Thursday, 30 September 2010
Cross post from Shallow Rave.
Really bad news coming in from Detroit - producer Aaron Carl has passed away.
Aaron's a fucking legend, in the world of house, techno, booty and on the gay scene. I never met him but we corresponded by email a lot, and had plans to work on some music together. He was sweet, genuine, caring and very passionate. This is one of those proper "FUCK YOU, WORLD!!!" moments. It hasn't really sunk in yet. My thoughts go out to his family and particularly his kids, who need all the love they can get right now. Goodnight sweet prince xxxx.
Drive (I-75) by Aaron-Carl
Sunday, 26 September 2010
I'm DJing for the first time at Lock Up Your Daughters, with some very special guests!
I'm not gonna be in MCR for this, but I AM in the flyer!!
And this is the Menergy Vogue Ball / Glasgay closing party:
I have grouped these by colour - more coming soon...
Saturday, 25 September 2010
I went to the The Runaways last night. While it's a good film it's not quite as FUCK YEAH!!! as it could be. I don't know why that is, as I can't fault the look, the story or the acting (both leads are excellent - and sexy). Maybe it just lacked some of those cheesy music-biopic montage "OMG we're No.1!!!" moments. There was only one press-clippings/vinyls/chart-placings/glamorous photo-shoots montage in the entire film.
The award for most FUCK YEAH!!!" film of the summer must go to Scott Pilgrim vs The World. It's really excellent, despite being based on comics that were already excellent - Edgar Wright has done a bang-up job and has really come through with all the talent he showed on Spaced. I look forward to seeing what he does next. A super-hero movie maybe?
Surprisingly, both these films have been box office flops, but I reckon they will both find second lives on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Honourable mention also goes to Pirahna 3-D, and the one-off screening of the Human Centipede at the Cornerhouse.
Friday, 24 September 2010
Here's the latest remix I've done - a G-Funk rework of lesbian icons Scream Club ft Beth Ditto. I don't think they're into it though as I have yet to hear back from them about it! :-D
But it's all gravy, I am gonna be DJing at the next Lock Up Your Daughters party where Scream Club will be appearing live. Schaweet!
Monday, 20 September 2010
Here's a re-edit I did of Big Fun's "Teenage Suicide" from the Heathers soundtrack. Yes, the obsession goes on and on. The quality's not the best on this as I had to rip it off Youtube, but it's still a good track. I also never got to play it on the night due to laptop troubles. but it didn't matter as hardly any of the audience seemed to know what Heathers was. I had a copy of Moby Dick I asked people to choose random suicide words out of, which was good fun. People were up for it, but still I had to explain to them why they were doing it. What is this next generation coming to?!
Saturday, 18 September 2010
If you can't wait til Friday 17th September and simply MUST have a preview of the music that'll be getting played NOW, then wait no more, for super guest DJ Teamy's done us a mixtape special!
Big up to all the folks at Radio Magnetic, where this is hosted as part of the Wrong Island show:
Friday, 17 September 2010
Here's a mix I did for the Heathers night. It's all (relatively) modern music, though it takes the older Hi-NRG/disco sound as its template. Corn Nuts!
Major Damage Mix (Menergy HEATHERS Party Promo) by theniallist
Sebastian Tellier - Sexual Sportswear
Gold Blood - Don't Waste My Time
Detachments - Holiday Romance (T&A Remix)
Dana & Siriusmo - Meine Welt Ist Wunderbar
Dolby Anol - Heather I'm Dry (Edit)
Sabrina - Boys (Future Shock Less Vocal Mix)
Annie - Two Of Hearts (Skatebaard High Energy Mix)
Hard Ton - Flawless
Lady Gaga - Telephone (Niallist 86 Mix)
The Niallist - Big Man (Male Vocal)
Thursday, 16 September 2010
We threw our inaugural NORAVE party at the Glasgow Art School's Vic Bar on Wednesday, which went very well. We managed to get around 200 people in, not bad for a Wednesday, and they really did seem to appreciate the eclectic line up. I performed "Infinite Capacity" live with Ben Butler & Mousepad for the very first time, which was good craic. Hopefully there will be more of that in the future. Their label are also planning a video for the single release of that song, so that's pretty exciting! More news on that as it happens. I also managed to catch 5 minutes of Holy Mountain as I was on the door at that point - it wasn't long but I was very impressed by what I saw. Think no frills stoner/doom done in the best possible taste. While we had all assumed that the name Holy Mountain is a reference to the Jodorowsky film, I am thinking now it's more likely to be a reference to Sleep's second album. Yes, I have been getting into my stoner/doom lately - it's just more fun than dub I feel. There are also vague plans afoot for a Little Rock supergroup who will play a mix-up of doom-metal and dubstep. Oh yes!
