Friday, April 30, 2010

Tool - Vicarious

Tool is one of my all-time favourite bands. You won't find them on MTV, or in much mainstream media, but they're freakin' awesome. Intelligent progressive metal. So good. If there is one band I have to see live before my time is up it's Tool. I've seen A Perfect Circle, but it's not the same. So the point of me posting is to say two things: 1) Tool is awesome. 2) Don't live vicariously through others.

This video is not for the faint of heart. If you are one of those, harden up.

Unbridled awesome.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Gorillaz - Stylo

Good grief how did I miss this? Somehow I didn't even know that Gorillaz had a new album, even though I'm sure I read somewhere that Damon Albarn was galavanting about promoting it. Well anyway, creds to DJ Scout for bringing me up to speed, I am now fully Gorillified again. This track is frickin' sweet, and the video... I mean... Bruce Willis? In a frickin' music video? Done, son.


Gorillaz - Stylo [Alex Metric Remix]

Great tune, great remix.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Motörhead - Ace Of Spades

So I guess this is my 100th post. Yay. Well done. I'd celebrate, but I'm not really a fan of birthdays and such. Why should my 100th post be more exciting than, say, my 13th? Or my 84th? I mean, I really like those posts. Why throw a party for the sake of a number, when you can do it just to be drunk on a Wednesday and have a fun story to tell later on?

One guy who definitely knows how to party and enjoy himself is Lemmy from Motörhead. He has a real name but I don't remember what it is and can't be bothered to read up on it right now. It's not important. He's Lemmy. From Motörhead. He did a kickass song with Dave Grohl's Probot side project called "Shake Your Blood". He's a lot like Mad Max. Which is probably why this song is accompanying this video.

I hope my 101st post is half as cool as this one is.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling

Don't get me wrong, I don't hate the Black Eyed Peas. I actually dig some of their earlier stuff. It's just that they've become so ridiculously engulfed in the corporate cesspool that is modern pop music that they've tossed aside any remnants of artistic integrity by releasing rubbish like this. Now one might say I've stooped, myself, to a new low by posting this, but I just felt that Andy Rehfeldt did such a great job of re-interpreting this circus act that it merited some support. It did make me chuckle a little.


Black Eyed Peas - Imma Be [DJ Dan Vocal Mix]

Both better than the original.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Jack Johnson - You And Your Heart

Once a surfer, always a surfer. Once an Ironman, always an Ironman. Once a Muskateer... Jack Johnson is going back to his roots in this video. People often point out that he was a professional surfer before he was a professional singer, despite the fact that he was a "pro surf dude" for all of about two weeks. This isn't a knock against him though, as if it wasn't for his surfing prowess he probably wouldn't have met G. Love, and subsequently get noticed by bigger labels. Just goes to show it's all who you know.

Thanks Jack. That was swell.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Aloe Blacc - I Need A Dollar

This is the intro track from the HBO series "How To Make It In America". There's a blog that lists all the cool soundtrack tunes on it here. I haven't seen it yet, but it's getting decent reviews so I might give it a try later.

Anyway this is a sweet track from Aloe Blacc. It reminds me of John Legend. This video is kinda cool, and I dig the second part which is a snippet from another song called "Life So Hard", but I don't like how they cut the audio so abruptly. A little mixing goes a long way!

Check out the full-length cut here.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Them Crooked Vultures - Elephants

Take a little Foo Fighters, mix in some Queens of the Stone Age and mash it all up with a twist of Led Zeppelin and what do you get? Why, Them Crooked Vultures, of course. Josh Homme, Dave Grohl, and the legendary John Paul Jones pretty much kick ass and take names, as you can plainly see here in this live performance. I love the opening riff, very Zeppelin-esque. Just good ol' fashioned rock and roll. Who says I don't take requests? This one goes out to The Franchise.

FYI the other guitarist in the live show is Alain Johannes.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Esthero - Heaven Sent

Esthero released this killer track off her excellent debut album "Breath From Another" back in 1998 and then kinda disappeared. Apparently she released another one in 2005 and admittedly I haven't listened to it yet, but it's on my list of things to do.


Popof - Blow Me Down

Two bangin' tracks.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

David Myles - Turn Time Off

Tonight David Myles performs at the Playhouse. To those with tickets (you know who you are), I envy you. Enjoy the goodness. And then don't come out to the Phoenix to hear something completely different... i.e. me playing crazy pumping house tunes. I'd love to sing you my own chilled out coolness, but I haven't quite refined my acoustic style yet. So here's some David Myles, with Alan Jeffries and Kyle Cunjak's moustache performing a sweet little tune in Duncan's Cove.

Nice job boys.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Claudio Sanchez - Here We Are Juggernaut

This is Coheed & Cambria lead singer Claudio Sanchez playing a brilliant acoustic version of the epic track off of the new album "Year Of The Black Rainbow". It's not the best Coheed album, but that's kind of like saying it's the least greatest chocolate in a stack of Swiss decadence. You can check out the original version here for comparison. This guy's probably my favourite lead singer out there right now, and this is a pretty good example of why.

