The Dog & Pony Radio Show #044 with James Friedman
Episode #044 with Paul Raffaele & guest James Friedman.
Hour 1: Paul Raffaele
1. Jarza / Helium Robots (Original Mix) / Running Back
2. Tornado Wallace / Insect Overlords (Original Mix) / Delusions of Grandeur
3. Electric Jones / Michael’s Hotel / Hot Natured
4. Peter Herbert & Golden Fleece / Ivory Waves (Original Mix) / SpaceWalker Recordings
5. Pol_On / Transsistor (Original Mix) / Pets Recordings
6. Deadboy / Wish U Were Here / Numbers
7. Dirty Channels / Give It To Me / Hot Waves
8. Voices of Black ft. Rap Lisa / Her Flower / Wolf+Lamb
9. WINK / Higher State of Consciousness (Deep Slow Edit) / Strictly Rhythm
10. Underground Solution / Deep In My Mind / Strictly Rhythm
Hour 2: James Friedman
1. Jokers of the Scene / Killing Jokes I / Fools Gold
2. Young Marco / Darwin In Bahia / ESP Institute
3. Bubba / Keep L.O.V.E. / Dogmatik Records
4. Agoria / Singing (Dixon Dub) / Innervisions
5. Left / Please Don’t Come Alone (Clubmix) / Cityfox
6. Viadrina / Better (Arto Mwambe Remix) / Pets Recordings
7. C.L.A.W.S / Cave-In (Night Dubbin) / Discaire
8. Lies / Comeback Dust (Max D’s Big Top Dustheads Remix) / Future Times
9. Gingy & Bordello / Body Acid (KiNK In Deep Remix) / Twin Turbo
10. Gerd / Palm Leaves (Clone Royal Oak)
11. Dr Druzz vs. Omega Mus / Apeman (Monty Luke Remix) / Throne of Blood
12. Blondes / Water (Bicep Remix) / RVNG
13. Vakula / Crossing / 3rd Strike
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About James Friedman:
James Friedman has been a fixture in New York’s underground dance music scene for a decade now. As a journalist, DJ, promoter, label head and music supervisor, he has championed emergent sounds and artists like few others in North America. A one time staffer at XLR8R, Vice, and The Fader, he’s also worked at !K7 Records, managing releases for the likes of Swayzak, Trevor Jackson and Tiga. In 2003, he left !K7 to launch Trevor Jackson’s Output Recordings in the US, which he ran successfully for two years. In that same period, his REFUSE! parties took off, garnering massive press support from the likes of I-D Magazine and playing host to visionary DJs like 2manydjs, Headman, Twitch, Erol Alkan and Michael Mayer. In fact, REFUSE! hosted the US debuts of Tiefschwarz, Ewan Pearson, Jackson and His Computer Band, Cut Copy, Annie’s live band, David Gilmour Girls, and Greg Wilson.
His 2006 mix cd Go Commando (released via Defend Music) served to establish Friedman’s tastemaking aesthetic internationally, garnering rave reviews (10/10 in Vice for instance) and a nomination for Mix Album of the Year from the PLUG Awards alongside such heavyweights as Richie Hawtin, Ewan Pearson, DJ Shadow and Dominick Eulberg.
Already touring across the US and Europe, Friedman used this momentum to expand his efforts, launching Throne of Blood Recordings with the members of the Rapture in late 2006. In 2007, Throne of Blood hit the road across the US and Canada alongside the Ed Banger Records crew to host and DJ at the infamous “Dafter Parties,” after-show events following Daft Punk’s groundbreaking ALIVE 2007 Tour. 2008 saw Friedman return to throwing parties in New York, launching the highly successful Prime Time series with partner-in-crime Eamon Harkin. Held at classic venues Love and Santos Party House, Prime Time hosted hosted Metro Area, Todd Terje, Sinden, Alexander Robotnik, Rub N Tug, Hercules and Love Affair, Ewan Pearson, Greg WIlson, and Stacey Pullen. By late 2008, Prime Time moved to a new venue and morphed into the now seminal Mister Saturday Night party, hosting the likes of Theo Parrish, Moodymann, Twitch, DJ Pierre, Larry Heard, Todd Terry, Four Tet, Justin Martin, the Phenomenal Handclap Band, Francis and the Lights, Kerri Chandler, Mark E, Omar S and many more. In 2009, Friedman co-founded the monthly Barbarians party with Tommy Moye (Rong Music/Blunted Funk) and Andrew “Wiz” Potter (Populette).
2008 also saw Friedman renew his focus on Throne of Blood, which began churning out a dizzying range of sounds from the thug house of Dances With White Girls to Zombi’s neo italodisco and John Selway’s gorgeous “Shake The Snow.” Building off that momentum, Friedman delved deeper into his duties as A&R for the label, snapping up emerging powerhouses Populette, AKA JK, Harkin & Raney, Bicep, and Cosmic Kids as well as established figures like Mugwump, Ulysses (Neurotic Drum Band) and Master Khan (known to some as Twilite Tone or Great Weekend) for a series of releases that have found a place in some of dance music’s most discriminating record crates.
As the label heads into 2011, Throne of Blood is readying releases from Populette, AKA JK, Mugwump, Bicep, Dr. Druzz (The Rapture’s Gabriel Andruzzi), Ulysses, Cosmic Kids, Master Khan, and Leeds techno veteran Paul Woolford.