Category Archives: Nite Life

Friday Nite Spotlight: Flunk - For Sleepyheads Only

Today I’m fascinated by negativity. Why, when life brings its own hardship do we bring in our own? Is it because we are brainwashed into thinking we’re supposed to live perfect lives, and so we are simply hurt and disappointed? Or is it a habit? My dad says that we are taught that if youRead more...

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Friday Nite Spotlight: Funkadelic - Maggot Brain

When you put the needle on the record, George Clinton’s baritone voice speaks through an echo machine. He is all authority: Mother Earth is pregnant for the third time Cause y’all have knocked her up I have tasted the maggots in the mind of the universe I was not offended For I knew I hadRead more...

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Friday Nite Spotlight: Alice Russell - Pot of Gold

Interviews are one of the hardest parts of being a DJ. It’s really a gamble. You do all of your preparation (reading other interviews and reviews, the band’s website, watching vids, listening to tracks and albums), but once you get in there anything could happen. Many times the band doesn’t want to talk (why didRead more...

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Friday Nite Spotlight: Fatboy Slim - Greatest Hits: Why Try Harder?

I like to joke that I’m a music snob by trade, and that it’s working for me. It’s easy to slip into cynical when you’re flooded with hundreds of CDs a year in your mailbox. I actually live in slight fear of my mailbox. There are so many CDs in there. And they keep coming!Read more...

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Friday Nite Spotlight: The Beastie Boys - The Mix-Up

Things change. In 1987, the Beastie Boys were the first group ever to make a #1 charting rap album. The hit “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)” had a punk feel to it, but the beats were pure hip-hop. Their frat boy attitudes and fanny-pack/medallion outfits were unprecedented in both hip-hop and rock-n-roll.Read more...

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Friday Nite Spotlight: Bettye LaVette - The Scene of the Crime

March 2008. It is one of those times when you can’t believe what’s happening. I’m about to talk to one of my heroes, Bettye Lavette. She’s a 62 year-old soul singer who has been around the biz for over 30 years. She’s just put out Grammy-winning record called Scene of the Crime and I amRead more...

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Friday Nite Spotlight: Pink Floyd - Meddle

Hawaii, The Big Island, February 2009. At the last minute my good friend had to cancel coming along on this trip. She got a job offer and had to take it. Never having traveled on a long trip alone before, I was intimidated. We had planned to camp for 9 days and hotel for 2.Read more...

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Friday Nite Spotlight: Kraftwerk - Autobahn

For years I had heard Kraftwerk on the radio, and I thought they were just another electronic band with German accents. Little did I know that they pretty much invented the genre of electropop. And the more electropop I hear, the more impressive this band’s depth and warmth becomes. The first time most people inRead more...

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Friday Nite Spotlight: David Bowie - Low

In the mid ‘70s, a burnt-out and sick Iggy Pop lay on a hospital bed. He was exhausted by drugs, had just had a bout of homelessness in Hollywood, and every project he tried turned to dust. He had checked himself into a psychiatric institute when David Bowie came to see him. Bowie was alsoRead more...

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Friday Nite Spotlight: Cat Stevens - Greatest Hits

When I was 20 years old I attended an arts college in Pennsylvania. I grew up in Pennsylvania, but never really felt like it was home. Since my parents were divorced, I had spent many summers visiting my dad in California. My favorite place he lived was Berkeley. The people were so colorful. They wereRead more...

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