Monday, September 29, 2008

10/02 - Residents' Night @ DOS TRES

After two back-to-back weeks of out-of-town talent, DOS TRES is keeping it local this Thursday... but that doesn't mean the music won't be as fresh as any other week. I have it on very good authority that:

     Bob will be playing some of his latest 99-cent thrift shop & ebay finds (one man's trash is another's disco bliss),

     Barry will be digging through his 30,000+ (a modest estimate... not kidding here) record collection for long-lost floor fillers that will move you,

     Mark -- aka CALSOUND.COM's vinyl buyer numero uno -- will be pulling together a "special retro HOUSE NOT HOUSE set!!!",

     Dr. Indulgent be bringin the creme of the minimal crop and some of this brand new genre he's just discovered, "mono techno",

     Morgan was unavailable for comment at time of posting but will likely be taking a well-deserved break from his session drummer duties and pulling some soulful stuff the ladies will love.

be there,

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Love Dancing with Phil Mison - 09/25 recap

In case you weren't in attendance, PHIL MISON (half of nuBalaeric outfit REVERSO 68) dropped by and played some records for us last Thursday -- disco-tinged balearic boogie for the peak and then a Lofty rock/disco/world/whatever-he-wanted-to-drop set for the cooldown.

At one point Dr. Phil decided to give the bartenders a breather and played an absolutely infectious sequence of disco dance that -- as your DOS TRES residents watched jaws-agape -- had EVERYBODY in the club ditch the bar to fill the floor for some truly passionate love dancing.

A whirlwind of feet and arms and smiles. A truly special night and special set.

Pending Phil's approval we'll have clips of the set up and ready to be podcasted - in the meantime get subscribed to stay tuned for DOSTRES updates.

bidding thee adieu,

ps - next thursday will be a residents' affair, with your hometown heroes playing freshly minted electro/nuDisco/boogie/old house/italo/re-edit/minimal hits PLUS their secret treasures from decades of digging - do not miss.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Phil Mison of Reverso treats San Diego to a real taste of Balearia on 9/25

Reverso 68 Myspace

Producer, songwriter, musician & Balearic DJ pioneer, Phil Mison championed the chill-out music genre from its inception in the early 90’s. Mison, who began his storied DJ career at London’s famed Milk Bar after slipping Underworld’s Darren Emerson a bedroom mixed tape, segued into producing after a decade of DJing around the world and touring with bands such as Leftfield. In 1995, he released the first of his Soundcolors compilations, the groundbreaking series that introduced the world to chill-out electronic music. As CANTOMA, Mison distilled the Ibiza flavor into an original artist album. REVERSO 68 is the studio based project of Phil & Pete Herbert. (the duo also recorded an electro-dub inspired album as Frontera.) The two met many moons ago while Phil was a resident at the Cafe Del Mar in Ibiza. Over the last few years Reverso 68 have released numerous original productions as well as remixes for The Juan Maclean, Bent and Manhead, to name a few. The REVERSO 68 sound could be descibed as a deep mix of Balearic disco and spaced out, melodic electronics made with the dancefloor in mind. Phil cites numerous musicians and DJs as leaving a lasting impression, including DJ Harvey and David Mancuso.

Word on the street is that he tore it up last week at TONY WATSON's "After Dark In The Parc" night last Saturday. Word has it that it will happen again at DOS TRES so DON'T MISS THIS!

3936 30TH ST SDCA92104
9PM-2AM / 21+

Opening resident DJs
for the night will be:



Monday, September 15, 2008

G.B. & The Tracks

We, the folks of DOS TRES, absolutely love our left-field disco jams. We live for the stuff. So I thought it would only be appropriate to start off the DOS TRES blog with a couple of tracks from the mysterious Canadian disco outfit G.B. & The Tracks. They sound more like they are from outer space than Montreal. Listen for yourself.

G.B. & The Tracks - My Kind Of Woman (Tako Edit)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Monday, September 8, 2008

DOS TRES Dj Sets...

...are coming very soon. 1st week of October @ the latest.

Not only will we have sets from our guest djs but we'll be hosting exclusive sets mixed by your humble hosts... brand new cream-of-the-crop tunes you'll hear everywhere else in 6 months as well as (sshhhh!) *secret treasures* from their decades of
djing... all packaged in a podcast and ready to go in your ipod/stereo/computer/ears.

Subscribe Now to the blog to get the HEADS UP when we start pumping these out.


Thursday, September 4, 2008


For those of you with ADD, we'll make this simple...

Electro-Italo-Cosmic-Balearic Disco, Classic-Deep-Acid-Dub-Minimal House, floor-friendly Funk & Rock

THE OFFICE BAR, INC. 3936 30th Street, 92014.

