Thursday, September 13, 2007

Too Poor to Buy Records and/or Go Out To Clubs? Listen to Beats in Space

For someone like me, who has a limited budget and only so much time to scour the Internet and record shops for new music, podcasts have become a godsend. Since most of what is on local radio completely blows (with the exception of KCRW, KXLU and KPFK), I primarily learn about new music through the Internet. While there is no shortage of blogs that discuss and share indie rock and hip hop music, information about the vast world of electronic music isn't as prevalent. I guess the info is out there, but since so much of that culture is driven by obscure white label singles, imports and vinyl only remixes, it can often get confusing. Luckily there's someone like Tim Sweeney making things a little easier on me.

Sweeney is a New York-based DJ who hosts Beats in Space every Tuesday night from 10:30PM to 1:00AM on WNYU 89.1 FM. Each week he brings a taste of the NYC club scene to a worldwide audience as he mixes together tracks from all over the dance music landscape. On most weeks Sweeney will invite a special guest to take over mixing duties and spin for an hour or so. Judging by the list of past guests, which includes James Murphy, The Juan Maclean, Carl Craig, Hot Chip, Plaid, The Avalanches and Simian Mobile Disco (among many others), Sweeney carries major street cred throughout the various scenes that fall under electronic music's wide umbrella. But even without the special guests Beats in Space would still be required listening for anyone who loves dance music and wants to stay current on who is shaking asses in clubs accross the world.

Subscribe to the Beats in Space podcast here (requires podcast software) or here (link will open iTunes)

Photo courtesy of flickr user Studio JFISH

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