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Posted on: Sunday, December 30, 2007

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Advertiser Staff

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DJ Compose: keepin' it real and gettin' paid.

Photo courtesy Jay Ablan

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Wyclef Jean

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Hold court at the W bar on New Year's.

Courtesy Starwood Hotels

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Christine Thomas

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  • For a tip o' the hat to a New Year, find one at Catherine's Closet. The walls of this intimate shop are lined with an exquisite collection of every kind of topper imaginable, from vintage feather headbands to a hat you would have seen Audrey Hepburn wear in "Breakfast at Tiffany's." It's not too late to find that statement piece for your New Year's Eve outfit! 2733 E. Manoa Road, Suite 204 (across from Boston's North End Pizza; 386-2746.

  • Out with the old and in with the new ... underwear, that is. Neiman Marcus has everything from hot-pink Cosabella thongs, Le Mystere va-va-voom bras and Dolce & Gabanna bustier sets on sale, with additional 25-percent off sale items during the after-Christmas sale. These will go fast! Ala Moana Center; 951-3420.

  • Crazy enough to shop on New Year's Day for a bargain? You won't want to miss Ala Moana Center's Fukubukuro, a time-honored retail tradition in Japan that provides shoppers the opportunity to purchase Happy Grab Bags filled with mystery merchandise, sold at half the retail value of the contents. At this year's event, find deals at 29 retailers center-wide, including Bally, Bobby Jones, Diesel, Fendi and Neiman Marcus. Ala Moana Center; Tuesday only.

    Pualana Lemelle

    BUZZ BUILDING FOR SOUND KREW CD

    Nocturnal Sound Krew is releasing a CD, "Can't Noc the Hustle," on Friday a mix that works over tracks by notables Mark Ronson and Lily Allen, Common and Talib Kweli.

    Buzz is building about the recording, which includes an exclusive track with Ho-nolulu MC Emirc. They're calling it Vol. 1 of a planned series. Find the CD locally at Kicks/HI, In4mation, DIG lifestyle, Stussy and other great local boutiques.

    Krew members Jami and Compose, there since the beginning, are out on a national tour now, playing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta and New York. We talked with Jonathan Ablan, aka Compose, who put this CD together.

    Q. Where did you get your DJ name?

    A. Being influenced by a lot of the original turntablists, one thing that caught my ear was not so much all the tricks of the DJ, but the actual manipulating and creating of sounds using the turntable ... somewhat like a composer for an orchestra ... thus "DJ Compose."

    Q. And the name of your new CD?

    A. "Can't Noc the Hustle" is derived from a classic song from Jay-Z by the same name. "Hustle" could mean anything to me, it means to stay busy and stay hungry ... to get anywhere in this world, you have to stay hungry. You have to always want more and also think of new and fresh ways to do it; that is my hustle.

    Q. What inspired you to produce this mix?

    A. Coming up, mix tapes were my "Internet" it was the way to get in the loop ... in music, clothes, styles, everything. Nowadays, it seems as if there are new DJs popping up every day with the same style they see on the latest blog on MySpace. I wanted to stay away from all the trends mash-ups, '80s and come with a real soulful mix of joints I like right now. Mainly hip-hop, but infused with other great music. No frills.

    Q. What are you listening to?

    A. Man, that Chicago sound is absolutely killing it right now! Kid Sister, Cool Kids, Kanye (West), Lupe (Fiasco), Common; it's pretty ridiculous. I listen to everything, really, there is a time and place for everything. ... so I get my Souljah boy on as much as I get my Daft Punk on.

    Q. Where are you spinning?

    A. I am pretty much all over the place on the weekends (The W, Living Room, Indigo, Tsukiji's). I want to big up to all the promoters paying my rent. All you young DJs, there is a difference between "keeping it real" and "keeping it broke" make money!

