Obligatory (but totally by choice)

February 18, 2010 | Filed Under music | 9 Comments 


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Right now, Australia is still one of my favorite places putting out TUNES/JAMS/MAGIC.

You’ve already heard it over and over again, and it seems they’re not letting up. Most notably, Bang Gang has been shaking things down. First major change was joining up with Modular last year and since then putting out amazing releases non-stop. Who could ask for more? Here are some lovely cuts from down hunder that I’ve been recently playing out but I’m quite sure very few of these are actually new to you.

Tenzin oh Tenzin. Biggest techno around! That is all. Play this in a big room with a big system.

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Cut CopyHearts on Fire (Tenzin Remix)

What haven’t I said about Knightlife (even before the advent of tagging on tuftsmania)? He may have been my gateway drug into the world of the Australian Tune Factory. (Oxford Art Factory?) Anyway, hopping allllll the way back to the first time I heard Knightlife’s 2007 demo ‘Ambopop’ to now, the magic is still there. I can honestly say the demo is still just as good as it used to be –and his recent stuff is even better. That’s saying something.

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KnightlifeDiscotirso

Our boy Cassian! He’s one of Bang Gang’s freshest hit-makers and has been on a roll since before the new year! With his recent release of the Friday Night EP, people are just starting to get a taste of what this guy is all about. This remix of Polygon Palace is soooo fresh. Leveraging that delicious reverbed piano synth from the original, Cassian lays his magic disco touch on the whole track with finesse –bringing in a solid tambourine / hand clap track as well! sooo much vibe happening!
This track was actually supposed to be released under the CSK OK  name, but somehow that was lost in translation. So here I present you –a properly tagged file! yew!

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Polygon PalaceTokyo Getaway (Cassian Remix) (CSK OK Remix)

Remember that fresh remix of Daft Punk ‘Around the World’ with the live guitar action? Yeah, none other than Nicky Van She and Dangerous Dan! This is Dangerous Dan’s newest solo release and it’s…SOFRESH!! It’s his rendition of the classic ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ and the break where it cuts to an original version of the song is OMIGOD awesome. I’m not sure which version of Ritz it’s from as there are quite a few renditions. I’ve only heard the Benny Goodman version and it’s pretty different.

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Dangerous DanThe Ritz

I haven’t heard of any other Dangerous Dan solo releases prior to this one –anyone know if he’s got any other originals?

This isn’t quite Australian, but Hercules & Love Affair (amazing) made a splendid remix of Cut Copy’s Far Away (amazing). Mathematically that would be amazing^2, right? I mean, even if one were not amazing, it would still be amazing… mathematically. This holds true to the remixing world.

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Cut CopyFar Away (Hercules & Love Affair Remix)

Wait, let’s step back for a sec…SPEAKING OF CASSIAN…. How good is his stuff??? It’s so good I’ve been playing a mixtape rip of Friday Night since 2009!! With the Friday Night EP finally out, I don’t have to do that anymore!!

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Cassian – Friday Night

minibonus:

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Dangerous Dan & Nicky Van She – Around the World in 5.07 (again)

Boy that was a juggernaut of a post. Are we done with australia for a while now? ugh, probably not. (but wait, that’s awesome.)

Speaking of juggernauts, where’s the next album???  someone speak up.



READY!?!?!?

September 26, 2009 | Filed Under music | 3 Comments 


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…and we’re back  –Along with some old friends!  Remember the sometimes cheeky, but always pearly MISSINGTOOF? After a brief hiatus with plenty of R&R they’re back and ready to displace your dentals once again. So head on over and murder some bandwidth!

So, what has been going on in MANIA land lately?  We’ve been working on some projects with a few fantastic local tastemakers to put out events such as the amazing success that was BLOG VOLTRON: Pool Party at the Standard DTLA. Stay tuned for more fun pool parties… can you say Endless Summer? The weather won’t let up!

Next, I have a new portraiture series called ‘Bach Tree Luggage‘ and it’s merely an infant right now, but is enough to keep my itchy-trigger-finger happy for now. I’m tossing around ideas about what to actually do with this series at the moment, but rest assured, it will see the light of day.

Now I’m absolutely positive you didn’t give a fuck about what you may or may not have read, so here’s what’s occupying my ears and should occupy yours as well.

First is the seemingly ubiquitous and editorial favorite, Breakbot remixing Pacific!. I’ve mentioned both (breakbot) and (pacific!) in the past, but here is their marriage in one track of sonic delight. You can expect the most perfect piano riffs, the classic Breakbot drum samples –all on top of Pacific!’s butter-smooth vocals.

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Pacific! – Hold Me (Breakbot Remix)

Who honestly doesn’t love a good ‘ol Bang Gang? One of my favorite AUS labels newly merged with Modular, they’re poised to take over Z world. Or just free up their minds to make really good sounding music. With winners under their umbrella such as Shazam, GLOVES, and Bag Raiders, the label might as well call themselves “All the good music in Australia”. Alright, enough of that, this might as well turn into another “Australian Circle Jerk” post. This is one of their more recent remix adventures with Damn Arms (RIP). Bang Gang’s DOOM and Gus put a happy throwback twist on Damn Arms’ ‘Destination’. Watch out and brace yourself for the tom-rolls and hand claps…YUSSS.

