Specialty Mix


Happy Pride, everybody!

There are several Pride-themed mix sets for download if you search the site for the word “pride” on the main page, but I wanted to call your attention to a special one.

You’re A Homo (And Everybody Knows) was originally posted in 2006. It’s roughly 70 songs by 70 artists in 70 minutes, genre be damned. You can download it, or stream it on Soundcloud.

In August 2010 I recorded an exclusive new mix for the Electronic Music Bears podcast titled Summer Of ’83.

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Intro
Civic Transit (Anoraak LAX Remix) by Keenhouse
Love Saves The Day (Mario Basanov Vocal Remake) by Kaine featuring Kathy Diamond
Eagle by Bottin
Count Your Lucky Stars (The Diogenes Club Remix) by Casio Social Club
Dr. Funk by Sidechains
Autodrive (50 Pound Note Re-edit) by Herbie Hancock
Confusion by New Order
Baby I’m Yours (Aeroplane Remix) by Breakbot
121 In Luv by Casio Social Club
Survivor (Keenhouse Remix) by Fare Soldi

I wanted to build it around a specific feel, focusing on new artists who are using older analog sounds, but also throw in a couple of tracks that actually are from 1983. Summertime in San Francisco is usually cold and foggy, so this is one last warm farewell to a summer that didn’t really happen.

Pride 2012 – The 50 Pound Note Mix

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Around The World by Daft Punk
Theme From Videodrome Discothèque by Sean Drinkwater
It’s Not Over (Dimitri From Paris EroDiscoMix) by Holy Ghost!
Work (Oliver $ Remix) by The 2 Bears
Let’s Have A Kiki (50 Pound Note Quick ‘n’ Dirty Pride Edit) by Scissor Sisters
Jetstream (Richard X Remix) by New Order
God Save The Queer by Klatsch!
Feel So Close (Extended Mix) by Calvin Harris
Timebomb (George M. Extended Mix) by Kylie
Party All The Time by Aubrey O’Day and Shannell SnL
What A Feeling (Featuring Kelly Rowland) (Henry John Morgan Remix) by Alex Gaudino
Proud (Peter Presta QAF V Mix) by Heather Small

“Give in, get happy!”

This was my 4th consecutive year serving as the DJ on Virgin America’s Pride float, and once again we were honored to have recording artist, reality show star, and hometown girl Aubrey O’Day on board, along with a contingent of my colorful co-workers.

San Francisco Pride’s theme for 2012 was Global Equality, and the theme for Virgin’s float was The World Is Your Runway. To that end I tried to flavor the music just a bit with travel themes.

Please enjoy and share this souvenir mix of my set from the float.

Cover star: me!

Pride 2011 – The 50 Pound Note Mix

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Coma Cat by Tensnake
Put Your Hands Up (Pete Hammond Remix) by Kylie
Unintentional (U-Tern Remix) by Señor Stereo
I Want Your Sex 2011 (Freemasons Vocal Club Mix) by George Michael
Booty Move (Original Mix) by TJR
You Got Me by Second City Rhythm
Push It (Ron Reeser & Dan Saenz Club Mix) by Jessie And The Boy Toys
Automatic (Ultimix) by Aubrey O’Day
I Like That (Featuring Luciana) by Richard Vission & Static Revenger
Take Off (12″ Version) by Jon Giovanni
Any Which Way (7th Heaven Club Mix) by Scissor Sisters

“If this don’t make your booty move, your booty must be dead!”

This was my 3rd consecutive year serving as the DJ on Virgin America’s Pride float. In addition to my awesome tunes (*wink*) and a dance routine from some of my fellow Virgin America teammates, we were also honored to have recording artist and reality show star Aubrey O’Day on board (with her companions Ginger and Maryann).

Please enjoy this souvenir mix taken from the set I mixed live on the float.

Cover star: Maryann O’Day

Past>Forward Vol. 5 – The 50 Pound Note Disco Mix

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Disco Circus by Martin Circus
Can’t Live Without Your Love by Tamiko Jones
Is It All Over My Face by Loose Joints
Let’s Dance by The Bombers
Star Cruiser by Gregg Diamond
How Much, How Much I Love You by Love And Kisses
Mama Rue (C’est Moi) by The Queen Samantha
San Francisco (You’ve Got Me) by Village People
Love In C Minor by Cerrone
High On Mad Mountain by Mike Theodore Orchestra
Good In Love by The Ritchie Family
Souvenirs by Voyage
Magnifique by Magnifique
Dancing Is Dangerous by Nöel
Dance (Disco Heat) by Sylvester
Devil’s Run by Peter Jacques Band

“Freaky scenes of pure delight…”

Disco is hard.

