Thursday, November 18, 2010

Creamfields Buenos Aires 2010

Creamfields is an annual electronic music festival which is held all over the world. The original was in England, and organized by the owners of the Cream nightclub. The event has grown and Creamfields festivals have been held in more than a dozen countries, but the one in Buenos Aires is one of the most successful in the world. The year, the 2010 festival was held on November 13th, and I was there.





(Click on any photos here to see them in higher resolution)


Creamfields Buenos Aires has been plagued by bad weather for its history. It has rained just about every year since the festival started in 2001, but this year was an exception. Saturday was hot and sunny, 27 degrees Celsius (remember that winter in the northern hemisphere is summer in South America). Organizers reported that it was going to be the biggest attendance in the event's history, with between seventy and a hundred thousand people.

With five stages, and more than sixty DJ's, it it impossible to see everyone. Some tough choices had to be made. I'll give some feedback on the sets that I did manage to see in a minute, but to put things in context, some of the world-class DJ's that I did NOT have time to see included Steve Lawler, Nick Warren, Calvin Harris, Laidback Luke, Mark Knight, and Marco Carola. Tragic.

The first set that I saw was Bad Boy Orange. To be honest, I'd never heard of him. At first I wondered if this was Bad Boy Bill and he had changed his name, because I think Bill's favorite color is orange. But it wasn't, it was a drum & bass DJ from Buenos Aires. He played an interesting set, switching between a lot of different styles.

Next up was Paul Kalkbrenner. Anyone who has seen the German film "Berlin Calling" would recognize him as the lead actor in the movie, which is a story about a DJ/producer. I've featured one of his tracks from the movie, "Sand & Sky," in my radio show (his brother was the vocalist). He didn't look like he was having a very good time during his set due to technical problems. The bass was very distorted at the start of the set, until the sound engineers got it figured out, and then at the end, the music just died halfway through his last track. It looked like he walked off the stage in frustration. But aside from those problems, which certainly didn't appear to be his fault, it was a good set. Very appropriate programming considering the slot he was playing - he didn't try to play aggressively, and it was a good warmup for sets to come. Basically, he played a slower progressive/tech house set.

Next up was Paul van Dyk, with a hard, pounding trance set. PVD started at 10pm, so it was pretty early in the night still, but the festival was getting pretty full by now. It's the first time that I've been right in the middle of a dance floor of probably fifteen thousand people, and it was pretty insane. Not the place for someone with claustrophobia. I think of all the DJ's that I saw, van Dyk was the one who did the best at turning a dance floor into a "living organism," which isn't surprising since trance music is the best genre for really working with breakdowns that people can anticipate.

On to Richie Hawtin. Hawtin is a techno DJ, and as such, his notoriety within Canada is a lot lower than it is outside of Canada. Unless you know electronic music well, you probably haven't even heard of him, even if you're Canadian. But outside of Canada, I would assume that he is Canada's second best-known DJ after Deadmau5, even more recognized than people like Max Graham and John Acquaviva. The amount of touring that he does is just incredible. Hawtin has used dozens of aliases in his production over the years, and one of the most common of those was Plastikman. His set at Creamfields was under the Plastikman monikor. He plays a dirty, minimal techno, with absolutely no vocals of course. There is a lot of interaction between his music and a visual show. This was one of my favorite parts of the festival. Technically speaking, it was unquestionably one of the best sets of the entire festival. Unfortunately, I couldn't stay for the entire thing because I was trying to catch so many different DJ's, but it was pretty tough to walk away before he finished. Incidentally, I mentioned Max Graham a minute ago. The Argentinians really enjoy electronic music. Max Graham was playing in Buenos Aires on the same night as the festival, although he was in the city, at Crobar.

Next, I went over to the Cream Arena stage, where I caught the last fifteen minutes of Hernan Cattaneo. He's actually from Buenos Aires, and of course is incredibly popular in Argentina. He was playing a good progressive house style. I wish I could have seen a lot more of his set. Immediately after Cattaneo was Sasha. I didn't really want to stay for Sasha's set (even though he is one of my favorite DJ's) because I'd seen him before, but he was another one that was hard to walk away from.

Faithless was playing on the main stage by this point, so I wandered over there. That set didn't really excite me. They have great music, but it's hard to translate electronic music to a live performance of that music (as opposed to DJ'ing with the original recordings). Also, something appeared to have gone wrong, because they finished their set a lot earlier than the schedule indicated, and ended with an apology for circumstances beyond their control. I'm not sure what happened. Great production team though.

I popped over to the Arena One stage next and caught a few minutes of Steve Angello. Sort of a progressive house style, but definitely closer to traditional house and more mainstream than Cattaneo or Sasha. I had no time budgeted to hear more of his set, so I moved on quickly.

