The Roots of the Irish Disco/Dance Club Scene

Posted by Billyjam, March 17, 2011 06:10pm | Post a Comment
Paul Tarpey (Cheebah crew, Limerick, Ireland)
In keeping with the theme of Saint Patrick's Day for today's Amoeblog, I invited my good old friend, fellow Irishman and longtime fan of hip-hop and electronic music Paul Tarpey to be a guest Amoeblogger. For this post Paul, who is a Limerick-based DJ, photographer, & writer from that Irish city's Cheebah crew (who throw amazing parties and run the Cheebah and All That website), has sketched out a history of the Irish dance music club scene. Nowadays dance / electronic music and clubs are an integral part of the Irish music landscape. But it wasn't always that way; on the contrary. Long resistant to both hip-hop and electronic dance music, the homeland of U2 and countless other rock bands was for the longest time supportive of rock to the point of being discriminatory against disco and later dance/beat driven genres, something the guest Amoeblogger calls "rockist."

Tarpey said he felt compelled to research and write this piece when he "realised that the period before 1993 was overshadowed by the rockist history of the Irish music scene and that these early days merit some sort of record before memories fade and we forget about that scene’s pioneering activities." Here is what the Irish hip-hop/electronic music historian had to say:

Assemble any metropolitan club history, from the Paradise Garage in New York to The Hacienda in Manchester, and the same details are arrived at: innovative DJs within a specialised environment create their own rules to soundtrack a communal experience while being spurred on by a dedicated crowd. These classic night spots build slowly and peak after a few influential years, leaving behind them reputations and energy flashed memories. The Irish files to be dusted off from this period contain sections marked Flikkers and Sides. In remembering the history of these Dublin dance clubs, we consider the roots of an Irish dance movement that is as important in its own place as those overseas mythical dance palaces with their own associated cultural legacies.

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I love halloween!!! favorite horror movies of the season ...the exorcist ...psycho ...nightmare on elm street ...halloween!!!

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 28, 2010 01:57pm | Post a Comment

I love this time of year more than anything! I love everything about this Halloween month. I love the pumpkins and the costumes and the traditions. I love how Halloween seems to take over the month of October. But most all, I love all the horror movies! Every year I looked forward to the Halloween specials on TV. The horror movie marathons. The late Elvira movie nights. The midnight screening at the movie theaters. The horror movie remakes that are sometimes not as horrible as you would expect. The newest Saw movie! I also love the special Halloween episodes of my favorite sitcoms. Roseanne did a Halloween episode every year. Roseanne is now long gone but you can still catch it all the time in repeats on TV or you can get all the Halloween episodes together on one DVD. This is one of the many things that I watch every October. I also watch all the old Elvira Movie Macabre movies that were put out on DVD. Now Elvira is back with her show on TV! She looks exactly the same and she is just as funny as ever. Her show is on at midnight on Saturdays. And she was also nice enough to film a little episode of What's In My Bag. It just got put up on the check it out here. I love Elvira and love just hearing that theme music! I remember watching Elvira as a kid late at night. I just thought she was the coolest thing. She for sure was instrumental in my love of horror movies....

There are certain horror movies that I love to watch around Halloween time. I obviously like to watch the Paul Lynde Halloween Special. It is an amazing piece of television history. I watch Mad Monster Party every year as well. The original Halloween movie is still one of my favorites too. It is still scary even after watching it one hundred times! I just love the feel of the first part of the movie -- so brilliant and perfect. The best horror movies came out of the 70s and least, that is my opinion, but I guess it just really depends on what decade you grew up in.

In honor of the season, I present to you my list of my top favorite 30 movies to watch around Halloween...Some of these are guilty pleasures, like Final Destination. Many of them are movies I saw when I was younger that still manage to freak me out. They are all classics, to me at least. They are essential movies that everyone who loves horror movies should see....