I learned to DJ in the late ’80s, when turntables were the norm, and most dance music was created with drum machines and sequencers so a song would keep a consistent beat. Most disco music was created using session musicians with real drums, real percussion, real strings – real everything, so the tempo is going to vary because of the human element. Beat matching disco music is hard.

I think I did a pretty good job. I’ve been planning this mix for a while for a couple of reasons. The first is that we’re coming up on the annual Remember The Party dance at San Francisco’s legendary Trocadero Transfer. The other reason is my friend Bruce. For those of you familiar with the discography restoration projects I’ve been involved with elsewhere, Bruce is the genius behind the vinyl transfers. His ability to take a vinyl platter and massage the sound to near CD quality is unrivaled. Bruce’s passion is for authentic OOP ’70s disco albums and singles – in fact, 13 of the 16 tracks presented here are his work. He’s recently mastered some albums for CD re-release, and is beginning to get the recognition he deserves. Bruce will be here for Remember The Party (arriving tomorrow, as a matter of fact), and will finally get to experience real disco music in a real legendary disco. This mix is for him.

I discovered a few interesting things while working with these tracks. Let’s Dance was sampled by Lee Douglas for a remix of The Juan Maclean’s Happy House in 2008. Star Cruiser borrows a musical theme from Hey Jude. A keyboard riff in Mama Rue (C’est Moi) was used by Bronski beat on their Eartha Kitt collaboration Cha Cha Heels, and Devils’ Run also seems to have inspired their Hit That Perfect Beat. Finally, Pet Shop Boys may have had a huge hit with their cover of Village People’s Go West, but they also lifted a horn riff from San Francisco (You’ve Got Me) and used it in New York City Boy.

I hope this mix puts a smile on your face. Bruce has certainly caused me to re-evaluate what I always assumed was cheesy disco music – tracks like Dancing Is Dangerous and High On Mad Mountain have found a permanent rotation in my DJ sets. I also hope to see you at Remember The Party on Sunday night. Wear white!

For further reading, may I suggest Vince Aletti’s excellent book The Disco Files 1973-78.

Pride 2010 – The 50 Pound Note Mix

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Telephone (DJ Dan Extended Vocal Mix) by Lady GaGa & Beyoncé
Enjoy The Silence (Original Club Mix) by Matt Samuels
Acapella (Bimbo Jones Remix) by Kelis
Bulletproof (Morel Vox Mix) by La Roux
Back Of The Van (Wawa Remix) by Ladyhawke
All The Lovers (Wawa and MMB Anthem Mix) by Kylie
Will You Be There (Seamus Haji Big Love Remix) by Andy Bell
Would’ve Been The One (RedTop Retro Club Mix) by Solange
Evacuate The Dancefloor (Cahill Remix) by Cascada
This Time (Mike Rizzo Funk Generation Club Mix) by Eha

“Sorry, I cannot hear you, I’m kinda busy…”

On Sunday I served as the DJ on Virgin America’s float during the San Francisco Pride parade. This was my second year doing so, and it’s always really fun but also a real challenge – the float is bouncing up and down from everyone dancing, plus there’s stop/start forward motion as the float moves along. I compare it to DJing on a trampoline. You can watch the float in motion here (thanks Bob).

I wanted to keep the vibe really up and fun and play songs people would know, but maybe not mixes they’d heard before. This mix was recorded after-the-fact as a sort of souvenir, and was pulled from the original longer set, keeping the songs in their same running order.

(Pride flag photo courtesy Jeff Smith)

Just A Band – The 50 Pound Note Rock Mix
(Original upload date 24 December 2007)

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Thou Shalt Always Kill (Knifehandchop Remix) by Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip
Killing In The Name Of (SebastiAn) by Rage Against The Machine
Immigrant Song (Dirty Funker Remix) by Led Zeppelin
Lithium (Dirty Funker Remix) by Nirvana
All These Things That I’ve Done (Pink Noise Mix) by The Killers
Proper Education (Pig & Dan Remix) by Eric Prydz vs. Pink Floyd
Welcome To The Machine (Dirty Funker Remix) by Pink Floyd
The Walk (Infusion 12″ Remix) by The Cure
Should I Stay Or Should I Go (white label) by The Clash
Blue Orchid (Dirty Funker’s Blue Mix) by The White Stripes
Bigmouth Strikes Again (FakeID Mix) by The Smiths
No Love Lost (Joy Division cover) by LCD Soundsystem

Thou shalt not put musicians and recording artists on ridiculous pedestals no matter how great they are or were.

