Dj Duane's "Let's Get Grown (Strangs & Thangs) Mix

Tha! Get UP April 4 @ APT $10 + Dj Duane's "Let's Get Grown (Strangs & Thangs) Mix Download here. 
We are bringin' more heat this weekend, as we welcome the legendary Maurice Fulton to share the decks with your's truly Friday the 4th. Fulton's influential production has subverseley changed the tone of cutting edge music. 
The man co-produced "Gypsy Woman" and "100 % pure love". 
His productions for his wife MU, !!!, Kathy Diamond and Annie redefined electro house,nu rave, dance-rock, whatever..Oh did I forgot to mention he was Whodini's tour DJ back in '86, when he was 17???  In any case, the man is "Black renaissance" personified and he's an amazing DJ. 
Should be another dope one...and here's a new mix of deep, funky old school 70's sexiness for the grown folks i.e YOU!!!

DJ Duane's Let's get grown (Strangs & thangs) mix

Dionne Warwick-"I think you need love"
Patti Jo-"Ain't no love lost"
Thelma Houston-"I wanna be where you are"
The Sylvers-"We can make it if we try"
Soft Touch-"Plenty Action"
Joyce Williams-"First thing I do in the mornin"
Dynamic Superiors-"Nobody's gonna change me"
Voices of East Harlem-"can you feel it"
Billy Taylor-"Bright star in the east"
Funk inc.-"I'm gonna love you just a little more"
Jackson 5-"I'll bet you"
Supremes_"Come together"
Sweet Charles-"Yes it's you"
Danny Pearson-"Say it again"
Love Unlimited Orchestra-"Midnight Groove"
Jr. Walker-"Love Hangover
Eddie Henderson-"Cyclops"

The Photography of Thierry Le Goues

French Photographer: Thierry Le Goues
His work is inspiring.
Big Ups to the Internet Indiana Jones: J. Noisette



Just download... Add to your iPod. Select and press play. For all my NYC folks, listen while walking the streets...

Tracklist is as follows:

1. L.E.S (Artistes Exxxchange Mix) by Santogold
2. The Flow (Jedi Knights Mix) by Model 500
3. Destroying Human Nature by Mu
4. It's All True (Escort Remix) by Tracey Thorn
5. Snow Joke by A.R. Kane
6. Gatekeeper by Feist
7. Twiggy by Chicken Lips
8. She's Magma (Futurecurrent Remix) by Rontronik
9. Moskow Diskow (Carl Craig Remix) by Telex
10. Ride The Rhythm by Bim Marx
**oops transition**
11. Wednesday Night People by Moodymann
12. Can You Feel It (Vocal Mix) by Mr. fingers
13. Magick (SMD Remix) by Klaxons

running time : 00:34:55

For the Dealmakers

Refined Geek Chic: Business Attire The Blac Ren Way!
Ralph Lauren Black Label Monza II Jacket
Shoes: 100 Styles and Running
Watch:Omega Seamaster Diver 300M James Bond Collectors Edition
Portfolio Case:Hideo Wakamatsu Aluminum Folio
Bag:APC Weekend Bag
Sunglasses:Italia Indepedent Carbon Fiber Sunglasses


The Sparkle Nation Podcast

For the past two years Sparkle Nation has introduced me to music that I'd probably never find on my own. What better way to share this with you then to have her do a podcast? Enjoy!

I recorded this mostly in one take. There are glitches/mistakes
throughout, and some parts don't make much sense, but I'm sticking
with the original because the overall theme is nightlife. My song
selection speaks to the "scene" I've been a part of for the last two
years in New York. These are almost all songs I've either heard out
at night or DJed at a club myself. So basically, this is my musical
identity as Sparkle Nation... and an ode to my DJ friends and their parties.
Chic - Dance Dance Dance (Yowsa Yowsa Yowsa)
Tittsworth - Georgia
Dia - Beater
Tube & Berger feat. Vanity - Funky Shit (Gui Boratto remix)
Chemical Brothers - Salmon Dance (Herve remix)
Guy Gerber & Shlomi Aber - After Love
Pryda - Remember
Bart B More - Basement Beats
Pomomofo - Back At The Club (Boy 8 Bit remix)
Bassnectar feat. Kristina Maria - Yo
Lil Mama - Lip Gloss (Kid Fresh & Haterboy remix)
Yelle - Ce Jeu (Them Jeans remix)
Temptations - Papa Was a Rolling Stone (Cosmo Baker remix)
Slam - Visions (TLS remix)
Crystal Castles - Air War
AAR - Ragamuffin Techno
Samin - Heater (Diplo remix)
Pharoahe Monch - Body Baby (Ct. of Monte Cristal & Sinden remix)
Pase Rock - Sexy Motherfucker (Gordon Bombay remix)
Farley Jackmaster Funk - Jack the Bass
Aphex Twin - Come to Daddy (Little Lord Faulteroy remix)
Radiohead - I am Citizen Insane


Obama Gives His Answer

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The BlacRen.com podcast on iTunes

We're finally up on iTunes!
To suscribe to the podcast just click the pic and it should automatically open up in your iTunes player, or just do a word search at the iTunes Music Store if you're having issues with you're web browser.
In the coming months look out for video segments and more dope mixes.
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Chick of the Week

It's been quite sometime since I've done a chick of the week(No Pun Intended).
I came across the Boarding Gate trailer starring Asia Argento daughter of Famed Italian Director Dario Argento.
Some of you may remember her from the Vin Diesel movie XXX and probably want to forget that cinematic masterpiece. Anyways I saw a few of her Italian films and was feeling her back in the day, I'm glad she's back. I won't be first in line for Boarding Gate but it'll definitely be on my Net Flix Que cause you know she's going to get nekkid.

