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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Big Tings a Gwan!

Halloween Session!

This coming Friday I'll be sharing the stage with a few local legends of the Barcelona DJ scene, DJ Panko (Ojos de Brujo, Lenacay, Electrorumbaiao,) DJ2D2, Guille de Juan (Playtime) and our host Professor Angel Sound for "Night of the Zombeats" at Trip Club!  Trip Club is his baby and the Professor has been bringing great talent to town every Friday: Nightmares on Wax (Warp Records,) Silicone Soul (Soma Records,) Pete Herbert and last Friday Miguel Puente.  The venue, El Molino, is a really beautiful club and goes until the wee hours...

Friday, October 31: 11:55pm - 5:00am, Trip Club at El Molino.
C/Vila i Vilà, 99; 08004 Barcelona (metro L3 [Red]/L2 [Purple] Parallel) Tel: +34 93 205 51 11

For inclusion on the guest list you only need to put your name and number of people accompanying you on the event wall.  The list is valid until 2:00h. If you're not on the guest list or arrive after 2:00h, entrance is 15€ including a drink or 12€ if you come in costume.  Event page (in Spanish)

The following Friday will be exciting as well! 

I will be spinning alongside more excellent local talent, DJ Millie (celebrating her birthday that evening,) Fred Guzzo & LeMarquis!  Mr. Guzzo & LeMarquis are the first DJs I'd ever heard spinning jazz (the O.G. stuff, e.g., Art Blakey, Horace Silver) as dance music!  I'd read about the London "Jazz Dance" scene for years, but by the time I made it to London, the big names had moved on to other music and most of the venues were long-gone.  My first experience with this happened at Harlem Jazz Club afterhours in Barcelona.  After residencies in Soul Club and Cafe Royale, Fred has his own spot, Guzzo.  If you haven't been there yet, this is a great reason to stop by!  The room is amazing, the staff is wonderful and of course the music is top-notch!  Years later I met DJ Millie laying down some great soulful, deep house grooves.  She also plays the foundation music for that style as well (i.e., soul, jazz/funk.)  "London Connection" is an appropriate name for this event as Ms. Johnson hails from there and is bringing one of our DJ heroes: Patrick ForgeDa Lata (band,) Cosmic Jam (radio show,) Dingwalls (the club-night was officially called "Talkin' Loud and Saying Something") and Rebirth of Cool (compilation series) are all things of which Patrick is or has been a part.  I'm supremely happy to be a part of this event!

Friday, November 7: 8:00pm - 3:30am, London Connection at Guzzo.Plaza Comercial, 10; 08003 Barcelona (Metro L4 [Yellow] Barceloneta) Tel: +34 936 67 00 36

FREE Entry!!  Music policy: Worldwide baby! Dress code: Dancing shoes and smiles!
See you there!
Event Page (English & Spanish.)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Saturday Brunch!

Back in Barcelona this Saturday for a Brunch Session at Dos Trece!  From 1pm til 5pm there are bottomless mimosas, great food and marvelous music!

Below is a recording from the last session I did there.

If you can't see the player, this is what it sounded like last time:

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sample This (Something Else! Radio for 9/23/14)

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Among with the usual mix of new and classic tunes I've included a short tribute to the man pictured above, Joe Sample.  He is most known for his work with the (Jazz) Crusaders, but has worked with people as varied as Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis and Michael Franks.  The Average White Band tune "Put It Where You Want It" is a cover of Joe's tune written for the Crusaders and the Michael Franks track "Chain Reaction" is another Crusaders song.  Mr. Sample passed away recently and has been a very influential person in my musical development.

Take a look at a couple videos where the man speaks for himself.

Something Else! Intro - Dj T-Bird
Stop War, Make Love - Omar
What Is This? - Sergio Mendes
Dream - Shankar Family
Put It Where You Want It - Average White Band
Spiral - Crusaders
Chain Reaction - Michael Franks
Grandma's Rocking Chair - Olli Ahvenlahti
Ska Trek - Tackhead
Breathe Easy - Ivaylo & Slammer feat. Renate
Trains Over Broadway (Pezzner's Native Language Rework) - Sleazy McQueen
The Game - Mega Jawns
All Gone feat. Fi McCluskey (Boogie Balo Remix) - Josh Caffe & David Newton
Love Attack - Brooklyn Classic

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Boom Boom Selection (Something Else! for 8/25/14)

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Something Else! Intro - Dj T-Bird
Grief - FaltyDL
Sexed Up (Brother In Arms Remix) - Thomas
Boom Boom Selecta - My Neighbour Is
Word Sound & Power - Mikey General
Lima City Life (Edit) - Maxey Blaze
New Name - Jah9
Demolition House - Tackhead
Potikoro - Nakany Kanté
Cars - Cookin' On 3 Burners
Captain Thunder - Hugh Gledhill
Bhangra V (Samuel Tegaro Remix) - Black Masala
Peace of Mind (Raw Deal Mix) - Intuit
Love Is Freedom - Luka
B.W.F.A. (Sharper Image Remix) - Christy Love

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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

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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!