Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Events

Alpha 606 (live) Miami
BMG - Interdimensional Transmissions
Carlos Souffront
Chuck Hampton aka Gay Marvine / Secret Mixes/Fixes
Erika of Ectomorph - Interdimensional Transmissions

Bohemian National Home
3009 Tillman
$5 before midnight; $10 after

Entertainment provided by Macho City / Disco Secret DJs:
Mike Trombly
Mike Kearns
Tommy Ferrera
Scott Zacharias

Along with a live performance by:
The Wolfman Band

4454 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
$8 advance, $10 door, $20 without costume

Dam-Funk - Live/DJ | Stones Throw
Kevin Reynolds - Live | Todchai
Secrets - Live | Blank Artists/Secret Mixes Fixes

1456 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
$10 Pre-sales, $15 At the Door, $10 w/ costume

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Richard Wohlfeil in Metro Times

This article's a few months old, but it's never too late pay homage to one of the most righteous hombres from the barrio. If you're ever tipping a horse feather at the Atlas Bar in Hamtramck or rockin it low key to some jazz funk grooves at Northern Lights on Wednesday, than you've probably found yourself entangled inside a web of bizarre but enlightened ramblings from Richard Wohlfeil. Whether it pertain to books or records, this modern scribe has all the goods, and he's willing to share them. Like the time he literally forced me to borrow his mint condition Cannonball Adderley and Brother Jack McDuff albums. Hot biz, for sho!

Travis Wright from the Metro Times sat down with Richard in July to talk about Aldous Huxley, osmosis, and monkey brains. Read the entire interview HERE.

Photo Cred: Alicia Gbur

Monday, October 26, 2009

DJ Pete Interview and Mix

Along with Rene Lowe and Thorsten Profrock, Peter Kuschnereit became involved with the camp of individuals composing the Hard Wax record store in Berlin, eventually finding himself a member of the camp's primary label, Chain Reaction. But before Kuschnereit began releasing his records on the label, he spent his days working at the Hard Wax store, immersing himself in the world of electronic music. It was there, working alongside other forward-looking artists including owners Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus of Basic Channel fame, that Pete soon began looking beyond the traditional sounds of Chicago house and Detroit techno.

Kuschnereit began releasing music as Substance in the mid-'90s, resulting in the Session Elements album. When he collaborated with fellow Hard Wax member Rene Lowe for the first Chain Reaction record as Scion, the duo's revisionist aesthetic which looked beyond the standard synth, 303, 808, and 909 sounds of house and techno set the precedent for the label's innovative sound. Though his production output has been quite sparse, Kuschnereit has also appeared live alongside Lowe and Tikiman, performing many of the songs found on the many Hard Wax-affiliated records.

Resident Advisor conducted and interview with DJ Pete last spring, when he was featured for the 147th RA podcast. Read the entire interview below. In addition, you can listen to this mix by DJ Pete, recorded last year at the Plex in London. Download HERE.

What have you been working on recently?
Mainly I was selecting records for my DJ crate for various DJ gigs. I like to spend a lot time on that, because I play many different styles. Lately, for example, I play house classics one night, industrial related techno and IDM another night and things between classic minimal techno and dubstep with a broken hard techno feel at Berghain. My last music production was a remix for Scuba on Hotflush Recordings.

How and where was the mix recorded?
This mix was recorded at my home studio in Berlin. It's a classic vinyl mix, that hasn't been edited digitally. I'm using two turntables and a DJ mixer with kill switches and an external digital delay.

Can you tell us a little about the mix?
It is an attempt to mix tracks that are not necessarily from the same genre or era, obviously not matching, but then you feel a good match about certain colors and atmosphere. Dubstep on the way to techno plays a big role in that mix. I wanted to do an unusual and cool mix.

Both yourself and the Hardwax store have been notable for pushing dubstep sounds in Berlin. Do you remember what it was about the genre that first caught your attention?

It was grime that first came to Berlin, and I was interested until it had too many similar riddims, bad production and too much MCing. Mainly, it was drum & bass related stuff like productions from Search & Destroy and Toasty that led me to dubstep. Labels like Hotflush, DMZ, Tempa, Texture and Planet Mu got my full attention then. Thank you England for dubstep!

You recently reprised your Tresor partnership with Surgeon at Corsica Studios in London. How was that?
One of the most memorable nights for me! Surgeon and I have been friends since 1996. Back then, he invited me to play in Birmingham for one of the famous House Of God nights. Later, we played together at Tresor club for the Dynamic Tension nights, where we were the only DJs all night—a perfect match. It's quite rare that you can play at the same night with one of your favourite producers, so it was a real pleasure to pick up the idea and do a "revival" in London. Additionally, Scorn live! It was incredible. I'll never forget that event. We'll do it again at Corsica Studios on December 11th.

