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Sunday, February 22, 2009

DJMonsterMo - Amerie vs. Bon Iver - I Vocoded 1 Thing, Skinny Love (MP3)

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    djmonstermo amerie bon iver i vocoded 1 thing skinny love mp3 DJMonsterMo - Amerie vs. Bon Iver - I Vocoded 1 Thing, Skinny Love (MP3)
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    This is my first MIDI sequenced track using Ableton Live. My previous mixes were hand cut and paste using Cool Edit Pro (before it was Adobe Audition). As you can imagine, those mixes took way too long. Well, I've finally stepped out of the dark ages and stopped ignoring 25 years of MIDI technology =). I hope you enjoy this.

    Made with:
    Ableton Live
    Adobe Audition
    M-Audio Oxygen 61
    B4Xpress (Fuzzy Guitar)
    FM7Xpress (Wurlitzertech)
    Synth1 (Xylophone)
    Korg Polysix Strings
    Akai DC Vocoder
    Drumazon (909 Bass Drum)
    Clips from Amerie, Bon Iver, Audio Two, Tweet, Ciara, Beastie Boys, The Ramones, Justice, and Basement Jaxx

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Monday, February 09, 2009

DJMonsterMo Feb 09 Mix

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    1. The Very Best (Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit) - Kamphopo
    2. Santogold - Shove It (remix) feat. Three 6 Mafia & Project Pat
    3. Missy Elliott - Best, Best
    4. Creature - Who’s Hot Who’s Not
    5. Shugo Tokumaru - Parachute
    6. Lily Allen - Not Fair
    7. Morrissey - I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
    8. Harlem Shakes - Sunlight
    9. White Denim - I Can Tell You
    10. British Sea Power - Waving Flags
    11. New Villager - Rich Doors
    12. Animal Collective - My Girls
    13. M. Ward - Never Had Nobody Like You
    14. The Decemberists - The Rake’s Song
    15. Neko Case - People Got A Lot Of Nerve
    16. Chat - Harmony
    17. Anjulie - Love Songs
    18. Amadou & Mariam - Sabali
    19. The Love Language - Stars
    20. Andrew Bird - Tenuousness
    21. Marissa Nadler - Rosary

    Here's a special Valentine's mix for y'all, because I luv ya.

    The not presumptuously named "The Very Best" is a duo consisting of Esau Mwamwaya (from Malawi) and Radioclit. They kick things off with the calypso-infused "Kamphopo". Next, Three 6 Mafia and Project Pat spice things up with a Santogold remix. Can't wait for Missy's new album 'Block Party' if there are booty-shaking floor-fillers as good as "Best, Best".

    Creature is this year's Alphabeat, with a touch of the B-52's and Deee-Lite. They hail from Montreal and they'll shake your ass to "Who's Hot Who's Not". Shugo Tokumaru transcends J-pop with the quirky, psychedelic "Parachute". Lily Allen comes storming back with "Not Fair", a catchy tune from her much anticipated LP 'It's Not Me, It's You'.

    Next, self-loathing is never so catchy as when Morrissey puts it to song, as evidenced by "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris". Only stone and steel accept my love. The Harlem Shakes do their best CYHSY impression with "Sunlight", not that I'm complaining. White Denim keeps things moving with "I Can Tell You". Next up, British Sea Power stirs your eardrums with the anthemic "Waving Flags".

    I'm looking forward to an official release from New Villager after hearing their exciting 7" "Rich Doors". Transition to Animal Collective's "My Girls", easily the song of the year so far. I can't get enough of it. Try to not sing along with "I don’t mean to seem like I care about material things, like our social stats / I just want four walls and adobe slats for my girls." Is that Zooey Deschanel on another M. Ward track? Why, I believe it is. "Never Had Nobody Like You" starts out kinda like "We Will Rock You" and has yummy distorted "Revolution"-like guitar. The Decemberists ponder marriage and filicide on "The Rake's Song". Really chilling if you listen to the lyrics. Sometimes, I wonder about Colin Meloy. Can't wait for their new album, 'Hazards of Love'.

    Neko Case can do no wrong. "People Got A Lot Of Nerve" is the first single off her much anticipated forthcoming album. Chat is a French pianist whose song "Harmony" harkens back to chansons of yore. If "Love Songs" is any indication, Anjulie is set to be huge in 2009. From her roots in Guyana and Toronto, she adds a little L.A. sunshine and creates a brand of pop that is eclectic yet accessible, personal and disarming. Amadou & Mariam take a step forward with their highly enjoyable LP 'Welcome to Mali'. "Sabali" is representative of the gems on that album.

