Friday, October 26, 2007

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After a wobbly night in the quarter, I woke up ready for beignets and coffee at Cafe Du Monde and maybe hit a voodoo store, then head out to City Park for the show. Today's shows, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Kings of Leon, M.I.A. and Rage Against the Machine.

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(my view ofthe Quarter at 4:30AM)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Headed to Voodoo Music Festival

I'm in Shreveport en route to New Orleans for the Voodoo music fest. The line-up is crazy, but I'm going to see some specific bands some specific bands. My short list, in no particular order:

Galactic (feat. members of Jurassic 5 and Lyrics Born)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club,
Coheed and Cambria
Smashing Pumpkins

Guilty Pleasures:

Kings of Leon
Rage Against the Machine (sorry, I came up in the 90's)

More info to come....

Friday, October 12, 2007

Stephen R. x The Castanets



I've been working on a project for Asthmatic Kitty Records, doing a few remixes from their catalog and compiling remixes for a DJ mix CD. This will be the first mixtape for the label, so I've really been working overtime to make sure this project shines. There are some amazing remixes from the label that already exist, not to mention remixes that are being produced right now. Stay tuned....

Now, I've been spending some late nights in the studio at the A+H sound lab (aka the isopad) with an amazing engineer (shout out to Brent from isopod) and we're starting to get some real momentum.

I've just finished up the Castanets remix for "Three Months Paid," and I've got it here for you to check out.


-Stephen R.

(Raymond Raposa of the Castanets)

(Stephen R. at the Hot Flash Party)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Spank Rock on NPR

True story, I was checking it out last night. You can peep it out here...
Check out the interview here...Click, Click

Radiohead kills the music industry (or something like that)

OK, I know EVERYBODY is writing about this, but I'm going to throw in my 2 cents.

Leave to Radiohead to begin hammering the last coffin nail into the dinosaur that is the music industry. I'm not going to wax about how this changes everything, and that the artist has regained control or anything like that. If you're online and are into music then you already know the score. Just for the record, I'm buying the vinyl release, and not just because I paid $2.00 to download the record. I'm doing it because this changes everything.

Track Listing

1. 15 step - A mix of electronic beats and dance-rock
2. Bodysnatchers - A driving garage rock track, a la OK Computer.
3. Nude - Ghostly reverse vocals, surreal ballad.
4. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi - A driving back beat, but some how mellow, think Sea and Cake. A series of jazz-influenced cord changes. It unfolds, like a road trip into the country.
5. All I need - A slow, driving song, nice and building.
6. Faust Arp - Nice vocal harmonies and strings in the background. Almost Beatles like. Sound like Thom is channeling the ghost of Elliot Smith.
7. Reckoner - Vocal Falsetto, funky beat like Primal Scream, nice strings at the end.
8. House Of Cards - Good mix of electro-beat and live instrumentation.
9. Jigsaw Falling Into Place - An up-tempo song, sound like "knives out" with an up-tempo dance beat.
10. Videotape - Closing ballad. It's a nice run through the Thom Yorke existential dilemma.

My favorite tracks are 15 step and Bodysnatchers, FYI.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Music to Start a Cult to

This is Gram Rabbit...

I just got turned on to these guys today. Imagine Ghostland Observatory, meets Peaches and looks like The Cramps. You get the idea. Good stuff, "The Rest of us Sleep" is my personal favorite....could be a mixtape contender.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Lowrider Issue #1 Online

I found this on Boing, Boing today. This is classic.

Check it out here: Click, Click Vato

Heel up, Wheel up, come back, rewind

I've always kind of been a fan of DJ Spooky's academia meets art meets street culture approach to what he does, even if it does feel a little contrived at times. There aren't many DJs or Producers that have bridged that gap between the street and classroom quite like he has. With that being said, when I heard he was doing some remixes of Trojan Record stuff, I had to be a bit skeptical. I mean, you don't fuck with Trojan Records, unless you knock it out of the park. Now, I'm not going to say this is flawless or anything, I'm not sac religious, but I have to say that his remix of Dawn Penn's classic "No, No, No (You Don't Love Me)" is pretty damn stellar.

Check out the remix and read his essay, "Heel up, Wheel up, come back, rewind: Trojan Records" (see there, no lie about him being on the academic tip) here >>

Keith P. - Born in 82

The Unit One camp drops another gem. Keith P's feeling that 80's vibe here, with some stellar stuff.

click to listen / right Click to download

Monday, October 8, 2007

The Word from the West Coast Division

New Berlin & Dj Haizee Present : Take It Ea$y Mixtape v1

click here to listen / right click to download


1. Hot Chip - Escalade
2. The Raincoats - Shouting Out Loud
3. Royksopp - Someone Like Me
4. Junior Boys - Equalizer
5. Culture Club - Time (Clock Of The Heart)
6. Death Cab for Cutie - Title and Registration
7. Of Montreal - Gronlandic Edit
8. Zombi - Sapphire
9. New Young Pony Club - Talking Talking
10. Ghostland Observatory - Silver city
11. Kanye West - I Wonder
12. Keyshia Cole - Let it Go

Friday, October 5, 2007

Hello world!

Stephen R. is all up in the business

So, what's this all about?

I have to be honest with you and say that I've struggled with what exactly this was going to be all about. In it's simplest form, it's about music and art. It's about a small group of like-minded people pushing themselves creatively, and collectively, to do interesting things. It's about a lack of geography, about finding new music and connecting with like-minded people. It's about a fast-forward culture, making and publishing their own work, and not waiting for the approval or a label or a scene. It's about supporting those who support you and ignoring the f*ckers who want to add extra gravity to your rocket ship.

As many of you may, or may not, know, there have been more than a few blogs floating around out there that were related to A+H. Those include, Audio Logic, Hot Flash and The Fine Line. From everything we've published there that is relevant, we will repost from time to time. It's just a way for us to know where we've been and where we're going. For those that supported the parties, the music and chaos from those endeavors, fear not.....there's more to come!

Speaking for myself, there are far too many influences that got me into what I'm into today creatively to pin down one thing as "it," but if I were to compile a top 10 list, Acid House would be on it. Here's to the birth of something new.

Stephen R.