David Guetta was next, on the main stage. Here is where I saw the most interesting phenomena of the entire festival. When Guetta got onto stage, he called out on the microphone and it rang out across most of the fesitval grounds. The main stage was sort of an open stage, whereas the other four were more enclosed. Anyway, when he hollered out on the microphone, about twenty thousand people from all over the festival grounds just suddenly turned and rushed to the main stage. It was almost like Guetta had announced they were giving out bags of money. Anyway, I saw him in Montreal a few years ago, and it was ok but not outstanding. I have a ton of respect for him as a producer, he's obviously one of the very best in the world for the mainstream style he specializes in. But his strength is as a producer, not as a technical DJ (although my bet is that he'll definitely beat out Tiesto and maybe Armin van Buuren in the DJ Mag top 100 rankings next year). He started his set with "Getting Over You," then a track that I didn't recognize, then "Club Can't Handle Me," then "Like a G6." At this point I left, since those are all mainstream club tracks that I can hear anywhere.

Dubfire was my next destination. Dubfire (one half of the well-known Deep Dish duo) focuses on techno when he works alone, whereas Deep Dish focuses on progressive house. I would have to say that this was my favorite set of the night. The interesting thing is that there were no outstanding tracks that he played. Just a generic & smooth, almost exclusively non-vocal performance. It was great for the dancers though, because it was a technically superior set, with no real significant distractions. It had a great rolling flow to it. Also, Dubfire was playing in the Cocoon Arena, which was the smallest stage by far, so there were only a few hundred people in it and there was lots of room to dance. I stayed for almost his entire set.

After Dubfire, I actually came back to the main stage and saw the end of Guetta's set, which was interesting. He played a track that he said he had just finished on the plane that afternoon, and which nobody had ever heard before. He said that he was having so much fun at the party that he was going to call it "Argentina" when it's released. It sounded more like a Swedish House Mafia track than a traditional Guetta track, but I'm sure it will be pretty well known soon. You can hear it on YouTube already (there were thousands of cameras and mobile phones taking photos and videos). BTW, good to see Guetta on Twitter calling Creamfields BA the "best party on the planet."

Carl Cox was playing in the Delta Arena by this point. So I went to check it out. If I had to pick three DJ's "must see" DJ's that I hadn't seen before, Carl Cox would definitely be on that short list (along with Danny Tenaglia & John Digweed). However, I knew that I wasn't going to be able to see very much of his set at Creamfields without missing out on other things, so I made a conscious sacrifice and figured that I'd only watch him for about fifteen minutes, and plan to go see him specifically somewhere else in the future, where I could enjoy his show better. In the short time I saw him, he was on the microphone a couple times - his usual style, to get the crowd worked up.

By this point, it was past 4am, and I went back to the main stage. I wanted to see the closing act on pretty much every stage, but I knew it wasn't possible, so I figured to end the festival by catching Fatboy Slim's entire set (assuming that I liked the start of it). It seemed that about fifty thousand other people had the same plan. I wasn't disappointed, his set was another favorite of the weekend. He started out with about thirty seconds of his "Star 69" track then thirty seconds of "Praise You," and then started getting into full songs (he came back to each of those initial tracks near the end of his set, in their entirety). Fatboy Slim has had a lot of really well-known tracks, and they're all pretty vocal, mainstream tracks. I think he covered all of them in his set. He appeared to be playing on vinyl, which was interesting, because I'm not sure how he synced the videos to the music. His set had a pretty intense video component on all the big screens, with both computer generated graphical sections, and conventional footage (such as Harvey Keitel floating around from the "Weapon Of Choice" video). Anyway, it was another really strong set, and would have definitely appealed even to people who don't listen to electronic music.

So all in all, I'd go with Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, and Fatboy Slim as my favorite sets of the festival.

Some of the things that I really liked about the festival:
- The security was really, really good. They weren't intimidating or hassling people, but they were paying a lot of attention to keeping the lineups from turning into crushes. They would let groups of people into waiting areas rather than open access, so there was no pushing or shoving anywhere.
- Sound quality was pretty good everywhere. There was a big node in the front and center of the main stage where the trebles and mids were pretty minimal, so it was very bassy, but overall each stage had great sound.
- Aside from Paul Kalkbrenner and Fatboy Slim starting each of their sets with a teaser of a song that they played again later in their sets, there was not a single song that I heard twice throughout the entire night.

