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techno and few other intelligent things

Steve Albini tells you why is better not to sign with a major label.

“STEVE ALBINI: I’m not really interested in participating in mainstream culture. Participating in the mainstream music business is, to me, like getting involved in a racket. There’s no way you can get involved in a racket and not someway be filthied by it. You’re another catalog item, another name on the list of people who are collaborating with the enemy.”

Steve Albini is one of the most prolific music producer (or Record Engineer as he likes to be described) the world has come to know until today. He recorded albums with Nirvana, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Motorpshyco, The Breeders, Fugazi, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Jesus Lizard and some italian bands like Uzeda, Zu, 24 Grana. I remeber the time when in Senigallia at the Red House Studio many italian indie bands (Three Second Kiss, Manila Hemp) recorded with him.

If you are in a band or in a solo project or you are a producer or anyhow involved with music and still want to sign for a major label, please read carefully what Steve Albini has to tell you.

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In this essay the almighty sound guru goes deeply through figures explaining why is better to stay independent, and I will add to release yourself your music. keeping control over it forever. This way it will take you longer to be worldwide known but you will know how the game works and will be solely responsible for your music and its exploitation.

If you are interested please go dig for the dispute between Steve and Sonic Youth when they signed for a major in 1990 (it was DGC).

One more thing about his ethics: Steve Albini doesn’t pretend future royalties on the records he produces, he just gets a daily flat fare and that’s it. can you imagine that in the contemporay fucked up music business? ehehehe… he’s the man!

Steve Albini is also a guitarist playing with Shellac, Rapeman, Big Black.

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“Expectations in music are a dangerous road to take”. The music of DVS1

“Expectations in music are a dangerous road to take. You can’t expect anything from this and just do it because you truly love it and get something from playing. I’ve dedicated my entire life to this. I can’t even begin to count the hours, days, years etc…that I’ve spent in search of the beat and rhythm I speak about. I’ve missed holidays, missed birthdays, missed social interaction with people in the normal setting of life all for music. I’m not complaining, on the other hand, I’m just stating the truth, that this takes real dedication. If you give this much to something, it’s bound to give back to you. ” DVS1 for Once Was Now blog.

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I am going to catch Zak, aka DVS1 (Devious One) next monday night at AURORA Festival. I will be very happy cause he’s one of my fav artist around.

Long story short: Zak aka DVS1 comes from Minneapolis, midwest US, the city of Prince but also land of grain and agricolture. He gets popular in Europe and worldwide few years ago (around 2009) thanks to Ben Klock and Derrick May. They were the first to releases DVS1 own production on Transmat and Klockworks. Zak has been djing in the underground for years that’s why he owns a huge vinyls collection (more than 10.000 units) and this is why he is so solid, not a parvenue but a very dedicated pro.
He’s the perfect example of contemporary techno artist: both skilled dj and top producer. He likes deep vibes and rough attitude in music. His own tracks are very consistent adding microvariations over arpeggios and a swingy groove with deep basses and a detroitish approach. You can call it detroit techno or deep techno, but to me there is a lot in his music coming from the early NY acid techno. Filters opening up or modulating, his leads never stay still. This is what I like of DVS1’s music: you get energy, deepness and elegance all in one.

this track is called “Confused” and was released On Klockworks in 2011.

and this is a video of DVS1 in action so to get the vibes of Minneapolis gigs and techno scene and to see him at the decks. I think this is brutal 🙂

and this is still DVS1 playing at Scala in London. fancy venue and deep vibes.

for more info:
HUSH’s Bandacamp.
DVS1 discography at Discogs

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“Fucked Up, Got Ambushed, Zipped In [into a body bag]”. read it FUGAZI.

long time favourite band: FUGAZI.
Formed in 1987 in Washington, D.C. from the ashes of HC-punk band Minor Threat, till today they released 7 album, all of them are great and innovative.


The band always embraced the DIY ethic, keeping low prices for gigs and albums. this is why the band is self managed and releases the albums through Dischord Records (Ian MacKaye one of the singer, is also the boss at Dischord).

four members: Guy Picciotto,Ian MacKaye, Joe Lally and Brendan Canty. it’s said they were the band that brought punk and hardcore to the post-rock genre (or Post-Hardcore). ppl argue that post-hardcore is born with the Minutemen few years before, but who cares…FUGAZI are genius blending noise, hc, melodies and solid groove.

this is Exit Only (from Steady Diet of Nothing, 1991) played Live in 1993.

and this is Epic Problem form their (last) ep called Argument. I had a roomate who would do his pushups (hundreds of) with this album and he became strong as superman.

also, every FUGAZI’s record contains an instrumental tracks and this one is my fav from the RED MEDICINE album. It’s called Combination Locker.

last track for you is Dear Justice Letter still form Steady Diet of Nothing.

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Great ambient-space music from UK.

band: VAAST
album title: Chi Sagittarii

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Jesus and Mary Chain and the need of destruction

Maybe it’s because I am feeling depressed and mad but in the last weeks I am constantly playing tracks from Jesus and Mary Chain . I love them, they’ve always been on top of my favourite bands list.

The Jesus And Mary Chain comes from Glasgow in the 80’s and the band is basically the Reid’s brothers, plus some extra components switching through time.

During the early shows the Jesus Mary Chain performed very short gigs, typically fuelled by amphetamines and lasting around 20 minutes, the venues were usually torn apart by the violence of their fans despite their music is totally melodic.

their sound is similar to early Stooges or Velvet Underground, maybe some Ramones, but most of all they use massive noise and feedbacks braided with cutting melodies and 80’s drum style.

