Punk Soul Sisters Mix #1 by Les Talusan

Here’s a short and sweet mix by my Punk Soul Sisters and I. Enjoy!

Punk Soul Sisters Mix #1 by Sally Go Round, DJ Laura Lopez, & Les The DJ

Sally Go Round
The Supremes “Put Yourself In My Place”
The Chiffons “Nobody Knows What's Goin' On (In My Mind But Me)”
The Bea's “International Girl”
The Paper Dolls “Someday”

DJ Laura Lopez
Betty Everett “Sweet Dan”
Rhetta Hughes “Doing It With Her”
Ann Sexton “You’re Losing Me”
Jackie Shane “Comin’ Down”

Les The DJ
Alice Clark “Never Did I Stop Loving You”
The Raincoats “Fairytale In The Supermarket”
Mo-dettes “White Mice”
Bush Tetras “Too Many Creeps”


We Love Minnie Part 1 by Les Talusan

meesterenriquez and I made a mix with some of our favorite Minako Yoshida songs. We hope you like it!

We Love Minnie Part 1 by Les The DJ and meesterenriquez

“Lovin’ You” [Alfa]
“Asa Wa Kimi Ni” [RCA]
“Monster Stomp” [Alfa]
“Shooting Star Of Love” [RCA]
“Rum Wa Osuki?” [RCA]
“Flames Of Love” [Alfa]
“Rainbow Sea Line” [RCA]
“The Sea” [Alfa]


Bahala Na on Eaton Radio by Les Talusan


I recently started a radio show at Eaton Hotel’s in-house radio station, Eaton Radio. It’s a community-based radio station with a DIY spirit, so it seems that I fit right in. My weekly radio show, Bahala Na, is all music, no talking. Bahala Na is a popular expression from the Philippines that is similar to the Spanish phrase "que sera sera". It reflects both resiliency and a fatalistic attitude of the culture that I grew up with. Expect a variety of tunes from my eclectic record collection. I stream on Instagram Live and Eaton Radio, Thursdays at 2:00PM. It’s Women’s History Month and for the whole month of March, I’ll only be playing women-fronted groups.

Here's a mix I made that includes some songs from last week's show. Some songs are on heavy rotation, some are records I bought from my recent trip to Thailand with my favorite digging partner and some were hidden for a long time in my record shelves (that I need help organizing).

Bahala Na on Eaton Radio Mix (Women’s History Month Edition 1.0) by Les The DJ

Little Ann “Deep Shadows” [Deep Soul]
The Chapells ”You’re Acting Kind of Strange” [Bedford Records]
The Monzas “Where Is The Love” [Numero Group]
Asha Puthli “Let Me In Your Life” [CBS]
Tamiko Jones “Touch Me Baby” [Arista]
Celeste “Pag-Ibig Nang Lubos-Lubos” [Pioneer]
Sonya Spence ”Let Love Flow On” [High Note]
Leah Navarro “Will It Ever Come To You” [Blackgold]
Gloria Jay “Know What You Want” [Melodies International]
Umapon Buapeng “Chum Chum” [Azona]
張小英 and The Stylers “幸福要自己找” [Tong Aik Records]
Doris “Don’t” [Odeon]
Ervinna & The Stylers ‎”Witch Queen of New Orleans” [White Cloud]
สุปราณี ทิพยโอสถ “Black Is Black” [ตราดอกไม้]
Helen Gamboa “Uptight” [Jonal Records]
Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings “How Long Do I Have To Wait For You?” [Daptone Records]
Freda Payne “Band of Gold” [Invictus]


Remember Summer Days by Les Talusan

meesterenriquez and I put together an end of summer/monsoon season mixtape for you. We hope you like it!

Remember Summer Days by Les The DJ and meesterenriquez

Ken Tamura “踊りなよ” [CBS/Sony]
Kikuchi Momoko “Good Friend” [Vap]
Mai Yamane “Twilight” [Continental]
Yasuko Agawa “L.A. Night” [Invitation]
Naomi Akimoto “Tricky” [Invitation]
Meiko Nakahara “Juggler” [Eastworld]
Anri “Remember Summer Days” [For Life Records]

We collaborated on this mixtape while I was visiting Manila. More to come!


Lakwatsa // Zurura by Les Talusan

Hello! Mothershiester and I have a treat for you. We made a mixtape with 7 songs each. I hope you like it.

Lakwatsa (to loaf/roam around in Tagalog/Pilipino) by The Pinstriped Rebel

Frankie Reyes "Alma, Corazón y Vida"
Rob Galbraith "Tell Me With Your Eyes (Just Be You)"
Dorothy Ashby "Essence of Sapphire"
Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band "Sintayehu"
Khruangbin "Mr. White"
Buscabulla "Tártaro"
角松敏生 Toshiki Kadomatsu - "52nd Street 'Akiko'"

These are songs I've been listening to a lot lately. I took the photos in San Juan and Old San Juan, while gallivanting with my kumare Steff V.

Zurura (to roam/mosey in Swahilii) by Mothershiester

I spent most of January 2017 in Kenya--long walks thru Nairobi, summited Mt. Longonot, explored Hells Gate, camped along Lake Naivasha, chilled along the Mombasa coast.  I hadn’t visited since I was 12 except for a recent work trip. I spent so much time being afraid to go there for many reasons.  But also holding these deep, growing needs to connect with my homeland...to understand myself by knowing a part of where i came from. So I’m sharing these tracks that I’ve fallen in love with as part of my ancestral journey using music as my stallion. Some of them, I’ve been listening to for awhile, others are new friends. 

Kigeugeu "Jaguar"
Not the most hopeful song but I can dance to it. Also, most of what Jaguar puts out is fire.
Vivian "Teren Teren"
I didn’t realize dancehall was so big in Kenya until my visit.  A lot of it, I can’t seem to hang with but my love for Vivian’s sound just swells.  Most love songs I croon to are breakup/”woe is me” songs so this is a musical change of pace. You’ll definitely catch me throwing a goofy smile when this plays out. 
Nakei Nairobi "Mbilia Bel"
I went into a cathartic state when I heard this song playing at Ozone Lounge -- a restaurant, bar, and hooka joint in this Nairobi based strip mall called Valley Arcade. This classic from Congolese songstress, Mbilia Bel, has been on my marathon training playlist for at least 2 years.  It takes me back to when I begrudgingly listened to my parents’ music and now this kind of sound makes me so happy.
Mimi Nawewe "Nameless"
The first Kenyan pop artist of this century that became my bedroom Dancefloor hero. Before Nameless, most of the musical artists that I listened to and eventually djayed out were South African, courtesy of my short 2002 stay in Joburg.  
Dela "Mafeelings"
I just found this gem.  And now I’m all about following this Taurus Musik signed artist.  She also sings a Swahilii version of Hello, which rivals Backyard Band’s version.  Don’t fight me tho! 
Cece Sagini "Ensobosobo"
I just think Cece is innovative and fun.  Totally jammin out to anything she puts out.
Princess Nokia "Brujas"
Princess Nokia is not East African but I played this track a lot while in Kenya including a cosmic moment while lying on the beach in this town called Watamu.  I remember the sound of the wind and the feeling it brought as it covered me in sand. I felt this surge of energy…spinning my own wordless incantations….and letting go of my body as she invokes “Don't you fuck with my energy”