26.08.08 by Jeff

No Luck Club

Last week I caught up with my friend Vince and his friend Trevor at a nice little Korean place downtown. Trevor (with the hat) and his brother Matt started an instrumental hip hop group called No Luck Club in 2000, and were quickly signed to Dan the Automator’s 75Ark Records.

Due to some unfortunate circumstances (the same circumstances that are preventing us from hearing the finished sequel to the Deltron 3030 album) 75Ark suddenly imploded just as the guys were about to relase their album. Luckily Ill Boogie Records stepped in and No Luck Club’s highly acclaimed “Happiness” album finally saw the light of day in 2003.

Their live show quickly attracted a large following and they were being compared to the likes of Dj Shadow and Coldcut, not to mention sharing the bill with the likes of Jurassic 5, and Kid Koala. Vancouver DMC champ Pluskratch joined the group and they released their followup to “Happiness”, called “Prosperity”.

Trevor didn’t ask me to post about him but this is what I do! Here’s one of my favourite tracks from “Prosperity”! If you like Ozomatli (who doesn’t?), you’ll love this!

No Luck Club – Turntables on the Bayou

(If that link craps out here’s the Zshare link to download the mp3!)

20.08.08 by Jeff

The Hood Internet > Girltalk

Last summer it was Girltalk, this summer it’s all about The Hood Internet. I actually paid for the second Girltalk album (what was I smoking?) and nearly had a brain hemorrhage when he started cutting up Avril Lavigne. What happened to mixes that actually maintained a flow and actually let a track breathe for a bit? I guess everyone and their helper monkeys are mash-up djs now but The Hood Internet are legit – I mean they got a mixtape with all mashes of Lykke Li songs! I have linked a few of their mixtapes (Grab the Chicago one, thank me later.) And yes, they let the blends last for longer than 3.14 seconds.

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20.08.08 by Jeff

Radiohead Vancouver was epic!

There is no photo for this post. I didn’t bring my camera, and no google image is going to do this any justice.

I just got home from the Radiohead show here in Vancouver and I am still in shock. It was incredible. I finally know now what everyone has been saying about Radiohead for years. I mean I have always liked them but I don’t think I ever really believed that OK Computer was one of the best albums ever or fully understood what all the hype was about. Until tonight.

I have seen the light. Radiohead really is the greatest band in the history of the universe. If you have experienced their live show I don’t know how you could possibly disagree with that statement. Please give me a moment to describe for you the ending of the show which was as close to a spiritual encounter as most people will ever experience.

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25.07.08 by Jeff

DeadMau5 Essential Mix.

Not too long ago I featured a bunch of tracks from Toronto-based MSTRKRFT. Well it’s that time again, not for more MSTRKRFT but for more from Toronto. DEADMAU5! This is his 2-hour Essential mix! Pete Tong’s voice on the intros to these essential mixes always gets me pumped up. Throw this on while you work and you’ll be at home before you know it or throw this on over the weekend and you’ll be back to work before you know it. This is the type of music that makes me speed on the highway.

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09.07.08 by Jeff

Lykke Li

So you say you’re a fan of Feist but you’re tired of listening to The Reminder. Well Lykke Li is just what the doctor ordered. Take two doses and call me in the morning. This is going to be my soundtrack all summer. The sound reminds me a bit of Candie Payne but this is 1000 times better (rough estimate).

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04.07.08 by Jeff

California Soul Remix

Hope you Americans enjoy the 4th, and the rest of you enjoy the weekend! Here’s a little weekend music for everybody!

Marlena Shaw – California Soul (Diplo/Mad Decent Remix)

02.07.08 by Jeff

A-Trak & Lupe Fiasco!

The latest buzz on the net has been about the latest Nike+ Original Run mix by A-trak (I liked the one Aesop Rock did awhile ago). These mixes are specifically crafted by the artists for you to workout to.

Many sites have been posting up either the first single (a section of this mix cut out to be a single) “Like Whoa” or the sampler of this mix. But what I have for you is an original cut with Lupe Fiasco that didn’t get cleared! Read More

01.07.08 by Jeff

New Pigeon John!

Last week my good buddy Pigeon John had a show here in Vancouver. He put me and a friend on the guestlist so I thought I’d return the favour by taping the show and putting it on the net. Here’s some highlights from the show, which includes a new song called “So Gangster” (Booooooom! Exclusive!)

Sometimes I hear people hating on him because he’s too silly or he’s joking around or whatever but you people need to lighten UP. You’ll see in the clip he does this “Pigeon Dance” where he is clapping like a fool, and he does that kind of stuff to really humble himself on stage – so he knows that he’s always out there giving it all he’s got (I’ve heard him talk about it). He’s got no ego. This is what performing should be about.

Make sure you get out and see him live! Sorry about my filming, I was getting my dance on and trying to shoot at the same time.