Do you want to listen to a 2-hour DJ mix by Thom Yorke and Nigel Goodrich (of Radiohead and Atoms for Peace)? Of course you do. [more inside]
"The midi-trigger’s connected to the laptop, the laptop’s connected to the PA"
Mommy and baby yoga, music and sign language classes are apparently so over. Some parents are instead giving baby disc jockey classes a spin.
Shut Up and Listen
is a radio show by and for artists and DJs with learning disabilities aired on five stations in the UK. Produced by the Brighton-based charity Carousel
, the organizers also run Blue Camel Club
, England's largest music night for learning disabled artists and their fans in the UK with regular attendance of more than 600 people.
Keepintime started as a simple idea
, to bring some of the most revered and notable L.A. session drummers together for a photo shoot, then have them talk about the recordings that were famous to hip-hop DJs and producers, with some top LA beat jugglers. From that effort in 2002 came the short film, Keepintime
: Talking Drums and Whispering Vinyl
(2 parts on YouTube). The short documentary toured around, and in 2002, along with the screening, some of the drummers and DJs put on a live improvised show in Los Angeles. From that 2 hour show, a 45 minute film was made: Keepintime - A Live Recording
. Later that year, after screening the short film in England, the Keepintime crew were invited to Brasil
, to team up with Brasilian percussionists of renown, and make a beat record. They also put on an epic live show. That whole enterprise was made into an almost two-hour long documentary, Brasilintime
. More information on the artists inside. [more inside]
William Benjamin Bensussen is a DJ and producer who started DJing in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter
, where his weird, heavy sound was generally a dancefloor killer, earning him the name The Gaslamp Killer
But he kept at it, and found a home in Los Angeles, performing with the Low End Theory
crew. On December 1, 2012, Gaslamp Killer joined an ever-growing list of notable DJs and appeared on BBC Radio 1 with an Essential Mix
"This runs the gamut, freak flag and spliff waving in the air. 2 brutal and beautiful hours of raw beats, boom bap, and Birdman. There is psych-rock, there is juke, there is Spaghetti Western. Exclusives from Lotus, HudMo, and Dilla.
" If you like what you hear, there's even more below the break. [more inside]
is a septuagenarian former Cadbury's accountant from Bristol. He works a straight 9 to 5. That is 9pm to 5am, because he's also a legendary reggae DJ
who M.C.s in Jamaican patois. His album is here
(and part 2 of the video is here
DJ Schmolli - Perfect Love
. In a previous FPP a number of Mefites liked his work, so I thought I'd pass this new piece of his along for your mashup viewing pleasure.
great short video: Marley Marl, the producer of LL Cool J's 'Mama Said Knock You Out', recreates the beat, explaining its component elements and releasing a never-heard-before snippet of alternate LL vocals: "he says, 'hey, I got a sample that is so dope.' He pulls out Sly and the Family Stone..."
Days of music and ambient audio served up with no searching, little setup, and no subscription:
John Peel's Record Collection
"Online interactive digital museum" The Space
has begun the mammoth task of digitising DJ John Peel's record collection. Now, nearly 8 years after his death, the first 100 albums under the letter A are ready, with a new letter to be released every week. With bonus content such as photos, Peel Sessions and samples of radio shows
(Spotify may be required for some audio), it's a fascinating look inside the great man's never-ending enthusiasm for music.
DJ Greg Wilson has photos of the Haçienda DJ
(no, not the one
you're thinking of).
DJ Hewan Clarke who played every night for the first four years talks about what it was like
in the early days of the Haçienda:
What I used to do when I was playing the records… I always had to go out, run onto the stage, stand in the middle of the stage and listen to how it sounded in the club, went back in and readjust it on the mixer and I was constantly doing that because there was no feedback from what was going on outside, you just had to look through that gap. [more inside]
There goes the last DJ, who plays what he wants to play, and says what he wants to say
- Long time fixture on Los Angeles radio, freeform disc jockey Jim Ladd
surfaces once again on satellite radio
after been unceremoniously booted off
terrestrial radio. Ladd, the inspiration of Tom Petty's Last DJ album
, is one of the few remaining DJs allowed choose what to play and not follow a playlist from a program manager. (via blogging.la
Contrary to popular belief, cats can make great DJs
. It's just a small sample, but it's nice to see him really get into it as the set progresses.
If you're looking for some uplifting dance music to help you get your week going, Goldroom's Otoño Mix 2011
is a very soulful nu-disco collection that pairs nicely with The Magician's Magic Tape Sixteen.
