Wednesday, 27 January 2010

The Futures Not What It Used To Be.

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Here it comes gusting out of the hollows, breathing hard. December 1989, blood on the horizon, the 80's almost over. There's panic on the wind, the youth of the time waiting to see what final shape the decade will take. Growing up in these years we have seen bright and terrible things. We have been witness to the birth of new kinds of music. In seven or eight years we have seen the the coming of The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, A Certain Ratio, The Smiths, Joy Division and New Order, Echo & The Bunnymen, My Bloody Valentine,,, the list goes on. Technology has given form to electronic music and opened a vein from which acid house and it's subsequent sub-genres will leak into the public consciousness. This is a creative conflagration , the likes of which we shall probably never know again in our lifetimes. To grow up in the late 80's and early 90's is also to be part of a change that feels like revolution. "We want the world and we want in NOW!" Jim Morrison famously declared - and it wasn't as easy then as it is now to laugh at his melodramatic insurgency. The late 80's embrace potentials for freedom, anarchy, drugs, sexual liberation, universal emancipation and the ruin of the old order, which is ailing and arthritic, stumped for what to do next that doesn't involve getting the rest of us dead. For this too is a time of war and riot, assassinations and burning cities, bodies piling up in mounds, martyrs everywhere. The worlds end has more than once seemed close, global firestorms, nuclear meltdowns, mushroom clouds and radiation burns haunting our sleep. The howling of these years then is awful to our young ears, as conflict raged earlier in the Falklands and later in the middle east. By the end of '89 over 20,000 British soldiers are posted abroad in areas of conflict, and boys are coming home in body bags almost as fast as the sweatshops in Eastern Asia can make them. Now the Eighties are almost done and we are waiting for what ever it is that marks it's passing.In 1989 so far, there have already been events that will leave their impression on the times, in London in July, more than 20,000 people gather in a large field just off the M25 for the biggest free party of the year held by the organisers of the now legendary 'Raindance' party's. The next month, a record number of people will attend Glastonbury with a host of burgeoning indie and electronic bands for '3 days of love, peace and music'.No explanation or memories, no long winded explanation can get anywhere near knowing that you were there in that corner of time even if it meant nothing.But the euphoria of the one love nation is still-born, soon overshadowed by by the Hillsborough disaster where 97 Liverpool fans were needlessly killed due to a deadly combination of lack of facilities and organisation as well as gross incompetence from an inept police force. The decades end is also scarred from an increase in violent crime. The feral side of the so-called counter-culture is also unmistakably with us.

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Right then, music time. Handful of really nice mixes to download this week. Chuggers of the good variety from Mark E, House of the deep flavour from Achim Brandenburg, and slow burn disco of the highest cliber from London's Disco Bloodbath mob and we draw things to a close with disco of the N.Y. mutant variety from Bill Brewster with

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Mark E has launched his own record label, entitled MERC. This is the first mix he's put together to promote the label and site so thought I'd slap it up here for anyone interested. As you would imagine, it's a stellar mix of deep disco and slo-mo house before the tempo picks up and morphs into some Brontasaurus, Nu Groove, Tweakin, Sex Tags & Guidance tracks. Proper case of loads of vinyl and CD’s strewn everywhere on a monday afternoon I would imagine..

Mark E * MercMix 1.

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Next up, it's a lesson in deep house with an early morning in Berlin feel then get on this mix from Panoramabar resident Prosumer. A nice Chicago/Detroit feel Achim Brandenburg is a bit of a Chicago house and Detroit techno buff, an area of expertise he first picked up as a record buyer for Hard Wax in his hometown of Saarbruecken. That was during the heyday of soulful house labels such as Prescription, all house stabs and soulful vocals

01. DHS - Hypnosis - Tino Cor
02. Djuma Soundsystem + Flip - This Sound (Murat Tepeli Remix) - Brut!
03. Peace Division - Voodoo - Crosstown Rebels
04. Patrice Scott - Atmospheric Emotions - Sistrum
05. Matthew Styles - Codename Mike - Unreleased
06. Jonzon & Rok - The Lure - Space Teddy
07. Herb LF - City Rush Boogie Dub - Farside
08. Mr G - Balance - Careless
09. Swayzak feat Cassy - Smile and Receive (CassyBeatmix) - !K7
10. Millsart - Humana - Axis
11. DW - Endow - Dow
12. Basic Channel - Phylypstrack II - Basic Channel
13. Chaton - Catch The Beat (Agn?s Redive) - Sthlmaudio
14. Schatrax - Restless Nights - Schatrax
15. Prosumer - Brownstone Mix 1 - Running Back
16. Firesteppa feat. Anna Paidoussi - Caus' I Like - OMW
17. Tyree & Tine Renee - Do Yo! Thang - Supa Dupa
18. Curtis McClaine & On The House - Let's Get Busy (Dub Mix) - Trax
19. Two Of A Kind - Like This - Housetime
20. DJ Funk - We Gotta Love - Dance Mania
21. Renegades Of Rhythm - NuPonty - Vigilante
22. Toronto Track Symphony - Do Me Right - DNH

