Sunday, September 22, 2013

Krazystan: Travel Warning 2 - Ala Archa National Park

Krazystan: Travel Warning 2 - Ala Archa National Park: The Archa tree is common here in Kyrgyzstan and it is common in the United States, where it is called...the juniper.  Yes, the tree that gi...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Krazystan: Kyrgyzstan 1 - USA 0

Krazystan: Kyrgyzstan 1 - USA 0: So downtown Bishkek has a statue every 15 or so feet.  Seriously.  You know the Literary Walk in Central Park?  The whole city's kind o...


Have you ever said, why not move to a place where no one knows your name and take my family with me.  Well, i have friends like that and they are awesome.  Check out their blog above. 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Stalley – A-Wax

Stalley – A-Wax


Maybe i am jock riding this guy.  But if you name your mixtape or song A-wax, i am listening.  This one brings back the production sound that fits Stalley the best.  He rides it like a yamaha.  Vrroooming.

Stalley – Swangin (feat. Scarface)

Stalley – Swangin (feat. Scarface)


It is like this dude can read my mind in the summertime.  Right when i started thinking, where the hell is scarface at?  

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Run them Jewels


Just downloaded Run The Jewels from Run The Jewels - http://t.opsp.in/a1DsG

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

More than a DJ

Yes, i am realizing that i am more than just a DJ.  I will be rolling out a few new projects.  Beats Challenges, Rap Challenge, Video Challenge and a few other items that i will keep under wraps for now.  These will begin around July 15th, 2013.  

Dj Brik Mason does Yoga Challenge

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 
Looking into my new and old life has brought me to a pivotal point in my life.  Challenges are a part of all of those moments.  As i began to cook more and more vegetarian with vegan tendencies meals, i realize the wealth of health and knowledge i have gained. I continue to cook(vegan recipes seem to be my thing at the moment) because i love to learn and embrace the ingredients in the kitchen and see what concoctions i can imagine.  I guess i get that from my father.  Sometimes the weird prevail.  As i continue, i will add another challenge in my life.  A yoga challenge.  Being that i know someone very dear to my heart(my wife) who is a certified yoga teacher, i want to expand my horizons.  The key is to learn about myself.  My breathing and my body.  I will start these 30 days when we get back from Utah on July 9th, 2013.  Updates coming soon. 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Check out the New Events


Party at the Piers is toooonigghhhhtttttt
 
 
6/20/13
10th Annual Party at the Piers
Chelsea Brewery
Chelsea Piers, Pier 59,
New York City, New York 10011

Sunday, June 16, 2013

New Father's Day Mix 2013-Happy Father's Day

Dj Brik Mason teaches a Class

I taught a class today on Djing.  It is the basics of Djing. The basics to Djing includes learning how to assemble their turntables and audio equipment, learning to read the crowd, and the basics to scratching and mixing. By the end of the session, Students are able to create their own ten minute mix.   There was joy, there was sweat and there was a journey.  I am very proud of the students.   


Check out these pictures.




Friday, June 14, 2013

DJ Class

One of the reasons i love DJing is taking people on a journey.   Tomorrow, i am teaching a DJ Class(private) in my studio.  It will be fun and amazing.   Pictures to come soon.  If you are interested in  a class, please hit me at brikmason@gmail.com


Here is a little preview of what the class entails:




Intro to Djing 
Basics on Dj Equipment Setup
Basic Scratching and Timing
Basic Mixing
Exposure to New DJ Technology
Making a 10-20 minute mix to keep for yourself

New Mixes

Expect the unexpected.   Check out my new mixes section.   New mixes will be posted this weekend. 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

J.Cole is releasing a new album

My friend and fellow running/hip hop connisuer put me on the J.Cole.  He has the chops.  He is from NC.  He is new school with the fire of an 90's Jay-Z.   That might be why Jay signed him. Listen to his mixtapes first, then move on to his album work.  By the way, he does his own beats as well.  Butter. 

Lunch Menu is no longer cardboard Pizza

How PS244 Became the First U.S. Public School to Institute a Vegetarian School Lunch Program




Check out this interview from Rich Roll(a vegan athlete) about the changes in our school system. 


http://www.richroll.com/podcast/rrp-34-ps244-christian-ledesma-bob-groff-of-ps244-vegetarian-school-lunch-program/

Check out my new Events Section

New Event:  Party at the Piers-Chelsea Pier Brewery.  June 20th.   For a great cause.

Dj Brik Mason:Cleanse Day 3

Well then, what a day so far.  Started off with a Green Juice at 6:00am.  Oddly, i can wake a little earlier than usual.  I am an early riser.  Then i played football for three hours in Brooklyn.  A day of joy but a day of exhaustion.  I did not regret it but i should have fueled myself better.  Being that the temperature rose from 10am to 12pm, i was not fully prepared.  I still stayed on my juice regimen, but i needed more water.  I survived and trained it back to Brooklyn.  What i learned today was to meditate when the exhaustion became a little too much.   A took a deep breath and visualized.  It was cool.  I was a little loopy but once i drank some water, the loopy feeling subsided.  Yeah.  This may be my last day of the cleanse although i am thinking about going five days. 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Dj Brik Mason Diet: Cleanse

June 7th, 2013.  Today was the first day of the Cleanse.  I spoke to the wife about it but today was the day.  I decided to forgo the purchase of a Juice Cleanse system and follow the DIY versions i found ont the internet.   I posted a few pics on facebook.  The first day was easy.  I did not miss the food. The whole kind of food.  I was excited to try the cleanse and the adrenaline helped me through the night.  The second was a little tough.  My sense of smell heightened.  Everything. From meat to veggies.  But the hardest part was the random tired spells and the thought of just drinking the juice.

