So I’m looking at my external hard drive this morning and i’m thinking man! i’m glad I don’t own one of the ones that look like Dell designed it or one that is all clunky looking or looks like its Mountain Dew sponsored and has a weird glowing green light (my apologizes if yours has a green light). Also, I wonder if I should be looking into a new external hard drive? i’ve heard mix reviews on these Porsche LaCie drives and I have 2 and i’m looking to get one main one that’s really reliable, any suggestions? Now back to daydreaming about the Porsche Tapiro, also did anyone pick one of these up yet or did we agree that is was too expensive?
Snow Patrol are talented musicians but have always been in between the cracks of being not indie enough for the Scandinavian’s and too poppy for the indie sound in the States. I’m hoping with this new record they have nailed down the sound that can take them where they want to be. This track off their new album is really enjoyable, reminds me of an upbeat Jose Gonzalez song with catchy stomps and handclaps. That cover is pretty spot on if you don’t count the overused font, I saw it on the street and had to share it with you guys because what i love about is the craft, I’d like to see more designers create something and photograph it once in a while when it comes down to simpler ideas like this.
I saw Low Motion Disco earlier this year DJ in some basement in Manhattan with a few DFA DJ’s, he was really good and dropped some deep cuts but he was djing with a Pacemaker which is this gross iPhone/PSP looking DJ gadget that makes the DJ look even more of a dope which I hate saying but it’s true and us dj’s don’t need anymore things like these especially when you see them thumbin’ thru mp3’s and dancing with it in hand.
The Dead Texan is half of Stars of the Lid on the adored Kranky label, i’ve been saving this song to put on a mix but had to leak and share a favorite of mine with all you since I think it’s a great Monday song.
The Outrunners are pretty much 80’s synth driving music and if you listen to a lot of the posts I put up here you’ll notice i’m a fan of that sound. It’s pretty repetitive which isn’t a bad thing and makes you want to get ready for the big game against the undefeated champions while your the underdog from a small town but has the heart of a true champion.
Snow Patrol – The Golden Floor
Low Motion Disco – Things Are Gonna Get Easier
The Dead Texan – When I See Scissors, I Cannot Help But Think Of You
The Outrunners – Blazing Speed & Neon Lights With You
Tonight is Halloween and I tried my best to put together a Halloween post but it was almost impossible without doing something too generic so at the bottom there’s something special for the holiday, probably not the best to play at work. To be honest I only watched it with the sound off and skimmed thru it since it’s probably the scariest video ever. As for the music the Isolee, Paape and LCD Soundsystem tracks are a few favorites of mine to DJ when its a diverse crowd, so if you’re DJing tonight or tomorrow(Scott!) here are some crowd pleasers.
Isolee – Enrico
Juergen Paape – Mit Dir
Jimpster – State of Mind
LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends
Suspiria – Happy Halloween – NSFW
Hatchback and Sorcerer have done it again by teaming up as Windsurf for an LP, another full collection of tracks in 2008 that we can sit down and listen to all the way thru. The release is available only in Europe right now but soon to be here in the States but if you live in California you can catch them today at the Apple Store, San Francisco October 30, 7:00 p.m.
Windsurf – Light As Daylight
M83 – Couleurs (Jori Hulkkonnen Remix)
Crystal Stilts – Crystal Stilts
Mason Proper – Safe For The Time Being
It’s Wednesday and all I want to do is enjoy some slower old favorites even though that Atlas Sound release i don’t think is even a year old yet. Does anyone remember Electric Birds? I’m pretty sure he’s a professional skateboarder if i’m not mistaken.
Manual – Azure Vista
Atlas Sound – Recent Bedroom
Tarwater – Seven Ways To Fake A Perfect Skin
Electric Birds – Nightriders
André Obin is similar to what I heard coming out of the UK in the late 90’s like the usual names that might make you a little less interested like Sasha or Underworld but he puts a refreshing twist to it that might be more stiff and cuts out the cheese and dishes out the vocals and synths more upfront.
Royksopp’s Night Out keeps up a great pace and offers such great dynamics, its such a crowd pleaser with elements of DJ Shadow and The Avalanches but dips into really nice psychedelic parts and the breakdown towards the end which reminds me of Pink Floyd and it fits right in without any interruption.
Now we get to probably the catchiest song of them all of 2008, Empire Of The Sun, I must have listen to this song 20 times already today. I didn’t know what to think of it first time(kind of like an episode of Tim and Eric on Adult Swim) around but now I catch myself trying to stop singing it so just be warned before you listen. The video looked like so much fun to make, looks like they had a nice size budget and plenty of freedom.
DFA has a newer signing Runaway who DJ quite often in Manhattan, a lot of distant disco guitar noodling and keeping it simple and dark, a nice way for a DJ to keep a late crowd from leaving.
André Obin – Cinnamon
Royksopp – Royksopp’s Night Out
Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream
Runaway – Red Hot
Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream – Video
Everyone knows what the Risky Business Soundtrack cover looks like so I figured I’d use this chance to post one of my top 10 favorite album covers: the Tangerine Dream Poland cover (above). Love On A Real Train is just so grabbing and epic, for me its really one of those songs that I wish I would of made. This Peter Broderick track made me realize that i’m a sucker for repetitive finger picking. I heard about Peter Broderick thru a Norwegian guest that i had staying over that performed under the name The Library Tapes, I’m glad I finally looked into his Home LP. I was really just expecting this Paul Kalkbrenner track to be another techno track but its not at all, its this dubby shuffle simple track that is being used for this movie soundtrack called “Berlin Calling“, i’d file it under “If Radiohead made simple dubby techno and didn’t use Greenwood to help”. This Clap Your Hands Say Yeah song in my mind couldn’t be better, I could put it on my headphones and block out anything I don’t want to think about and just become instantly happy, everyone needs one of these “In Case Of An Emergency, Break Glass and Listen” tracks in their lives.
Tangerine Dream – Love On A Real Train
Peter Broderick – Below It
Paul Kalkbrenner – Aaron
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – In This Home On Ice