Geez I'm stuffed! Love them Thanksgiving leftovers that keep giving and giving...
In keeping with last weeks post were I left you with a House track over the week-end. Here is another shining example of what good House music should sound like, at least to my ears.
In this track Henrik B remixes London duo Shapeshifters Chime. Great remix! Even at 9 plus minutes it manages to keep things interesting. It builds up slowly then kicks in strong. It's got all the things I look for in a great House track. Dark pulsing beats, great synth lines and great breaks. This is one that will surely get you moving on the dancefloor. I can picture the crowd at a club going nuts if this is mixed in at the right moment.
Try it on for size.
Enjoy and have a great week-end!
MP3: Chime (Henrik B Remix) - Shapeshifters (YSI)
Geez I'm stuffed! Love them Thanksgiving leftovers that keep giving and giving...
And now for some holiday cheese... I"m a sucker for nostalgia... (as you can tell from my previous post)
Last night, I turned on the TV to watch Dexter (dvr) and ABC was tuned in. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving had just started. Charlie and Lucy were discussing the traditional Thanksgiving football game and poor Chuck was falling for it hook, line and sinker. I couldn't resist. Dexter wasn't going anywhere.
I usually play the Vince Guaraldi soundtrack once every holiday season. The music is sophisticated considering the intended audience of the cartoons but not out of reach. Go figure, a kid might grow up and listen to the Vince Guaraldi soundtrack but I highly doubt listent to a Dora the Explorer song past the age of 10.
What I'm trying to say is
Vince Guaraldi's ode to Woodstock stuck out for me last night.
MP3: Vince Guaraldi - Little Birdie
And yeah, I watched Dexter right after. In life it's all about balance.
Here is the scene where Snoopy gets into a little altercation with a folding chair as Little Birdie plays in the background.
Whoa, found this today and it brought back a bunch of memories.
Back in 2000? during Napster's heyday there was a copy of Daft Punk's soon to be released new album floating around the P2P sites. Buzz of Discovery was all over the place. (Remember, all we had before this was Homework and Music Sounds Better With You. No robots, just a couple of guys in dog masks.) I am pretty sure One More Time was already out and you know how big that track blew up. Suffice to say people were eager to hear what the duo was putting out next.
So a couple of pranksters did what was pretty popular at the time of dial-up connections, take the tracklist of an upcoming album and replace the music with alternative songs. I know I shouldn't have been frustrated for waiting 3 hours a download of a free album but when it is not what you're expecting, well you get "annoyed".
Honestly, when I downloaded this album, it was the opposite. Some of the stuff didn't sound like Daft Punk but there were enough bits and pieces of the new album to make it believable.
Harder, Faster, Better, Stronger.... W.O.W. Nothing sounded like it (not even a Kanye West song!). And it wasn't even the full version (some extended mix by an unknown Djnikkolechinois). High Life, Voyager, Veridis Quo share elements of their proper release. Then there was the Pierre Stupide track. Horribly recorded, but genuinly interesting. You kinda figured it was part of a bigger whole. Once the album was exposed a fake. 1My next mission was to find out who some of the original artists were. Particular who was behind Pierre Stupide. There had to be a better "original version" on somebod'sy hard drive. But all I had to search on was the title "Pierre Stupide" who was the artist? Back then Alta Vista though it returned a lot of "hits" was limited and Hot Bot wasn't much better.
Nowadays, a quick Google search gives you (gave me) the history of the song. DJ Fistfunk, born in Lier is a natural born music addict and was the creative brain behind "Pierre Stupide", a "Napster-Prank" set up in August, 2000. One day, he was bored and ended up mashing some random samples... added some effects, and shared it out to the Napster as:
"daft punk (new album 2000 promo) - pierre stupide.mp3"
Remember this was 2000, the word 'blog' didn't even exist. So the joke just took a life of it's own. It ended up getting reviewed, played out on some radios and even mentioned in a Mixmag article. To further add to the confusion, in an interview with NME, Daft Punk commented, "Who says it's fake?" Some lucky Italians even got a chance to pick it up on a white label with One More Time on the a-side.
Check out more of Fistfunk's mashups (is that a dirty word?) at his MySpace profile.
So here is the only released version of Pierre Stupide. In the spirit of Napster, I'll keep it labeled as Daft Punk.
MP3: Daft Punk - Pierre Stupide
And here are a couple of I:Cube remixes from '96 and '97... I'd say they fit right in with some current music trends.
