Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Join the Coney Island Polar Bear Club on New Year's Day for some good ol' fashioned freezing your ass off. All for a good cause. Full write-up here

Photo via Green Peace


Love this song

Sunday, December 20, 2009


as a side note, Brittany Murphy is also dead

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


I recently had the opportunity to interview Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter of New Release, Mr. Saturday Night, Sunday Best, and a thousand other cool things for a recent piece I did for Joonbug. I sincerely thought it was a shame to edit down an interview with two of the most literate people in the New York dance music arena, so I'm presenting the full discussion here on ZinBin. Enjoy!

On Mr. Saturday Night's migration to Brooklyn:

How has the transition from club to loft space affected your perspective on Mr. Saturday night? Has is affected changed the aesthetic you're trying to achieve?

Justin: Well, I for one have always preferred loft parties to traditional club events, so in a way I feel like Mister Saturday Night is just coming into its own now. Of course we have a soft spot for Santos, where we started the party, but the loft feels more like home. Hosting a party in a loft in Brooklyn, though it is becoming more and more common, still challenges the typical expectations that people have about going out. Even when you're walking up to the party, before you get inside, there's a very different impression given off than when you're walking up to a club with security barricades and two or three security guards standing outside.

Eamon: Brooklyn is a natural home for what we do, whether its Mister Saturday Night or Sunday Best, and the loft space we're using feels like the right fit for what we're about right now. We have more autonomy now which is also very important as being in control of all aspects of the production of the event is important to us. We hire all the staff, own the sound system, curate the line up and of course are the resident DJs.

Weekly dance parties seem to be moving to Brooklyn en masse. Do you guys think this is a function of real estate/available venue space? Bringing the party to the people that want to party? The general phenomenon of "Brooklyn appeal" these marketing suits keep talking about?

J: It's definitely a function of real estate and venue space. That's not just because there can be fewer venues because of high rents, either. That's also because the clubs that do exist have such high rents that it seems like they often have to do things outside of their ideals to meet their break even point. I feel like over the past few years, we've seen some solid places with great ideals open up with guns blazing: great bookings, great sound, an interesting overall aesthetic, and so forth. In the end, though, they can't sustain their ideals, and they have to start doing things that they aren't necessarily psyched about to make sure they can make ends meet.

E: The commercial realities of Manhattan have led it to be a less interesting place for music and art when compared to Brooklyn. The fact that the better parties are happening in Brooklyn now is of no surprise to me.

On the topic of New Year's:

Obviously, you guys know how to keep a weekly party fresh week after week. Have you been saving anything special for
New Year's Eve at Market Hotel?

Justin: Well, beyond the fact that we're running an open bar all night, we're keeping things as we normally keep them at Mister Saturday Night. We'll probably do a countdown or something, but really, I feel like New Year's Eve gets too much pomp and circumstance sometimes, and the best parties I've ever been a part of on New Year's were good because they were good -- not because of something specifically New Year's related. That's not to say we won't make it special -- we're hosting Omar S, playing really good music ourselves, using our full Turbosound sound system and stocking the bar with drinks that are made with quality -- it's just to say that we try to make every one of our parties special.

E: We're actually trying to make NYE really simple for our audience this year. A very affordable ticket gets you a great party, with one of the world's best DJs and a full open bar. You really cant do much better than that!

Is there a New Year's Eve that stands out in your memory or lack thereof?

J: The first New Year's Eve party I ever threw was probably my favorite. It was at Asterisk, a now gone Brooklyn spot where I threw my first loft parties. I think it was 2004 going into 2005, and we had a few bands on the bill. I think Kudu, The Epochs and a few others. Roy Dank and Brennan Green played in the back room, I played in the front room, and there was free beer for everyone who came, and it was just generally a big, crazy party.

E: A couple of years ago I played a 5 hour set in the basement of 205. It was packed and strangely for NYE felt very spontaneous. It was the only time I played there and I had a blast.

On the topic of the future:

2009, a good year for New Release and its various incarnations. Any grands visions for 2010? The new decade in general?

