If you care at all about blogs about electronic music then you probably already know about Little White Earbuds. Apart from posting mp3s, reviews and charts of great music since 2005, Stevie Buds also features some of the weirdest pictures you’ve ever seen at the top of his posts and he also has the dream job of reviewing and interviewing for RA so you know he has some serious exclus. For T.A.O.S.C. 21 we have the honor of welcoming the Mister Buds himself for a super special guest mix, but before that I caught up with him while he was taking a break from filling your brain with insanity.
Why did you start it, why do you do it?
I started LWE to cure the boredom of spending winter break in the suburbs of Chicago. I continue to publish because I love sharing music with people as well as spreading a bit more awareness of artists/labels/tunes. Talking with readers who have rushed out to buy a release I’ve featured is a fantastic feeling. Yay capitalism!
Chicago is a wonderful place. Despite the fact that dance music has a much smaller following than it did when, well, a lot of modern dance music was first created here, we still see a number of the better DJs/producers rolling through. We also have the best damn pizza, for real. So if you’re looking for cheap rent and don’t mind a totally corrupt city gov’t, rising taxes, and one of the worst managed public transit systems in the nation, look up your boy in the Chi.
What’s your top 3 favorite posts you’ve ever done?
I am really proud of my interview with Mark August, my “throwing down the gauntlet” post decrying the state of mp3-posting blogs, and my review of one of Matthew Dear’s first live performances with a band (in America, at least).
If you were a techno which would you be?
I would be a cross between ambient techno and dub techno. Big, dubby chords over static rhythms and lots of colorful melodies.
Where do you get all those fresh pics?
Initially I would search Google for images matching my posts’ subjects, but now I just collect pictures I find in my Internet travels. Perhaps the best (and most NSFW) place would be pockyway.com, which is a continuation of the fabled Space Ghetto LiveJournal community. Sounds nerdy (and it is), but I’ve seen some of the coolest pictures in my whole life there. You just have to sort through pages of tits to find it.
The Youngsters, “Third Knife” [20:20 Vision]
Naughty, “World Of a Woman” [Moodmusic]
Carsten Jost, “Love” [Dial]
Redshape, “Pink Dust” [Styrax Leaves]
False, “Face the Rain” [M_nus]
Osborne, “Outta Sight” [Spectral Sound]
Arto Mwambe, “Noh Ngamebo” [Brontosaurus]
Jesse Rose & Rob Mello, “Do You Wanna” [Front Room Recordings]
Prosumer & Murat Tepeli, “What Makes You Go For It” [Ostgut TontrÃƒÂ¤ger]
Chelonis R. Jones & Marc Romboy, “Helen Cornell” (Stefan Goldmann Macro Version) [Systematic]
Kissogram, “My Friend Is A Seahorse” (James Priestley & Dan Berkson’s ‘Bariz E Syntho’ Remix) [defDrive]
Siobhan Donaghy, “Don’t Give It Up” (Carl Craig Dub Remix) [Parlophone]