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

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

French Techno is the New Black Metal

The Justice show in Dallas last night was sick. I really dig the record, and seeing them live just topped it off for me. It was something like this.