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public enemy: the remixes

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

for roughly the past 5 or so years, i have been haphazardly searching for my beloved public enemy singles of yore. back in 1989 and through 1994, i used to snatch up all the cd singles pe put out cause they typically featured some awesome remixes and you can judge for yourself below. i have not been able to track down any of the physical discs, but luckily for me, and my nostalgia, i have been able to hunt down digital versions. there’s a couple i havent been able to come up with, but i will not rest until i collect them all! of course this is just a small sampling of what they have put out over the years, but to me these are the cream of the crop.

shut ‘em down (pete rock remix)
night of the living baseheads (anti high blood pressure encounter mixx)
brotha’s gonna work it out (remix)
the enemy assault vehicle mixx
cant truss it (goree island conga radio mix)
by the time i get to arizona (arizona assassination attempt acca double dub) (570)

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pink floyd's bbc archives '70-'71

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

in my 35 years of existence, ive never had lentil soup. my wife decided to change that tonight, and honestly im not that excited about it. im pretty hungry and lets be honest soup is not what one would consider a “hearty meal.” at least lentil doesnt appear to be as such. probably just fill up on bread and get the bloat. here’s what the title suggests…. just a forewarning, “echoes” and “atom heart mother” are both almost 50 megs, which if ya dont know, is fairly large for an single song mp3 file.

1. john peel intro
2. embryo
3. fat old sun
4. green is the colour
5. careful with that axe, eugene
6. if
7. atom heart mother
8. fat old sun
9. one of these days
10. embryo
11. echoes
12. blues (829)

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modest mouse's lonesome crowded west demos

Posted by gregor on Friday, January 15th, 2010

top of the afternoon, all. im halfway out the door, but wanted to get these out there before i left. these being the demos for what i think is modest mouse’s finest hour, the lonesome crowded west. again, thats just me…

1. doin the cockroach
2. truckers atlas
3. cowboy dan
4. polar opposites
5. styrofoam boots
6. trailer trash
7. neverending math equation
8. to roads to go to roads to go
9. heart cooks brain
10. bankrupt on selling
11. lounge
12. convenient parking
13. shit luck
14. white lies, yellow teeth
15. jesus christ was an only child (918)

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whiskeytown's f*cker demos

Posted by gregor on Thursday, January 14th, 2010

howdy! i know these have been floating around for years, but im just getting around to posting it. figured, their maybe some whiskeytown fans, that arent compulsive, like me, and never bothered to grab em. like the headline leads you to believe, here are whiskeytown’s fucker demos.

1. in my time of need (alt demo version)
2. bar lights
3. win
4. comfortable only at night
5. out of time
6. sit and listen to the rain
7. leave the lights off
8. bound to happen
9. what makes the world like this
10. hurt sometimes
11. tearing me up inside
12. medicine
13. today
14. clearly destroyed
15. breathe
16. fool (735)

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give the machine another quarter, watch it appear, ooh a souvenir

Posted by selene on Thursday, January 7th, 2010

A little more than a year ago, Bill Janovitz started a new blog, Part Time Man of Rock, posting a cover song a week. Over the ensuing months some unreleased demos and live cuts would work their way in, but the largess showed off Janovitz’s sonic loves, often accompanied by laugh-riddled or gut-wrenching missives that show this man bleeds for it.

Anyone who goes to the Crown Victoria residencies at Toad or the bi-annual Buffalo Tom outings at the Paradise already knows this. They’ve probably also heard many of these covers live (It Makes No Difference and just about every Stones song ever written) but in a little corner of the internet, Lonesome Billy has been indefatigably swinging away at the songs that made him – Neil Young to the Beatles to Nina Simone to Will Oldham to Tom Waits to The Replacements. I encourage you to go to the site – read the stories (and email us with guesses as to who that “McBand” headliner is in Week 14 Straight to Hell!) – make a donation – buy a record – whathaveyou – and then set your iPod to stun: Cover of the Week (1-52) Zip. Full playlist shows in the rail of his blog and can be downloaded here.

Bill performs this weekend at the House of Blues for the 10th annual edition of Hot Stove Cool Music. If you’re local, it’s always a good time. And if you’re further afield, the organizers blessed us with a Saturday (not Sunday) night. Kay Hanley, Tinted Windows, State Radio, The Low Anthem (great alt-country if you havent heard em yet) and the Peter Gammons All Stars are also on the bill. His side project Crown Victoria plays the Foundation Room at the House of Blues/Boston on Feb 5.

Buy some of Bill’s stuff. (363)

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uncle tupelo's colorblind and rhymeless

Posted by gregor on Friday, December 11th, 2009


i was actually attempting to make a top 20 this year, but as it turns out i have really only spent the year listening to 5-6 records, religiously. sure there’s a lot of good-great stuff out this year, but not much has held my attention past a few listens. there are two records though that really to my ears are minor classics, and are battling it out for the number 1 spot. should have my list compiled by early next week, i hope.

in other news, here are a few uncle tupelo demos that were once on tape that goes by the name of colorblind and rhymeless. sadly, up until last night, i didnt even know this existed. second time in a week, see the hip demos, that something like this had escaped my consciousness for far too long. and i call myself a completest….

