ESG FINAL SHOW.

Feeling super blessed for both having a friend (Ned) who hooked me with a ticket & being one of the few people who got to see, sweat & dance to ESG's final show at the tiny Bowery Electric venue last night.

For those who don't know (shame), ESG are a band based around 3 sisters from the Bronx, who in 1981 broke out on the seminal 99 Records .
Even though I was in London for most of the 80's, their tracks Moody & UFO had an incredible impact & influence on me as a DJ learning about grooves & tempo.
They've been sampled by such diverse acts as TLC, the Wu-Tang Clan, Beastie Boys, Big Daddy Kane, Gang Starr, Junior Mafia, Tricky, Jay-Dee, Unrest and Liars & in 1992 released their album "Sample Credits Don't Pay Our Bills".

They were a favorites of the 80's downtown NY club scene & regulars at legendary venues such as Danceteria & Mudd Club.

Sadly by the time I'd moved to NY they had pretty much stopped playing gigs here, so last nights show was something very special for me, & the others present.

However, they have played their "Final Show" before, so maybe you'll also get a chance to catch them : )
To know more, here's their Wiki & Discogs
Its all about the wait before the beat kicks back in!
Drum & Bass taking a bow & celebrating 34 years of being a killer rhythm section!

José Parlá rocks BK!

With a ton of other Brooklyn heads, family friend José Parlá (with brother Rey) celebrated the unveiling of his unbelievably beautiful new mural at the Barclay Center Arena.

Hearing José give his speech was quite emotional for a lot of us who've known the brothers Parlá since they became neighbors & friends.

Mind officially blown - Christian Marclay, The Clock.

I dont have the vocabulary to describe the experience of 
watching a little of The Clock!
I know this is old news for many but this morning I sat at the MoMA from 10.47am till 12.07pm but sincerely wished I could watch the full 24 hours.
Words like genius & unbelievable are so over used, that they dont have the impact that I wish they had for me right now, this work of art is ex·traor·di·nar·y.
Its playing at the MoMA till Jan 21 & I think they are running it sometimes for 24 hours too.
DONT SLEEP!

First good laugh of 2013!

I wish had the balls of the guys at Dope Jams Record Shop !
They just dont give a fuck.

 
TOP TEN RECORDS THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOWNLOADS!
 
 
 
 

RECLOOSE "MAGIC" (CARL CRAIG RMX)

Carl Craig has sunk to a new low this year. He has gone from making lazy tracks that make rich spaniards feel that Detroit vibe in Ibiza to literally catering to this crowd. This record sounds like dance music you would hear in H&M, Urban Outfitters or some other shitty clothing store. You can just see Soul Clap sitting around talking about how they wish they could make a track like this one day.  

STEVIE WONDER "LATELY" (TIMMY REGISFORD RMX.)

The thing I love most about the NY underground house scene is it's dedication to "integrity". When I think of the word integrity Timmy Regisford is always the first name that comes to mind. I mean yeah, there was that controversy when he put a song someone else made on his album. And yeah, maybe he bootlegged his boy Sting even though he was actually going to put the record out legit. And maybe he's put his name on a few records he wasn't even in the studio for when they were made. But these are just bumps along the road in an other wise integrity filled career. Take this release for example. It is titled "Lately" and has "Stevie" as the name on the label. I automatically assumed Stevie Wonder.  The big surprise here is that it's not actually Stevie Wonder on the record. It's Jodeci's version of "Lately" and Timmy Housed this baby just right. Those sweet hi hats that can only come straight out of Reason and the mind of his engineer extraordinaire Adam Rios on the mix. It's a perfect blend for those post Christmas blues. So come on down and buy a copy because we've had them sitting here all year. As a matter of fact if Timmy Regisford has stolen a song that you made and put his name on it we will give you a copy for free! (OFFER ONLY GOOD WHILE SUPPLIES LAST)

RON TRENT "KIDS AT PLAY"

I think it's safe to say Ron Trent's latest output has left a lot to be desired. This record is no exception. First, we have to point out the obvious. There is clearly a direct reference to Larry Heard's "Children At Play". Now when someone references a classic tune like this they are already treading on thin ice. The fact that he thinks he could make something of that caliber at this point in his career is a little frightening. Second, Ron Trent has now realized that he should have kept making records like the early Prescription records all along. Instead he tried to be Joe Claussell's mini-me. The only problem with this now is that it is contrived. It's like Mcdonald's bringing back the McRib once a year. It doesn't matter how many signs or commercials you see or don't because you know that kangaroo patty slathered in tangy barbecue sauce, slivered onions and tart pickles on a hoagie style bun is coming back around. Probably a little smaller and with less flavor than the year before but it will be back. So now Ron Trent has become the McRib. A little smaller with a lot less flavor. 

KUNIYUKI "EARTH BEATS" (LARRY HEARD RMXS)

All Mule had to do was repress the original. They didn't need to have anybody remix it. Just repress the original. Instead we get one of Larry Heard's worst releases ever, not that he has been battin' 1000 in the past 15 years, but c'mon! Another legend sucked into the Mule vortex as they proudly carry the torch as the Trackmode of this decade!!! (side note : This record sold out in the store in about 2 hours, so what the fuck do we know).

