1/20/10 Baltimore Sun Update

For all of your out there, I got my letter to the editor for the Baltimore Sun posted on their website.
here it is

Hard- Fi – Cash Machine

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A couple quick songs with seemingly no connection to one another.

Royksopp – What Else is There (Ministry of Sound Remix)

Neon Indian – Deadbeat Summer

Mickey Avalon – Jane Fonda

José González Vs. The Knife – Heartbeats (Remix)

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A quick post today. Below are a few older songs. The first Artist, Aqueduct, I saw live at the Black Cat in DC a few years back. Maybe 50 people were there and I was able to talk to him for ten minutes after his set. I even helped him pack up a few of his things. He’s gotten sort of big, haven’t seen him tour recently, however his songs get played in a lot of commercials.

Aqueduct – Dinner Mints

The next two songs I always feel like they remind me of the other for whatever reason. Both are poppy, yet relaxing. Enjoy!

Midlake – Young Bride

The Fiery Furnaces – Benton Harbor Blues

I guess I did keep a somewhat related post here, they all seem to water-related!

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The previews during Avatar yesterday looked mostly lame. However, the two below may be worth checking out when they are out. I’ve heard lots of good things about the new Robin Hood movie.

Robin Hood (2010 Release)

Clash of the Titans

It’s a very slow day. Have off for MLK and have been trying to upload more music on here, I’m having terrible problems with files over 6megs, which most music with good kbps will be well over double that… I’ll try to work it out and post more later.

Here’s a song that may tie in with what MLK day is all about:
Handsome Boy Modeling School – Class System (feat Pharrell Williams and Julee Cruise)

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Onesie’s, Soup-Nazi at the Movies and Boring Movies.

Today turned out to be an interesting day. My dad came in from Baltimore. Once, we got going at nearly 1pm (he said he’d be here at 11am), we had lunch and came back to open left-over Christmas presents, since my girlfriend hadn’t seen him for Christmas. As she was opening presents, she pulls out a book on “Charm City” and makes comment about Ace of Cakes. She continues to open the giftbag and there was a men’s tie. My dad had given her someone else’s gift. Lol. There were a few presents to open and the last present was a child’s onesie, as photograhed above. I’m pretty sure he’s trying to destroy our sex life. Nothing says I’m over you and you’re not getting any action, like wearing a onesie to bed.

We continued on to go see Avatar at the Uptown Cinema. It’s a great old building, with the a huge screen. They did not however have it in 3D. The movie was interesting, but all the action was before the movie. The setup at the Uptown is odd. You buy your tickets outside at the old-timey ticket booths. Then you stand outside before they let you in, to stand in a line to get concessions.

The three of us were standing in line when a guy with coffee and a sandwich shoved in his jacket came in (I guess to hide them, but was very noticeable). The ticket salesman was also the guy who checked your ticket when you came in. He began to yell at the guy and tell him he couldn’t bring food in. Thus he became the Soup-Nazi of the movie theatre. Making everyone stand in the rain outside until 10 minutes before the movie, to berate customers as they came in.

Anyways, the sandwich-smuggler agreed to stand by the door and eat his sandwich and drink his coffee before going in. He was a friend who got berated as well. His friend headed straight into the theatre as soon as the ticket guy wasn’t paying attention. His buddy however I guess needed to add condiments on his sandwich, so he took half the sandwich out of the cellophane, but the cellophane and remaining half sandwich on the ground. A little weird, but his next choice, was to put the half sandwich he had in his hand on the lip of the trashcan, and proceeded to add his condiments, with his bare sandwich on a movie theatre trashcan… Totally bizarre and disgusting.

This song is totally unrelated, but I can’t stop playing it.

Puscifer – The Mission (feat. Milla Jovovich)

Also the new Tiesto music video is pretty cool. The song is pretty clever with it’s hook.

Watch it here

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Rainy Day in DC

A quick post before we venture into the rain. For the last month all it has done is snow and be cold here in DC. Making people of the city especially more shitty. Sidewalks weren’t shoveled completely, so of course everyone thinks they should have the whole damn walkway.

It’s nice the rain will melt the snow away, and the city will return to having plenty of walk-space, so it’s not blatant everyone you pass doesn’t give a shit about a single other soul.

Here are some fun songs:

First Rate People – Girls Night

Architecture in Helsinki – Heart It Races (Trizzy’s Rusty Tin Can Mix)

The Notorious B.I.G. vs. Miley Cyrus – Party and Bullshit in the USA (Hathbanger Mash-Up Remix)

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Norway meets New Orleans

GQ interview

From Hot Boys to Wheezy, Lil Wayne has been unstoppable recently. He has a keen ear for interesting beats that are more then just auto-tuned voices slapped on top of a generic Casio loop. I mean even Barack Obama has alluded to him in several speeches, comparing him with the likes of Lebron James within his respective field.

Lil Wayne also doesn’t limit himself to who he collaborates with. If he hears a good beat, you might just hear it on his next mixtape. Which in itself is refreshing to see an artist with his popularity still working on making music because it’s fun, not because he wants to sell it to you.

The instrumental is from the title track of Royksopp’s “Junior” album, “Happy up here”. Like most of the Northern Euorpean bands that have made it to the US, it’s hard to put your finger on what you like so much about the music. It’s poppy, it’s electronic and catchy. Yet the lyrics are normally morose and maybe a bit depressing once you’ve processed them. Either way this pair up is remarkable.


The Hood Internet – Comfortable Up Here (Lil Wayne vs Royksopp)

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Who Doesn’t love Kid Cudi?

Well who doesn’t love Sufjan Stevens? And the next big thing is Kid Cudi. Combine the two and you get an incredible track that you can play ten times in a row and never tire of it!

It’s interesting that a kid from Cleveland and a guy from Detroit would have anything in common. However, search Hypem.com and you’ll see the two are huge. Kid Cudi has been signed by Universal Motown and GOOD Music (a record label he shares with Kanye West, where he debuted, nationally, on 808’s & Heartbreak).

Sufjan Stevens had a similar climb to popularity, with his album Illinois. This track takes the instrumental from his song “Chicago” from Illinois and meshs with Kid Cudi’s, very popular stream-of-conscience lyrics. It’s quite a great mash-up!

Chiddy Bang – All Things Go (w Sufjan Stevens)

Here’s another mix, redone by Steve Aoki.
Kid Cudi – Pursuit Of Happiness – (Steve Aoki Dance Remix) (Intro – Dirty)

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