28 June 2013

Strictly Ballroom - Collected Recordings (1994-1999)

"Something new .. to hold on to..."

A sorely overlooked band featuring two Jimmies (Tamborello and Lavalle) over the course of their existence. This contains the Hide Here Forever LP, the Sub Pop Singles 7", a couple of live ditties and Jimmy T.'s proto-Postal Service renditions of some his band's tracks.

Heart on sleeve: check.
Guitars like water: check.
Remembering using the album to get through a strong yet unrequited adolescent crush: check.

Sometimes, when I go back to the old "emo" staples, listening to too much of it will just fuck up my day. This band has always been an exception. I can blast Elevator Action to the extremes that my Honda's stereo can handle, and I'm still all smiles and pardon-me-please-merge-in-front-of-me gaiety. Great music feeds the soul like my morning pop tarts feed my belly. Sweet, consistent and slightly indulgent.

Please Click Here and enjoy. Tracks are VBR -q0. If you do, please share a comment about a time in your life when this band was near and dear to you.

Have a kickass weekend, folks. I hope you enjoy.

Tracklisting is courtesy of Allmusic

1. A Picture - 4:46 (1996)
2. Crickets - 4:07 (1996)
3. Elevator Action - 4:11 (1996)
4. Trains In The Distance At Night - 5:21 (1996)
5. Something That Just Is - 3:18 (1996)
6. This Will Self-Destruct - 5:12 (1996)
7. Knots On A Counting Rope - 4:35 (1996)
8. A Sudden Interest In Nature -14:49 (1996)
9. Escape Plan #4 - 7:00 (1997)
10. Escape Plan #4 (other version) - 2:45 (1997)
11. Fire - 4:08 (1997)
12. Fire Remix - 4:31 (1997)
13. Untitled 1 (live in Nashville) - 6:14 (1997)
14. Untitled 2 - 10:02 (1998)
15. Strictly Electronic Sketch (by Jimmy) - 5:04 (1999)
16. Don't Go Home (performed as Arca) - 3:12 (2000)
17. Risk - 1:45 (1994)
18. Other stars - 3:01 (1994)
19. Autobiography - 2:16 (1994)
20. Tearjerker - 1:27 (1994)
21. Tearducts - 1:44 (1994)
22. Duct Tape - 1:18 (1994)
23. I Love... - 3:08 (1995)
24. New Angels - 1:49 (1995)
25. Elevator Action - 4:26 (1995)

Tracks 1-8: Hide Here Forever LP
Tracks 9: Zum #10 comp (1997)
Tracks 10: Unreleased (1997)
Tracks 11-12: Sub Pop Singles Collection (Recorded 1997 and released in 2001)
Track 13: Live (Unreleased - 1997)
Track 14: Unreleased (1998)
Track 15: Unreleased (!999)
Track 16: 7" for DIW magazine in 2000 (performed as Arca)
Tracks 17-20: Their first 7" (1994)
Tracks 21-22: Unreleased (1994)
Tracks 23-25: Their second 7" (1995)

18 April 2012

Jimmy Swaggart - Flying Missiles, Atomic Bombs and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ (16RPM 12" vinyl)

Hallelujah, brothers and sisters! Reverend Swaggart is here tonight to talk to you about da bomb. This album is full of coded references to folks such as George Clinton and Gap Band. Perhaps it's a huge metaphor for solicitation of prostitution. 

Imagine an audience of polyester jackets, dacron pants, itchy dresses and netted hats. There are eddies of nods and waving hands throughout the congregation. The Cold War has got them scared stiff. The Seven Years War will be a high-tension, high-Roentgen battle of arms, hair, blood, teeth and soil. Oh, it's coming brothers & sisters, and Jimmy's here to help you make it from Har Megiddo to heaven. 

Sidebar: this is the first found audio that I've come upon that ran at 16 RPM. A few sites mentioned that many vinyls used in radio production were created at this speed to allow a greater density of stuff on a single platter. I guess Jimmy's record was played loud, long and proud via one of those Tennessee shortwave/AM stations high in the hills. Incidentally, many of those are still very active in the shortwave arena.

The album was ripped from an Ion USB LPDOCK into Audacity at 33 RPM. The tracks were slowed to the proper speed, then processed through Normalize and Click Removal. It was encoded with LAME 3.98, VBR v0, extreme preset. 

Get started on your training for the inevitable nuclear holocaust by CLICKING HERE

26 March 2012

Danger Mouse - Good Grief! The Hiphop Mix Tape, Volume 3 (2000) CDR

Danger Mouse - Good Grief! The Hiphop mixtape, Volume 3 (2000) CDR

Before Brian Burton shot off into the stratosphere of stardom (alliteration, ho!), he put out a very consistent and tight series of mixtapes and CDs. I bought this at Wuxtry Records in Decatur around the spring or summer of 2000. I didn't know who this man was, but I was sold on the track listing from the moment I saw it.

