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06
Apr

Mashup Monday

Best Of Bootie '08

Haven’t posted a Monday mashup in way too long. Perfect excusse to stop by and visit our good friends at Bootie SF, America’s first ever regular mashup dance night curated by DJ’s Adrian & the Mysterious D. Go homies! The duo have also released their annual Best Of featuring the hip shakinest, head banginest grooves from around the globe. There’s ComaR out of Paris stuffing the Jackson 5 into a Justice jam, Munich’s DJ Y Alias JY crashes Duffy into the Doobie Brothers plus several local folks like SF’s Earworm shoving BeyoncĂ© up against Tom Petty. Such great stuff that there’s a full 13 bonus tracks that didn’t make the cut. My favorite of the bonus tracks is this hard chugger by LA’s The Illuminoids.

Get It On At Le Disko (T. Rex vs. Shiny Toy Guns)

My favorite of the regular tracks so far is local DJ Earworm. Not sure if it’s the best musically but the sample list is plain crazy.

No More Gas (Rihanna vs. Kardinal Offishall vs. Akon vs. Ne-Yo vs. Estelle vs. Pussycat Dolls vs. Leona Lewis vs. Danity Kane vs. Madonna vs. Timbaland vs. Justin Timberlake vs. Lupe Fiasco vs. Matthew Santos vs. Britney Spears vs. Flo-Rida vs. T-Pain)

You can score it all right here or by clicking on the cover above.

26
Feb

Mashup Monday

Finally got around to sinking my teeth into Bootie’s annual collection of the best mashups of the year. Sounds like it was a slow year for the genre compared to the previous two but there are some fine grooves here. Bootie’s regular throwdown at the DNA Lounge was recently upped to twice a month so you can rest assured these folks know what they’re doing. You get Amy Winehouse facing off with Britney Spears, Jackson 5 going against Guns N’ Roses, Wild Cherry crashing into Frankie Goes To Hollywood plus 17 more.

Two personal favorites:

Tequila Lip Gloss (Lil Mama vs. The Champs)DJ Paul V

Standing In The Way Of Connection (Gossip vs. Elastica)A plus D

Get the whole 75 minute continuous mix as a zip file here or download individual tracks plus some bonus cuts here. You can find links to the best of ’05 & ’06 compilations there as well. And don’t forget to grab the artwork here.

29
Jan

Mashup Monday (on time)


One of the most famous (and controversial) examples of the mashup genre is Danger Mouse‘s “The Grey Album”. Released in early 2004, it layered the a cappella version of Jay-Z’s The Black Album over instrumentals created from unauthorized samples from The Beatles’ self-titled double album more commonly known as The White Album. White + Black = Grey, get it?

Needless to say EMI popped a vein slapping cease & desist orders on anyone distributing the limited copies Danger Mouse produced (rumored to be in the neighborhood of 3,000). This somewhat defensible protection of EMI’s copyright led to an impressive grass roots movement to distribute the record over the internet led by the folks at Downhill Battle. Dubbed “Grey Tuesday”, February 24th, 2004 saw roughly 170 sites hosting the album for download. Estimates range up to 100,000 copies dl’ed that day. Happy to say I’m one of ‘em. Hurray for internet civil disobedience!

Two of my favorite tracks:
Encore
December 4th

There’s also this fabulous video for “Encore” directed by the Swiss duo Ramon and Pedro (aka Laurent Fauchere and Antoine Tinguely). I can’t decide what I like best, scratching Ringo or headspinning John…

22
Jan

Mashup Monday (a day late)

This could be a regular feature here if folks dig it. Let’s run it up the flagpole and see who salutes shall we?

If I had to pick a single track to demonstrate to the uninitiated the pure funky joy that is mashup culture I’d be hardpressed to come up with a better example than Sweet Home Country Grammar. This toe-tapping collision of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Nelly is the brainchild of local SF DJ Mwei-Lun. As his alter ego Mix Master Mao Lun was part of the CRFTP collective along with Ean Golden (aka Fidelski) and other like minded spinners. It looks like the bulk of the site hasn’t been updated in a couple years but the forums (with plenty of links to other mashups and artists) are still active. I’m really into the whole “music for the masses” aesthetic they have going too. They have their best stuff up on this page but the cream of the crop for me is this track here:

Mix Master Mao – Sweet Home Country Grammar




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