And this guy writes comic books in his spare time...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Gang Starr - Ex Girl To Next Girl

Say goodbye to the Guru... half of Gang Starr has left us today for pastures new. Chilled out jazz beats and lyrics with a purpose, these guys have been reppin' the east coast for over twenty years. Thanks for the grooves guys.

Go get yourself Jazzmatazz 1 while you're out and about.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Plan B - Pass Out

This is British rapper Plan B's cover of Tinie Tempah's "Pass Out". Performed on the Live Lounge series from BBC Radio 1. As you can see, I like this live studio stuff. It has a little more honesty than heavily processed music videos. I suppose this is somewhat of an ironic statement from an electronic music producer, but we all have to understand our limitations. Or find crazy ways of getting by them...


Retrodance - Don't Stop Til You Get Enough [Ariel Perazzoli Remix]

I'll try to get my updates done earlier from now on.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Gnarls Barkley - Going On

This is Gnarls Barkley at their best "From The Basement". If you haven't heard of that production series yet, I highly recommend clicking on that link and checking out the website. Enjoy.

So good.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Team America - Freedom Isn't Free

In dealing with the harsh reality that I will have to find alternative methods of fund generation, i.e. another job, in the very near future, it has occurred to me that freedom is a grossly under-appreciated value in today's society. Every day new laws are being passed telling us what we can't take on planes; how much money we can give to our family members; how little peanut butter you can take in your sandwich to school. Sure, we don't have people driving around in tanks on our streets or landmines blowing up our children as they walk to school, but somebody somewhere does, and it's a hefty fee to pay.

I swear to Peter, if anyone told me when I was going to school that I couldn't bring peanut butter sandwiches for lunch, there would be hell to pay. If I'm to pay my buck o' five for freedom, it's coming with some frickin' peanut butter.


Dennis Ferrer - Hey Hey [Wayne Robinson Remix]

Oh hey check this out.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Regina Spektor - Somedays

Well I gave Dave a little airtime so I figured I'd better let Jay in on the act too. Luckily he does have this one wonderful performance by a certain Regina Spektor that I felt worthy of a post. There's an "unofficial" video of sorts you can see here that has the album version, but I find Ms. Spektor to be spectacularly alluring in this video. She's definitely not your traditional pin-up beauty but my goodness she looks good here. Anyway check her stuff out, she's really talented and she has a very unique style. A little Fredericton Playhouse action maybe? Dare to dream.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Matisyahu - One Day

Anyone else tired of seeing "this content has been blocked in your country on copyright grounds"? That really grinds my gears. Thankfully this time it has a happy ending. I was looking for the acoustic version of this song by Matisyahu and instead while I eventually found it on Metacafe, I found this even cooler cut and I'm glad I did, it's pretty awesome. I really dig this guy's stuff, uplifting reggae in a Jewish flavour. I highly recommend it if you're into dee reggae or some good chill out tunes. You can check out the original version of this song here.


Oliver $ - Ginger Ale

What's the message in your bottle?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wilson Pickett - Land Of 1000 Dances

Remember that classic John Candy and Dan Aykroyd flic from way back "The Great Outdoors"? What an awesome movie. If you haven't seen it you're missing out. The soundtrack is key too, and it included this shakedown from Wilson Pickett, a disciple of the James Brown school of rocking out on stage. Check out the hair on ol' Davey boy, and Paul's giving 'er on the keys too.

Sweet soul spectacular.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Akira Kiteshi - Ming The Merciless

I was talking to a fellow DJ the other day about whether or not dubstep was cool or not. I'm on the fence. My biggest complaint is just that I have no idea how in heck you're supposed to dance to it. He said something along the lines of "think giant robots on acid". This particular cut uses elements of dubstep but also electro, drum & bass, glitch, and lots of complete insanity. I think I kinda like it. I don't know who this Akira Kiteshi fellow is, but he's probably should probably go see an electrician about his noggin'. Props to Hexstatic for the ridiculous video.


Grizzler - Hell & Back


Monday, April 12, 2010

The Muppets - Bohemian Rhapsody

Today I am blissfully hungover and so I have few words except... what a show! I can't clearly remember all of it but it was an evening of pure madness and good times. Before the show the guys had on some music videos and this was one of them. I'm almost embarrassed to say that I hadn't seen it before. I'm sure you'll love it just as much as I do.


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Jimmy Swift Band - When Worlds Collide

I remember my first JSB experience, way back in the day. Well, sorta. Bits and pieces really. Mostly a blur, but what a blur! If colour could stream out from the band and the instruments and the sound itself, and to be fair it often does, there would be a rainbow of energy so emancipating you would think you had slid down straight into the pot of lucky charms and had absorbed all their greatness in one fell swoop. There have rarely been live performers more spiritually liberating than these guys. I could go on, but we have music to listen to.

