photo of kitten with a brew and an opening ceremony hoodie by tim barber
in live show news, i just picked up a pair of tickets for the juan maclean at bowery next saturday. figured that since i've now missed about a half dozen of his shows, it was time to finally get my act together. i mean, you can only dance around in your boxers to "give me every little thing" in the privacy of your own apartment for so long.
i'm pleased, if somewhat confused, that eagles of death metal are opening up for the strokes. i loved eagles when i saw them a little over a year ago at northsix, especially because they dedicated every other song to "the ladies".
eagles of death metal - bad dream mama
eagles of death metal - whorehoppin (shit, goddamn)
death from above 1979 - black history month (josh homme mix)
also check out the "trailer" for the forthcoming eagles of death metal dvd - if only for the clips of them dancing around in the studio. watch it here. (thanks to brooklyn vegan for the link)
big thanks go out to martin from sweden, who tossed me a promo copy of silent shout, the new lp from disconotdisco faves the knife, that is set to drop in march. i've only been able to listen to it a couple of times all the way through, but i'm definitely feeling it. whereas deep cuts was marked by steel drums and high pitched vocoder action, silent shout takes a more sinister route - layering dark synth stabs on top of distorted vocals on top of muted handclaps. it's kind of like if bjork and tiga had a super stylish musical child.
see for yourself:
the knife - neverland
the knife - marble house
photo of kitten with a brew and an opening ceremony hoodie by tim barber
it sucks that they cancelled their nyc shows, and that they're on tour with the rakes in the UK for the forseeable future, but white rose movement is still crazy good.
but the real question is - who can remix a paul epworth-produced track without destroying it? oh, right, paul epworth.
white rose movement - alsatian (phones goes to the dogs mix)
and why not:
the rakes - retreat (phones mix)
it's nate's birthday party tonight - so make sure to put on your shiniest chain and come on down to lit
at 11:08 AM
disconotdisco favorites mstrkrft (read: half of dfa 1979) have stepped out of the remix game and are gearing up to release their first original single, "easy love". check out the gorgeously filthy video here. (thanks to cliptip for the heads up)
and, just in case you've been living under a rock outside of williamsburg for the past year, here is my favorite mstrkrft remix so far:
panthers - thank me with your hands (mstrkrft mix)
some great new downloadable mixes have come up in the past few days, check out:
1. dfa mixes - james murphy and the juan maclean put together nonstop handclap and cowbell action, complete with a little bad brains. i'm also a little bit pissed because murphy drops jonathan richaman's "don't let it go to waste" on top of radiohead, and i used to start my sets with the richman track until i realized i couldn't figure out what second song would really use it as a jumping off point...damn you james murphy.
2. nick catchdubs - one of the lemon-red mixes, from december, this mix is an absolute banger.
3. diplo live at the guggenheim - our favorite favela funker posts his set from one of the guggenheim "first friday" deals. make sure to listen for his remix of the new yeah yeah yeahs single. also don't sleep on the smallchange mix posted at the same site, not only do his sets make it impossible not to wiggle around, but this guy writes the funniest email invites for his parties ever.
i have to admit that i wasn't crazy about the new goldfrapp tracks that i had been hearing - "oh la la la" and "number 1", despite their cool videos, just weren't doing it for me.
luckily, the dfa have come in and remixed "slide in", mutilating it into a dancefloor classic:
goldfrapp - slide in (dfa mix)
at 12:24 PM
don't miss this one: at alife rivington starting tomorrow at 9 am there will be limited edition nike air max kicks available for six hours. my favorites are these air max 180s, but i'm also looking to see what the new 360s are like...
finally, cam'ron throwing down against jay-z: "i open the daily news, how's the king of new york rocking sandals with jeans?" fuck. yeah.
cam'ron - you got to love it
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(photo: richard burbridge)
let's kick things off with some playful remixes of songs by artists that begin with "f":
feist - mushaboom (mocky remix)
franz ferdinand - do you want to (max tundra remix)
also check out the review for the max tundra mix that came up on pitchfork yesterday. the track really is just silly fun, i've been playing it out for a couple months now and people always dig it. although it's been frustrating me that i keep forgetting to drop "jump" in the middle of it...
don't sleep on the alife sale this week, luckily i wear the most sought-after sneaker size so there'll be shit for me...but still:
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i threw my back out on sunday. my plans to go out to sway and get stupid drinking sparks (!) all night turned into 36 hours of lying on an ironing board in my bed and watching judge mathis.
i can barely reach the keyboard because i can't sit down...just take this:
tiefschwarz feat. matt safer - warning siren
at 2:34 PM
been a long week at work, trying to close two new big projects and had a photoshoot yesterday. but i swear on my copy of purple haze that i'm gonna get back on the blogging wagon.
real quick, i've always been a fan of ratatat, and god knows that "17 years" still gets dropped on a fairly regular basis. so how is it that i slept on this mix of kanye's "get em high"? boys just knows how to lock into a groove, crazy shit
ratatat - get em high (kanye west)
and in case you don't have it yet:
ratatat - 17 years
don't say i never did nothing for ya
on a more timely note, seems like a lot of people are talking about whether morningwood or we are scientists will blow up first. and while i haven't checked any sales results for either album, coolfer has a funny blog-mention comparison of the two here. i like scientists much better, but morningwood is pretty fucking catchy. probably able to catch a nice teen and/or tween market.
morningwood - jetsetter
at 4:15 PM
been reading brett easton ellis' latest, lunar park. not sure how much it really brings to the table in terms of the social/cultural commentary found in earlier works, but it's an interesting enough look into the mind of a writer who is at the edge of his tether. plus it's got a great creepy furby-type character.
here's a good song to start off a saturday:
brian eno - sky saw
disconotdisco faves radioclit and erol alkan both have podcasts available now, check em out and let me know what you think.
exciting mylo news - seems he's gearing up for a US re-release of his ridiculous full length destroy rock and roll. check out the slick ecard here. also, mylo's apparently doing a live set at avalon (read: limelight) in nyc in february. don't sleep on it.
and if anyone is still looking for a pair of kicks to buy me, i like these:
(photo from vintagekicks.com)
thanks to my old kentucky blog and funtime ok for the links!
at 11:19 AM
UPDATE: the most scandalous picture i've ever seen on lastnightsparty!
