ZOOT WOMAN have JUST the music for A saturday night with FRIENDs OF MINE

all the time going out of my mind, see your smile such a different style

♫ Zoot Woman – Just a Friend of Mine

I’ve heard that Zoot Woman basically invented electroclash way back in 2001 but I wasn’t nearly cool enough back then to have any idea about that. I discovered them in 2005 when their cover of Craig David’s “Seven Days” (below) surfaced on my radar and blew me away. It was only available to stream on their MySpace and I spent the next 4 years searching for an mp3. Sometime last year I finally got my paws on it and have been a happier man ever since. But Zoot Woman, however, weren’t done with me. So single minded was I on my hunt for the “Seven Days” cover that I completely ignored their original output. That is, until I heard “Just A Friend Of Mine” and realized that these guys meant serious business in the global marketplace of good times. That’s also when I discovered that Stuart Price (aka The Thin White Duke, Jacques Lu Cont, producer behind awesome/massive tracks everywhere) is in the band and then things made much more sense. Well, Zoot Woman dropped the “Things Are What They Used To Be” LP last year and I’m late to the late night, strobe-lit, sexy-people-filled party but I’m glad to be here. “Just A Friend Of Mine” is the album’s opener and standout party anthem with it’s thumping beat and arm flailing infectiousness. The other tracks aren’t as fired up but it just means their more steam powered, if you know what I mean. “Memory” is a propulsive fist pumper that is meant for driving fast and living hard and album closer “Live In My Head” simmers with 80s synths as it slowly builds pressure.

♫ Zoot Woman – Seven Days (Craig David cover)

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Hip-Hop Digest 2 – 6.26.2010 [Kid Cudi, Kanye, Jay-Z, Big K.R.I.T., B.o.B., …) ]

Yeah, so it’s been a year since volume 1. Nobody said shit was organized around here.

So I just finished compiling and writing everything below and I had to ask myself why I was posting so much mediocre hip-hop when that is not even a genre I focus on here. I think that, however, is precisely the point.* I rarely post hip-hop tracks because they rarely grab me. So much of the big league hip-hop feels so lifeless. Anyway, read on, you’ll see what I mean. Or not. Anyway, here is a bunch of stuff that ranges in quality but all relates to hip-hop in some way.

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!

♫ Kid Cudi – REVOFEV / From Cudi’s forthcoming sophomore album. Par for the course, I’d say. Read more

Remix Roundup Vol. 23 – 6.18.2010 [Oasis, RAC, Crystal Castles, Tokyo Police Club, Major Lazer]

Damn. This roundup is huge. I been slippin on my pimpin and sooo many great tracks have piled up. Dive in.

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!

♫ Oasis – Wonderwall (Questions Version) / Jay-Z fucked up his attempt and Ryan Adams’ cover is beautiful. Now we have this remix to add a little gritty funk to these timeless lyrics. Sweet. Read more

Remix Roundup Vol. 22 / 5.20.2010 [A-Trak, Miike Snow, Crystal Castles, Local Natives, Ratatat, …]

Great remixes coming out the wazoo! This roundup sets the record for shortest time since the last one and it’s still bursting with 16 jams! Remixes first, mashups second, zip file at the end… but good times above all!

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!

REMIXES

♫ Miike Snow – Billie Holiday (LightsoverLA remix) / Yes! Yes! Yes! It had been waay too long since we had a Miike Snow remix and now we get one for the great bonus track “Billie Holiday!” It’s like going to a rave in the cockpit of Read more

} TBE Digest 9 – 5.16.2010 [Steel Train, MIA, Interpol, The Dead Weather, Eminem, … ]

Woah, so things got a bit out of control with this Digest, there are just a lot of new jams coming out and it’s tough to keep track of them all. I also decided to include a new section of new songs from bands I have already written about but who have something new. Anyway, dive in and gimmie your two cents in the comments!

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!

NEW JAMS FROM OLD FRIENDS

♫ Steel Train – You and I Undercover / As if “Turnpike Ghost” didn’t already have me pumped for Steel Train’s new album! This jam is fantastic and Read more

Remix Roundup Vol. 21 – 5.6.10 – EPIC!!!!

I feel like we know each other well enough that I can be honest with you, right? Well I gotta say that sometimes I put a remix in one of these roundups that I am not totally in love with but is interesting/unique/whatever. I just want you to know that even though this is the longest roundup ever at 17 tracks this is not one of those cases. All these jams are going off and I am soooo stoked to be delivering them to you! Dive in! The water is hott!

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!

♫ Tegan and Sara – Alligator (RAC Mix) / Awww yeah, Tegan, Sara, and RAC! If funky grooves were a fruit then they this remix is them being dipped in the sweetness of my favorite Canadian Read more

} TBE Digest 8 – 4.30.10 [Blur, Hole, Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem, Passion Pit, Nada Surf…]

How-dilly, ho-dilly, neighbors! I’m currently cooking up all kinds of excitement behind the scenes here at TBE so I’m not gonna stick around and chat. You know the deal, these are the jams that are more ‘newsworthy’ then ‘noteworthy’ so that you can stay up to speed on all the latest music hitting the web without reading as many damn blogs as I do. To cleanse the palette I’ve got a bundle of covers to close things out. Enjoy!

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!

♫ Blur – Fool’s Day / Record Store Day is an annual thing and it happened not too long ago. Blur released their first new track in forever and this is it. It’s a good little jam but I imagine that If I had ever loved Blur then I would be into this more. Read more

Remix Roundup Vol. 20 – 4.16.10 [Bloc Party, Tegan & Sara, Neon Indian, Brahms…]

Some real gems up in here. A couple ass-shakers, mood setters, and a trifecta of hip-hop sampling mashups to round things out. Get in!

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!

♫ Marmaduke Duke – Kid Gloves (Electrically Charged Boy remix) / It’s this remix that inspired me to track down Marmaduke Duke’s jams and if you’re listening then you know why. I can’t stop grooving to Read more