Techno Stalwart Richie Hawtin Announces Only Chance to See ‘Close’ Show This Year in North America

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Richie Hawtin has confirmed that he will bring his ‘Close – Spontaneity & Synchronicity’ show to Brooklyn’s Avant Gardner on December 8, 2018. Tickets go on-sale on Monday, July 30. Special guests will be announced er, closer, to show date. (Watch the show’s trailer below.)

Fans of Hawtin’s techno tumult should know that the show, which has graced prestigious festivals and concert halls including Coachella, Primavera Sound and Sydney Opera House, will be the only opportunity for fans to see his live show in North America. The concept of the show is to take the standard DJ set to the next level with an audio-visual one-two punch.

Obligatory press release gush from Hawtin: “New York has been important to me since the early 1990s from the early Storm raves, record shopping at Sonic Groove, and meeting new friends like Joey Beltram and Sven Vath at New Music Seminar, to years of great times at different clubs and venues from Brooklyn to Manhattan. I’m looking forward to presenting CLOSE at Avant Gardner, a show where I feel you get to see me at my best!”

‘Goodfellas’ Star Ray Liotta Says He Got Revenge on Studio 54 Doorman Who Wouldn’t Let Him Into the ’80s NYC Club

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Actor Ray Liotta appeared last week on WTF with Marc Maron, where he spoke candidly about  a range of topics, including finding his birth mother, becoming a father at 44, and his persistence to make acting a career in the ’80s.

Prior to landing his pivotal role as Henry Hill in Martin Scorcese’s seminal 1990 film Goodfellas, where Liotta played Henry Hill, a drug-addicted New York mob associate, Liotta spoke of earlier roles, including a lucrative stint playing Joey Perrini on the NBC soap opera Another World from 1978 to 1981.

During the conversation Liotta mentioned going out to Studio 54, which caught Maron’s interest. The Manhattan disco owned by Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager was notorious for having a highly selective door policy. When asked what life was like in NYC in the ’80s, Liotta relayed a hilarious story about encountering one of the famed club’s doormen years later in Los Angeles years after the club had closed.

“There was a guy, the doorman, and he would never ever let me in. But if Steve Rubell, one of the owners, saw me he would always let me in,” said Liotta.

“Cut to maybe 10 or 15 years later and I see the doorman in Century City. He comes up to me and says [he] wants to ask questions about being an actor and everything, you know. And I remembered him as a doorman [who] never let me in, and I went fuckin’ nuts on him. I went nuts, because it was so humiliating to be in line, waiting to get into Studio 54 on a Monday or a Tuesday night, never mind a weekend, and just him poo-pooing me that I never forgot it.”

Liotta continued: “And I said, ‘You never let me in. [He said] I was just doing my job. I said, ‘Nah!’ I keep going and going at him. I just held onto it for a long time.” [Laughs]

Maron asked if he eventually offered the club’s ex-doorman career advice after he vented.

Liotta laughed. “No! Done. Over. Next.”

If Henry Hill were alive he’d definitely agree that was a gangster move.

Listen to the full episode of the podcast here.

Moog Music Says Chinese Tariffs Could Force Layoffs & Possible Overseas Relocation


Employee-owned Asheville, NC-based instrument manufacturer Moog Music says the 25 percent tariff on Chinese circuit boards and associated components taking effect on July 6, 2018 will bring havoc to its business.

In an urgent appeal sent to its customer base, which was issued after American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson announced it was considering moving some of its production outside of the U.S. to avoid tariffs, the famed synth manufacturer founded in 1967 by inventor and engineer Robert Moog, predicted that the tariff could forever change their business.

“Tariffs will immediately and drastically increase the cost of building our instruments, and have the very real potential of forcing us to lay off workers and could (in a worst case scenario) require us to move some, if not all, of our manufacturing overseas.”

Related: We Took the Moog Factory Tour And It Was Awesome

While the tariff looks like a done deal, Moog Music is asking supporters to send a letter of support to four North Carolina politicians (see below).

Dear (Congressman or Representative):

I am writing you on behalf of Moog Music, a company of 100 employee-owners, based in Asheville, North Carolina. I am urgently contacting you about the recently announced 25% tariff on Chinese goods.

