Archive for June, 2008

Remember this? Yeah, me too. I’m pleased to announce that Tim has finally come through with that Charie McAlister mix. I was also given a link to download a couple McAlister albums from someone over at Lost Sound Tapes. Don’t know much about Lost Sound Tapes, but through their website I came across the band Watercolor Paintings. I like what I hear.

Charlie McAlisterScuzz Rag
Charlie McAlister Subcountry #1
Charlie McAlister
No Nude

Watercolor PaintingsSo Many Stars

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Picture Drift finally posted their New Buffalo video on YouTube. New Buffalo is singer/songwriter, Sally Seltman – she wrote the Feist hit 1234. I tried to post the Picture Drift video for It’s True back here, but the video on their website is the size of a cat’s asshole. Here it is again – slightly larger (a Great Dane’s asshole?). I’m also including another great dance performance/digital art piece by Chunky Move (an Australian dance company).

It’s True:


An explanation of how Glow works:

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I like to cook. Here’s a recipe I recently made…

1 Cup of Electro Funk Junk- Diplo- Brew Barrymore
1 Tbs. of Creepy Guy With Woman’s Skin On- Q Lazarus- Goodbye Horses (Krikor Edit)
3 heaping tsp. of Business- Minitel Rose- Business Woman
A dash of vocoder and synths- The Energies- Born Again Runner (Lifelike Remix)

Throw that in a butter coated pan and heat to 360 degrees… and in 1 hour… out pops this!!!

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Canadians know what’s up. Jennifer, the very sweet Canadian girl who sublet my apartment, tipped me off to her friend’s band, The Hidden Cameras (what’s the past tense of ‘sublet’? ). They’re a little bit Arcade Fire, a little bit Magnetic Fields, a little bit Bronski Beat, a little bit Grizzly Bear, a little bit Architecture In Helsinki, a little bit…wait, I’m not being fair. No band wants to be considered a knock-off. The Hidden Cameras are not a cheap handbag purchased on Canal St. (Olvera St. for those of you in LA)! They’re totally unique. They’ve created their own brand of melodic-acoustic-indie-folksy-ensemble-blardy-blardy-blah… Truth is, I compare one band to another because I’m too lazy to come up with new fangled words to describe sounds. It’s the strangest thing, searching for words to label music. Better to just listen. Below are some songs and a Blogotheque video. If you don’t know what Blogotheque is by now, you are way behind the times, my friend. Do yourself a favor and check out some of their videos.

The Hidden Cameras – Lollipop
The Hidden Cameras – Music Is My Boyfriend (live KEXP session)
The Hidden Cameras – Boys of Melody (live KEXP session)

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Why is it so hard to find a damn roommate right now? The last one I had was the first person that e-mailed me… the first person to look at the place… it was quick, easy and painless. Now, I am about to go on two months with no roommate. I had someone picked out. Then, they dicked out at the last second. That screwed me for June. I put up more ads. Got some decent responses. I had another person all picked out… seemed like a good fit. But, he doesn’t pass muster with my landlord… uggh. I love living alone. But, I can’t afford it. It’s causing me to have to work a lot more to make more money to be able to afford to live. It fucking blows. Everytime I think I have shit straightened out… it falls apart again. Things go waaay too slow sometimes. Arrgh…

Anyways… here are some songs…

I just feel like getting drunk and forgetting sometimes. But, then I remember it’s more satisfying being drunk and happy than being drunk and sad. Although, being stoned and sad is fun.

The Lemonheads- My Drug Buddy

The New Pornographers- The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism

Mobb Deep- Drink Away The Pain (Situations)

And to top everything else… George Carlin died.

This clip also relates to Mimi’s post earlier today…

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It’s no secret — I support Barack Obama. Cody ChesnuTT’s “Afrobama” is a great throwback to 70s Afrofunk, and a nice political anthem to boot. It IS a secret — I also like Cody ChesnuTT’s song, “Serve This Royalty Right” (cat’s out of the bag now). Generally speaking, I try not to publicize my appreciation for songs I find degrading towards women. Sometimes the music is just undeniably good and I have to get past my inner feminist. Sorry ladies. On a related note, I’ve been hearing rumors that some angry feminists are planning to vote for McCain as a “fuck you” to democrats for not supporting Hillary. Really?! That has to be the most asinine idea ever. Haven’t you heard? McCain wants to overturn Roe v. Wade. Don’t cut your nose to spite your face (is that the right expression?).

