by Dave Segal
on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:02 PM
Seattle DJ Lance Lockarm was ahead of the curve with this My Bloody Valentine mashup business. Back in 2002, he blended MBV’s “I Only Said” with the Beastie Boys’ “So Whatcha Want” and Schoolly D’s “Saturday Night.”
Scroll three-quarters of the way down on the right side of the screen to find the track.
If you cover one eye, it features a fabulous blossoming English popstar patronizing poor people with arch synchronized shopping-cart routines and hip-hop parodies, and who has always sounded effortlessly sophisticated and beautiful, but, until now, never who-gives-a-fuck fun.
If you cover the other, it's a sympathetic and reality-bending look into the mind of a schizophrenic bag-lady who filters her hopeless world of grief and madness through hallucinations of celebrity, magic, and dance-dance-dance.
If you cover both with 3-D glasses, you'll look stupid.
You should invite Party Crasher to your house party. We have a squadron of sexy, sexy writers just waiting to visit your party and tell the world about it. Don't let the swine flu get you down—now is the time to party.
More in Black Lip'isms nice girl Blythe (along with Pearl from Champagne Champagne) got a great video interview with The Lips after their Neumos show last weekend. Check it out, and remember... "Metallica is racist as fuck!"
How I love this image of Seattle at sunset... Taken by iloveunicorns777, the image powerfully brings to mind these lines:
You feel it/You can taste it/You can see it/You can face it/You can hear it/You are getting near it/You want to make it because you can take it.
You belong to the city—that is what this image tells us. The rooms with the yellow lights, the red lamp, the darkening towers, the fleeing day, the arriving night, the artificial life of the city lights. You can feel it.
by Dave Segal
on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 12:36 PM
Always on the cutting edge of technological developments, Richie Hawtin is now going to report on his own DJ gigs via Twitter using an application he helped to design. Looks like he will be sating trainspotters' insatiable appetite to know what he's spinning at any given moment. Dancing with mobile devices will soon be de rigueur at his gigs.
Richie Hawtin brings Twitter into the DJ booth and invites the world to see what's happening in real time!
It’s often the case that the advent of one idea heralds unexpected benefits and developments in other areas, and so it goes with Native Instruments’ Traktor Pro. Having already revolutionised the art of mixing, it could now be about to have a profound effect on the relationship between a DJ and their audience, not to mention the world of performing rights by making sure each and every artist, large or small, is properly compensated for the use of their work.
Twitter DJ is the latest brainwave from Richie Hawtin, who’s already spent much of his career pioneering new technologies as a DJ, producer and label owner, from the development of Midi enabled DJ mixers such as Allen & Heath’s Xone92 & 3D mixers, to Final Scratch DJ technology that gave way to Native Instruments’ Traktor software. At this year’s Time Warp event Richie built on ideas first explored during 2008’s Contakt tour, testing a custom version of Traktor Pro with a new background application that allows for real time broadcasting of all tracks played during a DJ set. The new application, developed in-house by Bryan McDade at Hawtin’s Minus label, works as a conduit between Traktor and the online messaging utility Twitter. Minus and Native Instruments worked closely together to optimize the Traktor software for this special use.
The Twitter DJ application utilizes feeds from an updated version of Traktor’s standard broadcasting technology to send 30 second updates during Hawtin’s set of what’s currently playing to a designated Twitter account, allowing anyone following the Twitter group to obtain a unique insight into how a DJ builds the atmosphere and dynamics of a set, track by track, and in real time. The track information is freely accessible from any Twitter configured personal mobile devices (even from the dance floor) and archived online on the Twitter page. This concept is also a significant step towards helping smaller independent record companies and artists to gain further recognition and free promotion when their releases are played as digital files.
However, the real potential comes to light when considering the benefits for performing rights societies: “By providing the necessary information to track what is really being played in clubs, the Twitter DJ application would not only drag the likes of GEMA, PRS and SOCAN kicking and screaming into the 21st century, but make sure the real artists get paid instead of performance payments simply being carved up between the Madonnas and U2s of the world. If record sales are slowing down and performance is now the key area where artists can achieve financial stability, better solutions need to be found and a workable structure put in place as soon as possible. We hope that our Twitter DJ application is a step forward in the development of these types of systems.“
Richie will be testing the beta version of the software on his next tour, starting on Wednesday 29/04/09. To see it in operation, contact rhawtin on Twitter (www.twitter.com/rhawtin)
by Dave Segal
on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 9:32 AM
Os Mutantes are the most exciting addition, in my estimation. Against the odds, these Brazilian prog-psych-Tropicalia survivors absolutely killed it at the Moore in 2006.
