Friday, January 30, 2009

Music Video: Animal Collective "My Girls"

Here's something cool.  A new music video for Animal Collective.  It's got a really nice style and nice use of rotoscoping.  You may have seen this one, as it was featured on youtube a few weeks ago.  I figured I'd drop it on here in case you missed it.  
The animation was by Jon Vermilyea.  ENJOY!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Introducing Cullen Stalin

Introducing Cullen Stalin

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(Cullen on the left beside partner in crime Simon)

After a few ventures to Baltimore last year I ran into Cullen from TAXLO. It's really great to meet another promoter and DJ with good ideals and ambitions. I had a sit down chat with him before a show in Baltimore.

What's the history of Taxlo and yourself?

Taxlo is really started by three people, myself not included. Justin Sirois , Jason Urick and Mikey Mayhem and started it as a fun thing to
do on a Monday night at this upscale club at the Goodlove. They would
just play New Wave records and weird prog rock records and stuff like
that. They just inviting all their friends and they ended up coming.
The bar did really well for a Monday and became a weekly event. About
a month and half into it. Jason Urich, whom was working at a record
store at the time and knew that I DJed in Philly. So he asked if I
would guest DJ and I said sure. Called up all my friends and they
came. It was one of the best nights. I just got a bunch of people to
come and they said well " You need to be a regular DJ here". That was
the beginning of my involvement. Simon came on a couple of months later
in a very similar way. He was a DC native at the time and was invited
to guest DJ from Ian Svenonius (of the Nation of Ulysses and The Make-Up). He had
a good night and became a reoccurring guest. Eventually became a
regular as well. As things moved on, some of the people DJing
regularly moved onto to other things. Professional lives or Artistic
lives. Simon and I became the people really sticking with it and
promoting it. It moved to another venue still on a Monday and it
really blew up when it moved to the Talking Head. Then at that point I
was still traveling and going to Philly a lot. There was a lot of DJs
there. I started getting my friends who were people like Low Budget,
Cosmo Baker, Diplo at the time not even known as Diplo yet, Major
Taylor and lot of others. I would just bring them in as my guests.
Payed them 30 buck and have them DJ and it really snowballed. We were
offered a Friday night spot at Sonar at that time was a new club.
They were looking for something new, something different. We started
doing Fridays and it became it's own entity then as that moved along
we started booking some of the acts that we were already booking became
national acts. We started booking national acts as well. Just kinda
kept going like that.

So how long has Taxlo been going on?

Going on six years now.

What are some of the highlights of Taxlo thus far?

First time Diplo played at the talking head on a Monday, free show and
it was just packed. I think Florida has just come out but people in
Baltimore didn't really know about it, especially my crowd which is a
younger and rock n roll type people. They didn't know about it and we
just hyped it up. "Yo this dude Diplodacus is the best DJ and you need
to check him out, it's going to be awesome!" It was just insane,
someone got their head cracked open that night.
Some how by doing this event I'm became appreciated by people whom I
appreciate and that's really cool. Some of my favorite musicians and
DJs and know who I am and that's pretty cool in itself. We've had a lot
of crazy things. Like house DJ Charles Feelgood and the Deathset
playing the same show, Dan Deacon and Diplo playing the same show. We
had MIA play to 20 people on Monday because no one knew about and she
just came through, she was working on her record. Blaqstarr coming on
hosting the night just for fun. All that stuff. There's been a lot of
highlights. Actually it's really cool on how many acts we've seen come
through here, whom now play really gigantic venues. It's awesome!

How do you feel about the music community, the state of it in Baltimore?

I think there is a very strong creative community. Baltimore always
had a strong creative community, getting recognized nationally right
now. The problem is that there is not a lot of support from the
population at large, people don't realize that they need to go out,
buy a ticket, pay the cover. Actually go out and support it. Say they
supported on the internet and not come out. There's an infrastructure
that is very economically tenuous right now in Baltimore. It really
needs support of the general population cause the creativity is so
strong. People from other cities would die to have a scene that is as
creative as Baltimore and has as many things going on. Many
interesting and innovative things going on but the people in Baltimore
treat it as if it's always going to be there but it's not if people
don't support it.

Do you think Taxlo from that small show long ago grown a presence nationally?

It definitely has. I've been on tour a couple of times tour managing
artists and there is a lot of people that recognize me when I go
around and that's pretty crazy. There's a lot of people that have
heard of Taxlo or even went to college here or DC and left to go to
other cities. They say that it's there favorite parties. So the word
has just spread from our longevity, Some people told us that they model
things from our parties.

Anything in the future coming up for Taxlo?

