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A Shoegaze Abecedarius: new music mix & tracklist

An A-to-Z of my shoegaze faves, from Asobi Seksu to Zoon.
Because shoegaze is an August 2020 mood.
Complete tracklist below.

 

Stay At Home Dance Party Megamix

Click here for downloadable MP3 version.

One year ago today, I DJ’d ACCUTE’s annual Congress dance party, then held at UBC. In lieu of The 2020 ACCUTE Dance Party That Wasn’t, here’s two and a half hours’ worth of random, mashed-up jams and grooves (75 min at about 112 bpm, then 75 min at 127 bpm).

In recognition of the Congress theme that we still need — viz., Confronting Colonialism & Anti-Black Racism — this mix kicks off with Rascalz, Kardinal Offishal et al’s “Northern Touch” remix by A Tribe Called Red; the mix also includes vintage Eric B and Rakim, and Run The Jewels’ “Early,” a sharp critique of police brutality and racism. Black lives matter.

Stay at home and play it loud. Dance in your PJs; lace up your roller skates; vogue on the veranda. You do you. Next year in Edmonton.

Track list:

  1. 00:00  Rascalz, Checkmate, Kardinal Offishal, Choclair and Thrust, “Northern Touch” (A Tribe Called Red remix)
  2. 03:23 Eric B. and Rakim, “Paid in Full”
  3. 06:13 Sofi Tukker, Nervo, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno, “Best Friend”
  4. 08:51 The Chemical Brothers, “Loops of Fury”
  5. 14:06 Groove Armada, “If Everybody Looked the Same”
  6. 17:42 Britney Spears, “I’m a Slave 4 U”
  7. 20:42 Daddy Yankee feat. Snow, “Con Calma”
  8. 23:20 Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Wanz, “Thrift Shop”
  9. 26:35 Adham Shaikh, “Water Prayer Rasta mix” (Matt the Alien remix)
  10. 27:42 Blondie, “The Tide Is High” (samples the Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Amputation”)
  11. 31:19 Shakira and Nicky Jam, “Perro Fiel”
  12. 33:57 Doja Cat, “Say So”
  13. 37:25 The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Get On Home” (sampling Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Black Heart,” ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down,” and the Sisters of Mercy’s “Lucretia My Reflection”)
  14. 41:03 Carly Rae Jepsen, “Black Heart’ (sampling ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down” and the Sisters of Mercy’s “Lucretia My Reflection”)
  15. 43:36 Erasure, “Victim Of Love” (sampling Justin Timberlake’s “Sexyback”)
  16. 47:01 A Tribe Called Red, “Suplex”
  17. 49:20 Deee-Lite, “What Is Love?”
  18. 52:55 Gwen Stefani, “Hollaback Girl” (sampling Adham Shaikh’s “Water Prayer Rasta mix” and My Bloody Valentine’s “Soon” [Andrew Weatherall mix])
  19. Lorde, “Teams” (sampling Adham Shaikh’s “Water Prayer Rasta mix,” Bloody Valentine’s “Soon” [Andrew Weatherall mix], and Cabaret Voltaire’s “Sensoria”)
  20. 59:19 Madonna, “Vogue” (sampling Cabaret Voltaire’s “Sensoria” and Public Enemy’s “Welcome To The Terrordome”)
  21. 1:03:38 La Roux, “Bulletproof” (sampling Cabaret Voltaire’s “Sensoria” and Public Enemy’s “Welcome To The Terrordome”)
  22. 1:06:01 Cornershop, “Brimful of Asha” (sampling Panjabi MC’s “Beware of the Boys” and My Bloody Valentine’s “Soon” [Andrew Weatherall mix])
  23. 1:11:24 Panjabi MC, “Beware of the Boys” excerpt
  24. 1:11:41 Morcheeba, “Shoulder Holster”
  25. 1:14:31 My Bloody Valentine, “Soon” (Andrew Weatherall mix)
  26. 1:15:45 The Chemical Brothers, “Free Yourself”
  27. 1:19:31 Ariana Grande, “7 Rings” (Le Brion house remix)
  28. 1:23:17 M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
  29. 1:27:33 The Chemical Brothers, “No Geography”
  30. 1:30:27 T-Rex, “Bang a Gong”
  31. 1:34:27 Bruce Springsteen, “Badlands”
  32. 1:38:00 Sinead O’Connor, “Mandinka”
  33. 1:41:38 99 Souls, Destiny’s Child and Brandy, “The Girl Is Mine”
  34. 1:44:47 Flo Rida and Nelly Furtado, “Low”
  35. 1:47:59 Azealia Banks and Lazy Jay, “212” (sampling Run The Jewels’ “Early” and Taylor Swift’s “Starlight”)
  36. Run The Jewels, “Early” (sampling Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”)
  37. Taylor Swift, “Starlight” excerpt (sampling Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” [Cedric Gervais remix])
  38. 1:55:41 The Almighty Beatfreakz, “Resident Soundboyz”
  39. 2:00:32 RIP, “Jump” (club mix)
  40. 2:04:14 Rogue Element, “Rogue One” (sampling the Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting for the Man”)
  41. 2:11:01 Go Home Productions, “Velvet Sugar” (mashup of the Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting for the Man” and “The Gift” with the Archies’ “Sugar”)
  42. 2:13:52 Scandal, “The Warrior” (sampling God Within’s “Raincry (Spiritual Thirst),” Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” and David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel”)
  43. 2:17:27 God Within, “Raincry (Spiritual Thirst)”
  44. 2:21:30 Inaya Day, “Hold Your Head Up High” (Soul Avengerz vocal mix)
  45. Boogie Pimps and Jefferson Airplane, “Somebody to Love” (Salt Shaker remix; sampling Hunter S. Thompson reading from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)

