Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Top 10 ALbums of 2008

1. David Byrne / Brian Eno - "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today"

This collaboration is the first for the two since the My Life in the Bush of Ghosts record came out in 1981. The material is as fresh and anything else that's out today, and that's no small task considering the innovations in the music over the past 30 years. It's nice to know that in a world populated by temporary musical fads that two veterans made the best record of the year.

2. James Pants - "Welcome"

This synth funk, space age hip-hop, out on Stones Throw Records was a real surprise. It comes off like something Devo would have made if they had more soul, or something Rick James would have made if he had more of a New Wave sensibility. This is a truly unique record, something that stands out in the sea of noise that came out this year.

3. Flying Lotus - "Los Angeles"

This record came out in a blaze of glory. His debut on Warp Records set the bar for everything else that dropped this year. The production style is like creeper smoke. It sounds instantly familiar, beat drops, you start to hear the breaks and then, WHAM, something hits you that is completely unexpected.

This is a supremely fresh take on psychedelic hip-hop. His great Aunt is Alice Coltrane, so it's almost in his DNA.

4. Daedelus - "Love To Make Music To"

LA's very own Alfred Darlington, aka Daedelus, has been making some waves for sometime. This record, which features collaborations with Paperboy, Michael Johnson, Taz Arnold and Om'Mas Keith of Sa-Ra, 1200 Techniques' N'fa, Erika Rose, and his wife Laura Darlington, is his most sonically dense and most diverse record to date. His skill as a multi-instrumentalist really shines through on this record and the variety of the production styles really show a kind of artistic development that's rare in most of his contemporaries. Ninja Tune knew what they were doing when they put him on the roster.

5. Single Cell Orchestra - "Celldom V2:Arc"

Even though this record technically came out in 2007, it's been in wide circulation here at the A&H camp all year. This record takes the "ambient" music template and turns it on it's ear. While SCO has always been known for his use of fierce beats in his production, the sparse use of the "Knockout Drops" here is like the anticipation of something really good. Rumor has it that that he'll be dropping some new tracks in 2009, so maybe you'll see his name on this list come this time next year as well.

6.MGMT - "Oracular Spectacular"

OK, I have to be upfront here and say that I really, really didn't want to like this record. Maybe it's because I saw the press photos before I REALLY listened to the record, and that's my bad. I mean, to be honest the photos remind me of some hipster, fashion, trust-fund, urban outfitters photo-spread... but I'll be damned if this record isn't an amazing freak-beat, psychedelic roller coaster. Dave Fridmann, Flaming Lips producer, sat at the producers chair for MGMT's debut record and you can tell, it has that Tarbox residue all over it.

7. Zomby - "Where were U in '92?"

This kind of falls in the category of "guilty pleasure" for me, but for a very good reason. This is a jacked-up on E, glow-stick waving, unabashed homage to 90's rave music with a glitchy twist. You can listen to this record in a couple of different ways. Make it the soundtrack to a good party, and you've got the perfect backdrop for your own rave, or you can take the headphone route. Do a little "deep listening" with this record and you've got something so technically interesting, that you'll want to dig out your old Aphex Twin records to compare and contrast.

8. Deastro - "Keepers"

I've heard this record called "fantasy dance pop," but this doesn't do justice to what Randolph Chabot, aka Deasto has done here. Now, I will say that there are moments that conjure up unicorns and dragons, but doesn't all good space rock do that? I think what's amazing about this record is it's ability to transcend the trap that most other records of this genre fall into. It does not repeat itself, it does not feel tired after more than one listen, but still manages to play like Zelda anyway. I'm looking forward to more work from the up and coming producer.

9. Why? - "Alopecia"

I'm a big fan not repeating what others has said (and in this case NUMEROUS times). This is a good record, go buy it, download it or do whatever you kids do these days.

10. Meat Beat Manifesto - "Autoimmune"

This is another artist who's been around long enough to know how to drop a record that can outlast this weeks Pitchfok forecast. This record is Meat Beat Manifesto's 20th anniversary release, and finds Jack Dangers mining similar sonic territory with amazing results. The mix of dub, dubstep, psychedelic noise, hip-hop and industrial come together like Voltran to form something much greater than it's parts. It's amazing to hear something so fresh from Jack and I'm not alone when I say that I can't wait to see what's next. It's in my brain now.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

DJ Stephen R. Christmas Mix 2008


Cheech and Chong - Santa Claus and His Old Lady

King Stitt - Christmas Tree

James Brown - Soulful Christmas

Dan The Automator/Dean Martin - Jingle Bells

Berlin Symphony Orchestra - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Red Baron Remix)

Afroman - O Chronic Tree

Sub Santa - Feliz Navidub

Peggy Lee - Winter Wonderland

Martin Mull - Santa Doesn't Cop Out On Dope

Merry Christmas Chickenheads!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Dear Santa

OK, I'm going to make a confession. I'm a KISS freak. I was Gene Simmons for Halloween for 3 years during my grade school years, and proudly restarted the tradition this year. At the top my Christmas list this year is the 1977, #1 edition of the KISS comic book (printed in REAL KISS blood). If you want to hook me up, you can order it here.

Friday, December 12, 2008

RIP Bettie Page


From Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Bettie Page, one of America's most photographed pin-up girls during the 1950s, died in Los Angeles on Thursday from pneumonia, her agent said. She was 85.

Page was a ubiquitous sight during the 1950s, propelled to stardom when she posed for Playboy as Miss January 1955. Soon her image was gracing playing cards, record albums and bedroom posters across the country.

