NEW MIX! KOOL DAD FM 2!

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In 2013 I made a hot mix of classic rock anthems called KOOL DAD FM. The stuff of legends, it took me three long years to put together the sequel but now I am proud to announce that KOOL DAD FM 2 is finally here, just in time for Father’s Day!

I’m throwing a party to celebrate the arrival of this incredible dad-venture in sound this Sunday at The Lord Gladstone. There’s gonna be all the ingredients for a good time: cheap tins, hot meats and dad rock classics. I even made merch! Come along and be the first to proudly own the official DJ Levins / Kool Dad FM beer cooler! Nothing says “I’ve bloody made it” like your name on a stubby holder!

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Listen to the mix below or download the mp3 from here. Get in contact if you want a stubby holder but can’t make it to the party on Sunday and we’ll work something out. Thanks to McKinley for the artwork and the stubby holder design!

 

Tracklist:
JEFFERSON STARSHIP jane
DRAGON april sun in cuba
THE SWEET love is like oxygen
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA sweet talkin’ woman
TALKING HEADS and she was
MEN AT WORK who can it be now?
INXS original sin
THE SPORTS don’t throw stones
BLUE OYSTER CULT burnin’ for you
SPLIT ENZ nobody takes me seriously
STEVE HARLEY & COCKNEY REBEL make me smile (come up and see me)
GREG KIHN the break up song
BILLY JOEL all for leyna
THE POLICE can’t stand losing you
RUPERT HOLMES escape (the pina colada song)
CHICAGO 25 or 6 to 4
SPIRIT i got a line on you
GOANNA solid rock
MIDNIGHT OIL king of the mountain
AEROSMITH dream on
STEVE MILLER BAND take the money and run
DONNIE IRIS ah! leah!
JO JO ZEP & THE FALCONS hit and run
WEEN even if you don’t
ICEHOUSE crazy
COLD CHISEL flame trees

I’ll do a rap mix next I promise.

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Hey Fam..! is a weekly comedy / pop culture podcast that I host with content king and memelord Angus Truskett. Each week we talk about new movies, games, TV shows – mostly we just complain about how bad DC movies are these days. We regularly have guests on, like comedians Tommy Dassalo, Gen Fricker, Becky Lucas, Cameron James, Steele Saunders and more – most of which were featured on our massive live episode recorded at Giant Dwarf last year, which featured a live reading of a script Angus and I wrote for a long lost episode of Entourage (we used to spend 50% of each episode making jokes about Entourage, we still name every episode of Hey Fam after an episode of Entourage).

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The Mitchen is a weekly podcast about food in Sydney. Each week, ACME‘s Mitch Orr and I sit down with some food industry legends and talk about their craft, how they started doing what they do and the issues facing the industry today. Plus I make lots of bad jokes. Some great episodes to start with are our manic live episode featuring Dan Hong and Mitch having a cook off, the episodes featuring Mark Best and Jeremy Strode, and this episode about tea.

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LIVE FROM MEREDITH

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I played the Meredith Music Festival in Melbourne at the end of last year and some people were mad at my set so I was a bit of a dick to them online and a few people thought that was funny/newsworthy so for a hot December minute I was all over the internet.

I finally got my hands on the audio from the festival and uploaded my set. I really like it, it’s just a bunch of party songs with me telling a few shit jokes and farting out a few airhorns from time to time (the intro in particular is obnoxious as hell) but I’ve never uploaded a straight up party mix so have at it.

My Soundcloud got deleted for having too much fire on it and endangering the lives of others so it’s up for streaming on Mixcloud. Let me know in the comments if you want me to upload an mp3 of it somewhere and I’ll break the law for you.

Earlier today Thump put up a pretty funny piece about it all – ‘An Oral History of Levins’s Iconic Meredith 2015 Party Set‘. Read that while you listen. If you like this mix and would like to hear something like it in a club near you, get in touch using the contact form in the top corner.

