“I am the girls of 1000 lists” – Radio Z Fest tracklist

“Ghetto blasters, phony jewels
Cathedrals, castles, making up rules
Trashy novels and leather gloves
This is a list of the things I love
I am the girls of 1000 lists
” The Go-Go’s

I enjoyed compiling and tweaking and editing tracks for my set for the Radio Z Fest together. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.
The whole fest had a big community atmosphere just as it should be at a fest for a local (or regional) independent radio station that manages to keep such a broad variety of content alive as Radio Z does: from critical political reports to slickest underground music, from ‘international’ shows for people from other countries to the coolest club sounds. Had a nice evening hanging out and chatting with friends. Schedule was delayed so I hadn’t time to play all I had planned but: plans are for rearranging anyhows. Special props to the light people from Munich: the illuminated balloons were awesome!
Fun was being had and this is what I remember playing out:

EVE MASSACRE – Blame it on the Bossa Boris (BORIS – Message + EYDIE GORMÉ – Blame it on the Bossa Nova)
INTERPOL – Mammoth (EROL ALKAN rmx) with bits of PETULA CLARK – Downtown
COLDER – To the music (OPTIMO rmx)
TOTOM – Psycho bouncer (TALKING HEADS – Psycho Killer + MSTRKRFT – Bounce)
PANDA BEAR – Comfy in nautica (XXXchange rmx)
EVE MASSACRE – Cornelius Beetroots Blitz (BLOODY BEETROOTS – Cornelius + A GIRL AND A GUN – Teenage Blitz)
CHRISTIAN SIMS – Flash (JOHN REVOX rmx) edit | thx tv for showing the FLASH GORDON movie last weekend. had forgotten how awesome the costumes and special effects were. EMPIRE OF THE SUN can only dream of such video clips.)
FRANZ FERDINAND – No you girls (ZODIAC CARTEL rmx)
EVE MASSACRE – Kurzer Raveprozess (FUKKK OFFF – Rave is King + KURZER PROZESS – DIY)
EDDIE PEDALO – Standing in the way of Apache (THE INCREDIBLE BONGO BAND – Apache + GOSSIP – Standing in the way of control + CHIC – Good times + THE SUGARHILL GANG – Rappers Delight + CHARLTON HESTON)
DAVE AJU – Anyway
ESSER – Headlock (JAMES RUTLEDGE rmx)
EVE MASSACRE – IOU a Pragmatic Phantom (JUSTICE – Phantom III (THE PRAGMATIC rmx) + FREEEZE – IOU)
PARTYBEN – Independent Boys & Girls (BLUR – Girls & Boys + DESTINYS CHILD – Independent Woman)
RECORDKINGZ – Rock ya Shoulders
N.A.S.A. – Their’s a party
TODDLA T – Fill up mi portion
THE BUG – Angry
ALL LEATHER – I dont’ hate fags, God does (HIS MAJESTY ANDRE rmx) —> can’t wait for this to be ‘officially’ released on DIMMAK. It’s a new JUSTIN PEARSON band (31G Rec. / THE LOCUST, SOME GIRLS etc.) ! There’s another rmx of the song up as freebie mp3 on RCRDLBL, check it out!
SIDNEY LOOPER – Never over (DIPLO – work is never over + DIPLO – fired from work + BOYS NOIZE – my head (PARA ONE rmx)
PEACHES – Mommy complex
TIGA – What you need <3
HEALTH – Triceratops (ACID GIRLS rmx) + bits of JOHNNY CASH ‘Hurt’ |||| I’m quite happy that we will have HEALTH playing at the K4 in august. Hope for them to blow me away in a HOLY FUCK way.
EVE MASSACRE – Fuck the kids (YEAH YEAH YEAHS + PEACHES + MGMT /SOULWAX)

THX for dancing and smiling and for the extra drinks.

“Lassoing my cowgirls dreams” – Castrop radio playlist 14th of May 2009

“Lassoing my cowgirls dreams” Mirah

CASTROP on RADIO Z
14th of May 2009

EVE MASSACRE mash up: “Drop The Queen”
AC SLATER – Banger (DROP THE LIME remix) + QUEEN – Killer Queen
(You can still download it for free from my last posting in this blog.)