 

 

House In The Country: an April Fools mix

So here’s a hot messy miscellaneous mix: hits by everyone from the Dixie Chicks to the Tragically Hip, all banged up with house and techno beats by the likes of 2 Bad Mice and Armand van Helden. (It’s also got “April Skies” for April Fools Day and “Poets” for National Poetry Month.) Play it loud! Dance at home! If you never hear these songs the same way again, you’re welcome.

Downloadable version
Tracklist:

The Medium Is The Monster Mix

At Mixcloud, I’ve shared a mix that’s a sonic supplement to my book The Medium Is the Monster (Athabasca University Press, 2018).

The songs and tracks mixed here all adapt Frankenstein and are discussed as such in the book. The mix follows approximately the same sequence as the book, progressing from chapter to chapter, featuring the specific songs mentioned in each. The early chapters discuss hip hop, reggae, funk, and Afro-Futurist music (e.g. Maestro Fresh Wes, Dr Octagon, Janelle Monáe); the seventh chapter focuses on EDM (e.g. Deadmau5 and The Paladin Project). The mix also includes some alternative rock, folk, and country songs (e.g. Iggy & The Stooges, Neil Young, Corb Lund). Overall, most of the content is Canadian, given the focus of the book.

Here’s a complete track list, too (since Mixcloud only reveals the track list during playback).

Introduction

  • Jon Stewart & Samantha Bee, The Daily Show, 10 Feb. 2009 (sample) 00:00

Chapter 1

  • Eric B & Rakim, “Paid in full” (seven minutes of music – the Coldcut remix) 00:36

