Category Archives: Danse Partay

Feature: SiA’s Summer Mix Announcement

‘Tis the season for booze, bikinis and bashes!

No, it’s not the Democratic National Convention. It’s Summer!

We here at SiA want to help you make the best out of your summer.

So, we’re offering you two things:

1.) Advice: “Live Every Week Like It’s Shark Week”

2.) Every week we’ll be providing you with a 1 hour mix, built with summer in mind!

The mixes will be varied from dance, rock and “feel good hits of the summer,” plus mixes from guests like Rad Shades.

Next week, we’ll kick things off with an all remix playlist.

Check back next Friday for the inaugural mix!

-Chase

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Video: Dan Deacon & Ensemble live @ The Ft. Worth Modern Art Museum

One thing you can’t call Dan Deacon is boring. That much was made abundantly clear this weekend as he and his “big band” ensemble turned the Ft. Worth Modern’s sculpture garden into a bizarre makeshift playground studded with trippy green skulls, crystal cats and mass foot races. “If he had brought a giant parachute,” a friend of mine noted, “he would have perfectly replicated Kindergarten.”

As succesful as the live-band approach turned out, I’m pretty sure Dan will never be invited back to the Modern. At one point, he organized a crowd-swallowing bastardization of London Bridge which, he stressed, should stretch through the museum itself, past the bathrooms, through the exhibits nearest the sculpture garden, and back out through the other entrance. Needless to say, security put a stop to that. The game stretched out through the garden into what began to resemble Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, but was rightfully not allowed in the doors of the Modern itself. 

The set was airtight and, despite an understandably long set-up process, was executed masterfully. The drummers from highly percussive, noisy post-rockers Teeth Mountain (who, it should be said, were absolutely terrific) helped bring Bromst‘s organic assault full circle into was was a staggering explosion of rhythm and guttural energy.  

It goes without saying that seeing Dan Deacon live is a sort of draining experience: beyond the organized sprinting, “sassy-as-fuck” dance contests and massively executed childrens’ games, just being in the presence of such staggering walls of sound is enough to make anyone feel a bit spent afterward. 

Unfortunately my camera died just as the first band (Denton’s own Fight Bite) took the stage. Luckily for us, it’s 2009: 

“Woof Woof”

“Baltihorse” and “The Crystal Cat”

“Snookered”

“Silence Like the Wind”

Jezy

Earth, Wind & Fire – “Let’s Groove” (1981)

The following is proof that music video technology really didn’t need to progress any further than what was available in 1981.  Pop culture ephemera: this was the first song to air on BET’s “Video Soul”.

It’s Spring so let’s groove.

Chris

Review: Dan Deacon “Bromst”

Bromst

In 2007, Dan Deacon released his first proper studio LP, the oddly-named Spiderman of the Rings. Listening to that album is best envisioned like a trip to Toon Town. But in Deacon’s Toon Town, there is no maniacal Judge Doom. So, instead of fearing death by “The Dip,” all the toons just took copious amounts of ecstasy and held raves in Toon Square.

Sounds like fun.

It is.

So, Deacon took two years and a lot of studio time to record his follow-up, Bromst. A meticulously-crafted electronic odyssey that feels slightly more grown up. But only slightly.

Bromst begins with the slow-build up entitled “Build Voice.” Well played, sir! “Build Voice” sets the standard for the rest of the album: intricately layered cuts that continue to swell for the next 4-6 minutes. Every track is like a countdown to ignition, with a payoff that takes you to another world.

Deacon’s music evokes this child-like splendor. The album’s cover is dead on: a lone tent in the woods, filled with this warm glow for it’s inhabitants. Bromst sounds cute and blissful (“Of The Mountains,” “Woof Woof”) most of the time, but it can also be a deeply intricate brain-feast (“Slow With Horns/Run For Your Life,” “Get Older,” “Snookered.”)

Yeah, I’m gushing over this record, but it is well-deserved. Deacon built off the good foundation he laid with Spiderman of the Rings and made a fantastic record. His song-writing has matured, and he hits on every track. It’s infectious, good-natured and, overall, completely danceable. It’s a great contender for Record of the Year.

So pack your friends inside that happy little tent, and let Bromst take you on a fantastic voyage.

You bring the flashlights and Skittles. I’ll bring Benny the Cab for transportation.

-Chase

VEGA: Interview with ABC News Online

Since I’ve been in the business of promoting my friends’ bands lately, it seems appropriate to share with you a little gem from ABCnews.go.com. It’s an interview with my good friend Alan Palomo, who fronts the Austin-based “dreamwave” trio VEGA.

I’m not smart enough to figure out the embedding function on ABC’s video player, so you’ll just have to follow the link here.

Once again, I’m too close to the person behind the music to give you an unbiased review; but, as with Febrifuge’s excellent A Short Instance of Separation, you should really do yourself a favor and check out this big, sticky mess of badassity for yourself.

[VEGA’s Official MySpace Page]

Jezy

New Music: GS Boyz “Stanky Legg”

So this weekend my good friend Nick sent me a text that hipped me to the bounce track “Stanky Leg”.  It takes awhile for these things to reach the backwoods of Oklahoma.  However, I’m fairly sure I’ve been doin’ the Stanky Legg since back in ’06, so bitches pay up!  Catchy and dumb like hepatitis.  I’m crankin’ this out my Civic like a stanky wanksta.

Chris

New Groove: “Totally Jazzed” Mix

In elementary school Miles Compton and I shared a 6th grade reading class (word up to Mrs. Johnson?).  In our mid-twenties we share the blogosphere. 

Check out Weiz4thakidz, and while you’re there be sure to download Mr. Compton’s latest dance mix.  Don’t be square, be there!

Adam and the Ants “Don’t Be Square Be There”

Chris