Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Video: Bounce Bounce Bounce!!!

wow...remember when we posted this a while ago? Those silly Canadians have been up to nothing but Shenanigans since then. However I'm having a hard time believing that doing a track with N.O.R.E gives you automatic street Cred (although it worked for the Neptunes). Well...I guess in Canada they think otherwise. So much so you have two masked Italians do your dirty work. MSTRKRFT...this is a huge: "REALLY??" If they keep this up their next colabo is gonna be with 50 cent.

Imagine that shit going down at Heartthrob...wouldn't that be something.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Music: Happy New Years!!! (Part 1)

It took years to hear back from these Crazy Danes, but now they are back and crazier than ever (well...let's just say they are back to business) with a new single on the uber cool, uber artsy German label Gomma. If you can't remember, the trio that is WHOMADEWHO hit the dance scene in 2005 with a live cover of Benny Benassi's Satisfaction (yeah, the one from the BK commercials). Anyways...let's celebrate their return with this New Year's Eve Party Mix...I'm pretty sure you'll be hearing from these fellows pretty damn soon.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Music: Really?

Oh boy...what ever happened to good graphic design for mediocre bands? oh yeah that's right...it never existed!!! Either way, this complete rip-off does not surprise us as much as this Cut Copy remix does (but in a good way...) We really never cared much about Maroon 5 and quite frankly why would you. Give this remix a go though...it's pretty much that nu-disco sound that's gonna populate our dance floors in '09...no seriously!!! If you read this blog, you know exactly what I'm talkin' about.

Friday, December 12, 2008

In Memoriam: Betty Page

Rest in Peace...you sexy sexy woman.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Music: Part of the NYE never dies!!!

Wow...The folks over at mixmag with yet another solid mix from Soulwax. I believe this might be the second. Last time we heard a mix from them on Mixmag, Justice was relatively new and the Erol Alkan Remix of Franz Ferdinand was hot bumping stuff... Digitalism did not have an LP yet but their tracks on Kitsune were playing all over the place. It was February 06 and while a lot of things change, a lot of them stay the same (but thank god for this tracklist!!!). It's almost time to go home for the holidays and wear that Rudolf Sweater (I know...), but relax, plug in your headphones and take a listen...You'll know exactly what you'll want your New Year's to be like!!!

Download: Soulwax x Mixmag: Part of NYE Never Dies

01. The Chemical Brothers - Hey Boy Hey Girl (Soulwax Remix Edit)
02. Zombie Nation - Forza
03. Tame Impala - Half Full Glass Of Wine
04. Tiga - Mind Dimension 2 (Ghent Version)
05. Mr Oizo - Pourriture 7 (Soulwax Edit)
06. Esser - Headlock
07. In Flagranti - Business Acumen
08. Flairs - Truckers Delight
09. MGMT - Kids (Soulwax Remix)
10. Das Pop - Fool For Love
11. Eine Kleine Nacht Musik - Feurprobe (Rory Phillips Remix)
12. Mickey Moonlight - Interplanetary Melodies
13. Late Of The Pier - Random Firl
14. Ali Renault - Our World Is

Event: Paint Pens in Purses 3!!!

Hot Chicks + Artistic talent + Free Drinks + Middlesex = Probably a good time if you play your cards right. Jokes apart our good friend Shayna and Kim Harris of Lab bring us the 3rd installment of the Paint Pens in Purses. Be Sure to check it out and support our ladies in the Arts. See ya there!!! (and see ya Friday at Lab for the "100 pieces for $100 dollars or less" Art Sale spectacular! 7pm)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Event/Lazy Sunday: Open Cycle rules!!!

Yo...What a great night we had at Middlesex with Boston's Cycling community. The Event turned out to be a massive party and a celebration to what's coming out next from the "open crew". DJ's Frank White & our Friend Brek.One brought the jams while Zack and the Crew brought the free Hats and Bags. Creep Street was in the House and some of the Tannery Fam also came by. Familiar Faces and many new ones...but I'm pretty sure we can handle that- as long as i got a 24oz. Red Stripe on my right hand (and if you didn't notice i tried to make this rhyme but i can suck at it and now i must part.) Anyways, If you are curious about how it all went down, go their website and check out the Mayhem! (and no, we are not talking about that DJ, or that Other DJ from back in the day). Yo guys...can we get a T-shirt too!!! (XL Black aight!!!)

ps: Where do DJ's come out with their names? They should always check out Discogs.com first (Jesus!!!)

