Monday, December 29, 2008

The Young Punx...Insane Clown Posse?

Well, its time for another interview here at You Been Crushed.....this time I've brought you The Young Punx.....a UK outfit that takes the term "mashup" and, well, mashes it up.

Ok, I've watched a clip of the The Young Punx Live in Tokyo on your site. First of all congratulations on being total shredders. Could you please introduce the members briefly and their role in the empire?

'Total shredders..' that's a great expression and one we now wear with pride! Well The Young Punx are an innovative collective of diverse musicians led by multi-instrumentalist and producer, Hal Ritson. Other members of the band include co-founder Cameron Saunders, Guthrie Govan (Guitarist of The Year in Guitarist magazine), drummer Simon Bettison, DJ Medcab, singers Laura Kidd (currently touring with Tricky), Yolanda and Tiffiany Gore and Phonat (considered one of the most exciting new producers to emerge in 2008). We also have awesome guest vocals our next album from New York rapper MC Paul Barman, and Memphis rapper Count Bass D.

Seems like the Young Punx and crew have been on the UK music scene a while. Are their any musical skeletons in the closet? At the very least I detect a Drum and Bass DJ and a jazz guitarist....

We've been carving away our own niche for around 4- 5 years now and it feels like the musical direction is starting to swing in our favour. Our mission has always been to totally mash-up styles and fuck around with genre policies and currently you're starting to see a lot more of that with a move away from this ridiculous notion that to be 'real' you have to stick to one style and one style only. With respect to ‘skeletons in the closet’ Hal is behind the scenes on any number of the biggest dance records from the past dew years, including playing keyboards on “Call on me” singing the “Jimmy Sommerville” vocals on Supermode’s “Tell me why” and even playing most of the instruments on the current Sugababes release “No can do”!

Aside from the Young Punx, you have a record label as well. How long have you been doing that and who are your artists? Do you distribute physical copies (cd, vinyl) or is it strictly digital?

Yes we do, MofoHifi Records (2 years old). It deals in fresh and creative club tracks with quality mass appeal. Our focus has always been to try and discover exciting new talents in electronic music and developing them into real contenders for A-list staus; Phonat is probably the most pertinent example of us at work.. we are no where near the peak of Phonat but already the reactions to his music has been amazing... it means we're sticking true to our mission! Other artists include, Goshi Goshi, Sharooz and Deltawave plus of course it's a home for our own music. We used to issue vinyl but the market has bottomed out so mainly it's just digital.

I see you have a Shir Khan remix. We have that in common.... who else on the "scene" do you know/respect/like?

Shir Khan is legendary, his mix of Dirty Damp is awesome. We have a couple of Riva Starr tracks that have been a staple part of our DJ sets all year so we got him to do a mix for our next track, Juice & Gin featuring Yolanda.. we're REALLY pleased with the results. We also share our studio with drum and bass producers “Chase & Status”. They are absolutely incredible, and everyone should check out their new album “More than a lot” on Ram Records. Sinichi Osawa, the sampler of his new album is fucking incredible! And if you want a party I suggest you go out with Micky Slim!

Finally, are their any memorable shows you've played in US cities, (especially NYC!) and do you have plans of touring US cities (esp NYC!)

We played in New York last summer at the Mercury Lounge, which went really well, though of course it was our first ever live gig in the states, so fairly low key. Why weren’t you there?!!!! J We ended being interviewed by foxy drummer from Hole, Samantha Maloney, in Battery Park, and having races along the water front wearing clown masks. Did you know she can body pop quite well?

I could write you a whole book on the reasons the rest of that week (which included gigs in San Fran and LA) was memorable. It involved losing a bowler hat in a stretch limo in San Fran at 4 in the morning, a Mustang Shelby GTH, a stripper called Louise and drifting practice road through the Hollywood Hills. Make up your own story from there I guess.

We plan to come back to the USA at some point in 2009 to coincide with the release of our second album, but we don’t have any dates in the calendar firmly as yet.

We are DJ ing in Vancouver on New Years Eve if that counts though.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sasha Fierce does MIA....

....and loving every minute of it. i mean, what is a diva....reeeeaaaallly. a woman that demands the respect she deserves. and using this new definition, i realize that i've been a diva since i was 5 years old....

----video on youtube---

now on the subject of hustling, it may appear like the crushers have stepped off for the moment, and it may be a minute before we do another show....but do not doubt the purple hustlers. we are hybernating in the studio for the winter creating magical crystal structures, revisiting dance training, and rewriting pop history....

we've put a rough demo up of a new track thats like a theme song for the blog and an anthem for the cold heart of the city....myspizzle

Monday, December 22, 2008

Drums of Death - The Indie Interview aka What You Won't See On BBC!

If you've been paying attention to any blogs recently you've probably caught wind of Drums of Death.  We had the pleasure of doing a show with him in Munich for Vice Magazine and I must say it was kinda scary.  I also interviewed him, and although its not as professional as that crazy old BBC interview, its more REAL.  Yeah i said it BBC......more REAL!!!!! Anyhow enjoy this interview and live footage....

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

This Blue Monday Cover Is Rad

Blue Monday. Arguably one of the best synthpop tracks ever. Originally released in 1983 by Factory Records, it is recognized as the best selling UK 12" ever.  And for good reason.  Above is the original 12" sleeve, and as you can see they were already getting digital.  Btw if you've never heard of Factory Records, Malcom McLaren, or (god forbid) New Order, you need to watch 24 hour party people.

Meterhead featuring Emma Lucia have taken this classic and made a version that will make all the people in the club dance as if they are hearing the original, but they will give that little spark of joy in hearing a version they feel like they know but is actually totally new. Kudos.

Blue Monday Ft. Emma Lucia

Monday, December 15, 2008

Kevin Bacon, the Remix

So you may or may not know, Kevin Bacon is a movie star.  Wait what i meant was Kevin Bacon makes music.  With his brother.  They are called the Bacon Brothers.  So apparently they've been doing this since they were small Bacons, still attached to the pig.

As you would expect they have a small but loyal following, and i'm sure the warm and fuzzy feelings abound at their shows.

As you also might expect, they have remixes.  I ran into this cat Zack Hagan at a small french themed party and he told me he just remixed a Kevin Bacon song about a giant squid.  Being the responsible blogger that i am, i followed up and i have it here to share with u:

Thursday, December 11, 2008

EXCLUSIVE!! Interview with Nervous Records President Mike Weiss

Ok people, this is maybe the coolest thing yet for You Been Crushed: An exclusive interview with the president of Nervous Records, Michael Weiss. What is Nervous Records you ask? Just the label that put out Armand Van Helden's first release, signed Funk Master Flex, and basically defined NY club music (and had a big hand in hip hop) in the 90's and beyond.

The Interview:

Nervous records seems to be in the right place at the right time with the right artists. You started off doing East Coast house, then dipped in to Hip-Hop, then back into club music when hip hop went pop. Who's the magic A&R man behind this You?

I'm always behind the basic direction we're going in. Back in the 90's hip hop was hot in NYC, and that was the music I was into. There was a lot of talent rolling around. People would just jump on the mic in downtown clubs. It was a great time. I signed Black Moon. And having them on the label attracted like-minded headz who also liked east coast hop. A guy named Dru Friedman came to work at the label as an intern, and he quickly rose to being my A&R assistant. He then brought in Smif-n-Wessun. Having Black Moon and Smif-n-Wessun on the label made Nervous hot on the streets. KRS-One was impressed, and wanted to get affiliated. He brought in a new artist he had signed to his management company, Mad Lion. So it's always been a pretty organic process.

As you said, the real hip hop scene died out in the 90's, and then house/trance was hot in the clubs again. I signed some big club acts like Byron Stingily and Kim English, and having them on the label lead me to meeting a club guy named Kevin Williams, who became my A&R assistant. Kevin helped find big Nervous club hits like Charlotte/Skin, and Jonah/Sssst...Be Quiet.

Right now A&R is fully back in my shoulders.

Nervous is known for its logo. How was it conceived?

Standing in Vinylmania (12" shop on Carmine, now closed) on a Saturday afternoon in 1990. Pal Joey used to work there. He climbed up on one of the racks to get a 12" for someone who was at the counter. He tossed the record up to the counter, but it hit the guy in the head. I thought it was funny, came up with idea of a logo based on that.

I was a big fan of Funkmaster Flex back in the day. How did you discover and sign him?

I first met him when I was promoting a hip hop jam to Chuck Chillout up at WBLS. Chuck was the MC of the WBLS hip hop show. Flex was the DJ. He's truly one of the most proper guys in the biz. We met there, and he could see I was real ampted to get my tracks up and running. He told me he was deejaying at a hot spot named Club 2000 on 148 and Broadway on Sunday nites. I used to trek up there at 2:00 am on Sunday nites to give him wax,and he would test them out. He was the first dj in New York to play Who Got The Props. I had it on test pressing...he made me wait till 3:55, right before closing, before putting it on the decks. But he gave me a thumbs up after that one spin.

Exceeder was and still is a killer track. How do you find new artists and how do the blogs/internet play into that?

Exceeder is probably one of the three favorite Nervous tracks in the past 2 years - the others being Cicada/Things You Say, and Get Far/Shining Star. I go out least once or twice a week hitting afterhours spots....and know alot of dj's who will tip me when they hear something good. I also check out alot of the European radio stations on line.

You've developed and distributed a lot of music, and its all had one thing in common. The DJ. Whats your take on the current technology of djing in the mp3 era?

Pretty amazing how the internet has made music and sounds and vibe available to everyone. Used to be that you had to go to New York, Chicago and Miami to find hot producers. Now you look everywhere. And before the internet, who could have predicted that Canadian and Dutch dudes would be making some of the hottest tracks? So the internet has definitely leveled the playing field, and made it possible for people all over to hear the newest joints, and get their tracks heard by everyone as well. All this is good for a label like Nervous. Bottom line we need club music to stay fresh. I think the bar has been raised on what a dj/producer needs to come with if he/she is to stay at the top of the game.

Last question: You are currently promoting Nervous Nitelife: House Classics Remixed which is a compilation of a lot of Nervous dance hits remixed. This is curated (is that the right word?) by Marlon D who is closely associated with one of my personal favs Jellybean Benitz. Anything you'd like readers to know about this release?

Yeah Jellybean deserves props for staying in the dance game so long. (and yeah nice vocabulary - curating is a perfect description for the way Marlon put together these older classics!) For this project, I wanted to get a dj who was not directly connected to any of the projects. So that knocked out alot of the major players, cause virtually everyone with a rep from the 90's has had something released on Nervous (Masters At Work, Armand Van Helden, Cevin Fisher, Frankie Feliciano, Paul Van Dyk, Roger Sanchez, Todd Terry etc). Somehow Marlon never had anything released on Nervous, so it made sense for someone with a fresh perspective on the tracks to come with ideas regarding who should do the remixes, and how the comp should be put together.

