Music: Kid ‘n Play

housepartycoverOne of the top rap duos I listened to growing up in the 1980s was Kid ‘n Play.  I remember watching House Party on VHS and jamming to “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody.”  Sway in the Morning does in-depth interview with the rap duo on the past, present and future of Kid ‘n Play.

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Legions of Boom! The Filipino American DJ Crews in SF/Bay Area

legionsofboomcoverBefore the MC Jins, Far East Movements and Asian American YouTube music stars, there was the Filipino American music movement in 1990s.  Of course, I should mention the Pop/R&B music groups and artists like Pinay, Kai, Once Vo1ce, Jocelyn Enriquez, Buffy to name a few, but in the genre of DJing – no one dominated with likes of DJ Q-Bert, Apollo and Mixmaster Mike.  They were stars internationally, around the globe mixing and scratching on two turntables.  Published by Duke University Press, author Dr. Oliver Wang takes us on a historical journey and ride in Legions of Boom:  Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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World DJ Sessions: Cape Town, South Africa

mixmagcapetownIf you ever wonder what type of dance music is trending around the globe?  Well this program World DJ Sessions takes you there.  A collaboration between UK magazine Mixmag and tequila maker Olmeca will bring 8 mega dance events featuring the top DJ’s locally.

The first episode of World DJ Sessions takes us to Cape Town, South Africa, where the hottest DJ Culoe De Song is mixing it up.  House fans you listen to this set!

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Addiction to Vinyl Records: Dust & Grooves

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Just like sneakerheads who painstakingly collect kicks, photographer Eilon Paz side hobby is collecting vinyl records.  Then he had a idea of globetrotting around the world to find vinyl collectors and to tell their story.  Dust & Grooves is a coffee-table book that collects 416-pages of full frame photos, over 130 interviews with record collectors, 12 full interviews, and a foreward by RZA.

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EDM Festival Tomorrowland Graphic Novel

tomorrowlandOne of the great yearly weekend music festivals these past few years takes place in Belgium – the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) Festival known as Tomorrowland.  Now dance fans and comic book aficionados come together in this genre mixing story Tomorrowland from writer Paul Jenkins (Wolverine: Orgin).  Originally printed as a 4-issue mini-series this past summer 2013 by Titan Comics, now we get the whole saga in one volume in this hardbound trade – Tomorrowland.  It’s like Glastonbury getting its own graphic novel!  Tomorrowland follows DJs Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike on their DJ gigs as they battle evil from other dimensions on this cosmic/portal opening/spiritual/metaphysical journey to save Earth!  It’s kind of like the anime The Super Dimension Fortress Macross and Macross Frontier (or Macross Plus, or just whatever Macross incarnation/reboot you prefer) as the heroine uses her singing prowess to stop war and save the universe.

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Tracklist 1 – Epic Stadium-Masher: 1. Armin van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie – This Is What If Feels Like [Audien Remix], 2. Zedd feat. Hayley Williams – Stay The Night [Extended Mix], 3. Adventure Club – Do I See Color [Dubstep Mix], 4. NERVO – You’re Gonna Love Again [Extended Version], 5. Coldplay – Every Tear Drop Is A Waterfall [Swedish House Mafia Remix], 6. Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch – Sweet Nothing [Extended Mix], 7. ATB feat. Ramona Nerra – Never Give Up [Club Mix], 8. Filo & Peri feat. Eric Lumiere – The Anthem [John O’Callaghan Remix, 9. David Guetta feat. Usher – Without You, 10. Armin van Buuren & DJ Shah feat. Chris Jones – Going Wrong, 11. Alice Deejay – The Lonely One [Hit Radio Mix], 12. Ian Van Dahl – Will I [UK Radio Edit], 13. Benny Benassi feat. Kelis, apl.de.ap & Jean-Baptiste – Spaceship, 14. Kaskade feat. Rebecca & Fiona – Turn It Down, 15. Avicii – Levels [Extended Version] and 16. Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child [Extended Version].

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Sights, Sounds and Music Thru Tokyo

japanTake in the sights and visuals of Tokyo with music and sounds remixed by musician and video artist Kutiman.

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Enter the world of Atmosphere by Kaskade

kaskade atomsphere“America’s Best DJ 2013” Kaskade just dropped his latest album – Atmosphere.  Pick up the album @ iTunes – the Deluxe Edition features 13 tracks, 1 Atmosphere remix track and included Atmosphere music video.

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Go Back to School with Adidas x Run DMC

run dmcThe Adidas Unite Originals is back with a new collection this Fall/Winter 2013 with collaboration with iconic rap group Run DMC, DJ A-Trak and Adidas.  1,000 Limited Edition Superstar 80s sneakers kick-off this collection and an assortment of hoodies, sweatshirts and sweatpants will round out this collection.

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Numark’s Latest Mixtrack Pro II is Here!

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With the growing popularity of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) in recent years, everybody wants to be a DJ now – and even Paris Hilton (I won’t post any video links because it’s just tragic, but if you are curious, you can find the clips on YouTube.)!  Now back to the subject at hand, Numark made a super popular beginning all-in-one DJ USB controller – the Mixtrack Pro in the past and it was a hot seller.  The company just released it’s latest earlier this month with the Mixtrack Pro II.  For me, I think this is a great starter set for anybody wanting to know more about DJing and having friends over a house party.

MSRP:  $300.00USD

For more info, go to:  Numark Mixtrack Pro II.

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UMF 2013: KASKADE FULL MP3 Download

If you weren’t able to attend Kaskade’s appearance at the Ultra Music Festival (UMF) 2013 then the EDM DJ star uploaded his full DJ jam session on his YouTube channel.  It’s pure stadium dance bliss.

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Sennheiser Momentum Headphones

The Momentum is the latest from Sennheiser and this is definitely one of their higher end headphones. From the first look, it does remind me of the interior of a luxury car – from the tough, breathable, sweat resistant leather headband, to their soft, leather earcups for wearing comfort, this headphone is elegantly designed.

MSRP:  Est. $350.00USD

For more info, go to:  Sennheiser Momentum Headphones.

Sol Republic x Deadmau5 = Sexy Headphones

EDM star Deadmau5 collaborates with headphone maker Sol Republic.  These funky fresh headphones were designed by artist Joshua Davis and the end result is the Deadmau5 Tracks HD On-Ear headphones.

MSRP:  $149.99USD

For more info, go to:  Sol Republic x Deadmau5.

Wanna hear some Deadmau5? Here’s a recent selection – “Professional Griefers” feat. Gerard Way:

Kaskade’s Freaks of Nature Tour

If you haven’t been able to attend Kaskade’s Freaks of Nature Tour here in North America, then check this video out by Kaskade’s YouTube channel:

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Interview with DJ/Producer Steve Aoki

steveaokijumping2012Check out this clip of Steve Aoki – he’s one heck of a talented guy who’s got some very interesting things to say about music and spirituality.  Of course the music in the background is thumping and clips from his shows just permeate with excitement and energy, but you can tell that this guy loves his job.

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Music: Kaskade BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix

Kaskade BBC Radio1 Essential Mix

Whenever the subject of good music comes up – I think of Kaskade.  He’s the hottest DJ/Remixer/Producer on the planet right now.  I love his big stadium sounds – he knows to how get people onto the dancefloor.  Kaskade was recently on BBC Radio1’s Essential Mix program and he did an amazing 2 hour set.  Check out the Playlist Set.

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