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i’ll keep this snappy. tomorrow i’m going to see panda bear. this is kind of a big deal. for some reason i never really got animal collective (cue “omg a blogger doesn’t like animal collective” response) until i heard mpp, and that was largely due to 2007’s person pitch. i went to an ac gig in november 2007 with a long-time ac-olyte, in fact the very guy who first brought them to my attention. i had been listening to person pitch at that stage for about six months, along with the boards of canada discography and just another diamond day it was the soundtrack to the writing of my dissertation. that night, for several reasons (something to do with a drive across wales in a bus with no windscreen) some of the group’s members were quite sick and couldn’t perform, so half of the gig was a panda bear show. some were frustrated by this, but i was mesmerised. having been at a teen-populated bloc party gig the night before, the quiet admiration and confusion in the crowd was palpable.

i can only hope that tomorrow night’s gig is as interesting. i think it will be.

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krashed out

still no internet at home – blogging at work. yeesh. last night at krash was a lot of fun, as usual. someone spotted that panda bear remix – what a dude. i was happy that a few people asked “what’s this track?!” while i was playing schizofonics. tellin’ ya, they’re headed for great things.

next on the list is transmission tomorrow night – it’ll be a special one, as quigo and i are going b2b for the last 45 minutes or so. we’re thinking lots of energy and lots of tunes that’ll put a smile on your face.

Schizofonics – Shake That Thing
Tiga – Mind Dimension 2
Felix Da Housecat – Kick Drum
Shadow Dancer – Golden Traxe
Joe and Will Ask? – Ourpeggio
Uffie- MCs Can Kiss (Zombie Disco Squad Remix)
Boys Noize – Oh! (A-Trak Remix)
Kissy Sellout – Come On Over (Schizofonics Remix)
Treasure Fingers – Cross The Dancefloor
DJ Mehdi – Pocket Piano (Joakim Remix)
Simian Mobile Disco – Hustler
Fake Blood – Fix Your Accent
Wiley – Never Be Your Woman (Jaymo & Andy George ‘Moda’ Remix)
Jan Driver – Rat Alert

5am

two summers ago i was lucky enough to perform at wasbe 2007, and at the end of it we celebrated it as all good musicians do – by staying at the bar till it closed at some ridiculous hour and then retreating to someone’s place and chilling. i was in a happy but dreary state at the time, and the playlist i made that night reflected the mood and hour. it’s one of the few playlists i’ve ever kept.

Bright Eyes – Middleman
Death Cab For Cutie – A Lack of Color
Wilco – Radio Cure
Sufjan Stevens – Jacksonville

Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #2 (Laïka)
Arcade Fire – Ocean of Noise
Feist – My Moon My Man
Thom Yorke – Black Swan
Wilco – Impossible Germany

Panda Bear – Take Pills
Röyksopp – What Else Is There?
Cat Power – Where Is My Love

massive choons, innit

1 Kid Sister – Right Hand Hi
2 Chromeo – I Can’t Tell You Why
3 Ed Hustle – Best Western
4 Boy 8-Bit – Baltic Pine (Original Mix)
5 Consequence – Whatever U Want (ft Kanye West & John Legend)
6 Atlas Sound – Walkabout (ft Noah Lennox)
7 Vitalic – Disco Song (Docipede Remix)
8 Beastie Boys – Too Many MCs (ft Nas)
9 Out Hud – Put It Away, Put It Away, Put It Away, Dad
10 OutKast – SpottieOttieDopaliscious (Carl Mo Remix)

a ticket to nothingness

the back page of the ticket, the irish times‘ weekly entertainment supplement, always makes for interesting reading. this week is no different. brian boyd quotes steve van zandt ahead as he analyses the failures of modern music, ahead of van zandt’s appearance in tower records on sunday.

…the music media is supposed to offer up a welcoming pair of arms to “new music” in all its forms. But a scene that celebrates itself (and sets up forums to do so) does nobody any favours. “We need to develop bands” is the catch-cry. Really? The Beatles developed by going to Hamburg and playing five shows a day seven days a week until they felt ready to approach a record label.

meanwhile the music charts show an awful trend that has only grown in recent years. the death of the king of pop has seen his albums fly off the shelves in the past fortnight. however, which albums sit on the top of the charts? the essential michael jackson, number ones, and king of pop all fill the top three positions in the irish album charts. thriller gets a look in at number 5, but the fact is, people are going out and buying collections of his supposed greatest hits rather than listening to his albums in the format in which they were intended to be heard.

i’ve shouted down “death of the album” rants in my time, listing recent albums by the likes of wilco, panda bear, death cab for cutie and sufjan stevens as proof that people out there are still making great albums. fact is, people don’t seem to be buying them. blah blah disposable nature of pop, blah blah itunes downloads, blah blah see above piece from brian boyd. it’s a vicious circle, and i think it will only come to a halt when something truly major happens – if and when that happens, we’ll see the next chapter unfold. for now, go download man in the mirror and forget “the album” ever existed.

