Thursday, March 31, 2011

Vocalo's Record Store Week April 10th - 16th (Chicago)


Vocalo's Record Store Week April 10 - 16th 2011 (Chicago) Interviews, Guest DJs, Record Swap, Chicago's Best Record Shop Poll + Special RSW Mix Show (1-3pm CST) All leading up to "Record Store Day" Saturday, April 16th. Tune in at 89.5 FM & support your local Record Store!

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Old School House Jam at Neo 4.1.11

Special Guest DJ Kenny "Jammin" Jason (Hot Mix 5)


(Every 1st Friday) Resident DJs: Farley Jackmaster Funk
& Jesse De La Pena + monthly guests

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Vocalo salutes Loleatta Holloway Friday 3/25/11


Vocalo presents a "Loleatta Holloway Tribute"
Friday, March 25th 2011 starting at 1pm CST.

Special in studio guest Andre Hatchett + Derrick Carter, Lady D,
Eric Williams, Mario Smith, Steve Maestro & Craig Loftis
sharing stories & talking about her music.

Classic tunes, Remixes, stories & more.

Hosted by Bryan Babylon & Jesse De La Pena.

Special thanks to Molly Adams, Czarina & Tommie Boy

Listen to the mastered version of the podcast here

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

R.I.P Loleatta Holloway (The voice of House & Disco Music)

From L to R: Jocelyn Brown, Derrick Carter, Loleatta Holloway

Chicago Native Loleatta Holloway (November 5, 1946 – March 21, 2011) was an American Gospel, Soul, Disco, Dance & House music singer, mainly known for her songs "Hit and Run" and "Love Sensation" both of which have been sampled extensively.

The most recognizable sample can be heard on Markey Mark & the Funky Bunch's 90's pop hit "Good Vibrations" & Black Box's #1 UK hit "Ride On Time" however, she was uncredited for her vocals. Holloway successfully sued the group, which lead to an undisclosed court settlement in Her favor.
Some say she may be the most sampled artist in Dance Music.

Here are a few favorites:


Holloway began singing gospel with her mother in the Holloway Community Singers and recorded with Albertina Walker in the Caravans gospel group. Holloway was also a cast member of the Chicago troupe of Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope. Around this time, she met her future producer, manager, and husband Floyd Smith, and recorded "Rainbow ’71" in 1971, a Curtis Mayfield song that Gene Chandler had recorded in 1963. It was initially released on the tiny Apache label, but shortly thereafter, it got picked up for national distribution by Galaxy Records.[1]

In the early 1970s, Holloway signed a recording contract with the Atlanta-based soul music label Aware, part of the General Recording Corporation (GRC), owned by Michael Thevis. Holloway recorded two albums for the label, both of them produced by Floyd Smith—Loleatta (1973) and Cry to Me (1975). Holloway later married Smith. Her first single from the second album, the ballad "Cry to Me" rose to #10 Billboard R&B and #68 on the Hot 100, but before the label could really establish Holloway, it went out of business.

Top Philadelphia arranger and producer Norman Harris quickly signed Holloway in 1976 for his new label, Gold Mind, a subsidiary of New York's Salsoul Records. The first release from the album Loleatta was another Sam Dees ballad, "Worn-Out Broken Heart," which reached #25 R&B, but the B-side, "Dreaming," climbed to #72 on the pop chart and launched her as a disco act. She contributed vocals to "Re-Light My Fire" for Dan Hartman, who then wrote and produced the title track of her fourth and final album for Gold Mind, "Love Sensation" (1980). Eighteen songs of hers charted on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, including four #1s. However, it was a ballad that proved to be another big R&B hit for her. "Only You" was written and produced by Bunny Sigler, who also sang with Holloway on the track, and it reached #11 in 1978.

In the early 1980s, she had another dance hit with "Crash Goes Love" (#5 on the U.S. Dance chart, #86 on the US R&B Chart). She also recorded one single, "So Sweet," for the fledgling house-music label DJ International Records. In the late 1980s, her vocals from "Love Sensation" were used in the UK #1 hit "Ride on Time" by Black Box.[2] Holloway, however, was uncredited for her vocals,[3] and both Holloway and her attorneys successfully sued the group, which lead to an undisclosed court settlement in Holloway's favor. In 1992, she also had a hit with dance band Cappella. There she appeared billed as Cappella featuring Lolleatta Holloway on the single "Take Me Away" (UK #25). Holloway's fortunes dramatically improved, however, when she had her first US #1 hit when Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch featured her vocals in the chart-topping "Good Vibrations" (1991). Holloway also performed with Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch to promote the single, and she received full vocal credit and a share of the royalties.

