Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wiley - Never Be Your Woman

Remember that cool White Town song "Your Woman"? Back in '97 it was pretty fresh. Seems to reason that right about now someone would put their own little spin on it, so here ya go. This is Wiley, with Emeli Sandé on the chorus vocals. Cool track, I like the marimba.


Oh ya come to the Phoenix tonight cause I'm DJing.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Holy Fuck - Latin America

Holy Fuck, they're at it again. These guys are just crazy. They basically get on stage with a drummer, a bass player, and a couple keyboard players with a lot of pedals and knobby things that do all sorts of trickery on their music to make it sound super whack. They have a brand new album, called "Latin", and I'm happy to say it's pretty darn good. This is the first single.


BONUS BEATS!

WhiteNoize - Burnin'


Like this stuff? Check out Moullinex. And if you fullscreen those bonus beats it's kind of a cool video.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Hot Hot Heat - Goddess On The Prairie

Hot Hot Heat are coming to Fred Rock this year. I don't like ALL their stuff, but they have easily enough awesome to rock out on stage for an hour or so. This is their newest single, and it's a sweet little live performance c/o Southern Souls, which is an awesome website you should check out. No, not now... now! Right now. Do it.


Click on that Southern Souls link already.

P.S. I'm spinning on Wednesday at the Phoenix. Be there.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Tito Puente - El Cumbanchero

I'm taking a day off. This is Tito Puente. The greatest timbale player ever.


Oye! Tito!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Collie Buddz - Come Around

Me bredren Tony hooked me on the Collie Buddz a while back. He went to school with him in Bermuda, when he was merely known as Colin Harper. This stuff sounds mostly classic dancehall but he's got a little more meat to the lyrics. I think he's pretty dope.


This one is pimpin' too.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tom Deluxx - Run

Not sure who Tom Deluxx is but this is a cool video and some serious electro. Figured I'd mix it up a little with some new beats. Meanwhile I've got some new stuff on the go, and I'm in the process of re-mixing most of my older stuff as apparently the levels are a wee bit off.


BONUS BEATS!

Aaren San - Apes From Space [Dirtyloud Remix]


Craaaazy...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Hollies - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

The Hollies are one of the defining rock groups of the 60s and 70s, though somewhat overshadowed by some of their more illustrious contemporaries. This particular track wasn't written by them, and in fact it was first recorded by Neil Diamond, but this was released as a single first and is probably the best remembered version of it. This one goes out to Jono, the man with the hatt.


Great tune.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Deee-Lite - Groove Is In The Heart

This is probably my all-time favourite one-hit wonder. Deee-Lite-ful. Perfect for summer funkin'.


Notice Bootsy Collins making a couple cameos?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Laurent Garnier - The Man With The Red Face

Laurent Garnier is a bit of a legend in the electronic scene. He's been around for ages, and somehow manages to seamlessly blend different genres into his sets and his production. This is probably his most popular track, really nice soft synth sound with some crazy horns in the background. You've probably heard it before, somewhere or other. It's since been re-produced by Mark Knight, which to be fair isn't bad either, but here's the original for ya.


BONUS BEATS!

Fred Everything & N'Dea Davenport - Don't Nobody [Hot Toddy Remix]


Sweet.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Have You Ever Seen The Rain

This is an oldie but goodie. Just like my dad. Hardy-har-har. Today is Father's Day and while I'm not big on these sort of days, I suppose today I'll make an exception. It also happens to be raining like mad outside, so this song seems doubly appropriate. I don't suppose CCR had any kind of video budget or skills back then so we'll excuse the somewhat horrific video quality.


I'll call you later dad.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Motorleague - You Wear Me Down

This is The Motorleague, from Moncton! They're pretty awesome and this is a pretty sweet little video they've put together. They're on tour right now so check them out if you ever get the chance. Just found out they're at The Capital on June 30th! Sweeeeet!


Nice job guys.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Blockhead - The Music Scene

Ninja Tune is a wicked awesome label with too many dope artists to list, but one of them is Blockhead, who contributes this sweet track to the blog today. The video is by Anthony Francisco Schepperd, who delightfully describes the video as "an animated mind melt into a post human New York where TV and animals rule."


