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(no subject) [Apr. 1st, 2010|04:51 am]
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Hello freaks!
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(no subject) [Jun. 21st, 2008|04:43 am]
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I am totally amazed by the intense, unrelenting weirdness of some late 80s/early 90s UK rave.

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TAWO [Aug. 21st, 2007|05:50 am]
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Since it's been asked of me a quite a few times, I've decided to reupload the entire 12 volume minimal synth/new wave comp series The Anesthetic's Wearing Off. I've even included a bonus 13th volume! You can check out the track listings for all the volumes here: http://rogerlodge.livejournal.com/51875.html

Below are the d/l links for all the volumes . . . Happy downloading!

TAWO 1

TAWO 2

TAWO 3

TAWO 4

TAWO 5

TAWO 6

TAWO 7

TAWO 8

TAWO 9

TAWO 10

TAWO 11

TAWO 12

TAWO 13

Also, please let me know if you have any problems with Divshare. Thanks!
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(no subject) [Aug. 20th, 2007|12:13 pm]
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I havent seen Revenge of the Nerds since I was very little but I have a feeling that I must soon see it again. I never knew the title tune was soooo good. Thanks to susanbelle for tipping me off to this. Check it out! NERDS!


The Rubinoos - Revenge of the Nerds


D/L link: http://www.divshare.com/download/1661560-08c

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IN OTHER NEWS:
Hip-hop is dying. I blame it on MIMS. "This Is Why I'm Hot" is easily one of the worst songs I've ever heard in my life.
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(no subject) [Aug. 2nd, 2007|04:44 am]
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Song of the day:
Arnold Lane - No Collar


D/L link: http://www.divshare.com/download/1442253-f55
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(no subject) [Jul. 30th, 2007|10:41 pm]
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Song of the day:
Mark Lane - Das Nicht (Factory)
from the album Who's Really Listening? (1984)



D/L Link: http://www.divshare.com/download/1418409-aef

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In other news, a close college friend who lives in Austin visited NYC this weekend. It was comforting to know that despite the fact that I had not seen him in over a year, there were no awkward moments in our conversation. We basically just picked up where we left off. Anyways, he told me this hilarious story about how he went to a strip club (a wealthy friend of his didn't want to go alone so he offered to pay for his entrance and drinks) and had a stripper hit on him. At the end of the night she wanted to take him back to her place so they took a cab together. When they got to her apartment, she revealed that she was a HUGE Jandek fan and could not stop talking about him. The better part of the night was actually spent not being intimate but rather listening to Jandek. Only in Austin, I tell ya! Actually, nothing really ended up happening because she eventually kicked him out (she had a long distance boyfriend and suddenly started feeling pangs of guilt). But no matter, at least he got an interesting, odd story from it!
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(no subject) [Jul. 27th, 2007|11:49 pm]
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Enjoy the youtube mix! Can you believe that this is my first time hearing Elli et Jacno? I know, it's shameful. They are so amazing!

1. Elli et Jacno - Main dans la main


2. Expandis - Never Call Twice


3. Ensemble Pittoresque - Sound It Is


4. Das Kabinette - The Cabinet


5. Elli et Jacno - Anne cherchait l'amour


6. Suburban Lawns - Janitor


7. Martin Dupont - It's So

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(no subject) [May. 1st, 2007|01:43 pm]
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My goodness, how amazing is the Mutantsounds blog?!!! I've only recently gotten into the mp3 blog game but I'm trying to make up for it by going thru every single mutantsounds post and d/ling whatever seems interesting. So far, I've gone thru all of January, February and March. The hard part is not even d/ling the ridiculous amounts of uploaded material but rather listening to all the tracks and giving them their proper consideration. I'm sure i've d/led a lot of gems that I haven't been able to appreciate upon cursory listen. I've tried to limit my d/ls to minimal synth/wave stuff (I'm not a big fan of noise and I'll listen to the prog stuff later) because otherwise, I'd have way too much music to got thru. The great thing about this blog (and other blogs like it) is that it reminds me that there really is an overabundance of great music out there and I'll never be able to listen to it all. Tonight, I'll be playing some of my fave cuts from the blog (so far) on East Village Radio. I'll be guesting on Ceci's show "Radio Heart" which goes on from 10pm-12 EST. If you like synthy/wavy stuff from the early 80s at all, I think you'll enjoy it.

YESTERDAY, I watched Bill Cosby's "Leonard Part 6", often called one of the worst movies ever made. Oh damn, it must be seen to be believed. Seriously, throughout the whole movie you'll find yourself saying one thing over and over: "What were they thinking?!" The part where the villain unleashes her "vegetarians" and Bill Cosby fights them off by performing ballet moves is beyond the beyond.

What else has happened recently? Well, I DJed Pecha Kucha NY. Even though all I played served as background music for all the chatter (literally Pecha Kucha means "the sound of conversation"), it was still nice to expose the crowd to my current dance music fixations, namely Belgian New Beat and EBM. I really need to learn more about dancey EBM/industrial, preferably without shouting overly Teutonic vocals! Those become a little grating after a while . . .
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bacckkkkkk [Apr. 25th, 2007|03:32 am]
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[Current Music |EBM]

New York is sorta great, right? I moved here this March. During January and February, I lived in Jersey City. I haven't posted in quite a while but I sorta wish that was not the case. A lot of cool things have happened these past few months and now I feel like I've forgotten about most of em. I don't miss Miami at all. I still need a job, though, hahaha.

I'll try to be more diligent about updating this from now on. Whether anyone reads this is not a concern.

I live Crown Heights, Brooklyn now. Near me is an nigerian restaurant where you can order gigantic snails with black wings(!) like bats and about 2,300 different yam dishes. Also near me is a place where you can buy live poultry (for ritualistic sacrifice?). ALSO near me is a large hasidic jewish community. One of the jewish restaurants serves the most amazing shawarma i have ever eaten.

One cool thing that has recently happened is that I recently formed a band with 2 other people. We have yet to decide upon a name so if anyone has any suggestions, feel free to give em.
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James Brown is Dead . . . Or is He? [Dec. 25th, 2006|10:09 am]
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(no subject) [Dec. 21st, 2006|04:35 pm]
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Nothing much to say but here are some links that I felt like sharing:

Style Wars - http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5065949310221269915
A 1983 documentary on graffiti that you absolutely must see if you haven't already.

Party Monster: The Shockumentary - http://youtube.com/watch?v=3VBNxvIu4-M
A documentary on Michael Alig and the "Club Kids" scene.

Riot Grrrl Retrospective - http://youtube.com/results?search_query=riot+grrrl+retrospective&search=Search
Somewhat cool documentary series on the Riot Grrrl scene. I think the scene deserves a much better doc but this will do for now. Oh man, I used to be SOOOO into Riot Grrrl during late high school/early college. Hmm, now I feel like listening to some Bratmobile for the first time in . . . years?

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Also, today I bought my one-way plane ticket. I am totally moving! I'm so excited!! I leave on the 4th of January.
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stuffthingsobjects [Dec. 20th, 2006|03:44 pm]
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Oh those crazy kids with their roller shoes! What will they think of next? While we may be tempted to cast this off as yet another dumb pre-teen fad, I must admit that I am slightly intrigued by these shoes. Just imagine, one minute you're just a regular joe trying to make your way through the urban jungle and the next minute, you're a rolling, seemingly gliding, FREE SPIRIT without a care in the world! Umm, at least that's how I perceive it.

