drwex: (Troll)
LJ says it's only been about three weeks since I posted music but it has felt like longer. Right now it's on my mind a lot because the latest round of sound driver updates to my home Realtek sound engine hosed the speakers. I can get sound via headphones but I can't use my PC to play music to the room anymore. Grr. Still, I have tabs and will share them.

https://soundcloud.com/divideandkreate/echosmith-cool-kids-divide-kreate-remix
Divide & Kreate remixes the extremely popular indie pop hit "Cool Kids" from a couple years ago. D&K has spiced it up a little and made it beat faster but it still has the essential spare sound of the original.

https://soundcloud.com/gldncollective/romance
Following on [livejournal.com profile] mizarchivist's original pointer I continue to find Tove Lo mixes. This one is Flipboitamidies doing an A|B with clean bandit, a rather unusual UK duo (http://cleanbandit.co.uk/). The mix is OK - better than most of the Tove Lo mashes I'm coming across - but I'm actually more intrested in the discovery of clean bandit. I love you, so I share.

https://soundcloud.com/fissunix/5-deaths-of-king-kong
This one keeps coming up in my stream and I'm still not entirely sure if I like it, but it's an interestingly original idea. Fissunix is A|B mashing Mano Negra and The Prodigy. Most Prodigy mixes tend to use things I don't like - this one is "Wall of Death" which I think has the best sort of energy that Prodigy produces. And Mano Negra gets mashed up approximately never, so here you go.

https://soundcloud.com/mashupgermany/mashup-germany-cheerleader-freaks
Mashup Germany again, with a really nice five-way mix of tracks I'm not familiar with. It fronts Timmy Trumpet and I loves me some brass horns so that's nice. I think the vocals work less well than they might, but perhaps I have too high an expectation of what M.G. can do. From anyone else this would be an excellent track - for him it's just average but the track radiates a kind of fun joy that makes it infectious.

--- We now enter the Ummet Ozcan zone ---

https://soundcloud.com/djphase/zedd-ft-selena-gomez-vs-ummet-ozcan-i-want-daftizer-to-know-phase-bootleg
Someone going by djPhase has mashed up an Ummet Ozcan track that I think is his super-popular "Daftizer" (https://soundcloud.com/ummetozcan/daftizerfree) with Zedd's "I Want You to Know", which features the vocals and (ahem) appearance of Selena Gomez. Yes, THAT Selena Gomez, who is now all growed up (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X46t8ZFqUB4) and who's doing a respectable job of turning her childhood Nickelodeon image into an adult singing/acting career. Of the three tracks I think I like the Zedd original best, but that might be influenced by watching the video.

https://soundcloud.com/ultrarecords/02-double-exposure-my-love-is
Msystem's remix of Double Exposure's "My Love is Free". It's definitely an electro-dance track, but it draws on soul and disco roots heavily. I picked it out because it features Double Exposure's all-male vocals in a genre that often fronts female vocalists.

https://soundcloud.com/ummetozcan/ummet-ozcan-presents-innerstate-ep-33
Another episode of Ozcan's "Innerstate" pod/setcast. This one has a lot of really nice tracks in it, of which I picked two to feature because they spoke to me particularly.

https://soundcloud.com/nathanc/nathan-c-felix-leiter-this-is-our-night-preview
Nathan C and Feliz Leiter do a trance track that starts out mostly instrumental and then brings in "This Is Our Night" by Sander Kleinberg (http://www.vevo.com/watch/sander-kleinenberg/TION-(This-is-Our-Night)/NLL331100021). This is a track I heard many years ago and had almost completely forgotten about. Then it showed up this rework and I was like, "wait, I know that..." This version is much more high energy, higher BPM and more electro than the original but it's really nice to hear an old favorite getting some new life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH51g1L0i14
Saving the best for last, here's some truly superb vocal trance from Killogy. "Awake" is a showcase for singer-songwriter Angelika Vee (http://angelikavee.com/) whose vocals absolutely soar in this track. My only complaint is that it's too short, but it's definitely got me following Ms Vee to see what else she's doing. It's been a while since I heard a new voice that really got my attention and this track is a great way to finish out a set.
drwex: (pogo)
I keep thinking I can do this post, what with all the meeting cancellations, but stuff keeps getting in the way. Let's see if I can close this out as the week ends. I've been a bit stressed out of late so this is mostly gentle relaxing stuff. Not ear-filler, but engaging soothing sounds.

