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Friday, April 24, 2009


Tiga did an exceptional job earlier this month with his Essential mix and I just had to make sure you lot got it!

It's got a little bit of everything from house to techno to electro and a few others bits and bobs thrown in for good measure!


Tiga - Essential Mix (04-04-2009)


01. Air Liquide - The Increased Difficulty Of Concentration
02. Telefon Tel Aviv - The Worst Thing In The World (Gaiser Possibly The Universe Mix)
03. Sei A - Smile For Me
04. Arnaud Rebotini - Decade Of Aggression (Jesper Dahlback Mix)
05. Tiga and Zyntherius - Sunglasses At Night (Konrad Black Mix)
06. Sei A - My World
07. The Mole - Like The Way
08. Seth Troxler - Face Tribute To Head
09. Depeche Mode - Wrong (Magda’s Scallop Funk Mix)
10. Plastikman - Risk Assessment
11. Yo Majesty - Club Action (Stanton Warriors Mo Bass Mix)
12. Sydney Samson - Riverside
13. Tiga - Shoes (Mr Oizo Mix)
14. Zoo Brazil and Adam Sky - Circle Jerk (The Bloody Beetroots Mix)
15. Tiga - What You Need (Proxy Mix)
16. The Dove - My Album Is Complete
17. Housemeister - Beef Jerky
18. Moby - I Love To Move In Here (Proxy Mix)
19. Housemeister - Who is That Boys
20. I-Cube - Supernovac (Live at the Lanchonete Mix)
21. Donato Dozzy and Giorgio Gigli - Real Love EQ
22. Mike Mind - Acid Machine
23. Tiga - Overtime
24. Matias Aguayo - Walter Neff
25. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Mars Arizona (DFA Mix)
26. Sei A - This Is
27. Peaches - Lose You (Matt Walsh and Alex Jones Mix)
28. Tiga - Mind Dimension (Ben Hoos Mind Die Menschen Mix)
29. Zombie Nation - Worth It Pt. 1
30. Zoo Brazil and Adam Sky - Circle Jerk (Milano 309 Mix)
31. Mr. Oizo feat Uffie - Steroids (Mr. Oizo Remix)
32. Tiga - What You Need (Zombie Nation Mix 2)
33. Marco Carola - Ninety
34. Guy J - Shaman (Cari Lekebusch Mix 1)
35. Fever Ray - Triangle Walks (Tiga 1-2-3-4 Mix)
36. Cage and Aviary - Television Train
37. MGMT - Electric Feel (Prince Language Mix)
38. LCD Soundsystem - Too Much Love
39. Tiga - Love Don’t Dance Here Anymore

Tiga Myspace!

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Catch Tiga on tour!

Upcoming Shows ( view all )
Apr 23 2009 8:00P
Plateforme Lyon
Apr 24 2009 8:00P
L’Aeronef Lille
Apr 25 2009 8:00P
Le Social Paris
Apr 29 2009 8:00P
Paradiso Amsterdam
Apr 30 2009 8:00P
Wax:On @ Mint Leeds
May 1 2009 8:00P
Bugged Out @ Sankey Soap Manchester
May 2 2009 8:00P
Polsslag Hasselt
May 3 2009 8:00P
Bugged Out @ Scrutton St Warehouse London
May 8 2009 10:00P
Xplosiva Turin
May 9 2009 8:00P
Pre-Reworks Event Thessaloniki
May 13 2009 10:00P
Magazini Generali Milan
May 22 2009 10:00P
Webster Hall New York, New York
May 23 2009 10:00P
Congress Theater Chicago
May 25 2009 10:00P
DEMF Detroit
May 28 2009 10:00P
The Independent San Francisco
May 29 2009 10:00P
Avalon Los Angeles
May 30 2009 10:00P
Beta Denver
Jun 5 2009 10:00P
Circa Toronto
Jun 6 2009 10:00P
Neon Montreal, Quebec
Jul 2 2009 8:00P
Werchter Werchter
Jul 11 2009 8:00P
Oxygen Festival Dublin
Jul 12 2009 8:00P
T in the Park Glasgow
Jul 18 2009 8:00P
Monegros Monegros
Jul 19 2009 8:00P
Melt Berlin
Jul 24 2009 8:00P
Global Gathering Stratford
Jul 26 2009 8:00P
Aug 7 2009 8:00P
Celebrities Vancouver
Aug 8 2009 8:00P
Hard Summer Festival Los Angeles

Here is the video for the new single 'Shoes'!

Make sure to check out Tiga's ace new album too!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Beth Thompson & The Shway


This is the new video from Beth Thompson, best known as the lead singer of the LA-based alternative rock band, Medicine. "Painful Cyst" is the first video from Beth's collaboration project called "The Shway." The Shway (pronounced Shway, from the chinese word XUE) released their CD "Pushed Beyond The Dream" in September 2007, which is available from Beth & The Shway through their myspace pages: www.myspace.com/beththompson99 or www.mysace.com/xueshwa.

Thanks to World Famous Audio Hacker for the heads up!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Howling Bells - Radio Wars

Hailing from Australia, this four piece indie band has spent the last two years perfecting their newest album `Radio Wars` and it shows. The album is a little shoegaze, a little psychedelia and a lot of pop (think The last Shadow Puppets mixed with The Cardigans). Juanita Stein’s wonderful voice helps lift the already well put together music and the result are very, very enjoyable.

`Nightingale`, which almost has a Berlin feel to it, really showcases Juanita`s voice as she sings "come sing with me, a melody, in the dark of the night". `Let`s be kids again` is a mellow tune in which Juanita dreamily sings about how "life was so simple then" before closing the song with coos and a wall of guitars sonically taking the listener into their past. `Golden Web` has a drum machine backing up Juanita`s vocal before the fuzzy guitars and keyboards sweep in. The album closer, `How Long` , has Juanita asking "how long, before I`ll let you go" with not much more than pulsating kick drum and horns as backing. By the time you are done with `Radio Wars` you will find it (along with Juanita`s voice) to be moody, sweet and enthralling.

