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What's new in iJamming!...
Tue, Oct 23, 2001
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN: "Flowers is Echo & The Bunnymen's finest hour since Ocean Rain."
HEDONISM:
An intrigue of early 90s New York nightlife.
NEW CHAPTER now online
From the Jamming! Archives:
U2 interviewed in 1984.
"It's not U2 that's creating this great art. . .There's something that works through us to create in this way."
MUSING ON A SEPTEMBER MOURNING
PART1:
My immediate reaction to September 11
PART 2: Messages from friends & family overseas
PART 3: Observations & quotes from others.
PART 4: LINKS
PART 5: COPING - 2 weeks later
iJamming! Wino/Muso:
JOHN ACQUAVIVA
"New world wines are just too techno for me."
Featured albums
(Hub, Slumber Party, DJ Harry, Spearhead, The Who tribute
)
Albums that sound different since September 11
(Charlatans UK, Arabian Travels, Cafe del Mar, Sugarcult)
Featured wine region 3:
SOUTHERN RHÔNE WHITES
Featured wine region 4:
SOUTHERN RHÔNE ROSÉS
iJamming! interview:
Jesse Hartman, aka LAPTOP
"Every New York band knows the meaning of failure"
MIX Albums:
Who, what and why you should bother (DB, Spooky, Jody, RSW, Bad Boy Bill)
FEATURED Wines (Langlois Cremant de Loire, Honig Sauvignon Blanc, Campbell's Muscat, Brumont Gros Manseng, Dr Frank Gewürtztraminer, Daubree CoteRotie, Dry Creek Chenin Blanc, Mas Saint Laurent Picpoul, Quivira Dry Creek)
The iJAMMING! interview: DAVID SYLVIAN
"I don't think people realize that life can become so exciting and interesting that it can draw you away for long periods of time from creating music - & why not?"
From the Keith Moon archives:
the JEFF BECK interview .
From Homework to the Disco:
DAFT PUNK
grows up and dumbs down
The iJAMMING! chat:
MARK PERRY

"If I was asked why Sniffin' Glue was so important, it was the way we conducted ourselves, the style of it, just the attitude. It had attitude in abundance didn't it?"
The Return of Shoegazing:
DOVES take New York by swarm
Forgotten Classics:
THE CHILLS: Brave Words
THE iJAMMING! Book Review:
SNIFFIN' GLUE: The Essential Punk Accessory
Musing with SALLY TAYLOR:
"I'm not interested in what the major labels have to offer."
From the JAMMING! archives: PAUL WELLER ON POP
Featured wine region 2:
CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES
From the JAMMING! archives: ALTERNATIVE TV
interviewed in 1978
TRAVIS.
Fran Healy explains why "you cannot own a song." (And why Liam Gallagher "is going to turn into a really great songwriter.")
Featured Artist Web Site:
LLOYD COLE
From the JAMMING! archives: The Story That Spawned Creation
Featured vine:
VIOGNIER:
Finally, a worthy rival to Chardonnay.
The iJAMMING! interview:
BOY GEORGE.
"Once you've had your go, what-ever it may be, they want you to piss off, and they can't bear it if you come back, they can't bear it."
SUPERDRAG
They love rock'n'roll but they don't want to deal with the hassle
From the JAMMING! archives: RAYMONDE in 1985
The full iJamming! Contents
MIX CDs part 2:
WHO, WHAT AND
WHY YOU SHOULD BOTHER
See the first set of Mix CD reviews (posted in March 2001) for my thoughts on the format. The following all came out late spring and summer 2001
WHO
JODY
WAY OUT THERE
BLISS

WHAT:
"A progressive DJ mix."