XXXChange Interview

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To say I’m excited about XXXChange‘s upcoming show at Transmission would be a massive understatement. Over the last few years, few other DJs and producers have impressed me as much as this man, as he effortlessly switches genres and styles without ever suffering a drop in quality. He first came to my attention as the producer in chief for Spank Rock‘s Yoyoyoyoyo in 2006, and since then his remixes have been a permanent fixture in any of my sets or mixes. Disco remixes of Pase Rock and Thom Yorke (his own personal favourite); funky reworkings of Björk and CSS; full on rave banger remixes of The Virgins, Bloc Party and Panda Bear. Not to mention his collection of re-edits with buddies Devlin and Darko as part of the Fully Fitted crew.

As a DJ he first caught my attention with the riotous Spank Rock contribution to the Fabriclive series, but it was his guest spot on Tim Sweeney‘s Beats In Space show that truly showed his versatility and willingness to eschew any sense of genrefication. While DJs like Diplo and A-Trak explore genres and throw together hip-hop and electro, XXXChange is more likely to look for some 70s disco or 80s punk. See Voila, his mix with Chris Rockswell. Featuring tracks from ESG and Led Zeppelin alongside Destiny’s Child and, of course, Spank Rock, it is a musical journey unlike any other. Alex himself cites this, alongside Couche Tard, another mix done with Chris, has his favourite mix project. “Hopefully we’ll do another one of these soon. The Fabric one was a royal pain in the butt because you have to license all the songs and we usually like to be pretty free and unrestricted about what material we use, and also we really like to put in a ton of records, which the licensing process doesn’t allow for.”

Since Yoyoyoyoyo his work with Spank Rock has calmed down, as Naeem (Spank Rock’s hyperactive frontman) branched out and worked with Benny Blanco on the 2 Live Crew-influenced Bangers and Cash EP: “I don’t travel with them on tour anymore but I’m still helping out in the studio. Naeem wanted to retain a little more creative control over the project for this album so I’m just trying to help him out whenever he gets stuck.” Which I guess means there’s a new Spank Rock album in the mix – something to look forward to. As for his own solo work, it’s also on the way. “I’m working on a solo LP right now except I seem to be constantly in the studio working on other people’s stuff. so I think it might take quite a while to finish it up.” As well as that there’s a 12” due this summer on Turntable Lab, and if it’s anything like his production work to date it’s something worth waiting for.

While his own work hits the blogs on a regular basis, there’s an abundance of material splattered across the internet almost every day. How is it possible to separate the wheat from the chaff when there’s so much to get through? “I think the amount of stuff that’s worth checking out is about the same as it’s always been. Since most of us find out about music from the internet the absolute glut of information can be overwhelming. I find it’s a bit easier to just wait a few months and see what rises to the top, see what people are still talking about. Obviously with DJing you need to be on top of new music so it’s nice to find a few good sources to filter the information for you, there’s a few good music blogs and also you can look at different DJ’s playlists, whose taste you trust, to find out about new stuff too.”

Surely someone like XXXChange will be a little but more discerning than most: “As far as what it takes to impress me it’s just when you hear someone doing something original and taking risks etc. I’m not really interested in scenes.”

When it comes to his own DJ sets, Alex takes each night as it comes. “Usually I just try and play stuff that I’m feeling at the moment! But of course it depends on who’s in the room. In Europe I usually end up playing more electro and house type stuff which you can’t always do in the US.” So I guess that means that come Saturday, we’ll be hearing more rave than slow-burning disco. And you know, who ever said that was a bad thing.

Meanwhile, check out these XXXChange mixes, one put together just this month, and another live in the mix on Authentic Shit, enjoy the laughs from Eli, Pasey Pase and angry man Rocktacon.

XXXChange Live In The Mix on Authentic Shit, East Village Radio 2008-08-01
XXXChange – Quickie Mix 2009-06-05