Monday, February 25, 2008

7 Questions With Mike Simonetti (Italians Do It Better / Troubleman Unlimited)

Italians Do It Better

1. Tell me about how Troubleman got started, and how Italians Do It Better became an imprint.

Italians originally started out as an imprint, but now its 100% a separate entity. When Johnny (from Glass Candy) signed on to be partner we decided to make IDIB its own thing. TMU got started almost 15 years ago as an offshoot of a zine I did in high school. I released a cassette compilation with an issue and the label started that way. The rest is history, as they say.

2. In that same vein, how did you make the transition from punk (hardcore, indie, etc.) rock to championing dance music?

I've always been into dance music. TMU released dancey stuff back in 1997 and 1998. bands like Erase Errata and early Glass Candy! but no one paid attention. at the time "dance punk" wasn't mainstream and TMU was one of the only labels releasing all these new post punk revival bands...

3. What's your musical history? In addition to running the labels, are you making music yourself?

Sorta. I am dabbling in a few things I cant really talk about just
yet ;)

4. I know you got your start working at such clubs as Palladium, The Tunnel, Save The Robots, Soul Kitchen, The Red Zone, Building, NASA and The Limelight. When did your DJ career really kick off?

I started djing a while ago- i used to do weekly parties around NYC
in the 1990s up until a few years ago. i gave up on NYC for djing. its
a wasteland out there.. NYC is a yuppie haven and they want their
streets clean and the noise down and they don't want people walking
around drunk at night... When i used to work at clubs in the 80s it
was a different world. I know you hear it a lot these days, but its
definitely true!

5. What's in heavy rotation for you right now?

Bruce Springsteen, Can, Bone Awl, Fucked Up, Tragedy, Los Crudos,
Unwound, The Hated...

6. What's next for the label? Where can people get your records?

They are available through mail order at
or in stores. They are well distributed, but they sell out fast sometimes! Next up is Invisible Conga People and Tiedye records as well as AFTER DARK on vinyl ! (3xlp set!))

7. What are your top "Killer Kuts" right now?

I recently got a copy of Dicks "Hate The Police" 7" - a record I've
been after forever. The best Texas punk band ever!
Trobleman Unlimited
Mike Simonetti Thrash Disco Mix

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Our girl Sara T. bangs it out for the ladies....

DJ Sara T. is all up in the snow for this Burton event.

yo get yrself rsvped
and come see me (bags of hi fives stolen just 4 u delivered)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Architects & Heroes Vol. 1 - Notes from the Laboratory

2007 was a crazy year, lots of new stuff bubbling up from the streets, the blogs and from names we're all familiar with. Our fist mixtape is a combo of what we had in wide rotation last year, some classic stuff, a couple of tracks from our friends and even a bit of our own production. Dig it.


Horses - Golden Bug
Innocence (Simian Mibile Disco 12" Remix) - Bjork
Phantom - CFCF's Six Pack Remix) - Justice
D.A.N.C.E. (Eli & Diplo Mix) - Justice
Yeah Yeah (Ocelot Mix) - Matt & Kim
Set Adrift (tittsworth neutron dance remix) - PM Dawn
Dog Days - Mathew Dear
Way Uh (Scottie B Mix 2) - The Rapture
Beats Work - Tatic
Robot Rock (Soul Wax Remix) - Daft Punk
Sleeping Lessons (D.veloped remix) - The Shins
The Law of Life (The Frenz Magik Mix) - Farah
Emotional Rescue - The Rolling Stones
Three Months Paid (Stephen R. Mix) - Casatanets

Stephen R. to DJ at Asthmatic Kitty Records Event - SXSW

Okay Mountain Presents Asthmatic Kitty and Friends
at the Okay Mountain Gallery
1312 East Cesar Chavez Ste B, Austin TX 78703 (Map it)

Saturday March 15
DJ Stephen R.
Grampall Jookabox (Joyful Noise Recordings)
Smoke Detector
Son Lux (Anticon Records)

Check out more AK SXSW happenings here >>

Monday, February 18, 2008

thanks Thanks THANKS....

Thanks to everyone who came out and showed love last night. The party was a big success, and now the A&H camp has some stuff cookin' in Chicago, so keep an eye out for some of that A&H goodness, midwest style.

We've got the DJ set from Jeff Parker and the live set from Loop12 from the night plus LOADS of pictures from the party and the after-hours jam session, plus the ARCHITECTS AND HEROES VOL. 1 MIXTAPE from Stephen R. about to storm the blogosphere, so stay tuned! Props to Ulisses at the Fallout Lounge, Stereo on Strike, and the "always on the scene" Lek Brothers.....

2008 and beyond, from D-town to LA to the 3rd Coast, thanks for the love, respect and good vibes.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Jeff Paker Online Mixtape

From the excellent mixtape site,


(*see track listing below)

Here's the track listing:

"Mass Appeal" (inst.) - Gangstarr
"Sweet Power, Your Embrace" - James Mason
"Black Bastards" - KMD
"Magimani Sagei" - Hermeto Pascoal
"Stakes Is High" - De La Soul
"Equipoise" - Jack DeJohnette (comp. Stanley Cowell)
"Flap Your Wings" (inst.) - Nelly (beat by Neptunes)
"NTU" - Bobby Hutcherson
"Hopscotch" - Charlie Rouse (comp. Joe Chambers)
"All Caps" - Madvillain
"Oh My Love" - Lovelites
"Your Love" - Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
"In The Trunk" (DJ Premier remix) - Too Short
"If You're Not Part Of The Solution, You're Part Of The Problem" - Joe Henderson
"We Live In The Future" - Gray Market Goods (Bundy K Brown)
"Uhuru" - Ramsey Lewis
"White Wind" - Black Ivory