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Friday, May 29

Arrington de Dionyso Exclusive MP3 Downloads

Arrington de Dionyso is best known as frontman for K records ecstatic rockers Old Time Relijun, but he is also an accomplished experimentalist, devoting a significant amount of his time to furthering the cause of free improvisation. He is the founder and curator of the Olympia Festival of Experimental Musics, in its twelth year. He explains his submission in response to The Wire's request for free giveaways this way:
One project I have in mind is called "Yamaneko Improvisations", it was recorded while touring Japan with Tori Kudo and Maher Shalal Hash Baz. It's a very strong, drone based duo improvisation between me on voice and bass clarinet and Tori Kudo playing a nineteenth century pump organ. Would something like that be of interest? It would also be easy to put on selections from either of my most recent albums but it would probably be more fun to include something "impossible" to find anywhere else. (The only people who have copies of this music are people that I have personally given a disc to, as far as I know! Meaning- about twenty people in the world!).
Excerpt 1 & 2 from Yamaneko Improvisations. Arrington de Dionyso- bass clarinet, voice; Tori Kudo- pump organ. Recorded February 11th 2007 at Tsuru's House in Matsuyama JAPAN. Released only as private CDR from "Pine Cone Alley"

Arrington de Dionyso performed with Old Time Relijun at Soundlab on 05/26/06.

This Week at The Tralf (Avant-Indie)

Friday, 5/29, 8pm--legendary post-rock stalwarts Tortoise.

From Thrill Jockey:
Tortoise is a group that resists easy metaphors and analogies, who can be described as sounding like only themselves and no one else. Twenty years after its founding, the band’s signature and singularly inimitable sound—a fluid intersection of dub, dance, jazz, techno, rock, and classical minimalism, with no part overwhelming or dominating the whole—remains an American and international original. Even more unusually, they seem to have arrived at their sound with almost no apprenticeship to speak of; to judge from their early singles and albums alone, they seem to have come into being with their musical identity and DNA fully formed, like Athena from the forehead of Zeus. Further, while the group has spawned countless imitators, heirs, and followers—sincere, flattering, and otherwise—Tortoise remains unique in the world of contemporary music for their boundless intellectual curiosity, their unmistakable compositional voice, and their synthesis of seemingly contradictory sound worlds far from their doorstep.

This Week at Buff State (Multi-Media)

Friday & Saturday, May 29 & 30--IUDCC: The Future of Journalism Conference.

By Geoff Kelly for Artvoice:
This weekend an army of radical media theorists and activists converge on Buffalo State College for the annual International Union for Democratic Communications Conference IUDCC) If that name seems opaque, think alternative news and media criticism or, better yet, look at the roster of speakers and presenters: Peter Phillips, director of Project Censored, which each year highlights the most important and underreported stories of the year; Geoff Millard, chair of Iraq Veterans Against the War; Danny Schechter, the documentarian and author whose films include Counting on Democracy and WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception; and Buffalo’s own Steve Kurtz, whose federal prosecution became a cause célèbre. They join more than 100 alternative media scholars and activists in arguing over the current and future state of media.

Programs begin at 9am both days. Only selected events are open to the public. Visit or Buffalo State’s Bulger Communication Center (1300 Elmood Ave) for a conference schedule.

This Week at UB (Art/Improv)

By Jan Jezioro for Artvoice:
June in Buffalo, the long-running new music festival at the University at Buffalo, returns to the Amherst campus for an event-filled week, beginning Monday, June 1 and ending Sunday, June 7, with a concert by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Slee Hall.

Long recognized nationally as one of the premier new music venues in North America, the June in Buffalo Festival featured in a special “Summer Stages” supplement this past May in the New York Times. The Times noted, “Composers have flocked to this festival since 1975, when Morton Feldman founded it as an American version of the Darmstadt festival in Germany. A bevy of young composers will hear their works performed alongside those of established masters like Martin Bresnick, David Felder and Harvey Sollberger.”
Read more here.

Wednesday, May 27

This Week at Soundlab... Video Hippos

May 28, 9pm--Baltimore's Video Hippos ("hyperbeat keyboard hardcore/pop, melding morose melodies to contoured 'n' spazzy noise bursts in songs that stick quick and generally quit within 150 ticks" says Streogum), with Voulez Vous Danser Avec Moi (Buffalo, Alfred Brown and John Valenti), Communication Hymns (Jax Deluca/Tristan Trump Collab)

Video Hippos

Voulez vous danser avec moi?

