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Remix Me Maybe

- July 4th, 2012

Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen has infected the charts, and our hearts, with her charming ear-worm “Call Me Maybe.” Of course, in the hyper-fast world of the Internet, there’s already a remix album devoted entirely to re-interpreting the song in a multitude of ways.

This 43-track album from Los Angeles-based Mabson Enterprises offers a myriad of re-interpretations of “Call Me Maybe.” Dan Deacon turns a slice of vocals into abstraction by piling more and more of the same sample on top of one another, where DJ Colostomy Bagpipes strips out the vocals and amps up the 8-bit bleep-bloopery in “Call Me MIDI.”

It’s actually surprising to see where some of the songs go. Geoff Geis turns a YouTube user’s vocal cover of the track into a weird, dirged-out version with a John Carpenter horror vibe. EAR PWR re-interprets “Call Me Maybe” with Devin Booze singing Jepsen’s vocals over hyper-kinetic drum ‘n’ bass instrumentation. Meanwhile, Superstars turn the song into a lo-fi guitar-rock screamer.

Overall, Call My Maybe has something for everyone (as long as you can stand hearing “Call Me Maybe” repeated ad nauseam). With 43 different tracks, it’s a surprisingly entertaining listen which transforms Jepsen’s sugar-coated pap into 43 very different songs distinct from the original.

If you want to buy Call Me Maybe, you can download it for whatever price you want here.

Donald Glover drops glorious new mixtape

- July 4th, 2012

Donald Glover is the modern renaissance man. The former 30 Rock writer turned Community star — who also co-wrote, acted in and penned the score for Derrick Comedy’s film Mystery Team – goes beyond your Hollywood typical triple threat. After releasing his Camp album in 2011, he’s decided to drop his new Royalty mixtape for free today.

Royalty crackles with life, as Glover is joined by a host of some of the best upcoming rappers out there. Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul guest on “Unnecessary.” Detroit’s Danny Brown shows his stuff on the sick “Toxic” which samples, chops and screws with Britney Spears’ quantifiably best track. Meanwhile, Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah spits a couple verses on “It May Be Glamour Life” and RZA shows up on “American Royalty.”

Of special importance is the fact that Tina Fey, who recruited Glover to write for the first three seasons of 30 Rock, closes out the tape with her own brand of awkward white-bread rapping. Fey’s verse ends the album with a bit of a laugh, as she screams “This is the part where most people would say something crazy and drop the n-word after it!/Not going to, not going to do that I don’t feel comfortable/I’m out!” over the tinkling piano line on “Real Estate.”

The backing production on Royalty is gorgeous, which shouldn’t be surprising considering who’s involved. While a lot of songs are produced by Glover (in the Childish Gambino persona), Beck does production on “Bronchitis” and “Silk Pillow.” Community composer and frequent Gambino collaborator Ludwig Gorannson helps out no a pair of tracks with “We Ain’t Them” and “Won’t Stop”

Like many of Childish Gambino’s albums, Royalty is a deeply personal album mixing Glover’s childhood, his family and how they interplay with his current wealth and celebrity. “Are you proud of me?” he asks on “Won’t Stop” — a common throughline also found on another previous mixtape, Cul-de-sac.

Grab the album, a 122 MB .rar, over on Donald Glover’s website.

Music Monday III: Japan!

- June 25th, 2012

Music Monday 3 – Japan! from JordynMarcellus on 8tracks.

With a population over three times the size of Canada, Japan’s music scene is of course surprisingly diverse. While we don’t normally get a chance to hear the sky-high melodies and bizarre guitar theatrics often accompanying Japanese rock, here’s an eight-song mix showing some independent acts out of Nippon.

Track list

1) Soulcrap – Too Hot’ Road

2) Tenniscoats — Mosha Mosha Mo

3) Molice – Fatima

4) Usagibunnyboy – 素敵な生活

5) The Suzan - Devil

6) Post Modern Team – Heartbreak

7) House of Tapes – Starting Point

8) PICNICWOMEN – Boooogieeee

Weekend Listening

- June 22nd, 2012

The summer solstice was on Wednesday but the sun is still scorching. Here’s some cool, summery tracks to listen to while trying to escape (or embrace) the sun’s rays.

First up is Richmond, Virginia-based Life Coach. This high-energy power-pop slams and rattles around like a creaky VW bus on their self-titled premiere. Life Coach is unsubtle, uncomplex and loud guitar-pop meant to rouse the inner beast. Rowdy, sub-minute gems like “You Try To Run” and tour lamenting “Crossin’ State Lines” are emblematic of the album: very short, very fun and very exhausting.

P.S. Album closer “The Next Generation” is a freewheeling ode to Star Trek: The Next Generation with lyrics like “Councillor Troi/tell me what I’m thinking” and “Geordi LaForge/get down to the engine room/Worf, fix those shields!/ We gotta fix that shield!”

Life Coach has some NSFW lyrics, so it’s best you play this on headphones if you’re in an office.

Stream below:

Next up is Yung Life‘s sunny synth-pop off their recently released self-titled LP. This is the kind of ear candy perfect for hot summer days and cool summer nights. Front-loaded with instant gems like “Isn’t This” and “Pathfinder” Yung Life is soaring synth-pop with darker lyrics than the joyous synths indicate. “90′s Dreams” may be a bit of a misnomer though — Yung Life plumb the ’80s New Wave pretty hard. But considering all the members of this four-piece are 22 or under, it’s understandable.

Stream Yung Life here:

Lastly is a mixtape curated by Brooklyn’s MSMR. This is the first in a Track Addicts series. Perfectly curated, it incorporates dark and moody folk like alt-J’s “Breeze Blocks” and Haim’s day-glo pop. Clocking in at just under an hour, it’s an ear-pleasing bit of ephemera that may net a few new artists to discover.

MSMR also have a download link for it here (.ZIP file)

Listen to their single “Hurricane” below. It’s a beautiful, ethereal and haunting slice of pared-down ghostly electro-pop.

New Lost Sounds rarities compilation coming July 17th

- June 21st, 2012

Lost Sounds show the late, great Jay Reatard’s sense of garage-pop mastery started early. Alongside River City Tanlines singer Alicja Trout, Reatard crafted some epic synth rock under the Lost Sounds banner.

Lost Sounds made a singular brand of spastic rock ‘n’ roll, with anarchic synthesizers complementing jagged, jangling guitars topped off with Reatard’s characteristic howling. As Pitchfork reports, the group has got a new rarities compilation coming on Memphis label Goner Records July 17.

Pitchfork has one track off the comp at the link, and I’ve embedded standout track “I’ve Lost It” off 2000′s Memphis is Dead above.