June 8th, 2013. Second Day.  Green Juice in the morning.  Woke up early.  But i was not hungry or starving.  The thoughts began to race today but i felt great.  Worked out in the morning.  Went to the post office.  Yelled at a few people-in a good way.   Created a few mixes.

Drink of the day: Lemon, Water, Agave Sweetner, cayenne pepper.  Hmmm. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Tiffany Mills at BAM-NY times reviews.

Dance Review

Attraction, Revulsion and Discussion

Tiffany Mills Dance Company at Brooklyn Academy of Music

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In “Berries and Bulls,” a premiere by the choreographer Tiffany Mills, one side of the stage features towers of stacked paper and books. The dancer Jeffrey Duval, with boyish concentration — though he is well into manhood — sits in front of them and exactingly folds a paper airplane, pressing his index finger down hard on the surface to make perfect creases. He reclines on his back and rests the airplane on his chest. It’s not the smoothest of takeoffs.
Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times
Tiffany Mills Company Emily Pope-Blackman and Kevin Ho at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
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Paper airplanes are a common sight throughout this hourlong dance-theater work, seen on Friday at the Fishman Space at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It was preceded by a shorter piece, “The Feast (Part 1),” which featured duets in which Ms. Mills’s penchant for the push and pull of contact improvisation was deeply felt.
Ms. Mills is a choreographer who relies on text and partnering to explore human relationships. Along with Mr. Duval, “Berries and Bulls” features Kevin Ho, Emily Pope-Blackman and Petra van Noort, as well as an ensemble of 10 others, with whom Ms. Mills looks at the line between attraction and revulsion through the contact of bodies. We don’t only see that point being made; we also hear it, repeatedly.
“Does it matter if I touch you?” Mr. Duval asks Ms. Pope-Blackman.
“Absolutely,” she replies. “Touch always matters.”
But some scenarios in “Berries and Bulls,” which has dramaturgy by Peter Petralia, also examine the choreographic process. When Mr. Duval and Mr. Ho lie on their backs for an extended period, Ms. van Noort tries to coax them up. “Come on, guys — this is supposed to be a performance and not a sleepover,” she says. “Can we do something a little bit more animated?”
It’s a dangerous line to insert into such a tedious work, where the subject matter, which hints at the freedom and danger of taking flight, slips into melodrama, with couples bickering. The dancers, with thin voices and self-conscious delivery, taunt one another with sarcasm, all the while pulling, poking and prodding one another’s bodies. The movement isn’t much, but it also has little chance to develop: time and again, the chatter drowns it out.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Check out this dude..Mike Stud.

http://youtu.be/KjXnPH55OlM


His success is.....i am not sure if i trust someone who came up so quickly.  But if you have skills, i do not care.  Your thoughts?

Dj Diet: Dj Brik Mason eats vegan

Not a bad dinner tonight.  Indian food is always good.   I had a little cheese which was delicious.   I followed the meal with chips and guacamole.  Pretty good.  I forgot to add the chili pepper.   Now watching GAME of THRONES.  Be well.  

Monday, May 20, 2013

Dj Diet: Dj Brik Mason Eating Vegan

After a little cleaning today, i whipped up some Guacamole with Sea Salt, Chili Powder, Pepper, Red Onions and Tomatoes.   So good.  Pat myself on the back.  I had to hydrate a lot which may mean a little too much salt.   Also, my cousin peeped my website and she pushed me towards hers.  She is also a vegetarian and vegan a few days, a lawyer, married with two kids and awesome.  Along with the recipes my friends gave me, i will begin to eat my way through her recipes.  Starting May 31st, i will begin to cook my way through this website...http://nomyumfree.com

Check it out for yourself.

Also,  i will begin to post my daily musings and flops.   

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Check out the Tiffany Mills Gala




Dj Brik Mason spins at Tiffany Mills Company Gala on May 30th, 2013


I am reaching out to you because you may be interested in this type of event. It is combo package.  Dance Company Performance and Gala.  I am spinning at the GALA which is on the Rooftop of BAM(Brooklyn Academy of Music-http://www.bam.org/).  

Please review the link for ticket packages.  
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/368131

I am also contacting you because i know you know other people who are in the arts and entertainment field. But it does not have to be in this field. Anyone who is interested(even those with kids) will love this type of dance company. They are exciting, boisterous and physical. If you are in the area or know others in the area, tell them to check it out.

 Again the Gala is on May 30th, 2013.  It is about a month away.  The $50 dollars for the tickets includes performance and Gala.
Any Questions, do not hesitate to email or call me.


Dj Brik Mason aka Kevin Black
www.brikmason.com

Dj Diet: Dj Brik Mason Eats Vegan

Today was pretty good.  The morning started off with a banana. Then my lunch was rice and beans(i wish i would have made it but it was leftover from last nights mexican dinner..we found a new place in Astoria).  Then i finished the day with some delicious vegan cookies(i overdid it because i had three but worth it).  Dinner..hmmm. Two sandwiches on whole wheat bread with Kale, Walnuts, Veganase, Cornichons and a little lemon dressing.  Man, sooo good.   Feel Energetic and feel good.

