Monthly Archives: November 2009

i will come back

everything’s going on hold for a while


funk music

can’t really blog too hard this week – very busy – national concert hall tonight, preston tomorrow, working till saturday, vashti bunyan sunday…

but this deserves a special mention. i got love for solid bump, so it’s no surprise that i love this white girl lust remix of laberge‘s funk music. i normally hate the whole 12/8 electro think but this really makes it work. special.

my new favourite blog

i just finished reading a book (a.m. homes’ this book will change your life) and went looking through gis for a picture of the cover – i ended up at the best little bookshelf in texas.

My name is Jia Tolentino and I am reviewing every book I’ve ever read.

what else can i say? i loved this on faulkner’s as i lay dying (a book about which i have thought a lot this year, though i am yet to return to its glory):

There was one time last year when my roommate and I were a bit under the influence and I yelled down the stairs, “Tory what are you doing” and she yells back “I’m ready to go out, I’m just reading As I Lay Dying again” and then we both simultaneously burst out laughing for like half an hour because of the thought of “As I Lay Dying Again,” the apocryphal sequel, and then the entire series’ worth of possibilities based on whatever you were doing while you were reading As I Lay Dying–like “Yeah, I picked up As I Lay Dying: At The Bookstore” or “Oh, hold on, I just want to finish As I Lay Dying: Before Gossip Girl Starts.”

if you haven’t read as i lay dying… well you should.

i am not a robot

…so it hurts when you don’t dance… the last few times i’ve played transmission i’ve been pretty lucky with the crowd – they’ve been dancing from around 11.30 and slowly but surely the floor has been filled by the time i’ve finished. not so tonight. it was frustrating – especially when people started dancing in clusters but then left the floor in whole groups rather than in dribs and drabs… anyway the last 20 minutes or so were epic. big up to my mate jake who texted me asking for baltic pine – unlike the guy why asked for crystal castles and deadmau5, jake got what he asked for… anyway this isn’t all exactly in order but you get the drift.

Pase Rock – So Fucking Disco
LCD Soundsystem – Get Innocuous
Christopher Wade – Be Still My Beating Heart
Armand van Helden – Je T’Aime (Simian Mobile Disco Remix)
Eli Escobar – Glass House
Holy Ghost! – I Will Come Back (Classixx Acapulco Nights Remix)
The xx – Crystallised (Rory Phillips Remix)
Laberge – True Love
Eli Escobar – Movin On
Ghostface Killah – Charlie Brown (DJ Mehdi Remix)
Passion Pit – The Reeling (Sammy Bananas Remix)
LCD Soundsystem – 45:33 (Padded Cell Remix)
Lykke Li – Little Bit (Loving Hand Remix)
The Teenagers – Starlett Johansson (Rory Phillips Remix)
Para One – Midnight Swim
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Gold Lion (Diplo Remix)
Daft Punk – Face To Face
Marina and The Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot (Dveloped Heavy Edit)
Gossip – Love Long Distance (Riva Starr Remix)
Little Boots – Stuck On Repeat (Alexander Robotnick Remix)
The Juan MacLean – No Time
Cut Copy – Lights and Music (Boys Noize Remix)
Telephoned – Pop Champagne
La Roux – I’m Not Your Toy (Jack Beats Remix)
Lady Gaga – Bad Romance (Hercules and Love Affair Remix)
Joe and Will Ask? – Fabric of Win
Fake Blood – Fix Your Accent
Major Lazer – When You Hear The Bassline
The Count & Sinden – Beeper (A-Trak Remix)[just the “uh-uh”s]
Boy 8-Bit – Baltic Pine

we pull the cars up from the river

so tonight i went to see new moon…….. i know, how unlikely. i enjoyed it a bit more than twilight – partly because i was laughing the whole way through, partly due to the reaction of the crowd – and also it did look quite nice at times. i’ve been avoiding any talk of the soundtrack, just noticing but not following headlines on pitchfork about thom yorke and death cab contributing.

to be fair, thom’s track is quite amazing.

in other thom-related news, i picked up the collection of his remixes (or rmxs) the other day – i know i’m two years late on that, but i didn’t think it was available on cd! it’s a japanese import, i saw it in hmv, i couldn’t resist. it’s gold! i’d heard a few of the remixes already, but the field‘s reworking of cymbal rush is simply mesmerising. quelle surprise.

here’s the burial remix of and it rained all night, quite appropriate a) because burial sounds best in november and b) on account of the flooding across the country this week. not that i want to make light of that horrible situation at all.

