Is The Queen Is Dead The Greatest LP The Smiths Ever Made?

This past weekend I got to see my oldest and longest standing friend. He is my “brotha from another motha!“…that’s a long standing joke between us with a few dimensions, by the way! We laughed a lot. We ate some good Italian food at Brio in Las Vegas. We did some drinking and had an incredibly good time going through some of our current and all time favorite albums together. Between the two us we could fill an entire skyscraper with our music libraries and wide spanning musical taste! Needless to say, we had an amazing time together. Too bad our time together was so short though.

The Smiths naturally always make it into our conversations. You see The Smiths are one of the bands that heavily influenced us during our youth. Our youth filled memories had quite a lot of The Smiths as a soundtrack and therefore not a band we could ever forget. The truth is, I don’t recall a single time when the subject of Morrisey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, Mike Joyce or The Smiths haven’t entered into a least one of our conversations.

That said, I was taken a back to discover that my good friend doesn’t list The Queen Is Dead as one the greatest Smiths albums. We brought up recordings like Louder Than Bombs, but that is a greatest hits/compilation of sorts. So, doesn’t count! He never quite gave me his choice though. Still, the prospect of it not being their best has caused me wonder if not The Queen Is Dead then which album then would be considered a better choice.

The Smiths

Exhibit A:

Track Listing

1. “The Queen Is Dead”
2. “Frankly, Mr. Shankly”
3. “I Know It’s Over”
4. “Never Had No One Ever”
5. “Cemetry Gates”
6. “Bigmouth Strikes Again”
7. “The Boy with the Thorn in His Side”
8. “Vicar in a Tutu”
9. “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”
10. “Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others”

Leave your comments below and let me know what you think. This mind wants to know!

CDR Berlin Workshop With Mouse On Mars

These gentlemen are great artist with a prolific portfolio of electronic music. This is a great video and there is lots of electronic goodness discussed in this video. There is plenty of the Mouse On Mars studio for all of you too. Enjoy!

Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner let us know what they have been doing for the past 20 years together on October 10th at CDR Berlin.

More here:

Japanese Techno Girl Loves Roland TB-303, TR-707 & RE-201

Its simple Techno but one can’t help but watch all the lovely electronic gear and appreciate the organization, deliberate gestures, and the overall presentation of it all. All that classic Japanese gear in one video is juicy good.

We’re always fans of girls with synthesizers. Japanese girls with synthesizers get extra points. Enjoy!

Thomas Dolby – The Invisible Lighthouse US Tour Trailer (w/ Live Foley SFX) 2013

I will be seeing Thomas Dolby once again at the Rio Theater in Vancouver, BC. He was great the last time and I’m sure this tour will be no different. In other words, its going to be great show! Looking forward to that VIP experience too. Check this out…

A trailer for the upcoming live performance US tour by Thomas Dolby, playing and narrating the soundtrack to his self-made film debut The Invisible Lighthouse, with special guest Blake Leyh on live Foley sound effects.

I’m liking this teaser video of this upcoming tour!

Make sure to read more here and here too.

The Artie Lange Show – Thomas Dolby — Excerpt from “The Invisible Lighthouse (Medley)”

Etienne De Crécy Talks Live Setup (Inside the Cube)

Etienne De Crécy -Beats N Cubes Studio Tutorial: A Presentation of the Gear Etienne De Crécy uses inside The Cube.

This is a great little overview of his set-up. Filled with fx routing, foot controllers, layering and lots of synthesizer goodness for you to enjoy. And yes, that machine is indeed magic!

LEVpodcast featuring Robert Lippok LIVE (L.E.V. 2012)

Check out this live performance of Robert Lippok (of To Rococo Rot fame) live at L.E.V.(Laboratory of Visual Electronica) Festival. This was recorded in 2012.

Take a listen and if you are a fan of Robert Lippok like I most certainly am, you will enjoy this.

You will more than likely recognize many of these tracks. The performance starts out with a version of Unfold from his Redspuperstructure LP(2011) and builds from there. You can definitely hear the Yamaha Tenori-On on there. Enjoy!

Total running time: 51:21

About L.E.V.
Stands for Laboratorio de Electrónica Visual or, in English, Laboratory of Visual Electronica, is a project that tries to show a panoramic, eclectic and qualitative vision of the ample spectrum of current genres that come from connecting visual arts and electronic music.

A physical and ephemeral space, concerned specifically with four themes: the natural synergy between image and sound, the live presentation, the relationship established between audience, artist connection and public space, and the new artistic tendencies that constantly emerge on a global level.

L.E.V., co-produced by Principado de Asturias Goverment, LABoral’s Centre of Art and Industrial Creation and Datatron 0x3F, honors by its acronym to Lev Thermen.

For more on L.E.V. go here.

Gavin Russom demonstrates Moog Gear On x SELF TITLED EP (Download Music|See Video)

Gavin Russom walks through the process of creating a track for ‪‎Moog‬ Music and self-titled magazine.

To see the video go here.


From Moog Music
Drawing the ‘Spectrum Analysis’ card and armed with a battery of Moog gear, Gavin Russom set off crafting what he calls a “holistic workout”: an organic opus that grows and evolves over the course of 11 minutes. Learn about his process here.

“I found interesting ways to use the new Moog gear, playing the knobs live and thinking of ways to use each piece that might not be the standard “set and forget” approach. Keeping everything moving like that made each sound feel alive.”

Nosaj Thing and Chance The Rapper – Paranoia (Music For Noisy Airports)


I am in the Bellingham International Airport waiting to catch a quick flight and this song popped up on one of my playlist.  I dig it and I think you will too.

From the site:

Nosaj Thing & Chance the Rapper – collaboration from scratch, with Push

As part of Yours Truly’s ongoing Songs from Scratch series, LA mainstay Nosaj Thing collaborated with rising star Chance the Rapper, making a track, “Paranoia”, in one long and creative session. Watch for Nosaj on Push in the mini-documentary about the making of “Paranoia”, below:

Jon Hopkins – Breathe This Air (Featuring: Purity Ring)

I like Purity Ring and Jon Hopkins is just about collaborating with everyone right now too. Breathe This Air is a great track. Check it out…

From 4AD

Having recently announced a return to Los Angeles to play two special shows with special guest and long-standing friend Jon Hopkins later this month (Henry Fonda Theatre on August 27 and 28), we’re excited to announce that at each performance, the two artists will give away 175 copies of a very limited edition 12” vinyl single.

The record will contain the previously aired Jon Hopkins remix of Purity Ring’s song ‘Amenamy’ (taken from their debut album, Shrines, and streaming below) and a new version of Jon Hopkins’ ‘Breathe This Air’ that features Megan on vocals and was premiered last night by Huw Stephens standing in for Zane Lowe on his BBC Radio 1 show.

The 12”s will be distributed at the show on a first-come-first-serve basis.