Scott Edmondson – Cynicism Works Best For Me

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This just in from our friend, Scott (who may be a tad bitter about something):

The Feast of St. Valentine, otherwise known as St. Valentine’s day; it’s an occasion to celebrate the joys of Love and commemorate the supposedly ever-lasting nature of this evolutionary biochemical oddity. It’s the time when lovers young and old express their passions with chocolate, cards, designer gift-baskets and overpriced gim-cracks and gew-gaws from any number of over-priced retail centers in the hopes that their significant other will stick around a little longer (at least long enough to pay for one last dinner) or give them a “special” sexual favor. This carnival of the carnal extols the virtues of Love and all its triumphant endeavors.

But do you ever think of the Other Side of Love?

One is not truly human until one has felt the clammy grip of Love’s cold fingers upon head, balls and brain, enjoyed the tender embrace of a partner surrounded with the aura of worship, and felt it all slide South like an avalanche of shit on an orphan-village.

Troy was sacked over it (with vast loss of life and the resultant torture of millions of students who have had to study The Iliad). Endless poems, seemingly endless in their composition when one is force to listen to them, have been written by scorned lovers since man was first able to scribble sound onto clay tablet and assemble enough gullible friends to act as an emotional tampon. It is responsible for an unknown but immense percentage of the alcoholic beverage market, and probably even more rampant drug use.

This mix celebrates the dark side of Love. It can make you dance. It can also bring you to your knees. If you’re angry, you might enjoy this mix (though it’s not particularly hard, it is a bit dark in placed). If you’re not angry, this mix might make you angry, in which case you should listen to it again because you’ll appreciate it more the second time around.

People in love are annoying and should just stop it. Die in a fire made of rats, roaches and butt-cancer, the lot of you already! And fuck St. Valentine’s day in its fucking, cunting face.

Scott D. Edmondson – Cynicism Works Best For Me (aka Valentine’s Day Massacre)

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“55 and Wet” – A Mix by DJ Gary-O

We just got back from Coachella Weekend #1 and I have to say that after 11 years of attending I still move it. This year we did the family thing and brought our son – total blast for all three of us. Personal highlights for me were Squeeze and dancing my ass off in the Do Lab.

One thing was quite unusual though – the weather. The first day of the show it was 55 degrees and a storm rolled through the Coachella Valley, making things a tad uncomfortable if you weren’t prepared with the proper clothing. As I’ve done at previous Coachella outings, I made a mix to commemorate the occasion – “55 and Wet”. It’s 1:35 minutes of Minimal, Techno, Tech House and some Breaks at the end. A good ride if you have the time.

Hope you enjoy the stuff. If you do, please support the artists by visiting Beatport or Amazon.com to pick up your faves.

DJ Gary-O

“55 and Wet” – A mix by DJ Gary-O

01 – Elastic Collisions (Original Mix): Agaric
02 – Clock Active (Original Mix): Click Box
03 – Right On Time (Louie Cut Remix): Chris Lawler
04 – Shadoorack (Original Mix): Stereo Express
05 – Agent Minimal (Original Mix): Louie Cut
06 – Water Drops (Original Mix): Jay Lumen
07 – Don’t Worry Just Dance (Original Mix): Marius Laurentiu, Andrea Bigi
08 – Rotten (Original Mix): Oliver Huntemann
09 – Arcimboldo (Original Mix): Axel Boman
10 – Walkmen (Original Mix): Andhim
11 – Junk (Original Mix): Veitengruber
12 – Drop That (Original Mix): Jay Lumen
13 – Singularity (Patrick Diessner Remix): M.M.B
14 – I’m On Miami (Original Mix): Siopis
15 – Me And You (Original Mix): Mark Henning
16 – You Play (Original): Maelstrom
17 – LUV U VIP (Original Mix): Lokiboi
18 – Dirty Bird (Jay Weed Remix): GoldFFinch, Jay Weed

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Scott Edmondson – The Learning Curve

Our old friend Scott Edmondson sent us this mix and I couldn’t resist posting it up for the rest of you guys.