We've got a lot of things that we are planning for 2009, don't wanna
say too much. I think people should expect the same kinda of
interesting combinations of our artists and surprise guests that we've
had so far. Just that's how we do it.

Have you ever thought about doing things at the festivals?

We've had offers to do things at Pop Montreal but it coincided with
tours which I've been on. So I haven't been able to do it. That's
always the biggest problem. We all have other responsibilities and are
often out of town. So it's kinda hard to coordinate a party at a
festival cause we're working there at different capacities anyway, but
hopefully I would like to do something like SXSW and other national
and international festivals. So we'll see what happens.

Do you ever pick up any DJ gigs while going on tour?

Not yet, don't want to put myself out in that sense yet. I really want
to wait till I have something to offer. I feel that a lot of people
right now shouldn't be touring but are. Considering the state of
the economy right now. Promoters are having a hard time. People don't
want to sleep on a couch and take a greyhound bus and if you don't
want to do that then your fucking over the local promoters because
they aren't making any money off these weeklies or monthlies right
now. So I wanna wait till the economy is better till I have something
more to offer before I really start going out there. I'll still do
stuff in Philly, D.C., New York, etc. or even Canada.

What other ventures do you have besides the entertainment business?

Well I'm a book purchaser at a left wing bookstore called Red Emma's.
I do a lot of book ordering, maintaining relationships with
publishers. Trying to keep up with the political and intellectual
literary world.

Is there anything that you would recommend for people trying to get
into the entertainment business?

My primary focus is that people need to keep artistic integrity.
Basically that's the main thing I try to maintain. I wouldn't book
acts that I don't like. I won't pretend to like something that I don't
like. I try to keep a solid grasp on the things that I'm booking. Make
sure that it reflects things that I would want to see. This something
that every promoter should think about. Are you doing something
because it doesn't exist already and you wanna create it because you
wanna make something that you would want to go to if someone else did
it, that's the basic thing. Make something that you would want to go
to if someone else did it. That for me, is the best philosophy.

What's your favorite film monster?

The thing from the John Carpenter film.

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Be on da look out for SXSW this year! Details soon...

More info can be found about Cullen & TAXLO @..

Monday, January 26, 2009

Upcoming Film!

Upcoming Film: Coraline

I am very excited about this one!  The guy that directed Nightmare Before Christmas, the very talented Henry Selick,  is releasing a new animated film called Coraline.  This trailer will undoubtedly make you excited if you are into animation like me.  I've been waiting for this one for months.  I can't wait much longer!!!  Luckily the release date is set for February 6th!

The skill that went into this film is mind boggling.  I was watching some behind the scenes features and they had people dedicated to hair alone!  Ohhh how I wish I had that kind of a team to bring some of my visions to light.  

Here's the trailer.... enjoy!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Introducing - Many Birthdays

 Introducing: Many Birthdays
The Austin based band Many Birthdays creates sounds that will make your body move.  I've been listening to them for some time and recently decided to ask them a few questions that have been on my mind.  Here's what they had to say...
Can you tell us a little bit about how Many Birthdays came to be? 
It was a home-recording project first, with lots of experimentation. We were using all sorts of different instruments and field recordings, not only trying to write songs, but making little collages and spoken word things too. We made limited runs of cd-r's and gave most of them to friends. Eventually, after living a year in Japan, we decided to make Many Birthdays a live show. We really wanted a means to connect and feed off of each other's energy, as well as other people's energy. 

Where did the name come from?
The name came from driving about 75 mph down a highway and thinking about yet another rebirth in a long series of ideas, people, animals and souls. That's pretty cryptic, but that's about it. 

How has the band/sound transformed over the years?
When we were just doing experimental home-recordings, we had no real concern with it sounding like a "band". Nor did we have concern about how to play the stuff live. But once we began figuring out how to play music for shows, our writing started to naturally change. We started becoming more interested in the pulse and energy of a piece than in the limitless details of recording. It's like we really needed to paint with much broader strokes and let some of the shadings and details take care of themselves. It's a balance we are still working on. Also, we've gone from a duo four years ago, to a 4-piece now, playing with as many as five people including guest players. Our sound has revolved around one main goal for quite sometime, and that is to make people move, dance or simply feel something. 

Where does the creative process start, in terms of building a song? 
That process itself is always changing, but it can start anywhere- a word or phrase, a beat, a scene in the night sky etc...

We hear a lot of Asian influence in your songs, from the vocals to audio clippings. can you tell us a bit about what drew you to these sources?
Living in Japan and spending lots of time in Osaka definitely splashed some color onto the music that wouldn't have otherwise been there. We saw lots of amazing art and music coming from sometimes very unexpected sources. It was as beautifully crazy as you might expect in seeing the extreme individuality you can get there amongst the masses. But the masses and tradition too had a lot of beauty and seemed to grab us when we least expected it. It all struck some kind of chord. 

Is there any chance of getting some English translations to some of the songs, maybe on a website or something for curiosities sake?
Absolutely! That is something we can provide on our site and is probably overdue. 

Does Many Birthdays plan on touring in Japan or the U.S. sometime in the future?
We want to tour anytime we have the opportunity! We are currently planning some East Coast/NYC shows for the Spring. We have a few dates posted online right now. 

Can you give us a bit of a hint at what you may be working on next?
The next collection of recordings and songs should have more of a "group" atmosphere, since that's where we are at the moment. The same 4 of us have been playing together now for the better part of a year, so that'll probably be reflected somewhat on upcoming recordings... 

Where can we get our fix of Many Birthdays on the net and in person?
If you live in Austin, come see us play. We like to meet new people! Also find MB on the web at We have lots of extra recordings and remixes there you can download free. 

What is your favorite film monster?
Sarah- Actually, I don't think I have a favorite movie monster, but my favorite literature monster is maybe Grendel. I was really rooting for him and greatly disappointed at the outcome. 
Henna- "Prejudice" from the Twilight Zone episode "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street". 
John- "ET", though not really a monster, so.... Frankenstein! 
Rachel- Nosferatu was a pretty creepy guy.

I encourage you to go to their site and give a listen to their songs, watch some videos, and get to know the minds behind the rhythm. While you are there grab a copy of their EPs. They are on constant rotation here at Power headquarters!

Film Review: Machine Girl

Film Review: Machine Girl

Take a look at that still! Now you know what you are getting yourself into... a straight up, over the top, take no prisoners BLOODBATH OF A MOVIE! I loved it! If you are into this type of cinema and don't know about The Machine Girl, then you are in for a fun time. This film is in the same flavor as the classic gory ninja films from the 70's such as Duel to the Death. You may be reminded of The Story of Ricky-O as well.
The story follows the path a young girl name Ami takes to avenge the death of her brother by some seriously messed up yakuza. The real kicker is that she replaces her cut off arm with a machine gun (hence the name)! You may be reminded of Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror, and rightfully so. Don't call this off simply due to the similarity. It's different, extremely entertaining, and hilarious.
Some of my favorite moments were when an arm gets tempura fried and the drill bra. If any of that sounds like something you would be into, then go rent this film NOW!
all I have to say is.... come on sequel!

Monday, January 19, 2009

The Watchmen


Becoming more excited as this film draws closer to opening. It seems to be a dark film with some colorful moments. I think this will be a sleeper though.
The director previously accomplished 300.

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Portishead- the rip

Portishead - The Rip

Maybe my favorite album of 2008. This video is amazing on the dreamy and mysterious type of stuff I'm really into. Just goodness overall.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Film Review - Sunshine


This review is very late, since this film came out in 2007.  I had been meaning to check it out for a long time, but just recently remembered to do it.  I'm glad I did!  I started watching it at about 1:30 in the morning and meant to watch half and go to bed.  That wasn't gonna happen!  Sunshine will grab your attention, put you on the edge of your seat, and make you feel how fragile our lives are.  
The story centers around a team of 8 scientists who are sent on a last desperate effort to restart the sun after the first mission disappeared.  You are probably thinking that sounds like the premise to a ton of disaster films you have seen and hated.  I agree.  It starts off with a crisis you may find in a typical Hollywood (sugar coated) disaster flick, but takes off from there.  I was reminded of classics such as 2001 as I watched this intense and smart film.  The science behind their mission feels plausible and the main characters do a fantastic job of selling the story.  You can picture yourself as one of the crew (a much smarter self with a degree in astrophysics though) and feel the emotions that you would undoubtedly experience on such a long and perilous voyage.  
I wont spoil anything for you, since it would be best to go into this film not expecting certain events to happen.  JUST WATCH IT!  You WILL love it! 
A few special notes on the creative processes involved:
* the cinematography is top notch
* the editing is pitch perfect and creative
* set design and imagining of the spacecraft are superb and practical.  This is a spaceship that feels like it could work (at least to me it did)

Danny Boyle did an excellent job on this one.  I will be watching it again in years to come.

Now turn up the sun filter to 10 percent and be blown away!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Introducing Emily Rabbit

Introducing Emily Rabbit


I have heard of Emily Rabbit a while ago through the pipeline about her parties, how well they went and about the BBC a while ago. After a few ventures to Baltimore I met up with Emily.
I recently had a little quick bunny sit down with Emily about what she does.