https://soundcloud.com/nickraymondg/thomas-jack-symphony-original
Thomas Jack (http://thomasjackmusic.com/) is a new name to me. He's a young new DJ out of Australia who seems to specialize in deeper house/electronics. This track, however, caught my ear because of the way it uses traditional instruments. The piano/horn segment from about 2:00 to 2:20 is just beautiful and the entire track has symphonic sweep and bright touches. Yes, that's a house beat but I don't think this is like any house you've heard before.

https://soundcloud.com/nickraymondg/felix-cartal-feat-ofelia-new
CRNKN (https://soundcloud.com/crnkn) sounds like someone who should be producing hard-hitting floor clearers, but this is a vocal-driven, low BPM, electro-house track. The original is Ofelia (https://www.facebook.com/ofeliasings) a classically trained vocalist singing for Felix Cartal (http://www.felixcartal.com/) on a track called "New Scene". The track is off Cartal's latest EP, which I intend to grab and may blog again.

https://soundcloud.com/nickraymondg/cash-cash-take-me-home-ft-bebe
Another three-parter that mixes two distinct styles. From the top: it's Bebe Rexha (http://www.beberexha.com/#!) a New York-based singer/songwriter fronting for Cash Cash (http://www.cashcashmusic.com/) on a track called "Take Me Home". The original (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDo2SiW3JHU) is a kick-drum heavy track that pushes Rexha's vocals up and into dance space. The Flaxo (https://www.facebook.com/Flaxomusic) remix here is much more chill and stylistically varied, ranging from near vocal trance to prog to moombahton.

https://soundcloud.com/rac/imagine-dragons-on-top-of-the-world-rac-mix
RAC turns in another fine remix. This time he's working with Imagine Dragons' "On Top of the World". The original (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8PrTzLaLHc) is a pleasant hand-clapping dance rock track with afro-carib influences that came out last year. RAC builds up a lusher and more layered sound than the original, while still keeping its bouncy spirit intact.

https://soundcloud.com/nickraymondg/sub-focus-turn-back-time
With any luck the previous four tracks have you relaxed and feeling like you can let go, in which case you want to listen to this one. It's Steerner remixing Sub Focus's "Turn Back Time." The original (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWRJbHmvtIU) just came out in September and it starts out as a nice vocal house banger but drifts into annoying bloopy electronica. Steener strips out the most annoying bits and amps up the electro-house banger bits. A definite improvement on the original.

https://soundcloud.com/divideandkreate/get-lucky-divide-kreate-remix
This track has been making me crazy with that "I know this..." feeling. Divide and Kreate (http://divideandkreate.com/) is at it again, remixing favorites. This is his bootleg remix of the popular Daft Punk "Get Lucky". It's a good mix. What's making me crazy is the opener - the first 25 or so seconds where D&K has put the string bits. In the track comments I asked him about it and he said he played it from the vocal track. Which is fine, but that just tells me Daft Punk lifted this from something else. But frelled if I can figure out what.

https://soundcloud.com/nickraymondg/ghostbusters-kill-paris-remix
And finally, a remix to get you grinning. Kill Paris (https://soundcloud.com/killparis) takes on the thematic track from the Ghostbusters movies, giving it what he calls a "future funk" sound. That's not a bad descriptor for something that has heavy fuzz electronica but the fundamental timings of funk. It's a loving and danceable cover of the original.
drwex: (pogo)
Trying to keep my stress at a reasonable level, music helps. It helps if you can dance to this stuff.

http://djsteveboy.com/groovelectric.html
Doing something he said he'd never do, and with a large helping of sarcasm, DJ Steveboy has finally put out a trance mix on Groovelectric. His subscriber newsletter was more snark-full than the Web page, so I can't resist posting this one bit:
Trance became the elfie sword-and-sorcery fantasy of dance music. The Stevie Nicks of electronica. It could be downright embarrassing. Then came Tiesto, and, well, let's move on, shall we?

Well, with all that said, he did find some trance music he liked and put together a highly listenable, relaxing, and yes "feel-good" set. Check it out.

https://soundcloud.com/mashupgermany/whatsapper-speck
https://soundcloud.com/nickraymondg/underworld-born-slippy-nuxx
I was surprised that these two items appeared almost back-to-back in my stream. Both are reworks of older, popular tracks and both infuse new life into the older items.

