A Manhattan techno long-player on his favorite blips and bleeps of the year.
Some people that kept my attention this year: Daso, Dusty Kid, Samim, Chaim, Minilogue, Paul Ritch, Stefan Goldman, Matthew Dear.
Mims. You could write a linguistics dissertation on everything wrong about "This is Why I'm Hot". [He] does a great job of pandering to the Lowest Common Denominator. Then again, when did that Paris Hilton album come out?
I'm a cranky old bastard, so it usually takes me a while to warm up to new music. My favorite album that I purchased in 2007 is Tago Mago by Can, which was released in 1971. As you can see, I have some catching up to do.
It's only a 12", but I really hate "Techno Vocals" by Marc Houle. It's a joke, I know, but it’s a one-liner and gets tiresome almost instantly.
Samim’s "Heater" [on] Get Physical. It's the best way to get Germans dancing to cumbia. It’s a very original and fun song, and way more interesting than all that minimal techno out there.
Best City and/or Scene
This cranky old man doesn't go out much anymore. He stays in his dungeon and makes noise.
Best Music Trend
Tech-house has been making a silent comeback. I'd say half of what is supposed to be "minimal" is really just tech-house. And the rest is unfinished.
Worst Music Trend
The decreasing diversity in the more active musical scenes, and the increasing homogeneity of music, despite the greater access to new music many people have these days.
What will be big in 2008?
Thugfucker Records and Sodium Records, two labels I've been working for/with/etc., will be huge. Wait and see.
Biggest/best music-related beef of 2007
Serato vs. TraktorScratch.
Best Music Hardware
I've been doing some research into finally going to digital DJing. Serato seems to have the easiest interface and the most stable platform, though TraktorScratch has a much better-sounding A/D converter and more effects. I haven't actually made the purchase yet, but I think I'm going with Serato.
Best Music Software
I've been very happy with the quality of the Spectrasonics plug-ins. They all sound great and bring an unexpected, natural feel to each song.
I still dig my Vans.
Best style trend
Whoever convinced the hip-hop kids [to wear] long, skinny jeans and loud neon colors deserves a medal.
Worst style trend
Those ugly ’80s sunglasses are getting worse.
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