Thursday, August 26, 2010

"Friday Feature" DJ NewLife 8.27.10

Link to mix:

Playlist: (Live Mix)

1. 6th Burough Project - Slow Down Baby
2. Nosaj Thing - IOIO
3. Zavala - The Cincinnati Bears
4. Mocambo - The Next Message (Kenny Dope Version)
5. Ancient Astronauts - Afrodizzyact
6. J Dilla - Nothing Like This
7. Flying Lotus - Clock Catcher
8. Africa Hitech - One Two (NewLife Edit)
9. James Pants - Driftwood
10. Strong Arm Steady - Chants
11. Daru feat. Rena - Happy
12. Mayer Hawthorne - Just Ain't Gonna Work Out (Astronote El Camino Remix)


Born and bred in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood, NewLife was surrounded by music since birth. As the son of a musician/vocalist and an artist, he has always been described as someone who never fell into the modes of traditional thought. This carries over into his diverse brand of music and the styles of beats that just seem to choose themselves while he's on the decks. Being introduced to Hip Hop culture by a childhood friend who migrated from the Bronx in the early 80s heavily influenced his musical feel. Always giving the crowd what they want and at the same time giving them what they need keeps people coming back...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Ian Frost DJ Mix - InABadMouth

Recorded live at Simone's (Chicago - Pilsen)

Link to mix:

Catch Ian @ Simon'e every 2nd friday!/frostyian?v=info

Martha Gonzalez Art Exhibit opening night Friday 8.27.10

MGLEZ Art Exhibit opening night @
Kristoffer's Café

1733 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL

Friday, Aug 27th · 6:00pm - 10:00pm

"Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience."Paulo Coelho

This is the 2nd and final part of the MGLEZ Art Exhibit which began at Fogata Village. In the aftermath of Martha’s tragedy we looked for ways to heal our loss and to keep her memory alive by continuing to raise awareness about the unsolved case. The exhibition began specifically to celebrate what would have been her 37th birthday on June 14th. The artists drew inspiration from Martha’s likes, dreams and ideals. What this exhibit offers us the opportunity to mourn and remember Martha in uniquely visionary ways. We remember her friendship, warmth, smile and most of all,her joy at life.

This exhibit will contain several new pieces not shown at Fogata.

There will be hors d'œuvres and Kristoffer's famous tres leches cakes served. For more information on Kristoffer's please visit:

For information on purchasing art prints please visit:

Live DJ mix from Quantic "Tropicalisimo #1" recorded in LA

Here’s a live DJ mix from Quantic, Mochilla DJs & DJ Sabo recorded at Mikasabar, Cali, Colombia.

This was an inspirational evening, Cali was treated to an array of fine music and mixing. In order of appearance: Quantic, Coleman, Sabo and B+ finishes things off.

Quantic will be spinning in Chicago very soon.

Thursday, September 9th 2010
9pm-2am | $12 at door | $8 in Advance
Rumba Nightclub 351 W. Hubbard St.
(Ohio Exit 90/94 , Valet Parking Available)

Tickets & more info:

Happy Birthday Bad Boy Bill@ Boom Boom Room 8.23.10

Photos by DEF ZOO (Thanks Vic)

Friday, August 20, 2010

"FRIDAY FEATURE" 8.20.10 DJ Hotwhellkee

Hey everyone this is DJ Hotwheelkee aka Ahkee McMillan. I been in the music game for over 20 years, started out djing. My creativity didn't stop there. I been re-mixing for a few yrs. now. I have traveled abroad sharing the love I have for house music. I am looking forward to working on a new project. House is the way. If you have certain question please feel free to ask Jesse


1. Burn Babe Burn - Paolo Barbato feat. Keith Thompson (Hotwheelkee Re-Edit)
2. Better Way - Seb Skalski feat. Barry Solone (Hotwheelkee Re-Edit)
3. Body Music - Souldynamic feat L.T. Brown (Souldynamic Bigga Mix)
4. Celebrate - Grand High Priest (Hotwheelkee Re-Edit)
5.You Can't Hide - Dimitri From Paris (Hotwheelkee Re-Edit)
6. Dead On It - UTEN1 (Hotwheelkee Re-Edit)

Link to mix:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

JDLP interview on Center Stage Chicago

Jesse De La Pena
Local DJ has seen it all in the Chicago music scene.

