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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Vamos A La Playa! (Something Else! Radio for 6/24/14)


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Tracklisting:

Noctilucent Clouds [Kasm Remix] (feat. SuhniSea) - Skyscaper
Invitation - Alister Johnson
Real Love feat Javi - Soft Touch
Pound Your Ironing Board - Mike Flowers Pops & Slang
Crystal Palace - Rude Audio
Um Toque (feat. Gabriel Moura) - Sonzeira
Onde vai dar? - NASCA
La Playa (Stereo 77 Remix) - Mr Bird
Disco Bump - DJ Smash
Give Me The Night (Los Chicos Altos House Dub) - George Benson
Ducket$z -  Galaxians
Thriller -  Richie Phoe
Camioux (Biggabush Version) - Boozoo Bajou                   

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Friday Gig and New images!


Above is one of the new images I was sent by the "Master of Disaster Behind the Lens" aka Pepe Pujol Carabantes. My Photo page features shots he's taken of me.  His work can be quite stunning...


As previously mentioned, I have a gig Friday!  "Back In The Celler" at my favorite craft beer bar in the Born, Celler Ceres!  The tapas are quite delicious and I'm very happy to be providing the sonic ambiance.  If you're new to artisan beer, there is a taster tray (6 small beers for 9€) that was made just for you...  See you there! Friday June 6, 11pm-3am, Carrer dels Vigatans 13, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Friday, May 30, 2014

BCN to the MAD...




Just got back the other day from Madrid, Spain's capital city.  So many things going on all the time...

Thursday May 22, I took the AVE (high speed rail) and arrived in 2.5 hours--direct from Barcelona Sants (the main train station) to Madrid Atocha (main station.)  I arrived in the afternoon and (as usual) had plans to do a few things before my gig that night at La Huelga.  ...Long & short--hung out at the house and then went to the gig...

La Huelga is in Lavapiés, kind of a cool neighborhood in Madrid.  Reminds me a bit of the Raval in Barcelona, but my comparison is probably off...





It's usually a funk/soul sort of place, but that night it got "turnt out" as we say so "colorfully" in Los Angeles.  I started out following a compilation of blue-beat/rocksteady music from Jamaica with dub and mixed in latin, african, funk/soul and even quite a bit of house music...  Not bad for a Thursday, but I think next time I'll follow their advice and book myself for a Friday or Saturday.

Friday was a night off, so I went to check out my friend Marcos Boricua.  He played at an event that was amazing.  The music was great (as expected) and the venue was quite interesting as well, but really the thing that made the party was the folks who came.  It was really like the best party you could imagine at a friend's place...  I will try to get info to post about the event, but let's say at the least it is HIGHLY recommended.

Saturday night was a return to Bar Garaje in Getafe with Q-rro from Los Cuñaos Del Funk and new friend (to me at least) A Galan Called Angel of Groove Lee & Funk Norris.  Great mix of funk, soul, downtempo, house, disco, latin and such were played by all.  Much to my surprise, at 5:30 I was informed by a displeased patron that I needed to "pick it up" (i.e., the energy of the music) rather than "mellowing it out" as I had thought--we ended up blowing way past the 6am mark...  Let it be said that Getafe knows how to party!

Sunday night I caught up on some of my sleep...

Also, here's a few joints I copped on vinyl for the collection:
Smith & Mighty DJ Kicks

Nicolette DJ Kicks
Noiseshaper "The Only Redeemer"
Agent K "Ladies"Blackbyrds "Mysterious Vibes" Masters At Work/Joey Negro Remixes

Great visit, but now I'm getting back to the business of being in Barcelona...
Radio show coming soon!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Sonic Sorcery (Something Else! Radio for 5.16.14)

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Something Else! Intro
Te Kano - Sorceress
Downtown Drifter - Bryan Ford
Mind Made Up feat Kylie Auldist - Cookin' on 3 Burners
Cadence - Desmond Williams
Just Move - Third Coast Kings
Heart's Desire (Original Mix) - Sunlightsquare
Walking Wounded (Spring Heel Jack Dub Mix) - Everything But The Girl
Veil (Alexis Remix) - Big In Malta
Rated X (Doc Scott Remix) - Miles Davis
Don't Fret - Diablo
Ash (Kommune 1 Remix) - Clip!
Tears Run Dry (The Dimitri From Paris Dub) - Malia
Theme De Yo-Yo (Restless Soul Peaktime Mix) - Su-Paka-Pooh

Monday, April 7, 2014

Rocking With You (Something Else! Radio 4-6-14)


R.I.P. DJ Frankie Knuckles, the Godfather of House

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Something Else! Intro - Dj T-Bird
Congo Beat the Drum (feat. Major Mackerel) - Kalbata & Mixmonster
Mal Final (Rare Version) - Champa & Clagad 13
Dubble Trubble - 45prince
Girl feat. Lyric L & Jazz Bailey (4di Remix) - Pugs Atomz
I Don't Mind the Waiting - Omar
Heavy Love Affair (Smash Heavy healin remix 2014) - Horace Silver/Marvin Gaye
Rock With You (Frankie Knuckles Remix) - Michael Jackson
Sweet & Saccharine (Whiskey Barons Remix) - The Spandettes
Istanbul Disco - Company Freak
Tokyo Garden - Walter Jones
Can You Feel It - Mr Fingers



