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Upcoming Shows: House the Place

3 Mar


House music will be in full effect this weekend with the next few shows. Of the many parties opening their doors for the public to enjoy a few nights of freedom, the two I have no problem endorsing and, in fact, encouraging you to check out are WORK and Let’s Play House, both excellent regular parties where:

1. The DJs care about the music they play and are so talented it hurts

2. New music is previewed and older music is cherished

3. Dancing is the norm

4. The good vibes are impossible to miss

WORK, which is hosted by DJs Eli Escobar and Lloydski, both house and disco DJs/Producers with plenty of musical accomplishments under their respective belts, takes place as subMercer, the club beneath the Mercer Hotel in Soho, tonight! If you are free, do not miss this. In fact, clear a few things off your schedule to get there. 3.3.11 INVITE

Here’s a little example of how it all goes down:


Let’s Play House, which is hosted by Jacques Renault, another DJ/producer with lots of experience (including many an EP, set, and remix), has taken place in several venues, most notably a “secret location” in Williamsburg. This week, the location is very well-known: The Union Square Ballroom in Manhattan. Legend Cosmo Vitelli, Kaos, and Drew Heffron will be in charge of making you dance. 3.4.11 INVITE


– Retail DJ


Special Event + Upcoming Shows

9 Feb

I only support the artists, performances, DJs, and designers I believe in and trust to deliver the goods. This endorsement then, is like any other.

This Friday, February 11th, my friends and colleagues Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene and DJ Shomi Noise are teaming up for an amazing show in Harlem. Fly will be presenting photography, video art, and a live performance with Shomi on board to DJ! They are both super talented, so I know it’s going to be hot. Check the information below and the facebook invite for more info:

TRINITY Art Exhibition

Friday, 2.11 @ 7 pm

Azucarera Gallery
414 W. 145th St. (lower level)
between Convent Ave. and St. Nicholas Ave., Harlem

Also this week:




– Retail DJ

Get Dressed to This: Enter the Ninja

16 Sep

I believe the Jacques Renault and Marcos Cabral, the two masterminds behind Runaway, are men after my heart. With their newest work for the White Light Mix Series (headed up by DJ Neoteric and Matty C, both marvelous DJs in their own right), Runaway has taken the time to sneak softly and quietly into our souls with a carefully crafted combination of house and nuevo disco. The first track on the mix (which happens to not have a tracklist in order to, in their words, hold true to the old mix-tape style that required your listening to an entire set and not jumping around from track to track) is one that, without fail, makes me cry every time I hear it. The rest is truly a journey for the ears, fitting perfectly into the White Light Mix Series mission of providing listeners with music for “night driving introspection and taking the time to listen from start to finish.”

It’s a mission I appreciate, especially considering we are given so much music to hear, but not to which we are directed to truly listen and reflect on. The mission here at Retail DJ of course is different, but it nevertheless pushes an active engagement with music, requesting that the listeners (and the DJs who create the mixes) connect their visual and their aural, what they see as they pick out their clothes for a night out or a day at work with what they hear. It’s all about finding motivation in music, and fortunately, Runaway’s newest mix works for just that.

For the outfit this time around, I’ve chosen something that is dark, much like the mix, but that has a liquid-like flow from top to bottom. Channeling the concept of the ninja, dark and silent, yet on a mission, I’ve put together an outfit that will cause others to do a double take, even if they don’t hear you approaching in the distance. So take this time, press play, and Get Dressed to This . . .

The Music:

Runaway – White Light Mix 30

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

The Outfit:

1. Split Toe Tabi Flats by Maison Martin Margiela, shopbop.com, $775 USD

2. Hidden Horticulture Tights, Anthropologie, $18 USD

3. Dahlia Dress, AllSaints, $180 USD

4. Eco Friendly Jellyfish Clutch (in sea foam green), Sea Oats Etsy Store, $28 USD

5. Coral Glass Ear Plugs (4g), AZ Hot Shop Etsy Store, $23 USD

– Retail DJ

Get Dressed to This: All A-Flutter

10 Sep

photo credit: Marielle (marielliot)

This morning, when I woke up from my hour of sleep (yes, one hour), I was delighted to know that even while under a down comforter, I remained slightly cold, the temperature outside barely reaching the mid-60s. As the weather cools and the leaves turn, thus so does my soul. It’s no surprise to the people who read Retail DJ that I am a big fan of this season, the justification possibily being my actual date of birth, but for those of you didn’t know this, you’ve come at a great time. As I mentioned last night, as an homage to the coming of fall, I’m posting a new Get Dressed to This outfit + mix piece every night for a week. 