In his own words, it’s “pretty hard and housey, then the second part gets a little weird and then drops the BPMs down a bit.”

I‘ve been rocking this mix on my iPod since I visited Scott in Austin a few weeks ago. I really dig its dark, “late night” vibe.

I’m certainly looking forward to his next submission.

Enjoy!

Scott Edmondson – The Learning Curve Part I

Scott Edmondson – The Learning Curve Part II

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FREE REMIX ** G7 (Hunter Vaughan Re-hash) – Torqux & Twist

Paperbuddha favorite Hunter Vaughan has a new freebie that we are digging at the moment.  This is his twisted rehash of the G7 track by Torqux & Twist .  Dark and brooding is an understatement on this one, so grab it and drop it when the lights are low and watch the insanity ensue.  Also, check out his past releases on his Beatport page here.

Play it loud and enjoy!!

G7 (Hunter Vaughan Re-hash) – Torqux & Twist

 

 

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Various Artists – United & Anarchic Vol 2 (UAA053)

U&A celebrate 5 years at the top of the electronic tree with a series of peerless EPs, each one jammed pack full of exclusive goodies from the label and their friends.

Volume Two features a ripper from Zodiac Cartel as this shady electro hero dons his cape and goes in hard to remix the chart topping anthem ‘Non-Believer’ from Meat Katie and label boss Elite Force. Support on this from Kissy SellOutCrystal Method, Mixmag, Beataucue, FarTooLoud, Breakdown, Aniki, InTheMix, Peo de Pitte, iDJ Magazine & more …

Next up is a piece of sheer hooky, disco-tinged electro mayhem from Ukraine’s Felix Luker – imagine something from the halcyon days of Roule put through today’s fiercest blender. Compulsive, smashed floors worldwide. Support on this from Plump DJs, StereoHeroes, BoogieMafia, Robb G, Blaze Tripp, DJ Chamber& more …
Lee Coombs then steps up to the plate with an excellent re-working of his Hyperion ‘Gotta Let Go’ remix, bringing it bang up to date with his trademark acid house vibes. Support from Meat KatieDylan Rhymes & more

Last but not least U&A is proud to introduce young American prodigy Hunter Vaughan into the fray as he remixes the hell out of Zodiac Cartel’s ‘Klappyn’ with a truly epic, hi-tec re-read. Support on this from Black Noise, Paper Buddha & more….

Volume three coming soon … meanwhile we appreciate your continued support through legal purchases….

Out now on Beatport

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Der Tante Renate — H4xX02 Album Out Now

Hamburg Germany’s Audiolith Records would like to introduce Der Tante Renate and his new album H4xXo2, out today.  The album is dedicated to hacker subculture for its ability to anarchically tear doors apart and open eyes.  It goes way further than just being a simple album.  The tracks are a consistent progression of metallic, technoid electro-bam and an audio-visual hacking.  If you are a fan of bass-driven, glitchy sounds and radio play snippets ala Meat Beat Manifesto, this one will not disappoint.  Have a listen to the track Beast, and then go get the rest of the album.  Enjoy!!

Beast (320 kbps)

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The Silver Pesos – “Born at Midnight”

Back in October 2009, I posted about a song I’d heard while working a late night at Topspin called ‘Regresando’. The band was The Silver Pesos.

A little more than a year later, The Silver Pesos released their debut album “Born at Midnight” and the complete work was everything I expected, and more. Peter Brambl and Chloe Conger, two very talented individuals, collaborated with a handful of top notch musicians to bring this album to life. It’s an eclectic blend of electronic rhythms, soulful vocals and a contagious Latin thread that runs through the album. Peter’s penchant for Caribbean and African music also fills the record with warmth and uplifting, soulful energy, even in the most mellow of songs. My personal faves on this record are ‘Regresando’ (surprise) and ‘No History’, but the entire album is quite the package as a whole.

