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So, today’s post will be minimal on my usual sass, I gotta jet outta her soon. Here are some pretty bangin’ tracks. I don’t care how old they are, I know they’re from the last years…. So, saddle up and enjoy these bumpin tracks. If they don’t move you, you are a cold, dark vessel of remorse.

MGMT- Of Moons, Birds & Monsters (Holy Ghost Remix)
Justice- Planisphere (Religion Remix)
Mr. Flash- Dirty Bossa Nova
Drop The Tough (The Twelves B-LIVE Remix)
MGMT-Kids (Soulwax Remix)
Talkin’ In My Sleep (The Bloody Beetroots Remix)


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Suprisingly, the future happens to be the past

So, a couple years ago, the long-held champ of the world of portable gaming found a new rival, and a new era of un-fun games came out, subsequently. The days of the simple joys of Gameboy games were gone for the fancy-shmancy gimmicks of newer systems and tricks; it was the battle of the Nintendo DS and the PSP. Both sound like they could be diseases, and for some reasons they probably both could be classified as such. Because, though they were super high tech with their 3D technology and wobbly nub-sticks and screens that get all touchy-feely, many of their games sucked or were just put out to try to sell money. By stealing some cool ideas from semi-successful games, hordes of terribly uncreative and repetitive games came out. What irked me in particular was how, well, real, the music was trying to get. They were putting full songs in their games, but they sounded pretty out of place in the handheld world.  They sounded crunched up, gasping for air. Let me out, they said.
And the years of avid Gameboy fans listened, and became musicians and are now currently out to prove us all that small sounds can still be bigger then studio-pumped up garbage. In the past few years, slowly, 8-bit music has been sneaking it’s way into the hearts and souls of it’s listeners, showing us how how the most basic, wired, electronic, savage sound can have just as much prettiness as a harpsichord and Paul McCartney harmonizing. Ooh, yeah. Sexy.

The Remixes

There’s been some experimentation with remixing with 8-bit sounds, seeing as how it was recently discovered that using zelda samples, you could rock the house in half and half again. Or that Fraggle Rock could somehow get cooler. Last night, I saw a triple-show type thing at the Satyricon, a little hole in the wall place, literally. It was almost too cool for me. Anyways, this guy  named Matthew, but stage-named Purse Candy (who hit on me after I tried to talk to him before the show, I should have known, me and Rob are the only straight, friendly guys around… Matthew kept giving me all these silly winks and air kisses. Ooh, how dreamy), started off his set with some game-boy samplers, which I though was really rad, but then his set devolved into nothing more then some owl city sounding thing. Props for looking classy, at least. Check out these sick remixes. You’ll poo yourself in excitement if you don’t.

Deadmau5- You Need A Ladder
Fraggle Rock Theme- (Skeet Skeet’s 8-Bit Adventure)

The Rethinkings

Some artists have been doing 8-bit covers of very popular songs, and getting good reception. Of course, there’s plenty of really poopy songs out there that try and fail to capture 8-bit glory, but I guess it’s harder then one would think. Check out these songs that I think are at least comparable to the originals:

