Top 3 House Music Podcasts

Podcasts have exploded in the last year (thanks Serial!). The estimate for number of listeners in 2016 is up to 57 million per month, or about 21% of all people in the US over 12. But, if you look at the top podcasts, they are all audio interviews and storytelling. This American Life, Tim Ferris, Planet Money, etc.  While I listen to plenty of those myself, this post is all about the DJs and Labels that are out there sharing quality house music consistently. With so many releases being pumped out across the digital music shops, it’s amazing to have these guys (and, yes, they are all men) wade through the ocean of music and share the best. The only frustrating thing is that they get access a few months before the rest of us, so be prepared to wait for the general release (unless you have the hookups - in that case, let’s talk).

Deeper Shades of House

Lars Behrenroth is on episode #533 and year 14 of this long running podcast. I’ll be honest, sometimes Lars talks too much, but in terms of consistently playing jams week after week, he has to be at the top of any deep house lover’s list. He typically spans a broad mix of sub genres and includes a guest mix for premium listeners. 

 

Freerange Records

So much great music from these guys over the years. Freerange label heads Matt Masters and Jimpster rotate every two weeks to mix it up. They both play a lot “Freerange Family” music including releases on their own label, Norm de PLume’s Delusions of Grandeur, and Something Different Records. These guys veer more toward the deep/tech/minimal end than my other two faves - but that’s a good thing. 

 

Fish Go Deep Radio Show

Broadcasting live from Cork, Ireland every Saturday, Greg Dowling and Shane Johnson have been putting out music under the Fish Go Deep moniker for almost 20 years. These guys love the classics or “Golden Oldies” and you’ll hear some soulful 90’s house gems alongside brand new releases and limited promos. Always a great variety and their love for house music comes through with every broadcast

 

Whether you’ve got a daily commute or just need something new to run to, hopefully you’ll find some inspiration from these guys. And many thanks to each of these shows for getting the music out there month in and month out! 

Mood :: Chill

When I've got downtime in the backyard, or out for a walk, my music choice tends to go one of 3 ways... Dub Reggae, Downtempo, or Classic Hip Hop. Obviously, some deep connections between those genres. 

Just in time for your Sunday BBQ or picnic in the park - sharing a mix of instrumentals and rhymes that put a smile on my face every time. It's a mix of old and new, but lots of classic and old school gems (guess I'm just old school).

Listen here on Spotify:

beats and rhymes

A few faves and why I love them...

Blackalicious :: Make You Feel That Way <positivity dialed up to 11>

Erykah Badu :: Tyrone <you better call Tyrone, but you can't use my phone>

Black Star :: Respiration <the new moon rode high in the crown of the metropolis>

Q Tip, Norah Jones :: Life is Better <for the romantic in you - just such a sweet sentiment>

Nightmares on Wax :: Nights Introlude <i'm guessing i'm not the only one with many hazy, fond college memories with this song as a backdrop>

Pete Rock :: On & On <simple, effective, funky, soulful. all the things you love pete rock for>

 

 

4 things I learned from raving in the early 90s

I came across some (embarrassing) old pictures recently and it had me reminiscing about going to underground parties back in the day. We would never say “rave” as, even in the early 90s, that sounded too cheesy and cliche. We just went to parties.


For me, it started in Germany in 1993. I went to a party and danced my face off - no drugs, no drinking, just pure musical bliss for 4 hours. I was a wee lassie at that time and could barely take it all in. While in Europe I picked up a ton of tapes and CDs… David Morales, Masters at Work, Future Sound of London, Orbital and loads more. But then I got back to New Mexico and had to really hunt the music and the parties down. They were there, you just had to look… and I was prepared to look. The whole Wicked crew came out frequently, Mark Farina, Doc Martin - they all used to throw down in the desert with us. We'd drive as far as Denver or Phoenix just to hear some good music, and made it out to SF whenever we could.


By the time I moved to the Bay Area in 2000, I was already too old to go to the warehouse raves and the music I liked had moved into the clubs and into more intimate underground parties. But I had a good run!

Here are a few choice nuggets that come to mind for all the youngins going to parties these days. I guess they call them EDM festivals now ¯\(°_o)/¯


1) There will always be people who don’t know their limits
Make sure you’re not one of them and be responsible for your actions!


2) Music brings people together
I like to think it was more than the drugs. There is legitimate unity in a room all pulsing to the same beat.


3) Dancing will soothe your soul
Bad day? Go put on a great record and dance around your room. 
If it doesn’t help, you might be a robot.


4) Huge pants are actually not that comfortable (or cute) if you’re a 5’5’’ girl swimming in denim
Many of my fashion choices were highly suspect - but none more so than the 45 inch waist JNCOs.  

Got some raver memories to share? Bring em on!

read this now: The Rap Yearbook

Whether you're a dedicated hip hop head, or have a passing interest in rap, I guarantee you will enjoy this book. The premise is simple (but complicated?) - choose the most important rap song from every year since 1979. What people consider "Most Important" is awfully subjective, though. The author posits that it's a song that changes the route of the genre, introduces a new element to the music, and/or had an impact on society. You're not really meant to agree with the author's choices, in fact, he wants you to disagree and definitely encourages debate.

Shea Serrano's writing style is gut-bustingly funny and this book offers a lot of entertainment value for your dollar. It's also gorgeously illustrated and chock full of infographics like this one. Please notice the axes: Ostentatious vs. Cool and Intimidating vs. Approachable.


A few favorite of my favorite bits:
- Illustration of Drake sitting at a pottery wheel (a la the movie Ghost)


- This description of Suge Knight:
Like if an angry rhino began morphing into a human and then stopped halfway through and so that’s just how he was stuck.


- The “What this song is about” intro to each chapter.
 C.R.E.A.M by Wu-Tang Clan
What this song is about:
Cash, and how it rules things, but also how maybe it doesn’t rule anything that’s really important.


Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A
What this song is about:
It’s about where three guys are coming from and how they feel about things and the crimes that have already committed or will commit if they feel they have adequate reason to do so.

Nuthin but a G Thang by Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg                                                                                                         What this song is about:                                                                                                                                                                How Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and the Death Row label were unfadeable, so please don't try to fade them.                           

So, yeah, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this one.