The boutique record label Art Fag recently released its debut album, a three-track collaboration between Kill Me Tomorrow and Long Beach's Dance Disaster Movement. But local DJ Mario Orduno has higher ambitions for his new project.
"I would definitely like to keep doing these little interesting projects and always make every new release a little more interesting than a single or an EP," Orduno says. "I like having remixes, I like having collaborations. I'd eventually like to do full-lengths if I discover a special band."
Orduno's second release will feature The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower's new cover of David Bowie's "Boys Keep Swinging."
"The new song is a complete departure," Orduno says. The Plot played the song when they opened for Head Wound City at the Epicentre on September 22; it's much more relaxed (and, shall we say, inviting?) than anything they've recorded before.
Orduno settled on the "Art Fag" name after a discussion with Dan Wise from Kill Me Tomorrow.
"He actually really liked it," Orduno chuckles. "I thought about it, and it's stupid because I'm not really passionate about the name or anything and what it means in society, but it kinda takes it away from jocks when you use it as your own term, you know?"
The Art Fag moniker is now used by Orduno for his regular DJ gig at Kadan in North Park on Tuesday nights.
"Tuesday nights have gotten so busy that it's kinda hard to track what's going on," Orduno says. "There was actually a couple caught having sex in the boys' bathroom recently."
Orduno will spin his collection of "punk, rap, and noise" for the Locust/Black Dice after-party at the Whistle Stop Bar on October 9.