New 12" Releases @ Amoeba Hollywood 3/25 - Genius of Time, Conforce, Pearson Sound, Move D, Dog Eat Dog & more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, March 25, 2011 04:18pm | Post a Comment

Genius of Time

Drifting Back
Royal Oak

After Space Dimension Controller, the Clone Royal Oak series is coming with another young talent. This time it's Swedish Genius of Time, known for their debut release on Aniara records. Three takes on classic house music done by young producers in their unique, almost serene style that reveals their nordic roots. Genius of Time shows that house music can still sound fresh.

Purchase Genius Of Time - Drifting Back here

Pearson Sound

Night Slugs

Two white hot remixes by Pearson Sound aka Ramadanman on the Night Slugs White Label series. This guy is one of the hottest (and more importantly, best) producers around just now. STRICTLY LIMITED EDITION.

Purchase Pearson Sound - NSWL007 here


State of Mind

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Posted by Mike Battaglia, February 2, 2009 11:00am | Post a Comment


Even five short years ago, many clubbers, ravers and dance music fans would be hard pressed to recognize the names Ron Hardy or Larry Levan (above, R-L), let alone acknowledge African American influence on the music they get freaky to on the weekends. Even in the black community, whole generations seem completely oblivious to this part of their musical heritage. Thankfully, that's changing. With a renewed interest in disco, 80's uptempo R&B aka boogie, techno and early house music over the past few years, knowledge of dance music's history and the role blacks (and gays and latinos) played in its inception is growing. Nightclubs where the music was allowed to evolve, like Levan's Paradise Garage (right) in New York, Hardy's Music Box and Frankie Knuckles' Warehouse in Chicago (the latter being where the name House Music was coined) and Detroit's Music Institute remain legendary not because of the venues themselves or the people who owned them, but due to the DJ's who made those places immortal by performing an aural alchemy that transformed the American soundscape.

In honor of Black History Month 2009, I plan on taking a look at these legends so that they might gain a foothold with a new audience. People like The Belleville Three, legendary innovators of techno music from Detroit, or DJ's and producers like Tony Humphries at New Jersey's Zanzibar, that bridged the gap between disco's firey, racist and homophobic "death" and the birth of house and techno. I'd like to visit the lives and careers of people who changed the face of music forever, as well as ask a few questions. Questions like: Why is it that DJ's like Tiesto, Sasha & Digweed, Paul Oakenfold or Paul Van Dyk remain the most recognizable faces in mainstream dance music while Theo Parrish (left) remains an "undiscovered talent," or that popular knowledge of its history seems to go no further than the 90's, when white folks finally caught on en masse to what black folks in Chicago, Detroit and New York had already known for years? Or that the most popular strains of dance and electronic music seem to have erased all trace of African American influence? In a press release for a 2006 conference on techno's black origins at Indiana University, author and professor of folklore and ethnomusicology Portia Maultsby said:

"It is interesting how the music migrated from Detroit to Europe, and...became associated with rave parties, and then migrated back to the U.S., and Americans became involved...and the African American identity became invisible. Music can be appropriated and re-appropriated, and history can be distorted as a result of that ...Very few people associate techno with its African American origins."


(The Belleville Three, L-R - Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson)

I may not even have answers to these questions (but would love to hear people's ideas in the comments), but I think raising them is almost enough. Questioning the status quo has never been a popular idea in dance music, but it's something that skeptical ol' me is hardwired for.

Now, obviously things are changing. These men have been regarded as gods in the underground for nearly 20 years and as new generations discover this music for the first time, it seems that it's the essence they immediately attach themselves to; the music's late 70's and early 80's beginnings are attracting the kids and new artists alike, such as Hercules and Love Affair or New York's DFA label, headed by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy. These artists either consciously or unconsciously are realizing a concept-- that house/dance/electronic music (whatever you want to call it) has lost its way and needs to step back a bit to reflect, to capture what made it great in the first place. To remember the groove.

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my top 50 albums of 2008...

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 1, 2009 12:47pm | Post a Comment

Hercules & Love Affair-
Hercules & Love Affair (Mute)

Booka Shade-
The Sun & the Neon Light (Get Physical)

m83 saturdays=youth

Saturdays=Youth (Mute)

-Oracular Spectacular (Columbia)

The Teenagers
-Reality Check (XL Recordings)

The Daysleepers
Drowned in a Sea of Sound (Clairecords)

Pelle Carlberg
-The Lilac Time
(Labrador Records)

Grace Jones
-Hurricane (Wall of Sound)

Jonas Reinhardt
-Jonas Reinhardt (Kranky)

Crystal Castles
-Crystal Castles
(Last Gang)

Bloc Party
-Intimacy (Atlantic)

Sigur Ros
-Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust (XL Recordings)

The Killers
-Day & Age (Island)

Friendly Fires
-Friendly Fires (XL Recordings)