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American fundamentalists are a peculiar species. I try to, but I'm not sure if I'll ever understand them:
http://www.thenation.com/doc/20061127/joyce

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From Nov. 20 till Dec. 7, I was in my old hometown of Lima, Peru. I had not been there for 3 years so it was nice to go back. One of the things that I love about Peru is the FOOD. I think it's safe to say that Peruvian cuisine is the best in Latin America. I assume that everyone of you (nonvegetarians) has at least tried "ceviche", right? I mean, Peruvian food is getting more popular, right?

I also jammed with my younger brother who lives in peru. He's actually a very skilled drummer and is going to LA this March to study music. His musical influences are very different from mine (he's into John Mayer, for example) but it was still fun to play with him. Speaking of music, I scored a cool mini-xylophone and a melodica during my peru trip. I've decided that I want to begin a collection of whimsical, fun instruments and I'd say that a melodica is a good start! Oh, while in Peru, I also managed to finish up a tune and add it to my music profile . . . check it out!

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After I got back from Peru, I decided to get serious about this whole moving-out-of-miami thing. Well, I've now found a place in the NYC-area so I'm about 90 to 95 percent sure that I'm moving out early January. Hooray! The plan right now is to be in Jersey City for two months and then move to Brooklyn. I'm actually moving in with someone I know from Chicago so that's cool. It seems like i'm entering a new phase in my life and I hope, hope, hope that everything works out. If for some reason I don't fall in love with NYC, then I'll give LA a try.

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Things that I need to research more:
80s industrial
c86 and related bands
Reggae (i used to listen to reggae quite often during my soph. year of college . . . I totally need to get back into it!)
new age, yes NEW AGE . . . i sorta have this idea of coming up with a revisionist history of new age. If this means listening to a lot of Enya then so be it. Actually, the roots of New Age are pretty respectable (for example, the genre was initially took inspiration from minimalist artists such as LaMonte Young).

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I still miss Berlin a lot. Two days ago, I even made myself some currywurst.

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A 13th Volume of The Anesthetic's Wearing Off is coming up! YUP.

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Download this super-amazing reggae tune right now! You will not be sorry. I just love the lil' synth chirps on this.

Love Joys - "One Draw"
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(no subject) [Nov. 8th, 2006|06:38 am]
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Oh yeah, one more thing, throughout the trip, I couldn't stop talking about the bay area "hyphy" movement. While I don't know as much as people from the Yay Area like babyalive, I am much more culturally literate about it than I was a few weeks ago. I just love how these very distinct, localized hip hop scenes, complete with their own terminology and social rituals, can develop. Musically however, I think that the Houston screwed scene is better at least for now. Still, I must say that few things look as cool as someone (properly) ghost riding the whip!

Also, if anyone wants to recommend any hyphy tunes that would be swelllll!
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(no subject) [Nov. 8th, 2006|06:17 am]
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[Current Music |automatic entertainment]

Are you or have you ever been . . . a goth? Feel free to talk about it! Over the past year, my opinion of gothic (sub)culture has improved. Sure, there's a lot to dislike about the goths but in some way but it's somewhat reassuring that you can find them practically everywhere in America. It doesn't matter if you are in the reddest, most bible-thumping town in the US, you'll still be able to find a clique of pale (naturally or via makeup), dorky kids dressed all in black and, by golly, that just warms the cockles of my heart! Also, the coolest ones kept the Minimal Synth flame alive when no one when else was listening and I can't thank them enough for that!


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I visited NYC again this weekend and, as expected, I had a wonderful time. On Thursday night, I went to this authentic Sichuan Chinese restaurant in Queens and made an important discovery: SHRIMP HAVE LEGS! HAHA! You see, I'm not a huge fan of shrimp but I'd like to think that I've experienced them in both "low" and moderately "high" settings and in both cases there were no legs on my shrimp. At first I thought that I was crazy but after proclaiming my utter shock to the table, one or two people hesistantly came forward and also admitted that they had never eaten shrimp with legs. I'm not crazy! So now I'm wondering why errbody takes out the shrimp legs. Are shrimp legs that unaesthetically pleasing to the Western mind(tummy)set?

Oh, after the meal, Beverly, Faryal, Sarah and I went to ISS at the Sanctum room of the Tribeca Grand. If you are ever bored in NYC on a Thursday night, please go to ISS, the music the played was EXCELLENT. Dancing at the ISS also reaffirmed my belief in the fact that "Diamond Girl" by Nice & Wild is one of the greatest musical triumphs of mankind.

Ok, now I'll just breeze thru the rest of the days just to keep this entry somewhat short. I spent the early part of the day in Scarsdale/White Plains, which was relaxing. A lot of the plans for that night fell thru but I still had a fine time, nevertheless. Saturday, I ate at an extremely good + cheap ($4.50 entrees!) malaysian restaurant in Chinatown. Afterwards, we saw the Borat movie. the movie wasn't as good as I thought it would be b/c I was ONLY dying of laughter half the time. The other half was spent MERELY laughing my ass off. But seriously, you must see this movie. There is one scene that manages to be both the most repulsive and hilarious thing I've ever seen. Those of you that have watched the movie know exactly what I'm talking about. Afterwards, I saw Finally Punk and they made me miss Austin all over again. Kinda wish one of the members, Vron, still kept an LJ. After that, there was some dancing at an LES bar that was recommended by Dan Selzer.

ANYWAYS, after I came back to Miami, I felt a bit depressed. I really don't want to be here anymore. Since I've saved quite a bit of money, I only need to take care of a few things before I can move. This is vastly different from the situation even a few months ago. The thing that worries me about NYC is the fact that it is so gosh darn expensive! I seriously need to visit LA and see if that city is more my style. If both LA and NYC don't work out, then I guess I could go to Austin although I would really rather live on the coast. Ok, that's enough rambling for now, bye!
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tidbits [Aug. 26th, 2006|06:04 pm]
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1) Recently, my friend Emily and I went to a psychic's house. The psychic is apparently often on the Spanish language channel Univision so she's quite well-known. Despite the fact that I'm an atheist and do not believe in psychics, I thought it'd be interesting to go. The funniest part of the night came when the psychic told us she spoke to dolphins. It sorta went like this:

PSYCHIC: I speak to dolphins all the time. They are wonderful creatures!
EMILY: How do you speak to them?
PSYCHIC: I communicate with them telepathically.
EMILY: Do you often go and visit the dolphins?
PSYCHIC: Sometimes I do but I don't have to. I mostly speak to them through the computer.

Yup, I'm still trying to wrap my head around how one could "speak" to dolphins through the computer! If you guys come across any dolphin-human telepathy chatrooms, please let me know!

2) I uploaded some videos from Minimal Wave that didn't seem to be on Youtube. Hopefully it'll save them some bandwidth! Anyways, you should totally check em out.


Los Iniciados - Marca de Anubis
You must see this if you haven't already done so! It's an amazing song+vid from an Aviador Dro side project.


Buzz - Kennedy

Buzz was a french band from the mid-80s that originally had a more minimal sound (you really should check out their demos!) but eventually released a fine industrial synthpop 12" that had the songs "Picasso" and "Kennedy" on it. BTW, the earlier, minimal synth version of "Picasso" is actually on Vol 12 of The Anesthetic's Wearing Off if you feel like checking that out.

