Thursday, January 31, 2008
That's right, RATATAT's excellent second hip-hop remix album is now available from the boys' website for free. Self-released and previously only distributed at live shows (for $5), the album has recently been made available online in its entirety as a free download. The 14 tracks include mixes of vocals from artistis such as Notorious B.I.G., Kanye West, The Game, Ludacris, Memphis Bleek, T.I., Young Buck, Juvenile and Jay-Z with beats from a leaked instrumental album and other material. Grab the album here and read more about it here.
Check out some of the original instrumental tracks sans lyrics:
RATATAT - four
RATATAT - one
RATATAT - two
Oh yeah, and according to Wikipedia, "it has been rumored that they will be signed by Star Trak as the understudies of the Neptunes." WTF Wikipedia? How do you know this shiz?
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Anyways, the soundtrack to the show is absolutely crazy and the underground mix tape master Dub Floyd threw together a great little mix that features Asheru (who also does the show's theme song) hosting through a phenomenal line up of slam poets and killer MC's. All the tracks feature some great wordmanship and every MC has almost impeccable flow on every track.
Off "Hip Hop Doctrine: The Official Boondocks Mixtape"
Panthers - Dead Prez, Common, Last Poets
Politricks - Akir
The Format - AZ feat. Rakim ***
The Hustle - Black Lincolns
bonus, heres a little video of a great fight scene between Huey and Riley.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I recently grabbed a copy of last year's V Live, a live performance by French electronic master Vitalic recorded at Ancienne Belgique, Brussels on October 27th 2006. His 2005 album OK Cowboy was chock full of epic tracks including the classic 'La Rock 01' and my personal favourite 'Trahison'. Unfortunately, 'Trahison' was not included in the live session captured for V Live, but I did notice it soundtracking an advert for a Toshiba laptop to great effect on British TV the other day.
Vitalic - Trahison
Vitalic - Polkamatic (live)
Vitalic - My Friend Dario (live)
Monday, January 28, 2008
This Will Destroy You - Threads
*more from BTA soon on what music would suit this form of amusement.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Andrew Bird's Armchair Apocrypha was one of my favourite 2007 albums, so I was naturally pleased to discover that our fine feathered friend has recently made an EP of rarities (odds and ends, really) available on his European tour. The EP's 8 songs include early/alternate versions of tracks from last year's album, compilation contributions, a live cut, a new track and a Bob Dylan cover. Get your hands on a copy if you can.
Andrew Bird - Plasticities (Alternate Mix)
Andrew Bird - Oh Sister (Bob Dylan Cover)
Andrew Bird - Imitosis (Four Tet Remix)
Andrew Bird - Fiery Crash (live)
Saturday, January 26, 2008
In typical information age fashion, the new album from Stephen Malkmus (formerly of Pavement and the Silver Jews) and The Jicks slated for release on March 4th is now available online (illegally, of course) through all the usual suspects.
Although I've only given it a few listens, I like it already. Standout tracks include 'Hopscotch Willie' and 'Baltimore'.
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - Baltimore
Thursday, January 24, 2008
MAKE YOUR PENIS LARGER! YES YOU, BRIDGINGTHEATLANTIC,
MAKE IT BIGGER!!
Hypothetically speaking, if BTA did have a penis, I'm sure that it would not need enhancement. I'm not trying to brag, but it's true. And now you might be asking, "Yo bridgingtheatlantic, what the fuck does spam and penis' have to do with The OaKs?". Well, not a thing...but the email after that was from Frantic, a promotion company based out of New York. Turns out they're pushing a band called the OaKs hailing from the Orlando, Florida. The story goes that the lead singer lived in Afghanistan post 9/11. Apparently he sold everything he had, a-la Into the Wild, and joined a humanitarian mission.
From the Press Release:
Costello [Ryan Costello, Vocals] lived there for two years, working in the Central Afghan Mountains with returned refugees, teaching them creative agricultural techniques and becoming fluent in their native language, Farsi. Late at night, while the dust storms blocked out the stars and rattled the windows, he would sit and work out impressions of what he had seen and heard that day on his acoustic guitar. Costello also documented his time in Afghanistan with a series of moving portraits which can be viewed at ryancostello.com.When he was there he met a man named Masood. The two developed a close relationship and Ryan was there to bear witness to Masood's father's death.
From the Press Release:
Three years later, as Costello sat around in his living room in Florida one summer strumming on his classical guitar, he began working on a song that would weave in the story of Masood with another Masood who was killed in late 2001, Ahmad Shaw Masood. An Afghan mythic hero who rose up mighty armies to fight first the Russians and then later the Taliban, Masood from an early age carried himself as a warrior and a walking message to his people never to let themselves be ruled from without. Called “The Lion of Panshir”, Masood gave hope to his people in a hopeless time. As a composite of one personal friendship and one mythic story, Masood came to be one of the centerpieces of The OaKs’ new album Songs For Waiting.Their sophomore release, Songs for Waiting, will be available on March 4th but you can stream the whole album from here.
[MP3]: Masood - The OaKs
Working For a Nuclear Free City - Asleep At The Wheel
Working For a Nuclear Free City - The Tape
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
The video for their first single, Idle Songs, presents to us a vision of the world from the eyes of frogs. Wait...no I doesn't. Actually I have no fucking clue what the video is supposed to be about. Drunken, bearded hobos walk around spliced with pictures of paintings and my favorite; a horse with a dart (cigarette) in it's mouth. What the fuck? I feel like I'm tripping on acid.
I'm freaking out man!
You are freaking out, man.
[Video]: Idle Songs - Frog Eyes
[MP3]:Idle Songs - Frog Eyes
[MP3]:Stockades - Frog Eyes
Cheers, MF Blaz
Any fan of Justice's "Phantom" has to listen to the track "Tenebre" by Italian prog-rock band Goblin. More than just an inspiration, "Phantom" is basically a remixed version of this cut from the sountrack of Dario Argento's violent 1982 film of the same name.
And by the way, 'tenebre' is Italian for darkness.
Goblin - Tenebre
Justice - Phantom
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Any day that involves last-minute, spontaneous chats with Swedish indie-popsters is a good day by all accounts. So the fact that my afternoon included a brief hang out with the boys affectionately known as Peter, Bjorn & John made waking up this morning a great decision.
PB&J are in Toronto tonight playing a soldout show at the Phoenix, their second in less than a calendar year. After this tour, it's back to the studio to begin recording on the follow-up to 2006's gigantic hit (critically and commercially) Writer's Block.
We talked a bit about the new album, the success of the Swedish music scene, and why the band seems to enjoy coming to Canada.
BTA: 2007 was a successful year for many Swedish artists internationally Jens Lekman, Jose Gonzalez, the Sounds, etc.) and 2006 was pretty solid, too. What exactly is happening over there that's causing the international eyes to turn toward Sweden?
PBJ: The music scene in
BTA: What about the Swedish artists who aren't getting enough recognition outside of their homeland? Any bands you think deserve more attention?
PBJ: There’s a band called the Bear Quartet that have been around forever that we've always liked. They've released fourteen albums now, over like fifteen years. Also, there’s a bunch of side projects from them as well.
BTA: So you're doing a few shows here and then down to Mexico and LA for a couple more. What's next for PB&J? Any details on album plans?
PBJ: We're going to head back home and start working on a new album. We're going to take our time on it, though. We definitely won't be working every day. But we hope to have it finished by the end of summer.
BTA: Writer's Block was officially released in 2006 to a lot of critical success, and then still managed to find its way on a bunch of "best of" lists for 2007. Has the longevity of the album surprised you?