Event: Wednesday in Cambridge!

Brenden Wesley and DJ Tom Tom throw it down tonight at the enormous room tonight with an arsenal full of Disco Edits, Classic House, Balearic Anthems and Well, just Funky swinging jams. Before you get all Dancy Prancy, Don't forget to run across the street too and check out Shayna Shenanigans' Art live Show at the Phoenix Landing. Check out her work and enjoy a few drinks courtesy of Perfect Vodka!!!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Event: Poker Run w/ OPEN Bicycle!!!!


Poker Run

When: Sunday Dec. 7, 2008, Register 4:00pm, Race 4:30-7:00pm

Start Location: Copley Square, Boston, Ma

CheckPoints*: The Otherside Cafe, The Independent, Redbones, UpperCrust Harvard Sq & Middlesex

After-Party & BoldSprints

Where/When: Middlesex Lounge: 7:00pm - 1:00am (Doors at 6p) : 18+ at door/21 to drink!


Sponsors: OPEN Bicycle, Geekhouse, Metro Pedal Power, Concepts, Bootleg Sessions, Chrome Bags, BaileyWorks Bags, Swrve Clothing, Knog, Velocity, Kryptonite, Creep Street, Luigi Hip, Justin Keena Photography, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Chipotle Burritos, The Otherside Cafe, The Independent, Redbones, UpperCrust Harvard Sq, Middlesex & More!!!!

*CP’s are all ages - Must be 21 to Drink so BRING ID!

Music: I was caught In Flagranti!!! (Meaow)

...No not really but we did catch the In Flagranti bug and we can't rub it off. The Brooklyn duo has been making some really contemporary Disco at a time when the Disco Edit and retro vibes reign Supreme. No wonder the duo of Disco Virtuosos has been recently signed to Kitsune for the release of their 12" Single "Business Acumen"....and While Kitsune's been slacking lately, this release puts them back on track (at least for the time being) not to mention they've got Holy Ghosts to do a remix. Don't be fooled though, In Flagranti has been releasing material for years out of the label Codek and their Arsenal is strong enough to start a revolution. And If you read the Big Stereo Blog religiously like i do, you might have caught In flagranti's live set at Infatuation (from last May). if not, well here you go. "Business Acumen" out now on Kitsune. (Buy it here!)

Friday, December 5, 2008

Music: Riton's Warehouse Project!

If you guys aren't familiar with Mixmag, the UK Dance Music Magazine has included each month a free Mix CD or mixtape from some of the bigger names in the Industry for like 25 years now!!! For the past 15 years I've been reading the magazine and although trends come and go the quality if the content has always stayed legit (except for those awkward trance years). And just when i was giving up on all the Electro Glitch Shenanigans...boom!! A mix by Riton to make your ears bleed and your body get spasms. Although The Warehouse Project is from last July, I still think this one's a huge banger...Kinda reminds why electro kicks ass when played right...and not through USB controllers on a laptop. Better late than never i guess. Standout tracks here are Riton's Remix of Hercules & Love Affair (classic in the making), the Craziness of the Mr. Oizo's "Bruce Willis is Dead" the Alternate version of Surkin's White Knight and perfect ending with LFO's classic, LFO.

Riton - The Warehouse Project (mixmag mix)


01 Hercules And Love Affair - You Belong (Riton Remix)
02 Djedjotronic - Farandole
03 Eine Kleine Nacht Musik - La Serrenisma
04 Out Hud - Put It Away, Put It Away, Put It Away, Dad
05 In Flagranti - Business Acumen
06 Simian Mobile Disco - Nike + Sport Music Presents 'Run'
07 Mr Oizo - Bruce Willis Is Dead
08 The Martin Brothers - Dum (Hookerz & Blow Short Acid Mix)
09 Surkin - White Knight 2
10 A-Trak & Laidback Luke - Shake It DOwn
11 Late Of The Pier - Heartbeat (Hot Chip Remix)
12 The Micronauts - High Rise
13 Crookers - BigClub/FatAss (Jus For Riton Edit)
14 Action Man - Zombie Dance
15 LFO - LFO (Leeds Warehouse Mix)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Video: New York, I Love You, but you're bringing me down...like a muppet.

