To celebrate the release of the STREET BASS ANTHEMS VOL 7 Cassette & Digital LP we are having a special daytime Release Party at the Creep Records Store in the Piazza, located in Northern Liberties Philly. From 2pm-6pm we’ll be spinning tunes, hanging out and selling cassette tapes! No cover charge, all ages welcome, free stickers and surprises all day!
Our Baltimore homies Thunderbird Juicebox (his dope collab with Kola IV – “Low Low” is featured on SBA7 and was premiered on HighOnBeats.com this past weekend) and .rar Kelly will be coming up to join Starkey & Dev79 on the decks so expect a diverse and power packed afternoon of music!
Saturday July 26th 2-6pm
STREET BASS ANTHEMS VOL 7
Hey everyone! I hope you are ready for some serious cuteness. You may think that this is all fun and games, but in reality if aliens ever wanted to take over this planet, all they’d have to do is look like adorable little animals, and we’d be powerless against them. We’d surrender without a fight for a mere shake of a furry tail or a wiggle of a plucky whisker. You may think of this blog entry as preparation and training for the upcoming invasion. I am simply teaching you to withstand “The Cute”. (I’ve been watching a lot of Doctor Who lately, so alien invasion is all think about these days). So let’s see what have I been up to lately? I attended a wedding that was held at the most exciting of venues – New England Aquarium. I may have had a reaction similar to Kristen Bell‘s Sloth Meltdown (not really) when I found out there would be penguins and sea lions at this wedding.
Who wouldn’t want this guy to be greeting guests during cocktail hour?
Other than that work at the hospital and pet sitting gigs have provided the rest of the content for this column.
I thought I’d share a couple of pics of animals looking very displeased.
This little Frenchie puppy is just NOT having any of it.
This was captured over a little pet-sitting gig. This dude was very displeased to be discovered in his owners’ dresser. I mean you’d think I ruined his world domination plans… or maybe I did!!!
Which is kinda silly cause all you need for world domination is to look like this
Dear Hoomanz, I salute you! If you worship me, and love me, and take care of me, I will continue to look adorable. Obey my ways now!
I hope this day would never come cause we’d be powerless against them. (I really need to take a break from Dr. Who I think. These thoughts of world domination are just bizarre)
Anyway, here is my friend Merlin preparing to open his own SPA
Mr. Merlin giving me a facial
And last but not least my now late friend Jill. Jill has passed very peacefully in the arms of her loving family after a long struggle with congestive heart failure. She had a great life and was surrounded by people she loved up until the very end. I hope at the end of my life I am also a snaggletoothed mohawk-rockin grandma.
This wraps it up for this month’s Street Beasts. Check back again next month for more cuteness.
Hey everyone! Starkbot here…. and it’s time for another installment of Beat Artillery. This time we’re going to iOS for Retronyms’ iMPC update, the iMPC Pro. The company has been giving sneak previews for a few months now…. but today the new app for beatmaking on the iPad was finally released. I was lucky enough to get it early …thanks guys ……so I’ve been playing around with it for a few days, and thought I’d give you a quick rundown of my initial reactions.
When you first launch the iMPC Pro you’ll notice your sessions are saved on what looks like old school floppy discs. You’ll find that sort of nostalgia in the interface and overall feel of the app… but they’ve added some features that really take advantage of the iPad’s multi-touch screen that aren’t possible on a hardware MPC. The linking of filters to stutter beat effects in an almost Kaoss-pad like interface leads to some cool experimentation with your beat-making. And that’s really what I see as the strength of the iMPC Pro. When I’m using it, I’m not doing anything that I would be doing if I was sitting in front of my computer with a keyboard or other midi interface.
The sample editing tools are really easy to use with the app; and the FX are very musical. I found navigating through the different tracks and sequences to be pretty intuitive after spending about 15 minutes clicking around everything.
The lack of option clicks, command clicks, etc… on the iPad can often make tasks that are really easy to accomplish on a computer-based DAW, or even some hardware systems, take forever to do. Or they take countless double taps, tap and hold, two finger taps, swipes, etc…. to figure out how to do them. The iMPC Pro does a pretty good job of making “normal” production tasks easy to accomplish…. however, I did have some issues with re-adjusting the quantization grid in the sequencer window. It’s probably super easy to do…. but for some reason I was having issues with it. That was pretty much the only hangup I had the entire time I spent working with the app.
