Monday, April 30, 2007

Digitalism - Terrorlight

Digitalism, "Jupiter Room (Erol Alkan's Simple Yet Effective Edit)" (YSI link) 320 for DJs

Daft Punk, "The Brainwasher (Erol Alkan's Horrorhouse dub)"
(YSI link)

It is such a beautiful day, let's start this week off big. Of course, big around these parts means Digitalism songs and Erol Alkan remixes. Bring them together and it's globothermonuclear TNT A bomb shit. Kitsune, one of the best labels in the world (the haters are starting to come out, so they need to stay on top of their game now), has just released a new 12" featuring even more remixes of the German band's best tracks, "Zdarlight" and "Jupiter Room." I'm only putting up the B side, so make sure to grab your copy of the 12" to hear the great Zdarlight remixes. Or cop any of the Kitsune Maison compilations, as they are some of my favorite shit and amazing intros to the whole indie dance world.

Erol didn't lie when he called this a simple yet effective edit. He retained much of the original's sound and vibe, extended the original by a few minutes

-For those in London still lamenting the loss of Trash, it seems like it's replacement as begun at The End (West Central St.) It's called Durr and it goes down every Monday with Rory Phillips, The Lovely Jonjo and Matt Irwin. Tonight, there's a super secret special guest that no one is naming, which leads me to believe that its gonna be a pretty fucking rad choice. To bring this post home, Mr. Alkan will be spinning a set at the May 28th edition of Durr. Yeah!

-G-d damn, LA does not sleep. The Genre are bringing the same party from last night to Hollyhood with Le Castle Vania, Audiojack, Paparazzi, Zendo, DJ S!n and Luv Tek. Put on your best pair of skinny jeans, fix up look sharp and get to Cinespace for some rave-y disco-y electro-y madness.

-I got to spend the weekend in Philly and just had to say how it is the greatest city on earth and if you are looking for a place to move there is nowhere in the world better. The Monday Night Social is the new weekly party going down at Fluid (613 S. 4th St.) and they've brought in special guest Andy Caldwell to kick things off.

-This warm weather just makes my Hall and Oates requests more necessary. Thankfully Lauren Flax and Sam Brown from The Whitest Kids You Know are doing a yacht rock night at Piano's from 6-12 tonight. It's spring, it's the perfect time for weekday drinking, the douchebags won't out in the LES tonight, do this. Two words - Kenny Loggins.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

DJ Paul V. - All-Coachella Smash Mix

DJ Paul V., All-Coachella Smash mix

The weekend has ended, which means that the massive Coachella festival has too. For those of us who weren't lucky enough to be there (or those who were and just wanna have a nice souvenir sitting on your iPod), here's my bol DJ Paul V.'s latest mix, All-Coachella Smash mix. It's 19 tracks at 17 minutes, featuring some of the artists from the night. It's another great mix by Paul and should remind everyone at just how much amazing talent was at the festival. I mean look at the names here - Bjork, LCD Soundsystem, Peter Bjorn and John, Junior Boys, etc. Damn look at the Saturday line-up alone (Justice, !!!, LCD, The Rapture, MSTRKRFT, my girl Regina Spektor, Busy P, DJ Mehdi, Arcade Fire...)

Let me also take this chance to remind everyone to tune into DJ Paul V's weekly radio show, Neon Noise on 103.1. It's a chance to hear this type of mix writ large, as Paul has three hours to drop the best dance tracks, remixes, classics, mash-ups that don't suck, that good stuff. Tune in 12-3 PST, let's hope that we can figure a way to get some of the shows posted here. Also, make sure to check out Paul's podcast blog, The Smash Mix!, where he throws up a new mini-mix every week.

-For those who aren't ready to let the Coachella weekend to die, head to one of the best weekly parties anywhere, LA's Le Disko. This is a special edition as the Le Disko bols take on the DJs from Club Moscow. Daniel, Paparazzi and Keith 2.0 host Raulie a.k.a. Mr. Sleep and Paul from the Wednesday weekly, this is gonna be a battle for the indie ages. Get to the Spider Club (1735 Vine St.) in Hollywood. FYI, more boxing related fliers, people. It's such a good look.

