Ani DiFranco

On my way back to work from lunch I had the radio tuned to WUNC 91.5 FM when they were playing The Story and specifically their bit on Caffe Lena, a coffee shop in Saratoga Springs, New York that many folk singers got their start in, including Ani Difranco, who they interviewed. They played parts of her song "Both Hands". I've been aware of Ani DiFranco for a while but not heard much of her stuff. Well. Her song gave me goose bumps.. Her voice is precise and subtle and beautiful and her use of the acoustic guitar, for this song, is just perfectly simple. I will be checking her out now. I'll start with her eponymous debut album (even if I can't pronounce eponymous) which features "Both Hands" on track 1.

Progressive Mix 3.0

I am still not happy with my beat matching skills but I was mixing on Friday for a few friends and one of them requested a copy of this mix so I redid it. It is what it is. I will keep practising and get better.


1. Petter - These Days
2. BAYER, Andrew - Distractions - Movement 4 (original mix)
3. Jimmy Roqsta - I'll Meet You There
4. Dave Goethels - Known
5. Marten Fisher - Vinyl Warning
6. A BALTER/EITAN REITER - second chance
7. Ray McPhoney - dark crevice
8. The_Big_Mountain_-_Moon_Explorer_(original_mix)
9. Marten Fisher - paper plane
10. 16 Bit Lolitas - cold energy
11. Mammutgroove - Ancient Kalahari - Tony Casanova Remix
12. Jose_Sandiego___Ismael_Del_Valle___Joseph_Grenada_-_Take_Me,_Anda

Star Slinger is great music

I was listening to Spoons on WKNC last night and he played this hip hop track remixed by Star Slinger who I've never heard of before. It was hot so I googled him and found his soundcloud page. I ended up buying two EPs which included remixes by him and downloading another two tracks directly from his sound cloud page. Here are the four tracks that I really liked:

hip hop track I initially heard on WKNC (free download):

Childish Gambino - Freaks and Geeks (Star Slinger Remix) by Star Slinger

The beginning of this track reminds me of The Tough Alliance

The Morning Benders - Cold War (Star Slinger Remix) buy & support japan by Star Slinger
EP that includes the above track is available here

nice chill song (free download):

H-Town - They Like It Slow (Star Slinger Refix) by Star Slinger

Gold Panda - Marriage (Star Slinger Remix) OUT MARCH 1st by Star Slinger
EP that includes the above track is available here

Live from Bada Wings in Raleigh, NC

The second set I've done! You may remember my first set from August. This set was done at the Bar at Ba-Da Wings on December 3rd, 2010 for Uzoma's Birthday celebration. Check out Uzoma's mix and AndriusB's set from the same night. Thanks to AndriusB for recording this set and hosting it on his podcast

Happy Birthday Uzoma!

01 – The Good Natured – Be My Animal
02 – Metric – Gold Guns Girls
03 – Royksopp – What Else Is There (Thin White Duke mix)
04 – Yazoo – Don’t Go (Todd Terry Freeze Mix) (127 bpm)
05 – The Good Natured – Your Body Is A Machine (Baby Monster Remix)(134 bpm)
06 – Kid Sister – Big n Bad (130 bpm)
07 – Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence (Phil Monnerat 2009 remix) (126 bpm)
08 – Lady Gaga vs Eurythmics – Just Dance vs Sweet Dreams (Prydz mix) (127 bpm)
09 – Dave Aude, Tall Paul – Common Ground feat. Sisely Treasure – Original Mix
10 – Sascha Ries – Catfoot (Original Mix)

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Fisher Price: My First DJ set

Well I finally did it. Friends had been asking me to start DJing in the past and after Uzoma started DJing at our local watering hole Ba-Da Wings, I asked if I could DJ with him. So I did a set of Indie, electro, house and tech house (kind of in order). I forgot to record it the actual night of, but here is a set I recorded as practice a few days before. The mixes aren't amazing.. but I had fun and will probably keep doing this whenever given the opportunity. Thanks to all my friends at Red Hat and outside of Red Hat who came out. Thanks to Uzoma for letting me spin with him. Thanks to Tanner for letting me use his Kontrol DJ MIDI controller and his Firebox soundcard.

