quickie with hemingway

March 20, 2009 | Filed Under music | 5 Comments 


image: lewis and clark expedition via flickr

Not the novelist.

Yacht Funk master, Hemingway just dished this one out to me which promptly made my pupils dilate and ears perk up with anticipation. It’s fun to watch as Hemingway continues to build his repertoire of sounds –especially the way he uses certain elements. I’m so down.

You last saw him early this year with a remix of Pelifics, and now he’s back with a remix of The Virgins‘ “Rich Girls”. It’s not as poppy as The Twelves remix, but it’s soooo funky, buttery disco. hand claps, spank da bass, run da bass, hand claps, butteriest piano synths ever, MONEY!

Seriously though, look out for the soprano synths @2:00 into the pseudo talk box synth @2:37?? WHAT???? then the bass solo breakdown @3:25.  It’ll make your nose bleed.

The Virgins – Rich Girls (Hemingway Remix)

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Dear Hemingway, give us more yacht funk.

EXTRAMATERIAL:
for those who haven’t heard it….hear it now.

The Virgins – Rich Girls (the Twelves Remix)

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ps: I apologize for posting the shit quality track, anyone have a 320kbs version of this track? I cry every time I try to play it out. If anyone is in cahoots with either of the 12s please have their people contact my people. Don’t get clever and send me a transcode.  I will hunt you down.



hmmmmm, hectic, honest, nonsense

March 19, 2009 | Filed Under music | 4 Comments 


image: tuftsmania’s flickr

So the Filthy Dukes full length just arrived over here at the tuftsmania batcave.  It makes me want to do pushups.

It’s called “Nonsense in the Dark” and it’s truly, honestly no-frills, no-nonsense electronic pop music.  Filthy Dukes pulled all the right influences out of their memory banks and put together a collection of really catchy music.  vibrating synths, screaming electric strings, they even emulate a bit of the ’soulwax’ noise.  (you know what I’m talking about… that SSCCCCRReeeeeEEEEEeeee synth that sounds so bad but feels so right)

I’m shallow.

I like accessible music.

Fuck your abstract bullshit.

Filthy Dukes – What Happens Next

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Filthy Dukes – This Rhythm

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BONUS:
My new EFF (Electronic Friends Forever), Dorian and a band he’s in, The Teenagers, just took advantage of those stems Phoenix posted for 1901 and gave it the GarageBand treatment.  God Bless Bigstereo 4 this one!

Phoenix – 1901 (The Garage Band Teenagers Remix)

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leaks, hate, and palmtree families make for a fine sunday

March 15, 2009 | Filed Under music | 13 Comments 


you may or may not spot celebrities in this image. (hint: one’s a millionaire and one’s an art curator/marketing/moog wizard)

Wait, hold on.  Let me finish freaking my shit over the new Phoenix album: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (WAP WAP WAP WAP).

Alright. I won’t be putting any leaks up on this site because unlike certain other french acts that had a huge and ongoing ‘debut leak’ (which didn’t affect their status of  short-lived blog-hip icons), Phoenix is actually a credible and established fixture that you will be able to count on for solid listening material for years to come.  You’ve already heard their official and semi-non-official leaks via here and here, so save your pennies to purchase their album when it comes out later this spring.

But let me assure you, google is your friend if you’re wanting more preview material.  Unfortunately, the leaks are of pretty low quality so it won’t be worth much in terms of listening pleasure.

Speaking of leaks, I think Phoenix is running the show spot-on when it comes to creating hype.  Here’s a brief timeline of their highly effective hype-strategy. disclaimer: This is completely from my failing memory, so it’s most likely very wrong

  1. First of all, everyone already knows they’re amazing.
  2. half a year post their previous album release “It’s Never Been Like That”, updated website with ominous next album release forecast
  3. radio silence (almost a year+)
  4. they released a really rough teaser of a demo riff like half a year ago ‘21 minus zero’  –you can hear the riff they used in that demo on track 4 “love like a sunset” of their upcoming release.
  5. silence for a good 4+ months.  speculation ensues
  6. out of nowhere, they send full quality 320kbs files of 1901 to blogs
  7. few days later, official release via wearephoenix.com
  8. music blogosphere freak-out ensues, hypem explodes, elbo.ws says ‘what’s going on, eh
  9. 1901 stems are released for open-remix via wearephoenix.com
  10. low bitrate ‘kind of official leak’ of Lisztomania is released
  11. low bitrate ‘completely unofficial’ album leak that was probably leaked intentionally and hits various limited file sharing channels.

While some may see it as disastrous, I think point 11 is ESSENTIAL to creating a successful pre-release hype fest.  When an album is leaked, what hurts most is if it’s released v0 or 320kbs full cd quality. Even though real, uncompressed CDs sound leaps better than 320, it’s ‘good enough’ to prevent people from purchasing the official release. In any case, what set this apart from many other leaks was that this was a low quality rip which was still somewhat listenable on something like budget or laptop speakers, but quite unacceptable for anything else. Torrent snob trackers will shun this release because it’s not up to their mp3 encoding standards and this somewhat controls the dissemination of the leak quite effectively in itself. It’s a great preview and indicator on if an album would be good or not, but definitely not a keeper.