The Blac Artz

Illustrations by Mel Ramos

Photography by Eva Muellerand Michael Magin

Speed Racer Trailer

Rontronik has been telling me about this for months... For You Sci-Fi, Fantasy geeks trust me when I say you need to download the Quicktime HD Version.


"Fresh for " 88-91" Rare Hip Hop mix

Last Friday at APT we bid farewell to Laura and Damon
and celebrated Donielle's B-day.
Sorry I didn't get enough pics in, I was too busy enjoying the music, Thanks D!

Check out Duanes 88-91 old school mix. DOWNLOAD HERE.
When my Man said it was Rare he wasn't lyin, enjoy.
"Fresh for " 88-91" Rare Hip Hop mix
Cold Crush Brothers-"We can do this"
Mikey D & The L.A. Posse-"Go for it"
Cool C-"Down to the Grissle"
Top Choice Clique-"Peace of mInd"
Hostyle-"Keep on movin"
The Rangers-"I'm Hot"
Alliance-"Oreo Cookie"
Kings of Swings-"Stop Jockin' James"
Stezo-"To the Max"
Superlover Cee & Casanova Rud-"I gota good thing"
Latee & Dj Mark-"Puttin on the HIts"
Anttex-"Understand me Vanessa"
Fresh Gordon & The Jaz-"I believe in Music"
Derek B & EZ Q-"Rock The Beat"
Mark the 45 King-"Take me to the 45 King"
QBC-"This is called Hip Hop"
UBC-"UB style"

No mp3's we're used and harmed in any way while making this mix":)


Sneaks of the Week

Here's some spring flavas courtesy of Puma.
The Alexander McQueen Collection
If you're going to accessorize rock em with these Specs courtesy of Stussy.
For the Spring check out Puma's Disc Blaze together with the Ontour hoodie.
Courtesy of Hypebeast.com

The Wire Odyssey Comes To An End

Your Thoughts?
Download The Wire Screensavers PC MAC
Suscribe to the Podcast Here
Here are a few articles on the Series Finale
Chicago Tribune
The Baltimore Sun
New York Magazine: Shot by Shot of the Montage Commentary


Guess Who's Black?

I'm sure many of you have heard about the new Ben Stiller movie Tropic Thunder a spoof of Vietnam war movies. In it a well know white actor(who'll be revealed later) portrays one of the films lead characters Kirk Lazarus who by the way happens to be black.
When I got the pic from Rontronik my first reaction was shock at the perfect resemblance, an hour later Skim sent me the link with a warning of "please don't filp out". I have to tell you I'm not mad at it, black comedians have been impersonating white folks for quite some time. If this is an accurate portrayal and in the context of the character then kudos to to Robert Downey Jr. and Ben Stiller.
If it's on some Blackface S!@# then... Anywho check out the rest of the story at EW.com


No We Can't!

We can't endorse an Obama ticket with this type of garbage.
I won't front on the Hunnie factor but I can't trust Will.he.ain't with delivering a message, I thought I was watching an infomercial for Metemucil.
Is this why Obama lost Texas and Ohio? ;)

I think it's time we call on Quincy Jones to make shit right, peep his line-up.
His team was Fierce!, Fierce! 25 Year Anniversary for Thriller, still number one What Son!

Joe Louis (America's Hero Betrayed)

My dad and I always argued about who was the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time, Joe Louis or Muhammad Ali.
He's all about Joe Louis ( "You young folks don't know squat about true boxing") after watching the HBO documentary this past Monday ... Dad you may be right.


Skimkim Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

First things first:
I wanted to get this recipe out before Valentine's Day so that you guys could woo your lady friends...unfortunately (for you), I was preparing for V-day and belated birthday celebration of my own to Puerto Rico. Heh heh. So, I had to leave you to your own devices. I know, you were all eagerly waiting by your computers for a helping hand from Skim. Sorry.

Its been brick lately. Brick. So I decided to take a classic warming comfort food, tomato soup, and make it romantic. Many of us grew up with this dish and always had a grilled cheese to dip. So, of course, I am including that as well–cept this one has moist flavorful roast chicken to boot. Sooo good.

Puerto Rico was amazing. We flew into San Jose and took a mini-plane to Vieques, an island off the east coast. Undeveloped and gorgeous. I talked to Todd at Kingsize who was covering my shifts and he had already shoveled the sidewalk 3 times while I was busy applying lotion on my sunburnt tummy. Anyhoo, obviously, I love rubbing my beach trip into your pale, stressed out faces but let me get on with the food. My boobs are still peeling...by the way.

Skim's Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese DOWNLOAD RECIPE HERE


DJ Duane Harriot's "High Tech Soul" Mix

Tha Get up! With Dj Duane Harriott w/ Theo Parrish on Friday March @nd @ APT $10

One of the best Tech/house/soul/jazz producers is making a rare NYC guest appearance alongside yours truly and hearing him spin live is one of the things that every human being should experience at least once.
In celebration I've made a mix of some deep urban technosoul..hope you feel it.
*no mp3's were used or harmed in anyway whilst recording this mix*
Q-Tip-Barely in love
Intn'l Pony-Leaving Home (Akufen mix)
Borneo & Sporenburg-"Music added to my day"
Deep Chord-#3
Recloose-I can't take it (Carl Craig remix)
Paperclip People-"Climax" (Dobe and Jamez dub)
Headman-"It rough" (Chicken lips dub)
Magnus International-Kosmetisk
Larry Heard-"Stars"
The Program-"Desire"
Underground Resistance-Galaxy 2 Galaxy (live version)
Dan Curtin-"Progenesis"
Utopia Project-File #1