Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
FMEL is a space that unites electronic and digital concepts of sound, music and art created by Latin American artists with a global perspective for its fusion and diffusion. As such, the objective of FMEL is to expand and enhance Latin American digital culture in Chicago through global cultural connections. FMEL desires opportunities to broaden its audience, venues and locations of the festival as well as its programming. Each year has brought new elements from live Internet broadcasting to international representations of FMEL in Chicago and in Mexico City. FMEL would like to collaborate with other cities, nationally and internationally as well as be able to host and present year round programming some time in the near future.
the first FMEL in 2007 focused on introducing international digital sound artists and musicians to the Chicago Latino community via a free all-ages event in a small gallery of Chicago, Pilsen neighborhood. Showcasing international, national and local musicians, such as Antiguo Autómata Mexicano, Seekers Who are Lovers, Kobol, Labo-Labs, Echonine and Perfect Kiss. During both days of digital and electronic sounds, there was a multitude of presentations via digital video, graphic design, photography, painting and sculpture created by young Latino artist residing in Chicago. There were also interactive sessions like ‘‘Circuit Bending’’ (allowing the extraction of sounds through children’s toys) and a ‘‘Jam Session’’ (improvised interaction of coordinate sounds).
FMEL 2008 refreshed the Latin electronic music scene with vanguard sounds of digital manipulation and experimentation. It explored electronic music as a concept and some of its various genres like: techno, breakbeat, down-tempo, experimental jazz and cut & paste to name a few. The participating artists were: Carrie, Fax, Cubenx, Kampion, Kobol, Dark Party.
Visit www.fmelchicago.com for more info regarding dates, schedule locations and artists performing at this year's FMEL. Also, Chicago Public Radio conducted an interview with Brenda Hernadez, host of thr FMEL. Listen to the interview here.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Soundway Records is dedicated to unveiling forgotten chapters from some of the world’s richest musical cultures. From the highlife, disco and rock sounds of 70's Nigeria to the golden age of Panamanian music, Benin’s Afro-Latin grooves, Colombia’s Champeta and all other forms of Tropical and Afro sounds imaginable. Soundway’s mission is to present the very best in obscure a-sides, b-sides and album cuts that have remained unavailable… until now.
Nigeria Rock Special - Ginger Baker first visited Nigeria in 1970 at a time when local rock music was just finding its feet. By then the sound of Jimi Hendrix & bands like Santana had started to seep in to the mainly soul-based sets of a handful of young bands playing western influenced pop. Recognising the talent of bands like Cluster International and The Afro-Collection, Baker toured Europe & America with some of their musicians with his new band Airforce & Salt. Back in Nigeria in 1972 and exposed to the world of progressive and psychedelic rock at its peak, Joni Haastrup started his Mono-Mono band & Berkley Jones, Laolo Akins & Mike Odumosu set up BLO. The craze that followed hit the youth and student population of Nigeria hard - mixing fuzz guitar & heavy, African rhythms with elements of Led Zeppelin, Traffic & the Chambers Brothers. 15 of the best LP and 45 cuts of the scene are available here for the first time in 30 years. This LP is a collector's item, along with all Soundway re-issues. If you're a vinyl junkie, these are a must have for your collection.
Monday, August 24, 2009
In case you haven't heard, Matt Abbott and Josh Dahlberg recently released a new joint EP entitled The Guiding Light (BLNK-16). To commemorate the release, an extremely limited run of 20 CDrs were made.
The CD features both songs from the release on a hand-stamped CDr inside the casing of an old school 5 1/4" floppy disc.
Every CDr will ship with two BA Logo Stickers. Randomly stuffed inside 8 CDs are yearbook style 4"x6" photos of Abbott, Dahlberg, and resident dead cat, Mr. McBiddles. Reference this image to get an idea.
PLEASE NOTE: Prices include shipping. Please be sure to select the appropriate button on check out. You can purchase a limited addition CDr here.
