Wednesday, December 23, 2009

2009 Xmas Play List

SIART wishes you and yours a happy holiday season, and here are some tunes to help you get there...

Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmas Time
Miles Davis & Bob Dorough - Blue Xmas
The Bell Sisters - Barnyard Christmas
The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping
Aretha Franklin - Winter Wonderland
James Brown - Soulful Christmas
Run DMC - Christmas In Hollis
The Knife - Christmas Reindeer
Wham! - Last Christmas
Kelpe - Silent Night

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sex Mix/Portishead Video

18 songs I like with the word sex in the title...

Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine, Pt. 1 - James Brown
No Sex For Ben - The Rapture
Sex Shooter 12" - Apollonia 6
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll - Ian Dury & the Blockheads
Sexy Back - Justin Timberlake
Adolescent Sex - Japan
Sex Crime - 1984 (Extended Remix) - Eurythmics
Sex Beat - Two Lone Swordsmen
Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine - The Flying Lizards
Sex (I'm A) - Lovage
Sex, War, And Robots - Super Furry Animals
Jeep Sex - Akufen
Sex Without Stress - Au Pairs
Music Is My Hot Hot Sex - Cansei de Ser Sexy
My Sex - Ultravox
Sex City - Van She
Sex Beat - The Gun Club
Sex Dwarf (The Grid Remix) - Soft Cell

Portishead - Chase The Tear
A new song to benefit Amnesty International

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Holiday Cheer...

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Darlene Love
Christmas in Hollis: Run D.M.C. - Very Special Christmas
White Christmas - The Drifters
Happy Christmas - John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir
Merry Christmas Baby - Otis Redding
Wonderful Christmas Time - Paul McCartney
Sleigh Ride - Ella Fitzgerald
Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid
Blue Christmas - The Platters
Christmas Song - The Raveonettes
Happy Christmas - The Maytals
Happy Christmas - Pretenders
The Christmas Song - Marvin Gaye
Last Christmas - George Michael
Christmas Ain't Christmas, New Years Ain't New Years Without The One You Love - The O'Jays
Christmas Time Is Here Again - The Flirtations
It's Christmas Time - Yo La Tengo
All I Want For Christmas - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Christmas Reindeer - The Knife
Soulful Christmas - James Brown
White Christmas - The Flaming Lips
Christmas Rappin' - Kurtis Blow
I Was Born on Christmas Day - Saint Etienne
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra
Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses

Friday, November 13, 2009

Funky Friday

I've been slacking for a couple of weeks so today I give you a killer selection of the beats to move yer feets. Included are some killer grooves from Tirk & Nang Records - a couple of killer Greg Wilson edits (Roxy Music!) from the forthcoming compilation Credit To The Edit 2 and a remix of a classic tune from Space. Also tasty are a gem from Little Dragon, Buffetlibre's remix of Dragonette, a groovy Julian Casablancas track that borrows A Flock Of Seagull's guitar riff, Bobby Byrd bringin' the old school funk, Patrick Cowley sound tracking your own personal porno moves and a bumpin' Datarock remix. And oh yeah, something for all you biznatches that enjoy the Real Housewives Of ATL - a Dave Wrangler remix of housewife Kim Kolciak's Tardy For The Party. A message we can all relate to. Don't hate me - hate the auto tune!

Little Dragon - Swimming
Dragonette - Easy (Buffetlibre Remix)
Klein & MBO - Dirty Talk (Greg Wilson Edit)
Julian Casablancas - Left & Right In The Dark
Bobby Byrd - Keep On Doin' What You're Doin'
Space - Flying Nightmare (Acos Coolkas Version)
Roxy Music - Love Is The Drug (Greg Wilson Edit)
Patrick Cowley - I Need Somebody To Love Tonight
Datarock - Give It Up (Kissy Sell Out's 4x4 Cello Mix)
Kim Kolciak - Tardy for the Party (Dave Wrangler Remix)


Simian Mobile Disco feat. Beth Ditto - Cruel Intentions

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Evil Nine's VHS Halloween Party Vol. 2

Evil Nine's VHS Halloween Party Vol. 2
1. The Devils Eyes
2. The Splash Band - Das Ding
3. The House By The Cemetery
4. Soft Rocks - The Devil Made Us Do It
5. Silent Night, Deadly Night
6. Fabio Frizzi - Sequenza Coro E Orchestra
7. Claudio Simonetti - Out Of Time
8. A Mothers Eyes
9. Yan Tregger - Bloodnight (Instrumental)
10. Alexei & Dmitry Rybnikov - Search
11. Giorgio Moroder - Leopard Tree Dream
12. Blood Oath
13. The Splash Band - Halloween I
14. I Had Sex With Myself
15. Goblin - Sleepwalking (Alternate Version)
16. Mort Garson - Black Mass17. Fred Myrow & Malcolm Seagrave - End Of The Game
18. J. Peter Robinson - The Dead Return
19. Kill Her Mommy
20. Evil Nine - They Live! (TC Remix)


