Seems like every DJ is trying to get a T.V. show or a movie, nowadays. Not really a surprise though. It’s a long standing tradition to try to crossover, before the hype machine breaks down on an artist. Snoop Dog, before he was Snoop Lion, had a pretty interesting sketch show, before it became nothing but Dizzle Izzle Wizzle jokes. Radiohead had a disturbingly brilliant and obtuse variety show called “The Most Gigantic Lying Mouth Of All Time”. Of course, it was canceled by MTV because they didn’t think its dystopian mosaic would connect with their T.R.L. audience. We could go on and on about dead visual projects of musicians. Instead, because Porter Robinson and Skrillex wear out the cultures welcome, I’d like to showcase some films about our little medium. And no, no “Groove”. I know how much people would want me to talk about “Go” and all those other 90’s stereotypes, but no. So this week, besides the music, I’m going to also give you a couple of FREE MUSIC Films to enjoy.
This is the “Hard Days Night” of modern dance music. It serves as a divisive timeline; not only to the band’s transition from live music into DJ sets, but also to their ripple of influence on the genre itself. Wave makers in music, like Tiga and Justice, who admit their extensive sampling of Soulwax, to James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, narrate the post Indie Rock reluctance and appreciation of one band’s inspiration. The film itself could easily be a documentary about touring. It’s more than that though. It’s a history lesson of the electronic medium and serves as a watermark to every tour documentary that came after it. The rampaging scopes of frenzied crowds, incapable of self-control. The soft private moments, in between the creative process, taking over a stage, and destructive traveling. Then there’s the soundtrack. It’s perfectly spliced, driving the pacing of the film itself, while being its own singular interpretation of Nite Versions, which is an interpretation of the “Any Minute Now” album. Seeing that the album and the tours are almost ten years old and before the Mainstream boom of E.D.M.; it illustrates the former openness of musicians and crowds; before everything was list climbing and label throwing. Not only is it the predecessors to Garage, but also the direct connection between Electro and Techno, which eventually gave birth to the E.D.M. modules that formed every festival set. Teachers was written by Daft Punk, which is the first track on Nite Versions. Need I say more? There is such a wealth of knowledge and nobody in the modern music culture should be denied this film. Those who got into the scene in the last five years, Disco people, Techno heads, Garage/ Live band enthusiasts. Everyone.
Extra Credit: This is Belgium
This is a walkthrough for the electronic genres of the 80’s, featuring almost every single style to come out of the greatest electronic UK movements. This is for the ones starting to mature and graduate from the lamestream doldrums from the last 10 years. Level Up guaranteed.
If you still want to be old school and play the 1992 card, here you go. This is where we came from. Before Trance music sounded like a song on the “Frozen” soundtrack. When going to rave actually meant something, these are the people you would meet there. Hours of inspiration and frustration, of trying to get individual tracks from this set list. One of my favorite mixes of the last few years and it shows how far 2manyDJs has come along in their style.
It’s ok if you didn’t like Daft Punk before “Discovery”. The anime cadet flying guitar space ships is dope. That wasn’t the only visual endeavor Daft Punk has made though. Electroma has a vibrant “2001: A Space Odyssey” motif; but has a filthy “Blade Runner” plot. It’s styled, trippy, other worldly soundtrack pulls the entire, completely wordless film together. It has underlying themes of self-expression, individuality, and freedom, tied right next to antagonist points they are meant to rise above from. It’s never feels like one long music video; like I’ve seen others do. From beginning to end, it’s the proper execution of an art piece, which is primarily influenced by music, but also has a principle secretly expressed along the way. Engrossing, exciting, and sometimes heavy; like every good film should be.
Small Town Ecstasy
This is a time capsule, a warning bell, a humorous drama, a movie that leaves you asking if it was real or not. A documentary that starts off just about Rave culture, but quickly turns into highlights and pitfalls of almost everybody I’ve ever seen get sucked into that whole scene. A father, in an effort to connect with his older son, goes to a show with him and immediately becomes enamored with aesthetics and affections that it has to offer. Then it all goes to shit. That’s as easily as I can put it before I give away any plot twists. Really it becomes more than just a film. Every time I see somebody slipping into a Ketamine hole or bingeing show after show after show; I show them this movie. This is the manual of what not to do if you’re going to be a part of this culture, especially the frosted tips and upside down visors. These are the archetype of the people not there for the music. This is for every parent who thinks it’s ok to let their little children go to shows. This is for every parent that wants to be a friend more than an authority figure. If anything, this is the number one advocate for getting your party years out of the way before you settle down and have kids. There are so many quotable lines, that I’m amazed nobody has made a good remix with their samples. (Hint, Hint, Wink, Wink) Ridiculous moments any rave vet can recognize go right along heartbreaking moments of clarity that we also can sympathize with. If you want to see a real rave film, with an authentic outdated fashion, true to life experiences, while exposing, instead of glorifying, everything that comes along with that scene, then this is a must watch.
This Week In Music:
Because there’s never enough Free Music to go around. Really I’m just kind of giddy that Nancy Whang signed my Nite Versions Vinyl this last weekend. Plus I’ve been dodging a lot of people who want me to go to their Halloween things, when I already have plans. It may sound mean, but I don’t want to go to your Herbalife Warehouse mixer. Anyways, THREE FREE TRACKS this week, because I gave you a lot to watch already.
Albzzy & Machaon – Afresh
This may sound dated, but I’m just looking back at the older Hardcore Techno and Club scenes. The only reason I’m doing so is because of this traction towards grinding, heavy House, which is good if done right. This song is one of those modern exploits of classic influences with guided techniques to make a quality song. It allows you to head into deeper or more minimal territory, or more quick and pounding rhythms. Everybody I showed this song asked who it was, and that’s always the sign of a good track.
Perfect Driver – Lights Are Out
Goddamn have I been wanting to put some more Techno on this weekly. It’s just so hard to find good tracks that don’t nod towards House or Minimal nowadays. But Perfect Driver, rarely disappoints… like ever. This track is no different. It’s saturated darkness, with a perfect vocal sampling and igniting recoils. Heard this song and immediately dug it. This is my track of the week and the week just started.
Volac – Fuck U
After about thirty Halloween tracks, this House creeper popped up outta where, now I’m ready to get deciphered. That’s been the problem this whole week. It’s all shitty Halloween crap. Good tracks are getting drowned in everybody’s Michael Myers remix. This is some good House Gangsta beats, with some nocturnal bass minimums coming out of Tampa and Chicago again. If you’re going to play Hood House tracks, they have to be A. Really Hood and B. Really House. If you understand what that means, then you’re going to love this track. If you don’t, then you got some Group Therapy crap to go cry to.
Next Week: I’m still on the fence about doing some Halloween stuff again. The new content coming out this year really hasn’t been good.
Raul Chacon is a self-aware douchebag, who only listens to bands you’ve probably never heard of. His years of writing for literary reviews and magazines, lead him to a couple of scholarships for his work, which he quickly squandered by moving to Austin and going to shows six days a week(instead of class). Eventually, he became a touring security guard and witnessed hundreds of shows and dozens of festivals firsthand. He would tell you how many shows he’s been to; but there’s too many holes in his brain at this point.
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