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Nov. 9th, 2016 08:54 pm
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Goodnight children, everywhere.

- Uncle Mac
ltmurnau: (CX)


I hadn't posted much lately about the monthly DJ gig, but we did the last one last night.
Five and a half years is a long time for a regular music night, in this town it's a phenomenally long time for any kind of music let alone the EBM/industrial/coldwave etc. stuff we were playing.

I learned a lot, and had fun, and listened to a lot of interesting new music. But ti's time to move on. Maybe I might still do one-offs in future but we'll see.

Setlists, videos, MP3 files of sets etc. will be at http://circuitbreakerclub.org for some time to come.

Thanks!
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for the first time ever, Insane Clown Posse is coming to Victoria.

http://www.timescolonist.com/insane-clown-posse-rappers-coming-to-victoria-1.2229079

Wha...?
How...?

I had no idea this city had anywhere near the minimum critical mass of fans required to make ICP show up on your doorstep.
Victoria has been home to cells of all kinds of weird cults, but I never thought Juggalos would be one of them.

In other musical news, Circuit Breaker (the monthly EBM/industrial/coldwave/etc. show I've been doing for over 5 years) is about to conclude.
The two DJs I have been doing the show with want a break, and I don't have the time or energy to keep it going by myself.
Five years is a darn long time to keep a regular music event of any kind going in Victoria.
It was fun and I've learned a lot, and I will miss it, but perhaps it's time to hang it up.
Last show is May 15!

http://circuitbreakerclub.org is the website I've been maintaining, setlists and videos and occasional MP3s of sets are there.
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This is simultaneously too good to be true and possibly entirely true.
Clueless commentary on Laibach's history and intentions aside, here it is in the press.
I just hope nothing happens to the people in the DPRK who organized this - it's a bigger prank than Stephen Colbert's "in-persona" speech at the White House Correspondent's dinner, with greater consequences.



North Korea gig comes natural for Slovenian conceptual band Laibach
ALI ZERDIN / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
JULY 21, 2015 09:29 AM
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia - For a band inspired by art in totalitarian regimes, a gig in North Korea is a dream come true.
Slovenia's Laibach recently announced it will play two concerts in Pyongyang next month. The group is known for music described as a mixture of industrial rock and retro electronic, and for its use of authoritarian imagery, such as Soviet-era symbols, marches and dark uniforms.
The tour will coincide with the ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the Korean peninsula's liberation from Japanese colonization, and will include Laibach's own music as well as popular Korean songs, one of the band's founders, producer and spokesman Ivan Novak, told The Associated Press.
"Originally, we invited ourselves and then they invited us," Novak said.
Formed in 1980, when Slovenia was still part of Communist-run Yugoslavia, Laibach immediately stirred controversy with its name — German for Slovenia's capital city Ljubljana — and because it used a black cross as one of its symbols.
This alone was enough for an official ban by the regime born out of anti-fascist struggle during World War II. Laibach were still allowed occasional concerts until, in 1983, they locked the door of a concert hall and played the sound of a dog barking extremely loudly for almost half an hour.
For the next few years, Laibach concerts moved abroad. The group's visual style included wearing military uniforms on stage and toying with socialist and populist imagery while playing almost martial-style songs, sung in a husky, deep voice.
The band has six members, but only two — including Novak, who will be 57 in August, singer Milan Fras, a couple of years younger — have been there from the early years. Fras joined in 1983 after Laibach's first singer committed suicide.
Despite being criticized as too dark, the band has always insisted that it is exploring the relation between ideology, politics and art. One of its main slogans states that "art and totalitarianism do not exclude each other."
Over the years, Laibach has gained an important place on Slovenia's art scene. The band's retrospective currently is part of an exhibition of the Neue Slowenische Kunst (New Slovenian Art) movement at the Modern Gallery in Ljubljana.
Laibach members are professional musicians, some of whom teach music or take part in various art projects. Laibach has held more than 800 concerts throughout the world, while gigs at home are usually sold out, drawing up to few thousand people in a country of 2 million.
Novak said the band has always wanted to visit North Korea and remembers clearly the visit in 1977 to the country by then Yugoslav communist leader Josip Broz Tito. Novak rejected the possibility that the trip will amount to political support for the North Korean communist regime, viewed as an isolationist dictatorship in the West.
"We never support the regime anywhere where we perform ... but we do support the people who live there," Novak said. He explained that the band has found inspiration for its art in the country, citing events where people fill stadiums and hold up colorful cards in carefully choreographed displays to create giant images.
"All Korea is practicing superb pop art. Superb," he said. "From the point of view of art history, they should actually protect the whole country, they should put it in a museum of pop art."
Laibach concerts are planned Aug. 19 and 20 for an audience of 1,000 each day. Several pop singers and bands from South Korea have performed in the north in the past, while British singer David Thomas Broughton has said he performed once for expats in North Korea. Laibach's performance, however, will mark the first encounter with a visually charged band from the West.
"We will adjust and adapt our program to the Korean situation and audience," Novak said. "We will perform a gentle version of Laibach."
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Jovana Gec contributed from Belgrade, Serbia; Tong-hyung Kim and Hyung-jin Kim contributed from Seoul, South Korea.
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nashgary

Nash the Slash, a.k.a. Jeff Plewman, dead at 66
Bandaged musician a mainstay in Toronto music clubs during '70s and '80s
CBC News Posted: May 12, 2014 3:59 PM ET| Last Updated: May 12, 2014 5:07 PM ET

Jeff Plewman, the musician behind the experimental rock persona Nash the Slash and the band FM, has died at age 66.

