Wednesday, 28 December 2011

How to keep the hope machine running, or what socks have to do with self-actualization and belonging.

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What our New Years resolutions should be.

As a lover and maker of lists, I often agree with Umberto Eco that 'The list is the origin of culture.' But, more than that, it can also be a priceless map of personal aspiration, as is the case of the kinds of lists we make this time of year — resolution lists. Pepper yours, if you make one with humour and humanity.

1. Work more and better
2. Work by a schedule
3. Wash teeth if any
4. Shave
5. Eat good — fruit — vegetables — milk
6. Drink very scant, if any
7. Write something every day
8. Look good - shine shoes
9. Read lots good books
10. Listen to radio a lot
11. Learn people better
12. Keep home tidy
13. Dont get lonely
14. Stay glad
15. Keep hoping
16. Keep positivity machine running
17. Dream good
18. Bank all extra money
19. Save dough
20. Have company but dont waste time
21. Play good
22. Dance better
23. Help win wars
24. Love Mum
25. Love family
26. Love everybody
27. Make up your mind
28. Wake up and fight

Here's a mix of off kilter oddities and space rock we did recently too, all playable and downloadable from our Soundcloud page.



Latest tracks by Tourist Mixes

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Everybody ends up dead.

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An Open Letter to Writers of Open Letters

by Godfrey Bumblesquat

To those who feel compelled to address the world from Facebook, Twitter, and email chains, here is a message: No one is listening, least of all Luther Vandross.
We need to have a talk, under the illusion of its taking place in private but actually for anyone to read. Also, the talk will be unilateral and you will never respond to it. Ready? It doesn’t matter, because I’m not listening to you!

The practice of writing open letters must stop. I agree, it was a creative form back in the days of the Bible, and was used effectively throughout history by such figures as Martin Luther, Martin Luther King, and Luther Vandross.

But now every John, Dick, and Luther with internet access can write an open letter for potentially everyone to read, and most of our discourse is already public (I actually originated that last phrase in 1996, which is no. 8 on my list of 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me, just after no. 7—“I murdered a man in Laos on 6/19/2002 and have never been apprehended.”) Writers of open letters, it’s time, for the following reasons, to retire the form, one as hackneyed as the enumeration of arguments through bullet points:

• First, there’s the arrogance of presuming that your letter will really be read by the public, not to mention the greater hubris of signing the letter with your location and date, as if the act of writing it is a historic event whose place and time we must note for the ages. Chances are, no fucker cares enough about the issue to read it, so people end up shamelessly larding their letters with search-engine-friendly phrases like, oh, I don’t know, 'Justin Bieber haircut', 'Angelina Jolie nude' and 'Did Luther Vandross ever really write an open letter? He didn’t, right? It was just a joke, like I thought at first wasn't it?'

• Intervention by letter is an emotionally unhealthy way to address something. If you’re upset about something, therapists often do recommend writing a letter to the person who has upset you — but not sending it. You reap all the benefits of self-expression without the interpersonal conflict. Is it really worth expressing your frustration over Virhin Money's takeover of Northern Rock to have an awkward encounter the next time you run into Richard Branson in Asda?

• Speaking of Branson, a few people or entities to whom there should be an immediate moratorium on writing open letters: Primeministers; the High Court; billionaires. They are too busy and important to ever read it, except for Nick Clegg, because he’s so insecure he has a Google alert set up for his name.

If you absolutely must write an open letter, at least conform to a few tropes of real letter-writing, such as mixing in breezy updates about your own life. For example, in an open letter to Nick Griffin, you might write, “In conclusion, sir, I, for one, am extremely grateful you and your party are doing a great job in showing what a bunch of absolute retards you are as I find morally reprehensible each and every one of your doctrines. P.S. By the way, last night, Sheila and I watched 'Shrek' . We both thought of you! P.P.S. I sincerely hope your own daughter is never raped and impregnated by one of your backwoods cousins."

I would also call for a ban on the short semi-open letter that’s taken root on Facebook and Twitter, such as 'Tuesday afternoons, why are you so interminable?' or 'Oh, Antiques Roadshow, how I love you,” or 'Dear Luther Vandross, did you ever write an open letter? Also I wonder what music you’d be making now if you hadn’t died in 2005.'

Writers of open letters, since you’ve read to the end of this letter and haven’t rebutted me, I assume you’re in agreement and, therefore, the matter can be considered officially closed.

Yours in meta-openness,

Godfrey Bumblesquat.
Newcastle.
21/12/2011

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

NO MUSIC. NO FUCKING ABOUT. BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

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THIS WILL BE THE LAST EVER POST ON TOURIST BLOG AS YOU KNOW IT.
BIG CHANGES ARE COMING... THIS FRIDAY!!!

Dylan going Electric, Radiohead going Electronic, Paul Simon going ethnic, Phil Spector going mad, Snoop Dog going shit,.. modern history is full of controversial decisions, unusual evolutionary directions and the ever popular volte face.

Here at Tourist, we're not immune to the endless march of progress and, as we pass through the the 3 year mark, we've decided to fuck about with the site for no apparent reason, like an even shitter Facebook.

We're being flippant of course, the new look Tourist-Mag site promises a load of improvements for readers, a wealth of completely exclusive content, greater engagement, guest articles, merch and a fuck-load of more, er... stuff.

We're going live on Dec 2nd but till then we'll be offering this sneak preview of our new look

www.tourist-mag.com

Naturally, we're throwing a party to celebrate, and to this end we've invited down a duo that, between them, have possibly featured more heavily on Tourist-Mag than anyone else.

... Andrew Weatherall & Sean Johnston....

Who will be bringing us the unbridled, leftfield, slo-poke joy of...

...A LOVE FROM OUTER SPACE ...

...for it's first ever UK outing outside of London.
(Also on hand will be the Tourist information board of Mark Algar & Geoff Leopard, but don't let that put you off)


What's more, in a mind boggling confluence of hitherto unheard of organisational prowess, we've managed to arrange it so entry will be ....

COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE!!!!

As it's ALFOS, a blingy club space would simply not do, with that in mind we're taking over the leftfield independent boozer that is, No28, for one night only.
We'll be packing the place full of sound, smoke and sin from 9pm till 3 in the am and sincerely we hope you can make it.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Bad Passion (This Saturday as a matter of fact)

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We've been quite slack on posting this up, so with that in mind we're going to do this arse over apex.

Bad Passion are throwing their last party of 2011 this Saturday with Tourist favourites Phoreski and Felix Dickinson.

Check the Facebook event page for more details.

It's at a secret London locale, so if you want to know where then buy a ticket via their paypal address, badpassionsecret@hotmail.co.uk, after which point you'll receive an email with the full address details.

In the unlikely event that there are any tickets remaining on Saturday (they had to turn a great many people away from their recent birthday party), then the remaining tickets will be available on the door.

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Right, now that's out of the way... who the fuck are Bad Passion?

In all honesty, we imagine Bad Passion should be familiar to the majority of readers, but for those of you who haven't heard of them... all you need to know is that Andy Bainbridge & Chris Stoker are 2 Wearside waistrells who decided to leave the North East of England to turn their backs on the never ending succession of weekend afterparties, badly cut drugs and lost weekends, and move to London, attracted by it's never ending succession of weekend afterparties, badly cut drugs, lost weekends and better general standard of trouser.

3 years ago the two of them, along with Dan Mitchell (formerly of the Cosmic Truth) got off their collective tuchus's (tuchi?) and started throwing parties to let them play the music they wanted to hear and book the people they wanted to dance to.
Over the 3 years the guys have been joined by a host of great talent including Gatto Fritto, KZA, Phil South & Anton Esteban, Nick the Record and a roll call of many other intersting and unique artist(e)s.

The rest as they say (well as I say, because I'm lazy) is history.
In the last 3 years Bad Passion has managed to become one of a very select breed of London party's, in as much as they have a loyal following, they're based on no prevailing musical fashion and they don't pander to the latest trends (sadly, this is still not true in relation to Chris's trousers).

This has all been vouchsafed by such honours as being asked to host a boat party on "The Argonuaty" at Electric Elephant, or recording a mix for Tim Sweeney's "Beats in Space", or being asked to play Bestival, or playing the Art against Knives Van at Loveboxx.... we could go on, but you get the gist.

Anyway, they're good friends and good DJ's, so please do yourself a favour if you're in London Village and go to the party.



... and if you can't make it, then at least you can check out their latest mix here...


Bad passion Project - Dance Infidel Dance mix - November 2011 by BAD PASSION PROJECT


Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

An appology.

