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Not Another Haiti Post…

It’s fairly unnecessary to recap the events of Haiti’s devastating earthquake last week, in yet another tedious blog post. I’m sure you’ve heard the news by now (and if not, turn to a more credible organization for your facts, not a blog.) Truth is, the details of the ‘quake don’t matter nearly as much as the actions we take to help support the relief efforts.

We all wish we could jump on a plane and go volunteer, but those official guys keep saying the best thing we can do is donate. So, let’s donate…but how? Personally, I’m not too keen on the whole ‘Text to Donate’ deal, partly because I think AT&T are shiesters, and partly because there are much cooler ways of doing it. Here are a bunch of awesome ways you can donate:

Etsy Shop for Haiti

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Etsy has teamed up with DoctorsWithoutBorders to create an Etsy shop of all donated items. 100% of the profits go to support DoctorsWithoutBorders relief efforts in Haiti. If you have items you would like to donate to the shop, send an email to etsyforhaiti [at] gmail.com for a copy of the donation guidelines. Click here to visit the Hearts for Haiti store.

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Mix of the Month


2010 is but a few weeks old and already we’ve seen the release of a number of really bangin’ mixes. My favorite thus far is a tech-house mix from D.C. duo Nadastrom. Originally posted as a promo mix for New York monthly Flashing Lights, which includes Fool’s Gold’s Nick Catchdubs, Night Shifter’s Jess Jubilee and The Rub’s DJ Ayres.

Direct D/L from The Rub website
(tracklist after the jump)
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Idioma

It was about two years ago that a friend and I, suffering from some mid-20s angst, decided to rent a giant SUV, drive up to Point Reyes (pic above), get high on mushrooms and “figure things out.” One thing we figured out is that Point Reyes is extremely cold. Another lesson was that driving giant, rented SUVs while high on mushrooms is kind of amazing (and maybe kind of dangerous, sooo… ummm….).

The soundtrack for that day was Broadcast – Tender Buttons. If I were to do it again (and don’t worry, I won’t), I might choose something like the new track “Landscapes” by Tim Paris project Idioma.

It’s that perfect ephemeral, atmospheric track that can make staring out your window into a profound experience. DFA’s Shit Robot has also contributed a tastefully drummed-up remix that thankfully leaves much of the original production alone.

Mellow out y’all:

Idioma – Landscapes

Idioma – Landscapes (Shit Robot remix)

White Mike

Caligula

If there’s one thing Americans love, it’s 1st Century Roman-style orgies. It’s that unique mixture of old world hygiene, sex slaves and exotic STDs that you just can’t find at your typical contemporary “sugar party.” No one understands this better than bicoastal production team Caligula, made up of sometime San Franciscan Vin Sol and weirdo production duo Skin & Bones.

Their debut single “The Countdown” dropped on iTunes at the end of ’09, and is now available all over the innertron. Buy here.

Here’s a sample (abbreviated tracks):
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The xx

Oh hey, have you heard of these guys??

Okay well…. a couple new remixes have come out of late that you can add to your collection and they’re not bad. The first is a disco edit from Grand Theft — one half of Canada’s bottle service duo Team Canada. Second is a simple edit of the melancholic “Stars” by Skinny Friedman of The Philadelphyinz.

Who says dancing and crying can’t coexist?

The xx – Crystallised (Grand Theft remix)

The xx – Stars (Skinny Friedman edit)

– White Mike

Shiny Toy Guns

LA-based and Grammy-nominated electropop act Shiny Toy Guns this past month released a remix album entitled “Girls Le Disko” that compiles the best of their remixes over the past few years, including reworkings by Boys Noize, Evol Intent and Kissy Sell Out, as well as trance names BT and Ferry Corsten.

Nadastrom and Hervé have more recently jumped on the bandwagon and spread their vocals over some ear-splitting electro goodness. LA duo Classixx also goes in, this time abandoning their typical synth-ey disco style for something with more wobble.

You can buy the album here. Enjoy:

Shiny Toy Guns – Rainy Monday (HervĂ© remix)

Shiny Toy Guns – Ricochet (Nadastrom remix)

Shiny Toy Guns – Starts with One (Classixx remix)


– White Mike

Be Prepared: New Years and the SFPD

NYE Promoters and Venue Owners:

According to the CMCA (California Music and Culture Association), tonight the SFPD and the ABC are going to be focusing all of their efforts on NYE parties and events. They have planned a ‘zero tolerance’ policy on any ‘breach’ in conduct. This will be patrolled by both uniform and undercover cops. The CMCA is encouraging venue owners to “…carefully monitor the conduct of your patrons and of your employees.”

