Archive for May, 2009

0033 Willie Hutch – Brothers Gonna Work It Out at 0:00

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

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“you really don’t understand do you…”

2 instruments on this intro, a guitar and a flute, and that’s all you need. Listen to the guy exhale and sigh before he starts preaching, you gotta leave that in there.  They don’t make music like this anymore. This is only Part 1 of the  “you can’t keep us down..” Part 2 with the Clipse is next.

Brothers Gonna Work it out 0:00 – 1:45

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From The Mack, released through Motown Records, 1973.

0032 Rolling Stones – Waiting on a Friend @ 1:53

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

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“I’m not waiting on a lady…”

Jeff Woods posted about Exile on Main Street a while back, and I started listening to some old Stones stuff. This track is perfect for TBPOS. I watched the video, and it’s hilarious. Mick is hanging out with some brothers in what is surely the LES of New York, chillin’, you know, not waiting on a lady. Then Keif shows up, and they both roll down the street to the local to meet up with Ronnie and Charlie. Then they pick up their instruments and start jamming, with Keith and Ronnie jiving all over the place. F’in great video…but not why we’re here!

Catch the sax solo with a guest spot from Sonny Rollins playing the tenor.  They recorded this in Kingston, Jamaica – feel that island breeze ‘mon!

Waiting On A Friend 1:53 – 2:32

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From Tattoo You, released through Virgin Records, 1981.

0031 K-os – I wish I knew Natalie Portman @ 1:50

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

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“I can’t really make you love me..”

It’s true you know, I wish I knew Natalie Portman too. I saw her at Hot Docs a couple years ago, and she was pretty cute. This is the standout track from K-os’ last album, which is saying a lot, because the album is  smoking. It’s got a great sound, and has some offbeat samples which are flipped nicely.

This sample drove me crazy for a while because it’s so familiar, and I couldn’t place it. Eventually I did, it’s the theme from the OC, which is originally a track from Phantom Planet called California.

There so many nice elements on this track: the slowed down intro, the headphone fades, doubled up piano riffs, the plucky guitar, the shaker, a weird clicky mouse sound, the chorus, K-os’ overdubs, the “I’m haunted..” part, but TBPOTS is K-os’ verse at 1:50. This is the track we’ve been waiting for from him. His verse says it all and you can hear the passion, the fight, and the introspection. Check out the some of the lyrics:

“I’ve been on the run, my shadow weighs a ton”
“I’m haunted”
“I can’t really make you love me”
“I know I’ll find a recipe”

Strong statement, strong track. K-os is as real as you can get on this one.

I wish I knew Natalie Portman 1:50 – 2:36

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From Yes! Released through Universal, 2009.

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0030 Lifelike & Kris Menace – Discopolis @ 3:07

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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Discovered on a Beats in Space podcast a couple years ago, rediscovered when I came across the white hot video on youtube.  The youtube is down now, but Joost has it. I don’t think you need much more of a push than that above screenshot.

This track takes me back, I wish it came out back in my day. It’s got a huge drop, the synths swirl for over a minute. You know its coming, but you still get the payout. What if the coppers used this for their sirens? Talk about partying till daylight!

Discopolis 3:07 – 4:25

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Released through Defected Records, 2006

0029 Phoenix – Love Like a Sunset @ 5:45

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

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“…visible illusions”

This album actually isn’t out yet, but it’ s getting a lot of airplay at my house thanks to the label advance. Just reading about it on Wikipedia too, and it turns out Philippe Zdar is all over this project. He’s 1/2 of Cassius, so no wonder this record has a big French house feel.

So many good tracks to choose from on this (1901, Lasso, Girlfriend) but Love Like is perfect for Best Parts because of the build up for the first 5 minutes. It’s all instrumental, up until TBPOTS – lots of Synth Bass, reverby weirdness, and a touch of Radiohead. At the 5:45 mark, you get a little interplay between the synth and the guitar, it’s like their dancing. Your turn, my turn. The synth bubbles, while the strings do a 2-step on top of it. And Lead Singer Thomas Mars, this guy is awesome.

He’s practically hip hop the way he drops in and out of the beat, I love it. And finally, I want to compare this record to Kanye’s Late Registration. That album brought together hip hop and pop perfectly, and I think Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix achieves a similar feat bringing together house and rock. These guys are a straight up rock band but these beats are pretty banging. Enjoy, and pick up the album when it comes out!

Love Like a Sunset
5:45 – 7:00

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From Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, released through V2, 2009.

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