Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Last Night Seamus Haji Saved My Life

Over the last couple months, there have been some crazy cool remixes coming out of the UK from DJ/Producer Seamus Haji from the record label Big Love. Probably most notably and most famously, the club mix of Rihanna's Umbrella song. But it didn't start there and it sure doesn't stop there; Haji has been big a big star from his hometown of Brighton for like 10 years now over there, and America is slowly catching up. His characteristic 4 to the floor beats and big flashy, classy club style has been applied to the likes of Rihanna, Roison Murphy, Orson and most recently Calvin Harris. This song is incredelectoible. Check out his myspace and these tracks:

Calvin Harris - Colours (Seamus Haji remix)(zshare)
Orson - Ain't No Party (Seamus Haji Big Love Club Mix)(zshare)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

WWWednesday 14

Everything is a little late coming out of October break and Justice and all. This week, I learned that even 1/294th of a planaria will still regenerate in the proper conditions. That is immortality. If you're coming back for homecoming this weekend and still remember how to dance, make sure to make a showing at the VACA Halloween party on Friday night and the Danger Dance Party on Saturday night.

Big Blue Marble (Natchez) - Great story put to great music. In the vein of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, but not so much. Just listen to it.
Muses (zhare)

Christopher Just - Let's just say Larry Tee knows his vocals. I think big band-tronica will be the next big thing.
Charleston (Larry Tee Vocal Mix) (zshare)

Earl Greyhound (Soft Targets) - Well, Pitchfork did love it. And we love it too. Good 'ol rock and roll.
It's Over (zshare)

Arms and Sleepers (Bliss Was it in that Dawn to be Alive) - Ambient electronica out of Cambridge, so you know it's smart.
Untitled (zshare)

Dexateens (Hardwire Healing) - 21st century southern rock. If you don't listen to the music, at least check out their friends on myspace. I didn't even know they had the internet down there.
What Money Means (zshare)

Delegation (bigstereo) - I <3 evertything that treasure fingers touches.
It's Your Turn (the Treasure Fingers edit) (zshare)

She Wants Revenge (This is Forever) - No matter what anyone says, I still like these guys. This album is great in the way the new VHS or Beta was to anyone that doesn't remember growing up in the 80's but thinks that they would have liked the music enough to enjoy living back then anyway.
Replacement (zshare)

Saint Bernadette (I Wanna Tell You Something) - Great Sunday morning music, depending on your type of Sunday I guess. A lot like Morcheeba.
I Own the City (zshare)

Voxbox (Voxbox) - Robot rock. Kick ass. Electronic parades.
Destination Unknown (zshare)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

World Class DJs

While taking a cigarette break this past Saturday night I had a short conversation with a German kid named something German who had just moved into Brooklyn a few months ago. According to him, everything good in the world comes from NYC--and from Brooklyn not Manhattan. While it was hard to back that claim up, since Europe was being represented by two of its best djs ever (Erol Alkan and Xavier from Justice), it was that point in the night when sweeping generalizations did sound more legitimate than usual.

So what makes Brooklyn so cool to Europeans? Fucking Studio B, at 259 Banker St. in Brooklyn NY. At any point in the year, this place always has the best lineups I've ever seen on this side of the Atlantic. The music is always ridiculous and there is no place better for an after party. If you made it to the Daft Punk after party, you know what I mean. In the case of this past weekend, it was no different: Erol Alkan is incredible and deserves to be labeled the best dj out of London today. And who else could follow him other than the shorter half of Justice? These guys were two of the most energized djs I've ever seen and it looked like the really enjoyed themselves the whole time. There was just something so enjoyable about watching the smile on Xavier's face while he was spinning American 90's pop music (Gettin Jiggy With It was a definate high point of the set) at 4:30 in the morning that I can't imagine why Busy P doesn't like coming to NY.

I can't possibly explain how amazing this show was, but I can point out that if you ever get a chance to party at Studio B, buy the will call, RSVP, and then dance your face off.

