- March 23, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am #71112March 23, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm #122662
HELL YEAH.March 24, 2007 3:23 pm at 3:23 pm #122663
From the new issue of REMIX magazineMarch 24, 2007 7:17 pm at 7:17 pm #122664
Jason Lemon LymanParticipant
Anyone know where I could check out a mix? Judging from the track selection in that remix article, I think I might be into this. Haven’t heard of him before, but he plays some of the same tracks I do.March 24, 2007 8:52 pm at 8:52 pm #122665
i got you soon. jus sent the contract back today so we sorta jumped the gun. s’all good though, were running late on promotin. least the way i like to roll.March 26, 2007 4:21 pm at 4:21 pm #122666
and so it has begun
:DMarch 26, 2007 6:56 pm at 6:56 pm #122667
full promo begins today…
heres some web links to begin with
TodayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s funk and soul DJ is either an imitator or an innovator. A DJ who plays the standards Ã¢â‚¬â€ going from hit to hit Ã¢â‚¬â€ can be found at bad taverns, late-night commercial radio, and most weddings. A true believer commits to his or her own history of funk, one that incorporates region and genre, disco and electro. So when the Cambridge-based Soul-Le-Lu-Jah crew needed to start off a new Wednesday party at the Middlesex Lounge, they called on one man, PhiladelphiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Cosmo Baker.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Normally, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a hip-hop DJ, if you wanted to break it down. But thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lot that fits within those confines,Ã¢â‚¬Â Baker says on the phone from his home in Brooklyn. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Being from Philadelphia, with its rich DJ history, you kind of have to run the gamut from funk to soul to original breaks to deep funk and bringing it all together.Ã¢â‚¬Â As one-third of the world-champion remix crew the Rub, Baker has led the charge to put funk back into modern style, and his lengthy tours, from the US to Canada to Europe and back, have him spreading his meme worldwide. He recently returned from touring with Kanye West DJ A-Trak, and his crewÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s releases (most notably the Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the Motherfucking RemixÃ¢â‚¬Â series) catch buzz online like Mr. Telephone Man.
His appearance in Cambridge January 10 is a precursor to what appears to be the year of Cosmo Baker. Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got a bunch of stuff coming out right now, between me and the other guys in the Rub,Ã¢â‚¬Â he says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The CDs that we put out, we try to be consistent with that. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got some Ã¢â‚¬ËœBest OfÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ mixes coming out: Best of Reggae, Best of Hip-Hop, Best of Dancehall. Other than that, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got a good amount of solo stuff coming.Ã¢â‚¬Â In addition to a high-visibility remix of Talib Kweli, Baker is plotting a sequel to his XXXplosion mix project and work with talented MC Plastic Little, all related to the resurgence of funk hotbed Philadelphia. Sean Quinn, on the other hand, is the guru of BostonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rising funk tide. As the de facto captain of what he calls a Ã¢â‚¬Å“DJ army,Ã¢â‚¬Â QuinnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Soul-Le-Lu-Jah night at ZuZu in Central Square has hipsters and their friends falling out of the club every Saturday.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“For our new night, we wanted something that fit the vibe of the club,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Quinn on the phone from Boston. Ã¢â‚¬Å“And Cosmo, well, all his remixes and mix CDs, are amazing.Ã¢â‚¬Â When Quinn wanted to launch his new night, Soul Touch, he and fellow soul DJ PJ Grey immediately called on Cosmo. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s through PJ that I ended up linking up with this gig,Ã¢â‚¬Â Baker says. One of QuinnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s funk corporals, PJ Grey hosts the Galactic Fractures radio show (on WMFO) and popular website. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had on my radar for a few years now,Ã¢â‚¬Â Baker says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s right up my alley when it comes to what IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m into musically. For the past year or so, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been corresponding, sending mixes back and forth.Ã¢â‚¬Â This correspondence brings Baker to Cambridge for this special appearance, where the celebrated hip-hop head gets to spin his classic collection, some of which can be sampled in a mix at http://www.thePhoenix.com .
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This? IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m definitely going to have the room to spread out,Ã¢â‚¬Â Baker says excitedly. Ã¢â‚¬Å“So to speak . . . and stretch my limbs, so to speak, on the funk side of things. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been a long time since IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve done a funk night.Ã¢â‚¬Â Like PhillyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s DJ Cash Money, Baker cut his teeth DJing soul and funk, primarily at his now-mythical Ã¢â‚¬Å“Finger LickinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬Â funk-45 night at the 700 Club. Ã¢â‚¬Å“DJ Cash Money is a good example of a Philly DJ. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s one of the greatest hip-hop DJs in the world, but at the same time heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll do a night of funk 45s and raw stuff like that.Ã¢â‚¬Â Baker also cites DJ Jazzy Jeff and Roots drummer ?uestlove as part of Philly history. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the nature of the game coming from Philadelphia. Drawing the parallel lines between different genres, and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s kind of become my calling card.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Baker is part of a new kind of music business model, one that subsists mostly on tours and remixes. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We do make a lot of money off the tours, and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a wonderful thing, because you are able to command a price, and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s net, you know?Ã¢â‚¬Â BakerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s remix requests are slowly coming in, but expect them to get faster and faster. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The remix game doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t pay all that much, unless your name is, like, Diplo. And even then it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t come around all that often. But companies will allocate a certain budget just for a remix, knowing that that remix is going to put a group over the top.Ã¢â‚¬ÂMarch 26, 2007 7:33 pm at 7:33 pm #122668
COSMO “COWBELL” BAKER and ATRAKMarch 29, 2007 1:21 pm at 1:21 pm #122669
pics from the tittsworth & nada show
most of my crowd shots were lousy
tittsworth took some good shots though
if anyone missed them, i’ll post thoseMarch 29, 2007 5:44 pm at 5:44 pm #122670
There are some people who are always one step ahead of the crowd, whose fingers seem to be locked on the pulse. Cosmo Baker is one of those people. As a DJ, he’s been a key player in some of the most celebrated moments in music and nightlife history of Philadelphia. Call it the Midas touch, but trace something back to it’s roots and you’ll probably see Cosmo’s name on the flyer. From holding one of the original resident spots alongside King Britt at the now-legendary Back to Basics party to spinning at house parties alongside a then-unsigned band called The Roots, Cosmo seems to have a knack for getting involved with the next big thing.
