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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Podcast beta, Cinemorgue, 600673, Bjork, Digital movie theaters, Yahoo

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Evan Dando and Sabrina Brooke - Summer Wine

Evan Dando and Sabrina Brooke - Summer Wine
Evan Dando (of Lemonheads fame) and Sabrina Brooke cover Nancy Sinatra's 'Summer Wine' (link via Salon). Sabrina's voice works great in this tune, while Evan Dando's flanged contribution is a bit rough.

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Sin City, Jessica Alba, Mick Jagger's Ghost...

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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Mash-up: New Weezer vs. Queen vs. Joan Jett vs. ...

It had to be done eventually.
Weezer's 'Beverly Hills' vs. Queen vs. Joan Jett vs. Lynard Skynard
It certainly can't make 'Beverly Hills' sound any worse.
We Will Rock Beverly Hills (Tripp's What's All This Hype Mix)

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Grokster, LCD Soundsystem and M.I.A., Lollapalooza, and more

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Hot Hot Heat - Goodnight Goodnight (video)

Stream it: Quicktime (mov) | Windows (asx)
Featuring simulataneous split screen shots as well as the illusion of within-t-shirt stop-motion animations, time elapsing from day to night, and sliding across the sidewalk. A pretty cool video for Hot Hot Heat's best song.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Hot mash-ups

Long Don Silver - Pirate Mix | Tracklist
The first 8 minutes are among the most enjoyable mashed-up bits I've heard all year. So much is mashed in here, it's impossible to keep track.
Snoop vs Crydajam - Signs On The Playground
Snoop gets Discoized
The Strokes vs. Chemical Brothers
The Modern Age vs. Surface to Air

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Mosaic is a seasonal outdoor lounge located at Power Plant Live! in the Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Grand re-opening features Miguel Migs and Lisa Shaw.
Residents: DJ Lovegrove & Adam Auburn, Zak & Keith
Also featuring many other guest DJs.

More info here

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Configure Winamp to use FreeDB, other random news items

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MGM vs. Grokster

Fighting for our digital rights
Everyday, we bloggers post what is dear to us, what is interesting to our readers, or hopefully, a combination of both. We take it for granted that we have the ability in a legal sense to do what we do. In light of this, it is important to emphasize that there is hardly a more weighty news event that merits the attention of bloggers, blog readers, and all Internet users at large, than MGM vs. Grokster.

In the most important court case since the 1984 Supreme Court Sony Betamax case, the Supreme Court justices will hear MGM vs. Grokster today, which boils down to the issue of whether P2P companies can be held liable for infringement committed by users. Moreover, the decision will fundamentally affect what is permissible in the realm of file sharing, storage, publishing, distribution, etc.

The previous ruling by the 9th Circuit Court echoed the Betamax precedent, that P2P companies can't be held liable for infringement committed by users. However, the entertainment companies appealed the ruling and now, the Supreme Court will weigh in.

The ruling, expected by June 2005, will likely have far-reaching implications for other technologies. A P2P defeat would set a precedent facilitating the entertainment companies' ability to initiate crackdowns in the realm of many aspects/modes of file sharing, including websites, blogs, bulletin boards, and podcasting...and possibly other technologies, the EFF contends: Xerox machines, instant messaging, e-mail, VOIP, VCR, CD-Rs, and dual deck cassette recorders.

Record companies should perhaps ask why there is music piracy. When you price CDs above consumer demand at $15+, there will naturally be a gap: a small percentage of consumers with high demand or high disposable income will shell out the dough, but the majority of consumers will seek other means to obtain the music, legal or not. It is time for record companies, or, likely failing that, the artists themselves, to embrace the digital age and try to meet consumer demand where the listeners are.

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HFStival 2005

May 14, 2005 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD
Confirmed bands:
Foo Fighters
The Bravery
Louis XIV
Billy Idol
New York Dolls
Echo and the Bunnymen
Pretty strong indie/alternative lineup. $40. On sale starting Saturday, April 2.
Strong work for a radio station that almost had no home.

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Monday, March 28, 2005

Videos: Gorillaz, Decemberists, live Bright Eyes, live Death Cab for Cutie, live Explosions in the Sky

Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc. (asx) | Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc. (ram)
Removed the Yahoo link posted earlier because it does not work with Firefox.

Decemberists - 16 Military Wives (torrents)
Mmm, Wes-Anderson-esque. Me like.

