That went better than I hoped. Some good songs, some bad ones, and a lot of Venture Brothers love. It's been uploaded to the FTP, so go hit it up so you can have a nice yuletide soundtrack to listen to when opening presents on Christmas morning.
This week on Soundwave I wanted to make a SWN of bad Christmas music. Like, really bad. So bad that we'd would want to jam q-tips up our ears and shatter our eardrums. Then together we could all weep deep, bitter tears in our eggnog and wassail.
Then came a problem. Creating such a SWN playlist of horrible Christmas music would mean I would have to actually listen to horrible Christmas music and decide what was the worst of the worst. I'm a bit of a perfectionist with these things, so the prospect of living a Yuletide hell for several weeks while I put together this thing suddenly didn't seem very enticing.
In short, I pussied out.
Oh, you'll get your holiday fun on Wednesday night. There'll be some bad stuff in there, stuff that makes you question your belief in the very savior you're meant to celebrate. But there'll be some good stuff too. Well, at the very least, stuff that is listenable. I'm not sure what it all will be, to be honest, as I ultimately decided to gather up several hours worth of music, and I'll once again hit the "Randomizer" button, so it'll be just as much of a surprise to me as it is with you guys.
Uploaded to the FTP, here's my second installment of hip-hop themed soundwaves. This SWN focuses on the music of one of my personal favorite producers, Jneiro Jarel. What I like about Jneiro's music is how positive he maintains it -- he's not rapping about bitches and hoes, thug life, or anything that hip hop usually gets pigeonholed with. He looks for the silver lining in life, and trying to change things for the better. For someone who's been in the industry for about 20 years, it's really uplifting to hear coming from him.
Here's a nice brief description from Wikipedia:
Jneiro Jarel (born Omar Jarel Gilyard) is a Los Angeles-based music producer. For over a decade he has provided listeners with an eclectic mix of sounds ranging from hip hop, to electronica, to electro-pop, to Brazilian funk, to bass music. Noted for his abstract style, he is also known for his beat-making alias Dr. Who Dat? and his group Shape of Broad Minds who've shared the stage with Jay-z to Radiohead . With more monikers than Kool Keith, his collaborations and producer credits are almost too many to mention. Highlights include works with Khujo Goodie (as Willie Isz), MF Doom, TV on the Radio, David Andrew Sitek and many more.
Up next: My next go-round is due around the holidays, that time of year when Soundwave nights become rather sporadic. Hopefully you all will be able to stick around for a rather festive setlist I am cooking up.
Basically, since Descendants Of Erdrick (the video game cover band I play bass for) was invited to play at CGE, we got an opportunity not only to play for a whole bunch of nerds who seemed to like us ok, we also got to meet and share the stage (rather, the corner of the floor) with some really cool chiptune artists:
8BitWeapon, who has been doing chiptune since the 90's ComputeHer, his wife who is doing the same Crashfaster, who unfortunately won't be featured tonight because I lost his album in one of my many recent windows crashes (appropriate name, huh?)
...any my favorite of the lot, Bud Melvin, who combines Chiptune with banjo playing and dark, folky songs about death and stuff.
Also I'll be spinning the Descendants Of Erdrick album, "Down Right Heavy", in its entirety, for you all to enjoy and/or mock and ridicule. Fun times!
Now I just have to figure out how to re-install and use all this Shoutcast stuff again...
D'oh! So it turns out I've got important video game band practice this Wednesday, as it's the only day this week our guitarist is available that we won't be actually playing a show. Is anyone able and willing to trade me spots yet again?
Oops I forgot to upload this and then I went on vacation.
Here it is, the first in my series of hip-hop themed Soundwaves. This theme is probably the grittiest, dirtiest, most underground sounding of my selections, and Dave was correct to compare it to Wu Tang's NYC style of rapping (which makes sense, as MIC is from New York).
The Monsta Island Czars is/was a group of New York City rappers who took on the personas of well, monsters from Godzilla movies. The most famous member of this group is MF Doom, who mostly worked the beats under the guise of King Geedorah.
They had an album out in the early 2000s, then had a falling out with Doom and the band more or less fell apart. But a lot of the members continued to put out solo projects under their MIC monickers. I'm not too clear on details, but apparently Doom took all of the band's money and skipped out of town. Needless to say, most of the band members didn't take too kindly to it, and thus began a several year beef between the two, complete with dis songs and death threats (none of which I bothered including in the set list).
Anyways, this set is now available on the FTP, so feel free to check it out if you missed it originally. Not sure if I'll have time to get my next hip hop SWN ready for my next turn, but I got some great stuff planned ahead.
Sorry folks... I know this is last minute, and I do apologize, but in working on final prep for my first open-mic night on Thursday, I will not be able to DJ tomorrow night. Does anybody have anything in the can ready to go they can stream in my absence?
Progenitors of "clever pop" made popular (?) by the likes of They Might Be Giants and other bands I don't care about, Sparks left a mark on the musical landscape that will take them years to wash out.
I HAVE A QUESTION: is it possible to play the files in .flac on my computer here and have them encode to the same 128kbps .mp3 for streaming, or should I re-encode the songs I want to play just to be safe?
I thought I'd try something a bit different with this theme: loading up my entire music collection that I have on MP3, and then simply hit the "shuffle" button and see what comes up. That way it'd be just as much of a surprise as to what played as it was to everyone else listening in.
I also made sure not to ever skip around once a song was selected. We would have to listen to whatever came up, for better or for worse.
This did require a bit of preparation. I took out songs that were 10+ minutes long, and tried to minimize any duplicates. With my large hip hop collection, there were a lot of acapellas and I tried to get rid of all those in advance too (note: I failed as one acapella did play during the set).
The final playlist: 9,566 songs totalling 2 weeks, 6 days, 23 hours, 34 minutes.
There was a chance for something from a previous SWN to appear, but I believe in the end that did not happen. There was also a chance that a planned future SWN would get spoiled, and indeed that did happen as a couple of Christmas songs popped up, giving people a taste of the horrors I plan to inflict later this year.
But most importantly (for me anyways), I wanted to see if anything would come up that would inspire me for any future playlists. This did happen when several songs by various Monsta Island Czars appeared (tracks 10, 16, 25, and 35). I think I may do a Sugar Plant SWN as well, simply because the Randomizer chose their absolute worst, most horrible song ever and I really want people to realize they are a much better band than their selection here.
Enjoy this portrait of my musical taste, warts and all.
This week on Soundwave Hi. I'm streaming on Wednesday. My wife needs a ride home from work, so it'll either be a short one that ends around 10-ish. Or I let it go on its own and you will be at the mercy of my playlist. It will be good times either way.
Here is a GIS result of my theme. I think it sums it up nicely.
...And Found (Again) Just remembered I forgot to throw up a post for tonight on SWN...lol. I'll be streaming a playlist filled with music from Lost. Timing worked out pretty good, seeing as the finale was on Sunday.