Mary Anne Hobbs needs me

I mean, she doesn’t know it yet, but it’s totally true.

How long can Mary Anne go on DJing at BBC’s Radio One, heading up their Experimental show (formerly known as the way cooler-named Breezeblock), blasting all the newest and most awesome, dark, rumbling electro/dubstep/scary music once a week without me in her life?

Won’t she tire of being pretty and devastatingly cool, riding motorcycles everywhere, telling stories of her time as a punk rock chick, interviewing Joe Strummer, cruising on tour buses with alt-pop bands (back when the “alt-” actually meant something), and getting billions of amazing new records shipped to her office unless she can share the experience with me?

And what of her sexy, breathy voice? Will it not go to waste if it’s not whispering sweet nothings into my ear?

So please, my love…leave your phone number in the comments section. It’s time you came home.

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Published in: on June 6, 2008 at 9:41 am  Comments (7)  

Who drank my goddamn apple juice?

Wow…no music on this blog for a while. No anything on this blog for a while.

Problem solved. Boom.

This little gem from the French producer who goes by the rather unfortunate name Krazy Baldhead sounds like it’s got nothing going on upon first listen. Pretty pedestrian beat, and a chopped up vocal of some chick who’s pissed about her beverage.

But there’s much more to it than that and it’s pretty much all awesome. Read on to listen.

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Published in: on May 10, 2008 at 10:17 am  Comments (1)  

Nothing to see here

Seriously. Just trying to get the headline “Behold: The Tijuana Shitter” away from the top of this thing. I was starting to get kinda grossed out.

I guess we need something in here content-wise. Um…here, read this. This helped me maintain my stranglehold on the Prefuse 73 market over there…out of six reviews for him on the site, I’ve written four, and a couple are even readable.

Also, I joined Facebook, so everyone can stop yelling at me.

Published in: on February 26, 2008 at 11:22 am  Leave a Comment  

The Collective Audio Unconscious

I was listening to NWA tonight and I was reminded of this totally awesome video that breaks down the, uh, break that forms the beat for “Straight Outta Compton” — as well as about 70 billion other songs. This is totally geeky, but it’s an unbelievably detailed deconstruction of the history and context of sampling and how it relates to the one drum break that has literally shaped modern music. Hip-hop and drum ‘n’ bass/jungle fans in particular really ought to listen to this mini-lecture at least once. Commence nerdery…now!

Published in: on February 8, 2008 at 12:04 am  Leave a Comment  

ODT’s Best Albums of 2007, Part Two

Here’s the top of the list — everything but numero uno. It’s getting its own writeup because…well, because I said so. Jesus, this was a great year for music. If any of these records had been released in the past few years, they would have been top 3 at a minimum. On we go…

8. Jens Lekman: Night Falls Over Kortedala [Secretly Canadian]

lekman_kortedala.jpgSome artists are worth listening to because they write especially catchy songs, and some artists are worth listening to because they write like poets or novelists, full of lush lyrical details that create time and place. Lekman definitely falls into the latter category, but he often makes one hell of a case for the former as well. His baroque pop has a distinctly 1960s feel to it, and like many of the films created during that time, his songs have that “arty” feel to them, but they’re also inviting and honest and make you laugh when you think about life. That kind of music is worth your time.

Jens Lekman: “A Postcard to Nina”

Follow the jump for the rest of the list…

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ODT’s Best Albums of 2007, Part One

So here we go. I had to rank my top 10 for Prefix, so I figured I’d just rank a couple more for this list. Other than the top few, it was harder than I thought it would be. Here’s the first group of records, with more coming in following days.

15. Justice: Cross [Ed Banger Records]

justice_cross.jpgSo hip. So trendy. So obvious. So what? Either you love their sound or you don’t. I do. That dirty, fuzzy noise has made these Parisians blogosphere darlings for long enough that dickrider extraordinaire Kanye West took notice, going so far as to nab the director of their amazing video for “D.A.N.C.E.” in an attempt to rip their steez (see his “Good Life” vid), but he will never be half as cool as these guys. I wanna smoke cigarettes with them sometime. I bet they even hold them all cool-like.

See the video for “D.A.N.C.E.” and read about more awesome music below.

