Thursday, November 23, 2006

DJ San Fran In The Mix : Afrotransit November 23, 2006

DJ San Fran In The Mix : Afrotransit Fill-In - November 23, 2006

This mix originally aired live on CKLN 88.1 FM Toronto. I guest-hosted for my friend Nik Red's "Afrotransit" show. I decided to play lots of sexy and soulful House for your dancing pleasure. Let me know what you think!

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01. The Coach House Rhythm Section - Timewarp
02. Goldfrapp - Ride A White Horse (FK-EK Vocal Mix)
03. Ame - Rej (A Hundred Birds Remix)
04. Ferrer & Sydenham Inc. - Sandcastles (Pete Heller Filtered Re-Edit)
05. R.E.M. - Losing My Religion (Shelter Vocal Mix by Timmy Regisford)
06. Justin Timberlake - My Love (Quentin Harris Mix)
07. Julien Jabre - Paixao
08. Jamiroquai - Canned Heat (MAW Remix)
09. Studio Apartment - Flight (Frankie Feliciano Mix)
10. Luther Vandross - Shine (Geoffrey C. Remix)
11. MC Mellow Dee - And You Don't Stop
12. Mr. V & Miss Patty - Da Bump
13. Teena Marie - I Need Your Lovin' (Full Intention Remix)
14. Fertile Ground - Live In The Light (Copyright Re-Edit)
15. Franck Roger & Olivier Portal feat. Chris Wonder - Me, Myself & I (Distant Music Mix)
16. Tortured Soul - Don't Hold Me Down (Quentin Harris Mix) - R2
17. Nina Simone - Here Comes The Sun (Francois K Remix)

The copyright in this mix belongs to DJ San Fran / Francis Yee Loy © 2006-7.
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Saturday, October 14, 2006

DJ San Fran In The Mix : Afrotransit May 4, 2006

Earlier in the summer, I guest hosted for a few weeks on my friend Nikki Red's radio show called "Afrotransit" on CKLN 88.1 FM. Here's the recording of the show. I started things off with some soul and disco classics from the new Tom Moulton compilation album plus tunes from Lisa Lisa and Nelly Furtado. The second set is full of soulful House tunes that I hope you enjoy!

DJ San Fran In The Mix
Guest Host - Afrotransit - May 4, 2006

01. Show Intro / Patti Jo - Make Me Believe In You
02. Andrea True Connection - More, More, More (A Tom Moulton Mix)
03. Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam - Let The Beat Hit 'Em
04. Nelly Furtado - No Hay Igual
05. Shakira - Hips Don't Lie (DJ Kazzanova Instrumental) / Show Patter
06. Ron Hall & The Muthafunkaz feat. Mark Evans - The Way That You Love Me (Dim's TSOP Version)
07. Bobby D'Ambrosio feat. LaSala - Runaway Love (Marquito's Classic Rework)
08. Reel People feat. Angela Johnson - In The Sun (Muthafunkaz Remix)
09. Shapeshifters feat. Chic - Sensitivity
10. CeCe Peniston - I'm In The Mood (Def Club Mix)
11. Show Patter / SUMO feat. Clarisse Muvemba - Nini (Sanfrandisco Anthem Re-Edit)
12. Double - Rock The Party (Studio Apartment Remix)
13. Donnie - Cloud 9 (Quentin Harris Mix)
14. Louie Vega feat. Anane - Mon Amour (DJ Gregory Remix) / Show Patter
15. Leela James - My Joy (Shelter Instrumental)
16. Mariah Carey - Don't Forget About Us (Quentin Harris Shelter Anthem)
17. Rufus & Chaka Khan - Any Love (Dim's Classic Re-Edit)
18. Bibi feat. Ce Ce Peniston - Eternal Lover / Show Outro

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Tales of Reluctant Film Fest Attendee

The Toronto International Film Festival started here in Toronto last Wednesday, and for the most part I've been fairly nonchalant about it. 5 years ago, I would have been much more excited about it, but for some reason the last few years have seen me feeling quite ambivalent about the whole shebang.

With the advent of DVD, I've been more and more accustomed to just watching films at my leisure at home, and the prospect of paying 20 bucks and waiting in line for hours doesn't seem to appeal as much anymore. That said, I do get a bit starstruck on occasion, usually thanks to the travails of my best friend Willariah, celebrity hunter deluxe.

