Thursday, December 17, 2009

An early xmas present...

While we were on tour last spring we got asked to do a remix of Van She's cover of Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear The Reaper." (A remix of a cover, how post-modern.) The deadline was really tight though, so the only way we could do it is if we rented a studio in Paris and worked there for the 5 days we had off. Luckily, we found a place we could work on such short notice.

We didn't have ANY of our usual gear with us (let alone our hard drive!), so we built this thing on foreign equipment: old ludwig kit, roland jupiter 6, fender bass, roland sbf 325 stereo flanger, percussion, old upright piano, and of course, a space echo.

In the end it worked out....I think. Here's the free high quality MP3 .

Happy Holidays Y'all,

Alex

P.s. If you want to get us anything, we would totally like THIS

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Love Cant Turn Around / Pump Up The Volume

Last night we were on Eli Escobar and Stretch Armstrong's radio show "Delancey Music Service." After the show Eli recommended we check out the documentary Pump Up The Volume, which chronicles the early days of House music. One of the best parts of the film is the story behind "Love Can't Turn Around," the classic Farly Jackmaster Funk track with Daryl Pandy on the mic. Clip form the film and Houseapella below:



Tape head

Awesome.

Monday, December 14, 2009

EMINENCE FRONT

I want to cover this...

EDIT
...with Pat on drums, Gavin on his modular, Morgan on Rhodes, Justin on guitar and the DFA Celestial Choir on gang vocals for the chorus. It would be so awesome.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

DFA HOLIDAY PARTY

It's that time of year again. Let's do this New York!

ASK...

...and you shall receive.

Jazzanova - I Can See (Holy Ghost! Remix Instrumental)

Friday, December 4, 2009

HG! REMIXES MIXTAPE


Hello Friends,
Sorry we've been bad about posting regularly lately. It's been a rough month…

So, as Alex mentioned below, we made a mixtape of all our remixes. We made 200 of these cassettes, kept 100 to give to friends and gave 100 to Turntable Lab to sell. 50 will be sold via their excellent website and 25 copies will be made available in both the New York and LA stores. As an added bonus, anyone who buys one gets a free copy of the limited edition, full artwork, blind embossed, Michael Vadino designed "I Will Come Back" 12". We pressed 500 and these are the last of them and the only copies being made available to the public. Go cop it all here

As another bonus, here are some unreleased versions of a couple of the remixes we found sitting around on the computer...

Cut Copy - Hearts On Fire (Jerry's Drum Dub) World's greatest drummer + 2 Space Echoes + Two Spring Reverbs = Nice.

Moby - I Love To Move In Space (Space Echo Return Dub) Just a bunch of pretty bits recorded directly to the super worn out 1/4" tape in a Roland Space Echo.

Only Fools & Horses - Spectacle Wins (Holy Ghost! Extended Disco Dub) When we did this remix we made two versions fearing the label wouldn't like the vocals we added. Luckily they did and that version got released. This is the alternate, instrumental, way more dubby version that never saw the light of day.

Hope you enjoy.

Lots of love,
HG!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Australia Dates Cancelled

To anyone who was hoping to catch a HG! show in Australia over the next few weeks, we regret to inform you that our gigs have been canceled.

Last week our dear friend and musical partner jerry fuchs ( drummer of !!!, the juan maclean, turing machine, maserati, holy ghost!) passed away in a tragic accident here in NYC. Due to these events, we have canceled our a Australian tour to be here in NYC with friends and family during these hard times. We regret this immensely. As you can imagine, this past week has been a long, awful blur and rather suddenly we realized we're just not ready to travel so far from home for what seems like an impossibly long period of time. We love Australia and are grateful to have had the opportunity to visit last year. Hopefully we'll be back again soon and we'll get a chance to make this up to you.


We sincerely appreciate your understanding.


Regards,


Alex and Nick

Holy Ghost!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A DAY OF BOOZING FOR JERRY

Starts in 45 minutes. Buy a $10 wristband and drink draft beer all day.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Jerry Jams With A Double Kick Pedal

The Juan Maclean played at a club in Switzerland who mistakenly rented us backline we didn't need. Oddly, the backline also included a double kick pedal. No matter, Jerry was stoked. Never seen anyone set up his drums so quickly or with such glee.

love nancy

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Thank You Jerry

So there is no confusion:

Last night Jerry Fuchs, our friend and our drum hero, passed away. Jerry accidentally fell from a freight elevator in Williamsburg Brooklyn and was not able to survive the intense trauma caused by the fall. Nick and I entered the building about the time the fall occurred. We found him in the elevator shaft. We held him and talked to him and went with him to Bellevue Hospital. Heartbreakingly, the doctors were unable to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead at 3:33 am.