# + CD ships with 2 BA Logo Stickers
# + 5 1/4" Floppy disk CD Case
# + Individually Numbered
USA/Canada: 13.00 USD
International: 18.00 USD
Thursday, August 20, 2009
The Sultana is a Memphis-based band that is loosely comprised of Michaela Caitlin, Sam Tomaszczuk, and Jon Hart, who's also responsible for the trifecta known as the Agents Of Woe. These modern troubadours perform a blend of Electric Folk and weirder stuff that even your average soothsayer cannot find words to describe. Feast your ears and eyes to what could be the biggest maritime catastrophe since the beginnings of reconstruction. So you should kick back, grab your musket and a mint julep and enjoy these aural pleasures like any ol'southern renegade would.
The Guiding Light (BLNK-16) is a new joint EP featuring the bass heavy workings of Josh Dahlberg and Secrets, otherwise known as Vacuum or Matt Abbott. Given the restlessness swimming amongst most dance music enthusiasts, The Guiding Light serves as one of the many proverbial roadmaps taking listeners on a journey passed techno and house’s outer limits.
With your musical liasons…...
Secrets – Blank Artists, Secret Mixes/Fixes
Secrets is Matt Abbott who also records under the names Vacuum and is part of the group Guys On Drugs (G.O.D.) along with E Spleece and Berliners Seth Troxler & Shaun Reeves. After moving to NYC, Matt started to focus heavily on his Secrets alias, moving the techno sound to the back corner and putting classic & obscure disco and boogie front and center. With his Secrets alias, Matt is known for his floor stomping disco edits, deconstructing loops and chopping vocals, with heavy, thick basslines that destroy dance floors. With upcoming releases on Blank Artists, the well known bootleg edits label Secret Mixes/Fixes, and Brian Gillespie's own Galaxy Sound Company.
Josh Dahlberg – Blank Artists, WDET
In addition to oversight and production detail for Blank Artists, you can now hear Josh broadcast online and over the HD waves of Detroit’s WDET 101.9 The Avenue every Wednesday night. Since starting the show earlier this spring, Babes in Hi Def continues to host guest mixes as well as selections from Josh whose track listings include everything from Silver Apples, Was (Not Was), Roy Ayers, Underworld, and Martin Buttrich. Expect as wide a variety on this night as you would tuning in to BiHD.
Aran Daniels – Proper Modulation
Aran Daniels became addicted to the techno sounds being pumped in nightclubs such as Motor and The Shelter in the 90's. As a DJ, labels such as Perlon and Playhouse have influenced him, never forgetting the Midwest’s techno and house roots. Currently Aran is a resident DJ with Detroit party promoters Proper Modulation and has recently shared the decks with Mikael Stavostrand, Move D, The Juan Maclean, Efdemin, and Holy Ghost!, to name a few.
The Alley Deck (Majestic’s roof top patio)
4120 Woodward Ave.
Nomo is an Afro-beat band from Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Fela Kuti-inspired band formed at the University of Michigan and is not to be confused with the 1980's Pop/New Wave band of the same name fronted by California singer-songwriter David Batteau. Fronted by Elliott Bergman, the collective has recorded for Ubiquity Records and Ypsilanti Records. Nomo has been recorded by His Name Is Alive frontman Warn Defever. Members of Nomo also perform on various His Name Is Alive albums, including Detrola, XMMER, and Sweet Earth Flower.
The core members include - Bergman (saxophone, percussion, electric mbira, and electric sawblade gamelan), Erik Hall (guitar, Nu-Tone Cymbals, and drums), Jamie Register (bass, vocals), Quin Kirchner (congas, drums, percussion), Dan Piccolo (drums, percussion), Dan Bennett (baritone saxophone, percussion), Justin Walter (trumpet, wah-wah), Joey Dosik (alto saxophone), and Ingrid Racine (trumpet, percussion).
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Photo Credit: Doug Coombe
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Guernica is a biweekly magazine that publishes photography, art, poetry, and fiction from around the world, along with nonfiction, including letters from abroad, investigative pieces, interviews, profiles of artists/writers/musicians or political figures, opinion pieces on international affairs and U.S. domestic politics and foreign policy. Guernica 's stated mission is to publish works that explore "the crossroads between art and politics."
Last week, Mark Dowie published a comprehensive article detailing Detroit's opportunity to change the city's history from a 20th century post-industrial urban center, wrought with vast abandoned acres of land, to a 21st century agrarian metropolis, and he argues that Detroit is better positioned than any other city - on the planet. Read the entire article here.
