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While were talking about Parties, @JeremySole is gonna get down in Palm Springs this weekend.

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*bown chicka bow woooown*

Pretty self-explanatory. Some of KCRWs finest team up in Palm Springs to get you boo’ed up and freaky this weekend. Two day event of breakfasts, parties, pools, mingling and flirting, epic DJ sets and so much more. If you’re not going to the Dilla Party, and you are looking for a little romance… or just wanna keep the romance alive with the one you’re with… you might want to check this one out. Set to be FUN.

Raise It Up – Dilla's 37th Birthday Party | 2.7.2011.

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Happy Birthday, Dilla.

Set to be the Party of the year, some of the best known Los Angeles (and World) DJs are teaming up on J. Dilla’s 37th birthday for what could be one of the greatest DJ sets of all time. Put together by the legendary Houseshoes… It’s a guaranteed night of great music, with a whole lotta dilla in between. If you’re gonna be holding up the wall… don’t go. We came to party for this one.

Raise It Up – Dilla’s 37th Birthday Party | 2.7.2011.

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Happy Birthday, Dilla.

Set to be the Party of the year, some of the best known Los Angeles (and World) DJs are teaming up on J. Dilla’s 37th birthday for what could be one of the greatest DJ sets of all time. Put together by the legendary Houseshoes… It’s a guaranteed night of great music, with a whole lotta dilla in between. If you’re gonna be holding up the wall… don’t go. We came to party for this one.

If you need something to do this weekend, KCRW Masquerade is back. Witness the Awesome.

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Its baaaaaaaaaaaaack. ©Poltrigeist Girl

 

Wow. Now this is set to be good times. With Cut Chemist appearing in support of his new album “Sound of The Police” and performances by The mighty Duke Spirit… Its set to be good times for anyone who can make it out to the show.

Click here for more info and tickets for Masquerade and more info on their lineup.

Now if THATS not tickling your fancy, I’m sure that something off this list (from scenestar.com) will catch your attention.

Take a look below:

 

10.30.10
Of Montreal @ Hollywood Palladium
10.30.10
HARD Haunted Mansion @ The Shrine Expo Hall
10.30.10
Portugal. the Man w/ White Demin @ The El Rey Theatre
10.30.10
Ninja Tune 20th Anniversary w/ Amon Tobin, Cut Chemist, Kid Koala & more @ EchoPlex
10.30.10
Beats Antique @ The Music Box
10.30.10
Pelican @ The Troubadour
10.30.10
Lights Over Paris @ The Roxy
10.30.10
The Lovetones @ Spaceland
10.30.10
Lady Antebellum @ Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live
10.30.10
Zacharias Conducts Mozart @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
10.30.10
Trailer Park Boys @ The Wiltern
10.30.10
The Dan Band @ Club Nokia
10.30.10
Where Angels Suffer @ The Viper Room
10.30.10
Tiger Army @ Grove of Anaheim
10.30.10
The English Beat @ Saint Rocke
10.30.10
Common Sense @ Tiki Bar
10.30.10
Bob Saget @ The Ventura Majestic Theatre
10.30.10
Suffocation @ The Glass House
10.30.10
Dead Man’s Party @ Galaxy Theatre
10.30.10
Bonnie “Prince” Billy @ Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace
10.30.10
Halloween Bash w/ Ray J @ Citizen’s Business Bank Arena
10.31.10
HARD Haunted Mansion @ The Shrine Expo Hall
10.31.10
DJ Shadow: Live For The Shadowsphere @ House of Blues Sunset Strip
10.31.10
Murderdolls @ The Roxy
10.31.10
Joe Pug @ Spaceland
10.31.10
Zacharias Conducts Mozart @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
10.31.10
Purple Melon @ The Viper Room
10.31.10
Suffocation @ Whiskey
10.31.10
Horrorpops @ The Glass House
10.31.10
Tiger Army @ Grove of Anaheim
10.31.10
Halloween Massacre w/ Dev (Like A G6) @ The Reef
10.31.10
Sevendust @ House of Blues Anaheim
10.31.10
Richard “Humpty” Vission @ Pomona Fox Theater
10.31.10
Electro Halloween Ball @ Galaxy Theatre
10.31.10
Gabriel Iglesias @ Canyon Club

Enjoy.

