Friday, July 30, 2010

Babe Ruth - The mexican live in Canada - 1974

The Nextmen Ft. Dynamite MC - Round Of Applause

"Friday Feature" 7.30.10 DJ Joc Max (K.C.)

Featuring DJ Joc Max (K.C.)

Link to mix download


Get A Hold ** A Tribe Called Quest
Don't Nobody Care 4-IZE feat Yirayah
Lost & Found featuring Jimetta Rose & Bilal
Why can't people be colors too? The Whatnauts
Hotsummernight Reach-Reggie B-Dave Def EP
Track 01 Pete Rock
Groovy Lady The Meters
Timebomb public enemy
i got an attitude Antoinette
Heavy Love Affair Extended Instrumental Marvin Gaye
Night Like This Darien Brockington
Simple Advice Georgia Anne
Funky Superfly Bobby Williams
Gritty faith ruff DJ Spinna
Third Rock Pure Essence
Blind Alley (Applejac's Blind Leading The Blind Dub) The Emotions
Blowfly's Rapp Inst. Blowfly
I'm Your Man Spade Brigade
Thoughts Of Old Flames (Applejac's Meccastrumental) Pleasure
Aint Got The Love Girl/Inst. The Ambassadors
1997 Basemant Khemist tape intro 2 The Basement Khemist
12 Center of Attention I.N.I
Sound Bwoy Bureill Smif N Wessun
Still got love for um KAM
Voicetress De La Soul
1997 Basement Khemist tape intro 1 The Basement Khemist
Dreamy Jay Dee of the Ummah
How Could She Do It Eric Roberson
Souds Like Love (feat. Debi Nova) Illa J
Radio Love Daniel Riera & Reach
High Hopes ft. Reggie B Onra
Reminisce Bilal/Common/Mos Def
It stops here Dj Joc Max
put your love in my tender care Fatback
St. Louis Break Down Oliver Sain
Goodbye, So Long Funk Inc
Get Up Willie Tee
Live and Let Live Jimmy Jones
Weiya (Serengeti Beat) Whitefield Brothers
Windy C 100 % Pure Poison
Windy C Ahmad Miller


You probably don't know Thomas McIntosh. Instead, you know Joc Max. And if you don't know Joc Max, you should.

A job as a case manager at a middle school — and a long history of badass beatmaking. He was just 9 when he first took music into his own hands, spinning Stevie Wonder, James Brown and classic rock when his relatives wanted to get down at family functions.

By 14, he had cut a song. It was called "Bust a Move" (and it busted a move on Young MC, who put out a hit single by the same name more than 10 years later). The song appeared on a compilation album of KC artists called KC Missouri Cityboys; McIntosh produced the track, and the Twin City Trio, ACAand Vell Bacardi did the rhymes.

McIntosh fell in love with hip-hop because he already loved soul, jazz, funk and rock, all genres that hip-hop radically combined into a new urban sound. McIntosh studied and deconstructed the music and taught himself how to make it.

"To me, the whole hip-hop thing came from extending the break," he explains. "That's what hip-hop DJs did. They'd take a break of an old soul record and get two copies and extend it. Basically, my making beats came from making tape loops — tape one part for five minutes and go over on the other tape, put another little piece on it for five minutes and just build this composition on tapes."

He "junkyarded" his equipment together from family discards but eventually saved enough money for a pair of Technics 1200s. Around this time, he took the name Joc Max, abbreviating the notion of, he says, "a disc jockey giving his maximum effort to the people."

National attention came in 1995, when he did a remix for the platinum-earning group Das EFX. Elektra released the single (which is now on McIntosh's MySpace page, McIntosh had also become a producer for the Basement Khemists, with Taha (aka Brother Neves) and Jay Lee. The Khemists are legendary in underground hip-hop circles, but their records are hard to find, probably because even though they produced a record for Elektra, the label never released it. That didn't keep their music from getting out, though.

McIntosh remembers when their records started getting airplay in New York, birthplace of the traditional, true-school hip-hop to which the Khemists adhered.

"Pete Rock played one of our records ['Correct Techniques'] on Hot 97 on a show he had called Future Flavors of the '90s, and I feel like that was a shining moment for us as a group because we knew that we had finally won over," he says.

McIntosh built another bridge to New York through his friendship with Brooklyn's DJ Spinna, who had his own group, the Jigmasters, and made beats for '90s indie heroes like Talib Kweli and Mos Def. Spinna was dating a Kansas City girl, and one day he went into 7th Heaven, where McIntosh worked, though McIntosh was off that day.

