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19
Sep
09

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 32

It seems that we’ve not done a Gig List for a while. August is a slightly weaker period for live music in Brighton, (with a handful of lucky exceptions), as venues await the return of students in September and October, so here are a couple of highlights as Autumn’s flood gates open.

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DEADMAU5

Is there a bigger name on the world’s DJ scene right now? This one-man, tidal wave of a DJ launches his next album, Lack Of A Better Name, in the next few weeks and follows it up with a tour around the UK. Out of all the places on this tour, Brighton is lucky enough to get the man-sized mouse for two consecutive nights at our beach-fronted club, Digital, such was the massive demand for tickets. It seems Brighton has a special pull on this Canadian tech-master. His recorded music is often tucked into the minimilist, progressive techno pocket, which suits the fact that he’s rather a techie geek, often spending almost as much time inventing programs and software for his studio productions than he does actually creating new music. However, it’s with his live sets that the mouse truly begins to roar, as he steps into a more thumping electro realm with extroadinary power and finesse. This is a DJ totally in control of any crowd he faces, building up tracks and dropping the breaks to perfection. He’s famous for wearing many different custom designed, massive mouse heads that range in colour from bright red, to black, to diamond encrusted. Prepare to see the giant mouse ears bobbing up and down above the frenzied crowd’s pumping fists.   (MB)

ACT:                    DEADMAU5
VENUE:               Digital, Brighton Beach
COST:                  £ 10.00
DATES:                Sunday 18th and Monday 19th October 2009
WEBSITE:           Myspace
TRACK:               MORGAN PAGE – THE LONGEST ROAD (DEADMAU5 REMIX) (ysi)

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BLOC PARTY

So big are this indie band that they’ve taken it upon themselves to rebrand the month of October for us. As they drive their UK tour around to most major cities outside London through ‘Bloctober’ they stop off at our largest capacity venue, The Brighton Centre. It’s a pity that this is the only venue big enough to squeeze in a band of this size as the acoustics are piss poor. Really, really piss poor. If a band are to avoid getting lost in this vast chasm they’ll need to create a sound as big as a stampede of horny elephants. Taking in the evidence from their summer festival slots it seems that Bloc Party could scare off a thousand, rabid mammoths with one blast of their bursting choruses, so they’ll be just fine. Adored by millions, Kele will no doubt bring his usual self-assured frontmanship to each set, whilst Matt Tong, a man that is the definition of  extroadinary drumming and technical timing, will provide his usual metronomic brilliance as the back drop. With such a vast catalogue of generation-defining songs in their locker, prepare for mass sing alongs and an atmosphere that The Brighton Centre probably hasn’t seen since the likes of Muse or Kasabian. And that’s saying something!   (MB)

ACT:                      BLOC PARTY
VENUE:                  The Brighton Centre
COST:                    £ 22.50
DATE:                    Saturday 24th (BL)October 2009
WEBSITE:             Myspace
TRACK:                  BLOC PARTY –  HUNTING FOR WITCHES (RUCKUS ROBOTICUS REMIX) (ysi)

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The Recommender is off to SourceFest tonight for the annual celebration of our town’s best going out bible, The Source Magazine, which I also write for. On show is a truly exceptional line up of Brighton’s talents, including The Half Sisters, The Agitator and The Lyrebirds. All of which are due a mention on this blog in due course.

28
Sep
08

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 7


THE REMIXES – PART 1 – BLOC PARTY



If you don’t like BLOC PARTY then your going to hate this post.

However if you don’t enjoy Bloc Party you need to check yourself in for surgery, because your ears are clearly surplus to requirements. I’m not sure your bad taste can be surgically removed, but with the medical advances and modern science I’m sure we could try…

So here we are. Bloc Party are very well known to all of us and this is correct and very much as it should be. Nothing new to report. Nothing new I can cover that hasn’t been waxed to within an inch of it’s life. Right?

Pretty much. It’s just that I love Bloc Party like nothing else. They are my smack and I’m their junkie. No intervention’s going to get in my way here.

So what this post is about is a dedication to a well rehearsed passion. I want to list the Bloc Party remixes I enjoy. Yes, they’re a fine, fine band in their own right, with their upbeat, choppy dance-Indie brilliance, but never before in history has a band been so ripe for a remix. And haven’t the button-twiddlers been busy! So many awesome remixes!

Normally I demand a remix has to at least add something to an existing tune, or bring something fresh to the table. Bloc Party clearly write tunes well enough and they clearly have one of the best drummers of all time in Matt tong, but when remixed they seem to be pushed into the electro dance genre like it was as natural as conceiving a child.

I list the results of these remixes below for you. Believe me there are hundreds out there, so I’ve simply included those I see fit for purpose. Enjoy, pinch, comment, what ever you like. At least you know where I stand on the legends that are BLOC PARTY….

HUNTING FOR WITCHES(Villains Electro-Banger Remix)
THIS MODERN LOVE (Dave P & Adam Sparkles Making Time Remix)
THE PRAYER (Does It Offend You Yeah? Remix)
SIGNS(Plimsouls Edit)
I STILL REMEMBER(SebatiAn Remix)
LIKE EATING GLASS (Black Strobe Remix)
TWO MORE YEARS(MSTRKRFT Remix)
MERCURY (Herve Is In Disarray Remix)
MERCURY(CSS Remix)

Phew, I feel like I’ve got that off of my chest now. Hey, if we can’t indulge in our own blogs every now and again then what’s the point eh?? Let me know which remix is your favourite?

Bloc Party have a new album due out real soon. Cue remixers at the ready…
Mike




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