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Electro-Magnetism Episode 18: The slow approach of Swedish spring

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Well, here’s the yearly blog post. The yearly mix. This one doesn’t have any real specific theme, other than these are the artists I’ve been rocking out to over the past year. It’s been an intense year here in Stockholm, as I continue my rocky integration into Swedish culture, and a lot of these songs have been my soundtrack to that experience. Some of the bands are recent discoveries, and some are old favorites.

I recently went on a trip to Grenoble, and came back with a fantastic punk compilation called Sous Sol (thanks Raf!), a gorgeous handmade silkscreened CD made in the dreamy printing room at the 102 squat. I swear that everything they make in there looks like magic!

From this compilation I chose the song Fuir by Taulard, a snappy energetic blast of awesomeness. Xeno & Oaklander‘s latest album from 2011, Sets and Lights, had been on repeat for many a month. The song Blue is actually my second favorite track off that album, the first being Autumn’s Edge. Oh the glistening effervescing arpeggios! I am loving how polished their sound is becoming.

Always plundering the fast expanses of Stephin Merritt’s work, I came upon The 6ths’ last album Hyacinths and Thistles. I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would, but the song Oahu made it all worth while.

“It wasn’t meant to be, she had no time for me cause she was writing a novel…”

Tracklisting

  1. Units – Cowboy 
  2. Taulard – Fuir
  3. Severed Heads – Dead Eyes Opened (Remix Three) 
  4. Xeno & Oaklander – Blue
  5.  Subway – Lowlife
  6. Austra – Spellwork 
  7. Emika – Count backwards
  8. Tara Cross/Unovidual – Touch Me Here, Touch Me There
  9. Thick Pidgeon – Subway 
  10. Jan Hammer Group – Dont you know
  11. Harmonia – Kekse
  12. The 6ths – Oahu

Enjoy the mix!

Ps. Oh, and I’m now on Mixcloud! Come find me there.

Pps. I moved my old files so my old mixes no longer load anymore. Bummer. They were super old though. If you’d like a listen/download, don’t hesitate to post a comment in that mix’s post and I’ll re-up it!

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Electro-Magnetism Episode 17: Scandinavian Winter Happies
November 27, 2011, 3:56 pm
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(You can download it as well by clicking the little down-arrow on the Soundcloud thingy above.)

It’s time for another mix! I lean towards cheerful music in winter for some reason (see Episode 2). Maybe just to keep my downtrodden sun-craving soul alive and kicking through the darkness.

You can download it above, or subscribe to the podcast using the following URL in iTunes:

http://www.larkisadora.com/electro-magnetism.rss

Tracklist:

  1. Blondes- Synthesist
  2. Pete Shelley- Witness the Change
  3. Eleven Pond- Portugal
  4. Primadonna- Flashing on the Floor
  5. Schmaalhans Weltraum- Samovar
  6. Det Gylne Triangel- Maskindans
  7. Grimes- Oblivion
  8. Com Truise- Sundripped
  9. Heartsrevolution- Teenage Teardrops (Pyramid Remix)
  10. Plastic Mode- NY Life
  11. Alden Tyrell- Hills of Honolulu
  12. Clockwork Orange- Sensation Boys
  13. Moß Garten- Moderna Kvinnor
  14. The Arms of Someone New- Beacon
  15. Big Ben Tribe- Heroes

I recently moved to Sweden and have been exploring some Scandinavian minimal synth lately, so I included some of that in there as well. Originally I wanted to do an all-Scandinavian mix, but I didn’t quite have enough super duper awesome material. Hopefully by next year I’ll be ready!

One of my new favorite compilations is Maskindans: Norsk Synth from Hommage Records in Oslo, which you can buy here. I highly recommend it! From their description:

Tracks from Tromsø up North to Arendal in the South, tracks recorded as early as 1980 and up to 1988, tracks shorter than two minutes and longer than six, spanning dark wave, avant garde, synth pop and most genres in between; songs that were hits on Norwegian radio and songs that have been totally obscure for 20 years or more. Maskindans is an impressively broad and thorough presentation of the finest Norwegian ’80s electronics.

The whole thing is really quite good, and some of the tracks are really addictive. On my mix, the tracks by Clockwork Orange and Det Gylne Triangel were my favorites from this compilation. I found it quite adorable to read that more than half of the first pressings were snapped up by the Norwegian government for use in libraries, all the way from Oslo to the Russian border.

I’ve also been trying to find as much Swedish language music as I can that I actually like. I included these favorites by Schmaalhans Weltraum and Moß Garten, both Swedish bands from the 1980s.

