Archive for December, 2006

It’s a New Year, I got a new change of gear

December 31, 2006

In theory I’ve learned my lesson about posting holiday music in advance. Here’s a couple for New Year’s… kinda.

Father Time

Method Man – Judgement Day

Death Cab For Cutie – The New Year

I actually left this song on my hard drive at work so I’ll update it when I go back on Tuesday night, just hang on until then. It’s supposed to be the first song from the upcoming album Human the Death Dance but the rumor is Epitath wanted to leave it off the album. We’ll see if it makes it.

Sage Francis – Ode to 2005

 

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A Quasimoto Movie

December 30, 2006

Well kids… prepare yourselves because the votes are in and starting January 3rd, the Alternakids will be unveiling our list of the top 10 albums from 2006. It’s a collaborative effort and there may be a surprise or two in there, so be sure to check in throughout the month to see just what we thought about the past year in music.

The new year will also start our regular feature of guest writers from time to time. If you’d be interested in doing a guest post for “The Alternakids” just send an email to thealternakids@gmail.com and maybe you could be the next one droppin’ musical knowledge for everybody in the blogosphere. If your realy good, we might even let you become a regular contributor.

Now for today’s submission:

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Apparently there’s a movie out there that nobody’s ever gonna get see. I’m assuming the star of this particular flick is Stone’s Throw record labels’ unofficial mascot Quasimoto. The soundtrack to this undistributed film is one of the albums that didn’t make our top ten list, but was in pretty decent rotation in my CD player this year. I’d be tempted to hunt down this fabled piece of cinema except apparently it only exist inside the head of Lord Quas’ alter ego Madlib.

I actually got Beat Konducta Vol. 1-2: Movie Scenes at the same time I received a copy of J-Dilla’s Donuts while I was working at M+. It was kinda fitting because both albums are very similar in concept and structure. Essentially a beat tape with a couple of short interludes most of the 35 tracks fall under the 2 minute mark with nothing here going over 3.

If your expecting a sequel to Madvillany, another Quasimoto album or something similar to Shades of Blue then you might be surprised. Of the two albums obviously Donuts is easily the most memorable, but The Beat Konducta can definitely hold it’s ground. (I was actually surprised that Donuts didn’t make it onto our top 10 list either, but I’m not a dictator when it come to what all this blog covers). Here are a couple of highlights to give you a taste of what you’re missing if you slept on this one.

Madlib – The Payback (Gotta)

another testament to how influential James “Mr. Dynamite” Brown has been to hip-hop and music in general, Madlib flips the old classic in a way that’s never been done before. This is easily my favorite cut from the album.

Madlib – Stax (Strings)

Madlib – The Comeup (Comedown)

Madlib – Whutkanido (Can Do It)

Madlib – Outerlimit (Space Ho)

and to give you an idea of what some of these beats would become if realized into full songs

Dangerdoom – Space Ho’s (Madlib Remix)

Today’s bonus track shows you the damage that can be done when you combine the forces of Dilla and Madlib as one

Jaylib – The Official

 

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Obligatory Christmas Update

December 25, 2006

Well, obviously the biggest music news of today is the death of the hardest working man in show business, James Brown. There’s no way I would muster up a fitting tribute in such a short amount of time and even if I could all I would be doing is reiterating what countless others will be saying in a matter of hours. Possibly some of the other Alternakids will piece together something soon.

I was on another hiatus over the past week or so taking care of personal business (a.k.a. procrastinating), so I won’t leave you hanging, but I’ll go ahead with the post I originally intended to go up this Christmas Day.

It didn’t occur to me that if I was going to post holiday music I might want to do it before the actual day. I mean who’s gonna be listening to a bunch of festive music after the fact? Well, obviously that didn’t occur to me until it was too late, so here are a few Christmas songs that I intended to post in celebration. Even if it’s past by the time you read this check them out anyway and save them for next year. Some of these are rockable year round anyway.

Outkast – Player’s Ball

The prime example of what I was just talking about. A lot of people don’t even realize this is a holiday song, and indeed on the version released on their SouthernPlayalistic debut the lyrics were rearranged a bit to make it more universal. The fact remains however that the first song released by Outkast appeared on a Christmas compilation and has plenty of undeniable references to the holiday season.

MC Chris – Fuckin’ up my Christmas

This is not so much a holiday oriented song as much as an expression of dismay at the site of a beautiful woman.

Mr. Lif – Santa’s got a MuthaF*ckin’ Uzi

St. Nick is gangsta yo!!!!!!! And finally a hip-hop classic that no Christmas would be complete without.

Run-DMC – Christmas in Hollis

 

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R.I.P.

December 25, 2006

James Brown

James Brown – The Godfather of Soul

1933 – 2006

Need some new Christmas music? How about a Barenaked Sarah McLachlan instead?

December 24, 2006

I like Sarah McLachlan, and I LOVE her voice. There, I’ve said it.

Two other facts you may not know: 1. I’m not gay. 2. Sarah isn’t either.

And it’s taken some time to come clean with this… but yes, I’ve been to a Barenaked Ladies show too. It was almost 10 years ago, and I went kicking and screaming with a girlfriend at the time in Palo Alto, CA. But you know what, they were damn entertaining. Complete with crowd chemistry, stage presence, and some fun rock.

That all being said. I’ve come across some Christmas albums from the before named artists. Sarah McLachlan’s long awaited recent release of WINTERSONG. And the Barenaked Ladies (now a few years old) album, BARENAKED for the HOLIDAYS.

Bare Naked Ladies – Jingle Bells

BNL’s holiday album is more traditional in the sense it has lots of classics — but not as many as would think with a 20 song line-up. After starting strong with “Jingle Bells” and “Green Christmas”, they continue to roll into some “Hanukkah Blessings”, “O Holy Night”, and “Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah” as well.

Bare Naked Ladies – O Holy Night

Bare Naked Ladies – Do They Know It’s Christmas

This album includes seven orginal tracks! And as expected, the BNL’s tackle all the hits, and not-so-xmas hits, with their usual wit and tongue-in-cheek humor. And since she is the next topic, I’ll point out that Sarah McLachlan joins the wild bunch on “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.”

Bare Naked Ladies (feat. Sarah McLachlan – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings

Now if you are a Sarah fanatic, you won’t be disappointed in this album. I’m usually very disappointed in Xmas/Holiday album attempts by most artists, but not in this case. This album works because it doesn’t feel like an upbeat ‘joy to the world’ type of work. It stays true to Sarah’s strengths — her voice, and bittersweet melodies that show a moody feeling of an almost overcast Christmas. Listen to Sarah’s original title track, “Wintersong” — and you might swear you were listening to something removed from one of her first two albums (maybe, SOLACE).

Sarah McLachlan – Wintersong

Producer Pierre Marchand has thrown Sarah back into the soft light of her early albums of pure heart, with slightly less emotion. They have teamed up to create a Christmas album that stands up on it’s own merits and musical talent. But you still find some classics not so removed from the orginals… just given Sarah’s vocal beauty. Such is the case on the opening song, John Lennon’s and Yoko Ono’s masterpiece.

Sarah McLachlan – Happy Xmas (War is Over)

But WINTERSONG is an album that can certainly be enjoyed by many on a cold Christmas or EVEning next to a warm fire, while sipping on something hot (or next to anything that keeps you warm). I leave you with my personal downloadable holiday gift to you — Sarah’s version of Joni Mitchell’s song, “River.” Happy Holidays, our fellow Alternakids.

Sarah McLachlan – River

 

 

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