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Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Record Club is a loose collective of some of the most prolific musicians in (indie) rock, and the brainchild of alt-rock wizard Beck Hansen. their aim is to cover another artists ENTIRE album in ONE day. pretty gnarnuts. some recent collaborators include: mgmt, wolfmother, fields, liars, wilco, os mutantes, little joy (chee!), and showcased in the video clip; annie clarke of st vincent, masterfully covering INXS’ “need you tonight.” her guitar riff at the end is fucking cash! try spock…

(for more on Little Joy and St Vincent, check one of my old entries)

Record Club: INXS “Need You Tonight” from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.


Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

last year, behind waterlogged eyes, i posted an overtly eeem’s i-wish-i-could-be-at-coachella-right-now entry. here lies my coachella redemption. bags packed, mp3 player’s capacity maxed, beer goggles freshly polished; its high time for the jahwaiians to drop some heavy water in the desert once again. with the kind of firepower this years roster boasts, there’s sure to be more than a few boner-kills in the bunch. but i’m pretty confident that i’ve got the stage-to-stage hop scotch action down to a science….fiction (garenz to miss some greatness whilst witnessing other greatness.) one thing that’s sure to ease the sting of missed opportunity is the E to the mother fucking PIC party that we campers are being treated to. DUBSTEP AND HIP HOP TILL 3 AM?? GASLAMP KILLER?? MARY ANNE HOBBS?? FLY LO??? DAEDELUS??? NOBODY??? WTFUDGE!!!!!

ok, too stoked. in case anyone cares, here’s my list of who i plan to check out. wish me luck :(


The Middle East
Fever Ray
Owen Pallett
Grizzly Bear
Corinne Bailey Rae
Florence & The Machine
Pretty Lights
Beach House
Passion Pit
Imogen Heap
La Roux
Dirty Projectors
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Pablo Hassan
Charlotte Gainsbourg
LCD Soundsystem
Little Dragon
She & Him
Ra Ra Riot
Vampire Weekend
The Whitest Boy Alive
The Cribs
Flying Lotus
Hot Chip
Les Claypool
Glitch Mob
Major Lazer
Portugal. The Man
The Almighty Defenders
The XX
Tokyo Police Club
Thom Yorke
The Big Pink
Miike Snow
Matt & Kim
Local Natives
Little Boots
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Club 75
DJ Lance Rock
Sleigh Bells
The Dead Weather
The Temper Trap


As Tall As Lions
Band of Skulls
Street Sweeper Social Club
Frightened Rabbit
Steel Train
The Raveonettes
White Rabbits
Yo La Tengo
Yann Tiersen
One eskimO
King Khan & the Shrines
Kevin Devine
Julian Casablancas

Keiki O’ Ka ‘Awesome

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

A spin-off of the Sister Act franchise entitled “Hipster Act?” Nope, just a classroom full of kids. Epic, epic kids…

She Go!!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Another decade has come and gone, and I, for one, am feeling very blessed to have made it this far. Being diagnosed at an early age with Count Choculitis, my future seemed rather bleak from the start (not to mention delicious and marshmallowy). Anyhow, I figure what better way to express my thanks than to pay homage to the gender that makes life possible/remarkable in the first place. Sure, I’m not the first asshole to make an all-girls-name mix, but I’ll be double-dog-damned if I didn’t just create the best one ever in the history of girls with names. Don’t be jealous.

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots - The Flaming Lips
Roxanne - The Police
Slivia - Miike Snow
Jane Says - Jane’s Addiction
Mona Lee - The Sweet Serenades
Angie - Rolling Stones
Sherry - The 4 Seasons
Hallie - Mobius Band
Michelle - The Beatles
Charlotte Sometimes - The Cure
Donna - Ritchie Valens
Rhiannon - Fleetwood Mac
Mary - Scissor Sisters
Ashley - The Dodos
Elenore - The Turtles
Sara Smile - Hall & Oates
Maureen - Sade
Makeda - Les Nubians
Anna - Taken By Trees
For Emma - Bon Iver
Lily - The Smashing Pumpkins
Clementine- Elliott Smith
Elizabeth on the Bathroom Floor - Eels

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Regrettably, I couldn’t track down the following mp3’s: Makeba - Aceyalone, Renee - The Lost Boys, Maria - Rage Against the Machine, Jane - Ben Folds, Selfish Jean - Travis (no relation).

