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  1. Bleep – Dits & Dahs, Best of 2010

    February 17, 2011 by jjosh

    When I bought the latest Brian Eno record (which is fitfully awesome) I got on the mailing list for the Warp label (which is a CLASSIC electronic label), and they recently announced this competition they were running to mix your favorite tracks from 2010, and post it up to mixcloud where they’d judge it. I don’t know why (I certainly have enough projects going on), but I decided to give it a shot…

    So here’s my mix of my favorite electronic tracks of 2010. Much like the band I’m rocking out with, these tracks favor an analog/digital mix of electro and organic sounds. Sounds pretentious, I know, but hopefully the mix fares a little better. Even if electronic music isn’t typically your thing, you might wanna give it a spin, see how it works for you…

    I don’t have much hope for the competition — a week or so before the deadline I found out the first round to get to the top ten is based on how many plays the mix gets on this mixcloud service (basically a sneaky marketing way to spread the word about mixcloud), but I was close enough that I figured I would finish it…

    I think it came out pretty well, give it a listen if you have time…good for background music while working…should enable you to get sh*t done…in a little bit I’ll post a link to the file for download so you can have it in your library…

    lemme know what you think…

     


  2. not just a dream

    February 7, 2011 by jjosh

    <hit number 2 on google images when searching "not just a dream">

    Last week after band practice, I came home and before crashing out I sat on the office couch in the dark and rode the ipod on shuffle for a while…the mix wasn't spectacular or anything, but it hit this one track…and actually, iniitally I was gonna skip it, and then something said, no check it out…

    It's from this record that my old band-mate JE digitized for me, and I can't remember where he got it from. It's an anti-drug record from the 60's, but it takes this bizarre form of an announcer who is going to take you on audio versions of all these different drug trips. He's using his BIG ANNOUNCER VOICE, and then he'll pick a drug, like pot, and start talking to you, "You feel very good, very relaxed. Things don't seem to bother you. Maybe you'll get up and go outside…ahhh, why bother. Might as well sit here. Sitting feels good." And so on. Predictably, the LSD one goes into a bad trip, and soon you're in your own grave, trying to claw out of the dirt, and his voice is using all these weird, vaguely sci-fi 60's trip-out sounds. There's one on uppers where you're all wired up. I can't remember the rest, because it was actually kind of boring, and not at all like Bill Cosby Talks to Kids About Drugs (a hoot), or A Child's Garden of Grass (a stone cold classic!). The funny thing is, they don't really have any way to make the pot one sound bad…I think it's just a lack of motivation mainly, but mostly its about how good everything is.

    Anyway, this track was the LSD trip. And while I didn't have any interest in listening to that bad trip, I listened to the beginning of the track and heard this great sample about pretending it's a dream, but not a dream. Just amazing. I began to loop it on the ipod, continually hitting the skip-to-beginning-of-track button, and it had a great rhythm.

    So then, a few days later when I saw it was PD's birthday, I got stoked! PD and I are working on a project about dreams, and have been dropping dream-related stuff on each other for the past month or so. So I took that sample, got a good loop going, and dropped in a beat and fx and some sampled speech and so on. It was just a goof really, but I kind of like the sound of it…

    See what you think…

    Not Just A Dream – DJjG

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  3. Raygun Theatre for SGA Secretary

    January 25, 2011 by jjosh

    This is weird. I was going to write a story about Raygun Theatre — the band I played with in college — and googled it to see if I could get a picture of the band or something for this post. I was going to write a reminiscence about the time we played a show and were getting paid something liked $2 and this irritated us so much that we did an extended version of one of the songs where we played the last two chords for 10 minutes. We timed it, and just did those same two chords, over and over and over. It was trance-like, and funny at first, and then weird, and then I kind of got into it. The band I'm in now pretty much only plays one note, so it was sort of foreshadowing.

    After that show, our lead guitarist Mike Lyxx wrote a song about that whole experience called "Fuck You All" which was a pretty great song. We recorded it with a slew of other songs over a weekend recording with Rob (from the band Eggs) in Arlington, VA. Then we pressed 300 (I think) records, Jack (lead singer/songwriter) screen-printed the covers on paper and we laboriously glued them to all the record covers. I still have a couple of the records, but most have been given away at this point.

    So I'm googling "Raygun Theatre" and I'm seeing some gig posters from college which I now remember having found before and being kind of amazed that they were online. And then a couple of hits down there's a link to a German Ebay auction that just ended Dec 28, 2010 for one of the records! It was sold from Paris, and it went for $60?! Wha?

    How did it end up in Paris?

    Why is someone trying to sell it now?

    Why is someone else paying $60 for it?

    And there's no real info listed either, just "genre: punk" and "label: LS1" which is actually wrong, it's supposed to be SL1, which stood for Senior Lounge, referring to some kind of lounge that Jack had in his high school where only the seniors could hang out. Did you ever hear of such a thing?

    Also, this auction claims that the record is in its original shrink wrap?! What the what?

    I would love to know the story behind this record. The auction has some great pictures of the record (added below). If it sold for not much money, I would think it was maybe just some vinyl collector who thought "hey, let's check this out", but it's $60…granted, that's not a ton, but it's enough that maybe you'd want to have an idea of what you were getting? Or maybe not? I'm tempted to write the winner and see what the story is. Yeah, that's what I'll do! Let's see what the deal is!

