Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bunchin' up.....

Anyone remember Buffalo Bunch? Yes? No? Well, it's more French stuff from the early part of this decade. And it's house music, to boot. I've been back through some records of mine again, and I have to admit there's some stuff I sort of cringe thinking I actually own it. These aren't some of those tracks, however.

Well, here I have two tracks remixed by the Buffalo Bunch that I own. The remixes are of Modjo - they of "Lady" fame, of which the Harry "Choo Choo" Romero remix I used to play often - and of Phoenix. On top of that, I have a couple of other cuts posted here that go right along with what the post is about. So all in all, a fun post with lots of French house that oughta make you boogie in your chair. So enjoy!

[Download Modjo - Chillin' (Buffalo Bunch remix)]

[Download Phoenix - If I Ever Feel Better (Buffalo Bunch remix)]

[Download Phoenix - Too Young (live)]

[Download Modjo - What I Mean (The Crayon 'Aloud' remix)]

And I have a beatin' stick here for anyone that doesn't go buy this stuff. Now I need to go do stuff. And be productive. Yeah. That's what I'll do. Stuff.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Brim full of Asher on the 45

How was your 4/20? Did you get nice and high? Did you smoke 2 joints before you smoked two joints? Did you get an ounce of the kind buds?

Maybe you were too stoned to realize that Asher Roth released his album “Asleep in the Bread Aisle” on that haze filled day.

In case you have missed all the hype around this kid, let me fill you in real quick. White, skinny, suburban kid who is fresh outta college.

...and he can rhyme and rap with an easy and intelligent flow.

Apparently his label was too dazed and confused to be ready for his release date, and under delivered CDs to the music outlets. With all the extra promotion that was on MTV leading up to the release, you would think the label woulda been on top of it. Maybe the label was too busy removing the leaks on priatebay to properly plan? to the rescue! You could go down to your closest music store and...WHAT!? They closed their doors? Oh. Fuck it. Go to iTunes or Amazon and download the album while you still can!

It’s a hot little album, reminiscent of Eminem’s first album, The Slim Shady LP. Asher hates it when I do that though. Comparing him to Eminem. (See the song As I Em below.) I mean, they look and sound the same, so the association is easy to make. Asher is right though, even though Eminem may have opened the doors to someone like him, Marshall he is not. Eminem even gives Asher Roth some props!

[Download Asher Roth - As I Em]

From XXL magazine:
"Asher Roth, I haven't had a chance to, like, really get into everything, like, really get into what he's about, because I've only heard a couple songs. There was talk about people saying he sounded like me, and he was doing this and that and, you know, trying to take what I do and do it. You know, shit like that. I've heard things. But the stuff that I've heard from him honestly, which certainly isn't enough for me to make my own opinion and say, 'Yeah, he does sound like me' or 'No, he doesn't.' But the couple of songs I've head, I don't really think he does. You know what I mean? He's doing his own thing. I can respect it, too, because at the end of the day, I think he's dope."

Roth is more party/college/tech savvy/funny than Em is. The beats, collected from many of the top producers, help to make this release a trunk rattling affair.
I get the feeling that I might be out of the loop on Asher. Maybe he doesn’t get the respect he deserves, and is scoffed at by any self-respecting fan of hip-hop and rap because he is white, preppy and appears to have sold out? I have watched his freestyles though, and he has the skills in and out of the studio.

So, forget what you have heard, and trust me. It’s a good album that sounds refreshing in the recently stale categories of rap and hip hop.

If you want more proof than the track we share above, then check out this mix tape (torrent) which is freely available across the interwebs.

Friday, April 24, 2009

What's keeping my tongue tied?

Just go ahead and play the track first.

[Download Silversun Pickups - Sort Of]

Moo--Dee. Moody. It's in the raspy voice and all the sounds from the supporting instruments that follow suit. You heard it on the first full-length album from the Silversun Pickups, Carnavas, and this time around... It's as if our hero has finished writing stories and songs and metaphors and manifestos about things he observes and now has summoned the courage to write them directly to the one he loves.

Silversun Pickups is the indie band that hails from Los Angeles, California. It's the one that reminds you a lil bit of The Smashing Pumpkins in their sound, and maybe of Straylight Run in their makeup. Lead by both Nikki Monninger and Brian Auburt (who play bass and guitar, respectively)they might get some comparisons to the now-defunct but just-as-sincere Straylight. Rounded out by Joe Lester on keys and Christopher Guanlo on drums, the band also sought support from local strings players and wound up with a 16-piece orchestra to back them on tracks on their second full-length album, Swoon. The angry music and strong, haunting strings are best showcased, maybe, on track 2, "The Royal We."

