Archive for May, 2010

Usually I find Berkeley humorless, but this day I stood in the street and laughed heartily. This joint (no pun intended) was positively BUMPING this song as I passed, not what I expected–but what a delight. Thanks for the giggle, Big Al. Please enjoy (keep in mind it was 10:32 am):

a.) big al’s fields of gold

b.) big al’s

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ooh new Chromeo. I can’t help it, the dancing is pretty tasty in their newest vid:

the first time my friend Gabe played them for me I thought they were an old school band, they remind me a lot of the old school electro funk I would hear my friend Ira playing at the time. Kano, Klymaxx, Sylvester, etc.

here’s a remixed version of those first jams I heard:

pretty funkehhhhhh, innit?

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cross dressing, crying baby jesus, enormous headdresses, and camilla. wowza.

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we have a loquat tree outback that’s exploding with fruit. the photos above would lead you to believe i made my first ever batch of loquat jelly. the jar itself would reveal a very fine loquat syrup…darnit! not enough pectin, i suppose. don’t think that will deter me from trying again…i’m plotting my return, while sipping a lovely summer cocktail sweetened by a lovely loquat syrup. mmmmm. i have five jars if you’re interested…

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And thank YOU, New Wave! The jams at Pretty Penny were fantastic today, almost my favorite part. Sir Justin was behind the counter and responsible for ringing up my cool new animal print dress and bumping the ipod jams that made it all so good.

My two faves? “Domino Dancing” by The Pet Shop Boys (played loud, please):

AND “Song For A Future Generation” by the B-52’s where the band rocks some serious fashions themselves. Not to mention amazing beehives and bow-tie hair. Please, please enjoy:

Thanks Pretty Penny, for the dress! And thanks, Justin, for the jams! xo DTM

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No wonder, as he a.) is awesome and b.) worked with Chasz Jankel, whom I also love. CansaFis just gifted me (because he is THE BEST) with the excellent LP “Lord Upminster” Dury & Jankel made with SLY AND ROBBIE. Pretty amazing, it’s being played on repeat as I make lunch up in here.

Coming soon to a babe cave near you:

hit me with your rhythm stick

I can’t find the youtube vids I want for the songs I’m diggin today but here’s a little of THIS to tide you over until I do.

ps- there’s some interesting reading about Mr. Dury on his Wiki Page–and if you see this record out and about, snatch it up.


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I recently met a very nice man who gave me a very nice deal on some crates of records, a lot of it was messed up but there were a few gems in there that have me excited. Example One: Club Nouveau. You know this band? From Sactown, they formed after the excellent Timex Social Club folded and have some serious jams. “Why You Treat Me So Bad” was sampled by both The Luniz for “I Got Five On ItAND Puff Daddy on “Satisfy You.” Check:

Respectify (Jonny One-Time really gave that exclamation some ground here in the Bay) local band of 80’s awesomeness!

Speaking of samples, another good jam I acquired recently (thank you, Andy) is MC Lyte’s “Keep On, Keepin’ On.” WHICH samples a little song called “Liberian Girl,” a jam by Mr. Michael Jackson that my sister and I LOVED when we found it.I have a distinct memory of playing it on repeat laughing and laughing and imitating the opening sequence. A odd song that may only be trumped by the amazing video that accompanies it. George Jefferson? Theo? Bridget Nielsen? Paula Abdul? a be-mulleted John Travolta? DON KING?? Priceless, and an odd list too long to transcribe for you. Here, just see for yourself:

and here’s MC Lyte’s take (the clean one, but watch yr ears when I drop the drrty one in da club):

ok ok for reals now I’m off the blog and into the world. Happy FRIDATE, y’all!

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Oh yessss, the Layover is one of the freshest spots in Oakland, y’all. The sound is good, the spot is cozy, the peoples is nice, and the cocktails are slammin. Come see for yourself next week, won’t you? Let’s smoke up the dance floor. See you there.

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Oh hi. I know, I know. I dropped the ball a minute in the blog world, but sometimes stepping away from the computer is necessary. In the meantime I collected more more more records, planted a garden (well, RE-planted some of it—damn snails!), and went to Nebraska to visit the fam. I forget just how big the sky can get sometimes:

Now, my loves, I am back. I am ready to jam and dance and play with you again. Last night was a lot of fun at Ye Olde Missouri Lounge, I hope you had a good time too. My favorite jam of the evening? Perhaps it was Atlantic Starr’s “Sexy Dancer,” which I can’t find on youtube but if you go here, you can click the top link and listen to it. Unh! It’s so good! I was also a big fan of this particular jam, and especially of watching everyone slowly get on board with me after a minute or two.

Oh yes. I may have been absent a minute, but we know there’s always tomorrow. We be jammin! We be jammin!

ok. back to the garden. xox

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