Monday, December 24, 2007

Peace and Justice for All!

Mercurius FM, the Arizona house remixist-- he's like an amp that goes to 11--sent us a little Christmas present early this year.

Justice - New Jack (Mercurius FM remix)
Happy Holidays from Powerhorn!

FM brings it back to the mid-90s with a new favorite from the French-duo graphic artists turned dirty house stars, Justice. Take classic house, add a track like New Jack, and wrap it up with a little bow on top. Maybe put it on top of a giant stack of peavey speakers laced in lights and ornaments. Busy P is somewhere in the background making the cross sign. Word is Ed Banger is considering a possible EP with the single. A future Ed Banger? Check out what else Mercurius FM's done here.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Hate to Love

DJs, make room in your setlists for these spanking new bangers from Villains, a solid crew of straight-up bad guys from L.A. Evil geniuses Mad V, Philthy B, and Koncept are bringing the vice to old and new hits alike, and doing a better job of it than most.

The best part is that they read minds too. I've been waiting for a criminal mastermind to really exploit the sinister sounds of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" for a long time now, and I'll be damned if Villains haven't stepped up to the plate and absolutely KILLED it. They've singled out a poor, lonely sample and ripped it to shreds over a monster beat. They killed Thriller, B!
Villains - Thrilla

Bloc Party can't hide from these guys either. This MSTRKRFTy manhandling of "Hunting for Witches" is burning up the internet right now, and getting these guys some serious attention.
Bloc Party - Hunting for Witches (Villains Electro-Banger Remix)

And an original that lives up to its title.
Villains - Rock It

There's hardly a shortage of "Around the World" remixes flying around the internet, but Villains have blown up with a cut that, in my humble opinion, beats the crap out of the rest. Check the More Cowbell edit on their myspace, and stay tuned for Villains Vol. 1, a mixtape that'll undoubtedly get us all moving.

Once again, huge props to the lords of the left coast over at Missingtoof for this epic find.

Monday, November 5, 2007

pineapples and chainsaws


Moulinex: French household appliance manufacturer or Portuguese DJ? The answer is both.

Moulinex is 1/2 of discotexas.




they're all about pineapples and chainsaws.

The other half of discotexas is xinobi, he's portuguese too. they love the disco, and they love the French House. crank dat.

Moulinex- Down and Out

Moulinex- Breakchops

Xinobi- BMX (Moulinex Remix)

Sunday, October 28, 2007

worshipLUDACHRIST


ladies and gentlemen of the congregation, please turn your hymnal browsers to www.worshipludachrist.com. read in his pages, and feel the words of ludachrist inside of you. yessah. embrace the touch of our savior. feel his penetrating spirit inside your most holiest of places. feel his words flowin all over yo face. i invite you all now to raise your cans of holy beverages to our lord and rejoice in the name of the true messiah-
LUDACHRIST!!!

Ludachrist- BANGFEST

tracklist:

1. Get on my Axel 1:27
2. Polar Bears in Africa 1:08
3. Toto 2 Hot 0:33
4. East vs. West vs. Bitches 0:55
5. Suck that news, Tiger 1:16
6. Hey you! Get down on the floor 2:15
7. Take on Me 0:46
8. The Golden Era 1:29
9. Metallitroy 1:06
10. Lunchbag 0:38
11. Predators 0:49
12. The Windows of Justice 1:15
13. Ghost Busta Rhymes 1:53
14. Only the Strong Eat Cake and get Hypnotized 1:44

15. Meet me in the Grind 1:15
16. Rock me Child 0:57
17. Cult of Brutality 0:21
18. Interlude 0:44
19. Dire Straight Bitches! 2:19
20. We are your Hoes 2:13
21. No Love 1:11
22. Owner of a Lonely .44 0:50
23. Daft Effect 0:57
24. Headbanger 1:35
25. The Swarm 2:59
26. The Legend of Curtis 1:49
27. Soul on Ice 1:52
28. Detatchable Pinky 1:46
29. Splash D's 1:43
30. The Pigs are Here 1:08
31. Se-bast-i-Am 2:01

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I Love Japan

From simple beginnings in Mondo Grosso, an acid jazz and house fusion collaborative formed in 1993, Shinichi Osawa, Tokyo DJ/composer/remixer, is doing a lot these days on his own. Sold-out shows all over Japan, solid remixes for Kitsune Udon, and a new album, the One, released a little over a month ago. But then, who knows this guy anyway? If you're Japanese, you'll probably know him. If you're not Japanese, you probably should. Check out his official website here.


This music is so hard and loud that it blew out my front left tire driving on 87 North from New York City. OK...maybe the tire was flat already, and maybe Osawa remixes were playing when it blew out, but who can ever really be sure about cause and effect these days? I can't really belabor the merits of this guy more. You should just listen to these offerings and maybe buy his album if you haven't downloaded it already.