Tracklist

FETTY WAP feat MONTY 679
KAMAIYAH how does it feel
YG feat DJ MUSTARD left, right
TRAVIS PORTER feat TYGA ayy ladies
JCE feat SKIPPA DA FLIPPA twerkin
JUVENILE feat LIL’ WAYNE and MANNIE FRESH back that azz up
HOT BOYS feat BIG TYMERS i need a hot girl
PARTNERS-IN-CRIME feat DJ JUBILEE n.o. block party
MAGNOLIA SHORTY monkey on tha dick
BIG FREEDIA azz everywhere
BIG FREEDIA rock around the clock
NICKY DA B hot potato style
NICKI MINAJ feat LIL’ WAYNE and DRAKE truffle butter
BASENJI can’t get enough
DRAKE feat MAJID JORDAN hold on, we’re going home
GYPTIAN hold yuh
JUSTIN BIEBER sorry
KREPT & KONAN feat JEREMIH freak of the week (SEAN PAUL hype edit)
THE MEETING TREE r u a cop
TINASHE all hands on deck
USHER good kisser
SAGE THE GEMINI feat JUSTIN BIEBER and IAMSU gas pedal (remix)
BEYONCE love on top
RIHANNA no love allowed (BIGGI & RAJEEV GUALTIERO zouk edit)
RICH GANG lifestyle
JAMIE XX feat POPCAAN and YOUNG THUG i know there’s gonna be (good times)
DEJ LOAF try me
DEJ LOAF back up
iHEART MEMPHIS hit the quan
RICH HOMIE QUAN flex (ooh, ooh, ooh)
T.I. what you know (CUTSO remix)
RAE SREMMURD feat NICKI MINAJ throw sum mo
BEYONCE drunk in love (JR BLENDER remix)
USHER climax (JR BLENDER remix)
RIHANNA where have you been (JR BLENDER remix)
FRANK OCEAN thinkin bout you (RYAN HEMSWORTH bootleg)
DRAKE hotline bling
SILENTO x ARIANA GRANDE whip it one last time (VAPORDOG x CASHMERE CAT bootleg)
JEREMIH pass dat
TRAVIS PORTER turn up
DRAKE feat RIHANNA take care
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE my girls
WHITNEY HOUSTON million dollar bill
CARIBOU odessa

CATCH UP WITH HEY FAM!

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I record a podcast every week called HEY FAM with my pal Angus Truskett. Every week we make jokes about all the hot content we’ve consumed, mostly geeking out over comic books, video games, movies, TV etc. We ask funny mates to come join us every other week, sometimes we even get on some actual industry people with real careers! Hey Fam is almost 20 episodes deep now, and I haven’t written about the podcast since episode eight, so here’s a stack of links and pics for the last nine episodes! The easiest way to hear them all is to subscribe on iTunes, but you can also stream it on Stitcher or on our Libsyn page. Enjoy hearing me waffle about things I love with people I love! Follow more of our adventures on the Hey Fam Facebook page.

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Episode 9: The Boys Are Back in Town (with Radge and Eb Yusuf)

Radge and Eb Yusuf spend half their time and all their money watching movies in Gold Class. They are the 1%, and the only people on the planet that liked the Fantastic Four movie, so we got them both on to discuss the best and worst of superhero movies, from the depths of Daredevil and Elektra to the soaring heights of The Winter Soldier. We also ask them to recommend TV shows to fill the True Detective sized hole in our hearts AND we respond to the biggest beef in podcast history – the heroes of Hey Fam versus those scum at the Blank Slate Movie Podcast!