I was fortunate enough to not only interview Peter, but also give you, Paper Buddha listeners, an opportunity to get the entire album in digital form (320kbps MP3) for free. All you need to give in return is an email address – a more than equitable exchange, no? Just enter your email into the widget below and you’ll get a link to download the album from Peter’s marketing partner, Topspin Media. And, if you like what you hear, I encourage you to support The Silver Pesos by purchasing an upgrade of the album in physical form as well as a limited edition T-shirt and even a Deluxe Edition complete with tracks stems for remixing.

Stream the full album as well as exclusive remixes (sold separately).

My interview with Peter:

How and where did The Silver Pesos come to be and who are the members?

Chloe and I are basically the nucleus of the group, with help from co-producer Robert Weber and a variety of additional musicians, most notably Doddy Sambodo and Deny Surya. Chloe, Rob, and I are old friends from university days, and we’ve stayed in touch over the years and worked on various projects together. A couple of years ago, Chloe and I got pretty focused on this current batch of songs and decided to give it a name and turn it into a little enterprise. We’re based in Los Angeles at the moment, but much of the recording took place around the world using mobile equipment. Rob also has his own studio in Indonesia, so we tracked quite a bit of the songs there too.

What was your involvement in the project?

I wrote and arranged all of the instrumental pieces, and co-wrote the lyrics and vocal parts with Chloe. For the recording of the record, I shared production duties with Rob.

What was the recording process like?

It probably took longer than it needed to. We had a idea for the record in our heads, which was going to be a mix of live instruments and sequenced elements, plus a lot of vintage sounds— Jamaican dub effects, old sixties reverb tricks, things like that. The songs were first recorded with a full band— meaning bass, drums, guitars, etc.  Later on, we used software to restructure the songs, or in some cases sample the songs and do dub remixes of them. We even sent a bunch of tracks to a guy to transfer to analog tape, do some work, and then bounce it back. Getting everything to gel together was a challenge, but I think we pulled it off.

The other challenge was that the band was not always in the same room. So we came to rely upon the internet for collaboration. We would do session recordings in places like Bali and Mexico, post the stems to our server, and then shoot mixes and overdubs back and forth.  A lot of bands are doing this type of thing these days, and it really does open up some new possibilities.

What would you say were the musical influences for Born at Midnight (and for the band’s style overall if it’s relevant)?

We like all kinds of dance music and also more abstract genres like dub and ambient. Rob and I are really into west and south African artists like Thomas Mapfumo, Fela, Ali Farka Touré, and so on. On some of the songs, like “Remember the Land” and “Garifuna,” you can hear a bit of west African guitar influence. Other influences would include producers like Diplo, Lindstrom, and Daniel Lanois. In terms of sound, we found that the combination of Chloe singing her style of folk-blues on top of these skittery, funky tropical bass tunes was an interesting combination, and one that allowed us a lot of freedom to mix up genres.

Some of the lyrics are in Spanish, and some in English. Can you talk a bit about the songwriting process?

At first, we used other languages as a way of laying down temporary vocal tracks without worrying about the meaning. We would literally grab fragments out of Pablo Neruda books and just use them as grist for the mill. Chloe is actually fluent in Spanish—she lives in Mexico part-time—and as as time went by we decided it might be interesting to incorporate some original verse in Spanish as well. It’s certainly a beautiful language for singing, and we found that it added an interesting effect to the song, adding a new voice and sometimes causing the listener to shift attention for a few bars.

Chloe and I are big fans of songwriters like David Byrne, Neil Young, and Lou Reed. One thing that all of those writers have in common is the ability to shift between different types of voices or points of view between songs— it’s often not the singer who is the subject of the song, but another character. That’s really interesting to us, and I can see us continuing to develop a songwriting style along those lines.

