Download: EPMD “You’re A Customer”

Download: Archie Shepp “Money Blues”

UPDATE: Rare snaps of Charlie himself.

Your man Charlie is up at the Beat Swap Meet right now repping Ubiquity (come for the Pharoahs, leave with the Blank Blue EP) and L.A. RECORD with a bunch of diggers in dig paradise: Grand Star with full bar and crates to pull from. I always liked the idea of a cocktail record swap. I’m gonna call up and see if I can put a line out on Archie Shepp’s Things Have Got To Change.

Even if you love records but just can’t afford to skinny up your murse, at the very least the vibe is welcoming and hearing live mixes from your favorite DJs while sipping a brew (or something stiffer) on a Sunday afternoon just feels right. With over 20 vendors, the soil was moist for the digging. It was mostly prime selections from legendary vendors like Marvski, Icy Ice, C-Los, Gabe Real, DJ Daz, and AC the PD, not to mention DJ Sheep, who, without vending space had a good stockpile of imports available for BSM goers. The vibe was right for younger diggers to dig shoulder to shoulder with their heroes such as Young Einstein, Expo, Sloepoke, Miles, DJ Frane, DJ Abel, and Indy One… to name a few Los Angeles DJ celebs included in the festivities. As if the records weren ‘t enough, DJs Abel, AC the PD, Counterstryke, GabeReal, and Pryvet Peepsho to name a few, mixed live sets; instantly actualizing the possibilities of these records filling the room. DJ Counterstryke played tributes to the late-great Buddy Miles which fell upon appreciative ears of music lovers and historians thick amongst the crowd. And DJ Sheep from Australia dropped an unexpected, yet unabashedly fresh Japanese import set. The uniqueness of the Beat Swap Meet is in its ability to bring together generations, genres, and degrees of involvement in the culture under one roof for the sake of music while hearing live DJs in a relaxed atmosphere with a beer in-hand. The Beat Swap Meet recognizes the importance of vinyl records as the artifacts and relics of Hip Hop culture as well as all related genres of music, and aims to keep the art of digging alive. Get those fingers dirty!!


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