She stopped modeling in 1957, retreated from the public spotlight and turned to religion. She enjoyed a renaissance of sorts in the 1980s, as a new generation of fans became obsessed with her legacy.

Her agent, Mark Roesler, said Page was admitted to a Los Angeles-area hospital four weeks ago. She never regained consciousness after suffering a heart attack earlier this month.

With her dark bangs, alluring blue-gray eyes and wide smile, Page cultivated an innocent girl-next-door persona. The one-time school teacher was nice, but clearly also naughty. Some of her photos featured spanking and bondage.

"Bettie Page embodied the stereotypical wholesomeness of the Fifties and the hidden sexuality straining beneath the surface," authors Karen Essex and James L. Swanson wrote in their 1996 book "Bettie Page: The Life of a Pin-Up Legend."

Page professed to be mystified by all the attention, saying she never felt particularly attractive and had to wear a lot of makeup to cover up her large pores. After she found God, she was initially ashamed of having posed nude.

"(B)ut now most of the money I've got is because I posed in the nude," she told Playboy last year. "So I'm not ashamed of it now, but I still don't understand it."

Bettie Mae Page was born on April 22, 1923, in Nashville, one of six children. She and two sisters were sent to an orphanage after her father went to jail and her mother could not cope on her own. Page later described her father as "a sex fiend" who started sexually molesting her when she was 13.

Page, armed with an arts degree with Peabody College in Nashville, did her first modeling work in the 1940s after moving to San Francisco with the first of her three husbands. After they divorced in 1947, she pursued modeling in New York. Photos from a shoot with Miami photographer Bunny Yeager ended up in the pages of Playboy.

The layout featured Page winking at the camera wearing only a Santa hat as she decorated a Christmas tree. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner described it as "a milestone in the history of the magazine," which he had founded less than two years earlier.

Later in life, Page was furious that Yeager made a fortune from the photos and never compensated her.

Some American lawmakers were not as impressed with her modeling abilities. Page was served with a subpoena to appear before U.S. Senate investigators trying to discover a link between juvenile delinquency and pornography. Page never appeared. Soon after, she completely disappeared from the scene.

After two other brief marriages failed, Page battled acute schizophrenia beginning in the early 1970s. Her comeback gathered momentum with the 1991 movie "The Rocketeer," based on a comic book where the hero's girlfriend was Page. Fan clubs and websites proliferated, and Page made a good living signing memorabilia at conventions. On the rare occasions that she gave interviews, she insisted that she not be photographed.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Audio Dregs has a Podcast... & a Possee

The Audio Dregs folks in Portland have been steady in making their left-of-center aesthetic known to the world at large. With a steady stream of music coming out on a regular basis, E*Rock and his clan of under the radar artists have managed to take their goods to the masses. There are WAY too many good things happening over at Audio Dregs camp to not check out their site.

XML for the Geeks
MP3 for the Tweeks

Episode 01 is a Portland themed mix by DJ Copy that was made for the Portland issue of XLR8R magazine.

DJ COPY: 86 'Til Infinity (aka PDXLR8R):
01 Nu Shooz "Point of No Return" (Atlantic)
02 Glass Candy "Etheric Device" (Italians Do It Better)
03 Strength "Wilderness" (Community Disco)
04 Arohan "Darkunderground" (Previously Unreleased)
05 Hedford Vachal "Toys" (Tirk)
06 Atole "Satyricow (Copy Remix)" (Previously Unreleased)
07 Yacht "Summer Song" (DFA)
08 The Blow "The Love That I Crave (Strategy Strata Mix)" (Holocene)
09 Solenoid "Runway Relocator" (Failing)
10 Copy "Breakfast" (Previously Unreleased)
11 Panther "Violence, Diamonds (E*Rock Remix)" (Kill Rock Stars)
12 Dat'r "Innercom/Innercalm" (Hush)
13 Starfucker "Holly" (Badman)

more coming soon!

Blank Blue & Kutmah: Free In Store Saturday 6pm @ PooBah in Pasadena


Thursday, December 4, 2008

The world's most important 6-sec drum loop

December 2008: Top 10 for holiday travels and spending too much time with family

1. Jon Hopkins - Symmetry

2. The Passions - I'm in love with a German film star

3. The Very Best - Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit are The Very Best

4. NASA - Soul Bossanove NASA Remix

5. Blixaboy - Nova Tones

6. Single Cell Orchestra - ynot

7. Jeff Parker - Get Dressed

8. Jon Herndon - Rinse and Spit

9. The Summer of Flux - Radical Math

10. Jenny Lewis - As Hannah in Troop Beverly Hills

Throwback Mondays 12/01/08 - The Passions: I'm in love with a German film star.

I know it's not Monday, but...

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Pitchfork's Year in Reggae/Dancehall

This column by Erin MacLeod is probably one of the best thing that's come out of the Pitchfork camp all year. It's a very nonpartisan article, which is a nice change.

The Year in Reggae/Dancehall

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

7 Questions with Kenneth James Gibson

To say that Kenneth J. Gibson is prolific would be an understatement. He has recorded under 12 different monikers, including (but not limited to) [a]pendics.shuffle, Kenneth James G., Eight Frozen Modules, KJ Gibbs, dubLoner, EMC, Pre Wig, Bal Cath and Rev Com. His band Furry Things was on legendary Austin-based label Trance Syndicate, run by King Coffey of the Butthole Surfers. If all this weren't enough he's co-owner and operator of the Adjunct record label. Yeah, prolific just doesn't seem cut it.

