December 7, 2009

Dead Man’s Bones

If you haven’t yet come across the beautifully eerie sound of Dead Man’s Bones, don’t feel sorrow. They lurk in the shadows and hide under your tears. The masses walk blindly past as their music resinates in the hearts of dark and beautiful love.

I was introduced the Dead Man’s Bones at Bob Baker’s Marionettes Theater. As sat and watched the magic before my eyes and couldn’t help but be thrown into their world of pain and love, living and dead, beauty and horror. It was something that I had never experienced before but now often yearn for.

Lucky for me shortly after this show they released and Album. I call it luck, but now I am lost in their world. Searching for what is missing and holding onto what is there. It is a hollow sort of feeling that is only combated when the music fills the bones of dead men and allows them to dance.

November 16, 2009

Roberta Flack’s “Compared to What” (Archived from my website)

There have been many versions of this song, but this little jazzy number by Roberta Flack really does it for me. Dare I say it’s my favorite Roberta song?

September 4, 2009

He called me Melsy

There are not many DJs that had it like AM did. First off he had the skills. This is a DJ that kept the crowd interested and was never disappointing. His schedule was insane. Practically everyday he was booked either traveling the world doing high profile celebrate parties, performing at festivals or appearing on some tv show. And through all the mad media, hype he still maintained gigs with his friends where he got to let loose and play us the music he truly loved.
I met Adam by in my teenage years before he was a DJ. We both loved music and that is pretty much how we bonded. I was there when he first started. His roommate Ethan had the turntables. When Ethan went out of town we would end up in his room making a mess of things. One time Ethan got so mad at Adam for messing with his set up that he locked the door to his room. We spent a couple of hours trying to break the lock until finally Adam said, “Fuck it! I am going through the window.” Like spider man on a mission to save the world, he got into that 3rd floor, apartment block window.
I loved spending time with Adam. I would sit for hours and listen to music. Friends would come by and have freestyle sessions. Adam wasn’t much of a turntablest then. Listening to someone learn to DJ is like listening to someone learn to play the drums. But we had fun anyway.
The reason why, at that point, I spent so much time around him is because I was infatuated with the turn tables myself. When I finally got my set I called AM and said, “I don’t know what to do?” He came over and showed me the basics on the mixer. He told me to practice scratching I should get a record that was recorded live and the bits where the audience cheering. “Because there’s no beat,” he said.
In the 90’s I went away to collage in S.F. and when I came back AM was on his way to stardom. In these past couple of years, since I’ve been putting myself out there as a DJ, Adam has been good to me. He’s passed a couple gigs my way. No matter where he’s spinning he would stop and talk for minute. He always honored our old school friendship.
It is sad when someone great is gone. To know that I will never dance to an live AM set again is getting me down. I was hoping to DJ with him one day. I wanted to make him proud. That his little Melsy had grown up.
To AMG, someone that majorly inflected me. RIP

August 10, 2009

Micachu and the Shapes- Golden Phone (Archived from my website)

Levi, the musician that formed Micachu and the Shapes, calls their music pop. For me there is nothing pop about it except for the fact that, as in the ‘Golden Phone; track, I come across uptempo beats that makes me want to dance. Pop music these day is what you hear on commercial radio and, at least in America, you will not hear this on commercial radio.
I love this bands mash up of punk, dance and noise. They definitely have something that differentiates them from the rest of the modern, post punk, electro revival that’s going on. They make the music fun and sometimes that all I need

Love always
DJ Lady Sinclair

August 3, 2009

Simian Mobile Disco-Cruel Intentions (Archived from my website)

This is my favorite little jam off of Temporary Pleasure, Simian's latest EP.  The collaborations is so nice.  Beth Ditto has the most amazing voice. Any track she blesses is good. I have to say that the reason S.M.D. is worthy of your time is because they are meticulous at the placement of each and every sound you hear. I realized this when I went to see them live a couple of weeks ago. They are masters at manipulating all of those little sound machines.