Need something with more energy? Edwin van Cleef's November mix
is a bit more hands in the air, perfectly suited for the elimination of afternoon doldrums. [more inside]
In Southern California in the 1980s, KROQ had this weird un-DJ-like guy named (seriously) Rodney Bingenheimer
, who came on late at night on Sundays and played punk records and new bands like Blondie, The Ramones, X, Joan Jett, Devo and Cheap Trick. Did this weirdo really have some influence? A 90-minute 2004 documentary now on YouTube, Mayor of the Sunset Strip (Part 1)
tells his story, and it's weirder than you may have imagined. [more inside]
DJ Zhao brings contemporary and classic dance music together from all five continents, with focus on Africa. While his DJ sets reach from culture centers to remote areas of the globe, and from now back through the ages, DJ Zhao’s remix and mashup work directly connects “East” and “West”, acoustic and electronic, traditional and hyper-modern. Equal parts ethno-musicologist and booty shaker, Zhao is an ambassador of boom not only talking about, but demonstrating through raw sound experience, the underlying unity of all earth cultures and peoples. [more inside]
Single-link-1-hour-Brazilian-music-mix-filter: DJ Bronco's Brasilian Soul Mix
. No playlist, but does contain awesomely solid Brazilian tunage... enjoy!
If you are dancing in a way that could create a baby/fetus/alien -- STOP!
It is not behooving of you and awkward.
No Breasts No Requests
is a tumblr collection of signs found in and around the DJ booth.
The Wheels Of Steel: Turntables in your browser (a web-based DJ prototype)
Scott Schiller has created turntables in your browser, and has written an extensive blog post about how it works
. [more inside]
DetroitTechno.org presents a documentary (1 2 3
) about the history and politics of techno with a focus on the Detroit Electronic Music Festival
, now called Movement
, from its inception in 2000 until the most recent one in 2010. [more inside]
Good morning. I know that every second of weekend freedom is precious to you so I won’t waste your time with superfluous verbiage. Or superfluous links, for that matter. So here goes: Leo Justi is a DJ from Rio De Janeiro. He has quite a few tracks on his Soundcloud page
but the three that come highly recommended are: "Dunno Riddim (Kid Conga Remix Instrumental)"
, "Floor Crank 3.3"
and (mildly NSFW language)"Blacqstar – Go Get My Gun (Leo Justi Remix of Carli’s Remix)"
Happy belated 39th birthday, Amon Adonai Santos de Araújo Tobin
, or as most folks call you, simply Amon Tobin
. The Brazilian-born producer first released music as Cujo
, and has since moved on to his own name, with five albums and a slew of EPs and singles
released since 1997, plus two
video game soundtracks
, and a film soundtrack
. He also has an EP of collaborations
, side projects with Joe "Doubleclick" Chapman
and Two Fingers
. And that's the overview ... (music samples a-plenty inside, or you could skip the chatter and listen to much of Amon Tobin's discography streaming on his website
). [more inside]
Do you only have one
turntable and a microphone? Do you have a few thousand to drop on a turntable unlike any other? Well, Mike Disher
and Joel Scilley
are your men. But that's not the only way to get a one-of-a-kind turntable. This one
was made from motorcycle parts. Stell Moebel has one that's wall mounted
and one that's a functional coffee table (beware of the audio, click mobeldesign)
. If you can really afford to go all out, pick from one of the world's most expensive turntables
Legendary hip hop producer DJ Premier interviewed in the XXL Icon Interview
and The Smoking Section
. Remarkably candid conversations about his life in East Coast hip hop, with interesting stories about his work with Jay-Z, Biggie, Puff, Nas, Jeru the Damaga, Group Home, Suge Knight, Christina Aguilera and of course, Guru. On finding records to sample: "Well, there’s still diggin’ spots. If you’re in that world like I am, you know the spots, you see everybody—Just Blaze, Alchemist, Large Professor, Pete Rock—we still pop up in those spots. You got Big City records, you got Turntable Lab, you still have A1, you got Academy, you know. I’m not gonna tell you all the digging spots."
It's only a prototype, but I think the video more than makes up for it. Via
The days of the legendary late-night FM DJ are pretty much behind us...with one notable exception. Vin Scelsa
, whose radio career spans 43 years on six different New York City FM stations, has developed a uniquely passionate following through his free-form show Idiot's Delight
, which blends an idiosyncratic array of music new and old, commentary, and book recommendations
. For decades, Vin has used his on-air time to read entire chapters of books, wax philosophical, and add to his remarkable roster of guests
. Faithful fans
chronicle every aspect of the show
, archive past playlists
, and even create works like this very homemade but very informative and worthwhile Unofficial Documentary: Parts 1
. [more inside]
Behind the decks
, the biggest and brashest nightclub in Paris, the DJ
lifts her arms to the heavens
Waka Waka Hey Hey
- tracing a tune's spread across the world.
If you, like so many of us, are a fan of DJ Shadow's
legendary 1996 debut album Endtroducing
, prepare to get chills watching this nine-piece cover the record from beginning to end. Introducing: Introducing
The story starts in 1992 or so
, when the 14 year old Brit, Dominic Stanton
, bought turntables and started spinning early drum'n'bass. He transitioned from DJ to producer, made demo tracks, and got signed by age 17. He went on to produce broken beat*
and jazzy downtempo*
, even into the realm of disco edits. Then about two weeks ago, the 31 year old musician called it quits.
