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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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|Automated Acoustics||The Universal Proportion||The Wire Tapper 18 compilation||The Wire||2007||CD||*|
|Oneida||Did I Die||The Wedding||Jagjaguar||CD|
|Mala Rodriguez||Toca Toca||Malamarismo|
|Taken By Trees||Julia|
|Scout Niblett||Let Thine Heart Be Warmed||The Fool Can Die Now||Too Pure||2007||CD||*|
|Of Montreal||No Conclusion||Icons, Abstract Thee||Polyvinyl||200||CD||*|
|Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators||My Four Leaf Clover||Keep Reachin' Up||Light In The Attic||2007||CD||*|
|Michael Dracula||Another Distressed Damsel||In The Red||Ze||2007||CD||*|
|Overdub||Give It To Ireland||Foolklegs - Folkloric Mashups||2007||CD||Goran Bregovic vs. Timbaland * Nelly Furtado||*|
|Brenda Ray||Lend a Helping Hand (f/ Knowledge)||Walatta||Em||2007||CD||*|
WAX STAG INTERVIEW AND DJ SET
|Wax Stag||Oh So Sad||CDR|
|I:Cube||Pooh Pah (Herbert Fibre Mix)||Versatile|
Not this one
|DJ Minx||A Walk in the Park (Magda's Word Em Up Mix)||Minus Inc|
|Kelley Polar Quartet||The Rhythm Touch||Environ|
|Photek||Mine to Give||Virgin|
|B.R. Posse||Pump Up The Housing Benefit||Rephlex|
|Christian Vogel||Don't (Take More) - Jamie Lidell Remix||Tresor|
|Dave Angel||Tokyo Stealth Fighter||Fourth & Broadway|
|The Beta Band||Sequinsizer||Regal|
|El-B f/ Juiceman||Digial (Bonus Remix)||Locked On|
|Stingaz||Keep Tings Clean||CDR|
|Thomas Fehlmann||Face The Day||R&S|
|Morgan's Lame Electro||Blood and Crips||CDR|
|Morbid Angel||Day of Suffering||Earache|
|Deerhoof||Whither The Invisible Birds?||ATP|
|Soy Un Caballo||Robin||Matamore|
|Crosby & Nash||To The Last Whale||WEA||
|American Music Club||Myopic Books||Cooking Vinyl|
|Plugs||That Number||People In The Sky||
Want to see something gross?
|Tek 9||Teknology (Dego & Capital A Remix)||SSR|
|New Flesh||Stick & Move||Big Dada|
|4 Hero||Dauntless||Talkin Loud|
|Jonny L||See Red||XL|
|Broadcast||Colour Me In||Warp|
|DMX Krew f/ Tracy||Make Me||Ghostly Int'l|
|Rocket Man Fighting Evil||Persons||CDR|
|Luke Slater||Only You||Mute|
|Simon & Garfunkel||For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her||Columbia|
Mon. 10/1/07 11:39am
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
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
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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