Saturday, March 31, 2012
P.S. For those who are interested, here is the link to the free Jasiri X download of "Trayvon". http://jasirix.bandcamp.com/track/trayvon
Friday, March 30, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
In lieu of my usual song of the week from my set, which this week is going to be almost entirely Japanese girl bands, I give you this by Seattle-area singer/songwriter Joshua Baez. With its slow guitar figure and an ethereal call and response, it puts me in mind of Labradford or perhaps portions of Asche & Spencer's outstanding soundtrack for Monster's Ball. So anyway, this is fine floating-away music, and when you're ready for some uplifting rock, rockabilly, surf, and punk from the distaff side of the land of the rising sun, you know where to find it. The lovely and talented Koi takes over Moby's slot tomorrow night. Hope to see you then.
Monday, March 26, 2012
What the first Spring days caused me, except from making me smile and feel warmth everywhere,was a tremendous urge to listen again an old Japanese collection of songs from artists who ,using the Stereolab approach,discovered the '60's and place them in an exotic future era.Well as you will hear,this was really something. Japanese artists gave color ,fun and a sense of high class in a pop culture that suddenly adopted by the Japanese way of making things.
So tunes from that compilatiion,Stereolab,Can,strange electronica,lounge sounds,psychedelic Spring clouds and other light hearted music for you.At THE VELVET 3-5 slt.
Hit it or miss it forever!
Where: The Velvet
When: 5 to 7 pm SLT
Who: Cajsa Lilliehook
What: Wild & Wooly Guitars
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Just a quick little blog post to say hi, hello, and how are you!
I'm Ginger and I'm one of your newest DJ's. I will be taking the Saturday 11slt slot after the wonderful Frequency Picnic. I do hope you'll come and join me as we set sail on a musical journey...ok that's all a bunch of wishy washy crap. I don't sail...I have but that's besides the point.
The point IS...I'm playing music, music you might want to hear! Music you may know, music you may love, kinda like, or wish I'd stop playing. Or maybe I play something you've never heard of and really want to hear more of. Who knows. All I know is that we will NOT know if you don't come to my set.
For a brief example of what you may hear, a list of some of my top listened to bands:
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Fitz and the Tantrums
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Ok I could go on...but that's a good start.
So...Today (Saturday March 24, 2012) is my OFFICIAL debut at the Velvet at 11:00 am SLT and I do hope you can join me. I'll do whatever I can to make your stay at my set as enjoyable as possible. Suggestions always welcome, requests occasionally considered.
See y'all soon!!
Friday, March 23, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
p.s. Congratulations to Maht for his 4 year engagement at The Velvet. Surely he as tenure by now and it will be a lifetime appointment, I hope.
Oh, we also celebrating the return of ORBITAL and HOT CHIP.
So, guitars and synths,beats and grooves,darkness and light,thunder and sun.
All together in a musical Oddyssey full of energy and bliss...
Cruising from 3-5 slt at THE VELVET....
P.S. : I'd like to wish MAHT another 40 years in the decks of THE VELVET CLUB !
Sunday, March 18, 2012
So for me, it means a lot to have been playing at Velvet for four years today. I took the gig without ever having been inside the place before, because Jasper mentioned in an IM that he was playing the dB's, and I was still trying to play hugely eclectic sets for apathetic crowds at mainstream venues. I had no idea there was a place like this in SL, where new releases might be celebrated, where weird bands from anyplace—who never managed to click into the mainstream—might have a home. And where I might as well.
I started out on Saturday nights, in roughly the same timeslot Mallory has now. I was still mainly a photographer in SL, and there was a bit of friction as to how much time I was suddenly siphoning into this new profession, but I knew from the moment I got Nicecast running on my machine, that this was what I wanted to do. It's what I had always done, from the days when I would stay up late at night making mix tapes for friends, or planning out a special playlist for a car trip to maximize the amount of songs I was eager to play for someone I could get into a limited time.
Within about a month, Jasper asked me if I would move to Sundays. I thought he was demoting me, so I said I would do it if I could take up four hours on the deadest day of the week, to stretch out, goof off and dig a little deeper into my collection. I've been there ever since. Three times now, I have hosted my 26.2-hour charity fundraiser at the club. It's where I log in nearly always.
My main goal as a dj is to play music I love for people who might love it, too. The highest order of compliment you can give me as a dj is telling me that you bought something you heard at one of my sets. Well, and huge sums of cash, of course, but mainly that you liked something I shared at a set enough to embrace it as a part of your own collection.
My relationship with Velvet is a long, complicated one. In that way, it is much like the relationship people might have with a hometown. There have been times when I wanted nothing more than to flee from it into the night, but by the time I ever felt like that, Velvet had become too much a part of my SL-DNA for me to ever truly cut the cord and remain in SL for long. This is the place where I met so many of my cherished friends, played so many sets (at least 400, and counting).
Now I also function as the club's manager, where my goal has expanded into finding djs who also get a rush from playing a song they genuinely love for someone else, who light up when that someone grows to love it, too.
Four years is a long time in SL. Here's to four more.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
I will be playing some more music on saturday with a couple of songs for Ireland, and a few more for the cause. It will be a continuation of the punky, progressive, garage, reggae, electronic, folk mix and I will also play this classic Irish song.
What we really need to do is remember all the things we forgot, instead of thinking we know it all and being clever about it, keep the ideas to a minimum and remember a couple of things, like the right melody to whistle on the magic flute, to open the spacetime door, the one you walk through to get anywhere, anytime. The second thing to remember is this: you know it all already, just stop thinking about yourselves, and your elves, for as long as it takes to remember who you are!