Room for improvement:
- There were no garbage cans! None! Argentina has no recycling program, so unbelievable amounts of plastic are just going to the landfills. So sad. Everybody just threw all of their empty bottles and hamburger wrappers and drink cups on the ground when they were done. By the end of the night, everyone was wading through a sea of trash. Apparently, this is normal for Argentina, and people just come in afterward and clean up the entire park, but I just couldn't feel comfortable about throwing trash or recyclables onto the ground. Some NGO's really need to go to South America and change the culture there with respect to recycling. Also, it was hard to dance with drink cups everywhere.
- The only real food was hamburgers. There were half a dozen hamburger stands throughout the festival grounds, but only one stand that sold pizzas. Not good for the vegetarians.

All in all, it was an eye-opening experience. The festival grounds were pretty far from where I was staying, and it took a lot of walking plus a few buses and trains to get home (three hours). But despite that, I'd love to go again next year!












You can find sets from many of these DJ's if you go to the Mixriot website.









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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

SHG Radio Show Episode 036

Welcome to this week's edition of Subterranean Homesick Grooves™, a weekly electronica-based radio show presented on CHMA FM 106.9 at Mount Allison University in Atlantic Canada. The show is normally programmed and mixed by Jonathan Clark (as DJ Bolivia), although some weeks feature guest mixes by other Canadian DJ's. The show encompasses many sub-genres within the realm of electronic dance music, but the main focus is on progressive and tribal house, and a bit of trance & techno. Liner notes for this episode (036) can be seen below.

Para la información en español, vaya aquí.

By the way, if you're looking for DJ mixes in styles other than progressive/tech-house, check out www.djbolivia.ca/mixes.html. That page has a number of mainstream/top40 dance mixes (the "Workout Mix" series), as well as some deep house, drum and bass, and other styles.







Here's our Podcast Feed to paste into iTunes or any other podcatcher:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/shg

Older episodes of the show are not directly available from our main servers anymore, to conserve space for more recent episodes. However, all older episodes have been posted individually on SoundCloud, and also in archives of 25 episodes apiece (convenient for bulk downloading) from DJ Bolivia's Public Dropbox folder. That Dropbox link also has folders for individual tracks and remixes, project files and stem collections for producers who want to make their own remixes, videos, and other material. You don't even need to have a Dropbox account to download files from it.


Here’s a link so you can listen to the show or download it from SoundCloud:





Here are Track Listings for episode 036:

01. Nadia Ali, "Rapture" (Avicii New Generation Mix).
02. Kaskade & Adam K feat Sunsun, "Raining" (Extended Mix).
03. Disfunktion, "Magna" (Original Mix).
04. Hybrid, "Disappear Here" (Andy Moor Dub).
05. Ayumi Hamasaki, "Game" (Yoji's Extended Mix).
06. Dogzilla, "Without You" (Rafael Frost Remix).
07. TyDi feat Tania Zygar, "Half Light" (Max Graham Remix).
08. Philippe El Sisi feat Sue McLaren, "The Last Hope" (Original Mix).
09. Filo & Peri feat Audrey Gallagher, "This Night" (Alex M.O.R.P.H. Remix).
10. Mark Sherry feat Sharone, "I Will Find You" (Outburst Vocal Mix).
11. Oceanlab, "Satellite" (Original Above & Beyond Mix).
12. Joni & Sinfour, "Looking Back" (Harris Briggs & Michael Badal Remix).

This week's mix is an energetic vocal trance guest mix by Chris Blackmore, who is helping out with the show from Ottawa while DJ Bolivia is in South America. Please note that we are also going to skip a week, so the next episode (037) will come out on December 3rd, not November 26th. However, on a positive note, we should have links here in December to a couple of DJ Bolivia's live sets from the Drake Seas & Antarctica.





More information is available on our Website:
   http://www.subterraneanhomesickgrooves.ca

Go to the Mix Downloads page on the main DJ Bolivia website if you'd like to check out a number of our older mixes, or visit our SoundCloud page for individual tracks and remixes.

We also have a file containing complete track listings from all of DJ Bolivia's radio shows, studio mixes, and live sets. The PDF version can be viewed from within your browser by clicking directly. Both the PDF and the Excel versions can be downloaded by right-clicking and choosing the "save link as" option:

View as PDF file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.pdf
Download Excel file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.xlsx






Follow Jonathan Clark on other sites:
        Twitter: twitter.com/djbolivia
        SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/djbolivia
        YouTube: youtube.com/djbolivia
        Facebook: facebook.com/djbolivia
        Main Site: www.djbolivia.ca
        Music Blog: djbolivia.blogspot.ca


Friday, November 12, 2010

SHG Radio Show Episode 035

Welcome to this week's edition of Subterranean Homesick Grooves™, a weekly electronica-based radio show presented on CHMA FM 106.9 at Mount Allison University in Atlantic Canada. The show is normally programmed and mixed by Jonathan Clark (as DJ Bolivia), although some weeks feature guest mixes by other Canadian DJ's. The show encompasses many sub-genres within the realm of electronic dance music, but the main focus is on progressive and tribal house, and a bit of trance & techno. Liner notes for this episode (035) can be seen below.

