Wednesday, June 15, 2011

MMMMixtape is moving! RIP Blogspot

Blogspot's been real good to me, so many good memories. And boy do I have a lot of gems on here, but it's just not as social as I'd like, and after months of contemplating, I think it's time to make the move. I'm going to leave all my old posts up on this website, but start fresh on Tumblr.

Fear not, I'm just moving the address, mixtapes and music will still be the same.

Join me on my Tumblr blog here.

Come, be friends, follow blogs, and listen to incredible music.


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Someday I'll be like the man on the screen

The new Fleet Foxes album is so, so good. My dear compatriots, when you think the best of music is behind us, know that there is no wrong side of history. If you need more proof (as there are so many astounding musicians in this generation) I think Fleet Foxes have provided it with 'Helplessness Blues'. Since you asked, yes, I think Crosby, Still, Nash, and even Young would admire it. That's the thing with great music, when it's good, it's timeless. Gosh, I still can't get over the lyrics... I imagine laying in a sunny wheat field contemplating my whole life, and when I was done making all of those life changing decisions, I'd go to my orchard and work 'till I'm sore.

I can't quit playing Montezuma, Helplessness Blues, The Cascades (which makes me feel like I need to run away from New York City and join a band of traveling gypsies on and American adventure), and Blue Spotted Tail. Instaclassic.

I was raised up believing

I was somehow unique
Like a snowflake distinct among snowflakes
Unique in each way you can see

And now after some thinking
I'd say I'd rather be
A functioning cog in some great machinery
Serving something beyond me

But I don't, I don't know what that will be
I'll get back to you someday soon you will see

What's my name, what's my station
Oh just tell me what I should do
I don't need to be kind to the armies of night
That would do such injustice to you

Or bow down and be grateful
And say "Sure take all that you see"
To the men who move only in dimly-lit halls
And determine my future for me

And I don't, I don't know who to believe
I'll get back to you someday soon you will see

If I know only one thing
It's that every thing that I see
Of the world outside is so inconceivable
Often I barely can speak

Yeah I'm tongue tied and dizzy
And I can't keep it to myself
What good is it to sing helplessness blues?
Why should I wait for anyone else?

And I know, I know you will keep me on the shelf
I'll come back to you someday soon myself

If I had an orchard
I'd work till I'm raw
If i had an orchard
I'd work till I'm sore

And you would wait tables
And soon run the store

Gold hair in the sunlight
My light in the dawn
If I had an orchard
I'd work till I'm sore

If I had an orchard
I'd work till I'm sore

Someday I'll be
Like the man on the screen

Friday, March 18, 2011

Oh, hello you.

I suck at this. I always make a plan to write about something, and then forget all about this thing. Is Tumblr better? Seems everyone likes it, but I haven't quite figured it out how to make it not suck yet. My profile looks like I made it on Microsoft Paint. Which I guess isn't that bad, it's probably ironically popular, you know, to make your profile look like you made it with your Nintendo. Anyway, I'll try to be better. I listen to a lot of music, and should probably keep track of it. Given I stopped buying CD's 3 years ago and haven't paid for a song in 2 (I know, I'm a maritime delinquent of music) I rarely keep track. So this is the song that when I heard it, I wanted to create a speaker hat and broadcast it for all to hear. So happy, this one from the new Starfucker album. Short; I wish there was about 20 more minutes of it, but it's such a nice little morsel. If it doesn't make you want to build a sandcastle on the sun then ride a unicorn over the rainbow into a pile of mini marshmallows...then you clearly haven't eaten enough mushrooms yet.

