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Inphinity Playing at Tech(no7)

Inphinity Playing at Tech(no7)

Don’t worry! I promise I’ll still post my weekly mix for you to listen to tomorrow! I’m posting early today because one of my all-time favorite DJ’s has just released the 4th installment of his Night Tales series of Deep House mixes. Like any other Deep House mix, don’t expect to have your face melted. It starts out slow, picks up for awhile, then gently puts you right back where it found you. It’s just some high quality, even paced, smooth transitioned deep house to keep your day moving along. It’s only been out for a few hours and I’ve already jammed out to it twice.

If you grew up in the house music scene in Chicago, Inphinity is practically a household name. He started out playing in the Suburban teen clubs shortly after the end of the Bad Boy Bill era and hasn’t stopped since. Currently the resident at Chicago’s Spybar, he’s held residencies at Chicago’s Sound-Bar, Mannequin (now TheMid), and has played at the up and coming Tech(no) loft series. As an 11 year listener, spybar regular, and deep house junkie, I’m just going to be upfront and say that I’m biased.

We all know how much I feel about Soundcloud, so the fact that I’m embedding this here must tell you something… Enjoy!

Better Late Than Ever

I know, I know, I know, I’m supposed to be filling your ears with noise every WEDNESDAY! What the fuck am I doing posting this 2 days late?! Sorry, I was just too busy flying out to Chicago to pop bottles at Spybar and go to Reverse Event’s latest blowout afterhours in their Tech(no) series. The State Dependent Learning set that I prerecorded for this week’s post turned out like shit and I’ve had work piling up from being out of town. Because I love you guys so much, I pulled 2 straight all-nighters this week and got my work done just in time to get drunk for last night’s recording session. I’ve been listening to a lot more Techno lately so I hope you guys don’t mind how schizophrenic sounding this set is. I can’t decide whether I like playing chill deep house or Techno, so I gave you a bit of both! I also threw in a little treat at the end for 2 of my favorite people in the whole world. They played one of my bowling sets at their St. Paddy’s day party but sadly couldn’t come out this weekend due to a surgery. In either case, shoutout to Dan and Janine!!

State Dependent Learning – Vol 2 (3/27/2015)

Tracklist

  • 1 – Compuphonic – Sunset
  • 2 – 16 Bit Lolitas – Deep in my Soul
  • 3 – Chaim (feat. Meital Derazone)- Too Dark for You
  • 4 – Duke Dumont – Street Walker (Reset Safari Remix)
  • 5 – Kill Frenzy – All Night Long
  • 6 – RioTGear – Take One (Luthier Remix)
  • 7 – NIGHTOWLS x Dirty Doses – Primetime
  • 8 – Le Youth – R E A L (Bixel Boys Remix)
  • 9 – Tensnake (feat. Syron) – Mainline (Dub)
  • 10 – Jean Claude Ades & Rony Seikaly – Into Me
  • 11 – Carlos Sanchez & DJ Ray – The Life is Starting
  • 12 – The Holy Mash – Gifted
  • 13 – Curbi – Force
  • 14 – Gel Abril – Spells Of Yoruba (Jamie Jones Watertight Mix)
  • 15 – Kill Frenzy & Christian Martin – Bondi
  • 16 – Guti & King Brain – Opus 2
  • 17 – Deorro (feat. DyCy) – Five Hours (Don’t hold me back)

Speaking of late, and speaking of Techno

If you’re ever in Chicago, you guy simply MUST check out the Tech(no) loft series. Fellow afterhours junkies know that most of these events are usually an afterthought. They’re usually hastily set up in shady neighborhoods with poor sound quality, D-list talent, and an influx of club weirdos and “zombies,” around 4am. This is what makes the Tech(no) series refreshingly different. It’s put on once a month by the guys at Reverse Events, who are all solid dudes and friends of mine. I’ve been to a number of their events and each time I’m never let down. Between the professional grade sound system, dazzling light effects, and well organized security, you’d think you were in a club that just happens to stay up late.

This most recent one was a ridiculous! 3 Levels in a nondescript area of Chicago’s South Side, each with a stage and bar. Speaking of the bar, most of these places tend to be staffed by amateurs, but I’ve never waited longer than 5 minutes for a drink at any Tech(no) event. Pretty damn impressive for a place that hit capacity relatively early. I know that vacation slides are in poor taste, but you guys simply have to see this to believe it.

Ok now let’s talk some technology

You may have noticed that the player is a little different. Namely, there’s a download link and playcounts! Neither of these were trivial projects to implement, though I think being shitfaced while I was coding them up had more to do with it than anything else. Basically all I’m doing is latching onto the click event on the play button and incrementing a counter in the database. I know I should really double check to make sure that people actually listen to a file for longer than a few seconds, but I’ve got lots of fish to fry ok dudes!

The player is still fucked on the homepage. I looked into this a bit and it seems like this jsPlayer just really hates playing nicely with other players on the same page when you try to call the create method more than once. This is happening because the create script is embedded in the post. When the homepage loads, it loads up 3 posts and 3 players. Then we end up with this infinite loop of nonsense. The load scripts really should live in the page load rather than the posts, but that’s going to require digging into wordpress and I’m already over my quota on all-nighters.

Have a great weekend and enjoy!