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Of all the famous men who ever lived, the one I would most like to have met was Socrates. Not just because he was a great thinker, because I have been known to have some reasonably profound insights myself, although mine invariably revolve around a bunch of hot model chic, some handcuffs and a bin bag of cocaine. No, the great appeal for me of this wisest of all the Greeks was his courage in the face of death. His decision was not to abandon his principles, but rather to give his life to prove a point. I personally am not quite so fearless about dying and will, after any untoward noise like a car backfiring, lea, leap directly into the arms of the person I am conversing with. In the end, Socrates' brave death gave his life authentic meaning. Something my existence lacks totally, although it does possess a minimal relevance to Northumbria Police and the Inland Revenue. I must confess I have tried putting myself in this great philosopher's sandals many times and no matter how often I do, I immediately wind up dozing off and having the following dream.

(The scene is my/Socrates' prison cell. I am usually sitting alone, working out some deep problem of rational thought like: Can an object be called a work of art if it can also be used to clean the cooker? Presently I am visited by Agathon and Simmias.)

Agathon: Ah, my good friend and wise old sage. How go your days of confinement?
Me: What can one say of confinement, Agathon? Only the blood may be prisoned. My mind roams freely, unfettered by the four walls and therefore the truth I ask, does confinement exist?
Agathon: Well, what if you want to go for a walk?
Me: Good question. I can't.

(The three of us then sit in classical poses, not unlike a frieze. Then Agathon speaks again.)

Agathon: I'm afraid the word is bad. You have been condemned to death.

Me: Ah, it saddens me that I should cause debate in the senate.

Agathon: No debate. The decision was unanimous.

Me: Really!?

Agathon: First ballot.

Me: Hmmmm. I had counted on a little more support.

Simmaias: The senate is raging over your ideas for a Utopian state.

Me: I suppose I should never have suggested having a philosopher-king.

Simmias: Especially when you kept pointing to yourself and clearing your throat.

Me: And yet I do not regard my executioners as evil.

Agathon: Nor do I.

Me: What specifically did they say they had in mind for me?

Agathon: Hemlock.

Me: (Puzzeled) Hemlock?

Agathon: You remember that black stuff that ate through my marble table?

Me: Really?

Agathon: Just one cupful. Though they do have a back up chalice should you spill anything.

Me: I wonder if it's painful?

Agathon: They asked if you would try not to make a scene. It disturbs the other prisoners.

Me: Hmmmm,,,,

Agathon: I told everyone you would die bravely rather than renounce your principles.

Me: Right, right,,,, er, did the concept of 'exile' ever come up?

Agathon: They stopped exiling last year. Too much red tape. Oh, I ran into Isosceles earlier. He has a great idea for a new triangle.

Me: Right, right,,,, (suddenly dropping all pretense of courage) Look, I'm going to level with you - I don't want to die! I'm too young!

Agathon: But this is your chance to die for truth!

Me: Don't get me wrong. I'm all for truth. On the other hand I've got a second date with a super hot chic in Sparta next week and word is she's proper up for it! Plus it's my turn to buy. You know those Spartans, they kick off over anything.

Simmias: Is our wisest philosopher a coward?

Me: I'm not a coward, and I'm not a hero. I'm somewhere in the middle.

Simmias: A cringing vermin.

Me: That's approximately the spot.

Agathon: But it was you that proved that death does not exist! What was all the talk about death being the same as sleep?

Me: Yes, but the difference is that when you're dead and somebody shouts, "Rise and shine, it's morning," it's very hard to find your slippers.

(The executioner arrives with a cup of hemlock. He bears a close facial resemblance to Spike Milligan)

Executioner: Ah - here we go. Who gets the poison?

Agathon: (Pointing to me) He does.

Me: Wow, that's a big cup. Should it be smoking like that?

Executioner: Yes. And drink it all because sometimes the poison is at the bottom.

(Usually here my behaviour is totally different from Socrates' and I am told I scream in my sleep.)

Me: No - I won't! I don't want to die! Help! No! Please!

(He hands me the brew and all seems lost. Then because of some innate survival instinct the dream always takes an upturn and a messenger arrives)

Messenger: Hold everything! The senate has re-voted! the charges have been dropped, your value has been re-assessed and it is decided you should be honoured instead.

Me: At last! At last! They came to their senses! I'm a free man! Free! And to be honoured! Quick, grab my bags. I have to be going. Praxiteles will want to get an early start on my bust. But before I leave, I give a little parable.
A group of men live in a dark cave. They are unaware that outside the sun shines. The only light they know is the flickering flame of a few small candles which they use to move around.

Agathon: Where'd they get the candles?

Me: Well, lets just say they have them.

Agathon: They live in a cave and have candles? It doesn't ring true.

Me: Can you just go with it for now?

Agathon: OK, OK, but get to the point.

Me: And then one day, one of the cave dwellers walks out of the cave and see's the outside world.

Simmias: In all it's clarity.

Me: Precisely. In all it's clarity.

Agathon: When he tries to tell the others they don't believe him. Is that it?

Me: Well, no. He doesn't tell the others.

Agathon: He doesn't?

Me: No, he opens a butchers, he marries a dancer and dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at forty two.

(They grab me and force the hemlock down. Here I usually wake up in a sweat and only some eggs and bacon can calm me down again.)

Right then! Music time and it's another mix from me (but don't let that put you off!)

Tracklist:

1. Pink Skull * Bee Nose (Brassica Remix)
2. Space System * Master Of The Sky
3. Meanderthals * Andromeda (Prelude To The Future)
4. Free School * Ranting And Raving (Time And Space Machine Remix)
5. Mano Le Tough * Halve A Sun
6. 40 Thieves * Live IS Something Special (Yo Spaceship! Megamix)
7. Suzanne Kraft * Morning Come
8. Missing Lynx * Gotta Minute
9. Cos/Mes * Like A Virgin Point
10. Pional * In Another Room
11. Channel 7 * Aufgang (John Talabot's You And Me Remix)
12. O Children * Heels (Mugwump Remix)
13. Pastique De Reve * Lost In The City
14. Diegors * El Underworld
15. Bozwell * In My Cocoon
16. Kim Ann Foxman * Creature
17. KiNK & Neville Watson * Inside Out
18. Discreet Unit * Shake Your Body Down
19. Ferdi Blankena * Mothers Son
20. Adam Port * Stalker

Mix for the 'For Disco Play Only' podcast series. by Tourist Blog


Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Thursday, 27 October 2011

'The smile doesn't always mean I'm happy' mix.

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The time will come when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will smile at the other's welcome, and say, sit here. Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to itself,
to the stranger who has loved you all your life,
whom you ignored for another, who knows you by heart.

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.



A little mellow and reflective mix with a handfulof up tempo moments. Tracks from The Beatles, The Immortals, Can, Holger Cuzaky, Jimi Hendrix and more.

Download 'The smile doesn't always mean I'm happy' mix by Tourist here.

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Endless Race with Daniel Wang, Jack Archer, Face Your Fate & Slabs Of The Tabernacle.

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Newcastle seems to be going through something of a musical resurgence of late, the last year or so with things becoming far more stripped back and dare I say it, underground, with the emphasis shifting to smaller events with far more interesting acts/DJ's in a far more focused manner. With this ethos in mind, the chaps behind Endless Race have pulled another blinder out of their bag. Following some brilliant nights with the likes of Bill Brewster, Gatto Fritto and Jamie Blanco they're wheeling out an indisputably, blisteringly hot genuine discoid icon in the shape of non other than Daniel Wang! The Balihu Records boss truely is a DJ of rare talent, a huge draw and in demand the world over for more than a decade and a half.
Born in California and raised in Taiwan, the well-traveled producer Daniel Wang has been among the most restless and classically minded members of the dance music community over the last decade. Wang made a name for himself in the mid '90s Chicago house scene with a series of playful, funky, sample-delic 12-inches on his own Balihu label, compiled on 1998's 'I Was a Disco Malcontent: The Best of Balihu Records'. Rooted in the pioneering disco and techno innovations of Giorgio Moroder, Kraftwerk, Francois K and Arthur Russell, the releases earned Wang a reputation for being something of a dance music purist, a notion underscored by his philosophy that the whole of house music can be summed up in 200 pieces of vinyl, while all the rest are merely variations. Later in the '90s, Wang relocated to New York City, where he forged a friendship with the similarly retro-minded Morgan Geist of Metro Area. By this point, Wang had given up on the samples which cluttered his early releases, taking his back-to-basics ethic one step further. He'd also become an avid theremin enthusiast. In 2001, Geist's Environ label put out Wang's soulful, '70s boogie-inspired album Idealism. Given Wang's love for all things disco, he was an appropriate choice to lead off Ghostly Internationals acclaimed 2002 nu-skool electro comp, Disco Nouveau. He does this in style with the thumping, funky, quite cinematic Moroder homage 'Pistol Oderso'.

If that's whetted your appetite sufficiently there's also a brilliant mix from Daniel on the equally brilliant 'Bodytonic' podcast series you can download by following this handy link.

As well as Daniel, there's a whole host of other musical luminaries from near and far on hand to get your night grooving.
On warm up duties in room 1 there's another special guest to get you in a dancing mood in the form of Glasgow’s Jack Archer, who co-runs Habibi and used to co-run Lovebug. Expect wonderful disco and italo-boogie vibes.

