Archive for August, 2008

27
Aug
08

That’s How I Became the Fresh Prince of…

Yea, I log into MySpace more than once a day; what?  Out of the corner of my eye, I caught a dude dressed up as the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  Since I had the time, I clicked on it.  It happened to be a video by Ontario-bred MC Shad.  Who?  Hell if I knew and still don’t, but his video is rather fresh and the song isn’t half bad either.  It’s scary how spot on his rendition of the 90’s intro of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is.  Best hip-hop song of the year?  Or is it because I can relate to the theme?  I dunno….

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26
Aug
08

Yes, They Are Still Everywhere….

Everyone’s favorite preppy four-piece—-the love to hate Vampire Weekend—-outta Brooklyn decided to cover the ’87 single “Everywhere” from London’s Fleetwood Mac.  Like usual, I wasn’t familiar with the original, so if I had to choose, I’d opt for VW’s rendition.  Their usual spark and groove are built into this one.  Get your jangle on below….

Vampire Weekend :: Everywhere (Fleetwood Mac cover)

25
Aug
08

The Essential Mix….

Burrito!

Burrito!

Hey Girl, Hey Boy, 2 Many DJs, Here We Go!

Just like you hopefully stumbled here to discover some new music, I uncover new finds when I spin the occasional DJ mix; Radio 1’s Essential Mix is usually my go to these days.  After encountering Justice’s Essential Mix from early last summer, (still won’t let this one go) I also found the simple, yet essential site: New Mixes.com.

A few days ago, I upped what happens when the Soulwax boys mess with the Chemical Brothers’ beats. At first, I figured this might have been a track from way back when, but then I discovered a 2 Many DJs’ set recorded live at the English dance festival Creamfields.  The Dewaele brothers decide to kick off their 58 minute set with none other than “Hey Boy, Hey Girl”.  With Creamfields hosting acts like Paul Van Dyk and Tiesto, 2 Many DJs err on the side of hard hitting club music; they do drop MGMT, Gossip, Hot Chip, among others though.  And if you prefer to err on the side of pop tendencies, Soulwax rocked an Essential Mix in 2005–this one doesn’t stop.

2 Many DJs live at Creamfields

Soulwax look to be back in the States this fall to show support for their forthcoming DVD.

Should we turn this blog into a site where it’s strictly Soulwax content?  Or did that already happen?  All I need is exclusive content and a ghost writer.

24
Aug
08

Let Her Seduce You…

Let me apologize in advance if you watch that Sex & the City rip-off on NBC and already know “The Bomb”.  I have faith in our readers though; they wouldn’t dare.  There is no doubt music used today in shows and commercials is on another level compared to even a few years ago.  I mean, have you seen this one?

Bitter:Sweet out of our favorite area–Los Angeles brings the loungey goods in a sexual tone on their second full-length LP Drama.  Listening to this, I place myself in a 30’s like club with an ensemble of musicians onstage warming up before the female frontwoman unveils her goods and graces the stage.  Shit, I’m probably wearing a zoot suit.  Shana Halligan’s vocals begin in a somber tone that make you think you’re on the phone with a 900 number, as they slowly begin to buildup until she erupts with ecstasy.  Rarely do I sing along with female vocals for obvious reason, but I find myself trying to imitate this energy (No shame) when bouncing along to this track. Under these vocals, the music is organically multi-layered in a way to make you get up and jive along to this little diddy.

Gold lies below…

Bitter:Sweet :: The Bomb

23
Aug
08

Green Mind!

I’ve had it up to here–Listening to a small segment of people trying to put down America.  America is the greatest land on Earth and we ought to be proud of what we have.  I’m proud of America; I’m proud of our people; and I’m going to prove it.  We’re American and damn proud of it.

And then the industrial meets electro beat kicks in!  Dink, a 5-piece from Kent, Ohio used that above banter to kick off their 1995 one hit wonder, “Green Mind”.  If you were a fan of the 90s industrial scene with the likes of KMFDM, Ministry, and of course Reznor’s group, you most likely knew of the song and maybe even owned the album.  And if not, Dink got enough radio play on local alternative stations and Subterranean‘s older brother, 120 Minutes to get the word out.  (Great 120 Minutes performance here)  For someone who was more a fan of alternative music, this track was unique–with its electronic effects, torrential drum hits, swooping bassline, and rapidfire vocals.

If I were to compile a singles playlist with tracks from the 90’s that make people get up, “Green Mind” would rank high.  There seems to be infinite energy from start to finish.  I always used to think of White Zombie’s “More Human Than Human” when I played the goodness below.

Dink :: Green Mind

Oh, did you not click that great 120 Minutes performance?  Sunny Day Real Estate performing the hell out of “Circles”.

22
Aug
08

Superstar DJs Here YOU Go….

Even though “Hey Boy, Hey Girl” is nine years old, it still hits as hard as it did when it first appeared on Surrender from The Chemical Brothers.  It builds; it descends; it bounces.  And with only repeating a few simple phrases–Here we go! I can close my eyes for a second and picture a 90’sesque rave scene out of the movie Go or some other drug induced situation you may have been a part of.  And now the point of this post….

I stumbled upon a remix by none other than Soulwax.  The Dewaele brothers put a light spin on it– in their own Belgium club style way.  The 2nd half is where it begins to heat up.

Update: The Chemical Brothers are hosting it on their website now as part of a promotion for their upcoming record.  Hit it up here.

Chemical Brothers :: Hey Boy, Hey Girl (Soulwax remix)

Check “Midnight Madness”, the Chems’ latest video from the forthcoming greatest hits album Brotherhood, out next month.

21
Aug
08

Those Damn Knickerbockers….

Yea, I was initially turned onto this Brighton, England group because of the Karate Kid reference.  But after hearing Fujiya & Miyagi‘s  “Collarbone” from their 2006 LP Transparent Things, I realized they had more than a crane kick and spelled their name with an I.  They laid down the funk, inserted bubbly synths, and made me do more than want to tap my foot to their dancey beat.

Consider me excited to hear their soon to be released new record-Lightbulbs. (Has it leaked?) Spin the lead single, “Knickerbocker” in video format and realize they are definitely not tarnishing the name Miyagi.  R.I.P., Sensei…

Fujiya & Miyagi :: Knickerbocker




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