Friday, September 30, 2005

This is the visual rendition of what I want electronic music to sound like. I think some parts of the Triple R mixes come close.
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don't make fun of my hobbies, i don't make fun of you for being an a-hole.

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Me on Modeselektor in the new issue of Earplug.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Some stunning photos from New Orleans here.
New Hand on the Plow record out on Matthew Herbert's Soundslike label today. I loved their first releases. Glad to see these guys are still at it.


A1: Let's Smash Up Our Love
A2: Just Numbers
B1: Dumb us Down
B2: Don't Fret (Featuring Spandex on indecision)

Check the free mp3- Work With What You've Got.

Image above: Color Infrared image of a section of highway displaced by the storm surge near Gulfport, Miss. (NASA)

Beauty out of chaos.
Suicide- Cheree (Thanks MC!)

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Monday, September 26, 2005

Sunday, September 25, 2005

new boards cut:
Boards of Canada- Chromakey Dreamcoat
Lady Sovereign, Mc Shystie, Roc & Frost P - Boys & Girls
They can't be serious.

Isolee- Can't Sleep All Night
Donna Regina- Little Baby
Royksopp- Tristesse Globale
Danny Wang- Warped
I attended the New Yorker town hall meeting on Iraq on Friday, and though the panel was quite impressive (everyone to Doug Feith to Robert Baer, James Woolsey and Mark Danner), I was quite disappointed by the lack of substantive discussion. It seems that everyone on the left is dwelling on how we were misled into the war, the lack of strategic planning for the long run, so on and so forth. These were valid arguments 6 months ago. Now, I'm most concerned with hearing the substantive debates on policy going forward. As was evident on the panel, it seems like there is absolutely no consensus -- or even remotely intelligent insights -- on either side of the aisle as to where we go from here. The panel consisted of a tremendous amount of easy cheapshots (mostly directed at Feith), pander-bearing to the largely liberal audience courtesy of Mr. Danner (a New Yorker reporter) and the tired "regardless of the lack of wmd's, the war was still justified on a humanitarian level" rhetoric favored by Mr. Woolsey and the left wing right wing acid trip Christopher Hitchens. Ex-CIA operative Robert Baer, who has a tremendous amount of experience in the region, contributed nothing more substantial then his "Iraq is a great recruiting device for terrorists" standby that we've been hearing for the past several months. Also, predictably, when they opened up questions from the audience, all hell broke loose and descended into the left-wing fingerpointing and tired, staid cliches that make my skin crawl now. Also irritating was the bleacher seat heckling whenever Douglas Feith opened his mouth. Admittedly, he said nothing of substance and filibustered on every question, but I still believe in his right to respond to questions without some first-year NYU politics student screaming the equivalent of "no blood for oil!"

The point to be taken from all of this is: We were misled into war. There are no WMDs to be found. No strategic planning for the occupation. Good, great, grand. This has been long established, and will no doubt be examined by historians for years to come. The question we must now concern ourselves with his: What now? Will a pullout meet a descent into protracted civil war and greater instability then pre fall of Saddam? Will this conflict be a hot potato tossed onto the lap of the next administration? All questions that need to be answered sometime very soon.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

The Times editorial on Afghanistan is well worth a read today.

My lovely roommates Greg and Geordon + my Grammercy Park strolling partner, Leigh (aka the Misshapes) commence a new show on East Village Radio this week. Tune into it tonight from 10-12. They'll play some new bands you need to hear, including new cuts from Goldfrapp, the Strokes and the Barcelona Pavillion.

Also, my friend Veronica's show is worth a listen. Lots of interesting coldwave/ post punk cuts. I tuned in last night as was quite impressed. Check the archived show mp3 here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Monday, September 19, 2005

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Ewan Pearson's back with a new set of records you need to hear. Very pleased to see my boy Todd aka Konrad Black featured so prominently in there. He certainly deserves it, as his recent 12' is a bona fide corker.
The (Hypothetical) Prophets - Person to Person
My Bloody Valentine- Off your face

Tom Vek's second US show at the Tribeca Grand last night was quite a success. The sound was fantastic, the band was incredibly tight, and the audience was feeling it. I was a bit concerned initially that the transition from a record he made completely by himself to live would be a problem, but it looks like any kinks have been ironed out. Highlights from the gig: "I ain't sayin my goodbyes", as well as "nothing but green lights." Also, it was really nice to see so many friends at the show. Such a nice time. After Vek, Josh and Dave dropped some tracks (Mandarine Girl by Booka shade and I Feel Space- both hyped by this blogga), and then Mylo went on. Having missed Miami, I hadn't seen him perform, but was pleasantly surprised. A really anthemic, synthy bleepy sound that had everyones hands in the air. Fantastic stuff.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Chicago- I'm A Man (Rub N Tug Re-edit)