A+H caught up with KJG to get the inside scoop on this man of many monikers.

A+H: How did you get started producing music?

KJG: I started at first just playing my dads classical acoustic guitar when i was a kid. I stepped it up to recording guitars to a tape recorder then then played with it to another tape recorder - which was actually an old school answering machine etc.....then stepped up to a 4 track recorder using guitars and drums machines and making home made tape loops on borrowing synths and making more electronic based shit. Also in the meantime i was recording here and there in a full studio in austin texas with my band Furry Things. after all this - i got a computer and all hell broke loose....and thats where I'm at pretty much now.

A+H: You've recorded under 9 monikers. What's the motivation behind that?

KJG: It's actually about 12 now....there's a coupe new projects such as myself and Mikael Stavostrands project called Men In Slippers....theres 2 releases out now under that alias....on resopal and minisketch. Also just finished up 2 new eps with Dilo under the name Cascabel Gentz. Im also working on a new pop/indie/etc.project called Bell Gardens. This is a project i do with brian Mcbride from Stars Of The Lid. Were working on 2 Eps which should be out early to mid 2009.

But the motivation is simply to create different worlds for myself to settle into and become a new and better humanoid that lives in space at times and has no life outside who he is.

A+H: Talk about you record label, Adjunct.

KJG: Adjunct is myself and Konstantin (Orac, Pappa Sang bass) Gabbro's way to release ours and other peoples tunes that we really dig and believe in. Thats it really, pretty simple. We release what makes us happy. We do like to push the genre a bit and release stuff not everybody else is doing. That keeps us interested in still doing it after 4 years.

A+H: What does your studio consist of? Are you experimenting with any new gear or ways of recording?

KJG: My system has been pretty simpe for some time now. A mac book pro, an asr-10 sampler, a decent mic, a zylaphone, a bass and guitars and some various midi gear. The rest is software these days. I have a tx81z i wanna bust out again soon, but keep putting it aside. I've been doing a lot of live dirty recording of things in my studio such as using lots of things as percussion and busting out the xylaphone for melodies then tweaking it.

A+H: Who are you primary influences? What influences or inspires you when you're making music?

KJG: Hmmmm, that's a tough one!
Some influences on the top of my head :
Brian Wilson, King Tubby, Mouse On Mars, White Noise, Hunter S. Thompson, Townes Van Zandt, My Bloody Valentine, Ricardo Villalobos, Phuture, the state of California, Lee Perry, Scientist, Miles Davis, The Mothers Of Invention, Mary Jane, Dennis Wilson, Phthalocyanine, weather and such things and My friends who make sick shit etc....lately the movie Play Misty For Me has been inspiring me to do more....

A+H: What's happening with you in 2009? What projects can we expect from you in the new year?

KJG: New for 2009 will be 2 Cascabel Gentz releases, another Men In Slippers, a couple [a]pendics.shuffles, a Reverse Commuter full length album, an older 8fm release that should finally make it out, a collaboration with Stewart Walker, A dubLoner release....possibly a full length with Isaac Haile Selassie on vocals and percusion, and Bell Gardens first 2 EPs along with getting the live band up and running. Adjunct will have some very interesting things coming out too!

A+H: What's your top 10 right now?

Techno this month :

1. Pingu feat. K.atou - Men In Slippers - Resopal
2. sunday enigma - Mikael Stavostrand - titbit
3. one way jesus - Ozy - mineral musica
4. clear cut - montonn jira - [a]pendics.shuffle remix - monsterecs
5. zero - robert babicz - treibstoff
6. ultra nessesity - men in slippers - M500
7. nightflight - Big Bully and Rufas - tic Tac toe records
8. impact dub - Isaac haile selassie meets dubLoner - De'fchild
9. obscure - seph, pablo denegri - bruno pronsato remix - dumb unit
10.unrasiert und fern der heimat - phillip wolgast - Dilo remix - kompass musik

NOT techno this month:

1. Neil Young : After The Gold Rush
2. Spiritualized: Let It Come Down
3. Love Machine : Electronic Music To Blow Your Mind By
4. Skeeter Davis : End Of The World
5. Lothar and The hand People : Space Hymn
6. Karen Dalton : A Little Bit of Rain
7. Flying Burrito Brothers : Guilded Palace Of Sin
8. Erik Satie : Piano Works
9. Merle Haggard : Drinkin' Songs
10. Grateful Dead : American Beauty

DJ set download :
Download KJG DJ set here

LIVE set download:
Download [a]pendics.shuffle live set here

VIDEO [a]pendics.shuffle LIVE at Namm 2008:

Thursday, November 20, 2008

7 Questions with the Bullets

Editors note:
This is the first in a series of articles that I published via my other adventures in online publishing, including Audio Logic, Hot Flash!, and Life Under The Radar. This article was first published on the now defunct Hot Flash! blog.

When I started to investigate the Bullets (formerly know as the Rubber Bullets), I started to look at the details of these 2 exceptionally talented musicians. There indiviual musical careers are the stuff of legend. Ris Paul Ric (aka Chris Richards) was the guitar player and vocalist for legendary DC-area post-punk group Q and Not U (Discord Records). After the demise of Q and not U, Ris went on to produce a solo record, recording with ambient idm wonderkid Tim Hecker. Dave Nada's background is just as diverse. Dave played guitar in hardcore bands (including Medic) for 10 years before getting into dance music.