New Yacht "Psychic City (Voodoo City)" MP3

From Pitchfork:
YACHT's new album, See Mystery Lights, will get stuck in your head in more ways than one. First, there's that album cover-- a brain-melting image in "special holographic foil" that just won't leave your synapses alone. Then, there's the music. Check out the beach party jam "Psychic City (Voodoo City)", and just try to stop humming it.

YACHT members Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans took the lyrics to "Psychic City" from Two Million Years, an early K Records cassette tape release by Rich Jensen, then added a synth part inspired by Althea and Donna's "Uptown Top Ranking".

See Mystery Lights is out July 28 on DFA. The duo is on tour with Patrick Wolf in the UK right now.
Yacht played Soundlab with Dirty Projectors and Vampire Weekend on 8/27/07.

Tuesday, May 26

New Oneida 3-Song Sampler

If you aren't familiar with Other Music, New York City's most adventurous record store, this giveaway might give you a reason to get acquainted.
Click here for a FREE SAMPLER from Oneida, a/k/a the best psychedelic rock band in America! While these Brooklyn pranksters have been known to spin a few tales (how about the one about the warehouse-sized music box, or the dub version of their 2005 album "The Wedding," titled "The Weeding"?), it turns out that this rumored triple album they've been working on is the real deal, set for release on July 7. Here's a little three-song preview of the forthcoming opus, "Rated O." Enjoy!!
Oneida visited Soundlab on 08/03/06.

This Week at the Castellani (Multi-Media)

This Sunday, May 31, The Castellani Art Museum's TopSpin Series continues with Tom Holt: Test for Echo. An opening reception with artist's talk will be held Sunday, 2-4 at the museum on the Niagara university campus.

A highlight of Test for Echo will be a multi-media graffiti mural that Holt is creating especially for the TopSpin exhibition. The spray painted work that will cover one wall of the gallery is also going to incorporate projected video images.

The artist will host a Blackbook event at his home Friday, July 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Graffiti artists regularly carry black sketch books and bring them to each other's homes to pass around and draw in. For more information, directions, and to RSVP, please contact Curator Michael Beam at 716-286-8286 or

The latest in the museum's series of solo exhibitions profiling emerging artists of Western New York, Test for Echo runs through September 13, 2009. The TopSpin series is sponsored by Tops Friendly Markets. The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University is open Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sundays 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information on the exhibition and its related programming, 716-286-8286.

Friday, May 22

This Week at Hallwalls (Art/Improv)

Friday, May 29, 8pm--Juini Booth Buffalo Trio
Juini Booth (contrabass); Steve Baczkowski (saxophones, winds); John Bacon (drums, percussion)

From the Hallwalls press release:
Born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y. Juini Booth has been playing professionally since age 16. He has expanded the range of the contrabass into a refined personal language of intense acoustic awareness and spatiality of sound. Firmly rooted in the forefront of the American jazz tradition, which he has helped to shape, Booth's music also integrates influences from world music, emerging beyond the boundaries of categories to express the poetics of universal humanness. His compositions reflect a masterful use of simple melodic themes developed through unexpected harmonies, unusual tonal qualities and time relationships, inviting the listener to a new level of musical perception.

Booth has performed and toured for over 30 years with jazz musicians from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers to Tony William's Lifetime, Coleman Hawkins to Albert Ayler, Chuck Mangione to Sun Ra and McCoy Tyner, among countless others. He received the Mingus-Zimmerman Award sponsored by ISB (International Society of Bassists) for Most Imaginative Performance in the Free Choice Category. He was Music Curator at Hallwalls in Buffalo New York (1981-82) and at NAC Niagara Arts Council in St. Catherine's, Ontario (1991). His compositional work has been supported by an NEA composers' grant, CAPS, and Meet the Composer. Booth is currently focusing on composing new works for contrabass, and collaborative projects with artists of other disciplines, as well as teaching and recording. Recording credits include: Shelley Mann, McCoy Tyner (3 albums), Freddie Hubbard, Elvin Jones, Sun Ra, Hamiet Bluiett, and many other artists.
$12 general admission, $8 members/students/seniors

Thursday, May 21

Tonight: WNY Book Arts Collaborative Grand Opening

Western New York Book Arts Collaborative First Annual Members' Exhibition Tonight! WNY Book Arts Center 468 Washington St. Downtown Buffalo

The WNY Book Arts Collaborative exists to promote, encourage and develop Printing & Book related Arts through education and access for individual artists and underserved communities. Through active programs such as lectures, workshops and exhibitions, all facets of the printed word and image -- printmaking, papermaking, illustration, design, writing, binding -- can be explored and made accessible to the public as viewer and participant.

