live @ mua 2008 -2015


No matter what, I always look forward to my monthly gigs at Mua Restaurant & Bar in Oakland, California. I’ve been a part of the place since before it opened and had the pleasures and frustrations of building some of the various incarnations of DJed music there. What’s always been awesome is that a restaurant (in an old car rim & wheel warehouse) has given local DJs a place to play, and as I see it, a space for eclecticism without the pressures of crowd or scene.

A quick list of notes from the last 7 years at Mua when it opened in October of 2008. It started with 2 Technic 1200’s and a crappy 2 channel Stanton mixer which was already used up and having issues. DJs were friends or acquaintances of the owner (that’s how I got my opportunity) playing an eclectic mix of rock-dance (think DFA and early Mad Decent), 80’s, indie tunes, UK styled dubstep, old school hip hop and disco funk on Friday and Saturday nights. Many patrons came in the early days looking at the large space with hopes and dreams of it being a club for their parties. My late night mixes of DMZ and Hyperdub influenced dubstep didn’t fit into their expectations. My expectations were off in a different space as well. Compromise was bound to come, after all most people dining were enjoying the food, atmosphere and music.

After a few months and some pleading, the mixer got upgraded to the Rane TTm-57 and opened up the door for the serato DJs. I still kept about 4 shelves of records in the booth for courteous DJs to use should their computer fail for whatever reasons. We began to have open auditions on Mondays for DJs who wanted to play. I got to meet a lot of great local DJs and also have my horizons expanded. With a very limited budget, I decided on 2 or 3 criteria as far as booking went. Be passionate about a wide variety of music, humble to spin the music, and be able to select interesting and energy appropriate for the day of week or time of night. I’m still amazed by some of the DJs I was able to meet and have play at Mua. I’m blessed to have met and worked with all of you.

In a short period we had DJs 6 nights a week playing a mix of great music past and present to the dining room and the late night bar crowd. 2009 was just a fun year, as Mua settled into what it would become, an Oakland destination for food, friends, first-dates, large parties, birthdays, parents with kids, singles and single parents with no kids, young and old, the sexy, the shy, the grungy and the fly. A place where you could see everyone, but was never really a place to be seen.

We did have a packed club dance floor for a summer in 2010, which was a bummer for the people who came to eat late at night, but a boom for the bar. We had Go-go dancers for a weekend, which was neither here nor there. Some live painting. Ever changing art on the walls. A moving DJ booth, which now sits atop the mezzanine overlooking the main dining space. There were some very fun costume contests on Halloween. Plenty of Bay Area sports stars dropping in for dining. Plenty of Bay Area music legends doing the same. Local and state politicos in to eat and mingle.

Thankfully I stopped overseeing the nightlife a few years ago, and now just get to play music I’m excited to hear and play an atmosphere to the dining room. The open format and anything goes nature of Mua’s first two years has settled way down, and now it just goes and I’d like to think people know mostly what to expect when they enter through the outside garden and drawn steel door to the narrow bar adorned with LED lights and gleaming bottles of liquor to the wide open dining space.

Below is my set from last weekend. And if you scroll through some archives on this blog you can find a few other sets from Mua.