The first one is by the excellent Mashup Germany, putting Peter Fox's "Schüttel deinen Speck" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTmf11OxOYc) a bebop-inspired dance-hop tune against MC Fitti's "Whatsapper" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rxb2A4uASqc), which is in turn based on the Ini Kamoze reggae fusion classic "Here Comes the Hotstepper". It's a brilliant combo, executed with Mashup Germany's flair and brilliance.

The second one is SPL (https://www.facebook.com/TheSPL) touching what has to be one of the classics of trance, Underworld's "Born Slippy NUXX" (Wikipedia has an excellent discussion of the two versions of the track and why they're often confused.) SPL borrows tropes from dubstep and d&b for this rework, but does a decent job of staying true to the original.

http://audioporncentral.com/2013/07/kavinsky-odd-look.html
Kavinsky, a French electro-synth producer, is at it again. This is his latest EP, with three mixes of the same track. The styles are so different, though, that if they didn't come labeled you'd be hard-pressed to tell they're the same. The first one features The Weeknd and it's a very disco styled Michael Jackson-esque vocal piece. The second is A-Trak with some deep dub house sounds and breaks, and I think I like this one best. The third is a hand-clapping/feet-stomping fast remix from Surkin, which sounds the most like the movie soundtracks Kavinsky is known for.

https://soundcloud.com/divideandkreate/christina-aguilera-your-body
Divide and Kreate has been working hard putting pop sounds into dance shapes. Here he's got Christina Aguilera's 2012 vamp-trash track "Your Body" and he makes it so much better than the original. He's cleaned up the sound, tightened up the vocals, and build a comfortable electro-pop backing for it. C.A. clearly needs a good producer and when she gets one she can sound really good.

https://soundcloud.com/djschmolli/example-vs-lenny-kravitz-are
This is utterly brilliant, even if it's Lenny Kravitz. DJ Schmolli did a mash-up called "Are You Gonna Change The Way You Kiss Me" for the second Pirate Nation compilation. Then DJ's from Mars got ahold of it and put their signature heavy stomping production touches on it. Pure gold.

https://soundcloud.com/themashupradio/01-dan-mei-this-is-what
Speaking of DJs remixing DJs, here's Dan Mei mashing up Armen van Buuren's "This is What It Feels Like". The original is a feel-good bit of vocal trance, which Dan Mei slams up against Zedd's "Clarity." The mash is tricky because both tracks feature high-quality strong vocals. AVB is featuring Trevor Guthrie and Zedd has Foxes doing the signature female voice for his track. The result is something of a vocal duet/duel and I really like it.
drwex: (Default)
I'm off tomorrow so I want to see how many music tabs I can close out today....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_BRv9wGf5pk
This is an old song - Snap! doing "The Power" - with an interesting history, which is laid out in interesting detail in the Wikipedia page. It holds up well despite its age and is a fun re-watch.

http://www.4shared.com/audio/vVmVa92o/Sarah_Connor-_Under_my_Skin.html
I wish I could find an official video for this one. Unfortunately the most popular video on YouTube is this track over an Asian male pop group. It's still Connor's song, "Under My Skin", but it was sold separately for English-language and Asian recording. There's a non-English recording of this, which I expect goes with that video but someone mashed up the two and it makes my teeth ache to watch. Connor's vocals are rich and sweaty and even though I can detect some of the places where they autotuned her I still think she's head-and-shoulders above most of the pop divas. Yes, I do have a thing for Motown/soul-influenced sexy music - does this surprise anyone?

http://soundcloud.com/villamakesmusic/adele-rolling-in-the-deep-villa-remix
http://www.myspace.com/villanese
Speaking of current pop divas, Adele continues to impress me. I've been trying to use her as an example to explain to my kids what a good voice sounds like (and why Katy Perry and Ke$ha and their ilk are just not this good). Like Connor, there are definite deep soul and R&B influences there. I picked this one off the Villa page as a real stand-out. The other Villa mixes are fun, thumpy, dance-club fodder. I recommend just tossing all the mixes into the MySpace player and letting them spin. They start with good material and come out with good results.