3) I am happy to report that Miami actually has a minimal synth scene! This week, I attended a concert by this local group called Opus Finis. Their sound was on the more severe, gloomy end of the minimal synth spectrum although the steady, delightfully tinny (yet very "warm") beat of their analog drum machine ensured that every song would have an addictive rhythm. I spoke to Ramiro, one of the guys in the band, afterwards. He told me that he's VERY into minimal synth and knows all the major collectors (the only one he mentioned that I recognized was Herve). He's also good friends with Veronica of East Village Radio. Oh, the person who invited me to this event was this dude named Carlo whom I once heard DJing stuff like Esplendor Geometrico, Mittageisen, and Sun La Shan at club in the Design District. Anyways, it makes me happy that there are people like that in this city! It'll make my last few months here much more enjoyable. I am now once again inspired to make music b/c I no longer will be doing it in a vacuum. Yay!

4) Here's a bangin' NY house track from 1990:
33 1/3 Queen - Searchin'

I'm sure that at the time, this absolutely tore up the dancefloor. Heck, it might still do that today!

5) Chad A. has started a blog dedicated to Zolo music and art. Check it out if you are interested in quirky 80s zaniness.
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(no subject) [Aug. 24th, 2006|11:20 am]
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It's weird how his closest male celebrity look-alike also died of a drug overdose at a young age.
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(no subject) [Aug. 17th, 2006|11:08 am]
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[Current Music |Human Backs - Pulse Music]

As promised, here are volumes 11 and 12 of The Anesthetic's Wearing Off. As in previous installments, the music here is minimal synth and new wave with a dash of postpunk here and there. Enjoy!

BTW, "Pulse Music" by the Human Backs is totally my theme song right now!

TAWO Vol. 11

Vol. 11 Tracklist

1. Fun With Animals - Test of Love and Sex
2. Reverse - Greed
3. Chandra - Opposite
4. Bona Dish - Actress
5. Devil's Dykes - Fruitless
6. Pelvic Thrust - The Night Is Not Bad
7. Comateens - Ghosts
8. In Camera - Final Achievement
9. Shampoo - Stock
10. 700 Club - Smog Heaven
11. G-Spot - Idol Worship
12. Comateens - Overseas
13. Experiments with Ice - Toy Joy
14. Red Tapes - Present Tense
15. Bedtime for Bonzo - Adum Eko
16. Wonders of Science - Let's Start a Rumour
17. Animal Things - Wanna Buy Some
18. Modern Living - Drink is a Drug
19. Partly Cloudy - Fucked
20. Ptôse - Ecraser La Vermine
21. The Loved One - Observations
22. Boptronics - Another Life
23. Informatics - Hungry Pets
24. Phew - Closed
25. Analoid - Sans Issue
26. Holy Toy - Wojtek

TAWO Vol. 12

Vol. 12 Tracklist

1. Human Backs - Pulse Music
2. Peter Synthetik - Captain Berlin
3. 18e Oktober - Stömavbrott
4. Jeanette und das Land Z - Pouppee De Cire Pouppee De Son
5. Ivan Cattaneo - Italian Slip
6. Alaska y los Pegamoides - Horror en el Hipermercado
7. Zino Euke & the Humanoids - The Sky Is Falling
8. Telefones - Stop Rudy Stop
9. Christian Lunch - Tears f.j.w.
10. Big Hair - Over You
11. Paper Faces - Riding a Bomb
12. Anno-nym - NDT, NDW
13. Kas Product - Pussy X
14. Iron Curtain - Terror Story
15. The Party's Over - Crash
16. Kan Kan - Phone Call
17. Shanghai Au Go Go - Un-Compatible
18. El Aviador Dro - Varsovia en Llamas
19. Buzz - Picasso (demo)
20. Adn Ckrystall - Tam Tam Samba
21. Ausgang Verboten - Joy and Erase
22. Bill Nelson - Quit Dreaming and Get On the Bean
23. 262 - For Fun and Profit (excerpt)

p.s. This is my first time using megaupload so if it's annoying/slow/whatever, please let me know.
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(no subject) [Aug. 10th, 2006|11:29 am]
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A minor update:

(1)This Sunday I snagged a 15 inch, 2.16 GHZ Macbook Pro! This is my first time owning an Apple computer. It's about time I made the switch! So far, I am digging my new machine although it does tend to run a bit hot. I guess that's why they call it a notebook and not a laptop. Today's high-end notebooks are very fast and therefore become too hot to comfortably put on your lap.

(2)I decided about two weeks ago that my next major trip is going to be to . . . CHINA! I have a friend who lives in Shanghai so I don't have to worry about finding a place to stay. The trip probably won't take place until the end of the year but I should start researching the country now. I can't wait to see the new culture that is emerging in China.

(3)Going to China will be wonderful and it will also be my first time in Asia. This fits into one my life goals: to party in all seven continents. Once the China trip happens, I will have partied in FOUR continents. I actually know someone in Australia so partying there should be easy. As for Africa? Well, I could attend the next World Cup which is taking place in South Africa. I'm not even a big fan of the "Beautiful Game" but the World Cup is such a crazy, multinational event that you can't help but be intrigued by it.

The only real challenge will be partying in Antarctica but I'm determined to make it a reality! How awesome would it be to have some vodka tonics with a small group of friends while standing on a glacier? Heck, I don't care if my only fellow partygoers turn out to be the penguins (which actually seem like pretty decent "party animals", ha), it will happen! And that picture of me living it up, Antarctica-style, with my newfound penguin friends will be great!!
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(no subject) [Aug. 2nd, 2006|11:16 pm]
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So guyzzz, since I'm sort of bored at the moment, I've decided to make not one but TWO more volumes of The Anesthetic's Wearing Off, my lil' minimal synth/new wave mp3 comp series. It's been a while since I've made a new volume of TAWO so the series is definitely overdue for an update. Also, you better believe that the tracks on Volumes 11 & 12 are gonna be HOT! In the meantime, I will share with you a song that is unfortunately too long to put on a comp. It's by Die Domina's and the song is called "I Bin a Domina".

Die Domina's - I Bin a Domina

Oh, and here's an awesome 80s tune that sounds like icy postpunk funk made with actual club music production values. It's a wonderful combination that was unfortunately somewhat rare at the time. The only other example that I can think of right now is Christiane F.'s "Wunderbar" and we all know how wonderful that song is!: Kazino - Binary

Oh yes, also check out this Cardiacs video.