This is most certainly our generation's New York New York...and although James Murphy is no Frank Sinatra or Lou Reed for that matter, there is no doubt this song is bound to become an anthem to all those who loved/love the City that never sleeps. Now that it's pretty much in vogue for indie rockers to be on sesame street or that Gabba Gabba show, it's nice to see someone taking the spirit of the frog... KErmit we love you!!! As a Red Sox Lover, Brubaker Drinking Bostonian (hehe) I'm ok with not having flashing lights and 24 hour bodegas or Woody Allen...All I need is that Dirty Water...

Beautiful Song...Hilarious Video...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Music: Brooklyn Go Hard!!!

Well, if you were lucky enough to catch my post about this Kanye Produced, Santogold backed track, then you already know how hot the track it was. We are not sure this is the official video for the song, but who cares... that illustration/ animation is sick!!! Check it out:

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Art: “Proletariat x LAB” 100 artist, 100 pieces for $100 and under!!!

LAB Boston and Proletariat want you to give the gift of art for the holidays, so they are doing a one night only show with all pieces $100 and under! All art can be paid for with cash/credit card or check and you can take it home that night! The show will be December 12th from 7-9:30pm at LAB Boston with an open bar!!!

The 100 pieces will be provided by some of your favorite local & national artists (INCLUDING Colabo work by Manifest Destitute & ZACK FROM OPEN CYCLE! Be sure to also check out the work of our buddies Shayna Shenanigans, Skript and of course, the all mighty Kenji Nakayama)

Friday, November 28, 2008

Event: Post Thanksgiving Thoughts....

For the Second Year in a row we ended up having a bootleg Thanksgiving... This year, courtesy of 7 Eleven. Nonetheless, our friend and pal Zack Teachout pulled off a thanksgiving miracle with $40 and he didn't even have to cash that welfare check...If you wanna know what Zack's up to these day well...click Here....and Here.

And for those of us in Beantown and ready to dance off those extra pounds away, well head over to Goodlife for a FTW Party featuring the Akult Crew. Hell Yeah!!! See ya there at 9pm Sharp!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Art: Shameless Self Promotion!!! (aahhhh) o_O

I usually don't really like to brag about certain aspects of my life, but this has been a particularly busy (not to mention rough) month trying to prepare for some Art Shows. Needless to Say if you weren't aware of it, we cut and paint stencils or at least we try. In any case, if you happen to inhabit the great state of Taxachusetts you can go check out my work at the following shows: (spoiler alert: we ain't no Banksy and we don't particularly have much talent...but you can be the Judge on that one)

Lillipad Art Show:
Saturday, Nov 29, 2008 (7:00pm-1:00am?)
@ Lily Pad Gallery
1353 Cambridge Street
(Inman Square) Cambridge, MA

Modus Lotus:
Saturday, Dec 6th 2008 6 - 9pm
@ Aurora Gallery
660 Main Street
Worcester, MA

100 Artist for less than $100:
(or so they might call it) ok...no real info on this other than it might be at LAB Boston on December 12th. I'll update as soon as it's set on stone.

...And if you wanna go buy your Greek or Mexican mom some of my work, go check out: http://www.massprodart.com/calendar.html for dates on which you can find my work out and about with thefolks of the CMYK collective.


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Lazy Sunday: Do it any way you Wanna!!!

Wow...it's Sunday before Turkey Week and what better way to start the day than by giving you the "People's Choice" to "Do it any way you Wanna". Puns apart, the 1975 Hit has one of those Bass Lines so effectively sampled and so effectively groovalicious it makes me wanna romp. Oh, and now that Barack is president...Let's Boogie Down U.S.A.

People's Choice - Do it any way you Wanna

I've never been an advocate of Colombia's finest but I can definitely advocate listening to Dillinger's Classic "Cocaine in my Brain" Hear that Bass? Go figure.

Dillinger - Cocaine in my Brain

And just when you think it couldn't get better...Bam!!! Jungle Brothers to take this full circle!!! "Feel the vibe surrounding me - Feel the bass come down on me - Shake your butt but don't break your back - Tap your feet and let your fingers snap"...Can you dig it?

Jungle Brothers - What U Waiting 4

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Music: Runaway...Live @ Akult (The complete Set)

Although our Friends Jacques and Marcos of Runaway are currently in Quebec sipping red wine (hopefully not from a pbr can this time) and probably over indulging on Poutine with Brennan Green, Let's not forget their memorable set at Akult from about a month or so ago. Although the night didn't end at the Goodlife Bar, here for y'all is the set that was played that day. Resident's Brenden Wesley and John Barrera provide the tunes on Part One, while the boys of Runway kill it on Part Two. If you missed the gig, well no worries. Here's some candy for you! Enjoy...

