Late of The Pier

12 09 2007

Late of the Pier

Gary Numan, faster, happier, on better drugs, with an MPC, wearing todays colors, possessing a sardonic grin = Donnington’s Late of the Pier.

MP3: “Space and the Woods” – Late of the Pier
MP3: “Space and the Woods (South Central Remix)” – Late of the Pier
(Bonus remix by fellow Donnington-ites Neon Plastix is here. The MP3 I was sent was mislabeled and I got it backwards. Ha ha ha ha ha on me.)

Late of the PierLate of the Pier

New single.
“Bathroom Gurgle.”
Produced by Erol Alkan.
Out today on Moshi Moshi.

MP3: “Bathroom Gurgle” – Late of the Pier

I’m sort of obsessed with them right now.


Late of the Pier M’space

Late of the Pier


MP3: “M.E.” – Gary Numan

Also, since I’m already straying from the pure disco, Led Zeppelin are evidently reforming for one night only, and they’re including Jonesy this time. Perhaps Sable will be there?

Baron von Luxxury


Disco Sunday #5: Summer. Night. City.

12 08 2007

ABBA Summer Night City

Sorry I’ve been absent for a little while but some stuff went down, and it wasn’t exactly the cherry I’d hoped for on top of my 10 weeks in NYC. But you know what my mom says, which is incredibly genius advice? “Life is for the living.” And for me, the pulse of life is in the throbbing heartbeat of disco. From the timeless 16th note whirl and phase of Moroder to the robot rock of Daft Punk; from the sugary yet hedonistic Swedish pop of Abba to the jangly hi-hat imperfection and post-punk revisionism of LCD Soundsystem; from the retro-Chic of Escort to the slow space of all things Troubleman. From 106 to 131 and all the BPMs in between, it’s The Shit That Keeps Me Fiddling While Rome is Burning.

And so, for my transition back to the real world (insofar as “the real world” is blogdom and San Francisco), here is my first ever DJ mix. It’s called Baron von Luxxury’s So Fucking Disco: Summer Night New York City ’07 Mixx, and it’s by me: Baron von Luxxury, which is my fake name.

It was interesting putting this together since making a “DJ mix” is, it turns out, not quite the same as doing a live DJ set. For one thing, you’re not reacting to a crowd in real time, which is half the fun of performing, since I’m never quite sure what I’ll play next. The other major difference is that it’s meant to be listened to in a different context than a dark room filled with sweaty people – presumably with headphones on the subway or in the background on a laptop. Which, I suppose, could both still be dark and sweaty environments.

Anyway, for this first mix I decided to have it be a snapshot of my most recent live set opening for Scissors for Lefty at Union Hall, Brooklyn on July 21. I also added a few original edits and what I am calling “blends” (sorry, I can’t bear to call them mashups). And because it’s my first mix, it’s got a few tracks from my best of 2007 so far, just so I can catch up. To make up for the not-so-newness of those bloghouse faves, I have also included a special treat for you: the worldwide exclusive debut of “Tom Cruise is a Gay Scientologist”, an awesome new and heretofore unblogged track by my latest discovery, NYC’s Black Russians. You heard it at Disco Workout first!

Enjoy, and feel free to pass this little disco valentine along to the people you love.

– Baron von Luxxury

Baron von Luxxury’s So Fucking Disco: Summer Night New York City ’07 Mixx
1. “Love Theme from Baron von Luxxury” – Baron von Luxxury
2. “So Fucking Disco (BvL Blend)” – Pase Rock
3. “All Through The Night (BvL Blend)” – Escort
4. “Disco Dynamite” – Mr Flash
5. “Intro” – Alan Braxe and Fred Falke
6. “Into the Groove” – Madonna (snippet)
7. “Transexual (BvL Blend)” – Mr. Oizo
8. “Shadows” – Midnight Juggernauts
9. “Ghetto Ways (Baron von Luxxury’s Super Thanks for Asking Remix)” – Scissors for Lefty
10. “We Are Rockstars (BvL Frida Edit)” – Does it Offend You, Yeah?
11. “Theme From S’Express” – S’Express
12. “UFO (Van She Tech Remix)” – Sneaky Sound System
13. “Acceleration (BvL Blend)” – Franz and Shape
14. “Rock and Roll is Evil (Devin Dirt’s Fat Elvis Remix [BvL Blend])” – Luxxury
15. “I Get Around (Midnight Juggernauts Remix)” – Dragonette
16. “All Systems Down” – Knightlife
17. “Black Arabs” – Black Arabs
18. “Rolling Down The Hills” – Glass Candy
19. “Summer Night City” – ABBA
20. “Tom Cruise is a Gay Scientologist” – Black Russians
21. “Love Theme from Baron von Luxxury (reprise)” – Baron von Luxxury