1. before i break
2. i got drunk
3. screen door
4. blues die hard
5. pickle river (418)

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early tragically hip demos

Posted by gregor on Friday, December 4th, 2009


hidy ho neighbors! i happened across this set of early hip demos which i never new existed. i guess that doesnt make me much of a tragically hip fan? i forgot the details at home but apparently some tape showed up on ebay, and this is that tape. they, i believe, are taken pre their 87 self titled debut. they’re a bit rough in some spots, mostly due to tape hiss, but all in all still very listenable and its interesting to hear the origins of some of my most beloved songs.

1. she didnt know
2. when the wait comes down
3. new orleans is sinking
4. shes got what it takes
5. ill believe in you
6. rain, hearts, fires
7. the hailstone hands
8. nuclear bar-bq
9. just another midnight
10. three pistols
11. leather man
12. it came round
13. im ok
14. times are passing us by
15. juliet
16. running for my life
17. on the shelf (235)

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rem christmas record – fanclub only

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009


i’m not exactly sure where this year has gone, but im not too amused that thanksgiving is next week. i dont about the rest of you, but this year has really been a big blur for me. from getting settled in in new orleans, to my wife now working fulltime, to raising these god damn kids, to everything else life has thrown at me, its been the best of times, and well the worst of times. worst is a bit of overstatement but still there have been a few days….

still dont have the most awesome of info on this, but maybe a rem aficionado can chime in and fill me/us in on exactly this was released. this being a rem christmas record that was for fanclub members only.

you can have it all

1. parade of the wooden soldier
2. see no evil
3. good king wenceslas
4. academy fight song
5. ghost reindeer in the sky
6. summertime
7. baby, baby
8. christmas griping
9. where’s captain kirk
10. toyland
11. silver bells
12. christmas time is here
13. sex bomb
14. christmas in tunisia
15. wicked game
16. java
17. only in america
18. i will survive
19. ghostriders in the sky
20. have you ever seen the rain
21. ghost riders
22. dark globe
23. ghost riders in the sky (live)
24. funtime

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star wars uncut, the trailer

Posted by gregor on Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Star Wars: Uncut Trailer from Casey Pugh on Vimeo.

visit star wars: uncut for more info (182)

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the promise ring's nothing feels good – revisited

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, October 20th, 2009


at the time of the release of the promise ring’s nothing feels good i was 23, and it was 1997. it doesnt seem like it would be a therapeutic type of listen, but for 23 year old me, it was a godsend. during the years of 94-97, i was a mess. i was fun – i think, but kind of an asshole. i was filled with pent-up frustrations, mounting disappointments and dealing with a whole bunch of other shit you go through as you’re trying to make you’re way through the world. to make matters worse i was on the back-end, and im not to ashamed to admit, of not getting laid for about 13 months. admittedly, i didnt really try, and just assumed that when i went out at night that the ladies would just line up accordingly. as it turns out, and you could’ve guessed it, that wasnt the case. looking back, it was for the better that i didnt go out actually seeking to get laid, cause that would have only added to my list of shit i wasnt prepared to deal with. still, it would have been nice. so, here you have a 23 year old dealing with some shit who hasnt been laid in over a year, its a recipe for a mini-disaster. disasters were relatively avoided but god damn did i piss some people off during that time. luckily, i had surrounded myself with some decent folk and they were kind enough to deal with such shenanigans or at least accept that i was going to fuck up.

anyway, here comes nothing feels good strolling into my life sometime in the fall of 1997. i was a pretty huge cap n’ jazz fan, so i can only assume thats how i found the promise ring. when i say huge, i mean as huge as one person can be after one mere release. i wish i could remember where i bought it, not that it would add anything to the story. actually, i was living in the gold coast at the time and definitely bought it at the record store that was on division and state – which is gone now it appears, and i cant remember the name. anyone know the place im talking bout? regardless, of where i bought it, i remember getting back to my studio apt @ 1010 n dearborn and throwing it onto my “hi-fi.” “is this thing on” i dont know what its about but i made it my own, and really thats one of the beautiful things about music, but i dont need to get into you with that if you’ve made it this far with me. in fact, every track on nothing feels good was written just for me, which at the time was the most awesomest of feelings. even the minute and some seconds “how nothing feels” hit me, hard with its underlying white noise, sparse piano plucking and faint acoustic strumming it was the perfect interlude to the onslaught of emotions that were rushing over me. the second half of the record, didnt let up and finished with, what i still feel, today, is the greatest closer to a record that i have ever heard, “forget me.” one part of that song that still gets me to this day is the last 30 seconds when everything comes to a head and the lingering organ signals the records end.

listening to it now doesn’t nearly bring out the emotions it once did, but at 35 how could i expect it? still, every time i listen to it, which is often, i get a little reminiscent about those days and records would affect me as this did.

buy it here

why did ever we meet?
forget me (574)

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