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-There's more post Coachella madness in Riverside, as the weekly Era party really goes off this week. It's the ATL's Le Castle Vania's birthday party and he'll be dropping a nasty set of disco and electro to honor his born day. You also get a set from the UK's Audiojack, his first US appearance. Of course, resident dudes DJ S!n and Luv Tek are there, holding down Sevila Nightclub all night. It's a discopunk rave, Dave!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Hashim - Al Naafiysh (The Soul)

Hashim, "Al Naafiysh (The Soul)" (YSI link) 320 for DJs

Electro 101 later. I'm off to a wedding, will put up the tunes and verbiage then. In the meantime, go out and have fun tonight!

-Tonight's all about Philly, as I'm back in town and I have decided that all of the great parties are in my honor. Caesar returning or something. Co-events of the night, one sees Philly conquering its lamer neighbor to the north, the other sees Philly welcome its neighbors from the south. White Ts and White Belts is finna take over NYC. Philly's best party is doing its thing at a warehouse tonight, a $15 all you can drink deal, Nick Catchdubs and Rezound and Workweek will spin with Emil and Bo Bliz. For real, this is going to be an amazing night, that's really all that can be said.

-Back in the 6th Borough (if you call it that, you'll get beat down), it's gonna be a fucking rager. Mad Decent vs. Unruly. Baile vs. Bmore club. Diplo vs. Scottie B. Lordy lord, this is as good as it gets

-The Philadelphyinz are doing their Khyber jawn tonight, although this one's . It's dedicated to Boris Yeltsin, so I expect lots of vodka and failed democratic reforms. Apt One and Skinny Friedman will prove that someone still loves Boris with a mix of club bangers, disco explosions and booty percolators.

-There's nothing I love more than fliers with drugs on them. My Kansas bols have done it big for their Get Rave! party at The Jackpot (943 Mass St.) in Lawrence. Thunderous Olympian, Iggy and Konsept will make the E talk for all you Midwestern kids.

-Finally, West Coast people, feel free to leave your info and fliers in the comments, as I didn't see anything in my research, but, it turns out that you guys are three behind us time-wise. One must-attend happens at Mezzanine (444 Jessie St.) again, a club that seriously trying to earn best club of the year honors. After the Soulwax jawn last ight, tonight Digitalism and Joakim show up for live sets. Kelly B, Shaun Slaughter and TK Disco handle the DJing, not much more one could ask for.

Mr. Andersonic

Mr. Andersonic, "What" (YSI link)

Mr. Andersonic, "Backdoor Breakthru"
(YSI link)

This is the 800th post at Pound for Pound, a kind of staggering number when I think about it. Over that time, I've been able to meet and hear a lot of great new talent and in the coming weeks and year, I really want to do a better job of shining the light on them and help get the word out. I'm talking about the people who don't hire PR firms to get buzz, you can go to the other blogs for that sort of payola. I'm talking about the grinders, getting their name out through hard work and talent.

Mr. Andersonic is the perfect artist to start with and celebrate, a dude who's been doing his thing for a decade. The time seems right for this dude to be your dude now too, it's time for all you fucking hype beasts to start hyping him. I was fortunate to have my bol Project Matt put me up on him a while back, allowing me to catch him spinning at the basement of Lit and hear these tracks above. Honestly, I assume that we were seperated at birth in some sort of Miami hospital, spending our first few days in a sound chamber that pumped in only 808 basslines.

His influences are immediately clear on the above songs - ghettotech, Miami bass, ghetto house, Baltimore club, i.e. the good stuff. These are all original productions, a sort of lo-fi booty music almost. "What" takes the familiar Lil Jon refrain, but adds in a monotone rap from MC White Ice that really works. It's over a nice Bmore club beat with effects, a little less than three minutes of destruction. My favorite, though, is "Backdoor Breakthru," which strays away from the influences more. It still has the drum machine sound, the electro bass and the obsession with backdoors. But, at over 6 minutes, it has room to breathe. Unlike most booty tracks, which are unrelenting, this one kinda of stretches out and plays with the sounds; there's an almost synth/keyboard solo in the middle like a prog band. Overall, it's got more of that early electro/proto rap sound, where being laid back didn't mean you couldn't keep people shaking their asses.