Friday, October 30, 2009

Funky Friday

Air - Love
Hudson Mohawk - FUSE
DJ Cam Quartet - Montara
The Gossip - Vertical Rhythm
Zeep - Ghost Town (Isso Não Da)
Bibio - All The Flowers (Lone Remix)
Jimi Tenor & Tony Allen - Against The Wall
Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls - L.I.V.E.
Psychic TV - Ov Power (SirBilly 23 Dub Edit)
Midnight Juggernauts - This New Technology (Juan Maclean Final Mix)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Gold Fever

As many of you will know, I saw Steely Dan live a month or two ago. Their touring band is smoking hot - three lovely backing singers, a Grand piano, and a four piece horn section all feature. Their trumpet player is Michael Leonhart. He has been with the Dan since 1996, both in the live band and as their arranger, performer, and conductor on Two Against Nature and it's follow-up Everything Must Go. As a solo artist Michael has released six albums. He won a Grammy at the age of 17. He has performed and/or recorded with many acts, including A Tribe Called Quest, Arto Linsday, Bill Frisell, Bill Withers, Brian Eno, Busta Rhymes, Caetano Veloso, David Byrne, Henry Mancini, James Brown, John Barry, Joshua Redman, Lenny Kravitz, Levon Helm, Mark Ronson, Michael McDonald, Mos Def, Todd Rundgren, and Wynton Marsalis. He recorded with Yoko Ono as a featured member of the Plastic Ono Band for her 2009 album Between My Head and the Sky, and appears on upcoming albums by Sharon Jones and the Dapkings, Foreigner, Sean Lennon, and Yuka Honda.

His latest venture is Michael Leonhart & the Avramina 7, a gritty funk combo that records for Brooklyn's Truth & Soul Records - where he has been the house trumpeter for a while. The Avramina 7 is comprised of musicians who have been involved in the New York/Brooklyn funk & soul scene, featuring members of the Dap-Kings, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Budos Band, Menahan Street Band, El Michaels Affair, and Antibalas. Michael plays the trumpet and sings. Their debut 7" single is out now - Scopolamine b/w Gold Fever and Leonhart’s heavy-funk concept album "Seahorse and the Storyteller” comes later this year. Enjoy the swampy breakbeats, horns drenched in reverb, tablas pounding and massed vocals combined with spy theme vamping on Gold Fever. The live takes were recorded earlier this year and show off the band's funky chops. If you live in NYC be sure to check them out Nov 4 & Dec 09 @ Joe’s Pub (both shows @ 9:30pm).

Michael Leonhart & the Avramina 7 - Gold Fever (via HypeM)
Michael Leonhart & the Avramina 7 - Disco Udaipur Into Scopolamine (Live @ Zebulon, March'09)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Hot Promo Action


Pylon - Beep
DFA has reissued Athens, GA post-punk legends Pylon’s second LP, 1983’s Chomp - following the reissue of their 1980 debut Gyrate. These guys were a huge influence on others around them - REM and The B-52s were all spawned the same scene and claimed to be influenced by Pylon. It has been expanded as Chomp More and includes the 7” version of “Crazy”, a “male version” of “Yo-Yo”, Pylon’s own remix of “Gyrate” and the rarely heard single “Four Minutes”.


Field Music - Measure
Following a self-imposed three year hiatus Field Music are all set to return with a new 20 track double album titled Measure on Feb. 16th 2010. Brothers and co-frontmen Peter and David Brewis have put together a new line up that includes Kev Dosdale on guitar and keys and Ian Black on bass. I was a big fan of their first two records, 2006's self titled debut and 2007's Tones of Town. They were uniquely British, a kindler, gentler take on post-punk - Maximo Park meet XTC (the more pastoral XTC). Measure picks up where they left off - lots of lovely strings and swooping melodies and a hint of Beatles in the harmonies. Nice.


Soulsavers - Unbalanced Pieces

We love you Mark Lanegan...

Friday, October 23, 2009

Funky Friday

It's Friday so you know the drill.
Today's eclectic selections cover funk, disco, leftfield, dance rock and synth pop, and include fab remixes by Prins Thomas, Pilooski, Jackson, Emperor Machine, Rory Philips and Siriusmo.
And Yoko warbling with the Jaxx.
These tracks contain your weekly recommended dose of the funk.