Sidebar:  Two co workers at my job purchased a cleanse plan for 3 days.  Well, they are on their second day and they look tired.  They did not say they feel better but i am curious.  I will see how they feel.

Check out mynewroots.com.  Next up this weekend.  Lentil Salad.  Hmmm.  Pics coming soon. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Vegan Dinner-Dj Brik Mason Diet

Yesterday, i began to watch Master of the Mix for the first time. Not bad.  I mean, i should be on the show.  Ok, my ego says be on the show.  But it is tough.   No BS.  Much respect to the DJs although Lil Jon was one of the judges soo  Yeahhhhhhh.      Also, i had bare burger again for dinner.  Ordered two Quinoa burgers with Apple Grilled Onions and Pesto.   So good.  I added a little Veganase(thanks Jai lifestyle for the hint. Love the Veganase) and it was perfection.  Wrapped in Lettuce.   Damn,  so good.  Pictures later.   

Friday, May 10, 2013

His Purple Majesty's Request

Teddy's Bar and Grill  9pm-12am
PRINCE TRIBUTE!

Finally, a local tribute to the single greatest musician of the latter part of the 20th Century. Featuring performances by Jessi Robertson, Ivan Sandomire, Steve Waitt, Alex Lowry, Kevin Johnston and possibly some extra special guests as well. Hosted by Bryan Dunn & the Mild Political Unrest (Andy Mac & Seth Ondracek).

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Chew On this-Kale with Walnuts

I made it last night. I swear i did.  I talked about this recipe a few days ago and i made last night at 11:30am.  I was watching Golden State whip the Spurs into old age.  Mark Jackson should probably be coach of the year and Kevin Durant(if they get to the finals) should be MVP of the Playoffs. Straight Up.  I digress.  I made the Kale Dish that my friend made at her house a few weeks back.  Roasted Walnuts added at the end. Soooo good. Do not take my word for it. My co workers tasted the salad and loved it.   Now, i decided to not add the feta cheese although i may stop by the store tonight.  It is filling and great.

Kale with Walnuts

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Dj Diet

I got home today a little late. Still watching the Voice.  Live Rounds.   Check out the foods i made in the last few weeks.   More to come.  See pics.   Now the good food is eaten, time to do the dishes.



Monday, May 6, 2013

Dj Diet

Workout: Les Mills Day 1 Warrior Combat Workout.  Back hurt a little this morning but the kicking in this workout is great. 

Refuel: 2 veggie burgers, Chips, Hummus, Salsa and water.  Still a little hungry but hmmmm.  

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Vegan Breakfast

Sorry no pics but i was in a rush this Sunday.  We are on our way to see Iron Man 3.    I  had a vegan egg sandwich. Tofu,Fakin bacon, carrots, lettuce, whole wheat bread, vegan cheese. Hmmmmm. so good.

I need to do some shopping in the next few days.  I am making my transition slow.  But one of my major changes is having a salad for breakfast.  I was shocked when i read about salads and breakfast. Lets be honest, it sounds weird.  I eat eggs, or pancakes or waffles or even oatmeal but not salad.  Well, my logic has changed.  I eat lettuce in the morning and it fills me.  My stomach is happy. Joyous occasion.  

Saturday, May 4, 2013

DJ Diet


 My diet has evolved.   More on the vegan side but not completely.  I attempt to eat less eggs.  Right now, no eggs except when i order out.  Therefore, items made with eggs(noodles and pancakes), then i do not exclude.  Less milk.  Same strategy.   Less butter. Same strategy.  When i became a vegetarian, it took about 5 years to eliminate chicken and about 8 years for a full transformation.   But it is worth it.  I feel better, and my digestion has improved.  My recovery period is less after i exercise.  I want to move into cooking more vegan and vegetarian which is happening slower than i thought.   I will begin my recipes this monday, May 6th, 2013.   

Running towards Ultra


Tomorrow will be the first day of the les mills experience.  Today, i ran about 3 miles in total.  A true improvement.   I have a tight IT band especially on my left side.   I have slowly increased my mileage for the past two weeks.  Lets see how far i can go.  Coming soon...beats and songs.

Thrift Shop/No Scubs Mashup

Mashups are in and out at the moment.  here is a pretty good moment.  Check it out below:


http://soundcloud.com/yum-yum/no-scrubs-tlc-macklemore-yum



Yes, A TLC documentary is on its way.   RIP Left eye.   

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Gilbere Forte

Wait, Hip hop is about going against the grain again.  Sweet.


http://youtu.be/zF8BiBDq_aY

Vegetarian/Vegan Meals

My food. My Meals. My consumption.  Yes. I am working my way through recipes on a website an artist friend, Emily Raw recommended to me called MYNEWROOTS.ORG.   I was at her house and she made the best Kale Salad i have ever tasted so i became inquisitive.  I wondered how she made it. I was munching on brussel sprouts her husband made and jamming on a lentil salad that made me want to jump for my love of salad. I was looking for a cookbook and i found a website.

Thus,for the next month, i will get out my utensils and begin to cook.  New Projects section explains this further. A whole food plant based diet is not new for me(i have been a vegetarian for about 5 years now) and this DJ will cook his ass off. Pictures and videos to follow.  I may even take classes. Why not?
 Tonight, i made a Whole Wheat Oatmeal, Peanut Butter and Banana Meal.  Very easy and simple to make. Quicker than a Rachel Ray 30 minute me
al and more nutritious.  