Christian Bök Makes It Sound Easy

From UbuWeb:
In this seven-minute sound poetry tutorial, Christian Bök takes the most difficult things and makes them pleasurable and completely understandable. Produced by Curtis Fox for the Poetry Foundation, Curtis tries — and botches — a snippet of sound poetry. He then hands the mic over to Christian who makes it soar. Bök then goes on to precisely explain the piece and its historic context. I can’t imagine anything better to use as a teaching aid to explain and demonstrate this art form.
On 04/20/01 Christian Bök appeared at Big Orbit Gallery as part of the E-poetry Festival presented by Just Buffalo and the UB Electronic Poetry Center. Others presenting/reading that night included Brian Kim Stefans, Neil Hennessy and Darren Wershler.

Wednesday, May 20

Praying for Oblivion: The Cruelest Animal

Although he has mostly flown under the radar of Buffalo's sometimes insular experimental community, Andrew Seal aka Praying for Oblivion has, through his explorations of jarring harsh-noise and post-industrial power-electronics, established a place for himself in the international underground. He has toured extensively in Europe and released split releases with a variety of international acts, including Outermost from Japan, Napalmed from the Czech Republic and Allun from Italy, in addition to an avalanche of straight solo works. Now available from Apocalpytic Radio, out of Saarland, DE is: "The Cruelest Animal" (AR044), "3 tracks of distorted power-electronics/harsh-noise with distorted-vocals, reminiscent of Sutcliffe Jugend, Soldnergeist, Macronympha. This release comes packaged in a clear DVD case with pro-printed blk/wht artwork. It is a limited release of -ONLY- 66 copies, so act quickly."

Buy it directly from Apocalyptic Radio or email Andrew directly at: Praying for Oblivion performed with Aidan Baker and Beta Cloud as part of a night of experimental electronics during the Infringement Festival on 07/28/07.

Tuesday, May 19

Dâm-Funk Remix Animal Collective

From Stereogum:
As reported last week, the second single from Merriweather Post Pavilion is the sweaty, sing-songy "Summertime Clothes." A video directed by Danny Perez is on the way along with three remixes. With its retro synths and electro beat, the "boogie funk" adaption by LA's Dâm-Funk is gonna be tough to top. The remix premiered on BBC Radio the other day, but it will also be good for you to spin next time you DJ in outer space. Download the radio rip at Rappcats (H/T GvsB).

The Democracy of Visual Space: Tom Holt in the Buffalo News

Artist Tom Holt is mentioned in Community Canvases, an article by Jane Kwiatkowski exploring the landscape of painted murals in Buffalo. Here's the good stuff:
“Murals do not have to be educational,” said Tom Holt, the graffiti-esque artist whose latest mural will be part of a solo exhibit opening May 31 at the Castellani Art Museum. “They can be just a celebration of color and form.

“It comes down to the democracy of visual space,” Holt noted. “It’s difficult to obtain mural space. It bothers me that Cellino and Barnes and the McDonald’s Golden Arches inundate us with images as large as they want because they can pay for it.”

Holt moved here in 2002 and within months, he and a group of friends opened Kamikaze, a three-story space for performance art on Ellicott Street. More recently, he painted “a giant almost subterranean” mural for Squeaky Wheel that ran 70 feet.

“Murals are all about audience,” Holt said. “You get to share your art in a spectacular way. The scale should not decrease your sense of signature.” Holt’s signature spray paintings take on a sci-fi, almost futuristic look. He breeds cartoon characters.

Holt pointed out the tattered lion mural at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Virginia Street. The mural was painted by graphic artist Frank Cravotta, director of creative services for the Buffalo Sabres.

“I always thought I wanted to fix that,” Holt said. “That’s the type of space I’d be eager to paint on.”
The original murals in the Soundlab bathrooms were painted by Tom, and other pieces have been featured in various Soundlab multi-media events.