Here’s some other S.M.D. track that make me happy:
Hot Dog
Ladyflash remix
Are You The One Remix

Love always
DJ Lady Sinclair

July 24, 2009

Jay z-D.O.A (Death of Autotune) and my 1990’s hip hop jams (Archive from my website)

I am a b-girl at heart. Hip Hop is why I bacame a DJ. With the current state of affairs I have strayed from my usual formate and found solos in disco, electro, soul and indierock. I often beat myself up about walking a different path and wonder what happened. At one point I was adamint about only playing Hop Hop music. When did this change? The reality is change is the only perminet thing we’ve got, but everyonce and a while things come back around.
Jay Z’s D.O.A. stirs up something reminestint to that 90’s hip hop sound I once loved so much. When I hear this track, classic hip hop jams pop into my mind. That’s when I knew I loved this song. Plus the lyrics are sick. Thank you Jay Z for finally saying it. D.O.A!

Here’s a list of some those 1990’s Hip Hop jams:
EPMD-Cross Over
Jay Z-Brooklyn’s finest
Redman-Time 4 Sum Aksion
Jungle Brothers-Straight Out The Jungle
Tribe Called Quest - All of it!
De La Soul
Common-Soul By The Pound
Organized Konfusion - Stress
Ice Cube-Wicked
Notorious B.I.G.-Party And Bullshit
Lords of the UnderGround - Chief Rocka
Main Source-Live At the BBQ
Nas -It Aint Hard To Tell
Group Home-Supa Star
Brand Nubian-All For One
The Neatnuts-No Equal
Chi Ali-Roadrunner
Ultramagnetic MCs-Poppa Large
KRS One-Outta Here
Eric B. & Rakim-Don’t Sweat The Technique
Grand Puba-360
Masta Ace-Born to Roll
Jeru The Damaja-Mental Stamina
Wu Tang-M.E.T.H.O.D Man
Das EFX-They Want EFX
Keith Murry-The Most Beautifulest Thing in This World
Sorry...will have to get the west coast another day.

Love always
DJ Lady Sinclair

‘Jam of the Week’ Radio Show 7/16/09
Hercules and The Love Affair- Theme
Arcade Fire-Black Wave/Bad Vibration
LCD Soundsystem-YR City's A Sucker
Bond Redhead-Equally Damaged
The Radio Dept.-Cosing Scene
Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse-Star Eyes
Noisettes-Don't Give Up
The Window Babies-Harp of 1000 Strings
Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Date With The Night
Micachu-Golden Phone
The Clash-Clampdown
Mayer Hawthorne-Just Ain't Gonna Work Out
The Limp Twins-Another Day In The Life of Mr Jones
Blur-There's No Other Way
Grand National-Talk Amongst Yourselves
Fear of Theydon & The Mount Cherries
Missing Persons-I Like Boys
Connie Vannett-The Pussy Cat Song
Architecture In Helsinki-Hear It Races(As Played by Dr Dog)
Elefant-Sunlight Make Me Paranoid
Jamie Lidell-Green Light
Animals Talking-It Was
The Smiths-There is A Light That Never Goes Out
Shocking Pinks-Cutout
Lizzy Mercier Descloux-Fire
The Troggs-Always Something There To Remind Me
Slits-Ping Pong Affair
Primal Scream-Loaded

July 17, 2009

Monty Python & one awesome radio show (Archived from my websitr

I find that when life is getting you down you just need a little Monty Python in your life. Last weeks radio show was dedicated to the brilliant minds that have made us laugh all these years. Check for the podcast.

