More on Detroit …

All this Detroit talk is seriously bumming me out since I won’t be making it out there this year, but it’s interesting stuff! Check this documentary …

Stay tuned for parts 2 & 3.

Know Your History!

… the creation of techno (while we’re at it).

The History of the DEMF

Resident Advisor did a great piece on the history of the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. A year-by-year explanation of the ups, downs, twists & turns they went through to make this festival what it is today. Check it out here!

Strictly Re-declares Independence

VIA Resident Advisor

After a decade defined by legal battles and joint ventures, classic New York house label Strictly Rhythm are set to resume business as an independent label.

Originally founded in 1989 by Mark Finkelstein and Gladys Pizarro, Strictly Rhythm played a major role in defining the sound of house music throughout the ’90s. The label’s roster was both musically adventurous and commercially viable, with artists like Josh Wink and Satoshi Tomiie bumping elbows with the likes of Armin van Helden and Erick Morillo. In the early years of its existence, Strictly put out essential house records by DJ Pierre, Todd Terry and Kenny Dope, as well as gigantic commercial hits like Underground Solution’s Luv Dancin’ and Reel 2 Real’s I Like To Move It.

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718 Sessions Sun 6/6 w/ Danny Krivit + ME

I’m super excited to announce that I have been asked by my favorite DJ, and house LEGEND, Danny Krivit to be his guest at his famed 718 Sessions at Santos Party House in New York City. I’ll be playing all night (6pm-1am) in the lower level & it’s only $5 for the first 100 people before 7. You can RSVP to my Facebook event here. This is a HUGE honor for me, and I hope you can all share this special night with me!

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Our Show w/ Dave 1

Great new web series called Our Show live from Santos Party House. This episode featured Dave1 from Chromeo.Check it …

Craze Gets Busy w/ Traktor

All this hoopla’s giving me the itch to switch … we’ll seeeee

Happy Birthday Stevie!

Get Down with the Philly Sound Film

A film about the creators of Disco and the Philly Sound. Featuring the Founder of Sigma Sound Studios, Joe Tarsia. As well as the legendary Earl Young of the infamous Baker, Harris, Young Rhythm Section. Additional footage of Vincent Montana and Bobbi Eli, Jimmy Williams and Tom Moulton. Hear the real story about the music that changed Dance and Club Culture. A BBE Music Production © 2010

Dimitri from Paris presents “Get Down With The Philly Sound” from BBE Music on Vimeo.

Obey Pop-Up @ Reed Anex!

ReedSpace is hosting Shepard Fairey & Obey’s pop up retail store in NYC! It runs from Friday April 30 til May 16 …

VIA StapleDesign.com
“We are proud to host Shepard Fairey’s & Obey’s pup up retail store! Shepard Fairey and Deitch Projects are in midst of an upcoming exhibition which will also include a Shepard Fairey rendition on the famed Houston Street mural in Soho. In conjunction with this, Fairey’s clothing label OBEY will launch a special Pop-up Shop revolving around the “May Day” Art Show. The space which will be held at the Reed Space Annex, will include some exclusive showcases of some of Fairey’s items over the years as well as art and imagery from the celebrated artist. The Deitch exhibition will open on May 1st, 2010 while the Annex Pop-Up shop begins a day earlier on Friday, April 30th till May 16th, 2010.”

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Studio Time with Chromeo

VIA Fader

“They hadn’t even recorded all the vocals yet, but Chromeo cronies Dave and P let us come through the Brooklyn studio where they were working on their forthcoming album, Business Casual. We nerded out over soundproofing, keyboards, the Source rhyme of the month and most importantly, the fact that they have been recording their albums on the same junky toy computer/Cakewalk Pro Audio set-up since like, 1946. Watch the video to see where it all happened, plus get an exclusive first listen at a sample of the magic that is their new work, which we heard some of and is going to be ON OUR iPOD DOCKS ON THE DECK OF A BOAT ALL SUMMER LONG.”

Get Down with the Philly Sound

Dimitri From Paris: One of my all-time favorites is coming out with a new compilation this month, “Get down with the Philly Sound” on BBE. “This compilation focuses on Dimitri’s essential disco era tracks – made in Philadelphia, that feature the core of the rhythm section that created and defined the sound of the genre. For this compilation Dimitri has exclusively reworked 5 tracks from the original multitrack tapes of Gamble and Huff with a further 4 being edited from the original 2 track stereo masters. This tribute to the creators of disco is presented on a limited edition 10,000 copies double cd. Multiple deluxe vinyl exclusively featuring Dimitris remixes and edits. ”

I can’t wait! Got my pre-order in already … Download his new promo mix here: http://paulyraffaele.com/content/042410_dfp_phillysound.mp3

How do you re-invent an album launch?

New Google Chrome Ad

Created by agency BBH & playing Fats Waller’s “(Do You Intend to Put an End To) A Sweet Beginning?”

Happy Birthday Luther!