Dec 3, 2008

November 2008 Mix

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Oct 13, 2008

September 08 Mix

Note to all artists and labels: if you want me to remove any songs, please let me know!

Let's hope Blogger doesn't delete this one on me, like they did the August 08 Mix.

A ton of good stuff this month. Let's get right to it:
  • Demon's Claws - Satan's Little Pet Pig: This one actually came out in 07, but it's new to me. I think I read about these guys in a King Khan interview somewhere. They sound like a Texas version of the Black Lips...that happens to be from Montreal.
  • Spiritualized - Songs in A&E: This album is kind of like the opposite of the one above. Lush, orchestral, beautiful. This was the one band at Pitchfork Music Festival that I hadn't heard before, but really struck me as great.
  • The Walkmen - You & Me: Another album that's prettier than most of the stuff I normally listen to. If you liked the White Rabbits stuff I posted in July, you'll love this album. Coincidentally, both opened for Spoon back in April before I'd heard of either of them. I'd love to see that show again now that I'm familiar.
  • Madlib - Beat Konducta Vol. 5: Dil Cosby Suite: Madlib's instrumental tribute to J Dilla. This is how you do a beat tape, kids. Keep the beats short and sweet. Keep it moving, and sprinkle in some random interludes between the songs to keep things interesting.
  • V/A - Nigeria Disco Funk Special: Sound of the Underground Lagos Dancefloor 1974-1979: One where the title tells it all. How could an album with that title not be completely f*ck*ng awesome?
  • Ced Hughes - What Up Tho?!: The latest mixtape from the pride of Currituck County. You might remember Ced from the January 08 Mix. I don't even know if I want him to release a real album as long as he keeps pumping out mixtapes that are this great.
  • The Mighty Hannibal - Hannibalism!: Another one I checked out on the advice of King Khan. Check out King Khan hanging out with Mighty Hannibal here.
As always, let me know if there's something you think I missed:

1) Demon's Claws - Wrong Side of Town
Here's where Demon's Claws really sound like the Black Lips. But better.

2) Spiritualized - You Lie You Cheat
Sounds like some classic mid-90's alternative British band that I missed out on because I only listened to Tribe Called Quest back then. Is this what bands like Pulp and Blur sound like?

3) That Ghost - I Crossed Out the Options
Sounds like the Strokes, if the Strokes were still interesting. The first 16 seconds, where the drums sound like you've got your record player at the wrong speed, are pretty awesome. Not bad for an 18-year old kid.

4) The Walkmen - Postcards from Tiny Islands
As much as I like that fun, sloppy, garage rock sh*t, sometimes it's nice to listen to a band that can write songs, play instruments, and that's fronted by a singer who can actually sing.

5) Demon's Claws - Hunting on the 49
Here's where Demon's Claws really sounds like a Texas version of the Black Lips. But maybe it's really about Idaho?

6) Madlib - Sacrifice (Beat-A-Holic Thoughts)
Hopefully some MCs will start rapping over these beats, just like they did with Dilla's Donuts.

7) ??? - Breakthrough
A cover of the rock song "Breakthrough" by Atomic Rooster off of DJ O-Dub's Deep Covers 2: Mas Profundo. According to the liner notes, his is by some unnamed Nigerian band. Perhaps I'll be able to ask O-Dub who the band is when he DJ's my wedding (fingers crossed that this actually happens).

8) Dr. Adolf Ahanotu - Ijere
If John McCain gets his health care plan passed, Dr. Adolf Ahanotu might be the only doctor I'll be able to afford to go see. In all seriousness, what kind of asshole proposes a plan that will, based on conservative estimates, cause 20 million people to lose their health insurance?

9) Bongos Ikwue & The Groovies - You've Got To Help Yourself
A song title that describes McCain's health care plan! Sometimes the jokes write themselves...
By the way, the horns on this one kill. That echo effect makes the horn section sound awesome! Props to whoever produced this one.

10) Passion Pit - Sleepyhead
If Animal Collective didn't make inaccessible, pretentious b*llsh*t, this is what they'd sound like.

