Thursday, August 24, 2006

Magnatune Will Rule the Indie World

Or perhaps they already do... check this out:

Various Artists: Magnatune at the Creative Commons Salon

We got so many compliments on the set we DJ'ed at the Creative Commons'
event at club Shine in San Francisco that we decided to turn it into a
special compilation just for you. The emphasis here is on a cocktail and
conversation friendly vibe, so the selections are all fairly mellow and
mid-tempo. Best of all, this compliation features some of the very best
tracks by newer Magnatune artists like The Seldon Plan, Justin Bianco,
Burning Babylon, and The Headroom Project, so if you haven't yet heard
these artists, listen to the stream and let me know what you think. This
is the absolute perfect thing to put on during happy hour, by the way...73
minutes of good feeling and musical excellence.

Get it now!


Sunday, August 20, 2006

Hip Hop with Andy Bowen

Andy Bowen’s “D&A: Mix Tape” (feat. Danny Arellano) could be the best of the best of any genre. That’s a lot coming from me, since I’ve never claimed to be a queen of Rap/Hip Hop. Bowen took a sampling of his songs (reported to total more than 800) and came up with a hefty 19 for this CD. And he although he dared me to in the first song, I never found a cliche.

This guy’s range - and intelligence - is daunting. I want to call this Hip Hop for the Head, but that dismisses the way his words touch the heart. I risk getting all trite myself, but these songs literally had me laughing or crying or both.

Bowen’s ability to spin between sexual, political and spiritual spheres is impressive. “Kama Sutra” should tip you off that things are gonna get a little nasty in here, but you don’t expect the humor that he blends in with the testosterone rhyme.

“Go BIG or Go Home (Live to Skate)” is an anthem for everyone who indulges in extreme behavior on wheels, whether 2, 4, 8 or more, and would make a perfect X Games theme. Who among us - who has gone way too fast and way too far - can’t relate to the advice: “Pre-order them veneers / cause teeth is souveniers.”?

And yeah, until you’ve heard “Grand Junction” in the lyrics of a Hip Hop tune you just don’t know the variety of flavors the genre has to offer - cowboy dip apparently being one of them.

I can’t write a tenth of what I want to say about this collection and have it fit in the paper. There’s no posing. No cliches. No gangsta. No misogyny. No hatred. Andy Bowen just drops rhymes like this:

“Mister Bush, my grandfather pulled your father out the water, did you bother to thank him for your life? Now try and **ing swallow.”

What can I say, other than thank you for the music and the meaning? Visit Andy’s Myspace and download everything you can.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

DJ HELL - coming soon

Can't wait for this one to hit my mailbox. Righteous gigolos look out!


• sequel of the legendary Gigolo Compilation series selected and compiled by DJ HELL
• Gigolo Compilation 9 features some of the best out of Gigolo's 2005- 2006 12“
• including hits like DIDDY & FELIX DA HOUSECAT's Jack U, GRACE JONES & HELL's I've Seen That Face Before, FISCHERSPOONER's Just Let Go
• new remixes of MISS KITTIN's 1982 and CHR. JUST's I'm A Disco Dancer
• classic like MIKE PERRAS Beginning Of Life and D.A.F. Der Räuber Und Der Prinz
• 14 (!) previously unreleased tracks by HELL, FIXMER, MICK WILLS and FREAKS
• + previously unreleased remixes by DJ HELL and MOTOR

Thanks in advance to Rooftop Promotions!