Archive for September, 2011

28
Sep
11

songs everyone should own: talking heads – take me to the river (ac’s live jam re-edit)

Everyone knows that the live version of the Talking Head’s hit “Take Me To The River” is far superior to the album cut.  Especially Andrew Clark who knew it well enough to make this smashing re-edit you hear above.  It’s everything you love about the original…only more so.
And free to download too!

27
Sep
11

music sites everyone should visit: resident advisor

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.

RA 114 – Aeroplane

Because there’s always more.

25
Sep
11

songs everyone should own: bob dylan – she belongs to me (rosa lux belongs edit)

It’s hard to not like this nicely done remix by Rosa Lux.  It’s even harder to not like the original song that Dylan wrote for Joan Baez.

And it’s even harder to not like a free download.

21
Sep
11

mixes everyone should hear: dj same – rock edits for aor disco

Yeah…I know I kind of bow at the alter of AOR Disco these days, but they do kind of deserve it and you should visit their site, book mark it and check that shit regularly.  And I still believe that Adult Oriented Rock is the new Heavy Metal.

DJ Same really kills it here with smooth transitions and blends that are on point as well as in key.  That, and his selection is top notch.  Check the set list.

01. Whistle Test
02. Two Tribes – Frankie Goes to Hollywood(Annihilation)(Wu Tang Edit)
03. The Isley Brothers Don’t Live Here Anymore – Heavenly Mash
<<The Isley Brothers – Footsteps in the Dark (Vins Edit)
<<Rose Royce – Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (LNTG Rework)
04. The Eagles – Tell Me Why (Tony Jacolone Edit)
05. Thunderclap Newman – Something in the Air (DeepSoundDesignRemix)
06. Saint Etienne – Sun in my Morning (The Starkiller’s I Love The Smell Of Balearic Piano Disco In The Morning Remix)
07. Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (A Jimmy Michaels Mix)
08. James Taylor – Something In The Way She Moves (BP’s ‘Feelin’ Fine In The Countryside’ Dub)
09. Amy Holland – Strengthen my Love (Northern Rascal Stronger Edit 2011)
10. Dr. Hook – Sexy Eyes (BP’s Edit)
11. Carole King – It’s Too Late (Tony Jacalone Edit)
12. Jaye P Morgan – Let’s Get Together (Ole Smokey’s Looking For Love Edit)
13. Rayko_Em_Vee_-_All_Around_The_Watchtower
14. Young Edits – Smiling At You (Young Edits Going Home Version)
15. Chicken Lips – Sweet Cow (mikeBurns Twisted Disco Version)
16. Talking Heads – Take Me To The River (AC’s Live Jam Re-Edit)
17. ZZ Top – Gimme all your Lovin’ (Scratchandsniff’s Beardy Rerub)
18. Christopher Cross – Ride like the Wind (Henry’s Lost Disco Mix)
19. Ace – How Long (Tony Jacolone Edit)
20. Fleetwood Mac – Hypnotized (Zambon Edit)

This mix is free to download (just click on the arrow on the right side of the play window for the download link) and will make you happier than any commercial garbage out there.  Better yet, if you find a specific remix on here that you like…chances are you can also download it from Soundcloud.

Don’t sleep, this one is pretty special.

 

17
Sep
11

songs everyone should own: rocket from the crypt – glazed

From their awesome album Circa Now.

Makes me want to get up and break things.

16
Sep
11

mixes everyone should hear: amerigo gazawa – fela soul

This is so genius that I am smacking the side of my head right now for not thinking of it sooner.

Gummy Soul artist Amerigo Gazawa took a slew of Fela Kuti samples and mashed them up with a handpicked selection of De La Soul accapellas to create “Fela Soul.” 8 tracks and 33 minutes of musical awesome sauce. Here’s what the man had to say:

“I came up with the concept for this project in fall of 2010. I wanted to follow through with it not only because it was a good idea, but because of the powerful impact both these artists have had on me and my music. Afrobeat, jazz, funk, and hip-hop are already so interconnected, and I always thought it would be exciting to work on a project that combined all of these elements together.”

“I hope this project will help to bridge the gap between hip-hop and afrobeat, and serve an introduction for hip-hop fans and music fans alike who are unfamiliar with Fela Kuti or De La Soul’s music.”

-Amerigo Gazaway

So if you are having a shit week, and you were quietly asking yourself what could possibly make things better AND you also had a deep love of both Afro-Beat and De La Soul…well then, dear listeners, this one goes out to you!

And do you know what puts the cherry on top of this musical sundae?  It’s fucking free!

That’s right, thank you internets…free music for all!  Download it HERE.  You will need to sign up your email for the Gummy Soul mailing list, but the worst thing that could happen is that they send you music news and maybe more mixtapes.

15
Sep
11

fishbone – fishbone ep & truth and soul

So if I never mentioned it…I’m going to cooking school.

Le Cordon Bleu to be specific, but before you get all excited let me just reveal that it’s their online course for restaurant management.   So…no exciting cooking classes or hands on demonstrations or anything.  When I began, it was a six week semester and then a week long break.  Now it’s a 12 week double semester with no break between.

Right now I’m really missing the break part.

But, moving right along to another great album…

Before there was No Doubt, before the Red Hot Chili Peppers hit the scene or  Living Colour dropped their first album…there was Fishbone. An unlikely combination of weirdos from a junior high school in South Central Los Angeles, Fishbone didn’t look or sound like anyone else at the time…and that suited them just fine.  The original line up of Angelo Moore, John Norwood Fisher, “Dirty” Walter A. Kibby II,Kendall Jones,Chris Dowd and Philip “Fish” Fisher refused to fit the stereotype of South Central at the time…either sartorially or musically, and began making waves with their live shows and developing a sound that would go on to influence much of the music o the next two decades.

Originally their sound was pure joyful Ska, the energetic cousin of reggae, but would soon blossom into a radical mix of punk, funk, jazz and rock.  I am aware that some will point out that Truth and Soul was Fishbone’s greatest album…and you know what, I am going to go along with that too.  But for that “opening shot of the revolution”…the one where you weren’t sure what would happen next, but couldn’t wait to find out, the original Fishbone EP was the shit.  With infectious tunes like “Party at Ground Zero” and”UGLY, ” it was THE party album of it’s time and brought Ska and Reggae to the main stream.

Then we jump ahead almost ten years and Fishbone drops Truth and Soul…the album that spawned a million t shirts, and for good reason.  For the hardcore Fishbone fan, this was the deepest shit there was, and a far cry from the sound of their first EP.  Darker, grittier and funkier…even more socially conscious , but still with an upbeat ska feel.  Truth and Soul forged new ground with a sound that no one had heard before, but many would imitate after. From it’s opening cover of the Curtis Mayfield classic “Freddie’s Dead, to deeper cuts like “Ghetto Soundwave” and “Bonin in the Boneyard” it made for a wonderful listening experience.

But Fishbone is still around and going strong, and I implore you to go see a live show for a taste of the musical energy I can only poorly describe here.

Both albums can be got for cheap on Amazon!  HERE and HERE!




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