Eric Idle-FCC
Lizzy Mercier Descloux-Wawa
Sexy Sushi-I'm Afraid
First Touch-It's Yours
Monty Python-Bring out Your Dead
The National-Apartment Story
Codebreaker-First True Love Affair
La Roux-In For The Kill (The Twelves Remix)
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart-Everything With you
Ra Ra Riot-Can You Tell
Shinning To My Head
Monty Python-Sit On My Face
Monty Pyton's Flying Circus Theme
The Castle of Louis de Lombard: A Strange Person
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings-Tell Me
Santigold-Lights Out
Monty Python-The French Taunter
Heartless Bastards-The Mountain
The Shangri La-Remember(Walking In the Sand)
Gravy Train-Hella Nervous
Trouble-Chase Money
Sexy Sushi-Cheval
The Mummers vs Passion Pit-Sleepy Head
Jeremy Jay-Winter Wonder
Pixies-La La Love You
Faces-Ooh La La
The Dead Weather-Are Friends Electric?
Monty Python-Spam
The Bavery-An Honest Mistake
The Hong Kong-Mazerati
Die Dominas-I Bin A Domina with Monty Python mix over
Eric Idle-I Bet you They Won't Play This Song
The Glimmers-Let's Get Physical
The Hong Kong-Mazerati
Kid Bambardos-I'm Gonna Try
Princeton-Ms. Bentwich
Bat For Lashes-Daniel
Monty Python-Always Look On The Bright Side of Life

July 8, 2009

Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson. MJ tribute radio show playlist (Archived from my website)

I am always curious when famous actors decide to delve into the the music world. It can sometimes be a disaster and other times it can pass for the commercial consumer. It is not very often that I flip my lid for their music.
There is, however, the times when a talented actor teams up with a talented musician and makes beautiful love for your ears. Such is the case for Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson’s Relator.
Love always
DJ Lady Sinclair

On last weeks radio show I did a tribute to Michael Jackson with out playing any songs that he actually sang on. It was hard to find good music since MJ’s music surpasses, by far, any cover I came across. Here’s what was played:

Speak Low - Thriller
Castillo Kids-They Way You Make Me Feel
Michell Brothers-Dance Like Michael Jackson
SWV-Right Here
Paul Anka-They Way You Make Me Feel
Friendly Fires-Human Nature
Cookin Soul-Rock With You
Weird Al - Eat It
Bird Petterson - Thriller
Rockwell - Somebody's Watching Me
Ian Brown - Billy Jean
Eddie Murphy and Michael Jackson - What’s Up With You
Yellow Man - Beat It
Indian Thriller
Prabhu Deva- Chikku Bukku

June 23, 2009

How I will remember Michael Jackson- playlist from Daddy Day radio show (archived from my website)

I have to admit that there was a time when I stopped djing Michael’s songs due to the reasons behind his court cases. Let’s be honest, he did become an extremely eccentric man who gave the public a lot to talk about. Regardless of Michael Jackson’s oddities the fact remans that his music is some of the best music ever. It has been for generations and it will continue to be in the future. He will be remembered as one of the greatest entertainers next to Elvis Presly.
I spent most of my life dancing to Michael Jackson. The albums Off the Wall and Thriller, and of course the Jackson 5, along with the introduction of MTV, shaped the girl I grew up to be. I was so obsessed with him as a little girl that I dragged my mom to MJ concerts, my friends and I would fight over who would be his girlfriend (the looser got Paul McCartney), and I even made my mom make me ‘The Glove.’ I remember when the Thriller video came out, all the folks that lived on my street got together to watch it.
Then as a teen, when I got into my rare grooves, I found a whole new love for the Jackson 5. And of course, when I became a DJ I learned that putting on a MJ track got everyone on the dance floor.
To this day, no matter what the controversy, MJ’s music makes people happy. When you hear it you can’t help but dance. This is how I choose to remember MJ.

On This weeks radio we will be doing a tribute to Michael without playing anything that he sang on. If you missed it, the show will be podcast.

