I have some very creative friends! Big thanks to my girl Amy Wang for making me these fantastic record dividers. Way better than the plain white dividers I currently use.
Every once in a while I come upon a song that just floors me. Something about it just uppercuts me, knocks me out, and the feeling is bliss. Unfortunately, what follows is disaster. I drop everything and rush to find out the name of the song, and once I have it… it’s disgusting. I listen to the song over, and over, and over again – ad nauseum. Sometimes 10-20 times straight for a few days, until I eventually OD. At which point, I can not stand to hear even the bassline. I’ve lost my taste for a lot of great songs because of this awful habit and I’m now very wary of it, sometimes going cold-turkey from a song just so it doesn’t lose that buzz.
This sort of thing happens every few months. Last few hits I can recall were when DJ Lucky played “Debra Lewis – What You Gonna Do?” at his Slow Jams night. I ran to the stage and jotted down the title and label, only to buy it online that very night. Another time, DJ Slopoke was rocking Churchkey for Beer with Soul and then unleashed a “Crazy” cover by Booker T that I had to get that instant. I went home and listened to it until I puked, figuratively.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t careful, and at the moment, I do not have a taste for either song.
And here’s the news: just a little over an hour ago, I started listening to what I know will be a fantastic mix by DJ Cortez that he did for Wicked Jazz Sounds. Right away this mix is a head nodder and just what I need for this long and seemingly endless workday. The mix started off right, but I haven’t gotten passed the third song – the song that propelled me to write about this ‘music = drug’ addiction: Lynn Carey and Neil Merryweather’s “Five Days on the Trail”. I’m currently on listen number 5 or 6 and I’m not sure I’m going to stop anytime soon. I know it’s going to be bad for me, and I won’t be able to listen to it in the future. But the current me wants to feel this high.
For those who have been sleeping, The Payback is a monthly all-vinyl dance party brought to you by yours truly and a special guest DJ. Every 2nd Friday of the month, the Monarch Lounge gets to swim in four hours of sweet sweet soul, funk, and R&B.
First off, I’m proud to have my man DJ Slopoke back on. Long time vinyl slinger, Slopoke is definitely an inspiration for a newcomer like myself. I had him on for Volume 7 of The Payback and everyone I talked to wanted him back. If you ever have a free wednesday, make sure to check him out over at Churchkey (Grant and Green) for his weekly DJ night called “Beer with Soul”.
And Slopoke put me in contact with DJ Harry Duncan and the two of them are tag teaming the anniversary party. Harry D is a longtime Bay Area-based producer of live soul, funk, R&B, jazz, blues, roots reggae, African and World music shows. He has produced and hosted “In The Soul Kitchen”, the popular roots music show on KUSF, and KUSF In Exile, since 1984. The man is definitely a legend when it comes to knowing music and he’ll sure bring some rare, rare, rare cuts you’ll only hear at The Payback. Respected industry-wide as an innovator, Duncan integrates his years of experience as a live music producer, radio producer and host into the “Sounds Of Roots and Rhythm Project”.
Recent Appearances for Harry Duncan Include:
To Hear Music Samples, Listen To Any of the “In The Soul Kitchen” Radio Shows Posted On:
Thanks to DJ M3 and the good folks at Monarch for making The Payback such a special event. The drinks are always delicious and bound to get people off their seats.
My man Dante was in town for two days last week and he had a mission in mind: Hit up all 3 Amoebas (SF, Berkeley and LA). He made sure to visit our favorite shops in the Lower Haight on Thursday but on Friday I teamed up with him for some record shopping fun. Our plan was to make a loop from my house to Rasputin on Powell, hop the bart to Berkeley and visit the Amoeba and Rasputin there, eat lunch with the lovely Ari, then head back to SF’s Amoeba and trickle our way down to Groove Merchant’s, Black Pancakes, and Rookie Ricardo’s. Unfortunately time was unforgiving and we got lost a few times, so we couldn’t make all of the spots on our list. But we got a ton of cheap on-fire records! Dante even had to buy a new bag to carry his goods. Here are a few photos of the trip.
My man and kindred spirit DJ Delgado is celebrating the five year anniversary of Fresh Jamz with his partner, DJ Odiaka. They got a heavy lineup and they’re kicking it off early!
And to boot, Delgado got interviewed for SF Weekly. Great read on the current scene and other goodies.
See you guys there tonight – there’s a free mix in it for you and a great party for sure.
And after that, heading back to SF to check out Diamond D and The 45 Sessions gang.