Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Michael Sembello - Maniac (Extended Version)

This doesn't have anything to do with the holidays other than the fact that I have a crystal-clear memory of listening to the Flashdance soundtrack on my Sony Walkman while on a ski trip in the Rockies over Christmas 1984.

Michael Sembello - Maniac (Extended Version)

Fuck cowbell.  Give me more vocoder.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Kajagoogoo - Too Shy (Midnight Mix)

If you look at this picture long enough, sequin-farting unicorns will come flying out of your ass and barf rainbows and flavored condoms all over your laptop.

Kajagoogoo - Too Shy (Midnight Mix)

Lucky you.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

David Sylvian & Robert Fripp - Darshan Remixes

While I confess I never listened to their full length CD The First Day, I nonetheless adore this small collection of remixes from Sylvian and Fripp's 1993 collaborative period.

I'm not entirely sure I knew who Future Sound of London was when I first bought this EP.  I only knew I was still reeling from Sylvian's early solo works of the 80's.  I also remembered that Robert Fripp was credited with some synthesizer manipulations on Sylvian's devastating Gone To Earth Double LP, so really, snapping up this single was a no-brainer at the time.

There's a fascinating traffic jam of talent represented here.  Future Sound of London needs no introduction to followers of this blog.  Sylvian hails from the glam-emo outfit Japan, and Fripp is of course well known for his work with King Crimson, Blondie, The Talking Heads, David Bowie, and Brian Eno.

The Grid, a name with which I confess to be unfamiliar, is a collaboration between Dave Ball and Richard Norris.  Their names had a familiar ring, but I'm afraid I had to look them both up.  Ball has famously worked with Soft Cell, and Norris has done remixes for Chemical Brothers, Tracy Thorne, Badly Drawn Boy, Goldfrapp, and others.

More importantly to this blogger, Both Ball and Norris were both partially responsible for Psychic TV's late 80's acid madness, a sample of which is available for download here. (This is why their names rang a distant, broken bell.)  

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Who's Zoomin' Axel F

Welcome to Mashup Thursday.  I was up all night throwing this one together, so I hope you whores like it.

Aretha Faltermeyer - Who's Zoomin' Axel F.mp3

It borders on religious how well these two songs go together.

Friday, November 5, 2010

JUHYO & Seeking Wellness

I attended the screening of Daniel Schneidkraut's Seeking Wellness at the Minneapolis Trylon Microcinema last night.  JUHYO opened.  It was great.  I slyly recorded the first 7 minutes of their act on my phone.

JUHYO Snippet.mp3

[Edit: This link has not been removed because I did obtain direct and explicit permission from both the director and a member of JUHYO to post this clip via email.]

Actually, they played for about 30 minutes and then Seeking Wellness started as they were playing.  They continued to play for the first 20 minutes of the film, which consists of silent security camera footage.  The blend was utterly flawless.

I briefly spoke with Daniel Schneidkraut after the film.  It was an honor to meet one of the people behind the most disturbing film I've seen in years.  (A mutual friend gave me a copy last Halloween.)

While I was there I picked up a copy of the short film victory., the latest offering from Sepulchral Voice.  I just watched it minutes ago, and I think it's going to take a while to sink in.  My first impression is overwhelmingly positive.  I recommend you go to their website and pick up a copy.  While you're at it, buy some JUHYO.

Somebody has to support these psychos.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Halloween Wrap Up

Fuck off to all 41 people who downloaded my 2010 Halloween mixtape, whoever you are.  With the 41 downloads and the 200 hand-distributed CDs, I'm on my way to breaking last year's record of 253.  (I wish I knew how many copies wound up in the trash where they belong.)

It was a labor of smut, and I'm already dreading next year's.  (Stay tuned for an upload of the 2007 Halloween mixtape by request.)  Each successive mix gets more and more original, less and less sampley.  It's entirely possible that next year's mix will consist of 100% original material.  (Me barfing on dying homeless trannies is one idea being kicked around.)

By the way: If you listened to the entirety of this year's mix, you'll be dead within a week.  Not that anyone will miss you.

Shaye Saint John

What a cruel irony to find out about you, to delight in your obscenity, and the next day to learn that you're dead.

RIP, Shaye Saint John. I never knew you, but I feel like a part of me has been sawed off and ripped away.  I'll do The Hand Thing all day in your memory.  ("God!  What is that?")  I've ordered your DVD from Amazon.  It can't come fast enough.

