By Deborah Sontag – NY Times

    AS the peacock-blue Cadillac with the gold trim and fur lining spun on a giant turntable in the Stax Museum of American Soul Music here, Al Bell, the final owner of the late, great record label, chuckled. Decades before 50 Cent with his customized Rolls-Royce and Akon with his tricked-out Lamborghini, there was Isaac Hayeswith this pimped-out ride, an over-the-top gift from Stax to its over-the-top star, who wore slave chains like emancipatory bling across his bare, buff chest. [Read More]



    By Jon Pareles – NY Times

    Les Paul, the virtuoso guitarist and inventor whose solid-body electric guitar and recording studio innovations changed the course of 20th-century popular music, died Thursday in White Plains, N.Y. . He was 94.

    The cause was complications of pneumonia, the Gibson Guitar Corporation and his family announced. [Read More]

  • SoundNoir @ Loft Space


    Start Time:
    Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 9:00pm
    End Time:
    Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 8:00am
    Industrial loft space
    TBA via email (register at http://soundnoir.net/ for reduced price and loca
    Brooklyn, NY
    Dave Aju (Circus Company | San Francisco)
    Kris Wadsworth (Morris/Audio, NRK, Poker Flat | Detroit)
    Mossa (Complot, Thema, Mo’s Ferry | Montreal)
    Anton Esteban (No Ordinary Monkey | New York)
    Lenny de la Posso (Thema, Sound Noir)
    Helping Hands (Sound Noir)

    2 of the most unique US producers/DJs out there will be playing with us day and night.

    For the past few years Dave Aju from San Francisco has been walking the line between weird and wonderful by the way of jazzy with his productions – which has rightfully landed him on the mischievous Parisian label Circus Company and led to the very famous Luciano remix of “Crazy Place” – a single taken from Aju’s conceptual album pieced together entirely of vocal samples. Take that acapella-haters! Fear not though his set will include much more than vocalizing:)http://www.myspace.com/daveaju

    Kris Wadsworth on his part churns out some of the most distinct and powerful tracks coming from Detroit these days. At just 24 years of age he has mastered his native town’s gritty sound and infused it with a dose of subdued beauty that made them so popular with just about every deep DJ and quality labels like Swiss Morris/Audio, French Adults Only and German Poker Flat. Unlike many of the newly converted pseudo-D producers Kris forgoes all the dross and instead concentrates on extra-tough beats supplemented by melodic depth charges to make for tracks that seem to hit you in the sub-conscious. I could go on and on as Kris really made some of my favorite tracks of this and last years but let the music do the talking, hit the link.http://www.myspace.com/thedepthsof

    Montreal resident Mossa, will be showing us his take on sonic funk this evening as well. Both his classical/jazz music training and his early obsession with hard-core is showing in his daring electronic compositions that have been released on such influential labels as Cynosure, Mo’s Ferry and Circus Company. First and foremost a DJ, his sets are bursting with energy and sounds that are anything but predictable. http://mossamusic.free.fr/

    Our own NYC-town will be represented by Anton Esteban – resident DJ of the 5-year-strong disco/leftfield party No Ordinary Monkey. After experiencing their amazing dance-out last Sunday in WBurg’s Grand Ferry Park we are looking forward to hearing more of that magical psychodelic goodness from Anton’s crate. You’d better be prepared to traverse the outer space!http://www.noordinarymonkey.com/

    Residents Lenny de la Posso of Thema ( http://www.neoday.net ) and Helping Hands will be present in high spirits to further define the Sound of Noir. 

    $10 on the list; $20 at the door
    For reduced RSVP and more info go to http://soundnoir.net/

    We would like to see you there, dancing;)

  • SESSION 288: ZAKKA 08.10.09

    Mixed by DJ Monchan

    01.Johnny Clarke – Come Back To Me
    02.Young Generation – Bongo Pat
    03.Bob Marley And The Wailers – Rebel Music (3 O’clock Roadblock)
    04.The Tamlins – Skin Tight
    05.The Ethiopians – Life Is A Funny Things
    06.Observer Band – Run Bald Head Dub
    07.Massive Attack&Mad Professor – Radiation Ruling The Nation
    08.Flying Lotus – Parisian Goldfish
    09.Frontera – Charity
    10.Truby Trio – A Go Go (Boozoo Bajou Remix)


    Photo by C. Bay Milin

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    Monday: Zakka Show @ 8PM
    Tuesday: Nise Music @ 6PM
    Wednesday: A1 Afterhours @ 9PM
    Thursday: Mo Music Mo Life@8PM
    Thursday: Bless Up @ 6PM!
    Friday: Halcyon Presents Nu Pschidt @ 7PM

    New in the Radio Archive
    A-1 AfterHours 08.05.09 Hr.1: Daniel Auster
    A-1 AfterHours 08.05.09 Hr.2: Theo Cote
    Halcyon Presents Nu Pschidt 07.31.09:  Taimur+Fahad 
    Halcyon Presents Nu Pschidt 07.31.09:  Henry Maldonado 
    Zakka 08.03.09: DJ Monchan