Bright Eyes - "Motion Sickness"
Live @ Austin City Limits (9/20/03) in Austin, TX

Death Cab For Cutie - "Title And Registration"
Live @ Trees (4/26/04) in Dallas, TX

Explosions In The Sky - "Memorial"
Live @ Emo's (6/19/04) in Austin, TX

Live videos thanks to Silence magazine

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Inglorious Bastards, Bloods and Crips, Aging hip-hoppers, Bhangra stabbings, Misc. electronic promos

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Fantastic Four trailer

New Fantastic Four trailer
Why? Because Jessica Alba is in it. That's why. Damn good trailer.

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New unreleased M.I.A., M.I.A. and Diplo - Piracy Funds Terrorism, Dizzee Rascal, and more grime/dancehall!

M.I.A., live at Boom in Manchester, April 7th.

What can I get for 10 dolla? Apparently, not the frikkin M.I.A. album from Best Buy. While they are an electronics fan's heaven, their CD selection can be quite a joke. I was pissed and I dropped my stack of CDs and DVDs and drove on over to Tower, where I got the M.I.A. and Doves albums, finally, and for only $21.98. Got the Black and White Town CD single for free as a bonus too!

Well, M.I.A. lives up to the hype. I cranked it up 11 in my P.O.S. Altima, trunk rattlin'. My computer stereo doesn't do justice to this album. Politics and polemics aside, it rocks hard and deftly (loudly!) melds grime, ragga, dancehall, electro, breakbeat, and hip-hop, throwing in riffs that vary in intensity from sensible pop to hardcore bass. M.I.A. does for girme what Missy Elliot does for hip-hop. Excellent performance and production from all involved. (Don't miss Pitchfork's informative grime primer. Also, more on grime at this interesting blog).

There's talk among some critics about how M.I.A. is exploiting the grime/street music sound. (There's an interesting discussion here. Btw, I disagree with his opinion that the net is creating havens for niche/extremist musical factions, although it certainly may have that tendency in a vacuum. However, I choose to remain open-minded and have become progressively more inclusive as I continue to sample and blog).

More M.I.A. discussions:
  • The excellent M.I.A.: Pitchfork Interview

    Fun fact: M.I.A. was gifted a Roland MC-505 groovebox from Justine Frischmann of Elastica after working with them on their tour documentary.

    Telling quote: "My problem is that politics is the first thing that defines who I am. It's like, "You're just The Other, you're this thing. You have evil thoughts about the world." When I watch President Bush on the telly going, we need to fight the axis of evil and kill these terrorists by all means necessary, I just go, "Sh*t, poor Dad." In the 70s all he wanted to do was be a revolutionary like Bob Dylan. He had idealistic views about changing the world for the better and fighting for people who don't have a voice-- the same thing that Bob Dylan wanted to do. Now, he's like this straight-up, evil terrorist; a gunned masked man with a semi-automatic ready to take down and behead people."

  • Seattle Weekly: Music: Playing With Fire by Geeta Dayal
  • I Love Music M.I.A. thread

It's hard to believe that this former Sri Lankan refugee and Tamil Tigers daughter is inauthentic in her approach or in her motives. I'd like to think that 'Arular' expands and builds upon the street scene since, although I'm not a grime/dancehall expert by any means, I hear many electronic influences that have emerged from outside the street scene, ranging from electro, to dub-n-bass, to tribal house. Perhaps it is this clever manipulation that refines M.I.A.'s sound just enough, making it amenable for the musical pallettes of MP3 blogs and fawning music critics out there. Whatever the case may be regarding the origins or motivations of M.I.A., I know that if I can't just sit back and enjoy groundbreaking music like this without ulterior considerations, I'd be bleary-eyed from reading essays and cultural dissertations instead of just listening to great music.

The great thing about grime is that it is edgy but easy to dance to, unlike its danceable, safe, and often dull progenitor, UK garage, which lacks that edge, and unlike UK d'n'b, which is danceable only to a small minority of us. Add to this edge M.I.A.'s keen political commentary (although incisive and inflammatory, it's buried behind the fat beats), and you have an incendiary audio device.

I think that M.I.A. may do for grime what Massive Attack, Tricky, and Neneh Cherry did for downtempo/trip-hop. I am not hyperbolizing when I say that 'Arular' often has the power and brilliance of 'Blue Lines' and 'Maxinquaye', although only time will tell if it has the staying power of a true classic.

