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From the conflicted mind of Marlow Euripides.

Last Build Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2018 17:14:53 +0000


Will Daft Punk ever come to Lollapalooza again?

Mon, 07 Jun 2010 14:28:00 +0000

It was almost spiritual, seeing Daft Punk at Lolla in 2007. It was like the culmination of my whole...okay, let's not go that far. But, it was incredible.

In order to do my part, albeit minuscule, to convince Daft Punk to visit fly-over country once again, I want them to know they have some real fans out here.

So, I present to you, as a longtime fan, my list of the Top 5 Daft Punk Produced Tracks (not on their studio albums):
  1. Stardust - Music Sounds Better with You / My God, the biggest club hit in 2000.
  2. I:Cube - Disco Cubism (Daft Punk Mix) / The funkiest minimalist track ever devised. 
  3. Le Knight Club - Hysteria  / Guy De Homem's band that sampled everything from Sister Sledge to Earth Wind and Fire.  Background on Le Knight Club's sampling. 
  4. DJ Falcon and Thomas Bangalter - Together / Just a smooth, feel-good House track.
  5. Thomas Bangalter - Club Soda / Parisian chic summed up in a 4 minute song. Nothing more to say.
Like I always tell my friends, I wish I were my age now, but in 1997. When the Internet, at a blazing 56K, was still something to be molded and created. Most of all, I wish I had been a 20-something in the 1990's because so much good electronica started at that time - Chemical Brothers, Portishead and above all, Daft Punk.

Undone in Detroit

Sun, 06 Jun 2010 21:33:00 +0000

It's tough being a Midwesterner - where our stoic self-image is tied to the industries that now rust away. The Midwest; where the overall game plan is to keep a nice lawn and not be too burdensome on others. At least the South has its code, and while Midwesterners may flood to the South in search of a more "American" lifestyle, they will never truly be Southern. By contrast, any old fool from any part of the country - or world for that matter - can move to the Midwest, keep his head down, and eventually pass himself off as a Midwesterner. We're a nice people. A mostly unassuming tribe.

Do I aim to be constructive? My God, I don't know. I look at the world; I see bad, I see good. In a world where philosophy and polemics have been stripped of their value in favor of the Washington Consensus, where we are racing maniacally to produce more and more consumer products to create jobs, which in turn are supposed to raise living standards, yada yada yada. Everyday things get more automated, reducing the necessary human input. Is it not a losing battle? Buy American, I don't give a shit. 

No, no, this is not a political blog, nor an ironic, self-referential, self-loathing exercise. Let's just see what we can create, let's see if we can have a little fun.