Saturday, December 25, 2010

Year end 10

Seeing Light Asylum play while they were here in portland was definitely in my top things to do in 2010. Below is a modest list of just a few songs out of many that touched me over the year. I just want to give thanks and praise to the artists who give so much beauty to the world. You make the soundtrack to my life. Thank you!

In no particular order, Honey's list:

Neurotic Drum Band 'Robotic Hypnotic Adventure' (Harkin and Raney Mix)
Erykah Badu 'Window Seat' MP3
Light Asylum 'A Certain Person' MP3
White Rainbow 'Night Tracer' Bandcamp
Realness 'Shade (dub)' Youtube
The Slaves 'Seventeen' iTunes
Alexis 'Lonely Sea' MP3
Wav Dawgs 'Oh Hi' MP3
Marcos Cabral 'Lonely' Mix (originally by Lil' Louis) MP3
DJ Frank 'Afro Disco Aug 2010 Mix' get down
In alphabetical order, Rafael's list:
(Songs I have played out a lot or really enjoyed this year)

Alexis - Lonely Sea MP3
Brian Ferry - Shameless (Still Going Remix) Beat Noire Soundcloud
Andrew Butler & Jason Kendig - And I'm (So In Love With You) Mr.Intl MP3
COS/MES - Gozmez Land (TBD Remix) ESP Institute Youtube
Dj Kaos - Horny Morning Loop (TVS & Aera's Monday Morning Acid Dub) Jolly Jams Youtube
Neurotic Drum Band - Robotic Hypnotic Adventure (Runaway Remix) Wurst MP3
Nicholas - Feels Like No More Hits Soundcloud
Shit Robot - I Got a Feeling (feat. Saheer Umar) Dfa MP3
Storm Queen - Look Right Through Environ Youtube RAR
Virgo - In A Vision (reissue) Rush Hour MP3

Scott Goodwin - "A Year of Ecstasy Top Whatevs"

Gaspar Noe's Enter the Void - Opening Credits Youtube
Golden Retriever - 2 MP3
Keith Fullerton Whitman - Generator Soundcloud
Yellow Swans - Going Places Soundcloud
Oregon Painting Society - Hexenhaus Link
Nitzer Ebb - Murderous Youtube
Seth Nehil - Knives Soundcloud
Experimental 1/2 Hour Vimeo

Monday, December 20, 2010

sean mccann 'everafter'

everafter from sean mccann on Vimeo.

sean mccann is a bay area musician who recently moved to los angeles.
probably listened to his stuff more than any non-kranky ambient artist this year.

if you like that vid, check out his releases on his label or else where.

the rain here this week is making me all nostalgic for pdx winter.

Friday, December 17, 2010


Fashion & music tonight in Portland FREE!

Monday, December 13, 2010



Trippy lofi jacking track from mysterious San Francisco figure Xosar.

Oooh check out this nu SF dance party show too.

Miracles Club is gonna be in SF playing the O.K. Hole-iday Party @Amnesia on the 18th with our friends Jonas Reinhardt.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

TONIGHT: Rick "The Godson" Wilhite in PDX!

Last minute post here...Detroit house legend Rick Wilhite (member of 3 Chairs w/Moodymann and Theo Parrish) at Someday Lounge...goes til 4am!! Don't miss this!!!

more info here:

Friday, December 10, 2010


The Miracles Club "A New Love (12" Mix)" by E C S T A S Y

okay so will the REAL 'a new love' please stand up! earlier this year, we gave out a demo of this song but then when our computer was stolen out of our car on tour, we lost the files and couldn't finish the actual recording.. so we ended up recording two new versions as part of a 12" EP for mexican summer. this is the 12" mix and the other version is 'summer of love' our homage to the tom tom club and early acid house :)



Monday, December 6, 2010

Astral Social Club

I remember hearing reports about the Neil Campbell's (who was also a member of trippy-free-music UK group Vibracathedral Orchestra) Astral Social Club CDRs by friends who were performing psychedelic noise-improv over in Britain in the mid-00's but didn't get my hands on any ASC stuff until a friend passed along a high-bitrate archive of ASC CDRs a few years back. If you remember the very crowded "psych/drone" field of play at the time, then you probably know that Campbell was doing some serious genre mashing. ASC tends to swing from Chain Reaction-style resonance-flared dub to Harmonia/Cluster territory to heavy guitar grunge-dirge in a single release. What really appeals to me though, is the mono-mania of how ASC tracks are structured on the Volume 1-7 (really) CDRs. Upon hitting "play", you're immediately thrown into an all-enveloping sound as maximum timbre cycles in and out, gradually, while always maintaining a pastural focus on the main "riff". If you could set-up some sick studio monitors in your car and hit the Autobahn (or maybe just 280-S from SF, CA or the 5 south of Salem, OR) this would be just about the best music ever.