Solely by coincidence, about a month later, I went to Athens to meet some friends for drinks and a late dinner. The friend-of-a-friend across the table introduced himself. Hey, aren't you the same guy that put DWYCK over Who Got Da Props? I had to go to my car and get the disc. It was indeed Danger Mouse, and I gushed about how good of an ear he had for blends. Of course, they call these 'mashups' nowadays. A couple of years go by, and the Grey Album explodes onto the scene. From there, you know the rest of the story.

The disc I have in the case now is actually the fourth instance I've burned. The previous three would all get scratched because I'd have to have a copy everywhere. This rip is fresh from my new, azure blue Taiyo Yuden copy.

Track Listing

01 Danger Mouse - Intro
02 Pete Rock w/ Inspectah Deck - True Master (DM Mix)
03 Common - The 6th Sense
04 Nas - Drunk 4 Self
05 Big Pun - Leatherface (DM Mix)
06 Mass Influence - All Out
07 Brand Nubian - Escape from NY (Pete Rock Remix)
08 KRS One - Let it Flow
09 Saukrates - Check for Me
10 Stevie Wonder - Overjoyed (DM Mix)
11 Fugees - Vocab (DM Mix)
12 Afu-Ra (feat. the Cocoa Brovaz) - D & D Soundclash
13 Raekwon - Let it Rain
14 Oktober - Infinite Echoes
15 M.O.P. - Home Sweet Home
16 Kool Keith - Hands on Experience
17 Akinyele - Put it in your Mouth
18 Danger Mouse - Interlude
19 Gangstarr - Dwyk (DM Mix)
20 Canibus - 2000 B.C.
21 Notorious B.I.G. - Party & Bullshit
22 Beatnuts (featuring Method Man) - Se a Cabo (Remix)
23 Kool G Rap, Rah Digga, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Pharoh Monch, De La Soul - Respect Hip Hop
24 Big L - Put it On (DM Mix)
25 Mos Def & Talib Kweli (feat. Mary) - Beautiful (Blackstar Remix)
26 Royal Flush - Muthafucka
27 Yes - Owner of A Lonely Heart
28 GZA (feat. Inspectah Deck & Masta Killa) - Breaker Breaker (Remix)
29 Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick - The Show
30 Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody (DM Mix)
31 Danger Mouse - Outro

25 March 2012

Survival got me buggin'

...but I'm alive on arrival.

Sorry that I've been gone for so long. I kept promising to refresh this blog and post goodies that I hope you will enjoy. There should be routine updates from now on.

Also, please be patient as I update the dead links from older posts. My hosting provider has changed, and I never updated the links. This should be done by the end of the month.

High fives, kisses and hugs to the music-loving people of Earth!


Alec Empire - The Destroyer 7" (1997 - DHR/Grand Royal)

While in college in the mid-90s, I had an ample appetite for glitched/damaged electronic music as well as the intensity and sweat of the hardcore punk of old. I was working at WUSC talking with our rep for Grand Royal. "Have you heard of Digital Hardcore?", she said. After that, a fleet of 7-inch vinyls showed up in the mail. The minute I put this on, there it was: this sound that I had in my head and couldn't formulate it into words.

This is my first vinyl rip. I hope you enjoy it.

Process: Ion LPDOCK -> Audacity (Click removal, normalize) -> LAME 3.99 mp3 (vbr -0)

28 October 2008

Bill Cosby Talks to the Kids About Drugs (Download Link Fixed!)

**Update: 30 May 2015 - Given Bill Cosby's recent return to the news, a lot of my friends have been asking for a copy of this. Download link fixed**

Yes, I'm dead serious. Listen for the Cos as he sets these kids straight. Better to sit on a stoop with Dr. Huxtable then robbing his kids out in front of their palatial-yet-subtle Brooklyn dwelling.

Hit up Wikipedia for more info:

Track listing

  1. Introduction - Downers And Uppers
  2. Questions and Answers
  3. Dope Pusher
  4. Bill Talks About Hard Drugs
  5. I Found a Way Out
  6. Order In The Classroom
  7. People Make Mistakes
  8. I Know I Can Handle It
  9. Bill Talks About Pushers
  10. Captain Junkie
  11. Bill and the Kids Sing / Closing
Download HERE (mp3 format)

DJ /Rupture - Low Income Tomorrowland

I can't even begin to express how much I am enamored with Jace Clayton's ability to take pretty much every sound in the world and put it together in concrete. This is a mix in an amazing line of others (Gold Teeth Thief, Minesweeper Suite, 58:46, Bidoun Sessions, Secret Google Cheat Codes) that take a stack of records, shoot them diagonally at close range and then pile the pieces into a vat that turns out something beyond words.