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MIRAH – Country of the Future (‘A Spera’/K-Records)
MIRAH is a US songwriter who already has 5 albums released on the longlasting indie label K-Records, she lives openly lesbian and has already done a lot of different music things, for example collaborations with Phil Elvrum of THE MICROPHONES or with the BLACK CAT ORCHESTRA. With the latter she made a nice album with old and newer protest songs, from Kurt Weill/Brecht stuff to spanish and italian anit-fascist songs like ‘Bella Ciao’. Her full name is Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn and the middle name seems to mean ‘good day’ in jewish. Isn’t that nice? She often made my day a good one indeed, especially when listening to her ‘You Think It’s Like This, But Really It’s Like This’ album. I also remember the song ‘Lone Star’ from her very first EP or something being the soundtrack in the van on quite some of our FLAMINGO MASSACRE tours. We must have played it a hundred times. Inbetween ‘???’ tapes. Our drummer, Micha had a huge collection of those ‘???’ tapes and they perfect to listen to on tour because you could fall asleep while listening to one story and wake up to the next one and still they somehow made sense. Ach, sweet memories. Back to MIRAH: She will play live in Nuremberg at the K4 next week with TARA JANE O’NEIL (whose new album is wonderful, check it out! ‘A Ways Away’ is the name and it’s also released on K-Records.). I’m pretty excited about that because that to me is a dream package of songwriters with an attitude.

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THE CROCODILES – I wanna kill (‘Summer of Hate’ / Fat Possum/Art Fag)
I love how these guys sound like rainy UK while they come from San Diego. Wonderful happy shoegazie-indie melodies that contrast nicely with the album & song titles. Might be my favourite album at the moment. I wouldn’t be surprised if they took their name from the ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN album ‘Crocodiles’. Really, the whole album is really great 80s style shoegaze-indie-goodness somewhere between SUICIDE und JESUS & MARY CHAIN. To top off the band name dropping: THE CROCODILES consist of two guys who used to play in the great art/hardcore outfits THE PLOT TO BLOW UP THE EIFFEL TOWER and SOME GIRLS.

THE BIG PINK – Too Young To Love (House Anxiety)
They are an example of how great it can sound to mix good indie pop that also plays with 80s style shoegaze sound with modern, yeah, well, let me call it modern electro noise aesthetics, drones and stuff. They also are a duo, come from the UK and for their live appearances they have as illustruous as challenging guest musicians as Daniel O’Sullivan von SUNN O))) or Jo Apps of the Planet Mu label.

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SKREAM – Trapped in a Dark Bubble (Tectonic)
Sweet new dubstep from one of the big names: Skream aka Ollie Jones, devilishly tight track, dark and on the edge of boiling. Skream manages to make me like sounds (like for example those orchestra stabs or how you call it) that I never have liked with other music. Number 2 in the Tectonic Plates Series, it’s a split 12″ with Benga.

DIZZEE RASCAL + ARMAND VAN HELDEN – bonkers (DOORLY remix)
Another dubstep track I enjoy at the moment. This remix is a bit better than the original track.

THE PRAGMATIC – you blame me (‘Circles’ / Optimus Rec./free download)
Free music, yeah! 🙂 Just like FAUX PAS or SHUNDA K of YO MAJESTY this young band from St. Louis gives away an EP for free download here because they support filesharing, and a few remixes too (check www.thepragmatic.com), and gets well-deserved blog praise for that. The EP ‘Circles’ is also being released by the portuguese label Optimus Rec.) and it’s well worth your attention: they sound like a fiercer noisier and dancier mutation of POSTAL SERVICE. Or like a less-major-attention-seeking-crunchier FRANKMUSIK. The blog-educated ones among you might have come across one of the five bandmembers before: Andre Anjoy of RAC (Remic Artist Collective). My favourite track by RAC was the A-ha cover they made for the Buffet Libre Rewind 2 project.

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LOVE OF EVERYTHING – Birds, Ice Cream and Whales (‘Ghosts & Friends’ / Coraille)
The song is from a 19 song 12″ called “ghosts & friends” that has just been released on the german label Coraille Records. LOVE OF EVERYTHING is the solo project of Bobby Burg of JOAN OF ARC and MAKE BELIEVE and you can hear it clearly in his music that he has played with those bands which is a very good thing and reminds me on how much I’ve missed seeing at least one of their numerous projects a year. Their arty play with dissonances and their multiinstrumentalist approach while at the same time being totally charming pro-lo-fi guys and not cold perfectionists is simply heartwarming and I’m really looking forward to this show tonight. He is playing live with Ellissey Burg on drums, and they will be supported by PALETAZO, the songwriter alter ego of the PINEBENDER singer.

