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Celebrating one year of Postcultural

One year ago today I launched Postcultural. In my opening note, I penned a mission statement of sorts: “hopefully, I’ll write about something you haven’t seen yet, or offer a new perspective on something you have.” Over 200 posts later, I think I’ve stayed true to that.

Between my Verge and Future Grooves columns, I’ve tried to distill talent from hype. Last year, that meant adding something to the conversation about blog sensations Odd Future, Frank Ocean and The Weeknd, Kreayshawn, and Lana Del Rey. Locally, I hope to find more subjects like my favorite DC duos.

In regards to larger musical trends, I frequently returned to the bass music scene (regrettably, “rhythm and bass” didn’t catch on as a genre name). After compiling an unofficial history and a mixtape of “classics,” I’m probably done writing about moombahton, though. However, I’m looking forward to more label profiles, like the ones I put together for Night Slugs and Tri Angle.

While music dominated the blog, I’m still committed to covering television, film, comics and other cultural artifacts. I still don’t think enough people watch Happy Endings or Justified, some of the best comedy and drama, respectively, to hit TV in the last few years. Hopefully shows like that can avoid the fate of Veronica Mars.

The last year has been a learning experience, and I’m sure I’ll continue to sharpen my craft moving forward. Let me also take this opportunity to thank readers, new and old: the support I’ve received has made this all worthwhile.

Ready for the weekend #27

Like most things in DC during August, this column took a bit of a vacation, but we’re back with a rundown on a busy weekend in the DMV.

Image courtesy FFFFOUND, as always.

The Plan

The Soundtrack

I’m a little late on this one, but here’s DJ Lil’ Elle’s latest mix “Miles From Nowhere.” Plenty of hip-hop and bass jams, with great offerings by Brenmar, Canblaster, and SBTRKT; also includes Diplo’s remix of my favorite track of the moment, Kelly Rowland’s “Motivation.”

Download: DJ Lil’ Elle’s “Miles from Nowhere” mix

Ready for the weekend #26

I’m heading to the beach this weekend, but here are some highlights if you’re in DC.

Photo of sunset at Chincoteague, via Flickr.

The Plan

The Soundtrack

Mark your calendar: Klever will return to U Hall on September 8th with Tittsworth, Steve Starks, Manulita, and new dad Billy the Gent. His latest mix is a high energy blend of bass heavy electro and – what else? – moombahton.

Ready for the weekend #25

I have nothing witty to say about this weekend, but I’ve now done 25 of these. Enjoy.

Image by Gwen Vanhee, via @FFFFOUND

The Plan

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Anyone who was at Moombahton Massive V knows firsthand why (thee) Mike B was voted LA’s Best Club DJ. For a taste of what he dropped last month, check out his second “Watch Your Ton!” mix. Listen to the whole thing, or just keep rewinding Morrison’s remix of “Show Me Love.” That’s what I’ll be doing.

(thee) Mike B – Watch Your Ton Vol. 2

<prince Zimboo – Intro
Munchi – Learn
Xeta Jones – Look At Me Now
The Count & Sinden – Llamame (Dave Nada Remix)
Sazon Booya ft Amy Douglas – La Arana Negra
DJ Ayres – Bangkok/PR Parade
Woodhead – In De Ghetto
DJ Orion ft Big Freedia – You Can't Win
Rishi Romero – Rain Forest (Obeyah Edit)
Phases VS Million Styles – Miss Fatty
Riot Earp – Feelings For You
Robin S – Show Me Love (Morrison's Remix)
Sabo – Spock's Deee-Lite
Heartbreak – The Legend
Munchi – Gracias
Toddla T – Take It Back (Dillon Francis Remix)
Feral aka MC Kinky – Tweet Retweet
Nadastrom ft. Natalie Storm – Gal Where Yuh Come From
LOL Boys – Aisle Seat (VIP Message Mix)

The Cool Kids Unofficial After Party, presented by Postcultural

The Cool Kids’ Bake Sale EP was released in 2008, but for some reason it feels like it’s been even longer. Maybe it’s because their long-awaited debut album When Fish Ride Bicycles was stuck in record label purgatory for so long. Or maybe it’s because their trademark 808 boom-bap style is anachronistic by nature.

