By now, everyone and their mother knows the legend of St. James St. James (Saint James Street James). But in case you’ve been living under a fucking rock for the past 160 years though, Ross Patterson (FDR: American Badass!, Helen Keller Vs Nightwolves) has given us St. James’ origin story in “At Night She Cries, While He Rides His Steed,” the first romance novel for dudes. Some know St. James as a frontier family man, some as the “Fifth Beatle” of our founding fathers, and others still as the most hung outlaw in the West. Either way, 160 years ago America just wasn’t ready for a sexually benevolent Robin Hood with a rather progressive attitude towards race (at least for the time) roaming the plains high on laudanum, spreading his seed as far as it would go and serving up his own brand of vigilante cowboy justice. Now, of his myriad of illegitimate children’s children, two brothers (James Armstrong and Christopher Tarantino) still butthurt at their relative for walking out on their great-great-great-great-grandmother so many years ago, grew up to be DJs (of course) and soundtracked the life story of the man they never would have known anyway, under the name of his arch-nemesi The Schläger Brothers because fuck you, guy. If Eros and Al Capone were alive at the same time in the future, met at a bar one night, went home together, made sweet love and somehow got each other pregnant (it’s the fucking future, it’s possible), one of those babies would grow up to be St. James (the other one would become Rip Taylor). And this is what (one chapter of) his life sounded like. Stay tuned for the full mix! Print and e-book available now from Regan Arts, audiobook out June 23. Music 1. Il Tramonto (The Sundown) – Ennio Morricone 2. Human Fly – The Cramps 3. P.I.M.P. – Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band 4. Brother Where Are You? (Matthew Herbert Remix)- Oscar Brown Jr.
PP’s Monthly Mixtape Roundup is a new series we’re running where we discuss our favorite mixes from the past 4 weeks. We pick through the webby goo mass of podcasts, radio shows, mixtapes, and anything else we can get our hands on and filter it down to the ones we’ve gone back to for more.
Caveat: We are (technically) human and don’t hear everything. If you think we are gravely mistaken and have omitted something excellent, please don’t hesitate in letting us know. Now, let’s get on with it.
Mayan Warrior by Rebollado + Barnt
RIYL: Cómeme Records, tribal rhythms, part-time Shamanism, and posting dusty selfies with leather-clad plushies and furries on top of an RV which you may not remember taking but your HR department will never forget.
Best Moment: the epic intro (“We started with this track that I will never forget…” –Barnt), the deep psychedelic mixing, Barnt’s Mike Oldfield-2001-soundtracker ‘What Is A Number, That A Man May Know It’ here …and this is one SIXTH of it. Yikes.
Best Comment: “Every person uploading sets, playing at BM, offers a download to the community. It’s a ritual. Pls turn on download to share this. Thx” hah! Do not deny the rituals!
Could Soundtrack…The entire ‘Planet Earth’ boxset collection.
Why It’s Perfect for September: DECOM baby!
Who Else Might Dig It? People who go to amazing parties and don’t feel the need to incessantly yammer on about it to convert friends and loved ones in some sort of desert Pyramid scheme.
Better Than: Being there
Made Us Think Of…possibly reevaluating our Playa-hating old man-stance
PP Says: Back in the day the BM soundtrack was basically whoever’s art car had turntables plus Bassnectar and his 16 siblings. Now it’s a world class wrecking crew. This mini-Cómeme Records Avengers supercrew assembled, taking lucky Burners to other planets than the ones that they may have already been on for this amazing half-day journey that spanked the ass of the reviled Skrillex and Diplo not long after. An amazing sounding party that a small but vocal faction has tainted for us . But we’re slowly coming around. Goddaaaamnit.
CRACK Magazine Podcast 076 by Timothy Fairplay
RIYL: Robotic Teutonic mirages in Victorian French castles, The Normal, the not-so-normal
Best Moment: Rude 66′s ‘Die Starke der Vernichtenden Schlage’ into House of Jezebel’s ‘I Took A Train In 1976′
Best Comment: “You had me at Unit Moebius.” (Facebook)
Could Soundtrack…John Carpenter’s Terminator: Bonne Nuit. Mathieu Amalric stars as a busted-ass John Connor living in Paris for the drugs, when a still-misunderstood Schwarzennegger lands in the Seine (literally) and with the help of a flamboyant programmer (Vincent Cassel), must find John and an aged Sarah Connor (Charlotte Rampling) to save the world yet again.