Discography:
Psychocandy (1985)
Darklands (1987)
Automatic (1989)
Honey’s Dead (1992)
Stoned & Dethroned (1994)
Munki (1998)

info: http://thejesusandmarychain.co.uk/

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Gabe DM – Italiansgroove radioshow #23

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I am happy to share with you the podcast I did for Italiansgroove radioshow.

Since I got robbed recently of my dj equipments I had to record it on Ableton Live, it was a real pain in the ass, maybe cause it was the first time I approach a dj session this way. I felt I was totally loosing the live djing feel in favour of a structured recording session. I did mapped the filters and eqs on my controller but still couldn’t get the fun I use to have while djing in real time.

I think I will have to find a different approach to live mixes in the future. if you have any advice go ahead and tell me 🙂

In the tracklist you will find tracks from producer I admire, friends and new discoveries, plus many of my recent tracks (of course eheheh).

Have a spin and share it if you like, don’t forget to thank the ppl who produce such beautiful tracks that are out there for us to enjoy.

tracklist:
1. Zadig – Dark Nebula (Kenny Larkin Remix)
2. Robert Hood – Drive (The Age Of Automation) (Ø [Phase] Nocturnal Mix)
3. Psyk – Transito
4. Gabe DM – Stolidity
5. CS 01 – B1 (Vinyl only)
6. Korova – Martello (Giulio Maresca remix)
7. Gabe DM – Bankruptcy Showbiz
8. Ken Ishii – EXTRA
9. Wax – 50005
10. Raffaele Attanasio – Black Bloc (Manzel Version)
11. Unbalance – Untitled 1
12. Jamie Guerkin – Monophobie (Gabe DM remix)
13. Steve Rachmad – Fruit Of The Room
14. Savas Pascalidis – Sonic Groove (Skudge Rework)
15. O/V/R – Post-Traumatic Son (DVS1 Pessimist Mix)
16. Miriam Macrì – Bye Bye Mademoiselle (Gabe DM remix)
17. Shifted – Sektor A
18. Orquesm – NootZaak (unreleased)
19. Terrence Dixon – Minimalism (DVS1 Remix)
20. Stefano Infusino – T600
21. Gabe DM – Untitled06

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Stanley Kubrick: a life in pictures.

“Stanley Kubrick, a life in pictures” is a 2001 documentary about the great film director which offers a rare in-depth look into Kubrick’s career as a filmmaker. It consists of several 15 minutes chapters, one for every film he directed with interviews and details and everything a Kubrick’s hardcore fan will need.

the documentary collects interviews from colleagues and friends like noted directors Scorsese, Allen and Spielberg; actors like Malcom McDowell, Peter Ustinov, Matthew Modine, Nicole Kidman.

I almost forgot that the narrator is mr. Tom Cruise himself. what would you need more? 🙂

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Step Down. Sick of it All.

“In the underground, integrity lies within
in the underground, image doesn’t mean a thing
when the substance lacks it’s plain for all to see
if the deal is right then respect is where it should be.

For the fakes and frauds it’s a fucking fashion show
total compromise will have them sell their soul.
all the negative all the useless influence
all the emptiness all the violent detriment
makes no sense…”

“In the undeground, integrity lies within” it’s my new mantra.

ps. the video is so damn cool and makes me happy everytime I watch it.

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TODD MCLELLAN and things fall apart

Things Come Apart is an expansion of the original “Disassembly Series”. This new set of images explores retro to modern daily items that have, are, or will be in our everyday lives. The book “Things Come Apart” published by Thames & Hudson will be available May.

It’s beautiful and smart and minimalistic.

These are my favuorite ones:

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Todd McLellan is a Toronto-based artist.

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Subsekt Mixtape #1 is out. Grab your free copy now!

The wait is over!

Subsekt mixtape #1 is out and free to download at Subsekt Soundcloud page.

Paul “Nomad” Spectrum mixes one hour of fresh electronic and techno tracks from members of the Subsekt Forum.
My track “Teamwork Occlusion” from the ep Perturbation Stolidity is in the mix as well as many other banging tracks.

Listen to the mix and discover the artists here.

Tracklisting:

1 Jake Conlon – Solt and Kobre
2 Arc – Organize
3 ARiFF – Crankshaft
4 Peter Gual – Quan tot acabi
5 GABE DM – Teamwork Occlusion
6 Harem Tone – Love.0 (Aphorrent’s Fuck Your Love Remix)
7 The Binary Mind – Bankrunner
8 Ronny Pries – Here lies minimalism
9 Ross Alexander – Chamber of Victory
10 Inhuman Impulse – Stream
11 Jake Conlon – Dro-Hp 03
12 Filiber – Deviant
13 Twilitez – Lastminutes Better_4
14 Jordan Louis – Dia de Los Muertos
15 Timothy Alexander – Omnipotence I
16 Mslwte – HD 209458 b (BMS Master)
17 Serial – Parallelo

 

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I am really proud and happy to be part of this wonderfull group of friends and colleagues. I have been hanging on the forum for one year now and I must say all the ppl involved are really cool and I learned a lot of technical tips and discovered great new music. So if you’re looking for a techno music forum and nice ppl, get down to the Subsekt!

as you know my ep called Perturbation Stolidity has been released two weeks ago and I didn’t get the feeds and the attention I was hoping for, but it’s ok, no prob at all cause I know I am not a big act or anything similar. I just hoped to get some exposure but little by little hopefully will get somewhere. So it’s a real honour to be be included in this awesome mixtape sharing the playlist with Ariff, Arc, Mslwte, Timothy Alexander, Jordan Louis, Ross Alexander, Serial, Twilitez, Filiber, Aphorren, The Binary Mind, Peter Gual, Jake Conlon, Inhuman Impulse and the great Ronny Pries.

For this I thank John, Paul and every other Subsekters.

Have a nice time listening to the tape and see you around.

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