DECEMBER 16, 2008 HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM PARTY BEN INFORMATION SYSTEMS! Offer void where prohibited. As we like to say around Party Ben Information Systems headquarters, it's truly the most wonderful time of the year. Unfortunately, due to the economic slowdown (and the collapse of a Ponzi scheme where most of the PBIS endowment was invested), we've had to cancel the annual partyben.com employee holiday party, usually held at the local Applebee's. However, in the spirit of giving, we decided to hold a mandatory get-together at our headquarters during lunch hour yesterday. As you can see from the photo at right, we decorated the PBIS cafeteria with an inspiring poster and some imitation flowers, and it sure looks like Accounts Payable is having a good time!
At left, it's a picture from the Party Ben Information Systems factory floor, where we allowed the first shift to purchase snacks from the vending machines and transfer them to our specially-decorated holiday tables for a brief celebration. It was indeed ten minutes of required festivities, with the time helpfully deducted from hourly workers' salaries automatically by Human Resources.
The good news is that with unemployment rising exponentially, we at PBIS are better able to convince our co-workers to "go that extra mile" and work overtime to complete our intricately-constructed mp3s and delightful videos for a public ever more desperate for distractions from their increasingly precarious lives. And thus, here we have a variety of holiday entertainments. presented especially for you by Party Ben Information Systems. Thanks for the overtime, everybody!
Beyonce vs. the Andy Griffith Theme - "Single Ladies (In Mayberry)"
First up, let's talk about videos. Last week, I was lucky enough to do an opening set for Peanut Butter Wolf and Mike Relm, both of whom are awesome guys and creative inspirations (despite the fact that I'm probably older than both of them). The party was sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society, so in addition to my regular goofy mashup videos, I also put together a couple silly things that referenced, you know, movies. But first, at left, it's a video accompaniment to my most recent #10 Toronto Star hit parade track, "Single Ladies (In Mayberry)." Add "gloriously stupid" to my press quote archive, Jim!
Tom Jones - "She's a Lady" (Party Ben remix) vs. awesome footage from Female Trouble
Then there's this silly thing: a cut-up of the classic John Waters flick Female Trouble set against a very slight remix of Tom Jones' "She's a Lady." It's not much but it's a real holiday treat.
Kanye West vs. Justice - "Let There Be Love"
Another somewhat bare-bones video, some Justice live footage mixed with the Kanye original.
A cheesy little number I've been playing around the nightclubs, and now you can put it on your Zunes.
So, is that enough of a goddamn Christmas present, you unappreciative, greedy little... I mean: please, enjoy these entertainment items with loved ones this holiday season, and best wishes from Party Ben Information Systems.
Also, don't forget about two upcoming Bootie parties you won't want to miss: Bootie New Year's Eve, which is just about the best cost-to-fun ratio of any party going on in town, and then my 3rd annual January headline appearance at our little club, at which I'll do another video set, January 24th. More info at the Events page. Does that answer your question, internet?
NOVEMBER 22, 2008 PARTY BEN MAKES MASHUP STUPID ENOUGH TO RIVAL "WIPEOUT TAFFY" Story of my life. I cry myself to sleep every night because mashups aren't taken seriously, and then I go and make stuff that appeals to the "fart joke" center of the brain. What is my problem? Well, whatever. As my hero Weird Al said, "Dare to be stupid."
Beyonce vs. the Andy Griffith Theme - "Single Ladies (In Mayberry)"
What do I even say about this? "Forgive me"? How many "hail Mary"s do I have to do at the Church of the Freelance Hellraiser to atone for this? Is this the mashup version of a cry for help? Well, for Vidler's sake, somebody call the GYBO authorities!!!
Okay, let's make a vain attempt to rehabilitate my image by pointing out something cool: awesome music blog AMFMPM featured my Kanye/Justice combo on their pages a while back, which apparently rocketed me up into the Hype Machine Top 20 for a little while, something that rarely happens because, as we've already established today, I'm not cool. So, thanks, blogosphere. Now if only this was a blog, think how popular I'd be!
NOVEMBER 18, 2008 ANOTHER VIDEO, ANOTHER REMIX, ANOTHER NIGHT OUT, ANOTHER DANCE FLOOR Same old, same old. Hey, I made it back from Texas alive! And I actually had some really fun gigs over the Halloween weekend, so let me take a moment to give some shout outs: thanks to Chris and all the guys at Lotus in Dallas (plus kudos to the crowd for going all-out, costume-wise, the night before halloween), and big ups to Sean, Waxkin and Alex and everybody at Bambou and Venue in Houston. The latter had all sorts of super fancy video projectors, allowing the Party Ben Alive multimedia spectacular to go down without a hitch (and with much less effort than it took at Bootie in SF and LA, where we spent hours hanging screens and crap). Anyhoo, hooray Texas, although I didn't get any barbecue the entire time I was there, actually I did have one opportunity but it was right before a gig and I thought if I filled up on ribs I might just fall asleep on the CD players, so I went for a nice salad. So I guess I just have to plan another trip.
And hey, I made a video to my silly MIA remix, which I played in Texas, and you can watch it:
M.I.A. - "Paper Planes" Party Ben's Fly Like High Like Remix (vs Felipe Avelar)
I'd just like to make clear that much of the backing beat in this little jam is from Jeff T's remix of Felipe Avelar's "Electric Boogaloo." Mr. Avelar was nice enough to drop a line saying he'd heard the mix, and I was embarrassed to realize I hadn't credited him in my first post about it. I mean, my team of web editors forgot. You're all fired! So, go be his friend and buy his song on Beatport and stuff.
I've been enjoying Mr. Spoon's weird amalgam of minimal techno and retro-rave for a while, so I thought I'd give a whirl at party-ing it up a bit, with a variety of sources I'm sure will be obvious.
Plus, I've got party updates: the next installment of me and MyKill's little Thursday night shindig over at Beauty Bar where we play whatever we want really and I get a chance to test out all the random electro-y edits and whatnot I make but aren't really Bootie-worthy, is tomorrow night. Call In Sick it's called, and we're always happy to see you. MyKill's making all these crazy Daft Punk-y tracks right now so you can hear those, and I've been really into random old disco lately so I'll be playing that. Okay then.
Also, coming up Friday, December 5th, I'll be opening for two of my favorite DJs: Peanut Butter Wolf and Mike Relm. I'm not worthy, I know, but somehow I'm sneaking onto the bill. It's an event sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society so we'll all be doing the video thing, which is fun, maybe I'll do a mashup of Man With a Movie Camera or something. This all goes down at Mezzanine, 12/5, and you can buy tickets here.
And finally, I can announce that Bootie will be having another New Year's Eve shindig this year at DNA Lounge. More info about that coming soon!
As always, please enjoy the Events page for any and all details regarding Party Ben appearances in your neighborhood.
