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I’ve been meaning to do this for quite a while, but I finally put together some dance shit.  I say dance shit because I don’t know what to call it.  There’s some house, some electronic stuff, maybe some trip-hop, as well as some funky bits.  Funky Bits would make a good band name.

Mostly I was going for songs that are danceable, but there are definitely some songs on here that aren’t really.  So it’s pretty much all the songs that I felt like piking whenever I put this together.  It’s a mystery to everyone!  Even me!

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Tracklist:

1) The Twelves – Works for Me

2) Tinie Tempah & Swedish House Mafia – Miami 2 Ibiza

3) Pendulum – Plasticworld

4) Monarchy – Maybe I’m Crazy

5) Steve Angello & An21 – Valodja

6) Steve Angello & Sebastien Ingrosso – Partouze

7) Miami Horror – Sometimes (G.L.O.V.E.S. Remix)

8 ) Black Kids – I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You (The Twelves Remix)

9) Axwell – Nothing But Love (Remode)

10) Cassette Kids – Lying Around (Diamond Cut Radio Edit)

11) Neelix – Disco Decay (Felguk Remix)

12) 80kidz – Reflex

13) Magic Machines – Sicky

14) Classixx – Cold Act Ill (Radio Mix)

15) Erlend Oye – Sudden Rush (The Twelves Remix)

16) Classixx – I’ll Get You (Treasure Fingers Remix)

If you couldn’t tell , I like The Twelves.

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The Low Keys were a rock sensation hailing from Abington, Pennsylvania.  Their popularity peaked at Abington High School’s 2007 Battle of the Bands, in which they received first prize and were subsequently featured on AMPTV, shown on millions of TV’s all over the Delaware Valley.

The Low Keys, 2007 Abington High School Battle of the Bands Champions

As with many great musical acts, their career was much too short.  As college came and band members were separated, they moved on to new musical projects.

Youth On Fire is comprised of two monkeys.

Isaac Clark and Andrew Hankin have recently formed Youth On Fire, now based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Now in their third band together, the duo has moved onto a more electronically-influenced sound.  Clark plays neato guitar things and sings while Hankin uses his 8 monkey arms to play both drums and synthesizer at the same time, giving the band a much more full sound than other duos.  I guess you would call it electronic pop rock or something.  Whatever it is, it will make you want to shake your groove-thang.  Give them a listen, you won’t regret it.  I promise one of the catchy synth parts or guitar riffs will be stuck in your head later.  I’m going to try this fancy embeded player thing so I don’t really know what’s going to happen in the space below:

I told it to have “Hotel Chelsea” on there, because that’s my favorite, but who knows what’s really going to happen.  Also check them out on ReverbNation, Facebook, and now even Twitter.  Their first demo is entitled “Oh, Hi” and they’re sure to be playing shows in the Ann Arbor area soon, so keep your eyes and ears open for big things.

The bass from The Low Keys, Brett Schupack, has also moved in a more electronic direction, though in a much different way.  He is now a well-known DJ almost statewide.  Currently hailing from Pittsburgh, DJ brett SCHUPACK has released a legitimate mixtape and DJ’s legitimate places.

You can call him DJ Breezy Fresh, Brizzmaster Flex, DJ Big Brett, DJ Shoe Pack, DJ Breezy Fly, or Boom Boom Brizzy.

DJ brettsliceme has exceptional taste in house music, and it shows in his mixtape entitled “FIRST”.  It’s the first one he’s released.  I haven’t been a huge fan of house music for too too long, but I know enough about it to tell you that this mixtape is really really awesome.  Even if you’re not into house, give it a listen.  You’ll probably want to go back for another soon after.  More fancy embedding I hope:

If you’re in Pittsburgh, be sure to find him and worship his beats.  I know I would.  Here’s a P&P+S exclusive tracklisting from the man himself, DJ B.S.:

The Island (Steve Angello Remix) – Pendulum
Dance the Way I Feel (Armand Van Helden Remix) – Ou Est Le Swimming Pool
Fire In Your New Shoes (Interpartysystem Mix) – Kaskade
Teenage Dream (Kaskade Remix) – Katy Pery
Silvia to Ibiza (Myndset Mashup) Swedish House Mafia vs. Miike Snow
Bumby Ride (Sebastian Ingrosso Remix) – Mohombi
Leave the World Behind – Axwell
Who Wants to Be Alone (Phillip D REmix) – Tiesto
Teenage Crime (Axwell & Henrik B Remode) – Adrian Lux

So there you have it.  A band splits at the height of their fame, only to spawn two even more promising musical ventures.  Don’t be surprised when they’re all famous in a few years and you can tell all your friends that you were a fan way back when.  I for one am hoping Youth On Fire and DJ Beep Boop both make it big, only to reunite later and create some crazy club bangers filled with intimate lyrics.  As DJ Brizz Brizz says: Listen to it loud. Listen to it often.

Other Junk:

Well blog, I did it.  A real post.  I’d be lying if I said I’ve been too busy to post, as I did pretty much nothing over my winter break.  I’m going to chalk up the lack of posts to the fact that I didn’t really get to listen to too much music over the last month or so and lacked writing inspiration.  Now that I’m back at school and need to procrastinate from doing actual work, real posts should come with more frequency.

I had planned to do a best of 2010, and maybe I will at some point.  Maybe not, who knows.  I think I would have posted most of the fantastic things on here anyway, as this blog has been around since last March or something like that.  2011 is sure to bring some awesome things as well.  The Strokes will finally release a new record in March, and watch this:

I’ve never seen an album sampler thing like this before an album is released, but I think it’s a great idea.  It’s gotten me super excited for Mind Bokeh, a new album from Bibio, also slated for a March release.  It seems like March has been a good month for music.  More need to do these album sampler videos.

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This isn’t New Junk.  I haven’t really found anything super new that I am overwhelmed by and must write about, though Kanye’s new album may change that in a couple of weeks.  Instead, today I have some older things, newness ranging from 8 months to 9 years.

Over the last couple of years I’ve been listening to more and more electronic music, a lot of which comes in the form of remixes of songs by other artists.  I often fall in love with a remix of a song, only to check out the original song and artist and find that I hate it.  Thankfully, sometimes it works the other way around.  Two Door Cinema Club had been popping up in various places around the music world, having been remixed by The Twelves and remixing Phoenix to name a couple of places.

An audience enjoying Tudor Cinema

The band’s strange name comes from one of the band member’s misconception of their local (in Northern Ireland) Tudor Cinema.  That picture is not actually of people at the Tudor Cinema, but I couldn’t find one that actually was, and I thought these people looked really rad in their glasses.  Their debut album Tourist History is deliciously poppy and a very easy listen.  It’s always been strange to me how English and Irish people can speak so differently from Americans, but both sound the same when singing.  Ellie Goulding being the cutest exception of course.  Here’s “Something Good Can Work”:

Whenever I put this album on, I end up putting this song on repeat a few times before letting the rest of the album play.  It’s hard not to feel happy after giving it all a good listen.

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File these next two releases under Artists I Wished Released More Than One Album.  See: Philippians, Mumm-Ra.

 

One member of the band

The Avalalanches’ Since I Left You was apparently crafted from more thank 3,500 vinyl samples.  If you weren’t aware, that’s a lot.  This certainly lends itself to an interesting album that’s full of lyrical non-sequiturs.  Despite taking thousands of things and making them into one, the album flows remarkably from one song to the next.  The Avalanches’ sadly solitary album spans enough genres that I don’t know what to call it, though wikipedia tells me that it’s “Electronic Dance Music.”  It’s certainly worth a listen, if only to see how well 3,500 different samples can create one piece of work.  This is “Since I Left You”:

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One of the most terrifying pictures I have ever seen.