TEMPOS
132-135

WHY YOU SHOULD BOTHER
In the Way Out West production duo, it's Nick Warren who has always been the acclaimed DJ. His younger partner Joey Wetherington only took up the craft when he got bored being left alone back in Bristol several days a week while Warren traveled the world with his record crates. Credit then to Joey for pulling off such an accessible and progressive mix on his first CD, with some lovely segues, a healthy variety of styles (all based around progressive house and solid techno), some vocals here and there, and the occasional classic among many contemporary cuts. No surprise to find Way Out West in there (with 'Midcircus'); other well known tracks/acts include Banco de Gaia's consummate dance track 'Obsidian', and Luke Slater's 'Love.' 3 Monkeys' 'Crazy People' is particularly infectious.
BEST MIXES
Meat Beat Manifesto's 'Radio Babylon' is seminal, yes, the template for The Prodigy's 'Charly' and Future Sound Of London's 'Papua New Guinea' among others. But it's been played to death over the last ten years. (I should know, in my old Djing days I never left home without it.) Jody segues into it from Loafer's laid back 'Travelogue,' allowing 'Babylon' to build gently alongside it for a minute or so before kicking it. He frees it from its breakbeat/industrial tag In the process. Kudos.
WINE? There's a summer-time feel to this mix. And no shortage of summer-time wines to recommend. Dry Creek's Chenin Blanc would make a good companion, as would Alain Brumont's Gros Minseng.
WHO
DB
THE SECRET ART OF SCIENCE
Breakbeat Science

WHAT:
A retrospective of drum and bass's "quieter" side.

TEMPOS
160-180

WHY YOU SHOULD BOTHER
While fully cognizant of its inventiveness, I've never been a big drum and bass fan. When it comes to hard dance, I guess I'm just a techno boy at heart. My fellow British expat, DJ and entrepreneur DB (these days also a fellow Park Slope native) made the jump from techno to breakbeat around the time he started the seminal NASA night in New York, and has never looked back. 'The Secret Art of Science' is his umpteenth mix CD, but this one - for the launch of his record store's record label - is a retrospective, eschewing hard jungle or modern two-step to focus on the mostly softer side of drum and bass. Featuring classics from LTJ Bukem, Roni Size, E-Z Rollers and Omni Trio, it's as good an advertisement for the genre's often reflective and occasionally symphonic musicality as you can ask for.
BEST MIXES
The angelic Adam F remix of Everything But The Girl's 'Before Today' will make a believer out of all but the most cynical; likewise, Omni Trio's 'Secret Life' stands the test of time.
WINE?
Effervesent, racy, and consistent regardless of vintage? Sounds like the Langlois Chateau Cremant de Loire bubbly. Hey, if it's good enough for the Houses of Parliament, it's good enough for jungle heads.
WHO
RENEGADE SOUNDWAVE
MUSIC FOR ALL PERSUASIONS
BLISS

WHAT:
Modern electro and nu skool breaks from old school pioneers.

TEMPOS
85-135

WHY YOU SHOULD BOTHER
"Whatever happened to Renegade Soundwave?" is one of the more frequent questions you'll hear from the dance cognoscenti. Producers of classics like 'Biting My Nails,' 'Phantom,' 'Thunder' (all essentially the same song, but let's not hold it against them), dub enthusiasts and remixers extraordinaire, the ground-breaking trio simply disappeared in the mid-nineties and let others make the most of their considerable influence. This mix CD reveals that two of them (Danny Briottet and AJ) are currently busy as Djs, but it also explains why they're not household names at the art. Music For All Persuasions, rather than living up to its title, is rooted firmly in nu skool breaks territory, in which serious dub bass lines meet mid-tempo break beats with an element of old-fashioned electro thrown in. (Adam Freeland defined the style with last year's Tectonics mix.) Relying mostly on underground producers (PFN show up three times, Undergram twice), RSW build the energy level nicely as they go along, so that by the end of it we're almost sucked in. All the same, given the DJ treatment RSW once afforded their own mixes, it's a shame they couldn't conjure up more tricks with other people's music. Besides, since when did DJ mix CDs come with a "bonus track"?
BEST MIXES
The only act I'd heard of before (and I'm not that out of touch), Layo & Bushwacka! recently upgraded RSW's own 'Phantom' into a serious nu skool/techno anthem. It shows up here as track five and immediately steals the show. The duo's other mix of the track (I hunted down the 12") is even darker, harder and faster.
WINE? It's meaty, its ballsy, but it's not as harmonious as you'd like. The $8 Côte Rotie from Daubree is perfect.
WHO
DJ SPOOKY
UNDER THE INFLUENCE
SIX DEGREES

WHAT:
A mix CD that mixes genres. What a concept!

