Saul Q. VS. Adam Salter this Saturday at B&G

First off, thanks to everyone that made it out to Boys & Girls a couple Saturdays back w/ French legend Alan Braxe! That was serious fun. Check out the video a few posts down to witness the mayhem. When I asked Alan if he had fun, he said Boys & Girls and his gig in LA (Discotheque) were 2 of the best shows on his tour, which included SF, NYC, and Chicago to name a few.

Transition: We have a pretty dangerous crew/night put together for this Saturday's edition of Boys & Girls at El D. Saul Q...the man needs no introduction. This Sat he'll be losing his B&G virginity as he and I battle it out on the decks. The Hi Ball Kids will be hosting and losing their B&G virginity as well. Just a forewarning, I don't know anyone that party's harder than these guys. Up and coming youngster Squid Vicious will be opening up w/ a solid selection of indie jams. And of course Norton, photographer/entertainment extraordinaire, will be doing what he does best: snapping shots, taking shots, drinking PBR, and getting loose. Note to self: You can't use "getting loose" in every post.

Segue: Get to El D early on Saturday and prepare for a nice hangover Sunday. Contact me, asalter1@hotmail.com, or El Dorado directly about guest list options.



#16.5 // P.A. PASEMASTER MASE a.k.a PLUG #3 (Do As De La Does)


Kin Folk,
Hope everyone has had a good summer. Over here at GFS we're real ready for the fall. The changing of the seasons, the turn of the tides... Don't get me wrong, I love me some Wind N' Sea shore break just like the next guy. My general beef with summer though, is that it seems the season mandates even the most grown of folk dress like children. You know, short pants and flip flops... Now that fall has arrived a man might get the chance to wear some wool, perhaps even a bit of tweed. And it's definitely time to put some leather under our feet, isn't it? Man up, yeah? Don Draper says 'Yeah'.

So to follow up our Stones Throw Showcase summer series and celebrate the advent of a new season we've got some of our biggest and most exciting events of the year lined up for October, starting with this:


The staff here at the GFS offices have been working on procuring this particular event since the very day Grown Folk Shit started (almost an entire year, incase anybody's counting). Trust, it's a very special occasion, this exclusive Maseo dj set, not only for us here at GFS, but presumably for anybody out there who has any degree of appreciation for hip hop. I don't imagine that a De La Soul primer is required here, being that they are among the most widely recognized groups within the genre world wide, along side A Tribe Called Quest, Gang Starr and perhaps a few others. I am, however, going to use this space to put forth a concept and personal belief, to which everyone is welcome to respond (via comments):
- De La Soul, has more truly great albums (beginning-to-end-Illmatic great, not In My Lifetime Vol. 1-I-love-3/4's-of-the-record-but-could-do-without-the-Blackstreet-cameos great) at a total of four ('3 Feet High And Rising', 'De La Soul Is Dead', 'Buhloone Mindstate' and 'Stakes Is High'), than any other hip hop group in history (excepting Boogie Down Productions, with a total of five - 'Criminal Minded', 'By All Means Necessary', 'Ghetto Music: The Blueprint Of Hip Hop', 'Edutainment' and 'Sex & Violence' - perhaps six, should you want to consider 'Live Hardcore Worldwide', the live album... An anomaly of a catalog which, surprisingly, if any artist in hip hop is ever going to contend with, it's going to be Ghostface). It's a concept which provides evidence enough to argue that De La Soul is perhaps the greatest hip hop group of all time.
Relative to one's perspective, four great albums may not seem like a tremendous benchmark. Compared to artists like The Beatles or The Rolling Stones, each with over ten beginning-to-end great albums in their catalogs, a single digit number such as four may seem unaccomplished. But let's be sure our perspective is adjusted properly to compensate for the field in which De La is working... The greatest of hip hop groups all plateau, at least within their recording careers, at three studio albums. Insert your favorite hip hop group here and apply... Eric B & Rakim - 3. Public Enemy - 3. Run D.M.C. - 3. A Tribe Called Quest - 3. Gang Starr - 3. Jungle Bros -2.5, maybe 3. M.O.P. - 2.5. The Beatnuts - 2 full lengths and an E.P. Pete Rock & C.L. - 2. The closest contender would have to be EPMD with flexible total of somewhere between 2.5 - 3.5 ('Strictly Business' and 'Unfinished Business' are both beginning-to-end triumphs... Most everybody seems to love one of either 'Business As Usual' or 'Business Never Personal' and have mixed feelings for the other).
The De La four album benchmark stands up even in the realm of solo artists: Slick Rick - 3. Kool G Rap - 2. Jay-Z - 1 and the aforementioned 3/4. Big Daddy Kane - 1. Biggie - 1. Nas - 1. One approaching competitor here would be, as previously mentioned, Ghostface with a debatable 3.75 ('Ironman', 'Supreme Clientele', 'The Pretty Toney Album' and 'Fishscale' all seems pretty perfect to me, but the middle two often provoke dissenting views, to say the least). As of press time, however, it appears that Ghostdini has taken a sharp left turn to become the (singing) 'Wizard Of Poetry', perhaps clouding his future...
Anyhow, point being... Pos, Dave and your dude Mase are one of the greatest of all time, if not the very best.
For nobody's sake but your own, please don't miss this shit.