Justice - Waters of Nazerath (Erol Alkan remix)(zshare)

et justice pourtous....

well as expected, justice was a fucking event and a half. i nearly died in the mosh-pit in montreal and i loved it. 5 hours later we found ourselves in some warehouse with so me, busy p, xavier, gaspard, and more coked out french-canadian hipsters than you could shake a stick at. in short, epic. i can't speak for the new york show cause i didn't make it down, but according to dakota the afterparty at studio b with erol alkan was "incredible." i believe it. in honor of all that is justice, enjoy their two-hour BBC Radio1 Essential mix from last year. its ultra frais;)

Earth Wind And Fire ‘In The Stone’
Janet Jackson ‘What Have You Done For Me Lately’
Prince ‘Earthquake’
Dmx Crew ‘Unknown’
Daft Punk :’Musique’
Busy P ‘Rainbow Man’
France Gall ‘Musique’
Justice ‘Valentine’
Alan Braxe ‘In Love With You’
M83 ‘Run Into Flowers (Jackson Remix)’
Les Rythmes Digitales ‘Sometimes’
I Robot ‘Spacer Frau (Boys Noize Remix)’
Hall And Oates ‘Private Eyes’
Chromeo ‘Tenderoni’
Tepr ‘Minuit Jacuzzi (Data Remix)
Chic ‘Everybody Dance’
Midnight Juggernauts ‘Shadows’
Goose ‘Bring It On’
The Proxy ‘Destroy’
Zongamin ‘Double Dostiev’
Zombie Nation ‘Tape Me’
Boule Noire ‘Super Lady’
Chemical Brothers ‘It Doesn't Matter’
Tc Crew ‘Unknown’
Surkin ‘Unknown’
Dj Mehdi ‘Lucky Boy (Surkin Remix)’
Vamp ‘Outlander’
Fields ‘Unknown (Sebastian Remix)’
Feadz ‘Sekstyle’
Jamelia ‘Something About You (Mr Oizo Remix)’
Jesse Velez ‘Fire’
Justice ‘D.A.N.C.E’.(Live Version)
Surkin ‘Radio Fireworks’
Soundhack ‘Freakin’
Justice ‘Stress’
Zzt ‘Lower States’
Justice ‘Stress’
Scenario Rock ‘Both Gotta Move On’
Vanessa Paradis ‘Be My Baby’
The Ronettes ‘Be My Baby’
Breakbot ‘Happy Rabbit’
Jacques Dutronc ‘Les Cactus’
Justice ‘Dvno’
Kavinsky ‘Testarossa Autodrive’
LFO ‘Freak’
Mr Oizo ‘Lotus Suite Koln’
Autorepeat ‘Most Keys Are Auto Repeat’ (Soundhack)
Midnight Juggernauts ‘Into The Galaxy’
Buggles ‘Elstree’
Das Pop ‘Underground’
Gilbert O Sullivan ‘Alone Again (Naturally)’
Human League ‘Things That Dreams Are Made Of’
Savas Pascalidis ‘Defend It’
Rainbow Brothers ‘Unknown’
Chromeo ‘Ah Oui Comme Ca’
Leonard De Leonard ‘Leonizer’
Ian Pooley ‘Chord Memory –(Daft Punk Mix)’
Human League ‘Don't You Want Me’
The Prodigy ‘Girls’
Klaxons ‘Gravity’s Rainbow (Soulwax Remix)’
Paraone ‘Liege’
Daniel Balavoine ‘Vivre Ou Survivre’
Miss Kittin ‘Requiem For A Hit (Gegm Remix)’
Mr Oizo ‘Stunt’
Handycap ‘Murphy’
The Rave ‘Mother’
Fancy ‘Inside Of You’
Syreeta Wright ‘Sweet As Candy’
Modest Mussorgsky ‘Night On A Bald Mountain’
Joni Mitchell ‘California’

Justice - The Essential Mix 6/10/2007 (sendspace)

Friday, October 12, 2007

Where's the party at B

Tonight. You. Dance. Atwater suite H from 10pm until forever. H is for dancing. Flying fists, Tiger Beer, superstar DJs, here we go. see you there.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

WWWednesday 13

Another delicious wwwednesday for your listening enjoyment. In other news, I hear that there may be a party in atwater suite h this friday. Check back all this week for more goodness and updates on wrmc sponsored events.

