meow:This is a song from under the floorboards... (Magazine)
This space is a repository for my net radio station news and the like. Sometimes, when reposting older news and playlists, I'll include my recent comments in bold italics. I keep the following station description at the top, since I kept changing it all the time.
meow: glitterbox:Freeform eclectronica: new and old. (Hehe, I'm so clever.) Music that falls through the cracks: electro, Italo disco, synth, post-punk, funk, old NYC favourites, obscure 70s/80s, idm, Detroit and other techno techno, acid, microhouse, bedroom bleeps, mash-ups and loads more.
NOT the same old "dance" or "electronic" selections. And when I play 8ties stuff, it's not the same old tunes everyone was already sick of by 1985. It IS quirky, new, and different, often obscure, always interesting and fun. I play whatever it is I'm feeling, from music for dancing to certifiable chillage and points inbetween. It's a great station for home, work or wherever. Playlists are carefully selected and sound quality is way better than it should be at this bitrate.
Latest station news appears, and is archived here.
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
No mix show tonite as I'll be otherwise occupied. I might do one tomorrow nite and will certainly do a double set next week.
And you can download my Howard Dean remix here:
hehe. Hi and lo fi downloads available.
Did I call Howard Dean right, by the way? I did and I didn't. First I was right, in that, I said he sucks. However, given his performance --which makes fine musical material--I'm no longer certain he'd be better than Bush. Even if Dubya fell off the wagon. Which is a scarey thought. OK, if the Dems nominate Dean, which I don't think is likely right now, I might vote for him over Bush. But I might have to think about it.
Friday, January 16, 2004
That Google ad links to something that's outdated or just wrong. I didn't see any "techno" or "trance" clothing for sale there -- and damnit, I wanted to "feel the power of the cone watch." What the hell is that?
I checked out the guys who were selling "electroclash" clothing however, and I ordered a Chicks on Speed t-shirt with fishnet sleeves. No, not really, I didn't.
Hey, how about this: Casioclash? And instead of buying new-faux-80s clothing this time around, buy gross real 80s clothes at thrift shops or any thrift shop clothes for that matter, so long as they smell kinda funky.
And, yeah it worked in digital. Laptop NOT CDs -- CDJs are geigh, yeah if you DJ well on them fine, but they're still geigh. I'm sort of unsure about using a computer for my shows -- like everything in (electronic) music is going computer, you can soon buy an ersatz little Korg MS-20, plug it into your pc (or Mac I guess) and control the MS-20 softsynth you've installed on your hard drive. I've been making more computer muzik, at the same time I'm attached to my hardware instruments like my Yamaha sequencers and my 202 and MS2000. (That last one and the Yamahas are digital anyway and if Yamaha made a laptop, I'd buy it.)
Anyway, I'll be doing more of these.
And Howard Dean sucks. I'm tired of him. But unless another Democrat comes on stronger, he is better than the alternative which is George W Bush. I had a dream where I was working on the Dean campaign (which I don't and would avoid doing so) and we were all in this little apartment which we shared with the cast of Law and Order who were somehow working on this really complicated case at the same time and I started working for them instead. It was weird. Eventually Jerry Orbach took everything over.
Thursday, January 15, 2004
1.15: OK, mix shows are on! I couldn't do it last night, but will be doing a new one tonite around 11pm. Trying to go digital again, my first laptop effort (Halloweenie show) didn't quite come out, but I think I've got it right this time. For the next few weeks I'll be doing the Best of Glitterbox 2003 shows, based on your votes and my favourites and maybe some good stuff I didn't get to get on this year. First one will be a bit rockist (again?) -- but funk, electro, synth, disco, etc. will follow... and mash-ups! yay.
If you miss it tonite, tonites show will be rebroadcast next Wednesday nite @ 11pm EST. And a new one will follow that.
And (whoops, I forgot about these) here are my top 10 mix shows of 2003 as chosen by the listeners:
1. MUF2 6.25.03 - Mucked-Up Fix 2 Electric Bootiloo
By far. And no suprise there, as it was my personal favourite.
2. ETRO4b 2 4.09.03 - electrometaleurosynthdisko
3. MUF1 3.13.03 - Mucked-Up Fix
4. ETRO4c 4.17.03 - electrometaleurosynthdisko
5. ETRO3s 3.06.03 - electro-punk-disco
Very first show played on this station.
6. ETRO4a 3.27.03 - electrofunkrockerbreakin'
7. shyandgentle02 5.28.03 - electroidmchilltechop
8. kittycore 3.19.03 - electro-rave-acid-idm
9. ETRO4d 4.23.03 - electrochilledsexydiscovolant
10. ROCKIST1c 11.19.03 - kittygrocksthebox3
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Monday, January 12, 2004
Friday, January 09, 2004
Luomo: The Present Lover (Forcetracks 3xlp)
Vladislav Delay's side project that snuck up on me and became the record of the year. Verrry nice sound. Lovely lush house music that’s sometimes deliciously trashy, often kind of morose. Enveloping grooves that I so love getting lost in. Songs can be pretty long, but don't feel it. In fact, I didn't want to leave this record when it ended.
