Autumn’s Shuffle

Posted: October 27th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Articles About Music | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Autumn 1“Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay.” – Robert Browning

There’s nothing like the majestic melancholy of autumn. The cooling winds, wood smoke and mosaic of sunburned colors make for a truly magical few weeks, tainted only by a quiet apprehension of winter.

Maybe it’s the slow fade of fall that makes me nostalgic, but every October, I’m reminded of the autumns from years past, and specifically, what I was listening to in those times. Here’s a hint: the timbre of an acoustic guitar is sweet honey when enjoyed with falling leaves.

Nick Drake

You may have heard him in a car commercial or buried under the clatter of a Starbucks or on the immensely popular soundtrack for “Garden State.” The songs of Nick Drake, an influential folk musician from the early 70s, are commonly pegged as “autumnal,” and with good reason. Ornate finger picking and alien chord changes build songs that are purposefully sparse, ideal for contemplation. The perfect soundtrack to Sunday afternoon drives.

Nick Drake – From The Morning

Radiohead’s In Rainbows

Radiohead certainly are an intentional group of fellows, and I would venture that the October release of In Rainbows was no accident. The tender electric guitars, rim clicks and the most lush string arrangements this side of Billie Holiday’s Lady in Satin, are proof. Better still, In Rainbows sees the band getting their R&B on when Yorke does Al Green on “House of Cards.” Best enjoyed with a lover.

Radiohead – Nude

Radiohead – Faust Arp

The Roots’ Game Theory

The music of autumn should feel detached and lonely, but still pine for company. Game Theory embodies this by behaving like a belligerent child, furious one moment (“In the Music” openly scoffs at police) and welcoming the next (“Long Time”). Roots songs embody a variety of characters, from a caustic girlfriend to a redeemed prince of the ghetto. The common denominator(s)? Realism, soul singers and FUNK-Y guitars.

The Roots – Baby

Dave Brubeck Quartet’s Time Out

Brubeck will never get the respect of jazz greats like Miles Davis or John Coltrane because, unlike those artists, he’s always been content to coast for miles on one aesthetic. Where Davis and Coltrane continued to reinvent themselves late into their careers, Brubeck is still playing “Take Five” at all his shows. He must know it’s a shtick, but he also must know that it’s a good one. The gimmick of Time Out is strangely endearing; it’s a quaint jazz record with an outsider mentality.

Dave Brubeck Quartet – Blue Rondo A La Turk

New Radiohead Song

Posted: April 16th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Articles About Music | Tags: , | 4 Comments »

Ok so this isn’t really a new Radiohead track. But anyone who would be excited to hear a new song from Radiohead will most likely be just as equally pleased to hear my song of the day.  I heard this song a couple weeks ago while sampling through the many SXSW artists.  Vijay Kishore is his name.  He’s a British singer/songwriter with a Yorkesque swoon in his voice.  But Radiohead similarities or no, it is a pretty stellar track.

Vijay Kishore – Never Ends

RW: My Top Remixes of 2008

Posted: December 31st, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Remix of the Week | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »
rick astley

rick astley will never give you up, let you down, make you sick, or ruin your remix.

I can already hear the moans. “Another top ten?” Yeah. But take this with a grain of salt,  and I think you will find this to be a very enjoyable experience.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Soulwax Remix) –  the Rolling Stones

This remix puts a brand-new spin on a timeless classic. I first heard the song in the soundtrack of a movie,  and have loved it ever since. But it’s not just because it’s a classic song. I like it because of the job done by the remixer.  Soulwax is one of the best remixing outlets out there, and almost everything I hear by them I want to go out and purchase immediately.  But, this is just the first on my list and I’ve got nine more so let’s keep going.

Video Tapez (ft. Del the Funky Homosapien) – Radiohead

Radiohead has always been known for their abstract sound, as well as the interesting people that they attract. This remix is no exception. Featuring the styling of Del the Funky Homosapien (aka. Deltron 3030)  the song transforms from that of rock to rap.  There’s always a fresh sound when you try to remix Radiohead,  and it’s always super fun to listen to.

