Heavy Rotation Vol. 36

March 21, 2010

Another week, another set of stone classics. Of course, musical taste being subjective and all, you may find these to be near-classics or perhaps ultimately forgettable. But how often have I steered you wrong? (Thanks for not answering honestly.) Prepare to have your socks (and delicates beyond) rocked off. Welcome to Vol. 36.

Here’s where the other 35 are:
The Heavy Rotation Archives

Evil Nine – All the Cash (DJ Version).mp3
When people talk about rappers “spitting” and their “flow,” this is what they mean. El-P (originally of Company Flow and producer for Cannibal Ox and Aesop Rock) fires out bitter lyrics, punctuating the rise and fall of Evil Nine’s patented dark and fuzzy breakbeats. Everything intertwines so amazingly that the song would only be half of what it is with either contributor taking the day off.

Televison Personalities – Eminem Song.mp3
As one of the hardest bands to pin down stylistically, the Television Personalities have revolved around Dan Treacy’s personal vision, which follows muses into dark alleys like fey ’60s-era pop or psychedelic-tinged post-punk wandering.

This, however, is a complete piss-take. Treacy borrows a beat from Marshall Mathers and spends the next three minutes riding a mastodon made of irony all over the legend of Eminem and fires a few warning shots at Moby and P.Diddy along the way. Treacy knows who’s back and could care less, riding his sloppy approximation of modern hip hop into the ground and punctuating it with both a death wish (“Apparently there was a hooker was sucking his cock/and he was smoking a rock/That’s the way to go!”) and a throwaway kiss-off (“We can’t all be Franz Ferdinand…”). Kickassic. (Hat tip to Alan Truitt’s amazing music collection.)

The White Panda – Got Some Stratosphere (Obie Trice vs. Junkie XL).mp3
White Panda, comprising of mashup producers Procrast and DJ Griffi, grabs ahold of Obie Trice’s 2004 minor hit and makes it play nice with some rather bouncy electro-house from Junkie XL. More fun than a barrel of ecstasy and a hell of a lot easier on your gray matter.

Bounce along as Obie Trice runs down his list of female standards as he enters the club (no fat chicks, no silicone, no kids), but by the end of the long, drunken night, he’s just hoping that “she got some teeth.”

DSL – Stupid Bitches (DatA Remix).mp3
Not a whole lot of info on the artists here, other than they are originally from the West Indies and claim the twin muses of rum and ecstasy. Distributed by Ed Banger and featuring the remix talents of the godawesome DatA, Stupid Bitches may be misogynistic (and the artwork above certainly doesn’t help) but since Google Translate won’t let me shove the tune into their dialog box, I’ll never know.

Either way, it travels along so amiably that you’ll probably find yourself singing the infectious chorus out loud, earning you the eternal hatred of passing strangers.

DJ Le Clown – In Da Black (50 Cent vs. AC/DC vs. the Scissor Sisters).mp3
Another week, another high-quality mashup. This time it’s DJ Le Clown and it’s got everything you need to devastate the next party you attend. 50 Cent for the hip hop crowd. AC/DC to grab the rockers. And the Scissor Sisters to snag the indie kids who have been leaning against the wall all night bitching about the music choices.


[All music posted on Fancy Plans… is kick ass and too awesome to be contained. All music is also posted temporarily and, due to its high level of ass-kicking, should not be distributed without a prescription and care should be taken while operating heavy equipment or dancing around the living room (clothing optional, but do remember that the blinds are open/kids are still awake).
Should you wish to have your brilliant artistic statement forced back into confinement, please email me at 2timegrime@gmail.com. Feel free to leave a comment, as that will probably be noticed sooner.
By all means, if you like what you hear (and you will), please support the totally rocking artist(s) by purchasing some music or heading out to see them live.]


  1. Thanks CLT,

    In Da Black is great. If they had only mixed in a little Lawrence Welk they could have had the ultimate cross generational super hit.

    Many thanks

    • Well, Le Clown’s career ain’t over yet. Perhaps some Welkish remixery is in the offing. Now, take that previous sentence and go play some antagonistic Scrabble.