TEMPOS
85-135

WHY YOU SHOULD BOTHER
I've always preferred DJ Spooky - a.k.a. That Subliminal Kid, a.k.a. Paul D Miller - as a DJ to his other roles as writer, musician, visual artist or omnipresent media figure. From behind the turntables, Spooky did much in the early nineties to mix and match a vast assortment of musics - from dub beats to found sound to ambient to hip hop and techno; it was much needed at a time when dance was rapidly becoming segregated. Unfortunately, he went and gave his movement a name - "illbient" - which made it the subject of much media hype (that he contributed to as a Village Voice journalist) followed by the inevitable fall. Spooky's essay that accompanies this album, the launch of Six Degrees' DJ series, is his usual ufathomable psychobabble, but ultimately the music does all the talking it needs to. From a slow beginning, with relatively obscure cuts by a quartet of influential artists - Moby, Future Sound of London, Emergency Broadcast Network and Tino (aka Jack Dangers) - Spooky takes us on a journey through ska, big beat, hip-hop, drum and bass, more hip hop, eastern beats, some minimal techno and even downtown NYC rock from Sonic Youth before closing out on the same dub tip he started with. Though you can't dance to all of it, Spooky establishes beyond doubt that genres are but self-containing boxes and that everything binds together under the simple banner as music. It may be an eduation; it's certainly a voyage.
BEST MIXES
Tino's "Monster Dub" samples Madness, which can never be a bad thing. DJ Logic's 'Michelle' (not the Beatles song) is big fat jazz breaks with a lilting flute line. State of Bengal's 'Flight IC 408' is already known as an Asian Underground classic.
WINE?
It's not white wine music: too rugged. And such a blend of styles requires a blend of grapes that use some imagination. Quivira's Dry Creek Cuvee - a distinctly American take on a Rhone classic - is perfect.
WHO
BAD BOY BILL
BANGIN' THE BOX, VOL 5
MIXCONNECTION

WHAT:
House music for the last party in town.

TEMPOS
Solid 130s all the way.

WHY YOU SHOULD BOTHER
Can't say I've been listening to too much dance music since September 11, but when I can bear to let go, Chicago DJ Bad Boy Bill's relentless track attack seems just the ticket. It's uplifting, it's funky, it's progressive, and it's aggressive too, all of it mixed and scratched like he's at the last party on earth. And without trying to be overdramatic about things, that's not a bad perspective to bring to a club mix at the moment. You get a feel for his style of hedonistic tech-house in titles like 'Robofunk,' 'Carjackerz' and 'Uprockin' Beats': this is heavily filtered, futuristic, four-to-the-floor, twisted vocal sample madness. Bad Boy Bill's skills are evident in his tweaking of the Eqs, his scratching, and in particular, his mixing of two tracks together - something we get too little of in a mix CD genre that often serves the record labels behind the featured tracks rather than the audience. Twenty-seven tracks in all, not including the co-mixes, makes for a groove that doesn't sound still.
BEST MIXES
On seven separate occasions, Bill drops a familiar acapella over a thumpin' tech house groove and you wouldn't know there were two forces at work until you checked the credits. 'My Beat' by Blaze over 'Fascinated' by David Garcia & Jay Walker is probably the best of them.
WINE? White wine fans might want to try out Dr Frank's Gewürtztraminer for spicy, fruity proof that Americans can match the Europeans in wine like they can in house; red wine fans should also stick with the Yankee dollar and go for a zinfandel. Seghesio's the house fave round here.
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