Runaway live @ Akult (10.18.08) Part 1
Runaway live @ Akult (10.18.08) Part 2


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Music: Cut Copy (...Paste some Disco)

Cut Copy's "In Ghost Colours" album keeps hemorrhaging remixes like it's sweeps week on ER. This time around, their song "Far Away" gets a Disco re-rub by Hercules & Love Affair (DFA) and up and coming Damn Arms (Bang Gang). And what is it with the term "Nu-Disco"? It's not like Disco ever went away...Well, I'm gonna try not to use it because it just sounds silly. Agree? Remember when you bought a disco 12" and it actually said "Disco Sound" on the sleeve? That's exactly how i want things labeled...even in my kitchen. Oh yeah, No offense but it seems to me like Andy Buttler didn't get paid enough for the remix (AKA...it's kinda whatever). Damn Arms on the other "hand" probably would have done it for free (oh yeah, it's really that good). So keep an eye on them...they sound promising. Far Away 12" Single out Nov 24th on Modular.

Cut Copy - Far Away (Hercules & Love Affair Remix)
Cut Copy - Far Away (Damn Arms Remix)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Lazy Sunday: I need you now!!!

Sinnamon was probably better known for tracks like "He's gonna take you home" or "Thank you"
which spent two weeks at #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart back in '82. But the real jam for me has always been "I Need You Now". Listening to this track always makes me feel funny because of the lyrics but the instrumentation is pretty much on point. Sometimes I wonder if all DFA Artist go through Disco Boot camp because this sounds a lot like Holy Ghost's "Hold on" (Call me crazy but the Synth lines are very familar).

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Lazy Sunday: I love you Dancer!!! (AKA Prancy Dan-Cuh)

Yes, Here at Manifest Destitute, Dancers are always appreciated, and Voyage's Disco classic "I love you Dancer" is our tune for the day. The European Group was probably better known for other singles like "souvenirs" or "from east to west" but I love you Dancer is by far our favorite. So if you know any Dancers, give them a call or a hug...sometimes they want to be loved too.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Film: "Wild Combination"

Last Sunday I had the pleasure to squeeze a film at the MFA into my busy schedule. The film was Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell by Matthew Wolf. "Wild Combination is a visually absorbing portrait of the seminal avant-garde composer, singer-songwriter, cellist, and DISCO PRODUCER. Before his untimely death from AIDS in 1992, Russell prolifically created music that spanned both pop and the transcendent possibilities of abstract art. Now, over fifteen years since his passing, Arthur's work is finally finding its audience and a new generation is discovering his work thanks to his longtime partner Tom Lee. Wolf incorporates rare archival footage and commentary from Arthur's family, friends, and closest collaborators—including Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg—to tell this poignant and important story."

The synopsis apart, the documentary was quite brilliantly put together and of course the music sort of speaks for itself. If you are not familiar with Arthur Russel's work, check the you tube videos below to refreshen somethings you might have heard before. And Don't forget to catch it at the MFA today @ 6:15pm or tomorrow at 6pm...It might be your last chance before trying to find it on DVD.

Loose Joints - Is It All Over My Face (1980)

Dinosaur L - Go Bang!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Music: Maurice Fulton

What to say about Maurice Fulton? Probably tons, but who am i to bore you with details when mix after mix, set after set, the man keeps brining to us some groove-heavy disco. Peep this mix done for Pig Magazine (yes, it's that same magazine with the sneaker templates...)

Listen: Maurice Fulton - Red Bull Academy Mix


Kinky Foxx - So Different (Sound Of New York)
Sharon Bailey - Cosmic Dust (Instrumental) (Salsoul)
Evelyn King - Your Personal Touch (RCA)
Susumu Yokota – Circular (Leaf)
Dianne Marie - I’ve Waited Much Too Long (Rams Horn)
Substance – Scent (Chain Reaction)
Gladys Knight & The Pips - Love Is Always On Your Mind (Buddah)
Melba Moore - You Stepped Into My Life (Epic)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Lazy Sunday: I like What You're Doing To Me (Babee)

I could say so much about this track...and will somehow include it in my wedding bows (seriously!!!) but for now let's just enjoy the fact that it's Lazy Sunday and "I like What You're Doing To Me". This Disco Gem courtesy of Young and Company has so much groove It's hard not to fall in love with it. Can you feel the love? We did.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Music: Matthew Dearest...

