Monday, November 30, 2009

Music/Event: Evolution

From Nightclubs to Loft parties, the sound of House Music has made this City Dance for over two decades. Can't believe it? Just ask DJ Bruno. As we celebrate almost 30 years of House Music, this always-evolving child of Disco continues to influence the way we dance and the way Dance music is produced today. Now on our third month, come join us at Evolution, as we bring to you the history and the future of House music through the collections of seven DJ's with a serious passion for this sound. From Disco to Deep House. From Tech House to Filtered House, Evolution is exactly what you are gonna hear!

Evolution: Building the House of House
@ Good Life (28 Kingston Street/Downtown Boston)
21+/$5 cover/no dress code
9PM- 2AM

Featuring:

JOSEPH COLBOURNE
Best known for his former residency COLOR and for his deep crates of ultra-rare and classic dance music spanning 35 years, Colbourne is an arbiter of the infectious grooves that include disco, funk, soul, boogie, and early house.

BRENDEN WESLEY
Disc Jockey, producer and drummer. Dance floor demolition specialist. Connoisseur/purveyor of World Class Boogie and Fine Funk. Vinyl historian. Innovator

JUSTINCREDIBLE
1/2 of Roguewaves, Justincredible has an unfaltering love of dance music has resulted in a culmination of the rawest electro/ house sounds from multiple genres, backgrounds and pop subcultures.

JOHN BARERA
An emerging and unique voice in the global underground club music scene, Barera has been spreading his gospel far and wide, keeping his ears open to just about anything. Heavily Influenced by chicago house, detroit techno and underground disco, Barera has earned his keep through sessions in hotspots like Berlin, Barcelona and New York.

COATTI MONDI
As 1/2 of the Duo behind The Glow and an advocate of all things underground, his approach to Disco and House reflects two things: Playing fast and Playing loud.

DJ BRUNO

DJ Bruno envisioned a perfect place beyond the Stuart Street building. He debuted UTOPIA at the Paradise Bar in Cambridge in 1992. Utopia’s reputation quickly spread as one of Boston House Music’s deepest underground parties as DJ Bruno and guests continue to drop records with the full relentless intention of blowing your mind and guaranteeing that not one person is left untouched! A room full of people singing together, dancing together, celebrating the joys of music as delivered by a serious DJ.

ELI WILKIE
Eli Wilkie is truly one of America's most exciting and floor shaking DJ/Production talents. Eli brings a fresh and exciting approach to dance music by fusing his signature charisma and party rockin ethics to bring to the dancefloor his 'signature' funky electrifying house music.


This month Check out a wonderful mix by our Friend John Barera bringing us some of best productions of 2009. Enjoy! and Hope to see ya there!

John barera - go out and stay out all night mix by John Barera
Download: John Barera - go out and stay out all night mix

01. floating points - vacuum boogie
02. the popular people's front - my baby stays out all night
03. precious system/ben klock - the voice from planet love/in a while (dixon edit)
04. martyn - elden st (sebo k watergate edit)
05. redshape - globe
06. motor city drum ensemble - raw cuts 4
07. canyon - fire eyes (jacques renault's living in the jungle mix)
08. martin landsky - who's laughing now?
09. prosumer & murat tepeli - the jam
10. reboot - enjoy music
11. san serac - music never ends (m's music mix by morgan geist)
12. joy orbison - brkln clln
13. jagged - langenthal (brothers' vibe house remix)

Music: Gimme Gimme

This new release on Swiss Label Relish teams up Headman with Yello's legendary Deiter Meier for a post modern Disco gem. With some quite incredible remixes (including one by Daniel Wang), It is Brooklyn's In Flagranti that brings up the noise creating a disco-house monster that could Have easily fit into DAft Punk's repertoire circa 1997. This one here will be playing loud this winter. Believe it now.


Headman ft. Deiter Meier - Gimme (In Flagranti Remix)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Music: LCD's for your ears....