Breakestra - Get It Right
Kelpe - Microscope Contents
Wallpaper. - I Got Soul, I'm So Wasted
LCD Soundsystem - 45:33 (Pilooski Remix)
Kap Bambino - Batcaves (JACKSON Remix)
Chromeo - Night by Night (Siriusmo Remix)
The Plasticines - Barcelona (Rory Philips Remix)
Basement Jaxx feat. Yoko Ono - Day Of The Sunflowers (We March On)
Midnight Juggernauts - This New Technology (Emperor Machine Remix)
The Phenomenal Handclap Band - You'll Disappear (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Late Night Mix #3

Jacksonville FL's DJ NickFRESH is my interwebs friend. I have never met the dude in person, but we have bonded over music via this blog. We like a lot of the same stuff - he has eclectic taste like me. Years ago he asked me to post Doot Doot by Freur, a relatively obscure '80s track. I was happy to oblige and the rest is interwebs friendship history. He makes cool little mini mixes you can listen to on his YouTube page. He also runs a Soul Train fan group. You can follow him on Twitter. If you're ever in Jacksonville and he's spinning be sure to check it out. Here is his latest "Late Night Mix - #3" for your audio happiness...

NickFRESH's - Late Night Mix #3
Tough Junkie - Every Dream
Dirty Projectors - Stillness Is The Move
Tobacco - Truck Sweat
Washed Out - Feel It All Around
Isley Brothers - Between The Sheets
Junior Senior - Itch U Can't Skratch


The Rakes have decided to call it quits. A statement from the band reads:

"The Rakes have always been very adamant and proud of the fact that we give 100% to every gig we've ever played. If we can't give it everything then we won't do it. That was the rule we set ourselves from day one.

After much deliberation we have come to the shared conclusion that we can't give it 100% anymore and regret to announce that The Rakes are calling it a day. We are sorry to let down all the people who were coming to see us on the UK & US tours. Writing your own obituary is a surreal thing to do but we want to give particular thanks to our much-loved fans, all the great people we've worked with over the years, our management and loyal record label. We feel privileged to have had the opportunity to write music together and perform around the world. Genuinely, thanks for the good times.... That was one hell of a party! But now, we really must get some sleep."


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Hot Promo Action

The Mary Onettes - Dare
The Mary Onettes - Puzzles
If you are a fan of British alternative pop of the '80s, then Sweden's Mary Onettes will no doubt resonate. I really dug their self titled debut from a couple of years ago - very moody, very New Order-ish. You will hear elements of a lot of the era's other key players - The Cure, The Smiths and Echo & the Bunnymen - in their songs. Their new album "Islands" is out next month. Good stuff.

Yura Yura Teikoku - Dekinai
DFA is releasing the new album by Japanese psych-rock legends Yura Yura Teikoku. Hollow Me is the 10th album of their 20 year career, and continues their unique spin on all forms of FM & AM classic rock music - from T-Rex to ESG to Can to 10CC. Hollow Me/Beautiful EP is out on DFA Records on November 3.

The Rakes - That's The Reason
The Rakes are set to release their third album ‘Klang’, digitally on October 20th in the US. I am a big fan of their debut ‘Capture/Release’ from 2005. I like angular post-punk and they continue to deliver.

Free Energy - Something In Common
Touring with The Rakes this fall is another DFA band, Free Energy, who deliver glammy '70s classic rock with more cowbell. Their debut album Stuck On Nothing, produced by James Murphy, will be released January 26 on Astralwerks/DFA Records.

Neon Indian - Terminally Chill
Neon Indian is Alan Palomo. He combines equal parts synthpop nostalgia, dream pop lullabies and grinding guitar noise, the result of field recordings, record samples and a collection of bizarre synth sounds. The album Psychic Chasms is out now on Lefse Records.

Old Wives Tale - Amphetamine
Old Wives Tale - Royal Fresh
Miami duo Old Wives’ Tale is brothers Jaime & Felipe Valencia who combine their contrasting music personalities to create a sound composed of distorted bass lines, disco beats and twitchy guitars. They also like more cowbell. Michel Gondry liked them enough he directed the video for Amphetamine. Their album Younger Limbs is out now on The Creative Motel, Inc.