Friday night I was out and about for dinner and I ended up lingering about around the MuchMusic building during the early part of their Star! Schmooze, which was a bit lacklustre on the "Star!" portion. Celebrities sighted included CityTV news anchor Gord Martineau with his extremely blonde and tanned wife; singer Jarvis Church; Eugene Levy, the judges of Canadian Idol and highlight of the evening, Samuel L. Jackson. He was quite friendly and spent time signing autographs and chatting with fans.

Gord Martineau arrives while the cops come to give his wife a citation for spending too much time at the tanning salon

Jeff Seymour, from "Jeff Ltd." arrives with friends

Billy Connolly and director Andrew Currie, in town for Andrew Currie's new ZomCom "Fido"

The judges of Canadian Idol: Sass Jordan, Jake Gold, Farley Flex and Zack Werner, lighting up a smoke

Samuel L. "Snakes On A Muthafucking Plane" Jackson, with his lady companions.

On Sunday, Will and Cathy were able to convince me to leave my apartment for a Yorkville brunch at Remy's. While the meal itself (seafood crepes) was quite tepid and unmemorable, we ended up sitting beside prominent Japanese actor Koji Yakusho (you may know him from Memoirs of A Geisha, Cure and the new film Babel with Brad Pitt). As he was eating lunch, I felt it best not to harass Yakusho-san with my camera.

After spending lunch chatting amongst ourselves and ogling various attractive Yorkville types, we spent a little bit of time hanging around the Four Seasons hotel, where we saw The O.C.'s Rachel Bilson.

"Still Life With Willariah, Chloe Sevigny Lookalike, potted plant, Rachel Bilson and festival assistant"

We also saw Eduardo Verastegui, star of "Bella", having lunch at the canteen. If you look really closely at the bottom of the photo, you can see a poster for "Bella" peeking through the reflection of the Chinese Tour Bus.

Ciao Bella! or is that Bello?

The rest of the afternoon was spent chilling at Willariah's pad, and then we returned to the Varsity later that evening again to catch the premiere of "The Pleasure of Your Company", which stars Jason Biggs (American Pie) and is directed by Michael Ian Black, member of "The State" comedy troupe and the TV show "Stella" which was just recently released on DVD. The movie was hysterical, with an enthusiastic cast and I highly recommend people check it out when it gets a full release.

L-R: Regan Mizrahi, Jason Biggs, Margo Martindale, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Chris Diamantopoulos and Michael Ian Black

I also had the pleasure of being able to speak briefly after the Q&A session with Michael Ian Black.
He was in one of my favourite movies, "Wet Hot American Summer", where he played a camp counsellor. Also, in the early 90's, I was a huge fan of a short-lived TV show called "Viva Variety", which lampooned cheesy European variety shows, and featured non-mainstream musical guests like Pizzicato Five. Michael was part of the cast, playing "Johnny Blue Jeans" and he also helped to create and write the show, alongside Thomas Lennon and Kerri Kenney (whom you all probably know now from Reno 911!). I asked about the possibility of Viva Variety being released on DVD, but he said that it unfortunately was one of those projects that might just disappear and never have a second chance. He seemed a bit surprised when I mentioned it and said that I might be one of the few people who actually remembered the program!

Anyone else remember the show? You can check out a few clips here and here.

Michael Ian Black with yours truly

Well, that's about it for now. I'll be checking out another movie or two this coming weekend and if I get any interesting pics, I shall endeavour to post them here! Well, at least I'll try to. I think this post is the first post significant post I've made in what seems like...forever!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

DJ San Fran In The Mix : Afrotransit August 31, 2006

Afrotransit Fill-In August 2006 - Playlist and commentary

On this edition of Afrotransit, I decided to play moody, deep and soulful House songs that made me think of the Sunshine and the memories that I've had this past Summer. Hope you enjoy!

01. Inner City - Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin' (Def Mix)
02. Driza Bone - Brightest Star (Morales Classic 12")

These two songs are examples of the beautiful "Classic" Def mix sound pioneered by legendary remixers/producers David Morales and Frankie Knuckles. I've loved the Inner City track since I first bought the cassette of "Paradise Remixed", long since out of print.

03. Beyonce - Deja Vu (Sanfrandisco Bootleg Blend)
Beyonce's latest track. This is a special version done by yours truly.