Nash the Slash was a mainstay in Toronto live music clubs throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He was known internationally after a world tour with Gary Numan and Iggy Pop and had opened up for the Who. Before performing as Nash the Slash, Plewman played in the prog-rock band FM in the 1970s.

Two of his longtime friends and colleagues confirmed Plewman's passing to CBC, though details are sparse.

Nash the Slash appeared on stage in a black tuxedo, top hat, dark sunglasses and wrapped in bandages. It would become his signature look. His bandaged appearance from 1979 onward prompted many questions about his mysterious identity.

He started the independent record label Cut-Throat Records, which he used to release his own music. Among his albums was Decomposing, which he claimed could be listened to at any speed, and Bedside Companion, which he said was the first record out of Toronto to use a drum machine.

His biggest hit was "Dead Man's Curve", a cover of a Jan and Dean song.

More recently, he played at Toronto's Pride Festival and toured up until 2012. In 1997 Cut-Throat released a CD compilation of Nash the Slash’s first two recordings entitled Blind Windows. In 1999 he released Thrash. In April 2001, Nash released his score to the silent film classic Nosferatu.

Plewman retired in 2012, bemoaning file-sharing online and encouraging artists to be more independent. "It's time to roll up the bandages," he wrote.

He will be remembered for his experimental ethos as well as his unusual stage presence.

"I refused to be slick and artificial," Plewman wrote of his own career.

There has not been word on how the musician died.

*******

I loved this guy's music and his weird persona.
I was a fan from the time that I started to get into music, over 30 years ago.
I would play one Nash cut every time I would DJ Circuit Breaker (which, by the way, is still going on after almost 3 1/2 years - sorry I have not been posting setlists here, it's all at http://circuitbreakerclub.org) and last night I played "Citizen" from his album And You Thought You Were Normal.

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Last night was another Circuit Breaker, this one marked the 2 1/2 year point for the night!

My setlist:

Throbbing Gristle – Hot on the Heels of Love
Nash the Slash – Reactor #2
Trans-X – Living on Video
Die Krupps – Wahre Arbeit Wahre Lohn
Gothic Archies – The World is a Scary Place
Volt 9000 – Speak and Spell
Einsturzende Neubauten – Tanz Debil
Dirtdish – Motor Rape 2000
Skinny Puppy – Chainsaw
Front Line Assembly – Final Impact
Boris Karloff – Civil Defense PSA
Soviet Radio – Dark Days
Chris and Cosey – Love Cuts
Club 69 – Warm Leatherette
Ionic Vision – Synthetic Sex
Orange Sector – Violent Order
I: Scintilla – Skin Tight
Nousuf-X – Krach Bumm
Cynical Existence – Face of God
Mechanical Moth – Gateway
Funker Vogt – Mein Weg
Rotersand – Lifelight (reconstructed)

In the last month or two I've set up a Facebook group and a new website for the event:

https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/638960126129510/
http://circuitbreakerclub.org/

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[Reposted here from my game design blog http://brtrain.wordpress.com with some additions, well cut-and-pasted since I don't think I can automatically repost to LJ from Wordpress. Eh, anyway...]

Earlier this year I was contacted by Marc Guenette who wanted to know if I wanted to be one of the Guests of Honour at Stack Academie, an annual wargaming conference in Montreal. Gee, would I!

I went to Montreal a day or two early, on Tuesday April 30, since I had not been in the city for 24 years and wanted some time to look around. I flew Air Canada and everything went suspiciously smoothly, to the point where I even arrived a few minutes early. I took the 747 bus from Trudeau Airport (what was once called Dorval), it runs about every 7 minutes or less most of the day, very convenient though you have to buy a transit daypass – $9.00 but that’s 24 hours on the whole transit system, other parts of which you will probably need to use to get to your destination. However, I didn’t because the hotel (an otherwise unremarkable Comfort Inn) was right downtown – just around the corner from the 747 bus stop, 1 ½ blocks from the Berri-UQAM Metro stop, and 2 blocks from St. Catherines Street, the main drag for restaurants shops and bars.

Montreal after 24 years seemed much as I remembered it (which is barely, as I was more interested at the time in my then girlfriend, who was doing electrical engineering at McGill). Half of it is being torn down or rebuilt, and the other half is being measured for the same treatment. There was a heatwave, and it was sunny and 22-27 degrees all week long. And me without shorts, in fact at the last minute I decided not to pack my cardigan (however, two guys at the con told me that two years before there had been pouring rain and wet snow on the streets).