Thank you SO much for taking time out to answer my questions. I really appreciated being able to bring something so close to the heart of NY dance music into focus for You Been Crushed.....
-Air Jared

Monday, December 8, 2008

Crushed Records Presents: WZRDz

We are very excited to announce the WZRDZ EP release and with it this special promotional video featuring the inspirational 1977 animation by Ralph Bakshi and a remix of a song we all know and love:

From the press release:

Lore has it two WZRDz exist, one in the East and one in the West. The Eastern one lay deep with the knowledge of synths and stabs, while the Western one forged samples heavy as though a master hammer smith.

Their scrolls proclaim alliances amongst the tribes known as iheartcomix, Meterhead, Purple Crush, and Afrodesiac Soundsystem. Through struggle and triumph, through uploading and sequencing, brothers they came to be. By the portal known as Crushed Records, their ancient knowledge shall be revealed. .....WZRDz...

WZRDZ Myspace

This is just a teaser, and by the sound of it, you know the 4 song EP is so banging we really can't post any mp3's till later....though we will be dropping the full Nirvana Remix in a few, so stay tuned....

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Freddie Mas: True Artist of Brooklyn

Every once in a while you run across someone who makes you go "hm. that guy/girl is the real deal."

Now the definition of the Real Deal is something that is never really discussed, but everyone knows what it is. The Real Deal simply is. With that in mind i'd like to introduce you to Freddie Mas.

I recorded this video of him art-jamming in a brooklyn bar/record store called Sound Fix in Brooklyn. But don't get it twisted, Freddie Mas is a man of many talents. A song writer, guitarist, electronic musician, drummer, DJ and electro house dance punk funk music historian.

He has released records on Tigersushi and Codek, who put out a split EP with In Flagranti.

Here's how Tigersushi describes him:

"Freddie Mas is something like the whitey Grace Jones if the diva were ever to resurrect as an Arkham escapee singing fucked up power-psyche lyrics over house tunes. A man to follow, follow, only not too close. There's danger in those songs."

See that's the beauty of the Real Deal. Just as likely to quote literature as to jump on the hood of a cab and smash the windshield with a U-Lock (true story).

He's done his share of remixes (including one for Kudu) and composed a 60 song collection of under 2 minute songs meant to be played in an itunes playlist on shuffle. (itunes link)

Another thing about Freddie Mas: hes not really on the internet (aside from people selling his music). He is that real. If you've read this far than you might as well click on this review of his Arc Ep on German mp3 site It describes the essence of Freddie in a way i just couldn't seem to over the last 200 words.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Steam Machine

So I was over at DJ Krames' house yesterday to borrow his cabasa and he revealed to me a little known fact amongst the New York party scene: no one here has made a promo video for their party.  How un-promotional of everyone.  Well, Krames has rectified that with this crass little romp that takes us through a history of ass shaking in case you forgot what partying was.
Oh and stick around for the glam shots of the party's hosts, Sean Roberts, Nick the Duke, Kramesy, and Rekles. Oh and how could I forget Jeff from Culture of Me?

Introducing "Steam Machine" (re branded from "Unstoppable Perfect") a party held at a little diamond in the rough known as Happy Endings here in NYC on Thursdays.  BTW its called Happy Endings cause it used to be a massage parlor that must have offered happy endings.

Watch this video if you dare. May be NSFW...

Friday, November 28, 2008

D.I.M. Webster Hall

Let me just start by saying this: don't bother going to see Switch dj. It generally doesn't happen. I think i've tried 3 times to see him dj and for one reason or another it just didn't go down. This gig at Webhall was no different. But I think it kinda worked out because to the uneducated D.I.M basically is Switch: bald, white, european and dropping tons of electro bangers.

Apparently Switch bailed after getting paid and before his set, leaving AC Slater to finish out the night for 3 hours. D.I.M.'s set was pretty ok, the crowd seemed to enjoy it although personally i'm getting a little tired of sets that could be taken directly from hypemachine's most blogged tracks of 2006.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Norrit is dope.  He is also known as Iggy Baby from Lawrence Kansas.  We met this dude round bout 2006 at one of the worst gigs we have ever played.  There was no one there save the promoter, his girl, a crackhead and Norrit, who was djing off of some old ass virtual dj demo program on his windows-98-running-laptop.

Obviously he was cool as hell and way up on his electroclash.  didn't think about him for a few years until Haldan from palms out showed us his myspace and informed us he was putting this mystery dude out on his label (not this release).

He has a kick ass style and really puts some personality into his remixes and originals...Of course we jumped on that bandwagon ASAP and asked him to remix a track of ours (turns out he already did but we wanted moar!) 

here's a free track from his ep:

1. boo and boo too - no tempo (norrit remix)
2. nomathmatics - prozactro (norrit keeps it mnml mix)
3. ssion - street jizz (norrit's feels dirty bootleg mix)
4. johnny moog - fantastic lover (norrit remix)
5. norrit feat royce diamond - move
6. pirate robot midget - it's my beat now (riva starr remix)
7. oh snap - hi top fade (hostage remix)
8. foamo - everything cool
9. tom eq - the beginning
10. fake blood - mars
11. curses! - what i need (sharkslayer remix)
12. purple crush - get busy boys (norrit remix)
13. claire rayners - nobody baby
14. norrit featuring queen bea - don't leave me this way

to buy this ep:

to buy the Norrit Busy Boys Remix (Purple Crush):

And Super Bonus: Norrit's 2many Hypebeasts remix

Monday, November 17, 2008

Night out in Brooklyn, Udachi, Kap10Kurt

The other night we went out and kicked it in Brooklyn. Specifically Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Even more specifically, Trouble & Bass at Public Assembly, and then Famous Friends at Europa.

I think this video sums up what went down. I was glad to capture to video two of my favorite artists on the scene right now....Udachi and Kap10Kurt......

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Vice Day #3....

come day 3, we were joined by the highly energetic drums of death....lets just say there was a whole lotta personality on this tour....

interviews to come (once my shoulder recovers from all this editing!)

Monday, November 10, 2008

the disco itch....

nothing like searching deep within the depths of youtube to find random videos of songs you thought had disappeared...

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Vice Day #2....

the theme for this episode.....bitch, you're breakfast. we couldnt stop singing the song the entire time and yet it became so much more than a just a song, it was a lifestyle.

....featuring "Breakfast" (mercury remix) - Le Le....

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Vice Magazine Germany Day #1....

it's just the beginning....each show falls deeper into the black hole of emo club, and the days reveal intricate personalities. in this episode, we start at the train station and end with jazz hands....

Vice Magazine Germany Day #1 from Air Jared on Vimeo.

watch this on youtube

Even Busier Boys

Busy Boys. Perhaps you've seen the video. Perhaps you've wondered what it all means. Perhaps you are the one who left a comment on discobelle wondering what drugs we were on when we made it.

Well, to answer you're question: it was a heady combination of high altitude mountain air and finely ground sea salt. Of course, we were freebasing this air-salt combination with a dirty little technique called deep breathing. Please don't try this on your own. its dangerous.

But Busy Boys is about much more than getting cranked up on rock (salt). Its about hustling. its about making something more out of something less. In short, its about the American Dream.

In our travels round the world we have been out there collecting the dopest remixes the european electro underground has to offer just to prove our point. So it is with great pleasure that I drop the original busy boys track and a remix by one of the dukes of the emerging copenhagen ghetto rave scene, jens fokking (of copyfokking).....we'll be teasing you with 192s of the ep gearing up for the release date, November 18th....

Busy Boys (Original Mix)

Busy Boys (Jens Fokking Remix)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Purple Tour 4 - 2 days in Berlin

We start off drinking coffee with Ben Mono at a cafe that the locals swear all u have to do to be discovered is sit there. Then we move on to an interview on Berlin Radio Fritz with the venerable Shir Khan interviewing and translating to 40,000 german listeners. CLP was there with us and it was cool to meet them...

Then we go to the Levi's Unbuttoned tour featuring Steve Aoki. Wow. So controversial, but if you watch to the end you'll see what we think about him.

Monday, November 3, 2008

we're home!!!!

omg, there's soooo much footage to edit.....last day in berlin, vice mag tour, and exclusive interviews with drop the lime, miss odd kid, drums of death, shir khan, ben mono, and stop making me.....

to express how we feel to be back in brooklyn, i give this video starring the man who has come to new york to remind us of the funk, jimmy edgar (remix of purple crush's "get digital" by edgar cometh soon)....

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Mike Genius: Inner Child Mix

This one goes out to the kids. You know who you are, cause you're not yet an adult.

Mike Genius: Inner Child Mix

1. Purple Crush - Busy Boys (Original Mix)
2. Bjork - Dull Flame Of Desire (Modeselektor Remix For Boys)
3. Mike Genius - Flying Saucer Tai Chi (Original Mix)
4. Housemeister - What You Want (Siriusmo Remix)
5. WZRDZ - Woodland Creature House Party (Original Mix)
6. Modeselektor ft. Thom Yorke - The White Flash (Trentemøller Remix)
7. Radiohead - Reckoner (Mike Genius Rubber Remix)
8. CSS - Move (Metronomy Remix)
9. Yello - Oh Yeah (Mike Genius Remix)
10. Mr. Oizo - Gay Dentist (Original Mix)
11. His Majesty Andre - Peep Thong (Original Mix)
12. Buy Now - Body Crash (Chewy Chocolate Cookies Remix)
13. Proxy - Destroy (Original Mix)
14. Lucy Love - No VIP (Kun Os & Fidel Astro Remix)
15. A-Trak - Say Whoa (Original Mix)
16. The Cars - Let The Good Times Roll (Mike Genius Remix)
17. Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus (Dirty South Remix)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tour Blog 3 : Berlin and Blog Haus

Berlin is amazing. They really love their techno. In fact they invented it. And don't try to say it came from detroit cause they'll put you on the first train to whatever border is closer and let you stew in your own american juices until you finally admit you were wrong and kraftwerk was right. sorry that's just the way it is. I almost learned the hard way.

But the one thing they really don't know about is Blog House. Blog Haus? Blog house (maximal). Thats why we had to come here and show em whats what, american style. And if you are just crawling out from under a rock where you were living with your minimal dj roomate than you simply must watch this video.

Also featuring Jake the Rapper, Leo, Tree, and some partiers

Songs featured:
Sweat.X - Jack (purple crush remix)
Absynth Bass - WZRDZ (Crushed Records)
Shopping on the Dancefloor
Physical Attraction
Zero - Le Castlevania
Jack got Jacked Jack Beats Remix - AC Slater
Courtship Dating (J-La bootleg remix) - Crystal Castles

Monday, October 27, 2008

krissy sell out's cmj coverage part 2.

cmj friday: i went all the way to newark airport to pick up pharrell, and it was... jersey. we went to 205 (palms out sound sparty), where there was hassling at the door and an ice cream truck outside. lots of new york scene people in attendance... thanks to aaron ( for getting pharrell in. the basement was dank and smelled like an armpit, but people were going nuts. we left around the time i heard that rap song about clubbing in LA and bizzee pee. jumped a cab to soulwax @ irving with the vanilla ice t girls, and of course the list we were on didn't exist. bought tickets, found louisahh (thanks for helping with the backstage pass maneuvering), drank a lot of vodka. we went back to 205, found out our drink tickets were redeemable for cans of budweiser, so we bailed.

cmj saturday: skipped the fader magazine party because it was raining, but saw gio ( and hot pink delorean walking around soho. the iheartcomix party in williamsburg was 7-4, pharrell and i went at about 8:15, and found lauren flax djing to... literally no one. every bouncer at williamsburg music hall is a raging dick head (they made us stand in the rain, hassled us about the guest list, the backstage guy talked shit about me in front of me, they refused to let us back in). we walked in the rain to find frankie, frankie chan found us, and had to get some one to let us back in. i met toxic avenger, who is cool saw lyle from shout out out out outs for the first time in a minute and we left with joee irwin ( during their set to find the teenagers a few blocks away. the teenagers weren't there yet, my boots got soaking wet, along with the rest of me. we then got hot dogs and sat around LOVE club for 2 hours bored until pharrell ( played to a dissipating crowd. bryanna came through, and we got to see jeff ( for the first time all week which was awesome (sans rain hair photos). he told me the teenagers were outside asking for bronques, and i went out to get them in but they were gone. crazy enough the next morning when checking out of the hotel, the elevator doors open and who do we see? the fucking teenagers checking out as well. 

it was a long week and i was quite exhausted yesterday, not to mention sad that it was over and everyone left nyc. thanks to any one who listed me (or my friends), got me backstage, or gave me drinks. thanks to everyone who came to LOVE saturday, you're the coolest.

Tour Blog 2 : Show in Paris

Paris is a lovely town known for its tower, food, and elitism. It may also be known to some as the birth place of the modern illuminati in 1776 (the date inscribed on the tablet held by the statue of liberty, a gift to the US from France).

We did a show there at a beautiful club called Le Showcase. A very interesting night full of conversation and disco. Isla gave the crowd a choice: disco or electro rap. you could almost cut the indecision with a knife.....

To that end we debuted a song we've only made a demo for: NYCBG. to find out what that stands for you have to watch the video.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

NY 2 Paris

Here's how you get from New York to Paris in 3 and a half minutes.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Mixtape from Berlin - Finckobot Rock

Finckobot is a real DJ. He showed me his cd collection of electro and it was the size of 4 laptops on top of each other. then he showed me his rock cd collection and it was literally a suitcase.

He kicks it in berlin, or as they say in the blogosphere check out that tracklist! wicked.

Finckobot Mix for Sonett77 October 2008

Mike Genius - Bob Dob / Crushed
Bumblebeez - Zulu (Radioclit Remix) / CD-R
A-Trak - Say Whoa / Kitsuné
Moston & Malente - Do The Right Thing (Alternative Mix) / Splank! Rec.
MSTRKRFT - Bounce feat. Nore (Felix Cartal Remix) / Dim Mak
Action Man - Under Your Skin / Cheap Thrills
Le Corps Mince De Francoise - Ray-Ban Glasses (Les Gillettes No Shame Remix) / New Judas
Style Of Eye - Clown / Pickadoll
Zombie Disco Squad - Hit Me With The Horns / Zombie Disco Squad
Little Boots - Meddle (Toddla T Remix) / CD-R
EPMD - Run It (Duke Dumont Remix) / Scion
Skream - Auto-Dub / Tempa
Rusko - Jahova / Sub Soldiers
The Count & Sinden feat. NY - Fool In Love / Domino
Chase & Status - Smash TV / Ram
Roots Manuva - Do Nah Bodda Mi (feat. Mr. Versatile) / Big Dada
Black Finger - Up Middle Finger (Heavyfeet Remix) / CD-R
Evil Nine - They Live! (Trevor Loveys Remix) / Marine Parade
Headshotboyz - Exodus (Bryan Cox Remix) / Crux
Outlander - The Vamp / R & S Records
Congorock - Hybro / CD-R
Crookers - Sveglia (Oh Snap!! Booty Alarm Mix) / CD-R
Tommie Sunshine - Limit Of Your Mind (Nic Sarno Remix) / Alphabet City
Kidda - Under The Sun (Herve's Ain't No Sunshine Remix) / Skint
Scott Cooper & Andy George - Piano Man / Potty Mouth
Hook N Sling - The Best Thing (Tonite Only Remix) / Hussle Recordings
The Presets - Talk Like That (Jence Remix) / Modular
Little Boots - Stuck On Repeat (Fake Blood Remix) / CD-R
Sebastien Tellier - L'amour Et La Violence (Boys Noize Remix) / Record Makers

Kris E. Sell Out's Summation of CMJ Thus Far.

isla and jared are now in europe doing something cooler than you are doing. i have been asked to post to this blog in their absence. i accept. normally i would just post mp3s but apparently this blog is now on the radar, so i would have to get permission for each file (i know right?).

cmj sunday: dim mak party with steve aoki, and some other guys. stretch armstrong or tittsworth or both... first official party of cmj... didn't go. RSVP'd and completely forgot, even though i was 3 blocks away. but i heard it was lame (hey, sorry guys, but i'm relaying hearsay).

