Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Digitalism 2010

Digitalism is back with a new album. I doubt I will get the chance to see them up close and personal again. It was a fluke that I even got to the show the first time a few years back. My friend Jorge convinced me to go last minute, on a weeknight, to a band I had never heard before. After that show I was fan for life. Here's a little flash back from March 2008.

Need a little more? Here's another single off the soon to be released album.

Digitalism - Stratosphere by smithblogsatlanta

Monday, November 29, 2010

Brandon Benson and The Posies's Thanksgiving Lessons

The Posies and Brandon Benson was the last concert I went to before heading home to see the family. It was the last place I ever thought I would learn a Thanksgiving Lesson. After the third song the Posies played, their lead singer stopped the set. "I want to point something out to all of you..."

Brandon Benson

At this point my heart stopped in mid-beat. The entire first part of the set, he kept looking my direction. I always wondered what musicians think of people like me filming them on stage. I started thinking to myself, "Brent, you are finally going to find out..."

The Posies

He continued, "You all may of not noticed but this lady in the front row [directly in front of me] has been singing every single word of both Brandon's set and ours. I just wanted to let you know that is amazing and the reason that we keep playing music for people like her." He continued to interview her from the stage and continued to thank her for being a fan and coming out.

There were probably less than 100 people in the entire place but that one person made an impression on The Posies. After a career that spanned all the way back to the 80s, I felt that in just those few moments I was experiencing something special and reflective for the band. They could of sold out the Phillips Arena but I truly felt that Bebe in the front row singing her heart out to every song would mean more. Walking out of the Posies I was reminded to be thankful for anyone and everyone who supported me along the way. The Holiday Season is the perfect time to let them know.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Kilian Martin: A Skate Regeneration

It is rare that I post specifically non music related stuff up here but ran across this video and completely amazed.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Katy B "On a Mission EP"

I first heard this unbelievable unique voice over some crazy dubstep on the LuvStep live mix from the Philly Mad Decent Block Party. At the time I had no idea who Katy B was. Then a month later, I heard her again on the incredible Magnetic Man album. Just today, I got my hands on Katy B's "On a mission EP" that features Louder as and extra. Every time I hear another song, I like her more and more. I wonder what her chances are of blowing up American Top 40 radio in the next six months??? If I were a betting man, I would drop some major cash on those odds.

Shit Robot "Take 'Em Up"

It has been no secret that SBA and Shit Robot are FAF's (Favorite Artists Forever)... So without further interuption, here is the newest Shit Robot release featuring Nancy Whang from LCD Soundsystem / Juan Maclean...

Shit Robot - Take Em Up from Eoghan Kidney on Vimeo.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Girl Talk - All Day

Its been a minute since Girl Talk obliterated everything you thought you knew about music. In terms of being able to mash anything and everything, Girl Talk is an absolute expert.

In most of his mixes he mashes three and four tracks together. No genera is off limits. For example he starts this newest mix with Ozzie Ozborne providing the beat for Ludacris. Each mash up brings back everything you loved about music for the last 30 years. 80, 90, and the 00's are forced to get along in a way that only Girl Talk can pull off. The is must have and its free. For my Atlanta people, tickets are on sale now for his January 21st show at the Tabernacle.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Bart b more mixtape #8

Studio Vruchtvlees Mixtape No. 8 by Bart B More by Vruchtvlees

How do you say "straight nasty" in dutch? This mix is violently ill.... I almost lost it when he dropped the big Boi remix of shutter bug.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Gruff Rhys "Shark Ridden Waters" (video)

Not a huge fan of either Super Furry Animals or Neon Neon but I love this track. Maybe its time I re-evaluate my feelings on SFA & NO Front Man Gruff Rhys also. I will be lining up to buy the solo album when it gets released in February 2011...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Reset! - If we try (Love Anthem) - Broke One Remix

Reset! - If We Try (The Love Anthem) (Broke One Remix) by Broke One

I absolutely adore the original of this song. After hearing it for the first time, I immediately went out and bought anything Reset! related that I could find. I ran across a remix of this club anthem from last year remixed by Broke One. He totally flipped the script on the remix. The original was a glitched out hardcore elctro banger. This Broke One remix has got swag for days.

If you are a fan of Reset!, I stumbled upon this June Mix that slipped past me. If you like the sounds of Broke One, make sure you check out his Soundcloud page for exclusive remixes and his killer mixtape he did for Too Many Sebastians. Enjoy.

Paris Jones feat. April Kelly "Winter" (Video)

Paris Jones feat. April Kelly, "Winter" from Clement & Co. on Vimeo.