Alrighty then.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ministry - N.W.O.

Back in the days of listening to the late, great Martin Streek's live to air from The Phoenix on The Edge on Saturday nights, this was a staple of nearly every set. Ministry went from being a synth-pop outfit with songs like "Everyday Is Halloween" to one of the pioneering industrial metal acts. Their album "Psalm 69" from 1992 is certainly a must-have disc for fans of the genre. While they had some cool tracks later on like "So What" and even a cover of Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay", this one really defined the band and is still relevant, and awesome, some eighteen years later.


Also, check out Ferg's video on the gulf spill. It's important.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build A Home

The Cinematic Orchestra sounds like something you'd see in a Disney movie. A bunch of funny looking instruments playing themselves maybe. Thankfully, it's actually a bunch of people who make crazy cool music. Strangely, this video doesn't actually feature any of the group, but it's not a cover either. It's a live performance of a great track from the brilliant album "Ma Fleur". The track was co-written by Patrick Watson, who is the amazingly talented dude singing and playing piano here. Anyway check this out, and send it to all your friends, cause it's worth it.


Breathtaking.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Edward Shape & The Magnetic Zeros - Desert Song

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros are driving around somewhere, right now, in a big white school bus, looking for their next gig. Sounds a bit crazy, doesn't it, but that's what Alex Ebert, the former lead singer of Ima Robot, is doing with his new group. Ebert uses the alter ego Sharpe to tell his story of love and other weird things in their album "Up From Below", which is evidently being made into a full length feature "musical" called SALVO!. You've probably heard the "Home" single a few times by now, but I find it one of the least memorable tracks on the album which is pretty epic in nature. This is the first part of the musical. I'll link part two at the bottom of this post.


Here is part two. And this is pretty great too.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Yoav - Adore Adore

This one comes courtesy of Tonella. Yoav is of Israeli and South African decent, a fairly unique combination, and this is reflected in his performance style, for the most part a minimalist sort of neo-folk trip-hop. Very cool indeed.


BONUS BEATS!

Yoav - Club Thing [Funkerman Remix]


Smooth.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Moullinex - Superman

There are two reasons for this one. Firstly, it's awesome, and again creds to Johnston for this find. I don't know how he does it. So ya, it's Moullinex, a crazy and ridiculous sounding band from Germany. Super cool.

The second reason is in the title. If Superman is really out there, we need you buddy. Really really. If you haven't been following this oil spill, and you live on the east coast of North America in particular, you should know that we're in dire, dire straits right now. Enjoy the beautiful day.


Superman, if you can hear me, please turn back time and stop the oil...

Friday, June 11, 2010

Breakbot - Baby I'm Yours

Ask, and ye shall receive. So I've had this tune on rotation for the past couple weeks, and I'd been thinking that it's such a great tune that I couldn't understand how there isn't a video for it. Lo and behold, today DJ Noematus posts it on his Facebook page. Yes sir! Sadly whoever uploaded the video attached a somewhat distorted audio track, but whatever. If you want to hear the full length non-distorted cut you can check it out here. Otherwise, this is a freakin' great summer track from Breakbot.


BONUS BEATS!

Zebo - Your Night


What a great day.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Genesis - The Carpet Crawlers

A while back I posted some Peter Gabriel. He's the guy who wrote much of this song, but he left Genesis at the end of 1975 so this is part of Phil Collins' first tour as lead singer. I consider this song a masterpiece and this performance is exceptional. WARNING: this is not pop music. Some thought may be required to process this product.


Epic.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sébastien Tellier - Look

This one comes fresh from The Franchise. Great spot. It's by Sébastien Tellier, a mighty talented Frenchmen. What's with those French anyway? They're so crazy, and yet so fresh when it comes to the music department. Must be the wine. Anyway this video might be a little "graphic" for some of you, so be warned. I think it's an awesome bit of animation by renowned artists Petra Mrzyk & Jean-François Moriceau. If you're offended, lighten up.


