DJ Carl Michaels Presents: 10 Songs to Get You Through This Winter Stretch

Have the winter blues? It's nothing a little music from Kelly Ann, Kylie and JHud can't fix.

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.

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DJ Carl Michaels Presents: 10 Anthems to Take You Bopping Into the New Year

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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.

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DJ Carl Michael Presents: 10 Spooky Songs For Your Gay Halloween Shenanigans

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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!

You can find the playlist on Spotify, or enjoy each track in the videos and playlist after the jump.

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Man Crush Monday: DJ Carl Michaels

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week: legendary Gayborhood DJ—and one of G Philly‘s monthly columnists—Carl Michaels. 



Last Five Man Crush Mondays:

DJ Carl Michaels Presents: 10 Tracks On My Radar This Fall

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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.

You can find the playlist on Spotify, or enjoy each track in the videos and playlist after the jump.

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DJ Carl Michaels Presents: 10 Contenders for Song of Summer 2014

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“Where’s the song of the summer?!”

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. 

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IndiGoGo a Huge Success, Please Make it a Regular Thing

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William Way Community Center‘s IndiGoGo party was everything I hoped it would be. For the first time, the annual fundraiser brought together 11 Philly party producers who put on a hell of a shindig Saturday night at Underground Arts. The affair took up five (Six? I lost count) rooms within the Loft District venue—each featuring DJs, circus performers, go-go dancers, and there was even one where you could get spanked by porn star Colby Keller.

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DJ Carl Michaels Presents: 10 Tracks For Your Gay Summer Beach Trips

Every month, Gayborhood DJ Carl Michaels puts together a mix of tunes especially for G Philly.

gay beach musicI’ve put together one of my gayest top tens ever. Lots of energy this time around; big summer anthems that you can blast when cruising to your nearest gay beach of choice — or when sissying that walk through the Gayborhood.

You can find the playlist on Spotify, or enjoy each track in the videos and playlist after the jump.

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DJ Carl Michaels Presents:
10 Tracks for Bop-Tastic City Walks

Every month, Gayborhood DJ Carl Michaels puts together a mix of tunes especially for G Philly.

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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.

You can find the playlist on Spotify, or enjoy each track in the videos and playlist after the jump.

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