Have you been EXILEd lately?

EXILEDJS.COM

Since the lockdown began in March and club/bar gigs stopped, it’s been lonesome playing at home. Mike and I decided to turn EXILE into a streaming event. It started just as a facebook broadcast, then on to TWITCH. Now, we run our own server and broadcast weekly as well as other random shows during the week. Tried and true though, EXILE Friday nights are what we live for. The last couple of months we have been branching out and trying to incorporate diverse guests from all over the country with only one major requirement – techno. We have had some old school names as well as plenty of new talent, or at least to the us. We hope to develop friendships and relationships since its much easier to DJ and broadcast from our individual locations. We have a unique streaming method that we use to blend multiple streams into a single feed. This way the viewer has a smooth transition between sets, and never has to worry about moving from server to server or stream to stream. Plus, each week we find new graphics, visuals and other silly ways to make the stream more interesting. The chat is also where we like to keep things moving. It’s great to reconnect with friends and hangout. Making new friends with our guests is really the gravy here. When EXILE does return to the nightlife in person, we will have an onslaught of guests to bring live and direct. Until then, visit us on our server ETV (https://exiledjs.com) for EXILE QUARANTINED each Friday starting at 8pm CDT. Tonights guest will be streaming from Minneapolis, the one and only DEVILGIRL. Don’t miss it.

Safer at Home… fo’ real!

Protests to bring justice on the police officer and accomplices who murdered George Floyd

Well, the Safer at Home executive order has been lifted, giving flight to the city/county/state cuckoos. They have flown the coup to return to whatever sort of normalcy there is, and this is why our numbers day-to-day have doubled. The governor of TN , Bill Lee, lost his balls and decided to open way too early. Nothing has changed and the confirmed cases number still goes up. I definitely feel safer at home and don’t plan to join the crazies out in public.

Now lets add on rising racial tensions mixed with cops who think they are above the law, killing black men while on video. This isn’t the first time either. Now because peaceful protest incite fear and hate from police, so much so, law enforcement instigate aggressive behavior, turning protests to riots. Sanity has left this place, and I find that the ones who are of the right mind are now the minority. Black, White, whatever color. I can only attempt to empathize with fellow black humans. On a daily basis, I am becoming aware of other white acquaintances and their hidden bigotry, xenophobia and racism. I call them that because I can no longer call them friends. I speak of this to my wife all the time. It’s about core values, the things that govern your decisions in life, the things that direct you in your views and the things that justify your actions and how you treat the world and others around you. It breaks my heart. I’m no angel either. I’m still coming to grips with my own privilege and how I can use it help those who don’t have it. I have miles to go.

The officer who murdered George Floyd: Derek Chauvin

In recent light of the murder of George Floyd, You think you know someone… I find it hard to understand others who don’t hold love for their fellow man, the intrinsic value of life, above all else… it’s a core value I can’t over look. Especially those in a position of power to protect others. I hurts me to know, as I recently looked up that courts have repeatedly proven that police have no obligation to protect you unless you are in custody. WTF? Then where did the motto “to serve and protect” come from? Why even suggest that were the case? Law enforcement code of ethics states:

As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve the community; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all to liberty, equality, and justice.

I know no black person wants to hear my admiration or cares if I feel for them, but I do. I feel love and compassion for anyone that has to endure the cruelty and subjugation of those they give their trust to for protection. To be held to the ground, and suffocated by the knee of a police officer, the one who you revere as your protector, is the ultimate terrorist attack on one’s trust. I’m losing my faith in humanity, and I really don’t know what to do, so I want to express my upmost admiration and respect to those who endure and stand up to continuous hate and oppression, especially from white men in position of power.

I have trouble finding the words to how I feel about living in a time when I would have to say “Black Lives Matter.” All lives do matter and that’s exactly why Black Lives Matter. I read a shared post from a friend about what white people need to do to help in response. Also, a recent speech from Killer Mike to the Atlanta community shared the same suggestion. If you can’t protest, help those who can or support the efforts already started that support the black community.

QUARANTINED

Well shit… I haven’t been here in over a year. I can’t believe i’ve been away soooo long. Since most of the world is on lock down and i’m working from home, figured I should make a post. It seems surreal that we are all here at the house, in different rooms all working on laptops. I took a break from the meetings and start going through some older bookmarks, doing clean up and came across some older LFORADIO stuff that I haven’t seen in years. I miss the station, parties and djs. We had some good times. Although, there were plenty of hurdles and issues, the station grew to be a well oiled machine in the end. If it wasn’t so expensive to run, I would have kept it up. With all the djs at home right now, the shows would be doing great right about now, i’m sure. I wish I still had all the files – just upload and start again. *sigh. Most of the services that I used are still actively updating and even have new features that I wish I had back then. Video seems to be the way to go these days. Chew.tv was go to for a little bit. Mike and I even did a number of broadcasts from the new CANVAS events. It’s now “bandlab“. I haven’t had a chance to broadcast on it yet but seems pretty easy. With events being cancelled, maybe there is no better time than the present (post work) to put together a broadcast. I need to update some of the plugins as well first. I guess I need to get to work on it.

44+

Another year has begun and now that we are past March 4th, another year older. Got some gigs coming up. Check the gigs section for more details. CANVAS and MOLLIE’s are on the bill. Who know what else might be coming up. St. Patty’s day is right around the corner… my liver is not ready.

Anthem on the xbox is already finished. They need to hurry up and come out with some sort of story line update. If anyone is looking for a late bday prez, METRO EXODUS for XBOX would be a good one.

Well, just keeping this thing current. I’ll be sure and post something interesting soon. I have pics from the last few CANVAS events that I need to put up. SOON.

SUMMER.

BeachTime

Memphis Summer is here… sweltering temps, humidity that makes the air thick enough to slice with a knife and bugs the size of small birds. I am NOT a heat person. I would much rather be on a ski slope or a breezy chill night in a hoodie, thats what i’m all about, 95 degress with 110% humidity, I am not. I would, however, like to be on a beach, at sunset in a place where the temps are low 70’s – upper 60’s when the sun goes down. That I could learn to love. With the summer comes pools, bikinis, and lots of drinking. So it’s not all too bad. BBQfest and Movement started the heat off in the right direction. I’m still semi-high from Detroit (*although that wont last for too long) and started up ExilE again. First show was good and the Memphis gang from Detroit showed up, all of us still beaming from a great time which made it even better. Will I make it next year… that remains to be seen. As Shelley says, a family vacation to Europe is going to take the stage before that happens, i’m pretty sure. There might be a Scandinavian adventure in my future… possibly?

I’m heading off to Chicago this weekend to take Shelley and Noah to LegoLand plus see the Aquarium and the Sciene and Technology Museum – they have a Pixar exhibit that I think Shelley is going to love. Then it’s off to take Noah to his grandparents for his annual summer bday party and vacation stay. When I return it will be time for Exile #2 with Andy Redrum as our guest and it should be a good show! Then on the 28th – Justin’s VERSUS Brian’s – showdown between house and techno veterans – this will be a Growlers on Poplar – first time playing at this location since it was the hitone. We are combining sound systems for this one so it’s going to be loud and crazy!!!! Hope to see all the heads and alot of new folks mingling at this one. Then… EXILE returns on August 4th with special guest WILL AZADA – my cohost from the first iteration of Exile returns for a special set that i’m sure will be a treat. Fun stuff planned for the next couple of weeks which def makes this years summer heat somewhat bearable. See you guys soon!

MOVEMENT

Detroit… Oh how i’ve missed you so – Techno for 4 days straight – Here we come….

 

Happy “kinda-New” Year

Lee's FirepitIt’s been a couple of months since I made a post as you can probably tell. Took a break for a bit but now I’m back. Got a nice snow over the holidays plus a number of other happenings. Just past my 43rd and that was, well, uneventful. I did get the final ok to roll to Movement this year. It’s kind of strange though, I really want to go but the line up isn’t mind blowing so it’s more to see old friends and hang than really to “party” as it were. My roomie Doug is definitely along my speed so I’m sure we’ll both call it early each night by the rave standard but that’s ok. Shelley is really being great about supporting me to go on this trip again but I wish it didn’t cost as much because I’d really like to spend that towards the family coastal trip we are hoping to take soon. We need one too.

Music making has been slow going. Taking some courses on music theory via J.Allen(Slam Academy) on Udemy (*which I highly recommend). Lots of good stuff there I’m ready to put to action. Also trying to dive in to some of the plug ins I’ve obtained through NI. Reaktor alone is enough to keep you busy for a full year trying to pull back the layers not to mention the crap ton of others that came in the KOMPLETE 11 drive I picked up. I’m almost a little overwhelmed. I might just take one plug in at a time and make several tracks with each one as the focus (*that’s a really good idea – I should right that down). Probably the last good thing to mention during this stint of retreat is that I finally got to hang with my buddy Lee at his “Techno Fire Pit”. After the kids are down, we get together in his backyard to listen to the latest findings of techno goodness in front of his large fire pit with a couple of drinks. If the weather is right, there isn’t a lot more that I would rather do.

