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Archive for December, 2009

Unique74 Top 25 (2000-2009) + Top 10 Albums of 2009


Top 25 Picks of 2000-2009

(Note: I really wanted to add Dr Dre’s “2001” but it was actually released in 1999, I should know because I helped “work” that release. This list is a combo of 12’s, full lengths and in betweens)

D’angelo | Voodoo

Ghostface Killah | Supreme Clientele

N.E.R.D | In Search of (Note: I still love the demo version but not mad at the final!)

Q-Tip | Kamaal The Abstract Ep (you clowns slept like the sheep you are….good luck finding it..)/The Renaissance

White Stripes | Elephant

Slum Village | Fantastic v2

Pete Rock | Petestrumentals

Dj Spinna | (take your pick..literally)

J Live | All Of The Above

Three Chairs | 3 Chairs

Mr Ali ft Carla Prather | Midnite Interlude 12′

Dwight Trible | Love Is The Answer

Scott K & Cole Medina vs James Brown | Im Satisfied 12′

Aloe Blacc | Shine Through

Theo Parrish | (take your pick..literally)

Micheal Jackson | Invincible

Peven Everett | Studio Confessions/Kissing Game (ok I cheated..)

Dj Technic | Chant of The Caribou 12′

The Roots | Phrenology

Little Brother | The Minstrel Show

Karizma | A Mind Of Its Own

Four Track Minds | God’s Gift 12′

Sa Ra Creative Partners | The Hollywood Recordings

Si Se | More Shine (Dj Center Remix)

Rich Medina | Connecting The Dots


Top 10 Albums of 2009

Foreign Exchange | Leave It All Behind
Nicolay | Shibuya
Amy Serrata | Self Titled
Keys N Krates | Live Remixes
Grand Puba | Retroactive
Mayer Hawthorne | Self Titled
Dam Funk | Toeachizown
Nailah | Life In Session
Joy Jones | Godchild
Erik Rico | The Reworks Project

Marvin Gaye was ahead of his time…


THE MISEDUCATION OF TECHNIC 1200’s

I keep hearing all this hoopla about the discontinuation of Technic 1200’s in early 2010. Its plain ass backwards if they stop selling them, due to the fact that there is a new bedroom DJ born by the second. In addition, there is a major increase in new vinyl pressings and releases due to the high demand from a new generation of analog heads and faithful wax fiends.

If RANE is smart, they will buy the brand from PANASONIC and lower the price on those bad boys with a package deal including a RANE Serato mixer.


Unique74 | NYE | 5th st Housequake w/Rhett Frazier + Breezy Lovejoy 12.27

======== NYE | 2010 | EXTRA MILD SAUCE presents: NEW YEAR’S EVE 2010 “Bringing in the new year in a soulful way.”

Selections by
Drack Muse | Derrick Wize | A-Ski

5 Levels / 3 DJs / One Soulful Experience December 31, 2009 9p-2a Castle Ivar Hollywood Hills $30


*ADMITTANCE TO THE RESIDENCE IS ONLY ALLOWED TO THOSE WHO EXIT THE SHUTTLE BUS* Click on the links below for more information, ticket purchases, package purchases and shuttle bus pickup information. RSVP | TICKETS | NYE 2010 at The Ivar Castle:

www.extranye.eventbrite.com

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5th st. Housequake | Zanzibar | 12.27 | 2009 Finale

Performing LIVE!

Rhett Frazier Inc | serving up the finest hot buttered Detroit Funk!
Breezy Love Joy | Future Soul + Funk served to the max! imagine D’angelo + The Ohio Players in a jam session..

selections by:
A-Ski

(FREE w/B4 10pm /RSVP: unique74events@gmail.com)
ZANZIBAR*
1301 5th St.
*Santa Monica, CA, 90401**Phone:* *310 500 5601**Sun:* *9:00 pm – 2:00 am* *

Stay tuned for the return of STEREOLOVE / GOLDEN STEREO at LITTLE TEMPLE in 2010!

look out for new releases in early 2010!
Dj Center
theimagination
Jimetta Rose
A-Ski

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


Unique74 Salutes: ROOT DOWN + FIRECRACKER + rarities

As we embrace the future and its many wonders, its only right we celebrate the days gone by. Like Leroy “Preach” Jackson at the end of “Cooley High”, many of us are riding off into the sunset of our destinies and tasting the nectar of what lies ahead.

I feel its only fitting to speak on two parties in LA that truly had a profound effect on me as an artist/individual. The Root Down/Firecracker were two major attractions (post “Unity” & “Good Life” era) that held up for a decade plus, opposite the norm of typical Hollywood velvet rope cliche’ scenes where everyone is (in every sense of the word) disposable. These two parties celebrated the underground at its finest where unique creatives, bridge and tunnel, weekend warriors mingled to the rarest and finest of sounds. What was special about these two parties is that you as a DJ had to come with your BEST sh-t, there was no winging it or struggling with your homie’s hard-drive. You truly had to go through a right of passage to EARN your crown at both of these parties if you did not already have street credibilty. You had to come with your A game (no pun intended) in order to take the crowd to a higher level and allow them to become one with the beat for the next 4-5 hours. It truly was a community of artists, musicians, dancers and dj’s that sincerely gave a damn about the movement, the music and the people…it was not manufactured..it was from the heart.. They celebrated the culture and put the spotlight on what was beautiful within all of us.