Download Baron von Luxxury’s So Fucking Disco: Summer Night New York City ’07 Mixx here.

Bangers du Jour #4/Special Edition: Happy Half-Birthday to Us!

20 07 2007

The Workout is six months old this week! To celebrate, each of us will be recapping our favorite hott jamms of 2007 so far. Starting with moi.

Longtime readers may recall most of these tracks from earlier in the year, but some of them are songs that somehow fell through the posting cracks, or perhaps seemed overly-blogged about at the time.

Either way, if you’ve only recently joined the ranks of the billions of readers, fans, and stalkers who patronize The Workout daily, now is your chance to catch up.




Sometimes I hear a new track that strikes my fancy and I find it fantastic to listen to but it just doesn’t really work when I try to DJ it out. And sometimes a track that I was on the fence about just fits perfectly in my set. So I decided for my top 10 to pick the songs that I simply find myself need need needing to play whenever I DJ. Enjoy!

10. “Gravity’s Rainbow (Van She Remix)” – Klaxons

Wow, it seems like ancient history since I wrote about all the NME hype surrounding “New Rave.” But it’s only been a whopping six months, and somehow the words “New” and “Rave” sound even dumber together now than they did in January. But this track is still fresh and ill, not to mention dope and fly, for two reasons and two reasons alone:Van; and She.

9. “Kafka (Bag Raiders What Y’all Kno ‘Bout Five Remix)” – The Valentinos
8. “Love Is Here To Stay (Kissy Sell Out’s Own Private Idaho)” – Chungking

These two always go together for me for some reason. I love them both like children.

7. In The City – Chromatics

Oddly enough, I think of this song whenever I hear the expression “In The City.”

6. “Ghetto Ways (Baron von Luxxury’s Super Thanks For Asking Remix)” – Scissors for Lefty

So I’m way totally not allowed to post an MP3 of this yet until the Eenie Meanie Records big wigs say it’s okay, so for now you can get it on iTunes, or just listen to it on my Myspace profile.

5. Rolling Down the Hills – Glass Candy

Another gem from my favorite sonic jewelers from Portland. Johnny Got His Sampler.

4. My Moon My Man (Boys Noize Remix) – Feist

Mellow gold Canadian chanteuse + vocoder disco noir = so very instantly classic. From “Bangers du Jour #2.”

3. I Get Around (Midnight Juggernauts Remix)- Dragonette

Like double dipping in the candy jar, it rots your teeth so much its somehow healthy. (From Bangers du Jour #3).

2. We Are Rockstars – Does It Offend You, Yeah?

This is just sheer and absolute robot rock. Dance music with absolutely no feminine side. And yet somehow sexxy as shit. From February’s Dirty Disco Traxx post.

1. UFO (Van She Tech) – Sneaky Sound System

Another oldie but goodie from…this April! Audrock and I once drove around in my car singing the whole thing, including the non-vocal parts. That’s how gay this song makes me.


Bangers du Jour #3: Midnight Juggernauts

21 05 2007

Midnight Juggernauts

I. Cannot. STOP. Listening. To. This. Remix.

MP3: “I Get Around (Midnight Juggernaut remix)” – Dragonette

Banger du Jour nothin’ – this is definitely Le Banger de la Month, and maybe even de la Year So Far. It’s on the upcoming Kitsune 4 and if you haven’t heard it yet you will be unable to avoid it as soon as it drops. I first heard this Australian band/production team (and yes, it’s yet another damn amazing group of electro-awesome Aussies with close ties to the Modular mafia) when I heard this Daft Punk meets synthpop ditty on the fantastic Fabric29 (Cut Copy) last summer:

MP3: “Shadows” – Midnight Juggernauts
From Motel de Moka

Here’s the video for “Shadows”:

That song is from the “Secrets of the Universe” EP, which is available here and features a Presets remix of the Juggs’ “Devil Within.” Pick it up now.

