March 31, 2009

Where The Wild Things Aren't

Not blogging about the new Where the Wild Things Are* theatrical trailer that you should have already seen by now. Not proclaiming it, by merit of the trailer alone, an early contender for film of the year. Not posting the shorter, lower-quality version of Arcade Fire's "Wake Up" that is included in the teaser (it's like they made that trailer just for us), though you can get it here.

Instead I invite you to stare directly into the yellow eyes of an even bigger monster; the sultry, black foam snake that is "Wake Up" by Pure Essence. Laid down more than twenty years ago by an unknown Cincinnati funk ensemble, this tender jam is indeed for laying down by hearth's edge.

Pure Essence - Wake Up (from the Pure Essence 12")

DJ Shadow and RJD2 found these guys in the basement a few years ago (RJ samples their only other song, "Third Rock," in "Clean Living"), and it turns out that LA Reid was actually on the high hats. Point being, if that's not the nastiest bass line you've ever heard, I'll put on a wolf suit and chill in my room sans supper.

*pretty random that Carles and I both blogged about making fun of this alt movie meme within the same two hour span...maybe the movie looks pretty cool, but I just wanted to go ahead and get on the backlash train since the hype train already left like two months ago.

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March 27, 2009

Hung Up On A Dream

Exactly 45 seconds after I heard that Swedish electro-poppers The Tough Alliance had covered The Zombies' "Hung Up On A Dream," there was an extremely awkward moment. As the gravity of this news sank in, the sand underneath me began sinking as well. Vibrations filled the air, sweet confusion filled my mind, and a sea of nameless faces rippled in the heat. The volleyball coach just stood there with his hands in his pockets.

Tough Alliance - Hung Up On A Dream

The Zombies - Hung Up On A Dream (from Odessey and Oracle: 30th Anniversary Edition)

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via Mod Blog
Previously on BT: Zombie Heaven

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March 24, 2009

New Mux Mool EP: Just Saying is All

While he still owns industrial glitch clap, Mux Mool's new Just Saying is All EP features faster, stronger Daft/Dilla dance biscuits and autonomously powered robo-carnivals. As one guy says on the iTunes review section, "Mux Mool is a better mix of of 80s trance and millenial tools than most. More hip hop than these other softee electro nerds." Agreed - and the homemade cover art is classic Bmore gutter.

Mux Mool - 2muxLUV (from Just Saying is All, available on iTunes)

Mux Mool - Night Court (from the Ghostly Swim comp)

Download a radio edit of "End Guy" at Moodgadget, catch him at Cake Shop next Saturday (3/28), and most importantly, buy this EP right now. One of the songs is called "Eagle Fantasies" if you needed something to tip the scales.

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March 20, 2009

Tuff Ghost

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With songs like "I Don't Wanna Die,""Ready to Die" and an unhealthy focus on disambiguation (Tuff Ghost, Sea Ghost, Ghost Mountain, etc.) we should have seen it coming. But just as they would have wanted, the 'corns spirit lives on in places like the Secret Unicorns Forum and our new (obviously unofficial) video for "Tuff Ghost." 

The Unicorns - Tuff Ghost (from Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?)

The footage is taken from the first season of Look Around You, a British series of satirical homages to 1970s and early 1980s educational films and programmes. (Incidentally the cast from Season 2 grace the cover of our latest publishing project, Email Magazine.)

The last track on their last album ended with "I woke up thirsty on an island in the sea;" and two years later, two thirds of the band (frontman Nick Diamonds and drummer J'aime Tambeur) emerged as Islands, opening their debut with "Swans (Life After Death)." And first single from 2008's Arm's Way is about being stabbed in the heart, probably by a ghost, so here we go again.

Islands - Creeper (from Arm's Way)

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Thanks to Kitsune for the tip.

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March 17, 2009

Here Comes Shuggie (+ Johnny) Otis

(Have a look at Shuggie Otis. He was last seen being awesome in this patio which is where he probably is right now being awesome as usual.)

While most of you already enjoy 1974's Inspiration Information from the blues/funk singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist born Johnny Otis, Jr., the rest of the family catalogue is also worth a dig. His full-length debut, Here Comes Shuggie Otis, features nine original cuts co-written by 14-year-old Shug and his dad, including instrumental fun cooker "Bootie Cooler" (I'm guessing he got to pick the song names).

Shuggie Otis - Bootie Cooler (from Here Comes Shuggie Otis, recently remastered and reissued)

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Johnny Otis, Sr. is equally awesome (if not more awesome). In addition to fathering American rhythm & blues, leading a swing band, penning hits for Gladys Knight, discovering Etta James, running a label/nightclub/TV variety show, inspiring Frank Zappa's facial hair and recording an album under the name Snatch and the Poontangs, he brought "Watts Breakaway" into the world. It's an airtight, lid-popping lesson in running Blues Brothers breaks (and this wasn't even a single).

The Johnny Otis Show - Watts Breakaway (from Watts Funky)

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings just released a pretty decent cover of "Inspiration Information" for Dark Was The Night, the best charity soundtrack since 1993's No Alternative. You can download this song along with exclusive joints from Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, Yo La Tengo, Stuart Murdoch, Beirut, The National, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, Grizzly Bear, etc. for $11 on Amazon.