Matthew Dear of Ghostly international has been pretty prolific with some interesting singles recently so it was about time someone gave him proper remix duties. With a sound that touches remarkably close to genres of the past, his singles have always been a staple on minimal sets, But for his newest single "Pom Pom", we get the proper dose of DFA in Juan MacLean's reworking of the track. The Single by the way has 4 tracks, and all are remixed by Maclean to ensure there is absolutely no filler. The Perfect track for the upcoming Halloween festivities. And if you're in NY next Friday, don't forget to Catch Matthew Dear as Audion @Studio B.

Matthew Dear - Pom Pom (Juan Maclean Backup Vox Mix) Buy 10" Single here!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Music/Event: Runaway comes to Akult!!!

After their big debut on DFA, Brooklyn's Jacques Renault and Macros Cabral (aka Runaway) are back in Boston to give us one more night of Disco infused sounds at Akult's Disco Emporium (@ the Goodlife bar). If you haven't heard their track yet, "Brooklyn Club Jam takes elements from old school house, acid, and disco and melds them together into a chugging dancefloor mover that'll work at both the sophisticated club and the grimey warehouse"- And trust me, the folks at NY's Turntable Lab know EXACTLY what they are talking about. Here at Manifest Destitute we've been listening to this track for a minute now and we love it, but we are definitely grooving more to Brennan Green's version. It's all you want to expect from a House music piano riff, the Disco drums from heaven and a bass line so catchy you'd wish it was the beginning to "funky town". I hope DFA stops making singles this good, because it's really not fair to my pocket. I need to pay my rent and GOD knows James Murphy ain't paying my bills. Oh, did I forget to mention Runway are coming this Saturday to Goodlife in an all DFA Records sponsored event? What?...Get out of here!!! But for real, don't miss the party of the Fall this Saturday. The event will be brought to you by the good folks at WERS, The Weekly Dig, our friends at LAB and of course the Akult Disco crew. See ya Guys there (we'll be in the corner by the right speaker!) and don't forget to bring your dancing shoes!!!

Runaway Live @ Akult (Goodlife Bar)
28 Kingston Street
Boston, MA
Free Admission (21+)

Listen: Runaway - Brooklyn Club Jam (Brennan Green Version) (Buy it Here!!!)

C'mon, you know you want it!!! So don't miss it!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Music: Kids (like belgian waffles...I like women)

Ok...Let me be completely honest with all of you. My ears are sore from listening to the new MGMT remix of "Kids". God knows I love Soulwax, but this time I was shocked in disappointment and to call the remix a "nite version" is just utterly ridiculous. I hope this never makes it as an official release because I know I'll probably buy it anyways, even if it is this awful. I mean, this is like a stab in the back. I just watched "part of the weekend never dies" and it made me love those two Belgian Brothers even more, but this, this just breaks my heart. On paper one could say this is probably the remix of the year, but when the sound of it is so clique' one would hope it never happened. I guess I'm just becoming bitter, but everyday that passes, that sweet electro sound no longer does it for me. Electro...is this the end? Are we not lovers anymore? Have you ran out of ideas and beats? Were you just a fling like Electroclash was? Where did we go wrong? I know... It was all those American Apparel Hipsters. Maybe it's no one's fault...maybe it's just time to move on. I just hope this is not our last kiss.

Listen: MGMT - Kids (Soulwax Nite Version)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Video: Mind Control (Party people....)

Rumor has it the Neptunes have dissolved their hit-making production partnership...and if that's the case, I'm pretty sure I'll barely make a difference on anything Pharrell is involved with. What is important to point out, is how he seems to be channeling every genre of music from every time period that mattered. Here in yet another collaboration with Common, is a beat so sick I'd make Afrika Bambaataa proud. "Party People...let's just funky"....to this new mind control.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Music: Runaway...Live @ Akult

It's perhaps not a secret that Runaway are DFA's newest prodigal children. In anticipation to the Vinyl release of their "Brooklyn Jam", Jacques Renault and Marcos Cabral have been busy bringing joy and disco nostalgia to New Yorkers for the past 5 years making them NYC's finest DJ's (according to the readers of paper magazine). And although that might not mean much to most mean spirited Boston Cousins, well that speaks volumes to us anyway. We were lucky enough to have them at Akult earlier this year and now it's time for them to come back and finish what they started. So anticipation to what will certainly become THE party of the FALL (October 18th@Goodlife), here's a little something they left last time they strolled through town....Can you Dig it!!!???

