Thursday, December 27, 2007

M.I.A. wtf?

In her continuing quest for pop-culture domination, Maya Arulpragasam has been collecting more awards and accolades than she knows what to do with. The latest: Blender Magazine's best album of 2007. And of course, never one for brevity, Maya monologued in her interview about the "struggles" of being a refugee and how much her ex-boyfriend, Diplo, was a huge dick:
Meanwhile, I broke up with my boyfriend Diplo. It was a bit of a nasty split. Diplo is American, and I really wish he'd spoken up for me during my whole immigration saga. I was in so much trouble, but he never stuck his neck out to support me. Just a word or two in the press could have helped. He talks about helping black kids in the ghetto, about saving poor kids in the Brazilian favela, and yet he couldn't spare a word to help me, a refugee from Sri Lanka, par of a race that's dying out! The opening lines to "BirdFlu" describe exactly how I felt: "Big on the underground/What's the point of knocking me down?"
Now hold on just a sec. did she just trash talk her ex-boyfriend in a national publication? yes, she did. was it warranted? i think not. first off, that was tactless, and second, what the f%&k is she so pissed off about. so the U.S. government decided her song content and her familial links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam made her a terrorist. what the f$%k was Diplo supposed to do about that? Sure he's fairly critically acclaimed, but he isn't Susan Sarandon. did she really think he could just call the NYtimes and bitch and everything would be better? (let's also not forget the only reason we like her first album is because diplo produced the beats and that the piracy funds terrorism mixtape was much better than her actual album)

whether she likes it or not, the best thing that happened to her career was being labeled a terrorist. sure i love paper planes and the first album was fun, but let's face it: M.I.A.'s fame is 70% image, 30% music. Also, i'm getting kind of tired of listening to this bitch tell us how hard her refugee/immigrant life has been. yeah we all know you had to escape Sri Lanka because your daddy was a Tamil general (or something like that), but why don't you start singing songs about being a little W. European capitalist in London?

if that's not enough she has the balls to brag about how she's above it all, living in Bed-Stuy, Bklyn with the other "outsider" African immigrants. Well that's a lot of bullshit when your clothes cost more than your rent and you're making a million plus a year. M.I.A., i think you're really hot and your music is cool. but don't let it get to your head, or sooner than later you're just gonna be another washed up Gwen Stefani, making shitty albums and even shittier clothing.

and Diplo, don't sweat it buddy, you're still cooler than the other side of my pillow.
(and if anyone forgot why cop these tracks asap)

Diplo/Pase Rock - The Motherfucking Rave is Over
Diplo - Shhake it Up (Twist and Shout)
Hot Chip - Shake A Fist (Diplo Remix)
Spoon - Don't You Evah (Diplo Remix)
The Black Lips - Veni Vidi Vici (Diplo Remix)
M.I.A. & Diplo - China Girl (Diplo Mix)
M.I.A. & Diplo - Fire Bam (Diplo Mix)

and one more time for the ladies:
Diplo - The BBC Radio1 Essential Mix

Tuesday, December 25, 2007


wrmc 91.1FM would simply love to wish you all a merry christmas and a happy new year!!

Pocketknife - Linus and Lucy (Hark, the Holler Remix)

Friday, December 21, 2007

State of the Station

As the last days of 2007 fart themselves out, magazines and blogs are bonking us all over the head with retrospectives, Top (blank) lists, and other propaganda that comfort us with a contrived sense of closure as we dive head first into 2008. We at WRMC wait all year for this time-honored tradition practiced by many.

WRMC saw a lot in 2007. Among many other things, we:
-started this blog (just cracked 20,000 hits yay)
-played music for people
-hosted talk shows
-threw dance parties
-dropped many a figurative ball

Given the amount of times we've said "Oh, we'll put it off/do/leave that for next semester," 2008 looks like it will be nothing short of a spine-tinglingly good year for WRMC.

The new year always starts with a hangover and an empty soul, waiting to be filled with anything and everything our favorite media outlets will feed us. Until then, it is our primary duty as a radio station to provide you, our faithful readers, with another list to contemplate before you dance 2007 off the face of the earth.

The Best Random Songs in the Rock Vein of 2007 (Favors the "possibly overlooked" category, but not exclusively. Cheesy elements a plus. Remixes and Grammy-noms don't count. Well, for the most part. Neither do the songs used in Juno.)*
*The following list does not necessarily express the views of WRMC 91.1 FM and its partners and fellows, though we do talk about music a lot with each other, so maybe it does?

Animal Collective - "Chores"
AC delivers more decomposing deliciousness.

