Thursday, January 22, 2009

Like Sugar - A Synthpop Special Edition

Yet another Like Sugar mix is now available. This is pure electronic dance and heavily synthpop driven. I was inspired to do a synth version after listening to the entire De/Vision back catalog (they are on tour here in the USA!).
Hope you enjoy, and PLEASE leave me a comment, if only to say hello!

(fill) - BT & Sasha - Ride
01 - The Sound of Arrows - M.A.G.I.C.
02 - Club 8 - Saturday Night Engine
03 - Hey Champ - Cold Dust Girl
04 - Don Juan Dracula - Into The Sunset
05 - De/Vision - Your Hands On My Skin
06 - De/Vision - Your Hands On My Skin (Spanish Green Mix)
07 - De/Vision - Your Hands On My Skin (Sonnet Shuttle Mix)
08 - Elegant Machinery - A Soft Exchange
(fill) - New Order - Paradise
09 - Neuropa - Fashion Fauxs
10 - The Legends - Darling
11 - Seabound - Poisonous Friend (Iris Remix)
12 - The Undertones - Teenage Kicks
(fill) - Peter Murphy - The Scarlet Thing In You
13 - Christopher Anton - True Love (Angel Eyes) (Dance Mix)
14 - Mesh - Crisis
15 - Walter Meego - Forever

Download the show directly here.

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Stream the show here.

Steam the show from this page (player by Odeo below):

While I am posting, I wanted to share this cute Carmen video from Anything Box. It's a special treat for fans.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Easy lucky frEE

What, am I a teen again? Some of my posts are silly and I know it. Can't take myself too seriously. Seems people can relate to the lyrics I post on occasion. It's a "Hey, I think that way too" thing. Funny thing is, someone else expressed their feelings and wrote a song about it. I just copy-pasted the text of it. Reading is somehow a different experience than hearing the words. I use the blog as a journal of sorts. Best part is that I have no clue who is reading regularly. I guess that doesn't matter, as I'd say what I say to one person the same as I'd say it to 2,191,971 people. There's a hint in that number. Aging over here.

I am off to Los Angeles tomorrow to see De/Vision. A dream come true. Well, really, I never dreamed of seeing them live, but it's dream show. One of the best of the genre, to be sure. De/Vision, Wolfsheim, Mesh and Anything Box set the synthpop standard.


I'm staring out into that vacuum again
From the back porch of my mind
The only thing that's alive
I'm all there is

And I start attacking my vodka, stab the ice with my straw
My eyes have turned red as stoplights, you seem ready to walk
You know I'll call you eventually, when I wanna talk
'Til then you're invisible.

'Cause theres a switch that gets hit and it all stops making sense
And in the middle of drinks, maybe the fifth or the sixth
I'm completely alone at a table of friends
I feel nothing for them. I feel nothing, nothing

Well, I need a break from the city again
I think I'll ship myself back west
I got a friend there, she says, "hey, any time."
Unless that offers expired, I have been less than frequent
she's under no obligation to indulge every whim
And I'm so ungrateful, I take, she gives and forgives
And I keep forgetting it

And each morning she wakes with a dream to describe
Something lovely that bloomed in her beautiful mind
I said "I'll trade you one for two nightmares of mine
I have some where I die, I have some where we all die."

I'm thinking of quitting drinking again
I know i said that a couple times
And I'm always changing my mind, well, i guess i am
But theres this burn in my stomach and theres this pain in my side
And when I kneel at the toilet
And the mornings clean light pours in through the window
Sometimes I pray I don't die
I'm a goddamn hypocrite

But the night rolls around and it all starts making sense
There is no right way or wrong way, you just have to live
And so I do what I do and at least I exist
What could mean more than this?
What would mean more?
Mean more?

-Bright Eyes

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Years of Refusal


Morrissey's new album Refusal is due out February 17th, with a single “Black Cloud” out February 2nd. The former Smiths singer will also tour the U.S.
Filter Magazine has an audio preview of “I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris” here.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

An Iris Interview


Connexion Bizarre has an interview with the always-superb Iris (Andrew Sega and Reagan Jones).
Read it here.
Austin, TX is drawing me in. Sucks that Iris won't be with the De/Vision and Seabound Alliance Tour for Los Angeles. Lucky Texans.


ps don't miss Like Sugar - PopCast 20!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

21st Century Piano Pop

I made a little mix of Frou Frou / Imogen Heap for a new friend. She really likes Frou Frou, so I thought I'd put a little something together. I may as well share with everyone!