HAPPINESS – Look at the Rabbit Go (Adagio830)

This swedish band has played as backing band of TAR… FEATHERS on last year’s tour in germany and this year HAPPINESS will tour here with their own stuff. HAPPINESS come from Stockholm and sound like nice mixture of HUMAN LEAGUE and XIU XIU, and in this song even a bit like EMPEROR OF THE SUN. But then EMPEROR OF THE SUN reminds me of HUMAN LEAGUE too so that was redundand. Last year in Munich I saw HAPPINESS play two songs live and that was really beautiful sad-core experimental indie … ach, genre names… ach, describing music….

MYSTERY JETS & ESSER– Inbetween Days
Benjamin ESSER is a young man from Chelmsford, Esssex, UK who ATM does his best to make the VANILLA ICE hair cut socially acceptable again. While that would be reason enough to diss him out of the pop world he has made a fine bedroom-indietronica (yeah, fuck genrification!) album called ‘Braveface’ that makes up for the haircut. MYSTERY JETS are an indie band from the Eel Pie Islands in London whom I remember best for their song ‘Boy Who Ran Away’ reminding me a bit of early FUTUREHEADS and for a really cool re-edit or remix of THE FUTUREHEADS’ Kate Bush cover ‘Hounds Of Love’. MYSTERY JETS & ESSER teamed up for this CURE cover that has been released on an NME THE CURE tribute cd. THE FUTUREHEADS appear on it too, they covered ‘Lovecats’ sounding better than on any of the songs of their own new album. I’ll play that in the CASTROP radio show in two weeks. Or you can also hear it this Friday when I will dj with QUIRIN at a free entry party at K4’s Zentralcafe. We call this one-time-party-event ‘TONIGHT IS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE ____ !’ and you are welcome to fill the space. In any way possible.

“Dynamite with a laser beam” – new track up + Castrop playlist

“She’s a killer queen
Gunpowder, gelatine
Dynamite with a laser beam
Guaranteed to blow your mind
Anytime” Queen

Here’s a new bootleg mix for yall:

MP3
Soundcloud

enjoy.

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We’ll drive to Munich on Sunday for the EDIE SEDGWICK show at KAFE KULT. EDIE SEGWICK (Dischord Rec.) is the solo project of Justin Moyer of SUPERSYSTEM.I still have two spare places in my car. Drop me a line if you want to come with us!

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Last week’s CASTROP playlist (30. April 2009):

LOVE OF EVERYTHING – great big family
TARA JANE O’NEIL – Dig in
BABY PANDA – Just smile and play along
BOB MOULD – Argos
THE REBORN IDENTITY – In for the Kooks (free download here)
“In for the Kill” by La Roux + “Always Where I need to be” by the Kooks
CURSIVE – I couldn’t love you
WAVVES – I’m so bored
LADY SOVEREIGN – Let’s be mates
AUDIO BULLYS – Gimme that punk (JAK-Z Remix)
THE DO – On my shoulders (WILDLIFE! Remix)
TIGA – Love don’t dance here anymore

“You want to be fooled.” – new mash up, Kill The Poor #4, The Prestige, Lost in Translation

“Now you’re looking for the secret. But you won’t find it because of course, you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to work it out. You want to be fooled.” The Prestige

1st of May was a good day. A huge peaceful sense-of-community-raising demonstration (2500-3500 people), a nice afternoon at the street party in Gostenhof. (It was scary to hear that in Dortmund a DGB demo was attacked by 300 violent neo-Nazis. Especially scary because that’s no left-extremist demo but you could say it’s the more mainstream working class demonstration.) Later that afternoon I spend a few hours at home preparing stuff for Kill The Poor and due to a sudden semi-creative attack making a mix with the “DIY” vocals of the Nuremberg Antifa-HipHop-Crew Kurzer Prozess and the Zodiac Cartel Remix of Fukkk Offf’s “Rave is King” (I’ve uploaded it to soundcloud now: http://soundcloud.com/eve-massacre/kurzer-raveprozess).

