Saturday, July 25, 2009
DJ Requests: Translated...
Basically I'm going to translate what people are really saying when they walk up to a DJ at a club and request music. Ready, aiiight let's go.
Request: Jeremiah "Birthday Sex"
(One R Kelly is enough per lifetime.)
Means: Hey, can you kill the dancefloor, make everyone stop dancing so I can commit a PDA with my boyfriend / girlfriend and make everyone uncomfortable?
or... Hey, can you make everyone stop dancing so we can all stand around akwardly for about 5 minutes.
Request: Nelly Furtado
Means: Hey, I'm really only 12 years old and I want to get drunk and hear my song before security finds out my I.D. is fake.
Request: Hey man, play some classic Hip-Hop.
Means: I'm over 30 and I want to prove to my friends that I can still do the running man and the Kid 'N Play kickstep.
Request: Play some T.I.
(How come this man doesn't know how to wear a hat?)
Means: I like songs that go "AYYYYYYY!" and when the song goes "AYYYYYYYY!" I like to pump my fist in the air and go "AYYYYYYY!"
Request: Play some T-Pain.
Means: I'm tone deaf.
Request: Play Lady GaGa
Means: Don't you just love "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance" as much as I do?
Footnote: If you are a male and straight you have no business pumping your fist to Lady GaGa and singing along.
Request: Hey man, do you have any "real" Hip-Hop.
Means: I will be leaving this club alone.
Request: Play some Akon.
Means: I'm really tone deaf and I like to sing along.
Request: Play some Kanye West.
Means: I hate music (and books apparently).
Footnote: If the requestor is dressed like Kanye when he makes the request it's okay because he's just preparing for his role as Theo in the updated stage revival of The Cosby Show.
Means: I used to really love DeGrassi High.
or I like songs that sound like Lil' Wayne but aren't by Lil' Wayne.
Request: Master P
Means: I think it's 1994.
Request: Beyonce "Single Ladies"
Means: You hate me.
Means: You're awesome.
Now before we wrap up this installment I have to make a couple comments about club fashion. I am a male so feel free to correct me on this but:
If you wear a backless dress and or top isn't it tacky to have your entire bra showing?
FauxHawks are dead.
Colored fauxhawks and deader.
Colored fauxhawks with a gotee and an Ed Hardy-esque shirt, deadest.
I love you all.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Books are where people keep knowledge, ideas, memories, emotions, past lives and the love of language. Through the invention of written language, one can commit complex emotions and ideas to paper, preserving them for as long as the words survive. You can make your mark, you can express your ideas, they will survive, untainted and pure, immortal, as long as there is someone there to read and experience them. The act of reading is meditative, it teaches patience, but that is also subjective.
In centuries past people were more patient than our society is today, because that was just how life was, no television, no movies, no internet. To gain knowledge and entertainment you had to prolong the payoff. Knowledge took research, entertainment took a commitment, to read is to invest time into a process, you're not watching a half-hour sitcom or reading a tabloid full of gossip, a book might take hours, days, maybe weeks to complete, but in the process you absorb subtleties, nuances and complex emotions that require patience and commitment to absorb and enjoy. This all translates to beauty. The process is just as important as the outcome, the journey is where the rewards come from. In a sense you are "stopping to smell the flowers."
As a consequence of our high tech lifestyles we expect instant returns on anything we do. We no longer require patience and as a consequence, our society and our art suffers. Sure our scientists, now, are light years beyond our ancestors in technology, but that doesn't mean that we as a society are smarter, it means that THEY are smarter. The separation between the "haves" and the "have-nots" grows everyday, not only in monitary wealth, but in spiritual and intellectual wealth.
This, in my opinion, is no accident. The more illiterate we are as a society, the easier we are to control. The less we expect from our art and entertainment, the less we will be given. The less we know about politics, the easier it is for politicians to take advantage of us. It's all relative. We as a people have been in a steady state of de-evolution for centuries. If students today had to take Latin and Astronomy they would lose their minds, most people in society today can only read on a Jr. High School level. Reading frustrates them, therefore they don't learn, don't grow and become easily positioned mannequins for control and exploitation.
I'm not saying you can't watch silly movies or read fluff-pieces in the paper, we all need to turn our brains off in order to stay sane. However, we need to turn them on too. We need to learn patience, to enjoy the journey, the process, not to focus solely on the end, but to realize that the knowledge and reward are attained on the road to the end. We need to stop being so obsessed with youth, your life isn't over after High School, it's just beginning, so live damnit!
As a DJ and musician I see this daily. The most popular songs on the radio and in the clubs are basically nursery rhymes and jumprope songs over the most primitive of arrangement and melody. They are the most basic of ideas and emotions and sure, some of them are catchy, some of them are fun, most of them are crap. The quality control is gone, people don't demand greatness, so they don't get it and in the process they devolve. It effects every aspect of society.
Sexism, racism, ignorance, war, greed... all products of ignorance.
I'm not saying you can't have fun. I'm not saying you can't have your guilty pleasures. I'm not saying there isn't room for everyone. Just make sure there really IS room for everyone and make sure you take in more than just mental junk food. Being intellectual is fun, keeps you from being bored, makes you fun at parties and grows your sense of balance, awareness and humor...word.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Here's another couple from the DJ4AM vaults. Volume 1 & 2 of my "Dig" series, highlighting classic funky Jazz and spiritual grooves. V.1 contains tracks that have been pretty famously sampled, V.2 does get a bit deeper.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I made these mixes a few years ago to highlight some of my favorite experimental 70's dontempo soul.I mixed them with a lot of ambient noise and record static...
DJ4AM presents "Rainy Wednesday" Volume 1 & 2...enjoy.
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(original cover circa 2004)
Monday, July 20, 2009
...somehow this just feels right... more than right... it feels like everything.
this is how everything feels...
someone (coralcola) made a near perfect summertime mix... and it makes me feel like everything is exactly as it should be in the world.
(found this on the lemur blog)
I've been a fan of "Screw Music" (the Houston based legacy of slowing down music) for a few years now. I recently found that peeps were slowing down all kinds of music, it really gives it an eerie quality. So I gave it a whirl.
Instead of "Chopped & Screwed" or "Slowed & Throwed," I call my take "Slowed and Surrealed." It's less of a DJ mix and more of a production experiment (slowed, flanged, bassed and reverbed).
DJ4AM - Slowed & Surrealed 1:
The Flamingoes "I Only Have Eyes For You"
Jimi Hendrix "...Electric Ladyland"
Bob Marley "Slave Driver" (Jamaican Version)
Prince "The Beautiful Ones"
The Doors "Indian Summer"
R.A.M.P "Everybody Loves The Sunshine"
Lenny Kravitz "Black Girl"
The Notations "I'm Still Here"
The Tequniques "Love Is Not A Gamble"
The Deftones "Teenager"
This is some real late night hype, downtempo for the end of the world (Le Fin Absolute Du Monde).
Get U Some!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Not only for me, but all of the future children that your "song" will no doubt "inspire" into existance.
(If this becomes the new "birthday song" I will officially retire from society, move to the mountains, hunt squirrels for food and use large leaves as bathroom tissue).
Oh and... "Oh yeah..."
Thanks to DJ Platurn for the heads up...