Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My Top 5 Comfort Foods

It's Autumn- soon to be winter: It's all about staying in,  watching movies under the covers, cooking, hot beverages and indulging in the (not so) occasional guilty pleasure.

1. Chocolate on Chocolate: chocolate cake with chocolate icing, chocolate chips in nutella, a chocolate brownie with a chocolate get the idea;)
2. peanut butter and honey sandwiches : no crust, whole grain bread, crunchy peanut butter.
3. Grilled cheese: sometimes w/ ham (ever have a real croque monsieur?) Mayo is a plus the gooier the better!
4. Mac and Cheese: instant but not powder. Add some kraft parmesan and Romano grated cheese, a little black pepper and it's all love.
5. Baked by Melissa cupcakes!

I know this isn't music or dj related but every now and then I go off topic.

Happy Autumn:)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

New Gig Alert

I'm going to start spinning every Saturday at Salon Millesime, the beautiful lounge located at the Carlton Hotel (corner of Madison Avenue and 29th street).

$5 champagne between 9-11pm

I'm still at Gansevoort Plunge on Sundays 3-8pm
Tuesdays at Skyroom and Wednesdays at Empire Hotel Rooftop. Both from 7-12am

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Cooking Up a Delicious DanceFloor

This past weekend I had the opportunity to spin an after party for the chefs who participated in the NYC Food and Wine Festival. Attendees included some of the most celebrated and respected chefs in New York. This event however was not some stuffy banquet as one may presume. No (unpronounceable) passed hors d'oeuvres or tall glasses of champagne. The party was hosted in the warm and rustic atmosphere of Barbuto restaurant. Brick walls, wooden tables, home made fried chicken sandwiches and a room full of chefs chugging beer.  Some of these chefs own the most refined dining establishments in the city and there they were all raw and rugged. The best part however was their incredible taste in music.

The dance floor did not take long to simmer and who'd a thought that some classic east coast hip-hop would be so appetizing to such a group. A little Nas, a little meth and mary, a little vintage Jay-Z and I realized that I was spinning for a handful of real New Yorkers. I'd throw back to some Stevie, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Prince and it was over.... everybody was down. I didn't get a moment to eat the fried chicken or even fix my hair! I didn't play any top-40 until the last couple of hours (which was 3am-5am btw) and I was basically playing whatever the f---- I wanted. As in 'Jimmie Hendrix into Cee-lo' and 'Red Hot Chili Peppers into Bruno Mars' kind of want.

It was truly an honor to spin for such a respectable group of individuals who are considered to be masters of their craft and it was an even greater honor to watch them indulge and enjoy the flavor and style of my own craft. I wanted to take more pictures but it really wasn't that kind of party.

I know it's really blurry and dark but that's Iron Chef Bobby Flay in the center of the dance floor.

Monday, October 8, 2012

My dealer

During the first few years that I DJd I only got gigs in the Lower East Side. I would spin at bars and lounges like BoBs, Bar XVI, Blackstar Bar and other places that probably aren't open anymore. I remember there use to be this dealer that would come around with the best stuff. He had the rarest records and nothing but original pressings. He'd always be around and was always pushing.  If I needed something he'd tell me he'd be at one of my gigs within a week and he would. He always had the good sh--. It was always pure. I remember he got me the Vanity 6 Nasty Girl 12' and it put me back like 50 bucks. I was hooked on vinyl. A true junkie. I spent all of my money on records. I'd skip meals, I got so skinny that my friends and fam were really concerned (not exaggerating),  my cell phone would get turned off, I wouldn't be able to go out or do anything but I always found a way to pay for my records. I was a wax phene. I miss the addiction, I miss my dealer, I miss the way I use to go crazy for those vintage classics............I really miss the time when DJing was all about collecting vinyl.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

"Make Sure Your Crew is as Tight as You.....

Cuz when them ------ fallin off, they gonna bring you down too"

The following is my favorite hip-hop records of all time and it's in no particular order. I know this post is kind of random but I just don't get to really play this stuff anymore....

Manifesto BlackStar
Liquid Swords GZA
Cha Cha Cha MC Lyte
Tried by 12 East Flatbush Project
Next Movement The Roots
Ms Fat Booty Mos Def
The Way I Am Eminem
All I Need Method Man and Mary J Blige
Feelin It Jay-Z
Funkdafied Da Brat
Empire State of Mind Jay-Z
Agent Orange Cage
Get By Talib Kweli
Passing Me By Pharcyde
Award Tour A Tribe Called Quest
Drop it Like Its Hot Snoop Dog
Nappy Heads The Fugees
Get it Together Q-Tip and the Beastie Boys
It Aint Hard to Tell NAS
Get Money Junior Mafia
Hip-Hop Dead Prez
The Light Common
Gone Kanye West
Otis Kanye and Jay-Z
99 Problems Jay -Z
Lost One Lauryn Hill
Music Eric Sermon
Breakadawn De La Soul

Drawing a blank, but I'm sure there are more.