http://audioporncentral.com/2011/07/illegal-sunday-frail-limb-purity-britney-spears-v-the-glitch-mob.html
I really want to like this track. I do. I think Britney is maturing into a decent singer and I think Frail Limb Purity have real flashes of brilliance in mixing. But unfortunately what this mix shows is that if you mix Britney with a Glitch Mob track, you get a good track that is only a little bit worse than a pure Glitch Mob track. I'm sure there will be mixes of "We Can Make the World Stop" that I will prefer listening to. This one is just not quite there.

http://audioporncentral.com/2011/07/illegal-sunday-divide-kreate-blue-beat.html
It's been a while since I put on a mash that made me sit upright and say "Oh no, you did NOT just do that." Oh yes, he did. Divide & Kreate (http://www.divideandkreate.com/) put Michael Jackson's classic "Beat it" up against New Order's equally classic "Blue Monday" and then sped the whole thing up to modern dance BPM. I can't decide whether to laugh or be appalled, which is probably the intended effect.
drwex: (Default)
Been a while since I found a selection of tunes this fun.

http://www.theglitchmob.com/
Email this morning announced a new free track from The Glitch Mob for We Can Make The World Stop their latest album. You can stream three tracks at their site now and buy the album in various configurations at various pricepoints. I think the title track "We Can Make The World Stop" is not as good as "Warrior Concerto" but I loves me some big thumpy electronic bombast.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGhz4DvcqTY&feature=related
This is the SFW version of Handsome Furs' "What About Us". If you search you can easily find the NSFW version (NS for male and female frontal nudity and sex acts). OK with that out of the way, what about the music? The Furs (http://www.myspace.com/handsomefurs) are a Canadian indie duo who have been around for a few years. Their sound is rich and melodic and reminds me a little of Bryan Ferry but with more drums.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqnffeNWgXU
This is the Villa Remix of Slice & Soda's "Year of the Dragon" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqX1BQYJ2q0&feature=related). In my opinion the remix is a huge improvement on the original. S&S (http://www.myspace.com/sliceandsoda) have a neat Bowie-esque vocal (US-based San Serac) and synth/piano thing (French DJ/producer Para One) going but the original track feels choppy and disjointed. What Villa (http://www.myspace.com/villanese) does is speed things up, tone down the random piano bits, and lay it all over a fast dance synth that really gets me moving. Villa has a bunch of other remixes up that are on my listening list now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SvQ_qdVKTg&feature=player_detailpage
I'm still not a huge dubstep fan, but this track wins by using dubstep rather than being overwhelmed by it. Which is to say there's some dep wub and some oontz going on for sure, but rather than leaving the space in between empty, Nero has mixed in the vocal loop and the Dizzy rapping bits from The Streets' "In The Middle" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWnT82gwyEs).

http://www.divideandkreate.com/mp3/divide_and_kreate_-_crazy_in_the_deep.mp3
Divide and Kreate bring together the popular Adele "Rolling in the Deep" with Gnarls Barkley. I haven't visited Divide & Kreate's page for a year and he's been busy. I'll probably blog more off of him, too.

http://soundcloud.com/celebrity-murder-party/gat-decor-passion-celebrity-murder-party-remix
This is an older track from Celebrity Murder Party (http://www.celebritymurderparty.co.uk/) in which they do a straight-up techno house remix of "Passion" by Gat Decor, an early 90s house tune that has been remixed about a million times. This CMP version is a nice updating of an old classic.

http://soundcloud.com/get-people/flaws-get-people-rmx-bastille
Get People (http://www.myspace.com/getpeople) just released a new EP and I've been seriously grooving on this track. It's definitely a techno base, but with major ambient and trance influences that form a very different sort of techno sound from, say, the CMP track. The vocals are spacey and the overall feel is much more like a solo night groove than a dance club track.
drwex: (Default)
It's been a while since I posted any music so I've got a bucket of open tabs. What follows is a sampling of the most awesome stuff in a while.

http://soundcloud.com/kleptones/a-night-at-the-hip-hopera
This is an hour and eighteen minutes of concentrated AWESOME. It's a huge flashback to things that were popular - and being remixed - in 2004 when the set was put together. There's a heavy helping of 90s and 80s favorites and some of the best hip-hop from the first part of the decade. The Kleptones have been brilliant for longer than I realized.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/07/divide-kreate-tarzan-gurls.html
There's this notion of a "summer song" that's hard to define, but you know it when you hear it. Generally it's up-tempo, not too fast, and just bouncy enough you won't get in trouble blaring it out speakers next to your beach towel. Here Divide and Kreate (http://divideandkreate.com/) give us one such tune by mashing up Katy Perry's "California Gurls" with Baltimora's "Tarzan Boy". Katy Perry's tune was already listed on Billboard's "Songs of the Summer" chart (http://www.mtv.com/videos/katy-perry/527631/california-gurls.jhtml) and what Divide & Kreate has done is keep the essential female vocal from Perry and laid it over the electronica and boy-band backing sounds of Baltimora's one-hit wonder (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_r0n9Dv6XnY).