A few things about public restrooms that really get my goat:
1. Bathroom Attendants (I really can't see their purpose. I don't need any help washing and drying my hands, thank you very much! I hate tipping for something that I'd rather do myself. Unfortunately, it's impossible to get away from them in Miami; they are EVERYWHERE.)
2. Self-flushing toilets (http://www.slate.com/id/2137256/)
3. Lidless Toilets(What the hell? While most public restrooms nowadays have paper toilet seat covers, it's ridiculous how universally accepted the completely unhygienic lidless toilet has become! When you flush a lidless toilet, tiny particles of your urine and feces are expelled outwards and begin to circulate in the air. remember reading about this in-depth in an article that I unfortunately lost the link to. Whenever I enter a restroom with lidless toilets [a neccessary evil since that's the type of restroom my work has], I am fully aware that I am breathing in microscopic bits of someone else's feces and urine. I hate it!)
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(no subject) [Jul. 16th, 2006|12:57 am]
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Well, it's been over a month since I left dear ol' Berlin so I guess I should've done a post about it by now! I really do miss being there. For some reason, you feel much more civilized in the sense that you feel like society over there actually respects humanity, warts and all. This is in stark contrast to American society where, in general, it really is all about joining the rat race and maximising profits. I would classify Berlin (can't speak for the rest of Germany) as a city that promotes a Culture of Leisure while America most definitely has a Culture of Convenience (I guess I should explain this a little further at some point!). Of course, both cultures have their advantages and disadvantages, but places such as Berlin are probably more conducive towards becoming a fully conscious, thinking human being.

In America, I was very impressed by certain cities such as Austin to be so leisurely and easy-going. However, even Austin is nothing compared to Berlin. Despite the stereotype of Germans being uptight, I found Berlin to be the most laid-back city I've ever been in. The city is so relaxed that you slowly begin to realize that the quasi-neurotic hang-ups that you harbored back in the States were completely groundless. For example, during the trip I went to this coed Turkish bathhouse and, at first, I thought that it might be a bit awkward being completely nude in front of a bunch of strangers. I realized after the first two minutes that there was very little awkwardness involved in the situation. Now that I look back on it, the Turkish bath was actually one of my favorite moments of the trip! Different people of all ages and classes should probably be naked around each other more often (in safe, nonsexual settings, of course). I can't help but think that it would promote sanity and well-being! No, I am not a hippie.

I must say that Berlin is an extremely safe city. For example, at one point, Sarah C. and I were getting off at the Neukoln subway stop to go to a party and, hearing that Neukoln was the really "bad" area of Berlin, I was slightly worried that we might run into problems. I was quite taken aback when, once we got off the subway stop, the first thing we saw was . . . The Body Shop. So yeah, I told Sarah to keep a lookout in case any Turkish gangsters might be packin' loofahs. Speaking of the Turks, my favorite areas of Berlin invariably had a moderate to heavy Turkish presence. The Turks have so woven themselves into the cultural fabric of the city that I can't imagine Berlin without them. I regret not doing as much Turkish cultural exploration as I would've liked (too busy with the German stuff, I guess) but the next time I'm in Berlin I'll be sure to make up for it.

There are literally a million more things to say about Berlin (for example, this trip made me feel like i'm irrevocably american, for better or worse) but I guess I'll stop there for now. Ok, here are some pics of the trip taken by Beverly:

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(no subject) [Jun. 25th, 2006|09:54 pm]
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[Current Music |Ultra Vivid Scene]

A while ago, I wrote an entry on late 80s/early 90s retro culture. I am now finally beginning to research that time period in earnest. This is similar to the time when I wrote about the idea of italo disco but didn't begin researching it till many months later. One of the things that I've noticed about the late 80s/early 90s (pre-nirvana) is how many musicians turned to the 60s as source of musical inspiration. After the jarring, experimental and icy postpunk era had run out of steam, many indie bands began making raucous neo-garage tracks filled with youthful, dyonisiac energy (it was no surprise that one of the main neo-garage labels of the time was Dionysus Records). Other underground bands took their cues from the Velvet Underground and began experimenting with both noise and pop. Only this time, unlike the VU, which usually had separate "noisy" and "pop" songs, the groups of the time were much more explicit about uniting such seemingly divergent musical tendencies within the same song. Probably the most well-known proponent of this (once) new noise pop was the Jesus and Mary Chain. After a while, some noise pop groups began taking inspiration from the blissed-out psychedelic characteristics of some underground 60s music and this eventually led to the intoxicating, ethereal sound of shoegazer. While I have not heard much shoegazer yet (but I will!), I can't imagine any band in the genre surpassing the heights set by My Bloody Valentine. It's a cliche thing to say but Loveless really is an amazing album. Also, if you look at the music video for "Soon", you can see the female member of MBV dancing in a VERY hippie-ish manner as if she was some "nature girl" trying to "feel the vibes, mannnn". BTW, I love "Soon" and the video for it.

Due to the technological requirements of the genre, the acid house rave scene (most prominent in the UK) of the time derived very little musical inspiration from the sixties. However, the acid house explosion made up for that by being EXTREMELY 60s-inspired in terms of spirit. For the first time in a long time, it was not corny for members of a youth subculture to express positivity and a love for everyone. While these good feelings were indeed influenced by Ecstasy, the outright positivity of the scene cannot be attributed to that pill alone. I've taken X and , while I did feel good while on it, I can't imagine it having the power to start a whole vibrant musical movement where people start acting silly and unselfconscious while shamelessly wearing headgear straight out of the Cat in the Hat! It's more like the pill merely enhanced the feelings and tendencies that were already there.

I leave you now with a noise pop gem circa '88. Here's a video for Ultra Vivid Scene's "Mercy Seat":

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Y7th7Hj-1QY

Oh, and here's a rave-tastic vid!:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=3Ti3C8vXYYY
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(no subject) [Jun. 6th, 2006|10:24 pm]
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Hey dudes, I am in Berlin. I just wanna say that I'm having LOTS of fun. Berlin is definitely cooler than any american city. NYC cannot compare to Berlin at all! At certain times, it almost seems like half of the population of this city is some weirdo artistic type. Also, they respect bikers here! You can bike in Berlin without any fear of getting run over! OK, there are many more things to mention but I'll just say that Berlin is so awesome that it's gonna be very hard to go back to American society.

Also, for the fellow latinos out there . . . I just found out that "schnitzel" = "milanesa" . . . . WHOA!!!

(morning after edit: ok, so this is a very superficial drunk analysis but I'll let it stand b/c well, whatever!)
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(no subject) [May. 7th, 2006|03:40 am]
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In response to the flurry of commercials . . .

Look kids, when I was a teen I did try Proactiv. That shit doesn't work. The only thing that cured my past acne problems was Accutane. However, I wouldn't recommend Accutane since it dries out your skin to an absurd (and somewhat painful) degree.
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(no subject) [Mar. 14th, 2006|11:04 pm]
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[Current Music |knight action]

OK, so two nights ago I had a dream where my left eyeball fell out. This dream disturbed me terribly for some reason. The next day, on the way home from work, a piece of dirt got into my left eye and it kept on irritating me until about an hour later when I got home and washed it off with some water. Dirt almost never gets into my eye - or at least not enough to cause irritation - so this was an odd event for me. Today, I came across an article that dealt with eyeballs popping out of their sockets. I am not superstitious in any way but all of these events have made me ever so slightly worried about my eyeballs popping out of their sockets. Geez, I hope it doesn't happen! I like my eyes!

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I'm going to be in Austin from Thursday till Sunday - SXSW time. I don't have a badge and am looking for fun things to do despite that fact. Please give me the inside dope, you people in the know!!! One of the SXSW shows I hope to be able to attend is Afrirampo. I have only heard one of their songs but the grapevine (aka friend who lives in Tokyo) tells me that they're an amazing act. Maybe their SXSW show won't be too crowded with badgepeople?

