Saturday, December 19, 2009

Radioactivity (P)recap

Radioactivity on SFWEEKLY!!!

Radioactivity @ 222 Hyde (Fri.) For those looking to kick start the weekend as soon as Friday happy hour hits, Radioactivity fills the early evening with lots of good tunes. At 222 Hyde, DJs Tristes Tropiques and Robots.In.Heat spin a mix of Krautrock, post-punk, cosmic, minimal synth, Italo, and other "weird and funky shit" between 6 and 9 p.m. Radioactivity is free, and it comes with a happy hour special: $8 for a pepperoni pizza and a beer.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Upcoming Things

new monthly happy hour @ 222 hyde (222 hyde st) w/ jason aka robotsinheat. drink specials and food deals. 3 turntables and a cray-zay soundsystem.

annual philly pilgrimage @ medusa lounge:

From Philadelphia CityPaper:

"So it’s the day after Christmas and your all full of cookies and candy canes and whatever other over-indulgences you’ve shoved down your throat. Your broke cuz of society’s pressure to consume excess nothingness (and ya know that recession thing people talk about). But damnit, you still want to go out to drink and dance! I’m sayin’ you could probably mosey on over to this spot for some cheap beverages plus nice sounds, and have ya self a grand ol’ time. San Francisco’s Tristes Tropiques is bringin’ his unique and moody stylings of electronic post rock dance hybrids. Hopefully he’ll bring some of that west coast warmth with him."

Get ya afternoons poppin' with some grub, dranky dranks and smooth music vibes!
w/ Tristes Tropiques, Ed Blammo, No Arms

Funky Bongo Re-bop

Re-bop yr attitude dude! Nice clap-along, sing-along road trip jam on ZE. French sounding too adds to the alluuuuure. I think this band was a downtown party band at the time?

Funky Nassau. Proto-disco. Tropical sounding since they are Bahamanian.

Incredible Bongo Band, responsible for the famous Apache sample, tearing it up here with a BONGO SOLO. Lots of reverb in the bongo room.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Happy Mondays - Forty Five EP

finally got this today. nice little 1985 gem that jangles and sways in the right way.

Sunday, November 15, 2009



November 21, 2009 10:30 pm – 4:00 am
Tandem w/ Mikie L & Matt Cash (DFA)
236 Troutman St, Brooklyn, NY

November 24, 2009 10:00 pm – 3:40 am
Trophy Bar w/ Sal P (Liquid Liquid/99/DFA)
351 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY

November 29, 2009 9 pm – 2 am
Factory Records Night
Part Time Punks @ The Echo
1822 W. Sunset Blvd, LA, CA

December 1, 2009 9 pm – 2 am
Beards of A Feather @ Laszlo
2526 Mission St, SF, CA

December 7, 2009 8 pm – 10 pm
Dj w/Robots in Heat @ Pirate Cat Radio
2781 21st St, SF, CA

December 11, 2009 9 pm – 2 am
The Lab w/ Mi Ami (Thrill Jockey) & Inca Ore
2948 16 St, SF CA

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Double Dutch Disco Edit

HOLY $H!T where do I find this?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Rheingold - Dreiklangsdimensionen

Crisp, cool, Deutsche sound. Perfect for 2:00 a.m.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


GANG OF FOUR (guest DJs Hugo Burnham & Dave Allen)
Guest DJ James Nice (LTM RECORDINGS)
Guest DJ Tristes Tropiques (RADIO RHYTHM)**************
Guest DJ Michael Stock (PART TIME PUNKS)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Three Songs

Radio Rhythm has taken a break for a bit but here's some recent favorites...

C.O.D. - Uphill (Peace Of Mind) Dub

Norman Connors - Back In The Streets

Patti Jo - Make Me Believe In You - Wand Records

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Friday, June 12, 2009

Boney M - Ma Baker (1976)

I've known about this song for a long time but a posting is long overdue. No idea if this video is actually from 1976 or when. CLASSIC!!!

Purple Brain

Get this.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Kano - Don't Try To Stop Me - 1981

Sweaterfunky Italo jam that I would play if I had in 2 weeks at the Li Po Lounge. June 21. 10p-2a, free! Maybe too fast for boogie-ing down though...