Running For a Cause

If you love to run and/or work towards a better future, check out my friend Sam Day.  See the story below:

Hello friends!

As many of you know, my father lost his battle with Leukemia 10 years ago this June (June 30, 2003 to be exact). Since 2007, I have been running marathons to raise money in his memory and to help advance the Leukemia & Lymphma Society's cause. To date, I have raised over $20,000.00 toward research and finding a cure.
This time I wanted to do something really special, so I decided to run 5 marathons in one year, finishing up with the New York City Marathon in November. I'm setting my goal high and trying to raise $10,000.00 -- $1000 for every year that we've gone without having Dad's big smile in our lives. I'm asking you, my friends, to help me reach this goal. Whether you can give $5 or $500, every contribution helps in a major way. I'm also asking anyone who may work for a company that gives to charity to please consider or inquire about a corporate donation, as reaching $10,000 is going to take a lot of work and help.

The easiest way to donate is at this website: http://pages.teamintraining.org/nyc/nyc13/samuelmday. Just click the Donate Now button on the right side of the page, enter some info, and you're all set.

Thank you so much to everyone who has visited this page, and thank you for considering a donation to help remember my father and to advance the cause: finding a cure.

Bryan Dunn runs NYC-Check out the new events.

Really excited about this Thursday's show at Spike Hill with the Humdrums. This band is a blast to play with and (I'm told) a lot of fun to see live. PLUS, Baltimore's legendary the Velvet Velvets (featuring renowned roustabout and raconteur Flanagan Smith) open the show at 8. And it's free! You can't get better than that.
Thursday, May 2
The Humdrums!
9PM
Spike Hill
186 Bedford Ave 
Brooklyn, NY 11211
http://www.spikehill.com/
w/the Velvet Velvets (8PM)!
Then, next Tuesday, we'll be doing another set by request of (today's birthday boy) Bucky Hayes at the Way Station, Brooklyn's best (and only) Dr. Who themed bar.
Tuesday, May 7
The Humdrums!
10PM
The Way Station
683 Washington Ave 
Brooklyn, NY 11238
http://waystationbk.blogspot.com/
Finally, getting back into a set of my own material at the end of the month with my very good friend Taylor Davis, who's visiting from Texas. Plus, this show marks the return of Handsome Jim McNamara, who's been busy with new parent duty as he and his wife Kelli Rae Powell are proud parents of their lovely newborn daughter Donna.
Thursday, May 30
10PM
The Sidewalk Cafe
94 Avenue A 
New York, NY 10009
http://www.sidewalkny.com/
w/Taylor Davis at 9
In other news, I recorded a single recently, and the next thing you know, it got expanded to an EP. Some more news on that later, but look for "Zapgun!", coming to your galaxy later this summer...
Thanks for listening,
Bryan, Ryan, Mark, and Jim "Big Daddy" McNamara
www.bryandunnmusic.net

SAME SKY NY

I am participating in this very cool project with artist Emily Raw.   Jump in and have some fun.


On May 1 at 7:30PM we invite all of New York to make a picture with some sky in it for a crowd-sourced quasi-cubist portrait of light throughout the city at a particular moment. http://sameskysametime.tumblr.com/

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Les Mills Warrior Workout

I am now participating in a new workout plan. It is called Les Mills Warrior Combat workout. A little different. Worked on the first episode. It left me sore but pumped. More bouncing, more kicking. It is working different parts of my body. Hamstrings, back, core, arms. It is a mix martial art(MMA) workout. I am doing 60 days of this workout. In the mix, i am going to being to run again. This will be a challenge but i wanted to get my mileage increased and begin to run 5ks and more. Here we go summer. Here we go NYC.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

New Event: DJ Brik Mason spins at Providence NYC(April 25th, 2013)

Casino Night Benefit in New York City
April 25, 2013, 7:00pm–11:00pm
Providence NYC, 311 West 57th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
New York, NY 10019

Join Ramapo for Children to help raise money to support children with social, emotional or learning challenges and the adults who work with them. Enjoy casino tables, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dancing and more. Players can use their "winnings" to bid on prizes at the end of the night!


There’s also a FB group:



Check out the website and come out and play.  I have been spinning at the is event for the past few years and it is always a great time.  

DJ Brik Mason
www.brikmason.com

NEW EVENT:DJ Brik Mason Spins at Tiffany Mills GALA(May 30th)

I am reaching out to you because you may be interested in this type of event. It is combo package.  Dance Company Performance and Gala.  I am spinning at the GALA which is on the Rooftop of BAM(Brooklyn Academy of Music-http://www.bam.org/). 

Please review the link for ticket packages. 
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/368131


I am also contacting you because i know you know other people who are in the arts and entertainment field. But it does not have to be in this field. Anyone who is interested(even those with kids) will love this type of dance company. They are exciting, boisterous and physical. If you are in the area or know others in the area, tell them to check it out.

 Again the Gala is on May 30th, 2013.  It is about a month away.  The $50 dollars for the tickets includes performance and Gala.
Any Questions, do not hesitate to email or call me.


