Saturday, August 23, 2008

Beck never ceases to surprise

Modern Guilt is the strangest Beck album I have ever heard. It is simple, clean, and intelligible. I got tired of the wildness and inconsistency from album to album. Upon each download I was wondering whether I would get the “Shit Kicking Truck Driver Neighbor Living Downstairs” or a power ballad? Either I have been missing out or he came back with bang. Modern Guilt is so solid. Every song oozes rock & roll. “Soul of a Man”, “Profanity Prayers”, and “Gamma Ray” have stirred involuntary head bangs from this electronic kid. Beck, at 38, has never had a problem re inventing himself. I personally prefer this - aged and polished to perfection - version.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Kid Cudi "Day'N'nite" (Crookers Remix)

Free Kid Cudi remix at rcrdlbl. At foolsgold's site is the download. Click on the link. If you haven't heard Kid Cudi, keep your ears open. I have a feeling he will be a house hold name in a year. The Cleveland born 23 year old MC is now living in Brooklyn working on his new EP. He got the attention of Italian electro house group Crookers. They did an unbelievable job with the remix. It is such a departure from Kid Cudi slow hip hop club banger. You have to hear it understand...

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Everything Diplo touches turns to gold...

A few years ago I heard about the Daughter of a Srilankan freedom fighter that Diplo had taken under his wing. This MC from England would turn into the huge international pop/hip hop star M.I.A. His unofficial M.I.A. re-mix album, “Piracy funds Terrorism” mysteriously arrived in my hands. I doubt terrorism had anything to do with it. From that point, I started gathering as much M.I.A. as I could get my hands on. He saw it first.

Again, he has reached out to another aspiring MC. I have blogged about Santogold in the past here. The timing was perfect for another Diplo remix album to put her on the map. Over and over I am hearing Santogold from TV, Radio, Commercials, and Movie Soundtracks. Their new album, “Top Ranking – A Diplo Dub” (Diplo meets Santogold in a dub chamber of remix) picks up from where Piracy left off. It is a flawless mix that has a bunch unbelievable remixes. To Ranking is laced with my favorite Santogold beats and accapellas.

Keep an eye out for the next Diplo Collaboration. It is a lock to be gold.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I have waited years for these bands; now they are flooding Atlanta

What an incredible summer it has been for release dates on new shows coming through Atlanta. You will be glad that you are sitting down for this:

September 27th (Masquerade) Cut Copy, The Presets, and special guest Midnight Juganauts

Cut Copy "Lights and Magic" Music Video

The Presets "This Boys's in Love" Music Video

Midnight Juggernauts "Shadows" Music Video

September 29th (Variety Playhouse) The Kooks
The Kooks - Naive Music Video

October 9th (Variety Playhouse) Hot Chip

Video from Hot Chip OCT07 ATL

November 10th (Masquerade) Diplo in the Mad Decent North American Tour

Video from Diplo July 08 in ATL

You can buy all of these affordable tickets at the Variety Playhouse and Masquerade

The Password to get into the ticket purchase of Variety Playhouse is *PLAYHOUSE*. All of their ticets have a $2 Surcharge. Beats the hell out of ticketmaster. Plus their box office is always open if you don't want to cough up the extra money...

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Jason Roark Benifit Show

Last Sunday, July 27th had been on my calendar for over a month now. Jason’s Benefit Concert… What happened to my friend was horrible. He went missing in November of 2006. We suspect foul play. He is still missing. One of my best friends from college is still missing. Last night was a surreal experience on so many levels. I can only imagine what it was like for his family. But it was a night filled with hope. So many people that were part of his life were there in support. His family needs support. That is why you are hearing about it here.

If an adult you cared about in your life disappeared you would want help finding him or her? Missing adults currently have no government resources allocated to aid families of missing in the rescue and recovery process. Jason’s family has gotten little help from the government and law enforcement. We can change this. It just takes a movement. It just takes a little hope. Please visit:

There is a link to the petition for HR 2103 (Support the National Center for Missing Adults). I was #365 to sign. Please be #366.