Radiohead (In Rainbows) - yup. new radiohead album. and its epic.
Jigsaw Falling Into Place (zshare)

Matthew Dear (Don & Sherri EP) - awesome obscure disco mix of matthew dear.
Elementary Lover (DJ Koze Remix) (zshare)

San Serac (Professional) - Baby Dayliner + realer instruments.
Fairlight (zshare)

Soft (Soft Record) - i never have anything interesting/witty to say about rock music but this sounds nice.
Droppin (zshare)

Le Concorde (Suite EP) - postal service + steely dan = :)
I Want You Back (zshare)

DJ BK - a wrmc 91.1fm exclusive. whoever you are, don't change.
Intergalactic Ante (zshare)

Dizzee Rascal (Dave Spoon) - risky bizniz.....hmmmm.
Flex (Dave Spoon Refix)

Justice (Chris Hires) - Justice/T.Pain Blend? Really?
Valentine (Chris Hires' Bartender Blend) (zshare)

Rhianna (1928) - i really don't want to hear umbrella anymore but this still makes me dance.
Umbrella (1928 vs. VNDLSM) (zshare)

Hail Social (Philadelphyinz) - hail social + bmore = ;)
One U Love (Philadelphyinz Remix) (zshare)

M.I.A (Rene Goulet) - probably the best boyz remix
Boyz (Rene Goulet's Backside Bump Remix) (zshare)

Blaqstarr (L-vis1990) - this most certainly is a hyper bass re-gash...no joke.
Superstar (L-vis1990 Hyper Bass Re-Gash) (zshare)

Madonna (DJ Excel) - DJ Excel is so hot right now.
My Baltimore Angel (DJ Excel Remix) (zshare)

Cassie (Neon Coyote) - get Neon Coyote's D.A.N.C.E.P.A.R.T.Y mixtape here.
Me & U (Neon Coyote Remix) (zshare)

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Slightly Morbid Monday

Here is the situation: the world is ending and you are all by yourself. Instant death is imminent but you are given the guarantee that it won't completely end until you've finished listening to one song of your choice. Like a final meal before a death penalty, but without the pain and anxiety; imagine a scenario like the end of season 2 of Lost where the sky just turns white and boom your atoms disassociate and you join the universe in an infinitesimal implosion.

So the question is, what song do you pick? Would you spend your last moments alive dancing and rocking out all by yourself? Would you rather watch the big bang serenely and peacefully through a window while listening to your favorite emo song that is embarrassingly always on your iTunes 25 most played list? Or would you try to cheat the system and just pick the longest song you can think of while you frantically masturbate as many times as you can before it finishes? Send your choice for Last Song Ever to me and we'll compile a playlist of the best songs to die to for next Monday.

Aphex Twin - Avril 14th (zshare)

Cease To Begin

For Band of Horses, the release of Everything All The Time in 2006 (whoa, that recently?) was met with mixed reviews. On the one hand, the cynics claimed we had yet another band making up for lack of musical umph by laying the reverb on the vocals with a heavy hand, and masking the questionable songwriting ability by composing genre-strattling, "elemental," ethereal, vaguely structured tracks. On the other were those who felt a chill from the majesty of the vocals and the energy emenating from the whirlwind of sound. I stood somewhere in between these romantic and formalist stances - I enjoyed the listening experience but did not feel compelled to add to the Sub Pop shrine in my closet. Yet.

