Wednesday, January 25, 2012


I (under my SSPS guise) played a show. It was the first show of 2012 and aside from forgetting the words for some new songs, and misplacing my production notes, thus not playing a couple of songs, I think the show went alright. I have never really satisfied with the SSPS shows like I am when Excepter plays. For one, I'm alone. I am my own harshest critic. There is no one else to blame. Not that there is (blame) in Excepter. They are two distinctly different agendas. If Excepter is togetherness and friendship inside of an exquisite corpse, SSPS is loneliness- a man and his machines on a vision quest trying to make sense of his surroundings. I was a bit nervous, to tell you the truth. It was a star studded affair, my rock and roll peers and friends were there, many of which I have not seen all year since i have been pushing this truck. Below is a video of the set filmed by Professor Genius.

Detail shot by Steve Summers (with somewhat better sound quality)-

For those of you who aren't familiar, I have been part of a monthly party at Tandem in
Brooklyn, NY for just over two years. It's called Particularly Random. In my years of record collecting and spinning records, it has been my favorite residency since the Double Door's "Redlite Dirtroom" parties in Chicago (with another cohort known today as "Svengali's Ghost"(more on him later) in 1997. In fact, It's the only other residency that I have ever held. Fellow Random Dude- James Stache archives most of them. With my being gone all of the time, I have been fortunate to have only missed three or four parties, last month. This was my first DJ appearance in two months! Set list for the entire night is up. James- your an ambitious dude listing the set list for the entire evening! We are a bunch of nerds!
TTY'all La'!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


This Saturday, the 21st of January, 2012- SSPS plays it's first show of the year with a global line up that is sure to pump!!! Get to Brooklyn, as we are about to straight through the eye of the super nova---

DJ sets by
//Traxx (Nation Records, Chicago)
//Alienata (Nation Records, Spain)

LIVE sets by
//SSPS (Nation Records, Brooklyn)
//Entro Senestre (W.T. Records, CT) LIVE DEBUT
//Huerco S (Other Heights, Kansas City) 2nd NYC SHOW EVER

//Body Actualized

Saturday, January 21st, 2012.
$10 before midnight, $15 after
Doors at 9:00p

Vibes HQ/Body Actualized
143 Troutman St.
Bushwick, Brooklyn
L to Morgan/JMZ to Myrtle


-{Traxx}- Nation/Chicago
DJ. Producer. Owner of Nation Records http://www.jak-nation/.

"Traxx is possibly my favorite DJ in the world. And while many DJs can't successfully execute their ideals in their own productions, his music is exactly the kind of amazing stuff that he would spin. His overwhelming passion for great music comes through in his production. The pinnacle of his art, whether he is DJing or producing, is his ability to seize the moment and make crucial changes only when they are necessary. His art is not just a 'back to basics' approach, but a refinement of styles that have been abandoned for music with slick transitions and needless ornamentation. This is Jakbeat in its rawest form." Tadd Mullinix aka James T Cotton, Dabrye, Saturn V, 2AMFM, X2

-{Alienata}- Nation/Berlin,Valencia

It all started in 2000 and since then this mysterious ladylike lifeform
has dedicated herself to learning & analyzing sound in all of its forms:
Obsessive Analogy, Microloops coming from any source (even including fridge's plug), Dub, Dark Disco, IDM, endless Miles Davis songs, Jakbeat, Analogic Textures, Sexual Dark Experimental Hybrids,Cosmic rhythm and beautiful Aquatic Dark Electro tracks, those timid and young sets at Ocio (Murcia) and many other city clubs in Spain while touching down on uncountable raves and nights across northern Italy having first contact with german scene through the homoelektrik group in Berlin and Leipzig, Moss club (Murcia), Fusion Festival (Lärz)...

In 2006 she collaborated with the Overflow Collective that was not only involved in parties but in theatre and music workshops dealing with technology which then opened doors she became apart of Montreal's electronic scene and Mutek festival.she lived during 2007, as resident deejay at Laïka venue and participating in different clubbing events, like Piknik Electronik, sharing billed events with many famous European and North American artists.

Once back in Spain (Valencia), she took up her career again as part of the Overflow team, where she began showing her exquisite and authentic musical selection through plenty of clubs around the country and also abroad.
In 2008 Alienata was also responsible for musical direction of Overflow records label, where she was able to expand her good and expert musical taste.