cmj tuesday: first official day of cmj. i went to ella to see cindy kim, roxy cottontail, and some other girl dj. it's a very cool venue, and roxy didn't play a bunch of b-more shit. it was chill and fun and i danced with arthur baker and bryanna and some total strangers. then went to happy endings, which was lame, as usual. i hate on happy endings so bad, and always from the sidewalk in front of happy endings. prince terrance, frankie chan, bryanna (aka bb fruit boots), unemployed lloyd, and some other people took me to a party that didn't happen. it was frankie's birthday, funny shit ensued.

cmj wednesday: i started the night with annex, since it's closest to the train. saw igor ( in the station, walked over. i got there at midnight and nothing was happening. terrance was spinning dance rock downstairs, upstairs was empty. dimitry started spinning daft punk and shit upstairs while like 4 dudes yelled random shit into the mics with an echo. still no performance come 1:15, so bryanna, sean roberts, a cute asian girl from LA, and i bounced to bar13. it was a long cold ass walk and smoking was the only solace (thanks sean!). we walked in and hervé "cheap thrills" was being dropped. we took this as a sign that our night was only getting better. crystal castles was djing...
i saw kap10kurt for the one night he will be here for cmj, and i'm glad i did because he is by far the coolest person in the city. we took turns mimicking the dude from crystal castles' aloof and distant pout as he spun. i heard some shit talk about them from a dozen different people, but i thought the dj set was pretty bangin. the dude AFTER crystal castles (whoever you are, you rule) was awe-some. sean and i bought red stripe at the deli and smuggled it in via my purse. we went back to annex in time to get huddled downstairs until 4:30 or so, and eventually everyone huddled outside scavaging for after parties, and then the cops showed up and bryanna and i dipped via alexander techniques' benz. 

cmj thursday: i went out to dinner and the only party i rolled up on tonight was the fool's gold party at webster hall. some blonde bitch hassled me even though i was on the list and being vouched for by fool's gold people. i don't even know who i saw dj, but some dude rapped and that was lame (so lame everyone in the crowd just stood there), then kid sister came out dressed like dre + sequin pants. dave 1 from chromeo was hanging out next to the decks but he didn't do anything. i sat around and played kiss kiss with people i know and people i now know. pretty boring, everyone was out by 3. 

the best things i've witnessed so far will never be blogged, but i might tell you if i see you out, because i love a good shit talk session. i haven't been impressed, but i think i'm just bored and killing time until pharrell gets here (tomorrow), and we can go to soulwax at irving. i missed the band hey champ, who were recently blogged on disco dust (google it, they're amazing). saturday is the iheartcomix party, and frankie chan's birthday party, and i'm looking forward to it. saturday is also the fluokids party at love club, and i expect you people to be in attendance because i will be (look for the chick in all black looking cooler than you are). i haven't seen jeff ( all week and this makes me sad because jeff is awesome. 

see you mother fuckers at every party for the rest of this week... feel free to buy me a drink. or candy.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Tour Launch and New Video (Busy Boys!!!!)

Today we leave for euro - land. That means we walk 10 blocks, take a 30 minute train to the PATH train, then we take the air train, then we get on a plane. Then we take the metro in Paris to our hotel.

But screw that we got a new video and remix ep on the way! Make way for Busy Boys.

Purple Crush out.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Purple Tour - Shopping for Leotards

As you may or may not know, Purple Crush is getting ready to go on a little tour....So what do we need to do?

Go shopping for the dancefloor of course! These leotards don't buy themselves people. So thanks to the Flip Video camera, you will now see what we see, and hear what we hear. The reality show has begun.

OCTOBER 24 - Le Showcase (Paris, France)

OCTOBER 25 - Villa (Berlin, Germany)

OCTOBER 30 - Vice Tour Germany Cologne

OCTOBER 31 - Vice Tour Germany Frankfurt

NOVEMBER 1 - Vice Tour Germany Munich

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ninjasonik - where's my ipod?

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So if you have been paying attention to anything at all related to the New York Streets you've heard about Ninjasonik. Over a year ago I remember walking along broadway and running into the ever charming yet hardcore Jah Jah. Isla said "You've got to start rapping. You could be the next Spank Rock!!!"

Isla is known for her prophetic statements, and it seems yet another prediction has come through. Teenwolf (DJ Producer)Rev McFly (Jah Jah), and rapper Telli Gramz are like the skater punks you always wanted to get drunk with even though their crew might rob you (if you know who has my iPod can you please tell them to at least reformat it?).

Anyhow this video is the Rap Remix version of the ground breaking "Tight Pants" video.  I would also like to take this opportunity to hype my remix of Art School Girls, another genius track that I will be blogging later on........

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Guest Post & Mixtape - Sit Down Bitch U Don't Have This

Welcome to a guest post by our friend Kris. Enjoy this mixtape. As she said, its tracks that are around the blogs but don't get much play.......highly recommended.

"hi, i’m kris: aka kris e. aka kris e. sell out aka kris von d aka luda kris aka kris the shit (if i’ve programmed my number in your phone when intoxicated).. you may or may not know who i am. but it doesn’t matter because you’re not reading this."

sit down bitch, you don’t have this // kris e says hello

miami bitch // surkin

steroids // mr. oizo (feat. uffie)

my people // the presets

i love to move in here (proxy remix) // moby

twenty thousand leagues (bag raiders remix) // midnight juggernauts

rio (hervé remix) // bumblebeez

gay dentists // mr. oizo

personal jesus (dirty south remix) // depeche mode

home zone (proxy remix) // digitalism

Download: sit down bitch, you don’t have this. no 1. - direct link

Saturday, October 18, 2008

One Year

Today is Purple Crush's 1st wedding anniversary. Paper, they call it. So if you want to get gifts the traditional way, they have to be made out of paper. Basically what they are saying by this is after 1 year you still need cash.

