dj like you mean it

If you come to one of my shows this year, come to this one.  It’s the semi-finals of the Hush DJ Challenge, and it will be immense.  It is at the mighty Hush, this Saturday, September 30th.  Bring dancing shoes and “Vote For Thor” banners, please.

(Actually, cancel that last directive – if I see any of my friends wander in and immediately vote for me, I’ll be most put out.  I expect to stand or fall on merit and skill, dammit, not on knowing more or less people than the other guys.)

pretty, pretty fishes

And yes, I am aware than an anemone is not, in fact, a fish.  With that proviso accounted for, this is the first of hopefully many interweb promo mixes for Tide Pool.  This one is even entirely composed of tracks on Tide Pool.  How about that.
Download by clicking on the pretty picture, which was taken, for the record, by Pat.

george, george, dick, paulie, and big john

I just had a shocking thought: I’ve not gushed about The Beatles at all on this website. This embarasses and shocks me:

Now, with that said, I don’t know what I can say about Those Guys that would be meaningful, after 40-50 years of press about them. Except for two things:

Sir George Martin, their producer, is a genius of the highest order. So too is Geoff Emerick, their engineer for REVOLVER and onward. Norman Smith, who recorded their earlier work, can’t really be ignored either. He only did RUBBER SOUL, HELP, A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, and so on. Not a bad few sessions to have been involved in.

Emerick, on the other hand, got to do his first work with Martin and the boys recording Tomorrow Never Knows, on a four-track tape machine. The modern mind boggles.

And then Martin pretty much did all the orchestration – for Eleanor Rigby, Penny Lane, and so on and so on and so on. Ridiculous shit.

The other thing that I want to mention about this pop music from my father’s generation is that, as someone who writes electronic music and listens to hordes of electronic music, all those cats could write songs around just about everyone who makes techno today. It’s embarassing, really, that two scouse lads with guitars can leave all of us, years later, still desperate for a great hook and two good harmony parts.

tdpl12: talon

Now avaliable at, with remixes by Tundra and myself. Click here to hear the clips – click here to purchase. Science prevails once more!

vote for music

….a quick list of songs and artists that delight me at the moment:

1 – Trentmoller. I’m at least 6 months behind the times on the love for everyone’s favorite Dane, but though his prior work impressed me, it never grabbed me and told me that I had to love it. Now, however, his remix of ‘We Share Our Mother’s Health’, by The Knife, and his remix of ‘Les Djinns’, by Djuma Soundsystem have pretty much made convinced me that’s he’s awesome.

2 – Ed MacFarlane. His ‘Modelwork’ EP for Precinct is the sort of thing that I want to take to bed and ravish over and over and over and over again. Eeerm.

3 – Danny Bonnici – ‘Return To Saturn’. Just fantaaastic deep progressive stuff. The best example of that old Digweed / Sasha rolling hypno/prog/house/ sound in a long time.

4 – Henrik B – ‘Logos’. This is an older one that came out on Truesoul, maybe a year ago, that I just tracked down. It’s lush and Detroit and generally beautiful in all ways.

things dramatic

I’m pretty sure that YouTube is the best thing ever. I was kicking around on it and found every last highlight from Manchester United’s 1999 Champion’s League run. Even as an Arsenal fan, they’re amazing to watch – the drama quotient is unreal, the history is incredible (Rivaldo for Barca! Baggio for Inter!), and United’s midfield is genuinely awesome. You can find the games here:

vs. Barcalona, group stage:
vs. Inter Milan, quarter final:
vs. Juvetus, semi-final:
vs. Bayern Munich: The final:

gig it like you mean it

Two forthcoming gigs, for your listening pleasure:

On Thursday, September 14th, I will be playing at Hush between the monsterous Dave Sanderson and the monumental ariz0na.

Then! On Saturday, September 30th, I will be playing in one of the semi-finals of the Hush DJ Competition, tagging with Xavier and Carson.

I would be deeeelighted, let me assure you, to see you out at either or both shows.

demo supreme 2006

EDIT: Four of the five tracks have been signed by Precinct / Primal, for release sometime in early 2007. As such, I’ve removed the clips for all but the unsigned tune…which is my favorite, oddly enough. Thanks to everyone who gave them a listen, especially Big Gyppo Stu and the MCs over at IDM.
Alchemy With You In Mind

for the google record:

leenie is cute.


tonight, on too damn late!

Or rather, Sunday Morning, for those of you that are keeping track.  I’m going to be playing at Dust-Up 2, with Cory, from 0630 AM to “can’t”, on Saturday night.  I hear tell there are other djs playing, but as far as I’m concerned, those are merely vicious rumours.  I hope to see you there.