Your last solo effort that wasn't a remix came out eight years ago now. Can we expect some in the near future, or do you prefer working on original material with René?
Since I've been remixing quite a lot, I'm actually into kind of remixing myself, resulting in new tunes with the "old Substance" feel to it, I hope. It was really nice to see what was possible with just some dusty samples and sequences from old Scion material, resulting in Scion Versions! Why not do that with Substance? Since I've started playing live as Substance, I'm on my way to new material.

What are you up to next?
I'm starting a remix for a Canadian industrial band, Orphx, as well as my residency at Berghain and more DJ gigs in the UK and Europe. Hard Wax is also hosting a monthly Sunday night at a new club in Berlin: Wax Treatment at Horstkrzbrg.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Wall Of Voodoo - Mexican Radio

Really enjoy this song. Found it on a Pipe Scuttleworth mix, along with countless other gems, and I must say that Wall of Voodoo is a supreme delight. Lyrics are listed below. Check it!

I feel a hot wind on my shoulder
And the touch of a world that is older
I turn the switch and check the number
I leave it on when in bed I slumber
I hear the rhythms of the music
I buy the product and never use it
I hear the talking of the DJ
Can't understand just what does he say?

I'm on a mexican radio. I'm on a Mexican - whoah - radio

I dial it in and tune the station
They talk about the U.S. inflation
I understand just a little
No comprende, it's a riddle

I'm on a mexican radio. I'm on a Mexican, whoa-Oh, radio
I'm on a mexican radio. I'm on a Mexican, whoa-Oh, radio

I wish I was in Tijuana
Eating barbequed iguana
I'd take requests on the telephone
I'm on a wavelength far from home
I feel a hot wind on my shoulder
I dial it in from south of the border
I hear the talking of the DJ
Can't understand just what does he say?

I'm on a mexican radio. I'm on a Mexican, whoa-Oh, radio
I'm on a mexican radio. I'm on a Mexican, whoa-Oh, radio

Radio radio... Radio radio... Radio radio...
I'm on a mexican radio. I'm on a Mexican, whoa-Oh, radio
I'm on a mexican radio. I'm on a Mexican, whoa-Oh, radio
Radio radio... What does he say ?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Blank Artists Presents: A Chain Reaction Showcase

Scion is comprised of Peter Kuschnereit and René Löwe, both of whom are longstanding employees of Berlin’s legendary record shop/distributor Hard Wax. Also having produced on Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus’ Basic Channel sub-label Chain Reaction, Scion’s revisionist aesthetic looks beyond the standard synth, 303, 808, and 909 sounds, which we associate with house and techno, to set the precedent for the Chain Reaction sound. Together for this rare and intimate performance, Scion extends the invitation to re-connect their listeners with a past often lost, but which undoubtedly served as an impetus to the future of electronic music.

* One of only four North American tour dates

additional support provided by:

Patrick Russell - Circus Company/Mentalux
Drew Pompa - Blank Artists

$10/$15 After 2am
Friday, November 13th 2009
National Bohemian Home
3009 Tillman Detroit, MI
Doors @ 10pm
Map It

Friday, October 16, 2009

Snake Wave / Viper Core / Python Disco

Reptilian Worshipers:
GUYS ON DRUGS (Vacuum + E. Spleece) special 5 hr set!
Suzana Doncic (zvezdana)

Trowbridge House of Coffee
10241 Joseph Campau
Hamtramck, MI

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Keyboard Stairs

The basis of this youtube post is simply out of principle. No description necessary, except for maybe a comment - people are epically lazy..... until music is involved, of course. Check it!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Andrew Weatherall Interview

From: Fact Magazine

Andrew Weatherall has just released his debut solo album, A Pox On The Pioneers, but, as you all should know, his music career is a long and illustrious one.

From his early days with the Boys Own crew at the wide eye of the acid house storm and his oft-praised production work on Primal Scream's Screamadelica, Weatherall has gone on to cultivate his own eccentric, Albion-steeped visions of electro, techno, dub and kosmische as part of Sabres of Paradise and Two Lone Swordsmen, has mixed arguably the greatest ever Fabric CD, and produced and remixed acts as diverse as My Bloody Valentine, Saint Etienne and most recently Fuck Buttons. He's also partial to a bit of rockabilly, but then, aren't we all? Read the interview conducted by Fact Magazine, here.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Interview w/ Matt Abbott a.k.a. Secrets

Matt Abbott a.k.a. Secrets is a man. However, Matt is not just your average man, but rather a member of a deep, dark, secret society of estranged mans, who share an unusual but respectable bond for all things weird.