But our hero doesn't need a private blog or journal. Let's be perfectly clear. There's no secrets this year. Her heart has been blown open. His too.

[Download Silversun Pickups - There's No Secrets This Year]

Catch Silversun Pickups at Sasquatch this year, or at any of their other engagements. They are said to deliver an amazing and extended set.

Can't believe that the lure was enough

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Oh, the Horror!

This is yet another short but sweet post. This cut today is the first single off of the upcoming release Primary Colours by The Horrors. It's titled "Sea Within A Sea" and is just one great song. It goes eight minutes, but each time I listen, it seems like the first time I happen to look? It's already halfway through the track. As of now, this is the best cut I've heard this year.

[Download The Horrors - Sea Within A Sea]

So now open your wallets, or whatever way you use to buy shit, and go support these guys!

Monday, April 20, 2009

I wanna wake up, in a city that doesn't sleep! (well...maybe not)

Do you listen to the Adam Carolla podcast?

I do. Recently, The Ace Man had frontman of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Jimmy Kimmel Show announcer, Dicky Barrett. This was the first music related guest Adam has had since been getting fired from KLSX and starting his podcast.

A podcast that is the number one podcast on iTunes, by the way.

Dicky and Adam talked about lots of silly stories, but of course, my favorite topics were all the music related ones.

Dicky talked about watching the band Fear on SNL. Belushi was a huge Fear and Black Flag fan! Who knew! I had never heard of the band Fear. Apparently they are from LA and the frontman was named Lee Ving. Get it? Hope so...

They talked about a song called New York's Alright If You Like Saxaphones

New York's alright if you wanna be pushed in front of the subway!

New York's alright if you like tuberculosis!

New York's alright if you like art and jazz!

New York's alright if you're a homosexual!

How did I ever not hear this song? Don't make the same mistake.

[Download Fear - New York's Alright, If You Like Saxophones]

Other bands mentioned on this episode of The Adam Carolla Podcast? Oingo Boingo, Plasmatics, The Fat Boys...make sure you take a listen to this episode of his, then subscribe to his podcast. It's usually about an hour of laughs and interesting stories! Don't forget to subscribe to our podcast! Search iTunes for inALLcapsRadioHour...or go here!

Because I missed last week, and today is 420...bonus topical track for you to download! Right Click, Save As, Load a bong and dance away!

[Download Frank Sinatra - New York, New York (Chew Fu Big Room Fix)]

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Something really random here.....

Okay, so I ran across this first track more on accident than anything else. It's a freakishly simple casiotone sort of cut featuring what I'm guessing are the lyrics to "Technologic" by Daft Punk in reverse. The guy's name is DJ Goldwwater (or Goldwater, the original blog I saw this on had both spellings). I've dug around for more info on this guy, but found absolutely zilch! So if you guys find something? Let me know.

[Download DJ Goldwater - Touch It (Goldwater Daft Punk Revverse)]

Next up for this week is something I had nearly forgotten about in my vinyl collection. The Rapture burst onto the scene back in 2003 with their album Echoes, but the single for the track "House Of Jealous Lovers" was what caught my attention. Included on the wax was a remix by Morgan Geist of Metro Area, and here I give you said remix. Enjoy!

[Download The Rapture - House of Jealous Lovers (Morgan Geist remix)]

And if you have a sac, you'll go out and buy stuff and support these guys. If you're a chick, I guess that means you don't have a sac. So I've really got nothing. I'll just pretend I don't want you or something. And trust me, that would hurt. Time to drink heavily, now.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Jesus is coming, better act our age

I guess it's true you never knew the passive power of the truth.

The Manchester Orchestra has recorded an epic album. An "I guess that's the last in-store acoustic performance" album. A "28-month-long world tour" album, and a "too bad your favorite band is no longer a secret" tour. They are quite possibly the most talented musicians the music industry has ever seen. That's a big statement, and I don't make it carelessly.

