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Long time no blog, but honestly I really should post more–especially considering I have some more free time. Anyways, In the last few months, I’ve:

  • Gotten a new, awesome job
  • Moved to Ohio for said job
  • Trained and completed a marathon
  • Turned 25

I could recap all of those, but hey, might as well move forward and not dig too far back. Anyways, to celebrate my 25th birthday I went to FunFunFunFest in Austin, TX and got to see one of my best friends, hear some of my favorite artists, and devour some of the best Tex-Mex this country has to offer (although I’ll say, my favorite Mexican torta still resides in Columbus). Not pictured: a beautiful run around the Colorado River, Texas’s football victory over ranked West Virginia, and even more food.

Here are the photos. I think I’ll start taking more of these.

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DC Records Fair diggin’

So, believe it or not, my mom of all people told me about this records fair in DC. I’ve been a bit out of touch with the vinyl since working full time, but I still enjoy the occasional dig. At first I was a bit hesitant to go due to the fact that it was published in the Washington Post, and that dealers always know what vinyls are worth what (I prefer digging in the non-priced bins). Even so, everyone I met was pretty nice about it and the prices were reasonable. Came away with some cool stuff and it was a good vibe. Good music playing and people were just hungry for that good music. Here are some of my finds:

LP, still mint.


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Clip from my gig last weekend.

PARTY ROCKIN’ from Nolan Chao on Vimeo.

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Song of the day

So for my Consumer Behavior there was a presentation about Abercrombie and Fitch. The rep showed a video about the work there (or the company) and as soon as I heard the first song I googled the lyrics. So I’m a little embarrassed to say that I got this from an A&F video but here it is. Just super upbeat and fresh. The transcendence at 2:33 is just amazing.

Pet Shop Boys – Did You See Me Coming?

Also, I’m DJing at one of the few bars in Williamsburg tomorrow night. Gonna try to play a lot of different stuff (re: not top 40) and remixes and basically stuff I heard in the UK clubs. Hopefully people are open minded about it. Either way, I’m still planning my set list and I’m pretty excited.

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New Semester, New Mashup – “Pretty Girls Rock Black and Yellow”

Entering my final semester of college! Wow. Hard to believe that. Also hard to believe that I bought my turntables the 2nd or 3rd week of Freshman year. So crazy how time flies.

New mashup: “Pretty Girls Rock Black and Yellow”. Featuring Lil Jon, The Pixies, Lenny Kravitz, Kanye West, Keri Hilson, and Wiz Khalifa.

DJ Nolan – Pretty Girls Rock Black and Yellow by djnolan

Download at from the website here.

Thanks for checkin’ it out!

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Britney x Dubstep

Britney Spears’ new single features a bit of a wobble…check out 2:17:

Personally, having studied in Britain (the birthplace of dubstep) I think it’s a quite laughable attempt. Maybe this will be filed in the “bro-step” category. Either way, I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of other future pop songs started to incorporate dubstep elements as it is becoming much more popular in America.

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