"A co-worker of mine told him, 'Come back and meet Thomas,' so he came back and met me, and we kicked names of records that we enjoyed, artists that we enjoyed. One thing led to another, and he came to my mother's house, where I was staying at the time, and boom, there it was — love at first sound."

Over the next decade, McIntosh and Spinna would remain friends and collaborators, and McIntosh would continue to make music of his own — which, for the most part, rarely made it out to the public.

"I'm very, very self-conscious and very protective of my art," McIntosh says. His music is personal. "I developed my sound from just applying how I view life and putting it into my music." The drums beat out the hard times, he says, and the melodies key the good things in his life.

Stay tuned for a few new projects Joc will be releasing later this year including a new Basement Khemist record & various collaborations.

Saturday, July 24, 2010



Photos by Alejandro Ayala

Renee Lost Boyz
Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka Featuring OGC Heltah Skeltah
Day One * DITC
Halftime NaS
Dangerous MC'S ** Notorious B.I.G.
Track 18 ** Jay Dilla
Witness Dub ** Roots Manuva
Bad Intentions ** Dr Dre
Jeep ass (beatbox) *8 Masta Ace
Ebonics *8 Big L
3 Tha Hard Way Bahamadia
50 Years ** All Natural
Devil's Pie (Dirty) (Paul Nice ATCQ Jam Rmx) *** D'Angelo
Jam ** A Tribe Called Quest
Find A Way A Tribe Called Quest
My Mind Playin' Tricks on Me Geto Boys
Snoop Doggy Dogg - Gin and Juice Snoop Doggy Dogg - Gin and Juice
Vapors **8 Biz Markie
bigboi-andre3000-raekwon-royalflush (Clean) * bigboi-andre3000-raekwon
Big_Boi_-_Shutterbug Big Boi
Excursions * A Tribe Called Quest
I'm The Man *** Gang Starr
Let's Ride ** Q-Tip
All I Need (Intro) * Mary J Blige
I Need a Dollar * Aloe Blacc
Hold Tight ** Slum Village Feat. Q-Tip
Buck Em Down ** Black Moon
Grand Verbalizer, What Time Is It_ X Clan
Slow Down *** Brand Nubian
Call Me D-Nice ** D-Nice
Nobody beats the Biz ** Biz Markie
Paid in Full (Seven Minutes of Madness - The Coldcut Remix) Eric B. & Rakim
Where You Been *** Freeway
All nite long (inst) ** mary jane girls
Ain't No Fun (Dirty) * intro beat Snoop Dogg
Off The Books (into beat) Beatnuts
Ain't No Half Steppin 320 ** Big Daddy Kane
Love @ 1st Sight (Featuring Method Man) ** Mary J. Blige
Hot Sex A Tribe Called Quest
Sally Got A One Track Mind *** Diamond D & The Psychotic Neurotics
So Wat Cha Sayin' ** EPMD
Heaven And Hell Is On Earth * 20th Century Steel Band
Cher Chez La Ghost *** Ghost Face Killer
Dangerous (Soul Society Remix) ** queen beat Busta Rhymes
Block Party ** Chuck Brown ft DJ Kool
Lyte as a rock (House Mix) ** MC Lyte
The International Zone Coaster ** Leaders Of The New School
Treat 'Em Right * 320 Chubb Rock
I'll House You ** Jungle Brothers
Girl I'll House You (Rework) Throw at 2:02 ** Jungle Bros. Vs. Liquid Liquid
Groove Is In The Heart ** (original) Deee-Lite
Find A Way (Transition 130/ ) * Scottie B
Golddigger (remix) ** Diplo
Planet Rock (Pt. 1 And 2) *** Breakout
Tighten Up (album version) *** The Bamboos
Party Started *** Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Alphabet Aerobics (The Cut Chemist 2 1/2 minute workout) * Blackalicious
T'Cha-T'Cha ** BETTER Boogie Down Productions
Hey Young World 12" ** Slick Rick
Xxplosive * Dr. Dre
A Day In The Life (featuring Brand Nubian) ** Diamond & The Psychotic Neurotics
Get 'em High-Dirty 12" Version * (Intro Beat) Kanye West ft Talib Kweli & Common
Dreams (Intro) * Biggie
Memory Lane Nas
Definition ** Black Star
Funky Enough 12" ** The D.O.C.
Get By (Clean) *** Talib Kweli
Love No Limit Rmx ** Mary J Blige
Love Is Stronger Than Snoop (Paul Nice Rmx)*** Sade
Get Money W/INTRO Junior Mafia
One More Chance (Remix) ** Biggie
Reminding Me (Of Sef) ** Common
(It's Not The Express) It's The J.B.'s Monaurail ** The J.B.'s
Tripping Out ** Curtis Mayfield
What'd I Say, Pts. I & 2 ** 256 Ray Charles
Close To Me * The Cure
Cecile (Punnany Rid) * Ms. Dynamite
Bashment Party
Gal pon the side
Champion Buju Banton
Heads High ** Mr. Vegas
Hot This Year Dirtsman
Dan Dadda (voc) ** Super Cat
Murder (What a judgement) (sole ver.) *** Jimmy
Ay Ay Ay(alotta girls) Sean Paul/tony touch
I Just Wanna Love U (Give It) dirty ** Jayz
Real Love (hiphop rmx) Biggie ** Mary J Blige
Take It Personal * Gang Starr
Slam w/ Intro ** Onyx
Superthug ** NORE
B.I.G. Schooly D beat Interlude ** Biggie
Jimmy Boogie Down Productions
Scenario rmx ** A Tribe Called Quest
Sucker M.C.'s (Krush Groove 1) * Run DMC
The Choice Is Yours 2 Intro beat ** Black Sheep
Uptown Anthem ** Naughty By Nature
I Know You Got Soul * Eric B. & Rakim
Nasty Boy (remix) *** Notorious BIG - Nasty Boy (remix)
Last night a dj saved my life ** Indeep
Ready Rock (1,2,3) Master J Master J
Din Daa Daa George Kranz
Let's Start The Dance (Rap Version) *** Hamilton Bohannon
Muesli ** Kinky Movement
Taxi Cab (Original Chunk a Bud Mix) ** Chunk A Bud
I'm Satisfied (The Ultra-Rare Funky 4/4 Mix) James Brown ** Scott K. & Cole Medina vs. James Brown
Magic Feet Mike dunn
Strings Of The Strings Of Life Derrick May
Grace Of God *** Machine
I love music ** The O Jays
Sinnerman (Original) ** 192 Nina Simone

