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Ready for the weekend #19

The countdown until the long weekend has begun. Make sure you don’t waste it with these helpful tips.

As always, image via FFFFOUND.

The Plan

The Soundtrack

If you’ve already spun these new mixtapes, give this mix by Nguzunguzu a chance. It features songs from the duo’s Timesup EP, the first release on Kingdom‘s Fade to Mind label.

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Ready for the weekend #18

With Tuesday’s Summer Solstice, the season is officially upon us. Other than BBQs and the requisite outdoor activities, what’s on deck this weekend?

The Plan

  • Friday: For Happy Hour, join TGRIOnline at U Street Music Hall for Michael Jackson is Still Alive, where four DJs ensure that the King of Pop’s memory will live forever. Best late night option is Maison (with DJ TMY and Gavin Holland); best later night option is $weat $hop (with Jackie O and Denman).
  • Saturday: Tickets are still available for oft-imitated indie rock gods Dinosaur Jr. at the 9:30 Club. For even more 80s and 90s nostalgia, Henry Rollins will be interviewing the band before the show.
  • Sunday: Drum and bass innovator LTJ Bukem stops by U Hall, presented by Anniething Goes & 2Tuff. Don’t miss one of Bukem’s few US tour dates, at one of the best venues for his atmospheric low-end sounds.

The Soundtrack

Another day, another moombahton mix: this time, it’s the latest volume of TGRI’s Culipandeo series, spun by 20-year-old Australian J-Trick. Listen how they get down down under, with plenty of exclusives including “Amplifire” by Diplo and Skrillex and “That Jeffrey” by Heartbreak and Toddla T.

Ready for the weekend #17

Last night’s Moombahton Massive IV was quite the experience, as those nights have tended to be. If that wasn’t enough music, dancing, and partying for the week, here are some other options.

(Image, as always, via FFFFOUND!)

The Plan

  • Friday: BYT’s vitaminwater uncapped LIVE space shuts down after tonight, so this is your last chance to get your corporate-sponsored party on. Do it in style with top notch DJs, including the Nouveau Riche crew, Cam Jus, DJ TMY, and Baltimore’s finest DJ Pierre.
  • Saturday: I’ll be indulging my culinary desires and my eye for alliteration at the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival (unfortunately, this one has been sold-out for a while). Designer Drugs returns to U Hall, with Alvin Risk and Denman on the bill (be sure not to miss the openers, if you go).
  • Sunday: I’m just going to copy and paste this for the remainder of the summer: Happy Sundays at the Donovan House during the day, and No Love Lost (or Tropixxx, depending on the weekend) at Velvet Lounge.

The Soundtrack

I’ll let Diplo describe his latest moombahton mix for Mad Decent Radio: “Moombahton Is so mad and buzzy and wierd [sic] and crazy . We are on Its dick here at Mad Decent.” Well said. Enjoy.

Shameless self-promotion: Me Against the Music

On June 14 (tomorrow night, coincidentally my mom’s birthday if she’s reading this), I’m proud to be a part of Me Against the Music: Branding Marketing and Surviving the Music Industry, a panel at Brightest Young Things‘ not-quite-a-popup-shop. Appropriately, the discussion of music – specifically the tension between craft and business – in the digital age is being held at an online magazine’s vitaminwater-branded art space.

The panel will be hosted by Marcus Dowling (late of True Genius Requires Insanity, and too many other publications of note). Also featured are:

Shannon Emamali, Executive Director, GRAMMY, Washington, DC Chapter
Casey Rae-Hunter, Communications Director, Future of Music Coalition
Jonathan Fischer, Arts Editor, Washington City Paper
Steve Lambert, Hood Booking (concert booker for DC9, Rock and Roll Hotel, Red Palace)
Substantial, Noted MC, QN5 Music

Music listeners are always broaching this topic: the invisible hands that guide the market of what we discover, listen to, and share with each other. It will be great to get different perspectives on this ubiquitous issue. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 14
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
vitaminwater uncapped LIVE
2217 14th Street NW
Washington, DC

Ready for the weekend #16

This week reminded us that yes, Virginia, there is climate change. In DC, that means 100 degree days followed by a weekend of thunderstorms. What else is going on?

The Plan

The Soundtrack

At the center of France’s dance music evolution is Club Cheval, a crew that includes Panteros666, Canblaster, Myd, and Samtiba. Their mix for Mishka’s Keep Watch series is Club Cheval at their best, seamlessly mixing house, slow jam material, and future bass. “Keep watch,” indeed.

Ready for the weekend #15

My vacation has taken me from Portland to San Francisco, but here’s a view of DC’s weekend (from 3,000 miles away). Photo courtesy FFFOUND.

