Monday, August 28, 2006

Monday quick fix

I just wanted to take a few moments to introduce a few of you out there to this man. I get quite a few myspace friend requests from artists that I almost like, but this guy is really pretty good. I downloaded a couple of his tracks from his myspace account but so far they are all up for grabs. Minimal from the middle east.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Kirk Degiorgio, Esoteric

I have been a long time follower of Mr. Degiorgio's work. Not always the most pleased follower, as I found some of his attempts at Detroit homage a little lacking. Yet there always remained a spark that kept me coming back.
I think I first ran into him via Mo'Wax in the mid 90s and was recently reminded of his authority by a web page he put up detailing some of the greatest soul and r&b albums of all time. I got a lot of good selections off that list and my respect for his knowledge and insight increased tremendously.

I recently got his latest 12" and it is pretty amazing. In contrast to his earlier stuff, he attempts a disco track here and pulls it off incredibly well. Energetic, propulsive, and exciting I have already slotted it into my latest mix cds. I am going to give you his original mix but if you know anything about space disco you will get the whole thing in order to pick up the Spirit Catcher Remix or the equally fun but much more housey Jimpster Remix. Get it here.

Kirk Degiorgio, Esoterik - Starwaves

as a bonus, from a comp that came out some time ago on Hefty, here is Degiorgio remixing Phil Ranelin

"For The Children" Kirk Degiorgio - Offworld Mix - Phil Ranelin - Phil Ranelin Remixed

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Prima Norsk - Space Disco

Here is a little something I picked up this last weekend at Amoeba SF. As an aside the Amoeba on Haight Street is somehow much better than our humble Hollywood Amoeba, at least as far as the organization of the dance section goes. I was able to easily find what I was looking for without any confusion as to which genere I should be searching in, which always makes the record shopping experience more pleasent. My wife and I chalked it up to the temporary nature of life in LA. It was easy to tell that many of the employees of the Amoeba SF store had been there for ages and refined their sections precisely. In LA everyone is looking to move on to something better and the committment level at retail must not be very great.

Anyway, here is to a quality record shopping experience, and to celebrate here are a couple of quality cuts from great Norwegian artists.

Lindbaek & Lindstrom - Aliens in my pocket

Todd Terje - Bodies (Prins Thomas Orgasmatron)

Monday, August 21, 2006

Very busy now

I am starting grad school this week and getting up to speed is kicking my ass. Its probably that I have built grad school up in my mind to be some kind of super difficult thing more than anything. As with many things it is the anticipation more than the actual event that is the killer.

I have picked up some really odd and great music over the past couple of weeks that I am hoping to share soon as well as some stuff that I can't share quite yet, but when I do it will be great fun. Later this week I am going to throw some more quality nordic music out there thanks to this purchase. Its been out there a while but unavailable to me.

Tonight I just wanted to share a couple of tracks from back in 1993. I originally picked this up on cassette tape in a little second hand record shop in Camden and at the time it toally blew my mind. I think it bodes well that when I found it cheap last week in San Francisco both the kids started nodding along to it in the back seat and my seven year old even raised her hands in the air at the appropriate time.

Spooky - Little Bullet

Spooky - Orange Colored Liquid (this kind of reminds me of Higher Intelligence Agency)

Sunday, August 20, 2006


Just got back from a week in the bay area of rest and relaxation. Posts returning soon.

Friday, August 11, 2006

For the weekend

I have been loving some of the stuff over at recently. The spacey feel of some of the tracks they have been posting has just been killing it. In particular the Throbbing Gristle track from June 15 (Distant Dreams 2) and Champs Boys Orchestra Tubular Bells (Cosmic Mix) are an absolute necessity. I have heard tons of Throbbing Gristle and am actually familiar with this track from years ago. The timing of hearing them at this particular moment though is what provides the real impact.

Here are a few things of my own that their sound has me listening to:

Psychic TV - New Sexuality

Global Communications - 5 23 (Maiden Voyage)

John Barry - Fun City
from the Midnight Cowboy soundtrack

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Kompakt - Speicher 38

I haven't been giving Kompakt as much love as I anticipated when I first started this blog. At that time Kompakt was pretty much the alpha and the omega. Their string of releases was so strong and their reputation so legendary that I thought I would be spending a good chunk of time reviewing their tracks. Time and entropy can bring down the mightiest of houses though.
The fact that they handle their own online distribution probably contributes to my lack of coverage recently as well. I like to do my shopping online in one central location and for some reason I found their shop a little tedious to work with and switched to using beatport full time.
Well, their new Total comp is going to be out soon and word on the net is that it is going to be up to their old standards of greatness. I also recently got a copy of Speicher 38 (their hard dance sublabel) and my interest was rekindled once again.

Both tracks are pretty outstanding. and very different from one another. So to get some of you out there to purchase, I am only going to post one side so that you are forced to pick up the other. This is Oxia with the darker more industrial sounding track of the two.

Oxia - Future

Monday, August 07, 2006

Touch and Go 25th Anniversary

Found out about this upcoming festival a few months ago and just flipped. In the 80s and early 90s Touch and Go blew away most other indy labels out there. Their roster alone was unreal The Butthole Surfers, Big Black, Rapeman, Jesus Lizard the list goes on and on, literally the pantheon of golden age American "Alternative" Music. If you are a fan of music journalism you might have read "Our band could be your life," which documents this time pretty well. In any case the label has a festival coming up that documents their accomplishments both in the past and currently.
My friend Martin is travelling half way across the country just to see Scratch Acid (from my homestate Texas, more specifically Austin) and Big Black. Not so ancient readers of my site might know Touch and Go from CocoRosie or !!!, who are also playing.
(By the way, I can not say enough about how important Big Black was to me and my group of friends growing up so I won't even try. Just pick up a copy of The Rich Man's Eight Track and get blown away.)

!!! - Hello is this thing on

CocoRosie - Noah's Ark

Scratch Acid - Greatest Gift

Big Black - Jordan, Minnesota

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Connaisseur Recordings

Besides the Lindstrom that I picked up this weekend I also invested in a couple of main floor releases. I picked up the new Pan Pot ep on Mobilee (which is amazing) and this release from the previously unexplored Connaisseur Recordings. They are a young label with only a few 12"s to their name so far, but if this is anything to go by they bear watching.

This track is by Mariel Ito, which is a pseudonym for Erik Estornel better known as Maetrik for his recordings on Treibstoff and ILLmatic. This ep has a decidedly electro slant to it, but the 3 Channels remix I am featuring pulls in a jacking minimalist direction.

Mariel Ito - Lone Romantic (3 Channels Remix)