Bear In Heaven - Lovesick Teenagers
Bear In Heaven - Wholeheartedness
Space rockers Bear In Heaven's second full-length Beast Rest Forth Mouth is out now on Hometapes. They combine krautrock grooves and shimmery synths with classic 70's psych and prog rock. Very tasty.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Funky Friday

Celebrate the weekend with a groovin' play list that includes some classic oldies from LLCoolJ, 23 Skidoo and Mantronix, some re-edits by SirBilly and Dave Wrangler and remixes that bring the disco, the electro and the left field hip hop flavor. Now is the time on SIART when we dance!

Aural Exciters - Spooks In Space" (Luke Howard & Felix Dickinson Filthy & Foolish Edit)
Dragonette - Pick Up The Phone (Richard X Radio Version)
Peter Tosh - Buk-In-Hamm Palace (SirBilly Dance Edit)
Architeq - Sleeping Bear Lament (James Pants Remix)
N.A.S.A. vs YACHT - Money (Dave Wrangler Remix)
Ali Love- Diminishing Returns (Extended)
Ecce - Control (Pharo Black Magic Mix)
LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out
Mantronix - King Of The Beats
23 Skidoo - Coup

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Saturday Vitamin Mix

I woke up this morning to a world blanketed in white. Yikes! The trees haven't even fully changed color and winter has decided to stop by early. This calls for heat, so here is a hot S-File electro mix filled with faves from Miike Snow, Boys Noize, Fever Ray and more to keep you warm and happy!

S-File - Vitamin Mix
01. Soundhack – Soundhack
02. Miike Snow – Black & Blue (Tiga)
03. Spencer & Hill – Cool (Afrojack)
04. Renaissance Man – Sprycan
05. Hugg & Pepp – Sweet Rosie
06. Alaric – Cruelty (Wolfgang Gartner)
07. S-File & Le Trikot – Vitamin (Deka Mix)
08. Acid Girls – The Numbers Song
09. AVH & Dizee Rascal – Bonkers (Soulwax)
10. Kid Cudi Feat. Kanye West + Common – Make Her Say (Afrojack)
11. Le Trikot – Turkish Boys N Girls
12. Boys Noize – Kontact me (Figure)
13. S-File & Le Trikot – Vitamin (Original Mix)
14. Dustin Zahn – Strangers to Stability (Len Faki)
15. Felix da Housecat – Elvi$ (2many DJ’s)
16. Sharooz – Get Off
17. Boys Noize – Jeffer (Para One)
18. Fake Blood – I think I like it
19. Fever Ray – Seven (Crookers)
20. Retro Garde – Moda
21. Clark – Crowls Garden

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Friday, October 02, 2009

Mini Funky Friday

Kickin' it mostly old school today
with a mini playlist...
Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls - A Phase Shifter I'm Going Through
Robert Palmer - Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley
Hall & Oates - I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)
Chemical Brothers - Piku
Playgroup - Number One

Thursday, October 01, 2009

SIART Is Spinning...

Caribou Vibration Ensemble - Skunks
PHD holding Canadian mathematician Dan Snaith is Caribou. He began releasing records in 2000 as IDM'er Manitoba until he was legally forced to change his name to Caribou a few years ago. Over the last few albums he has augmented the laptops with an increasing array of organic instruments. I am a big fan. He recently put together the 16-person Caribou Vibration Ensemble for the NY installment of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival. The group featured very special guest Marshall Allen of the Sun Ra Arkestra. It included every musician who has ever been a part of a Caribou live performance, including John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac) Kieran Hebden (Four Tet, Fridge), Koushik (Stones Throw Records), Kathryn Bint (One Little Plane), Ahmed Gallab (Sinkane) and Jeremy Greenspan (Junior Boys) on vocals and modular synthesizer. The ensemble included four drummers, a 5-piece horn section and a choir to bring every thunder and peak of Caribou's music to life. Now I've seen the regular touring edition of Caribou and they made a mighty racket with just 4 or 5 guys on stage, so you can imagine how BIG this band sounds! The good people over at the Free Music Archive have made 4 tracks from the performance available to download. It is fantastic stuff - from deeply psychedelic space rock to skronkin' free jazz to a bit of laptop glitchery, it's an adventurous musical feast. There is a possibility that a record of the show may come out, but in the meantime enjoy a few selections!

Depeche Mode - Hole To Feed

A lot of face licking going on here...

SIART is spinning these lately...

