DECEMBER 21, 2009
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM PARTY BEN INFORMATION SYSTEMS
The food bank is that way. As we always say around the Party Ben Information Systems headquarters, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Unfortunately, as many of you know, many companies were forced to respond to the worldwide recession in 2009, and PBIS was no exception. We took the opportunity of a previously-scheduled Party Ben Information Systems company-wide mandatory holiday lunch break to gather our workers together and deliver the bad news: the United States mash-up bailout was rejected at the last minute by Senator Joe Lieberman, and so, unfortunately, all employees were being laid off, effective immediately. Sadly, our highest-paid employee, mash-up superstar and spokesmodel Party Ben, was not excluded from these layoffs. We wish him all the best in his new endeavors, especially since we still own the rights to his name. We are pleased to announce that Party Ben Information Systems is now being run by a team of IT specialists in Mumbai, as well as an auto-response piece of software code running on a server in Bangladesh. We anticipate significant cost savings as a result of this restructuring, and encourage creditors to refer all correspondence to the Bangladeshi embassy.
Before Party Ben left the building, he did, however, produce some work that we will do our best to monetize. First, attention Belgians: please tune into Pure FM on Friday, January 1, 2010 at 8pm local time for a very special Party Ben guest mix on Vincent Cayeux' "Pure Trax" program. If you're in Belgium and near a radio, you can go here to find your local frequency--jeez, they cover the whole country, look at that. For non-Belgians, you can listen online by going to the Pure FM home page and clicking the orange "EN DIRECT" button at the top of the page. 8:00pm in Belgium = 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern, 7pm London, 10pm Moscow. Perhaps more simply, the mix will be posted on the Long Mixes page after its airing.
The mix consists of almost entirely new tracks as well as just some good old electro for the kids, as well as a few Francophile tracks produced for this summer's European Stimulus tour (which, by the way, turned out to be a major reason for PBIS insolvency--it turns out Party Ben was expensing all his Caipirinhas, and while they were only 3 euros each, Party Ben sure can drink a lot of them). Here, for those interested, is a sample track from the Pure FM mix, a delightful little combination of Simian Mobile Disco's Beth Ditto-featuring "Cruel Intentions" and a classic disco jam, Rufus & Chaka Khan's "Ain't Nobody."
Party Ben - Nobody's Intentions (SMD feat. Beth Ditto vs. Rufus & Chaka Khan)
Also, as always, a list of the best albums and singles of 2009 has been posted over in the Top 10s section of this web site. Things have been so chaotic around the new headquarters here in Mumbai that we're not sure if it was Party Ben or the Bangladesh software who produced this list, but we don't really care. Why does everybody like that Animal Collective album so much anyway? The cover hurts our eyes.
And finally, Party Ben will be appearing at a New Year's Eve event in the Bay Area that might be of interest to some of you, spinning in the "silent disco" room at Sea of Dreams NYE 2010, an event that features Ozomatli, Bassnectar, Ghostland Observatory and tons more. The silent disco, as you might have gathered, is one of those deals where everybody gets headphones and the set is broadcast through the air and straight to your brains. Weird! Tickets are a bit pricey as far as regular club nights go, but not so bad as far as concerts go, and pretty cheap as far as New Year's Eve goes.
We would like to reiterate that Party Ben continues to update his Facebook and Twitter pages, often posting half-finished, sloppy attempts at new mash-ups and remixes over there, as well as announcing his various DJ appearances. Why not join the fun.
All the best to you and yours this holiday season, and here's to a profitable 2010!
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