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Canadian Folk Singer Meets Tragic Death

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 08:00 AM PDT

Toronto-based folk singer 's promising career came to a tragic end on this Wednesday due to mortal wounds from a surprising Coyote attack. cover

It was said she was on a solo hike in Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia. Coyotes, being naturally shy creatures, may have mistaken her for deer or other prey said Wildlife biologist Bob Bancroft. Other hiker's in the area heard Mitchell’s screams and alerted emergency police dispatchers.

Mitchell had been traveling on her first tour promoting her debut LP For Your Consideration. She was also nominated for Young Performer of the Year honors by the Canadian Folk Music Awards, which will be awarded in November. She has performed in festivals that included , Neko Case and .

On Taylor's last post on FaceBook, Mitchell described playing at someone's home as "a welcome dose of normality after a whirlwind weekend” at the Ontario Council of Folk Music.

Michael Johnston, her Producer of For Your Consideration said he and his family would soon be organizing a celebration of her life.

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Castanets – Texas Rose, The Thaw & The Beasts (Asthmatic Kitty/Inertia)

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 10:00 AM PDT

It’s taken me a few listens, but Texas Rose, The Thaw & The Beasts is really starting to open up to me now. While there are now quite a number of Asthmatic Kitty artists I follow fairly religiously, this is my first exposure to Castanets. By all accounts it’s song based folkness is a bit of a departure, but then, each of Ray Raposa’s 5 albums has apparently sounded nothing like any of the others, so he’s remaining consistent.

Texas Rose, The Thaw & The Beasts operates in two simultaneous universes. The first impression is of minor key, brooding, country folk. These sections are recorded with brilliant, evocative clarity – every string in every guitar strum, every metal tip of each snare brush, every millimetre of reverb space – clearly audible. But by the time ‘Worn From The Fight (With Fireworks)’ pulses in with glitchy hi-hats and throbbing bass synth like a Thom Yorke solo excursion, it’s become obvious that another layer is also at work, that of electronic experimentalism. ‘Thaw And The Beasts’, in contrast, breaks into a central section which evokes pure digital processing, but is created completely with scratchy acoustic guitar sounds. What sets apart Castanets from the folktronic masses, though, is the very distinct factions between the two. There are moments, such as ‘On Beginning’ and ‘Lucky Old Moon’, where the synthetic and organic take relatively equal billing. But, in general, when the lush acoustic instruments are in command, the processing is subtle, just bubbling below the surface, if at all, and vice-versa. Like intertwining waves, each comes and goes without ever meshing. While this may sound like a recipe for schizophrenia, the overall mood is very consistent in its hazy down beat-ness. All sounds are in the service of the songs and this is what binds the 11 tracks into cohesion.

The consistent, dominant feature of the whole album is the voice of Raposa. He swims through the vocal timbres of familiar artists – Nashville Skyline era Dylan here, Cat Stevens there, Willy Nelson in a mellow mood elsewhere – but doesn’t settle on imitation, ultimately defining his own voice. And that voice is used in the service of aching melodies. ‘My Heart’ is a propulsive dirge whose two-note acoustic guitar riff builds tension until a distant snare snaps in and floating voices haunt the grand spaces. ‘No Trouble’ utilises blues memories and up/down sing song melodies. Tracks like ‘Rose’ and ‘Down The Line’ fall into downtrodden country moulds, with all the simpleness and memorableness of melody that that would infer.

The album ends, however, with its true highlight, the 6 minute ‘Dance, Dance’. A gently accompanied storyteller ballad of temptation, bad decisions, regret and ultimately glimpses of redemption, it highlights everything great about the album. Lyrics which provoke response with their quirks, avoiding any sense of cliché. Take “And when the days all got shorter I said ‘It’s hard to even say who I am / I hadn’t told the truth in months, no, I’d been lying even to my lamb’”. There are evocations of biblical struggle without any recourse to sentimentalism, consistent across the entire disc. It’s a deep, heady conclusion to an album that unfolds with ever more detail the more I listen to it.

For those in Australia, Castanets will be touring over December/January. Texas Rose, The Thaw & The Beasts has been enough to convince me that it might be well worth seeing the live show.

Adrian Elmer

Castanets – Texas Rose, The Thaw & The Beasts (Asthmatic Kitty/Inertia) is a post from: Cyclic Defrost Magazine.