I Like Samps?!

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

I’ve been on a pretty enthusiastic 90’s hip hop binge of late, and for you skeptics who need that ticket validated, just ask the head-nod induced pinched nerve in my neck. Part of what I loved about bumping that “ol’ golden era” was digging for the primary sample stolen used to become the backbone for a given track, thus paying homage to its originators, and impressing the hell out of mom’s and pop’s to boot. See, if I could name one positive about being Perry-and-Price-like in age, it’d be the ability to recall those fleeting memories of hearing the contents of my parents vinyl collection floating through the walls, back when I was just Omega6yearsold. Its as if I’m retracing the steps to their prime, if just one sample at a time. Wow, that rhymed!…And so did that! Ha, ok enough with the dumb. Below is a small collection of vintage tunes, mainly from the late 60’s and 70’s, that unwittingly blossomed into some of the cult monsters of today’s TRUE hip hop music, for better or for worse. Think of it as a sample of some samples. Nothing too obscure in the bunch. You’ll know it when you hear it. Enjoy:

Ann Peebles – I Can’t Stand The Rain

Wendy Rene - After Laughter Comes Tears

Aretha Franklin - One Step Ahead

Isley Brothers - Between The Sheets

The Blackbyrds - Mysterious Vibes

Michael Jackson - I Can’t Help It

Donald Byrd - Wind Parade

Sylvia Striplin - You Can’t Turn Me Away

Barry White - Playing Your Game

The Isley Brothers - Footsteps in the

The Charmels - As Long As I’ve Got

Monsta Mash

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Meet Tokimonsta, the latest addition to the always-illin’ Brainfeeder camp (Flying Lotus, Daedalus, etc). Born Jennifer Lee and raised in Torrance, CA, she’s a classically trained clarinetist and pianist who taught herself to play the drums and guitar at an early age. Sitting down to her many remixes and original beats, one is able to discern subtle hints of traditional Korean percussion throughout, as well as impossible to avoid nods to the likes of Dilla, Flylo, Shadow and other masters. Even with the inevitable comparison or two, she seems to (much like another favorite of mine, Greetings From Tuskan) be able to cook up a sound that no other may lay claim to. Expect big things from the Monsta in the coming months.


Thursday, September 17th, 2009

I suppose “Counting Crows” would have worked as well. Anyhow, Jarbas Agnelli in his own words:

“Reading a newspaper, I saw a picture of birds on the electric wires. I cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes (no Photoshop edit). I knew it wasn’t the most original idea in the universe. I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating.”

Birds on the Wires from Jarbas Agnelli on Vimeo.


Animal Theme pt.1

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Been noticing a lot of commonality going on between the occupants of my “mixed media” desktop file of late. Figure I’d start yet another blog-theme (gimmick) that sounds fun and interesting at first, but will likely vanish into obscurity after a week or so of neglect on my part (think A to Z music list. RIP)

***Click Here For Mystery Animal Music***

***Click Here For More Mystery Animal Music***


Friday, August 21st, 2009

Every time I think I’m on to something like inventing a totally unique concept, or word in this case, I end up Google-ing it only to find out someones beat me to it. Never fails. I’m sure its more of the same with “futuretro” (future / retro).
Aaaanyhow, been fanning-out hard on that lo-fi 60’s lookback sound that’s been making its way around the blog cabin (think Mayer Hawthorne, Jeremy Jay, etc). I’d love for one of these forward thinking Chinatown haunts to throw a lounge night dedicated to vibes like these. Manifest perhaps? *Arms crossed in B-boy stance, fingers crossed in anticipation.*

Here’s a micro-mixtape I put together entitled “Decepticontrast.” Ha! Take that Google!
Band of Bees- Listening Man

Bart Davenport - A Young One

Lake - Madagascar

David Vandervelde - I Will Be fine

The Walkemen - Canadian Girl

Richard Swift - Lady Luck

Dr. Dog - Heart It Races (Architecture in Helsinki)

Music Go Music – Warm In The Shadows

Broadcast- Before we Begin

Depp x Ledger x Law

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

The trailer for “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” written and directed by Terry Gilliam (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Time Bandits, 12 Monkeys, Brazil) just oofed me in the skull with pure awesomeness. Glad films like The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth (Pan’s AND Bowie’s, hehe) and The Never Ending Story will be in good company for future keiki-at-heart to nerd out to.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus from Spha on Vimeo.