To my sheer delight, I opened this month’s pages of Future Music magazine (or…whatever the iPad equivalent of that action is?!) to discover an interview and studio tour with one of my absolute favorite producers, Todd Terje! Even if you don’t have a subscription, you can take the tour online on FM’s web site – look, It’s the ARPs!
DJ Icewater unites Bay Area hip-hop legends Del, Casual, Souls Of Mischief and others from the Hieroglyphics crew in commemoration of The Hundreds San Francisco’s 6-year anniversary:
[Update 2014.03.28: In other Hiero news, join A-Plus, Phesto, Tajai, and Opio as they look back at the past 20 years: 93 'Til Now: An Oral History with Souls Of Mischief]
I had already bought my tickets and was greatly looking forward to seeing Anamanaguchi at the Blind Pig, but the surprise addition of Sabrepulse to that night’s lineup was like (A Very Chiptune) Christmas come early! After an atypically long (and freezing cold!) line, all the way around the corner and down Washington, and an uncharacteristically unfriendly and drama-filled experience at the door, we (well, some of us
（￣へ￣）) made it in just before Sabrepulse was about to start:
“Whoa Bob…what the fuck is this?! Fuckin’ disco music?! You can’t be serious – this is fuckin’ bullshit! W-wha-what’s next Bob, some cheesy little fucking lead synth?! Oh fuck! C’mon man…ha ha…can we rock shit?! Yeah, now we’re talkin’ – turn those fuckin’ guitars up – let’s do this! Uhhhrr!”
Lost Floppies Vol 2 – also available on Spotify in case you didn’t get a chance to pick up the limited hand-made edition! d^_^b
Just stumbled upon Simon Lord‘s debut album One today – it’s fascinating to hear him in an acoustic context vs. the more familiar (to me) Black Ghosts‘ electro-dance sound, or Simian‘s experimental psychedelia – and I’m finding it completely beautiful and absorbing. Sample it on Soundcloud, listen on Spotify, or buy the vinyl (with download) from Wonderfulsound. d^_^b
At long last, Fake Blood‘s debut full-length album, Cells, was released today! The new LP contains nothing from his prior singles except End of Days and the titular Yes / No from his most recent. While primarily consisting of the expected dark beats, there are some lighter moments, including appearances from fellow Black Ghost Simon Lord, and even a fairly obvious Giorgio Moroder/Donna Summer reference in Sideshow! Be sure to check out the Fake Blood Facebook page for some interesting tidbits on the concepts behind some of the tracks! d^_^b
Electric Six are my favorite “local” band – one of my absolute top favorite bands period – and I’ve seen them live a fair number of times. I’ve dragged a fair number of others along to experience them as well – but for those who still have yet to experience the thrill of Electric Six live, you can get tantalizingly close courtesy of their new live album, Absolute Pleasure!
There are so many little things that make the live shows special, and Absolute Pleasure captures many of them; my spiritual twin Tait Nucleus? (you can tell us apart by the fact that he as a CS1x, and I have a CS2X – oh, and that he actually does useful things with his!)’s little Smiths reference during Future Is in the Future for example, or Dick Valentine’s bizarre injection of Monifah lyrics into Danger! High Voltage! and WJLB Read More…
Seeing Fatboy Slim at Motor in Hamtramck was a seminal moment in my Big Beat history – eclipsed perhaps only by an even more amazing show at Clutch Cargo’s where Norman Cook escaped the typical DJ booth and performed as crowds thronged around his boxing ring. The only possible way to top this might be making a pilgrimage to Brighton for a Big Beach Boutique event – though the chances of that happening seemed increasingly slim. Enter Fatboy Slim: Live From The Big Beach Bootique - a worldwide broadcast of the BBB5 event from earlier this year. Cinemas across the globe broadcast the one-day-only experience on Friday, August 31st. The “Live” was a little misleading, since the footage was from June, and it was not simulcast, but Read More…