& Queen of Witches in Deutsche TV! Rare non-vocoded Kano track!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

New Musik - While You Wait (1981)

Jam packed sampledelic dreamy italo-esque pop-leaning track. Great for a day of motoring around the countryside. My new favorite band. The LP with this track climbed all the way to #67 on the UK charts!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Sleeping Bag Sessions (2009)


Duh! Wanted to report on this a few weeks ago but never got around to it. I can write a paragraph on each song but I will restrain myself.

Namesake remixes rereleased!!!!! Without Killer Whale I am nothing.


1. 5 Minutes Bombing Mix (Bonzo Goes To Washington)
2. Tiger Stripes (Felix )
3. You Cant Hold Me Down (Felix)
4. Radio Rhythm (Clandestine featuring Ned Sublette)
5. Chill Pill (Sounds Of JHS 126 Brooklyn)
6. School Bell/Tree House (Indian Ocean)
7. Treehouse (Indian Ocean)
8. Go Bang! (Dinosaur L)
9. 5 Minutes Radio MiX (Bonzo Goes To Washington)
10. Radio Rhythm Dub Mix (Killer Whale)

The Glimmer Twins - Undercover of the Night (1983)

Not the Glimmers, but the Rolling Stones! What's the difference you may ask, since the Glimmers probably totally love this song...

Embedding is disabled so copy and paste for this killer video!

Guns, bullets, explosions, pools, fake mustaches, kidnapping etc.

Decent, but lacking in a few areas "extended mix" here:

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Duh Duh Duh (2009)

I mean, the latest and greatest listing service for in the know shows in the Bay Area. Great handy little resource that keeps on giving week after week for those tough to find shows that happen in basements, backyards, broom closets & back alleys.

Dig? Dar? Duh?

Look for one of these cardboard collectibles at a store near you:

The Equals - Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys (1971)

The Clash covered this band with "Police On My Back". Eddie Grant is in this band, who later penned the cheesy "Electric Avenue" but also way more killer dance floor cuts. Dj Harvey's side project Map of Africa also covered this song. Need I say more? I first heard this band at Little Joy in Echo Park. I shouldn't have just revealed that. Oops. The Map of Africa version is on the 2006 Sal Principato & Kaos mix "Collectors Series" (which totally rules btw).

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Reynolds Girls - I'd Rather Jack (1989)

One hit pop wonder from a pair of sisters. Neither here nor there. Features the classic line, "I'd rather jack, than Fleetwood Mac". Not much explanation what jack literally means. Supposed to comment on the lack of press and radio coverage of new younger acts in the UK.

Friday, March 27, 2009


Frenchie new wave. What are zoo looking at? I got this dirt cheap and you should too!

Amazing track titles on the LP:

A1 Ethnicolor (11:41)
A2 Diva (7:33)
B1 Zoolook (3:50)
B2 Wooloomooloo (3:20)
B3 Zoolookologie (4:20)
B4 Blah-Blah Cafe (3:22)
B5 Ethnicolor II (3:52)

One song with Laurie Anderson vocals too!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Power Of Tower & The Killer Funk Renewable Resource Allstars Big Band - "There's Only So Much Oil In The Ground So We Better Start Looking For Alt

Extremely long winded band name and song title that accurately reflects the energy crises of the 1970s as well as the most recent incarnation which explains the March 2009 bootleg re-release of this treasure on 7" (as "Power of Tower" instead of "Tower of Power"). Local SF Bay band from Oakland released this in 1974.

Full title:
"There's Only So Much Oil In The Ground So We Better Start Looking For Alternative Power Supplies"

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Shamen - Omega Amigo (1989)

Nice turn of the decade Scottish techno-ish nugget with some possibly regrettable vocals. I'll be honest, maybe I just like the alliterative title? The Stone Roses probably liked these guys so I will too. Classified as "indie dance" according to Whenever the Madchester revival dance night monthly part starts you'll be sure to hear some Shamen, right?

Dissevelt:Song of the second moon (1963)

Realy old kraut stuff mentioned in this Hungarian article:
along with lots of other related sounds!

Tangerine Dream - Choronzon (1981)

Another not so hard to find spacey gem from Tangerine Dream. Whoever made this wolf montage video is simply put, a genius. Take note of the wolf teeth photo set at 2:14 when the song takes a dark turn!

Logic - Clash

Pretty well known Japanese atmospheric spacey electro disco gem. Project of Hideki Matsutake, of Yellow Magic Orchestra fame.