This Week at Soundlab... Communist Party feat. Computer Club

Friday, May 22, 11pm
Communist Party 3 Year Anniversary feat. Computer Club

Like the final round of a videogame tournament, Computer Club’s music is loud, aggressive and spattered with grimy funk. A tendency toward the heavy, distortion-tinged sound of electro house is well balanced with his penchant for funk-laden interludes amongst the banger blitz.

The Computer Club sound first emerged from the studio of Mike Diasio in 2007 when System Recordings, one of the largest electronic music labels in the United States, tapped him to sign the single “Load Rocket.” The song, one of the first completed by Diasio under the geeky guise, carried Computer Club’s name into both traditional record label outlets and the burgeoning music blogosphere alike – a trend rarely seen in the heavily populated landscape of today’s dance music. Original songs like “Flat Response” and “Laptop Levitation” showcase Computer Club’s highly honed sound design and audio engineering skills, while his remixes of Nine Inch Nails, Prince and New Order illustrate his ability to adapt the best of the big names to the dancefloor.

Check Computer Club out on myspace.

This Week at Soundlab... Wolves in the Throne Room, Kralice, A Storm of Light

Wednesday, May 20, 9pm, $10/12
Wolves in the Throne Room, Kralice (Mick Barr), and a Storm of Light (Neurosis/Red Sparrowes members)

From Wickipedia:
Wolves in the Throne Room is an American ambient black metal band based in Olympia, Washington. Their sound is influenced by Scandinavian black metal, doom metal, dark ambient, crust punk, and folk music. The band has described their sound as “purifying black metal” or “transformative black metal”, although in interviews the band has shown an unwillingness to be restricted by any musical label.

The band is well known for their eco-spiritual vision, which they consider to be a step beyond the vision offered by satanic, fascistic and nihilistic black metal. They often state that traditional black metal should be seen as a jumping-off point in a process of continual spiritual growth, and not an end unto itself.

The band has expressed bemusement at the myths that have sprung up around its member’s rural lifestyle. It is often said that WITTR live “in a one room cabin in the woods with no contact with the outside world”. Aaron has tried to set the record straight in interviews: “We don’t live in caves and wear un-tanned animal hides."
Sounds like fun! Check them out on Myspace.

This Week with Subversive Theatre Collective (Multi-Media)

By Javier, for Artvoice's Stagefright:
The Subversive Theatre Collective will present Too Absurd!, a double bill of absurdist once act plays, May 21-June 7 at the Manny Fried Playhouse. The bill will include Ionesco's The Lesson directed by Drew McCabe, and Mrozek's On the Sea, directed by Mark Tattenbaum.

Diplo Soundlab Clips on YouTube

Handheld camera documentation of Diplo's performance on 05/07/09. Re-live the magic here and here.

Caralee McElroy Leaves Xiu Xiu

By Tom Breihan for Pitchfork:
According to a post on the band's website, Xiu Xiu multi-instrumentalist Caralee McElroy has left the group. Here's what she wrote, in a post titled "Thanks for the memories":

"I have decided to stop playing in Xiu Xiu for personal reasons. Thank you to everyone who has supported me in the last 5 years. Xiu Xiu is an important and amazing band and will continue to be."

Meanwhile, Xiu Xiu frontman (and McElroy's cousin) Jamie Stewart has a new band called Former Ghosts and he's on a solo tour in Europe right now. And next year, Xiu Xiu plans to release an album called Dear God, I Hate Myself.
Xiu Xiu performed at Soundlab on 10/16/06

Danger Mouse's EMI-Killed CD Will Be Released as a Blank CD-R, Just Add Download

By Cory Doctrow for Boingboing:
EMI has told Danger Mouse that his latest CD won't see the light of day due to "legal issues," so he's responding by releasing the disc as a blank CD-R in a jewel case with art and liner notes. Fans can just download the music off a P2P site and burn it to the CD-R.

Dark Night Of The Soul, a collaboration with rock group Sparklehorse, also features Iggy Pop and The Flaming Lips, along with artwork by David Lynch. It has already been streamed online, but Billboard magazine said a "legal dispute" with EMI derailed the project...

"Danger Mouse remains hugely proud of Dark Night of the Soul and hopes that people lucky enough to hear the music, by whatever means, are as excited by it as he is."