Thank you Picture Is Unrelated for turning me on to Shaye in the first place.  I promise to remember Shaye the next time humanity makes me want to eat my own eyeballs.

We really can do amazing things if we try.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


This post has been moved to my new dark music / lit blog, Percival Ravenwood, Esq.

The new link for this post is here.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

God OD 12"

Now here's a band I tap way too much.  They were all over my Techno Acid Meltdown and Robot Dub Killer mixtapes earlier this year, but my relationship with MBM goes all the way back to the late 1980s.

The first time I heard them was -- I'm sure you guessed it -- on cassette.  A friend coped a bunch of their early works for me, and I took the tape out for an acid bike ride across the Twin Cities.  (What is it with me and the acid stories?)  So my first experience with MBM's undefinable Storm The Studio was in daze of sweat and micro dots that I'll never forget.  Shortly thereafter I went out and grabbed every CD and 12" single that I could lay my grubby little hands on, bought a fat quarter bag, and hunkered down.

God OD is the only single I've been able to find from the Storm The Studio period.  I'm also particularly fond of Re-Animator Part 1, which was not included in the God OD 12".  I'm including it because there are a few early David Bowie samples, and the Bowie references have been coming fast and furious lately.  It's for my boyfriend, really.  (Hi, Tom.)

Anyway, cheers.  Three more days 'til my Halloween mixtape drops.

Silver Shamrock.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Politics Of Ecstacy

The first time I heard songs from Psychic TV's acid period, I was hanging out at a friend's house higher than fuck on LSD and weed.  In a daze I wandered down to the basement den of the house, grabbed a tape at random, and played it on their stereo.  It was a bad copy of Psychic TV's epic Tune In (Turn On Thee Acid House) EP.  I was glued to the speakers.  It reprogrammed my brain in ways I'm still trying to figure out.

I was hooked.  I tracked down any project related to Psychic TV that I could find.  Fortunately, we had some kick-ass record stores in Minneapolis in the late 80's (imports galore), and I managed to get my hands on Jack The Tab and Tekno Acid Beat before the experimenting-with-acid period of my life sputtered out.  (I still haven't forgiven myself for selling my original pressing of Tekno Acid Beat for drug money.)

This EP showcases some of the finer moments of Jack The Tab.  I hope the flashbacks never, ever end.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Season Of The Witch

The season is almost upon us, and my 2010 Halloween mixtape is almost complete.  It will drop no later than October 1st

Last night I watched one of my favorite worst/best horror films, Halloween III: The Season Of The Witch.  Some of the audio bits inspired me to do one last quick crash-up for the mixtape, and I thought I'd share it with you here as a sneak peek.  You'll surely recognize the uber-annoying Silver Shamrock theme from your misspent youth.

Father Morning - The Third Commercial (Unmixed Version).mp3

(Father Morning is the chosen name for my alter-ego this time around.  Last year it was The Silly Doctor.)

I hope you enjoy this piece of b-movie audio trash as much as I enjoyed tossing it together.  Father Morning enjoys tossing a nice salad.

Broken/Head Over Heels (Preacher Mix)

This one took some real digging.  The best copy I could find was still far from CD quality.  Were it any other song, I would have stopped looking.

Head Over Heels is the same as the album version as far as I can tell, but Broken is extended.  Very lovely.

Tears For Fears - Broken/Head Over Heels (Preacher Mix)

I wish I had purchased this one the first time around!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Slow School Jungle Breakz

What if a twitchy arcade monkey with a penchant for drum and bass hopped in a time machine dialed back to the mid-1990s after taking too much ketamine?

The result, of course, would be a slow motion 8 bit journey through the jungles of England, with the likes of Gavin King, Danny Williamson, Clifford Price, and Rupert Parkes lighting the way.

