New music is usually pretty great. The new Kendrick Lamar record that was released last week was insanely lit. Upon listening to it, I was thinking about all of the things that went into influencing this record. Obviously, some of the tracks, such as Untitled 5 and 6 have an incredible amount of jazz and soul influence. In dwelling on this influence, I was brought back to some of the jazz records that I love. There are a lot of them, but one that has been on my head lately is Joe Henderson’s record entitled “Tetragon.”



This record features a stacked lineup of monster jazz musicians. Joe Henderson, who is a legend in his own right, holds down the tenor saxophone. Kenny Barron, who to this day is still swinging as ever, takes up the piano chair in addition to Don Freeman. Two of the world’s best drummers, Louis Hayes and Jack Dejohnette, are on the drums and cymbals. Finally, the man himself, Ron Carter fills out the rhythm section. The quartet format of this record allows for each instrument’s voice to be heard clearly and concisely.


The first track is a standard written by Bronislaw Kaper entitled “Invitation.” There have been plenty of bands that have played and recorded this tune, but not quite like this. The slow, swinging tempo is soft but intense. In addition to a host of other great tracks, makes sure to check out the last track, which is another standard entitled “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”


chill dj


Everybody loves the great outdoors. There is something amazing about breathing fresh air that makes you want to dance and sing your heart out. This is the essence of why a lot of music festivals are successful. They combine the best of both worlds: music and being outdoors.

This might introduce a new concept: making a club that has chill DJ mix vibes while being outdoors.

If you are someone who is a fan of the chill club vibe, you might find yourself as a DJ in that kind of space. I recently went to one in Hong Kong and it was an awesome experience. One of the things that I noticed is that special attention must be taken in order to establish a low key mix that will give a very relaxed vibe. This post will relate some of the things that I have been thinking about in relation to the laid back mix and the vibe.

Use your tools available to you

Reverb and ambience

One of the best tools that is available in your bag as a DJ is the ability to add effects to your music that you are playing. Also, you can think about choosing songs that have effects. Anyway, having space in your music and letting it breathe and have air is a great way to make sure that your music has a very chill and relaxed vibe. In this case, you should make sure that you are selecting tunes that contain a lot of reverb. The reverb will allow your music to breathe naturally and put your in a space that is almost like being underwater. This is extremely powerful because breathing will establish that laid back ambience that you are trying to achieve. Another thing to try that is very closely related to reverb is delay. You can select tunes with delay or have a trippy laid back vibe by applying delay to tunes that already exist.

Making the setting realistic

If you have an outdoor space that you own (for example a small tract of land or a park in the city), you will need to cultivate your vibe with the decor. For example, if you have trees, you can use that to your advantage. However, you might have too many trees and may need a licensed and insured company with integrity to make sure your trees are cleared properly. This can be especially helpful if you are trying to take out dying or leaning trees or need to hire help to remove big branches.

Ultimately, the music and the decoration are what make the vibe. The chillness factor is up to you. Good luck!



music festival


If you are a fan of the outdoors, live music, and DJs, then you definitely need to be hip to all of the music festivals that go on during the summer. This great season provides for warm weather and clear skies and endless music enjoyment. There are a ton of great music festivals out there that are featuring the greatest and hottest acts on the planet. If this sounds like an awesome time to you, then read on in this article to find out how to plan your awesome summer with music festivals.


Choosing your music festival

As I said before, there are a ton of music festivals all over the country. There might be some that are very close to you, and there might be some that are all the way across the country! The main thing that you need to know in order to make your decision is what kind of music you like. If you are into electronic dance music, then you can start researching festivals that have that kind of music there. The same goes for live music. If you are into jam bands, then there is a certain niche of festivals for you.


There are a lot of different formats of music festivals. Sometimes, this depends on the location. For example, there are some music festivals in very rural areas that will probably require you to camp out. Additionally, there are music festivals in urban areas where you can probably just get a hotel.


herbie sunlight


While it is very easy to rave about new albums that are coming out, it can also be similarly easy to overlook some great albums in the past. One of these albums is the late 1970s funk and fusion record by jazz pianist and musical genius Herbie Hancock. This record was released right in the golden era of funk and R&B. What is more, it has found new life in some great hip hop records through sampling (check out Fantastic Vol. 2 by Slum Village to see what I mean). This article will discuss some of the tracks on this iconic record and show how some of its influence has lived on in music.

