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- More Fire
My man Thijs AKA Saul Good recently made me aware of a talented young Belgian named Selah Sue. She’s a psychology student but also a singer and he described her style as a combination of Édith Piaf and Lauren Hill. (I think that’s what he said). He sent me the clip above and the one below, both of which I think are pretty cool.
I’m a little uncomfortable with the growing AmyWinehouseJossStoneAdeleism over here, so I think it’s only right to recognize the original tracks from the medley above. I think/hope Selah Sue would understand that it’s not a diss.
Selah Sue on myspace
- Party over here
This Saturday I’m gonna be making my return to the Rotterdam party scene. If you’re in the neighborhood come on through.
Paradiso Girls – Patron Tequila
Party & awesome flyer by Uniek
- Beautiful flags from unfamiliar places
World Flag Database is nice
- Kitty in the club
Man, this is some dumb shit to post, but what can I say? In the ven diagram of my mind, there’s long been an emptiness in the overlapping territory between two of my great loves – sexually explicit R&B music and cat-related youtube clips. Well, that space is now filled. Let’s celebrate.
thank you money, cash, hoes
- Big Fun in the Big Town (1986)
This cornucopia of classicness arrived in my inbox today. It’s a documentary about hip hop made for Dutch TV in 1986. Features Mr. Magic and the Juice Crew, Doug E. Fresh, Run-DMC, LL Cool J (and his Grandma), Grandmaster Flash, Russel Simmons, and a lot of others. There’s also a little additional piece on Ice T from ’93. Such a good way to spend an hour.
- Beirut is awesome
A couple of weeks ago my friend James introduced me to Beirut, a group from Brooklyn led by a very young, very talented Europhile named Zach Condon. They’ve been around since 2006 and it is a testament to the near total erosion of my NY hipster credentials that I’m just getting hip now.
It’s kind of hard to describe their sound, because it seems to change slightly with every release, but it’s probably enough to say that ukulele and accordion are the two most prominently featured instruments. This is not like most of the stuff I put on here and Zach’s singing is an acquired taste. But as you can see from the titles and hear from the sounds, this is an American group with an immersive interest in Europe and as an American currently immersed in Europe, I am feeling this shit.
Beirut – Postcards from Italy
Man I love this song. This is from their first album, Gulag Orkestar, and is clearly inspired by the sounds of Eastern Europe (and the stationary of Southern Europe)
Beirut – The Akara
This is from a more recent album which was recorded partially with a funeral marching band in Oaxaca Mexico.
Beirut – My Night With the Prostitute from Marseille
This is from an EP called Holland (shout out to Holland!). It’s totally different from their other stuff, mostly electronic, but still really cool.
Beirut – Nantes
This is the song they’re playing in the clip above. From their last album The Flying Cup Club, which is also cool.
A couple years ago I made a project called “Eat Up” together with the greatest woman on earth, Mee Michelle Liu. Eat Up was an experiment in a new medium that (I think) we invented called the tablezine – a magazine formatted as a tablecloth. Here’s an example from a special issue we made for Get It Louder, a bi-annual contemporary art exhibition held in shopping malls around China.
It seemed like a great idea to us – groups have something to talk about as they wait for their food, singles have something to occupy them while they eat, restaurants minimize clean-up, advertisers have a brand new platform… At the time I had lots of ideas for finding alternative venues for print, but over time I kind of lost steam and started working on other things. But today I saw this wonderful piece of Russian next-levelhood and was reminded…
According to English Russia:
In one Russian town they have started publishing newspapers on… plastic bags that you get in grocery stores.
The edition is always fresh, so each time you get back from the store you can get your portion of news
- We love you Michael
After a couple very late nights, my MJ tribute is finally done. It basically says what I can’t.
right-click + save link as (mac) / save target as (windows)
Louis Farrakhan Intro
Don’t stop til you get enough (demo)
Don’t stop til you get enough (studio)
You wanna be startin somethin
Jackson 5 live in Amsterdam interlude
I want you back
I bet you
Never can say goodbye
I’ll be there
The love you gave
Who’s loving you?
Jackson 5 big brother bully interlude
The life of the party
Forever came today
This place hotel
Off the wall
Rock with you
Vincent Price interlude
We are the world (demo)
Louis Farrakhan interlude
The way you make me feel (acapella)
The way you make me feel
Another part of me
Who is it? (IHS mix)
You are not alone
You rock my world
Bonus: We’re almost there (DJ Spinna remix)
Thank you Michael. You were too beautiful for this ugly world. Rest in Peace.