Thursday 12-2pm pst

The Jam of the week playlist 6/25/09:
sex Pistals-C'mon Everybody
Tamps Red Hokum Jazz Band w/ Hald Pint Jaxon-My Daddy Rocks Me With One Steady Roll
Violent Femmes-Gone Daddy Gone
Fannypack-Sugar Daddy
Datarock-I Used to Dance with My Daddy
Bollock Brothers-Harley David
The Cure-Boys Don't Cry
James Brown-Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
Club Feet-Teenage Suicide, Don't Do It
Art Brut-Moving to L.A.
Trio-Da Da Da
K-Os0Sunday morning
The Dead Weather-Hang You From The Heaves
Daddy What's a Train
The Specials- Rude Boys Outa Jail
Joanna Neel-Daddy Was A Preacher Mama Was a GO Go Dancer
New Order-Love Vifilantes
Perry Como-Papa Loves Mambo
Jane's Addiction-I had a dad
Carey's Problem - Kiss Daddy Goodnight
Otis Redding-That's How Strong My Love Is
BellX1-Like I love You
Stereophonics-Step On My Old Sized Nines
T.Rex- Hot Love
Devedndra Banhart-Lover
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros-Home
Dam Funk
Of Montreal-Mis Blonde, Your Papa Is Failing
Bright Eyes-Papa Was A Rodeo
The J.B.'s
Papa Don't Take No Mess
John Lennon-Hold On
Soft Cell-Where Did Our Love Go
Buckethead-Whatching Boats with My Dad
Out Hud-Dad, There's a Little Phrase Called Too Much Information
The Descendents- My Dad Sucks
Was Not Was-Hello Dad I'm in Jail
I Am Kloot-Over My Shoulder
Giorgio Moroder-Chase

June 12, 2009

Introducing The Hype Girls / 2 Live crew Show & Radio Show Playlist (Archived from my website)

I am still totally buzzing from last weeks show at the Key Club. I finally had the proper plat form to introduced the Hype Girls to the masses. Not only did we play for a packed house, we opened up for 2 Live Crew!

Click Here to view a clip of the performance!

Click here for Drew’s review of the show.

‘Jam of the Week’ Radio Show playlist for 6-11-09
Horrors's Theme-The Hororrs
Pogo In Togo-Subculture Squad
Don't Give Up-Noisettes
Wipeout-incredible Bongo Band
Juicy, Juicy, Juicy-Royal Trux
Wawa-Lizzy Mercier Descloux
Boys-The Beatles
Where Did Our Love Go-Soft Cell
Armando Telemundo-Guadalajara Joe
Daylight-Matt & Kim
Shane Is On Your Side-Terror Bird
Relator-Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johanson
Obstacle 1-Interpol
Wold Like Me - TV On the Radio
Tell The World-Vivian Girls
The Whole Enchilada-Guadalajara Joe
Killer Tiki Boogie-Sue Palmer
Have Mercy-Loretta Lynn
Bloody Mary Morning-Willie Nelson
Rip Off-T. Rex
Uh-Oh Love Comes To Town- Talking Heads
Mr. Dibbs "Fight For Air" Mash Up- The Black Keys
Shining to My Head-
Ocean-A Place to Bury Strangers
Graveyard Girl-M83
The List - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
Always Look on The Bright Side of Life - Monty Python
That's All - Genises

Love always
DJ Lady Sinclair

June 2, 2009

Tirk’s RIP EP. my trip to Turntable Lab & Radio Show (Archived from my website)

In the past 24 hours I’ve been blessed with vinyl! Last night I went to Carbon and witnessed DJs, including Peanut Butter Wolf, throwing down some amazing 80’s funk. Dam Funk, who hosts the night, was selling a little ’45 of some music he worked on. Of course I bought it. I love that. It’s so old school to sell EPs that way. It’s a funky little Dam funk production called ‘Wavelength’. I am going to play this week on my radio show.

Then today I went to Turntable Lab for some gear and couldn’t help but buy records as well. Along with some jamz that I found, the guys working there suggested the following:
-A little white label that turns out to be Alexander Robotnik’s ‘Problem D' Amour’.
-Based on Kyoto ‘Flower.’ is a track coming off of a Japaness lable. I like the James Pants tack.
-Off the Tirk label, Unabombers Presents Electric Chair RIP EP which is amazing. Some sick remixes of some old goodies. The Tirk label is this obscure dance/electro label from England that has been making it’s mark with sold releases of rock’n EPs.
-I was pretty excited about buying the Guns N’ Roses ‘Appetite for Destruction’ limited release with the original banned cover. I also picked up ESG, Fiest, Egyptian Lover and Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’ (which completes my vinyl colection for Radiohead.