The Bullets are known for their monthly party, "Crowd Control" happening at DC9 in Washington DC, as well as thier eclectic style. In any given set you can hear the dropping hip-hop, sampling Nation of Ulysses alongside D.C. with go-go classics and Baltimore club beats. I had to wonder what happened to get thse guys, for all accounts dudes with a DC Hardcore pedigree, into making slammin' dance floor fillers?


HF!: How do you guys end up working togther?

DAVE: We met in the pit. No, on the dancefloor. Nah, we've had mutual friends for a long time, but we didn't start kickin it until Ris starting coming out to some of my parties. Last year he was looking for a singer to start an r&b crossover band. He ended up asking me if I wanted in, and I was feeling the idea big time. So then we started working on songs, learning how to make beats, and searching for our buffalo stance diva.

HF!: As far as influences, who have inspired you guys to do this project?

DAVE: Chris has been an influence on me actually. I respect his grind and love for the game. If you want names and things then I can go on for days....James Brown, prince, H.R., Chuck D, Sam Cooke, Fela, Kathleen Hannah, D.C., West Baltimore, my girl, my moms, my block, etc.

RIS: I also think we both wanted to do this after going to a million hot dance nights and seeing a million stank live bands.


HF! You both have a background that's somwhat intertwined with the DC Hardcore scene, Chris with Q and Not U and Dave with Medic (among other bands). How would each of you explain how two guys who emerged from the DC Punk scene ended up making Club music?

DAVE: Well, I grew up with 4 brothers and like 20 cousins. Huge family, so I was always into all kinds of crazy shit. Hardcore punk was my thing so I started doing bands. I got really into hip-hop and house music during my college years, so that's when I started djing. My grind was so focused that i eventually graduated from college and become a full time club dj. I was still doing hardcore punk bands, and I loved it, but my DJ career was taking over, so I had to make some big moves. As a working DJ, you eventually wanna start making your own tracks to tear the club up, so I jumped into the production game.

RIS: As far as transitioning from punk to club music, I think they're both really physical musics and the idea of hard, visceral music is real attractive to me right now. These days, everyone's going numb-dumb on their iPods and shit, so we want to make music that breathes heavy.

HF!: What connection, if any, do you see between what's happening in the Baltimore Club scene and the DC Hardcore scene?

DAVE: Both are really fast and aggressive? Ha ha. There's isn't any connection between the two scenes. We just happen to be punk rock cats who love to get freaky in club.

RIS: No connection whatsoever. I used to listen to [influential b-more club music station] 92Q on the way to band practice, and that's about it.


HF!: I know you have a mixtape out there, could you talk a little bit about that?

DAVE: The mixtape is called Crowd Control vol.1. That shit is sold out. We made that mix to put ourselves and the cities we love (dc/bmore) on blast. It has some blends, and original remixes, as well as harder edge tunes we love. We now have a monthly party in D.C. called Crowd Control that's goin down every 1st thursday of each month at DC9 nightclub. It's gonna be real crazy. Our singer/front woman Rah is gonna host it as well. Oh, and expect CC Vol.2 this summer!


HF!: I've seen that you're planning on putting togther a live touring band. Could you tell me a little about that and what your live performance plans are?

DAVE: Bullets is the new band consisting of Ris, Rah and your boy. We plan on killing shit. You don't even know.

HF! What are your top 5 tracks right now?

1. African Chant - scottie b & king tut
2. Hands Up, Thumbs Down - deuce tre deuce ft. blaqstarr
3. Shake and Pop - cajmere
4. Round & Round (switch remix) - bodyrockers
5. WTF - tittsworth & pase rock

1. Santogold - "Creator"
2. Collie Budz - "Come Around"
3. Rich Boy - "Throw Some Ds Remix"
4. Ciara - "Promise - R. Kelly Remix"
5. Flo Rida - "Birthday"


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

boards of canada - roygbiv

A bit of a throw back here. BOC are personal favorites of mine, and a friend just turned me on this video.

This is something I discovered recently. I've always been a fan of how this magazine covers left-of-center music and art, but in recent years haven't been quite as attentive to their output. With a newly designed web site and some majorly exclusive content, it's like rediscovering it all over again.

The Wire's Portal

Anticon 10 Year Anniversary

Anticon Records is celebrating 10 years of cranking out left-of-center of independent unclassifiable music. There are truly classic records these guys have put out over the years. If you're in the area, go to this show.

Pick up tickets here

Monday, November 10, 2008

Wayne Coyne (of the Flamming Lips) Giving a Commencement Speech!

Wayne of the Flamming Lips gave the Commencement Speech at 2006 Classen School of Advanced Studies in Oklahoma City (formerly Northwest Classen, which was a crap school I almost went to). Now it was via video, but all I can say is it's really fantastic! Actually, once you get past the selling pot and dropping out of high school part, you get to some really wise things. I wish he would have given MY Commencement Speech!

part 1

part 2

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Lakes of Silver, Sounds of Gold, Sights of the Future

After the momentum of making the move out to Los Angeles, I'm FINALLY able to make an update. My girl and I have landed safely in Silver Lake, a great neighborhood with tons of music and art activity. In fact, as we were looking at the apartment where we ended up signing the lease, Stephen Merrit (lead singer for the Magnetic Fields) was walking his dog down our street. Clearly we've made the right choice in neighborhoods.

