by Ricardo Gutierrez

and thanks for all the fish.

My only regret is that I could not reply to each and every one of your comments. They were all as insightful as I expected from this group. I don't think I've seen anything like this anywhere on the web. Thanks for enduring some of my epic posts. When I started my own blog about a month ago my girlfriend's initial response was, "You're very verbose." She's right, I get to talking and just don't stop. If you guys ever want to check in on my quest to get good at everything (or at least decent at a few things), stop by:

Thanks for all the tips and suggestions. Thanks to admiralfrogpants for the Optimo suggestion, I haven't had a chance to check it out but it's been logged for future search. I also downloaded your mix but really haven't had time to check it out, but I promise I will. Same goes for Citizen E and the Disco Fuentes suggestion, I'll definitely be on it soon as I can.

Thanks Ta-Nehisi for the opportunity to play a week in the majors. It's been an honor. You've got a great group here and I know you know it.

One more plug. If any of you guys are near Manhattan this Saturday, stop by the Hester Street Fair, corner of Hester and Essex, 10am-5pm. My girl Sam Kim will be pushing her tasty creations. Besides her normal products, she's cooked up two special seasonal kimchees: 1. Green Tomato and Jalapeño. 2. Watermelon and White Peach.

DJing for you was fun this week. TNC and I have started talking about doing a party in the near future. I don't want to give too much away, but when the time comes you'll hear about it, and you're all invited.
For a long time now I've been thinking about what I play when I spin. What I like to play vs. what people want to hear vs. what people didn't know they wanted to hear. I think back to an old Clark Kent mix that he did on Hot 97 in NY, maybe 10 years ago. He played a variety of things, including Talking Heads, on Hip-Hop radio. The mix was awesome! I have it on cassette somewhere.

The "experiment" I keep talking about was/is that for the last few years I've been testing the bounds of what can be played together and still be exciting and work. How I can do that effectively. Don't get me wrong, I like playing sets, like Wednesday's Reggae, but to do sets all the time gets boring to me. I love the continuum that music is and I like exploring that. I don't spin out in public too much anymore because a lot of places are so strict in what they want you to play, that's fucking boring. The type of people I want to party with are the ones who are not only into different types of music and are open-minded, but will shake their collective asses to it all. That's why I've enjoyed this time with y'all. Also, because I've been schooled by you all a bit and I love to learn.

I've tried in some of these mixes to combine some different genres while keeping the same overall mood. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I'm know I'm not the only person doing this, so if y'all have suggestions on other DJs who pull this off well and know where I can hear some of their mixes, please let me know in the comments. In fact, please use comments for this post to tell me what you think about my "experiment" and any ideas you have associated with it. I appreciate it. I won't be around today to engage in the discussion but I will be reading all you have to say later. Thanks.

I listened back to some of these and definitely heard little mistakes or things I wanted to do better, like I should have faded "Cola Bottle Baby" out by the time the horns came in on "Soul Makosa" or how much better it would've been to mix "Cecilia" after "Rosa Parks". The beat on the S&G track would have sounded really cool over Outkast's hand claps. But in the end, I knew I'd have more fun with it if I didn't try to be a perfectionist and just did it. So here they are, warts and all, your parting gifts.

P.S. I know some will ask why a mastering engineer chose 192kbps for these mp3s. Really I didn't know how my server would be able to handle the streams, so I didn't want to put more pressure on it by making the files larger.