Achim Brandenburg AKA Prosumer mix.

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Great mix now from Londons premier pervavors of all things booty shaking Disco Bloodbath. This was broadcast on Tim Sweeney's 'Beats In Space' show a couple of weeks back and I thought it could do with a re-up on the blog. Get amonst it.

1. Nacho Patrol - El Fuego En Nostros Todo - M Division
2. Dhar Braxton - Jump Back (Dubette) - Sleepin Bag Records
3. Old School Rider - Cabin Fever vol 7 - RKDS
4. Janet Jackson - Miss You Much (Shep's House dub) - A&M Records
5. Ulysses - Latin Combo - Wurst
6. Ganymed - Future World - Bellaphon
7. Mugwump - Parser - R&S
8. Reese & Santonio - The Sound - KMS
9. The Urban Bushmen - Logorhythmic Black - Can Can
10. Neville Watson - Time To Lose Control - Dissident
11. Two of China - Los Ninos Del Parque - Future Dance
12. Jock Hattle - Crazy Family - Market Records
13. Wild Geese - Touch (version) - Flashback
14. Barbara Roy - Gotta See You Tonight (Dub) - RCA

Disco Bloodbath * Beats In Space Mix.

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Finally, a great little mix that DJ History.com main man Bill Brewster has put together for the release of Bob Blank retrospective 'The Blank Generation: Blank Tapes 1975 - 1985' on the always excellent 'Strut' record label.
Necessity might well be the mother of invention but poverty is the midwife of genius. New York in the 1970s was broke and broken, falling over and burning down, yet gave rise to one of the most creatively fertile periods in popular music.
At the centre of much of the music made during this fruitful period was maverick producer Robert Blank. His studio, Blank Tapes, was at the centre of the downtownscene throughout much of the 1970s and ’80s, and acted as a crossroads for the disco, Latin, jazz and no wave scenes. The album traces the history of his independent studio, Blank Tapes, one of the city’s most important creative dens during the vibrant arts scene of the mid-‘70s to mid-‘80s.
Blank started out in New York in 1973 as a guitarist before producing one of the first 12″ disco records in ‘75 – Jimmy Sabater’s ‘To Be With You’. He opened his own Blank Tape studios a year later. He quickly became an essential port of call for New York’s artistic community, honing the freeform, anarchic visions of August Darnell, Cristina and Lydia Lunch for ZE Records and, with producers Patrick Adams and Greg Carmichael, helping to shape the sound of many disco classics. Musique, Inner Life, Instant Funk and Salsoul Orchestra all recorded classics at Blank Tapes. Arthur Russell also recorded much of his most celebrated disco-related output at the studios under pseudonyms Dinosaur L, Indian Ocean and Felix, as well as “Wax The Van” with Blank’s wife, Lola. Other regulars at Blank Tapes included Latin producer Tito Rodriguez, whose Charanga 76 and Eddie Palmieri recordings with Blank which received Grammy nominations.
The brilliant package features a extensive interviews with Bob Blank about his career in music by Bill Brewster and features some amazing rare archive photos of sessions and clubs from Blank’s personal archive. A must for anyone even remotely interested in theis scene.

1. ORS – Body To Body Boogie
2. Lola – Wax The Van (Jon’s Dub)
3. James Blood Ulmer – Jazz Is The Teacher Funk Is The Preacher
4. Bumblebee Unlimited – I Got A Big Bee
5. Archie Bell – Anytime Is Right
6. Aural Exciters – Spooks In Space
7. Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Darrio
8. The Kay-Gees - Tango Hustle
9. Indian Ocean – Treehouse/School Bells

Blank Tapes Radio Mix * Bill Brewster.

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist X.

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Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Vincent Van Gogh & Theo Parrish: Dentists STILL at large + Weatherall and Greg Wilson Mixes to download.

