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Song of the Day #162: Just Us

Shlohmo – Just Us

Shlohmo is a Los Angeles based music producer well known for his warm, dream-like, syncopated sound. This song is off his 2011 album titled Bad Vibes.

Check out Shlohmo on Spotify.

Published on November 21, 2014

Photos from Halloween 2014 at Dojo

This year, finally, Halloween fell on a Friday night. In late August we decided that we’d host a Halloween party at Dojo, and that finally went down almost two weeks ago. We had two areas of music with 12 DJs at this event, but most importantly, lots of amazing costumes. Below are a few photos, but at the bottom of this post there’s a link to the full set of photos.

Halloween at Dojo

Halloween at Dojo

Halloween at Dojo

Halloween at Dojo

Halloween at Dojo

More Halloween 2014 Photos
Published on November 12, 2014

Photos from Washington DC

After visiting California, I returned home to Northern Virginia and Washington DC for about a week. Below are a few photos and the rest are here: Photos: Washington DC

Washington DC 2014

Washington DC 2014

Washington DC 2014

Washington DC 2014

Published on April 21, 2014
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Song of the Day #147: Ghostwriter

RJD2 – Ghostwriter

One of the great hip hop beat makers of all time (along with The Alchemist and Harry Fraud). I played this at the last Dojo party and two strangers gave me fist bumps. RJD2 is pretty much the coolest production moniker ever, also.

Published on July 19, 2013

Movie Review #4: Skyfall

Although this movie came out last year in the US, I saw it in a theater in China just over a week ago.

Skyfall

The 23rd (!) James Bond film and Daniel Craig’s third, Skyfall is probably the best Bond film in decades. In this iteration, Bond pursues an ex-agent (played by Javier Bardem) determined to murder Bond’s boss, the head of MI6. This is the first Bond movie directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty), and the cinematography in this film is heads above the previous Bond film Quantum Solace.

James Bond feels a little cliche to me – especially when the theme song plays – but this film is difficult to knock. Action scenes are stunning from the first moment, an intense motorcycle chase scene in Istanbul. The Bond series in general is moving in the direction of The Bourne Trilogy in it’s grit, which I think is a good thing. With that said, I think I still prefer Bourne as a franchise over Bond. There’s so much less baggage.

Rating:

4 Stars

Official Trailer:

Published on February 5, 2013

Morning Routine With the Aeropress

Nothing beats a cup of great coffee on a winter morning.

The search for that cup has filled my head with a lot of miscellany.  Information about coffee beans, grinding methods, the ideal temperature of extraction, and so much more. After going through a drip coffee machine and a french press, I have arrived at the Aeropress. Created by American inventor Alan Adler, it is like a large plastic syringe that makes outstanding coffee.

While it looks similar to a french press, it uses air pressure to extract two shots of powerful espresso. With a real espresso machine you need 9 bar of press, which is a lot, but the Aeropress produces excellent results comparable with a moka pot, which is a stovetop espresso maker. If you aren’t ready to spend hundreds of dollars on a legitimate espresso machine, go straight to the Aeropress. It costs about $25 on Amazon and produces far better coffee in 30 seconds than the Krups coffee machine you find in most kitchens.

One thing I noticed immediately was that I could taste the subtle differences between different beans for the first time. To improve taste, I got fresh Yunnan Province coffee beans which were harvested within the last 45 days, along with a Hario hand grinder. The hand grinder is important because it yields a more consistant grind and doesn’t heat up (burn) the beans like an electric grinder does.

Here’s my 90-second morning coffee routine:

  1. Wake up and put water into an electric kettle, turn it on
  2. When the water has boiled, turn the kettle off and set my watch timer
  3. Grind a small handful of beans in the Hario grinder, looking at my watch
  4. After one minute has passed, put the beans into the Aeropress, fill it 20% with water and stir
  5. Slowly press the coffee by hand, which takes 20 seconds and produces two shots of espresso
  6. Add water to make an Americano, with a splash of milk
  7. Eject the spent coffee “puck” into the trash and rinse the Aeropress
  8. Drink delicious coffee

 

Published on December 30, 2012
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Beijing Mix Club Promo Images

I was shocked to find such well designed promo imagery for my gig in Beijing last Saturday. An artist illustrated this months three DJs into a collage – we look like we’re superheros or Japanese animation characters. It’s incredible to see DJ Rectangle on the same promo material, I bought his records when I first started scratching in 2002! Now he’s depicted as an illustration, sitting behind me. Unbelievable.

This is like last year when at the Panda Music Festival, DJ Shadow’s name appeared below mine on the ticket.

Club Mix Beijing Promo

Beijing Mix Club Outside

Beijing Mix Club Promo

 

Published on September 10, 2012