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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Farewell Pandit Ravi Shankar

In his early career, Ravi Shankar wrote many soundtracks for legendary Bengali film director Satyajit Ray including PATHER PANCHALI.
He also wrote several bollywood soundtracks like the one below starring Hema Malini as Mirabai.

Here is a wonderful video of him performing with his daughter Anoushka who he toured with for many years in his late career.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Richmond mourns the loss of a great guitar Maestro

This article appeared in yesterday's Richmond Times Dispatch - it's a tribute to Carlos Pozzi, who taught classical guitar in Richmond public schools for 30 years (he lived a full life despite having to undergo 3 kidney transplants in his lifetime).

He was my first and favorite guitar teacher and a mentor to me in many ways and I will miss him alot. Like many of his students, music has been central in my life ever since I began taking lessons from him.      

He inspired so many young people over the years so the mark he left on this world cannot be measured.

The memorial service for Carlos Pozzi was held last Sunday at the Richmond Friends Meeting House and his family, friends, and colleagues all gathered to remember him.

Mr. Pozzi's spirit and legacy will live on through the many students he taught - some who have gone on to become guitar teachers themselves, and others who have applied the wisdom he shared in other ways.

Maestro Carlos Pozzi 

"If Music Could Talk" - Nov 25, 2012 - PODCAST

PODCAST LINK - Nov 25, 2012 - If Music Could Talk

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

djing in DC at TROPICALIA for Super Hi Fi album release party- Nov 29, 2012


If Music Could Talk - PODCAST - Nov 18, 2012

PODCAST LINK- If Music Could Talk - Nov 18, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Catching up on PODCASTS

Ive had these up online for a while but I keep forgetting to post them here. Ive been so busy lately.. really need to blog more often!    here are the latest podcasts from the past month or so....

PODCAST - If Music Could Talk - OCT 7

PODCAST - If Music Could Talk - Oct 14

PODCAST - If Music Could Talk - Oct 21

PODCAST - If Music Could Talk - Oct 28

PODCAST - If Music Could Talk - Nov 4

PODCAST - If Music Could Talk - Nov 11

Tuesday, November 06, 2012


I'll be DJing for the TEEN STYLIN' event at the VMFA next month so I put this blog post together for the fashion show participants to give them a sample of the type of musical selections the big fashion designers are choosing these days.  (Actually, the music I'll be playing will be mostly chosen by the designers themselves. So this blog post is meant to help the designers start thinking about what sort of music they want to use in their show. )

 NOTE:  most of the links below are from 2012.... still cool stuff, but a year old now... so here's a few links to this year's music runway selections:

forum on The Fashion Spot discussing this year's music picks in various fashion shows (they do this obsessively every year on this site)

2012 post (fixed broken links) --->

 I was really inspired by these videos - and I definitely recommend searching for some of the songs/artists listed in soundtracks for these shows.

Check out the diverse styles and fashions in the videos below, and notice how they "harmonize" (or don't) with the music that was chosen.

Chanel | Spring Summer 2012 Full Fashion Show
  1. Music: Gui Boratto - Striker
  2. Gui Boratto - Soledad
  3. Florence&The Machine - What the water gave me 

Salvatore Ferragamo Runway Show ft Anja Rubik - Milan Fashion 

  1. Grace Jones - Williams' Blood 
  2. Grace Jones - Well Well Well Dub.
  3. Iggy Pop - Risky 
  4. this mortal coil - song to the siren

Betsey Johnson Show - Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week NYFW

  1. Muse - Supermassive Black Hole
  2. The Virgins - One Week Of Danger

Viktor & Rolf | Fall Winter 2010/2011 Full Fashion Show

  1. Viktor & Rolf | Fall Winter 2010/2011 Full Fashion Show
  2. Bomb The Bass - Boy Girl Feat. Paul Conboy (Fm Radio Gods Remix)

Versace Spring/Summer 2012 Full Show 

  1. Bomb The Bass – if you reach the border 
  2. Billy Idol - Hot in the City

Escada | Spring Summer 2012 Full Fashion Show

  1. unknown sitar intro --- dave pike set?   
  2. Tiefschwarz & Cassy - Find me (Guido Schneider remix)
  3. Love's Wine (Gregory Del Piero Jackin Vocal Mix)

Christian Dior Cruise 2011 Fashion Show 

  1. Diana Ross - Love child remix
  2. The Gossip - Heavy Cross  fred falke remix
  4. Christina Aguilera - Not Myself Tonight 
Moschino Runway Show - Milan Fashion Week Spring 2012 MFW 
  1. Connan Mockasin - Forever Dolphin Love (Erol Alkan Rework) (Phantasy)
  2. Metronomy - The Bay
D&G Runway Show: The Last One Ever! at Milan Fashion Week Spring 2012 MFW
  1. James Brown - Sex Machine (remixed) 
  2. Prince - KISS - remix
Jean Paul Gaultier ● Spring/Summer 2013 Full Fashion Show