Thursday, July 22, 2010

New "Friday Feature" 7.23.10 ***** Franco de Leon - Live and Drunk at S Bar *****

Link to mix:

(Just a heads up.. this is not a clean mix.. there are some Explicit Lyrics)


00.00 Mos Def – New Danger
02.44 Gang Starr – Skills
04.19 Kanye West – Get Em High
05.29 Kanye West – Get Em High Remix (heartbeats)
07.56 Chingy – Tipsy
09.19 The Roots – Datskat
11.20 Jon Legend – She Don’t Have To Know
13.42 50 Cent – 21 Questions
16.27 The Cure – Close To Me (Closet Remix)
18.10 Jay-Z – Empire State of Mind (feat. Alicia Keys)
19.23 ? – Get Ready
20.50 Pharcyde – Runnin’
22.13 Snoop Dogg – Drop It Like Its Hot
24.07 Lilly Allen – Smile
25.50 Talib Kweli – The Blast
27.12 Wale – Pretty Girls
28.44 Shabba Ranks – Ting A Ling
30.28 Pliers – Murder She Wrote
32.23 Atmosphere – Liquor Lyles Cool July
33.55 Kelis – Bossy
36.23 R. Kelly – Step In The Name of Love
38.16 Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love
39.35 Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy
40.56 Talib Kweli – Get By
42.06 A Tribe Called Quest – Find A Way
42.56 Ludacris – Throw Dem Bows
45.16 Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
46.26 A Tribe Called Quest – Da Booty
48.45 Camp Lo – Luchini
50.14 R. Kelly – Ladies’ Night (Treat Her Like Heaven)
51.38 Kings of Convenience – Gold for the Price of Silver (Erot Collaboration)
53.37 Kanye West – Flashing Lights (feat. Dwele)
55.56 The Game – Hate It Or Love It (feat. 50 Cent)
58.13 Zero 7 – Today (feat. Jose Gonzales)
60.00 Snoop Dogg – Ain’t No Fun

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Franco de Leon is probably best known as a break dance (bboy) DJ, and is often referred to as the “b-boy equivalent of Girl Talk.” By introducing Chicago-style quick-mixing, mash-up, and live PA techniques to the music played during break dance competitions, and combining it with his thorough understanding of fundamental funk-breaks mixing, dj set building, and crowd reading, Franco de Leon’s reputation as a premiere name in B-boy Breaks Music quickly grew. He now regularly performs as the music headliner at major break dancing competitions throughout North America, at events like Montreal’s JFL-Battle-JPR, where the world’s greatest break dancers travel from around the globe to compete to his music selections. Franco de Leon has released five mixed CD compilations (including the amazingly popular Hot Butter Breaks Series) that continue to sell steadily to fans around the world, as well as creating choreography mixes for some of the breakdance culture’s most well known groups, such as Supercr3w, the winners of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew Season 2.