The Howling Bells are very talented and they seem to be growing as a band (having made an album that is a bit cheerier than their last, thankfully). I am looking forward to seeing what they do next.

Between this and the new long player from The Duke Spirit...we are in for a good year, musically speaking of course.

8 out of 10

Here is the video for 'Cities Burning Down'.

Catch the Howling Bells on tour!

APR 25

London at St Michaels Church, Camden

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MAY 07

London at The O2 Arena

with Razorlight
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MAY 09

Manchester at MEN Arena Manchester

with Razorlight
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MAY 15

West Palm Beach at Cruzan Amphitheatre

with Coldplay and Pete Yorn
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MAY 17

Atlanta at Lakewood Amphitheatre

with Coldplay and Pete Yorn
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MAY 18

Pelham at Verizon Wireless Music Center Birmingham

with Coldplay and Pete Yorn
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MAY 20

Virginia Beach at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

with Coldplay and Pete Yorn
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MAY 21

Bristow at Nissan Pavilion

with Coldplay and Pete Yorn
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MAY 23

Hartford at Meadows Music Theater

with Coldplay and Pete Yorn
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MAY 24

Hershey at Hersheypark Stadium & Star Pavilion

with Coldplay and Pete Yorn
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MAY 26

Camden at Susquehanna Bank Center

with Coldplay and Pete Yorn
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MAY 27

Saratoga Springs at Saratoga Performing Arts Center

with Coldplay and Pete Yorn
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MAY 29

Scranton at Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain

with Coldplay and Pete Yorn
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MAY 30

Burgettstown at Post-Gazette Pavilion

with Coldplay and Pete Yorn

The Howling Bells Myspace!

The Howling Bells Website!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Alela Diane - To Be Still

If you are a fan of the female folk/country movement that has had a resurgence as of late (think Joanna Newsom or Marisa Nadler), then this should be on the top of your list. Alela follows up her 2006 album `The Pirate`s Gospel ` with the equally compelling `To Be Still`. This bluegrass (with a hint of Irish flavor) tinged folk sound fits Alela`s voice like a glove and allows her to take the listener on a mellow yet soulful journey through her thoughts.

`Age Old Blues` uses Michael Hurley`s backing vocal to help Alela create melodies that have a very intimate feel, while tracks like `To Be Still` and `Take Us Back` let her voice do all the work. `My Brambles`, vocally, sounds like something Sinead O`connor could have made as Alela uses that familiar Celtic inflection with her voice to asks "Please come gather me, my darling." My favorite tracks,` Every Path` (which uses wonderful harmonies to explain that `Every path has lead me back to you.") and `Lady Divine`, both use a hypnotic mandolin to help compliment Alela`s beautiful voice.

I loved `The Pirate`s Gospel` but it (mainly just using her voice and guitar) was a more "campfire" sounding affair. The addition of the steel guitar, violin, banjo, mandolin and drums help give the album a richer sound and add a fullness that her first release lacked. Some of her fans may not like the addition of all the other instruments but, if they can get past that, they are in for a very sweet and uplifting emotional ride.

8 out of 10

Alela Diane Myspace!

Alela Diane Website!

Monday, April 06, 2009

Empire of the Sun - Walking on a Dream

Empire Of The Sun is a collaborative project between Pnau`s Nick Littlemore and Luke Steele of The Sleepy Jackson. The album is retro (think 80`s synth bands) without being irritating and electro enough (think Ladyhawke or Walter Meego) to sound new and fresh (there may even be a little Prince and Vangelis thrown in for good measure). The album is full of catchy numbers and really shows the pop sensibility of the duo.

The first half of the album has a slower mellow feel, like the title track `Walking on a dream` or acoustic guitar driven (and really catchy) `We are the people`. It then moves towards the almost instrumental, `Delta Bay`, the completely instrumental `Country` (my personal favorite) and symphonic feeling `The World`. Then the album takes a turn, going into the more garage, indie sounding, last few tracks like `Swordfish Hotkiss Night ` and `Tiger by my side`. The duo close the album with the ballad `without you` (which has hints of `The Cars` classic `Who`s gonna take you home`) that could easily have closed any 80`s teen movie.

I am not sure if this album was planned as just a one off event but if they continue to make music, I will be listening (I am also waiting for the remix album as almost every song is ripe for a dance floor redo). This is the best electro-pop soundtrack to nonexistent fantasy film I`ve had to pleasure of hearing.

8 out of 10

Empire of the Sun Myspace!

Empire of the Sun Website!

Friday, April 03, 2009

Gorilla Style!

I just received the nicest little email from Made To Play.

Made to Play is a wonderful little label with artists such as Deadset, Dre Skull, Duke Dumont, Zombie Disco Squad, Idiotproof and many more.

Attached to the email I got was this sweet little video. The track is called 'Gorilla' by Idiotproof and it's loaded with all kinds of simian shenanigans. I hope you like wobbley bass lines and sweet drops!

Enjoy (this is a CHOOOOOOOOON!)

The single for this track is available HERE and has remixes from Lee Mortimer & Siriusmo!

Catch Idiotproof on tour!

Mar 27 2009 8:00P
Apr 4 2009 8:00P
Apr 11 2009 8:00P
Apr 18 2009 8:00P

Here is an Idiotproof mix from February! (sorry, no tracklist at the moment)

Idiotproof - February 09 Mix

Idiotproof Myspace!

Made To Play My Space!

Made To Play Site!

P.S. I will have an update and pics from my Bootie Boston gig up shortly. :D