Either way, the group that brought ’88 back is ready to rock parties across the nation. The duo (comprised of Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish) stop by the Rock and Roll Hotel tomorrow night (tickets are still available). Their Midwestern nonchalance and sing-along lyrics are perfectly suited to the dog days of summer.

As always, after the party, there’s the after party. Join DJs Matt Rose and Blake Nine upstairs for the festivities. To sweeten the deal, grab this $10 coupon for $25 worth of food and drink and be sure to grab a Floridano sandwich with your PBR.

Ready for the weekend #24

In DC, it’s a summertime catch-22: congressional recess means some hill rats have left town, but the ones that are left are more apt to be out and about. Do your best and get your culture on this weekend.

Image via FFFFOUND.

The Plan

The Soundtrack

Austin’s Dubbel Dutch is doing big things in the future bass scene with his juked out rave tracks. But what happens when you combine Jersey club R&B edits with a Texas heat wave? You get Dubbel Dutch’s Swishahouse-inspired Slow Club Mix. Please let this mix be the birth of a new genre.

Ready for the weekend #23

This weekend, pour one out for July, as summer is that much closer to ending. Make it count!

“Summer’s Twilight” by Eyvind Earle, via FFFFOUND.

The Plan

The Soundtrack

Did you see Brenmar‘s rhythm and bass set at last night’s Trouble and Bass? If you said “yes,” you’re probably a liar; after Wednesday’s Moombahton Massive, the U Hall audience was on the mend, not the dance floor. Right that wrong by bumping his latest mix, a collection of straight-up R&B jams for Dummy Mag.

Download: Brenmar’s ‘Slow Grind, Deep Hustle’ Dummy Mix


Electrik Red – So Good
Total – What About Us? feat. Missy Elliot (Remix)
Teedra Moses – Be Your Girl
Bobby Valentino – Slow Down
Mario – Let Me Love you
Mya – Fallen
Mariah Carey – It’s Like That feat. Fat Joe (Remix)
Jennifer Lopez – Love Don’t Cost A Thing (Badboy Remix)
Marques Houston – That Girl
Nivea – Don’t Mess With My Man feat. Jagged Edge
Montell Jordan – Let’s Ride feat. Master P & Silk The Shocker
Janet Jackson – I Get So Lonely feat. Blackstreet (Remix)
Omarion – Icebox
Keke Wyat – Nothing In This World feat. Avant
Cherish – Stop Calling Me
R. Kelly – The Zoo

Ready for the weekend #22

This week saw both the last shuttle landing and Postcultural’s first hacking. Obviously, both monumental occasions. With this unbearably hot weekend about to start, remember that a lazy day with Netflix and a cold drink is often the easiest path to happiness.

Hat tip @VeeShip for the photo (via Atlantic Wire).

The Plan

  • Friday: Friday Cool Off is a new weekly at the Red Palace. This week features DJs Matt Rose and Cam Jus, two dudes who always throw a chill party. Plus, the ice cube on the flyer looks hella good right now.
  • Saturday: Boogie Down may be a little off the beaten path at Zeba Bar in Columbia Heights, but Ben Howell and Space Agent will house you. Drink specials galore and a pants-optional dress code in honor of birthday girl Lexi Rusk!
  • Sunday: The annual Capital Fringe Festival ends on Sunday, so this is your last chance to catch some offbeat performance art until next year.

The Soundtrack

Not sure about some of this weekend’s events? Here’s a double shot of brand new mixtapes from two of the DJs in question. Space Agent drops a sexy poolside disco mix (with Lolita art, natch) and Cam Jus provides the requisite moombahton with his summer promo mix.

Ready for the weekend #21

It’s the middle of July, which means summer is about halfway over (optimists would have a different take). There’s no time to waste another weekend.

The Plan

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We all need more club music in our lives. Cousin Cole obliges with his Major Rager mix, over 40 bangers crammed into as many minutes.

Ready for the weekend #20

Between the Fourth of July and prepping for a new gig, I didn’t post that much this week. This weekend would provide a good chance to catch up, if it weren’t for all these events.

As always, image via FFFFOUND!

The Plan

The Soundtrack

I like Creep, and you should too. Check out this mix they made for Field Day, which includes everything from Grimes and Lykke Li to Brenmar and SBTRKT. Did they pick these tracks from my iTunes Most Played list? Who knows!