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Quivver – Surin (Original Mix)

My track of the day/week/month ๐Ÿ™‚
You can probably find it on Beatport; as it is I heard it come in at about the 47 minute mark of Part 1 of Greg Benz’s “Aurium April 2008 Mix”, both parts of which you can download from hybridized.org (you may need to go to the front page of hybridized.org before the download will work). “Surin” also makes a reappearance at the end of Part 2 of the set, which provides a nice through-line. The mix itself features some newly-produced prog house with good funk to it, which is always fun.
And if I remember correctly, Quivver just put out a full length artist album, so I’m going to have to see if that track’s on it… it’s not on iTunes (yet, anyway), though some of his other stuff is (such as the excellent Brothers And Sisters).

Transitions 3 by John Digweed


What can I say. This CD absolutely rocks. It is easily the best of the “Transitions” series so far, and I have no problem recommending it highly. Excellent flow, down-and-dirty, pack-the-floor music. If you like a good groove, buy this thing, now. You won’t regret it.
Favourites include “There” by Sweet and Candy; “Along The Wire (Superpitcher Mix)” by Lawrence; “Chest in the Attic” by Daniela Stickroth; “Begun The End Has” by Joel Mull; “Hedonism” by Reshuffle; “Kore” by Dusty Kid; and “Lowdown Brittle (Wink’s Profound Sound Interpretation)” by Someone Else.

Faithless – Rennaisance DJ set compilation


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Longtime krishenblog readers will know that last September I went to NYC. Well, on that trip, I picked up a few CDs. One of them was Faithless’ 3-disc DJ compilation for Renaissance Records (pictured above). For the uninitiated, Faithless is a dance duo out of the UK and had a big clubland hit in the mid 90s called “Insomnia”, featuring the line “I can’t get no sleep” (iTunes preview).
Well, that CD has sat in its plasticwrap since then — I just couldn’t find the right moment to open it. Well, that right moment struck today, and I’m so glad it did.
I’ve only listened to the first disc, titled “Studio”, but all I can say is: awesome. Varied tempos and moods and consistently top-notch production. High but not shrill highs, and DEEP, deep lows. And the last track on the disc blew my mind; it was a piano reprise of one of the first techno tracks I ever listened to. Complete bliss. Inspired me to come up and write this. I’m just sorry it took this long to open the CD. Part of the reason I waited so long to open it is because I was a little worried I’d be blah about the whole thing. Guess I should have just had faith (ba-dum ching).
[Update: checking their biography on iTunes, it would appear that track — the last one, the one I recognized from my techno childhood — was originally produced by Faithless, before they were Faithless. Crazy].
Can’t wait to hear the other two discs, labelled “Club” and “Home” respectively.

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That’s all for now… good night ๐Ÿ™‚

And…. I’m back


Isn’t that exciting? Haha. So much for that daily posting thing, that just kind of fell apart — we got waaay to busy and I got waaay to tired, and those nights where I wasn’t tired, the hotel internet conked out.
So yeah. Who’s excited about the Canucks winning their series against the Stars? That was a tense game seven tonight — the last half of the third was full of ridiculous penalties, and there were more than a couple tense moments where Dallas nearly put the game into overtime. They ended up pulling their goalie though, and the Canucks managed to score twice more, finishing out the game 4-1 and taking the series 4-3. So now it’s onto Anaheim, which should prove to be a tough fight, with the Ducks winning three out of the last four games they’ve played against the Canucks.
Since we last spoke: Jeff and I explored a cave system in San Antonio (very cool) and ate at a couple more good restaurants, including a couple steakhouses, a big Mexican place downtown called Mi Tierra, and back to Sushi Zushi. And I picked up a few CDs too, which seems to be some kind of San Antonio tradition for me. I did the same thing last time I was there. This time around I explored a few of my favorite DJs from this years’ Ultra, picking up CDs from:
Danny Tenaglia – Global Underground 17 – London
Carl Cox – Global
John Digweed – Renaissance presents Transitions Vol. 2
I also picked up a fourth CD:
De-Phazz – Godsdog
One internet radio station that consistently amazes me is soma.fm‘s Groove Salad. Quite often, a song on that station will catch my ear*. And, when it does, I write it down. And De-Phazz had been written down enough times, that when I saw their album in the used-CD section, it caught my eye.
It’s described as electro-lounge, and all I can say is, I love it. It’s this jazzy, techno-tinged antique-yet-new music, and it’s cool as hell. My favorite track from it right now is called Happiness. Check it out, I think you’ll like it.
Ack. Hiccups.
Well that’s probably a good spot to call it a night. With luck, more tomorrow.
Today’s photo comes from John and Ivee’s Sunday Morning Easter Breakfast.
*I’m strongly considering making a $50 donation to right now; a new ruling is threatening to put their operating costs through the roof.

