Saturday, 2008.10.25, 11:25 PM CST.
few awesome pictures, a few more DJ remixes, and Indiana Jones.
WICKED COOL JOURNAL ENTRY COMING... NEXT ENTRY!!! STAY TUNED.
hard to believe that we are already towards the end of October.
This year feels like it's flown by, and yet it's already had a lot of
big memories. This should be a fun little update. If you're
just here for the pictures, just scroll down.
Unfortunately, this was also one of those updates that took more
than a day to write thanks to my hectic daddy/husband/techy day jobber/dj
practice/production schedule... I didn't expect that, but I should
have. (If you think that's something... Wait until the next
update. Whoa, Nelly!)
we'll break it down with the approximate dates of each "chunk"
JONES! (Segment started Thursday, 2008.10.16 2:58 PM CST)
don't mind saying it: I'm an Indiana Jones fan. Ever since
my mom took me to see Raiders of the Lost Ark back in 1991,
I've loved the Indiana Jones films. After seeing and loving Raiders,
I eventually acquired the soundtrack on vinyl, a book-and-cassette set
for the film, and even the Atari 2600 game, which was the most cherished
Christmas present that my parents gave me during 1982 (probably my favourite
Christmas ever). Indy flicks are just goofy fun, and they remind
me of my childhood. As a lot of you know, my past means a lot
third Indiana Jones film, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,
was released on May 24th, 1989. The fourth Indiana Jones film,
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was released
on May 22nd of this year. For those of you who suck at basic math,
that means that this new movie was released two days shy of nineteen
years after the release of the last one.
had seen the first two films multiple times at the theatre as a child.
When the third one came out, I regrettably missed it at the theatre...
But, I rented it soon after it came out on video.
this May, whenever the fourth film came out, I was geeked. I planned
on scheduling off work on opening day just to go to the theatre and
see it. Then, I remembered how much I essentially hated going
to see movies at theatres. It came out, and I kept planning and
planning. I'd been waiting nineteen years for a new Indiana Jones
movie! I needed to go see it on the big screen.
days ago, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
was released on DVD. Yesterday, I ran out to Target and bought
the special 2-disc edition with the Target exclusive photograph book.
afternoon, I finished watching it. Was it as good as Raiders
or Temple of Doom? No... but, it was good. No,
scratch that; it was great. I sat in front of the TV,
on the living room carpet, with a carton of mint chocolate chip ice
cream, just watching this beautiful film unfold. Was it an amazing
piece of art with subtle nuances and intricate subtext? Of course
not! It was a piece of junk food for the action-loving brain,
and I loved it. The privilege of watching an all-new Indiana Jones
film brought back a lot of memories, and it was just a great, great
bless Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford for getting back together to
FEW COOL NEW REMIXES (AGAIN!)...
(This and subsequest segments started Saturday, 2008.10.25, appx 11:30
so over the past few weeks I have indulged a bit in one of my main vices:
DJ-only remixes. I ordered some newer ones that had only
been released on CD (I finally caught up my last four issues of the
X-Mix Club Classics series), and I managed to snag some really precious,
incredible vinyl gems. I shouldn't brag, but I'm a DJ, and my
music arsenal is relevant. So, here goes.
of the biggest DJ-only remix acquisitions that I have snagged in a
while... FUNKYMIX 12!!!
I have had this piece of work on CD for over ten years, and I have
wanted it on vinyl for a long time as well. Insanely hard to
find (oh, how I've tried), Funkymix 12 includes a few decent tracks
including Bobby Brown's "Humpin' Around" and Arrested Development's
"People Everyday." The real kicker, though, and the
reason I've wanted it for soooo long... is a damn hot remix of Stevie
B's freestyle classic, "Pump That Body." The vinyl
quality wasn't completely minty fresh, but it was still quite nice
- especially on the Stevie B track where it counted. Definitely
playable. I might have to work it into my next big event.