David Sylvian
- Manafon
David Sylvian is stripped to the bone - a friend described it as "a study in what happens when you strip the song out of a song" and he's spot on.
Dirty French Psychedelics compilation
Noisettes - Wild Young Hearts
Noisettes' rock and dance and pop is addictively good.
Yo La Tengo - Popular Songs
BLK JKS - After Robots
The BLK JKS are blistering my brain.
Beatles Beatles Beatles!
The Beatles reissues are stellar.
Basement Jaxx - Scars
Santigold and Sam Sparro shine with the Jaxx.
Madonna - Celebration
Listening to the remastered oldies on Madge's double disc hits set makes me want remastered reissues of those first few albums...
Harmonia 76 & Eno - Tracks And Traces
Harmonia & Eno remastered is dreamy.
Soulsavers - Broken
Soulsavers makes me say "we love you Mark Lanegan!"
Rain Machine - Rain Machine
Rain Machine is TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone on the solo tip, and it sounds like his band in lo-fi mode.
Q-Tip - Kamaal The Abstract
Q-Tip, the record company was clueless to not release this record all those years ago.
Echo & The Bunnymen - The Fountain
Meshell Ndegeocello - Devil's Halo
The Warp20 stuff...
Editors - In This Light And On This Evening
Editors have ditched Interpol for Depeche Mode and I'm not sure what to think.
Broadcast & The Focus Group - Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Hot Promo Action

One of my favorite '80s acts is Echo & the Bunnymen. What has proven amazing about the band is how they have managed to keep making records and touring for the last twenty plus years. Even more amazing is the fact that these later year albums don't suck. The last year has seen the band playing it's 1985 classic Ocean Rain at the Royal Albert Hall, with similar shows following shortly after in New York at Radio City Music Hall and the massive new arena in their native Liverpool. The sell outs garnered great reviews. And now comes a brand new record, "The Fountain", out on October 12th in the UK. The band are also touring the US in late October & early November.

Singer Ian McCulloch recently told writer Pat Gilbert "This one was exciting to make. I felt excited to think of the Bunnymen as exciting again. I've re-found my spite, some might call it angst. I prefer to think of it as spite. This album is about something, rather than just sounding like it's about something. It's about having lived life, but still feeling like a kid. I'm a not traditional songwriter. What I do at my best is poetry." When asked how he rated The Fountain in terms of the Bunnymens other albums Mac smiles - "Its the best thing we've done since Ocean Rain"

Now Ian has always had a monster ego but I am sometimes willing to cut him some slack. This is largely due to the fact that the music he & guitarist Will Sergeant have been making all of these years has been consistantly good. From what I've heard of the new record, this might have to be one of those times. Here is a little taster...

Echo & the Bunnymen - Think I Need It Too

Synth pop duo Junior Boys are touring the US and Canada during Oct/Nov in support of their latest album Begone Dull Care. There is also a new single coming this fall on Domino Records, featuring Modeselektor and Prins Thomas remixes of “Bits and Pieces” and “Work”. The label sent an mp3 of the very tasty Prins Thomas remix for your auditory pleasure...

Junior Boys - Work (Prins Thomas Remix)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Mutant Disco

Strut's celebration of Ze Records' rich catalog, Ze 30: Ze Records Story, is a great snapshot of some of the influential label's classic jams - and it's been in heavy rotation @ SIART for the last month or so. I've always loved Ze's mix of rock and funk and disco and soul and post-punk and the truly diverse and cool roster of bands. UK DJ and remix artist Leo Zero sheds light on even more quality tracks on his great promo mix, the Ze 30 Mix. It includes several tracks not featured on the Ze 30 compilation. The mix also acts as a window into Strut's next collaboration with Ze - an album of DJ edits of Ze tunes. It will include edits from Leo Zero, as well as Pilooski, Todd Terje, Rub N Tug, Idjut Boys, Optimo, & many more - out later this year on Strut. In the meantime get yer groove on to this great 30 minute mix of tunes!

Leo Zero's Ze 30 Mix
1. Don Armando - I'm An Indian Too
2. Coati Mundi - Say Hey
3. Sweet Pea Atkinson - Dance or Die
4. Daisy Chain - Time to Stop
5. Kid Creole & The Coconuts - Table Manners
6. Cristina - Ballad of Immoral Manufacture
7. Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Fire
8. Material With Nona Hendryx - Bustin' Out (Seize The Beat Version)
9. Kid Creole & The Coconuts - Something Wrong In Paradise (Larry Levan Mix)
10. Garcons - Encore l'Amore

Strut Records / Ze Records

Small Metal Gods

David Sylvian "Small Metal Gods"

Listen to David Sylvian's Manafon

Saturday, September 26, 2009

After Robots

My new favorite band in the whole world is the Afro-futurist four piece BLK JKS. From Johannesburg and Soweto, South Africa, these guys take the progressive rock blueprint and twist it and turn it until they have made it their own. TV On The Radio is a good reference point, but BLK JKS expand on the sound, adding township blues, avant jazz (with horns supplied by the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble) and edgy dub to their art rock/post punk brew.