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/07/dj-fresh-gold-dust.html
Also in the summer-sound category, but in a very different way, is DJ Fresh's "Gold Dust." Where the first one was very white and beach, this one is black and inner-city playground. You absolutely MUST watch the video for this - it features some of the most amazing double-dutch I've seen in a long time. How Fresh (http://www.myspace.com/freshbadcompany) who is himself a white boy from the UK, managed to put this together is beyond me.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/07/superiddol-superman-simon-iddol.html
At last something new from Simon Iddol himself. Well, it's not precisely new - all the tracks in this mix are ones I've heard before. Iddol and a friend who DJs as Superman put this five-track sampler together as a promo for their July shows. It's a blast!

http://www.rhythmscholar.com/
Once upon a time the legendary Fatboy Slim teamed up with Christopher Walken to make a video for "Weapon of Choice." The video showed off Walken's dancing skills - he's no Fred Astaire but he was pretty damned good. Recently someone pointed me to a remix not just of the song, but of the accompanying video. The video was done by someone calling himself gfxdave99 (http://www.youtube.com/user/gfxdave99) to match a mix of the song done by Rhythm Scholar - a Chicago-area DJ. Well, if you're looking at the Scholar's page in another tab (as you should be) you can see he's got six different mixes of just this one tune. All the mixes are good, provided you don't object strenuously to scratch-dub.

And below that, my kind of music heaven. A dozen funky mixes of old favorites. Everything from Tom Tom Club to (gods help us) Billy Squier, with side trips into The Fixx, Red Hot Chili Peppers and, of course, Queen. The mix style tends to be somewhat similar from mix to mix - scratch/stutter, some beat-shifting, lots of sampling, and some very clever layering. Plus phat horns and funky extra bonus bits.

I particularly fell in love with his Art of Noise remix. I'm a long-time AoN fan(*) to begin with, and nobody remixes AoN. They've remixed themselves several times, but their sound is generally too odd and experimental for most folk. Rhythm Scholar does an amazing job blending together at least 8 different AoN tunes that I could identify, sampling stuff from their very early days to more recent pieces.

(*) Back in the days when music came on things called "records" that were made of "vinyl" I used to be an impoverished college student. Which meant I couldn't afford new records. I used to ride my bike down to Philly two or three times a month and pick over the really cheap offerings in the used record stores down there. The place was on South Street, near Zipperhead, back when that part of town was punk and slightly edgy, which it most certainly is not these days. I once saw Siouxsie and the Banshees doing promo songs from the back of a stripped down flatbed trailer truck down there. But I digress...

Anyway, one of those days I'm pawing through the bins and I realize that there's something different playing from the store's speakers. It's nohow like the usual 80s pop. It's kind of oddly clashing... and it appears to feature chainsaws. But it's got a beat. Ah yes, that beat. I abandon any of my usual youthful pretense of being hip and hurry up to the counter. What the heck is that? It's The Art of Noise, "Beatbox" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCyGdk23KNU). The clerk, who doesn't have to pretend to be hip, motions me to be quiet and just listen. Which I do. And then I buy out every AoN record he has in the store, undergrad student budget be damned.

