A Zwarte Piet Holiday For the more perceptive of you - you may have noticed an interesting spelling of name than the common hum drum consonant-vowel-consonant type. For the more Dutch of you you may have not thought anything of it. And if your are as perceptive and Dutch as I am you'd be completely confused about nearly anything - especially this bit.

I'll cut right to the quick - I share my name with the Santa's black friends. The helpful and kind, and once enslaved, but now just friends, assistants to Saint Nick.

I could pillage this Sedaris piece for cheap laughs but I've got a classy angle here to up hold so I'll spare the sallacious back story of pseudo-sobriquets for another occasion when I'm feeling even more like boring everyone with a ham-fisted intro.

So here is David Sedaris and his "Six to Eight Black Men" from his Live at Carnegie Hall performance.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays from all of me to all of you.

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Direct download: Christmas.mp3
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Monthlies for December My self proclaimed hiatus seems to have been declared in haste. Admittedly this has much to do with the matter of my being recently relieved of my scholastic concerns and let loose in those green pastures of leisure time.

And like all things leisurely, such as strolls, it is a constitutional, a blam on the jaded nerves and jangled devices of self defense. Not to put too fine a point on it this is a bit of a mix up more leaning to the classics as would befit a peace of mind.

Enough blather - oh but one thing, before I continue - be sure to take a tab and catch up on your folk's eye candy by checking out the adventures of Quasi. Still un-inspired? Catch the 1967 video for Pierre Henry's Psyché Rock. Astounding enough that it's machine evolution predates Kurzweil and more effective because of it.

One last video, sure how about the entire 1929 movie from Communist Russia Man with Movie Camera. Your grandfather's jaw presumably dropped during the raw 'documenting the world as it is' scene.

Alright enough of that. Lets listen to some music.

Hombres - Let it Out (let it all hang out)
Mark Prindle sums it up better than I ever could.

Creaky Boards - Brooklyn
This is, for me, right now, a definitive track. It is also very good and catchy too. They haven't made a big move in the world yet but they seem to have the chops for the pop indie boards and I for one highly anticipate watching their development.

Vampire Weekend - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
The Paul Simon afro beat inflected swing in this piece is adds the force necessary to get the song shaking a steady rhythm. I can only wish that I had played it sooner.

Les Problemes - Je ne Vois Rien
This French 60's psych song roughly translates as "I don't See Anything" - included here for the furious francophilia each of us have at heart. I don't have much information of these guys but apparently they got involved with the french peace lovers in the '60s and acquired the ire of the conservative types on the matter of the war.

Olympic Runners - Just Funkin` Around
My soul funk submission for the month (by contractual obligation) is this stand out freak out jazzed up track by the overlooked and underheard UK band.

The Stranglers - Golden Brown
It's the most up tempo song about heroin - Merry Christmas!

New Pornographers - Myriad Harbour
Another modern miracle of catchy tunes about NYC. What luck! And yes it's a track that should have gone up long time back.

Ian Dury - Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Here's a little bit of advice, you're quite welcome it is free
Don’t do nothing that is cut-price you'll know what they'll make you be
They will try their tricky device, trap you with the ordinary
Get your teeth into a small slice of the cake of liberty
Loose Salute - Deathclub
Actually much more clean cut than you would think - the outfit is from the UK and is currently on Graveface. It's a high cut of folkpop and worth a visit.

Jimi Hendrix - 1983... (a Merman I Should Turn to be) (podcast cut)
Shortened by half - but needing no introduction.

Pierre Henry - Psyché Rock
Pierre was an exceedingly prolific 20th century composer. This track pairs him with a fellow composer, Michel Colombier, during the annus mirabilis of '67.
original video

Blitzen Trapper - Wild Mountain Nation
The hot shit from PDX. I like to think that in a perfect world these guys would crush the pearly stylings of the Doug Fir
in one awesome sonic histrionic session to kick off their careers and me shaking a busted fist and bloody maw at the front of the audience. But now their 'big time' - maybe now they can make it happen. Shit though that is a long way to go for a Doug Fir show.

Bram Tchaikovsky - New York Paranoia
Not "Girl of My Dreams" good but at least it's more earnest.

Look at that face - could you be less earnest about living in the 80s?

Panda Bear - Bros edit
I do hope everyone gets as much of a chilled out kick from this as I did. Damn near walked in to traffic. Damn near didn't care.

Bill Justis - College Man
At the time I had to post this I could only find a mostly instrumental track. It's still got the 'Hate College' bit so I decide to run with it. But don't dismiss Bill. Here is some of the excised lyrics:
I got a real cool chick
That doesn't dig no square
Gets college kicks
With her honey anywhere
For myself, now too old for Teenage Kicks can at least keep satisfied with college kicks.

Chandler Travis Philharmonic - Wireless
To quote their site:
Alternative Dixieland - Puts the 'harm" in "Philharmonic"
Though if cover design is anything I don't think this will go platinum:

man at least throw a lens flare on that thing.

Joe Turner & His Blues Kings - Shake, Rattle & Roll
Yeah it's so damn overplayed that I'm a frickin cliché to play it, right? Hell no - it's still good after the twentyth time round. Now you can pick this up on plenty of comps (and some originals if you invested well in the 90's) but I suggest this one:

Andrew Sisters - Beer Barrel Polka
Curiously it seems that this got good distribution because the Nazis popularized it when they invaded Czechoslovakia.
Then it got big play from Benny Goodman, and Billie Holiday, and Liberace.
So the only folks of 'lesser races' who haven't reclaimed this song yet are the gypsies. I feel an online petition for Gogol Bordello coming on.

Caribou - Melody Day
My current favorite doctor of mathematics fronted Canadian band.

The Raveonettes - Christmas Song
Ahh a christmas song that doesn't suck. How nice.

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Backing tracks:
Quasi at the Quackadero - opening track
Uz Jsme Doma - Cod Liver Oil
Bodies of Water - I Guess I'll Forget the Sound
Bill Justis - Raunchy
Roberto Carlos - Amigo
Quasi at the Quackadero - The ooooh part

Direct download: Monthlies_for_December-12.mp3
Category:Monthlies -- posted at: 8:59pm EDT

To the UK chap looking for Top Gear's "Signature Tune" Thanks for searching out my page and I'm happy enough to supply the source of John Peel's Top Gear "Signature Tune" here's the blog that got to it first and even included a download of the full album.

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Fun Fact Did you know I get first page ranking on Google for the search terms Tuba Vocal Podcast?

Double Bonus! I also got first page for the same term in the image directory.
It's like winning Noble prize of weird. Do I really have that many tuba songs with vocals? Have I - somehow mistakenly - cornered the market on an over looked subgenre of tuba backed tracks?

Also a shout out to France, the UK and South Korea! I've never been to any of those places but they seem real nice. Thanks for the support guys.
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The Monthlies for November - The Skin of My Teeth! The Great Divide of the Weeklies and the Monthlies has fallen - and the podcast to prevent podfade must relinquish the hectic ground of the twice a month update to those whose endeavors are more seasoned for such epic things. Seasoned with garlic and time.

So the contemporary crap will mix with golden oldies in a sonic stew unpalatable to anyone but the deaf. Somehow I'm sure you'll all struggle on.

Also a 'hello' to everyone (all two of you) visiting me from Tim's Contrast Podcast! For those not in the know - he's done a democratic thing and had everyone vote on the best songs of 2007. Surely a smoking year and my opinions were long thought out and my reasons honed by the sweat of the ear tightly encased in headphones - but alas I thought to long and my votes  were rejected because of deadlines being missed and what not. Still Tim was nice enough to let me introduce two fine sparkling tracks and I highly suggest you check out the rankings of everyone's submission.

