Archive for February 2013

A Second DJ Gig at Orlando’s Lil Indies

February 28, 2013

Last Friday, I performed a DJ gig at Lil Indies in Orlando, Florida.

a guy in a bar wearing a goatee

After performing here before, tonight was my second time.

What I didn’t mention last time was Lil Indies being non-smoking.

Fram on top of a pole

Advantages and disadvantages exist in that.  The advantage? Clean air and no second-hand smoke.   The disadvantage?  Almost everyone outside smoking as you play to an almost empty bar.  This didn’t happen all night.  Yet, it can be annoying.

Friends showed up.

Stephanie Porta: One of Orlando’s up and coming person to watch.  She’s the director of Organize Now, a progressive organization fighting against injustice.

a brown haired woman

Trevor Fraser: a long time friend and local poet.

guy wearing blue epcot t-shirt

Crystal Buchanan: He family owns Best Used Books in Longwood.

woman in purple shirt

Charlie, Tod and a guy who’s name I never got:  Charlie is Crystal’s brother.  With Jorge Dovales, he was in the band Vomit Pop.  Tod and his buddy are dudes I always see at Peacock Room, a joint down the street from Lil Indies.  Plus Tod always helped me with sound at Peacock Room.

Three dudes at a bar table drinking beer

For the most part, I enjoyed myself.  Unlike last time, I played more hip-hop.

Speaking of hip-hop, check out this bar sign.

chimay bar sign

 

Later on, Tod told me to come outside and check out some car.  When I went outside, I recognized it right away, a car with flashing lights I saw in Sanford.

flashing lights car

 

I was happy some of my friends showed.  Sometimes, that don’t happen.  I don’t know when or if I’ll be back at Lil Indies.  Still, I enjoyed the evening.

Three Reasons Some DJs Deserve Hate

February 21, 2013

Most DJs are nice people, always respectful and friendly.  Yet, there are those who deserve every ounce of hatred aimed at them.  These are the ones, I shall pick on.  In no particular order,  here are three reasons on why some DJs deserve hate.

laptop dj

1. Looking down on Top 40 music:  I understand, a lot of Top 40 music does suck.  Nowadays, you can’t tell a shitty urban/soul song from a shitty dance-pop song.  Many Top 40 songs sound too much alike.   Still, that doesn’t mean ALL Top 40 suck.  Anyone who claims to know so much about music would recognize this.  This is what separates the excellent DJ from the shitty DJ, a skilled DJ possesses the ability to dig through shit and find diamonds.

2. Not taking requests:  True enough, many song requests are annoying.  Once I have a good vibe going with one genre, someone asks me to play a song from another one, something that could screw up the whole vibe.  Also, after taking a request, some people keep coming back asking for more and more songs.  There’s only one thing that prevents me from getting upset about shit like this: tipping.

Still, despite the annoyance, I take requests anyway.  Sometimes, it’s hard to read the crowd.  The right request might tip you in the right direction for a more pleasing atmosphere.

3. Being a jukebox:  If the establishment’s owner talked the DJ into this practice, I’ll make an exception. In this case, the establishment should be ashamed.   Yet, if the DJ made this choice, they themselves deserve scorn.  There is no written law stating a DJ has to take every fuckin’ song request.  Some songs should not be played, especially when they disrupt the vibe the DJ is trying to achieve.

Knowing damned well it’s going to fuck things up, some people ask for the wrong songs on purpose.  When this happens, who do you think folks are going to blame?  The person requesting the song or the DJ?  Many times they blame the DJ.

I’m sure there may be other reasons.   Also, I know there may be some exceptions to the reasons I listed.  Still, if a reader has another reason a DJ deserves hate, they are more than welcomed to leave a comment.

Vinyl Music Night XIV

February 18, 2013

Again, I hosted another Tuesday vinyl music night at Little Fish-Huge Pond, located in Sanford, Florida.

Vinyl Night XIV

Blitz by Various ArtistsBlitz

Released in 1981, the punk/new wave compilation contains two songs by Bow Wow Wow, a group later known for the hit song “I Want Candy”.

In 1987, I bought it at a used record store.  One of my favorites was always the new wave dance jam “Angel Face” by Shock.

Blitz (back cover)

Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits

Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits

Released in 1972, the folk rock album includes the hit songs “The Sounds of Silence”, “Mrs. Robinson” and “Scarborough Fair”.

Nice album, but I only played Side 1.  The mellow sounds caused the bar’s atmosphere to be too mellow.

The bar owner bought this one.

Hotter Than July by Stevie Wonder

Hotter Than July

Released in 1980, this soul masterpiece contains four hits: “Master Blaster (Jammin’)”, “I Ain’t Gonna Stand for It”, “Lately” and “Happy Birthday”.  “Master Blaster (Jammin’)” is a dedication to reggae legend Bob Marley.  “Happy Birthday” is about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday wasn’t a national holiday yet.

Hotter Than July (back)

By this time, Matt Hughen entered the building with the next record.

M300 by Mandre

Mandre

Released in 1979, the album contains futuristic funk, jazz and disco.  On my first listen, I enjoyed the whole album.

The Family by The Family

The family

Released in 1985, the funky-pop and jazz album contains two hits.  First, “The Screams of Passion”.   For the second hit, I told listeners to wait for it.  Finally, “Nothing Compares 2 U” came on.

“Yes,” I told everyone.  “They sung it first.”

The Family was the first band signed to Prince’s Paisley Park label.  Also, Prince wrote “Nothing Compares 2 U”, a song which later became a hit for Sinead O’ Conner.

Three favorite jams are “High Fashion”, “Mutiny” and “Susannah’s Pajamas”.   Truth be known, “Mutiny” sounds like Prince’s “Controversy”.  Still, I enjoy it.

“Desire” took me back to a time I hadn’t thought about in years, my first date.   Along with a collection of other love songs, I recorded “Desire” on a cassette tape.  I didn’t have a car tape player.  So, I wound up playing the tape on a portable radio resting in the back seat.

When the song came on, my date asked, “Who sings this?”

“The Family,” I said.

The Family back cover

Another Tuesday night awaits.