Across in room 2 we have local favourites 'Face your Fate DJs' (members of Road to Rimini in a previous life) and another Glasgow disco stalwart, Joel (Slabs of the Tabernacle/Tabernacle Records) who will be taking over in the cinema for the majority of the night. Not sure what they’ll be doing in there, but for sure they’ll be taking the chance to display the versatility of their tastes. You know they only play good stuff, so that’s quite a selection of brilliant music you have in both rooms.So, there you have it. No reason not to be there, unless you’re really not into dancing to great dance music.

Advance tickets for the night are still available by from 'We Got Tickets' by clicking the link here otherwise it's 8 earth pounds on the door or get along early as it's a mere £7 entry before 11pm!!
So just to recap, that's,

Endless Race present:
Daniel Wang and Jack Archer + Face Your Fate DJ's + Joel (Slabs Of The Tabernacle)
@ The Star And Shadow Cinema
Stepney Bank
Byker
Doors 10pm till 4am.
7 quid on the door before 11 and 8 quid after that.

Check the Facebook event page for more details.

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist X.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Andrew Weatherall * 9 O'Clock Drop

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In the compilation-eat-compilation world of dance music in the late 90's, everyone claimed his or her collection was something special. But the truth was that 99 percent of those were nothing but the ghost of a memory by the time the next copy of Mixmag had hit the doorstep. Few comps/mixes had the longevity to hang around the CD tray for much more than a week or so never mind still stand out more than a decade after they were issued. First released in mid 2000 on Nuphonic, '9 O'Clock Drop' is a fucking great compilation of early eighties, largely British, post punk and leftfield electro. This is one of the comps that really helped fuel the wider interest in this music after the overblown pomp and misery of the God-awful Britpop era.

Utterly indespensible and essential listening.

Tracklist:

1. Nice Mover * Gina X Performance
2. Dominatrix Sleeps Tonite * Dominatrix
3. Coup * 23 Skidoo
4. My Spine (is the Bassline) * Shriekback
5. Genius * Quando Quango
6. Water Line * A Certain Ratio
7. Vegas El Bandito * 23 Skidoo
8. Black and White Mix Up * 400 Blows
9. P2E remix * Torch Song
10. Warm Leatherette * The Normal
11. October (love song)'86 version * Chris and Cosey
12. Looks Like We're Shy One Horse * Colourbox
13. Warrior Charge * Aswad

Download 'Andrew Weatherall * The 9 O'Clock Drop' here.

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Dada 2nd birthday party with Chris Duckenfield.

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So against all conceivable odds the Tourist in-house band Last Waltz have just about made it to their sophomore year of throwing some of the best parties (but we would say that) up here in Newcastle. Since the inception the likes of Smagghe, Magda, Phoreski, Felix Dickenson and Rahaan to name but a handful, have graced the dusty old 1200's in a variety of odd, unusual and down right brilliant venues round the city and incredibly people actually danced and had a good time! The old adage of 'a triumph of irresponsible organisation' has never seemed more apt. So naturally and especially in a scene where it's so difficult nowadays to maintain any degree of consistency, they've endeavoured to put on something even more special than usual to celebrate.
Not only have they managed to secure another dazzlingly original (and in my opinion their best yet) venue to party in, but they've also managed to secure the services of a special guest who I'm sure you'll all agree is probably the most perfect person they could book to play a Dada party, and somebody they've wanted to have play since day one...

DADA present The 2nd Birthday Party

featuring
CHRIS DUCKENFIELD
(Swag, Duck Beats, The PPF)
&
LAST WALTZ
(Dada, Object of Distraction)

Saturday 15th October
The Old Music Hall
Drury Lane
11PM - Late

We'll update you with more info on the secret venue address in due course (needless to say it has all of the ingredients for an absolute blinder, back lane access, mind blowing decor, berzerk architecture and a real uniqueness from everywhere else you may have been.)
All that's left to say for the moment, is thanks for the last 2 years chapsand long may it continue!

If you're really quick there should still be some early bird tickets available for now on Resident Advisor.

As a taster to whet the old musical appetite we've got a live mix recorded at the most recent Dada party back in August at the Jazz Cafe for you to download below as well as an exclusive mix Chris has done for the lads.

Enjoy. X

Chris Duckenfield - Live Mix - Dada Exclusive by We are Dada

Last Waltz @ Dada, The Jazz Cafe Aug 2011 by Last Waltz

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Andrew Weatherall & Ivan Smagghe, live at The Nest, 24/06/2011.

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Bit of a treat here for you with a recent mix recorded at The Nest as two of Tourists favourite ever DJ's went back to back for the whole night. 3 hours of Weatherall and Smagghe for your download-delectation.
Enjoy.

Andrew Weatherall & Ivan Smagghe B2B at The Nest, 24/06/2011

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Music to fall in and out of love to.

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Blisteringly loud guitars. Dreamy gossamer, half heard songs of love. Distortion. Lots of distortion. And reverb. And phase. And flange. And delay. Basically, anything involving effects —by effects pedals, guitar re-wiring, amplifier manipulation, or studio experimentation— so all consuming that individual instruments blend into giant, glowing clouds of thick, foggy tonality. Like alt-rock smothered in fog, or ambiance rife with tension.

The term 'Shoegaze' was said to have been first coined by Andy Ross who ran 'Food Records' in the late 80's and early 90's when he described the band 'Moose' and dismissed the band "a bunch of shoegazers" in an interview. Doc Martin and salad enthusiast Steve Lamac picked up on this and soon after used it in an NME article and the rest as they say, is history. Initially a negative description, it was soon turned around into a more positive ideal and quickly, the pejorative 'Shoegazing' was embraced, and, through use, it was shortened to the two-syllable 'Shoegaze'. So now you know!
There was never any easy dictionary definition of what 'Shoegaze' actually is. There is no way of pinning it down as there are so many strands, electronica, indie, heavy rock can all said to share some of the base aesthetics of shoegaze, the obvious link is that they share a grander more ambitious make up. No angular, post-punk posturing, this is all big, curvaceous music in the grandest tradition!
The genre's founding forefathers were, in all likelihood, two bands who were not true shoegazers themselves. When Velvet Underground-influenced Scottish outfit the Jesus and Mary Chain released their legendary debut, Psychocandy, in 1985, they gave the world rock’n’roll songs swathed in reverb and distortion. Spacemen 3, a gospel-tinged garage-rock band founded on excessive drug-use, released their The Perfect Prescription set in 1987, furthering the cause of walls of sound built from guitar noise.
The other spiritual forebearer of the genre was the 4AD-centred ‘dream-pop’ scene (personified by bands like the Cocteau Twins and This Mortal Coil). Shoegazers took the detached, ambient, effects-draped, cooing-vocal style of dream-poppers and amped up the volume.
Though the name really only refers to it's initial, self-contained era, the spirit of shoegaze is still summoned every few years when some young sonic scientists, usually at University, stumble across the sacred mathematical formula of 'effects pedals + melody {LOUD guitars} 9% audible vocals = Shoegaze'.
Kevin Shields of shoegaze pin-ups My Bloody Valentine, famously described his band as having a 'fluff on the needle' sound. And, sure enough, My Bloody Valentine used effects-pedals to build walls of opaque guitar sound, burying their songs under torrents of reverberated guitar noise. The effect was to make the noise the centre of it's musical universe, with vocals, bass, and drums all submerged under guitars nearly reduced to sine-waves.
Whilst you could get into pedantic, semantic discussions about the differences between dream-pop, space-rock, and shoegaze, there are very little misconceptions about shoegaze as a genre. True shoegaze bands are few, and they all hailed from pretty much the same time (1990) and place (Reading) and most of the bands, as well as the scene had died out, split up and called it a day by 1994.
Despite the tiny scale of the movement and the brevity of it the current ranks of shoegaze-influenced artists, (quite direly described in the press as 'nu-gaze') all appears to be alive and well in the modern world of the 'fluff on the needle' sound. My Bloody Valentine recently reformed, returning to the stage with new material in tow. Since they released Loveless in 1991, the Irish band have attained a legendary status — not least of all in Shields' inability to make a follow-up album — inspiring countless bands year in and year out.
The bands who drew from shoegaze are too numerous to mention, but some of the more notable staying-true-to-shoegaze acts like Seefeel, SchoolOf Seven Bells, Engineers, Bowery Electric, the Radio Dept, M83, Over the Atlantic, Asobi Seksu, Rumskib, and Sereena-Maneesh are all still making great music, the sale of 'Slowdive' t-shirts is at a 17 year high and peoples hair seems a lot messier than it's been for a while so I guess the whole thig is ticking along nicely thank you very much!

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Download the 'Rob Da Bank & Friends Shoegaze Special' here.