Wait for it... This track totally took me off guard. It starts out like something I would hear put out by Aurevore Simone but turn into something a young Kayne West would produce. It is rare that you see SBA post some hip hop up on the blog but this track can't be looked over. The Video is both visually amazing and the track sounds incredibly fresh. If you like this Paris Jones Joint, make sure you pick up his free mixtapes - From Paris with Love or Paris to J.A.P.A.N..

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Midland - Fact Mix 185

Its been a while since I posted a Mixtape up here. Its not like I have been running into a bunch of great mixes and not sharing with y'all. To tell you the truth I have been only been listening to one mix lately and it has been this Midland joint. I really, really love the vibe on this one. The track selection is diverse enough to keep your guessing but each track is similar enough to work together to make a complete sound.

If you got time, take a few minutes to read the Fact Mag Interview linked below. This young cat from Leeds is doing big things in the English music scene. I expect to hear him state side shortly.

Midland - Fact Mix 185 - Sept' 2010 by Midland

Go here for the full FACT MAG INTERVIEW

Tell us about your FACT mix…
“I think a mix set and a club mix are two very different things and I
think a recorded mix is a chance for you to tell a story and include
more tunes that perhaps you wouldn’t be able to in a club. Some of my
favorite mixes, like the second disc of Joris Voorn’s immaculate
Balance CD or Ewan Pearsons And So To Bed mix both start somewhere
deep and weird and take you through the paces. The idea with this mix
was to try and plot a line through all the bases of my collection,
starting with the slower more eclectic stuff and eventually ending on
what you’d see me playing in the club.

1. Boards of Canada – Corsair - Warp (Hyde park field recording)
2. Matthew Dear - Honey - Ghostly International
3. Midland feat. Anywayawana – Hub – Unreleased
4. Al Green – Truth n time – The Right Stuff Records
5. Space Dimension Controller – BBD Alignment – Royal Oak
6. Boards of Canada – Olson – Warp (Midland Re Edit – FACT Version)
7. Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy (Nellee Hooper Instrumental
Remix – Midland Rearrangement) – Wild Bunch
8. Ron Deacon – Untitled B2 – Workshop
9. Rainer Trueby – Ayers Rock – White
10. Loot – Dollkraut – Doppelschall Records
11. Roberto Rodruigez – I Got – Forthcoming Fina Records
12. Washed Out – You’ll see (Midland Re- edit) – Unreleased
13. Archie Bronson Outfit – Chunk (6th borough project remix) – Domino
14. El Txef A – She Kissed Me first (Minilogue Hypno Remix) –
Forthcoming Hypercolour
15. Mathias Kaden – Kawaba (Dj Koze’s Kosi-san Remix) – Vakant
16. Adultnapper & Big Bully – Low point on high ground – Simple
17. Sideshow – Scary Biscuits (John Tejada Remix) – Aus Music
18. Midland – Dead Eyes – Forthcoming This is Music
19. Terrence Dixon (Arnaud Le Texier remix) – Change – Children of
20. Ramadanman & Appleblim – Void 23 – Forthcoming Aus Music
21. Midland – Shelter – Forthcoming Aus Music
22. Kerri Chandler – Fortran (Argys Legendary Bonus Beats) – Deeply
Rooted House
23. Caribou – Sun (Midland Remix) – Unreleased

Monday, November 1, 2010

Matt & Kim - Side Walks

Exhibit One:

Exhibit Two:
Matt & Kim - Block After Block by smithblogsatlanta

Exhibit Three:
Matt & Kim - Red Paint by smithblogsatlanta

Now after those three exhibits of greatness, you should either A) jumping to concert list and crossing your fingers that these two haven't already played in your town or b) buy the album by finding $7 in the cracks of our couch or in your jeans pockets while doing laundry.

I won't lie to you and tell you that Matt & Kim have done something revolutionary in their third release. They didn't add band members. They didn't add strings or guitar or some crazy shit like that. They kept to what has made them so widely popular.

Great percussion from Kim. Fun synthesizers and melody from Matt. Energy for days. Songs that make you want to dance in the living room by yourself with the blinds drawn. For fans of the band, you will not be disappointed. For new comers, if the two songs above remotely interested you, all the music on the new album holds up to that same integrity. There are no throw aways with this one.

I have had "block after block" posted for only a few days on my soundcloud page and it has already received 1/4 of my total plays. That is incredible. Each time I see the band, more and more people are singing every word. This year is their first headlining tour and from the videos I saw at the masquerade, they packed the place. Next year when they come through Atlanta they will be filling the Tabernacle.

The thing about Matt & Kim, you can't help but fall in love with them when watching them live. My mouth literally hurt from smiling so much the first time I saw them. They genuinely love playing and you can tell by watching them live. That same love permeates through their music. It is this love that continues to build fans at an incredible rate. I hope through this post that I can help them gain another. They deserve it.