Monday Aug 16, 2010. By Jeff Min

Centerstage Chicago Nightlife City Guide Arts

Jesse de la Pena is a local DJ who has spent almost his entire life around music. His roots run deep into the mid-1980s b-boy and graffiti culture, and further into Chicago's early hip-hop scene, where his contributions have left an indelible mark. As a DJ he's supported a number of legendary acts, including Tribe Called Quest, Common, Mos Def, Roy Ayers, WAR and Maceo Parker. His group, Liquid Soul — a Grammy nominated band that fuses together elements of jazz, funk, soul and hip-hop — has stood the test of time as a truly authentic incarnation of "Acid Jazz." Needless to say, Jesse's resume runs deep, and there simply isn't enough time and space to cover it all, so Centerstage tracked him down to hear in his own words some of the highlights that have decorated his quarter century long career.

You've been DJing for over 25 years, who was the first DJ you saw that made you want to get behind the decks?
Like a lot of DJs, it was seeing music videos like Herbie Hancock's "Rockit" that inspired me to look further into it. Later I met a few friends in high school that were already doing parties like Hugo Mercado, Mark Medina and Andy Kudelka. From that point on I started going to parties watching what DJs were doing and eventually started spinning with a few buddies in my neighborhood, Tommie Boy Productions. I guess we were all inspired by the radio mix show DJs from stations like WHPK, WNUR, WKKC, WCRX, WCYC, WBMX and WGCI.

Do you remember the first record you ever bought, or perhaps the one that really got you geeked for the first time?
I bought "The Breaks" by Kurtis Blow at a flea market and that started me collecting 12-inch records. Before that I had always bought 45s and albums as a kid. My mom had them around the house and she would play them for us. I guess that had a big influence on me and my two sisters. One is a DJ (Leeann) and the other became a VJ (Diane).

You helped lay down the foundation for Chicago hip-hop, what was the early scene like?
The early days were a lot of fun and we were young, things were very different back then in the mid '80s and early '90s. Hip-hop wasn't mainstream and as accessible as it is now. Just finding a space and/or bar that would allow you to do a party was a task. The stigma that came along with hip-hop was pretty negative and being here in Chicago, where it is known for being very divided, made things a bit more difficult. Fortunately, I met a couple club owners that gave me the opportunity to do a few nights around town like Joe Shannahan (Metro/Smartbar), Tommy Klein (The Vic) and John Litz (Elbo Room).

Out of all the residencies you've had over the years is there one that stands out as head-and-shoulders above the rest?
Probably my days at Smart Bar. That was my very first residency. I learned so much there about music and the music biz — from their library of music to their resident DJs like Jeff Pazen, who showed me the ropes when I first started spinning there. Also the Elbo Room here in Chicago, that's where one of my first hip-hop nights all came together, "the Blue Groove Lounge" back in 1994 plus my Sunday night "Acid Jazz" night with Liquid Soul. These two venues have played a major role in what I do today.

Tell me about how you met Tommy Klein.
We met through Joe Shannahan back in the early 90s. Joe wanted to put together a band incorporating a DJ and Tommy was the guitar player. He is a super talented musician that has seen a lot. He was very forward thinking when a lot of musicians were very anti when it came to working with DJs.

When you guys were in the early stages of Liquid Soul did you have a clear vision of the type of sound you were going for or did it just evolve naturally?
I was in another band before Liquid Soul and that's where a lot of experimenting took place. It was my first time every doing anything like this, a lot of trial and error when it came to figuring out the sound. The problem was that everyone in the band had a bit of a different idea of what that sound should be. Tommy and I were on the same page and we wanted to push things in a jazzier direction, fusing more raw hip-hop, reggae and dance elements and still pushing the boundaries.

In what ways did the city help inspire the musical dialogue?
Just being here in a big city influences your musical taste, all the stuff you are exposed to as a kid and what you hear on the radio. Then when you start going to parties all these thing seep in. I wasn't a kid who grew up playing the piano or taking lessons on music theory. These things became more interesting to me as an adult. There wasn't anyone in my family that played an instrument, so communicating what I had to say wasn't easy. Eventually I developed an ear and began to understand how things worked. I feel very fortunate growing up here in Chicago and for the time I have spent in New York when I was younger.

You've seen DJ culture evolve over the years, what's your take on Chicago's place in history?

Chicago is very rich in musical history — from the blues and R&B to good old rock 'n roll. There is so much talent that has come out of Chicago. It's unfortunate that it seems like you have to move to one of the coasts to make it. Chicago will always have its place in the history books, you will just have to dig deep to see a lot of what has happened here. If you rely on the magazines and the media to tell the story, you will just get the short version. There is so much more that never gets told.

