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Episode 9: Live @ The Do-Over July 19, 2009
August 27, 2011 07:38 PM PDT
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The Do-Over was established in the summer of 2005 as a free weekly outdoor Sunday jammy jam complete with booze & barbecue that went down all day long in the heart of Hollywood, California. Hosted by Jamie Strong, Chris Haycock, & Aloe Blacc, each installment featured a laundry list of superstar mystery guest DJs rockin' the sunny jams & classic tunes you grew up with, plus whatever other insanity that might come out of the speakers.

The Do-Over has since grown into an international phenomenon, with satellite installments popping up everywhere from New York to London to Oslo, and everywhere in between. The party is now world-renown for showcasing everyone's favorite DJs and their favorite DJs.

On this particular Sunday in July of 2009, I was part of a jam-packed line-up that included fellow Rootdown family Wyatt Case, Inka One of Boombox fame, and Spinderella. Yeah THAT Spinderella...

You'll find everything and the kitchen sink in this set. Over the course of an hour, you'll hear me rockin' everything from Dilla to Ice Cube to classic boogie funk. I also somehow managed to cram some New Jack Swing and Brazilian treats in there too. Somehow it all works out.

Regular master of ceremonies Aloe Blacc was out of town that day. But big shout to LA legend Medusa and the multi-talented Jneiro Jarel, who more than capably held down the crowd motivation duties in Aloe's absence.


Episode 8: Rootdown Radio #4
January 14, 2011 01:49 PM PST
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So much heat this time around. This episode should have a little something for everyone. It starts off with a short but high-energy funk/rare groove set that features a few samples you might recognize. From there I go into a sick collabo from Blackalicious emcee Gift of Gab and my good homie Raashan Ahmad from Crown City Rockers, where they trade off rapid-fire verses for 3 minutes straight like their lives depended on it. You'll also get some classic treats from the Ultramagnetic MC's, legendary lyricist Percee P's first group Top Priority, a rare gem from Black Star, along with recent hotness from Dilla, Black Thought, MF DOOM, Badu, Madlib, and a few other surprises. All meticulously compiled and mixed by yours truly.

The show closes out with another beautifully eclectic live set by the late, great DJ Dusk, excavated from the Rootdown archives.

Happy listening...

Episode 7: Rootdown Radio #3
January 06, 2011 12:37 AM PST
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Happy 2011! We made it! A huge thanks to all of you out there who've been supporting the podcast by downloading, subscribing, re-Tweeting, or otherwise spreading the word. I truly appreciate it.

This latest installment features highlights from my third episode as fill-in host for ROOTDOWN RADIO that was recorded for Scion back in 2009 while regular host (Miles Tackett of Breakestra fame) was on tour. The show kicks off with a short set of grimy fuzz funk, blues, & some classic Jimi Hendrix (and that's just in the first 5 minutes). From there, I go into a mix of classic and recent funky soul treats, followed by some Afrobeat and a couple of my all time favorite Latin bangers. The show closes out with a criminally slept on joint from the infamous Los Angeles soul collective, The Rebirth, which coincidentally features the final vocal performance from longtime mainstay Noelle Scaggs before leaving the group to collaborate with the LA-based funk-pop collective Fitz & The Tantrums.

Occasional turntablism ensues throughout. Lots to love in this one. Enjoy!

Episode 6: Rootdown Radio #2
December 16, 2010 11:34 AM PST
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Sorry for the long hiatus between posts. Schedule permitting, I'll try do a better job of getting these podcasts up with a little more frequency in the future. This one features highlights from my second episode of ROOTDOWN RADIO that I recorded for Scion back in 2009 while regular host Music Man Miles was on tour with his band the Breakestra. The show starts with an extended set of Latin treats, followed by some true school hip hop rarities, then ends on a high note with some soul and raw funk with a little bit of turntablism sprinkled in for good measure. All compiled and mixed by yours truly. The Rootdown goes down every Thursday night at the new Gabah in Los Angeles (4916 Hollywood Blvd.). Enjoy...

