Johnatron’s Edit Wednesday #14

30 06 2007


Future dancefloor killer…. starting……… NOW!

MP3: “Jolene (Johnatron Remix)”- Dolly Parton


(Incredibly Belated) Disco Sunday #2

27 06 2007

After Dark

I actually wrote a draft of this particular post in May but I’m only just now getting to publish it, because there’s just too damn much awesome shit to do in NYC. The Glass played the other night, Kavinsky and Mr. Oizo a few weeks ago, Boyznoise are tomorrow night…and of course let’s not forget the amazing Baron von Luxxury’s solo turn at APT last week – *damn*, I was good!

My man Johnny Jewel has produced a new compilation on fellow multi-tasker Mike Simonetti’s new Troubleman Unlimited imprint, Italians Do It Better Records. It’s called “After Dark” and I’ve been listening to it obsessively since I got it at the Glass Candy show in SF last month. It’s got twelve sultry slow-BPM space disco jams and it’s fucking gorgeous. Here are a few of my favorites:

MP3: “In The City” – Chromatics
Chromatics Space

MP3: “Lady Operator” – Mirage
Mirage Space

MP3: “La Grotta” – Professor Genius
Genius Space

MP3: “Miss Broadway (Demo)” – Glass Candy
Glass Space

All four songs are from the compilation on Italians Do It Better called “After Dark”, available at the Troubleman Unlimited web site.

Speaking of belated blog posting…the In The City conference ended TWO WEEKS ago for Chrissakes, so at long last, by means of a conference wrapup, here are a few final quotes and info tidbits from the panelists. In addition to all the music biz wisdom you will glean, if you read all the way through there are two extra bonus MP3s awaiting your clicky clicky:

* Hitmaker extrordinare Rodney Jerkins on trendy sounds and how he replies when people tell him “we need a song just like X”: “I don’t copy the radio – I MAKE the radio.”
* Matty Safer from the Rapture on how music blogs in the UK aren’t yet as influential there as a certain 3-letter monopolist rag still is: “If your band sounds like what’s in the NME, that means you’ve got 3 months to get hurry up and tour the UK” and capitalize on having the officially approved “sound du jour.”
* Patrick Moxley from Ultra Records on how what artists want is changing with the rise of digital music: “I had a hip-hop artist call me the other day and say ‘I want to do a deal’ – not a record deal, but a *ring tone* deal!”
* The uber-intelligent Marc Geiger on the malleability of taste: “People don’t know what they like, they like what they know.”
* Tony Wilson revealed that he received $150K for New Order’s contribution to the Pretty in Pink soundtrack (“Shell Shock”), but that it cost him $170K to record the track…someone buy this man a calculator and a time machine!
* Apparently Robbie Williams was overheard saying to Felix from Bassment Jaxx, regarding their multi million dollar sponsorship deals: “But are *your* sales improving? Neither are mine.”
* A few bons mots from lifelong Metallica manager (and recent Courtney Love ex-manager) Peter Mensch: “If you want to kill Jimmy Page, throw 2 pence in front of a London bus.” “Artist development still means getting radio, which in turn sells tickets.” “Don’t ever manage Germans!”
* From the Future of Music panel regarding GM’s $60 million budget on music clearances alone: “”Advertising is the new radio – and an ad *is* now the video.” Or, as Usher Winslet from the Whitecap Group put it: “Brand association is the future of economics in the music business.”

On the last night of the event I spoke briefly to Matty from The Rapture before his DJ set at Hiro about how much I love their new Escort remix. The original track is pretty bangin’ too, you can find it on the most disco-est blog out there, the always amazing and erudite 20JazzFunkGreats. Speaking of which, I was sitting outside at Cafe Pick Me Up yesterday and who do you think walked by wearing pink pumps and black eyeshadow? Mr. (well, perhaps Ms.) Throbbing Gristle his/herself, Genesis P-Orridge! I am an ol’ school starfucker, and I digress rather massively, so here’s the damn track:

MP3 “All Through The Night (The Rapture Hush Hush)” – Escort

I also went to see a band called Enter Shikari that was playing as part of the conference as Tony Wilson’s new “discovery.” Though I wish them well and admire their efforts to do an Emo-Nu-rave thing, I have to admit I wasn’t too crazy about them. But I’ll give Mr. Joy Division/New Order/Happy Mondays the benefit of the doubt and see if my ears don’t acclimate better over time. Mr. ’24 Hour Party People’ has been right many times before:

MP3: “These Days (Demo)” – Joy Division

UPDATE: I just found out I may be doing a solo Luxxury show at the Boyznoise gig this Thursday night in NYC…stay tuned for details…

Miss Kittin and the Hacker

23 06 2007


It is about time!

MP3: “Hometown” – Miss Kittin and The Hacker 


22 06 2007


Johnatron’s Edit Wednesday 13

21 06 2007

A triple dose!

Let’s start with me!