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Dear Theo,
I am in love. Clare Erling came in last week for an oral prophylaxis. (I had sent her a postcard telling her it had been 6 months since her last cleaning even though it had only been 4 days.) Theo, she drives me mad! Wild with desire! Her bite! I've never seen such a bite! Her teeth come together perfectly! Not like Mrs Wood's, whose lower teeth are forward of her uppers by an inch, giving her an underbite that resembles that of a werewolf! No! Clare's teeth close and meet! When this happens you know there is a God! And yet she's not too perfect. Not so flawless as to be uninteresting. She has a space between her lower nine and eleven. Ten was lost during her adolescence. Suddenly and without warning it developed a captivity. It was removed rather easily (actually it fell out while she was talking) and was never replaced. "Nothing could replace lower ten," she told me. "It was more than a tooth, it had been my life to that point." The tooth was rarely discussed as she got older and I think she was only willing to speak of it to me because she trusts me. Oh, Theo, I love her. I was looking down into her mouth today and I was like a nervous young dental student again, dropping swabs and mirrors in there. Later I had my arms around her, showing her the proper way to brush. The sweet little fool was used to holding the brush still and moving her head from side to side. Next week I will give her gas and ask her to marry me.
Vincent.

Dear Theo,
Gaugin and I had another fight as he left for Tahiti! He was in the middle of an extraction when I disturbed his .work. He had his knee on Mr Zeronul's chest with the pliers around the mans upper right incisor. There was the usual struggle and I had the misfortune to enter and ask Gaugin if he had seen my Fez.. Distracted, Gaugin lost his grip on the tooth and Zeronul took advantage of the lapse to bolt from the chair and race out of the office' Gaugin flew into a frenzy! He held my head under the X-ray machine for ten minutes and for several hours after I could not blink in unison. Now I am lonely.
Vincent.

Dear Theo,
All is lost! Today being the day I planned to ask Clare to marry me, I was a bit tense. She was magnificent in her white orange dress, straw hat and receding gums. As she sat in the chair, the the draining hook in her mouth, my heart thundered. I tried to be romantic. I lowered the lights and tried to move the conversation to more gay topics. We both took a little gas. When the moment seemed correct, I looked her directly in the eye and said, "Please rinse." And she laughed! Yes, Theo! She laughed at me and then grew angry! "Do you think I could rinse for a man like you!? What a joke!" I was taken aback some amount, "Please, you don't understand." I cried but to no avail, "I understand quite well! I could never rinse with anyone but a licensed dental practitioner! Why, the thought I would rinse here!Get away from me!" And with that she ran out weeping. Theo! I want to die! I see my face in the mirror and I want to smash it! Smash it! Hope you are well.
Vincent.

Dear Theo,
Yes it's true. The ear on sale you saw on Ebay is mine. I guess it was a foolish thing to do but I wanted to send Clare a birthday present last Sunday and every placed was closed. Oh, well. Sometimes I wish I had Listened to father and become a painter. It's not exciting but the life is regular.
Vincent.

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Couple of mixes for you to download now. Firstly, it's another absolute cracker from ya man Lord Saber AKA Mr Andrew Weatherall. Recorded at The Hare & Hounds in Birmingham last year, it's yet another example of how relevant to forward thinking electronic music Weatherall still remains. Starting off nice and slow with plenty of slinky, dark, chugging numbers, there then follws 2 hours of druggy, sonic excursions across almost every genre and facet of modern dance music. Textbook gear.
Next up is electro-funk legend Greg Wilson and a recording from a couple of months back from The Horse And Groom on the first night of Greg's 'Credit To The Edit 2' album launch tour. You would have had to be living under a rock for the last couple of decades not to have caught one of Greg's sets, the 'Credit To The Edit 2' tour nights being a particular high point. If you caught him at his recent barnstorming appearance in Newcastle with our friends at 'D a d a' you will know exactly what to expect from this mix. 2 hours of top class party rocking.
Little bit of news while we're still on the subject of parties in Newcastle. A quick mention to any of the heads out there, a night that I'm especially looking forward to in a couple of weeks is the Ashley Beedle & Joy Orbison gig at the afore mentioned 'D a d a' night on Saturday the 30th of January. Beedle who cut his teeth in the late 80's with the Boys Own mob then later with the likes X-Press 2, The Disco Evangelists and The Ballistic Brothers. Ashley has been at the forefront of modern electronic music from pretty much day 1 and he remains there today. Coupled with Joy Orbison who is currently the hottest new property in music, a cracking night looks to be on the cards.
As well as that, there's a string of great nights in store over February with the likes of the 'Nevilles Disco' lads throwing another one of their intimate soirees at The DB Social and Optimo's 'JD Twitch' coming back to town for a date at Dragnet @ theCUT. They'll be more info on those as well as some other rather tasty local parties in the coming weeks so keep 'em peeled innit!