-Ladyhawke (Modular)

-Microcastle (Kranky)

Gang Gang Dance
-Saint Dymphna (The Social Registry)

Toyko Police Club
-Elephant Shell (Saddle Creek)

-Donkey (Sub Pop)

Kanye West
-808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella Records)

Ten Kens
-Ten Kens (Fatcat Records)

Jack Penate
-Matinee (XL Recordings)

Jeremy Jay
-A Place Where We Could Go (K Records)

Bon Iver
-For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar)

The Tough Alliance
-A New Chance (Modular)

-I am...Sasha Fierce (Columbia)

-Where You Go I Go Too (Smalltown Supersound)

-Third (Mercury)

My Morning Jacket
-Evil Urges (ATO)

The Verve
-Forth (On Your Own Records)

TV on the Radio
-Dear Science (Interscope)

Los Campesinos!-
We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed (Arts & Crafts)

Lightspeed Champion
-Falling Off the Lavender Bridge (Domino)

Last Shadow Puppets
-Age of the Understatement (Domino)

All The Saints
-Fire On Corridor X
(Touch & Go)

Sun Kil Moon
-April (Caldo Verde)

-Shine (Atlantic)

-19 (Columbia)

Bohren & Der Club of Gore
-Dolores (PIAS)

Max Richter
-24 Postcards in Full Color (Fatcat Records)

-Santogold (Downtown)

The Lodger
-Life Is Sweet (Slumberland)

The Week That Was
-The Week That Was (Memphis Industries)

For Against
-Shady Side Sunny Side (Words On Music)

Secret Shine
-All of the Stars (Clairecords)

Fleet Foxes
-Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop)

Xiu Xiu
-Women as Lovers (Kill Rock Stars)

Sarah June
-This is My Letter to the World (Hand/Eye)

She & Him
-Volume One (Merge)

Okkervil River
-The Stand Ins (Jagjaguwar)

out today 6/24...sigur & love affair...

Posted by Brad Schelden, June 26, 2008 03:01pm | Post a Comment

It seems like I just talked about Sigur Ros on the blog, but that was way back in November when they released their live/unreleased stuff sort of album. I just can't talk enough about how much I love this band. This week they are putting out the brand new full length album full of all brand new songs. The album is called Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust. For those of you that do not speak Icelandic or Hopelandic, this translates into "With A Buzz In Our Ears We Play Endlessly." As you can imagine, the new album is fantastic. After all, it is a new Sigur Ros album. How can it not be great? But it is a bit of a departure from what we have come to expect from these guys. While still managing to very much be a Sigur Ros album, it comes off as being a bit more of a pop record I think, but in a Sigur Ros kind of way. Don't worry, it is still weird. The opening song and single is "Gobbledigook." The song includes a lot of hand claps, and I am a big fan of the hand claps. It is a nice way to start the album, but it really gets me with the second song. This is the kind of Sigur Ros song that I fall in love with. I have no idea what they are signing about but it just doesn't matter. It is like some huge classical anthem that you just fall in love with. It speaks to you without the words. I don't even really think of the vocalist as a singer. His voice is just another instrument in the band. The song has a lot going on. It sounds like a full orchestra and a choir of young Icelandic singers, and it's all brought together by Jonsi's beautiful voice. It is that voice that first made me fall in love with the great Sigur Ros, and it is that voice that keeps me a loyal member of the Sigur Ros fan army. His voice is like the most beautiful instrument in the world. I know I sort of sound like a cult member, but they really are that good.

You can go here to watch the video for "Gobbledigook" -- I must warn you that there are naked people in this video, but don't worry, it is very tastefully done in an Icelandic, Sigurrosian kind of way. There are also naked people on the cover of the album, so I am not sure if Target and Walmart are carrying this one, but it makes me love it even more. Another favorite of mine on the new album is Track 4, "Vid Spilum Endalaust."
It is great and I love it. Sigur Ros is also one of my favorite bands to see live. They are coming to the Greek Theater in Los Angeles on 10/2, and I will for sure be there. Here is their schedule for the North American part of their tour...

9/17 & 9/18 New York/United Palace
9/19 Boston/Bank of America Pavilion
9/20 Montreal
9/22 Toronto
9/24 Chicago/Chicago Theatre
9/25 MInneapolis/Orpheum
9/27 Morrison,Colorado/Red RocksAmphitheatre
9/28 Magna,Utah/Great Saltair
9/30 Tempe/Marquee
10/1 San Diego/Copley Symphony Hall
10/2 Los Angeles/Greek
10/3 Berkeley/Greek
10/5 Seattle/Benaroya
10/6 Portland/Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
10/7 Vancouver/Chan Center