Para la información en español, vaya aquí.

By the way, if you're looking for DJ mixes in styles other than progressive/tech-house, check out www.djbolivia.ca/mixes.html. That page has a number of mainstream/top40 dance mixes (the "Workout Mix" series), as well as some deep house, drum and bass, and other styles.







Here's our Podcast Feed to paste into iTunes or any other podcatcher:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/shg

Older episodes of the show are not directly available from our main servers anymore, to conserve space for more recent episodes. However, all older episodes have been posted individually on SoundCloud, and also in archives of 25 episodes apiece (convenient for bulk downloading) from DJ Bolivia's Public Dropbox folder. That Dropbox link also has folders for individual tracks and remixes, project files and stem collections for producers who want to make their own remixes, videos, and other material. You don't even need to have a Dropbox account to download files from it.


Here’s a link so you can listen to the show or download it from SoundCloud:





Here are Track Listings for episode 035:

01. Robbie Rivera presents Keylime, "Girlfriend" (Original Radio Edit).
02. Silversun Pickups, "Little Lover's So Polite" (Grayarea Remix).
03. Skrillex, "With Your Friends" (Long Drive).
04. Chris Reece, "Salvation" (Dabruck & Klein Remix).
05. Jerome Isma-Ae & Paul Thomas, "Tomorrow" (Original Mix).
06. Michael Cassette, "Shadow's Movement" (Original Mix).
07. Moguai, "8001" (Original Mix).
08. Ladytron vs 16-Bit Lolitas, "Destroy The Murder Weapon" (Config Mashup).
09. Pendulum, "The Island" (Tiesto Remix).
10. The Age Of Love, "Age Of Love" (Wippenberg Remix).
11. Armin van Buuren presents Gaia, "Aisha" (Ashley Wallbridge Remix).
12. Signalrunners, "Electric Sheep" (Original Mix).
13. Tenishia feat Aneym, "Stranger To Myself" (Mike Shiver's Garden State Mix).
14. Electrique Boutique, "Revelation" (Ferry Corsten Mix).




This week's mix is a guest mix by Chris Blackmore, who is helping out with the show from Ottawa while DJ Bolivia is in South America. If you're at Creamfields BA this weekend, look for DJ Bolivia in a red "Oh, Canada" t-shirt. You can also click here to see a few photos from Buenos Aires this week.





More information is available on our Website:
   http://www.subterraneanhomesickgrooves.ca

Go to the Mix Downloads page on the main DJ Bolivia website if you'd like to check out a number of our older mixes, or visit our SoundCloud page for individual tracks and remixes.

We also have a file containing complete track listings from all of DJ Bolivia's radio shows, studio mixes, and live sets. The PDF version can be viewed from within your browser by clicking directly. Both the PDF and the Excel versions can be downloaded by right-clicking and choosing the "save link as" option:

View as PDF file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.pdf
Download Excel file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.xlsx




Follow Jonathan Clark on other sites:
        Twitter: twitter.com/djbolivia
        SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/djbolivia
        YouTube: youtube.com/djbolivia
        Facebook: facebook.com/djbolivia
        Main Site: www.djbolivia.ca
        Music Blog: djbolivia.blogspot.ca


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Buenos Aires, Initial Impressions

Ok, I haven't been in BA for very long, just for a few days, and I've been tied up in the apartment with audio projects for a good part of that time. Because of this, I don't have a very comprehensive knowledge about Buenos Aires just yet. However, I do have a few initial impressions of this very interesting city.


Looking at the city centro from la Zona Norte

Incidentally, you can click on any of the photos in this post to see them in much higher resolution - I'm experimenting with a new camera.


Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina, and is probably the most European cities of South America. It has about thirteen million people at the moment, and it is fairly far south, as far as its position in South America stands. Go to Wikipedia if you want to learn more. A lot of people reading this blog/note are going to be Canadian or American. For North Americans or Europeans, Buenos Aires or São Paulo would be the obvious destination cities to start learning about South America.


Here are a few interesting things that I've "learned" about Buenos Aires so far, or which are rumours that I've been told. Rather than just talk about things that seem "interesting" to Canadians, I'll try to put them into context for a few different nationalities (Canadians, Americans, and Argentinians), since some things that seem strange to people from one country do not seem strange to people from other parts of the world (and I'll also have a lot of Argentinians reading this).


