the original soundtrack


Here's the Pazz 'n Jop ballot I handed in. I didn't submit any comments this year, because, well, the less time spent reflecting on 2005 the better. As for the official winners, I can't say I'm so surprised!

01.31.06 @ 06:52 PM EST [link]




RIP Nam June Paik

01.31.06 @ 01:33 AM EST [link]



It's official: I'm writing a book on Brian Eno, focusing specifically on Another Green World, for Continuum's 33 1/3 series!


01.26.06 @ 05:07 PM EST [link]




This was the view from my bedroom window when I was living in Berlin. I became quite attached to the view; that big silver orb you see there is the old East German planetarium. One night I was staring idly out the window and there were little pixelated green men dancing on the sphere--someone was playing 'Space Invaders'!

On one bright summer Sunday as I was walking home, I noticed loud thumping music blasting out of the planetarium. I soon realized that the music was emanating from behind the building. There was a massive (and not-entirely-legal, I'm guessing) dance party raging on in the big grassy planetarium yards, complete with hundreds of people, beer, and techno DJs. No 'Laser Villalobos' light shows or anything, though that would've been awesome!

01.24.06 @ 02:04 AM EST [link]


This flyer broke my brain. Dave Q?! Surely it's a different Dave Q than my infamous pal of ILM/Brazen Hussies/Seattle Weekly/V. Voice fame! Anyway, the lineup looks great...

New York City, Friday, January 27 2006, Rothko.....
DUB WAR IV

with DJ's:
+ DIGITAL MYSTIKZ
+ JOE NICE
+ DROP THE LIME
+ DAVE Q
+ MATH HEAD
+ SELECTOR MOLDY
+ DEV 79 + STARKEY
+ JAYDOLLAH
+ MC JUAKALI

01.22.06 @ 05:42 PM EST [link]


Sometimes I get so stressed with the whole freelance game that I forget why I'm doing this in the first place. I just found this letter that a kid in Australia wrote to me two years ago, and it's one of the most awesome things I've ever received.

hi Geeta

I'm a 17-year old Wire reader, and i just thought i'd like to tell you that i thought your piece on the last page of the Derek Bailey issue was really cool - you mentioned Neu, Sun City Girls and the Dreamhouse on the same page! But other than that i thought it was a truly magnificant incite.

When i was 15 i was listening to Neu 1 everyday and was completely obsessed with it, and during the same time i developed an obsession with Lamonte Young and the Dream Syndicate. I've always dreamed of going to the Dreamhouse and lying down for hours like you mentioned in the last paragraph of your piece, and it was really cool to read those words on the last 30 seconds of a hour-long Wire read. I thought it was truly cool

I had the chance to meet Tony Conrad earlier this year when he came to my part of the world (melbourne). After telling him he was like a hero of mine, i asked him 'what was it like playing in the theatre of eternal music'. He looks away for a minute, baffled 'hmm, well, jeez, let me think...' he says, and then with a smile on his 60-year old face, 'well, hah, we smoked a lot of pot! Nothing like spacing out for hours on my violin - i'd turn to Lamonte, Marian and John and say, "hey guys, what note are we gonna play now?!"'. That was so cool to hear that. anyway i thought i'd mention it.

anyway, in summation i think you're a great writer, i hope to read more of your stuff.

best of luck for the future, whatever it may bring

-rob

01.19.06 @ 04:43 PM EST [link]


Little review by me of Brian Eno's 14 Video Paintings in the Voice

01.13.06 @ 07:09 PM EST [link]

2005 Rewind.


Top 10 DJs of 2005

1. DJ Koze at Kompakt Total 6, Stadtgarten, Cologne, August 2005



2. Wighnomy Bros. at Kunstwerk, Cologne, August 2005



3. Optimo, various venues, NYC, 2005

4. Greg Wilson, Popkomm, Berlin, September 2005

5. Derek Plaslaiko at Subtonic and W + L, NYC

6. Suburban Knight at Subtonic, NYC

7. Ivan Smagghe at Panoramabar, Berlin

8. Michael Mayer, various venues



9. Dan Bell at WMF Sommerlager, Berlin

10. Hans-Peter Lindstrom and Prins Thomas, various venues

Best Live Set

1. Mathew Jonson @ M_nus Label Night, Popkomm, Watergate, Berlin / Mathew Jonson, Mutek, Montreal (tie)

Best Argument for Minimalism

Monolake at WMF, Berlin

Best Venue

Berghain, Berlin

Best Music Blog Ever (RIP)

New York London Paris Munich

01.12.06 @ 04:56 AM EST [link]


Feature story by me in the Village Voice, out this week:

Design for Living: A Theoretical Physicist Weighs in on a Hot-Button Topic

01.10.06 @ 05:39 PM EST [link]

!!
How awesome is the Wighnomy Bros.' Remikks Potpourri?!

(Real post coming soon.)

01.02.06 @ 05:36 PM EST [link]

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