So, while we've been sequestered on the West Side, staying in a subleased place in Santa Monica, we have managed to make the rounds to more than a few places. We've ventured outside of our beach-bubble, meeting up with Dallas homie DJ Mr. Rid, at a Tuesday night event at the Hyperion Lounge. It was this crazy psychedelic thing, hosted by Don Bolles, drummer for the Germs (I know, the f**king GERMS!).

On dance party side of things, we hit up the PYT party in Hollywood, where the Acid Girls and resident DJ, Desert Eagles, dropped some acidy-hip-hoppy-mash-up stuff. It was fun, kind of weird mix of people, but free vodka and decent sound system = good times. Of course, no first week in LA would be complete without a trip to the Viper Room! My friend Michelle, owner and operator of Prescription Entertainment, manages the Britpop wonder kids Once. We saw them when they played the Viper Room, not to mention when they played with Easter Conference Champions and Kav (of the Happy Mondays) at Spaceland... this was week two.

So, needless to say, it's been a crazy few weeks and we're just getting started. As we make our way from Santa Monica, to the shimmering hills of Silver Lake, there are a few things of note from our camp to yours.

September 20th
- Stephen R. - DJ set (with photo slide exhibit) at Create:Fixate - Los Angeles

October 9th - Stephen Ruiz:Digital Collage - SNAP TO GRID the UN-Juried Exhibit - Los Angeles Center For Digital Art - Los Angeles

October 11th
- Stephen R. DJ set, along with Jeff Parker of Tortoise at Danny's Tavern - Chicago

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Access of Evel Knievel

My time in the lab is starting to yield some interesting results. While working on some new material for my Zygote project, I worked up this crazy evil beat that while still on the spacey side of things, was just firmly a DJ thing. I posted the demo version of the track up on my Myspace Page and for a limited time I'm letting folks download the demo version as well. Enjoy.

Download "The Access of Evel Knievel" from Zshare

Thursday, July 3, 2008

LA Chronicles....

So, I'm in the process of transitioning from Dallas to LA. During this process, I've bounced back a few times, getting things sorted out, having some micro-adventures and sorting out some business.

So, week before last, I was able to make it out to the Obey Records night at the Crosby in Santa Ana, and DJ Nobody was on the decks. It was a stellar night, and a great venue. The week before was the Flying Lotus records release party (he just dropped his FANTASTIC record Los Angeles on Warp Records), and it was sick, sick, sick! All of the Low End Theory folks were in full effect. And speaking of Low End Theory, one of the masterminds behind LET, Daddy Kev has put a shine on his label Alapha Pup's web site. It got a stellar remake and is full-title cyber central where you can cop fresh tracks from edIT, Daedelus, Busdriver and tons of other stuff from GSL records to Funkadelic. Serious business.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Tales from the edge of the world (Los Angeles)

So, I'm flying out tomorrow to LA for work and to see friends and family. I'm in town for 11 days...should be interesting. I land tomorrow for an extended weekend, Anthony hooked me up with a line on the PYT Party tomorrow night, and there's also the First Fridays event at the Natural History Museum with the Mountain Goats and DJ sets in the African Mammal Hall by Kutmah and Nobody from Dublab....and this is just day 1....seriously.

I got booked to DJ an art opening event at the Mountain Bar on Thursday night. More info TBA. Stay tuned, I'm sure there's going to be more adventure and mayhem from City of Angeles.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

7 Questions with Daedelus

Daedelus is the brainchild of Alfred Darlington, a classically and jazz-trained multi-instrumentalist from Los Angeles. His diverse background includes stints in rock, ska and jazz bands and a constant push to invent and experiment. He's collaborated Busdriver, Taz Arnold from Sa-Ra and most recently with his wife in the band The Long Lost. He is currently signed to the Ninja Tune label but has released material with a number of labels, including: Plug Research, Mush, Laboratory Instinct, Eastern Developments, Phthalo, Merck, Big Dada, Soul Jazz, Distill, Hefty, Bit Of Heaven, Temporary Whatever, Stones Throw, and Warp.

1. For those you might not know about Daedelus, tell us a little bit about your background and how you got started in music production.

I'm from a place of great hope in live instrumentation, dashed against reality, with limited skill at my chosen Double Bass and Bass Clarinet (at least in the cutthroat world of University jazz programs). So after soul searching what I really was after, I turned to the obvious obscure electronic record making route. This wasn't an easy action of course, after years of collecting sounds and then feeling like time to put my own forth I tried just about every production method from (and forgive me this nerding out) trackers, D.A.W.s, hardware sequencers, softsynths, etc. and discovered an interest in tying together the limitless knots of jazz (especially the old stuff), electronics, HipHop, and inspirational other outerspace sounds

2. It seems like with folks like Dublab and Low End Theory making waves around LA, it seems like there's something of a musical renaissance, especially on the electronic/DJ culture front. What do you see happening in LA right now?

A lot of open-ness, interest in collaboration, and a little bit of challenging each other to attempt out of the comfort zone. Oh and there is a sense of history, all the way back to Egyptian Lover and The World Famous Wrecking Crew and even further to the Central Avenue jazz scene of the 40s and 50s, thru the emcees and sounds that made LA an experimental capital and sometimes even commercially possible, see Dr.Dre, The Pharcyde, half of Postal Service and more just in the realm of electronic and dj culture.

3. How about your other side projects? What else are you involved with on the production side?

Happily I have a small part in returning to some of those live instruments mentioned earlier, that with a group called The Long Lost that will be seeing release later this year on Ninjatune. Also a new record from Adventure Time, a project with Frosty from Dublab, is almost done that will be thematically Space-y and full of guest artists. Hopefully lots of strange remixes for all and original production for equally strange emcees possibly.

