Beyoncé - 4
We swear this isn't an ironic listening. We love Beyoncé and 4. OK, we might unironically skip straight to track 5, 'Party', produced by Kanye West and with rap by Andre3000, because we ain't no stay-home-mums that need all those ballads about being broken hearted and finding the right person. But, after that, the album turns into a beautiful compilation of classic r'n'b, soul and a bit of sweat-inducing booty tracks - not too many though - that sound surprisingly courageous considering the actual state of pop music. And for that, we bow down and hail Queen B. P.S. Get the deluxe version, for those extra couple of amazing tracks.
Bassike
The name of this label has been interpreted in many ways; from 'bass-seekey' to 'base-ike', but the correct way describes exactly what this label is about: BASIC. Bassike delivers easily breezily cut staples with an interesting little twist that keeps them from being your run of the mill. For those that live in climates like that of Australia (where Bassike hails from) or Brazil, you'll know how easy it is to make fashion faux pas when the weather gets hot and the prospect of wearing anything but a bathing suit becomes slightly unappealing; Bassike is all and everything you need.
Game of Thrones
Before watching HBO's Game of Thrones, I assumed the series would tend a bit more towards the blood-dripping Danish movie Valhalla Rising rather than fairy-tale stories a lá 'Lord of the Rings'; and for that I didn't really like the series at the beginning. But slowly, I found myself submitting to tales of bad kings, midget juggernauts, savage warriors and... dragons. And that happened probably because there aren't exactly good guys and bad guys here, like there are in Tolkien stories - and that is, of course, a simplification of his work. Another reason I relented to this series is because of the intriguing political backstage element that leads to the ever-happening dance of thrones. Oh, and did I mention the gratuitous nekkid-ness?
The Norfolk // Sydney, Australia
Of the slew of new spots having opened up in Sydney in the last six months, The Norfolk on Cleveland St in Surry Hills has been one fated with success. Owned by some of the same kids that have brought The Flinders back to life (and currently, it's incredibly quick onset of 'The Norms'), you'll undoubtedly find The Norfolk rammed with all kinds, vying for a bite, a beer and a spot in the garden out back. The aim of the game is to cultivate Aussie pub culture at it's best; and it's doing a pretty decent job so far - if only you could get a table!
Super Sad True Love Story
Super Sad True Love Story is the third book from the writer of the best selling Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart. Incidentally, I read him name dropped in Flavorpill's Ultimate Hipster Reading list and in the same sentence as James Franco (they're buds, apaprently) just before I finished his latest offering. Don't let any of that put you off, or take away any of the sad scary brilliance of Super Sad True Love Story; written from the perspective of one 39 year old Lenny Abramov, son of Russian immigrants and in love with the impossibly cute and cruel Eunice Park. A satire that cuts to the bone, Super Sad True Love Story is exactly it's title. And it's good.
Posts in December 2010
Bah, humbug

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We've stated many times we're not so good with festive seasons, birthdays and other such events. See exhibit A below, it demonstrates how we feel rather perfectly ("SANTA! I KNOW HIM!"). Anyways, instead of any gifts, we're gonna give you a couple of GIFs (LOLz).

 

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But of course, WE DO WISH YOU AND YOURS A MERRY CHRISTELMAS and a RAPHA NEW YEAR to come (sorray, couldn't help it).

 

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We're off to take a fat nap - festive food is serious business. 

Mitch Alfus // a short by The Selby

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Every hipster worth their expensive second hand threads is familiar with The Selby. For those of you that somehow arent't, Todd Selby's blog is the ultimate peeping tom into other people's cooler, more fashionable, richer, quirkier and more-hipster-than-thou lives. He even recently published a book with all a bunch of his pictures. It would make quite a good Christelmas present actually, for someone to make their crappy coffee table in their crappy apartment that little bit cooler with pictures of someone else's cool stuff.

