Sunglasses At Night
January 15, 2008, 12:38 am
Filed under: Diary

First post of the year and really nothing to get too excited about, the past month hasn’t really been too conducive to writing about bleeps and beeps. Anyway this weekend I’m finally reappearing in impolite society so thought I better dip my toe back into this whole blogging thing.

So… first things first, this Friday sees the launch night of Club Med, down in the basement of Life on Old St (not the Shoreditch end). It’s going to be an awesome night, yacht rock, balearic and italo disco all mixed up like a fine cocktail. It’s free to get in but remember the dress code is ‘European Millionaire’, personally I’m opting for an off white suit, with tassled leather deck shoes, it’s a strong look.

After that I’ll be playing at Egg on the Saturday, not too sure what’s going on next door but the room I’m playing with is packing some serious heat with the likes of Tetine, Wrongtom, Shock Defeat! and Chik Budo all on hand doing their wonderful things.

Anyway that should do for now, some big news (well for me) coming soon but that can wait for another day, instead I’ll leave you with one of the best things I’ve seen in recent times, Thom Rolands ‘Jews For Justice’ T-shirt, found at IGETRVNG by the ever on point Tony Poland.


Down With Santa
December 13, 2007, 5:16 pm
Filed under: Diary, Electro, hot chip, Video

Right… time for another infrequent update, what with the real life commitments and a variety of end of year round ups I’ve had to knock out for various odds and sods (writing the top 50 albums of the year nearly killed me, I was surprised to look up when I’d finished and not find the final ten entries just read ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’) I’d somehow managed to miss the new video for Ready For The Floor the new single from probably one of my favouritest bands of recent years Hot Chip.

Anyway for those unable to operate YouTube (yet somehow able to find this murky corner of the internet) I present it here for your pleasure, the track itself is a nice little uptempo number with a vocal from Alexis that harks back to the more emotionally pummelling tracks off Coming On Strong whilst the video, directed by Nima Nourizadeh is one of their best yet, the joker business is a strong look indeed.

If you’re in London next week Greco Roman are throwing an Anti-Christmas party on the 21st at Transit in Shoreditch, which will of course be ace.

Whilst we’re on a video tip I got sent a link to a video of a Kissy Sell Out refix of The Human League’s These Are Things That Dreams Are Made Of. Pretty much sounds exactly as you’d expect it to, the video, an animation by Chris Bianchi is pretty decent, worth a click anyway.

But best of all it allows me to nicely segue into a plug for the Warp Records / Dedbeat Xmas Party which takes place on Saturday the 22nd of December at The Great Eastern Hotel and features a DJ set from the brilliant Martin Rushent, founder member of the League and responsible for the peerless Love and Dancing album that no one who reckons they like music should be without (check your local charity shop you should be able to pick it up for a quid or two). The rest of the lineup is pretty tight too with Weatherall, The Oscillations, Broadcast, Toddla T, Shackleton and loads more playing. Get your tickets from the newly minted Warpmart.

And finally this weekend Allez Allez are hosting Optimo and Grovesnor down at the Amersham Arms, the second best venue in town if you’ve yet to check it out make the effort. Allez Allez is one of the best nights in town, Twitch and Wilkes from Optimo are 2 of the best DJs and Grovesnor, well if you want to get a lady into bed, getting her greased up at a Grovesnor gig is a cheaper and more sure fire way of getting her sexed up than any expensive meal.

Alternatively you could check out the Keston Lodge in Islington, where there no-shit music policy will be tested to the limits as I’m playing a 5 hour set from 9 till 2. If you’re in the area come and say hello and watch the decks for me whilst I make a bid for the bar.

Audiosushi Winter Ball
November 30, 2007, 5:21 pm
Filed under: Diary

Ok no posts for a month as my dayjob has been keeping me far too busy but with things starting to calm down it’s time to poke my head back out into the real world and show off my utterly piss poor new haircut, seriously can someone please recommend me a decent milliner otherwise I’m going to be staying in crying till it grows back.

Assuming I can find a decent hat I shall be at the Dogstar this Saturday for the Audisushi Winter Ball, New Order’s Peter Hook is on the decks alongside the likes of The RGBs (live), Suicide Dogz, Tony Poland, Disastronaut, Sean Mclusky and myself. Saturdays are always lively down there so it should be a good one.

Things To Do In London When You’re Dead
October 31, 2007, 1:39 pm
Filed under: Diary, wrestling

As you may have guessed from a quick look at any of our flyers we’re big fight fans at Hot Sauce, from boxing to wrestling we appreciate all the sweet sciences, though I have to admit above all others Lucha Libre holds a special place in my heart. From the pantomime ultraviolence to the clear cut lines between good and evil and the glorious masks and costumes everything about this sport of champions sings to my soul.