The fawning Arular reviews that I spake of:

Anyway, if you aren't ready to shell out the dough, maybe the M.I.A./Diplo mash-up that's been circulating since late 2004 will change your mind. On the XL Recordings site, they even encourage you to track down these white label tunes to convince you of how good M.I.A. really is. Fans of 'Galang', 'Amazon', and 'Sunshowers' will be missing out if they don't hear the LP versions of 'Bucky Done Gun', 'Fire Fire', and '10 Dollar'.

Unreleased M.I.A.
M.I.A. - Do Ya
M.I.A. gets uncharacteristically freaky in this minimalist grimey jam.

M.I.A. - untitled
This song has Latin flavor, more Reggaeton than Rio Baile Funk
Link to a massive archive

M.I.A. - 10 Dollar (poj cutprice mix)

M.I.A. vs. Super Mario Bros. - Superlangalang
This is as silly as you think it would be.

M.I.A. and Diplo
M.I.A. and Diplo - Piracy Funds Terrorism
01-galangaton (diplo mix)
02-galang featuring lil vicious
03-ll cool j_cavemen - two bit rhythm (m.i.a. mix)
04-fire bam (diplo mix)
05-fire fire
06-m.i.a._missy - one for the head skit
07-amazon (diplo mix)
08-the clipse - definition of a roller
09-m.i.a._cutty ranks
11-you're good (diplo mix)
13-sunshowers (diplo mix)
14-baile funk one
15-bucky done gun
16-baile funk two
17-china girl (diplo mix)
18-baile funk three
19-lady killer (diplo mix)
20-uraqt (diplo mix)
21-bingo (diplo mix)

More grime and dancehall songs/mixes:
Diplo - Favela On Blast
Listen to minute 8 when The Clash's Rock the Casbah comes in. Wow.

Dizzee Rascal - Fix Up, Look Sharp | video
One of his grimiest, hardest rockin' tunes.

Dizzee Rascal - Dream

Dizzee Rascal - Respect Us

Dizzee Rascal vs. Prodigy - Stand Up Fool

Dizzee Rascal real audio

Crazy Titch - Just an Arsehole
Crazy Titch starting beef with Dizzee Rascal? Hilarious, but annoying.

Klass A-Why Do You Do This

Sway ft. Wonder - Call My Name
Catchy grimey tune samples 'Like a Prayer'.

Rufus Dork - Sesame Roads

Kardinal Official - Fast Forward

Pitbull - Pitbulls a Bastard 2

Lady Sovereign - Random (brucker and sinden remix)

Petey Pablo - Freek-a-Leek (dj eddy remix)
Hot Reggaeton remix.

Swiftkick - Raver in Love
This is more a cross between breakbeat and hardcore than grime, but I thought I'd throw it in here. Features sample of 'C.R.E.A.M.'

So Solid Crew - Oh No (zip)

Big thanks to Boomselection, DJ Semtex, Kid Kameleon, and Cry On My Console, who are well-immersed in the scene.

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Another slow news day

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Sunday, March 27, 2005

Week in Review

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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Flashback: Larry Levan Real Audio

Some Saturday Night Old School from the legendary Larry Levan.

Along with Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan pioneered the development of house/garage music from New York in the 70s and 80s. His eclectic style fused soul, African and Carribean world, disco, new wave, punk, and hard rock, setting the stage for the transformation of disco into a more vibrant, soulful, and culturally inclusive form of party music, house.

Larry Levan, Live @ Ministry of Sound, UK 1991
Stream | Download

Larry Levan, Live @ The Choice (Final), New York, 3/16/1990
Stream | Download

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Slow news day

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80s vs. 00s mash-up

The Cheekyboys - 15 Minutes of Cheek
I guess it's a guilty pleasure to find this enjoyable.

Blancmange - living on the ceiling
D.C. - lose my breath (acapella)
Scritti Politti - wood beez
Men without hats - safety dance
Tiga - hot in herre (acapella)
Human League - dont you want me
Snoop - drop it like its hot (acapella)
Missy - work it (acapella)
Freez - AEIOU
Phil Collins - sussudio
50 - candy shop (acapella)
W.S. - gettin jiggy with it (acapella)
Tom Tom Club - wordy rappinghood
Salt n pepa - push it (acapella)

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New Kylie Leaked

A treat for my regulars. I guarantee you this is going down soon.

Kylie - Loving You

Kylie - I Know

Kylie - Made of Glass
Again, might be a radio edit. Kylie sounds Madonna-ish, which isn't inherently bad. It's infectiously catchy and quite sing-songy.

More at Arjan Writes

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Friday, March 25, 2005

Random news, including Britney's upgrade

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Ambulance Ltd. Videos: Heavy Lifting, Stay Where You Are

Ambulance Ltd. - Heavy Lifting
I love it when the frenzied fuzzy guitar washes into the beautiful coda.

