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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DJ Carl Michaels Presents: 10 Tracks for Weird Winter Moods

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

dj carl michaels music for weird winter moods

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.

You can find the playlist on Spotify, or enjoy each track in the videos below.

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DJ Carl Michaels Presents: 10 Reasons to Pause That Beyonce Album

G Philly is excited to debut a new monthly music column from Gayborhood DJ Carl Michaels. 

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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.

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