Wednesday I did a little bit of shopping, at some Army surplus stores on St.-Laurent and at Le Valet de Coeur (Jack of Hearts), a good wargame store not far up the street. I even found a few old DTP quality titles of mine, from Schutze Games (Pusan Perimeter, Somalia), still in the old comic book bags. I got a couple of back issues of Vae Victis, a French wargaming magazine with interesting games in it, a copy of Battle for Hill 218, a simple card abstract game, and two little finger puppet characters they were selling near the cash register. They were all kinds of historical characters like Edison, Leonardo and some others, but there were also others like Hannah Arendt, Frida Kahlo, Spinoza etc.. The little Michel Foucault puppet was especially funny, but I got a Che Guevara for Lianne and a George Orwell for me, so they can have mild disagreements. Anyway, a neat store. Here is George in my office, looking as happy as he ever did in life.


Wednesday night I went out to Bar Passeport, (http://www.barpasseport.com/) which has not one but two EBM/Industrial/Goth nights! One on Wednesday is more EBM/industrial (e.g. Funker Vogt, And One, Eisenfunk) and less well attended than the one on Saturday. I don't go out to bars much except for Circuit Breaker and when seeking out such nights when I'm in a different city, but one thing I did notice is people being tied into their mobile devices, even saw one guy dancing by himself on the floor with his beer in one hand and his mobile in the other, absorbed in whatever was coming in over it....

Thursday I spent the afternoon and evening at the Interuniversity Consortium for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (http://www.mcgill.ca/icames/), where Rex Brynen (of Paxsims blog fame) is one of the Directors. He had set up a micro-armour game that he umpired, while six of us directed the forces of Natonia (guy called Tom) and East Norkea (me) in the “Battle of the Namgang River”. A shot of one of the tank battalions heading down the road into the "Cauldron of Death":


A full account with pictures is at http://genericgaminggoodness.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/the-battle-of-namgang-aka-the-battle-of-the-cauldron-of-death/ . It was tremendous fun, even though I lost most of my command in a huge Natonian ambush. Even worse was a missed chance to take out his two tank unit commanders by infiltrating East Norkean commandos, who lofted RPG rounds onto the tops of their tanks, only to see the rounds fizzle and misfire (I rolled two 1s in succession, the only thing that could have saved their collective bacon!). It was very kind of Rex to arrange this, as he and I had first met 30 years ago while he was doing at history degree at the University of Victoria and I was a high school student who would go to the weekly meetings of the Gaming Club there. We would have these massive micro-armour battles, usually with Rex’s models, but as he collected mostly Warsaw Pact stuff we usually played Russian vs. Chinese. (Actually, we were playing with some of the same models and terrain from back then!)

Friday was the beginning of the convention, and we got right down to it – the other guest of honour was Volko Ruhnke, who ran games of Cuba Libre, his COIN system game of the Cuban Revolution, while I ran games of A Distant Plain. I also demonstrated Kandahar (in its present configuration with the District Commander engine under the hood), 1848 (a rarely-seen because rarely-requested game on the European revolutions of that year) and Dios o Federacion (card game on post-Chavez Venezuela). Even got in a few playtest turns of the last one. A Distant Plain was a big hit, a lot of people stopped by to look and we even had one young fellow who had never played before but still managed to pull off a quick win by the Coalition, a difficult thing in this game – he moved in lightly, manufactured a lot of popular consent for the Afghan Government, and pulled out, ending the Western role in the war in 2004!


I met a lot of people who I had only corresponded with online, through Boardgamegeek or Consimworld, so it was great to put names to faces – also to see people again after some time, like Volko, Michel Boucher and Barry Setser. I came away with some excellent ideas for future game projects and extensions or fixes to ones I am testing now. I wish these events were at least a week long, so I could have conversations of appropriate length with everyone I wanted to talk to. Jean-Francois Tremblay, a re-enactor when he is not instructing at UQAM, showed up in period gear to play Volko's game Wilderness War:


Saturday night we went out to Le Pied de Cochon, a very popular (you have to make reservations a month or two ahead) restaurant with most of the menu devoted to pork products (one favourite special is “Pig’s Head For Two”, at market price though I did not think price fluctuations for such a commodity would be extreme) and the remnant devoted to other meats (another great favourite is “Duck in a Can”, and that’s just what it is). Even my French onion soup had most of a small pork chop in it, it seemed. I paid a bit much for what I got, since there were several bottles of wine on the table I did not drink from, but it was still a worthwhile experience… probably never pass that way again.

After dinner I went out to Bar Passeport again, music led off with some good Goth oldies (Siouxsie, Sisters of Mercy) but soon gravitated towards newer stuff (though they also played some Laibach!).

Sunday I had breakfast with Rex, Volko and his wife Jill (it was the weekend of their 22nd wedding anniversary) and got back in time to finish packing and head out to the airport. Again, things went smoothly and we even landed 48 minutes early in Victoria (they asked us over the PA to remember this the next time they were late).

It was a great week and I was honoured to be asked to come by Marc, who was a fantastic and generous host, taking time to talk with me even though he was run off his feet with convention business and real-life business. Merci a tous!

