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Friday, March 23, 2012

Darq E Freaker's 'The 3-D Mix': London Beats to Blow Up Your Ears

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM

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Here's a little something to blow up your ears this weekend: A new mini-mix by London grime/dubstep producer Darq E Freaker, initially put together for British MTV. Darq E Freaker is a still relatively up-and-coming producer over there, known among other things for producing Tempa T's wickedly confrontational "Next Hype." He's on his way up on this side of the Atlantic, too: Breakout Detroit rapper Danny Brown is a fan, and there's word that Brown will soon be laying down rhymes over Darq E Freaker's "Blueberry," one of the tracks included on this roughly 28-minute mix.

The whole thing is worth a listen: Over slamming grime basslines, Darq E Freaker slaps down fat, jarring melodies that sound cheesy and dirty and titanic at the same time. He'll weave in wisps of vocal samples and crystalline arpeggios, too, but the core ingredient here is the jabbing square-synth low-end hits. The mix just gets better the longer it plays and the louder you turn up the volume. Check it out after the jump.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

All Shook Down Music Fest: Download Our Free Pre-Party Minimix

Posted By on Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 11:44 AM

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Our All Shook Down Music Fest is coming up quickly -- it's this Saturday at the Regency Ballroom, in case you haven't gotten tickets yet. We're sure you're as excited as we are to see Crystal Castles, Mistah F.A.B., Maus Haus, and more. But just to send your anticipation to even greater heights, we've put together a nine-song minimix featuring hot tracks from many of the local performers at this year's fest. Check it out after the jump.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Check Out a Free Mini-Mix From the Diary Emo/Pop-Punk Party at Pop's Bar

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2011 at 3:42 PM

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Diary is a monthly party at the inimitable Pop's Bar featuring the best in late-'90s and early-'00s emo, pop-punk, and screamo. Starting this week, Diary -- which is put on by Patric Fallon, an occasional SF Weekly contributor and expert blogger over at XLR8R, along with Kristopher Hannum -- will bring its three-chord romps and noisy breakdowns to Saturday nights. In honor of the move, Fallon and Hannum put together a special mini-mix for All Shook Down featuring some of their favorite purveyors of whiney-boy choruses and heart-shredding adolescent poetry. Catch Diary this Saturday at Pop's, and snag the mini-mix -- with the DJs' commentary -- after the jump.


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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Debaser Celebrates Three Years of '90s Love with Friday Party, Exclusive Free Mix

Posted By on Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Debaser's Jamie Jams behind the decks
  • Debaser's Jamie Jams behind the decks
On Friday, the popular '90s DJ night Debaser will celebrate its third anniversary with a mega-bash at 111 Minna Gallery. In advance of the party, Debaser DJs Jamie Jams and Stab Master Arson put together a full-length -- 27-song! -- '90s mix for All Shook Down. You can listen to the mix and download it after the jump. Also, check out their extensive notes, which give history and trivia about each song, and explain why it was selected. Now, we'll hand the mic over to the DJs to introduce their mix:

We like our parties to be extremely dated, and try to be period accurate wherever possible. So here it is, our ode to love and love lost in the '90s, themed around the classic Cameron Crowe film Singles. If you listen closely, you can hear some choice cuts from the film, but also the ringing, jangling sound of the fall of 1992 and spring of 1993.

A lot of the artists featured here had already been around for some time -- in many cases, since the 80's -- and they were really only starting to break in the mainstream as Seattle, grunge, and all things alternative were becoming the "Flavor of the Month," as the Posies say. So "Come on Feel the Lemonheads"! Not to mention Morrissey, James, Sonic Youth, Juliana Hatfield, Liz Phair, Gin Blossoms, and a host of others. We included some fun facts about each song in the article below to keep you entertained while you listen.

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

DJ Earworm Slams 2010's Pop Hits Into One Frankenstein of a Song

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 9:56 AM

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If you really hate yourself, have the world's worst music taste, or are just morbidly curious how it's possible to mix together Billboard's top 25 songs into one coherent track, you'll probably wanna give DJ Earworm's "United State of Pop 2010 (Don't Stop The Pop)" a listen.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Hear Justin Martin's Ghetto Buffet Mini-Mix for BBC Radio

Posted By on Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Justin Martin likes food. A lot.
  • Justin Martin likes food. A lot.

Along with the likes of Claude Von Stroke, Christian Martin, and j.phlip, Justin Martin has been destroying dancefloors as part of S.F.'s Dirtybird collective. Recently he made a "ghetto buffet" mini-mix for BBC DJ Annie Mac's show, we're serving it up to you right after the jump.


