Spring is here! Well…it’s somewhere it least, it’s currently hovering around the low 30’s in NYC, but for my people down south I can imagine that the sleeves are getting shorter and the tattoos are starting to pop out. Something about Spring also seems to beg for mash-ups, or maybe it’s just me.
In any case, a ton of worthwhile mashups (and at least one really shitty one) have popped up recently, so I’ll do my best with my meager technological means to squeeze them into 10MB of gangsta rapping, bass-thumping, teen-dreaming glory.
Oh and that Neon Indian/Flaming Lips collabo I posted about the other day, here’s the full EP!
Middle Class White Noise had a great post on a Japanese jazz outfit that goes by “Soil and Pimp Sessions.” They play, fun, upbeat, irreverent club jazz that takes the style back to the dancefloor without going electro/crossover.
Welikeit.indie featured the new video and remix for Metronomy's single The Look off their new album English Riviera. It’s already the second single off of the as yet unreleased album. I like it a lot better than their first one She Wants, but still I haven’t heard anything as compelling as On Dancefloors off of their 2008 release Nights Out.
Busy day, started my day bright and early on the south side of town early to do some guerilla theater over at the World Trade Center and wound up as far as 116th street. Back home in Gnocchi now though, doing what I love, sharing the warmth of recorded audio. Wouldn’t it be nice to go back to those days with the wood burning fire and the old transistor radios, everyone huddled together sipping cocoa and listening to fuzzy transmissions of big band and ball games…
While DJTOPCAT manages to blend two kickass songs in one, this list is one Englishwoman’s attempt to widdle down to the worst 10, Including the biggest-selling single since records began, “Candle in the Wind” by Elton and Bernie.
And finally, for the sports fans out there, here’s some College Basketball insight you won’t find anywhere else - nerdy bracket.
OK, finally, here is the French electro mix I promised last week. As I mentioned before, this will have a strong Oizo/SebastiAn bent, kind of like an intro to those two artists with a few other guests from the Ed Banger label as opposed to any type of comprehensive French Electro overview (hence no Daft Punk).
As far as the quality of the mix, I think that there are some moments, my biggest regret is that I didn’t drop the Waters of Nazareth right before the 2nd verse, it was kind of awkward with Mike D fading right in there.
Sorry that I haven’t posted in a while, I’ll try not to do that again, I was actually in a science experiment…to see how lazy a person could be over a weekend…it worked!
The tracklist with links is below, to listen to the mix, click the play button above and enjoy!
I first heard Justice in the Summer of 2007 on a drive from my buddy Kris’ old place on Briarcliff up to our parents’ houses up in North Fulton County. I was already into some electronic music at the time: Daft Punk, DJ Shadow, The Chemical Brothers, TheProdigy, Meat Beat Manifesto, Crystal Method, etc. etc. None of these groups had the same energy, urgency, or evil intentions as Justice’s debut album, Cross. A few months later, I moved to Paris and found myself face to face with the entire Ed Banger Records roster, which is a who’s who of French electo-house. Justice, UffieSebastiAn, DJ Medhi, cosmo Vitelli, Mr. Oizo,and Busy P (aka Pedro Winter, the owner of Ed Banger and former manager of Daft Punk) are all signed to the already legendary imprint.
As time has gone by my tastes have refined, however, I still get hype over Justice, SebastiAn, and Oizo. Of the three Justice gets the most tittyfucked by the music press, even when their new shit is fake. So in this post I’ve decided to focus on SebastiAn and Oizo. SebastiAn is the more straight ahead electro-house of the two, most of his cuts are highly dancable and agreeable to large audiences, Oizo on the other hand has a grimier/glitchier edge that can make people freek out.
This post is more or less a grab bag of random multimedia/remix stuff I’ll post a mix later with some of my favorite songs by the duo, and maybe, MAYBE some Justice too.
And look at me eat my words already, this Oizo track is in fact a collabo, with 1/2 of Justice.
I first heard of Teeth Mountain at the after-party of the second night of Todd P's MtyMx festival. They had a late night set that ran from about 3 - 5 AM. As it was so late, my recollection of the band is a little blurry. All I remember for sure was that they are a 4-5 person ensemble with percussion and random instruments. They were able to stretch out their songs into ambient/trance jams that seemed to go on forever, which was just what the doctor ordered at that point.
Here’s the couple of tracks that a quick internet search turned up.
Teeth Mountain have also gained notoriety by sneaking their way onto Judge Judy along with members of fellow Bmore rockers, Shams. See this video for the end of show summary, most people don’t seem to know that it was all a gag, even thought she’s clearly breaking character below.
In his sprawling Times piece Morris positions Kuhn opposite Saul Kripke, a prodigal philosopher in the vein of W.V. Quine and Bertrand Russell. Kripke’s theory of naming and reference is presented (albeit far less critically than Kuhn’s) as a logically sound defense of objective truth.
At my school, The New School for Social Research, Thomas Kuhn is our bread and butter. Indeed we lick out lips at the slightest hint of any practitioner of the “hard sciences” who is willing to unpack the term “science” and reflect on the context of scientific knowledge and power relations. Therefore these Times pieces may very well put us all in our place. Sorry that I can’t be any more definitive than that, but as I said, I haven’t finished reading them yet.
In any event, here’s a round up of what everyone else on the web is saying about these thought-provoking posts on the “Website of Record.”
I have mixed emotions going into this Spring Break. This week I was getting close to burning out on all of the balls that I’ve been juggling this semester. That’s why the blog posts had been slowing down, and that top 10 one below was so half-assed. I need this break like whoa.
At the same time, I’m 24 years old man, and isn’t that a little old for Spring Break. Of course I’ve got other projects going on and I’ll be productive this week, but still there’s something emasculating about being even involved with Spring Break.
At the end of the day though, it is what it is, and I’m psyched to have the chance to stay out late, sleep in, and even head out of town for a few days. That’s why today’s mix is going to be on the light/party side of things. Call it a Spring Break mix, call it a mid-March welcome to warm weather mix, just take it easy this week and do something for yourself.
I’m trying to put together my all time top 10 list of albums. Just so that everyone knows where I’m coming from and where my heart really is with this whole music shit.
This is a rough draft, I’d like to rank them, and maybe extend it to a top 25, 50, or maybe even 100. I’m going to go ahead and post this now, but i’ll definitely be upgrading it with links, and write-ups.
The Slapp Happy post the other day put me in a real nostalgic mood. I revisited a bunch of the avant-prog that was making my mind explode a few years back. Cheer-Accident came in after the big 70s wave when prog went mainstream. In fact I can’t believe that I’ve already used the word “prog” twice in a description of Cheer-Accident, they’re more of a really talented indie band that could be as fresh or as weird as they wanted to be.
This song, “On the Dark Side of the Tracks,” is from their compilation, Younger Than You Are Now: 1981 - 1984. And it’s not even on youtube!