All Posts,event,Old Music — Dan on June 19, 2008 at 9:47 pm

That’s right…we’re getting the “band” back together. Ye olde DJ duo, Crazy Rhythms, featuring Mike Simonetti of Troubleman Unlimited and Italians Do It Better and myself, of Acute Records, Dazzle Ships and this blog, is back for the first time in many years, to play a classic williamsburg loft party. Just like the good old days of 2003 or so. We go on after 2 crazy bands. Quick details:

DATE: Saturday june 21st

TIME: Doors 9pm- music, 10 really!

LOCATION: 210 kent ave @corner of Metropolitan

Another self-indulgent, excessively long promotional email here…


All Posts,event,Old Music — Dan on June 16, 2008 at 2:11 pm

Dazzle ships is back, after last months amazing Arthur Russell movie after-party. This time we’re doing a little CD release party for Memory Span by The Lines, which I’m sure you know all about, because you’ve been reading this blog. Jeremy and I will be joined by dj Ray Velasquez and we’ll be playing some post-punk funk, new wave dub, and all kinds of sounds from the era. The Lines stood on their own and were defiantly not part of any specific scene, but we’ll play some likeminded sounds, some influences and followers, some peers and bands they shared the bill with, and mostly, some more music by The Lines. For more information, see the flyer below and check out the event page on Facebook.

Start Time: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 9:00pm
End Time: Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 1:00am
Location: Heather’s Bar
Street: 506 East 13th St.
City/Town: New York, NY


event,Old Music — Dan on May 12, 2008 at 10:42 pm

I don’t remember how I learned about Arthur Russell or when I made the connection that the guy who did Is It All Over My Face? was the guy who did Go Bang! who was the guy who did that cello track on the Crepuscule comp who was that Arthur Russell who wrote World of Echo. I do know around the time the first Disco Not Disco comp came out, I was fully obsessed. Here was somebody who effortlessly sailed his boat through disparate oceans of sound, combining them at will, adding fair amounts of dub and art to his pop, great degrees of art and noise to his disco and cello to all of it. I hunted high and low for both 12″s of Dinosaur’s Kiss Me Again, and almost cried when Lee Douglas gave me a copy of Let’s Go Swimming for free. And even now after several years of digging in the tapes and crates, with a series of great archival releases on Audika records, there’s still wonderful music to discover. I’m excited to see Matt Wolf’s movie Wild Combination, and thrilled to be hosting the after-party at this rare Thursday edition of Dazzle Ships. We’re gonna hear some great music. Come on down thursday night, I want to see all my friends at once.

Where do I start? We arrived at the Kitchen for the first showing and found ourselves in the row directly behind most of the cast of the movie…Arthur’s partner Tom Lee, Steve Knutson from Audika, Ernie Brooks, Steve Hall, Bob Blank, Peter Zummo among others. In front of them sat my old Oberlin classmates Nick Hallett and Alex Waterman who are both involved in the Kitchen’s Arthur Russell performances this weekend, fellow Obie Peter Hess is performing as well, but I didn’t see him. The crowd was a who’s who of DJs, musicians, journalists, bloggers, downtown art types etc etc.

Anyway, the movie was absolutely fantastic. Just amazing. Beautiful, touching, really great. Lots of wonderful old footage, and a bit of newly shot footage excellently capturing and setting the mood. Director Matt Wolf picked a limited amount of people to interview, so you get in depth memories from people that knew Arthur best instead of the vague and irrellevant celebrity talking heads you get in so many documentaries. In addition to the names listed above, Arthur’s parents are interviewed, giving the film some of it’s funniest, and most touching moments, Will Socolov from Sleeping Bag and a few others appear.

The only real “outside” perspective is from David Toop, which is appropriate as it was an article he wrote in the 90s, perhaps for the Wire(?), that turned a lot of people onto Arthur’s music and for many years was the only resource available that I could find. Tim Lawrence, author of Love Saves the Day, mentions what I think was a later Toop article that was from the time of the first Audika and Soul Jazz reissues here, but I think there was an article he wrote more specifically about the World of Echo material and it’s relation to dub earlier on, I remember reading it around the time of the Disco Not Disco compilation.