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Friday, October 29, 2010

Exclusive: Download All Shook Down's Halloween Mini-Mix

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 3:30 PM

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This is my last daily post for SF Weekly's All Shook Down blog, so I've decided to finish my stay here with a little parting gift. I've made everyone a short mix of dark, ominous, strange, and spookily awesome music to take with you this Halloween. It's certainly not your typical dance mix. This collection of tunes is more like mood music to get you in the spirit of the many costumed events you'll be enjoying over the weekend. Still, there are plenty of beats mixed into the macabre soundscapes included here -- many of them created by many of the artists and producers I've written about for All Shook Down. Enjoy the music and enjoy your Halloween!

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Exclusive Download: Chris Orr's 'Hac Mix' for Halloween Debaser

Posted By on Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 1:11 PM

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Chris Orr, the ex-pat from the shire and S.F.-based radio host, Public Works team member, acid-house casualty, and veteran DJ, is headlining Debaser's Halloween party this Friday, October 29, at 111 Minna. Before that performance, Orr hooked us up with a stellar mix of classic dance music, the likes of which have been making a serious come back as of late. Here's what Orr had to say about his Hac Mix:

Jamie from Debaser wanted to do a '90s blow out Halloween party, and he asked me if I would play a '90s style dance set, preferably with a bunch of tunes that were played at the Hacienda in Manchester in the late-'80s and early-'90s. So, I did a 20-minute quick mix with three turntables. I love this era of music, and all of these tracks bring me back to a great time for music and clubs. I didn't put the Happy Mondays or Stones Roses or any of the Madchester stuff on it, as I wanted to focus on some of the records that probably turned these rock musicians on to dance music. Most of the time it was music made by black and Latino musicians and singers from America, but it spoke volumes to a bunch of pasty white people on the isles (and in the shires, perhaps). I am one of them, but I tan a little bit after a few days in the sun. Enjoy the tunes.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Exclusive: NastyNasty's 'Lazer Soul' DJ Mini-Mix

Posted By on Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 3:10 PM

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Jasper Reeder is San Francisco lazer-bass aficionado NastyNasty, a vital asset to our city's increasingly vibrant electronic music landscape. He contributes his speaker-wobbling tracks to a handful of labels, including local institution Frite Nite, and can be seen regularly rockin' parties in S.F. and beyond with his energetic live sets. Reeder's next performance is quite a doozy: NastyNasty will be taking the stage along with a massive lineup of local, out-of-town, and international acts -- including ex-BBC Radio1 personality Mary Anne Hobbs, the post-dubstep poster boys of Mount Kimbie, the production half of the Postal Service (a.k.a. DNTEL and Jimmy Tamborello), SoCal beat music newcomer Asura, and local dubstep patron DJG. That party jumps off this Saturday, September 25, and doubles as the grand opening of brand-new Mission club Public Works.

But before Reeder does his cosmic bass tune thing on Saturday, he hooked up an exclusive mix for All Shook Down -- a 22-minute span of NastyNasty productions called Lazer Soul. Reading what the beatsmith had to say about his tracks was particularly surprising. Not only does he quote Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and legendary Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, he also reveals that many of his electronic compositions are inspired by the same feelings as lots of of pop and rock songs: "love or the lack thereof." Check out NastyNasty's Lazer Soul mix -- and read more about what went into it -- after the jump.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Exclusive: Gemini Disco's 'Goodbye Gemini' DJ Mini-Mix

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Gemini Disco's final party flier.
  • Gemini Disco's final party flier.
Really, Gemini Disco needs no introduction. The monthly party has been running circles around the classic disco, boogie, and house scene for four years, getting bigger and better with each installment of its well-decorated shindigs. Back in the day, Gemini used to jump off at Li Po Lounge, but it has since relocated to Underground SF and effectively taken over the Lower Haight club with well-dressed party-goers and talented DJs slinging tasteful tunes. But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.

Gemini is calling it quits, and this Saturday, September 4, will be its last hurrah. Derrick Love, promoter and resident DJ since the beginning, and the rest of the Gemini Disco gang (Vin Sol, Nicky B, and Le Dinosaur) bid farewell to their beloved party and all of its fans with this mini-mix he made exclusively for SF Weekly. While we are happy to have him share these special tunes with us, we are sad to see one of our favorite dance nights bite the dust. Get into Love's Goodbye Gemini mix after the jump before saying au revoir at the last get-down this weekend.

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