• What Is Phuturo?

    10 Abr 2011, 2:54

    What is Phuturo?

    is the re-emergence of pre-industrial cultural artifacts, traditions, styles, performance, etc., in context with, and remixed with, futurist or future-oriented and technologically-based media.

    Though the respelling and coinage of phuturo (from the latin/spanish ‘futuro’) was already in existence, the re-purposing and re-defining of this word was done by Bryan Glosemeyer in 2011.

    While working on my latest mix I was struggling with what I wanted to call it. Most of the tracks in this mix are from a relatively new genre of electronic dance music called ‘future bass.’ However, several of these tracks, while very futuristic in their sound and very cutting-edge in their production process, had key elements of world wide and pre-industrial music. And not just sampled elements, as is often the case in current electronic music, but performed by live musicians, trained in a particular and long lasting cultural tradition, with the intention that they would be part of a more contemporary, hi-tech and futuristic media. I wanted a word that not only conveyed genre elements of future bass, but also alluded to these pre-industrial, non-anglo elements. I used to attend a drum ‘n’ bass club night in San Francisco many years ago called Phuturo. While this particular club night was exclusively for drum ‘n’ bass music and certainly had no connotation with pre-industrial world musics, I felt that it also had that ‘certain ring’ to it that captured what I was going for.

    In a sense, phuturo is the reversal of the steam punk genre. Whereas steam punk is integrating and mixing up high tech elements into a pre-industrial, or early-industrial, context, phuturo is taking the pre-industrial elements into not only a current context, but a futuristic one.

    There are some key musical artists/groups that I would consider major contributors to the phuturo movement: Beats Antique, China Dub Soundsystem, Talvin Singh, Enigma, and DJ /rupture are the ones that first come to mind.

    This movement is certainly not limited to music, but in film, visual, and performing arts well. However, I am far less versed in these mediums and am currently searching out artists and performers I would consider phuturo. My wife thinks that Fefe Talavera would be a good example of a phuturo visual artist. I also tend to think back to the crowded street scenes from the movie Blade Runner. I would love to hear some feedback from artists, dancers, writers, etc on their thoughts about what I’m calling phuturo and what examples they think fit.
  • dj dim-mak’s best of 2010 lists

    2 Ene 2011, 2:41

    Another freaking fantastic year for music. You know, when people say there’s no good music anymore, I kinda want to laugh in their face. Are you kidding me? Year after year lately we’ve been drowning in fantastic music.

    So each year I try to make my ‘best albums’ list for several reasons. In part, its to pass along the great sounds I’ve heard to others who haven’t found them yet. But also, to organize for myself what I was really moved by and drawn to this year, as well as honoring in my own very small way the achievements of these often terribly under-rated and often-passed-by artists.

    Trying to give these any kind of order would just be nightmarish for me, so I just broke it down to 20+1 of the best albums and 20+4 of the best of the rest.

    I’ve also made some accompanying online mixes to audibly illustrate my argument for their inclusion in my list. You can check the mixes out here:

    dj dim-mak’s top 20+1 albums of 2010

    Zola Jesus - Stridulum

    Grinderman - Grinderman 2

    The Black Keys - Brothers

    The Black Angels - Phosphene Dream

    Indian Jewelry - Totaled

    Four Tet - There Is Love In You

    Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

    School of Seven Bells - Disconnect From Desire

    Nice Nice - Extra Wow

    Dokkebi Q - Hardcore Cherry Bon Bon

    Massive Attack - Heliogoland

    How To Destroy Angels - How To Destroy Angels

    Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky

    Ike Yard - Nord

    Scorn - Refuse; Start Fires

    Skream - Outside the Box

    Poirier - Running High

    Noisia - Split the Atom

    M.I.A. - /\/\ /\ Y /\

    Gold Panda - Lucky Shiner

    Meat Beat Manifesto - Answers Come In Dreams

    Almost but not quite: the best of the rest 2010

    The Blood of Heroes - The Blood of Heroes

    Rusko - OMG

    Magnetic Man - Magnetic Man

    Kidkanevil - Basho Basho

    Actress - Splazsh

    Pale Sketcher - Jesu, Pale Sketches Demixed

    Shigeto - Full Circle

    Lorn - Nothing Else

    Bassnectar - Timestretch

    Scuba - Triangulation

    Salem - King Night

    LAKE R▲DIO - Planet Earth About To Be Recycled

    LA Vampires Meet Zola Jesus - LA Vampires Meet Zola Jesus

    High Places - High Places vs. Mankind

    Naked On The Vague - Heaps of Nothing

    The Glitch Mob - Drink the Sea

    Eskmo - Eskmo

    Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal

    Bonobo - Black Sands

    oOoOOO - NoSummr4U

    Wu-Tang - Return of the Wu

    White Ring - Black Earth That Made Me

    Balam Acab - Sea Birds

    Baths - Cerulean

    Favorite Compilations

    Ninja Tune XX
    Soul Jazz Records: Future Bass
    This is Dubstep Vol 3
    beko Box 3
    Blow Your Head Vol 1: Diplo presents Dubstep
    ISO50 presents Dry Waves
    Jus Like Music and Apple Juice Break present: Oscillations
    Music for Our Future