Nightmare Before Christmas
Sleepaway Camp

Slumber Party Massacre
Final Destination

Amityville Horror
Friday the 13th
The Omen

The Birds
The Fog
The Thing

Children of the Corn

Dawn of the Dead
Nightmare on Elm Street
The Shining

Rosemary's Baby
The Exorcist
Silence of the Lambs

Many of these films are starting to come out on blu-ray. Both The Exorcist and Psycho are two of my favorites and they both just came out on blu-ray this month! I also just watched House of the Devil for the first time last week. It came out last year but has the feel of a late 70s or early 80s horror movie and it was brilliant. House was just released by Criterion this week. It's a haunted house horror thriller movie from Japan that originally came out in 1977. You can read Kelly's excellent review of it right here. The Slumber Party Massacre 3 DVD set also just came out from Shout Factory. I also highly recommend the new documentary Never Sleep Again. I just finished watching it this morning. It is a new super in-depth documentary about the Nightmare On Elm Street series. I love these movies and it was super fun learning more about the making of all them. It is narrated by Heather Langenkamp and features interviews with most every cast member from all the movies. They really did a great job of tracking everyone down! They even found the hall monitor from the first movie! Hope you all have an awesome Halloween week! I have some movies to go watch now. You can find all the above movies at any of the Amoeba stores. Some are available on our website with special pricing just for you...

Never Sleep Again-Collector's Edition DVD

Exorcist Blu-ray

Psycho 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray

House Blu-ray

What's Got Into That Cat!? Japanese Cult Classic Hausu Out Today on Criterion DVD and Blu-Ray!!!

Posted by Kells, October 26, 2010 02:00am | Post a Comment
Everybody knows that old cats can open doors, but did you know that only ghost cats can close them?
Well, to quote the great Levar Burton, don't take my word for it, find out for yourself! Here's to the joy of lessons learned from Nobuhiko Obayashi's 1977 cinematic freak-out Hausu (or House if you speak American), a film that'll give you a trick-or-treating of horror-infused psychedelia like you've never ever experienced, not even in your wildest, most delightfully random-ass frightmares. While it's difficult to know where to begin in reviewing this amazing monkeyshine, it should not go without saying that supposedly the story was dictated to the director by his 11-year-old daughter, which pretty much makes the movie itself just as crazy as, well, a story told by a demented little girl with cat fancy, Auntie issues, and campy ideas about "indecent" piano behavior. Add to that the fact that Hausu seems to be a visual exercise in testing the limits on how many times a movie can one-up itself, utilizing a lightning round of every stylistic technique known to film-making all the way, as if daring viewers to exclaim "this shit is bananas!" to which the movie quite literally delivers a shit-ton of bananas, no kidding.

Until today this flick had yet to see a home video release in the US and the prospect of all the goodies that Criterion has surely to heaped into their special edition of Hausu is enough to make one's eyes fiendishly hungry. Here are the specs on the features: 

• New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
Constructing a House, a new video piece featuring interviews with director Nobuhiko Obayashi, story scenarist and daughter of the director Chigumi Obayashi, and screenwriter Chiho Katsura
Emotion, a 1966 experimental film by Obayashi
• New video appreciation by director Ti West (House of the Devil)
• Theatrical trailer
• New and improved English subtitle translation (which may or may not be such a good thing)

For those who haven't seen it, all I can say is: get ready to have your senses and any sense-making ability you possess rocked beyond recognition. To quote a reviewer I admire, Hausu is "filmmaking by any means possible. This movie is a marvel. If you're inclined to skip it, your life's lack of fulfillment is your problem." Amen, brother! Check out the trailer below:

Interview with Moodmusic's Sasse

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, December 7, 2009 10:51am | Post a Comment

This week sees the release of Moodmusic’s Starstyling compilation, which is a fine selection of some of the best moments from their recent catalog. Label owner Sasse provides a large helping of fresh house and techno featuring tunes from many of the Moodmusic camp, such as Tigerskin's already classic “Holy Grail” along with the newest release from Dave DK and Holger Zilkse, “You Will Find Out,” which we can’t get enough of...Sasse took some time out to answer some questions for all things concerning Moodmusic and what’s in store next.