How is it that I get to be a representative without being able to vote? Well Tim's British and the democratic thing doesn't naturally so there is that. Or maybe he is trying to make things better in the British American rift (that whole secession thing lingers I've been told) by some strange inversion of the traditional processes. It very hard to tell, really.

Al Duvall - The Squirrel Shucking Bee
A promising piece of freak folk that endeavors to be both old timey backwoods revival without becoming a novelty - the results are mixed. Like the best revivalists Al's work succeeds when it is knowingly winking at the stereotypes of the form it covers. This song of handcrafted squirrel skinnings is of the latter and greater type.

Sharon Jones & Dap Kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights
Not a knowing wink or tidy nod this isn't a revival but a coelacanth  of the soulful funk of motown's golden era. Probably one of the best albums of the year.

Jo Jo and the Fugitives - Chips Chicken Banana Split
Of the compilation of Jamaica to Toronto is this dizzying piece of honest to goodness delight. While I can't find out about it's original release I did find that the compilation is stacked to brimming with other musical notables.

Dark Meat - One More Trip
A little loud a little brassy a thirteen piece outfit from Athens cruises the coast in a bus destined for no good.

Life In a Blender - Showers Lose the Girl
Taking a hardline stance against hygiene and romance Life reminds us of the reasons people have for smuggling heroin and inflating organs.

Dj JD - Falling
A rough segway to some rougher sounds. But do enjoy the spirit behind the sample.
Find the whole mix here.

Dmitrij - Fuck MNML, Fuck Trance - We Wanna DANCE vol. 3
The Czech's keep the party rocking with what is a great track of Bonde Do Role' Gasolina.
Find the whole mix here.

(Unattributed) - Cold Cut Solid Steel 10-17-2007
Lifting tunes off the live radio feeds of Australia leaves one in lurch when the attributions of the tunes are not included nor published. I imagine that they are distributed on leaflets by wallabies throughout the red tinted sunburned land of criminals and jazzy djs.
Catch the show here.

Bokusatsu Shoujo Koubou - 80's dream parasol
A recent visitor to NYC from Fukuoka Japan (no, I'm making that up, really there is a town in Japan called that. Yes, I know - it probably does mean something else in their language and this whole thing is rather sophomoric). We hope he had a good time - because  we love the tourists.

C64 Orchestra - Monty on the run
And now for the glitches to be smoothed into pomo pomp (pomop?) and circumstance with an orchestral piece of 8 bit music. Like to stab out your ears with sharpened metronomes? Listen to the original.

Clear Tigers - Boredom
Middling to average I admit - but I like it. The soprano of the vocals are clear and the organic piano bits are great to boot. If they would have another round of shows here in town I'd probably pay them a visit.

High Places - Golden
Here is something I could get behind, see Clear Tigers they do shows that I can attend. A tidy piece of whimsy.

Seventeen Evergreen - Burn the Fruit
This is a spectacular band that to my knowledge is getting very little attention despite some good gifts and high production values. But I do have a soft spot for male female duets with xylophone rhythm sections.

The Rumblestrips - Alarm Clock
A band with a modicum of success overseas. Hopefully not due to the ska-ist inflections but the proto-punk jumpy rhythms and new wave breakdowns.

Mountain Goats - Alpha Incipiens
Damn it they came to town again and under my radar they rocked in manner I imagine I would have kicked myself for missing - and having missed it I kick myself.
official online live shows

Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy - Television The Drug of the Nation
I've been watching Heroes and Flight of the Conchords a lot. I should stop but then again at least it's good stuff.
Stay Human!

Vitalic Remix - Cardboard Lamb
Another reason we all should support free use policies is because the groove needs to be made whether or not the original artist even likes it. That's right, recycling isn't just for paper and PETE products.

Steve Hefter and Friends of Friends - Bullshit
A piece of peaceful piano and angry sentiments to clear off the abuses of a month

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Direct download: Monthlies_for_November.mp3
Category:Monthlies -- posted at: 10:08pm EDT

The non-Halloween October Monthlies edition And with the holidays and everything what the hell.