I was so excited about this that I actually took a picture with my
Funkymix 12... See one of the pictures below.
and unique new mixes of a few 70s-era disco and funk classics:
Chic's "Good Times," KC + the Sunshine Band's "Get
Down Tonight," and the Commodores' "Brick House."
Yes, actual newer mixes that were really quite amazing. They
were pretty heavy production-wise with stuttering and sampling and
the like, so I probably wouldn't break them out for "older"
or more conservative crowds.
rare-as-holy-crap Mixx-It version of Keith Sweat's "I Want Her"
on vinyl. Here's what's really mindblowing about this one:
It was printed in 1987 or 1988. I managed to purchase a copy
of it that was still freakin' sealed. Sweet!
- A not-quite-as-rare-but-still-wow-quite-rare
remix service issue Street Tracks 2. The biggest thing on it,
at least for me, is a really nicely-produced remix of MC Hammer's
"Here Comes the Hammer." No, I'm not joking.
- A classic
Hot Tracks double-record set (on see-through red vinyl!) which
includs a decent, solid remix of EMF's "Unbelievable" and
a rather interesting mix of Lisa Stansfield's "All Around the
World." The Stansfield mix actually features a few drop-ins
of a synth sample from Depeche Mode's "Never Let Me Down Again."
As much as I like both songs, I'm still trying to figure out if I
really like the way they fit together or not.
- A shipment
carrying a metric crapload of sealed new vinyl directly from the Ultimix
company, mainly including a slew of newer, pop-oriented music, all
mixed into special exclusive versions. Ultimix is one of the
DJ-only remix companies out there for which I have the most respect
and admiration, and this order certainly was proof of that respect
and admiration: The box was 17 POUNDS in weight. (To be
fair, a few of the items inside were for my friend DJ TMJ.)
but not least... One of the coolest acquisitions I've made in
quite some time, with the exception of the aforementioned Funkymix
12. A commercially-released UK 12-inch single for the MI 7 track,
"Rockin' Down the House." Now, if you are like 99%
of the people out there, you may be asking yourself, "Rockin'
whuh?" Well, that's fine. "Rockin' Down the
House" was a kind of reggae-infused, early-1990s rave track.
I first heard it on an old Techno Pop remix issue about 15 years ago,
and I loved it. It was such an odd but beautiful track, with
a strong feel, good instrumentation and a single, repeated vocal line.
Obviously, it wasn't meant as a big pop success, and it's extremely
difficult to find the actual commerical releases of it out there.
I bought it for what I would consider to be a ridiculously low price,
and It was a pleasure to finally hunt it down and add it to the arsenal.
(There's a picture of this one below as well.)
NOW... THE PICTURES!
I hope to include more pictures on the site in the future.
For now, here are a couple of really, really special ones. My
son X (the most awesome kid in the world) recently turned 18 months
old, and shortly afterward Lanna and I took him out for his first trip
to the Tulsa Zoo. Now, I will say that I was disappointed because
the zoo had an unacceptable amount of "temporarily unavailable"
animals and exhibits. There were a LOT of blank spaces there;
it was actually rather pathetic. However, we did get a few good
memories there as a family, and that was the most important thing.
took the opportunity to take our pictures with the statues out in front
of the "rain forest" area.
these next pics are not nearly as big of a deal... but I figured I would
take these shots and upload them for fun. I'm apparently rockin'
the same patented "DJ Badger Serial Killer Grin™" in
It's Funkymix 12 and "Rockin' Down the House!" Ha!
So, that's it for now. Hope you've enjoyed!
for Journal Entry 81... One of the most important (and long-overdue)
updates I'll ever put on the site. It's coming very soon, and
it'll be a really, really big deal.
even though it's now getting close to 1:00am, I am going to try to finish
watching the old Jim Carrey/Virginia Madsen flick, The Number 23.
So far, I've been fairly impressed with it. Not bad at all.