The movie was followed initially by what was probably the longest round of applause I’ve heard this side of a Bruce Springsteen concert, then a great Q+A session, after which Jeremy, myself and friends shot over to Heather’s to start our first thursday Dazzle Ships. The bar was crowded already and just got moreso. At some point I was reaching for the most difficult Russell records I could find in the hopes of driving away the east village “little friday” drinkers and making more room for the after-party. Sure enough as the night progressed and the second screening finished, more and more people from the film, both filmmakers and filmgoers began to show up. Jeremy came up to me while I was DJing to tell me he just got beers for Peter Gordon and Ned Sublette. Tom Lee joined us a moment after and I reminded him that we had met 5+ years before, the last time I did an all Arthur Russell night, which he remembered. That felt appropriate, some kind of cyclical feeling, the wheel of life and all that. So come join us again in 2013 for another all Arthur Russell DJ night!

The question this post was started with was answered last night by Ryan Chowdhury. We were reminiscing over first hearing various bits of Arthur’s music…talking about the release of the Strut compiltion Disco Not Disco, which I bought right away and brought to Plant Bar and played Kiss Me Again (edit) by Dinosaur probably 3 times, having never heard that particular song before despite already loving Arthur’s better known disco songs as well as the World of Echo and Another Thought albums. He mentioned remembering somehow the July 4th at the house on Ryerson in Brooklyn where I first met Mark Morgan of the band Sightings. His friend Brian, from Mouthus, was subletting a room from one of the girls I went to school with. This was the house where Oneida would play acoustic sets…the Oberlin mafia in full effect. Mark and I discussed our shared love of DIY post-punk type stuff, though his tastes ran more toward the I Hate the Pop Group style aggressive/noise side of things and mine towards the twee scottish poppy funky side of things. I mentioned how it combined with my love of disco and how I was really into disco and Mark said the only disco he was really into was this guy Arthur Russell who made all these disco records and weird noisy records and ethereal pop records and etc etc. I remember thinking “what does this guy know about disco?” but it had to be some point after that that I put it all together. So thanks Ryan for reminding me and thanks Mark for kicking that off. Mark also made me a mix of crazy diy keyboard no wave skronk punk stuff and turned me onto Red Transistor and the Four Plugs but that’s another story…


All Posts,event,Old Music — Dan on March 3, 2008 at 1:45 am

UPDATE: Just got back from seeing the Nightingales second NY show on their limited tour of the states. They are perhaps the greatest live act in existence right now. Throw the Velvets, Captain Beefheart, Faust, Television, Link Wray, The Fall etc in a blender, pulse it on the “punk rock confrontation” and “post-punk angularity and angst” settings and you’re halfway there. They have one more show in Boston, so make the trip.

Believe it or not, when I’m not DJing or making amazing internet radio playlists, I sometimes find the time to work on a record label, and I’ve been meaning to post some sort of update about this so-called “record label” and catch up with some of the artists we’ve worked with.

If you want to know what we’ve been up to for the last few months…or years, the answer probably involves the Lines. We’ve mentioned here and there that this has been coming and now it’s finally happening. The first of our Lines CDs, Memory Span, compiling all of the band’s singles and EPs comes out in the end of May. It will also feature two unreleased tracks and a colorful booklet. If you’re unfamiliar, the Lines were a unique band who released an eclectic and continuously evolving body of work over several years during the late 70s/early 80s post-punk era, played with many of the great bands of the day, but always managed to fall through the cracks. From skeletal and taut post-punk scorchers to atmospherically recorded dubbed-out bliss, their music was consistently wonderful, yet they were criminally ignored during their own time, and outside of a rabid cult following, forgotten since. We hope this will change with our Lines reissues and you’ll be hearing plenty more about them. In the meantime, check out a few of their classic tracks online and be their myspace friend.


No, you didn’t read that wrong, we didn’t release any Nightingales records, but we put out the CD compiling the Prefects, the early UK punk band that would eventually evolve into the Nightingales. It’s a kick-ass CD and I think we still have some copies available.