- Porteños ("people of the port") often do an afternoon sort of tea-time thingy like the British. Canadians and Americans look at this custom and shake our heads in curiousity. The yerba mate is pretty tasty, and doesn't make me feel all spastic like caffeine does.

- In Buenos Aires, any "real" restaurant doesn't open until at least 9pm. Dinner is usually around 10pm at the earliest. To find a restaurant that opens before 9pm, you have to find a fast food joint (they seem to love McDonalds) or go to a gringo restaurant. It is common for Porteños to stay out socializing until 6am or later. I was talking to someone about this and I think that this cultural phenomena is rooted in the desire to spend waking hours out of the heat. The same thing happens in the Middle East. Many Argentinians would be surprised to know that in Canada, we normally eat dinner between 5pm and 7pm, and many people (except for some "night owls" like myself) go to bed before 11pm.

- Many dance clubs don't open until after 3am. In my part of Canada, bars & clubs open their doors during the daytime and usually have to close at 2am. Maybe it is because Canadians get into such a party mood that the bartenders want to cut everybody off by 2am, so we're in bed before breakfast. Actually, with the trend in the past decade for Canadians to start coming out to clubs later and later (after midnight), I really wish that Canadian liquor laws would change and dance clubs would be allowed to stay open until about 4am or 5am if they felt it was financially advantageous. This could be the topic of another full blog post.

- "Going out until 7am" is considered completely normal. See above. If I'm still up at 6am in Canada, I'm usually the only one left standing. Or wobbling.

- After-hours clubs start at noon. Hah! That's awesome. We have very few after-hours clubs in Canada, and none of them are licensed to serve alcohol.

- Apparently Argentinians are not a big drinking society. I think that means that I'm in trouble, and need to find some ex-pats. I am impressed though, that I just bought a litre of vodka for the equivalent of $4 Canadian. In the United States, especially in tax havens like New Hampshire, this is probably normal. In Canada, that much vodka would cost $32 or more (about 130 peso).

- Driving in Argentina is definitiely not recommended for foreigners. Argentina has regular road stops everywhere, so you might have to pay La Mordida as a toll fee.

- In the area that I'm staying, it is apparently fairly safe to walk at night. I wouldn't count on it, but my American host feels very comfortable here. However, a lot of municipalities throughout the city hire their own security guards to stand on each block corner to augment the police of the city.

- The sun still travels from the east to the west. However, since you're looking northwards at it, the actual direction through the sky is right to left, which is very disconcerting for me (as someone who tells time by looking at the sun all summer). I haven't had a chance to see the night sky clearly yet, since I'm in a city, but I'm looking forward to the southern constellations once I'm on the ship in the Drake Sea in a couple weeks. FYI, the southern sky has far less bright stars in it than the northern sky does, just like the total land mass south of the equator is a lot less than the land mass north of the equator (not related, that's just a random comparison on my part).

- There are green parakeets everywhere! Very cool. In Canada, we have black crows. I'd be tempted to trade, except for the fact that I think most crows are smarter than the lower two quartiles of the human population.

- The temperature this weekend is supposed to be around 27 degree Celsius. I don't know what that is in Fahrenheit (for the enlightenment of the Americans reading this), but I'm guessing that it's "almost summertime hot for Canada." Around 80 Fahrenheit. Basically, South America's winter is North America's summer, and vice versa. So coming down here to visit in November is perfect timing to avoid Canada's snow. PS: If you're American, learn metric. Get with the program.



One of my boarding passes. The entire trip from Halifax to BA took me from 12:30pm Monday until 12:30pm Tuesday.



Hey y'all prepare yourself for the rubberband van. Sometimes I feel like a modern-day Gord Downie, and realize that less than 1% of readers will understand some of my inside jokes. Please, someone sample or Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo a good house remix, and when they ask why in an interview, tell them that DJ Bolivia suggested it. PS: This has nothing to do with the King of the South.



And why should a pizza be round? What is wrong with a 2:1 ratio rectangular pizza with rounded corners? Nothing. And you'd agree if you tasted this one. I don't know what kind of cheese they used on it, but this tasted amazing.



The Buenos Aires sky at night. Normally I wouldn't have included this photo since I was a tiny bit skewed when I took it, and the horizon is tilted, except that I liked the decent moon shot. Unfortunately, my camera only goes to 1600 ISO. I've got a 12800 coming in a few weeks, albeit too late for this trip.



Graf. Unfortunately, I had to take this one from the side because of trees beside the building.



El centro, at dusk.



This shot made me really happy once I saw how it came out.



I had to take about five photos of this guy before I got an action shot that I was happy with.