Runaway Live at Akult

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Lazy Sunday: A first Choice is always the best!

Well, it's no surprise that here at Manifest Destitute a Lazy Sunday is always regarded with ease. As of tradition, we are here to spank you with yet another classic to get your Sunday going or just complement your lovely day and that's really what's important. First Choice's classic "Let No Man Put Asunder" has been a staple in every "House"hold for as long as i can remember. Whether it was the Shep Pettibone or the Frankie Knuckles Remix, this tracks seems to have more lives than a Kitty Cat. But how can one deny it's importance as it single handedly became the source to so many early Chicago house tracks. How can one forget when Steve "Silk" Hurley used that bass line in his 1987 song "Jack Your Body" - and then went on to become the first house record to top the UK charts. Magic of Music?....most certainly.

And here we are 30 years later with yet another edit. This time thanks to our Pal and Disco Boss Mr. Brenden Wesley. The track came with a warning about the edit not being finished and blah blah blah...But seriously, sometimes a perfectionist needs to take a break...and just enjoy a Lazy Sunday. Can you do that Brenden?

Listen: First Choice - Let No Man Put Asunder (Creatures of Habit Edit)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Music: Set 2 Rock 2 the Beat...of the 90's!!!

Although I'm not too sure why the 90's are back in vogue, at least in terms of the music we love, it's been a great thing. Just in the past years we saw the return of the Miami Bass sound as an extension of the B-more craze and the explosion of a weird hybrid in urban music with elements of Hip-House/electro/acid/rave filtering into mainstream (dress-code) Clubs. DFA records over conceptualized early Chicago House and Techno is going through a massive renaissance with all its variations on the genre. Even just in Boston the Music scene experienced a sort of summer of love with more electronic music nights than I'd ever seen since I moved here in 2000. Point I'm trying to make is that reviving the past has never sounded so good. When it comes to remixes of classic tracks I'm usually the first one to turn my shoulder on them (because who really wants to listen to something being butchered by an untalented Deep House DJ).

Sometimes however there are tracks that keep the same energy of the original and turn into something that resembles more of a Disco edit than a remix. Well...this has been at least my experience with the remix of Kevin Saunderson's 1988 Classic "Rock 2 the Beat"...I mean you know Laurent Garnier probably listens to that song like everyday of his life. And although it's hard to make a classic better, I'm actually embarrassed to say I really like this Christian Smith And John Selway Remix. For some reason it might be the faster BPM or the reworking of the drum patterns that makes it relevant again. Perhaps is just nolstalgia, and just perhaps this is the essence of Techno. Considering that Kevin Saunderson is remixing stuff like the Presets or Hercules & Love Affair, it's good to see a legend be given a proper remix. I'm not a fan of Selway's stuff all together but this reworking is so damn good I might just have to send him a Christmas card....or like top friend on myspace or something.

Listen: Kevin Saunderson - Rock 2 the Beat (Christian Smith And John Selway 2008 Remix)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Music/Film: Part of the Weekend Never Dies (The Review)

It's been probably way too long since we last wrote on the blog and frankly it was a necessary break. I'm not gonna bore you with sentimentalism/spirituality/reality checks (although just checks would be nice $$$) or anything remotely personal and introspective (cause I'm the worst at it). But after all, Manifest Destitute is a world for those who dream and those who Dance...and those who live each weekend like it was their last.

If you haven't seen Soulwax's "Part of the Weekend never dies" then you probably don't love Music all that much. If you haven't the faintest idea of What Soulwax or what 2 Many DJ's do/are, this nice little package will without a doubt indoctrinate you into the Gospel that is Nite Versions while making you believe Jesus is actually two brothers from Belgium whose goal is to save the world from bad music. Yeah ok...we really liked the documentary but trust me, we are pretty sure you will too.

"Director Saam Farahmand filmed Soulwax on their recent international dates, capturing all the excitement, chaos and humour of the world tour. Where the Beastie Boys filmed one gig with 50 cameras, Soulwax filmed 120 shows with one camera, in Europe, Japan, US, Latin America and Australia. The result is a snapshot of life on the road with one of the most exciting live bands in the world, and features their friends including 2manydj's, James Murphy & Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem), Erol Alkan, Tiga, Justice, Busy P, So-Me, Peaches, Klaxons and many more in interview, as well as behind-the-scenes footage, and LOTS of music".... go watch it (seriously, now!!!)