The press release:
JUST ADDED: Franz Ferdinand, Eugene Mirman, Os Mutantes, Keller Williams, and Janelle Monae
LABOR DAY WEEKEND: SEPTEMBER 5 — SEPTEMBER 7, 2009 AT SEATTLE CENTER
The partial music lineup for the Festival now includes:
Sheryl Crow / Modest Mouse / The All-American Rejects / Katy Perry / Michael Franti & Spearhead / Franz Ferdinand / Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan / De La Soul / Raphael Saadiq / Brett Dennen / Os Mutantes / The Long Winters / Sly & Robbie & the Taxi Gang / World Party / Keller Williams / MSTRKRFT / Roy Ayers / Common Market / UH HUH HER / Dave Alvin and The Guilty Women / Eric Hutchinson / No Age / Matt & Kim / Dead Confederate / Janelle Monae / The Cave Singers / Swollen Members / Vieux Farka Touré / Lenka / Gang Gang Dance / Todd Snider / Holy F**k / DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid / Iglu & Hartly / Low vs Diamond / Sera Cahoone / Eleni Mandell / U.S.E / Carrie Rodriguez / The Honey Brothers / Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head / Extra Golden / Cordero / Forgive Durden / Hey Marseilles / Adrian Xavier, and many more to be announced.
***We regret to inform that The Ting Tings have cancelled their appearance at Bumbershoot, due to scheduling conflicts.
Vivian Girls, Abe Vigoda In the mayfly hype/life-cycle of the average buzz band, it is already dangerously late in the day for Vivian Girls. Lucky, then, that the Brooklyn trio's dreamy, droney blend of girl-group pop and ramshackle punk is so far above average. Their self-titled debut is 22 too-short minutes of pop bliss that begs to be flipped over and spun again and again (and supplemented with 7-inches), and their live show is even more endearing. With L.A.'s Abe Vigoda, whose apocalypso punk is somehow simultaneously sunny and shady. (Neumos, 925 E Pike St, 709-9467. 8 pm, $12, 21+.) ERIC GRANDY
Aqueduct - "Living a Lie"
Aqueduct, the Republic, Josh Ottum (Tractor) Where Aqueduct's pop is playful yet self-deprecating, the Republic's is compassionate and emotional. But there's room on the bill for both acts. At times, the Republic's ballads like "Let Down" and "One Last Mistake" sound a little too tender, like they were crafted for those touching moments on a WB drama. But the Seattle quartet do the dynamic indie-rock thing really well in songs like "A Hole to Hide Your Head"—they elevate an optimistic chorus even further with sparkling guitars and bright drumming... it's all very pretty. Afterward, Aqueduct will tear you back down with songs about how relationships always go wrong. MEGAN SELING
Drop the Lime live in Tel Aviv
Bangers & Mash: Drop the Lime, Nordic Soul, DJ Recess, Fourcolorzack, Tigerbeat (See Sound Lounge) Tonight marks the debut of a Thursday-night weekly called Bangers & Mash that promises to shake things up at Belltown's swanky See Sound Lounge. Kicking things off is "international bass champion" Drop the Lime (aka Curses!, born Luca Venezia), who mangles Baltimore breaks, classic house, bassline, and anything else that abides a deep love of deep bass into dance-floor-killing frenzies. Supporting him are some of Seattle's finest party-starters: DJ Recess, Fourcolorzack, Tigerbeat (dude gets the people wilding out on fuckin' Mondays), and Nordic Soul, whose gleeful, anthem-blasting DJ set opening up for Simian Mobile Disco proves the Decibel head can work the hell out of a populist playlist. Future Bangers & Mash bookings include Tittsworth in May and Tommie Sunshine in June. ERIC GRANDY
Dave, I kinda dig that Eric B mashup you posted but it's a bit too trainwrecky for me to listen to over and over. Fortunately, there's this wicked mashup featuring Lumidee's Never Leave You from a few years back laid over My Bloody Valentine's Soon. It's one of my favorite relics from the mashup era. Here it is in cheesy youtube fashion.
by Dave Segal
on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 4:47 PM
Matt Corwine (aka Mister Leisure) is DJing at Grey Gallery 10 pm-12 am tonight as part of the Sonic Frontiers weekly there. He’s threatening to play whatever he wants, which is an exciting prospect if you know Corwine’s aesthetics.
In that spirit, here's a brief playlist for my gray, supposedly spring day (ignore the shitty/non-existent videos for the first two, and know that for the third one I actually wanted "Like a Fool," although this song, also off Foolish, expresses more or less the same sentiment):
by Dave Segal
on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 12:20 PM
Digital-arts festival Decibel will happen Sept 24-27 this year. Decibel is also becoming a non-profit organization (501.c3 status). This move should enable director Sean Horton and his diligent staff to book elite talent and rent venues by soliciting grants and charitable contributions rather than maxing out their credit cards.
We'll keep you informed of the bookings as we learn about them.