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Saw Sigur Ros last night at the Brixton Academy and it was absolutely magical. I’ve never seen (heard?) the place so quiet before. You could actually hear paper rustling, shoes shuffling, and people breathing in there. It was intense.

We were entertained by a full brass band and string ensemble.


Some glitterballs added sparkle.

And as always, crowd surfing was strictly prohibited.

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Internet Killed the Radio Star

Streaming radio stations seem to have really taken off over the past few years with the proliferation of broadband. Everything from Russian talk shows to German techno can be pulled up at the click of a button.

And some of it is really good. Here are the stations I listen to most often:

  • KCRW – This station is an awesome NPR outfit out of Santa Monica serving up great tunes across many diferent genres. Check out Nic Harcourt’s Sounds Eclectic, which includes lots of artist interviews and studio performances, and Jason Bentley’s Metropolis for the latest in dance music.
  • Radio Paradise – Another eclectic station run by Bill Goldsmith of Paradise, California. They tend to play a lot of indie stuff, but also throw in some truly original gems you probably won’t hear anywhere else. One of the best run pure-internet stations, it runs a sophisticated automation program — I don’t think I’ve ever heard programming repeat itself.
  • Planetsoul – A deep house channel featuring beautiful deep, soulful streaming mixes.
  • SomaFM – Ambient and downtempo grooves from San Francisco.
  • HouseFM – Live DJs playing lots of funky/deep house tunes.

New Funktasia Mix @ WaxDJ.com

Now usually, I’m into the funkier, happy, summery-type house, but believe it or not I don’t mind the occasional dabble into the techy and dirtier side of things.

With that in mind I decided to put together a mix with some of the better tunes in this genre I’ve collected recently.

Check out the mix “Tech & Breaks” here.

Tracklisting:

Goldfrapp – Twist (Dimitri Tikovoi Remix)
Prodigy – Spitfire (Future Funk Squad’s Dogfight Remix)
Sabrina Setlur – Ich Bin So (Wackside Remix)
Josh Wink – Higher State of Consciousness & Plump DJs – Scram (Zabiela Mash Up)
Daft Punk – Technologic (Vitalic Remix)
Switch – A Bit Patchy
KB – POS 51 (Hawk Dawson & Tom Neville Remix)
Soulwax – E Talking (Nite Mix)

erikfantasia.com – tastes great, less filling

So, I’ve made the shift (back) to blogger.com – 5 years after using it to originally power this site. Back then is was slow as molasses, had only a thimbleful of features, and the prospect of a future buyout by Google would have seemed completely unpredictable.

It’s nice to be back.

This site has always been an experiment of sorts – an early test site for posting camera phone pics on the go, an effort to make a “web consciousness” (somewhat inspired by Coupland’s Microserfs), and an idea I’m now too embarassed to even discuss, “the internet stupid stick.”

So, needless to say, this little corner of the web has always been well off the beaten path. Though, there was a while when I received a ridiculous amount of traffic from Google after having mispelt “irritable bowel syndrome.” Funny how the web works, sometimes.

Now then, the new mission for this site is simple. A little place to post the occasional thought, link, or hair-brained idea. Less experimental, more mental. Welcome!


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