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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Disclaimer: If you’re an indie only person skip to the third song

You have no idea how hard it is to post right now. There is so much good stuff that popped up in the month I neglected soundcloud. I want to keep surprising you guys, so I’m going to throw up another terrible song that had the ugly remixed out of it. LISTEN before you write it off. I know a lot one or two of you out there might hate me for saying this, but I could never understand how a talented musician like Dave Grohl could put out such awesome music with two of his bands (QOTS, Nirvana) and such ear-piercingly awful music with the other (Fool Fighters). Well pat Louis La Rouche on the back ’cause he just made the Foo Fighters listenable. Sad but true–the only way you could improve his remix of “Everlong” would be to remove Dave Grohl’s singing altogether.

Everlong (Louis La Roche Rework)

Next up I’ve got “Kairo” by  John Dahlbäck. I’m not entirely sure why I like this song so much, and it might be a folly posting it, but there’s something about the slow, industrial breakdown and urgent droning of reggaetonesque (coined) drums that keeps me wanting to move. It’s also pretty amazing how Dahlbäck makes the synthesizers almost moan. Wait for the drop around 2 minutes, or if you’re like me and impatient as hell, have itunes cut of the off the first 2 mins.

Cairo These Days

John Dahlbäck – Kairo (Original Mix)

This next tune is perfect to throw on for some sexxxin’. Phaseone crushed it with his eerie remix of “Daily Routine” which included a sick rap drop (Yeah, yeah, yeah–Inside joke?). He’s clearly demonstrated he’s in it for the long haul.

All Hers

Phaseone – All to Herself

Phaseone also remixed Burial’s 1997 melancholic bliss, “Archangel”. Unlike “Everlong”, the original Burial song actually stands on its own fine.

Coverart from the Burial Album Untrue

Burial – Archangel (Phaseone Remix)

Finally, this oldie popped up while my library was on shuffle. A google site search of Jamz Not Jelly confirmed that I had somehow never posted this gem. Mary Anne Hobbes spoke true in her phone sex operator voice when she said Kito & Reija Lee have a really powerful yet poetic take on dubstep. Diplo sure as hell knows how to pick for his label, Mad Decent.

Kito & Reija Lee – Sweet Talk


Tons has happened since I last blogged. ID Fest stormed (literally) VA, and it was beautifully successful in the most chaotic, unexpected way possible. First, Avicci took the stage throwing up what can only be generously called mediocre visuals. Then, Steve Aoki confirmed his real passion was for screamo, not EDM. Finally, one of my high school favorites, DJ Shadow, was miserably rained out. Luckily, all was not lost. The rain brought everyone under the only covered stage at ID Fest to dance like a weird family of circus freaks while Kaskade put on a truly epic light show that was only gloriously complimented by lightning splintering across the sky in the distance. As with Dayglow, I put together a compilation of post-rave songs to please the ears of my fellow comrades daring to weather such explosive bass.

The only thing Gwen Stafani ever did for me was teach me to spell bananananas (sic). I don’t like her, and you don’t need to either to enjoy Lapalux’s bootleg. Lapalux cracked the song apart so much he makes fixing Humpty look like child’s play.


Gwen Stefani – Luxurious (Lapalux’s bootleg remix)


Picture House takes Crystal Fighters’ “In the Summer” and gives it a smokin’ hot tan. I know Labor Day passed, but to be fair ID Fest did make the cut. All that aside, come December when you get sick of trying to find your liquor jacket so you can actually step outside and have fun on a Friday night you’ll thank me. So crack a corona to this song because it will most certainly conjure an island breeze to blow all that snow to come away.
Crystal Fighters – In The Summer (Picture House’s ‘Summer In The Balearics’ Mix)


In keeping with the post-rave post precedent (confusing, I know) I figured I’d throw on some heavier EDM as well in case my comrades still needed to move a little. Deathstar certainly stays true to the awesomeness of his name. Listen, he’ll blow your world up with these two tracks.

Deathstar – Money Talks


Gotta love the Lil’ John and Fatboy Slim in “Funk Soul”.

Deathstar – Funk Soul

I don’t even know what to say… after an amazing lineup of beautiful, technologic bliss, we’re beginning to leave a killer set by Armin van Buuren when we turn around and see this.

Armin van Buuren (ft. Christian Burns) – This Light Between Us (Great Strings Mix Edit)

This one as well has been on repeat in my head literally since we left the zoo…

The Killers – Human (Armin Van Buuren Club Remix)

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So there’s this annual festival in New York you may’ve heard of, where like a hundred of the world’s greatest DJs magically dip in for a three-day party on Randall’s Isle, Manhattan– it’s Electric Zoo, it begins in less than 24 hours, and–lucky for you–more tickets have been released!

Yea… you read those prices right.  But then take a look at those lineups!  You won’t find a hotter show on the eastern seaboard.  For me, it was the epic Sunday lineup that I ended up buying a ticket for, coincidentally the first day that started selling out tickets.  A few thousand of my best friends and I are about to get the aural pleasuring of a lifetime from the likes of Diplo, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Calvin Harris, and just a few other nonmortals who’ve agreed to come grace our ears.

The massive dance party’ll start later that afternoon, but first I wanna mention two acts that precede the crazy: Gramatik and MiM0SA, performing starting at 11:30am back-to-back at the “Hilltop Arena,” where you’re likely to find me planted the majority of the day.  These guys both bring back an older world through funky mixes produced so silkily smooth they’d slip right through your fingers. To help you start to feel the beat…

Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Hip-Hop Heaven (Gramatik Remix) 
(Someone dareth touch Led Zepp?!)

Nina Simone – I Put A Spell On You (MiM0SA mix)

Another personal fave during my scuba adventures is Jack Beats, booked right in between the sets of Fake Blood and Diplo (two other mighty fine DJs).  Be sure to check out his jungle-infused set to really make it feel like a zoo…

Jack Beats – Revolution <–whoa

Florence and the Machine – Drumming Song (Jack Beats Remix)

Hope to see you there !