Speaking of The Presets, here’s a remix MJ did last year for them:

MP3: “Down Down Down (Midnight Juggernauts remix)” – The Presets
Originally posted by La New Shit

One more for good measure: the track “45 and Rising” is available on vinyl here and features a Cut Copy remix. Listen here and then go buy the real deal.

MP3: “45 and Rising” – Midnight Juggernauts
Courtesy of the kind folks at The Supersonic Cumberbun

Their myspace sez’ “Road 2 Recovery 12″ w Sebastian remix-out late may”, can’t wait!

Mid Juggs ‘Space
Mid Juggs dot commmm

(BTW I posted the original version of the Dragonette song last week. I think it’s pretty fantastic as well, but definitely more pop/radio than danceypants. Here it is again in case you blinked.)


The week ahead:

If you’re in the San Francisco Yay area, we hope to see you for THE WORKOUT on Thursday night, May 24, *and* at Sleazemore’s Lights Down Low at 222 Minna on Friday night for the debut of LUXXURY LIVE (ELECTRO VERSION)!!!!

The Workout RULES

The Workout RULES

Email us at theworkout at sablestarr dot com or send us a myspace message for free guest list spots!

…and then save a spot on your dancecard Friday, May 25, for the debut of Baron von Luxxury with Johnatron at Sleazemore’s Lights Down Low at 222! We’ll be debuting our new band, performing electro versions of the Luxxury remixes live! Two men, two synths, one bass guitar, one vocoder and one talkbox…come smell the magic!

Luxxury Loves U

Luxxury Remixes

(Posted by: Baron von Luxxury)

Justi…Oh, You Know

4 05 2007

Justice – “D.A.N.C.E.” video
[props to]

How much love can a blogosphere give a ‘band’ with only 5 songs? Answer: a lot. And we’re not helping solve the problem, as we love these men with their dirty beats, funky basslines and porn sideburns as much as the next bleary eyed laptop jockey.

But as much as mon amour is pure and vrai, it feels a little pointless contributing what feels like yet another (and superfluous) vote for the already-elected. In a Columbia study published last year in Science, people were asked to listen to, rate and, if they chose, download songs by bands they had never heard of. Half the 14,000 participants were shown the prior download figures for the songs, while the other half were simply shown a list of titles.

The result was that in the first, or “social-influence” group, the most popular songs were much more popular (and the least popular songs were less popular) than in the independent condition. In other words, as The New York Times put it, in their piece about the study “the impact of a listener’s own reactions is easily overwhelmed by his or her reactions to others.”

The reason is that when people tend to like what other people like, differences in popularity are subject to what is called “cumulative advantage,” or the “rich get richer” effect. This means that if one object happens to be slightly more popular than another at just the right point, it will tend to become more popular still.

And there’s the rub: are we not subject to this same prejudice with every post we write, and each corresponding click we make selecting songs to download? Are we blogging about a band or downloading a song simply because we keep seeing it show up on so many damn “tastemaker” playlists, thus predisposing us to assume it’s good – or, worse, that we need to like it to be cool?

Are we listening with our eyes?

Ok, that conclusion was tongue-in-cheek-edly pompous. But it’s late and I am procrastinating sending out press packets of our new remix album. I HATE sending out press packets.

For now, my fellow francodiscophones, drop what you’re doing and add to your bookmarkblogrollRSSnetvibes, because there are three new Justice-y things there now:

1. A new Uffie + Justice track, possibly an alternate version of a forthcoming track from the forthcoming Justice album, which drops July 10…

2. …and for which the magic geniuses at HSB have procured a tracklist, as such:

1. Genesis
2. Let There Be Light
3. D.A.N.C.E.
4. Newjack
5. Phantom
6. Phantom Pt. II
7. Valentine
8. The Party
10. Stress
11. Waters of Nazareth
12. One Minute To Midnight

3. AND FURTHERMORE a couple o’ Justician remixes I’d never heard before:
MP3: “Skitzo Dancer (Justice Remix)” – Scenario Rock
MP3: “Me Against The Music (Justice Remix)” – Britney Spears

So. Go there.

