Saaed & Palash

“Sticks and stones may break my bones/but whips and chains excite me” — excerpted, Miss Jennifer

“Are you the man who comes to sweep my yard?  I like that broomstick that you’re carryin.” ––  excerpted, Saeed Younan

While we barely maintain a presence on the periphery of the club scene, our love and appreciation for the music, if anything, has grown deeper.  This could not be possible, or as easily possible, without iTunes podcasts, where you can find live sets and regular programs by the top performers in all genres of House.  Now advanced podcast navigators might counter that some giants like our beloved Danny Tenaglia, Steve Lawler, and John Creamer do not podcast.  True enough.  But there is little if anything that those guys spin aside from completely original cuts that you could not find elsewhere.  In fact, we’d dare say that at this point, the genre’s truest and most cutting edge performer is Saeed Younan, formerly of the Tribal/Progressive duo Saeed and Palash.

We thought for a bit, after the duo split back in 2003-4, that Saeed had become a little too industrial, mechanical.  But having the benefit of hearing more than 50 podcasts that include both live and pre-recorded sessions over the past 4 years, we’d say that Saeed is a true innovator, a megaforce in the genre, and that his catalog would rival anyone’s.  And, he so kindly and wisely makes his music available to the public, and offers the track listings to his sets.  Not exactly the done thing by all, considering some performers only make themselves available for a price.  Saeed, in his programmed sets, often goes so far as to describe track origins, providing technical details when it comes to his own edits, discussing his lyrics, loops, and drops in great detail.

In that sense, Saeed may be the most fan friendly performer in the genre as well, going so far as to guest list fans at his gigs and at his monthly residence at Lima Lounge in Washington, D.C., who email him or message him on Facebook.  Saeed, who does many gigs in South America, often plays heavily to latin influenced drum beats, and with his Middle Eastern background, even goes sort of Arabesque.  And native.  He produces and reproduces lyrics that often embody classic tribal elements (“I’ve seen you do it/I know you can”) while also mixing in the completely avant garde.  You should especially check out his ‘Secret Weapons’ podcast, and would be wise to subscribe to his “Spotlight” series.  Spotlight was just updated this month, and the latest addition starts with an interesting rendition of Goldtrix’s classic, “Trippin.”

We’ve noticed a trend in the genre away from tracks like “Trippin”, Diva driven tracks, and in fact, away from female vocals on the whole.  So it’s great hearing one get dropped like that, especially that one–the proud anthem of true heads.  Of course, if you’ve been listening to the lovely Miss Jennifer, if anything, you are hearing more female vocals.  The lady has a classic house style, prefers the tribal rhythms, and like Saeed, is refreshing for her eclectic depth.  We are ready to crown her the Queen of the Tribal/House/Progressive genres, and frankly, she leaves us wanting.  Shame on you, Miss Jennifer, for not updating the Miss Jennifer podcast series since April.  We’re sure she’s a very busy girl though.  We also obviously love her association with the WTA, spinning this past summer in Toronto at a well publicized house party for tennis.  Right on, Miss J.

Miss Jennifer has made it in an almost exclusively male dominated field because the beats are hard, and the vocals are classic, unexpected, and diverse.  She’s as likely to spin a fresh mix of Sound Garden as she is big band vocals, tailored to a custom beat.  Dropping “Hey Big Spender” over layers of bass–more than just a change of pace.  The Miss Jennifer podcast series is also a must subscription.  Saeed and Ms. Jennifer are so hot that Shazam only accurately tags one out of every 20 or so of their plays.  While we’re at it, we’d like to make mention of another female deejay, Lauren Lane, a local product and Danny Tenaglia disciple, who, while not in the class of Miss Jennifer, can still get you on your feet.  Hopefully she can arrange an iTunes podcast series soon.

Cedric Gervais’ Miamification podcast series is also a necessary download.  The Frenchman by way of Miami’s Club Space has quite a catalog in his own right, and though he doesn’t match the consistent excellence or dominance of Saeed or the classic and diverse standard of Miss Jennifer, but every cast has a track or two that calls you forward to dance.  If you’ve only got time for one of his sets, check out podcast # 48.  You can’t go wrong.

And if you’re up late tonight and feeling festive, and in the boroughs, you might want to check out Danny at Club Glo in Long Island City.

