Postcards from Poland: Trójka Radio Treasures

Warsaw, Poland Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw, Poland Warsaw, Poland

This year, I spent New Year’s in Warsaw, Poland, hangin’ with my fam. It was just about in the tween degrees outside everyday (that’s Fahrenheit for your reference) and thus a lot more time was spent in the car rather than walking around to our various stops. We listened to a radio station called Trójka and gosh darn it if I didn’t find myself Shazamming a bunch of the tracks they played.

Here are a couple flashback tracks they played from the ’70s-’80s. Judge me accordingly.

Yes, I’m aware that it is now 2015.

“Let’s All Chant” – Michael Zager Band (1978)

“You’re My Heart, You’re My Soul” – Modern Talking (1984)

And now here’s an actual, current Polish track that caught my ear. Throw the lyrics in the Google translator if you like.

“Pył (feat. Justyna Święs)” – Fisz Emade Tworzywo

Happy New Year, strangers. Na zdrowie!

Have Yourself a Merry A Little Playlist – Top Songs for Christmas

DJ Glenniest - Groovy Gifts

I hope Santa doesn’t put me down on his naughty list for this statement, but: CHRISTMAS MUSIC MAKES ME WANT TO ROAST MYSELF ON AN OPEN FIRE.

I DJed several holiday-time festivities this year and knew I’d have to add some appropriately holiday-time festive tracks to my virtual crates. So I had to find some stuff that didn’t make me want to drown myself in egg nog.

For a brief moment, I considered buying Now That’s What I Call Christmas. Oh (rein)dear.

Because Christmas is the season of giving, here’s my stash of groovy gifties just for you! Spiked egg nog drowning optional.

1. Holiday Lounge – The Christmas Remixes
A sleighful of completely listenable, legit remixes of holiday classics. The producers behind these remixes include Dan the Automator and Kaskade. Get the whole thing.

2. “Christmas in Hollis” – RUN DMC

This is no news flash. No holiday party mix is complete without this Christmastime tune from the winter wonderland of Hollis Queens. Here’s a YouTube of this holiday classic translated as emoji. (p.s. This vid is from a few years back. Man, I miss this iOS.)

3. “Santa Baby” (Alexkid & DJ Sleep Remix) – Eartha Kitt
How did I never notice the lyrics to this before? This woman has her mind on her money and her money on her mind:

“Santa honey, one little thing I really need
The deed to a platinum mine

Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa cutie, and fill my stocking with the duplex and checks
Sign your ‘x’ on the line
Santa cutie, and hurry down the chimney tonight”

Yes, Santa, hurry up with this stuff pls.

 

4. “White Christmas” (Kaskade Remix) – Bing Crosby
This one is included on the Holiday Lounge compilation above, but I thought I’d call it out on its own, too. Kaskade posted it to his Soundcloud as a free download. We like FREE.

In the track notes, Kaskade says, “I only had the 2 track to work with so I had to get tricky but it’s fun and I got to put my slant on this classic, enjoy!”

 

5. “Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto” – James Brown
Santa Claus, go straight to the ghetto. And tell ’em James Brown sent ya.

6. “Wonderful Christmastime” – Paul McCartney
Whoa. The video is rad for this one. Space age.

7. “The Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth” – Bing Crosby & David Bowie
Speaking of space age. I thought I was in outerspace watching Bing Crosby and David Bowie in their dapper duds and all this pa-rum-pum-pum business.

And you can’t watch the original without following it up with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s parody version. So weird and wonderful.

8. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey, The Roots, and Jimmy Fallon
I nearly passed out the other day when I realized the original Mariah classic version of this is 20 years old. Oh well, so what if it makes me feel old — white beards are really popular this time of year.

Here’s the best rendition evaaa of this song, filmed for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon a couple years ago. With classroom instruments. And The Roots. And Mariah Carey with stars on her nips???

9. “Christmas Rappin'” – Kurtis Blow
Another wow video. Kurtis Blow kilt it in this “Top of the Pops” performance of “Christmas Rappin'” from 1980. Did you know this song was the first rap song released on a major label (Mercury Records)? I didn’t. But now I do.

10. “Last Christmas” – Wham!
I know you’ve probably already heard this one too many times as you wandered around the aisles of CVS, but here it is again. I like to really consider the lyrics:
“Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
The very next day, you gave it away.”

The very next day?! Sucks.

This year, to save me from tears, I’ll give it to someone special.

Merry xmas, strangers. Stay safe, stay warm, stay away from shopping malls.

Catching up with Sampology at Culture Collide – 10.17.14 & 10.18.14

Sampology at Culture Collide LA Sampology at Culture Collide LA

Under the big balloon moon of Culture Collide LA, I caught up with Sampology over drinkies in Taix Restaurant before his set Friday night.

Out of Brisbane, Australia, Sampology (Sam Poggioli) is an audio-visual artist who is one chill fuzzy haired sweetheart of an Aussie dude. His sets are always known for being a collage of visuals and DJed music, but this time around he is coming out with all original sights and sounds. The music is all his own, and the visuals accompanying were something he worked on with — here comes the sweetheart part — his mom! His videos give movement to his mother’s illustrations and paintings, and it was so beautiful to know this story and connection behind them as I watched his set. ((hug))

Sampology at Culture Collide LA

He describes the sound he’s drawn to as “carnival tropical.” The inspiration for his new single “Shine A Light” was from his experience watching the dancefloor as a DJ. He’d put on and early 70s/late 80s Brazilian record and as he said, “the girls would start to move their hips and it changes the whole dynamic.” Dynamic hip shaking and cheering greeted the track when Sampology closed out the night with it in the front room of Taix later that evening. Check the video for “Shine A Light,” a collaboration with R&B singer Daniel Merriweather:

Sampology came from a hip-hop background, and draws from a collection of what he estimates at 4,000-5,000 records to sampologize from. “I like to take a sample and flip it. I take something familiar that people might know, and flip it and juxtapose it.”

Sampology

I had to ask him about my favorite of these flipped out audio-visual creations from 2012: ATTACK OF THE CATS. He said the inspiration was his girlfriend’s cat Ronnie. All I can say is, Ronnie must be one rad cat to have inspired this catsterpiece. Behold:

Sampology performed Friday, October 17, at Taix Restaurant, and Saturday, October 18, at The Aussie BBQ at The Echo. His debut US LP is due out June 2015.