Oh to be Tiga. While most of us spent our grade school summers playing tag with our friends and looking for some cool water to swim in, Tiga spent his in India, hanging out at parties with his father, legendary
And when you know that, everything about Tiga makes perfect sense.
Tiga started DJing and throwing parties back home in Montreal while he was still a teenager, followed by opening an electronic music record store and starting his own label. His own music is very very heavily influenced by the '80s synthpop, italo disco, industrial, and neue deutsche welle that his father played. Here, he channels a little Pet Shop Boys (and maybe George Michael) in this song from his second album Ciao!.
Actually hailing from Slovenia, New Wave Syria is Ursa Golob and Rok Pezdirc of Superheroes of BMX. Their rock background provides a more band-focused approach to this electronic side project that definitely comes across in the music. If you like Adult, you should probably just go download their whole album (link below).
"Random Logic" adds a layer of rough distortion over mechanical new wave, sounding like it was recorded in the middle of a factory. A delicate melody and Ursa's Ralf Hütter-style vocals provide just enough balance to keep the knob-twiddling from being overwhelming. This isn't necessarily the format that all of their songs follow; on some tracks, its the vocals that add the edge, at points the music feels almost ambient, at others poppy.
Available on thier album Hello, Yes, which you can download for free or purchase on cd via
It's from last year, but this mix deserves a post. Recorded for Death Disco Radio, the megatalented French musician and DJ Miss Kittin (of Miss Kittin and The Hacker fame) reaches back to her roots with this perfectly executed freestyle-heavy retro mix. Yes, Miss Kittin doing freestyle. I'm not even much of a fan of the genre, but I love this mix. You have to hear it. She drops some Ebn-Ozn, Yaz, Anne Clark, New Order, and Exposé in here, if that gives you an idea.
Available (for free!) on the
Patrick Wolf was born in 1983 to famous musicians
Ok, so I don't know that any of that is true. BUT IT'S POSSIBLE. Siouxsie and Adam are old enough and Nomi died the same year he was born. Also,
"Creative family"? Mmmhmmm. And what kind of kid is making theremins at 11?! Maybe they just hid him from the press. There's really no other reasonable explanation for this guy's existence.
I present to you two examples that I believe back up my claims:
The particularly amazing thing is how while their early stuff still holds up pretty well after all this time, they've progressed so far as to sound almost nothing like those first albums--and yet still sound like the same band. To illustrate this, I've chosen to post "Monument", from the 1982 release A Broken Frame, a new wave track so minimal it can barely be danced to, whispering of techno and covered in fantastic '80s bleepy synths. In contrast, their recent single "Wrong" is loud and in-your-face, and the synths, now joined by guitars, are darker and harsher. This version is a remix by dubstep master Caspa [who coincidentally is playing at Smartbar on the same night]. The genre-overlay is really well done, and I think it says as much about the versatility of Depeche Mode's songwriting as Caspa's production skills.
Download and dig in, we'll see you on Thursday with a whole lot more!
Posted: March 22nd, 2010
at 3:44pm by qbot
Tagged with 1982, 2009, a broken frame, alan wilder, atomic, bleepy synths, caspa, dave gahan, depeche mode, dubstep, insane sample libraries, kraftwerk, martin gore, minimalism, monument, new wave, smartbar, sounds of the universe, synthpop, tribute, vince clarke, wrong
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A surprisingly un-ironic bluegrass take on "Heart of Glass", Old School Freight Train's rework is not only beautiful, but a testament to the integrity of the original version by Blondie.
Ok, so… it's a bit hypocritical for me to post this, I'll admit it. I mostly make fun of
But I can't deny their influence, which is rampant everywhere from synthpop to Detroit techno and, of course, the industrial and EBM scenes that they had a hand in founding. Their style sounded very dated to me 10 years ago, but now the minimalism sounds fresh--all things come back again, of course.
I choose to post "Let Your Body Learn" from 1987's That Total Age release because to me, it relates well to new wave [and I'm sure the influence goes both ways]. I'm also including a new track from Neon Electronics vs
We're thrilled to be giving away tickets to their upcoming concert on Thanksgiving night. Though lacking in trees, Nitzer Ebb put on a great live show, and I'm sure they won't disappoint. Opening for them is my absolute favorite local-Chicago-via-way-of-Detroit band
Posted: November 19th, 2009
at 3:09am by qbot
Tagged with 1987, 2004, 2009, american, american automatic, better way, bon harris, british, chicago, concert, dancedelic d, david gooday, demento, detroit, douglas mccarthy, ebm, food, french, ghostly, industrial, kill memory crash, let your body learn, minimalism, mute, neon electronics, nitzer ebb, runestones, talking to trees, techno, thanksgiving, that total age, the hacker, tickets, witchcraft
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I made a quick mix this afternoon, loosely based on my sets at our costume contest Thursday night. Have a great Halloween!
Human League: Darkness
Anne Clark: Sleeper In Metropolis
Cabaret Voltaire: Yashar [John Robie Mix]
Ministry: Everyday is Halloween
Duran Duran: Wild Boys
Depeche Mode: Personal Jesus [Pump Mix]
Michael Jackson: Thriller [DiscoTech Remix]
Front 242: Welcome To Paradise
Posted: October 31st, 2009
at 4:02pm by qbot
Tagged with 2009, american, animotion, anne clark, belgian, british, cabaret voltaire, darkness, depeche mode, discotech, duran duran, everyday is halloween, front 242, halloween, human league, industrial, michael jackson, ministry, mix, new wave, obsession, personal jesus, pop, remix, synthpop, thriller, wax trax, welcome to paradise, wild boys, yashar
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