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Deconstructing the Perfect Mashup with Adrian (A Plus D, Bootie SF) and Remixer/Producer Shahar Varshal

Posted by Billyjam, August 9, 2014 08:00pm | Post a Comment

"Timber Party" Pitbull ft Kesha vs Rihanna vs RedNex vs Garbage (Shahar Varshal Mashup) (2014)

Last weekend at the weekly Bootie SF party in San Francisco when DJ Mysterious D dropped the above mashup track into her mix the already packed and energized DNA Lounge dancefloor revved into full-on party mode dancing with wild abandon to the mashup that pitch-perfectly blends elements of '90's hits by both Garbage and RedNex with the current era hits by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha ("Timber") and Rihanna  ("What Now"). It was no wonder the Saturday night club goers responded so well to the Shahar Varshal produced "Timber Party" since the remix qualifies as the perfect mashup - one that expertly builds upon each of its elements so that the whole is even greater than the sum of its already spectacular parts.

In the case of the "Timber Party" mashup, producer Varshal takes two already great contemporary pop songs ("Timber" released late last year as a single off Pitbull's 2013 release Global Warming: Meltdown and Rihanna's hugely popular 2013 single "What Now") but elevates both to new heights by melding the best of the two together (the Rihanna vocal only here) and adding in perfectly chosen parts of both RedNex (usually fun but kinda cheesy, guilty pleasure) 1994 hit single "Cotton Eye Joe," and the vocals from 90's alt rock, female fronted band Garbage's breakout 1995 hit single "I'm Only Happy When It Rains"  - making Shirley Manson's sultry vocals sound even better than on the original by giving her a whole new instrumental backdrop thanks to the Pitbull track and matching her up with Rihanna - the most unlikely yet perfect pairing of voices - and all the while anchoring the song with the Ke$ha "I'm yelling timber" chorus vocal as the song's main hook.

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Over Ten Years Bootie SF Has Grown From Small Monthly Party Into The "Mecca Of The Mashup World"

Posted by Billyjam, August 17, 2013 04:50pm | Post a Comment

A lot has changed since San Francisco based promoters/DJs/remixers Adrian and Mysterious D (aka A Plus D) began their mashup party Bootie SF a decade ago as an intimate low-key monthly midweek gathering at the (now closed SoMa disctrict bike messenger-turned-lesbian bar) Cherry Bar in SF - a place for friends and fellow fans (plus those curious) of the then burgeoning mashup scene/culture to get together and dance to the latest mashups (melds of two or more songs together - often from disparate genres - and born out of the hip-hop production style of sampling and mixing). For starters most people didn't know what a "mashup" was. Another thing different back then was that people still bought a lot more CDs than they do nowadays (it was more troublesome to download mp3 files then too) - and hence were most appreciative of the free mashup mix CDs that  A Plus D generously handed out at every party back then, and still do to this day.

Another major difference between now and then was that back in 2003 and for two more years there was no YouTube - a place synonymous with remixers, from young aspiring bedroom producers to established major club DJs, showcasing their latest mashup productions. "You've got a whole new generation of kids coming up who aren't even aware that there was a time when "mashing up" songs or videos was looked at as something unique or weird. It's simply another way to consume music, and a way to put your own stamp on pop culture," A Plus D told the Amoeblog this week taking a break in their busy week from prepping for tonight's (August 17th, 2013) big 10 year anniversary show at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, coordinating with the numerous Bootie satellite clubs in cities all around the world, updating their heavily trafficked website, plus getting ready for Bootie's upcoming annual trip out to Burning Man (it was at Burning Man in 2004 where the inseparable pair got married).  

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #31: Rooftop Films, Bootie NYC, Tom Jones, Great Googa Mooga, Manhattan Cocktail Classic +

Posted by Billyjam, May 15, 2013 12:44pm | Post a Comment


Since the NY State of Mind Amoeblog #29, in which I previewed a bunch of the concerts and events (mostly outdoor and mostly free) over the coming months in New York City, was posted a couple of weeks ago, several more concerts and events have been announced for the fun summer season ahead. These include the lineup for the concerts in Prospect Park and the Rooftop Films series, which just kicked off last weekend and runs through August with a non-stop program of great movies screened on rooftops round the city. The mission statement of the oft-lauded non-profit who present the Rooftop Film series is "to engage diverse communities by showing independent movies in outdoor locations" and this they do each weekend to everyone's enjoyment. This weekend, for example, they'll screen the New York premiere of the Reuben Atlas-directed documentary Brothers Hypnotic about the collective lives of the eight members of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble who will perform a live set following the 9pm screening. This free event happens Friday night (May 17th) at Outdoors at MetroTech Commons, Bridge Street & Johnson Street in Downtown Brooklyn. The following night (also in Brooklyn but only two subway stops from Manhattan) will be New York Mayhem - a series of short underground films by local filmmakers about their city. Unlike the previous night however there is a charge for this one of $13 general admission. Saturday, May 18th between 8pm and 1am at The rooftops of Industry City, 220 36th Street at 3rd Avenue, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY 11232. For more information, visit the Rooftop Films website.

Meanwhile, the Prospect Park concerts will include such outdoor shows as Big Boi, Phony Ppl, and D-Nice on June 20th, The Tiger Lillies on July 18th, and The Waterboys on July 19th. Most are 7pm shows and free or charge a minimal (few bucks) entrance fee. More info here. In Prospect Park this weekend, but not part of the aforementioned concert series, is the music, food, and drink weekend festival known as the Great GoogaMooga. The outdoor weekend-long event includes performances from hometown funk/soul heroes Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Flaming Lips, De La Soul, The Darkness, Jovanotti, Matt & Kim, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and many more acts who will provide musical entertainment between all the food and drink (beer and wine primarily, but they have whiskey and some other hard liquor too) being served up from the likes of such participating restaurants as Brooklyn's Pork Slope and Manhattan's Pig and Khao. For full eatery information, concert schedules, and tickets click here.
  

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