This is my breakdown of the demographics this type of marketing might reach:
-The fans who cared enough to put in the time and effort to seek this leak out, are probably the same fans who care enough to go out and buy the album.

-The savvy fans who love Phoenix but don’t care enough to hear the complete leak will still rabidly gobble up various blogs leaking individual tracks (and will still probably purchase the album).

-Those who are actively reading Pitchfork -trying to be ‘indie’ but don’t know anything about Phoenix will hear about their official album release through a ‘more indie’ friend who raves about it; or via Pitchfork who will probably give it a 6.2.  I’ll go ahead and say 60% of this less-savvy demographic will pirate the full quality CD rip from a public access torrent site.  These same people will probably still go see a show with their ‘more indie’ friends and this is where they’ll realize that pitchfork is run by a bunch of lanky-folk loving-onitsuka tiger-track jacket wearing fags.

Some might say this model is unsuccessful, but you tell me after you go to one of their sold out shows and observe the empty merch tables afterward.

[Was this a pitchfork hate post?  oops]

Now feast your ears on some non-leak material.
DJ Lapse of Capetown taking quick advantage of those recently posted stems to 1901:
Phoenix – 1901 (Lapse Remix)

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And here’s that 21 minus zero demo I mentioned somewhere in the mess up there:
Phoenix – 21 Minus Zero

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Finally onto a small but very necessary tidbit on some old favorites of mine, Tahiti Boy and the Palmtree Family.  Just listen to this Para One remix of their recent e-released 1973 EP single.

PAY ATTENTION AFTER THE WHISTLE INTERMISSION @ 2:15.  magic.
Tahiti Boy and the Palmtree Family – 1973 (Para One Remix)

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cop this EP on itunes. it’s (+) quality, has an excellent selection and it’s only $3.99. WIN4U.

Don’t think my tiny bash on Justice up there was malicious in any way.  They are a talented pair, and have been doing a lot of behind the scenes production for bands like Tahiti Boy and Poney Poney. (with stellar results)
example:
Poney Poney – Cross the Fader (prod. by justice)

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addendum: if you haven’t been following TUMBLRMANIA, you should start. you can see how disgusting my browsing habits are.



she’s running blind

March 5, 2009 | Filed Under day to day, music | 7 Comments 


image: via flickr

I think the first time I heard the Van She “Kelly” demo was almost 5 years ago in my college dorm room and it was the most amazing thing I had heard (thanks bigstereo). Anyway, some time has passed and just last year, Van She dropped their full length, V. It was(is) amazing and the final cut of Kelly is really something I can keep coming back to.  Solid insurance.  Van She > Geico.
Van She – Kelly

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Shortly after that, a “Kelly” remix EP came out featuring remixes by Shinichi Osawa, Breakbot, M83, and Lifelike. What kind of insane list of producers??? Here’s Breakbot’s cut.  And really? Who REALLY needs to say anything about Breakbot anymore?
Van She – Kelly (Breakbot Remix)

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definitely head over to myspace or buy the V album via the modshop.

Speaking of Breakbot….Royksopp kind of went mad poppy with their latest single.  Kind of makes me wonder what the full length is gonna sound like.  J. posted their new video and it’s a feast for the eyes.  This single will be released soon with a host of remixes from BOYS NOIZE/BBOT/Datasette.
Royksopp – HUH (Breakbot Remix)

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OH FUCK IT. the Shinichi RAVEmix of Kelly can’t be stopped!
Van She – Kelly (Shinichi Osawa Remix)

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the internet doesn’t sleep

March 3, 2009 | Filed Under music | 3 Comments 


image: JT@LaBTP via flickr

This track is so massive.  I must admit, back when I was first hearing about Calvin Harris, I held my own reservations. But after actually hearing his catchy as shit production skills, it was inevitable.  I was hooked.  You might remember the Roisin Murphy track that went up here not too long ago. (pop-disco-fire)

Here’s what I’m talking about. A trip down epic string synth lane with Calvin Harris’ version of The Hours – “See the Light”. It starts with that whimsical toy synth then jumps into the harmonized staccato but THEN FINALLY….. the MAD WILD roto-esque big-room synth chorus drops bombs.  All held down by such a solid bassline that would make Randy Jackson bring back his jheri curl.

The Hours – See the Light (Calvin Harris Remix)

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BONUSSSSS:
This track is so money.  Just wait ’til it breaks down into the piano buildup. Tommy Sparks by Yuksek, I am lost without you.

Tommy Sparks – I’m A Rope (Yuksek Remix)

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