This amazing cartoonish music clip was directed by video geniuses Hammer & Tongs. Famous for directing Blur’s music video for “Coffee & TV” and one half, Garth Jennings (not sure if he’s Hammer or Tongs), is also responsible for the films Hitchhiker Guide’s to the Galaxy and Son of Rambow. They are some of the greatest music video visionaries we’ve ever had. The duo is now defunct but this amazing short for Supergrass’ “Pumping on Your Stereo” will live on forever.
Archive for September, 2011
Cuz here we come. This weekend is fueled with some pretty heavy dance shows. Tonight (Thursday) will see LA’s own Dillon Francis at the Key Club tonight. Danceism will be sponsoring this one, so show some support to those who show us support. For tickets and more info CLICK HERE.
Friday night shows the required annual performance from Italian duo Crookers. They really only show up in LA about once a year, so make sure you catch them tomorrow night at Avalon, or who knows when you will be able to see them again. As you may know, if you read a lot of Golden Bloggen, the Crookers are one of our favorite dance acts. Their sound, live shows, and downright genius is something to marvel. So if you’re free tomorrow night, there is no other place you should be. Show is only 19+, so all you underage kiddies are OK. CLICK HERE for tix and more info.
And check out their video above. A little reminiscent of “Electrofied!” if you ask me.
I recorded a new mix over the weekend and planned to post it today. When I woke up this morning I received the disheartening news that DJ Mehdi had passed. My new mix “Groove2Rude” has the typical Kool Ethan sound of 80’s songs next to old and new House and Hip-Hop tracks, but one of the standout tracks on the mix has got to be the new track from Carte Blanche. Carte Blanche is a collaboration between DJ Mehdi and Riton. I’ve been digging their sound since I caught them at Sonar in Barcelona last summer. I was really bummed when I missed them at HARD Summer last month, but I thought I’d just catch them the next time around.
DJ Mehdi will always be remembered as one of the most energetic DJ’s ever. I’ve seen him a handful of times and his live shows are filled to the brim with his trademark hand-clapping, dancing and constant ear-to-ear smiling. His energy was infectious. But above all he was an exceptional DJ and producer. His career highlights include all his work with Ed Banger Records and his participation as a member of Club 75. Mehdi, you will truly be missed.
If that wasn’t enough for one day, today also happens to be the 15-year anniversary of Tupac’s death. September 13th is turning out to be quite a tragic day. With all that said, please enjoy the mix. It starts off with some familiar groovy tracks then gets into some pretty hardcore dance shit. Enjoy!
Kool Ethan – Groove2Rude Mix
1. Edie Brickell – “What I Am”
2. Brand Nubian – “Slow Down”
3. A Tribe Called Quest – “1nce Again”
4. Mtume – “Juicy Fruit”
5. White Town – “Your Woman”
6. Etienne De Crecy – “Scratched”
7. 6th Borough Project – “Just a Memory Through The Grapevine (Leewise Remix)”
8. The Whispers – “And the Beat Goes On”
9. Miguel Migs ft. Lisa Shaw – “Lose Control”
10. Mr. Scruff – “Get a Move On”
11. Puzique – “Don’t Go”
12. Tensnake – “Something About You”
13. Duck Sauce – “Good 2 Me (Louis La Roche Edit)”
14. Modjo – “Lady (Hear Me Tonight)”
15. Carte Blanche ft. Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip – “With You”
16. Douster – “For Weirdos Only (Momma’s Boy Remix)”
17. Tiffany – “I Think We’re Alone Now”
18. Oliver Twizt – “You’re Not Alone”
19. Suzanne Vega – “Tom’s Diner (Bingo Players Bootleg)”
20. Don Rimini – “Let Me Back Up (Crookers Remix)”
21. Fedde Le Grand ft. Mr. V – “Back & Forth”
22. DJ Cabide – “My Neck, My Back”
23. Afrojack – “Frontal”
24. Cassius – “Youth Speed Trouble Cigarettes”
25. Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Otis (Aylen Remix)”
There’s not a lot I can say about this video, for the simple fact that I don’t know much about the band. I first saw this video at the now defunct music video festival ResFest in 2003. I tried to look up some more information on the band but all I could find was a short review on Amazon, they don’t even have a Myspace or Wiki page. However the reviewer sites connections to Tahiti 80, so I’m guessing that Ye-Ye is from France. (also because ye-ye is a French style of pop music made popular by Serge Gainsbourg: wiki). I do have their sole full-length album Two Brains for Feet thanks to a fellow music nerd, who gave this to me back when it dropped in ’04. What can I say about the video though is that it’s fucking amazing. It’s clever, well edited, and the song is an exceptional one. I’m not sure what happened to the members of this band, but thank you for delivering us at least one great song and video.
From the opening seconds of his new track “Astro” you can tell that Audible Doctor was heavily influenced by J Dilla. The broken soul sample with the heavy bassline is all too familiar. But hey, Dilla was a disciple of Q-Tip, who was a disciple of a number of 80’s Hip-Hop DJ’s. And it’s better to try and replicate someone as great as Dilla, than Swizz Beats for example. This type of instrumental, electronica-inspired Hip Hop is not the easiest to find, so when I caught wind of this guy, I was immediately smitten. Not all his tracks are instrumentals. He has produced songs for rappers like Consequence and has a whole album of Outkast Remixes, and all this is available to download for FREE on his website. So if this song tickles your fancy, be sure to grab up his other stuff on his site.
Directed by mentally disturbed visionary Chris Cunningham, “Sheena is a Parasite”, is easily one of the most unsettling music videos I’ve ever seen. This first offering from The Horrors’ 2005 debut album stars Samantha Morton and a few slimy, tentacled friends. The video immediately grabs your eye, but the tune is also pretty catchy, albeit very short. The Horrors have just released a new album that is much more melodic than their debut single, but they still remain a critics darling.
As many of you know, I DJ under the alias Kool Ethan. What you may not have known is that I also work for photographer Kwaku Alston. He is most famous for taking some iconic photos of Barack Obama. Part of my duties for Kwaku include DJing on his photo shoots. I’ve made mixes for the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Spike Lee, and Janelle Monae. Last Monday I DJed his photo shoots for Ashton Kutcher and Nikon. I decided to record the whole 6 hour mix and am now giving you the download link so you can enjoy it yourself. It’s the perfect Soundtrack for your BBQ filled Labor Day weekend. Enjoy!