Friday 5ves

About 15 minutes left on my chicken patties and the Office from last night,  so I’m going to make these a quick 5.  This is a pretty off the wall selection of music but some nice newly discovered music bits this from this week.  Music that’s from all over the map and all sorts of danceable tunes to jump-start your Friday night.   Oh and bear with me as I continue to try to make HM a bit more bloggable so that Mother’s too can use it andddddddd some things that I think you’ll enjoy it as well.

-Hope all my homies in Pennsylvania huck a snowball for me this weekend.


Hot Chip – Take It in [DL]
One of the first ones I’ve heard from their new cd.  But I can tell already this is a favorite.  The song has a darkened black bass line with fierce pulsating notes  but as soon as the chorus erupts its a tune to that just sticks in your head, one you kind of like.

The Selfish Replicators – Strands [DL]

Haven’t gotten the chance to do much digging on these guys yet and I don’t think there’s much to dig up as their Myspace page has only 1,700 views. Think Grizzly Bear with thick drum and bass lines with melodic vocal stylings.  This song was on heavy repeat this week.

Cassette Kids – Lying Around [DL]

I’m a complete sucker for catchy indie female pop music.  There I said it,  but I have no shame and this song is a testament to what I’m talking about.

Q and Not U – Wonderful People [DL]

This song has a high nostalgic value to me and brings me straight back to studying for college finals and when I used to break and try to match the lead singers falsetto while playing air guitar.  This was a nice treat to stumble upon this week.

Mt Eden Dubstep – Sierra Leone [DL]

Usually I’m not down with the whole dubstep craze but for some reason the subtle Transformer like noises and the cavernous sounding vocals did it for me upon first listen.

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MEGA Mixxx – Treasure Fingers

Whew, just when I was about to play the shit out of the two-hour The Twelves remix I posted a couple weeks ago, Treasure Fingers comes along and saves the day.  You know you’ve listened to a mega mix far too much when you can anticipate each transition into the next song or sample.  That is what’s so great about these two-hour  DJ sets, the hits keep coming – fast and fierce.  Oh and if you’re on the fence about downloading a two-hour DJ set, (too much bandwidth wahhhhhhhh), if you’re a frequent gym goer these are perfect to just push play to and keep you pumpin’ iron or in a fast sprint for an extended period of time.  Yep, music to help with your fitness.

Treasure Fingers – Live at Muse (District Ignition / Snatch Rewired) in Washington DC

You know the deal.  Right click to DL and then tell all your friends about it.

Taking you to the Mooooooooovies.

Stumbled upon this video above here during my daily perusing of the interwebs for new music bits.  As history defines itself, it’s not often that a music video completely astounds me with its eye candy visuals while leaving me bewildered by its underlying message – but this video is an outstanding piece of work.   The cut shots are well thought out, the multiple story lines leave you puzzled, the chick is hot, the song is infectious and at the end it all seems to come together with the message that you’re fucked any way you slice it.

Watch it and let me know what you think.

MASH’ed Up….Always served hot!

I pretty much have a love/hate relationship with the shuffle function of my ipod.  At times it spits out way too much electro and not enough Alt Pop/Rock and then sometimes too much Hip-Hop and just not enough of that Boogie Woogie (yep, that’s a real genre on my pod).  But this morning when the massive track Shook by Emancipator came on during my ride into work, it reminded me of college and one of my favorite mash-ups that deserved more airtime for my ears. The song features Mobb Deep’s raw and uncut lyrics from Shook Ones which blend seamlessly over the spruced up backing track Vaka by Sigur Ros. Now, Mash-ups are generally fun, but usually never amazing. However, this chilling track is a prime example of how two songs from opposite ends of the musical spectrum blend into a masterpiece, the Mona Lisa of mash-ups.

Sigur Ros vs. Mobb Deep – Shook Ones (Emancipator Mash Up) ❤

Below are a few of my other favorite mash-up gems that aren’t works of art, but fun to listen to nonetheless.