LCD Soundsytem is back with a cover of Alan Vega's "Bye Bye Bayou". I always liked Suicide so this is a pleasant surprise. Bye Bye Bayou Out November 9th or there about on DFA. Album in early 2010. Get exited!!! and by the way, don't forget to check out the new release of 45:33. This special set of four 12-inch singles features Remixes by Prince Language, Runaway, Riley Reinhold, Pilooski and Theo Parrish. Wow!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Art Show: Future Complex by SKRIPT



Our Dear Friend Julian Guzman (AKA Skript) is one of Boston's finest emerging artists. His work brings elements that quite ordinarily would seem to clash or better yet, deemed "not acceptable" in this town. The combination of his love of architecture and the 'line' seems to be at ease with the wild and challenging nature of spray paint and graffiti. His ability to control his medium is as sharp as the x-acto blades he uses to cut his stencils. Perhaps it's his background in Architecture that defines his technique, but While Artists today use technology to aid them in the process traditional art, Skript uses technology in the same way an architect would use it to design. I'm not going to spoil the surprise (as you need to see it in person), but there was a laser cutter used in the process of some of his recent work. That said, here is what the man himself had to say about this show:

“This series of work deals with the daunting task of deciphering the future and revealing what it holds. Each piece starts as a blank surface awaiting its fate of ink line-work. The line-work is a spontaneous act of fluidity. One line is laid down and another is added to it like a city grid growing streets as a means of necessity… Color and stenciled imagery are organically infused to these streets the give character to each city. Each piece acts as its own borough conveying different commentary on our very own complex futures.”

And While I would never say this to his face, "Artist" is a loose title for him. Skript is in many ways a Designer of Visual Landscapes and Urban Typologies. Somehow I'm pretty sure he'd be ok with that description.

So If you are in the Boston Area, please visit the Chorus Gallery curated every month by Open Bicycle.

Chorus Gallery Presents: SKRIPT

285 Washington Street #18
Somerville, MA 02143
tel: +1.617.666.6736

http://www.skriptboston.com/

http://www.chorusgallery.com/

http://openbicycle.com

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Art/Event: Futura 2000 - Odyssey Two Exhibit



Odyssey Two, runs throughout Art Forum Berlin and highlights 20 years of urban art pioneer FUTURA 2000's work.

The show focuses on the dual themes of memory and the past, and the influence these have on an individual’s imagined world. Futura’s obsessions with space and hyperindustrial landscapes grew from his adolescence: a time when man first landed on the moon, and when the New York skyline soared with a mass of fresh skyscrapers. But the world in his pieces is entirely unique – a place that has developed in his mind over time, where remnants of earlier memories co-exist with imagined, abstract landscapes. Futura’s latest pieces show an artist comfortable in the world he has created, making accomplished works that use occasional, frenetic bursts of outline to perfectly convey mood, atmosphere and situation, as well as his trademark and iconic touches. Collectors will be able to buy an accessible selection of key pieces from Futura’s unique, imagined world: study pieces provide entry level works; there will be a trademark Pointman series and a limited edition print run. There will also be a small number of recent abstract canvases.

Some years ago we had the pleasure of working with him on a painting commissioned by Concepts Cambridge and the second video is in reality a good representation of his work process. Well...It's better to see it happen in person, but this is pretty good too. (The man holding the camera is Stash...another legend of New York City's original graffiti scene)





Friday, September 25, 2009

Event: Evolution (Building the House of House)

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October 1st is gonna be a special day for fans of "Proper" House Music. It's seems like a gamble to have all these DJs but one things is for sure...the music comes first. Celebrating 30 years of House Music, Good Life has enlisted some of Boston's Best taste makers to let us know how it is that House has evolved since the 808 and the 303. So if House is your thing, but mostly if you like to Dance...Welcome to the Evolution.

Evolution: Building the House of House.
October 1st 2009 9pm- 2am
@ Good Life Bar.
28 kingston Street/ Downtown Boston
21+/ $5 Cover/ no dress code

BEATS BY:

JOSEPH COLBOURNE
Best known for his former residency COLOR and for his deep crates of ultra-rare and classic dance music spanning 35 years, Colbourne is an arbiter of the infectious grooves that include disco, funk, soul, boogie, and early house.
(http://djjosephcolbourne.podomatic.com )

BRENDEN WESLEY (Solar Disco)
Disc Jockey, producer and drummer. Dance floor demolition specialist. Connoisseur/purveyor of World Class Boogie and Fine Funk. Vinyl historian.
(http://www.myspace.com/brendenwesley)

