([-_-]): March 2008

Monday, March 31, 2008

Hip Hop - Cool Kids


Though I've long felt like hip hop is so ten years ago along comes this pair of killer beat makers from Chicago: Cool Kids. I heard this song in a store and tracked it down as soon as got home. Get this: they don't have a record and although the hype on them has been HUGE since last summer, you can barely buy any of their stuff. This track is supposedly coming from their new EP, but up until now there is only one track for sale at iTunes called Black Mags, but this one is the shit.

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Mikey Rocks

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Losing My Edge - Exploded!


You might know the song from two summers back, but admit it, are you really hip enough to get all of the references to obscure bands listed in this song? I had really only heard of half of those bands so I have taken on the task of looking up the ones I don't know and linking to them here. This will be an ongoing series so let's start with the full version of the original track (please buy it if you like it). I will post the lyrics and link a band each month to its post on this blog.

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Losing My Edge - LCD Soundsystem



LYRICS (and links - updated monthly)

Yeah, I'm losing my edge.
I'm losing my edge.
The kids are coming up from behind.
I'm losing my edge.
I'm losing my edge to the kids from France and from London.
But I was there.

I was there in 1968.
I was there at the first Can show in Cologne. (post)
I'm losing my edge.
I'm losing my edge to the kids whose footsteps I hear when they get on the decks.
I'm losing my edge to the Internet seekers who can tell me every member of every good group from 1962 to 1978.
I'm losing my edge.

To all the kids in Tokyo and Berlin.
I'm losing my edge to the art-school Brooklynites in little jackets and borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered eighties.

But I'm losing my edge.
I'm losing my edge, but I was there.
I was there.
But I was there.

I'm losing my edge.
I'm losing my edge.
I can hear the footsteps every night on the decks.
But I was there.
I was there in 1974 at the first Suicide practices in a loft in New York City. (post)
I was working on the organ sounds with much patience.
I was there when Captain Beefheart (post) started up his first band.
I told him, "Don't do it that way. You'll never make a dime."
I was there.
I was the first guy playing Daft Punk (link) to the rock kids.
I played it at CBGB's.
Everybody thought I was crazy.
We all know.
I was there.
I was there.
I've never been wrong.

I used to work in the record store.
I had everything before anyone.
I was there in the Paradise Garage DJ booth with Larry Levan. (link)
I was there in Jamaica during the great sound clashes.
I woke up naked on the beach in Ibiza in 1988.

But I'm losing my edge to better-looking people with better ideas and more talent.
And they're actually really, really nice.

I'm losing my edge.

I heard you have a compilation of every good song ever done by anybody. Every great song by the Beach Boys (post). All the underground hits. All the Modern Lovers tracks. I heard you have a vinyl of every Niagara record on German import. I heard that you have a white label of every seminal Detroit techno hit - 1985, '86, '87. I heard that you have a CD compilation of every good '60s cut and another box set from the '70s.

I hear you're buying a synthesizer and an arpeggiator and are throwing your computer out the window because you want to make something real. You want to make a Yaz record.

I hear that you and your band have sold your guitars and bought turntables.
I hear that you and your band have sold your turntables and bought guitars.

I hear everybody that you know is more relevant than everybody that I know.

But have you seen my records? This Heat, Pere Ubu, Outsiders, Nation of Ulysses, Mars, The Trojans, The Black Dice, Todd Terry, the Germs, Section 25, Althea and Donna, Sexual Harrassment, a-ha, Pere Ubu, Dorothy Ashby, PIL, the Fania All-Stars, the Bar-Kays, the Human League, the Normal, Lou Reed, Scott Walker, Monks, Niagara,

Joy Division, Lower 48, the Association, Sun Ra,
Scientists, Royal Trux, 10cc,

Eric B. and Rakim, Index, Basic Channel, Soulsonic Force ("just hit me"!), Juan Atkins, David Axelrod, Electric Prunes, Gil! Scott! Heron!, the Slits, Faust, Mantronix, Pharaoh Sanders and the Fire Engines, the Swans, the Soft Cell, the Sonics, the Sonics, the Sonics, the Sonics.

I know what you really want. (x15)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Losing My Edge - The Modern Lovers


Recoring their first album in 1972, it didn't hit stores until 1976 but it was perfect timing. A huge influence on the emerging punk movement, it's worth noting that the Sex Pistols first single was a cover of 'Roadrunner'. You can also here a similar vocal style in 'She Cracked'. I personally really love the Velvet Underground influence on their music. In fact, it was recorded by VU's John Cale. It also featured Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads on organ. Very cool.


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Roadrunner (alt version)
She Cracked

buy at iTunes store



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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Losing My Edge - The Beach Boys


Most people don't knw that the Beach Boys were actually an experimental group because they were so hugely popular, but the rest of us know that they were really cool and far out when you dig a little deeper than the radio hits we all know (and sometimes cringe at). I'm not going to go to far with this post because there is way too much out there already about this band. I'm posting a few of the more unheard tracks for you to enjoy.

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Little Bird
All I Wanna Do
Wild Honey
Meant For You

buy at iTunes

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Losing My Edge - Captain Beefheart


Zappa-esque. Too far out for most people but you can understand its importance.

The best available record on iTunes

Wiki

Losing My Edge - Suicide


The first album from Suicide sounds a lot like the Silver Apples. Sounds pretty cool now in a early-punk nyc grungy way.

Rocket USA
Ghost Rider

open in iTunes


Wiki

Losing My Edge - Can


Can are one of my favourite bands. Hailing from Germany in the late 60's and with their best work in the early to mid 70's they are probably one of the most influential bands on indie rock and electronica. They inspired everyone from Sonic Youth to Kraftwerk. Mad drummer. I'm not a prog-rock fan whatsoever, but Can definately rocks my world. Please just go buy Ege Bamysi.


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One More Night - buy
Vitamin C - buy


Future Days
- buy


Can Wiki