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.
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.
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
DOWNLOAD: Fall Mixtape
Here’s the second tape in my “seasonal” series – a compilation of eclectic tunes from recent and past digging adventures. Something to bump on the headphones after you zip your hoodie up and stroll up the block, crunchy and soulful. No tracklist for this one – thumb through a crate or two and I’m sure you’ll come up with some of these cuts.
I’m continuing to feature artistic friends of mine with this series of tapes. Big shout out to Brian Burk, whose beautiful photo of a cool fall sky graces the cover. You can check out more of his incredible photos at http://brianburk.smugmug.com.
Also special shout to the homie Turiya, who’s getting back into vinyl and let me feature part of an interview I did with her on this tape.
Hope you all enjoy. Stay warm.
– DJ Ian Head
DOWNLOAD: The Digging Never Stops (August Mixtape)
Travels happened this summer – couple days in Pittsburgh, two weeks in Portland, few days in Chicago, then back to the Apple. Along the way, multiple visits were made to key vinyl vendors. Additionally, I went back through some old boxes I’d left at my mom’s house the past few years and pulled out a couple gems. In-between roaming the aisles and avoiding papercuts while thumbing through record sleeves, it was interesting to think about how my priorities in digging have changed. I’ve really been getting into some of the slower, bluesier soul joints – don’t know if it’s the thick summer weather or I’m just getting older. That being said, I’m still out here looking for the funk.
This is an all-vinyl mixtape, about half an hour of a few of the 45s that I found over the past couple months. Big shout out to all the fam and digging peoples and especially my non-digging friends who let me sneak off for a couple hours to stare at record labels.
I’m starting to put together a more lengthy “Fall” mix, but had to throw something out there in the meantime. THE DIGGING NEVER STOPS!! Hope you enjoy.
– DJ Ian Head
Spent the past few months caught up with job+school grind, and had to step back from the turntables for a minute. Still got in a couple vinyl excursions in-between, but it’s frustrating to be buying all this music and not have time to play it that much, even for myself.
So now it’s June and time to get back to it. Trying to plot out a couple music/visual creations for the coming months, but figured I’d knock out a short mix as the weather heats up. Strictly 45rpm soul crunchiness – selections to slow it down and vibe out to.
Hope everyone is well.
– DJ Ian Head
“Digging Diaries” will be a new mixtape series from me for 2013, chronicling recent digs and travels I might take throughout the year. I went to Seattle and Portland over the winter holidays, and ended up shipping back a thick stack of vinyl to NYC. This mix is composed of just a few of those records, eclectic and vibey, trying to play some stuff you don’t normally hear, along with a couple classic breaks for the heads.
new mixtape: fourteen45sofcrunchylovesongsin7minutes
I know posts are slow – been extra busy, plus re-formulating stuff on the music front. here’s a short freestyle mix i threw together tonight – wanted to play some 45s and just get some off-the-cuff practice in. real crunchy, but hopefully you enjoy. also available for now on my soundcloud.