Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Throwback Tuesday - Dj Krush vs Coldcut "Cold Krush Cuts"

Last month Tammy suggested, "Instead of always posting new music, why don't you do a weekly blog about some of your old favorite music?" Every Tuesday I planned on starting... One month later we have the first installment of SBA's Throwback Tuesdays.

This album goes WAY back for me. "ColdKrushCuts" is the tag-team mix of Djs Coldcut and Krush. This album alone got me into Downtempo music. The first time I heard this album I was a sophomore in college living off campus. Our dentist student neighbor was really into anything and everything from the Ninja Tune Label. "ColdKrushCuts" the first cd he let me borrow and it changed my life. This once strickly hip hop kid started listening to electronic music. Still to this day, some ten years after hearing "ColdKrushCuts", I get chills when I listen to this mix.

Dj Krush Bonus Video going nuts in Atlanta from '07

Friday, December 18, 2009

SBA Top 40 of 09'

I can't believe how many incredible albums got released in 2009. I sorted my itunes by year last night and was blown away by the albums that showed up. It seems hard to believe that these artist all released new material. I compiled a list of my top 40 artists & song -

Acid Girls - Numbers Game
Adele - Hometown (highcontrast remix)
Anoraak- N.Ever E.Ending R.Omance D.Isaster
Au Revoir Simone - Trace a Line
Beirut - The Akara
Blakroc - Stay of the Fucking Flowers
Boyz Noize - Kontact Me
Calvin Harris - You Used To Hold Me
Little Boots - Stuck on Repeat (Fake Blood Remix)
Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse - Little Girl feat. Julian Casablanca
Discovery - So Insane
Editors - Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool
Edward Sharp - Home
Fink - Sort of Revolution
Fukkk Offf - I give you Bass
Gossip - Heavy Cross
Ida Maria - I like you so much better when your naked
Jaydiohead - Change Order
John Fusciante - Dark Light
Juon Hopkins - Colour Eye
Julian Plenti - Girl on the Sporting News
Kid Cudi - I poke her face (feat. Common & Kayne)
La Roux - Bulletproof
The Longcut - Mary Bloody Sunshine
The Maccabees - Can you Give it
Major Lazer - Hold the Line feat Mr. Lex & Santi
Matt & Kim - I'll take us home
Miike Snow - Animal
MSTRKRFT - Heartbreaker feat John Legend
Phoenix - 1901
Rodrigo Y Gabriela - Buster Voodoo
Taken by Trees - My boys
Vitalic - Terminateur Benelux
We Were Promised Jetpacks - This is my house, this is my home
Whitest Boy Alive - Timebomb
The XX - Stars
YACHT - Psychic City
Yuksek - Tonight
zoot Woman - We Won't Break

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Local Natives Stick

I think this band Local Natives is amazing. I have had the album, Gorilla Manor, now for a week and it is a must play at least once a day. The music is back to the basics for my music listening history. Its everything that made me fall in love with rock n' roll in the first place.
Great lead vocals drive this band. Smooth guitar riffs battle complex drum beats on each song. I think what really makes this band stand out is the unforgetable melodies that are perfectly executed with a full band chorus. Yesterday morning I woke up hearing the chorus of World News in my head. Its been 48 hours and that song keeps playing over and over in my head. For me that is the best indication if a band is going to stick in my rotation.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday is Techno Chicken Time...

This post is because I can. And it's Friday! Have a nice weekend. Come back Monday for another week of music. SBA will be reviewing the new Yeasayer, Blakroc, and the First Throwback Thursday.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Shawn Lee & Clutchy Hopkins

Sometime the best things in life come completely unexpected. Last night I was trying find a use for my final 12 downloads of the month from emusic and decided to revisit my saved folder. I don't even remember putting Shawn Lee & Clutchy Hopkins in there. I started a preview of SL&CH while I continued to search for a good use of my last music for the month. Four songs into it, I was sold and immediately downloaded "Fascinating Fingers".

