Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
From Chris Holmes: About a year ago, my friend Hunter had just come back from working at refugee camps in Uganda and Sudan. After a horrible 30 year long civil war, the countries and their populations had been devastated. Young males were forcibly indoctrinated into brutal militias, a bloody and gruesome war raged and the countries were torn apart.
While working at the refugee camps, Hunter came across a group of women in Gulu who had came up with a novel and beautiful idea. Since the civil war had subsided, few men had returned home from the militias.
The men felt that the atrocities of war had made them unforgivable and they could never return home again to face their families and neighbors. Instead of returning, they stayed in the bush and the women were left without their husbands, sons, brothers and fathers.
The women of Gulu came up with a beautiful solution to a difficult problem. In the past diplomats, foreign aid workers, and politicians had failed in bringing the men back home.
The women decided they would tell the men they had been forgiven and to come back home in song. They would sing and record songs and send them out to the bush for the men to hear.
It was such an astoundingly simple and beautiful idea. Where words, politics, and social policy had failed, songs could reach their hearts and help heal the wounds caused by years of horrific tragedy.
So Hunter worked with the Gulu women, and brought the idea to other camps. He taught them songs of forgiveness and redemption. They sang the songs and recorded them and a miracle started to happen. The men started to hear their voices and to come home.
Six months later, after tons of advice from Oxfam, the UN and other groups with experience in the region the Voice Project was born.
We had an opening party at the Roosevelt Pool, coordinated with the release of the Edward Sharpe record. Devendra Banhart, Ana Calderon and I djed, and Edward Sharpe played their new record.
On their amazing record they had a song that perfectly captured the message of the Voice Project, "Home".
So Alex and I did an edit of the track, passed it along to Hunter, who then passed it along to Nicole from the Voice Project in Gulu.
One month later we received a video of the Gulu Widows Choir (the women who had come up with the idea behind the Voice Project) singing Edward Sharpe. It was beautiful and brought tears to our eyes.
After a day or two in the studio, we were able to mix their voices in with the original studio recording and create a magical and truly special track. Half recorded in LA, half recorded at the refugee camp in Uganda. We have captured the message of the Voice Project in a song.
We offer it up to you as a free download, to spread the word of this universal message of forgiveness and healing. Send it to your friends and everyone you know and help us spread the word of the Voice Project.
Music can heal wounds that words, policy and governments cannot. Go to the Voice Project facebook page if you would like to join the cause.
Most importantly enjoy, this is just the beginning.
The Voice Project
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Extended Pretentious Disclaimer: This list is subject to change over the coming years, months, days, and hours. I have a very hard time committing to any sort of 'best of' list & am particularly indecisive when it comes to my favorite subject - music. It is not that I am not opinionated (I AM!), but simply that as my moods shift, so do my soundtrack requirements. A song that is is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE RIGHT NOW! may lose favor after several listens. Additionally, songs I am not mad about at first can grow on me. It often takes several years for a band to reach 'favorite' status. A hallowed spot in my record collection generally reserved only for David Bowie, Talking Heads, Leonard Cohen, Bjork, Jay-Z, The Smiths & several other musicians that have survived with me over the years. It's not the size of the body of work (I LOVE Neutral Milk Hotel), but the fact that I keep coming back to these artists again & again & again... Tastes are subjective and my shifts are particularly dramatic. Since I am prone to change my mind, 'best of' list are complicated ordeals. That being said, after several weeks of contemplation, I am confident that I've narrowed down the list to the songs that (although the order may change) will remain at the top of my favorites list for 2009.
My Favorite Songs From 2009
1. Born On A Day The Sun Didn't Rise
Black Moth Super Rainbow
The song was the soundtrack to my incredible summer. It gets the top spot for that reason alone.
2. My Girls
Merriweather Post Pavilion
This song was the soundtrack to my winter. It was EVERYWHERE this year but I never seemed to get sick of it. I have about twelve remixes and am fairly sure that this will make almost every blogger top 10 list. Sometimes songs get popular simply because they are great or maybe we all believe the hype... ;)
3. Stillness Is The Move
Another super popular band. Another hit. They may be sickeningly trendy, but the Dirty Projectors are fantastic. There collaboration with David Bryne for "Dark Was The Night" almost made this list along with several other songs from Bitte Orca.
4. Breaking The Ice
My favorite song off one off my favorite albums of 2009. Jeremy Jay definitely takes the prize for the most ipod play this year.