1. Lee Dorsey - Confusion
2. Slim Harpo - Te-ni-nee-ni-nu
3. Page France - A Belly To The Sea
4. Byther Smith - What My Mamma Told Me
5. The Old Ceremony - Hearts Were Made
6. Mavis Staples - This Little Light
7. Howard Roberts - Sack O'Woe
8. Sam Cooke - Another Satruday Night
9. Mason Jennings - Where the sun had been
10. Little Milton - Who's Cheatin' Who
11. Champion Jack Dupree - Louise
12. Led Zeppelin - Dancing Days (Live)
13. Brazilian Girls - Sweatshop
14. James - Fine
15. Thee Headcoats - A Town Named Squaresville
16. Language Of Flowers - Songs About You
17. Charlie Feathers - tongue-tied jill
18. Jens Lekman - Pocketful Of Money
19. Neil Young - Expecting To Fly

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Backing tracks:
Skeleton Keys - Watch The Fat Man Swing
Skip James - Catfish Blues
Skwei - NuFruit
Tierneys Fugitives - Did You Want To Run Away
Six Organs of Admittance - Dark Noontide
Plaid - porn coconut co

Direct download: Monthlies_October.mp3
Category:Monthlies -- posted at: 10:13am EDT

The Weeklies Edition for October It's my birthday so the post needs no introduction blather.

1. The Feelies - Big Cheese
2. Uberzone - Satisfaction
3. Supermayer - The Art of Letting Go
4. Animal Collective - Peacebone
5. Jens Lekman - Drive In Bingo
6. Dave Grusin - Gasoline Alley
7. Cherrystones - Crawl Back To Mine
8. Jamie Lidell - Multiply
9. Roosevelt Franklin - Red Pepper pt. 1
10. Tom Brosseau - Committed to Memory
11. Reverend Horton Heat - Psychobilly Freak Out
12. Shack Shakers - Swampblood
13. The National - Fake Empire
14. Six Organs of Admittance - Hazy SF
15. Psapp - King Kong
16. Simian Mobile Disco - Hustler
17. Madvillian - Accordion
18. T Bone Burnett - I'm Going On A Long Journey Never To Return

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Backing Tracks:
Fujiya & Miyagi - Collarbone
Kelpe Yippee Space
Tom Tyler - Drinking Tea From an Empty Cup
Papercuts - John Brown
Digitalism - Zdarlight
Direct download: Weeklies-October.mp3
Category:Weeklies -- posted at: 6:06pm EDT

Monthlies for September - Move It or Lose It episode Johnny Otis - Crazy Country Hop
The mustachioed Mr. Otis takes us up with the first track with the rosing jangle rock of a fictional hop party of the rural south. Johnny almost made it into this podcast twice but, unfortunately I pulled the plug on the second track because of skips and blips.


Ray Cannon and the Chorals - Mule Skinner
Not sure about the attribution of this track. I pulled it off the radio and got the name from the dj's and now can't find anything about the man - the sadness because this is such a fine track.

Band of Horses - Our Swords
A contemporary radio pop ditty from sub-pop's signed folksie creatures list.

Dyke and The Blazers - Let a Woman be a Woman
I swear the opening rhythm section of this track is the kind of kick ass funk that would later be birthed into the dance floor era's best breakbeat syncopated shake downs.


Hank Williams - Lost Highway
It's golden.


Tony Rivers & the Castaways - Come Back Baby
Sadly, out of print Columbia recording. What a lovely blur of mod-ish brit pop, though.

Michael Talbott & the Wolf Kings - Passenger I
Another track of recent coinage - due they stack up to the classics? All in the eye of the beholder I guess. But still worth a listen.


Brain Wilson - Vegetables
Mr. Wilson is touted as genius by some and here we find the rhythm section provided by people eating carrots. Wicked smart folks.

Vince Taylor - Brand New Cadillac
This was Vince's big hit. And nothing goes along with vegetables as well as muscle car rock.