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October 29, 2010 at 7:41 pm

DJ Jedi. He's officially my DJ of choice.

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This photo should basically tell you everything you need to know. Anything I have to say is secondary.

There are not enough positive things I can say about DJ Jedi. I mean, we can start with the basics… Like the fact that hes an Emmy Award winning turntablist who is one of the best in Los Angeles on Serrato OR Vinyl. Whatever you wanna do. Before he was known for rockin classic LA Soul/Hip Hop/Funk spots like Zanzibar, The Echo, The Rootdown, Modern Audio Collective and The Do-Over… he was chillin at the Legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem, and traveling overseas to rock shows like The Sydney Festival in  Australia. When hes not busy doing that, hes busy mentoring and teaching the High School kids the power of music at a bi-weekly music camp in Santa Monica called Downbeat 720.  AND hes a Comic Book Geek.  So were dealing with Top Quality here, trust me.

And I’m obviously am not the only person who thinks so…  Russell Simmons picked up Jedi to DJ his Tony Award Winning Def Poetry Jam Sessions, and invited Jedi along for the world tour as well. From There, Digable Planets saw the talent, and fresh on their reunion tour, recruited Jedi to be their resident DJ… taking him on another world tour of awesome Countries and Concert festivals (you name it… hes done it). Just recently, he made Peanut Butter Wolf’s list of Top Ten DJs (get ’em son), and was the featured DJ at one of LA’s best funk parties, Funky Sole @ The Echo. So my man is doing this thing. Very well.

But honestly, thats not even the point. Beyond his abilities to use his magical Jedi MixMaster powers to get the party start EVERYTIME (and I mean EVERY. TIME.), Jedi is just an all around wonderful human being with an amazingly acute ear for wonderful music, and a powerful understanding of how to use that music to inspire and influence good feelings and great times. He’s the DJ that will get the party started, then go into the crowd and party to the next DJ that comes on after him, and enjoy the party that HE just started. And he will be the one with the most energy of ANYONE in the room. I’ve seen him do it.  He is the definition of a TRUE Music Nerd.

I dont think I truly appreciated Jedi’s capabilities until I returned home from the East Coast Fest 2010 trip I disappeared to. We went to a show here and there that had different DJ’s opening, but there was almost always something missing whenever we went. A certain energy, along with blatant talent and mixing ability was always absent… and it kept parties from poppin off the way they should. It wasn’t until I returned home that I realized I had a desire to see DJ Jedi do his thing, since I realized it had been a while since I seen him spin. Turns out the next day, my boy was rocking the final Rootdown show at The Gabah… and doing a Michael Jackson tribute for SoulSessions in Chinatown the day after that. So despite the jetlag, massive unpacking and instantaneous work that suddenly had to get done, I threw on my good clothes and headed out, both nights.

Being one of those nerds who buys out a booth and loves to “Party Watch,” Gabah at The Rootdown was a pleasure to see. While my Rootdown session was cut off by work emergency/issues, it was still one of the best mixes I had heard in MONTHS… he knew his crowd well and knew exactly what to play to get everyone alert and interested, drawing people to the dance floor like a moth to a flame. He did a beautiful mix of Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince’s “Summertime” with Erykah Badu’s “The Healer” that sounded damn near magical. And when one of his records started skipping a beat, he stopped the track and goes “Sorry folks, thats REAL vinyl.” The comment was met with cheers and laughter, and the party continued on like nothing happened. Even more marvelous was his set for Michael Jackson, where my boy was playing all kinds of classic material from his J5 Days to the  Off the Wall and Thriller hits, along with secret b-sides, like the rare PYT Remix.  This one was not only a pleasure to watch, but to hear as well. My boy’s got a POWERFUL music (and Michael Jackson) collection. Seeing the kids all over the floor enjoying themselves thoroughly, singing along to every Michael song and attempting to dance like him… wonderful sight for sore eyes. To come back after being away for a while, and returning to two great parties like his… it felt like a “welcome home” of sorts.

