Archive for January, 2009

Human After All

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 27, 2009 by lewisgbrown
my take on some immuzikation pics

my take on some Immuzikation pics

Alright, a while ago I made a post about local Athens, GA artist Immuzikation (Alfred Lapuz)…Friday before last, he did a performance at the Georgia Theater (a Daft Punk tribute, it was super dank – I’ll talk about that later) so I wanted to know what this guy was all about. He is quickly gaining a share in the mashup market, which is something everyone seems to enjoy right now. Seldomly mixing 1 or 2 songs, he blends melodies, lyrics, and beats of 4 – 5 songs seamlessly. Some of his shit is rare to find for download…so go to his myspace to listen to more songs but, first i think here is one of his most dank mashups:

MGMT vs. Daft Punk – One More Time to Pretend (Immuzikation Blend)

the following is one that I mixed real quick based on his song “Life Alone”…gives you the general feel:

Jay Z & Postal Service – Hard Knock Life vs. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (my mashUp mix)

Lapuz is also part of hip-hop group Collective Efforts. Check out their myspace (myspace.com/collectiveefforts) their music is awesome . As part of the band, Lapuz helps construct funky electronic beats that the MC’s rap over. Its good shit…Jurassic 5-ish, but more electronic and a little more chill sounding.

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Immuzikation getting the party started

Anyways, Lapuz and another guy named Very Disco, who I have really not been able to find anything about, preformed a Daft Punk tribute show at the Theater. I was more excited for this show than Rosie O’Donnel is for the annual lesbian parade. Immuzikation is cool, DJ shit is f-ing awesome and I knew the show was gonna be sweet, so I tried to convince people to go, especially people who were skeptical that a Daft Punk tribute would consist of “just pressing play”…WTF? Anways, Immuzikation came on solo around 10:30 for an opening DJ set, which was sweet. He improvised a lot of popular shit and did some of his own stuff, including opener “Life Alone” (from above).

After that he and Very Disco came out for the tribute, rocking white alien/robot looking suits and white headbands with big red jewels. The setup was huge…two DJ’s various equipment up front, racks and stacks of keyboards and synth stuff, drums, etc… Honestly, I forget the first song that came on, daft-tribute-poster6but I remember thinking, “I’m really glad they chose something not super mainstream” and, “holy shit, this is awesome.” I think it was like “Da Funk” or something tight like that. They played all 40 songs from all three of Daft punk’s studio albums (Homework, Discovery, Human After All), as Lapuz put it…”in some form or another.” They mixed of lots of the songs, added their own unique spin, sang lyrics, and played instruments – peep the video below of Immuzikation shredding the digital love synth solo HERE – at one point during “Robot Rock” there were 5  people on stage playing drums, synthesizers, guitar, DJing, and singing. After it was done, everyone looked like a 6 year old who just found out there was no Santa…speachless and utterly shocked, it was a crazy show and I think everyone enjoyed it. For anyone who visits, lives in, or is pretending to go to school in Athens, Immuzikation plays frequently at Mercury Lounge, 283 Bar, Go Bar…I dont even know what some those are but he’s gonna be there. Also…later in February (the dawning of the age of aquarius and glorious month of my birth) he’s doing a Cartoon Network “Adult Swim” late night dance party at the 40 Watt after a Dark Meat concert. I’m not even 100% sure what that means but it sounds like it could be super ridiculous.

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Yes i am a GIANT, next to me you are just ankle high

Posted in Uncategorized on January 26, 2009 by dgaines42

_dsc03022It has been a pretty busy beginning of school and I have not had any time to really get to post some new music. I decided to change that tonight and I am real happy I found this song today.

Santogold

Diplo is my favorite producer right now. Hands down I am really into his beats, especially that he is so legit to be playing at Tribe concerts and also producing songs for Lupe Fiasco. I always wished that Wayne would get on one of his beats. Well, somehow someway, Lil Weezy, Drake, and Santogold are all on this new song called “Unstoppable”. Drake was featured earlier on this blog with his song with Wayne over the David Banner beat. Dude is from Toronto but he has such a hood flow. I am really digging the songs that him and Wayne are on together. This one over the Diplo production might be my favorite. Then Santogold is on the chorus of this song and sounds so legit.

Oh yeah also check out this Pharrell Williams and Lil Wayne song called “Yes”. Let’s just say that Weezy is unreal on here too. He does not think he has even hit his full potential as a rapper and although his rhymes are less gangster than his earlier shit, he is a lot more clever and wittier now, I kind of like that. Can’t wait to hear the next Weezy mixtape and album.

Lil Wayne feat. Pharrell Williams – Yes

Drake feat. Santogold and Lil Wayne – Unstoppable (Produced by Diplo)

download HERE from zShare

“still cooler than the other side of your pillow”

Posted in Uncategorized on January 11, 2009 by lewisgbrown
diplo

Diplodocus - the last Dinosaur

Yo, whats up, I noticed this cool video on Diplo’s site. If you do not know who Diplo is, well…thats just real not cool and you should immediately educate yourself. The video is of him rolling aound in Georgia during this past summer, part of the time with this band, Dark Meat, from Athens, GA. The following pictures are how they describe themselves on their myspace:

"Influences"

"Influences"

"Sound Like"

"Sound Like"

Pretty much sums ’em up, looks crazy, and their kinda cool…in a weird way. Anyways, this video is footage of Diplo preforming at the 40 Watt in Athens and cruising around town. You can notice at one point he is outside an Egyptian looking temple building near the corner of Broad Street and Milledge. Some nut molested children in it a long time ago…now it is abandoned – no joke, I couldn’t even make this up if I tried. Also, it shows some of Diplo fucking around and preforming in Atlanta at Whirlyball which is a fun park type place – super cool place to play and/or party at. The music is great, and Diplo is hilarious, I think; its cool if your bored or whatever, should you wish, check it out:

Diplo + Dark Meat | 40 Watt & Whirlyball from jason miller on Vimeo.

Sound Tribe in the Dirty South

Posted in Uncategorized on January 5, 2009 by mbthurm1

Lewis pretty much summed up the scene.  Hands down the most ridiculous set of shows I’ve been to.  It was essentially an urban music festival.  Now to the music….it is almost impossible to describe the energy at a Sound Tribe show. After seeing three shows and spending four nights in Atlanta, I am blown away. And when I say energy, I’m talking about IT in its entirety. Energy derived from the music, the band, the lights, and the crowd resonating together through out the Tabernacle forming one insane throw-down. The 28th and 29th shows were huge build ups for what was to come on New Years Eve. The band was consistently hinting that the finale was going to be an all out party. They dropped it sooooooo hard on New Years. In the words of James Walsh, it was “murder”… a murk fest of people who didn’t stop dancing, if you will. I was blown away at their performance. Just plain crazy. It is almost as if the music grabs you, spins you around in circles, confuses you and then makes you want more all at the same time.

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pnuma opener on NYE

pnuma opener on NYE

What was so awesome about the New Years Eve Shows was the music started as soon as the doors opened and continued right up to Tribe. So this is what the line up looked like…Dj Rootz and Kap10 Harris getting the party started by spinning house music, then the openers (Diplo 28th, Mike Relm 29th, Daedelus 30th, and Pnuma Trio 31st), followed by Rootz and Kap10 bringing it back until the start of the show. Then if that wasn’t enough, there was bad-ass after-party at the Masquerade (featuring various electronic artists and djs like Eliot Lipp, Pretty Lights, a Pnuma PA, Prefuse 73 and many more) starting about an hour after each show and going until around six in the AM. One more note, for those who are interested, Sound Tribe is playing three nights at the Georgia Theatre in mid-to-late March and I believe tickets are still on sale.

Rootz and Kap10 getting the party started

Rootz and Kap10 getting the party started

Here are some soundboards from the 29th and 31st shows…turn your bass up, it’ll sound awesome.

Arigato (29th)…this was a little preview of New Years

Really Wut? (NYE)

Bigs (NYE)

The Unquestionable Supremacy of Nature (NYE)

EHM

I Almost Forgot

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on January 3, 2009 by lewisgbrown

I got really wrapped up in talking about the Tribe environment in Atlanta and forgot to post some of the stuff I originally wanted to…here are a couple of goodies I found on the vast source of music that Al Gore invented (aka. The Internet).

First is a sweet mashup of Justice’s “We Are Your Friends” and “17 Years” by Ratatat. I have some sweet remix ideas lined up for “17 Years” because I love Ratatat plus their stuff is super awesome for making remixes…P.S. check out Ratatat’s Remixes Vols. 1 & 2 – they made a bunch of tight remixes of dank rap songs with their awesome guitar/synth beats…its good stuff.

Justice vs. Ratatat – We Are Your Friends (Bearbot MashUp)

download link here

This next one is a tight remix of Kanye’s “Love Lockdown” mixed with Diplo and The Beatles. Its made by a fellow Nashvillian named Jolson. I am assuming this because he and a couple other guys do a cool blog called Nashville Nights (check it out – you can download the song from their site, just click on the title)

Kanye West vs. The Beatles & Diplo – Shake It Up and Lock It Down

By the way…check back for ensuing post from Thurmond. Hes coming up with a great one that will have good hippie insider info/reviews/sound clips from the STS9 4-day new years strange-tacular in Atlanta

A Few Things to Talk About

Posted in Uncategorized on January 3, 2009 by lewisgbrown

 

Mind by Alex Grey

Mind by Alex Grey

This is a painting by Alex Grey, who does all of the artwork for the band Tool. He is a super cool, existential-ish artist. This is also the reason I haven’t posted in a while…because this is what I felt like after I saw Sound Tribe earlier this week in Atl. Ive been in many ridiculous conert/music scenes, but Atlanta during the four days of STS9…by far the most ridiculous.

The entire area of Atlanta surrounding the Tabernacle was OVERRUN with packs of wooks – if you are not familiar with this term, think 16-28 years old, ridiculous sunglasses, crazy hoodies, crazy awesome hair styles, colored hair (i mean purple, not like weak-ass dark brunette or something), and supremely excellent noodling and dance skills…generally super heady/crunchy hippie types. It was awesome and we (me, Deon, Levy, and Drew) thoroughly enjoyed fitting in. The regular people working at the hotels and walking around the streets had no idea what to do or think…clearly someone forgot to tell them: no normal or real people allowed in this area during the four days of Sound Tribe – WOOKS ONLY!! ALL OTHER NORMAL PEOPLE APPROACH AT YOUR OWN RISK!!

The city was also nice enough to suspended all rules, laws, and regulations for the duration of STS9’s stay…or so it seemed. I saw lots of people in the concert with backpacks, people who were clearly not coming from the library. ARREE YOOUU SEERRIOUS??? I can only think of one reason why someone would need a backpack in a Sound Tribe show and its similar to the reason that Pablo Escobar needed an airplane. Oh, and the best has yet to come. After the show, across from the Tabernacle in a street corner parking lot, someone cracked open an industrial sized nitrous tank and was passing out whippets in balloons. WHAAAT THHEEE F****??? Apparently the loud noise of nitrous gas and 5 foot tall tank went unnoticed by anyone that would have cared…except there were also so many people taking balloons to the face in the middle of the street that it looked like a 6 year old’s Chucky Cheese birthday party gone wrong…absurd on all counts 

Anyways, the show was amazing and the Tabernacle is a crazy venue, I had never actually been there – its a real old school church with chandeliers, balconies, and whatnot…it was perfect for Sound Tribe.