22.10.08 by Jeff

Jemapur – Maledict Car

Japan’s Jemapur have a fantastic video for their song Maledict Car, directed by Kosai Sekine. To say this music video is a stunning exploitation of the kaleidoscope effect would be an understatement.

The band is on myspace as well:

http://www.myspace.com/jemapur

30.09.08 by Jeff

Omodaka – Kyoteizinc

New video for Omodaka’s Kyoteizinc is incredible! Directed by Hiroshi Kizu and featuring the beautiful dancing of Masako Yasumoto. Serious props to Mr. Kizu, although this proves to me once again: The editor > The director.

I see some similarities between what’s happening in Asia and what’s happening in France. Glitchy-pop techno and this editing style seem to be the craze right now! Like the new windrunner ad by Nike, so obviously influenced by Justice et al. (video after the jump)
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26.09.08 by Jeff

Radiohead – Reckoner Diplo Remix

Diplo remixed Reckoner, you can too. After the smashing success of all the fan remixes of Nude, Radiohead has made all the instrumental elements of Reckoner available for download. To kick things off Radiohead got Diplo (genius behind M.I.A’s album, Arular) to officially remix the track.

If you’ve been to Radiohead Remix then you already know the drill – make a remix, upload, vote. Listen to Diplo’s handiwork here: Reckoner (DIPLO remix)

25.09.08 by Jeff

Paul’s Boutique Demos!

“People ask me when my tape is comin’ out yall well here it is yall and its clout!” I was gonna continue the Beastie Boys Live series and then I decided to switch things up this week and share some demo songs with you! Specifically demos from Paul’s Boutique! 12 tracks including Full Clout which is an early version of Shake Your Rump.

This album is widely regarded as Beastie Boys best work to date, and one of the greatest albums of all time. I agree with half of that statement. It is one of the greatest albums of all time, but I don’t feel like it can be considered their best work. They are simply rapping over other people’s work (in this case brilliant production from the Dust Brothers) so in that sense it’s no different than License to Ill. To me, their next three albums (Check Your Head, Ill Communication, and Hello Nasty) have to be their best work as they most accurately describe their talent as actual musicians. I personally like Ill Communication the best, feel free to disagree (just know that you are wrong).

Let’s just get to the music shall we? You probably skipped that entire paragraph anyways…

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17.09.08 by Jeff

Cesar Moreno

Surfing around the net the other day I came across some fantastic music-related illustrations by Cesar Moreno. This poster, a tribute to Radiohead, is available for the bargain basement price of $12 on Cesar’s website right now. Incredible!

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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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07.08.08 by Jeff

Radar Music Videos!

I briefly mentioned Radar Music Videos back in May. If you’d love a shot at directing music videos but don’t want to spend the next 5 years of your life getting people coffee on a film set, Radar is for you. Filmmakers pitch for commissions and labels get videos tailored to their budget. Perfect symbiosis! I was browsing the “top rated” section and came across this excellent video:

Pegz – What would Happen – Directed by Callum Cooper. Further proof that Radar has a good thing goin’.

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