You can checkout the Facebook group for the Joy Orbison & Ashley Beedle party here for more info on it.

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Andrew Weatherall; Live @ The Hare And Hounds. Birmingham. 12/06/2009 (Brand new working link!!)

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Greg Wilson: Live @ The Horse & Groom. 22/11/09

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X.

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Sunday, 3 January 2010

Theo Parrish & Vincent Van Gogh: Dentists at large.

Following are a few of the early essays from the current Tourist staff rosta. There are no late essays, because they ran out of observations. Perhaps as they grow older they will understand more of life and will set it down here in, and then retire back to their rooms and remain there indefinitely. Like the essays of Bacon, the Tourist chaps writings are always brief and full of practical wisdom, although space does not permit the inclusion of some their most profound statements such as "Look on the bright side" and ",,, yeah, my fist was right up it and she was only 14!"

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Dear Theo,
Will life never treat me decently? I am wracked by despair! My Head is pounding! Mrs, Solbert is suing me because I made her bridge as I felt it and not to fit her ridiculous mouth! That's wright! I can't work to order like a common tradesman! I Decided her bridge should be enormous and billowing, with wild, explosive teeth flaring up in every direction like fire! Now she is upset because it won't fit in her mouth! She is so bourgeois and stupid, I want to smash her! I tried forcing the false palate in but it sticks out like a star burst chandelier. Still, I find it beautiful. She claims she can't chew! What do I care weather she can chew or not! Theo, I can't go on like this much longer! I asked Cezanne if he would share an office with me, but he is old and infirm and unable to hold the instruments and they must be tied to his wrists but then he lacks accuracy doing fillings and once inside the mouth, he knocks out more teeth than he saves. What to do then?
Vincent.

Dear Theo,
I took some dental X-rays this week that I thought were good. Degas saw them and was critical. He said the composition was bad. All the cavities were bunched in the lower left corner. I explained to him that's how Mrs Reeds Perry's mouth looks, but he wouldn't listen! He said he hated the frames and mahogany was too heavy. When he left , I tore them too shreds! As if that was not enough, I attempted some root-canal work on Mrs English, but halfway through I became despondent. I realised suddenly that root-canal work is not what I do! I grew flushed and dizzy. I ran from the office into the air where I could breathe! I blacked out for several days and woke up at the seaside. When I returned, she was still in the chair. I completed her mouth out of obligation but I couldn't bring myself to sign it.
Vincent.

Dear Theo,
Once again I am in need of funds. I know what a burden I must be to you, but who can I turn to? I need money for materials! I am working almost exclusively with dental floss now, improvising as I go along, and the results are exciting! I have not even a penny left for Novocaine! Today I pulled a tooth and had to anaesthetise the patient by reading him Geoffrey Archer book. Help.
Vincent

Dear Theo,
Have decided to share offices with Gauguin. He is a fine dentist who specialises in bridgework, and he seems to like me. He was very complimentary about my work on Mr Howles. If you can recall, I filled his lower left seven, then despised the of the silver filler and then removed the filling. Howels was adamant and we went to court. There was a legal question of ownership, and on my lawyers advice, I cleverly sued for the whole tooth and settled for the filling. Well, someone saw it lying in the corner of my office and he wants to put it in a show! They're already talking about a retrospective.
Vincent.

Dear Theo,
I think it is a mistake to share offices with Gauguin. He is a disturbed man. he drinks Lavvoris in large quantities. When I accused him, he flew into a rage and pulled my D.D.S. off the wall. In a calmer moment I convinced him to try filling teeth outdoors and we worked in a meadow surrounded by greens and gold. He put caps on a Miss Angela Tonnato and I gave a temporary filling to Mr Tong. There we were, working together in the open air! Rows of blinding white teeth in the sunlight! then a wind came up and blew Mr Tongs toupee into the bushes. He darted for it and knocked Gauguin's instruments to the ground. Gauguin blamed me and tried to strike out but pushed Mr Tong by mistake, causing him to sit down on the high speed drill. Mr Tong rocketed past me on a fly, taking Miss Tonnato with him. The result of this is Theo, that Rifkin, Rifkin, Bastard & Shit solicitors have annexed my earnings. Send what you can.
Vincent.