Iron & Wine - Beneath the Balcony
I think I may see them live here this week. Who knows? Oh a tuneful melancholy.

Carl Perkins - Restless
Another artist who is mostly living on compilations now a days though I saw a 45 of four tracks on ebay. Not much good till I get a turntable. Still this piece rumbles about with it's elbows out. I wonder how much rock was inspired by the idea that you could drive somewhere else.

Larry Williams - Slow Down
I like to think this tidy track could snuggle comfortably with The Door's song of the same subject.

Bobby Byrd - Hot Pants ... I\'m Coming, I\'m Coming
Oh the funk! I forgot. Bobby is a spicy dish that lists like a ship without regrets. Recently passed away, best of luck with that Karmic Wheel man.

Byther Smith - Walked All Night Long
Byther, what a name! What a threatening display of the blues! Back in the day all blues man packed pieces openly just in case their old lady ever did the tango to another man. Dark days. Bloody Rampage.


Septeto Nacional Ignacio Pineiro - el Adois De este Momento
Sweet damnation I don't know Spanish. But, if I had to guess, this track is about a magic bus. I think that is the chorus. Viva la mass transit!

Ann Peebles - Somebody\'s on your case
Lots of funk and bad choice in men. Or maybe undedicated paranoia. 'Secret sick days' is a great little bit of euphemism.

James Brown - Don\'t Tell a Lie on Me and I
From the album Hell this is a funk strut piece that nearly, beautifully, almost collapses in it's unraveled paroxysms of constant breakdowns.

The Tams - The Greatest Love
This months crooner is a Pope. If only the papists swang like Charles and his jamming Tams.

African Music Machine - Black Water Gold
Even a steady solid band can get lost in the shuffle and that is bobbling under phenomenon of the AMM in the funk-o'-verse of the 70's. Hang your head in shame those of you who did not dig on this when it was fresh.

The Remains - Hang On Sloopy
I had always known this song as the pop piece but, and correct me if I'm wrong, the earlier original featured here is an amalgam of proto-punk and a brit pop back burner. Glory, what a song.

Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs - Wooly Bully
And wrapping it all up is the rouser for the mother who danced when she worked. Happy Birthday Mom.

Byther Smith - Funky Man
Wynonie Harris - I Got a Lyin\' Woman
Curtis Mayfield - If I were Only a Child Again
Bobby Kuban - The Cheater
Buddy Guy - What kind of woman is this
Direct download: Monthlies_09.mp3
Category:Monthlies -- posted at: 10:07am EDT

A Daily for today - 09.27.07

A brief but rousing little mini-cast cause my day is slow and indie pop is rocking the office headphones

Murder by Death - Dead Men and Sinners

A boisterous sea chanty gets the punk push in this piece by the blurred concept artists.

The Essex Green - Julia

A sweet memento is waiting to be claimed by this song by the now elsewhere and too busy to work on music music group Essex Green. No fear next time I hear them playing again I'll be sure to go.

Franz Ferdinand - Cheating On You

Boy wow these guy's will be big someday soon. That's right ttmt bringing you the freshness.

Hot Chip - Plastic

A shame I used up the popularity joke on Franz.

The Olivia Tremor Control - Grass Canons

Never forget the Elephant Six. Some great bands came of off such a small label

The Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #2 (Laika)

Yeah I played them before too but that was a shitty live recording. Damn all this time And I still love that song. The rest of it, not so much.

CHAOS - Grune

A really really impromtu show includes the random members of the audience and these folks are keeping the dream of the anything goes alive and well.


image is the Warren Commision's report which came out today in 1964.
Direct download: A_Daily_092707.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:07pm EDT

The Weeklies For September - Still Too Much To Do, To Do It Right

Ahhh - September when the air is cool and New York is less violently antithetical to human existence. To ring in the Calculus course and the Brooklyn Book Festival I bring you another mildly amusing number of songs that I heard in recent car commercials and funeral processions. Am I doing any of this right yet?