Much love Japan. Much love.


Shinchi Osawa - Our Song (Lonely Girl Version)

*Shout out to Dado for introducing Osawa to me.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

OINK ME!

The world's largest p2p torrent site for music has been shutdown as of this morning. This (for those who know) is like taking away our arms. Oink.cd had become the Mecca of music, boasting nearly 180,000 users world-wide. Though a minimal part of the site was the uploading of leaked music, this aspect came under the watchful eye of the IFPI and the BPI two years ago...

I'm sorry...I'm a little choked up. If you weren't a member you don't understand. This fucking lil pig made me so happy. Everyday I'd wake up and check my account just to make sure I was keeping up my share ratio. See with Oink you weren't a member, you were an active gear apart of a large community. People would interact, exchanging ideas and opinions on the music they shared. There was a sense of a community, a sense of purpose...TO KEEP ART FREE. I can't keep talking about Oink as my heart continues to break. Instead I will give you two News links; please read both and notice the bias and inconsistencies of facts. Fucking reporters... They always substitute dramatic truth for facts.

Good Luck to Allen and the Users of Oink as we are all now under investigation too. Long Live Oink.me.cd...because Moo.me just doesn't sound right.

Official report by IFPI
British Online Newspaper article

Ninja High School -We Win! EP- Amaze Me... because the lyrics are so good




Oink's Father: Allen the block face guy

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

More of that Daft Punk

Apparently Thomas and Guy-Manuel aren't taking the In Rainbows route to promoting their new album. The duo just dropped a new single on iTunes, a cut of "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" recorded during their New York live set. Oddly enough it's been released in every country except the U.S. It's not coming out here until Monday. Weird.

As a bonus, they've released this video teaser, assembled from footage shot by fans in NY, for the upcoming live album:

video

And that's only the beginning:
Too Long/Steam Machine (Alive 2007) at their myspace
Promo site for the upcoming album
DaftTube

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Boss Boss Boss


Ed Banger's own SebastiAn has been a busy boy. On top of a round-the-world tour, he's remixed the title track from Sebastien Tellier's upcoming album Sexual Sportswear and leaked a little something of his own, rumored to be a taste of an upcoming album (!!!). A little slower than usual but just as heavy on glitch and distortion, these are definitely worth a listen. Also check out Tellier's atmospheric, synth-driven original on his myspace.

Sebastien Tellier - Sexual Sportswear (SebastiAn Remix)
SebastiAn - Untitled

A raunchy take on an old favorite, and a filthy live set.

Lastly, here's Powderhorn's own Admiral, supervising our guy with Kavinsky at the beyond-epic Dafterparty at Studio B. Baller.


Saturday, October 6, 2007

Hystoria, Chapter I: Dream Brothers Pt. III: Dream Brother

From time to time a persona gathers more force than the actual person. The saying larger than life seems to dig at this. With some, they are just too great to be exposed to this world for too long. Like a dying star, they burn bright and fast letting the whole world know of their existence; at least to those who are looking to the heavens. As it is, these stars die just as fast.

Tim and Jeff Buckley are two of these stars; the fact that they were father and son does not just double the loss, but multiple it infinitely. Tim Buckley died on June 28th 1975 from a heroine overdose, just nine years after his debut album in '66 (the same year Jeff was born). Thirty years later Jeff drowned when he went "swimming in Wolf River harbor, a tributary of the Mississippi River , while wearing steel-toed boots, all of his clothing, and singing along to a radio playing Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love"(Wikipedia, Jeff Buckley Article). Perhaps his swan dive just four years after his only album Grace, Buckley would never return from the water.

On Grace, the last song entitled Dream Brother, Jeff warns a friend about walking out on his unborn child. This is a haunting reflection of his own estranged relationship with his father, Tim. The wear of the relationship breaks in the line, "Don't be like the one who made me so old"as he pleads to his friend. Jeff always struggled with separating himself from his father. It would be his biggest fight; but in the end it would be this struggle that defined him.

Their contributions, though seemingly small, are no less integral to music than Dylan's or Baez's. In a way, their tragically short lives reinforce their importance. This was confirmed with the release of Dream Brother:The Songs of Tim & Jeff Buckley. This tribute album features The Magic Numbers, Sufjan Stevens, Micah P. Hinson, and Kathryn Williams among others. If this album shows us anything it is that, while father and son, their songs magnificently stand on their own.

Jeff Buckley - Sketches (For My Sweetheart the Drunk)*- Yard of Blond Girls
Micah P. Hinson - Dream Brother -Yard Of Blond Girls
Tim Buckley - Happy Sad - Buzzin' Fly
Kathryn Williams - Dream Brother - Buzzin' Fly


* This album was released after Jeff's death, and close friend maintain this release does not do justice to what the album should have been.

