playing out is not played out
Eightes retro is okay, but antebellum retro is really real. I think it would be great if the Edwardian Art Noveau thing just took over. Attention graphic artists: replace your bubble letters and fake graffiti with intricate ornamentation. Wingding bats, fly free. School teachers, emphasize penmenship and offer elective instruction in basic caligraphy. Mitchell & Ness, meet Courier & Ives.
Cover judged, we move on to the book. Days of Mars
comes from Deila Gonzales and Gavin Russom, two experimental musicians from DFA records. They're half of Black Leotard Front, and have day jobs as gallery artists. I haven't seen much bio information floating around, but I think Gavin made many of the electronic instruments used on the album. The little promo sheet from Astralwerks compares the duo to Manuel Gottsching, Brian Eno, and Tagnerine Dream. I know there are people that listen to records like that, but who writes press release like that?
Delia Gonzales and Gavin Russom- Rise (DFA Remix)
I played music for crowds of people twice this weekend, and both nights I got a lot of help from a guitar punk road warrior. The first night, I worked for four hours and did a pretty good job of switching styles keeping the crowd happy. "Gold Digger" is absolutely huge right now, as is "Hollerback Girl." I'm sorta sick of "Don't Cha," and disappointed that people aren't more into "Lose Control." In Bad-Boy nostalgia news, people still remember Black Rob. In the last fifteen minutes, I cleared the crowd with "10 $" and played some special request downtempo regaeton jam. The second night, the crowd was leaning more towards drunken singalongs rather than club bangers, which made my job a little tougher. I got some jawns moving with that walking on broken glass/sunshine routine, but eighties girl pop hits leave me feeling empty. Later,with Sean Paul and Gwen as warm ups, I played "Toxic" all the way through and added the Mike Jones verse from "Still Tippin" on the same beat, thanks to Hollertronix. I even got the thing on beat, which made me pretty happy. Next time, I'll come prepped and pull out some more trixx.
Picked up the MF Doom/Ghostface collabo over the weekend, along with Got It For Cheap Vol. 2
and Optimo's Psyche Out
. Should I call first mixtape "Geek Out
Later night caller, here is your request.
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood.