Remix for Confess 2.0 by Jillian Ann

I’m glad to be a part of this 2nd run release for Jillian Ann’s single, Confess… Re-mastered and along side a bevy of other slammers. Available through Beatport (below) and itunes… Be sure to check the video as well which was partly shot at our studio, Catatlyst-Sound in Chicago.

Official Press-Release:

An ethereal ride through the underworld, accompanied by Jillian Ann’s guiding voice, characterizes our newest feature “Jillian Ann – Confess + Remixes”. The composer, songwriter, producer, dj, is no stranger to this territory, following up last years highly successful “‘Know Us’ Remix LP”. Taking her multi-faceted roles as electronica artist dj actress, model, and director into consideration her cohort of collaborators on the project included some of the realms most respected and diverse bass artists. Simplify has once again assembled a group of musicians to rip and rinse Jillian’s newest contribution; the melodic track gets VIP treatment from Kraddy, Unsub, Henry Srange, Great Scott, Robert Vadney & more! From Phrenik’s beastly monster to The Abominable Twitch’s twisted remix, Jillian and co. deliver sounds that would be welcome on anyone’s playlist.

GET IT HERE:

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8 Album covers for shitty bands that probably don’t exist but would be famous if they did…

I stole pictures from the internet and made 8 bands in 8 minutes… I claim no rights to anything here. And if you start a band with one of these personas, I dont want to hear about it…

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Remix for The Flashbulb’s “Terra Firma”

Super excited to be a part of Benn’s latest and greatest “Terra Firma” featuring a great remix from Bartel as well as one from myself. This was the last bit of music I produced before all my gear got stolen… I’m glad I had time to get it out! Pick it up for only a few bucks via bandcamp.

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MEND: “Unfamiliar Ceilings” for Renegade Lights Debut LP (Digital / Vinyl) and more…

As some of you may or may not know, the MEND full length has been postponed due to a lot of stolen gear and finished material… Working out what we have for a slightly less than full length for digital release only. BUT, we have a fun track out with SF outfit Renegade Lights for their debut compilation. This deep selection of tunes is available via image to your left, or double vinyl. Pre-orders are being taken now, and vinyl to ship very soon.

We also have a remix coming out for another local Chicago group…Details on that TBA.

ALSO, super sexy secret ABt remix coming out for a special someone very soon. More on that later…

Working on a couple new aliases for fun. Planning to drop a couple EPs this winter, more remixes etc. About to launch into a new studio as well. THINGS HAPPENING.

thanks for your patience…

-m

 

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Act a Fool and Hope for the Best: A Thank You Letter

Summer is gone, and about this time, I feel the “new year” more than I feel it come January 1st in the middle of hell freezing over… I have been thinking a lot about the people and places that have affected me so massively in the last year and I keep jumping back further realizing I cant truthfully acknowledge the importance of last year without acknowledging the year before that and the year before that etc…

For a cornucopia of reasons, this has easily been the most emotionally twisted, and heavy year of my life thus far. Saying “I’ve learned so much” seems an almost naive and vastly inadequate justification. Of course I’ve learned so much…but beyond that I’ve almost felt like a teenager again, confused and excited by things I should very well be familiar with by now, but apparently have no solid understanding of. We can spend an entire lifetime trying to figure out how to love someone to the best of our ability or be as productive and diligent as humanly possible, but in the moment, we are infinitely capable of acting like complete fools. The key seems to be finding that rare group of people, or one, that appreciates and understands your foolishness and not only embraces it, but helps transmute it into some twisted kind of inspiration. The point is, I feel like I have been largely ungrateful to those I am close to, that have helped me along in this delusional and undoubtedly enlightening jaunt through life; those who may or may not embrace my foolishness.

I’ve spent the last 7 years writing music, touring, playing gigs all over chicago with my favorite people, building studios, learning trades, smashing walls, building new walls, driving through deserts, sitting on beaches, smoking cigarettes on balconies, throwing champagne bottles off of rooftops, falling in love, blowing up speakers, buying gear, selling gear, cooking food, eating food, taking drugs, sleeping, not sleeping, so on and so forth…all enabled by those that embrace the inherently foolish and experimental nature of humanity. Sometimes we try things not because it’s the best idea in the world, but because it’s fucking fun….. Or it will look good on camera, or make a ridiculous story later. Sometimes you walk away with a bunch of severed nerves and your knee is gushing blood and you can’t walk straight for 3 months, but somehow it was worth it and somehow I still feel compelled to say “Thank you.”

This isn’t to say we are always fools. Sometimes we get it right. We know when we get it right, because suddenly things just start working… It’s during these moments when I feel the most vulnerable and I end up forgetting that I can still be a fool, and it will still be ok. I might catch myself thinking, “I figured it out and I’m going to win this shit…” and suddenly I’m a fool again. It’s a delicate balance and as much as I would love to conquer any number of things by myself, as to satisfy that primal survivalist urge to stay on top, I can’t stress how wonderful it’s been to be surrounded by a vast support network that simply delivers because that’s what they do. My only worry is feeling like I don’t deserve it for whatever reason, and that I may not have something of equal value to return…maybe that’s bullshit, but isn’t that the fundamental struggle here?

It seems a horribly shit cop-out thing to say “Some day…I’ll get you…” but maybe that’s what I have to say, and if it’s true and if I really really mean it, then HELL YEAH some day…

So THANK YOU. For everything and then some…

max g

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Alphabasic Post Tour Re-Group…

I usually think that I’ll come home after a long trip and feel an unparalleled rush of energy, refueled and ready to go…And usually I do. Today however, I am flat out exhausted. I’m just fine with that. We drove from Chicago to Vancouver and back again with a backdrop of more America than I have ever experienced before within a two week stretch. Literally from the rainforest to the ghetto.

The cast of characters was nothing short of stellar and hysterical…Ceephax Acid Crew flew into Vancouver where we met him on the first leg of our trip. From there Bartel joined up and the touring flock was assembled. Ceephax, The Flashbulb, Bartel and myself hopped about on our way back to the last date in Milwaukee, where an angry drunk threw pizza at a taxi just before we all decided it was time to part ways. “WELCOME TO MILWAUKEE MOTHERFUCKERS”

Twas a pleasure and an honor to share the stage and move around with such maniacs…I may have more to reflect on as I start to process what just happened. As promised, here is the EP that I sold on tour. Available via bandcamp for 1$…

Thanks to all that made it out!! Lets do it again…

2011 Summer Tour EP by The Abominable Twitch

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I made very strong coffee this morning…

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Let’s take a moment and give the 90s a high-five

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Appearing on Cartesian Binary’s “Cloud 11” Compilation…

A while ago Rena Jones asked me to submit a track for her label’s debut compilation… I excitedly agreed and produced an 8.5 minute long weepy ballad, and she promptly responded with something along the lines of, “that’s great…but can you not make it 9000 minutes long?” I whined about it, and after a few listens realized it really was redundantly long…Still the “edited” version is just shy of 7 minutes and she was nice enough to let it pass. I think its an interesting track, and in retrospect I wish I would have done several things differently but such is the fundamental struggle of the producer. I’m happy and honored to be in the company of some other fine fine artists on this heady, rich, and diverse compilation of electronic wizardry.

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GRITTY: Take The Sun Away (Dusty vs ABt) FREE Download…

Had fun jammin this one out. A gritty take on the lovely Dusty Sprinfield…

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