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Well not really, but this super-slowed down version of his song “U Smile” has nearly 1 million plays since it appeared on SoundCloud yesterday.

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I just stumbled upon a mash-up that might make you vomit in your mouth. Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” a song that plays over a montage of Windows 95 and the Soviet Union collapsing the way Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love” plays over Vietnam and the Civil Rights Movement, has been combined with The Jackson Five’s “Rockin’ Robin”. Yes it is possible. And before you throw your arms up in fury, just listen…

I couldn’t believe what I heard. Cheers, Kurt! Your angst was in vain after all!

The man behind this is Mark Vidler of Go Home Productions, who seems to take more of a classic rock/Adult Contemporary route. His material isn’t dance club material- far from it if his April mash of “Wonderwall” and “We’ve Only Just Begun” by The Carpenters tells us anything. But give the man his due credit for taking a young genre and pushing the new frontier back further. Nobody else is doing what he’s doing right now, at least as far as I’ve looked.

Check out Vidler and his repertoire right here, son.

Marc

Perhaps as a method of gaining cheap publicity, British songwriter King Charles put together this cover of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” that you see above. It’s definitely worth a listen, despite not having the same type of ambition or organization of the original classic. Where Billy Joel sought to give a nod to every year to his life, King Charles creates his own take on the past decade or so. The song has a definitive UK twist to it and is worth taking in, if only for the sharp contrast between the original song.

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All the cool kids (or the talentless, depending on how you look at it) have been flocking to mash-ups for a while now. What (somewhat) hit the mainstream in 2004 when Danger Mouse released “The Grey Album” has now become a cottage industry. Starting to rise up in the ranks however, and the one we’re highlighting today, is the Chicago-based The Hood Internet.

THI, comprised of two guys who release playlists via their blog, specialize in A vs. B mash-ups, playing hip hop against indie rock beats. You’d be right to expect several MGMT references in there, but they’ve put out some eyebrow-raising material in the past as well (Ludacris vs. She & Him, anybody?).

But they’ve just come out with their seventh mixtape, “Trillwave”, described by them as “the soundtrack to the party after the afterparty or maybe to a sun-drenched backyard barbeque the next day.” The duo delivers on the promise- playing the likes of Kanye and Jamie Foxx alongside the shoegazing, neo-New Wave segment of the indie scene delights in creating the perfect sound for a lazy Sunday, or lazy any day.

The mix, with its seamless transitions from song to song, takes a couple minutes to get going. But don’t be deterred. It hits full stride with “Feel It on the South Side”, mashing Birdman’s “South Side” with Washed Out’s “Feel It All Around” to make a near-quintessential poolside sound. It’s all uphill from there, throwing together the likes of Lloyd Banks with Neon Indian (“Beamer, Drips”), Iyaz and The Big Pink (“Velvet Replay”) and a superb denouement with two of the brightest rising stars in their respective genres, Drake and Beach House (“Walk in the Park is Over”).

The link to download “Trillwave” is here. Check it out. It’s free, it’ll complement the remainder of your summer and it’ll expand your knowledge of mash-up artists beyond Danger Mouse and Girl Talk.

Marc

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Lissie has arrived. The songwriter’s debut album “Catching a Tiger” was released June 21st on Columbia records. Without a doubt you need to listen to this album. Personally, I’ve given the whole album at least 5 plays. The best way that I’ve found to classify her sound would be Country Swagger. She caught my attention with her live cover of Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness” (video below with download link). Cudi’s version seems to be categorized by a younger, starry-eyed, almost insecure voice. When Cudi sings the song I don’t really know whether to believe him, whether he’s really on the way to bigger things. Lissie’s version is confident and poised— she’s going places. Her debut album proves that. Download links to her album, Cudi, and Lady Gaga covers after the jump.

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Periodically we are going to out out some of our own playlists that you can download. This one in particular was inspired by the cloudy day Youngstown is currently experiencing. It’s a bit of old and new– known and obscure. At any rate—it’s uplifting, thought provoking, and sure to brighten your day. Note: It’s a compressed windows file, you’ll need to have the right software (WINzip).

(the link is currently dead, I will re-up soon)

Here’s the link.

James

A New York based culture blog, Vulture, asked DJ Danger Mouse to make them a summer playlist. Danger Mouse’s largest claim to fame is the epic Grey Album, his 2004 mashup album. The Grey Album (he lived in England for 3 years) mixed acapella  bits of Jay Z’s Black album over beats crafted from the Beatles White Album. He also teamed up with Banksy to do an apparent pirate re-mix of Paris Hilton’s 2006 album. You can read about that here.

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Recently, he teamed up with The Shins frontman James Mercer to form Broken Bells. They released an excellent album in March that was wildly popular. Needless to say the guy knows music. Here’s a link to the full list which has corresponding links to youtube videos of all the songs. One can also find the list available for download on iTunes entitled Vulture’s Endless Summer Playlist part 1 and 2. The playlist itself is awesome and impressive at the same time. There are many genres and eras represented fairly equally. Check it out.

James

Converse is at it again. Last year the company released “My Drive Thru”, an exclusive collaborative track featuring Pharrell, Santogold and Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas. Today the company’s newest mix was released. This time it’s a summer anthem properly titled “All Summer”. Kid Cudi handles the verses and Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino sings the chorus. Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij is responsible for the instrumentation.

The track provides some good vibes for the season with Cosentino singing “All year long we wait for sun”, and Cudi proclaiming “We don’t worry ’bout a thing”.  Rostam’s melodies are fantastic and fit both the rapping and singing.  The one downside of the song is Cudi seems to drop off after the first verse.  There isn’t a real second verse and the rest of the song seems a bit repetitive with the opening hook and chorus separated by bridges that lead nowhere.  The final verdict is it’s a good song to add to a summer playlist,  but it won’t become my personal summer anthem.

It is however, a brilliant marketing ploy by Converse.  The shoes that once graced the feet of basketball legends are now some of the preferred kicks of hipsters and others outside the mainstream.  This track fits that brand profile perfectly and will surely drum up traffic and media attention to the Converse site.

Tyler

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