    By Roberta Smith – NY Times

    With their first public artwork in Manhattan, which went up at the northwest corner of Houston Street and the Bowery on July 17, the Brazilian brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, who call themselves Os Gêmeos, bring graffiti art to its Rococo phase. Which is to say that their fantastic, epic mural, on a concrete wall about 17 feet high and about 51 feet long, is light and frothy, a dream of happiness with an underlying chord of melancholy. And everything in it is exquisitely fine-tuned and detailed, a dazzlement of effortless technique that sustains long bouts of close looking. It will remain up until March. [Read More]

  • SESSION 287: A1 AFTRHRS 08.05.09 HR.2

    Mixed by Daniel Auster

    01.T Kolai – Sought At Tabla
    02.Schmoov – Playground
    03.Moody Manc – Coleman
    04.Sandy Of KOT & Jose Of Soul Creation – The Path Tribute
    05.DJ Cutz – Jaques Da Booty
    06.Cover Ups Vol.1
    07.Rick Wade – Fade Away
    08.Ian Pooley – Higgledy Piggledy
    09.DJ Gilb’r Guitare rico – Venus
    10. Aran Braxe & Fred Falke – Running

  • SESSION 287: A1 AFTRHRS 08.05.09 HR.1

    Mixed by  Theo Cote

    01.The Sunburst Band – Garden Of Love
    02.The Bucketheads – I Wanna Know
    03.C’mon Get Up!
    05.Key Notes – I-94
    06.Master At Work – Odyssey
    07.Basement Jaxx – Fly Life Extra
    08.I:Cube – Disco Cubizm (Daft Punk Mix)
    09.DJ.Q – We Are One
    10.DJ.Q – Delicious

  • SESSION 286: HALCYON 07.31.09

    Mixed by Taimur+Fahad (Blkmarket Membership – NY) 

    1. Andomatt 3000 – Discofl – unreleased
    2. Minilogue – Almost live but definetly plugged (Move D mix) – Mule
    3. Baaz – Clouds 2 – unknown
    4. Oliver Deutschmann – For those about to dub tool – Konsequenz
    5. Jacksonville – Trix – Doppler 
    6. Shaun Reeves – Patience – Wolf+Lamb (forthcoming)
    7. 2 Lone Swordsmen – Glyde by shooting – Emissions Audio Output
    w/ Accapella Little Mike & Wyatt Earp – Android – Hochokai Records
    8. Patrick Specke – Bictchual linestepper – Desolat
    9. Make some break some – RRR – Plank
    10. Sascha Dive – Jay Clayton – Deep Vibes

  • SESSION 285: HALCYON 07.24.09

    Mixed by: Henry Maldonado (Speak Recordings / Play it Loud! – NY)

  • ExCaminos @ SouthPaw

    Fri. 9/11

    8 pm doors/9 pm show

    Southpaw is located at 125 Fifth Ave. in Park Slope, Brooklyn. It’s close to several subway stations and is about a $12 cab ride from Lower Manhattan.

  • Freedom @ LPR


  • DJ Spinna @ SPH


  • SESSION 284: ZAKKA 08.03.09

    Mixed by DJ Monchan

    01.A Mountain Of One – Bonnie & Clyde
    02.Orlando Julius – Disco Hi Life
    04.Kokolo Meets Malema – Nueya York
    05.Get On The Floor
    06.Depeche Mode – Wrong (Frankie’s Bromantic Club Mix)
    07.Alton Miller – Clouds Are Gone
    08.Larry Heard – Feathers Floating
    09.Fist Of Facts – Fugitive Vesco
    10.Filipsson & Lindblad – Daniel Wang Is My Neighbor


    Photo by Joe’s NYC

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    Wednesday: A1 Afterhours @ 9PM
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    Thursday: Bless Up @ 6PM!
    Friday: Halcyon Presents Nu Pschidt @ 7PM

    New in the Radio Archive
    Nu Pschidt 07.14.09: Jeff Brown & Doc Link
    Bless Up 07.23.09: Subatomic Sound System & Lion Dub
    Zakka 07.27.09: Radioo
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  • Nicky Siano @ WTB




    By Josh Chamberlain Village Voice

    In 2001, longtime hardcore reggae fan Hidetsugo Haji faced a dilemma. He wanted to be a part of the “real thing,” but he lived in Japan, which lacked some basic pieces: a ghetto, for example, and the everyday struggles that come with such blatant economic disparity, not to mention the extraordinary opportunity to look such inequality in the face and overcome it. But thanks to dancehall reggae’s vibrant cassette-tape circuit, buoyed by live dancehall sessions and soundclashes between famous sound systems like Stone Love, Bass Odyssey, and Killamanjaro, he knew where to go. [Read More]