eventseekr Shuffle- House

Let’s get a little funky this week. Here are eleven house music tracks that are sure to put some bounce in your step. House music has a full range of sub-genres–this little playlist includes a little mix of classic ’90s house, a hint of disco, some French-touch, a little fidget, sounds from good ‘ol Chicago, and some German-techno thrown in for good measure.

Dance music isn’t meant to be overthought, so just know that each of these eleven tracks accomplishes exactly what the producer/artist set out to do: get you to dance. If you happen to be reading this in a library or dentist office, a little head bobbing is encouraged, at the very least.

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Boys Noize at Mezzanine [Preview]

Boys Noize | Saturday, November 26th, 2011 | Mezzanine | San Francisco

DJ Mag ranked Boys Noize right at number 100 on their “Top 100 DJs of 2011.” As a big fan of Boys Noize, I find this unfathomable. I’ve maintained for some time now that dance music has taken over pop music in America these last few years. But sometimes, I forget that most listeners wouldn’t know that David Guetta has produced some of the Black Eyed Peas’ biggest hits, or that Afrojack produced Pitbull and Ne-Yo’s monster-crossover hit, “Give Me Everything.” When you stop to consider the mainstream visibility of most of the DJs in the top ten with David Guetta (1), Tiësto (3), Deadmau5 (4), Avicii (6), Afrojack (7), and Swedish House Mafia (10), then Boys Noize’s ranking at 100 is a little bit more believable. Even still, that doesn’t mean I have to like it.

Boys Noize at EDC 2010. Photo by Caesar Sebastian. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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I make a big deal out of French house a lot because it is what opened the flood gates to my adoration of dance music. I didn’t listen to a whole lot of DJ Mehdi as I do a lot of other DJs, but there was nothing that he put out that I didn’t like. He was one of the best, and represented the very best in hip-hop and dance music.

Coming into the office on the morning of September 13th, I was set to start piecing together what eventually became my review of SebastiAn’s recent show in San Francisco at Mezzanine. I was so excited to write about SebastiAn, French house, Ed Banger Records and their influence on local San Fran label Our House Records; all of it with a very sunny disposition. But as soon as I sat down and got comfortable, I saw RIP DJ MEHDI as a trending topic on Twitter. My heart sank. Cruel fate had taken a very integral part of a section of music that I hold so absolutely close to my heart.

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The Bucket List: 5 European Music Festivals

Welcome to the Bucket List, a new feature here on the eventseekr blog, in which one member of the eventseekr team writes a little something that’s out in the world that he/she must absolutely experience before leaving this mortal coil. Conversely, you will likely see some entries that feature stories of bucket list items that our team may already have experienced. First up is a little something about five music festivals throughout Europe that I’ve had my eye on.

As I said in my recap of this year’s edition of Coachella, the festival’s promoters, Goldenvoice and AEG Live, have a sweet tooth for house music and most all electronic dance music (EDM) for that matter as well. It’s something that my friends and I are so very thankful for. Following my first Coachella in 2009, I began to yearn for more festivals, and traveling in general. While I consider Coachella to be  the best music festival in the United States, I’ve ambitions to try as many other domestic festivals as I possibly can. That definitely includes this year’s edition of Lollapalooza and maybe even SF Outside Lands. But, as big as the U.S. is, there is an even bigger world out there. I froth with excitement for just a chance to experience just one music festival abroad. Alas, I’ll be the first to admit that my eyes have almost always been bigger than my stomach, so here are five.


A large mural at Glastonbury 2009. Photo by Alisha Francisco.

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