Download via zshare:DJ Talbot - Original Mixes - Frou Frou (12-2008)

I received some kinds words from Southern California's own Color Theory. Synthpop fans will recognize the work of Color Theory's Brian Hazard from many appearances on America's premier electronic pop label: A Different Drum. His beautiful piano always gives the shivers! Hope you can look into his tunes!
Brian says: The Thought Chapter now available!
The new album is out! Order the CD or download it now at
We've also got a handful of new black t-shirts. E-mail me for details.
Thanks for being a fan!

21st Century Piano Pop for fans of Depeche Mode, The Postal Service

Brian Hazard = Color Theory

In other news, the new Apoptygma Berserk "Apollo" single is out January 16th. You can order it at A message from Cody Riebe on Apoptygma Berserk Fans on facebook says "I haven't found any US stores carrying it so, US fans might have to brush up on their German and import it. New album 'Rocket Science' will be released on January 23rd, at least in Europe. Our European friends can get it at For our US friends, I recommend, who have it up for pre-order. Aside from the regular edition of the album, there's a second edition which includes a DVD."

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Like Sugar - New Mix - PopCast 20 out!

The new mix is here:

The Track-list:
(fill) Ralph Meyerz and The Jack Herren Band - Nikita
01 - Lola Dutronic - My Radio
02 - Champagne Riot - Scandinavian Warfare
(fill) Beastie Boys - Sabotage (Streetlab Mix)
03 - Moto Boy - Blue Motorbike
04 - The Foxglove Hunt - That's Getting Personal
05 - Sing-Sing - Panda Eyes
06 - The Birthday Massacre - To Die For
07 - Rialto - Untouchable
08 - Los Campesinos! - We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
09 - Mummy Guns - Nightmare Creatures
(fill) Unit 187 - Capital Punishment
(fill) Halou - Oceanwide Symphony
10 - The Cure - M
11 - Big In Japan - Society For Cutting Up Men
12 - The Interiors (UK) - My Little Pony
13 - The Smiths - Is It Really So Strange?
14 - Ministry - Same Old Madness
15 - Conor Oberst - I Don't Want to Die (in a hospital)

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Diary of Anne Frankenstein

Diary of Anne Frankenstein is one of the latest efforts by the fresh new-wave / punk outfit "Mummy Guns" (myspace page here.)

Link to Mummy Guns - Diary of Anne Frankenstein (.wma file)

If you enjoy this pick, please comment their myspace page and tell them who sent ya!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

San Diego's Lady Dottie and The Diamonds!

This is my bar and my people! Yes, this is so FAR removed from what you might expect from Like Sugar...but it's about passion here. This band has energy and one cannot resist rocking out with them. Seeing Lady Dottie and The Diamonds is like going to church and getting filled with spirit. When the hat gets passed around, it fills with cash from all us dive bar rats!
Lady Dottie & The Diamonds

ps the bar is The Tower....beyond hot in the summer. Full of rock-a-billy toughs and plenty of Pabst.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Sound of Arrows: free track

The Sound Of Arrows - New Single (Free MP3)


From Labrador Records:

We're very happy to announce the brand new single "M.A.G.I.C." by The Sound of Arrows. It won't be released until January 28, but we're giving you an MP3 for free today.

Free MP3 download here.

The Sound of Arrows has gathered a young chanting school class, a girl singer from Tokyo and a handful of well hidden un-cleared samples which they’ve mixed with bouncy analogue synthesizers, soulful guitars and orchestral instruments over a hundred recording channels. The result is a marvellous mix of old TV shows for children, old school hip-hop, new disco and timeless pop hits! Out January 28.

It suddenly dawned on me that I really dig this track! It reminds me of The Go Team! or Junior Senior. I love the "uncleared samples". That makes me more likely to pay attention to these guys. I posted some links to a remix contest for this very track on my myspace page.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Huh. "Embedding" has been disabled, so I can only post a link to Charlotte Sometimes...
Charlotte is my grandmother's first name, and a name I would probably include if ever a daughter is born to a wife of mine.

Like Sugar 20 is done. I just need to upload it and tag it and, and, and.... I think I will release a voice version and a voice-free version. All this to say THANK-YOU to my supporters...thanks so very much for the kind words in support of Like Sugar! Please comment here on this blog...likes and dislikes are welcome!