Ambulance Ltd. - Stay Where You Are
Video for one of my favorite songs on the album.

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The Chemical Brothers - Believe (video)

Stream The Chemical Brothers - Believe (video)
Hey voyeur, how does it feel to be stalked?! This is an entertaining and frightening music video about machines stalking man. The moral of the story: Don't take LSD if you work in a factory.

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Pingomatic bookmarklet or Firefox extension?

Does one exist? Unfortunately, users of Blogger cannot choose which XML-RPC services to ping, only

I've searched via Google high and low but haven't found one. Anyone know of one? I'm relatively Javascript illiterate so I don't know how to make one based on the Pingomatic form.

Other bookmarklets I use: Imageshack transloader, Blog This!, Create new post, Tehcnorati ping, My Yahoo ping, Rapidshare countdown. (I tried posting the code for these but the WYSIWYG preview was having fits.)

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Dsico's vocoderized versions of Strokes and White Stripes

Dsico - 12:51
Sounds like Daft Punk stole the track and had fun with it.

Dsico - Seven Nation Army
Makes you wanna do the robot.

Dsico - Missy vs. Joy Division - Love Will Freak Us
Posted this one before, but it deserves another turn.

Dsico's other mind-bending mixes

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Flashback: DJ Pete Rock: Marley Marl In Control Rap Show, WBLS, NY 8/12/1989

Marley Marl In Control Rap Show, WBLS, NY 8/12/1989, part 1

Marley Marl In Control Rap Show, WBLS, NY 8/12/1989, part 2

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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Three LOL stories of the day Man smuggles own art into New York Museum of Modern Art well as other museums. More pictures here
Update: Now with video goodness, featuring the Pink Panther theme. OMG, I'm gonna die laughing.
His website.

Bee delay: Swarm ends Rockies-D-Backs game
Quote of the day from Darren Oliver on his coconut oil hair and running away from bees: "I love this game, but I like myself a little bit more."

Boing Boing: Octopuses (octopi?) dressed up as sea coconuts sneaking on two legs

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Unreleased Ryan Adams (Destroyer Sessions)

Ryan Adams with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
Unreleased Ryan Adams (Destroyer Sessions)

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Flashback: De La Soul, Live for Power 106FM, LA, 1996

De La Soul, Live for Power 106FM, 1996, part 1

De La Soul, Live for Power 106FM, 1996, part 2

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Gorillaz update, stream the new track 'Feel Good Inc.'

Fans can ask the Gorillaz questions here!

Crap, looks like stereogum beat me to this. That's what I get for sitting on this yesterday afternoon and waiting until Thursday to post. Oh well, better late than never.
Stream the new Gorillaz tune (1st single off their new album): 'Feel Good Inc.'
This track sounds like a mix of Prince, Beck, and De La Soul. The latter is appropriate because, if my ears don't deceive me [yep, I just looked it up], De La Soul actually does collaborate on this track! Man, if you liked 'Dirty Harry', you will get up wherever you are and start shaking it with this tune, guaranteed.

Gorillaz comic book
You can actually 'flip' the flash animation like you're leafing through a book.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The Killers - Sombody Told Me (mylo mix)

This remix confirms that Mylo is master of his electro/house domain. It's a chunky, funky deconstruction with stripped-down vocals.

The Killers - Sombody Told Me (mylo mix)
Rename to .mp3
Thanks to Essential Beats

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HFStival?, The La's, Sin City, Affleck directing, Al Sharpton, Kanye, White Stripes...

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Salon with Spoon, Tom Waits, Asian-American hip-hop, Grokster, Gap drops SJP, 2046, Radiohead, Weezer, Eros, Schiavo

  • Salon: Spoon interview excerpt
    Is the Beatles' influence as huge in your music as it seems to be?
    It's huge. I'm a huge fan. There was a period when we were working on this record where [the Beatles'] "Revolver" was the thing I was listening to over and over again, and I would go to sleep with headphones on listening to "Revolver," But then there was a period where [Prince's] "1999" was the record I was listening to over and over again, and then the soundtrack to [Steven Soderbergh's 2002 film] "Solaris." People in the band didn't really get that one.

    Do you always get so obsessed with records?
    I do go through periods of obsession with certain records.

    I just got out of a period of obsession with [Prince's] "Around the World in a Day." And the Arcade Fire record, ["Funeral"]. It's a classic.