Can you tell us a little bit about your self and what you do in the Baltimore area?

My name is Emily Rabbit and I am "funemployed". That is the term I came up with to describe the diverse array of activities that keep me busy.

What are some of those activities?
I am a DJ and I run a weekly on Wednesdays at TheOttobar that I started with Devlin&Darko. And a Monday in Philadelphia I do with Plastic Little & Spank Rock called Jang House. I am also a frequent guest DJ at Tax Lo & some DC/Philly parties.

What kind of music would you expect to hear at the weeklies?
Both weeklies are pretty diverse musically but I play a lot of rare soul, muntant disco and low fi post punk. I have a good collection of weird American indie noise that I collected when I was managing a record label called Morphius.

What is the Baltimore Bass Connection?
It was a collective that included Chris Devlin, Ron Darko, xxxchange, Naeem Juwan, Chipset & myself, also a nice dude name Oliver Jones of Shop Gentei and Sly&Robby fame.
Chipset is responsible for the amazing "50 ways" remix we released.

Sounds pretty heavy of a party. How did this come together?
We were all friends and working in music, fashion and art and then Spank Rock really took off as a touring force so we kind of dissolved

Do you still get together to do some collective shows here and there?
We still use the BBC collective to throw an annual xmas party, Its basically the most badass party of the year. It was packed this year. It was our 5th consecutive event.


I heard this years was a blast! I read in a cd insert from the Death Set Emily Rabbit. Do you still work with them?
I still tour with them ocasionally and we are thick as theives but they work with their new label, Counter (Ninja Tune) on all the biz. I put out their first 2 EPS on my imprint, RabbitFoot.

Is Rabbitfoot still active? PR company correct?
I am not planning on releasing anymore actual albums but I still use the name to throw events and work with some newer bands

Whats some the best times from 2008? In events for you?
Bands I am working with now: Spank Rock, Ninjasonik, The Death Set, Smarts and my new passion Po Po from Philly. Whartscape was definitely a blast. Its a 3 day festival put on by Baltimore's Wham City Collective and of course my Xmas party was the best night to date.

What are some future ventures for Emily Rabbit?
I am stoked on Po Po for sure.

What's their sound like?
They are a 3 piece from Philadelphia who are working with Mad Decent and they are basically the future. Also Cerebal Ballsy out of Brooklyn are amazing and Smarts a 3 piece from Baltimore are my secret weapon.

What's your favorite film monster?
Ms. Doubtfire or the Olson twins

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Favela on Blast

Favela on Blast

I've been an avid fan of the Brazil funk for sometime and caught wind of this wonderful documentary coming out soon. I'm very excited to see the end products of the film and the killer soundtrack it must have.

Here is where you can find some more info about the film:

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Introducing Dirty South Joe

Introducing Dirty South Joe


Took a moment to have a sit down chat on seeing what's good with Dirty South Joe From Philly. If you didn't know Joe has been in the DJ game for a good minute. Over 10 years. I found about Dirty South Joe a while back ago when he was using the alias DJ Deluxx on a mix cd he did with Low Budget of the Hollertronix days. It was titled Snap or Die. I was blown away by it.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started into the world of djing?
I was always a music fiend throughout high school...rap, punk, new wave etc, and grew up going to way too many shows at DCs 9:30 Club in the late 80s. When highschool was over, it was only natural that I got a job djing at the same place (9:30 club) I'd be spending most of my time at anyway. My first night working was for the Ride/Lush tour in 1990. Shoegaze for days...

That was back in the rollercoaster tour days with blur and jesus and the marychain. When did you start to work at the record store?
Which one? LOL. I think I worked at at least 10 record stores
Well maybe not quite 10.

You seem to have a large collection of dance tunes. What brought that on and what was some of your first tunes and genres that caught your ear?
My education in dance music came up from my relationship with techno maverick, John Selway and our close friendship that developed right after high school. He and another friend, Carlos Vasquez had various rave era "bands" that would play at raves up and down the East coast from 90-93 or so. The stuff that really caught my ear back then was when Warp records got on the scene. The first Nightmares On Wax 12"s and LP. Aphex Twin really blew my mind. Just about anything on R&S Records, Shut Up & Dance etc. Where were you in 92?