Once upon a time, record stores had clerks who Knew Things. Their jobs let them listen to music all day long and pass judgment on the good, the bad, and the things that were so good everyone ought to know about them but nobody did. When I blog about music I feel like I'm paying back a little of what I got from people like that unnamed clerk in that South Street record store.
drwex: (Default)
It's been a while since I posted any music so I've got a bucket of open tabs. What follows is a sampling of the most awesome stuff in a while.

http://soundcloud.com/kleptones/a-night-at-the-hip-hopera
This is an hour and eighteen minutes of concentrated AWESOME. It's a huge flashback to things that were popular - and being remixed - in 2004 when the set was put together. There's a heavy helping of 90s and 80s favorites and some of the best hip-hop from the first part of the decade. The Kleptones have been brilliant for longer than I realized.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/07/divide-kreate-tarzan-gurls.html
There's this notion of a "summer song" that's hard to define, but you know it when you hear it. Generally it's up-tempo, not too fast, and just bouncy enough you won't get in trouble blaring it out speakers next to your beach towel. Here Divide and Kreate (http://divideandkreate.com/) give us one such tune by mashing up Katy Perry's "California Gurls" with Baltimora's "Tarzan Boy". Katy Perry's tune was already listed on Billboard's "Songs of the Summer" chart (http://www.mtv.com/videos/katy-perry/527631/california-gurls.jhtml) and what Divide & Kreate has done is keep the essential female vocal from Perry and laid it over the electronica and boy-band backing sounds of Baltimora's one-hit wonder (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_r0n9Dv6XnY).

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/07/dj-fresh-gold-dust.html
Also in the summer-sound category, but in a very different way, is DJ Fresh's "Gold Dust." Where the first one was very white and beach, this one is black and inner-city playground. You absolutely MUST watch the video for this - it features some of the most amazing double-dutch I've seen in a long time. How Fresh (http://www.myspace.com/freshbadcompany) who is himself a white boy from the UK, managed to put this together is beyond me.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/07/superiddol-superman-simon-iddol.html
At last something new from Simon Iddol himself. Well, it's not precisely new - all the tracks in this mix are ones I've heard before. Iddol and a friend who DJs as Superman put this five-track sampler together as a promo for their July shows. It's a blast!

http://www.rhythmscholar.com/
Once upon a time the legendary Fatboy Slim teamed up with Christopher Walken to make a video for "Weapon of Choice." The video showed off Walken's dancing skills - he's no Fred Astaire but he was pretty damned good. Recently someone pointed me to a remix not just of the song, but of the accompanying video. The video was done by someone calling himself gfxdave99 (http://www.youtube.com/user/gfxdave99) to match a mix of the song done by Rhythm Scholar - a Chicago-area DJ. Well, if you're looking at the Scholar's page in another tab (as you should be) you can see he's got six different mixes of just this one tune. All the mixes are good, provided you don't object strenuously to scratch-dub.

And below that, my kind of music heaven. A dozen funky mixes of old favorites. Everything from Tom Tom Club to (gods help us) Billy Squier, with side trips into The Fixx, Red Hot Chili Peppers and, of course, Queen. The mix style tends to be somewhat similar from mix to mix - scratch/stutter, some beat-shifting, lots of sampling, and some very clever layering. Plus phat horns and funky extra bonus bits.

I particularly fell in love with his Art of Noise remix. I'm a long-time AoN fan(*) to begin with, and nobody remixes AoN. They've remixed themselves several times, but their sound is generally too odd and experimental for most folk. Rhythm Scholar does an amazing job blending together at least 8 different AoN tunes that I could identify, sampling stuff from their very early days to more recent pieces.

(*) Back in the days when music came on things called "records" that were made of "vinyl" I used to be an impoverished college student. Which meant I couldn't afford new records. I used to ride my bike down to Philly two or three times a month and pick over the really cheap offerings in the used record stores down there. The place was on South Street, near Zipperhead, back when that part of town was punk and slightly edgy, which it most certainly is not these days. I once saw Siouxsie and the Banshees doing promo songs from the back of a stripped down flatbed trailer truck down there. But I digress...

Anyway, one of those days I'm pawing through the bins and I realize that there's something different playing from the store's speakers. It's nohow like the usual 80s pop. It's kind of oddly clashing... and it appears to feature chainsaws. But it's got a beat. Ah yes, that beat. I abandon any of my usual youthful pretense of being hip and hurry up to the counter. What the heck is that? It's The Art of Noise, "Beatbox" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCyGdk23KNU). The clerk, who doesn't have to pretend to be hip, motions me to be quiet and just listen. Which I do. And then I buy out every AoN record he has in the store, undergrad student budget be damned.

Once upon a time, record stores had clerks who Knew Things. Their jobs let them listen to music all day long and pass judgment on the good, the bad, and the things that were so good everyone ought to know about them but nobody did. When I blog about music I feel like I'm paying back a little of what I got from people like that unnamed clerk in that South Street record store.

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