On Monday i went to that show i told everyone to go to that no one did and it was AMAZING.
VIA AUDIO opened up and played longer than David Vandervelde, but they were pretty good too, and the dude sold me their ep for 2 dollars because he said any girl that tips a bartender for a glass of water deserves a discounted cd.
I'll have pictures up later. For now, just know that his drummer is shorter than me and the bassist has a hittler stache. it's spectacular.
On Monday i went to that show i told everyone to go to that no one did and it was AMAZING.
Hey all you DJs out there! Here's an edit I made of "She Bop"... it's got an 8 bar intro. If I have time I'll make a more elaborate party version, but here's a rough quick mix for your gigs.
LADIES, BEGIN MASTURBATING
I love both of these tracks. Putting them up against each other is kind of like an all-out race war because one is so fucking white and the other is so fucking black. But what if, instead of fighting each other, the two tracks dovetailed beautifully like a DNA helix strand? WHAT THEN!!!
IN THE WHITE PEOPLE CORNER:
WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH (12" MIX) (mp3)
IN THE BLACK PEOPLE CORNER:
Thanks, remastered versions of albums I already have, that now include a bonus disc!
Thanks also to you, CD singles!
PULP ~ COMMON PEOPLE LIVE (mp3)
VIOLENT FEMMES ~ ADD IT UP LIVE (mp3)
MORRISSEY ~ LONDON LIVE (mp3)
As per my life, I was hanging out in Virgin today buying reissues of albums I already have. Normally I consider this a therapeutic endeavor. However, this time my plans of self-medicating via consumerism were THWARTED when the Virgin Records in-house DJ played a track from the Girl Talk album.
For the past 3 months I have hated Girl Talk on general principle. Andy pretty much hit it on the head with his old rant on the TTL blog. In order to at least have an informed vocabulary with which to hate Girl Talk, I heard about 20 seconds of one of his "incendiary mash-ups" online, made an "ugh" face, and dismissed him entirely as a human being. Many of my friends (Nerdkiller I look in your direction) oftentimes criticize my hatred of things as being ill-informed, or that I hate people who do EXACTLY what I do but just happen to get famous for it.
For the most part, this is pretty accurate. When P & Z-Trip's "Uneasy Listening" came out I was a little salty, and decried them for doing shit like putting an electro beat under "Rhinestone Cowboy" or whatever. And 2 Many DJs was similarly liked/disliked. But ultimately these guys at least mix with records, and sometimes come up with some inspired shit.
The Girl Talk style of mash-up, however, is basically vomit. I thought for the sake of being fair I should at least listen to a little more of his nonsense before fully committing myself to hating it. After all, PITCHFORK! and ALL OF MY FRIENDS! like Girl Talk. So maybe there's something there. WRONG. After another 20 seconds of ruthlessly overly-ironic idiot blends ("OH MY GOD! IT'S A SALT N PEPA ACAPELLA OVER AN UNLIKELY ROCK INSTRUMENTAL FROM THE MID-90S!"), I beat a hasty retreat to the basement of Virgin to escape Girl Talk's deafening, tone-deaf trainwrecks.
Let's get it straight that I have nothing against Girl Talk. That's like hating Lenny Kravitz or Government Mule. But I must confess that I do, in fact, hate Girl Talk fans. Unless you're my friend, in which case I'll just make fun of you for liking it.
I will be the first to agree that I've done some really dumb mash-ups. My Ace of Base/Zhigge blend was not exactly melting speakers and decimating dancefloors. Still, I like to think there is that thin line between Obviously Dumb and Funny, and Obviously Dumb and Bad.
Whatever, sometimes I think that I should just get over it and just put every single song I have into Ableton and cut a mix. Pitchfork will probably give me 5 stars and there will be featured youtube videos of me jumping up and down like a fucking idiot monkey.
If you guys wanna see my video playlist picks head on over
here... PC only tho, the video player doesn't work for Mac.
...Also I totally did not intend the first three videos to feature dudes with glasses.
Every rock nerd in the last 15 yrs knows that Weezer has undergone probably the most pathetic and dramatic transformation ever for a band that is ruled with a draconian fist by a giant glasses-wearing nimrod Asian-fetishist.
I'd like to address, over the next few bloggings, the Rise, Apotheosis, and Subsequent Shittiness of Weezer.