If any incident occurs, try to film it. This is the best evidence against improper patrol techniques used recently by the SFPD. If an incident occurs, fill out the form below and make several copies before the night is over.

DJ’s, VJ’s, Performers etc:

If your property gets seized, here are the steps you must take to get your equipment back:

  • Go to 850 Bryant Street, 2nd floor, room 101.
  • Get a form called Order to Show Cause [Why Property Should Not Be Returned] and fill it out. (You don’t have a case number yet, but you’ll need the police report number and list of property taken.)
  • Take the form to Department 18. (If you go from 9 to 10:30, the judge is not on the bench, but the Clerk is there. Tell them that you want to get seized property back. The Clerk may take the form from you and tell you to come back the next day, or tell you to wait to see the judge.)
  • The Judge will sign the form and give you a court date.
  • You will pick up the signed form, probably the next day. You’ll need at least 5 copies of it. There isn’t a place to do this at the Hall of Justice, though you can ask at the Clerk’s Office. You may have to go across the street to a bailbonds place.
  • Take the form to Room 101 and give it to a clerk to file it. They will stamp all the copies.
  • Take one stamped copy to the Police Department at room 475.
  • Take one stamped copy to the District Attorney’s Office at room 322.
  • If you can, get in touch with Attorney Ronnie Wagner, who handles these matters for the Police Department. Her number is (415) 553-1147. (Be very nice.)
  • Tell her why it is a hardship for you not to have your property and ask if she can get the stuff back to you before the hearing date. If not, wait for your hearing date.
  • Show up. Court doesn’t start until after 10A in Department 18, though it will tell you to be there at 9. When they call your case, if there is no opposition from Ms. Wagner or the DA’s office, you will get your stuff back that same day. Bring photo ID, and if you have it, proof of ownership.

(Thanks to Jennifer Garnick of the Electronic Frontier Foundation)

INCIDENT REPORT FORM V 1.2
GETTING YOUR PROPERTY BACK

Be safe, be aware, and have fun ringing in the New Year!

-Testarosa

New Year’s Eve w/ The Projects

Happy New Year from The Projects!

The Projects’ DJs will be active in helping you ring in the new year with a couple of fantastic parties.

First, White Mike will be playing the classics along with some current radio and indie dance jams at Beauty Bar. Cover is $10 and comes w/ free champagne:

Next, for those going all night, The Projects joins a huge promotional team to present a monster sunrise party at Manor West. The Projects’ DJs Shane King and Nisus: The Movement are featured alongside a massive line-up.

RSVP for $10 entry here. Not to be missed!

In the spirit of our millenium’s first decade ending, I’ll leave you with a Best of ’09 mix put together by one of my favorites, Smalltown DJs. Perfect for your NYE pre-party:

Download here (direct d/l).

Tracks:

1) While you wait for the Others – Grizzly Bear feat. Michael Macdonald
2) Just ain’t Gonna Work Out – Mayer Hawthorne
3) Stillness is the Move – Solange Knowles
4) Dominoes – The Big Pink
5) Nothing to Worry About – Peter, Bjorn & John
6) No You Girls (Grizzl Remix) – Franz Ferdinand
7) So Insane – Discovery
8. The Sticky – Black Moth Super Rainbow
9) Lizstomania (Classixx Remix) – Phoenix
10) Psychic City – Yacht
11) Blood Bank (Skinny Friedman edit) – Bon Iver
12) Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
13) Animal (Mark Ronson Remix) – Miike Snow
14) Shelter (Them Jeans Remix) – The XX
15) Cruel Intentions – Simian Mobile Disco feat. Beth Ditto
16) Walking on the Moon (U-Tern’s Kris Menace blend) – The Dream
17) Bulletproof – La Roux
18) One Life Stand – Hot Chip
19) Rain Dance – The Very Best feat. M.I.A.
20) You Got the Love (The XX Remix) – Florence & The Machine
21) Night by Night (Skream Remix) – Chromeo
22) Pursuit of Happiness – Kid Cudi feat Ratatat & MGMT

Have a safe and happy new year’s!!

– White Mike

Them Jeans

LA’s favorite big and tall DJ Them Jeans (Banana Split, Cinespace Tuesdays) today dropped this drummed up edit of one of my favorite recent tracks from Baltimore’s Beach House. Perfect for a melancholic winter Sunday like today. Also included is his edit of “Shelter,” which is my after-after party track of the year.

Enjoy:

Beach House – Zebra (Them Jeans edit)

The xx – Shelter (Them Jeans edit)

– White Mike