You should definitely check out the Retronyms YouTube page for all their preview videos of iMPC Pro because they show off all the capabilities of the app. I’m looking forward to having a tune that I start on the iMPC turn into something pretty sick.
The iMPC Pro is on sale for a limited time for only $12.99 on the App Store… so make sure you grab it. It’s really a steal at that price.
Yes!!! For the first time ever Seclusiasis is releasing a cassette! We’ve done vinyl, CD, USB drives and of course digital download releases… and now we are pumping out a limited edition of 100 cassettes, for the seminal Street Bass Anthems series!
The official release date in all digital shops, for Street Bass Anthems Volume 7, is Monday July 28th – but for the die hard supporters who’ve been holding it down for us, we’re releasing the tape today so you can get the scoop! All tape orders will also receive a private download link to grab the digital (WAV & MP3) version of the compilation, sent out within 24 hours of cassette order.
Buy it now and be the first on ya block to slang the bangers – just $10 + $3 shipping in U.S. (contact us for international shipping quotes) and you get the tape + digital!
01. Starkey & Dev79 – MIR Handstand
02. The Golden Toyz – Pinky Crazy
03. Chooky & Ricky Vaughn – 6 Million Ways
04. Knight Riderz – Addicted
05. Starkey – Stones
06. Dev79 – Take the Cake ft Che Grand
07. Edgewoode & MANIKAN – Riding Round 285
08. KAW – Under the Purps Side B
01. Kola VI & Thunderbird Juicebox – Low Low
02. Starkey & MartyParty – Million $
03. Bass Science – Dark Circles
04. Dstar – Mars Battle ft Armanni Reign & Stainless Steele
05. SWIM WEAR – Tropicolada
06. Dev79 – Dutch Yak
07. Fast Nasty – Smurkn
08. Starkey – Attack
And it doesn’t stop there! We’ve got some super special limited edition ‘Street Bass’ Philly Map t-shirts to help celebrate the release of Volume 7. These are 1 off printed exclusives, only available bundled with a tape. $30 and you get shirt + tape! Act fast.
SBA7 Cassette + Dark Navy Blue T-Shirt Large – $30 (plus $5 U.S. shipping)
SBA7 Cassette + Teal Blue T-Shirt Large – $30 (plus $5 U.S. shipping)
SBA7 Cassette + Grey T-Shirt Medium – $30 (plus $5 U.S. shipping) SOLD OUT
Starkey & Dev79 present STREET BASS ANTHEMS VOLUME 7 is coming at the end of July! We are hype to bring you the next installment of the Street Bass series, with 16 tracks of International fire! Big respect out to Russian badman Pixelord for providing the sick cover artwork for this compilation!
Take a listen to the lead track off the comp, a searing collaboration from Starkey & Dev79, entitled “MIR Handstand.” The good folks over at Red Bull premiered the track earlier in the week and asked Starkey & Dev79 a couple questions, check that out here!
This compilation will be released on limited edition cassette tape and digital. More info soon.
For this month’s Seclus Booze I travelled back to my old home town of Newcastle, UK. No, not Newcastle-under-Lyme; the real one, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
A little, but rapidly-expanding, area of Newcastle is the Ouseburn Valley. Beginning in the east end of the city and finishing at the Quayside, Newcastle’s Ouseburn Valley is one of the greatest drinking spots in the whole of the UK.
There’s a whole tonne of really well-run pubs with plenty of focus on ales and live music, but the one I’m going to focus on is The Tyne Bar – though I could write whole essays on pretty much every pub there.
It’s an ace little pub with plenty of outdoor seating and even their own outside music venue that could rival most academies and student unions (I actually saw Joker play one of the best dubstep sets I’ve ever seen in that poky little yard). It’s a little small inside so I generally prefer to go in the summer months when you can take advantage of the huge amounts of outdoor space, but if it’s cold and quiet it’s a good spot to hide from the cold.
And if you’re like me and you’re too uncultured for real ales, they also have a load of lagers on tap as well as plenty of clear alcoholic drinks for rich white ladies on diets.