More recent dance chart entries include "What Goes around Comes Around" (credited to GTS featuring Loleatta Holloway) in 2000, and "Relight My Fire" (credited to Martin featuring Loleatta Holloway), which hit #5 in 2003. While not a single, "Like a Prayer", a Madonna cover, was a track on the Madonna tribute album Virgin Voices. "Love Sensation ’06," peaked at #22 in the Dutch Top 40,[4] and reached #37 on the UK Singles Chart as well as #49 in Australia.

Holloway died on March 21, 2011 after suffering from heart failure. She was 64 years old.[5]

More about Loleatta Holloway

More about Loleatta Holloway at Discogs


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Monday, March 21, 2011

New DJ JDLP interview 3.10.11

Jesse De La Pena interview recorded live on the "Music Vox" 89.5FM Chicago (Hosted by Jesse Menendez)

Jesse De La Pena Talks About First DJ Gigs, Acid Jazz, and Bringing Hip Hop to Chicago Clubs

Jesse De La Pena has recently joined Vocalo 89.5 FM as Music Curator and we invited him for an interview on MusicVox.

Jesse has been spinning records since 1985 and has helped lay foundation for Chicago Hip Hop scene, was still unrecognized outside the underground / street movements. Beyond Hip Hop, Jesse is known to spin some of the most eclectic sets in Chicago mixing genres like soul, blues, reggae, new wave, funk, rock, DnB, etc.

He is the cofounder of the Grammy nominated Liquid Soul ensemble who helped pioneering the Acid Jazz genre in the state.

Jesse begins by telling how he got into music and DJing and shares a story about his first DJ gig at Smart Bar in Chicago.

DJ JDLP Interview


Friday, March 18, 2011

"DMC Online DJ Championship" Round 1 Results

10 videos and selected winners and runner-up below.

Round 1 received 9895 votes for the 69 videos that we had featured.

Name: Unkut
Country: Germany
Round: Round 1
Duration: 02:01 mins

Round: 1
Duration: 01:58 Min

DMC Online DJ Championship Video Entry - DJ Rasp
Name: DJ Rasp
United Kingdom
Round: 1
Duration: 01:42 Min

Name: Dj Jukboxx
United States of America
Round: 1
Duration: 01:58 Min

DMC Online DJ Championship Video Entry - Mr.NICE
Name: Mr.NICE
Round: 1
Duration: 01:53 Min

Watch Video

DMC Online DJ Championship Video Entry - john gotem
Name: John gotem
United States of America
Round: 1
Duration: 01:44 Min

Watch Video

Name: DJ 8-ball
United States of America
Round: 1
Duration: 01:59 Min

Name: Dj CleanCut
United States of America
Round: 1
Duration: 02:00 Min

Korea (south)
Round: 1
Duration: 02:00 Min

Congratulations to the DJs who made the TOP 10 in the first
ROUND of the DMC Online DJ Championship!

The FIRST TWO DJs to make the DMC Online DJ August Final.


DJ UNKUT (Germany)

DJ Anubus (USARunner up

The DMC WORLD CHAMPION Judges for Round 1 were -

DJ LIgone – DMC World Champion 2010
DJ Switch – DMC World Supremacy Champion 2010/09/08
DJ Cutmaster Swift – DMC World Champion 1989

Round 2 starts NOW! So all you DJs who didn’t make the TOP 2 in ROUND 1, you have another 10chances! Upload your entries now for ROUND 2 -


Round 1 WiNNER

Pair of Novation dicers
Traktor Kontrol X1 (Controller)
Traktor Scratch Duo 2
Pair of Pioneer HDJ – 1000 Headphones LTD Edition

ROUND 1 Runner up
Sennheisser Headphones – Adidas Originals
Rane/Serato 8gb USB watch
Pair of Serato pressings

Dates for the Diary

Friday 25th March – 1-2pm - An amazing free live DMC show from the concourse of London’s great railway station St. Pancras featuring DJ WOODY showcasing ‘Turntables in Technicolor’. For more information on this event - WWW.YESTOLIFE.ORG.UK

DMC Online DJ Championships launch party! Monday 4th April with DMC World Champions – DJ Q-BERT and DJ SHIFTEE – >

DMC World Finals 2011 – Thursday 6th / Friday 7th October @ indig02, the 02, London (ticket information coming soon –

Björk Unveils Live Residency

The innovative Icelandic icon unveils her new music and multimedia residency at Manchester International Festival

This summer, Björk introduces Biophilia, an extraordinary immersive project and her most ambitious work to date. The multi-media endeavour encompasses her music, installations and live shows, and celebrating the use of modern technology by utilising the internet. The project aims to explore ideas like how sound works, the infinite expanse of the universe, from planetary systems to atomic structures.