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Because…what’s the difference?

lcdsound.jpgMy new headphones finally came in the mail. I’m not sure my ears have ever been happier. You can stop sending sympathy cards now.

Quick math lesson: Beers priced $2 or less are actually free. True story.

Anyway.

LCD Soundsystem: “Someone Great” [from Sound of Silver, 2007]

You may have read my “All My Friends” lovefest a while back, and yes, that still stands. Definitely song of the year. This one here, however, is still totally mindblowing. I’ve been told that James Murphy is lamenting the loss of a production partner on this track, but he spins it into an epic love song, the ambiguity of which casts a bit of light on the similarities of every personal interaction. The beat is a fetching blend of fuzz and melody, and the whole thing is basically just another exhibit of Murphy’s musical genius. Top 5 song of 2007.

More goodies after the jump.

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Published in: on December 14, 2007 at 12:37 am  Comments (2)  

Thank God it’s fatal

andrewbird.jpgSo, how’s it going so far? Is UGK your thing? Isn’t Feist hot? Did Royce melt your face off? If you like stuff, comment. If you hate stuff, comment. If you like me, comment. If you hate me, uh, fuck off. Let’s continue…

Andrew Bird: “Heretics” [from Armchair Apocrypha, 2007]

I still can’t decide whether this soaring highlight of Bird’s newest album is the “best” song on that record, but I’ll be damned if it’s not the most fun – and it’s still gorgeous. That violin riff was stuck in my head for a significant period of time in 2007. Bird has a way of turning English into his bitch, and that, I appreciate. He can talk about nothing and make it sound profound. I did a pretty good job spreading the gospel of his last record, The Mysterious Production of Eggs, and Armchair Apocrypha is well deserving of a listen too.

Read on for gummy bears, assaults by supermodels and other nonrelevant crap. Also, more music.

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Published in: on December 12, 2007 at 12:44 am  Leave a Comment  

French speakers know electronic music

ghislain.jpgThis isn’t really up for discussion. Daft Punk, Air, Cassius, Alan Braxe, Laurent Garnier, and about 4,672,347 other amazing artists have been rubbing it in our faces for quite some time now. (Pretty much everyone on the Ed Banger label — whom you’ll be hearing more from when I do my year-end wrapup — have been the most recent perpetrators.)

I hadn’t listened to Montreal-based badass Ghislain Poirier for a while, but I was just doing the thing where I scroll quickly up and down my iTunes and then listen to something wherever I stop, and I landed in the mid-Gs and was reminded of how awesome this album was. I’m not going to go into detail here; just know that this song is devastating, and the switchup at the 1:23 mark is my SHIT!

Ghislain Poirier: “Don’t Smile, It’s Post-Modern” [from Breakupdown, 2005]

That’s RIGHT!

Published in: on October 31, 2007 at 11:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

I can still come home to this

This is the song I want played at my funeral, right after the closing remarks have concluded and just before everyone proceeds to get drunk as hell and share embarrassing stories about me.

LCD Soundsystem: “All My Friends” [from Sound of Silver, 2007]

It definitely seems a bit impetuous to pick a song I haven’t even spent 12 months with yet as the kind of song I’d like to define my life or whatever, but I’ll be dead so I’ll probably get over it anyway. Read on below, seven loyal readers.
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Published in: on October 12, 2007 at 12:19 am  Comments (1)  

Hit me on my burner

miakala.jpgI’m definitely a couple months behind on this, but I finally got around to grabbing M.I.A.’s Kala. All I can say is holy crap. Holy, holy crap.

I could happily post any of the 12 songs/internationally informed electro seizures on here, but really, you can’t get much better than this one, even though it’s slower and sunnier (in a way) than the rest of the album. If this is where pop music is headed, sign me the fuck up. This is some N.W.A.-with-a-bashful-smile type ish.

M.I.A.: “Paper Planes” [from Kala, 2007]

Her last record was fun as hell, but it definitely wore out after a while, and I was semi-surprised to learn today that it didn’t even make my 2005 Top 10 list. But I can’t see this one petering out. There’s so much to grab onto here and it’s worlds more complex than Arular was both lyrically and musically. When was the last time a pop record spit lines like “But I hate money ’cause it makes me numb” and had armed-robbery choruses carried by gunfire?

More below.

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Published in: on October 3, 2007 at 12:26 am  Comments (2)