Chapter 2

  • Dr Octagon (aka Kool Keith), “Real raw” 04:08
  • Janelle Monáe, “Good morning midnight” (interlude) 06:04
  • Janelle Monáe, “Dance or die” 07:24
  • Wolfgang Rübsam & Capella Istropolitana, Toccato and Fugue in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach 10:37
  • Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Cryptkickers, “The Monster Mash” (sample) 13:18
  • Dr Octagon (aka Kool Keith), “Wild and crazy” 13:33
  • Madness, “One step beyond” (sample) 17:35
  • Byron Lee & the Dragonaires, “Frankenstein ska” 17:54
  • Parliament, “Prelude to The Clones of Dr Funkenstein” 20:27
  • Parliament, “Dr Funkenstein” 22:05
  • Armand van Helden, “Witch Doktor” 27:44
  • Michael Jackson feat. Vincent Price, “Thriller” 32:01
  • Rockwell feat. Michael Jackson, “Somebody’s watching me” 37:03
  • Maestro Fresh Wes, “Let your backbone slide” 40:38
  • Handsome Boy Modeling School feat. Grand Puba & Sadat X, “Once Again (Here To Kick One For You)” 45:01
  • Ice Cube, “Dr Frankenstein” 48:47

Chapter 4

  • Iggy & The Stooges, “Search and destroy” 52:55

Chapter 5

  • Skinny Puppy, “Draining faces” 56:20
  • Front 242, “Masterhit” 1:01:06
  • Messiah, “Beyond good and evil” 1:07:53
  • Messiah, “You’re going insane” 1:12:40
  • DJ Luna-C, “Mind of a lunatic” 1:15:34
  • Ed Brown, “Industrial” (P.B.K. remix) 1:21:14
  • Neuromancer, “Pennywise” 1:26:15
  • Wippenberg, “Neurodancer” 1:29:49

Chapter 7

  • Foremost Poets, “Moon-raker” (Paladin mix) (sample) 1:33:49
  • Brainbug, “Nightmare” (Sinister strings mix) 1:34:11
  • The Paladin Project, “The panic room / Claustrophobia” 1:40:42
  • The Paladin Project, “The Palloween anthem” 1:45:50
  • The Paladin Project, “Darkness took me” 1:50:17
  • The Paladin Project, “Afraid of the dark” 1:53:30
  • Deadmau5, “Cthulhu sleeps” 1:56:01
  • Deadmau5, “Dr Funkenstein” 2:01:11
  • Deadmau5, “Dr Funkenstein” (Sage remix) 2:03:36
  • Deadmau5, “Dr Funkenstein” (Zoltan Kontes & Jerome Robins stripped mix) 2:05:30
  • Deadmau5, “Dr Funkenstein” (Danny Jay remix) 2:07:53
  • Deadmau5, “Complications” 2:12:19
  • Deadmau5, “Ghosts ‘n’ stuff” 2:14:35
  • Deadmau5, “Moar ghosts ‘n’ stuff” 2:19:22
  • Deadmau5 feat. Chris James, “The Veldt” 2:23:39

Chapter 8

  • Neil Young, “Vampire blues” 2:33:48
  • Corb Lund, “Roughest neck around” 2:37:48
  • Corb Lund, “Gettin’ down on the mountain” 2:40:50

Rediscovering The Velvet Underground

Some Apple Music playlists seem bot-made, but its Velvet Underground Essentials is a proper journey, and a masterfully curated introduction for anyone who doesn’t already dig this seminal rock band. (The Velvets are the only hip band I can confidently say I introduced many highschool and undergrad friends to.)

In this playlist — which for some reason made for perfect holiday listening yesterday — the songs are perfectly sequenced (for instance, following “Oh sweet nuthin,” a deeper but critical cut, with “All tomorrow’s parties” is inspired); the versions are judiciously selected (for instance, here’s the proper take of “Sweet Jane,” with the bridge); and if there are some omissions (like “The Murder Mystery” or “Cool it down”) there are more essentials (“Here she comes now”), and even some delightful surprises (how have I never heard “Foggy notion” before?).

I’m sharing a pic of the playlist for those who don’t have Apple Music but can source the tracks otherwise and sequence them this way. For Apple Music users, here is the playlist link.

New DJ mix: Drum & Bowie – a tribute mix

This mix is a tribute to David Bowie, selecting some of his fast music from the 1980s and after, especially his forays into drum & bass, which debuted dramatically on Earthling (1997) but didn’t end there. Despite their common tempo in this mix (about 169 bpm), the musical diversity of these tracks demonstrates the extraordinary breadth and depth of Bowie’s creativity.

