Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Modern Amusement Wednesdays Week 4

The first group I wanted to mention is Jackpot, a disco producer coming out of the Sweden. I can't find to much on this guy/girl but I do like what I've heard so far and if you like darker sounding disco that's a tad experimental this could be right up your ally. "Jungle Gym" is pretty dark in tone almost sounding like an intro to a 80's action film. The next track "Brief Encounter" has disco drums, handclaps, sexy 70's chic female vocals and backup vocals, trance type effects on the chorus vocals, disco bass, and latin influenced congas. It's almost a perfect song. If this is a real band playing, they're killer. I feel it might not be. 

The next artist is a man named Larry Levan who puts out high quality, authentic disco remixes. Larry is from New York and is known for introducing dub into club music. He also was a big part of the Paradise Garage. The owner of club actually hired Levan to bring in white collar gay males to kind of bring in a Studio 54 type crowd, but Levan's eclectic style brought in street wise minorities and punks. Every song by Levan I've heard so far, I've fallen in love with. The song selection alone is great and the vibe is equally as great. If more DJ's were like this, clubs would be a more fun place to go. 

Here's a video I saw on Pitchfork that blew me away. I use to listen to this group a few years ago but now I'm going to take the album a little more serious. 

Sit through the ad. It's worth it. Believe me. The back up vocals blow me away. We are truly coming into a new era. 

Questlove after the performance asked the group to open for the Roots at an up coming show. HOLYSHIT! 

My first trip to NY I was listening to a lot of Bibio. I don't really listen to too much indie rock nowadays, but I heard this record and shit. The diversity and production on this recording have gone way beyond the laid back music I knew of Bibio before. This is a new found maturity. Sometimes I hear Mali style guitars, sometimes it's funk and soul, then out of left-field it's a J Dilla style track and some Boards of Canada style productions. Truly a music geeks dream. 

Bibio - "Fire Ant" the Dilla style track 

Special Treat:

Since I'm going to see Mayer Hawthorne tomorrow, here's 
another EXTRA BONUS!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Modern Amusement Wednesdays

Some friends and I got together in Gainesville and created a new music night. I'm pretty stoked because I'm playing music I love instead of playing bullshit music that I might like 10% of. Here I actually like everything being played Wednesday night.

My friend Matthew who owns a clothing store called Wolfgang, my friend Vishal who works for Grooveshark (an online music streaming database) and my fellow DJ friend Ernie, run the night at a place called Lux. Lux is one of the nicer bars in town. You could dress up or dress down. 

We start the night off with some nice Disco/House and work our way into B-more and Dubstep as the night gets more intense. If you know my sets, you know when I've had a few drinks, I like to play rowdier shit. No difference here. I'm just keeping it a little classier.

I'm going to put a few tracks here that'll I'll must likely play tomorrow but who knows. Maybe I'll find some tracks in the next few minutes that I like better.

The first group is The Phenomenal Hand Clap Band from NYC, based out of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. It's a 8 piece collective or DJ's/artists/musicians who got bored and needed an outlet of disco and psych-rock. When I first read their name, I had already fallen in love. The sarcasm and fun related to their name is just the kind of stuff I look for in music. The band seem like a bunch of hip ass kids from the city who know classic music/modern music but still have a pretty good time.

NPR says this about them. 'The Phenomenal Handclap Band fills venues with a mesmerizing sound and eight-person stage presence. The band is equal parts psychedelia, proto-disco, heavy rock ‘n’ roll, ‘60s soul and hip-hop – what NPR Music calls “a perfect mix of everything from the past 40 years of popular music.'
- NPR ‘All Songs Considered’

Phenomenal Handclap Band "15 to 20" Official Video from friendly fire recordings on Vimeo.

PHCB is also on tour right now with Simian Mobile Disco. Check the dates out.
Upcoming Shows( view all )
Sep 21 20098:00P
Night & DayManchester
Sep 22 20098:00P
Hoxton Bar & KitchenLondon
Sep 23 20098:00P
The FarmhouseCanterbury
Sep 25 20098:00P
Academy 2Dublin
Sep 26 200911:00P
The Rescue Rooms (Stealth vs. Rescued)Nottingham
Sep 30 20097:30P
Le National w/ BajofondoMontreal, Quebec
Oct 1 20098:00P
Paradise w/ BajofondoBoston, Massachusetts
Oct 2 20097:00P
Governor’s Island w/ Man Man & The Brazilian GirlsNew York, New York
Oct 4 20098:00P
9:30 Club w/ BajofondoWashington DC, Washington DC
Oct 16 20098:00P
Irving Plaza w/ ChromeoNew York, New York
Oct 30 200910:00P
Webster Hall w/ Simian Mobile DiscoNew York, New York
Nov 1 20098:00P
9:30 Club w/ Simian Mobile DiscoWashington DC
Nov 4 20098:00P
Metro w/ Simian Mobile DiscoChicago, Illinois
Nov 6 20098:00P
The Mod Club w/ Simian Mobile DiscoToronto, Ontario
Nov 7 20098:00P
SAT w/ Simian Mobile DiscoMontreal, Quebec
Nov 13 200912:00P
Making Time at PurePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

The next producer I want to write about is Loco Dice. He is a German electronic producer/DJ. He actually use to be a hip-hop DJ/Rapper. He opened up for Usher, Snoop Dog, R. Kelly and Ice Cube. Now he makes minimal-house with the likes of Ricardo Villalobos. This track I'm going to post is actually from 2006 but I just heard it again and fell in love. This song's more on the tech-house side, but still excellent. Loco Dice is known also as a talented Tribal-house DJ and the sound comes out in his producing. Listen to the shakers and congas. They're barley audible but I think that makes the song so much deeper.

If you see a photo of this guy, he looks hard as fuck. Looks like he'd kill you, full sleeves and all.

Still Going is one of the newer DFA additions and are a lot of fun to play out. They're like a playful disco treat. That's 2 playful disco tracks in one blog. Maybe I'm depressed and the only way out is silly disco tracks. I really hope not.

I've only gotten to hear 3 songs from the duo out of NYC, Still Going but I'm really excited for the full length. If you like what you hear, they just did a DJ podcast for Resident Advisor. Click the link the hear it.