In late 2011 she decided to move to Berlin. She is currently working for Nation - the label of Traxx where she is preparing her first productions to be released in the late sping early summer of 2012.


SSPS is a sound project that is the brainchild of Jon "Porkchop" Nicholson,
who is also a member of the electronic band Excepter.

-{Entro Senestre}- WT Records/CT

“I’m from Connecticut. I’m 26. I’m a gear head. I like old synthesizers and drum machines. I’m not that concerned with any particular genre (house, techno, or electro) , but more interested in making synthesizer music, whether it be experimental or something dance-y.” -Entro Senestre

-{Huerco S.}-

Saturday, January 14, 2012


Tonight- we get it together and go to that place in the outer reaches of stratosphere. Join me, and my musical counterparts- James Stacher- Dirty Finger- and special guest ROK ONE- as we grab bag it through our crates, both physical and digital, and get seriously deep in all directions. Four distinctly different dance rhythms of life, embracing the past, while charging for the future. Help us to break through the space time continuum, tonight at 236 Troutman- Brooklyn NY. We start at 10PM and end when we reach the promised land! Free admission for all who dare!!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Live on Cesar Chavez Blvd: Excepter Returns

After a year in hiatus, Excepter awakens from it's dormant state. This time we find ourselves on the Left Coast. Fun in the sun- night life with a hint of Dan Flavin. Sweating to the oldies, a modern day sock hop for the Children on the Damned, an LA Excepter takes stage. As, per usual for me, anyways- I was late getting into town and got no time to sound check. I drove into LA around 10:30-11PM. I had woke woke up late but was out of the room and on the road by 9AM. The day before, I had left Santa Fe way later than expected. Nathan and I went out for breakfast, and then for a hike. He is dong well and sends his regards. It was beautiful in Santa Fe. I can see why he is out there and not in some other rat cage of a city. He's a Mountain Boy anyways. I tend to think romantically about the whole notion. Living on the edge of a South Western town. I can't wait to go out there again. The land is really enchanted. It was eighteen degrees when I woke up in Holcomb on the 10th of December. I had driven from Holcomb, Az. to Phoenix- worked for 4 hours dealing with a nice sized lot of post modern furniture at Red Modern, and straight to L.A. One Shot -got to the City of Angels, unloaded, set up and played -almost no time to drink the beer that I'd cracked immediately upon arrival. I'd stopped once for Diesel and Taco Bell in Cochella. I'd worked for the full 14 hours allowed by law. Ten hours behind the wheel is brutal, no matter who you are. Multiply those fourteen hours by seventy a week, and that's a truck drivers life. I had driven 10,000 miles (16093.44 kilometers) in three weeks... and that was my fifth trip in a row since September. For the last year, my life has been the road. Making the miles. It's almost like being on tour only there is no live music every night, or cool motherfuckers to shoot the shit with. You get paid for driving a truck. Touring is shoveling money into a furnace and loving the sweet misery. It was rad to get out of the truck and see La Familia Excepter. It'd been a while since I'd seen them... with the added bonus of Erica being there for the weekend... Teddy was there tooo... boyyyeeee..... I felt like I was back in Brooklyn for a split second! Twilight Zone, indeed. That made the push more than worth it!
Ariel Pink played a surprise karaoke set. Duets with this guy who was reminding me of Damned Rat Scabies sings for "Hit and Run" Era TSOL. LA Rockers on late night AM radio. It's a life style choice. It was awesome. I wish I could have recorded it. It was ashamed that I didn't get a chance to pick his brain, a little. I love Ariel. I'd missed the first act. James Ferraro wasn't there. I'm beginning to wonder if he is a real person. I have to admit, I do love his elusive ways. From what I remember, Puro Instinct beat it nasty. they were very "LA", and when I say that, I mean "LA way" like Missing Persons-esque, but not throw back kitsch, and when I say "nasty", I mean- "Who's that eating that nasty fruit?- 'Nasty Boys' Nasty" plus Missing Persons. I was out of sorts after the drive, but that's Rock and Roll.

Live on Cesar Chavez Blvd: Excepter Returns from SSPS on Vimeo.