Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Shake and Wham.....and Stardust

So today's St. Patrick's Day. Whoop dee fucking doo. I will quote my mom on this one: "I don't need one day to remind me I'm fucking Irish." Seriously. She actually said that to me once about ten or so years ago. So I'm not posting any bullshit Dropkick Murphy's garbage. Or the Pogues. Or U2. Or any of the other myriad of Irish bands. I want to just post some music I like, and make all of you guys happy folks.

So instead, I'm going to post more dance stuff. Why? To torture you. It's a lot of fun. And besides, I need something to put me in a good mood. As an aside, I spent the better part of yesterday at a wake for a man that bartended at a joint I spent many Sunday nights at and even DJ'ed at a handful of times. And oddly enough, the man was Irish, to boot. So what did we all do afterwards? We collectively drank our faces off at the pub this man frequented. It was certainly what he would have wanted. If you all would like to read about him, this link here is a nice write-up on Mr. Kevin Armitage. The turnout for his wake was unbelievable and the positive spin was that I got to meet many new friends and hang with and do my best to support those that knew Mr. Armitage better than I did. A positive can indeed be found in the down times. You just have to look.

Anyhow, today I wanted to post a couple of tracks I've had on the backburner for a while. They're both dance tunes. And basically are bootlegs. The first is one I heard a year or two back during a Derrick Carter set that was simply titled "Shake and Wham" and was a mash-up of sorts of Green Velvet's "Shake and Pop" and Wham's "Everything She Wants". It took me a while to track this one down, but I found it up online and it looks like a cat by the name of Awoke, who seems to have a very intermittent number of releases. Considering he has a release on Classic Music, it's no wonder that Derrick was playing this. And be honest folks - this shit is hotness. So enjoy.

Download Green Velvet VS Wham - Shake and Wham

Next is a really dirty electro version of Stardust's "Music Sounds Better With You" that I have to be honest about - I dig this! There have been plenty of folks that have posted this, but let's be honest here. I know my shit when it comes to dance music. It ain't a fad for me. So trust me when I say that this is worth at least a listen. If you're up for some more Stardust, check out the post I made with other Stardust stuff. This one is made by a guy that goes by The Living Graham Bond - TLGB for short. Not bad shit here. Short, sweet, and to the point. Gotta love that. So go on. Love it.

Download Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You (TLGB Remix)

Again, considering the circumstances, I have to devote this week's column to the late Mr. Armitage and to his family and friends. There was one memory in particular I have where I played at the Phoenix Landing for Randy Deshaies, and his Marz Entertainment crew, and after this one set, Kevin approached me about a track early on that was a Police bootleg of "The World Is Running Down" and I regret to say I never got him a proper copy of that track. The brevity of things means I couldn't get an MP3 of it right now, but it will be coming for you guys. Now? Go buy some stuff. I don't want to have to send a midget in a leprechaun outfit after you.

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