The world premiere of Björk's Biophilia live show will be held at Manchester International Festival for a three-week residency - across six intimate shows in the Campfield Market Hall for audiences of 1800, as her first UK dates in over three years. For these six special shows, Björk will be performing new tracks from the forthcoming Biophilia studio album as well as with a small group of unique musical collaborators. The show will feature a range of specially conceived and crafted instruments, among them a bespoke digitally-controlled pipe organ; a 30 foot pendulum that harnesses the earth’s gravitational pull to create musical patterns - creating a unique bridge between the ancient and the modern; a bespoke gamelan-celeste hybrid; and a one-off extraordinary pin barrel harp.

In a special collaboration with MIF, the Biophilia live show will travel to major cities around the world following the Manchester premiere. MIF will also be working with young people in Manchester to explore the musicological, scientific and technological ideas behind the project. In a series of educational workshops schoolchildren will be given the unique opportunity to experience the world of Biophilia first hand, and to immerse themselves in the endlessly rich and inspiring place where cutting edge technology, music and nature meet.

Found here

Happy Birthday DJ Day!


JDLP extended set Sunday 3.20.11 Crocodile (Chicago)


I will be stretching out with an extended DJ set Sunday, Macrch 20th 2011. Spinning all that's good (Audio & Video) Free pizza, Drink specials, Mix CDs & No cover all night.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Traktor Vs Super Seal record

New Traktor Vs Super Seal record! Best of both worlds! Digital & Analog!

Limited to only 1000 pieces! Get doubles or 4 to be safe!
There may be just a few left at

Friday, March 11, 2011

Vocalo's DJ Challenge


"Vocalo's DJ Challenge” Put away the Laptop & CD players (For 1 week) 89.5FM is challenging DJs around the world to put away the digital tunes, Laptops, CDs, MP3s, etc & dust off their records for that RSW week..
Sun 4/10 - Sat 4/16.

Spinning wax is the foundation when it comes to DJing, we will be paying homage to the vinyl record. (Strictly Wax) for 7 days.

DJs are you down? Sound off!!!




Stones Throw Podcast 31: Madlib live at Hella International

Here's audio from Madlib's set at Hella International 2008 when things got a little out of hand up on stage. The mix is interrupted by the chaos more than once, but it was all a part of a great experience. Clips from this set later made it on to Beat Konducta Vol. 5-6: A Tribute J Dilla.

Stones Throw Podcast 31: Madlib live at Hella International by stonesthrow

Thursday, March 10, 2011

DJ Spinna's 40th B-day Mix [LIVE]

DJ Spinna 40th Bday Live At Santos Part 4 (DJ SPINNA) by Kenny Dope

Milwaukee's DJ Old Man Malcolm on the decks for the NFL

Sports aside.. Great seeing a DJ on the field spinning tunes! Big up Malcome

DJ Premier vs. Pete Rock [1]

DJ Premier vs. Pete Rock: Round 1 (FULL) from AlohaServedDaily on Vimeo.

This is a visual from the iconic battle between DJ Premier and Pete Rock that went down in Japan. Discussing the winner of clash is pointless. It is more appropriate to enjoy in the craft of these two legends. [This video is over 2 hrs] enjoy JDLP

Behind the scenes at Vocalo

Thom Yorke does a surprise DJ set at Low End Theory

By 2 p.m. Wednesday the secret was out. Thom Yorke, the lead singer of Radiohead, was allegedly playing Low End Theory in Lincoln Heights. Maybe. After all, you can’t really predict the behavior of someone like the mercurial Yorke, you can only hope to be in the right place when it boomerangs in your direction.

By sunset the line had already started to stretch around Broadway. Twitter rumors and half-baked hypotheses clogged the Internet, but no one would give a confirmation. Nearly 20 years into his career, the rock star has long since reached the rarefied plateau typically only inhabited by the most famous and feted. He’s like an Anglo analogue to Prince — elfin, erratic and affected by a quintessentially British melancholia. And if you hear a rumor that he’s playing a secret show, you go, fully cognizant that the show may not materialize.

At 10 p.m. it was all off. Yorke had had second thoughts, a decision that triggered an immediate mood shift from collective euphoria to “Christmas has just been canceled.” Several left and were immediately replaced by an influx of others undeterred by the latest intelligence. Radiohead doesn’t have casual fans, they have rabid cultists, and most were unwilling to believe that Yorke wouldn’t come through. It made too much sense. They’d have readily accepted that he was going to ride in on a black swan while accompanied by a Bollywood string orchestra and Flea before believing that he’d let them down.