Photo Credit: Jonathan LaRocca
Hot on the heels of his critically acclaimed Mirrors release, MOL brings Outputmessage back for another classic floor shaker. This time, though, the focus is on a lush landscape of biting synthesizers which have been characterized as a “post-modern Strings of Life.” His knack for pitting skillfully crafted leads and symphonic samples against solid drums is unparalleled in this day in age of pre-made loops and cookie cutter dance tracks. If there is one track this summer that will be turning heads across the board, Sands is it.
More or Less' newest friend and ally, Addled, of NYC’s Moodgadget collective, takes on the remix duties for Sands. After a blistering live set at the monthly More Or Less party in Baltimore, now a Wolf+Lamb podcast, we knew he was the one that could turn this lush track into the sleeper dance track of the summer. What he has come up with is nothing short of aural bliss. Latin and lounge house influences are heavily featured as a variety of congas, drums and splashes drop in and out of the melody.
Preview and Purchase this release, exclusively at Beatport.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The Guiding Light is a new joint EP featuring the bass heavy workings of Josh Dahlberg and Secrets, otherwise known as Vacuum or Matt Abbott. Given the restlessness swimming amongst most dance music enthusiasts, The Guiding Light serves as one of the many proverbial roadmaps taking listeners on a journey passed techno and house’s outer limits.
Coming off of a music production sabbatical of sorts to start a new radio show on Detroit’s 101.9fm, WDET HD2 “The Avenue”, Josh Dahlberg shoots back into action with his new cut, Ass On The Floor. The bass growls, the synths stab, and Dahlberg’s pitched down vocals sound the alarm to get on the floor and shake those beads of sweat off the very tip of your longest tail-feather.
Continuing to climb ranks as dance music’s self-proclaimed dirtbag, Matt “Secrets” Abbott consistently appeases listeners with his signature blend of quirky bass, house, and booty (he’s even known to drop his own secret edits). His addition to the EP, Homesick, is a re-master of a song which was previously a promo track for a west coast Blog. A late summer jam to be sure, Homesick illustrates well why Abbott is a name that has dance music DJs and fans excited to stop talking and start dancing.
Purchase through: Juno, Beatport, or iTunes.
More Info at www.blankartists.com
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Co-founder with Stefan Betke of Scape music, Barbara Preisinger guests this week's Bleep43 podcast with a fine mix of house records. There’s also more than an hour of selections that includes music from The Hasbeens, Matt Chester, Steinhoff & Hammoudi, Lory D and Blank Artists' own Jared Wilson. Download the Bleep43 podcast 144 with Barbara Preisinger
The Hasbeens - I fall to pieces
Joseph Auer - Starknight 303
Lory D - The Bank Robbery
Bodycode - Spacial Harmonics
Unity Gain Temple - Sahmo
Thomas Fehlmann - Cuddle
Jared Wilson - Bangkok Four Seasons Hotel
Volga Select - Anne des Plombs
Break SL - Laguna Seca
NWAQ - The Force (Ame remix)
Steinhoff & Hammoudi - You are (Jus Ed remix)
Shake - Indagoo
David Morley - The First Floor
Matt Chester - Col D’Aubisque
BARBARA PREISINGER MIX
Dyed Soundorom - She knows
Losoul - Depth Control
Audio Werner - Going Easy
Reggie Dokes - Chicago Pimp
Rick Wade - Long Walk
Lance Nuance - no title
6th Borough Projects - Planets (The Revenge Lost Groove)
Mina Jackson - Pray (Mike Dunn’s Blackball instrumental mix)
Minimal Man - Make A Move
Redshape - The Box
Steve O’Sullivan - Soft Scoop Memories
Mr. G - Low Slung
Mood Edit - DM1950 I Miss You
Los Hermanos - no title
Pure Science - Discombobulate
Motor City Drum Ensemble - Raw Cuts
Canyon Cody is an outernational hip-hop producer, ethnomusicologist and global music DJ. In 2008, Cody received a Fulbright Scholarship in Spain, where he organized Granada Doaba - an academic experiment in instrumental hip-hop rooted in traditional flamenco and Arab music. Co-produced by underground rapper Gnotes, Granada Doaba features 16 musicians from around the world who are all currently living in Spain and recording collectively.
Last week, NPR's All Things Considered aired a segment where they interviewed Canyon Cody and Gnotes in regards to both their music production and their ethnological/musical research. Madeleine Brand conducts the interview and you can read it here.