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So, this week Stompin' Tom Connors died, as everyone knows.
I was not a great fan of his music, it was simple and kind of corny, but it was authentic music coming from an authentic man who had had a genuinely hard life.
One of his songs I liked best was "Tilsonburg", about the shitty life tobacco pickers in Southern Ontario led, and you knew he had been and done.
He also remained the kind of patriot you'd like to have more examples of around: dedicated to Canada's working class and to treating Canadians as friends, not the drunken yahoo with maple leaf face paint and a red-and-white diaper waving the flag on Canada Day.

This article puts it well, with more videos: http://canadiandimension.com/articles/5218/

But this week I also found out that one of my personal favourites, Nash the Slash, has finally hung up his bandages.

From his website, nashtheslash.com:

It's time to roll up the bandages. The thrill is gone, it seems for me more than B.B. King.

I'm proud of my remarkable 40-year career in the music biz with no hit (commercial) records. As an independent artist without management, major label support or any grants whatsoever (thank you Canada Council and Factor), I toured internationally and accomplished so much. I was unique on stage and on my recordings. I refused to be slick and artificial. I opened for and toured with some of the best musicians in the world, and was regarded highly by my peers. Rolling Stone journalist Lester Bangs once reported, "Nash the Slash is the kind of opening act that makes the headliner work twice as hard".

I created one of the first Canadian independent record labels (Cut-Throat Records) in order to release my music and merchandise to the public. I was the first Canadian musician to use a drum machine on an album (1978), at a time when drum machines were outlawed according to the bylaws of the Toronto Musicians' Association. I was the first to record an album, 'Decomposing', which was listen-able at any speed, and miraculously reviewed in Playboy magazine. I composed and produced music for film and television, and for multi-media exhibitions of the surrealist paintings by my friend Robert Vanderhorst.

I hold the distinction of suing the corporate giant Pepsi Cola of Canada for one million dollars (in the Ontario Supreme Court, 1982) for 'misappropriation of personality'; I won but received no money, just bragging rights.

I travelled across Canada, the US and Europe, and especially adored Newfoundland. I supported Gary Numan and Iggy Pop tours, and was invited to perform in Russia. I received airplay on Polish National Radio in 1979, when Poland was still behind the Iron Curtain. (Years later, a Polish fan explained to me that, because the first LPs were instrumental, there were no lyrics of 'western decadence' or 'punk anarchy' to grade the musical content as unsafe for communist consumption. Too bad no one in Poland could afford to send away for my records.)

(snip about mentors and assistants)

Finally, I would like to thank all the fans who have supported my career for so many years. I never tired of the letter-writing from and to the young and old, receiving and cherishing (to this day) their thoughts, and drawings of Nash in various poses and demeanor. I have kept many of these letters and artwork because they reflect a serious effort on the part of the fans to communicate with me... to connect.

My 'gauza-lobotomy' t-shirt artwork is courtesy a fan from 30 years ago. There were writers who described at great length how they listen to Nash records while toiling at their creative output, be it poetry, painting or making jewelry. There have been many who wrote about their own musical inspirations, some were gear-heads (drum machines were a popular topic of conversation). There were mandolin and violin players, even classical and jazz musicians. Many wrote for an autographed picture. There were even kids who took their Nash records to school to play for their grade five classmates, and then, I received a fan letter from the teacher. One time, a high school orchestra did an arrangement of 'The Million-Year Picnic'. Eat your heart out, Nickelback!

A few main reasons to put Nash to rest... Live gigs don't excite me any longer. My eccentric style/genre finds no place in the today's scene, although it's widely acknowledged that my sound led the way for the development of contemporary electronic/techo dance music in Canada. Even more to consider, the theft of music on the internet has devastated a very important source of my income. CD sales have dropped off considerably, and it's due mainly to file-sharing without regard for the ownership of the recordings.

Mark Zuckerberg was recently quoted as saying that Facebook will soon go through an 'explosion of sharing'. That may be all well and fine, but CDs are copyrighted objects containing music that is also copyrighted. The music-listening public has this misinformed idea that music is free... listening on the radio is free, so why not the internet? I don't employ Metallica's high-priced lawyers to chase down my millions.

A journalist once asked me to describe a typical Nash the Slash fan. I replied, 'They just get it'. They get my references to Ray Bradbury, Boris Karloff, and even my opening quote from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It was my intention to shock, but not offend.

(snip about musical influences)

Creativity in all its facets should be inspirational, and as such should be absorbed, its subtleties appreciated, understood and then woven into the fabric of some other person's creative vision. I'm very pleased to have shared my creative endeavors with so many people around the world. I hope I've left a few breadcrumbs in the forest, to inspire others to find their own path.

Listen in safety,
Nash the Slash

This website will remain available.


I will miss him.
In recent years he was beginning to release some new work, and go on tours further afield than Hamilton or Ottawa, after a very long time in what seemed to be semi-retirement.
Now he's gone.

Circuit Breaker has been running for over two years now, and every set I do, I play one Nash song - it seems to fit the night.
I will keep that up, though there will be no more Nash.
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Last CB of the year - it was fun.
Coming up on the second anniversary!