Indeed, the Oxfordshire native has practically become a semi-permanent Southern California resident — partially repudiating “Fake Plastic Trees” while avowing his love for the mutant bass and eccentric raps roaring out of the Airliner every Wednesday. He’s collaborated with the club’s most famed emissary, Flying Lotus, shouted out Samiyam and Ras G, and even allowed the LET’s trademark disembodied beats to seep onto the latest Radiohead album. Other than rocking a Low End T-shirt on Sunset Boulevard, Yorke had done everything possible to endorse the beat music hub except actually show his face. But by a quarter past 11, he’d obliterated that last obstacle.

Who knows exactly what changed Yorke’s mind? I was told that Lotus had texted him photos of the pandemonium, which subsequently swayed him back on track. Then again, I’d be just as apt to believe it was a visit from an ancient and obscure German god of dance. That would explain the Kraftwerk and Modeselektor he spun during his DJ set.

No one had a clue what to expect from the enigmatic frontman. Judging from the rapturous response he received upon taking the stage, he could’ve very well played Teutonic forest chants based on Grimm Brothers fairy tales and the crowd would have called hailed it as genius.

“We have a very special guest tonight … act like he’s one of us. He is one of us,” said Daddy Kev, the Low End Theory co-founder.

Shrieks (male and female.) Clouds of smoke. A girl in front of me texted to a friend: “I’m looking at Thom Yorke….ahhhhhhhh.” Murmurs all saying the same thing: I can’t believe this is happening. But it was. Despite an initially cool reserve, Yorke soon got down and dirty, unleashing a sweaty funk that spanned house, minimal techno, dubstep, Afro-beat, and hip-hop. Jaylib bled into Burial. Major Lazer slurred into smooth house. Modeselektor merged with Fela Kuti’s “Zombie,” into krautrock. The lights dimmed and the crowd kept bouncing. A robot remix of M.O.P. and Busta Rhymes’ “Ante Up,” passed the pipe to Madvillain’s “America’s Most Blunted” — Yorke’s notoriously eclectic tastes distilled into an hourlong dance party.

If it were another DJ spinning, it inevitably would’ve been just another impressive performance. But context always counts, and with each transition the intensity continued to ratchet — the dance floor dissolving into a blur of bobbing heads and waving arms. Ditching his original diffidence, the sprightly Yorke began controlling the crowd, setting rubber-limbed moves and fist-pumps to each build and release of the beat. Everyone knew about Yorke’s seraphic wail and preternatural songwriting ability, but few knew that he could DJ this well.

In the background, Flying Lotus and Gaslamp Killer played hype men, keeping the crowd live while alternately smiling and marveling at one of the most acclaimed musicians of the last 20 years wrecking shop at what was once Los Angeles' best kept secret. It was less a coronation than it was a continuation of the dialogue, the ackowledgement that the epicenter of American electronic music currently erupts every Wednesday night in Lincoln Heights.

After all, it was just last week that Odd Future, the most hotly tipped young group in America, did an impromptu and dynamic performance. And last night, Yorke somehow managed to one-up them, with a blistering workout that could’ve detonated any club from L.A. to Latvia. Deftly slipping past the crush of bodies rushing to swarm him on his depature, Yorke disappeared as quickly as he entered. Watching the madness slowly dissipate, the Gaslamp Killer aptly summed the night up: "Wow. Did that really happen? Did that really just happen?"

-- Jeff Weiss

Photo: Thom Yorke, left, and Flying Lotus at Low End Theory. Credit: Lee Shaner at Knocksteady

FreshMen: Solo RM

Friday, March 4, 2011

"Blast From the pasT" DJ Mike Platinas 1987 DMC Mega Mix Live

I think I need to get more involved when i spin like this guy : D JDLP

Nostalgia 77 Mix: Relics

"Relics" mix by Nostalgia 77 by Wax Poetics

Ben Lamdin (aka Nostalgia 77) has a nice mix of tunes from some of the prominent artists in the underground London jazz scene; it’s a timely mix with our Jazz Issue on the horizon. Relics features tracks from his own label, Impossible Ark, as well as Babel, Loop, Grundle, and Ninja Tune, providing an cross section of the sounds of contemporary jazz in London including a couple unreleased gems such as “Dandelions” by Kaz Simmons and “Elephants” by the Skeletons.

"Also check out the new Nostalgia 77 single, “Simmerdown."

Relics Tracklist
1. “Elephants,” The Skeletons (Koka / Universal)
2. “Awake Like This,” Fringe Magnetic (Loop)
3. “The Magnetic Peacock,” Riaan Vosloo (Impossible Ark)
4. “We Are Two,” Ma (Grundle)
5. “Lost Where I Belong” Andrea Triana (Ninja Tune)
6. “Bleak Sylvette,” Outhouse (Babel)
7. “Beatrice,” Allsopp, Vosloo, Stanley, Giles (Impossible Ark)
8. “Dandelions” Kaz Simmons
9. “Empathy,” The Rhythmagic Orchestra (Impossible Ark)