MP3: Daft Punk - Around the World (I:Cube Remix)
MP3: Cheek - Venus (I:Cube Remix)
The best part of this was built into Napster was a chat function. That was basically how word of the genuineness of the album spread. So like the person that told me, I told the next person that was downloading from me. 8 years late we're still great friends and I hopefully will meet his brother who is in town next week for Art Basel. Oh and the coolest thing was he lives in Berlin and would send over music they were listening to over there and vice versa.
Once again Australia is on my RADAR! This time from Adelaide, Australia are electro-pop duo Lovers Electric.
This Sam La More Remix that I got from them last week for their track Honey is certified dancefloor gold! I played it out last week at The Vagabond and the crowd went nuts! There's several times when the beat stops, the synths build and when the beat kicks back in, watch out... Use with caution. Only recommended for fun parties were dancing is desired.
Love their promo pics too. Took me awhile before I decided on this pool boy pic, but check out their myspace they got a bunch of great ones.
Here's that remix plus the video for the original version of Honey.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!
If you're in South Florida be sure to swing by The Vagabond Tonight for the 6th Annual 80's Prom party were I'll be spinning. Always a ton of fun and you get to re-live the 80's just like you were in a certified John Hughes 80's movie. 'Pretty in Pink, Isn't She...'
MP3: Honey (Sam La More Remix) - Lovers Electric (YSI)
Our good friends Freezepop recently released a new EP 'Activity Motion' featuring remixes from their 2007 album 'Future, Future, Future, Perfect', including this new one from Designer Drugs. They also made this great taxi video for Frontload, which if memory serves features some of their friends in on the action. Must've been a blast to make!
Michna (aka Miami homeboy Egg Foo Young) released his latest (first?) video for track Triple Chrome Dipped... I missed his performance in Miami a few weeks ago due to my infected lungs.
This new track--heck his entire brand-spanken-new album, Magic Monday, is out on (my personal favorite label) Ghostly International. It's been spinning around on my iPhone for a few weeks now. Go ahead and grab it at your favorite musical retailer.
Michna - "Triple Chrome Dipped" from Ghostly International on Vimeo.
The video for "Triple Chrome Dipped" – a collaboration between Michna and Philly-based video artist System D-128: nostalgic footage of the artist's New York coming-of-age in the early '90s. It's unconventional, but it works on the strengths of Michna and System D-128's obvious artistic chemistry.ghostly.com/artists/michna
Filmed entirely on a Hi8 analog camcorder purchased in 1989, the footage shows flashes of Adrian Michna's youth from 1989 to 1995: the local pizza shop; the Metro North from Westchester through the Bronx and into Manhattan; skateboarding through Brooklyn; Michna's little brother staging toy-robot wars; band practice; doing donuts in high-school parking lots.--Ghostly International
(Oh and I'm pissed b/c someone stole my chrome mechanical pencil from my desk at work this week. I'm on the hunt for you cubicle thief!)
The problem with house music is that sometimes it can get a bit repetitive and boring. If you need a model of how it should be done check out this 8 plus minute track that keeps things interesting from new Swedish artist Marcus Rombo. Go to his myspace for another killer track from this as yet un-signed artist. Sure that won't last very long if he keeps making music this good.
Have a great week-end!!
MP3: Bringing - Marcus Rombo
* Track removed by request from Marcus, but he promises to keep us in the loop and send us new stuff very soon!
Recently found out about Solid Gold from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Seems they were asked by The Ting Tings to open up for them on their recent U.S. tour were they created a nice buzz and won over some new fans. From the looks of their MySpace they've already performed in Iceland & London as well.
Anyways I contacted them and they were kind enough to send a copy of their full length debut 'Bodies of Water' for me to review. Upon first listen I am thoroughly impressed! They're a great mix of rock, pop and electronic elements. From slower downtempo tracks to full on dance jams, it's got a little bit of everything. Guitars, synths, horns, strings, melodies and great beats. They definitely have a great ear for pop music. The lead singer's voice is stellar as well.
So far my favorite tracks are the catchy mid-tempo 'Get Over It'. The dancey pulsing 2 min 32 sec stomper 'Bible Thumper'. The dark sounding, slow brooding 'Just Like Everyone Else' with beautiful strings & piano. The mariachi sounding horn stomping 'Neon Rose' and the psychedelic closer 'Who You Gonna Run To.' But I have to say there isn't a bad one in the bunch. I've listened to the whole album a few times already and it's excellent! No filler here! I recommend you go out and buy this album asap! You won't be disappointed!
In the mean time they've been kind enough to let me post 'Get Over It', so you can get a taste of their music. Go to their MySpace to sample a few more songs and add them up. I'm sure we'll be hearing alot more from them.
MP3: Get Over It - Solid Gold (YSI)
One of my favorite electro-pop records of all time is 2001's 'The Heartfelt' by Figurine.