I am sure they will be back for more after this. Part of me wants to get all Grateful Dead fan and follow them on this tour. It would seriously be amazing to see all these shows. I really want to go to the show in Colorado at least. I have been wanting to go to see somebody at Red Rocks forever. I think Sigur Ros would be the perfect band to see there, but I really should not complain that I am stuck with Berkeley's Greek Theatre. It is one of my favorite venues in the Bay Area. But I also really love the Greek Theatre in L.A. I have not been there in a while and there has not been a show there that I have wanted to see since I moved back. However, I will be seeing Dolly Parton there this summer as well! It is the perfect venue for a big show, right in the middle of Griffith Park. I am especially excited since I now live about a 20 minute walk away from The Greek in LA. I was just on a hike up there this morning and they were having a High School Graduation there. I imagine that would be an awesome place to graduate. So if you can, go see Sigur Ros live -- I highly recommend you see them. I also highly recommend the new album. I think you will love it if you are already a Sigur Ros fan. Just open yourself up for something a bit different but mostly the same. If you are just starting your journey into the world of Sigur Ros then start with an earlier albums like Agaetis Byrjun or (Untitled).

This week is also the week of the domestic release of Hercules & Love Affair. If you did not already get the import, then please go buy this album. You will not be disappointed. It is easily one of the albums of the year. If you want to read my sort of review of the album then go here. They are also coming to your town soon! They are playing at the Echo in Los Angeles on July 23rd.

Another great album out this week is the new album from Studio. It is called Yearbook 2. It is basically remixes and re-imaginings of songs by other artists. Studio really take songs by Kylie Minogue and the Shout Out Louds and make them their own. I love this band and the new album is fantastic.

also out today...

Get Damaged EP by Be Your Own Pet

Eccentric Soul: The Tragar & Note Labels

Hercules & Love Affair by Hercules & Love Affair

Very Best of Billy Idol by Billy Idol

Holy by Love as Laughter

Saints of Los Angeles by Motley Crue

Huffin Rag Blues by Nurse with Wound

Exile in Guyville reissue by Liz Phair

Singles 06-07 by Jay Reatard

Sam Sparro by Sam Sparro

Yearbook 2 by Studio

Detrimentalist by Venetian Snares

out today 3/25...hercules & love affair...

Posted by Brad Schelden, March 25, 2008 01:11pm | Post a Comment
I have been really obsessed with Antony & the Johnsons since I moved to Los Angeles. I'm not really sure why. I did first listen to him when I initially moved to Los Angeles in 2001, so maybe I have him attached to Los Angeles in my mind. I was immediately in love with him. He was like a stretched out version of Marc Almond-- a bit more intense and not as flamboyant. I guess he had a different kind of flamboyance. He's also incredibly interesting and completely engaging. I wanted to know more about this man. My love for him grew after I eventually moved back to San Francisco. After recently finding myself living back in L.A. once again, I inevitably began listening to all his albums. I listened to them over and over again as I unpacked and rearranged my new apartment. I even broke out a live bootleg album that a friend of mine had made for me. I normally stay away from the live albums-- I would rather physically be there at a live show-- but I even became obsessed with this live album and soon had all his comments to the crowd memorized as if they were part of the album. So of course I was excited to find out that Antony would be featured on a new album coming out this year. Hercules & Love Affair just released their self titled album in the U.K. on DFA Records. You might have to wait a couple months for a domestic release, but in the meantime it is more than worth the import price for this amazing new debut album. You will find Antony on the vocals for four of the ten songs. He also sings some back up on an additional song.

I was really not a fan of Greek mythology in high school. I actually failed the test we had on the subject and had to take a creative writing class that same year to make up for my failing semester of AP English. My English teacher was obsessed with mythology and I seriously think 95% of the semester was devoted to mythology, just as 95% of my junior high English class had been devoted to Anne Frank. But things tend to always happen for a reason. My creative writing teacher was one of those inspiring teachers you have that you remember forever. The class was fantastic and I ended up writing some fantastic little stories and even wrote a whole play about high school angst with one of my classmates. The class opened up my mind and really helped me to start seriously thinking about life and literature. Still though, any time I hear anything about Greek mythology I get a really sick feeling in my stomach. Homer's Odyssey still gives me chills when I think about it. Maybe someday I will try and tackle it again. I may have a better ability to understand it after watching all these movies about Hercules.

In spite of my gut reaction to mythology, The Clash of the Titans was one of my favorite movies as a kid. I think it might have just been because of my senior year high school teacher. Perseus, played by Harry Hamlin in Clash of the Titans, was the great grandfather of Hercules! There was actually a film made out of the Odyssey in 1997 starring Armand Assante, Greta Scacchi, Isabella Rossellini, and Bernadette Peters. I only wish this had aired on television when I was still in high school-- I may have done better in the class. Hercules has been the subject of many films over the years. Lou Ferrigno played him the 1983 movie of the same name. Kevin Sorbo played Hercules in the 90's television show. Ryan Gosling played "Young Hercules" in 1998.

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