Andersonic has made his biggest impression in the club, doing his live sampler and syntheizer sets at some of the city's best parties - Cut, White Ligthtning!, Pay To Cum and many others. For those in New York City, I cannot recommend more highly that you get yourself to Home Sweet Home (131 Chrystie St.) tonight for Saturdazed. While Project Matt is trying to survive the hardships of Coachella - pool parties, daytime drinking and sun - Andersonic and Reverend McFly hold it down in the LES for real. You know i consider this to be one of the best weekly parties in NYC and there will be no let-up tonight.

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Yeah! This should be a definite stop for all of the downtown kids, a chance to hear this blog come to life. More importantly, for all of the party people out there, get at Mr. Andersonic and book this dude so that I can hype your party and hear booty tunes when I'm out and your party can be amazing and you can get hot girls to dance dirty and the world will be at peace. I expect huge things down the road for bol, so get on board now as we're not waiting anymore.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Hot Chip Remixes

Portrait by Bevis Martin

Amy Winehouse, "Rehab (Hot Chip remix)" (YSI link) 320 for DJs!

Ladytron, "Destroy Everything You Touch (Hot Chip remix)" (YSI link)

Le Tigre, "TKO (Hot Chip TK Max mix)" (YSI link)

It's Friday, it's a massive weekend for parties, no work or school, it's time to be happy and celebrate. I can't think of a band that puts me in a better mood than Hot Chip. For real, they are the band that I play for everyone when I want them to hear great music, like there's no way no one couldn't love them. It's such perfect music, it just makes me wanna sit in a park and hold hands with my girl and think about how bright my future is. Since I'm going to die alone and poor, you know that this is some seriously good shit.

The main draw above is the newish remix of the star of the moment, Amy Winehouse.

-The event of the night is a battle for the future of California, as the best LA and SF DJs fight it out for supremacy. All of Pound for Pound's West Coast favorites are in the house, Sleazemore and Audrock for the Yay Area and Daniel Le Disko and Paparazzi from the City of Angels. This should really be an amazing night at the 222 Club (222 Hyde@Turk) and further proof that there's no East Coast bias on this blog.

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-Damn, big night in San Fran, as the new Modular monthly gets started at Mezzanine (444 Jessie St.) with a bang, as the Radio Soulwax rolls through town. I've been hyping this tour since it's start, so you know the deal. Soulwax Nite Versions live, 2 Many DJs set, Dave P and JDH, Modular DJs, Muscles live, Jefrodisiac and Richie Panic, fun, dancing, the time of your life, happiness.

P.S. It's a huge weekend San Francisco. Prepare yourself.

-I wasn't even going to mention Coachella out of pure jealousy, but I can't be a hater. Everyone should make sure to check out this cool afterparty tonight at the Best Western Date Tree Hotel. The birthday bol Le Castle Vania, LA's Them Jeans and Justin Jay provide the beats, Sarah Morrison hosts and it's at a fucking pool. What more could you need?

-Some dope parties going down in NYC, with the choicest one tonight's FUN at Studio B. French produce Joakim is going to be playing tonight with The Ectoplasmics, making this an essential stop in your night no matter what. Tim Sweeney is the guest DJ, spinning with residents Eamon Harkin and The Bangers.

-Always great to see new parties start up, especially when it involves so many of my favorite DJs in NYC. The Musicbox and Paper TV are starting a monthly party at The Orchard Bar (200 Orchard St.) in the LES. Bands The Beasts of Eden and Locksley play early, but the real fun starts when the dance party starts after. Mr. Stretch Armstrong, Jacques Reneault, Bardl from Bang Gang (!) and the lovely White Dove ladies, Shelly and June D. Hosted by Genevalentine, free booze and giveaways, I think we've got something here.


-You know what, you could just make it a Lauren Flax. It's Friday, so it's White Lightning! time at Home Sweet Home, this time with The Heartthrob Boys - Red Foxx, Morgan Louis, Sensitive Hand and Baltimoroder. After that, head to School (105 W. 27th St.) for afterhours madness until 7 AM. No clue what the deal is with that afterhours jawn, but it's not like anything bad ever happens when you extend the night very late. Right?

-The Pound for Pound map continues to expand, as we're setting up an outpost in Minneapolis now. Ian Hixxx comes in from Chicago to join with Sovietpanda, naughty wood and Jonathan Ackerman for a night of dance music at Foundation (10 S. 5th St.). We'll have a lot more from the Great North coming up, count on it.