>Nirvana- Smells Like Teen Spirit (8-Bit Remix)v

Bag Raiders-  Daft Punk Is Playing on My Nintendo

The Rebirth

Now, as 8-bit has proven it’s worth in the sub fields of remixes and covers, I feel 8-bit music is going to sneak it’s styles and sounds into our new artists music. In fact it already has! Back in 2007, Panda Bear released the fantastic Person Pitch, with “Good Girl/Carrots” buried as track 5, with a 12:42 track time, heavy drumming patterns with subtly building energies with layers of sound-instruments. Then, before you have time to notice it, the song morphs into the “Carrots” half, and what’s funky is that you really don’t even notice it. The tempo changes, the key and pitch changes, but Panda does it so smoothly and suddenly, it’s like it was bound to happen by natural. It’s an odd feeling to be tricked by a song, but when it happens right, it’s tasty. Anywho, you can listen to that track below if you want, but the reason I brought it up was to call attention to around 6:08 where some gameboy-reminiscent beats come in, reminding me of Nintendo glitching out, but in such a fashion that it’s extremely danceable. I always did kind of like it when CDs would skip or games would freeze and make a kinda annoying, yet catchy sound.
Franz Ferdinand then released Tonight, which was pretty electronic for the Franzies, and if you listen to the track “Twilight Omens”, the opening hook thing is ripped straight from an Atari. Good, tasty, adventure music.
However, most recently there’s even been some suspicious work going on in the world of 8-bit sounds. Vampire Weekend’s fantastic new album (which you should go get, by the way. If you don’t like it at first, try it again and really listen or dance or whatever, and you will) features a track called “Diplomat’s Son”  towards the end of the album. It starts out as what you might come to expect from them, sounding completely afro-beat, with dancing string instruments, however featuring a sample of M.I.A.’s “Bucky Done Gun”, and then…. wait for it… 8-bit sounds! For Vampire Weekend, having M.I.A. in a song, plus using such a nice, clean electronic beat was very unexpected. But, keep listening and one find the songs surprises once again, as the song breaks down to a Brooklyn-style drumming section sounding like the most indie gameboy I’ve ever heard, like vampire weekend turns momentarily into a jump-roping rhyme mini-game on Looney Tunes Olympics or some shiz. Interesting, interesting, I like.
But then, one more odd thing about all this 8-bit craze recently. This part is very intriguing, indeed. A new M.I.A track! Let me say that again, in case you have that bad of memory: A NEW MIA TRACK! It’s called “There’s Space For Ol Dat I See”. …And guess what kind of beat it has? Yes. You win. I think it was made with that Playstation 1 beat-making game. I wish I was kidding. No I don’t. I really think it is. This track is large, space-sized, space-oriented, lo-fi, super dancable, kinda bollywood-y, and M.I.A. sings! The last minute of the song totally dissolves into gameboy filth. Tasty, tasty filth. If you don’t listen to any other songs on here, listen to this one. It kinda makes me see a connection between where dubstep is going and where electronic in general is going. Who knew something so simple could be so fat?!  Her new album’s still not out till May, but this is a precious morsel. Dear reader, do take in mind how both Vampire Weekend’s new song, and M.I.A.’s new song have gameboy sounds in them and those awesome break-beat parts of gameboy rock and roll, not to mention Vampire Weekend sampling M.I.A. in their song. Coincidence? I hope not.

Panda Bear- Good Girl/Carrots

Vampire Weekend- Diplomat’s Son

M.I.A.- There’s Space For Ol Dat I See


First new Gorillaz track from their upcoming album, Plastic Beach:  Gorillaz- Stylo

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So, I stumbled across this very interesting website the other day. It’s one in which the owner claims that he is in possession of a “lost” Beatles album, one that the Beatles made… after their break-up. This mystery person claims that he, uh, traveled to another universe completely after bumping his head, and in this alternate reality, the Beatles never broke up. He has a whole nice story about how he got to walk around in the other universe for a while on his website, along with the ALBUM ITSELF, for free, and some FAQ’s. Now, as soon as I heard about the possibility of The Beatles having another album that we all haven’t heard because it doesn’t exist in our reality, I nearly shat myself with happiness! I cruse over to his website at (http://www.thebeatlesneverbrokeup.com/), and proceed to listen to the “album”.
Now, what the album appears to be, from our universal perspective, is a really good mash-up of Beatles solo work and older B-Sides. However, the album is almost TOO well put together. The FAQ tackles the similarities question with a pretty good answer, I thought:

3. Thanks for posting the download and sharing your story about this pretty cool collection of songs. After listening to all of it, however, it sounds like a collection of previous Beatles and post break up albums from this dimension mixed into new songs.
I didn’t recognize Sick to Death, but everything else just seemed like a mix from other songs that could be made using modern mixing equipment.  Has anyone else given you the same feedback?  – Steven

A: I have heard that feedback actually, and infact I had a feeling some of the songs had a familiar sound to them as well. The only conclusion I can come up with is even though in the alternate universe The Beatles hadn’t broken up, that didn’t mean their future music ideas disapeared. I wish I grabbed this other tape that had a song very similiar to “Imagine” on it that Jonas played, only it sounded like it had a big band behind it with horns and huge orchestral sections, though the lyrics were practically identical to the original “Imagine”. I wouldn’t be surprised if in the alternate dimension when The Beatles were songwriting they brought melodies and lyrics they had in their head to the songwriting table and hashed them out with the rest of the group, where as in our dimension they didn’t have the other band members influences.