Tribeca Grand was off the hook last night. Hot Chip live= stellar (esp the fleetwood mac cover!)
Cut Copy are fantastic DJs, as well. Be sure to stop in tonight for Tom Vek at midnight, followed by a DJ set from Mylo from 2-4. Going to be binocs.
We saw the hurricane coming far ahead of time. Look at the lack of coordination that ensued. Not to be too alarmist, but this ABC News piece on the Avian flu is worth a read. Sure, there is the everpresent threat of terror, but I think the resources needed to deal with a very real global pandemic are taking a back burner to it. We need to start thinking about this now. The scope could be far greater that even those WMDs we heard so much nonsense about.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Monday, September 12, 2005

Henrik Schwarz- Live at NBI Berlin

A nice and heady down/midtempo house mix from one of my fav producers. Check the cut "Chicago" from about 27 minutes or so in. One of my fav. tunes from 2003. Still super relevant and forward thinking as ever.

His sound is best described as the space between Moodymann and Plastikman. Jazzy but really tripped out. Amazingly good. Check his 12' "leave my head alone brain." I think tt lab has it.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

"I mean, you have people who don't heed those warnings and then
put people at risk as a result of not heeding those warnings. There
may be a need to look at tougher penalties on those who decide to
ride it out and understand that there are consequences to not
leaving.” –Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Sept. 6, 2005

How about a look at donating every ounce of time and money you have to Santorum's democratic opponent in the midterms? This guy has absolutely got to go.
One of my favorite tracks from M.Mayer's Immer mix:

Carsten Jost- You Don't Need a Weatherman (Superpitcher Mix)

Arthur Russell- Let's Go Swimming (Walter Gibbons Mix)
King Tubby- A Rougher Version

Thursday, September 08, 2005

The forthcoming Diplo mix for Fabric looks absolutely fantastic! Go subscribe- you get a mix cd a month, alternating between the Fabriclive (more breaks, beats, dnb) and Fabric (House, techno and strains thereof). Check the details here. Its 6 pounds a month. Nothing.

Diplo Tracklisting
01 - Plantlife - Love 4 the World (Why They Gotta Hate?) - Plantlife/ Gut Records ** - Nina Sky - Turnin' Me On - Universal Records
02 - Killer Mike feat. Big Boi - My Chrome - SonyBMG
03 - Cybotron - Clear - Tresor
04 - Yazoo - Don't Go - Mute Records
05 - Debbie Deb - When I Hear Music - Pandisc Music Corp.
06 - Freestyle - Don't Stop The Rock - Pandisc Music Corp.
07 - Hashim - Al-Naafiysh (The Soul) - Cutting Records
08 - Model 500 - Nightdrive (Thru Babylon) - Tresor
09 - Aphex Twin - Windowlicker - Warp Records
10 - Cajmere - Percolator - Cajual Records
11 - Solid Groove - This Is Sick - Front Room Recordings
12 - Two Culture Clash feat. Ms Thing - Love Guide - Wall Of Sound
13 - Ludacris feat. Shawnna - What's Your Fantasy - Island Def Jam
14 - Diplo feat. Pantera Os Danadinhos - Percão - Big Dada Recordings
15 - Gaiola Das Popozudas - Vem Cristiano - Link Records
16 - MC Biro Leyby - Cria Asa Periquita - Link Records
17 - Gaiola Das Popozudas - Ô Darcy - Link Records
18 - Diplo - Way More (remix) - Big Dada Recordings ** - M.I.A. - Bucky Done Gun - XL Recordings
19 - Jammer - Destruction VIP - Jah Mek Da World
20 - The Cure - Love Song - Fiction Records
21 - Outcast - B.O.B. - LaFace Records/ SonyBMG
22 - Le Tigre - Deceptacon - Wiija Records
23 - DJ Nasty - Hurricane - MCEC
24 - DJ Deeon - Freaks - Juke Traxx
25 - Turbulence - Notorious - THC Muzik
26 - Cat Power - Free - Matador Records

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

One of my fav djs, Ewan Pearson, has a new mix coming out on Soma.

It drops on October 4, and serves as a nice change from a lot of the mix cds I've been hearing lately that seem to be the same tracks rehashed over and over again. Rob Da Bank, I'm looking at you...