In Chicago, Franco de Leon is a regular feature of the nightclub scene, with several select shows a month. He can be found at some of the highest profile venues, and/or simply the hippest places to be: from parties in the uber-hip Wicker Park Area, to Chicago nightlife staples like Wrigleyville’s Smart Bar, to the new, super posh, live venues, like The Shrine in the burgeoning South Loop. Having garnered reputations as a the “DJ’s DJ”, its also common to see de Leon playing live guitar over his mixes, remixing music on the fly, and breaking the barriers of genre. He has opened for international stars like DJ Qbert (the pioneer of turntablism, who has twice requested to play tag team sets with de Leon in the last year), Derrick Carter (Chicago house legend), and Rhymefest (Grammy Award Winner).

While de Leon loves to perform as a DJ, most of his new fans first learn of him as music producer. Taking his years of studio experience as a record engineer, where he worked for the likes of John Popper (Blues Traveler, Grammy Award Winner), Rhymefest (Grammy Award Winner), Just Blaze (Grammy Award Winner, Hip Hop Producer for Jay-Z), and Malik Yusef (Grammy Award Winner), he is cultivating a growing following in several different genres, including Electronic, Dance, and Hip Hop/Rap. This can be heard on 2009’s CD release, From Here to There, an EP that showcases different studio work created over the last four years.

Franco de Leon also performs Live PA by combining turntablism, guitar, keyboard, MPC drum pads, a laptop, and his ability to remix music live. He creates non-stop dj-style sets where he recreates his original music, live on stage – much like RJD2 meets Girl Talk meets J.U.S.T.I.C.E. meets Santana.

Franco de Leon has extensive experience as a composer and sound designer, with credited work for film, television, live theater, fashion shows and web productions, as well as session-musician work for various artists. His client list is extensive, and includes entities such as NBC Television’s Taste Television Program, to Merrel Clothing’s Spring Fashion Show, to multiple productions at The Steppenwolf Theater (home of ensemble members Jon Malkovich and Gary Sinise).

Beyond his live performance and music production, Franco de Leon still enjoys competition. He has placed highly, either as a finalist or semi-finalist, in a slew of music remix and production competitions, including events such as Red Bull’s International Beat Battle and Lollapalooza’s Last Band Standing Contest.

Finally, Franco de Leon hosts and mixes live on his own internet radio show, Franco de Leon’s Thursday Lunch Live Mix, which can be heard every Thursday, Central Standard Time, from 1 PM to 3 PM, at


We here at Smart Bar receive numerous inquiries every week from hard-working DJs looking for an opportunity to play. While we certainly entertain every possibility that comes in (some longer than others), there are a few things that YOU can do to up your chances of getting booked for a weekend opening slot. Follow these guidelines and you’ll be downing shots of Jameson in the booth in no time.

1) Don’t Suck. – This may seem like a very elementary concept, but many people underestimate how far something like talent goes. A big part of our vision with Smart Bar is to showcase and assist in the furthering of our local and regional DJ’s careers and as such, we always look for the most talented and deserving DJs we can find. A creative, well-programmed mix made with solid, well-timed transitions will go a long way towards convincing our talent buyer.

2) Make Yourself Visible.- And by that we do not necessarily mean send us e-mails and Facebook messages and stuff to make sure we got your demo. Most of the people that get booked for opening slots here are DJs that are on our radar- people who are getting booked with other headliners around town, people that are putting out mixes or podcast episodes consistently or are throwing some great parties themselves. Part of what makes our job so fun is the aspect of seeking out new talent and booking the club as a reflection of what’s going on in our city and our world-wide dance culture. If you a) show that you are a viable and valued part of our scene and are making strides to further it and b) show that you are doing everything you can to promote yourself and further your OWN DJ career, we’ll most likely be calling you.

3) Give Us A Good Demo/Press Packet.- The absolute best way for you to get us demos is by sending us 2 links- one to your Soundcloud account with all of your awesome mixes (INCLUDING TRACKLIST!!!!!) and a link to your Myspace/FB page with your BIO and a list of CONFIRMED gigs that you have played in the past and are playing in the near future. Please include any pertinent info, including releases you have out and on which labels, any regular nights you have done in the past and other gigs in which you have opened for other headliners. And please, pretty please… USE SPELL CHECK. If you send us a CD and the jacket also happens to be the cover letter, which is sealed around the CD with a bunch of tape, and there are horrible grammar and spelling mistakes all over it, we usually throw it out.