Dj Brik Mason aka Kevin Black
www.brikmason.com

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013

NEW EVENT:DJ BRIK MASON SPINS AT PROVIDENCE NIGHT CLUB ON APRIL 25TH, 2013

Casino Night Benefit in New York City
April 25, 2013, 7:00pm–11:00pm
Providence NYC, 311 West 57th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
New York, NY 10019

Join Ramapo for Children to help raise money to support children with social, emotional or learning challenges and the adults who work with them. Enjoy casino tables, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dancing and more. Players can use their "winnings" to bid on prizes at the end of the night!


There’s also a FB group:



Check out the website and come out and play.  I have been spinning at the is event for the past few years and it is always a great time.  

DJ Brik Mason
www.brikmason.com

Thursday, April 11, 2013

NEW EVENT: DJ Brik Mason spins at the Tiffany Mills Gala on May 30th, 2013.

Innovative.  Physical.  Elegant.  Dancers.  These words perfectly fit into the Tiffany Mills Company. Come and check out the performances at BAM.   

 DJ Brik Mason will be spinning at the Gala on May 30th, 2013.   There will be tickets online. Check out the Link for tickets and information about the company.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/368131

GOOD MORNING NYC

Good morning NYC. Happy To be here and live here.  I have a few events coming up in the next few weeks and i will update my page tonight. Stay in touch and be well. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Tiffany Mills Company Opening at BAM-Check this out.


Event

Tiffany Mills Company Opening Night Gala
Following the performance on May 30, 2013 join us for our Opening Night Gala! Celebrate with the Company at BAM Fisher in honor of the World Premiere of 'Berries and Bulls' and the first look at 'The Feast (Part 1)'. Ticket prices include BOTH the Performance and Gala.

Berries and Bulls is an exposé on the inherent tangles found in long-term relationships. Using movement and text, four people vibrating on different frequencies try to connect. They misread signals; push and taunt each other to extremes in a series of physically risky games that ask: What are our expectations of each other? Can we trust those closest to us? Originally shown as a quartet at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in 2012, Berries and Bulls has been re-imagined with an ensemble of ten additional dancers and a new set by visual designer Ian Trask. Experimental theater artist Peter Petralia serves as dramaturge and NYU Tisch School of the Arts professor Kay Cummings assists Mills as editorial advisor.

The Feast (Part 1) is driven by questions about abundance and scarcity: When are our lives exposed to the point of feeling devoured? How are our senses nourished or starved? Performed by five dancers, the work examines these themes in extreme environments of tight and dark spaces. The lush yet stark movement is heightened by composer Jonathan Melville Pratt's aural landscape, which draws from a vast array of instruments synthesizers, microphones, percussion, guitars, piano, and voice layered on computer. The Feast (Part 1) will be costumed by Mary Kokie McNaugher and invites audiences to navigate the installation and help shape the space in which the dance exists.

The Tiffany Mills Company dancers are Jeffrey Duval, Kevin Ho, Tiffany Mills, Emily Pope-Blackman, and Petra van Noort. Guest artists for Berries and Bulls are Einy Am, Lucie Baker, Ching-I Chang, John Hoobyar, Elise Knudson, Nikolas Owens, Hannah Seidel, Kensaku Shinohara, Simon Thomas-Train, and Mei Yamanaka. Lighting design for the season is by Chris Hudacs.

The BAM performances are the culmination of Tiffany Mills Company's participation in BAM's new Professional Development Program, created in collaboration with the Kennedy Center's DeVos Institute of Arts Management.



http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/368131


DJ Brik Mason will be spinning at the Gala.  Enjoy!!!!!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A Dj that dances

I went to a dance workshop last night. It is what you think. My limbs and dancer legs were in effect. I still had my grown man pants on but it included my tights. Seriously, it is a freeing experience and this company is pushing the boundaries.  They are having several performances this year. Check out the website: http://www.tiffanymillscompany.org



5 am in Toronto by Drake

http://vimeo.com/63116931


Watching sportscenter this morning and realizing what a beautiful day it is.  Doing a few mixes this morning.  Check back in a few days.  Check out the video from Drake. Haunting Rap song. Yeah i said, a rap song. Go figure.  

Monday, April 1, 2013

URLTV Presents: DNA vs. K-Shine

URLTV Presents: DNA vs. K-Shine



I feel like battle rapping never really died but it always feels like the Def Comedy Jam with the oohs and aahhs in the background.

Tyga – Hit Em Up (feat. 2pac & Jadakiss)

Tyga – Hit Em Up (feat. 2pac & Jadakiss)



When is the last time we heard a 2Pac collab and said hell yeah.

Yasiin Bey – Black Jesus

Yasiin Bey – Black Jesus



Well, the name change threw me for a loop but the style is still sinister in a BK way.  Check out the new track from Yasiin Bey-Black Jesus.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Dj Brik Mason vs Insanity

In the middle of week 7 of Insanity.  It has been a good ride.  My hip began to hurt a few weeks ago and i was not sure when it would heel.  I took a few days off and it seem to feel better. I also began to use the foam roller on the same section of the hip.  The pain began to disappear.  Completed Max Recovery today.  Legs were on fire at the end of the session but i got my big boy pants on. No pain.  

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Insanity vs DJ Brik Mason

Week 6.  Waking up early allows me the time to rock out this insane schedule.  I modified a few moves in order to prevent further aches and pains to parts of my body.  I had a massage last night that relieved any stress for the last few weeks.  Now, I am back on my Insanity grind.  Shaun T, i am back.

