Monday, July 21, 2008

Diplo And Santogold's "Top Ranking"

Most of the work I've heard from Diplo has been pretty decent and I'm a fan of Santogold so I decided to check this out. There are many remixes of Santogold tracks and just a mixtape of other remixes and mashups on this. Its a solid mix, I guess, buy it or maybe burn it onto a CD-R and play it at a party after Girl Talk's "Feed The Animals" is finished.

Here's the tracklist:

01 "Dub Selection Intro"
02 Three 6 Mafia: "Late Night" (Unstoppable Mix)
03 Santogold: "Shuv It" (Disco D Blend) [exclusive]
04 Santogold: "I'm a Lady" (Diplo Mix ft. Amanda Blank) [exclusive]
05 Sir Mix-A-Lot: "Posse on Broadway"
06 Santogold: "Lights Out" (Diplo's Panda Bear Mix) [exclusive]
07 Aretha Franklin: "Save Me"
08 Devo: "Be Stiff"
09 B-52's: "Mesopotamia"
10 Gerri and the Holograms: "Gerri and the Holograms"
11 Santogold: "Anne" (Switch Mix) [exclusive]
12 Santogold: "L.E.S. Artistes" (XXXchange Mix ft. Movado)
13 Cutty Ranks: "Dutty Six Pack" [exclusive]
14 Santogold: "Find a Way" (Graeme and Switch Mix ft. Kid Cudi) / Lunar Camel [exclusive]
15 Richie Spice x Ratatat: "Marijuana"
16 Desmond Dekker: "007 (Shanty Town)"
17 Santogold: "Guns of Brooklyn" [exclusive]
18 Dixie Cups: "Iko Iko"
19 Tony Matterhorn: "Big Belly Guns" [exclusive]
20 Santogold: "Get It Up" (Radioclit mix ft. MIA & Gorilla Zoe) [exclusive]
21 "Mark Ronson in Studio"
22 Trouble Andrew: "Run - Hide"
23 Sister Nancy: "Pigeon Rock"
24 Nora Dean: "Barbwire"
25 Shinehead: "Know How Fe Chat"
26 The Clash: "Ghetto Defendant"
27 Warrior Queen: "Check It"
28 Santogold x Benga: "Unstoppable / Night Dub" [exclusive]
29 Shawty Lo x Skream: "Dey Know / Stagger"
30 Santogold: "Creator" (Mumdance Mix ft. Jammer, Badness, Chronik Rage, Slikman & Tempz) [exclusive]
31 Xray: "Turbulence Dubplate" (Starstruck Diplo Mix) [exclusive]
32 Barrington Levy: "Send a Moses"
33 Prince Jazzbo: "Ital Corner"
34 Santogold: "Icarus" [exclusive]
35 Santogold x Diplo: "Right Brigade" (hidden track) [exclusive]

And HERE is where you can check it out.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

One Day As A Lion's Self Titled EP

I never really cared for Guns and Roses, but this is my "Chinese Democracy".

Fans of Rage Against The Machine have been waiting for 7 years to hear something from Zach De La Rocha and that day came yesterday. Sure he released single songs here and there but this EP, with a little help from John Theodore - the former drummer from The Mars Volta, is what Zach is FINALLY willing to released. With that being said I can't really give you a solid opinion on this yet because I haven't given it a solid listen. It sounds like Rage with different instrumentals and more of a rap style from Zack.

You've had to wait a long ass time so you can check it out HERE.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Okkervil River's "The Stand Ins"

With "The Dark Knight" and One Day As A Lion's EP coming out every soon, I haven't been really looking forward to anything else but then I saw that this album has leaked. It was one of the albums that I have been anticipating as of late and it is finally here.

I can't really give you too much of a opinion on it considering I have only listened to it once. I don't think it would be fair for me to give a strong judgment on one listen as well, see I loved "The Stage Names" but it took me many listens to finally fall in love with it. Anyways, this is suppose to be the sequel to "The Stage Names" because these two albums were suppose to be a double album - don't know why it took so fucking long to release the second part. Anyways, I hope to see Okkervil River at Lollapalooza and hope I love the new album by then.

Check it out HERE.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Sebastien Grainger's "American Names" EP

Most of you have probably heard Death From Above 1979 before, right? Cool, dirty drum and bass rock duo? Well, like many good bands they broke up just as they were getting big and the members splintered off and started their own things.

The bassist, Jesse Keeler, decided to concentrate more on his Electonica/Disco/Dance act: MSTRKRFT. Who I think, aside from a handful of remixes, are pretty fucking unbearable. While singer/drummer, Sebastien Grainger, started playing rock songs with a backing band called "The Mountains". This EP was just released this past week and let me tell you its quite the excellent collection of songs. The first three tracks are fucking awesome and the last track is sort of a throw away. You may not dig em at first buttheyw ill grow on you more and more. Don't expect DFA1979, because you ain't going to get it. Way better then MSTRKRFT's shit. I just don't dig nu-dance that much.