JUSTINCREDIBLE / ZAK BROMAN
Roguewaves is a mix of two talented and different individuals, Justincredible and Zak Broman. An unfaltering love of dance music has resulted in a culmination of the rawest electro/ house sounds from multiple genres, backgrounds and pop subcultures.
(http://www.myspace.com/helloroguewaves)

JOHN BARERA
an emerging and unique voice in the global underground club music scene.Barera has been spreading his gospel far and wide. His house and techno oriented sets, productions and remixes are characterized by a certain gritty soulfulness
(http://www.myspace.com/johnbarera)

COATTI MONDI
As 1/2 of the Duo behind The Glow and an advocate of all things underground, his approach to Disco and House reflects two things: Playing fast and Playing loud.
(http://manifestdestitute.com )

DJ BRUNO
DJ Bruno envisioned a perfect place beyond the Stuart Street building. He debuted UTOPIA at the Paradise Bar in Cambridge in 1992. Utopia’s reputation quickly spread as one of Boston House Music’s deepest underground parties as DJ Bruno and guests continue to drop records with the full relentless intention of blowing your mind and guaranteeing that not one person is left untouched! A room full of people singing together, dancing together, celebrating the joys of music as delivered by a serious dj.
(http://www.myspace.com/djbrunoboston)

ELI WILKIE
Eli Wilkie is truly one of America's most exciting and floor shaking DJ/Production talents. Eli brings a fresh and exciting approach to dance music by fusing his signature charisma and party rockin ethics to bring to the dancefloor his 'signature' funky electrifying house music.
(http://www.myspace.com/eliwilkie)

Hope to see ya there!!!
RSVP: HERE!

Music: Joe is Smooth and he's taking us to the promised land.

Brothers...Sisters...This is in my ears the ultimate House Track. No matter where you are or when this track is played, one thing is for sure; People are gonna be Clapping, Singing, Dancing and yes...sometimes even crying. There will be people embracing in Love and some even waiting to take someone home. At least in my humble and rather critical opinion, this track gives me the chills. Seriously, it might be the lyrics or maybe just the melody. Maybe it's that piano, maybe it's just everything. For Someone who called himself Joe Smooth, this track is not just cool...It's an Anthem...a Lifestyle...a Mantra. Call it whatever you want, For me, it's just simply the one song I wish could change the world.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Events: This Weekend @ Rise















Sometimes it's that kind of weekend at Rise...This week the one and only Tom Middleton. Next week John Dahlback...Are you Ready Boston? In the mean time, here's a mix from the last time Tom Middleton graced our beloved after hours spot. Mark Ingram in the Lounge. Get Excited!

Tom Middleton - Live @ Rise

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Music: Morgan Geist makes it good mix!

Morgan Geist of Metro Area -who was recently brought to Boston by our friends of "Where's the love" - has done the latest mix of the now classic "We Make it Good" Series. (Don't forget to check out Chris Devlin's if you haven't yet) Here's what he had to say:

“This little mix is obviously inspired by the original Cosmic DJs (Baldelli) and innovative DJs of (or nearer to) my own generation, like DJ Harvey and Daniel Wang. I made sure to include some records that I thought I “discovered” on my own, only to hear them played by other (better) DJs who probably knew about them a lot longer than I did. Parallel evolution is a bitch, but I didn’t want to abandon these beloved tracks just because they were “marked” by another DJ. For example, most DJs who know the Transfer Station Blue track associate it with Sarcastic Disco, the infamous and beautiful Harvey mix – yet I believe I got my first copy of it from my departed friend, Barry Lederer, and associate it with digging and listening and learning in his dusty old apartment on 24th Street in Manhattan. I find Harvey inspirational, but don’t want my own Barry-nostalgia supplanted. I realize it sounds corny, but sometimes you have to reclaim music that is important to you, and that’s what a lot of this mix is about for me. – Morgan Geist (Environ, Unclassics, Metro Area)”

Download: Morgan Geist - We Make it Good Vol.10

Friday, August 14, 2009

Sneakers: Air MAX 1

Music: Trevor Jackson is...

