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Monday, March 30, 2009

Blind Pilot

I know this is a little bit different from our most recent fare but having met my good friend in DC for some serious getting sensitive music and minor theft, I had to post this band. Anyway Blind Pilot is the duo of Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski from Portland. Last year the band embarked on a West Coast tour, traveling and hauling all their equipment with them on their bikes. In order to create their first full length album, the duo spent three months living and recording in a warehouse in Astoria, OR. Their first record, "Three Round and a Sound" was released on Expunged Records in June '08. This album is pretty solid. 

The Story I Heard is pretty impressive. One Red Thread is good too. It's chorus of "Man oh can do what you want" is the perfect way to describe the feelings of this album; of love and the feeling of loss that comes with it. I feel like (and I think Knight would agree with me) the drums should come in much heavier on "what you want" of the chorus. I added Go on and say it because its getting a lot of blog buzz, but to be honest these bees are buzzing up the wrong song. Let me know what you think. 

Blind Pilot - The Story I Heard (YSI)
Blind Pilot - One Red Thread (YSI)
Blind Pilot - Go on and Say It (YSI)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Late Night Playlist #1

Having just gotten back from the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, I felt the need to post a good "late night" playlist. The concert was amazing - every DJ I saw exceeded my expectations. Swedish House Mafia was the perfect introduction, and finally getting to see Guetta was so much fun. Above & Beyond, Booka Shade, MSTRKRFT, and Deadmau5 were all perfect in their sets on Saturday. I was upset I couldn't go to Coachella this year, but definately happy I decided to head down to Miami. Regardless, I hope you guys enjoy the playlist. With or without festival-sized speakers, these tracks will get people dancing.

The Montanas & DJ Roland Clark - Music Talking (Fred Falke Remix) (YSI)
Another great remix by Fred Falke, this one isn't new, but is a very consistent listen.
Ferry Corsten - Fire (YSI)
A golden oldie of the genre by one of the greats.
Michael Mind - Ride Like the Wind (Klaas Remix) (YSI)
Another Klaas banger, with a solid poppy verse and that hard-hitting bassline.
Michael Gray - Somewhere Beyond (Radio Edit) (YSI)
A happy (think summer) track from the U.K. DJ responsible for "The Weekend."
Tristan Garner- Give Love (Arias Radio Edit) (YSI)
The French DJ's most famous song, but a slightly better edit.
Chris Kaeser - The Rhythm of the Beat (Original Mix) (YSI)
I don't know why this house track isn't big yet.
Beatfreakz - Somebody's Watching Me (Verdez Remix) (YSI)
Great, great electro house remix of the classic.
Laidback Luke & Benny Benassi - Be Satisfaction (Swedish House Mafia Bootleg) (YSI)
Very cool mashup that both Swedish House Mafia and MSTRKRFT played during the festival.
Dennis the Menace VS Big World - Going Back to my Roots (YSI)
Almost has a Bob Sinclair guitar feel, but with a little reggae flair.
Jack Beats - Get Down (YSI)
A lesser-known electro due in the style of fake blood or the Bloody Beetroots.
Tiga and Zyntherius - Sunglasses at Night (Popof Remix 2) (YSI)
Another classic song, but remixed finally to perfection.

Monday, March 23, 2009

What The Fuck

It's about time somebody said something. Here follows my case. 

BEFORE: ("Down Boy," live in San Fran)

AFTER:  (The new "Zero" video!)

I'm sick of making this point against the YYY's new album. There is the evidence. Can you spot the difference?? Sort that shit out...

Low Motion Disco

In 2007, Swiss duo Low Motion Disco put out their first album, "Keep it Slow," featuring tracks called "Love Love Love" as well as "The Low Murder is Out Tonight." Despite all this funny naming (obviously English isn't their first language) their amazing "remix" of the Five Stairsteps' "Things are Gonna Get Easier" made Pitchfork's list of 100 best tracks of 2008. My brother sent it to me a couple days ago, and I'm currently hooked. They pack a lot of souuul, especially for a couple Swiss dudes. Original sounds and cool vibe. Their songs (with much success) have been remixed by LSB, Sebastian Tellier, Aeroplane, etc. These are my favorites:

Low Motion Disco - "Things are Gonna Get Easier" [ysi]

Low Motion Disco - "The Low Murder is Out Tonight" [ysi]

Sic Alps

This last Summer, San Fransico based Sic Alps, released their second full length album, U.S. EZ on Siltbreeze records (also home of the Yips, and Times New Viking). This noise rock indie band from the same kabal as No Age and Wavves (who are playing this week (3/26) in B-More at Zodiac btw). Sic Alps doesn't do that good of a job separating itself from its subgenre's buddies but Matt Hartman and Mike Donovan's Gelly Roll Gum Drop and Bathman really stand out from their most recent album. To be honest Gelly Roll G.D. got me through my flight to B-more. Pitchfork calls it a "fruity, Beatles-like shuffle" which means it has to be delicious.

Sic Alps - Gelly Roll Gum Drop (YSI)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Party Playlist #1

I hope you enjoyed the pregame playlist. For the party, there has to be a beat to get everyone dancing a bit. Since I'm going to have more than one of these, I figured I would start with the classics - the euro club hits. These are not new by any means, but they will never go out of style. Play these at a party and dancing will be sure to ensue. Only half of these are hits, the rest are just some personal favorites.

Global Deejays - The Sound of San Fransisco (Progressive Extended Mix) (YSI)

Guru Josh Project - Infinity 2008 (Klaas Vocal Edit) (YSI)

Digital Mode - The Rhythm of the Night

Yves Larock - Rise Up (Vandalism Rmx) (YSI)

Adele - Hometown Glory (Axwell Remode Mix)

Royal Gigolos - California Dreamin (YSI)

Nelly Furtado - Promiscuous (Axwell Remix) (YSI)

Lovestoned/I Think She Knows (Tiesto Remix) (YSI)

Basement Jaxx - Red Alert (YSI)

Kanye West - Love Lockdown (LMFAO Remix) (YSI)

Notorious B.I.G. - Hypnotize (Cold Blank Remix) (YSI)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Pregame Playlist #1

In anticipation of the Ultra Music Festival (check out the website to get an idea of just how good the lineup is), I will be posting a series of playlists for a good night out. To start this series, just as one would start the night, I will begin with a pregame playlist. This hour or so of music is perfect to have on in the background as you and your friends prepare for the night. There is nothing too dancey, but it is all fast paced and will definately get you excited to go out. Stay tuned for the Party Playlist, Late Night Playlist, and After Hours Playlist to come.

Empire of the Sun - We are the People (Jimmy2sox Remix) (YSI)

LCD Soundsystem - Tribulations (Lindstrom Mix) (YSI)

Presets - Talk Like That (Miami Horror Mix) (YSI)

Busy P - To Protect and Entertain (Crookers Dun 'N' Vocalz)

Maroon 5 - This Love (Cut Copy Galactic Beach House Mix) (YSI)

Shinichi Osawa - Rendezvous (Crookers Remix) (YSI)

A-Trak - Feeling for the Pack (YSI)

Surkin - Next of Kin (Todd Edwards Re-Kindled Mix) (YSI)

Hot Chip - And I was a Boy from School (Live iTunes Mix) (YSI)

Daft Punk - Something About Us (EASTAR Remix) (YSI)

Villains - Thrilla (YSI)