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Becky Lucas is a comedian and also the woman responsible for our LEWDEST EPISODE YET! Get ready for thrills, Wils and grills when we ask our first guest who doesn’t watch TV, see movies, play games or read comics to talk to us about TV, movies, games and comics! Marvel as we compare Disneyland to Banksy’s new art stinker ‘Dismal-land’, justify our embarrassing tattoos and serve up another hot slab of beef to our sworn enemies at The Blank Slate Movie Podcast!
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This week we stole Lewi McKirdy, the voice of Australia’s youth, from the triple j studios and forced him to reveal unbelievable facts about himself to us over the course of 90 minutes. Did you know he’s an obsessive iPhone gamer who has at one point held the highest scores in the world for some apps? Or that he recently entered himself into a Mario Kart 64 tournament and has a man crush on a particularly beautiful Nintendo rep? Or that he was on an MTV reality show that saw him swap lives with an American farmer? Also, once he peed his pants on a flight to Hawaii. We learnt all these things about Lewi and learnt a few things about ourselves, like how Angus gets an abscess every time a Metal Gear Solid game comes out, or how Levins still doesn’t know if it’s Sex And The City or Sex And The City. Listen and learn with us, and who knows, maybe you’ll learn something about ~yourself~.
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It’s our first all musical episode with our special guests, the Godfathers of Australian Dance Music: The Meeting Tree! We invited Joyride and Raph to talk about movies, TV, video games and comic books – but end up talking about the ARIA awards, memes and the fact that Raph hasn’t seen a movie since Avatar. Plus Joyride books flights to Brisbane during this episode and it’s an absolute thrill to listen to.
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We invited Steele Saunders, comedian and host of the hit podcasts Steele Wars and I Love Green Guide Letters, into the Hey Fam studios and we made him cry! Actually, he made himself cry as he recounted his emotional journey through Hall H for this year’s Star Wars panel at ComicCon. It’s an all Star Wars episode this week, while Steele isn’t crying we get amped about The Force Awakens, go over the revisions made to the first trilogy and recount our Force Friday experiences. We actually interviewed a line of Star Wars fans out the front of a Toys ‘R’ Us for the midnight launch last week and crammed that into this jam packed episode too.
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TEN 90s DANCES THAT NEED TO MAKE A COMEBACK

Goodgod goes totally 90s this Friday night for The Rhythm Of the Night! With an all star lineup across the entire venue from 9pm – playing 90s rap and RnB classix in the front bar and nothing but 90s dance anthems out the back. Featuring sets from Ariane, Beni, Harry Hunter, Matka, Tulett and me! In anticipation, I put together a playlist of ten horrible 90s dance crazes that are welcome to make their comeback this Friday night at Goodgod.

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Tickets are still available for Friday but selling fast – get them from Moshtix before they sell out!

1. The Hammer Dance

I’m putting this one first because the best way to do the Hammer dance is while wearing Hammer pants – so this is your chance to run out and buy a pair before Friday. I’m sure you can still get them at Target.


2. The Las Ketchup

Latin fever was high on the charts in the late nineties – from Ricky Martin’s Cup of Life to Shakira’s small and humble breasts – but nothing featured a dance as infectious as this incredbly forgettable number one hit. Oh wait, except that one song…


3. The Macarena

Still the absolute highlight of every Moby Disc DJ’s wedding set, The Macarena dance moves are forever burned into the brains of every single person who spent even one second in the 90s.


4. The Rump Shaker

Anyone can shake their rump but you get bonus points if you do it while playing a saxaphone and wearing a bikini.


5. The Hamsterdance

The instructions for doing the Hamsterdance are vague at best – “stomp your feet” is almost immediately followed by “you don’t even have to move your feet” – but this high pitched, crudely drawn piece of shit captured the hearts of the entire world.


6. The Jiggy

This one is easier to do while staring into a camera the entire time, barely moving your lower body. Don’t get ahead of yourself and whip your hair back and forth! If anyone bumps into you while getting jiggy, feel free to punch them in the face and shout “welcome to earth!”.


7. 5, 6, 7, 8

Almost as big as the latin dance pop craze was the now thankfully forgotten country dance pop craze. Steps may have been a million times more easy on the eye than Rednex, but the infectious lyrics of 5, 6, 7, 8 are no less haunting than Cotton Eyed Joe. They almost made line dancing cool again except of course they fucking didn’t.


8. Stop Right Now, Thank You Very Much

The Spice Girls needed somebody with a human touch in 1998 and this song helped people all over the world slow it down baby and have some fun with these easy to learn dance moves. This was the Spice Girls’ last single but their first song with dance moves attached to it. If you’re looking for something to blame for the Spice Girls break up, look no further than this dance.


9. The Bartman

Was this song and dance the best or worst thing The Simpsons was responsible for in the early 90s? Do people still carry this song around on their walkman to hijack otherwise boring dance recitals?