(surprisingly, it's completely safe for work...)
(...does that make it not so scandalous?)
at 10:12 AM
couple of chances to see me dj: tonight at siberia and possibly a secret party in soho on saturday...stay posted for details
and on a different note
the knife - you take my breath away
unfortunately, the knife have taken down their website while they overhaul it in anticipation of their new album.
fortunately, docopenhagen has posted this ridiculous live link list of the top 50 videos of the year, so you can watch the clip for "you take my breath" there. (link via brooklynvegan)
at 10:03 AM
death from above 1979 at the bowery ballroom
crazy end of the year, a combination of busy schedule and not having money to pay for a working ftp client made me let this place lapse a little bit. back on track.
to make up for it, there are a whole bunch of mp3s below...
2005 wrap-up (belated)
shows of the year:
2. queens of the stone age at msg
3. fischerspooner at the canal room (pictured)
parties of the year:
1. fixed with jdh and dave p. at the tribeca grand - consistently great saturday nights, with crazy guest djs (hell, lindstrom, m.a.n.d.y.) and live acts (annie, whitey, tom vek).
2. shit hammered at happy ending - i went to this party for an absurd stretch this spring, something disgusting like 8 tuesdays in a row. just long enough for me to have scandalous pictures appear on the cobrasnake. thank god.
3. misshapes. (pictured) say what you will, this party is almost always a great time. i think i've gotten drunker and sweatier at these parties than at any other. highlight for me was seeing my idol do a guest dj spot, and having him drop the cazals.
singles of the year: (note: links dead as of 1/15/06 - keep coming back for new ones!)
1. lcd soundsystem – tribulations (tiga’s mix)
favorite song of the year from one of my favorite albums - the only single this year that had three different mixes (album version, tiga's mix, and lindstrom's mix), all of which would make a dancefloor go nuts. doesn't hurt that this also made in appearance in dj hell's set at the tribeca grand in february, which was out of control.
2. white rose movement – love is a number
pure synth pleasure. and great haircuts. stay tuned, they're making a couple of appearances in new york in the next few weeks.
3. three 6 mafia – stay fly (diplo’s mad decent mix)
pure filth. uncalled for bassline.
4. we are scientists – nobody move, nobody gets hurt
more affable than maximo park, and it's always nice to see a young band wide-eyed on letterman.
5. kanye west – touch the sky
it was something of a toss-up to pick a single track from late registration, but "touch the sky" really show's that kanye hasn't lost a step in the game.
6. tom vek – nothing but green lights (digitalism mix)
my personal obsession for 2005.
7. death from above 1979 – black history month (alan braxe and fred falke mix)
dfa1979 seem to be able to do for vice records what the panthers couldn't really. the show at the bowery ballroom was my favorite live event of the year too.
8. juan maclean – give me every little thing
this is one of those songs that just makes motherfuckers want to dance. make sure to check him out at supreme trading in williamsburg later this month.
9. m.i.a. – bucky done gone
there was a period of about six weeks this summer where you'd hear this song played two or three times a night at a bar. it was awesome.
10. devendra banhart – I feel just like a child
i was a late convert to this one, but now it's a go-to sunday afternoon record.
11. the arctic monkeys – I bet you look good on the dancefloor
we'll have to wait and see what the full length sounds like, but there's always room for catchy-as-fuck singles from a group of skinny british teenagers in fred perry polos. always.
12. black dice – smiling off (dfa mix)
just barely edged out "mars arizona" as my favorite dfa mix of the year. this sprawling diskopunk jam has become a staple of my dj sets.
13. young jeezy feat. jay-z – go crazy
say what you will about the social ills of having kids strutting around in snowman tshirts, thug motivation is chock full of no-frills bangers.
14. vitalic – my friend dario
i think that the lasting impact of electroclash is that it undeniably brought some of the rawk sexiness to dance music. luckily vitalic hasn't forgotten where he came from.
15. gorillaz – dare (soulwax mix)
damon albarn crooning in the background + shaun ryder + filthy soulwax beats = shooting fish in a barrel.
16. art brut – good weekend
"i've seen her naked, twice! i've seen her NAKED....TWICE!" best lyric of the year.
17. kings of leon – king of the rodeo
while they haven't really matured in terms of narrative content or underlying themes, aha shake heartbreak proved that time on the road has tightened kings of leon up as a band a hundred times over from their debut.
18. dungen – panda
perfect psyche rock.
19. dipset – dipset symphony
highlight of more than music, crazy flows from the whole crew.
20. the long blondes - giddy stratospheres
possibly what the slits would've sounded like if they had been around for britpop? a mixed bag, this is one of my favorite songs of the year but i haven't been impressed by any of the other tracks i've heard.
at 12:12 AM