I was very fortunate to share countless laughs, dj sets, chasing girls and women, red wine, vinyl escapades and other classic moments with an array of
talented souls. The moments are too many to mention and too emotional/priceless to share..

Unique74 SALUTES and says THANK YOU to THE MIGHTY ROOT DOWN and FIRECRACKER for over 10 years of Music, Life and Atmosphere.

FOREVER WALKER MARTIN, BIGGA B, ROB ONE & DJ DUSK.. REST IN PARADISE..

its never goodbye..its i’ll see you later..

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I wanted to share a couple of Root Down rarities that I was fortunate to dig up from the Unique74 History Book.

Enjoy, Smile and Reflect…

http://djaski.podOmatic.com/entry/2009-12-19T07_35_59-08_00

If you ever see the Root Down flyer with WAR featured..guess who was the ghost writer for that one..

These gentlemen brought the LA sound to the world, echoing the joy and struggles of black/brown inner city life while celebrating various street rhythms and world sounds.

This funky ensemble from Long Beach, California was founded in 1962 by Guitarist Howard Scott and Drummer Harold Brown. Routed in various tones of Afro Latin, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Funk and sometimes Rock overtones, this unit started making a name for themselves in their high school years. In 1965, Leroy “Lonnie” Jordan, BB Dickerson and Charles Miller came into the picture and they recorded several singles on DORE records backing vocalist Johnny Hamilton. Including a single entitled “Burn, Baby, Burn” in recognition of the Watts rebellion. During this time the also backed jazz saxophonist Jay Contreli of the LA psych band LOVE on side projects as well, going under names such as Senor Soul and The Romeos (not Kenny Gamble’s vocal group). By 1969 they went under the name “Nightshift” with an addtion of percussionist Papa Dee Allen (who previously had a stint with Dizzy Gillespie) during this time they were backing up Deacon Jones (a defensive end for the LA Rams) on various nightclub gigs. By this point the group was discovered by producer Jerry Goldstein who expressed interest in them and paired them with Eric Burdon (The Animals) in which Burdon changed the group’s name to WAR and brought Lee Oskar in the mix to replace the horn section. In 1971, this union gave birth the group’s first smash Soul/Rock classic “Spill The Wine” from the album “Eric Burdon declares WAR”. Burdon’s contract allowed the group to record on their own which gave birth to the all time selling debut “All Day Music” ,featuring the hauntingly funky yet dark “Slippin’ Into Darkness”, which has been covered byRamsey Lewis and sampled by Poor Righeous Teachers on “Rock This Funky Joint”. 1972, the unit came strong on the follow up “The World Is A Ghetto” which has been covered by George Benson & Ahmad Jamal (the group later re-recorded the song in 1979). This group broke down many socio-political barriers in addition to laying some stomp down funk gems such as “In Your Eyes”, “Cisco Kid” (as sampled by 7A3 for “Drums of Steel”), “Galaxy” (as sample by Mellow Man Ace for “Rhyme Fighter” and BDP’s “Nervous”) As years went by the group has had various personnel changes which later featured bassist Luther Rabb (Balln’Jack) and Pat Rizzo (Sly and The Family Stone). These LA funksters are still putting it down to this day with their brand of afro/chicano funk with a catalogue that stands the test of time. Deliver the word yall!!


NYC | BE EASY : HOLIDAY EDITION | HAPPY B’DAY DJ CENTER!

2nite BE EASY will be celebrating this year’s holiday season &
most importantly the birthday of our own…

DJ CENTER

DJ’s ANT DEMBY & Kyra Caruso will also be on the 1s & 2s
and you never know who might jump up on the decks 2nite.

Meet us in the back for some sh!t talkin Wii action
or we will see you on the dancefloor

Come warm up with us tonight 12.18.09

BE EASY @ Cantina Latina
every friday from 10:30pm until
brought to you by
dj center | marcus logan | ant demby | kyra caruso

cantina latina
243 east 14 street by 2nd avenue


12.17 | StereoLove | Jimetta Rose ALBUM RELEASE PARTY +Dj Destroyer | 2009 Finale + NYE 2010!

Yes Yes Yall!! It has been a wonderful ride in 2009 with StereoLove/Golden Stereo!! We Thank everyone that supported and showed LOVE from day one..This is the last StereoLove for 2009 and we are taking the year out in style!!!

