Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 05:10PM
Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 06:28PM
Funny enough that we're starting off the new year with material that could easily have been gathering dust for the past six months or longer. Cousin Cole and Pocketknife have been talking about their songwriter remix album, Tambourine Dream, for damn near as long as this blog has been in existence. So we're happy to announce the wait is [kind of] over. The 12-inch just dropped, and the 18-track mix CD should hit TTL in a week or two. The DJ-friendly unmixed CD album will follow next month.
Here's the track list for the 12-inch:
A1. Joanna Newsom – "The Book of Right On (Pocketknife's Scowling Owl Remix)"
A2. Iron and Wine – "Each Coming Night (Pocketknife's Rooftop Telescope Remix)"
A3. Neil Young – "My My Hey Hey (Cousin Cole's Into the Blue Remix)"
B1. Bruce Springsteen – "I'm on Fire (Cousin Cole's Bad Desire Mix)"
B2. John Lennon – "Oh Yoko! (Pocketknife's Numero Ono Refix)"
B3. Beirut – "Scenic World (Pocketknife's Breathtaken Remix)"
And here's a disclaimer:
If you're hoping for these remixes to be rowdy, juked-up party stomper versions of the original tracks, you may be a bit disappointed. They're generally hushed, polite house-minded reworks, and they stay fairly true to the originals as far as their strain and direction. We expect this theme will carry over to the mix CD, and we're not at all dissatisfied with that idea.
Full Track (YouSendIt)
Buy the Tambourine Dream 12-inch EP from Turntable Lab.
Bonus Video: Tambourine Dream promo NSFW
• Joanna Newsom – "The Book of Right-On (Pocketknife's Scowling Owl Remix)"
Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at 03:08PM
Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 10:33PM
Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 02:22PM
It may be nine years before we get a proper follow-up single to "Watch My Feet," but I suppose we're lucky enough to get Dude 'n Nem MySpace gemlets like "McDonald's" and now "The Christmas Song," which are pretty magical in their own right.
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• Dear Dude 'n Nem…
• Dude 'n Nem – "Watch My Feet (Disney Mix)"
Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 12:37AM
Etienne began putting his stamp on the Parisian music scene in the mid '90s. It was around the same time that Air, Daft Punk and Cassius all made it into the international pop spotlight. While Etienne remained revered among critics and dance music circles, his hometown brethren enjoyed world tours and major label success.
He may not have become a household hame, but his impact on the city's musical identity was crucial. The electro-house currently associated with Ed Banger and Daft Punk was largely shaped by Etienne's early output.
Live on Neptune is a six-track live EP recorded in Versailles back in June. All the tracks were reworked pretty significantly from their original versions. "Am I Wrong" was originally released as a single in 2000–here's its live version from the EP:
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Buy the Live on Neptune EP from iTunes.
Bonus Video: "Am I Wrong" Original Version
Monday, December 10, 2007 at 06:44PM
Our original plan for this entry was to post 20-something tracks spanning across the 15-year timeline of Pimp C (aka Chad Butler) and UGK. However, a few of our dot com brethren beat us to the punch in ways with which we could never compete. Two outlets in particular have given us UGK and Pimp C treasure troves. XXL posted a whopping 54 tracks of C-related material. (Fader did us the justice of archiving links of all nine XXL posts—you can find the 54 tracks within said posts.) Also, Matt Sonzala, best known for his blog HoustonSoReal, did a three-hour Pimp C tribute on his radio show Damage Control on the evening of December 4th, which was the same day C's body was discovered. The show featured call-ins from people close to C, and Sonzala received a text, which he read aloud, from Bun B.
XXL and Sonzala have this Pimp C tribute thing on lock, and it leaves little work for the rest of us. So I've decided to focus on newer C-featured tracks that came out this year, since everyone else seems to be posting the "legacy" tracks recorded way back when. I won't pretend I'm some old school UGK fan—I honestly just got into them in the past few years. But I think the 2007 Pimp C was dropping some joints that are just as good and potentially as important as the circa '91 UGK tracks on which everyone is focusing.
I've also included some of my favorite audio interviews and spoken segments by the one Sweet Jones. The man was seriously like a modern-day Richard Pryor.
Big up all the media outlets (on and offline) who have put respect and responsibility first and reported C's life and legacy rather than a bunch of speculative booty chatter about the manner of his passing. Obviously we're all curious about his untimely death, but the autopsy and toxicology results won't be available for another eight weeks. So let's continue to respect Chad's family and friends by celebrating his work and saving the rest for later.
Oh, and it's probably understood, but _all_ the following content is very, very NSFW. (And if you don't know, now you know.)
Gucci Mane [ft. Pimp C & Rich Boy] – "I Know Why"
Project Pat [ft. Pimp C] – "Talkin' Smart to a Pimp"
Lil' Keke [ft. Paul Wall & UGK] – "Chunk Up the Deuce"
Pimp C [ft. P.O.P. & Lil' Keke] vs. The New Pornographers – "Knockin' Fablez Down" [mash-up by ABX of The Hood Internet]
Fonzworth Bentley [ft. Lil' Wayne & Pimp C] – "C.O.U.L.O.R.S."
Pimp C speaks on the XVII compilation
Pimp C interview on Atlanta's 107.9 FM
Pimp C interview with Bo-Bo Luchiano on Dallas' 89.3 FM
Pimp C on life and death
• Call for Pimp C tracks
• R.I.P. Pimp C
• Pimp C Apologizes in All Caps
• AiMT EXCLUSIVE: UGK [ft. Outkast] – "Int'l Players Anthem (Pink Skull Mash by Luminfire)"