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Up and coming post-crunk star DAM MANTLE was kind enough to do a promo mix for the NORAVE party too - he DJed an epic set of wonk-step and hip-hop after the bands were finished. We've put his promo mix up as a free download on our Soundcloud page. There's more info on Dam (Tom to his Mum), and details of his brand new "Purple Arrow" EP here: http://dammantle.com/. Check it out!
Fast Motion - Becoming Real (DVA's high emotion Remix)
Fall Short - Ramadanman
The Loot - J Treole (Sully Remix)
If u want me - Deadboy
nswl004 - Jam City
Work Them - Ramadanman
Simpatico - Anthony "shake" Shakir
Back Home - Gold Panda
space juke - DJ Rashad
Madame Butterfly Act 2 - Puccini
So pleased was I with the mix of Sepultura into Dizzee Rascal at the start of the Bring The Noise mix, that I decided to turn it into a full-blown mash-up in its own right. So here it is (so called because one of our mates used to refer to Sepultura as Spatula for a while).
BLOOD OF THE BULL free download EP On Winning Sperm Party:
HOLY MOUNTAIN free download single on Winning Sperm Party:
BEN BUTLER & MOUSE PAD free remix EP on Bandcamp:
DAM MANTLE free download of "Theater":
And here's the promo Radio Magnetic show:
Listen online, stream and download the Little Rock podcast every month on Radio Magnetic from the people behind Little Rock Records and the Shallow Rave blog.
In anticipation of their forthcoming NORAVE freshers ball, Team Little Rock present an exclusive mix from Dam Mantle, plus mini-mixes from The Niallist and Kid Ritalin.
Team Little Rock return, in the flesh, to the Art School on Wednesday 15 September, presenting Holy Mountain, Blood of the Bull and Ben Butler and Mousepad live. Dam Mantle, Molotov Disco and Team Little Rock will be occupying the DJ booth, and art instillations will come from a selection of Glasgow artists. Entry is free to freshers, £3 to anyone else.
- Holy Mountain – Gunner – Winning Sperm Party
Dam Mantle – Superhybrid Minimix
- Becoming Real - Fast Motion (DVA’s high emotion Remix)
- Ramadanman – Fall Short – Swamp 81
- J Treole – The Loot (Sully Remix) – Key Sound
- Deadboy – If U Want Me – Nmbers
- Jam City – Nswl004 - Night Slugs
- Ramadanman - Work Them - Swamp 81
- Anthony “shake” Shakir – Simpatico - Logistic
- Gold Panda – Back Home -Avex
- DJ Rashad – Space Juke – Ghettophiles
- Puccini – Madame Butterfly Act 2
Ben Butler and Mousepad – Mousemat – Self-released
The Niallist – Bring The Noise Mix
- Sepultura – Refuse/Resist – Roadrunner
- Dizzee Rascal – Pussyole (Old School) – XL Recordings
- Sleigh Bells v Busta Rhymes – Tell Em Busta (Flowmack) – Bootleg
- Daft Punk – Technologic (Basement Jaxx Kontrol Mix) – Virgin Music (France)
- Gold Blood – Hair – Human Shield
- Tiga – What You Need – Different
- Dead Prez – Hip Hop – Loud Records
- Doctor P & Flux Pavillion – Stinkfinger – XS Records
- The Prodigy – Everybody In The Place – XL Recordings
- Public Enemy / Anthrax – Bring The Noise – Def Jam
Blood of The Bull – Flick – Winning Sperm
Kid Ritalin – Echochamber Minimix.
- Burial – Raver – Hyperdub
- Jonas Kopp – Michigan Lake – Ostgut Ton
- Maurizio – M4_B – M-Series
- Rhythm and Sound ft Cornell Campbell – King in my Empire – Rhythm and Sound
- Andy Stott – Hostile – Modern Love
- Mount Kimbie – Vertical (SCB edit) – Hot Flush
- DFRNT – Landscape – On The Edge
Download it here.
Monday, 13 September 2010
I put together a promo mix for the NORAVE night, which is unlike any mix I have done before. It's pretty eclectic (read "all over the place") but I managed to make it work, in the spirit of Optimo. I managed to get some metal on there too which I am pretty proud of! There's been some good feedback on this mix already.
