Friday, October 29, 2010

10.29.10 Behind the Mask & Behind the Booth

Deadmau5, Daft Punk, & Bloody Beatroots to name a few are an interesting phenomena to watch unfold. What is it about the mystery of not knowing an artist face that is so compelling?

Graffiti writers have been leaving in the shadows for years in hopes that they don't get caught and secretly enjoying their underground fame. But here we have "public figure" of the dance community that like to hide from the spotlight. Its some what understandable because with the mask they can have a "life" that is separate from their careers...


In fact that could easily be the best reason for the mask. A tangible way of "unplugging" from their job and the public they entertain.

Its funny cause after wearing face paint to my last to gigs (it was my Halloween costume), I was ready more then ecstatic to wash it all off and move on. That ecstatic need to be myself was how I got on this topic. Originally setting out to rail on these DJs and ask why the gimmic as their music can stand up without this flash and flair.

However while writing this all out I can process and justify their reasoning possibly beyond the obvious marketing hook.

10.29.10 PBS MASSIVE!

Photo Credit: Karen Jue

Thanks PBS for listening, dancing, drinking and rollerskating. You all were awesome. Almost as awesome as your new web site you just launched. Side note I hart the new Sherlock Homes

"Support Public Media!!!! Lighter crew where are the lighters inside! Tune out the haters and do your part to help PBS raise it up, higher, higher, BOOM!"

Monday, October 25, 2010

10.16.2010: WRIR 97.3FM in Richmond Virginia: Two Hour live set

Going a little back to the future.

On the 16th of October I finally got to meet up with the now infamous Joanna O from Turnstyle. I say "finally" because I've been talking with her now for a little over 6 months about tunes and playing in Richmond. Then a week prior the stars aligned, my tea leaves looked like a 45 adapter, and I got sent to Richmond for work. Joanna O was pumped and told me to bring some records because their was a slot opening up on WRIR 97.3FM on Saturday night.

Needless to say I packed a fine smattering of Ragga, Old School Amen and Classic Jump-Up.

After a few hours hanging out with Joanna O and her friends at Turnstyle, we walked over to see Jessie playing for a WRIR fundraiser. There I got to know Chris, Norman & Eric, who I instantly felt at home with, talking social politics, music and life.

Then it was time to get on the airwaves. Can I comment that playing and hearing Jungle music on the radio if totally freaking awesome.

Chris, who was my mic man for most of the night was an amazing wealth of Jungle Knowledge. The 2 hour set was spent playing old school tunes and the two of us singing the hook lines to these songs booming out of the monitors. It was totally freaking brilliant.

Then they gave me this sweet write up on

"Man for those of you who got to hear this set on the night you know and for those of you who for some reason didn’t you need to find out. This guy who hails from DC got this name for one very obvious reason. His deep crates are full of volumes of classic Jump Up Jungle tracks. You should also check out his awesome blog called From The Annex for all sorts of musical tid-bits"

As I left for DC that night the Fringe (from Fredvegas) guided my car back home. Again Jungle or in that case Drum & Bass on the FM dial is fucking amazing. America we need more independent community radio stations, so we can get some true music variety to the masses.

Huge props to the WRIR family, Chris, Norman, Eric and Mad hype, hype, hype to Turnstyle (Joanna O & Jesse). You all made me feel so at home. I totally look forward to visiting the Concrete Jungle Capitol more often.

Edward the Librarian Live on WRIR 97.3FM: Download

DJ Masta Mic shows off his sick DnB beatboxing skills

10.25.2010: Big Thanks to all those that came out

Caption: "Look mom no Serato."
Photo: Addison H

So for those of you that missed this evening. Yea you missed it. LOL. Huge thanks to Kyle at Mid City Caffe for having me out. LA Johnson your work is freaking crazy! Jeanna and Lionel you both made my night. JC & Anca seeing you two out their was a delight. Carter thanks for stopping off at my house and picking up some additional records and feeding the cat. Granite I'm sure was highly appreciative of your valor.

Have not cracked into the the recording of that night but if I made a good bootleg I will post it up later on this week.

Again Mad Props to Mid City Caffe, and lets keep taking about that "Records in the Attic" Idea.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Edward the Librarian @ Mid City Cafe TOMMROW! Saturday Oct 23rd

Who's ready for a party? 8pm-Midnight I will be rocking the decks with the finest Mashup, Electro & House beats. Don't for get your costumes! BYOB.

Mid City Caffe
1626 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009-4335
(202) 234-1515

Keep Smiling

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Edward the Librarian @ Mid City Caffe Saturday Oct 23rd

Alienation: La johnson Exhibition

Saturday Oct.23rd
8pm - Midnight
Mid City Caffe
1626 14th St NW, DC

Music selections provided by Edward the Librarian. He will be spinning finest MashUp, Electro and House tunes this side of the river.

& a Costume Contest. Serious what more could you ask for.

Come out and get your dance on.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Making a Mix Tape...

I'm stoked about this idea as their are many times where I was nearing the end of a 2 hour set and wish that I could fix a flub. But then again, the sigh of a true DJ is how you fixed that flub, or owned it. I've seen DJs use a skipping record as a loop, I've seen the wheel back, I'm see other just drop the next track with a hot sample. Or just train wreck. lol

As I find myself focusing more and more on records and less on MP3 it has defines me as a DJ not a Live PA act or a producer. I don't make beats I make other beat sound good.

the librarian