Tracklist:

1. My Bloody Valentine * Only Shallow
2. Japan Cakes * Touched (Ricardo Tobar Mix)
3. Ulrich Schnauss * A Letter From Home
4. Dinosaur Junior * Freak Scene
5. Slowdive * Catch The Breeze
6. Manual * Blue Skied An' Clear
7. Cocteau Twins * Cherry Coloured Funk (Seefeel Mix)
8. Chapterhouse * Pearl
9. Nathan Fake * The Sky Was Pink
10. Maps * To The Sky (M83 Mix)
11. Ariel * Sugar Crystals
12. Ride * Vapour Trail
13. Jesus & The Mary Chain * Just The Honey
14. Velvet Underground * I Heard Her Call My Name
15. Boards Of Canada * Zoetrope
16. M83 * Teen Angst
17. Lush * Sweetness & Light (Orange Squash Mix)
18. Pale Saints * Sight Of You
19. Engineers * 3 Fact Fader
20. School Of Seven Bells * My Cabal (Robin Guthrie Mix)
21. Spiritualized * If I Were With Her Now

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

I love the smell of nepotism in the morning. (Pt II)

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PEOPLE GET REAL is the collective name for the DJ/production duo of Simon Lister and Peter Wilson. For almost a decade now they have been pushing their brand of dance-floor terrorism to parties up here in their native Newcastle, across the UK and beyond. As well as being a couple of our favourite DJ's, Peter and Simon have been friends of ours a for quite a while now so we've no qwarms about blatantly repping their productions old and new and seeing as they've got gone and got Tourist faves Ivan Smagghe and Tim Paris, alongside a whole host of other luminaries of the electronic scene, to remix their latest offering 'The Unicorn E.P.' has just been released on the lads' very own 'Join Our Club' imprint, we thought it only right to give them a shout.
If you didn't already know, PGR have been the residents at Wax:On since it's inception in 2004, they were involved in compiling and mixing one of the two CDs commercially released to celebrate the 5th Birthday. The mix being a retrospective of tracks from the previous 5 years on the dancefloor at Wax:On, and a snapshot of the music and style that has made them a firm favorite with the crowd and visiting guest DJs. This has seen them DJ alongside some of the world's biggest hitters; Richie Hawtin, Erol Alkan, Sven Vath, Boys Noize, Tiga, Loco Dice, Ivan Smagghe, Matthew Dear, Simian Mobile Disco, Craig Richards and Andrew Weatherall to name just a few.
If you want to catch them playing out anytime soon, the PGR boys will be playing at 'Wire' in Leeds with the afore mentioned Mr Smagghe on Sept 23 and a week later on the 30th at Manchesters 'The Countach Club' alongside Daniel Avery.

You can check out all the tracks and remixes as well as the DJ feedback from their new 'Unicorn E.P.' on PGR's Soundcloud by clicking here, we'd also recommend you take a minute out to have a listen through the other tracks and edits on here!
Anyhow, if you wanna buy any of the tracks you can purchase from Beatport by clicking this handy link here. We'd encourage any financial help you can afford the lads, as Simon has got a wedding to pay for in a couple of weeks and it must cost him a fortune to keep that beard looking so well groomed. X

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

I suggest you kill them all and let God sort it out.

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A man who could not marry off his ugly daughter visited his priest for advice. "My heart is heavy," he told the priest, "Because God has given me an ugly daughter."
"How ugly?" the Padre asked.
"If she were lying on a plate with a herring, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference."
The priest thought for a long time and finally asked, "What type of herring?"
The man taken aback by the query, thought quickly and said, "Er,- a Bismark."
"Too bad," the preist said. "If it was a Maatjes, she'd have a better chance.

Here is a tale that illustrates the tragedy of transient qualities such as beauty. Does a girl actually resemble a herring? Why not? Have you seen some of the things walking about these days, particularly on the coastal areas? And even if she does, are not all creatures beautiful in Gods eyes? Perhaps, but if a girl looks more at home in a jar of wine sauce than in an evening gown she's got big problems. Oddly enough, the wife of the priest from the tale was said to resemble a squid, but this was only in the face, and she more than made up for it by her hacking cough - the point of which escapes me.

Download 'The Horrors: Fact Mix' here.

Tracklist:

1. T.2. * No More White Horses
2. Tame Impala * Desire Be, Desire Go
3. David Essex * Rock On
4. Connan Mockasin * Unicorn In Uniform
5. Primal Scream * Inner Flight
6. US 69 * 2069 A Space Oddity
7. Gene Clark * Some Misunderstanding
8. Roxy Music * In Every Dream Home A Heartache
9. Bobak, Jons, Malone * On A Meadow-Lea
10. The Beach Boys * Caroline No
11. The Velvet Underground * The Ocean
12. The Beatles * Dear Prudence
13. Aphrodite’s Child * The Four Horsemen
14. Stereolab * Metronomic Underground

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Balearic Mike live @ Electric Elephant.

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"Slide through the back door
With your life strings attached
I can see the heavens
On my back."

Balearic Mike - Electric Elephant 2011, Saturday Beach Bar Set Opening Set.

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Monday, 22 August 2011

Jamie Paton (Cage & Aviary) * Contort Yourself mix.

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Great mix that appeared on the Test Pressing blog recently from Jamie Paton.
“The mix takes in all sorts over a C90′s worth of running time, including Weatherall putting the Beat between Meat and Manifesto, one of Arthur Russell’s more abstract Funk Popping moments and a quite frankly awesome stratospheric excursion from Gigi Galaxy and his Disco 2000. It sums up a lot of what I’ve been playing this year, quite prototypical and stripped down, tough in places but with the odd musical flourish here and there. There are also a couple of Cage & Aviary productions on there, one from our forthcoming Migration LP which will finally drop in October.”
More news on that as it comes.

Download the Jamie Paton (Cage & Aviary) * Contort Yourself mix here.

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Thursday, 18 August 2011

It's our 'design a cover for a record competition' innit!

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Every now and then the opportunity to get someone else to do all the work arises and here at Tourist we're not above sitting on our arses and dishing out empty platitudes to all sundry in order to get someone else to iron our smalls. So with this lethargic ethic being one of the cornerstones to our value system it's with no small amount of excitement that we look to 'outsourcing' some more ofour work to any of you lovely people interested.
As well as this fantastical bog you're currently reading Geoff and myself have a number of other duties to perform in the real world like families, jobs, playing records, I also like smoking, swearing and reading mucky books, Geoff occasionally sits down and messes about on a computer creating strange sonic arrangements. A few of these arrangements have been compiled by ace local record label Audio Parralax who will be releasing them to the public for sale very soon. So, being the workshy fops we are, we obviously want as little to do with the marketing, pressing and any other process' as possible once the tunes are completed. However, one thing the label have insisted on is that they are provided with some artwork for the CD's & records, (my idea of just bunging 'em in a load of plain white sleeves and giving them to the St. Johns ambulance people to distribute was dismissed, somewhat unfairly I think, out of hand) but that's where you cats come in! We're looking for any hot young graphic designers, artists or doodlers who feel like chucking their hats into the ring and designing the cover art for us! We'll feature all of the good ones on the blog and do a piece on the winner who'll also receive our glowing praise, 4 cans of Spesh, 10 Benson and 5 quids worth of sticky black! No there's a prize!! Details and a design brief can be received by emailing geoffbucket@hotmail.com and you can hear an early draft of one of the tracks from the E.P. here on Soundcloud if that'll help/inspire/procrastinate your working process too!
We look forward to any submissions whatever they may be, so god luck and be careful out there.

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Piers Harrison (Soft Rocks) Mix.

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Piers Harrison of Soft Rocks (a loose collective of Brighton based djs and producers with a relaxed attitude to copyright law) flies the flag with a deep and delicious set originally recorded for the brilliant Noises In My Head blog. After 8 or 9 years of releasing some blinding edits the prolific combo are due to release their first full-length LP of original material 'Power Play' in September, which will see all members uniting for the project with remixes from Andrew Weatherall, Beautiful Swimmers, The Stallions, Tiago, Cos/Mes etc. If that lineup isn't a glowing endorsement then I don't know what is. The mix which contains a hefty dose of this aforementioned original SR material has pretty much been on constant rotation here at Tourist Towers for the last few weeks so we thought it only polite to spread the love.

Tracklist:

1. Soft Rocks * Midnight
2. Soft Rocks * Deeply Unfunky Looking Dudes
3. Soft Rocks * Wakibaki
4. Don Cherry * Tarot Will Teach You
5. Soft Rocks * Laguna
6. Soft Rocks *Lengthy Noodling
7. Soft Rocks * Spatial Reggae II
8. Ralph Lundsten * Alpha Ralpha Boulevard
9. Soft Rocks * Powerstation
10. Soft Rocks * 80s Assassin
11. John Carptenter * The End (Scratch Mix)
12. IMS * Nonline
13. Ralph * More Calypso (Dub)
14. Soft Rocks * Midtempo Mission
15. Rice And Beans Orchestra * Coconut Grove
16. Pied Piper Of Funkingham * Today Is The Day

Download 'Piers Harrison (Soft Rocks) Mix' here.
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Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Monday, 15 August 2011

The KLF * 'Chill Out' & 'The White Room'.