Dang! That’s good enough for me. I personally really like the album, and is exactly what I’d expect the Beatles to sound like if they kept going into the later 70s/ 80s.
You can download the album off the original website and see for yourself. New Beatles album from an alternate universe? Dangermouse getting extremely bored?
Either way, I figure we should scrap NASA and look into all this Alternate Universe mumbo jumbo. God… what if the Beattles just didn’t break up in another universe? Exciting!

Get the album or listen to it here

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Me included, of course. I’m as strange as it gets. But in particular, what I’m talking about is what goes into making up a human. We’re different from those around us based on our actions and choices (and our physical mumbo-jumbo), but I wonder what causes us to make those decisions. What makes us decide to go right at a fork in the road, what makes us say those awkward things to those we interact with, and what makes us decide that those things we hear are awkward in the first place? Ah, lot’s of deep-meta thinking here, with no real answers in sight. Ah, it’s a Monday. Bleh. 8’oclock classes.
I know personally, a lot of the guidance in choices I make from day to day comes from the music I listen to. The lyrics, the crescendos in volume, the loopy choruses that fill a lot of the music I listen to, and the nice raspy harmonies that compliment the main singing quite nicely; all of that reflects how I act on a day to day basis. Sure, it’s not the only thing, of course. A lot of my actions also stem from copying what I deem to be “successful” traits I find in another person or influence, or from nature (the best teacher there is!). By listening to what I call “good” music, I tend to have a better outlook on life, as opposed to when I listen to “angry” music or music with unsettling lyrics, which usually puts me in a darker mood. Perhaps I’m more susceptible to the subtler influences of music, and perhaps that’s because I listen to so gosh darn much of it, but I have this deep feeling that everyone is affected by what music they listen to. We all tend to listen to our favorite music a lot, thus memorizing the lyrics and usually the tone by which the artist sings it. We get a nice feel for what emotion the artist is trying to create, and then we absorb that feeling and let it color what we see in our everday waking lives. Our favorite music becomes our personal gospel temporarily, what with our habit towards memorizing and chanting lyrics and taking the lessons we’ve learned from the music. Perhaps we just listen to music that reflects how we feel a lot of the time, but I like to think that it works the other way around and that music listens to us. But then that would probably mean we’re in Mother Russia or something, cause, as we all know, everything happens backwards there.
So, listen to this music, absorb it’s wholesome goodness and let the playlist play you.

To download files, click the song title with your middle mouse button to go to the MP3 hosting site, then follow directions to download. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezie. If for some odd reason, you don’t have a middle mouse button and you find yourself quite perplexed, just right click the song titles and click the option that says “Open Link in New Tab/Window”. Also, welcome to the internet.

Animal CollectiveChores
Devandra Banhart- Baby
Crystal Castles- Knights
Bloc Party- One More Chance
Dr. Dog- The Old Days
Passion PitI’ve Got Your Number
Menomena- Running
Kings Of Convience- Boat Behind
Iron & Wine- Naked As We Come
High Places- The Storm
Animal Collective- Winter’s Love
The Beatles- Mother Nature’s Son

Happy Fun Time Monday Bonus MP3!!!

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Well, the weekend finally came. This has been an interesting week to say the least, and perhaps I’ll go into details on what that means later. For now, I head down S.F. way to go the Hardly Strictly bluegrass festival… for free! However, before I go, I need to leave you fools something to do, cause god knows what horrid music you’ll try to boogie down to this weekend without me.
Remember, kids, play by the rules, and that you make them! You’re on the pursuit of happiness!

Electric Wire HustleThey Don’t Want
GorillazDare (Rodon’s Symphonic Remix)
Florence & The Machine–  You Got The Love (The XX remix)
Groove Armada- Drop The Tough (The Twelves B-Live Remix)
Justice- Stress (Auto Remix)
Kid CudiMake Her Say (Sammy Bananas Remix)
Jay-ZD.O.A. (Chase & Status Remix)
Hot Chip- Ready For The Floor (Soulwax Nite Version)
Busy P and MursTo Protect and Entertain (Crookers Remix)
Deadmau5- Hi Friend!
Architecture In HelenksiDo The Whirlwind!
Kid CudiPursuit of Happiness