Last night we went up to a couple's apartment who design and make clothes. they are also musicians. While picking out some pairs of custom hammer pants for our upcoming tour, they told us they had started making music together too. She wanted to know how we do it, and if we fight.

well let me answer this once and for all: hell yes we fight. all the time. we tell each other to fuck off daily. because when you are married to someone, you don't have to hide shit. in fact hiding shit is the opposite of marriage. Let it be known...Purple Crush doesn't hide shit from each other (in case you have any plans of telling me a secret).

She also said they were going to keep it a secret that they are together as a couple for their musical act and what we thought of that. I am totally fine with that. All the couples out there that make music do it your way. Pretend you are siblings pretend you are divorced, keep it hidden, kiss on stage, pretend you are gay, if you are gay pretend you are straight. whatever. For us, at this point, the artistic statement is that Life is Art and Art is Life, and we try to keep it real.

keep in mind though, as isla says, what happens on the dance floor stays on the dance floor....

Purple Crush - Marry Me

Purple Crush - Bout 2 Bust

Friday, October 17, 2008

Shir Khan - Dj's Dj/Producer's Producer/Label Owner's Label Owner

Shir Khan has the cutest german accent. Especially when he says the word "Overcompressed." He lives in Berlin and I assume he owns the place. Or at least he is good friends with the owner. He runs Exploited Records, has a radio show, and really does some of the classiest remix work around. In fact the shopping on the dancefloor remix he did for purple crush is our best selling joint on itunes. and it was licensed to EMI Japan. word. His remix of Act Yo Age's The Flash caught my attention the other day in blog world and i realized i needed to repost.

Check out his mixes on Part 1, Part 2

Purple Crush - Shopping on the Dancefloor (Shir Khan Remix)

Act Yo Age - The Flash (Shir Khan Powerhouse Dub)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

the pop bitch laughs to keep from crying....

As im sure many of you know, Madonna's divorce from Guy was officially announced yesterday. It will no doubt get ugly, she has already mocked him from stage while on tour (grow the fuck up), and apparently there was no pre-nup (oye). In a premenstral fit of rage last night i found myself shedding a tear over this. You have to understand, when i saw her doing the splits in a teen mag in '84, i had one of those "thats what im going to be when i grow up" and ever since then i have revered her, playing close attention to every detail, maneuver, and calculation...

While i may have felt i was following her ambition, there was one big difference...i was in love, and wouldnt abandoned that for any producer, dj, or executive that could offer me success for my pussy. Now, im not going to disrespect the path she took to achieve her fame and fortune, its paved a path and created a whole new industry of pop tartlets, but at a certain point, and i think 50 years old is a good place to start, you gotta get over yourself. It just makes me sad that she is such a miserable bitch, cause i love her and want her to know love.

Anyway, on that note, i will leave you with a song off an album i discovered at Amoeba Records in LA called "Pre-Madonna". It's a collection of songs (some of which were on the demo that got her signed) that she recorded from 81-82 with Stephen Bray. The two met in college, he a jazz musician, her a dancer, moved to New York, holed up in commercial spaces and studios, recorded raw dance music, and yes, they dated (wait a minute, this sounds like Purple Crush!!!) She ditched Bray for Mark Kamins, a dj that promised her some sweet dick, and a record deal, as long as he could take credit for the production....and it worked. She and Bray didnt speak for years (i'd be pissed too), until she brought him on board to co-write "causing a commotion", "into the groove", "express yourself", and more....

Madonna - Laugh To Keep From Crying

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Radiohead - Reckoner

Now that the "Official Diplo Remix" (thx welikeit.indie) is out, Its time to hear from the rest of us.

The ever creative Mike Genius has taken his crack at it, and by the reaction of the crowd last night it is quite effective. My personal opinion is that this is the most justice - y remix mike has done. He didn't disagree.

If you like it, vote for him in the remix contest. hell if you don't like it vote anyway.

Radiohead - Reckoner (Mike Genius Rubber Remix)

Radiohead - Reckoner (Diplo Official Remix)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Pull Out Method - Beauty Bar NYC

Did you know there are Beauty Bars all across the states? I personally have been to (and played at) the ones in LA, Austin, and Las Vegas. This will be the first time I ever set foot in the NYC location which is reportedly the HQ.

If you have ever read this blog you already know Purple Crush and Mike Genius, but you may not know who Ladybox is:

Thats them there. They are whats known as a Girl DJ Duo Who Are From Somewhere Exotic Like Denmark. They may hate me for saying that but i am an American Boy™.

Irony aside, Rita and Lei are about the coolest people ever. They are excellent dj's (dead serious) and interesting producers as well. They are also Xtremely Involved with the Art Rebels, an All Girl Artist Collective® out of Copenhagen. Sick ass shit.

They are also fam with Boody B from Palmsout, the Fagget Fairies (of Samo Ti fame), and Copyfokking.

No VIP - ladybox & jens fokking.mp3

Samo Ti (3IAC Ya Mix).mp3

Chromeo. We Love Them. Who doesn't?

We were contacted by to post this interview with the lovable and talented Chromeo. You won't get any new information out of this if you've been following them for any amount of time, but you will see how they interact together which is kinda priceless.

I could drop sooo many jewels about Chromeo like the time P Thugg got pissed at franki chan and the toxic avenger for throwing ice at each other a little too close to him whilst he was wearing some dope threads in Miami (something you only do once btw).