    Lacy Matsumoto

    RELEASES

    CELEBRITY FORCE

    Former Fugee Wyclef Jean is either a visionary internationalist who sees a world without musical borders or a shamelessly starstruck showoff whose albums exist to demonstrate just how big his Rolodex is. Or both. How else to explain "Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs Of An Immigrant" (Columbia), a sequel to a 1997 album of the same name? The staggering guest list includes Shakira, Norah Jones, Mary J. Blige, Paul Simon, Serj Tankian, rappers Lil' Wayne, T.I. and Will.i.am, and, of course, noted percussionist Louis Farrakhan. (I kid you not.) The multiculti lounge lizard deserves props for maintaining an ebullient party vibe throughout a jam-packed effort that attempts to make sense of the immigrant experience.

    Dan DeLuca, McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    HAPPENING

    PARTY LIKE A ROCK STAR

    What would happen if two of Honolulu's hottest promoters had the keys to the W Hotel? Party madness and it's happening tomorrow night.

    Flash and Matty Boy are putting on a party called Season Finale at the chic Waikiki W on New Year's Eve. Expect gorgeous guests at this event, along with fashionable entertainment: Adam Saaks will slice and dice Ed Hardy T-shirts into provocative designs and hipster DJ Jacob Marshall will be on the turntables.

    Individual tickets may be available at the door, but a reserved table for six, including dinner at the W, a bottle of your favorite beverage and access to the hotel's VIP penthouse a branch of the party can be had for $1,700. For reservations, go to www.flashandmattyboypresent.com.

    Lacy Matsumoto

    BIZARRE LINKS

    Here's a grab bag of Internet oddities that deserve notice before the year is out:

  • We have a new contender for greatest entrance of all time: Tandi Iman Dupree. Search her name on YouTube or see tinyurl.com /2gvjf7 to watch Dupree enter the stage for the 2001 Miss Black America drag pageant. While Bonnie Tyler's "Holding Out for a Hero" plays, Dupree, dressed as Wonder Woman, drops into view from above the stage, landing in a perfect splits.

  • Ever noticed how, even though we know our refrigerator's contents, we can't help but stare inside, searching for something anything decent to eat? Weirdly enough, there's a Web site devoted to this practice: www.fridgewatcher.com, with photos from all over the world showing the interiors of people's fridges. One is reminded how every "Cribs" host is sure to exhibit his or her icebox.

  • www.spacesounds.com hosts audio tracks of things like what the Russian satellite Sputnik sounds like, what you would hear if you passed through the rings of Saturn, and the "heartbeat" of the Sun which sounds kinda like a Radiohead tune.

    Jake Coyle, Associated Press

    INSIDER TIPS: C'EST CHIC

    The Web site Lei Chic is like a private conversation in the locker room or a secret shared over pau-hana cocktails. It's insider information, offered up online in a breezy, reader-friendly and well-written format. It's all about fashion, home, beauty and events right here in the Islands.

    The site (www.leichic.com) was developed by Web programmer George Helwagen and his wife, Alyson, a public-relations professional. "We wanted to take the magazine model and roll out 20 stories on a daily basis, Monday through Friday," Helwagen explained. "It just takes 30 seconds or a minute to read every day." Lei Chic is written by freelance writer Christine Thomas, left, who also writes the What I'm Reading Now column for The Advertiser. Thomas, a local girl and Kalaheo graduate, is always looking for new, interesting things to write about. Readers can subscribe and receive Lei Chic in their in box every day. Comments and tips for new leads are welcomed.

    Paula Rath

    WHAT'S ON YOUR IPOD?

    DJ Zacharijah, resident at the Living Room's Redda Fire party on Thursdays

    1. "Far Away," Tarrus Riley

    2. "What I'm Gonna Do," Bugle

    3. "More Ital," Ras Mikey & Lion Fiyah

    4. "Hammer," Rootz Underground

    5. "Mad World," Shaggy feat. Sizzla & Collie Budd

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