A couple of weeks back, Rozie and I had the pleasure of djing back to back at First Blood’s Digital Mischief party at the Hollywood (oh good times there always!). Anyway, the lads from First Blood recorded the set, so if you missed it, or wanted to hear it again, its available from the First Blood website, warts, trainwrecks and all 😉 Don’t forget to check out the rest of the mixes from the crew as well. Below is the track listing from our set which managed to feature just about every nerdy computer or space related track that I’ve ever wanted to play in a set (OK, so I didn’t play the heavy metal version of the Transformers theme, but I was trying to keep things more dance orientated)
- Vangelis – Space/Time Continuum – Heaven and Hell, Part 1
- Jan Hammer – Theme from Miami Vice
- Eurythmics – 1984
- Shannon – Let The Music Play
- Deltron 3030 – Virus
- Player (1) – Space Invaders
- MECO – Theme from Star Wars
- Van McCoy – Theme from Star Trek
- Cerrone – Supernature
- Roni Griffith – Desire
- Deadline – Megatron Man
- Barry Beam – Radio Head
- Caltrop – Manta Romantix
- Giorgio Moroder – Night Drive
- Little Computer People – Little Computer People
- Computer Rockers – Extra Life
- Ready For The World – Digital Display
- i-F – Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass
- Gap Band – Video Junkie
- Kraftwerk – Computer Love
- Giorgio Moroder with Philip Oakey – Together in Electric Dreams
So after umming and ahhing over getting an MP3 for absolutely ages, I took the plunge and bought one last week. I guess I took my time trying to find an MP3 player mainly because I don’t really get the oppurtunity to use one often (I drive to work) and also I had to be sure that it worked easily with Linux. I didn’t want to get stuck with some MP3 player (*cough* ipod) that only worked with special software (yeah, I know they work with Linux now, but I really didn’t want any fussing around at all).
So quite a while ago, I identified that Samsung’s players were compatible with Linux. They basically just plug into a computer, it comes up as a USB flash disk and you just drag and drop the MP3 files (or OGG or WMA which this player supports) onto the disk.
The model that I ended up with was the Samsung YP-U2X which has a 1Gb capacity. It should be enough to keep me going as I have more interest in listening to podcasts from Triple J and ABC Radio National more than storing stacks of music files on it.
I guess what ended up being the catalyst for getting one was wanting to listen to something while I went for runs. Running was also the reason why I went for a flash player and not a hard disk based player. Another nice thing about this MP3 player also was that it has an FM tuner in it, which I didn’t even realise it had when I bought it. Bonus!
All in all, its a really nice player and a good buy at AU$179.
As part of the Becks Festival Bar (which is part of the Sydney Festival) the Stereo MCs performed on Sunday night with local lads Hermitude supported along with Simon Caldwell playing his usually choice selection. Since Rozie always likes to stand up the front of parties, bands, concerts, etc I decided to join her. Now this would have to be the closest I’ve ever been at a show. Front and center. I pretty much had Rob B dripping sweat all over me and his crotch was probably less than a foot away from my face. A bit too much info. It was a solid show with it mostly consisting of their favourites such as Elevate My Mind, Ground Level, Deep Down And Dirty and Connected. Actually, the show pretty much consisted of all the tracks off their Retroactive release from 2003.
In the coming weeks, there’s some great stuff coming up for the Festival though. I’ll be catching Recloose (live), Fourtet, Jamie Liddell and Saul Williams. If you’re in Sydney, get into it!
Looks like Future Classic is coming up with the goods for the coming months in Sydney:
My favourite Australian electronic music store, sub:strata has just turned 4 years old! And to celebrate, the price of everything is 10% off until September 15th. Awesome work guys. Congrats and keep up the good work!
- Milky Bar @ Chequers, the Mandarin Club, Sydney
Do it! Do it!
From Moog Music
ASHEVILLE, N.C. . August 21, 2005 . Bob died this afternoon at his home in Asheville, N.C. He was 71. Bob was diagnosed with brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme or GBM) in late April 2005. He had received both radiation treatment and chemotherapy to help combat the disease. He is survived by his wife, Ileana, his five children, Laura Moog Lanier, Matthew Moog, Michelle Moog-Koussa, Renee Moog, and Miranda Richmond; and the mother of his children, Shirleigh Moog.
Bob was warm and outgoing. He enjoyed meeting people from all over the world. He especially appreciated what Ileana referred to as “the magical connection” between music-makers and their instruments.
No public memorial is planned. Fans and friends can direct their sympathies or remembrances to www.caringbridge.com/visit/bobmoog.
