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Francisco Collazo: “I Love Playing Live Because That’s When I’m at My Best.”

October 17, 2014

Here’s the latest installment of our monthly mixtape series, which is curated by GUN$ Garcia. Today she brings us Francisco Collazo, the host of the goodie parties that happen around town, with regular nights at The Dolphin.

Our Teresa McCullough spoke with Francisco about his parties, his music and his large feet.

-1Between DJing, promoting events and doing sound for other events, when do you sleep?

I rest as much as possible on Mondays and Tuesdays. Otherwise I have very long days and nights. It’s a sprint, and a marathon but I have a lot of passion for what I do, so that fuels the fire. To be perfectly honest, it is a very busy schedule to maintain and I’m no Superman. I do get burned out from time to time and have to take vacations pretty frequently.

I heard you wear abnormally large sneakers. What is that struggle like?

The struggle is real! I have a very limited selection of sneakers that I can purchase. Especially in person, I literally get laughed at whenever I go into a store and ask them, “Do you have anything in a size 15?” It’s a very sad life I live.

How is your mixtape different from your live sets?

When playing live, I’m feeding off the energy of the crowd, depending on the time of my set and the particular atmosphere. That leads me in the direction of the story I’m telling. I honestly don’t think I’m good at making mixtapes. I love playing live because that’s when I’m at my best. DJing for as long and as often as I do, it’s very difficult to create energy when you’re home alone to make a mixtape. I haven’t practiced in my home for more than 7 or 8 years. I just listen to music constantly to learn it. This is the first mixtape I’ve made in a couple years. But, when making a mixtape, you’re in the lead and can pretty much tell your own story. It’s all about you, and not them (the live crowd), which can be creatively satisfying.

What can we expect on this new mixtape?

I’m going to make it a little weird but still accessible enough and clubby for the average dance music enthusiast. It’s definitely going to be underground, and a well thought out representation of what you would hear at a goodie party held at The Dolphin. We call it “deep techno vibes,” which is mainly tech house. But we also play some dubby tracks, full on banging techno and actually songs with some choice beautiful vocals. We’re not minimalist. We understand. We vibe together!

If you had to describe goodie in a sentence or a haiku, how would you portray it?

Hmmm … It merely started out as an outlet for me to play a different style of music. I think that was the same for my partner Rob Paine. We both had our other successful house music events (Sundae & The Shakedown) that have been running for more than a decade each. We both had the hunger represent ourselves differently. Let me actually answer the question now, haha: goodie is a forward thinking underground dance party.

Tell us about the next goodie parties you have lined up…when / where / guests?

goodie is currently being held every third Friday at The Dolphin Tavern. For the next few months, we’ll be at The Dolphin Tavern on Friday, November 21st and December 19th. Plus we have plans for one of our special events on New Year’s Eve, and New Years Day. We typically – and very fortunately – don’t book many guest DJs. Rob Paine and I play the majority of our events. We’ve been able to build up the vibes with just the 2 of us, which is very satisfying.

Biggie or Tupac?

Biggie all day, everyday!

Flying Lotus @ The Tower Theatre With Thundercat.

October 17, 2014

flying_lotus_7Text by Daniel DiRugeris. Images by Teresa McCullough.

Flying Lotus announced our deaths at the Tower Theatre on Tuesday.

“So, Philly,” said Flying Lotus, otherwise known as Steven Ellison, “I would like to inform you: you’re already dead.”

His brand new album You’re Dead! has received some spectacular reviews and the artist’s direction – plus his well-known visuals – were amazing to see live on stage. Even if you are not a fan, the music and the atmosphere made it so comfortable for anyone.

FlyLo stood in a box-like stage, surrounded by heavy bass, frantic lighting and animation flashed on a large screen behind him. He performed tracks from the new album, as well as from Cosmogramma and Until The Quiet Comes.

His rapper alter-ego, Captain Murphy, also took the stage, singing and interacting with the audience.

Flying Lotus ended the show with “Never Catch Me,” which features Kendrick Lamar on the new album.

Thundercat, FlyLo’s right hand man on many of his recent albums, opened the show, performing several tunes from his 2013 album Apocalypse. Accompanied by a keyboard player and drummer, Thundercat (aka Stephen Bruner) jammed on his bass for 45 minutes while wearing an animal pelt over his head.

 

The Orwells and SKATERS @ Underground Arts.

October 16, 2014
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Orwells_010Text by Emily Scott. Images by Chris Fascenelli.

The crowd was a young one at Underground Arts on Monday, which is nothing new for the Chicago-area rock quintet, The Orwells.

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The Amity Affliction @ The Barbary.

October 16, 2014

AmityAffliction04Text and images by Erin Marhefka.

The Amity Affliction made their way to Philly on their first ever headlining tour, performing at The Barbary on Sunday alongside Favorite Weapon, Obey The Brave and For The Fallen Dreams.

The connection between The Amity Affliction and the audience was overwhelming, and the vibes were completely humming with positivity and joy.

Lead singer Joel Birch stage-dived and crowd surfed for a modest portion of the show and had fans singing and jamming with him on stage.

WIN FREE TICKETS: See Wiz Khalifa, Afrojack, LP and OCD: Moosh and Twist @ The Piazza on Sunday.

October 15, 2014

Wiz Khalifa will perform Sunday at The Piazza at Schmidt’s as part of the Under 30 Music Festival, with Afrojack, LP and OCD: Moosh and Twist.

It’s a free show, though you have technically have to get tickets, which will be doled out randomly after you register here.

But you can bypass that process by emailing us at FreeJumpStuff@gmail.com (give us your name and put “WIZ” in the subject line). We’ll get you and a friend in for sure.

 

Blake Mills @ World Cafe Live.

October 15, 2014

BlakeMills01Text and images by Kevin Brosky.

Blake Mills could aptly be called a musician’s musician.

“I assume most of you are musicians, or else why would you be here?” Mills ventured between songs, midway through his hypnotic set last week at World Café Live.

The 28-year-old guitar prodigy might never reach the mainstream mass appeal so many musicians crave, but instead, he’s certainly got the right people on his side. Eric Clapton, for one, recently name-dropped him in a Rolling Stone article, calling Mills “the last guitarist I heard that I thought was phenomenal.”

Last month, Mills released Heigh Ho, his long-awaited follow up to 2010’s Break Mirrors, a meticulous effort which, especially after last night’s performance, feels well worth the wait.

Mills and his backing band took the stage, the guitarist seated in front of a giant board of effects pedals and launching into a dazzling slide guitar solo that bled into the new record’s opener “If I’m Unworthy,” instantly showcasing his versatile, hybrid guitar techniques.

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Patty Crash And Her New Beginning.

October 14, 2014

PattyCrashOnline2014As part of our partnership with Philly Beer Scene magazine, we’re documenting Philly’s relationships between music and beer. For the November issue of Philly Beer Scene, G.W. Miller III spoke with Patty Crash, the almost-pop star and current North Bowl server who is dropping her debut album over the next few months.

Patty Crash was a wild child. After she and her mother emigrated to America from Iceland when she was a teenager, she was kicked out of school and sent back to Iceland.

She wound up back in the United States a few years later. One night in 2004, when she was just 20, Crash went to Baltimore to see The Roots. She wound up on the tour bus after the show and she began rapping with frontman Black Thought and some of the other crew.

“He called me the next day,” Crash remembers. “He said to come to Philly, that he’d buy me a ticket.”

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