Art Brut - "Late Sunday Evening"
Talking art-rockers somehow don't get more annoying

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - "I Came To Hear The Music"
Testament to the fact that good music of old can still come in the mail

Art in Manila - "Our Addictions"
Members of Azure Ray, we've written bout them befo

Bishop Allen - "Like Castanets"

"Believable" (RM) good music

Land of Talk - "Summer Special"
Why don't we hear more from these guys?? So good.

The Dirty Projectors - "No More"

Yes please

Bat For Lashes - "The Wizard"


Grinderman - "I Don't Need You (To Set Me Free)"
Nick Cave

Black Moth Super Rainbow - "Sun Lips"
Creepos in the woods make some of the best music of the year

LCD Soundsystem - "All My Friends"

Aqueduct - "Lying In The Bed I've Made"

Inescapable hook

The Cripple Lilies - "Bella Of The Rocks"
yes. Even though it sounds eerily like the Eels' "Railroad Man"

Iron & Wine - "Carried Home"
From Boy With A Coin EP

Low - "Always Fade"

Listen only to Low albums and I'll see you in hell

Black Lips - "Not a Problem"

Live in Tijuana

The National - "Start a War"
Obvi II

The Go! Team - "Universal Speech"
More 80'ssitcomtronic

Blonde Redhead - "Top Ranking"

Black Kids - "Hurricane Jane"
Great free songs

Au Revoir Simone - "Sad Song"
So cheesy it might actually be "sad," but hey.

Arthur & Yu - "Lion's Mouth"

Check out our interview with Grant and Sonya

Bitter, Bitter Weeks - "Danger in the Halls"

#1 in "straight rock with overproduced vocals"

Okkervil River - "Unless It's Kicks"
Hyperbrain can still rock

Marissa Nadler - "Dying Breed"
Not freak folk

Get Set Go - "I'll Be Your Heroin"
The Mr. T Experience of my youth finds me once again, this time on drugs

The Weakerthans - "Hymn Of The Medical Oddity"
4th album post-Propagandhi and still lovely.

Beirut - "Cliquot"
Mr. Condon is quickly becoming the new Mr. Oberst. Please God no.

Bodies of Water - "These Are The Eyes"
Check out previous feature. Religiously infused anthems

Dappled Cities - "Vision Bell"

Tiny Vipers - "Shipwreck"

Tegan & Sara - "The Con"

St. Vincent - "Marry Me"
Since my experience at the R.Spektor show in Middlebury this fall forever ruined her music, I'm glad she's come along.

A Hawk And A Hacksaw - "Serbian Cocek"
Yay Jeremy please come to Middlebury

The Sea And Cake - "Coconut"
More tastiness

Los Campesinos! - "You! Me! Dancing!"
I like the video too

Kevin Drew - "Safety Bricks"

KD from BSS delivers OK album and POOPY live show

Architecture in Helsinki - "Heart It Races"
Here's where I probably should have made an exception to the remix rule

Shout Out Louds - "Normandie"
The sun does not set on the Von Arbin Ahlander media empire

The Dagons - "How To Get Through The Glass"

Panda Bear - "Take Pills"

Oxford Collapse - "Please Visit Your National Parks"
What good music used to have to sound like

Mice Parade - "The Last of Ten Homes"

Oh No! Oh My! - "Our Mouths Were Wet"
My shaky legs

Laura Veirs - "Pink Light"

Drifting along with my swords out flying

The Brunettes - "Her Hairagami Set"
This album took forever to come out

Band of Horses - "Is There A Ghost," "No One's Gonna Love You," "Cigarettes Wedding Bands"

email me if you would like mp3's of any of the above that aren't linked. or go to and from there you can read better blogs. hotcha!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Friday, December 14, 2007

Basserk Sampler

Basserk: the newest Euro electronica label channeling their freshest electro, punk and pistolpop out of Amsterdam. Started by Tom Schivez (Mex), Peerte Trunt(S)and Rufus Baxendale (UK) in 2005, these guys are on to something. The latest mix called Some Tunes features music from all of their big new acts including Melomanics, Genjini, Sneakthief and other artists I've never even heard of. The music is bumpin with enough pop glitch to tear your head up a little bit. Their website advertises great taste in electronica no matter what the sub-genre because they "love music, not just one style." Cool, but all I wanna do is dance.

