move beyond the bar . . . we’ll see.

Soul Clap

Tutu Tuesdays: SOUL CLAP + Crazy Larry + Futuretro @ Santos Party House ($2 w/ a tutu before midnight, $7)

click here for more details: http://santospartyhouse.com/index/event/id/1510

On top of that, this Thursday, Grum and The Twelves (whose amazing mixology I have featured here) will also be at Santos.

The Twelves

Canal Rubber Presents: Grum + The Twelves + JDH and Dave P + Eli Escobar ($5 adv, $10 day of)

click here for more details: http://santospartyhouse.com/index/event/id/1390

It’s going to be a very good work week!

– Retail DJ

Special Event: NSR, Dash Speaks, Das Racist, and more…

26 Apr

Dash Speaks and NSR Keep It Dapper

So get this: in a few weeks, some of my favorite interviewees will be performing at Le Poisson Rouge right here in NYC. That’s right. Dash Speaks and NSR will be “dropping knowledge” (sorry, I am a little behind on my hip hop lingo!) for a massive audience at this amazing space along with Das Racist, Mazzie and Sneakas, Blitz the Ambassador, and DJ Portarock on May 13th at LPR. Advance tickets are $12, $15 day of. Don’t miss it! It’s going to be wild!

Click here for more info: Almost Famous Showcase

– Retail DJ

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