Just consider the fact that Rivers Cuomo was like 23 when the blue album came out (OK so he's not quite Snoop or Gordon Gano, who were both fucking poet laureates at 18) and this idiotically named band was catapulted to super ultra stardom by Spike Jonze's early-and-not-yet-annoying manifestation of irony:
Also let's not forget that the record industry was doing basically what the TV industry is doing now, ie- "what's this brand new thing I've been hearing about! (grunge/youtube) I don't understand it because I'm a 50 year old executive! Kids like it! Let's sink all of our fucking money into [other shitty grunge bands/video youtube blogger shit] because we're totally out of touch with what kids like!"
So you have all these talent scouts roaming the countryside signing 7 Mary 3 and Better Than Ezra, or getting idiotic kids to shoot no budget videos about what it looks like when you put Mentos in Diet Coke:
(more of this nonsense here)
So Weezer gets signed because Nirvana is huge and record companies are shitting themselves. Then they get big because Spike Jonze is tired of shooting the Beastie Boys with a giant fishbowl lens and spends a day shooting the Buddy Holly video. Plus they somehow get giant apeman Ric Ocasek to produce the album. All this somehow dovetails and Rivers Cuomo rolls up his sleeves and produces a perfect album. Here are 3x tracks from this fertile time period:
YOU GAVE YOUR LOVE TO ME SOFTLY (mp3)
NO ONE ELSE (ACOUSTIC) (mp3)
Next: THE BEST ALBUM IN THE WORLD
Old mix I did for turntablelab... new wave, 80s, etc:
call me : blondie
hazy shade of winter : the bangles
the kkk took my baby away : ramones
transmission : joy division
never say never : romeo void
damaged goods : gang of 4
devil inside : inxs
so lonely : the police
the cutter : echo & the bunnymen
mystery achievement : the pretenders
all the critics love u in new york : prince
dreaming of me : depeche mode
bad connection : yaz
the perfect kiss : new order
the walk : the cure
1984/what's on your mind : the eurythmics/information society
obsession : animotion
brand new lover : dead or alive
a little respect : erasure
jubilation : anything box
love action (instrumental) : human league
in the night : pet shop boys
you gotta say yes to another excess : yello
your life : konk
tricky : the time
three girl rhumba : wire
antmusic : adam & the ants
she's an angel : they might be giants
don't dream it's over : crowded house
automatic : the go-gos
hey : the pixies
I don't owe you anything : the smiths
here are some shows everyone should go to
NYU - Shorin Auditorium
W/ Mirah (!)
Park Slope, BK
Just cause I love it, here's the most obvious psyche rock song that was ever sampled by someone, just for you.
Kelly C. has a new song and she performed it at the Daytona 500 (what?).
Found this on the tube, made by a guy named Dr Smoov. His profile's also got 3 hilarious Transformers segments that he's re-recorded audio for...
*update* chris' comment reminded me of the MC Hawking mp3s I used to download in college... hilarious if you're 20 yrs old:
Everyone knows The Ronettes' "Be My Baby" drums, it's like one of the most famous drum things ever, and I was thinking of all the songs I like that have that iconic Bum Bumbum BOP sound and came up with a few... If you can think of any let me know.
Most obviously, the Jesus & Marchy Chain used it for the whole song on "Just Like Junkies."
Some group named Concrete Blonde also used it, at some point, apparently.
The Flesh use it in the opening of their junk-melting track "Cradle Brothel..."
The Shins also rock it out on "Wincing..."
I have no idea who the dong "Dub Trio" or "Hopewell" are, they can suck on my junk. But my favorite band in the omniverse is playing a show on Tuesday, info below.
The Flesh @ Union Pool w/ Dub Trio (recording their live album) and Hopewell.
Show at 9, The Flesh on at 10.
484 Union Avenue @ Meeker (L to Lorimer)
So i'm supposed to be the one that keeps up-to-date about new music. Well get ready kids, i found it. I did it. He sounds like david bowie and t.rex combined and because Bowie no longer releases anything that doesn't suck, and T.Rex's Marc Bolan is no more, this is the next best thing.
I really did pee a little upon hearing this song. be prepared to do the same,
being a big fan of the "yeah!" sing along, it was more than a pleasant discovery when i found out about matt and kim. if anyone else has as big a boner for dirty, williamsburg hipsters like me, you will enjoy this greatly
i might be the last person who still LOVES r.kelly.
i almost went to his high school. we're basically best friends.
good 'ol britney not only checked in and out of rehab within 24 hours, but she shaved her head too.
give this woman a fucking dolla.