The international phenomenon of house music owes its existence to the basement clubs of 1980's Chicago, but many Chicagoans are unaware of their city's underground legacy. "Home Sweet House" reveals a thriving Chicago house scene hidden in plain sight. From a footworking battle on the South Side to a night out at a legendary North Side club, the film takes viewers to the city's most hallowed house hotspots. Interviews with DJs, promoters, producers, dancers, and record store clerks--all set to a soundtrack of authentic underground Chicago tracks--answer the ultimate question that surrounds this legendary subculture: Why Chicago?
Friday, August 7, 2009
Comprised of native Minnesotan Bryan Black and Parisian Mr. No, Motor released the full-lengths Klunk and Unhuman on Mute before signing with T. Raumschmiere’s Berlin-based Shitkatapult label for the newly-issued Metal Machine. The music is hard, heavy and now muscular enough to fill an entire stadium with evil rhythmic tremors. Resident Advisor calls some of the new material "almost like KISS gone rave," which might be slightly over the top. But just slightly. We recommend you download "Schism" or "Death Rave" onto your iPhone, put on your headphones and jump up and down on your bed for hours on end. Or better yet, experience it live this Friday at the Works.
Motor comes to town courtesy of Dethlab, Detroit’s original gods and goddesses of the dark electro arts. Michael Doyle, Bethany Shorb and David Blunk ll, who joined the team last year, have built their own distinct scene through selective programming and execution, welcoming Fixmer/McCarthy, Solvent, Lowfish and noise-pop crossover artists like 800Beloved, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and Spectral Mornings into their seditionist fold. Come early; contort yourself until late. Very late. The show is at 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7; $10 for 18 and over. The Works is located at 1846 Michigan Ave., Detroit.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
More or Less is tickled to bring you it’s 5th installment, Beltway 2 Beltway, a digital EZ-Pass for the warm summer months.
On I-95 resident defensive driver Craig Sopo kicks things off with a melancholy ode to East Coast driving habits. Smart drum programming meets road rage chorus. Keep those hands at 10 and 2 and quit tapping the brakes.
Jared Wilson, aka Beard, our Midwest ally with releases on Blank Artists and 7777, tailgates his way thru a 303-laden SH-101 laden remix. Putting the vocals at the forefront, this track hits you in the face like a 55 mph head on collision. Definitely a floor stomper.
Harbor Tunnel, Sopo's second offering on this release, rounds things off nicely with a superb blend of melodic driving techno. Rewinds, reverb and vocal stabs punctuate this quality track. Less 005 is sure to get sufficient mileage in your mix.
Preview and purchase LESS/004 here. Also, to commemorate the release of LESS/005, Craig Sopo offers a promo dj mix for download.
Mixed By: Craig Sopo
Bit Rate: 320 KBPS
1. Outputmessage - Sands (Addled remix) (LESS/006)
2. Sustainer - Ciclope c
3. Outputmessage - Mirrors (Craig Sopo's 7 years mix) (LESS/003)
4. Craig Sopo - ASDR (LESS/004)
5. Colliders - Keeper Stady (Adam Antine remix)
6. Craig Sopo - ASDR (Keith Kemp's Coastal mix) (LESS/004)
7. Mikael Stravostand - Spaceflake (Ali Kuru remix)
8. Outputmessage - Sands (LESS/006)
9. Slam - Room 2
10. Craig Sopo - Harbor Tunnel (LESS/005)
11. Fernando Tessis - Die Kinder Wollen Tek
12. Ben Klock - Ok (feat. Elif Biger) (Original Mix)
Monday, August 3, 2009
Comprising two-thirds of Manuel and Kim Pompa's offspring, Phil and Drew have been making and performing music, off and on, for time immemorial.
Phillip translated his love for the mix tape creation craft to the turntable arts, allegedly, sometime in late 1999. Drew also succumbed to the mystique of turntablism around this time. No one knows when for certain, and these dudes aren’t talking. From that time since, these two lads have seen and done many things, but never without their own soundtracks.