Surprisingly enough, I didn’t meet Jedi at one of his shows, although it turned out later that I had been to tons of his shows and didn’t even realize it (its a musically small world). I actually met him at (wow dude, how awesome is this) a Common show a few years back that also doubled as a taping for Yahoo Music. Both of us arriving there late, we ending up being stuck towards the back… but that didn’t stop US from getting the party started. It quickly became obvious to both him and I that WE came to have a great time. Were the ones at the show shouting out the lyrics to our favorite songs, yelling out “J. DILLA!” at any given moment, and dancing thoroughly when “Thelonius” came on. He was more geeked than ME to be there, and I LOVE Common. So thats a statement. After sweating off my make up and fist bumping my boy a few times, he slid me his card with all his info on it, told me he appreciated the energy and the fun, and asked me to check out his stuff. Best thing I ever did… as everything fell into place from there, and it turned out I knew this dude through other means the entire time.

So it goes without saying that its been a hell of a great time watching DJ Jedi do his thing the last few years. And its great to see great people kicking ass in the music world. Very rarely can you find any DJ who represents the culture of turntablism and music appreciation to the fullest, and almost represents an idea of home for you (I knew I was back in LA when I was at that Michael Jackson tribute… and it felt good). Someone you KNOW will play great music because they already know what it is, and they are actually taking your requests (lol). A person whose talents and sound continue to expand faster than my brain can keep up with. And a general pleasure to be around.

No asskissing. Honestly. This is just a glowing review for a DJ who is well worth the time. I’m just telling the truth.
Go find out for yourself.

@DJJedi
DJ Jedi’s Facebook
DJ Jedi’s Myspace

DJ Jedi. He’s officially my DJ of choice.

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This photo should basically tell you everything you need to know. Anything I have to say is secondary.

There are not enough positive things I can say about DJ Jedi. I mean, we can start with the basics… Like the fact that hes an Emmy Award winning turntablist who is one of the best in Los Angeles on Serrato OR Vinyl. Whatever you wanna do. Before he was known for rockin classic LA Soul/Hip Hop/Funk spots like Zanzibar, The Echo, The Rootdown, Modern Audio Collective and The Do-Over… he was chillin at the Legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem, and traveling overseas to rock shows like The Sydney Festival in  Australia. When hes not busy doing that, hes busy mentoring and teaching the High School kids the power of music at a bi-weekly music camp in Santa Monica called Downbeat 720.  AND hes a Comic Book Geek.  So were dealing with Top Quality here, trust me.

And I’m obviously am not the only person who thinks so…  Russell Simmons picked up Jedi to DJ his Tony Award Winning Def Poetry Jam Sessions, and invited Jedi along for the world tour as well. From There, Digable Planets saw the talent, and fresh on their reunion tour, recruited Jedi to be their resident DJ… taking him on another world tour of awesome Countries and Concert festivals (you name it… hes done it). Just recently, he made Peanut Butter Wolf’s list of Top Ten DJs (get ’em son), and was the featured DJ at one of LA’s best funk parties, Funky Sole @ The Echo. So my man is doing this thing. Very well.

But honestly, thats not even the point. Beyond his abilities to use his magical Jedi MixMaster powers to get the party start EVERYTIME (and I mean EVERY. TIME.), Jedi is just an all around wonderful human being with an amazingly acute ear for wonderful music, and a powerful understanding of how to use that music to inspire and influence good feelings and great times. He’s the DJ that will get the party started, then go into the crowd and party to the next DJ that comes on after him, and enjoy the party that HE just started. And he will be the one with the most energy of ANYONE in the room. I’ve seen him do it.  He is the definition of a TRUE Music Nerd.

