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Phoenix – Kitsuné Tabloid

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Kitsuné follows up Digitalism’s Tabloid curated mix by asking Phoenix to craft their own mix of favorite tunes. Any mix that includes Kiss, Elvis Costello & Tangerine Dream’s “Love on a Real Train” is something worth listening to. Out March 23, 2009, just about 2 months short of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. This mix should hold us all off till then.

Phoenix – Kitsuné Tabloid Tracklist:
1. Kiss – Love Theme From Kiss
2. Dirty Projectors – Rise Above
3. The Red Crayola – Victory Garden
4. The Impressions – I’ve Been Trying
5. Chris Bell – I Am The Cosmos
6. Roxy Music – Pyjamarama
7. The 13th Floor Elevators – I Had To Tell You
8. Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Shipbuilding
9. D’Angelo – Send It On
10. Tangerine Dream – Love On A Real Train
11. Urge Overkill – Stull (Part 1)
12. Lô Borges – Aos Barões
13. Iggy Pop & James Williamson – Master Charge
14. Dennis Wilson – Lady (Falling in Love)
15. Irma Thomas – It’s Raining
16. Ritchie Valens – In A Turkish Town
17. Dusty Springfield – I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today
18. Lou Reed – Street Hassle

Kiss – Love Theme from Kiss

Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Shipbuilding

Tangerine Dream – Love on a Real Train

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Asian Dan Interview: Fred Falke

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1. What made you want to start making music? Did your upbringing and family have a big influence on why you decided to make music? Has music always been your main job and only way to make money?

My father was a pianist, and we had a piano, so I spent a lot of times listening to him and playing. Also I’ve always enjoyed listen to records since I was a kid.
I screwed up my studies, so my only job has been music, always.

2. Brian Eno once said “Play more things that make me dance around and less things that make me sit and look miserable in a plastic chair”. I definitely see that this mindset has infiltrated mainstream music in the past few years. What are your thoughts on this?

When I record a track, I always think: “Would I like to listen to it and dance?” This is the way I like music, I want it to make me feel good.
Also I like to listen to the music that suits my mood, sometimes when I feel like sitting down and relaxing and it’s raining outside and I listen to Satelite of Love by Lou Reed and I feel so good, not sad at all. That’s the magic of the music.

3. Who are your favorite producers? Who are your favorite bassists?

The Neptunes are brilliant, simple and massive production, i like them!
I also like Snoop Dog, for the same reason, simple ideas, and big sound, it goes straight into your mind! And of course Kanye West, he’s legend.
As for bass players, I’ve listened to a lot of them while studying bass guitar, but only a few keep driving me crazy, the best of all is the late GARY KING, just awesome, brilliant musician and bass player, I love his sound and every bassline he recorded is just magic to my hears, he is the best. Also John Entwistle from The Who was a big influence to me, he always plays the right note @ the right time, and makes the songs so big.

4. What are your top 3 songs that make you dance? What are your top 3 albums/tracks that make you want to rock?

Soul Bells from Le Knight Club
Unplugged from DJ Falcon
Deep Snside from Hardrive

The Who “Who are You?” – I can listen to it endlessly.
Ozzy Osbourne, “Live@Budokan”
Incubus “Light Grenades”

5. What have you been listening to lately? What music today excites you and see going places in 2008?

Latest album from Katalyst, so good, I dig that 60’s vibe, and the band Sparkadia, they are really great.I like many kind of music, hip-hop, pop, dance, rock whatever makes me grind and dance is cool! I think the mix of the genres is what makes music go further, to the next step.

6. What is your favorite piece of musical gear? What is your favorite envelope filter for bass?

My E-MU SP1200, this is the best music gear ever, so simple to use the sound is banging, you can make an album with it!
For bass I have my old Mutron 3 and a Meatball Filter, they sound so cool.

7. Any plans of starting an all-star electronic “band” like Steve Aoki, The Faint & Boys Noize? It would be impressive to see all of you DJ’s and producers “rock out”. Maybe a big collaboration with Alan Braxe, Kris Menace and some your other dance colleagues is in the works? Any big releases or exciting news you would like to share? When are you coming to the states?

Alan & I are not working together anymore.
I’ve met so many talented people I wish to make music with, Knightlife, Miami Horror, Kris Menace…we just need to catch up in studio.
I’ve just finished a remix for Lykke Li a singer, great voice, and also I’ve finished my next release, need to get it signed now , hahah!
I’ll be working on my own solo album in the next few months.
I Definitely want to play in the USA!!!
The sooner the better, need to get gigs, any promoters reading? 🙂

Fred Falke Myspace

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