Matthew Dear: Leave Luck to Heaven (Spectral Sound/Ghostly International 2xlp)
Brilliant techno-by-way-of-microhouse excursion with some real tunes hidden along the way and enough warm grooves to make it worth the trip. Balances pop sensibilities and the "I" in IDM in a way that should leave other artists jealous and leaves us all hope for the future of electronic music.
Adult.: Anxiety Always (Ersatz Audio 2xlp)
This lp found them, as others did in 2003 with varying degrees of success, embracing c.1979 post-punk and making it work with their existing Detroit-electro-pop sound, which is all the better for it. Adult. write real songs and their at-first-cute-now-increasingly-a-bit-scarey neuroses run deep. While their lyrics can still be a bit glib at times, they are quite good and better than just about everyone who graduated (or didn't) from the school of stylish irony.
Yunx: Customer Service (Yunx Recordings/www.baked-goods.com ep)
Delicious almagamam of Detroitish -- although they're British -- techno and IDM. Beautiful. Outclasses many other heretofore better-known artistes. Yunx put out a lot of stuff this year, and while this is all I have, I will buy it all.
Invasion Planete Phonogrammes 4th Anniversary (Invasion Planete lp)
Dark, minimal, pervy, but also often comfortably retro-synthy electro from France that (thankfully) doesn't play by the rules. Invasion Planete artists got a lot of play this first year on the glitterbox. This record marked their 4th anniversary (duh), and, dammit, this should have been the sound of the past 4 years.
Millsart: Every Dog has its Day (Axis lps)
Of all the releases Jeff Mills put out this year, including the nearly as good "Medium", these were my favourites. (Though I don't have them all yet.) I tend to prefer his more ambient, mellow grooves and here he delivered. So warm and dare-I-say sunny from the-rarely-described-as-"sunny" Detroit.
New York Noise: Dance Music from the New York Underground 1978-1982 (Soul Jazz 2xlp)
Captures that brief, glorious time in NY musical history where underground rock met underground dance and what resulted was music of rarely equalled eclectitude (I just made up a word!) and complexity. Tends more to the rock, post-punk "No Wave" and flat out strange (meaning I like it).
The Soft Pink Truth: Acting Crazy (Soundslike ep)
This Matmos side project brought us quirkily retro (and stylish) queer-themed electroid-idm-a bit-disco-by-way-of-microhouse that ranges from the decidedly tetchy to the sinfully soulful. This one sported brilliant remixes by the likes of Safety Scissors and along with the "Do You Party?" lp, I played A LOT of Soft Pink Truth this year.
Legowelt: Classics 1998-2003 (Bunker/Clone 2xlp)
These freaks almost single-handedly brought back Italodisco, one of glitterbox's most beloved forms of music and I love them for it. I play them pretty heavily on the radio, although I got this retrospective collection too late in the year to add it.
Icebreaker International & Manual: Into Forever (NATOarts/Morr Music lp)
Breathtakingly deep, deceptively simple synth-and-guitar ambience, as expansive and beautiful as space.
Other stuff: Kitsune Love compilation, Ghostly in general, Kompakt in general, Manitoba, Beige, Benge, Akufen, Erase Errata, The Chap, A Touch of Class, Electric 6, all the remixers and mash-up artists.
Wednesday, January 07, 2004
electro-post punk-funk-Italo-disco-idm-Deutsch-synth-NY-no wave-no rave-mash-ups-micro-house-Detroit-techno-booty-acid-kittycore
it's ever so slightly different, maybe, but that's the current one.
Mix shows will probably start back up next Wednesday. Should be some very fun shows. I'll do some best of shows, with mash-ups ...everyone's favourites! Then eventually mix some new techno, house, microhouse, etc.
