Wonky Won the War

I‘m pretty sure it’s Sesame Street that’s responsible for my obsession with “words of the day,” so I suppose that means I should be thanking Jim Henson for the fact that today has been filled to the brim with all that is “wonky” in life: I did not get out of bed this morning. No sir, I ziffed out of bed, after which I proceeded to schlif down some breakfast, slink into some clothes, and pick up where I left off in my attempt to cycle through my entire playlist entitled, “Tunes that most closely represent the way I imagine a day in the life of Dr. Seuss would play out.” Confused? Let me explain.

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While there are, indeed, a multitude of genres into which one can separate the huge number of disco tunes being produced these days, when it really comes down to it, each of these genres (And we’re speaking purely in terms of “these days” of course– the early nineties are a different story) can be filtered out into two simple, all encompassing categories: Those tunes that take themselves seriously, and those that don’t.

Difficult to grasp? Think of it as the difference between a Deadmau5 set and a Crookers set. What would you expect to hear from each? Well, from Deadmau5 you’d likely expect to be put into a mood; At the very least, the last thing you’d anticipate whilst being surrounded by mind numbing progressive house beats is for Joel to hop on the mic and spit some vulgarity or tell a joke. A Crookers set, on the other hand, has less than six degrees of separation from a Mitch Hedberg performance. In fact, I would be moderately surprised if the guys hadn’t figured out a way to incorporate some old geez’s comedy routine into one of their sets already. Why? Because they don’t take themselves seriously, and thus, neither does their music. The dudes are hardly taking the “surround you with emotion” approach, and you know what? It’s all good with me, because for the moment, wonky seems to be winning.

So what does this all mean? It means it’s time to put your beautifully crafted chord progressions and traditional instruments aside, and let 2009’s platter of questionably crafted sounds, unstable melodies, and poorly syncopated rhythms take you for a journey deep down into the rabbit hole.

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The Rapture – W.A.Y.U.H. (Claude VonStroke’s Pantydropper Vocal Mix)

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Sukh Knight – Ganja Dub

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Das Glow – Lite Brite (Strip Steve Remix)

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Doctor P – Badman Sound (Extended Mix)

Win a Copy of Deadmau5’s New Album!

Despite what the non-participating public might think, the world of dance is not just one giant collective community. In fact, the truth is quite the opposite. Dance music has evolved so rapidly and in so many directions since the birth of it’s single common ancestor (disco) that we have now reached a point in which most of the individual “scenes” lose a great deal of credibility for even associating with another sub genre.

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Don’t believe me? Let’s pretend for just a quick moment, that I decided to start posting Paul Van Dyk tracks on Uh Oh Disco. Chances are that in less than six months, I’ll have gone the way of Missing Toof.

So that’s how it is, and this is how it’s going to be. Disco is now like 1940’s America, to the point where we’re all now refusing to even be in the same tent at music festivals, and it seems like it’s planning on staying that way. Trance is never going to have a place with the hipsters. Electro is never going to have a place with the minimalists. Minimal is never go to have a place with the (how you say…) dubstepers, and Deadmau5— (tires come screeching to a halt)– wait what?

I think we’ve always known there’s something strange about this giant red mouse, but (at least in my case) it was only in the planning of this update that I was able to finally realize exactly what it is that so powerfully distinguishes him from the rest: He is one of a very small number of artists who have, likely with the help of an extremely rare and recessive gene, conquered the boundaries of electronic sub genre, and have been able to appeal to nearly every electronic music fan, and he’s got the visa stamps to prove it. How many other artists can say they’ve spun hipster events like Hard, raver events like Monster Massive, and (soon to be) pure techno events like the Belgian, I love Techno? I challenge you to think of more than just a couple.

The Contest

Anyway, considering this musical phenomenon has just released an album, I figure there can’t possibly be a better way to celebrate the Mau5 than to win your own personal copy of the work. So check this:

Below this post you’ll find a comment box. You are to leave a comment explaining the most interesting, fascinating, ridiculous, stupid, or hilarious Deadmau5 fact, story, or personal experience you can think of. It can be any length you wish, and can literally contain anything you want. The only requirement is that it be amusing. After one week, the UhOhDisco team will pick their favorite, and hook them up with a copy of Deadmau5’s latest album, “For Lack of a Better Name,” and some swag.

[Unfortunately, we can only mail within the US]

And if that’s not enough to get you feeling motivated, perhaps you’ll enjoy the (genius?) music video for Ghosts ‘n Stuff.

That’s it that’s all. Let’s get storytelling!

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Deadmau5 – Strobe

No Really, It’s Urgent

I know my posts have been coming in bursts recently, and trust me, the last thing I want to do is perpetuate the cycle, but as you may have surmised from my previously unscheduled publications, sometimes it is simply imperative: Tonight, the unfortunate streak of bleak and uninteresting electro house tracks ends, for I have, by some stroke of luck, stumbled across what is easily the heaviest, noisiest, and most tastefully confusing production since the surprising Kam Denny remix of Ce Ce Peniston’s “Finally”.

BSOD

BSOD. Does it stand for Blue Screen of Death, or am I just confusing myself? I’ve got no idea, but what I do know is that the quiet night of French linguistic practice that I had planned has been entirely ruined, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The endless stream of clicks, beeps, whoops, and whip-whopping (all of which makes the contribution of Joel Zimmerman, or more commonly, Deadmau5, very, very apparent) is more than enough to beg a rewrite of the definition of euphoria. Now if only I had an empty warehouse full of deranged and shameless youth…

Again, I must stress that this piece of audio wreckage is pushing insanity, so please, listen responsibly! I’m pretty sure the surgeon general would agree.

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BSOD – Choplifted (Original Mix)