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Sunday, April 29, 2007

And Afternoon of YouTube

I'm sorry about all the postings and things to those of you reading with us in LiveJournal. And to those of you reading at Google Groups, check out the site itself. It's a lot of emdeds and it should keep people occupied for a while.

Recommendation Time

I've finally got the links fixed going back to mid-Febuary. If anyone wants anything before that, leave some kind of comment and we'll get back to you. In the meantime, while I figure out what I want to do next, I've been listening to a whole slew of things.

Johnny Greenwood is the Controller. Basically, this is a mix tape from Johnny Greenwood from Radiohead. Trojan Records, the long standing Reggae label gave Johnny Greenwood access to their vaults. Now, he doesn't do any remixes. He seems to have way too much respect for the source material (Hell, so do I) to even touch it, but he put together a mix that gives people a sampling of Reggae music outside the modern Dancehall and the Wailers/UB40 stuff that's litereally everywhere. A lot of it's stuff that's been sampled and covered to death, but it's interesting to hear the originals. We cracked this one open in store and I bought it that evening.

Hot Fuzz: Music from the Motions Picture This is the soundrack to the movie and is an amusing smattering of British music having loosely to deal with the Law. The Troogs, XTC, The Kinks, Adam Ant and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. . . How cam they not go wrong?

Dr. Dog: We All Belong This little album is some clever Beatlesque pop from the middle years. Of course, I love it. The name of the band and the album cover drew me to it going through the racks at work. I listened to it and I found myself in a nice little place of psychedelic swirls and clever lyrics.

Patti Smith: Twelve Okay, usually when an artist of Patti Smith's caliber does a covers album, it usually means she's going to the well and doesn't have any new ideas. (This is especially true when they do a version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit") This album, however, is not that at all. She performs a collection of songs that seem like they were originally written for her. Her version of Soul Kitchen sounds like she's channeling Jim Morrison. Oh yeah, she does a cool ass version of Teen Spirit too.

Florida Funk: Funk 45's from the Aligator State 1968-1975 This is a smattering of what was from my home state before the music industry became so homogenized. This is back when regional acts could get radio play and actually have a hit, and there's some things where that really lay down a hot and sticky groove you can't ignore. The same company put out albums for the Mid-West and Texas too that I'm interested in getting. Look for some of this material in future mixes.

Bow for the Progressive Rock recommendations!

Porcupine Tree: Fear of a Blank Planet There's a new Porcupine Tree album. Yes, I love it. I'd say more, but I'm still digesting it.

Magus: Lucid Dreamer I found this one surfing around CD Baby looking for something new to listen to. It's got a lot of everything I like: Steve Wilson-esque playing, the occasional funk beats, real world news samples, Science Fiction references. If you don't like Prog, you won't like this.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

So I made a big mistake. . .

Some time this past weekend, I accidentally deleted all my podcasts from by Box account. I have to re-upload the recent ones and redo the links. I'll have them up by this weekend or so.

If you're looking for any of the mixes, go ahead and email one of us, and we'll see what can be done.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Bono, Edge pen tunes for Spider-Man musical - 04/19/2007 -

Bono, Edge pen tunes for Spider-Man musical - 04/19/2007 -

This could be really cool. If I had the talent, I'd steal some video off the DVD's to mash up with "Where the Streets Have No Name." For some reason, that seems like a real Spidey tune.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Cookie Jar of the Soul

Cookie Jar of the Soul

1. Jack Johnson - Cookie Jar
2. Eddie Hazel - From the Bottom of My Soul
3. Stephen Marley - Inna Di Red - (Featuring Ben Harper)
4. Yabby You & Mad Professor - Blowing In The Wind
5. Sopwith Camel - Dancin' Wizard
6. R.E.M. - At My Most Beautiful
7. Pink Floyd - Country Song
8. Quidam - Bajkowy

This mix started out as a challenge between Meera and I. Somehow, do to our lives getting in the way, we both managed to fail. After a lot of playing, this mix simply became a mix of stuff that's been all over my mp3 player and Winamp. I'm started to think, despite the mediocre reviews, Sopwith Camel was more influential to the modern music world than we people really think. Also, they were anything but mediocre.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

A Mix of Trouble

Things have been topsy turvey for me of late. New jobs. New Geckos. The past 6 months have been crazy.

