"It's Shuggie Otis Day!! All Shuggie, all day....you jive turkeys!! Shuggie is rightfully considered an artist who was ahead of his time. I got a hold of a rework of his record "Inspiration Information" on Late Night Sessions by Cinematic Orchestra (which is an amazing album, fyi) and I thought I'd share some of his works with you. I know it's only Tuesday but you should do a lil after-work get together and play this. Fix up some Caipirinha's or virgin Shirley Temples and forget about the snow."
Cinematic Orchestra - Aht Uh Mi Hed (Shuggie Otis)
Shuggie Otis - Strawberry Letter 23
Shuggie Otis - Freedom Flight
"Just because it's Friday I'm going to offer up a few selections from my iTunes library. I have pretty eclectic taste and I find that as a producer it helps to take in as much music as possible. Ideas are always flowing and inspiration is abound whenever I open iTunes. I'm very proud of my collection of records and it's constantly expanding as I explore new artists, new sounds and new experiences. Here are a couple recent additions. Enjoy! "
Siriusmo - Simple
Beth Gibbons - L'Annulaire
London Elektricity - Just One Second [Apex Remix] (As heard in the Gran Turismo 5 Trailer)
Clint Mansell - Perfection (Black Swan Soundtrack)
Billy Kraven - W.I.N.T.A.
My favourite artist right now.
"I had to include this in today's post because it's new music and it's still Monday. Most of you are probably just getting home from the office anyway. So before you turn on Glee or whatever (I don't know if that show comes on tonight, I don't watch t.v., it was just a joke) check out the new record from everyone's favourite substance abusing absentee pop star mom. It's really good. But what did you expect? It's Britney. I love the lil dubstep breakdown towards the end. Someone's been paying attention!"
2011 New York Winter Jazz Fest
"On Saturday I got treated to the 2011 New York Winter Jazz Fest and it was AMAZING. I'm a huge fan of jazz and this was quite a treat. 5 venues, 69 bands (if my count isn't wrong) with sets starting at 5:45pm and the very last set went on at 3:15am! (I didn't stick around for that one. That's a LOOOONG time to be on your feet. Standing room only!) You get a wristband and just go check out whoever you like on the schedule. Sweet!
Most of the evening was spent at Sullivan Hall. My good friend John had already scoped out the schedule and decided Sullivan had the most solid lineup. That worked fine for me b/c it was less walking and of course he was spot on - the acts were amazing all througout the evening. I got introduced to a lot of new bands (new to me, anyway) and now I've got tons of homework to do on youtube haha. I'll list the acts that I saw and I've got some vids/pics as well. I briefly met Tia Fuller who was super sweet and that girl is BAD on the sax. WOW. But everyone was awesome and if you enjoy jazz you should look them up.
Tia Fuller, Captain Black Big Band (conducted by Orrin Evans), Igmar Thomas and The Cypher, The Asphalt Orchestra, Curtis Brother Quartet, Derrick Hodge and lastly (but DEF not least) Maurice Brown Effect. Horn solo of the night goes to trumpeter Maurice Brown. That guy is FIERCE."
Boardwalk Empire VFX
"I don't own a television. I gave it away. Why? Because I don't do moderation. I'd become a zombie and never accomplish anything. I'm working on the moderation thing. I ate like 9 hamburgers tonight. So I'm off to a bad start. Don't judge me.
Either way, if I did watch TV I'd totally watch Boardwalk Empire. I've heard great things about it. I did manage to sneak in one episode at my boy's crib one evening. It was really dope. Steve Buscemi is the man. I saw this video that reveals some special effects in the show. It's pretty amazing that like half of what you see on TV isn't even real. I mean, neither is 50% of the "news". But that's another conversation."
Pogo - Joburg Jam
"A few weeks ago I posted a record from Australian live-action remixer Pogo. (You can view his song "Wishery" here.) His remixes of classic Disney movies has made him a sought after producer and now he is going global. Literally.
"World Remix is my idea for an upcoming album which would expand upon my live-action remixing concept, first displayed to much fanfare in my track and video Gardyn. The goal of my project is to travel the world capturing sights, sounds, voices and chords, and use them to compose and shoot a track and video for each major culture of the world. It will be funded solely by you the listener, and will be released worldwide on CD, DVD, and on my website PogoMix.net. I am deeply inspired by the films Baraka and Koyaanisqatsi, and hope to produce the best cinematography and music I humanely can throughout each project."
This is the first installment comprised of sights and sounds Pogo gathered while in Johannesburg, South Africa. Can't wait for the next one. You can follow Pogo on his site."
Andreya Triana - Lost Where I Belong (Flying Lotus Remix)
"I first heard Andreya Triana on Bonobo's latest album entitled Black Sands. That's an AWESOME album btw, definitiely worth picking up, er, downloading? How you get your music is your business. I actually didn't like the records that Andreya was on, haha. I know, so how did I get more of her music? Easy, I'm a music stalker. I lookup EVERYTHING related to EVERYTHING I listen to. There isn't too much music in my library where I don't have some interesting tidbit of information to share about the artist. Andreya has some decent music out there but this Flying Lotus remix (off her Bonobo produced album of the same name) is a real standout. Flylo can do no wrong."
Flying Lotus - Untitled
Michael Jackson - Ain't No Sunshine (Benny Blanco Remix)
"This is one of my favourite songs of all time. OF ALL TIME. Lil' MJ covered the Booker T. produced record on his debut album Got to Be There. Decades later it's gotten an electro/dub treatment by wunderkind producer Benny Blanco of Katy Perry/Ke$ha fame."
Beth Gibbons - L'annulaire
"Apparently Portishead's Beth Gibbons is ALWAYS cupping the microphone at her performances. Seriously, I couldn't find a decent photo where she wasn't choking the mic. That's cool though. If you're not a Portishead fan then you don't know who Beth Gibbons is (and I have no idea how you even found my blog) but just know that Portishead was music of a generation. Mostly a generation of stoners and emo kids, but that doesn't make it any less true. Beth was tapped to compose the soundtrack for a film titled "L'annulaire". Now, I don't know what the means but I know it's French.
I first heard this song on the FACT Mix by Ahu. That mixtape had a tracklist but I'm an idiot and I forgot about the tracklist so months later I used Shazam on my Blackberry to try and find the song. Since the soundtrack was unreleased, Shazam couldn't find a match. That's when I remember the playlist. Problem was, I could only find a crappy lo-fi mp3 version of the album. I was happy with this for about 2 hours, when my privileged ears could no longer take the pain of less than 320kbps. So I searched and searched and finally came across a 256kbps version, which I am more than satisfied with. Beautiful record. I've already listened to it 750 times. Make that 751."