-Finally, I just have to mention the utter world domination that Modular is putting in action tonight. They've got their London weekly at the Ditch Bar (145 Shoreditch High St.) jumping off with Sinden on the decks. Nightmoves, Tramp!, Fact DJs, Baseball Furies and the Modular DJs are also there to make this a fucking rager.

And in my future home, Paris, the label starts up a new monthly and check the line-up. Like whoa! Herve! Fred Falke! New Young Pony Club! Late of the Pier! Good Shoes! Zut alors! Get to Le Showcase (under the Pont Alexandre III, 8th, Right Bank). Paris, do this, then get me a job and place to live and let's make it happen.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Count of Monte Cristal - Ghetto Bitches EP

Count of Monte Cristal, "Pussy Suck" (YSI link)

Count of Monte Cristal, "Ghetto Bitches (Sinden remix)"
(YSI link)

Oh boy, this one's like a Pound for Pound dream. One of the dopest producers in the game, Herve, becomes the Count of Monte Cristal and puts out an EP of ghetto house music. This is why we live people, this is why we get up every day and deal with this crappy world. So that we can hear filthy beats and sex obsessed lyrics and bass bass bass. What's really exciting about these tracks is the fact that they're much more house-y and upbeat, as opposed to ghettotech's more minimalist and brutal beats. I feel like this stuff will keep the dancefloor going and will hopefully give DJs a desire to give more of the ghetto house stuff a second look. The best of the bunch is the Sinden remix of "Ghetto Bitches," which wouldn't have sounded out of place in a DJ Funk set. Just a disgusting bass, although it's those clapping drums that make this track really go. The original is very good too, a few extra minutes and a more percussive sound. "Pussy Suck" is dope too, a nice track for the ladies, a nice balance to "the dick in your eye" sentiments.

Stop what you're doing right now and cop the vinyl for this immediately. We'll be keeping an eye on Counterfeet, really looking forward to see what sort of paths they take. Here's hoping they keep exploring this one.

-Another new edition to the party line-up, Even Further is another amazing downtown NYC party doing its best to make this city a little less lame. Carmine P. Filthy and Rudy Mungi are there every Thursday at Happy Ending (302 Broome St.), holding it down. Tonight they're joined by guest DJ Melanie Anne, expect dance bangers, house music, re-edits, funness. Happy birthday to Darya, who is a super nice person who tried to help me find a place in NYC. This is a necessary Thursday night stop, New York.

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-Of course, Cheeky Bastard has a lock on this night with their weekly Hiro Ballroom (371 W. 16th St.) jawn. They've been bringing in the best bands and DJs to Manhattan over the past few months, no different tonight. It's The Broadcast Reunion with Michael T, DJ Jess, Alex Malfunction and Alex English, along with a set by Ultragrrl, the amazing DJ Krames of Cobra Kai and Peter Makebish.

-Speaking of new parties, Club Pop happens tonight in a city I've never mentioned before, Seattle. Resident DJs Colby and Paco bring you the only 18+ dance party in the land of grunge, they're joined by guest DJ Marty Mar and band Poor People. I love this flier, although sadly BAPE will soon steal this design and make it into a allover print hoodie and I'll have to look at douchebag after douchebag on the L wearing it and I'll end up hating the design. Oh well.


-Now, if BAPE made this flier into a hoodie, I'd show some love. Broadzilla motherfuckers! Upstairs at Sals! Free! $1 PBRs till 11! Lots of dancefloor dancing! Philly! Hugs and kisses!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Feist Remixes

Feist, "My Moon, My Man (Boys Noize remix)" (YSI link)

Feist, "Sea Lion (Chromeo remix)" (YSI link)

It's been a crappy, rainy day here in NYC. What makes Pound for Pound happy more than anything? Beautiful brunettes. Since this is a mp3 blog and not jdate, I figured that I'd discuss the new remixes dropping of the new Feist singles. Leslie Feist is known by everyone I'm sure, both from her solo work and stuff with the Broken Social Scene. It's a sign of how many talented female artists there are right now that Feist hasn't gotten more attention here.