04. Frankie Knuckles - The Whistle Song
Another classic House jam dating back to 1990. Simply beautiful!

05. Julien Jabre - Swimming Places (Sabaudia Gabin Remix)
Mr. Jabre's tune makes a reappearance this summer with a brand new remix by Sabaudia Gabin on a Balearic tip. Out now on 12" only from Defected.

06. Yuna Ito - These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
(STUDIO APARTMENT Impulse Groove // Sanfrandisco Anthem Re-Touch Edit)
Japan's Yuna Ito was the co-star of the recent hit "Nana", which also features popular JPOP singer Mika Nakashima. This is a cover of the Nancy Sinatra song, and the CD single features a version true to the original. This version however, was re-vocaled and re-produced by one of my favourite Japanese House producing teams, Studio Apartment. As the original remix was way too short, I decided to extend it and make things more DJ-friendly.

07. Luisito Quintero feat Francis Mbappe -
Gbagada, Gbagada, Gbogodo, Gbogodo (Louie Vega Mix)

08. Ame - Rej (Original Mix)
This is the song of the summer...the original is still the best, but there are some hot remixes from Japan's A Hundred Birds and Italy's Pastaboys!

09. Roland Clark - Simple Things (Shelter Vox Mix)
Sometimes it's the simple things that mean so much...Roland's beautiful vocal is matched by the sublime production with a summery guitar and drums from Quentin Harris.

10. DJ Gregory - Elle
11. DJ Gregory - Soldiers
Two tracks from the genius that is DJ Gregory. More lovely French House goodness, both from the stellar "Africanism Volume II" compilation

12. Omar - It's So (Bob Sinclar Remix)
UK Soul singer Omar is finally back on the scene, and back with a vengeance for the clubs on this track. "It's So" is originally a mid-tempo R&B jam, but Bob Sinclar turns it out into a floor-filler, full of tribal chanting and synth stabs reminiscent of "Plastic Dreams"

13. Sergio Mendes feat. The Black Eyed Peas - Mas Que Nada (Masters At Work Remix)
The legendary Sergio Mendes collaborates with BEP on a cover of his classic tune, with MAW on remixing duties. Hotness.

14. MAS Collective - Free Your Mind (Spen & Karizma Dub)
One of my favourite Gospel House Classics

15. Evelyn "Champagne" King - Love Come Down
16. Gladys Knight - It's a Better Than Good Time
We end of the show with some disco nuggets

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Design Of Two Decades

In celebration of 20 years in the music biz, Janet Jackson is holding a design competition for her new album "20 Years Old". One lucky fan will have their design used as the cover of her CD. Judging by the results so far, it's going to be one very interesting design. I've posted up a few choice samples. Check out the website, and design a cover yourself! Better yet, just browse through the covers that fans have already made and rate them! There have been some hideously shocking font and design choices so far. A fair number look like the early Soca Gold album covers, or those Pen-and-Pixel designed No Limit/Master P covers.

Monday, May 22, 2006

DJ San Fran In The Mix : Afrotransit May 11, 2006

DJ San Fran In The Mix
Afrotransit Guest Host - May 11, 2006
CKLN 88.1 FM Toronto

01. Intro / Eddie Kendricks - Keep On Truckin' (A Tom Moulton Mix)
02. Mary J. Blige - Mary Jane (All Night Long)
03. Chantay Savage - Betcha'll Never Find (Silk's Old Skool Mix)
04. JT and the Big Family - Moments In Soul
05. Vaughn Mason - Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll (Part 2)
06. Chaka Khan - I Know You, I Live You (Tony Humphries Mix) / Show Patter
07. Ashford & Simpson - Bourgie, Bourgie
08. Inner City - Buena Vida (Ian Pooley's "La Buena Vida En Notas" Mix)
09. Levitation - More Than Ever People (Can 7 Seawind Mix)
10. Touch One - Electric Breeez
11. Incognito - Pieces Of A Dream (Roger's 7 Minutes of Soul Mix)
12. Frankie Knuckles presents Satoshi Tomiie - Tears (feat. Roberts Owens)
13. Byron Stingily - Hate Won't Change Me (produced by Quentin Harris)
14. Leela James - My Joy (Timmy Regisford Shelter Vocal)
15. Masters At Work feat. India - I Can't Get No Sleep (No Sleep in '95 Mix)
16. Skyy - High (Kenny Dope Remix)
17. Kirk Franklin - Looking For You
18. The O'Jays - Put Our Heads Together / Outro

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