Tuesday, January 06, 2004
1. Felix Da Housecat - Glitz Rock - Kittenz and Thee Glitz (Emperor Norton lp)
2. EBN/OZN - AEIOU Sometimes Y (long version) - AEIOU Sometimes Y (12")
3. I-f - Us & Ours & You & Yours - I-f (Viewlexx ep)
4. Goudron - Art School F___heads - Horses & Chariots (Ersatz Audio ep)
5. Ellen Allien - Trashscape - Berlinette (Bpitch control lp)
6. It & My Computer - Wannabe - Invasion Planete 4th Anniversary (Invasion Planete)
7. Adult. - Don't You Stop (Original) - Adult. Misinterpreted (Ersatz Audio 12")
8. Dr. Shingo - Space Walk - Dr. Shingo's Space Odd-yssey (Forte lp)
9. Egyptian Empire - The Horn Track (Luke Slater rmx) - The Horn Track 2002 (12")
10. DMX Krew - 1-2-3 - DMX Krew “Touch Me!” (Ersatz Audio ep)
11. I-f - Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass 12" mix (Interdimensional Transmissions 12")
12. David Caretta - Contact (Serge Gainsbourg) - Le Catalogue Electronique (Gigolo lp)
13. Ladytron - Playgirl (FDH Glitz Clubhead rmx) - Felix Da Housecat Excursions (compilation)
14. Lacquer - X - Kitsune Love (compilation)
15. Tom Tom Club - Wordy Rappinghood - Tom Tom Club (lp)
16. Charles Manier - Out Like a Tooth - Misery Loves Company (Ersatz Audio)
17. Porn.darsteller - Wilkommen / Sex Roboter - Invasion Planete 007 (Invasion Planete ep)
18. Electric Kitten Keio - EK2_02_7.10.03 - Keio Jam 2
19. MOG - 1a_4 A4 - 1a (both EK2 and MOG are Kitty_G and I am happy to share.)
20. Miss Kittin & The Hacker - Stock Exchange (Adam Sky rmx) - Stock Exchange (Gigolo 12")
21. Solvent - My Radio - Disco Nouveau 2 (Ghostly Int'l)
22. The Soft Pink Truth - Acting Crazy - Acting Crazy (Soundslike pink 12" ep)
23. Beige - Melodramatic System Error - I don't either (Leaf lp)
24. Drexciya - The Plankton Organization - Digital Tsunami (Tresor ep)
25. Cybrid - Rezonator - Transistor Abuse
26. Eedio - Modulation - Eedio (Device Recordings ep)
27. Porn.darsteller - 599 00..! - Invasion Planete 007 (Invasion Planete)
28. Luke Slater - I Can Complete You (Slater rmx) - I Can Complete You (12")
29. Laidback - White Horse - White Horse (12")
30. Ladytron - Seventeen (Slam Remix) - Seventeen (Slam rmx promo 12")
31. Magas - Toys (FxU Rmx James Vulpine) - Friends Forever (Ersatz Audio lp)
32. Golden Boy - It s Good for You to Meet People Like Us - OR (w. Miss Kittin...) (Ladomat lp)
33. Dr. Shingo - Smells Like Teen Spirit - Dr. Shingo's Space Odd-yssey (Forte lp)
34. Luomo - Shelter - The Present Lover (lp)
35. Yunx - Hoc - Customer Service (ep)
36. Millsart - Every Dog Has Its Day 3-D2 (lp)
37. Liquid Liquid - Cavern (DJ Phantom rmx) - Cavern (DJ Phantom rmx white label)
38. I-F feat Nancy Fortune - Holographic Voice - Disco Nouveau 3 (Ghostly Int'l)
39. Wessling & Schrom - Fade to Grey (Decomposed Subs rmx) - Fade to Grey 12" (Boxer Sport/Kompakt 12")
40. Adult. - Shake Your Head - Shake Your Head (Ersatz Audio 12")
41. Beta Evers - Out of My Life - Passion (Kommando 6 ep)
42. Vito Ricci - No, I deny it... - Music from Memory (lp)
43. Casco - Cybernetic Love (Instrumental) - Radius Records EP 3
44. Playgroup - Hooked on U - Kitsune Love (compilation)
45. Crossover - Phostograph (Tiga s Revenge) - The Journey to Grob (Gigolo ep)
46. Magas - Pocket Racers - Friends Forever (Ersatz Audio lp)
47. Tuxedomoon - No Tears (Hans Platzgumer rmx) - No Tears Remixed (Gigolo 12")
48. David Caretta - Metal Disco Class - Le Catalogue Electronique (Gigolo lp)
49. Hong Kong Counterfeit - Metol Disco (Legowelt v Orgue Electronique rmx) - Metol Disco ep
50. The Rapture - Killing - Give Me Every Little Thing (DFA split 12")
These artists didn’t place in the top 50 but also got votes:
Paul Johnson feat. Jessica, Lowfish, Dominatrix, X-103, Skanfrom vs Pest(e), Legowelt, LCD Soundsystem, New Order, Daniel Wang, The Juan MacLean, , Zoot Woman, My Robot Friend, Fischerspooner, Ulysses, Smash.tv, Magazine, Vitalic, Mr Lovelace & Mrs. Kalif , Anthony Rother, Zombie Nation, Los Hermanos Rodriguez, Malcolm McLaren, Yello, Ramm, A Touch of Class, The Things, Mulletronic and Mount Sims.
First on in the top 50 is kinda suprising, as it's a pretty old tune (as in 2 years or so old) that I kept around since I like it so much. Second one (which is truly old, as in 80's) is just totally out of left field, while I really enjoy it, I had no idea it was so popular. The most popular artists overall seem to be I-f, Dr. Shingo, DMX Krew, Adult. and Porn.darstellar. Of course I play a lot of all these artists, so that has something to do with it. This top 50 might be a bit incomplete, as Meow/Glitterbox has only been on the air since March 2003. Not every track here came out in 2003, all were, of course added to my playlist then. Next year’s chart (touch wood) will probably exclude old tunes (except for 70s-90s) and any tunes that charted this year.
I’ve tried to identify the record label but don’t have them all written down yet. While nearly all of what I play on my station is vinyl, I think pretty much all of it can also be found on CD, often on compilations. Of course you should buy everything I play. I look forward to what goodies 2004 will bring.