The main reason I didn't shell out for a badge is that I'm also paying for my tickets to Berlin this month. I'm visiting Germany in June and I am totally excited about it. I NEED to get out of America, big time. If the USA ever becomes too suffocating, I am sooooo moving to Berlin. Yes, I should probably start learning some German soon. I took some German classes in high school but can't remember too much of it now. I've always been somewhat fascinated with certain aspects of German culture and I think this trip will amplify that.

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One ridiculously awesome 80s dance tune for you guys:

Knight Action - Single Girl
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(no subject) [Mar. 6th, 2006|03:34 am]
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[Current Mood |drunkdrunk]
[Current Music |Bucketheads - The Bomb]

Ohmygoodness, I was in the mood for reminiscing so I just listened to a tape of a college radio show I did with my friend Faryal. It contained all the typical cool college radio stuff circa 2002 like Malaria!, Vanity 6, Fad Gadget, The Normal, etc. However, we had one _very_ inspired song selection. We totally played Madonna's "Justify My Love"! Ohmygoodness, I never really appreciated the over-the-top, forced provocativeness of that song until now. It's so ridiculous that I love it. I totally got to get back into the DJing game if only to play "Justify My Love" and confuse the hell out of people. Anyways, this fits into my whole desire to learn more about the weirdness of the early 90s. Madge notwithstanding, I'm mostly interested in early 90s house . . . I'm ashamed to say that I really haven't researched the early 90s house scene enough to get an accurate gauge of its style/aesthetics/way of being . . . I guess the most obvious reference points would be Lady Miss Kier and rest of the Dee-Lite gang and the Club Kids. Yes, this is sadly obvious. I think the fact that I'm still in love with 80s music movements (such as minimal synth) keeps me from delving head on into the early 90s. This will change eventually, however.

Also, why are so many people discovering the greatness of McCartney II all of a sudden?
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(no subject) [Jan. 27th, 2006|12:42 am]
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Make up your mind
Make up your mind!
And I'll promise you
I will treat you well
My sweet angel
So help me, Jesus

(hey, hey, hey)

Give it up to me
Give it up to me
Do you wanna be
My angel?
So help me!


So lately, I've found myself singing this song few times throughout the day. I don't know why.

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I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before but when I was a young boy in elementary school, the music I LOVED was house and miami bass. I was obsessed with the local dance music station and stayed up everynite to hear DJs such as Phil "Money" Jones and Lazaro Mendez (now known as DJ Laz). I remember making over 40+ cassette tapes of DJ recordings. At the time, I sorta knew that the DJs played records but couldn't figure out how they produced all those "crazy" sounds. I thought that the DJs possessed a giant box filled with hundreds buttons and each button produced a different "crazy" sound. I remember being especially fond of the siren alarm sounds in certain house music tunes (actually, if you can tell me about any old school house tracks with siren sounds, please let me know . . . I know that there are quite a few). After school, I would often just lay on my bed, perfectly still, for hours and try to imagine the perfect DJ mix, full of as many crazy sounds as possible . . .

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I finally relented and got a cracked copy of Ableton. I really wanted to pay for Ableton but, ultimately, I don't think I can see myself ever paying $500 for a piece of software. If it was around $200 or so, it'd be a different story. So far, I'm really digging it and consider it a much better tool for innovative DJing than, say, Traktor.

On the hardware end, I just got a Korg ES1mkII. It's a sample-based drum machine that I've now loaded up with vintage drum machine samples. That way, I can get the sound of the CR78 or Mini Pops w/o the collector scum prices! As you can probably tell, I'm not really obsessed with authenticity when it comes to music tools. I find it highly suspect when people ramble on and on about such things as getting the "correct" vacuum tube amp in order to get the "correct" guitar tone. I find such talk highly boring since you can make good (or awful) music with just about anything. With that said, my next piece of music gear will probably be a real-deal analog synth simply b/c if you want substractive synthesis done right, you need analog. Which is not to say digital's bad, heck no! For example, if you want to do FM synthesis, you need a digital synth. I've never actually experimented much with FM synthesis but I heard it's amazing. Is the Yamaha DX7 really the best of show as far FM synths go or are there better options? Also, which analog synth would ya'll recommend? Right now, I'm leaning towards a Roland Juno 60 (with midi retrofit) or a Sequential Circuits Prophet 600.

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If you have yet to check out Minimal Wave, do so now. The site is still relatively new but it's very promising. If I were in NYC right now, I'd be checking out Veronica's (the owner of Minimal Wave) DJ set at the Cake Shop. Darn.

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(no subject) [Dec. 18th, 2005|01:06 am]
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Contrary to popular belief, "Laffy Taffy" is not the dumbest song out there (actually, I think it has its charms). That "Smile for me Daddy/Lemme see your grill" tune is much dumber (and completely charmless).

Let's just pretend that "My Humps" does not exist.

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So I went to Austin a few weeks ago. It was great and I left thinking "Damn, I gotta get out of Miami!" This city is really not for me. I could probably get some enjoyment from this city if I had a _car_ but (a) they cost a lot of money and I'm actually trying to save up for my eventual move and (b) I kinda hate cars anyways. Right now, I'm fortunate enough to be in a good job that I enjoy for the most part. It's sort of a minor miracle that I've actually been able to function in the working world given my internal weirdness. In a week or two, I'll have cleared just about all my debt so I'm pretty psyched about that. Afterwards, the savings will pile up since I barely spend any money and _THEN_ I'll move! I'll probably move sometime early summer. At least that's the plan for now. Life can be unpredictable.

My favorite moment in the ATX was, just like my last visit there, eating a Bowl of Red at the Texas Chili Parlor while sippin' on a few rum and cokes. It seems like Texans are so obsessed with BBQ that they've totally forgotten about the wonders of their chili. I love Texas Chili!!

I also enjoyed the partay at Irongate Studios although I was a bit surprised by the sheer amount of white-boy gangstas on display. It was kinda disturbing, actually. I talked to the Old Timerz, 2/3 of CBA, and a tiny bit with v.ron (who's finally punk after all these years!) . . . they all seemed very cool. Talking with Patrick was awesome. The dude is down with the weirdness and eccentricity and, of course, I love that! He suggested that I read some Raymond Queneau which I will do as soon as I'm done with this novel I'm currently plowing through.

Going to TX is sorta like a homecoming in a weird way. This is because I once lived there! You see, I was
born in Lima, Peru but didn't stay there for long. When I was 3, my parents divorced and then my mom and grandma moved to Mexico for a few months. When I was four, we crossed the Rio Grande into the US illegally and stayed in Laredo and then Houston for a few months before taking a bus to Miami. Yup, I'm totally a wetback! It's not exactly something to be proud of but I'm not ashamed of it either. I just find it sort of amusing.

It was really great seeing Sarah again although the visit was a little brief. I always turn into this comedian when I talk to Sarah. I'm kinda surprised by the sort of weird, involved comedic material I can come up with on the spot. This last trip made me think that I should attempt to craft a small ten-minute stand up act and perform it at an open mic. Either that or do improv. I dunno, maybe this is a bad idea but I wanna make see if I can make comedy in a more controlled setting. I know that comedy is a low, disrespected art form but, goddamnit, I just wanna see if I can do it. In fact, even bombing would be amusing in this case since I sorta enjoy that too.

