Sunday, December 03, 2006
Simian Mobile Disco Indie Vs Rave Mix
Simian Mobile Disco, Dancefloor Distortion: Indie Vs. Rave mix
I wanted to throw something special up for the weekend and couldn't think of anything better than this new mix by Simian Mobile Disco. It covers the new rave scene that has blown up in the UK this year, centered mainly around the Klaxons, a Pound for Pound favorite. I obviously haven't been to the UK to really get a feel for this, imagine that it's a little bit of hype (okay, a lot), picked up by the awful British press as something to glom onto as the next big thing.
I'm not sure that new rave is a really good descriptive term for the music coming out of the scene; it doesn't harken back to the warehouse days of the late 80s and early 90s, you aren't picturing the Orb when you hear this mix. It's as indebted to the dance-punk of the past few years as it is to acid house or any other electronic music. It's always a little strange to me when a younger generation attempts to revive a scene that seems to have emerged in a specific moment, but who am I talk? I talked about the unremembered 80s constantly here, so let the kids have their fun. If the music coming out is this good and the kids get away from coke into more communal drugs, I can't see it as a bad thing.
The mix is really phenomenal, I'll try to find a tracklisting ASAP. Simian Mobile Disco are one of the really stars of 2006, they'll be figuring in my Best-of-the-Year lists. Check out a seamless mix of some of this best music of the year, go cop some of their product too. Let me know your thoughts on this new rave ish, especially if you have had a chance to attend some of this events.
-This Mark Danner piece in The NY Review of Books might be the best essay I have read all year, a look at the current war called "Iraq: A War of Imagination."
-Glenn Greenwald takes down one of the more despicable, 'centrist' pundits, Tom Friedman. Dude inexplicably gets respect from liberals, always referenced as this brilliant voice, his books are referenced, yet no one seems to really call him on his egregious errors. Matt Taibbi did an even better job destroying Friedman's hideous ideas and writings in a review of The World Is Flat.
-What do I love more than anything else? Footage of people who are drunk making asses out of themselves! Danny Devito has come through big time, with this crazy appearance on The View last week: