Thursday, October 15, 2020

FTA News: Save the Vinyl - DC DnB vinyl preservation

October 10th, 2020

I got a ping from DJ Slant the other day. Slant is a founding member of DC's 2Tuff Crew, a legendary crew of DJs that really pushed the Jungle / DnB scene here in the DC area.

The reason I was getting a message was that his basement had taken on water, which affected a chunk of his vinyl collection. Roughly 4 large crates of records from 1994-2001 era of Jungle/ Drum & Bass. He was going to chuck the full lot and wanted to know if I wanted to try and save them. I think my exact words were "I'm on my way... where do you live?"

Man, these records were in bad shape. I think they had been waterlogged for about a week before I got a call. So bloody hell they were gross, with mold and funk. This is going to have to be a full restoration project.

Some quick clarifications, "Restoration"... maybe not. It is more like preservation. Meaning I'm not going to source all the sleeves or print duplicate record labels. I could give a fig about the paper. All I care about is preserving the sound. As a junglist, I cut my teeth on white labels and I'm going to be making a boatload of them. 

Oh my days, these babies have seen better days.





So how am I going to do all this? How do I do it in a way that is safe for the grooves and safe for me? I bring up my safety because it's a little unclear the ratio of rainwater to sewage. However, as someone who has had his basement flooded with sewage, it is not a light-hearted topic. That stuff is dangerous and you should treat it with respect. (breathing)


DJ Slant & The Librarian 
loading up the car.

Before I go any further, can I just take a moment on how stoked I am that DJ Slant thought to give me a shout to see if I could (or would want to) save these Golden Era records? Still trips me out a bit.


Alright after reaching out to some local record stores and a metric ton of internet research I think here is the plan for phase 1.


PHASE 1: CLEAN THAT !#%^ UP


1. SOAK
        - Photo document the labels
        - Water & Dawn solution
        - Quick micro fiber wipe down


2. BLEACH BATH
        - Water & Bleach solution
        - soak / shock

3. PRESSURE WASHER
        - Create a Framework to hold the records in a safe/controlled manner
        - Clean with water
                • Removing all the mold and labels

4. DRY
        - Air Compressor
        - Microfiber wipe down

5. STORE
        - Plastic Sleeves
        - Put an ID Tag on the sleeve so we can collect the photo data from step 1 


Phase 2: CATALOG & CLEAN AGAIN

Because I'm unclear how good of a job this will actually do I'm assuming it will need a second round to make it playable. This step may be overkill but I want to make sure I'm crossing all the T's and dotting all the i's to save this Golden Era Sound.

1. CATALOG: 

Cross-referencing all the photos and matching them up with the meta data on www.discogs.com and www.rolldabeats.com.

Creating Labels and transferring that data to these labels.


2. VINYL VAC

As it sounds it's just a shop vac with an attachment... to you guessed it vacuum these tracks. 








3. ULTRA SONIC 

In recent years Ultra Sonic cleaners have become cheap enough that vinyl heads like me can afford to sonically blast their records. This currently is my last line of restoration, mainly because I don't own one yet. (I'm going to make a plug for support here in a bit. Foreshadowing ba ha)










After all that we will any love will have some clean & playable records to drop on this website and the Monday nights show.

If you think this project is awesome and want to support it. We have a variety of ways you can do that.

1. Donations though Paypal: www.PayPal.me/DjTheLibrarian

2. Subscriptions to the Twitch Channel: www.twitch.tv/fromtheannex

3. Sponsorship. If you like what you see here and want to be associated with this work hit me up. Fat chance but it's worth a shot. 

 

Anyways keep it locked here for progress or over on the Instagram page


Till next time folks keep smiling

The Librarian


 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

FTA NEWS: The Librarian (USA)* is on Beatport

 



So you all have been asking about this for a while. Where can I buy the music your playing. Over the years I've sent people links, and posted playlists here on the blog. But today I would like to share this bit of news. From here on out if I can find the tracks on BEATPORT I will be adding it to my weekly chart playlists. 

Now, do I get a revenue share? No. But if I can help the artist get paid. It's worth it now. 

Would I appreciate a cut for the time and service? Hells yeah! At least provide a discount on my monthly music bill. I say all this to be clear I'm not affiliated with Beatport currently.



From The Annex w/ The Librarian #104




From The Annex w/ The Librarian #117








Through all this, I've also learned there is another Librarian DJ, who also plays Bass / Drum & Bass music. FREAKING WILD. Who knew?!?! I love the internet. So I guess in the future I'm "The Librarian (USA)".  What a crazy world. 

Till we catch each other in the chat. Keep Smiling

The Librarian (USA)

FTA Music: Rhythmic Remedies Party w/ The Librarian #120

HARDCORE JUNGLIST UNITED presents:

RHYTHMIC REMEDIES


GYPSY KID
BENTO
THE LIBRARIAN
CUTTHROAT



PLAYLIST:

001) Dr. Meaker Featuring Sian Evans - Right Back (Break Remix)
002) Aphrodite - B.M.Funkster
003) Wosh & King Tut - Throat (Remix)
004) Naaman, Cutty Ranks, Steven Kloosh - Rebel for Life
005) Unknown - Soundclash
006) Aphrodite - Stalker (Benny Page Remix)
007) JFB - Five on It
008) Capital J - Bumbaclot!
009) S.C.A.M. - Put up you Hands (Run Tingz Cru)
010) Perfect Giddimani - Smoked a Spliff (Jamie Bostron Remix)
011) DJ Fresh - All that Jazz (Mosquito Remix)
012) Rasta Vibes - Bam Bam the Alarm
013) Ed Solo & Deekline - Ghost Town (Featuring DJ Concept)
014) DJ Marky & XRS - LK (M.I.S.T. Remix)
015) Original Sin - D for Danger
016) Adam F - Original Junglist Sound (TC Remix)
017) Krome & Time - The Licence (serial Killaz Remix)
018) DJ Nut Nut  - Back in the Day
019) Tribal of Issachar - Tribal Natty (Aphrodite Remix)
020) Serial Killaz - Jamaican Boy
021) Rack N Ruin - Soundclash (Deekline & Ed Solo Remix)
022) Dope Skillz - Fugee or Not
023) Calvin Harris - Ready for the Weekend (High Contrast Remix)
024) Pixel - Armed & Dangerous
025) Hive & Keaton - Bring it On 
026) Serial Killaz - Killa Klash
027) Aladdin - Woman that Rolls
028) DJ Zinc - Reachout (Brookie & Ed Solo Remix)
029) Fallacy & Fusion - The Groundbreaker (Shy FX & T-PowerDJ)
030) Swoosh & The Joker - That's Played Out
031) Leviticus - Burial (Chronicles 2)

I pulled as many of the tracks as I could find on BEATPORT.
Beatport Chart: From The Annex w/ The Librarian #120 

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The Librarian


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FTA Music #116 From the Annex W/ The Librarian


 PLAYLIST:

001) Get Ready All Junglist - Rebel MC & Serial Killaz

002) Every Man had a Right - Nuttah Beats

003) Stalker (Benny Page Remix) - Aphrodite

004) Woman That Rolls - Aladdin

005) Children - Unknown

006) Liff Up - Breakage

007) Ghost Town - Ed Solo & Deekline

008) Who’s Gonna Make the Dance Rain - Andrew Paul

009) All that Jazz (Mosquito Remix - DJ Fresh)

010) Intro  Remix - Tango

011) Represent - Brockie & Ed Solo

012) The License - Krome & Time

013) Tribal Natty (Aphrodite Remix) - Tribe of Issachar

014) Rude Boy Style - Serial Killaz

015) Give Me Some Signal - London’s Most Wanted

016) Everyday - Shy FX & T-Power

017) Put Up your hands - S.C.A.M.

018) Babylong (Bladerunner Remix) - Splash

019) Rock the Funky Beat - Natural Born Chillers

020) BM Funkerster - Aphrodite

021) FSB - The Riddler

022) Code Red - Conquering Lion

023) Dubplate Circle (Magistrate Remix) - Undercover Agent

024) Trick of Technology Remix - The Prisoners of Technology

025) Aztech Spree - Kursive 

026) Sound Clash (Deekline & Ed Solor) - Rack n Ruin

027) Walk like a Champion - Serial Killaz

028) Wootang (DJSS Remix) - Doctor Wootang

029) Chopper (Shy FX) - The Terrorist

030) Fugees or Not - Dope Skillz

031) Gots like come on Thur (TPOT Remix) - BuDDha Monk

032) Tell the People - Visionary

033) Lovers Rock - Shy FX & T-Power

034) Jamaican Boy - Serial Killaz

035) Five on it - JFB

036) Can’t Punish Me - Dom & Roland

037) The Jungle - Sigma

038) Fugeez (remix)- Krinjah

039) Jam Rock - Damian MArkey

040) Back in the Day - DJ Nut Nut

041) Soundclash - Unknown

042) Chase the Deveil - Gunman

043) Bumbaclot! - Capital J

044) Reatreat 2018 - Chase & Status

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Thank you & Keep Smiling,

The Librarian

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FTA Music: From The Annex #114 with The Librarian on Twitch [3 hrs Live Jungle / Drum & Bass]


 PLAYLIST:

YEA... TBA... I just need to find it.

If you want to support From The Annex there are 3 ways:

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Thank you & Keep Smiling,
The Librarian


==


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or catch the live stream on Twitch every Monday night from 9pm-Midnight
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FTA Music: From The Annex #106 with The Librarian on Twitch [3 hrs Live Jungle / Drum & Bass]


PLAYLIST:

YEA... I was playing vinyl and did not stash the records away for later documentation... sorry. So I'm uploading the video so you can train spot if you like.

If you want to support From The Annex there are 3 ways:

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Thank you & Keep Smiling,

The Librarian


==


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or catch the live stream on Twitch every Monday night from 9pm-Midnight
http://www.twitch.tv/fromtheannex

==

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

FTA Music: From The Annex #100 with The Librarian on Twitch [5 hrs Live Jungle Dub]

The DC's Monday Night Jungle / Drum & Bass Show 9pm-Midnight EST [07.13.2020] The Librarian playing the Ragga Jungle / Drum & Bass for you live on Twitch & Instagram. Now you too get a piece of the action here on youtube.

Tonight was an experiment in Live Jungle Dub & DJing (Round 2) for the 100th show. Total riot. I learned so much. Thank you to everyone that hung out.

Respect

 

If you want to support From The Annex there are 3 ways:

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Thank you & Keep Smiling,

The Librarian

 ==

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or

catch the live stream on Twitch every Monday night from 9pm-Midnight
http://www.twitch.tv/fromtheannex

 ==

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