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6 Reasons Why We’ll Be Liv-ing for Ms. Janet’s ‘RRHOF’ Induction..All Year Long

March 29, 2019….

No, that’s not the date the government shutdown will finally-in-the-name-of Ce Ce Peniston rear its ugly end(well..),no–and get ready to clutch those Ms. Jackson-if-you-re-nasty-and-we-are pearls–it’s the blessed day that the Queen of Our Slayed Music Lives, the legendary Janet Jackson will get oh, so rightfully inducted into the coveted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Also joining Ms. Poetic Justice herself in the induction ceremonies (which will take place in Brooklyn’s Barclay Center) will be The Cure (Robert!), Radiohead(Thom!), Def Lepperd(“Sugar!), The Zombies, Roxy Music and our beloved Princess of Scarves, Ms. Stevie Nicks. (!!!!!!!!) 

But alas…it is Janet who is going to be stealing all of our MTV Icon hearts with this outstanding achievement that we all must prepare for in just eight grueling long weeks.

However, the 2019 music and pop culture forecast suggests that janet. may be once again snatching a year to call her own (yes, boo) beyond the Rock and Roll and Hall of Fame induction…..

…….and here’s 6 reasons why we’re still just not worthy of her long-lasting diva prowess even all of these choreo slay-ed years later. 

1.Because the nomination took for….ev…..er…..     When Janet’s RRHOF nomination was announced last year–while indeed it was most celebrated–many people (okay, everyone) pondered as to why it took so damn long. Well, you know there was thing that happened allllll the way back in 2004, and beyond that…we have no fucking clue as to why.

But we digress, and beggars certainly can’t be choosers, so we choose to live our best 2019 life around her coveted RRHOF nomination all year-long. Finally get the point? Good. Let’s dance for Janet…and get ready. 

2.Because Rhythm Nation 1814 is turning 30 this year….. No, you’re not hallucinating, well, maybe a little because it’s so hard to believe that September 19th of this here year marks three decades since Janet served us with her life/game changing musical masterpiece, Rhythm Nation 1814

And while it’s ridiculously easy to spill tea until the end of music time (it never ends, Praise the Lawd) about one of the best recorded (and still most relevant) albums ever, we must prepare to lose ourselves in all of its gorgeousness once more…today. 

Hoop earring/key combo? Check. Timeless Ms. J choreography? It’s time to start practicing. RN 1814 interludes for days? You know it.

Eight Billboard chart owning singles? Oh, yas, Janet kweens–“Miss You Much,” “Rhythm Nation,” “Escapade,” “Alright,” “Come Back to Me,””Black Cat,” “Love Would Never Do(Without You),” and “State of the World,” and they’re all still here for us.  Because when it comes to this album, it’s time to listen up and start celebrating right this second. There’s really nothing else to say but 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…go. 

3.Because we’re ALL still feeling “Made For Now”……  Last year, Janet served us with this Daddy Yankee featured ditty……and we just can’t figure out why it didn’t spend ninety-five weeks owning the top of the Billboard Hot 100. But rather than throw shade at all of those who haven’t reveled in its glorious werk, we’ll all (you just have to) just watch its accompanying video over-and-over again and try not to live our best lves to its glowing choreography and brilliantly shot NYC scenes. And when it comes to Ms. J’s nearly half-a-dozen costume changes? Gurrrl, you betta. 

4.Because that 2019 Ms. Janet album, though…..  Of course, “MFN” certainly needs a full record to call its home, and rumor has it that our Queen is silently at work on a follow-up to her 2015 set, Unbreakable. We know that Janet likes to take her creative time with the recording process (leave her alone, she’s werkin’ here), so that’s just what we’re going to do. In the meantime, let’s get through those lonely we-need-a-new-janet-album-now nights together and patiently wait for her next artistic adventure. 

5.Because she is a true survivor….and will continue the fight for ALL of us this year and beyond…. So, how does one finally overcome that ridiculous 2004 drama (those halftime shows are a bitch, eh, JT?) and later on, pain-in-her/our-ass baby mama drama? (thank you, next,Wissam Al Mana) You serve the world with your box office destroying State of the World Tour and show the god damn universe why you will always be The Qween Ms. Janet. No further statements…just take a gander at those receipts. And that adorable son of yours? Another reason why we’ll be liv-ing for you the rest of our slayed lives. 