Why It’s Perfect for September: An early-fall release date is perfect for non-Oscar contenders (which this definitely is)
Who Else Might Dig It? Any East London heads who show their faces at Avery & Walsh’s Movement Club
Better Than: A ham & cheese mixte that’s sitting in a window all day by The Louvre
Made Us Think Of: An ’80s we wish we knew…and possibly could 65 years!
PP Says: Released to coincide with his DJ set for BFF Andrew Weatherall’s ridiculously amazing-looking De La City festival this past weekend in Carcassonne, France, alongside the likes of Scott Fraser, Sean Johnston, a Michelin star chef and sommelier (of course!) and the hirsute ascotted overlord himself, Mr. Weatherall, on DJ duties and playing live with Mr. Fairplay as The Asphodells. This set of robotic darkness from the former Battant man would seem to fit the mood perfectly, which we will be able to confirm for you next year at this time.
Unsound Podcast #21 by We Will Fail
RIYL: ambient, new age, deep feelings
Best Moment: the part where your subconscious does things that words can’t describe
Best Comment: “power!”
Could Soundtrack…a Whitney Biennial installation about American pagan ethnographies
PP Says: This mix is by experimental Polish producer Aleksandra Grünholz. It’s heady, dark, spacious, experimental, blotto in places.
Why It’s Perfect for September: psychedelic tailgating
Who Else Might Dig It? Bret Easton Ellis
Better Than Ezra
Made Us Think Of…dying…or taking a bath. Or both.
Vinyl Only And Hot Pants Only (Babymix 3) by Hot Baby Karl
RIYL: Levon Vincent, Adam X-tasy circa ’93, Floor Drugs From Stockholm, Charlie Murphy-level Daaarknes
Best Moment: The part where you question what walls are and why they’re there and how they work, NX1 06 016
Best Comment: “alltså vad är detta för låt? den andra kommentaren hamnade fel :)”
PP Says: Ever been to a Glory Hole? Because Karl knows a really great one in New York that we really dig and you should check out this weekend. No DL + no tracklisting so get after it.
Why It’s Perfect for September: High season in Malmö y’all, waters warm, come on in!
Who Else Might Dig It? Proper big city weirdos bored with their current surroundings
Better Than: Norway
Made Us Think Of…that shelf…in the den…that’s still missing the peg…that we really don’t wanna have to go back to IKEA customer service to deal with without a receipt.
DJ History Mystery Mix (Krautrock Special) by David Stubbs
RIYL: Krautrock, clearly
Best Comment: All of them
Could Soundtrack…a film about Germany in the ’60s and ’70s
PP Says: A nice primer by the journalist/historian but also interesting for the heads. It’s a good listen for anyone who ever had a kraut phase.
Why It’s Perfect for September: Cleanse the palette
Who Else Might Dig It? Kids in college who’ve never heard krautrock; working class kids who’ve also never heard krautrock
Better Than The Strokes
Made Us Think Of…reading homeboy’s tome.
Orchestral Manoeuvres in Gomorrah (Sept. 8 show) by Ben Block
RIYL: Baleria all up in your area, Test Pressing, suntime + hats
Best Moment: The shredding on Al Di Meola’s “Sequencer” or Richard Fearless’s “Gamma Ray”. Tie.
Best Comment: “strong feelings”
Could Soundtrack…an awesome ’80s coming of age flick. Or a two-hander about a boy and his surrogate mother in a dystopian future where the ’70s and ’80s were viewed as a golden era (not far off from Guardians of the Galaxy, actually).
PP Says: Mr. Block is a friend and has exquisite taste. His monthly show is usually full of cosmic oddity baubles and the correct amount of sleaze.
Why It’s Perfect for September: I love summer music, but hate gross summers (like this one). This is a refreshing zephyr signaling a crisp fall. It’s like that Naughty by Nature video.