The tracklist is:
Sepultura - Refuse/Resist
Dizzee Rascal - Pussyole (Old School)
Sleigh Bells v Busta Rhymes - Tell Em Busta (Flowmack)
Daft Punk - Technologic (Basement Jaxx Kontrol Mix)
Gold Blood - Hair
Tiga - What You Need
Dead Prez - Hip Hop
Doctor P & Flux Pavillion - Stinkfinger
The Prodigy - Everybody In The Place
Public Enemy / Anthrax - Bring The Noise
I am already planning out the next installment. Stay tuned...
Saturday, 11 September 2010
I thought this deserved an entry in its own right. It's a very worthwhile campaign to get the media to pay more attention to homophobic crime, and to do outreach work about tolerance to schools and youth groups. Anthony Cotton from Coronation Street is the bruised face of the campaign, though Sir Ian McKellan (iMac to his friends) and a bunch of other well known folk are involved too.
Homophobic crime is still happening (of course), epecially amongst the young, so if anyone else is interested in adding their name to the databank, or getting more info, go to: http://www.lgf.org.uk/enough/
I saw some great bands (LCD, Flaming Lips, Chrome Hoof, Chic, Caribou), ran into some friends and had a good time, but I still have mixed feelings about the festival. I posted my ever-so-slightly sarky review of Bestival over at Shallow Rave.
OK, as much as I bitched on about Bestival this year, there was some good stuff too. One of the highlights was seeing Chrome Hoof playing avant disco-metal on the fire spitting, spider-shaped retro-futurist Archadia stage. SERIOUS Thunderdome vibes in the area!
Thursday, 9 September 2010
I just got back from Bestival on the Isle of Wight. It's a nice wee festival with some great bands playing in a pretty valley, and thankfully the rain held off (mostly). Unfortunately, there was one major problem - the audience. 95% of the crowd was made up of middle-class, white, trust-fund hipsters who came from either East London or Brighton. I know this because we were working gathering names for a good cause.
For a festival that's all about dressing up and acting like a freak for a few days, there was a surprising lack of communal atmosphere. In fact, any kind of "this is a special moment" atmosphere at all.
Where were the older folks? Where were the scallies? The Northerners? The people of colour? The trannies (Giles, wearing a dress on the Saturday doesn't count)? I know there's nothing the organisers can do about it, but now I have been I have no major desire to return and have to mingle with lots of pampered, privileged kids who have never been to festival before. People like this:
FESTIVAL TIPS FOR HIPSTER NOOBS:
1) Don't wear your "loik totally wacky" (and very large) hat into a crowd who are trying to watch a band. Obstruction of view will cause permanent wacky hat removal.
2) If leading a conga line of people through a large tent which is rammed shoulder to shoulder with folk, DON'T be Facebooking on iPhone at the same time. It's not about the danger of injury - it's about not looking like a twat.
3) Don't speak on your iPhone ALL THE WAY THROUGH a set by a legendary 70's glam-pop/art-rock band and then heckle them with shouts of "Oh hurry up and play Virginia Plain! We're waiting for the Flaming Lips". If Wayne Coyne heard you say that he would punch you in the face.
4) Don't sit on the ground while in the middle of the mosh pit, or anywhere within the vacinity of the first 150 rows of people. If you get trodden on, it's your own fault!
5) The point of a mosh pit is to, yes, mosh, but also to look out for your fellow moshers and PICK THEM UP if they fall over. Also, you can expect to get your clothes and hair dirty at an outdoor festival, so shut up and stop moaning about it.
6) Go to T In The Park and THEN tell us Bestival isn't a very posh festival. You'd be lucky to come out of Scotland with your teeth/hair/glasses/trainers/iPhones/Macbooks/dignity/horsey accents intact.
7) Don't be called Tarquin/Imogen/Pheobe/Tamsin/Jeremy.
8) Don't be a Tory.
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
One of my favourite actors of all time died on September 7th - you probably won't recognise his name, but if you grew up loving films in the 80s you will most definitely recognise his face. He was Glenn Sadix, who starred as Otho the psychic decorator in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice, and as Father Rimmer in Heathers.
I did my own tribute to Glenn for the Heathers party, I dressed up as his character in the movie (below) and asked people to pick a "suicide word" from my copy of Moby Dick. It seemed like a pretty Glenn thing to do.
I had just rediscovered the man too after stumbling across his own website, which is choc full of juicy celebrity goss and some really rather good portrait photos of his colleagues and friends. Here's a moving clip where he recalls coming out to his family as a teenager, and their reaction:
He seemed like such a great character, I was fully intending to send him pics of me from the party and starting up a conversation. But alas it was not meant to be, which is sad. Still, he remains a huge inspiration, as an open, comfortably gay man, and also as a plus size gent who had really great style. We'll miss you!