J: 2009 was really our first year! I mean, I started writing the New Release Weekly Selections (the one about events going on every week in New York) about five years ago, and Eamon and I have both been doing events and DJing for a while now; but this was the first year that Eamon and I worked together constantly as a team, and it was the year that we gave a lot of our past endeavors real focus and direction. As an individual it's really nice to step back and see that the partnership has taken me forward. There are a lot of ideas floating around up there, but without the right partner, those ideas often don't take shape, and with Eamon, things really have gelled.

As for the future, there are lots of grand ideas that we have cooking, but for right now, Mister Saturday Night, Sunday Best and our Weekly Selections will keep us plenty busy.

E: We're delighted with the success of Mister Saturday Night and Sunday Best in 2009 and New Release is really finding it's voice as a credible music editorial site now. We plan to build those brands in 2010 and to continue to challenge ourselves and do new things. Justin and I have really hit our stride as a DJ pairing which I'm really happy about and we definitely want to build on that and to find some time to do gigs in Europe and throughout the US. I also have some productions coming out with my production partner Steve Raney which I'll be happy to see get released.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


For anyone who made it out to the Hornitos Ball on Sunday, if I say wow, you know what I'm talking about. If I say "ouch," you probably understand even better. The actual ball they're dropping on NYE in Times Square made a special guest appearance. Very cool! Total sci-fi set piece material. Full write up (here)


Thursday, December 10, 2009


Before the weekend swallows me whole, here are a few things that should be fun/I am obligated to promote. GENUINE SMILES! really though, these are fun

Love Legowelt. Legowelt! Live! Can't wait!



YUM. Don't forget to RSVP, too.

If you are the charitable type or just trying to fool a date into thinking that you're balling, even though you live in Bushwick, you should know that the Brooklyn Grange is throwing a $50 a head cocktail party as a fundraiser. Full write-up (here). Enjoy!


Now YOU can get the MVSCLZ ep for your very own home enjoyment and life edification. These 6 new tracks include all the MVSCLZ black magic you have come to love, but also feature "guest vocal appearances by Dan Deacon, Ojay Morgan (House of Ladosha, Zebra Katz), Deena Oh (Low Red Center, nanobangbang). Oh so cool. All that for free/donation! Hi-NRG, indeed. GO DO LISTEN


Thursday, December 3, 2009


That's a pun. Can you deal with that, internet? Movies return to a great venue. Read full text (here). YAY

photo courtesy of

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Ok, not that kind of Craft. Ya know, the making stuff kind. Full write up (here).

Monday, November 30, 2009


All you kids' music sounds like this to me now. OK, I kid.

Send me your musics and lo, I will still listen to them. This invitation includes all present, past, and future sounds.


Love it.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009



For ZinBin's first ever Thanksgiving post, I'd like to take a moment to say how thankful I am for the Fairlight CMI, a pioneering effort in polyphonic digital sampling. For those of you who don't know, long long ago computers had little to nothing to do with commercial music. Funny idea, right? The CMI helped change all that. By making high quality digital sampling available to musicians, the Fairlight CMI and its competitors actually changed what people defined as music. And it still sounds great.

Enough from me, let's hear what Bob Moog has/had to say.

And the company itself. Check out the list of Fairlight users at 1:44 to see what I mean about this instrument being so broadly influential. This video also briefly discusses the Voicetracker and the Fairlight CVI. More on the CVI later.



Peter Gabriel

Herbie Hancock

And check out the ridiculousness that resulted from a classically trained musician getting his hands on one of these things.

Fairlight also spent considerable effort towards creating a digital video effects device. What ultimately resulted was the Fairlight CVI.

Here's another only slightly cloying promo tape.

Inevitable BBC coverage.


Fairlight Instruments currently has a 30 year anniversary revival planned for 2010. You can express your interest in obtaining one here. They are taking feedback from fans and potential users regarding the final specs on their forum . This is super exciting! I can't wait to see how this this new beast turns out.

