Our Labor Day Playlist

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Labor Day weekend is upon us. Yes, just as your sunburn finally healed and you've mastered the art of grilling, summer's on the way out. Whether this means a return to school, yardwork or regular television watching for you, this weekend marks the last party to ensure this summer goes out with a bang. That in mind, here's our Labor Day playlist.

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HARD Summer 2013 Playlist: Tracks From the Five Acts You're Not Allowed to Miss

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Fans at HARD Summer 2012
The largest electronic dance music festival in LA returns to downtown's Los Angeles Historic Park this weekend on Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th. The sold out sixth annual installment of HARD Summer will feature performances from today's leading EDM artist and hip-hop performers such as, Knife Party, Justice (DJ Set), a Duck Sauce reunion, Dog Blood, Bassnectar, Empire of the Sun live performance, 2 Chainz, Green Lantern, Zedd, Crystal Castles, Baauer, and Dillon Francis. Thousands of festival goers sporting their freshest festival steeze, favorite DJ shirts and little to no clothing will invade downtown as they indulge in their favorite music while overlooking the majestic LA skyline.

Accompanying the festival is the official after party held at Exchange LA, the former Los Angeles Stock Exchange Building turned nightclub for those wanting to keep the party going past midnight. The 21-and-over event will also feature sounds by Destructo (aka Gary Richards the festival founder) and friends. This years festival line-up features one of the most stacked ever, with everything from electro, house, dubstep, trap, deep house and techno to satisfy your EDM pallet. In an effort to get you pumped for the weekend we put together a short playlist of tracks and artist you may not be as familiar with, but we recommend should be on your radar this weekend. So crank up your speakers and groove along with us because we can't wait to party HARD with you!

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Five Protest Songs For Long Beach Ice Cream Men Who Might Have to Stop Playing Music From Their Trucks

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You might not know it, but the rights of ice cream men everywhere are slowly melting away. The city of Long Beach appears to be joining the ranks of Costa Mesa, Fullerton and Santa in restricting, even prohibiting ice cream men from playing music from their trucks to attract children. During tonight's Long Beach City Council meeting, councilman Dee Andrews plans to ask his colleagues to support an effort to ban operators of ice cream trucks from playing amplified music and is asking city attorneys to draft an ordinance that would require ice cream truck operators to comply with the city's noise ordinance and prevent the playing of any music when the trucks are parked and the operator is vending ice cream.

He says the music coming from the trucks on a daily basis has become a nuisance in the mid-city area of Long Beach. The question is, are the city's ice cream men going to allow their business to take such a serious licking? We think not. In fact, while there's still time, we're hoping a few bold cone merchants will ditch "Turkey in the Straw" for a day or two and blare some protest jams that will definitely send a message that they're sticking it to the man.

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Our Mardi Gras Phat Tuesday Playlist

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Allow Meek Mill to get it crackin' at your house party before Lent
That's right, folks, it's Mardi Gras. The day before Lent kicks off with the solemn Ash Wednesday, when absurdly excessive partying hits its absolute peak. Of course, whether you're a Catholic or not, Fat Tuesday is a fantastic excuse to cut loose and have the absolute most fun one can have on a Tuesday. To assist you in said partying, we at the Weekly have assembled a selection of songs to bring the best from Rio to New Orleans into your pre-Lenten celebration. Here's our Mardi Gras Phat Tuesday playlist! More »

Tommy Gun Tunes: A Playlist for Gangstas and Gangsters

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Sean Penn acting pretty Gangsta in Gangster Squad

Today, the highly anticipated gangster movie Gangster Squad hits theaters. The film, which will hopefully usher in a resurgence in classic gangster period pieces, promises that classic shoot 'em up action with a sleek new style. Of course, in honor of the occasion, we at the Weekly feel compelled to drop some gangsta shit! So, to prep you gangsters and gangstettes on the way to the theater, here's our official Gangster Playlist.

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You're A Sinner! Six Songs You Can Tebow To

So you missed church on Sunday because you were too hungover to get up and think straight. Dude, you missed the wrong day to attend.  No matter what your vice is, there is hope for you yet. Through hip-hop, glam rock, Southern rock and even hardcore, you can listen to positive songs to help you get on the right path. Here are six songs that you can Tebow to. Choose your poison wisely. More »

Six Songs with the F Word in the Title for Valentine's Day

Ladies, I've got a secret for you: Men don't like Valentine's Day.

I mean, we just got over the pressure of the holidays and now we're expected to come up with more gifts to show our love and appreciation. And do we ever get it right? Of course not. We're guys and we suck.

But we know if we play our cards right, tonight's almost a slam dunk in the bedroom. With this on our minds, we're acting all soft and cute with our roses, cards, teddy bears and chocolates, but what we're really thinking about is getting naked with you. (To be fair, we're also thinking about how to get you naked on the other 355 days of the year, but tonight, the odds of that happening are much higher and we like when the odds are in our favor.)

So while you're thinking about how he went to Jared or how every kiss begins with Kay, plain and simple, we're thinking about fucking you. Just so you can't say I didn't warn you, here's the soundtrack to what's going through our minds as you gorge yourself on chocolates and white wine spritzers.

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Jock Jams-Free 2011 NFL Kickoff Playlist

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Are you ready for some football? Hank Williams, Jr. really wants to know.

The 2011 NFL regular season kicks off Thursday night, when the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers host the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field. Apparently, for cities with a pro football team, this is a pretty big deal. So to commemorate the great American gladiator tradition that we (alone) call football, here's a playlist of un-traditional football tunes to get you pumped in lieu of a hometown team to root for.

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Kim Kardashian's Wedding Playist: 5 Songs To Avoid


On Saturday, while you're sleeping in or making a run to Trader Joe's for vegan pizza, there'll be more important things going on in the world. Yeah, it's Kim Kardashian's wedding! We know you could probably care less, but these multimillion-dollar Hollywood weddings only happen once every...month?

Since this wedding will be televised in a two-day E! event, we're sure some big musical heavyweights will be performing (or at least some well-known DJ will be mounted on a huge platform) at the $29-million estate in Montecito which is where the wedding is being held. And since we already have some inclination of what the wedding playlist might include, we definitely know what songs will NOT be making the cut:

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Listen To This: "Big Foot" Soul Mix

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Dennis Owens has been doing funk/soul club Good Foot at Que Sera in Long Beach for almost twelve years now and I think I was lucky enough to peek inside maybe by year two. The DJs who've climbed in and out of that back booth have been some of Southern California's best, and I was pretty honored when Dennis had me do an early set (with an ace squad of Foot alumni) at the tenth anniversary in the fall of 2008.

Now I've got my own anything-goes night called BIG FREAK on Mondays in Eagle Rock (with Crystal Antlers guest DJ-ing this next pre-SXSW installment) and so when Dennis invited me back for another Good Foot appearance, I decided to make a mix of records that could fit either night and call it--of course--BIG FOOT.

Some of these songs (like thee Midniters) I play almost every chance I get and some are ones I had to fish out from the back of the closet, like Gino Washington and King Coleman. And of course I saved a bunch for Friday, like Michael and the Mesengers, Joe Simon and N.F. Porter's "Don't Make Me Color My Black Face Blue," where our fearless singer clearly and powerfully declares that he's "sick of this shit!"

Thanks to Dennis for the hook-up and hope to see you Friday!

    Track listing and event info after the jump!

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