Who can take a Grateful Dead raga, sprinkle it with a Steely Dan jam, cover it with a Snoop Dogg soundbite, and a miracle or two? DJ Jazzy Jeff can — yes, he of Fresh Prince fame. And he does just that — and much more — on two free hour-long MP3 files of live sets available on the website of Club Six, a loungey nightspot on one of San Francisco’s historically least desirable blocks (visit clubsix1.com and click on the “music” tab). Certainly on their own, each of the elements in Jazzy Jeff’s stream-of-consciousness DJing is hardly electronic-oriented — with the exception of the occasional snag of instrumental hip-hop, or the bit of Suzanne Vega a capella from “Tom’s Diner” whose unintended adoption once upon a time by a host of remixers served, in retrospect, as a prototype for DJ Danger Mouse’s copyright-eschewing Grey Album. But sewn together, into a running commentary on unlikely parallel riffs, they’re evidence of a man wholly able to play with the raw source material provided by pop culture, one who takes FM staples and turns them into something enchanting, humorous, continuously surprising — jumpcuts between decades and genres, subtle swaths of light scratching, and endless choice hooks. Jazzy Jeff mixes it with love, and makes the world taste good.
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• October 13, 2016: This day marks the start of the 250th weekly Disquiet Junto project.
• November 16, 2016: I'll be sharing the mic at Adobe Books in San Francisco with my fellow 33 1/3 author Evie Nagy for an evening hosted, from 7pm to 10pm, by Marc Kate (facebook.com).
• December 1, 2016: A likely speaking engagement. Details to come.
• December 13, 2016: This day marks the 20th anniversary of Disquiet.com.
• January 5, 2017: This day marks the 5th anniversary of the Disquiet Junto.
• Ongoing: The Disquiet Junto series of weekly communal music projects explore constraints as a springboard for creativity and productivity. There is a new project each Thursday afternoon (California time), and it is due the following Monday at 11:59pm: disquiet.com/junto.
• My book on Aphex Twin's landmark 1994 album, Selected Ambient Works Vol. II, published as part of the 33 1/3 series, an imprint of Bloomsbury, is now in its second printing. It can be purchased at amazon.com, among other places.
disquiet juntoThe Disquiet Junto is an ongoing weekly collaborative music-making space in which restraints are used as a springboard for creativity. Subscribe to the announcement list at tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto. There is an FAQ. ... These are the 5 most recent weekly projects: • 0253 / Doorbell Rehab / Record some welcome music. • 0252 / Sonic Palindrome / Make music that sounds the same backwards and forwards. • 0251 / Soothing Sounds for Parents / Remix some music for infants with parents in mind. • 0250 / Soothing Sounds for Junto / Make some peaceful music for an infant child. • 0249 / 80 Phases / Wish the minimalist composer Steve Reich a happy birthday.
... And there is a complete list of projects at disquiet.com/junto.
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