PBJ: It’s great that it just keeps growing. But it wasn’t released in proper physical form in a lot of countries, like
What’s funny is that we won a Swedish Grammy for it in 2006, and then were nominated for more in 2007 with the same album. We asked the girl at the record label in
BTA: Your website mentions Canada as one of your favourite countries to play. What is it about Canada that has left such a favourable impression?
PBJ: We haven’t been here a lot, but when we have played, the crowds have always been big and really great. We’ve only been to
Peter Bjorn & John - Lets Call it Off (Single Mix)
Attention Dominion Shoppers - Chocolate Milk is $0.99 today and until supplies last.
In other news, probably the premiere music festival in North America, Indio, CA's annual Coachella Music & Arts Festival tossed forth its lineup today for all to admire and begin to dream of summer.
This year the now three-day festival falling on the last weekend of April has made some interesting choices that have resulted in some bad buzz already.
I must admit it is quite unnerving to read that every aunt's favourite surfer boy Jack Johnson is the headliner on the first night of the festival. And, certainly some of the other headlining names seem a bit disappointing, not necessarily because of what names are present but rather for those which are noticeably absent. Despite the speculation that they may kick off their much-anticipated summer touring at the festival, Radiohead is probably the biggest name absent. Also missing are others who I personally had my fingers crossed for such as Tokyo Police Club, Of Montreal, or the Decemberists, who had to cancel their fall tour due to band illness. Instead, reunions from bands like Portishead, Love and Rockets, the Verve and Kraftwerk have been substituted yet fail to fill the void.
But it is in the finer print of the lineup where Coachella 2008 shapes up to be promising. The festival brings together a diverse blend of 2007's most mentioned in MIA, Justice, the National, Diplo, and others while managing quite impressively to anticipate what's next. Santogold, MGMT, Vampire Weekend, the Teenagers, and New Young Pony Club bring the next generation along with a slew of other artists whose buzz is already in the boiling process. (For readers in the Toronto area, enter to win a pair of tickets to the February MGMT show here.)
From a home base perspective, my fellow Canadians have to be happy with a solid showing including A&C-ites Stars (but no Feist), as well as Tegan & Sara, Chromeo, Holy Fuck, Metric and certainly others.
Ultimately, the lineup is diverse and promising but seems to be lacking in too many clinchers with many people. But with that much young talent on the verge this festival is likely to be a grower rather than a shower.
Here's a summer-inspired 2008 Coachella preview grab bag to help you fend off the rest of the winter months. Download here.
Vampire Weekend - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
The Teenagers - Homecoming
M.I.A. - Jimmy
MGMT - Kids
Battles - Ddiamondd
Black Lips - O Katrina!
Tegan & Sara - Nineteen
Monday, January 21, 2008
In my zeal to share new musical discoveries, I often forget that my friends across the pond aren't exposed to the (sometimes excellent) bands that we in the UK seem to be all too aware of. The Maccabees are one such example. The Brighton-based group's debut album Colour It In has been out for ages (April? May?) and when I saw these guys at Reading in August the crowd was insane.
Check 'em out, North Americans.
The Maccabees - Toothpaste Kisses
The Maccabees - About Your Dress
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
50hertz sounds like what would happen if Think About Life teamed up with some dudes on ADATAT records. in other words, an 8-bit dance party. sewingmachine is highly, highly recommended.
50hertz - sewingmachine
50hertz - nigga please
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Ignore the poster above. Vampire Weekend is actually busy in London town; at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen tomorrow night and Push on Saturday. The first show is sold out but I think tickets are still available for the second gig. With the new album to be released worldwide January 28/29, I bet they'll have even more songs up their striped sleeves than when I saw them at the Borderline a few months ago.
According to Hoxton Bar and Kitchen's website:
Fresh off their UK tour with the Shins, their debut album going out in January released on XL Recordings, the best thing out of New York since ... (insert favourite NY band here), hype being raised EVERYwhere! How could you miss this?