Hardcore Math User - Slow School Jungle Breakz.mp3

Track list:

Aphrodite - Woman That Rolls
DJ Sole - Deal Wid It
A-Zone - Calling The People
The House Crew - Untitled
Goldie - Still Life
Hidden Agenda - Pressin' On
Amazon II - Bass Light
Art Of Noise - Kiss (Haitian Vampire Mix)
Photek - Third Sequence
Dillinja - Silver Blade
Smokey Joe - A Special Request
Chameleon - Links
Johnny Jungle - Johnny (Dillinja Remix)
Dom & Roland - Dawning
Optical - To Shape The Future
Blame - Centuries
Ken Ishii - Stretch (Shogun Remix)
Photek - Rings Around Saturn
Kinetix - The Stalking Moon (Technical Itch Remix)
J Majik - Arabian Nights

All tracks released 1994 - 1997.  Made with TwistedWave 1.9 and two yard bags of imaginary sinsemilla.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Howard Jones - The Balance Of Love (Give & Take)

I remember buying Howard Jones' One To One on cassette at a suburban mall record store all done up in pink triangles and green claw slashes.  I was 13 and completely in love with the (by then) ubiquitous Things Can Only Get Better.  Oddly the copy of One To One I wound up with didn't have You Know I Love You... Don't You? or (the insufferable) No One Is To Blame.  I seem to remember those coming out a bit later.

Howard Jones - The Balance Of Love (Give And Take)

Anyway, I couldn't find the MP3s from One To One anywhere (legally or otherwise) so as a last resort I ordered a used copy of the CD from Amazon.  Listening to these songs again is a revelation.  Most are dippy, some are fantastic.  This was the opening track on the cassette, and easily my favorite song that year.  It still sounds fresh and original to me now.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Adam F - Music In My Mind EP

I remember the way my life changed when Goldie prodigy Adam F dropped his full-length CD Colours.  At the time I was carrying my own PA system to dj at local clothing stores and trying my hand at jazz-influenced drum and bass at home.  I must have played Colours on a daily basis for six months.  (I still haven't recovered from Andy C's fucktartedly awesome remix of Circles.)  Colours was at the absolute pinnacle of intelligent drum and bass, right up there with D'Cruze's Control, Goldie's Timeless, and Alex Reece's So Far.

Here is one of the best songs on Colours, released as an EP in 1998 with some snacky remixes.

Adam F - Music In My Mind

Folder includes

The single moves seamlessly from a robot torch song to a sci-fi adventure, from a dark jazz jitterbug to a door knocking house anthem.  At the time I was heavily consuming tracks by Blame (longstanding member of the ubiquitous Good Looking empire) and Deep Dish, so this single is really a perfect microcosm of all the things that went right with electronic dance music in the second half of the nineties.  This CD single is, in many ways, the gold standard.

Monday, August 16, 2010

XTC - King For A Day (CD Maxi Single)

I was recently inspired to download and listen to Oranges & Lemons for the first time in years.  (The last time I listened to it was on cassette.)  Amazing!

Somehow I had the presence of mind to not only buy this CD single when I saw it, but to hold on to it all these years.

Contains remixes you won't find on YouTube or the iTunes Store.

Turn that frown upside down.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Billie Jean (Opolopo Remix)

Opolopo does it again. They served up a fantastic remix of Rock With You, and now they're back with an inspired revamp of Billie Jean.

This is what good networking gets you: Opolopo managed to get their hands on not one but two acapella versions of MJ hits.

Lucky us.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

My Love Is Your Love (Jonathan Peters Remix)

She might make a train wreck look pulled together by comparison, but there is no denying Whitney Houston's power when she was at her peak.

I've never been able to explain my immediate and overwhelming love for this song.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Dante's House

This post has been moved to my new dark music / lit blog, Percival Ravenwood, Esq.  

The new link for this post is here.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Don't You Care?

A little shameless self-promotion. This is a single that was recorded back in the day when I was playing footsie with Om Records in San Francisco.

Folder contains:

2. Don't You Care (Afro-Mystic Remix).mp3

(Also available as a zip.)

I don't know if Afro-Mystic ever released his version, but mine at least saw one vinyl pressing before my five minutes of fame was over.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Small Talk

Here's my new song. Made it this afternoon in five hours because I was bored.

Made entirely with my voice, manipulated only by pitch, delay, and reverb. Made on Snow Leopard using TwistedWave.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Class of '93: Robot Dub Killer

It's come the far reaches outer space to destroy humanity... after destroying a blunt.

Here comes the perfect combination of evil robots and smokin' dub music for the fourth installment of my Class of '93 mixtape series. Pulling audio from sci-fi thrillers, spaced-out ambient, and pitched-down techno from back in the day, Robot Dub Killer drops beats so heavy your squinty bloodshot eyes will roll right out of your head.