What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m rethinking my role as a DJ at the moment. I want to get back in to producing for some artists. I have a new project called the JDL Sound Collective that incorporates multimedia and all my favorite aspects of a band and turntablism. Also piecing together a few different ideas for albums and mix CDs with a different twist.

Link to article:

Monday, August 16, 2010

Irazu 20th Anniversary Block Party! Sat. 8.21.10



Beaba Do Samba
Bossa Tres
Rica Obsesion
Los Viscios de Papa
DJ Jesse de la Peña
Blah Blah Blah
DJ Absurd
DJ Aaron Cruz
DJ Merk1

Salsa Lessons
Kid Friendly Activites
Art by Victor Montañez

Open Skate Jam hosted by UPRISE

Chance to Win 2 Round Trip Tix to Costa Rica

More info:

Photos by Corey R Lewis

More on his FB page!/album.php?aid=71002&id=1111725280

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Reel-to-Reel Beat Matching Virtuosa

These guys were on some next level stuff way back in the day. Long before Acid, Logic & Fruity Loops! LOL

Thanks DJ Pratt for posting this.


Percolator music video (on the set)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Madonna painting spotted in New Orleans



1. J Davey-Touch It
2. Steve Spacek-Eve (Jay Dee Remix)
3. Sa-Ra Creative Partners-The Bone Song
4.Owusu & Hannibal-Lonnie's Secret
5. Daft Punk-Something About Us
6. Osunlade ft Carlos-Mena-Tambores Te Llaman
7. Byron Stingliy-Flying High (Maw Brazillian Vocal Mix)
8. Fat Jon-I. Dee
9. Erykah Badu-Honey (Seji Remix)
10. J.Dilla-Over Breaks
11. Black Coffee ft Bucie-You Turn Me On
12. Roy Ayers-Brand New Feeling (Sting International Controversy Vocal Mix)
13. Thievery Corporation ft David Byrne-The Hearts a Lonely Hunter (Louie Vega Remix)
14. KB-El Musica
15. Osunlade-My Reflection
16. Mishal Moore-Oh Lord (Kenny Dope Instrumental)


Dj M.t.M (Murry the Magnificent "King of Breaks" a.k.a Murry the Mayor) is a superior entertainer. Born and raised in Chicago, Murry's ability to "read" his crowd and respond with an appropriate musical articulation, illustrates the breadth of experience with which Murry is able to spin records. In 2001 Murry began playing solely Hip-Hop music at house parties while attending school in Carbondale Illinois. The son of a dj, Murry was exposed to music ranging from: Funk, Soul, and Disco, to Blues, Rock, and Jazz while still in the womb. This foundation and the competitive Chicago dj scene quickly lead to Murry expanding his musical vocabulary to include: Funk, Soul, House, Disco, Afro-Beat, Reggae, Electronica, and anything else that's dance music. M.t.M is described by peers and industry professionals as one of the best around. During his time as a Dj, Murry has been fortunate enough to have played along with acts such as The Beastie Boys, Blackalicious, Digable Planets, Cut Chemist, Robin Thicke, & Sean Paul to name a few. Currently, Murry can be heard every second Friday at The Layover in Oakland, CA.

facebook: dj murry the magnificent


DJ / Producer MAKER Sunday 8.29.10

Thursday, August 12, 2010

From Punk to Funk: Benefit for Matthew Leone of Madina Lake

This benefit is to help support Matthew Leone, the bassist of the internationally known punk band, Madina Lake, who got hospitalized after he intervened with a domestic dispute. He noticed a guy beating a girl on the street, called 911, and heroically stepped in. After he stopped the guy and began to walk to his destination, the guy attacked him from behind and Matt was left unconscious on the street. Luckily, the showed up quickly and Matt was rushed to the hospital suffering head and body injuries. His road to recovery is going to be long and hard, but with the out pouring of love and support from his friends, the ride will be a positive one!

Matthew has been a professional musician for a number of years. He had medical insurance that expired just before this incident occurred so his medical bills are going to be expensive and he needs our help! The benefit From Punk 2 Funk will aide in helping Matthew pay off his medical bills and will be a celebration of his heroism!

What to expect: 18+/Doors at 6pm. Reggie's is kindly offering a free buffet of appetizers from their gourmet kitchen staff from 6-8pm. Music will begin at 7pm and go all night long w/ DJ sets in between to keep the night going. The bands: Liquid Soul, The P1-Move, Just Infinite, Fifth World, and Dirty MF and the Smokin' Sextion. More bands will be announced as they get confirmed. Ticket price is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. A link to purchase tickets can be found at A link for the website is below in the comments section.

