Goodbye from Little White Earbuds

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The very first LWE logo, created by Mark Hofmann back in 2006

Over the last year or so since I announced Little White Earbuds was scaling back, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many people — artists, DJs, readers in general — who have told me how valuable this website has been to their musical development. They’ve told me that our reviews really struck them, because they were written with the aim of educating people and not creating arbitrary rankings between records. They’ve extolled the virtue of our nearly 300 podcasts for bringing new talents to light, giving platforms for their favorite artists, and providing our writers a chance to share their tastes in a very personal fashion. They’ve gushed about our interviews which strayed far beyond the standard questions and asked artists and thinkers to really share their thoughts and feelings with a clued-in audience. And our charts, well, they too were another opportunity for us to bring awareness to the quality music we had the extraordinary privilege of parsing through.

It’s been an incredibly moving year for me. Sometimes sitting here in Chicago I felt like all the work we’d done was just fired off into the void of the Internet without making a difference for anyone. A nice comment here or dozen Facebook likes there would suggest that wasn’t entirely true. But it took hearing it from some of you in real life, to my face, to realize that LWE truly made a difference in dance music culture whether or not we were able to perceive it. It’s incredibly reassuring for me; Lord knows there wasn’t much financial success to prove that was the case.

Coming to terms with this previously hidden success has given me the strength and conviction to finally put a capstone on Little White Earbuds. It’s not that LWE is no longer needed — the sad faces I’ve seen after telling people of the site’s impending closure assures me of this — but I feel like our work here, specifically, is done. The more than 30 people who contributed to LWE over its ten year lifespan have all moved on to do other important (and better paid) work. A few of our staffers, like Jordan Rothlein, Will Lynch, and Andrew Ryce, now do this work full time for Resident Advisor, and I’m so proud of them. And these days I run three record labels (Argot, Tasteful Nudes, and Smart Bar‘s label, Northside ’82) and try to DJ for people, which all require a hell of a lot of time and effort to do up to my standards.

So it’s time to move on, to let a decade’s worth of hard work stand on its own in a miniature library that someone out there may find useful over the years. As a small parting gift, I’ve compiled an exhaustive list of my favorite articles we published on LWE. These are the articles that made me proud to be own and operate this crazy little website — the articles that gave me the personal reassurance that all this work meant something, somewhere. I hope you find something you overlooked or remember a piece that touched you the first time around. I hope you share them with your friends — not for our sake, but because something might change someone’s life, even in a tiny way.

Keep on dancing,

Steve Mizek


FEATURES:

Features with a historical bent

Little White Earbuds Interviews Marcus Mixx

It’s You: The History Of A Chicago House Classic

LWE’s Brief History Of Early Electronic Music

Industrial Resonance: The Roots Of Industrial Music

On Your Knees, Sinners: 20 Years Of The House Of God

A Tribute To Aaron-Carl

Features that were think pieces of various sorts

Everything Popular Is Wrong: Making It In Electronic Music Despite Democratization

The Trouble With Abundance

As The World Turns: Time In Dance Music

Quality Is Overrated: The Mechanics of Excellence In Music Pt. 1

Quality Is Overrated: The Mechanics of Excellence In Music Pt. 2

Features that were artists interviews

DJ Debriefing With DJ Sprinkles

Little White Earbuds Interviews Kassem Mosse

Little White Earbuds Interviews Move D

Little White Earbuds Interviews Uwe Schmidt

Oliver $ Explains “Doin Ya Thang” To LWE

Little White Earbuds Interviews Shed

Little White Earbuds Interviews Levon Vincent

Little White Earbuds Interviews Todd Edwards

Talking Shop With Running Back

Little White Earbuds Interviews Terre Thaemlitz

Little White Earbuds Interviews Kyle Hall

Talking Shop With Diamonds & Pearls Music

Little White Earbuds Interviews Âme

Little White Earbuds Interviews Thomas Melchior

Little White Earbuds Interviews Prosumer & Murat Tepeli Part 1 & 2

DJ Debriefing With DVS1

Little White Earbuds Interviews Andy Butler

Talking Shop With Innervisions

Matthew Dear Sounds Off To Little White Earbuds

PODCASTS:

LWE Podcast 05: Tama Sumo

LWE Podcast 14: DJ Sprinkles

LWE Podcast 29: Fred P.

