Legendary New York rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard died yesterday, only 35 years old. Sad news indeed – I’ve been a fan of ODB and his raw, demented rap style since his days with Wu-Tang Clan and his classic Return to the 36 Chambers album. He will be sorely missed, and remembered as one of the most entertaining and original artists in rap music…
Their music is influenced by many different styles – 60s pop, 70s psychedelia and 90s indie rock/shoegazing with a bit of that great psychedelic indian sitar sound thown in. Named after the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist and the town of religious fanatics who committed mass suicide in 1978, they’ve existed since the early 90s, which kind of makes me regret I had not heard of them earlier…
Oslo Atletico – Last Ninja from the recent (and most excellent) Don’t Hang The DJ Volume Two compilation – 8-bit microcomputer-game influenced music for the dance floor!
Also from the same release comes Pizzy Yelliot – Could You Be Loved – this is what happens when one of Oslo’s leading DJs attempt a Bob Marley cover while under the influence of noxious chemicals 🙂
The new album from The Prodigy – Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned was just released a few days ago, and from what I’ve heard it’s good stuff. Even before it was released though, bootleggers had their filthy hands on the songs and have released a compilation of unofficial remixes and bootlegs, entitled Always Outsiders, Never Outdone.
It’s available for download from the site, and is really worth a listen, some of the stuff is top class! (from Boom Selection)
Update2: Here’s a Soundcloud link since the Prodigyremixed site is dead.
A couple of days ago I got the fantastic mix-cds ‘Lastebil’ and ‘Polarbjørn’, by the for me unknown DJ Jakobsen, the first two installments of a series called Debris From A Fragmented Culture. It’s an eclectic and skilled mix of hiphop, beats and weird samples far from the commercialism and sell-out of the mainstream music scene.
I found them at Platekompaniet, but they’re probably also available elsewhere. They’re very nicely priced – only 69.50 kroner for each cd, and each comes packed with close to 80 minutes of music, so it’s very good value for your money. Needless to say, I highly recommend to anyone musically interested to check them out.
After all the hype and attention DJ Dangermouse‘s The Grey Album and the Jay-Z Construction Set have gained the last weeks, it was of course inevitable that more bootleg mixes would pop up. Here’s the latest on the scene: Jay-Z + Weezer = Jay-Zeezer.
Now, I’m not a big fan of Jay-Z myself – he’s at best a mediocre rapper – but have been (and still is) a Weezer fan, so I think this is pretty cool stuff. Four songs have been released so far, you can download them by clicking on the note icon beside the song name, and more might come.
Although the musical quality of this type of bootleg mixing not always is the best, it’s an interesting example of how computers and the Internet is changing the way music is perceived and distributed.
On Saturday I went with some friends to see legendary remixer, producer, and DJ Francois Kevorkian playing at club Blå. Kevorkian is part of the old school of DJs who started out in the late 70’s New York City, along with other legends like Larry Levan and David Mancuso.
I’d never seen him play, so I gladly paid the stiff (kr 170,-) entry fee to get in. As we got there around eleven, he was already mixing away behind the decks, and continued playing until closing time, gradually building up the mood of the party.
It was a very good set, although at times it got a bit too hard and minimal for my taste (or maybe I’m just getting old). Anyway, it had been a long time since I last danced to proper house music, and I had a very good time, and hopefully the others did too! I think I’ll try to go more out dancing (to good music) from now on, it’s been much too long…
Christmas is coming, and in the spirit of the season, the people over at Downhill Battle have a warm holiday message – a site warning that CDs Make Bad Gifts for Kids, and offers advice for both parents/loved ones and the would-be receivers. The kids advice section, where she ends up swapping in the Britney CD for a pack of CD-Rs, is especially cool!
“I got that on the computer like two months ago.”
Singer-songwriter Elliot Smith was found dead on Tuesday, apparently by suicide. This is very sad news for me and other Elliot fans around the world. I’ve loved his bittersweet lyrics and skilled guitar playing ever since my sister gave me one of his albums for christmas, and this along with the other albums I’ve aquired have been frequently played.
Here are some news sources about his tragic death: Aftenposten (in norwegian), Slate, and Pitchfork Media. Update 24.10: In relation to Elliot’s death, Paul Ford has written a thoughtful essay on the relationship between creativity and destructiveness, entitled Easy Way Out.
US Raver site Ishkur has put up a Guide to Electronic Music. The guide shows how the different styles of electronic music evolved, all the way from the late 70’s electro, disco and ambient to modern styles you’ve probably never heard about, like “psytekk”, “synthron”, and “illbient”(!), along with soundbites and commentaries.
The comments are definitely not objective, often bitingly sarcastic and many are very funny – here’s a few examples:
Goa would be the best genre ever, if it weren’t for the fucking hippies
It’s really hard to find a New Age composer these days that you wouldn’t wanna rather give a swift kick in the shins.
Even if you don’t have an interest in electronic music, go check out the guide, you might learn something, and maybe even learn to appreciate this beautiful music!