Hystoria, Chapter I: Dream Brothers Pt. II: Jeff Buckley Live à l'Olympia 1995


In July 1995, Jeff Buckley performed in the alluring Paris Olympia. Originally erected in 1885 by Joseph Oller (creator of the Moulin Rouge), the eldest musical theater in Paris holds a grandeur not many can live up to.
Yet, Jeff Buckley, a beautiful, tragic musician finds himself at home amongst the French. Just listening to this concert straight through, one will get the sense that Buckley was most comfortable in front of an audience.
His father would be proud. Jeff Buckley puts on a performance so intimate, so raw that he transcends the barrier of performer and audience. Many of times, he breaks to have playful banter with the audience. Both he and the audience enjoy every second of it as they become part of some rare fleeting moment. I think that's what is so beautiful about this performance. He plays for no one, but himself and those who love him. Wonderful. Now onto what as Jeff Buckley self-proclaimed as his "best performance." Dear Sir, I don't think I can argue opposite.

Jeff Buckley - Live à l'Olympia - Je N'en Connais Pas la Fin

Jeff Buckley - Live à l'Olympia - Part 19( Songs 1-5), Part 2 (Songs 6-11)

Friday, October 5, 2007

Hystoria, Chapter I: Dream Brothers Pt. I Tim Buckley- Live at the Troubadour 1969


The folk scene of the Sixties was dominated by such name as Dylan, Drake, Donovan, and Baez. One name that has been over-looked so often in Tim Buckley (father of Jeff Buckley)
An avant garde performer, Buckley incorporated all forms of music into his folk persona. Though his bluesy-funk/folk is an interesting blend, the real pleasure of listening to Mr. Buckley is his voice. Through out his short career ( later 60's - early 70's) Buckley experimented with his voice as an instrument. Unlike the Beach Boys harmonic instrumentation, Buckley setups up the soapbox for later stylings, such as Isaac Brock's and Spencer Krug's.
In 1969, Buckley performed at the famous Troubadour in L.A. It is the second of a trio of well-produced live albums (1968's Dream Letter and 1973's Honeyman.) Most of the songs come from his albums Lorca and Blue Afternoon, which have a definitive bluesy sound. I could talk about this album for months, but who the hell am I...here is the full concert enjoy.

This is my favourite song from the performance..

Tim Buckley - Live at theTroubadour '69 - Gypsy Woman

And here is the concert
Tim Buckley Live at the Troubadour '69-
Part 1 Songs 1-5
Part 2 Songs 6-9

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Hystoria: A Path Divergence in Opinion

Days ago my computer (Libby) put in her final hours of work. She was a glorious laptop and she will not be forgotten. However this is not a story about her. Rather, it is about an epiphany I had because of a kid from around the way named Harold Bozak (Harry for short) and a Pig. Put it simply... Harry's brilliance is only rivaled by his wit. A dry, sarcastic son-of-a-bitch Harry can be volatile at best. Yet, his webbed fingers weave technological dreamscapes. Ask Teenager, whose DJing capabilities soared with Harry's gift. His gift for me came hours after Libby's screen went blank. Unlike Teenager's software, my present was an invitation.
The invitation was to a magnificent matrix of music lovers. In the comforts of the pink pig, I found an electronic musical library; full works and rare commodities all for my delving. The information in-take has been mind boggling. As I swam in rarities and searched through 25 years of BBC Sessions I realized something.
I realized I'm sick of Hipsters and Indie...the latter not so much. I do, however, hate the snobbish attitude of the Scence-ster and Hipster. Too long has this snid(e)litist view towards music cast its shadow 'pon our lives. Just last week I conversed with such a pompous bottom dweller. A failed musician who pressed other successful musicians' vinyls, this kid first struck my fancy when he mentioned Ed Banger. At first he was decent until we got stuck in Strawberry Jam. His exact words were "I don't have time for pretentious druggies." Dear Sir, it is I who does not have time for ignorant banter. See I wanted to talk music and he only wanted to spew bullshit.
So no more for me. I quit. I will not participate in the feces free-for-all that Indie is becoming. I've been around too long to submit to trends. Shit son, I bought my first High Tops in '99 and I was going to Brooklyn when kids were forced to live there. Now its hip. I am not going to allow some fucks make music into an apathetic commodity. Indie is for the people. It is by the people...people who made music to make music. People like Bradley Nowell, The Flaming Lips, and Elliot Smith. Let us not forget that Indie shares the same blood as the Punk movement. This means there is something orgaincally subversive in Indie's nature. And so I've decided to reclaim music for the anti-anti children. I will be posting on whatever gets my jollies off, not who the next obscure, retro-dance-acid- freak-post-punk breakout band is. With a musical Mecca at my finger tips, I feel it is my duty to bridge the history of music (past, present, and future.) So enjoy and welcome to Hystoria.




