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Beck + Margaux and Sean 02.23.09  
We were lucky enough to shoot one of the very first legal gay marriages in LA last year, and after seeing Sean Penn's inspiring acceptance speach last night (and tearing up) we thought we would repost the pictures.
We are going to be donating a portion of all of our proceeds from commitment ceremonies this year to www.noonprop8.com to help reinstate equal marriage rights for everyone.
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The Wedding Spinner Pt. 4 & 5 02.21.09  
They just keep comin...

THE HUMAN JUKEBOX in the studio (this is the pot head portion of the mix)


I have been working on a mix cd, based on the things that have been working well at weddings this past year, and our good friend (and collaborator in all things awesome) Shanghai came by and graciously shot some video of me fooling around. This is just raw practice video, unpolished, unrefined, but pretty close to how it works on the dancefloor. These have been edited down to the most enjoyable parts because I know your attention span is hella short!

There are many more to come over the next few days so stay tuned. Additional dj videos and sound samples can be found in the DJ MIXES section of the DANCEPARTY heading in the navigation above.




The Wedding Spinner 4 from Michael Antonia on Vimeo.
(this is the hip-hop / pot head portion of the mix)

The Wedding Spinner 5 from Michael Antonia on Vimeo.
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Muzak = Chapter 11 02.21.09  
first obama now this? there really might be hope for us after all!
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SONGS FOR FEBRUARY 2009 (very late!) 02.19.09  
Every month I make a compilation of the songs in heavy rotation at my house. I have been doing this since forever for my friends and I thought I would offer it to you guys as well. Email me your address HERE and I will start sending them to you every month free of charge. Here is what made the cut this month.
1. Famous Blue Raincoat - Leonard Cohen
2. Chokechain - Lou Barlow
3. Behind the Garage - Eric's Trip
4. How Can I Tell You - Cat Stevens
5. Still Crazy After All These Years - Deer Tick
6. Deep Blue Sea - Dan Rossen
7. Blood Bank - Bon Iver
8. Can't Leave Her Behind - Stephen Malkmus & Lee Ranaldo
9. Dazed and Confused - Jake Holmes
10. Memo From Turner - The Rolling Stones
11. Wild Horses - The Flying Burrito Brothers
12. In My Hour of Darkness - Gram Parsons
13. Are You Really Real? - Ricky Nelson
14. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) - Kris Kristofferson
15. Big Iron - Marty Robbins
16. Nice Fox - The Rosebuds
17. Oh Me – Nirvana
18. Nobody Loves You (When You're Down And Out) - John Lennon
19. If You Want Me to Stay - Sly & The Family Stone
20. Hello Stranger - Barbara Lewis
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Antony & the Johnsons NY Times 02.19.09  
Wifey spied this last night because she is...well, awesome!! and she has The New York Times website as her homepage (though these days it's Facebook that demands most of her attention...) Either way, people who have the NY Times set to their homepage are just better than the rest of us! Anyway, this is a wonderful thing to see on the homepage of the NYT. Antony has really grown on me this year and that the Times deems it "news that is fit to print" makes me really happy! I know that writers at the Times have better taste than most but it is still a win for our side when a mainstream publication features beautiful music on its' front page. If you already know a lot about Antony the article won't offer much, but it does have a stream of "Another World" which is definitely the standout track from his newest album released last month on Secretly Canadian "The Crying Light" If you aren't up on the man give it a read HERE

However, if music is all you need, we got you covered... download it below.
Antony & the Johnsons - Another World


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The Ace Hotel: Palm Springs 02.08.09  
I feel like palm springs is going to be the next hipster hotspot to get married. And yes, weddings are making a
huge comeback in a very enlightened way (no need to follow the straight and normal ways of tying the knot)... No house, no money, no job, but there is always love!

Right on cue our friends at The Ace Hotel are ahead of the curve (as usual)! They have opened a new place in Palm Springs featuring a modern 3,000 square foot building that opens onto a small outdoor amphitheater with an amazing pool. It's perfect for weddings, meetings, and the occasional family supper.

Our Friend Alex Calderwood (both Michael and I once called him "boss") is one of the owners. We have worked on countless events and projects over the years along side many of his current employees, for him and his partners. In addition to the hotels they are responsible for Rudy's, The Cha Cha Lounges, a few great nightclubs and an unparrelled heap of style!
The rooms are designed to embrace indoor-outdoor living area with cloaked, tent-like walls and a concrete floors which extend onto patios with outdoor fireplaces. The headboard of the custom-built bed comes equipped with cloth pockets for storage of magazines and other reading materials, and each room comes equipped with slatted walls where guests can hang their own pictures or artwork. The furniture is vintage, giving a handcrafted feel making each room unique, and the bleached canvas, wormy butternut wood, denim, and hemp are all in line with Ace's hybrid goal of comfort and sustainability.
The wow factor will be off the charts just by booking your wedding at this spot, and the trifecta would be adding Michael as your DJ, & Jesse, Max and I as your photographers. We'll take care of the wedding, the The Ace Hotel will take care of everything else, and you can free yourself up to take care of the love!
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