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It's April 1st by Les Talusan

It’s the first day of April and the cherry blossoms reached peak bloom so I walked around the Tidal Basin today and took these photos.

When I’m not DJing weddings this month, here’s where I’ll be playing tunes:

4/4 Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

4/11 Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

4/11 Evenings at The Edge at the National Gallery of Art East Building - Free with RSVP

4/18 Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

4/19 Taking The Piss w/ The Kaiser @ Marx Café

4/20 Hong Kong Garden - A New Wave Danceteria w/ Sally Go Round at Slash Run

4/23 ScienceLogic Reception

4/24 Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

Hear Me in March by Les Talusan

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Hello, it’s March! Catch me playing tunes this month:

3/7 Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

3/9 Punk Soul Sisters w/ Sally Go Round & DJ Laura Lopez at Allegory

3/11 National League of Cities Congressional City Conference

3/12 National League of Cities Congressional City Conference

3/14 Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

3/21 Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

3/22 Taking The Piss w/ The Kaiser at Marx Café

3/23 Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Cherry Blossom Family Celebration at Kogod Courtyard

3/28 Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

3/29 Smithsonian at 8’s La Grande Fête, part of the DC Francophonie Festival at La Maison Française - Tickets

3/29 Punk Soul Sisters w/ Daisy Lacy, Sally Go Round & DJ Laura Lopez at Showtime Bar

See you at one or more of these events!

Remember Summer Days by Les Talusan

Meester Enriquez 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 Meester Enriquez

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!

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DJ Set Playlist for Saint Etienne at Union Stage by Les Talusan

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of DJing for Saint Etienne for their 'Good Humor’ 20th anniversary show in DC, and what a fantastic night it was! So happy to hear them play all the songs in ‘Good Humor’ plus a bunch of my favorite songs. 

I’ve gotten several requests for my playlist for the evening so here it is, along with a handful of photos.

Thanks again for having me, Saint Etienne! It was truly a night to remember.

Saint Etienne ‘Good Humor’ 20th Anniversary Tour
Union Stage, Washington, DC
Les The DJ (all-vinyl)

First Set
Bernthøler “My Suitor” [Blanco Y Negro]
Young Marble Giants “Searching For Mr. Right” [Rough Trade]
Orange Juice “Falling and Laughing” [Polydor]
Ubangi “Just a Little Bit Shy” [Sound Of Scandinavia]
Friday Club “Window Shopping (Extended Version)” [Two-Tone Records]
Dislocation Dance “When” [Slip Discs]
The Go-Betweens “Streets of Your Town” [Beggars Banquet]
Prefab Sprout “Cars and Girls” [Kitchenware Records]
Harrison “(There Is) No Refrain” [Skipping Rope Records]
Stereolab “Ping Pong” [Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks]
The Lines “Nerve Pylon” [Red Records]
The Wake “Crush The Flowers” [Sarah Records]
Dolly Mixture “Baby It’s You” [For Us Records]
The Cliffmores “He’s Not There” [His Master’s Voice]
Helen Gamboa “Uptight” [Jonal Records]
Shirley Ellis “Soul Time” [Columbia]
Doris “Don’t” [Zonophone]
張小英 and The Stylers “幸福要自己找” [Tong Aik Records]
Adnan Othman & The Rythmn Boys “Budi Bahasa” [Sublime Frequencies]
VST and Company “Ayos Ba” [Sunshine]
Şenay “Honki Ponki” [Türküola]
Hajji “Ako Pa Rin” [Jem]
Kiki Gyan “24 Hours in a Disco” [Soundway]
Steve Watson “Born to Boogie” [S.P.Q.R.]
Freeez “Southern Freeze (Dance Mix)” [EMI]
Field Mice “Let’s Kiss and Make Up” [Sarah Records]
Mariya Takeuchi “Plastic Love” [Moon Records]
Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band “Sunshower” [RCA Victor]

Second Set (after ‘Good Humor’ and before the hits!)
Muriel Dacq “Tropique” [Carrere]
Contessa “Super Star” [Favorite Recordings]
Golden “Wishful Thinking” [Icerink]
Cola Boy “7 Ways To Love” [Arista]
PLUSTWO “Melody” [Mothball Record]

Closing Set
Dionne Warwick - Walk On By [Specter Records]
Saint Etienne - Lover Plays The Bass [Kung Fu Fighting Recording]

Here is Saint Etienne’s set lists for the evening:

After giving me a shoutout on stage during the last song (He’s On The Phone), Sarah Cracknell gave me her boa!

March 2018 DJ Gigs by Les Talusan

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Hello, Marso! Catch me playing tunes this month:

3/2 Friday Vibes at WeWork Dupont Circle

3/9 Friday Vibes at WeWork Dupont Circle

3/12 National League of Cities Congressional City Conference 

3/13 National League of Cities Congressional City Conference 

3/16 Friday Vibes at WeWork Dupont Circle

3/17 Purple Patch's 3-Year Anniversary - RSVP

3/21 The General Store Inc.'s BeatsNBowls: A Special Women’s Month Edition - RSVP

3/23 Friday Vibes at WeWork Dupont Circle

3/23 Taking The Piss - A Night of "Good Music" w/ The Kaiser & guest DJ S Double V and DJ With A Egg On Top at Marx Cafe

3/24 C’est Chic - Disco/Funk/Boogie night w/ DJ Laura Lopez & Brandon (WFTBO) at Marx Cafe

3/30 Friday Vibes at WeWork Dupont Circle

See you at one or more of these events!

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”