10. The Carlton

If enough people bring candles will we be prepared to play Tom Jones just so everybody can do the Carlton. We might even install a staircase for the full effect.


OTHER DANCES WELCOME THIS FRIDAY INCLUDE: The Urkel Dance, The Train, The Humpty Dance, The Achy Breaky Heart, The Tootsie Roll, Da Dip, Vogueing.

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The Mitchen: a podcast about FOOD

TheMitchen1400I’ve started another podcast! This one’s called The Mitchen​! It’s a weekly panel about food, hosted by ACME‘s head chef Mitchell Orr​ and I from his his kitchen table, with four guests from the food world joining us each episode to discuss food and restaurant news.

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For our first episode we are joined by four talented and hilarious chefs – Mike Eggert (Pinbone), Analiese Gregory (ACME, ex-Quay), Kerby Craig (Ume) and Clayton Eggert (Automata, ex-Momofuku Seiobo). Together we mourn the recent closure of Pinbone, find out how to pronounce Clayton’s new restuarant, react to the news of Noma hosting a pop-up restaurant in Sydney next year, argue over our favourite sandwiches and take a few shots at our good friend Dan Hong.

Subscribe to The Mitchen on iTunes or stream episodes from our Libsyn page. Throw us a like on Facebook too! New episodes up every week!

Two new eppys of HEY FAM!

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Two weeks have passed, which means there’ve been two more episodes of my smash hit podcast Hey Fam..! Both episodes feature my co-host Angus Truskett and I shredding it up with bonafide Melbourne comedians. Subscribe to Hey Fam on iTunes or stream those shits below! No girls ALLOWED (until next week).

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Episode 7: The Scene (with Tommy Dassalo)

Levins and (sober) Angus are joined by Melbourne mate Tommy Dassalo, host of The Little Dum Dum Club Podcast. We think about the things that make YOU think, including that second last eppy of True Detective, the abomination that is Pixels vs. the Adam Sandler movies we grew up with, Nintendo in Japan and how hard it is keeping up with Ballers every week. Plus we introduce multiple new segments, like the enthralling DREAMCAST and the extremely next level MAKES U THINK.

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Episode 8: New York (with Stuart Daulman)

Hey Fam is eight episodes old! We celebrate by cutting us a birthday slice of Melbourne comedian (ugh we know, another one) Stuart Daulman. Together we dissect that final episode of True Detective season two and take a look at the season overall. Did we love it? Who do we want for season three? Is there any other podcast in the game that will spend a solid 20 minutes recasting The Sandlot Kids for a new generation? We answer all these questions PLUS give you some tight chats about Star Wars, The Beatles and our favourite laneways of Melbourne.

Subscribe to Hey Fam..! on iTunes or stream it on our Libsyn page.

My new podcast: Hey Fam!

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I’ve started a new podcast, three years after the death of my short lived Hip Hoptimists podcast with Franco. This new one is called Hey Fam..! and I host it with with my good friend Angus Truskett, the genius behind my favourite Facebook page, Plucka Duck Memes. Each week we hang out in his living room and talk about all the pop culture we’ve ingested over the past week – movies, tv shows, comics, video games etc etc. Recording the podcast has become the highlight of my week and we’ve started getting guests to join us in Angus’s living room.

You can subscribe on iTunes (and leave a review if you like it!) or listen to each episode individually below. Thanks fam!

Episode 1: Entourage

For our very first episode we slap on a few classic Entourage eps and talk about the new season of True Detective, our reservations regarding the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, the emotional rollercoaster that is being a Nintendo fan and our favourite lines (AKA every single line) in The Rock’s new HBO sitcom Ballers.

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Episode 2: The Review

Episode 2! Levins and Angus get deeeeep into Pixar’s new movie Inside Out, catch up on the latest True Detective (and Ballers obviously), discuss the recent Spider-Man and Marvel comics news and compare Arkham Knight to Yoshi’s Wooly World.

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Episode 3: Talk Show

We’re back! Angus and Levins check in on Vinnie and the boys before going through the highlights of the latest episodes of Ballers and True Dickies. Angus tries to convince Levins to buy a PS4, we go through the latest Star Wars news (and comics!) and try to work out what those darn Minions are all about!

