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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Menergy Pics

Only a couple of me this time, but as per usual, there's loads more over on Menergy.tv! It was a great night, one of the best vibes we've had at the club in a while, and our special guest ZsaZsa Noir got people form the audience to demonstrate fisting on stage. With a frozen chicken.

* At this point we were playing the late Loleatta Holloway's "Love Sensation", and the crowd were going bananas (even though it was chucking out time).

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Zsa Zsa Noir Interview

Cross posted from Menergy - which is TONIGHT!

ZSA ZSA NOIR is our live musical guest at tomorrow night's MENERGY. She also happens to be one of the hottest gender benders from the San Francisco of the south, Manchester. We sent her a few questions to get her lips around:

Who is Zsa Zsa Noir?

Zsa Zsa Noir is the seven foot tall, sordid incarnation of all my subversive kinks in musical, gender queer form.

When did you start performing? And why did you start?

I started performing when I realised I wanted to be a mermaid at the age of six. I've never looked back except now I can hold the attention of a whole crowd of freaks and scream obscene lyrics over polished electronic disco filth. I'm compelled.

Read more here.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Dirty Minds - A Tribute to Prince IS TONIGHT!!

YES! THE TIME has come - geddit? Morris Gay, Sheena Beaston, Sheela E, Myte Bubbles, Skinhead O'Connor, Tranity 6 and of course Mince will all be performing tonight at the Purple Pussycat in Manchester for this one-off Prince tribute. THe Facebook event page is here, and here's the rest of the Prince sleeve tributes I promised:

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Wallace Wylie's 'Death Rattle: The Travesty of British Alternative Rock in the 90s'

This is a perfect companion piece to last week's "Whatever Happened to Alternative Nation?" look-back at the 1990s, only this is exclusively British and focuses on Primal Scream, Oasis and The Stone Roses. This hits the nails right onthe head with how I feel about "Britpop" and the unavoidable media hype of the time. Originally published on Collapse Board, I linked to this on DM and got some interesting responses, but had to let fly with a bit of a ranty comment taking to task the idea that "Britpop was popular therefore it must have been good!" Urgh PLEASE.

Click here to get to the Dangerous Minds post.

BTW I actually really like both "The Stone Roses" and "Screamadelica", and you know what, even some bits of "Definitely Maybe" too. But "Britpop" was still bullshit.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

SNUFF TRAX Compilation for Japan

Wow, that was fast! in just over a week Snuff Crew from Germany have put out a 45 track compilation of house and techno in aid of the Japanese earthquake relief and Red Cross. This is some serious shizzle homepeeps. I am on there as House Machine, but check out the tracklist:

01 Laurent Garnier - Cancel The Apocalypse
02 Joe Drive - The Delivery
03 Humandrone - Sun Pillar On the Debris
04 Zwei Of Snuff Crew - Fukushima
05 Billie Ray Martin and Hard Ton - Sold Life (Luke Solomon Remix)
06 Quinto - We Don`t Sleep At Night Part 1
07 KiNK - Memories From The Future
08 Neville Watson - Keep On
09 Patrick Pulsinger - 12a (Dub Version)
10 Dance Disorder - Future Retro
11 Legowelt - I Want Your Love
12 The Saint Petersburg Disco Spin Club - Birds Of Japan
13 DJ Gio MC-505 - My Face On Rushmore Mount
14 Marcello Napoletano - Acid Sunday
15 Morning Factory - Deepest Thoughts
16 Detachments - Holiday Romance (Andy Blake`s Mix For A World Unknown)
17 Photonz - Carnival Of Light
18 The Model - Bump And Jack
19 Hard Ton - Marilyn (Zoe Xenia Dub`n Pop Mix)
20 Elec Pt.1 - It´s House
21 Hieroglyphic Being - Siddharta (Part1)
22 DJ M-Traxxx - House Thunda (Unreleased Mix)
23 Roberto Rodriguez - The Girl Who Silenced The World
24 Discodromo - Bunraku
25 Romina Cohn - Follow Me
26 Meschi - Stay And Play
27 House Machine - Relief (Mix for Japan)
28 Demetrio Giannice - Untidled (One for larry) (Strictly For Japan Mix)
29 Moralez aka Telecommander1 - Life Time Groove
30 Simoncino - Japanese Heart
31 Pathetik - Accroupi
32 Roland Bassline - Ode To Mick
33 Ascii.Disko - Blues For The Red Sun
34 Joel Alter - Roll With Me
35 Andreas Henneberg, Marquez Ill, Leigh Myles - Thousand Paper Cranes
36 Eins of Snuff Crew - Kana Power
37 Remute - Worldfingers
38 Oliver Dodd - Tokyo Lovers
39 Lukatron (aka Luke Solomon) - Tommy´s Cream Soda
40 Renato Cohen - Silly Walk
41 Featherweight - Featherweight (Expanded Mix)
42 Kool & Duvall - U Lift Me Up (Craig Stewart Remix)
43 Fran Mela aka I.F.M. - Not A Game
44 Phil Moon aka Valyom - Einstein Romance
45 Mark Boombastik & Eduardo Delgado Lopez - Anders

You can buy Snuff Trax For Japan here.
More info on the Snuff Crew's website.