OCTOBER 20, 2008 PARTY BEN HEADS FOR THE LONE STAR STATE; PLUS TOTALLY OBVIOUS NEW TRACK Only slightly less obvious than the totally obvious old tracks. While my pseudo-fame as a DJ may be rather thin (and rapidly getting thinner), it's nice to know that it's, um, wide. It was just a few weeks ago that I headed to the land of socialized medicine and Arcade Fire for a couple of super-fun gigs (belated thanks, by the way, to Thanos and everybody at Cheval & West, and to Team Canada and the Blue Dog crew). Now, coming up in two weeks, I'll head to its cultural polar opposite: the gun-totin' oil derrick-strewn wilds of Texas. Although being from Nebraska, I suppose I don't get to be a snob, now do I.
Anyhoo, everybody in Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston, revise your Halloween-weekend plans to include some Party Ben-oriented festivities: Thursday night at Lotus in Dallas, Friday night at Bambou in Houston, and then a special Party Ben Alive video set at Venue in Houston on Saturday night. Jeez, and I said Party Ben Alive might be retired! Well, shucks, if M.I.A. can unretire then Party Ben Alive can too. Details on the Events page.
Also, I made a new track that's so obvious I figure I better get it posted before somebody else gets the idea and does it better than me:
So, there's that. It is what it is. I promise I've actually been working on some other stuff too, even a slightly larger project, but I'm having a bit of "remixer's block" in that department so who knows. It's just nice anybody checks this web site at all, really.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2008 CHRIS MOYLES EXTENDING MY 15 MINTES OF FAME IN THE UK BY A FEW MORE SECONDS Or should I say "resurrecting my long-dead career"? If I made any money off of mashups I would totally have to pay Chris Moyles a hefty percentage of it these days, as the venerable BBC Radio 1 morning host is singlehandedly keeping me in the public discourse, at least in the UK. On his show this morning, midday host Jo Whiley stopped by for a chat and mentioned Snow Patrol were coming in to her program later, which inspired Mr. Moyles to dust off the old "Every Car You Chase." Ms. Whiley claimed she'd never heard it, which surprises me--maybe she hates it and was just trying to be nice? Either way, Mr. Moyles and his cast of characters were effusive in their praise of the track and demanded Ms. Whiley ask Snow Patrol what they thought of it. Errr, I hope that she forgot, since from what I understand, they don't like it very much. That could have been, as Jon Stewart says, "awk-warrrrd"... Anyway listen to the Moyles segment below.
BBC Radio 1 - Chris Moyles Show
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 around 9:30-ish
So, to all of you Brits heading over here wanting the track and about to e-mail me, first look over to the right under "NEWISH/MOST REQUESTED ITEMS." Right-click (or on a Mac just hold the mouse button down) and select "Save target as" or "Download to disk" or whatever. It should save the mp3 in your selected folder which you can then play to your heart's content. Enjoy.
Speaking of morning shows, there are rumors flying around that when Lars Ulrich from Metallica
recently stopped by some morning zoo program at a local station called "LIVE 105," he talked about enjoying my work in some fashion. He was apparently also seen later holding a Dean Gray CD. I know nobody listens to that station any more, but if someone accidentally tuned in on their way to KFOG and heard this happen, please let me know.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2008 GETTIN' LOONIES MINI-TOUR BEGINS! / J'OBTIENS LES LOONIES MINI-TOURNÉE COMMENCE! Neato! / Formidable!. Hey Canada! Your dollar may be down to 96.28 US cents, but I still wants me some. Plus maybe some free health care and a little Tim Horton's. So, to get my fill of Canadian stuff, I suppose I have to do some gigs while I'm up there don't I? Fine. I'll be doing some gigs at a couple King Street hot spots in Toronto an Thursday and Saturday nights, then hopping up on the always-friendly Air Canada to Montreal for a Sunday night gig at Blue Dog. While I've been to Toronto for some DJ fun times before (and was overwhelmed by their bonkers hands-in-the-air attitude), this will be my, ahem, Quebec debut, and I'm very excited to inflict the rudimentary French I picked up on the Gettin' Euros tour on unsuspecting Montrealites. For details on the gigs look over on the right column or go to the Events page.
Oh, and here are some new and not-so-new items people have been asking about. They're not really worth commentary, but hey, at least I'm posting stuff.
Snow Patrol vs. Police - "Every Car You Chase" (Dance Mix '08)
Download: 9MB 256kbps mp3
Queen vs. House of Pain vs. Go Home Productions - "We Will Jump You"
Download: 3MB 128kbps mp3
SEPTEMBER 4, 2008 BOSTON, HERE I COME; NEW TRACKS, HERE THEY ARE Long-winded commentary, here it is. New Englanders! Put down your chowdah and listen up! I'll be making my debut Massachusets DJ appearance this coming Tuesday at Bootie Boston, one of two East Coast outposts of that venerable bastard pop disco dance party. Also in the hizzay will be Boston superstars like DJ BC, Lenlow, the lovely and talented Kenlow, as well as technical support from Adambalm, who seems a little more concerned than I am about hooking up all the video stuff. Video stuff, you said? Yes, that's right, I'll be performing a slightly-updated version of the Party Ben Alive all-video mashup experience, which may be nearing the end of its shelf life as a concept but I figure I get a good year out of my goofy ideas, and at least I'm not wearing an Obi Wan Kenobi robe around any more, right? Anyway, hooray Boston, it all happens at Middlesex Lounge (which is technically in Cambridge) on Tuesday night. Hey, I was pretty popular in Ireland for about 15 minutes, so I should be okay there, right?
Anyway, what else. Everybody sick of my electro-style dancey bootlegs will be even more annoyed since I'm going to post a couple new dancey tracks right now. Neither are really that exciting but they might be useful for other DJs.
M.I.A. - "Paper Planes" (Party Ben's Fly Like High Like Remix)
Download: 11MB 256kbps mp3
Wow, so MIA's like a Top 5 Artist in the US of A, how neat is that? Now I've done a lot of other MIA mixes so I think the fact that I'm like a year late to a Paper Planes mix can be excused, can't it? Anyway this is pretty straightforward: get in at dance tempo, slow down for some MIA, speed back up to dance tempo, crowd goes wild or maybe just goes to get a drink.
Fake Blood vs. Purple Ribbon All-Stars - "On Mars All Night"
Download: 7MB 256kbps mp3
Wanting to play that Fake Blood track out at the clubs but feel like the lack of vocals makes it a little too tough of a sell? Hey, let's add a space-referencing rap (Kryptonite is from space, right?) and get the party started. Or, just play the original, since it's freakin' awesome. Whatever, I don't care.
AUGUST 20, 2008 PEOPLE WILLING TO VISIT CALL IN SICK'S MYSPACE PAGE GET A FREE SONG Yeah, well, it's not like I can give you free snacks. I don't mean to turn this upstanding website into Club Promotion Central Dot Blargh, but indulge me for a moment. Call In Sick is the free little club night me and DJ MyKill do over at Beauty Bar on Thursdays, a place for us to indulge our love of fidget house, cheesy Bmore and classic hits from our glowstick-waving rave days, plus stuff we make that isn't exactly ear-friendly enough for that other club. Last month we had this crazy crowd of lunatics dancing up a storm til the bitter end, so this month we're hoping for even more of that.