My setlist:

Cabaret Voltaire - 24-24
Severed Heads - Oscar's Grind
CTI - Funky
Nash the Slash - Fever Dream
Sleep Chamber - Fetish
Klaus Nomi - Silent Night
Greater Than One - Dubkiller
400 Blows - Fundamental Islam
The Normal - Warm Leatherette (HIV rmx)
Skinny Puppy - Deadlines
Blutengel - Der Spiegel
A Split Second - On Command
Front 242 - Kampfbereit
Legend - Devil in Me (Steed Lord remix)
Aircrash Bureau - Exhibition
Orange Sector - Fuer Immer
Glis - Nightvision
AD:Key - Gruene Augen Luegen
Ayria - Hunger
Front Line Assembly - Oblivion
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Too good not to share, heh!
A Japanese - Javanese gamelan ensemble peforms Gang of Four's "Not Great Men":



http://youtu.be/K19jPwpP5XY

No weak men in the books at home
The strong men who have made the world
History lives on the books at home
The books at home

It's not made by great men
It's not made by great men
It's not made by great men
It's not made by great men

The past lives on in your front room
The poor still weak the rich still rule
History lives in the books at home
The books at home

It's not made by great men
It's not made by great men
It's not made by great men
It's not made by great men

The past lives in the books at home
No weak men in the books at home
History lives in the books at home
The books at home

It's not made by great men
It's not made by great men
It's not made by great men
It's not made by great men


I always said that if the Situationists ever had a house band, Gang of Four would have been it.
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Setlist for DJ Murnau last night:

Kraftwerk - Elektrokardiogramm
Greater Than One - We are the People with the Human Fist
Chris and Cosey - Confession
Laibach - Die Liebe
Skinny Puppy - Ice Breaker
Nash the Slash - Dance After Curfew
Severed Heads - 20 Deadly Diseases
Portion Control - Divided
Pro-tech - Erotic Anthology
Apoptygma Berzerk - Near
Front Line Assembly - Bliss
All the Ashes - Schwarz Macht Schlank
Informatik - Things to Come
Wumpscut - Krieg
AD:Key - Hoch die Haemmer
Noise Unit - Kick to Kill
Frontal - Du
Aural Vampire - V. Madonna Schizoiod
Icon of Coil - Shelter*
Patenbrigade Wolff - Gefahrstoffe
Straftanz - Straftanz
Miss Construction - Kunstprodukt
Orange Sector - - Fur Immer
Eisenfunk - Skudrinka
Heimaterde - Deus Lo Vult
Activehate - Starstruck
Otto Dix - Atomnaja Zima
Hocico - Fed Up*
Assemblage 23 - Awake
VNV Nation - Chrome
Covenant - Feedback
Rational Youth - Saturdays in Silesia

I understand we had some German or Dutch guests in the audience, I didn't play all this German stuff for them! (though they could have asked) Lots of fun and people seemed to enjoy themselves.
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I have been doing these every month, but haven't posted the setlists lately.
Here's the one for last week, which went really well - even saw some new faces!

Chris & Cosey - Synaesthesia
Nash the Slash - Swing Shift
Cabaret Voltaire - Do the Mussolini
Kraftwerk - Showroom Dummies
Severed Heads - Propellor
Hard Corps - Je Suis Passe
S.P.O.C.K. - Out There (request)
Hilary - Kinetik
And One - Dancing in the Factory
AD:Key - Shout
Front 242 - U-Men
Soviet Radio - Dark Days
Covenant - Stalker
Assemblage 23 - Awake (Imperative Reaction remix)
Skinny Puppy - Assimilate
VNV Nation - Chrome
Nachtmahr - Feuer Frei
Funker Vogt - Arising Hero: Revolution
Miss Construction - Kunstprodukt
Orange Sector - Kalt Wie Stahl
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Another month, another Circuit Breaker... [livejournal.com profile] shadesofwinter came over from Vancouver (where he has moved) for this one. We played two one-hour sets each. Fun!

First set:

Greater Than One - Exorcising Julie
Chris & Cosey - Confession
Umo Detic - Fahrenheit
Diamanda Galas and Digitalize - I Put a Spell on Your Ideals
Neon - Voices
Nash the Slash - Dance After Curfew
Portion Control - Divided
A Split Second - Flesh
Cabaret Voltaire - Ove rand Over
Front 242 - Neurodancer
Severed Heads - Petrol

Second set:

Laibach - Tanz mit Laibach
Skinny Puppy - Hexonxon
Front Line Assembly - Provision
AD:Key - Lass Mich Los
Straftanz - Straftanz
SiTD - Lebensborn
Nachtmahr - WEir Schreiben Geschichte
Feindflug - Blutorgel
Icon of Coil - Shelter
Qntal - Ecce Gratum*
Miss Construction - Kunstprodukt
Dismantled - Insecthead*
Blutengel - Children of the Night*
And One - Dancing in the Factory
Amnesia - Hysteria
Nash the Slash - Womble
SPOCK - Dr. McCoy
Rational Youth - Saturday in Silesia
CCCP - American Soviets

(* = request)
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Another month, another Circuit Breaker!