A Mix of Trouble:
Part 1
Part 2

And in other news...some twit stole some artwork from a Chihiuly Exhibit.
It burns me up.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

More YouTube fun

And if you ever want to put any of these on your iPod, check out This is really cool.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Satan's Ninjas In The Labrynthian Trailer

This odd mix started several weeks ago when I was the South Florida Renaissance Festival. I'd planned on doing a mix from the CDs I bought there by the many, many wonderful acts I saw, but somehow it just never came to pass. Unfortunately, one of those extremely talented groups were shilling an album with a production quality that simply made my ears hurt. Another couldn't be read by my computer at all. In all, it turned out ot be a massive failure.

I did get some interesting recordings from the event on my phone, and I plan on compiling something eventually.

For now, however, I've been picking and choosing some of my favourites as I go along with new mixes. One of the things I love about music is that you can jumble up styles and somehow, come out with something that's really cool.

Tonight's little mix is eclecticism at it's finest. Renny Music straight into Prince. How can you not love it?

Del calls the Limeybirds "Scary." I'm still determining if she means it in a good way. . . Personally, I think they're a fine group of singing pub wenches in the finest tradition of the Dixie Chicks or Rasputina. (When you listen to their music, you'll understand what I mean.)

This is also a Marley boys mix, including songs from both Damien and Stephen Marley's albums. This one really bounces around, like ninjas, trying to get to the top of a maze to see the whole thing. . .

Fortunately for us, once in, there's not getting out. Your ass is gonna shake.

Addendum: It helps to post the links to the mix.

Satan's Ninjas In The Labrynthian Trailer

1. The Limeybirds - Old Maid In The Trailer
2. Prince - Gett Off
3. Steppenwolf - Sookie Sookie
4. Dean Fraser - Dahina Dimps
5. Paktofonika - Chwile ulotne
6. Stephen Marley - Fed Up
7. Particle - Roads A Breeze (at 3am)
8. Rodrigo y Gabriela - Diablo Rojo
9. N.E.R.D - Am I High (Feat. Malice)
10. Keller Williams - Ninja Of Love
11. of Montreal - Labyrinthian Pomp
12. The Polyphonic Spree - Mental Cabaret
13. Damian Marley - For the Babies

And just for my own amusement, here's Extended 2

1. McLauglin Santana - Afro Blue
2. Pharoah Sanders - The Creator Has a Master Plan
3. Grateful Dead - Dark Star
4. Jimmy Smith - The Sermon

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Echoes and More . . .

Extended 1

1. Tangerine Dream - Alpha Centauri
2. Far Out - nihonjin
3. Pink Floyd - Echoes
4. Godspeed You Black Emperor! - Providence (Extended)

I'm starting a new series. This is one I've wanted to do a long time. Basically, this is a grouping of the really, really long tracks. The sidelong, 20 minute musical bonanzas that take some real listening.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

The Wedding in the Underworld

The Wedding in the Underworld

1. Alexi Murdoch - Dream About Flying
2. Danny Elfman - Victoria's Wedding
3. Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson/Sigur Rós - Journey to the Underworld
4. Eluvium - Reciting the Airships
5. Henry Padovani - Welcome Home
6. Shoes - Fire For Awhile
7. Kate Mann - Old Soul
8. Sigur Rós - Gong
9. Black Sabbath - Fluff
10. Neil Young - Needle & Damage Done
11. Eddie Vedder, Nusrat Fateh Khan - Long Road

Not much to say about this one, at least, nothing interesting yet. Some of it is a collection of stuff I wanted to use in a mix, and others are songs that I've been listening to.

"Needle and the Damage Done" comes from the recent Massey Hall release by Neil Young. It's a live set from '71 that features Neil mostly acoustic and entirely by himself. It's also a set from when some of the future hits were still new. Some of the guitar work is missing, but you get to hear him in his full glory as a singer/songwriter.

And Alexi Murdoch could possibly be a new Nick Drake for our generation. Hopefully, he'll be around to put out more than three venerated albums.

Henry Padovani was once a member of the Police before the broke and became THE POLICE. This is from his recent solo album that's being compared to Manu Chao's solo stuff. Really, it's on hell of a album and hard to believe it's coming from someone with that kind of background. Sting and Stewart Copeland are on the record as well if you're into the Police.

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