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Damn Arms – Destination (Bang Gang Happy Acid Reshuffle)

BONUS~!
The next post coming will be some delicious hype on a certain LA collective releasing a certain debut compilation album, and here’s a tasty hint:

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Fitz and the TantrumsBreakin the Chains of Love (Keenhouse Remix)

Can you guess it?

note: some of the links were for myspace, many were for twitter. FIGURE IT OUT!

addendum: breakbot: awesome, pacific: awesome, everyone on bang gang: awesome, dreamwave: awesome. add on twitter, facebook….wherever else you find the mania.



midterms come, and then keep going.

May 5, 2008 | Filed Under day to day | Leave a Comment 

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It’s late and I, just as the rest of the blog kingdom musicarius and genus Bloggerazoa, are all just listening to the latest sample track to come out of the Modular spam mailing list.

I am still on the fence about the Van She Tech remix of Ladyhawke’s BOTV (Fred Falke’s version still kills it).

But this next track can do no wrong. Taking ‘big gay circle jerk‘ to the next NEXT level, Van She Tech remixes Van She.

So that’s like, not even circle jerking, that’s like if a person were to be born with male and female sexual reproductive systems –self inseminating his/her own sperm and fertilizing his/her own egg.

NEXT LEVEL SHIT!!!!!!!!!!! BIG SELF-SEX HERMAPHRODITE SELF-JERK PRODUCING FETUS!

alright i’m over it. it’s late. i’m waking everyone up. this is really loud right now.

you.

make loud.

me.

make sleep.

the chorus makes me want to self-sex.

oh. AND PROPS TO VAN SHE TECH FOR USING A NEW SYNTH! FUCK YEAAAAAAAA (not that i was getting tired of the old one they used for 2 years straight or anything)

Van She – Strangers (VST SELF-SEXING RMX)

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oh and here’s the ladyhawke remix, listen to it and tell me I’m out of my mind/an idiot/fucking idiot/ghey

Ladyhawke – BOTV (Van She Tech TURBO rmx)

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more ‘australia on australia’ love making

April 17, 2008 | Filed Under music, photography | 4 Comments 


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So I’m over here in the United States, totally not having an awesome time, because the Australians are hogging all the good artists and hoarding them!!

It’s like those old fucking vietnamese ladies at the super market hoarding all the 50 pound bags of rice because of the ‘rice shortage

But whatever, thank GOD Al Gore invented the internet, because without it, I wouldn’t be able to feast my ears on this sinfully delicious audio porno as soon as I would like to.

Harking back to my (unnoticed) return to blogville where I outlined why I love australia; I mentioned only a fraction of what completes the awesomeness that is Australia. The other parts to that pie are still waiting to be blogged, but here’s another tiny slice.

For some reason, I’ve never mentioned Miami Horror. Probably cause everyone else blew their wads over them for the last 5 months….non stop. Quite unnecessary to add to the sludge fest… so I’ll just go ahead and assume that you know the know.

And here they are, once again, adding to the ‘big gay circle jerk‘, remixing Midnight Juggernauts – Road To Recovery.

Miami Horror knows what’s good. Don’t fuck with a masterpiece. So they didn’t. They threw some clean synths, some tasty bridge edits, some cuts here, some cuts there, added a sample or two, and DESTROYED THE FUCK out of it.

Midnight Juggernauts – Road To Recovery (Miami Horror Remix)

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thank you, may I have another?
…why YES YOU CERTAINLY MAY

This time, Miami Horror’s victim is Datarock who strangely isn’t from australia??? WTF>>> Nope. Norway. Fuckin norway..

Datarock – Fa Fa Fa (Miami Horror Remix)

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thanks, Miami Horror, for breaking the incestuous australian circle jerk and branching out to Norway. The future of the world is probably safe now.

PS: I’m pitching a tent in my pants over the new Presets LP, Apocalypso. Buy it as soon as humanly possible. On amazon if you want.

PPS: Does anyone know Lang Lang personally? Does anyone know what makes him so bad ass? Does anyone know why he can levitate? Does anyone know why Lang Lang has a name, then another name?



relief and exhaust

March 21, 2008 | Filed Under music, photography | Leave a Comment 


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3, 2, 1………..after a ludicrous amount of final examinations.

tired, relieved, exhausted, SO FUCKING HAPPY.
SO FUCKING DONE

…until next week. But that’s just what I do.

Here’s something australia does very well. –An insane original by Whitenoise whom I’ve swooned about. The synths they use are unbelievable and they cut right through EVERYTHING. You can have as much ambient noise as you want, but if you blast Whitenoise, everyone’s going to hear it and that’s what I like.

Australia, again. Look out for some more original tracks by Whitenoise soon.

White Noise – It’s What We Do

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