To encourage readers to learn more about Call In Sick, I've posted a link to a new Party Ben electro-funk production over on the blog on the MySpace Page. It's called "Pop" and it uses stuff from other songs but isn't really a mashup. Plus it's the last thing I used my vintage Korg Poly-800 on before it conked out. Snif! Anyway, go ahead and be our friend or whatever you kids do on the MySpace zone, and if you feel like a shimmy, come out to Beauty Bar tomorrow night.
AUGUST 13, 2008 BOOTIE SURVIVES 5-YEAR ANNIVERSARY MAYHEM;
CHRIS MOYLES GETS CRUSHED OUT ON PARTY BEN It's the best anniversary present ever. Holy moley, our little baby done growed up. The little club Adrian & Mysterious D started 5 years ago to play some kooky mashups (bringing me on for the second one) has become a gigantic, uncontrollable monster: from what I understand, the 5-year anniversary party at DNA Lounge Saturday night brought out 1500 party people. Yikes! A+D had an insane performance full of drag queen lip-synching and nutty dance troupes; I was lazy and just decided to play tunes (and, er, "sing" with Smashup Derby, see above left). What tunes did I play, you may ask? Well, you can relive my sets, even if you decided to stay home and eat chips Saturday night.
As always, DNA Lounge archives audio from their club nights on their web site here, but I pulled my sets from the feed and saved them as MP3s so you can load them up on your Zunes. Check them out (and their playlists) over at the Long Mixes Page.
Just a few hours earlier, at 6:00 Friday night London time, BBC Radio 1 morning show host Chris Moyles was participating in a "soundclash" DJ battle with fellow Radio 1 personality "Comedy Dave" live on stage at a festival in Newquay (that's pronounced "nukey") on England's west coast. Apparently the point of this event was that Chris and Dave would take turns playing songs of their choosing, and then judge the victor by audience response. Well, apparently Mr. Moyles has some unresolved mashup issues, since he played six (6) Party Ben productions during the hour-long battle, including a dance mix of "Snow Police," "We Will Jump You," "Led Snooppelin," "Rehab (Can't Help Myself)," "Galvanize the Empire," and "Ooh La La Summer Nights." Listening to the broadcast feed, some appeared to work better than others; the crowd just wanted to sing along with some of their favorite tunes, but Party Ben mashups do tend to move things around a bit, making singalongs a bit difficult. Thus, the "Rehab" boot, for instance, just seemed to confuse everybody. Ah well. Moylesy cut off a few of them before they finished in an apparent acknowledgement of that fact, although by the end, he was scored the winner, so I guess everything turned out okay. Either way, it's kind of exciting hearing my tracks played for a crazy festival crowd. The whole show is up for a few more days on the BBC iPlayer [edit, it's down now] or check out an edited version below.
BBC Radio 1 - Chris Moyles vs. Comedy Dave "Soundclash"
Friday, August 8, 2008, 6-7pm (edited to include just the Party Ben tracks, 24 minutes long)
Thanks to Chris and to everybody in Newquay who cheered. Now, if I could just figure out how to get a DJ gig in the UK, I could capitalize monetarily on all this.
AUGUST 5, 2008 PARTY BEN ALIVE: THE HOME EDITION! So easy even grandma can play! Boy, was it only six months ago that I put together a special set for Bootie featuring video accompaniment to a bunch of my goofball tracks, with a cheeky nod to Daft Punk's ground-breaking tour? Well, yes, yes it was. Since then not only has San Francisco enjoyed the multimedia experience, but also Los Angeles and New York, uh, did. Pretty soon, I'll be taking the show to Boston for the Bootie outpost there, but for some reason, I decided it might be time to show the rest of the world what the fuss is about. So, I've mixed together some of the tracks and videos into a few easy-to-digest segments, which, when listed here together with some of the videos I've already posted, can give you a good idea of what Party Ben Alive was all about. Now, of course, this stuff was put together specifically for a live club setting where I had three big video screens going, so big flashes of color and stuff were a little more "atmosphereic." On your home computer, it may seem a little goofy. But hey, like I care what you think.
Before we begin, let me point out that many of these clips incorporate work by VJ Brewski, VJ Jaren, and , FL1PB01T4M1DL35, although I rearranged a lot of their stuff after they gave it to me, since I can't leave well enough alone. Either way, though, their contributions were invaluable and many thanks for their assistance.
PARTY BEN ALIVE: THE VIDEOS
Party Ben Alive Part 1:
Party Ben vs. Daft Punk & Destiny's Child - "Robot Ben"
Okay, case in point. If you use the extra-long Daft Punk-inspired intro to walk out on stage in an imitation robot helmet, it kind of makes sense, but watching at home, you may want to go get a snack.
Party Ben Alive Part 2:
House of Queen, Galvanize the Empire
House of Queen is something I've never released, since it's pretty silly, and also since it also utilizes an oldie-but-goodie from GHP, which I like to think of as an acknowledgement of its status as the standard-bearer for "We Will Rock You" mashups. Hey, if Divide and Kreate can muck around with Snow Police, then I can steal Mark's stuff.
Party Ben Alive Part 3:
This has already been on YouTube for a while... since I put it there in January. It's racked up a few views since then, but more amusing are the comments, which have degenerated to a battle over whether mashups ruin songs or don't ruin songs. What is this, 2003?
Party Ben Alive Part 4:
Pump Up the Doorbell (VJ Jaren video)
You've seen it, you love it. I've always thought this was a pretty interesting mashup video since the Eric B & Rakim video is already kind of collage art. Anyway, nicely done, Jaren.
Party Ben Alive Part 5:
Callin' Up the Pieces (Bmore remix), Star Guitar Stand Up, The Way I Keep Me Hangin' On
Okay, here's where things get a little goofy. There's no video for Lyrics Born's "Callin' Out," so I just used some goofy vintage dance footage and big red words; the rest is pretty standard, although it's highly amusing to see how stoned Diana Ross is.
Party Ben Alive Part 6:
Pump Up the Beat
Boy, that Technotronic video sure looks prescient, with its fluorescent colors and stuff, doesn't it.
Party Ben Alive Part 7:
D.A.N.C.E. (Like a Record)
Party Ben Alive Part 7b:
Party Ben Alive Part 8:
Rocky Done Gun, Clash Killers, Rehab (Can't Help Myself)
An unreleased M.I.A. remix plus the classic (?)"Somebody Rock Me" and good old Amy Winehouse.
Party Ben Alive Part 9:
Country Boy (City Boy remix)
This wasn't a part of the show in San Francisco but I added it for LA and NYC.
Anyway, thanks again of course to A+D as well as the staff of DNA Lounge in SF, The Echo in LA, and The Vault in NYC for their help, and to everybody who came out to watch me spin DVD. See you soon, Boston.
In other news, if this web site doesn't provide enough Party Ben blather for you, click on over to BartCop E! where DJ Useo has posted a far-too-indulgent interview with me. Boy, I talk a lot.
And finally, don't miss the Bootie 5-year anniversary party this Saturday night, where I'll be doing a "Bootie Greatest Hits" set around 11:30 and then spinning some new stuff after A+D's show. Can you believe we've been doing this for five years? Oh, Bootie; you don't look a day over 3.