Vampire Weekend bring you their unique slice of folk-indie-punk chopped up with some African influenced guitar rhythm and spiky vocals. The songs run round your head for hours until you're learnt every instrumental and vocal part. Frankly, you should buy a ticket right now.Yes indeedy.
Torontonians can catch 'em at the Horseshoe Tavern on February 11th.
Vampire Weekend - Exit Music (For a Film)
(various other excellent Radiohead covers available here)
Vampire Weekend - A-Punk
Lightning struck about 100 yards away from me the other day here in OZ...After my eardrums stopped ringing, I took it as a sign to post more from my side of the world. So I thought I'd mention The Wombats. The Liverpool band's 'Moving to New York' was re-released on January 14th, but it's been the track "Kill the Director" thats been getting a lot of play on Aussie radio. I really enjoy the original, but have currently been digging the CSS remix. The band is about to embark on what looks like a fairly rigorous touring schedule in the next few days, and will be arriving in Sydney in March so I will make my best attempt to be in attendance and see how these guys roll live. For now enjoy the track and see if you can make it to the one of many European dates.
- Matty B.
The Wombats - Kill the Director (CSS Remix)
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
First, the song:
I don't think Air Wars was the wisest choice for their first video. If the point of a video is to capture a new audience into listening to your music then I thought that Crimewaves would have been the best choice. But I'm not Crystal Castles nor do I know them.
Second, the concept:
I just don't understand this one. They walk around with ice cream cones substituted for heads? What is that? Are they trying to copy Daft Punk's Da Funk? Probably not, but the dog head concept is way cooler than the ice cream head.
All n' all it doesn't really matter as everyone from BTA is totally stoked for their debut.
[Video]Air Wars - Crystal Castles
Don't want to give you my real fake name because my head is about to explode and this post probably makes very little sense;
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Tonight, Aoki brings his asian-sweat dance party to the recently-opened Tattoo Rock Parlour, along with Ed Banger supercutie Uffie. The pair, who have built incredible buzz despite having yet to release any records, are a prime example of the "attitude-over-talent" approach which has hit a chord with today's party-goers worldwide. Neither are producing any content indicative of overt musical prowess, in my opinion, but none of this really seems to matter to the legions of walking/talking American Apparel ads who have been shitting themselves over this party, put on by the Queen of the Toronto party scene, Anna Von Frances of Pink Mafia.
With about three-zillion kids RSVPed on effbook, It's likely I'll be the only human being not at Tattoo tonight. Not that I deny it will be a fantastic party, because it certainly will be. I guess I just don't care that much. That, and my one-piece bright purple unitard is in the wash.
Aoki's debut album, Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles, which at times treads the line between remixing and straight-up thiefing the music of others (check out the 1:53 of untouched Refused sample which kicks off album snippet #1 on his myspace page), is out January 22nd on Thrive/Dim Mak. Apart from the questionable Refused usage, however, the album does boast some pretty interesting remixes (most of which aren't his own) and features a whole whack of guest vocalists, including Peaches, Hot Hot Heat's Steve Bay, and Todd Fink of the Faint on his remix of Goose's Bring it On.
Uffie's album is due out sometime later in 2008.
Bloc Party - Helicopters (Weird Science Remix ft. Peaches)
Goose - Bring it On (ft. Todd Fink of the Faint)
Saturday, January 12, 2008
The Tough Alliance were responsible for one of my favourite releases of 2007, A New Chance. Not included on that album was the excellent single 'Taken Too Young', released back in August. The track is actually a remix; the original is by Taken By Trees, the project of fellow Swede Victoria Bergsman (formerly of the Concretes). The original is great, and TTA's remix is possibly even better.
The Tough Alliance - Taken Too Young
The Tough Alliance - Taken Too Young (zipped)
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Classic moment. De-Loused is definitely one of my favorite concept albums of all-time and even though their second full-length, Frances the Mute, does not reach such a standard, it is a brilliant prog-rock album that will rock throughout the ages.
Amputechture? I don't want to talk about Amputechture.