11) Ced Hughes - W.O.W. Shampoo
Not sure what the song title means. Whip'em Out Wednesday? Whatever. Ced rips it over Oh No's "Exp Out the Ox."

12) 8thw1 (ft. Che Grand & Von Pea) - Flawed
8thw1 sounds a bit too much like Eminem to me, but the beat is sick, and Che and Von Pea kill it, per usual.

13) Busta Rhymes - Stay Packing Them Things
I guess I'm a sucker for beats with organs. Particularly ones that sound like "the organs from Fat Albert." This is the Busta I know and love. Sounds like it could be a lost track off of The Coming.

14) The Beatards - Big Bad Beat
If the Beastie Boys were any good any more, they'd be making songs that sound like this. Yo, Captain, is that a slide whistle?

15) Jay-Z - Jockin' Jay-Z
How is the guy who made this beat also responsible for one of the worst songs I've ever heard?

16) John Brown - Sarah Palin (I Wanna Lay Pipe)
Best song of the month. I've had the chorus to this one in my head for weeks. Who ever would have thought that the idiot who spent his time on The White Rapper Show walking around aimlessly and occasionally saying "hallelujah holla back." And while most of the song is joking around, he comes with some heat on the last verse: "you think you part of God's plan? tell them kids in the coff-ans."

17) Madlib - Anthenagin' (?)
To those who don't think hip-hop can be beautiful.

18) The Mighty Hannibal - The Truth Shall Make You Free
I send this one out to all the Hydrant Sippin readers out there chasing the dragon.

19) Ruby Johnson - I'll Run Your Hurt Away
Written by Isaac Hayes (RIP). Thanks to O-Dub for continuing to school the masses.

20) Cool Calm Pete - Gitty Up Baby!
Dopest Asian American rapper alive. What up, Rick!

21) The Mighty Hannibal - We're Gonna Make It
Potential first dance material? Probably a bit mellodramatic, but if you're getting married (*cough* D-Watt, *cough cough*), you've gotta put this one on your short list.

22) The Walkmen - In the New Year
I will be pressing play on this song at 12:01 am, January 1, 2009. Then I will make out.

23) Spiritualized - Sweet Talk
Imagine sitting in a park under a shady tree towards the end of a beautiful summer day. Can you imagine a better soundtrack to the setting sun than this song? So yeah, that's how I came to love me some Spiritualized.

24) Oxford Collapse - Bikini As Hole
One thing I hate about buying stuff off iTunes: no liner notes. Is it me, or does that sound like a John Darnielle guest spot around the 3:00 mark?

25) Demon's Claws - Cecile Lemay
Who stole Cecile Lemay's head?

Sep 22, 2008

August 2008 Mix (third try...WTF!)

OK, for some reason, Blogger hates my August 2008 mix. Twice I've put up my post, and twice, Blogger has deleted all traces of my post. This is the third attempt.

Not a great month for albums, but I think we've still got a pretty good little mix this month. I apologize for the week-long delay, but it was tough to get internet access in any of the national parks, and when I was in Vegas I was having too much fun doing Vegas things to sit on my computer for several hours. Hopefully you'll find it was worth the wait.
Albums I liked this month:
  • Oxford Collapse - Bits: Bits is a little more subtle than their last album, Remember the Night Parties, but still quite enjoyable. It's an album that grows on you with repeated listens, and makes for good road trip music, which is nice since Arizona takes forever to drive across.
  • Vordal Mega - Megagraphitti: More than any other rapper I can think of, Vordul makes blues music. It's just modern, urban blues music that chronicles the decay and despair of the ghetto rather than songs about some old shit that went down in some backwoods Mississippi town. Incidentally, Megagraphitti makes for terrible road trip music, but it's still an excellent album.
As always, let me know if there's something you think I missed this month.
1) Menahan Street Band - Home Again!
After two weeks vacation, it's not so bad to be home again. Although I don't know if I'd add the exclamation point

2) Eddie Holman - Four Walls
Seems perverse to put a breakup song on my mix the same month I got engaged, but this old tune gives Lee Fields' "Could Have Been" (off last month's mix) a run for its money.