Check out "Track 1" from the Volume 1 CDR for the more hypno-Italo edge of the ASC spectrum. For five picks from the Basic Channel/Chain Reaction-end of the ASC milieu, peep the download.

(P.S. Neil, if you're listening shoot us a link where folks can buy your music direct!)

Friday, December 3, 2010

The New New Dance Show

This Track is taken off the new a new love record available @Mexican Summer Stay tuned for more new new dance shows with special guests! Coming soon!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Think Globally, Jack Locally

New tracks from a new addition to the Pacific Housing Authority crew, WAV DWGS. If you're in SF check out their show next week. Ecstasy is proud to share one of their new tracks in mp3 format with you:

PLUS, check out a deep track from this year's PHA comp from Body Body (one part C.L.A.W.S., who btw is remixing an upcoming Finesse track).

Word on the street is another PHA comp is in the making too...

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Right Here

Check out Right Here by Adam N Jay!
Look out for a proper release in the near future with remix from local house heads Emotion 2 Emotion.
RIGHT HERE feat. JGreen (ORIGINAL digital 12" mix) by producedbyadam

Sunday, October 17, 2010

BeMusic Part One: Quango Quango - "Love Tempo (Dub Mix)"

Brilliant proto-house produced by Bernard Sumner (under the BeMusic alias, which various New Order members used for outside productions) in 1983, featuring Simon Topping from A Certain Ratio and The Hacienda's Mike Pickering. The a-side is classic (albeit overplayed) but this more minimal/dubby flipside sounds even more crisp today, striping off the new wave vocalizations in favor of vibrant conga and 808 interplay and a borderline absurd number of build ups and breakdowns. Big one at the Paradise Garage...Chicago dudes like Vince Lawrence jammed it as well. Enjoy!


More BeMusic jams to come this week...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

leech 'baby, understand'

this sputterboogie/echodisco cut got a lil burnt on reentry,
it shouldn't get your other digital white labels too dirty tho.

Friday, October 8, 2010

TONIGHT: Ron Trent in PDX!

Tonight in Portland! Chicago Techno/House legend Ron Trent live at the Someday Lounge, DJing til 4am! Do not miss this!

Full info here:


This is the stuff I grew up on.
Still sounds so good today.

Time Will Tell (The Deeper Then deep Mix)
Remix by Frankie Knuckles
Drums by David Morales

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Module Track 01

While getting into my autumnal nesting vibrations, i ran across this old scratched up cdr from 2002 that my friend David Farrell gave me. He made it using only(and strictly) modules. Things that i have no idea what they are actually because they probably involve linux or sysex dumping or funky things that personally terrify me(Unicorns and unstable platforms are just not synonymous in my fluffy kitten world) anyhow, i saw him play at this after hours club and it was amazing.. tranced out acid, altered realms type stuff.


Monday, September 20, 2010

Arthur Russell white-label


Seldom-heard b-side to the white-label-only 12” of Russell’s single greatest piece of music, “In the Light of the Miracle”. While the a-side was reissued on Soul Jazz’s comp of Russell material, this mysterious house-infused flipside remains tragically unreleased. Features the whole Singing Tractors crew (Elodie Lauten, Mustafa Ahmed, and Peter Zummo) as well as Allen Ginsberg (!) and a rare appearance by Julius Eastman.


BONUS: Yet another unreleased version of "In the Light of the Miracle", a fragile solo voice/cello/delay live recording complete with an entirely different opening stanza:


(Extracted from this radio podcast.)

Friday, September 17, 2010

A rare opportunity to peer into the deep with DJ COLDYRON aka Jed B from Operative, Eternal Tapestry, Flaengegod, etc. Expect him to cue up some Belgian New Beat, EBM, minimal synth, inverted house, coldness, inverted trance, and straight-up malaise.