The Juan MacLean
The Future Will Come
I've had this album on rotation for what seems like forever. There are so many great tracks, but this is the one that I keep coming back to. I included it on my Space Disco For Lovers Mix and love how epic it is. The perfect end of the night song.
6. Hellhole Ratrace
"and i dont want to cry my whole life through, i want to do some laughing too. so come on, come on, come on, come on, laugh with me. and i dont want to die without shaking up a leg or two, yeah, i want to do some dancing too. so come on, come on, come on, come on, dance with me." .. 'Nuf said.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
This song makes me feel like a teenager. I love how driving and emotional it is. It gets me every time. Period.
8. New Theory
Life of Leisure EP
9. You're My Eyes (Disco Song) (Pilooski Remix)
One of my favorite lyricists pairs up with one of may favorite remixers. This song is perfect.
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
I've heard 1901 in a ton of commercials and on a bunch of TV shows. Nice work Phoenix. Collect those Benjamins (or Francs).
11. I Will Come Back
Green Label Sound
After the success of 'Hold On' expectations have been high for Holy Ghost!. They produced a bunch of perfect remixes and really came through with IWCB. The Classixx remix is dope too.
12. Nadine (Memory Tapes Version)
I included this song on my ROXY Athletic Mix. I especially love how it grows and am a sucker for a 'big finish'.
13. Primary Colours
Some critics commented that The Horrors made a Jesus and Mary Chain or Cure album with Primary Colours. As a J&MC, Cure, and Horrors fan, I think that's rad!
14. Blue Skies (The Twelves Remix)
Noah & The Whale
The First Days Of Spring
Blue Skies makes me happy. Been a while since I've gone through a breakup, but I imagine that this tune would help. The Twelves pump it up without losing the feel.
You can get this and several more great remixes at Living Ears:
Another band that is so hip it hurts. I hear that their live show is lacking, but I still think these kids made one of the best albums of the year.
16. Two Weeks
I can't really say anything that has not already been said. Great band. Great song.
17. Heavy Cross (Fred Falke Remix)
Music For Men
My friend Billy reminded me of this song today. Fred Falke scores my Moroder inspired dreams.
18. Your Disco Song
Disco Terminateur EP
Dark and throbbing & 'made for me'.
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19. Keep The Streets Empty For Me
Dark and lovely & made for me.
20. Empire State of Mind (feat. Alicia Keys)
The Blueprint 3
This is not my favorite Jay-Z song (his body of work is far too awesome) BUT this is still one of my favorite songs of the year.
Dark Was The Night
I think Dark Was The Night is one of the best compilations that I've ever heard. there were so many amazing collaborations and songs. This one stood out. More new music for Yeasayer is coming any day. Can't wait!
22. Walkabout (Feat. Panda Bear)
Bradford Cox had this to say about the track in the lengthy press release for Logos:
"I toured for a period in Europe with Animal Collective, whose band dynamic was very inspirational to be around. On the bus, we often played improvised iPod games. We would take turns formulating a theme or unifying concept and then play three songs. The goal would be for everyone to try and figure out the theme. During one of these games, someone played 'What Am I Going to Do' by the Dovers. I was amazed at the hook-- a weird organ thing with drums and electric bass. I mentioned to Noah [Lennox] that someone should really sample that riff. He agreed and he taught me a little about sampling and matching
up beats. This ended up as the collaborative effort 'Walkabout'.”
Here's the audio for the Dovers track on which "Walkabout" is based:
23. You'll Disappear (Jacques Renault Remix)
The Phenomenal Handclap Band
15 to 20 / You'll Disappear Remixes
I was torn between including '15-20' or 'You'll Disapear' on this list. Then I was torn between the Prins Thomas remix or this one. It is all very very good. I included this song on my 'Disco Dancing Keeps Me Warm' Mix.
24. 40 Day Dream
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Alex Ebert makes me want to buy what he is selling. I too want to join an eleven person musical commune and play tambourine with my lover.
25. Use Somebody
Kings Of Leon
Only By The Night
I Start To Run White Denim Fits
Bad Blood (ft. Alexis Taylor) Simian Mobile Disco Temporary Pleasure
Should have taken acid with you Neon Indian Psychic Chasms
The Trapeze Swinger Iron & Wine Around The Well
45:33 (Padded Cell Remix) LCD Soundsystem 45:33 Remixed
Paparazzi Lady GaGa The Fame
Woof Woof Dan Deacon Bromst
Safe For The Time Being (The Paronomasiac Remix) Mason Proper Mason
Not Made For Love (Joakim Remix) Metronomy Not Made For Love
Are Friends Electric? The Dead Weather Gary Numan Cover
All Is Love Karen O and the Kids Where the Wild Things Are
The Hazards Of Love 2 (Wager All) The Decemberists The Hazards Of Love
Things Will Never Be The Same Again jj n° 2
Animal (Treasure Fingers Remix) Miike Snow Animal
Disco Warrior Faze Action Stratus Energy
Breakin' The Chains Of Love Fitz and The Tantrums Songs For A Break Up-Volume 1
Down By the Water The Drums "Sumertime!"
