March 30, 2008
March 28, 2008
Michael Chambers aka Boogaloo Shrimp aka Turbo makes you want to freshen that grill proper.
Btw, homey literally taught Michael Jackson how to do the moonwalk. Most of you know he drops heat in Breakin', Lionel Richie videos, etc., but if you were born on or after 1984 or just need a quick update on why this was the best year ever:
This song is on a lot of mixes but they always skip the best part at the beginning. Here's the original so you can practice at home.
Freesytle - Don't Stop The Rock
March 25, 2008
Last week's BT masterpizzle theatre paired the diamondy brilliance of Cut Copy's Far Away with our favorite VHS teen bike challenge. Tonight we match a track from M83's forthcoming LP Saturdays = Youth with wormholes and Sparkle Motion, as frontman Anthony Gonzalez says the record tackles how it feels to be dazed, confused and 15 years old. You might call this version "Gretchen & Donnie" -
M83 - Kim & Jessie
Create your own predestination paradox by buying this album before it actually comes out. By the way don't watch that video if you haven't seen Donnie Darko yet as it will scramble your wig.
Also note M83 crew do the chocoloate meow in DC on 6/7 - live setup includes Gonzalez on vocals, guitars and keyboards, Loic Maurin on Drums, Pierre-Marie Maulini on bass and guitar and featured album vocalist Morgan Kibby on vocals and keys. Everyone wear a gray hoodie instead of a black one!
More Donnie Darko beats.
March 24, 2008
Although band comparisons and "sounds likes" usually work well because both readers and writers are lazy, there's not much merit in comparing, say, the lo-fi folk of Bmore's Beach House to Mazzy Star's early 90s dream pop. But if we're discussing bands that float along to their own blissed-out crystal persuasion, New Zealand's 90s underground staples The Renderers certainly deserve a seat at the table.
The Renderers - Million Lights
The Renderers are so old school it's tough to find many pictures or details, but the psychedelic southern twang and fuzz of "A Million Lights" (featured on a 1994 Merge compilation) is enough to classify them as kindred spirits of Bmore's Beach House. But like Mazzy Star, they approach failing relationships more directly ("If we've had the last good day between us, it must have been a long time ago") whereas Vic from Beach House might just be walking with a ghost.
Beach House - Apple Orchard (from Beach House)
Mazzy Star - Flowers in December (from Among My Swan)
Favorite Mazzy Star song? It's by the Chemical Brothers.
Chemical Brothers - Asleep From Day (feat. Hope Sandoval from Mazzy Star) (from Surrender)
March 22, 2008
Air's outstanding 1998 debut Moon Safari will be reissued in an expanded, limited edition "pimp pack" via Astralwerks on 4/15. The three-disc set includes the original LP, remixes, rarities and radio sessions, and a DVD with videos and a documentary from their first tour.
Although this video featuring the Tommy Seebach band didn't make the cut, it does prove that people with mustaches make better music and have more fun doing it (they're actually playing a disco version of "Apache" but some industrious YouTuber dropped in the Moog Cookbook remix instead).
Air - Kelly Watch The Stars (Moog Cookbook Remix)
East Side? West Side? Now you can go where you want, when you want. Call some friends over, type in a local zip code at Google Drive and roll. If you're feeling adventurous you might pack a basket and tour this overlay of all 2007 Baltimore shootings, pretty sure there's a map underneath all of the dots.
Chromatics - Night Drive (from Night Drive EP)
Posted by Z at 12:46 AM
March 21, 2008
Isolating yourself in a cabin for several months to record an album is all the rage right now, but layering Transylvanian dance beats and the voice of Beirut's Zach Condon on top of those lo-fi laptop tapestries is entirely new territory.
Milan Records releases Brandon Bethancourt aka Alaska In Winter's debut album, Dance Pary in the Balkans, on 3/25. Taste pure icy hot Castlevania bling with this megamix sampler.
Alaska In Winter - Dance Party in the Balkans Mix
March 20, 2008
Dear upstairs neighbor:
Congratulations on discovering Peter Bjorn & John.