Monday, 21 March 2011

BAD TASTE BARBIES Working Up A Sweat (Niallist PumpMixx)

Here's a remix wot I dun of Kurt Dirt's drag queen hi-nrg rock troupe Bad Taste Barbies, which was heavily influenced by Madonna's "Burning Up". I'm happy with this, and apparently the band now want to perform this version in their live shows!

BAD TASTE BARBIES Working Up A Sweat (Niallist PumpMixx) by theniallist

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Steven Hyden/AV Club's "Whatever Happened To Alternative Nation?" series

Has come to an end, with the tenth article in the series, "1999: By The Time I Get To Woodstock '99".

Remember Woodstock '99? The one where lots of people got beaten up and raped? Yeah, just as we had almost completely erased it from collective memory, here comes Fred Douche shouting at a bunch of drunken jocks to "RAPE SOMETHING!!" in his squeaky, balls-not-dropped voice while security throw their badges an the ground and dive into the mosh pit. Ok, so he didn't encourage rape (not that I'm aware of anyway), but the point is still the same. The 90s started with Kurt Cobain in a dress, and ended with Douchface forcibly ripping dresses off harassed women. What a fitting end to the decade, this series, and the story of rock music itself over those years.

This is the comment I left, I will probably get round to doing this myself at some point as it was my own arc through the decade:

"Great series but it just underlines for me how spent a cultural force rock became over this period. The original sense of anarchy and rebellion that made rock so engaging was strip mined to nothing in the Nineties. The real story of the decade is how rock, or alternative, was superceded by other genres and how people who before would have dismissed those genres started to like them. A lot. It's what happened to me.

I would like to see someone write about what was REALLY alternative and fresh in the Nineties. Hip-hop (THE genre that defines those times), house (the early-to-mid 90s was probably the most gay-friendly the mainstream has ever been), electronica (producers like Aphex/Squarepusher pushed boundaries that rock bands are still catching up with), drum & Bass, rave, Daft Punk etc. Real progression / boundary breaking in 90s music was being done by kids with samplers, computers and machines, not by guys with guitars trying to fit into patterns established 30 years before. Not to mention that the drugs were better.

I'm not hating on WHTAN here, it's been a great ride, but it backs up what I truly feel about that decade. I hope someone will write a series about music beyond rock in the 90s, because that is the real story waiting to be explored. "


Friday, 18 March 2011

HOUSE MACHINE Relief (Mix For Japan)

This will be on the upcoming Snuff Crew digital compilation in aid of Japanese earthquake survivors. It's a new mix of the track Relief, just for the album, and this is the unmastered mix. I hope it's of some help.

Relief (Mix For Japan) by House Machine

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Skool of Rock Mix on Mixcloud

More Mixcloud action! This is still my favourite mix I have ever done, over an hour of non stop fist-pumping, power chord-crashing disco rock action!

ELO - Don't Bring Me Down (Disco Beard Re-Edit)
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son
Rockets - On The Road Again
Edwin Starr - The Rock
Chilly - For Your Love
Kiss - I Was Made For Lovin' You
Tantra - Hills Of Katmandu (Patrick Cowley Mix)
Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love (Acapella)
Material - Bustin' Out
ZZ Top - Legs (Metal Mix)
Giorgio Moroder - Evolution
Macho - Not Tonight (Dimitri From Paris Re-Edit)
Skatt Bros - Walk The Night (Album Version)
Queen - Another One Bites The Dust
David Bowie - Stay
Wings - Goodnight Tonight (Trippy Disco Edit)

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

More pics of Eat Your Heart Out

More pics (featuring Joyce D Vision) from Eat Your Heart Out at the Contact Theater:

Intro film featuring Lio "Banana Split"!

Myra Dubois!

Our Joycie!

Producer extraordinaire Martin Hairnet!

Miss Annabel Sings!

Some bloke - what's his name again? Dottie??

Tuesday, 15 March 2011


That's right it's TRANNY NITE! Tonight at the Art School, in the Vic Bar, as a fundraiser for the GSA's printing department. Get tranned up! With DJ sets from The Niallist and Lock Up Your Daughters, and performance from Lady Munter and Vanity Von Glow! This is going to be ace :-)

Old mixes, new on Mixcloud

So, I have signed up for Mixcloud, and so far it looks pretty good. Unlimited music uploads (minimum of 8 tracks per upload and track info required for wealth re-distribution) suits me, as I have A LOT of old mixes to put up. Here's two for starters:

^ This is the kind of thing I will be playing tonight at Tranny Nite.