Seeing certain musicians for the first time can be really strange.  After listening to their music for a while, you kind of get an idea of how they should look and act, but sometimes that perception couldn’t be further from reality.  I have been listening to A Lily’s Wake:Sleep for probably about 4 years now, and today is the first time I have gotten a look at the man behind the music.  I am terrified.  This is a beautiful, slow, ambient record.  I imagined some plain looking kid with a computer in his bedroom.  Instead I got an insane grinning half-bearded man with a cigar.  Whatever works I guess.

Wake:Sleep is my favorite electronic/ambient album.  It’s perfect for doing homework or working on things, but also stands up well to a critical listen through.  Chock full of my favorite beeps and boops, it’s one of my go-to albums when I actually need to get things done.  Listen to “I Am To You”:

It was a close call between “I Am To You” and “Leanna Is A Quiet Meow”.  I’m surprised who won out with a song title like that.  The album closes with the 34-minute droning “Shipwreck”.  It really doesn’t seem that long though.  At least not when you’re working.

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No matter how long I’m away from P&P+S, procrastination always brings me back.  If I find myself not wanting to study in the next couple weeks, I’ll probably be here with Kanye’s newest and hopefully greatest.  I really want to put together a new mix either here or for someone, but I haven’t found the time.  Oh well, hopefully someday.

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Yesterday Kanye West released a 35 minute long video for his new single “Runaway”.  I’ve been a fan of most of the new stuff he’s been releasing, so I was curious as to how you make a 35 minute “film epic” out of a 5 minute long song.  At some point it occurred to me that I should record my thoughts on what was sure to be an interesting video to say the least.  So here you have it, a live blog of my first and probably last viewing of Kanye West’s “Runaway”.

 

00:07  Kanye is running away from something.  How literal.

 

00:30  A woman with a strange accent is saying strange things.  Bon Iver sample in the background though.

 

01:12  Kanye is driving through the woods in a Lamborghini.  Weird shots of deer and a lava/sun explosion.

 

02:13  Still driving, and I’m getting kind of bored with the rapping.  I guess that’s how you stretch this song out to 35 minutes.

 

02:48  Kanye has been hit by the giant fireball thing, and a bird-looking woman has landed.  He carries her to safety as something explodes behind him. Sweet.

 

04:05  Bird woman wakes up on Kanye’s house watching the news.  She has that weird twitch that birds do down pretty well.  The news just switched into a language other than English.  Hmm.

 

04:37  Kanye walks into the room.  “First rule in this world, baby, don’t pay attention to anything you see in the news.”  EXPLOSION.

 

05:12  Bird woman is exploring her new world, playing with sheep and bunnies.  Kanye is watching from inside like a total creeper.  Oh also, bird woman is dressed in these feathery wing things that hardly cover anything besides her back.

 

06:12  Kanye is playing samples from his other single (“Power” I think) and bird woman is twitching around on the couch.  Now she is up and dancing while Kanye stands there faking his button pressing.  The music here is actually pretty neat.

 

07:16  A strange little boy dressed in red is running with a thingy that is shooting out red smoke.  FIREWORKS.

 

07:54  Kanye is taking bird woman on a date?  I guess.  They are watching fireworks as a marching band performs in front of them.  Crazy dancers with fireworks.  There is also a giant head of what appears to be Michael Jackson.

 

08:59  I wish I had enough money to make crazy videos with bird ladies and fireworks and giant Michael Jackson heads.

 

09:30  The little boy appears to be dressed in a KKK outfit, but it might be red.  That also might just be from the crazy red thing though.

 

10:05  Bird lady has her first encounter with a cup.  She struggles at first, but seems to get the hang of it.  Her giant fingernails seem to get in the way.

 

11:00  Kanye is at a giant dinner with 37ish other people.  He brings bird woman.  I guess this is another date.  Everyone is dressed in white, as the bird lady walks in in all her bird-ness.  People are confused.  All the black and white is bringing back memories of when Kanye used to perform with that orchestra during his Late Registration tour.

