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Friday, June 10, 2005
  we can make each other happy

lcd soundsystem- Jump Into the Fire (live)

In 1970, Harry Nilsson had writen two Top Ten records, recorded an album of Randy Newman covers, wrote the soundtrack to a Saturday cartoon movie called 'The Point," and was hailed as the Beatles' favorite American songwriter. Then, in 1971, he decided to rock the fuck out. While "Without You" and the soft-drinking selling "Coconut" are the more famous cuts on Nilsson Smilsson, "Jump Into the Fire" is the clear stand out. It does not sound like a song written by a guy who wrote a hit for the Monkees. The bassline is relentless, sinking underground, into giant caverns, networked caves, and ultimately into a pit of lava, presumably where Nilsson draws the super-villian energy to belt this one out. The drums are nonething less than techtonic, causing earthquakes and breaking up the dinosaurs' precious pangaea, and the guitar offers quick, violent aftershocks.

James Murphy knows his records, and he picked "Jump Into the Fire" for lcd soundsystem's first cover. James and the gang treat this monster right, and have used it's unholy subterraean rock powers as an encore on the recent tour. I've posted a live version, but the song is also the b-side to the "Daft Punk..." single.

The photo comes from the video shoot for "losing my edge." While the Fischerspooner clip never saw the light of day, it apparently featured some psyc-freak-out visuals, which, coincidentally, are what fill my head when I listen to Nilsson.

Shout out to Sarah.
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
  check this out!

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This dude says that M.I.A. is N.W.A. Huh, I thought she was the Clash.

Check out his Compton Quieten Down mix. I wish everybody bolstered their arguements with mash-ups.
  and so it begins

We'll begin with 99 records. New York record store owner, Ed Bahlman started the label, signed the brightest lights of the wild dance underground, and is responsible for a brilliant set of recordings. 99 Records only had 13 releases, but their artist list is well.. legendary. ESG. Liquid Liquid. Not to mention Glenn Branca, whose guitar symphonies are celebrated by European royalty and minor Angels alike. When Grandmaster Flash stole the baseline from Liquid Liquid's "Cavern" for his best selling hip hop classic "White Lines," Bahlman sued. When Flash couldn't pay up, 99 records got stuck with the bill, and Bahlman was forced to close up shop.

While the story is sad, the music is expressive, creative, experimental and incredibly fun. I'm trying not to get up on the Important Music Critic soapbox, but these records are not only important in the continued development of early hip-hop and the birth of electro, but are crucial ingredients in the DFA sound.

Y Pants are one of the lesser known bands on the label. "Off the Hook" showcases exactly how much three women can do with amplified toy instruments.

Y Pants- Off the Hook.

I'm actually sending off to the fansite Tuba Frenzy to learn more about the label. Ah the motivational powers of amazing music.

JD Twitch
, from hot Scottish DJ duo Optimo, loves 99 Records.
Learn more about Y Pants.
Friday, June 03, 2005
  sorry for the lack of posts

pen to paper, fingers to keys, mind at work, never at ease.

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