August Mixtape

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A short mixtape to chill out to as we cruise toward the end of summer. An almost-exact (but not quite) tracklist can be found on my Instagram here: instagram.com/p/r0mgScNFYQ/?modal=true

 


NEW RELEASE: “Summer Madness” Limited Edition Vinyl Release

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DJ Ian Head “Summer Madness” / “Travel Jazz”
Available on 7″ Vinyl and MP3
Limited edition (200 copies pressed) on clear translucent vinyl with original hand-stamped cover.

Friends,

It is with great pleasure that I announce my first musical release on vinyl.

The idea of putting music out on wax has been a long time coming, a dream ever since I first started collecting records. As I went through the process these past few months of paperwork, label designs, fees, test pressings and more, I still continued to doubt that there would actually be an endpoint where I would be holding a record with my name on it in my hand. Even now, it still feels surreal.

The two songs on the record – which are also both available digitally! – are pieces I’ve worked on over the past couple years, instrumental beats that were somewhat new experiments for me since most of the music isn’t sample-based but rather me playing keys and live percussion in addition to drum programming. They’ve been sitting in the studio in various forms for a while now, and it feels good to release them into the world. Like my mixtapes, I hope you enjoy them but also find things you might not have expected.
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This record is a DIY, independent effort that I feel good about getting done in-between my dayjob, grad school and other responsibilities. But I don’t think I would have gotten this far without your support over the past 8+ years of my mixtapes and other musical projects. I truly appreciate everyone on this list who has stuck by and supported all my eclectic musical and artistic endeavors. Thank you! Putting out something tangible – especially a vinyl record, including the cover art and the label – is really important to me, especially when so much now revolves around the invisible 1s and 0s of the digital world.

So – please check out the Bandcamp site to order. And if you’re in NYC, hit me up and we can link for the hand-off so you don’t have to pay that shipping fee.

This is only my first release on vinyl – I’m already plotting the next one.

- Ian


Breaks and Snacks (new mixtape)

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Here’s a short tape for the start of summer. I was filing records this past week and figured why not digitize a few before putting them back in the stacks, then slap together a new mixtape?

So here’s a 23 minute break mix with a few goofy vocal samples and accapellas thrown on top – I did it on Serato but it’s all original wax from my personal stash. For the beat-heads, hopefully there’s more surprises in here than not.

It was fun to cut it up. Maybe I’ll do a few more. Hope you enjoy.

- DJ Ian Head


Spring (New Mixtape)



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A warm sun finally came out this weekend in NYC and the time felt right to drop the Spring mixtape. After the non-stop barrage of cold weather these past few months, I tried to keep things upbeat and bright, a gathering of mostly-instrumental vinyl selections I’ve picked up recently and not-so-recently. I hope you play it with the breeze blowing in through the apartment windows you’ve finally cracked open.

This is the last piece of my four-part “seasonal” mixtape series, and once again I am blessed to have an incredible photographer donate some of her work for the cover. Everyone should check out the beautiful photography of Hong-An Tran at http://www.hongantran.com/ and http://ruinista.com/. Seriously good.

Again no tracklisting on this one. For those curious about the records used, there’s a few clues on my Instagram.

- DJ Ian Head


Dig These Records Podcast Episode 3 featuring Dawhud

LISTEN/DOWNLOAD: Dig These Records Episode 3 featuring Dawhud

New episode and interview with producer/rapper Dawhud of Olympia, Washington, whose joint “Battle Anybody (featuring Ace-One)” made DJ Premier’s “Top 20 for 2013.” We caught up over Skype about his family-related record excursions, how he first found out about Bob James, and play an eclectic set of selections in-between. For more of Dawhud’s music, check him out at http://basementaddicts.com.


Occasional Mix #12 (Mixtape)

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Still working on my next “seasonal” mixtape for Spring, thought I’d throw a little something together to continue my Occasional series. Here’s a few cuts, underground joints mixed and compiled off the serato plates.

Track order:
Keyel “Beats+Raps”
Voicemail Interlude
Funkommunity “Never Fading”
Buscrates “Cut Out the Lights”
Frank’n'Dank “Pause”
Canary Sing “Freak Show”
Blu “Cadillac Steez”
Young Chris and Freeway “Red-eye Freestyle”
Kelli Scarr “Are You that Somebody? (Live)”


Dig These Records Podcast – Episode 2 with Daniel Littlewood


Winter (Mixtape)




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Took me a second to get to this one. This winter has been a little hectic, but in a good way: the collision of work with school with travel to see family and friends. In-between, digging and stumbling between crates continues to be a constant. Besides my usual NYC adventures I was back in Portland for a couple weeks, and a quick day of almost getting caught by the polar vortex in Chicago – but still somehow managed to make it to the record store for an hour despite 2 feet of snow and freezing temperatures. This chaos the past couple months, combined with the ice-cold temperatures, has worked to create a bit of a bizarre tape, with more of a “rock” style edge. I tried to keep it eclectic as usual, and give a broad sampling of a few things I’ve dug up these last few weeks. All vinyl. No tracklisting, just holler if you need that science.

I’d also like to say RIP to Amiri Baraka and Pete Seeger. Both had a profound effect on the ways I view and listen to music and politics.

I hope everyone is staying warm.

- DJ Ian Head