Here's two new remixes of her songs, in anticipation of her new LP. These names should be familiar to anyone who reads this blog or cares about good music. Boys Noize is one of the most talented people working in music today, seeing his name on a slab of vinyl is like the Good Housekeeping seal. This is an interesting one, as it eschews his normal raging, acid-y house sound for a much more relaxed, subdued track. He really lets Feist shine and shine she does. When she starts singing the lyrics (about 1:40 in), her voice sounds so beautiful and clean it's overwhelming. This is not going to be dancefloor banger, but it still works. I love the more relaxed pace, the beautiful synth washes and the vocodored voice speaking the title. The Chromeo remix sounds exactly what you expect a Chromeo remix to sound like. They've given Feist a disco funky remake, turning our Canadian woman into a diva. What strikes me most after hearing these two tracks is how flexible Feist is, how easily her voice and songs can be translated to the dancefloor and different genres.

-There's nothing I like more than way some of my favorite people come together to create the ultimate party, Voltron-style. High Voltage tonight is a great example, as Dimitry and Jason have brought in DJ Never Forget from Finger On The Pulse to guest DJ at one of my favorite NYC parties. Yeah! Beyond that, there's a special performace by Spankrock DJ XXXchange,

-Here's a new party for me - Wasteland at Fat Baby's (112 Rivington). It's brought to you by Thunderkunt! and is jampacked with good DJs. I mean, peep the flier - Pound for Pound all-time fave Lauren Flax, Sean Pierce from Theo & the Skyscrapers, Dances With White Girls, Lauren Chillhard from Dreamburger, Alex Malfunction and Twig the Wonderkid from Trash! and a ton more people. How often are you really going to be able to go to Fat Baby's again without being with crushed by B+Ters? For chrissakes, they advertise the fact that they play industrial music. Support that.

-Be awesome tonight, as Awesometown is upon us. Anne Lee and Dirty Dave have put together a real nice one tonight with guest spots from Alex Ebert from Imarobot, Paparazzi, Jesse Frankel and Dirty Dave himself. Get to The Short Stop (1455 W. Sunset Blvd) in Echo Park, every second and fourth Wednesday. Awesome!


-LA, also make sure to hit up Club Moscow tonight, as this is a must every week. Raulie, Keith 2.0 and Paul are joined by DJ Nobody tonight and a plethora of bands - Shapes of Racecars, Audrye Sessions and The Muhollands. It's at Boardners (1652 N. Cherokee), it's free til 10:30, so maybe hit this one first then head over to Awesometown. But, you do you, don't let me tell you how to make this a night.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

DJ Assault - Hoes Get Naked

DJ Godfather, "Sweet Potato Pie" (YSI link)

DJ Godfather, "Let Me C U Pop" (YSI link)

DJ Godfather, "Hoes Get Naked"
(YSI link)

It's been a minute since I threw up any booty music and for that I sincerely apologize. No real excuse, just haven't been playing a lot of it and didn't want to force a post. Fortunately for us all, I've been back in the swing of things, thanks to some old ghettotech mixes that are on the iPod.

No better place to jump back in then with DJ Assault's output at the start of the millenium, 2001. That was the year that ghettotech enjoyed its moment in the sun, follwing in the wake of the Mo Wax album, Belle Isle Tech. Assault re-released "Ass and Titties", got love from other labels and got some magazine cover action. The Hoes Get Naked EP dropped on Databass, the legendary bass label. It's a solid one, especially love the title track, which is slightly more minimal sounding and less brutal than normal, with this sick warbly bass sound that makes me mosh or something.

I want to dedicate this post to my favorite Michiganer, JH-B. Hyphens are the new black, fyi. The funniest part of the dedication is that she will probably punch me in the face at putting up these songs, but hopefully seeing her name in the Pound for Pound lights will overwhelm her feminist sensibility. Ann Arbor stand the fuck up! Rotary clubbers stand up!

-It's a big night in NYC and we're gonna start off with my new favorite party. Lewd is that weekly jumpoff at The Annex, where resident DJs rekLES and seanmuthafukkinroberts bring you all of that good indie dance heat rock that makes life worth living. Tonight's also the afterparty for Robbers On High Street, as the band will be spinning after their show. For real, this is one of those guaranteed good times and a reminder of what the Lower East Side can still be.