You must YOGA before you YOLO

10942566_10102420792085220_7594903331089636108_nHappy Wednesday folks! This week I will be retaining my usual format of giving you some good music to listen to while I ramble on about whatever is interesting to me at the time. This time I’m going to talk about another one of my favorite obsessions – yoga. This week’s set is the first installment of yet another series, YOGA and YOLO (I know, when will this kid stop introducing new series and just focus?!). Each of these sets are designed for my favorite yoga instructors to play in their classes. These posts were originally intended to be Christmas presents for my favorite instructors, however due to a combination of bad equipment, lack of skill on my part, and moving to the San Fransisco Bay Area, these are slightly tardy. Sorry and Merry Christmas Conor!!

If you live in Chicago, check out one of Conor MacDonald’s sculpt classes at Corepower Yoga, you won’t regret it. If you are already a seasoned Corepower Sculpter, I hope that you hear this in class soon! Regardless, it’s my hope that this post will be your inspiration to check out a class. I can personally say that my yoga practice has been one of the single most positive lifestyle changes I have ever made. So happy listening and namaste…

YOGA and YOLO – Conor Sculpt (3/18/2015)

Tracklist

  • 1 – Daniel Fernandes – After All
  • 2 – Tough Love – Love & Happiness
  • 3 – Lika Morgan – Gone Tomorrow
  • 4 – Syn Cole – Bright Lights (The Voyagers Remix)
  • 5 – Disclosure – When A Fire Starts to Burn
  • 6 – Antonio Giacca – Alright
  • 7 – Monkey Safari – Watching the Stars
  • 8 – Kaskade – Sorry
  • 9 – Chocolate Puma & Firebeatz – I Can’t Understand
  • 10 – Mineo – Get Out Fight
  • 11 – Fashion Lioness – If I Leave You
  • 12 – Pete Rock – Pete’s Jazz
  • 13 – Galimatias & Alina Baraz – Drift

Why Yoga?

A friend of mine recently asked me about my growing obsession with yoga and how it compares to working out in a gym. I cited 4 ideas that I would like to share:

1. I find that gyms are pretty douchy and awkward. Bunch of half naked people being super self conscious and pretentious. A yoga studio is totally different. It’s all super high quality people and the atmosphere is incredibly accepting, encouraging, and positive. After having moved to a new town where I didn’t know anyone, I found that the fastest friendships that I formed were in the yoga studio. In contrast, I can’t think of having made a single friend at a traditional gym and I’ve been going on and off for 15 years!!

2. It’s not just a workout of specific muscle groups. There is focus on whole body strength. Cardio, isometric holds, strength, and flexibility of the whole body.

3. I find that it’s good for my inner peace of mind. Because they focus on breathing and mindfulness before and after the workout, you come into a yoga studio with all of your bullshit of the day and you leave the yoga studio at peace.

4. I think that people who work out in more traditional ways measure their progress in superficial ways. How much can they bench press? How far can they run? How high can they jump? With those sorts of metrics for success it’s really easy and tempting to compare yourself to other people and that is a bullshit thing to do. Everyone is different. With yoga, the metric for success is so much more introspective. I can only really compare myself to my previous self. I can personally say that I am much better off as a yogi.

About the set

With that out of the way, let’s go into some detail about the set you’re listening to. Every time I post one of these, I’ll also give a bit of detail about which songs correspond to which parts of the yoga sequence. I actually take the time to perform the entire sequence when I do my track selection and transitions to make sure that each track fits in nicely with the mood and tempo of each piece. I try to hide tempo changes in buildups and I occasionally leave a bit more naked beat in between certain sections in an effort to leave time to towel off and grab water in between portions of the sequence.

  • 00:00 – 03:00 – Integration – Daniel Fernandes – Afterall
  • 03:00 – 07:30 – Sun Salutations A – Tough Love – Love and Happiness
  • 07:30 – 12:30 – Sun Salutations B – Lika Morgan – Gone Tomorrow
  • 12:30 – 17:00 – Floor Series – Syn Cole – Bright Lights (Voyagers Remix)
  • 17:00 – 20:00 – Squats 1 – Disclosure – When A Fire Starts to Burn
  • 20:00 – 25:00 – Cardio 1 – Antonio Giacca – Alright
  • 25:00 – 25:30 – Water & Towel Transition
  • 25:00 – 30:30 – Right Side Sculpt – Monkey Safari – Watching the Stars
  • 30:00 – 35:45 – Left Side Sculpt – Cardio 2 – Kaskade – Sorry
  • 35:45 – 35:15 – Water & Towel Transition
  • 35:15 – 40:00 – Cardio 2 – Chocolate Puma & Firebeatz – I Can’t Understand
  • 40:00 – 45:00 – Gluts, Chest (Floor) – Mineo – Get Out Fight
  • 45:00 – 49:00 – Floor Core – Fashion Lioness – If I Leave You
  • 49:00 – 54:10 – Surrender & Cool Down – Pete Rock – Pete’s Jazz
  • 54:10 – 58:02 – Final Shavasana – Galimatias & Alina Baraz – Drift

Wrapping up

If someone in Chicago or the Bay Area wants to volunteer to take a few short videos of me actually performing the sequence while I make these sets, I’d be happy to post them with future postings so you can try them at home. You can shoot me a message at imjustinbraun@gmail.com. I welcome any honest feedback, comments, suggestions, or song requests. Until next time!