Went to check out the first instalment of a monthly (?) dancehall & soca night on Saturday, only to find a complement of three bouncers, two door staff, and three punters, only one of whom was on their feet, moving to lover's rock. Lessons here? Possibly: Sydney isn't ready. Probably: don't put on any event at a venue on Uni premises the week before student intake*. Certainly: don't keep playing warm-up music until people arrive, or they will bugger off instead of coming in.
So switched instead to the odd but excellent combination of a drum & bass night - in a pub! - where one of the latter-day/no-longer Avalanches came on and played a couple of hours of non-DNB in the middle. And a bloke wandered out and played sax over half an hour of one of the earlier DJs. You might think this last an atrocious idea, but to your and my surprise, you'd be wrong.
And speaking of potentially dubious DNB concepts: chartered accountant/cartoonist/home rinse enthusiast TonyR has boshed together 40 minutes of old jungle tracks that feature samples from superhero and sci-fi movies for
his own satisfaction your enjoyment. Get the "slower" intro mix here, and the main feature here (you'll probably want to put in yr own ID3 tags once you've downloaded 'em). Tracklist!
*see also: Alex Paterson DJing in a different bar at the same uni a few years ago, to about a dozen people. In a room that holds about 600. During student holidays, of course. We dragged a sofa onto the dancefloor for the support act, Dr. Alex chucked a strop afterwards and blew out the rest of the tour.
One show I missed out on during the BDO swarm (because it happened in a restaurant in Surry Hills and wasn't advertised) was a MIKE WATT SOLO GIG. Happily it turned out that he wasn't doing Minutemen and Ball-Hog Or Tugboat material, just playing more Stooges covers without actual Stooges around him. Phew.
In the spirit of Stooges covers you could probably live without, here's EMF taking on "Search & Destroy", from their "there's always been a rock element to our dance music" EP Unexplained. Hey, it's better than the Chili Peppers' one.
If you can't find the EP, this was included on their best-of that came out a few years ago (but is now also out of print). It's actually pretty listenable all the way through, but the bonus disc of remixes makes the mistake of only including two versions of "Unbelievable," and about ten other songs that aren't "Unbelieveable." Plus, neither of the remixes are the Sin City Sex Mix. Tcoh!
I know, I said January was going to be more regular with the updates, but then I start going to gigs six nights in a row and not having time to make mp3s to upload for you, let alone post about them...
So here's a whopping big one to make up for it! The highlight of the last few weeks' gigs was the first of two Jamie Lidell shows, where he enhanced his self-sampling steez with local live musicians (the second show was good too, but a relaxed arvo affair on a bowling green, rather than a dazzling *PERFORMANCE* on a stage). And of course, his album of last year featured the live musician skills of Chilly Gonzales, so in a tenuous link, here's an example of Gonzo mixing pre-recorded music with performance, from a BBC Radio 1 Breezeblock set. Not only does he mostly eschew trendy "dance" musics, but he starts singing and playing along with the cheesefest as the set goes on. This is about 41mb, half an hour. I'd post a setlist, but it ruins the fun a bit. He'll keep you posted, anyway.
You can get Gonzales' 'remix' of Jamie's "Multiply" as a ringtone or MP3 from Warp's Bleep store. They've got loads of other Lidell stuff, have a search. Or get the whole Multiply album from Warpmart for a more submerged collabo style. I'll plug Gonzo's own records again here sometime when I do an all-Gonzales post with more MP3s from his 2003 Australian tour...