LWE Podcast 32: Chilling The Do (Kassem Mosse & Mix Mup)

LWE Podcast 47: Agnes

LWE Podcast 51: Matthew Styles

LWE Podcast 58: Kettenkarussell

LWE Podcast 59: John Roberts

LWE Podcast 63: Silent Servant vs. DVS1

LWE Podcast 70: Elgato

LWE Podcast 78: Tin Man

LWE Podcast 107: 2toomanygays

LWE Podcast 115: Ben UFO

LWE Podcast 118: Andy Blake

LWE Podcast 125: Tobias Freund

LWE Podcast 149: Levon Vincent

LWE Podcast 152: Prince Of Denmark

LWE Podcast 156: The Black Madonna

LWE Podcast 162: Recondite

LWE Podcast 188: Redshape

LWE Podcast 199: Gerd Janson

LWE Podcast 200: Prosumer

Curator’s Cuts 10: Jordan Rothlein

Curator’s Cuts 11: Per Bojsen-Moller

Curator’s Cuts 26: Brandon Wilner

Curator’s Cuts 33: Justin Cudmore

Curator’s Cuts 35: Steve Kerr

Curator’s Cuts 36: Steve Mizek

LWE Presents MMM

Talking Shopcast With Ostgut Ton

Talking Shopcast With Smallville Records

Talking Shopcast With Aim

REVIEWS:

Does The Dawg Have Myspace?

LWE Reflects On Minitek

Sect, Sect 1

DJ Sprinkles, Midtown 120 Blues

STL, Silent State

Moritz Von Oswald Trio, Vertical Ascent

Shackleton, The Three EPs

Rainer Trueby, To Know You/Ayers Rock

LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening

John Roberts, Glass Eights

Oliver $, Doin Ya Thang

Joy Orbison, Ellipsis

Lauer, Phillips

Agnes Presents Cavalier, A Million Horses

Cooly G, Playin Me

Ricardo Villalobos, Dependent And Happy

Ry & Frank Wiedemann, Howling

Italojohnson, ITJ-07

DJ Fettburger & DJ Speckgurtel, Speckbass

LWE Reviews Riverwest Fest 2014

Todd Terje, It’s Album Time!

Golden Donna, II

Boothie  on October 5, 2015 at 9:37 AM

gone, but not forgotten.
RIP LWE

anthony shakir  on October 5, 2015 at 3:06 PM

thanks for noticing.

stef  on October 5, 2015 at 3:09 PM

so long and thanks for all the fish!

Andrew Duke  on October 5, 2015 at 5:45 PM

Thanks to Steve and everyone who was involved at LWE.

cory  on October 5, 2015 at 5:46 PM

Very sad to see this day come, but best of luck to all involved in whatever comes next.

Manu  on October 5, 2015 at 9:01 PM

The site that introduced me to the Black Madonna!<3

Noah Gibson  on October 6, 2015 at 4:02 AM

Thanks a lot for LWE, I hope you find your way from here!

Best from Stockholm, Sweden

pablo/beaner  on October 6, 2015 at 4:04 AM

damn, i cant believe its been 10 years!

C  on October 6, 2015 at 4:17 AM

I cant tell you how much music I discovered from this blog and through the mixes. Well in advance before the careers of the aforemetnioned artists toatlly blew up. Black Madonna, Prince of Denmark… the list is long. I am upset, but understand why the blog has ended, it is really a great loss. Thank You so much

Tom D  on October 6, 2015 at 4:40 AM

So long LWE. Been turned on to some fantastic music by your reviews, charts and podcasts, and have greatly enjoyed reading your thoughtful interviews and features. Thanks for all the hard work and good luck for the future!

Circular Rhythms  on October 6, 2015 at 4:43 AM

All the best for the future Steve. LWE, along with mnml ssgs, has played a significant role in highlighting interesting upcoming DJ’s and artists for me over the past 8 years or so that I may not have necessarily discovered when they were breaking through. Many of these artists have stayed with me and influence me to this day. The best blogs do this so well, and I will miss LWE. All the best.

Nathan Thompson  on October 6, 2015 at 5:05 AM

Gutted to see LWE go – fantastic writing and podcasts.

Best of luck for the future!

Yves De Mey  on October 6, 2015 at 5:11 AM

Sad to read this. Thanks for your support throughout the years, and all the best for whatever’s next.

Giuliano  on October 6, 2015 at 6:19 AM

Thanks for all!

Owain Kimber  on October 6, 2015 at 6:38 AM

Good luck with the next chapter and thanks for all the great content :)

June lopez  on October 6, 2015 at 6:52 AM

Thank you for all the hard work all these years and dedication towards our industry. You guys will be missed….

Joe  on October 6, 2015 at 7:05 AM

enjoyed the site in its various guises over the years. thanks for all your work.

TheSpaceMonkey  on October 6, 2015 at 8:15 AM

so much love for your website.

the interviews here are 10 times better than in printed news or other big websites.

thanks so much for your work i discovered a lot of good music and interesting artists here.

