Thursday, February 26, 2009


Huggs put me on to this nice little soundtrack by Satyajit Ray, who had a chill career as a director - only 37 films. Also composed scores for most of them, wrote fiction, published books and worked as an advertising art director. Also he was a pimp as you can tell from this photo. Feeling these tunes, whole thing's only 8 mins long, only wish it was longer.

Satyajit Ray - Charulata (The Lonely Wife)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Ben Liebrand

Ben Liebrand must be a really nice man considering all the dope shit he's done over the years. Dude used to do mashup type remixes back in the 80's that were dope as fuck and also hosted a monthly radio show since the early 80s called the Grandmix, comprised of all his own edits and remixes. Apparently, he was a major influence on Olav Basoski (right down to his look, I guess...), who used a lot of the same cut-up techniques in his 90's filtered discohouse (yeah, one word...) as Ben did over a decade prior.

Here's a Grandmix from 1983 . Only 72 tracks:
01. Intro Grandmix 83
02. Am/Fm - Natascha King
03. Just Be Good To Me - S.O.S. Band
04. New York, Ny - Nina Hagen
05. Let's Stay Together - Tina Turner
06. Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - Indeep
07. When Boys Talk - Indeep
08. All Night Long - Lionel Richie
09. I Like Chopin - Gazebo
10. Sucker DJ's (I Will Survive) - Dimples D.
11. Rockit - Herbie Hancock
12. Jam on Revenge - New Clues
13. Get It On - Spence
14. Too Shy - Kajagogoo
15. The Crown -Gary Bird
16. Get The Money - Valerie Oliver
17. Let's Dance - David Bowie
18. Take me to the top - Advance
19. Good Time Superstition Medley - Clubhouse
20. You Are In My System - Robert Palmer
21. It's Alright - NV
22. Hip Hop Bebop - Man Parrish
23. Magic Wand -Whodini
24. You Are Beautiful - Chic
25. Hey You - Rock Steady Crew
26. Play that Beat (Mr. DJ) - Globe & Whiz Kid
27. Feel The Drive - Doctor's Cat
28. How About It - MDMC
29. Where Is My Man - Eartha Kitt
30. Holiday - Madonna
31. Something Special - Steve Harvey
32. Get Down Saturday night - Oliver Cheatham
33. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
34. Valley Style - T. Sky Valley
35. Let The Music Play - Shannon
36. On The Upside - Xena
37. In The Bottle - C.O.D.
38. What I've Got Is What You Need - Unique
39. Activate - Sharon Redd
40. New Dimension - Imagination
41. Making Music - Gary's Gang
42. Thriller - Michael Jackson
43. Hypnotic Tango - My Mine
44. Takin' it Straight - Corey Josias
45. Dolce Vita - Ryan Paris
46. I.O.U. - Freeez
47. I Love How You Feel - Sharon Redd
48. Let No Man Put Asunder - First Choice
49. I Love You - Yello (sample)
50. Love Game - Pure Energy
51. Walkin' on Sunshine - Rocker's Revenge (sample)
52. Weekend - Class Action (sample)
53. Last night A DJ saved my life - Indeep (sample)
54. Get on out of my mix - Dolby's Cube (sample)
55. In the bottle - C.O.D. (sample)
56. Wanna Be Startin' Something - Michael Jackson
57. Weekend - Class Action
58. Happy Station - Fun Fun
59. Happiness - Cuba Gooding
60. In The Name Of Love - Sharon Redd
61. Burn It up - Risque (rhythm loop)
62. Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
63. Owner Of A lonely Heart - Yes
64. Primitive Desire - Eastbound Express Way
65. Blue Monday - New Order
66. Get The Balance Right - Depeche Mode
67. So Many Men - Miquel Brown
68. Searchin' - Hazell Dean
69. Party - Julius Brown
70. My Forbidden Lover - Tapps
71. Vamos a la Playa - Righeira
72. Boys come to town - Earlene Bentley
73. Living on Video - Trans-X
74. Grandmix 83 Blast-off

A couple stinkers, but not more than 2 or 3, and then mostly classics. I play like 70-80% of these, early in the evening, on a weekly basis. There's a couple lesser known GEMS on here like the Cory Josias. Fuck whatever, just download it. I guarantee it will grow on you (like a goiter) after the 15th minute.

Here's my favourite Ben Liebrand remix. It's a remix of Miko Mission's biggest hit, How Old Are You? Miko Mission is from Finland and used to play ringette with the Top Billin' dudes.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Audio is kinda shite, but watch this shit. How have I not seen this before? I love how Rick James takes homeboy to court for like 4 1/2 G's. Fuckin...hahahahaha...

