Sunday, March 26, 2006


Scott Walker- On Your Own Again

Friday, March 24, 2006

This is easily one of my favorite tracks this year:

Maps- Lost My Soul

More info here.

Also, don't sleep on the Fields. I just heard that a Ewan Pearson remix is forthcoming, which I cannot wait to hear.

The Fields- Song for the Fields

And, to round things off, the track that ranks up there in my most played section of itunes:

Liquid Liquid- Bell Head (Harvey's Liquid Head Edit)

Really, really into this Jena Paradies mix that we hosted on Earplug back in June 2005. Opens with a lovely Pantha du Prince track, St. Denis bei Licht. One of my favs. More mixes on his page, here. Speaking of which, you should check Sr. Prince's live set at APT on Tuesday the 28th. I get back that morning, and will certainly be there.

Other things briefly, go listen to some tracks and add Speck Mountain to your Myspace. Its a band I had the pleasure of playing in for a short time, and now my good friend Karl Briedrick is making a big push with more recordings and some potential remixes from amazing musicians on the horizon.

My new column in XLR8R hits the newstands this week. Also watch out for a feature on Coldcut in the new Re:up magazine, a Mike Shannon review in this week's Flavorpill, and a Duplex review in the last issue of Earplug.

A new radio show on East Village Radio is forthcoming. Stay tuned for news on that. That's more than enough self-promotion for now, but I do because I care.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Leprachaun in Mobile, Alabama.

My whirlwind trip to Berlin was a blast. Got in, met up with Todd (aka. Konrad Black) at St. Oberlitz and proceeded to down espressos and go buy records, as the airline lost his flight case. Checked out his set at Watergate (pictured) and then headed to the spectacle that is Panorama Bar at about 6 am. It's an old, disused power station in the middle of nowhere in East Berlin, converted into a few levels of techno mayhem. One room was militant and banging, the other much more minimal and off-kilter. Amazingly good. I wasn't in it for the long haul, and ended up leaving at about 10 or so, but the party went on until about 3 or so pm that day. After that, I wondered around Berlin on an extremely quiet Sunday, had a meal with a friend, and headed to the airport first thing on Monday morning, back to Newark airport. Showered, and hopped on a flight to Buenos Aires via Houston to hang out with my good friend Gavin. 24 hours in the air total (ouch), but well worth it.

He's loaning me a digital camera, so I'll be able to take some snaps while we're out and about. Stay tuned.

Cobra Commander has spawned and joined Basque separatist movement ETA.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Go to burnt brown sounds and download everything.
Off to Berlin, then Buenos Aires. Stories and photos to come. Stay tuned.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Those in New York with a love/hate relationship with Other Music should see this.

Saturday, March 11, 2006


Some particularly amusing correspondence between myself and perhaps the most enthusiastic, knowledgable music authority I know. This made me smile.

From: colin nagy
To: Nate Cunningham
Sent: Sun, 26 Feb 2006 18:26:22 -0500
Subject: dub

ive been listening to king tubby's at the controls quite a bit lately. what else can you recommend on the deep deep dub tip?

hope all is cool brother


From: Nate Cunningham
Subject: Re: dub
Date: March 7, 2006 12:38:00 PM EST
To: colin nagy

if you're vibing on tubby. tubby with soul syndicate is a great comp, on blood and fire, heavier i think than at the controls, but not quite as varied. soul syndicate is my favorite reggae backing band, they have the best rhythms--some of the stuff on at the controls is probably them. sledgehammer dub is probably my favorite dub album ever, tubby mixes of of the soul syndicate again, but the original tracks were produced by niney the observer, so the album is listed under his name. this one's not as heavy as soul syndicate or at the controls but a lot of it is straight perfection and there are some very gorgeous, wet sounds. keith hudson's pick a dub has the reputation of being the best dub record ever probably. i haven't given the whole thing a listen. what i've heard sounds solid, but somehow i wasn't inspired to explore it further (i like jamaican music with vocals more). hudson's playing it cool i would definitely recommend though. it has a bit rockier guitar, and is a very unique dub album, recorded in the early '80s but DOES NOT SOUND LIKE IT. lee perry's super ape is also considered by some to be the best dub album ever, although i haven't heard it yet at all. this would be more crazy than tubby, almost certainly less heavy. my favorite jamaican music ever on one cd would be divine madness...definitely comp on pressure sounds. probably you already know it because karl and i have been singing its praises for years, but if you don't it's sunny and wet, perry-produced roots tracks with even more submerged, crazy dub versions following each--not deep in the sense of drums and bass, but some of the most gorgeous production on any kind of record ever. outside of the big three of perry, tubby, and hudson, the glen brown reissue from last year was really solid, you wouldn't go wrong with that one. there were two niney the observer comps came out last year, i heard one of them and it sounded really solid, but there was a lot of vocal stuff on it, and i don't know if that's a problem for you. i assume most niney product is going to be dependable because he was awesome and soul syndicate was his regular band, but if you're not shy of '70s dj stuff, the niney comp on blood and fire called microphone attack has some amazing stuff on it, including big youth's ride on which is the most intense jamaican track i've ever heard. also something to think about is ras michael and the sons of negus' dadawah peace and love album, which is basically rasta funk jams slowed down and stretched out--each track is like 10 minutes--in an atmosphere of infinite, swampy dread. as the album goes on it just gets more and more lost (and better), the percussion becomes trippier, and when the burnt-ass piano rises on track three it could probably be used to conjure spirits, although i doubt they'd be able to do much other than maybe ODing all over again...(if you want me to send you an mp3 cd of just some of the various jamaican stuff i'm into let me know. although most of it is NOT deep dub...)
blowupjohn (2:30:27 PM): I have been pulling some shit lately
colinjnagy (2:30:45 PM): how so
blowupjohn (2:30:52 PM): some 35 yr lady thought I was pete yorn and took me home last month
blowupjohn (2:31:11 PM): we went to her house
blowupjohn (2:31:31 PM): and she didnt realize i wasnt him until the next morning and kicked me out

Friday, March 10, 2006

Some new music forthcoming tonight.

Another question- does anyone have the Superpitcher/ Pet Shop Boys bootleg called "Dry Heroin." I can't find it on my comp, and I'm dying to hear it.


Sunday, March 05, 2006

Did the Random Factor remix of Ricardo Villalobos' "Easy Lee" ever see a formal release?
Closer Musik- Closer Dancer

XLR8R presents
Rip It Up and Start Again
A Post-Punk Par-Tay to Celebrate the US release of Simon Reynolds' new book

Saturday, March 11th

KUDU - live performance at 1am

Dan Selzer (Acute Records)
Mike Simonetti (Troubleman Unlimited)
Roy Dank (Pop Your Funk)

Nublu, 62 Avenue C btwn 4th & 5th (look for the blue light)
Doors: 8:30pm
Cover: $10
Check out JG Wilkes w/ a really nice space rock set over on Beats in Space.