Sunday, December 21, 2008

obscure classics at heathers saturday night!!!

2008 has only one more Saturday night left.
We've got to make this one count!!!
This Saturday at the East Village mainstay Heathers, fill your ears with some carefully selected classics from in and around the 80's.  Post punk, new wave and indie rock.  Obscure favorites and underplayed classics with a healthy dose of old standby's.
 Come early for a free mix CD, limited supply...
See you there!

Monday, December 15, 2008

new order confusion video

this 1983 hit for new order was co-written and co-produced by arthur baker [the long haired guy in the video] who became famous for his work on afrika bambaataa's soul sonic force hit, 'planet rock'. blondie and the clash had already done the crossover bit, but these pastey boys from manchester's moody existential legacy peaking at number 5 in the US dance club chart is kind of a milestone. a slightly different flavor of crossover, subtle but definitely unique. and the video is a nice little slice [no pun intended] of new york nightlife at the time. [thank you ross, for recommending this and giving me a little history lesson!]

sunday afternoon mini mix

the sound ~ new dark age
simple minds ~ boys from brazil
a flock of seagulls ~ nightmares
midnight oil ~ power and the passion
tears for fears ~ mothers talk
electronic ~ tighten up

i was going to make this mix longer, but i decided short and sweet was the way. plus i had somewhere to go : ) all about BIG drums and orchestra hits, enjoy!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

wednesday night at my place

10,000 maniacs ~ pit viper
eyeless in gaza ~ two
r.e.m. ~ 9 - 9
echo & the bunnymen ~ a promise
u2 ~ the electric co.
the names ~ floating world
the passions ~ runaway
the psychedelic furs ~ highwire days
sad lovers & giants ~ alice {isn't playing}
crispy ambulance ~ a sense of reason {session}
the dance society ~ these frayed edges
gary numan ~ tracks

here's some of the stuff i've been listening to lately, and more particularly, tonight. some lesser known songs by better known artists in there, plus some more obscure artists.
i've been digging into my old 10,000 maniacs collection lately. i forgot how much i like it. for a while it was a bit of a guilty pleasure i'd only play every now and then. i think because the band became famous for their later stuff, and they had this pop folk stigma. just not my scene. their early 80's material [like pit viper] was much edgier, and natalie merchant's lyrics weren't so club-you-over-the-head-obvious-what-the song-is-about. her early lyrics were sometimes on the cryptic side, more poetic in my opinion. i actually like when i can't tell what the song is about. i like to make my own interpretation. the same can be said for r.e.m.'s early stuff [like 9-9 which is off of murmur], who knows what michael stipe was singing about. in interviews, he says that a lot of it was just made up off the top of his head because it sounded nice.
speaking of singers, my latest obsession is eyeless in gaza. martyn bates' spastic vocal style is the cats pajamas... to me. best slept-on band i've heard in a while. not all hits, but i've been finding some gems in their collection... okay, enough opinions.
here's a couple facts:

1. my friends' new band is pretty rad. their called hunters and they are playing at a new york indie showcase with a lot of other rad bands this friday at 8pm sharp. info and songs here.

2. i have another DJ gig coming up very soon, so stay tuned!