Saturday 9/18 8PM:
ASSS, Warm Hands, Bestial Mouths (LA)

@ Gallery Salome with DJ COLDYRON
NW 6th between Everett and Flanders // Portland, OR

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tonight at TBA's The Works..

Oregon Painting Society

Woolly Mammoth Comes to Dinner will be performing their piece 'SHE IS OURSELVES' a 30 person dance performance with music by Adam Forkner (White Rainbow) and The Slaves (Barbara Kinzle and Birch Cooper of Oregon Painting Society).

Nicholas Bindeman (Tunnels) will doing something with a pile of televisions and a dancer.

The Miracles Club will be performing a special set that ranges from "phasing" piano house to traditional chicago acid with human jack in the boxes! choreographed by Ryan Boyle. Accompanying us tonight will be friends Scott Goodwin (Operative) sequencing, Mark Burden (Dangerous Boys Club) on piano, Avalon K (Finesse) on percussion, and Jonathan Sielaff (Golden Retriever) on bass clarinet.

Everyone has been working hard on making each performance special for tonight so don't miss this special occasion.

THE WORKS at Washington High School
531 SE 14th Ave.
Portland OR 97214
$8 Members
$10 General
All Ages

Sweet High by The Slaves from their record Ocean on Ocean

Light Asylum at The Works' Art Party

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Clinton Street Records


Went to Jared's (aka dj MAXX BASS) new record store the other day. WOW! amazing selection of vinyl (strictly) and audio equipment. It's not technically open yet but you should probably stroll on by and dip your paw into the sweet stuff now cuz ooh weee it's nice.
what did we get? weeelllll just some azari and iii remixes, keri chandler, levon vincent and snuff crew's snuff trax. I should've known something was up when rafael handed me september's bill money before we walked into the store.

Come hang out all day for the GRAND OPENING PARTY october 1, 2010 1pm. Dj's, bands, cookies etc

until then, enjoy this track from Elec Pt. 1
jakk u up

Monday, September 6, 2010

leech 'openness'

43 minute mix of mostly contemporary slo vocal house
to gently wake the blahg from it's nap.

12345 -henry jacobs

i did it just the same -eurythmics

whobadu -cottam

dig deep -nicholas

chicago -jozif

ludium -elektro guzzi

you got that look in your eyes -mike simonetti

over you -moodyman

took my love -hunee

getting down in my car -the zohar

u talkin but u ain't walkin -lump

nobody else -mark e

tattoo's island -juju & jordash

tomorrow night -session victim

shade [dub] -the realness

make me free -marcello napoletano

nervous disid -the mole

sounds like thunder -bernice reagon

Sunday, August 15, 2010


Pacific Housing Authority is a group of men and women who focus
on the performance of live, hardware-based house music.
I had the opportunity to see them play at a warehouse party
in Portland last night/this morning and they were amazing.
We will be joining them for a few of their parties this week in The Bay.
There is also a compilation that you can purchase on CD or stream here




Check it out.

Tuesday, August 17th: Cinespace Hollywood, CA: The Miracles Club with The Swiss
Wednesday, August 18th: 222 Hyde San Francisco, CA: The Miracles Club
Thursday, August 19th: Li Po Lounge San Francisco, CA: C.L.A.W.S., The Miracles Club (dj), Finesse, Global Warning, Prints
Friday, August 20th: THE ZOO 751 3rd St. Oakland, CA: C.L.A.W.S., Finesse, Global Warning, Joey Casio, Prints, the Miracles Club
Saturday, August 21st: Show Cave Los Angeles, CA: C.L.A.W.S., Finesse, Global Warning, Cumberbun, Bobby Browser

More info here.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Night Tra(n)cer

oh no he did(n't)! granular dan(cough) just remixed white rainbow's night tracer just like that. sweeeeeet.

download night tra(n)cer

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Night Tracer


been love love loving this deep trippers treat from adam forkner aka white rainbow. occasionally play the ocean if you need to come up for air.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

new feelings

mc vocal take
Sir Harry Of Oak

finesse drm trx
we've been finishing up our next ep and recording avalon k's new project 'finesse' omg it's so dope! majorly jeals and excited at the same time. thank you jah for the 303 love in the mail.

