Journal / list time!

list time!

1-thanks for coming out saturday night in dallas and last night to bardot in l.a. i had so much fun both nights, so, thank you.

2-i have this odd premonition that the maayan 2012 starts on december 23rd, 2011. we’ll see, here’s hoping. my hope/thought for 2012 is that it becomes the year wherein human beings stop causing trouble for themselves. i mean, for millenia we lived in a world that was hostile and inimical to human life. now we live in a world where most of the threats (predators, bacteria, etc) have been relatively vanquished. our world should be a paradise for us, so what have we done? we’ve created our own problems. think about it, 99.9% of the problems we face are problems that we’ve created.
to wit:
climate change
domestic abuse
child abuse
environmental degradation
etc etc.

so maybe 2012 is a chance for us, as a species, to move beyond old prejudices and old fears and old hatreds and the myriad problems we’ve created for ourselves. here’s hoping, anyway, because it seems as if the old ways (war, fear, rape, violence, isolation) have seriously outlived their usefulness and are leading to our downfall.

3-i’m really excited to go to australia to dj. so, see you soon(assuming you live in australia).

4-here are some pictures of kim jong il dj’ing with me and tiesto and skrillex:

5-happy almost winter solstice. it’s better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness. which might be one of my favorite quotes of all time.



Journal / list. time.

list. time.

1 yesterday was my first ever earthquake. or, rather, the first earthquake of which i was aware. i might have experienced other earthquakes and just assumed they were subways going by underground. sometimes in the angelika theater on houston and mercer you can get a ‘sensssuround’ effect from the passing subways. this doesn’t work so well if you’re watching ‘remains of the day’.

2 sometimes i’ll be doing interviews and rambling on and giving overly long answers to interview questions and i’ll start to wonder ‘do i sound like a crazy person?’ i think that’s a valid question to be asking oneself in the middle of an interview. and no, i don’t have an answer. people reassure me and say, ‘no, you don’t sound like a crazy person’ but i have a feeling they’re just being nice.

3 yesterday i was shopping at erewhon health food store and i was wearing my bad brains shirt(well, one of my bad brains shirts, i have about 4), and the guy ringing up my groceries asked me, ‘so, your vatican commandoes shirt is in the wash?’ that made me happy. ctXhc.

4 i just passed the key club, where the cro mags are playing on june 2nd. if i was in l.a on june 2nd i’d go see the cro mags at the key club. nyXhc.

5 whoever invented vegan tacos should be sainted and/or knighted and/or given some sort of congressional medal of honor and/or tacos. if i were on death row i think i would want tacos as my last meal. they are perfect.

6 i thought it was nice that they let me wear one of my bad brains shirts on 30 rock. again, nyXhc.

7 my hotel in l.a looks into a dog run. it is perfect. like tacos. but involving dogs. whoever invented urban dog runs should be sainted and/or knighted. and/or given the congressional medal of tacos.

8 i think that’s it for now.

9 oh, music promotion: at some point soon we’ll be putting up the video and remixes for the next single. it’s called ‘pale horses’, and my friend amelia sings on it. it’s a sad song. i hope you like it. my friend elanna directed the video. it’s cute and sad and involves taking a train to the moon.

10 i think that’s it. tuesday morning i think i’m going to talk to jason bentley on kcrw. i might also play some more songs from ‘wait for me’.



Journal / list time.

list time.

1-thanks for coming to the carl cox tent at ultra. it was, to use contemporary parlance, off the hook. that’s contemporary
parlance, right? just another in my long list of attempts to stay contemporary. i also hear that dungarees and pizza pies
are quite popular with the young persons these days. and flair pens and word processors.

2-today obama signed legislation protecting 2 million acres of land. hooray obama. i know that everyone’s focussed
on economic news, but in his first 100 days he’s done some pretty amazing things, like lifting the ban of federally funded
stem cell research, signing legislation providing equal pay for women, protecting 2 million acres of federal land from development,
and more. president obama makes me proud.

3-i’m doing a lot of european shows and festivals this summer. i think that most, if not all, of the dates have been
posted. i’ll post them all sometime soon in one of my friendly list emails.

4-miami was nice. warm and nice. but all of the be-muscled and be-tanned and be-implanted people make me feel
like woody allen having a day at the beach. parts of miami are great. parts of it kind of make me want to run back
to nyc and sit in a bookstore getting even more pale. being warm in the out-of-doors was nice, though. and ultra was fun.

5-end of list for now. thanks.


Journal / list time.

list time:

1-i went to see duran duran on broadway on friday night. it was really fun, especially the ‘ode to kraftwerk and daniel miller’ mid-section. i kind of wished that they had played ‘careless memories’, but the show was fantastic nonetheless.

2-in the most recent debates the democrats mentioned gw bush 47 times and the republicans mentioned gw bush 2 times…(one of which was a critical mention by ron paul, who is awesome). must not be too much fun being a republican these days.

3-we’re putting out a limited vinyl release of 2 songs from my next album, ‘last night’. the songs are ‘everyday it’s 1989’ and ‘the stars’. they’re both piano driven rave anthems and will be released on vinyl only. i think this single gets released at the end of november, and we’re only making 1,000 copies of it.

4-the next single after the rave vinyl is called ‘alice’, and it’s being released in december, i believe.
it’s a dark hip-hop track, with vocals from:
aynzli, a jamaican rapper who lives in the uk.
the 419 crew, nigerian rappers who live in the uk.
and my friend lady rizo, a burlesque performer from brooklyn, nyc.

5-isn’t it odd that it’s more than twice as expensive to live in a former factory in the former slums of lower manhattan than it is to live in a 4 bedroom house on 5 acres of land almost anywhere else in america?
i guess people really hate mowing lawns.

6-at the duran duran show i was talking to a friend and recounting some of my most humiliating public musician moments.
i narrowed it down to:
a-playing a late-afternoon ‘rave’ in 1993 to an audience of kids with an average age of 10. it was in a club that held 500 people and i believe that 50 or 60 10 year olds showed up.
b-the first time i played in italy. in milan, i believe. it was in a club that held 1,000 people and eight people showed up.
yup. 8 people.

well, now that i’m thinking of humiliating moments…there was the time i was playing in helsinki and i ran on stage in front of 2,000 people only to fall on my face due to tripping over an untied shoe-lace.
or my first show in miami where i was billed as ‘mobe, singing their hit “ok”.
that one in particular makes me laugh, as every last aspect of it is wrong.
ah, the good old rave days.
or my 2nd ever performance. at the palladium(now an nyu dorm). an audience of…5,000 people? i was as nervous as i’ve ever been, sweaty, queasy, etc. i walked on stage and hit ‘play’ on my alesis sequencer(this was a while ago…)and…nothing.
no sound(well, the sound of 5,000 restless drunks). i had forgotten to load the sounds into my piece-of-garbage yamaha tx-16w sampler and, as a result, was unable to actually make any sounds. it was like one of those bad dreams where you’re naked in front of a lecture hall. eventually i was able to load the files and play the show, but i do kind of believe that i took a couple of years off of my life while standing on stage unable to coax sounds from my equipment in front of 5,000 restless drunks.

i’ll think of some more humiliating experiences and share them in the future.