-Then, take the short walk over to Happy Ending (302 Broome St.) for Six Six Sick, Micprobes and Japanster's party. One of the world's best DJs, Lauren Flax, is a special guest, so here's the perfect time to get up on this one. Dances With White Girls is also spinning, not much more needs to be said.

-Before you get back on the L, head to Lotus (409 W. 14th St.) for another Project Matt jawn, "Don't Sweat The Technique." King Solomon and DJ Soul are on the wheels of steel, lots of reggae and rap bangers from the golden early 90s era. Happy birthday to Vashtie, who I don't know, but look at her kiddie pic on the flier and tell me that adorableness doesn't deserve a birthday greeting.

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-Chicago, peep this flier and you'll know that there is no other place you can be tonight. Outdanced does its thing at the Funky Buddha (728 W. Grand) tonight, as Mother Hubbard and Bald Eagle will spin music so good Robert Smith would be grindin' on the dancefloor. Life During Outtime are also there, hopefully somebody will play "Fire In Cairo."

-See You Next Tuesday celebrates its 1 year anniversary tonight in Washington D.C. at the Wonderland Ballroom (11th and Kenton NW). DJs People's Champion, Promnight and Ikon don't just have some of the best DJ names, they also play great music and make you dance and happy. As an aside, the fact that I didn't post about their Pesach party is one of the three greatest regrets of my life. Message me for the other two. Sorry boys, I'm all over the High Holidays rave, promise!

-Finally, it's Tuesday, therefore it's Check Yo Ponytail night. This one is a super good one in my eyes, as there's a performance by one of my favorite bands, Erase Errata! But, no Mr. Franki Chan isn't satisfied with just that radness. He's also brought in the amazing Adult and Brooklyn's Parts & Labour to play live. That's along with the regular DJ sets by Franki and Paparazzi and photos by Shadowscene. It's at Safari Sam's (5214 Sunset Blvd), you know what to do.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Theo Parrish - Ugly Edits 9

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Etta James, "In The Basement (Theo Parrish re-edit)"
(YSI link)

Mandrill, "Feeling Good (Theo Parrish re-edit)" (YSI link)

I know that everyone on the East Coast is still a little bit hesitant to revel in the weather, as our cynical asses are waiting for the next rainstorm or cold day to come through. But, it's absolutely beautiful out today, the birds are singing near my window, the Phillies have actually won more than one game in a row. Things are beautiful.

Since they are, let's put up some beautiful, soulful music, the kind of stuff that you need to play for your loved one while you lay in bed on a sunny May morning or rock on your iPod while you walk around your city (suburbanites, no good music for you, sorry!) and feel the city coming alive again. While I've been listening to a ton of disco lately, I wanted to put up something more recent that has the disco spirit. Is there any more perfect choice than the Ugly Edits series by the one and only Theo Parrish? The answer is no, as I'm positive you'll agree with me after one listen. For those that don't know, Parrish put out a 10 volume, vinyl only re-edit series, taking classic disco, soul and funk tracks and giving them his own personal take. They were pressed in limited editions (250 per volume, I believe), white label stuff, instant classics, which have had 2 bootleg versions subsequently come out. In other words, these are rare as a good steak.

I don't even want to say too much about these tracks, other than these should make you feel better about yourself and the world. Parrish turns the Etta James track into a slow burner, which comes to an amazing peak with James singing about it going down in the basement. If it doesn't give you chills, you just might be dead.

-Go out tonight and enjoy the love vibe. Genre goes down at Cinespace as usual, but this one's an extra special version. Pound for Pound favorites Guns 'n' Bombs and Richie Panic (foreshadowing) are guests tonight, joining residents Luv Tek and S!n for a night of electro, indie dance, booty and re-edits galore. So necessary.

-Get Famous LA! No seriously, go to Get Famous, the weekly jawn at Boa Lounge (8462 W. Sunset Blvd) that covers all the good music you find here. Tonight, resident DJ High Speed Dub brings in more LA Pound for Pound favorites, Keith 2.0 and Dirty Dave. Photos by Shadowscene, hosted by Tara Laura, it's a party.

-It doesn't seem like there's much going on elsewhere, so take the night to walk around or hang out with friends and family and sit out on your stoop.