That was the best run-on sentence ever!

Give love to Mr. Clayton and read his brainpickin' blogs. Tell him I'd show him my things, but I'm not a woman, not even in the pre-op sort of sense.

Mudd Up: http://www.negrophonic.com

The album has hidden mp3 tracks of a live mix for BTTB FM (Germany). Just shoot me an email if you want these.

Tracklisting (courtesy of Discogs):

Label: Applecore Records
Catalog#: Applecore 01
Format: CD, Enhanced, Mixed
Released:31 Dec 2005
Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop, Reggae
Style: Reggae, Grime, Breakcore, Hip Hop, Ragga
Credits: DJ Mix - DJ /rupture
Notes:Low Income Tomorrowland inaugurated Lemon-Red's mix series.

Artwork by Manydolls.com, age 4.

Plus bonus data "BTTB" live 4 german radio mix (90 minutes, 6 mp3s), and there is also an image of “Kopying Kills Kapitalism” called kopy.jpg.

Track 1b is incorrectly listed with the title "Hip-hop"
Track 7a is incorrectly listed with the title "Old Skool Armageddon"
Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote) Rate It
Submitted by:wiredforsound
2 for sale in the Discogs Marketplace


1a Filastine Judas Goat (3:46)
1b dead prez It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop
2a M.I.A. (2) Pull Up The People (D'Explicit Remix) (2:18)

Remix - D'Explicit
2b East Connection We're Ready (Devil Mix)

Remix - Wiley (2)
2c Lewi White 1 & All
3a Crime Mob Stilettos (3:42)
3b Pandoras Box Unknown
4a DJ Class Tear The Club Up (2:20)
4b Bone Crusher (2) Never Scared
5 Sister Nancy Bam Bam (2:05)
6 Sizzla Got It Right Here (50 Cent Blend) (2:15)
7a Bong-Ra Murder You (Ruff Inna Jungle Rmx) (4:19)
7b Junior Byles Fade Away (Version)
8a Jahba Bush Is A Pussycloth (1:55)
8b Krumble Backward Country Boy Explosion
9a Malica Special Request (3:06)
9b Rotator Dissident Sound Maniak
10a DJ Technics Jungle Joint (2:51)
10b David Banner Crank It Up
10c Team Shadetek Two & A Half Months
11 Tracy Chapman Behind The Wall (3:11)

DOWNLOAD: Click HERE (mp3, lame v3.97 beta 2, -apx -vbr 0)

Capcom - Street Fighter Game Soundtrack

I was kicked rather low when I tried to use the original CD insert scan for this album. In return, of course, you'll find some scary fan art instead.

Get the CD jewel liner scan

This album has all of the sound samples: character quotes, kicks, punches, the nationality-neutral guy who lists out the countries, even the coin insert and countdown timer sounds.

For the true nerd, which is probably you, if you're reading this. It sure as hell is he.

Download HERE (mp3 format)

23 October 2008

Tim Hecker and Fennesz Album Pack

This pack will surely whet your tastes for electronic, ambient music, experimental combinations of each as well as some humor to show the artists aren't crazily serious or stuck on their work.

Tim Hecker and Fennesz have an affinity for drowning in ether, having lived in your visual periphery just prior to jumping in. Tim Hecker's sound is purely airy, living above the surface of ambient textures, samples of faraway spirits of voice, ominous percussion intrusion and Van Halen interview snippets to boot! Fennesz, like Hecker, creates albums that follow a pattern. His compositions tend to be grounded, but they wonder through Earth's elements and the bounds of human emotion and memory.

Included are:

Fenessz - Endless Summer (discogs)
Fenessz - Venice (discogs)
Tim Hecker - Haunt Me, Haunt Me, Do It Again (discogs)
Tim Hecker - Radio Amor (discogs)
Tim Hecker - Mirages (discogs)
Tim Hecker - My Love Is Rotten To The Core (discogs)


22 October 2008

Circle Takes The Square - As The Roots Undo

This album is truly deserving of the term amazing. Loud/quiet dynamics, tight bursts of faithful emo intensity, alternate male/female singing and lyrics that are as great over the mic as they are to read. These folks are from Savannah, GA. For fans of Indian Summer, Ampere, Native Nod, Funeral Diner and anything like this that you love.

Band Home Page: http://www.circletakesthesquare.com

(From discogs.org)

Label: Robotic Empire
Catalog#: robo 031
Format: CD, Album
Released:06 Jan 2004
Genre: Rock
Style: Hardcore, Punk, Emo
Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes) Rate It
Submitted by:grammarcore


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