Feels Like We Only Going Backwards

April 15, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Posted in music, pop culture | Leave a comment
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I cannot stop listening to the song “Feels like we only go backwards” by Tame Impala, a psychedelic-rock band out of Perth, Australia. I literally have it on repeat. The lead singer’s voice reminisces John Lennon as he almost hauntingly says the lyrics in sort of a musical round. If you like it, and you can’t not like it, also give a listen to “Elephant.” My dear sweet love of a friend Mike Meece sent me the song link and we instantly freaked out about it together. I’m pretty sure you’ll have the same reaction.

[East Coast] Washington, DC’s best DJ for Weddings, Events, and Clubs

March 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Posted in DC, magazine industry, music, Washington | 1 Comment
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Really exciting news … Daryle, ahem, I mean DJ D-Mac and his DJ Associates have picked up so much steam that they had a major feature in Washingtonian magazine’s special wedding edition! His business is proving to be a niche market on the East Coast. No longer are people looking for a guy in a mustache to Dee Jay their wedding and make unfunny comments into the microphone. They’re looking for their own individual party of the universe! I know that’s what we wanted when we planned our wedding (and yes, Rusty B. one of Daryle’s associates DJ’d our wedding and our friends are still talking about it 2+ years later!).

I get the feeling that when people think of a DJ, they tend to think two categories: 1.) Cheeseball; or 2.) Too clubby. Daryle and his boys are neither. They’re music fanatics, people who obsess over finding a rare Northern Soul 45 and freak out when finding a dusty flea market go-go track on cassette tape. They love their indie but they also love Daft Punk too. And they also have no problem throwing down a little top 40 or your favorite Madonna track from the late 80’s. They simply mix-it-up (literally, all of the DJs mix in-and-out of tracks as opposed to your “DJ” next door who selects tracks [i.e. turns one song up and the other down.]) and keeps you guessing.

Daryle has built such a following just doing what he loves. I’ve crashed a few of his wedding and have seen with my own eyes, mother’s of the bride with sweat running down their face, their arms held up to the sky dancing their tails off. That’s actually how we met and fell in love — I threw a party and was in need of a DJ. A mutual DJ friend (Neville-C, also an Associate) introduced us and well, after that party, it was all history. Every Friday and Saturday, and even some Tuesdays, I’d stay out till the wee hours dancing with friends and sometimes with strangers if I couldn’t find anyone to go out with, to his tracks at Saint Ex, Local 16, ESL, Marvin, Dodge City (to name a few) and he always rocked the dance floor. Today, he still DJs out on the town, but spends the majority of his time playing for newly married couples and their closest family and friends. Music creates such a powerful emotion and on such a major day in a couple’s life, you should probably have someone who is equally passionate about playing the best songs that you’ve ever heard (like your favorite-est favorite songs that you have to instantly Shazam because you forgot all about that song. You know what I mean?!)  And I know I’m going on-and-on about my husband, but this feature story on him in Washingtonian is the truth! I’m so so happy that Daryle and his crew are getting the recognition that they deserve! I know this sounds so much like a “sponsored post” but if you are in need of a DJ (they will travel anywhere) and want an awesome DJ for your wedding, birthday bash, corporate or holiday party, you should at least take a peak at Daryle’s (DJ D-Mac’s) website and get an idea of the style, and vibe that they are creating. Daryle has a bunch of DJ Associates that are essentially playing the same gospel as he is and you won’t be let down. (Says the wifey.)

Subaru + Marketing Team = Me

March 6, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Posted in life, music, pop culture | 1 Comment
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Before I had Jack, I traded in my tin-box on wheels for a Subaru and I’ve never looked back once. Those heated seats, the automatic transmission, yeah, that’s luxury. haha. I’m serious too (in the nerdiest way possible.)! Subaru’s marketing team has me pegged to a T. Every single commercial gets me. The one where the mom and daughter are in the community garden with the wheel barrow — Me. The other one with the man and the chocolate lab puppy, which fast-forwards to the guy getting married, having a kid and you slowly see the dog get older and more grey — wahhh! I can’t take it! And now the latest one of the handsome dad waiting with his young daughter to get picked up by the school bus. I’m crying as I type this. It made me think: that’s gonna be me someday!!! It’s so good. Watch and I bet you’ll have a spontaneous allergy attack come on.

I love the song by Tashaki Miyaki too. She has a voice that reminds me of Hope Sandoval (or Mazzy Star — my ultimate fave) and the background music has a Velvet Underground sound.

P.S. Thank you, my darling friend Alicia for sending this to me!

Gangnam Style Re-edit – The Shipmates Edition

September 18, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Posted in music, pop culture | Leave a comment
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Ok, I’ll say it proudly: I love the viral song-and-dance “Gangnam Style” video that is now being spoofed not only on SNL but by Navy Shipmates! These boys are so cute in their white uniforms doing a synchronized dance to the techno song. I don’t think you can watch it without smiling, at least a little.

Seu Jorge vs. Kraftwerk

September 5, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Posted in $hit I want, music | Leave a comment
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For all of you Kraftwerk fans out there — I’m about to blow your mind. Listen to Seu Jorge and his band Almaz (probably best known as the musician singing old David Bowie songs in Wes Anderson’s movie, Life Aquatic) sing Kraftwerk’s song “Das Model” from their 1978 album Die Mensch Maschine. Jorge’s voice is haunting and low, and the melody is played via reverbed-guitar pics rather than a keyboard (original song here). To die for.

Lazy Afternoon with Vinyl and Mr. Potato Head

August 27, 2012 at 11:33 am | Posted in baby, life, music, Washington | Leave a comment
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Over last weekend, we found ourselves with a rare gift — a day with nothing on the agenda. The weather was rainy and dreary so we felt no obligation to leave the house. Staying hunkered down, Daryle brought out an old cardboard box filled with toys from when he was a child. He set up Mr. Potato Head and Jack quickly thought it was the best thing to gnaw on. Switching places, I assumed the role as DJ. That minty green album I’m holding was brought back from our trip to Philly when we stopped into the record stop, A.K.A. Music. It was one of those featured albums on the wall. The cover is of a guy standing slightly behind a life-sized, nude mannequin. It’s so bizarre and random that I thought we had to have it in our collection. Even if it wasn’t any good, it would at least be worth framing to hang on the wall. I’m not surprised, it is quite good Japanese pop, though not something I’d listen to every day. The artist is Shintaro Sakamoto, his album, “How to Live With a Phantom.” Here’s hoping for more rainy days just the three of us.

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