  • The Observer: Tom Waits' Top 20 albums
  • Boing Boing: Crosscultural Asian/American hip-hop
  • Boing Boing: Technologies that will be criminal if we lose Grokster: email, blogs, Xerox machines
    Crossing our fingers that the Supreme Court won't curtail our digital rights.
  • Gap drops Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Sony picks up U.S. distribution rights to 2046
    My review of the film posted at the end of last year:
    2046 - This was the film I was most eagerly anticipating this year. It's Wong Kar-Wai's follow-up to 'In the Mood For Love', which was one of my favorite movies this decade. According to Wong, the idea for 2046 comes from the promise the Chinese government gave to the Hong Kong people: 50 years of no change in its political and economic systems after the 1997 handover by Great Britain. Chow (Tony Leung) is a writer whose novel describes a mysterious train that leaves for the year 2046, a year/place where people are said to revisit the past and recapture lost memories. This is mere speculation since no one has returned from 2046. Chow stays at the Oriental Hotel. He is a womanizer who relives his past affairs with his old neighbor's wife, Su Lizhen (Maggie Cheung, playing the character from In the Mood for Love), a card shark by the same name (Gong Li), and a high class madam, Bai Ling (Zhang Ziyi). His current neighbor, Jingwen (Faye Wong), is the daughter of the hotel's owner and she encourages him to write the novel. If you're confused, so was I. This film was rushed to Cannes, did not receive any awards, and was panned by many critics. I think there are some good ideas here but not enough for a coherent full-length feature film.
  • Radiohead start work on new album
  • Pitchfork: Weezer Set Release Date and U.S. Tour For Make Believe
  • Eros trailer
    Featuring contributions from Steven Soderbergh, Michael Antonioni, and Wong Kar-Wai. I didn't even know Antonioni was still directing. Do short film collaborations like this ever work?
  • Denied
  • Salon: "This has nothing to do with the sanctity of life"

    Don't forget the Salon bypass to get by their forced ad.

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The Outlaws

The Outlaws: "Too Many Fools Following Too Many Rules"

Stream the album

This is pretty hot mash-up album from last year that managed to slip under my radar. It features mash-ups of electronic tunes with hip-hop/soul/pop. I especially like the DJ Shadow vs. Chemical Brothers track and the Ludacris mash-up.
1) Intro + Young Mc And The KLF : You Know What Time It Is
2) DJ Shadow And The Chemical Brothers : Chemical Donor
3) ILS And The Sugababes : Next Load
4) Prince And Freq Nasty : When Freq'y Doves Cry
5) Michael Jackson And Dave Clarke : Dirty Dave
6) Ludacris And Sonic Infusion : Reformatted Rolls
7) Layo & Bushwacka! And Mc Hammer : Love Hammer
8) Donna Summer And Josh Wink : I Feel Higher
9) Abba And Prisoners Of Technology : Chiq
10 Raw Deal And Britney Spears : Headless Baby
11)Aliyah And John B : Try My Secrets
12) Ed Rush & Optical And Destiny's Child : Survive This

These magazine reviews sum it up:
Mixmag: "So good they should be locked away for a very long time"
The Face: "Fresh, funky and f*cking ‘aving it!"

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Flashback: Frankie Knuckles, Summer 1984, Chicago

Frankie Knuckles, Summer 1984, Chicago
Frankie Knuckles was one of the undisputed godfathers of house.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Mash-ups that make you wanna dance

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Flashback: Jam Master Jay, WGCI Mastermix, Chicago, 1986

Jam Master Jay, WGCI Mastermix, Chicago, 1986


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Monday, March 21, 2005

New Beck track, Roxy Music, N.E.R.D, Bobby Fischer, David Spade, The Subways, Ourmedia, Social networking

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Flashback: Junior Vasquez Live @ The Sound Factory, NY 03/15/92

Junior Vasquez - Live @ The Sound Factory, NY 03/15/92, Part 1

Junior Vasquez - Live @ The Sound Factory, NY 03/15/92, Part 2

Junior Vasquez kicks off a week of flashbacks on this site this week. Deep house with more soul.