Or about the time we had a meeting at their label in London and went to the Chromeo show for the wrap up meeting (it was a wrap). That show was too insane even for them.

Or I could tell you about the many times I've been mistaken for Dave 1 (very boring). Instead I'll just post some mp3s.

Chromeo - Fancy Footwork (Block Party Remix)

Chromeo - Fancy Footwork (Acapella)

Monday, October 13, 2008

the pop bitch's corner, "sittin in a tree..."

we are less than a week away from Purple Crush's one year wedding anniversary, ("hipsters dont get married!" - Larry Tee) and i have found myself thinking alot about our love and our future baby crush's.....saturday afternoon i even described to Leif on gchat what my plan was performance wise when that day does come, somewhat like the stories we've heard of Bjork when she carried on tour with the Sugarcubes.....and then i woke the next morning to news of MIA's pregnancy. not only DO hipsters get married, but now they get PG!!! I think she looks so beautiful and happy, she is redefining hipster, but more importantly, helping to redefine what it means to be a woman. it will be a long time before the pieces of Isis get put back together, but moments like this make me hopeful. on that note, i leave you with a song by the woman who gave an audience member a heart attack as she shrieked, pregnant, on stage at the age of 18.....Bjork, from the album she recorded when she was 10 years old.

Bjork - Arabadrengurinn

Sunday, October 12, 2008

AC Slater - Jack Got Jacked

AC Slater, like Drop the Lime, is a dude i am happy to associate with. Defining brooklyn electro and giving NYC something to brag about once again (finally!). Get ready to hear from his whole crew: B. Rich and the irascible Udachi. A nod to Haldan/Boody B and Palms Out Sounds is due for putting him out and blowing him up.

PS. AC if you are reading this sorry for posting your track but the internets want moar.

Spend money here:
Jack Got Jacked EP - Juno Download
Purple Crush Shopping Remix EP - Juno Download

Shopping on the Dancefloor (AC Slater Remix)

AC Slater - Jack Got Jacked

Saturday, October 11, 2008

MSTRKRFT @ Webster Hall NYC

The stage. You can't tell from this crap-berry photo, but it was all TVs and neon, and every once in a while a back lit apple laptop and two burning cigarette tips were visable.  Oh and two canadians.

This is the VIP. They all know the words to One More Time by Daft Punk

And when Justice's D.A.N.C.E. came on they released the white beach balls.

Mas! Tur! Kraft!
Mas! Tur! Kraft!
There's something magical about a huge crowd chanting in unison especially when they WANT MORE BLOG HOUSE!!!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Ace of Base

What is it with the swedes?  why do they have to make pop music so damn digestible?  Ace of Base is from Gothenberg, what i call the Detroit of Sweden.  Last time i was there i was wearing a hoodie with my big glasses and some drunk chick yelled "where you going grandma?" in pretty good english. zing.

But enough about me.  Ace of Base is making a comeback. Or has been since 2007.  They are planning to release their 5th studio album in 2009, and are doing a bunch of european gigs.  They have quite an interesting past, as the band was made up of two siblings and a guy who goes by Bhudda, who apparently celebrated the millennium with Bill Clinton and also expereinced the tsunami in Phuket.  Damn.

Ace of Base - Lucky Love (Frankie Knuckles Remix)

Thursday, October 9, 2008


Yayyyyy!!!! Fuck what you heard, Kap10Kurt is the coolest dude.  And he's going on a major tour opening for Yelle in the states.  I happen to be on the Plant Music  mailing list (label run by The Glass) for receiving free tracks, and they sent me Kurt's new single "Mission Complete."  Too bad they said no blogging, or I'd totally post that shit. Its freakin dope, with remixes by TEPR, Moulinex, and Dolby Anol.

You may remember his past ep "Dangerseekers" with this amazing video:

Apparently this was done by the same people that did that Daft Punk video of the same style. All i can say is, if voltron forms like this i want to be the head.

Now everything may look just perfect for kurt what with his amazing talent and products, but no show is without drama, and Kurt's is no exception.  You see Leah, the drummer of this electro duo is also the ex drummer for the Ravonettes and the NEW drummer for BRMC. Damn. So now Kurt has to find a new Meg to play to his Keytar Jack White.  We are all wondering who its gonna be.......and whoever it is they must be good cause he was saying the other night how expensive the tour is going to be...

Dangerseekers (Shinichi Osawa Edit)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

C U on Tuesday = Udachi, Neon Ceyote, Estaw

Santos Party House was gonna be called Santa's Party House, or Santa's Workshop, or something like that.  It took maybe five years or so to get that show on the road, and in the beginning they were so psyched they made shirts.  I only know this cause my ex rooomate was using said shirt as a pillowcase.
I went there last night to see the C U on Tuesday party featuring my boy Estaw, Udachi, Neon Coyote and others.  do you want me to tell u my opinion of each? well i'm going to anyway:

This is neon coyote or maybe 1/2 half of.  As he was djing i remarked to my friend: "this is the sound of a hipster staring into his laptop. and i like it."


my pic of Estaw came out like shit so here's the crowd during his set which was a cool mix of blog house and euro hip hop with excellent cdj scratching. Estaw is from amsterdam and he doesnt smoke weed. so typical.

Estaw - Break it Down (Herve's Spitfire Mix).mp3)

Estaw - Weird All.mp3

I think my fav was udachi.  he unapologetically bashed the club's head in with uptempo rave out techno.  Isla even had to get on the mic to get a piece of that action.