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.)

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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.

Ahamay.

Late of the Pier M’space

Late of the Pier

Bonus:

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?

xx,
Baron von Luxxury





Disco Sunday #6: Sparks’ Moroder Phase

29 08 2007

Sparks

My man Disaster from Missingtoof knows *everything* about our disco planet, so I was shocked, SHOCKED to learn that he hadn’t heard of Ron and Russel Mael, aka Sparks. So this post is for him!

The bros. Mael formed their first band, Halfnelson, in 1968, and were discovered by Todd Rundgren. Their first record, produced by Rundgren, did poorly, but after renaming themselves Sparks (as a nod to the Marx brothers), tweaking their sound and touring the UK they began to blow up in the burgeoning glam scene. After placing an ad in Melody Maker which read: “Wanted bass player for Sparks. Must be beard free and exciting”, the band released the album “Kimono My House.” The album spawned their first big UK single, “This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us”, and has been covered by bands like Siouxsie and The Banshees as well as The Darkness. It’s not terribly disco but it’s definitely bizarro, and worth a listen to help get yer musical edumacation straight:

MP3: Sparks – “This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us”

America continued to ignore Sparks, while their popularity in the UK continued to grow. This was in no small part based on their appearance on shows like “Old Grey Whistle Test”, in which viewers learned that the band’s bizarro pop melodies were being made by this guy:

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Ron plays it totally stone faced, cold and creepy, in sharp contrast to the bouncy hooks and Freddy-esque falsettos of vocalist Russell. And then there’s the Chaplin…ok, fine: Hitler mustache (I’m pretty sure they’re Jewish, so it’s, you know, OK). The overall effect is fantastically off-putting, in that “are they kidding? Of course they are! I think!” kinda way. And it makes for pretty compelling TV, as you can see in this clip from Top of The Pops for their song “The Number One Song in Heaven” from their 1979 album of that name produced by Giorgio Moroder:

MP3: Sparks – “The Number One Song in Heaven”

Here’s a second song from that same Moroder-produced album, which is my favorite and certainly the most relevant to Disco Sunday. The track is called “Beat the Clock”, and is probably their most enduring dancefloor track. I even saw it on a Sasha comp around ’99 (so sue me, I have a Sasha comp!)

MP3: Sparks – “Beat The Clock (Remix)”

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Sparks finally made a splash in the U.S. in 1983 with a new, uber-synthpoppy sound. Their album “Sparks in Outer Space” featured a hit single, “Cool Places”, that featuring the Go-Gos’ Jane Wiedlin on vocals. The whole album is infectious, in a simplistic, minimal kinda way, with the as-always-characteristic sardonic lyrics. I love this track for many things, not the least of which is the line “Think of all the places/we’ve had our little fun/In the church at Christmas/Busted by that nun.”

MP3: Sparks – “All You Ever Think About is Sex”

xx,
Baron von Luxxury

MP3: Sparks – “The Number One Song in Heaven”
MP3: Sparks – “Beat The Clock (Remix)”
MP3: Sparks – “All You Ever Think About is Sex”
MP3: Sparks – “This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us”

Buy Sparks on Amazon
Sparks Webby Web
Sparks Fan Site

Sparks

P.S. Rumor has it that Disaster is taking his DJ gear outta the closet and back from R. Kelly for a big gig in SF on Friday…check Missingtoof dot commmm for deets!





Luxxury Remix Album Parties: Tonight and Tomorrow!

25 05 2007

So as not to sound overly self-hype-y, the following is lifted directly from (and with the kind permission of) the fantastic Disaster from Missing Toof:

“This weekend it’s going down! San Francisco based ‘lectro rockers Luxxury have finally unleashed their long awaited ‘Sweet and Vicious, The Remixes’ CD (cover art work by me!). There will be two back to back record release parties starting this Friday.

First up, Friday, Lights Down Low vs Luxxury. Featuring live performances by Baron Von Luxxury & Johnatron of The Workout joined by the likes of Canada’s ‘All Night Dance Party‘. Special guest DJ Devin Dirt all the way from Brooklyn & of course resident dancefloor destroyer Sleazemore on the ones and two’s.

Michaela your fave door girl taking your money & your hearts. Photos by Vaindeer.

Then this Saturday in the South Bay, record release party #2 presented by Missingtoof! This rowdy bunch invades San Jose’s Johnny V’s for another night of disco debauchery. Live performances by Luxxury (Disco Version), ANDP & Devin Dirt. This time DJ Barbeau of Dirty Sanchez and Missingtoof’s own DJ Basura are holding it down on the decks. Photos will be taken by Chromesick.

