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New Order Completes The Music

New Order’s Blue Monday is always a hit on the dance floor. For me it invokes happy memories of a time when I would go clubbing almost every night at The Wave Waikiki and Pink Cadillac because music always made me happy. After three decades of dance music, Blue Monday’s catchy beat appeals even to the millennials who understands the influence it has on the dance floor.

It’s New Order’s defining anthem. 35 years ago, it was released on a 12-inch single through Factory Records, the Manchester-based record label founded by Tony Wilson and Alan Erasmus in 1978, which started it all for New Order. Blue Monday was created by the latest technology at the time: pre-computers, pre-MIDI. It’s a classic song and it never grows old. It was iconic then and it still remains powerful as ever.

I talked to New Order’s bassist, Tom Chapman and multi-instrumentalist, Phil Cunningham on a phone interview just an hour before they went on stage to perform at the Music Tastes Good Festival in Long Beach, California. They recalled there was nearly a riot in the venue when the band didn’t play Blue Monday at one of their concerts. They said it’s always a tough choice and you can’t always please everyone. “You always get someone shouting out ‘Play Blue Monday!” They assured me that the set that they will be performing in Hawaii is probably one of the best they’ve ever done. “It just feels good from start to finish with the song selections. You’re in for a treat,” Chapman said. Chapman and Cunningham complete New Order’s current lineup along with the three original members: Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert. We can then expect that Blue Monday will be on the setlist for Friday night, October 5th at the Neal Blaisdell arena.

Chapman and Cunningham recently formed supergroup “Shadowparty,” a collaboration with musicians from other influential groups such as Josh Hager from Devo and their drummer, Jeff Friedl; guest musicians, Denise Johnson of the band Primal Scream and A Certain Ratio; The Verve’s guitarist Nick McCabe and DJ Whitney Fierce. Shadowparty is a diverse group of talented musicians “who bring different elements to the music, something you probably wouldn’t come up with yourself,” Chapman said.

Shadowparty’s self-titled, 80s-inspired, synth-pop album with haunting guitars is highly recommended. Songs in the album I like are Celebrate, Reverse the Curse, Marigold and Present Tense. If you listen to A Feast of Friends on KTUH 90.1 you might have heard me play a few tracks within the last few weeks.  “It’s a good feeling to know we are being played in Hawaii,” Cunningham commented. Shadowparty’s debut album was just recently released this summer on Mute.

Mute Records is a British independent record label founded in 1978 by Daniel Miller who also went under the electronic musical project, The Normal. Warm Leatherette was the first release on the Mute Label. Since then Mute Records features a catalogue of prominent musical acts such as Depeche Mode, Erasure, GoldFrapp, Fad Gadget, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, the early pioneers of industrial music-Throbbing Gristle, just to name a few. New Order’s tenth studio album and the band’s debut on Mute Records is called Music Complete. 

After a 10-year break, New Order embraces electronic music again with Music Complete and this time without Peter Hook who left the band in 2007. Reminiscent of the album Technique but with some guitar driven tracks, Singularity, Restless, Plastic and Nothing but a Fool are my personal favorite tracks with Chemical Brother’s Tom Rowlands contributing to the album. Guest vocalist, Iggy Pop’s baritone voice in Stray Dog gives you the chills about unconditional love. The companion piece or the alternative remix version of Music Complete is called Complete Music which features extended versions of eleven tracks which I actually prefer.

Surprisingly the artwork of Music Complete, a geometric design was created by Peter Saville who “came out of retirement and added the final piece of the cake.” The legendary graphic designer is responsible for many of New Order’s and Joy Division’s most cherished album covers. Perhaps the most iconic is the famous image in Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album cover taken from a page in the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy which depicted an image of radio pulsar waves. The artwork remains to be an inspiration all over the world, from t-shirts, dresses, tattoos and English footwear.

New Order recently released a concert documentary in September called Decades. Part film, part concert, the film captures the band at the Manchester International Festival 2017 where they played with a 12-piece synthesizer orchestra. Documented by British TV Network, Sky Arts, Decades highlights the highs and lows of the band which included interviews, looking back at the past and understanding the visual philosophy of New Order’s aesthetic and design and their collaborative creative efforts, the players and the technology.

New Order performed and delivered a solid and powerful concert on Wednesday at the Maui Art and Cultural Center. A friend who now lives in Maui who almost didn’t go described the show as “Melodic and hypnotic and dark and complex and amazing.” At the end of the show, “the bassist flicks his pick,” my friend said and  “I reach out my hand and it just floats into my palm” Wow ! Now that’s magical ! She’s glad she went to see New Order and so would you.