The point is that I am no longer Domu. He is a character, always has been, and as of Friday 13th November 2009, he no longer exists. Neither does Umod, Sonar Circle, Bakura, Yotoko, Rima, Zoltar, Blue Monkeys, Realside or any of the other names I put out music under. I am cancelling all my gigs and not taking any more. My hotmail is closed, my Twitter is closed and my Facebook is closed.
Furthermore, his website is closed and the original post of his farewell message is lost, though you can still view the cached version
or find it copied elsewhere
. Domu's website now simply states This really is The End . . .
Step inside for an abbreviated journey. [more inside]
, hip hop historian of a sort and an occasional writer
for Wax Poetics
, represents the old school of hip hop and lets others tell their stories on Hip Hop 101A
. From Eddie Cheba recalling his time as a top DJ
in the small world of hip hop in 1977, to the life of Sparky D
, who took up the good fight for UTFO
and started the Roxanne Wars
, one of hip hop's first rap battles. Read up on the fall of funk and the rise of Planet Rock
, and reminisce with Reggie Wells about the birth of hip hop
from black club deejays in Manhattan who were refining a slick style of talk over disco records to open hip hop jams in the park. As a bonus, Wells throws out a playlist straight from Club 371 (videos after the break). [more inside]
The "Bonus Beats
" tracks on 12" singles were used by DJ's to either extend the mix of the main track, or sometimes played within a dj mix on their own. One DJ mourns their passing
. [more inside]
The Tarantino Mixtape
from Eclectic Method
is not the first mashup
to cross the audio
copyright streams, but they are pretty good
at it.via the always excellent giavasan [more inside]
Metafilter is certainly no stranger to music mashups
, or even live music mashups
, but a few artists are taking things a step further with live music and video mashups. Not prerecorded mashups of live music and video, but live performances of DJs (often calling themselves "VJs") mashing up music and video together on the fly. [more inside]
Four Hours of Free Funkiness Filter: Pretty Lights [more inside]
- 2 Many DJs (Soulwax) mixes the intros of 420 songs in 60 minutes. Ad-tastic direct mp3 download link.
does his thing
can listen to
of his mixes
are available for download. Dude
even digs Obama. [more inside]
cut records, but not just any records.
Responsible for cutting the actual vinyl master plates of much of the now revered Detroit Techno
including Jeff Mills, Carl Craig, Underground Resistance's seminal Knights of the Jaguar
, and much more - he demonstrated impeccable craftsmanship and skill in both mastering records for sound and aesthetics at company known as Sound Enterprises source link
AKA National Sound Corporation. Schooled in Motown, dubplates and jukeboxes
, he is the bespoke-crafted, analog link between the digital future and analog past that is the roots of Techno music and modern techno DJ culture. [more inside]
Mixed With Love: The Musical World Of Walter Gibbons
: "This tale begins with a skinny white DJ mixing between the breaks of obscure Motown records with the ambidextrous intensity of an octopus on speed. It closes with the same man, sick with Aids and all but blind, fumbling for gospel records as he spins up eternal hope in a fading dusk. In between, Walter Gibbons transformed the art of DJing and marked out the future co-ordinates of remixology." [more inside]
Nardwuar The Human Serviette
. Who is Nardwuar
? Nardwuar is a singer, DJ, VJ
, record label impressario
, and patriot
. Perhaps most infamously
though, he is an interviewer, and it is there his true genius
shines. Nardwuar has interviewed everyone from Snoop Dog to Jean Chretien (it was in fact Nardwuar who got Chretien to utter that famous line about pepper
). [more inside]
Suddenly, a man in a vintage hat rides up, hip-hop blaring from a glowing Plexiglas container shaped like a tropical fish set above the back wheel of his bicycle, control lights flashing. Fossil Fool, a rolling rapper from San Francisco who rides the college circuit preaching the benefits of peddling, grabs his microphone, cranks up the volume and starts to rap.
Paul Freedman, aka Fossil Fool
, is one of the founders of Rock the Bike
, which makes Soul Cycles -- bicycle-based, often human-powered hi-fi and PA systems
-- for "playing clean, powerful, uplifting music at street festivals and off-grid parties
." RTB recently made a mobile DJ booth
for Austin's DJ Manny; here's how.
Attention, party-throwers: In 2008, you may well be able to rent or borrow a Soul Cycle
for your own shindig.
DJ Sara and DJ Ryusei
is 8 years old. Ryusei
is 5 years old. I reckon maybe those are papa's hands working the platter and fader in this
clip? Also on the vinyl tip, and coming at ya outta Japan, the SOUNDWAGON
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