Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween - Free Compilation

Fathme and Cockrock Disco have teamed up and released this compilation of original tracks utilizing samples from 80's horror flicks! It comes with a folder showing what movie each artist picked. Anyone ever see the one I remixed? Blast this at your party tonight! Go forth and destroy!

Download here

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

littleBits - an open source library for lego-like electronic components

littleBits intro from ayah bdeir on Vimeo.

other videos: link, link


Flaming Lips Kaossilator Guitar Hero Style controller

Wayne Coyne shows off his new toy, a double neck guitar, with a guitar hero neck modded into a Kaossilator. Looks like fun. Maybe should have been featured in the new xlr8r technology issue.

walkie talkie feedback music

LA Fashion Week - Winter '08

Jared Gold @ Union Station, Downtown Los Angeles

It's remarkable really, that one could actually commandeer the use of the only major train station I know of in Los Angeles for a fashion show. I guess if you find yourself thirty-plus sponsors - including AMTRAK (there's the clincher) - then anything is possible. Suffice to say that the clothes were brightly colored and wildly eclectic - think Sofia Coppola's 'Marie Antoinette' on acid, on a ship lost in the Bermuda Triangle. Seriously. While you're trying to picture that, people are actually buying the clothes (bargain-basement-style) to one side of the catwalk. My wife is thinking to herself, "So this is how it's done in LA....interesting." For a more precise and thorough account of the show, you should contact Michael Duarte and Matthew Mishory from Iconoclastic Management - two ambitious guys that I understand to be responsible for this little shin-dig.

Ur Not In Fashion @ Box Eight, Further Downtown LA

From Union Station we headed south to one of BOXeight's Studios - a great spot run by Peter Eaton Gurnz, hiding in a sort of industrial wasteland hear the 10 freeway. We were impressed by the turnout at such a late-starting show - I don't think it started until about midnight. Ur Not In Fashion Clothing was solid, upscale-casual LA attire - think acid-wash denim, silk-screened t-shirts...etc One had to wonder though, why they played music on the stereo of a lowrider that found its way into the studio. Sure, it looked cool, but it sounded like ass. 
DISCLAIMER: beware the gimmick - if you don't think these things through, they just might do you a disservice. All in all, I'd say it was a successful night for all involved - the lime energy drinks and vodka made sure it ran late.

Dragons Of Zynth

I did a brief stint as an intern at One Little Indian Records in New York, back in 2006. Whilst abusing the hell out of the CMJ passes that I had scored for my wife and I, we bumped into Jaleel Bunton of TVOTR outside Arlene's Grocery on the Lower East Side. My wife having been formerly acquainted with the drummer, introduced me. I inquired as to whether he knew of any unsigned talent worth checking out. He replied that TVOTR had taken a band under their wing not so long ago, and that I should contact them and go see them play. This band was none other than the Dragons Of Zynth. I went to see them play at a bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Nothing came of my position at One Little Indian, except the seeds of a good friendship with the brothers (Aku and Akwetey Orracca-Tetteh) responsible for the birth of DOZ. I subsequently saw them play at least twelve times over the following eight months. It was my privilege to watch and hear them evolve and explode with an intensity indicative of musical minds that do not operate on the level of people like you and I. They have played with at least four different drummers since I have known them, and three different bass players; each player accompanied a potent shift in dynamics.

Over the two years since I moved to Los Angeles, I have spoken to them only a handful of times. They assured me that they would be hitting the West Coast soon, but time would pass by again. Then, one day as I sifted through an uninspired slew of new releases on the iTunes store, I stumbled across "Coronation Thieves" - the debut album by DOZ. I downloaded it immediately, but I wanted a physical copy too, so I headed over to the Virgin Megastore in Hollywood to pick one up. Several of the tracks on the album I had heard in some form or other during my association with the brothers, some of the tracks were new. I'm always excited to see a friend's work hit the shelves, and this was no exception. Dave Sitek (accomplished producer of bands such as TVOTR, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Celebration) worked with the boys on Coronation Thieves, and the result is strong. In my unprofessional, personal (and therefore biased) opinion, not enough risks were taken in the production of the album. I am a huge fan of all of the aforementioned artists which he produced, but in the case of DOZ, a lot of the potency and power of the music is hard to capture on tape; their music is rhythmically and harmonically complex, full of wildly shifting dynamics - only a live performance will really show you what they are about.
In March 2008, the band made a long-overdue appearance on the West Coast. I caught up with them at the Dublab studio above the Little Temple Bar on Santa Monica Blvd in Silverlake. Hobbling up the stairs on crutches thanks to a boisterous karaoke session that ended in me breaking my ankle one month prior, I was greeted by the brothers, and was reminded at once of what I had been missing here in LA. After several technical difficulties (accompanied by the smell of burning fuses), DOZ whisked through their set. Then they started over, citing unhappiness with the energy of the first run. I joined them for a meal in Echo Park, then followed them to the 6th Street Warehouse in Downtown LA. They played a fantastic set, following on the heels of a great performance by Rumspringa (another wonderfully imaginative act that I have the pleasure of knowing personally). The Dragons drove off into the night, on the war path with Saul Williams as the opening act on the Niggy Tardust's Star-Spangled Banner Tour. A couple of nights later, they returned in force to LA, playing a show at the Troubadour. They soaked our senses with psychedelic splendour, tearing into the consciousness of a fully-unprepared audience. My face fixed in a wide grin of appreciation, I relinquish control and let the powerful waves of this unique blend of fire and soul wash over me. The live show is alive and well... 