It's admirable that you're working to catch up for lost time by playing their 2006 international smash hit "Young Folks" at least once a night, every night.
Victoria Bergsman is a dear, no?
The thud sounds you hear are a broomstick handle striking my ceiling/your floor.
Perhaps you might consider sampling other cuts from their fine catalogue.
Failing that, maybe you mix it up a bit by playing different variations of the song each night.
Shugo Tokumaru - Young Folks
The Kooks - Young Folks
Kanye West - Young Folks
Peter Bjorn & John - Young Folks (beyond the wizard's sleeve re-animation)
You may also be interested to know that Peter Morén (the P of PB&J) has an excellent solo LP titled The Last Tycoon arriving on 4/8 via Touch and Go. It's very melodic and soothing, hardly any deep bass, think you'd dig it.
Peter Morén - Social Competence
March 18, 2008
Has anyone noticed that the lyrics to "Kingdom of Doom" by The Good, The Bad & The Queen match exactly with the intro to Count Duckula? Anyone?
The Good, The Bad & The Queen - Kingdom of Doom
Count Duckula was a British spin-off from the animated TV series Danger Mouse, a show in which an evil version of the Count Duckula character was a recurring villain. Almost all of the characters in the show are birds.
Damon Albarn's The Good, the Bad & the Queen was produced by Danger Mouse, and "Kingdom of Doom" was their first single to reach the top 20. The line "all of the ravens fly across the moon" was rumored to be symbolic for the demise of the United Kingdom, as since the time of Charles II, legend says that doom will fall upon the Kingdom if the ravens leave the Tower of London. The eight ravens that currently roam the tower complex have had their wings clipped to prevent them from flying away. Count Duckula can't fly either, but may brought back to life by means of a secret rite that can only be performed once a century when the moon is in the eighth house of Aquarius. Discuss.
"But Butter Team," you're saying, "this post was useless because we were looking for" - and at this point I put a finger gently, but forcefully, to your lips. The German version of the Count Duckula theme - both the beginning and the end? Right here.
Count Duckula Intro (German)
Count Duckula - Ending Credits (German)
Quite possibly in an attempt to keep this conspiracy from "coming to light," Danger Mouse has been a busy cat lately - helping add a little Lowry's to medium-fi guitar titans The Black Keys and the second Gnarls Barkley ADD-venture. But be warned and wary; the spirit of Castle Duckula permeates throughout.
The Black Keys - Strange Times (from Attack and Release, out 4/11)
Gnarls Barkely - Who's Gonna Save My Soul (from The Odd Couple, out now on iTunes)
Are you still in here pouting because Q and not U broke up? That was more than two years ago. You can't just hang out in the bathroom for two years, for serious.
Plus Q and not U drummer John Davis teamed up with Laura Burhenn for this new joint called Georgie James. Really nice hooks and harmonies - first time I heard it I was literally stuck to my seat, you know? Anyway they're at Ottobar tomorrow (3/19), hope you can come out. P.S. I know it's a sensitive subject, but remember how rad Q and not U were? Like tiny little Ninja Warriors in your earholes.
Georgie James - Cake Parade (from Places)
Georgie James - Need Your Needs (from Places)
Q and not U - Soft Pyramids (from Different Damage)
Q and not U - Wonderful People (from Power)
March 17, 2008
Being stuck in any type of transit purgatory requires custom audio - something underground and in between just like you. With a fuzzy flourescent hum above nu-order synth and percussion, Montreal's aptly-named Under Electric Light are sleeping on the bench across from you. Try "Night Out" while waiting for the next whatever.
Under Electric Light - Night Out
Brian Reitzell - On The Subway (from Lost in Translation)
March 16, 2008
Even quasi-regular Butter Team readers know we are super USA #1 fans of Melbourne's Cut Copy. Big news - the cutters have been kind enough to host a MySpace pre-release listening party for our most anticipated album of 2008, In Ghost Colours, which drops in Australia next week. To celebrate we've combined some of the raddest music in the world with the raddest scene from the raddest movie in the world (Rad). Enjoy:
Cut Copy - Far Away (stream only per label's request - no worries because you're going to be pre-ordering it right now anyway!)