Even Rainn Wilson knows they're going to be as famous as any arena band you can think of. He twittered so (wull... kind of):

Mean Everything to Nothing is their second full-length album. We covered their recent EP here. This entire piece of work brings the layering of vocals, guitars, keyboarding and skins to epic heights. Andy Hull's promise that this album would be aggressive has been delivered. That was my impression of some of these tracks as they were previewed right around this time last year on tour. As I listen, I am perplexed by what additional instruments I am hearing. This is an amazing congruence of sound. Actually, that is just the genius that is Chris Freeman on keyboards.

"And Chris doesn't really play keys, it's more like lead guitar. Most of the moments that sound like a crazy guitar are actually keyboard. He really made the record his own by writing ambient swells, piercing tones, and adding chunky, beefy distortion." --

"I am not ok, and there's a beauty in that-- a calming, a forgiveness." The album takes us on a journey of self-awareness and acceptance, but even without listening to the earnest vocals and their meanings, you still have one of the strongest rock albums that exists.
Track 5, "In My Teeth", repeats the snarky phrase featured this blog post's title (so timely, too...) Hull shares very plainly the intellectual struggle that the faithful possess. Did we ever really need it anyway? Will we ever find out?

[Download The Manchester Orchestra - In My Teeth]

You will notice that in the first half, the songs bleed together seamlessly as leader Andy Hull demonstrates his struggles with angst and anger. I bet you did what you did when you did just to tell every friend that you have that the Lord did it.

What I feel and hear in Track 6, "100 Dollars" is the acceptance that I am going to mess up and do dumb things, I am going to totally lose my shit in front of the ones I love, and... I am going to recover from that and forgive myself, and move on to find my place and purpose in life. From this point in the album, this mystery - our purpose - begins to slowly unfold and reveal itself, and then switch gears and remind us that it's still a mystery that just might remain intangible. Listen to Track 7, "I Can Feel A Hot One" - which you may have heard before, but now in the context of this life journey called Mean Everything To Nothing, understand it as the awakening and the turning point of becoming a self-aware adult.

[Download The Manchester Orchestra - I Can Feel A Hot One]

Back to that 11-part concept video, it's true. A video to go along with each of the tracks on the album. Watch part one here (it is, obviously, the video for Track 1 - "The Only One."

Manchester Orchestra - The Only One

If you want more videos, someone wrote a great blog post about another video in the series, Shake It Out.

And He whispered 'fear is logical'

In keeping with the idea that this is an album to go down with all the greats in recent decades, at the end of the album there is a hidden track. A stripped down, quiet track that gives us an end to the journey, still at peace with the fact that we may not know exactly where we went, or why.

Chances are slim we are right
But I’d never think it any otherwise
So we’ll find the answers in time
When the bodies pile up sky high

If I am willing to travel to South Carolina, San Francisco, Phoenix, and Las Vegas to see The Manchester Orchestra, you know damn well I will be first in line to purchase this album when it comes out on April 21, despite the fact that I already have an advance copy. Are you going to be with me?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Lube up!!!

No, this won't be some weird post about Brokeback Mountain or something. It's about an album I recently picked up again after not having listened to it for years. The second album by Stone Temple Pilots, Purple, could possibly be the best album of the 1990's. Yes. I said that. Better than the self-titled debut by Weezer, even. This is one of the very few albums I can listen to beginning to end and enjoy. That's how I base my own personal "rating system". So it'll differ with yours, no doubt.

Well, of course, the song "Vasoline" is the first track I heard from it, and goddamnit-all if I still don't just absolutely love this song. So here it is.

[Download Stone Temple Pilots - Vasoline]

And as for another little ditty? How about Scott Weiland's solo career? Well, His first solo album, 12 Bar Blues, is mostly crap, to be honest. The first three songs on it I absolutely love, however. The following is the cut "Barbarella". It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, like good - or bad - liquor. And somehow it doesn't take my self-respect away like the liquor does.

[Download Scott Weiland - Barbarella]

And if you don't buy this stuff, I will make you eat my cooking. Seriously. You should be scared of that.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

no matter what, you can't take that from me

Was OJ Simpson amazing? Did he just live long enough to become the villain?

Kanye West Storytellers. I had heard the audio rips before it aired. Saturday night I finally got to catch the show on TV. 80's haircut, Autotune, and the orchestra dressed as extras in the film V is for Vendetta. If you haven't seen West's performance, here is how the set list went down:

Flashing Lights
Say You Will
Good Life
Touch the Sky

The reinvisioning of the music, and amazing visual aspects made this one of the best storytellers I have seen thus far.