When and where were you born, and have you always been in Berlin?

Originally born and raised in Finland in May 1973, I´ve been in Germany for the last 10 years, in Berlin for 6 years now. As much as I Iove the city for its vibrant scene, it´s a very nice and chilled place to live.

What got you interested in house/techno music?

It must have been the first wave of acid house which hit the UK, and eventually also the rest of Europe in the end of the 80s which made the impact. I remember taping radio shows in late 80s with italo, proto house and early Chicago stuff and dreaming of going into clubs, as where I lived in a small industrial city in Finland there [were] only shitty pubs and discos. Eventually I started traveling to London and NYC to buy records and visit clubs, which led to promoting my own nights in the early 90s, first doing proper raves, then doing club nights and so on..

When and why did you choose to start to make your own music?

I started spinning house and techno in the early 90s, after a few years of more commercial dj jobs at shitty normal discos. Eventually we started throwing rave parties and one thing led to another so we started looking for off locations, smaller things, which also was more fitting with the deep house sound we were spinning back then. Anyways, I always wanted to understand how to make the music, but as there was no real producer scene, no mags and no internet back then to talk about, I had no clue how to produce house and techno. Some friends heard about the 909 and bought one for 300 bucks and another one bought an Yamaha FM synth and some analogs for next to nothing; it was totally non-fashionable to use analog synth back then -- it was all about workstations!

I built a dj-sampler from a DIY company and it was a big revelation to be able to sample shit, as Akais and E-Mu samplers were just too expensive. So we multitracked on normal cassette tape machines and somehow could overdub new samples on to the tape; can´t remember how it was working but it was great! This must have been around '90-'91 I think…

How would you describe the Moodmusic sound?

I think there´s always a certain deepness or emotion in the sound we create and bring out. Moodmusic stands to me for my personal taste in music, which of course has and will change over the years as a dj, but foremost as a music lover. So it´s everything under the sun, really, as long as we can call it house music !

The Starstyling mix has a whole slate of talented remixers and producers involved. Who are you going to be working with on future releases, and what are some of the sounds you’ve really been feeling these days?

The mix has a lot of our regular artists involved and we´re always looking for fresh new talent, so there´s no big master plan who will be featured on the next releases. I´ve just been in the studio with James Flavour and Phonogenic, and will work with Martin Eyerer in January on some tunes, so there will be more Sasse output in 2010 on Moodmusic. There´s a few interesting remixers which I´m really happy to feature on Mood, namely Tony Lionni will do a remix of a tune for the new James Flavour vs. Sasse single, and $Me is remixing my new Sasse single. Really excited about that!!

What's your opinion of what's going on (musically) in Berlin right now?

Berlin is mixed bag actually...Really happy about the deeper side of things, house rules the clubs here again.. But I have to say there´s great techno nights as well. I´m quite a lot on the road, and when I´m in Berlin I tend to hang around in the studio rather than going out, so I cannot only comment on the night I play out myself.

What's a typical day in the life of Sasse?

Wake up, coffee, studio, long dj lunch, studio, pick up my son, home, sleep

How do you like US clubs -- how do they compare to what's going on in EU?

From the technical side I really enjoy the sound systems in US clubs; there seems to be more detail and care put towards the perfect sound system, but I can only comment on clubs I´ve been to, which have been in bigger cities like NYC and Miami. European clubs, of course, also have nice sound systems, but that´s only in the top clubs like Berhain/Panorama Bar, Fabric, Robert Johnson and Watergate.

How important do you think it is for a DJ to be remixing and producing as opposed to just DJing?

I really have to say I do respect people who are djs only, but being only a dj today is almost impossible. I mean, I know a few peepz who´ve been djing only, but they´ve been 20+ years in the biz and have their respect. I myself would find it boring to dj only, as studio is my 2nd home and I need the studio as a creative space for my dj-sets as well.

