What’s in a name

I’ve had my share of aliases over the years; Guido and Sweetbottom to name a couple. The name Strangeblood was actually given to me by the drummer in Venus Flytrap circa 1991. We were at band practice and were messing around and the late Chris Whitson (guitarist and songwriter) would say “That Curtis just isn’t normal, he doesn’t do normal things and doesn’t listen to normal music”. One time Tom (our drummer) said, “I think I’m going to start calling you Curtis Srange”, and then he asked “have you heard of that golf player Curtis Strange?”  The name Curtis Strange followed me around for a few days and then it somehow turned into Curtis Strangeblood. Back then Tom used to always accent the A’s a bit and so it always came out as Curtis Straaangeblood. That used to follow me around quite a lot back then. Chris would always be saying “Curtis just isn’t normal” and Tom would follow that with “Curtis Straaangeblood”.

The rest is history I suppose. I only ever DJ’d three or four times, so leaving out the Curtis and inserting DJ is just a sort of novelty to give everyone the impression that you’d be lucky to have me blast a set at you’re latest gathering, but as some of those reputations precede me, you might be unlucky depending on how obscure the mix is. Just a warning for those of you thinking of hiring me

Strangeblood’s Best of 2013

This year had some surprises and alas I decided to make a list of the top 15 records of the year.  Maybe I still left  a few great ones off but I believe there’s some great artists on here that help me want to get up, get dressed and start my 50 minute commute (where I listen to alot of the records I end up hearing). Enjoy, and bring on 2014.

1. Bill Orcutt and Chris Corsano-The Raw and the cooked – Palilalia records

2. The Thing- Boot- The thing records

3. Electrophonic User’s Guide- Bits and Pieces- Electrophonic Users Guide records

4. Red, Hot, and Fela- Various Artists- Knitting Factory

5. The Dead C/ Rangda- Split 12″- Ba Da Bing Records

6. The Men- New Moon- Sacred bones records

7. The Strokes- Comedown Machine- RCA records

8. Sister Iodine – Blame- Premier Sang records

9. Kurt Vile- Wakin on a Pretty Daze- Matador records

10. Magik Markers – Surrender to the Fantasy- Drag City records

11. Bilal- A Love Sureal- eOne records

12. Robert Glasper Eperiment- Black Radio Vol. 2- Blue Note Records

13. Ty Segall- Sleeper- Drag City Records

14. Henry Kaiser Requia and Other Imrovisations for Guitar-Tzadik records

15.Bl’ast- Blood- Southern Lord Records