Unsatisfied to merely play the music of others, both Drew and Phil have created havens for music creation, in Detroit and Chicago respectively. Drew co-manages the 'Blank Artists' record label in Detroit from which he releases diverse musical stylings ranging from soul to acid house. He is a man about town. Phil, on the other hand, rarely emerges from his windowless, basement studio, lurking among sundry machines and stacks of old vinyl.
While infrequent, the two brothers manage to swindle a weekend, here and there, from the grind of daily responsibilities. On such occasions, they have been rumored to barricade doors, uncork many a bottle, and whittle away countless hours amidst the hum and crackle of strange electronics, bizarre old records, and weird machinations, unimaginable to the untrained eye.
This will be one of those famed weekends of lore and high adventure. These ruffians have seen fit to play some delightful aural treats for the Ville. If you have not yet met these lads, look for the two guys who seem to be having more fun than anyone else. They are them.
Mixed By: Drew & Phil Pompa
Bit Rate: 192 KBPS
1.St. Ernesto - Easy In (Kyoto Jass Massive Remix)
2.Spanky Wilson & the QSO vs. Lanu – Don’t Joke With a Hungry Mother (Dj Re-edit)
3.Modaji – Aracaju (Calm Remix)
4.Sise – Cuando (King Britt Remix)
5.Chico Mann – Estan Llamando
6.Truby Trio – Carajillo (Jazzanova Remix)
7.Theo Parrish – Falling Up
8.Jazzanova – Another New Day
9.George Akaeze & His Augmented Hits – Business Before Pleasure
11.Soul Messengers Feat. the Spirit of Israel – Burn Devil Burn
12.Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves The Sunshine
13.Quasimode – Over The Horizon (Soulphiction Remix)
14.Eli Goulart & Banda Do Mato - Meu Samba (Nicola Conte's Bossa Remix)
15.Yo La Tengo – Madeline
16.E.Spleece ft. Peril Elle – Thinking & Thinking
17.Diana Ross – My Old Piano
18.Flying Lotus – Unexpected Delight feat. Laura Darlington
19.Herbert – Suddenly
20.Bebel Gilberto – Tanto Tempo (PK Ciadade Maravilhosa Remix)
22.Grupo Batuque – Keyzer (Masters At Work Remix)
23.The Pleb – One For Senegal
24.Jazzanova – Fedime’s Flight
25.Ayro – Let This
26.Sly & The Family Stone – Family Affair
27.Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
28.The Commodores – Machine gun
29.Peal Orchestra – No Win Situation (Kluster’s Uplifting Mix)
30.Morcheeba – Lighten Up (Superdiscount Mix)
31.Moodymann – Music People
32.The Detroit Experiment – Track 2
33.Moodymann – Mahogany Brown
34.Fela Kuti & Kwanzaa Posse – Wicked Funk (Right Tempo Live Mix)
35.Central Line – Walking Into Sunshine
36.Paul Bryan – Like a Rainy Night
37.The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination – Amalinja
38.The Matthew Herbert Big Band – The Story
39.Matthew Dear – Deserter (Four Tet Remix)
Saturday, August 1, 2009
From: Detroit Film Theater
(USA/2008 – directed by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte)
The now-legendary boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman that took place in Zaire in 1974 (aka the “Rumble in the Jungle”) actually turned out to be two spectacles in one. Complementing the fight was a three-day music festival featuring some of the greatest rhythm and blues talents of all time: James Brown and the Mighty JBs, B.B. King, Bill Withers, the Spinners, Sister Sledge, and the Crusaders, plus world renowned African performers such as Miriam Makeba and Afrisa. And though the concert was designed to coincide with the fight itself, an injury to George Forman caused the match to be pushed back; because of the artists’ commitments, however, the music festival couldn’t be delayed. This historic concert was filmed with a lavish budget and state-of the art techniques, but the footage – assembled or unassembled – has never been unavailable until now, having been mired in legal disputes for the last 35 years. At long last, the knockout feature film version of the event, Soul Power, can be seen, heard, and most of all, felt. A joyous musical celebration as well as a powerful evocation of a particular time and place, Soul Power on the big screen is an experience well worth the three decade wait. (93 min.)
“One of the most energetic music documentaries in years.”
-Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice
July 31 and Aug. 1 @ 7:00 p.m., Aug. 2 @ 2:00 p.m.
Aug. 7 and 8 @ 7:00 and 9:30 p.m., Aug. 9 @ 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.