If you're interested, I did a big long interview with Jos of the wonderful Dutch band The Ex in the new issue of the British mag Plan B. Check it out. (I still haven't checked it out, but I hope it's good.)
Happy holidays everyone...I'll be in England, where Thanksgiving does not exist! Ha ha!
11.24.04 @ 07:14 PM EST [link]
by the way...
mad props to djs sci-fi-soul and blissblog for holding down the decks at my birthday bash the other week! (paul i hope ya don't mind that i posted this but the pic is too cool!)
11.23.04 @ 01:28 AM EST [link]
goodbye volume. hello vitalic.
Volume (mere months ago, I dubbed it "Brooklyn's best new venue"), has officially closed for good.
Dear Volume patron,
We have to sadly inform you of the closing of our Williamsburg venue, due to the stringent city regulations and the ensuing costs. We would like to thank you for your support over the past year, and would like to give you a little update on our future plans.
In the near future we will be programming interesting events at St. Ann's and Hiro Ballroom(at the Maritime Hotel), and will of course continue our programming at Joe's Pub and Central Park.
Despite Volume's passing, two recent events give me hope for New York: the hot-love Superpitcher set at the surprisingly great Ikon a few weeks back, and the flat-out unbelievable live set by Vitalic that I saw at the Tribeca Grand yesterday.
I didn't recognize anyone I knew at Vitalic, and the usual posse of music critics and indie scenesters (who showed up in spades for Ellen Allien a few days ago) were nowhere to be found. Instead, the place was packed with fashionistas, pretty-boys, and rich folks dressed to the nines, precariously balancing their $15 martinis and lighting up defiantly as they rocked out to the music. No one seemed snobbish at all; people were super-friendly and sweet and easy to talk to. If they bumped into you on the floor, they apologized, and it was funny to see people tripping over their own 5-inch stilettos in a mad rush to dance.
Dude's not German, but he looked positively Kraftwerkesque with his severe black dress shirt, skinny black tie, black pants, and cleanly shaven head. He pumped out anthem after anthem after pulse-pounding anthem that made Alter Ego seem like, I dunno, Pole in comparison. People were rocking out in a way that I hadn't seen since I was in Germany, and the vibe was incredible. Hearing all this stuff stacked end-to-end was like eating a whole bag of candy at once (there is, after all, a Vitalic tune called 'Candy')--a total mad sugar/dopamine rush to the head. Even the most grindingly hard electro seemed maximal, over-the-top colorful, poptastic.
High points included his tuff-as-nails remix of Basement Jaxx's 'Cish Cash' that somehow makes Siouxsie Sioux sound a hundred times more brutal than in the original, a hilariously housey version of the Normal's 'Warm Leatherette', and, of course, "La Rock"--during which the entire assembled crowd lost it simultaneously, hands in the air. New York City we still loves ya!
11.21.04 @ 03:07 PM EST [link]
Sometimes when I get tired of writing about music, I review things like videocameras. Cons: No hot tunes. Pros: 3 CCDs and a sweet Leica zoom lens.
11.19.04 @ 01:52 AM EST [link]
The Original Soundtrack goes to London next week, so if you're around, say hi! And come by Fabric on the 27th for what looks like a wham-bam-blowout featuring Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Magda, Ivan Smagghe, and a live set by Basteroid. Get psyched!
11.16.04 @ 03:37 PM EST [link]
also: happy birthday to me!
11.15.04 @ 02:56 PM EST [link]
Can I just say it's been a pretty sweet week for live music here in NYC? Superpitcher, Ada, Ellen Allien, Magda, Crackhaus, Vitalic...
11.14.04 @ 11:57 PM EST [link]
My review of a new place that soothes the spirit.
11.09.04 @ 02:27 PM EST [link]
Dave Q is back!
11.08.04 @ 05:54 PM EST [link]
After a day or two spent wallowing in crushing defeat, all I can think now is how to possibly move forward. How to lessen the blow of four more years of hideous right-wing leadership. Now is the time to renew that ACLU membership. Start actively supporting activist groups fighting to protect civil liberties, the environment, human rights, and anything else that is good and important. Of course, music (and music writing) seems irrelevant now, but it's important to not lose sight of art and love and culture in times like these, especially with a lawless presidency hellbent on fear, hate and destruction.
I watered my plants, started working on my first album (see here for details on the NaSoAlMo project), and thought about how much more cool and hardcore it was to grow things instead of obliterating them. Here's my review of David Toop's Haunted Weather: Music, Silence, and Memory, a story that begins and ends in a Japanese garden.
11.04.04 @ 07:24 PM EST [link]
It's really hard to write about music when the world as we know it is crashing down.
Normal service will resume soon.
11.03.04 @ 02:45 PM EST [link]
daft punk wants YOU to VOTE.
Please, for the love of God, vote today, wherever you are.
Latest exit polls (they're slippery things, I know) show Kerry beating Bush in PA, OH, FL, MI, NM, WI!
If you haven't already read this absolutely tremendous condemnation of the disastrous Bush presidency--by the executive editor of American Conservative, no less--read it here. Then check out the transcript of an interview with the author of the essay on Democracy Now!.
11.02.04 @ 01:08 PM EST [link]
Can't even begin to think about posting with the election looming, but here are some relatively new sites worth checking out.
Sticker Shock, a new mp3 blog by SFJ, Hua Hsu, Dave Tompkins, and Jeff Chang
Get Up Stand Up, by Yancey Strickler
Dissensus, a new forum courtesy of Woebot/K-Punk Productions
11.01.04 @ 03:00 PM EST [link]