Now the former members of At the Drive-In are set to release their forth full-length album entitled The Bedlam in Goliath and it definitely has been set up as their return to a more instrument based spacey sound, and not just "we did lots of acid and thought the ambient noise on the moons of Jupiter were fucking rad" sound. The first track released, Wax Simulacra, cuts out all the fluff that surrounded much of the Volta's previous albums and hits right to the point with great effect. The music is as hard-hitting as it was on De-loused and Cedric's lyrics and vocals keep the same ethereal sound scape that they are known for.
The album is set to be released on Jan 29th and they have put up a website with a puzzle that supposedly gives away details about the background concept for the album.
Welcome back to Earth boys.
[MP3] Wax Simularcra - Mars Volta
[MP3] Goliath - Mars Volta
[Video] Aberinkula - Mars Volta
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
They will be releasing their first 7' EVER, Hard Feelings, next week on Tuesday but it will also be available as a digital download at those popular digital download websites.
[MP3] Hard Feelings - Constantines
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Today is an exciting day in BTA land. It marks the first-ever contest that we've hosted, and I personally can't think of a pair of bands that I'd rather be sharing this monumental occasion with than MGMT and Yeasayer.
Thanks to our friends at Red Ink, we've got a pair of tickets for their February 9th show at the El Mocambo in Toronto, as well as a copy of MGMT's debut album, Oracular Spectacular, due out January 22nd in Canada.
This news comes on the same day that MGMT is making their major television debut, performing on David Letterman tonight, January 8th. Tune in and check it out.
So, to enter this inaugural BTA contest, email us with "MGMT/Yeasayer tickets!" in the subject line, and answer the following question: which song did MGMT perform on Letterman? Also include your full name and contact info. We'll be drawing a winner from successful entries on Friday, February 1st.
MGMT - Weekend Wars
Yeasayer - Sunrise
Acting on a tip from a friend, I checked out Juno a few nights ago and was suitably impressed. Not only is it a clever and engaging film, but I was especially taken with the excellent folksy/twee soundtrack. Belle & Sebastian, The Kinks, Sonic Youth, The Velvet Underground, Cat Power, and Buddy Holly are among the artists featured, and Kimya Dawson contributes a handful of sweet gems to provide consistency. A few cuts are available below, but I highly recommend picking up the entire album.
01) "All I Want Is You" – Barry Louis Polisar
02) "Rollercoaster" – Juno Film Version - Kimya Dawson
03) "A Well Respected Man" – The Kinks
04) "Dearest" – Buddy Holly
05) "Up The Spout" – Mateo Messina
06) "Tire Swing" – Kimya Dawson
07) "Piazza, New York Catcher" – Belle & Sebastian
08) "Loose Lips" – Kimya Dawson
09) "Superstar" – Sonic Youth
10) "Sleep" – Instrumental - Kimya Dawson
11) "Expectations" – Belle & Sebastian
12) "All The Young Dudes" – Mott The Hoople
13) "So Nice So Smart" – Kimya Dawson
14) "Sea of Love" – Cat Power
15) "Tree Hugger" – Kimya Dawson and Antsy Pants
16) "I'm Sticking With You" – Velvet Underground
17) "Anyone Else but You" – The Moldy Peaches
18) "Vampire" – Antsy Pants
19) "Anyone Else But You" – Ellen Page and Michael Cera
"Tire Swing" - Kimya Dawson
Monday, January 07, 2008
19 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 (with Blonde Redhead)
29 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
1 Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
2 Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar
4 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
5 San Francisco, CA @ The Independant
7 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
8 Vancouver, BC @ The Plaza Niteclub
9 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
12 Austin, TX @ SXSW
13 Austin, TX @ SXSW
14 Austin, TX @ SXSW
15 Austin, TX @ SXSW
16 Austin, TX @ SXSW
17 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
18 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
19 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
21 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
22 Montreal, QC @ Les Saint
23 Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwells
24 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
27 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas
28 Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
29 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Lets All Drink Scotch and play in the mist.
