January 1, 2011

Good Moves

To all the good moves we made in 2010.

Good Moves
Kisses - People Can Do the Most Amazing Things (DyE Remix)
Marina & The Diamonds - Obsessions (Body Language Remix)
Marina & The Diamonds - Obsessions (oOoOO Remix)
Caribou - Sun (Kidstreet Remix)
The Knife - You Take My Breath Away
Everything Everything - Photoshop Handsome (Sunday Girl Mix)
Marina & The Diamonds - I Am Not a Robot (Clock Opera Remix)
Gorillaz - Crystalised (The xx Cover) (JThunder Mix)
Body Language - You Can
Bon Iver - Skinny Love (Das Kapital Rerub)
Gorillaz - Revolving Doors
Gorillaz & Daley - Doncamatic (Live Version)
Sir Mack Rice - Dynomite
Young Man - Five

December 21, 2010

My [Context] for Kanye

I think "old school" hip hop is so much sharper than a lot of music now. Soul on the sleeve, groove in the pocket.

Before Kanye came out swinging, there were these guys who knew the move.

Track List:

The Books - The Story of Hip-Hop
De La Soul - Jenifa (Taught Me)
The Roots - The Seed 2.0
Gang Starr - Rite Where U Stand
Dilated Peoples - Worst Comes to Worst
NaS - Get Down
De La Soul - Thru Ya City
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - They Reminisce Over You
Too Short ft. Eazy-E - Players Club
Mos Def - Ms. Fat Booty
The Roots - Guns are Drawn
Souls of Mischief - '93 'til Infinity
De La Soul - Eye Know
A Tribe Called Quest - Luck of Lucien
Q-Tip - What Lies Beneath
Slick Rick & OutKast - Street Talking
Jurassic 5 - If You Only Knew
Moka Only ft. MF Doom - More Soup
Hieroglyphics - Halo
GZA - Breaker Breaker
The Pharcyde - Knew U
Dead Prez - Mind Sex

September 20, 2010

Meet: Kotchy

Just gotta share this guy with you. He’s a heavy, heavy hitter. 

Kotchy is like the sound that is missing. Thick, rubbery beats that really just kill it. I like sticky bass, and Kotchy’s are caramel. 

Check out his remix of Empire of the Sun’s ‘We Are the People' & his song 'Sing What You Want.' Both are next level.

August 14, 2010

The Summer Shakedown

I'm about to throw a lot at you. Are you ready?

Summer should be something like this:


In other words, the bomb. These bands brought it the hardest in Summer Ten.

DELOREAN (Bowery Ballroom, July 13)

Wait. The energy. Are you kidding? And the beat? It's correct.

THE GOLDEN FILTER (Glasslands, August 13)
Photo credit: Abigail Wilke
She may be possessed, but holy god is she hot. Add two drummers to the mix and...

Sorry. I just died.

ECLECTIC METHOD (Webster Hall, August 6)

Dude. If you don't know about EM, your time has come. They're an audio-visual remix duo who are freaking pros. Pretty sure they're the future.

CARIBOU (Glasslands, July 16)

Photo credit: Abigail Wilkes

Math wiz gets down, boy. Got that dancefloor movin to the 10th power.

July 20, 2010

Greetings From Greenpoint

Alright, I've been bad. Busy busy blah blah blah. Without further ado, I present:

The Greetings from Greenpoint mixtape.

I made it just for you. Get your hands on these songs. Then listen. Then dance.

Greetings from Greenpoint

1. The Books- A Cold Freezin' Night
2. tUnE YarDs- I Really Taught Me to Watusi
3. Major Lazer & La Roux- Colourless Artibella
4. Delorean- Deli
5. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs- Garden
6. Ellie Goulding- Starry Eyed (Monsieur Adi remix)
7. Body Language- Sandwiches
8. Cut Copy- Where I'm Going
9. Father Figures- Hot Tea Part 1
10. The Roots, Joanna Newsom & S.T.S.- Right On
11. Caribou- Jamelia
12. Peter Bjorn & John- Let's Call It Off (Drake cover)
13. BreakBot- Baby I'm Yours ft. Irfane
14. Fever Ray- Seven (The Twelves remix)
15. Clock Opera- A Piece of String
16. Au Revoir Simone- Only You Can Make You Happy (PUNCHES remix)
17. Kaskade ft. Dragonette- Fire in Your New Shoes
18. LCD Soundsystem- You Wanted a Hit

June 8, 2010

Not even a ?uestion.

Well, if you didn’t know, I’ll tell you. ?uestlove… is the man. THE man. The one and only. The make-your-booty-shake man. The shake-it-don’t-break-it man. No, wait. Break it.

He’s been DJing at Brooklyn Bowl for a few months now, but I just got my act together last Thursday to go see him spin.

First of all… is he not the man? The fro, the tweets, the Jimmy, the Roots? He’s the man. Oh… and did I mention that he just totally RULES the drums? My idol.

And the music? My god. New, old, funky, sassy… he played it. From Calvin Harris and Chromeo to “Detroit post-Prince and Prince himself” (via @questlove). I’m not really sure what Detroit post-Prince is, but I'll die if I can't get my hands on some soon.

It's not even a question. Just go already. He's doin' his thing every Thursday through July.

                                 ?uestlove stencil found outside Brooklyn Bowl.

May 16, 2010

Penguin Prison

Let me be frank: I’m coming from a place where '80s music is the rule. David Byrne, Sting, Bernard Summer—these are my gods. The cheese, the catch, the quirk? I love it. So it goes without saying that I dig how indie music is sounding a lot like '80s pop these days. Shake-it-hard staples like LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, and Passion Pit have come crashing through the sound barrier, and the verdict is in: it’s cool to dance again.

Keeping the kids dancing like its 1982: NYC’s Penguin Prison. Holy hot pop this is good. Worth checking out are songs by Penguin Prison, remixes of Penguin Prison, and remixes by Penguin Prison. You can't go wrong. Unless you stand still.

Penguin Prison- A Funny Thing