My last text message exchange with Jerry went like this:

Me: Gerard, will you be coming alone tonight or do you need a +1?
Jerry: I will b coming with my friend J tonight. Let me know if that's a problem. Seriously.
Me: Not a problem!
Jerry: Dude, I know ur list is tight. Let me know if you can't swing it and i will just buy a ticket at the door.
Me: Its fine! We got it
Jerry: Thanks dawg.
minutes later....
Jerry: Thank u, thank u, thank u.

This exchange was typical of Jerry: Always apologizing unnecessarily, endlessly thanking me for no apparent reason, relentlessly polite in a world in which manners have largely been replaced by irony and sarcasm. Of course you wouldn't assume any of this from watching him play drums.... He was terrifying. A machine. A beast. Uncivilized. Rude. A savant. When he got MIDI IN and MIDI OUT tattooed on his forearms I wasn't surprised in the least. In fact, I remember thinking, "Oh, so there they are!" - - as if Jerry had finally revealed the secret to his precision and syncopation.

Jerry was the star of every band he played with and will be painfully missed by those bands and a vast network of friends, family, and of course, musicians and music lovers, worldwide. My deepest sympathies go out to his family in Georgia.

Jerry: Thank you, thank you, thank you...

Always,
Alex

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

HOLY GHOST! vs. KAVINSKY

Oh, my bad. It's some dude named KANDINSKY.

This Friday @ The Guggenheim
Doors open at 9 pm, and event lasts until 1 am
$25, free for Guggenheim members
Cash only at the door, cash bar
5th Ave at 89th St, New York City

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

FROM THE ARCHIVES vol. 1

Automato, LCD Soundsystem & 2 Many DJs @ Barrowlands. Glasgow, April 3rd, 2004.





RECOMMENDED

II by DESIRE on Italians Do It Better

Monday, November 2, 2009

POLAROIDS vol. 2

10.24.09

10.25.09

10.26.09

10.28.09


10.29.09



10.31.09



Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

SOMEONE GREAT...

...played on a cello. Awesome.

DROP THE LIME v. CLASSIXX v. LIVE FISH...

...in China. Apparently it's delicious, but Alex and I are getting a little nervous about our upcoming trip.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

MORE HG! ON THE MTV2

We will be hosting Subterranean on MTV2 tomorrow night/monday morning at 2AM. If you can't be bothered to stay up that late on a school night, here are some clips.





Thursday, October 22, 2009

DFA v CMJ

POLAROIDS

Many years ago my sister gave me her Polaroid One Step camera and I decided I would use it to take at least one picture every day for a year. I'm not a photographer by any stretch of the imagination, but I am a sap, and I like to have pictures of my friends and in the days before good digital cameras it seemed like a easy, fun, talent-proof way to document boring, everyday nonsense that only I a few others would care about. In retrospect, I documented a pretty great year - I was in a band I loved with people I loved (and still do), making a record I loved (and now have mixed feelings about), I was in love with an amazing girl, and I met and fell in love with a large lovable family of people known as The DFA. And I have 400+ pictures that document it all.

Since then I have owned two digital cameras that I have hardly used at all. It seems that unless I have a big clunky thing on my shoulder I don't take pictures which is a shame because I've done some shit in the past couple of years that I really wish I had more pictures of. So, the Polaroid is back. It's not convenient, and it's not cheap, but it is fun. So, I will do by best to scan and upload them regularly. Here are some randoms from the past month...Nick

10-03-09 Alex, Nile, Bernard, Tony.

10-07-09 Michael Classixx.

10-08-09 Poop 'Bot at Santo's.

10-09-09 Bros! HG!, Classixx, Fixed.

10-11-09 Matt's birthday. Nando & DJ.

10-11-09 The birthday boy & Andrew.

10-13-09. Dave P, The Mayor or Philly.

10-14-09 Tyler, Mike & Guy. Lampin' in Bushwick.

10-16-09 Austin's best party promoter, Ian Orth, at Austin's best party, Learning Secrets.

10-16-09 Austin's biggest trouble makers, Le & Thomas

10-19-09 Justine's Birthday. Mike blowing bubbles.

10-19-09 James & Nando.

10-19-09 The birthday girl.

10-19-09 James & Vito

10-21-09 2" Studer @ Gigantic.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

HOW TO/MTV2

HOW TO W/ HOLY GHOST
Slightly entertaining, for a change.