Having spectacularly failed to see any matches earlier this year when we were actually out in Mexico it was a pleasant surprise to find it all going off on our doorstep at the Bethnal Green’s Working Men’s Club. And what Lucha Britannia may have been missing in the way of gorgeous sunshine and dirt cheap tamales it certainly made up for it by not being a cramped 10 hour flight away. This was fierce, funny and in your face with holds and throws that had you wincing with sympathy for the poor sod whose turn it was to get smacked down.

And the wrestling was just the half of it, throw in burlesque performances, some alternative stand up, a healthy amount of greaseball rock n’ roll and you had one of the best nights that personally I’ve ever been to. Anyway several bone shattering nights in Bethnal Green they’re stepping things up a gear this Friday with a Day of the Dead Spectacular down at SeOne. Unless you have something ridiculously important to attand, like your funeral for instance (and even then being the Day Of The Dead that’s no excuse), cancel everything get yourself a mask and come down you will not regret it.

Oh and if you’re a gambling man, save your money for the Irish wrestler, christ I don’t know what was in his potatoes but it’s like they shaved a bear and stuck it in spandex, terrifying.

Lucha Britannia Day of The Dead Spectacular
Friday 2nd November – 9pm till late
SeOne, London Bridge.
Check the website for full details.

All photos © Manolo – you can see more of his amazing Lucha Britannia photograph’s here

Weekend Manuvas
October 26, 2007, 9:52 am
Filed under: Diary, DJ, News

Quick heads up for this Weekend if you’re in London and at a loose end and fancy stalking me. Tonight it will all be going gangbusters down Corsica Studios at the I Love Acid Halloween Rave, Luke Vibert, B12, Cylob, AGT Rave Cru, yours truly and several other top drawer types will be dishing out lysergic sex beats from 10 till 6 in the morning, there’s a few tickets held back for the door and if you get there early you can probably get hold of a free halloween costume and a few on the house vodka jellies.

Saturday and I’m playing at the Legion in Old Street at Crackin’ Skullz, back around the turn of the century when Skullz started at the 333, they would make me dress up as a bear and wrestle another chump dressed as a gorilla, in return I’d get a lapdance (on stage, in costume I have to add) from whichever porn star the promoters were currently rolling with, heady stuff. Well finally after nearly a decade I’ve been promoted to the decks and will be digging out the finest eighties penthouse soul, booty bass, ignorant rap jams and Canvey Island classics to celebrate, I think it kicks off at 8 and it looks like it’s free to get in.

And then assuming my body allows me I’ll be back at the Amersham Arms on Sunday to sink into a sofa, sup Guinness and listen to some Balearic classics from the Tramp DJs, the wonderful Hot Breath Karaoke will be on hand too so depending on how much I’ve consumed I may be back on stage sooner than I’d planned.

For Best Results View Under Neon Light
August 24, 2007, 1:21 pm
Filed under: Diary, Electro, Indie, News

oh yes… here’s a sneak preview of the design for our new night, Strobe, at Scala in King’s Cross (as ever courtesy of the wonderful Stem Design). Trust me this is going to be a big one, we’ll be announcing the full lineup in a couple of days it’s just a matter of fitting all the names on to the flyer.

Anyway it’s a bank holiday weekend which is nice and unexpected, having been out the country for a bit it had completely skipped my mind, as ever there is loads to do and my top tip is this Saturday’s Be party at the Proud Galleries in Camden, where the likes of ddd, Twisted Charm and Trash Fashion will be playing live and I shall bejoining resident David H on the decks.

Despite only opening this year and being a raging success the area’s been sold for redevelopment so this is the openultimate Saturday night party there, hopefully this should inspire some suitably fin de siècle madness. See you there.

DJ sets this week
April 16, 2007, 4:30 pm
Filed under: Diary

On Thursday I will be playing a lesser spotted electronica set in the bar at the ICA, which should be nice as I don’t get to flex the random noise sections of my record collection much these days. It’s all part of SPNM’s The Sound Source evening, a new regular night devoted to experimental music. All the acts sound pretty interesting too, with everything from free jazz drumming, cello accompanied by interactive electronics and loads of other things thickos like me will gawp at open mouthed.

Check the details here.

Then on Friday it’s business as usual as Hot Sauce returns to 93 Feet East, really looking forward to this one, we’ve got Duke Dumont, Rowdy Superst*r, Zombie Disco Squad and myself in the main hall and Suicide Dogz, Ice Monster and Tony Poland in the bar. Entry as ever is free before 9pm and just £5 after.

Full details here.