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Here is this weeks MP3 roundup. Enjoy!
Shinichi Osawa – Star Guitar (Armand Van Helden Remix) (Highly recommended)
Snoop Dogg – Sexual Eruption (Weird Science Remix)
Lo-Fi-Fnk – Want U (Hoping this means a new album is coming soon)
Usher – Love In This Club (MSTRKRFT Remix)
DatA – Rapture (Edwin Van Cleef Remix) (Check out the video to the original)
My favorite kinds of music are those of which are nearly impossible to niche into a genre. The music by Passion Pit is just that. The infectious wailing vocals of frontman and singer-songwriter Michael Angelakos backed by the blippy, bouncy electronic beats are hard to categorize in you music library. That’s exactly what makes music like this so great. The new album out by Passion Pit, Chunk of Change, is close to everything I look for in a favorite album. The lack of more tracks is pretty much the only thing missing. The album was originally written as an EP as a Valentines gift for Angelakos’ girfriend, later gaining much attention from friends, eventually all of Boston (the band’s hometown) and is now blowing up all over the internet. The complete album was released September 16th and is available now.
My favorite track on the album would have to be “I’ve Got Your Number”. For those of us who expected a new release out by The Postal Service this year will get temporary relief from this track.
Wow, as if there wasn’t already enough stuff going on Halloween weekend. The Fabulous Las Vegas Music Festival looks to be one of the best options yet. Taking place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, the event is hosting an official Ed Banger party with Busy P, Sebastian, DJ Medhi, So Me and Mr. Flash. Also included in the line up is a live set from Crystal Castles, Felix Cartel and Heartsrevolution. I will be in San Francisco at the Part of the Weekend Never Dies Premier, but if I wasn’t this would be right up there for my next choice of events.
I get a lot of MP3s sent to me throughout the week, too many to do a write up on all of them. Lots of them are really good though, so instead of letting them disappear into the depths of my inbox I have decided to do a weekly “MP3 roundup”. These are tracks that I wasn’t able to do a writeup on, but still want to share with you.
South Central – Aeon (Highly Recommended)
Frankmusic – When You’re Around (Boys Noize mix)
MGMT – Electric Feel (James Rutledge Remix)
Mr. Vegas – “Oh My Gosh” (Gutter Remix)
Sister of Transistors – The Don (Acid Girls Grey Disco Remix)
Hey fellow fiends. As you can see a very long overdue redesign of TheDopeFiend has finally made it’s way to the screens of your PCs. I have finally ported everything over from Blogger to Wordpress (thank god!). Notice there are some new features like comments, search, categories and tags. Everything should be working fairly smoothly, but there may still be a bug here or there. Please be patient while I clean up the remaining mess. Oh ya, and now that we have comments please feel free to leave your two cents on the new site!
Pretty much anything that Modular puts out you can bet on it being solid. Tame Impala is a new 3 peice psychedlic rock band out of Australia that has a new self titled EP coming out on Modular. Head over to their website now and download the song “Skeleton Tiger” for free. You can also pre-order the EP for the ultra low cost of $3.99 for when it comes out on the 11th of October.
I received an email from Dead Rock Machines yesterday and reacted the way I do with a lot other band emails I get… “Eh, another sub par self-promoting band. I will open this email, listen to their music and never hear about them again”. My thoughts quickly changed after actually listening to their music. The French duo has an obvious “new-electro” influence, but it’s different in such a great way. It’s not electro-rock, but kind of is. It’s not disco, but kind of is. It’s not indie-rock, but kinda is. Expect these guys to blow up. I was truly surprised and impressed upon hearing their new EP titled Good News. The EP is available now. Also check out their dedicated remix page.