The White Stripes - Elephant - I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Bloody My Beats, Please

Who are the Bloody Beetroots, where did they come from, and what the hell are all these amazing remixes destroying the dance crazed party goers of the lost generation on the blog universe? Answers: a duo, a little town called Boredom (word, Italy), and see for yourself.


There are only so many remixes that can loop for three hours and still rock your soul.


Sunday, September 30, 2007

NEW RADIOHEAD ALBUM IN 10 DAYS! BALLER!



Oh my! Just announced tonight... It's called "In Rainbows."

Jonny Greenwood announced the album on Radiohead's blog:
Dead Air Space

And guess what? You name your own price for the digital download.
Buy it here

Shit's crazy. Tell everyone!


Thursday, September 27, 2007

MERCURIUS FM!!!!!

Mercurius FM hails from Phoenix, AZ and he will fuck a bird up. well i'm not sure if that's a true statement but his remixes are fairly homeric. i came across his 100% rework on the now-more-awesome-than-ever palsmout and haven't stopped listened to it yet. after you cop these tracks, i recommend you head over to his myspace and hear songs from the the upcoming EP, and his remix of Justice's New Jack. its so good it hurts, and if you catch the boys this fall on tour listen up for this track because gaspard and xavier have already playlisted it;)

Chromeo - 100% (Mercurius Tenderoni Vinyl Only Mix)
Armand Van Helden - I Want Ur Soul (Mercurius FM Fake Blood House Re-Edit)
Sebastien Grainger - When U Go Out (MFM Disco Love Mix)
Busy P - Rainbow Man (MFM Scream Mix)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

so daft punk emailed me this morning...


what a way to start the day. i roll out of bed and check the email as i always do, only to find a message, all in black, with three simple phrases in glowing blue letters:

DAFT PUNK. ALIVE. CLICK HERE.

now, i normally like to go to the bathroom first thing in the morning, but not today. i clicked. i saw. i shivered. turn up your speakers and give it a whirl.

alive 2007, the live album reportedly recorded during daft punk's unbelievable show at brooklyn's keyspan park, will be blowing out your woofer in a little less than eight weeks. now if that doesn't get you pumped to start your day i don't know what will. let me recommend, however, one of my personal favorite DP remixes from the boys at Casino Inc. It's been around for a while, but it still gets me moving every time.



if you (like me) can't wait for the arrival of Daft Punk's live album, or had the cosmic misfortune of missing their tour, fear not: Electroma is still touring select cities in the U.S., and will be arriving on DVD soon. i had the enormous pleasure of catching a rare midnight screening this summer in New York, and doubt i'll ever see anything else like it. check the official myspace page for screening dates, and get yourself to one of them. while the visuals are stunning and worth seeing in their own right, the soundtrack is a marvel all its own. here are two top tracks: the first, courtesy of prog-rocker Todd Rundgren, accompanies the opening sequence of our heroes as they cruise through the desert in a sick '87 Ferrari, and the second marks the funky-as-shit apex of their journey, in a way only Curtis Mayfield can.


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

it's more fun to compute



Kraftwerk, german pioneers of electronica music, have been killing it since 1970. the group was formed in Düsseldorf, Germany by Florian Schneider-Esleben (flute, synths, electro violin) and Ralf Hütter (electronic organ, synthesizers). their beats are fresh as shit. they basically gave rise to a canon of music.

here's the track "Computer Love", from their seminal 1981 album Computer World. it can make robots cry. here's also a remix by Busy P of "It's More Fun to Compute", another track off the same album.


Monday, September 3, 2007

thugrave and le beast



here's a couple tracks from grizz le beast, maker of "thugrave" and hailer of Virginia. the genre is a new one to me, but it's a pretty accurate description of what he's making and pretty much just sounds like a party. i picked these tracks up a while ago on the late chazology but haven't seen them anywhere else, and thought that the grizz deserved some love. plus it's hot.


Grizz Le Beast- 1971 Torn Up

Grizz Le Beast- Why You a Hoe

visit his myspace for more jams

W.T.F.I.T.S #1


so i have this cd case full of different mixes i made at some point in my life for radio shows, ladies, and whoknowswhatelse. unfortunately, none of these mix cds have tracklistings, and as a result of poor memory i have sadly forgotten the names of many an amazing track. since all you guys combined know a lot more music than i do by myself, i am starting the W.T.F.I.T.S (what the fuck is this song) series. i'll post the unknown tracks i find here, and if you know what it is, email me at:
powderhornterrace@gmail.com
.
the first person to identify the song will receive a prize in 3 parts:

1) WRMC 91.1FM bumper sticker (its really cool)
2) an album or mix chosen by myself
3) a super secret special prize

this week's W.T.F.I.T.S track is a real treat, a 6min club banger that sounds like it was made under the supervision of braxe and bangalter. if i never find out what is it won't really matter cause i'm gonna play this song over and over again until i die. what the fuck is this song;)

unknown artist - unknown song (mp3)

and a bonus cause i love you, calvin harris, dragonette, and H's last post:

Dragonette - The Boys

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Basic Saturday #8

Just look at this kid. The 23 year old Scot Calvin Harris needs some attention. Not that you could miss him with those shades. Kanye would be proud.