Hot tracks

I Thought it was You

The first track of this record is undeniably what some would call a “banger.” The beginning lick that Herbie plays on the Rhodes electric piano suddenly drops the listener right into a groovy disco-funk beat that will immediately give the listener an urge to dance. Then, the vocals come in, which happens to be Herbie Hancock singing through a vocoder. This means of singing happens to be a reoccurring theme on the record and has had influences on many artists, such as saxophonist Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experiment).


The title track of this record also delivers all sorts of funk goodness, featuring a smooth and funky backbeat with classic Herbie Hancock licks along with some incredibly groovy bass, synthesizers and horns. This track should definitely not be skipped over!




Some Georgia cemeteries are the burial places of incredibly famous people. For example, James Brown, the incredible funk and soul frontman and entertainer, is buried in the Peach State.

Oftentimes when celebrities die, they choose to be buried in their birthplace or somewhere in their home state. The death of a Georgia born celebrity has recently sparked some controversy over burial in cemetery grounds. Recently, the celebrity’s wishes to be buried in his hometown in Georgia were made known (he died in Los Angeles, California) to the family as well as the public. However, there is one slight problem, and that is that the cemetery which the deceased desires to be buried in is completely full.

A town divided

The controversy has stemmed from the following dilemma: should the cemetery deny all incoming requests for burial, or should they find a way to expand in order to accommodate the influx of burial requests? Many public officials and citizens are very divided over the issue.


One of the advantages of keeping the cemetery small is that the small feeling and quaintness can be preserved. This is a very important advantage for many town members, who have striven to maintain the Old South feel that the town has. Additionally, new intake to the cemetery would reduce the historical value of the cemetery, diminishing the overall historical value of a town rich with Civil War and early American history.


One advantage of honoring new burial requests would be that the cemetery would be maintaining their revenue. This is also an important thing to consider because constant revenue can help pay for the upkeep and maintenance of the cemetery. Without this money, more stress could be placed on the the taxpayer (namely town residents) in order to compensate for losses in revenue.

How would they do it?

Some are very unsure about how to move forward if the cemetery does decide to honor new burial requests. For example, would the cemetery somehow attempt to purchase more land, or would they try to rearrange the property they already have? Some have suggested taking out the old grove in the center of the cemetery. Of course, this would entail hiring a Georgia licensed and insured arbor company to get the job done. This could potentially be expensive or more money that it is worth. Others have viewed this as possible upkeep in order to take out dying trees. Still other town council members have been wondering if they should get a root injection.

Ultimately, the controversy has not been solved, so make sure you stay tuned!





Sometimes the market gets saturated with DJs constantly trying to come up with new and inventive ways to mix music. Blazing a trail forward is great, but a very easy trap that a lot of DJs fall into is overthinking their mix. This usually plays out in new mixes sounding too futuristic or too artsy and losing their audience. However, there is a great way to capture your audience with something fresh in a market that has gone stale. Don’t look forward; instead, look back.

Go back to the golden eras

Why not go with tunes that have stood the test of time and are classics? This is the best way to make sure that your audience will love what you are spinning–give them something that they have heard before! Being able to relate to the music and singing along is a sure fire way to get your crowd hyped up. There are a few genres to look into when DJing throwback tunes, and I have included some below for your consideration.

1970s funk

There is no question about it. If you want your club to burn down to the ground, make sure to play some dirty 70s funk. For example, warm them up with some Stevie Wonder and then take them to groove town with some Maze.

1980s anthems

If you want your audience to sing along, make sure to include some of the greatest 1980s throwback tunes. Some David Bowie, Queen, or The Cure is a good bet.


iphone-7-conceptWith Apple recent dedication to going green one can only wonder how green the mega corporation really is.