Also "Unit", a little more vocal heavy & with a nice downtempo sway:

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Black Box - Everybody Everybody (1990)

Yessssssssss! Finally I found you Black Box! You were not Chunky A's "Owww", you are your own song, Everybody Everybody, as featured in the Kid and Play smash hit, "Class Act". Nice drum break, mind blowing "owwww", ok horns, and pretty tight bassline. This song is probably in some episode of Real World NYC. Possibly a tranny anthem as well. I am so happy.


Wednesday, February 25, 2009




Radio Rhythm welcomes New York's Brennan Green, celebrating his new release "Alberto Treinta" on Chinatown Records, making his first appearance in San Francisco in 3 years! Since 2006 Brennan has released over two dozen tracks and remixes, touring extensively through Europe, Asia, Australia & all over North America. No doubt Brennan will be dropping some recent cuts & remixes from labels such as DFA, Bear Funk, Balihu & Rong. Get ready for an outer space journey spanning the cosmos from spacey funk & disco to minimal house & dubby techno. Support from SF's Kelley B (Beat Electric), Alona ( and host Tristes Tropiques (Radio Rhythm).


Alona (

Kelley B (Beat Electric)

Tristes Tropiques (Radio Rhythm)

At Underground SF!

Brennan Green - Little Ease (Original)

Lindstrom - Pesto Og Kolera (Brennan Green Saucey Version)

Brennan Green - Escape from Chinatown

Saturday, February 21, 2009

C.C.C.P. (BEATAMAX) - American Soviets (1987)

I shouldn't even be posting this but oh well here goes...nice acid-ish synth line, almost as if Egyptian Lover went to the USSR and secretly made this. Dub or instrumental version probably would work better than the vocal.

The performance:

The cover:

Not even sure what this is but one part of the video reminds me of the greasy saxophone performer at the beach concert in Lost Boys. Also makes me terrified of New York and want to move to the suburbs.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Hongkong Syndikat - Berlin (1984)

Boogie down Berlin banger from 1984 featuring Reagan samples & funky synths. Sire Records release. Later went on to release the schmalzy hit "Concrete and Clay".

George Kranz - Trommeltanz (Din Daa Daa) (1984)

Ubiquitous 80s jam, penned by German George Kranz. Even sampled by the Ying Yang twins. Number one dance hit in the US ("Hot Dance Club Play").
Contains such memorable lines as:


Bot Da Down, D' Doom
Do Doom, Do Doom
Di Doom, Do Doom
Do Doom, Do Doom

Friday, February 13, 2009

Fleetwood Mac - World Turning (Live)

Put on your turban and hit those drums! Zip directly to 5:12. Nothing wrong with the 'mac! Thanks Brennan!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Tantra - Wishbone - Philips (1979)

Another Italo gem with a great bassline, swirly synths and drum work. Pay no attention to the video...wait, I take that back...

Friday, January 30, 2009

Post 40: Workin' & Slavin' Away

F'ing killer track with a hyper-id "uggggh" release chant repeated throughout! And a clock strikes midnight bell! Slightly italo sounding except for the sappy diva vocal disaster. Re-arrangers: message: rearrange this one to perfection! Best re-edit gets an RR feature! -Tristes Trop.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Bunny Sigler - Super Duper Duper Super Man - Salsoul (1980)

From the LP "Let It Snow". Never released as a 12" single. Features mixing by mutant disco extraordinaire Bob Blank, lyrics about Dark Kent, an insane break (done 3 times), a mostly coherent narrative, & easy sing along chants:

I don't like kryptonite, but I like Lois Lane
I don't like kryptonite, but I like Lois Lane
I don't like kryptonite, but I like Lois Lane

Bunny Sigler - Super Duper Duper Super Man

D.C. LaRue - Confessions - Pyramid (1978)

Connecticut producer D.C. LaRue brings spacey synth disco to the masses, during a period where the genre was pretty unadventurous. Also known as the first white producer to top the charts & the man behind the first widely available disco single in 1976.

D.C. LaRue - Confessions

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Kensi-Kensu - Casanova - Baby Records (1983)

One hit wonder German duo disco-rap with an awesome video of a phone conversation taking place between Kensi and Kensu in a pink bedroom and a red phone booth. Who is Kensi and who is Kensu? Classic Eurodisco a la "Paris Latino."