Saturday, December 7, 2013

Mavi's Top 20 of 2013

How do you come up with a top 10 list for music in 2013 when there were so many excellent albums put out this year? Well, you say "fuck it" and you make a top 20 list instead. And that's exactly what I have done. 2013 was a great year for music if you ask me. Some really great new bands (Jagwar Ma, Disclosure, Savages) put out some really amazing records and some really great established artists (Nine Inch Иails, Atoms for Peace)  proved to the world why they are considered some of the best musicians of our generation. I was also blown away by some other artists that I always heard of, but never really paid close attention to (Trentemøller, Booka Shade, Deltron 3030).

This was a pretty insane year for me to say the least. A lot of shit went down that I don't think anyone could really prepare for. But as always, music was there for me to help soothe the soul and get me through the tough times. It also was there for me to help celebrate the wonderfully awesome amazing times that I spent with my friends. That connection that we all have with music speaks volumes and it truly does bring us together.


So with all that said, I give you my Top 20 of 2013. Not all of these albums are necessarily the best of the best, and I'm sure I am overlooking some other great albums, but what it all boils down to is how these made me feel.  And shit, they made me feel goooooood! Have a great holiday season y'all. I'll see ya in front of the soundboard, just to the right, in 2014!!!




There's a Spotify playlist down there too with my favorite songs off of each album.  

1 - Nine Inch Иails- Hesitation Marks
2 - Jagwar Ma - Howlin’
3 - Trentemøller - Lost
4 - Disclosure - Settle
5 - Booka Shade - Eve
6 - Deltron 3030 - Event II
7 - Cults- -Static
8 - Junip - Junip
9 - Savages - Silence Yourself
10 - The National - Trouble Will Find Me
11 - Local Natives - Hummingbird
12 - Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
13 - Mikal Cronin - MCII
14 - Atoms for Peace - AMOK
15 - The Strokes - Comedown Machine
16 - The Besnard Lakes - Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO
17 - The Polyphonic Spree - Yes, It’s True
18 - Barbarossa - Bloodlines
19 - IO Echo - Ministry of Love
20 - Phosphorescent - Muchacho


Friday, November 1, 2013

Jagwar Ma - Saving Us All

I would have to say without a doubt that I have never been more excited about a new band than I have been for Jagwar Ma in a very, very long time. It all started when Noel Gallagher told NME that he and his brother Liam were too busy talking about Jagwar Ma to ever have a conversation about reforming Oasis. This intrigued me. Not only because I wondered who could this band be, but also because who knew that Noel and Liam even still talked to each other at all???  So, I looked around the internet machine and found their Soundcloud page with a few songs to listen to.  I played "Come Save Me" and was hooked. The 60's shuffling drum beat, the Beach Boys vocal harmonies, had me dancing in my chair.  As I continued to listen, the song grew into a completely different animal.  Looping vocals turned into swirling synths, and the song became a colorful whirlwind of psychedelic beats.  Who were these guys?!?!!?  Well it turns out the band is Gabriel Winterfield on vocals and guitar, Jack Freeman on bass guitar, and Jona Ma is the man creating the beats, synths, and samples.  Basically, if The Chemical Brothers, LCD Soundsystem, Primal Scream, and The Beatles had babies, it would be these guys.



So I searched further and found even more songs that blew me away.  "The Throw", "Man I Need", "Four", "Let Her Go" from the album Howlin' were all just as brilliant.  The album is excellent and a must listen from front to back. Even the remixes on their Soundcloud page by DJ's such as Matthew Dear, Andrew Weatherall, The Pachanga Boys, and Richard Norris, take you on a magical journey. Do everything you can to see this band if they come through your town.  They were voted as the #1 band to see at Glastonbury this year and I wouldn't be surprised if they were playing Coachella and the rest of the festival circuit next year. They just got off the stage at The Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris and audio from the web-stream can be downloaded below.  Tour dates are also listed and you know that I will be at Lincoln Hall in Chicago on the 27th. Get tickets and buy their album.





Sunday, September 8, 2013

New Arcade Fire song - Reflektor

Arcade Fire are all set to do something on 9/9 at 9pm and more than likely it is going to be the release of their new song "Reflektor" which will be on their new album probably titled Reflektor.  Below is the front and back cover art for the single and you can stream the new song RIGHT HERE




Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Nine Inch Nails - Came Back Haunted

The new Nine Inch Nails song was just unveiled tonight on their Soundcloud page. I really don't have the words to describe how great I think it is so I will just let the music speak for itself. The new album "Hesitation Marks," will be out September 3rd. You can download "Came Back Haunted" from nin.com and iTunes starting June 6th. 




Monday, April 22, 2013

Mavi - Live at Coachella 2013

For 11 years I have been going to Coachella and year after year it gets better and better. I have never DJ'd live before in front of anyone and I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to play for and get down with in the amazing Coachella sun at our Poolside Home at The Indian Palms resort just minutes away from the fest. There are a few minor hiccups along the way but I'm still pretty proud of this set and look forward to playing out even more. Hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I did DJing it. Download link is below or stream it with the MixCloud App. Love to get feedback. 


