Archive for August 2011
I remember the first time I heard something like moombahton. It was one of this summer’s first Do-Overs at El Cid. DJ Ayres was spinning dancehall on 45s. He snuck in a 7 inch Serato record, which I had never seen, and started playing dutch style house sounds. I was blown away. Standing behind Ayres was a distinct man with black rimmed glasses, black asymmetrical hair, and a seemingly bottomless lowball glass who I found out later was Dave Nada, the originator of moombahton. I went back home and did my research on Aryes and Nada and found more music and became hooked (even though I felt late on the ‘wagon).
Then I started going to every moombahton event in LA I could find. I noticed that a lot of the DJs were using Traktor and Native Instrument midi controllers like my friends. I wanted my friends to hear and dance to this music, so I had to learn how to DJ and bring it to them.
Perry Mason and I teamed up to DJ at Ag Lago’s Sunset Disfunction house party. Brave Booties packed a small poorly ventilated room and danced to house and moombahton. We started a little bit after 1 am and didn’t stop until after 4. Thanks to everybody that helped organize the party. Thanks Perry. And a special thank you to everyone that danced.
In lieu of Sunset Junction being canceled Ag Lago is throwing a party. Perry Mason and I are DJing from 1am until they make us stop. Expect dance music. If you’ve been there before and you never started a fight or stole something, I’m sure you’re welcome back. You know where it is.
From Bikeside LA:
By Alex Thompson
Is Los Angeles bike friendly? It’s a simple question and Bikeside aims to answer it, so we created a survey (TAKE THE SURVEY!) to ask you if you think Los Angeles is bike friendly.
I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a quietly held consensus, but the reality is the question hasn’t been answered systematically. I suppose we could gather together a bunch of data – if we had the resources – like miles of roadway that are bike friendly, bike-involved collision stats, and % of trips made by bicycle, feed them all into some big huge whizbang Google mainframe computer, and it would churn out an answer.
Or we could just ask the people of Los Angeles. We could ask the cyclists because they know what it’s like to ride in Los Angeles. And we could ask non-cyclists because they know why they don’t ride in Los Angeles. Between the two of them, we could get a good picture of who thinks LA is not bike friendly, and who thinks it is, and get a start on why.
This is a short survey. It asks one question – “Is Los Angeles bike friendly?” – in three different ways. Later this year we’ll conduct a big huge survey of bike friendliness in Los Angeles, but for now we wanted to keep it simple. So here’s our question, asked three ways:
“Do you think Los Angeles is bike friendly? In other words, does Los Angeles, from the weather, to the police, to drivers and pedestrians, encourage and support cycling?”
“Put another way, on a scale from 0 to 10, how bike friendly is Los Angeles? (0 being not at all bike friendly, and 10 being very bike friendly.)”
“If LA is not bike friendly today, how many years will it take LA to become bike friendly at its current rate of improvement? (assuming there is any.)”
Please take 3 minutes, take the survey, and share it with your friends, cycling and non-cycling! Here’s the link again:
It took me two minutes to take.
Hearing Nadastrom (Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom) twice in one night was great. I wish I could have gone to Vegas and heard them a third and fourth time at Moombahton Massive. Thanks to everybody who put on the after party. And a special thanks to my man Jordan for getting us out to the after party. Couldn’t have done it without you.
Dillon Francis, Munchi, and Nadastrom (Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom) all threw down great moombahton heavy sets at the Mad Decent Block Party in Downtown LA. The crowd was over capacity. The beer garden was hardly full. The porta potties were disgusting. It was a blast.
Thanks to all the people that threw the festival.
Click the photos and log in to Flickr if you want to see a bunch of dicks.
And I’m playing an all Moombahton set.
If you’ve been to FISHMOUND before, you’re probably invited. If you’ve passed out at FISHMOUND before, you should come. And if you’re a borracha with a big culo, I’ll see you on the dance floor (eh hem, living room area).