3) Madvillain - Runnin Around With Another
I'm not sure why Madlib decided to remix a classic album. Particularly one that's been remixed before. But I can't complain about more Madlib beats like this one.

4) Lessondary All-Stars - Lessondary Nose
N.E.R.D.'s "Everybody Nose" is pretty damn annoying (which, come to think of it, is par for the course for almost all N.E.R.D. songs). But every cloud has a silver lining, and hearing Von Pea, Elucid, Che Grand and Spec Boogie do their thing makes up for (yet another) musical abortion from Pharrell and Chad.
5) Notorious B.I.G. - Machine Gun Funk (Original DJ Premier Version)
Ready to Die would have been better if they could have gotten this version on it. Either way, I'm just glad that Biggie gave us the line "Alls I want is bitches, big bootie bitches!" Makes me laugh every time.
6) Rhymefest - Real N***a Quotes
From an old Primo beat, to a new one. It had been a while since a Primo beat really got me amped, but this is nice. "That's why I say f*ck them all / Hillary, Jesse Jack, even Barack is involved / when police beatin' our ass none of y'all do a damn thang / but you can raise a hundred million for a campaign?"

7) Vordul Mega (ft. Vast Aire) - AK-47
Now is the time where I make my monthly plea for a new Cannibal Ox album.
8) Re-Up Gang - Been Through So Much
I can't even tell you what a disappointment the Re-Up Gang album is. I never would have expected these guys to mail it in so blatantly. But this song is still pretty nice. Interesting that they repeated one of the verses from We Got It For Cheap Vol. 3 where Malice goes after Skateboard P.
9) Vordul Mega (ft. Billy Wood) - Opium Scripts
Seriously, get me another f*cking Can Ox album before Vordul commits suicide.
10) Santogold - Guns of Brooklyn
Nice little dubbed-out take on "Guns of Brixton".
11) Xray - Turbulence Dubplate (Starstruck Diplo Mix)
Yes, you've heard this beat on a previous monthly mix, but it's just too nice to not put it up again.
12) MF Doom - Sniper Elite
The first time I heard Donuts, I thought, "this is dope, but I could never imagine anyone actually rhyming over any of these beats." Fast forward a year and a half, and nearly every one of these beats has been rhymed over...and nearly every one is dope.
13) Murs - Murs Inatra
The third installment of Murs and 9th Wonder collaborations is probably my least favorite, but it's got some moments of magic.
14) Rich Boy - Haters Wish
My southwest roadtrip was spent in a minivan. Haters wished they could...
15) Opio (ft. Del & Guilty Simpson) - Superfly (Remix)
Just take a look at that lineup of MCs. Was there any chance of this song not making my mix?
16) Ghostface Killah - Daytona 500 (Panza Zandahz My Iron Lung Remix)
I know. Mashups went out of style about 7 years ago. And this one is at least a couple of years old. But sometimes they just work, dammit.
17) Oxford Collapse - The Birthday Wars
This song makes me want to do a keg stand. Coincidentally, football started this weekend (go Panthers!). Toss this on at your next tailgate.
18) Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson - Woodfriend
Currently on tour with TV on the Radio. Sadly, they aren't hitting NC.
19) The War on Drugs - Taking the Farm
I've yet to understand the lyrics to a War on Drugs song. "I'm taking the farm out from under your knees"? But something about the chugging beat and the slightly country-fied guitars make it sound like you're looking out the window of a train somewhere west of the Mississippi.
20) Oxford Collapse - B-Roll
Awww...they sound like they're growing up.
21) Plants & Animals - Feedback in the Field
Currently on tour with fellow Canadians, Born Ruffians. Luckily, they are hitting NC.
22) Beck - Walls
I'd of rather heard Cee-Lo over this Danger Mouse beat, but I'd pretty much rather hear Cee-Lo over anybody's beats.
23) Dam-Funk - Galactic Fun
Stones Throw released two new Dam-Funk electro bangers last month on the Burgandy City 12". This one is the winner. I eagerly await a full album.
24) Lil' Wayne - Robo Tussin (A Millie Flying Lotus Remix)
I love when a remix completely reinvents the original, but still sounds awesome. It's rare, but when it hits, it hits.