The Kill The Poor party took a while to get started but then it was big fun.
Maybe in the future we shouldn’t open the doors before 1AM?
What was a bit annoying was how some people just expect every party to be just about electronic beats and the latest dance stuff. We have written it all over our flyers and mysp that Kill The Poor plays that stuff too but we also play punk and hiphop and really old stuff too. You can expect to hear Devo as well as Jesse Rose, The Shangri-Las as well as Loefah, etc. If you can’t deal with that, if you’re not broadminded enough to get fun out of that why not simply leave and go to some 100%-sure-shot-straight-4/4-bore-bounce-club night instead of coming behind the dj desk, stand in our way while we’re trying to dj around you. Worst one was telling us to ‘do our job’ (it is no job, we do it for fun and get NO money at all from this night, it all goes to the musikverein for putting up shows). And even if it was our job: a dj’s job is to get people dancing and don’t you just feel like an idiot telling us to play dance music in front of a crowded bouncing dancefloor? I know all djs get this but I was a bit touchy last Friday. There only were a few such moments but sometimes they are enough to take the drive out of a dj set, make you feel unsure and what’s even worse: it can make you feel as if you were just there to fulfill expectations instead of making it a living breathing self-developping fun night with surprises and the possibility to just let go. Which luckily the night turned out to be but somehow some few spoiler-moments get stuck on my mind just as much as the prevailing feel good moments.
Thanks to all the smiling dancers / cd-wrecking-actionists / banner-bringers, and pigflu to the haterzzz!

When we left the K4 and took a taxi home the driver raced it straight into a building site barrier although it was plain to see that due to a misparked car the street was far too narrow for him to pass. It was strange cause the taxi driver didn’t seem to hesitate a moment but rather seemed to even hit the gas pedal harder when he drove into it. Nothing was harmed but the barrier and the car but it was a weird incident to end a happy night. We got into another cab and got home. It woke me up a bit though, and I couldn’t sleep for another hour with the birds twittering all loudly. That kind of stole my Saturday: I only got up after 4 in the afternoon, had a long late breakfast and then felt all anti-social and my sofa turned into a magnet and I rather stayed at home watching movies than going to a friend’s birthday party. Now I’ve got a bad conscience but still think it was the right choice.

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While everyone is out watching WOLVERINE (which I sure won’t miss too) the slow me enjoyed an older Hugh Jackman movie today: THE PRESTIGE. The trick-magician subject had put me off first. Of course like many of you I had a cheap kid-magician’s toy set when I was a child and it kept me entertained for a while but I’ve never really been fascinated by illusionists. I’m not sure why. Maybe because those tricks make me feel obliged to feel challenged to figure out how they work. That seems to be the real thrill behind them. You know what I mean? Most magic tricks in itself are not very entertaining. The most entertaining thing about them is to figure out how they work. For many people that is thrilling and raises curiosity, it’s the same with watching ‘Making Of’ movie documentaries. I don’t like watching that. I want the movie to work its magic but not know how it works on a technical level. I’m more curious about how it works on a ‘semiotic’ level, that’s where I can get all curious and explorative. But there’s not much of that to be found in magic tricks. The other thing that first had kept me off watching THE PRESTIGE is that I still can’t stand Christian Bale. He reminds me of Tom Cruise but like a version that multiplies all the things I don’t like about Cruise: always glib and sterile and the always-the-same-type-acting, ach, I don’t know. Jackman and Michel Caine make up for that though. Johansson sadly doesn’t. Not much room for good female acting in this movie.
Anyway: PRESTIGE turned out to be less of a magician and costume movie but more of a suspense movie about obsessons and crimes and romance and revenge and trickery on all levels of life. Being full of nice twists it manages to keep the tension up till the end. Which is a cool twist in itself.
Ha, and it took me a bit to recognize David Bowie playing Tesla. Blame the moustache.
I like how the plot contrasts what you could see as two ‘approaches to art’: One of the magicians is ready for sacrifice in social/family life and to live for his art but lacking the talent for show effects and the techniques to promote his art to the audience. The other one being really good in presenting himself and fascinated by finding the perfect technique to thrill his audience somehow lacks the creative fever and dedication. When the movie ended and I realised my sympathies had been with the latter while ‘IRL’ I’d always prefer the first I felt tricked. Thus the movie worked just as it was supposed to be. I guess.

Yesterday I finally watched LOST IN TRANSLATION, just like THE PRESTIGE with Scarlett Johansson. Luckily in a much more thankful role. Murray and Johansson both are wonderful, and their ace performance makes you feel as if the movie would also make a fine intimate play. The often picturesque ‘mute’ scenes in contrast with the loud fast dialogue scenes are carefully woven into each other, the play with distance and closeness between people, the failures of communication, with all this the movie nicely explores multiple levels of loneliness and the feeling of being lost. There’s more melancholy than actual outbreaks sadness. In a few scenes the culture clash is dealt with gimmicky but those comedy moments are given space to sink and thus they somehow transform from a cheap joke to a little deepness and they just add fluently to the feeling of longing for something we can’t really define or put in words, to the vague feeling of being lost that the movie deals with so fine.