How has the album been received so far by the media, fans and other taste makers?

We were very lucky to have great feedback early on. KCRW played our first single on the same day they received the CD, so we took that as a sign that we should probably finish the record! There’s also been some great feedback from blogs and fans reaching out to us on Twitter. It was not immediately obvious a few years ago, but Twitter is a great medium for discovering new music and connecting with folks directly.

Why did you decide to release this album directly to your fans vs. seeking a label deal?

For a somewhat non-commercial act like us, it may be the only way to go. Regardless of how you do it, releasing a debut record has its challenges. It’s not really possible to do a lot of advance press or publicity, because you don’t have a long track record or a fan base that is waiting ardently for the release date. It may take 12-18 months for this record to find its audience. Most of that will depend upon our own efforts during this time— playing out, putting out new content, and so on. We’re assuming most of the risk anyway, so why not do it ourselves? Down the road, it may make sense for us to partner with someone else, but for right now we’re having a lot of fun connecting fans ourselves and watching the band grow on a grassroots level. It’s great to communicate directly with folks and let them participate in our development.
What plans do you have to distribute Born at Midnight via more traditional retail channels, specifically digital service providers like iTunes?

The album is now available on iTunes and Amazon, and we may even do a little work with indie retail. If we were ginormous, there would be some advantages to releasing it exclusively on our own site, but for now we’re trying to make it as easy as possible to find our songs.

That being said, the best place to buy the album is our site— www.thesilverpesos.com — because we offer the record at a better price and with a lot more options than you’ll find anywhere else. You can get it with additional remixes, and you can even get the remix stems for your own dabbling. There are also things like t-shirts and posters that come bundled with downloads as well.

When will your fans get to hear The Silver Pesos perform live? Any tours planned?

Most definitely. We’ve started rehearsing our live act and we plan to play some dates in Los Angeles this spring, with the intention of playing more cities this year. I doubt we’ll do a full-blown tour, but we’ll probably try to do a string of dates in various places around the world. If anyone out there is interested, please do get in touch with us at: info [at] thesilverpesos.com.

Whats next for you and the band?

2011 is going to be pretty fast-paced. We’d like to get out of the album release cycle and into shorter release cycles with smaller batches of original songs, remixes, videos, and things like that. There are new folks joining our live act, and I’m looking forward to adding their influences to our recordings and songwriting.

Gary-O

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New DJ Mix – Michael Todd – Vibrate

Sorry it’s been a while on the posts, but here’s a new dj mix for ya!  A bit funky, a bit bouncy and geared for the dancefloor!  The rerubs of the older, classic tracks are high on my list now, so reminisce and enjoy!!

Vibrate – A DJ Mix by Michael Todd

Elevator Music – Jack Beats
Mashup on Mars (Zodiac Cartel Edit) – Fake Blood + Daft Punk
Shake It – Birdee
Spinal Scratch (TJR Re-Edit) – Thomas Bangalter
Hysteresis (Hijack) – Sharooz
Let Me Clear My Throat (Stereothieves Edit)- DJ Kool
Don’t Stop The Rock (Fast Foot) – Freestyle
Ten Acre Dust – Nick Thayer
Burnin’ Up (REL1 Rerub) – Peo de Pitte
Gunclip – Beat Assassins
Vibrate To This (Trouble Soup) – Slyde
System Addict (Elite Force Revamp) – Plump DJ’s
Brain Rock (Zodiac Cartel) – Fukkk Offf
Krakken (10 Rapid) – Hunter Vaughan
Fuck The Police (Figure) – NWA

 

 

 

 

 

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Turtle Killer: The Education of Colin Curtin

Coachella 2011 Mojave Tent

Anybody that’s been following Paper Buddha for a while knows we’re big fans of Dallas’ legendary Rob Vaughan.

This past weekend was our annual trek to the Southern California desert for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and staying in our house was none other than the man that once (no, seriously, just once…) called himself DJ Oblivion.

