I’ve got a need-to-want thing going on with Sam Hell’s disgustingly dirty breaks productions, so I was only too pleased to hear that his remix of Beat Monkey’s “Lords of Eldorand” is now out on Brighton Breaks label. Jesus on a pogo stick it’s a hot track. On the flip side is the Nectarios remix of the Beat Monkey’s “Steelz Love the Cock”, which was featured on the Sam Hell 11th September mix for TM and is one of my current top 10 favorite tracks. Totally irresistible.
DJ Mag says : “An almost Surreal Madrid big beat revamp of ‘Lords of Eldorado’, while Cambridge dude Nectarios shines with a technoid electro overhaul that’s like a dirty Ramirez going down to Brighton with Fatboy Slim. 4/5″
Duran Duran was the very first concert I ever attended. I woke up at 6 AM, and pedaled my bike to the mall, in the rain, to wait in line for tickets. There were already people camped out from the night before, (impressive) but I was still lucky enough to get “10th Row Center”. Erasure opened for them, and was totally confused watching Andy Bell prance around on stage in a red rubber suit, never saw anything quite like that, in all my 12 years . . . well except maybe on MTV.
I am downloading “Wild Boys” from Amazon as I write this, and you better believe i’ll be in line for tickets, sans the bike. (Internet is lovely, isn’t it!) Oh, and joy of all joys they will NOT be selling ticket via Ticketmaster!
Duran Duran have announced that they will play an unprecedented nine shows
on Broadway to celebrate the release of their forthcoming album, ‘Red
Carpet Massacre’, which is due out November 12 in Europe and the UK and a
day later in the US, as previously reported.
The band, which features original members Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick
Rhodes and Roger Taylor, intend to play the new album in its entirety, as
well as classics such as ‘Rio’, ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’ and ‘Ordinary
World’, during their Broadway stint.
“We’ve always wanted to do something like this, and the timing seemed
right,” frontman LeBon told NME.COM.
The band will perform at New York’s Barrymore Theatre November 1- 3, 5-6,
8-10 and 12.
Tickets are set to go on sale October 6 through Telecharge.
L.A. will be the first to feel the fury of The Toxic Avenger, as he is now stateside for an entire month after finishing off a very successful Australian tour – From what I gather, the Aussies were totally enamored by Toxie’s sound!! The rest of us anxious lot will have to wait like eager little children anticipating their cookies and milk!
We are featuring a special diary blog of Toxic’s experiences on the road, so keep checking back for updates as well as a CONTEST to win tickets to Toxic & Franki Chan’s USA shows!!!!!!!!!!!! Cheers!
Flyer design by: Dan Castillo
I’m a flyer fiend – loved this ace “TOXIC GORE” design, created for an event at Boon Docks Bar in Texas, so had to toss it up as well!! THE DEATH SET are playing too!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait to see how many turn up to the shows in some kind of decorative mask. Halloween is coming so, GET CREATIVE!! More on The Toxic Avenger from an earlier interview with him, here!
T O X I C’ S first TOUR DIARY entry Toxic: 29/9/07 1:00 pm
Two days ago, it was my first gig in the U.S in LA, fucking crazy !! The guys do some moshpit action etc etc..
The Airliner at The Heist – Film & editing by Eddie V
Yesterday was the 2nd one in San Diego… I think I’ve played a little bit too early–the people seem to appreciate the music, but they don’t dance so much…
Do you guys seriously need Alcohol to appreciate Toxie’s tune ?? ah ah..
Tonight I’ll play at iheartcomix’s “check yo ponytail” in L.A… Bonde do role / Spank Rock dj’s / Toxic. Propably the best line up of this tour !! I just can’t wait !!!!
ah ah ah. we had a sort of car “”"” accident “”"”" between San Diego & Los Angeles. The car’s cap just went of, and hit glasses a the top roof. Car’s broken, we had to call AAA…
Lovestar: Woah! Thankfully all is ok! More diary news…
The show at the Echoplex was fantastic, because, first, it was sooo packed, also, for me, little French guy, it’s so weird to see all these people on stage, dancing, cause it’s not allowed in France…
Had a great meeting with bonde do role on that night… If you haven’t seen bonde live… YOU SHOULD IGNORANTS !!!! ah ah
My dj set wasn’t too bad … but I’m used to 2h or 3h dj sets, and here I’m playing one hour max… Tooooo short!
Next step : Mid West. I hear different things about the Mid West.. Some say it’s too bad… and some say it’s ok… So if some of you living in the Mid West are reading this and plan to go to a toxic gig… Reassure me !!!