[livejournal.com profile] shadesofwinter has moved to Vancouver, will be back from time to time but this night we played two extended sets.

In a bit of a hurry, so this here's jes' ma set-list:

Nash the Slash - Children of the Night
Blutengel - Children of the Night
Severed Heads - Legion
Apoptygma Berzerk - All Tomorrow's Parties
Icon of Coil - Shelter
AD:Key - Seelenstrip
Solitary Experiments - Delight
Pankow - Touch
A Split Second - On Command
Laibach - Du Bist Unser
Skinny Puppy - Who's Laughing Now
Front 242 - Til Death Do Us Part
Wumpscut - Default
Front Line Assembly - Digital Tension Dementia
And One - Strafbomber
Noise Unit - Agitate
Rotersand - Gothic Paradise
Laether Strip - Adrenalin Rush
Numb - Blood
Panzer AG - Battlefield
Patenbrigade - Wolfgefahrstoffe
Straftanz - Straftanz
Die Krupps - The Great Divide (reuqest)
Nachtmahr - Ein Spiel
Miss Construction - Totes Fleisch
Panzer Disco - Tanzmarsch
Schramm - Hass Mich
Greater Than ONe - Alpha 5

A fun night.
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Ooof, I have been busy, too busy to post much. But last night was the monthly Circuit Breaker, and here is my setlist:

Monty Cantsin - Neoism Now
Nash the Slash - Swing Shift
Greater Than One - Deep Shake
Chris and Cosey - In Ecstasy
Severed Heads - We Have Come To Bless This House
Throbbing Gristle - Untitled #7 from Heathen Earth
Cabaret Voltaire - The Operative
Der Plan - Gummitwist
Kraftwerk - The Robots (program mix)
Monopol - Weises Haus
Skinny Puppy - Icebreaker
Nocturnal Emissions - Metal Frames
Gary Numan - Dead Heaven
Astma - Telephone Terror
Seelenkrank - Lady Vampire
Laibach - Achtung!
Soviet Radio - Love is a War
Ad:Key - Gruene Augen Luegen
Bodycall - Naked Life
DHI - Climbing
Front Line Assembly - Final Impact*
Dive - Dead or Alive
Covenant - Bullet (club mix)*
Rotersand - Dare to Live
And ONe - Krieger
Alien Vampires - See You In Hell
Blutengel - Navigator

Played a longer set than usual - two hours - and took the chance to play some less danceable but more listenable stuff the first bit, since no one dances the first hour anyway. A couple of the things I played were too fast for the crowd I think, up around 145 bpm, and I think I will keep it below 130 for the time being. I have a lot to learn about "reading" a dance floor, I think.
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Another month, another Circuit Breaker... this time it was a Doctor Who Tribute Night.

Here's my set list:

Severed Heads - We Have Come To Bless This House
Kraftwerk - The Robots
Pyrodrifter - Exterminate
Soviet Radio - Dark Days
Greater Than One - We Are The People With The Human Fist (Gray thought it was a version of the March of the Cybermen)
Front Line Assembly - Final Impact
Chris and Cosey - Love Cuts
Nash the Slash - Wolf
Orbital - Dr. ?
Culture Kultur - The Anlayst (Desert Storm remix)
400 Blows - Fundamental Islam
And One - Amerika Brennt
Test Department - 51st State of America
DHI - Climbing
Martyr Complex - Extermination Mix
Takkyu Ishino - Warm Leatherette
Wumpscut - Bleed
Ad:Key - Hoch Die Haemmer (Space Mix)

It was lots of fun! Quite a few new faces who may have come for the Whoness only, but I hope they'll return.

Now there's a nice website too:

http://www.circuitbreakerclub.com/

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... was the legend on the free button I scored last night, in the latest iteration of "Circuit Breaker"!

Here's my setlist:

New Order - 586-1
Kraftwerk - Pocket Calculator (East meets West mix)
Chris and Cosey - Exotica
Severed Heads - Oscar's Grind
Skinny Puppy - Icebreaker
29 Died - The Addams Family Theme
Blutengel - Seelenschmerz
Magnetic Stripper - Warm Leatherette
And One - Steine sind Steine
Nitzer Ebb - Warsaw Ghetto
Ad:Key - Sex ist Macht
Birmingham 6 - Police State
Combichrist - This is My Rifle (AK-47 remix)
Borghesia - No Hope No Fear
Armageddon Dildos - East West
Click Click - Sweet Stuff
Soviet Radio - Love is a War
Skinny Puppy - Assimilate
Front Line Assembly - Final Impact
Einsturzende Neubauten - Feurio!
Foetus - Anything (Viva)!
Strafe Fur Rebellion - Fur Mao, Volk und Religion
And One - Dancing in the Factory

It was fun! As usual.
(starting to figure out the equipment)
Hardly anyone danced! As usual.
(I take the first shift, before most people show up or drink enough to shuffle around.)
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Argh!

I can't get Les Chinois by Mitsou out of my head!