Many Thanks to Bamp Project for bringing down New Order to Hawaii. New Order will be performing Friday, October 5, 2018 at 8pm at the Neal Blaisdell Arena. For tickets: www.bampproject.com

After the concert, there will be an “After Concert Dance Party” at Wisp to celebrate the music of New Order, Joy Division, the 80s, the 90s, and so much more. On the decks spinning are DJs Rhombus, KSM, Missy Black and DJ Nocturna. There is no cover. Wisp Restaurant and Lounge ( 2885 Kalakaua Avenue) is located on the Gold Coast and is the perfect spot to unwind after the concert. They curate a nice classy lounge with lots of seating, great food and variety of drinks and spirits. But above all, you can definitely expect Blue Monday to be played on the dancefloor.

http://www.wisphawaii.com

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DJ G-SPOT Spinning March 10th at Next Door

DJ G-Spot originally from Chicago has worked incredibly hard bringing the world’s community of dance music, musicians and Hip Hop artists to Miami, the islands of Hawaii and other locales. His passion for music lies in the groovy basslines and soaring vocals of New York and Chicago House Music & the English progressive sound. G-Spot’s devotion & dedication to exposing the dance music world to numerous cities, has been enjoyed by hundred of thousand’s. On the millennium he staged a worldwide broadcast with the BBC Radio 1 and his Party where G-Spot & Carl Cox (the #1 Dj Ranked in the World at the time) broadcasted to over 2 million people, while over 25,000 people attended the FREE event (reference: Honolulu Advertiser). The British Broadcasting Company [BBC] did a TV documentary on G-Spot’s DJ, Music and promoting career, entitled “Race Against Time”. He hosts & DJs for multiple radio mix shows for well over 25 years. On his show on KTUH 90.1 (Fridays, 6-9pm) he plays a variety of music from trip hop, jungle, Dubstep, Trance, house to Techno, covering all the spectrums of music. On his Clear Channel Hot Mix Radio Show, he plays a fast past mixes of the latest music. Both Shows have a huge listener base & both have been essential for the underground & club scene of Honolulu. His DJing career has taken him to places such as Japan, Brazil, Columbia, Thailand: Bangkok, Europe, Ireland, Sydney, Mexico, Melbourne, London and Numerous Canadian cities & many other international locals. In 2010, G-Spot was given “Outstanding Award in House” Presented to him to his surprise after his Pipeline Hawaii gig Motion Music Festival, by the Godfather of House: Jesse Saunders.

BIO PRINTED IN PACIFIC EDGE MAGAZINE:

Most DJs you might ask, “What cities have you DJed in?” With DJ G-Spot, it’s more of a question of “What Country!” Since you asked… countries include, Japan, Australia, Thailand, England, Ireland, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Kenya, Iceland, Guatemala, Columbia, Venezuela, just to name a few.

DJ G-Spot, (“G” as he is called by most, short for Greg. And the latter part of his name “Spot”, is an actual childhood nickname given to him by his 2 older brothers.) Is arguably one of Hawaii’s busiest & most favored DJ, being named “Best DJ in Honolulu” by the readers of Honolulu Weekly in 1998. Europe’s MIXER MAGAZINE, DJ MAG [United Kingdom press] recommends its readers traveling to Hawaii, Chicago or Miami to catch G-Spot spinning. G was also a key character on a 1 hour BBC Television special that featured then #1 DJ in the world, Carl Cox who brought in the 2000 Millennium New Years in both Australia & Hawaii.

Currently G-Spot is a DJ and promotions director for Hype Hawaii and OOSPOT.com. He also holds high profile sponsorships with Coors Light, Red Bull & Ezekiel Clothing, Pacific Diamond, FIJI Water, Vodka Brands and Blue Moon. He also runs several weeklies and large annual events under his promotion banner, Double-O-Spot. G-Spot is also heavily involved in radio including being a producer, host & mix show DJ for 93.1FM, 102.7FM & 93.9FM. Lastly, still going strong for close to 17 years now is his patented ‘Underground Sounds’ Radio show that airs every Friday 6-9pm on KTUH 90.3FM. Every Saturday Night is G-Spot’s “POP ROX” mix show 9-11pm where he spins Old-school 80s and Rock and Dash of 70’s n 90’s.