Pinback - Non Photo-blue [150 bpm]
Passion Pit - Little Secrets [99 bpm]
Tori Amos - Professional Widow (Armand’s Star Trunk Funkin’ Mix) (128 bpm)
Animal Collective - Brother Sport [133 bpm]
Phoenix - 1901 (Build Remix) [130 bpm]
Luna City Express - Met Harvey in a Bar [125 bpm]
The Tough Alliance - Neo Violence [130 bpm]
Passion Pit - Sleepyhead (Streetlab mix) [115 bpm]
Delorean - Stay Close [131 bpm]
INOJ - Time After Time [131 bpm]
Cut Copy - Feel The Love [125 bpm]
Royksopp - What Else Is There (Thin White Duke Mix) [123 bpm]
Forteba - Dizoxin (original) [123 bpm]
Tojami Sessions - Jazzbox (Music) (124 bpm) (loop at 1:16:06)
DJ Yellow - Ending of Time (I’ve been watching you) (125 bpm)
Lukas Greenberg - Prisoner In a Club (Attention Musiqe) (125 bpm)
Orbital - Halcyon & On (Dom Kane 2007 remix) (128 bpm)
(length 1:18:45)

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Liquid Drum n Bass set by Greg Benz

I cannot recommend this Liquid Drum n Bass mix too highly. I have been loving it for the past week or two. Part 1 is tech/prog and it is good too, but part 2, the DnB mix is just soo uplifting. I love it. Go get it:

Ultraviolet - Kites and Simon Dupree and The Big Sound - Kites

I first heard heard the Kites song on Sasha and John Digweed - Northern Exposure which includes the cover by Ultraviolet - Kites (Fantasy Flite Part One). On Northern Exposure it is the seventh track on the first CD, North. Earlier today I got an email from my good friend Phillip Zucchino with the message

Thought you might find this interesting =)

There was an mp3 attached as well 612 Simon Dupree & The Big Sound_Kites.mp3

It was Simon Dupree & the Big Sound - Kites which is apparently the most well known version of this song, originally written by Hal Hackaday and Lee Pockriss. I didn't make the connection yet that this was the same song as on Northern Exposure. Back when Phil and I were living together in college I had shared a copy of all my favorite Sasha & John Digweed mix CDs from the 90s, so he was very familiar with the track too.. I'm still not sure how he came across this but it's cool so I thought I'd share it with others. Maybe you know the Simon Dupree & The Big Sound version but not the Ultraviolet cover, or maybe the other way around.

Chris Liberator - Acid Techno Mix

I have been on a hard techno/acid/trance/NRG kick lately and wanted to share the first mix I found during this kick.

After doing a little research searching out techno and acid I learned about Chris Liberator who has been doing hard techno and acid over in Europe forever, or so it seems.

One of the things I find about hard techno is that it can easily get too monotonous. Apparently it is just too irresistible for techno DJs to spin an unrelenting percussive bang out session which makes me think they must only be spinning to people on amphetamines or worse. I try to stay away from that (the percussive monotony, not the amphetamines). Anyway this first mix by Chris Liberator is not like that. It has ups and downs and it has small building melodies on top of the banging beats. As a bonus it includes a couple of tracks ready for use in your next DJ set. Check it out:

soundsurfer - fading echoes

Ahh such a nice chill Drum n Bass mix I found wile listening to

Orange n Blue - Clockwork Orange [CIN003]
Mykra - Chimes [FOKUZ013]
PBK - Marslayers [CAMINOCD001]
Tidal - Gemini Force [ADV001]
Pariah - Re-United [SDDB104]
Pacific Heights - The Sorcerer [FRRCD03]
Big Bud - A way Of Life [GLRMA001LP]
Matizz - Soul Spectrum [CAMINODIGITAL001]
Soultec & Joey - In to you [dub]
JCB - Embracing Solitude [CIN003]
Tidal - The Abyss [dub]
Lamb - Gorecki (Global Communications rmx) [LGGC1]
Drum Origins - Mystical Fields [FOKUZ001]
Seba - Your Deepest Love [SECOPS008]

192kbps, 1:04:33

Post Rock

I was first introduced to this genre of music on WKNC 88.1 FM here in Raleigh on the Post Rock Block (Sundays 6-8pm). The things I notice and am attracted to in the genre are the long tracks with a strong emphasis on melodies with tension, release and progression. It doesn't hurt that some of the bands that get tagged with this label also incorporate a lot of electronic instrumentation (Metavari). Also, these bands do not use any vocals which is appealing when you just want to get lost in the melody and not distracted by an over powerful singer.

If you're a fan of Progressive house or trance and also a fan of rock music like me you may find that this is an incredible combination for your tastes. Definitely check out Metavari if the last sentence applied to you.

I distinctly remember being a passenger in my roommate's car driving by Snoopy's on Hillsborough street turning left onto Gorman and hearing "Railroad Cancelation" by Don Caballero. Since then I've been tuning in most Sunday's. Here are some videos from some of the tracks I'm currently enjoying..

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