Portlandia

So I’m off to Portland this week, hopefully it won’t be raining the entire time. Music unrelated to that comment, finally weening myself off Hype Machine a bit, starting off with the Fred Falke remix of Nero Reaching Out. It’s an older one, but well it’s a great track. Slightly different sounding remix by Plastic Plates of Nile Delta Aztec. Actually reminds me of the good old days of when I started this blog, light techno I guess with an awesome beat. Lastly, the Aeroplane remix of Surahn Wonderful. Funky.

Nero – Reaching Out (Fred Falke Remix)

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Nile Delta – Aztec (Plastic Plates Remix)

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Surahn – Wonderful (Aeroplane Remix)

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Amusement

Lots of rain today, Union Station was flooded. I kind of found it amusing mainly because I wasn’t there (not my picture), I’m sure if I was there I wouldn’t be laughing. Just wanted to update that I am still alive, but I haven’t had time to even listen to any music! I’m looking for writers to fill the void, but in the meantime you might get some short posts until I get things sorted on my end.



Strangeness of Youtube

Well, thesis writing as I said, but I thought I would share the video that has been the worst procrastination tool ever. Ever… anyways, I’d like to source the original here. I feel bad the lack of credit SLACKCiRCUS is getting for making this. And yes, I totally included the mp3, but the 5 hours on repeat of it is so much better.

4 Non Blondes – What’s Up (He-Man Remix)

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Internet Meme Day

School has been killing me and sadly the blog has been getting neglected. So, as an apology for an absence of posts, THIS! I’ve tried twice to listen to the original by Rebecca Black but I can’t even make it through 15 seconds of it, makes Bieber seem good. It might just be because I’m old, and have a hard time seeing 13 year olds driving cars through the city at night singing about absolutely nothing. This cover by Matt Mullholland is awesome though. Shout out to TLo for telling me about it!

Matt Mulholland – Friday (Rebecca Black Cover)

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And a parody of that Alexandra Wallace girl from UCLA talking about Asians talking on their phone in the library. The girl is an idiot. I laughed so hard at the parody, Jimmy Wong is talented. The track is only 0.99c or whatever you want to donate and proceeds go to charity. Although I’m not sure which charity, it wasn’t really stated. Hopefully to the victims in Japan from the earthquake/tsunami.

Jimmy Wong – Ching Chong (It Means I Love You)

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Expect a real post some time next week!



No Love Lost

The new Tron soundtrack is being released on December 7th, as we all know which was produced by Daft Punk. Before everyone goes wild, they were commissioned (although completely willingly and enthusiastic) to do a soundtrack for a movie. So everyone expecting full on French House madness will be utterly disappointed. I’m expecting a fantastic soundtrack, definitely not Daft Punk album #4. I know, it’s totally a given but some people just don’t get it reading some comments around the net. Didn’t include any originals, but the NTEIBINT remix of Derezzed.

Digitalism released a new EP Blitz which is fantastic because I haven’t really heard anything big from them since really Idealism, although the remixes from Moshi Moshi were great. The track Blitz really brings me back to the good old days. I hope this means we should be expecting an album from them soon.

The last track is actually from the good old days, the Bag Raiders remix of Cut Copy‘s Far Away, but with a nice little twist for you guys and future posts to come. I saw this track show up recently on Hype and was surprised I never posted it before. I am a huge Cut Copy fan and a even bigger Bag Raiders fan. The twist? Bag Raiders released their debut self titled album this month. What?! Yeah I know, I’ve yet to listen to it but it’s on the top of my to-do list.

Daft Punk – Derezzed (Tron Legacy Soundtrack – NTEIBINT Remix)

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Digitalism – Blitz

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Cut Copy – Far Away (Bag Raiders Remix)

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On your heels; No more BS!

All Hail, Katy Perry!!

All Hail, Katy Perry!!

The bad news first….I am cutting all non-sense music, and non-sense in general, from this point on. That means I am not open to mash-ups, n-th remixes of Electronica Top 10s*, and tracks “inspired” by your influences that sound remarkably similar to your influences. Also included are promotional sales of famed musicians’ latest releases and requests to promote festivals. This about sums it up for now.

Why so grouchy, Sasha?

I think the biggest reason for my absence that Jon pointed out is the fact that electronic music is starting to saturate the market and it is well on its way to become the major cash cow of the music industry. Sad, but seemingly very true. It does not mean that I don’t like my electronic music anymore, or that I am just being an ass pissing on everyone’s parade. I am just concerned that it will end up like Hip-Hop at the beginning of the last decade. Hip-Hop has not recovered yet, and it may never. We all need to think about that for a minute here and see what we’re doing. So I did and decided to voice myself against it actively, and everyone sending me, or thinking about sending me tracks should be at least aware that I will scrutinize your stuff more rigorously. The good music I will, of course, post and the bad music will definitely be made an example of. As I have told Jon, I will not participate in the new hot music market that everyone is gleefully humping for cash now and will, in about 3 years’ time, abandon like a rape victim. I have more integrity than that. Principles, people, is all we got to cut through the crude bullshit of today’s music industry….and bullshit in general.

I will elaborate on this with some examples, since most people reading this right now are more audio-sensible that anything else, and I know from experience that sometimes words and statements are better expressed with music.

My first example is Dude Royal – Duck Duck Goose. I have no problem with people sending me Hip-Hop; matter of fact I encourage it. I grew up with it and love it. Don’t insult my intelligence with awful NERD copies, however. If you take your influences serious and want my respect, and more importantly, my support you will have to a) find someone more artisitc than Gucci Mane as an influence (ODB is kosher, of course) and b) hire someone not sounding like an untrained mid-pubescent Pharrell. And this is just for starters. I could go on, but we have ground to cover here. Maybe in the next post I’ll put more fodder into this…see for yourselves. Good jesus, you can really make out the Gucci Mane School of Failing at Life. I want to ask him if this is what he really does at clubs

Dude Royal – Duck Duck Goose (produced by Christian TV)

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Now to contrast Dude, I will show what new Hip-Hop should sound like. I was planning on writing on Rob Roy months ago, but I got angry, as mentioned before. Alas, here is what needs to be done in Hip-Hop from now on. It is a simple track, just like Dude’s, but this is executed extremely well. It gives you an almost 90s RnB feel, but with a current flair of using snyths and beats. It’s funny that these guys sort of, kind of collaborate on some projects, considering the major differences in the approach to their respective music. Listen…

Rob Roy – Rollercoaster Baby

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And if you say “Sasha is confused…the songs can’t compare because their premises are different.” Well, here you go…a party track of Rob’s:

Rob Roy – Duval

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It’s nice to be back and I see a better, more constructive way of dealing with the plethora of music, and un-music, in the future. It will not always be positive, but it will always be true and honest. That much I will guarantee. Send word if you want to raise your voice; I am easily reachable. Until you hear from me again,

I remain yours honestly,

Sasha

*tolerance period is 3 months after release date



Album Rating Change

After due consideration, I have decided to make the album rating system on this blog less confusing for everyone and have it based mostly off of the track ratings. No one understood the old system. As per example, I decided that the album review for Gorillaz’s Plastic Beach did rightfully deserve an 8 because it was a pretty damn good album. I noticed going through my old album reviews that I gave a lot of 7′s to other albums and Plastic Beach was definitely on top of some of those. Even the language in the post was shooting towards an 8, I have no idea why I settled for the 7. Thanks for the input and criticism guys, bloggers aren’t bloggers without their readers.