1. Be Strong - The 2 Bears 
2. Aestival (Original Mix) - Hitchcock
3. Enzo (Original Mix) - Hitchcock
4. Not Really (All My Mind Games) (Original Mix) - Marco Lys
5. Unclear Mechanics (Shiney Disco Ball Mix) FlipSyde - Umek
6. Turn Around (Norman Cook Remix) - Phats & Small
7. Sprawl II (Tommie Sunshine Quaalude Edit) - Arcade Fire
8. Night and Day (The 2 Bears Remix feat. Trim) - Hot Chip
9. Get Up (Original Mix) - Gary Caos
10. We Do It (Kolombo Remix) - HNQO feat BR
11. Welcome Home (Original Mix) - Sonny Wharton & Futuristic Polar Bears
12. Skreamer (Original Mix) - Ant Brooks
13. Incredible (Original Mix) - Phunk Investigation
14. Be Above It (HendraRNRM Mavi Mix) - Tame Impala
15. You Can Call Me Al (Flight Facilities Edit) - Paul Simon
16. Aoub (Tube and Berger Remix) - Affkt
17. Hymn (Mickey Remix) - His Majesty Andre
18. Love Like A Sunset (Tong & Rogers Remix) - Phoenix
19. The Edge (Dr Dre Original Mix) - Robosonic
20. Wrong (Dr Dre Remix) - Claptone
21. Let's Drink (Original Mix) - Kolombo
22. Let The Sun Shine In (Sonny Wharton Remix) - Roland Clark
23. Home (Loving Good Remix) - LCD Soundsystem
24. Everybody Wants to Rule The World (Plump DJ's Mix) - Tears For Fears
25. What's My Name? - Mavi


Stream Through MixCloud below or on iPhone HERE


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Jonboy's Coachella 2013 Lazyboy Poolside Mix


The one and only Jonboy from San Francisco has made yet another great mix to celebrate this years Coachella Festival featuring remixes of artists that will be performing at the annual music festival in Indio, CA.

Jonboy is currently throwing the FreeDub parties on Third Fridays at F8, in addition to being a resident of the fantastic underground slammers SWAG. He is known to throw the occasional underground party by himself under the Dubalicious moniker. Jonboy also ran the notoriously sketchy Stillman space South of Market in San Francisco. In the summers of 2010, '11, and '12 he performed at Burning Man with the legendary Opulent Temple crew and continues to work with them throughout 2013. 

Jonboy and FreeDub are bringing Raíz from LA for a live show at F8 on May 17th in San Francisco.  


Click the following link to download the MP3 HERE or stream online at Mixcrate.com

I AM THE RESURRECTION (JON CARTER REMIX) THE STONE ROSES 
THERE'S A LIMIT TO YOUR LOVE (BODEGA REMIX) JAMES BLAKE 
BREAKERS (COSMIC KIDS REMIX) LOCAL NATIVES 
SWEET TALK (CYRIL HAHN REMIX) JESSIE WARE 
BREATHING UNDERWATER (MNDR REMIX) METRIC 
REGENERATE (POPOF REMIX) BOOKA SHADE 
BEAR HUG (MAXXI SOUNDSYTEM REMIX) THE 2 BEARS 
ARMISTICE (RAC REMIX) PHOENIX 
GIRLS & BOYS (RYAN RIOT REMIX) BLUR 
CHAINED (ANDRE VII REMIX) THE XX 
AUDACITY OF HUGE (ALLEZ ALLEZ REJECTED REMIX) SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO 
SKY AND SAND PAUL KALKBRENNER


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

You're Never Too Old

I finally got around to making a new mix for everyone to enjoy. This thing started off in my mind going one way and completely took a turn and went another. Regardless, I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. 




You're Style (Original Mix) - Maceo Plex
Lovebreak (Original Mix) - Tube and Berger and Milan Euringer
Aoub (Tube and Berger Remix) - Affkt
Hymn (Mickey Remix) - His Majesty Andre
Promises (Plastic Plates Remix) - The Presets
Every Day in My Life (Kaiserdisco Dub) - Booka Shade, Marc Romboy
Jacked Up Funk (DJ Dan Tech Funk Mix) - DJ Dan, TJR
ReVoL (Original Mix) - Zodiac Cartel
In The Groove (Mix1) (Original Mix) - Quivver
Kids with Money (Ant Brooks Remix) - UMEK and Mike Vale
Crescendolls (Victor Ruiz Bootleg Mix) - Daft Punk
September (Alex Metric Remix) - St. Lucia

You can stream it below or download it HERE


Friday, December 7, 2012

Mavi's Top 10 Albums of 2012

#1 - Local H - Hallelujah! I'm a Bum



From the moment I heard that the title of Local H's 7th studio album was Hallelujah! I'm a Bum, I knew that I was going to love it. I've been championing this band since 1997 as one of the greatest and most underrated bands to come out of Chicago. Who else from the mid-90's is still churning out solid album after album? What other band from the flannel and long johns era still sounds relevant and is saying something about today's state of affairs with their music? Local H never went away and took a hiatus to come back and do a "reunion" tour. Local H never gave up after their record label collapsed from within. The only thing that Local H has done consistently over the past 15+ years has made solid rock n' roll albums and put on one of the most energetic live shows around. Forget the other Black & White bands with two members that have gained popularity over the years, Local H was doing it well before them and a hell of a lot better.