As previously announced, Cut Copy will be in town May 17 at Sonar with Black Kids and Ponytail. And it's a Saturday (pinky slowly rising to your lips).
March 14, 2008
We're pretty picky about mixes, there's a lot of crappy crap out there, but guest DJ Mike the 2600 King left behind a hot nasty mess over at the ol' Fully Fitted Blog you should check out for serious. Here's a story:
"I recorded this mix at home on Saturday March 1st. I then proceeded to go eat at this hole-in-the-wall BBQ spot in St. Paul with my homie Kenny Kingston. The owners have a photo up on the wall of them with Ice-T. After lunch I pretty much spent the entire day playing pinball at our studio until my friend Jake Money completely annihilated my top score of 67,890 with a brain-obliterating 89,680." Note from FF: "...BUT THEN MIKE TURNED IT AROUND AND SHATTERED JAKE MONEY"S SEEMINGLY UNTOUCHABLE SCORE WITH A FACE MELTING 127,750 POINTS."
We'll play this one but stop over at Fully Fitted for your regular rekkid wreckage.
Mike the 2600 King - About To Run Up On You And Do A Rambo Mix
1. Mike the 2600 King "Startime Intro"
2. Pee Bee Squad "Pee Bee Rap"
3. Janne Schaffer "It's Never Too Late"
4. Johnny Hammond "Shifting Gears"
5. Lady Supreme "Doin' it Like This"
6. Main Source "Large Professor"
7. T-Ski Valley "Catch the Beat
8. Wildstyle OST "Down by Law"
9. Graham Central Station "The Jam (Mike 2600 edit)"
10. Dyke & the Blazers "Let a Woman Be a Woman (Mike 2600 edit)"
11. Kinks "Where Have All the Good Times Gone?"
12. Chic "Good Times"
13. Charanga '79 "Good Times (Como Vamos a Gozar)"
14. GLS United "Rappers Deutsch"
15. Xanadu and Sweet Lady "Rappers Delight"
16. Queen Samantha "Take a Chance"
17. Weeks & Company "Rock Your World"
18. Frederick Knight "Let Me Ring Your Bell Again"
19. Earth Wind & Fire "Bad Tune"
20. Crosby Stills & Nash "Carry On / Questions"
21. Ace "How Long"
22. Amanda Blank "Get it Now" acapella
The graphic is from Mike's design team Burlesque of North America, not affiliated with The Emperor's Club or Pimps n' Pancakes (this guy knows what I'm talking about, right? Give it to me up top.)
March 13, 2008
Use this map as a handy reference to measure the level of success Ludacris has with women in your area. Geography major Stefanie Gray concludes, “Mr. Ludacris has hoes in the entire state of Maryland. He also claims to have hoes in the Midway and Wake Islands. Only scientists are allowed to inhabit the Midway Islands, and only military personnel may inhabit the Wake Islands.”
Bebop Jazz Tribute - Area Codes (Ludacris)
More analysis after the bump.
Geto Boys - Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta
Ice Cube - It Was A Good Day
March 12, 2008
It's hard to avoid the massive shadow the Beach Boys have cast across almost every sunny short wave synth harmony sung since. To make matters worse, Brian Wilson and crew also cornered the market for complex production arrangements, compacting multi-layered vocals and unorthodox instrumentation into a simple-sounding pocket symphony.
As you're reading this, Bmore's Among Wolves are putting together their own endless summer, recording and performing material for a promising sophomore LP tentatively titled 3 a.m. (see dates below). Not sure how they get inspiration for these vibrations in the city that reads, but the jams below are tighter than McNulty and a handle of Jameson. Have a taste.