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Live and Rare Audio/Video: The Cure

The Cure, Audio
2 live concerts (Toronto 8/09/04 and Bern 07/14/95) and numerous rare tracks

The Cure, Videos
Various music videos and live videos

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Sunday, March 20, 2005


  • Mike has a nice link to Mogwai's remix of 'Plans' by Bloc Party. He also kindly provided a stream of the new Bravery LP, which I've re-hosted here (rename to .wpl)
  • Largehearted Boy has some delicious torrents, including Doves live at SXSW. Grr.
  • Behind Blue Eyes has a link to the new NIN single.
  • Scenestars has new Stephen Malkmus (former Pavement frontman).
  • The Senate wants to water your vegetables
    Sorry, that's a terrible slang expression along neurosurgeons for keeping someone comatose or in a persistent vegetative state alive. Please get a living will or designate a power of attorney so this never happens to you or your loved one. Contrary to what the 'right' would have you believe, discontinuing a feeding tube in a person with PVS does not typically cause pain or hunger and is a painless, peaceful, natural, and dignified way to die (at least more dignified than dying with tubes, lines, and monitors on you 24/7).
  • Yahoo buys Flickr
  • NYT: A night out with Keren Ann
  • NYT: Darren Aronofsky's 'The Fountain'
    The director of "Pi" and "Requiem for a Dream" has something new for us: a time-traveling film about the quest for eternal life, starring Hugh Jackman. Sounds overly ambitious, even for a skilled director like Aronofsky.
  • NYT: Bush's prepackaged news
  • Inventor of the DeLorean dead at 80
    Awesome: Boing Boing green-lighted my DeLorean post, my first Boing Boing green light! Thanks, Xeni, even if most of the traffic is going to the AP site, hehe.

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Week in Review

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Mash-ups: Kasabian vs. Kelis - Get I.D., Elastica vs. ...

McSleazy has some hot new mash-ups

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Basement Jaxx - Oh My Gosh (video)

This is NOT how I envisioned the video would be. I was thinking, uh, waifish hotties in a dark, smoky London club...not the geriatric afternoon dance all-stars.
Basement Jaxx - Oh My Gosh (video)

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Saturday, March 19, 2005

Bent - Always (Ashley Beedle's Mahavishnu Remix)

With influences running the gamut from downtempo (i.e. Massive Attack), dreamy house (i.e. Air) to big beat, hip-hop, jazz, and rock, Bent have the versatility and talent to appeal to a wide variety of music listeners, especially those of us who love eclectic music. This is a groovy remix of one of the songs from their 2000 debut "Programmed to Love". IMHO, it's what all deep house should sound like, groovy bassline, uplifting piano and synths, and mysterious diva vocals/samples.

Right click, save as:
Bent - Always (Ashley Beedle's Mahavishnu Remix)

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Friday, March 18, 2005

Random: Fiona Apple torrent, new POP77 mix, Heidi Klum preggers with Seal's kid, Hedwig's new explicit film, Von Trier, Paula Abdul

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Stream the New Beck Album

64 kbps streaming wma

Que' Onda Guero
Black Tambourine
Earthquake Weather
Hell Yes
Broken Drum
Go It Alone
Farewell Ride
Rental Car
Emergency Exit
Send A Message To Her
Chain Reaction

Thanks to NME and stereogum for the heads-up!
Thanks to Mike for creating and posting a .wpl (Windows playlist) so you can stream the entire album with one click.
I've re-hosted it here. Rename to .wpl

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Who looks better in HDTV? And worse?

It seems that HDTV reveals glorious new detail on the screen, including some things we did not want to see, like how unpretty some of the 'pretty' people are. Make-up artists, you have your work cut out for you.

Lookin' sooo good:

1. Anna Kournikova
2. Catherine Zeta-Jones
3. Charlize Therzon
4. Sting
5. Scarlett Johansson
6. Halle Berry
7. George Clooney
8. Angelina Jolie
9. Liv Tyler
10. Penelope Cruz

The Uglier Ones:

1. Cameron Diaz
2. Michael Douglas
3. Britney Spears
4. Brad Pitt
5. Jewel
6. Renee Zellweger
7. William Devane
8. Bill Maher
9. Jamie Lee-Curtis
10. Joan Rivers

Don't blame me. Here's the list.

