Uh Oh Disco invades New York City

Finally, the big news from Uh…Oh…Disco! you’ve been waiting for: we’re throwing our first party in New York City, and it’s absolutely free! It’s all going down on Saturday, January 2nd at one of our favorite East Village hangouts, Antik (356 Bowery, between 4th and Great Jones). If you’re anywhere near NYC that night, you better come throw down until last call. And don’t forget to RSVP to the facebook event.

Here’s the best part: there’s going to be a special live performance by a pair of Madison, Wisconsin DJs (Bhip and The Admiral) who recently teamed up to form just.one.duran. These two play tight sets packed with a smattering of everything: disco, electro, mashups and original material. They’ve made a name for themselves in the midwest, splitting time between Madison and Chicago and playing with the likes of Klever, Diamonds, John Bourke and Zebo, and they’ve even played earth-quaking shows in Dublin, Ireland. Now, we’re finally bringing them to the east coast.

Uh Oh Disco Jan 2nd Party Antik New York City just.one.duran

 

Here’s the thing: we need your help spreading the word. Parties are always more fun when they’re packed, right? So tell as many people you can to come out to Antik in New York City on Saturday, January 2nd. Call anyone you know who lives within 50 miles of Manhattan. Call anyone who loves electronic music, dance parties and large groups of people all having fun at the same time. Call your brothers and sisters, your friends, your co-workers, your dentist, your barber and your grandma. Seriously though, tell as many people as you can. This party is gonna be a blast. And since there’s no cover charge, you don’t have a good excuse to miss this.

Here’s a small sample of what you can expect to hear from just.one.duran. The first is an original tune, followed by a couple mash-ups. New York City here we come. Take that, Los Angeles!

 

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just.one.duran – Phone Sex

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just.one.duran – Day N’ Feel (Kid Cudi vs. Santiago and Bushido)

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just.one.duran – Shake that Around the World (Ying Yang Twins vs. Daft Punk)

 

 

(Special thanks to Joey Sabani for the flyer design!)

A New (Old) Holiday Tradition

It’s a day too early to say “Merry Christmas,” and saying “Merry Christmas Eve” always felt weird to me. But I wanted to write something since I’m not going to be posting anything tomorrow. Instead, I’m going to spend Christmas day with my family, eating a big meal and doing as little as possible. Of course I’ll be listening to Christmas music, too. But wanna hear about my new favorite holiday tradition? Watching all those old cartoons from my childhood.

You know the ones I’m talking about: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the Boris Karloff-narrated cartoon version, not that terrifyingly creepy Jim Carrey movie), Frosty the Snowman, A Charlie Brown Christmas and about a dozen more. Seriously, I lived for these things as a kid. My mom recorded them all on our VCR for my siblings and I to watch over and over. We spent Christmas morning glued to the T.V. Those cartoons were my favorite thing in the world. They were better than It’s a Wonderful Life, better than Home Alone, better than A Christmas Story and (slightly) better than A Nightmare Before Christmas. They were better than almost anything except presents.

(Sidenote: I actually come from a house where one parent is Catholic and the other is Jewish, but the only Jewish holiday cartoon we watched with the same manic zeal was the still incredible Rugrats Passover episode.)

But we somehow lost the Christmas cartoon tapes. (I think what happened is we threw them out around the time DVDs came out and clunky VHS tapes were suddenly out-of-date.) Not to worry, because now all those classic cartoons are available online. Do some searching on YouTube and you’ll find all your old favorites. They’re even better than you remember. So this holiday season do yourself a favor and pretend you’re still seven years old. Go watch some awesome cartoons.

 

 

 

Ableton Live for President in 2012

They say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. But this video borders on creepy. Watch Jim Pavloff use Ableton Live to recreate Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up” with nothing but the sample sources. The song slowly comes together piece by piece until, ten minutes later, he’s got a perfect clone of the original. Seriously, you won’t be able to tell the difference.

What’s even more impressive is the amount of editing, distortion and effects that went into the track. Ableton Live makes it look easy. Back when the song first came out in 1997, doing something like this was damn near impossible.