Here's the tracklisting:

1. Clashing Egos - Aminjig Nebere (I Trusted You) (Joakim's Afrobot Mix) [Life Enhancing Audio]
2. Lontano - Lovebass [Factor City]
3. Feist - Inside and Out (Pearson and Usher Elektronische Dub) [Polydor]
4. Husky Rescue - Summertime Cowboy (Serge Santiago Remix) [Catskills]
5. Dirt Crew - Largo (Dominik Eulberg Remix) [Dirt Crew Recordings]
6. Villalobos - Easy Lee (Random Factor Remix) [Playhouse]7. Different Gear - Pop Idle (Instrumental Mix) [Lazy Eye]
8. Brazilian Girls - Don't Stop (Riton Re-rub) [Verve]
9. Karu - Maraud Your Ears (Tim Paris' We Almost Lost Detroit Mix) [Silver Network]
10. Spirit Catcher - Key Generator [Moodmusic]
11. Danton - Odd Bassliner [Virgo]
12. Dirk Technic - I Love You [10 Kilo]
13. Soldout - I Don't Want To Have Sex With You (Mugwump Zexual SealingReversion) [Dirtydancing Recording]
14. Alex Visconti - I Wanna Be Your Darkness [Elettrica]
15. Da Fresh - Broken Dream [Hypnotic Music]

Monday, September 05, 2005

First- Fire Michael Brown
Read the Times Picayune's open letter urging this action. An excerpt:

It was clear to us by late morning Monday that many people inside the Superdome would not be returning home. It should have been clear to our government, Mr. President. So why weren’t they evacuated out of the city immediately? We learned seven years ago, when Hurricane Georges threatened, that the Dome isn’t suitable as a long-term shelter. So what did state and national officials think would happen to tens of thousands of people trapped inside with no air conditioning, overflowing toilets and dwindling amounts of food, water and other essentials?

State Rep. Karen Carter was right Friday when she said the city didn’t have but two urgent needs: "Buses! And gas!" Every official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency should be fired, Director Michael Brown especially.

In a nationally televised interview Thursday night, he said his agency hadn’t known until that day that thousands of storm victims were stranded at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. He gave another nationally televised interview the next morning and said, "We’ve provided food to the people at the Convention Center so that they’ve gotten at least one, if not two meals, every single day."

Lies don’t get more bald-faced than that, Mr. President.

Yet, when you met with Mr. Brown Friday morning, you told him, "You’re doing a heck of a job."

That’s unbelievable.

I'm no Michael Moore fan, but he's hosted an excerpt from Meet the Press on Sunday that you owe it to yourself to watch. Equally heartbreaking and infuriating.

Josh Marshall over at Talking Points Memo rightly highlights WaPo and NY Times stories that both bring up an interesting fact regarding the ridiculously delayed White House response. Hint: Where was Nicole Devinish? Who was with her?

David Carr with an insightful piece in the New York Times on how the media has largely found its footing with recent coverage. I especially liked Anderson Cooper's outrage last week when talking to Mary Landrieu:

In a story where the line between perpetrator and victim is sliced razor thin, tempers are bound to fray. Anderson Cooper, CNN's bright young thing who had made fun of hurricane reporting in the past, found himself in the thick of it on Thursday and lashed back in what was supposed to be an interview with Senator Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana.

"I've been seeing dead bodies in the streets here in Mississippi," he said. "And to listen to politicians thanking each other and complimenting each other, you know, I got to tell you, there are a lot of people here who are very upset, and very angry, and very frustrated."

For some context, Landrieu spent a good portion of the first part of the interview doing the typical verbal gladhanding that a politician would do at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new civic center-- certainly not in the middle of a war zone.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

These edits are well worth a listen. No other information, just dl.
Please join me in welcoming David Day and Amy Grill's Square Productions to the links on the sidebar. They are two friends of mine, and are currently working on a global electronic music documentary. Check out their excellent blog for a good re:cap of the Total 6 festival in Cologne, as well as excellent commentary on the latest and greatest tunes, scenes and sounds.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Its good to see CNN growing some balls. Anderson was particularly good here.

"Chertoff, fielding questions from reporters, said government officials did not expect both a powerful hurricane and a breach of levees that would flood the city of New Orleans."

This Times-Picayune piece from 2002 (mentioned in the CNN article) is well worth a read. There have been some rightful alarmists around for some time, but as Bush and other administration officials would have you believe, this was some sort of freakish occurance out of left field.
Booka Shade= so hot right now.

The Juan Mclean- Tito's Way (Booka Shade Mix)
Booka Shade- Mandarine Girl

DJ Koze- Brutalga Square

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Click here to donate to the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief fund. It takes two seconds, and you can use a debit/ credit card if you like.