Buy the DVD Here...and Here!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Music: Love Lock Down...

Thanks to one of our favorite blogs "Asian Dan", here's an update on Kanye's Love Lockdown. Great Art work but as for the track, i think i enjoyed the VMA's live version a lot more. It was more soulful and less vocoderish, not that it's bad, but there's a time and place for everything, and this wasn't the case. Either way, we love this new direction Mr. West is taking...which I'm guessing will include a Justice produced track, because we read the future just like that.

Listen: Kanye West - Love Lock Down

Monday, September 8, 2008

Video: Kanye West is quitting Rap...

...Well not really but this little performance at the VMA's clearly shows that Mr. West is heading into Pop Stardom. It could perhaps be his Chicago background but I guarantee you this is gonna have at least 10 House remixes by the end of the month. No seriously, you wait and see. In the meantime enjoy the "Love Lockdown".

Listen: Kanye West - Love Lockdown (Live@VMA's)

Friday, September 5, 2008

Video: James Murphy is a Disco Bully...just ask Hot Chip

Hot Chip - Wrestler (DFA records)

Ok...this song is really not their greatest accomplishment, but nonetheless it's still pretty entertaining. What's hilarious though is the video that accompanies it, with James Murphy as a Martial Arts Disco Bully. Well...i guess it just goes to show how cool DFA is right now as they prepare themselves for world domination again (but more on that later). So while we wait for some of DFA's big newcomers to guest at Akult next month (you'll see...), join us at Goodlife tonight for a fun night of Disco with resident DJ Brenden Wesley and new pal John Barrera.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Event: Akult welcomes you back...


Akult @ Goodlife:
28 Kingston St
Boston, MA 02111
no cover

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Politics: “This is real and not for play”!!!

Today is the Big Day at the Democratic Convention in Denver and I'm pretty sure Barack is gonna give yet another Inspirational Speech. Here at Manifest Destitute we have been endorsing the Illinois Senator for quite a while and while we are quite serious about the future of our country this blog is solely for your entertainment. So without wasting anymore time let's go on and turn the party on while supporting our presidential candidate!!! Oh yes....here come the balloons and the confetti. Anyways, Kudos to producer and fashion icon TI$A for creating the most serious electorate anthem of well....the history of this country!!! With Cameos from Kanye West, Jay Z, Chris Brown, Fab 5 Freddy, and Shepard Fairey, who really needs the Hollywood Liberals anymore. Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn please step aside, there's a new Sheriff in the Hills. So, If you are at home in front of the TV tonight please stop watching Reality TV, and tune in for what's Real....this is history in the making people. No Joke.

TI$A - Vote Obama

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Video: Kanye West is a bear....good morning!

First a Muppet now a Bear. At this rate Kanye's about to fill the shoes Mr. Rogers left in the heart of all children. In any case the latest video from his album "Graduation" features a fantastic animation by Takashi Murakami, an artist often compared to Andy Warhol for his use of color and his understanding of pop culture. Over the years Murakami has gained notoriety for his bold anime-looking illustrations and a collaboration done with Louis Vuitton. At this point it's become pretty much a standard for Kanye to bring us the best when it comes to art, fashion and design. I wonder what's next on his plate...a clothing line called "Pastelle"? Maybe.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Lazy Sunday: I say Captain...You say Wot!!! (aka when Hip Hop met Punk)

There is no denying that Hip Hop has been an influential force in our culture over the past 30 years. Magically though, somewhere in the 80's Hip Hop made an impression on an odd group of Punks and gave them the inspiration to give it a try of their own. Captain Sensible's "WOT" though almost a Rap Parody, it still labeled in Europe as an early hip hop classic. The Ex-Dammed singer was not however the only UK Punk to get the Hip Hop fever. Malcolm Mclaren of Sex Pistols fame, made a record collaborating with the "World's Famous Supreme Team" DJs (Hey DJ being their legacy) as well as graphically setting the tone of the record with art work by Grafitti Legends Keith Haring and Dondi White. At the time when Mclaren crafted "Duck Rock" though, it had been a couple of years since The Clash had released "Radio Clash" in which video one can actually spot Futura 2000 spray painting across New York City. The Influence of Hip Hop is quite obvious in this record, and their dedication was later reflected when Grandmaster Flash was asked to be the opening act for the Band. Futura and the Clash would later go into partnership again when they produced Futura 2000's "Escapades".

