Yes, There’s More Out There Than Porn

10 05 2007

Luxxury Dim Mak Cobrasnake Cory
Luxxury at Cinespace, LA. Photo: Le Cobrasnake.

Today’s post is filed under “Other Blogs Need Love Too”:

• Track #10 from Justice’s minutes-away-from-being-released debut album is up over at Put the Needle on the Record as well as Call Me Mickey (among others):

MP3: “Stress” – Justice

Plus La New Shit posted a radio rip of track #9 “D.V.N.O.” earlier this week.

So now you *should* have about 2/3 of the whole album, right? Plus another 500 re-edits, unreleased Britney Spears remixes and unauthorized mashups, and perhaps a ripped video or two? I need an entire iPod just for all my Interwebbedly ill-gotten Justice shit.

• Speaking of La New Shit, they’ve just posted a few awesome tracks from the new Luxxury Remixes album. Graph Giraph has a few as well. Collect ’em all.

• I like Dragonette. I was fairly certain they weren’t cool until Fluo told me not to worry and love The Bomb. And then Kitsune called and said “we’re putting one of their songs on our next comp.” So, we’re all allowed to like it now!

MP3: “I get around” – Dragonette

• An open letter to Van She Tech from me, Baron von Luxxury.

Dear Van She Tech –

I love you and I hate you.

I love you because you are amazing.

I despise you because you are amazing.

Your productions make me envious and full of a jealous rage. But then I shake myself like a wet poodle and that moment of pettiness goes away.

And I am yours again.

I love you.


MP3: “I Love You (Van She Tech Remix)” – I Am Finn
From MFR

MP3: “Sex City (South Central ‘Dark City’ Remix)”
From Headphone Sex

• New Blackstrobe is ready for you. Dark, surprisingly rock…hell, it’s industrial.

MP3: “Girl Next Door” – Blackstrobe
MP3: “Buzz Buzz Buzz” – Blackstrobe
From Boule a Facettes

Bonus remixes:
MP3: “Never Win (Blackstrobe remix)” – Fischerspooner
MP3: “Ghost Trace (Blackstrobe remix)” – Tiefschwarz
Also from Boule a Facettes

• A few cool non-MP3 links. Clicky clicky.

Sampleur/sample. Sometimes you gotta track down the source material and scratch the itch.

Simon Reynolds’ Bliss Out. Erudite musical ramblings from the author of Rip it Up and Start Again, the best postpunk book ever written.

Out of 5 dot com. Record geeks make lists.

Music You Won’t (Possibly) Hear Anywhere Else – Old 78’s. Not Disco at all. But amazing.


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.