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Ratatat Vs SomeKindaWonderful – “The Problematics + Cream On Chrome”

SomeKindaWonderful mashes up their unreleased single “The Problematics” with Ratatat’s “Cream on Chrome” and the resulting funkfest basically demands that parties be held in its honor. Decorate the rooftop and call the guy who knows how to work your BBQ cause its time to get weird, wild, and sunburned!  Read more

Remix Roundup Vol. 48 – 7.22.2011 [CSS, Theophilus London, Yelle, Wolf Gang and more…]

We,Joel and Scott, welcome you back.  This time we bring you Remix Roundup Vol. 48.  Damn, that’s a lot.  We can’t believe we’re almost at 50.  Time flies…, too fast these days.  On that note, its time to play a little catch up.

Below we have a mix of mostly new, but some tunes we just missed out on.  Hope you’re hungry, because this is going to take you up a waste size.  Be smart though…  No dancing for at least thirty minutes after ingesting this madness.

Get Nurdy!

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!  Follow @JoelAlbers on Twitter for updates on remixes, dubstep and all things Nurdy.


♫ CSS – Hit’s Me Like A Rock (Dillon Francis Remix)

♫ Mighty Mouse – Between the Pavement and the Stars (Edwin Van Cleef Remix)

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Remix Roundup Vol. 37 – 2.28.2011 [CEREBRAL VORTEX, CHROMEO, MICHAEL JACKSON and more… ]

Did you think we were going to forget you on a Friday night? What’s that? No?

Yeah right, you were all sweatin’ it.  Well relax, we have some tasty tunes for your weekend ahead.  However, this will be a short list because you have 50 of 2010’s best to refer back to and a big fat nasty Dubstep Best Of coming next week.

So for now, here’s something to chew on.
Get Nurdy!

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!  Follow @JoelAlbers on Twitter for updates on remixes, dubstep and all things Nurdy.

 

♫ Cerebral Vortex- Fly By Night (Jesse Jamz Remix) / The Jamz man does it again.  We dare you not to dig this.  This is an early favorite to be on the Top Remix List of 2011.  MAJOR PROPS.

♫ Amadou And Mariam- Sabali (Miike Snow Remix)

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The 25 Best Songs of 2010… So Far (Jan-June)

As I’ve been compiling this best songs list I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a great track. Last year I went by play counts to determine what songs I “loved” the most but this year I noticed that the list that came out didn’t really match my perception of my favorites. A lot of my top played songs this year are indeed great songs, but they also happen to be on a great album so they get played by themselves as well as in the course of the album. So I got to thinking about which are the tracks that I seek out, that I crave, that I have to hear every night before bed or every morning to wake up. Those are the songs that make up this list. Songs that for whatever reason hooked me to the point where I need(ed) them in my life this year. Those great albums (and their highlight jams) will get their moment but for now we celebrate the song, or as 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

RATATAT just put me in a NECKBRACE

knocked me out with a baseball bat

♫ Ratatat – Neckbrace (Web Sheriff wasn’t happy.)

I will never forget the day I first heard “17 years.” (below) I was stunned. What wass happening with these sounds? Why was my leg moving on it’s own? When my roommate Sam finally got home from work I giddily demanded that he listen and I don’t even think I gave him the option to dislike it. At that point, to deny Ratatat deity status was basically blasphemy. This story gets musch less interesting at this point… The rest of the Brooklyn duo’s 2004 debut didn’t inspire the same manic enthusiasm and then 2006’s Classics just disappointed in the face of such high expectations. 2008’s LP3 sparked a bit more fire in me but that didn’t burn long. Then, out of the blue drops a new jam from their forthcoming LP4 and BLAM-O I am back on the Ratatat train and just wishing I had a roommate that I could beat over the head with this track! Yeah, I know there are other tracks off the album out there but I’ve only heard this one and I’d like to keep it that way for a hot minute! I’m just wallowing in this dirty beat and vocal  bass line that just drips with funk. Throw in that signature Ratatat guitar work and a little piano action and you’ve got what we call around here “Hot shit on a stick so watch yourself cause nobody wants to look for the first aid kit!”

♫ Ratatat – Shempi / LP3, 2008

♫ Ratatat – 17 years / Ratatat, 2004

I’ll definitely be updating you all with thoughts on the whole album soon. In the meantime enjoy these older Ratatat faves while I look for a bandage. I’ve burned myself somehow…

UPDATE: ♫ Ratatat – Party With Children / So I had to pull down “Neckbrace” (See below) and replace it with official first ‘leak’ “Party With Children.” So now I’ve heard one more track from LP4 and I’m still pretty darn stoked.

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Remix Roundup Vol. 14 – 12.10.09

Disco X Mas

It’s the holiday season and we all know that you are behind on your schoolwork/shopping/lovemaking/etc so let’s skip the niceties and get down to business.

Oh, and I cant be bothered to include those “[Original Post]” links that I am sure nobody actually used so for more on an artist just click on their tag link at the bottom of the post. Cool beans?*

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Michael Jackson Remembered: Remixes, covers, and memories of the King Of Pop

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Every so often an event comes along that is so powerful/epic/moving/tragic people never forget where they were when it happened/they heard. JFK’s assassination is one. 9/11 is another. I have a feeling that news of Michael Jackson’s death might be another for many. Nobody I can think of has affected as many people around the world. Over the past 2 weeks we have seen and heard a lot of tributes to MJ and today I wanted to give mine. I’ve gathered some of my favorite MJ remixes and covers here and will mix in a few memories of my own as they relate to Michael.

Don Diablo – Song for MJ (Remember The Time)

My first concert ever was a Michael Jackson Concert. It was just me an my dad at The Great Western Forum and I was probably about 6 so I’m guessing it was the Bad tour. I was too young to really know what I was seeing but it definitely made an impact. My memory is hazy but I know my dad and I stood at the railing, my earplugs in place, and I just stared at the stage.

The Hood Internet – Billie “Wildcat” Jean (Michael Jackson vs Ratatat)

“Beat It” get the Weird Al treatment and “Eat It” pushes MJ further into my consciousness although I am still more familiar with him as a celebrity than I am with his music.

Richard Cheese & The Lounge Against The Machine – Beat It

Fall Out Boy ft. John Mayer – Beat It

Dangerous is released. I am 9 years old. This is epic. “Black or White” spawns a million playground jokes about his skin color. My friend Brian has a “Black or White” parody on their answering machine. Something about how anyone can leave a message, it don’t mater if you are… well you get it. Awesome.

James Morrison – Man In The Mirror

All the child molestation stuff comes out and I guess I just assumed he was “Wacko Jacko” and had been getting pervy with kids. A kid in my class says he knows one of the boys suing MJ. Coming from this kid the whole thing now seems less credible. But what do I care, I just drive by Neverland, I don’t sleep there.

Alicia Keys – Human Nature (Michael Jackson Cover)

MJ’s marriage to Lisa Marie Presley furthers my opinion of him as a weirdo. To me he is still more of a joke than a legend. Second marriage to that weird lady doesn’t help.

Ben Gibbard – Thriller (live)

Alien Ant Farm cover “Smooth Criminal” and it takes me over. Every time it comes on KROQ I crank it and rock out to the max. I am inspired to go back and give MJ chance as an artist, not just as “wacko Jacko.”

Alien Ant Farm – Smooth Criminal

Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal (LAZRtag remix)

“Billie Jean” becomes my go-to MJ song and I realize that if he can create a perfect song like that then he is clearly more than just tabloid fodder. More and more of his songs make their way into mu iTunes.

Chris Cornell – Billie Jean (Live)

I see the Jackson 5 tribute show at Madison Square Garden in NYC. The highlight of the night is MJ’s performance. He is just breathtaking to see perform live. He makes it through only a few songs before a split seam up his backside sends him offstage. Whatever, it was epic. The date was September 10th, 2001. The next morning I am unknowingly on the last train out of the city as I head back to campus. Thoughts of the show are quickly overshadowed but I can still remember how amazing it was to see him move.

Rockwell (feat. Michael Jackson) – Watching Me (After Midnight Bootleg)

The Martin Bashir interviews air and it is clear that MJ is just a boy trapped in a man’s body. A boy who never had a childhood and never grew up. Suddenly his “molestation” incidents seem much more like innocent child’s play than anything predatory. He just has so much love for the world and never learned how to show it. I feel for him.

Erykah Badu & The Roots – I Wanna Be Where You Are (Michael Jackson Cover)

I am walking to get dinner in San Francisco with my friend Joe and we are catching up on old times when he suddenly interrupts me to blurt out that “The King Of Pop is dead.” I am stunned. Stunned that he is dead and stunned that he was 50. It was just 8 years ago that I had seen him dance, and I mean DANCE! Wow. What an amazing man. You gave the world so much and it rarely repaid you. You deserved better. I hope you know how much love the we all have for you. May you finally find peace.

Michael Jackson & Bag Raiders – You Are Not Alone (VIKING & CJ Milli Shooting Stars Tribute)