MattSoBehind... on everything! Except Christmas, that's behind us. Well behind most of us. Coming from a family of multiple divorces, you get multiple Christmases. This year we get three, last weekend, Christmas weekend and this weekend. I wish someone in my family was Jewish so we could switch it up a bit. Tired of ham and cookies already.
Anyway I'm behind on the picture game. Today we start with the Reprogram Christmas bash last Friday at the Bootleg Gallery. Then we go on to Chingo Bling the weekend before in Austin at Antone's. Then that boy FLX came by Damage Control. More on that later.
This how I do thangs. Really I don't, but CeePlus and I have talked about me coming and spinning some Christmas weirdness sometime and well, it happened. Only I was up against CeePlus and he was playing music that people could actually dance to. They weren't feeling my whole "Talk loud in your friends ear while I blast songs you never heard, some with no rhythm whatsoever" vibe. SO I basically DJed to a handful of folks, small handful of folks and every once in a while someone I knew would come in and kind of laugh at me, maybe attempt to dance, then leave quickly.
Thank God for Lin Yee! More on that later.
The event was held at the Bootleg Gallery off of Commerce Street. If you know Houston, you know Commerce runs through our warehouse district and is home to many artists and little venues and galleries that just pop up here and there for you to party in.
Thangs like this be parked outside. You know Houston, besides being The New Hip Hop Mecca ( ;) ), is also the Art Car Capital of the World.
This is one of the people who walked in and out of my Christmas Wonderland that night. I don't remember her name but she saw my Oxy sticker and told me she's from here, lives in New York, goes to Oxy parties. I said "What about HoustonSoReal parties and she said 'Que?'"
Witnes stuck it out for me in the end and cheered for the death metal.
Here's the crowd in the other room. I'ma leave my Christmas crowd to your imagination.
This is where I peed when -- if you listened to the set available for download below -- I shut down whatever was playing before the Waitresses abruptly and ran for the door.
Monique from Hater Magazine and Phd from Lower Life Form in the street as I was wandering BoyInADaze.
And Monique and her folks, one of which is from Germany. Guess which one. MY PEOPLE!
Crystal Lee showed up as I was leaving. And I had to leave... Party went super late and I had Christmas to attend to the next morning bright and early.
Rad Rich - I used to do a radio show with this dude back from 1991 - 1994, Droppin' Bombs Strictly Hip Hop, he's the man that introduced me to the inner workings of KPFT. Feel the real!
DJ Jester is one of my favortie DJ's ever and tonight he did not disappoint. He didn't do the comedy routine, he rocked the fuckin' house. Peep DJ Starsign in the background. He also ripped it.
O.K. Gotta give huge props to my girl Lin Yee. She was in town from New York, feeling the Christmas realness and stuck it out with me in the Christmas room more than anyone else throughout the night. She also got me beers non stop and had her own posse with a bottle of Glenlivet that was gone in 60 Seconds. Real fucking partier I Tell U Whut.
But shit, I couldn't drink no whiskey and I couldn't make it to last call for the next morning, Christmas Eve, we had Christmas at home for DJ Eva and MC Elena. Had to head to Austin for Christmas part three later that day sooooo we decided to have Santa come a little early at home and then let the Grandmas have their way with them Christmas day.
DJ Eva get excited over just about anything.
Then, let me not forget to post these right here. The Sunday before Christmas, I hit up Austin for the Chingo Bling Christmas Extravaganza at Antones.
It was put together by Dat Boy Mikee, pictured here, and the shit was wild. Basswood Lane, Set 4 Life, Kool Whip and a gang of other folks performed. ALl did well, but Chingo man, he ripped it. That dude has a hellafied show. Peep the photos. I gotta get this dude to Europe.
Oh yeah, Europe and Canada here I come. Hopefully I canmake official announcements by end of week but Eastern Canada I'm looking to see you twice in January and February and Europe, I'ma see you in late February...
And then March is South By Southwest. Damn.
And well, the photo above is not from the Chingo show, it's from Damage Control last week. FLX was in the building. He's the man who made Dirty States of America, the most important DVD ever made about rap music ever. The man fuckin' put it down. We been in contact for a while but finally met. He's a man of incredible energies. Thats FLX on the left and Lil J on the right. I'ma ask him if I can post his new single. Shit is off the chain. Get ready ready....
Next NYC Jump Off looking like it's gonna be my birthday party at Sway Monday January 16th. DJ Chill, Rapid Ric and that man Mr. Rogers (DJ for Slim Thug) gonna hold down them tables. Sponsored in part by Ozone Magazine. Ima try to make that, you should too.