And, I’m back. I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday, because I got an extra present for all of you.
Do you have any guilty pleasures of the musical variety? Of course you do. We all do. I may get somewhat snobbish about my Led Zeppelin collection, but part of me still pines for Def Leppard. Luckily DJ Neil Armstrong came along and made this mix full of nothing but guilty pleasures called “Music for When Nobody’s Looking.”
On a personal note, I have been desperately awaiting a new mix from Neil for some time because, as those of you who read this blog may have figured out, I simply love his dirty drawers. As far as I am concerned the man can do no wrong, and he has a real knack for mining my formative years for tunes that hit all the right spots, mixed with style and reverence. I discovered this mix last night, and immediately bought, downloaded and digested the entire thing within an hour.
Because I wouldn’t waste your time if the mix sucked.
It doesn’t, and here’s a little sample of what you’ll be getting:
And while I wish I could float you a free download, I can now honestly tell you that the $6.50 I spent via PayPal for the download was totally worth it. Check the set list:
Good Bad Music
1) introduction – guilty as charged
2) Say Say Say Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney
3) Everything She Wants – Wham
4) The Right Stuff – New Kids on the Block
5) Ladies Night – Kool & the Gang
6) The Rhythm of the Night – El Debarge
7) Give me the Night – George Benson
8) Stay with me Tonight – Jeffrey Osborne
9) Caribbean Queen – Billy Ocean
10) She’s Fresh – Kool & the Gang
11) Say It Isn’t So – Hall & Oates
12) Time – Culture Club
13) You Are – Lionel Richie
14) Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
The Kareoke Section
15) Eternal Flame – Bangles
16) I Can’t Fight this Feeling Anymore – REO Speedwagon
17) Keep on Loving You – REO Speedwagon
18) Home Sweet Home – Motley Crue
19) Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s
20) I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boy’s
21) LFO (Lyte Funkie Ones)- Summer Girls
22) I’ll Be Loving You Forever – New Kids on the Block
23) Faithfully – Journey
24) Against All Odds = Phil Collins
The Sleazy 80′s
25) Boom Boom (Let’s Go Back to My Room) – Paul Lekakis
26) We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off- Jermaine Stewart
27) He’s So Shy – Pointer Sisters
28) Heat of the Moment – Asia
29) Your Love – The Outfield
30) Easy Lover – Philip Bailey & Phil Collins
31) Private Eyes – Hall & Oates
32) Jesse’s Girl – Rick Springfield
33) Photograph – Def Leppard
34) You Give Love A Bad Name – Bon Jovi
The Pretty 80′s
35) Total Eclipse of the Heart – (The Dan Band / Bonnie Tyler )
36) Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
37) We Belong – Pat Benatar
HunkaBunkas, Club Abyss, Joey’s in Clifton…
38) Another Night – Real McCoy
39) This Is your Night – Amber
40) This Is the Rhythm of the Night – Corona
41) Rhythm Is A Dancer – Snap!
42) Where Do You Go – No Mercy
43) Better Off Alone – Alice DeeJay song
44) Blue (Da Ba Dee) – Eiffel 65
45) SandStorm – Darude
46) All Night Long – Lionel Richie
If this sounds like the kind of shit that would tickle your fancy, or maybe the fancy of an important audiophile in your life, then grab yourself a copy from Neil’s site HERE! Hard copy CD is $10, but digital download is only $6.50. That’s a fuckin bargain.
It is no easy task to DJ for other people. Imagine going to work at your job and every five minutes some complete stranger walks up to you to tell you how they think you should do your job. Because, at their core, most DJ’s aren’t interested in being your personal jukebox. They don’t want to play the new Britney Spears for you, they want to play things you’ve never heard before and make you freak out on them.
This is not an easy task because most people don’t want to hear music they don’t already recognize, let alone try and dance to it. They want to hear the same top 40 crap the radio shits out every day. I don’t think I’ll ever understand this, but thats just me.
But one group that manages to play a lot of obscure old tracks and actually make them feel accessible is Psychmagik. I worship at the alter of these guys and every remix, re-edit or mix they put out is pure gold…as the remix they did of Fleetwood Mac above can testify to. Also check out their “Blackout ’77 Mix” below. This is some top notch ear food here.
There is also this little gem of a two hour mix called “Sunrise” that they dropped the other week. Pure magic! Download it over at Test Pressing HERE. Below you’ll also find their amazing remix of Tony Joe White, who you may recall also rocks.
Or this little psychedelic beat heavy number:
If these tracks don’t hook you then I can’t be of any more assistance today. Good day.
I don’t know what it is about Musica Hermosa’s edit of this old Ken Mansfield and Ron Wright tune that does it for me, but it definitely does it.
The fact that it may be one of the only redeeming parts of the movie might be it (it’s a low budget movie about cruising Van Nuys Blvd…like a poor mans American Graffiti,) but Musica definitely turned this into a dance floor heater.
If you feel the same about it, you can download a copy over HERE.
I am constantly amazed at what can be found on the internet for free. Free maps, free information, free pictures…free porn. But my all time favorite is the amount of free music you can find with a simple click of the mouse, and one of my favorite places to do this is over at Resident Advisor.
Founded in 2001 as a site to cover the Australian dance music scene, it quickly outgrew it’s regional focus within a year and began a more global focus on electronic music from all over. The site is full of all kinds of articles, reviews, information, DJ charts, upcoming event listings, tickets and most notably podcasts.
(Note: try googling podcasts sometime. You’ll find all kinds of stuff)
It’s the podcasts that really set RA apart from other music sites because they get some of the best and brightest musicians, DJs and producers to make mixes for them every week. and if you sign up with them, you get em all for free. I know what you’re thinking. Another site that wants my info…blah blah blah. They’ll send me emails, and spam and everything will suck.
True…maybe. But that’s why you open a separate email account just for these purposes, because the music is worth it.
Previous podcast mixes of note came from such luminaries as Greg Wilson, DJ Harvey, Trus’me, The Orb, Todd Terje and Richie Hawtin. But aside from the guys you know and love, you’ll discover a slew of names and styles you may never have heard of. There’s also a Soundcloud page where it appears they are posting mixes of their monthly picks.
Here is one of my favorite mixes from 2008 from Aeroplane, which still gets played in my car from time to time. Download em, check em out…and then head over to RA for more.