Why so blue? Probably from looking at the half-mast flagpoles. Adiós, Señor Presidente. Las gentes llora.



Those are my disjointed thoughts so far. I'll try to post more in a week or so. I'll have full photo galleries available on my website in early December.

Friday, November 5, 2010

SHG Radio Show Episode 034

Welcome to this week's edition of Subterranean Homesick Grooves™, a weekly electronica-based radio show presented on CHMA FM 106.9 at Mount Allison University in Atlantic Canada. The show is normally programmed and mixed by Jonathan Clark (as DJ Bolivia), although some weeks feature guest mixes by other Canadian DJ's. The show encompasses many sub-genres within the realm of electronic dance music, but the main focus is on progressive and tribal house, and a bit of trance & techno. Liner notes for this episode (034) can be seen below.

Para la información en español, vaya aquí.

By the way, if you're looking for DJ mixes in styles other than progressive/tech-house, check out www.djbolivia.ca/mixes.html. That page has a number of mainstream/top40 dance mixes (the "Workout Mix" series), as well as some deep house, drum and bass, and other styles.







Here's our Podcast Feed to paste into iTunes or any other podcatcher:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/shg

Older episodes of the show are not directly available from our main servers anymore, to conserve space for more recent episodes. However, all older episodes have been posted individually on SoundCloud, and also in archives of 25 episodes apiece (convenient for bulk downloading) from DJ Bolivia's Public Dropbox folder. That Dropbox link also has folders for individual tracks and remixes, project files and stem collections for producers who want to make their own remixes, videos, and other material. You don't even need to have a Dropbox account to download files from it.


Here’s a link so you can listen to the show or download it from SoundCloud:





Here are Track Listings for episode 034:

01. Marek Hemmann, "Left."
02. Osaze, "Sunday" (Jimpster Mix).
03. Inland Knights and Da Sunlounge,"Freak Out."
04. Timo Garcia, "Lady Luck" (Solee Mix).
05. Bang Bang, "Bikini Days."
06. Scope, "Glow" (Jevne Mix).
07. Channel X, "Monday."
08. Anil Chawla, "Mixed Up."
09. Rino Cerrone, "Fracture" (Uto Karem Smash Up Mix).
10. David Herrero, "Love It."
11. Kaiserdisco, "Carambolo."
12. Style Of Eye, "Puss Puss."
13. Popof, "Circle Monkey."




More information is available on our Website:
   http://www.subterraneanhomesickgrooves.ca


This week's mix is a guest mix by Jay Vasseur. You can find more of Jay's material at his Soundcloud account, which has a collection of mixes and individual productions. Here's the link:

http://soundcloud.com/jay-vasseur



Go to the Mix Downloads page on the main DJ Bolivia website if you'd like to check out a number of our older mixes, or visit our SoundCloud page for individual tracks and remixes.

We also have a file containing complete track listings from all of DJ Bolivia's radio shows, studio mixes, and live sets. The PDF version can be viewed from within your browser by clicking directly. Both the PDF and the Excel versions can be downloaded by right-clicking and choosing the "save link as" option:

View as PDF file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.pdf
Download Excel file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.xlsx




Follow Jonathan Clark on other sites:
        Twitter: twitter.com/djbolivia
        SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/djbolivia
        YouTube: youtube.com/djbolivia
        Facebook: facebook.com/djbolivia
        Main Site: www.djbolivia.ca
        Music Blog: djbolivia.blogspot.ca


Monday, November 1, 2010

Thallowe'en 2010

I played at the big Thallowe'en party at Mount Allison University on Saturday night. It's a mainstream/top40 sort of event. I put this post up for anyone who wants to see a set list, or download a copy of the recording from the party.




Here are track listings from the show:

01. A Tribe Called Quest, "Buggin' Out."
02. Dream Warriors vs Pierre J, "My Definition" (Pierre J Remix).
03. Primitive Radio Gods, "Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth."
04. Outkast, "Ms. Jackson."
05. Skee-Lo, "I Wish."
06. Notorious BIG, "Hypnotize."
07. A-Trak, "Ray Ban Vision."
08. Classified, "Oh Canada."
09. Nelly, "Tippin' In Da Club."
10. Diddy & Dirty Money, "Hello, Good Morning."
11. Felli Fel, "Get Buck In Here."
12. Jay Z, "Empire State Of Mind."
13. Kanye West, "Power."
14. TI & Rihanna, "Live Your Life."
15. Kanye West, "Stronger."
16. Miley Cyrus, "Party In The USA."
17. Hot Rod feat Tila Tequila, "I Like To Fuck."
18. Lady Gaga, "Just Dance."
19. Livii Frank & Pitbull, "Now I'm That Chick."
20. Rihanna, "Only Girl In The World."
21. LMFAO, "Shots."
22. Far East Movement, "Like A G6" (Disco Fries Remix).
23. Flo Rida, "Low."
24. Stromae, "Alors On Danse" (DJ's From Mars Club Remix).
25. Afrojack & David Guetta, "Louder Than Words" (Original Mix).
26. Taio Cruz, "Dynamite" (Mixin' Marc Club Mix).
27. Remady & Manu-L, "Give Me A Sign" (Levantina Club Mix).
28. Flo Rida, "Club Can't Handle Me" (David Guetta's Mix).
29. Dresden & Johnston, "Keep Faith" (Original Club Mix).
30. David Dejay & Ela Rose, "I Can Feel" (Lo Que Remix).
31. Afrojack, "Take Over Control" (Original Mix).
32. Wynter Gordon, "Dirty Talk" (Radio Edit).
33. Antoine Clamaran, "Gold" (Thomas Gold Remix).
34. Britney Spears, "3" (Groove Police Club Mix).
35. Avicii & Sebastien Drums, "My Feelings For You" (Original).
36. Katy Perry, "Teenage Dream" (Liam Keegan Remix).
37. Ke$ha, "Take It Off" (Jake Walmsley 2010 Electro Remix).
38. Hypercrush, "Keep Up" (Tony Arzadon Remix).
39. Rihanna, "Rockstar 101" (Dave Aude Club Mix).
40. LMFAO, "I Am Not A Whore."
41. LMFAO, "I'm In Miami."
42. Usher & Pitbull, "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love."
43. Kaci Battaglia & Ludacris, "Body Shots" (Dave Aude Club Mix).
44. Yolanda Be Cool, "We No Speak Americano" (Jarleen Bootleg).
45. Duck Sauce, "Barbara Streisand" (O God Remix).
46. K'Naan, "Take A Minute."

Like I said, it was a mostly mainstream/top40 show. I started with an hour of 90's hip hop mixed with modern hip hop, and then went into more upbeat tracks for the last couple hours. I think that the only thing I really regret is throwing the Usher/Pitbull track in near the end. I had to speed it up quite a bit to make it beat-mix, so it sounds out of place to me. There were a few minor slips in the beat mixing and key mixing, but overall, considering the chaos, the mix is pretty good. This was mixed live on CDJ's, not on a laptop. I ended up "mastering" the mix heavily with the Waves L3 Ultramaximizer plug-in, which I am not fond of doing, but it makes the end mix sound more like it did in person. That's kind of important, since a lot of people won't be listening to this on a loud system like we had at the party.


This mix can be downloaded as part of an archive of all 28 of DJ Bolivia's available recordings of live shows, from the following Google Drive link:


The recordings are compressed as a RAR archive, which can be opened natively in Windows.  If you're using a Mac, you can use a free utility to open the RAR (popular examples are "The Unarchiver" and the "UnRarX" app).  The password to open the archive is simply 'bolivia' and the size of the download is 5.6 gigabytes.  If you have problems downloading this archive from the above Google Drive link, you can email DJ Bolivia at djbolivia@gmail.com for an alternate download link.

Additional information about finding any of DJ Bolivia's older mixes can be found at this link:


Thanks for your interest in these old historical mixes!


And finally, here are a few photos from the party. Click on any of them to see them in higher resolution:



























































How to Download an MP3 from a Hyperlink (or Facebook)

Some people have run into problems downloading some of the MP3 demos that I've publicized. If this is the case with you, hopefully this page will give you some useful information. Other people (probably many of you) might think that this is a ridiculous topic for a post. I mean after all, to download a link, you just right-click and save, right? Well, that's what I thought, until Facebook started messing with my well-laid plans.

I was having problems with blog posts that were imported into my Facebook notes feed. Readers were confused about how to download mp3's. I did a bit of quick digging, and quickly learned that the topic is pretty complicated. So don't feel bad if you're confused too: hopefully this post will help clear things up a bit.

For starters, there are three common areas from which people are downloading mixes associated with this site: the main website, the blogs, and from the facebook feeds. It is easy to download from some areas, and quite tricky to download from others. I'll touch on each of these pages below, and also talk about differences between Mac vs. PC, and common browsers. I won't be covering everything, but hopefully there will be enough info here to give you the clues you need to make things work on your own system.