Groovy.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Isley Brothers - Lay Away / Said Enough

Marvin Isley has joined the growing list of brilliant musicians to have left us in the last few months. Marvin and his brothers were particularly gifted as they mastered both the soul and funk genres and they made it look easy. If you're wondering where most of the soul you hear today came from, look no further. These guys were so good they deserve two songs today. One for the funk, and two for the soul. Here's to you, Marvin.


and...


That's the amazing Jill Scott in the second one.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Wu-Tang Clan - Triumph

Sure, you've all heard this before, but have you listened to it yet today? Wu-Tang Clan. Triumph. Best rap song ever.


BONUS BEATS!

Wu-Tang Clan - Ain't Nuthin Ta Fuck Wit [Remix]


Enter the Wu...

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Marching Band - Another Day

This is actually a post about Gigamesh, who Marching Band was lucky enough to have remix one of their tracks. This guy is a very talented producer from the US with a nice synth-pop style that translates into some very smooth tracks. You may have heard his mix of Mike Posner's "Cooler Than Me", which is my pick for the bonus beats today. The actual release sounds suspiciously like it, and there's a whole story behind it that you can read about here. The bottom line is that Gigamesh's mix is awesome and you should check out more of his stuff.


BONUS BEATS!

Mike Posner - Cooler Than Me [Gigamesh Remix]


Damn I gotta get back to my own productions...

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Modest Mouse - King Rat

Heath Ledger was one of those rare modern actors with real talent. Unfortunately most of us didn't really notice it until he was gone. I didn't even know this song by Modest Mouse had a video, never mind one scripted and initially directed by said Mr. Ledger. It's a cool song in a Nick Cave kind of way and the video is definitely something unique. MILD WARNING: somewhat graphic in nature.


Hmmm...

Friday, June 4, 2010

Broken Bells - The High Road

I've had a few "requests" for this one (requests on a blog? does that even make sense?) and admittedly it's hardly "new" but it's taken me a little while to get into it. After listening to it a few times it's starting to grow on me. Wait, is that why all that pop crap is so... popular? Marketers, kill yourselves!

Anyway this is Broken Bells, a collaboration of Danger Mouse and James Mercer of The Shins fame. I'm not a huge fan of The Shins, but they've got some cool tracks. I definitely dig Danger Mouse, especially his work with Gnarls Barkley. He's produced some pretty sick albums along the way, so I was definitely interested when I heard about Broken Bells. I can't say I like it as much as his other stuff, but it's worth a couple listens. Maybe you'll dig it more than me.


Bells, bells, bells...

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Skyzoo - Easy To Fly

Props to my man Terry Thomas for givin' me the what's up on this cat. In a continually over-saturated market full of has-beens and wannabes, Skyzoo is keepin' it real with tight lyrics wound in a message. He doesn't muck around with booty shakin' videos, overly produced abominations, or cookie cutter hooks. Keep your eye on this one, and pick up "The Salvation".


Style kinda reminds me of a young Jay-Z...

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Jurassic 5 - Ducky Boy

I just picked up this compilation from Decon Records that takes its title from their pretty cool blog. I'd been looking for some new hip hop grooves for a while and this one definitely hit the spot. There are some killer tracks on it including this short but sweet jam from Jurassic 5, and this funky joint from Izza Kizza I posted a while back. It also has the the bonus beats from RJD2, you might recognize the track as the title to that show Madmen that I don't watch.


BONUS BEATS!

RJD2 - A Beautiful Mine


More goodness in store for tomorrow...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Thornley - Changes

Thornley is coming to FredRock! Awesome! One of my all-time epic party stories, if not THE epic story, involves a Thornley show from Molson Snow Jam at Marble Mountain. I'd tell it to you, but it takes about 30 minutes and is best told over beers with The Franchise present to fill in the blanks. This is one of his lighter sounding poppy tracks, but it's still pretty good. When he really rocks out, he's frickin' awesome. I HIGHLY advise you to check this show out.


Wong bong!