Friday, May 20, 2011
I know everyone is busy preparing for the end of the world or the coming of Christ so I will try and keep this brief so you can get back to snake dances and severe opiate abuse. So we did our first Skin Tight party and it was great. Next one will be July 2nd and should be nuts since it's July 4th weekend. Mark and I are going to start to work on some tunes next week if the Earth is still around. We hope to have something finished and dance floor ready for the July party. The flier should be finished today or tomorrow and will of course appear here. I am also in the process of getting dates together for a group of shows that should be happening in the late summer and early fall. Can't make official announcements yet but I am personally really excited at some of the artists that I hope to be bringing down to play soon. Stay tuned for more info on this soon. Obviously the computer is in fucked land so still a lack of music. Maybe before the Ice Age I can loot an Apple Store and have the perfect computer for a few hours. Until then, go buy dry ice and get out your old shoes. Place them in a public place on Saturday so people think that their Cosmic Judge has vaporized you. See you soon... Maybe.
Monday, May 2, 2011
So a ton of people knocked it but I thought it was great. Also want to state that this was a Disney film and I don't tend to like Disney films at all and lastly thank-fuck it wasen't scored by Randy Newman. Daft Punks score for the film perfectly captured the mood and the tempo for the entire duration and sounded fresher than ever. Sounds a bit more icey than their previous work as well.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
In March of 1967 Pink Floyd would release their now legendary single "Arnold Layne". Two months later the band would find themselves playing on BBC's arts programme "Look Of The Week". Roger Waters and Syd Barrett where interviewed by the shows host Hans Keller who asked them the timeless question, "So why has it got to be so loud, so amplified?" At this time psychedelia was new and growing rapidly as the counter culture movements across the world where turning their backs to the age old tired moral codes. As time moves on, the sound continues to change and certain countries develop their own sound within the envelope of psychedelia. France is one such country that seems to have a particular character and quite a sophisticated one at that. "D-I-R-T-Y French Psychedelia" was put together by the French D-I-R-T-Y crew who offer up some rare slices of smooth and sombre sounds. An absolute 10 out of 10 in my book. Big points too for using the Nino Ferrer song "Looking For You". One of my favorite Sunday albums next to Dennis Wilson's "Pacific Ocean Blue".
Download: VA Dirty French Psychedelics Selected By Dirty Sound System DLCD03 FR 2009 KOUALA
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Another stunning Italian record that sounds a bit more raw than the more celebrated Italian synth releases. "Chinese Restaurant" was recorded in London in 1977 by Nico Papathanassiou and his better known brother Vangelis. Yep. Very impressive. This was reissued by Medical records out of Seattle who unfortunately blew it big time on the cover art making it look like a 80's Night flier.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Chrome, black leather jackets, switch blades, and malt shop romance all come to mind when one thinks of classic Americana. Dirty Beaches latest long player "Badlands" is not the distilled "Happy Day's" memorabilia that many have come to know. It's more like the pilled up ghost of an ex-lover that haunts you into lonesome nights and has you dreaming for a better dream. Dirty Beaches manages to capture the rare essence of something that is timeless yet has a distinguished character that you almost know. It would be lazy to say that it reminds you of Suicide though it is there. You may also here a young more baritone Bruce Springsteen in there too. Perfectly blending haunting tape loops with psychedelic-esque reverb vocals and minimal guitar touches, "Badlands" crawls out your speakers and directly into the permanent day dream of all malt shop rebels to lend them a tear to wear like a badge on their leather jackets.
Have not been able to stop listening to this album. I would say that next to Led Er Est this is the best active minimal synth project out there. Perfectly captures the mood and isolation of every day living.
Download: XOA Se le
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Here's something that's good for the summer time. This was released in 2009 by the ever amazing Blackdisco label headed-up by non other than Kevin Carney who seems to be too busy running his boutique to put out new stuff. At least he left us with a group of stellar release that are still making the rounds on turntables across the world. This one is by Abel Nagengast who takes things nice and slow for the AOR-Disco summertime rub-off. Above average edits in a world that is drowning in pointless edits.