These guys rocked the UNB campus last night (sadly I missed it) but the amazing Aaron Collier and colossal Craig Mercer will instead don their Scientists of Sound outfits and obliterate our senses with the pumping madness of Daft Punk's "Homework" album once again. For those who missed the last show, read my review here, and for the love of all things awesome get out and see this show. Or don't. And be the one who missed out who has to listen to me and everyone else saying how freakin' awesome it was. Here's some JSB to get us through the day until we hit up the Capital.

That's mystical Mike MacDougall keeping it steady on the 7-string monster bass.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Pearl Jam - Just Breathe

A double posting of sorts today. We'll start with the "bonus beats". I wanted to wait until they'd finished their music video shoot, but they've just released a new single from their upcoming album, so welcome to The Arka Teks. Hailing from right here in sunny Fredericton are Tyler Lombard and Nick Fowler. Tyler has been doing his own acoustic stuff for a while now but in joining in with Nick's slick production work they've formed a beauty little combo, check out their YouTube channel for all kinds of goodness. Expect big things from these guys.

And first up but secondly is a band that needs no introduction. I saw them live at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1996 and it was positively monumental in its awesomeness. It's been nearly twenty years since that magical album "Ten" was released and it's fair to say they aren't the same band, but they can still rock out and even in their somewhat mellowed condition they've maintained their artistic integrity. This is far from my favorite tune of theirs, but it's sweet little tune just the same. The strings are a nice touch.


The Arka Teks feat. Danica Beaulieu - I Can Read

Freddy Beach reprazent!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Beastie Boys - So What'cha Want

Thanks go to some crazy russian site for allowing me to post the video of the Beastie Boys kickin' it with this wiggity wack track from way back, Jack! The Beasties apparently don't appreciate video embedding, which makes pretty much no sense at all to me. In fact, most things don't make a lot of sense to me, but then I probably don't make much sense to anyone else. Enough sense, ch-check it out.


Beastie Boys - Hey Ladies [Paul Nice Remix]

Giggity giggity.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Roulet - Kitamanda

I heard of this guy yesterday thanks to Disco Belle. I have no idea how people find out about stuff like this but I'm thankful that they do. Tiago Trole goes by the stage name Roulet, and he's from Portugal and is releasing an album in a few days with this track on it. It's got a nice 'ethnic' (i.e. ethic to us) feel to it, with lots of bounce. I love the video. Enjoy.


Crookers & Izza Kizza - What Up Y'All


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

311 - Amber

I've never been a huge fan of these guys. They've done some cool stuff, but they've been largely hit and miss for me, and I've never found Nick Hexum's singing style particularly impressive. They like to mix up their styles a lot which is cool, but this is really the only song that I've listened to repeatedly. It's a great little summer jam, a twist of reggae somewhat reminiscent of Peter Frampton. It's not quite sunny out there today, but check it out and maybe save it for the next day of rays.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Snot - Stoopid

It was another sweet metal show last night at the Capital. The headliners were The Daisy Anthesis from Saint John, and I have to say they were pretty impressive. They're a trio, all clearly talented musicians, and they have great stage presence as well. Expect big things from these guys in the future.

Meanwhile, Jarrett played some Snot, something I hadn't heard or thought about in a while. It was a great reminder of how awesome those guys were, and it's a damn shame that their lead singer Lynn Strait left us in a car accident in 1998. There was an air of greatness about them.


DJ Disciple vs Prok & Fitch - Redlight

Completely unrelated awesomeness.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Etta James - Something's Got A Hold On Me

Today I think we can all use some more soul in our lives, so I've asked Etta James to grab hold of us and help us out a little.

Thanks Etta, I needed that.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Wolf Parade - Modern World

I'm rockin' all kinds of stuff at the Phoenix tonight, with DJ Bones throwin' down some mad indie tracks downstairs at the Capital. It's the official Wolf Parade after party, so you'd better warm up with a little somethin' somethin' from the paraders themselves!


Mark Knight - Party Animal

You'll probably hear that one tonight!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Len - Steal My Sunshine

Good googly moogly it's hot outside! April 3rd and it's summer already. Thank Peter. Last summer sucked. Let's kick it off in style with this classic one hit wonder summer gem. Turn it up and get outside!

Probably for the best that they only had one song worth remembering...

Friday, April 2, 2010

Citizen Cope - Son's Gonna Rise

I saw Clarence Greenwood, aka Citizen Cope, in an entirely inappropriate venue at UNB last year. He should have played at the Capital. While he's certainly talented, this is one artist I think you can get away with just listening to his albums. I don't mean that in a bad way, his albums are excellent, his stuff just doesn't really lend itself to live viewing unless it's in a really relaxed, intimate venue. He's not exactly Mick Jagger on stage, let's put it that way. Great tunes though, go buy his albums.


Citizen Cope - Awe

Sweet summer swagger.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Cat Empire - Two Shoes

The Cat Empire began in Australia and has become something much much bigger and it has lots of reggae and ska and jazz and lots of horns and crazy grooves and lots of fun stuff and you should probably find out who they are and listen to lots and lots of their stuff cause it's fun and it'll make you want to dance.

This one's my favourite.