Tu te dis, tu te dis tu te dis que tu as tout vu en moi
T’as rien vu, t’as rien vu t’as rien vu de ce qu’il y a sous mon toit
Mais toi tu t’en balances
Cha cha chaï tu danses
Tu te dis romantique
Je crois que t’es égocentrique
Écoute-moi

Non non non c’est pas ça
Non non non c’est pas comme ça
Non non non c’est pas comme ça
Qu’on fait l’amour

Regarde les Chinois

Je te dis, je te dis qu’il y a plein de tours que tu ne connais pas
Moi je sais, moi je sais qu’on peut les faire autant que les Chinois
Mais toi tu t’en balances
Cha cha chaï tu danses
Tu te dis romantique
Toi mon égocentrique
Écoute-moi

Non non non c’est pas ça
Non non non c’est pas comme ça
Non non non c’est pas comme ça
Qu’on fait l’amour
Oh oh écoute-moi

Non non non c’est pas ça
Non non non c’est pas comme ça
Non non non c’est pas comme ça
Qu’on fait l’amour

Oh oh écoute-moi
Écoute-moi
Oh oh écoute-moi
Écoute-moi
Oh oh écoute-moi
Non oh non non non
C’est pas comme ça
Non c’est pas comme ça
Non regarde les Chinois

Non non non
Non non non
Cha cha chaï

Mais toi tu t’en balances
Cha cha chaï tu danses
Tu te dis romantique
Toi mon égocentrique
Écoute-moi

Non non non c’est pas ça
Non non non c’est pas comme ça
Non non non c’est pas comme ça
Qu’on fait l’amour

Regarde les Chinois

Non non non c’est pas ça
Non non non c’est pas comme ça
Non non non c’est pas comme ça
Qu’on fait l’amour

Oh oh écoute-moi
Non non non c’est pas ça
Non non non c’est pas comme ça
Non non non c’est pas comme ça
Qu’on fait l’amour

Oh oh écoute-moi
Yeah yeah c’est comme ça
Yeah yeah caresse ultra
Oui oui comme les Chinois
Qu’on fait l’amour
Tu te dis, tu te dis tu te dis que tu as tout vu en moi
T’as rien vu, t’as rien vu t’as rien vu de ce qu’il y a sous mon toit
Mais toi tu t’en balances
Cha cha chaï tu danses
Tu te dis romantique
Je crois que t’es égocentrique
Écoute-moi

Non non non c’est pas ça
Non non non c’est pas comme ça
Non non non c’est pas comme ça
Qu’on fait l’amour

Regarde les Chinois

Je te dis, je te dis qu’il y a plein de tours que tu ne connais pas
Moi je sais, moi je sais qu’on peut les faire autant que les Chinois
Mais toi tu t’en balances
Cha cha chaï tu danses
Tu te dis romantique
Toi mon égocentrique
Écoute-moi

Non non non c’est pas ça
Non non non c’est pas comme ça
Non non non c’est pas comme ça
Qu’on fait l’amour
Oh oh écoute-moi

Non non non c’est pas ça
Non non non c’est pas comme ça
Non non non c’est pas comme ça
Qu’on fait l’amour

Oh oh écoute-moi
Écoute-moi
Oh oh écoute-moi
Écoute-moi
Oh oh écoute-moi
Non oh non non non
C’est pas comme ça
Non c’est pas comme ça
Non regarde les Chinois

Non non non
Non non non
Cha cha chaï

Mais toi tu t’en balances
Cha cha chaï tu danses
Tu te dis romantique
Toi mon égocentrique
Écoute-moi

Non non non c’est pas ça
Non non non c’est pas comme ça
Non non non c’est pas comme ça
Qu’on fait l’amour

Regarde les Chinois

Non non non c’est pas ça
Non non non c’est pas comme ça
Non non non c’est pas comme ça
Qu’on fait l’amour

Oh oh écoute-moi
Non non non c’est pas ça
Non non non c’est pas comme ça
Non non non c’est pas comme ça
Qu’on fait l’amour
Oh oh écoute-moi
Yeah yeah c’est comme ça
Yeah yeah caresse ultra
Oui oui comme les Chinois
Qu’on fait l’amour
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Last night was the third Circuit Breaker of the year, and there were even colour flyers and posters this time to advertise it - first time I've been on one of those. My set list:

Sleep Chamber - Warm Leatherette
Nash the Slash - Wolf
Psychic TV - I Believe What You Said
Severed Heads - We Have Come to Bless This House
Laibach - Geburt Einer Nation
Blutengel - Das Blut der Ewigkeit
Ad:Key - Hoch Die Hammer
Pankow - Me and my Ding-Dong
Front Line Assembly - Provision
Greater Than One - Now Is The Time
Einsturzende Neubauten - Tanz Debil
New Order - Video 586
Cyberaktif - Nothing Stays
Test Department - Fuckhead
Birmingham 6 - Who Do You Love?
Ad:Key - Frostengel
Neuroticfish - They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-ha
Nah the Slash - Children of the Night
A:Grumh - New Fashion
Chris and Cosey - October Love Song

It was good fun and intermittently had people out there stomping away. As usual, I took the first 90 minute set so it didn't matter what I played, at least for the first hour.