He added that the album, which comes with a limited edition, "100+ page book" of David Lynch photographs inspired by the music "will now come with a blank, recordable CD-R".

"All copies will be clearly labelled: 'For Legal Reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will.'"

Wednesday, May 13

This Week at Soundlab (Multi-Media)

Thursday, May 14, 7:30pm. Sunday BMX presents Up Up and Away Film Premiere

Friday, May 15, 9pm. Infringement Festival Benefit feat. A Hotel Nourishing, The Grappling Hooks, Pam Swartz and a showing of Jason Klinger's short film "Zombie Loves Vampire"

This Week at Soundlab... Electronic Wilderness

Wednesday, May 13, 9pm--new date! Electronic Wilderness: The Chandeliers, Bev-Beverly. As denizens of a vibrant and eclectic music scene that hinges around the Shape Shoppe recording space on Chicago’s near South side, keyboard-heavy dance rockers Chandeliers hail from the same community that includes the inventive Chi-town entities Icy Demons, Bronze, Killer Whales, Bird Names, and Mahjongg.

This Week at Soundlab... Vetiver

Wednesday, May 13, 9pm--new date! Electronic Wilderness: The Chandeliers, Bev-Beverly. As denizens of a vibrant and eclectic music scene that hinges around the Shape Shoppe recording space on Chicago’s near South side, keyboard-heavy dance rockers Chandeliers hail from the same community that includes the inventive Chi-town entities Icy Demons, Bronze, Killer Whales, Bird Names, and Mahjongg.

Friday, May 15, 9pm. Infringement Festival Benefit feat. A Hotel Nourishing, The Grappling Hooks, Pam Swartz and a showing of Jason Klinger's short film "Zombie Loves Vampire"

Saturday, May 16, 9pm, $12/14 Vetiver, Papercuts. Tight Knit is the fourth full-length album from Vetiver--singer/songwriter Andy Cabic's ever-evolving musical home base. Luminous and surprising, Tight Knit unfolds like a road trip down Highway 1, towards Cabic's home in San Francisco.

Stream Grizzly Bear's "Two Weeks" Plus the Fred Falke Remix!

Pitchfork reports:
Grizzly Bear's Veckatimest, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2006's Yellow House, will finally see the light of day later this month.

But the first single, the eminently awesome "Two Weeks" (which they've already played live a few times), is going to be available on iTunes starting at midnight tonight. And Warp will release it on 12" on May 18.

Have a listen to the song-of-the-year contender plus the "really fun and TOTALLY different :)" remix by Fred Falke here.

(We're still waiting on the Snoop Dogg remix.)
Grizzly Bear played Soundlab at the bottom of a bill that included Lichens, Soft Circle and Voltage on 11/06/05.

Diplo's Mad Decent iPhone App

Tom Breihan reports for Pitchfork News in Brief:
Diplo's Mad Decent label is about more than music; it's also about wacky sound effects. Mad Decent's new iPhone app is up now on the iTunes store, it's free, and it seems to consist entirely of sound effects: airhorn, elephant, dinosaur. In this video, a Diplo gives us a guided tour of the app without putting down his joint. Random onlooker guy: "Would you ever use that in a set?" Diplo: "Yeah, it's fucking reggae, dude."
Diplo performed at Soundlab last Thursday, and before that, on 09/20/04 with RJD2 and Rob Sonic.

Photos from USAISAMONSTER's "Last Show Ever" Featuring Awesome Color, a Shirtless Juiceboxxx, and A Sweaty Mass of Spectators

By Rebecca Smeyne for the Village Voice's Sounds of the City Blog:
Justin F. Farrar gushed his respects last week to Brooklyn prog-noise stalwarts USAISAMONSTER, who after 10 years, four full-lengths, two EPs, a stack of CD-Rs, and a zillion cold floors around the globe, are ending their long-revered band. Last Saturday at the Market Hotel was billed as their "Last Show Ever" and photog Rebecca Smeyne documented the steam-room of a finale. One kid passed out and to be taken away by ambulance, but the show continued without interruption. More importantly, how was the curry?
Click here to see the photos.

USA Is a Monster played Soundlab on 10/05/06.

New Animal Collective Song "Bleed" (Live In D.C.)

From Stereogum:
Earlier today we posted the complete stream for Animal Collective's show last night at the 9:30 Club, but for those of you who want to cut to the chase and locate the new stuff, here's a stand-alone MP3 for an echoing, cavernous song currently titled "Bleed." It's a brief 3-minute shadowy, clanging, and woodsy transitional piece.