Genjinji - Das Funkistador (zshare)

MeloManics - Wysiwyl (zshare)

Nobody Beats the Drum - Turn up the Box (zshare)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

WWWednesday 16 (From the Vaults)

So for this week's WWWednesday I decided it would be fun to do a 'from the vaults' edition. Maybe it's because the station is a quarter-mile of tundra away from my warm room, or because we just haven't gotten any killer tracks in the last couple weeks, or just because there is so much good music in there that no one ever listens to anymore. So here is me bringing back music from the last couple years that def would have made the lists if the blog was up back then. I hope you find something that you've never heard before and then let it rock your world:

Royksopp/Erlend Oye (DJ Kicks) - This track is off of an album that is an entire set by DJ Kicks featuring tracks from Kings of Convenience's star Erlend Oye. So heady, so cool.
Poor Leno- Silikon Soul Rmx (zshare)

Goldfrapp (Supernature) - I barely even remember 2005. I certainly don't remember listening to this song. I feel like it would have changed my life back then.
Number 1 (zshare)

Remington Super 60 (All the Songs From Pling 2001) - Norwegian pop/easy listening. Super addictive.
Oh No Oh Yeah (zshare)

Miss Kitten and the Hacker (First Album) - The Irish kids that I lived with in Berkeley loved this and had "to be famous is so nice suck my dick kiss my ass" scrawled on the wall of their apartment.
Frank Sinatra (zshare)

Avenue D (2D2F EP) - NSFW. From their website: "What happens when you're a pair of fabulously hot girls (barely old enough to drink) from the moist and pseudo-primordial land of Miami who enjoy the musical strains of rap, freestyle, 80's New Wave, and punk? Well, if you're Debbie D. or Daphne D., you have no choice but to morph like a magical, fantastic robot into a volatile, hilarious ghetto booty group called Avenue D." I couldn't have said it any better myself.
2D2F (zshare)

Jamie T (Calm Down Dearest B Sides) - Great song. Great lesson. Kill Fox News.
Fox News (zshare)

Salif Keita (Moffou) - This song is so incredibly danceable. It will be stuck in your head all day. and so will the music video, which you should def watch.
Madan (Martin Solveg remix)(zshare)

Royksopp (Royksopp's Night Out Live EP) - I love both groups so this track is a no brainer. and it's live, which is the tits.
Go With the Flow (Queens of the Stone Age cover)(zshare)

Theswimmingpools (Ifallinlove100timesaday) - This song isn't even that old, but somehow the cd got discarded to the back of the office. Fucking hipsters.
I'llsoonbefree (zshare)

(Live EP) - This may be the strangest thing I've found in the studio before; there was barely any information about the album and the cd looked like it was burned with just a picture of Robyn playing live and this track.
Since You've Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson cover)(zshare)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


So I just discovered (with the help of digg) the newest and coolest way for fans and artists to connect and share their experiences. And it's based on the market system, so it has to work. Created by two USC students James Miao and Samuel Hsiung, thesixtyone is a site where artists upload their music, fans upload new music they've found, and then everyone rates everything together. The catch? you have a limited number of bumps (how you rate a song) that you can spend, but if songs that you've bumped get a lot of other bumps, you win more bumps to spend. Musical casino! So whether you are an artist that just wants their music heard, or you're a fan that wants to prove how good you are at picking new acts, thesixtyone is pretty much a win-win situation. Kudos to the creators for quitting their day jobs to make another music site for our generation--maybe one day they'll be richer than that facebook guy.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

COUSIN COLE!!!!!!!!!!!

cousin cole is terrific. normally 1/2 of flagrant fowl with thealsoveryhot pocketknife (check out discobelle's megapost and get the alicia keys remix;), this bklyn native has lately been bangin out one club banger after another, and the kids have been eating it up. its actually kind of nauseating to think of how many times i've played his soulja boy remix at parties this fall. (despite my nausea, it will no doubt remain a crowd favorite, especially among the football and soccer teams;) in short, cousin cole's remixes make top 40 pop/hiphop really fun to dance to. get this steez and keep checkin his myspace for new tracks and concert dates to come.

Moodymann - Technology Stole My Vinyle
I figured this would be a great way to start the mix off. This is
brand new genius material from Kenny Dixon, Jr.

Daniel Wang - Like a Dream I Can’t Stop Dreaming
I wanted to play some early night type records, the kind of songs
that people will dance to without ever having heard them before.
Disco is the king!

In Flagranti - Business Acumen
I’m jealous of these guys. They’re making pretty great music, and it
sounds a little different from what anyone else is doing. I like to
think it’s a New York thing.

Ost & Kjex - Milano Mongolian (A Thrilling Mungophony In Two Parts)
This is actually a Mungolian Jetset remix of Milano Model. Like it
says, it’s in two parts, and I just used the second part (the whole
track’s more than 11 minutes long!)

Moodymann - Inspiration From a Small Black Church on the East Side of Detroit
I used this to transition to some housier songs. I also thought it
would make sense to go from this into the Roland Clark, since they’re
both about God and all.