    The Love Language are a band to watch closely. Their forthcoming eponymous album is among the best debuts of 2009 and is getting a lot of play on my system. Get your wikipedia ready for Andrew Bird's "Tenuousness" as he waxes poetic about proto-Sanskrit Minoans and Porto-centric Lisboans. Finally, drift away on Marissa Nadler's haunted melodies with "Rosary".

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Sunday, February 08, 2009

SNL - The Lonely Island - I'm On A Boat feat. T-Pain (video)

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Favorite Albums of 2008

    Ok, here's my long overdue Favorite Albums of 2008 list. A lot of year-end lists suffer from the recency effect. I try to avoid this by keeping a running top 20 list throughout the year, which inevitably ballooons into a top 50, then top 75, etc. I hope you find this list a useful guide to the year of music that was 2008.

    Favorite Albums

    1) Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
    This stunning debut album is like a leisurely horseback ride through the countryside. Its soothing and familiar qualities belie its complexity and timelessness. It's nostalgic without feeling cheesy or derivative: a down-to-earth tapestry of folk, rock, baroque pop, and alt-country. Don't forget to check out their equally brilliant EP, 'Sun Giant'.

    2) Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
    A haunting and mesmerizing album borne from heartbreak and sickness. In releasing these songs in their original form, one can imagine a broken soul laying in bed, recuperating and ruminating.

    3) TV on the Radio - Dear Science

    4) The Walkmen - You & Me
    This is the album that I've been waiting for from The Walkmen. Put behind you the notion that they can only churn out a few good songs per album. This is full of the contemplative, moody ballads that you wish they would write a whole album of.

    5) Stereolab - Chemical Chords
    This is possibly Stereolab's most acccesible album to date. Although stubborn fans and purists may be turned off a bit, it's a fun mix of the usual Sterolab eclecticism in a stew of bouncy synths, horns, strings, loungy/mathy/jazzy elements, and an electronic ye-ye vibe.

    6) Love Is All - A Hundred Things Keep Me Up Night

    7) Envelopes - Here Comes The Wind

    8) Portishead - Third

    9) Tricky - Knowle West Boy
    This is Tricky's best album since his classic, 'Maxinquaye'. I didn't think Tricky had an album this good left in him. Bristol is back, baby; just don't call this trip hop. One listen to "Past Mistake" will take you back to 1995; but this album is so much more. It's the sound of urban decay with a hint of nostalgia, a sound that deftly blends a dark soundscape of downtempo, dub, electro, reggae, rap, blues, and rock. The songs are well-constructed with solid contributions from relative unknowns that nicely complement Tricky's raspy voice.

    10) Beck - Modern Guilt
    Pairing Beck with Danger Mouse was a daring idea. The combination works better than I would have imagined. Danger Mouse shows some restraint but nevertheless contributes a solid production effort with his usual bag of tricks: disembodied beats and samples. Beck uses these as a backdrop to craft his best folky melancholic songs since 'Sea Change'.

    11) Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III

    12) Los Campesinos! - Hold on Now, Youngster

    13) Angus & Julia Stone - A Book Like This

    14) Santogold - Santogold

    15) Gang Gang Dance - Saint Dymphna

    16) Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours

    17) Steinski - What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective
    Fans of the old school and cut up need this album. Steinski is a DJ's secret weapon. This album will replace a whole pile of scratched up vinyl in your dusty ol' record bin and obviate the need for that wish list of remaining white labels that you thought you'd never get your hands on.

    18) Neon Neon - Stainless Style
    Neon Neon is a collaboration between Boom Bip and Gruff Rhys. 'Stainless Style' is a refreshing album that departs from the typical stale formula that plagues most revivals of the 80s synth pop sound. More often than not, they succeed in creating fresh sounding 80s-inspired songs like "Raquel", "I Lust U", and my favorite, "I Told Her On Alderaan".

    19) Bajofondo - Mar Dulce
    Not to be pigeonholed as electronic tango, this Argentine-Uruguayan group fashions a sexy mix of tango, latin rock, jazz, hip-hop, and loungy downtempo with live and sampled drums, bass, violin, accordion-like bandoneon, and guitar. Don't overlook the solid slate of guest appearances which includes Elvis Costello and Nelly Furtado.

