I’ve come to peace with my mixing abilities. Really if I were to get much better I’d need to invest in some gear and that’s just not gonna happen on my budget. That’s two types of budget mind you, I don’t have the money to afford anything right now AND it’s finals season which means I need to push out 60 - 75 pages of high quality Social Research in the next 2 and a half weeks, so i can save mastering my Virtual DJ techniques for the summer.
This post is pretty much just the new music that I’ve been listening to lately, no theme. I’m really enjoying Tom Vek, it’s funny, whenever a strong voice comes out in music these days people listen. The whole mumblecore scene is pretty spent, and when somebody like tune-yards or The Beastie Boys puts out material everybody kind of stops what they’re doing and listens up.
So on that note, stop what youre doing and listen up, there’s something fun here for everybody. Ohand sorry for the levels on my intro speech, I either need to get a mic or drop the act, heh.
This mix is kind of all over the place, I like it though, definitely not my worst. Its mostly rap, I even put on some fucking Soulja Boy like that’s what’s up. The star of the show though is definitely Earl Sweatshirt, the missing rap prodigy and leading member of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA) the west coast teenage gang that features Tyler the Creator, Frank Ocean, Hodgy Beats, and maybe more, it’s just like this group of friends who got famous for bringing horrorcore rap back. Tyler recently caught some serious hipster flack for some comments he made on the Columbine anniversary, that’s their stock and trade though, nothing’s sacred.
Really OFWGKTA are the only rappers anyone cares about right now. There are a few others, the Blue Chips - JayZ/Kanye/Wayne/Eminem - will always be earners, but as far as the younguns are concerned, it’s pretty much these kids here + Childish Gambino and Lil B, my favorite out of the pack, did you know that he set up 155 myspace accounts to put all his music out for free. That’s class.
SO this is my 100th post on this tumblr. I just wanted to thank whoever reads this for taking the time to see what I think about music and other things. Hopefully it’s pointed you in some fun directions.
I lost some sleep over whether or not I’d do this post, I’m generally a pretty conscientious type of dude, and I’m not really into objectifying women or anything like that. My impetus for making this list comes from a place that remembers the schwing as opposed to creepy-computer lust dude. Really, i’m just trying to bring the two main drives of my life together in one post, women and music.
So here is my top 10 list my favorite ladies who make music I love to listen to AND videos that I love to watch ;)
I thought about doing a great big weed smoke-out type of mix today, if that’s what you’re looking for, then let me send you to this great Nate Dogg mix by DJ KL, the first track alone will get you want to be. It’s an especially good mixtape to have because most of Nate Dogg’s best stuff seemed to be features, so this saves you the legwork of getting all of that together for yourself. This one’s also worth checking out - Warren G Nate Dogg Tribute Song. RIP.
My mix is remix heavy based on some of the more interesting stuff that’s been floating around over the last 2-3 days that just happens to be remixes. The Purity Ring and xx remixes are more straight-forward, With the fuzz/lazy vibe getting dropped on Purity Ring and the good old Deadmau5 & Kaskade treatment trancing out Shelter by the xx.
The more interesting ones are the MGMT remix by madman Japanese musician/(and I guess now)producer, Cornelius, this is the first remix I’ve ever heard him do. He makes MGMT sound dumb for doing the song their way. I can’t say the exact same about Thurston Moore working Crystal Castles. It’s pretty cool, kinda sounds like it could have been a Trent Reznor remix, but it’s not! It’s our favorite old dude from back in the day.
NOTE - For some reason, there is like 2 minutes of silence at the beginning, so just skip past that to get to the good stuff.
The first one is a performance of “School” by Nirvana from their 1992 Reading performance. It just came out on DVD in the last year or two and it’s a must see for anyone that enjoys rock music. Watching the three of them play together you get a real sense of the vitality that they brought to the table and the immediacy of their music. There are so many points in their 25 song, 90 minute performance where they could have fucked up or lost energy, but they never do. It’s all about the execution, and that is one of the reasons we remember Cobain.
this is horrible. why? It’s like listening to a 45 played at 33 with the same half verse on repeat. there’s no new song being made here, not more dancelike. Only good if you’re really fucked up, so if you are, then chill because this one will be annoying at first but then you’ll kinda slip into it and by the time those keys come in on the second verse you’ll either be up for anything or down for the count.
a few glaring errors, but a few moments that shined too. Intros are back!
I will update with track list/links momentarily, i just get so giddy when I make these that I just have to throw it up online right away. (ps - on second listen there are more than a few errors and bad calls, but in most cases the songs cover me).
You wanna talk about some music that’s just straight up fun, well pick up the phone.
I just got hip to Telephoned the other day when i was making my Lemonade mixtape and I stumbled upon their mashup/cover that features Gucci’s lyrics. A little internet digging brought me to The Culture of Me, where I learned that,
Fool’s Gold Records resident mash-up/cover/send-up duo Telephoned (Sammy Bananas and Maggie Horn) have unveiled a new monthly party happening on the first Tuesday of the month at the Liberty Ballroom of the Ace Hotel. Dubbed “Switchboard”, the concept is “a night of musical transposition with guest vocalists and DJs curated by Telephoned”. The premise promises “a night based around music being “Telephoned” - the process of transforming a song into something new by refocusing it through the artists unique lens”.
How could it get any better you ask? Well these full-time party-ers are giving away their mixtape for free.
Their website is definitely worth checking out too for videos, more downloads, and club dates around NYC and beyond.
Right now though I’m sensing something beginning to coalesce into a new genre though, but - as the title indicates - I can only place two bands right now, and they’re both pretty different. I’m talking about Grouper and Yuck.
Neither of them are making really ground-breaking music either, I don’t even know if that’s possible anymore using traditional rock instrumentation, but perhaps it’s their positionality, their situation in time, and the way that they choose to make music that is not connected at all with the insistence of modern pop on the one hand or the dominance of the “track” obsessed blogosphere on the other.
Nevertheless, there is a musical connection between the far out ambient of Grouper and the post-Shoegaze crunch of Yuck, I just can’t put my finger on it just yet or what it means for the future of music. But then again I’m not too worried about it because (I hope) that both of these groups are going to be around for a while and I’ll have plenty of opportunities to think on them some more.
I’ve been getting down pretty hard to the sounds of Baltimore’s premier music blog (as far as I’m concerned) pasta primavera. You can listen to all of the songs that he posts over at hypem in one continuous flow too, which is just one reason why hype machine is the shit.
How did lemonade become the most musical of beverages over the last few years. The sweet, tart summer-drank has been slutting it up across such a dumbfounding array of genres, that I’m beginning to wonder what’s up with lemons, sugar, and water that makes these musicians go so crazy, is there a hidden metaphor I’m missing here?
It’s not even obvious where to start with some kind of mix on Lemonade. The most well-known place would be Gucci Mane’s 2009 burner, but then there’s a great NYC band called Lemonade too, so maybe they’re a good place to start. Also, Acid Mothers Temple’s psych-rock track Pink Lady Lemonade predates the lot of them, except for Syd Barret of course.
So sit back and relax and I’ll try to take you on a tasty tangy tour of world of lemonade with this mix.*
Note on the mix: I apologize, this one has many, many amateurish moments. I just got some new software (Traktor) and I’m just starting to get the hang of it. Thanks for bearing with me. Soon, I hope to do longer mixes and post them on mediafire/rapidshare/whatnot.