Monday, October 19, 2009

PARLOUR GAMES

Someone has finally uploaded the full video for 6 Finger Satellite's awesome "Parlour Games." Check out Juan Maclean circa 1995. He has hair!...Nick

Six Finger Satellite - Parlour Games from xTheOxx on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

ENJOY THE SILENCE

I've only ever seen the video where Dave Gahan is walking around dressed as a king. Apparently there's an alternate version of the video...

E-Mu Emulators on the observation deck of the World Trade Center! Awesome...Nick

Friday, October 9, 2009

a blast that actually deserves a read

Its rare that I open an email promoting a party, let alone read it, but here's one that is fucking brilliant. Rok ( promoter, dj, awesome dude) sent it out promoting our party tonight in Brooklyn with Dave P and JDH and, well, its spot on. He even sent along an attachment to support his case! Please see original email below and, yeah, come out if your around. - Alex
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HOLY GHOST! & FIXED @ SAVALAS !!!

show details 5:06 PM (22 hours ago)

Greetings,

This week at Savalas, we’re stepping it up a few notches. Not that
things have been too shabby at 285 Bedford lately. In recent months
we’ve had such greats as Stretch Armstrong, Eli Escobar, XXXChange,
Cosmo Baker, DJ Ayres, Waajeed, Mike Simonetti, and Chris Devlin just
to name a few.

One of the best Savalas parties I can remember was a few years back,
when JDH & Dave P of FIXED played. The place was packed to the brim
with friends and fam, and the energy was through the roof. So when JDH
said he wanted to do a repeat, I didn’t have to be told twice...

Now, Josh didn’t want me to write anything in his honor, but F*CK THAT
SH*T! I gotta give credit where credit is due. I’m going on record:
When it comes to putting on large scale underground electronic events,
the party-goers and new-jack promoters of this country owe FIXED a
tremendous debt. It’s doubtful that this current “Electro” or “New
Rave” scene that’s become so popular in America, would even exist if
wasn’t for Josh & Dave. Face it, the dudes are pioneers. For almost 5
years, they’ve been multiple steps ahead of every major development /
trend in electronic music, and introduced New York, Philly and Miami
party goers to the likes of Soulwax, Simian Mobile Disco, Erol Alkan,
Digitalism, Boyz Noize, Optimo, Hot Chip, Booka Shade, Vitalic, The
Presets, and (literally) countless others. As a result, The Fixed
party format has caught on and spread like wildfire across the United
States, spawning an endless crop of imitators…

You think I’m exaggerating? Take a look at Ultra Festival's 2009
line-up (attached), and tell me that you don’t see a minimum of 10
ACTS that got their start at Fixed. Then take a look at the Ultra 2004
line-up and see if it’s at all similar. I think not!

I’d even go as far as to give Fixed partial credit for the public’s
renewed interest in Daft Punk, which is largely due to Justice’s
overwhelming popularity. Who were the first US promoters to book
Justice? You guessed it! So, Monsieurs Bangalter and De Homem-Christo,
be sure to make out your royalty checks to a certain Josh Houtkin and
a certain David Pianka.

Oh yeah, another thing – the Fixed duo doesn’t do all this for
accolades, to get groupies, or to get their pictures taken – their
motivation comes from a genuine and heartfelt place, such as the love
of good music, the advancement of dance culture, the craft of putting
fantastic DJ sets together, and let’s not forget the art of GETTING
RAD!

So all you would be tastemakers, DJs and promoters: bow down and kiss
the motherf*cking ring. THE FIXED RING BITCH! There, someone had to
say it, and I just did…

As if having Fixed wasn’t enough, HOLY GHOST! of DFA are also on the
line-up thanks to a little financial assistance from our friends over
at Vice and Colt 45. In my opinion, Alex and Nicholas are some of the
most promising electronic talent to arrive in a long time - I’ve
thought so ever since I first heard their instant classic “Hold On”. I
remember Eamon Harkin had an advanced pressing back when we did the
FUN party @ Studio B, and everytime he played this flawless slice of
heavenly Nu-Disco, I would salivate at the prospect of getting my
hands on a copy. Since then, they’ve done amazing remix work for Cut
Copy, Panthers, MGMT, and have just released a superb new single “I
Will Come Back”, complete with a New Order inspired video. You can’t
be mad at that. I had the good fortune of opening up for them on New
Years Eve two years ago, and they slayed it, so I can’t wait to hear
what they have in store this time. I guess I’ll just have to HOLD
TIGHT - until tomorrow that is…

-Rok

Thursday, October 8, 2009

HOLY SHIT!