    20) Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack
    I'll have to admit I'm fairly ignorant of A.R. Rahman's oeuvre, whose Bollywood musical body of work has apparently sold over a hundred million records. I was intrigued upon learning that it was partly M.I.A's appreciation for his work that inspired her to record 'Kala'. Much of 'Kala' as a matter of fact was recorded at Rahman's studio, although they never collaborated until this soundtrack, which runs the gamut from more traditional Bollywood to hip-hop to progressive house.

    White Denim - Workout Holiday
    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
    Black Milk - Tronic
    M83 - Saturdays = Youth
    Mystery Jets - Twenty One
    Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
    David Byrne & Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
    Kathleen Edwards - Asking For Flowers
    The Very Best (Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit) Mixtape
    The Magnetic Fields - Distortion

    Beach House - Devotion
    Islands - Arm's Way
    Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
    Kanye West - 808s and Heartbreak
    Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer
    Ra Ra Riot - The Rhumb Line
    Ida Maria - Fortress Around My Heart
    Adele - 19
    Death Vessel - Nothing Is Precious Enough For Us
    Girl Talk - Feed the Animals

    No Age - Nouns
    Little Joy - Little Joy
    Emmylou Harris - All I Intended To Be
    Sian Alice Group - 59.59
    Sigur Rós - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
    Hot Chip - Made in the Dark
    Mogwai - The Hawk Is Howling
    She & Him - Volume One
    The Black Keys - Attack & Release
    The Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride

    The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing
    Nas - "Untitled"
    Clipse - We Got It 4 Cheap Vol. 3
    Yo La Tengo - They Shoot, We Score
    The Roots - Rising Down
    The Raconteurs - Consolers Of The Lonely
    Of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
    MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
    Lightspeed Champion - Falling Off The Lavender Bridge
    Diplo vs. Santogold - Top Ranking

    Bun B - II Trill
    Shelby Lynne - Just A Little Lovin'
    Sia - Some People Have Real Problems
    Hercules And Love Affair - Hercules And Love Affair
    The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
    Thao Nguyen - We Brave Bee Stings And All
    Lykke Li - Youth Novel
    The Kills - Midnight Boom
    Tokyo Police Club - Elephant Shell
    The Long Blondes - "Couples"

    Ladytron - Velocifero
    Cat Power - Jukebox
    Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple
    Destroyer - Trouble in Dreams
    My Blubeberry Nights Soundtrack
    The Raveonetttes - Lust Lust Lust
    Dr. Dog - Fate
    Elvis Costello & The Imposters - Momofuku
    Tilly and the Wall - O
    Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

