Have you seen LCD Soundsystem live before? Pat Mahoney destroys it on the drum kit. The man is a machine. Oh yeah, he’s also a super disco DJ.
The story pretty much goes like this: Pat was playing drums with Les Savy Fav. James Murphy was their sound engineer. They went on to make indie rock history together, getting hipsters to dance for the first time since Manchester 1977.
Last year they put out a FabricLive mix, it’s a pure deep gay ass disco explosion with like one LCD b-side thrown in. Brilliant. Pat will be DJing the next Blisspop @ 9:30 Club this Sat (6/21) with Will Eastman & Chris Burns (Disco City) plus the bands The Dance Party and Wallpaper. We threw around some emails last night:
BYT: What are you doing right now besides this interview? Be specific.
Pat Mahoney: I’m fending off my seven year old son, he apparently needs to use the computer quite desperately.
BYT: Total rock star. If you were trying to impress a lady on a first date, what song would you play for her and go “yeah I play drums on that”?
PM: “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collinshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TApA1fyoSdk
BYT: How was the Fabriclive mix created?
3/4 cup finely chopped onions
2 tablespoons lard
1/3 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup bread crumbs
2 beaten eggs
A grind of fresh pepper
1/8 teaspoon fresh thyme
1/2 bay leaf, pulverized
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 lb leaf lard diced into 1/2-inch cubes
2 cups fresh pork blood
Have ready: Sausage casings. Cook gently without browning 3/4 cup finely chopped onions in 2 tablespoons lard. Cool slightly and mix in a bowl with 1/3 cup whipping cream, 1/4 cup bread crumbs, 2 beaten eggs, a grind of fresh pepper, 1/8 teaspoon fresh thyme, 1/2 bay leaf (pulverized), and 1 teaspoon salt. Add 1/2 lb leaf lard diced into 1/2-inch cubes and 2 cups fresh pork blood.
Fill casings only three-fourths full; the mixture will swell during the poaching period. Without overcrowding, put the sealed casings into a wire basket. Bring to a boil a large pan half full of water or half milk and half water. Remove pan from heat and plunge the basket into the water. Now return pan to very low heat (about 180°F; 82°C) for 15 minutes. Test for doneness by piercing sausage with a fork: if blood comes out, continue to cook about 5 minutes more or until barely firm. Should any of the sausages rise to the surface of the simmering liquid, prick them to release the air that might burst the skins.
To prepare, split and grill them very gently.
BYT: Using the fresh pork blood really shows on this mix. I’m not saying that other FabricLive mixes are bad, but sometimes they sound like they’re using blood that’s been sitting out for a few days. (Real answer, they used an old hand-built Bozak mixer from the 60’s) Do you think people picked it up with expectations that it would be a DFA-style mix?
PM: What is a DFA-style mix?
BYT: Fair enough. Is it similar to what you’ll be playing in DC? (Please say yes)
PM: It will be disco-y
BYT: Did you guys have anything to do with the packaging concept/cover art for that album?
BYT: Ok, well whomever did have something to do with it is awesome. John, I’ll stop writing your column now. “DJ Pat Mahoney” doesn’t really do it for me in terms of DJ names, what should people in the know refer to you as?
PM: DJ Career
BYT: Going to bring anything fancy to the DJ gig in terms of equipment like a drum machine or sampler or one of those wooden scrapey fishes. Actually can you please bring a scrapey fish? It’s the new cow bell.
PM: I’ll bring some magic plastic discs that are saturated with music that you can dance to.
BYT: What is your most regretted impulse purchase? (e.g. scrapey fish)
PM: No comment.
BYT: What happened to [LCD’s former bassist] Tyler Pope?
PM: None of your business.
I miss you Tyler, I hope you’re ok.
BYT: You have writing credits on some of the tracks from Sound of Silver – what part do you play in the LCD Soundsystem creative process?
PM: Sometimes I play the drums. When James isn’t.
BYT: Can you grab your ipod/itunes/zune/whatever and do an all song random play and tell us the first 5 that come up. And don’t cheat/lie no matter how embarrassing it might be.
PM: In the Air Tonight X5
BYT: Damn son, View > Show Duplicates > Delete. Next time LCD plays DC can I come up on stage and play the scrapey fish? It’s ok to say no, I’ll understand.
PM: What the fuck is this scrapey fish you keep talking about?
BYT: Would you take a bullet for me, a stranger, knowing only that I’m a pretty decent person and my mom loves me? Be honest.
PM: Please don’t get shot at around me, OK?
BYT: Harsh. What’s next on the agenda for DJ Career?