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Photo By Gene Page

Photo By Gene Page

While I try to figure out what my Sunday nights will hold, without The Walking Dead for the next 6 months, I’m getting ready for the season finale on March 31st reading here and there, looking for spoilers and hidden stories as the huge geek that I am.

I have wondered why Frank Darabont, Creator, Showrunner and Producer of the series, was not in the picture anymore, after developing 2 seasons of one of the best TV shows I had seen in a long time. And I finally found an article – not really a hidden story, but new to me – explaining why he resigned or, let’s call things with their names, he was fired by AMC. According to this and other articles, the Network’s Executive VP of Programming & Production, Joel Stillerman, fired our Frank even after he brought The Walking Dead to the highest ratings in history for a cable show.

And what do you do when season 1 gets praise from the critics as well as from the general public and has exceptional ratings? You order a second season with 7 more episodes than the previous one and you cut the budget by 700K.

Wait, what? Longer season, less money. Ok, that doesn’t make much sense, but the second season was awesome nonetheless.

Then what do you do when season 2 gets more praise from the critics, when lines from your show go viral and your fan base grows even more? You fire the talented bastard who made it happen. Again, it’s non sense.

After Frank Darabont was fired, Glen Mazzara took over as Showrunner on season 3 and I personally noticed – like maybe many other fans – a strong change of direction and a much slower progression in the plot. By the end of season 3 production, Glen Mazzara was replaced as well with one of the lead writers, Scott Gimple.

Joel Stillerman, brilliant mind behind this “tarantella” of replacements, is now sitting in his 15th floor NYC office making the next big decision. Sure, we can’t say the network hasn’t been rolling on a gold path with shows like Breaking Bad and Mad Man on the roster. But I couldn’t help to think about those Suits – too many – telling talented professionals how to do their job, getting into the detail of artistic choices, barking to who fights for their art and bringing their word to an artistic place where their eyes or heart don’t belong. Sounds like a show-off of power to me, one more Suit in LaLaLand, one more artist in Suit-land.

For us though – the hipercritical fans – the ultimate expectation is a good show; actually a spectacular, jaw-dropping show, something very tricky to do nowadays.

(SPOILER) So I’m looking forward to the 27-characters massacre in the upcoming season finale and I want to give a special goodbye to Merle. Let me love Michonne for being the only one able to give us a deep look into the crazy misunderstood Merle, the late bloomer who’s a mystery to himself. The character that we hated and despised and that left us with the bitter feeling of wanting more.

Muno.pl does it right….

Very cool interview with the Droog boys.

Read the interview and listen to some Droog HERE.

 

On a slightly narcissistic note… Check out what Droog said about me.  hehehe :) (Thanx fellas!)

…”Another one off this compilation is Nikko Gibler – Monterrey, Mexico-born – but very much an LA denizen and closely connected to us musician and producer. Nikko is a multi-instrumentalist and a vocalist, a rare music mind within dance music. He is just now getting fully into electronic stuff having been a rock musician since he was a kid, great things will come from him. “

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Shadi Megallaa’s, “You Aint Dancin” in the hands of Nikko Gibler, bubbles and clicks with mechanical precision. The tight electronic funk here pushes against the trends of today’s floor and shows how Left’d as a label is open to any music with something to say. Five releases in and the 8 tracks on show again provide a snapshot of modern underground house music. From the super deep funked up core to the twisted outer limits, the label continues to break fresh talent and put a vibrant spin on todays dancefloors.

Also featuring tracks and remixes by Waifs & Strays, Geddes, John Johr, Mark Chambers, Rusty James, Christian Maiden, Maher Daniel, Jacksonville, Stojche, Matthew Burton, Nick Lawson.

Supported by: Droog, Luciano, Konrad Black, Terry Francis,  Xpress 2, Steve Lawler, Richie Hawtin, Nic Fanciulli, D’Julz, Maetrik & Alex Niggeman

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Culprit LA "Above The City" - CP0VA001 - Out October 10th 2011

OUT OCTOBER 10th 2011


(Los Angeles) As announced last week, one of my tracks has been selected for Culprit’s upcoming various artist compilation “Above The City”.  Originally scheduled for release on Sept. 21st. I have been informed that the OFFICIAL release date will be October 10th 2011. The compilation features tracks by Clovis, Lula Circus, Death On The Balcony, Mark Chambers & Soho, Nico LahsSeth Troxler & Lee Curtiss, Anthony Collins and myself.

The compilation has been named “Above The City” in reference to Culprit’s notorious Standard Rooftop parties. Which by the way will be coming to an end (FOR THE SEASON) on October 2nd 2011. On decks and gear will be none others than Martin Buttrich (Desolat/Cocoon),  Jozif (Wolf+Lamb/Compost) and label-heads Droog (Culprit/Crosstown Rebels).


It will be epic. The last one with Curtiss and Tolfrey was insane… I blacked out…. I did not pass out…. I blacked out.

That’s what you get when you have more fun than you really should. That’s how good it was! lol =) So I hope to see everyone there again so we can get wwwwrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkeeeeeeeeeeeeedddddddddddddd!

For more info about these amazing parties and all future releases, please visit Culprit LA‘s Facebook page by clicking HERE.

PRESS RELEASE

Culprit’s first Various Artists compilation has had a two-year genesis. “Above The City” is a meticulously assembled collection providing a sonic blueprint to a maturing label realizing its musical identity. Joined by the same idea and feeling are some of the most promising young producers around – from Los Angeles’ own Clovis and Nikko Gibler, Londoners Marc Chambers & Soho, Leeds’ rising stars Death on The Balcony through to the Italian contingent of Lula Circus and Nico Lahs, anchored by the experience of label old friends Lee Curtiss & Seth Troxler and Anthony Collins.

Deliberately released at the tail-end of the label’s summer rooftop party season, Culprit Sessions, this collection embodies the atmosphere of the imprint’s revered Sunday afternoon rooftop parties. A few golden hours of revelry, betwixt day and night, where friends, lovers and music take on ethereal warmth. The release of “Above The City” is a poignant conclusion to and celebration of Culprit’s most exciting party season to date.

“Above The City’s” track order is sequenced to provide a snapshot of an imagined Culprit Sessions soundtrack. A musical guide to the progression of a Sunday afternoon party, which starts out eclectic and jazzy, moves through to deep and dubby, before picking up energy as the dancefloor fills.

Culprit’s vibe is one that has resonated with producers around the world. Some are new to Culprit and have never traveled to LA, others have played Culprit’s parties and been frequent guests of the label. But all have taken inspiration from Culprit and channeled this in their own unique ways. The result is a compilation of tracks flush with individuality, that collectively evoke the close of a California summer.



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Who is Dance Spirit?

I listened to a great new song today. It is a track on Riff Raff’s most recent compilation, “Animal Behavior Compilation Vol. 1”

While all of the music on the album is really great, one song has really caught my attention. Dance Spirit’s “Flamingo Paint” is killer and is prone to be a worldwide “insta-hit”. I also read an update on their page that says that they are working on something for Lazaro Casanova’s label petFood. Which is cool because I’m releasing on petFood next month as well. So I’m guessing we know many of the same people and a collaboration or remix could be possible if only I knew who to address. lol

Oddly enough, his or their “Dance Spirit” page has only got 35 likes, and its member’s area has been left anonymous. Here lies the mystery… Who is behind the controls here? Could this be someone who’s music we are already familiar with?? Reveal yourself!! Let’s jam!!!

In the meantime, I suggest you all to go to Beatport and download “Flamingo Paint”. Or click on the image above and visit Dance Spirit’s official website.

Booyakasha!!

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