It’s amazing, I’m the reason
Everybody fired up this evening
I’m exhausted, barely breathing
Holding on to what I believe in
No matter what, you’ll never take that from me
My reign is as far as your eyes can see

I actually caught the show as the performance for Flashing Lights was beginning. Kanye's performance rubbed me the wrong way immediately. I struggled trying to find a transcript to share and use for this post. Sadly, I came up empty. It's a shame too, because West says some of the most hilarious things during this performance. In just about every performance and public appearance actually. I'll just have to sum up my emotional response, at first, as this:

You cocky, arrogant mother fucker. You are not ALL that. Come on. Who is this douche bag. You are no Biggie. You are no Tupac. You are sporting a mullet now, for god's sake.

Im a monster, Im a killer
I know Im wrong yeah
I’m a problem that’ll never ever be solved
And no matter what, you’ll never take that from me
My reign is as far as your eyes can see

But, just as he always does, he brings us back to the other side. The side where we eat our words and say: Ok. Maybe you are allowed to be cocky and arrogant, because you really are that good. I can't fucking compare you to those rap legends, because you are something entirely different, aren't you? He's the worst case in this scenario. He's a genius, and he flaunts it. Constantly.

[Download Kanye West - Amazing (VH1 Storytellers Performance)]

Although, he does own 12 grammys, so it's not like he doesn't see this subtle reminder of his greatness everyday, chillin' on the mantle.

My favorite part was when the rapper/singer took some time to talk during the song Amazing, and he spouts of some crazy shit, that suddenly and unexpectedly, brings West, the song, the new album, his whole career and drama, into sharp focus.

He seems to derail when he says this:

"Michael Jackson, amazing. Michael Phelps, amazing", with each name drawing louder cheers from the audience. However, when the Kanye says "O.J. Simpson, amazing. Is he not, what he did, was he not amazing though," the crowd just gets confused. I just laughed. West, this spoiled kid from Chicago, just knows how to use controversy to get talked about. He wields it like a Jedi wields a lightsaber. Did i mention he is a genius. Did I mention how, sometimes, the only distance between genius and insanity is just a blurry white chalk line on the ground?

Then Kanye goes on to say:
"You either die a superhero, or live to become the villan," which is a butchered line from the movie Dark Knight that he uses to nail the point home.

[Download Kanye West - Amazing (featuring Young Jeezy)]

It is tough being in the spotlight. It's hard to be normal when you get all the awards in the door. You soak it all up. You believe your own hype. Then after that, it becomes this new bar that has been set. Then you beat that too. You go a little crazy in your own head. Seclude yourself, read about your hijinxs in blogs, watch them repeated on TV and TMZ, time and time again. Then with that magnification, you have to endure real life. Your mother passing, you want to fall in love and be loved. Instead you are lonely. Real pain. But everything is already turned up to 11. Imagine that. I lost my mother. I know what it does to you. I know someone close to me who lost their mother over 30 years ago, never dealt with it properly, and has really twisted his life and the lives of his family. That's what can happen sometimes. It's real.

With this new perspective, I am filled with a new respect for Kanye.

I’m a monster, I’m a maven
I know this world is changing
Never gave in, never gave up
I’m the only thing I’m afraid of
No matter what, you’ll never take that from me
My reign is as far as your eyes can see

The album is dope, even if it over uses the 808 and the autotune, pitch correction tools. The performance is dope, even if Kanye spouts random shit to get attetention. Boil it down? It's essence has more orginality and flavor then everyone else.

Help the recession and spend some money:

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

And now for something completely different......

Remember Cornershop? No? Yes? Who cares? Well, I just felt the need to post a couple songs of theirs. The first one is the first track off of When I Was Born For The 7th Time. The latter? Well, you may recognize it from the overkill it got on the radio a good 12 years ago. It's not the original, however, but the Fatboy Slim remix of their massive hit "Brimful of Asha". All-in-all, the album could be one of the most underrated albums of the '90's, not to mention one of the best from that decade. It took time to grow on me, but now every so often I have to take a listen and be reminded just how good this one was. Enjoy.

[Download Cornershop - Brimful of Asha (Fatboy Slim remix)]

[Download Cornershop - Sleep on the Left Side]

And yes. I want you to buy something. Stop cheaping out. I'm watching you. Like Santa Claus with a bad meth habit and a restraining order. Or something like that. Either way, it's scary.