The Jon Spenser Blues Explosion was (is) a groundbreaking rock and roll band
(not a blues band) well known for its live performances. Not much video footage
of their concerts
is extant, but this performance on an Australian TV show in 1994 is pretty typical
, if the word "typical" is suitable for someone trying to incite a riot. [more inside]
Marc Glasser started making electronic music when he was a teenager, and now produces music under the name Dubbel Dutch and releasing it most often on the eclectic Mixpak label
, whose general sound often leans towards weird takes on reggae riddims
. But as Glasser mentioned in a 2010 interview
, he has been "opening up to music from everywhere. Cumbia
, South African house
, Dutch bubbling
, Bmore club
, Chicago juke and footwork*
, old skool jungle and hardcore
, UK Funky and all that mingles with, or shares influences with, these sounds." What does this "schizophrenic
" collage of musical styles sound like? Start with Self Help Riddims
and the title track video, Self Help Riddim
, then go from there
. [more inside]
has written a detailed article for Resident Advisor
reviewing the role of homosexuality and the evolution of club culture: An alternate history of sexuality in club culture
. There are links (largely Wikipedia, some French) to collate references to particular clubs, individuals, articles, books, and songs inside. [more inside]
10 iconic mixes from the dancefloors of New York
. "It’s the city that gave birth to disco, house music and hip hop, the home of iconic, seminal clubs like The Loft, Studio 54, Paradise Garage and the Sound Factory. If you were going to pick one city on earth where you could track the history of dance music through a series of classic sets, then New York would be it. Back in the early 90s, inthemix writer Jim Poe worked as a DJ in New York City, and here he’s selected ten iconic mixes from the history of NY clubs, tracking the city’s evolving sounds from Grandmaster Flash in 1978 to Francois K at Output this year."
is a free, downloadable garage rock compilation put together by Adult Swim. It features the leading lights of the scene, including Jeff The Brotherhood
, Thee Oh Sees
, and King Khan.
ripped it up, madly channeling the sordid specters of rock 'n roll's past while staying true to its psychedelic future, even when voxman Lux Interior was a lean 59 years old. The first show from their last-ever tour does nothing but prove it
. [more inside]
"With a little help from the internet, the genre grew because it was so unique.
But in growing, it also evolved. The relaxed, dubby vibe got pushed aside to make way for more. More wobble, more sounds, more everything. Maximize to maximize."
Liquido asks: Who killed Dubstep? (more)
Bluesy Canadian garage duo The Pack A.D.
has put out four albums in like five years, the most recent in September of this year. [more inside]
If you like meaty filthy 60s-70s rock
by sometimes severely ripped blokes &b.b.b.babes — like I know I do — then bite on these two crispy mix streams and the extensive opinionated textual japery and idolatry from Brit musician, musicologist, Julian Cope
that accompanies them. This man writes books
on music. Why is he giving it away? [more inside]
Sleazefest: The Movie
] is a documentary of the first Sleazefest, a two day festival of bands, barbecue, b-movies and beer that took place in August of 1994 at Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC. The festival was extended to three days and became an annual event for the next decade
. [more inside]
, lead singer of the New Bomb Turks
, has written a book exploring a much-overlooked and oft-imitated genre that he dubs Gunk Punk
. We Never Learn
came out June 1st 2010. [more inside]
In the waning days of the Disco era, Larry Levan
crafted a new style of dance music, which, like House music in Chicago, came to be named after the nightclub where it was most played, the Paradise Garage
. Garage music may have started with disco, but over the decades, it's evolved in some surprising ways: [more inside]
While there are many ways to spruce up your home, I'm not sure making it look like you've got millions of dollars worth of gold in your garage
is the best idea. A guarded portcullis
would be more formidable, or maybe a jet
presents Kiddie a-Go-Go
. Check out the intro
brought to you by Mickelberry's
Plump & Juicy Franks and their fine variety of cold cuts. Hostess Pandora (played by Jack Mulqueen's wife Elaine
) introduces the Stop and Go-Go
dance, followed by a live performance
from the New Colony Six
in full Revolutionary War costumes
. Unlike the Buddy Deane Show
(which inspired the movie Hairspray
), this later clip
indicates that Kiddie A-Go-Go had racially integrated without incident. Other happenings inspired by the Kiddie A-Go-Go include a children's album
, the public access TV show Chic-A-Go-Go
, and San Francisco's Pip Squeak A-Go-Go
(featuring go-go dance lessons
from the Devil-Ettes
120 red-hot slabs of '60's teen garage nastiness from The Great White North (and a fifth volume here
.) All the Canuck garage rawk you could ever want, from 49th Parallel
to The Witness Inc. [more inside]
In a cornfield in Ohio
, a pair of IT men
live the dream as their 150-foot prototype dirigible
(which combines airfoil lifting surfaces with a lighter-than-air central hull) readied for a test flight
to come this spring.
Hit-and-run victim left for dead -
Not your typical hit and run either... this might be the most messed up thing i've heard in awhile. "Maybe we've just redefined inhumanity here."
What happened to the two-step invasion?
In early 2001, America was supposed to be poised for an invasion of this skittery garage/R&B combo, with Craig David's "Fill Me In" taking over the charts. However, while two-step has conquered England, it remains unknown in the US. Where is the homegrown two-step, and why are Artful Dodger, Oxide & Neutrino, MJ Cole and the rest failing to gain any converts on this side of the pond?
Garage is dead; long live garage
Before garage/two-step even has a chance to make it in the U.S. and infiltrate commercials everywhere, NSYNC are basing a new song on the style. I haven't even found a non-import compilation to sample the stuff yet and this boy band might kill my desire.