#0104 Doktor Avalanche and Friends

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Doktor Avalanche is the name of evolving electronic drum machines that have fueled the majestic Sisters of Mercy over the years. Dexterous name; distinct sound.

I can’t say with any certainly that Andrew Eldritch would approve of all the bands on this mix (probably not), but it’s a mix of songs with drum machines that I work to when in front of a computer. I know there are drum machines behind everyone from Prince to Wesley Willis, but when working I tend to play songs with a similar, electronic sound.  I tried to include different sounds and approaches here within that theme, and avoided a more dark/heavy electronic mix, though there is some of that on here. I also tried to include different bands so steered away from my all-time favorites as much as possible, purposefully leaving off Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Front 242, Front Line Assembly, KMFDM, Depeche Mode, etc., but cheated a bit by adding Revolting Cocks and Download.  I included another all-time favorite, the Sisters, on there because I like the name of the mix.

As always, if you like a band, please download their songs and see their shows and otherwise support their efforts if you can. Enjoy!

  1. TKM – Sub Swara
  2. Flesh (Original) – A Split-Second
  3. The Collapse – Flesh Field
  4. Ghostwriter – RJD2
  5. Dead End Streets (86 Mixxx) – Revolting Cocks
  6. Phantasmata – CunninLynguists
  7. Dial8 – Velvet Acid Christ
  8. The Acension – Mnolo
  9. Final Home (Piano Mix) – DJ Krush featuring Esthero
  10. Transient – Glen Porter
  11. Death Vest 09 – Enduser
  12. The Great Divide – Die Krupps
  13. Glory Box – Portishead
  14. Human Crossing – Project Pitchfork
  15. The Open Hand Avows – Daedelus
  16. Firing Line – Noise Unit
  17. Glassblower – Download
  18. Poison Door – Sisters of Mercy
  19. Narcisse – Martin Rev

 

#0072 – 2008 In Repose

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It had to happen, as it does just about everywhere this time of year:  a year-in-review show.  I’ve been through several iterations of this mix with a few different approaches to get to here.  It’s been difficult.  I thought about highlighting music that I discovered this year, not necessarily stuff that came out this year, but anything I discovered you’ve heard in the previous episodes. We also got in about another 43 shows of Radio Gen1us this year, which is huge.

So I decided to highlight songs you’ve not heard (probably) on albums that came out this year:

#0071 – UnEighties

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Jim recently mocked me (he’ll tell you it was just an “observation”) that I’m stuck in the 80s.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  I’m a child of the 80s and no doubt influenced by the cheesy pop-rock that dominated Casey Kasum’s American Top Forty.  Starting in college, and most notably attending the ZooTV tour for U2, I was exposed to Public Enemy and Big Audio Dynamite II and that pushed me down the Indie/Alternative path that would weave through the fabric of growing up 90s.

This led to a fervent and strong love of hip hop, beyond LL Cool J, Run DMC or even Digital Underground.

This mix is a heavy blend of progressive hip hop and electronica and some trip-hop.  There’s no other theme here other than to serve notice that I’m not stuck in some scene in a John Hughes film.

That said, there are often moments I hear Wang Chung’s “Fire in the Twilight” — pretty much everyday.

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  1. Thievery Corporation – Sound the Alarm
  2. DJ Danger Mouse – Encore
  3. Ladytron – Tomorrow
  4. Q-Tip – Work It Out
  5. Moby – I Love to Move In Here
  6. Santogold – I’m a Lady
  7. The Foreign Exchnage – Let’s Move
  8. Blackalicious – Make You Feel That Way
  9. The Roots – Guns Are Drawn
  10. Method Man – Release Yo’Delf (Prodigy Mix)
  11. Common – Universal Mind Control (UMC)
  12. Portishead – Machine Gun
  13. Massive Attack & Mos Def – I Against I
  14. Propellerheads – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  15. The Streets – Turn the Page
  16. Talib Kweli & Mos Def – Joy

#0068 – Dancin’ On All Hallows Eve

Aaron’s note:  Everyone welcome Jason, our first guest DJ!

Jason (aka Replik8)The term Halloween comes from “All Hallows’ Eve” as it is the eve of “All Hallows’ Day”, which is now also known as All Saints’ Day.  Halloween originated in Gaelic culters as a celebration of the end of Harvest Season. Irish and Scotish immigrants continued varied versions of the tradition and brought it to North America in the nineteenth century.

The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31 the boundary between the alive and the dead ceased to exist, and the dead became dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. The living held festivals that involved bonfires, into which bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them.  So since most of us aren’t farmers, but often get sick during the fall season (at least I know I do), then we might want to consider celebrating Halloween to drive out all negativity and evil spirits from our lives and have some fun while doing it. How you celebrate it is your choice, but as long as you know it’s actually not a celebration of evil spirits or promoting types of morally wrong paganism as some “modern” religious groups might have you to believe. This mix won’t change your life or make you a sinner, but should put you in the mood for Halloween and turn you on to some bone chillin’ tracks you’ve never heard before. Cheers!

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  1. Introduction – Replik8
  2. The Boogie Monster – Gnarls Barkley [http://www.last.fm/music/Gnarls+Barkley]
  3. Dancin’ On My Grave – Ghostland Observatory [http://www.last.fm/music/Ghostland+Observatory]
  4. Paperbag Writer – Radiohead [http://www.last.fm/music/Radiohead]
  5. Lusty – Lamb [http://www.last.fm/music/Lamb]
  6. Buggface – Big Boi [http://www.last.fm/music/Big+Boi]
  7. Scarecrow – Beck[http://www.last.fm/music/Beck]
  8. The Rip – Portishead [http://www.last.fm/music/Portishead]
  9. Last Living Souls – Gorillaz [http://www.last.fm/music/Gorillaz]
  10. Where I End And You Begin – Radiohead [http://www.last.fm/music/Radiohead]
  11. Monster – Chab feat. JD Davis [http://www.last.fm/music/Chab]
  12. Where Is My Mind – Pixies [http://www.last.fm/music/Pixies]
  13. Cowboys – Portishead [http://www.last.fm/music/Portishead]
  14. ATLiens – Outkast [http://www.last.fm/music/Outkast]
  15. Smile Like You Mean It – The Killers [http://www.last.fm/music/The+Killers]
  16. Christiansands – Tricky [[http://www.last.fm/music/Tricky]
  17. I’m Afraid of Americans – David Bowie [http://www.last.fm/music/David+Bowie]
  18. My Mind Is Playin’ Tricks On Me – Ghetto Boys [http://www.last.fm/music/Geto+Boys]
  19. The Eraser – Thom Yorke [http://www.last.fm/music/Thom+Yorke]
  20. Don’t Save Us From The Flames – M83 [http://www.last.fm/music/M83]