Luxxury’s new CD ‘Sweet & Vicious, The Remixes’ is out now on itunes. If you haven’t caught their song ‘Drunk’ in the Pontiac/Transformers commercial peep the beats below. These tracks are guaranteed to totally mess up your parents car stereo speakers.

MP3: Luxxury – Drunk (Toulouse Fight Club remix)

MP3: Luxxury – Sweet and Vicious (All Night Dance Party’s More Vicious Than Sweet remix)

MP3: Luxxury – Rock and Roll Is Evil (Devin Dirt’s Fat Elvis remix)





Riton: Right On

8 04 2007

Riton

Henry “Riton” (pronounced “reeee-ton”, apparently) Smithson is an East London DJ/remixer/musician kid who’s got some a wicked sense of synthy humor. Like this line from the apparently-not-mislabeled “Swuare Eyes” which I very much wish I’d written:

“Square eyes
It’s no surprise
The love of my life
Is not so bright”

MP3: “Swuare Eyes” – Riton
Buy it on Beatport

I found this minimallesque melodic gem on the Tiefschwarz’ Fabric a few months back, it’s a nice break in between the bangers and the full on pop:

MP3: “Hammer of Thor” – Riton
Buy it on Beatport

He also puts out tracks with Ben Fat Trucker as Gucci Soundsystem:

MP3: “Windy” – Gucci Soundsystem
Gucci Soundsystem’s ‘Space

Take a trip to FluoKids and grab Riton’s latest work, a re-rub of Datarock’s “Fafafa.” There’s also a cool new remix of Simian Mobile Disco’s “It’s The Beat” on his Myspace.

Riton’s Space
Riton’s Webbby

P.S Now there’s an easy way to remember our URL:

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None of the dot wordpress dot blah anymore! http://www.discoworkout.com will get you here now with neither muss nor fuss. Hooray!





The Neon Plastix

4 04 2007

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A quick shout out to a band we played with on Luxxury’s recent UK tour. Lovely Doncaster’s finest New Wave outfit are without a doubt The Neon Plastix: disco, punk, funk, spastic, severely 80s, and almost diabolically catchy. In a word: infectiously awesome. Actually that’s two words. Still.

MP3: “Space and the Woods (Neon Plastix Remix)” – Late of the Pier
The Neon Plastix ‘space

The Plastix have loads of gigs coming up in the UK including one in London at Madame JoJos with the amazingly named and throroughly entertaining one-boy-show Psycho Fags in Bin Bags, who we played with in lovely Birmingham.





Dirty Disco Traxx of the Moment

7 02 2007

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I’ve been holding off on posting the song by the amazingly named “Does it Offend You, Yeah?” since it’s pretty well publicized in the electro blogosphere, but it’s too good to keep to myself any longer. It features an uber-rock version of Justice’s dirty digital sound, plus a huge driving bass line and squelchy synth squelches galore. And then suddenly: a big pop chorus avec vocoder! I adore dance music but more than anything else I love *songs*, and while there aren’t exactly lyrics to this one, the structure and arrangement is closer to a radio hit than your average club banger. So: big ups!

MP3: “We Are Rockstars” – Does it Offend You, Yeah
Buy: http://www.myspace.com/doesitoffendyou

Discovery credit here goes to Guns n’ Bombs, an LA DJ/production team consisting of Filip Turbotito from Ima Robot and Johnny Love from Opaque, who injected this track into their latest mix. Equal props out to the amazing Acidgirls, who have a link to the full mix.

Guns ‘n Bombs on will be in SF at Club Loaded on March 2, we’ll definitely be there. (Bonus/extra credit: get their first mix at fluokids).

Not so new but major points for lingering in my brain in for the past few months, In Flagranti‘s track “Bang Bang” featuring vocals by G-rizo. I first heard on this on Cut Copy’s FabricLive disc last year, a CD that got major spins in the Luxxury tour van all Summer. Italo-disco madness featuring a Sylvester sample and Giorgio-y 16-th note arpeggiated bass – the perfect ol’ skool electro antidote to the almost violently Zeitgeist flavors of the first song posted.

MP3: “Bang Bang” – In Flagranti
Buy: http://www.codek.com/flagranti.html
Video (original mix): http://www.codek.com/codek_mp3/bang.crnobrnja.mov
Video (sweet disco mix): http://www.codek.com/codek_mp3/bang.gloor.mov