Spot has volunteered his music, Dj services, sound and lighting systems for over One Hundred Charity Events and Organizations which also includes: Red Cross, Earth Alert, Collage Radio; WNUR Northwestern University, KTUH University of Hawaii & WVUM University of Miami, Florida Water Environmental Engineers, The Life Foundation, Student Educators Against Aids, University Of Hawaii Office of Student Affairs, Everett E. Black Scholarship Trust, University Of Hawaii Student Health Services, The State Of Hawaii Millennium Commission, Equality Hawaii, University of Hawaii Foundation, Transportation Research Board, Greenpeace, Music for the Blind, University of Hawaii KTUH FUND, University of Hawaii Centennial Campaign, The Miami Engineer Inc., Water Environment Federation (WEF), ARTSmith Collective, American Red Cross, American Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter, University Of Miami, University of Miami Collage of Engineering, AIDS Project Fund, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), DJs Against AIDS, Sierra Club, Southern Poverty Law Center, Pussy Riot Legal Defense Fund, Kapiolani Community College, Hawaii Food Bank, Saint Scholastic Nuns [Chicago, IL], American Heart Association, American Strike Association, Blacktie Blue Jeans, Art After Dark (AAD),  Honolulu Academy of the Arts, The Natural Defense Council (NRDC), The Jane Goodall Institute,  Indian American Friendship Council, 420 Hunnys, Gandhi International Institute for Peace, International Day of Nonviolence, Shelter Alliance, Jen Mar, Ohana Love, Michelle Obama, Eagle Project, Eagle Scout’s, Heart for HUGS, Golden Voice, University Of Miami, Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship, National Highway Institute, Volunteer Spirit Award, Illinois Association of Highway Engineers, Boy Scouts of American, Girl Scouts of America, and University of Miami Legacy Fund.

“There was a point where I was DJing 3-4 gigs in one night” G reflects with a sense of wonderment. An all too typical day for G would include him running through endless meetings with sponsors, venues, managers & promoters, shooting over to the radio station at 6pm to host his radio show, then off to his first club gig of the night at The W hotel at 10pm, then off to another gig ’til 3am and finally to an after hours joint to rock the house ’til the sun comes up.

We are looking forward to GSPOT’s mixes this Saturday, March 10, 2018 for MASUIMI MAX LIVE PERFORMANCE AT NEXT DOOR. Hope you can join us and please share. 

*********MASUIMI MAX performing live *********

Queen of Fetish, spokeswoman of Pinup Girl Clothing and Neo burlesque performer, MASUIMI MAX  will be at Next Door on March 10th.

Saturday, March 10, 2018 at NEXT DOOR 43 N. Hotel St. Hawaii
Doors: 8:30 pm / Showtime: 9:00 pm | 21+ | $25 Door | $20 in advance

For details and tickets : www.djnocturna.com 

If you are interested in VIP Bottle Service, please contact djnocturna@gmail.com 

Featuring A SPECIAL FASHION SHOW by PINUP GIRL CLOTHING https://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/

Pinup Girl Clothing founded by CEO and Head Designer Laura Byrnes in 1997 started with a rack of hand-sewn clothes in her living room. In 1999, PinupGirlClothing.com was launched whose design mission is to create Couture for every body type – the highest quality apparel that fits better than anything you’ve ever experienced, designed to make you look and feel amazing. No matter your body type, you deserve gorgeous, quality clothes made ethically at affordable prices.

The event will also be featuring performances by Anjanette Thomas, Madame X and La Femme Rikita.

Also DJ sets by

DJ Nocturna
GSpot
Night Fox

Thank you to the following Sponsors: RockStar Tattoo, Chaos, Sensually Yours, Nephilim Halls, also performers, models, DJs, Next Door and staff. Special THANK YOU to TRACY LASHES, Masuimi Max, I am Sin, Pinup Girl Clothing Laura Byrnes and Morat.

DJ Gspot

Photo by Joe Marquez

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DJ Gspot

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Acid Wash HNL, Photo by La Cutie Ana Medina

 

PLAYLIST, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2017

This is the playlist for Sunday, November 26, 2017 (12pm- 3pm) with DJ Nocturna.   Please check out my website:  http://www.djnocturna.com 

  1. The Church- Reptile
  2. The Church- The Unguarded Moment
  3. The Motels- Only the lonely
  4. B-Movie- Nowhere Girl
  5. Living in a box- Living in a box (Remixed by Arthur Baker)
  6. UltraVox- Reap the wild wind
  7. Midge Ure- If I was
  8. IceHouse- Hey little girl
  9. Talk Talk- Talk Talk
  10. Icicle Works – Love is a wonderful colour
  11. The Communards- Never can say goodbye
  12. Bronski Beat/ Marc Almond- I feel love
  13. Lush- When I die
  14. Dead or Alive- Baby don’t say goodbye
  15. Tears for Fears- Sowing the seeds of love (Wen’s overnight remix)
  16. The Cars- It’s not the night
  17. The Cars- Drive
  18. Murray Head- One night in Bangkok
  19. Haysi Fantaysee- Shiny Shiny
  20. Baltimora- Tarzan Boy (Extended dance version)
  21. Holly Johnson- Love Train (7″ mix)
  22. Frankie goes to Hollywood- Ferry cross the Mersey
  23. Grace Jones- Warm Leatherette
  24. The Smiths- Meat is Murder
  25. Sandie Shaw- Jeane
  26. Sandie Shaw-  I don’t owe you anything
  27. Lulu Kiss Me Dead- Ultimate Solution
  28. Momus- The Hairstyle of the Devil
  29. Lotus Eaters- It Hurts
  30. Troy Tate- Love is (Dance mix)
  31. Care- Love, Crowns and Crucifies
  32. The Wild Swans- Bringing home the ashes
  33. The The- Armageddon Days
  34. Magazine 60- Don Quichotte
  35. Book of Love- Tubular Bells/ Pretty Boys Pretty Girls (Regan’s House Medley)
  36. Modern Talking – Brother Louie