Help Out Some Pound for Pound Favorites

Photo courtesy of Ryan Prouty

As I work on the next magical post, I wanted to take a moment to let you know a way for you to help out some of Pound for Pound's favorite people. First, head over to Urb's website and vote for Le Castle Vania in the Next 1000 poll. I've posted a few of LCV's tracks and remixes and consider him to be one of the most legit, exciting people working in dance music right now. Every vote counts and I know that y'all have the time to click over and show some support. Click on the fifth star under his name and show some love. Disco is the new disco!

Also, holler at my bol DJ Never Forget, who's got a new gig with Vice magazine and is looking for your best drinking stories for a future feature. Email and drop your favorite or most pathetic or grossest story that happened as a result of imbibing. Here's some suggestions from the Finger On The Pulse DJ himself: " The time you got drunk and ended up naked? Need it here. Did one to many tequila shots and could not find your apartment 4 blocks away? Please, tell me. Punched your mom and then cried about it? All ears. Broke your glasses, leg, heart, ect but did not find out till the next morning? Let me have it." Don't be shy or ashamed, as we've all done things we don't want to tell anyone, except a Vice mag writer. I am not sure they're ready for mine, hell I'm not ready for mine, as it's taken me a long time to bury those nights. The coolest thing of all is that the winning entries will be turned into illustrations for an upcoming issue of Vice.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Let's Make Love and Listen To Death From Above

Photo by Mariana Juliano

CSS, "Let's Make Love and Listen To Death From Above (Spank Rock remix)" (YSI link)

CSS, "Let's Make Love and Listen To Death From Above (Diplo remix)" (YSI link)

CSS, "Let's Make Love and Listen To Death From Above (Simian Mobile Disco remix)" (YSI link)

If the world seemed a happier place, it's because everyone on the East Coast woke up today to realize that the terrible weather has cleared and everything seems a little better. I mean, what a perfect day! These are baby-making times, hold your mami's hand times, girl watching in the park times, outdoor cafe times, i.e. happy times.

Cansei der Sexy's "Let's Make Love and Listen To Death From Above" is the perfect song for this time, greatest title evah, a beautiful laid-back, dance-y feel that is like a soundtrack for Spring. The real treat above is the Simian Mobile Disco remix, which really messes with the original. The UK boys turn this one into a bleeping, raging banger, 180 degrees difference and it works big time. Yeah! Diplo also turns in a nice one, although not sure it's dancefloor ready. It's slow and deliberate, but with a real choppy feel to it. The bass (?) almost sounds like it's been scratched by one-half of Hollertronix. Repeated listens only make me like this one more and more.

-The people of LA should be extra happy on this amazing day, as Blow Up LA is doing it rill big. Check out this DFA centric line-up - The Juan MacLean, Tim Sweeney, James Fucking Friedman, live set by Gold Chains, all the LA dudes like Daniel from Le Disko, Dirty Dave, Anne Lee, Dan Oh from Cinespace, Esca & Deekay, my dude Richie Panic from SF, so many more. It's two rooms at the Beachwood Lofts in Santa Monica (1110 Beachwood), Shadowscene's in the house, goes til 4, $8. Awesome.


-Not far behind is the co-event of the night, as Chicago gets to experience Radio Soulwax. This should be an amazing time. I got to experience pretty much this same line-up Wednesday at Studio B here in Brookyln and it was soooooo good. There's nothing quite like hearing "E Talking," all my troubles seemed so far away. Oh, Dave P and JDH killed it. I repeat, killed it. Tonight, they're joined by all my new fav DJs, Bald Eagle and Popstatic. It's at Metro (3730 N. Clark St.), 18+, go go go.

-You know your regular Saturday night stop in New York City. Project Matt's Saturdazed at Home Sweet Home (131 Chrystie St.) goes down tonight, with a special 4.20 (+1) version with Yamez. Take back the LES!

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-No flier, but Dimitry of High Voltage is spinning at Beauty Bar (231 E. 14th St.), another good stop tonight for the NYC crowd and you can still say you've never been past 14th street!

-Finally, always good to hear from Boston, a city that seems to fly under the radar for the most part. Tonight (and every Saturday) Hot Fucking Pink takes over Axis (13 Lansdowne St) with dirty beats and dirty thoughts. DJs Michael Savant, Justincredible and Knowlton Walsh spin, free with rsvp at Shout out to the FGA, you're getting her back Boston, feel lucky.

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