Good job, Australia! Good job, Peter Vogel! Keep up the good work. And a happy Thanksgiving to you all.

all photos copyright Fairlight Instruments

Thursday, November 12, 2009


If there's anything dear to the small nuclear reactor I call a heart, it's food. The process of growing that food is just plain intriguing. Growing that food on an acre (!) of dedicated rooftop space in Brooklyn, well wow, that's amazing. This event is your chance to help make that happen. Screw FarmVille, Brooklyn Grange is the real thing. $10 entry fee gets you all that stuff on the flier, which I would normally hype for you individually, but I have the suspicion that you can read for yourself. OK OK OK, just know, good live and DJ music, loads of free stuff, and yes, A PUNCHING MACHINE! COOL! GOOD TIMES! RAKES! SHOVELS! HOES! FRIDAY THE 13TH! SEE YOU THERE!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Photo by Scott Robertson

Hey guys, it's a music post that's not even about a disco diva. Weird, right? When does that happen? Um, now.


You may already be familiar with Nightshade a la our last
mixtape, which I promise I really will stop mentioning someday, or possibly your own limitless internet savvy. They had the great idea to make music videos for all their songs right off the bat and put them all up on their Youtube Channel. New media, say what? If you still prefer to listen to music without using your eyes, they also have a myspace. I'm enjoying this stuff. It's dark, but still has a really great pop sensibility to it. I've heard people compare this stuff to Fever Ray, Bot'Ox, Glass Candy, and even a low-fi take on Peter Gabriel and/or Phil Collins. (QUESTION: Those two ARE officially the same person now, right?) I can hear all those in there if I try, but I'm 10 to the 10th power more likely to get Nightshade stuck in my head these days than "Solsbury Hill." I really really want to see how this stuff sounds live. Keep up the good work, guys!

This piece of music entered my world via
†HE C☮MM☮N CH∆N†. I will admit, that my first reaction was not entirely positive, but this song got its hooks into me and has been a near daily listen ever since. Ata Kak has gotten me through colds, bad job interviews, a leaky roof, and more than one intolerable subway rush hour. It's sunshine in lo-fi highlife form. If that video didn't send you screaming from the room, then you should visit Awesome Tapes From Africa and download the full album.

I bet you're thinking this is pretty weak mp3 wise for a music post, well ASSACRE has you covered. 2005's Fantastic Illusions Worth Dying For is now available as a free download (here). I lost this album a few hard drives ago, so you can imagine my relief that these epic jams have been loosed on the earthly plane once again. Listen with vigor. Repeat until achieving desired results.

And hey guys,
I'd like to put music up here on a more regular basis, so if you ever have any music you know about/are making that you'd like me to post, please be so kind as to drop me a line.


Thursday, October 29, 2009


Halloween day party excitement for you! The Deth Killers of Bushwick are going to be providing you with a dirt bike track and a bonfire and food and porta potties and fake violence and oh yeah, music.

Ninjasonik, who you may remember from their song about getting somebody pregnant and/our mixtape, and Anamanaguchi, the kings of 8-bit rock that's like yeah, are playing in the live. This is really cool! In additon, Theo G (WESTERN BEEF!), GRAM0PHoNE of Phone Tag, and probably SIMIAN GIBBONS are all going to be blasting out raucous, seasonally appropriate jams. I should also mention it's all happening at the magical pizza kingdom known as Roberta's. That place is so tasty.


While you're on the site, be sure to check out the new Des Kiraz shirts. I hear there will even be a few limited edition shirts available for purchase at the event. They're quite touching.


Monday, October 26, 2009


After much consideration and expulsions of love, we (GRAM0PHoNE and SIMIAN GIBBONS) have decided to give you a mixtape, ahem


here it is

I think it's very fun. 18+, yes. It has exclusive mixes of alot of remixes and various doodads that will never find anywhere ever and it has our faces and twitters and things on it, so I stand behind it.


Wish you all well and thanks for listening.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


I started my internship with this week. That's a link to a splash page. The full site launches on the 1st, I do believe. A cool concept. It's been fun running around to bars and restaurants and then getting to write about it.

On the music front, my pal Gryphon, of Phone Tag and a thousand other things, and I are working on a mix tape. I would tease you with a track list, but you have to wait until next week. Ok ok, I'll just say it features Phoenix, MVSCLZ, Vanity 6, Nightshade, Iron Maiden, Beyonce, Yuksek, more dirty rap than you can shake a PARENTAL ADVISORY label at, and oh so much more. It's good, trust me.

Also! Phone Tag is playing at Kenny's Castaways as part of CMJ this Friday. Needless to say, you should attend. FB event page behind the link.