V.A "THE SOUND OF CAJMERE & CAJUAL RECORDS" (2XLP)

This compilation is truly amazing. I mean how they can take a label with so many great releases and put together such a terrible compilation is mind blowing. There is no reason why there should be one bad track on here. Maybe they just picked tracks out of a hat and went with whatever came up.  Maybe whomever picked the tracks had never listed to dance music before. They even managed to leave the few good tracks they put on the CD off of the vinyl. We'll compile it the right way in a couple months.

GLENN UNDERGROUND "THE WILDERNESS"

So there are some things we need to clear up. After our original review of this record (which you can see below) Glenn Crocker (G.U.) was nice enough to give us a call. He let us know that it must have been some vicious rumor that he said he was going to retire from dance music. So we would like to formally apologize for assuming by putting out records this bad that he was going to call it quits. We would also like to thank Glenn for giving us new material for our annual worst of list. While speaking with Mr. Crocker I took some time to write down some of our exchange and I figured there is no place better than this list to let you in on it. 

Phone Call :

GU: Who writes the reviews?

Dope Jams: We all do.

GU: Don't you think you should talk shit to the people's faces?

Dope Jams: I think that's what we do by putting the reviews on the site.

GU: Man I'm getting tired of this shit with you guy's. First the shit with Ron Trent, now this.

Dope Jams: That shit with Ron was exactly that. Ron Trent being a snake in the grass. 

GU: You know you can be touched?

Dope Jams: What do you mean? You want to give me a dicktap? 

GU: No, You'll see the next time I'm in NY. 

Original review :
"Didn't he say he retired from house music, jesus christ why do they still keep coming."

DREXCIYA "JOURNEY OF THE DEEP SEA DWELLER"

$100 Gift Certificate to anyone who can tell us what the good Drexciya track is!!! (Hallstrom that includes you!) I know this one is going to ruffle some feathers but I don't care. I don't understand the infatuation with Drexciya. Every white kid that comes in here talks about how great he is yet can't show us what dope track they have done. I've listened to the comps. I've listened to youtube videos and mp3's  people have sent me and I don't get it. It just sounds like mediocre techno to me. I will never understand why they get the praise they do. 

*So far we have 2 comps that made RA's best of this year if your counting.

MENTAL REMEDY "OMAMIUDA" (JOE CLAUSSELL)

Joaquin 'Joe' Claussell has officially taken the extreme beyond the extreme into the cosmic stratosphere with this one. There has to be a line between music for the dance floor and muzak for elevators. It reminds me of a pre-set on a Cassio keyboard taken seriously. The thing that drives me nut's the most is the solo sound on this record. I know you know that cantankerous organ wail because it has made an appearance on many of his releases over the last few years. It sounds like a whiny rich guy in his 60's mad that his original Blue Note RVG pressing of Jackie McLean's "Swing, Swang, Swingin" has a scuff mark . Please make it stop! 

BLACK JAZZ CONSORTIUM "CODES & METAPHORS 2"

Jus-Ed never ceases to amaze. We try not to carry his records but this one snuck in on a Fred P. 12", maybe we need to establish a full blown Morelli/L.I.E.S-esque boycott of his shit too. He just continues down his path no matter what's going on around him, there can be 16 inches of snow on the ground and the muthafucka is still cutting the grass. Take this record for example, it has chords that literally make me want to throw the record at someone as well as this incredible bass sound that is so miserably out of place I don't know what to say. That's not all. Wait till the piano line comes in. Does he even listen to what he's making?  This is a perfect example of how bad dance music can be! His persistence is admirable though.

ANDRES "NEW FOR U"

It's time for a reality check people, if this record came out fifteen years ago it would have been forgotten two weeks after it was released. Boring disco house is nothing new! I can't for the life of me understand why this record has been number one on so many end of the year lists. It's unreal. Somebody needs to get Johnick, DJ Sneak and Johnny Fiasco back in the studio ASAP. I can name 5 records that are at least this good right now off the top of my head without even trying. I get it it's a simple record that is catchy but to call it the best record that came out this year is so sad and yet somehow so fucking appropriate!!

5 disco house records you should probaly own if you think this is the best record that came out this year…

#1#2#3#4#5

 

Supreme Stash on New Years Day.

Last week I was tipped off to a guy who has "mad sick Supreme sticker collection". I always make the effort to follow up when I get tips like this but normally they don't pan out. Either the guy flakes out or the stash is not really so dope.

Jan 1st 2013 turned out to be the real deal.
However, I'm not showing the stickers he's loaned me. You'll have to wait to see them in the exhibition or next Vol of the Stickers book but below are a few pics of just some of his bonkers collection of shit.
Its really a brand unlike any other, followers are cult like ;)

 

Key rings.

Domino set.

Incense & holder.

Ball & gloves are sitting on a nice book too.

Ultimate gold nuget - Skate Tool/Pipe

Framed up largest Supreme sticker ever. 

I know this is teasing - but anyone EVER seen a black logo box sticker before? ;)


RECORDS NOT MADE OF VINYL..

Being a little tired of reading about people finding "interesting" things to do with the millions of records that are of no use to anyone, I was psyched to find three unrelated stories of records actually being made for a change.  Even-though they are not made of vinyl... One ice, another from a 3D printer & one optical.