We are proud to have the lovely and multi-talented songstress JIMETTA ROSE! Celebrating her album release “THE BARBER’S DAUGHTER” | http://www.myspace.com/queenjrose |

IT’S GONNA BE A GREAT NIGHT WITH PERFORMANCES BY BROTHER DVOOA & “THE MIGHTY” BREEZY LOVEJOY + more surprises and special guests!

Special Opening Set:
DJ DESTROYER (Strictly Social/ Soul Union /Nu Soul)

Selections by:
A-SKI, LOTUSPETAL, PLUSH ONE and DJ MIKECHECK spinning a collage of beautiful beats and the unexpected all nite!!

$5 Valet and Ample Street Parking
+Drink Specials| Booth Reservatons | B’days
$5.00 cover or FREE Before 10pm w/ RSVP to unique74events@gmail.com

4519 Santa Monica Blvd (cross st VIRGIL)

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NEXT THURSDAY | NYE | 2010 |

NEW YEAR’S EVE | EXTRA MILD SAUCE | UNIQUE74 + members of the GOLDEN STEREO family will be ringing the 2010 in a Soulful way.

EXTRA MILD SAUCE presents:

NEW YEAR’S EVE 2010
“Bringing in the new year in a soulful way.”

Music provided by:
Drack Muse
Derrick Wize
A-Ski

5 Levels / 3 DJs / One Soulful Experience

December 31, 2009
9p-2a

Castle Ivar
Hollywood Hills
$30

*ADMITTANCE TO THE RESIDENCE IS ONLY ALLOWED TO THOSE WHO EXIT THE SHUTTLE BUS*

Click on the links below for more information, ticket purchases, package purchases and shuttle bus pickup information.

RSVP | TICKETS | NYE 2010 at The Ivar Castle:
http://extranye.eventbrite.com/


OUT.mov | Directed by: Da’shon Is


Unique74 | Into The Week | Events

We hope you had a great weekend!! we got more for the holiday season this week!!! Btw, who has heard the new SADE? Like fine wine she only gets better!! QUALITY wins again!

THIS WEEK:

EXTRA MILD SAUCE in association w/Unique74 presents:

“Golden Stereo” w/Dj Rashida

This month, we’re celebrating the birthday of EXTRA MILD SAUCE’S very own, Drack Muse.
2 Rooms spinnin’ the best in classic soul, deep disco, rare grooves, classic hip-hop, progressive hip-hop & funk.

w/Residents

Drack Muse | Derrick Wize | Lotuspetal | Plushone | A-Ski

December 10th
9p-2a
Little Temple
4519 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90029

$1 before 10p

Ample free street parking
$5 valet parking

Leave a message if you’re interested in celebrating your birthday, reserving a booth or purchasing a bottle.

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SATURDAY DEC 12

Dj A-Ski and Ezentric
@ Blu Monkey

5521 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Hip Hop | R&B | Soul | Dance Anthemes

FREE
9am-2am
smoking patio | parking | drink specials
21 and wiser
Leave a message if you’re interested in celebrating your birthday, reserving a booth or purchasing a bottle.

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SPECIAL Unique74 PLUG ||JOE CLAUSSELL @ SPIRIT|| a very RARE LA APPEARANCE!!

SAT. DECEMBER 12th SPIRIT w/ JOE CLAUSSELL, DON GUAPO, KRISTI LOMAX, DJ KERRY & KALEEM

Universal Rhythm presents

SPIRIT – LA EVERY 2nd SATURDAY

SPECIAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

Spirit will be held on both floors
@ Grand Star for this Holiday Celebration!!!
Last Spirit of 2009 !

With Gratitude Spirit Welcomes

JOAQUIN ‘JOE’ CLAUSSELL – NYC
[Sacred Rhythm Music, Spiritual Life, Body & Soul-NYC]

Limited edition Vinyl Boxset Release of:

Joaquin Joe Claussell Presents
Un.chained Rhythums Exits.
http://www.SacredRhythmMusic.net
http://www.SpiritualLifeMusic.net
http://www.joeclaussell.net

Spirit is Located at:

GRAND STAR JAZZ CLUB
943 N. BROADWAY- DOWNTOWN, Chinatown
(Cross Streets N. Broadway & College)
Los Angeles, CA 90012

SPECIAL HOURS 9:30PM – 2:30AM

SPECIAL EVENT “LIMITED PRESALE” @ $15

FOR “PRESALE” – R.S.V.P to INFO.SPIRIT.LA@GMAIL.COM
Your Name Will Be @ WILL CALL at Venue Day Of Event!!!

DOOR $20 | SORRY NO GUEST LIST!!!

Early Arrival Suggested – Plenty of Street Parking and $5 Parking Lots.

MORE INFO FOR THIS EVENT AT: WWW.UNIVERSAL-RHYTHM.COM


Remembering Dj Dusk | Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birtdhay Dj Dusk! A Man who truly lived and loved The Music & The Culture…an ambassador of goodwill and LOVE…eye miss you my Brother..your spirit LIVES ON!!