Episode 5: Rootdown Radio
October 25, 2010 02:42 AM PDT
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Back in 2009, for the better part of a year, Miles Tackett - founder of the Breakestra and co-founder of the Rootdown - went on tour to promote the release of his band's latest LP, Dusk Til Dawn. In his absence, he entrusted me with the humbling task of taking over the reins of a little side project he had been involved in with Scion (the car company) called ROOTDOWN RADIO, a streaming online radio show that attempted to capture the vibe of LA's longest-running Thursday night hip hop/funky soul/Latin/roots dance party. Guests of the show included Mayer Hawthorne, Mona Lisa, Kon & Amir, fellow members of the Rootdown Soundsystem, and many more.

In celebration of The Rootdown club returning to weekly status as of Thursday, October 28, 2010 after a year long hiatus, I'm posting up some highlights from my first episode of Rootdown Radio. The last fifteen minutes of the show is a set by the immortal DJ Dusk taken from one of the many Root Down live sessions.

More episodes to come in the near future.


Episode 4: A Tribute To His Royal Purple Badness
October 08, 2010 11:43 PM PDT
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This is a 20 minute snippit from a super limited edition 2 cd mix I recently did, consisting of songs from "The Artist" and friends he worked with over the years. Physical copies of the full mix are currently available exclusively at Turntable Lab LA, Street Sounds (both in Los Angeles), Amoeba SF, Turntable Lab NY, and shows I'm performing at, while supplies last. In the meantime, enjoy this little taste...

Episode 3: Classic Hip Hop 101
October 04, 2010 01:35 AM PDT
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A DJ homie of mine once told me, "You can't call yourself a REAL DJ until you put your weight on a classic hip hop mix." Inspired by said homie - along with a more than unhealthy dose of too many worn out dubs of old KDAY, We Came From Beyond, Wake Up Show, and Friday Night Flavors Megamixes...in addition to ridiculous amounts of Yo! MTV Raps, Pump It Up, Rap City reruns - I set about putting together what you're about to hear.

This is the first half of a 90 minute mix of classic hip hop that I compiled, mixed, and recorded ON CASSETTE TAPE sometime back in the late 90s. The good news is that I had the good sense to eventually transfer that cassette recording to a digital format several years ago. The bad news is that, for the life of me, I can't find where the other half of this mix is. Oh well...I'll keep you posted if it turns up at some point.

Logistics: The mix is all live. All vinyl. The records you see in the picture are my actual records used for the mix. Truth in advertising here, folks: Hip Hop 101, meaning a bunch of songs you've probably heard a gazillion times by now, or at least SHOULD have heard a gazillion times by now if you consider yourself a fan of golden age hip hop. If you're NOT a fan of golden age hip hop for some reason, then I'm silently judging you right now. Regardless, consider this your "Hip Hop For Dummies" or "Hip Hop For People Whose Only Exposure To Hip Hop Is At Weddings Or When They Spoof It On TV Shows" tutorial.

This is probably the oldest piece of recorded material that I feel comfortable sharing with the world. Barring some long forgotten "gem" in my collection that I'm not aware of turning up at some point in the future, everything else I post up from here on out should be newer stuff from me (i.e 2000 or later).

In the meantime, enjoy this blast from the distant past, my first baby steps toward becoming a REAL DJ (lol)...