JULY 4, 2008 OH HEY DID I FORGET TO POST SOME OF THESE THINGS? Roops. I was just giving a fellow-producer/remixer/pop bastardizer pal a hard time for sitting on his tracks, all worried if they were good enough to put out, concerned about what people would say about them. "Just put 'em out there," I exhorted him, "and who cares if they're not perfect or whatever. Even Oscar (TM)-winning actors have piles of crap films on their resumes, and who knows, even if a track sucks, maybe somebody out there will love it." But then I remembered I'm totally the worst at that: I have like 439 half-finished tracks on my hard drive that I'm too embarrased to post up here. Hypocrisy! So, taking a bit of my own medicine (aaagh, it burns!), here's some random PB crap from the last few months.
Chemical Brothers vs. John Williams "Galvanize the Empire" (PB's Galvanize the Ghetto Rerub)
Download: 10MB 256kbps mp3
Crazily, I put this together on my laptop whilst sitting on DJ Zebra's couch in Paris (er, Neuilly-sur-Seine) back in November, 2007; 3 weeks into my Gettin' Euros tour and just barely beginning my recovery from a particularly virulent form of what I can only guess was Belgian Bird Flu. Hopped up on French Actifed, I sat down to make a guest Zebramix show, and this is one of the things that came out. It's gone through about 7 different versions (the first one had Destiny's Child in it, for some reason) but here's the latest arrangement.
This is floating around on a Bootie CD from a few months back (hey, remember those days?) and, crazily, I've already gotten quite a few e-mails about it.
I say "crazily" because it's not much of anything, just the Ting Tings song I like so much with some of the Eddie Money song they stole the guitar chords from laid on top of it.
Sorry no covers for these.
Howard Jones vs. Lily Allen - "Smile (Things Can Only Get Better)"
Download: 8MB 256kbps mp3
Okay, back to my usual "80s classic + random new vocal" formula. This has been sitting on the hard drive so long I forget what came first, a craving for old HoJo or a need for a new mix of Ms. Allen. Either way this kind of doesn't go anywhere but has a few nice parts.
Dontcha always wanna play "Bamboo Banga" out in the discotheques, but it's all wonky on the intro like? So, here's a re-edit/remix/whatever that I play out sometimes, and now you can, if you want.
So, enjoy. I've made some things that probably would have been more popular in the last 6 months, but jeez, does the world really need another "Shorty Get Low" mashup? Sometimes, even I have to draw the line.
JUNE 17, 2008 NEW CLUB NIGHT OFFERS MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO SEE PARTY BEN PLAY CDS HE JUST BURNED THAT AFTERNOON They're funky fresh. While I'm probably best known for my turgid rock ballad mashups, my first love is electro, and I continue to be blown away by recent movements in dance music: thumpy fidget house, zoomy bassline, skittery Bmore. That's why I'm so stoked to have a new venue to play stuff I like as well as my own more electro-riffic productions. I've gotten together with DJ MyKill of stalwart Sunday night party French Kiss for a new monthly Thursday we're calling Call In Sick. Cause, get it, you won't go to work on Friday? We think it's cute. Anyway, it's at Beauty Bar, the cozy spot on Mission & 19th in San Francisco, and hopefully the entry price of "free" will help entice people to stop by.
What can you plan on hearing? Well, while both MyKill and myself enjoy anything with that big laser bass noise, we're both big cheeses, so you'll hear a lot of recognizable samples and some 80s silliness thrown into the mix. Plus, we're both pumping out remixes and edits faster than you can say "mixdown all tracks" so there'll be tons of "exclusives" as they say. We did a test night a few weeks ago and I played a new mix of MIA's "Bamboo Banger" I made and Debbie Deb and like 3 Herve tracks, if that gives you any idea.
CALL IN SICK!
Electro / Bmore / 80s / Bassline / Fidget / Niche / Cutups / Mashups / Edits / Stoopid Fun
With DJs Party Ben & MyKill
Thursday, June 19th - 10pm-2am Beauty Bar (photo at right)
2299 Mission @ 19th, SF - 21+ - Free!
So, in exchange for a promise from you that you'll put on your snazziest T-shirt and come out on Thursday, here are a couple new mp3 items for your Zunes, in the vein of the kind of stuff we might play:
I tried this two different ways: first up, doing my own bassline-style version (pilfering beats from the Twocker remix of 187 Lockdown's "Gunman"), and second, doing a slightly more mellow mix that uses the funky backing track from Mowgli's mix of In the Club's "Turn You On." That's data for the trainspotters. Casual fans, all you need to know is one's hyper, one's not quote so hyper. Of course when I made these I hadn't heard the Barletta mix, which is pretty awesome, so I suppose these are kind of superfluous, but whatever.
JUNE 16, 2008 DORKY RADIO DJS CONTINUE TO TAKE CREDIT FOR "BOULEVARD OF BROKEN SONGS" That's so 2005. It's been nearly 4 years since I premiered my little novelty Green Day/Oasis/etc mix on the LIVE 105 Sixx Mixx, and wow, does that make me feel old. The track ended up on quite a few radio stations around the world, but scout's honor, I never sent it to anybody myself, and I'm still a bit confused as to how it all happened. So it's understandable that radio DJs weren't entirely sure how to credit the thing, since it was probably just their cousin's hairdresser who e-mailed it to them. But some of them took this absence of knowledge and ran with it, deciding that they could just take credit for it themselves. Most notably, Q101 Chicago's morning dipshit Mancow and/or his cronies made a big deal about how they created the mashup a few years back, causing a big feud with other Q101 DJs who apparently tried to get the truth out there (read about that here, scroll down to February). Fun times. Even though the hype over "Boulevard" has been pretty dead for a while now,, I guess word just reached Kentucky, where a local jock has decided his listeners will think he's more awesome if he told them he made it. This was sent to me by a guy calling himself "Mash1up1town," and that's alls I know, so I'm not sure what station this is or anything; if anyone out there recognizes Hammer, drop a line. Not that I'm annoyed; far from it, it's all pretty hilarious, and it's not like they're taking any money out of my pocket or anything.
Audio: Hammer Takes Credit for "Boulevard" on Kentucky Radio internet
UPDATE 6/17: Hey thanks to an intrepid reporter, we've found out that this isn't a real radio show, it's an internet-only show from a guy who lost his job at regular radio. I hate guys like that. Oh wait. But anyway, I'm guessing it was probably the Hammer himself who e-mailed me under an assumed name just so he could get some awesome Partyben.com publicity? Well, done and done.
JUNE 9, 2008 BLOGS HELP REMIND US OF A TIME WHEN PARTY BEN WAS COOL Or at least knew cool Australians. Was it really almost three years ago when me and Team9 attempted to combine as many songs as possible with a hit pop-punk album, in what was misreported as a desperate attempt to get Damon Albarn to pay attention to us? Wow, those were the days. Since then, as we all know, I personally thumbed my nose at the apparent promise of American Edit by producing "Wipeout Taffy"; Team9 has gone on to bigger and better things, although he still writes now and then. But like they say, the internet never forgets, and a brand new blog, called the Mashup Preservation Society, has taken it upon themselves to remind people of our glory days. They've posted a lovely couple of paragraphs about the album, calling it "the moment in mashup history where the standard for all modern mashups was set." Well, I don't know about that, but either way, they have a zshare rar file of the full album (something a now-yellowing cease-and-desist prevents me from offering), as well as a fully-functional compendium of YouTube videos for each and every track. Neat, and thanks MPS, whoever you are...