I Created Disco is a funky amalgam of bass riffs and drug-inducing electroclash lyrics, house-inspiration, and British electro rounding out a dance-worthy LP. Eclectic, isn't it. Fans of Kraftwerk and EW&F would be proud. The Girls and Merrymaking At My Place are two tracks you may have heard, and Acceptable in the 80s is a shout-out to the kids born in that decade that you will hear below.


Look for Disco to drop stateside this week, September 4th, or you can track it down yourself. If you're in NYC, you can see Calvin Harris at the Mercury Lounge September 12th. Long live the summer. May it die in peace. Happy Labor Day.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Band of Horses' Cease to Begin


In early Spring of 2006, Band of Horses released their first full length album Everything All the Time to a chorus of critical acclaim. Their style hearkened a mix of My Morning Jacket and Songs:Ohia to the same ghostly effect. With long, strung-out, whining guitar rifts set over stomping drums, Ben Bridwell crooned out the blues of everyday life. Not to be as mundane as their subjects, Band of Horses created an epic sound out of nothing; much like the southern sounds of Explosions in the Sky.
A little more than a year later, Band of Horses are back at it again...minus one however. July 2006 saw the departure of Mat Brooke, who left to focus on his other band Grand Archives. This hasn't slowed the band down at all. Due out Sept. 9th, their heavily anticipated follow-up, Cease to Begin, promises to be one of the year's best. The first single, Is There a Ghost, secures this music fan's interest with a build-up that is goddamn beautiful. Check it out below; along with some other Indie Country-Alt goodies.

Band of Horses - Cease to Begin - Is there a Ghost
Band of Horses - Everything All the Time - Great Salt Lake
My Morning Jacket - Z - Off The Record
Songs:Ohia - The Magnolia Electric Co - Farewell Transmission

Sun Kil Moon - Ghosts of the Great Highway - Glenn Tipton
Explosions in the Sky - The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place - Six Days at the Bottom of the Ocean

Monday, August 27, 2007

Soulja Boy Remickses

so in my continuing struggle to listen to all things b-more, i have unwittingly stumbled upon more crank that remixes than you can shake a stick at. yes its true, this Soulja Boy joint will be the top 40 hip hop track that haunts your dreams all fall. but if i've learned anything from Cassie, Kelis, Rihanna, and Sean Paul, its to wait for everyone to hate this song first, then bring it back (like a bad dream) months later in remix form to slay the entire dancefloor;) enjoy these selections from Cousin Cole, DJ Soap, Them Jeans, DJ Ayres, Burntpiano, Dave Nada, Dr. Knuckstable, Myninecan Piss, ABX, and Pop Rawkus.

Soulja Boy - Crank Dat (Cousin Cole Remix)
Soulja Boy - Crank Dat (Pop Rawkus Remix)
Soulja Boy - Crank Dat (Dave Nada Remix)
Soulja Boy - Crank Dat (Burntpiano Edit)
(radiohead sample!)
Soulja Boy - Crank Dat (DJ Soap Ghetto House Mix)
ABX - Crank that Pogo (Digitalism vs. Soulja Boy)
Myninecan Piss - Crank That Request Line (Skream! vs. Soulja Boy)
Them Jeans - Crank That/Make 'Em Say Ugh Blend
DJ Ayres - Juke Dat Soulja Boy


*many thanks to dirty south joe over at hollerboard

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Animal Collective - Peacebone


This past week, YouTube released the world premier of Animal Collective's video for their new song PeaceBone. Again, Strawberry Jam, the new album (which is cash, money, and hoe's) will be released on Sept. 10th. For now enjoy this wonderful video directed by Timothy Saccenti.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Basic Saturday #7

Daft Punk last week was too much. It took me a week to fully recover and post anything. I'm still in shock. I was sitting at my work bench the other day and couldn't help but think of massive pyramids of orgasmic light. How do you go back to work with that in your head? It's crazy. My boss should show a little compassion and let me take the post-Daft Punk week off. If you could see shows like Daft Punk and go to parties every weekend with Busy P, would you want to be a productive member of society? Of course not. You'd want to be a robot.
Anyway, Daft Punk isn't the only duo to watch in the new millenium. Toronto Canadians, MSTRKRFT, are another not to be missed. All gold mask and attitude, JFK and AL-P are not new to the scene (or kids...they have kids, but that's different). These guys represent the new generation on this side of the Atlantic -- kids with too much time on their hands, synthesizers, and dreams of 2AM dance parties with Voltron and house music. Remember Voltron?

MSTRKRFT - Work On You


It would be hard to miss their vowel-less alias appearing next to so many notable tracks. Their D.A.N.C.E. remix is one of the best to drop to date. Signed to Last Gang Records, one of my new favorite labels, MSTRKRFT mixes it up with Chromeo, Crystal Castles, Tiga, Metric, and DFA 1979 (JFK was once a member). They have remixed an impressive number of tracks in two years as well as an original album, The Looks, in 2006. They work hard, showing off dark techno synths dripping from energy-filled tracks. Everything they touch in the techno/electro pop wave they happily inhabit is pure gold. Look for their second LP to drop in late October.


*For the shared love of all things MSTRKRFT

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

R.I.P Jesper


a week ago, discobelle made a post announcing that Jesper, half of the Swedish DJ duo Krazy Fiesta, died in a tragic accident. now i've never met Jesper, i've never been to Sweden, and i've only known about KF's music for a few months. despite the limited nature of my relationship with KF, Jesper, and their music, i felt the need to make a post because KF was really something special.

KF's music was more than just top 40 hiphop remixed on a macbook. their music was innovative and orginal and, most importantly, demonstrated their expansive knowledge of hiphop and house music. their fiesta dreamz mix for discobelle (which in my opinion was one of the top 5 mixes of the year) is a literal hour long history lesson in house music that starts off in 1980s Chicago and works its way down to the present with club bangers from Treasure Fingers, Speaker Junk, and KF themselves.

KF, we hope you continue in some capacity and keep bringing us good music. Jesper, you will be missed but not forgotten. i know i'll be playing hey love and that epic lip gloss mix at parties until i'm dead and buried.

Lil Mama - Lip Gloss (Krazy Fiesta Remix)
Fannypack - Nu Nu Yeah Yeah (Krazy Fiesta Remix)
Krazy Fiesta - Hey Love
Krazy Fiesta - Luv Me '97
Krazy Fiesta - Fiesta Dreamz Mix

Fiesta Dreamz Track List:
(original list from the May post on discobelle with KF's track by track commentary)
01. Bel Viv DeVoe – Poison
This musical journey begins with this great track with a magic drumline!
02. Rocker’s Revenge ft Donnie Calvin – Walking on SunshineThis is how we feel while we’re walking down the streets in GBG. Love the keys in this one!
03. Feist – Sea Lion (Chromeo remix)
Wonder what Nina Simone would have thought about the vocal sample used in this one. We love it though.
04. Inner City – Big Fun
This is a real house classic, but nothing’s too sacred for Krazyfiesta.
05. Krazyfiesta vs. Erlend Öye – Fiesta Trains
Erlend Öye and Morgan Geist’s mellow song interpretated by us. Never heard online before!
06. Mr. Lee – Get Busy
A favourite track from one of our favourite childhood albums, Mega Rap from 1994. Rap house!
07. The Yorshire Rapper – Put Our Heads Together
There’s more to music than electro, like this killer masterpiece of good vibes.
08. Treasure Fingers – Cross The Dancefloor
One of the best new songs we’ve come over lately!
09. Juvelen – Watch Your Step (KF RMX)
Our instant classic-remix of the Juvelen track! (Watch out for the 12”!)
10. Yelle – Ce Jeu (Them Jeans edit)
There’s nothing like a sweet french electro pop hit to tell you it’s spring time!
11. Cerrone – Love in ‘C’ minor
Now it’s time to speed things up a bit with this nasty pre-house track.
12. Larry Tee ft. Princess Superstar - Licky (Herve Goes Low Remix)
This track really has got a little bit of everything in it, at least everything that kills the dance floors. When the music stops and Princess Superstar sings “L. I. Licky. C. K. Licky. Y…”, you just know the floor will explode when the bass hits again.
13. Bassnectar - Yo (Speaker Junk’s Jackin Brazilian Rave Remix)
Another club banger, we’re not usualy too fond of the latin rhythm, but this one really is irresistable.
14. Roy Ayers - Sugar
Unexpected guest appearence in this musical context but still: a great track by a great man.
15. Yo Majesty - Club Action (Tetsuo’s All Out Yo!-mix)
The internet is overflowing with remixes of this joint, but it’s actually refreshing to hear this a bit more mature sound. But still: dance floor material.
16.The Faint - I Disappear (Matthew Savant Remix)
Electro remixes of indie rock song is a whole big genre, which is only good tap into when you feel like a getting that Caucasian vibe, which is not that often.
17. Krazyfiesta – Never Zkared
The mix is coming to it’s end with this fiesta medley! Our electronic hit version of Bone Chrusher’s track.
18. Krazyfiesta – Lip Gloss Remix
Our latest club banger, famous throughout the world!
19. Leila K – Open Sesame (Final Exit Remix)
This is from the golden year of ’92! We were 7 years old when it was released.
20. Krazyfiesta – Stilletto Pumps It Up
Finally, we end this musical adventure with our interpretation of this modern classic.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Sunset Rubdown - Random Spirit Lover


