Pullin from the Stacks Episode 2

Pullin from the Stacks – Episode 2 (October 26, 2014)

We’re back for week two! Many thanks to everyone who checked the first episode, and to Pipomixes and Grandgood for promoing this podcast last week.

Tracklisting: Osmosis, Eddie Palmieri, the John Young Trio, Curtis Mayfield, the Supremes, Isaac Hayes, Bill Withers, Pete Seeger, Ramsey Lewis, the Temprees


New Weekly Podcast: Pullin from the Stacks

Pullin From the Stacks – Episode 1 (Download)

New weekly podcast from DJ Ian Head. Just playin some eclectic records for you all every Sunday. Since this is the first episode, I’m gonna keep it simple and cross my fingers that I can do this every week for at least the near future.

Tracklisting: The Jazz Piano Quartet, Patti Brown, Nina Simone, The Soulful Strings, Young-Holt Trio, Tyrone Davis, Chocolate Milk, Mike Longo, Harry Belafonte, Nirvana, The Lloyd Miller Trio


Updates + New Mix

Friends,

I’ve been moving a lot of records recently, both old and new, and wanted to send a short update around.

First, I want to give thanks to everyone who has supported my record! I’m down to only a few dozen left. You can still grab a copy at my Bandcamp or Juno Records. It’s been a pretty successful past two months and it’s an honor to have so many people support my first vinyl-related endeavor. Thank you!

There are some new projects on the horizon for the fall. I’m plotting a new regular podcast, and fingers-crossed it will come together. Keep checking my Soundcloud and Instagram pages for updates these next few weeks.

For now, here’s a mix of love-ish songs I made for the wedding of my friends Amanda and David (congrats guys!) earlier this year that I thought I’d share with everyone else.


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DOWNLOAD: Love Songs for a Friend’s Wedding

Hope everyone is good.

- Ian


August Mixtape

DOWNLOAD: August Mixtape

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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PURCHASE / DOWNLOAD:
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)

DOWNLOAD: Breaks and Snacks (mixtape)

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)



DOWNLOAD: Spring Mixtape

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.