Icarus – Sylt Remixes (Rump Recordings)

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 02:04 AM PDT


While London/Melbourne-based electronic duo Ollie Brown and Sam Britton first emerged as a drum and bass influenced act back in 1998 with heir debut album ‘Kamikaze’ on Hydrogen Jukebox, they’ve spent the ensuing years moving increasingly towards more leftfield sounds tempered with traces of folk, classical and minimalist electronics, as seen on preceding albums for Temporary Residence and Leaf. In many senses, Icarus’ preceding 2007 album saw the duo pushing this experimentalist bent even further, with the tracks contained being remixes of live performances, which in turn had originally been remixes of earlier studio work. Two years on, this accompanying remix collection on Danish label Rump Recordings sees an impressive and diverse selection of remixers offering up consistently inspired and unpredictable new angles on the originals.

Nabo opens things on a glitch-strewn and ramshackle downbeat tip with his fractured hiphop reworking of ‘Volks!, as delayed-out swathes of guitar fretboard texture and turntable pitchbends roll through a dry backing of Dabrye-esque beats, shortly before Opiate deconstructs ‘Keet’ entirely back down to just its base elements, the occasional flutter of acoustic guitar rising up through a murky backdrop of ambient noise, shortly before spidery breakbeats take control of the mix for the second half. ISAN meanwhile offer up a characteristically gentle retake on ‘Keet’ that sends wistful traces of guitar floating against a serene backdrop of digitally processed samples, delicate keys and distant beeping tones, an aesthetic that certainly sits in sharp contrast to Ital Tek’s doomy, mechanical-sounding electro-dubstep reworking of ‘Selfautoparent’, a moment which rolls with all the brooding minor-key menace of his recent ‘Cyclical’ album. There’s also a dark descent into buzzing guitar drones and sudden crashes of noise amidst Svartbag’s epic 11 minute long remix of ‘Jyske’ that provides what’s easily one of the most vast wanders here, before Coil / Throbbing Gristle collaborator CoH strips ‘Keet’ back to just a fluttering broken rhythmic pulse and delicate, almost Japanese-sounding melodic textures in what’s easily one of this collection’s most surprising and effective moments. A consistently inspired remix collection from Icarus that’s well worth exploring.

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Icarus – Sylt Remixes (Rump Recordings) is a post from: Cyclic Defrost Magazine.



dirt_dog Remix Pack 4

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 06:30 AM PDT

Of all the remix packs, this is one of my favorites... The Soul Assassins edition. I'll confess that the second track was not taken from a cd single. But it was a Lighter Shade Of Brown CD5 that led me to their album that had this remix as a bonus track. I felt it was 100% necessary to include some other DJ Muggs work from 1992. And I couldn't help but sneak in the U2 track as an obscure off-beat treat. Nothing mind-blowing, but a chance to hear something out of the hip-hop world. If you missed Remix Packs 1, 2 or 3 click HERE.

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01 Funkdoobiest-Funkdoobiest-The Funkiest (Lethal Dose Remix)
02 A Lighter Shade Of Brown-Spill The Wine (D.J. Muggs Remix)
03 Cypress Hill-Latin Lingo (Prince Paul Mix)
04 Beastie Boys-So What'cha Want (Soul Assassin Remix Version) feat. B Real
05 House Of Pain-It Ain't A Crime (UK Remix)
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Rakim talks about Dr. Dre and Aftermath

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 05:38 AM PDT

HardKnockTV got up with the God Rakim to discuss his current relationship with Dr. Dre, why things didn't work out for him at Aftermath and if "Oh My God" will ever come out. Peace to Nick Huff. --Philaflava

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Cage The Elephant - Cage The Elephant (2008)

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 12:50 AM PDT

Cage The Elephant - Cage The Elephant [2008]


1. In One Ear
2. James Brown
3. Aint No Rest For The Wicked
4. Tiny Little Robots
5. Lotus
6. Back Against The Wall
7. Drones In The Valley
8. Judas
9. Back Stabbin' Betty
10. Soil To The Sun
11. Free Love



Bon Jovi - The Circle (2009)

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 12:47 AM PDT

Bon Jovi - The Circle (2009)

Release Date.: 2009-10-27
Store Date...: 2009-11-02
Source.......: CD
Style........: Rock
Record Label.: Mercury
Cat Nr.......:
Encoder......: Lame 3.97 (-V2 --vbr-new)
Quality......: 215kbps avg / 44.1KHz / Joint Stereo

