December 17, 2009

November 22, 2009

November 11, 2009

shellac::end of radio

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?"

October 29, 2009

October 27, 2009

October 17, 2009

October 8, 2009

September 26, 2009

September 18, 2009

September 14, 2009

why?::crushed bones

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.

September 13, 2009

September 7, 2009

August 18, 2009

July 25, 2009

July 10, 2009

maserati::inventions (at 40 watt)

Maserati don't really do anything terribly unusual, but what they do, they do very well.

June 27, 2009

June 13, 2009

das racist::combination pizza hut and taco bell (wallpaper remix)

This song is way better than it has any right to be.

May 30, 2009

April 11, 2009

March 31, 2009

March 14, 2009

March 10, 2009

February 11, 2009

January 28, 2009

January 1, 2009

dj earworm::united states of pop 2008

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.

December 28, 2008

December 17, 2008

December 11, 2008

f*** buttons::bright tomorrow

I don't think F*** Buttons have quite got it all figured out yet, but I think they definitely have a, umm, bright tomorrow.

December 4, 2008

December 1, 2008

tv on the radio::dlz

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).

November 17, 2008

November 13, 2008

silver jews::slow education

Silver Jews, Slow Education

there's a screen door, banging in the wind...

October 31, 2008

October 25, 2008

the sea and cake::crossing line

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.

October 22, 2008

crooked fingers::new drink for the old drunk

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.]