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Joe Cuba RIP


Gilberto Miguel Calderon, 22 April 1931, New York City, New York, USA; of Puerto Rican parentage. Calderon, who was a salesman by day, played conga with the Joe Panama Quintet, whose other personnel were: Panama (leader/piano), Jimmy Sabater (timbales/vocals), Willie Torres (lead vocals), Tommy Berrios (vibraphone) and Roy Rosa (bass). In late 1954, the pianist, composer and arranger Nick Jiménez replaced Panama and Calderon took over leadership. At Panama's instigation, the musicians' union prohibited the use of his name, and acting on a promoter's suggestion, the group became the Joe Cuba Sextet. Latin music historian, Max Salazar, has cited singer/composer Willie Torres and Nick Jiménez as pioneers of the use of English lyrics in Latin music. Joe Cuba is credited with pioneering the "Latin Boogaloo" sound.

Joe Cuba's Mambo - Joe Cuba Sextet

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

ARMAND in the early 2000s

Ok - now Armand Van Helden in the 1990s amassed a discography worthy of a full career. He became a dance music deity with tunes like Witch Doktor, his remix of Professional Widow by Tori Amos, Funk Phenomena (which was the biggest tune of 1997 - following Da Funk in 1996 and Flash in 1995), Flowerz and You Dont Know Me.

But the purpose of this post is to focus on some of my faves from his early 2000s discography. And to point out that almost 10 years ago he was doing what everybody else (and I mean everybody) is doing now.

In 2000 he released the full length entitled Killing Puritans which included the smash "Koochy" (a big tune in the early days of Hai Karate), as well a Full Moon with Common - a disco hip house jam which also got alot of play in the club. Those records still sound great - dude has always been way ahead of the curve.

Here is a lesser known tune from the record called "Hybridz" - and sounds a LITTLE bit like "Touch Your Toes" from 2008.
Armand Van Helden feat. Mongloids - Hybridz
Dude has hip house locked down. Shit.

In 2001 he released "What Can't you Free Some Time?" on 12". This also got more than a few spins at Hai Karate:
Armand Van Helden - Why Cant you Free Some Time?

In 2004 (FIVE YEARS AGO!) AVH released My, My, My which is more in the style of his current stuff.
Armand Van Helden - My My My (Original)

Anyways - what a guy. Armand Van Helden - he makes the dance records and he makes them great. So recognize motherfuckers, and danse.


Looking at the Onion's Year in Band Names (highlights: Fecalized Rectal Sperm Spewage, 3 Piston Ass Hammer, Fag Cop) got me thinking about (former editor of Big Brother) Dave Carnie's made-up band names. A few personal favorites:

Ham Sale
HOV (Hot Ostrich Vagina)
General Nancy
Particular Fondness For Whimsy
Scotch Egg Fart
Li'l Mechanical Robot Niggas
Pizza Snake
Face Eating Pony

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Muggs at work in '93

via CrateKings

Monday, February 16, 2009

Here's a link to Ricky Gervais' blog. Apparently he's been doing it for about a year (who knew?). It's pretty damn funny. Enjoy. Also happy Bday to my little sister!

Sunday, February 15, 2009


Doug, Daryl and Dennis Dragon riding this groove into the sun. Nice soundtrack to a baked Sunday afternoon in the mountains. Thanks to DJ Food and the Ninja Tune camp for showing it the light of day... in 2007. I must've been asleep.

The Dragons - Food For My Soul


Turns out Randy Moller, journeyman NHL enforcer from the 80s, now the announcer for the Florida Panthers, is one hilarious dude.

via Mishka Bloglin

Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine's Day

Just the loneliest day there is. No big deal. I'll probably end up spending it the same way I do every year. Jerking off with a vibrator in my mouth. Weeping.

Here's a nice song:

Cyber People - Void Vision

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

D'you like to (pause) MOVE IT?!

How's your collection of 90s dance mp3s? Hit up the 90s Singles blog to round it out. It runs pretty deep. They're 192kbps... is that decent?

Also here's a horrid clip of Capital Sound performing live on Musique Plus (Quebec's version of MuchMusic) in 1994. It's truly awful. Enjoy.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Q Tip

Q-tip was on Ellen last week - doin his own dang.

The new record sounds good.

I remember the first time I heard ATCQ was in 1990 when I was on vacation with my family in Los Angeles. I went to a record store and they had a PERSONICS machine. So I made a mixtape with a bunch of rap tunes which we had heard on the radio in LA that week (Rap was hard to come by in the nether regions of Canada at that time). For some reason I threw "I left my wallet in El Segundo" on there and it immediately became my favorite chune on the mix.

Here's Q-tip is his young prime rapping on this classic JB's cut:

The Jungle Brothers (feat De La Soul, ATCQ, Monie Love, Queen Latifah) - Doin Our Own Dang

Woo Ee Ah Ah

Lux Interior (1946-2009)

Monday, February 2, 2009

Green Velvet

Here's a old pic I found from 1999 of me and Green Velvet. We were djing a rave in Seattle. He was mad cool and a legend even back then. The picture was taken at the Howard Johnson Motel by a girl who said she was an exotic dancer.


Flash came out in 1995 and no other club records could fuck with it. It basically held the title until Daft Punk's Da Funk came out the following year.