Jive Turkeys are upon us.

I think my body is finally recovering from the Halloween festivities. That was a crazy month. Big thanks to everyone that made it out to at least one of the shows if not all. Had loads of fun for sure. Freaky Friday w/ Graf was a blast, Sanctuary was the loooong night for sure and Halloween at Mollie’s was well, expectedly a good time! (*damn you Danari for those shots) It’s been a while since we’ve pulled out all the stops multiple times in a month so lots of clean up and sorting to do at storage. Although end of October usually marks my “No bookings until NYE” cool down period, there is a little push to put together a one of at Canvas again as well as a reunion party at Alchemy, but I cant say more ATM. Maybe in early Dec we can get something rolling. I’d like to get one Falk or Michalski back for a techno joint but we’ll have to see what the future has in store. Lot of gear issues, most of them worked out but some upgrades will need to happen before more guests come in so that will be a hurdle. More techno is always better right? Until the next update, try not to overstuff on Turkey and I hope you all have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.

ALL HALLOWS EVE

I think my body might be giving up on me. With all the lifting and moving, loading and unloading, cable wrapping and speaker carrying, I’m surprised I am not in a wheelchair. SANCTUARY was a success for the most part. The Crystal Method event definitely put a damper on the crowd but as the night started to wrap up – BLAAM! we got the right pop. To be honest it went fast than I anticipated plus with Halloween only a number of hours away, I’m wondering where it all went. October, not to mention the rest of this year just blew by in a flash. It’s almost November and im already 3 parties in with Halloween still to go. This year we are returning to Mollie’s.

Mike McConnell and I are back at the Victorian village haunt after a 5 year hiatus. Between he and I we’ve done a few other things else where – we did CREEPSHOW back in 2013 at the new HiTone, That next year did the Burlesque event VAMPED OUT, took a break for a year or two then last year Mike and came back to the HiTone with CREATURE FEATURE. None quite like Mollie’s though. It’s hard to beat a house built in the Victorian period that has a built in ghost story for a place to do a Halloween party – come on! Regardless of any personal issues, the grounds laid from the dish events I put on to moving them to Mollie’s and joining forces with manager Doug allowed it to grow into its own entity. If nothing else I can be proud of that for sure. As luck would have it, we didn’t think this year was going to happen until we got a call and the rest is history. Speak of history, lets hope that this one will be a blast and one for the books. Regardless, I know I’m ready to have some fun and do it on Halloween proper! Like you know we do!

SPREAD THE WORD – Party starts early 8pm until 3am – 21+ as always — $10 cover
Costumes highly encouraged but not required — You bring your best and we’ll bring the rest.
CHECK OUT THE EVENT ON FB @ FACEBOOK EVENT – CLICK HERE

Spooky… ain’t it?

As luck would have it, just when you think you are going to have a quiet laid back Halloween holiday, up pops a multiple gig month with some unlikely gigs. I was pleasantly surprised to get a call from Mr Hodges for a old school ish pre-Halloween get together on the 20th at Murphy’s. I helped by providing sound and lighting as well as securing a spot on the bill. Thinking that was going to be my October schedule, two more gigs pop up all with a side gig for a friend. Turns out the month filled up all within a week or two and during the month which is strange as well. Busy busy.

Now that two of them are under the belt, the next will be coming up on Saturday. This one will be the one I get to do with creative freedom. I get to pull out all the décor and deck the place out. I’m even going to bust out the dry fog machine. Whoop! The best thing about doing the decoration at Canvas (event titled: Sanctuary) is that the décor was meant for a much bigger joint. Plenty of items to fill the place up with. Giant ghosts, Dracula and Wolfman, as well as enough creepy cloth to choke a skeleton. This one should be a fun joint for sure. Although the city will be ablaze with parties on every street corner, i’m counting on the fact that folks know I bring the Halloween A-Game. Crystal Method is going to take up a number of old-schoolers but i’m hoping most aren’t going to want to venture the downtown trip and instead, park it at Canvas… who wants to deal with that madness anyways, especially on a holiday party night.

The next and final October gig is our return to Mollie’s for Halloween Night. It’s been 5 years since we put on a show there. Although D and I parted ways, the party continued after we left and has been a steady go-to for Halloween Night proper and that makes me proud. Especially when it’s on a weeknight, the crowd tends to be a bit insane. Let’s hope Doug and crew have keep the home fires burning since they will be handling the décor and atmosphere and all we need to do is bring the party and that we will, guaranteed! Matter of fact, we have a little something special up our proverbial sleeves for the night. It should make for a screaming good time! Muahahahaha… See you all there!

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