Month: January 2010

Tuesday is Recycling Day and I Loooove Recycling


How’s it gonna be then, eh???  I am offically HURTED fo’ reeel from the last 5 days and unfortunately there is no rest for the weary in the halodoesntsuck studios…such is life right???  In any case here is this week’s Artist of the Week, brought to you by the good people at Adam’s World Blog.  This week’s artist…AMO-1!  Sorry about the short post, but I am seriously hurt up and got jack and sh*t to say right about now…5 hours of sleep and I’ll be bright and shiny again I swear.

Amo-1 can be quite the imposing figure. He’s certainly not small, he sports a huge parental advisory tattoo on his left arm, and he has some intense lyrical content. If he wanted to, he could be the type of guy to make you alter your course of direction if you saw him coming your way. I met Amo-1 outside of the Bowery Poetry Club before a Bondfire show. If an artist is at a Bondfire show, 99 times out of 100 they’re good people. Amo-1 turned out to be good people. He also turned out to be a heck of an artist, which is why this week I caught up with him to find out more about his music, his ink, and why he feels it’s important to bring the classic street vibe back to hip-hop.  For the full article visit Adam’s World Blog…

So yeah, tomorrow will be full of fun filled posts…

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Rough Mix Mondays!!!


Hey Hey!!!  SO this weekend was great!  DJing, Snowboarding, hanging out till 12:30pm…it was all there.  I’ll be updating the Live show calendar this week and posting the flyer for my new Friday night i’m doing, posting my first two EXPANDED top 40 podcasts AND Subways & Sidewalks podcast…so stay tuned for that, exciting times around here right.  This weekend I had a conversation with a few people about these sound collages I had made a while back as well as a few mashups I had produced for fun.  SO, I revisted them and tried to make them not so crappy (I try to maintain a shred of standards here…seriously I do!) last night and here’s what I came up with…

I started this collage before the last cross sountry tour I did, and finished it…shocker…last night.  Although it’s still not really done.  But essentially I started making it becasue I had perfected that Tori Amos piano loop and had recently bought Natural Born Killers (the greatest love story of my generation…ahh the 90’s) on DVD and this is what came out…Love As I See It.  Grab the file by clicking the cover above or here .

I had started this one about two years ago when for some reason or another I was downloading alot of (now I don’t want to offend anyone here) “chick music” shall we say.  You know what I mean; Ani, Tori, Fiona…so Blockhead’s track “Trailor Love” had caught my ear a while back and I wanted to initially do a turntablist project with it similar to “Love As I See It” but ended up doing this.  Click on the Cover to download or here.

Tuesday is Recycling Day and I Loooove Recycling!!!


It’s the late edition of my usual Tuesday jacking on site content from Adam’s World Blog!!!  I apologize for the late posting (actually I don’t, but I’m trying to be socially courteous here) but I had many things to get done today.  Most notably; Being a GRAD STUDENT and attending my first class!!!  I’ll protect the innocent and not name the University, but it’s mascot is a Buck named Lucas…figure it out yet???  Sorry no more clues…

Now, on to the real reason you peeped the site…Artist of the Week!!! Let me tell you, this one is BANGIN’, no joke this girl is smoking and sorry fellas I think she is not yet of age (well, I guess depends on the age of consent in the state you are in, but that’s not important right now…).  Either way, she is a crazy talented artist and I’m pretty harsh on female vocalists.  Enter Lara Johnston

Every once in a blue moon a voice really impresses me. I mean REALLY impresses me, like snaps my head around to hear who it’s coming from because I can’t believe the amazing sound I’m hearing. When I clicked on Lara Johnston’s website and her song “Last Man Standing” started playing it elicited that kind of reaction from me. A hard guitar led things off and then the vocals kicked in. They were big and robust and undeniably soulful. One verse was exactly how long it took for me to know I wanted to feature her as an Artist Of The Week. The daughter of The Doobie Brothers’ lead singer Tom Johnston, 19 year old Lara comes by her musical chops honestly, and this week I caught up with her to find out more about growing up in the industry, developing her own soulful sound, and why she chose the indie route over some of the other opportunities that might have been afforded to her.  Full article at Adam’s World

Rough Mix Monday!!!


