fuck fashion let’s smoke menthols and listen to mary jane girls

Couple killer tracks here that I wouldn’t have known without my friends Graham and Chris.

Mary Jane Girls – Candy Man (12″ Mix)

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Bok Bok – MJT (The Torture Trak)

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Love bang stay so fashion.

Gil Scott Heron / DJ Rashad – Going Home

Does anyone today write songs like Gil Scott Heron did back in 1971? In a world of 2 Chainz and Gucci Mane, we’re lucky to get a bit of social commentary on tracks like Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools.” So let’s not forget the OG of the rap game, Gil Scott Heron, who sadly passed away in 2011.

One of my all-time favorite albums, Heron’s beautiful 1971 “Pieces of a Man” featured the gem “Home is Where The Hatred Is.” Here we are over forty years later with a version by Chicago’s juke-music don DJ Rashad that shows how to remix a classic with class, restraint, and respect.

Gil Scott Heron – Home Is Where The Hatred Is

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DJ Rashad – On My Way

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woman honey and songs about diamonds

Back from a quick trip to Chongqing out in West China. Wild city, that one. Saw a dog playing in a pile of electrical wire, climbed mountains, dodged thieves, watched a bloody brawl from an uncomfortably close distance, walked on sky bridges above tree canopies, got ignored by stone-faced locals, ate late-street BBQ on plates instead of skewers, met late-nite breakdance gangs in the streets, and got hotpot broth and all its numbing qualities in my eye.

Shout out to Mike at CQScene for all the help and for holding it down hard when the fracas erupted, everyone who came to the show at NUTS, DJ Doshy and JCC (so good!), Louie, Lost Unknown, Sunshine (a person*, not the actual sun), Gucci and MC One Con, topography, that noodle guy the first night..

* Odd English names like “Sunshine” make for easy email searching.

Yo how is a club gonna have a wi-fi AND a Serato SL3 box but no booth monitor for the DJ??

Said club also had a fake* costume-contest in the middle of my set. Very fashion. One girl was Marilyn, or maybe Lady Gaga..that lead to downloading “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” on aforementioned wi-fi. Here’s that and some other songs with “Diamond” in their name.

* all contestants were bar staff

Marilyn Monroe – Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend

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Rihanna – Diamonds (Jerome LOL Edit)

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Rick Ross – Yella Diamonds

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Fox The Fox – Precious Little Diamond

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Prince – Diamonds And Pearls

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Ludacris – Diamond In The Back

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hit went

Marilyn Monroe – Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend

Rihanna – Diamonds (Jerome LOL Edit)

Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1

Last year the legendary psych-rock band The Flaming Lips released a limited edition album on a USB flash drive.

Sounds normal, except that the drive was buried deep inside a life-sized, lemon-flavored gummy human skull, inside a marijuana-flavored brain…you have to eat through the brain to reach the USB that holds four exclusive songs.

These were $150 each. Sold out.

Then they released a followup….in a gummi fetus. This is marketing.

You know I love treats…here’s one of their old songs. A classic.

The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1

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Sweet Stuff / Crushin – Sylvia / J-Dilla

Classic track turned into another classic track.

Sylvia – Sweet Stuff

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J-Dilla –  Crushin’ (Yeeeeaah!)

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R.I.P. J-Dilla

Found the original on the amazing “Strange Games and Funky Things Vol. 5″ Compilation by DJ Spinna on BBE. Only record I bought in Philly, great purchase.

LOVE SONGS – Minnie Ripperton / The Emotions

been working on a new mixtape full of tracks from my “Take It Home” playlist. it’s leaning more toward contemporary sex music like The Dream, Jodeci, H-Town, etc., so I couldn’t really fit some of these classics in there.

would be a shame to not share them though. Minnie Ripperton god damn what an amazing voice, tragic that she died of breast cancer at just 31 years old…

Minnie Ripperton – Inside My Love

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The Emotions – Show Me How

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both of today’s artists come from the fine city of Chicago.

再见 MORGAN – TONIGHT @ SHELTER

early contender for flyer of the year here.

Morgan, aka Da Admiral, aka Desert Fuck Eagle, aka Dave VanBurren.. the editor of SmartShanghai and a dude whose presence will be missed in this city. He’s leaving Shanghai and moving to dat northside to start SmartBeijing.

i’m a bit worried he may have to return to Shanghai though because the quality of English-language journalism and websites in Beijing is so high…i’m not sure the market can handle another… seems redundant. I mean, Beijinger? They are killing the game. Look at that web design…that’s proto web 4.0.

pretty much every DJ in Shanghai is playing at Shelter tonight for this *free* send-off party, including Armtrick, ROM (Ice-9), Conrank, Drunk Monk, Lon, TzuSing, Hamacide, and myself.

So come down with some blue-box West cigarettes and gin & tonic tokens for Desert Fuck Eagle aka the dude who wrote this piece of primary-source journalism.

One of my favorite Shanghai moments was seeing Morgan’s band Boys Climbing Ropes play as The Velvet Underground on Halloween last year. Next-level.

I know you finna hold it down in dat north bra.

Velvet Underground – Femme Fatale

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RAINY DAY JAMS PT. 1 – LOU REED, BERLIN LP

Realize I’ve been posting a lot of rap // trap // gucci mane lately, and it’s the rainy season so i’m gonna post some older, non-trap songs from the records i’ve been listening to at the wolftress. Recently [kind of] reorganized my vinyl collection and found a ton of LPs I hadn’t heard in at least a year. LPs are perfect for rainy days…

Lou Reed, easily one of the rawest songwriters ever. “How do you think it feels to be up for five days and afraid to go to sleep?” Berlin is way dark but still somewhat pop.

I grew up on a lot of Lou Reed. Fondly remember listening to his “New York” album on tape while riding in my father’s “Batmobile” (Silver 1991 Camry) on the way to school, and my father explaining to me that Lou Reed used to get electroshock therapy for being gay and that back then homosexuality was listed as a disorder in the DSM.

This one is about a promiscuous women who gets her daughter taken away by the government because she’s “not a good mother.” Story is told from the perspective of a dude she’s probably rejected, probably someone who lives in her apartment building.

Yeah. The whole album is tales and character portraits like this. It’s brilliant all the way through.

Lou Reed – The Kids

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