I dont think I truly appreciated Jedi’s capabilities until I returned home from the East Coast Fest 2010 trip I disappeared to. We went to a show here and there that had different DJ’s opening, but there was almost always something missing whenever we went. A certain energy, along with blatant talent and mixing ability was always absent… and it kept parties from poppin off the way they should. It wasn’t until I returned home that I realized I had a desire to see DJ Jedi do his thing, since I realized it had been a while since I seen him spin. Turns out the next day, my boy was rocking the final Rootdown show at The Gabah… and doing a Michael Jackson tribute for SoulSessions in Chinatown the day after that. So despite the jetlag, massive unpacking and instantaneous work that suddenly had to get done, I threw on my good clothes and headed out, both nights.

Being one of those nerds who buys out a booth and loves to “Party Watch,” Gabah at The Rootdown was a pleasure to see. While my Rootdown session was cut off by work emergency/issues, it was still one of the best mixes I had heard in MONTHS… he knew his crowd well and knew exactly what to play to get everyone alert and interested, drawing people to the dance floor like a moth to a flame. He did a beautiful mix of Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince’s “Summertime” with Erykah Badu’s “The Healer” that sounded damn near magical. And when one of his records started skipping a beat, he stopped the track and goes “Sorry folks, thats REAL vinyl.” The comment was met with cheers and laughter, and the party continued on like nothing happened. Even more marvelous was his set for Michael Jackson, where my boy was playing all kinds of classic material from his J5 Days to the  Off the Wall and Thriller hits, along with secret b-sides, like the rare PYT Remix.  This one was not only a pleasure to watch, but to hear as well. My boy’s got a POWERFUL music (and Michael Jackson) collection. Seeing the kids all over the floor enjoying themselves thoroughly, singing along to every Michael song and attempting to dance like him… wonderful sight for sore eyes. To come back after being away for a while, and returning to two great parties like his… it felt like a “welcome home” of sorts.

Surprisingly enough, I didn’t meet Jedi at one of his shows, although it turned out later that I had been to tons of his shows and didn’t even realize it (its a musically small world). I actually met him at (wow dude, how awesome is this) a Common show a few years back that also doubled as a taping for Yahoo Music. Both of us arriving there late, we ending up being stuck towards the back… but that didn’t stop US from getting the party started. It quickly became obvious to both him and I that WE came to have a great time. Were the ones at the show shouting out the lyrics to our favorite songs, yelling out “J. DILLA!” at any given moment, and dancing thoroughly when “Thelonius” came on. He was more geeked than ME to be there, and I LOVE Common. So thats a statement. After sweating off my make up and fist bumping my boy a few times, he slid me his card with all his info on it, told me he appreciated the energy and the fun, and asked me to check out his stuff. Best thing I ever did… as everything fell into place from there, and it turned out I knew this dude through other means the entire time.

So it goes without saying that its been a hell of a great time watching DJ Jedi do his thing the last few years. And its great to see great people kicking ass in the music world. Very rarely can you find any DJ who represents the culture of turntablism and music appreciation to the fullest, and almost represents an idea of home for you (I knew I was back in LA when I was at that Michael Jackson tribute… and it felt good). Someone you KNOW will play great music because they already know what it is, and they are actually taking your requests (lol). A person whose talents and sound continue to expand faster than my brain can keep up with. And a general pleasure to be around.

No asskissing. Honestly. This is just a glowing review for a DJ who is well worth the time. I’m just telling the truth.
Go find out for yourself.

@DJJedi
DJ Jedi’s Facebook
DJ Jedi’s Myspace

Left Eye | DJ Hideo:

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Miss you.

It was today, 8 years ago that we lost Left Eye in a weird and tragic car accident while out in Honduras on a “Spiritual Journey. But you know. It’s not like I’m gonna let you forget her greatness, and why she truly was someone special. Shoutout to Sheila for pointing it out. You know who you are and how you did it. Thanks for that.
Hope your out there somewhere, Free as sh*t.



Westcoast Legend.

DJ Hideo, a Westcoast Music and Radio Legend, known for his amazing party mixes and ability to drop the newest, hottest music out, passed away after a batter with Colon and Liver cancer on the 24th. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, and if you want, you can make a donation to help his family out with his medical and  final expenses.

Missing you already.
Rest in beats.

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April 25, 2010 at 11:55 pm