"YOU'RE GUNNA GIVE ALL THIS UP? EIGHT TRACK STEREO, COLOR T.V. IN EVERY ROOM, AND SNORTIN A HALF A PIECE OF DOPE EVERYDAY? THAT'S THE AMERICAN DREAM!"
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
A young boy in a black puffy jacket walks down a windy street, his boots shuffling on the asphalt. The ashen pavement is painted with the tawny resin left by burnt autumn leaves, they speckle the sidewalk in an ornate pattern, breaking up the monotonous drone of geometric cracks. He picks up a stick and runs it along a chain link fence, tickling the metallic diamonds as he starts to jog. His jog breaks into a run and the burnt red bricks of factory buildings smear in a wash of emotion, the fuzzy whispers of motowns ghosts stir the air into a static frenzy, clinging to the skinny barren arms of the trees that line the road. His feet drum the tight skin of asphalt beneath them in a shifting rhythm. He tears across the city at this cantered pace, arcing over concrete spined bridges and ducking through metal ribbed tunnels, navigating deeper into its sweaty heart.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
In a grey courtyard a monk sits beneath a pagoda. He is hunched over, plucking his board-like koto in a lilting staccato rhythm. As he furiously plays into a trance, leaves begin to swirl, lending their sweeping percussion to the sharp koto stabs. The rain claps onto the grey stone, cutting the groove into glossy fragments that bounce around the courtyard like atomic particles liberated from their mechanical bonds.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Somewhere in the damp swamps of Missouri the spirit of Robert Johnson downs the last of the moonshine in his cup, two punk exiles from montreal shack up in a WWII bunker in Germany, hit record on an abused four track and start thrashing with all the fervor of Buddy Holly on meth. Cutting between harmar mississippi chops and ghostly 50's doowop they will punch you in the face then tell you they love you when you can still taste the blood in your mouth, but you will believe it.... until they punch you in face again.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Don't Give it Up mixed by Grey Matt
Alan Reeves, Phil Steele - The Chase
Love - The Castle
James White and the Blacks - Contort Yourself
Pointer Sisters - Bring Him Back (Pilooski edit)
David Byrne - Big Business
Eddie Kendricks - Thanks for the Memories (Lee Douglas edit)
Lee Douglas - Our Song
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Mount Florida is J.D. Twitch (of Optimo) and M.P. Lancaster this ep is entitled Strut. It's pretty fly, drawing on the influences of no wave and krautrock, a lot of the elements that make optimos mixes so good are at work here. If you like this you can check out the no wave mix on their website, good little introduction to some similar stuff.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
mostly new, a little bit of old mixed in for good measure. the last track is cut short, more to come.
chromatics - In the City
Mocky - Catch a Moment in Time (Ewan Pearson's memory blissed remix)
Mock & Toof - K- Choppers
Lindstrom & Solale - Let's Practice
M.I.A. - Jimmy (eli remix)
Alan Braxe & Fred Falke - Intro
Holy Ghost - Hold On (black mazego groove)
Jodeci - Freek U (mk mix)
Mark Morrison - Return of the Mack
Monday, November 26, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
The bay area has a long hiphop tradition founded by the likes of Too Short and E40 and more recently endorsed by hyphy. However one rapper has been working underground in the bay since 1993, Dre Dog aka Andre Nickatina. While you have probably heard his crack anthem ayo for yayo, the dre dog is far from a one hit wonder with a whopping 16 albums (at my last count) under his belt. Some of his catalogue has a tendency to be a little repetitive in style (not unlike Too Short or E40), there are only so many ways to rap about slanging high quality coke, some of his records are very conceptual and dramatized. He weaves a range of stories, from gritty street scenes to deeply introspective moments where he seems to be battling the devil in the studio. Even more impressive is the wide range of production he spits over, new school p funk, barren cocaine beats, and dramatic strings. Plus this amazing cover art.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
A cheerful mood permeates the tight streets of Mumbai, lizards cool themselves on the walls, dark bodies against the sun drenched streaks of ochre walls, the close smell of hot oil and cumin spice. Somewhere in the distance a macaque shrieks out and the placid calm erupts as two vespas tear through the narrow channel, leaving in their wake a chaotic outburst of dry flyers, dust and shadows. The momentary calamity is absolved as papers flutter to the ground and echoes ricochet off the alleys canyon walls, shattering down on the streets below.
Monday, November 5, 2007
A two headed beast of a 12". the a side is a slow burning cosmic trip on the beach, shimmering synths casting rays of sunlight through the reverberating blackberry sky. B side continues the ambling pace through dusk, peaking as the moon arches into the height of its journey. the sky erupts in thunder and ushers down a frothy rain, cooling the crowds on the beach into the first gentle glimmers of morning.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I first heard Losoul on Optimo's BBC essential mix. Responsible for the outstanding edit of UnKnownMix's The Siren I recently tracked down some original vinyl he put out in 2006. Back Wash Riders is heavy minimal funk at its finest. Chopped up stabs scatter and scoot over a straight house beat until the wobbling bass picks up and starts sliding in between. After the two minute mark the track pulls you down into a deep, hollow ravine and doesn't let up until it has thoroughly rinsed you in the oily waters of its funky river.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Seeing as I seem to be spending most of my time ripping and labeling vinyl and looking at other music blogs instead of studying for the two midterms I have in the next week, I decided to start posting songs I think are somehow important or just plain good. In addition to the above mentioned reason a quick google search for music blogs in Vancouver turned up barely a handful so perhaps I can contribute to that small (but hopefully growing) community. Anyways since I haven't exactly found out how to upload songs yet I would like to point you instead to some blogs that inspired me: On-Off great dance music blog from toronto via glasgow I believe, straightforward posts lots of mp3s and a great header image. 20 Jazz Funk Greats is an amazing blog out of the UK featuring imaginative musings and intergalactic sounds, updated very regularly. Beats in Space Tim Sweeney's absolutely essential site featuring mixes by world class djs and updated weekly. And finally get a taste of the ultimate blogger lifestyle over at Lloydski's impeccable blog. More posts to come.