Παρασκευή, 29 Μαΐου 2009

J.Rocc, Egon & Madlib in Athens

Taken from Egons' Diary posted at Stonesthrow.com

"...We made it to the airport with minutes to spare, and departed a damp Zurich for what we knew would be warm, dry Greece. Our moods changed slightly; only J.Rocc had ever been to Greece and I’d hooked up what I thought was a pretty fool proof itinerary with the help of our promoter, Stav, and an old connection for Ethiopian 7s, Adamantios. Upon arriving in Greece, though, I came to realize that there was no way we’d be able to do half of what we’d planned. Firstly, the riots that began in December hadn’t stopped (though most American news programs have stopped showcasing them), and, upon our arrival, Adamantios announced that the anarchists were rioting in the area that contained the best stores. Great.

Madlib decided to stay at the hotel, and we made our way through some of the most congested streets I’ve ever witnessed in a European capital to a dealer-friend of Adamantios who supposedly specialized in Turkish and Mediterranean psychedelia. The architecture of Athens surprised me – very utlitarian, in a 50s or 60s modernist sense. “Like it was all designed by a civil engineer,” is how Stav put it, as our driver explained that Athens was basically a village of around 20,000 inhabitants in the early 20th century. The city reminded me of Sao Paulo in many ways, and the bushy palm trees drove the comparison home to J.Rocc and Madlib, who both mentioned the same insight later that evening.

We skipped dinner and made our way to the venue, where Stav and crew had outdone every promoter on the tour. We walked in to find two bottles of well aged white Burgundy (a Mersault from 1999 and a 1998 Pusligny Montrachet) alongside one of my favorite Pomerols, Chateau Plince. But forget the good wine: the clincher was a big bag of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups for J.Rocc. “How did you find these,” I questioned Stav, relaying what our Swiss promoter had told us. “Oh man, there’s only one store that carries these things in the city, way out in the suburbs. But I had to go there to get Ghostface his Pop Tarts anyway so it wasn’t a big deal.” We all stared, incredulously, until J.Rocc started eating.

I was a bit nervous for my first set of the tour. Not that I get butterflies about Djing anymore, but I planned to play nothing but music I’d bought from Greek dealers – specifically Greek psychedelia, Lebanese pop and Ethiopian 45s. But after the first song, I realized I could play almost exclusively Greek songs – it really seemed like this crowd had never heard anyone playing their country’s best 70s recordings. And, considering the quality of the Greek psych-pop tunes (check Oh No’s “Oxperiments” for examples), it surprised me.

J and Madlib did their thing, though we were in a venue known for live music and the crowd started thinning out after a couple hours. But there was no shortage of love for our first, collective Greek appearance and a bit too much of the local greenery and that good wine called for a (rather) early night anyway.

For my part, I wanted to see the damn Acropolis – the closest I’d come was a view obscured by hundreds of antennae on a nearby rooftop earlier in the evening. Our previous driver obliged, after a quick stop at the after party in one of Athen’s newly gentrified areas, around an old power plant. On the way there he showed me what happened when gentrification stops cold – rather posh “boutique” hotels surrounded by hundreds of Nigerian hookers and the Iranian men who would woo them on their 700 euro a month salaries. We never made it to the Acropolis – after miles of circuitous driving (homey had smoked the same stuff the boys did) I had to call it a night – and I arrived at the hotel at dawn wondering if I should knock on J.Rocc’s door to ask for some of those Reeses."

Τετάρτη, 27 Μαΐου 2009

Κυριακή, 24 Μαΐου 2009

Pop Festival 1973

Stones Throw live in Athens, 22/5/2009. Terrible. But, here's what we got out of it! It's the product of the greek Columbia Records' new bands contest in 1973. The 13 winner songs got to be in this LP. It's cult, and it's amazing!! If only all these bands had continued playing this stuff!


And here's a presentation of the bands:
(in greek, sorry, too lazy to translate it!)

Τετάρτη, 20 Μαΐου 2009

Danger Mouse And Sparklehorse - Dark Night of the Soul (2009 @ 192Kbps)


Fuck my ass!!! What the hell a forgotten indie-rocker from the late 90s has to do with the most successful and in-demand producers of the 00s? Well, to create a masterpiece!! And you wanna know who's with 'em? Iggy Pop, Julian Casablancas, Gruff Rhys, David Lynch, Frank Black, Wayne Coyne, Nina Persson, any many more.. A legal matter with EMI delayed the release of the album, and they are currently just selling the case with a blank CD-R.. Pretty ahead of their time you gotta admit!

Τρίτη, 12 Μαΐου 2009

Sudden Death

Sudden Death is the title of the long awaited upcoming release by Blend, due sometime in June. Palov & Mishkin's second release is already out since yesterday.. It's gonna be another summer full of the tunes of our beloved Cast-a-Blast. Untill then here are a coupla songs from Blend's new album.. Collaborations with two greek mcs, the one-and-only Taki Tsan and Elephant Phinix.


Κυριακή, 10 Μαΐου 2009

A chair desined to point out that perhaps not all of our Tweets are so important

Tinkerer Randy Sarafan has used his mechanical skills to make an amusing sociological comment about the often pointless, banal postings of the masses on sites like Twitter. To be more specific, Sarafan has rigged up an office chair that Tweets his farts.

A natural gas sensor hooked up to a Squidbee module and connected to his computer sends out a random (if canned) Tweet every time Sarafan passes gas. I'm not sure what's funnier, that, or the fact that people are actually following it.

Sarafan's Instructable on the feat is here, closed with the line "Happily let people know that you are engaging in life as it happens."

Originally posted @ core77.com

Δευτέρα, 4 Μαΐου 2009

Family Guy - Season 8 Episode 14 (*.avi)



The Dead Weather

Jack White's new band, he plays drums this time, along with Alison Mosshart of the Kills, Dean Fertita of the Queens of the Stone Age and Jack Lawrence of the Raconteurs. This is the first single from their debut album Horehound, said to be released in June. Enjoy!


Κυριακή, 3 Μαΐου 2009