Archive | August, 2010

Retail DJ August Podcast

31 Aug

While I was flying from NYC to Sao Paulo, I had 9 hours to kill. Though I had chosen the tracks I wanted to feature in the August podcast earlier in the month, I had yet to work on the full assembly because I had been swamped trying to work ahead at job number 1, teaching and preparing to go to Brazil for job number 2, and updating things here at Retail DJ for job number 3. After putting together the song components, I was pleased with the smooth, lounge-y feel of the set, and all that was left to work on was the voiceover. Yet thanks to the magic of a cold I couldn’t get rid of and congestion that just would not let up (though, given, the surprise 40 degree nights in Sao Paulo I braved with just a grandpa cardigan didn’t exactly help), my voice was a wreck. I sounded a bit like a man and, on top of that, a man who had plugged up his nose and ears with clay. Not sexy.

So I waited it out, hoping my voice would improve, as August steamed along, each day meaning the podcast was going to be coming later and later. After finally regaining a few more octaves of my voice and the ability to breathe through one of my nostrils, I tried my hand at the voiceover. Then, while in Rio, I had to deal with the s l o w e s t wireless internet ever. I could hardly check my email, God forbid upload a podcast. Sigh.

Finally, I was able to release the mix a few days ago once I returned to Sao Paulo, but didn’t have the time to type up a post. Nevertheless, today, on the last day of August, I come bearing gifts.

The Retail DJ August Podcast is a true reflection of where I am right now in my life. It’s the mellowest of sets yet, and even slightly melancholic, yet perfect for relaxing, save a few of the songs I added to keep your ears open. I have to say that despite its mood, it’s one of my most favorite podcasts to date, and one that was completed over one of the best experiences this year – returning to Brazil.

I hope that this mix means as much to you as it does to me, and if not that, that it at least gives you some much needed aural pleasure. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Retail DJ August Podcast

Retail DJ August Podcast by RetailDJ

(click to play; click the small arrow on the right to download)

tracklist:

Pnau – Hard Biscuit
Sneaker Pimps – Post-Modern Sleaze (The Salt City Orchestra Nightclub Mix)
The Aikiu – Just Can’t Sleep (Azari & III Remix)
Ka§par – In the Club (Gerd Remix)
La Fleur – Veris
Juliana e As Fogosas – Arrasta No Chao
Azari & III – She’s an Illusion
Norma Jean Bell – I’m the Baddest Bitch (in the room) (Moodymann Mix)
Felix Da Housecat (ft. Princess Superstar) – Coochie Coo
Mobb Deep – The Learning (Burn)
Moodymann – Tribute

– Retail DJ

Her Name Was Rio . . .

31 Aug

There's more to Rio than this

Oh Rio. Most people who visit Brazil flock to this city for its beaches, its iconic architecture (Big Jesus, anyone?), and its mix of nature and modern technology (they’ve got a forest and a subway a few kilometers away from each other).

To me, it’s a bit like one big Brazilian Disneyworld (or Universal Studios around the more rough, favela-accented parts), but it definitely has its less kitschy, more hidden treasures as well. One of them happens to be what Wallpaper Magazine considers one of the MUST SEE spots in Brazil: Muggia.

I wrote about Muggia about little over a year ago after having bought one of their bags in Sao Paulo (they sell their wares in boutiques and stores throughout Brazil and Europe) at the Galeria Melissa (the Clockwork Orange meets Star Trek-esque hub for all things related to Melissa shoes) on Oscar Freire in Sao Paulo. It was love at first sight, and I knew I’d have to hunt them down if I ever happened to be in Rio.

Luckily, I had the opportunity to pay the atelier a visit last week . . .

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Back from the B

31 Aug

Hi Everyone,

I have returned from Brazil, safe and sound and a whole lot of sad, and thus will be posting a ton of updates articles, interviews, and mixes this week. Keep your eye on the screen 🙂

– Retail DJ

New York?

25 Aug

Though I may not BE in New York, that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about it (ok, maybe a little…how could I not when my view is of Pao de Acucar and Praia Copacabana?). There are some things going on today that you need to make note of. They are so good, in fact, that I had to tell you all the way from Brazil!

1. Girl on Wax Live: The telecast with the mostest, Girls on Wax is a 3-hour show featuring Djs Whitney Day, Krunk Pony, and L’il Ray in a seriously display of their skills. The best thing about this video webcast is that you can minimize it at work but continue to listen to the music or choose to keep it up to see the ladies in action AND talk to them as they go from track to track, set to set. Even if you can tune in for only 30 minutes, I promise you it will make your day better. This is not to be missed. Check them out here at 1 pm:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/girls-on-wax

2.The Official Stereo Total Afterparty: DJs Francoise (Stereo Total), Amylulita (Nacotheque), Maria Blueghost (Blueghost Publicity), and Cameron Cook (SUP Magazine) will be your hosts for this official Stereo Total afterparty. It’s free and has a ton of drink specials, so don’t miss it. Check out the facebook page for more details.

– Retail DJ

Melissa Amazonista!

25 Aug

Ultragirl (w/ Amazon print)

Melissa, my favorite brand of plastic fantastic, has a new line of shoes out for the spring/summer season in Brazil. While it’s not my favorite collection to date (Afromania wins hands down, thus far), there are a few standouts. I got my hands (eyes?) on the new video lookbook a few days ago and after having paid Sao Paulo Melissa store a visit last week, I felt Retail DJ was long overdue for a post on the magic that is Melissa. I also noted recently on the Retail DJ facebook page that Melissa has come out with a line for men that is anticipated to launch in the fall, so be on the lookout for my review of the new M-Zero line as well. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the view!