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The seminal ambient album 'Chill Out' and the decidedly odd 'White Room' LP from The KLF,,,,,

'Chill Out' tracklist:

1. Brownsville Turnaround On The Tex-Mex Border
2. Pulling Out Of Ricardo And The Dusk Is Falling Fast
3. Six Hours To Louisiana, Black Coffee Going Cold
4. Dream Time In Lake Jackson
5. Madrugada Eterna
6. Justified And Ancient Seems A Long Time Ago
7. Elvis On The Radio, Steel Guitar In My Soul
8. 3 A.M. Somewhere Out Of Beaumont
9. Wichita Lineman Was A Song I Once Heard
10. Trancentral Lost In My Mind
11. The Lights Of Baton Rouge Pass By
12. A Melody From A Past Life Keeps Pulling Me Back
13. Rock Radio Into The Nineties And Beyond
14. Alone Again With The Dawn Coming Up

Download 'The KLF * Chill Out' here.

The White Room tracklist:

1. Kylie Said to Jason (Edit)
2. 3 a.m. Eternal
3. Go to Sleep
4. Make It Rain
5. Church of the KLF
6. No More Tears
7. Build a Fire
8. The Lovers' Side
9. The White Room
10. Born Free

Download 'The KLF * The White Room' Here.

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Andy Blake & Joe Hart * Live from 'World Unknown' (13/05/11)

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Here at Tourist we need very little excuse to indulge our obsession with anything Andy Blake shaped. Andy has been a big favourite with us over the last few years and his labels, recordings and DJ sets have been hugely influential to us so it's with no small amount of anticipation we await the forthcoming output from his new imprint. At the time when Blake actually shut Dissident down a couple of years back he said it was to focus on other projects, not least his Brixton party series with Joe Hart of Bodyhammer and Bloc named 'World Unknown'. The new label share's this moniker and will pick up where the mighty 'Dissident' left off with Blake describing it as "the cooler, smarter little brother... who has learned a lot from his elder sibling's trials and triumphs." With some heavyweight releases lined up from the likes of Optimo's Johhny Wilkes, Neville Watson and Apiento from the excellent Test Pressing blog it'd be wise for anyone with an interest in forward looking house and electronic music to keep their eye's peeled! Untill then though do yourself a favour and download this frankly outrageous live mix from one of the recent World Unknown parties, everything from cosmic/italo obscurities and Turkish psyche oddities to jackin' Chicago house and proper Detroit techno! You know it makes sense.

Andy Blake & Joe Hart - Live from World Unknown (13/05/11)
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Superfast download link!!

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Saturday, 13 August 2011

'A Love From Outer Space' boat party @ Electric Elephant.

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Since the launch of their monthly residency in the basement of The Three Crowns pub in Stoke Newington last may Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnston have been ploughing a decidedly different musical furrow. Taking its title from the old A.R. Kane track of the same name, 'A Love From Outer Space' was basically an excuse for Weatherall and Johnston to helm the decks themselves for the entire night and play anything they bloody well wanted to. The smaller, 140 capacity basement lends itself ideally to a much more esoteric selection with the duo able to mine far more deeply into the veins of dub, post-punk, Krautrock, psyche-disco, rock'n'roll, oddities and the like. A couple of weeks ago Andrew and Sean upped sticks and dragged the travelling ALFOS circus across Europe and plonked it down on the shores of the Adriatic to entertain the patrons of the Electric Elephant festival.

This is is a recording of what happened at the A Love From Outer Space boat party. It is very good! (And the link works now!)

Download 'A Love From Outer Space' Electric Elephant boat party here.

Till next time.
Big love, Tourist. X

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Cos/Mes * Opera City Mix.

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My goodness, what are you saying," Korotkov exclaimed in distress, sensing that here, too something strange was starting, just as it had everywhere else. He looked back as if he were being hunted, afraid that the shaven face and the bald shell would emerge from somewhere, and then he added in a clumsy way, "I'm very glad, yes, very . . ." A motley flush passed lightly over the marble man; raising Korotkov's hand delicately, he drew him toward a little table, reiterating, "I'm very glad, too. But here's the rub, imagine it - I don't even have a place where you can sit down. We're being kept in a pen in spite of our significance.

Cos/Mes, Opera City Mix. Tracklist:

Audio Create Series * Sound In 76'
I Gres * Moaning
Mark Egan * Hills
Harvey Mandel * Baby Batter
Francois Niombo * I'm Cool
Kjell Wallgren * Gentle Function
Frank W. Brecker * Spring
Godley And Creme * Group Life
Paris Angels * Too Easy
Hammer * One Day
Professor Genius * A Jean Giraud 2
Sebastien Tellieer * Killometer
Gina X * Homage A BB
China Crisis * Animalistic
Yukihiro Takahashi * Disposable Love
Manzanera * Gone Flying
Chas Jankle * Magic Of Music
L. Hall * Open The Door

Cos/Mes * Opera City Mix
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Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

'Geoffs Diary' or 'rumours of our demise have been slightly exaggerated'.

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Seeing as we've been off-line for a while now, we thought it was the least we could do to explain our abscence here are some excerpts from Geoff's daily journal that should clear up any questions you have,,,,

29/06/11:
Hoorah! A new week has arrived. I awake at 5 a.m. to find that a flock of seven white doves of peace has flown in through the bedroom window and begun flying around the room in a kind of 'flight of harmony', casting a Disneylike sense of well-being about. Finally they roost on my bust of Caligula and in the dim 1/8th light I'm sure I saw one of them wink at me, in a sort of 'wink of peace'. I take this to be a sign of good fortune in the forthcoming year and fall back asleep.
I re-awake at 8 a.m. to find that the doves have flown off with my bust of Caligula. Obviously they have carried it off to their mountain eeire; a foreboding sense of dread now hangs over the home.

04/07/11:
I rise and decide to design a new type of hat. The place of work I choose this morning is under the sink unit in my kitchen, a safe place if any. My designs are at first sketchy, looking more like a fat young man than hat, but by 6 p.m. my design is complete and ready to be sent to Pappa & Co. for approval. I hope they like it. I think it would suit a more formal gentleman like a king or Harrison Ford.

17/07/11:
At 8 a.m. the sleepy antique-shop-filled seaside village of Wallsend is woken by the kazoos and snare drums of Britain's criminals as they march down the main street beating out the melody of felony. What a sight this is, with the petty thieves and shoplifters bringing up the rear, through to the arsonists and fraudsters filling the mid-ranks, right up to the leading gangsters heading this march of villainy.
Amongst the crooks I spot my housemate Lee 'Fingers' Forster, so called because he regularly fingers not only the various foods in our local delicatessen but the serving ladies as well, and when accused of his behaviour he blasts his way out of the shop using a 75 mm Howitzer. Also present are some of Scotlands most famous baddies like '2 Biscuits' McDouglas, the Grocer of Kilmarnock, and 'Westy' Hancock, who once farted in front of the Duke of Westminster at point blank range.
As the underworld parade vanishes into a hotel for their annual villains' breakfast of fried eggs, I too vanish back home for my breakfast of boiled eggs.
I spend the rest of the day looking at my feet.

23/07/11:
I have had some thoughts on the possibilities of opening new enterprises in the district, for example (i.e)

A) A combination asylum and poy-purri centre where the inmates create bags of pot-pourri to allow your cabinets toi smell sweetly, it shall be called 'Scenti Mental'.

B) A series of old peoples homes:
1) Yesterday's People
2) Forgotten Faces
3) Time's Up
4) Conclusions.
A feature within the homes would be a dating agency for old people called 'Expiry Dates.

C) Health Farms:
1) Bye Bye Bulk
2) Fit And Farty

I have sent off a number of ideas to the government in a bid to aid world peace. These products are presented in advertisement form to aid the politicians to understand them and realize their true potential for global and universal harmony.

29/07/11:
I awake to find thousand upon thousand of tiny hairlike baby snakes on my head, but on closer investigation find that it's mearly my own rapidly depleting hair, which disappoints me tremendously, although the thought of charming the baby snakes into exciting new hairstyles with a flute thrills me 'nuff! Never mind, I have recently discovered a new snake in my trousers which seems to react to kindness and, equally, threats!

31/07/08:
I realized mid-morning that my bones had emerged through my finger tips. The doctor tells me this is quite normal and I should in future refer to them as 'fingernails'.