The Beatles – Were just a band.
Led Zeppelin – Just a band.
The Beach Boys – Just a band.
The Sex Pistols – Just a band.
The Clash – Just a band.
Crass – Just a band.
Minor Threat – Just a band.
The Cure – Were just a band.
The Smiths – Just a band.
Nirvana – Just a band.
The Pixies – Just a band.
Oasis – Just a band.
Radiohead – They’re just a band.
Bloc Party – Just a band.
The Arctic Monkeys – Just a band.
The next big thing – Just a band!

- Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip

Energy 92.7 – The 50 Pound Note Mix
(Original upload date 2 June 2007)

PART ONE (38.6 MB, 192kbps, 27:58)

Faster Kill Pussycat (Club Mix) by Paul Oakenfold featuring Brittany Murphy
Breakaway (Chris Fraser Main Mix) by Inaya Day
Perfect (Michi Lange Sidekick Remix) by Princess Superstar
I Could Fall In Love With You (Monteverde Vocal Extended Remix) by Erasure
The World Is Mine (Blackstrobe Remix) by David Guetta

PART TWO (38.8 MB, 192kbps, 28:07)

Read My Mind (Linus Loves Remix) by The Killers
Acceptable In The ’80s (Mad Adam’s Kickboosted Remix Edit) by Calvin Harris
U + Ur Hand (BeatCult Remix) by Pink
I’m Gonna Make You Fall In Love With Me (Remix) by Heaven 17
Glamorous (The Scene Kings Electro Remix) by Fergie

This mix was commissioned by my friend DJ Dann Edmond while he was working for Energy 92.7, San Francisco’s late, great dance music station, which was on the air from October 2004 to September 2009. It was split into two parts to allow for a commercial break in the middle, and the tracks alternate between songs from their heavy rotation playlist during May 2007 and my own choices.

This is just a bit more commercial that what I was spinning at the time, but I’m very happy with the way it turned out. I’m not sure of the exact date it aired.

Cuddle The Present – The Radio Clash Podcast Mix
(Original upload date 21 February 2006)

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Phantom (Faex Edit) by Justice
Freak Up The Love by Celebrity Murder Party
Steam And Sequins For Larry Levan by Matmos
The Island That Loves by Totom
The Future (Mark Moore Remix) by Prince
Chikki Chikki Ahh Ahh by Baby Ford
NRG (Act Of Dog’s Acidtonic Mix) by Adamski
Charly The Cat by Elbarto & Liam B
I Like Starsky’s Moves by Pilchard
Peaches vs, Kinks white label (PFF Re-edit)
We Rocked Your Friend’s Body by Josh Console
Fa Fa Fa by Datarock
Do Re Me, So Far So Good by Carter USM
Jet Boy, Jet Girl by Elton Motello
Tainted Love by John B featuring Marcy Meow
Harlesden (Cyantific Remix) by London Elektricity
Hopping + Wiggling by David Shrigley
Beauty Queen by Roxy Music
Scribbling by David Shrigley

A guest mix provided from Tim over at Radio Clash.

Kavity Door Prize – The 50 Pound Note Retro Mix
(Original upload date 10 February 2006)

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Jay talks about John Hughes and Shermer, IL, from Dogma
9 To 5 by Dolly Parton
Let Me Go! (12″ Version) by Heaven 17
Atomic Dog by George Clinton
Samantha finds out what happened to her panties from Sixteen Candles
19 by Paul Hardcastle
I Heard A Rumour (Horoscope Mix) by Bananarama
Sussudio (Extended Mix) by Phil Collins
Boy (Extended Version) by Book Of Love
(Keep Feeling) Fascination (Groove Collision TMC Mix) by The Human League
Big Time (Electrokingdom’s Main Mix Extended) by Peter Gabriel
I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (White Label) by Hall & Oates
Love On Your Side (White Label) by The Thompson Twins
Sex (I’m A…) Dwarf (Soft Cell vs. Berlin) by Peter Black
Bigmouth Strikes Again (White Label) by The Smiths
Never Say Never (Long Version) by Romeo Void
I’m Gonna Miss You by Milli Vanilli

I was asked to mix one of the door prize CDs to be given away at Kavity, an 80′s-themed party in San Francisco. Some of these songs were in my final set – others weren’t. I tried to strike a balance between original mixes of classic tracks, some edgier fare, and new mixes of old favorites. I wanted it to be retro without feeling tired and boring.

Kavity was the 2nd of 3 annual parties: Kandy, Kavity, and SugarKRASH.

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