Normally, I would recommend that you DONT choose obvious Pop Songs -- but in this show, Jean Paul Gaultier seems to be doing an all out TRIBUTE to 80s Pop Icons...    Nice!  
  1. Grace Jones _ I'm not perfect
  2. Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
  3. Madonna - Dress u up in my love
  4. Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
  5. Serge Gainsbourg - Je Taime Mois Non Plus
  6. Michael Jackson - Beat it
  7. Sade - Hang on to your love
  8. Jean Paul Gaultier - How to Do That
  9. Hung Up by Madonna
  10. Fashion by David Bowie
  11. Amanda Lear - Fashion Pack
  12. Laroche Valmont - T'As Le Look Coco
Matthew Williamson | Spring Summer 2012 Full Fashion Show
  1. lykke li - i follow rivers dave sitek remix
  2. The Rosebuds - Woods
  3. Beat Connection -- In the Water
  1. Lady by Chromatics
  2. I want your love - Chromatics
  3. Running up that hill - Chromatics


1. Dj Sliink - Putcha Back In It
2. Baauer - Yaow!
3. Jay Fay & Ra Cailum - Bonkers
4. Baauer - Harlem Shake
5. Dj Sliink - Putcha Back In It
6. Sandro Silva & Quintino - Epic


La Forêt by Lescop 

Kelis - 22nd century
  1. Generique by Miles Davis
  2. Bitches Brew by Miles Davis
  3. Iʼve Got You Under My Skin by Neneh Cherry

Christian Dior Spring Summer 2013 Full Fashion Show

Blue - la Tour

Einstein On The Beach by Philip Glass

Saint Laurent | Spring Summer 2013 Full Fashion Show

Song: “I Gotta Try You Girl” by Junior Kimbrough edited  by Daft Punk for this show   alternate view HERE

Christopher Kane | LONDON Fashion week 2013 

  1. Kim Ann Foxman - Return I

  1. Megumi Satsu - Give Me Back My Soul (remix)
  2. Megumi Satsu - Motel Suicide
  3. Megumi Satsu - Give Me Back My Soul (Album Version)
  4. Megumi Satsu - Je Mʼaime
  1. 'Séance' by Jonathon Bepler
  2. 'Industrial Introduction' by Throbbing Gristle
  3. 'Fascination' by Phillipe D'Aram
  4. Drums by Mekon
  5. Death Surf' by Heroin In Tahiti
  6. Strings by Mekon
  7. Sugar Sugar' by The Archies
like a child - junior boys (carl craig remix)

Gucci | Spring Summer 2013 Full Fashion Show | Menswear 

"Wall Street" by Battles

"Gucci" Spring Summer 2013 Milan Pret a Porter Woman

  1. Ra-Ako-St by Lindstrom
  2. Lamusetwa by Michael Mayer
  1. It Could Have Been Better by Joan Armatrading
  2. Walls - Rae Morris
  3. Numb by by Marina & The Diamonds
  4. To Build A Home by The Cinematic Orchestra

Forget by Lianne La Havas  (PERFORMED LIVE at the fashion show!) 

Alexander McQueen | Fall Winter 2012/2013 Full Fashion Show

music - unknown   (anyone know?   it's awesome!)

Alexander McQueen 2008 

music --- unknown mix... i guess he gets people to make exclusive mixes for his shows! 

CHANEL Fall-Winter 2012/13 Ready-to-Wear show

  1. 51 Ways To Leave Your Lover by Tristesse Contemporaine
  2. I Didn’t Know by Tristesse Contemporaine
  3. Amarant 2 by Scanner
quite an understatement to call this an 'over the top' show design 

And just for fun - a SAGE AND IVY fashion Show in 3D!


Here’s an article that features interviews with some of the fashion world’s top DJs.

And here’s a web page of a professional music service that apparently provides a lot of music mixes for various fashion shows.  You can click through to see the sort of variety of sounds they use for different fashion styles.

Here's another similar music service website with some sample mixes (multiple tracks in each file) 

Here's a blog by a Japanese DJ - Junzo Ogawa - who produced the Osaka fashion festival - among many other shows. 

and here's a blog entry by a creative director / show stylist on "how to pick music for your fashion show" 

NOTE:  The list of brands and designers, as well as many of the song titles, came from this wonderful article in VOGUE from August - however, in that article, none of the actual video was included - so you couldnt see how the music and the movement of the models interacted.  Also, the Vogue article is completely dependent on the reader having Spotify installed (not a bad program at all actually), and some songs played during the show were not listed in their article at all.  So I did a quite a bit of extra research (basically, surfing around through the comments in the videos) to "expand" the wonderful article Vogue published last August.  


Monday, October 01, 2012


Well, it's October, so get ready for BOLLOWEEN!!!

This month, like previous years,  I'm hosting a HINDI HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY called...... BOLLOWEEN NIGHT which takes place on Friday Oct. 12, 2012 at Cous Cous - 900 W Franklin Street in Richmond VA, USA.

I'd also like to share an amazing series of blog posts from the blog Full2Faltu which contains everything you ever wanted to know about all the classic  Hindi Horror films and Thriller movies    Each blog entry (1-5 focus on Hindi films 6&7 are non Hindi) contains plot summaries of the greatest (aka worst) Hindi Horror films of all time... enjoy!!