1. We Weren't Born To Follow 4:03
2. When We Were Beautiful 5:18
3. Work For The Working Man 4:04
4. Superman Tonight 5:12
5. Bullet 3:50
6. Thorn In My Side 4:05
7. Live Before You Die 4:18
8. Brokenpromiseland 4:57
9. Love's The Only Rule 4:38
10. Fast Cars 3:16
11. Happy Now 4:21
12. Learn To Love 4:39



Ministry of Sound: The Chilled House Session (2009)

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 12:42 AM PDT

Ministry of Sound: The Chilled House Session (2009)

Sorry about the slightly wierd filenames and titles. 
   ...\MoS The Chilled House Session CD1
   File count: 18
   01.Calvin Harris-1 I'm Not Alone (DeadMau5 Mix)
   02.Deadmau5-2 I Remember (Vocal Mix)
   03.Example-3 Watch The Sun Come Up (Fred Falke Remix)
   04.Sharam-4 She Came Along (Reup Club Mix)
   05.Chicane-5 Poppiholla
   06.Adele-6 Hometown Glory (Axwell Club Mix)
   07.Freemasons-7 Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer) (The Mac Project Mix)
   08.Eric Prydz-8 Proper Education (Sébastien Léger Remix)
   09.Kid Cudi-9 Day 'N' Nite (D.O.N.S. Remix)
   10.James Talk-10 West End girls (2009)
   11.Nick Muir-11 Ain't Nobody
   12.Sebastian Ingrosso-12 Kidsos (Edit)
   13.Mark Knight-13 Man With The Red Face
   14.The Shapeshifters-14 Chime (Martijn Ten Velden Remix - Digital Edit)
   15.Eric Prydz-15 Melo
   16.Groove Armada-16 Love Sweet Sound (Mark Knight & Funkagenda's A.H.B Mix)
   17.Cicada-17 Mr P. Star
   18.Deepest Blue-18 Deepest Blue

   ...\MoS The Chilled House Session CD2
   File count: 18
   19.Rui Da Silva-19 Touch Me (Double 99 Club Mix)
   20.Everything But The Girl-20 Wrong (Todd Terry Remix)
   21.Dirty Vegas-21 Days Go By
   22.Eric Prydz-22 Pjanoo (Afterlife Remix)
   23.FRED FALKE-23 9.09 PM At The Beach
   24.Analog People In A Digital World-24 Rose Rouge (Vocal Edit)
   25.Jakatta-25 American Dream (Ski Dakenfull Dream On Remix)
   26.Underworld-26 Cups (Salt City Orchestra Remix)
   27.Groove Armada-27 El Padrino
   28.Shakedown-28 At Night
   29.X-Press 2 -  29 Now I'm On It
   30.Dubtribe Sound System-30 Do It Now (Extended Version - Edit)
   31.Julien Jabre-31 Swimming Places (Sebastian Ingrosso Re-edit - Digital Edit)
   32.Noosa Head-32 Mushrooms (Salt City Orchestra Out There Remix - Chilled House Session Edit)
   33.Kings of Tomorrow-33 Finally (Radio Edit)
   34.Alena-34 Turn It Around (Another Mix)
   35.Sandy Rivera-35 Changes (Ben Watt 'Lazy Dog' Mix - Edit)
   36.Faze Action-36 In The Trees

   ...\MoS The Chilled House Session CD3
   File count: 18
   37.Röyksopp-37 Only This Moment (Röyksopp's Forsiktige Massasje Mic Mix)
   38.Mylo-38 In My Arms (Linus Loves Remix)
   39.Friendly Fires-39 Paris (Aeroplane Remix)
   40.SEBASTIEN TELLIER-40 Kilometer (Aeroplane Italo 84 Mix)
   41.Tosca-41 Rolf Royce
   42.Aeroplane-42 Caramellas
   43.Bjørn Torske-43 Hatten Passer
   44.Williams-44 Love On A Real Train (Williams Odyssey Mix)
   45.Crazy P-45 Love On The Line (Unabombers Vocal Mix)
   46.1gnition-46 Secret Sunday Lover (Greg Wilson Edit)
   47.Blackbelt Andersen-47 November
   48.Todd Terje-48 Italian Stallion
   49.Ichisan-49 Radar Pulse Is Sent
   50.In Flagranti-50 Personal Angst
   51.Rubber Room-51 ~censored~
   52.Max Sedgley-52 Happy (Soul Mekanik Remix)
   53.Bent-53 Swollen (Cafe del Marsh Mix)
   54.Lovelock-54 Don't Turn Away (From My Love)

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