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Electronic this week: A new music sharing platform and gigs to hit up this weekend

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Californian techno queen Avalon Emerson launched a new website service last weekend that’s so simple it’s genius (and kind of ridiculous it hadn’t been done). Called Buy Music Club, the website is simply a collection of lists of listenable tracks curated by DJs and artists with links to buy each track via Bandcamp. Bandcamp gives the biggest cut to artists out of all the online stores and has become the platform of choice for many electronic labels and artists in the last few years. Some big names have put together lists for the site already, including Four Tet, Mount Kimbie, Project Pablo, Resident Advisor and plenty more. You can also make your own shareable lists with the site. Check it out at www.buymusic.club

Some unexpected and downright shithouse news came through last week, with Lounge announcing that after 29 years, they’ll be closing shop in April. It’s not entirely clear why, the building owner has simply refused to renew Lounge’s lease. Lounge’s business owner Carl Colosimo, who’s been running the space for the entire 29 years, has said he’s looking for a new venue – ideally to open around the time Lounge closes. In the lead up to the closure, they’ll be running “29 Parties for 29 Years”, with nights like Pleasure Planet, Mania, Bunker and Technoir all making an appearance. More details to come. 

There’s a fair bit going on in Melbourne this weekend, so it’s nice that we get a couple of days to recover before pretending we’re completely civilised human beings with the family on Tuesday. That said, here are a few highlights. On Friday December 21 Club Derange is back for their final party at Hugs&Kisses, with an all-original lineup of Harold, Millú, Paul Jager and Simon TK. Kicks off at 11pm. Also on Friday, Melbourne Techno Collective return to New Guernica with mysterious German techno lord Material Object, plus ACM Live, Adrian Bell, Craig McWhinney, Sundelin, Miss Farina, Sam McEwin, Ebony Willis, Jay Reading, Peter Baker and Matt Radovich. On Sunday December 23, The Operatives are celebrating their fourteenth Birthday at Penny Black with LTJ Bukem, Om Unit, ABLE8, Akouo, beatrice, Billy Davis & The Good Lords, Hans DC, Johnny Hooves, Jace XL, Jade Zoe, Jordan Dennis, JPS, Float, Lady Banton, Lotus Moonchild, Nam, Oisima, SilentJay, Sean Deans and Shümba. Kicks off at 2pm.