Something we've yet to even mention, Maseo is a bona fide, no joke, official disc joc and record collector. Money is nice on the mic too. According to his bio, Mase made his debut as a dj at age 12. Snap!
Here's a recent (Aug 09) live set of his in two parts:
Part 1 is classic hip hop.
Part 2 is funk, soul and breaks.

While you're at it, enjoy this...

...and this:
Earlier this year dj & producer J Period released this pretty incredible Native Tongues dedication program for his True Elements show on Scion Radio. The show is filled with mad entertaining interviews with various Native Tongues members. Below is a link to a portion of that program with Dave and Pos of De La Soul discussing how they first were introduced to hip hop and how they connected with Maseo and Prince Paul to form De La -
The origins of De La Soul interview with J Period on Scion Radio


Again, for your sake, we would like to recommend that you catch a ticket for this Thursday's Grown Folk Shit party with Maseo NOW. Tickets are available right here and at the top of this very blog.

Merci beaucoup,


BRAXE, and a beverage

come back, Mr. Braxe!! PLEASE!

Really, y'all. the guy was a class act. Total pro - the following video is only a piece of the action, cuz dude set it off. Show him some love and buy his music. Better yet, sound off on his myspace and request that he returns to SD/ELDo -- hopefully, next time he'll be with 'friends'

Oh, and for those enquiring minds, an added bonus...

Our recipe for the MOSCOW MULE

Shake/stir first three ingredients (vodka, juice, bitters) with fresh ice in a mixing glass. Strain over more fresh ice in a hi-ball glass (or mason jar, like we use at eldo). Top with ginger beer and garnish with the mint sprig and lime wedge. Serve with a big smile!


Young Guns Saturday!!!

Hey all its been an amazing Summer and I know I've kept the posts to a minimum. The fall is here and this Saturday we've got a special Video DJ set by Gabe Vega & I will mixing it up on the turntables as well. Also, The Style Shark will be debuting his new T Shirt line so be sure to check that out! Prepare for some good old fashioned dance party debauchery... See ya Saturday




French Electronic Music Pioneer to Appear at El Dorado

This Saturday Boys & Girls has a very, very special guest. A little info for you...

Straight out of Paris, France, and part of the Daft Crew/Mafia (Daft Punk, DJ
Falcon, Play Paul, etc), ALAN BRAXE has been pioneering the French
electronic sound since 1997. In 1998, one of the greatest hits in
electronic music was born: "Music Sounds Better With You”. This came
about thanks to Braxe's collaboration with Thomas Bangalter (half of
Daft Punk) and Benjamin Diamond, under the name Stardust.

In 2000 Braxe created his own label, Vulture, and released "Intro/Running”
w/ frequent production partner Fred Falke, which once again proved to
be a hit and dance floor classic. His most recent hit "Addicted" was
released on the ever-so-popular Kitsune label.

Braxe has remixed and collaborated w/ artists such as Justice, Björk, Annie, Kylie
Minouge, and Goldfrapp. His DJ sets have proved to be just as
entertaining as his production and are not to missed!


#16 // D.a I.nner S.ound Y.'all

Online tickets: $20
Name (s) to put on will call
Email address
These are VERY LIMITED! and available at:

5 & A Dime
701 8th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 236-0364

Access Music
1537 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 270-3987

El Dorado
1030 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 237-0550


Introducing the first in a series of some of the most flavorful unique Acoustic Entertainment in San Diego. This Wednesday we bring you "El Dorado Unplugged" featuring Latanya Locket. You may have seen/heard Latanya as a special guest with the Grown Folk House Band on Thursday nights here at the El D. This time she is back with guitarist Paul West to bring some chic to the midweek with some ol' fashion Jazz and Blues. And don't forget El Dorado's very own E-Boy (Eric Untalan) will be starting the night off with some sick blues/reggae!

This event will be unique!!! The Artists will be performing completely devoid of amplification... No Mics! No Wire! No Amps!!!

El Dorado Unplugged is about to become "THE" spot on Wednesday nights in downtown San Diego. Be the first to see it!!


Boys & Girls Saturday Sept. 5th

This Saturday Boys & Girls brings you it's first ever theme party - "I Love Vampires," in honor of your favorite El D bartender, (no not Miranda...nobody likes her)...Chef Niki G! We'll be celebrating her 21st birthday....again. Wear red & black, fake blood, fangs, etc. This is the one night biting will be permitted. Myself and Erick Diaz will be headlining the night as The Analog Show, so be prepared to be deaf by the end of the night, as we have no concept of volume control. Plus we have the DJ debut of Squid Vicious (I'm in North County Bitch); he gets loose.

So come prepared. We'll have $4 True Blood Cocktails for all the vampires. Yes, you only get the Blood cocktail for $4 if you are dressed like a vampire!

Trouble & Bass Video! Drop The Lime, Star Eyes, and The Captain! from mac nguyen on Vimeo.