MAY 14, 2008 PB ALIVE HITS NYC; PLUS, "GALVANIZE THE EMPIRE" USED AS RADIO 1 BATTLE WEAPON Laser noises always help you win battles. Yo, East Coast Posse! I'm here in NYC for the crazy CBS ridiculousness, so while I'm in the neighborhood I figured I'd stop by Bootie NYC for a guest DJ set. I'll be reprising the Daft Punk-inspired Party Ben Alive all-video set that San Franciscans saw in January and Los Angelenos were treated to in March, and this will likely be the last time I do it, so call your friends, cancel your appointments and come on out. Bootie NYC happens at the Vault, 225 E Houston at Essex, F/V to 2nd Avenue, this Friday 5/16.
In nutty British festival news, I hear a lot about peopleplaying my tracks at random events or clubs, but this is amusing enough I figure it's worth making note of. BBC Radio 1 just held its "Big Weekend" music festival, featuring Madonna and stuff, but over on the dance stage, you could witness Radio 1 personalities Chris Moyles and Judge Jules DJing together in some sort of "battle" set. This battle took the form of them playing one track at a time and then getting on the mic to declare their superiority, much to the crowd's amusement. Anyway, Moyles' first choice was none other than "Galvanize the Empire," which I believe he's been known to spin on his show. It's hard to hear exactly from the crowd noise whether they appreciated it or not, but Moyles announced "I won" at the en of it. It was apparently broadcast on Radio 1 as part of a Big Weekend highlights reel at about 6:45am Saturday 5/10; listen to the segment below, or listen online to all the Big Weekend excitement here. And thanks Moylesy!
Party Ben - "Galvanize the Empire" played by Chris Moyles at Radio 1 Big Weekend 1.3MB mp3
APRIL 24, 2008 LAST-MINUTE LATE-BREAKING PARTY BEN DJ SET ALERT! Get those phone trees going. If you're heading to the desert this weekend for the big Coachella festival, like I am, and you're around tonight, then you might be interested in coming by the funnest pre-party around, the long-running Filter Magazine Coachella Kickoff. I DJed last year by the lake and had an awesome time, and the fine folks at Filter were apparently pleased enough with my set to bring me back again this year for even more DJ fun times. I'll be doing an early set lakeside once again, as well as a set on the lawn at 1am, so stop by and say hi, if you can figure out the crazy bus system that you have to deal with to get there. That's tonight, Thursday, April 24th.
Then, you know, see you in the front row for Prince on Saturday.
APRIL 2, 2008 VIDEO: THE ZEBRAMIX TOUR 2007 Seulement quatre mois en retard. Many readers of this website may remember that my Gettin' Euros Tour (way back in November and December of '07) culminated in an opening slot on the France-conquering Zebramix cavalcade of bootleg ridiculousness, featuring the eponymous Zebra as well as the fantabulousMoule. Even though I was fighting off an especially virulent Belgian strain of what I can only assume was The Black Plague at the time, we still managed to amuse ourselves. Monsieur Zebz brought along his video camera to document the festivities, and he's finally edited the footage together into a totally watchable 6-minute video, which he's posted to YouTube. Watching it now, I'm reminded of a variety of things: a) my French is terrible, b) I look like a dork when I DJ, and c) I have what they call "a face for radio." But still, we had fun, and this is some of the best footage so far of the events:
In case you're wondering what I'm blathering about in French at the beginning, I'm saying sometihng about how "I am DJ Zebra, and I forget where is the interview because I have many interviews each day," which was apropos of the fact that we had an interview scheduled in Bordeaux and Zebra had no idea where or with whom. I was just making fun but perhaps that doesn't come across in French. Anyway, thanks for posting this Mr. Masterfunk.
By the way, I'm also planning to return to the general vicinity of Europe in June and July, so for booking opportunities don't hesitate to get in touch at email@example.com.
MARCH 23, 2008 PARTY BEN BACK IN AMERICA; PARTYBEN.COM BACK ON INTERNET Canada: the "Server Not Found" of countries. Just kidding. Those of you trying to access this fine website over the past couple days were denied its subtle pleasures, and I didn't know about it, since I was galavanting around downtown Canada. The paranoid among you may have imagined either an FBI crackdown on illicit use of Fergie or perhaps a dramatic decision on the part of myself to leave the world of mashups once and for all. Sadly, neither is the case, and in fact the shutdown was only a result of an unexpected (and as yet unexplained) surge in web traffic that caused my unwitting hosting company to turn the Partyben.com switch to "off," and not also, say, tell me about it. So, now I have to figure out which file(s) were getting all the internet attention and perhaps move it or them offsite temporarily; in the meantime there's a "throttle" on my site that may make things move more slowly. In both cases let me apologize for the inconvenience.
UPDATE: Turns out the offending file was "Smells Stronger," which was generating nearly 50% of my total web traffic over the last week. So that little number has moved temporarily over to Z-share. Sorry.
Anyway, Canada was Canadawesome: the gig at Hyde on Thursday night was a ton of fun (props to their resident DJ Jedi who had a crapload of the same exact Baltimore and electro stuff I'm enjoying when I'm not being Mashup Man), and then in a last-minute development that interfered with my plans to go see Canada's own Caribou at Lee's Palace, I was asked to jump in on an event at super-fancy club Maro that was loosely related to Toronto Fashion Week. We can just leave the irony of me being involved in something fashionable out of this, thank you. But while my schedule (and the freezing temperatures) prevented me from seeing much in the way of tourist attractions, I had a great time, mostly thanks to Reza and Michael at Something & Monroe productions who brought me out. I also got to hang briefly with Lock3down, saw a poster for a MSTRKRFT gig which had Bootie alums Team Canada on the bill, and perhaps most importantly, I had a donut at a Tim Hortons. Hope to see you soon, Canadians.
MARCH 13, 2008 ANOTHER PB ALIVE TRACK + CANADA FUN TIMES Pay no attention to all that stuff I said about NAFTA. First up, here's another mp3 for your Zunes, a track from my ridiculous Party Ben Alive mega video set. I put together the original Led Snooppelin track in 2004, and I was never very happy with it, production-wise; the Zeppelin song was hard to work with, and the rhythm, from Block Rockin' Beats, didn't really sit right, in my opinion. But I put it out anyway, and probably because of the source material, some people were into it, and I resolved to someday fix all the problems.
Well that day arrived when I started putting together the video show, and I rebuilt the track from scratch, speeding it up and adding a more solid beat (Lovemakers' "Shake That Ass"). People are happily arguing over the new version's merits on YouTube, so here's the mp3 all by itself.
Led Snooppelin - "Drop It Like It's a Whole Lotta Love" (2008 Remix) 5MB VBR mp3
Mostly this is just a good way for me to try and combat my (well-earned) reputation as "that guy who mashes up songs with '80s songs. See, no '80s here at all!