Has the Moodmusic business plan had to change with the digital era -- will you continue to press vinyl, etc?

Yes, for sure. The days of vinyl sales are gone, but we keep doing small pressings for the fans out there. I´m pretty sure there will be a day when we cannot do vinyl anymore; it´ll be sad, but it´s just normal, I think. If the market does not want a Moodmusic release on vinyl I don´t give a toss about it...We do music for fans, and they will find it -- be it vinyl, CD or digital. I´m also pretty confident that the digital market will massively change in then next 5-10 years; we´ve just begun and are learning how to play the game. So yes, it´s exciting times and being an old fart aint´making it easier, but at least keeps you in form...

Anything else you'd like to say?

Not really, keep it deep and real -- and support your artists, label and djs!

Finally, do you have a chart or a top 10 for us?

Sasse - December 2009 Chart:

1. Nick Chacona - "Fear" (Beg To Differ Remix) - Moodmusic
2. Alland Byallo - "My City" (Alex Kid Remix) - Missive
3. Yosa - "Margaret" - Dirt Crew Records
4. House of House - "Rushin to Paradise" (DJ Harvey Streets Mix)
5. Black - "Reject My Love" - Black001
6. Siopsis - "Really Love Ya" - Get Physical
7. Chymera - "The Rumours of My Demise" - Komplex De Deep
8. Hakim Murphy -  "Jupiter Poop" (Original Mix) - Black Robots Having Sex
9. Steffen Nehrig - "Randomize Me" (Tigerskin's on hold rmx) - Inclusion
10. Felipe Valenzuela - "Recordo" - Room 9

Starstyling - Tracklisting:

1. Stel - "The Nail That Sticks Out" (King Roc remix)

2. Sasse
- "Friday Sessionz" (Daso remix)

3. Dave DK - "Cinema Paraiso" (Ada remix)

4. Kiki & Sasse - "Belvedere" (Till Von Sein remix)

5. Filippo Moscatello - "Pagliaccio"

6. Tigerskin - "Holy Grail"

7. Dirt Crew - "Deep Cover"

8. Penner & Muder - "Wonder"

9. Lil Tony - "Checkpoint Charlie"

10. Holger Zilske & Dave DK - "You Will Find Out" (feat Richard Davies)

11. Filippo Moscatello - "Kleinmond"

12. Sasse
- "Wrapper"

13. Nick Chacona - "Especial" (feat Anthony Mansfield)

Starstyling is now available on and in our stores.

New 12" Electronic Releases at Amoeba Hollywood: Matias Aguayo, Ziggy Kinder, Kollektiv Turmstrasse and more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, December 4, 2009 01:35pm | Post a Comment

Rollerskate 12"

"Rollerskate" is the first single from Matias Aguayo's full-length Ay Ay Ay (KOM 205LP/KOMP 076CD). Aguayo has already established significant buzz, and "Rollerskate" was already included on Pitchfork's "Best New Music" list. It's easy to get drawn into the organic earthiness of Aguayo's musicianship -- his voice is the source of the song, ingeniously layered and contextualized into what seems like an endless mantra. Remixes by Marcus Rossknecht, Diegors & The Don, Sanfuentes & Alex Thunders, and Rebolledo.

TIEFSCHWARZ - Fall In/Keep On 12”
N/A (FEAT. ROSINA) - Fables And Fairytales 12"

KZA - A 12"

BRIGITTE FONTAINE & KHAN - Fine Mouche Remixes 12"

LOSOUL - Care Remixes Pt. 1 12"

First Day/Last Day 12"

"They have come a long way. Remixes for Hot Chip, releases on Cocoon, and part of the Diynamic family from the very beginning. So we are very proud to present the next release from our boys -- Christian Hilscher & Nico Plagemann, better known as Kollektiv Turmstrasse. They return with one of their finest tunes to date. Always loyal to their own label-mission, Music Wins Friends (Musik Gewinnt Freunde), this new release upholds this principle! With this new EP, they once again confirm that they are one of the very best in their class. And we are certain it will win them many new supporters for sure!"