This simple/beautiful record features a young Jimmy Tamborello from DNTEL/Postal Service fame and in many ways is just as good as Postal Service's also classic and much better selling 'Give Up'.
There are many similarities in this work and what would later be the trademark Postal Service sound. Simple synth lines, great beats, beautiful melodies, catchy/smart lyrics, back and forth male/female vocals. It was all here before there was Postal Service.
Can't remember how many times I've listened to this record throughout the years and it still sounds fresh and like the title implies full of Heart (which is hard to accomplish with electronic music sometimes). Amazing from beginning to end...
Love the slower melancholic tracks such as 'Rewind' & 'Stranger', the gorgeous atmospheric opener 'International Space Station II' and the dancier tracks like 'Way to Good', 'Lets Make our Love Song' & 'IMpossible' which became an underground hit for them and is probably their best known song.
You can't go wrong with this album. One of the first records I make sure is always on my Itunes.
Jimmy Tamborello did a follow up solo project called James Figurine which although not bad, didn't quite live up to the amazingness of The Heartfelt (with the possible exception of '55566688833').
Figurine also had a pretty good albeit more erratic first album called 'Transportation + Comunication = LOVE' which is also worth checking out. It features 'Batteries' and 'Wait for You (By the Telefone)' the first song I ever discovered from them.
It's hard to choose, but here are a few of my favorites, plus their video for 'IMpossible'. A track about the perils of long distance relationships and instant messaging.
MP3: International Space Station II - Figurine (YSI)
MP3: Way too Good - Figurine (YSI)
MP3: Rewind - Figurine (YSI)
Ray has twice mentioned Friendly Fires in the last two weeks. It's time to give this nugget of a band that sometimes collide with Tears for Fears and M83 the spot spotlight they deserve. I first heard of Friendly Fires via "Matt Pinfield Plays Whatever He Want" on Satellite Radio (check it). Their 'Paris' hit (overseas of course) instantly caught my attention. Their new single 'Jump in the Pool' is now on heavy rotation on same Satellite Radio station.
Even though their sound is not groundbreaking, they are a good addition to your CD rack or MP3 files. File next to Hot Chip, Klaxons and New Order. If you have yet to download 'Paris' (feat Au Revoir Simone) (Aeroplane Remix) do it now! While doing so check out the video for 'Jump in the Pool from fame Price James.
MP3: Jump in the Pool – Friendly Fires (YSI)
MP3: On Board – Friendly Fires (YSI)
MP3: In the Hospital – Friendly Fires (YSI)
MP3: I’m Good I’m Gone (Lykke Li Cover) - Friendly Fires (YSI)
Belgian duo Aeroplane have been on a roll lately! How great was that Friendly Fire/Au Revoir Simone Remix for Paris I posted last week?? They've also done remixes for many up and coming artists such as Cobra Dukes, Das Pop, Low Motion Disco and The Shortwave Set.
In addition to their remixes they also made their own original disco tinged track Whispers with Kathy Diamond on vocals that came out earlier this summer. I remember Hercules and Love Affair's Andy Butler asking me if I'd heard the remix he did for that track when he was down here.
Many other big name artists such as Laurent Garnier, Mylo, Optimo, Danny Howells, Joakim, Mike Simonetti, Lindstrom & Prins Thomas have also sung their praises.
Their set to release an album of original material next year in 2009. Can't wait for that!
In the meantime grab all those remixes and here is another excellent one they did for 70's/80's diva Grace Jones.
MP3: Williams Blood (Aeroplane Remix) - Grace Jones (YSI)
As I'm sure most of you already know M.I.A. is pregnant as you can see in this pic I got from her myspace. That means no new album for us for a bit, but I'm still happy for her! Hope everything goes well...
Up and coming European pop star Ladyhawke who've I've posted about before and already had major success with tracks like Back of the Van & Paris is Buring recently released her debut album in the UK. Not sure when it will be available in the U.S. (Figures!)
December 8th she's gonna be releasing new single My Delirium and she already has a cool video for it. Here's that plus my favorite remix for it so far by Chateau Marmont. Don't know why, but I get the feeling she's this years Annie.
MP3: My Delirium (Chateau Marmont Remix) - Ladyhawke (YSI)
A good friend of mine texted me last night, "So this is what fucking pride in your country feels like! Woohoo!" I could not have said it better. We have ALL taken part in a monumental period in American history. But we cannot sit idly as this is only the start of change and there is a long road filled with many more decisions to be made. It takes more than a president to build a great nation.
A song dedication to a nation of immigrants (and native Americans).