Also, I'll be doing my very first DJ set in Canada next week. Oh, Canada. Thanks to the good folks at Something and Monroe, I'll be appearing at the snazzy Hyde nightspot, right in Downtown Canada itself (er, Toronto, that is) next Thursday night 3/20, for a set at their "Hollywood Hangover" event. Thankfully I already have some Canadian tracks to play, although maybe this gig will be an impetus for me to finally finish that Arcade Fire/Yes mix. Either way, hope to see a bunch of you Canadians, with your flappy heads and beady little eyes, out at the gig.
"Could everybody please be quiet for a second I kaaann't heeear dee maaashupppzz!" Photo by Aman About Town.
MARCH 4, 2008 PARTY BEN ALIVE AFTERMATH / NEON NOISE MIX / PRESS UPDATE Plus my recipe for tangy chicken surprise. Holy Crap, LA; San Francisco is my (mostly) happy home, but right now you're secretly my favorite. Don't tell the hippies! Bootie LA was a smashing success on Saturday night--too much of a success, to be honest; the Echo hit capacity before 11:30pm, leaving a long line of people out in the unseasonable cold. I'm still not exactly clear on how many people couldn't get in, but if anyone out there reading this had trouble, please accept all of our sincere apologies. Understandably, the energy inside the venue was a little bonkers, and my set was a ton of fun, although I had a bit of a scare at the end: in SF, I put my silly robot helmet back on to do the "thankyous" over the last song, but in LA, when I went looking under the DJ table for the helmet, it was gone. Ulp! Somebody stole my helmet! But, thankfully somebody handed it to me a few minutes later, and I was told that apperently people had been passing it around and wearing it as they danced about the stage. Oh, you crazy kids. Pictures of that are coming soon, but in the meantime here's some blog coverage from Aman About Town, as well as his Flickr set, plus FWY OK had a good time too. Thanks to everybody who came out, I'll be back in May.
So there are a couple new things in the Party Ben Alive set that I've been promising as mp3s for a while, and I'm a man of my word, so here you go:
Daft Punk vs. Nirvana - "Smells Stronger" 5MB 192kbps mp3 Z-share link
Like I said below, these are perhaps the two most mashed-up songs ever in history (outside of Eminem's "Without Me"), and so this is kind of dopey, but as part of the show it works okay.
Honestly this was inspired by DJ Zebra who would end his sets with the MSTRKRFT mix of "D.A.N.C.E." all the time, so I'm like, "what goes with that?" Pete Burns goes with that. Again, silly, and I probably worked harder on the cover than the actual mashup, but hey, at least I'm still trying, right?
Weridly enough, at the exact same time as my set at the Echo, I had a guest mix going on Paul V's Indie 103.1 disco dance party show, "Neon Noise." It's suitably electro-riffic and kind of steals a couple things from recent Jokers of the Scene mixes, but it's got the secret "Galvanize the Empire" rerub in it plus other techno ridiculousness. You can download an mp3 of the whole thing and see a tracklisting on the Long Mixes page.
And finally, there's been a little bit of Party Ben press recently; nothing like a front-page feature on a Green Day mashup or anything (sigh) but we take what we can get these days. First up, the Sacramento Bee mentioned me in a weird little article on, um, "modern media gems," that recommendes mashups, in general, as a diverting entertainment option. Neat. They tell readers to just
"Google 'party ben,' 'bootiesf' or 'digitaleargasm' to get started." What's a Digital Eargasm? Also, the University of Maryland's Diamondback student newspaper included a reference to "Tender Umbrella" in a review of a recent English Beat show, and I'm going to bet Dave Wakeling is sick of hearing about it at this point.
FEBRUARY 28, 2008 PARTY BEN ALIVE COMES TO LOS ANGELES Still no sign of light-up pyramid. Miss the first, er, "performance" of Party Ben Alive, the Multimedia Spectacularrr, back in January? Well Los Angelenos will have a chance to see me play videos and stuff this Saturday night at Bootie LA, which triumphantly returned to the Echo earlier this year. I've made a couple changes to the show, and still don't really have any idea how I'm going to set up the video screens, but we'll figure it out and hopefully it will be super awesome. To celebrate, let's post one more of the videos I made, this one for a new mashup I put together specifically for the vaguely Daft Punk-inspired performance:
Daft Punk vs. Nirvana - "Smells Stronger"
Wow, perhaps the two most mashed-up songs ever in history (outside of Eminem's "Without Me"), "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Harder Better Faster Stronger." My excuse is that it was for the show, and hopefully people get that it's kind of a cheeky take on Nirvana mashups; close listeners will recognize that I'm directly referencing McSleazy's editing in "Billie Spirit." See, I'm being cute. Like a kitten.
Also, if you can't make it out to the Echo on Saturday night but find yourself in reach of a radio or the intertubes, tune them into Indie 103.1 FM from midnight to 1am (that's technically Sunday morning 3/2) when I'll have a guest mix on Paul V's electro show, Neon Noise, which he keeps reminding me is not called "Neon Nights," even though I keep saying that because I'm dumb. Paul's been doing a good job staying on top of the new electro jams over there, and while I'm all about the beats, I also can't help but put different vocals over everything, so expect a bit of an electro/mashup headspinner with a bunch of new stuff I'm enjoying.
Next week I'll post mp3s of the mixes as well as more of the actual tracks from Party Ben Alive, so, you know, stay tuned, and see you in LA!
FEBRUARY 27, 2008 !GRACIAS MÉXICO! Y no sólo para los tacos. I managed to stop sampling the local cuisine long enough to actually do a couple DJ gigs around Mexico last week, in the Puebla area and Monterrey, as part of the run-up to the MX Beat festival, four concerts around the country that feature international artists like M.I.A. and Cut Copy as well as Mexican combos like Plastilina Mosh and Instituto Mexicano del Sonido. Since the promoters of the gigs were interested in having me play some of the music from the bands on the lineups, and I'm also all about making special mashups for the countries I'm lucky enough to visit, I threw together a simple track using good old M.I.A. and the aforementioned Plastilina Mosh, a Monterrey band who were appearing at the Puebla festival date.
Me and the P-Mosh guys at their bar, Rubber Ducky Records, in Monterrey's old town
So, imagine my surprise when I arrive in Monterrey and mention the mashup to my local contacts, they say "hey, P Mosh are are buddies and we're actually planning to stop by the bar they own before your gig, you can totally meet them." Crazy! So, yes, we went there and yes, I met them, and yes I gave them a CD of the mashup which they put on the stereo immediately. Unfortunately I'd just made a new version of it that day on the laptop and hadn't listened to the whole thing so the first verse was a little off the beat (roops!), hopefully nobody noticed. But look: we got a picture!
Anyway, like I said, this is a pretty simple little mashup, but I figure if the stars aligned so weirdly that I actually meet the band then I guess I should probably post the track here.
"Millionaire" was a big hit for the Mosh in 2006 I guess so perhaps this is a little old for everybody in Mexico but it's a jaunty little tune and look, M.I.A.'s ya-ya-hey's are in the same key.