For this edition Get Dressed to This, I’ve decided to show my true crush on fall with some highly feminine pieces, though of course “edged” up by way of accessories and creative tailoring. Though this outfit is clearly for dancing, it’s also nice for a dinner date, small get together, or a people-watching centric walk with friends (for which fall is perfect!). This outfit is set to the music from the most recent Fool’s Gold podcast (“Foolcast”) by way of Style of Eye. It perfectly matches the outfit, volleying between soft and hard, disco and dubstep, catchy lyrics and heavy bass. So start your night with a nice beat and some sartorial inspiration/ Press play and Get Dressed to This

The Music:

 Style of Eye – Foolcast 016

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

tracklist (below) after the jump 


The Outfit: 

1. Lorinna Dress, AllSaints, $180 USD 

flattering and "girly," yet with an edge


2. All Pain, No Gain Boots, Irregular Choice, $199 USD 

pewter patches

check out the peek-a-boo colored strip


 3. Super Suspender Tight, House of Holland (via Urban Outfitters), $28 USD 

the garter look, without the fuss


4. Extra Large Bright Red Beaded Vintage Earrings, Vintage Repeats (via Etsy), $13 USD 

bright, indeed

5. The Clingy Wallet (in teal), 49 Square Miles, $250 USD 

small, but can hold your phone + keys

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Oops! Missed a Spot

24 Jun

Somehow in a cosmic-sized lapse in memory, I forgot to post one of the big events this week: Holy Ghost! (in their FIRST NYC headlining event!)+ Justin Miller + Neon Indian + Jacques Renault + Stretch Armstrong are performing tonight at Le Poisson Rouge!

It’s not to late to get tickets online (and they are $15 at the door). If you haven’t seen one or more of these guys perform before, please do check them out. Tonight is one of those moments when I wish I had a clone or someone who could be a surrogate version of me, but through whom I could experience everything. Nevertheless, nothing like that has been created yet, so I might need to live vicariously through some of the folks who read Retail DJ and who aren’t crazy tired tonight. GO GO GO!

For more info, check out this link

For your reference:

Holy Ghost!

Jacques Renault

Justin Miller

Neon Indian (aka the man behind Vega)

Stretch Armstrong

my review of a night @ the Marcy Hotel


– Retail DJ

“We Live in Brooklyn, Baby” Made My Night

21 May

The Marcy Hotel (by day)

Last night, I had the fortunate opportunity (read: free time and money, both of which are few and far between these days) to check out my first Wolf + Lamb party “We Live in Brooklyn, Baby” at the Marcy Hotel. Though Wolf + Lamb have been around for many years, I didn’t realize that they had an official party until recently. Let’s just say I am thrilled I could go.

 Though the dance space is ironically smaller than the bar space (something I lamented considering it’s a dance party!), the overall vibe was really positive. As per always, there were pretentious scenesters and sets of people who thought “bump and grind” had something to do with coke intake instead of dancing, but for the most part, I have to give the party itself and even the crowd a stellar review.

The DJs who showed off their talents last night did an incredible job making sure that there was never a dull moment. With sounds from Soul Clap, Runaway (the collaborative project between DJs Marcos Cabral and Jacques Renault), Justin Miller, and Greg Paulus, the dancefloor was the source of non-stop energy and a communion of dance and house sounds. This is a party I’d certainly drop in on again, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that they keep it going through the summer so I don’t go through withdrawal.

For more info on Wolf + Lamb, check out their facebook  or resident advisor page.

I <3 Mondays: Fan-Funkin'-Tastic

28 Mar

I can’t believe it’s already Monday. In what seems like the shortest weekend I have ever lived through, I managed to get a great deal of things accomplished, though not nearly enough. The dreaded first day of the work week is upon us all once again, but there’s no shortage of hope in the morning motivation that comes to us care of Jacques Renault, who recently released this super funk-tastic mix.

Jacques Renault – One’s & Two’s Mix by warmhq

c/o Discobelle

– Retail DJ

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