Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - Procedural

I have not seen Gone Girl yet. I’ve had several opportunities to see it this past week but all of them fell through. But what I have had the opportunity to do, is listen to the film’s score by my not-problematic faves Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. So, in a way, I’ve kind of seen the movie. I imagine the scene accompanying this song is a meandering dimly-lit courtroom setting where you have to pay close attention to details to understand character motivations. 

Or maybe I’m just a fan of Fincher/Reznor/Ross combo films and they all have a very common style. Maybe I’m right. Maybe I’m wrong. Hopefully I’ll find out soon, so don’t spoil it for me guys. See you next week!

Max

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Fenech-Soler - Somebody (Live at The Bridge, London)

You all should know by now that I’m a big fan of electronica. You should also have surmised that I’m a sucker for stripped down versions of electronica songs. It’s something that doesn’t always work since a lot of the genre is made up of wordless tracks that you could cover acoustically, but… should you?

Anyway, it works for me right now as I’m trying to relax and let this frantic weekend come to a close. Hope you all got more rest than I did while accomplishing more than me. Have a great week, everybody!

Max

Daft Punk - Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem

On September 1, 2001, Cartoon Network aired Toonami Midnight Run: Special Edition, a one-time musical time-slot which, for something that I only saw once, had a massive impact on my life. Before that night, I personally hadn’t listened to much music that wasn’t poured into my earholes by more conventional sources like MTV or Top 40 radio (or Disney Channel). After that night I was uh… mildly obsessed with Daft Punk, The Gorillaz and Kenna. It wouldn’t be until a good 7 years later that I would find a copy of the entire movie Interstella 5555.

Collecting all the tracks from Daft Punk’s 2001 album Discovery and adding beautiful animation from Toei, Interstella 5555 is the bizarre yet gripping tale of alien rockstars who are kidnapped, painted human skin tones and put into musical slavery by a creepy earth businessman/cult leader. Classic. The movie is pretty influential & I still remember seeing the video for Kanye West’s “Stronger" and flipping out because he was referencing Interstella and Akira, two films that I felt pretty alone in my appreciation of at the time. Now, even though people love Daft Punk and “Stronger” was a big hit (and I distinctly remember hearing “One More Time" almost every Saturday night on Open House Party for a few years), most people are woefully unaware of this movie’s existence. So go forth, Interstella, and make people question if they’re stoned.

Or if they are more stoned than they actually are.

Max

Bryce Vine - Sour Patch Kids

Sometimes things work out in this serendipitous way where I can’t help but wonder if the universe is pushing me to do something. The last couple of days have been business as usual, but with the added twist of the 90s. Surge is back on the shelf, I’ve picked my Halloween costume (a beloved comic book shop clerk/wallaby) & I went on a 90s TV binge this morning. The thing is, none of these things happened because of any of the others and the same holds true for how randomly I stumbled upon this song.

I’ve never heard of Bryce Vine before today but this infectious song almost perfectly captures the near-constant feeling of regret about growing up. It’s not that being an adult isn’t great, it can be. It’s that sometimes I want to be simple lizard-brain happy and I think I’ve lost that along the way. But this song is good for a solid 4 minutes of lizard-brain, juice box sipping, Slime Time Live watching fun. So here’s to the nights we felt ali… wait no, wrong song. And decade.

p.s, this track is available for free from his soundcloud, so if you want to jam out to it later in your car, you should get on that.

Max

Nicki Minaj - Moment For Life feat. Drake
Second Chance Week

In 2009 a friend of mine shared a video on Facebook of this rapper that I’d never heard of. The production value was low and it seemed straight up like something on a homemade CD/DVD that I’d be handed by an unaccomplished artist struggling to get their work heard. Unlike those CD’s I never really take seriously, I genuinely saw some serious potential and skill in that low resolution youtube video. I even shared it on my freshly created Tumblr account.

The artist was of course Nicki Minaj.

Of course it doesn’t end there. A year or so later, Nicki released “Pink Friday”, which was critically acclaimed… but not by me. At least not at first. I wasn’t as impressed by the gimmicky, multiple-personality-having, fuchsia frocked pop diva as I was with the around-the-way-girl who wasn’t asking for her spotlight, but demanding it. Another year after that, I actually gave Pink Friday a listen or 12 (after being slapped across the face with a reminder of the woman’s talent by her infamous Monster verse) and my opinion was cemented that Nicki Minaj always knows what she’s doing and I should trust her.

So you see, this 2nd chance worked out in kind of a reverse order. Well, rinse, reverse and repeat. I had this stint during the Starships era where I simply didn’t care about what Nicki was doing but now I’m back on board and humming Anaconda every day as a ritual cleanse after inevitably hearing an Iggy Azalea song on the radio (shame on you, J-Lo).

Max

Gesaffelstein - Viol

Usually around this time of year I’ve begun seriously thinking about the more pumpkin spice everything & candy corn aspect of the autumn season, but it’s kind of hard when it’s still so hot that you can leave an uninsulated mug of hot tea in the car in the morning and come back to find it still boiling hot at 5pm. Regardless, last night I found myself on a really enjoyable night-drive and while the rest of everything is telling me it’s Summer, I couldn’t help but feel a little bit of a techno-pagan vibe coming over me when Gesaffelstein’s Conspiracy EP’s began playing. So even though it’s still ridiculously hot and I’m stuck driving around in a car with a driver window that refuses to open, I’m going to let Autumn happen.

Bring on the PSLs and problematic Halloween costumes!

Max

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Redlight - 36 feat. Lotti

So my birthday was this week and I tend to have mixed feelings about my birthday since I’m a raging pessimist and usually see things as “the life is half finished” rather than “half lived”. I’m not sure either way sounds less pessimistic actually. I also base that statement on life expectancy statistics from 1900.

Anyway, I heard this song on Ministry of Sound’s Ibiza Annual 2014 mix album and it was quite an unexpected earwormer. Until last night, I hadn’t even seen the very Mind’s Eye-esque music video for the song, which ironically makes me feel good about having been alive to see the early days of digital art.

Well, kind of glad. I don’t want to start going bald or making dad jokes. Unless I’ve already started making them. Oh no… is this a setup for an elaborate dad joke? I have to go think.

Max

Janelle Monáe - Electric Lady feat. Solange

Okay, now that Callie, Andrew and Zach are done saying their piece, I have to make it known that Janelle Monáe is pretty cool. That’s probably an unpopular opinion since nobody really likes her and she hasn’t really made many waves. But I have to say, Electric Lady is a shockingly good song that will have all your movable archandroid parts dancing. Top it all off with this fantastic video full of really fun cameos and it’s no surprise why I’d choose her song this week. See you guys next week.

Max