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September 17, 2008

Oh No You Didn't by EA Choir

Hey yo hey yo listen to this.

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I love it (except the very end which is an awful way to finish a song), but it confuses me.

My first take was that it’s a bonus joke track for the credits to some Electronic Arts GTA rip-off (I’d guess there are a lot to choose from). EA choir – Electronic Arts choir? I mean, this kind of thing seems to be creeping into gaming more and more, right?

Yall cant be playin checkers on no Chessboard, yo

But no.

I googled and it seems not to have anything to do with Electronic Arts. The origin of the name EA choir isn’t clear at all. Apparently no myspace, no other websites, just a list of listeners on Last.fm, who almost certainly got it from the same place I did (the September Indie Rock Playlist).

So, what can anyone tell me about the song or EA choir? Have I been fooled and in fact my original theory was spot on the whole time?

IT IS A MYSTERY.


February 15, 2008

Are Hot Chip the coolest band ever?

Just how awesome is this track!?

Hot Chip – Shake a Fist

Discuss.


December 17, 2007

Manic Monday

I am, of course, being ironic. Now my term is over this is actually the first Monday for a while that hasn’t been manic. Great track though.

It’s from the above album, which is a mash up project and which there’s no point in me telling you about, when wikipedia does such a good job. Alternatively, just enjoy the track.

I wish you a merry Monday.


December 12, 2007

Free Good Albums

Writing about web page http://www.theshortwaveset.com/index.php?cat=4

The Shortwave Set

Well isn’t this a nice surprise.

A band that you just find out about not only are quite good, but they actually have given you their entire last album up for download – COMPLETELY FREE.

Kinda like The Avalanches if they’d been sampling the less electric bits of Goldfrapp and had a penchant for acoustic sounds, The Debt Collection is an eclectic but ultimately indie-pop album with sonics all over the place. If you only download one of the songs make sure it’s Is It Any Wonder (not a Keane cover) – simply gorgeous.

(EDIT: Unfortunately, it seems tracks 1 and 10 are a bit scrambled, ahh well)

Another bonus is that they have already finished their next attack on the musical landscape that is destined for release early next year. And it’s produced by Danger Mouse of all people, that workaholic of sorts who’s also all over the shop (while producing Martina-Topley Bird, more Sparklehorse and another Gnarls Barkley album… ooh! where does he stop?).

If you were streetwise, you would’ve also got The Format’s album Dog Problems for free in June, but that deal’s gone now. [Website]

Oh yeh, and there’s the matter of that album that’s hitting the top (or near enough) of a lot of end-of-year lists this week. No longer available for free I’m afraid. And those boxsets should be running out fast…


December 01, 2007

Bishes, hos, driving music

Music is a wonderful thing. Since I’m completely deaf from the waist down, I often have the music very, very loud in my car, and I sing quite a lot louder than that. It passes the time while I sit waiting in queues for idiots. What surprises me though is how enjoyable it is to hear old, crap songs when compared to new, very good stuff.

Let’s take the example of today. I was stuck in traffic on the M42 (not an uncommon occurrence), feeling very tired and horrid and icky, listening (and singing) to Interpol. That’s all well and good, and I listened to a few other things as well (Foo Fighters, Radiohead etc). But then I got bored and stuck Radio One on, for the dreaded Wonder Years (which must go by some kind of mantra of “an oldie but a shittie”).

Gotta say though, I heard Ol’ Dirty Bastard ft. Kelis – Got Ya Money, and it’s probably the most fun I’ve had on my own while in a car between the hours of 5pm and 6pm on the last day of the month when that day is a Friday. I’m not sure if it was the frustration, the volume or the over the top singing of the wrong words by myself, but it was the best thing ever. What a fantastic driving choon! Almost enough to make me wish it was 2001 again…

(Download)

November 27, 2007

The Feel Good Transformer (21st Nov)

An all female tracklist (to oppose the full-on man-fest that was last week), quite a good one as well. Seriously check out Duffy, she’s amazing…

I also think I’ve actually got the volume levels right for a change as well.
Note the casual removal of the random mid hour newscast as well. Bonus.