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George Kennan dead, Decemberists wuz robbed, DRM-free tunes on iTunes, Yahoo and Hollywood, St Etienne, Wolfowitz and Bono talk

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Random: Final Four, Air vs. Stakka Bo vs. Missy, Live Orbital, Family Guy live, Music on USB drives

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Led Zeppelin, live at MSG, 9/17/70

Led Zeppelin, live at Madison Square Garden
September 19, 1970
Madison Square Garden, New York City
NOT officially released, first emerged in 2004

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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Lil' Kim, 'Roid hearings, Determined Fiona Apple fans, Samsung MP3 players, Decemberists selling out?, G Unit & Co., M.I.A., Matt Pond PA, Woody Allen

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Live at KVRX: Broken Social Scene, The Futureheads, Ben Lee, Magnetic Fields, Modest Mouse, Of Montreal, The Walkmen, and others

Since Austin is in the spotlight because of SXSW, here's a selection of excellent studio sessions through the years at KVRX 91.7 FM in Austin.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Coldplay - Live at Universal Amphitheatre 3-12-05 (KCRW-FM), Preview tracks from new album 'X&Y'

Coldplay - Live at Universal Amphitheatre 3-12-05 (KCRW-FM)
Listen to it while you can and preview 5 potential tracks from their new album 'X&Y' (Square One, White Shadows, A Message, What If, Speed of Sound [first single]). Concert was live at the Universal Amphitheatre in LA as part of KCRW-FM's annual A Sounds Eclectic Evening concert. "Square One" might actually not be on the album (it's certainly an electronic departure for them), as Chris Martin was quoted as saying on BBC Radio One that it is a song "designed to be played live". Take that for what it's worth. Another rumor is that the recently circulating "Talk" may be a B-side rather than an album track (which I find hard to believe, because it is an excellent tune).
Thanks to Stereogum for the heads-up.

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Louis XIV - Finding Out True Love Is Blind (video)

Louis XIV - Finding Out True Love Is Blind (mov)
Left-click (streaming mov). The band is standing in a gallery of moving pictures. The video is stylish but the editing is sloppy and rather annoying with alternating close-ups, medium shots, below eye-level shots, reverse angle shots, and tracking shots thrown together haphazardly. The part with the birds is cool though.

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Rob Blake acquitted, Ramones documentary, iTunes reneg, Happy St. Patty's Day

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Yahoo blogs, Robotic crack babies, Snow Patrol ousts bassist, Ian Brown arrested

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SXSW coverage, IE 7.0 tidbits, Microsoft's RSS feed reader, Tarantino

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Weezer's Pixies cover, More mash-ups

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Beatallica is back, AOL revises AIM TOS, Bloggies, MSNBC on CC, DRM harm, Rock HOF, Billy Joel rehab, Stones tour, Canibus, Annie

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DJ Riko - P-Funk Is Playing At My House, The Roots vs. Radiohead mash-up

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St. Patty's Day - Traditional Irish Folk Bands

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Just in time for the occasion: Traditional Irish Folk Bands. These are certainly an acquired taste. But by the time Thursday night rolls around, you will be singing along in drunken oblivion.
Archive of Traditional Irish Folk Bands

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Monday, March 14, 2005

Batman: New Times

This is a student art project with animated lego people and landscapes, as well as voices by Adam West (Batman), Mark Hamill (Joker), Courtney Thorne-Smith (Catwoman), and Dick Van Dyke (Commissioner)! The tone is reminiscent of the animated series and the story is brief but well-done.
Batman: New Times (short)

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Viral promotion, Mario gone, The Shins tour, Coin Locker Babies, Brad Bird, Privacy (Amazon, AOL) and Piracy, Blog growth

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Z-Trip videos, including Z-Trip and Beck live at Coachella

Z-Trip's new album comes out 4/19/05. I respect Z-Trip because he's paid his dues as a turntablist before helping to foster the trendy mash-up scene. (Though Z-Trip asserts he is not a mash-up DJ, in this interesting article about mash-ups).
He even says the following:
    "It's sort of become the new karaoke, in my mind. You're at work, and someone's like, 'Hey, listen to what John did in Cubicle No. 4! It's pretty wacky: He did this thing with Christina Aguilera and the Strokes.' To me it's lost its appeal. And it's gone way, way out of the DJ realm."
In the meantime, check out these nice videos of Z-Trip in action. Yeah, I have permission to post these videos. Really, I do.

DJ Z-Trip and Beck - Where It's At (live at Coachella)
Beck is such a tool, but that's why we love him.
Dust in the Wind mashed with ?. Excellent crowd participation with the lighters.
Crowd - Hand
Jane Says mashed with H to the Izzo
Up Close - Hand
Cutting (2)

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New Spike Jonze Adidas ad featuring Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Adidas - Hello Tomorrow
This imaginative ad is directed by Spike Jonze, acclaimed music video director and director of Being John Malkovich and Adaptation. It features Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, his current girlfriend.