Not so awesome, but a novelty:

MP3: “Gonna Make You Get Dumb (Johnatron Edit)” – C & C Music Factory & Laidback Luke & Axwell & Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso

 Now from BUL!M!ATRON! from LA who has jumped on the ATRON bandwagon that someone started *AHEM* (I KID I KID!) .  Watch out for this guy in the bay area next month probably.  He is coming. Can’t say details yet, but he will be involved.

MP3: “Fly Away Into The Light” -BUL!M!ATRON!


Last, but not least, the most awesome 5 minute mix by d’lex of dollop.  If you didn’t already know, short mixes are the new long mixes.  Also worth mentioning, check out my remix on there.  If you don’t have it look under Edit Wednesday 4 (?)


Daisy Daisy – Michelle Plays Ping Pong (Vicarious Bliss Remix)
Altern 8 – Infiltrate 202 (Altern 8 vs Astrix & Space Mix)
Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up
Wildchild – Renegade Master (Fatboy Slim’s Old Skool Mix)
Age of Love – Age Of Love
Spank Rock – Bump (Switch Remix)
The Gossip – Standing In the Way Of Control (Soulwax Remix)
Simian – We Are Your Friends (Acapella)
High Powered Boys – Get Down
Hi-Jack – Hi-Jackin’ (Herve’s F*ck F*ck Remix)
New Order – Blue Monday
Voodoo Chilli – Look What You’ve Done To Me
Solid Groove – This Is Sick
Double 99 – R.I.P Groove
Josh Wink – Higher State of Conciousness (Dirty South Remix) & Mr Oizo – Patrick 122 (Johnatron remix)
Vitalic – La Rock 01
187 Lockdown – Gunman
Zombie Nation – Paeng Paeng
Rage Against The Machine – Kiling In The Name (mr Oizo Remix)
Dizzee Rascal – Fix Up Look Sharp

MP3: “5 Minute Mix” – D’lex (Dollop)

Links to everyone:




Ghosts On Tape

19 06 2007

Oh yes homies…here is another dope ass track from ghosts on tape, who is my newest favoritest act around town…

He never ceases to amaze me with his ability to kill it!

Get with it now so that you can say, “oh yeah, I’ve been listening to this guy for days…you don’t know?”

and you can’t find this track anywhere else, though i hear it might be released on Pish Posh later this summer….hmmmm..

Mp3: Port Moresby- Ghosts on Tape

and don’t forget to check out Ghosts on Tape live, June 28th, with the Workout crew….House Of Shields…San Francisco’s newest little secret dance heaven.. more details TBA..very soon!!

Did I mention Tony “Factory Records/The Haçienda” is Here?

14 06 2007

Tony Wilson

I really thought I had a genius solution: I’d take 5 minutes after each panel, write 2 or 3 highlights of each panel (a la my Keynote post), and hit “publish.” Then to the next panel, rinse, repeat. However, this conference has been so jam packed with tasty thoughts and lively discussion from industry heavyweights that I barely had time to escape for a sandwich at 3:15 before rushing back to see living legend (Joy Division/New Order/The Hacienda/Happy Mondays/subject-of-fantastic-pseudo-reality-film etc.) Tony Wilson have an intimate one-on-one (discussion! talking! heads out of the gutter, people…) with the new president of Mercury records, David Massey.

Here are some of the highlights from Day 1:

* A conversation with songwriter/producer/legend-at-29 Rodney Jerkins (“The Boy is Mine”, “You Rock My World”, “Say My Name”, and 100 more top 10 hits): Rodney had some great advice for songwriters looking at signing a publishing deal (ahem), specifically that he wished he’d considered an admin deal instead of co-pub; and don’t forget the “reversion clause” in the contract! Clearly a man with an impressive work ethic, he said he often wonders how other writers/producers find the time to live the party life 24/7, since he went right back to the studio after winning his Grammy. Hyperbole or not, point taken, and his forward thinking-ness was also refreshing: he said he’s looking for a successor/mentee to help him stay relevant. Rodney is clearly destined to be a player in the music biz for a long time.

* DRM panel (i.e. “why can’t I play my music files from Web site X on device Y?”: I’ve been suspicious about the effectiveness of those little music sales boxes on Myspace, and when asked point blank about sales, the rep from Snocap said it was still “early” in the “coralling” stage. Presumably meaning that its the logistics of pasting 5 lines of HTML code into one’s page thats preventing sales. And not the fact that people go to Myspace to flirt and listen to (*not* buy) music. I had this thing on my page for about a month and even when we were averaging 400-500 streams a day we had zero sales. Not one. I’ve heard this from other artists who have also taken their sales boxes down after a short trial.

* Sync panel (i.e.”who chooses what music gets used in a commercial (or TV show or video game?”): great lineup of music supes, production and agency people addressing the question above. Interesting to hear that a lot of these choices – at least ones that aren’t pre-selected by a client – come from what an art director or editor just happens to be listening to on their iPods at the time. Message to unsigned bands: ply your ad agency friends with demos!

More later. Day 2 is starting.

– Baron von Luxxury