Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Humpday Covers & some.

Hey everyone,
Please don't suck and listen to the crowd.

If you are at all familiar with this blog you will know that I have been using 8tracks to display my mixes for mixtape monday. Yesterday, I found out that 8tracks had recently got rid of their Network Tracks option for creating playlists. I had to dig up the reasons why the 8tracks developers would get rid of their best and unique service, but I found a lot of beating around the bush. After searching on the site for any information, I found a small message on their blog. It reads:

"So we pushed some changes to the site last night, one of which was the removal of Network Tracks. After talking with some DJs today, we wanted to offer a bit of the reasoning behind this decision.

Network Tracks was originally offered as a way to save you time when creating mixes, basically an express route to grab music that you already own. Our new iTunes Uploader provides a much better way to do this (dragging and dropping songs and playlists directly from iTunes), and has the added bonus of removing arcane restrictions on how you can access the mix. Now you can listen to any mix you create - with full-length tracks - right at the time of publication. We’ve also begun working directly with independent artists and labels to create a new public “library” of content for mix-making. All of which means: simplified mix creation, better content, and no more 30-second clips. :-)

You can grab the iTunes Uploader here. Right now it’s Mac only, but we’ll be launching a Windows version in early 2011..."

The sheer amount of feedback forced 8tracks to respond with another comment.

"We’d like to thank everyone for the thoughtful, passionate feedback on the recent changes.  It’s definitely appreciated. We completely understand your disappointment in our removal of Network Tracks, and we didn’t come to this decision easily.  It’s painful for us to take away a useful feature.  That said, besides site simplification, there were a number of background issues contributing to the decision to remove Network Tracks.  We’re developing a new public “library” of content (similar to Network Tracks, but with no restrictions) through direct deals with independent artists, labels and aggregators, and we’re also looking to provide a way for 8tracks DJs to add songs to their mixes directly from sites like Tumblr, Posterous and SoundCloud (where they may have already uploaded music). We’ll keep you informed on new developments.  We’re working hard to make sure we’ll be around for years to come, and we hope you’ll stick with us."

The decision has made many avid music fans frusterated, confused, and struggling to find some sort of closure.

What does this have to do with Humpday Covers? Well in response, I decided to make a playlist titled ""Covers for an End: a lament for 8tracks Network tracks". The playlist took over an hour to get on to 8tracks because of the new set-up. We shall all see how this change pans out over time!

However, please enjoy this massive set of covers for this Wednesday's Humpday Covers piece.

Track list:
  1. The Time's They Are A-Changin'-Heart And Soul (Bob Dylan Cover/Parody) - Beach Boys
    Album: Unsurpassed Masters Volume 10 (Disc 4) - The Alternate 'Beach Boys Party'
    Year: 1965
  2. A Change Is Gonna Come - Ben Sollee
    Album: Learning To Bend
    Year: 2008
  3. Bring It On Home To Me (Sam Cooke cover) - Colin Meloy
    Album: Sings Sam Cooke
    Year: 2008
  4. (Just Like) Starting Over (John Lennon Cover) - The Flaming Lips
    Album: Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur [Disc 2]
    Year: 2007
  5. The One I Love (REM cover) - Sufjan Stevens
    Album: Live at SXSW 2004
    Year: 2004
  6. Plenty is Never Enough - The Shins
    Album: Score! 20 years of merge records: the covers!
    Year: 2009
  7. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana cover) - Patti Smith
    Album: Twelve
    Year: 2007
  8. Under My Thumb (Rolling Stones cover) - The Who
    Album: Odds & Sods
    Year: 1998
  9. You Really Got A Hold On Me (Miracles cover) - The Beatles
    Album: Stars of '63 Radio Show 10.24.63
  10. Born On A Train (Magnetic Fields Cover) - The Arcade Fire
    Album: Live on KCRW - Jan. 17th, 2005
    Year: 2005
  11. Positively 4th Street (Bob Dylan Cover) - I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody's Business
    Album: Listen To Bob Dylan: A Tribute (Disc 2)
    Year: 2005
  12. Simple Twist of Fate (Bob Dylan Cover) - Jeff Tweedy
    Album: I'm Not There
    Year: 2007
  13. Further On (Up The Road)Johnny Cash
    Album: American V: A Hundred Highways
    Year: 2006
  14.   Mr. Grieves (Pixies Cover) - TV on the Radio

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dispatch in 2011?

Today I went to the Dispatch Website only to find a countdown clock for 2011. Could this mean that the band is going to do another reunion show/ tour? Maybe another album? All I know is that I am excited for the countdown to end. See the countdown!

Curious about Dispatch? See my write up!

Monday, November 15, 2010

New Girl Talk album today for free!

Today, Greg Gillis has given us some comfort for the November blues. That's right his new album All Day is free off of Illegal Art today. Why is it free? Well probably because there are a lot of tracks that sample music that he does not have the license for...yet. Also, he could be just trying to give back to his fans.  Upon first listen, it seems to be up to par with Feed the Animals and Nightripper. So give it a listen and download it today!

 I mean don't you wanna hear some O.D.B's "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" with Radiohead's "Creep"?

Download Girl Talk's new album All Day

Side Note: If you are constantly wondering what samples Girl Talk uses for this album check out You can listen to Girl Talks new album while the site tells you what samples are being played in live time. Gotta love the internet.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Album Review: Limiñanas

Trouble In Mind
Album Rating:****
Sound Rating: ****

Even the cover suggests nostalgia and  psychedelia
Foreboding and beautiful, the Limiñanas on their self-titled release recreate a soundscape that draws heavily on the cusp of sixties garage rock and early psychedelia. The incredibly raw sound is both refreshing and distant; as it is the newest album I have heard that is remarkably out of its time period. Hearing the Limiñanas for the first time is like rummaging through your parents old records and finding that one dusty album your dad bought when he was living in France. The opening track “The Darkside” wastes no time getting you accustomed to their unique sound. The crunchy distorted guitars and simple driving beat paired with spoken French only brings the listener deeper into a trance. “Chocolate in My Milk” features a ukulele playing minor notes while a guitar is heard lamenting in the background, starts the transition from a primarily heavy distorted garage feel to a more diverse sound that still has roots in psychedelia. The sitar heavy track “Tigre di Bengale” grooves like that of an early Caribou or Go-Team song. The entire album sounds as if the Limiñanas are recording memories and not all of them are positive. “Berceuse pour Clive” is perhaps the saddest and most heartbreaking track by the French group and sounds as if it should belong to a soundtrack of an old movie. The Limiñanas distinct but utterly familiar sound propels their self-titled album forward into the stratosphere bringing you along with them. Just enjoy the ride.

You might like this if you like the Yeh-Yeh’s, Early 60s psychedelia, Velvet Underground, and Serge Gainsbourg.



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