Saturday, September 30, 2006

Okay...Good Video...Good Band...Not Too Hipster Yet



This shit is funny, it's an interesting idea, and its kinda hot. I am stoked to see SMD in London in just a few weeks.

Scott, I know you read this...next FOTH video?

Friday, September 29, 2006

Good Track

This dude is interesting...Lupe Fiasco. The stuff they are pushing over here (US) "Kick Push" is whatever, but the track they pushing in the UK is tons better. It's below.

Lupe Fiasco - Daydreamin'(feat. Jill Scott) ...as well there is an I Monster sample (the hook) which is pretty funny

Also exciting, this shit:

Blogger Non-Exclusive: Junior Boys

Everybody is talking about Junior Boys, yada yada yada. I hate Pitchfork and they looooooved the single "In The Morning." I did not like the first album the Boys did, and so I was reluctant to pick this one up. Alas, it was the listening station that got me, and now this is easily in the top 20 of the year. It is a good one, very mellow, and worth checking out. Everybody seems to be really into this, and sadly it makes sense. Nothing astonishing here, but check it out, its cute.

Junior Boys - Count Souvenirs

Junior Boys - In The Morning

Monday, September 25, 2006

Old School

Remember this? Pretty funny.

Cry like a little bitch...

Damien Rice is Irish and makes people sad...

He has a new single, and it is impacting BBC Radio now...

Damien Rice - 9 Crimes

It's DJ Shadow Motherfucka!

So last night, I went down to the Avalon in Hollywood to see an acquaintance, mr. DJ Shadow. I have been a DJ Shadow fan for a very very long time. When I say fan, I really mean "super-fan" as The Private Press is easily one of my favorite albums of all-time, and "Blood On The Motorway" is easily one of my favorite tracks of all-time. I have been lucky enough to work with him and hang out with him, and there is no other musician I respect more than him. When "The Outsider" (new album, out now) was being prepared, I was a little nervous, I like Shadow for his electonic/rock type aspects, not too keen on the hip-hop side. But I had faith, when you are as talented as DJ Shadow you could do a country record and it would still be "shadow-esque." And "shadow-esque" is something really special. So I have been living with "The Outsider" now for some time, and reading the confusion on the internet, and even Mr. Shadow himself spoke out the change in direction. I was confused, I wasn't upset or nothing, but it was definitely not a record that melted me upon hearing it. One track did and it's "This Time (I'm Gonna Try It My Way)." So upon going to this show last night, it was mainly out of faith, I wouldn't miss it for the world, but I wasn't looking forward to it. I just didn't want to see people take the new stuff the wrong way, or have a weird vibe about it. I arrived, watched Lateef the Truth Speaker do a hip-hop set, and was a little nervous for one of my idols to come on. Alas, the clock strikes 10:45 and the beginning notes of "The Outsider Intro," come in and I get pumped. It is a great fucking intro, no doubt. Shadow came on to a roaring applause and started out with a classic, phew. The set was relentless...Shadow mixed his songs perfectly, and formed medleys that were out of his world. By the last song at 12:30 I was bummed to go. It was a mix of Radiohead "The Gloaming" (Remix) that was never officially released, UNKLE's "Nursery Rhyme" (feat. Badly Drawn Boy) and UNKLE's "Rabbit In The Headlights" (feat. Thom Yorke), it was just too fucking creative for my little brain. Another hightlight that I have to mention is the amazing track of the new album, "Seein' Thangs" (feat. David Banner), it is a great track and the video that accompanied it (shown via 9 screens on the stage) was pretty hectic, and I loved that Banner was decked out with a sweet Raiders hat, gotta love the bay.

Reflecting back on the night, one thing sticks out. The shitty opus that is Pitchfork Media said "The Outsider does exactly what the titles says; alienates everybody who ever was a DJ Shadow fan." Pretty fucking ruthless. At one of the few intermissions in the show, where Shadow gathers his thoughts and changes tempo, he spoke about his records. He stated that a lot of people really love Endtroducing, and others really love The Private Press. Just like some of the audience came for Hip Hop, and others came for Rock, but what was best is he said, "if you are a fan of mine, you will recognize the quality of anything new." This did not sound cocky, he was just saying that if you are a true fan of his music, or anybody elses music who is an amazing artist, you know that whatever is put out, if the respect is there, then it will be quality. Shadow respects his music, everything is fine-tuned and put together with perfection in mind.