  2. Awesome rotation CLT, I am syncing my iPod as we speak. Anyway, you had me at Le Clown.

    • Le Clown definitely seems to be Best in Show this week. Sychronise Swatches!

  3. Television Personalities had to be one of the strangest (or strangly interesting) songs I have ever heard. Wish you could see me dancing in my chair to the White Panda looking like I was in the throes of Huntington’s chorea. Oops, I think I just knocked something off the desk…

    • Careful with the desk dancing, e3h. It has the tendency to break things you might need later and causes the children great consternation.

      Glad you liked the tracks. Thanks for the visit.

  4. Rock ’em Sock ’em Robot! Blogs aren’t meant to be danced to, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to sit still through this, (with the exception of ‘Eminem Song’).

    • Fancy Plans – the most danceable blog on the Net. Recommend it to all your dancin’ fool friends!

  5. Brilliant!!! (Can I say that on comment boards?)

    I never thought I’d agree (music-wise) with Mr. Mills, but In Da Black is fantastic.

    If only they’d added a dash of Lawrence Welk’s “accordian skillz” in there…

    • You can say “brilliant” but only if you’ve decided to not use the more popular “kickassic.” The trademark is still pending so use it like it’s going out of the public domain.

  6. I have tried being John Malkovich, and it did hurt. Like a ripping dagger plunging deep into my soul kind of hurt. So he’s right about that.

    Honestly CLT, you are like walking into a Denny’s in St. Pete and finding that they sear a perfect scallop and serve a truffle risotto that just melts in your mouth. What I’m saying is that you are unexpected and delightful.

    Keep doing what you do brotha man, you do it well!

    • Many, many thanks for that incredibly worded tributes, Scott. “Like Denny’s, only good” will now be another slogan we can let coast along the header.

      Steer clear of any excessive Malkoviching. While it gather the occasional Oscar, it also tends to make you look like you might devour kittens when no one is looking. Like James Carville. Or Dick Cheney. Or John McCain when he smiles.

  7. ps. “I was born in a trailer with a trailer trash mum…yeah, I’m scum.”

    If I still had an ipod, D.A.N. would be on it.

    • Fortunately for all of us, ipod-less or not, D.A.N. not only spells it out but lets us know how it’s pronounced.

  8. I’m going in a different direction. My fave of this list is the Evil Nine track. I concede that I’m a huge El-P fan, though. I’m really digging his new found relaxation insofar as his approach to his rhymes are concerned. His early frenetic style from the Co Flow and Fantastic Damage days was on point, but I’m fan of his current approach of settling into the beat instead of beating it silly.

    Oh, and thanks for the add. Your 3-5 estimate will most likely prove low. It’s much appreciated as a soap box with an audience is much more gratifying.

    • I think that’s where the appeal lies with this track. He’s definitely rolling with the beat rather than trying to pile words all over the place. Plus, Evil Nine do dark, scuzzy breakbeats so well and their live drumming is a nice touch in a world of 808’s.

      We’ll see how the linkage goes. I get a lot of image searches, led mystifyingly enough by Richard Simmons. Although I am happy to see “divorce” climb the charts as an incoming search, thanks to this post:


      Thanks for stopping in, Ulysses. Always good to see you.

    • What’s the secret to adding the mp3’s to a page? I’m still learning all this embedding and HTML stuff. When I click on the handy-dandy add music button, it doesn’t list any music formats as acceptable file types.

    • The secret to that is money. You have to buy the space upgrade to embed mp3s. It’s $19.97/yr. I think. If you have more than one WordPress blog, you can embed on all of them.

      Here’s a shot of where to find the upgrades dept.:

      I finally sprung for it after spending too much time searching for or creating YouTube videos so that those who don’t download can still enjoy the tracks.

  9. Whitey now has a blog on WordPress under njwhitey. There’s not much on the site, but I thought you might like to know.

    • Really… I’ll have to check that out. Thanks for the heads up. Good to see you again.

  10. […] nearly-anonymous tipster informed me in the Heavy Rotation Vol. 36 comment thread that Whitey is back. And […]

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