    Aimee Mann - @#%&*! Smilers
    Alejandro Escovedo - Real Animal
    Alphabeat - Alphabeat
    Ann Vriend - When We Were Spies
    Atlas Sound - Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel
    Atmosphere - Strictly Leakage
    Atmosphere - When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Sh*t Gold
    Be Your Own Pet - Get Awkward
    Ben Folds - Way To Normal
    Beyonce - I Am...Sasha Fierce
    (-) Black Kids - Partie Traumatic
    Black Mountain - In the Future
    Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Lie Down in the Light
    Booka Shade - The Sun & The Neon Light
    Boris - Smile
    The Breeders - Mountain Battles
    Brendan Canning - Something For All Of Us...
    British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
    Cassettes Won't Listen - Small-Time Machine
    The Charlatans UK - You Cross My Path
    Chairlift - Does You Inspire You?
    Clinic - Do It!
    Coldplay - Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
    Cold War Kids - Loyalty to Loyalty
    Colin Meloy - Colin Meloy Sings Live!
    Common - Universal Mind Control
    Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst
    (-) CSS - Donkey
    Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
    Dengue Fever - Venus on Earth
    DeVotchKa - A Mad and Faithful Telling
    Die! Die! Die! - Promises Promises
    The Diggs - ctrl-alt-del
    The Dodos - Visiter
    Dresden Dolls - No, Virginia...
    Drive-By Truckers - Brighter Than Creation's Dark
    Duffy - Rockferry
    El Madmo - El Madmo
    Emiliana Torrini - Me And Armini
    Evangelicals - The Evening Descends
    Erykah Badu, New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War
    Estelle - Shine
    The Faint - Fasciinatiion
    Firewater - The Golden Hour
    Flight of the Conchords - Flight of the Conchords
    Flying Lotus - Los Angeles
    Foals - Antidotes
    The Fratellis - Here We Stand
    Free Kitten - Inherit
    French Kicks - Swimming
    Frightened Rabbit - Midnight Organ Fight
    F*ck Buttons - Street Horrrsing
    F*cked Up - The Chemistry of Common Life
    Fujiya & Miyagi - Lightbulbs
    The Game - L.A.X.
    Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree
    Guilletmots - Red
    GZA - Pro Tools
    Harvey Milk - Life...The Best Game in Town
    Headlights - Some Racing, Some Stopping
    The Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
    Hello Blue Roses - The Portrait Is Finished & I Have Failed to Capture Your Beauty
    Hey Willpower - PDA
    Ice Cube - Raw Footage
    Isobel Campbell And Mark Lanegan - Sunday At Devil Dirt
    James Jackson Toth - Waiting In Vain
    Jason Collett - Here's To Being Here
    Jamie Lidell - Jim
    Janet Jackson - Discipline
    (-) Jewel - Perfectly Clear
    Jonny Greenwood - There Will Be Blood Soundtrack
    Kasai All-Stars - In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into A Swimming Fish And Ate The Head Of His Enemy By Magic
    by Kasai Allstars
    Kate Maki - On High
    Kate Nash - Made of Bricks
    Kate Walsh - Tim's House
    Kings of Leon - Only By The Night
    The Kooks - Konk
    Kylie Minogue - X
    The Last Shadow Puppets - Age of the Understatement
    Laura Cantrell - Trains and Boats and Planes
    Laura Marling - Alas I Cannot Swim
    Lee "Scratch" Perry - Repentance
    Leona Lewis - Spirit
    Lonely Drifter Karen - Grass Is Singing
    Los Campesinos - We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
    Lyrics Born - Everywhere At Once
    Madonna - Hard Candy
    Man Man - Rabbit Habbits
    The Mars Volta - The Bedlam In Goliath
    Martina Topley-Bird - The Blue God
    Mates of State - Re-Arrange Us
    The Melvins - Nude With Boots
    Mirah - The Old Days Feeling
    Mudhoney - The Lucky Ones
    Muse - H.A.A.R.P.
    (-) The Music Tapes - Music Tapes for Clouds & Tornadoes
    My Brightest Diamond - A Thousand Shark's Teeth
    My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
    Nada Surf - Lucky
    N.E.R.D. - Seeing Sounds
    Nine Inch Nails - The Slip
    No Kids - Come Into my House
    The Notwist - The Devil, You + Me
    The Orb - The Dream
    Oxford Collapse - Bits
    Paavoharju - Laulu Laakson Kukista
    Patti Smith and Kevin Shields - The Coral Sea
    Pepi Ginsberg - Red
    Peter Bjorn and John - Seaside Rock
    Pete Rock - NY's Finest
    Peter Moren - The Last Tycoon
    Plush - Fed
    Port O'Brien - All We Could Do Was Sing
    (-) Primal Scream - Beautiful Future
    Protest The Hero - Fortress
    Q-Tip - The Renaissance
    Raheem DeVaughn - Love Behind The Melody
    Randy Newman - Harps and Angels
    Ratatat - LP3
    The Raveonettes - Lust Lust Lust
    Rhymefest - Man in the Mirror
    The Ruby Suns - Sea Lion
    Russian Red - I Love Your Glasses
    RZA - Digi Snacks
    Sambassadeur - Migration
    Scarface - Emeritus
    Scarlett Johansson - Anywhere I Lay My Head
    School of Language - Sea From Shore
    Sera Cahoone - Only As The Day Is Long
    Shannon McArdle - Summer of the Whore
    Shearwater - Rook
    Shugo Tokumaru - Exit
    Silver Jews - Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea
    Solange - Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams
    Snoop Dogg - Ego Trippin'
    Son, Ambulance - Someone Else's Deja Vu
    Sons and Daughters - This Gift
    Spiritualized - Songs in A&E
    Squarepusher - Just a Souvenir
    Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Real Emotional Trash
    The Submarines - Honeysuckle Weeks
    Subtle - ExitingARM
    Sun Kil Moon - April
    Super Furry Animals - Hey Venus!
    Tapes 'n Tapes - Walk It Off
    The Teenagers - Reality Check
    The Tough Alliance - The New School
    Tift Merritt - Another Country
    Tim Fite - Fair Ain't Fair
    Times New Viking - Rip It Off
    Usher - Here I Stand
    Van Morrison - Keep It Simple
    Van She - V
    The Watson Twins - Fire Songs
    We Are Scientists - Brain Thrust Mastery
    The Wedding Present - El Rey
    Weezer - Weezer
    What Made Milwaukee Famous - What Doesn’t Kill Us
    Whigs - Mission Control
    Widespread Panic - Free Somehow
    Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis - Two Men With The Blues
    Wire - Object 47
    Xiu Xiu - Women As Lovers

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