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Rewind: Atomizer "Hooked On Radiation" (PSB Mix)

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Nag Nag Nag continues to be one of the hottest (gay) club nights in London. Every Wednesday, a mix of "freaks, pansexuals and errant pop stars" pack Ghetto on Falconberg Court to dance to a fierce mix of pop, gothy electro and punk. Since its opening in 2002, the party has become a cultural phenomenon that is frequented by artists like Boy George, Mylo and Pet Shop Boys.

The night is ran by DJ Jonny Slut (aka Jonny Melton) who has been very particular about the music played at Nag Nag Nag. "The music was the key thing. As well as electro, I've always been a fan of late punk, early new wave, art-school punk like Cabaret Voltaire, Delta Five, Gang of Four and Wire, that kind of stuff," he tells IdeasFactory in an interview. "That's been the music I've always returned to so I also wanted to start a club where I could play that sort of music alongside the new electro. I could see a lineage between the two styles: the new electro music is more thoughtful and arty."

Together with DJ pal Fil OK, Melton also started the electro-synth duo Atomizer that was signed to the famous International Gigolo Records. Produced by Jimmy "KLF" Cauty, "Hooked On Radiation" was their first release that hit stores in 2003  The band is hosting a bunch of old remixes on their web site, including one by the Pet Shop Boys who are big fans of Atomizer's live shows. What I like about this mix is how the fierce punky styling of the original is infused with Pet Shop Boys' signature melodic pop sensibilities that creates a deliciously bizarre brew. (Purchase the entire CD on Amazon.)

Currently, Atomizer is touring around the world. They recently did remixes for Boy George, Kings Have Long Arms and Sioban Fahey. Their forthcoming next single is titled "Zero Zero/Nostalgia (There Is No Money In The Underground" and will be put out on NagNagNag Records. [source, source]

Listen to Atomizer "Hooked On Radiaton" (PSB Mix)

November 25, 2005 in MP3 | Permalink | Comments (4)

Thank you!

The Thanksgiving holiday here in the States is a good moment to thank people and to reflect on things of the past year. I have a lot to be thankful for. Writing this blog and introducing all of you to my favorite music is something that I enjoy doing every day. I started Arjan Writes in 2003 and up until today it remains a labor of love.

I want to thank, thank, thank all of you. Yes, you! Thanks for reading Arjan Writes and coming here periodically to check what's new and to share your opinions. Thank you for sending me emails with ideas, new music tips, video links or just to say hello. Much, much appreciated. Keep 'em coming!

Thank you also to the artists for sharing their music and providing me with your insights and stories. Also, a loud shout out to their sexy P.R. folks for setting up interviews and making things happen.

A big, big thank you to other bloggers for showing their love. The best of blogging is to share our tastes and discover new music.

Lastly, thanks to the advertisers who help me to keep this blog running. Supporting my advertisers means supporting Arjan Writes.

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!

November 24, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Free Download: Panic! At The Disco "Time To Dance"

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It comes as no surprise that newcomers Panic! At The Disco have been compared to The Killers. Both bands call Las Vegas home, have four members and have found a clever way to mix up pop-rock with bouncy synths. But Panic! At The Disco is distinctively different with its youthful lyrics and punkier sounds that create a whole different intensity.

Influenced by Queen, Blink 182 and Fleetwood Mac, Brendon Urie (vocals), Ryan Ross (guitar), Spencer Smith (drums) and Brent Wilson (bass) first got together in their early teens living together in a Las Vegas suburb. After playing together for a few years, they were signed to Peter Wentz' (Fall Out Boy) Decaydance Records. The group moved to Maryland to record their debut album  "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" with producer Matt Squire that was quietly released in September. The record is split in two different parts. One half is futuristic with synthesizers, the other half is nostalgic with Vaudevillian piano and accordion.

Panic! At The Disco's demo track "Time To Dance" is a perfect introduction to the group's sound. The band wraps a hooky melody around infectious synths and a neurotic drum machine to create a sound that simply must be danced to.[source]

Download Panic! At The Disco "Time To Dance" [mp3]

November 23, 2005 in MP3 | Permalink | Comments (40)

Watch Eurythmics Live at the American Music Awards

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In case you missed the American Music Awards on ABC tonight (or if you live overseas), check out the live performance of Eurythmics at the live television show. They played a medley of their greatest hits to celebrate the release of their newest "Ultimate" compilation album. After some horrible performances by Lindsay Lohan and other young artists, these golden oldies showed how it is done. Hail to Annie and Dave. [source]

Watch Eurythmics Live at the American Music Awards

November 22, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (8)

Stream New Alanis Morissette Song

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Check out Alanis Morissette's brand-new track "Wunderkind" from the "The Chronicles of Narnia Original Soundtrack" album. The song starts out as a quiet lullaby but slowly swells into a grand, cinematic tune filled with a positive holiday spirit. [source]

Stream Alanis Morissette "Wunderkind"

November 22, 2005 in Audio Streams | Permalink | Comments (5)