Some of my favorite modern bands of the moment are also featured on here, including Com Truise (who has a really nice looking website, btw) who I see just recently played Stockholm unknown to me (will. now. kill. self.) and Grimes. I have also been getting into Emika, but her music is in no way perky enough to fit on this mix. Perhaps after my perky wears off and I start wearing sunglasses and black velvet in the darkest depths of winter, I’ll make another mix more suitable to her. (Sounds fun!) But for now, here’s a very nice remix of a song from her recent self-titled debut.



I’m back at Skittles this Friday! Yay!

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I took a little hiatus at Skittles last month to go to Penland School of Crafts. It feels great to be back in the city once again, especially because our insane little darkwave queer party Skittles is on this Friday night.

The theme this month:  Goths in the Sun. Vaseline in the sand.  Blood in the water. OMG, its a gothic beach party- who said black isn’t a summer color? Wear your smeared eyeliner and dark beachwear to The Outpost on August 7th!

We spin a lovely assortment of beloved and obscure new wave, synth and post-punk for your dancing pleasures.

Rad and freakish video projections all night by our host Casey Spectacular.

Come dance in the dark every first Friday of the month. We’ve got a gorgeous back yard, cheep beer, and no cover of course!

The Outpost @ 1014 Fulton St. Brooklyn NY 11238
9pm – Forever.

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Electro-Magnetism: Episode 13

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This month I am going to make the jump to laptop DJing, I swear. Though every month I say that. And every month it doesn’t happen. But hopefully this will be the last mix with CDs and such. I have so much awesome music on my laptop that at this rate will never make it onto these mixes unless I use software to access them. I am attempting to admit to myself that iTunes has completley taken over the way I access and browse music and that I need to embrace it or be eternally frustrated by how archaic browsing physical music has started to feel to me.

I don’t want this to be the case, but it just is.

So there are a bunch of bands I’ve been really loving lately that I just couldn’t play on this mix because they were trapped inside my laptop and couldn’t get out. And that is a crime.

Listen to it here.

Download it for later.

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Tracklist:

1. Experimental Products – Dreamworld (Live City Gardens 6/12/1983)
2. Alphaville – Romeos (Demo 1)
3. In Trance 95 – Brazilia
4. Epee du Bois – Exits
5. ADN’ Ckrystall – Ovanescent Nocturne
6. Chris Carter – Electrodub 2
7. Xeno and Staccato – Cara’s Kiss
8. Bergheim 34 – Oscillations
9. Schleimer K – On the Odd Again
10. A Certain Ratio – Back to the Start
11. Weltklang- VEB Heimat
12.Modeselektor – Sucker Pin
13.Goudron – Basmatine
14. MDNR – C.L.U.B. (Instrumental)
15. N.O.I.A. – True Love



Skittles Party – June 5th!

A little advanced notice never hurt anyone. I just finished this flyer…pretty happy about it. The June party’s theme is “painted babies” so I tried to work that in there. Something to do with the freakishness that is the pageant baby industry and Casey’s obsession with JonBenét Ramsey.  I couldn’t bear the idea of using her face on the flyer, so well, I didn’t. Phew.

We spin a lovely assortment of beloved and obscure new wave, synth and post-punk for your dancing pleasures.

Rad and freakish video projections all night by our host Casey Spectacular.

Come dance in the dark every first Friday of the month. We’ve got a gorgeous back yard, cheep beer, and no cover of course!

The Outpost @ 1014 Fulton St. Brooklyn NY 11238
9pm – Forever.

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Skittles strikes again!

It’s time for another Skittles party! I’ll be playing all my favorite obscure dance tracks from the 80’s.

@The Outpost
1014 Fulton St. Brooklyn NY 11238

Our next party is May 1st

9pm- forever

Admission is FREE!

DJs Jeffo!, Lark and Dirty Knees

Video Projections Casey Spec



Electro-Magnetism: Episode 10 – Too Much Coffee/ Die Audacity Die

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Hello my beloved listeners where ever you may be. It’s been a minute here with the podcasts/mixes…Thanks for holding out! I have come through at last with a new little mix. It’s rather short, but I was running low on time so, well, there it is. I hope you enjoy it. I’ve had some awesome positive responses about the mixes and I really appreciate it! It makes me feel like someone is actually listening to them. And not only just listening to them, but enjoying them, hearing new things, old things, loved things. Thank you!

Listen to it here.

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Tracklist:

1. Perspects – The Accumulators
2. James Figurine – Stop
3. Opera – Emotion
4. I Start Counting – Still Smiling
5. Duet Emmo – Or So It Seems
6. The Future – Blank Clocks
7. Medio Mutante – Another Land
8. Chris & Cosey – Talk to Me
9. Duet Emmo – Friano
10. Linear Movement – The Linear Way

(Title explanation– I mentioned I was low on time.  And then Audacity decided to get all buggy on my ass and cost me another hour. Me wants to smashy smashy with annoyance!)