Episode 4: Date Night (with Gen Fricker)

Angus and Levins welcome the first ever guest to Hey Fam HQ: comedian Gen Fricker! She brings with her some hot takes on Magic Mike XXL, we reflect on the new DC previews from Comic-Con, read the new Archie comic, catch up on True Detective and pay homage to gaming legend Satoru Iwata.

Episode 5: The Script and the Sherpa (with Siobhan Coombs)

This week the babybros are joined by comics guru Siobhan Coombs for A long look back at the work of Geoff Johns after it was announced he was co-writing the new Batman movie! We also review Marvel’s latest flick Ant-Man, dissect another episode of True Detective and make some bold predictions for the future of Ballers!

Episode 6: Busey and the Beach (with Henry Stone)

Our first drunk episode! The fam is joined by Henry Stone, former YouTube star and host of our rival podcast The Blank Slate Movie Podcast. Angus plays a drinking game where he drinks whenever Levins says something. We discuss the latest episode of True Detective, Henry’s habit of finishing the Arkham games a day after they’re released, the dark side of the extended Star Wars universe and work out what the funniest part of the male anatomy is. Oh yeeeeah!

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THE BEST OF SOULJA BOY

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Every few months Halfway Crooks write a playlist for the artist they feature on their poster. This month is Soulja Boy…

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Soulja Boy. He was inescapable in 2007 but he released his fourth album in February this year and I only just found that out two minutes ago after googling ‘Soulja Boy new album’. He’s still worth $25 million and Ice T probably still blames him for killing hip hop. He’s still my go to rapper when I want to piss off a real hip hop head, playing a badly mastered Soulja Boy mp3 is even more infuriating to a 2015 Zulu Nation hanger-on than playing an entire Miley Cyrus album. There’s still something appealing about his weird bratty attitude, every song he’s ever made sounds like it was made by a 16 year old – not just due to Soulja’s hilariously simple lyrics, but there’s always a youthful energy to his tracks, an energy that sounds especially great when blaring through a mobile phone on public transport. Here are few of his best tracks from his albums and tapes. Come back to me in a few weeks to see if there’s any good ones on his latest album.

Crank That (Soulja Boy)

The song that started it all. I used to get in trouble at clubs for playing the original version that I ripped from Soulja Boy’s Myspace. I never actually learnt the Crank Dat dance, but I still have a playlist filled with Crank Dat variations. My fav of the bunch was Crank Dat Urkel Dance by PLP. When they released this single properly I was given a Crank That Soulja Boy tshirt which I wore for most of 2007/8 until it mysteriously disappeared shortly after people started booing when you played Crank Dat in the club. Life is unfair sometimes.

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Just to show how much money Soulja Boy’s record label was throwing at him, they got Dog the Bounty Hunter to star in this film clip. This song did better in the Australian charts than it did in the States and is probably the most fondly remembered song from his first album, the eloquent lyrics and delivery still tug on the heart strings of everyone who’s ever gotten fed up with the constant adoration of their fans and yelled in their faces. That synth line is our generation’s ‘Jump’ by Van Halen, it’s impossible not to punch the air as soon as you hear them.

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Most of Souljaboytellem.com was self produced, and this is probably the hottest beat on there, and had one of the best dances to go along with it. Even though it sold by far the best, Soulja Boy’s debut is my least favourite of his first three albums, with most of the album sounding dated and flat when listened to today. This one still bangs though.

Kiss Me Thru The Phone (featuring Sammie)

Soulja Boy’s second biggest song after Crank Dat is about a very low stake romantic dilemma – he’s a relatively short distance away from his girl (short enough that he’ll be able to see her “later on”) but he misses her so goddamn much that he requests she kiss him through her phone somehow. That’s the very underrated singer Sammie on the hook. To hear more from him listen to this or this. Soulja made a few more sweet R&B numbers like this on his next album, Hey Cutie with Trey Songz is almost as good as this one and Soulja sings the hook himself on Blowing Me Kisses. Even his more stupid lines work best on his R&B tracks where he’s not trying to be tough at all.