The Hood Internet – Cult Logic Forever (Drake ft. Kanye West and Lil Wayne vs. Miike Snow)

Jay Z vs. The Verve – Bittersweet Dirt Off Your Shoulder

Party and Bullshit in the USA – The Notorious B.I.G vs. Miley Cirus (Hathbanger Mash Up)

The Hood Internet – Two Weeks Of Hip Hop (Dead Prez vs. Grizzly Bear)

The Friday 5ves

Still seeing how this blog pans out, but for now it’s the only means I can think of when sharing a taste of the music I listen and get into.  So for now,  you can guarantee that at least on Friday’s you can find five of my favorite songs that I over played this past week.  Typically you’ll find music here that is good to listen to while getting ready to head out on the town, for your weekend ski trip up north or music just to chill out to in sweats during your lazy Sunday or No Shower Sunday (NSS), as I typically call it.   Listen and maybe these song will become part of your weekend soundtrack.

Miike Snow – Billie Holiday

This song is epic proof that when you leave out a song like this from your debut album,  you know you’ve created something special.  Far and away one of my favorite new artists from last year and this song shows how talented these guys are in making music across all sorts of genres.

RJD2 – Games You Can Win (feat. Kenna)

At first glance, I was more excited to hear what Kenna sounded like than RJD2 after all these years.   Kenna, who immediately captured my attention with the song and video for Hell Bent back in 2001, mainly because the song was so unique and like nothing I’ve ever heard before.  As Kenna joins forces with one of my favorite producers on his fourth solo album, this is just a glimpse into all of the other goodies to discover on this years release, titled  The Colossus.

Method Man, Ghostface Killah & Kaekwon – Our Dreams

Oh my gawd, this is superb and was totally not expecting this upon first glance of the title.  Take a super old MJ sample and combine it with 3 legends in the game.  Having always been a fan of Method Man from back when he used to make the crap sub in my jeep sound somewhat decent, it’s nice to hear he’s still bringing it.

Lykki Li – Little Bit (Gigamesh Remix)

Lykki Li’s vocals just melt all over this spruced up disco beat that Gigamesh created.  Props to Lykki Li though, the original song is great but better when it transforms into something danceable, which isn’t necessarily true most of the time.

Hot Chip – Alley Cats

Hot Chip is responsible for creating some of my favorite electronic songs in the past.  A band that has relied heavily on creating electronic music and one of the fore fathers responsible for the type of music I listen to today.  With this said, this non-electro down-tempo tune is surprisingly one of my favorite songs from their new album titled One Life Stand.

Reminisce Over This

The. Greatest. Hip. Hop. Song. Ever. Period.

Nas – The World Is Yours

Major flashback back to middle school days with my memorex etched Pharcyde.

The Pharcyde – Runnin (1995)

An engaging love story that helped The Roots break through the radio barrier as a major hip hop band. Sure the Grammy helped too.

The Roots – You Got Me feat. Erykah Badu (1999)

A truly timeless song from back when hip hop used to be fun.  “Feel the good vibrations”

Souls Of Mischief – 93 ’til Infinity (1993)

The Twelves are a-ma-zing!

It seems that with everything song The Twelves remix touch, it turns to gold.   The popularity of this Brazilian duo  skyrocketed with their remix of MIA’s hit Boyz and have since grabbed the attention of dance music aficionados across the map.

They’ve been praised as Rio de Janerio’s answer to the Daft Punk on many occasions,  but really you can’t compare one to the other.  Daft Punk starts their recipe from almost scratch, adding samples, some vocals and then the break danceable beats.  The formula for The Twelves however, is quite simple.  Take an already really really good song, add a catchy drum and bass loop, place it in the synthesizer 0ven and the result is pure gold (Jerry), GOLD!  Just some damn good dance music, nothing more nothing less and fun as hell.

The essential mix below was recorded live and it’s 2 hours long!  A great mp3 to push play to while you’re at the gym, a long car ride or just a slow day at work.  Or it’s perfect if you’re like me and have a daunting 2 hour commute each day.  blah.

The Twelves – Essential Mix

Radiohead – Reckoner (The Twelves Remix)

MIA – Boyz (The Twelves Remix)