6.Do you really need another reason?  For the love of all of those nasty boys…..it’s the legendary, iconic and inspiring Mizz Janet Jackson we’re spilling tea about here! And March 2019, 2019 can’t get here fast enough. Who’s ready? Everyone…and we can’t fucking wait. 

Cover photo courtesy of our Queen of Life

For much more Elle Woods inspired 6 reasons inspired courtroom truth, live it up with Philly Mixtape right here and here all year long and then some! 

 

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6 Reasons Why ‘Gremlins’ Is Indeed a Holiday Movie…

Elf…….White Christmas…...Home Alone….National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation..Love, Actually.….Four Christmases……The Simpson’s Christmas Special, and of course, Holiday in Handcuffs starring Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez

By now, you’ve watched each of these holiday classics (plus hundreds more on the Hallmark Channel..literally) let’s say, a few dozen times. 

But there’s one holiday film that you might have overlooked as we all tend to do every year–the 1980s box office smash, Gremlins

While yes, it’s labeled as “comedy horror,” and it was released in the summer (June 10th, 1984, to be exact), but if you dive a tad bit deeper into the wonderfully weird world of the Mogwai and everything that comes with it (those cocoons…what a mess! ), you’ll see that Gremlins is one, um, hell of a holiday movie…..or is it? 

Of course, the debate will continue on for years to come, but these Stripe-worthy six reasons below just might plead the case.

And you still better follow those rules, Billy. 

1.Gizmo for life…..   So, raise your hand if you still sleep with your Gizmo doll from back-in-the-day?  Since that answer is indeed all of us, let’s talk about our dear, sweet, cuddly, spawning friend for a moment. Those ears! Those eyes! That voice! Bright light! Bright light! If only Gizmo was real would he still make the absolute perfect pet for anyone, well, you know minus the whole hatching thing. But either way, if this clip of Billy meeting Gizmo for the first time doesn’t melt your holiday heart, then you truly are a Grinch and a Scrooge all rolled into one. 

2. It’s a message of what happens when you’re naughty during the holidays…..  Kids, let this be a permanent lesson to you during the holidays. If you’re naughty and don’t follow the rules, all kind of sh@t is going to go down. And what are those rules when it comes to a Mogwai? Never get it wet, expose it to light or feed it after midnight. Uh…oh…..and no, Santa definitely doesn’t stop by houses where things are hatching…so, you better follow those rules, kids! Or…this. 

3.This joyful scene, though…..   Because nothin’ says the holidays more like your Mom getting attacked by a Gremlin in a Christmas tree….classic. 

4.Do you hear….that?  Of course, we always tremble with a little fear every time we hear “Do You Hear What I Hear” as it was the holiday groove that was playing in the background when the little buggers we’re terrorizing Mom and we get the infamous “Get out of my kitchen!” line. Now, ask yourself, how many times have you heard this treasured song this time of year and wondered if somehow, somewhere….the pods were in fact…..hatching. 

5.The in-laws are coming….   Picture it…Christmas Eve….the doorbell rings….it’s them. Press play on the irresistible Gremlins theme song and it’s a guarantee that it will coincide with your family’s grand entrance. Kind of like when you play Pink Floyd and The Wizard of Oz together. Let the in-law terror begin! And may you have a little fun with them as well thanks to Gremlins

6.Because holiday movie art is subjective….  See also Die Hard, Batman Returns, and any other joyous film debate that isn’t a debate about, ya know, that other shit around your holiday table this year. Because really, it’s these kind of debates are just too much fun for the whole family! 

Happy holidaze, and may you be able to contain the Gremlin inside you this holiday season! 

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Tea w/DJ Jimmy DePre

The rumors are true…..you’re getting a gigantic lump of coal in your stocking this year. 