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Winter Music Conference 2012

Winter Music Conference Announces 2012 Dates

Winter Music Conference
March 16-25, 2012
Miami Beach, FL

***For Immediate Release***

October 12, 2011 – South Florida, U.S.A.

Winter Music Conference (WMC) opened its 2012 season in South Florida today with the announcement of the Winter Music Conference 2012 dates. This will be the 27th annual program for what is largely regarded as the pre-eminent platform on the global music industry calendar for launching new music, technology and trends. Winter Music Conference Week 2012 happens March 16 – 25, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida.

For 2012, WMC plans to further enhance the WMC experience by delivering ten non-stop days of music programming in Miami Beach and Miami. This expansion will wrap the program week with two full weekends of parties and events. WMC Co-founder, Bill Kelly, explains, “Expanding the WMC dates was an easy decision given the high demand of artists, businesses and industry delegates. Miami Beach and the greater Miami area boast some of the most celebrated event and club venues as well as the hotels and resorts that comprise South Beach’s famed Art Deco District. Hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops and every sort of possible entertainment venue are filled to capacity during WMC Week to the point where five days just wasn’t enough.”

New for 2012, WMC will be unveiling correlated segments of its industry program dedicated to music and fashion on its opening weekend and indie rock meets electronica programming under the WMC Rocks header on the closing weekend, in addition to its standard programming and events. More details will be announced over the coming weeks.

Winter Music Conference 2012

  • Music Meets Fashion: March 16 – 17, 2012
  • DJ Sets, Live Performances & Parties: March 16 – 25, 2012
  • WMC Music Industry Program: March 19 – 24, 2012
  • WMC Trade Show & Exhibits: March 19 – 20, 2012
  • Art & Record Collectors Show: March 24, 2012
  • WMC Rocks: March 23 – 25, 2012
  • Club & Poolside Events: March 16 – 25, 2012

Currently the WMC industry badge is being offered at a promotional Early Registration rate of $275 (over 40% off the Walk-Up rate) until October 26th, 2011. Registration includes access to panels, seminars, featured Q & A’s, the 27th Annual IDMAs, WMC official poolside events, South Beach Sessions, Record Collectors Show, WMC Rocks, trade show & exhibits, workshops (with the exception of the Remixing and Editing Workshops), DJ Spin-Offs, VJ Challenge as well as complimentary or reduced admission to WMC official and sanctioned events for the full ten days of programming.

Marketing opportunities are currently discounted by 30% through December 16, 2011. The WMC registration office and housing bureau is currently open at WMC is also accepting applications, inquiries and requests for panels and workshops, DJ Spin Off, VJ Challenge, showcasing and events.

WMC Office:
3450 NE 12th Terrace
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
Phone: (954) 563-4444 * Fax (954) 563-1599

A personal picture of ours of the infamous and dangerous Blue Fleur di Lys (above), almost 2 years old.

A pic posted to pillreports, we believe, by mustafa91 in recent days (above).

Light Blue Fleur di Lys, it would appear, have made their way down the East Coast from New York, according to a recent pill report.

Saint / fleur di lis  
Date Submitted: June 9, 2011, 12:22 am GMT
Last Updated: June 10, 2011, 1:31 am GMT
Submitted By: mustafa91 (member since May 20, 2011)
Name: Saint / fleur di lis
State/Province: Washington DC
Logo: Blue Eagle Saints fleur-de-lis
Colour: Blue
Shape: circular
Texture: slightly grainy – smooth
Edges: slightly thick
Report Quality Rating: not rated
Description: My man got these “blue eagles” for me — said he’s rolled on these in the past (of course, no guarantee they’re still good). I’m basically trying to avoid piperazines and other bullshit, because I just don’t have the time to waste tripping and recovering at work the next day. Guess the only way to find out is by consuming it…
Suspected Contents: Unknown
Rating: Unknown
Warning: yes
Tested: no
Consumed: yes
User Report: Consumed at + 0 hours. I chewed pill and to my surprise it broke apart pretty easily in my mouth. The taste is very bitter, almost metallic. There is a strong aftertaste lingering on my taste buds.t + 0:05 no effectst + 0:12 no effectst + 0:15 Is it getting hotter?t + 0:21 Pulse is 84 bpm.. my normal resting heart rate is 60-65

t + 0:24 My stomach is churning

t + 0:30 Feeling some obvious physiological changes. Hands are clammy, feel kind of faint.

