Square Wave - Bloggers Are DJsBy Abdullah Saeed
Speaking to Creators Project few weeks ago, Cole from the Black Lips opined that "it's hard to describe sound. I think that's why music journalists have a hard time." That places me squarely in “out-of-touch-music-writer” category, but I can appreciate the sentiment. I've written enough pointlessly flowery sentences to know it rings true. As more and more people look to bloggers for guidance, music journalism reveals itself as a middle man—there's no need for descriptive purpleness in the age of the audio embed. But it's also the age of more music than anyone can handle, so the blogger serves some purpose, even if it’s just bringing some ill shit to your attention.
I mostly write about electronic, beat-oriented music, and I’m happy to say that most writers on the beat aren’t fucking around. Some of my favorites lis Moovmnt, Finest Ego, and Low Riders Collective are adept at keeping the conversation short and focusing on the jams. These are guys that pick over reams of new shit and lay it in order for you to discover. They’re basically just DJs, honestly.
The first major DJ I ever interviewed was Neil Armstrong. He said a DJ mix should be a gift—it should show the audience something they know and love and blend it with obscure elements they’ll go apeshit for. As far as track selection, I deal in a more obscure brand of tune than Neil does, but it's in that spirit that I put together the first ever Square Wave mix. Whether this sound is new to you or knew to you, here’s hoping you can dig it.
Tokimonsta - "Madness"
Torky Tork - "So Raw"
Dibiase - "Swingshift"
Johnny Boy - "Fakin' Brazil"
Dar Geraet - "Beck's"
Muta - "Lock Jaw"
Gaslamp Killer feat. Mophono - "Carpool Dummy"
Suff Daddy - "Message Break"
Free The Robots - "Diary"
DDay One - "Give and Take"
Dibiase - "Circuit Breakin"
Follow Abdullah at @imyourkid.
Ace of Base's Secret Nazi Past
Before he founded Ace of Base, Ulf Ekberg was a member of Commit Suiside, a Nazi punk band.
Parquet Courts - "Light Up Gold Road Trip" (Full Documentary)
In this new documentary, Noisey follows rising indie rockers Parquet Courts from Mexico to Texas and London as they tour to support their debut LP, 'Light Up Gold.'
Yung Lean Doer Is the Weirdest 16-Year-Old White Swedish Rapper You'll Hear This Week
Yung Lean raps over pillow-fluffy beats and raps about glory holes and Arizona Iced Tea. Who the fuck is this kid? And why is he like this?
Adam Ant - The British Masters, Chapter 6
Noisey's John Doran talks with the great post-punk pop star Adam Ant about tribal body mods and layering tape.
Photos: Taking Acid at Coachella
When Paley sent these photos in, she included a nice little caveat over email that we've decided to reprint here in full, not only because it's too good to edit, but because her photographs of her and her weird buddies riding the snake are some of the best
R.I.P. Storm Thorgerson (1944-2013)
On Thursday, the hyper-talented graphic designer, artist, and famed album cover creator Storm Thorgerson passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.
The Internet Is Scary
As of six months ago, my Facebook fanpage is like a dojo where hormonal teenagers hone their technique. Here is a heartfelt poem from some kid who wants to rape, kill, and marry me.
I Accidentally Touched Little Richard's Butt One Time
It was in the Detroit airport. After it happened Little Richard said, "He graze my derriere."
Listen to St. Lucia's Remix of The Colourist's "Little Games"
Last month, Cali quartet the Colourist released "Little Games," and St. Lucia just pulled a warm Balearic blanket over the whole thing, sanding away its rough edges with bright synths and lightly gated percussion.
Aaron Montaigne, Godfather of Screamo, is More Interesting Than You Can Ever Hope to Be - Part Two
On surviving combat in Iraq and Afghanistan with the help of magic, 'Bladerunner,' and everything in between.