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From Vanyland Premier!

It’s been about nine months since we last got a new single from Party Bois. We don’t need to tell you this, but that’s how long it takes to make a baby.

A baby.

Today, the Boston-based dance party machine return with twins — two new purely romantical jams, just in time for their show Friday night at Bearstronaut’s record release throwdown at the Sinclair in Cambridge.

The a-side, “True Confessional” is their very own “La Isla Bonita” — a tropical synth-pop shake and bake that tattoos its “Wha oh oh ohhh!” refrain on the inside of your lips. The flip, the more mechanical “Hit The Coast” is what happens when you make out too much in the back of your JEEP after a weekday at Revere Beach. If they ever made a sequel to Top Gun, this will soundtrack the long-anticipated beach volleyball rematch.

“It’s all about summer romance,” Party Bois frontman J-Boi tells us. “That was the theme. ‘True Confessional’ is the starry night song; ‘Coast’ is the sunny beach song.”

Lather up.

 

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I am actually excited about a new instrument.

i love the idea.  Discrete oscillators and analog distortion with classy layout and modern sync and effects features thrown in too!

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This week i begin working on a Korg 770.  These are beautiful and built like tanks.  Seriously, I’ve never seen so many screws. Nor have i seen a faceplate BELOW the faceplate!  After removing 30000 screws i got closer to the innards.  For this round i wanted to focus on cleaning and lubricating the controls.  The band had mentioned that several keys were not responding well and the portamento controls were not behaving properly.

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I suggested a few other improvements to the guys and i will try to complete this this week:

1, the grey power cable on these old Korg boxes is crap. i looked and there’s space to do an IEC socket like i’ve done ::: Korg MS-10 Power Upgrade :::

2, there was a mouse living in there at some point.  i removed a ton of bits from the inside but i would like to go in with a new can of spray air and hunt them all.

3, i did a first run lube of the sliders and pots.  if i go back in i would completely disassemble the whole chassis and get each one from both sides.

4, the knobs are funny but i didn’t put them back on because they are detent-ed inside and i would defer to you guys on how you orient them.  i would try to hunt some old Korg knobs to make it ‘right’

5, the wood sides should be treated or something to protect them,  the wood looks great on the inside.  the outside looks worn.

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Official page here:

http://artifactproductions.ca/lechantdesondes/wavemakers-the-film/?lang=en

National Film Board of Canada page here:
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“Wavemakers pursues the legacy of an electronic musical instrument as fragile as it is magical: the Ondes Martenot. The Martenot so sensitive, so expressive, that nearly a century after its invention, musicians, artisans and scientists are still trying to unravel its secrets. Among them are the inventor’s son, Jean-Louis Martenot, Suzanne Binet-Audet, the “Jimi Hendrix of the Martenot”, and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead.

Integrating vérité, never-before-seen archival material and an entrancing soundtrack, this feature documentary explores the origins and workings of the Martenot, and draws us inexorably into its spell. A modern-day story set against a historical background, Wavemakers is a journey into the very heart of the mystery of music.

With Wavemakers, Caroline Martel returns with the signature approach that turned her first feature doc about telephone operators into a “non-stop visual and intellectual stimulation… an enormously creative documentary.” (Variety). She pursues her fascination with culture and technology, using her distinctive blend of humanism, lyricism and experimentation.”

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