Kala Day


If I don't rap a bit about Kala today, it will be like ignoring the elephant in my living room.

Today is the official North American release date of Kala. It's not such a big deal for me. Don't get me wrong—I'm still amped than a mug about the album in general, but I am reserving my enthusiasm on this specific day for several reasons:

1) Kala leaked a few weeks ago.
2) You could (and still can) _legally_ listen to Kala in its entirety online via Maya's MySpace as of last week.
3) My advance radio copy came in last week, so I've already gotten to digest the artwork.
4) I'm not buying the U.S. version—I'm buying the Japanese version for the three bonus tracks. Why? Because I _crave_ those three scraps of leftover audio. I'm a vulture like that.

Anyway, since we're on the subject of Kala , here is the tracklist arranged in order of my own preference (most favorite to least favorite):

Boyz [prod. by M.I.A. & Switch]
Birdflu [prod. by M.I.A., co-prod. by Switch & Cavemen]
Paper Planes [prod. by Diplo, co-prod. by Switch]
Jimmy [prod. by M.I.A. & Switch]
Mango Pickle Down River [prod. by M.I.A. & Morganics, co-prod. by Diplo]
XR2 [prod. by Diplo, co-prod. by Switch]
Bamboo Banga [prod. by M.I.A. & Switch]
Come Around [prod. by Timbaland]
World Town [prod. by M.I.A. & Switch]
The Turn [prod. by M.I.A. & Blaqstarr]
Hussel [prod. by M.I.A., Switch & Diplo]
20 Dollar [prod. by Switch]

Once I get my copy of the Japanese version (which, that reminds me I still need to order it), I'll do a track-by-track review.


Joanna Newsom – "The Book of Right-On (Pocketknife's Scowling Owl Remix)"


I _loves_ me some J-Nu. She and I will be married some day, and we'll live in an observatory nestled into a giant hollowed-out mushroom. It'll have a copper spiral staircase. Our kids will play Rygar a lot.

Perhaps the only song in my future wife's entire catalog that absolutely _begs_ for some remix action is "The Book of Right-On," with its pop repetition and bassy harp thuds. (Enter Flagrant Fowl.)

This remix has been around since April or so, but it's only been available on the Flagrant Fowl Mini Mega Mix, which—lucky for—us is still available for download. (For those of you who like ignoring the internet, Flagrant Fowl is a Brooklyn-based DJ duo comprised of Cousin Cole and Pocketknife.)

The pair is scheduled to put out a mix album called Tambourine Dream next month. It will consist entirely of folk tracks remixed by the duo. They claim selected songs from the mix will be put out on wax by Flamin' Hotz, which is the home label to Dwizz. An unmixed version of the CD will follow in October. We can't confirm this, but we'll go ahead and assume this remix will be on the album.


P.S. Joanna is going to be touring the US in October and November with a _full_orchestra_! If you live in or around one of cities listed below, A) I hate you, and B) you _better_ not miss it! I expect a full scoop upon your return. And when you go, be sure to take note of the following: her attire, fingernail polish color and number of times she chirps while singing. K, thanks!

Oct. 21, Pabst Theater (Milwaukee)
Oct. 29, Benaroya Hall (Seattle)
Nov. 04, Music in the Mountains (Grass Valley)
Nov. 09, Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles)
Nov. 17, Woodruff Arts Center Symphony Hall (Atlanta)

Ayres + Catchdubs' New Mix CD for Free Download


Just a quick heads up. I just received word that Superfriends, the new mix CD by DJ Ayres and Nick Catchdubs, is available for free download. It's definitely worlds beyond your typical podcast or blog house set these days. I believe there's only one exclusive track, but it's still a pretty froze mix top to bottom.

Ayres (banana suit dude as seen above) and I are about the same age and both grew up in Jackson, Miss. Crooked letters stand up! I don't know him personally. I believe he went to Jackson Prep, but I went to St. Andrew's. (Only fuck boys went to Prep.)


Shop Boyz – "Rollin'"



On "Rollin'," these Atlantan gents stick to what they know: car accessories. Appropriately enough, the song is a Beach Boys tribute. And we all know The Beach Boys have their own fair share of whip joints (even though Shop Boyz may not seem too interested in deuce coupes and woody wagons).

This would be a perfect end-of-summer single, but unfortunately, no plans have been made for it to be released as such. Not to our knowledge anyway.


P.S. My wish for the day is for "Party Like a Rockstar" to be featured on Guitar Hero III.


Justin Timberlake – "Lovestoned / I Think She Knows (Roc Mafia Remix)"


This is an official remix, but I have no clue who Roc Mafia is. Can anyone fill me in?


Lee Douglas – "Ravm"


I'm _months_ late on this, but it's still straight froze. It'll be froze next month, too!

Brooklyn's Lee Douglas is part of the growing roster over at Rong Music. His latest 12-inch is called "New York Story." Here's the B-side:


I always tend to forget about the Rong camp, but whenever I hear them, I remember they're one of the best NY dance labels around these days.


Duke Dumont – "When I Hear Mu'Sic"


Here's a curious Debbie Deb workout by Duke Dumont from the Turbo camp:


The Mad Decent grapevine informed us recently that Deb's got new music recorded. She's also been touring lately, playing small venues and skating rinks. Here she is getting some rink love last summer:

Oh! And if you happen to be passing through Longhorne, Pa., you should totally go to Paradigm Salon & Spa and have her do your hair. If you slip her a Benji, maybe she'll perform _while_ doing your hair. It's worth a shot.


Dwizz – "Salt, Pepper, Ketchup & Hot Sauce"


Dante Winn (aka Dwizz) is a 16-year-old high school football player from South Philly. His new 12", Party Music, just dropped on Flamin' Hotz. Winn has clearly kept his ear to the B-More circuit. The production is rough, but it does the trick.

People get started so young these days. I mean, I didn't even get my first cracked copy of Fruity Loops until I was like 48. Anyhoot, here's the lead track off the EP:


Mr. Vegas – "Hot F*k"


Whenever you hit rock bottom, just name your song "Hot Fuk." Things will start looking up from that point forward.


Bonus: The video(!)


Ray Lavender ft. Fabolous & Red Cafe - "My Girl Got a Girlfriend (Remix)" Video