And if you're really feeling inspired.. get yourself a copy of this awesome compilation that came out last year on Finders Keepers records called "Bollywood Blood Bath"

If Music Could Talk - Podcast - Sunday Sep 30, 2012


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"Non Stop K Pop" dance party - THIS FRIDAY in Richmond, VA

FRIDAY OCT 5 at Balliceaux in Richmond VA. NON STOP K POP on FACEBOOK

Monday, September 24, 2012


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Incredible footage of the early days of SKA! (released in Japan years ago.. now out of print unfortunately)

Monday, July 23, 2012

"If Music Could Talk" 2 Podcast links!!

PODCAST LINK - July 15, 2012

PODCAST LINK - July 22, 2012  

Monday, July 09, 2012

"If Music Could Talk" - PODCAST - July 8, 2012


Friday, July 06, 2012

Bollywood Dance + Film Party at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art

I was honored to provide some of the music at the opening reception for "Maharaja: The Splendors of India's Great Kings" exhibit at the VMFA when it openened this past May (runs through August).. so I'm even more excited to be doing this special Bollywood inspired event in the VMFA's marble hall in August!  

"Bollywood Dance + Film Party"    Fri, Aug 3 | 6–8 pm   in the VMFA's Marble Hall

Admission free, open to the public
Bollywood Dance + Film Party celebrates the rhythms and melodies of Indian cinema,
commonly known as Bollywood, and features both recent and classic Hindi and Punjabi
(Bhangra) hits, as well as those in Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu. Dance to the pulsing beat supplied by DJ Carlito as flashing images of Bollywood’s greatest films play on the big screen.

This First Fridays event is a special collaboration between VMFA’s Performing Arts Department and Adult Programs Department to celebrate the exhibition Maharaja: The Splendors of India’s Great Kings. 

Carl Hamm, aka DJ Carlito, has been bringing the colorful hits of India’s most popular films to Richmond for several years. Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Great Kings is organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Additional
support has been provided by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Fred T. and Roddy P. Tattersall, and an Anonymous Donor. The Banner Exhibition Program at VMFA is made possible by the Julia Louise Reynolds Fund." 

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Manunggal Wardaya interviews the founding members of Dara Puspita - Lies Adji Rachman, and Titiek Adji Rachman

(2 above photos (courtesy of Manunggal Waraya) - Titiek Adji Rachman - lead singer/guitarist of Dara Puspita)
(Lies Adji Rachman -rhythm guitarist of Dara Puspita - photo courtesy of Manunggal Waraya)

Anyone who has ever heard the electrified psych sounds of 60s Indonesian girl-group Dara Puspita (flower girls) will be exited to see these recently filmed interviews with Titiek Adji Rachman (lead singer/guitarist) and her sister Lies Adji Rachman ( rhythm guitarist). They were the two original founding members of the group - originally called "Irama Puspita".

Although the interviews are entirely in Bahasa Indonesia (At the beginning of the interview, Lies Adji Rachman says "I'm gonna do this in Bahasa Indonesia not English ok?  thanks..") it's still wonderful to see the wonderful expressions on their faces, and to hear them speak.

The interviews are in the style of a conversation (two Indonesians living in the Netherlands - one a rock legend, and the other a young reporter).  Manunggal K. Wardaya, who lives in the Netherlands, conducted the interviews. He also recently wrote a retrospective article about Dara Puspita for Rolling Stone Indonesia.  He was in close communication with their tour manager, the late Mr Handiyanto, until he passed away this past March.  Apparently Mr. Handiyanto gave him access to hundreds of their photos - photos which have since appeared all over the internet (as well as in the Dara Puspita release by Sublime Frequencies).

(Above: Lies Adji Rachman, second from left, seen on Dara Puspita's debut LP on Mesra records.  Her sister, Titiek, is third from Left.)

Dara Puspita (the flower girls) is one of my all time favorite pop-psych Indonesian groups from the 60s and 70s. They also happen to be nearly everyone else's favorite group - judging by the high prices their original records have sold for. But no wonder.. they were way ahead of their time.. proto-punk one might call them.  And they were excellent musicians... they could sing..  the music was intense, rhythmic, dangerous!! and they were dangerously beautiful.   After becoming hugely popular in their native Indonesia, Dara Puspita went on to do extensive European tours in the 60s and 70s and gathered a huge fan base in France and the Netherlands- where Lies Adji Rachman, and Titiek Adji Rachman live today. 

Filmmaker and Media Scholar Manunggal K. Wardaya had the opportunity to sit down with Lies Adji Rachman and her sister Titiek, and interview them. This was certainly a rare opportunity to capture some of their memories from those colorful days on video.  

Manunggal shared these interviews with me this morning via youtube link. He had told me about the footage last month, but wasn't ready to show them publicly yet.. so I had to wait!  And finally, here they are...   

Thank you to Manunggal K. Wardaya for sharing these excellent interviews.. I'm really glad you're doing this inportant documentary work.

Interview with Lies Adji Rachman (in Bahasa Indonesia) by Manunggal K. Wardaya

Interview with Titiek Adji Rachman (in Bahasa Indonesia) by Manunggal K. Wardaya

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