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - Inspiration Information (from the Dark Was The Night compilation, buy it here)

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March 13, 2009

Butter Team Weekend Beats Vol. 30

Tonight: Drink a seven hour power, invite friends for merrymaking at your place, then go see Calvin Harris, We Have Band and many more @ Webster Hall (proper flyer here). Is this guy the next Douglas Bubbletrousers or what?

Late tonight: Have a dream about hypothetical/improbable shark scenarios, wake up and draw it. Dan Meth, for example, pondered a world where sharks reproduced exponentially until every inch of the world’s oceans were filled with them, and what would that look like.

Tomorrow: Play the new Studio 54/Avalanches-inspired Bullion joint below (via GvB), brainstorm some lunch options, and spend the rest of the weekend pretending you're Daft Punk.

(animation by Jonne Laakso)

Calvin Harris - Dance Wiv Me (feat. Dizzee Rascal)

We Have Band - West End Girls (Pet Shop Boys cover) (from Buffet Libre Rewind 2)

Bullion - Time For Us All To Love (from Young Heartache, buy it here)

Magic Disco Machine - Scratchin'

Spank Rock - Backyard Betty (Two Fingers Rmx)

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March 10, 2009

Welcome to the Party Life

Technically, we don't need any more Jay-Z mashup/concept albums (you'll notice we declined to mention Jaydiohead a few months ago), but dope is dope. Umatic's Amsterdam Gangster kicks open with a hanging Hammond riff (courtesy of Meters progeny/funk collective Lefties Soul Connection) while Hove hovers on the lip.

Jay's Soul Connection - Frank's Party Life (from Amsterdam Gangster, buy it here)

Every Weird Tapes song is decadent, yet sleazy, like eating a Senior McFlurry on the hallway floor in your tux. This particular joint teases just the tip of The Isley Brothers' Footsteps in the Dark around 2:05, which is kind of sick (see McFlurry reference above). So Ice Cube borrowed his beat from the brothers and his flow from this chart.

Weird Tapes - Party Trash (from Get Religion, grab their first two EPs here)

(thanks to sexy people for the epic wall balloon/half-filled balloon pix)

Memory Cassette - Asleep at a Party
Ween - Your Party
Misc. Butter Team Party Pixx
Notorious BIG - Party & Bullshit (Ratatat rmx)
Sorry I Missed Your Party

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March 3, 2009

Soul Sides Turns Five

Though it wasn't the first "audioblog" on the block, Soul Sides has remained the Interweb's best source for 60s/70s soul, disco, funk, and afro-latin crate gems for five years now. That's like 35 blog years.

For us younger folks who heard De La Soul before the Detroit Emeralds, Beck before Herbie Hancock, and Q-Tip before Ruby Andrews, Soul Sides helps discover, dust off, and most importantly, dissect exactly what today's artists grew up on and why it matters today. And while we link back over there as much as possible, you can pretty much assume that any classic sample searches either originated (or were inspired by) O. Wang and crew. So pay your respects son.

To celebrate, they're revisiting and reposting twenty favorite tracks from the past few years. So far that's included an essential Dizzy Gillespie joint and a horn/xylophone-driven soul track from the Harvey Averne dozen (?). Thanks, as always, for the beats.

Johnny Cash - Five Feet High and Rising (from Songs of Our Soil, 1959)

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3 Feet High and Rising: Original Samples
I Like It (More Than U Know)
The Temptations - Messages From Black Men
Q-Tip - You Made A Believer Out Of Me
Here's How E Samples

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March 2, 2009

Zesty Island Mix

One way to mitigate nasty weather is to go ahead and lay out the ideal audio accoutrements for your first poolside/rooftop jaunt (in this case, my trip next month to Punta Cana). First up - The Loop Professor (Ben Allen) mixing Tropicalismo pioneer Gilberto Gil's "Maracatu Atomico" over Q-Tip's J-Dilla produced "Breathe and Stop" instrumental. The perfect lime for your morning's first Presidente.

Loop Professor - The Stop vs. Gil (from Get Your Hand Outta My Pocket! Vol. 3, 2006, track via Names You Can Trust)

20-year-old Aussie Jonathan Boulet has gone out and done the music world a frickin' service with his new compact disc, appropriately titled Jonathan Boulet. No chopless, dubious ruffians here, this is a professionally trained voice man that also wrote, recorded, produced and played almost every instrument. Boulet!

Jonathan Boulet - A Community Service Annoucement (from his 2009 self-titled debut, buy it here)

Although "Island" is the first single from Whitest Boy Alive's second EP (available in the US next month), it's actually been part of their live shows for the last five years or so. In this studio version Erlend Oye shares enigmatic clues about hidden Norwegian treasure.

The Whitest Boy Alive - Island (from Rules, 2009)

"I had the college, I had the material trip...I just decided I was going to find a new way of life, so I took off on my bicycle."

Mylo - Sun Worshipper (from Destroy Rock & Roll, 2006)

The picture above is the album art for the single to my favorite track on Premiers Symptomes; the track below is my favorite b-side on the single.

Air - Casanova 70 (The Secret of Cool) (b-side from Casanova 70, 1999)

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So besides The Avalanches and Air France, which is a given, what would be on your zesty mix?

The Avalanches/My Blue Hustle
Air France's Rooftop Mix
Roundtable Knights' Buttery Summer Mix
The More You Know - Other Languages

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