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Mix On Tap: Coasting

16 Apr

I’ll admit it: every now and then, I get stuck on NYC. Sure, I have days that I hate it, but I also know that I probably would go nuts if I went out west. And YET, I am sure that there are many lovely things about Cali, despite their clubs closing early, and one of them is that the folks out there sure love to drink! Ok, maybe that’s the whole United States, but considering they have so much sun and fruit to their disposal, the weather  at night plus the alcohol must make for a nice combo.

But alcohol also goes quite well with the right music, so there’s no harm in playing the good stuff while you prepare the latter. For this week’s Mix On Tap, I’ve included a smooth mix by Sweden’s La Fleur. It’s entitled the “Planting Seeds Mix,” but it saves as “What French People Play.” This fits in well with what’ll be flowing – none other than vino (What French People Drink?). The drink this week is a “remix” of the classic Sangria, but with a California kick.

Enjoy this Mix On Tap, and have a great night out!

The Mix: 

La Fleur – Planting Seeds Mix

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

The Drink:

California Martini

3 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Red Wine
1 tbsp. Dark Rum
4 dash(es) Orange Bitters

Shake with cracked ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
– Retail DJ

Mix on Tap: Crazy Beautiful

2 Oct

While waiting for the bus early last Saturday morning, I spotted a man who looked like he might have been lost, but judging by his outfit, that word had more than one meaning. Clad in jean booty shorts, black sneakers, a tank top, a baseball cap covered in a crown of plastic leaves, and a fuzzy white halo. He also happened to have two braids attached to the cap and donned an American flag purse complete with a crimped hair black Barbie doll and beaded necklaces. He was sweating profusely and gyrating as if dancing to silent music piped through his creative hat, though once he boarded the train, he replaced his perspiration with words used to address himself, which later turned into a song he sang to no one, really, despite making eye contact with all of us. Despite the man’s apparent disorientation with reality, I was impressed and deeply fascinated by him and his ability to be completely oblivious–whether or not it was the result of drugs or pure insanity.

It all made me think a bit about the choices we make to induce altered states of being, either through music or alcohol, both, or of course, other vices (yes, I consider my obsession with music a vice at this point as it literally keeps me from functioning at times), and how the end result can sometimes be ugly, but other times quite beautiful. Whether it means letting go of your inhibitions or finding a new level of a song, these vices and the choices made when under their influence can sometimes be a very good thing. I invite you to come along and make your attempt:

The Drink

Born to Be Wild

ingredients: 1 part vodka, 1 part tequila, 1 part Pisang Ambon, Sprite, ice, teaspoon of lime juice

1. fill a glass 3/4 full of ice cubes

2. mix the alcohol and lime juice in a shaker

3. pour over the ice

4. fill to the top with Sprite

5. enjoy


The Music

This mix from early August is a collaborative project between Smalltown DJs and Wax Romeo called “Smalltown Romeo.” It’s the perfect mix for this post because it is quite crazy, yet quite beautiful. In it, the DJs seem to combined almost every single one of my favorite songs into one set, yet inviting each track to come in at the most unlikely time.

Smalltown Romeo – Shambhala 2010 Mix

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

tracklist after the jump

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Mix On Tap: Shaken Not Stirred

26 Jun

This entire week, I’ve had one mix on repeat for every single night-time outing. It’s full of bass, Portuguese, foul language, and a ton of solid beats. The genre? Funk Carioca, of course.

It’s the staple sound that I always go back to when I need energy to go out after a long day’s work or a weekend’s worth of dancing. Daniel Haaksman’s “Funk Legal” mix is the perfect combo for folks from baile funk beginners to those who have been listening to it for years as it includes some old favorites and well known names in the scene like Deize Tigrona, among many others.

The standout tracks for me is Deize Tigrona’s “Dança  Neguinha,” which is about a woman who needs to take a little more control (“Pega no chicote!” Deize taunts, which means “Grab the whip” in Portuguese) and have fun on the dancefloor, an oddly amusing funk remix of the Austin Powers theme song, and “O Som do James Brown,” a baile funk take on the master himself. Go figure.

Anyway, I’ll let the mix speak for itself. While you’re listening, shake up a little mix of your own by taking it back old school with a classic martini.

The Music:

Daniel Haaksman – Funk Legal

Daniel Haaksman – FUNK LEGAL by Daniel Haaksman / Man Rec

The Drink:

Classic Martini

1 part Gin or Vodka
1 part Dry Vermouth
1 cup Ice

shake. strain. pour. party

– Retail DJ

Mix On Tap: Lovers

12 Jun

Today is O Dia dos Namorados in Brazil. Known as the “Brazilian Valentine’s Day,” it’s a special day for folks in love, heavy like, or who just feel like buying red and pink things filled with chocolate for well, anyone. It certainly has a far more romantic premise than the American version (on which you are more than welcome to give you teacher, mom, little sister, and best friend a Valentine’s Day goodie), though much like the American version, it’s a huge commercial success and yet another manufactured holiday to boost the economy and line the pockets of many a company.

Even Melissa came out with a promotion related to Dia dos Namorados involving an all-red version of “Royale,” one of the shoes from their newest line “Melissa et Circenses“:

Anyway, in order to honor this Brazilian tradition and give my American readers something to keep them cool this summer, I give you a great Frozen Strawberry Marguerita recipe as well as a mix that is romantic enough at time to enjoy with your boo, but that has the necessary dance-cred to entertain even the least romantic. . .

