du 13.07.2012 au 14.07.2012 (22.00 - 06.00)
rue de la vierge noire, 10-12-14
Mike Simonetti (Italian do it better – US) vs Vanishing Point
Mike Simonetti began his first record label, Troubleman Unlimited, in the mid-'90s. With Troubleman, Simonetti flexed some of the sharpest A&R ears in indie rock: Erase Errata, The Walkmen, Panthers, Wolf Eyes, Woods, Blank Dogs, Zola Jesus and Vivian Girls all released music on Troubleman. The label also has deep links with DFA: Simonetti issued an early Speedking Trio 7-inch, featuring drummer James Murphy, as well as early work by future Murphy signees Pixeltan and Black Dice. Both of them appear as well on 2001's Troubleman Mix-Tape, a Simonetti-compiled, 52-track double CD that served as a kind of preview for the disco-punk surge to come, Glass Candy, Out Hud and Radio 4.
But Simonetti had always been a wide-ranging music fan, DJing hip-hop and disco at several New York parties, and as the '00s progressed he became more interested in DJ culture—a fascination he shared with Johnny Jewel of Glass Candy. In 2007, Simonetti tried some 12-inches with Glass Candy and Chromatics, which didn't do much in DJ circles—the Troubleman name was too closely identified with punk. So Simonetti began a sub-label, Italians Do It Better, and released a compilation of Jewel-produced tracks called After Dark. This time, the dance world—and everyone else—caught on.
Italians Do It Better has expanded some and Simonetti himself is now recording for the label, issuing his debut album, Capricorn Rising, in July.