DJ Tom LG - Lost In a Fog
Mister Tom Studios
April 12, 2015 10:29 AM PDT
I recently celebrated my 22nd year as a DJ. Of course it all started when I was a kid in the 70s. My father used to make mix tapes in the living room. I remember him sitting there on the floor for hours with stacks of records spread out all over. One time he made a mix and explained to me what he was doing.
My dad was always listening to interesting music. He had a fascination of classic film soundtracks. He in fact had a very unique knowledge that he was always sharing with me. His tastes ranged from film soundtracks to traditional Indian music, from Kraftwerk to classical. His idea for this particular mix was that he imagined that the listener was walking through a hotel, stopping to open doors every so often. The music would be playing, indicating the movement of the person, then when a door opened, there would be film dialogue playing, as if they had peered inside a room. This had a great effect on me. I began making mix tapes myself. I would take the sound effects records that my dad had and create battle scenes by recording little bits of combat sounds and naval battles together.
Then in the 80s, it was mix tapes galore. I created hand drawn art on tape covers, liner notes etc. Finally in 1993, I bought a pair of Technics 1200s and here I am today. This is an homage to my father. An hour long mix into the world of classic soundtracks, spy flavored swankyness, international strings, crime jazz, tribal percussion, noir big band and smokey vocal oddities from the 1950s-60s. All of the music came from original vinyl. Thanks for listening. -TLG
(photograph by me 2014)Memory of the World
March 08, 2015 10:47 AM PDT
Here's a unique mix of contemporary Americana. This is not modern pop country. This is a journey into the evolution of western music influenced by traditional country, bluegrass, folk and other acoustic/twang from 1997-2012. This mix has been recorded from LPs and 7"s. Please feel free to leave a comment. Thank you for listening. -TLG
(photograph by me 2014)Brand New Anything_02
March 01, 2015 12:00 PM PST
Here's part two of the last synth-pop mix. A continuation of similar themes and moods, though at times maybe slightly moodier. One hour of original forty-fives and LPs from 1978-87. This is a great era of electronic music and I like this one a lot. Thanks for listening. -TLG
(photograph by me 2014)Brand New Anything
February 28, 2015 12:22 PM PST
This one takes us through underground electronic music from the 1980's. There are many moods to be heard here, from dance floor synth-pop to deeper, more thoughtful instrumentals and lo-tempo electronic coolness. All the records here are from original 45s, 12"s and LPs from the golden age of synth-pop, 1979-88. Thanks for listening! -TLG
(photograph by me 2015)Dusk Somewhere Far
February 22, 2015 12:55 PM PST
It has been a while since I recorded a classic country set. This is a one hour mix of western music spanning 20 years, from 1947-67 and sung by the finest ladies and gentlemen of the time. Hillbilly boogies, shuffles, sad ballads, trucker songs and western swing, recorded from original forty-fives and a few LPs. With spring in the air, I feel a draw to the desert. This is an imaginary road trip mix. The road is straight for a hundred miles. Yucca trees line deep valleys. The dusk settles. A moon crests the mountain. I am home, sort of. Thanks for listening! -TLG
(Photograph by me 2015)City From the Roof_02
February 21, 2015 10:34 AM PST
This is a part 2 of the last episode, in honor of Black History Month. Posted on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcom X. This is an hour long mix of 1960's-early 1970's soul, the kind of black music that was being recorded during his most significant decade and in the aftermath of his death. This continuation of ballads, souldies and up-tempo sides compliment the previous mix. This is dedicated to my friend Sayre, who has kept history alive in his own way and who has been an important influence in my DJ career. All songs have been recorded from original forty-fives. Thanks for listening! -TLG
(photograph by me 2014)City From The Roof
February 01, 2015 02:35 PM PST
In honor of Black History Month, I have created this mix of sixties soul. If you wish to listen to an hour of sad, beautiful love songs, oldies and souldies, both uptempo and slow, then you've a found home in this new episode of Lost in a Fog. Recorded using forty-fives from the early 60's to the early 70's. Thanks for listening. -TLG
(photograph by me 2015)Landscape 012415
January 24, 2015 05:39 PM PST
Here's an hour long excursion into melodic dream pop, chillwave, post-punk and nu-gaze. If you liked my previous episodes Day fades, Night Turns Away and White Moon, Black Trees then you'll dig this one. Recorded directly from a bunch of atmospheric records. Please feel free to leave a comment. Thanks for listening! -TLG
(photograph by me 2014)Another Day After Yesterday
January 18, 2015 05:06 PM PST
It has been a very long tine since I have recorded a mix. I think this one will make up for my absence. It is my usual variety of 1950's-60's moody big band, rhythm & blues and smokey noir vocal oddities. All of the records used in this mix are from original forty-fives. Thanks for listening. -Tom LG
(photograph by me 2015)The River to Where?
May 24, 2013 09:29 AM PDT
The days get longer at the end of spring on the Island City. The blues is what we have and all to much of them. Here is an hour long diversion into the world of the blues, the only medicine that works against the opposing forces.
All of these records came straight from my original 45s from the late 1940s to the early 1960s. All electric blues ballads and assorted tempos of the deep emotions that the blues offer us in hard times. There are heavy themes on this mix heartbreak, sadness, despair, suicide, cheating, false-hearted love, anger, betrayal and an occasional moment of gentle love and complacency.
I've been reading the jazz musician Mezz Mezzrow's auto-biography written in 1946. I was struck by this passage he described listening to prisoners singing the blues at night while in his cell.
"This would get one of the other cats, and he'd yell, "Sing 'em brother sing 'em," trying to take some weight off himself. Then the first one, relieved of his burden because somebody has heard him, as if the Lord himself had heeded his prayer, answers back with a kind of playful resentment- he'd be admitting that he had the blues but he's coming out of it now and he can smile a little. So he comes back with, "You can make it, brother, but you'll never be the same." And now some third guy, who'd been listening to this half-sad half-playful talking back and forth, would feel the same urge and chime in, "You might get better, poppa, but you'll never be well." -Mezz Mezzrow
The sound of the music coming through the cells must have created a very unique atmosphere.
Thanks for listening, Tom LG
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This podcast is a collection of original mixes using 45s, LPs and 12"s. I have been actively spinning records in the greater bay area since 1993. This is my art form. Thank you for listening.
Fine vinyl moods since 1993. "As we are increasingly sold to, and encouraged to define ourselves with genre stereotypes and media-fed personalities, a remarkable DJ is working to elevate above the noise and connect with that which runs through all music. DJ Tom LG takes his passion for music, from the earliest, scratchiest recordings made, through contemporary electronica and brings it all together, creating something unique and beautiful, while paying homage to the people and music that have made us who we are." -Cat Johnson 2009 www.houseofcat.net
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