10 04 2007

It has come to my attention that a lot of our hits come from people google imaging “booty”, “BOOTY” “onion booty”, ect. Therefore, if you notice today, all of the pictures I use will be known as booty tonight.

Take that search engines!

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It is time for another large post of new music. Here are some things I have been listening to lately. Think of this as a mini mix-tape for my friends on the internet. I don’t know you, but I wish I did!

I have been waiting for the new remixes of “Higher State of Consciousness” by Josh Wink for a long time now. The original is a track I often bring out and DJ, but it is a gamble. About half the time I ruin the party. However, the remixes are a great updated version. The Mathew Johnson one was good, but this one is made for the dance floor.

MP3: “Higher State of Consciousness (TV Rock and Dirty South Remix)” – Josh Wink

Next up, we have yet another remix of Simian Mobile Disco’s “It’s The Beat” . The Luke Vibert one has been around for a minute on the blogs, but here is the fabulous Riton Re-rub, whom we absolutely love love LOVE.

MP3: “It’s The Beat (Riton Re-Rub)” – Simian Mobile Disco

By the way, BOOTY

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Next, a double dose of Luetzenkirchen. Well known for his work on Great Stuff, you should familiarize yourself with him if you don’t already know. For me, he straddles a fine line between electro, house, and even trance……. Sounds like a horrible description, but trust me. It is good stuff. On the remix is Huggotron which is, of course, one of the Dahlback boys. In my opinion this is one of the best jobs he has done.

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MP3: “Music For The Girls” – Luetzenkirchen

MP3: “Music For The Girls (Huggotron Remix)” – Luetzenkirchen

It is getting late, so I will keep it brief. Paul Woolford presents Bobby Peru (same guy). This track is a big throwback.

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MP3: “The Truth” – Paul Woolford Presents Bobby Peru

Last, a Scissor Sisters remix by Goose. A great pair up.


MP3: “She’s My Man (Goose Remix)” – Scissor Sisters



Daniel Ash Wednesday

15 03 2007

Ash Wednesday three weeks ago would have been the perfect time to post this piece and use the punny title. But I’m Jewish, and I always forget about these events until I see people walking around with gunk on their foreheads, at which point I invariably think: “Right, I almost forgot about Daniel Ash!”

Best known for being a founding member of seminal post-punk outfit Bauhaus (notice I didn’t dare say “Goth”, though I suppose I have now…oops), Ash has arguably made his best, and certainly most diverse music in the, er, wake of that band’s, um, ashes. (Sorry, I really am trying to avoid the “G” word, but the puns are damn inescapable).


“Bela Lugosi’s Dead” is a fantastic song for which the lyrics were written as Peter Murphy read randomly from the newspaper. But you already know that one, so here’s my favorite goth/dub reggae jam, “She’s in Parties.” I think Ash’s playing on this song is probably the single biggest influence on me as a guitarist. Not that you asked but…it’s not your damn blog, is it?

Mp3: “She’s in Parties” – Bauhaus
Official site:
Buy music and DVDs by Bauhaus on Amazon

Love and Rockets

Ash’s most commerically successful band was Love and Rockets, who had a huge hit with the inescapable (in 1989) guaranteed-to-separate-the-old-fans-from-the-new-fans 120 Minutes-pandering radio-friendly single “So Alive.” Here’s a far, far better song from that album, a glam stomper about his love affair with a machine:

MP3: “Motorcycle” – Love and Rockets
Buy music and DVDs by Love and Rockets on Amazon

Tones on Tail

But Ash’s most criminally underrated band was the utterly fantastic Tones on Tail, an experimental electronic-pop band he formed with Bauhaus’s drummer Kevin Haskins (brother of bassist David J) and their roadie, Glenn Campling. The band only lasted about 2 years, just after Bauhaus ended and before Ash and Haskins reconnected with J. to form Love and Rockets. During this time they recorded about 25 songs, most of which were released as singles and EPs. While they never quite got as big as the bands which precedeed and followed them, Tones on Tail did have one fairly successful single, “Go”, which is still being played in clubs to this day. Apparently Moby sampled it on his track of the same name, but I’ll never know for sure as I have a pretty strong “no Moby” policy and I don’t intend to change.

Going with the lesser-known tracks again, here is my favorite song in the T.O.T. oeuvre, the Moroderriffic “Performance” (a.k.a. “Shakes”).

MP3: “Performance” – Tones on Tail
Buy the aptly titled “Everything” by Tones on Tail from Amazon

Ash has been making solo records as well for the past 15 years or so, which you can check out here. I, however, need to get some work done.

And even if you don’t like his music, you really need to give it up to a man’s having such amazingly consistent hair all these years.

The Official Daniel Ash site.
Buy Daniel Ash solo music from Amazon

Sweets and Treats

5 03 2007

Is this song really about lollipops?
haha! I love France Gall 🙂

and all you workouters need to seriously brush up on your dance steps! Get the freshness below…

got some Mp3’s for ya’ll later, but I’m at work right now, so this is what ya get..enjoy!

