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A Change of Heart About Copyright

When it comes to my DJ mixes, I’ve always maintained a Creative Commons license. It’s made sense to me, as my only objective is to spread the beautiful music I find as much as possible. The music heals me and so I hope it does the same for others who listen. I make no money from the mixes, as they are for promotional purposes only, and the artists whose music I play seem to be happy with the extra promotion […]

Tongue in Groove

Stream or download WAV above, or download MP3 here. Last month I had the honor of playing a set for Ben Annand and the Tropical crew as they celebrated their 13th anniversary at a delicious yoga retreat center just outside the Cleveland National Forest. I’ve been enjoying the warm, housey vibes of Tropical events for 5 years running now, really lovely people and smiles all around. My set opened the day on Saturday of the weekend while people enjoyed the […]

October Roundup of DJ & Photo News

It’s hard to believe the end of the year is right around the corner! I’ve had the pleasure recently of immersing myself a bit more in photography, but there are a few groovy DJ gigs coming up too that should be a lot of fun. My general tendency with photography is to shoot places and animals, rather than people and events, but lately I’ve been trying my hand a little more at capturing events as they unfold. And so, I’m […]

“I Am Vegetable” – October 8

Having wrapped up fun times at KXLU with Mystic Pete (thanks, Pete!), I am happy to announce my next public appearance at the fantastic performance art party called “I Am Vegetable”. Put on by the illustrious Dream Circus, the “I Am” parties were legendary a decade ago in the performance art circuit of Los Angeles. Mikiko Nagao is one of the most talented costume designers in the L.A. underground and along with the directorial chops of siblings Teo & Desiree […]

Radio Appearance in September!

Exciting news to share!!! I will co-host the radio show “In A Dream” with Mystic Pete on September 10, 2011, Midnight Saturday, until 2:00 am Sunday, PST. KXLU, 88.9 FM, Los Angeles, and www.KXLU.com worldwide. Tune in for a special treat, either on FM or the Web – I’ll be playing some groovy and interesting music as well as chatting with Mystic Pete during my 2-hour stay. Hope you’ll join us!

Shoulder Rub

DJ Maggie on the Woogie Stage at Lightning in a Bottle, May 2011

Presenting to you…my set from Saturday afternoon on the Woogie Stage at Lightning in a Bottle. Such a fun afternoon that was! (Well, the entire weekend, really.)

Stream or download the WAV above, or download MP3 here.

Tracklist:

1. Hidden Orchestra – Strange
2. Deep Dive Corp – Lucsus
3. The Dining Rooms – Pure & Easy
4. The Eff Word – TBC (Crustation Mix)
5. MonkeyMarc – As the Market Crashes
6. Uriel – You Who Are Reading Me Now
7. Bathysphere – Augusta
8. Alpha Channel – Taboo Island
9. Baby Mammoth – Swing Business
10. Hedfunk – Dark Blue
11. Mastalsky – Happy (Uptight Anti-Stress Workout)
12. 9 Lazy 9 – Black Jesus
13. Electroslide – I’m a Cadillac
14. Lurob – Down the Road
15. Claude VonStroke – Bay Area
16. Rae & Christian – Trailing in the Wake
17. Alex Cortiz – Back on Track
18. Don Carlos – The Sun is Shining
19. Sola Rosa – Go Underground
20. Shanti Roots – New Toy
21. Planet E – Klub Kola (Uptight on the Rocks)
22. Thunderball – The Getaway
23. Eddie Silverton – Aperitif

Photoset: Moontribe ~ 18 Years Strong

Recently I gave myself the chance to immerse myself in photography while camping with several hundred of my closest friends. Our community, Moontribe, celebrated its 18th year of existence with a joyous festival of a Full Moon gathering. Dancing, reconnecting with old friends, making some new ones, cooking up a storm, lounging in the sunshine…it was all there. This is our church in a way, and I can’t think of anyplace I’d rather be.   Usually I’m behind the decks […]

Lightning in a Bottle set coming SOON!

Well now, wasn’t that amazing/crazy cool/super-fun. I had a tremendously good time playing for a smiling crowd of friends, fans, and fellow chillophiles on Saturday afternoon of the Lightning in a Bottle festival on the Woogie Stage. Good, deep fun. I’ve been told my set was recorded so I am eagerly awaiting a copy of the set so I can get it mastered and posted for your listening and grooving pleasure. Stay tuned! Hopefully this will be happening shortly. Big […]

Appleseeds

Live at Lotus Gathering 2011 by Dj Maggie on Mixcloud Stream from the link above, or download here. April 2011 saw a wondrous thing: A gathering organized by several overlapping party crews within our community. Terrakroma, Electric Cocoon, and Green Sector pooled their resources to throw an amazing, unforgettable event that left lots of people smiling. I had the honor of playing at this gathering, shortly after a break in the music and before it got jiggy with Sonoform…here’s the […]

Joseph Chad Hill, 1979-2010

Joseph Chad Hill: A Photography Retrospective

A dear friend and fellow photographer, Joe was remarkable for not only his eye, but his entire philosophy of making every day of his life count. He knew his time was limited, due to a degenerative condition; his gusto for exploring new realms was commendable. Most recently, in October/November 2010, Joe returned to Ghana for the fourth time, to capture its essence and to bring back hand-carved djembe drums for good friends. Shortly after his return, Joe’s health declined rapidly […]