Crazy, huh: lately I'm getting kind of randomly lucky with original artists at least being aware of and giving public props to my work, whether or not I put my foot in my mouth with them. Still waiting for that call from Noel Gallagher, though. Anyway, thanks a bunch to Adan, Jose Antonio, and Marianna for their work in helping to put together the gigs, and thanks Mexico for all the tacos al pastor.
FEBRUARY 19, 2008 DAVE WAKELING UPDATE: NOT MAKING UP KOOKY STORIES! Who knew anybody actually read this website? Well, my dumb sense of humor has gone and gotten me in trouble once again, since I actually got an e-mail today from, er, Dave Wakeling (!!!), saying he was retelling the story accurately as he knew it, since it was his manager who told him about it. Aagh! I was just trying to make light of the situation since it seemed kind of like an X-files episode: "They talked to my manager? But I don't have a manager!! Could it have been... an alien?" But of course, after re-reading my post, it came off the wrong way. Sorry Dave. I just wanted to make clear that I'm not getting mean letters from lawyers all the time saying "How dare you," and that if I was, I probably wouldn't be doing this stuff, since I actually do respect the artists whose work I so sloppily violate.
So, yes, a legendary musican is nice to me in an interview and I say something dumb to make him hate me. Typical. Like I always say: I'm the Larry David of DJs. Now I have to go drink some tequila and try and forget what a dork I am.
FEBRUARY 19, 2008 iPARTY BEN EN MEXICO! Holy frijoles. Well, it's not really a tour, or you know I'd have made a stupid "Gettin' Pesos Tour 2008" logo and everything, but I have a couple gigs in Puebla and Monterrey this week. Things seem to operate on a little bit of a more relaxed timeframe here south of the border, so the venues have just been confirmed (actually Thursday's gig is still up in the air), check the right column or the events page for more details.
I'm here as part of run-up pre-parties for the exciting MX Beat Soundfest concerts, and the one this Saturday in Puebla looks really amazing, with Plastilina Mosh and a bunch of cool DJs I like on the bill, so I'm tring to ignore the prominent Marlboro sponsorship. As usual, I'm putting together some tracks utilizing some of the indigenous pop as well as some of the festival acts, so maybe if any of those turn out okay I'll post them up here later. But right now I'm on a quest for mole poblano.
FEBRUARY 17, 2008 DAVE WAKELING LIKES "TENDER UMBRELLA" BUT ALSO MAKING UP KOOKY STORIES Unless I have a "manager" I don't know about. I actually heard about this a while back, as a label guy for the legendary English Beat/General Public star dropped me a line to say that Wakeling had heard and enjoyed my mashup, but now it's been confirmed in a public interview setting: Lazy Lima Bean Film Magazine (?) has posted a chat with Wakeling where he gives me some quite lovely compliments but also seems to have, well, fictionalized the situation a bit:
LL: You know what would be great? To see Rihanna perform with you, live. Did you see the mashup of her song, "Umbrella," mixed with General Public’s "Tenderness" by Party Ben?
DW: I loved it. I thought it was fantastic. I couldn’t believe how the songs fit seamlessly as they did – like a hand to a glove. For somebody to mash it up with one of our songs is a great honor, I must say.
LL: Did you know that it’s on the compilation "Best of Bootie 2007" (the best mashups of 2007)?
DW: Yes! We called Party Ben’s manager to congratulate him and he supposedly was blown away. We were told that he was like, "I can’t remember the last time someone left a message that it sounded great, instead of calling to say ‘How dare you! This is the name of my lawyer!’"
I wonder what he could do with new acoustic versions of my songs? What mashups could he come up with?
LL: How does one get the rights to use your song in a mashup?
DW: I have absolutely no idea! [laughs] Nobody’s ever asked me! I supposed somebody’s asked somebody…
Okay, first of all, thanks, glad you liked it, I mean, holy crap, Dave Wakeling, right? Like, he said my name!!! But in the interest of truthiness, I should point out a few inaccuracies in the above statement, no offense. First, I do not now, nor have I ever had, a manager, so I'm not sure who they spoke to. Was Mysterious D pretending to be my agent again? If you meant that e-mail, well, that was just me. 2) I wouldn't really say that thing about not remembering the last time yada yada, since in fact, my experience has been quite the opposite: almost all the time, when I hear about an artist coming across one of my productions, they at least tell me they like it: Ian MacKaye, Lyrics Born, Hot Hot Heat, Tegan and Sara--although Sara famously [?] once expressed some reservations about the whole thing. And let's not forget Nathan Snow Patrol! But even they didn't send lawyers after me, and mostly I've been pretty lucky. Watch me get a C&D tomorrow, now that I've said that.
Again, none of this in any way should detract from my honor at even taking up space in Dave Wakeling's brain for a brief moment, and I totally get it, upping the drama a little bit, just for fun. Like I've said, most of what's good about "Tender Umbrella," I think, is rediscovering the greatness of "Tenderness," so I bow down before his genius.
FEBRUARY 14, 2008 A SPECIAL LYRICS BORN VALENTINE'S DAY TREAT I hope he got the box of chocolates I sent him. As LIVE 105 listeners and readers of this fine website know, my history with Bay Area hip hop artist Lyrics Born (aka Tom Shimura) is a long one. His 2003 track "Callin' Out" made its radio debut when I played it on Subsonic, and by the way to get it on the air I had to spend an hour making a "radio edit" since I all had was the original with its repeated chant of "make this shit happen right here right now," which is naughty. Eventually I tracked down the clean a capella, and started mixing it over just about everything in the good old Sixx Mixx; later, a version using U2's "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" emerged as a favorite. Amazingly, neither Tom nor his label Quannum (represented to us by the awesome Lydia) were perturbed about my mucking about with his song--on the contrary, they started tossing a capellas and instrumentals at me like I was a one-man hit machine and not just a dippy DJ who sometimes stumbles onto amusing combos.
In the intervening years, I made a total of four separate mashups and remixes of the track, and one of them has now shown up on a new Lyrics Born mixtape. TheLyrics Born Variety Show features my 2005 remix of "Callin' on Sunday," and while they're having some website issues over at lyricsborn.com right now, once they fix it you can download the whole thing for $1.99 if you act soon.
Plus, their news page is totally making me blush: they give me a major shout-out and call me the "Mash Up King" which I've said before isn't exactly right: I'm more like the Mashup Court Jester. But anyway, jeez, thanks guys.
So in celebration of mutual Lyrics Born-Party Ben lurrvvvv, I've remastered and compiled all my versions of "Callin' Out" as well as a brand new crazy techno mix into one exciting EP:
1. U2 vs. Lyrics Born - "Callin' on Sunday" (Original mix) mp3
2. U2 vs. Lyrics Born - "Callin' on Sunday" (2005 Remix)
3. Average White Band vs. Lyrics Born - "Callin' Up the Pieces" mp3
4. Average White Band vs. Lyrics Born - "Callin' Up the Pieces" (Baltimore Remix) mp3
Bonus Track: SebastiAn vs. Lyrics Born - "Callin' Ross" mp3
That's right, you get the original 2004 megamashup, the 2005 remix made specifically for a big show where Lyrics himself was playing, the silly Average White Band mashup I threw together for my Party Ben: A New Beginning set in 2007, and the wacky B-more remix thereof. Plus act now and get a ridiculous bonus track: a crazy stuttery edit using SebastiAn's thumpy hit "Ross Ross Ross" that doesn't really go anywhere but is kind of amusing in a remix-y kind of way.
