Saturday, December 31, 2005

Oxtongue- Elba Life

This is what the McDonaldland character Grimace would look like if he joined Islamic Jihad and bandied a Kalashnikov. And as for you Kate Burton...lovely jumper there.
Max Mohr- Old Song

Friday, December 30, 2005

I absolutely cannot wait until the Speaking in Code documentary comes out. David Day and Amy Grill are the two main conspirators, and they interviewed me for a little bit up at Mutek in Montreal. Who knows if anything I rambled about will make it in, but nonetheless I'm really happy that someone took the time to examine the vibrant pockets of the world's electronic music scene right now.
Two for the floor. Nothing particularly new, but both incredibly good:

The Knife- Pass this on (MANDY remix)
Mu- Let's Get Sick

Saturday, December 24, 2005


My friend Veronica recently launched Minimal Wave, which is described as, "a comprehensive project documenting the history of minimal synth, minimal electronik, and coldwave music from all over the world. Minimal Wave is dedicated to keeping this music alive via special edition releases, and providing current news."

She's also the program manager behind East Village Radio, a site thats also well worth checking out. Lots of interesting programming/ streams.

Elsewhere on the Interweb on this night before Christmas, my friend Blair has posted a cool Miwon track that you should check.

Also, 7 habits of highly successful people. Har har.

Merry Christmas, all!
This article from Fortune's 2006 Investor Guide is a must-read. Essentially, its about the concept of "Peak Oil," something that a lot of extremely credible people are gravely concerned about.

Here's the top-line:

"Peak oil" theorists posit that global production is at or near its historic ceiling and will begin a long, inexorable decline. They worry that America is not ready for the downturn, for skyrocketing prices and even shortages.

Some of the blogs referred to in the article are worth a read, even if you don't really buy into their alarmist viewpoint completely. I find that does an excellent job substantiating its points.

The following excerpt is tremendously alarming, as it refutes the idea that when the oil runs out, we can just turn to alternative sources of energy that (hopefully) are sufficiently developed.

Some specific examples may help illustrate the degree to which our technological base is dependent on fossil fuels:

1. The construction of an average car consumes the energy
equivalent of approximately 27-54 barrels, which equates
to 1,100-2,200 gallons, of oil. Ultimately, the
construction of a car will consume an amount of fossil
fuels equivalent to twice the car’s final weight.

2. The production of one gram of microchips consumes 630
grams of fossil fuels. According to the American Chemical
Society, the construction of single 32 megabyte DRAM
chip requires 3.5 pounds of fossil fuels in addition to 70.5
pounds of water.

3. The construction of the average desktop computer
consumes ten times its weight in fossil fuels.

4. The Environmental Literacy Council tells us that due to
the "purity and sophistication of materials (needed for) a
microchip, . . . the energy used in producing nine or ten
computers is enough to produce an automobile."

When considering the role of oil in the production of modern technology, remember that most alternative systems of energy — including solar panels/solar-nanotechnology, windmills, hydrogen fuel cells, biodiesel production facilities, nuclear power plants, etc. — rely on sophisticated technology.

In fact, all electrical devices make use of silver, copper, and/or platinum, each of which is discovered, extracted, transported, and fashioned using oil-powered machinery. For instance, in his book, The Lean Years: Politics of Scarcity, author Richard J. Barnet writes:

To produce a ton of copper requires 112 million BTU's or the
equivalent of 17.8 barrels of oil. The energy cost component
of aluminum is twenty times higher.

Nuclear energy requires uranium, which is also discovered, extracted, and transported using oil-powered machinery.

Most of the feedstock (soybeans, corn) for biofuels such as biodiesel and ethanol are grown using the high-tech, oil-powered industrial methods of agriculture described above.

Sunday, December 18, 2005


Modeselektor- Dancing Box feat TTC
Ok. You've gotten a lot of good music on this site, right? In exchange for this, I highly encourage you to go buy the Jose Gonzales LP Veneer at the itunes store. Its probably the best $9.99 I've spent in a long time. Pick up the crosses EP for an additional 3 bones while you're at it. Another solid purchase on there is the DFA holiday mix for a mere 99 cents.

Elsewhere, Check Pop Ambient 2006, as well as the new Kontrast 12' from the Kompakt Mp3 store. Stammtisch der verzweiflung is a slow killer. Tip!
Do keep an eye out for the Delta 5 "Singles and Sessions 1979-1981." Outstanding!

Delta 5- Mind Your Own Business
Thomas Fehlmann- Seitenstrasse
Shuggie Otis- Inspiration Information

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Friday, December 09, 2005

An Anne Applebaum op-ed on the Iraq war in the Washington Post that is well worth your time.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

I interupt my still-at-workness to say that Gilles Peterson's perfect cadence while talking over tracks on Worldwide just made me break out into a huge grin.