Monday, March 24, 2014

Tell Me A Bolivian Story (Something Else! Radio for 10-23-2014)


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Something Else! Intro - Dj T-Bird
You, Filthy Bastards! - Calibro 35
Bhangra V - Black Masala
Tell Me A Bedtime Story - Quincy Jones
Every Night (T-Bird ReTouch) - Paul McCartney
NY Is On Some Shhh (Video Dub Mix) - OBaH
Lost In Space (DJ Spinna dub) - Boston Rodriguez
Live From Vienna - Kbit
My Love ft. Jess Glynne (Extended) - Route 94
Pelican - Ivaylo
Tonight (OPOLOPO Boogie Bounce Tweak) - Kleeer
Up and In (Demarkus Lewis Remix) - Jason Mitchell
Adversity - Jasper Vibrant feat. Artsum
Bolivia (John Tejada Remix) - Daniel Troberg

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Zen Gardening (Something Else! for 3-10-14)


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Something Else! Intro - Dj T-Bird
These Seven - Kbit
Cavalier - Cuetec
Andre Leon Talley (Original 12 Mix) - Company Freak
C5 (Patchen's Yellow Fever Mix) - jdn
Love Glow - Luka feat Alison Crockett
LovestepTheme (Bass House Mix) - Daz-I-Kue
Happy - Speedometer
Misterioso (Featuring Giovanni Hidalgo & Jane Bunnett) - The Heavyweights Brass Band
Overseas call - Paul Mauriat Plus
Street Life (Moog & Scratch edit by Synapson) - The Crusaders
Nómada (Low Pressure Remix) - Indee Styla
Zen Garden (Ryoanji Temple Kyoto) - Tangerine Dream

When I was a kid one of the things I wanted to be was an astronaut.  I've always loved traveling and space has always been something that fascinated me, so I'm a sucker for tracks like Kbit's "These Seven" which uses bits from announcements about early space programs and even mentions one John H. GlennCuetec is someone I discovered because of Soundcloud.  He's from Berlin and often puts a nice sheen or gloss onto his tracks.  I almost don't want to know more about his production techniques because I'm a little afraid it would wreck my appreciation of what he does--it seems simple but beautiful.  I need to do my research on the namesake of "Andre Leon Talley," but it's a fun, retro-disco vibe that is a lot better done than a lot of tracks in this vibe right now.  There are lots of great remixes on this EP from Company Freak and I definitely plan to play more of them! "C5 (Patchen's Yellow Fever Mix)" by jdn is only one of several lovely tracks from their Night EP on Harmonious Discord--expect to hear more in the coming weeks.  South Africa is getting a reputation for making some great deep house and Luka is definitely part of that.  His Love Glow EP with US vocalist extraordinaire Alison Crockett is amazing, with the original version featured here and remixes by From P60 and sonic viking (conquering all in his path) Opolopo.  One of the main parts of the Bugz In the Attic/West-London sound is Daz-I-Kue who now calls Atlanta, Georgia home.  As a forbear of the music now called "bass" he's schooling the dubstep kids about the sound.  Pharrell Williams is indisputably a veteran hit songwriter/producer.  One of his more recent tunes of note is "Happy" which is featured in the movie Despicable Me 2 and is also on Mr. Williams' new album, Girl.  It has been so catchy that Freestyle Records' UK jazz/funk outfit Speedometer did a work-up of the tune.  Toronto's Heavyweights Brass Band takes the group outside the usual bounds of music for a group of this type with "Mysterioso"--a bit more of an afro-latin theme than the usual funking up of old standards or rock tunes (on album Brasstronomical, they also cover fellow Toronto band Rush's ode to their local airport, "YYZ.")  Frenchman Paul Mauriat Plus' "Overseas Call" sounds very much like a late 70s NYC session.  ...Because it is.  Many of the usual suspects of that time, Will Lee (bass,) Mike & Randy Brecker (sax & trumpet,) John Faddis (trumpet,) John Tropea (guitar) and even vocalist Gwen Guthrie are on the album.  "Street Life (Moog & Scratch edit by Synapson)" by The Crusaders is from the other coast (i.e., Los Angeles) but refreaked into something a bit more DJ-friendly (time-corrected & much shorter--the original version is over 11 minutes long.)  "Nómada (Low Pressure Remix)" by Indee Styla is Barcelona music with a Danish touch for the remix and the show wraps up with Berliner impressions of Japan, Tangerine Dream's "Zen Garden (Ryoanji Temple Kyoto.)"  While I'm not planning to be an astronaut any longer, I certainly travel enough with the sound palette...