Cody ChesnuTT – Afrobama
Cody ChesnuTT – Serve This Royalty

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The first time I saw Cat Power was back in….I guess it was 1998 or 1999. Sometime in there. It was at a small club in the Meatpacking District. I believe it was called, The Cooler (sorry, I’m multitasking and don’t feel like looking shit up right now). If memory serves, Chan Marshall was opening for John Fahey. I hadn’t heard of either of them, but my “in the know” friend, Brian, convinced me to go. I’ll be honest, I don’t remember a lot from that night (substances may have been abused). I do remember this — Chan Marshall was crazy and I loved her voice. She stood on one foot while playing guitar and twirled the other foot around in circles. John Fahey was also beautifully crazy. Brian and I left before the show ended, because Fahey wouldn’t stop playing. It felt like hours had gone by and I’m pretty sure he was only playing one song the whole time. Oh, and I also remember that Thurston Moore was at the club that night. Not playing, just watching. I’ve seen Cat Power a bunch since. I still love her music, but after the last show I went to (2006 – Knitting Factory – LA), I vowed never to go to another live show. I wasn’t a fan of her whole, keeping-the-lights-off-forgetting-the-lyrics-to-my-own-songs shtick. I hear she’s sobered up now and puts on a better show, but I don’t know…I make myself a promise, I try to stick to it. I never had another opportunity to see John Fahey. Sadly, he died a few years after the show at The Cooler. I have, however, found a lot of amazing “raw music” through his record label, Revenant. Thurston Moore…I still think he’s great. I’ve never seen him play live, but I’d like to. I recently needed to make space in my tiny apartment, so I threw away a bunch of old tapes. It was a particularly sad day when I threw away my Sonic Youth tape, Dirty.

Cat Power – Nude As The News
Cat Power – Cross Bones Style

John Fahey – Gamelan Guitar
John Fahey – Sunflower River Blues
John Fahey – Requiem for Molly (Part 3)

Sonic Youth – Drunken Butterfly
Sonic Youth – 100%

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Well, summer is right around the corner. Although, out here in Los Angeles, it just feels like another day. I suppose there are more fireworks. I did hear a bunch on Sunday evening after the Lakers won. I would have saved them since they probably won’t win another game. I’ve been all over the place lately. I think I just need a vacation. But, I can’t really afford one. So, I’ll just have to listen to music that’ll take me somewhere else…

Pastel Collision- Here Comes The Summer

Mason Jennings- Crown (Daytrotter Session)

Elite Force- Melodic Hypnotic (Riva Starr Mix) I know this song doesn’t go with the other two… but it totally puts me in a weird mood. But, a good weird mood.

A video from “Throw Me The Statue”… a song called “Lolita”

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I also want to start dressing like Pocahontas. Sorry I’ve been neglecting my music sharing duties. I hope these songs will make up for it. Straight from Asaf’s record collection to your ears (thanks, dude!).

Madeleine Chartrand – Ani Kuni

Novos Baianos- Mistério do Planeta

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But, I still find some time to share some cool stuff. I don’t know how I find the time. Maybe it finds me…

Here are a couple tunes I’m digging.

Your Highness Electric- Man The Doublewise

Your Vegas- In My Head

KaiserCartel- Oh No

And here is a hot hot hot video from Fatboy Slim with David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal…

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I don’t know about everyone else in the country. But, I can feel the tension rising around Los Angeles. Over the weekend there were 14 homicides. That’s a lot for one weekend. I’ve been telling people this for awhile. Crime rises when the economy is bad. And you can feel it in the air.

Enough of that.

Forget I even said that.

Just listen to some songs and feel good.

The Velvet Underground- Sister Ray (Live at A Gym in the East Village) (this is a huge file and 18 minute live version)
Jawbreaker- Accident Prone
Animal Collective- Street Flash

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Well, sort of. It’s been a fun week. I did things I normally wouldn’t do in Los Angeles because I had a friend in town. But, I am neglecting.

Here’s a classic video. Hip-hop was sooo much better back then. Still underground. Still not completely in the mainstream. Now, you have soccer moms dancing to that Soulja Boy song while drinking white wine spritzers at a backyard barbecue.

I figure I’d leave a trail of crumbs… some pickin’s I’ve found that I’ve been hoarding away for a rainy day…

Here’s some hip-hop of today that sounds similar to the hip-hop of yesteryear…

EmC- Git Some (This is a group led by Masta Ace who has been rhyming since ’88 )

The RZA- You Can’t Stop Me (feat. Inspectah Deck) (The Wu can still bring it when it counts…)

The Heliocentrics- Distant Star (feat. MF Doom & Percee P) (Percee P used to stand outside Fat Beats and sell his mixtape for 5 bucks… I still have my copy)

And one more classic video…

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ExumaYou Don’t Know What’s Going On
Exuma Do Wah Nanny
Exuma Exuma The Obeah Man
ExumaObeah Obeah O

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