Sunday, 29 May 2011

I'm DJing YAY

I will be DJing on Saturday 11th June, in a club at the Shoreditch-end of Bethnal Green Road called Scream

Fuck, haven't 'played out' for ages... Late last year I stopped my regular gig of 5 years (playing Brazilian music to inebriated west-end schlaaags), so am a bit rusty on the old ones and twos. Come to think of it i'll probably be DJing off my laptop so that needn't be a problem.

The night is called Style and Fashion and is run by a top guy called Dom. Music policy (as you see below) is 80s and 90s party music.

In terms of my set, i'll be playing mostly 80s funk, think classic joints produced by Kashif, Jam & Lewis, Keni Burke, Roger Troutman, Hubert Eaves III... artists will probably include DeBarge, Prince, Mary Jane Girls, Evelyn King, Fatback Band, Zapp... definitely a bit of Alexander O'Neal and Luther Vandross (THE TITANS). Of course I can't forget the blue-eyed exponents of dat 80s fonk, so there may be a bit of Scritti Politti thrown-in for good measure. Or if I get really really drunk then Paul Abdul 'Opposites Attract'

I'm not on facebook, but if you do that sort of thing then the following LINK will be of use:

Friday, 27 May 2011

Cool Studio Video (Ed Banger Related)

Para One and Tacteel in the studio (no, me neither). I think they put stuff out on Ed Banger Records, can't be bothered to google them. They are funky bastards though and their studio is SLAMMIN. I'd never want to leave. Mmmm Neve Melbourne yes please...

Apparently one of them is french royalty or something... that explains the hundred-thousand-pound studio then...

Thursday, 26 May 2011


If you own an Optigan Optical Organ (Crap keyboard made by mattel in the 70s that plays back scratchy sound off acetate discs), then the discs themseves are essential. Without them the keyboard can make no sound. 

I've collected many discs over the years (25 or so)... they are rare, but do turn up from time to time. All the discs were made by optigan/mattel, apart from a couple of notable exceptions. One of them, the Songs Of Praise pak, continues to elude me, and pretty much every Optigan owner in the world:

They basically don't exist. I've had it as a 'saved search' on eBay for going on 8 years. Nothing. Nada. 

Until last week. The only one i've ever seen turned up on the bay. AND NOW IT'S MINE. I had to pay a ridiculous amount. Far more than i've ever paid for an LP. But it's worth it.

If you want to hear the 'ill' sounds that come on this disc, then visit THIS link

As an aside, I don't know of any owners of a WORKING Optigan in the UK, other than the musicians Damon Albarn, Ed Harcourt and Michael Wookey. They were never produced in the UK, so any that exist over here were imported. They were made out of such flimsy material also that the vast majority of surviving Optigans are broken, and impossible to repair 'cause of obsolete parts. If anyone out there knows of any others... holler

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Remember Keyboard Cat?

A classic meme, of that we are all sure. But I never caught THIS one... it's the greatest Keyboard Cat video ever made!?

First, keyboard cat warns of the dangers of cocaine, with the help of what appears to be a young-looking Helen Hunt, and then to finish it off he jams with Daryl Hall & John Oates, aka the greatest musical act of all time:

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

YAY It's the new Battles Song/Video

... and it's hipster-friendly mental ironic imagery o'clock. Jodorowsky-esque. Good tune though. Battles have gone all chipper. It's directed by the same people who did the video for 'Bombay' by El Guincho. You can tell, as it's pretty much identical...