4. You've got a new record coming out, "Love To Make Music To." Could you tell me about the record and the connection with the 1893 Chicago World's Fair?

Oh just the intent to have less realism in the mixture of press releases and LP reality. Let's have a healthy side of fantasy, conjure up a little cinematic vision and dream while awake, all of that fun perhaps. Oh and more steam punk! But I seriously digress. "Love To Make Music To" is perhaps my most modern record, with lots of inspiration from the early 90s (rather then much farther back in musical eras) so it made some sense to counter that with a tale of a different but strangely similar '93...

5. What's up with the Monome box? I've heard your name associated with it for some time.

Happily I've been operating those buttons for quite a little while. It's is all the genius invention of another fellow, Brian Crabtree, I was surprisingly privy to an early version. Now it's a few years of use, and it has become my main live operation and for all intents and purposes quite improvisable (if that is a word). Basically the Monome is an open source hardware box of many lights (I use two right now, one of 256 and one of 64) and by taking sample material and stretching them across these buttons I can dig into their interiors sort of, pushing and pulling them, making them anew for the moment we are all together. So basically a barrel of monkeys fun.

6. How about live dates? Where can folks catch you live?

There seems to be a fair amount of festival gigs this summer, mainly rumbling around Europe, but a few times also to touch down in the States and Canada, even some South America by the looks of it. I hope that people don't get blurry eyed at the strange running around, it confuses me even sometimes.

7. What's your top 5 right now?

Silly fives are for kids. I save my starry eyes for unknowns I receive on myspace and in cdrs at shows, there are all kinds of talented producers out there making beats in bedrooms. I'm always listening for those most of all...

Daedelus on Ninjatune

Daedelus - Fair Weather Friends

Daedelus feat. Pigeon John & Busdriver

Monday, April 21, 2008

Barack x Bollywood

I usually don't rock politics in here...but, you know, sometimes you've got to make exception.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tobacco of Black Moth Super Rainbow >>Drops F**ked Friends beats

As you may have read here during the interview with him, Tobacco is about to drop his solo joint. He's passed some kill tracks this way, and it looks like none other than Aesop Rock is droppin' lyrics on his stuff. True story.

Check out some of his stuff from the new record here.

Cult of the DJ: Dev 79 Street Bass Anthems Vol. 3 mixtape

A hot mess in the streets from my main Philly dude Dev79. Believe that he repped in the early octs for the Under the Radar gig back in the day, and dude was hustlin' vinyly from up and down Haight Street like a pimp.

Here's a little taste for the fiends...."That Philly Raw"

Cop this shit RIGHT NOW!!!!

01. Dev79 ft. Bezel "That Philly Raw"
02. Styles P ft. Swizz Beats "Blow Ya Mind (Starkey remix)"
03. Cobra Krames "Philly Pistol Banger"
04. The A’Z "Rocketship (Dev79 Remix)"
05. DJ Freak Nasty ft. Storm & Starr "Get in my Stance (Dev79 re-bass)"
06. Shawty Lo ft. DG Yola vs. Timeblind "Lets Decay It (Dev79 blend)"
07. Hurricane Chris "A Bay Bay (Michael Squid remix)"
08. Trina ft. Killer Mike "Look Back at Me (Dev79 & Darrel Asbury remix)"
09. R. Kelly "Real Talk (MOVES!!! refix)"
10. Lil Jon ft. Fabo & Gucci Mane "I’m a J" (Dev79 remix)"
11. Vicious "The Glock (BD1982 remix)"
12. DJ Assault "Seclusiasis Radio Freestyle (Dev79 remix)"
13. Teddy Pendergrass "Turn Off The Lights (Chrissy Murderbot remix)"
14. Pop It Off Boyz "Crank Dat Batman (Starkey Adam West mix)"
15. El Carnicero ft. Cee Knowledge & Kai Chi "Live from the Butcher Shop"
16. Swizz Beats "Its Me Bitches (Generic Man remix)"
17. Ebony Eyez vs. Ying Yang Twins "Drop Droppin It (Dev79 blend)"
18. Baby Boy Da Prince ft. Mannie Fresh - "Naw Mean (Dev79 remix)"
19. Milano ft. Turf Talk & Mistah FAB - Yes Sir (Dev79 remix)"

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Architects and Heroes Podcast #2

Architects and Heroes Podcast 2

Ups to the Highness blog and the CB's for linking up some kill tracks. Stay tuned, #3 is going to be scorcher too!


YT - England Story
Flying Lotus - Dance Floor Stalker
Players Association - Hustlin
Jet Black Crayon - Lost in the Fog
Brandy - Wanna be Down (Norrit Remix)
Flairs - Truckers Delight (original)
Central Booking - Stunna Shades (remix)
Sydney Confirm - Miss TK (No Biters RMX)
Sufjan Stevens - Year of the Monkey
Czerwone - ?? (Copped from lovefingers)
K-os - Sunday Morning
General Elekriks - Death of an 80's Limo (feature Beans)
Piana - Early in Summer

Thursday, April 3, 2008

RIP Frosty Freeze of the Rock Steady Crew

NEW YORK (AP) -- Wayne Frost, a hip-hop pioneer known as "Frosty Freeze" whose acrobatic performance with the legendary Rock Steady Crew in the 1983 hit movie "Flashdance" set off a worldwide breakdancing craze, died Thursday. He was 44.