 

12:27  Bird woman’s cup practice pays off, as she gets to use one for real.  She took a whole loaf of bread though, not sure what that was about.

 

13:06  A man asks Kanye is he realizes his girlfriend is a bird.  He says, “No, I never noticed that”.  Deep shit.  I think the man also asked if they met in a zoo. Awkward dinner conversation.

 

13:41  Without responding, Kanye gets up and goes to a piano in the corner.  He starts playing and a whole troop of ballet dancers come running in!  Yeah, this really reminds me of that Late Registration orchestra now.

 

15:23  The dancers are dancing away while everyone but Kanye eats.  This is actually pretty neat.  Bird lady is watching intently, because she’s a bird.

 

16:30  Still dancing, but now everyone is toasting to the douchebags.  Kanye gets on top of the piano, but the piano continues to play.  MAGIC.

 

17:44  Still dancing, now with close up slow-mo shots.  This is the best part so far.  Tu-tus are really weird though.

 

19:00  Still dancing.  Say what you want about Kanye, he certainly makes some interesting things.

 

20:45  The dancers have been frozen for a while now, as the camera pans around them.  I am getting bored again.

 

21:36  I enjoyed the ballet at first, but this is a little much.  Tu-tus are still really weird.

 

22:50  ….

 

23:04  The dancers are leaving to applause.  Bird woman liked it apparently, even though she’s a bird.

 

23:36  I forgot to mention, all the people eating at the super long table are black, while the people serving them are white.  Interesting.

 

23:58  A bird is served to the table.  Bird woman is flipping out.  That could be her son or something.  She is wailing like crazy.  Everyone leaves but Kanye, who seems upset.  I guess that’s why you don’t date a bird woman.  EXPLOSION.

 

24:50  Aphex Twin’s “Avril 14th” is sampled here.  I can’t but hear “Iran So Far”.  Bird woman looks sad as she plays with her sheep.  How can you be sad when you are playing with a sheep?  Birds don’t make sense.

 

25:45  CLOUDSPLOSION

 

26:04  Bird woman talks!  About statues?  Pictures of the frozen dancers.  DEEP.  She is now talking about individuality and junk.  Apparently she is a Phoenix.  “I’ll never let you burn.” KISS.  What a sweet? moment.  More Bon Iver sampling.

 

27:20  Kanye is boning the bird woman.  What king of offspring do you think they’ll make?  EXPLOSION.  I actually like this with the Bon Iver in the background.

 

28:42  Kanye is laying on the ground outside somewhere.  LOST.  He has really weird shoes on.  Like girls shoes.

 

29:28  Kanye is now running in his girl shoes, right as the song gets going.  EXPLOSION.  Bird woman rises out of the explosion this time.

 

30:00  The first shot is replayed, Kanye running down a street in the woods.  METAPHOR.  He doesn’t look that fast.

 

30:25  Bird woman is flying around doing weird things.  She does have a golden breastplate thing on now.  Probably for better aerodynamics while flying.  Still no pants though.

 

31:24  Bird woman shoots up into the sky in a fireball.  I guess she is off to another planet where a rapper can make another weird video about her.

 

32:00  The end.  Credits

 

33:37  There are a lot of credits.  Filmed in Prague.  Interesting

 

34:26  Applause, I’m guessing it’s Kanye clapping for himself.

 

So there you have it.  I can’t say I didn’t like it, as it was certainly interesting at parts.  The ballet bit went for a little too long, but overall it held my attention pretty well.  On a scale of “Really dumb, for real” to “Flippin’ sweet”, it gets an “enjoyable”.  Kanye also never disappoints with the weirdness factor.  Giant Michael Jackson head?  Check.  Sex with a bird woman?  Check.  Little children dressed in KKK outfits?  Check.  If you have a half hour to kill or just want to procrastinate like me, give it a watch.

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