Ah, February. The month when we finally stop writing last year on our checks and really start getting into the swing of things. For us here on the Beatery, it’s back to a regular schedule, back to the popular Five on Friday podcasts and of course, back to the absurd food metaphors. So, if you’ll indulge me…
On today’s prix fixe menu we have a delectable blend of new sounds sprinkled in with a couple of older yet under-appreciated gems. We start off with a classic remix from Beatery favorite Fukkk Offf, presenting a softer, smoother texture than expected. We follow this with a duo of progressive breaks entrees; note the contrasting funky and trancy flavor profiles. For dessert we’re featuring a pairing of nuskool breaks and electro house numbers, both bold and assertive to send you home satisfied. Bon appetite!
We throw around the term “epic” quite a lot when promoting events, but it’s not often we can look back at a party to find the adjective holds true. This New Year’s Eve was such an event. We’d have to look all the way back to our days in “The Dungeon” in the early 2000s to find a party we threw with such a great crowd and positive energy… but this time we were fortunate enough to have the smoking/porta-potty area located outdoors.* The set up and breakdown were both relatively painless, and we didn’t have to break up a fight or pick up a plunger all night. All in all, the party went off without a hitch.
See, setting up live sound can be a tricky business. With a large array of various musical devices from seven DJs all connected to the same mixer in a mass of wires tangled enough to rival a plate of linguine, there’s a lot of room for things to go wrong. So naturally, they did. Somewhere around midnight, the computer we set up to record our sets got disconnected from the mixer and from that point on, the music was lost.
But fear not, Beatery fans. Thanks to the wonders of home recording (and for my part, Serato’s history folder) we’ve been painstakingly reassembling the sets to recreate our New Year’s mixes as accurately as possible.** The first of these is below, with more to come next week, and you can find the pre-midnight sets, you know, the ones that survived, on our Black Tie Ball wrap-up page. We hope these sets and the photos on the page help you to remember the night as fondly as we will. Thanks a grip for spending the night with us, everyone. Keep bumpin’ in 2011.
*If you were there, you know the stench I’m referring to.
**You’ll forgive us if we don’t recreate the drunken beat-matches and bumped turntables.
Are you excited? I fucking am. I’m posting this podcast a day early so you can download it in time for your pilgrimage to the playa, should you need more driving music. I originally set out to make this mix five hours long, to last the entire trip from San Francisco to Black Rock City, but when I finished selecting tracks and mixing them together, well, it turned out to be just forty five minutes. Strange.
I gotta say, this summer feels like it’s been the longest in recent memory, and unfortch, it’s also been a bit of a dry spell for new music. Since I didn’t exactly have a grip of new tracks to share with you, I’ve just mixed together some of the songs I’ve been spinning live this summer that always seem to get a good crowd reaction. What this means for Beatery regulars is that a large percentage of this mix is gonna sound a bit familiar. Just consider it a ‘Greatest Hits’ set (or summer reruns, if you’re one of those ‘glass is half-empty’ people.)
Okay, now that I’ve talked myself down, it’s time to talk myself back up by telling you all to come out to hear me spin on the playa! I’ve got two gigs thus far, both at the beginning of the week, so if you’re gonna be out there early, come to the following locations to dance your dusty ass off!
And of course, in case anyone reading this doesn’t already know, the Pancake Playhouse (our camp) will be in the 9:00 keyhole once again this year. Anyone looking for a hot breakfast, some soothing soft rock, or (ahem) an awesome electro/breaks DJ to rock your playa party in a chef outfit… come on by!
Okay, enough promotion, here’s the playa-cast. See you out there!
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