The resulting mix is an eclectic, uptempo trip through a vastly eclectic oeuvre.

And it’s a modest way to say: thank you for the changes, and safe travels among the stars.
As a friend remarked, Bowie “taught a few generations how to break norms, dream, just dance, sing out one’s fantasies and imagine a better world. … I think our world will not be the same without him but it is different because of him and maybe this is all one can ask for.”

Track list
1) 00:00 DJ Skratch Bastid, “Let’s Dance” turntablism routine
2) 01:24 Davy Jones, “A Better Future” (Heathen, 2002)
3) 05:11 David Robert Jones, “I’m Deranged” jungle mix (Outside, 2007)
4) 11:27 David Bowie, “The Last Thing You Should Do” (Earthling, 1997)
5) 15:39 Major Tom, “I Took a Trip On A Gemini Spacecraft” (Heathen, 2002)
6) 18:36 Ziggy Stardust, “Dead Man Walking” (Earthling, 1997)
7) 21:48 Aladdin Sane, “I Would Be Your Slave” (Heathen, 2002)
8) 26:14 The Man Who Fell To Earth, “Real Cool World” (Songs From The Cool World, 1992)
9) 30:14 The Thin White Duke, “We Prick You” (Outside, 1995)
10) 34:14 Halloween Jack, “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)” (★, 2015)
11) 38:35 Jareth The Goblin King, “Little Wonder” (Earthling, 1997)
12) 43:42 Major Tom, “Dancing Out In Space” (The Next Day, 2013)
13) 46:48 The Man Who Sold The World, “Telling Lies” (Earthling, 1997)
14) 49:06 David Bowie, “Modern Love” (Let’s Dance, 1983)

Fun fact: Mixcloud’s Terms of Service both a) prevent a full tracklist from being displayed before playback, and b) regionally restrict playback of mixes featuring more than 4 songs by any one artist. Conveniently, Bowie was many artists.

Ten Anthems of the Aughts

It’s the end of a decade
In another ten years’ time
Who can say what we’ll find
what lies waiting down the line
in the end of ’89?
– ABBA, “Happy new year”

The season for reflective (and arbitrary) “best of” lists and canons is upon us, and this year we get a whole decade to reflect on. Here’s my entirely idiosyncratic list of ten of the best songs from the young century’s first decade (“The Aughts”). My (wholly personal) criterion for choosing each as a year’s “anthem” is just that it evoke, more clearly than any other song, that year and its experiences.

2001: Basement Jaxx. “Where’s Your Head At?” XL.
2002: Freelance Hellraiser. “A Stroke of Genie-Us.” n.l.
2003: White Stripes. “Seven Nation Army.” Elephant. V2.
2004: Shapeshifters. “Lola’s Theme.” Positiva.
2005: The New Pornographers. “Sing me Spanish Techno.” Twin Cinema. Mint/Matador.
2006: Scissor Sisters. “I don’t feel like dancin’.” Interscope/Geffen/A&M.
2007: Feist. “1234.” The Reminder. Cherrytree.
2008: The Ting Tings. “That’s not my name.” We Started Nothing. Columbia.
2009: Imogen Heap. “Hide and seek” (Enigma remix). n.l.
2010: The xx. “VCR.” The xx. Young Turks.

Notable mentions:
2003: Black Eyed Peas. “Where is the love?” A&M; The Raveonettes. “That Great Love Sound.” Sony.
2007: Wintersleep. “Weighty Ghost.” Welcome to the Night Sky. Labwork.
2008: Bruce Springsteen. “Girls in their summer clothes.” Magic. Columbia.
2009: Deadmau5. “Ghosts n stuff” (original instrumental mix). Ultra.
2010: OK Go. “This too shall pass.” Of the Blue Colour of the Sky. EMI.