Cosmo took over the Philadelphia scene when he was still just a teenager, playing at many of the city’s top nightclubs before he was even legal . Although he was young, he possessed the musical savoir-fare of the ages. While growing up, Cosmo made himself at home with his family’s record collection, which included everything from folk and blues to jazz and pop . However the style of music that had the biggest impact on him was hip-hop. When he started DJing, he took his love of hip hop and combined it with his knowledge of the other forms of music – developing a style of mixing music of different genres seamlessly to create a “bigger picture.” This was the style that years down the road would influence many of Philly’s most acclaimed DJs. As a DJ, Cosmo’s musical knowledge crosses over to his approach to spinning. He sees each DJ set as a movement. much like a piece of classical music, that takes the listener on a journey from point A to point B. He was also able to incorporate the music training he had as a child, which includes violin, guitar, bass, piano, drums and music reading into the way that he would construct his sets.
Already established in Philly as one of the top DJs by the mid nineties, Cosmo moved to New York to take a job working at Eightball Records. It was here that he became a fixture on the scene and ended up spinning regularly in the downtown circuit. Although he loved his time in New York, he eventually returned back to Philly to finish college. Upon his return to Philly, he started a party named The Remedy. This party became an instant success, and further solidified Cosmo’s reign at the top of the Philly DJ community. After a near fatal car accident, The Remedy was kept afloat by Cosmo’s friend Rich Medina, and after Cosmo’s return the two of them continued to preside over what is now called by many, “The dopest continuous weekly hip-hop jam in the United States” (Bobbito – 360hiphop.com, 2001.)
The turn of the century saw many changes for Cosmo. He started traveling to Las Vegas on a weekly basis to spin at Baby’s Nightclub, inside The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. He also started to devote more time to production and recording. Since 1997, he released several records, such as The Militant Mindstate, Munk Wit Da Funk, One Way and more. He also worked on his own solo material, which was by definition hip-hop, but showed as much influence of Neil Young as it did by EPMD. Included in his catalog of solo material was his distinctive mixed CDs – mixes that stayed true to his vision of a “movement in music,” much like his DJ sets. During the first several years of the 21st century, Cosmo continued to play on the road, and at home he still presided over his parties like The Remedy, and Candyland, which he DJed with his friend ?uestlove of The Roots. Eventually, he moved back to Brooklyn where he teamed up with fellow music lovers DJ Ayres and DJ Eleven for The Rub, which is now widely considered New York’s best DJ/dance party.
And that’s the thing with Cosmo. He always lets his passion for music take him to new places, inspiring his DJ contemporaries and the people that come out to listen to him. Whether he’s spinning for an intimate group of 50 or an audience of thousands, he always knows what song will engage and, of course, move the crowd. Whatever it is that he’s involved with, judging by his track record, it could easily be the next big thing.March 31, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm #122671
You can download a whole bunch of Rub mixes from their show on brooklyn radio
the rub live
dance hall ruff and ruggged cosmoMarch 31, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm #122672
gotta read that Rub tour diary written by Cosmo over the course of The Rub’s marathon trek thru Austin /ssxw and then straight to Miami for Ultra / WMC. Not many groups would be able to draw heavilly at both events. Says something about the Rub as a group. I mean these guys pretty much kickstarted the mash-up craze, revived the genre known as hip house, and are able to causally toss around rare funk and crunk rap. Ohh yeah and don’t forget about the fact that they pretty much broke multi-genre mixing to the world. Now they roll around kicking it with celebrites at all the hot spots. Hell, Dj ayres even played at martha stewarts christmas party. All these guys are popping off with their own record labels. shit getting REAL BIG…
Yet they remain extremely down to earth. Cosmo is asking me what the crowd will be like. what can he get away with playing. who will open. will there be decorations? He heard Tittsworth played Slayer, can he play that. dude is mad nice in general and behind the mixer… hope you guys will come check him out…
Here’s the diaryMarch 31, 2007 1:00 pm at 1:00 pm #122673
heres some better flics of that titts show… hope cosmo gets even crazier …
[/img]April 2, 2007 2:04 am at 2:04 am #122674
new flyer also i’ll be posting some links to a few more mixes soon…
that love breaks mix is not really representative of what Cosmo will be doing at skully’s. He will most definitely be rocking the party with a multi-genre set that includes everything from Rap to Electro, Disco to Indie Rock, Funk to Booty Bass, as well as House and a lil bit of Death Metal. Expect nothing but the illest of mixing and blending out of Cosmo.
new flyerApril 2, 2007 10:39 am at 10:39 am #122675
Bang’s always been free(at least the times I’ve been), is this?
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