Frost died at Mount Sinai Medical Center after a long illness, said Jorge "Fabel" Pabon, a senior vice president of the crew where Frost and other so-called b-boys (for beat or break boys) made their name performing complicated and daring dance routines.

"He was one of most charismatic b-boys that ever lived," said Benson Lee, director of the new documentary film "Planet B-Boy."

Breakdancing emerged from the Bronx and Harlem in the early 1970s, part of the hip-hop culture that also included graffiti, MCing or rapping, and disc jockeys scratching and mixing vinyl records on turntables.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Cult of the DJ: Central Booking

If you've been around Dallas for the past few years, you know the Central Booking crew has been throwing some of most innovative parties in the city. Between the parties, the remixes and production work, the design work of Decade (run by Sober of the CB crew) not to mention the mixtapes they drop, the crew is the trifecta of music, production and design.

Here's volume 7 of their mixtape series.


Don't break my stride...really

Friday, March 28, 2008

Architects and Heroes Podcast #1

Architects and Heroes Podcast 1


So, I've been down with the flu, that turned into bronchitis, so with some down-time I figured I'd kick this thing off. I'm shooting for a weekly blast on this, and we'll be making it all Web 2.0 friendly with rss feeds, subscription update service, and all that fun stuff. In the meantime, we're rockin' in the Z-share ghetto. Don't hate.

PLAY LIST: 03/28/08

Rafter - ZZZPenchant
Machine Drum - Don't Wait
Pistol Pete - Care Bears On Crack
Red Monroe - Trees and Poor Houses (Stephen R. remix)
Al Escobar - Tighten Up
Radiohead - Reckoner (Love Tounge Attack Bmore Remix)
SXSW Wrap Up...seriously
Faux Fox - Smart Set
Son Lux - Wither
Oh Astro - Hello Fuji Boy
Christopher Willits - Yellow Spring

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Music for Video Games

Zygote, an electronic music (you could classify as IDM, but I really hate that term...) project of Stephen R., is now in the land of video game music. The Zygote track "American Love Conspiracy," originally released on Fateless Flows records, was chosen to be part of the soundtrack for the video game Audio Surf. The soundtrack is available for free digital download on Asthmatic Kitty records web site. Also with artists from Anticon Records, Sounds are Active and Asthmatic Kitty, Joyful Noise and imputor we're in some pretty good company.

Check out a review of "Audio Surf" here

From the AK web site:

"Music for Videogames v.1 marks the inauguration of Asthmatic Kitty Records into the world of videogames. This fifteen track compilation is unique in that we painstakingly combed through our web of friends to find songs that represent not only high quality music, but also intensive and challenging gameplay experiences for the independent videogame, AudioSurf."

Check out the other artists, and download the record at the Asthmatic Kitty Web Site.

Find out more about Zygote here:

Zygote super low-fi web presence

Friday, March 21, 2008

SXSW Wrap-Up (Part 2)

Day 2.

I spent most of the day on Saturday at the Asthmatic Kitty Records Party at the Okay Mountain gallery in East Austin.

(AK Records Party Flyer)

I got there early and had some time to kill before the bands stared. I ran into Michael (aka Slo-Ro and current member of Future Rapper and A&R guy for Asthmatic Kitty) who I haven't seen for years! It was really great catching up. I think the last time we saw each other was right around the time I did the remix for Soul Junk's 1937 (Michael used to be in Soul Junk). It was great to see him, and catch up on things. Also, I finally met Ray Raposa (Castanets) face to face. I did a remix for "Three Months Paid" months ago (a quick plug here, the mix is going to be released on vinyl this summer, and will be featured in a AK mixtape that I'm putting together as well) and it was nice to get to know such a talented musician.

(Ray of Castanets)

The performances of the day went like this...

2:00PM - Grampall Jookabox (Joyful Noise Recordings)

This guy played some of most interesting, twist-off, jump up, sample hybrid hot mess rock that I've seen in a long time. Check out his online world, and specifically the track "The Girl Ain't Preggers" is just awesome.

2:45PM - Smoke Detector

These guys are a part of the Okay Mountain crew. The duo does a hybrid of electronic (think analog keyboards not laptops) and acoustic guitar. They were really poppy, and did one of the most interesting covers of Prince's "Darling Nicky" that I've ever heard.

3:15PM - Son Lux (Anticon Records)

This was one of my stand-out performances for the day. Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott) is a new Anticon signee, and his record "At War With Walls & Mazes" is honestly my favorite record of the year so far. His live performance was augmented by an amazing drummer (also named Ryan), who managed to keep on track with the chaotic, wobbly syncopation of the songs that all seem to resolve somehow. Their live show was great, but for my money, you have to listen to the record. Cinematic in scope and detailed in the granularity of production, the record sounds as fresh technically as it does timeless. The since of urgency in the vocals, the use of space in the composition and the ability to make your head nod at the same time is nothing short of amazing.

After the Son Lux show, the combination of heat and lack of sleep caught up to me, and I had to head back to the hotel for a disco nap before the evening. The gigs were great, and the day was well spent. I hope to get back to Austin soon to see what the Okay Mountain people are up to.

One more thing, I wanted to shout out to Shaun, Anticon label manager and Joshua of Mad Management. These dudes were out in that sun all day hanging out and meeting folks. Shaun also does a radio show / podcast of San Francisco's West Add Radio called Soda Pop, so go and click away.

Until next year. Pictures from the AK show are coming soon.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

SXSW Wrap-Up (part 1)

Day 1.

