It’s a good week or two to be a Depeche Mode fan in L.A. Kick off the weekend this Friday, December 8, with Depeche Mode Night at Club Underground, which is also my birthday party. Both floors of Grand Star Jazz Club will be open with Larry G., Malvada and me, Liz O., on the decks. Tickets are available now via Eventbrite or Dice.Continue reading L.A. Music Events: December 8 through December 14
On December 3, I’ll be at The Grand Star with my pals Jus’ B and Hoseh for another round of Disco Matinee. Join us from 3 – 7 p.m. for an afternoon of disco classics and more. I’ll be bringing my favorite disco Christmas jam from Charo as well as a bunch of other records that I can’t wait to play for you. Check out the previous Disco Matinee post for details, including how you can RSVP for discounted early entry. As for the rest of the week, here are a few of the shows, parties and other L.A. music events that are I think are worth checking out.Continue reading L.A. Music Events: December 1 through December 7 2023
A few years ago, I finally got over my fear of tequila (we’ll save that story for another day) and realized that I love margaritas. They’re tart and salty with just a hint of sweetness underneath, all qualities I appreciate in everything. The Mermaid, where I play (more or less) monthly as part of L.A. Industrial’s party Dolce Vita, is home to a very good margarita. In fact, I would say, no matter who is bartending on any given night, it’s consistently the best classic margarita I’ve had. I don’t know the secret. I just know that it’s so good that I keep going for the margarita instead of working my way through The Mermaid’s ample menu of cocktails, even though I know from experience that their specialty drinks are delicious.
So, that’s my tip for you today. Get yourself a margarita next time you’re at The Mermaid. Here’s my set list from Dolce Vita. Catch me next week at the Grand Star on Sunday, December 3 for Disco Matinee and on Friday, December 8 for Depeche Mode Night/My birthday at Underground.Continue reading Here’s What I Played for Dolce Vita at The Mermaid on November 28, 2023
The 12” appeared in the midst of a deep dig through crates set up inside a Pasadena City College parking garage during the monthly PCC flea market. I had already excavated records by Harry Nilsson, Tangerine Dream and Patrice Rushen when a friend, whose visit to Los Angeles was the catalyst for this adventure, called me over to a booth filled with soundtrack albums and soul records. I flipped through As the Record Turns ‘ vinyl selection and paused when I noticed “(Mamacita) ¿Donde Esta Santa Claus?” the 1978 disco Christmas single from Charo, “A Tom Moulton Mix” released as an extended 12” single on Salsoul with a stamped note on the backside of the cover that read:
“In all my life, the most happy time of the year is Christmas and I want to share it with you. When you play this record I’ll be with you. Merry Christmas. Love and cuchi cuchi, Charo.”Continue reading It’s Time for a Christmas Disco Classic From Charo
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than at Club Underground. And, since my birthday happens to fall on a Friday this year, that’s exactly what we’ll be doing. What’s even better than that, though, is that it will also be Underground’s Depeche Mode Night.Continue reading Let’s Celebrate My Birthday on December 8 at Club Underground’s Depeche Mode Night
I’ll be back at The Mermaid this coming Tuesday, November 28, for weekly Italo disco Dolce Vita. Join David Christian of L.A. Industrial and me, Liz O., for a night filled with Fun Fun and Fancy as we dive into our collections of ’80s dance classics.
Dolce Vita starts at 9 p.m. and goes until last call. There’s no cover and it’s 21+. The Mermaid is located at 428 E. 2nd Street, about a block or so away from Little Tokyo’s A/E Metro stop. There also tends to be lots of available street parking on Tuesday nights. For a taste of what you might here, check out my playlists or listen to my set from Dolce Vita, recorded live on February 7, 2023, right here:
Hope to catch you at The Mermaid on November 28.
With only a handful of gigs left for this year, I figured that now is a good time to post my top 10 jams for 2023. Technically, these aren’t all songs that came out this year, and my top pick I actually started playing in 2022, but they all made an impact on my DJ set in 2023. Check out the list below and I hope to see you on the dance floor soon.Continue reading Here are My Top 10 Jams for 2023
Disco Matinee is back at Grand Star Jazz Club in Chinatown on Sunday, December 3, 2023. Special guest DJ Hoseh (Dublab’s “Version Sounds”) will be joining resident DJs Jus’ B and Liz O. for an afternoon filled with club classics and deep cuts. Party starts and 3 p.m. Your DJs will be dropping disco, funk, freestyle and more heat until 7 in the evening.
The Grand Star is located at 943 N. Broadway, inside Chinatown’s Central Plaza, right next to the Bruce Lee statue. There is both street and lot parking in the neighborhood. The venue is also located across Broadway from Metro’s A line stop in Chinatown.
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See you on dance floor for Disco Matinee on Sunday, December 3.
I don’t know what I’m most grateful for tonight. Was it the people at Club Underground who danced to the brand new Confidence Man tune? Was it the person who admitted listening to Confidence Man, who released one of my favorite albums of 2022, because of my sets? (BTW, Confidence Man is at the Echoplex on December 2.) Or, was it the trio who listened to my rant about how Chumbawamba were the working class heroes we needed, but we didn’t deserve them and now we’re stuck with capitalist icon Taylor Swift? Maybe it’s all that.Continue reading Here’s What I Played at Club Underground on November 10, 2023
Last night was the first time I played Gold Diggers, which is a small music venue/hotel/recording studio on Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood that’s filled with disco balls and good vibes. It was Dum Dum Records Second Anniversary party and Taleen Kali had asked me to DJ alongside Ann Eliza for the night. So, this was also the third event with Taleen that I’ve played this year. (I DJed for shoegaze night at the band’s Harvard and Stone residency and at the Flowers of Life album release afterparty back in April. However, it was, Taleen noted late in the night, the first where we both ended up on the dance floor at the same time. It was also initially going to be the first time Ann Eliza and I DJed together, but we both ended up playing Vidéothèque’s reopening party last month.Continue reading Here’s What I Played at Dum Dum Records 2 Year Anniversary Party at Gold Diggers