[Video] Radiohead - Scotch Mist
Cheers, MF Blaz
Sunday, January 06, 2008
It may not be absolutely ridiculous but it's fairly ridiculous and that's all from me today.
Cheers, MF Blaz
oh, and ps: I do not have any individual tracks in this collection. It's all LPs, EPs, and demos.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
When it comes to year-end, it seems like everyone has to weigh in on what their favourite music of the past twelve months. In bloggerland, this is especially true. At BTA, we're no different except that there are multiple opinions that get expressed.
This is the third full mix posted by us, both MFBlaz and a.m.p.m. have beaten me to the punch (which isnt hard to do considering we're nearly a full week into 2008). But not to be outdone, here is a mix of what I consider to be the finest music of this past year.
Since I'm notoriously poor in the technical department, the mix isn't mixed per say, but that doesn't mean that thought wasn't put into the order of the songs.
Download the entire mix right here, or click below for individual tracks.
Gruff Rhys - This is Just the Beginning
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Rockers to Swallow
Les Savy Fav - The Year Before the Year 2000
LCD Soundsystem - Watch the Tapes
Bombay Bicycle Club - How are You
M.I.A. - Paper Planes
Kanye West - Barry Bonds (ft. Lil Wayne)
Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
Cloud Cult - Chemicals Collide
Broken Social Scene ft Kevin Drew - TBTF
Tegan & Sara - Like Oh, Like H
The Wooden Sky - When Lost at Sea
Of Montreal - The Past is a Grotesque Animal
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! - Satan Said Dance
Vampire Weekend - Bryn
Spoon - You Got Yr Cherrybomb
Kings of Leon - Camaro
Black Lips - Veni Vidi Vici
The National - Fake Empire
Bright Eyes - Clairaudients (Kill or Be Killed)
A lot of the above have wound up on many people's best of's (at least the artist/album, if not the song). But if i could personally recommend one of the lesser-knowns, I'd like to point you, the BTA faithful, toward Toronto indie folk/country wonders the Wooden Sky. Their 07 release When Lost at Sea is definitely a contender for my favourite Canadian album of the year. I've been meaning to post fully on these guys, which I still intend to do - so keep your eyes (and ears) out.
For nostalgia purposes, my 2003 mix is available here.
[MP3] Untrust Us - Crystal Castles (off their upcoming debut)
[MP3] Alice Practice - Crystal Castles
Friday, January 04, 2008
My chips are melting already.
[MP3] Ready for the Floor - Hot Chip
[MP3] Shake A Fist - Hot Chip
[MP3] Kids with Guns (Hot Chip Remix) - Gorillaz
[VIDEO] Ready for the Floor - Hot Chip
As a socio-demographic, teenagers are acknowledged to be hormonal, dramatic, and generally irresponsible, but a shit ton of fun. In fact, most any washed-up, fattened middle-ager has no qualms about admitting that being a teenager is certainly as good as it gets.
Carrying those same stereotypes to their keypads and distortion pedals are Paris, France's the Teenagers. Unless you're a rarely-to-never music blog frequenter, there's a solid chance you've caught wind of these characters at some point in 2007, likely as providers of some of the sweetest remixes of some pretty stellar bands. BTA first reported on some of these mixes in April of this past year, and they're in absolute abundance on hype machine and others. But January 15th sees the digital release of their debut album, Reality Check and subsequent North American touring, followed by the worldwide physical release March 18th. Their 12-stop jaunt across North America begins on the 18th of January in Vancouver, their first of three Canadian dates.
January 18 - Vancouver - Richards on Richards
January 27 - Toronto - Social (tickets)
January 29 - Montreal - Just For Laughs
The album seems to be made up tracks previously available on the interweb, but may serve as a mainstream introduction to the crude, ironic electro-pop that has already caught the attention of many o' youth and young adult.