BLK JKS - Molalatladi
Their debut album After Robots rocks and rolls, sways to the tribal beats, and veers from polyrhythmic party jams to cacophonous skronk. It was recorded in the US with Brandon Curtis (Secret Machines) at the helm - a man who knows his prog and understands the value of a good space jam. The band sings in English and the different tribal tongues of their homeland. It occasionally sounds like stuff you've heard before, but always ends up in surprising places. It is fierce and uncompromising and vital. Fantastic. Also available is the Mystery EP. SIART highly recommends both!

Dear Lily,

Yours sincerely, Dan Bull.
Download the mp3
Lily Allen reportedly quit the music biz this week. This comes after she recently vented on file sharing of mp3s on the internet. She's vehemently against it. Even though it was the way she was discovered and signed. It's amazing what success, money and major label support will do to you, eh? Anyway, up and coming UK popster Dan Bull has written a sharp letter to her and turned it into a lovely little song that really nails the whole situation. Now, I will admit to being quite a fan of Lily, but as an "offender" I feel her rubbish revisionist stance needed to be called out. A lot of fun!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Funky Friday

Random Video Fun

How about a couple of entertaining videos to get your Friday off to a good start?

I'll Teach Your Grandmother To Suck Eggs!

Gang of Four Two - Damaged Goods
Andy & Jon have a new rhythm section.
They still sound pretty damn good.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Black And Blue Animal

Anyone I work with will tell you how much I love Miike Snow. Their self titled debut album has been in steady rotation in the 5 disc player for some 5 or 6 months now. I am amazed at how much I dig the record. It has sharp hooks and grownup pop smarts - definitely not a teenybopper record. On a related side note tho' - my kids (5 & 9) love it. The label sent a couple of remixes and a video to share. The Mark Ronson remix in particular is a real gem, stripping the tune down and turning it into a old school reggae-fied lovers rock jam.

Miike Snow - Black and Blue (Savage Skulls Remix)
Miike Snow - Animal (Mark Ronson Remix)
Buy @ iTunes / Myspace

I Can Be A Frog

Flaming Lips + Karen O. = Yowsah!
FYI -that is not Karen O. in the bikini - she is making all of the crazy noises in the song.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Handful Of Covers

A nice selection of covers today... Chico Fellini cover the Supertramp classic, and there are two wildly divergent takes on T.Rex - one by Minneapolis' own Idle Hands, the other by the mysteriously ethereal Manet. Finally, Jumbonics give the Strokes a groovin' soul makeover. Delicious!

Chico Fellini - Breakfast In America

Idle Hands - Cosmic Dancer

Manet - Cosmic Dancer

Jumbonics - Last Night

Monday, September 21, 2009

Hot Promo Action

Here are a few songs that labels and artists want you to hear this week. This is the good stuff!

Midnight Juggernauts - This New Technology (Album Version)

Kelpe - Microscope Contents
12" and download out today
Check out the delightful video...

Enjoy a little taster of Kel's forthcoming album...
Kelpe - Eye Candy Bath
Cambio Weschel
October 19th 2009

Simian Mobile Disco - Audacity Of Huge (Dada Life Remix)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Funky Friday : Sneaky Mix

Sneaky's - September Issue Mix
1. Intro
2. Sneaky - Open House
3. Dusty - Revolver Theme
4. Extra T´s - E.T. Boogie
5. Fingathing - Al-Naafiysch (Previously Unreleased)
6. Unknown - Yes You May (Moxie Disco Edit)
7. Max Berlin - Elle Et Moi (Joachim Remix)
8. Annu Malik - Sun O Dilruba Dil Ki Yeh Sada
9. Big Daddy Kane - Prince Of Darkness
10. Plus - Put Everything Together
11. EPMD - You´re A Customer
12. Dorian Concept - Fourteen
13. Last Order - Summertime
14. Samiyam - Return
15. Bangers N Cash Vs Snoop Dogg (Sneaky Refit)
16. J-Dilla - Lightworks (Flying Lotus Remix)
17. Mf Doom - That´s That
18. Higamos Hogamos - Major Blitzkrieg (DC Remix)
19. Burial And Fourtet - Moth
20. Joachim - Teenage Kiss


Funky Friday

The Phenomenal Handclap Band - You'll Disappear (Munk Remix)
Ame Strong - Tout Est Bleu (Francois Kevorkian Mix)
Solaris Heights
- Midnight (Padded Cell Remix)
Brilliant - It's A Man's Man's Man's World
Eddie Drennon
- Disco Jam
Tony Allen
- Secret Agent
- Take It, Leave It
Captain Sensible - Wot
- Psychic City
Q-Tip - Feelin'

