[Wed. 6.29.16] Classical Revolution presents “Battle of the Centuries” at Monroe SF

Classical Revolution, a collective of musicians who perform high-quality chamber music in non-traditional settings,  is starting a new Wednesday night series at Monroe in North Beach. It’s called “Battle of the Centuries”, featuring music from the 18th – 21st centuries each hour, with accompanying drink specials for each set. I’ll be DJing for the last hour. Free Admission. Reserve seats here ($8-20 suggested donation) Wednesday June 29th 8pm-midnight Monroe SF 473 Broadway @ Kearny San Francisco, CA Drink specials all night: $2 / $5 cocktails 8:00 Haydn / Mozart String Quartets (selections) 9:00 Beethoven Symphony #4 10:00 Bowie / rock covers 11:00 DJ set by Liz Revision Musicians include: Adam Scow | Tingting Gu | Ryan Cockman | Alexander J Volonts | James Jaffe | Ed Baskerville | Nicole Boguslaw | Lewis Patzner … Read More

Northern Soul: An influential British musical moment in electronic music culture

“The northern soul scene, to me, was like an eighth wonder of the world. You’re looking at the depressed north of England, where there wasn’t a great deal there apart from steelworks and coalmines. You had people doing this boring repetitive work during the week; and hard work, too. And when they went out on a weekend, they really wanted to go out. Going out until 11 o’clock to the local pub just wasn’t going to be good enough. When the whole rave thing went ballistic it felt like northern soul twenty years on. Lots of people getting off their heads, dancing to fast music and this love attitude. House is this generation’s version of northern soul…” – Ian Dewhirst, northern soul DJ ~1999 [From Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The … Read More

“The Secret Gentleman’s Spontaneously Innocuous Assembly Soundtrack” Electroswing Mix

Here’s an electroswing mix I did a couple of weeks ago for the Club Foot Speakeasy-themed checkpoint during Chiditarod. The racing part of the team won for Best Art Cart with two giant hotrods drag-racing, one of the cars driven by drag queens. Pretty great. The Secret Gentleman’s Spontaneously Innocuous Assembly Soundtrack by Liz Revision on Mixcloud 1. The Hang Track Pt. II (Rupert Mennert Imploded Remix) byTimo Garcia Manu Delago 2. Ginger Vibes (Short Version) by Ragout De Lapin 3. Moving Like A Train (Smith N Hack Remix – Bonus Track) by Herbert 4. Snake Charmer by Benny Berigan 5. Ample Slacks by Crackhaus 6. Gotta Hold On (Extended) by The Basement Boys present Mudfoot Jones 7. Invite Everybody by James Copeland 8. Busy Line by Lazlo … Read More

Funk documentary focused on London in the 1970s & 1980s that happens to have a hobbit keen on forty-fives

Here’s a documentary on the funk scene in Britain, a tale told through many talking heads, and one of them happens to be Martin Freeman, of Sherlock and The Hobbit fame. You might miss him, since it was apparently before he employed a stylist and committed to a workout routine, but he’s in there as a fanboy / collector / DJ of funk / rare groove. I was sent this next video, Martin Freeman Goes to Motown, from Marc of Meiotic Chicago featuring a star-struck Martin wandering around Detroit meeting people who were artists and studio musicians on Motown Records (city councilwoman Martha Reeves, former lead singer of Martha and the Vandellas; Duke Fakir, the last surviving member of the Four Tops; the Funk Brothers jamming out at … Read More

Chicago’s Chess Records & Record Row, tastemakers of early pop, rock , soul & R&B

While recovering from a seasonal cold, I found some interesting documentaries on Chess Records and the competing labels at the same time on the near South side of Chicago. Chess Records was responsible for launching hits by Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Etta James, along with bringing blues by Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf into commercial awareness. The movies Cadillac Records (2008) and Who Do You Love (2008) are Hollywood’s version of the history, with Beyonce as Etta James in the former. Interestingly, Chess was the last name of a Polish immigrant entrepreneur, Leonard, who catered to the immigrant Southern black population and found a common outsider perspective with his clientele. More on Chess Records and the competing labels within walking distance along South Michigan Avenue is in another … Read More

Morrissey retiring from health issues; here is a cover of “There is a Light that Never Goes Out” Schneider TM & Kptmichigan

“The Light 3000” Smiths cover by Schneider TM & Kptmichigan is my favorite glitchy electronic one and does the original justice in its own, haunting way. From his interview with Mexico City radio station Reactor 105.7 (transcript and audio in English): I never cringe if anybody sings or covers a song, I find it very moving even though it might be quite bad, I still find it very moving that somebody would be bothered or interested to do it. Some of them really do affect me emotionally. But I find it extraordinary that every single day, that I hear new cover versions of songs, somebody is covering a Smiths song, every day, which I find incredible. Because British radio would never play the Smiths and they’ve (the Smiths) … Read More

Nile Rodgers secretly created the coolest pop music on the planet

In this BBC documentary called “The Hitmaker,” we learn that Nile Rodgers not only spearheaded Chic, but he is basically the Chuck Norris of pop production. He was classically trained and went on to provide the uber funkiness in the pop, disco and R&B songs of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. You’re going to le Freak when I start embedding some of the songs he produced, after the jump (below). Let’s see… David Bowie, Sister Sledge, Madonna, Duran Duran, and (yes, sadly) Daft Punk’s latest attempt at mining other people’s creative capital for their own good. He migrated the funk and disco aesthetic over to pop music, and you didn’t even see it coming. Here are some examples: Sister Sledge: “We are Family”