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Beat of the Day


Mainly what I write is for the average New Yorker…

Picture by Bags.

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Man, listen:

[Painting by Arturo Samaniego]

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Shake Your Rump.

[Photo Via: Retrogasm]

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Still diggin’…the low end theory.

[Photo Credit: Joel Levinson]

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Stretch Boogie talks cassette culture…

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Finally Friday.

Picture by JKB Fletcher via MPD]

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Just good enough for the one they call Fife.

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My man, my mellow:

[Photo Credit: Rui Calcada Bastos via This Isn’t Happiness]

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Friday Bounce.

[Photo Credit: William Klein]

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My baby…

Painting by Aurél Bernáth.

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Mash Out Posse.

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Don’t you worry.

[Photo Credit: Mustafah Abdulaziz via Snowce]

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Much too complex:

[Painting by Philip Barlow via This Isn’t Happiness]

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Dropped: Twenty five years ago today…

[Photo Credit: NYC Nostalgia]

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Grand Groove.

[Photo Credit: Chris Heads]

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Oh, Watch Out Now.

Quick in a Slow Way


So here’s an edit from Another Fine Mess for listeners who don’t vibe with rhyming and rapping but who dig comedy and old movies and hypnotic beats.

Feel the funk, baby.

Here’s the full mix:

It Was All a Dream

We tried a bunch of songs for the finale and nothing worked. I couldn’t get it off my mind for days. It wouldn’t let me alone. I knew once I stopped pressing I’d find the right song and that’s just what happened when I came across “Sunrays” from Yesterday’s New Quintet’s ep, Elle’s Theme. Which is what we’ve got here.

My friend Steven used to manage a bistro on 22nd Street and 2nd Avenue. Thursday night was DJ night and I use to play a couple of times a month. “Sunrays” was always part of my rotation. Hearing it again I was struck by how ideal it is for being lacing with spoken word, especially for the last track on the mix which we wanted to have an dreamy intimacy.

So to the beat we added: Marilyn Monroe and  Tom Ewell: The Seven Year Itch; Henry Winkler: Happy Days (“Mork Returns”); Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda: The Lady Eve; Walter Matthau: from a documentary on Billy Wilder; Mae West and Cary Grant: I’m No Angel; Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall: To Have And Have Not; Lily Tomlin and Steve Martin: All Of Me; Notorious B.I.G.: “It Was All A Dream”, and Myrna Loy and William Powell from The Thin Man.

Here’s the first single.

And the full mix.

We Are Uncool


Here’s the first of 3 singles we’ll be posting this week from my new full-length mix, Another Fine Mess.

My partner Alan (a/k/a illchemist) and I spent five months crafting the project, lacing spoken word, comedy bits and movie dialogue over Hip Hop beats. It was natural to think of Phillip Seymour Hoffman when digging for choice movie dialogue. Even when he was alive, Hoffman was a guy worth searching on You Tube just to enjoy his robust, sometimes hammy acting. I thought there might be a good bit from his turn as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous. This scene with him on the phone shows Hoffman’s sweetness and vulnerability. The intimate, late night quality of his voice complemented the track nicely. (The beat, “Haagan-Daz” is from The Boulevard Connection’s EP and has long been a favorite.)

At the start of the track we used Del Close’s “The Do-It-Yourself Psychoanalysis Kit” which we ripped off from Prince Paul. 

We figured this was as good a time as any to slide in some Jeff Bridges as the Dude from The Big Lebowski. I worked as an assistant film editor on that movie and one of Ethan’s favorite lines while they were editing was the Dude moaning, “Awww, man.” (we also used to say, “Yeah, I gotta rash, man” all the time, too). So that’s why I used it here. And we finish the track with Robert DeNiro, Charles Grodin and Joe Pantoliano from Midnight Run with Albert Brooks saying “Hello?”–a bit taken from Albert’s record, A Star is Bought.

Who better to round it out than Chico and Groucho Marx from their second movie, Animal Crackers (1930). This is part of a longer sequence where Chico annoys the hell out of Groucho by playing “I’m Daffy Over You.” It’s one of the great smart ass musical comedy bits of them all. Always wanted to use it for a mix. Joining them is Catherine Scorcese from The King of Comedy.  The final bit comes from The Seven-Year Itch


And here’s the full mix:

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