Friday, September 11, 2015 ~ 2hr30min

I Cant Lose (Pomo Remix) – Mark Ronson feat. Keyone Starr
Vulnerable (Pomo Remix) – Tinashe
Same Old Clown (KON Remix) – Chico Mann feat. Kendra Morris
Dontcha – The Internet
Angels (Theory edit) – The XX
Let’s Roll – Mishal Moore & DJ Fonti Project
Get Funky – Matty G
We Start Over (Tuff City Kids Private Acid Mix) – Steve Cobby feat. Trudie Dawn Smith
Day One (Telephones Remix) – Jose Padilla
Applecake – Awanto 3
Give It To Me Right – Melanie Fiona feat. Busta Rhymes & Raekwon
Atmosphere – Jack J
Pleasure Principle (Classixx Recovery Mix) – Janet Jackson
Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless) [Basement Boy Strip To The Bone Mix] – Crystal Waters
Where The Sun Goes – Redfoo feat. Stevie Wonder
One (Live Edit) – Seven Davis Jr.
Eight Days On the Road – Aretha Franklin
Chelsea Rodgers – Prince
7th Street Groove (Omegaman Remix) – Empresarios
After The Dance – Tittsworth feat. Q-Tip, Theophilus London, & Alison Carney
Firefly – Mura Masa feat. Nao
Bibi Na Mpu (Maurice Fulton Dub) – Mim Suleiman
Muevelo! (Lata & Javier Estrada Remix) – Professor Angel Sound
One (The Very Best edit) – Swedish House Mafia
Gone – Jaisu
Big Tymin – Nef the Pharoah
Thick (Theory’s remix) – D.I.T.C.
Scanner Resurrection – Chief
Possible – J Dilla
Natural Born Killaz – Dr. Dre feat. Ice Cube
Wasn’t For You – De La Soul
Pump Ya Brakes – Diamond D feat. Rapsody, Boog Brown & Stacy Epps
Summer Breeze – Amor Jones
Don’t You Know – Jan Hammer Group
Body – Niia
The Worst (Jhene Aiko Cover) – Van Ike
Tears – Linkwood
That’s The Way Love Goes – Janet Jackson
Rain Fall Down – The Rolling Stones
Pretty Little Ditty – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Team (HBK Remix) – Lorde ft Sage The Gemini & IamSu
Sloppy Cosmic – Funkadelic, Moodymann
Come Get It (Tekstrumental) – Hi-Tek
Bush Society – Mark Barrott
Modern Family – The 2 Bears
It Hasn’t Happened Yet – William Shatner
Shame (Instrumental) – Madlib & Freddie Gibbs
Camelblues – Mndsgn
Champion Sound – Sizzla feat. Errol Dunkley
Carla – Daniel Lanois
Cowbelgian – Awanto 3
Homeland – DJ Madd feat. Marina P
Jenga – Big Makk & City Tucker
I Want You – Matty G
Backseat Freestyle – Kendrick Lamar
Do Not Fuck – DJ Rashad feat. DJ Manny, DJ Spinn & Taso
Boundary Regulation – Kuedo
Click – Dotcom
Bottoms Up – Trey Songz
Auburn Blaze – Appleblim
You Never Show Your Love – Jessy Lanza, DJ Spinn & Taso
This Could B Us – Prince

cloud city altitudes 1


I’m in love with little boxes that can make and play sounds. I was never much of a doodler in my younger days except for a few squiggly lines, lots of concentric circles and jabbing acute angles. These days my doodles are sonics. Sound clears the mind, compresses and stretches time, and is seemingly infinitely permissible. Just let my nephew and niece tool around for a half hour on these little boxes! I love all the buttons, sliders, knobs and keys, too!

With that in mind, I have a few DJ vignettes to share. Just 30 minutes each. Electronic in nature, mostly without vocals, but varied in content and energy. This first one moves between dub techno, minimal uk grime rhythms, cosmic synthesizer textures, acid bleeps and industrial noisiness without settling in one space for too long.


Rocket No. 8 – A Rocket In Dub
Ed 11 – Filter Dread
Ndizi – Pedestrian
Free Access Zone 8 – Shinichi Atobe
Strays – Objekt
HTH020 (The Haxan Cloak’s Cloud of Witness) – Akkord
Axis Shift – ASC
Frontin’ – Demdike Stare
Track Dump – Filter Dread

spells of summer


An hour of selections ambient, synthetic, warm, gauzy and hazy, alien and foreign, swinging hats and loping kicks, nothing too far below the medula. The music floats along to a summer’s day or evening with minor shifts in tone. The artists are some of my favorites from the last year. It’s an hour long. Download or stream it. Please leave a comment below.

spells of summer ~ 1hr.

Silver – Lifted
Alone in Da Sun – Beat Spacek
Miss U – Shigeto
Sunspots (i. Event #1, ii. Event #2, iii. Event #3) – ASC
The Customs of the Age Disturbed – Craig Leon
Dance Of The Drunken Drums – Theo Parrish
난 괜찮다고 또 웃으며 Good Bye – death’s dynamic shroud.wmv
Da Best Thing I Can Affar – Traxman
? Question – Mark Pritchard
Tick of the Clock – The Chromatics
They Broke His Pelvis – Cliff Martinez
Under Your Spell – Desire

Real Radio #12


Another episode of my radio if it were dreaming on crunk. Good for commuting, playing cards against humanity and even folding laundry. Not necessarily suitable language wise for little kids’ ears. Older and newer jams that have some hooks, pops, and pepper.