I’m A Cuckoo (Avalanches Remix)  – Belle & Sebastian

This remix is completely different. Instead of trading the original sounds for electronic beats, the original points of the song are replaced by tribal drums and a choir. This remix also happens to be done by one of my favorite remixing outlets, The Avalanches.  The subtle change of the backing makes a huge difference and in turn makes it one of my favorite remixes of the year, even if it was released a few years ago.

Umbrella (The Lindbergh Palace Dub) – Rihanna Feat. Jay-Z

Earlier this year I was able to obtain notoriety to our blog when I first wrote about The Lindbergh Palace, and some of the work they’ve done in remixing, more specifically their dubs. This dub mix is no exception and is one of the most profound pieces they’ve ever done.

Never Miss A Beat (Cut Copy Remix) – Kaiser Chiefs

This next remix is one that I kind of found out of the blue. It combines my favorite European rock influence with my favorite Australian electronic influence. Personally, I preferred the original version of the song to the remix, but what keeps bringing me back to this remix is not the song itself but the way in which it was remixed. Cut Copy is my favorite electronic group out there, and while I like their remixes, I like their original content better.

Electric Feel (Justice Remix) – MGMT

A sure winner for any top 10 list this year is can he beat anything by MGMT.  These relative newcomers generated lots of buzz this year with a seemingly endless number of great singles.  But it is this remix, however, that kept my ears bleeding all summer long.  Remixed by the heirs to the electronic music kingdom, Justice, this remix is full of classy transition and poise that you would only find in a Justice song.

Talk (Thin White Duke Remix) – Coldplay

Three words. Speak N’ Spell. Any song that uses a speak n’ spell is almost sure to be a good song in my book. Combine that with my favorite Coldplay song from the album X & Y,  and I’m sure to love it. This remix is not only enjoyable, but danceable.

If I Never See Your Face Again (feat. Rihanna) – Maroon 5

I’d always let myself be turned off to the idea that I would listen to Maroon Five, but the song is really catchy and I ended up liking it a whole lot.  Before I knew it I had listened to this song more than 10 times and enjoyed it more with each play. The song comes from the Maroon Five remix album released this year. Generally such albums tend to generate only a few good remixes, but I was very impressed with this one. Remix fans alike will will rejoice to the earlier sounds of Maroon Five set to hip-hop beats,  and given a whole new life.

Lights & Music (Boys Noize Remix) – Cut Copy

Before the release of their sophomore album earlier this year, thanks to the wonderful website HypeMachine, I found this incredible remix of the single “Lights and Music.”  Whenever I think of the original version of the song my mind always clicks back to this remix, since it was first to hit my ears.  It’s a fun playful mix, and even if it’s not the original, it’s still a great addition to any Cut Copy fan’s collection.

Never Gonna Give You Up (Solly Remix) – Rick Astley

When they write a book about Pop Culture 50 years from now, they will say that the year 2008 was the year of the RickRoll. NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP! NEVER GONNA LET YOU DOWN! NEVER GOING TO TURN AROUND, DESERT YOU! NEVER GONNA MAKE YOU CRY! NEVER GONNA SAY GOODBYE! NEVER GONNA TELL A LIE, AND HURT YOU!

I hope your ears bleed in 2009.

Remix Wednesday: Nudez (ft. Too $hort & MC Zumbi of Zion-I)

Posted: July 9th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Remix of the Week | Tags: , | 1 Comment »

This week I’m taking a step outside what I’ve usually been bringing. I’ve avoided songs that brought more of a hip-hop vibe to them, and mostly because I just didn’t get a vibe from them that I really liked. But I finally found one I can actually groove with.

Mainly because, it’s a remix of Radiohead. I’m a big fan of those guys.

This remix is really different in the fact that it’s a different song, but the same music. A hip-hop flavored Radiohead backbeat, covered over by some smooth rap.

It’s a very poetic kind of rap, and I still enjoy it.

Radiohead – Nudez (ft. Too $hort & MC Zumbi of Zion-I)

The collection this is taken from is currently being offered as a free download from Amplive, the remixer, at his website:

I hope your ears drip red red wine. Ω