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So, I've gone and made some music and it's been a goddamn long time since I've _really_ done so. You can check out my music page here: http://www.myspace.com/jconvertibles

The first single, "Little Alleycat", is about this lame, square dude who's totally harassing this little
alleycat just because he decides to live out his life in an unconventional manner. Eventually, the little
alleycat tells the lame, square dude to BACK OFF.

I'm just starting up this music thing again for the first time since 2003. I think future songs will be
better.

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Oh, I scored this book on the History of House recently and it is so awesome! The best part about it is that one third of the book only deals with the gear of house music! A book that has a chapter dedicated solely to the Roland SH-101 is immediately ace in my book.

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Future tentative plans: There's been talk of visiting Berlin in August!

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Song of the day: this mp3 is badly-ripped (it's hissy and skips a little bit) but I'm including it anyway b/c it perfectly captures my mood at times. I really dig this song! Enjoy the vintage Norweigan minimal synth sounds of Holy Toy!

Holy Toy - Wojtek
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(no subject) [Nov. 30th, 2005|10:55 pm]
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[Current Music |Mechanical Servants - Responsateen]

Life is pretty OK at the moment save for a few rough patches. This weekend I'm going to the Austin. Oh man, I am soooo Austin that it's ridiculous. I mean, I even know that the dude from TMW is not the dude from Clarissa Explains It All. Why do I even know this? I have no idea. Anyways, I can't wait to go back and try Mr. Natural + that macrobiotic place. My last few trips to the ATX were kinda decadent so I'll try to be relatively healthy this time around. Oh YEAH, I'm gonna do alot of cuddlin' with the lady friend! And she's coming to Miami soon after so this is merely a "teaser". Also, hopefully there's a cool party to go to! I have yet to hear anything on that matter. Furthermore, I've got some CDs to give to Chad A (aka Senor Zolophile). I recently got in contact with a woman from the Mechanical Servants and she sent me CDs of the stuff she's done since that group went kaputt. I think Chad'll appreciate these cds.

I really should've gone to Austin NEXT weekend! Why? B/c I totally forgot that this weekend is Art Basel (where is my mind?). Art Basel is a huge festival where Miami basically becomes the center of the art world for a short period of time. My friend Beverly actually got me on the guest list for an exclusive Art Basel party (and I'm listed as an 'artist', hehe) but now I won't get to go. Oh welllllll.

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My thing right now is to pretend that I'm an overprotective, middle-aged suburban mom whose daughter has been gone for one too many hours.

Where is my daughter?? Where is my daughter??!!

I'm going to call her up right now!

You get on over here, missy!


ALSO, more dudes should wear pregnancy clothes. That's gonna be the new hotness, I predict.

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Do any of you remember how in the early 90s various "experts" (maybe just idiotic pundits) were predicting that the children of the late 80s/early 90s were gonna grow up to be supercriminals or something? I distinctly remember many news outlets in the early 90s (the age of gangsta rap!) basically telling parents that their kids were gonna grow up to be monsters. I can't remember what their reasoning was but I think it had something to do with these children being exposed to a large amount of violence in the media. The predictions were that, by the 2000s, we'd be absolutely overrun by teen violence. If anyone can link to any website about this disproven theory, please do.

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http://www.smack-dynamik.com/global_detail.php?ID=4

Haven't heard yet but it seems promising.
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Don't Spit on Me! [Nov. 25th, 2005|01:22 pm]
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Ok, here's the Don't Spit On Me comp for all of y'all to enjoy! It's a comp of old school punk + new wave that wasn't zany or synthy enough to make it on the Anesthetic's Wearing Off comp. This one gets decidedly nonpunk towards the end. I even end with a ridiculously beautiful early Throwing Muses track! I just think that mix cds with just ONE music style get kinda boring. KBD-style punk is not really a music style that I listen to anymore but it was fun going back and listening to my fave songs of the past. These songs are definitely timeless. I hope you guys like it!

You can d/l the full comp HERE but since many of you might have a bunch of these tracks already, here are the individual tracks for you to d/l:

1. Snuky Tate - Stage Speech

2. The Nubs - Jobs

3. Crap Detectors - Intellectual Morons

4. Vores - Amateur Surgeon

5. Vores - Get Outta My Way

6. Simpletones - I Like Drugs

7. Deadbeats - Let's Shoot Maria

8. Maggot Sandwich - You're a Bum

9. Maggot Sandwich - Communism

10. Vom - Punkmobile

11. The FUs - FU

12. The Rejects - Barbed Wire Baby

13. The Mad - I Hate Music

14. Sniveling Shits - I Can't Come

15. Cheifs - Blues

16. Cardiac Kidz - Get Out

17. The Bags - Babylonian Gorgon

18. Voodoo Idols - Do The Kirk

19. Feederz - Have You Never Been Mellow?

20. Geza X - I Hate Punks

21. Tru Fax and the Insaniacs - Washingtron

22. Tru Fax and the Insaniacs - The Twin

23. E-in Brino - Indianapolis

24. Psychotic Pineapple - I Wanna Wanna Wanna Wanna Wanna Wanna Wanna Get Rid of You

25. Screamin' Mee-Mees - Hot Sody

26. Delinquents - Alien Beach Party

27. Delinquents - Motivation

28. Bathroom Renovations - Apathetic Hell

29. The Coachmen - Radical Lifestyle

30. Pearl Harbor and the Explosions

31. Nervus Rex - Love Affair

32. Throwing Muses - Dirt Is On The Floor
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(no subject) [Nov. 22nd, 2005|09:54 am]
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[Current Music |Philip Glass' Koyaanisqatsi soundtrack (in my head)]

Well, I would've posted the comp up much sooner but my internet connection at home has not been functioning for the past few days. Ugh!

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This weekend, my friend Craig is visiting so that oughta be fun. The weekend after that, I'm off to Austin. Yippee! I hope all of you have a great t-giving weekend. Party on!
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(no subject) [Nov. 16th, 2005|11:06 pm]
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The 90s revival is coming. Are you ready for it? You, as a cool person, must make plans for the coming onslaught of 90s retro culture. Don't remain aloof and proclaim that the "trend" won't affect you because believe me, it will. Retro culture is a complex, multifaceted beast that is ultimately too difficult to ignore. For example, I'm sure that all of you have been affected by the 80s retroculture. Who among you has never listened to Adult. and their neo-electro (if not electroclash) siblings? Do you just love the sound of analog synthesizers?? Do you or your friends wear legwarmers??? Goodness knows that I have a few friends who have done so. Yes, retro culture is unavoidable. However, it is also never a perfect facsimile of the period it references. Certain musicians that were popular at the time become forgotten while others who were neglected in their day are elevated to iconic status by way of reissues and the like. Bringing to light the wonders of previously neglected (or just plain disrespected) music (or other arts) is probably the most noble of all retrocultural activities. It helps create an alternate history of the past which can inspire new generations! For example, when I think 80s, I think of the joyfulness of italo or the spare beauty of minimal synth, not Flashdance theme song. This is in no small part due to the efforts of the DJ I-F and the record collectors who worked on the Flexipop compilations, respectively. The music of the past (past = the present minus 20 years or so) will always come back but an individual or
coordinated group of individuals can help direct attention towards more deserving artists and genres. So it is now up to us, as cool people, to think long and hard about the coming 90s retroculture and
decide what direction we want it to take.