Carry on, internet soldiers.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009



Tuesday, October 13, 2009


From the man machine that helped spawn all things Awthum, rocked your pimply teenage face off with ASSACRE, got fit/black magical with MVSCLZ, burned beauty into your eyes with AQUABOTIC, brought the cosmos to the MEN R G dancefloor, and a does a thousand other things I can't I can't chase down links for from an iPhone, comes a real live website dedicated to his media work



visit early and often

photo courtesy of Dan Patrick

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


The Brooklyn Sore Feet Quick Weight Loss Guide for Autumn 2009 is not intended as serious medical advice. Accordingly, it should not be used in any attempt to diagnose, treat, or prevent a medical condition. That being said, it works.

1st meal (brunch)
Eat at as soon as you can after waking. Ideally this will be sometime between 11 AM and 3 PM. Wander around for 30 minutes calling people to see if they want to "do lunch." Never eat a substantial meal alone, ever. It does not particularly matter what you eat at this point in the day. Most varieties of noodles, sandwiches, and tacos are acceptable. The main point of this meal is to give you the energy to not immediately return to your bed, floor, or pile of bedding on the floor for a nap. Drinking alcohol at this meal is acceptable so long as you keep the previous guideline in mind. Contrary to popular belief, horchata, coffee, kombucha, water, various juices, and tea are all suitable alternatives to many of the more traditional breakfast beverages, such as the mimosa.

Interlude 1
This is an excellent time to do whatever it is you need to do. Wherever you are going, walk there. Walk ceaselessly. If your destination is too far to reach on foot in a reasonable amount of time, take the train. As a general rule, it's important to avoid any form of transportation that does not require you to scale or descend an excessive number of stairs at some point.

Make sure and get lost a few times per day, as this can greatly increase the number of miles you walk in a day. Your iPhone or any other electronic device with a rudimentary form of GPS can aid you to that end. Purposefully limiting your understanding of the subway system can also help.

NOTE: A good way to tell if you're sticking to the program is literally right beneath your feet. Are your socks and shoes in good repair? If you answered "yes," you may not be following the guidelines as well as you should. And your feet themselves, do they hurt? Even when soaked in warm water for 30 minutes? If you answered "no" to either, you may need to be paying more attention.

2nd meal (follow your nose)
This meal should be something you can eat while walking. Try to find something that can fit in one hand. Candy bars, churros, and nuts coated in some mysterious substance are all suitable options. Many other options are readily available from your favorite bodega. Coconut water or beer are common substitutes.

Interlude 2
See interlude 1. Continue to walk around. Finish up whatever you need to in preparation for the evening.

3rd meal (playing for keeps)
This meal ideally occurs between 7 and 9 PM. Its main purpose is meal is to tide you over for the next 12+ hours. If you do not have a crippling cable TV or internet addiction that keeps you at home, this can be especially important. Once again, what you actually eat is immaterial, as long as the portion is sensible. Many express a preference for carbohydrates, as they provide a lasting source of energy for whatever activities the night brings. Others consider this meal totally optional, preferring a more sizable two candy bar/two churros/two whatever snack to the smaller portion described previously.

AN EXTREMELY BRIEF NOTE ON GOING OUT: If you do choose to go out, try not to eat until at least 4 AM. As always, the most important thing here is to remain in a state of constant activity. If you can, try not to stay at any particular location more than two hours. Taking cars or other non-stairs centric forms of transportation is the most acceptable during this time, but do not to overindulge, as you can quickly become dependent on this luxury.

Marvel as your previously fashionably fitting clothes expand around you, even as your body core seems to recede into itself and you find your once familiar limbs replaced with wiry, translucent versions of themselves. To compensate, add layers of clothing until movement begins to become restricted. Noticeable results should appear within 3 weeks. Repeat these steps everyday until completely satisfied with your life.

Saturday, September 26, 2009


Going on and off the subway. Turning with the train. The fast transitions between daylight and darkness and muted daylight, filtered by impact glass and smothered by cyan fluorescent.