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Wednesdays sometimes require a certain kind of disciple and dedication. It’s the farthest day you can be from the weekend, and I know that as soon as I wake up, that fact stares me straight in the face. Realizing that I have the option, if I really wanted to, to just stay in bed and sleep for ever and ever, I am almost defeated. It doesn’t help that I have a mattress pad that feels like a cloud filled with pure happiness, or that my comforter knows exactly just what temperature I’m most comfortable in, or that my pillow is one of those memory foam ones that conforms to the shapes of my head. It sure as hell doesn’t help that I didn’t get to sleep till four in the morning and my time of waking was supposed to be just three hours later. At that point, I allow myself the luxury that is Americanized sleep for just five more minutes (okay, maybe another hour…), but I don’t really sleep. I use this time to try my best to remember my dreams, to give myself a little guidance in the upcoming unknown day, and I use that time to reflect on all of the wonderful places and things I did in the day that came before this horrid Wednesday morning. I remember the friends I met, the souls I warmed, the ideas I encouraged, the lovers I made, the music I created, and the time I spent. None of this happened to anyone else on the Earth on that day; all of that happened because I made  conscious decisions that no one else could make, and because of that, I really enjoyed my day. Now, I get to thinking- what makes this day, Wednesday, any different from any other day? Is there anything really different about today then yesterday? Sure it may be a bit colder, sure it may be a different named day according to us silly humans, but all in all, it’s a day that holds just as much possibility as the one that came before it. It’s up to us to do something, take advantage of that fact that we are alive yet another day, and do what we think is good. And with this knowledge, and this playlist, I got up today, ready to spin some more destiny to more unsuspecting souls.

I’m up for the challenge- are you guys?
PS: First new vampire weekend track is in! Check it!

HumpDay Playlist:

1) Animal CollectiveTaste
2) Grizzly BearTwo Weeks
3) Led ZeppelinTangerine
4) Modest Mouse- Gravity Rides Everything
5) Menomena- Wet And Rustling
6) Volcano Choir- Island, IS
7) Blitzen TrapperWild Mountain Nation
8 ) Deerhunter- Game of Diamonds
9) Vampire Weekend- White Sky
10) Edward Sharp & The Magnetic ZerosHome
11) Animal Collective- For Reverend Green
12) Animal Collective- Fireworks

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So, from the looks of it, 2010 is going to be one of the biggest years in music in a while. Forces are gathering, bidding their time, and I feel a plethora of musical alchemy building and waiting to be released on us foolish listeners. All of my many, many faithful readers might be thinking “I’ve heard THAT one before… It’s just gonna be another year in music…” and perhaps it is. It always will be, so there’s no point in arguing that. The fact of the matter is that, whether we like it or not, we are gonna be getting a lot of either gold-or-miss material from so many fantastic bands from every which genre. So without further ado, here’s 2010’s HOT LIST, so far:

1) MGMTCongratulations :  Ah, MGMT. How we’ve all waited with fingers crossed and hearts heavy for more of your spiritual guidance. At first, MGMT seemed like a silly band, especially looking back at the pre-MGMT days as the Management and their songs about four winged dinosaurs. However, anyone who’s anyone that has listened to their fantasmical debut Oracular Spectacular, knows that this is a band with outrageous potential. It’s been ages in internet time since they’ve updated anyone, and I believe at this point that they are going for a more mysterious aura; they’re trying to show us that only they can define themselves. The only clues we’ve gotten as to where their music might be heading on the thought-provokingly titled Congratulations have been snippets of just-being-formed songs at concerts and the only official new single since Oracular, “Metanoia.” However, if any of these things are even a slight indication, where the band is headed musicaly, be excited. Be very excited. It sounds like they’re morphing into a Pink Floyd-sounding (but still their own) band, complete with sprawling sounds, random samples, howling harmonies and just as many catchy hooks as ever. Now, don’t get me wrong, the band we’ve all grown to love still has their randomness and unorthodoxy that we’re all so fond of, but they’re allowing themselves to expand as a band where they need it, and I’m very sure they know where they need to step back. Look for Congratulations in the first quarter of 2010.