There is no doubt Myspace has helped bands and musicians promote themselves in a huge way. It’s a quick and easy way to set up a website. But there is one problem with it… it is a horrible “website”. It’s slow, messy and their music player just downright sucks. This is why I love Bandcamp. Bandcamp let’s you create a free, clean, very custom mini-site without all the ads and extra junk. Among many other features Bandcamp allows you to upload your music, set a cost and sell your music at different bit rates, see statistics on who is linking and listening to your music and much more. Viewers can also quickly share a track on Facebook, Myspace or blog. Making it very easy for others to promote your music for you. If it sounds simple, well, it is. It’s the perfect quick solution for promoting your music. Check out the screencast for more info.
As you know I am a big fan of Le Castle Vania. As I have said before he is consistently putting out good track after good track. His latest collaboration with Computer Club is a rework of the Drum N Bass anthem called “The Messiah” by Konflict. I applaud them for stepping out on a limb and trying a new sound for what makes a great dance floor banger.
I have a quick question for you readers out there. I have been questioning the format of this blog and would like your input. Would you prefer more posts per day, with less written content and links to info? Or do you like the format now where there are one to two posts per day with a semi-in-depth writeup on the topic of the post?
Please vote for which format you would prefer. Thanks for reading, your help and input.
Soulwax is making quite the buzz lately. Blog readers everywhere were nearly peeing their pants with anticipation for the release of the Soulwax remix of MGMT’s “Kids”. This is really nothing new though. Remixes of The Gossip’s “Standing in the Way of Control” and Klaxon’s “Gravity’s Rainbow” will go down as some of my favorite remixes of all time. Now they have released the remix of Chemical Brothers’ track “Hey Boy, Hey Girl that is just amazing. The gritty baseline in this remix is enough to make the hairs on the back on your neck stand up. I can only imagine what it would be like to see Soulwax live and listen to them perform these remixes they are putting out.
MP3 :: Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy, Hey Girl (Soulwax Remix)
(Bonus) MP3 :: MGMT – Kids (Soulwax Remix)
Sometimes listening to my iTunes playlists or library just isn’t doesn’t do it for me. I enjoy the surprise of not knowing what track is coming up next, which is why I listen to Last.fm, or the recently “rediscovered” Viva-Radio. I say “rediscovered” because I first found this website a couple years ago, and found it again after I heard it playing at an American Apparel store. Viva-Radio plays an eclectic mix of music and feature various contributors who’s mixes you can listen to on demand. They also offer a stand alone player that you can download and and play from your desktop.
The other day I wrote about the event listing website Eventful. Today I discovered a similar website (with an oddly similar logo) that looks just as good, if not better. Bandsintown, like Eventful, links up with your Last.fm and personalizes your account according to the artists you listen to. Although Bandsintown has most of the same features as Eventful, I like the overall user interface better. One thing it seems to be lacking is a section for adding favorite venues, if that were added it would have pretty much everything I would want in an event listing website.
Edit: I got an email from the guys over at Bandsintown and they said more features, such as adding favorite venues are in the works. They also wanted to clear the air about the logo similarities so there was no confusion. Here is a screenshot of Eventful’s logo when they first launched a year ago. And it looks as though Bandsintown launched their site in 2006.
I had been waiting years for the opportunity to see M83 perform live. I finally got the chance on my recent visit to San Francisco and I was absolutely blown away. M83 has consistently put out good album after good album, but has only done a handful of remixes. That’s why I was surprised to see his recent remix of Midnight Juggernauts. The thought of the two artists collaborating on something sounds quite unlikely, and I was unsure of how good it would be when I first heard about the remix. But when I heard the track I knew I shouldn’t have doubted M83’s ability to create a beautiful, airy, atmospheric soundscape of a remix. Granted it doesn’t sound that much like the original, but doesn’t change how good it is.
Last year flash drive character masters Mimoco held their first design competition. This year they are at it again, but switching it up a bit with the VDC Content Creation Contest. In celebration of their new VDC Mimobot series coming out this October, they are asking you to get your creative juices flowing and submit any kind of digital media creation you want – music, video, animations, wallpapers, screensavers, games and whatever other digital creations you can think of. The winners will be selected and their creations will come pre-loaded on the VDC Mimobot series. Submissions are being accepted now so get to it!