My First Mixer .:Mar 10 09:.
I was on ebay the other day got bored and got nostalgic. I looked to see if I could find my first mixer and sure enough there it was.
Back in the day the only place you get a mixer that I knew of was at Radio Shack, the flea market or at the beat shop. Needless to say this mixer was pretty wack with no crossfader. Realistic did have a mixer with a crossfader. I found that one too on ebay:
This one was twice as much as the cheap one I had. We didn't have much money back then so all we could afford was the cheap one. DJs these days are spoiled. I had my cheap Realistic mixer in 1988 over 20 years ago.
Monday Jazz .:Mar 10 09:.
About a year and a half ago, I got this email from a guy name Paulius
from Monday Jazz, asking if I'd be interested in making a mix for their
site. They're based out of Vilnius, Lithuania. I guess they got a
hold of one of my mix CD's somehow. Anyway...I was happy to oblige,
and they actually have a bunch of great mixes up on their site. Check
them out at mondayjazz.com.
A link to my mix is down below, as well as their most recent one from my boy Nerstylist out of Union City. The third one is from one of HGB's favorite beatsmiths, Joe Beats. Click to listen; right click and "save link as" to download.
Kutiman: Kutting It .:Mar 09 09:.
Peep this link. http://thru-you.com/
Kutiman engineers a bunch of unrelated youtube videos together to compile 7 tracks. They're all fresh, but 7 is probably my favorite. You can easily follow the original samples that were used in these videos.
Such a sick concept, simple, creative, turning a media site into a canvas. I'm sure we'll start seeing more of these.
Kutiman is a one-man show from Isreal who usually brings his friends to improve his sound. It's a fusion of afrobeat, funk, heavy psych, reggae, rnb, and general groove. His album seems timeless and fits many moods. Below are some tracks from his album.
Bambu aka Buck Taylor .:Mar 07 09:.
Check out my man Bambu on this Vimby tip. Don't sleep on his new album
...exact change... ish is hard. you can also pick up the Native Guns
wax, cd and Bam's I Scream cd at www.freshcrate.com. Rumor has it that
a Supa Koopa/Bambu collab is in the works... guaranteed to be HEAT!
Monk .:Mar 05 09:.
Below is some advice from jazz great Thelonius Monk, in the form of
some notes transcribed by Steve Lacy, who played with Monk in the
'60s. I think there are some valuable nuggets in there for all those
musically-inclined. My favorites: "Just because you're not a drummer
doesn't mean you don't need to keep time" and "A genius is one most
Click on the image below to view it full size:
The Bay in 2 Days .:Mar 04 09:.
Existence 76 and Argonaut came up to the bay last weekend for various reasons, and to kick it with Romali, Daeta, and myself, and to support KIDRAGON at his gig at the "4 One Funktion" at the Elbo Room in the city. First day into the trip, we met me up in Berkeley at Amoeba to pick up some wax. I found this one for Romali...but he didn't seem to be interested. Go figure.
Day 2 - Checked out the "Cut & Paste" digital design tournament. Think of it like a big B-boy battle like Freestyle Session or B-Boy summt...but instead of B-boying...they are doing digital design. 2D, 3D, and motion graphics. It was pretty interesting. That's Existence 76 on the right workin' the "Dough D". The poster was designed by my boy Nam.
Next stop was Elbo Room in the Mission. Elbo Room is my favorite bar in the city (so far). They always have great music playing there. That night KIDRAGON killed it. Check the blog below or on his page for more on the event.
No such thing as a 24 hr. taco shop in Fremont...or carne asada fries...had to settle for Denny's. Recorded a podcast the next day. It's the last one on the player on the podcast section of the site if you want to check it out. (Argonaut, Daeta, Existence 76, Jo_iLL, Romali)