02/08/11:
At dawn I ring the police and tell them that I have shot the rebellious Nashville singer Waylon Jennings and his undisturbed corpse is lying cold and motionless beneath the pear tree with robins circling overhead.
Twelve hours later the police strolled up to my door and asked to see the body. I led them through the house and down the garden past the ornament to the pear tree. JESUS CHRIST OF BETHLEHEM!! The carcass had gone. I explained that the robins must have devoured him and suggested they keep their eye's open for a flock of robins with more red on their chests than usual.
They left silently and I cooked some of my secret recipe Wild West Pork.

09/08/11:
Flies swarm round the pork in my attic, so I get rid of it. all 160 lbs of it, in a ditch near B & Q.

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Well, I hope that clears up any questions anybody had about what we'd been up to and the lack of posts form us, to make up for our tardyness here's a bunch of records played one after another for you to listen to on a sunny day, Balearic innit.

Tracklist:
1. Ashra * Oasis
2. Space System * Petik
3. Wally Badarou * Mambo
4. Arthur Russell Vs Johanna Billing * This Is How We Walk On The Moon
5. Massive Attack And The Mad Proffessor * Radiation Ruling The Nation
6. Maxxi And Zeus * American Dreamer
7. Talk Talk * I Believe In You
8. Parsley Sound * Platonic Rate
9. Kammerflimmer KIollektief * Rotwelsch
10. Cults * Go Outside
11. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti * Round And Round
12. David Bowie * Somebody Up There Likes Me
13. Thin Lizzy * She Knows
14. Barry De Vorzon And Joe Walsh * In The City

Download Tourists"Thats some bad hat Harry!" mix here.
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Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Monday, 27 June 2011

Suono 7th Birthday this Saturday with Mark Seven, 4 Hands and Danno & Tony + Mark Seven mix to D/L.

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With the likes of Daniele Baldelli, Greg Wilson, Ashley Beedle, Kelvin Andrews, Idjut Boys, Moonboots, Phil Mison and all the other familiar names that have headlined the past 7 years of raucous shindigs organised by the Suono crew, it's easy to see why it's with teary eye and heavy heart we say a bitter sweet 'au revoir' as their final Suono fling is flung this Saturday.
Thankfully the lads will still be soundtracking balmy Summer afternoons and bank holidays at The Tanners and such like, but with the whole M.O. of organising the larger club events becoming a bit of a bore they've decided to bow out in non too shabby style by flying in the legendary DJ, producer, collector, dealer and all round encyclopedia of the obscure disco track Mark Seven!!
As well as his ongoing obligations as the Jus’wax head honcho and crate-digger extraordinaire, Mark has made a name for himself issuing impeccable releases including Pillow Talk and Travelogue as well as the flawless, ‘A Salute to the Men of Vauxhall’ and its follow up, 'Salute 2 – Reach Out and Touch Your Dream'. Mark’s is one of a small group of people who can truly be referred to as 'a DJ’s DJ', the mere mention of his name causing trainspotters to salivate wildly, talk in tongues and send Discogs working into overtime. However it would be a disservice to make him sound elitist, his focus on finding a groove in the music he plays appeals to a far broader audience than his reputation as a purveyor of obscurities would suggest, and his ability to fuse together music across a range of genres succeeds in keeping the dance floor sweaty and packed, what every party wants! No stranger to the underground scene, with his involvement dating back to the late 80s when he started promoting parties such as ‘Bizarre’ on the fledgling Balearic scene, in addition to being a regular at ‘Shoom’, 'Future', 'Spectrum' and the infamous 'Boys Own' parties, citing the likes of Andy Weatheral and Danny Rampling as early inspirations.
Mark now resides in Sweden where he's lived since the late 90s dealing vinyl online with his 'Jus Wax' store, DJing in Stockholm and playing occasional guest spots around the world,,,, and this Saturday 'round the world' reads as 'the top of Stepney Bank, opposite The Tanners', and we CANNOT WAIT!!

As well as Mark and the Suono chaps delving deep into their record collections, we'd be remiss in our duties if we didn't mention that Newcastle's own 'Four Hands' will be playing live. Steve, the man behind the Four Hands moniker has been making great music in a number of different guises for as long as most people can remember as well as releasing music on Paul 'Mudd' Murphy's Claremont 56 imprint. After a stellar turn at the last Suono party, Dano and Tony have invited him back! We'd HIGHLY recommend that you take a minute and pop across to the excellent 'Test Pressing' blog and check out the live recording of this performance that they've been hosting, in blunt terms, it's fucking amazing!!
We've also got some musical goodness for your ears in the shape of an uber rare Mark Seven mix from New Years Eve in 2007 for you to download. As you would expect, there is no tracklist for it but hey, why don't you do some disco-leg work and get diggin' for those ID's yaself?!

Mark Seven * NYE 07
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If you require any more info, just click on the Facebook event page here.

Suono 7th birthday with Mark Seven, Four Hands (live) Dano & Tony
Star & Shadow cinema
Saturday July the 2nd
11 pm till 4 am
Tickets £10 available from the Tanners & RPM
Warm up, rub down at the Tanners from 8pm, with Tadge.

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Monday, 13 June 2011

Tell them I said something great...

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A few things to report, a bit of free music and a Mixtape.

Firstly, the annual ¡VAMOS! festival is coming back for another year and it's presenting 2 special events, featuring a Touristblog favourite... MATIAS AGUAYO
Formerly half of the sublime Closer Musik, Aguayo is more recently known for his releases on his own imprint 'Comeme' and the ever wonderful 'Kompakt'.
Musically, he's almost impossible to pin down, splicing together the Chilean rhythms of his new home of Beunos Aries alongside the Techno sensibilities of his earlier work with a real sense of mischief (and in some cases, blatant piss taking).

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The first event is an absolute treat for Newcastle and frankly, anyone who doesn't attend aught to be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.

For the last few years, Aguayo and his Comeme cohorts have been throwing free street parties up and down the length and breadth of South america, and now Newcastle's NONAME collective have managed to tempt them to bring one of their 'BUMBUMBOX' parties to Greys monument!
The event takes place from 12 till 3 this Friday (17th) and features both Aguayo and North East artist CAPRACARA (DFA/London Soul Jazz) performing 'Selleccion Transatlantica', an all new musical commission between the 2 artists that promises to be pretty fucking good!
The following day NONAME present a special free outdoor party at the Tyne Bar, featuring Aguayo, the fabulous Ana Helder and other Comeme artists, as well as Vamanos and Antonio Morales (Tourist remembers him when he was just plain Tony!) If that wasn't enough, then there's a FREE after party with Aguayo, Capracara and Helder all DJing back in the city centre at the new No28 bar/club!
If you're from Newcastle, then we don't really need to big the Tyne Partys up, and if you're not from Newcastle, then ask someone who is as this post is getting far too long.

Also on Friday, Touristblogs very own shameful secret, Last Waltz, are playing at a very special charity gig which also features a proverbial shower of similar tossers from the Newcastle underground party scene (god I hate that term).

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An evening with Sir Bobby has been organised by the ever so slightly unhinged folk behind CTRL and features (in no particular order)...

CTRL DJs
Last Waltz
Motion DJs
Jaunt DJs
Wella
Pauly Barton
Mick Lyndsey and Dan Hawkins
Prim
Vince V

The event is taking place at The Globe, the roof terrace of which has so far been home to 2 fantastic Dada events (don't know if that actually counts as a recommendation, but it's bloody good) and entry is measly £7, which goes straight to the Bobby Robson foundation!

Right, musics...

Here's a slice of what to expect at Monument on Friday.

http://soundcloud.com/capracara/the-final-episode-seleccion

We've mentioned Closer Musik which has made for an excellent excuse to post this...

Closer Musik - Maria

Also, here's a incredibly skitzy, but absolutely amazing Aguayo mix from 09 as well as his brilliant 'Fact Mix' from a little later.

Matias Aguayo - XLR8R Mix

Matias Aguayo - FACT MIX

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist X

Thursday, 19 May 2011

'Noise In My Head' mix from Lexx (Claremont 56/Leng)

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A super mellow set from Lexx aka Alex Storrer now, all the way from Zurich, Switzerland.
Lexx's mixes are enough to make you melt and this is no exception. Great late night radio and perfect for the week's end. The bulk of his previous efforts are hosted at Test Pressing (of course!), and are available (along with a whole host of other great mixes) if you have a scroll round here.
Lexx's exquisite taste is also present in his own productions, remixes and edits. Highly active in this department, his output is sprawled across releases on uber trendy labels like Permanent Vacation, Claremont 56, Messalina, Leng etc. His productions and mixes have been a favourite of hours here at Tourist for some time and w'd recommend you looked into his lengthy back catologue when you get the chance. In the meantime though, find a relaxing spot and chill out with this little beauty,,,,,

(Sort of) Tracklist:

Somewhere I Belong
The Other Song
Give Me A Chance
Red Dress
Durango
Arthur’s Landing * Lucky Cloud
Black Man At The Shoulder
Experiments
Determined
Don’t Play Me
Detroit Leaning
Put Some Love In What You Do
Stone Cold Cat

Download Lexx's mix for Noise In My Head here.
Mirror download from Megaupload here.