Who Else Might Dig It? Your friend Sarah…or people who want to hang and listen to something that isn’t full-on bangers; adults; birthers
Better Than: Most things on your terrestrial dial in Los Angeles.
Made Us Think Of slow, sleazy dancing.
(full disclosure: that ‘Best Comment’ was mine)
While assembling our fourth ‘Aural History’ mix (and second for the UK’s reliably dreamy AORDisco), we stumbled upon a quite-serious-yet-still-groovy song called “In Your Own Backyard” by Dion DiMucci (he of “Runaround Sue” fame) which rather specifically details his struggles with drinking and drugging and his subsequent sobriety. Lyrically, it was so much more specific than the rest of our selections that we considered eliminating it, but in the end, after much debate, decided instead to base the entire mix around it and thus AAOR was born.
As we often do after choosing a concept and a person/people as our ‘dedicatee,’ we reevaluated our playlist and only chose songs that seemed to fit that theme in terms of mood, feel, lyrics or title. We opened with some prescient words from Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill W. and peppered it throughout with quotes from different notable people discussing their experiences with drugs and alcohol. Two of those were from Robin Williams, who always spoke more-than-honestly about his own struggles with substances, whether he was opining for when he still did them, or even what he happened to be on at that very moment. We pulled them from his most recent HBO stand-up special, although for my money his very first special from 1982, ‘An Evening With Robin Williams’ (on YouTube in its entirety), is one of my all-time favorite stand-up set and something the 12-year-old me had almost completely memorized.
In light of recent events and the ongoing national conversation about addiction and mental illness, we thought it might be a good time to revisit the mix, which treats the subject always respectfully and even occasionally playfully. My father, whose own struggle inspired the mix (and is pictured on the bottom right of our cover above), gave us an epic, rambling ‘share’ about his long-gone hard-partying days, awash in a literal and proverbial sea of narcotics. We obviously recommend listening to the whole thing (especially if you happen to find yourself on a boat…or in 1979) but if you’d like to find the RW quotes (disguised under heavy FX) the first shows up around the ten and a half minute mark over DeBarge’s “I Like It” . He then reappears at the tail end to give a closing coda to the mix.
If you need help with alcohol, drugs, or depression or know someone who does, you can find more information or a meeting anywhere in the world at Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, or can speak with someone at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Please get the help you need…there’s so much more music left to enjoy.
As you may or may not know, we here at PersonPeople are very big fans of the edit. So naturally, we are big fans of the edits and edit-ors over at Whiskey Disco. The vinyl-only label started by longtime DJ/editor-about-town Sleazy McQueen is a groove treasure trove of ’70s samples, funk originals and ginsu-precision, chopped-and-stewed disco vibes.
So it was no surprise when we heard the newest release on the label from Amsterdam’s own Oliver Boogie. Having already cut up classics from Space, Skyy, and a Staple Singers’ cover of Talking Heads, his new ‘Lost in the Crowd’ EP on WD offers up four fab subtle-but-sexy grooves for darkened boudoir boogie-ing. But the one which immediately caught our attention is ‘Can’t Get Away,’ a fantastic take on 1960s singer/songwriter Rodriguez (himself recently the subject of the semi-controversial Oscar-winning doc Searching for Sugar Man). The track hues very closely to the original version, just with a slightly slower extended groove, perfect for any summer dancefloor. With releases already for Rush Hour, Beat Dimensions, Lumberjacks in Hell, and a semi-regular radio show from a former prostitution window in Amsterdam, O-Boogie is giving the green light to to getting down with one of the best edits we’ve heard in awhile.
We’ll be talking more about edits and edit culture – motivations, legality/fair use, and function – in the coming weeks. Check back soon, PPL.
Taking a break from his patented food-themed DJ scratch routines for which he is know, Chris will be playing all manner of rock/indie/shoegaze records between bands tonight for Brooklyn’s Northside Festival. The event is at Cameo Gallery and is a showcase for White Iris Records and has some pretty great bands playing (see above).
After the rock music ends, he will return to his weirdo beardo disco roots for an all-you-can-eat dance party, apparently under his newly adopted nickname ‘DJ Sessions’. Come by, say hello, and mention this ad to receive one free request with NO sarcastic comments at all. xo
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