Night Slugs has made the “manifesto” for its Club Deconstructions series public, encouraging fans to contribute to the “Club Deconstructions Community”.

Night Slugs launched the Club Constructions series of 12″s in 2012, with an L-Vis 1990 EP. Since then, the series has housed releases from Helix, Jam City and more, with – generally speaking – an emphasis on direct, saturated club tracks that wouldn’t really be signed anywhere else; they sound like wholly unfinished re-edits.

It’s hardly a secret that there’s a Club Deconstructions manifesto given to bloggers who contribute nothing but praise to the series – several members of the Night Slugs camp have mentioned it on Twitter in the past – and now the label has made it public, accompanied by the following explanation:

Every release in the series so far has been well-received but we can’t risk anybody having opinions other than those defined early on by L-Vis and Bok Bok: for want of a better descriptions, a sort of Club Deconstructions ‘Manifesto’.

Most CC releases have already broken at least one of its rules. The ‘manifesto’ should not be taken as dogma. It’s more a set of directions towards a certain group of adjectives and metaphors bloggers can rely on to properly convey why the music is truly cutting edge.

Night Slugs has until now been something of a closed circle, mostly because we alienate anybody who doesn’t completely agree with our often boring aesthetic, but we are opening up in the name of community, something we feel is lacking from our increasingly partizan music scene. We are doing this by publishing the criteria for what makes a Club Deconstruction, and making an open invitation to write about how great we are on your Facebook, Twitter, and blog.

Club music is our foundation. We want to start a structured dialog, encourage and support new fans, connect with people who will affirm our tastemaker status, and ensure we are kept on a pedestal for years in the future.

This is a contest or a PR stunt, we are still unsure which at the moment. This is a genuine reaction to the way the CC series has developed, the music around us and the demos we receive. This is an attempt to force-feed the label’s culture.

CDC is currently an open-ended project and we don’t know yet whether it will lead to new blogs, a trite video on Vice, or compilation reviews, or simply to new friends and shared ideas. Please submit your Club Deconstructions and lets find out together!

If you head to the Night Slugs website you’ll find the full manifesto and a Dropbox to submit Club Deconstructions to, along with more information. Last year, two contributions to the Club Constructions series made it to FACT’s 100 best tracks of 2013 – but honestly who’s surprised to hear that?

Thanks For Sharing

Interesting relationships between what is shared, and what is read online

Analytics are important, as long as you are tracking the proper metrics. Recent research is showing that the correlation between what is shared on social networks versus what people are actually reading is surprisingly low.

A few key findings noted below, click here to read the whole article, sorry I’m going so fast but statistics show you’re going to be gone in the next 5-8 seconds.

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When Eater.Com Asked Me What's Wrong is basically – let me explain…

In case you missed it, Eater Atlanta is accusing Yum Bunz of serving frozen pre-made bao. My objection here is not towards Yum Bunz, but instead why a website that considers itself a reputable force in the “restaurant blogging community” (N.B. I just cringed typing that) considers this a news-worth topic. Not to the surprise of anybody reading this, I took the opportunity to let Eater Atlanta know they are finding stories where there are none in a shameless ploy to generate more hits. (i.e. generate ad impressions on their website)

After they started favoriting my tweets but refusing to respond, I turned the screws a bit and was invited by to email in my concerns. I have emailed them a copy of this URL because, quite simply, they published their story online, and they want to feign journalistic integrity. In light of both these facts it seemed unfair to take the conversation offline. I stand behind what I publish, otherwise I wouldn’t bother putting it in a public forum. You don’t get to start the discussion in public then take all conversations of it offline when the tenor doesn’t suit you. Sorry, but you’re not getting off the hook that easy.

So without further introduction, I give you my long-awaited treatise against Eater.


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Dining Out: The Yelpranos

One of the things I wanted to start doing through my blog, in addition to writing about music stuff that I think people expect will be here, is obviously making some more personal posts and outlining my activities beyond playing two songs at the same time at the same speed. As evidenced by my earlier post on Kozmo Gastro Pub, I want to start to use this space to share some of my stories of eating out in and around Atlanta. I almost never cook at home, so I consider myself pretty well versed in the local restaurant scene. I have occasionally made posts to Yelp, and it’s typically been a good experience; I’ve had restaurants recognize me on a return visit and compliment my comments, or even better ask how to improve. That is why I made the comments to begin with, spotlight those who are doing it right and help those who need a push in the right direction.

My original intent was to begin to mirror content posted here to my already established Yelp profile however after reading this article today, outlining Yelp’s practice of essentially extorting money from profiled businesses to ensure favorable results on their site, I think I’ll save myself the trouble of posting the information twice and keep things here. I cannot say I’m terrible surprised, we’ve seen similar things happening, the FTC does mandate a disclosure policy for review blogs, however it’s disappointing to see a leading player taking explicit action to compromise the integrity of what is intended to be a somewhat objective user-submitted democratic review site.