 

Anyway, he's recently made a foray into short films; the first of which I came across being about Mitch Alfus. Mitch Alfus is The Leather King; supplying all kinds of high end leathers to everyone who has been and is anyone in US fashion design. An excellent little film into a fascinating subject; which is exactly what Todd Selby is so good at, finding, curating and capturing these fabulous people and their spaces. It's got a decent soundtrack too. Check it out:

 

Mitch Alfus by The Selby

The Superions and an Xmas joke

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The Superions are a meme band fronted by the B-52’s Fred Schneider and it’s supposed to be really funny. As funny as the 13th place on the Billboard Comedy Albums Chart. Really guys? I didn't even know a list like that existed! Although having reached some success (according to the press release) with the single ‘Totally Nude Island’, I just heard about them via the YACHT remix for their new X-mas single called ‘Fruit Cake’.

 

But first the original version. While the lyrics do have their sense of humor, it’s not hilarious. It gets better if you look at it like a B version of Yo! Gabba Gabba with Cazwell as a guest – yes, that fun and that gay. The sound also relies a lot on our favorite kid’s show, but with a new wave twist. And, like everything that Fred sings, it sounds a lot like B-52’s - and that is an amazing compliment for any track. Check the video below and see if you agree with us.

 

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Now back to the remix, which was actually born an unacknowledged bastard. In fact, it happened because somebody introduced ‘Fruit Cake’ to YACHT while driving them to the airport and they liked it so much that they decided to remix it. So they added a new chorus sang by Claire, guitars, drums, claps and turned it in a cool X-mas gift given away for free on their blog. In my opinion, they added the kick necessary that turned the joke into music.

 

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YACHT also did a Holiday’s card for you don’t forget about them while they are recording the new album. Very cute!

 

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Frankmusik, Penguin Prison and the Fear Inside of Me

Before I start this post I’ve got to tell you this ain’t about the artist, it’s about the remixes. Actually it’s about the remixERS and how I will never listen to anything that one of them will ever produce ever again (I will try to keep this post drama free).

 

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We’ve written recently how we really thought that Frankmusik was an interesting character in music and how we though he had lots of potential that never managed to shine outside his EP ‘Three Little Words’. The combo of being a bit unstable with a love for nudity and a pop heart does sound really promising - as Kanye proves - but in this case, it was either corrupted by some evil outside problem, or the problem is inside of us. Maybe we were blinded by the hype surrounding a brilliant first single.

 

But the fact is, that I can’t remember hearing something as horrendous as this Frankmusik remix for Natalia Kills and I’m not even talking about the out of sync clap that will hunt you through out the whole remix. I’m talking about something so cheesy and so offensive that it makes Stereo Love sound like Sigur Rós. A horrible europop song (overuse of auto-tune and echo included) gone hard rave.

 

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And remember when I said this post wasn’t about how bad Natalia Kills actually is? Because Penguin Prison got the same job (yes, this is job, I don’t think anybody involved actually wanted to be part of this remix package) and managed to not make himself look bad. In fact, if the vocals from the original didn’t have so many awful effects, it might actually be a good, chilled pop remix.

 

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As an adios, I will offer you Frankmusik's latest single which can be heard in the video below. It totally proves our point.

 

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May you take good care of your cutesy bottom.

Miami Horror and Cassian welcome the Holidays

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Tonight, in the Southern Hemisphere, summer is starting - not that I haven’t been sweating like a pig for some months now - but coincidently, today is also my last working day of the year and it’s also the day that I heard the Cassian and Miami Horror remix for ‘Holiday’. If I believed in coincidences I would deduce that this is God’s way of telling me to go get drunk and enjoy my long awaited holidays listening to some synth disco Australian music (my god is cooler than yours).

 

Religion apart, this remix makes ‘Holiday’ sound like it was released back in 2006, in the prime of Australian’s synthpop blog revolution, when the first reference you got from Miami Horror’s sound was Daft Punk and not some pop psychedelic band from the 70’s, and when Alan Palomo, who is part of both the 'new' and 'old' face of the band, was known as the guy from VEGA, not Neon Indian. So if you enjoyed ‘Make You Mine’ as much as we did, it’s time to download the track below.

 

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To complete this post and make you party like its 2006 (for real), the first Cassian remix for Miami Horror. 