I was taking a nap on the couch at 11pm amongst goblins and drunks when Dakota and Teenager covered my face with Cease To Begin (no literally, they actually lay the jewel case on top of my face). And what I have found with this one is not altogether much different than before, except for one crucial thing: you trust this one. You don't get a band that needs to try to be something. You get a band that writes songs with clear directions and that takes no note for granted - with some help of course. Much of the melodies seems to come straight from the notebook of label-mate James Mercer of The Shins with his strong pop sensibility and quirky hooks, while their presence, confidence, and range mirrors the veteranly steez of fellow Northwesterners Built to Spill. It really is quite a pleasure the whole way through, starting with the power anthem intro, "Is There A Ghost," the weepingly sad "No One's Gonna Love You," the syncopated, jumpy, twangy "The General Specific" (enter Mercer), to the angsty longing of "Cigarettes Wedding Bands" (all mp3's). It is not suggestive, it is direct - it is a journey, not a wandering. Move over Mr. Beam and Mr. Conchord, there's room for everyone. Right next to the candle. Er, actually you can just take Mr. Rogue Wave's place. They can go make out with Jack Johnson now on the Brushfire floor.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

WWWednesday 12

In all seriousness, this is probably the best Ward Wolff Wednesday I've ever put together. half of these songs came in the mail this afternoon. which brings us to another important point: always check your mail. Til next week...

Band of Horses (Cease to Begin) - the band of horses follow-up is beautiful as expected. (but scroll down because this isn't even close to the best song posted here)
Is There A Ghost (zshare)

Belaire (Exploding Impacting) - so one night the guys from Oh No! Oh My! and Tegan and Sara got really drunk and...well you get the idea.
You Really Got Me Goin' (zshare)

Ticklah (Ticklah vs. Axelrod) - "Great background music for a joint." (Libby 2007)
Scratch To Win (zshare)

Enon (Grass Geysers...Carbon Clouds) - Enon's 5th album!!!!
Paperweights (zshare)

Letters Letters (Letters Letters) - chaotic and beautiful. this album is kind of unbelievably amazing.
Want To (zshare)

The Fiery Furnaces (Widow City) - "Eccentrically Great!" (WRMC 2007)
Ex-Guru (zshare)

Les Savy Fav (Let's Stay Friends) - "Indie Post-Grundge...At times reminds me of Silverchair." (Unknown 2007)
Patty Lee (zshare)

Sondre Lerche (Dan In Real Life - OST) - this soundtrack is about as awesome as the About A Boy OST by Badly Drawn Boy. more importantly, its twice as sappy.
To Be Surprised (zshare)

Doveman (With My Left Hand I Raise The Dead) - thomas bartlett may not be able to raise the dead, but he can surely sing softly and sweetly (alliteration what!) for long periods of time.
Sunrise (zshare)

Sunset Rubdown (Random Spirit Lover) - i should have listened to dexter over at powder horn when he told me this was epic. more mindblowing from Spencer Krug (of Wolf Parade/Frog Eyes/Swan Lake fame).
Winged/Wicked Things (zshare)

Tahiti Boy and the Palmtree Family (Arcade Mode) - i <3 french pop music.
She Was Mine (zshare)

ESTAW (Palmsout) - estaw is tremendous. get his block baller mix here. now.
Rich Boy - Throw Some D's (ESTAW fix) (zshare)

VNDLSM (Goods & Services) - a new one from the upcoming EP from toronto's Very Nice Dave and Legendary Sweaty Murphy.
UH! OH! (zshare)

edIT (Certified Air Raid Material) - i can't even tell you how good this is.
Straight Heat (zshare)

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Osheaga Montreal


Only now that the dust has slowly settled over Parc Jean Drapeau can we at WRMC make an adequate assessment of our most anticipated music festival of the summer. Or: it has taken me weeks to get around to writing this review.

Boarder Patrol Officer: Where ya headed?
Us: Montreal.
BPO: What's the purpose of your visit?
Us: A music festival, sir.
BPO: What is the festival called?
Us: Osheaga, sir.
BPO: OK, have a good trip.

Wait no, but like seriously, it was way more nerveracking than it seems. You should have seen his beady eyes. And the way he rubbed the edges of my passport. Almost like he knew. I was like pooping my pants.

But alas, it is only Canada. Good old Canada. French Canada. Or Freedom Canada as I like to say. WRMC's photo documentation, if only to prove that we were actually there:

The Clientele

Blonde Redhead


Thompson spent upwards of let's just say a large amount of money on some not-so-fresh strangely colored sushi. Sam's love is unconditional. Ward began to hallucinate and took this photo, thinking he was actually capturing the moon nibbling on a deer's rib.