Downloading from a Regular Web Page, or from a Blog

Windows, using Chrome: Left-click starts the MP3 playing in your browser. Right-click give you a menu, and you can chose the "save link as" option to download the file to your local computer. If you left-clicked and the file immediately starts playing within the browser, you can right-click anywhere in the blank areas of the screen and chose the "save as" option to download the file. If you right-click while your mouse is positioned over the small player in the center of the screen, the menu changes and you will see an option that says "save video as." That is misleading, but you can actually take that option and it will download the file you are looking for as an MP3, not as a video. Incidentally, I've listed Chrome first because it is the browser that I use the most.

Windows, using Internet Explorer: Left-click brings up a dialogue window that asks if you want to open the file or save it to your local computer. This is smart. Right-click gives you a menu, and you can chose the "save target as" option to download the file to your local computer. If you left-clicked on the file to "open" it, the browser will probably download the entire file first before playing it in an external player (such as Winamp or Windows Media Player), rather than starting to play a streamed copy directly within your browser window. This is not smart. You have to download the whole thing before you can play it, regardless of whether you chose "open" or "save," so you may as well choose "save" from the start so you know where your file is.

Windows, using Mozilla Firefox: Yes, we see completely different behaviour here too. Left-click starts the MP3 playing in your browser, sort of like Chrome. However, on my computer, while Chrome uses its own simple proprietary plug-in, Firefox is using a Quick-Time plug-in. This is bad, because if you've started to play the file and then want to right-click to have access to the "save as source" option, you are only allowed to save the file if you have Quick-Time Pro, which is a for-purchase option that many people do not have. So you have to go back in your browser to the page that shows the link to the file, and do a right-click instead. Right-clicking on a link in Firefox brings up a menu with one choice that says "save link as." Imagine that, yet another different way of saying the same thing. You'd think the browsers would get their standard dialogue together. I like Firefox's terminology best.

Mac, using Safari: Click directly on the link, and the demo will start playing in your browser (but not download). If you want to listen to the demo but still keep surfing the net, press the "ctrl" button at the same time as clicking on the link, this will give you a drop down menu. Choose "Open link in new tab." To download the demo, hold the "ctrl" button at the same time as clicking on the link, and this will give you a drop down menu. From this menu, choose the "Download Linked File" option.

Mac, using Firefox: Click directly on the link, and the demo will start playing in your browser (but not download). If you want to listen to the demo but still keep surfing the net, press the "ctrl" button at the same time as clicking on the link, this will give you a drop down menu. Choose "Open link in new tab." To download the mp3, hold the "option" button, and click on the link, and the demo will automatically begin downloading instead of playing.


Downloading from a Facebook Note

Facebook has two types of notes. The first, and far less common nowadays, is the note that is authored from directly within Facebook. The second, which is extremely popular now due to the ability to import external blogs is, you guessed it, a note imported from an external blog. Thankfully, Facebook has limited this feature so each person/page can only import from one external blog. Perhaps a bit inconvenient for people (such as myself) who administrate both a personal page and a fan page, but whatever, there are workarounds. Anyway, a note created from within Facebook is immediately visible on the page that it is posted on. However, it takes a bit of time for Facebook to notice new posts on external blogs and bring them in. Facebook claims 1-3 hours, but I've experienced periods of up to a week. I am pretty sure that it depends on the frequency of new content on the blog - the posts appear in Facebook more quickly during periods when the blog is pretty active, and if I ignore it for a few months, the import time increases dramatically. Anyway, luckily for the purpose of this little tutorial, both types of posts are treated them same when it comes to links.

If you see a normal hyperlink within a Facebook note, usually you can just click on it regularly and it takes you to the page that the hyperlink refers to.

If you see a media hyperlink within a Facebook note, it gets more confusing. A media link might be obvious, such as something that specifies a full URL to a media file on the internet. An example would be this:

http://www.chma.fm/DJ_Bolivia_-_Workout_Mix_01.mp3

However, you can also have a link where the "target" is the URL like you just saw, but there is an "alias" that tries to describe the target of the hyperlink. Perhaps something like "click here to get the file," or whatever the post's author felt like typing. If you try to download a media hyperlink within a Facebook note, you will instead see that your browser is trying to download a PHP file. That's a tiny little computer script, for those of you who are curious. That's no good. You want the music, not the computer script.

The solution is to do a regular left-click on the link first, and then follow the same instructions that I gave up at the top for downloading. Of course, if you paid attention to the Firefox instructions, you'll suddenly realize that you're out of luck, because once you're into the Quick-Time plug-in, you do NOT have an option to download if you don't have QT Pro. Really annoying.

Mac users may have a slight advantage here: through Facebook, it might be possible for them to do the regular "control-click" and download the file. You'll have to experiment to be sure.


That's about all the useful info that I can think of now. If anyone has any clarifications or corrections on information presented here, email me at djbolivia@gmail.com and I'll update this post. I'll try to find some info about iPads shortly too.