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‘m back! Well, sort of.


As you probably noticed, I’ve been rather silent on this blog for the past couple of months. Sometime around mid-April, I realized that the deadlines for the submission of the final draft of my dissertation aligned with travel plans for both me and my committee members in such a way that I needed to either defend my dissertation in mid-June (with plenty of time to revise post-defense) or in mid-July (with barely a week to do all revisions). I went into Emergency Dissertation-Finishing Mode (more…)

Suggestions Needed: Berlin, Summer of 2010 tracks

Perhaps it’s too late for your hazy memories, but: what were your tracks of the summer of 2010? Much like the project I started last year, I’m planning to put together a DJ mix that reflects the sounds of my recent trip to Berlin. This is primarily directed at folks who were in Berlin last summer and were hearing the same tracks I was, but I’m still happy to have suggestions to people who were partying elsewhere. If you were hearing a track all over the place during the summer, post it in the comments! Here’s my preliminary list:

  • The Gathering. “In My System (Jeff K System Mix).” Silver Network. [Marc Schneider & Jan Krueger played the fuck outta this track that summer]
  • Axel Boman. “Purple Drank.” Pampa. [“I woke up with your name on my lipsssss…”]
  • Laserkraft 3D. “Nein Mann.” Sme Music. [OK, not really; this wasn’t on any of the dancefloors where I went, but the track made the rounds of all of the Berlin party kids]
  • Akabu. “Another World (Andre Lodemann Mix).” Z Records. [I could be wrong, but I believe there’s a bit of Debussy’s La Mer on here.]
  • Kink. “E79.” Ovum.
  • Maya Jane Coles. “What They Say.” RealTone Records. [Apparently, the vocal sample is from a DJ Sneak track]
  • DJ Koze. “Blume der Nacht.” Pampa. [As featured on Superpitcher’s amazing RA Podcast]
  • Davide Squillace. “The Other Side of the Bed.” Desolat.
  • (more…)

Suggestions Needed: Berlin, Summer of 2008 Podcast

So, I’m thinking of putting together a podcast of tracks from the summer of 2008 in Berlin. These are, essentially, the tracks that I heard EVERYWHERE when I went out to party. But I can only recall so many, so I NEED YOUR HELP! Vote for your most memorable and/or favorite tracks from 2008 (especially ones that were making the rounds in deep/minimal house circles) in the comments below. Even if the track was released before 2008, I’m focusing on tracks that were ubiquitous at that time. Here’s what I have so far:

Wow, that’s already a long list. Aaaanyway, put in your votes in the comments!

    Mmmmusic! The Dancypants Podcast

    And now, only one week later, my second podcast (hosted on Soundcloud). This one actually has some recent tracks, as well as an old Sarah Goldfarb track (who will be playing in Chicago next week sigh). As before, I’m still working with a really primitive mixer, but I think my transitions are better here than on the first podcast.

    The first track is actually a somewhat sped-up version of Pogo’s music/video collage of Alice in Wonderland, which I’ve embedded below.

    Also, listen in for the Masomenos track that includes a recording of Satie’s Gnossienne No. 1!

    Here’s the tracklisting:

    1. Pogo. 2007. “Alice.” Self-Released.
    2. Ark & Cabanne. 2001. “Bagne.” Perlon.
    3. La Peña. 2008. “A1 Untitled.” La Peña. [This is a project by Einzelkind with anonymous artists.]
    4. Christian Feigl. No date. “Untitled.” Unreleased.
    5. Sarah Goldfarb. 2007. “Forty years ago I sold my body.” Treibstoff.
    6. Farben. 2002. “If.” Klang Elektronik.
    7. Masomenos. 2009. “D (from Third Eye Mix).” Welcome to Masomenos.
    8. Sety. 2008. “Mogane (Guillaume & The Coutu-Dumonts Remix).” Circus Company.
    9. Daniel Stefanik. 2010. “Just One Moment.” be chosen.
    10. Audio Werner. 2006. “Onandon.” Perlon.
    11. Barem. 2010. “Heyday.” FoundSound.
    12. Sascha Braemer. 2010. “Club Foot.” Dirtybird.
    13. Troydon. 2008. “So Reel.” Phonoshuffle.
    14. Paul Kalkbrenner. 2008. “Bingo Bongo.” BPitchControl.

    NOTE: Unless otherwise indicated, all tracks are “Original Mix.”

    Mmmmusic! Podcast, le premier

    Huh. I had posted my first real-ish podcast on my Soundcloud account several days ago, but I completely forgot to post a link here. So here it is, embedded as a Soundcloud player.

    This podcast isn’t a collection of recently-released or obscure tracks, but rather the things that I’ve been listening to the most as I’ve been preparing the last few chapters of my dissertation. I’ll admit that the mix isn’t flawless, either, but you’ll have to forgive me: I’m working on a basic 2-channel Vestax mixer with nothing more than volume faders, gain, treble and bass pots. I like to pretend that I choose such asceticism.

    1. Ricardo Villalobos. 2003. “What You Say Is More Than I Can Say.” Playhouse.
    2. Ark. 2003. “E-Cône.” Circus Company.
    3. Reboot. 2008. “Be Tougher.” Cadenza.
    4. Lemos, Kreon, & Masomenos. 2008. “Loop Around.” Welcome To Masomenos.
    5. M.A.N.D.Y. & Booka Shade. 2008. “O Superman feat. Laurie Anderson (Reboot’s 20 Cubans Rework).” Get Physical.
    6. Cabanne. 2006. “Tarak.” Karat.
    7. Someone Else. 2010. “Little Helper 2-3.” FoundSound.
    8. Egg. 2005. “Hacher l’image.” Karat.
    9. Someone Else. 2004. “Marshmelon Sooprise.” FoundSound.
    10. Ricardo Villalobos. 2003. “Dexter.” Playhouse.
    11. Thomas Brinkmann. 2000. “Xenia 2.” Ernst.
    12. Luomo. 2009. “Tessio (Stimming Dub).” Great Stuff Recordings.

    (Note: unless otherwise specified, everything is “Original Mix”.)