In case you are not familiar with Moog, they manufacture the world’s leading analog synthesizers used by artists including but not limited to Michael Jackson,The Beatles, Radiohead, Stevie Wonder and many others.

Roughly half of the circuit boards and associated components for Moog’s instruments come from China. This tariff would significantly limit their ability to manufacture synthesizers, and could put many of their employee-owners out of a job.

As an employee-owned company with a 60-year legacy in American manufacturing, Moog constantly strives to keep a balance between domestically- and internationally-sourced parts, so that they can continue employing people from their local community in Asheville, North Carolina.

Moog sources circuit boards from US suppliers whenever possible, paying up to 30% over the price of the same circuit boards made overseas. However, whether they buy circuit boards in the US or overseas, the majority of the raw components still come from China. Therefore, Moog will be unable to avoid this substantial cost increase because of the tariffs.

These tariffs will immediately and drastically increase the cost of building Moog instruments, forcing them to lay off American workers and will require Moog to move some, if not all, of their manufacturing overseas.

I do not want to see the end of Moog’s 60-year legacy in American manufacturing. I do not want their employee-owners left without jobs. I want American workers to continue have the opportunity to support their families and their community.

I implore you to convince the President that these Chinese tariffs cause serious damage to American workers like those at Moog and to rescind them immediately.

Thank you,

(Your Name)

North Carolina Congressional Representatives:

Mark Meadows
1024 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6401

Patrick McHenry
160 Midland Avenue
Black Mountain, NC 28711
(828) 669-0600

North Carolina Senators:

Richard Burr
151 Patton Avenue
Suite 204
Asheville, NC 28801 – Choose topic “TRADE”
(828) 350-2437

Thom Tillis
185 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510 – Choose topic “TRADE”
(202) 224-6342

Image by Darren Ressler

Kompakt Preps ‘Total 18’ and 25th Anniversary Celebration

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Revered Cologne-based Kompakt Records will release the 18th installment of its Total compilation series on August 24.

The double-disc affair features a selection of tracks by label mainstays and new faces (see tracklist below), contributing new, known and lesser-heard tracks from the likes of Terranova, VermontRex The Dog, Gui Boratto and Marc Romboy.

The label plans to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a hometown bash on September 1.

Obligatory press release gush from Michael Mayer about the compendium:”Each track has a story to tell. Apart from the obvious big tunes, Total‘s also bear room for the sleeper hits, those tracks that were criminally overlooked. With a bunch of new exclusive contributions thrown in the mix there’s plenty to discover or rediscover. Kompakt’s annual yearbook seen through my eyes for your ears and pleasure.“

Tracklisting CD/Digital
CD 1
01 Jürgen Paape – Well, It´s Paape
02 Sonns – Tame feat. Beesh
03 Tom Demac & Real Lies – White Flowers
04 Aaron Ahrends – Eyes Closed
05/A2 Thomas/Mayer – So Mad
06 Terranova – Let It Fail feat. Sifa & Ivory
07 John Tejada – Detector
08 Anii – Korzenie
09 Vermont – Dschuna (Dixon Mix)
10 La Marine – Flash
11 Fahrland – Yesterday feat. MZ Sunday Luv
12 Lebsanft & Raquet – Signale
13 Jono Ma & Dreems – Can’t Stop My Dreaming (Of You)
14 Jörg Burger – Petra Kelly

CD 2
01/15 Rex The Dog – Crasher
02/16 Gui Boratto – Forgive Me
03/17 Christian Nielsen – Cycle
04/18 ANNA – Hidden Beauties
05/19 T.Raumschmiere – Augen Zu
06/20 Voigt & Voigt – Durch & Durch
07/21 Animal Print – The Last Night Of Laura Palmer
08/22 Kölsch – Left Eye Left
09/23 Enzo Elia & Musumeci – Gothic Safari
10/24 Marc Romboy – Galaxy In An Atom
11/25 Ghost Vision – Zuul Passage

Tracklisting 2xLP+DL
A1 Aaron Ahrends – Eyes Closed
A2 Thomas/Mayer – So Mad
B1 Geiger – Autobahn
B2 Jürgen Paape – Well, It´s Paape
C1 Christian Nielsen – Cycle
C2 Voigt & Voigt – Durch & Durch
D1 Jörg Burger – Petra Kelly
D2 Lebsanft & Raquet – Signale