Take the Give

Posted by admin on Apr 3rd, 2013

L Bedford Station, Brooklyn 2013

There are times when moments of the present variety will be analyzed at a later time for it’s unique place in history. It can be good, bad, and at times both, considering the perspective of the particular person. I’ve been in the middle of the 1st, some say, failed modern gold rush of the late 90’s with the dot com tech boom/bust in San Francisco. And after that period, falling back on the world I tried to escape from, I was back in the mortgage world for that inevitable horrific destruction. I am now back on the colder coast, and in what I believe to be a wholly positive historical period which will be looked upon in the future as a moment where people will wish that they were here to experience it. An influential time that will have a ripple effect upon the people it will effect. What is it ? It has nothing to do with music, so I’ll share it at another time, and another place. Sorry. Here’s some music that will help you into Spring.

DOOM – Retarded Fren (Feat. Thom Yorke & Jonny Greenwood) – Until we get another Madvillian album, and with the spotty track record of Doom in recording, or in a live format, for sure, we get this gem from the two creative geniuses from Radiohead with the lazy slurry delivery of the masked man.

Atoms for Peace – Ingenue – Off of the second release from Thom Yorke’s solo venture, and this time with a band in tow, you get this moog-y water droplets in space tune. It’s probably one of the better songs from Thom in terms of melody in years.

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – Every Body – I used to volunteer at the after school tutoring program at 826 Valencia, and one of my friends pointed out Thao who was also volunteering there, which introduced first me to this special artist. Once she organized this incredible version of Jingle Bells with all of the kids providing percussion by banging on something. This track is off of her latest, and what I think to her greatest album, We The Common.

Bibio – À tout à l’heure – If the Instagram app could be turned into music, or if there was an artist that synced perfectly with the filters, it would be Stephen Wilkinson otherwise known as Bibio. It’s modern with that 70’s retro mustache feel. I guess some might say hipster with slurred speech and four clicks to the left of perfect vision.

Jamie Lidell – Blaming Something – Once again blending soul with credible beats. The entire album sounds like something I would have heard on pop radio in the 80’s, and I don’t know if that’s a good thing, but who else has these chops and the credibility with beats (see Warp Records). The Prince of electronic music……possibly.

Origamibiro – Sedimental Value (Aus Remix) – I need to do a post on some more abstract stuff like this track. It’s been awhile.  Aus is Yasuhiko Fukuzono, and this track is from ReCollected which is a collection of his remixes. Music for your pillows to lay on tonight.

 

Fortune Rookies Invade Colonial Hipsterburg

Posted by admin on Apr 19th, 2012


Idioteque – Radiohead @ HP Pavilion, San Jose, 2012-April-11.

The incredible lighting as seen in the picture above is by Andi Watson (interview) who has been doing Radiohead’s lighting/stage design since almost the beginning of when the band first started touring nationally. Thank you W.A.S.T.E. for the incredible seats. One of the best Radiohead shows I have ever seen, and that’s mainly because of the lighting. ( More pictures: Flickr )

If you could travel back in time which at the rate of technological advancement (see: Technological Singualrity), we will probably see in the next 20 years, what one item would you take back in time. I immediately thought a cell phone/iPhone, but the infrastructure would not be in place for that to even work, as well as for most computer based devices. Depending on which era, I might take a compilation of Chris Cunningham videos especially the Windowlicker video. Rubber Johnny might be too disturbing as my wife still mentions that when we were dating, and I showed her this short clip, she was truly disturbed and knew that the peels of my onion were a bit dark and tattered around the edges.

Here are some tracks to help you to decide if a move from San Francisco to Brooklyn ( “Not just Brooklyn. A-list Brooklyn. Park Slope, Division II Manhattan.” -Noah Baumbach’s  Kicking & Screaming) is a lateral cultural move ? Well, not Park Slope, but the much hated, according to the interlaced-web Williamsburg, thankfully not the colonial variety.

 

Fink – If Only (Live @ The Red Roaster) – recorded at the UK version of Red Lobster (an all-you-can-stuff faux seafood establishment). Apparently they gave away free Fink bibs as well as Fink embossed leg crackers that doubled as a music box playing this song. Wow.

Soul Coughing – The Brooklynites – Taken from the soundtrack for Spike Lee’s Blue In The Face. Again, one of the greatest/tightest bands ever. Just listen to the drumming. Chance of a reunion – Nil ?

Battles – Toddler (Kangding Ray Remix) – If you read this site, or like the blip, crackel and pop, then you too love Kangding Ray. Battles, eh.

Squarepusher – Cryptic Motion (Mr. Oizo Remix) – He really does “Slappin’ da bass” on stage, and his soon to be released album brings back some melody and fright induced charm of his previous work.  He does look all Daft Punked out now. This is a fairly recent straightforward track with the signature bass work.

