Such a shame…(updated links)

July 25, 2008 | Filed Under day to day | 9 Comments 


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My trusty steed of 4+ years has finally failed me. The backlight or inverter on my 17″ Powerbook finally gave out and I’m left with a gimpy computer through which I cannot see the cyber world. I have finally gotten around to hooking up an external monitor and getting back to my normal daily grind.

This happened just after vacation which would explain the insane delay in content between now and my last post.

Hello everyone, I’m still here.

Lately I’ve been getting down to fat and funky basslines and Lovelock from NY has been kicking out the jams. Word up to Aleks from the discodust for uncovering this gem. (ps: let’s start more mailing lists please)

listen for the awesome synth keyboarding:
Lovelock – Maybe Tonight

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Speaking of funky bass lines, Fred Falke has been making his rounds in the blog world lately. This balding, stiff looking french man may be awkward in real life, but he brings the funk. The collaboration of Fred Falke’s fret burning bass skills and Miami Horror’s nostalgic synth stabs is heaven when added to Pnau’s “Embrace”.

Pnau – Embrace ft. Ladyhawke (Fred Falke & Miami Horror remix)

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Finally what post on this website would be complete without a track by Midnight Juggernauts? Arguably one of my favorite bands in Australia (possibly the world) right now.

Gearing up for their new single release, come a slew of remixes for “Into the Galaxy”. Also a really dope dope dope dope (more dope) video:

It has been established that the “big gay australian circle jerk” phenomenon exists, however, Paris is destined to break the trend. Chateau Marmont (not to be confused with Chateau Marmont –my new residence) added a much needed parisian twist to this track (next next level blog music inbreeding). Anyway, fuck typing all this, just listen.

Midnight Juggernauts – Into the Galaxy (Chateau Marmont remix)

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I just finished sifting through a shit ton of emails, and I’m pleased to say that quite a few things made my ears and eyes happy. Stay tuned.

ps: does anyone out there at Apple want to gift me a macbook pro? I’d really like that.
pps: i heard you can get free and steezy sunglasses that will instantly increase your street cred at glahsez.



video update (updated)

June 22, 2008 | Filed Under music | 1 Comment 

NOTICE: there is a floating creature in the lower left. correct. I am a huge fan of this ‘internet balloon race’ …. you could win shit… or something. i don’t really know. anyway, i kind of like the cute animal. it will be here for a few days… or weeks… something.

I had to put this up to exemplify the fact that a music video can be ANYTHING. All that hinges on the success of said music video is the quality of the song. Subpar videos that are saved by awesome music, if you will.

take note: the same cannot be said about a shitty song combined with an awesome video.
disclaimer: I love Ladyhawke.

You may have heard an extremely catchy track featuring the voice of a female in my last mixtape. Modular Chris sent this tonight and I just had to smile about it. Ladyhawke’s ‘Paris is Burning’ is a highly solid track on its own merit. The same cannot be said about the music video featuring our favorite lady walking through various stages of events….

1. out the back door of a club, in an alley
2. battling drunk hobo in said alley
3. through a pillow fight
4. through a welding shop
5. finally ending up at prom with confetti

This just does nothing for me…. HOWEVER. It did EVERYTHING for me because the song is so good.

Think what you will, but it is my new mission to make shitty music videos over the best tracks I come across, and the magic of the sounds will prevail.

update: jason has informed me that he told Pip that her first cut of the video sucked. Upon hearing this, she promptly re-uploaded a new video. So this is actually version two. do any of you creepy e-stalking ladyhawke lovers have a saved flv? …. i mean, i’m sure it’s out there…. it’s not like i saved the rough cut of D.A.N.C.E. or anything…..



midterms come, and then keep going.

May 5, 2008 | Filed Under day to day | Leave a Comment 

PIDG
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It’s late and I, just as the rest of the blog kingdom musicarius and genus Bloggerazoa, are all just listening to the latest sample track to come out of the Modular spam mailing list.

I am still on the fence about the Van She Tech remix of Ladyhawke’s BOTV (Fred Falke’s version still kills it).

But this next track can do no wrong. Taking ‘big gay circle jerk‘ to the next NEXT level, Van She Tech remixes Van She.

So that’s like, not even circle jerking, that’s like if a person were to be born with male and female sexual reproductive systems –self inseminating his/her own sperm and fertilizing his/her own egg.

NEXT LEVEL SHIT!!!!!!!!!!! BIG SELF-SEX HERMAPHRODITE SELF-JERK PRODUCING FETUS!

alright i’m over it. it’s late. i’m waking everyone up. this is really loud right now.

you.

make loud.

me.

make sleep.

the chorus makes me want to self-sex.

oh. AND PROPS TO VAN SHE TECH FOR USING A NEW SYNTH! FUCK YEAAAAAAAA (not that i was getting tired of the old one they used for 2 years straight or anything)

Van She – Strangers (VST SELF-SEXING RMX)

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oh and here’s the ladyhawke remix, listen to it and tell me I’m out of my mind/an idiot/fucking idiot/ghey

Ladyhawke – BOTV (Van She Tech TURBO rmx)

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be my embrace

January 31, 2008 | Filed Under day to day, music | 11 Comments 

hey sunlight
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Hey, it’s me. Today marks the day where some things stay the same, and some things change. Don’t worry, it won’t be all that bad.

note: this might be a long read for my friends that require prescription medication to concentrate, so pop a couple of adderall, blast some excellent music.