So I'm not gonna post anything til Sunday, Sums gotta step up her blog game while I go shopping for modern conveniences. While I'm gone, here's a quick 30 minute mix I did on Ableton in like 2 hrs. No, it's not gonna make you shit your brain or anything but maybe you can listen to it while waiting for the F train to never come.
I also started reading and am officially getting on the DJ Eli blog bandwagon.
Realness = maintained.
Plus of course Andy's blog is cool, even tho he still owes me like 280 bucks.
cat power / the greatest
the cure / catch
morrissey / such a little thing makes such a big difference
nirvana / all apologies
weezer / island in the sun
alan braxe & fred falke / most wanted
ratatat / wildcat
noel / silent morning
new order / your silent face
david byrne & brian eno / jezebel spirit
falco / der kommisar
rick james / cold blooded
frankie smith / double dutch pt 2 (instrumental)
daft punk / face to face
depeche mode / strangelove
talking heads / psycho killer
the smithereens / blood roses
pj harvey / down by the water
new young pony club / ice cream
pixies / dead
I remember when I first got into disco and would spend hours listening to random disco 12s in record stores. After a while I figured out that most of my favorite tracks were recorded in 1980/1981, which is basically the time I secretly in my heart wish I had been 18 during. However, not-so-secretly in my brain I know for a fact it would have been the worst time in American history for a skinny nerdy Chinese guy to have been in America.
Let's just say it would have been Romper Stomper all day, every day all through high school, and when I finally went to college I would have been WAY too into the Pixies/Cure, and then would have graduated and been like "wow REM is the best band IN THE WORLD. Time to face the end of the 80s and beginning of the 90s with my ponytail."
ONE! Here's a burn of "Love (Is Gonna Be On Your Side)" by Firefly.
Speaking of random 12s that brings us to TWO! an awesome performance of Tintin's "Kiss"... Aside from its kinda Spandau Ballet-y nature, I don't know shit about this record beyond what discogs told me.
And while I'm listening to this Tintin record it reminds me a lot of the last track on the Rub N Tug Fabric mix -- a dope track that is sort of Ninja Tune-y in its little space echo sound FX, but has a nice disco-dub beat, plus Mocky's half-singing coming in and out. It reads like garbageness but it's been waking me up every morning this week, along with the English Beat & Terry Gross.
Remember when Rage Against the Machine broke up and there were all these douchebag want-to-be anarchists drying their tears with their hackey sacks? And then Soundgarden called it quits and in high school parking lots across the country "black hole sun" was blasting out of the metal kids' old buicks? Yea, they were all gaaa'aaay.
What's awesome, however, is that no one cares that old Chris Cornell has filed "irreconcilable differences" yet again. Too Bad AudioSlave, you were a fairly good looking shitty band.
The man's got duck rubber feet and that's why he wins.
To paraphrase Lloyd:
Elvis Costello: $1
Everyone else: $0
I got laid off the other day and the first thing Andy says to me is "yo your blog is mad gay" ... SYMPATHY PEOPLE. I never found a good CD version of the 12" mix of "Angel In My Pocket" by Change so here you go.
OK so anyone who's ever been in a deli waiting on line for a chicken cutlet sandwich, or for that matter, spent a suicidal afternoon tuned into a suburban radio station will instantly, innately, without even being consciously aware of it, recognize this giant poo-bag of a song:
When I first heard this terrible abortion of songwriting, I thought it was the best thing I ever heard. I was 100% certain that it was a Tenacious D song, and I also always thought Jack Black was 80% douchebag, 20% very funny (High Fidelity). So when I heard "Superman" I was like "whoa, slow down Tenacious D you're blowing my mind! You guys totally figured out this gay-ass Dave Matthews Band style of doing the over-serious ballad, plus you even got in the most obvious lyrical metaphor (flying) in the first fucking line!" It basically made me re-evaluate Tenacious D.
Imagine my surprise when I realized it was actually this worthless shitass:
Can we please just take a second and take in the overwhelming douchosity of this guy? When I found it was actually this dude instead of Jack Black, I totally lost my faith in irony. It hurt my soul a little bit.