FLEXI COWBOYS Domination Instrumental
AVALANCHE Travelling (Space)
X-RAY CONNECTION Replay (Space Mix)
PET SHOP BOYS It’s A Sin (Disco Mix)
X-RAY CONNECTION Replay (Special Freak Mix)
TAFFY I Love My Radio (USA Mix 86)
SUZY Can’t Live Without Your Love (Double Dub Mix)
MAN TWO MAN Who Knows What Evil (Nightmare Dub Mix)
LIME Angel Eyes
CAMARO’S GANG Ali’s Shuffle
ALISHA Beat All Night
FANCY Play Me The Bolero (Dub)
RONI GRIFFITHS That’s Rock’n’Roll

^ A slightly more up to date mix of disco and techno.

BWH Stop (Bangkok Impact Remix)
EQUIP xxxo
CHAPLIN BAND Madman’s Discotheque
LCD SOUNDSYSTEM Tribulations (Lindstrom Remix)
LA BIONDA I Wanna Be Your Lover
KELLEY POLAR Vocalise (Morgan Geist Edit)
DEPECHE MODE Behind The Wheel (Shep Pettibone Remix)
MEKON Remind Me (Royksopp Remix)
ZOMBI Sapphire
TRIPPY DISCO Frankfurt In Fifteen
PRINCE Take Me With U

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Kid Zipper MNRG #1 Mix

Here's another promo mix for next Saturday's Menergy, by the club's resident Kid Zipper. Featuring some of the more far-out music played in the club's brief warm up spot, it moves nicely into some (guess what?) disco and house.

MNRG # 1 by Kid Zipper

Madonna – Into The Groove-a-lude
Oneohtrix Point Never- Wayland Lincoln Border
Radio People – Designer
Subway – Persuasion
Amplified Orchestra – Cosmic Slope
Sorcerer – Surfing At Midnight – Prins Thomas Remix
Cottam – Cottam 4
Sankt Goran – My Friend Played The Guitar – Beat Pharmacy Dub
Linkwood – Falling
Bohannon – Lets Start The Dance
Richard T. Bear – Sunshine Hotel
Richard Sen and Cazbee – Playback
Mystery Meat – Handle This
Surround Sounds – Beyond The Dance – The Revenge Mix
Deetron feat Justin Chapman – Let’s Get Over
Lone – Cloud 909
Anthony “Shake” Shakir – Happy to Be Here
Ralph Rosario feat Xavier Gold – You Used To Hold Me – House Mix

Friday, 11 March 2011

Menergy guest mix from Pumping Iron's Andrew Bailey

Pumping Iron are going to be special guests at the next Menergy Vic Bar bash in a couple of weeks, and here's a special guest mix of classic house from the duo's Andrew Bailey.

Back On Track by Andy Bailey

Fax Yourself / Sunshine
Karen Pollack / You Can't Touch Me (Murk Dub)
House 2 House / I Need Your Love (Love Mix)
Frankie Knuckles / Your Love
Azari & III / Indigo
Dione / Come Get My Lovin (Remix)
Bardeux / When We Kiss

Also appearing will be the wonderful Zsa Zsa Noir, doing a live set of dancefloor electro. She's ferocious, I posted about here before here.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Menergy March 26th Flyer

The new Menergy flyer is fucking FIERCE! Gregor has done us proud :-)

Sunday, 6 March 2011

TRANNY NITE @ Art School, Tue 15th March

I'm djing at this! And having a good old laugh trolling the Facebook event page as a fake Xtian fundie with repressed tv desires. Oh how we laughed. And how we will laugh a week on Tuesday. :-D Along with Munter, Vanity, LUYD and all the kids from the arty in bad drag.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

"The Noughties: WTF Just Happened?" Part 1 - In the Year 2000...

The first part in my ongoing monthly series "The Noughties: WTF Just Happened?" is up now on Weaponizer. A look back at the music and pop culture of the decade we just left behind, the first part focuses on the year 2000. There's a lot of disco-pop going on, while somewhere in NY a scene is brewing.

The articles will cover one year at a time, from 2000 until 2010, and will be joined by guest articles form different writers looking at aspects of music and pop culture I may have missed out on. First guest is Weaponizer's own Bram Gleiben, who will be doing a two part look back at hip-hop over the past 10 years.

The Noughties: WTF Just Happened? Part 1 - 2000

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Menergy photos are in!

You can see them here - as ever, mega props to Michael James. I'm not going to post loads, just this one of the whole House of Menergy which is ace (Michael is behind the camera on this, and Gregor and Suzy hadn't arrived yet):