Like it? Here's the whole Album



Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Girl Talk - All (D-AY-um) Day

One song at a time? Psh! Who needs that? DJ virtuoso Gregg Michael Gillis, better known as Girl Talk, dropped his new album All Day for free download yesterday, and it broke the internet, all day. Literally, so many people scrambled to download it that their servers crashed within 20 minutes of posting it.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, Girl Talk puts our multitasking brains to shame, often mashing up to 10 songs in 10 seconds. And for this 75 minute OG Opus, you can try to dig out those 350+ samples. I mean, ELO and Project Pat? Jay Z and Michael McDonald? Ridiculous. You know that feeling you get when your jam comes on? I mean your jammm. Times that by a thousand; it’s that kind of excitement on loop for the entire album.

Here's the track list:

01. Oh No
02. Let It Out
03. That’s Right
04. Jump on Stage
05. This Is the Remix
06. On and On
07. Get It Get It
08. Down for the Count
09. Make Me Wanna
10. Steady Shock
11. Triple Double
12. Every Day

Here, I've made it easy!

Download it here:

Or here, if the ravers are still crashing:

try these mirrors (send corrections/additions to

A very enthusiastic cheers!


Friday, November 5, 2010

Stateless - Ariel

The appreciation of body form of formal dance is making a [don't call it a]comeback. We've most recently seen Crunk turn in it's baggy pants for black tutu's in Kanye West's Runaway. And in Stateless's clip of the new single 'Ariel' (Off the upcoming Album 'Matilda, out early 2011) is a visually stunning display of such lyrical prowess. Bravo, the gang at FIELD, who directed this hybrid of raw movement and visual effect. I especially like the amass of musical styles, from the complex systems of sitar-ish beat to the (totally sounds like a Transformer) bass wave. Just absolutely stunning toe to tip. Can't wait to see what's to come, mark your calendars!


Monday, October 25, 2010

DIBS: Kanye West's Runaway

I guess I can't write this fast enough. While I was upstate this weekend Kanye West's Runaway premiered on MTV. On the way back, I sat in the front seat of a rainy, nighttime Greyhound watching, flabbergasted, at this 30 minute manifesto written and directed by 'Ye himself (with some highbrow inspiration from across the board, but we'll get to that later).

For tonight, I just need to get this in front of your faces as quickly as possible. Get a good pair of headphones a half an hour of interrupted time, and check it. Tomorrow, I'll fill you in on my thoughts on what this infuriating, intriguing beautiful piece is.

I will only leave you with something well put by performance artist Aliza Shvarts regarding West's performance, "Somehow we have to be open to unmaking ourselves to remake ourselves in other ways."

Love him or hate him, like Elvis's hips or MJ's Thriller, West's Runaway speaks very loud for our generation's musical imprint in the world.

"All of the statues that we see, where do you think they came from?"

"I think that artists carved them years and years ago,"

"No, they are phoenix turned to stone, do you know what I hate most about your world? Anything that is different, you try to change. You try to tear it down. You rip the wings off the phoenix and they turn to stone. And if I don't burn, I will turn to stone. If I don't burn, I can't go back to my world."



Friday, October 22, 2010

Make up Homework

Here are some of the songs I'm digging on at the moment... When I'm sprinting from work to the subway to volleyball games and then back to work. Maybe next week I will be able to form a sentence!

First two are from actress/singer/Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis most recent venture with boy toy Jonathon Rice, Jenny & Johnny. I think these songs show 2 sides to the golden coin that is this album.

New York Cartoon - The traditional side. The lyrics remind me of something I will sing when I'm young, something I will sing when I'm old, and something my children will sing with the same kind of nostalgia.

Slavedriver - There are those quirks I do love so much about JL. I think it's different than most songs on the album, a hook track if you will.

PS. I love you - New band to me, thanks
Evan Minsker. Their playign at CMJ this week in NYC.. I'd love to see them, but, you know, I'm having trouble finding time to eat during the day.

Warpaint - A lady quartet with the most CLAMJAMMING Ashes to Ashes David Bowie Cover.

GOLDIES (Oldy but goody sandwich) and LCD Soundsystem.

The Long Winters -The commander thinks aloud, always gets stuck in my head in the fall.
LCD Soundsystem - Someone great. Watch the unofficial video, you'll understand.