Class of '93 - Robot Dub Killer.mp3

Track list:
  1. Hardcore Math User - Forbidden Intro
  2. Meat Beat Manifesto - Original Control (Electro The Robot)
  3. GTO - Hasty Hare & The UFOs
  4. FUSE - Into the Space (Hardcore Math User Remix)
  5. Hardcore Math User - Robot Monster Interlude
  6. Meat Beat Manifesto - DJ Interruptus
  7. GTO - Dub Fire
  8. The Orb - Earth (Gaia) (The Black Hole Remix)
  9. GTO - Dub Killer
  10. Aphex Twin - 0181871
  11. Hardcore Math User - Perfect Female Interlude
  12. Griselda - Oxygen
  13. Orbital - Lush 3.2 (Hardcore Math User Remix)
  14. Kraftwerk - The Man Machine
  15. Polygon Window - UT1-Dot
  16. Aphex Twin - Dodeccaheedron
  17. Autechre - Bronchus 2
  18. Bernard Fevre - Earth Message
Fool humans. There is no escape.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Millennial DNB

Drum & bass caught my attention almost immediately after it's arrival on the UK scene. Actually, I was privileged enough to witness its evolution from techno, breakbeat, hardcore, and jungle over the first few years of the 90s. I've been a disciple ever since.

While there's something unique about every era of drum & bass, the millennial sounds are special. I couldn't possibly post all of the best drum & bass to come out on and around the year 2000, here are a few essential head knockers I could never live without.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Untitled, Not Unmixed

Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume II is worth a second listen if you only caught shards of it the first time around. It's subtle, sneaky, and almost too clever for its own good, but it's also one of the least patronizing ambient listening experiences you're ever likely to have.

I stumbled upon Four Tet's remix of Untitled (SAW 2 CD1 Track 1) on Soma FM's unbelievably cool cliqhop station this weekend, but I didn't recognize it until halfway through the song. It's one of the coolest Aphex Twin remixes I think I've ever found, and I can't stop listening to it.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Atjazz In The House

I first heard Atjazz in 1998. I spent the next six months tracking down every project I could find with his name attached to it. Some were good, some were forgettable, but then he dropped this remix for Carte Blanche Vol 1 in 2000, and all bets were off.

Beautiful melodies, crisp rhythms, and an attention to detail that would make Steely Dan's producer blush. A sonic fruit cocktail.


Friday, March 26, 2010

Class Of '93 - Techno Acid Meltdown

Here comes the 2nd installment of my Class of '93 mixtape series!

It wasn't enough to comb the back of the crate for the best breakbeat rave hysteria. I had to kick it up another notch and pull out all the hardcore, psychedelic techno I could find, stick it in the blender, and fuck the shit up.

Class Of '93 - Techno Acid Meltdown.mp3

Made with tracks exclusively from 1993 and back, this 80 minute long journey through acid will be a great introduction to the roots if you're young, and a flashback-inducer if you're not.

Track list:
  1. - Shall I Tell You My Dream?
  2. GTO - Let It Go
  3. Lords Of Acid - Rough Sex (Beltram Whip Mix)
  4. D:Ream - U R The Best Thing (Hardcore Math User Remix)
  5. FUSE - FU
  6. Depeche Mode - Pleasure Little Treasure (Join Mix)
  7. Psychic TV - Tune In (Turn On To Thee Acid House)
  8. GTO - Love Is Everywhere (Love Parade Mix)
  9. Art Of Noise - Close (To The Edit)
  10. Pat Krimson - Your Destination
  11. Art Of Noise - Moments In Love
  12. Digital Orgasm - Startouchers
  13. Age Of Love - Age Of Love (Watch Out For Stella Club Mix)
  14. Psychic TV - Alien Be-In
  15. The Carpenters - Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft
  16. AFX - .1993841
  17. Meat Beat Manifesto - Radio Babylon (Space Children Intro)
  18. Meat Beat Manifesto - Helter Skelter
  19. GTO - Art Of Motion
  20. Dangerous Zone - Transparent (Hardcore Math User Remix)
  21. Meat Beat Manifesto - Mindstream (Mind The Bend The Mind)
  22. FUSE - Substance Abuse
  23. NJoi - Never Let You Go
  24. DJ Doktor Megatrip with Luv Bass - Joy
  25. AFX - .942937
  26. Coil - The Snow (Driftmix)
A microdot fantasy awaits.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

A Hint Of Spring

For nearly all of 1993 to 2003, I was a devout disciple of the Good Looking empire. Hardly a release went by unnoticed. Their second Earth collection is one of my favorites, and we saw Bukem at his absolute finest on Cosmic Interlude.

