Culturedeluxe, Radio Z Nachtclub and a few thoughts

To keep you updated in this blog, too: I’m glad to write reviews again and have the pleasure to do so for Culturedeluxe, a UK online music zine.
So far I’ve written about:
Parenthetical Girls – Privilege Pt. II
Salem – King Night
Wild Nothing – Golden Haze
Eskmo – Eskmo

I’ve also started doing radio again: Once a month for Nachtclub on Radio Z, a two hour music show. No spoken word part, the challenge for me is to compile and mix a great two hours of music journey. Mostly Nachtclub is with electronic dance music djs, I’d like to take it as a chance to broaden this up a bit and roam around multiple genres.

What’s keeping me so busy that I haven’t got to blogging or making new music for so long, I wonder. I’ve gotten a bit tired of the bootleg mix stuff as it often is associated with a kind of cheap mainstream club style of partying that I don’t like. I don’t say I will never do any mash ups again but lately I haven’t felt the urge to make some. My work for the musikverein, the promoter collective I’m part of has definitely gotten busier. For a while we had only 5-8 events a month. This Ocotber had us busy with 13 and this November we are involved with 15 events. More events does not only mean more entertainment and fun but also more problems and discussions to solve them. I don’t complain cause I mostly enjoy this but I find myself more often unable to get creative or in writing mood after soandsomany hours of dealing with musikverein related things. I’m more often feeling drenched. Maybe because it’s the kind of work that combines so much different work: it includes as much braindead routine work as it demands creative solutions for problems and of course: the social part, the friends you work with, and not to forget: the fun and community part of enjoying the show and (hopefully) see some happy faces in the audience. I love it all and it’s pretty easy to get lost in this kind of work but when I’m wrecked I’m wrecked on all levels. That means I rather spend my spare time relaxing passively these days: watching series, reading through news sites & blogs & facebook/twitter, sometimes getting all worked up about something but not finding the energy to start focussing on it and getting it on a proper level of action. Hence more ‘going to take a hot bath now’ and ‘cooking lentilsoup now’ tweets than brainy bonmots from me.
I’m aware that’s the life that many people are happy with but I feel a bit uneasy with it cause I feel like wasting my time when I only use my spare time to relax and be all unproductive instead of using it for making music and writing etc. Another thing I caught myself with: I’m getting increasingly antisocial. Not sure if this should worry me or if it’s just a healthy reaction to be surrounded by crowds of people on other nights. More than ever I got a problem with people who ooze a certain ‘need to be liked by everyone’ air. And as flattering as it sometimes might be: There’s a thin line between well-deserved compliments and blind ‘scene status’ props. The first are flattering and often give me more power to put into whatever project I’m busy with, the second simply make me feel embarassed for the persons who come up with them. Oh my. Fuck social politics. More honesty. More content. Less quantity mistaken for quality.  Slow down. More deepness. That’s what I long for these days. Not so sure if I’ll be able to satisfy myself.

Radio Z Nachtclub massacre mix

I’m back on Radio Z and have just done a Nachtclub mix.
You have a chance to relisten as it will be repeated here on livestream at 14:00 uhr (= 2pm gmt+1):

Domeyko/Gonzales: Shadow March
Domeyko/Gonzales: Eschatol

Luke Dsico: The Mercy Seat

Turzi – Baltimore (Turzi vs Zombie Zombie alive in Baltimore)

Midnight Juggernauts – Lara vs The Savage Pack (LOL Boys remix)

Eskmo – Gold & Stone
Eskmo – My Gears Are Starting To Tremble

1, 2, 3 – Confetti

Devin Therriault – New Horrors

Styrofoam – Extra Careful

Body Language – Huffy Ten Speed

Houses – Soak It Up

oOoOO – Burnout Eyess

Salem – Hound

Zola Jesus – Night

Xiu Xiu – Sashay Away – one of the two songs on their wonderful new digital release:

Bananamania – Alrighty

George McCrae – You Treat Me Good

Trickski – Pill Collins

Hudson Mohawke – Acoustic Lady

aMinus – Billy

Fitout – Gil (LOL Boys & Buckmaster Buckboys remix)

We Are Enfant Terrible – Wild Child (Myd remix)

Roska & Untold – Myth

Shortstuff – A Rustling

Cardopusher, Mushug & Goldielocks – Creepin

Blackpocket – U’re A Sta (Martyn remix)

Rudi Zygadlo – A Room To Sing

Glasser – Mirrorage

Teams – Bali

‘Musician’ workshops

“You wanted a hit…” j.murphy

You gotta love those ‘musician’ workshops.

Dear lemmings with “when will i will be famous?!” sparks in your cute young eyes, let us, the league of gentle(wo?)men who didn’t manage to ‘make it big’ in the music bizness show you how to become a successful band.

Don’t forget to pay us in advance.

Lesson 1: Forget about fun and passion. Being in a band is about being professional and about planning and about optimised marketing. We’ll teach you GbR instead of DIY.

Lesson 2: Grow up and forget about creative playfulness and creative courage. We’ll teach you how important it is to be well-trained by music lessons and how to reproduce market expectation in your songwriting and promotion.

Lesson 3: Promotion! It’s all about promotion and image and joining competitions and about viral youtube clips. And about guest lists for important ‘scene’ people whose attendance at your shows will automatically multiply the number of your audience and bizness people. And don’t forget promotion! Music is about how you sell it, not about how it sounds. Have we mentioned how important promotion is?

Lesson 4: Let us show you all about how to have the best sound on a huge festival stage. (No, this lesson is not downgradable to the tiny stages with cheap PAs that you are going to play IRL, so shut up.)

Lesson 5: Forget about sharing. All potential listeners are potential thieves. Music needs to be locked up in bureaucracy and controlled. How else could the GEMA jobs and ours survive?

Lesson 6: Promoters are your enemy. Especially the DIY ones, who don’t put up shows professionally (= for money) but only in their spare time (=for fun). There’s a worldwide shady DIY network out there that is run by cons and punx who only want to set up shows cause they like bands’ music and want to help them out. Truth is: This is higly unprofessional and they will not agree to pay you a 500€ guarantee for a show but only give you ‘what’s left after their expenses’ and they will not pay hotel rooms for you but make you stay at their messy own homes while they secretly make thousands of bucks from the 10 people who came and payed to see you play.

(should be continued. feel free to do so.).

(Dedicated to whoever carelessly said they miss the massacre rants. 🙂 )

Hate the Xtian Right

Reposting this in the face of the anti-gay riots in Serbia.

Things like these riots made me mix this track about the cocksucking Jew from Galilee, his blinded-by-the-light-Christian haters, about being fed up, and claiming freedom as TEAM DRESCH sing it:
“Don’t tell us we only care about the dykes and fags
Don’t try and find fake reasons to hate us
Some people get it, lots more people need it
Freedom is freedom or it’s all for nothing.”

Made it one or two years ago and things clearly aren’t getting better.