Real Radio #12 ~ 1hr [Right click to download]

City of Boom – J Dilla
All I Know – Big Omeezy, Iamsu, E-40, Mally Mall
Ayo – Chris Brown, Tyga
Atlantic Cuantic Cumbia (DJ Neber Edit) – Gux Swadharma
Problems – Az
Let The Games Begin – Mack 10 Ft. Fat Joe, Big Pun
Every Gyal – Empire Isis
Young, Wild & Free – Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Ft. Bruno Mars
No Dirt – G Whizz Ft. Chi Ching
Won’t Come Home – Mennska & Mas Tropical
Sober – Childish Gambino
Until We Rich – Ice Cube Ft. Krayzie Bone
Before My Glory – Bunji Garlin
Lean On – Major Lazer, Dj Snake, Mo
I Don’t Care – Paul Gee
The Secret – Nicolay
Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (Melih Aydogan Rework) – Kylie Minogue
Got Til It’s Gone remix – Zikomo
Like A Drum – Jamie Foxx, Wale
Lollipop – Jose Padilla
Here – Alessia Cara
Blacklight Riddim (Inst) – Dre Skull
Next One – Qq
Firefly (feat. Nao) – Mura Masa
100 Days, 100 Nights – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
When You’re Young And In Love – The Flying Pickets
Neva Gunna Leave – Paul Gee

Hipster dues, dude !

Back Camera

Downtempo wholesome goodness. The first half of the mix is from vinyl before transitioning to mp3s. I get to flex my hipster and hepcat at the same time a couple times a month. I love the freedom of playing music for a dining crowd in a 3 story high auto warehouse. Light crashing through the sunlights and voices, glasses and hustling servers mixing into the ambient noise. Practicing the art of unlikely combinations by letting things happen together and observing. Sufficiently gentle on the ears and head sometimes. Sometimes.

Hipster Dues ~ 1hr [Right click to download]

Purple Pussy – Woo
Wallpaper – Woo
Gee-Gee – Calvin Keys
Wave – Nancy Wilson
Minnie Says – Marc Mac
See Me Smile – Marc Mac
Ready For Us – Fug
I’ll Give You My Love – Sue Ann Jones
Where You Gonna Go? – Paul White
Tomorrow – Hector Plimmer
The Mothership Is Listening (Original Mix) – Seahawks
Seven Minutes of Funk – Whole Darn Family
Cat Rider (Poolside Remix) – Little Dragon
Pendulum – FKA twigs

old and new



It’s been over a year since I’ve done anything on here. I think possibly because I have less to write about the music than I have music I’d like to share. That said here are a couple mixes. The first is a compilation of two compilations. Titillating and stimulating electronic, groove, soundtrack and jazz oddities that put a smile on my swagger and chicken in my schwarma. Part one from a Trunk records compilation entitled “Funny Old Shit – Volume 1” which was a mere 2 pounds online. Part two of the mix are songs from “Dummy 21st Century Pop Music” on the Dummy label and surveys, as the title implies, contemporary slightly odd, sounds in music.

Funny & Dummy




This second mix is a awash of drums, synthesizers, world and urban electronic sounds. Bang bang energy and seductive gyrations.

4:00 AM – Taylor McFerrin
Remember (Hieroglyphic Being Version) – Roedelius
West Coast Jungle Juke – Matthewdavid
The Tortoise (Nsaha Edem Ikit) – Ibibio Sound Machine
Jangle – KRNE
Jeidem Fall – Wolf Müller Mix – Tolouse Low Trax
Carimbo (AlanRosales Remix) – Schlachthofbronx
All Under One Roof Raving – Jamie xx
Balearic Incarnation (Todd Terje’s Extra D) – D
I’m Not Dancing (Damian Taylor rejiggle) – Tirzah
Franco – S-Type
Minger – Darq E Freaker
HOW Riddim – Mr One Hundred
Axis Jab Jab (Feat. Bunji Garlin) – Mr One Hundred
Higher Than High (Mr One Hundred Bootleg) – Machel Montano
Hope ft. Rio Hemopo & Sabire Jade – DJ Vadim
Reminiscing – Tanya Stephens
Adelina – Andrea Canta & The Green Man


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