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Endless Race with Gatto Fritto & Jamie Blanco.

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We at Tourist Towers are very excited about the return of Endless Race this weekend after the brilliant party they threw back in February with DJHistory main man Bill Brewster. We've emptied the bag of plaudits and complements over and over again in the direction of the guys behind the much missed Road To Rimini nights and the second, and much anticipated outing for their new venture looks like they've no intention of taking their foot off the accelerator!
The Star & Shadow Cinema is again the host venue and they'll be keeping the lights on till 5am with a special late license, the reason for this being that the chaps at Endless Race have upped the stakes with no less than 2 superb special guests in the shape of Gatto Fritto and Jamie Blanco!

"Gatto Fritto is Ben Williams and Ben Williams is Gatto Fritto. Everyone from Andrew Weatherall to Harvey have been championing his tracks. So do we, and we’ve been listening closely since hearing his inimitable ‘Invisible College’ track on Dissident Records back in 2007. He’s finally got an album out now on the prestigious International Feel recordings that you might be tempted to describe as a mixture of cosmic disco, Balearic or even synth pop but we’re not getting muddled up in that. The fact is, it’s utterly sublime and been well worth the wait – it’s an odyssey of brilliance.
Not only is Ben one of the most talented electronic music producers in the UK but a superb DJ to match. Bringing a selection of disco, house and other eighties oddities, electronic or otherwise to Endless Race, collected over the past 15 years or so whilst working for various second hand record shops around London (safe to say he knows a thing or two about DJing then), your dancing needs will be lavishly indulged at the next Endless Race. We’re certainly not alone in acknowledging the man’s plentiful talents, with a string of DJ dates across Europe and other fine nights in the UK such as Bad Passion and Lowlife he’s a bit busy. This is his first appearance in Newcastle, don’t miss out!

If that wasn’t enough, we’re equally excited to have a live performance from another extremely talented, if as yet under-acknowledged London based producer to get things kick started on the night. You’d be forgiven for not having heard of Jamie Blanco with only a limited single released to date on Russell Club records, but it’s that damn good, as are oodles of his unreleased tracks on soundcloud that we thought we’d ask if he did a live set. Luckily he said yes, and will be bringing his gloriously rich all-analogue house sound to Newcastle in May.So there you have it. A DJ set, a live set, and , of course, Endless Race’s resident DJs will be warming you up and winding you down in what promises to be another great party, at a brilliant and friendly venue, with a top notch sound system that’s clear as well as loud, and no posing."

For a taster of what to expect:

Download the Gatto Fritto mix for 'Deep Frequency' here, or his podcast for '20jazzfunkgreats' here.

check out Jamie Blanco's Soundcloud page here

,,,, and grab Endless Race resident Pat's excellent 'Burnin' & Yearnin' mix here.

So just to recap, thats,,,,
Endless Race with Gatto Fritto & Jamie Blanco plus residents.
Saturday 14 May
Doors 10pm - 5am
£8 on the door or tickets can be bought here.
(Or there's a £6 special discount entry before 11pm on the night)

We'll see you down the front (or at the bar!)
Big love. Tourist. X

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Cooly G (Hyperdub) @ The Star & Shadow Cinema. Sat 7th May.

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Slight change of course for us here at Tourist Towers but a worthwhile diversion never the less. While we're not known for championing Dubstep and the like we're always interested in anything fresh and new so here's a word about an great looking event organised by some of the guys the behind the excellent 'Endless Race' night we had a brilliant time at with Bill Brewster a few weeks back. (They're also hosting Gatto Fritto & Jamie Blanco next weekend, but more on that here in a couple of days,,)

"We are thrilled to have something different for you at the Star & Shadow in the form of Cooly G, one of the finest female (or either gender, for that matter) leftfield Dubstep/UK Funky/ House producers around at the moment, offering an alternative to the usual Newcastle party scene.Cooly G, signed to Hyperdub (Burial, Kode9, Joker, Ikonika), the semi-pro female footballer, producer and DJ from Brixton, describes her sound as having a "deep house tribal dubstep vibe," and you can see why - Cooly G's productions exist in their own hinterland - abstract post-garage beats that slowly shuffle into life, dubbed out, with her own cut up vocal snippets singing painterly half phrases. Terms such as Dubstep and UK Funky immediately come to mind when trying to describe her, but there is an undeniable deep house element that gives her music a smooth edge and makes it all the more difficult to fit into genre clich├ęs. Something of a child prodigy (she learned to DJ at the age of seven and was teaching music technology to men three times her age two months after leaving school), she’s the second female producer on Hyperdub alongside Ikonika. Her first single got people pretty excited, she was single of the week in the Guardian Newspaper, One to Watch in the Independent newspaper, has played with Kode9, got interviewed all over and was immediately snapped up for remixes by the majors as well as starting to get bookings all over the world."

Check out more mixes and info on the party at the Facebook event page here.
Saturday 7th of May at 10:00pm - Sunday at 4:00am
£8 on the door

If you want to check Cooly G's music and DJing style, there's a link to her very smart XLR8 mix from last year for your undoubted aural pleasure.

01 Cooly G "Intro"
02 Cooly G/DVA "Ol' Dirty"
03 DJ Gregory "Traffic"
04 T Williams "Hardcash"
05 Zander Hardy (exclusive)
06 Ben Westbeech & T. Williams (exclusive)
07 Martyn "Megadrive"
08 Artist Unknown "Glow"
09 O.B "ER"
10 Artist Unknown "Get Slapped Up"
11 Artist Unknown "Gain"
12 Artist Unknown "Dougsanna"
13 DJ Gregory "Work Me"
14 Sami Sanchez "Air Raid"
15 MA1 "Samurai Remix"
16 Wbeeza "Deep Underground"
17 Bowly (exclusive)
18 Major Notes "Friend of Mine Dub"

Download Cooly G's XLR8 Mix here.

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Monday, 18 April 2011

Andrew Weatherall * 6 Mix. 17/04/2010

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Andrew Weatherall returns for the latest edition of his 6 Mix residency. One of Britain's best loved DJs, Andrew has just finished touring the UK with Primal Scream celebrating the twentieth anniversary of their seminal album Screamadelica. In his latest 6 Mix show, Andrew plays an eclectic selection of music, from folk to rockabilly, via dubby, leftfield beats as well as new work and remixes fresh from his Rotters Golf Club studio in East London. In the final 30 minutes of the show, Andrew throws opens the doors to his 'Sunday night disco' featuring a live 30 minute mix of upfront new dance music including the exclusive first play of the brand new Death In Vegas single 'Enforced Peace.'

Tracklist:
Maestro Ilaiyararaaja * Myakkama
K.X.P. * 18 Hours Of Love
Moon Duo * Scars
The Oscillation * See You Through
Moondog & His Honking Geese * Dog Trot
Pokey LeFarge * Chillin' Cookin' Time In Cheatham County
Higamos Hogamos * Transfusion
MirrorMirror * Love Is the Law
Black Roots * Tribal Roots
Chain And The Gang * Mirror Mirror
Tropic Of Cancer * Be Brave
Kranzo Roses Band * Berne Crematoire
Grimes * My Sister Says The Saddest Things
Siouxsie And The Banshees * Double Life
Davilla 666 * Yo Seria Otro
Timber Timbre * Woman
kurt Vile * Baby's Arms

Sunday Night Disco:

Death In Vegas * Enforced Peace
JR Seaton * Way Savvy (Gatto Fritto Remix)
Maurice & charles * Moroder In Milan
Cut Copy * Sun God (Weatherall Remix)

Download Andrew Weatherall * 6 Mix 17/04/2010 here.

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Wella: A Warning From History + Wella's 'Just Got Back From T'Caravan' mix.

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Wella: A Warning From History!

(The following is a sample of some of English mythology's more imaginative augmentations on the legendary beast 'The Wepps' that I am anthologising in a four-volume set that Random House plan to publish pending the outcome of the Bulgarian shepherds strike)

The Silkworm:
The Silkworm is an early incarnation of the Wepps that first appears in Chaucer's early cookery books. The Silkworm is not actually a worm of any type but a small bird of no more than 4 or 5 inches that was said to have the power of speech but constantly referred to itself in the third person, such as "He's a great little bird, isn't he?" Persian mythology holds that if the Silkworm appears on the window sill in the morning a relative will either come into money or break both legs at a tombola.

The Flying Goon:
The Flying goon is another early version of the modern day Wepps we all know and hate. Flying Goons were said to be magical creatures with four hundred and 4 four eyes. Two hundred for long distance, two hundred for reading and four independently moving eyes to 'keep toot for any loose change or fags on the floor'. According to legend, if a man gazed directly into the face of a Flying Goon he immediately lost his right to drive in Bensham. The Flying Goon was also known to be a harsh carrier of herpes.