But besides stating the obvious (because we’ve all been a little naughty this year, right?), there’s one thing that you may not believe is true but indeed it oh, so, is because he’s back

Yes, that’s right all of you fabulous dancing kids, kweens, guys and gals, resident Tavern on Camac beat master, DJ Jimmy DePre, is back for a visit from his new stomping grounds of San Fran to his former post and is going to make sure you get on the floor tonight as if your name is J-to-the-L-to-the-O. 

Which if anyone out there is aware of his dance music domination (which indeed is every one, and if it’s not, you betta), you know you’re about to break a sweat for Santa. But before you put on those dancing heels, take a seat alongside Mr. DePre as he recently made his grand return to the Philly Mixtape tea table where he broke fancy Lennox tea mugs about life on the West Coast and so much more. 

Take a seat, take a sip, take a smoke, or whatever makes you clever, and then sashay onto that floor because Mr. DePre is back and respect and attention must be paid right about….now. 

So, Mr. DePre, in the name of Rihanna, where have you been, why are you back and why the f#$k did you leave us? I’ve been across the bay from San Francisco in Oakland, California. Five years ago I visited SF for the first time and instantly felt this strong attraction. I came back to DJ here a year later and over the next four years continued to come out to visit and to spin. Each visit, the time between trips became smaller and smaller and I knew I had to get my ass out here permanently. This past summer, it finally happened. I’m back in Philly now to visit family and friends for the holidays and to play a few guests spots at my old residency, Tavern on Camac.

What it is about San Francisco music scene that you decided, yas, kween, this is where I want to be? The music scene and the community that comes along with it is what drew me here. Then there’s the no snow thing…..that was certainly the added bonus.

Okay, so, besides Mariah, what is one holiday groove that personally warms your Grinch-like spirit every holiday season? Actually, I have almost no tolerance for holiday music. It’s just not my thing. That said, one of the few I can stand is “Dominic The Donkey” by Lou Monte. It’s a Philadelphia holiday classic and reminds me of home and that certainly makes me smile.

Of course, it doesn’t have to be all about holiday albums as there are other options. So, which non-holiday record do you turn to from
start to finish when things get a little too “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ in your life this time of year? 
That’s constantly changing for me. I’m always on the lookout for something that’s new to my ears that I can get lost in for a little while. Recently, that album for me has been Phase from Australian band, Mildlife. I just can’t get enough of it. Every time I reach the end of it, my whole mood is where I like it to be: great.

As research as shown, nothin’ gets Grandma on St. Nick’s lap other than a nice, shiny holiday disco groove. So, if you were to dig in those crates for a moment and serve up one holiday-kissed disco goodie that you think all of the kids and kweens of the world should be gettin’ down to at the office holiday party, what would it be? The only I can think of is the instrumental side of Kurtis Blow’s 1979 12” single, “Christmas Rappin,” which you’ll recognize as the song Next sampled in their 1997 Number 1 hit, “Too Close.”

So, you know what else research has shown? That it’s hard out there for a creative bitch and we have to double up on our $5 sunglasses sometimes to block all of that shade to keep on movin’ like Soul 2 Soul. So, which advice would you personally give to all of the fabulous up-and-coming DJs out there to help keep their head held high into next year and beyond? Always keep growing. Pay attention to your crowd. Go out and support other DJs. Don’t isolate yourself into only what you’re doing and playing. Listen to what other folks are playing. Watch their crowd’s reaction in the same way you watch your crowd’s reaction to songs. There’s always new music to discover. Even when it feels like there’s not, there is. You just have to look. Also, don’t be afraid of change because it’s going to happen so keep moving.

Sum up your year in one word or sassy little phrase…  Life-changing

Before we hit the TOC floor, we must spill about Mizz Grande because girlfriend has had that year. For one last sip, serve up your personal
favorite Ms. Grande refire of 2018 and then plain-and-simple…..let’s fucking dance. “No Tears Left To Cry” was the one of the year for me. I played the hell out of both the Junior Sanchez and Eric Kupper mixes. Sanchez created one bad-ass vibe for his mix that just grabs a hold of you and Eric Kupper built this beautiful, classic mix that really made Ariana’s vocals shine even more than they already were.

And there you have it. For much more with Mr. DePre, head on over to Tavern on Camac this evening for the best dance party….of ya life.