Seduction City Playlist

Friday, August 27, 2010

If all the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players, does that mean Jean Claude Van Damme still has an acting career?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Get Bent

Taking the blue pill and going all the way down the rabbit hole this week, Seduction City is getting bent.

We are referring, of course, to the British duo Bent, purveyors of a trippy, cacophonous brand of downtempo aural-ness (probably not a word) that enchants, challenges, mystifies, and just plain tempts it prey. While solid producers in their own right capable of synthesizing samples and creating something wholly enthralling, they are also amazingly adept at remixing other acts' music and adding a sheen of coolness to it.

Listen for it this week.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Congratulations on being a genius.

You are an unheralded genius.

Actually, I don't know that for sure, since I don't know you. Maybe you are heralded -- maybe you are worshiped by nerds, have your own fan club and can't go out in public without paparazzi dizzying your eyeballs with flash bulbs. But if that is the case, then you are heralded for something other than why you really should be heralded.

Put simply, you are a notable person -- because you discovered Seduction City. And not only that, you actually took the time to click on the link and come to The Seduction City website. In this topsy-turvy world, that should count for something, and it does. It means you have taste. Or lack thereof, but taste nonetheless.

There are other good internet radio stations, of course. Other stations that play Flunk, Hooverphonic, Massive Attack, Portishead, etc. Heck, I listen to many of them frequently even though i guess they are my "rivals" (hated enemies?) and I should be bagging on them for being not as good as Seduction City. But that's not my style. They have their genres, their artists and their songs that they like to play, and who can deny them that? They are all good and viable and their mothers love them and they don't make the world a worse place to live.

But c'mon, they aren't as good.

I mean, how many of them are going to sit around at 4:20am on a Saturday night searching for the goddamn Stefan Blomberg Vocal Chill Mix of Modulation's "Sky." They have social lives, they have people that care about them, they have more important thing to do like bathing, polishing their coin collections and picking lint from their toenails -- they don't have time to search for obscure vocal trance chill remixes recorded five years ago.

Did you hear about the guy in Japan who played video games for like 4 days straight and died from dehydration and starvation because he was so ENGROSSED in playing Halo or Everquest or whatever game he was addicted to, that he forgot to eat?

Well, neither did I...because I've spent countless months scouring cyberspace and record stores for ridiculous tunes that meet Seduction City standards. Who needs showering, bathing, sustenance or shelter when something so vital is at stake?

Okay, full disclosure: I have been consuming cans of 5-Hour-Energy. Every 15 minutes.

All hail the necessities of life--Music, checkered Vans, massage chairs, Pixie Stix and old Jonny Quest cartoons. And 80s video games like Joust and Pole Position. And while we're at it, and water. Because, they too have their niche in civilized society.

Just don't sniff my armpits.

Your Seduction City Programmer

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Thievery Corp Conundrum

Everybody seems to love Thievery Corporation, with their Kruder & Dorfmeister-flavored brand of trip-hop/downbeat grooves. Truth be told, I have mixed emotions about a lot of their featured albums but one thing that is beyond dispute is that they can remix the hell out of a song. In almost every case, I find their remixes to be preferable to original versions. And that is why their album "Versions" is the featured album this week on Seduction City, landing an unprecedented trifecta of tracks on the playlist. If you like TC, this album is essential. For everybody else it's highly recommended.

Here are some samples -- of particular note are the tracks "Angels," "Nothing to Lose" and "Desert." And if you like any of what you hear and click through to Amazon via the below link to purchase, Seduction City will receive a small commission which will go right back into improving the station and paying the bills. Win-win all around.