DOWNLOAD: June Favorites Mixtape
Wow – it’s been around eight months since this site has seen an update! Apologies – hopefully everyone is following things via social media on Instagram, Soundcloud, iTunes etc. Many thanks to all who’ve been keeping up with things and downloading the latest episodes!
Finally had time to put together a little DJ-mix for the first time this year. I had originally hoped to get this out around my 40th birthday in March, but as with many plans, that didn’t quite come together. So this is like a post-birthday-early-summer-favorites mix. On my 30th birthday, I put together a long, all-vinyl mixtape of many of my all-time favorite hip-hop records. This time around, I wanted to highlight a number of songs that have stayed in rotation for years – some for over a decade – but weren’t all vinyl, or all hip-hop. Just some personal favorites that have meaning to me. I also got to experiment a little with my new Pioneer DJ mixer, throwing in a few minor effects on transitions, which was fun.
Pullin the Stacks podcast also continues, with episode #87 available shortly! Subscribe on iTunes or catch up with the latest episodes via Soundcloud.
Fingers-crossed I’ll have at least one more summertime mix in the coming months, but we’ll see how it goes…for now, hope you enjoy these selections.
A brand new episode featuring longtime friend and record digging colleague DJ Center (http://pushthefader.com). Center stopped by my place last Sunday with a couple bags of jazz originals, and put together a great set for the podcast. We also spent a few minutes chopping it up and reminiscing on old mixtapes and digging adventures.
Thanks so much to everyone who’s been listening and sharing the podcast! Remember it’s free to subscribe on iTunes, Soundcloud, GooglePlay or most other podcasting websites and feeds, just search for DJ Ian Head.
A short 30 minutes of funk goodness as we cruise into the final month of summer – various treats from Yasiin Bey to Solange to Moodymann.
In addition, the latest episodes of Pullin from the Stacks podcast are now available on not only iTunes, but also Stitcher, GooglePlay and many other outlets as well as on Soundcloud (as long as we have Soundcloud…).
In case you’ve missed the latest episodes, Pullin from the Stacks continues on iTunes and Soundcloud. For Soundcloud users, I’ve created a separate account where the latest episodes will be published (though I will also repost them to my DJ Ian Head account as well).
I’m in PDX for the month of June doing some digging and working on some music, so there’s probably gonna be a break from the podcast until I return – but lots of funky goodness once I do!
Hope everyone is good.
I started working on this tape over a year ago. People seemed to dig the first one (thank you egotripland!), and it was fun to make, so I figured I’d cut up a few more random breaks and funky records for a sequel. After laying down the music, it still seemed missing something, and so I started going back and adding vocal samples and audio clips, from both vinyl and digital sources. There is an old clip of De La Soul being interviewed on NPR where Dave and Maceo talk about the ways djs and producers buy and dig for records, and it inspired me to search further for related – and unrelated – soundbites. In the end, this tape is kind of an adventure through the world of record-buying, classic movies, 90s Grammy award ceremonies, and b-side rap accapellas, all over a backdrop of breakbeats direct from my personal crates. Like the first mix, the bulk of the mixing was done using Serato but everything besides the interview clips is from original wax.
RIP David Axelrod and Walter “Junie” Morrison. Geniuses who inspired me and countless others.
Apologies for the lack of updates recently – been super busy. As usual, Soundcloud and Instagram are updated on a consistent basis.
Lots of good funky treats the past couple months, including the latest episode full of records from recent digging adventures in Portland.
More coming soon!
A mix of a few hip-hop album-only classics, all from original vinyl. Which means, they all sound crunchy and old and kinda rough. But hopefully also fun.
Tracklisting: Freddie Foxxx, Jungle Brothers, Organized Konfusion, Yo-Yo, LLCoolJ, 3rd Bass, EPMD, Above the Law, Del the Funkee Homosapien, Gang Starr, MC Lyte, Big Daddy Kane, Ice Cube, Black Sheep.