This whole thing is not unlike the time I graduated college, and my year's valedictorian started reading "Catcher in the Rye" in his speech (the most obvious book ever, if you're a 10th grader), then he read the most obvious part of the whole book ("I just wanna be the goddam catcher in the rye, catching those kids etc etc"), and he started CRYING while reading it! I was like "wow you are totally mocking the ENTIRE INSTITUTION of cheesey valedictorian speeches! You are like the most subversive dude in the history of the universe!" And then I realized he was actually 100% serious.
Can someone pls explain to me what this iskin nonsense is all about? I appreciate not getting dust and whatever between the cracks of your precious keyboard, but this iskin thing is like a plastic vagina.
No one wants to be an 80 year old in Florida with see through plastic all over their couches. My OCD friend has one on his laptop and I like to take it off and put it on my face sometimes, it's kind of like wearing a condom as a hat.
The first mix I ever did for my old job was "Wake Up & Stay In Bed," a comp of opposite-of-bangers that forced you to stay in bed forever because they pummelled you into submission with their overwhelming peacefulness. If you fear the outside world you'll relate. I did such a righteous job that I'm always looking for more sleep bangers. Music that extends lucid dreaming, but not Cocteau Twins or shoegazer because no one actually listens to that music for more than 5 minutes before wondering why they hell they downloaded it in the first place.
Here's a live version of "Some Girls..." that I burned off the "I Started Something..." 12.
Remember Happy Ending? I used to think this place was the fucking Shangri-La of beautiful hipster girls. This was post-Lit, maybe 2003-4ish. It took awhile for it to sink in that chicks @ Lit were basically ugly Suicide Girls, but not licentious. So for awhile I shifted my horniness to DJ at hipster affairs from Lit to Happy Ending.
During this time I made a demo mix of fun dancey business to impress the owners. This was when I still mixed with records!
sexual harrassment I NEED A FREAK
prince EROTIC CITY
fred wesley & the horny horns DISCOSITDOWN
depeche mode POLICY OF TRUTH
faith evans YOU GETS NO LOVE REMIX
ratatat 17 YEARS
ciara 1, 2 STEP
trick daddy SUGAR
yoko ono WALKING ON THIN ICE (RE-EDIT)
rick james 17
franz ferdinand DARK OF THE MATINEE (HEADMAN VOCAL REMIX)
scissor sisters COMFORTABLY NUMB
real mccoy ANOTHER NIGHT (ARMAND VAN HELDEN MIX)
debbie harry RUSH RUSH
lcd soundsystem BEAT CONNECTION
honey bane GUILTY DUB
roxy music ANGEL EYES
abba LAY ALL YOUR LOVE ON ME
cyndi lauper SHE BOP
madonna BURNING UP
human league SOUND OF THE CROWD
naked eyes ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME
go-go's HEAD OVER HEELS
kim wilde KIDS IN AMERICA
le tigre DECEPTACON
kelis & andre 3000 MILLIONAIRE
Live version of my fave Tom Waits song on the Arsenio Hall Show(?!!). Completely unlikely and amazing. To quote the youtube comment below the video, "Wow, for a shitty early-90s talk show, they shot this performance perfectly. The audience members were probably weeping."
Click here to get an excerpt from Paul Stanley: Let Me Get This Off My Chest... originally posted by Postpunkjunk.
In a word, epic. An 80 MB collection of Paul Stanley screaming like a junkie skell at the Kiss Army, culled together from their trillions of tours and Stanley's drunken crazed openings to their songs. The full file eludes me.
I might be the only person that I know that is yet to be impressed by the likes of Bloc Party and Tapes n' Tapes but when I first encountered Grizzly Bear, MAJOR BONER. Their new video premiered on Stereogum today and for all those that like to do drugs, this one's for you.
The leading female is made of rocks and she pulls some of her vag and puts it on the dude's chest. If that doesn't scream SHRN*, I don't know what does.
*SO HOT RIGHT NOW!
New LCD Soundsystem video on their myspace... kinda shlocky and obvious. Then again, the single for "Tito's Way" by the Juan Maclean was shitty and not an accurate reflection of their under-rated "Less Than Human. Beets Dubs, if you wanna watch the totes gay "Cruising" style video of "Give Me Every Little Thing" it's available here
ALSO. eveyone should go to THIS because Rob Hitt used to be in a pop punk band and now that band has formed into Cobra Starship of Snakes on a Plane fame.
and there's free drinks for an hour and a half. COME ON!