The third album under the side project, Sunset Rubdown, finds Spencer Krug (Wolfparade. Swan Lake & Frog Eyes) settled and confident within the chaotic creature that is Sunset Rubdown. His first two pieces, Snake's Got a Leg and Shut Up I'm Dreaming, were beautifully raw much like Wolfparade's Apologies to the Queen Marry. The difference between Wolfparade and Sunset Rubdown lays, if anything, in Spencer Krug's love for a piano and experimentation. Sunset Rubdown is Spencer Krug stripped down. We can see this in the simple but beautiful truth in his songs, such as the 59 second treasure The Dust You Kick Up Is Too Fine.

On the third album, Spencer Krug writes with a confidence not seen in his previous engagements. The first thing that pops out at you is the fact the album, Random Spirit Lover, is one full piece of artwork as each song bleeds into the next. The piece as a whole is breathtaking and should be listened to fully through. True there are certain songs that jump out, such as the carnival-esque Up on your Leopard, Upon the End of your Feral Days, the homeric Winged/Wicked Things, and head-bobbing For the Pier (and Dead Shimmering).

Like AC, Spencer Krug relies on building off skew sounds and using his voice as an instrument. The song Up on your Leopard opens up with a growing beat that sinks into grand, grotesque carnival theme. Spencer Krug blares out the lyrics as he becomes the ringmaster of the circus. In his other song Winged/Wicked Things we see his control of the chaos. Spencer Krug croons as he wrestles with understanding...
"And the pattern of flight is chaotic and blind. But it's right cause chaos is yours and it's mine. And chaos is luck and like love and love is blind. The pattern of flight is chaotic and blind. But it's right cause chaos is yours and chaos is mine mine mine mine. And chaos is love and they say love is blind"
Beautiful. Thank you Spencer Krug for delivering something that will be topping many of 2007's best album lists.

Sunset Rubdown - Up on your Leopard, Upon the End of your Feral Days
Sunset Rubdown - Winged/Wicked Things
Sunset Rubdown - For the Pier (and Dead Shimmering)

P.S. - Thank you to Thomas Francis Take his Chances for getting me both A C's new effort along with Sunset Rubdown's. The Kenney's are brilliant holy warriors hah.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

I'll Jam your Strawberries!


Hah ok no more with these titles I promise, now onto the music. This fall we will see the return of two great bands, Animal Collective and Sunset Rubdown, whose respective albums really push the norms of musical composition. This post will deal only with the first band. Animal Collective is an odd beast. These boys, whose first two albums Sung Tongs and Feels, really fucked my mind up musically have done it again. However, unlike the first two acoustic adventures this third one explores an electrified version of their sound. Like Bob Dylan plugging in, AC is venturing forward from their beginnings. There are two songs that truly standout to me so far. The first is For Reverend Green. The opening itself is beautiful enough to sell your heart out. Then comes in those lyrics. Fucking Panda Bear and Avery. These two are caught between insanity and genius. It must be a thin line because they bounce back and forth so much the effect is dizzying.


May I also go out and just say that Panda Bear is our Brian Wilson. Don't question, just think about the layering, the harmonizing, the use of vocal instrumentation. Listen to Smile...fuck listen to Heroes and Villains. Its all there. The footprints are everywhere. If you are still in doubt listen to Peace Bone. I don't know if anyone has ever heard of Mektone, but he is a random Dj who uses NES music format to compose. It is this 80's video game ringing that Peace Bone opens up with. Just like Heroes and Villains, there is a carnival atmosphere to this skewed song and to the album as a whole. One thing I've enjoyed by AC (and Beach Boys too) are the melody and rhythm breaks. Starting with one composition they interchange back and forth with sudden departures. This is overt on both of the songs and one other. The song Chores is another tripped out Beach Boys style piece...I wasn't going to post but hell enjoy...I know you will.

AC - For Reverend Green
AC - Peace Bone
AC -Chores

I'll Rock your Bell?


