Discosalt Video of the Week 2/14/10: This weeks video comes from UK post-punk, new wave, pop band New Young Pony Club with the single “Chaos” off their forthcoming 2nd album The Optimist, which hits stores March 1st via Modular. A real marriage of dance and pop ethic, the video for “Chaos” features a simple but stylish performance by the band, directed by Jo Apps. The band will be on tour in the UK for most of March, but no news yet on whether the band will visit our side of the great pond this year.
The single “Chaos” was also given the remix treatment by Rory Phillips and will be featured on the single alongside other remixes by Melé and the Manic Street Preachers. You can check it out below:
| New Young Pony Club | “Chaos (Rory Phillips Remix)” | MP3 |
Wu-Tang vs. The Beatles: Enter The Magical Mystery Chambers
This new mash up of the Beatles & Wu-Tang Clan isn’t really strictly a blend of Magical Mystery Tour with Enter the 36 Chambers, nor is it necessarily a combination of actual Beatles material. Most of the loops and samples sound like they’re taken from a reggae Beatles cover band, whatever the Dread Zeppelin of Beatles might be, or taken from Big Band arrangements of Beatles hits. Without working from the actual source material, the album suffers from the first time curiosity of the whole “How’d they do it?” thing. That said, all the songs are buffered with radio news clips of Beatlemania at it’s highest, clips of teenage girls camped outside of the Beatles’ hotel or interviews with the band at the time. These clips make what can be a tedious listen (27 songs here people) entertaining, and for every lackluster track or failed mash in the mashing up process, there’s a fit that is near perfect. Check the obvious mash up of “Got Your Money” and “You Never Give Me Your Money,” or especially “Uzi (Pinky Ring),” which flips through the dial of Beatles greatest hits with the change of Wu narrator, and as we know, any one of these songs can have a LOT of Wu narrators. Worth a listen to check the archival interview stuff overlaid over the music, and for the occasional home run combo.
It’s a free download now from Tea Set Records, check it out HERE or check out a sample below:
Play Wu-Tang Clan x The Beatles – C.R.E.A.M.
– John Whitaker
If the media monkeys and their junky junkies invite you to their plastic pantomime… throw their invites away. Just thought everyone could use a little Bowie break to space out to today.
Here’s the original demo of David Bowies Space Oddity, from the Sound & Vision box set:
Oklahoma is pretty OK. Discosalt friend and album reviewer John Whitaker turned us onto a new music label based out of Oklahoma called Nice People.Their mission is to release great music, made by nice people, for free...and they truly are nice people. They don’t even know you and they already got you a Christmas present. You can download a cover of one of my favorite Christmas tunes, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Locust Avenue’s Jeff Richardson and The Flaming Lips‘ Steven Drozd below:
If you are interested in more free music, just subscribe to the Nice People podcast or click here to open the iTunes page for Nice People.
Bleach: Deluxe Edition
Its been 20 years since Nirvana released their debut album “Bleach”?Sursly? 20 years! Am I that old and I just didn’t get the memo? Either way, “Bleach” was/is so damn good and a defining album for the grunge era. One of the first bands/albums to really mix things up for me on the jr. high wrestling tourney bus circuit, flannel on, walkman cranked to 11. Nothing says grunge quite like a singlet and the runs. While my awkwardly pissed off 13 year old self wasn’t quite so hip to “Bleach” until Nirvana’s sophmore effort “Nevermind” blew up in ’91, this album is a staple that has made the transition in my music collection from cassette to cd to digital and now hopefully vinyl…the circle is complete. Raw, emotional and “about a girl”, may be one of my favorite Nirvana songs ever.
On November 3, Sub Pop will re-issue the Platinum Certified Bleach album in an expanded CD/double-LP with a never-before-released live performance, special packaging and the first run of the double-LP will be on….wait for it…. 180g white vinyl. Total boners.
Heres what Sub Pop has to say:
“This edition will include an unreleased live recording of a complete February 9th, 1990 show at the Pine Street Theatre in Portland, Oregon. The show features performances of “Love Buzz,” “About a Girl” and a cover of The Vaselines’ song “Molly’s Lips” and has been re-mixed from the original tapes by Endino (complete track listing below). A 52-page CD /16-page LP booklet which includes candid photos of the band not previously released to the public will also be included in this deluxe edition.”
Both formats will be available for pre-order at subpop.com leading up to this edition’s release.
Check out the track “Scoff(live): mp3 HERE:
Seattle based Sub Pop records , who scored cred in the late 80s for signing Nirvana and continues to push amazing artists into our ears, is offering a free stream of So Cal punks No Age’s new EP Losing Feeling. The label is hip to the fact you are going to download this sh#t before its released anyway, so now you dont have to wait until October 6th and can still feel good about yourself for supporting a solid label. Pre-order the 12-inch vinyl for 8 bucks right here, and, with registration, stream the entire EP or download “You’re A Target” free from the links below.
Stream: No Age, Losing Feeling
Download: No Age, “You’re A Target”
Small Black announced they will release their new album, Limits of Desire on May 14, 2013 via Jagjaguwar. They have shared the first single ” Free At Dawn” , along with the album art and tracklisting.