Archive for June, 2009

30
Jun
09

Goodbye NYC! I’m going going back back to Cali Cali…

Today was my moving day! I am happy to say I am back in the beautiful Bay Area! Its been an awesome 13 months in NYC and I will miss it and all the awesome people there.

Brooklyn Rooftops

Brooklyn Rooftops

Summertime grilling and Wii

Summertime grilling and Wii

People watching at the Bedford stop.

People watching at the Bedford stop.

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Central Park on Labor Day. Everyone is so happy for the sunshine!

Central Park in Autumn

Central Park in Autumn

Dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum

Dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum

–DJ Rex Manning Day

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25
Jun
09

RIP Michael Jackson

Wow… mulitple news sources claiming that Michael Jackson died today after suffering cardiac arrest. Respect to the man that brought us Thriller and this heat right here:

24
Jun
09

For all you freelancers out there…

This is the truest/funniest video I’ve ever seen on working in the creative industry. Maybe a bit of an inside joke but I totally feel this video.

14
Jun
09

Moondog!

Mr. Scruff is one of my favorite artists on Ninja Tune. I especially love an uptempo little ditty called ‘Get a Move On.” Its built upon a sample from ‘Bird’s Lament’ by a composer named Moondog, and his backstory is one of the more classic tales of mad musicianship I’ve ever heard:

From Wikipedia:

Moondog was the pseudonym of Louis Thomas Hardin (May 26, 1916–September 8, 1999), a blind American composer, musician, cosmologist, poet, and inventor of several musical instruments.  Although these achievements would have been considered extraordinary for any blind person, Moondog further removed himself from society through his decision to make his home on the streets of New York for approximately twenty of the thirty years he spent in the city. The public began to appreciate the extent of Moondog’s talents only in the final decades of Moondog’s life, primarily because of his stubborn refusal to wear anything other than his own home-made clothes, all based on his own interpretation of the Norse god Thor. Indeed, he was known for much of his life as ‘The Viking of 6th Avenue’.”

Check out the mad genius:

–DJ Rex Manning Day

12
Jun
09

Pirates Secure a Seat in European Parliament… No really!

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Swedish Pirate Party Logo

And I thought we liked pirates in America. The Swedish Pirate Party just won a seat in European Parliament. Swedish pirates have seen a lot of press lately ever since the owners of The Pirate Bay, one of the largest torrent trackers on the interweb, went on trial for a whole number of things, not limited to plundering, looting, and digital swashbuckling. I guess those guys are really popular over in Europe, and as a result some like minded individuals have become a legitimate political party. Check out the full story at TorrentFreak. Here’s a blurb:

With 7.1 percent of the vote, the Swedish Pirate Party has shocked its critics and secured a seat in the European Parliament. The Pirates received more votes from those under 30 than any other party in the European elections yesterday, and this was celebrated with pints of rum and loads of pirate chants.

–DJ Rex Manning Day

 


12
Jun
09

Wolf + Lamb at Baby Bunny’s Big Top, Tommorrow, 6/13/09 NYC + Northside Music Festival

Baby Bunny is really outdoing herself these days. She is the mastermind behind some of the best events in NYC of late, the Bob Ross Tribute party, Snapshot, and the Re-Virginization party. (Also the mastermind behind Decadence… C-Springs stand up!!)

Tomorrow night is her biggest effort to date, ‘And Everyone Laughed’ with Wolf + Lamb headlining.  Straight from the source:

We are actually producing a circus…aka clowns, fortune tellers, escape artist, trapeze…not to mention AMAZING music. In addition we’re working with the Northside Music Festival: did you know that on June 13 Bedford with be closed to traffic for possibly the best block party all year?

SATURDAY JUNE 13TH 9PM ON
51 NORTH 1ST STREET AT KENT
$13 before 11pm $20 after
–DJ Rex Manning Day
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07
Jun
09

Moby Treats NYC to a Rare DJ Set and Gives a Bangin’ Lesson in Classic Breaks at One Step Beyond, 6/5/09

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Moby served up a rocking set of classic breaks and house Friday night at the Natural History Museum’s season finale of Fader magazine’s One Step Beyond party. The sound system was ridonculous and fully satisfied my overwhelming addiction to gargantuan basslines. Also thrown into the deal was the most absurd ‘made for people tripping on acid’ planetarium light show I’ve ever seen.

I totally blew it getting there and accidentally took the A train express to 125th street, a mistake I haven’t made since moving to NYC. So I got there a little later than I wanted to, but was early enough to catch the end of  the Activaire DJ’s.  They were laying down some atmospheric IDM and both the Activaire DJs and the crowd seemed to be in ‘I just got here and am working on my first drink’ mode. But the heady beats fit quite nicely with that vibe.

I am not really sure if Martin Morscrop is a bald guitarrist as the interweb would have me believe, or if it is the duo of a lady with a Kaoss pad and a buttoned down fellow with a laptop and keyboard. Either way the force is strong with them.

Martin Morscrop?

Martin Morscrop?

The first few songs they played had that extended spaced out disco feel that a lot of the DFA remixes have- epic songs with deep hypnotic basslines. The second part of their set was pure late 70’s disco, which was danceable but wasn’t melting my face off, and I enjoyed the first half of their set more.

Delicate are the hands that rock the Kaoss pad.

Next up was Holy Ghost! of DFA records. It looked like only 1/2 of the Holy Ghost duo was present, and I have to be honest in that I didn’t catch much of the set as I took this opportunity to go to the planetarium show. I had seen the planetarium movie several times before and was expecting to see a Robert Redford narrate as asteriods collide and stars explode overhead.

Holy Ghost!

Holy Ghost!

But nope, no Cosmic Collisions that night. Instead, the most belligerent planeterium crowd on record sat back in rumble seats and were treated to a dare I say it, psychedelic light show. I couldn’t believe that a producer at the museum actually greenlit this thing. In the grand tradition of ‘Pink Floyd Laser Shows,’ trippy visuals bombarded us on the dome-like ceiling above as the music of U2, Prodigy, Soundgarden, David Bowie, and even some PLUR trance came at us from all angles. Think fractals. Think posters from the set of ‘That 70’s Show.’ Think Lava Lamps. Then take all that imagery and have some 3-D propellor head create abstract 3-D enviroments to fly through, and maybe you’ll scratch the surface of how ridiculous this was. First we were flying through a reef as neon fish danced around us. Then we were on a roller coaster, but in space! At one point 3 gigantic chrome figures about 20 or 30 feet tall whose bodies were made of assorted segmented heart shapes danced to trance music while waving glowsticks around. Really. During the finale, eyeballs dripped from the ceiling and winked at everyone, then gemstones burst from every orafice. It was epic and absurd all at the same time. It defied all rational explanation, but in a good way…. I think.

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Upon descending from the depths of the giant sphere that is the planetarium, I saw that Moby had taken the stage. Hells yeah! Moby was laying down a solid set of old school breaks and house and made it seem effortless. Moby mastered the art of DJing literally decades ago, and his set of cherrypicked bangers showed how deep his knowledge of making a dancefloor rock really goes. He’s kind of like a kung fu master that lives on a mountain top, and every now and then has to come down off the mountain and remind people how much of a bad ass his Shaolin style really is. Only instead of kicking people’s teeth in with his preying mantis pose like a kung fu master, Moby plays records.

He dropped tracks from Underworld, Basement Jaxx, a breaks mix of Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin, and a whole bunch of party rockers I couldn’t place. As far as I could tell he only played 1 or 2 of his own songs. I snapped a few photos and then headed straight for the bass crates and danced in front of the speakers the rest of the time, trying to make the most of a rare and short piece of dancefloor goodness. It was a bit odd as the crowd consisted of a lot of popped collars and high heeled girls ready for the clubs in the West Village, rather than a bunch of crunchy Birkenstock wearing veggie veges, as Moby’s politics might dictate. But I kind of liked the fact that all these random people were getting down to all of these classic tracks that they hadn’t heard before.

All in all, a rocking season closer to one of my favorite events in NYC.

–DJ Rex Manning Day

Moby at One Step Beyond Flickr Set




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