But perhaps the greatest document of the partnership between genres was Blondie's "Rapture" which united the vibrant Downtown scene to the new sounds coming from Uptown. In the song not only does Debby Harry do her own rapping, but she also gives shout outs to her new friends from the hip hop scene (Flash and Fab 5 Freddy). Perhaps the Video is even better, as we actually get to see some of the Artists do Cameos (including the gifted Jean-Michel Basquiat and other Lower East Side scenester). In some ways, the influence between Punk and Hip Hop was actually reciprocated when bands like ESG and Liquid Liquid were sampled by hip hop artists and most memorably when Grandmaster Flash sampled the Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love" (which in itself was a record influenced by Hip Hop). Although these were the conception of a very special time in our culture, the legacy that Hip Hop left on Punk Artists of that era was an important platform for the popularity of the genre in years to come. Here are some of those memorable moments...because it's Lazy Sunday and Lazy Sunday is always classic!

Listen: Captain Sensible - WOT

Listen: Malcolm McLaren - Buffalo Gals

Listen: Blondie - Rapture

Listen: The Clash - Radio Clash

Listen: The Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Music: The Olympics are...Great Stuff!!!

I hope by now everyone has caught the Olympic fever in some way or another. And If you still don't know about Michael Phelps and his Major Olympic Bling, then you're probably hiding in a cave in Afghanistan. Seriously, 8 medals...that's insane!!! Well...what better way to celebrate the accomplishments of Olympians than by sharing some sweet sweet music. Great Stuff out of Germany has recently released a compilation titled "Great Summer Games Stuff" to celebrate the event and bring awareness to Human Rights. The Compilation includes 24 anthems by 24 artists from 24 different countries. For all those that are into tech-house and all the Minimal/Maximal stuff, then this compilation is right up your alley. The compilation has actually gotten some real good reviews by people like Laurent Garnier, Tocadisco and Adam Freeland so you know it's gotta be good. "Great Summer Games Stuff" is now available on Beatport and on CD via Amazon. (To Listen to the tracks click on the links)

Listen: Great Summer Games Stuff CD 1
Listen: Great Summer Games Stuff CD 2

ps: Thanks again to Carmine P. Filthy @ Low Life Inc. for the package!!!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Lazy Sunday: No Tears for the people of the night!

It was 1977 and although originally a San Francisco band, Tuxedomoon's electronic avant-garde soundscapes soon became a central part of New York's No Wave scene (as documented in "Downtown 81", a film centered around Jean-Michel Basquiat featuring performances by Blondie, James Chance, DNA and Tuxedomoon). Although the band has always been dedicated to experimental music, "No Tears", their 2nd single (1979), has remained an electro punk club classic to this day. Re-released in 2000 on DJ Hell's Gigolo Records, No Tears became an instant hit in an underground electro scene fueled by Punk antics. Despite a series of Remixes done to re-introduce the classic, the original track stands strong and a true "classic" of the No Wave movement.

Tuxedomoon Live at Glenn O'Brien's "Uber-Hipster" TV Party

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Ad: Converse stays current...

"Three Artists. One song" could have been the new "Two girls. One cup" but...the more I see this on TV the more i like it. Converse put together this little neat Ad Featuring Santogold, Pharrell Williams and Julian Casablancas, showcasing how good they all look in Black&White. Despite the Video being actually really clever, I think I'm more surprised by the production of this little gem. Not to mention the fact that Santie(gold)'s contribution was just spot on. Kudos to Converse for staying so current/hip/and with it. So there, go buy some Chucks...specially these designed by our friend and stencil maestro Kenji Nakayama. (You can actually purchase them online Here.)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Music: Screw Astronomy! I wanna study Metronomy...


Metronomy has been one of our favorite UK bands and we're so glad they're back with a new album. When Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe) came out a couple years ago, we couldn't stop playing it over and over...Their sound was so Hypnotic and even Balkan sounding at times, But nonetheless it was a beautiful work bridging folk and electronic music (but not in that Scandinavian kinda way). Well...Now that they are back with a slightly more accessible album (that will probably get great review at Pitchfork) but that's ok. I hope they do well...because despite all the hype they get from the remixes, Nights Out is still as good as their debut album. Album out in September on Because Music. pre-order now here.

Metronomy - Heartbreaker (Because Music)

video: Heartbreaker

Video: Holiday

Video: Radio Ladio