The LP has been on constant loop today. I got curious on whom these guys were and that lead me to this:

Surely this is a joke. Strange guy in the tiger mask and his mysterious cassette leaving partner. I went to their website, read the bit on Clutchy Hopkins. I half believe them when they say his identity is a mystery. One thing I do know for sure, these guys aren't a joke or gimmic.

Their music is a intriguing mix of live instraments and synthesizers. There is an underlying funk that blends with their trip hop sound. The age difference between the two creates a unique new sound that caught my attention. Maybe they will catch yours.

Mimi Tatonka

Root Trees

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Keep an Eye out for Electrojuice

Electrojuice Spring Tour 2009

ELECTROJUICE | MySpace Music Videos

These kids don't even look old enough to drive but they sure produce some nasty electro. Coming fresh out of Denmark with their first EP Solrock, Mads & Jacob of Electrojuice have put a real quality album out. I get the same feeling from this duo that I got the first time I listened to Modeselektor. The songs are like nothing I ever heard but by the end of the album they feel very familiar. Their genera is hard electro but they manage to incorporate smooth vocals and sweet sounds. I can't wait to hear more...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros Brighten My Day

Today was the absolute perfect day to listen to The Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros on my hour drive home from work. The sun has been missing for two days. The air was almost cold enough to see my breath when I walked out of work this afternoon. The rain has been saturating everything for over 24 hours leaving gigantic puddles to navigate through. My wet shirt sticks to my leather as I quickly jump into the car and start the ignition. Then the CD player starts, I quickly skip forward, and everything seems better.

The album is filled with beautiful music and vocals. I usually listen to mostly electronic music but on days like today, it was perfect to unplug and dive into the roots of music composition. Throughout the album, I am reminded to Beirut due to the enormous ensamble. Where they differ is this Orchestra of sorts is rooted in a unique mix of blue-grass/folk/rock/fusion. I always get impatient and jump to Home (above) first. Every time I hear this song it makes me smile and think about the ones I love. There is not a better feeling to combat the cold of winter. Thoughts of home...

I found these two pieces of film on their myspace meant to be watched in a two part set. Another example of the complex sounds that make up Edwarde Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros "Desert Song" from benjamin kutsko on Vimeo.

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros "KISSES OVER BABYLON" from Edward Sharpe on Vimeo.

Monday, December 7, 2009

LCD SoundSystem touring soon...

I have been waiting for this tweet for over a year now, "meeting about tour for next year right now. bizarre living in the future." That's right, LCD Soundsystem (@lcdsoundsystem) may be coming to a city near you in the distant future. If they do, GO SEE THEM.

I put them up in the top ten performances that I have ever seen. They sound incredible live. They put on a hell of a performance. They just don't play their songs, they create and improvise live. I just remember leaving Center Stage with my feet soar from dancing and my cheeks aching from smiling. My fingers are crossed he liked Atlanta as much as the crowd liked him...

Direct From their Myspace -

this is basically a band. we're getting ready to finish a record and put it "out", whatever that means anymore, into the world next year. i think we're a good live band, but i'm pretty sure we're about to be way better than we've ever been. i'm excited. i'm writing that down because it's a total shock for me to hear it coming from my brain. i'm excited for us to tour and play all of the places we've loved to play. and some of the places we've never played. there are other things afoot, which i won't go into. but i'm actually excited to get into it in 2010.

look out.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Hey Winter, FUKKK OFFF!

Such a strange expression, Fukkk Offf... Not only is it an exclamation but it also is an attitude. Granted, I don't see as much of it down here in the South but any day on I-285 it will rear it's ugly head. This group is all attitude. They sound exactly like what you expect from such a vulgar exclamation.

They are nasty. Down right Nasty. Like, I need to wash my hands or my mouth out with soap; nasty. Dirty Electro beats that make you cringe with joy. Or at least that is my response to Fukkk Offf.

I found this group through one of my favorite mixtapes spun by a SBA favorite Vitalic. The track Vitalic used is titled "I Give you Bass" The song's hook states, "I punch my baseline, Into you Face, You can't Stop Dancing, I give you Bass." Yeah that's right, Fukkk Offf and don't forget to listen to some tunes below...