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One of my favorite things about music is coming across old song I have in my library that I’ve either forgotten about or never gave the chance to listen. This afternoon, while thinking about what I would write for a badly needed blog update, I came across this little gem while my Itunes was on random.
The song is called “I’ve got it all (most)” off of Modest Mouse’s Float On EP. As soon as the song started playing it just completely hit me, touching me musically while the lyrics resonated with personal things in my life. The song ditches the usually quirkiness of a Modest Mouse offering, using a smooth, understated groove to deliver what I think is one of their best songs.
I’ve got it almost figured out…
I’m trying to keep my straight music posts to a minimum as this isn’t an mp3 blog, but damn, the new venture by El Michels Affair is just too sick, too off the charts to ignore. El Michels Affair is a musical outfit on Truth and Soul Records creating a sound that would be known as “cinematic soul.” From the Truth and Soul Records website:
Taking influence from all types of music, Leon Michels and Nick Movshon began to create new type of soul music that blended the cinematic quality of soundtrack records with the recording aesthetic of early reggae, and the rawness of 60’s rock.
So naturally they ended up teaming up with the masters of rugged and raw, the mother fuckin’ Wu Tang Clan. They went on to play four live shows with the clan and a national tour with Raekwon the Chef. This collaboration led to their latest project, the brilliant Enter the 37th Chamber, a full record of re-imagined Wu-Tang instrumentals from some of their earliest tracks. OMGWTFBBQ, this record is straight from the slums of Shaolin. Gritty but infused with enough soul to make Al Green weep, these tracks are what the RZA must hear in his head when he goes to sleep at night.
The loung style, jazzy interpretations of the Wu Tang Clan’s music are also being taken to an artistic level with Logan Walters‘ Wu Tang album cover project. Walters has been redesigning the Wu’s album art in the Blue Note Records style, nicely complimentating what the El Michels Affair has been doing. You can find all of his artwork on his flickr page, and thanks to So Much Silence for the find.
And remember kids, the Wu Tang Clan is FOREVER.
The majority of what I’m blogging about can all be tied together into a congruent motif. Music, entertainment, virtual worlds and social media… They all exist in seperate spheres, but like an overly complicated Venn diagram they’re intrinsically linked. Each with an endless amount of complexities that play off one and other and contribute to making life better and more entertaining. So that in mind, the hell is up with pandas? For one, I love them. Pandas are the most adorable creatures on Earth and I challenge anyone to a duel who dares disagree with me.
I know, my blog already comes across as random enough. Throwing pandas into the mix seems like an “F you” to all notions of rhyme or reason but I swear to you, it’s an absolute necessity.
Let me share a few facts about pandas with you:
1) Although the panda is technically a carnivore, it’s diet consists of 99% bamboo.
2) Bamboo is not very nutritious, making them lazy as balls. They even avoid steeply sloping hills to limit energy expenditures.
3) They limit social interactions and will kill humans out of irritation.
4) Pandas are cuter than anything you’ve ever seen in your life and would make phenomenal cuddle buddies had they been wired differently.
This is hard science, folks. It’s not fair either, because not only do the Chinese have a powerful industry that makes us look like a bunch of stoners, they also have to be the proud owners of the greatest animal on Earth. It’s my job as an American blogger to share as many panda related things as I possibly can as part of our courageous fight against communism. Now, for those of you who are still skeptical, consider this…
Need I say more?
Nina Gordon is an American rock singer best known for being the co-founder of the famous 90’s pop rock outfit Veruca Salt. Channeling iconic 80’s bands like the Bangles, she helped bring back fun melodies into a rock movement that was dominated by grunge.
Laura Marling is an English folk/indie singer from Hampshire who released a gorgeous solo debut last year. A former member of Noah and the Whale, her debut was produced by NATW frontman Charlie Fink.
So what do these talented crooners have in common? Well, they both like gettin dat skrilla and pimpin hos, of course!
Nothing beats a good cover song, but there’s never any sense in trying to mimic what the original artist was trying to do. The best covers are genre-hopping, imaginative revisitations. Sure, Nina Gordon’s cover of NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton” is all over the blogosphere, but hell, if you haven’t heard it elsewhere you need to hear it here. Laura Marling teamed up with Jeffrey Lewis to do a folky rendition of Eminem’s “Brain Damage” for the UK paper The Guardian. It just goes to show that music is music, and a good tune should be appreciated no matter what “scene” you’re affiliated with.