OK...it's this simple. I want to be Trevor Jackson. Why? Because I think he's the closest human being that does everything I want to accomplish. From Design and Art Direction, to having owned one of the Best Underground Record Labels ever, Trevor Jackson is a post-modern renaissance man. I'm not sure what he's been up since Output, but here's a little mix he did Live at NYC's Studio B some months ago. Enjoy...

Friday, August 7, 2009

Video: A bunch of Wasted Talent.

Making us proud one orange line ride at a time!!! Congrats to Nabo Rawk & Paul Foley for this awesome Video. I'm gonna go ahead and assume "Wasted Talent" is about being talented while on Booze...perhaps not. Who cares. In a time when even Big Papi juices and Deval can't get anything passed through his squeaky voice, there ain't nothing better than strolling through town on the T. At least for our broke standards, that as much AC as we are getting on this recession Khed!

Music: God Bless the Edit...post punk edition!

Bush Tetras....great band! Anyone who's known me since I got my first DJ gear, can probably attest that I wasn't spinning the latest House tunes but rather some pretty noisy stuff. From Gang of Four to James Chance, ESG was probably the most Dance-floor thing I played. Thank God for the Rapture and the Blessing that was "House of Jealous Lovers". That track was always my transition record to the lovely world of electronic dance music. The years have past and my post punk records have been collecting dust. For years I was a closet Disco collector with House music nostalgia. Today it finally all seems to be OK to tell people you play Disco. Shit...It might even be a new trend. In this quest to play dance music regardless of genre, I'm finally starting to see some real creativity and possibilities to play tracks that would have otherwise- like my bush tetra LP- just collect dust. And this is however the point of today. GOD BLESS THE EDIT!!! It's worked for Disco and now it's come back full-circle for me with edits like the Burglar Tom revision of Bush Tetras' Snakes Crawl. Leave it to those Brits to re-invent the wheel...Brilliant. It's really made me feel confident that no longer you need a specific crowd to play certain records...and perhaps most people and most DJ's don't see that as a problem, but for me is always been somewhat of an impediment. I'm glad we have The Glow and some similar nights around town now, where it seems that music is starting to take center stage over the scenes. In the mean time, check this edit. Perhaps already old for some of you edits connoisseurs, it felt appropriate to share with you today, this little piece of the past/present.


Bush Tetras - Snakes Crawl (Burglar Tom Edit)


Sorry for the YouTube Video...I felt too lazy to rip the Original from Vinyl. (Brother's gotta sleep once in a while)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Video: Today Was a Good Day


Nice Video...Goes to show Nike always knows what they are doing. Now go cop those kicks at Concepts August 8th.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Event: Bike Dirty for a good cause.

If you're in Boston this Sunday evening stop by the Middlesex Lounge for Openly Biking Dirty 2009! The event is in support of The Jimmy Fund and the Pan Mass Challenge. our friend Chandler, is riding the PMC for the third year in a row. Over the past few years, Chandler and his team are excellent folks, friends of ours and definitely in need of your support to make this year's ride even better than last!

Sunday night
will consist of socializing, dancing and roller-racing – a little bit of something for everyone, bike or no bike! If you are not familiar with roller-racing, its pretty simple: head-to-head stationary bike races, 300m in distance, the speed and time are projected for the crowd to see – a great spectator sport and a good way to settle disputes with friends. The 300m seems to be the right distance for everyone, whether you race weekly or have ridden to work once in the past few years. Our good friends over at OPEN Bicycle will be providing bicycles to race with so just bring your game face and checkbook!

Info via Kim @ Always on the Grind

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Lazy Sunday: Walking on thin Ice...

For better or for worse, Yoko Ono is an extraordinary Artist and a cultural icon. Here's a little something that suits this little blog of ours. Enjoy.


Yoko Ono - Walking on Thin Ice (1981 Re-Edit)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Event: Pictures from the Glow! July Edition









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Music: Holy Ghost! Comes Back!