Midway during the night we had a moment of NOISE to commemmorate our friend Scott, who died suddenly last week. In life, one gets to meet at least a few people who both awe and inspire. People who are hugely and relentlessly intelligent, creative, driven, friendly and generous, interesting and interested at the same time. People who make their own luck and way in life, but no one can be jealous of them or wish them ill. Scott was one of these people - every time I talked to him I came away wanting to know him better and talk more. And now I can't talk to him any more, at all.

Farewell, Scott.

Dis'nDat

Mar. 15th, 2011 12:03 pm
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Note to anyone who might be wondering: my ex is about 700 miles away from the happenings in northern Japan, and about 250 miles away from the volcano that erupted the other day, so she's in probably the safest part of Japan right now, at least until Godzilla emerges from the waves...
(cue: http://www.godzilla.stopklatka.pl/dzwieki/godz1.wav)
Uh oh....

There's so much more ignorance than usual on TV and the Net these days in connection with the damaged nuclear reactors in Japan. Yesterday I saw Elliot Spitzer on CNN tell another reporter that he did not understand how wind could spread radiation, since he thought it went in all directions at once! Plainly he did not pay attention in Grade 10 science class, he was probably peeking down his neighbour's blouse. (The reporter said he didn't understand it either, until he asked a physicist.)

Anyway, the son of a friend of mine is a maintenance supervisor at a nuclear power plant in Ontario, and he posted this very clear explanation of how the Fukushima reactors work, what has happened there, and that there is a lot less danger than people think. He posted these.

http://bravenewclimate.com/2011/03/13/fukushima-simple-explanation/

http://bravenewclimate.com/2011/03/15/fukushima-15-march-summary/

Quote from the last entry, from a nuclear researcher:

"The lesson so far: Japan suffered an earthquake and tsunami of
unprecedented proportion that has caused unbelievable damage to every
part of their infrastructure, and death of very large numbers of
people. The media have chosen to report the damage to a nuclear plant
which was, and still is, unlikely to harm anyone. We won’t know for
sure, of course, until the last measure to assure cooling is put in
place, but that’s the likely outcome. You’d never know it from the
parade of interested anti-nuclear activists identified as “nuclear
experts” on TV.

From the early morning Saturday nuclear activists were on TV labelling
this ‘the third worst nuclear accident ever’. This was no accident,
this was damage caused by truly one of the worst of earthquakes and
tsunamis ever. (The reported sweeping away of four entire trains,
including a bullet train which apparently disappeared without a trace,
was not labelled “the third worst train accident ever.”) An example of
the reporting: A fellow from one of the universities, and I didn’t
note which one, obviously an engineer and a knowledgeable one, was
asked a question and began to explain quite sensibly what was likely.
He was cut off after about a minute, maybe less, and an anti-nuke,
very glib, and very poorly informed, was brought on. With ponderous
solemnity, he then made one outrageous and incorrect statement after
another. He was so good at it they held him over for another segment

The second lesson is to the engineers: We all know that the water
reactor has one principal characteristic when it shuts down that has
to be looked after. It must have water to flow around the fuel rods
and be able to inject it into the reactor if some is lost by a
sticking relief valve or from any other cause – for this, it must have
backup power to power the pumps and injection systems.

The designers apparently could not imagine a tsunami of these
proportions and the backup power — remember, the plants themselves
produce power, power is brought in by multiple outside power lines,
there are banks of diesels to produce backup power, and finally, banks
of batteries to back that up, all were disabled. There’s still a lot
the operators can do, did and are doing. But reactors were damaged and
may not have needed to be even by this unthinkable earthquake if they
had designed the backup power systems to be impregnable, not an
impossible thing for an engineer to do. So we have damage that
probably could have been avoided, and reporting of almost stunning
inaccuracy and ignorance. Still, the odds are that no one will be hurt
from radioactivity — a few workers from falling or in the hydrogen
explosions, but tiny on the scale of the damage and killing around it.”



Last Sunday night was Circuit Breaker again, and I had fun! Here's my set list:

Einsturzende Neubauten - NNNAAAAMMMM
DHI - Machine Altar Transmission
Chris and Cosey - Arcade (Extended Mix)
Kitchen and the Plastic Spoons - Filmen
Dead Musician - Nightmare (Leather Strip mix)
Pankow - Warm Leatherette
Master Program - Central Europe
Laibach - Achtung!
Einsturzende Neubauten - Fleisch "Blut/Hauth" Knochen
Front Line Assembly - Mindphaser (single remix)
Test Department - 51st State of America
Numb - Blood

Mostly suitably stompy, I thought. Though as usual I took the first shift so no one was dancing until the very end.

Got a new dishwasher and boy is it quiet. But I'm still paranoid about water and the house. Plumbing and electricity are my two least favourite things to deal with and they come together in a dishwasher. I wasn't too proud to let someone who knew what he was doing install it.

Poland 1939 game will be coming out at the end of March. Yahoo!

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