Jamie Lidell – I Wanna Be Your Telephone (Tiga Party Like it’s 19909 remix) – Since the Multiply album, Lidell has been sporadically good at best. Everything came together on that album, and even though he has the funk, the voice, and the beats, the songs haven’t been as strong. Here’s a remix from Mr. Hot in Herrrre which makes things interesting while you wait at the water fountain.

Sigur Ros – Gobbledigook (Gluteus Maximus Mix) – A one-off remix from the Kompakt people. They are playing this year’s Outside Lands Festival, and I hope they either get to jam with Metallica, or play a cover by them (joke). The Another Planet people put together the worst line-up each and every year except for the first year when Radiohead headlined.

Squeeze – Goodbye Girl – From the Spot The Difference release where they recreated all of their hits. My wife just discovered Squeeze and I still think they are one of the greatest Pop acts ever. It was one of the first concerts I saw in 1987 and still probably one of the best shows. Driving to high school everyday, I wore out the Replacements Pleased To Meet Me and Squeeze’s Argy Bargy tapes.

Molars Inside

Posted by admin on May 25th, 2010


Tank Hill Sunrise, San Francisco

As spring tries to force it’s way back into the Bay Area, the tails of winter still remain and as if it is deeply saddened not knowing if it will ever return, it keeps blanketing us with rain showers.

My Brightest Diamond – Feeling Good – from the the excellent Dark Was The Night compilation, Shara Warden does her best interpretation of the classic tune that may not have been written by Nina Simone, but it was definitely made famous by her.

Phoenix – Rome (Neighbors remix feat. Devendra Banhart) – I first heard this track from the HBO series How To Make It In America, a Vice magazine come to life journey on early 20 somethings trying to make it in New York. I like this remix better than the original because of it’s dream like state which better captures the mood of the song.

The Pixies – In Heaven/Wave Of Mutilation (UK Surf) – This track is taken from a live show at The Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis from 2004. A great blend of two classic tracks, with Frank and Kim’s voice working harmoniously together.

Radiohead – Fog (Original Version) – This is the original version which was off the Knives Out single, and not the Live version from Com Lag EP. A gem from when Radiohead was possibly at their peak ?

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Doors Of Your Heart

Posted by admin on Feb 2nd, 2009


Ocean Beach, 2009

A friend sent this over to me on FB, and………….
I figure with close to 500Gigs of music, it would be an interesting experiment.

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Put your iTunes/Ruckus/Napster/etc on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS!
4. Tag however many friends who might enjoy doing this as well as the person you got it from.

IF SOMEONE SAYS “IS THIS OKAY” YOU SAY?
Beirut – Forks and Knives (La Fête)

WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
Holy Fuck – Pants Exploded

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
Ursula Bogner – 2 Ton

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
Radiohead – Paranoid Android

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?
Lil Wayne, Gudda Gudda – Get Bizzy

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
The Blood Brothers – Siamese Gun

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
Mochipet – Hamhockacid_Hardcoremix

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR PARENTS?
Daft Punk – Digital Love (Red Foxx’s Bmore Surprise Mix) ((ha–they live outside of baltimore))

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
Fennesz – The Other Face

WHAT IS 2+2?
Sigur Ros – Við spilum endalaust (Live @ MoMA)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
Goldfrapp – Caravan Girl

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Audion – Fire

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
John Lennon – Only You

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
New Order – Your Silent Face

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
The Beatles – From Me To You

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
Glenn Gould – Bach: French Suite #6 In B Minor, BWV 817 – Gigue

WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Ella Fitzgerald – Cheek to Cheek

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Sparklehorse – It’s A Wonderful Life

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
Prefuse 73 – Noreaster Cheer

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
Archers Of Loaf – Greatest Of All Time

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
Bjork – Cocoon (Live)

WHAT’S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?
Soul Coughing – Moon Sammy

HOW WILL YOU DIE?
Madlib – Get It Right

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
Bonobo – In Between The Lines (Nostalgia 77 Remix) (Alternate Unreleased Mix )

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
Alka – A Modest Collection Of Lint

WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
Aretha Franklin – It Was You (Aretha Arrives Outtake)

WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
The Stone Roses – She Bangs The Drums

DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?
Aphex Twin – 73 Yips

IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
Burial – In McDonalds

WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?
Tobacco – Side 8 (Big Gums Version)

WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?
The English Beat – Doors Of Your Heart

Here are three musicians that have a great chance to play the halftime show at next year’s Super Bowl…..

Why? – The Voweks Pt 2 – one of the best releases of 2008. I forgot to include them. My apologies. They are from the Bay Area, and are a perfect example that things do not need to be perfect to be great.

Telefon Tel Aviv – Street Spirit (Fade Out) feat Lindsay Anderson – this is a rare cover that was only released on a single promoting the LP of Radiohead covers. It’s nice moody piece from a band that I had the privilege to see for the Remix conference a few years back. Chris Copper, one half of TTA, passed away last week, and although they took a different direction with their new release, they will always be one of those bands that furthered my musical tastes. They made the abstract harsh pains that can be associated with quick changing electronic based music more palbable.

Flica – M – for your early morning enjoyment.

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