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Joakim's Milky Mix

This week brings the release of the new Joakim album Milky Ways. It is a fine, fine album that mashes up disco, post-punk, psychedelia, electro, new wave, exotica and old school computer music and a whole bunch more into a cohesive package. Kind of like the sweet mix he has made to commemorate the album release. John Foxx, Vanessa Paradis, SPK and The Beatles all rolled into one? Yes please! Sound clash mix up of classics and current killers? You got it! Enjoy...
Joakim's Milky Mix
01 O.M.D. - Electricity (Micronauts Remix)
02 E.A.R. - Submarine
03 Dragons of Zynth - Anna Mae
04 John Foxx - Metal Beat
05 Joakim - Fly Like An Apple
06 James Pants - Rhythm Track 9
07 Pom Pom - Untitled
08 Soft Rocks - Black Magic
09 Vanessa Paradis - Des Que J’te vois (Joakim Unreleased Remix)
10 Red Dragon Band - Let Me Be Your Radio pt 1
11 The Rolling Stones - Undercover Of the Night
12 SPK - Dance Du Metal (I:Cube Edit)
13 Joakim - Watermelon Bubblicious
14 Sweet Exorcist - Mad Jack
15 Yura Yura Teikoky - Hollow Me (Alternate Version)
16 Dj Deeon - Exctacy
17 The Beatles - Helter Skelter (Demo)
18 Goslings - Croatan
19 Acid Mothers Temple - Electric Love Machine
20 Dennis Wilson - Farewell My Friend

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New Music Tuesday

Bad Lieutenant - Sink Or Swim
Barney is back. After the ugly break up of New Order, Bernard Sumner has teamed up with Phil Cunningham and Jake Evans as Bad Lieutenant. Phil was in the last version of New Order as keyboardist Gillian Gilbert's replacement, and was also a member of '90s Britpoppers Marion. Their album Never Cry Another Tear is out on October 5 and also features collaborations with New Order drummer Stephen Morris and Blur bassist Alex James. Sink Or Swim is the band's debut single. My thoughts - it is not too far removed from the New Order style of mid-tempo rocker. It is definitely not dance-y, and keyboards are minimal. It has lots of strummy guitar and very Barney vocals. As a fan I have to say I find it mildly entertaining, and look forward to hearing the rest of the album.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Hot Promo Action

Here is a nice selection of tunes that the record companies want you to hear this week...

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Higher Than The Stars (Saint Etienne Visits Lord Spank Remix)
This is where the indie rockers get the blissed out pop remix treatment from Saint Etienne.

The Dynamites feat. Charles Walker - If I Had Known
Sweet and soulful r'n'b of the old school variety.

Little Girls - Heinz
File under blistering post-punk riffage.

The Diogenes Club - The Ageless
Electro tinged pop music is good for you.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Steely Dan Redux

As many of you already know, I saw Steely Dan in Chicago a couple of weekends ago. It was the Chicago Theater - smallish, intimate, the perfect venue. Suffice it to say the band was smokin'. They played the classic Aja in it's sequential entirety, and then proceeded to romp through 14 gems from the extensive back catalog. Donald Fagen is a great band leader, orchestrating the 13 strong back up band while pounding on his Fender Rhodes or strolling the stage tootling his melodica. The crowd got boisterous and the band fed off of it - I've seen the Dan 3 times now and I've never seen so much interaction between Donald, Walter Becker and the crowd. Drummer Keith Carlock is a force to be reckoned with, capable of both extreme precision and loose grooves. Some of his solos were blisteringly good, as were those of the horn section and guitarists. All round worth the big dollars. The full set list is posted below, as well as a few clips of the show that I found on YouTube, all pretty decent in quality. Listen to some Dan songs here.

(Photo by me on theiPhone)
Tomorrow tickets go on sale for their Nov. 8th show @ the Northrup Auditorium in Minneapolis. They will be playing Aja and the hits, and believe it or not I'm considering going again - for real. I like the Dan.

First Set:
1. “Black Cow”
2. “Aja”
3. “Deacon Blues”
4. “Peg”
5. “Home at Last”
6. “I Got the News”
7. “Josie”

Second Set:
8. “Black Friday”
9. “Time Out of Mind”
10. “Daddy Don't Live in that New York City No More”
11. “Bodhisattva”
12. “Babylon Sisters”
13. “Show Biz Kids”
14. “Hey Nineteen”
15. “Dirty Work”
16. “Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart”
17. “Do It Again”
18. “Don't Take Me Alive”
19. “My Old School”
20. “Kid Charlemagne”

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

The Music Says I'm Old

This week's new releases that I am interested in are all... reissues of old records.