So, I am calling on all of Matthew's friends and fans in the Chicagoland area to come on through and show your support for a true hero and one hell of a bassist! If you know Matt, whether from grade school to high school, friend of the family or fan of his music, you know what an upstanding person and all around great guy he is, then come out to Reggie's on August 17th and support this wonderful cause!

On behalf of Matthew, the Leone's, and myself, I just want to say how grateful Matthew is to have such wonderful friends and fans. Through thick and thin you have proven that you will be there for him.

Thank you all so very much,
Greg Firak

Thursday, August 5, 2010

"Friday Feature" DJ Trancid - Airwave Alienation Mix

Track List -

1. Miami Horror : Moon Theory (Punks Jump Up Remix)
2. Crystal Castles : Vietnam (Midnight Conspiracy Remix)
3. Barretso : Bright City Lights (Alice & the Serial Numbers Remix)
4. Dragonette : Pick Up the Phone (Michael Van She Remix)
5. The Futureheads : Heartbeat Song (Edwin Van Cleef Remix)
6. Lykke Li : Little Bit (Villains Remix)
7. Rogues : Not So Pretty (Feed Me Remix)
8. Phoenix : 1901 (Mike Balance Re-Rub)
9. Miike Snow : Silvia (Felix Da Housecat Remix)
10. The Presets : If I Know You (Empulsive Naked Highway Mix)
11. Vitalic : Poison Lips
12. Metric : Sick Muse (Adam Freeland Remix)
13. We Have Band : Honey Trap (Le Matos Remix)
14. Telex : Moskow Diskow
15. Alex Gopher : I Need Change



Trancid has been spinning for over 20 years now. Throughout his career he has played a variety of musical styles from what is now considered classic house, alternative dance/new wave, techno and industrial/ebm. Exposure to the various genres of electronic music has carved out his current eclectic sound which is a gritty dance-punk electronic sound with rock tinges .

He has played along side world renowned electronic and rock acts such as Primal Scream, Ladytron, The Faint, VHS or Beta, Moving Units, Front 242, Die Warzau, Kill Hannah, Assassins, IAMX, Shiny Toy Guns, Red Flag, Anything Box and Comasoft...

He's also played alongside djs and producers such as Justice, Digitalism, Tiga, MSTRKRFT, Tommie Sunshine, Junior Sanchez, Steve Aoki, LA Riots and Felix Da Housecat.

He was one of the resident djs for the highly successful and nationally renowned monthly event, Dark Wave Disco @ Sonotheque, amongst guest spots at almost every major venue in the city of Chicago. He recently traveled to Iceland to play at Club Nasa in Reykjavik.

He is currently collaborating with his DWD cohorts, Mark Gertz and Greg Corner to work on some remixes and original material to be released in the near future.

New music has made its way
Automatic rhythms play
Invading the world around
Electronic dancing sound

Futurama Graffiti - NERD (Chicago)

(Taken from the Comedy Central website)

This piece of Futurama graffiti art is very impressive, not just because it's really well done, but because it's from Chicago, and all the wind down there probably makes it hard to use spray paint. Anyway, this is basically like if Banksy paintings were meaningful.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

MOTION MAKERS - a Photographic Exhibition by mSheL cHicAgO

MOTION MAKERS - a Photographic Exhibition by mSheL cHicAgO

unique and experimental photographs of some of Chicago's local
celebrities such as DJ JESSE DE LA PENA, KONEE ROK, & MAKERS OF
SENSE, as well as other chi-city movers and shakers.

Opening Reception on Friday, August 13th
from 6pm - midnight
at the 54B GALLERY
2128 S. Halsted (at Cermak)

DJ LESTER BURN ‘EM (Kings With Out Crowns / Crooks)
burning the wheels of steel

Live Performances at 8pm by
OH, ARE THEY (Walter J. Liveharder & Jed Said)

FOOD, BOOZE, a BONFIRE, & a PHOTOBOOTH will be provided!

House Music @ Neo?

Farley Jackmaster Funk, Eli Escober (NYC), Rude One, Jesse De La Pena

Farley Jackmaster Funk, Eli Escober (NYC)

Eli's Mix

Jesse's Mix (Opening set)

Chicago Turntablist Fam..

Norm Rockwell, Alan Stuart, Keith J. Sibert, Tony Boywonder Rayos, Doc West, Rude Onederful, Jason Cook, David Spontaneous DeLa Pena

Photo courtesy of J Bird