Planned Obsolescence

Fall is right around the corner and with it comes Apple’s ripened new fruit: the I Phone 7. Like the previous models before it is set to have the standard features such as the 5 and 12, front and back megapixel cameras; Along with the newest of ISO. But, as reports of a leaked of an I phone 7 case suggest that the company is ditching the headphone jack for the lighting port. The suspected reason could be that Apple is going for a lighter build, while opting that consumer go for wireless headsets or an unreleased brand of apple headphones that are lighting port compatible. Dispute the reason if the rumor are indeed true then the dent in customer’s  pockets will be nothing compared to the amount of  waste produced from thrown out headphones.

Going green

Despite there model of planned obsolescence Apple has indeed been making strives to become more Eco friendly over the years. By shifting to bpr free plastics and investing in renewable energy sources. Almost all apple store use renewable power source and will take back any apple product free of charge. Reducing the need for tree services all apple gift cards are printed on 100% recycle-able paper. Not to say apple does not value excellent lawn care. But, with there clean water program it looks like apple really is out to save the earth.

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Hold on to your britches folks, shit just got really real really quickly.

Kendrick Lamar drops new album

The one and only Kendrick Lamar has just released a brand new album called untitled unmastered, a collection of untitled tracks referred to only by dates – whether they’re dates recorded or dates performed, we may never know – and it’s awesome. Here’s the story of how it went down: Lamar had at least two performances on late night television recently where he played untitled and never-before-heard tracks, one on “The Colbert Report” and another on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Then he performed another one at the Grammy’s just last week, which was a huge hit with critics, fans, and viewers of the show.

The performance at the Grammy’s was so good, in fact, that he got LeBron James all over his case on twitter, begging Lamar to release the new tracks. Lamar tweeted back, ““Dam my nigga u on my head 2…The fans been killing me. Y’all just backed me in a corner..Give me a few days 2 think.”

And now: Kendrick has released a new album, with 8 tracks, five of which are brand new and have never been heard in public before. This album is incredible, but don’t just take us at our word: the album is available at all the usual places like iTunes, Amazon, Tidal, and Spotify. Do yourself a favor and go listen to these tracks right now, before anyone has the chance to ruin them for you before you get a first listen. Whether you’re a fan of Lamar or not, we promise you won’t be disappointed.


Some of you might be wondering why we’re even covering any news related to Lady Gaga on a site that claims to be a haven for people who love good music, but bear with us here: Lady Gag’s music is better than you think (or, alternatively, you don’t need to ashamed about liking her music if you already know how great it is).

Pop music done right

The thing about Lady Gaga’s music is that it has also been about taking complex lyrics and melding it with beats and sounds that are at once new and old, popular and avante garde, and Gaga has been masterful at the execution of her music. While some may balk at many of her politics – at least three of us writing here at Parafernalia among them – she’s also been extremely vocal about a lot of controversial topics, both in and outside of her music.

So, yes – we’re gonna give you some updates on what she’s doing, because we’re sure it will inform the direction her music takes. Especially once you find out what she’s doing…

Gaga sticks with television for another year

That’s right, the priestess of pop is sticking with the silver screen instead of making new music for another year. After having a very good time on her first season of anthology horror show American Horro Story,  Gaga will rejoin the cast of the next season. We’re hoping that this gig will help refuel her creative juices musically, so that she’ll have lots of new material to write about when she wraps filming for the next series.


When you are creating some music as a DJ, it is important to make sure that you have a good mix. This is one of the greatest responsibilities as someone who is supplying continuous music because you want to make sure that you are preserving a certain kind of vibe for your audience. After all, the feeling of the night and the enjoyment of the experience can sometimes depend on how well you make your mix. This post is aimed at helping you get a great mix for your listeners to enjoy.

The Mix

Picking your vibe

You can honestly pick whatever vibe you want. The important part is making sure that you can preserve that and that you can communicate your vibe convincingly. For example, if you decide to have a great old school Motown kind of vibe, you might start your set off with some kind of Diana Ross mix. However, if you then switch to some crazy deep house or maybe dubstep, then you might ruin your vibe and make things uncomfortable for your audience. Think of your vibe as something that is very precious to you. You want to baby it and do things gently so that you don’t disturb it or wreck it.

Another thing that you might want to think about is creating a good amount of variation in energy in your set. I know this sounds a little contradictory, but with smooth transitioning and building up the energy slowly, you can create an awesome vibe for your audience.