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Thinking back...Our first proper music review/rant on this blog came a couple years ago when these duo of New Yorkers released "Hold On" on DFA. Around the same time they played at the AKult Disco here in Boston's own Goodlife Bar. It was a packed house and quite a memorable one for me because it was the same day of the Dondi White Sneaker Release at Bodega. But to be honest the best memory of that night was the morning after, waking up in Chinatown to a massive New England Snow Storm. But let's talk music, and in this case Video. Like it wasn't enough that we love Holy Ghost! in this blog, the little bastards go right ahead all Tarantino-Style (frame by frame) and re-make New Order's Classic "Confusion" Video. Shit...even Arthur Baker makes a freaking Cameo. What Can I say, the kids know what they are doing and they are doing it right. Pleasantly enough too was the Cameo by Nancy Whang. Good Video...Good song...Good Day. Go Check the whole story on this song here!




Holy Ghost - I Will Come Back


New Order - Confusion

Monday, June 29, 2009

Music: Can't help it!!!

One more Michael Jackson Edit just to start the week on a right note.


Michael Jackson - Can't Help it (Todd Terje Edit)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Music: Le Roi est mort, Vive le Roi!

Thank You Michael...You will be Missed but never Forgotten.


Michael Jackson - Don't Stop Till You Get Enough (T&T Edit)

Michael Jackson - Get on the Floor (Holy Ghost! Edit)

Events: Art Show Weekend!!!



Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Music: 6th Borough Project Does It To The Max!

So a week or so ago...Gwen of fibrevolution was kind enough to go with me to Goodlife (even though she was/is still getting over one of those Late Spring/early summer colds).

Towards the end of his set, Tim Sweeney Let "Alarm" blend into oblivion into one of the funkiest tracks I've heard all year. As Gwen and I kept bumping our heads I said too her: "Oh Snap! I know this track...wait for the "Uhhn!!!" that sounds Like James Brown. She smiled as soon as the ultra loud sound system downstairs framed that "Uhhn!!!" So yes folks, you too can impress a girl with your useless knowledge of Music thanks to Beats in Space, and a little bit of luck. Jokes apart, the track in question was the Revenge/6th Borough Project's "Do It To The Max" (now on Instruments Of Rapture) and it indeed brings it to the Max...not quite to 11 but maybe just a solid 10 (which let's face it, is as much as we could handle anyway!)


6th Borough Project - Do It To The Max (Instruments Of Rapture) Buy Here or Here

Catch the Revenge and their recent 'beats in space' mix here!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Music: Carly Simon asks WHY!

Carly...I don't know "why your love hurts so much" but all I know is Chic did a masterful production on this. It's Dubby, the Keys so essential and that Bass Superb. I kinda see why this charted better in Europe than it did here. Every so often I listen to Italian Radio and i don't know why but this is a staple right around Christmas. In my own experience this song has helped me intensely when I wasn't feeling so good in matters of the Heart but It's a delight to sing la di da di da...even when things are quite alright.


Carly Simon - Why (Extended 12" mix)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Event: Beats in Space invade the Boston!

Lately this blog seems to be suffering from an intense amount of Nostalgia for the early 2000's but how can you blame us. I still remember like it was yesterday the day I picked up my monthly copy of Muzik (the now defunct UK magazine) that included an amazing CD compilation by a still pretty unknown DFA records. Back then DFA had out a few releases of their own, and most of them through Trevor Jackson's Output. The Compilation not only included the early remixes by Tim Goldsworthy and James Murphy, but the Sound and Charisma that has defined DFA Records. The CD was mixed to perfection by none other than Tim Sweeney who in case you didn't know already, will be Playing this Friday June 12th at Boston's own Good life Bar. We talk a lot about Sweeney's Radio Show "Beats in Space" in this blog so I'll spare you with the details...but do go check out BIS Radio Show #472 with Guest Maurice Fulton. A couple of months ago when he played here in Cambridge we had a great time...Dorking out on the Obscure Boogie tracks he was playing. Either way Head over to Goodlife this Friday as our friends Mark and Alex show us exactly "Where's the Love"! Having Tim Sweeney Can't hurt either i guess....

Where is the Love Presents: Tim Sweeney
w/ Alex From Queens, Mark Ingram & Scott Bliss
Friday June 12th 2009 @
The Goodlife Bar
28 Kingston Street
Boston, MA
RSVP: Here!