"Ladies and gentleman, can I have your attention, please," says the flight attendant. The flight attendant asks for change. The request is ignored. A sign on the wall suggests that calling 311 will provide the "change" and "quarters" the flight attendant truly requires can come only as the result of some vague package of social service options. The are no particulars included. "Orange, apple, and left over sandwiches, please. Anything helps. Apples, oranges, leftover sandwiches, or anything you might spare." A sharp jerk concludes the flight. The stop is here. You leave. Voila. There is a new flight attendant the next day or the next. There are also pretty girls on the subway.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Well, I made it. Not made it made it, but I'm here; I've made it here; looky me, here I am. I'll admit, getting to New York felt a bit like this:

I have adjusted somewhat since. That process will continue.

Finding things to do has kept me busy. Leads that seemed to be prayers, long shots, and wishful thinking are starting to call me back/make their interest known. It's encouraging, but I still need more. I have one possible job on Friday. That possibility is super exciting, but I am impatient with waiting for phone calls.

If the signs declaring that airport x-ray machines somehow do not ruin film are true, I will have pictures soon.

I've also discovered the inadequacies of the term PA. The A is easy, as it almost invariably means assistant. The P is just not enough. Too many words start with P. Are you hiring a photo assistant, personal assistant, production assistant, or pyrotechnic assistant? Some people don't seem to know either. Lines blur. People make mistakes. Hopefully nobody gets set on fire, unless that is what is supposed to be happening.

Monday, September 14, 2009


A long time coming, but still too soon.

Friday, September 11, 2009


And what could possibly go wrong on a day like today? No, wait. No, still nothin. Hm, thinkin. Nope, a total blank. Anyway, here you go.

A great chance for both live music and dance floor action. Features Video installations curated by Domy Books and viewings of various other arts n such. + Neilyo + Annie Ray + ok, really you should go.

That is, unless you're going to Emo's to see Chairlift perform with their super special added member, composer John Maus. That seems like an interesting combo. Partake in the video evidence provided to see what I mean. Not exactly iPod commercial material. Cool though. And yes, my phaser is permanently set to dork.

And from all accounts, this show is pretty darn great. + Prince Klassen. RSVP is closed already, but I'm sure you can pay to get in.





Featuring MenRG DJs:


Every 2nd Saturday


@ Colors @ Rusty Spurs
405 E 7th Street
Austin, TX 78701


Interactive art installations invade Co-lab for one night only. Featuring atmospheric tunes by DJ Bootygator.

With a name like Prepmode, you know it's got to be good.

Local fun abounds.

Local fun abounds elsewhere. And there are house parties. One in particular you should be interested. Message me for info. Go weekend!


Thursday, September 10, 2009


Oh yes, there is alot to do on this Thursday night. UPDATE: Peter and the Wolf, Sunset, The Eastern Sea, and Silent Diane are all playing from 9-11 tonight at Baby Blue Studios (1522 E 12th)! This is alot of music for a $5 beer donation! + DJing by Dan Gentile in between sets. GOD WHY AM I WORKING LATE WHY WHY WHY

The ever awesome WWLs open up for the Lemurs tonight at Mohawk. You know this will be super magical.

And lo, a "dance party"/hang out session at Primo's. Come fill yourself with $2 Tecate and take in a really nifty variety of musics. SPREADING EVER EASTWARD: WE WILL NOT STOP TIL WE REACH THE OCEAN. EVEN THEN, WE WILL ONLY PAUSE TO BUY BOATS. I digress. This is gonna be fun.

I really messed up about letting you know that you should RSVP for this for cheap tickets, but after all, it's only a $2 difference. You'll survive. If you know who My Cousin Roy is, you know that this show will be amazed/guessing. Primo stuff here.

And yet another show featuring some fun local talent. Cheers!


Wednesday, September 9, 2009


DRUM MACHINE CIRCLE tonight at the Lamar pedestrian bridge. Well, unless it rains. Then it will be somewhere else. This is a whole lot of fun and a good excuse to hang out, even if you don't have a drum machine or what have you. In addition to drum machines and amps, bring lasers and mirrors to aid in the construction of a 9,000 pointed laser star. How can you say no? You just can't.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Life is consumed by endless hours spent with well meaning tech support people whose only way to help me is by using arrays of inferior crap and scripted methods that don't work. Someday, my iPhone will actually be able to access the internet. Someday. It still makes phone calls and texts, so I guess it could be worse (KNOCK ON WOOD REAL HARD). Anyway, Tuesday is today. Escapism is in order.

St. David and The Dirty Kids are having their debut show at Mohawk! A three piece that focuses on playing rock as you may not have heard in awhile: with "no indie harmonies n bullshit," as St. David himself so eloquently puts it. I'm excited. You should be too. If next you see me and inquire as to why my face is gone, I shall answer, "Sir, was rocked clean off." Show starts around 10.

"Guests" this week means Details, so you know it's gonna be a good time.

Sunday, September 6, 2009


So, for those of you who have been keeping track (anybody? anybody?), this is my 100th post. Yay for that! Yay for me sticking with a project that long. Yay for you making me want to keep doin this. Thanks for hanging in there, everyone.

Anyway, if you know me personally, you are probably aware that very imminently I am moving here:
A young white male from Austin, TX moving to New York City, specifically somewhere in Brooklyn or Queens? I don't know what to say. You're going to have to find a way to wrap your head around that. There are reasons for this. Partly, it is because I do not want to grow complacent and/or stagnant, thus becoming resentful and, as some would say, pissing in the pickle jar. Don't get me wrong, I love this pickle jar: that's why I don't want to piss in it. Partly, it is because an adventure sounds so good right now and now is an excellent time for an adventure.

So, what does this mean for you, avid reader? Well firstly, I don't think I can keep covering happenings in a city I don't live in. That's a given. Beyond that, you can expect largely more of the same. Ok, that's not very clear. In other words, this blog will probably become slightly more "personal," but will continue to do most of the things it has done before: social commentary, the posting of amazing things to hear and look at from the real and internet worlds, and hopefully some things I haven't thought of yet. Just not things to do in Austin. For now. In the next few weeks I'll be posting about blogs that I feel are good/far superior substitutes to my events coverage. Gaping hole in your life: filled.

Thanks to everyone that's helped make this blog such a pleasure to write so far. Shine on, you cray cray diamonds.

Friday, September 4, 2009


This is Saturday's post. This post belongs to Saturday. Hands off, Thursday.

My A-grade pre-party pick. Big Medium Gallery (5305 Bolm Rd #12) hosts an opening reception for Here We Are, art by Christa Palazzolo and Brian Halloran. If you want a preview, the artists' sites are here and here. 8-11.

An opening at the MASS Gallery (916 Springdale Road) from 7-11, with large-scale sculpture from Dave Bryant and Nathan Green.

Domy Books is hosting a book signing for Handmade Nation, which is a movie you should watch (see Sunday). Anyway, this is from 7-9 and there is free Live Oak.

Fairly self-explanatory. I do like Auto Body and I do like this poster. Tumblr has turned me into some sort of psych art freak the last few week.

+ SHOW. + Black Panda is headlining at the Scoot Inn tonight. They don't believe in posters, but they are a great band nonetheless.

See above. The Alamo South Lamar is hosting screenings at 1:30pm and 4:10pm w/ a craft bazaar til round about 6. There's an after screening party at Austin Handmade right after that. So many ways to be crafty.

Heart Beats: benefit for a good cause at Mohawk, featuring loads of local acts, who are doubtlessly easier to see than this flier. And and and Black Panda is playing ANOTHER show. This time with the The Apeshits, Monkey Town, Extravaganza, and The Cassingles. All at the sovereign nation of Beerland.


This weekend is like your high school valedictorian that went to Harvard: it has no excuse not to be great. OK, that was weak, but seriously, even if you're chronologically challenged, there are still plenty of house parties and other such things to keep you busy til the wee hours. I will not post them here, because where's the fun in that. If I had to spend all night hunting for disappearing ghost parties when I was your age (ok, I'm only 22, but still), then so do you.

Four flavors of local indie rock for your listening pleasurfication. May I suggest you try the waffle cone. Yay! Eastern Sea is at Emo's! Go team, go!

Here there be free vodka til 11. The only kicker is that only females are allowed to access it. IIf wearing a dress or getting a sex change sounds like too much of an effort, I bet one of your gal pals would be willing to send some of it your way so long as you ask nicely.