We are quite excited to bring you Josh Pan’s futuristic club sound for our sixteenth Seclus Jockey free download single!
At its core, “Clap” moves with the groove of a hip-hop beat, but wrapped in a sonic wave of bass, soul, and downright sexiness. Drawing from a myriad of sounds – from club claps to Middle Eastern horns to dancing xylophones – this young producer has depth and creativity comparable to the likes of Bonobo or Kid Koala.
New York-based Josh Pan is the epitome of a multi-faceted artist. His visual design work ranges from brand logos to record cover artwork to film to trans-disciplinary installations. However, it is his unique musical constructions that most recently caught our ear – notably his collaborative track with Lowend entitled “Rose”. Keep watch on Josh Pan – his future does indeed seem bright.
Hi Seclusiasis family! Let me just start off by saying how excited I am to be a part of this! Seeing how this is my first post, I’ll say a couple of words to introduce myself and explain what’s happening here. My name is Polina, I live in Boston and when I am not throwing electronic music parties or otherwise working in the industry, I earn my paychecks at a local animal hospital. I’ve been a vet tech for about 11 years now, and other than various scrapes, scratch marks and bruises I collect pictures of the adorable animals I get to play with at work. I usually post these pics online as I get them, but when the idea for this column came about, I’ve decided to save them all up for one giant pile of cuteness in monthly doses. I am going to try to tell a couple of stories as I go along. You tell me what you’d like to see or hear more of.
Meet Fergus – my boss’s dog. When he is bad (and he is bad A LOT) we call him Fungus. Don’t be mislead by the eyes, there is definitely a touch of “the beast” in this one so he gets to wear the headphones and be dubbed as Street Beast Patient Zero.
Fergus is a very active participant in the hospital life. Lunch time is his favorite.
“Every meal you make, every bite you take, I’ll be watching you”
So yeah… Puppies are a big hit obviously. The thing I like most about my job is that when it comes to puppies, I get to play with them, pet their little bellies, give them hugs and kisses, and then they go home with their owners and pee on someone else’s floor, and eat someone else’s shoes, and wake someone else up in the middle of the night.
They are pretty adorable though regardless of breeds and sizes.
Don’t get me wrong though, adult dogs are completely adorable too. In many ways more so than the puppies because their personalities are more developed and some of them are such characters.
I feel like “Polina with animal” selfies are becoming my specialty
aint’s no pillow like a newfie pillow
The next beast belongs to one of the doctors in the practice. Her name is Jessie and she is one of the best behaved doggies I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. The other day she and I were going for a walk and stumbled upon a random basket on the curb which Jessie gladly posed in.
Obey my commands for I am the captain of this vessel
Jessie’s mom Dr. Amanda is the central character in this month’s amusing story. I am sure you’ve all had these super-busy days at work when at the end of the day you start to take everything very literally and your brain kinda goes into the mode of only performing the basic tasks in front of you. Amanda was having one of these days recently. During the exam she tells the owner of a wonderful doggie she is about to give a vaccine to “I am going to have a vet tech hold her and you can feed her cookies while I give her a shot.” “Great!” says the owner “Which end should I be on?” (meaning obviously which end of the exam table will the dog be facing) “Ummmm, the mouth end” replies Dr. Amanda. Gee, thanks doc… and here we had our doubts…
By the way, you may be wondering why all the pics so far are of dogs and not cats. Well, the reason is cats are usually very displeased at having been dragged out of their comfy homes so almost every cat looks either completely annoyed or completely miserable in the pics I take. Here is an example.
Pretty sure this cat is contemplating a thousand ways to kill a human at this precise moment.
Cats and dogs are our primary patients but we do get an occasional beast of a non feline/canine persuasion as well. They often come in very different sizes.
So yeah… I am not gonna lie – my day job ain’t that bad. I am of a firm belief that everyone’s life would be much improved if they got a little cuddle time with a some sort of a street beastie once a day. To wrap this up, I’d like to tell the story of one of my favorite patients – a pup called Rescue. Rescue is a therapy dog. He belongs to a young couple who are both victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. According the the couple Rescue has been a tremendous help in lifting their spirits and helping them put their lives back together after having been permanently injured in the attack. Anyone who doesn’t believe in animal therapy should have a conversation with Rescue’s family. Here is a little video video of Rescue
Hey everyone. Another installment of Beat Artillery is here. This time I’m talking about a new product which I’m not even sure has hit stores yet. It seems like this one has been delayed over and over again. But… it’s worth discussing because it’s got some intriguing technology in it.
A lot of fuss has been made about Roland’s recently release AIRA series hardware unit that models the original drum machines that the manufacturer is known for, the 808 and 909, the TR-8. Some people are hype on it, others not. I’ve never been into step sequencers… so it’s not even on my radar. But I do love me some synthesizers… so the Aira System-1 synth is worth looking into.
Roland are calling the System-1 a ‘Plug-Out’ synth, because it’s able to host the software synth outside your DAW on the unit, and even run them standalone. System-1 is basically a shell; it’s capable of hosting analog-modeled synths. This kind of sounds like Arturia’s Origin system, but at a much cheaper price point. (Supposedly System-1 will sell for $599 retail.)
What I do find interesting about this, is the expandability. Roland claims the System-1 will ship with its SH-101 emulation…. and that “more plug-out synths are on the way”. In all reality, they could come out with modeled versions of all their classic synths, including Junos, Jupiters, etc. I know a lot of these things are already available sampled and in modeled software synths, but what make it a bit more intriguing is the dedicated hardware control of the System-1… and that Roland would most likely automap all the controls to the hardware unit making it a much more ‘hands on’ approach to working with these classic sounds.
I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with the System-1 and how well it sounds. The early demos sounded pretty rich in texture. Check the video below.
I was extremely excited to see Israeli horror/black comedy film, Big Bad Wolves, pop up in my Netflix recommendations a week ago. I had been waiting to watch this film since learning about it from a friend after the film screened at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. Written and directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, the team behind the excellent Rabies (the first Israeli horror film, and a brilliant revision of the slasher film formula), Big Bad Wolves tops the duo’s debut with its black graveside humor and a fearsomely satirical gaze into the existential void.
The film opens with a wordless, dreamy prologue that nods to the fairy tale nature of the film’s title—a trio of young children are playing hide and seek around what could comfortably be labeled a haunted cabin in the woods. As the children finish their game, they realize that one of them is missing (a lone shoe remains). The sequence is shot in a kind of fuzzy slow motion that lends their actions a kind of suspended-in-water sensation, which projects the ominous feeling that their game of hide and seek is the last moment of these three children’s innocence. This opening sequence is punctuated with one of the greatest title cards of recent memory: the letters of the movie’s title spread limply atop the cabin, covered in moss and leaves, like it was part of a sign for some sad old motel. And so the fairy tale begins.
An eerie trail of candy leads the police to the decapitated body of the young girl, her underwear hauntingly tugged down around her ankles. It turns out she’s the latest in a series of child murders, and the lead detective Miki (Lior Ashkenazi) thinks that they’ve got their man—a nebbish, religious studies teacher named Dror (Rotem Keinan). The only problem is that Miki’s interrogation techniques, which can charitably be described as “extreme” (they involve the forceful application of a phone book to certain vital body parts), were caught on cell phone footage and leaked on YouTube. This causes Miki’s dismissal from the force, but not before his supervisor can suggest, in no uncertain terms, that, as a citizen, Miki he still keep an eye on Dror without the restrictions of the police force’s rules and regulations. Even if the police can’t formally investigate Dror, everyone still believes that he’s responsible for the horrific child murders – the heads of the murdered children have never been discovered.
So with the investigation now in the hands of his incompetent contemporaries, Miki starts trailing Dror with the freedom of a man obsessed. At the same time that we’re watching Miki stalk Dror, we also start following another character who is doing almost the exact same thing — Gidi (Tzahi Grad), a large, imposing, middle aged man with a cleanly bald head and big, seventies-era reading glasses. For a while, the audience isn’t sure who Gidi is, as the film never makes it explicitly clear that Dror really is the child killer, but soon we learn that Gidi is the father of the latest victim found decapitated and bound at the end of the candy trail.
