from the age of 13 or so i kept a diary pretty religiously. nothing too serious, just the “what i did today” type of thing. reading back over some of them causes a lot of cringing – the way i wrote, the attitudes, the idiocy of a teenage boy – but it’s a great way of remembering things past. for some reason last year i found less impetus to write for pretty much the first time. today walking past eason’s on talbot street and i saw “diaries on sale” so i couldn’t resist. in the past year i guess i’ve been venting a lot online, so maybe that’s why i’m not writing by hand so much (or at all) anymore. let’s change that.
one thing i don’t like to do online is talk about work. well, what i mean by that is i don’t like to talk about where i work. i’ll occasionally say something about what i did or something someone said, but i don’t like to name names. it’s a weird thing, but that’s just my way, man. unlike me is my friend vicki, the crazy half-italian film student-turned tween writer who’s just joined the blogosphere. her blog post yesterday was all about work – and why not? some sides of the media are more exciting than others, so it’s cool to see the fun side of things. hell, she met david platt (who is, apparently, something of an oompa loompa). check it all out here. i reckon this one could take off.
i’m going to daedelus tonight, for free. not that i’m scoring freebies, it’s a free gig. on his myspazz he even has it down as “pygmalion cafe bar”! awesome. next freebie on the way is theo parrish at 12 on sunday. highly recommended.
been quiet these past few days, my bad. got a lot going on, and also i’m quite lazy in between times. i got the greenberg soundtrack by james murphy the other day and still haven’t listened! i’m preparing for my dj set before zero 7 next sunday and i’m pretty excited – i think it’ll be unlike any set i’ve played before, so come along and watch. i think i’ll be playing some stuff like this…
sidetracked last night was, as ever, a lot of fun. i had a friend who’s not into djing join me in the booth, so i got to explain what i do and how things work and so on. things really got interesting when frank sweeney showed up with serato. frank followed my pop-disco set with a killer slow hip-hop set – some dilla, some flylo, a couple of awesome b.cause edits, it was a joy to watch. if i can be half that good at true stories in a few weeks i’ll be doing well!
after sidetracked i headed down to see ewan pearson at nightflight. as fellow dj jevan described it, ewan started a bit housey, then got techy and glitchy, and finished up with what i’ll call a lot of “reach for the lasers” tunes. you know it’s a good set when you don’t know anything but you still love it – and then towards the end he whipped out this monster…
Mykill – Love Story
Crazy P – Bumcop
Tensnake – Coma Cat
Hot Chip – I Feel Better (Den Haan Remix)
Róisín Murphy – Overpowered
LCD Soundsystem – Too Much Love
Tiga – (Far From) Home
The xx – Shelter (Them Jeans ‘Drum’ Edit)
Talking Heads – Girlfriend Is Better (Bit Funk Edit)
Seelenluft – Manila (Ewan Pearson Remix)
Azari & III – Reckless (With Your Love)
Canyons – Fire Eyes
Eli Escobar – If You Need A Friend
In Flagranti – Brash and Vulgar
Sneaker Pimps – Post Modern Sleaze (Salt City Orchestra Nightclub Mix)
i’ve been a fan of the alaskan called curtis vodka for a few years now, but he’s been pretty quiet of late. thankfully he’s resurfaced with some great reminders of why i loved him so much in the first place. one is a remix of ralphi rosario’s you used to hold me, which you should definitely recognise. his remix takes the original vocal, surrounds it with a tough beat, acid squeaks and bleeps, before drowning the whole thing in a swamp of reverb. lovely. be sure to check out his new track phantasmagorias while you’re at it.
Ralphi Rosario – You Used To Hold Me (Curtis Vodka Remix) by Curtis Vodka
someone get me this plz
also, these look kind of cool
i know i talk about the guys from solid bump and awful lot but, to be fair, they deserve it. after the release of pleasure and pressure vol 2 last week, they’ve put together this short promo vid – it opens with shots of night-time chicago, which will always bring a smile to my face. then, well, you gotta watch. if the name van peebles means anything to you, you’ll enjoy it.