Archive for January 2013

Performing A Saturday Night DJ Gig at Orlando’s Li’l Indies

January 28, 2013

Last Saturday, I played a DJ gig at Li’l Indies, located in Orlando. Also, it exists right next to Will’s Pub. Will’s own Li’l Indies.

DJ Stone Crazy

I forgot the memory card for my Canon Rebel.  So, I used my iPhone for pics.

Monique Philly (the black woman in the pic) was celebrating her birthday, the main purpose of my gig.

Monique and friend

Just like Monique wanted, I played a mixture of punk, disco, soul and rock.  Most of it was seventies and  eighties music.  She didn’t want any rap, the first time I heard this coming from someone black.  Well, at least, I found the opportunity to play Skinny Puppy’s “Hexonxonx”  and Ministry’s “Stigmata”, industrial music songs I normally don’t play during gigs.

Some friends came by.

Keith Gregson

Keith Gregson

E.R. Jess AKA Butch

Butch

Trevor Frasier

Trevor

I didn’t attract a huge crowd.  Yet, the crowd remained steady.  Truth be known, it was one of my better Orlando Saturday night gigs.  Sometimes, only two to five people show up on these particular gigs.

When I played Debbie Deb’s “When I Hear Music”, some folks kept saying roller skate music.  Back in the 80’s, that song always played at Semoran Skateway in Casselberry, located not too far from Orlando.

I followed Debbie Deb with “Diamond Girl” by Nice and Wild, a group I saw at the now-closed Scatz.

I saw Debbie Deb there too.

The folks in the following two pics remained with me nearly all night.

couple

cutie

Towards the end of the night, a crowd of rock listeners entered.  One of them was a dude I remembered from Lake Howell High School.  I also seen him sing in local bands.

David Minshew

David Minshew

After posting that pic on Facebook, David wrote this comment.

David Minshew comment

I ended the night with “Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Joy Division.

I enjoyed myself.  Hopefully, I can play at Li’l Indies again sometime soon.

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Vinyl Night XI

January 27, 2013

Last Tuesday night, the eleventh vinyl night happened at Little Fish-Huge Pond.

Vinyl

For new readers, Little Fish exists in Sanford, a forty-five minute drive from Orlando.

News of the World by Queen

Queen's News of the World

Released in 1977, this rock classic contains three hits: “We Will Rock You”, “We Are The Champions” and “Spread Your Wings”.

Queen's News of the World

I’m sure everyone recognizes “We Will Rock You”.  They may not know the name of the song.  Yet, they definitely would recognize the stomping and clap beat.

Stomp-stomp! Clap! Stomp-stomp! Clap!

Beverly Hills Cop Soundtrack by Various Artists

Beverly Hills Cop Soundtrack

Released in 1984, the Grammy-winning soundtrack to the same-named movie contains five hits: Patti LaBelle’s “New Attitude” and “Stir It Up”, “The Heat is On” by Glen Fry, “Neutron Dance” by The Pointer Sisters and “Axel F” by Harold Faltermeyer.

Some of the people danced as this album played,especially when “Neutron Dance” played.

I’m just burning doing the Neutron Dance!

Around about this time, someone asked do I take requests.  I don’t mind them.  Yet, I don’t carry many albums with me.  I agreed to play the next upcoming album.

Tracy Chapman by Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman

Released in 1988, the debut folk album contains the top ten hit “Fast Car”.

As this album played, the same person who made a request earlier wanted to hear something else.

(With shit like this going on, I just might as well bring in the laptop and play MP3 music.)

I told her to look through the records as I went to the bathroom.

When I came back, the young lady had already switched the Chapman album for an album I played last week.

Ice Cream Castle by The Time

Ice Cream Castle by The TIme

I already wrote about this in a previous blog.

I only played the uptempo songs from it,

When I first started the vinyl nights. I knew sooner or later, someone was going to fuck with my record player.  Also, I knew the person doing that was going to be white.  Why white?  Because I know some people are just that arrogant to think they can fuck with someone else’s shit.  Yet, I wasn’t pissed about this when it finally happened.  Besides, the young lady apologized and later tipped me.

Emergency by Kool and The Gang

Kool and the Gang' Emergency

Released in 1984, the album contains three hits: “Misled”, “Fresh” and “Cherish”.

Because all three hits were on side 1, side 1 was the only side I played.

Romance 1600 by Sheila E

Sheila E Romance 1600

Released in 1985, the album contains the hit  “A Love Bizarre”, a song I still love to this day.

Two of my personal favorites are the title song and “Toy Box”.

At this time, everyone was on a funk groove.  I didn’t want to play the next album.  I wanted to wait for a special night.  Yet, I was running out of soul and funk albums.  So, I played it anyway.

Off The Wall by Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's Off The Wall

Released in 1979, this funky masterpiece contains four top ten hits: “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough”, “Rock With You”, “Off The Wall” and “She’s Out of My Life”.

To this day, I still play songs from this album.

Side 1 is the funkier side.  After playing “Off The Wall” on Side 2, I went to the next album.  One that I played last week,

Conscious Party by Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers

Ziggy Marley

I wrote about this one in a previous blog also.

I was the only with records tonight.  Yet, I believe other people will bring some in.  Despite some annoying picky people who never appreciate shit, I think most folks enjoy the vinyl nights.

Vinyl Night X at Little Fish

January 19, 2013

Last Tuesday, I hosted the tenth vinyl night at Little Fish-Huge Pond in Sanford, Florida.

Conscious Party by Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers

Conscious Party

Released in 1988, the album contains the hits “Tumblin’ Down” and “Tomorrow People”.

Nothing against Bob Marley’s other sons.  Yet, I have always been partial to Ziggy.  Besides, Ziggy had his attractive sisters in his group.

Conscious Party

Once in awhile, I include “Tomorrow People” in my DJ sets.

Midnight Love by Marvin Gaye

Midnight Love

Released in 1982, it contains the hit “Sexual Healing”.  Everybody knows that song.  I wonder how many children were created during that bad boy.

After leaving Motown, Midnight Love was Gaye’s first release on Columbia records. Also, this was his last album before his death.

Like a Virgin by Madonna

Like A Virgin

Released in 1984, Madonna’s second studio album contains four hits: “Angel”, “Dress You Up”, “Material Girl” and “Like A Virgin”.

Like A Virgin

I’m not going to lie.  I had thing for Madonna.  Yea, I knew about stories of her being “sexually adventurous”.   Still, when she sings “Dress You Up”, I feel as if she’s singing to me.

By this time Matt Hughen entered the building with records.  The next three are his.

From Here to Eternity by Giorgio Moroder

From Here to Eternity

Released in 1977, this electro-disco album contains three hits: “From Here to Eternity”, “Too Hot to Handle” and “First Hand Experience in Second Hand Love”.

From Here to Eternity

“From Here to Eternity” sounds like two other Moroder songs.  First, “I Feel Love”, a song he produced for Donna Summer.  Then, “Chase” a song from the Midnight Express movie soundtrack.

Yet I still enjoyed the album.

Included on the jacket sleeve is advertisement for the film The Deep, a successful film produced by Casablanca.

the deep

Casablanca released Moroder’s album.

Drop The Bomb by Trouble Funk

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Released in 1982, it contains the one jam I never forgot, the title song.

Can we drop the bomb?!  Drop the bomb! Can we drop the bomb, yall?!  Drop the bomb!

It also contains “Pump Me Up”, a song sampled by many hip-hop artists.

Trombipulation by Parliament

Parliament

Released in 1980, this funky album didn’t produce any hits.  Yet, many folks may recognize the song “Let’s Play House.”   Not for the song itself.  Yet, for the song rap group Digital Underground sampled for their 1990 hit “Humpty Dance”.

After Matt’s three albums, I played the last one for the evening.

Ice Cream Castle by The Time

Ice cream castle

Released in 1984, I spent my allowance money on this bad boy.  It contains two hits: “Ice Cream Castles” and “Jungle Love”.  Two songs from the album were  in the movie Purple Rain: “Jungle Love” and “The Bird”.

A personal favorite is “My Drawers”.   This funky sucker really lets the world know why Jesse Johnson is one of the most underrated guitarists ever.

Ice Cream Castle

I can’t believe it.  The vinyl nights made it to number ten.  Ready to roll for next week.

Friends Cheer Me Up With Booty Pics

January 17, 2013

Recently, I went on a Facebook rant about Photoshopped booty, something I strongly detest.  For one thing, imagine a teenaged girl seeing a booty pic.  Now, she desires to own a booty like the one that isn’t even real.

I “borrowed” this image and posted it on Facebook.

fake booty

Seeing my booty rants, two buddies posted booty pics on my Facebook page.  They did it to cheer me up.

This one is from long-time friend Tony Cornell.

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This one was posted the other day by Greg Hayden, another long time friend.  Last time I seen a white girl with an ass like this, she wore a Mohawk and had red hair.

white girl with big booty

Gotta love friends.

Dear DJ, Why Do Other DJs Still Use Vinyl?

January 16, 2013

The other day, I advertised my vinyl night on Facebook.

Vinyl Night

Shortly afterwords, I received this message.  (For those that don’t know, my real name is Patrick.)

Why do other Djs sill use vinyl

Does vinyl sound better than MP3?  To some extent, it does.  Vinyl brings out the little things you wouldn’t notice on an MP3.  Yet, I do not miss the sounds of a scratched record or the crackling static you hear between songs.

On vinyl night, I enjoy playing the sounds of older music, which is what mostly gets played anyway.   Also, I enjoy patrons bringing in their records also.  I never heard the Sex Pistol’s Never Mind The Bollocks until Matt Cooper brought in.

Never Mind The Bollocks

When it comes to an album Daft Punk sampled, Matt Hughen brought  in Edward Birdsong’s Edwin Birdsong. (They sampled the song “Cola Bottle Baby”.)

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One more thing, I didn’t know Iggy Pop sung “China Girl” before David Bowie did.  Yet, a guy named David brought in the album Choice Cuts, a combination of two Iggy Pop albums.

Iggy Pop

Instead of the vinyl night being all about the DJ, i’t’s a night where folks share music with others.

Yet, I’m like Chris in the e-mail, why keep playing vinyl during regular DJ gigs?  Unlike me, this isn’t all about sharing sounds.  These are DJs who use nothing but vinyl  at gigs.  It reminds me of those who prefer film over digital.  True enough, film still owns an advantage over digital.  You can make bigger images off film than you can digital.  Yet, I do not miss having to constantly buy rolls of film.  Plus I don’t miss having to go the photolab just to see what my photos look like.  Without wasting money on film, I can immediately see what my photos look like with the digital camera.

Another thing, don’t hand me that bullshit about songs only being available on vinyl.  Technology exists where records can be turned into MP3s, even Wal-Mart sells it.

So why do some prefer carrying milk crates instead of carrying all the music on a light external memory?

Milk crates are heavy

Just like what I told Chris in the e-mail, some folks are just too damned lazy to update.

If the reader agrees or have a different view point, they are free to answer in the comments section.

A Fun Saturday Night at Downtown Orlando’s The Beacham

January 15, 2013

Last Saturday night, I headed to Downtown Orlando’s The Beacham.

Outside The Beacham

Mostly African-Americans patronize The Beacham on Saturdays.  Being black myself, I owned no problems with that.  Yet, get this: the DJ was a white guy.

The age thing was a different story.  Being someone over forty, I was hoping I didn’t stand out too much among the crowd of mostly twenty-somethings.  I just wanted to blend in and be left alone.

As the DJ played on the stage, a female hyped the crowd on the mic.  Two female dancers were onstage also.

Inside The Beacham

As I observed the young ladies, I kept thinking about the sexist lyrics of 2 Chainz’s “Birthday Song”.

All I want for my birthday is a big booty ho.

Plenty of 2 Chainz’s birthday women were in the place.  Well, I wouldn’t actually call some woman I don’t know a ho.  Yet, the big booty was definitely present.

Sometime during the night, a young white girl accidentally bumped into my foot.  She looked around 21, wore a black dress and was with another white female.

When I looked her in the eye, the young white girl winked at me.  It might’ve been just a friendly wink.  Yet, I could not get over this fact.  Out of all the women on this predominately black night, a white girl young enough to be my daughter is the one who winks at me.  Sometimes, I think nobody but me runs into these kinds of ironic situations.  Still, like I mentioned before, that might have been just a friendly wink, and nothing else.

Inside The Beacham 2

When I DJ, I play the whole song.  Yet, a popular trend is playing only parts of the song and move on.  When I first witnessed DJs doing that, I found it annoying. I’m more tolerant towards it now.

Tonight, the kids didn’t seem to mind the trend.

As I love most current hip-hop, there was one song I definitely didn’t want to hear tonight, that damned Trinidad James song.

Gold all in my chain/ Gold all in my ring/ Gold all in my watch…

I don’t know.  True enough, the song is addictive.  You can’t stop thinking about it.  Yet, when will hip-hop get tired of bling-bling lyrics?

For most of the time, I enjoyed myself.  I left before the place closed.  Yet, I could see my forty-something self coming back. By the way, I wasn’t the only old school dude there that night.

For a good time and seeing 2 Chainz’s birthday women, I would recommend going to The Beacham on a Saturday night.

Created a New Blog for Camera Phone Pics

January 13, 2013

Recently, I created a blog dedicated to my camera phone pics.

New Years 2013: behind the bar

I call it Stone Crazy’s Camera Phone Pics. (Click on the title to get there.)

Notice I use the words “camera phone” and not “iphoneography”, a current word for iPhone pics.  I avoided that silly-assed word on purpose.  You never know.  The iPhone may become obsolete.

The blog you’re currently reading shall remain mostly a DJ and nightlife blog, one that I plan to keep going.

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