Seeing as how Woods down there manages to stay more hip than me despite the fact that he is in the "ancient" category of young people, I begin my relationship with all of you on common ground. Now I know we all have our social setting opinions but let's face it, we all love Justin Timberlake just a little. To honor this love let us discuss his latest video. Having embraced the 14 year old inside of me, I watched the trailer a week in advance and needless to say I was intrigued. The second I saw good ‘ol ScarJo, I was in it for the long haul. And then there’s the guy she cheats on Justin with, Sean Hatosy who I can only remember as a very B actor who has appeared along side Jason Lee, in a terrible movie called “A Guy Thing” That also features the no longer famous Julia Stiles. The addition of his character was, how you say, terrible being that he is nowhere near the attractive plane that Justin built his castle upon, BUT because I am a fan of said terrible movie, I was happy that someone gave this guy a job.
Despite this, I was pretty amused for the whole nine minutes and twenty two seconds. HOWEVER, it’s no Cry Me a River
Also, please note how Julia Stiles has never done anything of significance in her career.
All you Mac users out there know that it's shitty/difficult to download music... the only 3 options I've found are Acquisition, Limewire and Nicotine. I tried that torrent nonsense but the program was like "now get ready to wait 3 days to download Young Marble Giants!"
Acquisition was, as far as I determined, a complete waste of time/money. It didn't really do anything that was superior to Limewire, and just had a slightly nicer looking interface. The main drawback is that the spam is out of control on Acquisition, and I think the only thing I satisfactorily downloaded using Acquisition was Steely Dan's "FM."
Limewire has been argued to fuck up your computer (though personally I've never had a problem with it). It's still my fave, and you can get it free from their site, but you also have the option of paying for it and getting the "better" version... So, like a chump (esp. because I probably could have used Limewire to download the "better" version of Limewire), I paid for the full set, and they just send you a url as a download link. It's expired now but if you want to pay for it, you guys can get the full version here.
Nicotine requires an elaborate process to install (because it basically is teaching your Mac to think like a PC). Nicotine however, is pretty excellent for getting whole albums (the Soulseek style of downloading) ... as opposed to Limewire which is pretty piecemeal and forces you to get an album by downloading the songs individually, from different users with different bitrates/compressions. If you want to get Nicotine,
I was guided through the daunting process of installing it by the excellent step-by-step teachings of captnswing. there's instructions here.
All in all, I recommend Limewire for individual songs, programs, porn, etc, and Nicotine for full albums of music.
There's a brand new Cut Copy single "Heart On Fire" on the band's myspace... it's a bit cross-Europe club friendly but I still hornily await the full-length, as it is produced by Tim Oldsworthy and in that regard promises to be relatively decent. Go modern music!
Just downloaded the Head on the Door DDEELLUUXXOO reissue, with all kinds of extra whatnot. When it comes to Smiths VS Cure everyone knows that the Smiths are better cause they never had the 90s/00s happen to them to make them shitty. Granted the Cure did a lot of good music post-80s, but can you imagine going to Coachella or whatever to see an old, old Morrissey sing Smiths songs and then be like "here's something from our new album". Oh wait, that's what he does solo.
In any event, here's one of the awesomer extra tracks from Head on the Door. For fans of twee and preciousness!
First of all, thanks for coming to Woods' and Sums' music blog, The 21 Gun Salute!
In the spirit of good will, here's a my old mix Metal On Metal -- it's some records I mixed together with Michna AKA DJ Egg Foo Young, and sold at my old job. For all you iTunes nerds who need a picture to accompany music, the above pic is the album cover. LET'S DOO THIS
01 Metal On Metal by Michna
intro / mocky / soft cel / mike jones / fischerspooner / kp & envy / trackmasters / twista / dj assault / jay-z / snoop / les visiteurs / dj technics / ying yang twins / cassius / david banner / daft punk / peaches / young gunz
fatman scoop / latour / lfo / eggfooyoung / kraftwerk / big black / iggy & the stooges / soft cel / lcd soundsystem / afrika bambaataa / pitbull / METAL ON METAL
soulwax / chase / thompson twins / sparks / gina x / lionel richie / pointer sisters / diamond / vengaboys / green velvet / mighty dub katz / ruffneck / tipper / wreck
luke / matthew dear / primus / dj techcnics / simian mobile disco / roula / 20 fingers / masters at work / ace of base / stacy q / miss kittin & the hacker