02) Love No
03) Feeling Better
04) Starlett Johansson
05) Streets of Paris
06) Make It Happen
07) Wheel of Fortune
08) Fuck Nicole
09) Sunset Beach
12) End of the Road
Plus, a brand new track, which isn't included in the upcoming release.
Teenagers - Tiger
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Bad Ass Grasshopper, The Beast and The Hustla, The Best Rapper Alive, The Best Rapper Alive Vol. 2, The Best Rapper Alive Vol. 3, The Best Rapper Alive Vol. 4, The Best Rapper Alive Vol. 5, Carter Files, Carter vs. Carter, The Carter Meets The Cartel, Da Drought 3, The Drought Is Over Pt. 2, The Drought Is Over Pt. 3, The Drought Is Over Pt. 4, From 9/11 to Katrina Vol. 1, Jackin for Beats, Lil' Wayne vs. Weezy F. Baby, Lyrical Homicide Pt. 1, Lyrical Homicide Pt. 2, New Orleans Nightmare Pt. 1-7, R & Weezy, The Rapper Eater, SQ7, Wayne's World Part 3, Wayne's World Vol. 2, Where's My Crown At? Vol. 3, Young Money (The Best of Lil' Wayne), Young Money Millionaire, Young Money Millionaire Pt. 2, Young Money Millionaire Pt. 3, Young Money Millionaire Pt. 4
...and you are, like Wallace and Carter before you, known for writing nothing...and your freestyles are limitless...and Pitchfork digs you as much as those in any hood...and you came out with "Upgrade," which contains:
It's a new game and I'm the coach like Avery...then you win. The most notable Toronto sports reference in hip hop history comes courtesy of the New Orleans quote machine, go figure. The Carter III reportedly drops February 15, 2008.
Leave it to the flow we getting dough like a bakery
I don't really want to but these niggas makin' me
Put a motherfucker on ice like the Maple Leafs
That's a hockey team and I ain't on no hockey team
But I'm a champion, where's the fuckin Rocky Theme
Damn...rest in peace Apollo Creed
I'm a monster. Everyday is Halloween
Lil' Wayne - Upgrade
Enough praise for one talent, check out also some other standout tracks of 2007, a short list the BTA writers will pad as needed (minus Soulja Boy, which yes, was fun, bet let's move on). Paper Planes is on everybody's radar, rightly so...how about the remix with Bun B and Rich Boy?
M.I.A. - Paper Planes feat. Bun B & Rich Boy
El-P - Dear Sirs
Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass
UGK feat. Outkast - International Players
Anyways, yesterday they released a short 20-minute 4-track EP entitled American Gothic and it's...uh...well...it's actually alright. The lyrics still lack the torment of old Billy; the first lines of track Again, Again, Again go "I love you / I don't even care." - masterful Bill, masterful. The lyrics, although shitty, do work well with the sound but is it just me or do they sound like they're trying to be the Foo Fighters? Anyways, the EP is worth the 20 minute listen but don't expect too much.
I'm going to throw on Mellon Collie and cry over spilt milk.
Smashing Pumpkins - Again, Again, Again
Smashing Pumpkins - Pox
a.m.p.m.'s 2007 mix:
01 Franz Ferdinand - All My Friends
02 Okkervil River - Unless It's Kicks
03 M.I.A. - Paper Planes
04 Justice - Valentine
05 Yeasayer - 2080
06 The Tough Alliance - Looking For Gold
07 Handsome Furs - Dead + Rural
08 Band of Horses - The General Specific
09 Black Kids - Listen To Your Body Tonight
10 Feist - My Moon My Man
11 Spoon - Rhthm & Soul
12 Of Montreal - She's A Rejector
13 The National - Slow Show
14 Radiohead - Faust Arp
15 Vampire Weekend - Oxford Comma
16 Tokyo Police Club - Box
17 Crystal Castles vs HEALTH - Crimewave
18 Rigas - The Hardest Pocket To Pick
19 Tullycraft - The Punks Are Writing Love Songs
20 Architecture in Helsinki - Heart It Races
21 The Weakerthans - Night Windows
22 Seabear - I Sing I Swim
23 Calexico - Ocean Of Noise
DOWNLOAD THE ENTIRE MIX HERE
My 2006 mix is also still available here.
