Wow! This is the same guy who recorded early Bob Marley & The Wailers tracks before reggae even existed yet, and then went on to help define reggae and dub throughout the ’60s and ’70s with his band the Upsetters.
Our fave electronic musical instrument blog, Music Thing posted a tribute to today’s date that doubles as a tribute to the boominist drum machine around, Roland’s vintage TR-808 Rhythm Composer. The machine became so ubiquitous in certain musical circles that it’s been referenced in song lyrics, song titles, and even band names. Check out Music Thing’s list: Today is 808 Day ->
The list includes one of DJ Flack‘s fave tracks, Boom Like an 808 by Blaque:
Hi folks, got a new mix of all my fave up-to-the-minute juke – bassline – ghetto – step – sleaze – rave – core nonsense. Lots of exclusive / upfront stuff from myself, my label-mates, and some other assorted pals. (PS to said label-mates & pals–thanks!)
Oh, and this is really, profoundly not-safe-for-work in a couple of parts, so be forewarned.
Hi everybody! I’ve been away for a LONG, LONG time…sorry about that.
Anyway, I just picked up this new Cocoa Tea 7″ called “Barack Obama”, and it’s pretty adorable. To be honest, I am kind of really tired of the Obama sales bonanza that I see going on in my demographic–I mean, I love the guy and fully intend to vote for him, but when I walk into Urban Outfitters (my first mistake) and see no fewer than FOUR different Barack Obama t-shirt designs for sale, I shudder a little bit.
NEVERTHELESS, I thought this nifty Obama-themed steppers joint from dancehall legend Cocoa Tea was cute as hell. Enjoy.
Cocoa Tea; Barack Obama (VP Records)
This McCain attack ad equating Obama with Britney Spears and Paris Hiltion is hilarious!
First of all, I don’t know about Paris, but Britney was a Bush supporter. Is the ad trying to say Obama is a stupid blond bimbo like the one who voted for Bush before? Wow!
Second, the ad is practically an endorsement of Obama. I mean they’re saying he’s the most popular guy in the world and then questioning whether he’s ready to lead. It’s quite obvious from the images in the ad that he’s already leading.
The one infuriating part of the ad is the claim that Obama will increase our dependence on foreign oil. That’s a classic Republican attack machine lie.
Right now we could increase the fuel efficiency of our cars to 43 miles a gallon, and if we increased the fuel efficiency of our cars to 43 miles a gallon then we would have to import zero oil from the middle east. That is something that we could do right now.
Some of you may have noticed I’ve been using Twitter to micro-blog during my mini-tour, but in case you missed that, here’s a recap of my tour in the form of a tweet log.
with added commentary
09:38 AM July 18
DJ C tour kicks off tonight @ the Enormous Room in Cambridge @ Pan Am w. Baltimoroder (Heartthrob)
11:31 AM July 18
On the bus having a chat with a woman who migrated from Jamaica in ’68 about mili’s “my boy lollypop.”
06:46 PM July 18
Ah! Central square in the summer! Its good to be back.
Now with outdoor sidewalk seating at restaurants and bars! Talk with pan-handlers while sucking down some muscles in white wine garlic broth.
03:46 AM July 19 Enormous room is my fave club/lounge/bar in the world. Good peoples! Big up to baltimoroder for hosting and rockin’ the house.
04:54 PM July 19
Watching outdoor roller derby in providence.
Providence Vs. New Hampshire in NH’s first battle. Providence won. The main downtown plaza has an outdoor roller rink!
08:37 PM July 19
Most diverse crowd ever! Providence, RI.
infants to elderly, every color, gay and straight, poor and rich; literally, this was one of the largest cross sections of society I’ve every seen mingling together at the same event. This all while listening to bands/DJs and sipping on micro-brew beers.
10:05 AM July 20
The Water’s on Fire! Party in the tunnel at Indie Arts Fest in Providence went off last night. Good sweaty fun!
I had a great time-slot at the fest, spinning in the tunnel just as the last Indie Arts Fest. band came off the main stage at one end of the tunnel, and the WaterFire fest. was kicking into high gear at the other. This made for a full tunnel of folks ready to get down, and that we did.
I’m getting ready to head out to Baltimore tomorrow for a visit with my man Gregzinho (of Beat Diaspora fame) before my gig in Silver Spring, MD on Friday night. I normally couldn’t be around B’more without ruminating on that city’s club music which has been such an influence.
Now I won’t be able to be there without thinking of B’more’s club queen, DJ K-Swift. She died Monday after a swimming pool accident and the Baltimore club scene is reeling. She’s been a mainstay in the the scene since the early days, and for the past 10 years had been spreading the B’more gospel as a high profile radio personality on Baltimore’s Q92 station.
As a female DJ, K-Swift was rare in the male-dominated scene she loved. She took club music’s raw and raunchy attitude by the horns and worked it. In honor of her life, I’ve made this little remix using an acapella from one her Club Queen albums. Club on, queen!