It's that time of the year for the most cliche of blog cliches....the SXSW wrap up. This wasn't quite the gasket-blower I had last year, and that's a good thing! I've dedicated myself to keeping my rock-out endeavors limited to 48 hour runs. This year was all about hanging out with friends (old and new) and catching some great gigs. I left work in time to get to Austin around 7:30 in the evening, checked in the hotel and made my way to the Mad Decent/I Heart Comix party. The line was nuts, and I wasn't trying to wait around, so I split, then ended up coming back in time to catch diplo's set. Good times, but way too crowded.

(diplo at mad decent/i heart comix party)

So, I split after about 30 minutes, meet up with New Berlin and his crew and headed to the Blender Party to see the Cool Kids. The Blender jump off was nice. I got a chance to meet some folks face to face who I only knew online. I saw DJ Ceeplus Bad Knives of Reprogram Music and Crunc Tesla (aka DJ Raedawn), both of who I've only talked with via email and myspace. Yep, pretty crazy. Then is was on to the show...

The Cool Kids set was on point. I was rowdy enough to have Inglish pass me the mic and I beat boxed while the CK's free-styled....true story. Then is was A-trak, Diplo (again), Kid Sister and the whole east coast party click that seems to be a staple at all these types of industry dust-ups. I really wish I would have seen Santogold, but you know, there's always next year.

Day 2 was a more low-key affair, but held some of most significant moments for me as far as shows were concerned...and I was in the same place all day. Stay tuned.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Cult of the DJ: DJ Patricia Furpurse (Portland)

"What's up, Portland What's up??" Well, and insider tip from the Audio Dregs camp told me that this NW Girl was fire, and I have no reason to disagree. Some twisted up, freak-beat, only could happen in Portland business is happening here. But, Don't take my word for it, get the goods for yourself.


1. Siriusmo- Mein neues Fahrrad (Boys Noize rework)
2. Sara Love- Let's Get Physical
3. Muscles- Sweaty (Shazam remix)
4. Fedde Le Grand- Get This Feeling
5. The Touch- Le Night Dominator (Zombie Disco Squad remix)
6. Sirusmo- Wow ( Modeselektor edit)
7. Yelle- A Cause des Garçons" (Tepr remix)
8. John Shelvin- F_ck me (Paul Woodford mix)
9. Klaxons- Golden Skans (Switch remix)
10. Bobmo- To the Bobmobile
11. Tronic Youth- We Are
12. Daft Punk- Technologic (Balboa Remix)
13. Kevin Saunderson- Big Fun feat. Inner City (Simian Mobile Disco remix)
14. Maral Salmassi- Natural Fun (Ben Mono remix)


Sunday, March 9, 2008

7 Questions with Tobacco of Black Moth Super Rainbow

A&H: Tell me about your new (Tobacco) record.

T: It's 2 seconds away from being done for real. I think there's one moment that seems happy in the song 'hawker boat' but there's a fuckedupness throughout. maybe like bmsr in a parallel world where the sinister undercurrent is more than an undercurrent. I guess it's just a dirtier record. like if i could make a porno with synths.

A&H: So, for those who want to know, which came first the Rainbow or the Tobacco? Or the Graveface? What conspiracy-riddled LSD fantasy are we to believe exactly? I hear the new Tobacco record uses real cia-approved frankenstein technology.

Any truth to the rumors?

T: BMSR came first. we were all kind of identity-less for awhile. Just like shadow people in bmsr. I met the Graveface guy right around the time our first album came out. then the names started with power pill fist when he wanted to put out an Atari noise album. I think i might have been the last one to grab a name.

There's no truth to any technology rumors with me. I'm pretty primitive when it comes to that.

A&H: So previous to bmsp, super power pill fist and your own moniker, what were you doing musically?

T: Before that, i was making 4 track music no one was listening to. I think power pill was playing golf.

A&H: So really, things took off after BMSR got together and started making music?

T: Ha ha, I feel like i'm still waiting for it take off, but some people did start listening with bmsr. Really with dandelion gum.

A&H: Yeah, when I first heard you guys on KCRW's morning becomes eclectic, I figured if you guys had the blessing of Nic Harcourt then you were positioned for some interesting times in your music career.

I can hear layers of different things hear, it's striking. So, what is your influence musically?

T: Nice - I didn't realize kcrw played us.

I'm influenced alot by the sounds i remember as a kid. pbs bumpers, my weird old kids' tapes, this one broadcast station in pittsburgh that would sometimes get worn copies of movies and the colors would bleed really badly. The first song i ever loved was 'just a friend' in 3rd grade. In high school, it was guys like Blues Explosion and Flaming Lips and Boards of Canada. More recently, probably MF Doom. and I don't necessarily love Blonde Redhead's songs, but I'd like to capture some of their atmosphere.

A&H: How about touring? What's on the horizon?

T: We're out for about 3 weeks in march. We loop around from Oklahoma City to the west coast back to Chicago. Then a few shows with subtle in may, and then probably no more shows this year because I have to finish the new bmsr record and take some time to enjoy the (tobacco) fucked up friends album. Other than that, there's a single for a new bmsr song called "zodiac girls" coming out in may and a genghis tron bmsr remix coming sometime sooner than that i think.

A&H: Looking forward to hearing your new stuff. Thanks for your time and see you out live in March.

T: >>>>>>>

Tobacco - Hawker Boat (Beta Carnage Produced Video)

Black Moth Super Rainbow - Count Backwards To Black