    Ah no, a little look further reveals that it didn't sell for $60, that's what the starting bid was, and he didn't get any takers. It's since been relisted for $45, nuts, we're losing value! Well, I think I'll still write that guy and ask where he got the record, what the deal is, etc.


  4. Guns Was Biscuits

    January 21, 2011 by jjosh

    Hey guys, here we go, the first new DjJG track of 2011! I'm pretty into this one, been listening to it on repeat for a lot of the week…

    As always with these tracks, recommended to listen with headphones, and in the right state of mind…

    Here it is on youtube, and there's a link below to download the mp3…

    Right-click or ctrl-click to download:

    DjJG – Guns Was Biscuits


  5. get into the Gutter

    January 20, 2011 by jjosh

    So maybe everyone has already found this, but in case some of you don't have it, here's the DjJG mix for 2010. It took a good 2 and a half years to make, 'cuz if you remember, the last DjJG mix was wayyyy back in the May of 2008. For this one I made almost all of the tracks myself, except for a couple of Arbiters tracks, 'cuz they're so good, and they just fit so perfectly on there. Moving forwards I think I'm going to post new tracks as I make them, because it takes a really long time (like 2.5 years) to get enough to make a full mix CD…watch this space for new trax…

    and if you're on facebook, Gutter Rock has its own page!!! It can answer questions and chat with you…

    Link is below, enjoy the mix…

    DjJG – Gutter Rock


  6. strrrreeeeetttttzzzzzz

    October 20, 2010 by jjosh

    An electronic postcard of sorts from Mike Skinner of The Streets…pretty cool, right down to the look of the type and the idea of the heating tubes in the studio…for a while The Streets were the sh*t, right? But then it seemed like he started believing his own hype…maybe he's back…I like this a lot…

    here's a blast from the past when he was great…


  7. yer robots are crap 4eva

    October 18, 2010 by jjosh

    I mean, Flying Lotus! When I started out as an assistant editor, I spent about 6 weeks working with an editor who was making a 1-hour show. My job was basically to hand her the tapes she might need. Other than that I was free to watch and try and figure out how she was doing what she was doing. It was great.

    I would like to do the same thing watching Flying Lotus to see how he makes these tracks. How do you make computers sound like they're a little off-kilter, in that electronic but almost organically wrong way. I want to know!

    The video is great. Weird weird weird, but fits the music kind of perfectly. Also, you can download the 3-d models and use them to make your own video, if you know how to do that kind of thing…which I don't…

    Flying Lotus – Kill Your Co-Workers from Warp Records on Vimeo.


  8. gogo parties

    October 14, 2010 by jjosh

    JH sent me this DC gogo track that was so good, and he called it out as head-nodding, which made me think of that Busta Rhymes track, so I did a quick mashup, added a deep beat (from that L-E-N Mixtape) and then spent 2 evenings making a video for it…

    I think it feels good, nice for a Friday…


  9. slow him down!

    October 11, 2010 by jjosh

    Here is a Justin Bieber song slowed down by 800% and with lots of reverb added…it sounds like an ambient classic…

    J. BIEBZ – U SMILE 800% SLOWER by Shamantis


  10. heaven’s door

    October 8, 2010 by jjosh

    I'm doing this gig for a month in midtown, and I have to take a subway tunnel on 14th st to get to the 1, and as well as a "New York Times published poet" there's always someone playing music in there…this morning there was a guy doing an amazing version of Knockin on Heaven's Door…it sounded perfect, underground, mournful, acoustic, the sadness mirroring the people on their way to somewhere, in between places…

    it made me think of watching Peckinpah's "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" which is a fitfully amazing film, and for which Dylan wrote the song…I remember watching it with Brooks M when we were in HIgh School and he was crazy…he was telling me how if you really want to make a film you should pick your favorite film and just watch it over and over, learning what shot cuts to what, and trying to figure out how it was made…this sounded horrible to me…I did not have any kind of discipline back then, and the idea of analyzing a movie shot by shot seemed awful…Brooks told me he had done it to PG & Billy the Kid…then we watched it…

    parts of it were crazy boring, parts of it were amazing…the part where Knockin on Heaven's Door shows up is amazing…

    unfortunately I can only find it in Spanish, but maybe you can still get the impact of it…even today when I heard it, I thought immediately of Brooks and how I've been meaning to break down a favorite film of mine for ages and have never sat down and done it…gotta do that some day…


  11. hand jive

    September 20, 2010 by jjosh

    fantastic.


  12. like kids

    September 16, 2010 by jjosh

    but without the, you know, kids…


  13. gentle and lovely

    September 15, 2010 by jjosh

    I'm looking forward to picking up this album by Solar Bears when it comes out on Sept 20…they've made a gentle and lovely video for the title track…the video is really well done, and suits the music perfectly…use this to take the edge off your ADD/case/Wednesday…


  14. internet overload

    September 13, 2010 by jjosh

    wow, try to stick it out, there are rewards to be had in this thing…one man's collection of animated gif's, set to the obsessive radio dial switch mash-up style of Girl Talk (which is normally a bit much for me, but seems perfect here)…

    Cache Rules Everything Around Me from Evan Roth on Vimeo.


  15. 8 bit white boy hip hop

    September 9, 2010 by jjosh

    is my new favorite genre. Ok, you could say that this is a little too insider-y for NYC, but there's still something great about it.