Thursday, July 22, 2010



'downtown' by miracles club

'elevate' by finesse

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


A six Channel, six speaker, sound performance (obviously mixed down to stereo for mp3) drum machine orchestra by David Chandler (Aka Solenoid) performed at Holocene as part of the "Sixes" event June 24, 2010.
MP3 here

Sean Byrne (Bugskull) - Roland R8 - one channel
Eric Mast (E*Rock) - Machinedrum - one channel
Rafael Fauria (Miracles Club) - Roland TR909 - one channel for bass drum and a 2nd channel for everything else
Carlo Pearson (Senor Frio) - Monomachine - one channel
Jesse Johnson (Gulls) - Roland TR606 - one channel
Paul Dickow (Strategy)- Roland TR727 (the 'latin' drum machine) - one channel


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Golden Retriever + Granular Dan

Just was sent this remix of Golden Retriever's epic second CD-R release (somebody do some vinyl for this band already) by Portland's Granular Dan, whom I met recently in a Gravity's Rainbow reading group recently. Somehow Dan's taken GR's harmonic syrup and layered it back upon itself atop some 4/4 UR-style drumz, I think I even hear additional delay.

Buy Golden Retriever "2" at Matt Carlson's blog!

Monday, July 5, 2010

ON-U love

like if the happy mondays and crass made a song.

and party

kitchen house party

if i didn't have a zillion things to do the next morning, i would have totally done the line of ketamine that was offered to me as i walked into friday night's relaxed, mini-rave in someone's kitchen. ian, avalon, a 909, an evolver, a pro one, a fog machine, free drugs, crucial sweatpants.. life here is beautiful what can i say?

first half is ian hixx, second half avalon k.


Monday, June 28, 2010

Thanks to Abe Ray and Paul Dickow for recording the Atole, Operative, Astrology show on 6/12! Here's a little taste of what Operative's been working on lately, a track called "Homeworld". Hat tip to ST:TNG!

Operative - Homeworld (Live @ /):

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Leech live at Superfresh last night

great set last night b! i got to dance with some cute ravers for a second too. rad!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


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Lots of good shows this week!
We Like Cats is playing their first show/record release party TONIGHT!
at holocene with Rob Walmart and Selector Dub Narcotic!
I will be playing in a 6 channel drum machine circle on Thursday with Solenoid and Strategy also at Holocene.
On Friday Brian Foote will be be doing his first live performance as Leech with Nice Nice at Rotture and Saturday night is Cosmos with all of my favorite local DJs.
more info here and here

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

leech '#6'

another ecstasy blog exxcclluussivve. get set!

Friday, June 18, 2010

leech 'i can't kick this feeling when it hits'

here's a cover i did of one of my favorite moodymann songs. got the idea for it when i came across a reggae cover of 'i want your love' by chic [which is what moody's song is built from] and used it as the basis for this version.

here's the original in case you are unfamiliar. love how it hovers.

Sunday, June 13, 2010


Three remixes by one of my favorite bands of all time from their cool, baggy, Joe Bloggs, acid, bleach tips, MDMA, MIDI period.

1. Manchester group 808 State's acid remix of Blue Monday.
Blue Monday (So Hot Mix)

2. Chicago house mix of Fine Time by Steve "Silk" Hurley.
Fine Time (Silk Mix)

3. Detroit techno mix of Round & Round by Kevin Saunderson.
Round & Round (Detroit Mix)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Paging Dr. Marble

Matt Marble is not actually a doctor, but he is a candidate for the Phd in Music Composition at Princeton University who resides in New Jersey and Oregon. He also is a "sound-worker", an artist, and an enthusiastic dancer. Matt also curates the excellent Faces of Sound blog and produces experimental and popular musics. You know, musicing, trancing, languaging, the us'. He's currently working on his doctoral thesis on the music of Arthur Russell.

I asked Matt to give me some recommendations for books on sound several years ago, but never followed up. Instead of bugging him all over again, I asked him to write a little something for e-Blog.

Top 5 Books on Sound

Notations 21 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
by Thersa Sauer

Since John Cage's Notations came out in 1969, there has been surprisingly little documentation of graphic scores. Theresa Sauer's book offers a glimpse into the contemporary marriage of eyes and ears. She features the classics (Yuji Takahashi, Earle Brown, David Rosenboom, and Karlheinz Stochhausen) through to contemporary sound artists (Steve Roden, Steven Vitiello, Marina Rosenfeld, and Slavek Kwi). The design shines on the visual and it is well done. If only there were an audio CD accompanying! But Thersa continues to champion this work, via her blog, which serves as a forum for disseminating and inspiring ongoing audio-visual goodies.

