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DJ Excel

Ol’ head DJ Excel of Philly’s Skratch Makaniks crew is one of those rare DJs that possesses both insane turntablist skills and the rare ability to rock any party. After regrettably missing Edan’s set last week at SOM’s Change the Beat party (which was apparently unbelievable), I’ve been rabidly devouring classic hip hop sets in […]

Not Another Haiti Post…
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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Caligula
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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Hollertronix #10

This week marks the release of the final installment in what has been one of the most consistent and interesting remix series of the decade. Flipping the brand that he and Low Budget had built off of their legendary parties at the Ukie in Philadelphia, Diplo’s vinyl (and now digi-) releases have featured an eye-popping […]

Lee Mortimer

Choosing a DJ name can be hard. While first starting out as a DJ, selecting a name that will represent you while still sounding “cool” can seem of far greater import than learning anything related to the mixing of two songs. Many choose to assign themselves a name based on some abstract concept, a la […]

Hook N Sling

Sydney-born DJ Hook N Sling — having held residency at Ibiza’s legendary club Space and released mixes commissioned by Ministry of Sound — is probably better known to the big room, festival crowd than to the average music blog reader. But despite these apparent knocks against his hipster cred, he seems to have a taste […]

DJ Zinc

Hey remember Drum N Bass? That was awesome. And even the most casual Drum n Bass listener will remember DJ Zinc’s DNB anthem “Super Sharp Shooter.” Well now after taking a year off from producing, the former DNB icon has followed pretty much everyone else in abandoning the genre and is reinventing himself with a […]

Mike the 2600 King

Friends are always surprised when I tell them that hip-hop actually began in Minnesota. And even more surprised when I tell that that’s not true and I just made it up. One man very familiar with hip-hop’s alleged birthplace is Land O’ Lakes resident, Mike the 2600 King. Coming off the success of the first […]

Maluca x Toadally Krossed Out

Today we look at two new artists on the Mad Decent label. First, New York native Maluca should be making waves in 2010 with her unique blend of cumbia, juke, rap and club music. Her first single “Tigeraso” created a lot of excitement when it debuted this past summer and she has since been remixed […]

Tiga Interview Tiga: Ciao! Means Forever

So much in electronic music takes it’s self so seriously. Blah blah detroit, this one time at Berghain newest upand comingwhatever. Going to the club should make you laugh like the first time you got through the door with a fake id. Tiga knows this and has found in himself the douchiest character that comes […]

U-Tern

So, last night I was hired to play the Christmas party for the local office of a major corporation and was happy to discover that traditional Christmas music in their company culture is the alternation of the Black Eyed Peas with Lady Gaga. Here was a conversation that repeated itself throughout the night: “So what […]

Laptops and Your Rights: Founder Meeting Tonight!

Tonight, join hundreds of San Francisco industry professionals as we not only celebrate the retrieval of Justin Martin and Matthew Higgins property, but take a serious look at we can do regain power, fight the police, and unite as one community in the San Francisco entertainment industry. The California Music and Culture Association is holding […]

Sticky K

11.30. Cyber Monday. When I first heard mention of this apparent holiday, I assumed that the “cyber” in Cyber Monday must refer to a certain deviant behavior that I had discovered in various internet chat rooms as an adolescent. The thought of an annual revival of that phenomenon on a mass scale got me excited, […]

LOWCLUB

Saturday night, Lights Down Low returns with headliners LOWCLUB of Tone Records. This French duo has been quietly churning out burners for the past few years and their tracks have found their way into the sets of such luminaries as Erol Alkan and Kissy Sell Out, among others. Also performing will be LDL regulars Sleazemore […]

Sabo

DJ Sabo from New York, manager of Turntable Lab, head of the Sol Selectas label and friend of the Tormenta Tropical crew here in The City has put out one of my favorite mixes of the year on the XL8R8R podcast. Sabo combines dubstep, cumbia, house and afrobeat, as well as some of the tracks […]

Edan’s Echo Party

Edan came out with a mix last week called Echo Party and it’s pretty wild. From the Stones Throw website: “Edan was given access to the Traffic Ent. Group’s back catalog of old school rap – labels like Magic Records, Chocolate Star, P&P among others – and asked to create something new out of it, […]

Joker

This Friday, Bristol’s own dubstep prince Joker headlines what should be a warbly and bass-filled evening at 103 Harriet. Local favorites Lazer Sword and Mophono provide support. Joker (who is probably my favorite dubstep artist at the moment) has blown up internationally over the past year and still has yet to reach his 21st birthday. […]