    Best Concerts 2010

    Gold Panda, Indian Jewelry, Health
    Megadeth, Slayer
    Zola Jesus
    Antipop Consortium, Massive Attack
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    2 May 2010, 18:01

  • dj dim-mak's best albums of 2009

    2 Ene 2010, 19:12

    Each year I like to put together a list of my top albums of the year. Let me tell you, this year was pretty hard to narrow down the list. There were simply tons of great albums that came out in 2009. And I'm sure there are plenty of amazing albums that I missed this year that are totally deserving to be in this list. (Need to hear some more Bat For Lashes and Crocodiles for example.) And I'm sure that there are some albums in my honorable mentions that could easily replace someone in the top 15 if the mood struck me.

    I've also created an online mix of songs from my top 15 that you can check out anytime:

    top 15 albums of 2009:

    Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz

    Fever Ray - Fever Ray

    The Flaming Lips - Embryonic

    Major Lazer - Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do

    King Midas Sound - Waiting For You

    Zu - Carboniferous

    Anti-Pop Consortium - Fluorescent Black

    Dälek - Gutter Tactics

    Zola Jesus - The Spoils

    To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie - Marlone

    Boxcutter - Arecibo Message

    Sunn O))) - Monoliths & Dimensions

    Phantogram - Eyelid Movies

    Bear In Heaven - Beast Rest Forth Mouth

    honorable mentions:

    BLK JKS - After Robots

    Wolves In The Throne Room - Black Cascade

    Dan Deacon - Bromst

    Ben Frost - By The Throat

    Kush Arora - Dread Bass Chronicles

    Former Ghosts - Fleurs

    Health - Get Color

    Dan Aurbach - Keep It Hid

    Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport

    Phaseone - Thanks But No Thanks

    Cloaks - Versus Grain

    Mastodon - Crack the Skye

    Dangermouse and Sparklehorse - Dark Night of the Soul
  • Fri 16 Oct – Butthole Surfers, Melvins, Psychic Ills

    21 Oct 2009, 23:01

    I'm so glad this was at the Grand Regecy Ballroom. Its become one of my favorite venues in the area. why? Because, quite simply, the sound is great there! The two times I've been to the Fox in Oakland were so very disappointing. Upwards of 75 bucks for 2 tix and the sound at both shows was utter crap.
    But I digress.....

    Its kind of funny that I went to this show, I can't say that I'm a big fan of any of the bands that were playing, but I knew them and respected them enough to know that it would be a killer show and not one to be missed.

    My wife and I arrived just as Psychic Ills was starting, so perfect timing. She had seen them before, opening up for Indian Jewelry, and was very psyched to see them. I was pretty unfamiliar with them going into the show, but I trust my wife's judgment. I have to say, they were pretty damn good. They had something of a psychedelic, almost jam-bandish, sound. They have a very pretty woman bassist, and that's always a nice plus. I think they would be better in a smaller, more intimate venue, where you could really find yourself lost in the swirl of sound.

    next up, the Melvins. of the three, they were the ones I was most excited to see. And I was not disappointed at all. If you've never seen the Melvins live, its not to be missed. Heavy-ass guitar riffs, two pounding drummers, 4part harmony, and Buzz's anime hair...what a fucking show! They are one of those bands I've been meaning to get into for years and somehow just never have. Which is too bad, because I can say I've surely been missing out. And those riffs, besides being heavier than our national debt, were stunning in their rhythmic and harmonic complexity. I look forward to seeing them again, next time, hopefully as headliners. Cause the main problem with their show: too damn short!

    And last but not least, the fucking Butthole Surfers. You could tell it was a crowd that was ultra excited to be seeing them. A house full of hardcore, life long fans, for sure. I first remember hearing about them back in the late 80's from my skater friends. And I vaguely remember seeing them back in St Louis in the 90s. Too be honest, i don't remember dick from that 90's show, other than i was there and Stone Temple Pilots opened. (there's been a lot of parties between then and now, i guess, and a lot of years, too.)
    Of the three bands, I am most familiar with their stuff, tho by no means their full catalog. I mostly know their mid to late 90's experimental/alternative/psychedelic music. specifically, electric larry land, and Independent worm saloon. So most of the tracks the whipped out I wasn't familiar with at all, but it was still pretty fun. The later half of the set they went deeper into their punk roots, which honestly I found pretty boring. I know its blasphemy, but I've always found straight up punk one of the most sonically boring genres ever. but at least i could lose myself in the hyper violent videos of axe-murderers and other classic, low budget gore-flick clips. i especially was digging the montage of exploding human heads.
    For their encore they went more into the psychedelic craziness that I was hoping for all along. Ending the night with walls of looping feedback and a clouds of sweet ganja in the air, I was utterly exhausted.

    The Alternative Press Expo (APE) and the These Are Powers/A Place to Bury Strangers were waiting for us the next night. There's little rest for the music lover in San Francisco.