Bob’s family has established The Bob Moog Foundation dedicated to the Advancement of Electronic Music in his memory. Many of his longtime collaborators including musicians, engineers and educators have agreed to sit on its executive board including David Borden, Wendy Carlos, Joel Chadabpe, John Eaton, David Mash, and Rick Wakeman. For more information about the foundation, contact Matthew Moog at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Woah, looks like one of my favourite producers, Domu (Dominic Stanton) is heading to Australia. He’s produced under a whole swag of names (Bakura, Blue Monkeys, Domu and Volcov, Kudu, Rima, Sonar Circle, Static Imprints, Vaceo, Yotoko, Realside, Umod, Zoltar) and released on stacks of labels (Sonar Kollektiv, JCR, Compost Records, Archive, 2000 Black, Irma, Good Looking, Spinning Wheel and Arision). He’s definitely at the forefront of the broken beat scene and worth checking out.
Don’t know about other states, but he’s dropping into Sydney to play at the Civic on the 9th September (I’ll probably end up being on call that weekend…)
Also coming up musically that I’ll probably check out:
Friday 16th Aug: Architecture In Helsinki at the Metro
Saturday 17th Aug: Pivot at The Mandarin Club
Saturday 17th Aug: Miss Memory at High Jinks at the Sly Fox in Enmore
Tuesday 23rd Aug: Youth Group at The Annandale Hotel
On the weekend I went to the Sydney Powerhouse Museum to hear a talk on podcasting which was part of the Sydney Design Festival 05. Not a crazily indepth talk (a bit basic for me, but Rozie wanted to go and check it out) but it was interesting to hear a guy from ABC Radio National talking about how they are using podcasting in conjuction with their shows.
So being a little bit influenced by the talk, I’m taking advantage of del.icio.us‘s ability to handle rss enclosures, and I’m now bookmarking dj mixes I come across that I like or recommend. In effect this becomes my own DIY podcast.
Subscribe to the feed/podcast here.
RetroActive Records is coming back…
What’s with people selling of entire collections. Today’s crazy auction is a guy selling off thousands and thousand of 7″ records. Currently the auction is at US$5200.00. The catch is that you have to go to New York to got and pick them up. No delivery!
The time has come to clean out my basement, and if you want thousands and thousands and thousands of 45s you may be just the person to do it!
I’m 60 years old next month and I’ve been collecting (hoarding) records since I was a kid. For years I sold records in Goldmine and Discoveries magazines as Steal-A-Record, all the while buying more and more records. When eBay started I began selling records on eBay. But somewhere along the way I switched over to selling comic books (as Steal-A-Comic) and for a few years now I’ve been wondering what to do with the thousands and thousands and thousands of 45s I’d accumulated.
Well the time has come to get rid of them all and I do mean ALL! And that’s the catch. THEY CANNOT AND WILL NOT BE SHIPPED! The winner must pick them up. AND THE WINNER CANNOT PICK AND CHOOSE…EVERYTHING MUST GO! Here’s what we’re talking about.
The NES collection I previously mentioned closed at US$10,099.99 without the reserve being met.
So if you’ve got nothing to do (or you do have something to do, but want something waaay better) you can hear me djing down at Goodbar on Oxford St in Darlinghurst this Friday night for the opening night of Floppy Disko. I’ll be dropping a stack of hip house for about an hour and a half (that’s three times more hip house than I got to play at Jack Your Body!!), so if you’re feeling you want to move, jump, jack your body, git on up!
OK, so after upselling myself, I should also mention the rest of the Floppy Disko night. Other far more capable dj’s are The Lost Boys: (Sex Worker, Complex, Skreech & Black Eyed Boy), OSC-001, Junior & more. Also playing live are the Death Set, Cherry 2000. They describe it as a night of limp electro, flacid acid, lax funk, soft cock rock & relaxed grooves, so it should be a fun, mixed up kinda night.
Its $10 on the door, or free if you get one of their dope invites.
So what’s going on here then?
Well I’m actually heading off to Melbourne with Rozie this weekend to check out the Andy Warhol Time Capsules Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. But if I was in Sydney this weekend, I’d probably do the following:
Thursday: decoded at the Burdekin Hotel in Darlinghurst for some electro, techno, tech house and minimal electronics with anthony box, brad c, dave mccann and guest marshall and aka. Free entry. (flyer here)
Friday: Architecture in Helsinki at the Annandale Hotel for some twee-pop. $15 on the door.
Saturday: Paradise Lost “Le Chic Discotheque” at the Sly Fox in Enmore with Brut33 and Sly Mangles playing wildstyle disco and electrofunk covering everything from motown to the mainline. Free entry. (flyer here)
Sunday: Frigid at @Newtown for DJ Olive. Free entry.
Except for the Architecture in Helsinki gig, its a great weekend for tight arses!