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May 29, 2006

Attn Londoners

This sounds like a fantastic event, happening tonight:

Minimalist Monday at the Tate presents ULTRA: Extreme Economy in Music and Visualization featuring Ryoji Ikeda, alva noto and Robert Henke

May 25, 2006

When I talk, people listen

Vahid, in misplaced US football metaphor, sneaks one through like Belletti while everyone else was still fixating on my brief Eto'o-mological victory, over here at ILM. (No, no, it's not about Barca, but rather the black-and-white ball of contradictions called minimal that everyone's been kicking around lately...)

May 24, 2006

More code-cracking

SQUAR3 PRODUCTIONS' Speaking in Code is holding a fundraising benefit in Cambridge, MA on Sunday, June 11 — buy a ticket and get yr name in the credits! Go here for more info on the benefit, and watch the brandy-new promo trailer on YouTube — it'll give you goosebumps. This thing just keeps looking better and better. (And if you haven't seen it yet, don't miss the Promo Trailer (Remix)...)

...In which our narrator suddenly finds himself quite busy

In blog time, a month is like a decade, which means that my credibility as a blogger, at least in terms of timeliness, must be sinking lower than the print mags'. So be it. In the absence of proper content, a few quick updates:

Whither Minimal? — Today's monthly Pitchfork column unpacks an increasingly cluttered set of baggage.

MTV URGE — I've got a new Informer Blog up here, along with a number of my favorite fellow writers; I'll be checking in a few times a week to wax ecstatic on new releases and back-catalog goodies. Current posts discuss Perlon at the Panoramabar and Carl Craig's mastery of the remix. (Apologies in advance to Mac users (like myself) that can't actually see the thing.)

Trax — My interview with Ricardo Villalobos makes the cover of the June issue. This is print only, and Spanish only, but visitors to Sónar will be able to pick it up on newsstands around Barcelona. Stay tuned for a Pitchfork feature in the not too distant future, plus possibly a full interview transcript in English here on the blog. (Don't hold your breath for the latter, though.)

Apparat, D. Meteo & Philip Sherburne — Saturday, May 27 at Lolita, Sala Razzmatazz (Barcelona)

Música en Proceso — A roundtable discussion at Barcelona's CCCB featuring Oriol Rossell, David Albet, Jace Clayton and Philip Sherburne, followed by a concert by Spring Heel Jack and Miquel Gil, featuring drummer Mark Sanders and guitarist Spyros Kaniaris. Monday June 29, 7:30pm.

MUTEK 2006 — see you there! Don't miss my panel, Records Dead? featuring David Day (Forced Exposure), Joerg Heidemann (MDM), Tom Hoch (Beatport), Pheek (Archipel) and Marisol Segal (IODA).

May 04, 2006

We recommend this bubble bath

Ellen Allien & Apparat's Orchestra of Bubbles reviewed on Pitchfork today. (My first review there to get a "recommended" tag! We're moving up in the world.)

For those of a Krauty bent, my piece on NEU! went up on eMusic today. And for those of you who are eMusic subscribers, or thinking about becoming one, I'm thrilled to announce that among the many fine additions to the catalog are fat back catalogs from Ladomat2000 (including a treasure trove of releases from Turner, Lawrence, Carsten Jost, and Sensorama aka Alter Ego) and Moon Harbour, including Daniel Stefanik & Mathias Tanzmann's well-titled "Bad Ass Mixes", which are exactly that.

Tomorrow, I'm off to Berlin to get properly Perlonized. How's this for a lineup:

05.+ 06.05.2006
05.05.2006 Dandy Jack And The Junction SM (live), Sammy Dee, Zip, Ricardo Villalobos
06.05.2006 Matt John (live), Daniel Bell, Sammy Dee, Zip, Carabina 3030 (live), Markus Nicolai (live), Baby Ford, Thomas Melechior, Luciano, Cabanne

Two nights, 14 artists, and I'm sure there'll be a surprise or two, no? I fully expect to come home with an enormous, angled and shadowed san-serif logo tattooed across my back (with no idea how exactly it got there).