Among Wolves - Slow Down (demo)
Among Wolves - Hey You (demo)
Among Wolves - Baltimore (from Among Wolves)
A note from AW's Billy Tiedeken:
"well the wolves are going to be recording our 2nd lp starting on saturday...hopefully coming out this summer/fall.
it will be released on the beechfields record label.
we are working with steve wright of wright way studios..he has recorded and produced the flaming lips and lake trout..among many others.
we are so excited!!!!!
the album will be a little less all over the place like our last one...or totally left field like our earlier work...more rock driven songs...but a bit darker material.
you can expect synths..strange noises..along with the addition of horns on a few tracks.
the title of the album is going to be possibly.... "3 a.m." ..not sure yet.
the art work is going to be done by a local artist kathy from 2 hawks 2 fishes..great work.
we have a whole mess of show coming up with more coming in each day.
as usual you can expect drunken debauchery from us and the crowd."
Grab one of the last remaining copies of their self-titled 2007 debut through Beechfields here, and stay tuned.
Next Baltimore shows:
3/21 @ The Red House Tavern
4/11 @ Load of Fun Gallery
4/26 @ Fraziers
5/3 @ Charlotte's
March 11, 2008
Picking up where 2001's House Party 4 left off (if you can even consider it part of the series without Kid 'n Play), Small Sur's Bob Kielsun is stepping it up large with another all-acoustic Bmore brown bag crib jam. But instead of tossing donations in a bike helmet, this time you'll be able to support the artists - Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez, Small Sur, Andy Abelow and Anup Kishore Pradhan - with a $5 entry fee. Wear ninja shoes, bring your own beard, and read the egg for clues on how to get there (or email us).
Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez - Mostly A Friend
Small Sur - The Kelp (live at Current Canyon Fest)
Andy Abelow - While You Were Sleeping
Anup Kishore Pradhan - Hidden Nature Is Secret God
Be sure to check the last show with audio from Wye Oak, Ben and Bruno and more.
March 10, 2008
Mick from The Dance Party told us they are going to be rocking the f* out at Ottobar tomorrow (previous DP coverage here) . DC folks can also catch them on 4/12 at R&R Hotel w/ DJ Eliot Spitzer (not really, but how money would that be).
The Dance Party - A-List
Tuesday night also brings the first of what we hope becomes a series - a Beatbots party at Vice! This is the old Fletcher's joint (701 S. Bond St. Fells Point), according to this superbad flyer you will enjoy punk shit/weirdo jams/psych w/ no cover while staring at Amen Bmen's 70s boobs.
March 9, 2008
We'll return with premium BT content soon, refreshed from our staff retreat with piles of potent postables. For the duration, please indulge in high-speed luxury touring via a Windsor–powered XR Falcon or the vehicle of your choice.
Clipse - Ride Around Shining (from Hell Hath No Fury)
Mylo - Muscle Cars (from Destroy Rock & Roll)
Hot Chip - Shining Escalade (from Coming on Strong)
Chromatics - Night Drive (from Night Drive EP)
Belle and Sebastian - I Love My Car (from I'm Waking Up To Us)
March 5, 2008
As all Butter Team technicians are attending a mandatory staff retreat/obstacle course this week on Mount Midoriyama, BT readers control the airwaves. Here's what you've requested so far:
Friday's 3/7 update:
Mikey Dread - S.W.A.L.K.
I Am Kloot - Proof (Peel session)
Thursday's update: "Anonymous" - in a bold attempt to thwart our promise not to blog about Vampire Weekend - has asked for Vampire Weekend.
Vampire Weekend feat. Rye Rye - Cape Cod Kwassa (Black Dominoes Remix)
Wednesday's 3/5 update: Thom asked for the prog rock stylings of Muse and Baby Gorilla wisely requested Michael McDonald, whose caramel croon always makes me want to purchase consumer electronics.
Muse - Starlight
Michael McDonald - I Keep Forgettin'
The In Crowd - Back A Yard (from Mr. Scruff's Big Chill Classics)
What's on tap for Friday? Lines are open.
Posted by Z at 10:28 PM
March 4, 2008
Wonderbread R&B on the Josh Rouse tip with hearty sex panther splashes. They call it yacht rock. They call him the shower.
Bing Ji Ling - June Degrees In December
Is that Sally Shapiro on the keys? June Degrees LP drops this week.
Update from Mount Midoriyama - the BT retreat is going "swimmingly" although many of us failed to get past the rolling log stage. The water is freezing and dishonorable! Please continue to send in your music requests to get us through the week.