Love always
DJ Lady Sinclair

Radio Show playlist for 5-28-09
Podcasted on
Richard Hell & The Void-Love Comes In Spurts
Public Image Ltd-Love Song
Yoko Ono - Kiss Kiss Kiss
Eagles of Death Metal - Wanna Be in L.A.
The Rapture - Pieces of The People We Love
Golden Silvers - Magic Touch
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffitti - Scared Famous
Bachelorette - Mindwarp
Trouble Andrew - Chase Money
B-Movie - Nowhere Girl
Animal Collective - Fireworks
Animals Talking - It Was
Passion Pit - Cuddle Fuddle
Passion Pit - I've Got Your Number
The Gossip - Heavy Cross
The Horrors - Who Can Say
The Raconteurs - Level
Gary Numan & Tubeway Army - Are Friends Electric?
The Dead Weather - Are Friends Electric?
Bachelortette - Her Rotating Head
Grizzly Bear - Knife
Rober Francis - Little Girl
Tinariwen - Aldechen manin
The Black Byrds - Do It Fluid
Flock of Seagulls - Modern Love is Automatic
Mark Ronson f. Santo Gold - Pretty Green
Elvis Costello - Pump It Up
Cheech & Chong - Earache My Eye
Whitey - Non Stop
1990's - The Box
Miami Horror - Don't Be On With Her
The Glimmers - Let's Get Physical
Zeppenlin - Take Me Out
Serge Gainsbourg - Brigade Des Stups
Jeremy Jay - Lunar Camel
Tom Petty - Don't Do Me Like That

May 25, 2009

The Hours-See the Light Calvin Harris remix, Radio show playlist (Archived from my website)

Wow! In the past couple of weeks I have acquired so much music I don’t even know where to begin. Here’s a list of stuff I’ve been playing in my car:
Passion Pit-wallpaper remix
Rye Rye feat. M.I.A-Bang
Cobra Krames-Choose You
The Gossip-Heavy Cross
The Pragmatics-Cirlcles (Harley School remix)
Golden Silvers
Empire of The Sun
The Rapture-Pieces of People We Love (oldies but goody)
Animal Collective
The Golden Filter
Buraka Som Sistema

But my ‘Jam of the Week’ is a song I got about a month ago and every time I play it in the club or hear it I can’t help but jump around. The Calvin Harris remix of ‘See The Light’ by The Hours is his best yet. It has the perfect union of a disco dance beat, with a simplified chorus and happy layers of synth and piano. Then there’s this tweaked, melodic lead synth that bounces along the track which makes me dance no matter what.

‘Jam of the Week’ Radio Show May 21:
My guest last week was Baron Von Luxxury who selected some wicked tracks. I had so much fun with him that I didn’t keep track of any of the songs he played. Luckily you can find a podcast of the show on the archives. We talked about the tracks he picked, made fun of celebrity playlists and practiced our deep radio voices.

‘Jam of the Week’ Radio Show May 14:
Delta 5-Colour
LCD Soundsystem-All My Friends
Joe Batann-Subway joe
Passion Pit-I’ve Got Your Number
Grizzly Bear-Knife
M83-Graveyard Girl
Jeremy Jay-We Stay Here
Miami Horror-Make You Mine
The Rascals-You Better Run
Thenewno2-Choose What You’re Watching
We Are The World-Why Can’t I be You
Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros-Home
Bat For Lashes-Daniel
Empire of the Sun-We Are People
The Knife-You Make Me Like Charity
MGMT-Weekend Wars
Panda Bear-Comfy Nautica
James Pants-We’re Through
Phoenix-Everything is Everything
David Bowie-Blue Jean
The Strokes-Hard To Explain
Can She-Kelly
Edwyn Collins-A Girl Like You
Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros-40 Day Dream
Chicago-Street Player

Love always
DJ Lady Sinclair