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Anyway, around the time of that CD release, Robert Lloyd hooked up with original Prefects guitarist Alan Apperly to form the latest version of the Nightingales and even brought them to the US for their first ever shows here. A year later they came back with a different drummer, and a new second guitarist, the teenage guitar sensation Matt Wood and they were totally awesome. Now they’re back in the states for a few shows. Anybody who saw them on their last visit, especially the show at Cake Shop, know they completely kill. Robert and Co. teach the kids how it’s done for the very best in post-punk angular skronk honky tonk kraut-rock and roll.

Thursday, March 6th
Club Midway, 25 Avenue B (between 2nd and 3rd), Manhattan
10$, 8$ in advance
Show has been mvoed to The Charleston, Bedford and North 7th, Williamsburg, 9pm, 7$
The Nightingales, Christy & Emily, Hotpants Romance, and Tatters and Rags (live debut!)

Friday, March 7th
Death By Audio, 49 S. 2nd St (between Wythe & Kent), Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8pm, $6, ALL AGES
The Nightingales, Hotpants Romance, and The In Out

Saturday, March 8th
Church, 69 Kimarnock Street, Boston
9pm, $8, 21+
The Nightingales, Hotpants Romance, The Konks, Apple Betty


Another band reissued by Acute that’s back alive and kicking, New York’s Ike Yard, or at least 3/4ths of them, have been playing and recording steadily for the past year. Tons of recordings from recent sessions can be heard on their myspace page. They’ve also done a jam session or two with Sal and Dennis from Liquid Liquid, another great band from that great period in NYC music. They also remain busy with side projects including the continued existence of the Death Comet Crew and Ike Yard’s Stuart has cool events like the Dystopians movie night at Monkeytown, where Stuart will be joined by Bones and Norman Westburg of the Swans to provide a live socre to George Lucas’s THX 118.

Our most recent release, Hungry Beat by the Fire Engines continues to excite and amaze. After they reunited a few years back we were hoping to get the chance to have them come over to America for the first time and play some shows, maybe even in their spiritual no-wave home of NYC. I even had a pipe dream of setting up a tour of Subway Sect, the Fire Engines and the Nightingales. Alas, it wasn’t to be, but the guys from the Fire Engines have kept themselves busy. Singer Davey Henderson and drummer Russell Burns have recorded 2 fantastic singles as the Sexual Objects. Great, velvets-fueled rock, available from Creeping Bent and Aufgeladen & Bereit. Check out the latter label’s myspace page to hear a sample. Russell has another project called The Bum-Clocks, where he backs up his brother and proto-Fire Engines member Tam Dean Burn who essentially presents a Scottish poetry reciting of the works of Iggy Pop. They are joined by the amazing guitar of Malcolm Ross who previously played in obscure Scottish bands called Josef K, Orange Juice and Aztec Camera.


All Posts,event,New Music,Old Music — Dan on February 20, 2008 at 2:10 pm

UPDATE 2: Check out Morgan and I on Viva-Radio Naked Fridays:

UPDATE: Check out the cool new radio bumper airing on Viva Radio:


The Environ Bar Mitzvah


On March 1, 1995, Environ was born. Now, 13 years later, we invite you to come help us celebrate Environ’s passage into manhood… (details within)


All Posts,event,Old Music — Dan on January 30, 2008 at 11:02 pm

This friday, February 1st, there’s going to a Super-Bowl of Post-Punk. I’ve been invited to play records at We Fought the Big One, DC’s premier post-punk/diy/whatever record playing/listening party/gathering. I’m really honored to be their guest on this, their 4 year anniversary. I’m bringing all sorts of records…some 12 inches in diameter, some only 7. Post-punk, Punk, DIY, post-punk funk, post-funk punk. Punk-punk punk. CLE rock, synth-pop and other abbreviated and/or hyphenated delights. CD giveaways, drink specials and a big-time guest DJ from New York City, what more can you ask?