 

 

 

Here’s the original version of “Smack My Bitch Up” to test your hearing. And a live version just for fun.

 

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Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up

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Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up (Live at Brixton Academy)

This House is My House, This House is Your House

I Heart House Music

Yesterday someone asked me what I’ve been listening to recently. I answered “house music.” Then she gave me a puzzled look. “What’s house music?” she asked. I tried to describe it for her and stumbled over my words coming up with a solid definition: “It’s sorta like disco; sample-heavy, funky, loop-based…” I trailed off and quickly changed the subject. Later that day I realized: I don’t even know what house music is.

So I headed to Wikipedia (of course) and read the whole entry. Six thousand words later, I still didn’t have a firm idea of how to properly explain house music to someone who’s never heard it. Here’s the problem: the term “house” has been tossed around so frequently and carelessly that the word has been stripped of its original meaning (at least, to the extent that it even had an original meaning). The label is completely empty because everyone’s got his or her own definition. There’s no such thing as house music. At least, no such definition that we can all agree on.

Today, referring to something as “house music” doesn’t say much about how it actually sounds. It means different things to different people. So don’t ask me to properly characterize the genre. I can’t. Nobody can. I just know what I think house sounds like. All I can offer is a personal ostensive definition in the vain of Potter Stewart. That is to say, I can’t define it, but I know it when I hear it. When I hear the term “house music,” I think of the guy below.

 

CZR

CZR

My east coast friends always complain that I love anything and everything that’s from Chicago. I’m Chicago-centric, they say. They’re right, of course, but even if CZR wasn’t from the Windy City I’d still be a huge fan. Only here’s the kicker: if I wasn’t from Chicago I probably wouldn’t know about him. CZR’s got a huge local following, but he’s largely unknown to the rest of the country. He doesn’t tour outside of the Midwest and he’s been playing the same clubs for years. He’s a perfect example of what I consider to be a classic house artist. I won’t spend any more time trying to describe what that means. Just take a listen below.

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CZR – Deep Into The Track

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CZR – Chicago Southside

Proper Use of the Monome. Finally.

From the moment I first laid eyes upon it’s seemingly infinite portal of symmetrically splayed buttons, the Monome has always seemed like the undisputed champion in the “Find a modern replacement for turntables to be used in electronic music performance” competition. You don’t even need to know how the thing works to comprehend the possibilities. An 8×8 matrix of buttons opens the door to millions of pushable combinations (take that, Dairy Queen combo menu), and as such, its inception had me pretty damn close to that no-turning-back point. Unfortunately, a gigantic majority of the artists who’ve picked up on the device thus far have succeeded in taking my initial excitement and squashing it into a dull, disappointed apathy. As I begun to understand the functionality implemented by these artists (who’s names shall not be mentioned here), I realized that their use of the Monome could easily be replaced by a much more primitive MIDI device, and that their decision to switch to it likely had a lot more to do with impressing their audience with flashing, traveling lights and seemingly incomprehensible complexity, and less to do with improving their sonic performance.

Today, however, I am proud to say that my disappointment has been all but relieved by a single act: Say hello to Edison, and as you watch this video, keep in mind that his Monome was handcrafted out of an old lunchbox. Yes.

Edison – Tonka Truck

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Steal From the Rich and… Steal From the Rich Again

I‘m pretty sure Discovery needs to ditch the outdated “Man vs. Wild” series and replace it with a more modern one, perhaps featuring this kid:

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According to Time, the guy’s robbed more than 100 homes, many of which belong to exceptionally wealthy people, stolen multiple cars, boats, and most recently, three (count ’em) three airplanes, all of which he learned to pilot by purchasing a flying manual on the internet using a victim’s computer and a stolen credit card. Oh, and did I mention he lives in the woods? Some people call the kid Robin Hood. Others call him bored. But all I can tell you is that the balls I thought I had, turned out to be a figment of my imagination.

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1946950,00.html

Thanks to Skeet for digging this one up.