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August 19, 2008

Free Music Tuesday


Apologies if this blog has been self-promotion central lately, but free is a very good price, right? (That's a Portland reference; see video below.) Anyway, RCRDLBL just posted a lovely review of my new EP, and the best thing is that you don't have to take their word for it; you can download "Milk & Honey" for free (at a respectable 192kbps, no less) directly from them. (Oh, the Internet and its crazy business models.) Go here to get the track.

If you're an eMusic subscriber, you can get the other two tracks almost for free here. DJ types and audiophiles can purchase 320s from Zero-Inch and, of course, Beatport. Or you could ignore all of this and focus your attentions on getting ready for Burnt Friedman and Jaki Liebezeit's Secret Rhythms 3, which I assure you is one of the finest albums you'll hear this year. I won't be offended; in fact I'll never even know.

August 15, 2008

New Mix: Light in August

It's the ides of August, and that can only mean one thing: a new mix to celebrate the waning days of summer. This was recorded a few days back; as ever, it's all vinyl, no edits. A combination of new cuts and stone classics, it's a smooth, housey vibe that goes great with your morning coffee (or your evening nightcap). Stream it in the player below, or download (at 320kbps) from my Fairtilizer page. Extra special thanks to Olivier Mental Groove and Fairtilizer for giving my lazy ass a much-needed nudge.

Light in August Mix

DJ Koze, "Cecily" (Philpot)
Shinedoe, "The Peacemaker (Deetron Remix)" (100% Pure)
Channel X, "Burning Train" (Upon You)
JC Freaks, "The Rock" (Wandering)
Knowing Looks, "1100=moon" (Musique Risquée)
Vera, "People's House" (Cargo Edition)
Goldwill, "Motion Team" (Musik Gewinnt Freunde)
Recloose, "Can't Take It (Carl Craig Remix)" (Planet E)
Ra.H, "The Fall of Justice" (Morphine)
Motorcitysoul, "Change You (Shur-I-Kan Remix)" (Simple)
Crustation, "Flame (Mood II Swing Borderline Insanity Dub)" (Jive)
Blaze, "Lovely Dae (Friends Experiment Remix)" (Playhouse)

August 05, 2008


I'm beginning to worry that I failed somewhat in my recent column: my primary purpose wasn't to moan about how bad the music is--it was, in contrary, an (admittedly somewhat tossed-off) analysis of the fact that moaning, increasingly, seems to be the dominant mode of discourse. (That I may occasionally fall into bouts of moaning myself, I think, only underscores the ubiquity, and the pull, of the tendency.)

In any case, I felt slightly vindicated when I read Adbusters' moan-alithic screed against hipsters, short on argument and long on spleen. ("The American Apparel V-neck shirt, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and Parliament cigarettes are symbols and icons of working or revolutionary classes that have been appropriated by hipsterdom and drained of meaning." So is Adbusters saying that the PBR brand actually had "meaning" when it was still a working-class thing?)

Now, Momus has weighed in with a critique. Skip the 24 pages of comments on Adbusters and read this instead.

(Thanks to Simon Reynolds--who ties the topic into the phenomenon of global "creatives," a recent discussion stemming in part from my "minimal/malaise" column--for the link.)