Before we start digging around for neglected artists or overlooked/misunderstood/ready for recontextualizin' genres, we must first understand what the "90s" means. It really does not mean the
period from 1990 to 1999. That time period covers both the rise of Pearl Jam AND the Backstreet Boys. I don't think that we're sufficiently removed from the dot-commin' late 90s, however different this terrible Bush era might be. Instead, the "90s" retroculture will consist of music and trends from the late 80s/early 90s in the same way that the "80s" retroculture consists of music and trends from the late
70s/early 80s. Face it, new wave and synthpop were deader than a doornail by the latter half of the 80s. The period between the late 80s and the early 90s contained a vast amount of musical movements but
here are the ones that I personally find most interesting:

1/ The rise of the "indie"(back when this word still had meaning)/college radio culture. The movement grew in scope and, among other things, had the hilarious effect of, for a time, forcing every record store, from the big chain in NYC to the mom-and-pop establishment in Minot, ND, to have an "alternative" section.

2/ The incredible amount of changes that occurred in dance music at this time . . . from the early, gay black Chicago scene that spawned House which led to Acid which started a craze in Europe which led to a
Rave culture that finally took root on American soil during the early 90s.

3/ the golden age of hip-hop right to the dawn of g-funk . . . after that, hip hop became the perpetually dominant form of popular music and subsequently became less culturally intriguing to me (although local
scenes such as the one in Houston are perking up my interest). Damn, this reminds me that I need to hear some Geto Boyz.

Ok, these are just some things about the late 80s/early 90s that I think are worth researching and could lead to the discovery of previously under-appreciated bands/scenes. I'm sure you guys can think of various other areas to study. It's all about making sure that people appreciate the good things about the "90s". The last thing I want to see is people listening to submediocre grunge when engaging in 90s retroculture (and yes, retro is inevitable . . . it's perfectly natural for every generation to start a dialogue with and even be inspired by their past . . . it can lame or cool, just like anything else). Friends don't let friends listen to Stone Temple Pilots!


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Punk comp is coming up . . . this hurricane biz sorta made me forget about it for a while but I'll have it up sometime before the weekend.
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(no subject) [Oct. 23rd, 2005|09:29 pm]
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Goddamn Wilma! I'm getting so tired of this . . .
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(no subject) [Oct. 18th, 2005|11:49 pm]
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The homestead has been a toxic environment this past month but now it seems like things are looking up. Could this really be happening?!

Also, I REALLY REALLY wanna visit LA sometime early next year. I've never been there but I've researched it quite a bit. The only place I've been to in California is San Francisco and personally, that city did not do anything for me. I know that there are cool people there like fishwife but the amount of yuppies in SF was frankly overwhelming. It's not even as if I have an active dislike towards yuppies (I don't really think about them at all) but there were just too many of them. Then again, at the time I went to SF, I was quite young and didn't really do research on what the cool areas might be. (Ok, so I probably need to give SF another chance.) But anyways, I have this notion that LA is a very fun place. Maybe even more fun than my beloved Austin! We will see! Haha, if I'm in LA, I'd probably end up dancing at a Part Time Punks show (or two . . . they seem have to have a show like every other day; Ben White is a busy dude). Of course, lenoraclaire's Apocalipstick events look fab as well!

For some reason, I've thought about how cool it might be to live in various different cities for months at time. I could just sublet a place for two months and do some light temp work while I'm there, all the while soaking up the vibe of that city and exploring all its nooks and crannies. Then, I would move somewhere else when the sublet ends. I think road trips are great but it takes more time to really know a city. I figure that with two or three months, you can at least begin to get some idea of what that particular city is all about. I feel like such an undertaking takes some careful planning so I'll have to think about this more but here are some US cities I would be interesting in living in (for however brief a moment):
LA
Chicago (I can revisit my old haunts!)
ATX or H-town
SF (sure, I'll give it another try)
Detroit (I've been there once for the Bulbs Records festival but never really got to explore it)
Louisville or Nashville MEMPHIS (I wanna feel The South, despite its odious politics. I'm open-minded like that. And no, Miami is not The South in any way, shape or form.)
ST. LOUIS (I've been there once and it was amazing)
and the ATL (it seems like a city with an intense amount of black culture . . . sorta how Miami has intense amount of Latin culture. that should be great to experience)

I currently have no interest in:
Las Vegas
San Diego
Portland
and Jacksonville

As far as Non-US cities go, I really only interested in one place: BERLIN! I NEED to go there, like crazy!!!! I'm serious! Haha, I must sound utterly lame to all you jet-settin', frequent-flyin' kids out there. But you know, I never did much (or any, for that matter!) leisure travelling until relatively recently. I don't friggin' know why. Now I'm obsessed with travelling as much as possible!

OK,,, the upcoming mp3 comp is Don't You Spit On Me!: Old School Punk & No-Frills New Wave. This is for people who never got into the KBDish punk or wave. Some of you already know all this stuff but those of you who haven't might appreciate this. This is stuff that everyone should know. It's great music, after all!
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(no subject) [Oct. 16th, 2005|09:12 pm]
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Miami is crazy.

So I'm actually giving the scene here a try and finally attended my first "indie" (ugh) show here this Friday. It was held at Sweat Records, which has a large backyard area that is ideal for shows (unless it rains, of course). The band was not bad and the "kids" seemed nice and attitude-free. A girl started talking to my friend Jose b/c she mistook him for someone else and that led to a surprisingly lengthy conversation. When she heard me talk about music, she gave me her email and said I should freelance for the alternative weekly here (New Times Miami, a so-so publication). Apparently, she's their marketing director. Also, I gave one of the owners of the record store a mix cd and asked if I could DJ there sometime. It turns out that anyone can just walk in anytime and play stuff. I will definitely be taking advantage of that so I can introduce these kids to some new things. Overall, I had a decent time out. I'm trying to be as open-minded as possible! However, nights like these do make me miss the abundance of (exceptionally) cool activities that Chicago had to offer!

Afterwards, I went to the Pawn Shop and got some free drinks. During the ride back home, two girls (one of them our friend . . . the other a relative of a friend) started having sex in the backseat of the car. Yeah it was weird/amusing/kinda cool. Jose and I dropped them off at a Miami Beach apt. and I'm sure they continued to do their thang.

Anyways, I need to find more interesting/weird people here or else I'll go crazy. I still really want to be in a band.

I actually submitted some beats to this Austin band called Cry Blood Apache and they used one of them in a song called "Kingston Girl". Check it out! I plan on visiting the ATX again in November (most likely during turkey time) so hopefully I'll see them play.

In a little while, I'm gonna make a new comp for you kids to download. It'll be called "Don't Spit On Me!" You will like it!

Here's a song for y'all! It's sorta on the garagey tip but it's from 1982.
Happy Refugees - Enshrined In A Memory
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(no subject) [Sep. 22nd, 2005|04:34 pm]
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Ok, so the last two times I tried to update this journal with details about my NYC trip, my comp crashed. Therefore, I'm not gonna try anymore. Needless to say, I had fun.

I met uberdionysus while I was there and both me and my friends thought he was a cool guy. Also, Dan Selzer and Pappawheelie are the nicest music nerds ever and they got me free drinks! Yay for internet friends!

