Audible Musings

Breakbot Puts Bad DJs To Shame
April 13, 2009, 3:57 am
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Breakbot is a fantastic DJ from the land of bountiful dance music, also called France. His style is a fantastic blend of French House, Disco, Electro, and Funk that makes for an enjoyable listening experience for all ocassions, including kickbacks and clubs. I could keep going about how much I love Breakbot, but I’m pretty sure you get the point. Here’s his Dance On Glass mix, which is one of the most, if not THE MOST, impressive DJ mix I’ve ever heard, except of course for Daft Punk’s Alive 2007. See for yourself, and let me know if you’d like me to post some of his tracks (Be warned, I probably won’t be able to contain myself and will post them all).

Dance On Glass Mix 03 – Breakbot

Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
April 4, 2009, 6:35 pm
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I realize this album is old (okay, very old). It was released in 1997. However, it seems that many people at this school (or in general I guess) who idealize bands such as Radiohead or The Verve or some early Coldplay seem to skip over this band for one reason or another. I first heard about them about two or three months ago, and gave them a listen. I liked it, but not enough to do anything serious with, and as such they kind of fell into the realm of music I had, but never listened to. Like all good albums, though, this one had a way of creeping back into my life. The other day, I made an itunes genious playlist for a Sigur Ros tune, and there, fourth on my list, was Spiritualized. I fell in love with the song (Broken Heart), and decided to give the album a listen.

My first introduction to Radiohead was OK Computer, arguably their best work. This album, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, beat OK Computer for NME best album of the year in 1997. It came out at the height of the “Brit-Pop” period that gave us Radiohead, The Verve, and Coldplay in the first place. Perhaps the main reason this album is skipped over is that it requires a devotion from the listener to do just that, actively listen. There will be parts that seem, not boring, but dull. We are used to, as listeners, constant excitement, but Spiritualized want us to sit through a work that will reach someplace deeper than something so superficial. As an album, Spiritualized are able to soar to gospel-driven highs (Cool Waves), and meliflously weave through moving orchestral compositions (Broken Heart).

The band is clearly influenced by the blues and gospel, and utilize some of the techniques employed by past producers of that era, such as Phil Specter’s “Wall Of Sound”. In the end, however, the band manages to take the best of the “brit-pop” era and channell it into something beautiful from start to finish. There are signs of the era that it is in, such as the song Electricity, which showcases the distinct sound coming out of the UK in the mid-late ninetys. But it is just a glimpse, as the band clearly matures beyond that. The album concludes with a climactic seventeen minute song, Cop Shoot Cop… that includes, as earlier on the album, saxophones, trumpets, and other classical insturments. Go for it! See why this album beat OK Computer. Personally, I am biased towards Radiohead, but I’d definitely say it’s on par with OK Computer, which for me, means its fucking good.

Gunther & His Little Sunshine Girls
April 1, 2009, 9:14 pm
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I’m going to delve into the contemporary past for this post, and fill you all in on some classic european dance music that you all should know. Gunther and The Sunshine Girls have made some of the best hits to come out of the european dance scene. Some of his hits that you may know are, Tutti Frutti Summer Love, or the all time classic, Ding Dong Song. If that’s not enough, there is the boundless Teeny Weeny String Bikini. Some of his most memorable moments include exploding bottles of champagne, or naked men and women jumping on trampolines. Gunther is nothing if not clever. His use of sexual metaphors never fails to arouse me in places and ways that only Gunther can. The more explicit he gets, the better. (It’s a nono…and you like it!) He also shares my passions for sunburns…”You have a sunburn, like chocolata, its you me and pina colada!!!!” The moans going into every chorus excite me and I can’t help but climax with the song. It never gets old….and never fails 😉