No. I still make to many mistakes.

1. The Fugs - Skin Flowers

A long and semi-distinguished career has brought the Fugs a small amount of fame. Their Final CD compilation even got voted on highly by Rolling Stone for Greatest Album. The just had a reunion tour this year and are working towards releasing a DVD of it via CdBaby.

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2. Portishead - Stranger (Live)

The infamous live a Roseland show I believe.

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3. The Hives - I Hate to Say I Told You So

Not to often to I post straight up pop but the energy on this track (a sort of over produced punk) fit my mood too well to let it go.

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4. The Fiery Furnaces - Navy Nurse

New album 'Widow City' finds the old gang in bed with delerious amounts of heavy sounds. An altogether larger departure from previous tones than the infamous (and heart warming) signing with Grandma album. Highly recommended for the variety of ways it compels you to invest in a bass amp.

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5. They Might Be Giants - First Kiss

Well the FF track preceding this was just so damn heavy I had to lighten the groove some how so this is the obligatory palate reset track. TMBG also came out with a new album and I've every intent to make a smart purchase of it the moment I get the hookers under my thumb again.

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6. Acid Casuals - Wa Da Da

Nothing says a good time for all like a music collective. And these guys are that and a massive clooective it is - and welsh too boot!

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7. Devendra Banhart - Long Haired Child

The real stand out track of freak folk on this podcast. I was delighted to hear it the first time I stumbled upon it and was doubly excited to find he's putting out a new album here on the 26th.

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8. Echu Minga - Pueblo Nuevo

A sister on nonesuch records alongside superstars Buena Vista Social Club Echu takes a track and reworks it to an understated dj haze. Well I liked it a lot.

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9. The Replacements - I Will Dare

The preeminent punk band on a straight forward track here.

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10. Brazilian Girls - All We Have

A more mellow offering than what their known for, this track is for the thoughtful moment before we dive into the aural catastroph of the next track.

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11. Polysics - New Wave Jacket

Someone brought 'technicolor pogo punk' and it was loud but still good.

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12. TullyCraft - Fall 4 U

Not one of my favorite TullyCraft songs (check the grammophone for 'Our Times in Kansas'). But they've got another album coming out in October so I'll show the so-saids the whatfor by then. Be sure to check back in sometime.

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13. Mahala Rai Banda - Romano Dance

What a damn miracle find! I do hope that there is some enjoyment in the various headphones when this gets the listen to. Dig the Bucharest Ghetto Gypsies.

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14. Sugababes - Red Dress (Caged Baby Remix)

A bit of the electro remix can revitalize even the mainest of pop songs on this it does double the work turning the piece into a solid work dance floor propaganda.

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15. Man Man - Push The Eagles Stomach

Man Man here with a second song (I did - if I do recall put the other under the Weird Road Trip - the most despised podcast I have here, tune into it and find out what you're missing). This one; even less intelligble. 

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16. Wolf Parade - You Are a Runner and I Am My Father's Son

The British Colombia's indies with a moving tune about the extinction of hedgehogs in the British Isles.

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17. Ok Go - Invincible

A stupendous lack of exercise machines! Yet the haircuts are brilliant!

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18. Grassella Oliphant - Ain't that peculiar

Fancy and underrated mid '60s jazz funk brimming with the busted stuttering that breakbeats will one day embrace. How is it that this is unknown?

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19. Tipper - California Rolls

Tipper is a smart piece of IDM by British Nu Breaker Dave Tipper. Mostly eclectic sometimes elegant - the pop-ish inflections make the access easy and the chill out warmer and more inviting than some other of the similar sort (nothing against you Amon Tobin, but really).

 site | buy

Backing Tracks:
Alexander Robotnick - Dance Boy Dance
Yoshida Brothers - Storm
Eric Dolphy - Out To Lunch
Ernest Ranglin - Undecided

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Direct download: The_Weeklies_26_-_Still_too_much.mp3
Category:Weeklies -- posted at: 8:43am EDT