95bullets  on October 6, 2015 at 8:25 AM

RIP LWE,and a big thanx to STEVE MIEZEK..,and specailly PER B MULLER

Henderick Mitchell  on October 6, 2015 at 8:52 AM

Much respect Steve & LWE…

Geert Rus  on October 6, 2015 at 8:58 AM

Sad to see LWE go :( Thanks for reviewing all those great records over the years. Really enjoyed the deep and thoughtful pieces as well. Good luck to the whole crew!

Tom Breslin  on October 6, 2015 at 9:12 AM

Staple of my internet reading diet for a long time. Really missed it when you slowed down. Bout time I read over some of these.

Peter  on October 6, 2015 at 10:19 AM

RIP

Chicago Skyway  on October 6, 2015 at 10:46 AM

Thanks LWE!

Filip  on October 6, 2015 at 1:11 PM

All the best LWE you will be missed. Till the next encounter…

martyn  on October 6, 2015 at 1:31 PM

Thanks for everything!!!! see u around Steve!

Michael  on October 6, 2015 at 3:15 PM

Thanks Steve, LWE definitely help shaped my tastes!

James  on October 6, 2015 at 6:30 PM

I just wanted to say thank you and congratulate all of you who did the podcasts, interviews and reviews. You helped rekindle my love of dance music and introduced me to so many new artists. Also the journalism standard was excellent. If someone asked me the best dance magazines ever u would be up there with magic feet, jockey slut and underground news.

Margery  on October 6, 2015 at 10:25 PM

Thank you for being so instrumental in putting new players on the techno map. My son, Johannes Auvinen aka TIN MAN was one of them. Your reviews set the stage for future recognition. Your professional standard was second to none. Best wishes on your own next act.

FIO  on October 7, 2015 at 7:11 AM

Thank you steve for having me involved in such a great site. Gone but definitely not forgotten! RIP xx

Martin  on October 7, 2015 at 8:28 AM

Sad to see you go, but thanks for providing us with so much great music.

Kieran  on October 7, 2015 at 9:27 AM

Thank you so much for this journey, LWE has been formative in many different ways. a reader from France.

Jordan Rothlein  on October 7, 2015 at 11:57 AM

I truly don’t know where I’d be without LWE. Thanks for everything, Steve.

Signorellos  on October 7, 2015 at 2:28 PM

Thanks Steve!

Francis  on October 8, 2015 at 10:25 AM

I enjoyed so many articles and discovered so many great artists via LWE. Goodbye, with deep gratitude for your contributions to dance music journalism.

trstn  on October 11, 2015 at 12:39 PM

good buy ;__;

hakim  on October 12, 2015 at 6:40 PM

I think this was one of the first sites I visited on electronic music camp! thanks guys for all you have done!

blackbells  on October 12, 2015 at 10:30 PM

Goodbye LWE, you will be missed ;(

giovanni  on October 13, 2015 at 2:26 PM

Wish you best, discovered so much amazing artists here, thanks a lot.

Don Simon  on October 14, 2015 at 5:56 AM

Thank you for all years of entertaining and educating us! Such passion for music in combination with talented writing is hard to find.

CriticalBill  on October 14, 2015 at 4:45 PM

All the best Steve, and thanks to you and all the LWE staff and contributors for your great writing and impeccable taste. Bless up!

Fred  on October 14, 2015 at 6:11 PM

Thank you, Steve and LWE staff. The site was a crucial, critical space to think, talk, argue about, and discover new music for years. It was of inestimable importance for me, as I’m sure it was for others, and will be sorely missed–but here’s to such a solid run, with the hope that others will follow LWE’s peerless example. Big love– FD

Nom  on October 19, 2015 at 10:52 PM

So sad to see this go, but then it has been very inactive for a long time so i saw it coming.
Anyway thanks to this website i’ve discovered Johnson/Alter and Black Jazz Consoritum amongst other things. I always loved your yearly lists and podcasts.
With this closing and Fact going weird, not many places left to go for us.
All the best to the staff and Thank You!

Peter  on October 20, 2015 at 8:16 AM

Sad to see LWE shutting down.
Thank you for everything.
Love from CPH, Denmark

Mim  on October 26, 2015 at 10:36 PM

luv u forevz!

Fabian Geimer-Lorusso  on January 6, 2016 at 7:15 AM

This was my 100% fav. online recourse for electronic club music.
Amazing website. I always played secretly the fresh podcasts to the cutomers at our American Apparel stores, even though it was forbidden. :)) But i believe people should hear the good music out there. hahaha. Thank you LWE. Thank you Steve! Peace.

andrew  on October 28, 2016 at 4:17 PM

really really late to this, but just wanted to add to the heaps of praise! really loved the writing and reviews, great stuff. best of luck out there!

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