What a bargain! Anyway, I was just e-mailing LB, and with his new album Everywhere At Once coming out on Anti- in April (plug, plug), we might have more exciting PB/LB stuff later this... er, spring. So, thanks Tom, Justin and Lydia for putting up with me, and everybody please go spend lots of money on Lyrics Born and Quannum stuff right now, and hey, even Anti- stuff too, while you're at it.
FEBRUARY 2, 2008 PARTY BEN CONTINUES TO INDULGE IN ELECTRO NONSENSE You thought I was marginal before. While one could point to my post-LIVE 105 status (and subsequent freedom from hearing Foo Fighters every 15 minutes) as the reason behind my apparently rediscovered love for the dancey beats, actually if you go to my music page you'll see that I was putting hip-hop over breakbeats way back at the beginning of my so-called "career;" one could argue my forays into Green Day editing were the uncharacteristic daliances. If one cared, which one doesn't. Anyway, thankfully, lately I have more places to play these sort of remix-y sounding tracks: first up, I'll be doing another appearance tomorrow (2/3) at French Kiss, my favorite upstart Sunday night electro/indie/disco party, with my new buddies MyKill and Forever 21. Look for me to throw a bunch of the bassline-y Sinden and Switch stuff into the mix plus the awesomest B-more jams around.
Also, now that Bootie will be available for your mashup pleasure twice a month over at DNA Lounge, we're happy to be expanding the concept a little bit, and starting February 23rd we'll indulge our love for the unofficial remix, bootleg re-edits and whacked out re-versions in the back room at the appropriately named Electro-Bootie.
I can't wait.
In that spirit, here's two new items that fit in this category:
I've always been a fan of Plump DJs (and in fact, some of my first forays into the nightclub scene in San Francisco were in the Nu Skool Breaks scene; wow, those were the days)
and it's nice to see they're still putting out quality tunes. This one fits right in under that Low song that's everywhere.
This one takes the datA remix of Tepr's "Minuit Jacuzzi," a track that already kind of seems to reference '80s freestyle, and makes it a little more obvious. I actually had to completely reconstruct the Tepr track to make this happen, it sounds pretty easy but it wasn't, I promise.
Fun. Something else people have been asking about might be appearing in a Bootie Top Ten soon as well... stay tuned.
Also, in other-country news, it looks like I'll be headed to Mexico in a few weeks for a couple gigs in Puebla and Monterrey as part of the MX Beat Soundfest warm-up schedule. I'm just happy to get away from rainy San Francisco for a few days. Anyway I'll be watching Dora the Explora to brush up on my Spanish and also putting together some new tracks featuring Mexican artists for the occasion. See the Events page for more details as they become available. iAzucar!
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JANUARY 26, 2008 MUSIC PAGE UPDATED With old stuff. After many requests I've added links to some more of the "oldies" over on the Music page. Some of the really crap things I made way back in like 2001 are left off the list (blech!) but others are there despite my shame. As always if there's something you've heard me play or heard on a radio show way back when and you're desperate to know what it's all about, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MP3s of some of the new Party Ben Alive stuff coming soon...
JANUARY 17, 2008 PARTY BEN MAKES (MOSTLY) SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION TO VISUAL MEDIA Also, robot. I know, it's only like 7 years after everybody else started DJing with videos (er, "VJ-ing") but I've always been a bit of a curmudgeon, preferring to focus on audio, and also I didn't know how to do it. Well, after some wrestling around with Adobe Premier (and the help of a couple more-experienced video types) I managed to put together an hour-long set featuring videos for 19 new and not-so-new Party Ben mashups at Bootie on Saturday night. Despite our best efforts we had a bit of a technical issue from about the 4-minute to the 6-minute mark (loose cords!) but everything else went off without a hitch.
Many thanks to everybody who helped out with the production: VJs Jaren, Brewski and Flipboitamidles for videos, DJ Tripp for the DVJs, The Indra for supplying umbrellas and the Boylesque boys (or is that "bois"?) for dancing around with them, Kristi for sewing the extra screens and for taking pictures, Barry, Jeremy and especially Devon at DNA for the extra help setting up all the crazy crap, Avista rentals for the equipment, and A plus D for letting me do it. Plus, of course, thanks to the 1000+ peeps who came out and danced around, although the troop of ladies on stage who were pulling down my pants while I was trying to DJ were really taking flirtation a bit too far.
If you couldn't make it, your next chance to see the exciting multimedia show will be at the newly re-Echoed Bootie LA on Saturday March 1st; and perhaps I'll do something similar again sometime soon at Bootie SF as well, we'll see...
Anyway, there were a couple new things I played during the set, as well as some new mixes of old things, and not only did I use other VJs' videos, I actually made some of my own. Here's a couple samples.
Led Snooppelin - "Drop It Like It's A Whole Lotta Love" 2008 Remix
Hey look, it's that thing I made like four years ago that I was never that happy with but Mysterious D kept insisting would "kill" when she'd play it out. I always thought it was too slow and the production was really tough so it came out kind of sloppy-sounding. Well, this is a little faster and dancier thanks to a new groove and some re-editing.
Justice vs. Dead or Alive - D.A.N.C.E. (Like a Record)
DJ Zebra was playing the MSTRKRFT mix of "D.A.N.C.E." all over France when we were on tour, and so I got it stuck in my head. Turns out Pete Burns can go over it. Whee.
Brief section of the intro track "Robot Ben"
Yeah I can't post the whole thing here, you have to come out and see me live for that. Anybody have a giant light-up LED pyramid they'd let me borrow?
JANUARY 7, 2008 PARTY BEN SET TO ACT LIKE A DORK ON STAGE IN NEW, EXCITING WAYS THIS SATURDAY Wonder what he'll dress up like this time. As I wistuflly noted a few days ago, it was one year ago this week that Party Ben Kenobi light-sabered his way onto the stage at Bootie for the very first time. That was fun, and lord knows I've exploited that about as much as humanly possible over the last 12 months. But all good things must come to an end, and after being defeated by Emperor Zebra in Paris, Party Ben Kenobi has decided to retire to some sort of tropical Jedi assisted-living planet. So what's next?
Well, huh, what else can I rip off. Oh, I know: one of the biggest, most celebrated tours of the year. While I won't have a 2-million-dollar light-up pyramid (well, I do, but I'm not taking it to DNA Lounge!), I will be utilizing video in the set for the first time, featuring both some clips put together by kids like VJ Brewskiand VJ Jaren, as well as some of my own ham-fisted creations. Musically, last year's set's shtick was "all new mashups," but this year will be more like "PB Greatest Hits," if there is such a thing, so be warned.
Anyway, it all happens this Saturday night at Bootie at DNA Lounge. Listen and watch on the webcast here.