Wednesday, May 27, 2009

PLAYDATBEAT Sunday June 7th @ The Skylark

We are trying to do something a little bit different for this party. Peep mix below for further gameage. Our intentions for this party were to make it a place for people to unabashedly dance all night to that Nu-Nu and them classiques.

Featuring jams from Estelle, Cherelle, Dam Funk, DJ Mehdi, Victor Duplaix and Janelle Monae & more

Stay Cool,


Monday, May 25, 2009

The New Mission Theater

After talking with an OG Mission District dude over the weekend about the gentrification of the Mission District, the topic of the New Mission Theater came up. As a kid, I remember seeing doubleheaders of Kickboxer 15 and miscellaneous Kung-Fu flicks. The theater was past its prime in my era. Shout it out to my cousin Jennifer who seen a stabbing while Breakin was on. However, Senor Beto was telling me of a time when Cantinflas movies would play all the time and the audience always being 100% Latino. I found a brief history on the New Mission Theater and I wanted to share it with ya'll.

The New Mission Theater was built by Kahn & Greenfield, at a cost of $250,000. Previously, on the same the site, a much smaller Mission Theatre had operated for about ten years. (For the record, the earlier "Mission" opened around 1907, was renamed the Premium around 1911, one of no less than four "Premium" Theatres in SF at that time, and last operated as the Idle Hour from mid-1913 until it closed in order to be transformed into the entranceway to the new and larger New Mission.)

So successful was the New Mission from the very beginning,that it an additional upper balcony was soon added, and it re-opened on November 15, 1917 with "1000 additional seats"; although this figure may be a bit of a stretch, its total capacity did end up as an officially given 2050. When you consider that all these seats may well have been filled, or at least near filled, not only evenings, but weekend matinees as well, you can get a vague idea of just how many people did once go to the movies, and how often. Add to New Mission, El Capitan, the smaller Cine Latino, Tower, and Grand, and you have about 7500 seats on Mission Street alone. All within about six blocks of each other.

The New Mission finally closed its doors on May 4, 1993.

Monday, May 18, 2009

I can't believe that _______ made the Hottest Song In the World

I'm loving all of this new uptempo R&B coming out. The king of using other producers styles (Jermaine Dupri) has done it all too well this time by using that same method. You can hear the Baltimore influence in the drums and the chopped and screwed influence in the chorus. The cherry on top of the cake is the "Dance to the Drummers Beat" sample that is rocked oh so funkily.

My God, for as much as I want to hate these bastards, they made a hot ass record.

Day 26 ft Jermaine Dupri-Need That

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I love seeing stars being genuine music fans

Peep this video of Pharrell and DJ Premier talking about Busta Rhyme and his not wanting to take a picture with Baby Bam of The Jungle Brothers. I love the fact that you can see that Pharrel is a genuine fan of rap music. From calling Premier 'teacher' and bowing down before him to his reciting Jungle Brothers songs and his on point impersonations of Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip.

Stay Cool,


Monday, May 11, 2009

Jose James: A Jazz Vocalist With The Inclinations of a Soul Singer


I feel in love with the music of Jose James as soon as I heard his voice. His voice carries such an amazingly warm and rich tone. Hard yet soft. Distinctively throwback yet fresh and brand new. A Gil-Scott Heron for the future. It's truly organic Soul music for the present.

I stumbled on Jose James via a video of his performance of Park Bench People with Soil and Pimp Sessions backing him. His vocal stylings, voice and performance made me an instant fan. He has since released the Desire & Love 12 inch along with his debut album "The Dreamer".

These are both Flan recommended

Jose James- Desire (Moodymann Remix)

Jose James-Love

Stay Cool,
Benny Flan

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Best Song In The World

This is surrrriously the best song in the world right now. There is no doubt about it. A Great cover to an already classic Raphael Saadiq track.


This is all Cosmo Baker's fault. I mean, I've always loved Saadiq going back to the TTT days, but hearing Cosmo's mix of his work really put it all in perspective. Raphael Saadiq is a genius. Period. Just listen and you'll see. From Tony! Toni! Tone! & Stevie Wonder to Q-Tip & DJ Quik, he is just that dude.

So, without jumping further on his forward a couple days later and I'm driving around town bumping this CD. "Still Ray" came on and stayed on and that's when I knew I had to re-do it (now I know how Dre must've felt).
I came home and listened to it, figured out the piano part and played everything else from there. Once I was finished I called my man Miles Bonny to lay down vocals and trumpet like only he can and here it is, free for you.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Josh's Art

This is some of my cousin Josh's art. Josh has been crazy since he's been in the 7th grade. I remember seeing him do mock pieces back than and thinking they were awwready fresh. Peep further gameage @


My family is from El Salvador. I grew up in the pre-gentrified Mission. Not hating, just saying. I loved living there but my family decided on making an exodus to the suburbs because of gang violence. Moving to Daly City was actually kinda ill though. Cue's Records and Doug's Hip Hop Shop had anything I'd want in life at the time. Daly City and it's huge Filipino (MP>FW) history is not want prompted me to want to DJ though. Watching Beat Street dubs on 19th and Folsom and seeing Double K are what had me hooked me son. Extra special shout out to Double K, Lee and Ramo.

Some of you don't know what's happening, que pasa?
It's not for you anyways, cause this is for the raza.....

First things first we got MC/DJ Won-Way coming out of the East Bay. Peep his Ode to the Oakland Police Department here:

Rudo Y Cursi is Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna's new joint. The trailer looks two ill. They play two brothers who play for the local futbol club and are constantly trying to one up each other. The two secretly gay lovers definitely make Mexico proud with this one. Even though Miss Flan swoons over Gael, I can't hate, he makes dope movies (The Michel Gondry Jawn). And after an email conversation with my boss, I've come to my conclusion that chicks like gay dudes. This comes out next week Friday at the Bridge in the city. Peep game here

Next up and definitely most importantly is that Carnaval is invading the Mission on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th. I can elaborate on why you should go, but I'd rather just show you. Grab this track and imagine these type of jawns doing there thing. SafeForWork&NotsoSafeForWork


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Where you get that Mickey Mouse shirt at son?

My girl and I go to Disneyland all the time. We about to get season passes and everything. (If you don't know me, I actually live in the Bay). Disneyland is one of the only places in the world where theres no point in going if you go thinking your too cool for school. Just get on some rides, eat some churros and nerd out with Mickey. Disneyland is so ILL. MJ in Captain EO, Space Mountain's lights and the Carnation Ice Cream Parlor on Main ST are memories of my childhood that I'll never forget. And the Nightmare before X-Mas Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, and Jasmin's fine ass backup dancers at the Aladdin show will keep me coming back. As a kid, my parents would get me different kiddy hats with my name on it. Now as an adult, I might be done with that part of it. Might. T-shirts on the other hand, I'm definitely not. Problem is that most of the shirts in the park is type lame. I'm not a streetwear dude but I figured they would have some. The problem came in finding just a couple of shirts in the oversaturated mirage of streetwear culture. I did find some that my girl and I will be definitely be rocking inside the parks for years to come....

let me know if yall see some cool Mickey/Disney shirts

Instant DJ...Note to Self (cop orange tanktop)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

DJ Class X Kanye West

This is surriously the best song on the planet right now. DJ Class from B-more Club fame released this a couple of months ago and it actually popped outside of the DMV. Arguably the biggest release by a B-More Club act ever and extra ill points for having Lil Jon actually guest on the original track. The Kanye remix has been out forever in blog years, but The Bay is in a little bit of a coma, so I wanted to share this with ya'll.

DJ Class X Kanye West I'm The Ish Remix