Friday, February 1st, 10pm – 3am, 21+ No Cover

Marx Cafe
3203 Mt. Pleasant St. NW
Washington DC


All Posts,event — Dan on November 8, 2007 at 1:59 am

This was originally supposed to be at 200 Orchard but they’re having some problems. Now it’s 4 local DJs in a large, loud and trendy ex-Polish super-club. I’ve got new old records from Montreal thanks to the Nice people. Last minute promotion, local DJs, large venue, definitely a recipe for fun! Tell your friends and let’s try to fill this up even without the big names (or names bigger then ours, obviously.)

addendum from the following monday…
party was great, thanks David Bruno, Jacques Renault and Eamon Harkin.  David’s recap allows you to download a short bit of the night, about a half hour of Jacques and a half hour of me, before I accidently knocked out the recorders power cable.


All Posts,event — Dan on October 31, 2007 at 12:40 pm

I’m going to the land of Lime and Gino Soccio, Neil Young and Kids in the Hall, that’s right, I’m gonna DJ in Canada. It’ll be a cross-cultural exchange between our two great nations, like an Olympics of hi-nrg disco, we will show the way for a bright future in which our two homes can finally get along.

Friday, Nov. 2nd
Loose Joints and Attitude City Present:
Dan Selzer (Acute Records, NYC)
Jordan Dare (Turbo Recordings, MTL)
Chris Pare (AttitudeCity, MTL)
Zoobizarre, 6388 St-Hubert, Montreal
10pm-3am. $5.


All Posts,event — Dan on September 18, 2007 at 1:26 pm

There are few cooler websites then those collecting awesome photos from bygone days. Philippe Carly’s New Wave Photos is a longtime favorite. I don’t think a band has ever looked as cool as Cabaret Voltaire in 1979. Maybe that Velvets shot with Lou in the sunglasses? Another great site I found while reading through Alice Bag’s amazing website is from Jenny Lens. The reason I’m posting however is to mention the work of Eugene Merinov because there’s going to be an exhibition of his work at the NYC record store Etherea (r.i.p. Adult Crash, where I first heard Slapp Happy).

Our friend Tim at Stupefaction has helped Eugene get a web presence with a MySpace page and a blog. One recently posted photo is this great shot listed as “A Band – Max’s Kansas City – 1978”.

A Band were a no wave related band that featured Wharton Tiers of the Theoretical Girls and Paul McMahon who later had a poppy solo record on Glenn Branca’s Neutral Records. It looks like Glenn up front, and that’s definitely Glenn’s guitar as can be seen in the infamous film shot at Jeffrey Lohn’s loft. I’ll ask around and see what else I can find out about this photo.

Anyway, the exhibit goes up wed and there will be an opening party, here’s the word from Tim followed by a bio from Jack Rabid. The full press release…


All Posts,event,New Music — Dan on September 5, 2007 at 12:49 am

Got some emails from Stuart of Ike Yard with some news to tide you over till my California trip post. Speaking of which, I end up at a trendy restaraunt in Silverlake LA called “The Kitchen” and who should sit down at the table behind me but Kenneth Compton of Ike Yard. What are the chances of that? Anyway…

Dystopians Replicants Night at Monkeytown, Williamsburg
Saturday, September 8
Admission: $10, $10 minimum
Showtimes: 8 and 10:30pm
reservations are recommended

Blade Runner Live soundtrack & Remix. Remixed dialogue. New music. Neofolktales by Sean Young, the voice of Rachel Replicants night ends with a short set by Dystopians group.

Stuart Argabright and Bones launch Dystopians live with alot of help from our friends …

Bones (from black rain . Disassociate) Bass and vocals
Paul Geluso CoProducer Mix , DJ fx
Pete Jones (from Commercial Zone period PIL) Guitar samples
Stuart (from Dominatrix . Ike Yard . black rain) Synths , vocals & double drum programming

Joining forces to bring you new versions of the near future classic
and new strains of musik and song in a short set after the movie.

File under future forward thrash barbarism and anti –

On the Ike Yard front, Stuart says they’re going back to the studio finishing up a whole batch of new songs, have a talk and performance at Vassar Nov. 7th, a show TBA with Excepter.

And if that wasn’t enough, a new Death Comet Crew 7″.

For more info check out Stuart’s blog.

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