As Miki’s investigation intensifies, he brings Dror out to a secluded patch of the woods, makes him dig a grave, and starts demanding answers while pointing a loaded gun at Dror’s head. That’s when Gidi intervenes and knocks both men unconscious and drags them to the soundproof cellar of his remote new home. Like Miki, Gidi means to extract a confession from Dror, only he’s willing to go much, much farther to get it. Down in the stone walled dungeon basement, Gidi, in order elicit a confession and learn where the alleged child killer has buried the head of his daughter, is prepared to inflict on Dror the very acts of mutilation that the killer forced upon his own victims (including breaking fingers, removing toenails, and ultimately, decapitation with a rusty handsaw). Miki, no stranger to the ways of vigilante justice himself, agrees to serve as Gidi half-hearted accomplice.
It’s here that Big Bad Wolves turns squirm-inducingly violent and laugh out loud hilarious. Yes, you read right – hilarious. On one hand, Big Big Wolves begins to revel in a sadistic spectacle while serving up a moral warning of the evil that good men can do in the name of retribution and justice. On the other hand, as if to neutralize the tale’s excruciating intensity and throw the viewer further off-balance, the filmmakers also play these hideous extended sequences for laughs, with Gidi regularly interrupted mid-torture — first by a series of phone calls by his guilt-trip delivering Jewish mother, then by a visit from his father (Dov Glickman), who gets his own twisted role to play in the proceedings. These dark comedic moments not only deliver a moment of levity (think the Cohen brothers tone in Blood Simple or Fargo), but also serve to show Gidi as more than just a bone-dry detached torturer bent on revenge.
The real triumph of Big Bad Wolves is that it subverts all audience expectations; alienating them further as the film goes on. As citizens we are taught to obey and believe in our police forces, so if they believe someone to be a criminal, they probably have reasons behind that claim. But, Big Bad Wolves cleverly turns the criminal into the victim, as Dror is tortured and humiliated in a hidden basement. Very quickly, the audience is forced to decide whether they agree with this treatment or whether they should believe Dror, who has been protesting his innocence the entire time. There is a dark feeling throughout the film that Dror could, in fact, be guilty, but cleverly the audience becomes complicit in his possible crimes. The directors handle this point brilliantly and keep the audience wondering throughout the whole film, only commenting briefly upon the answer in the end but leaving it quite up in the air.
It is also interesting to look at the use of torture and gore in Big Bad Wolves. Rather than make it sensational and shocking as used in torture-porn films like Saw and Hostel, the torture in Wolves feels much more personal. The camera doesn’t disguise what’s happening on-screen and instead shows the exacting brutality to the audience. When Dror’s fingers break, the audience feels it, when his nails are ripped from him, the audience feels it, and once more they are made to level with Dror.
In the new wave of Israeli horror cinema, Keshales and Papushado are at the top of their game. With Big Bad Wolves, they have created a thrilling story about consequences and conscience. They make the audience question the morality of what they are witnessing all the way through until the gripping final moments before the end credits roll, and raise some hugely interesting questions about responsibility as well as the victim/offender dichotomy. Big Bad Wolves is one of the best movies I’ve seen on Netflix in some time, and hands down, one of the best films I’ve seen thus far this year. Highly recommended viewing, but only for those who can stomach such extreme violence.
To celebrate the release of the STREET BASS ANTHEMS VOL 7 Cassette & Digital LP we are having a special daytime Release Party at the Creep Records Store in the Piazza, located in Northern Liberties Philly. From 2pm-6pm we’ll be … Continue reading →
Hey everyone! I hope you are ready for some serious cuteness. You may think that this is all fun and games, but in reality if aliens ever wanted to take over this planet, all they’d have to do is look … Continue reading →
Hey everyone! Starkbot here…. and it’s time for another installment of Beat Artillery. This time we’re going to iOS for Retronyms’ iMPC update, the iMPC Pro. The company has been giving sneak previews for a few months now…. but today … Continue reading →
Yes!!! For the first time ever Seclusiasis is releasing a cassette! We’ve done vinyl, CD, USB drives and of course digital download releases… and now we are pumping out a limited edition of 100 cassettes, for the seminal Street Bass … Continue reading →