Great weekend

So… by all accounts HPSN was a great success. I’m pretty happy ๐Ÿ™‚
I had a pretty great weekend, too. After finishing off some work on an unrelated project on Saturday afternoon, I headed over to Cam and Melissa’s, where we binged on fantastic, handmade pierogis (perogi, perogy, piroghi, pirogi, or pyrohy) by Melissa. And, oh yeah, salad, bratwurst, chips & salsa and beer. Mmmm. Not the healthiest stuff in the world but hey it’s okay once and while, right? Went to the video store, picked out Martin Scorsese‘s The Departed — what a great film! The parts I was awake for, anyway. We started the film at 10:30 though so I think I have a good excuse ๐Ÿ™‚ Stayed the night and slept in until noon (they have good curtains!), and enjoyed another round of pierogis and sunny-side up eggs… oh comfort food how I love thee.. watched an episode of Buffy, then went upstairs and helped assemble their new desk. Man. Why are the instructions on assemble-it-yourself furniture always so bad? Anyway, after some consternation it all came together, and it looks great! Got me thinking of buying some new furniture…
After that, got my things together and went out to Ultimate Frisbee for the first time in more than a month. That was great.. and I wasn’t as dead as I thought I was going to be. And apparrently Cam and Melissa hadn’t had enough of me, because I went right back there for dinner and enjoyed some great grilled chicken while we watched the Oscars. And I’m delighted to say The Departed won Best Picture, because I still have the rental for another three days… haha. Going to try and watch it again tonight if I have the time.
Anyway time to go to work, I’ll leave you with a few images from Ultimate last night. Have a good day!




Casino Royale/Parkour


So how about that new Bond film, eh? That’s what I’m talking about. The past few Bond films, which make up most of what I’ve seen of the series, have kind of put me off — to me, Bond came across as a decadent jackass. There’s little of that in this film. Daniel Craig as Bond is hard, cold and deadly. It’s still Bond — there are plenty of gorgeous women, explosions, and high-end cars. But family friendly? Ah… not so much. The pre-title sequence, beautifully shot in black and white, features Bond destroying a bathroom, ultimately drowning a guy in the sink. Think along the lines of Borne Identity/Supremacy, but grittier.
Update: Here’s Mark Kermode’s review.

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The film has a fantastic opening sequence where a bad guy literally runs up a steel beam at a construction site, at one point jumping from a crane to the top of a building (meanwhile Bond plods along after him like a ton of bricks). I got queasy watching parts of it. I’d seen the type of motion the bad guy was using before; it’s a French sport/art/philosophy called Parkour aka Urban Freeflow:

Parkour is a physical discipline inspired by human movement, focusing on uninterrupted, efficient forward motion over, under, around and through obstacles (both man-made and natural) in one’s environment. Such movement may come in the form of running, jumping, climbing and other more complex techniques. The goal of parkour is to adapt one’s movement to any given obstacle.

It’s really something to behold. Here’s a few videos:

Good evening

Well, I’m going to try and get in as much here as I can in the next ten minutes, no, nine minutes. I’m up at 5:30 these days, trying to get some extra work finished. Not sure how much longer I can keep that pace up.
In any case, here’s the update on me: Friday night, headed over to Cam and Melissa’s to watch Capote. There was a slight moment of fear when Cam couldn’t get the English subtitles working, but we got them going. Thank God. I love Philip Seymour Hoffman, but his character in this film, Truman Capote? Mumbles like a mofo. Good film, recommended.
Saturday I had photography class at Ringling Museum. Wait. Before I get to that, I should point out that the class before Saturday’s was on Wednesday, when Louis and I took a field trip out to Siesta Key. Got some great photos there (I think so anyway) and discovered a brand new spot on the beach I’ve never been to before. So that was a lot of fun. Zoom back to Saturday, Ringling Museum centers around the clown and amusement park history that is deeply grained in Sarasota history. The Ringling Circus? Yeah, it’s that Ringling. Sarasota has been their winter home since the 1930s. So there were many exhibits around that. In addition, we (and by we, I mean Cam, Joe, Tori and Louis) saw the Ca’ d’Zan (“House of John”), a waterfront mansion owned by John and Mabel Ringling, and, stupendously, only lived in for three years. But it’s gorgeous, and it seems like they brought the entire thing over on a boat from Italy.
Oh.. time is up. Pictures, hopefully tomorrow. Bedtime!