 

PLAYLIST, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2017

This is the playlist for Sunday, November 19, 2017 (12pm- 3pm) with DJ Nocturna.   Please check out my website:  http://www.djnocturna.com

70s-80s Playlist

  1. U2 – Love comes tumbling
  2. The Church- Columbus
  3. The Smiths- Accept yourself
  4. George Michael/ Wham- Careless Whisper
  5. The Style Council- Boy who cried wolf
  6. Spandau Ballet- Only when you leave
  7. Thompson Twins- King for a day
  8. The Culture Club- Do you really want to hurt me
  9. Pet Shop Boys- Opportunities ( Let’s make lots of money ) Original dance mix
  10. Sam Taylor- Wood/ Pet Shop Boys- I’m in love with a German Film Star
  11. Rupert Holmes -Answering machine
  12. Taco- Putting on the Ritz
  13. M- Pop Muzik
  14. Falco- Rock me Amadeus
  15. Dead or Alive- I cannot carry on
  16. ABC- How to be a zillionaire ( Bond St mix)
  17. Robert Palmer- I didn’t mean to turn you on  (Extended dance mix)
  18. The Power Station- Communication
  19. Psychedelic Furs- Heaven
  20. Psychedelic Furs- Sister Europe
  21. Shriekback- My spine is the bassline
  22. Yello- Downtown Samba
  23. Blondie- Rapture (Special Disco version)
  24. Love and Rockets- Ball of Confusion
  25. Pseudo Echo- Funkytown
  26. Planet P- Why me ?
  27. Red Flag- Russian Radio
  28. Billy Idol- Eyes Without a Face
  29. Stray Cats- She’s sexy and 17 (Long version)
  30. Romeo Void- A Girl in Trouble is a temporary thing
  31. Expose- Point of no return
  32. Tom Tom Club- Wordy Rappinghood
  33. Prince- 1999 (Full length version)
  34. The Bangles- Walk like an Egyptian (Extended Dance mix)
  35. New Order- Confusion
  36. Heaven 17- Let me go

A FEAST OF FRIENDS PLAYLIST, NOVEMBER 18, 2017

Playlist for Saturday, November 18, 2017  (with Guest DJ Missy Black)

DJ NOCTURNA

  1. Clan of Xymox- A Forest
  2. Clan of Xymox- Strange 9 to 9
  3. Attrition- The Internal Narrator
  4. Hawthorn – Tony Wakeford/ Matt Howden- Rose Coloured Sky
  5. Kirlian Camera- Eclipse (V.1994/B)
  6. Die Form- Transvisions
  7. Dead Can Dance- Ullyses
  8. INTERVIEW WITH NAGASITA   – Listen to the interview here https://soundcloud.com/dj-nocturna/interview-with-nagasita
  9. Material Mantra
  10. DAVID J – All we ever wanted was everything- Listen here:  https://soundcloud.com/dj-nocturna/david-j-from-bauhaus
  11. Peter Murphy- Bewlay Brothers
  12. The Cure-10:15 Saturday Night
  13. Virgin Prunes- Baby Turns Blue
  14. Rozz Williams/ Gitane Demone- Flowers
  15. Yazoo (Only you )  2017
  16. New Order- Regret
  17. Sinead O’Connor- Sacrifice
  18. Depeche Mode- But Not Tonight
  19. UltraVox- Reap the Wild Wind
  20. OMD- Enola Gay

DJ MISSY BLACK ( 80s SET )

  1. Michael Jackson- Smooth Criminal
  2. David Bowie- Let’s Dance
  3. Prince- I would Die  4 U
  4. Joy Division- She lost control
  5. Gary Numan- Matel
  6. Bauhaus- Lagartija Nick
  7. Peter Schilling- Major Tom (Coming home)
  8. A Flock of Seagulls- Space Age Love Song
  9. Book of Love- Boy
  10. Ministry- I wanted to tell her
  11. Depeche Mode- Strange Love
  12. The Cure- The Walk
  13. Nitzer Ebb- Murderous
  14. Soft Cell- Tainted Love
  15. Attrition- Thin Red Line
  16. Depeche Mode- Policy of Truth
  17. Dead or Alive- You spin me round (Murder mix)
  18. Paul Hardcastle- 19 (Destruction mix)