Director: Spike Jones
Music: Composed by Squeak E. Clean and featuring Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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Sunday, March 13, 2005

Ubuweb: Sound poetry, art, historical, contemporary audio

Ubuweb is a unique site featuring sound poetry, art, historical, and contemporary audio that is out-of-print, not readily available, or prohibitively expensive.
Some examples of precious archived material:
An extensive William S. Burroughs archive
John Cale
e.e. cummmings
Salvador Dali
Jean-Luc Godard

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Satellite Rides

Jason, lead singer of Satellite Rides asked me to check out his band. This Canadian power pop / alternative band hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Some of it may sound like familiar alternative, but contributions from Charles Austin (Superfriendz), Graeme Campbell (Buck 65), and Andrew Glencross (Buck 65) add an extra dimension. They have a good start here with their debut EP. It's certainly better than most alternative on the radio nowadays (my reference point being the soporific alternative garbage radio available in the DC metro area; not that I listen to the radio anymore).

Their site
1-minute song samples from their eponymous EP :
Love Is All That Matters
Kill Them With Kindness
What Do I Do
Man For You
The Cure
Ever Be The Same

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Week in Review

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News: The Hobbit, New Order technology, Spamalot, New AIM TOS, What's your #?, WWW over power lines

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Saturday, March 12, 2005

M.I.A. - Galang (video)

M.I.A. is really blowing up. Even friends of mine in NYC typically oblivious to the latest music are listening and raving. The Galang video features garish graffiti-esque art and anachronistic, clashing early 90s leisure attire.

M.I.A. - Galang (video)

News about M.I.A. from various sources: RS|NYT|Eye|pm|pfm|New Yorker|CBC
Original info via Metafilter

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Tegan and Sara

The motherload of Tegan and Sara live and unreleased tracks
Tegan and Sara create an edgy blend of power pop, folk, and punk that is peppy and quirky despite many conventional musical elements and sometimes irritating, sometimes adrorable vocals. Be sure to check out their studio releases as well.

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The Life Aquatic

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou - Criterion Collection
Release date: May 10. Droool. My gushing review from the end of 2004:
Wes Anderson's genre-bending adventure is my favorite film of the year. Add action and pseudodocumentary to his usual mix of offbeat drama and tongue-in-cheek dark comedy, and you have a quirky, winning combination. The cast is strong throughout: Bill Murray brings a unique energy to the screen and imbues his character with the complexity and edginess necessary to drive this rather unconventional mid-life crisis story; Owen Wilson's deadpan delivery as Zissou's possible long lost son works well; Willem Dafoe is funny as a jealous senior team member; Anjelica Huston is a commanding presence in her smaller role, sometimes even stealing scenes from Murray; Cate Blanchett is lovely as a pregnant journalist whose incisive questioning and romantic impassability rub Zissou the wrong way; Jeff Goldblum is hilarious as Zissou's ambiguously bi archrival; and Seu Jorge is a great supporting cast member who helps segue scenes with fun Portugese renditions of David Bowie songs. Initially, the atmosphere may seem lighter than that of Rushmore or The Royal Tenenbaums. However, the humor and quirky plot do not mask the dark undercurrent or detract from the poignancy of the film's climax. Although the screenplay seems a little bit more disjointed than those co-written with Owen Wilson, the playful randomness is a welcome element in this adventure and I didn't feel too much was missing from Wilson's absence in the writing department. The set pieces and costumes are appropriately weird and wonderful and Wes Anderson is certainly in his element with effective use of color (i.e. the helicopter scene), music, editing, shot selection, CGI, and mise-en-scene (especially the intro, the entrance and exit of key characters, and the ending).

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Friday, March 11, 2005

Misc: Archived concerts, Money and hip-hop, Yo La Tengo, P2P Spyware, Legal P2P in France?, Nintendo WiFi, Apple wins case, Paul Newman=old, Austinist

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Basement Jaxx - Oh my gosh (Bugz in the attic remix)

A bouncy, eminently danceable remix of the instant classic neo-disco Basement Jaxx hit. From their forthcoming single.
Basement Jaxx - Oh my gosh (Bugz in the attic remix)

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Thursday, March 10, 2005

New Star Wars Trailer (not the crappy camcorder version)

New Star Wars Trailer (mov) updated link
Torrents: Small Torrent | Large Torrent

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Jadakiss - Checkmate, Kiss Tears 50 Cent a New One

Jadakiss asks, "Since when has it become cool to get shot and not shoot back?" Themz fighting words. He raps over 50's beat from "Animal", a dis record aimed at Murder Inc. on 50's 2050: Before the Massacre mixtape.

Jadakiss - Checkmate (50 Cent Diss)
Thanks to D-Blockworld.

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