 

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Bag Raiders // Sunlight

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We have this monkey story in my family. It's from when I was still a baby in the Philippines; my parents had gone out for the night and left me with my nanny. Depending on who you ask, my nanny was either in the bathroom or talking on the phone when the next little bit occurred. So, whilst my nanny was not attending to me, one of the monkeys that lived on our land had climbed up and into my window, and was about to do god knows what (kidnap me to live in the trees? Eat me alive? I have no idea, I don't have any recollection of this happening) when my parents arrived back home to check up on me to find the primate perched upon my crib, where it had no business being, according to my father. 

 

Anyway. Bag Raiders have a fresh video out of their new single, 'Sunlight', which follows the weekend of a Scarlett Johansson type going to her job (?) at the zoo and taking one of the monkeys home for the weekend. It's a cute enough premise with a super cute girl and a cool little monkey, until it starts to creep me out when the monkey gets kinda cheeky and bad ass, and like...human male-ish. Great summer tune though, perfect for these days (in the Southern Hemisphere) when all you want to do is sip drinks in the pool - and this track will even rouse you from your heatstruck stupor to dance a little.

 


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Interview // BRENMAR

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It was one of those surprising, but rather likely coincidences of a 'small world' and '6 degrees' syndrome. Now a denizen of New York City's club scene, William Salas, otherwise known as Bill Brenmar (formerly of the Brooklyn based These Are Powers), is a Windy City (Chicago) transplant who rolled into NY to see what he could see, bringing a swag of knowledge and influences with him in amongst some excellent tracks.  After a friendly 'hi' email was exchanged, we quickly realised that we happened to live within the same two blocks of each other - whilst I was in New York and when he wasn't touring or blowing up clubs in other cities, that is.

 

The thing that I enjoy most about Brenmar is his ability to take a track, extract the most poignant moments from it, and bump it up to the next level by rewarding it the with a whole song in itself. His new EP entitled At It Again released via Discobelle Records (which boasts four new original songs and a couple of remixes by UK moodists, Ikonika & Optimum, and the holy trinity of juke: DJ Rashad, DJ Earl and DJ BMT) is an exercise in exactly that.

 

Hanging out with Bill was both a memory trip - having had the similar Top 40 jams make an impact in our hormonal years - and an education; I got schooled in regional musical genres 101, all of which exist within the United States and somehow influence the Brenmar sound. It's this heartwrenching pop relatability combined with a sweaty, banging dancefloor vibe in his tracks filled with ghetto house, juke and R&B references that has made him a fixture in my playlists, including the XLR8R mix that he did last month that has had everyone raving.

 

We met just hours before he was off to play a Brenmar gig upstate with Lemonade, and just a day before I was due to exit New York, missing all the shenanigans of an American Halloween. Sitting in a café in Williamsburg, I found Bill to be a genuinely excited and exciting person, who creates music that has enabled him to steadily gain a following that boils down to the simple fact that behind the production and the samples and the clubs and the hype is plain old love for the music...

 

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Hercules and Love Affair, Leo Zero and Chaz Jankel

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We already had a taste of Leo Zero's vision of Hercules and Love Affair when he mashed up ‘Blind’ with Chaz Jankel. The edit features the dramatic vocals of Antony Hegarty with the delicious instrumental of ‘Feel Alone’. It not only adds to the camp vibe of the song, but it also makes it sound like a lost 80s gem. If people want to revive ‘Blind’ and still make people in the club think they're the ones that are dated, then they should use this version.

 

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But now Leo's used his contacts to get his hands on Hercules’s latest single's acapella, and now we’ve been gifted with a free remix (thanks to Moshi Moshi people for sending Leo Zero the files) that he hopes to become official. And if Andy Butler likes this as much as we did, it will certainly get the official release it deserves.

 

“I've done my thing with it in a 90's stylee - with a big nod to UK top boys and personal house heroes Farley and Heller”, explained the producer on his blog and it can be translated into big house synths and diva vocals.

 

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Bonus: Speaking of Chaz Jankel and Hercules and Love Affair, here is the remix that the band did for Chaz last year for their TIRK02 compilation, for Tirk Recordings; and for some unknown reason it didn’t get massive. It’s a hell of a funky disco reinterpretation of a song that goes down smoothly with those sweet vocals. 

 

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