Friday Night Videos Dance Party!


Chris lives in Austin, TX, where he once shook Willie Nelson's hand.

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  1. Glyph says:

    DUDE, so weird. I was in a dancin’ mood earlier, and everybody was out of the house, and I was letting the new Graze rip (I have pretty good speakers hooked up to my computer in the office).

    I was boogiein’, I was doin’ The Robot, I was doin’ some silly steps that don’t have names but I remembered from my misspent youth.

    I really want to play these and continue, but am away from my computer (and trying to bounce a baby to sleep, after which I must decorate for a party).

    You kids have fun, be safe and have a shot for me.Report

    • Chris in reply to Glyph says:

      Ugh, after I’d already written this, I learned that pretty much everything tonight has been cancelled, because there was a tiny little bit of ice 14 hours ago, so we’re going tomorrow (when the high will be in the upper 60s) instead.

      But I can still dance by myself behind closed doors!Report

  2. Jaybird says:

    Has dance really progressed past it’s culmination in Eric Prydz’s “Call On Me”?Report

    • Chris in reply to Jaybird says:

      It’s all basically house music with ever-increasing bass and more playing with samples, right? I mean, you get a beat, you repeat some short hook, maybe have a bridge where you slow things down a little bit, but just to lead up to an explosion of everything that came before it. Whatever it is, it’s impossible to hear it and not move, and when you move with music, eventually you’re going to get happy, whether you like it or not.Report

      • Mike Schilling in reply to Chris says:

        It’s all basically house music with ever-increasing bass and more playing with samples, right?

        So, junkier and louder?Report

      • Chris in reply to Chris says:

        It’s definitely louder.Report

      • Glyph in reply to Chris says:

        @mike-schilling – so I THINK you are mostly just doing the “you kids get off my lawn” thing, but if you are interested in electronic music that is less club-oriented and more cerebral/mathematical (for lack of a better word), I can probably make some suggestions (in fact, I have…)

        Rhythim Is Rhythim – Kaotic Harmony

        Plastikman – Lasttrak

        Aphex Twin – Tha

        Burial – Etched Headplate

        Graze – Skip/Crush


      • Chris in reply to Chris says:

        Yes, the music I posted here is meant to be just about anything but cerebral. You’re just supposed to dance to it. Preferably with alcohol.

        I will say this, whatever its merits as “art,” it’s fun, and there’s something to be said for fun.Report

      • Glyph in reply to Chris says:

        I had a comment making an analogy to summer blockbusters vs. art house cinema, but somehow it sounded even *more* dismissive of much club music, which wasn’t my intent; since even though I definitely have my preferences and they don’t always align to that which is currently most popular, I appreciate the utility (no economics!) of music made specifically for dancing.

        Except for that one reggaeton beat that they use over and over and over in every song. That thing can go to heck.Report

      • Chris in reply to Chris says:

        The same beat is one thing. In bounce music, they sample the same 3 songs, and have for more than 20 years. The same 3 songs!

        I would post some bounce music, but there are no bounce videos that are even remotely appropriate. Heh… this reminds me of the first time I went to a club that was playing bounce music (not long after Katrina, when a lot of people from New Orleans had relocated, or had been relocated, to Austin). I walked in, got a drink, walked over to the dance floor, and damn near dropped my drink. (If you make the mistake of looking up bounce music on YouTube, you will understand why.)Report

      • Glyph in reply to Chris says:

        I think JB posted it here before, but there’s a YouTube video essay of sorts, talking about the Amen break, and how this same little fraction of a single drumbeat has been used and re-used and chopped and twisted and stretched and sampled so that it now comprises some ridiculous percentage of the substrate of dance music. If you’ve never watched it it’s pretty interesting.Report

      • Mike Schilling in reply to Chris says:

        The Wilhelm scream of dance music.Report