In case you live under a rock, this week brings remastered reissues of The Beatles back catalog. It is exciting for me because I only have the old albums on vinyl - I never did the original run of Beatles CDs in the '80s or the reissues in the '90s. If you have the big bucks (and can find it in a store) you can get them all together as a box set with a bonus DVD. I am choosing to go with the individual albums - I am a big fan of the later years, so I'm skipping some of the early stuff. From what I've managed to hear so far these reissues sound fantastic - crisp and clean and loud. So if you don't already own 'em I would recommend picking up a few.

The Stone Roses - Shoot You Down

The Stone Roses' self titled debut turned 20 years old this year, and this week it gets the deluxe 20th anniversary "legacy edition" treatment. In my musical kingdom it is almost as important as The Beatles records - a classic British rock record. Back in the day it was my fave for a long time. Remastered by original producer John Leckie and singer Ian Brown, it includes the original album with Fools Gold added as a bonus track, and a second CD of "The Lost Demos". You also get a DVD with a live show recorded in August of 1989 at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool as well as 6 music videos. It is a glorious reissue of a seminal album. It has been reissued before, but I stuck with my original issue CD. The old CD is a lot quieter than today's releases so I am pleased with the improved sound quality for sure! Haven't listened to the demos yet - not usually my thing - but have watched some of the live stuff and videos and it is all good! Shoot You Down is all about the guitar and shuffle-y beats - glorious!

The Feelies - Slipping (Into Something)

A couple of classic reissues from The Feelies hit stores this week too - Crazy Rhythms & The Good Earth. I was short on fundage so I went with The Good Earth from 1986. Produced by REM's Peter Buck, it is a fantastic set of VU inspired, jangly college rock that sounds just as good today as it did 23 years ago! The only annoyance is that the bonus content is not on the CD - you get a code to download three extra songs. Seems a bit goofy really, but whatever. Slipping (Into Something) is slow burning simmer with sinuous guitar that slowly builds into a storm of feedback and drums. Rock!!

Friday, September 04, 2009

Funky Friday

Time for the beats to move yer feets - some oldies mixed with some newish stuff- a fine SirBilly edit, a nice Dave Wrangler mash up, De La Soul on a Matt & Kim joint! Up and comers The Yes Pleases and Coo Gua are the shizzle in totally different ways. If these don't move you fuhgettaboutit.

YACHT vs. Amanda Blank - Might Like You Better (Dave Wrangler Remix)
The Sparks - Beat The Clock (SirBilly More Other Rhythms Edit)
Matt & Kim - Daylight (Troublemaker Remix feat. De La Soul)
James Chance & The Contortions - Roving Eye
Simian Mobile Disco - Audacity of Huge
Bits & Pieces - Don't Stop The Music
Boris - Buzz In (Nosajthing Remix)
The Yes Pleases - Designer
Alex Gopher - Handguns
Coo Gua - Planet #39

Monday, August 31, 2009


Just a reminder to everyone who checks out SIART on a regular basis - you can listen to SIART on Blogdrop tonight on WVUM. If you live in Miami tune in on 90.5 FM on tonight from 7 to 9PM, or you can stream it live on the interwebs @ You'll hear an interview with yours truly and 2 hours of quality tunes that have been featured on SIART over the last few months.

To everyone in in the central timezone the time to tune in is 6 to 8 PM

Hope you enjoy it...

Friday, August 28, 2009

Funky Friday - Steely Dan Edition

Yesterday was my 15th wedding anniversary. As a present to ourselves my wife and I are going to Chicago for the weekend. Tomorrow night is dinner @ Blackbird. There is a Calder exhibit to see. There are a couple of Rick Bayless restaurants to consider. And to top it all off, on Monday night we are seeing Steely Dan live at the Chicago Theater. They are playing "Aja" in it's entirety, followed by a set of greatest hits. To say I'm psyched is to put it mildly. It is one of the first albums I bought with my own $ back in the day - Herbergers in Rice lake WI, yo! I love it dearly and can't wait to hear it played out. A kid free (I'll miss 'em a bit...) weekend in the big city doing grown up stuff? Priceless.

Steely Dan - Kid Charlemagne
Steely Dan - Babylon Sisters
Steely Dan - I Got The News
Steely Dan - The Fez
DJ Ransom - Peg (Edit)