The Prawn:
The Prawn see's an interesting spin on the legend of The Wepps as it is a sea monster! Tales see it located living just off the North Northumberland coast near Holy Island. Most scholars maintain that this was due to The Prawns fabled love of free mead that the Monks would pour into the surrounding waters to pacify The Prawn on it's stroppier days. Killing a Prawn was said to be bad luck: In a poem by Sir Herbert Figgles, a sailor shoots one and his boat suddenly founders in a storm, causing the crew to seize the captain and cut his hair into a fashionable Hitler-sweep in a futile attempt to appease the Prawn. There were no survivors.

The Great Weaponie:
The Great Weaponie is a Greek take on the Wepps legend, with the head of a turtle and the body of a turtle, although not the same turtle. The Great Weaponie is reputed to sleep for a thousand years and then suddenly awake in flames, particularly if it was smoking when it dozed off. The red headed Greek warrior Greggles was said to have awakened Weaponie after six hundred years but found it listless and grouchy, and it begged to remain in bed just another two hundred years. The appearance of The Great weaponie is considered unlucky and is usually preceded by a cigarette famine or news of debt.

The Modern Day Wepps:
The truth of the Modern Day Wepps is, as ever, far less interesting than it's numerous legendary incarnations, it is in fact a large magical white mouse with the words 'Touch Me' printed on it's nipples. The Modern Day Wepps is unique amongst rodents in that it can be picked up and played like a trombone. It is also an expert 'tromboner'. It is also said to know the mayor of Pelaw personally.

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Reet then, after the history lesson on the man that is Wella, here's the business end of things. After months and months of asking Wella to cobble us a mix together for the blog he's finally managed to get off the couch and graft a skin of proper house over the raw sinue and bone of grown up techno that makes the spine of this really very, very good mix! It took what seems like an eon of foot up the arse type persuasion to finally get this but it seems it was worth all the kicking! Enjoy!

Download Wella's 'Just Got Back From T'Caravan Mix' here.

P.S. Cheers to Micky Hell for the pics of Wepps in the wild.
Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Shark Week revisited + Andrew Weatherall & Ewan Pearson live 'back 2 back' @ The Tunnel in Milan.

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More truths, rumours and the probable historical facts behind Englands oldest and favourite public holiday. Shark Week!! Shark Week is aways an exciting time in Newcastle, and an exciting time all around the world – but have you ever asked yourself how Shark Week began? As you and your loved ones celebrate Shark Week in your local parks, city centers, mosques, hobo jungles and shopping malls, and as you enjoy such traditional Shark Week food fare as gummi remoras and kosher chum, have you ever stopped to consider how long people have been celebrating the Shark, and for that matter, a whole week of sharks? Have you ever asked yourself where this fun family festival first originated? From what dark, insidious rituals did our celebrations arise? What terrifying forces have guided the hand – or dare I say 'fin' – of destiny, scrying a sinister tattoo across the canvas of humanity’s very fate? And where did the traditional jaunty Shark Week ceremonial dance, 'The Mako Knuckler' originate? Well, we don’t know, but what follows is much of what historians suggest is the history of what we know today as Shark Week!

Years Ago. There are not yet any sharks, and therefore no Shark Week.

4,540,000,000 Years Ago. NOW there are sharks, but not any weeks yet. Give it time.

420 Million Years BC. Predating by several hundred million years the arrival of so-called “dinosaurs” (which, translated from the Latin, means literally “Holy Shit, That Thing’s Going To Kill Us”), sharks populate every corner of the Earth and literally rule the oceans. Specifically, they rule with a mix of representative parliamentary democracy and Socialism, often called a 'Sharkocracy'. Truly, this is a golden age, when every week is shark week (by parliamentary Sharkocratic decree).

26,000 BC. Crude cave paintings dating back to this era have recently been discovered in central Europe. Depicting scenes of everyday life, the paintings show Neolithic hunters tracking and killing wild sharks, as well as taming them and riding them like ponies. This has led many paleontologists and historians to decry Neolithic Man as “A bunch of making things up liars.”

5,000 Years Ago. This is when God actually created the Earth (and thus all sharks, and weeks), so ignore everything that’s come before now.

0 AD. A shark is born in Jerusalem, Hosanna in the highest!

1560 AD. Pope Pius IV declares the first known festival which most closely resembles what we understand today as “Shark Week”, largely appropriating a pagan fertility celebration which ran at the same time of year. Protestant reformers decry the holiday for its heathen overtones, but are thankfully slaughtered by papal authorities well before they can harsh anyone’s buzz too bad.

1601 AD. In honor of Shark Week (“Ye Weeke Os The Sharketh”, in Elizabethan English), Shakespeare stages his controversial “Hamlet Versus the Megalodon”. The “Coelecanth Monologue” continues to be rated as one of the greatest pieces of stagecraft in the history of modern drama.

1879. Sharks are officially patented on this date by prolific inventor Thomas Alva Edison, following groundbreaking research conducted at his Menlo Park laboratories in which alternating sharks were successfully sent to a surprised household in Great Neck (There were no survivors). A curious side effect of this document is that, legally speaking, sharks are considered to never have existed before this date. In order to avoid a lawsuit, you should once again ignore everything that’s come before now.

1941. Shark Week is officially declared a federal holiday, largely owing to the popularity of the idea as generated by American novelist Sarah Josepha Hale, and as a stopgap measure to appease ravenous gangs of hungry sharks which had terrorized the expanse of the United States ever since Edison started making them pop out of telephone wires for a laugh.

1954. Following the landmark court case, Sharks vs The Board of Education (there were no survivors), The United States federal government steps in to eradicate segregation in its public school system. A program is instituted which busses sharks from outlying districts to schools which were traditionally attended solely by white and human students. The initiative meets fierce resistance from every branch of society. Strom Thurmond stages a legendary record-breaking filibuster on the Senate floor, stopping only to be violently consumed by a longfin mako which had been masquerading as a Senate page. The radical measure is met with mixed success; sharks are successfully integrated into human schools, but most of them suffocate. Only in an experimental, partially submerged high school in Cookeville, Tennessee did the sharks fare much better, but it goes without saying that the existing student body has paid a price of their own (There were no survivors). The long-standing cartilaginous fish/vertebrate primate barrier on television is shattered when William Shatner, as Starship Captain James T.Kirk, shares a passionate kiss with a tropical bullhead on an episode of Star Trek.

1978. Congressman Jim Walsh of New York recognizes the tireless efforts of Hermine B.Beckett Hanna of North Syracuse, by helping establishing on her behalf a national observance of “Grandparents Day”, joining the holiday ranks of “Fathers Day” and “Mothers Day”. When children inevitably ask their elders “When do SHARKS get a day of their own?”, they are told “Oh, sweetheart, every day is Shark Day … during Shark Week, anyway.”

Some Point Between 1996-2005. Your girlfriend dumps you right around Shark Week, leaving you to face all the happy couples celebrating Shark Week, and all the Shark Week decorations at your local department stores. Even when you decide to sulk at home, you can’t avoid the television commercials just shoving Shark Week in your face over and over again. You start bitching to your friends about how Shark Week is just an excuse made up by Hallmark to sell greeting cards. They humor you.

2007. Right-wing pundits draw attention to a so-called secular “War on Shark Week”. Particularly adamant in her defense of a return to Shark Week values is columnist Gary Bushell, which is understandable as she is, after all, one-quarter shark (on her mother’s side of the family). The Present Day. Shark Week is universally embraced as a choice time to kick some ass and hang loose. There are no survivors.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR SHARK WEEK?

2012. Shark Week’s popularity only continues to grow, and by this date is effectively the most popular holiday in the Western Hemisphere, unseating Christmas, the Fourth of July, and a bunch of bullshit holidays like Kwanzaa, Arbor Day and Rosh Hoshannah.

(This is an edited version of the original 'Shark Week' piece which was written specially by Adrien Childs & Steadman from '5 Star' for the 'Tourist' blog.)

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Reet then, music time! A mix now thats been doing the rounds for a bit now and has pretty much been on repeat almost non-stop here at Tourist HQ for the last couple of months, two of our very favourite record jockeys, Andrew Weatherall and Ewan Pearson kick the fire exits in with a mammoth 4 hr + back to back set in Milan. Anyway, enough of our stanky patter and over to Ewan to give you a swift background check on the night in question. "We played two records each all night, Andrew first then me, until the last half an hour of part two where it’s one each. I travelled by train with a kidney infection and without a passport for 13 hours each-way to make this one and I’m glad I did. It was a fantastic night, so thanks to Andrew, Diego, Lele and everyone who was there dancing like a mad thing."

Weatherall & Pearson, live at Tunnel Club, Milan, Pt 1.

Weatherall & Pearson, live at Tunnel Club, Milan, Pt 2.

Till next time.
Big love. Tourist. X