Friday, November 27, 2009

Class Of '93 - Rave Hysteria Mixtape

A friend and I just watched 24 Hour Party People tonight, and it made me think of all the old dance music I used to listen to in the early 90s. It also made me want to re-upload this mix I made last year, which I think is no longer accessible on iTunes.

While making this mix I combed my archives for every rave, trance, breakbeat, jungle, and techno song I could find that was made on or before 1993 that I didn't hate. I dropped them all in my laptop, pressed frappe, and out came this megamix of early 90s candy raver nostalgia.


Track list:

  1. Utah Saints - Something Good
  2. 808 State - Cubik
  3. The Prodigy - G-Force (Energy Flow)
  4. Energizer - Touch The Energy
  5. Snap! - I've Got The Power
  6. Turntable Symphony - Instructions Of Life
  7. Voodoo Child - Voodoo Child
  8. Altern 8 - Respect Is Due
  9. The House Crew - Keep The Fire Burning
  10. T99 - Anasthasia
  11. Isotonik - Different Strokes
  12. Altern 8 - Infiltrate 202
  13. Bay B Kane - Good Good Sensi
  14. Project One - Smokin
  15. Aphrodite - Break Of Day
  16. Meat Beat Manifesto - Radio Babylon
  17. Sonz Of A Loop Da Loop Era - Far Out
  18. Q Bass - Deepa (NRG Remix)
  19. Moby - Next Is The E (Victory Mix)
  20. Altern 8 - Brutal-8-E (Just-For-Rick America Mix)
  21. Awesome 3 - Don't Go (Kicks Like A Mule Mix)
  22. Messiah - There Is No Law
  23. First Project - Right Before
  24. Altern 8 - Frequency
  25. Ruff Rider - You And Me
  26. Bizarre Inc - Dangerous Women
  27. Ruff Rider - Dance Mutha
  28. The Prodigy - Music Reach
  29. Altern 8 - Underground (8 Till L-8 Mix)
  30. Haywire - Let Me Be Your Fantasy (No Fantasy Phase)
  31. Tarsk - Get On Up
  32. Niko - Oh Yeah
  33. Smart E's - A Most Excellent Choon
  34. The Hypnotist - Night Of The Living E Heads
  35. Orbital - Halcyon + On + On (Hardcore Math User Re-Edit)
  36. Liquid - Sweet Harmony
  37. Smart E's - Bizarrely Odd
  38. Kemical Kids - Oh No
  39. Crunch - Devo (Hardcore Math User Remix)
  40. LA Style - James Brown Is Dead
  41. Bizarre Inc - Plutonic
  42. The Future Sound Of London - Papua New Guinea
  43. Moby - Next Is The E 
  44. Moby - Next Is The E (Cool World Mix)
  45. Bizarre Inc - Raise Me (Ascension Mix)
  46. Messiah - The Future Is Ours
  47. Kicks Like A Mule - The Bouncer (Housequake Mix)
  48. Messiah - You're Going Insane
  49. Nebula II - Seance
  50. The Prodigy - Charlie (Trip Into Drum And Bass Version)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

With Apologies To Al Franken

So I'm taking a "How To Study" class this semester, which is really a "Get Off Academic Probation Free" class, but that's neither here nor there.

We're doing a section on pre-test anxiety, and our teacher asked me to read a script out loud to the rest of the class as a kind of brief, guided meditation to introduce the students to relaxation techniques. (Can you see where this is going?)

The teacher asked everyone to close there eyes, then turned to me and signaled for me to begin reading. Just before, I managed to sneak my iPhone out of my pocket and hit the audio record button, and I wove the resulting audio in with a Stuart Smalley tape from the 90s. Honestly, what I go through for you people.


The schmaltz factor was so high that I practically broke out laughing before I was halfway through. Anyway, if you like the Stuart Smalley bit, you can download the entire CD at audible.com.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Unfinished & Unreleased

I spent almost every free hour I had during the summer of 2003 archiving my back catalog. I had a few minor-label releases, but almost all of the songs I created never saw the light of day.

Here are two songs that almost made it. Recorded around 2002, each song was written for a vocalist, and Sabedoria Profunda is just screaming for a horn solo. At one point I even had a horn player and a vocalist lined up, but it never quite came together.

Contains the following tracks:
(Also available as a zip.)

The A&R departments of the labels I was working with at the time seemed unimpressed and encouraged me to work on something else. These two songs are unfinished and unreleased, but hopefully not unloved.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ash On The Trees

I stumbled upon this song while trolling for material for this year's Halloween mixtape.

I thought it was OK the first time I heard it, but it really hit me when I fell asleep while listening to it. By the time the second movement kicked in, I was lost in a full-on Lovecraftian nightmare.


Absolutely fucking brilliant.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween Thank You


Thank you to everyone who downloaded and/or enjoyed my 2009 Halloween mixtape! I had forty downloads, and 100 hard copies were distributed by hand to the flier tables of local cafes, second-hand clothiers, head shops, and music stores.

This has been the coolest Halloween ever.