Some days, you might find him planting morning glories in Anderson Cooper's garden. Other times, he'll disappear without a trace, only to send message along that he's been tripping balls with the Navajos at burning man, waxing poetically for months about the lost Atlantian race of goat weasels - the note - signed, sealed and delivered in pigs blood. But you see, there's plenty of reason behind his sociopathic behavior and spontaneous pursuits; you can't steal the tribe's horses and ride off with their women unless you've subjected them to a rigorous daily regiment of face melting.

So.... you thought the Indians could hang? HA!.... maybe..... but not the kind of hanging this self-proclaimed derelict gets down with and this interview conducted by Underground Resistance's Bileebob, proves exaclty why. Also, peep this bad ass mix that Abbott did for the Bunker over the summer. Download here.

Bileebob)I love artists that don't take themselves too seriously.... What's your mantra?
Matt)I think chinstroking is for deficient people that are just too big of vaginas to actually do what they want to do.. Im so sick of all these divas in the party scene taking shit so serious. I mean, your fucking getting paid to drink free drinks, get tons of pussy, get fucked up and play music for people to party to. how anyone can complain about that i'll never understand.

B)What live gear do you use other than software?
M)i usually just use software and various MIDI controllers when I play out. I'm about to start working with more live insturments soon.

B)When do you know you have partied too hard?
M)when you die. In fact, fuck that. i'm pretty sure that's happened to me once or twice. Death is a pussy.

B)When you are at a party, how can you tell if it's going to be off the chains?
M)if its a small dark venue, is blaring Cannible Corpse, the walls are sweating, has only 1 red light, a mountian of DMT pwder, some live goats, a free duct dape table, and a tub of vaseline.

B)Why did you decide to leave Detroit?
M)Ive left Detroit "for good" about 4,663,679 times. I have a love/hate relationship with this city. I love the pepole, but i hate getting robbed and beat up all the time. and the 2am bar time is fucking bullshit, man.

B)Why was your stay in Brooklyn so short?
M)it wasnt, i'm going back next week.

B)Plan on doing more art?
M)indeed I do. not untill I get a muse with down syndrom though.

B)Describe the art work you do.
M)10 year old retarded girl on meth? or epic dream like landcapes with the most beautiful horses one could imagine? with panthers.

B)We hated to see you go and love when you come back. How was the Majestic gig?
M)It was off the hook. Its really good to see people in the city getting into more then just boring ass techno and actually dancing.

B)What is the biggest fashion faux pas you've commited?
M)making my Itialian Grandma buy me a NWA shirt when I was 10 that said "nigga's with attitude"

B)Is there anything you would never wear?
M)cowboy chaps. ill leave that for Seth Troxler.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Faust @ MOCAD


Legendary progressive rockers, Faust, offer a very special performance in Detroit for the first time ever! Often considered one of the most “out there” groups of the 1970’s, Faust ‘s live performances are more than simple rock concerts. They are interactive, staged events; replete with projections, live painting, power tools and the inimitable sounds of Faust. The live Faust sound cannot be encapsulated, wandering from space-age, ambient drone, to one chord symphonies and psyche-rock infused electronica. Faust’s first appearance in Detroit promises to be a memorable and singular experience.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 7PM
With special guests Indian Jewelry
Admission: $16.00 | all ages
4454 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48201

Monday, October 5, 2009

Dopplereffekt in Wire Magazine

While doing library preparation work, I discovered the October issue of Wire Magazine had featured Dopperleffekt's first ever face to face interview. Since 1995, Dopplereffekt has seen a rotating cast of members with mainstay Gerald Donlad, who is thought to be one-half of the legendary mythological Drexciyan outfit - as well as inspiration to countless electro acts including Ectomorph.

This article is an interesting read which sheds a light on the very inner concept of the duo's futuristic music. A break from the historically pronouncements of Drexciya, Dopplereffekt shifted gears immediately after James Stinson's death and began reinterpreting their sound as purely science based, seeking to create music defined by the evolution of social constructs through a highly technologically advanced society. That's where many of the references to quantum theories and particle physic serve their purpose.

This 2-page feature also does an admirable job blurring the lines between human and alien races. If you were on the fence regarding the psychological evolution of enigmatic figures like Stinson and Donald, whose careers as electronic musicians have been overwhelmingly shrouded in secrecy, than this article helps to expand your imagination regarding these mysterious figures. view the entire article here.

In addition, this wonderful tribute set celebrating the 7th anniversary of James Stinson's passing, was found posted at the Drexciya Research Lab and is highly recommended. Download here.