(thanks again to tapedeck.org for the image)
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
The other night I had the chance to help a friend out by covering a MSTRKRFT show and interview. Now, I feel I shouldn't say too much about it as it hasn't been aired yet, but we did get the chance to talk about the ever changing electronic music scene, the art of remixing, and what the guys have in store for the new year. The guys explained that they were going to try to stay away from the remixing for a while to focus on other things. We then asked them if they ever wanted to dabble with any hip-hop remixes, as their tracks to date are almost exclusively indie rock or dance groups. They revealed that they had in fact been recently approached by a hip-hop artist, not really indicating though if this would be a remix or collaborative effort. When we tried to get the name of the artist out of them they kept quiet, but did say that to do something like this, it would have to be someone fairly significant in the game and a means to move them forward as artists. I like to think it's going to be with Kanye with the whole A-trak connection. As for the set itself, I had heard mixed things about their performance, but I was pretty into the show. In between filming I was able to dance to a great remix of 'Genesis' by Justice along with some other unheard goodies. Too bad the girl beside me kept calling me a Unicorn..and other various mythological beasts.
- Matty B.
MSTRKRFT - Paris
So I hope that everyone got belligerently drunk last night and had an excellent new years eve. Bbbykmbrly, a.m.p.m, and myself headed over to the party at Sneaky Dee's and had a most excellent time; even running across the street to Bistro at two in the morning to catch some eight dollar pitchers. But now let's put the past behind us and look towards the future. The future of rawk and roll. There are some releases coming out in the next few months that are worth noting and I'll provide you with a little list of the sound that is to come.
Looking Forward 2008
Please note that all release dates/album titles are subject to change.
08th Syclops / Where's Jason's K? / DFA
15th Constantines / Hard Feelings, Easy Money 7" / Arts & Crafts
22nd Cat Power / Jukebox / Matador
22nd MGMT / Oracular Spectacular / Columbia
22nd Steve Aoki / Pillowface and his Airplane Chronicles / Thrive
22nd Times New Viking / Rip It Off / Matador
29th Helio Sequence / Keep Your Eyes Ahead / Sub Pop
29th Louis XIV / Slick Dogs and Ponies / Atlantic
29th The Mars Volta / The Bedlam in Goliath / Universal
29th Sons & Daughters / The Gift / Domino
29th These New Puritans / Navigate, Navigate 12" / Domino
29th Vampire Weekend / Vampire Weekend / XL
29th Xiu Xiu / Women As Lovers / Kill Rock Stars
05th Hot Chip / Made in the Dark / DFA, Astralwerks
05th Jason Collett / Here's to Being Here / Arts & Crafts
12th British Sea Power / Do You Like Rock Music? / Rough Trade
19th 65 Days of Static / The Fall of Math / Monotreme, Cargo UK
19th Crystal Castles / Crystal Castles / Last Gang Records
19th Joy Division / Let The Movie Begin LP / Ozit, Cargo UK
19th Ravonettes / Lust Lust Lust / Vice
26th B-52's / Funples / Astralwerks
26th Born Ruffians / Red, Yellow & Blue / Warp
26th Del the Funky Homosapien / Eleventh Hour / Def Jux
18th Be Your Own Pet / Get Awkward / Ecstatic Peace, Universal
18th Destroyer / Trouble in Dreams / Merge
18th These New Puritans w. Silver Mt. Zion / Beat Pyramid / Domino
08th Animal Collective / Water Curses / Domino
08th Breeders / Mountain Battles / 4AD
08th Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds / Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! / Anti-