t + 0:36 Listening to atb – 9 pm. Music is enhanced. Feet and hands feel colder. Dick has receded.

t + 0:45 Heart rate is steady at about 85 bpm. Music sounds better.. almost suspended in a sense. It also feels good to.. feel .. my biceps. I’m an amateur bodybuilder, so this is not uncommon. I’m pretty sure there’s no mdma in this pill, though I’m also pretty sure there’s no pipes because this isn’t unpleasant, per se.

t + 1:10 Laid back.. relieved that I’m not about to get caught up in some pipes (pun intended)

t + 1:24 I feel some jaw tension. The effects seem a tad more potent, in proper perspective, so it probably merits the rating of adulterated. Not sure what this shit is and I couldn’t be motivated to give a fuck.

t + 1:40 Went out to get some fresh blunts and as soon as I was outside, noticed that I’m much more spun than I thought. A little input generates a lot more output, in terms of physical strength. I could glide a flight of stairs like it’s nothing. My pupils are really dilated. This pretty much snuck up on me.

Trying to find mdma (east coast) is like .. mining for gold — almost like you’d be hard pressed to prove the existence of mdma out here. At least with cocaine I can get some shit before it’s cooked and not that cut, and I know there will be ~50% coke, albeit at a very high premium. Ya feel me? With the crackheads out here, the coke market will ALWAYS be alive in some form.

As far as the search for good pills, the only good news is that I can return the pills and get my money back.

Though mustafa91 has apparently misidentified these pills as Eagles, and has a warped view of the benefits of the Cocaine market, he does give a description of the pill’s taste and consistency.  Even before testing, we were a bit put off by the fact that these pills broke so easily.  Not crumbled, mind you, but broke, into hard pieces.

Along with the Green FDL’s that popped up in California, this makes two sightings of these volatile pipes in one week, on both coasts.  Now, a message to mustafa91.  There are excellent dance clubs in Washington D.C. and House Music is extremely popular.  DC is where several prominent acts rose up, including one of our favorites, Saeed and Palash, as well as the legendary duo, Deep Dish, the fact that they have now sold out many times over not withstanding.  Sure, we have a problem with how t hey make tracks with Puffy and the whole name change nonsense.  Dubfire…your name is Ali, moron.

Anyways, there are plenty of good drugs in DC.  You have plenty of college kids and lots of young, affluent professionals in the market for designer drugs and psychedelics.  Wasn’t a group of enterprising young Hoyas busted a few months back for making DMT in their dorm?

Mustafa91, get yourself out to the right clubs, and get rolling in the right circles.  Everything that’s available in NY is available in DC, and vice versa.  It’s a four hour ride, son.  In fact, we’d venture to guess that mostly everything available in DC came from NY, and you can get shit here.  And listen to those telling you to get a test kit.  The pill scene is bleak, but not quite as bad as you make it out to be.

Don’t Be A Quitter,

Crack (,

According to the New York Post’s Page Six gossip column, house music producer/deejay Steve Angello from the group Swedish House Mafia, encouraged the beautiful women at Provocateur’s Halloween party in New York City’s meatpacking district to dance the other night by taking out his black Amex card and promising any woman who broke off her heels a brand new pair of Christian Louboutins.

The producer/DJ made an appearance at Manhattan’s trendy Provocateur venue last week (ends31Oct10) to premiere the group’s new documentary Take One.

The screening was followed by a masquerade-themed afterparty, and Angello encouraged female revellers to take part by ordering them to take off their high heels and dance barefoot.

The star then held up his credit card and and promised to buy all of the ladies a new pair of designer shoes, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.

He reportedly said, “There are so many beautiful women here that I want you all to break off your high heels right now so you can dance. I promise to buy you all a brand new pair of Christian Louboutins in the morning.”

Angello doesn’t bother us with his electro-house style, but we prefer the tribal beats, truth be told.  At any rate, we know SHM to be a popular act locally which has gained much fame in recent years.  Nice move on the shoe offer, Steve.  We’ll be sure to check out Take One when we can, though we aren’t sure how it could possibly have anything on house music documentaries about our favorites–Danny Tenaglia and Saeed and Palash.

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