Midwest ? Done ! 1st step : Houston
I’ve played just right after a Screamo band… so i was a little bit scary of how people will react to my “”"”dance music “”"”" stuff… but everything was ok ! I tried to play a little bit more rock than i’m used to, like all these rock bootlegs i have… 2nd : Austin
It was the 1st time i met Cory / Ocelot, and i was pretty excited about that cause first, we’re on the same label, and 2nd… His music fucking rocks !! It was a weird night ! Everything was ok blablabla but i don’t know, i wasn’t in the mood for a gig this night maybe… 3rd : Phoenix
I was in the mood for playing in phoenix !! We had a greeeeat hotel and everything, guys were cool… BUT i had many technical problems… sound cutting off etc. etc. so, it was, at this point the worst night of the tour, but everybody was sooo nice and cool with us…
Then i took a plane for San Francisco–i had to play at Mezzanine w/ Crystal Castle and big stereo dj’s (Alicia if you’re reading this i gotta tell you : you’re the worst driver ever ! ahahahah) it was… ohhhhh so great !! I had a good audience, sound was good, i dj’d not sooo bad… i tried some new things on this night… i got an intro/outro now, wow ! Next step : Cinespace L.A and then Vegas
ooooh my god ! I’m a big poker player, and maybe the worst poker player ever, so i’m a little bit scared ! ahah but just before that, i’m trying to get tickets to see Morrissey Live in L.A… i can’t miss him !!!!!
Lovestar:URB has a Toxic Avenger Tour Podcast from October 2, saying “The neon demon from Paris gives URB this exclusive mix on the eve of his first U.S. tour with IHeartComix label head Franki Chan”. Everyone is headed for the Toxic tip!
We just received a pair of brilliant elektro bangers from the mysterious German called Choreo. Hailing from outside of Erfurt and just a mere 21 years old he’s already cranking out the rough beats and buzzsaw elektro on par with some current blog house heroes. He honed his production skills after growing tired of tribulations involved with attempting to play in a band with other people and broke off on his own with his guitar, a couple of analog synths and his lappy toppy. He’s come a long way in just a couple of years for sure.
To celebrate the complete awesomeness of Matthew hitting the road with a full band, we teamed up with our friends at Girlie Action to give away a pair of tickets to “opening night” – Monday Oct 1 at Mercury Lounge – NYC. He will be supported by Mobius Band, and Skeletons & The Kings Of All Cities.
10 pm – Matthew Dear Live
9 pm – Mobius Band
8 pm – Skeletons & The Kings Of All Cities.
Matthew is out to support his most recent release “Asa Breed” on one of my favorite labels, Ghostly. We threw up “Pom Pom” back in June, go nab it now if you missed it the first time around.
Matthew Dear Live – Tour Dates
10/1 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
10/2 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
10/3 Charlotesville, VA @ Satellite
10/4 Washington, DC @ Rock n’ Roll Hotel
10/5 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
10/6 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
10/8 Austin, TX @ Emo’s
10/9 Dallas, TX @ Granada
10/11 Mexico City, MX @ MUTEK
10/12 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
10/13 Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
10/16 Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
10/18 San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
10/19 Portland, OR @ Holocene
10/20 Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
10/21 Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
10/24 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
10/25 Madison, WI @ Cafe Montemarte
10/26 Chicago, IL @ Smart Bar
10/27 Cleveland OH @ Grog Shop
10/28 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
10/29 Montreal, PQ @ La Sala Rossa
Incorporating his uniquely crafted textures alongside rhythmic influences from Brian Eno & David Byrne’s classic My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, plus a lyrical storytelling element from his Texas upbringing, Matthew Dear’s Asa Breed finds the Detroit-based electronic artist achieving new artistic heights – more robust, more accessible, and always with the (sometimes dark) heart that is the core of Matthew Dear songs.
Since his debut at the decade’s beginning, Matthew Dear has been championed as North America’s brightest new electronic talent. His 2003 debut, Leave Luck To Heaven, garnered unequivocal praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, Spin and Entertainment Weekly, and in the period since, Dear has conquered the international techno scene under the alias of Audion. But when it came time to return to his roots, there was only one path to take. With each track on this album, Dear tells a unique story about life and human relationships with his rich baritone voice and fusion of live and electronic instruments. In sum, Asa Breed represents a new feeling and a more expansive look into the psyche of an artist coming into his own.
“Asa Breed finds Dear mining a vein seldom explored in techno soul, whatever’s left of it. And that means this one isn’t just for the club kids. (Thank god.)” - Detroit Metro Times
“A work of electronic focused song craft that leaves everything else in the dust…
A near perfect album.” (4.5 stars) - URB Magazine
Thursday, September 27
DIRTYBIRD ressie continues with Claude VonStroke, Chris Martin, & Tanner Ross
This is one not to miss. Dirtybird Records has been quietly (or, not so quietly) building up the best monthly residency in New York over the past few months. Now, they’re bringing out the big guns, with Dirtybird’s label head himself, Claude VonStroke. This is the man’s debut at APT, and boy has he been busy in the meantime, releasing killer mixes for Mixmag magazine and the latest “At the Controls” comp, plus launching a new minimal techno label called Mothership. He’s backed up by fellow Dirtybirdies Chris Martin and Tanner Ross, who blew the club UP when they played earlier this summer. We’re talking booty, bass, broken glasses, and the fartiest synths to hit this coast in a long time.