Gucci Bandana (featuring Gucci Mane and Shawty Lo)

Weird fact: Gucci Mane has two verses on iSouljaBoyTellEm. This is the better of the two, those dark piano notes setting a perfect tone for Gucci alongside Soulja and another sadly forgotten relic from the tail end of the 00s’ first decade: Shawty Lo.

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The rest of Souja’s second album is a mess of ideas and different song structures, some which work, some which don’t and then there’s a couple of absolute curveballs like the written-and-recorded-in-five-minutes banger Hey You There. I always liked the weird High School Musical vibe of this song, and that bassline is almost as good as the one on Lemonade.

First Day of School

The first song of Soulja Boy’s third album has more plays on my iTunes than it does on YouTube. When my son starts school I’m going to blast this from the second he wakes up right up until I drop him at the school gate, just so he can blame me for all his problems in life from that point onward.

Pretty Boy Swag (Remix featuring Gucci Mane)

Another Gucci x Soulja classic, one of two great remixes from The DeAndre Way singles, the other being the T-Mix of Speakers Going Hammer. Hopefully one of the 50 albums Gucci Mane releases from jail in the next year is a collab with Soulja.

30 Thousand 100 Million (featuring Lil’ B and Arab)

The best of the collaborations on The DeAndre Way (sorry 50) features Soulja Boy one-upping the inevitable Lil’ B “hoes on my dick…” line with the unbeatable “word around town bitch my dick taste like ribs”. Nobody has written a better line about their dick since, but Lil’ B and Soulja made a few more tracks together before Lil’ B accused Soulja of biting his swag (he kinda did). Soulja Boy’s remix of Swag On My Dick is a modern classic though.

Zan With That Lean (featuring Kwony Cash and J Money)

There was a good year or two where every one of Soulja’s monthly mixtapes was worth getting for at least one banger. This song was very integral to the High IQ music movement.

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The 21: EP kicked off with the anthemic Swag Daddy (“Came out the water like a pretty ass dolphin!”) but the star of the EP was this dreamy melodic sleeper hit. This whole EP is worth picking up tbh.

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A real treasure for true SOD fans (like the ones I forced to watch Soulja Boy: The Movie with me) is this strange lullaby to LV, featuring Soulja Boy crooning over a head nodding bassline. The only bad thing about this song is that it isn’t an hour long.

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Who said Soulja Boy wasn’t a real lyricist?

I’ll be playing all these songs and more (including Soulja’s song with Snoop Dogg minus the Snoop Dogg parts) at Halfway Crooks this Saturday night. Jayteehazard’s playing too, and of course the good Captain Franco.

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THE RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT

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Every couple of months I run a 90s party at Goodgod called The Rhythm of the Night. Most of the time it’s 90s dance in the backroom and 90s r&b in the front but I’ve always wanted to do an 90s alt rock party, ever since hearing Nick Catchdubs‘ awesome Radio Friendly Unit Shifter mixes. I even did my own all Australian alt rock high school hits mix in 2012. This weekend The Rhythm of the Night moves the dance to the front bar and fills the backroom with angst and powerchords. It’s the 90s alt rock special!

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For the first time we’ve got a live act playing – a genuine 90s live act at that – Swoop! You might remember their 1995 top ten hit Apple Eyes.

I put together a few articles to promote the party, as always they’re a bunch of (hopefully) super entertaining lists.

21 Essential Australian dance tracks from the 90s on Stoney Roads

This took forever to put together and then I found out In The Mix had put out their top 100 Australian dance songs of all time list the day before mine went up. Surprisingly there’s a few tracks on my list that didn’t make theirs!

6 nu metal songs you can dance to on Pages Digital

Pages editor and prince of style Christopher Kevin Au asked me to write him a nu metal article and I did (for the nookie, obviously).

Essential 90s alt rock bangers on Oyster

The DJs playing at The Rhythm of Night (Joyride, Ariane, Chux, Shag, G Coo, babygirl and myself) pick their favourite alt jam from the 90s.

Talking 90s with Swoop on the Goodgod blog

Roland from Swoop talks about his favourite things from the 90s – the music, the dances, the food and Tom Cruise.

The Rhythm of the Night is the Saturday night at Goodgod Small Club. RSVP here.