The Plan

The Soundtrack

Jacques Greene is one of the best purveyors of rhythm and bass. His hour-long stint on Rinse FM is one of his finest mixes yet; any DJ mix that kicks off with The Weeknd is good in my book.

Ready for the weekend #14

I’ll be on vacation starting tomorrow morning, so I’m definitely ready for the weekend. Thanks to modern technology, a cross-country flight, and a 15-hour train ride, postings will continue until morale improves.

The Plan

  • Friday: If you’re trekking all the way out to the 411 Warehouse, it better be worth it. Thankfully, TheRave will be, with DJs that include the Tropixxx duo of Cam Jus and Billy the Gent.
  • Saturday: Laugh – for a good cause – at Hot For Teachers, a comedy night at Sova. The choice late night option is Will Eastman’s Bliss Dance Party, with guests Danny Daze and DJ Lisa Frank (aka U Hall’s own Morgan Tepper).
  • Sunday: ‘Tis the season for daytime drinking at DJed pool parties. Starting things off is an all-star lineup at the Donovan House that will be partying from 3 to 11.

The Soundtrack

Zac Eno is a Portland DJ who plays a wide range of music, including personal favorites tropical bass and moombahton. I’ll be lucky enough to catch his Discos Discos party in Portland tomorrow. Here’s a chill mix that includes a bit of future groovage.

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Ready for the weekend #13

I made it all day without making a Rapture reference or joke, just to break the streak on this post. So apart from the world not ending tomorrow, what’s going on?

(Photo courtesy Friends of Type via @FFFFOUND)

The Plan

  • Friday: Cool Dudes Hanging Out is consistently the best night of comedy in DC. The details, in brief: 7-9pm, Velvet Lounge, $5, 6 comics, cheap drinks. Make it a night of comedy: cross the moat and catch Todd Barry at the Arlington Draft House.
  • Saturday: Tittsworth and Alvin Risk celebrate the release of their EP – and the new menu – at U Hall; the pork belly / jelly donut sandwich looks like a winner.
  • Sunday: Soundbites combines restaurants, food trucks, and live music in a benefit for the DC Central Kitchen. The party is at the 9:30 Club, starting at 5pm.

The Soundtrack

I slept on this mix a month too long – don’t make the same mistake! DJ Lil’ Elle dropped this upbeat, pop-friendly mix, which is a perfect for working out or getting hyped for the night.

Download: DJ Lil’ Elle April 2011 ‘Club Gettin Hot’ Mix

Unofficial OFWGKTA After Party, presented by

In LA, Tyler, the Creator was detained by the cops.

In Boston, a meet-and-greet at Newbury Comics nearly turned into a riot.

In Detroit, the audience threw glass bottles, Hodgy Beats attacked an audience member, and the Wolf Gang called it a night.

Is DC ready for Odd Future?

What press-captivating antics will transpire before, during, or after Wednesday night’s sold-out show at the Rock and Roll Hotel are a mystery. But if the show is anything like the collective’s Valentine’s Day gig at U Street Music Hall, it is sure to be a memorable night.

That’s why Postcultural is proud to present the unofficial OFWGKTA After Party, featuring the DJ stylings of Matt Rose and Blake9.

The last time an eagerly-awaited performer graced the stage at the Rock and Roll Hotel, he spent some time upstairs, mingling with fans. Will the same be true tomorrow night? Come hang out after the show to find out. Just don’t ask about Earl.

Ready for the weekend #12

I’ll keep this simple: Happy Friday the 13th.

Photo courtesy Photography Served, via @FFFFound

The Plan

  • Friday: The most fun you can have for $10 (while keeping your clothes on): it’s synth pop night at Subterranean A, with Adventure and personal favorites Body Language.
  • Saturday: Another season of roller derby comes to a close with the Season 5 Championship at the Armory (let’s go, Scare Force One). It’s also Nouveau Riche night, with a free Smirnoff bar until 11 (let’s go, cirrhosis).
  • Sunday: Lykke Li sold-out 9:30, and if you have tickets, make sure to catch opener Grimes. No Love Lost is around the corner at Velvet Lounge; get on the bandwagon before NLL’s impressive summer plans.

The Soundtrack

Simple Things is a nu-disco duo made up of DJs Space Agent and Wally JoJo (government names Nicole Patten and Will Givens). They recently opened for Anoraak and In Flagranti at U Hall, and their image-consciousness and dedication to their craft are both impressive. Their “Machines That Sing” mixtape is an hour at la discoteca, including two takes on their namesake song. Check it out, and keep an eye on these two.