Whuttup, Whuttup!!!  Chicago was the BOMB!!!  Friday was ILL @ Quenchers w/Pseudo Slang, Modill & Ramsey Judson ALL doing tha damn thang, thang!!!  Also biggup to Skinny (aka DJ Form) for killin it all night on the sets, with me rocking it till close, half my set on his vinyl while hooking up and entirely new serato set up because I don’t have the SL3 drivers yet (tisk, tisk to me I gotta say)…good time were had by all!!!  Lastly, biggup to the homie Tony Trimm who came through to peep the set, keep my better half entertained (not that my sets aren’t totally entertaining…but girls like to chat), chilling late night at the crib and who also rocked a doooope originals set Saturday @ Subterranean.  Yay Chi Town!!!  Please check the Thirty Thursday Post as I have posted the Top 30 from last week in there now for your listening pleasure, which you can also grab HERE.  So it’s MLK Day and I wish I had something to celebrate the life and times of the man who has come to embody the civil rights movement of the 1960’s…Buuuut I don’t soooo here is another mix dug out of the vaults.  Click on the picture to download or you can get it right HERE 

Now in listening back to this mix, because the general name was not enough to clue me in to what it was, I realized that this mix was intended to be Heart & Soul Vol II (which I very well may be at somepoint) but was made during the wintertime so I tried and throw in those real wintry beat type joints to produce that cold feel to the mix.  Enjoy it as CT is now topping 45 degrees (freaking Bowzer Ass winter!!!) and I haven’t gone riding yet this season…

Thirty Thursday is Back!!!! well sort of…


Hey Hey!!!  So I have mixed this week’s Top 30 Mix , but also have to catch a flight to Chicago tomorrow and just don’t have the time to wait an hour for the file to bounce (other that, THUMBS UP to Pro Tools 8.0.1LE…Jeah).  I’m busy, so sue me…OK?  In anycase the point is I will be posting the Top 30 Mix Monday night as well as cutting a new podcast!  If you like to catch up on my previous Top 30 Mixes you can click the picture or the link HERE…

Also while I’m at it…Check the flyer for the Show I will be rocking at today in Chicago…Modill, Pseudo Slang and other Midwest all stars!!!  If you live in the Chicago area, don’t sleep…

Whuttup Wednesday; featuring…Me!!!


Hiyooo!!!  So I got a spread in this week’s Fairfield County Weekly, yeah it’s not XXL or URB, but it still feels pretty damn dope to be noticed for all the hard work you put into honing a craft for general consumption.  Peep Game…

Click The Photo or Link for the Full article...Jeah!!!

Morning to Night

Jeep Ward stimulates morning commuters on WPKN and thrills club-goers as DJ Halo

It’s Tuesday morning. You’re driving to work on I-95 or the Merritt at what feels like snail’s pace, alongside hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of others just like you. You’re in need of patience, sanity and something to wake you up. While there’s nothing that can provide all three, if you tune your dial to WPKN 89.5 FM, Bridgeport (or 88.7 FM, Montauk, N.Y.), one of the state’s most prominent DJs can take care of the latter.  Full story at : www.Fairfieldcountyweekly.com

Tuesday is Recycling Day and I Looove Recycling!!!


So be on the looks for a brand new Subways and Sidewalks hitting your speakers for Thursday afternoon along with the comeback of my Top 30 weekly mix on Thirty Thursdays…Whew!!!  It’s getting, It’s getting, It’s getting kinda hectic in the words of…Ummm…Dang!!! What was the name of that dance group from the late 80’s early 90’s??? Hmmm…SNAP!!! That’s who is was!!!  Thank you Google!!!  Maaan that would have haunted me all day…So 2010 is popping already here at the halodoesntsuck labs, and I hope it’s popping for you too (like it’s not with all the great stuff i’m just putting up here FO’ Free!!!).  So let’s get down to the heart of Rock and Roll here and let you know who Artist of the Week is…M-Tri!!! Come on Down!!!  Big thanks to Adam’s World Blog for letting me jack his content every week to make my site seem more robust…

Before I even spun M-Tri’s album, Max Talkin’ Real Ism, I had a distinct feeling it was going to be a little different from most of the other fare that had been coming across my desk as of late. His wife, DJ Leecy T, had passed me the album, and being that there aren’t a lot of wives in the scene, that instantly made M-Tri stand out to me. It didn’t take long before his album stood out to me, too. Max Talkin’ Real Ism is dope hip-hop. M-Tri’s lyrical content, and the way he delivers that lyrical content, are both top notch. That’s why this week I caught up with him to find out more about his music, one of his most memorable emcee battles, and what it’s like being married in the rap game.  For the full story check out Artist of the Week on Adam’s World Blog