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Wine, Cheese & Melon

Here’s a brand new mix for y’all. It’s based on a set list that I used when I DJed at an art reception at (Scene) Metrospace. There ain’t no party like an art reception party because an art reception party has wine, cheese and melon.

This is also the first mix I’m posting under my new DJ name, DJ Triple Rambo. Please adjust the mp3 tags of all of my previous mixes that you have downloaded. kthnxbye.

Wine, Cheese & Melon
1. Tel Aviv – Renewal
2. Dominque Leone – Clairevoyage: A Medley performed by The 16th Rebels of Mung
3. Glass Candy – Computer Love
4. The Marvellettes – Please Mr. Postman
5. Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons – Beggin’ (Pilooski Re-Edit)
6. The Field – Over the Ice
7. The Field Mice – Missing the Moon
8. Buckingham Nicks – Frozen Love
9. Mathew Leutwyler – Jovencitas
10. Fuck Buttons – Bright Tomorrow
11. LCD Soundsystem – Freak Out/Starry Eyes

Top 50 Singles and Albums of 2007

Here are two disc length compilations of my favorite singles of 2007 and tracks from my favorite albums of 2007. Both are in reverse order and there as many songs as I could fit on a CD length mix. My full top 50 lists are below.


Top 50 Singles
50. Miranda Lambert – Gunpowder and Lead
49. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony – Wind Blow
48. Klaxons – Golden Skans
47. Chromeo – Tenderoni
46. Robyn – Handle Me
45. Amerie – Take Control
44. Young Jeezy ft. R. Kelly – Go Getta
43. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Strange Form of Life
42. Los Campesinos! – You! Me! Dancing!
41. R. Kelly ft. Usher – Same Girl
40. Klaxons – It’s Not Over Yet
39. Róisín Murphy – Let Me Know
38. Petey Pablo – Get Me Out of Jail
37. M.I.A. – Paper Planes
36. Tay Zonday – Chocolate Rain
35. The Arcade Fire – No Cars Go
34. Caribou – She’s the One
33. Hot Chip – My Piano
32. Wes Fif – Haterz Everywhere
31. Chromeo – Fancy Footwork
30. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights
29. Art Brut – Direct Hit
28. Dan Deacon – The Crystal Cat
27. Los Campesinos! – The International Tweexcore Underground
26. The Cool Kids – 88
25. M.I.A. – Jimmy
24. Jens Lekman – Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo
23. Justin Timberlake – LoveStoned
22. The Arcade Fire – Keep the Car Running
21. Panda Bear – Take Pills
20. Grinderman – No Pussy Blues
19. Glass Candy – I Always Say Yes
18. Justin Timberlake – What Goes Around…Comes Around
17. Mistah F.A.B. – Ghost Ride It
16. Rihanna – Don’t Stop the Music
15. Blonde Redhead – 23
14. Teki Latex ft. Lio – Les Matins de Paris
13. Chromatics – In the City
12. LCD Soundsystem – Someone Great
11. Candie Payne – I Wish I Could Have Loved You More
10. Justice – D.A.N.C.E.
9. The National – Mistaken for Strangers
8. Fuck Buttons – Bright Tomorrow
7. UGK feat. OutKast – Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)
6. LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends
5. Snoop Dogg – Sensual Seduction
4. Fucked Up – Year of the Pig
3. Caribou – Melody Day
2. R. Kelly ft. T.I. & T-Pain – I’m a Flirt (Remix)
1. Rihanna – Umbrella

Top 50 Albums
50. Black Dice – Load Blown
49. The Black Lips – Good Bad Not Evil
48. Six Organs of Admittance – Shelter From the Ash
47. Neurosis – Given to the Rising
46. Justice – †
45. Eric Copeland – Hermaphrodite
44. Soft Circle – Full Bloom
43. Grinderman – Grinderman
42. The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse
41. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
40. Tord Gustavsen Trio – Being There
39. Future of the Left – Curses
38. Holy Fuck – LP
37. Lucky Soul – The Great Unwanted
36. Chromatics – Night Drive
35. Ghostface Killah – Big Doe Rehab
34. Art Brut – It’s a Bit Complicated
33. Minsk – The Ritual Fires of Abandonment
32. Handsome Furs – Plague Park
31. Bishop Allen – The Broken String
30. Circle – Katapult
29. Charalambides – Likeness
28. Big Business – Here Come the Waterworks
27. Meg Baird – Dear Companion
26. The Field – From Here We Go to Sublime
25. Thurston Moore – Trees Outside the Academy
24. Boris with Michio Kurihara – Rainbow
23. Magik Markers – Boss
22. Eric Malmberg – Verklighet & Beat
21. Death Ambient – Drunken Forest
20. Dr. Dog – We All Belong
19. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
18. Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
17. Aa – gAame
16. White Rainbow – Prism of Eternal Now
15. Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam
14. Robert Wyatt – Comicopera
13. Scout Niblett – This Fool Can Die Now
12. Voice of the Seven Woods – Voice of the Seven Woods
11. Wolves in the Throne Room – Two Hunters
10. Caribou – Andorra
9. Olof Arnalds – Vid Og Vid
8. Tel Aviv- Underwaters
7. Marissa Nadler – Songs III: Bird on the Water
6. Radiohead – In Rainbows
5. Von Spar – Von Spar
4. Deerhunter – Cryptograms
3. The National – Boxer
2. Panda Bear – Person Pitch
1. Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala

New Mix: International Seduction

I DJed last Thursday at the end of the year party of the MSU Graduate Employee Union, of which I am a member. Here’s a nice little 30 minute DJ mix I just put together that is based on the set I did that night. It’s pretty smooth. So smooth, I call it International Seduction. While my last mix was done with vinyl, this one was done on my computer with Mixxx, the same way I do it live. Also, if there any DJs out there, I welcome any tips on my beatmatching/transitions.

Download it

Chromatics – In the City
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
Teki Latex feat. Lio – Les matins des Paris
Snoop Dogg – Sensual Seduction
Goblin – Tenebre
LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends
Jiang Xiao Qing – Kokorogokoro Doutei

I’m not dead. Also Snoop Dogg.

So I haven’t posted in a while. That is because I am in grad school and am in the end of semester crazy shit time of the year. What free time I have to for music stuff has been devoted to putting together end of the year lists and end of the year mixes. Those will be up on the blog at some point in the next few weeks, but for now, I’m just going to post the best thing ever: “Sensual Seduction”, the new single by Snoop Dogg. Now, Doggy Dogg usually puts out one or two decent singles a year, but I can’t remember the last time he put out anything that really blew me away. But this song is awesome. And the video? It really takes it from good song to BEST THING EVER DONE BY ANYONE.

A list of things I live about this video: synthesizers, flying beds, star wipes, vocoders, video hos wearing throwback lingerie, disco balls, shiny suits, keytar, the line “If you don’t know by now, Doggy Dog is a Freak”, a rapped verse which makes it seem like Snoop is guesting on his own song, how the song kinda sounds like French House and most importantly, the VHS static at the beginning.

Here’s an 160k mp3 of the song of uncertain origin (it might be a myspace rip). I hope I don’t get arrested.
Snoop Dogg – Sensual Seduction

Samara Lubelski

I mentioned Samara Lubelski in my earlier post on Thurston Moore’s solo album. She played violin on it and is currently on tour with him. Parallel Suns is her third solo album for The Social Registry (one of my favorite contemporary labels). Its a collection of gorgeous sun-dappled psych/pop/folk songs that showcase Samara’s incredible and ethereal voice. At times it recalls Stereolab at their most spare, but it has more of a 60s private press vibe (think Wendy & Bonnie). The arrangements a relatively spare; they’re usually just guitar, some percussion, backing vocals and organ. It works perfectly, as Samara’s gentle voice would be overwhelmed by lush arrangements.

Samara Lubelski – Born From the Tree

Sally Shapiro

So Swedish dancing queen/disco princess Sally Shaprio‘s Disco Romance will finally hit US shores on October 30th courtesy of Paper Bag Records. However, its not the same album that you downloaded off Soulseek bought as a Swedish import in 2006. Most visible is the new cleaveage-less cover, but the content has been changed, too. The two remixes have been removed and replaced with 3 new songs (“He Keeps Me Alive”, “Skating in the Moonshine”, “Jackie Jackie (Spend This Winter with Me)”). The original version of “I’ll Be By Your Side” has been replaced by an 8 minute extended mix. So basically, now its more of a proper album and less of an extended EP. Rad.

Here’s one of the new tracks. Its more glorious headphone disco for dancing around your bedroom in your underwear. And it has a vocoder!
Sally Shapiro – He Keeps Me Alive

Buy It


Clockcleaner are a Philadelphia band who just put out an awesome album on Load Records. However, Load Records issued the following disclaimer: “This record will confuse LOAD Records consumers however as its not a noise record, it is a record in the HARD ROCK mold. Please go back to your blogging. Good Day.” Clockcleaner also have a fan club with a monthly newsletter. Magic.

Pissed Jeans are probably the closest contemporary of Clockcleaner, but Clockcleaner are a little bit weirder. “Vomiting Mirrors” has a clinking piano that makes me think of Fucked Up.
Clockcleaner – Vomiting Mirrors

Super Famicom

Super Famicom is a boy named PJ. He’s a pretty cool kid. He writes very good songs that recall Daniel Johnston, Adrian Orange, Little Wings and the people on that midwestern folk/punk circuit that I love so much. Here’s two songs from his album Emily Songs II. They’re lo-fi recordings, but he has some hi-fi stuff that is also really good streaming on his myspace page. If you like his music, you can order his CDs and tapes from his myspace.

Super Famicom – The Conception of Widowers (from Emily Songs II)
Super Famicom – Wrapped in the Bodies of Tormenters (from Emily Songs II)