Radio shows down until further notice

  • Feist – I Feel It All
  • Ladyfuzz – Hold Up
  • Camera Obscura – If Looks Could Kill
  • Nancy Sinatra – Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time
  • Duffy – Rockferry [Website]
  • Gemma Hayes – Hanging Around
  • Rilo Kiley – Portions For Foxes
  • Metric – Combat Baby
  • Regina Spektor – Better
  • Goldfrapp – Strict Machine
  • The Long Blondes – Giddy Stratospheres
  • The Concretes – You Can’t Hurry Love [Download]
  • PJ Harvey – This Is Love
  • The Pipettes – Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me

This Wednesday (tomorrow) might be a bit more ramshackle as I had a job interview today, therefore less time to prepare, that’s my excuse in advance anyway.


November 26, 2007

The Feel Good Transformer (14th Nov)

A bit strange in the panning on this one. Only realised it halfway through I think. Damn students messing with the studio mixing desk…

I also didn’t realise how funny saying “Spoon the underdog” without a pause actually sounds, but now I do.

Radio shows down until further notice

  • The Go! Team – The Wrath of Mikey
  • Blitzen Trapper – Wild Mountain Nation
  • Brakes – Jackson
  • Example – I Don’t Want To
  • LCD Soundsystem – Watch The Tapes
  • Vampire Weekend – Boston [Website]
  • Cut Copy – So Haunted
  • The Young Knives – Terra Firma
  • Motocade – Bomb Squad
  • Throw Me The Statue – Lolita [Download] [MySpace]
  • Phoenix – Second To None
  • Voxtrot – Fast Asleep
  • The Futureheads – Broke Up The Time
  • The Hives – Tick Tick Boom
  • Okkervil River – Unless It’s Kicks

Next one coming up shortly…


November 11, 2007

The Feel Good Transformer (7th Nov)

Not everything went great, but the tunes at least are good.
Feels weird without a co-host but I hope my voice doesn’t put you off too much :P

Enjoy…

Radio shows down until further notice

Tracklist:
  • White Denim – ShakeShakeShake
  • Justice – DVNO
  • Eels – Flyswatter
  • Kate Nash – Foundations
  • Kylie – Love Is The Drug
  • Idlewild – When I Argue I See Shapes
  • Cut Off Your Hands – Still Fond [MySpace]
  • Kanye West – Homecoming
  • Spoon – The Underdog [Download] [Website]
  • Arctic Monkeys – Teddy Picker
  • The Charlatans – Love Is The Key
  • Brendan Benson – Good To Me
  • Jens Lekman – Kanske Ar Jag Kar I Dig
  • Maximo Park – Our Velocity
  • Field Music – You’re Not Supposed To
  • Patrick Wolf – Get Lost

Same time next Wednesday!


August 22, 2007

Tom Basden's rather amusing songs at Edinburgh

Tom Basden is jolly funny.

It’s Not Who You Know

Richard Madeley


July 21, 2007

Mashups?

Follow-up to Call For Submission: Mashups from á la discothèque

Ah, so it’s all mashups round here at the moment is it? In that case you’ll be wanting to look at Good Blimey a possibly illegal, but certainly interesting website which collates loads of brilliant, and not so brilliant mashups, from a wide variety of DJs.

Now to save you all some sifting I’ve dug up a few of my favourites, but there’s certainly others on there you might like more.

Peaches vs. The Rapture – ‘Fuck The Jealous Lovers’ by unknown

Ok, the mixing here ain’t the best. Peaches is too low in the mix, but the timing and the idea are rather fine. In fact this one is crying out for a proper version, or hell an actual performance from the two acts. Contains some high class swearing, but it involves Peaches so what were you expecting?

Dizzee Rascal vs. Interpol – ‘Live Stand Up’ by McSleazy

Now this is a bit of class. Well put together, and Dizzee sounds good against the New Yorkers’ dark indie. Also as it’s not a massively well known Dizzee track it functions with less of the novelty element that some mashups can have – it works well enough on its own.

Green Day vs. Opus 3 – ‘It’s a Fine Holiday’ by Divide and Kreate

Actually my favourite mashup of all time, partly because as a small thing I really loved the Opus 3 dance version of this track, and amazingly this works despite both songs being in different time signatures, and being rather unlikely bedfellows. No idea who came up with the idea (someone called Divide and Kreate) but it’s brilliant.

Kelly Clarkson vs. Rammstein – ‘Since You’ve Been Rosenrot’ by DJ Schmolli

Yes, you read that right. American Idol warbler Clarkson and industrial camp metal German dudes Rammstein, all mixed up and sounding sufficiently over the top for fans of both. Try it, you might like it!


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