The Drink

Frozen Strawberry Marguerita (c/o Guy Fieri)

ingredients: 2 cups crushed ice, 1/2 cup strawberry puree (frozen can or fresh strawberries, pureed), 1 cup tequila, 2 limes, juiced, splash of Triple Sec, splash of simple syrup (equal amounts sugar and water heated until sugar dissolves, then cooled)

Combine in a blender, ice, strawberry water, tequila, lime juice, Triple Sec and simple syrup. Puree until smooth. Pour into rocks glasses and serve.

The Music

Evil Nine – For Lovers Mixtape

:: FOR LOVERS :: MIXTAPE NO.1 by Evil Nine

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

tracklist after the jump

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Mix On Tap: Bridge & Tunnel

4 Jun

In the previous post, I mentioned on the cultural capital that Brooklyn has these days, lamenting of course the not-so-positive stereotypes put out there about Brooklyn by the media (beyond NYC) and sometimes even within Manhattan circles (filled, in this instance, with snobby fuddy duddies who hardly go below 14th street) is that the folks beyond the bridges are a little lacking in the class department. The same stereotype is held (and constantly perpetuated) about people from New Jersey. Both stereotypes are dumb and poor characterizations of the current populations of both regions. Nevertheless, the outerburroughs and Jersey DO give us some fun moments, and one of them just so happens to remind me of alcohol. . .

I’m sure most of you have seen this video by now, as it’s pretty old by internet standards, Nevertheless, who can get enough of the immature, douchebaggie stereotype displayed therein?

My New Haircut (NSFW)

 If you want to avoid acting like him, you might want to make and enjoy this drink in the comfort of your own home. But while you make it, don’t forget to dance to this mix (named after the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway no less 🙂

the drink:

Jager Bomb

So simple you can make it while wasted, the Jager Bomb just takes 1 part RedBull, another part Jagermeister liquer, and you’re all set. Just be sure to avoid walking down stairs (and maybe anything that involves talking). Make it 1 part Jagermeister, 2 parts RedBull is you plan on doing either of the aforementioned.

the music:

Jubilee – BQE

(click to play / right click + save target as to download)

tracklist after the jump

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Mix On Tap: CaipiRio . . .

28 May

I love caipirinhas (kai-pee-reen-yahz) as much as the next person, but sometimes they are a little too strong for me. Cachaça, which is one of the staple alcohols in Brazil (think rum is to the Caribbean and tequila is to Mexico as cachaca is to Brazil), tastes a bit like tires or rubbing alcohol on its own. It’s so strong in fact that many mineiros (people who live in the state of Minas Gerais, where the bulk of the cachaça is produced) cut the flavor by chasing shots of it with a dry cheese or by adding honey.

So while living in Brazil, I became a bigger fan of Caipiroskas, which is a caipirinha with vodka replacing the cachaça. Here’s a video by Grey Goose showing you how to make a flavored caipiroska using their citron vodka:

But just to be clear, I don’t want to lose anyone with the title of this post. It’s actually a little homage to the hometown of one of the DJs who will be featured here very very soon. I’ve included a mix below from none other than Leo(nardo) Justi, whose work I have featured before, but from whom there is plenty more to check out. This mix is the perfect way to start your weekend, so drink up, press play, and have a happy Friday:

Leo Justi Mixtape #1

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

– Retail DJ

Mix On Tap: Exclusivity Killed the Cat

15 May

Brooklyn Is for Party People

DJ Ayres, whom I just dealt a nice hand of praise in an upcoming shows post said something very interesting in his bio blurb on his website. In reflecting on the club scene in NYC, he noted:

I started The Rubin 2002 at Southpaw with Mikey Palms because I was bored with all the bottle service clubs and lounges in Manhattan and I wanted to do a big, no-bullshit dance party in Brooklyn away from the weekend warriors.

I checked out his page a few minutes after coming home, prior to getting ready to go out to see the man himself yet after a long day or errand running, interviewing, and being generally run ragged (yet not so ragged that I can’t go out, of course). The comment was fitting as, on the way home, I noticed that even the bowling alley in Manhattan had a doorman, a bouncer, and a guestlist. There’s just.something.wrong.with.that. It’s odd how we can turn the simplest fun into petty bourgeoisie bullsh*t. I’m glad Ayres is trying to bring the fun back. In honor of those who work as hard as they party and couldn’t care less about a guestlist or a velvet rope, I give you this week’s Mix On Tap, starting with a strong drink and an even stronger set of tracks.

the music:

DJ Ayres – Flashing Lights Mix 5

(follow the link to download)

tracklist below after the jump

the drink:

Manhattan (w/ a twist of irony)

3/4 oz sweet vermouth
2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 dash Angostura® bitters
1 maraschino cherry
1 twist orange peel

Combine the vermouth, bourbon whiskey, and bitters with 2 – 3 ice cubes in a mixing glass. Stir gently, don’t bruise the spirits and cloud the drink. Place the cherry in a chilled cocktail glass and strain the whiskey mixture over the cherry. Rub the cut edge of the orange peel over the rim of the glass and twist it over the drink to release the oils but don’t drop it in. (via

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