-Greenpoint is the most liveable area in NYC. I love it! Williamsburg is fucking ridiculous, as expected. It's way too accomodating towards a certain "alternative" (but not really) lifestyle. It's nice neighborhood to hang out in but actually living there would get boring.

-I love walking around the ever-expanding Chinatown.

-I got this DVD at Kim's and it's pretty great. I wanted to get this badass book at St. Mark's but it cost a whopping 50 bucks. I guess I'll just order a used copy or something.

-I already miss Beverly, Faryal and Sarah C., the knuckleheads that I hung out with in NYC.
pics of them hereCollapse )


-I never smoke but Sarah C. got me these japanese cigarettes as a gift (they had nice packaging). I decided to smoke in NY "just because". It's been over two days since I left NY and I'm STILL coughing like a bastard. Needless to say, I never wanna smoke again!

-Public transportation, how I missed that! I don't even mind being squished like a sardine while in the subway.

-Goddamn hipsters in NYC think they're too cool to dance! There was some disco dancing at the Rubulad party but unfortunately my friends wanted to leave early so I couldn't enjoy it too much.

-I gave up the opportunity to see DJ Assault for free in order to attend a loft party in Williamsburg. I'm an idiot. In my defense, it was in a seedy part of Williamsburg and I was hoping that it would be as much fun as the "underground" parties I attended in Chicago (the Texas Ballroom, Camp Gay, Buddy, etc., etc.). It turns out that this "underground" party was filled with hundreds and hundreds (and hundreds . . .) of people. Even the Texas Ballroom, at it's peak, was nowhere near as crowded as the Rubulad. While I don't mind packed parties, at some point it gets a little suffocating.

-If you're ever in G-Point, go to Bleu Drawes. It's a really nice Jamaican restaurant.

-What I love most about NYC is that, despite all the recent gentrification, it would still take years and years to fully explore the diversity of human life that exists within that city. It's also a place where one can pursue their own individual weirdness and I really appreciate that. It's much lamer than it used to be but there are also a lot of people there trying make things right, thank goodness. Ok, maybe I'm being a little too idealistic again.

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Lately, I've been hearing The Passage a lot. Here are two good tunes from their third album:
The Passage - Revelation (Jesus and Mary Chain-esque chug-chug drums + atmosphericcreepysynth = AWESOME tune!)

The Passage - Go To Seed (A pretty/boppy thang)

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(no subject) [Sep. 15th, 2005|09:05 am]
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Ok, so I'm off to visit NYC. If you guys have any recommendations on what to do over the weekend, post em here. Also, the Zom Zoms are playing tonight at the Brooklyn Lyceum. Y'all should go see em. My schedule is kinda full this Thursday night but I'm gonna try to squeeze this show in. Oh, and speaking of Austin bands, I just sent out some minimal synth-style beats to Cry Blood Apache. I hope that they find some use for them.

I should also mention that Jeffery Sfire is spinning at Happy Endings today. He's gonna play some choice cuts from his extensive italo collection so don't miss it.

Believe it or not, this is my first real visit to NYC. I've only been here once before and that was during high school when NYU flew me over to essentially offer me a free ride (I was a very good student!). I rejected them in favor of University of Chicago and sometimes I wonder whether that was a wise decision. Anyways, it's time really check out this big city! I'm excited!
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I think I may need a bathroom break? [Sep. 15th, 2005|02:05 am]
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Oh Mr. Bush, you make it toooo easy. I love how this is a QUESTION. I mean, shouldn't he know?
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(no subject) [Sep. 6th, 2005|11:14 pm]
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So I watched a They Might Be Giants documentary and what I got from it was: these kids might have some catchy tunes but as people, they are really boring!

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I'm visiting NYC from the 15th to the 19th. If you wanna hang out or know of an awesome party/event during that time, lemme know. One of the things I definitely hope to do is catch Dan Selzer spinning one of his awesome ElectroDiscoPunk sets.

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I need to visit Austin again if only to reconnect with one of my favorite things in the world: the Kerbey Lane queso.

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I wish that Kanye would've said "George Bush doesn't care about the lower and middle classes" instead. It's amazing how class is the last truly taboo subject in American discourse. Almost everyone in this country believes that they can be next Horatio Alger while ignoring the fact that social mobility has decreased during the Bush Administration. When will Americans realize that you can't do everything by yourself?

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One crazy fact I've learned is that during the early days of hip-hop, Nazi/German military symbols were quite popular among Puerto-Rican and Black gang kids. For example, it was common practice among taggers of the day to draw swastikas next to their name. Also, one of the very first hip hop graffiti artists was named "Hitler II". Furthermore, the strongest members of a gang in those days formed an inner clique which was called a "Gestapo". These were, not surprisingly, some of the most feared or respected youths in the neighborhood. During Afrika Bambaataa's early, groundbreaking Zulu Nation parties, you had people shouting the most unusual chant of "Zulu! Gestapo!" over and over again. Also popular were German Kaiser helmets. The fact that during the 70s there were black youths walking around the Bronx ghetto wearing German kaiser helmets is kinda disconcerting. Well, this was before hip-hop settled upon the gold standard (later to become the ice standard) of bling so the notion of what could serve as a status symbol was a little more fluid.

I'm really not interested in nazi symbolism in any way (and certainly anyone who employs it now is an idiot), I just thought these tidbits about early hip hop culture were a little curious.

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I've come to the conclusion that if I want to have a steady stream of BIG money, I should just make an adult contemporary smash hit tune! The thing about adult contemporary radio is that once they start playing you, they never stop! Just ask Phil Collins, he hasn't scored a big hit in a well over a decade but he still manages to reign supreme over the "lite fm/soft rock" part of your dial. Also, despite being almost a decade old, Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" still gets played as if it was a current Top 40. Can you imagine the royalties these people receive on a constant basis even though it's 2005??? Needless to say, we'll all be withered and gray before the local adult contemporary station even thinks about taking away Matchbox 20/Rob Thomas from its playlist. So yeah, all I need is one big adult contemporary hit and I'm set for life. I'm gonna have to dig really deep to find the Blandness Within but it'll be worth it, hehe!

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Sometimes all you wanna hear is some female-fronted no wave from Wisconsin circa 1980. So here it is:
Ama Dots - Hit Girls

Also, here's another AWESOME tune:
Experiments with Ice - Toy Joy

And here's ANOTHER!:
Alien - Video Games Get in Your Brain
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(no subject) [Aug. 31st, 2005|03:34 pm]
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Guys, donate to the Red Cross, for reals. Even a small amount like $5 will help. Large parts of the gulf coast are disaster zones at the moment and New Orleans could slowly be turning into a toxic soup.
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(no subject) [Aug. 28th, 2005|01:26 pm]
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This past Thursday night, I experienced Hurricane Katrina when it was only at Category 1 power. The day after, I saw many trees strewn about but no significant damage. In fact, the worst part of the hurricane was simply having to make due without electricity for the next few days. It was only yesterday night that my place finally regained power. Today, life seems pretty close to normal for most of Miami. Even though the hurricane hit my area directly, I can't help but feel like I got off lucky. Katrina is now a Category 5 storm and it's headed towards the New Orleans, a city that's actually below sea level. Whatever structure that avoids getting completely submerged in water is going to be torn apart by the high-powered winds. Tomorrow is going to be one extremely catastrophic day.
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