Madonna ~ Like A Virgin (Mock & Toof Edit)
aka Lycra Virgin
IN ONE SENTENCE:
Sublime, mostly instrumental edit of the gigantic no-brainer idiot drunk girl anthem.
No, it's pretty self-explanatory.
The new Cut Copy mix is so good. It reminds me a lot of Blu Jemz & Roger Yamaha's Second Cousins CD, minus the remix angle... very smart and tasteful melodic mixes, combining old and new, creating a whole that is so fresh that you wonder to yourself "what song is this?" for every track. Plus there's a fucking song from Tusk on it for Chrissakes!
Cut Copy ~ So Cosmic mix
In this corner, the challenger--
In this corner, the reigning champion--
CONCLUSION: Tiesto is bigger than Jesus.
2x quirky fun pop punk gems from Wreckless Eric... Ian Dury on da drums! Plus look at how enthusiastically retarded he looks -- dude is wearing a butterfly shirt for Chrissakes!
Whole Wide World
69 minutes of R&B from the mid-late 90s, mixed as one track with no drops or pointless screaming over it, for the lazy DJ to begin his night with:
ps- the picture I was originally trying to find was of her sitting alone in her living room, listening to R&B while drinking Jack Daniel's and smoking Newports, waiting for Namond to get home so she can yell at him to get his ass over to the corner and start selling drugs with Bodie.
Since everyone seems to like themes on blogs, I'm going to try to start one now... Secret Weapon Thursdays! This will last for exactly as long as I remember to continue doing it.
Benny Benassi ~ "Put Your Hands Up"
IN ONE SENTENCE:
A complete monster in the "Put Your Hands Up For Detroit" variety that will make me drop whatever I am doing and start dancing immediately, no matter what.
I put it on my Fire on Fire mix a few months ago.
Ewan Pearson's production is unlike any kind of house music I've ever heard, it's extremely musical and very dense with atmospheric bleeps and layered sounds dubbing in and out of the track. It actually kind of reminds me of my old Ninja Tune/Mo Wax days, which as we all know I'm trying my hardest to forget. If you've never heard of him, you need to, as they say (in gay voice), LEARN IT!
Here's a brief timeline of my relationship with Ewan Pearson:
TWENTY YEARS AGO
*no idea who he is. I'm pretty sure I was playing Legos while watching Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors.
A YEAR AGO
*heard one of his remixes on the Rub N Tug Fabric CD -- LOVED IT!
SIX MONTHS AGO
*heard the excellent Tracey Thorn remix he and Darshan from Metro Area did.
TWO MONTHS AGO
*read Blair's entry on him at MFR, encouraging everyone to buy his compilation of remixes Piece Work.
*finally bought the Piece Work CD. It's really good! The problem is, Ewan Pearson's production almost always outshines the artists he remixes. There are really lush and slowly progressing melodies and then the corniest vocals ever will appear. The vocals on the Futureshock remix are cringe-worthy, and on the Chemical Brahs remix, the singer sounds like he's doing a James Murphy/Bono impression.
*downloaded one of his mixes online.
*listening to Ewan Pearson. He has temporarily replaced Tusk!
Normally I find the whole concept of subway buskers extremely horrifying/annoying. It is literally the most unbearable shit in the world when some clowns try to play music for me when I'm on the subway listening to "Sara" on my iPod to sloooowly ease myself into my day at the ungodly early hour of 10:15 AM. I mean, I'm pretty much a racist like everyone in the world is, as evidenced by the fact that I visibly shudder whenever I see:
*the 3 Mexican dudes in full regalia playing guitar and harmonizing: the only thought that goes through my head is "ugh," which goes double for
*that like Appalachian mountain folk dude who plays "soothing world music" on his pan-pipes (with a gigantic speaker blasting a CD accompanying him!).
*Or! When every Chinese dude plays the er hu or the pi pa or whatever, which I understand, yadda yadda yadda is an ancient instrument dating back centuries that is rich in cultural etc, but is not figuratively the worst sound to hear in a subway station while waiting for the next F train to never come.
*EVERYONE ALWAYS PLAYING the Godfather theme! Is that like the first song they give you the notation for in the Subway Busker Guide To Annoying Everyone?