Also: nothing to do with Justice or HSB, but worthy of mention are a few cool traxx I found whilst trolling the world o’ electro bloggage recently. Enjoy. Back to stuffing envelopes for me. So very glam, this rock stardom thing.

MP3: “Music Sounds Better On A Holiday” -Stardust + Madonna.
MP3: “The Brainwasher (Erol Alkan’s Horrorhouse Dub)” – Daft Punk

FluoKids Translation Service: Vol. 2

25 04 2007

The Workout loves Fluo Kids
Photo: Simon Bordier, Model: Annika Berger, Stolen From/Homage A: FluoKids

From Monday’s episode of our favorite French disco sitcom, again filtered through The Workout’s in-house Robot Transliterator for your comedic enjoyment:

“To Drink Glass”

I was mollement held. The empty glance, I fixed red embers of the barbecue. I did not etais there. I was not there either for Martine. The weather was cold. To tell the truth, I froze them. The guy dimensioned ego, smoked an end of joint very crushed [editors note: as one tends to do in such situations]. Whereas it spoke to me about its future holidays in Ibiza and its loan sofinco of 500 euros, I concentrated on the funny words of ap on the aperispliff. I crossed the door fenestrates which carried out to the living room. Large a renoi hustles me, I lower the eyes. A few seconds later two guys put themselves on the mouth [editors note: WTF]. The foot of the parasol twisted to lie in the medium of the part, but I feel that the situation becomes funky [editors note: I feel the funkiness as well]. I regret Gaston [editors note: I also regret Gaston]. The girls rub “remainder in dog, boloss”. I am out of the action, sitting on stops of a piece of furniture full with eccentric ornaments and especially between two immense defenses with elephants. Too much cold to be a heat rabbit, but I will negotiate it [editors note: ah, yes, good old “heat rabbit negotiation” – how very, very French of you].

Fluokids – we kid, we love. Honestly, one of the few nearly-100% perfect blogs. Hot, often exclusive tracks; engaging commentary; pictures of hot foreign girls; and that certain “je ne sais quoi.”

It is very worth going to the original Fluokids post to download the very excellent Guns n’ Bombs remix of “Fancy Footwork.” But I can’t find a link to the post directly, which would be proper blog-iquette, and it’s sort of buried on the page. So, here’s a direct link to the song. This is definitely a must-download.

MP3: “Chromeo – Travail de Jambes de Fantaisie (Les Pistolets N’Bombs se remélangent).
Buy me some Chromeo on Insound
Chromeo ‘space
Guns n’ Bombs ‘space

Also: I love Ghostland Observatory.
MP3: “Piano Man” – Ghostland Observatory
Buy me some Ghostland Observatory on Amazon
Ghostland ‘Space


P.S. Here is a handy S.F. Events calendar 4 U:

Wednesday – Rickshaw Stop, SF – Take Root Records party w. Pop Noir and DJ BvL
Thursday – The Workout @ Arrow Bar, SF: w. All Teeth and Knuckles, plus resident DJ’s Johnatron, Pozibelle and BvL
Friday – Lights Down Low @ 222 Hyde, SF: w. DJ’s Paparrazzi, Daniel Le Disco, Audrock + Sleazemore

Bangers du Jour #2

14 04 2007

Sometimes I am verbose. Loquacious, even. Not today.

Sneaky Soundsystem

I am beyond obsessed with this song. This is *so* my shit.
MP3: “UFO – Van She Tech Remix” – Sneaky Soundsystem
Van She Tech Space
Sneaky Soundsystem Space
Buy on Amazon
Ups: Big Stereo


I am also obsessed with this song. This is also very much my shit. (Note: not really a “banger”, per se. But way hott.)
MP3: “My Moon My Man” Boys Noize Remix – Feist
Boys Noize Space
Feist Space
Buy on Amazon
Props: Palms Out


Again: Obsessed; Shit.
MP3: “Atlantis To interzone (Yukski’s Saucisses Wanna Dance to Dance Remix)” – Klaxons
Klaxons Space
Buy on Amazon
Merci aFluokids

Coming soon: “The Workout” @ Arrow Bar, a monthly party by us.
The Workout