2) LCD SoundsystemUntitled:  It’s been far too long since we’ve heard from older then would be expected do-it-all man, James Murphy. He is the driving force behind LCD Soundsystem, which, in all honesty, is the basis of all compare for any electronic album nowadays. I don’t blame him for taking so long to give us loyal fans a snippet, because he does so freaking much, what with being married, being co-founder of DFA Records, and being kinda old. He’s been in bands-a-plenty, produced more then his fair share of solid gold for other bands, almost was a key writer for Seinfeld, and has been DJing for god knows how long. Oh yeah, and he hand crafted the genius that was LCD Soundsystem’s self-titled debut, and the critically acclaimed follow up, Sound of Silver. If for some dumb reason you haven’t heard SoS, go get it right now. Go. I’ll wait. James has been said to been working in LA over the past summer on this album, with rumored song names to be “Why Do You Hate Music?” and “Love in LA”. The new disc should drop early 2010, so keep your ears peeled, you don’t want to miss this one.
~45:33 (Padded Cell Remix)
~ Daft Punk is Playing at my House
~ Someone Great

3) JusticeUntitled: AHHHHHH! FUCKING JUSTICE! After their very creative debut album, Cross, and the following documentary/live album A-Cross The Universe, Justice are ready to come back, and hopefully bigger then ever. As of late, their recent remixes have had the Justice feel, but lacked anything substantially cool- I still enjoyed them, but perhaps it’s only because I’m a fan. They recently sold their soul and remixed for U2’s new album, which was okay, but U2 and Justice should NEVER MIX (You hear me, internet? Good. Take care of it.). However, they probably recieved a huge 6-figure sum to make it, so I can’t blame them for not turning it down. It takes big money to make that big Justice sound. If they can somehow make their ear-rattling sound evolve, without sounding too repetitive or just relying on old tricks, I’m sure their new album will be fine. Not much is known about it yet, really, besides the fact it’s being made, somewhere, with a release date sometime, presumably early 2010.
~Electric Feel (Justice Remix)

4)Vampire WeekendContra: It’s kinda funny. When Vampire Weekend first hit the scene way back in 2006, it was cool to even know about them. Alas, the blogosphere is a cruel place, and now I’ve met many a weary soul that say they hate Vampire Weekend. Now, I can tell that’s not true, cause when they say that, their eyes glance away and I swear the expression on their faces says “Oh, please forgive me Ezra, I don’t mean it, you know that. You know that no one may know of our undying love! It’s too soon!” Well, rest easier tonight, oh hidden Vampire Weekend lovers, for with the release of Contra, you may proudly start singing all the songs you’ve no doubt completely memorized. Still don’t wanna give in? How about this: when Vampire Weekend first started, they themselves, said that they sucked. They themselves said they didn’t really have massive musical skills, but instead they had an intense longing and drive to make music that came from deep inside them. And it shows in their style. They know how to stretch out the scales just enough to tickle your ear bones, and Ezra Koenig’s voice reaches some very beautiful place, all while sounding very natural. For white kids who grew up in the better parts of America, they sure sound like they might come from Africa, and for being so young, they sure do sound like Paul Simon at times. The new album has not been leaked yet, as opposed to the last which was leaked so early it almost broke the band. The only thing we know at this point is the tracklisting, and the main cover, which this time features a very stoned-looking lady, perhaps the hinted at Contra? Oh, and the mysterious clip, only titled “Contra Teaser.” Though it’s not much to go off of, I like the feeling of it. The album drops January 12th in the U.S. of A.

  1. “Horchata”
  2. “White Sky”
  3. “Holiday”
  4. “California English”
  5. “Taxi Cab”
  6. “Run”
  7. “Cousins”
  8. “Giving Up The Gun”
  9. “Diplomat’s Son”
  10. “I Think Ur A Contra”

Contra Teaser

The best of ze rest:

The Shins- Untitled

The KlaxonsUntitled


The GorillazUntitled

Julian LennonEverything Changes

Red Hot Chili Peppers- 10th Album

The Offspring9th Studio Album

Stone Temple PilotsUntitled

“Weird Al’ YankovichInternet Leaks

The Streets- Computers and Blues

Hot Chip- Untitled

HansonOh, god, why?

Flobots- with Mario Caldato

Kings of Leon- Untitled

High School Musical 4 Soundtrack- NO NO NO NO (yet sadly true…)

GorillazElectric Shock Demo
The Klaxons- No Diggity (Blackstreet Cover)
Ratatat- Mirando (Animal Collective Remix)

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