Dj Brik Mason BDRM Mix 10

Friday, March 8, 2013

Insanity vs Dj Brik Mason

Week 6.  Max Cardio Conditioning.  Day 1.  Not too bad.  Eased my way back into the mix but still keep the insanity.  Shaun T, i am getting better. Letting my feet and body rest for a few days helped.  A few modifications and now i am back.  Woke up in the morning on this round.  I added a fan in the room to help with the stink of my sweat.  Love it or leave it alone. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Mad Iszm

I believe i dreamed of this song the other day. My boy, Jay Hoskins, put this video on his Facebook and i am sharing it with you today.  Old school.


Friday, March 1, 2013

Bonus Weekend Mix

Check out this afterwork weekend mix. If you are over 30, this is for you.


Insanity vs Dj Brik Mason

I dug deep and i bleed through my eyes. I just finished week 5.  Wow. What a week.  Whew.  I was energized so much during the exercise that i busted a blood vessel.  I need to take more rests or not strain as hard but the blood in my eye is eery and cool at the same time.  Now i can still see out of my eye however, the doctor said it would take about 10 days for it to go away.  I will take a few days off and then back to the Insanity on monday. 

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Bonus Mix for Afterwork

Check out the new mix

The Reason to love the Harlem Shake

http://www.the-reason.com/



Not that we're not busy, but we just "harlem shaked" our website. Go to the www.the-reason.com and put in the konami code "Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right B, A". Works in every browser but safari. Shoutout to Rutger



I DID THIS TEN TIMES TODAY AND SO SHOULD YOU.  SHAKE.......

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Insanity vs Dj Brik Mason

whew!!!  Got up this morning and rocked out Insanity.  Still a few exercises that i cannot perform to the highest level but getting there. 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Insanity vs Dj Brik Mason

Due to a computer malfunction, i was not able to do Max Interval Circuit by the book.  From memory, i rocked it anyway. I dug deeper.  I remembered the majority of the workout with a few modifications. The sweat was still there. The desire was still there.  The feet hurt a little more.  The living stinks to high heaven but it was worth it.  I will try to do the circuit by the book tomorrow. I added a few sit-ups aka ab work and leg sqauts.  Shaun T, i am still in it. Less cursing today.  Plus i had a salad for dinner. A SALAD.  It was greek. It was delicious.  Thank you BZ Grill. 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Dj Parler spins at the RUB. Check out this mix tape.

Insanity vs Dj Brik Mason

After my recovery from the max interval ploy(both muscles and pride), i gathered myself this morning and said DIG Deeper in my inner voice.  Today was Max Interval Conditioning.  I love this one.  Here is why.  The moves in the segment change every single time while still giving you a burn.  I still failed(both tired, sweaty and exhausted as usual) but i was happy about my failure.  Yes, there is some good to the program. I have definitely lost inches in the abdomen.  I think i need to do some weights to make my flab turn to lean muscule.  But Shaun T, i am still cursing at you.  But i am cursing with you.  This was the first video i have seen where Shaun T actually stopped and paused in the middle of an exercise and rested.  He actually RESTED.   Now as an instructor, he gets to run around the gym(please change locations) and yell at other people for not staying with it(they call it motivation, i call it PITA(pain in the ass)).  We can call it rest but not really.  Shaun T, thank you for showing me that human element.  Besides adding a few new faces, Shaun T made my day.  DIG DEEPER.

New Kendrick Lamar Video

Yes, Boyz in the hood are always hard but check out the cameo by ....NY Rapper with the changed name.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Dj Brik Mason B More/Party Music Mix

Frank Ocean

Check out this remix for Frank Ocean.  It is a little old but cool.


http://youtu.be/Jyd13jNdq-8

Insanity vs Dj Brik Mason

Sweating. Shirts drenched. Check my instagram.  Late for the train. Week 5. Lets get busy and dig deeper.  Legs tingled as i bleed my way through every new exercise.  Let me restate.  The exercises i learned the first four weeks are now combined with four other exercises.  Some new and some old. For instance, Ski abs to push up jacks to running abs to ski abs.  WTF, Shaun T.   I see i was not really ready for it.  By the way, my big toe hurts.  Solve it Shaun T.  

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Top 5 Video Game Soundtracks

A friend of mine concocted a list of his TOP 5 Video Game Soundtracks:

1. Ni No Muni
2. Zone of Enders 2nd Runner
3. Legend of Zelda Series
4. Uncharted Series
5. Final Fantasy VII


PS.   Please note that Mario Brothers is one of the most world wide video sountracks of all times.  

Superman vs Dark Knight Mix


Check out the new mix by Brik Mason. 

https://soundcloud.com/brikmason/dj-brik-mason-superman-meets

Monday, February 18, 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

Another Mix. Check it out.!!!!

https://soundcloud.com/brikmason/dj-brik-mason-moombatn-mix

New Mix for your special day

https://soundcloud.com/brikmason/dj-brik-mason-wedding-mix-2

Harlem Shake

Well, i joined the madness that is out there.   check out the video of the top ten harlem shakes.  YOLO



http://youtu.be/QnMxdczKQhE

Insanity vs DJ Brik Mason

Workouts are tough.  But this week is recovery week. Core Balance.  It is nice to have a rest.  But the next four weeks will be even tougher.   Insanity is calming at the moment.  YOLO. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Check out my new House Mix

https://soundcloud.com/brikmason/dj-brik-mason-house-mix

Insanity vd DJ Brik Mason

Recovery Week.  The hardest part about core balance is that i have to do it everyday.  It works. My core is tight. Love it.  I miss my pure cardio.