There has been a gi-fucking-gantic steaming mass of responsibilities on my plate for the past couple months; and one by one, they began dropping off like some kind of disease as I started to focus more on the seemingly higher priority tasks. SHLOG and general TUFTSMANIA activity were some of the ones that didn’t make the ‘high priority’ cut.

I didn’t leave it all high and dry however. I still checked my emails, still kept up, still loved the music.

Then sometime mid-December, something interesting began to happen.

I started receiving messages from members of a certain very large corporate lablel trying to promote a certain other ‘DJs’ new album. I’m not going to drop any names.

They began like any other artist telling me about themselves, the music, and etc. Alright, fair enough, but what happens next I was nowhere near prepared for.

this stupid fuck gives me a PRE WRITTEN article and says,

“In exchange for publishing this article on your blog, I am willing to give you xxx amount of SIGNED merchandise (stupid fucking cds! -tuftsmania).”

Ok, now I can’t believe my tiny asian eyes. Did some billion dollar, ass-raping, corporate label just try to BARTER value-less bullshit COMPACT DISCS with me for an article on my site? Don’t get me wrong… I’m not trying to front. I LOVE THE HELL out of free shit, just don’t expect anything back from me in return. I don’t recognize it as a form of currency for business transactions. (chances are I’ll love you if you give me something free, and even blog about it)

I don’t put much value on blog articles that I write for myself, but I do value my integrity as a human being. If some blood sucking business wants my time, I don’t want a bunch of worthless pieces of plastic taking up my space. and for SURE don’t give me a PRE WRITTEN BULLSHIT article to FAKE blog onto my website.

That’s like going to a Michelin Top 10 restaurant and giving the chef your own recipe for his signature dish. NO WAY DOG!! THE PRICE IS WRONG BOBBY!!!

The blog scene is a very, very powerful tool, and corporate america is just now figuring this out (late as usual) and trying to cash in. They’re trying bullish old-world tactics and pretty much failing, with the exception of some other blogs *cough*kidz*cough*colette*.

So, that’s what kind of put me into hibernation mode for a while. I deemed it necessary to take some time off and check out the excellent things the outside world had to offer.



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now fast forward:

back, is a renewed, with a tad of healthy anger, chris tuftsmania. <3
time for tuftsmania

TO EMI/SONY/BMG/VIRGIN/RIAA/ETC ETC/YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE:
I hope you’re reading this you corporate pieces of shit. You are dickless pieces of business slime. Keep on trying to catch up.

Independent promotion has already killed you.
Independent Electronic + Vinyl distribution has already killed you.
Music blogs have already killed you.

alright, there may be more of this in the future. I may even post some healthy email conversations.
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I don’t leave my friends hanging though… Here’s a recent track posted by the healthy CRLZ at HIPSTERRUNOFF and it’s unbelievably “REC’CD” by us BOTH.

ladyhawke fuck yes!!
PNAU – Embrace feat. LADYHAWKE

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PS, TAKE NOTE: I only blog about music that I like. It’s not like I blog every piece of shitty music that reaches my anemic inbox. If I don’t blog anything for a week, It’s not like I stopped getting new music, because I’m always out to find hot music.

PPS: I keep getting emails to upload the holiday 07 mixtape, but I already said, NO CAN DO! You’re gonna have to get it from someone who won it and is willing to upload it for the world to share.



commonality

August 31, 2007 | Filed Under music | 1 Comment 

Thank god it’s the end of the week and the beginning of a lonnnngg 3 day weekend. (for those of you in the United States)

I just heard a little snippet preview of your favorite Belgiumians Soulwax‘ remix of LCD Soundsystem’s “Get Innocuous” and it’s SOO DISCO ACE!! I’ll post it as soon as I can get my slimy fingers on that wax goodness.
But right now I’m packing for a short little flight up to Sacramento for a nice weekend alas no worrriiiez, daddy tuftsmania is gonna leave you guys with a little some’some.

Here’s a track…. something that you’ll just have to embrace. It’s part of life.
Supermayer, hailing from Germany, really bleeds a Deutsche sound… I don’t know why but it’s very quirky a’la Stereo Total.
Supermayer – The Art of Letting Go

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Kris Menace is my new hero. I had heard his tracks in the past, but he really blew my mind on the Lumberjack track with Alan Braxe (which I was totally psyched over). And now here we have an awesome remix of the Midnight Juggernauts that fluokids recently dropped on my ass. Bring the electro house!! Also check that fluokids link for more disco than your little pacemaker-aided heart can handle (ladyhawke!!)
Midnight Juggernauts – Out of the Storm (Kris Menace Magic Touch)

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Lastly, what do we have here? WTF!PARIS. That’s right, another killer track from fucking parisians. I don’t know what it is, but for some reason, french bands that sing in english just get me hooked. Stuck in Sound aren’t quite electro/techno, but follow more closely along the lines of heavy disco/punk. The pulsating bass line and piercing/stabbing high-overdrive guitars hit it so well in this track. BEASTTTLY FRENCH.

boooyaa.
paris.
(ps: remix? is anybody there?)

Stuck in Sound – ToyBoy

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