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Innovations in Visualizer Technology: Electroshock Your Face

So you think you can dance starts their new season...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Skweee for free

I've been really feeling Skweee (Swedish and Finninsh future funk) for the last few days! Here is a free Skweee album:




Wednesday, October 22, 2008

bling blong hip hop mix

my friend eric m (you may have noticed him on narita's terminal 2 12") has posted a trip hop dj mix chock full of rhodes and other blongy things. download here.

the tracklist:
Nujabes - A Space in Air in Space in Air
Dj Krush - Song 1
Pete Rock - Smooth Sailing
MF Doom - Spikenard
Dj Shadow - Midnight in a Perfect World
Pete Rock - Pete's Jazz
Fat Jon - Change Your Mind
Flying Lotus - Bad Actors
Onra - The Anthem
Onra - I Wanna Go Back
MF Doom - Charmsuka
Malcom Kipe - Grind
J Dilla - One for Ghost
Nujabes - Aruarian Dance
Force of Nature - Bol-ster
Flying Lotus - Gng Bng
Pete Rock - The Boss
Fat Jon - Your Purpose
Theivery Corporation - Treasures
Onra - Last Tango in Saigon
Onra - Relax in Mui Ne
J Dilla - Welcome to the Show
J Dilla - Mash
Flying Lotus - Massage Situation
MF Doom - Plumskinzz
MF Doom - Mandrake
Dj Krush - Dig This Vibe
Force of Nature - Same Ol' Thing
Tycho - Cascade

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hybrid Hipsters Walk The Streets

Yuppies are a thing of the past, and Hipsters are becoming increasingly rare. Have you noticed the new hybrids that are moving into your neighborhoods and taking up bar space at your local watering-hole? These are crossbreeds - a new generation. The "Yupsters" are young, up-and-coming people with keener, less preppy fashion sense; find them in Echo Park, Downtown Los Angeles and scattered across town. The "Richsters" are trust-fund hipsters - rich kids posing as hipsters; these are harder to spot, due to their attention to detail in emulating their more authentic ancestors. You are very likely to rub shoulders with a good mix of these types when visiting Intelligentsia Coffee at Sunset Junction. Feel free to appropriate these terms, use them excessively, and call out these space-invading creatures. Pigeon-holing is fun.

Friday, October 17, 2008


I know Jasmin already posted about it, but I'm curating an art show / party in Hollywood (near Scoops and Orange20) @ Melrose/Heliotrope.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25th at 7pm-12am. Possible afterparty at M-Bar (hush hush Japanese private bar that's open until 6am, not the M Bar in Hollywood).


It is a one night pop up show at a gallery that hasn't opened yet, so all purchased art will be able to be taken home that night. Cash and Paypal only.

Sponsored by Chubby Boob - there will be a Chubby Boob t-shirts and stickers giveaway.


Who would be down for a monthly Catalog Records event at the same space?
Let me know

BRING YOUR CREW AND BE THERE! And bring me flowers or something because this is the first show I'm curating.


Sleazy is the New Classy.

I believe tmbrudy is right.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Inspiration of the moment

so props to whoever actually takes the time out to make these amazingly synchronized cartoon mash up with hip hop UHH AMAZING???? we should start doing this but with catalog music. (yes/no?)

soulja boy winnie the pooh??


THE BEST IN MY OPINION: (yahh yahhh with simpsons)

John Cleese on Sarah Palin

"Monty Python could have written this."

Friday, October 10, 2008


A Flying Lotus Remix.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sahy Uhns For Obama

More like Sahy Uhns for Obama

Interview with lullatone @ pingmag

Check this sweet little interview with lullatone, lots of pictures, some sound and video clips too.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

get into Matthew Dear show @ avalon this saturday for free

just rsvp to and get there before midnight. 10p-10:30p = open bar (only 30 mins?!?).

go through honey entrance (left of avalon entrance) and have fun.

Catalog Records at Reed College