SVIIB

30 06 2010

School of Seven Bells are three musicians that found each other while on tour in their own respective bands. Benjamin Curtis first connected with the two Deheza sisters while he was on tour with then musical outfit, The Secret Machines. On-Air Library! was Alejandra and Claudia Deheza’s current band and around 2006, they formed School of Seven Bells or SVIIB and joined the Ghostly International roster, then it came to me.

Their Debut in 2008, ALPINISMS is full of various electronic elements, meshing very well with the sisters voices and bringing together a meld of indie-poptronics, shoegaze, noise and more or less, a dreamy soundtrack to your summer. I’m a big fan already and they just released a three-song EP (with Ghostly as well) with their sophomore album due next month.

Heres a taste of the Bells efforts from their 2008 debut.

Sempiternal – Amaranth


Prince of Peace


Connjur





Daft Punk – Remix After All

28 06 2010

Daft Punk’s phenomenal album, Homework was one of the seminal techno albums that really pushed me into all things electronic back in the day. Every single track is a burner. I have so many memories when we used to rock out to these jams

They since have slowly developed their sound and morphed into a live force to be reckoned with whether DJing or putting together a full Live PA show for big festivals. I have a few remixes for all you mixheads out there to check out.

Daft Punk – Emotion (Werewolf By Night Remix).mp3

Daft Punk – On Off (The Noizy Kidz Daft Zapping Remix).mp3

Daft Punk – Technologic (Kids At The Bar Remix).mp3

Daft Punk – Television Rules The Nation (Dirty Disco Youth Remix).mp3

Daft Punk – The Brainwasher (Melee Beats Remix).mp3

Daft Punk – Remixes After All rar.

cheers.





HOLY GHOST!

28 06 2010

These NY folks have been in my DJ arsenal for a little over a year now and I still haven’t blogged it yet? Damn. Well. I have been getting into this indie rock with dance sensibilities genre (LCD SOUNDSYSTEM anyone?) for awhile and there are a number of groups doing a really good job at moving this sound forward. I am especially proud of HOLY GHOST! for always doing something different.

Heres a mixtape I have been really gettin down with.

HOLYGHOST! REMIXTAPE VOL 1

HOLYGHOST! REMIXTAPE VOL 2

and their site has more actions like this too!





THE NEW DANCE SOUND OF DETROIT

23 06 2010

I have been reading this book [Techno Rebels by Dan Sicko] on techno and the Detroit culture and subculture scene. There were a number of seminal techno tracks by some of the greatest minds pushing an otherworldy sound that they were completely convinced would change music history. Well, I hope they were right. Wait, I know they were.

Recently, Joseph and I were very privileged to attend the 10th year of the music festival in the big D, known as D.E.M.F. to some, MOVEMENT to others. As he posted earlier, this was a milestone in both of our lives, musically and culturally. I could post a track by each person, group or DJ that blew us both away but I wanted to show how far we’ve come since this definitive compilation that ‘started it all’ came out by a group of souls from Detroit.

TECHNO – THE NEW DANCE SOUND OF DETROIT

TECHNO – THE NEW DANCE SOUND OF DETROIT PART 2

Oh and by the way, the folks that made us dance our asses off were

IDA ENGBERG DJ KOZE

ITALOBOYZ DERRICK MAY

MICHEAL MAYER MODEL 500

A-TRAK PRETTY LIGHTS

There were many many more, but I wanted to link you all to these folks.





Dtrenz: music maker, Ann Arbor resident, electro-gadget connoisseur

21 06 2010

Recently, I’ve been playing with a keyboard synthesizer, MIDI, the music software Reaper, downloading instruments and effects (VSTs, VSTi’s, AUs) and trying out making my own stuff. A lot of why I’m even able to do it is that my neighbor was awesome enough to show me the ropes and get me started. He has some sweet toys and has made some of his own music, so I thought I’d post about it. He has a Soundcloud page where you can listen to and download a bunch of his music:

http://soundcloud.com/dtrenz

My favorite track is called dark dawn. I don’t know how to classify it exactly. I think Jon thought it was kind of like instrumental hip-hop. I really like how he assembles the sounds, making it rich, complex, but not overdone. Plus, I need to ask him how he got that crackly effect that starts the track. It is sweet!

I posted “dark dawn” in the box, or you can download/listen to it on his soundcloud site.





DEMF (aka Movement 2010): Detroit Electronic Music Festival

7 06 2010

Last weekend (Memorial Day Weekend), two of us bloggers here went to all three days of DEMF, and had a blast. It was crazy sweet, seeing some sick acts from classic techno to dubstep and downtempo. A couple highlights:

First and foremost, Pretty Lights brought down the house. Monday evening in general was just out of control amazing on the Red Bull stage, but my favorite by far was Pretty Lights. They did a live set with a guy mixing and a live drummer. They put together music at a little slower of bpm, but with huge downbeats, sweet samples, and great rises and falls. Within seconds of arriving on stage, the place was packed to the gills, superhot, and heaving. Arms went in the air, rocking the beat. This group does a sensational live show. Do not miss. One song they played was:

Pretty Lights – Total Fascination

Another favorite was A-trak, who played a dj set on Saturday. He’s got a real hip-hop vibe, and actually toured with Kanye West as his dj. The whole show had some sweet energy, and he was clearly having a blast doing it. The best piece of the show was a remix of Daft Punk’s Robot Rock, with an inserted sample saying “Barbra Streisand”. I wish I could that recording. And my favorite track by him (and how I heard of him in the first place) was his remix of Heads Will Roll by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It is awesome. Unfortunately I only heard from over by the porta-potties.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (A-trak remix)

Great shows!!!