Want to hear some Q-Burns Abstract Message DJ mixes but are frustrated with broken links and clumsy streams? It’s Q-BAM friend Trey Newkerk to the rescue! He’s decided to set up qubestunes.com which collects every Q-Burns Abstract Message DJ mix he could find (with a little help from us) and put them all in one place. You’ll have to register to get access but it’s quick and free. Trey is promising new mixes added regularly and has even installed a podcast option so you can make sure you get them straight away. A discussion board and other features are forthcoming as well. Nice one Trey … we think this is just too cool. qubestunes.com
Q-BAM has been honored with an extensive interview posted on the ‘Pro’ section of Apple’s web site. This is a Q & A session he did with some friendly folks from Logic Audio in a hotel room at Winter Music Conference ’06. Since Apple/Logic was asking the questions the interview is mainly focused on studio methods and how Qubes works with Logic Audio. You can also get a glimpse into the Q-Burns Abstract Message studio with a nearly complete gear list. apple.com/pro/profiles/qburns/
Q-Burns Abstract Message has a new DJ mix available for free download on the awesome site DJs Anonymous. We can tell he worked quite a bit on this mix and it’s somewhat different than what you may have heard from the Qubes before. The tempo is lowered a bit and it’s got sort of a breezy ‘loft party’ feel. We think it’s quite nice. You can stream or download it here (http://www.djsanonymous.org/archives/44). There’s also downloadable CD art (with the track list) if you’d like to burn the mix to a CD. (Be sure to check out the other mixes on DJs Anonymous … there’s a lot of good ones there.)
Our friends at Boing Boing have started a weekly podcast interestingly titled Boing Boing Boing. In it, the BB crew go over recent events and posts on the popular (and our favorite) blog and also invite a guest to offer his/her opinions and insight. We’ve been listening and it’s quite entertaining. Thus we think it’s really nifty that a remix by Q-Burns Abstract Message has been used as the intro and outro music to the Boing Boing Boing podcast numbers 4 and 5. This is be the Q-Burns Abstract Message remix of the song "Angel Soup" by Cold Hands which is just now available on vinyl, released via Blunted Funk Records. If you’d like to hear the entire “Angel Soup” remix and get more information on the Boing Boing Boing podcast then click HERE.
EIGHT-TRACKS is a new record label started by Q-Burns Abstract Message and Dave "Atnarko" Ross (formidableforce.com). Focusing on 12" vinyl releases the label takes its aesthetic from highly stylized 80′s indie labels such as Factory and ZTT. Its sound, however, will be focused on "strange sounds that you can dance to." Quirky, funky, and punky tunes are promised and you can be sure Q-BAM and Atnarko will have a hand in much of the music. Check out the EIGHT-TRACKS website (as well as audio previews -click Listen in the navigation- of the new 12" release by Cosmic Groove Transmission) for all the upcoming releases.
A number of new remixes and a new track by the Qubes have just shown up for purchase & download on Beatport. All of these are in advance of their releases on vinyl … so, if you’re a DJ, you can get a head start with these cuts. If you just like to listen, you can stick ‘em in your iPod and take a little bit of Q-BAM wherever you go. The new tracks are:
Cold Hands – Angel Soup (Q-Burns Abstract Message Remix)
Coming out on Blunted Funk this is one of our favorite recent Q-BAM remixes. Features some nods to Kraftwerk and New Order, and Q-Burns playing a solo on his favorite instrument, the melodica.
PC Synergy – Signal Flow (Q-Burns Abstract Message Remix)
This is an attempt at acid house mariachi music. A bit of a latin-tinged stomper, we’ve been sitting on this one for a while. It’s nice to see it finally out and available for DJs everywhere.
Pez & Plastik – The Grand Wash (Q-BAM Wash House Mix)
Recently completed for the French via Orlando label KW2, this remix is a foray into more ‘big room’ sounds for the Qubes. We like the weird ambient breakdowns and the floaty bits. A mover and a groover.
Q-Burns Abstract Message – Golden Theme
An original track that was commissioned by Gavin Hardkiss for the Sunburn Golden Hits compilation (which is also fully available on Beatport). This is Q-Burns in the chunky, quirk-a-zoid mode that we know some of you are really into. He’s doing some vocals and playing guitar in there, too.
To find these and many more Q-Burns Abstract Message releases be sure to visit the Q-BAM Store.
See photographic evidence of the debauchery and madness that takes place at Â¡Club Queso!, the Orlando club night started by Q-Burns Abstract Message and Atnarko. Witness mind-bending luchador wrestling action in the midst of wild house music beats. Take a look at our Flickr photo set. Â¡Club Queso! takes place the first Friday of every other month at The Peacock Room in Orlando, Florida.
Lazy is a groovy band from Los Angeles that has some ex-members of Supreme Beings of Leisure. They have a great new CD out called Incorporated. Q-BAM was asked to do a remix of the haunting track “Way Out”, and he certainly raised the ghost meter. The loungey original cut has been turned into a dark house funk monster, possibly one of Q-Burns’ best recent remixes. DJ Three has been playing it out quite a bit as well. No vinyl yet … but it is an extra track on Lazy’s debut album.
I was recently contacted by my friend Maitri who I met via this site. Maitri is currently a New Orleans evacuee. She writes:
You’ve probably been inundated with a ton of Katrina-related info, but
I wanted to let you know of three efforts (blogs and wikis) by New
Orleans evacuees. I was wondering if you could help spread the word
in your physical as well as electronic community so we can, as they
say, mobilize America.
1) My personal blog is http://vatul.net/blog/ and it is “on the
ground” info as well as resources for evacuees, neighborhood updates
and some opinion. CNN/FoxNews and other disaster-tainment coverage is
mostly offensive and disappointing – this is the time when net-savvy
evacuees can make a difference.
2) The thinkNOLA.com wiki – All types of organized information from
resources to pictures and neighborhood updates to aid organization.
3) The KatrinaHelp blog at http://katrinahelp.blogspot.com/ – news and
information about resources, aid, donations and volunteer efforts.
Created by the fine folks who made the most successful Southeast Asian
Earthquake & Tsunami blog.
As someone who lived in Louisiana for nearly 15 years of my life, I’ve been
greatly affected by this tragedy. Check out the links above for information
on how you can help and to educate yourself on just what exactly is
happening. My thoughts go out to everyone affected- friends, family, and
otherwise. I’ll be involved in at least one Katrina benefit in the near
future. Stay tuned here for more details.
The latest Q-Burns Abstract Message remix is a rocking house funker with
blippy beats and a skippy vocal. It’s for "I Like To Move" by Rob Slac,
which has just been released on Orlando’s own Chillin Music label. The
single also contains the jazzy original and a monster Johnny Fiasco remix.
It’s available now from your favorite dance music specialist.