DJ Shadow = Quality

And for anybody that hates on "The Outsider," well that is fine, you are entitled, but you need to know that DJ Shadow is at the top of his genre, whatever that genre happens to be at the time.

Shadow doesn't like bootlegs or "stealing" music, so due to that, no track for this post, go buy the new album please...please...PLEASE.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

My New Favorite Artist

KAVINSKY hails from Paris, France, and is a mix of the Original Nintendo and Miami Vice. The backstory is that Kavinsky was killed in 1986 in a car accident and now is back to life and DJing clubs and shit. Interesting. What is even better, is when I am in the UK for business in October, he is DJing at FABRIC (my all-time favorite club that I have never been too) along with Simian Mobile Disco, The Whip (Manchester, UK), Sunshine Underground, Goose, Circulus, and many more. Make sure to check the video and 2 MP3's are below.

Kavinsky - Testarossa Autodrive
Kavinsky - Testarossa Nightdrive

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

FUCK YEAH!

I got some very good news this evening, the best band out of San Diego Fifty On Their Heels won the SD Weekly Award for Best Punk Album!!!! (more info)

Past winners include Hot Snakes (2005), Blink 182 (many times), No Knife (1999), and Unwritten Law (1998). Not too shabby and especially great as that they are the first release on a new indie in SD called Cat Dirt Records. (label blog) They beat out Some Girls (Deathwish/Epitaph Records) and GoGoGo Airheart (GSL Records) who have definitely been around the scene for a while and toured the US many times over. It is really great that a young band with only an EP out won a big award chosen by the San Diego Music Scene big-ups. As well, they are talks that they will record up in LA with a friend, so that will be remarkable. To me, they are a mix of T.S.O.L. and Gang Of Four...and I have stressed that I hope they add the Theme to A Clockwork Orange into the mix as well, I think that would be brutal.

Fifty On Their Heels - A Good Friend

"You Know I Love You, Take Off Your Clothes"

So every now and then a song comes along that is catchy as all hell and has an infectious repeated phrase that you fall in love with. Enter: The Pigeon Detectives from Leeds, UK. I heard this song a while back and snickered, but didn't think much of it until last night on the final installment of Steve Lamacq Live show for BBC Radio 1. Sad times, I really like Mr. Lamacq and as he will still be on the BBC, his "sessions" show is now bye-bye. This was the one of the last tracks he played, recorded live on June 26th, 2006. Check it out, it is a good session, the album version is good too.

The Pigeon Detectives - You Know I Love You (Lamacq Live Session)

Friday, September 15, 2006

I'm Sirius

So I just got Sirius Satellite Radio and after 4 days of tech problems, I finally got the bloody thing working. So far this morning I listed to 3 hours of Football Chatter (thank god for that), and some BBC radio 1. Other than that, I popped into the "College/Alt Rock" channel and although heard a little Jose Gonzales "Lovestain" it turned into some shit I never want to listen to ever in my life. And then the Watson Twins followed...bummer. Anyway, although it doesn't work at my apartment, due to shite reception, my office seems to hold up okay with only a few blips here and there. The phrase "Acquiring Signal" is my arch nemisis.

Too lazy to post about music so head over to Upside Down Stupid Hat for some good tunes I approve of. (Look to the right for the link). Bat For Lashes is amazing, absolutely brilliant as Charlie would say.

Here are some links of stuff I'm working with:
The Zico Chain (London, UK)
Goes Cube (New York, NY)
Favourite Sons (Brooklyn, NY

As well, I bought the 4CD UNKLE Box Set at Amoeba, and my lord it's good looking. Haven't gotten through it yet, as it is all mainly Reign remixes, but sexy hot pink packaging. Buy it, it's under 20 bucks. As well James Lavelle is spinning in LA next week, that should be nice, especially because it is on the same block as my office!

Enjoy le weekend.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

This Blog is Not Dead

Yeah, I had a vacation, whatever. I have been traveling a ton and I have just returned from my final trip of 3 in the last 3 weeks I will post one song that is amazing. It comes from the new Bob Dylan album, and it is the last track on the album called Ain't Talkin'. Go buy this album, 192,000 already have and they cannot be wrong. I say this as any artist who has released 44 albums is doing something right. Now if 192,000 people buy the new JT well they are wrong, he only has 2 albums...see how showed my work.

Enjoy.

Bob Dylan - Ain't Talkin'