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live @ mua 2008 -2015

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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
G 006 (SMURPHY RMX) – GARCIA
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

Real Radio #12

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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

Easy Ain’t Living


It was a slow day yesterday in all the best ways. Leftovers from the feast on Thursday, friends stopping through to share light and being, and great music playing in the back. Mr. Oakland was digging this mix I did a couple weeks ago, so here it is. Several of the artists are definitely worth mentioning and following up on as they are relatively newly arrived. I can’t get enough of Charles Bradley’s album “No Time For Dreaming” released on the Daptone record label. The fact that he is back by the Menahan Street Band just solidifies this release as one of the best soul records of the last year. The Stepkids are from LA and do so well at incorporating all kinds of influences into their sound. Teebs is a beatmaker, and his latest “Collection 01” has me cooking, cleaning and paying the rent all day, every day. SBTRKT’s album easily gets into my top 10 from 2011. There are plenty more nuggets for the ears to get into, so press play and enjoy your day.


Easy Ain’t Living

Since Our Last Goodbye – Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band
B4 the Night is Thru – Jesse Boykins III
Cook, Clean, Pay The Rent (New House Version) – Teebs
La La – The Stepkids
Come Live With Me – Dorothy Ashby
Fragment Zero….And I Kept Dubbin (Album Version) – Kenneth Bager feat Gisli
Youth – Black Uhuru/Paul “Groucho” Smykle
Burial Tonight – Tenastelin
Brixton – Oddisee
Heatwave – SBTRKT
Treats – Cubic Zirconia
1940 (AmpLive Remix) – The Submarines
Go! – Madlib The Beat Konducta ft. Gulity Simpson
Grand Theft Auto – Nicolay & Kay
Life In Marvelous Times – Mos Def
FWD – Nosaj Thing
Certified Air Raid Material – edIT
This Is Dilla’s World – J Dilla
Snow Birds – Mike Slott
Jump Up In the Air and Stay There – Erykah Badu, Lil Wayne & Bilal
Sheared Box – Portishead
Three Days (Elmore Judd Mix) – Hardkandy
Lovin’ You, Baby – Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band
The Suite Theme – Maxwell
Thug – Maniac
Alicia – Mala

Real Radio July 2011


Kicking off this month’s mix is Clams Casino. Already a highly sought after producer in the southern rap scene (Soulja Boy, Lil B), his new EP finds him exploring the hazy beatscapes with twisted samples and analog synth textures in line with the finest post Dilla beatsmiths. Lukid, Onra, Oddisee and of course Dilla all keep a solid bump with soulful undercurrents. L.A. darling and artist of the moment, Flying Lotus exhibits one of the various directions producers aligned with instrumentalists can take post hip hop jazz. Drop in NYC underground artists Breez Evahflowin and a smart cut from The Roots latest album, before getting into the 70’s jazz groove which is always a source of inspiration for this DJ. Sunshine grooves for cooling down. The follow through for the mix keeps the vibe expanding and the groove on point. Pour yourself an Arnold Palmer.


Real Radio July 2011

Natural – Clams Casino
Track 4 – Lukid
Dont Stop – Onra
Houston – Oddisee
One for Ghost – J Dilla
Dance Of The Pseudo Nymph – Flying Lotus
Forsaken – Breez Evahflowin’
Radio Daze – The Roots, Blu, Porn & Dice Raw
Searching – Roy Ayers
Tashriel – Masada Quintet
The Nearness Of You – Cal Tjader
Sun Runner – Bob James
Time is the Enemy – Quantic
Taijete – Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Pete’s Jazz – Pete Rock
Quiet Fire – Roy Haynes
You Ain’t Really Down (Jazzanova’s Hey Baby Beats) – Status IV
Beyond The Stars (SD Mix) – Syncom Data
Into the Stars – L-Vis 1990
Imaginative Revolution – Paradox
Neckbone – flevans
Rendezvous (Instrumental) – Leisering, Stefan ; Green, A. ; Castro, A.
Feelin’ It – Camp Lo
Something Goes Right – SBTRKT
Tonight (Sa-Ra rmx) – Kleer
Riding High (Wajeed rmx) – Faze-o
Nina Lowo – Tony Allen
A Tribute To The Beatminerz – J. Rawls
Flyin’ High InThe Brooklyn Sky – Digable Planets w/ Lester Bowie And Wah Wah Watson
Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) (Easy Mo Bee Remix) – The Temptations