Roland Clark - God is Good (DJ Spen Dub)
I really love spiritual house music. This is one of my favorite
tracks from last year. DJ Spen makes music to play in the club, and
he’s from Baltimore, but this is definitely not Baltimore Club.

Cousin Cole - Zing Boom (Demo)
This is a remix I just did. I think it’s pretty good but the drums
and some of the other sounds need some work. I’m not going to say
what it’s a remix of, so maybe it’ll be more exciting when you hear
it. Check it out though.

Fedde Le Grand - Put Your Hands Up for Detroit
Yeah, this has been out for a while, but so many of my actual friends
(not dj-friends) are going to be psyched to hear it. Besides, I made
up a little blend (see below) that fits pretty nicely, and I really
wanted to play it here. I edited this a little because I think it
takes too long between the breakdowns.

Blaqstarr - Hands Up Thumbs Down
Thank you Serato loop feature!!

Simian - Never Be Alone
I’m one of those assholes who’s been playing the Justice remix
forever and is totally sick of it. I actually started playing the
original instead of the remix about a year ago, before most people
here were playing the remix (I’m so cool right?). It was a bitch to
get the 45 of this from Europe when I didn’t use Serato. Things done
changed, I guess.

Alter Ego - Rocker
This is a couple years old, but I’ve never heard anyone play it out
in New York (maybe this says more about where I go than anything
else). It’s still an awesome song, and maybe even ahead of it’s time.

DJ Class - Tear Da Club Up
Oh man, another song everyone’s probably sick of. Whatever; this is a
king among songs, and I don’t think I’m going to get tired of playing
it. I hate when DJs play it before they’ve really had a chance to
“rock this bitch” — am I supposed to tear the club up for you or the
guy who just played before you?

Cousin Cole ft. Notorious BIG - Where Brooklyn At
This is a synthesis of ideas from Griff & Booman (Pick Em Up) and DJ
Mister Cee (Where Brooklyn At), but it’s not really a mashup. Maybe
you could call it an interpolation. I wanted to throw in that SWV
“Right Here” response too, but I couldn’t get it to where I liked it.
The sound quality is pretty shitty, but I don’t really care. Raw dog!!

Rod Lee - Star Track
This is like three great club songs in one, but for this mix you only
get to hear two of them. So go find the real thing!

Mr. Oizo - Patrick 122 (Extended Saxophone Edit)
BLOG HOUSE!! This shit is funky as hell. The saxophone sounds like
it’s trying to play slower but the drums keep whipping it into shape.

Diddy - Get Off (DJ Booman mix)
This track is so great. It makes me retroactively love everything
Puffy’s ever done. And Booman is making some of the best club music
I’ve heard lately. (I think I kind of fucked up the mix into this;

Cousin Cole ft. Jocelyn Brown - Why Waste Your Time (Demo)
This is a new club track I made from Jocelyn Brown’s “Love’s Gonna
Get You” acapella and inspired by Bizarre Inc.’s “Why Waste Your
Time.” Dumb and simple. The kick drums sound like shit here. I guess
I played it too loud.

Timbaland ft. Keri Hilson & DOE - Way I Are (Cousin Cole’s Unwound Mix)
Man, I’m SO happy with this remix. I feel like an asshole for saying
it, but I really love it — I’ve probably listened to it about 40
times since I made it a week ago. If you didn’t guess, the samples
are chopped from Marva Whitney’s “Unwind Yourself” (the original
source for Mark the 45 King’s “The 900 Number,” itself the source for
DJ Kool’s “Let Me Clear My Throat.”) I feel like this could be on Hot
97… Someone make it happen!

Cousin Cole - More Models
This is my remix of “Make it Rain (Remix).” I didn’t let it play past
the first chorus, but let me just say I love R Kelly on this song!

MIA - Bird Flu (Guns Up Buraka version)
Got this off the Mad Decent website. I prefer the original, but I
think this one hits a little harder and it’s easier to mix. MIA’s new
album is shaping up to be amazing.

Wes Fif ft. BOB - Haterz Everywhere (Cousin Cole Remix)
My remix isn’t too different from the original, but I think it’s cool
anyway. I was trying to go for an Ed Banger-y overdriven bass sound
but I don’t know if it really came out. You’ll be pleased to know
that it’s still a rap song (I didn’t give it a dance beat except in
the intro). I edited out the second verse just to move along more

Allez Allez - African Queen (Quiet Village remix)
And then we come down…

Noosha Fox - The Heat is On
This is a nice oddball summer song by the singer of “SSSingle
bed” (Fluxblog I see you!) I think this might be considered Balearic
or Cosmic or something or maybe it’s too weird and poppy.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Heads Up

to get you in the mood...

Tittsworth - Titts'mas(zshare)