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Posted by Franki on: Monday, January 16th, 2012

This week at CHAMPAGNE is an exciting one for us because we’re getting a visit from 2 of our current favorite and game changing DJs: French Fries & Bambounou.

One of things we set out to do with CHAMPAGNE is to create a venue where the latest and most boundry pushing electronic and dance music can be showcased.  There is no finer example of this than French Fries and Bambounou.

Both hail from France and both are part of a new wave of French sound that is blowing the doors off of anything that falls under the typical ‘big room’, ‘electro’ or ‘super techno’ stuff that has dominated these last few years. They are pushing the envelope and including a not only a larger Hip Hop influence, but are very playful with their choice of beats and classic 808 influence. They also make a solid case the ‘less is more’ in that more often than not the choose to make music with sparse sounds and empty space instead of the multi-layered, crunched sounds the US dance floors have become accustomed to. These guys can easily call Canblaster, Myd, Surkin, Sound Pellegrino, Marble Players, etc as peers. If you are a fan, then this is the show for you.

Need some examples? FRENCH FRIES recent Podcast for XLR8R is fantastic! You can check it out here: XLR8R MIXTAPE

See below to listen to BAMBOUNOU’s latest release from Sound Pellegrino as well.

And the best part about FRENCH FRIES playing Champagne? He wrote the theme song (Not really, but it is his latest single…)!

JOAKIM & BAMBOUNOU ‘Fructose’ EP preview by soundpellegrino


Posted by Franki on: Monday, January 16th, 2012

Tomorrow night marks the return of Champagne, the new weekly Wed party I do with Zane Landreth and The Nightchilde! Champagne’s mission is to expose what’s new in dance music. The next wave, the headier stuff, the classy side of things, etc. Wed is our first outing for 2012 and we’re starting things off with a bang: DJ DODGER STADIUM.

DJ DODGER STADIUM is the new project from Jerome LOL Boys and Samo Soundboy.  It’s progressive, it’s fun and it’s nice when two of the more creative heads in dance music come together.  I’m excited for this project and to see what the boys bring out live.  With a name as epic as ‘Dodger Stadium’, well…

Starting this week at Champagne we’ll have FREE CHAMPAGNE every week from 10-11!

And don’t be shy, ‘Like’ Champagne on Face book HERE.


Posted by Franki on: Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

2011 was an incredible year for music. I remember going through and making lists of records the past 2 years trying to come up with my best of lists and it being a little too easy. I always had a Top 10, but didn’t dare go much higher. While there were some great records, I didn’t have nearly as difficult time as I did this year picking out my faves. Maybe I didn’t take the time to explore as much and maybe my musical tastes have broadened, but I feel like 2011 was just better than most.

Below is the list of my Top 25 Records of 2011 in the order I love them. Below that I have 70 honorable mentions that are also albums I like, but connected to less personally.

I realized my top 5 albums this year all have a great story behind them and some sort of personal connection, especially the top 2, which I think are amazing triumphs for the artists.  Growth from the last album to these was substantial, the end result being… magic. I also feel like these were overlooked.

I looked around at several other Best of 2011 lists before making this. I wanted to see if there was anything out there I’d missed and see how mine compared.  While there are some simularities, mine ends up being pretty unique. So if if you take the time to read this, hopefully you find something new or are reminded of something you may have missed as well. That’s my favorite part about these lists: The Discovery.

Anyways, without further ado….

25. WASHED OUT – Within and Without

24. CULTS – Cults

23. COM TRUISE – Galactic Melt

22. YOUTH LAGOON – The Year of Hibernation

21. YUCK – Yuck

20. BLOOD ORANGE – Coastal Grooves

19. DESTROYER – Kaputt

18. COLD CAVE – Cherish the Light Years

17. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

16. GANG GANG DANCE – Eye Contact

15. THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS – Hanna Soundtrack

14. THE WEEKND – Thursday

13. REAL ESTATE – Days

12. DAS RACIST – Relax

11. WAVVES – Life Sux EP

10. KURT VILE – Smoke Ring For My Halo

9. SOFT METALS – Soft Metals


7. DUM DUM GIRLS – Only In Dreams

6. COLIN STETSON – New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges

5. PICTUREPLANE – Thee Physical

4. GIRLS – Father, Son, Holy Ghost

3. THE DRUMS – Portamento

2. THE DEATH SET –  Michel Poiccard

1. METRONOMY – The English Riviera


(in Alphabetical Order)

  1. THE ANTLERS – Burst Apart
  2. ARAABMUZIK – Electronic Dream
  3. A$AP ROCKY – LiveLoveA$AP
  4. AUSTRA – Feel It Break
  5. AZARI & III – Azari & III
  6. BALAM ACAB – Wander / Wonder
  7. BATHS – Cerulean
  8. BEIRUT – The Rip Tide
  9. BEN FROST – By The Throat
  10. BENI – House of Beni
  11. BLACK LIPS – Arabia Mountain
  12. BON IVER – Bon Iver
  13. CANT – Dreams Come True
  14. CASS McCOMBS – Wit’s End
  15. CAT’S EYES – Cat’s Eyes
  16. CITIES AVIV – Digital Lows
  17. CRYSTAL STILTS – In Love With Oblivion
  18. CUT COPY – Zonoscope
  19. DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE – Codes and Keys
  20. DEATH GRIPS – Exmilitary
  21. DIRTY BEACHES – Badlands
  22. DRAKE – Take Care
  23. DUM DUM GIRLS – He Gets Me High EP
  24. EMA – Past Life Martyed Saints
  25. FLEET FOXES – Helplessness Blues
  26. FORD & LOPATIN – Channel Pressure
  27. FRANK OCEAN – Nostalgia / Ultra
  28. G-SIDE – Island
  30. THE GO! TEAM – Rolling Blackouts
  31. HOLY GHOST! – Holy Ghost!
  32. THE HORRORS – Skying
  33. JAMES BLAKE – James Blake
  34. JAY-Z & KANYE WEST – Watch The Throne
  35. JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD – We Are The Champions
  36. JOHN MAUS – We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
  37. JUSTICE – Audio, Video, Disco
  38. KATE BUSH – 50 Words for Snow
  39. LYKKE LI – Wounded Rhymes
  40. MODESELEKTOR – Monkeytown
  41. MONDKOPF – Rising Doom
  42. MOOMIN – The Story About You
  43. NATURAL CHILD – 1971
  44. NICK DIAMONDS – I Am and Attic
  45. OH LAND – Oh Land
  47. PANDA BEAR – Tomboy
  48. PEAKING LIGHTS – 936
  49. PJ HARVEY – Let England Shake
  50. PONYTAIL – Do Whatever You Want All the Time
  51. RADIOHEAD – The King of Limbs
  52. THE RAPTURE – In the Grace of Your Love
  53. SMITH WESTERNS – Dye It Blonde
  54. THE SOFT MOON – The Soft Moon
  55. SPANK ROCK – Everything Is Boring and Everyone Is a Liar
  56. THE STROKES – Angles
  57. SURKIN – USA
  58. THEE OH SEES – Castlemania
  59. TIM HECKER – Ravedeath, 1972
  60. TORO Y MOI – Underneath the Pine
  61. TRASH TALK – Awake EP
  62. TRENT REZNOR & ATTICUS ROSS – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack
  63. tUnE-YarDs – whokill
  64. TYLER, THE CREATOR – Goblin
  65. VIOLENS – Amoral
  66. VIVIAN GIRLS – Share the Joy
  67. WILD FLAG – Wild Flag
  68. WIN WIN – Win Win
  69. WU LYF – Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
  70. ZOLA JESUS – Conatus

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