Dear Theo,
Toulouse-Lautrec is the saddest man in the world. He longs more than anything to be a great dentist, and he has real talent, but he's too short to reach his patients mouths and too proud to stand on anything. Arms over his head he, he gropes around their lips blindly, and yesterday, instead of putting caps on Mrs Hanglande's teeth, he capped her chin. Meanwhile, my old friend Monet refuses to work on anything but very, very large mouths and Seurat, who is quite moody, has developed a method of cleaning one tooth at a time until he builds up what he calls "a full fresh mouth." It has an architectural solidity to it, but is it dental work.
Vincent.

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Mixed Up In The Hague Vol 2.

I-f - real name Ferenc van der Sluijs - will be best known to many as creator of 'Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass', one of the most influential dance music tracks ever, arguably representing both the birth and the creative peak of electroclash (though it was conceived well away from the 'clash fashion nexus of London and New York). A disco fiend first and foremost, I-f's seminal mix CD, Mixed Up In The Hague Vol.1, is cited by many - including the likes of Morgan Geist and James Murphy - as the catalyst for the still-underway italo disco revival and 'Cocadisco', the aptly titled album Ferenc recorded with Intergalactic Gary as 'The Parallax Corporation', is one of this decade's finest.
I-f's involvement in dance music began in the early 90s, when he was a member of 'Unit Moebius' who were a seminal Hague-based acid-techno act often referred to as "Europe's answer to Underground Resistance,,,,". Raw, jacking acid was the order of the day for many release to come under the name Beverly Hills 808303 - including 'Acid Planet 4' and 'Greatest Shit' - are some of the fucking maddest party jams you'll ever experience! Other I-f aliases include Housemaid, Jungian Archetype and Frank Castle, and as well as Unit Moebius and Parallax Corporation he's been involved in such groups as Los Muchachos Gruesos and Brothers Fuck & Friend, and his two best-known labels are Viewlexx and Murder Capital.
But for all the production and label work that's made I-f's name, it's arguably his role as radio broadcaster that's most admirable. His first venture into radio was the legendary, now defunct CBS (Cybernetic Broadcasting System), which gave the kind of attention to out-there disco, italo and electro unthinkable for a mainstream station. CBS paved the way for the bigger, bolder and more "future-proof" Intergalactic FM, without doubt the greatest internet radio service and community on the planet (well, if you like electronic music).
What's great about Intergalactic FM, above and beyond the quality of its music and personality of its presenters - Legowelt's 'Astro Unicorn' show is a weekly highlight, by the way - is that it actually tells you what the hell it is you're listening to. Stream IFM in your iTunes and the track title of the currently playing song and the one that played before it will roll before your eyes; the IFM homepage will cover the playlist for the last hour. Intergalactic FM really shares its finds and its expertise, it doesn't just show off.
'Mixed Up,,, Vol 2' is basically a 2 hour-long session of disco, synth-pop, smacked-out acid house and low-slung boogie that gives you a good flavour of what Intergalactic FM and I-f are about. The guy's a bona fide hero and I, for one, am more excited than a man of my age should be to see him at Dada next month.

Tracklist:
1. Material - Don't Lose Control
2. Junior Byron - Dance To The Music
3. Strafe - Set It Off
4. Night Moves - Transdance
5. Mirage (25) - Woman
6. B.W.H. - Stop
7. Kid Frost - Terminator
8. Project Future - Ray-Gun-Omics
9. Casco - Cybernetic Love
10. Steel Mind - Bad Passion
11. Pete Shelley - I Don't Know What It Is
12. International Music System - Nonline
13. Gino Soccio - Dancer
14. Elektrik Funk - On A Journey (I Sing The Funk Electric)
15. Cellophane - Gimme Love
16. 'Lectric Workers - Robot Is Systematic
17. Sparks - Beat The Clock
18. Heather Parisi - Disco Bambina
19. Parallax Corporation, The - Antisocial Tendencies
20. Models - J.R. Robot
21. Scotch - Penguin's Invasion
22. Brand Image - Are You Loving?
23. Thanya - Freedom
24. Simonetti* / Pignatelli* / Morante* - Flashing

Download Mixed Up In The Hague Vol 2. Compiled by I - F.

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Big Love.
Tourist. X.