Do you think EPs should be included in "Year End Best Albums" lists?

Check it out HERE.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Hum's "You'd Prefer An Astronaut"

Another mid-90s album for you to check out. Hum is one of those alternative bands that had one "hit" and then broke up and disappeared. This is my favourite Hum album and the only one I could actually find to purchase.

If you've ever seen THIS Commercial (No Rickroll, relax), and wondered where the fuck that awesome riff came from you can download this album and turn it to the third track "Stars". At first I was blown away, I didn't believe I was actually hearing Hum in a Caddie commercial. I was a little putoff at first but then I realized they probably didn't sell many albums and for them to get that paper from a Cadillac all the power to em. "Stars" is a pretty kick ass song and for a marketing exec to place that song in a car commercial a hats off has to be in order.

"You'd Prefer An Astronaut" is a short album (9 tracks) but it is still pretty dense. "Suicide Machine", "Why I Like Robins" and "I Like You Hair Long" are a couple of the standouts on this one. The only thing that really bothers me about this album is that, like Tool's "Undertow" it seems that the music is tuned down and the overall audio is not loud enough. Regardless it's a solid album from a mid 90s band you've most likely never heard of.

Check it out HERE.

Sloan's "One Chord To Another"

This post is mainly for our non-Canadian readers out there (Yeah, the whole three of you), you may not have heard of Sloan or this album but you definitely should.

This came out in like Grade 7 for me and its the album that got me into Sloan. They are a poppy rock band and are often compared to the Beatles. Their newer albums aren't as good as their older ones but it is undeniable that their older albums are classics. Songs like "Everything You've Done Wrong", "The Lines You Amend" and even the overexposed "The Good In Everyone" are still just as amazing today as they were as singles 10+ years ago (Fuck, I don't believe its been that long ago).

This is the perfect summer album; it's short and sweet so you can't really skip any of the tracks and you have to listen to it straight through. "Autobiography" is also a standout track. If you don't like this album you are dead to me.

Check it out HERE.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

The Twilight Singers' "Blackberry Belle"

Up until about 6 to 8 months ago, I only knew Greg Dulli's name because he is the answer to the Foo Fighters trivia question: "Who is the only other person to play on the Foo's self titled debut?" And for me not to have given the Afghan Whigs (I'm downloading their "Gentlemen" album right now) or Twilight Singers a listen until now is a real shame on my part.

"Blackberry Belle" came out in 2003 and I probably wouldn't have listened to it if it weren't for TV On The Radio's "Wolf Like Me". Quite odd, eh? Well, I stumbled across a Twilight Singers medley of "Wolf Like Me" and JT's "Lovestoned" and sandwiched between was this AMAZING song called "The Killer". After downloading the album I just kept listening to that one song and it skyrocketed onto the "Top 25 Most Played" playlist on my Ipod. Eventually, I started to actually listen to the album as a whole and as time wore on the album got better and better. It's a dark, brooding album that would be the perfect soundtrack for a midnight road trip through a desert at night. "Teenage Wristband" and "Fat City (Slight Return)" are of the few standout tracks here, they showcase how great Dulli's voice is. If you dig this, you may want to check out the Gutter Twins which pairs him with Mark Lanegan.

Enjoy Blackberry Belle HERE (Real talk, no RickRoll)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Beck's "Modern Guilt"

I just, just finished my first listen of this album and I have to say I'm really impressed. I haven't really been disappointed in a Beck album since "Midnite Vultures" and this album is the same from everything since - it's great.

Like I said, I can't really give an in-depth, track by track review of this since I've only listened to this once and 2/10ths but I can tell you that if "Modern Guilt" is the result of Beck and Danger Mouse working together, I hope they team up more often. This album seems more chill then his previous two, not really dance and hip hoppish as "Guero" and "The Information" and to me it is a very welcome change. I love how Beck constantly changes up his style from album to album.

You really have to forget that Beck is a Scientologist and comes out with brilliant fucking music. I can tell you that "Profanity Prayers" is my favourite track but the album as a whole flows together real well and so far, there is no unbearable tune that I would skip.

Check out "Modern Guilt" HERE.

And make sure to buy it too and comment on how you like the album.

Cave In's "Limited Edition" EP

So this EP was distributed for free at Cave In gigs and I believe it is a rare thing to have. Unfortunately I don't have one but I have had a digital copy since it came out. The main reason I upped this is because the cover of "Dazed In Confused" is amazing on this. I think this cover may be live but I'm not 100% sure, there are like voices after the song finishes so it may be live.

Anyways, the other track on this album which I love as well has to be the song where Cave In got their name from: Codeine's "Cave In". This is a mellow tune that appeared on Codeine's "Frigid Stars" EP and I guess was so influential to the band they had to use it for a name. I'm not sure why they thought the original was so special, the "Frigid Stars" EP is good but not great in my opinion. So download this EP, there is also an awesome live version of Inspire, Down The Drain is a solid song and the two other songs don't really do it for me but you may dig it.

Check out this EP HERE.