Real Radio June 2011

Summer, summer, summertime. Warm sounds for an afternoon or getting on the good foot for the night. Fatima’s first EP features great production from Floating Points (a fav of mine) with tracks ranging from downtempo haze to R&B and jazz influenced ambience. Can’t wait to hear more. Moodymann’s Black Mahogonie project is pure class with the jazz bass and gospel R&B styled analog house sound. More jazz fusion slash disco boogie from Oriol, Eddie Russ, Bob James and Bomp pick up the vibe before getting into some newer electronic and hip hop beats. Take a listen on your porch or your car this summer.


Real Radio: June 2011

Mind – Fatima
Rectify/Bonus Beats – Black Mahogonie II
Spiral – Oriol
Poko Nose – Eddie Russ
I Don’t Want to See You Cry – John Holt
Theme Song from ‘Which Way Is Up’ – Stargard
Be known (Owusu Remix) – Up Hygh Feat. Eska
Heads – Bob James
Funk INA Ghatto feat Austin and Jones – Bomp
Rump Studies w Ketepica – Dimlite
Flashback [Jazzanova’s Mashed Bag] – Fat Freddy’s Drop
Night Night – Big Boi, B.o.B. & Joi
True Skool (The Heatwave Remix) – Roots Manuva & Coldcut
I Can’t Let it Go – Seiji
Web 20/20 – The Roots, Peedi Peedi & Truck North
Dil Se – A.R Rahman
If I Can’t Hold You – Desire
Daily Vacation – Ducktails
Escape To Nowhere – Danilo Plessow
Wait is Over – Lil Silva
Rock Wit Me (feat. Teyana Taylor) – Jadakiss
My Yes On My No – Anthony B

Real Radio #3: Spring Fortunes

The sun is back and spreading its marvelous energy a bit more each day. Spring is so sexy, or is it just me. Pop this mix onto your listening device of choice and ride with it day or night. Just a collection of great songs, recent and not so recent. Music that allows you to be you, fully and without second thought.

Real Radio #3: Spring Fortunes

Flying Over The City – Rithma
Life Is But A Dream – Frankie Feliciano
Nothing Goes Away feat. Sue-C & Johanna Livanainen – Luomo
Love You Inside Out – Bee Gees
Dog Days Are Over – Florence & The Machine
Unstoppable – Santogold, Drake & Lil’ Wayne
Lockdown feat. Zumbi – K.Flay
Party Started – Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Belly Full feat. Kardinal Offishall, Steele & Bajah – J.Period & K’naan
É Necessário – Tim Maia
Natural Mystic – Bob Marley & The Wailers
I’m Yours feat. Jah Cure & Lil’ Wayne – Jason Mraz
No Other Love – John Legend featuring Estelle
Mr. Bobby – B.o.B
Teenager In Love – Grant Phabao & Carlton Livingston
Tightrope feat. Big Boi – Janelle Monáe
Stand Up – Lee Fields & The Sugarman 3
Southern Girl – Afrodisiac Sound System & Erykah Badu
On The Bridge – K.Flay
Neckbone – Flevans
Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) – Marvin Gaye
The Blast – Hi-Tek, Talib Kweli & Vinia Mojica
By Your Side – Sade

Real Radio #2

“I can’t live without my radio!”

Today LL Cool J’s line might seem dated. We know longer think of the radio as a large boom box we can walk around with pumping the latest cassettes and hot mix shows. Today’s technology has changed that for good. Radio ain’t dead though. It’s expanded, multiplied and become wildly diverse and more personal. It’s become homogenized and highly programmed. Sounds like differing descriptions, no ? Well, yes. The latter might closely resemble the old idea of the radio. A radio station transmitting its content to your boom box, home stereo or portable radio head set (classic!). You, the listener, decide on which call letters you wish to listen to. The listener’s only choice.

Choice is what has changed it. The internet changed it. Lala, Pandora, podcasting, Last.FM, SoundCloud and the many more streaming, on demand, internet based listening portals have given the listener an infinite amount of choice. Not total choice, mind you, because radio’s most important role has always been in introducing and breaking news and music to the listener. Now, instead of just the narrow and limited selections on the AM/FM bands, the listener has all the choice to fit their mood, whim, need and curiosity.

Real Radio #2: Sunday Moves