After much delay here it is. Finally. Music will begin again shortly. Sorry again about all the snags lately but things are in motion and are moving in the good direction again. Should also have a mix to be posted here in June I'm guessing. If your in San Diego, come check out our new party. Should be fun. I guess thats a little stupid to say but come on man... we're pals.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
So the computer issue was in fact big. Mother-fucking-board. Three days out of warranty too. It is in the process of getting fixed though so maybe a couple more weeks and the regular posts should start happening again. Also, May 7th will mark the kick-off of our new party Skin Tight. It will be happening on Saturday so if your in the San Diego area get down to the Whistle Stop and say hi. Your also encouraged to shake a leg. Dj's are myself and the San Diego legend Mark Quark. You can expect a wide variety of sounds new and old, heard and unheard. Flier will be posted here soon. The next Skin Tight party will be happening on July 2nd which is July 4th weekend and we are booking a very special guest for it too. We will keep trying to figure out how to put sparklers in every drink with out it looking like the end of "Raiders of the Lost Ark". Finally, I should also have my record ripping equipment ready to go by mid-May so keep looking here as I will definently start posting some super rare records that are not found within the mediafire/Google search jungle. Be back soon.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
I'm not really sure how I could survive without Swedish psychedelia. Something about that countries particular sound and free-flowing songs that just drives me to the point of manic bliss. Sweden just like many other countries during the 60's experienced a cultural awakening that led many long hairs and nude long hairs onto the streets of Stockholm and into the the beautiful parks of the city where many bands would come together and play together. Rarely have I come across a country that has a sound that is cohesive and yet each band is entirely different and unique to themselves. "Pregnant Rainbows For Colorblind Dreamers" is a four cd box set that captures Swedish psych in a full mid-summer sun burst on down to the ever dark and contemplative winters chill. Honestly, one of the best collections of music I have ever seen. Pretty much covers every major Swedish psych group from the 60's and 70's and will leave most people hunting for at least a couple of uber expensive albums. Patience is your friend though. Just like Subliminal Sounds who seem to be reissuing a lot of the major classics like their flawless Baby Grandmothers and recent The Ghost(not the new Swedish band) reissue. This is broken down into four rar files to make it easy.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Wow. Vacations over and it's back to work and no more margaritas at 4 o'clock. Thanks to those that came out and partied with us. Good times for sure. Should be back in northern California soon. Managed to grab a copy of the new Dirtbombs while in San Francisco and it's a fucking doozy. All detroit techno covers blended in the Dirtbombs garage grit. Yeah, you got to hear it to believe it. Not all of it works for me but the ones that do are pretty epic. This week should be a fruitful one and regular posts should resume now.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
So made it back from Seattle with a grip full of records. Really liked the city and Capitol Hill, which is where I stayed. If your a record nerd and are in Seattle make sure to make it to Jive Time Records. Great shop with endless quality stuff and the owner is a great and friendly guy. A big fuck off to Zions Gate Records for being way too over-priced and for being some of the biggest dicks I have ever encountered in a record store. So now it's off to San Francisco for some more good times and djing. As previously posted, come hangout at the Casanova Lounge on Friday from 4-9. Then on Saturday at the Hemlock Tavern from 4-9 as well. Both will be really different so come say hi on both days. Got plenty of new treats that I am looking forward to playing. Have wanted to post some Arthur Russell for a while now but haven't so I am rectifying that right now. To say that Arthur Russell was ahead of his time is putting it lightly. Not only was he responsible for creating some of the most forward thinking dance music of the 80's but he was also composed some of the most beautiful and intriguing cello based music that is sort of beyond any simple categorization. "The Sleeping Bag Sessions" is a collection of material that Arthur recorded for the label Sleeping Bag Records. This collection focuses primarily on the dancier side of things but "World of Echo" is a must hear album as well so I am posting that as well. Trying to make up for all this lost time here. Should resume the normal amount of posting again soon. Hope to see some familiar faces in S.F. this weekend.
Sleeping Bag Sessions Here:http://www.mediafire.com/?kcx5m184se00k
World of Echo Here:http://www.mediafire.com/?2qtx7j0e3b4ne
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Been a while. Illness and a whole lot of work has kept me from posting recently but really good things are on the rise as Spring makes it way here. I am going to Seattle to visit a friend I haven't seen in forever so it's not going to get much better with the posts till the beginning of March. Also in March I will be heading up to San Francisco to dj a couple of my usual haunts. First stop is at the Casanova where I will be taking over the much better than night shift happy hour from 4-9 p.m. on Friday the 4th of March. Then Saturday the 5th I will be doing the same shift at the Hemlock Tavern. Both sets will be very different from one another so come say hello if your in that area. Still have boxes being dropped on the doorstep on a daily basis so I have tons of new platters to fill your ears with. If any changes or additional gigs are added I will post them here and Facebook. When I come back from Seattle I should be able to make the formal announcement about our monthly club that is starting here in San Diego. Everything is really coming together nicely and I am getting really excited about it's launch. A couple more meetings and it will be done. We will be making an exclusive mix for it's launch so those of you who are not able to attend get in touch and I will get you the mix when it's done (April?).
Up today is a fist pumping rollicking good time glam slam from Chicory Tip. Have to admit that I have been on the hunt for rare glam singles lately as I'm amazed at the overall feel of some of these records. Good, poppy, and still somewhat heavy which is not an easy combo to pull off. This will not change your life but if your not having fun while listening to this then check your pulse. Lots of makeup and heels required.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
While starting his career as one half of blue eyed soul crooners, The Walker Brothers, Scott Walker went solo and went on to have quite an interesting career that has shown his personal style develop into something that is unequaled. Haunting and deeply personal, Walker's music takes many dramatic elements and turns them into truly moving and picturesque scenarios. "Climate of Hunter" was released in 1984 and was ten years after his last solo record "We Had It All". The change in sound gives this album something akin to a mid 80's Roxy Music album but is a bit more heavy handed and troubled in general. Anyone who gets into this should definitely see the film 30 Century Man as it will kick-start your obsession into high gear.