EVERY THURSDAY, 9pm - 2am.

But for the patient, let's flesh out the above a little...

THIS IS THE BLOG FOR DOS TRES, a collective of san diegan djs who were pretty bored with the leftfield dance music options in the san diego night life and got together to do something about it. There really aren't any nights in SD that catered to the crowd that liked their dance music way left of center... so people who enjoyed

Electro-Italo-Cosmic-Balearic Disco, Classic-Deep-Acid-Dub-Minimal House, floor-friendly Funk & Rock

were totally left out in the cold with nowhere to go on a Thursday night. Sometimes LA would pick up the slack but that's not a fun drive. All in all a very sad state of affairs.

So the DOS TRES boys went ahead and pooled their resources, talent & charm together to pull off a pretty killer Thursday night, currently hosted at The Office Bar in North Park, to which you are cordially invited.

DOS TRES has hosted many cream-of-the-crop international DJs and producers, including...

       Tim Sweeney (Beats in Space Maestro, Death From Above records dj oficialle)

       Maurice Fulton (KATHY DIAMOND's songweaver, too many essential side projects to mention)

       J.D. Twitch (Optimo Espacio Extrordinarre & original Sub Clubber)

       In Flagranti (sultry/sleazy/sexy NYC nuDisco outfit)

...and a ton more who will get written up when we got some more time to.

DOS TRES took a breather at the end of 2007 to recharge their batteries but stepped back up to the plate in summer 2008 to bring you more eclectic evenings of killer leftfield dance. So far we've had FELIX DICKINSON (uk beardo-disco extraordinaire), PHIL MISON (uk balearic-disco homeboy) and ALEXANDER ROBOTNICK (italo-disco OG/god/legend).

Monday, September 1, 2008

A recollection on San Francisco and Alexander Robotnick

The second time I lived in San Francisco, from around 1984-86,
I spent many late nights going out to various bars, clubs, and on
the weekends I'd often go with friends to the many underground
events that were happening in local warehouses, halls, and run-down bars.

This underground scene thrived in SF during that time. These parties
predated - but totally resembled - what would later come to be known
in the late 80s as Raves (okay, minus the Ecstasy and Acid House - but really, the same in spirit.) I remember lots of performance art, film loops, and other then-standard artsy kind of stuff at these parties.

But for me, of course, it was all about the cutting-edge, wildly varied music the DJs were playing; from early electro, electro-boogie, rap, some freestyle, now-standard 80s, new wave, and "alternative" rock. The vibe was edgy, mixed, alternative, underground, and very fun. Alcohol was always served, usually illegally.

I recall some of these underground parties having bands, but as I remember it, the focus was on dancing. Somewhere I have a box containing flyers from many of the parties I attended back then, and I've gotta dig it up and scan them. Until I do, I can, sadly, only recall the name of one of the events I regularly went to: Noh Club at the Kabuki Theater. I know, this wasn't one of the real "underground" parties, but it's all I can remember for now. (Does anyone know the names of any of those underground events?)

Anyway, it was at those parties where I first heard Grandmaster Flash's "White Lines", Laid Back's "White Horse" and of course Alexander Robotnick's "Problemes D'Amour". That particular song would become, for me, one of those long-unidentified but ubiquitous songs of that time. It was probably a year after first hearing Problemes D'Amour" that I heard it played at The (original) Stud (what is now, I think, called Holy Cow) and I was finally able to walk up to the DJ and find out what it was.

The very next day I went to either Aloha or Gramophone Records and picked up my original import copy. I've been a huge fan of Robotnick's (or rather, Maurizio Dami's) original music ever since. "Problemes D'Amour" must have been a huge influence for most of the original Chicago and Detroit producers. I know it's been dropped into many a house and techno set over the years. It's just one of those records; it manages to sound fresh and unique in whatever context it's dropped.

If you think you aren't familiar with this song, think again (and check the clips)... even someone not particularly savvy about Italo Disco has likely heard (and probably loved) this song. And if you ARE an Italo fan, then this is "Italo Disco 101" for you. It's definitely one of those must-have songs for anyone, whether you're into the Italo sound or not.

There are only a handful of songs made by Alexander Robotnick from
that heyday, but all of them are really exceptional.

Popular songs I recall from the SF Undergrounds 1984-85

George Kranz "Trommeltanz (Din Daa Daa)"
The Smiths "How Soon Is Now"
Alexander Robotnick "Problemes D'Amour"
Heaven 17 "Let Me Go"
Time Zone "World Destruction"
Information Society "Running"
Art of Noise "Beat Box"
Shannon "Give me Tonight"