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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.

-CLT

[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.]
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Heavy Rotation Vol. 32

February 7, 2010

Welcome back to Fancy Plans record-setting series, in terms of longevity and Youtube clickthru views. It’s been a few weeks since the last volume, but I’ve got something special for the return: actual file hosting. This means no more leaving the site for downloads or watching some hastily slapped together Youtube video. Just right-click on the song title to download or push “Play” on the player to give it a whirl. Enjoy.

Previous volumes here:
The Heavy Rotation Archives

We Are Wolves – La Nature.mp3
Coming on like a 3-piece Death From Above 1979, Montreal’s We Are Wolves consist of a lead bassist (and occasional guitarist), a drummer, a drum machine and a keyboardist whose sole duty is to coax the unholiest of buzzing noises out of his twin Rolands. Tending toward blistering 2-1/2 chord rock in most of their songs, La Nature follows a slightly different path, relying more on building space with lode-bearing reverb and echoing vocals/vocalizations. The final product bears more than a passing resemblance to Suicide’s finer moments.

Sonic Boom – RNR Is Killing My Life.mp3
Speaking of Suicide, here’s a kickass cover of one of their tracks, courtesy of Pete “Sonic Boom” Kember, a founding member of drone-rock antagonists, Spacemen 3. Sonic says rock and roll is killing his life and he sounds like he means it, maaaan. Surprisingly hummable and perfect for those do-nothing days where you just want to lay around the house pumping yourself full of heroin.

Spacemen 3 – Transparent Radiation.mp3
Speaking of the Spacemen 3, here they are with a fine rendition of a Red Krayola track. Cutting way back on the drone serves them well, allowing the song’s spacious melancholy to shine darkly. Of course, the glacial pace and the use of the saddest chords since Spinal Tap’s last “artistic” effort aid the cause. Oh, and lots of echo and reverb, as was their way.

Belong – Late Night.mp3
Speaking of covering avant-garde psychedelic forefathers, here’s another glacially-paced thing of crippling beauty, all submerged vocals and layers of electronic gauze. This cover of an old Syd Barrett track (I say “old” because he hasn’t really release much recently, what with being dead and all) is a masterpiece of breathtaking ambience. (I say “breathtaking” because drowning tends to do exactly that.)

DatA – Blood Theme.mp3
Speaking of nothing in particular, here’s uber-producer DatA/Danger with an alternately brutal and beautiful reimagination of Giorgio Moroder’s Tony’s Theme from the Scarface soundtrack. Opening with unadorned piano, the track soon gives way to buzzing bass growls and a swaggering low-end thump, building and building until the 2:30 mark, where the cacophony suddenly gives way to the haunting sighs of processed female vocals. Hold on. DatA dives right back in for a little more thrashing before setting the listener adrift on the piano coda.

[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.]

-CLT