Random Fridays

2 03 2007

Some odds n’ ends.

1. Finally got a chance to upload some pix from last week’s debut of “The Workout” dance party! Stay tuned for info about our next event.

Hott Chixx.

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Pozi B in the Place 2 B.

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Cupcakes: not just a cheap marketing gimmick.

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Johnatron and Audrock. Note the cupcake tray.

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J-tron is in charge.

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Mo’ ladies. Aww yeah.

I don’t have any pictures of me (BvL) since I took the above, so here’s a few from last night’s “Wall Street” at at Arrow Bar:

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Master of the decks Sleazmore gives BvL some useful tips.

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Je DJ. Donc je suis.

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Audrock + Seraphim Delush + BvL = BFF!

Thanks again to Harlan and the Arrow crue, I had a blast!

2. Shoutouts

Chris Walker Versus is a great blog featuring an eclectic mix of interviews, mp3s and videos from great indie, electro, and indie-electro bands. Afraid to leave The Workout blog and go elsewhere? Fear not, I will help transition you by pointing you directly to an
interview with moi at Chris Walker Versus.

Furthermore, if you’re not checking out electro/indie genius blog Missing Toof daily, you’re probably some kind of jerk. Disaster spins up a note-perfect taste of the Zeitgeist, complete with fantastic design and commentary. Seriously, go read it, RSS-it, whatever it takes.

3. De La Muzique

Boston’s Freezepop are one of the most massive bands on the underground synthpop scene. Along with Ladytron and Miss Kittin and the Hacker they were one of the first groups to reach back to the forgotten sounds of the 80’s and added something (Ultra Fancy) fresh in the process. They were just signed (finally!) to Warner’s new Cordless label and you can see them live in SF at the Elbo Room on Wednesday March 7. I will also be DJing that night at the show. Here’s my favorite piece of electro candy from these sweet kids:

MP3: “Bike Thief (Kryptonite Remix)” – Freezepop
Buy it on Amazon.

4. Bonus: This is song that changed my musical life:

MP3: “The Chase” – Giorgio Moroder
Buy it on Amazon.

With all due respect to Kraftwerk, Moroder is my personal disco hero and Godfather. I’ve been trying to get an interview with him for my next contribution to The Believer, but man is he a hard dude to track down. He wouldn’t be the first of my idols to mysteriously disappear after making a huge cultural noise.

Anyway I think I heard this song on TV as a bumper for the 1980 Olympics. It stuck in my head for years and years before I discovered what it was (a song from Moroder’s soundtrack to the movie Midnight Express). All these years later that throbbing, sexy electronic pulse is still sonic itch that I need to scratch pretty often. Which is my rather hung over way of saying that I never grow tired of this song.

Trendy production comes and goes but classic songs are classic for a reason.

Goth Thursday. How Awkward.

15 02 2007


I’m not sure if I really want to indulge in my closet penchant for Goth *every* Thursday, but I’ve been wanting to post these two songs for a while, and “Rural Juror“-like awkwardness of those two words together in the title strikes me as funny.


Before they O.D.’d on guitars and heroin and went all White Zombie on our asses with their limp proto-Industrial Metal (“Jesus Built My Hotrod”, anyone?), Ministry was rad. Nowadays every American chav and Suicide Girl-manquée at Mall of America looks like an Al Jourgensen clone, but at the time his post-Apocalyptic Road Warrior shtick fit perfectly with the dance/rock/goth/industrial/pop sound he helped invent. Both sonically and sartorially, for better or for worse, there’d be no Trent without Al. (Speaking of, check out the new Nine Inch Nails song at Fire in the Stereo).

But before he lost his marbles dropping acid with Gibby, Al wrote some super swell synth-goth ditties, a slightly harder-core Depeche Mode. Ministry’s second album “Twitch”, released in 1985, dabbles in the relatively new art of sampling and rhythmic noise in a pop context, and the result is catchy dark pop; even a bit, dare I say, funky (in a white way).

MP3: “Just Like You” – Ministry
Buy it on Amazon

Sisters of Mercy

I adore the Sisters of Mercy. Besides having the chutzpah to collaborate with fellow bombast-a-don (and Meatloaf collaborator) Jim Steinman, Andrew Eldritch is erudite, pretentious, and goddamn hysterical. In 1985 Eldritch produced a few tracks by a cat named James Ray and released the songs on his Merciful Release label. One track in particular, “Mountain Voices”, is fantastically dark and dancey, featuring very Sisters-like vocals, synthpop synthbass and beats, electric guitars and lots of melody. It’s pretty melodramatic and the chorus is kinda silly (sampled violins!) — and it even flirts with a Country twang. But it works.

MP3: “Mountain Voices” – James Ray and the Performance
Buy it on Amazon (for $39!!!)

I had to buy a filler-laden ‘best of’ CD for $20 on Ebay a few years ago to get this song, but now you can download it and every other song they recorded for free on the James Ray web site.

Now…I must go deposit my beloved Powerbook at the repair shop and pray for its health. I’ll be back with some cool new tracks next week.