Dj Rashad

I love the underground.  I love the left field with the right intentions.  I love this music.  Footwork has been spreading like wild fire over the past decade.  By Chi Town still has it on lock.  Check out the link below for my homie DJ Rashad.


https://soundcloud.com/fadermedia/dj-rashad-cant-hold-me-back

Friday, February 8, 2013

Alexander Spit

Check out this video below.  This guy is a spitta. New on the scene.  Cali. and yes he is of a different hue and race.  This video below is mixture of Lana Del Rey meets Odd Future meets leaving las vegas.  But it feels refreshing.  


http://youtu.be/YZNXLULriqc

Insanity vs Dj Brik Mason

There is no rest for the weary.  However, today is rest day on the Insanity Program.  I will probably perform some ab work to compensate for my day off.  In the meantime, be well. 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Insanity Vs DJ Brik Mason(Iron Chef DJ)

Week 4. Insanity.  Getting better.  Plyometric this morning.  Whew.  The genius that goes into the last 4 exercises can be called incredible or insane. A bait and switch. oh you are doing so well and improving and then...the dreaded ski abs and in and out abs.  I mean what the f...I will get it one day.  But Shaun T, when i scream in the morning and stomp on the floor and sweat till it hurts, i need a little encouragement. My neighbors have to hate me now.  Grunting and pushing myself to the limit.   Still cursing at Shaun T.  But my heart is pumping and i feel good. One more exercise for week 4 and then recovery week.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

INSANITY VS DJ BRIK MASON(IRON CHEF DJ)

Woke up this morning and Pure Cardio was on the membrane. Sure enough, the mind had lead me in the right direction.  I was prepared to sweat.  I was not nervous.  I was ready.  The warm up was fantastic. It made me ready for the work. Shaun T likes to say he is nervous.   But this time i was ready.  I knew everything Shaun T was going to do. I paced myself and switched when Shaun T switched.  I need more room in my living room but i made it work.  I flubbed once which was ok cause it was near the end and Shaun T said i could rest.  Once finished, i felt sweat dripping out of my pores.  Yes, the journey was done but it had only just begun.  Shaun T, i want my T-shirt.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013

Deap Valley

Please take a listen to Deap Valley.  Not to misspeak, but the do sound like the girl version of the black keys. Then i smack myself, and realize these women sound like Joan Jett meets Pat Benatar.  They have an LA hard rock indie fashion sense and a stone cold heart.   Check out the videos below:

http://youtu.be/adsEE5e0PKg



http://youtu.be/PWXsTaBoD7A



Imagine that. 

Insanity vs Dj Brik Mason(iron chef dj)

Saw a friend of mine this morning.  KJ to be exact.  She asked me how the program was going?  I explained that it was good but Shaun T puts the toughest exercise at the last part of the workout. Which is true. Mentally it can be exhausting.  However, i forgot to add that after you are on the ground, crying and cursing at Shaun T, he becomes overwhelming simple.  He tells you to rest and then gives a simple exercise to finish the workout.  Still cursing at Shaun T. 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Insanity vs DJ Brik Mason

Week 4.  I am doing my best rendition on John Travolta from Perfect.  I doing the warm ups, the football moves, the push ups.  But when he gets to those ski abs, my body just hurts.  IT HURTS MAN.   But in a good way.  Sore but loving it. Shaun T, i want my T-shirt when i am done the 60 days.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Insanity vs Dj Brik Mason(Iron Chef DJ)

Shaun T, my flab seems to be outweighing my muscle. I hope this changes.  This morning was tough. My energy was not there.  But i made it through. Dig Deeper. 

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Iron Chef DJ

Being a Dj is a great profession. Check out this story for Inspiration.

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/jul/24/how-french-chef-and-dj-hubert-keller-scored-americ/

Insanity vs Dj Brik Mason(Iron Chef Dj)

I executed the Cardio Abs this morning. It was awesome but a little much for the morning. My bones were not ready.   Shaun T, my back hurts. Ouch.  Very close to recovery week.  I am almost half way through.  Pros-I feel better and have more energy.  My legs are not as sore as i when i first started. My back is a little sore.  But when i stretch, it feels like heaven.   

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Law and Order

I am waiting for the Amerikans to premiere on FX.  Although i am not really a fan of Keri Russell, the promo makes it intriguing.  While i wait, i will be watching Law and Order.  Standard Wednesday Night. Love it.   The music in these shows always pull me in whether for familiarity or just a mood changer. hmm.  wait, it is back on.

Insanity vs Dj Brik Mason(Iron Chef DJ)

I am in WEEK 4 on the Insanity Program.  Yes sir.  First day, Pure Cardio.  I love it.  The variety gets me going.  Knowing the exercises and the moves work.  I am still not sure if i lost weight or just lose a lot of water. I followed the Pure Cardio with some old fashioned Sushi. Hmm.  Always good after a workout.  

Dj Brik Mason

Wedding Mix

I am going to load a new wedding mix in a few days.  Stay Tuned.  

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Insanity vs Dj Brik Mason(iron chef Dj)

Rest day per the calendar.  Got the teeth cleaned, had a wicked headache and listening to Trinidad James.  All Brik Everything.  