I was a freshmen in highschool then starting a punk band. Tell us a little bit about the Brick Bandits and how they came about? Anything new coming ahead?
Brick Bandits were formed in the Newark, NJ area in either 02 or 03, by Mike V and Tim Dolla as they were all discovering Baltimore Club music and the fact that they wanted to do it too. Initially, their chief rival was DJ Tameil, who had been holding down the Jersey club crown and was also well respected by the Baltimore OGs in the game. After a lil back and forth, they combined forces and laid down the foundation for what it's becoming today. I'd known Tameil for a few years, but I got my invitation after I met the other dudes and they heard me spin. It also helped being DJ Sega's manager as he was the first Philly Bandit on the map. We just dropped a 12" and digi ep in conjunction with Mad Decent, and we've got another one scheduled featuring six entirely different producers than the first one, as well as a Ghetto Division ep, which is the Chicago branch of Brick Bandits.

Who is featured on the current Brick Bandits ep?
The first ep has a track each from DJ Sega, DJ Tameil, Tim Dolla, Mike V, Dj B-Stee and Dj Rob3.

Are you planning on producing anytime soon?
Good question. I've done some work in the past in collaboration with others, but I've yet to really focus on the studio myself other than dj mixes. That's definitely gonna change in 09, and I should have some things poppin by the end of the year.

In what styles are you thinking? Very interested in hearing what you come of with Production.
Club for one, but I definitely want to experiment a lot and come up with my own sound. There's nothing particularly genre specific I'm trying to merge or "mash" but as long as I can tear up a few dance floors, then I'm headed in the right direction.

Would this these be "no headphone" movement friendly? And what is the no headphone movement?
Haha! Yeah, of course!
Well...let's be honest...Djing with Serato is one of the easiest things in the world. It's almost like playing Guitar Hero and thinking you really shred. The traditional requirements you need to dj well (headphones for instance) are more of a security blanket than anything. The wav forms don't lie. DJ Sega and I both discovered that we were as, or even more comfortable shunning the headphones in our live performances. So we 86d em. I tend to play a lot of tracks in my sets, sometimes as many as 40-45 in an hour and the cueing it up in the headphones bit is imo an unnecessary extra step, and potential time waster. I guess it started about a year ago, and so far everyone looks at us like we're assholes and it really hasn't caught on. LOL. As long as you know the music you spin, it's not really an issue. We're killin it regardless!

what are some of the more memorable places you played lately?
Definitely the Top billin party in helsinki and The Rumble in Malmo. The energy from the crowds was way off the meter, and working club music successfully into a ravelike atmosphere is definitely a triumph. I can't wait to get the rest of our dudes on the international stage so that people can get that raw, uncut club music that they didn't even know they were missing.

Do you have any places you wanna play for the upcoming year ?
Fabric in London and Australia for sure. I think they need Brick Bandits to show em the truth!

Do you have any weeklies right now or nights you suggest to go check you out at ?
We're still doing brick Bandit Beatdown monthlies here in Philly where we bring in the Baltimore legends who've inspired us. The Doo Dew Kidz performance a few months ago was the best thing I saw all year. Beyond that just a lot of guest spots and so on. Flufftronix and I just started a Yacht Rock inspired monthly here that had a surprisingly awesome debut I'm pretty excited about.

How's the Philly scene at the moment? It seems philly has a long resume on the chunes for sure. King Britt, Jazzy Jeff and hollertronix.
It's good...some of the best line ups you could ask for at times. There's not a real unifying force or purpose to a lot of what's happening at the moment, but on a good night, a Philly party is better than anywhere. Folks tend to dance their asses off here and there's not a lot of posturing going on. Also, there's a lot more freedom to take a crowd to uncharted places these days than in years past. They are definitely open.

And what is your favorite film monster?
The thing trying to get out of the basement in Evil Dead 2 going " I'll swallow your soul!"

Friday, January 2, 2009


Hey there!

I wanted to share with you all a total labor of love. This is a film me and my co monster Richard Henry created 2 years ago called "Night People: seize the night". It's a documentary on the night culture spanning multiple avenues of thought. It should interest anyone who has a mind for things different and unique. This film won the 2007 Experimental film award at the Traildance Film Festival! Good stuff. I'm proud of it and am happy to finally be able to show it to you!

I broke the film up into six parts for its online premiere. They are all here below. Take some time to watch them and tell us what you think.... afterall it is not everyday you get an entire feature film in a blog post!

Episode One - Night People: seize the night from Eric Power on Vimeo.

Episode TWO - Night People: seize the night from Eric Power on Vimeo.

Episode Three - Night People: seize the night from Eric Power on Vimeo.

Episode Four - Night People: seize the night from Eric Power on Vimeo.

Episode Five - Night People: seize the night from Eric Power on Vimeo.

Finale - Night People: seize the night from Eric Power on Vimeo.