Some people hate summer. How is that possible? Sun, heat, half naked people, basketball shorts (if you live in South Philly, you know what I mean), and amazing music. There are so many songs that bring back the perfect summer vibe that I’ve had over the years on my gay beach trips, and this year I am lucky enough to have a residency at Paradise in one of the coolest and gayest beach towns, Asbury Park, so I’ve included a lot of tunes that are moving me right now.
Bring this list to your next beach trip…you and your crew (gurls?) will be twirling on the beach, in your house, in your bedrooms. You’re very welcome!
Lenno – The Best (feat Dragonette)
Happy fun summer vibes, all at the hands of Dragonette,an adorable bastion of positivity in electronic dance music, a genre that takes itself WAY too seriously. Wanna feel the freaking best? Take a listen…she truly captures young love. Gives me chills. Read more »
The cold is on its way out, and soon enough you’ll be flailing around our fair city, smiling in your sunglasses and maybe even checking out some hot tail to help you get out of that crap mood you’ve been in all winter.
Well, since we all need a soundtrack for life, I am back with music that’s going to be hitting my dancefloors. I like to see people fall in love while I spin. But more often than not, I see them falling in lust (3 am and a bunch of drinks tends to do that to people).
Here’s a list of tunes to help you fall in love—or lust—this spring. Check it out in the videos below, and follow it on Spotify so you can blast it in your earbuds. (Just watch out for random woodies.) Find that here.
Have the winter blues? It’s nothing a little music from Kim Ann, Kylie and JHud can’t fix.
I know I always crow about the weather, but this winter thing is for the birds. Every winter I do the same thing to myself: fall into a funk and then scramble to find ways to push through it without hiding under my covers for three months. This year’s formula is plenty of vitamin D, the occasional trip to the tanning bed, working out (sort of), and the healing power of music.
So today I bring to you a list of tunes that are helping me kick up a spark through these last few weeks of winter—a healthy dose of underground house and dance pop featuring folks like Kylie, Jennifer Hudson and up-and-comer Kim Ann Foxman.
Check out the playlist in the videos below, and follow it on Spotify so you can blast it while you’re working out or bopping around the city. Find that here.
Here we are again kids: another year. I have heard some people say 2014 was a great year, some said it sucked, some were indifferent. Well, part of my job as a DJ is to make sure you have a good soundtrack to start things out on a positive note. Have fun, be safe and crank up this list of tunes that will keep you boppin’ around all night!
Check out the playlist in the videos below, or follow it on Spotify so you can play the songs straight through, here.
For years, I have had the honor of DJing on Gay Christmas (aka Halloween, aka the holiday that gives masculine fellas the excuse to put on heels). The most fun part for me is bringing out some of my favorite classic spooky tunes to create the perfect soundtrack for the night of all nights.
Here are just a few of the songs to add to your Halloween party playlist, or to blare in the car on your way to your favorite nightclub or party. Merry Gay Christmas!
Just as the leaves are changing on the trees outside, so does my music when fall starts to rear its fresh, crisp, pumpkin-latte-buzzed head.
When choosing tracks for the season, I tend to gravitate toward sexy, cozy and mysterious tunes—something to keep the dancefloors warm as it starts to cool down outside. With that in mind, here are some of the tracks that will be moving me—and hopefully you—over the next few months.
That is what I keep hearing from people lately, people who say there just isn’t that one song that’s defining summer 2014.
While I’ll admit the season hasn’t been quite as rife with the arsenal of catchy hits we had last year, there are probably about 30 new “song of summer 2014″ contenders I could rattle off for you. I have managed to keep dancefloors full with a variety of under- and above-ground tracks that have become my summer anthems.
I’ve taken a few minutes to list both the pop anthems and some more off-kilter choices that have been moving me. Now take this list and run to the beach, the pool, the nightclub—anywhere you plan to enjoy the rest of your summer. Now you’ve got some great tunes to close out the season.
You can find the playlist on Spotify, or enjoy each track in the videos and playlist after the jump. I’m interested to hear your picks for song of summer 2014. Leave some suggestions in the comment section below.
Every month, Gayborhood DJ Carl Michaels puts together a mix of tunes especially for G Philly.
Wasn’t winter exhausting? Sitting inside the house, watching reruns of Real Housewives of wherever, longing for a tropical vacation (Puerto Rico with Nene and Kenya?). Well, we are here! Spring is upon us. It’s time to stretch those legs. Get out of the house, walk around the city, smile at strangers, walk the dog, sit at an outdoor cafe.
To accompany your spring perusals, here is my boppin’-around-the-city playlist for April. I hope these tracks put an extra spring in your step. I know they are keeping me moving.
Every month, Gayborhood DJ Carl Michaels puts together a mix especially for G Philly.
Winter has me in a strange mood, so I have been digging in to the crates (well, my hard drive) for a pretty wide variety of stuff. Some of it is twisted and haunting, some of it epic, some happy, and some just plain dirty. It’s not all new — that’s not how I decide what I am going to play. But it has to be well-produced and upfront, and not the same stuff you hear all over.
G Philly is excited to debut a new monthly music column from Gayborhood DJ Carl Michaels.
So here we are dumped into the purgatory of “the rest of winter,” grasping at something — anything — to look forward to. The good news? There is a ton of good music out there to keep you warm while you wait for spring.
First, a little about me: I DJ about three nights a week in Philly, and have been playing here and around the country for about 17 years. I’m not a music snob. I believe there is something for everyone, and musical taste is shaped by experience. I love pop music as much as I enjoy more underground sounds, whatever that means anymore considering the explosion of Electronic Dance Music (EDM). And I don’t care if something is just coming out or is older. These are the things moving me right now, and in turn, moving my dancefloors.
Side note: I’m going to try to steer clear of the obvious. I know you’ve heard the Beyoncé album. You don’t need me to tell you about it. But here are some tracks that may make you want to put it on pause for a minute. Listen to the playlist on Spotify, or enjoy each track in the videos below.