Listening Party: Josiah from XMU
johnfoster | Nov 8, 2012 | 2:00PM |

So many of my days and evenings have been spent listening to Sirius XMU that it has become the soundtrack to my life in many ways. From the scrappy local startup, to the national indie juggernaut that it is now, one of my favorite aspects over the years has been the DJs who have quickly turned into my imagined friends on the other end of the radio – sharing with me their musical selections and quirky asides; never staying too long, but giving me just enough of their personalities to bond us together.

The voice I look forward to the most is the one that still resides here in DC, the one and only single-named Josiah. (Like Cher, or Madonna, or Pink, only wearing a tad more clothes.) When I heard that he was going to be spinning a set (he brings loads of vinyl with him, and takes care to leave the records out in front of him if anyone wants to investigate what he has just played) in my favorite room in town, the Black Cat backstage, I knew I couldn’t miss it! The maiden voyage was an absolute blast, and now it looks to be a more permanent thing, as he returns this Friday as part of the Catalyst nights.

Now, I could spend hours quizzing him about how many shows he has been to where his view was blocked by a guy in a giant duck costume (I know of at least one, since we stood next to one another at the AC Newman gig) or I could give you a taste of what to expect when he takes to the decks. Much to the duck guy’s disappointment, I went with a sampler of some of the things he has been digging, and his thoughts on said jams. Here goes!

Daphni “Light”

“Did you catch Caribou opening for Radiohead at the Verizon Center earlier this year?  If the nearly 12-minute version of “Sun” didn’t fully convince you… Dan Snaith knows how to carve out a dance track. He’s flirted with it for years on Caribou albums, but has now gone all-in under his new Daphni moniker. All the experimental swirliness you’d expect from Dan — but now shamelessly following his 808 muse.”

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Carlos Mencia from Mind of Mencia @ Arlington Cinema N Drafthouse
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Carlos Mencia is undoubtedly one of today’s most popular entertainers and comics. Whether it is man-on-the-street interviews, studio comedy, commercial parodies, nationwide sold-out tours, or films, Mencia demonstrates an extraordinary ability to connect with a wide and diverse audience. Mencia comes from a humble background, born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the 17th of 18 children. His parents sent him to the United States when he was about three months old, where he was raised in Maravilla Projects in Los Angeles, California by his aunt and uncle. In his early teens, Mencia moved back to Honduras because his family wanted him to avoid the destructive gang culture of East Los Angeles. When Mencia later returned to Los Angeles, he showed such educational prowess that he was immediately promoted to the tenth grade. Soon after, he successfully graduated from Garfield High School. Mencia began his career doing stand-up on amateur night. After he found success on the L.A comedy circuit, Mencia was named “International Comedy Grand Champion” from Buscando Estrellas (the Latino version of Star Search). This led to appearances on “In Living Color,” “The Arsenio Hall Show,” “Moesha” and “An Evening at the Improv.” In 1994, he hosted the HBO comedy series “Loco Slam” and in 1998 he hosted “Funny is Funny!” on Galavision. Mencia released a comedy album in 2000 called “Take a Joke, America” that showcased his brand of humor. Mencia continued his journey up the comedy ladder by headlining “The Three Amigos” tour with Freddy Soto and Pablo Francisco in 2002, which sold out in record time around the United States. He was also featured in the independent films, “Outta Time” and “29 Palms” and starred in guest spots on “The Shield” and “The Bernie Mac Show,” among others. In 2002, he received a CableACE Award nomination for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special for his HBO special. That same year, Mencia was featured on “Comedy Central Presents.” Mencia remained busy and after the success of his solo dvd, “Carlos Mencia: Not For The Easily Offended,” “Mind of Mencia” went into development. The show was an instant hit and after the first season, Comedy Central signed Mencia back for his own original stand-up special, “Carlos Mencia: No Strings Attached.” The special was the first Comedy Central Stand-up Special DVD to achieve Platinum sales status. “Mind of Mencia” debuted on Comedy Central in early 2005. It became one of the strongest shows in the network’s history, averaging about 1.5 million total viewers. “Mind of Mencia” was executive produced by Carlos Mencia and Robert Morton (“Late Night with David Letterman”). In the summer of 2007, Mencia starred opposite Ben Stiller and Michelle Monaghan in the Farrelly Brothers’ hit feature film, THE HEARTBREAK KID (DreamWorks). In the fall of that year Mencia headlined a nationwide comedy tour titled “Carlos Mencia Live Presented by Bud Light.” The highly anticipated tour brought Mencia face-to-face with his fans from September 2007 through December 2007. Shortly thereafter, Mencia taped a new comedy special for Comedy Central, “Carlos Mencia: Performance Enhanced,” that aired in May 2008. Since 2007, every holiday season Mencia has embarked on a USO Tour to the Persian Gulf to entertain the troops serving overseas. For his 2008 trip, Mencia visited Kuwait to host “Operation MySpace,” an exclusive concert for American Troops in the Middle East alongside Jessica Simpson and The Pussycat Dolls. The special aired on FX in April 2008. Mencia’s 2009 USO tour had stops in Turkey, Kirkuk, Baghdad, Qatar, Afghanistan, and many other countries. In July 2008, Mencia began his tour, “At Close Range” at Red Rock Amphitheatre in Colorado. The tour was sponsored by Bud Light and co-promoted by Icon Entertainment and Live Nation. Larger than all of his previous tours, Mencia performed in 80 cities across the country. In the summer of 2009, he kicked off a nationwide comedy tour entitled “The Administration of Laughter” which brought him to excited audiences all around the country. In March 2010, Mencia starred in the family comedy OUR FAMILY WEDDING (FOX Searchlight) alongside America Ferrara and Forrest Whitaker. In the last couple years, Mencia chose to go back to his comedic roots, performing at a number of comedy stores throughout the country – allowing him to share his newest material with smaller and more intimate audiences.
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Matthew Dear “Earthforms”

“Incredibly bleak and imminently danceable – few can keep these two in orbit together as well as Matthew Dear. More of these dark, dizzying gems than ever before are all over his latest record, “Beams.” On this track, he takes a momentary detour from the thick beats to kick up some dust with a good ol’ drum set and rolling bass riff.”

Django Django “Default”

“Scottish band + very effective hooks (and BYT ghost story faves.) Some of the best elements of Franz and Hot Chip reside in here and a debut album from a band to watch.”

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti “Live It Up”

“If you survived this far into Ariel’s latest, pat yourself on the back. Album’s a total trip (in all the best ways). Brains will probably melt out your ears after the first two tracks alone. It’s a sprawling romp through AP’s subconscious. This is one of the unexpected bright, confectionary, oasis moments on the album. “Mature Themes” is a frontrunner for my AOTY!”

Josiah adds that he “will be bringing lots of new vinyl with me. You know I can’t resist.” Say no more, my man. Combined with my favorite club in town, cats and kittens looking for a fun night need look no further.

Catch DJ Josiah (Sirius XMU) this Friday, Nov 9th, at the Black Cat as part of the new “Catalyst” series. $5 backstage, doors at 10:00pm.