Melissa Shoes – Lookbook, Spring/Summer (Brazil) 2011

my favorite thus far:

Campana Costela de Adao

– Retail DJ

Get Dressed to This: Sao Paulo Edition

21 Aug

Last Friday, when I got off the plane and headed for the airport bus to the metro, the temperature was a tad bit chilly, but nothing unusual for Sao Paulo. About 24 hours later, however, SP pulled le grand Bait and Switch and turned into a live action Frigidaire, complete with foggy windows and freezing winds. Oddly, that’s not what weather.com had predicted, having lied to me entirely about a little number in the 70s and not one in the 50s. Despite my having left my warm jacket at home and being equipped solely with a grandpa sweater I dreamed that a drugged up club-goer couldn’t stop touching and black skinny jeans as my warmest attire, I made do. Though I can’t say I wasn’t helped by a little guardian angel who always keeps me warm called Music.

For most of the plane ride, walking around the city, and frequent subway rides, my soundtrack of choice was a newish mix by France’s Bobmo, the electronic music prodigy who graced the world with his ghettotech-happy presence and gave me a whole lot to be thankful for in my headphones. This is technically his SUMMER 2010 mix, but it worked out well for a Brazilian winter.

In addition, I wanted to show SP some attention in terms of fashion trends as well. As it’s winter, there’s little to note beyond basics, jeans, sweaters, and coats, but the high heeled boots became the highlight of SP’s super-chilly nights. Many say that Brazil is “behind” the US in terms of fashion, looking to us much as we look to Europe for fashion inspiration, yet I’ve found that in Brazil’s slightly less trend-obsessed (enslaved?) culture, there is more room to play, particularly with hair styles and accessories. It’s also a big nod to sustainability insofar as consumerism is concerned. By that, I’m hinting at the fact that the look I am displaying here is one that’s been in style in Brazil for quite some time.

Anyway, enjoy the music and the view, and don’t forget to check back in a day or two to hear about my other adventures in Sao Paulo and hopefully a few from Salvador (where I am at present)! Get dressed to this…

The Music:

Bobmo – Summer 2010 Mix

(click to play; right click + save as to download)

tracklist (below) after the jump

The Outfit:

1. Veronique Wrapped Strap Boots (in Black), Rosegold, $260 USD

2. Silence & Noise “Twig” Jean in Gray, Urban Outfitters, $39 USD


3. Long-sleeve Scoop Neck Tee (in White), Topshop, $20

4. Long-Sleeve Cape Tee (in black), LnA, $98 USD

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Saturday Night in Sao Paulo

19 Aug

Hi Everyone,

My sincerest apologies for my lateness in putting out a post about my Saturday here in Sao Paulo. I’ve been super busy, and the last place I want to be is in front of a computer. I find that it’s appropriate that I write this on my last day in the city known as “Sampa” before going elsewhere. I’ll be back at the end of the month, but before returning what feels like a second home, I’ll be in Salvador (in the north) and Rio de Janeiro. While I love those cities as well, my heart will always lie with SP.

Anyway, here’s what went down on Saturday, with photos and audio to put you fully in the moment.

I headed over to Vegas, my usual stomping ground for quality electronica acts, and had the opportunity to listen to the famous and well-respected DJs L_cio, Gustavo Peluzo, DJ Magal, and George Actv  (more on the latter 2 in another post).

Gustavo Peluzo

Gustavo Peluzo hails from Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais (a state in which I once lived). He was the opener for the night, but that by no means signified anything negative. Quite the opposite, in fact, as his sound was skewed toward heavy house (i.e. the tech house variety, ghetto tech, some techno), and though using what appeared to be Serato, his style read as though he were working solely with vinyl. He had a great sense of the crowd and delivered a set that encompassed what I love so much about Vegas: diversity. The set never rested, moving tirelessly from one active track to another, each punctuated by its own internal fluctuation (thus making it all perfect for accented dancing or, in other words, moves that were jerky yet expressive. He wove a story of sorts with his music, and it’s one that left me sweaty and pumped for the rest of the night.

Here’s a mix he recorded from a party called Smile that he DJs in Belo Horizonte for Live1FM Recordings:
SMILE with Gustavo Peluzo # 008- 2 Agosto Live1FM Recordings by Gustavo Peluzo

L_cio

Next up was L_cio, better known by his friends and family as Laércio Schwantes Iório. L_cio is based in Sao Paulo and has been in the music game for almost a decade, though he began as a classical musician (his parents having done the same). He now works almost exclusively in electronic music, having released tracks through several labels from all over the world. A producer and DJ, L_cio is a good example of the modern musical renaissance man. He also happens to be incredibly nice. Right after his set at Vegas, which could best be described as an intense minimal techno trip, he and I talked to a bit, leading to some email exchange with the final result being that L_cio will be a featured artist here on Retail DJ (hence my not giving away too much about the man behind the artist)! His music while techno, is fluid, engulfing the listener and taking one beyond a state of dance and into something much deeper. He often includes samples of messages in Portuguese, bringing a local voice to a universal sound.

Here’s a mix L_cio recorded in January for the site Deep Beep:

L_cio – live PA janeiro 2010 – deepbeep by L_cio

More on DJ Magal and George ACTv to come. But for now, listen to Gustavo and Laércio do what they do best.

I am on my way to Salvador (in the north of Brazil) tonight, so there may not be a post for a day or two. However, I’ll hopefully have more music news to report from there as well!

Beijos,

– Retail DJ

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