4) PROMOTE! If you get booked somewhere and you bring in 20-30 people (especially before midnight, while you are playing), that WILL get noticed and you’ll probably get asked back. Don’t be afraid to see if there’s some sort of discount list you can get to help promote the night and get people in the door. Every person that comes in to see you play is also a person that spends cash at the bar and adds to the general vibe of the night so the better it is for us, the better it is for you.

5) Remember- IT’S JUST A CLUB NIGHT. Ego is the one thing that can destroy the career of any artist, be they a musician, DJ, superstar hip-hop producer, promoter, label owner or whatever. We’re here to have fun, rock out, listen to good music, learn about new artists, drink, dance, get laid (or at least try), spend time with our friends and piss away our hard-earned dollars on a great night of hijinx and hoob-boobery. Let’s not take ourselves too seriously folks, we love (and are humbled by) the fact that some people look to us to stay current and satiate their music fix, but in the end, we just wanna throw a raging party. Have fun with it. :)


Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Photo by Tim Biars

Taken at Smart Bar (Justin Long post b-day party .dotbleep)

I still love seeing records.. especially ones that I also have. There is a story that goes with each & everyone. How I obtained it, how i discovered, the quest..

I do miss traveling across the city or even across states to find a secret stash in someone's basement. There are a ton of records that I can not even imagine parting with.
The feeling you get when you finally get your hands on that one.

Friday, July 16, 2010


Jackin The Box Vol. 8
strictly underground and better.

Track list:

Yass f/ LT Brown - No Lies (Dub)
Julien Chaptal - Pump
Filthy Rich - Carnivale
Ian Pooley & Phil Fuldner - La Mania (David Herrero Remix)
Sebastien Leger - Binola
Dennis Ferrer - Hey Hey
Felix Baumgardner & Juan Kidd f/ Lisa Millet - Now Youre Gone
Thomas Schumaker - Yara
Gary Beck - Say What
H2 - The Bus To Mexico City
Lutzenkirchen - Stealth Run
Edwin Oosterwal - Beat The Dirt
Pitto - Feelin (Joris Voorn Remix)
Anil Chawla - Do It
Reboot - Enjoy Music (Riva Starr Remix)
NDKj - Nobody Can Do This (Olav Basoski Remix)
LYS - Few Things
Gramophonedzie - Street Lady
Patrick Wayne - Midnight Jazz
The Black Project - In The Disco
Markfunk - Francisco


Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Patrick Wayne was introduced to House Music while it was still in its infancy through radio stations WGCI and most notably WBMX quickly gaining an interest in what would become almost an obsession. After receiving his first DJ setup in 1986 and after putting on that first record, Patrick has never looked back.
Being influenced by some of the best DJs in the business, Patrick knew his skills had to be sharp if he wanted to make a name for himself. “All I used to do after school was come home and get on the turntables and practice until I had to go to bed”
In 1993 Patrick held a Saturday night residency at a local northern Illinois nightclub when one of the main DJ’s that influenced him walked through the doors. “I remember thinking…I have to show this guy what I got…so I started doing a couple little tricks and did some scratching…” It worked. “He came to the booth, asked who I was and gave me some respect…that felt awesome.”

A year later, he discovered that that same DJ he wanted to impress, opened a record store. So through hanging out, he became a member of one of the most respected DJ crews in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, The Mixxmobb, and from 1996 until 2000, he released several extremely well selling mixtapes under the name Opie “Kuttingham” and eventually became general manager of the record store. Fast forward to 2005, after leaving the retail world, Patrick got into producing, and a friend of his was starting a digital only label called Immense Records. “I got into producing because I always thought of that being the ‘next level’ after DJing…and it has always been something ive wanted to do since the 80’s” Eventually Patrick was given his own label as a sub label of Immense called Content Recordings, but when Immense closed down, Content became a whole new project. “I was doing everything myself besides producing some of the tracks…I was A&R, graphic designer, accountant…it was definitely a one man show” The label got to become more of a headache and I was trying to wear too many hats, so I decided that January 1st 2010, it was time to close it down.

Since closing Content, Patrick has went on to work with local labels Bid Muzik, Direct Drive Digital, and Vibrance Recordings from the west coast to international labels Nocturnal Recordings and Deep 8 Records from the UK and Pro Sound Records from Holland and can be found on mostly all of the mp3 stores.
Patrick’s new single, “Soul Power” is set to release on Nocturnal Recordings in July 2010.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Saturday, July 3, 2010