Friday, May 15, 2009

The road out of Rio

Graduation weekend in a big ten town. Hotels have been booked full for months. You cant find a dinner reservation within 5 miles of campus. Half the cars on the road have no idea where they are going or they look for land marks that were torn down in the mid 90's.
Despite a late night in Chicago with Zebo and Pr3 Frosh at Booty up, followed by an early bus ride back to Madison, It was time for a day trip. I called my guy and we hit the road.
As it happened the rhythm of the day dictated few words and loud music. We drove north and east for a good while. Taking pains to ignore a few towns that had memories nether of us wanted to remember.
To really enjoy a day of wisco driving I had loaded the player up with as much local music as I could find. As I listened to songs that made me hear the voices of my friends I smiled.
So here are a few songs from (the on and off madison son) Tom Feiza, aka DJ Homewrecker AKA Digivitis. Here is his myspace page. You can learn all about hime there.
I hope his songs make you smile too.

Digivitis - Force Fit (Download link)

Primus - Tommy the Cat (Feiza Remix) (Download Link)

We are Siamese - Digivitis (Download Link)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Zebo Invades Madison (with the Clearly Good Crew)

Zebo's name has become synonymous with dope parties and killer remixes, so we were stoked when we got the word that he'd be up spinning at iDance (May 2nd). The night got started with the Clearly Good Music crew throwing down, and Wyatt, Christian Rokk, Bhip, and The Admiral all had their way with the booth. Then Zebo, playing everything from hip hop to club jams, tore the roof off the Cardinal from about midnight 'till close keeping the dance floor packed the entire time.

Catch Zebo at his weekly events in Chicago - Friday's The Booty
Up at Evil Olive and Saturday's Get Loose at Subterranean.

For your listening pleasure, Zebo sent over his new mixtape Dark is the night, Cold is the ground and his remix of Juke Dem Ho's by Chicago favorite Mic Terror.

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Diamonds in the rough

As I walked into the second dead townie punk bar of the night (finals week in a college town) I heard a driving rhythm. A rhythm held, by the grace of Lo Fi, from the clutches of Bollywood. The music seemed familiar, I knew I had something like this on my hard drive, maybe even in a play crate. I just couldn't place it. So good, but just too disparate for the scene that is Madison, WI. How did this music make it here?
Buraka Som Sistema has already taken a European MTV music award home (Best Portuguese artist) for their culture crossing Kuduro rhythms. A truly global music, Kururo takes the power of African drum circles, the rhythms of soca and calypso, the simple sequencing of Miami and the tossing of the Caribbean dance halls and turns it into something that sounds like Baltimore at 3:15 in the morning.
The room fell out of focus as I chased a shot with half a beer. This song was too good. Was that Uffie, no.. SOV... I was too drunk... Fuck. I had to check the jukebox.
M.I.A., it was time for water.
Fighting for balance and squinting to see. Finally - 'Sound of Kuduro', I had to remember. Shit, I'd been drinking to forget
As I typed as much as I could into some corner of my phone the booze started talking to some gutter punk about the song. Things like, so good, and, like nothing else, were said. Please dear god remember to check your phone when you get home.
These new sounds are a pan genre world wide phenomenon. The globalization of information combined with the degradation of music quality has lead us to a big bass, sing along vocal world. Love it or hate it as with all art we should respect those that do it well.
I fucking love this music
Enjoy the songs.

Um Milhao - Buraka Som Sistema & Diplo
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Sound of Kuduro (feat M.I.A., Dj Znobia, Saborosa, Puto Prata) - Buraka Som Sistema
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Kalemba (Hot Chip Remix) - Buraka Som Sistema
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Thursday, May 7, 2009

I Feel Cream

I have to be honest. The first time I saw a Peaches music video I contemplated an extended bout of celibacy. Nonetheless, Peaches’ filthy lyrics and simple electro beats are enough to get the kids on the dance floor shaking right out of their skinny jeans. After her first mainstream hit “Fuck the Pain Away” and the global obsession that followed, Peaches is at it again with her fifth album, I Feel Cream.

With a production ensemble that would make anyone look twice, including James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco), Soulwax, and Digitalism, it’s time for you to give it a listen. I’ll start you off with a remix of her new track “Mommy Complex” brought to you by Barletta and Ernold Sane. She just started a world tour yesterday, so check out her myspace for a stop near you.

Trashing my day

Welcome to the Clearly Good Music blog. A spot we will use to cover music and shows that will make you want to disco. Its a good feeling to finally get a bit more web presence, but after sitting down and setting it up with bhip, I realize this should have been done long ago. Thanks for waiting, and now, content.
When Clearly Good Music was Just Christian Rokk and myself, we had an ambitious launch party week. First we held an indie dance show at the Majestic theater in Madison with Comasoft and French Horn Rebellion (FHR). While throwing a party the day after the Obama win affected attendance (more than a little) both bands still rocked out. While picking favorites is always a bitch, I came away from the show really impressed with FHR, two brothers with some synths, a laptop and a french horn, they really blew me away.
Then that Saturday we had John Bourke of Trash Yourself up for our signature party iDance at the Cardinal bar. Blending italo disco inspired indie dance songs with hard electro bangers John was a pleasure to watch and a master of the dance floor. On a personal note it was the first time I had seen tractor set up and used (I'm a Serato kid), and man was he working it. You could feel the prep time coming out during his set. I always love to see a real professional at work, and John more than fit the bill.

So how happy was I when John sent Chris his remix the FHR song 'Up All Night'. With the falsetto vocal, it has sort of a Prince feel about it, but then that pumping side chained bass comes in and I cant help but move a little, and the feeling is contagious. This is one of those songs that just seems to work at every gig. People love moving to it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
cardinal bar
Majestic Madison

French Horn Rebellion - Up All Night (John Bourke's Trash Yourself Remix)
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Trash Yourself - Touch (AC Slater Remix)
(Download Link)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Boys Noize x Black Eyed Peas

Alexander Ridha aka Boys Noize is blowing up. Since releasing "Oi Oi Oi" in 2007, Boys Noize has established his place as one of the most sought after remixers. Recently, he collaborated with on the official Black Eyed Peas Boom Boom Pow Megamix EP, and his remix of Gonzales' Working Together was featured on the A-Trak album Infinity +1

Usually I wouldn't touch the Black Eyed Peas (or the featured 50 Cent) with a 10 foot pole, let alone post about them in the debut entry, but this track is an anomaly. On Let the Beat Rock, Boys Noize took a page directly from the Ratatat playbook and made a killer banger by cutting up pop rap and mixing in a healthy serving of electro dance vibes.

Currently Boys Noize is on the road in Europe playing both clubs and festivals, but rest assured he has not forgotten the US summer festival circuit. He will be performing at the Electric Daisy Carnival (LA), Central Park SummerStage (NYC), and Lollapalooza (CHI).

For a complete tour listing, head over to the obligatory myspace.

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