1) Intro
2) Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force - Planet Rock
3) Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel - White Lines
4) Liquid Liquid - Cavern
5) Herman Kelley & Life - Let's Dance To The Drummer's Beat
6) George Kranz - Din Daa Daa
7) L.A. Dream Team - Dream Team Is In The House
8) Kool Moe Dee - I Go To Work
9) Wildstyle Soundtrack - Down By Law (Instrumental)
10) Art Of Noise - Beatbox
11) Sugarhill Gang - Rapper's Delight
12) Whistle - Just Buggin'
13) Run DMC - Peter Piper
14) Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock - It Takes Two
15) Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh - La Di Da Di
16) LL Cool J - I'm Bad
17) Eric B. & Rakim - Eric B. Is President
18) Audio Two - Top Billin'
19) Public Enemy - Rebel Without A Pause
20) Public Enemy - Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic
21) Terminator X - Buck Whylin'
22) Boogie Down Productions - My Philosophy
23) Boogie Down Productions - The Bridge Is Over
24) Marley Marl - The Symphony
24) Big Daddy Kane - Ain't No Half Steppin'
25) The Emotions - Blind Alley (Snippet)

Episode 2: Covers
September 24, 2010 11:32 AM PDT

RE-UPPED: I'm combing through my archives all week, and posting up the old mixes that I think still hold up or constitute a worthwhile listen.

This here is a mix of cover tunes I initially threw together back in about 2006 as a gift/free download for family, friends, fans, and mailing list subscribers for the holiday season.

Nothing too flashy here: Just a little over an hour of cover tunes from various artists & genres compiled, mixed, and juggled by yours truly. 2 takes. All live. All vinyl. No Serato. No post production. Any quirky echo effects you hear were done on the spot using my trusty Pioneer 909 DJ mixer. Hope you dig it.


The Songs:

1) Loren's Dance

2) Hey Jude

3) Tomorrow

4) Summer In The City

5) Light My Fire

6) You're All I Need To Get By

7) If I Was Your Woman

8) Feel Like Makin' Love Pts. 1 & 2

9) Can't Take My Eyes Off You

10) Frontin'

11) Sun Goddess

12) Too High

13) Livin' For The City

14) Pastime Paradise

15) Spinning Wheel Pts. 1 & 2

16) We Can Work It Out

17) Tell Me Something Good

18) Paper Thin

19) Stayin' Alive

20) Walk This Way

21) Scorpio

22) Oblighetto

23) Dindaata

24) Evil Vibrations

25) Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos Pts. 1 & 2

26) My Favorite Things

27) I Feel Good

Episode 1: Eclectic Sessions
September 23, 2010 10:20 AM PDT

An exercise in hip hop, acid jazz, soul and rare groove; this 2004 release was one of the first mixes that I felt was respectable enough to actually package and sell. Clocking in at a little over an hour long, I think it's a pretty accurate representation of where my skills were at the time: Clean(ish) blends, occasional (adequate) scratching, and juggles against a backdrop of bangers from some of my favorite artists, ranging from DJ Shadow & Portishead to Dilla, D'Angelo, Nuyorican Soul and everything in between.

This thing's been out of print for years now, so I'm posting it up here for your listening pleasure.


1) Intro
2) Attica Blues - The Man
3) Joyo Velarde - Sweet Angels
4) DJ Shadow - Six Days
5) DJ Shadow - Six Days Remix (Feat. Mos Def)
6) Bjork - Army Of Me
7) Portishead - Strangers
8) Bambu - Am I?
9) Slum Village - Get Live!
10) Mad Skillz - Together
11) Dr. Octagon - Bear Witness
12) Dr. Oop - Crunchtime
13) Roy Ayers - Everybody Loves The Sunshine
14) Erule - Listen Up
15) Jeru The Damaja - One Day
16) Jurassic 5 - Thin Line
17) Black Sheep - Similak Child
18) Dynasty - Adventures In The Land Of Music
19) Camp Lo - Luchini
20) Pharcyde - Otha Fish
21) Howard Roberts Quartet - Dirty Old Bossa Nova
22) JayDee - Rico Suave Bossa Nova
23) D'Angelo - Spanish Joint
24) Nuyorican Soul - Shoshana
25) Jose Cheo Feliciano - Eso Es El Guaganco
26) De La Soul - Watch Out
27) Blackalicious - A2G
28) Blackalicious - Alphabet Aerobics
29) Blackalicious - Chemical Calisthenics
30) Outro