Tonight at Santo's, Holy Ghost! vs. Shit Robot. Bros, reunited.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

HG! News Update

So...Last month we spent 2 productive weeks finishing up our LP with the wonderful Chris Zane. He has a nice, large studio in Tribeca and it was a real treat to get out of our bedroom-come-studio. We should be mixed and mastered by the New Year. So there.

The last few days Nick and I have been working in anticipation of the live rehearsals that begin next week. Mike and Tyler (Classixx) are flying all the way in from LA to rehearse with us here in Brooklyn. They're some of the best players I know and we're lucky to have them on-board.

When that's done, we head back out to Berlin, Glasgow, Australia and Asia for a month to DJ - then back home to rehearse more and get ready to go live sometime in early 2010. Somewhere along the way there's gonna be full art vinyl for "I Will Come Back," a cassette DJ mix with lots of guests, and HG! remixes for Kings of Leon, Data Rock, and Van She, along with two new remixes of "IWCB" by Drop The Lime and Newcleus.

In the meantime, here's a boring video of us figuring out the sounds for "Hold On" at home -- Alex
video

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE REUNITED ON THE TV!!!

My 27-year-old self is all, like, "whatevs," but my 15-year-old self almost cried when I saw they were playing on Jimmy Fallon last night. Unfortunately, my 27-year-old self couldn't stay awake and my 15-year-old self had to watch it on Youtube this morning after waking up on the couch to the 6AM news...Nick

Monday, September 28, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

HUMAN NATURE

nick tipped me to this awesome video clip from "this is it," m.j.'s new film. tickets go on sale sunday....

alex

Thursday, September 24, 2009

PHOENIX AFTERPARTY


On Saturday we're Djing at the afterparty for some young up-and-comers from France who I believe are called "Phoenix" or something like that. Should be fun...Nick

Monday, September 21, 2009

RIP ROC RAIDA

The dude who inspired me to buy turntables after seeing his classic "Rock The Bells" routine in Zoo York's "Mixtape" video circa 1997. I probably watched that video every day for a year, VCR remote in hand so I could rewind and study his section. Unfortunately, all that wiki-wiki, juggling, crab scratch business is very hard so it wasn't long after purchasing a single crap Gemini turntable from a straight-edge kid named Matt that I was forced to let go of my dream of becoming the fifth member of the X-Excutioners. But, I enjoyed making mixes and stuff so I kept buying vinyl, bought another turntable a year or so later (this time a REAL Technics 1200!!!) and somehow, some 11+ years later and still unable to scratch to save myself, here I am; a Professional DJ. Who would have thunk it? So, thanks Roc Raida. I mean it. Real talk.

And, for good measure, Robbie Gangemi's section from the same video, featuring a very young Busta Rhymes on The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show.

Okay, hopefully this will be the last "RIP" post for a while...Nick

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

THE TWO CUTEST THINGS I'VE SEEEN...

...in a long time.

Yeah, I'm a sucker for French Bulldogs. And, a close second...

Ms. Nando, DJing. Is she about to play a Grace Jones record and make your night or punch the photographer in the face? Look at her. All business. Tough as shit. (I tease only because I know that if she sticks with this, we will all be out of our job in a matter of months.)

Monday, September 14, 2009

AL DOYLE


The man always looks sharp, even when he's about to sit in a dunk tank. I wouldn't look this good in a 3 piece suit...Nick

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Tonight @ Santo's


Hey, we're DJing tonight in the basement at Santo's. Our buddy Matt Cash is gonna play records too. Maybe our other buddy Wolfram from Austria (Discokaine) will join us. MTV's going to be there filming a short little piece on us so it would be sweet if it was packed. But maybe it would be funny if it was empty. No, scratch that - we really want people to come. Tell your friends...Nick

Friday, September 11, 2009

I Will Come Back 12"



Designed by Michael Vadino with a "blind emboss." The pictures don't do it justice, but it looks awesome. We'll be giving them away via Turntable Lab somehow. Stay tuned...Nick

EMULATOR


On loan from a great guy named Brandt. We've been getting our Depeche Mode on...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Eddie Locke 1930-2009

A dear, longtime friend, patient teacher and, as Miles Davis might say, absolute "Motherfucker" of a drummer. If you can find any version of "Caravan" on which he played, buy it and prepare to be in awe of his superhuman press roll. He was a true master and a generally amazing guy. He will be sorely missed.