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Options October 1, 2007: WAX STAG Melts Your Brain


I found out about Wax Stag from his appearance on the Hot Chip DJ Kicks mix CD. That song quickly became my favorite song (on repeat) and now "Short Road" now has its very own EP. His mix is really good. It got me to thinking about the music people grow up with. Wax Stag, AKA Rob Lee, grew up in the UK surrounded by, apparently, death metal and Warp Records material. It got me to thinking, what is it like to grow up in Europe where electronic music is more a part of the mainstream of things? Does it make for more interesting electronic music, or less interesting electronic music than that that comes out of the United States? Somewhere recently I read about a British guy who said he preferred Americans because they were interested in creating music that was totally original, whereas Brits and other Europeans were simply interested in re-creating their favorite things. I don't really know what to say about that.

I know when I was growing up in Dallas, it was really hard to find electronic music at like Best Buy, especially the weird Warp-y kind. I guess it became easier as I moved into teenagedom and Nothing, Trent Reznor's label, started bringing over all of the Warp Records stuff. Aphex Twin, Plaid, Squarepusher, and most importantly even though it wasn't on Warp, Pop Will Eat Itself. And then there was Trainspotting.

I know a lot of you who listen to this show are in other countries, so please, in the comments, tell me, are there certain things about growing up in your country that you feel like you got more or less of that your American counterparts? And Americans, do you think we're missing out on stuff? Or do we have better choices?

I know without Nine Inch Nails and nothing (the label) and a lot of internet (a LOT OF INTERNET. Let me say that again, A LOT OF INTERNET and it was back when AOL was charging per-minute...my father was not happy) my music tastes would've been completely different. I think that kids growing up in the UK just get this through osmosis, not really hyperactive internet use. Like, is PWEI really popular in the UK? How about Orbital? Underworld? Does your mom know who Underworld are?

In some of these CDR songs on the mix, they are lo-fi in a way that a lot of American amateurs are, but they are completely electronic in a way that no Americans could ever think to be, I think. I think it's possible to grow up on a diet of synthesizers, not guitars, in the UK. I mean, mostly this is a theoretical thing. That's what it feels like from over here anyway. American rock bands that try to integrate electronics into their sound often sound awkward, but not so in the UK I think.

Anyway, thanks to Wax Stag for this really excellent DJ Mix!!!

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments New
Automated Acoustics  The Universal Proportion   Options The Wire Tapper 18 compilation  The Wire  2007  CD    *  
Oneida  Did I Die   Options The Wedding  Jagjaguar    CD     
Mala Rodriguez  Toca Toca   Options Malamarismo           
 
Taken By Trees  Julia   Options            
Scout Niblett  Let Thine Heart Be Warmed   Options The Fool Can Die Now  Too Pure  2007  CD    *  
Of Montreal  No Conclusion   Options Icons, Abstract Thee  Polyvinyl  200  CD    *  
Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators  My Four Leaf Clover   Options Keep Reachin' Up  Light In The Attic  2007  CD    *  
Michael Dracula  Another Distressed Damsel   Options In The Red  Ze  2007  CD    *  
Overdub  Give It To Ireland   Options Foolklegs - Folkloric Mashups    2007  CD  Goran Bregovic vs. Timbaland * Nelly Furtado  *  
Brenda Ray  Lend a Helping Hand (f/ Knowledge)   Options Walatta  Em  2007  CD    *  
 
 
WAX STAG INTERVIEW AND DJ SET
Wax Stag  Oh So Sad   Options   CDR         
I:Cube  Pooh Pah (Herbert Fibre Mix)   Options   Versatile         
V.L.A.D.  Roll_X   Options   Warp      Not this one

 
 
DJ Minx  A Walk in the Park (Magda's Word Em Up Mix)   Options   Minus Inc         
Kelley Polar Quartet  The Rhythm Touch   Options   Environ         
Photek  Mine to Give   Options   Virgin         
B.R. Posse  Pump Up The Housing Benefit   Options   Rephlex         
Christian Vogel  Don't (Take More) - Jamie Lidell Remix   Options   Tresor         
Dave Angel  Tokyo Stealth Fighter   Options   Fourth & Broadway         
The Beta Band  Sequinsizer   Options   Regal         
El-B f/ Juiceman  Digial (Bonus Remix)   Options   Locked On         
Stingaz  Keep Tings Clean   Options   CDR         
Sun Electric  Tee   Options   R&S         
Thomas Fehlmann  Face The Day   Options   R&S         
Morgan's Lame Electro  Blood and Crips   Options   CDR         
Helmet  FBLA   Options   Interscope         
Morbid Angel  Day of Suffering   Options   Earache         
Deerhoof  Whither The Invisible Birds?   Options   ATP         
Soy Un Caballo  Robin   Options   Matamore         
Crosby & Nash  To The Last Whale   Options   WEA     

 
 
American Music Club  Myopic Books   Options   Cooking Vinyl         
Plugs  That Number   Options   People In The Sky     

Want to see something gross?
 
 
Tek 9  Teknology (Dego & Capital A Remix)   Options   SSR         
New Flesh  Stick & Move   Options   Big Dada         
Greytoungue  Drunken Serenade   Options   CDR         
4 Hero  Dauntless   Options   Talkin Loud         
Digital  Deadline   Options   31         
Jonny L  See Red   Options   XL         
Broadcast  Colour Me In   Options   Warp         
DMX Krew f/ Tracy  Make Me   Options   Ghostly Int'l         
Rocket Man Fighting Evil  Persons   Options   CDR         
Luke Slater  Only You   Options   Mute         
Simon & Garfunkel  For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her   Options   Columbia         
 

Listener comments!

  Mon. 10/1/07 11:39am Jason:

Thank you for this most disturbing collection of images. I no longer need my morning coffee. Or my lunch for that matter.
  Wed. 10/3/07 3:12pm roggie rog:

Damn brotha, u threw up some nasty-ass photos on this playlist; but you gave us some hot tracks!
  Wed. 10/3/07 3:32pm Roggie Rog:

Trent, if you would be so kind as to have your tracks indexed like some of your colleagues do, it would make it easier to identify who I am listening to--especially when it comes to electronica which can take many twists and turns in its flow. Also, if you could pull some strings and have Frank O'Toole create some new playlists I'd love you even more. Peace to the East! Respect! You put smiles on the faces of my girl and I with the work you do! Thank you! Thank you!
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