New In Town (Fred Falke remix) Little Boots New In Town Remix EP
Nothing Matters When We're Dancing (Bonus Track) The Antlers Hospice
Random Firl Late Of The Pier Fantasy Black Channel
Psychic City (Voodoo City) YACHT See Mystery Lights
Everytime I'm With You (feat. Jason Lytle) Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse Dark Night Of The Soul
For You tUnE-YaRdS BiRd-BrAiNs
Glass Julian Casablancas Phrazes for the Young (Deluxe Version)
When I'm With You Best Coast When I'm With You 7"
Go Green Rattail Demos
ALSO- I had the opportunity to remix the following songs this year with the unbearably talented Hydratwins. I absolutely LOVE all of the originals and so must include them in my 'top songs list':
First Light Parade of Lights
Tall Boy Har Mar Superstar
Pick Up The Phone Dragonette
Byrds Of Prey Bertie Blackman
Nice Girls HEALTH
Sunday Morning Mod Wheel Mood
Kicking and Screaming The Presets
Back Of The Van Ladyhawke
Hearts on Fire Cut Copy
I will post all the remixes, mixes, and even some original music over the coming days. Watch this space.
I'd also like to note Courtney Wells but can't be objective about this since my brother in in the band. Check them out at:
I didn't include links to all these tracks but you should have no problem finding them. To the right are some links to a few of my favorite music blogs.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Expect the show to "wow," and the music to keep you dancing through the night.
There truly is no other DJ who embodies the essence of GAGA more than O'Dell, and the production that will be unveiled to the Angelino audience come Monday will be talked about for some time to come.
Download her latest mix here: http://soundcloud.com/celestronica/disco-dancing-keeps-me-warm
A special edition of
VINYL LOVERS LOUNGE
Happiest Birthday to Gabe of Rolling Blackouts!
Hosted by CT&Co.
Special Guest DJs:
Nomi Ruiz (Jessica 6)
Rich Tampa + Bradley Tuck + Tiffany Yee
Gabriela Arreola + Jos McCain
You’re invited to bring some records & spin!
8465 Holloway Dr @ La Cienega
Free! No cover!
Friday | December 18, 2009 | 830p-1230a
830 Jos McCain
9 Gabriela Arreola
930 Tiffany Yee
10 Nomi Ruiz
11 Rich Tampa
midnight Bradley Tuck
Monday, December 14, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Daisy O'Dell's newest mix "Disco Dancing Keeps Me Warm", does just as it promises. It features disco (obvs!) coupled with airy rhythms and the heavy shoe-gaze influence it's as if you're in a disco dream. While the sound provides an authentically vintage feel, the mix is truly timeless and accessible to any glitter ball girl or boy. These tracks are sure heat things up on any winter night!
DOWNLOAD "Disco Dancing Keeps Me Warm" A Daisy O'Dell Mix / Nov 2009 here:
1stracklove ((Instrumental)) - Moulinex
Moody Bang (Dicky Trisco Re-Edit) - Ajello
Flight To Jamaica (Todd Terje Edit) - Crashers
Weeds (Daisy O'Dell Remix) - Adamandevil
Weekend Condition (Scotty Coats And Wes The Mess Mix) - Free Blood
You'll Disappear (Jacques Renault Remix) - The Phenomenal Handclap Band
Unknow Zone - Padded Cell
Shooting Stars (Shazam Dub Mix) - Bag Raiders
Stay On In The Groove (Casual Touch Edit) - Rodney Franklin
Heart Break Dancing - Downtown Party Network
Kicking and Screaming (Daisy O'Dell & Hydratwins are House Punks Mix) - The Presets
Spacer Woman - Charlie
Angel Eyes - Lime
Earthquake (Treasure Fingers' Epicwave Mix) - Little Boots
Disco Warrior - Faze Action
Nice Girls (Daisy O'Dell Remix) - HEALTH
Collapsing At Your Doorstep - Air France