Author Archives: Alison

Mahjongg “Free Grooverider” remix

Not something I’m completely crazy about, especially compared to the original track, but some of you may just fancy this wonderfully dissonant take:

Mahjongg – Free Grooverider (Selector Dub Narcotic Version) [MP3]

And for those in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, Mahjongg are set to play a show at the Billiken Club on 1/31 with the brilliant and amazing Emperor X.  Shameless Billiken Club plug, no big deal.  It’s a free show, like they always are.

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I am thankful for R. Kelly

…and R. Kelly is thankful for America!

Why haven’t I seen this sooner?

What we’ve been doing with our time lately

Beyonce’s new video for her single “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” has been a current obsession of ours as of late.  There’s no denying its amazingness.  I have even heard the video described as “black, white and fierce all over”, which I deem to be highly appropriate.

Although she’s pulling a split-personality thing and releasing two records–one under Beyonce and the other under the moniker Sasha Fierce (T.I. did the same with his last release, T.I. vs. T.I.P. and let’s not forget about the awesomely disgusting Garth Brooks/Chris Gaines attempt in 1999) my loyalty is going to have to stay with this Sasha Fierce character (although that name really sucks) because she is the buck Beyonce we all know and love.

R.I.P. Chris Gaines foreva and eva

Have you heard …

… these traxxx before?  Just some stuff I’ve been listening to a lot as of late.  Wintry weather is setting in and nothing cures the sniffles like some good music and cute bunnies!

Private – We Got Some Breaking Up To Do [MP3]

Skeletons – Dripper [MP3][Insound]

French Miami – Goddamn Best [MP3]

CYNE – African Elephants [MP3][Insound]

Yeah, we went: CMJ 2008

Ok, so the CMJ Music festival and conference went down a few weeks ago, but it was soooo insanely awesome that we are just now fully recovering from its effects.  Now that Sanita and I are full time citizens of the real world again, here are photos of some of our favorite sights at CMJ 2008!  All photos courtesy of our dear pal, Lesley Rottsolk.

Shugo Tokumaru--Terrorbird Showcase at the Cake Shop

Shugo Tokumaru--Terrorbird Showcase at the Cake Shop

Shugo Tokumaru--Terrorbird Showcase at the Cake Shop

Shugo Tokumaru--Terrorbird Showcase at the Cake Shop

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Who IS Marnie Stern, exactly?

So I just watched Marnie Stern’s video for her new single, “Transformer”, and I feel like it just slapped me in the face.  Was it her insanely awesome guitar-shredding skillz?  No.  Well, kinda.  What I am getting at is in one of the scenes she looks like the third Nelson Twin.  Which would technically make them triplets, in that case.

While that statement is neither here nor there, I encourage you to go out and cop her new record which is so concisely entitled “This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That”. THANKS, MARNIE ❤

That’s all I have to say about that, so Happy Friday y’alls!

Grab Bag Fridayz!

Although it’s a day late, it is that sweet, sweet time of the week once again.  Better late than never, yeah?  This week, I am particularly excited about my offerings, and I hope y’alls are as well.

On October 21st, Brooklyn tribal-noise pioneers Gang Gang Dance are set to release their new album Saint Dymphna (named after the patron saint of mental health and possessed peoples, if that gives you any insight), their latest since 2005’s amazing God’s Money.  Although I feel that they’re trying to stay true to their tribal dance-punk sound that we know and love, GGD’s new album is going to be their most accessible yet.  It has much more of a house feel than previous albums, which is a bit of a change.  I’m dealing with it.  Don’t get me wrong, it really is a beautiful record, just a bit of a departure.  And will you LOOK at the album art?  Tiiiiight!

Gang Gang Dance –First Communion [MP3][Insound]

Gang Gang Dance – Vacuum [MP3]

Gang Gang Dance – Desert Storm [MP3]

Religious Knives will be releasing their new album The Door on October 14th via Ecstatic Peace, Thurston Moore’s label.  The album was produced by Moore and RK and from what I’ve heard so far, it’s going to be just splendid.  Founding members Maya Miller and Michael Bernstein met in New York a decade ago, however the group has existed as a four-piece for little over a year now.  This expansion is quite apparent in their growing sound as a band.

Religious Knives – Downstairs [MP3][Insound]