STYLE CHATTER

You might want to think about incorporating this incredible new tune by Active Child into your celebration. Powerful stuff here, folks.

Even if I wanted to love you
Would you love me?
Even if I wanted to fall for you,
Would you fall for me?
Even if I never meant to hurt you,
Would you hurt me?
Even if I wanted to pray for you

Hold me, hold me close,
Never let go
Tell me what you need, and I promise I’ll take control
And even if I wanted to run with you
Would you run with me?
Even if I wanted to hold you
Even if I never meant to hurt you,
Would you hurt me?
Even if I wanted to ṗray for you
Hold me, hold me close,

In the middle of the night I feel your presence taking control
So many reasons …
Don’t try to take what you didn’t wanna start
So many reasons …
Don’t try to take what you didn’t wanna start

Hold me, hold me close,
Never let go
Tell me what you need, and I promise I’ll take control
Even if I wanted to love you
Would you love me?
Even if I wanted to fall for you,
Would you fall for me?
Even if I never meant to hurt you,
Would you hurt me?
Even if I wanted to pray for you

 

Here they are folks, the eagerly awaited set times for our annual Spring Showcase taking place tonight, 4/19, @ Estate (1177 N. Elston). Come early and stay until the lights come on.

While most of our DJs will be around this evening, many of them have out of town gigs. The ones who will unfortunately not be in attendance are Ben, Bethany, Zebo, Edwin, Jake, Ralph, & Justin.

The artwork below is called “You Are What You Grow” by the very talented Rose Wong.

See you ce soir.

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One of the reasons we’re holding our showcase tomorrow night is because it leads up to our favorite day of the year: Record Store Day. Got a turntable you haven’t used in awhile? Well, you had do something about that! You’ll be exhausted after the madness on Friday night so on Saturday, come dig through some wax and enjoy the sounds of my friend Simon aka Bonobo at our favorite record store, Gramaphone.

I’m off to DJ in San Fran on Saturday (Amoeba!) but if I was in Chicago, this is where I’d be.

bonobo

 

You may have noticed that there’s no longer any live recordings of String Theory (our live chamber ensemble) on this website. Well, we’re in the middle of recording some new stuff and we’ll be posting everything to a new String Theory SoundCloud page soon. Also, we feel we needed to address this hugely popular trend of playing classical versions of contemporary pop/rock/hip hop songs. With over 60 years of combined experience (yeah, you read that right), String Theory can play just about anything…as long as there’s sheet music. And as long as you give us enough time to learn the music. This weekend, String Theory is playing live versions of tunes by Ray Lamontagne, CSNY, Coldplay, and Jason Mraz. In our hunt to track down this music, we came across this very cool cover of the Game Of Thrones theme. I don’t think we can pull this one off as our group consists of two violinists and a pianist. It’s pretty amazing for a group of cellists, though.

 

Just got an invite to a friend’s wedding in Burlington Vermont this fall. He booked Jazzy Jeff as his DJ and now we’re in talks about Style Matters laying down the opening cocktail hour/dinner set.

It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve met Jeff. This was snapped outside the Delano in Miami a few years back.

Yo, Jeff!

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He just wants to be your lover.

Radiohead is a fairly polarizing band but whether you’re a fan of their music or not, it’s pretty cool two legends sat down to give a handful of lucky teenagers relationship advice.

After a few left coast shows this past weekend, the Orchard Lounge crew enjoyed a Sunday Funday in the City of Angels. A friend snapped this shot of us doing an interview at a bus stop (natch) on Fairfax outside the Odd Future store. On the flight back to Chicago, I think I had a little too much fun with the old Superimpose app.

Wel-welcome to LA.

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Just saw this pop up on NBC’s Daily Candy.

Suh-weet.

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At long last, here it is, the official Style Matters 2013 Spring Showcase announcement…

Next Friday night, April 19th, is when it all goes down. This little soiree has grown into something very special for our company and it’s a great way for you to meet the team. This year we’ve chosen Estate Ultra Bar as our venue and we can’t wait to strut our proverbial stuff for you. What happens at this party is every one of our DJs will get to rock a very brief 15-20 minute set. In this short amount of time, you’ll get a good sense of each DJ’s technical skill, as well as programming abilities. A lot of what you hear might not work at a wedding so please come with an open mind. More details to follow in coming days. For now, mark your calendars.

Spring It On.

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As booking season slowly comes to a close, my schedule has cleared a bit before wedding season kicks into high gear. I’m kicking off a spring tour with my Orchard Lounge cohorts tonight in Portland. The main reason I’m posting this here is because I want Style Matters clients to see that 4/19 date. Full details for our annual Spring Showcase will be posted in a few days…

Watch this space.

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Happy April, music lovers!

To kick off the season, today the Style Matters camp is busy making a comical clean edit of the new Robin Thicke/Pharrell jam, “Blurred Lines”. We think this is going to be absolutely massive at Style Matters parties this Spring. Call it this decade’s very silly (and sexy) response to Marvin Gaye’s classic, “Got To Give It Up”…with an absolutely ridiculous video.

We know you want it.

Update: I made this post on April 1st, 2013. We’ve got a knack for predicting these sorts of things (even when the record execs didn’t). I’m just sayin’.

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A kind Account Exec at Chicago Style Weddings sent us a copy of their most recent issue and something immediately grabbed my attention. Atop their ‘Music Makers’ piece are two photos of our very own Ralph aka Major Taylor. I found it peculiar that they used his image twice but never mentioned the fact that the supremely talented Ralph is a Style Matters DJ and the photo was snapped at a Style Matters wedding. Also, we were never asked for any input with the piece.

Le sigh.

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If you’ve been reading this blog, you may have noticed that Style Matters is opening up our own private event space. We’re making nice progress and throughout our search, we’ve been learning more and more about Chicago’s vibrant musical history. Cadillac Records is a film from ’08 that tells (albeit, loosely) the story of Chicago’s legendary Chess Records. The next time you’re scouring Netflix, give this one a whirl.

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