FYI,   wear red tomorrow.  American Heart Association wants you to support their cause for preventing Heart Disease by wearing Red.  Plus go to MACYS and get 20% off.  Cutting and Scratching

Dj Brik Mason

Trinidad James

Are you afraid of Ghetto Fied Dude in a Blouse?   Well check out Trinidad James, his mixtape and on tour.  It is nothing like this coming out of Atlanta.  I am a little scared.  Which makes me feel alive.  Here is a taste of his videos below:

http://youtu.be/NK2FqPNIT_U


http://youtu.be/F7vn_dIXvVY



I am not sure what he saying but i do not care.  

Monday, January 28, 2013

Insanity vs Dj Brik Mason(iron chef dj)

Week 3 is done. Wow. Abs are tighter, core is harder but Shaun T, i am still screaming by the end.  Need to get through the whole thing without the screaming.  Still have work to do.  Those that want to join me, hit me up at brikmason@gmail.com.  Others share your stories. #brikmason #insanity.  

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Release the Kracken

I am in front of the TV with the wife watching the Giant Squid aka the Kracken.   Tune In. this is awesome.  They are everywhere.  Japan, New Zealand and Norway.

Insanity-week 3(Iron Chef DJ vs Insanity)

My brother joined me on the mission to dissect and survive Insanity. Check his facebook.  He saw me cry and lose breath and scream till it hurt. Still Cursing at Shaun T.  But did i feel better?  Hell Yeah.  I need you to try insanity and send your results.  

Friday, January 25, 2013

Freedom Party

Check out the Freedom Party at Le Poisson Lounge in Manhattan.  Cool Party.  It is been going on for years.  Say hi to DJ John Quick-it is his birthday.  Happy B day Superhero Dj.  

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Arturro

I went a great bar/restaurant/lounge tonight for a going away party.  The night was fantastic.  great conversation, jazz trio throughout the night, basketball and football talk, cold weather talk and ended the night talking about the waitresses chest.  Hmm.  I guess wine and beer will do that to you.  A farewell to my friend.
Insanity was completed this morning.  I need to focus on my eating habits. Did well most of the day but  ate some pizza late night which kills the diet. The rules. What rules?  Its NYC.  It is cold. But that is not a excuse. I will be back on the grind tomorrow. Insanity program will lead me to greatness. I think. It better.  Be well and have a good night. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Dj Mighty Mi Remixes

So i have been inspired the DJ Mighty Mi for years.  He gave me a dream to follow.  New York and its grittiness.   Love it.   Here is a track i love from him.



http://youtu.be/IKRi6vvAWi0 
In absence of Insanity, I will do 50 pushups before i go to bed.  
Insanity is not in the books tonight.  However, i like to trick my body so it will grow.  Instead the wife and I ate some wheat thins, hummus and cheese.  Iron Chef Dj was cooking up some new mixes for the weekend.  Look out for a wedding mix and a 90's Hip Hop and Dance mix.  Ohhhh I am excited.  

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Dj Brik Mason Vs Insanity

I have decided to take my resolution and run with it.  I am a Dj.  I get the party started and entertain.  This is my job and what i love to do.  I am putting myself to a challenge.  First I will do 60 days of the Insanity Program featuring Shaun T and advertised on TV as well as Beachbody.com.  I will update via Twitter and this blog.  Please tune in.  I want to start recording the workouts as well.  

WHY DO THIS INSANE PROGRAM:

1. TO GET IN SHAPE
2. TO GET OTHERS MOTIVATED TO GET IN SHAPE AND STAY IN SHAPE
3. TO HELP FIGHT OBESITY(A SERIOUS PROBLEM) IN THIS COUNTRY
4. TO BE A HEART HEALTHY INDIVIDUAL
5. TO CHALLENGE MYSELF-Mind, Body and Soul.


After this workout program, i will begin and complete another workout program(turbo fire, kickboxing, P90X(completed), Tapout, The new 50 Cent workout, Bootcamps).   I want to change and affect lives through music and workouts.

PS.  If you know of any fitness instructors or you are a fitness instructor and you want to collaborate ideas and programs, email me brikmason@gmail.com. 

Gunplay:Cops and Robbers

Ok, so my brother in law put me on to Gunplay. I heard about him and seen him in videos with the Miami Favorite Rick Ross.  MMG is what feels like the best label to be on at the moment.  They are running the country(rap wise).  Of course, TDE is putting out quality work.  I digress, GunPlay is making moves. The Pros for Gunplay-street cred, paid dues, signed a deal with Def Jam, name is Gunplay(nuff said), quality music, Quality Mixtapes and when he has a guest vocal, he blows the competition out the water.  Check out Power Circle from MMG compilation album.  He just released a third mixtape that is off the charts and i actually have become a fan.  Now, for all the naysayers or purest, he is not trying to save the world, he is trying to live in it.  The Cons of Gunplay-a temper and a possible jail sentence(he was on house arrest).  But maybe the rebel in him came out in real life more than on record. Check out videos below:

http://youtu.be/WvsfVLBefGg

http://youtu.be/_QdE6aNuX5Y

http://youtu.be/BIfKx9dGGvk

Monday, January 7, 2013



A friend of mine emailed me this list.  I am not saying i follow these rules but i am not saying i do not follow these rules.