Thom Yorke – And It Rained All Night (Burial Remix)

unhappy haneke

a few days late reading this, but i’m terrible at catching up with my google reader. i’m really excited about seeing the white ribbon, but i might be the only one…

There’s obviously something about Michael Haneke’s films that seeps out of the screen to unsettle viewers. The critics’ press screening of his awesome The White Ribbon this week was like a Haneke film in itself. Several critics arrived late, shuffling into their seats while the opening credits played in stark monochrome silence. Another critic began to eat lunch – how can you get anything down your throat during the tension of a Haneke film. Heads turned in annoyance at the chomping. Then another prominent male critic entered noisily and obviously flustered as Haneke’s German narrator intoned the story of strange, violent goings on. The critic made a stooping dash in the dark for a seat, tripping up the aisle steps and spilling hot coffee on to a female viewer. She let out a yelp of pain. The screening room was on edge, disturbed, riled – yet the film was barely five minutes old. Haneke’s next film will mark a return to him working in French, and star Isabelle Huppert and Jean Louis Trintignant. According to the director it will be about the “humiliation of the physical degradation in the elderly”. Good to see the fella lightening up then.

from trailer trash, the guardian (the headline too)

one louder

i was in town one afternoon in early july 2003. i had to drop something to the department of education for my brother. in the evening i met my friend to go to a play written by a friend of ours. in the interim, i picked up muzik magazine – it had p diddy on the cover! his much-lauded let’s get ill was, apparently, about to reshape the dance music universe. well, with the benefit of hindsight, we all know that never happened…

more important was the free cd that came with the magazine. i think i’d heard of the dj, erol alkan, a few months previously in the sunday times magazine, as one to watch. those profiles are all well and good, but mean nothing if you can’t hear what he’s about. this cd changed all that. the section of my diary entry (yes, i keep a diary) concerning the magazine read as follows: “Got Muzik with cool electro stylee cd.” if you forgive me for using the word stylee, you’ll understand what the relevance was. up to this point, i had moved from euphoria-style trance in the late 90s, to global underground and renaissance in the early 00s. a little of funky house had entered my sphere but not so much that i’d ever be tempted to enter that world permanently. this erol alkan chap helped redefine the sounds i was listening to. i must mention james lavelle, whose gu022 had ventured outside the prog-house mould and belatedly introduced me to the likes of dj shadow, as well as the solo work of thomas bangalter. i also got to know the beast that is unkle – but that’s a story for another day. this is about erol.

unfortunately i wouldn’t see erol in the flesh until 2006, but that wasn’t for lack of trying. once i was sick. once he played the trinity ball and i couldn’t find him. once he was playing just hours before i flew to prague. once i was in america. and so on. when i finally did see him, i wrote this.

you’ve read a lot to get this point. now you can just enjoy the mix.

Erol Alkan presents One Louder

01 Playgroup – Make It Happen (Zongamin Mix) (Edit)
02 Mitsu – Hush
03 Duran Duran – Girls On Film (Night Version)
04 The Faint – The Conductor (Thin White Duke Remix) (Edit)
05 Codec & Flexor – Crazy Girls Make My Heart Go Boom Boom
06 Headman – It Rough (Chicken Lips Mix)
07.a Goldfrapp/Benny Benassi – Train (Ewan Pearson Dub Mix)/Satisfaction (Acappella)
08 Grand Popo Football Club – Men Are Not Nice Guys (Goldrun Remix)
09 Tom Gillieron and Ravi McArthur – Now It’s Dark
10 Kiko/Alex Gopher – Italomatic (Kiko & The Hacker Remix)/Party People (Acappella)
11 Ferenc – Yes Sir I Can Hardcore
12 Archigram – Doggystyle
13 Uminski – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger