Wednesday, January 15, 2014

FTA MUSIC: Edward the Librarian: Rusty Junglist: V025


A review of the 2013 Faction Digital Recordings (FDR) catalog. I wish I could have played you all their tracks but the warm cup of brew I made wore off after my second recording of this podcast. I'm very fortunate to have the opportunity to bring you this fine collection of tunes. FRD's music is a little slower (at times), darker and non jump-up, totally not my usual style. With that said its good to get out and the stretch the ears a bit to new styles.

On a momentary somber note I lost a mentor and friend recently. So find those that you love and hold them close and tell them so, you never know when your going to lose them. RIP Carderock Geoff.

ILL OMEN's Bass Drive show is on Tuesday Nights!!! ba ha not Wednesday. Pay no mind to the MC he is trying to DJ and talk at the same time.

Host: Edward The Librarian 

Date: 1.15.2013 

Time: 01:32:26

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001) This World - TopShotta

002) What's Up - Dot45

003) Big Crack - PropaP

004) Tonverdacht - Garuda


006) Unexpected - Garuda

007) Revival - Patrick Currier

008) Global Phases - (Patrick Currier Bootleg Remix)

009) John the Densist - Global Phases (Patrick Currier Remix)

010) Intraterrestrials - Bonk

011) Deeper Side - Thing

012) Vex - Patrick Currier feat Nubias Finest

013) Machete - Sonik

014) Channel black - Will Miles

015) Organics - Bonk

016) Memories - Thing

017) Ghost Hunter - TopShotta

018) Ride the Fire - Anthony Paul (CBRN remix)

019) BRASS LOVE - Dcision & Shotz

020) Scheduled Panic Attack - Avoiding Silence

021) One Side - Amphetamine Virus
022) Cement Poisoning - Amphetamine Virus

023) Chain - End User and Patric Currier

024) Stop Wi - CBRN

025) A Room with a View - Aaron Bianchi

026) Live Or Die - Subbase
027) EZZZ - Peligro

028) The Innocent Ones - Sonik

029) Scandalous - Venture Brothers

030) Emporer - Konztant

031) Avoiding Silence - Aaron Bianchi

032) Trusted - Patrick Currier
033) My Sound - Peligro

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Randomness: Radio Silence Over

 So where have I been...

 I'm working on a now over due review of Faction Digital Recordings 2013 catalog podcast.

I've been on the road visiting friends and family, stealing away moments to work on my own production.
 I've been archiving old production files from college, and bringing back to life my old iMac

This is why I'm a hoarder of old mediums (vinyl, floppy disks, and piles of zip drives)

Having other's review my production, comment, beat it up, what have you.

Finally we have the last of it... my wife and I are expecting this spring. It comes with great joy, responsibility and a dash of pure unholy terror. All I can say is I know what I was like as a child and I know I'm about to get it 10 fold. ba ha.

So with that said I have a feeling 2014 is going to be me locked away in the Annex. Transmitting out to the internet A LOT, Ba Ha but I'm also planning on bring in a lot of special guest DJ's in, and trying to make these transmissions a little more regular.

Thus if your in the DC area and want a spot. Hit me up if I've not already talked to you.

MU HAHAHAHAHAHA. 2014 is going to be wild folks.

keep smiling

Randomness: Will the HATE ever end

Facebook can be great, but it’s often a place that makes me want to chuck the nearest expensive lump of new DJ gear at my iMac. With increasing frequency, the hate being exhibited by some is getting frankly annoying, and largely without foundation. The above slice of elitist bollocks hit my screen this morning. And boy did it press a button with me.

I need to preface this with a little about myself – I’m 46 years old, with 3 decades of DJ experience and an unnatural love of vinyl. I’ve witnessed the comings (and probable goings) of CD decks, DVS and all manner of controllers, as well as having insight into what is coming some way down the line.
But despite my vinyl heritage, not once have I exhibited the hate that all too many people show when faced with new technology. I embrace it, and use what is good across all the formats.

To address the latest Facebook meme – I’ve heard similar opinion from some real top of the ladder DJs. DJ Premier espoused a similar feeling about using Scratch Live. And another even went as far to say that a council of elders should be formed who could decide if you should be able to call yourself a DJ or not. Sorry – I thought that the full or empty dancefloor made that decision… but I digress.
Years ago, I wrote an article about the joys of buying, collecting and playing vinyl. I lamented the lack of said experience for today’s music consumers who are used to just pressing the legal or otherwise “download now” button. But like it or not, that is their music buying and listening experience. They hear music on the radio, TV or online, knowing that they can probably go somewhere and download it to their computer, phone or music player almost instantly. This is becoming a media-free world – and it’s not their fault.

So the above ridiculous meme has zero relevance to the current music buying public and DJ world anymore. With 99% of music being distributed digitally, vinyl and increasingly CD just does not figure in the minds of new DJs. So to insist that they’re not DJs unless they’ve used vinyl is some of the worst DJ snobbery that I’ve ever witnessed. And rather illogical too.

By extension, this meme also implies that DJing is dying because of the lack of vinyl use. Again, the full dancefloors across the world do seem to rather laugh in the face of such an assertion. Is there a magic number of vinyls that you must own, or have carried, or have played to earn your DJ stripes? What piffle.
Rare photo of DJ skills quickening while playing vinyl

Let me state this plain and clear again. Vinyl will not fill a floor. Vinyl will not magically give you DJ skills. Having played vinyl in the past or suddenly playing it now WILL NOT make you a good DJ. DJing is not about the gear or the medium – it’s all about the music and skills. Pick the right music and mix it at the right time in the right way and the floor will fill. Voila – you are now a DJ, regardless of what medium or gear you played it on.

So while the current DJ related Facebook meme is doing the rounds, doubtlessly followed by many others of its kind, the reality is is that it’s just complete and utter hogwash. And I double dare anyone to try and convince me otherwise.