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.