After three amazing weeks in Brooklyn, I’m back in Vancouver with a million things to catch up on! The sun is shining and things are good on the west coast. Good music is always key for a productive work day, so if you are like me and need to get your ass in gear, check out some great tracks and mixes on Fully Fitted, a blog run by Alex XXXChange, Pase Rock and a handful of other great DJ’s!
Peter Schilling – Major Tom Poison – Ride The Wind Snapcase – Energy Dome Jimi Hendrix – Crosstown Traffic The Sounds – Reggie Chamillionaire – Ridin Dirty Billy Idol – Sweet Sixteen The Cure – End of the World (live) Young Buck Feat T.I., Ludacris – Stomp remix Motley Crue – Girls, Girls, Girls
A good friend of mine Corey Fuller has just released his new CD over at dragonseyerecordings entitled Seas Between. I have yet to actually listen to the whole album myself, but I can say that Corey’s work, whether in audio or video is always packing perfection to the smallest detail! check out dragonseyerecordings for more info!
Charlotte Gainsbourg has done a lot of notable things in the 25 years since she performed this controversial hit song with her dad; my most recent favorite being the song “Heaven Can Wait” with Beck, and its incredible video directed by Keith Schofield.
Click here for the Director’s Cut and an explanation which points out that the crazy and confusing images in this video are actually re-creations of found photos.
I just picked up the new issue of Wallpaper today that features two guest editors; Philippe Starck and Karl Lagerfeld. Each editor was given 27 pages to do what the like. On the very last page of Philippe Starck’s section is a promotion for a soundtrack composed and mixed by Soundwalk. What’s unique about this mix is it’s a 24 hour mix that is streaming online as well as in a accompanying iPhone app. So this means that when you press play, the mix will start from the exact time it is in your current time zone not matter where you are in the world. You can listen to the mix on the Wallpaper.com, or Starck.com and you can download the app in the iTunes store, just search for “24 Hour Starck Mix”. Make sure to check it out soon because the mix will only be available until the end of the month!
I just had one of my internet freak out sessions, where I spend way to much time on a site going nuts over whatever it is I’m freaking out on. Tonight it was La Blogotheques’sTake Away Shows. Some how the guys at La Blogotheque convince a band to play a few songs in a non-typical setting, like in a bathroom, the back of a car, walking down the street, etc… The music that is created is amazing and the way it is captured it as equally as stunning. The audio, especially in the newer shows, is impeccable, like Yeasayer in the subway doing a capella. The singing is captured perfectly, yet no noise from the subway. They are nearly on their 100th show and they have featured bands like Sebastien Tellier, R.E.M., Yeasayer, Bloc Party, Black Lips, Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, and so many more it’s actually hard to believe. The Take Away Shows go along right next to The Selby as one of my favorite things on the internet… Amazing original content presented in a really fresh way and they both really give you a look into peoples lives… Both totally different, but somehow very similar.
My brother turned me on to The Take Away Shows by showing me the recent video with the Fleet Foxes. Filmed in an abandoned wing of the Grand Palais, this show has some amazing visuals and I couldn’t help but to take a bunch of stills from the edit. Check out the Fleet Foxes after the jump and put some time aside to dig through the amazing archives.
Buggles- video killed the radio star David Bowie- suffragette city Band of Horses- funeral Jack Johnson- sexy plexi 50 Cent- patiently waiting Kanye West- diamonds are forever Madonna- like a prayer Deer Tick- ashamed George Strait- all my exs live in Texas Slim Thug- I run
One of the better tracks posted on Kanye’s blog recently, go listen to “Auditorium” by Mos Def featuring an interesting verse from Slick Rick. The download link expired but once you hear it I’m sure you’ll find a way to get it. Or you can watch part of it live here. I’m very much looking forward to the new album produced by MadLib.
Side note: Ever notice how live hip hop is mostly terrible? Even the best rap tracks get butchered by the best rappers when they’re on stage. I think it’s all the yelling and running around, but I can’t be sure. I’m like come on man, I love your music, stand still, maybe play an instrument, slow your heartbeat, stop shouting. In stark contrast here’s Mos Def killing a live performance on the Letterman show.
Maicol Chavez, who’s done some stuff with Defgrip in the Real Ninja past, like putting together an amazing Autophoto, has been DJing with his friend Chris Mekdara, under the name Cru Joness and they put a rad mix together for Defgrip. Download and check out all the info after the jump!
My friend Ben Wolf linked me to this this morning. He shot it a few months ago and I thought it was amazing for many reasons. If you have ever tried to film in Times Square then you can definitely appreciate it. Well done!
XLR8R has some of the best podcasts going and they recently posted a good but short podcast with one of my favorite groups Junior Boys. Check the Junior Boys podcast here and the full XLR8R archive here.
Evil – Interpol
Once in a Lifetime – Talking Heads
Turn into Something – Animal Collective
Like a Call – Architecture in Helsinki
The Dryness and the Rain – Mewithoutyou
Something Bigger, Something Brighter – Pretty Girls Make Graves
The Man who Sold the World – David Bowie
Funky Ride – Outkast
Rain King – Sonic Youth
Dogs of War – Ghostface Killah
Beaf – Bellingham Electronic Arts festival is taking place this week. If you happen to be near Bellingham, there should be some great shows going on all week from artists like Morton Subotnick, and Christopher Willits among others. Check the Beaf website here to see details.
Here is a bit more about the show:
The sixth annual BEAF features a compelling roster of international, national, and regional artists presenting and performing a wide variety of electronic music, visual art, and installation art. Electroacoustic composition, electropop, sound art, electronica, experimental hip-hop, noise, electronic dance, and ambient music are presented both in separate showcases and side by side. Taking place in downtown Bellingham and on the campus of Western Washington University, BEAF also includes lectures and panel discussions with leading artists and scholars, as well as a hands-on vintage synthesizer expo. Nestled on North Puget Sound between Seattle and Vancouver, BC, Bellingham is a beautiful place to experience a unique festival designed to open eyes, ears, and minds.