First Day

Last Day

ALEXI DELANO & ALEJANDRO SAB - Slipping Through The Cracks EP 12"

STEVE BUG - Collaboratory The Remixes Vol. 1 12"

KEZ YM - Butterfly EP 12"

BLACKISBEAUTIFUL - Purpur Remixes 12”

Assbomb/Longcat 12"

Ziggy Kinder treats us to another killer, Ware's first double A-sided Assbomb/Longcat. "Assbomb" is an insane funk trip into the deep realms of Ziggy's humor, a track with maximum party factor and plenty of potential for eternity. "Longcat" docks on to the house-y tracks of the Ribbon Twist B-side, with the clever addition of well-dosed hymn genes. Featuring a chic double-front cover with graphics by Tim Stadie.

CASSIUS - Youth, Speed, Trouble, Cigarettes. Remixes 12"


SIGHA - Rawww 12”

MEMBERS ONLY - Historical Archives Volume 15 12"

Leave Your Mind 12"

"The Revenge is the hottest new producer on the nu disco-house scene from Glasgow. His past releases on Jiscomusic, Instruments Of Rapture, and Delusions Of Grandeur are already huge. This debut release on Mule Musiq have his deepest two new songs. A side is a hi-tek deep Chicago house sound with male vocal and B side is a dark house sound."


VA - 10 Years Sender Part 01 12"

O.N.O. - Signa EP 12"


Bare Feet EP 12”

"Maryland resident Maxmillion Dunbar caught our attention on a desperately limited 7" last year on his own Future Times imprint. Swerving the current contrived reference points, B-Boy Max forges his own path mixing a kaleidoscope of boogie, electro, hip hop & analog soul. Max's first EP for Ramp starts with 'Bare Feet' clipping sparse soul loops with epic flourishes, 'Loveloop/Socket Bonus' marrying cascading synths and 808's, 'Wouldn't Matter' chops up a relentless boogie loops and epic disco strings, and 'WAVs' draws the EP to a close with '80s beat boxes and ramshackle synth lines." RAMP

MATT-U - Can't Wake Up 12"

BAOBINGA & I.D - Tongue Riddim 12"

WU-TANG CLAN - Wu-Tang Meets The Indie Culture Vol. 2: Enter The Dubstep 12”

Gremlinz (The Instrumentals 2003-2009)

Terror Danjah isn't a household name -- he's not as well-known as Wiley or Dizzee Rascal -- but he's considered by the grime cognoscenti to be the best grime producer ever, and this new collection of instrumentals, remixes, and tracks for others shows off his singular genius to the rest of the world. The title of the album refers to his gremlin cackle audiologo that indicates a Terror Danjah production, much like Timbaland's singing / beat boxing on his early productions. And the comparison with Timbaland doesn't stop there: both producers work with a signature palette of sounds, adding to them occasionally, which make their productions instantly recognizable; both use shifting, syncopated rhythms. What sets Terror Danjah apart is that he's British, he works around the tempo of 140 bpm, and his music is part of the aggressive, post-garage grime movement. Despite the pared-down palette he uses, Terror fills his productions with brilliant ideas, complex rhythms, and pop hooks. He has worked with both MCs and vocalists from Nasty Crew, Skepta, and Wiley to Shystie, Shola Ama, and now Mz Bratt. These tracks were mostly issued in limited vinyl quantities on the Aftershock label, as either instrumental tracks or as backing for MCs and singers. If one wants to hear a precursor to Joker and the new Bristol producers, here it is.

RUSKO/L-WIZ - Girls From Codeine City/Acton Dread 12"

MARLOW - Druid/Cattle Prod 12"

RUSKO - Cockney Thug (Buraka Som Sistema Remix) 12"
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