Animal Collective - "Bleed" (Live) (MP3) (Via GvsB).
Animal Collective visited Soundlab on 04/14/05 with Ariel Pink

Akron/Family Live Improv mp3s

This past weekend, Akron/Family recorded a live improv for The Frow Show, which aired 5/11/09 on WFMU (part 1, part 2, part 3). Host Jesse Jarnow writes:
The plans for Cobra-like cues and Oblique Strategies borne from the Love Room loft fell by the wayside, and very quickly Akron/Family shut off the lights in WFMU's Studio B. Literally stumbling in the dark between their usual instruments, upright and toy pianos, Farfisa organ, space blaster, Scott Williams' cigar box guitar, Bryce's accordion, and other toys, the trio jammed for an hour-and-a-half straight, reconnecting with the experimental investigations that run beneath their current incarnation's cosmic folk and Afrodelic dreaminess.
WFMU-FM is a listener-supported, non-commercial radio station broadcasting at 91.1 Mhz FM in Jersey City, NJ, right across the Hudson from lower Manhattan. It is currently the longest running freeform radio station in the United States.

Akron/Family played Soundlab on 3/17/07.

Thursday, May 7

New National Tunes, Peformance On "Late Was The Night" With Jimmy Fallon

From Stereogum:
Hey, it's a blog post relating to Dark Was The Night. Sunday night's live event (NYC) around the indie-scene-portrait compilation was a certain success, and the National's final victory lap came last night with a performance of "So Far Around The Bend" for Jimmy Fallon with woodwinds, strings, and a Nico Muhly. We have video of that, but also and more intriguingly, we have NYC Taper-captured MP3s of the two new tunes performed at Radio City this past weekend: the first is the excellently overcast "England," which I had then mentioned has an intro recalling Sufjan's "Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois" (standing by it) before turning into a The National song, paired with "Vanderlylle Crybaby" which features a smoking guitar-hero solo from the night's MVP, Justin Vernon. Take those, along with the Fallon video and YouTube of Bon Iver and Berninger doing "Big Red Machine" at Radio City.

The National performed at Big Orbit Gallery along with Mia Doi Todd and the Clogs on 05/30/01.

Sunn O))) Full-Length Wire Magazine Interview Transcripts

The Wire has posted a series of full-length transcripts of interviews referenced in its April cover story on drone metal art project Sunn O))). Featured in these fascinating documents are collaborators and members of Sunn O))) including: Stephen O'Malley, Greg Anderson, Oren Ambarchi, Jessika Kenney, Eyvind Kang, Attila Csihar. Interesting stuff even for non-completists!

Sunn O))) performed at Soundlab on July 1, 2004.

Wednesday, May 6

This Weekend at Soundlab... Tera Melos

Friday May 8, 9pm--Tera Melos. "A sonic (and literal) kick to the head, Sacramento's instrumental four-piece TERA MELOS fuses elements of jazz and hardcore punk, creating a unique sound that has been described as a head on collision with the melody of Cap'n Jazz and the aggressiveness of Black Flag."

NOTE: the Crystal Antlers show originally scheduled for Saturday, May 9 has been cancelled. They have to appear on TV or record a song or something.

This Weekend at Soundlab... Diplo!

Thursday, May 7, 9pm--Super producer (M.I.A., Santogold), unearther of new dance trends (CSS, Bonde de Role), and DJ sensation Diplo with Paul Devro and Big Basha. SOLD OUT


By Rob Harvilla for the Village Voice's Sounds of the City blog:
Friend-of-SOTC Dennis Romero reports that BPM magazine is shutting down after a 13-year-run of dance-music coverage that struggled to adapt and evolve without abandoning its roots altogether. Romero, a former news editor and contributor there, offers some context:

In recent years, BPM followed dance music's new generation away from the core superclubs. The likes of Steve Aoki graced the cover, and the nu electro cool kids ruled the roost. It's hipper-than-thou parties seemed geared more towards paparazzi (Paris Hilton was a guest) than dance music fans. I'm not sure if this was its downfall, or if it simply was a victim of falling print advertising and a bad economy - a common ailment for mags across the land (see Portfolio).

Throw it on the fuckin' pile. Avast.
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