Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Orchard Lounge LIVE from camp bisco!

More photos here

Well, just got back from one of the most amazing weekends I have ever had. We were asked to spin in NY at the Disco Biscuits' festival called Camp Bisco. The festival was just perfect and there were close to 6000 people there. I spun a set at 6:00 of downtempo/acidy stuff which ended with the band Brothers Past coming out and jamming over my last record to begin their set. I also got to test out my new 303 sampler which was fully loaded for the weekend and you can hear it on this recording of the short set:

Ben Silver- First set>BP 8/26/05 live at Camp Bisco

Later on that night The Disco Biscuits blew up the stage as usual. I have been seeing that band for 7 years now and also was at the first 2 Camp Bisco's in 1999 and 2000. To go from a die-hard fan to actually playing at their festival was a dream come true for me. They played until 1am and we were lucky enough to get the time slot after them from 1am-2am!!!! It was an amazing experience. Spencer and I spun a set of tech house with loads of samples and I even was layering samples I made of the disco biscuits over the records.

The personal highlight of the festival musically for me was from 5:45-7:30am on Sunday morning. Somehow they were able to get GOD...I mean Simon Posford to play at the festival late night Saturday after the biscuits. He played one set as Hallucinogen and one set along with Benji Vaughn as Younger Brother. Posford has many aliases and my favorite has always been his Ambient/Psy-Dub project Shpongle. I have posted about Shpongle in the past and I still consider "Are You Shpongled?" to be one of the greatest electronic productions ever created. Their LIVE set as Younger Brother was so good that 4 days later I am still in shock. It was one of the greatest musical experiences I have ever had and for a chunk of the set I was sitting on a fold up chair 20 feet away from them studying what they were doing while having my mind blown to shreds. Yes, it was THAT good. I will do a seperate post about Younger Brother next.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

video of THE BAYS!!!

Only have a few minutes but wanted to post this:


also there is a new show on their site

So someone out there figured out how to change the file names so I could save the video clips from the BBC Documentary I posted a while back. The .ram was changed to .mov and then I was able to burn it for personal use. DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW I CAN SAVE AND BURN THIS BAYS VIDEO??!?!?!?!!

Thursday, August 11, 2005

warped hiphop and IDM mix with extra glitch

Phocas on Decks August05 - Tactic and DJ Candlewax

1. Cepia – L2 – Ghostly International
2. Dabrye – The Lish – Ghostly International
3. Alias – Shoes Cars – Anticon
4. Shadow Huntaz – Figure Of Speech Inst. – Skam
5. Ludacris – Southern Hospitality – Def Jam
6. Ghislian Poirier – Don’t Smile, It’s Postmodern – Chocolate Industries
7. Slicker – Knock Me Down Girl Inst. – Hefty
8. Diamond Ice – Iceberg – Metatronix/Beta Bodega
9. Jay Z – The Bounce Inst. – Roc-A-Fella
10. Kardinal Offishal – Hurricane (Like Its Hot) – Unknown
11. Yin Yang Twins – Wait (TheWhisper Song) Inst. – TVT
12. Liberty – Being Nobody (Richard X Rmx Inst.) – Astralwerks
13. DJ/Rupture – Little More Oil feat. Sister Nancy – Tigerbeat6
14. M.I.A. – Pull Up The People – XL
15. 1 Thing Over (Amerie, Dabrye)
16. Chok Rock – Buzz – Warp
17. Outkast – She Lives In My Lap – Arista
18. RJD2 – Takeoff Inst. – Bustown Pride
19. Platinum Pied Pipers – Now Or Never – Ubiquity

Just came across this mix which was posted on a messageboard this week and I have been bumping it in my office all week. Really nice mix of hiphop, some glitchy IDM tracks, and other assorted styles. Check it

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Jamie Lidell is crazy

Jamie Lidell- Multiply (Warp)

LIVE VIDEO with beatboxing, loops, and vocals

The video speaks for itself. Period. Not much I can really say other than the fact that this guy is completely insane and extremely talented.

Angry Ape said:
Not something you’d typically associate with the esteemed Warp Records, the new Jamie Lidell album has to be one of the most exhilerating releases from the electronic giants back catalogue.

Lidell was formerly one half of techno-funk outfit Super_Collider with Cristian Vogel, and anyone who heard his singing contribution to Matthew Herbert’s Big Band project, will know the strength, diversity and passion of Lidell’s emotive vocal range.

Multiply is a genre-crossing beast of an album, that combines and moulds elements of soul, funk, electronica, rock, electro and disco - all focused around the main settings of Lidell’s seductive Superfly vocals. Imagine an amalgam of soul classics Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Prince and Sly Stallone, overlaid and met with twisted electronic influences.

Fans of Taylor Savvy, Har Mar Superstar and Beck (Midnite Vultures) will adore this LP, although Multiply is a more dense composition than anything created by his peers. A refreshing approach to electronica, Lidell is completely and utterly in a league of his own.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

2 places you should visit now...

I have been busy and out of town hence the lack of posts. I have a ton of new music to share so I will be adding a bunch of stuff soon. Here are two places to visit today-

Velvet Pants

My good friend Wes started his site off recently and it is all about music, films, life, and other assorted bullshit. I highly suggest checking it right now because he has a live set by METRO AREA recorded at Smartbar on my birthday 2 years ago. That night was one of the most fun nights I ever had in Chicago. Friends from all over came to Chicago to party down and we started with a roof deck party and ended up at Smartbar seeing Metro Area for the first time and stayed until almost sunrise. The set is impeccably mixed and contains rare tracks from the late 70's and 80's that you most likely have never heard.

The other is HEAVY which has been sending me incredible cds every month. Each cd is packed with new music from a variety of artists and the packaging is really nice looking. Make sure to sign up on their site to try it out.
Here is the info:

"If you like knowing about new music first, HEAVY.COM
puts out a compilation CD called the Sumosonic every month that has anything from indie rock, alternative, reggae, electro, hip hop, trance... pretty much any genre that cool tunes exist in. Now they're giving out Sumosonics for free so if you want some free music go to this link: HEAVY FREE OFFER