Related: Agape (Alex Waterman); The Sound of Painting: Music in Modern Art (Karin Von Maur); Sound and the Visual Arts (Jean-Yves Bosseur); Scratch Music (Cornelius Cardew); Scores: An Anthology of New Music (Roger Johnson); Tools of Mind (Matt Marble)

Listening: An Introduction to the Perception of Auditory Events - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
by Stephen Handel

If you're interested in the science of sound (acoustics), of how we experience sound (psycho-acoustics and physiological anatomy), or the underpinnings of Western European music, then Stephen Handel's book is the most current (1989) comprehensive general-reader-friendly book out there. A great reference book if you're likely to reference such things.

Related: Microsound (Curtis Roads); Acoustic Communication (Barry Truax); Ecological Psychoacoustics (Marie-Reiss Jones); Auditory Imagery (Daniel Reisberg)

Water Sound Images: The Creative Music of the Universe - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
by Alexander Lauterwasser

We think of sound as invisible. But following in the footsteps of Ernst Chladni and Hans Jenny (inventor of the visually compelling Cymatics), Alexander Lauterwasser asks us to see how these vibrations give rise to incredibly beautiful and naturally pervasive forms. His studies vibrated water with Tibetan Monk chanting, Bach, Stockhausen, gongs, and other musical curios. He goes on to make connections between such forms and the developmental forms of plants, jellyfish, shells, clouds, and animal patterns. The book is simply beautiful. It works more as poetry and mytho-dream web than as any credible science, though it has a foot in that world. But artistically it offers an alternative way of listening to, looking at, and playing with sound.

Related: Cymatics (Jans Jenny); Harmonography: A Visual Guide to the Mathematics of Music (Anthony Ashton); The Book of Music and Nature (David Rothenberg); Rhythmanalysis (Henri Lefebvre)

Origins of Music - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Edited by Nils Wallin et al.

You might be interested in this book if you're curious about... animal communication, animal music, the relationship between language and music, the evolutionary function of music. A broad anthology, featuring anthropologists, musicologists, biologists, archeologists, psychologists, neuroscientists, linguists, and composer François Bernard-Mâche. "What is music for, and why does every human culture have it? What are the universal features of music and musical behavior across cultures?"

Related: Healing Sounds of the Malaysian Rainforest (Marina Roseman); Sound and Sentiment (Steve Feld); Hearing Cultures (Veit Erlmann); Auditory Culture Reader (Michael Bull)

Deep Listeners: Music, Emotion, and Trancing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
by Judith Becker

Borrowing Pauline Oliveros' notion of Deep Listening, Ethnomusicologist Judith Becker offers one of the most intriguing plunges into global trance musics. With a gentle empericism Becker globally connects the dots between sounds, actions, emotions, and our heightened psycho-physical experiences of music. She draws much from Empirical philosophy (William James), post-structuralist French sociology (Pierre Bordieur), and contemporary cognitive science, but in a language that leaves the door open and stays compelling. The accompanying c.d. is just awesome, featuring: Sri Lankan ritual music, the Italian Tarantelle, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's trance practice, the Hindi Gazal, Balinese witch ritual music, Sacred Harp singing, Pentecostal gospel music, and South Sulawesi ceremonial music.

Related: Music and Trance: A Theory of the Relations Between Music and Possession (Gilbert Rouget); Rhythm, Music, and the Brain (Michael Thaut); Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear (Steve Goodman); Unlocking the Groove (Mark Butler); African Rhythm (Kofi Agawu)

Thursday, June 3, 2010


A couple of my favorite songs of late.

Amazing acid rework of nowave guy James Chance's Incorrigible by Liv Spencer (House of House and Still Going) and DJ Spun.
Incorrigible (Liv Spencer And DJ Spun Mix) RONG

We Like cats hit dub
Meow Hear Me Roar MARRIAGE

My Cousin Roy gave me this record for my birthday and it's incredible.
Neurotic Drum Band
Robotic Hypnotic Adventure (Runaway Remix) WURST
Thanks Roy!

Last but not least Omar S doing classic acid.

Make yourself happy and buy all these records.

Sunday, May 30, 2010


21+ Free.