Great music for watching winter melt into spring.


Monday, March 1, 2010

Calling Occupants...

I played this record over and over and over again when I was like eight. It was a harbinger, indeed.

To be layered over Psychic TV & Aphex Twin for the old-school techno mix. Here's a sample of what's to come.

The deadline for the mix release has been pushed back to after spring break. Hold tight, kids.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dirty Disco Paradise

It's so rare that I find out about new artists by hearing music in public. I first heard 10,000 Maniacs in a now long gone downtown Mpls Sam Goody in 1987. I first heard Everything But The Girl at the uptown Tatters the next year. I can count on one hand the number of times this has happened, when the band has become more than just a passing fancy.

It may have just happened again.

I was lucky enough to be sitting in a downtown Dunn Bros last weekend while they were playing the grooviest, dirtiest, horniest, most gorgeous synth disco I think I have ever heard in my life. I'm very glad I got up the nerve to admit to the mustached, teenage barista that I didn't know what he was playing, and would he care to enlighten me?

Turns out he was playing an album by a French duo called Black Devil (or Black Devil Disco Club, depending on which website you're visiting). I immediately looked them up upon returning home and was stunned to read their bio. I've only had time to absorb a few of their songs, but already, within the space of only a few days, this band has been a complete revelation to me.
Black Devil Disco Club - H-Friend

This is the audio equivalent of doing a few lines and watching some early 80's porn. On rollerskates.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Negative Girl

Favorite Steely Dan song. There isn't even a close second.

Some sublime shit right there. 

Friday, February 5, 2010

Dead Can Dream

I was a 4AD disciple in high school, so the entirety of Dead Can Dance's first CD has been written in permanent ink on my heart for two decades. (Mensch Machine, I remember you couldn't stop raving about it.)

So how fortunate I was that this song penetrated one of my dreams early on last night, and it rang out in my sleepy head for hours and hours. I could still hear it when I woke up.

Best DCD song ever.

Monday, February 1, 2010


About 18 months ago I mused -- half seriously -- to my composer boyfriend that were he ever to write a song for me, it should be called Algorithm. He surprised me last week on my birthday by giving me just what I asked for.

Every time I listen to it I can't shake the feeling that a young Siouxsie Sioux should start grunting and hooting at about the one minute mark.

It is a welcome addition to my sometimes dark and chilly library.


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Pogo - Upular Remix

This has got to be one of the coolest Pixar moments ever. Up is one of my favorite movies of all time, but the remix is somehow even better.


Monday, January 4, 2010

Old Forms

The future of drum and bass is behind us. The biggest leaps in style and sensibility were pretty much all locked down by the late 90s, and Roni Size / Reprazent was in on one of the biggest leaps of all.

In 1997 Reprazent released New Forms, and all bets were off. Having just found mainstream appeal with artists like David Bowie and Everything But The Girl, drum and bass took a darker, heroin-jazz infused turn on this iconic release. There simply wasn't anything else like it. There is no doubt that it cast one of the longest shadows in drum and bass history.

It still sounds fresh as hell thirteen years later. You can hear echoes of its influence even today, if you listen to the right djs. New Forms is truly a timeless treasure, and I'm honored to share a few tracks here tonight.
There are newer versions of some of these songs at the iTunes Store, but the originals still hold all the power of that moment in 1997, Roni's annus mirabilis. (None of the songs in the attached zip folder are currently available at the American iTunes Store, which allows me to employ the rather arbitrary label of "rare".)


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year From Sleazy!

I received a wonderful new year's present in the mail from Threshold House yesterday. Three cards made of hard glossy plastic featuring lovely photographs of young Threshold House boys and a 2010 toast on the back.

Threshold House is one of many independent record labels run by the remaining members of Coil. I purchased a few Coil MP3s in 2008 and 2009, so I must have received these cards because I was already in their database. Coil fans are super freaky when it comes to collectables; something tells me these cards will be worth a mint in a few years. (Sorry, I'm holding on to them.)

To mark the occasion I'm posting one of my favorite late Coil tracks. This song was released in 2004 on Black Antlers, one of the last full-length CDs released before Coil dissolved.

What a wonderful way to ring in the new year!