Contrary to what my sarcastic title might imply this festival was amazing. This will be a brief run down as my mind is flooded with images of Robots, but I'll give it my best. The first two acts Jedi Mind Tricks and Immortal Technique really drove home the political and social mission statement of the festival. These two premier MC's truly represent the socially minded MC. The acts continued with a short breaks in between. The highlights for me were Pharoahe Monch (who is truly one soulful motherfucker) and Black Star who ripped the fucking stage apart. Rhazel and Supernatural were two of the best hosts as they tried furiously to keep the crowd's mind off the heat. Let see who else... EPMD gave a great history lesson, Public Enemy was good minus a drugged out Flavor Flav (or was he? Who knows anymore). Cypress Hill maintained the outlaw flavor by holding a smoking cypher while performing on stage. Wu Tang filled my heart with memories of 36 Chambers, while reaffirming my loyalty to the clan. Rage was Rage and well they raged..against the machine?
Daft Punk is to hipsters as Rock the Bells is to the book bag wearing, underground b-boys and girls. As Immortal Technique said, "Nowhere will you find Christians, Jews , Buddhists, and Muslims...Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, and everything in between gathered for one reason...our love for a type of music... the music of the people...this is Hip Hop."
P.s. - Listen to this Pharoahe Monch Poetry Slam Performance (mp3)...its why I love Hip Hop.

Daft Punk Changed My Life

That night in Brooklyn was surreal. Everything that was...no, is an inspiration for starting this blog and a catalyst for my love for all things "Indie" culminated in that night. I danced my ass off in a sea of anti-anti children, walked behind the DJ booth at Studio B to watch Kavinsky and Sebastian, enjoyed the breaking dusk on a Brooklyn rooftop with Chazology and made our way through the early morning showers to Alphabet City where Teenager and I made the final trip back to Powder Horn Terrace. Back at home (with my eyes finally shutting, but my ears still ringing) I poked my head briefly in the Teenagers room and asked "Was that even real?" He looked up, laughed to himself and simply replied, "Yes, now get some sleep." I've never had sugar plum ferries pillage my dreams before, but that morning back in New Jeru, Two French Robots serenaded a sonic dream scape and I couldn't have been happier. I want to say thank you to the Teenager and the Daft Punk Family for making Thursday one of the best nights I've ever had.
-Dexter

P.s. -The epitome of that night and what it meant can be found in a simple sign. When Kavinsky started to mix in D.A.N.C.E., I looked over towards Busy P. With his forearms he made the sign of a cross, I returned the favor and then looked out to the mass of dancing kids. Littered through out the crowd were a dozen crosses blaring into the Brooklyn night.

..........

there really is nothing left for me to say about daft punk. it was the greatest night of my life.


SebastiAn on the decks.

what up nora and jon;)

kavinsky, scary guy, jason, and myself...

chaz and rai rai

the coolest person in the entire world

dunkle got famous...

for more visual pleasure, check out nyc pics at the cobra snake.

p.s. dexter really is an evil genius
p.p.s. many thanks to chaz for the rainy/epic night

*and word up to dunkle for his photography skillz and the new banner
*rich, your pics are great too, thanks a bunch;)

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Daft Punk: Brooklyn 8/9/07














Sunday, August 5, 2007

toronto? really? they're not even kind of French.

so i'm not quite sure what the hell is going on in Toronto these days, but whatever it is its fairly epic. i feel like every time i turn around, someone's posted about some new, hot Toronto dj and his new, hot song/remix/mashup/etc. well it happened again yesterday, and this time his name is Gingy.

yeah, i thought the name was suspect was too, but when i saw that Davyde of Chazology liked him* so much that he was willing to root for the Jays (who watches Canadian baseball?), i was convinced. and low and behold, after one listen, i was a believer. there are hundreds of DJs and tracks out there right now that are really good. in the past few months though, only 2 have made me drop things i was working on and pay attention to what i was listening to. the first was Sta. the second, Gingy. Both are 20 year-olds from Toronto. wtf.

Gingy - Rios for MVP
Beyonce vs. MSTRKRFT - Love My Easy Love (Gingy Edit)
Gingy - Swagger

*head over to chazology and discodust for more tracks/info on Gingy.
*thanks for the grammar correction

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Basic Saturday #6

Australia is a country I've never been too and can not afford to go to anytime soon. I'm really broken up about it. Then, Peter and Dave start talking about home and it hits me. It hasn't rained in Melbourne for four years. What does that even mean? Dave takes one minute showers, goes without copious amounts of laundry, and collects rainwater in buckets for those little conveniences like survival? Armageddon? Maybe. Intoxication due to excessive alcohol consumption? Probably. What's with Australia? I have no clue.

But don't worry. The Midnight Juggernauts, from Melbourne themselves, are touring the Aussie continent now and not trapped in their apparently forsaken home. Thank God. The new album, Dystopia, should be as good or better than their last from what I've heard so far. Synth-pop jedi believers a la Justice dance with a deep love of robots and the near future.