Monday, April 13, 2009

Space. The Final Frontier.

More concept. Space. 

I Robot -- Alan Parsons Project
Paladium -- Alan Braxe
Blazing Speed and Neon Lights With You -- The Outrunners
Magic Fly -- SPACE
Close Encounter (Eddie Mars edit) -- Midnight Star
Curare -- Bogdan Irkuk a.k.a. Bulgari
Here is the News -- ELO
Everybody Wants to Rule the World -- Tears for Fears

Why do humans ever desire to go deeper and deeper into space. Here's the news: Everybody wants to rule the world. 

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

This look familiar? Everyone is wild when they're teenagers. What happens when everything starts changing? You get caught up with drugs, fashion and sex. Then, once you've grown up, but old demons are still keeping you down, old lovers try to get you to turn it around, and come back to them, but they inevitably fail. Know why? Well, don't look now, there's a monkey on your back. 

I'll let you figure out the tracklist, babes. 

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Love is the Drug

I. Can't. Mix. But I sometimes like to think of myself as a creative individual. So I had the idea to create "Concept Mixes" about various themes. I don't do any mixing. I either let the computer do that shit or let the song end and then let the new track role. These "Concept Mixes" are more about selection than mixing ability, as I obviously have none. This is a first try, so the selection and concepts should get more interesting as time passes. Diverse tracklist, but I think it works in it's own right. You tell me. If this shit sucks, I want to know about it so I don't pull any bullshit like this again. 

The Smiths -- This Charming Man (New York Vocal Edit)
Roxy Music -- Love is the Drug
Luther Vandross -- I'll Let You Slide
David Bowie -- Speed of Life
Talk Talk -- It's My Life
Alan Parsons Project -- I Wouldn't Want to be Like You
Fleetwood Mac -- Dreams

So there, enjoy because as Bryan Ferry put it, Love is the Drug I'm Thinking of.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

clic clic

Clic Clic:
Le Mélange De Marion

1. Friendly Fires - Paris (Aeroplane Remix)
2. Mark E - R&B Drunkie
3. Donald Byrd - Love Has Come Around (Special Disco Version)
4. Bangers & Jass Vs. Sugar Bill - Living O'
5. George Benson - Give Me The Night
6. Tango Terje - Diamonds Dub
7. Studio - Life's A Beach (Todd Terje Beach House Mix)
8. Aeroplane (ft. Kathy Diamond) - Whispers
9. Lee Douglas - New York Story
10. Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You

Monday, October 06, 2008

Deerhunter - Microcastle

October 28th

You might be surprised to know that this album isn't even technically out yet, though it deserves all the attention coming its way. Bradford Cox is something of a celebrity in the modern independent music circle. On his own he's release an album, nine EPs and been featured on two compilations since 2006. He was born with Marfan Syndrome, a genetic tissue disorder of which his lanky limbs and long fingers are a symptom. He is gay and a virgin. Interested?

However, Cox didn't simply slide so elegantly out of the darkness to 'get weird and turn pro.' He played drums for the Black Lips and a number of other bands after he found his Paul in Lockett Pundt and they created Deerhunter. Deerhunter is a group from Atlanta, Georgia that could be described as garage, shoegaze or even ghost rock, as their myspace proclaims, but to put a single label on their latest work, Microcastle, would be avoiding description. In fact the entire group is more complex. Their first bassist died of head injuries while skateboarding, the album dedicated to him was titled Turn It Up Faggot. Their guitarist, Colin Mee, left the group for what he thought was undue attention primarily for their band blog (a complex phenomenon in and of itself). These and every other twisted aspect of this group would be not nearly as interesting if the music weren't stellar in its careless distortion, musicality and aversion to any singular style.

Microcastle will be out in physical form on October 28th, but was leaked to the internet in May and was on iTunes in April. Somehow there seems to be no part of this group that has gone according to plan. Even the latest albums of Deerhunter (yes the one after the not-yet-in-physical-form subject of this article) and Cox's solo project, Atlas Sound, were leaked from his personal shared folder, of which he wasn't aware and to which he accidentally posted a link on his Deerhunter/Atlas Sound/Lotus Plaza blog. Though the entire album is so cohesive and consistently impressive, three tracks stand out.

'Nothing Ever Happened' is the anthem, at times depressing but bright and haunting. Cox's vocals are perfectly strained and sound especially empty-hearted with Pundt's backing. The song, like much of the album, is more of an orchestration, made up of movements rather than a simple bridge-verse-chorus structure. 'Never Stops' is a breezy space-rocking tune that captures what is otherwise a very subtle characteristic of this album, the essence of rockabilly. The combination of something as innocent as the slight seduction of early Rock n' Roll and depression or depraved sexual encounters of a modern artist is an attractive one. The Raveonettes have turned that attraction up to eleven, but Deerhunter allows it to lie only slightly beneath the surface, something like a memory or in the case of 'Never Stops,' a dream. Finally, 'Microcastle,' the title track, is so slow and dragging that you can't help but feel aggravated. Of course, by 1:07, the songs turns to pop distortion surrounding Cox's vibrato vocals and an almost identical pulsing guitar. But again, it is not simple a song dedicated to an emotion or a single feel or even anything quite explicit. It is ghostly, but in an inexplicable way maintains an innocence. While it is often true that one should never read about an album in lieu of listening, Microcastle is currently the definition of that statement.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Striktly Politikal

Arguably one of the greatest basslines ever? Yeah.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Palin and Women

I am male. I truly have little personal experience from which to comment on the subject of Sarah Palin and feminism, but I am willing to risk my neck (to the extent that the bloggosphere holds little recourse aside from a few angry posts), so here goes.

This woman is an embarrassment to the the feminist movement. Now, I am not about to define feminism. I think to some it is a very simple thing and to others very complicated. What I am attempting to say is that she represents women about as well as 'The View.' Regardless of her lies about her record, and even ignoring her stance on certain issues that allow a male-dominated government to allow male-dominated religious views to control the choices of women all over the country, she in no way represents the struggle on the part of many women of this country to permeate the ingrained sexism that still exists yet for many Americans remains unacknowledged.

Women in this country who remain out of the spotlight were true achievers (Abigail Adams, Ethel Percy Andrews, Madeleine Korbel Albright, Susan B. Anthony, etc. etc. etc.). I do not intend and hope and believe that many women do not want to be represented on an international stage by a woman who was primarily appointed to her position for political tactic. I don't think one woman represents all women either, which is why her argument that she has "shattered the glass ceiling" would seem to me to be a complete insult. Again, the American Woman is something I could never define and limit therein, but the vice presidency of the United States no matter how insignificant some may claim it to be, should not be represented by a Hawaii Pacific College/North Idaho College/University of Idaho/Matanuska-Susitna College/University of Idaho communications major, sportscaster, beauty queen, small-town mayor, inexperienced liar, male or female. I never thought I'd say this, but women deserved Hillary Clinton. It is exploitation at the hands of John McCain - someone who exploits his own mediocre US Military service for political gain and an embarrassment to US politics by way of the Republican Party - a national & international joke.

But the truth is we live in a country that is run by a majority that does not care for issues of government.