The live version of which includes the extra lines: "This microphone converts sound into electricity/which travels down this wire/which travels up a hill/and is broadcast out into space/Into motherfucking space!... Distant alien civilization/can you hear this snare drum?"
[from a few years back]
Basically these days I'm just sitting around and listening to a lot of Why?, waiting like Reihan for the new album to come out. Sometimes I format these youtube clips to fit the blog's width, and other times I can't be bothered.
Maserati don't really do anything terribly unusual, but what they do, they do very well.
This song is way better than it has any right to be.
intense like my workload this week.
You can download United States of Pop 2008 here; to accompany this/introduce DJ Earworm if you're not familiar with him, I suggest reading this recent article, which contrasts Earworm and Girl Talk's respective approaches to the mashup:
It's Roseman's artistic instincts, however, that set him apart. Like Girl Talk's mashups, Roseman's generally sample multiple songs: his biggest hit, "United State of Pop," borrows elements from all of Billboard's top 25 songs from 2007. But rather than string his samples together in long chains, as Gillis does, Roseman gradually layers them over each other, adding texture and building momentum as a song progresses.
A good example is the hypnotic "Stairway to Bootleg Heaven," which borrows tracks from seven different recordings. The heart of the mashup is the juxtaposition of an '80s Eurythymics song and a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" by, of all people, Dolly Parton. On its own, the unlikely and surprisingly effective pairing of synthesized rhythm section with fiddle and mandolin would be enough for a memorable mashup. But Roseman goes further, adding a minute-and-a-half introduction that combines a piece by performance artist Laurie Anderson with a song by the synth-pop band Art of Noise. Toward the end of the mashup, a sample from the Beastie Boys' "So What'cha Want" adds urgency, and at the song's climax, Pat Benatar's "Love Is a Battlefield" enters in double time. Throughout the mashup, as a kind of connective tissue, a sample from the Beatles' "Because" floats in and out, spectral and mysterious. Although several of the recordings Roseman samples sound dated if not risible on their own, the combination is sublime.
::Also by DJ Earworm: Reckoner Lockdown. Best mashup of the year.
::I will post my 2008 mix (not mashup) soon. I think it is complete. This year I will make it available to download, if you are not one of the people I happen to hand a burnt copy to and yet you care to listen.
I don't think F*** Buttons have quite got it all figured out yet, but I think they definitely have a, umm, bright tomorrow.
This album (which we got right after it came out, but I didn't really listen to until the past couple weeks) plus old Hold Steady and Lifter Puller is about all I'm listening to these days. That happens sometimes (getting stuck on a couple albums, not these albums in particular).
Silver Jews, Slow Education
there's a screen door, banging in the wind...
Woven Hand::Ain't No Sunshine (cover)
The Sea and Cake::Crossing Line
New Sea and Cake album is out/nearly out (depending on your source); download the title track, "Car Alarm", here.
Crooked Fingers, New Drink for the Old Drunk
Crawdaddy has an interview with Eric Bachmann (Crooked Fingers=Eric Bachmann plus others) up; its fairly interesting (among other things, we learn that Bachmann recently tried running a Cuban sandwich cart -- instead of touring -- but it didn't work out for him). I don't know too much about Bachmann (other than what you learn from listening to his songs, which I have more less all of in one format or another), but I do know that he's the only person I've seen pull off smoking, drinking, playing guitar, and singing all at the same time. Newest Crooked Fingers album, Forfeit/Fortune, is out, but I haven't got it yet so I can't tell you much about it.
[Formatting note: entries in the various recurring features will no longer be named after the series, but by the content. Tags are now being added to all the serial entries; these are currently visible through the rss feeds, but will also be added to the entries and in a sidebar when I get the chance.]