The good folks at Morgunblaðið back home in Iceland did a nice little write up on me, all about some accolades as of late and my putting together the all Icelandic music set for Boiler Room back in January. No translation for my english readers, but if you speak our mother tongue you might get a kick out of it. Read on…
You can check out the set from Boiler Room here or the player below:
They’ve been gone for 10 months. How many hands they’ve exchanged I don’t know. They left on June 7th of last year, when I decided to take ‘em out of the house for a night on the town only to see them run off into the distance when my back was turned and back window smashed. It’s happened before, but this time was much more painful. They’ve been in the family for such a long time, traveled halfway across the globe, & the rarity of their beings practically immeasurable. It took me years of hardcore digging and numerous trips back home to acquire them — and let’s not forget a handful of these were my dads, the guy who raised me around vinyl and played these records not only for himself and his family but for Icelanders in clubs and on the radio many decades ago, just like I do now.
I won’t bore you with the details…wait, yes I will. This is just too good. I was on the bill with Madlib 10 months ago and thought i’d bring out some heaters. Put the records back in the car after. Someone saw me (or tailed me). Went back in the club. Came back, window smashed, shit stolen. Out of the trunk too. Record case was still there tho, on the ground — dicks. I filed a police report (thank you Asha G. for linking me with a Frisco cop who actually gave a shit) — got some insurance money back but a 100 bucks wasn’t covering jack. Called every indy record store in the Bay to let ‘em know. My cousin sent me a couple of replacements from back home. I gave up hope. Things like this generally don’t reappear, and whoever nabbed them most likely didn’t have a clue as to their worth (estimated between 2-3 grand). Yes, these were stupid rare psych and prog rock LPs, mostly from the 70s, from Iceland’s “experimental days” (I know, little has changed). I had nightmares about it for a while. Real talk.
To sum it up, there’s nothing quite so awesome as the solidarity in the DJ and record scene. My boy Eric got word from the homie Paul, who got my number, called me, and told me that he had seen one of the records I had described when this all went down, FROM TEN MONTHS AGO (good memory Paul)! It was being sold on Ebay, and the description stated it had some writing in the bottom corner of the jacket (my dad had a very intricate cataloging system which included numbering each LP in his collection, usually in the bottom corner of the back of the cover). Paul got the number to the seller, a guy by the name of Fred Schrunk, who owns an indy record store on 3422 Mission Street in SF entitled Thrillhouse Records (support them, for real).
I called Fred, told him the deal in detail, and he told me had my fuckin’ records. I drove over there immediately. He had ‘em, all of ‘em — after almost a year of hitchhiking through SF, they appeared, every single one, at Fred’s store 2 days prior. He doubts the guy who brought ‘em in was the one who stole ‘em, but honestly I could care less. I have my records back, and it feels absolutely amazing. Chalk one up for good people who look out for one another. Thank you E Da Boss, Paul Campagna, Fred Schrunk and Thrillhouse Records, and San Francisco for keeping them safe for 10 months.
Here’s the official tracklist for ‘The Main Ingredient’ mix, brought to you by SUSHIBAR (TX) and yours truly. This is my interpretation of a great meal — enjoy!
Pete Rock & CL Smooth — What’s Next On The Menu?
Pete Rock & CL Smooth — The Main Ingredient
Pete Rock & CL Smooth — Carmel City
Common feat. Jay-Z — Sweet
Raekwon — Ice Cream
Domino — Sweet Potato Pie
Ice-T — Fried Chicken
The J.B.’s — Givin’ Up Food For Funk
Goodie Mob — Soul Food
Mtume — Juicy Fruit
Juicy — Sugar Free
Kool & The Gang — Fruitman
Rodriguez — Sugarman
Harrell & Sharron Lucky — Pease Porridge Hot
Beastie Boys — Egg Man
Prince — Cream
Beck — Peaches & Cream
Black Uhuru — Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner
Johnny Osbourne — No Ice Cream Love
Poets Of Rhythm — Saltin’ The Soup
Nina Simone — Sugar In My Bowl
You can listen and purchase the mix here and below…
“Food is life. Music is life. Both have made beautiful sense since man learned to bang on a rock with a gnawed on wildebeest bone many meals ago. Fast forward a couple million years and veteran viking DJ Platurn has taken the concept onto some whole new ish with the ‘The Main Ingredient’ 1st course, a pairing of sashimi, wasabi, and sake nods via soulful music spanning spanning 4 decades. Get a well seasoned taste of some Pete Rock, Ice-T, The J.B.’s, MTUME, the Beastie Boys, Prince, Raekwon, Nina Simone, Jay-Z, and so much more, all mashed into umami. Your dinner never sounded so good.”