Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sit on it, Ponzi.

Good riddance to bad annum!

For anyone mucking about the East Village tonight, i'll be dj'ing at my local, the Boxcar, all night. No cover, no inflated drink prices; better music, fewer huckleberries. A good way to bury the nonsense heretofore known as "2008."

Am i dj'ing anywhere else in the near future? Glad you asked:

This Saturday, January 3, i'll be filling the silences in a complementary manner at:


Jack Rose 10:00
Jozef Van Wissem 8:00
DJ: Mike Wolf
admission $10:00

25 Avenue B

Tuesday the 6 i'm playing records at Daddy's, Brooklyn's best hang, starting around, i don't know, 9pm or so? That should be a fun one.

I'll also be the "house DJ" at my friend Noah Tarnow's seriously fun trivia night, The Big Quiz Thing, on Monday January 5 and again on the 19. Read up on your presidents, is all i'm saying. $250 in cash prizes, damn!

Crash Mansion
199 Bowery at Spring
7:30pm, $7 cover

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Total fucking fandom

Well, you know, onward we all go, however we do. What helped lead me out of the deep blues (if not quite into the sky-blues) was a recent trip to the Academy on E 12th, where I've been unloading piles of old vinyl (for both space and money) lately. As the dude behind the counter started going through my stuff, something (like, instinct) tugged my eyes lazily toward the New Arrivals rack. My first thought was honestly to tell one of the staffers, "Hey, you guys shouldn't just leave New Order bootlegs laying around in that bin." Like something was really wrong with this picture.

Though not this one

It got worsebetter when I noticed that both were priced at $15 (only a bit more than you'd pay for a brand-new LP anyway), and the set lists spoke of an early-mid-’80s provenance—in other words, the period of life on Earth during which New Order was flawlessly perfect. One was called Blue Mondays and its spine cared not for mystery: "Tokyo May 2, 1985." My first call on all matters New Order is top photographer Tim Soter, who upon hearing the track-listing surmised that I had found a vinyl copy predating the official release of the well-traveled boot Pumped Full of Drugs. The other record is called (hmm) blueMONDAY, and I like its tracklist better: "Blue Monday," "Leave Me Alone," "When I'm With You," "5. 8. 6.," "Temptation," "Everything's Gone Green," "We All Stand." Someone went to the trouble of making an inner label that looked like it could be a Factory promo.

I don't think it is; Factory would never even have given away something pressed this weakly. I wondered about the date and place of this show while enjoying the flatly pristine sound, especially on "Leave Me Alone" (a personal favorite, to the point where I've made its title my motto) and when an ecstatic "Temptation" spills right into "Everything's Gone Green." But it was a cover, a(n) hysterically indulgent version of Sparks' "When I'm With You," that provided a clue. (Footnote: During the masturbatory ending, Hooky briefly tears into the bassline of "Ceremony"; people there must have wigged out). A quick peek at New Order Online, something I don't look at often (preferring the music itself), revealed that the band played that cover exactly once, in Milan on June 22, 1982. Except the set list they print is not the same as what's on this record (though there is a fair bit of crossover). And's probably from somewhere or other sometime in 1982. Cool.