So what is it about Hallelujah! I'm a Bum that puts it at the top of my list? It's a combination of style and substance that is rarely seen in rock records anymore. Metal producer Sanford Parker was called in to bring more grittiness to Local H's sound that is apparent on tracks like Night Flight to Paris and Paddy Considine. "How gnarly can we make this guitar sound?" must have been pondered over numerous times in the studio. "Pretty damn gnarly." was the answer. But the grittiness that lives on Hallelujah! I'm a Bum somehow has a sheen to it that weaves in and out of the album with tracks like the beautiful Say the Word and the albums anthem closer Waves Again. When the former builds up to Scott Lucas's howl and the guitars and drums kick in, you can't help but feel it tear at your bones.


This is an album of emotion. With the cold city of Chicago as a backdrop during one of the most heated elections we have ever seen, Lucas has somehow written a love letter to a city that is easy to hate during the long winter months. Not only has he made Chicago a focal point with the background sounds of our El Train and the hellish sounds of frozen Ford's unable to start, he has taken this brutal election year and has smacked everyone involved in it upside the head.  If Scott Lucas was a political pundit, They Saved Reagan's Brain is his version of Talking Points. The main difference is that Lucas's head isn't up his own ass the way Bill O'Reilly's is up his.

"Georgie wrote a book and Sarah's naming names
Obama's on the hook and O'Reilly's laying blame
They saved Reagan's brain and there's bodies on the plane
Our dancing days are numbered
Yeah - we're going up in flames."


It's on albums like this that when listened to repeatedly, you find more and more reasons to love it. It's a concept album, there's no question. But with most concept albums, it's the theme or a storyline that connects everything together.  That is true here, but it is also the brilliant musicianship of Lucas and drummer Brian St. Clair that add a cohesive flow to an album, which central theme is a chaotic mess. St. Clair's drumming is powerful and precise, often times repeating a drum pattern from one song and using it in another in a completely different way altogether. That's not being lazy. That is understanding how an album of this complexity works.

One of my favorite things about Hallelujah! I'm a Bum is how Local H have continued to take their sound and expand upon it. Here Come Ol Laptop would have been a blistering banger all on it's own with just guitar, drums, and roar. But by bringing in a horn section to accent each and every beat, it only adds more fury to the fight. Lyrics such as, "Get it out of neutral/Make yourself useful" are not only Lucas's shout to a stagnant political system, they are a great motto to live by for any band. Local H certainly live by that motto and have made Hallelujah! I'm a Bum their best album to date.

Rounding out the top ten are the following:

#2 - The Presets - Pacifica
#3 - Jack White - Blunderbus
#4 - Deftones - Koy No Yokan
#5 - Tame Impala - Lonerism
#6 - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Self Titled
#7 - Scott Lucas & The Married Men - Blood Half Moon
#8 - The Shins - Port of Morrow
#9 - Bear in Heaven - I Love You, It's Cool
#10 - Silversun Pickups - Neck of The Woods

Honorable Mention
Spirtualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
School of Seven Bells  - Put Your Sad Down (EP)
The Chemical Brothers - Don't Think
Daphni - Jiaolong
Polica - Give Up The Ghost
Grizzly Bear - Shields





Sunday, October 14, 2012

Everyone is a DJ and So Aren't I

It's been a long time coming but I finally got around to making a new mix for all of you to enjoy. It's got a good mix of house, techno, and electro all throughout. I had a lot of fun putting this one together and I hope that it gets you bouncing in your chairs, dancing in your cars, or just moving your body wherever you may be. Enjoy!!!    

Click HERE to download MP3 or stream it below.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Granted... Hate is a Strong Word, but a Helluva DJ

Chicago DJ Chris Grant has been a solid force in the house music scene for over ten years now.  He has traveled the world extensively bringing the Chicago House sound to crowds all over the globe.  Whether it's at the Love Parade in Berlin, packed clubs in France, Holland, and Belgium, or even playing at some of the most underground house parties in Chicago, Chris always gets the crowds moving with a deep understanding of the music and an even better understanding of what sounds good.  He has produced tracks for such labels as Jackin Tracks, Dae Recordings, Spatula City, Kinjo, Lingo and Kolour and even picked up an Artist of The Month Award by URB Magazine.
His latest offering makes you want to take the party out of the dark club and into the sunshine with a summer mix that will have you smiling from ear to ear.  So put on those sunglasses (like you didn't already), find someone with a boat, or a beach, or a rooftop, pour some drinks and enjoy this great mix!  

Download link within Soundcloud
This Must Be The Place Summer 2012 by chrisgrant