*It's even more stomach-punch-worthy when I'm in Williamsburg waiting for the L and and there's like the 2 Whitey P Whiterton drop-out Julliard students playing "authentic blues," hooting and hollering about not having money and their women leaving them... Christ! Is there anything more offensive than that? It's almost as bad as all those "when ghostriding the whip goes wrong and these idiot white suburban teenagers crash their Jeep Cherokees" videos on youtube.
ANYWAYS I must attest that I have found the exception that proves the rule. What you are about to see below is not unlike the time I was walking in the Village and saw a gigantic white hummer limousine with its door open, Modjo blasting from the interior, and 15 of the guido-est guidos I have ever seen, shirtless, and ecstatically cheering: both things are a rare glimpse into the very face of raw, unedited truth.
Here then, gentle readers, is the truth itself, born naked for all to witness:
I sat in front of a TV last night for 3 hours watching the first disc of Season 4. And the thing is, it could very easily have been 7 hours if I had the second disc.
It's pretty no duh that the Wire is not figuratively the greatest show on television ever. A little interesting thing is how different the 2 creators David Simon and Ed Burns are from each other. David Simon is like a pessimistic angry guy who's totally disillusioned with everything/body, and Ed Burns is like a humanitarian, level-headed smiley bear type of guy.
Here's the NPR interview Terry Gross did with Ed Burns a little while ago... very informative and revealing.
*Bonus tip: Unless you're entirely caught up with all the episodes of the Wire, don't try youtubing any clip. You'll probably find out that your favorite character is dead by reading a giant screaming headline that says something like "MCNULTY DEATH SCENE BEST WIRE CLIP EVER" and you'll be like "seriously?" Sheeeeeeeeiiiiittttt.
"Man you better go on before I lose my composure out this bitch!"
I was originally just going to put up 1 or 2 tracks from here and tell you to go buy the reissue on Rong, but it's the 200th post!
Happy birthday, blog of mine!
NY HOUSE'N AUTHORITY (full EP)
*you need stuffit to open the file -- you can download for either PC or Mac
Here's a bunch of dance records I burned recently:
Bas Noir - My Love Is Magic
An early (1988) Nu Groove record, mixed by Tommy Musto. Very piano-poppy and very good, as used on Jemz & Yamaha's Second Cousins mix.
The Untouchables - Lil Louie's Anthem
Early (1991) Kenny Dope production on Strictly Rhythm. A nice chunky disco loop, plus I like 12s with Special Thanks on the label -- it makes me feel like Roger S and Kenny Dope are BFFs.
Pfantasy Club - Never Give Up
Early (1988) Pfantasy -- I'm not 100% how involved DJ Pierre was in this mix, since this is the Mike Wilson version, but it was co-written by Felix da Housecat. Speaking of housecats, if there is a virtual cat in the upper corner of the page, you must pet it. I repeat. PET IT.
Serious Intention - You Don't Know (Todd Terry's Everybody Knows mix)
An instrumental mix of a classic Paul Simpson production -- also Easy Street is selling MP3s of the Paul Simpson tracks he recorded for them. In fact, all the mixes from most of their 12s are available! Sleeque acapella, here I come.
1. Patton Oswalt on Philc:
2. IN THE AIR TONIGHT
As used in Miami Vice
As used with a giant gorilla
Extended 12" version (via Rumor)
The lyrics are actually meaningless -- on VH1 Collins said that he came up with "99%" of the lyrics on the spot," based on the tone of darkness and dread from the instrumental. Plus he was "just messing around for fun," not anticipating that Eminem would later ramble on about the story like it were true.
3. GENESIS - LAND OF CONFUSION (12" Extended Mix)
4. TAKE ME HOME
Not only is this song 75% chorus (about as confident as releasing a 1-side 12"), but it was sampled by Bone Thugs, who declared Philc an honorary member and named him "Chrome Bone." (literally true)
5. ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE
I made a music video for this.
6. AGAINST ALL ODDS
Despite the Postal Service trying to ruin this perfect, impossible-to-sing-in-Karaoke jam, this is the most brutal of all torch songs. It even out-epics Smiths songs in terms of its utter pathetic groveling. I later found out through This American Life that this is the song/moment where Phil Collins became Da Collinzzz:
Everyone should go here on Thursday:
This is the same night as the MTV holiday party, so I'll be getting drunk there and then stumbling over to 205 afterwards.