What started as our traditional semi-chill Sunday-afternoon pool party at the Coachella House™ turned into a three-hour dance-a-thon When Rob took over the decks.

Unfortunately, the first 70 minute’s of Rob’s set was the only recording we made the entire weekend. His subsequent two hours was a continued musical journey across multiple genres and tempos and we all regret not hitting the big red button when he started back up. We’ll always have our (fuzzy) memories, though.

Play it loud:

“Turtle Killer: The Education of Colin Curtin” a mix by Rob Vaughan

TRACKLISTING
1. CASSIUS – I LOVE YOU SO (ORIGINAL MIX)
2. DIAGRAM OF THE HEART – IF I WERE YOU (RIVA STARR DUB)
3. CAJMERE – THE PERCULATOR (CLAUDE VON STROKE REMIX)
4. DR. GONZO & SAVAGE SKULLS – BUST ‘EM UP (ORIGINAL MIX)
5. JACK BEATS – UFO (DJ MANANI RE-EDIT)
6. SURKIN – FAN OUT (LIGHT YEAR REMIX)
7. INNER CITY – GOOD LIFE (LIVE TOUR REMIX)
8. AZARI & III – RECKLESS WITH YOUR LOVE (TENSNAKE REMIX)
9. JACK BEATS FT JOHN B – ALL NIGHT (ORIGINAL MIX)
10. MILES DYSON – I-TUNES (ORIGINAL MIX)
11. ATFC – I CALLED YOU (THE CONVERSATION) ( WANDEREDIT)
12. CONGOROCK – BABYLON (ORIGINAL MIX)
13. DENNIS FERRER – THE RED ROOM (OBJ VOCAL MIX)
14. NICK MUIR – BURKINA FASO (ORIGINAL MIX)
15. ANYO – BOOM BOOM BOOM (DJ WILL RE-EDIT V2)
16. AFROJACK – FUNK WITH ME (ORIGINAL MIX)
17. PLUMP DJS – LIGHT FANTASTIC (ORIGINAL MIX)

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Transitionism – A Mix by DJ Gary-O

The past seven months have been insane. New work, new friends, new surroundings, and a relocation that seems like it will never end. Good thing I’ve got incredible music to listen to non stop! I cranked out this mix tonight to relieve some stress and escape for a bit. All new tunes – all tech house – all groovy. Just what the doctor ordered to shake off the craziness and recharge.

BTW – I make all of my mixes live on Technics SL1200s with Serato. No Ableton or other cut and paste apps.

Hope you like this thing – it’s a roller.

DJ Gary-O

Transitionism – A mix by DJ Gary-O

01) Shonky – Carnage (Original Mix)
02) Cesare vs Disorder – Schonleinstrasse (Original Mix)
03) Cesare vs Disorder, Rainer – Battle For Mouths (Kate Simko Remix)
04) Paneoh – Psicoilogical (Original Mix)
05) Falko Richtberg, Sebastian Wojkowski – Salt ‘n’ Bread (Audiojack’s Bottle ‘n’ Spring Remix)
06) John Tejada – Sweat (On The Walls) (Donnacha Costello Remix)
07) Sam Ball – Fill it Up (Original Mix)
08) Max Cooper – Chaotisch Serie (Maetrik Abstract Beats Remix)
09) Cesare vs Disorder, Rainer – I Didnt Mean To Kill You feat. Rainer (Original Mix)
10) Sabb, Maetrik – Marinda (Original Mix)
11) Satyr – Roadrunner (Original Mix)
12) Chic Miniature – Escandalo (Original Mix)
13) Marshall (aka Luigi Rocca), Manuel De La Mare – Blackbird (Original Mix)
14) Digitaline – Kaya (Original Mix)
15) George Thompson, Andre Kraml – Laid Back Snack Attack (Accapella)/Safari

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