Rapper Cam'ron... →
Hybrid Insect Electromechanical Systems →
I came across these cyborg bugs of the future after going into an internet spider-hole that landed me on insect mutation and insect spies. Note: This was sparked by a research bender where I was investigating CAFOs and related environmental / labor / property legal issues for a paper a few weeks ago. I’m saving us all a lot of trauma by not posting a photo of the critters in the body of this...
Big Jack's Black Magic Mix →
My Mix of the Week for MTV Hive and a family-friendly soundtrack for your Thanksgiving food-comas and lazy lounging.
Listened to a mix with Bjork’s “Hunter” on it and was reminded of how much I liked the video for the song. This too: “I thought I could organize freedom. How Scandanavian of me.”
Strictly Hits: Thanksgiving Eve →
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Roctakon's Mix For Parker Posey →
My Mix of the Week for MTV Hive. This thing is full of great nineties nostalgia. Read on for the download link and track list. Roctakon on the mix below: When I was a kid, Party Girl was one of my favorite movies. If you were 16 in 1995, an aspiring DJ, and not-so-closet total dork, Mary would have been everything to you too. I picked songs I know she would have danced to, songs that I...
SPIN: Defending Dyson's Georgetown Jay-Z Class →
via no-trivia: Responding to Gawker and yeah, SPIN’s snarky write-ups about Michael Eric Dyson’s Sociology course focused on Jay-Z. For a long time, I was pretty suspicious of Dyson myself, for reasons I don’t think I fully understood other than my own intellectualized anti-intellectual bullshit, but yeah, I mean, I really don’t see how this class, which seems to be a huge hit, is a problem...
Q&A: Girl UNIT on R&B's Glory Days, Remixing, and... →
Interviewed the guy for the Voice: Philip Gamble—a.k.a. Girl Unit—joined the constantly growing cast of post-dubstep producers to come out of the U.K. a little over the a year ago with the release of his EP IRL. The debut—which came out on Night Slugs, the experimental dance imprint run by the London DJs Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990—was full of expertly crafted, drumline-driven bangers. Taking...
Q&A: Korn's Jonathan Davis on Dubstep and the... →
Well, this was a wild ride. I interviewed Korn’s Jonathan Davis in preview of the group’s upcoming Path Of Totalty dubstep album. We talked about how he got invovled with Skrillex, why dubstep “is the new everything,” Jesus Christ Superstar, and why rock is boring. And then he told me that Obama is part of the Illuminati. Uhhhh. Read on at MTV Hive.
CFCF's Night Bus II Mix →
My Mix of the Week for MTV Hive. It’s the perfect fall mix for late night train rides and walks through the city. Read on + stream/download.
Nicolas Jarr: Why Didn’t You Save Me The above is taken from Nicolas Jarr’s new two-song Don’t Break My Love EP that was released yesterday on his own Clown & Sunset imprint. The build of this song is lovely: Quietly hollow, syncopated clattering and a ghostly vocal line that’s perfect for headphone-listening. Especially in this chilly weather. You can download it for...
Why are there no female DJs on DJ Mag's top 100... →
Hanna Hanra discusses it on the Guardian. FOR REAL HOW IS ANNIE MAC NOT ON THERE? I’m not that into the list regardless of the glaring lack of female representation. It would be interesting to see what criteria they used for their selection as a huge chunk consists of trance, tech-house, and big-room house producers - some of which are incredibly boring/mindless live. I guess production...