Pumped Up Kicks goes down as one of my all time favourite songs and Sit Next To Me also by Foster The People is fast becoming a favourite too:
“So come over here and sit next to me
We can see where things go naturally
Just say the word and I’ll part the sea
Just come over here and sit next to me, ooh
I listen to various DJ mixes that are released as podcasts and I’ve been looking to import these into my iTunes music library for easy listening.
It turns out this is pretty simple to do but I often forget the steps so recording here for remembrance:
- Select audio track in iTunes Podcast section
- Choose File → Convert → Convert ID3 Tags
- Tick ID3 Tag Version and select “v1.1”
- Click OK
- Right click audio track and choose “Show in Finder”
- Copy the file to your desktop (or some other temporary place)
- In iTunes choose File → Add to Library… and choose the newly copied file
This song has really grown on me.
“I ain’t changed, I’m just a new old me
Or did you know me?
Grown on me”
“If you could only choose one musical genre or artist for a day, what would it be?”
This is another tricky question as a lot of the music I listen to isn’t by artists per se, but rather a DJ that blends lots of different music and sounds together. So listening to some of my favourite ‘artists’ right now (The Funk Hunters, Krafty Kuts, DJ Vadim) would actually mean listening to lots of different artists which would break the singular choice.
So I looked at this question in another way: which artist is not only genre defining but unique in their own genre(s) to which they belong?
Fat Freddy’s Drop is a reggae/dub group from Wellington who I rate as one of my all time favourite artists, as well as unique in that there’s no other band I’d really put into the same genre. Since each FFD track is about 10 minutes long and they have plenty of albums and live sessions available: I’d happily listen to Fat Freddy’s Drop for an entire day.
Next question for K:
“In what areas are you happy to be ‘good enough’?”
Sometimes I wonder how I’ve missed something so good for so long: genius.com comes to mind. I’ve only recently discovered the Genius site despite it being around since 2009 when it started as ‘Rap Genius’. So what is Genius?
I love listening to hip-hop and electronic music but sometimes I can’t fully hear or understand the lyrics which is where Genius.com is literally genius: the lyrics to just about every song are on there with annotations/explanations of what each line means with links to other songs, pop-cultural references etc.
I looked up Lean On by Major Lazer & DJ Snake as I couldn’t work out what the “Blow a kiss, fire a gun, All we need is somebody to lean on” chorus means.
MØ (who sings on the track) actually has provided an explanation on Genius:
“No matter if you’re blowing a kiss or firing a gun, no matter if you’re a lover or a warrior, whatever you are, we all need someone to lean on. Even if you’re a drug dealer and a killer or whatever you still need love, basically.”
~ MØ on the lyrics on the chorus
This is one of my favourite scenes from ‘Office Space’. I enjoy listening to gangsta rap whilst cruising around in my Mazda2 so I can relate 😆
RIP Muhammad Ali: the greatest boxer in history, and an inspiration to so many people including Maxi Jazz from Faithless who wrote a (rather awesome) song about Ali:
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I’ve been waiting sixteen years for this day: The Avalanches announce a new album is coming July 8th, and have released a new single Frankie Sinatra today.
If the album is anything like that video I am really excited about this.
Triple J is currently running a remix contest of the Play School theme song.
As someone who grew up watching Play School, and now having seen our three boys grow up watching Play School, it’s very much part of Australian culture and there would be very few Australians that wouldn’t recognize the theme song.
My favourite remix so far is by Killboy:
“Staring at the man in the mirror hey
I know it’s the end of an era, say,
I don’t know what I should do
I wish I could rewind to yesterday
But will I get it back? Will it ever change?
I don’t know what I should do
I don’t want to grow up
I don’t want to live a life like another grown-up
I just want to take it old back to the Play School days
So show a little love for the soap box, so what…”
I imagine millions of doves will be crying all around the world today with the news of Prince’s death. I’m such a sad dove right now.
Here’s such a classic song covered for Like A Version.
I remembered this from a few years back: I rewatched it and it’s still fantastic.
Make sure you watch it full screen with your sound turned up!
I heard this track again today and remembered how much I enjoyed the film clip:
I actually like most Kid Cudi clips, including this one:
I recently discovered The Funk Hunters through SoundCloud.
I really like this mix:
My favourite song in the mix is this one by a Melbourne based duo ‘Running Touch’ who were unearthed by Triple J
I’ve always admired all of DJ Ajax’s stuff, especially his Bang Gang DJs stuff (like the Light Sound Dance Grey Disc). I was saddened to read this tonight:
“DJ Ajax was crossing a road in Parkville, an inner-Melbourne suburb, in the early hours of 28 February 2013 when he was hit by a truck and died at the scene.”
We went to see Fat Freddy’s Drop tonight at the Tivoli in Brisbane. It was one of two Australian shows this month, so we felt pretty special to see them live again. We had choice spot on the upper right balcony which meant the view was especially awesome.
Their new material was especially enjoyable, I look forward to their new album later this year.
I went and saw Ben Folds play last night at the QPAC in South Bank. He was supported by Kate Miller-Heidke, who joined him on stage for three songs. It was a great concert, he played a lot of material from his latest album, as well as some classics like ‘underground’. Good times.
We were lucky enough to get our hands on some great tickets to see the Gotan Project at the Brisbane Powerhouse last Saturday night. Wow; what a show. We didn’t really know what to expect, but it was a mish-mash of beats, a large video screen, various instrumentals and superb Argentinian vocals. Absolutely amazing, absolutely spectacular. Wow.
Julia Stone recently released her first solo album: the memory machine. The album booklet features beautifully drawn, old skool Hollywood poster styled images for each track drawn by Caroline Pedler. I recognize a couple of the songs from when we heard her play in Brisbane a month ago.
We all ventured down the street for the Go Between Bridge Concert last Friday night, Junior Pixels included as babies were admitted free! It was kinda weird watching a live music concert on a bridge, but the incline allowed us to have a very good view even when standing at the back. The night was a lot of fun, we ended up seeing Josh Pyke, Robert Forster and Angus & Julia Stone play. The Stones were our pick, which was expected, and when Angus sang The Yellow Brick Road I couldn’t believe my luck. As the fireworks began, we managed to hail a green cab (literally a three wheeled bicycle) who took the three of us home. What an amazing night!