MP3: Neil Diamond - America (ysi)
"I urge all Americans -- (applause) -- I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together, to find the necessary compromises, to bridge our differences, and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited."
November 4th, 2008
By Chris on 11/05/2008
It's been about one year since I first mentioned the name Not Wave sounds of Free Blood. (Check it) and in the last 12 months, the band comprised of John Pugh (former !!! drummer and vocalist) and Madeline Davy (Octopi NYC) has steadily gained momentum and built a catalog of songs that they are finally releasing as a singles collection this week. Considering their first two songs took a couple of years to finish, I would say the release of The Singles on November 11th is quite of feat (that's today by the way). After listening to this band quite a bit, I realized why I liked !!! so much and I am wondering now that John Pugh is gone, will I like them again?
In a recent Q/A with New York Magazine, the duo discussed what they went through to record the tracks. The band began with a old beat up drum machine Pugh had that he compares to "having a really drunk drummer who's trying to play beats." They even had another machine die out on them a day before a show, so Pugh had to run out and buy one and recreate all the songs. Understandably, all of these drum machines mishaps have left a bitter taste in their mouth, so they basically plan to make an electronic dance album with no electronic instruments. (I really hope they don't let go of the drum machine just yet).
This is what they have collected so far:
- Never Hear Surf Music Again
- Quick and Painful
- Royal Family
- Weekend Condition
- Never Hear Surf Music Again (Barfly Mix)
- Weekend Condition (Scotty Coats and Wes The Mes Mix)
- Royal Family (Brothers Mix)
- Grumpy (Greg Wilson Mix)
- Parangatang (Tim Love Lee Mix)
Here we have the album producers, The Brothers who also produced !!!'s Myth Takes taking a crack at their own work and take it waaaay deeper into the night. The part of the night people blackout during. Ugh, it's only Tuesday.
MP3: Free Blood - Royal Family (Brothers Mix) (ysi)
Check out the duo performing Royal Family on Nigel Godrich's show "From the Basement".
Here is a photo I took (with my iPhone, I apologize...) of Free Blood's performance in Miami at PopLife's 8 Year Anniversary earlier this summer.
Hey if anybody is listening can I PLEASE get a bloody Free Blood shirt? Just tell me where to buy it!!
I honestly cannot listen to another genre of music. Lately I’ve been on music overload which sometimes leads to music lockdown and forced to hear something entirely different or even worse: listen to top 40. This in turn does not end up being all that regretful. At times it seems I’m listening to something new and at the same time keeps me in the know on what [us] mainstream folks should [ ] listen to.
This is not about T.I., Katy Perry, Rihanna, Kanye or Leona Lewis. It’s not even about M.I.A. It is about POP… indie pop that is. As much as I would like to write an epic explanation on indie pop (as Pitchfork did about 3 years ago) I could not even begin to undertake what Nitsuh Abebe wrote on the somewhat complex genre, other than he did NOT mention any New York bands. For this reason I give you The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
MP3: Come Saturday - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (YSI)
MP3: Stay Alive – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (YSI)
MP3: Everything With You – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (YSI)
Bonus – New Demo
MP3: Gothenburg Handshake – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (YSI)
 He won't listen to certain bands if he doesn’t like their name. Dumb! I know, but what can I say? Not to mention he officially banned listening to any band with a two word name, the first being "The" a few years back, plus does not like bands with the word wolf or vampire (with the exception of 3 bands).
 The sound and music should be the only thing that matters. Though I recognize it’s difficult to achieve this as a priority when [we] look at image first.
 Also see http://www.tweeasfuck.com/ and listen to a plethora of twee (or INDIE POP bands) @ http://twee.net/
I got a little worried I was not going to like the new Björk / Thom Yorke collaboration Perhaps it was missing the frenetic sounds of her earlier albums. Volta had a bit too much Timbaland for my taste (but it had some good singles, just didn't sound like a cohesive album). It also should just be a solo effort but I guess to bring attentions to the cause behind it, Thom's name is tacked on... Nevertheless, this single track has all the right elements, Thom Yorke on wailing backing-vocals (that only Thom can do), Matthew Herbert on bass, Mark Bell on whatever he touches is gold, and Lightning Bolt drummer, Brian Chippendale, who adds the most haunting touch to the single, the drums (he played drums on Dull Flame of Desire).
Most importantly, all proceeds from the track will go towards the Náttúra Campaign.
You can find it at nattura.info and at nattura.grapewire.net.
MP3: Björk - Nattura (ysi)
Björk (Feat. Thom Yorke) - "Nattura"
This video below (not the music video) pretty much embodies why I find Bjork so intriguing (and why I decided to even write this post).
Björk vs TV