Tag Archives: cassette culture

Walter Gross: Death Music and Devilish Videos (Plus, Dude Remixes Bessie Smith)

Nightmare in sepiatone (Walter Gross)

Watch for Walter Gross in 2011. Dude collages death in audio format. Listen to his SoundCloud tracks and that’ll make sense. He’s also a crack video editor as well, and has been devoting his efforts of late to lacing his blacker than black tracks with fittingly dark and wistful imagery.

Don’t take my word for it. Read the man’s own musings and watch several of his videos over at LA Weekly, in a feature called: Dragging You to Hell. Also, you need to listen to this. Who you know that remixes Bessie Smith?

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Long Live the Cassette, the Walkman is Dead (Ten Must-Own Tapes for the Casual Collector)

Prince's "Black Album" is rarer than most (Chris Martins)

Sony was gonna retire the Walkman. Then it wasn’t. But really, how much more time could that ol’ black rectangle have? Everyone knows the vintage ones are the coolest anyhow. But how about the tape? Well, weirdly enough, the little spooly guy has been making a comeback. Here’s a highly subjective, but totally awesome list: Ten Must-Have Cassette Classics, From ‘Da Da Da’ to Deathrock to ‘Do Me!’ (Bel Biv DeVoe, bitches.)

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Friday Night’s Set = Na$ty New Jack @ Top Tape (Hyperion Tavern, Silver Lake)

All cassingles. All New Jack Swing. All sex jams. (Photo by Matthewdavid)

“Why can’t we go all the way
to the top,the fullest extreme?
The sounds I hear when you’re with
me express the way that you feel.
And you say … uhh … ahh.”

Had the extreme pleasure of spooling (like “spinning,” but with cassettes) at Dublab’s Top Tape night at the Hyperion Tavern on Friday night. So did amazing folks like Walter Gross, Jonwayne, Speculator, Matthewdavid, Frosty and DJ Crazy Scotty Straight from Rehab. Me? Gil DeVoe? Eh?

These aren’t the exact vrsns, but a great (the best?) way to begin the week:

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Spinning Nasty ’90s New Jack Cassingles at Top Tape Tonight (Hyperion Tavern in Silver Lake)

I’ll be breaking out the hits for all the sexxxy cassingles out there.


Details.

A Lot of Beat Music: MP3s, Podcasts and Videos from Madlib, Glitch Mob, Jneiro Jarel, more

Madlib at work.

L.A. news roundup: For no particular reason other than the Los Angeles beat scene’s own prolific nature and commitment to excellence (Glitch Mob excepting), every single one of my news items for LA Weekly‘s West Coast Sound last week concerned our hometown digital heroes.

  1. FEATURED: Glitch Mob Debuts Fancy New Bartender Technology*
  2. Take and Nobody Cure the Mondays with Warm Beats, Exotic Tones
  3. MP3 Exclusive: Madlib Remixes Dabrye and DOOM’s “Air,” on Ghostly
  4. Download: Jneiro Jarel Remixes Brazilian Legend Arthur Verocai
  5. MP3 Exclusive: “Discipline09-3″ by Ras G, on Leaving Records

* “Is this why the Glitch Mob weaseled out of its handshake contract with Alpha Pup, effectively leaving Low End Theory behind for good? To divine advanced methods of stylish douchebaggery?”

    (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

News Roundup: Matthewdavid Loses Tapes, Dead Meadow Loses Mind, Ahab and TAKE

And boy can he Cook. Nyuk nyuk.

It’s been a great week on the blogging front, which is why I’ve included that picture of a great Dane above, and the love below.

  1. Cash Offered for Stolen Dublab Cassettes, Money Mark Not a Suspect
  2. MP3 Exclusive: Take, ‘Don’t Look Now,’ Forthcoming on Alpha Pup
  3. Dead Meadow To Premier ‘Three Kings’ at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  4. MP3 Exclusive(s): Two Flavors of Aural Insanity from Captain Ahab
  5. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

*If you like it, then you better put a tweet on it.

News Roundup: Unreleased J Dilla Gem, Dublab DJs to ‘Spin’ Tapes, MP3 from Wounded Lion

Quick bloggy bits* from around the L.A. underground (and up).

Booze + tunes = Callng All Kids

  1. J Dilla Estate Drops Unreleased Gem, Greatest Slipmats Ever
  2. THIS FRIDAY: Dublab DJs ‘Spin’ Cassettes at Calling All Kids’ Top Tape
  3. Exclusive MP3: “Belt of Orion” by Wounded Lion (In the Red Records)
  4. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

*If you like it, then you better put a tweet on it.

Trip-Out Tuesday: Psychedelic Visions from Red Sparowes

Quick bloggy bits* from around the L.A. underground (and up).

Durlin Lurt's 'Him Jenson'

  1. ‘Him Jenson’ Releases Wild Muppets Mixtape [MP3s]
  2. Dâm-Funk Making LPs w/ Steve Arrington, Nite Jewel [MP3]
  3. Trip-Out Tuesday: Psychedelic Visions from Red Sparowes
  4. And The Top Radiohead Benefit Donor Is… Dangerbird?
  5. ASKA of Moonrats Collaborates Flea, Spike Jonze
  6. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

*If you like it, then you better put a tweet on it.

Trip-Out Tuesday: Psychedelic Visions from Red Sparowes