Thursday, September 30, 2010

9-30-2010 - Today's Hotness (House): "Weekend" - Michael Gray.



Real talk, this weekend is going to be a great one, and I hope yours will be just the same. Funny thing, I always joked about how if you looked inside my head, you'd see a bunch of secretary chicks running around digging through file cabinets...it isn't QUITE like this, but close, hahahaha! Enjoy it!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

9-28-2010 - Today's Hotness (Hip Hop): "Guillotine (Swords)" - Raekwon feat. Ghostface Killa & The GZA.



Fuckin' Sick ass classic track right here! Boondocks cartoon fans will remember this track when Huey Freeman dreams of sword fighting Col. Stinkmeaner. enjoy it!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

This track makes you escape your mind :) ... Pure Greatness.

Thievery Corporation's Remix of Herb Alpert's "Lemon tree".

9-24-2010 - Today's Hotness (Hip Hop): "Who Shot Ya? (Serj Tankian Remix)" - The Notorious B.I.G..



Awesome remix right here...who the hell saw this one comin', right? Heard it in "Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure"...one of the biggest disappointments of a game I ever played. I REALLY wanted to like it. Anyways...track is good, so enjoy it!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Because I couldn't let this go unposted.

Damian Marley - It Was Written (Dubstep Remix)



Fantastic.

A new find of mind...

The Mighty Imperials - Thunder Chicken.



These guys are on Daptone Records and they are incredible.

9-22-2010 - Today's Hotness (House): "What am I Supposed to Do?" - Treasure Fingers.



This one goes out to my homeboys Lee and Adam W., also known as the up and coming electro duo known as "Verlan"! Enjoy it!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I wish I had her voice...

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: "Tell Me"

9-21-2010 - Today's Hotness (Drum & Bass): "Can't Punish Me 2007" - Dom & Roland



So I was at work last night and decided to kick it old school a bit, which led to me playing the entirety of "System Upgrade"...one of Dieselboy's world famous Drum & Bass mixes. I was going to post the original version of this track, 'cause it's one of my favorites off of the mix, but in my search I found this 2007 remix! I had no idea it existed, but I'm listenin' to it as I type this, and it's really fuckin' good! Enjoy it!

"This song is from an album I can't pronounce"

Being a frugal music lover I find it difficult to determine when to and when not to attend concerts. On one hand you may bare witness to one of the most amazing performances you've ever heard. On the other that 20 dollar ticket, plus the 10 dollar Ticketmaster rape fee, plus the extra 20 or so dollars it took to get to and away from the venue, plus that late night snack you will need generally steers me away from most shows. When you are a college student your priorities have to be established, and for me I generally like to eat before going to a concert. However, usually once or twice a year I make the exception to my rule and set trail to Chicago for a show. My stinginess has paid off as I have not witnessed a show I disliked. There have been shows that have been technically sublime, and shows where the band made you feel like an integral part of something. Then there are shows like September 18th's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group show that make you reconsider which shows you should go see. They set the standard for a concert to an almost unfair level.

More on that later.

I think we need a bit of a back story here, a template for the explanation that is about to happen. There was a magical moment Junior year of High-School. I say magical because I found high-school to be an awful waste of time and I can't wait for the reunion just to see a bunch of overweight people I used to sit next to in Chemistry. The reason it was magical was a special pair of headphones were placed upon my head. These were no ordinary headphones mind you, no, these headphones carried the sounds of the album that would forever shape the music I listened to. Inside those little speakers carried the sounds of Deloused in The Comatorium an album by the ostentatious and long winded The Mars Volta. I could go on about that album and the future albums for days, but I will save that for another day. The critical piece of that story was being introduced to someone who I identify as the best living guitarist, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. Omar has released something to the tune of a million solo albums since that memorable day, and apparently has hard drives full of music just waiting to be released (and with finally finding a label that will put up with his bullshit onslaught his dreams are finally coming true). His albums vary from the Skull fracturing Cryptomnesia which is something to the equivalent of being date raped by sound to the sonic insult of Despair which can't be classified as anything but, "one giant awful sound". Yes, there is something for everyone, and everything for a person who is willing to follow each of these solo albums from start to finish. The journey is one that is truly rewarding if you do for you will find all sorts of brilliant gems of composing and guitar manipulation. To make this all the more interesting, when he is not touring with The Mars Volta he can be found touring with his solo band, except that he only has toured in Europe...until now! When I heard that the subject of what my girlfriend would call a more than creepy crush was coming to The Congress to play a show, well you can be assured that is one of those occasions where I would be willing to spring forward the money for a ticket to see it.

The show itself had two openers, both from Mexico city, and both proving that the best sounds in rock were coming from down south, perhaps we should let some more people hop the fence so they can at least play some good music.

First up was Vicente Gayo a band whose sound was akin to a Super Nintendo shoved into a blender mixed with... well actually that's the brilliant part, I can't really say what their sound was like. It was refreshing to hear something so smart, so crisp, and so well put together with it not sounding like everything else. As they ran through a 30 minute set I was completely entranced, usually the opener of the opener sounds about as good as your middle school concert band did... I'll let you finish that analogy (and don't even tell me your band was actually good, that is a lie). Regardless, this is a band checking out and you should.

For the second course we had what you would get if The Dresden Dolls and The Yea Yea Yeas (when they were good mind you) had a baby, and had it infused with fire...and chili peppers. Le Butcherettes consist of "Teri Gender Bender" who plays keys and guitar and two men in masks playing drums and bass. While not the most original sounding group ever (though certainly having their unique flair) they provided the audience with easily the most visually entertaining show of the night. While rocking to an actual full setlist (a shocker for an opening band) Teri could be seen doing cartwheels flopping around on stage like a fish out of water, smashing equipment off stage by the audience, and then cleaning up the venue. As gimmicky as it sounds Teri never ever gave off the vibe that it was all some cheap trick to keep the audience interested. Instead, these hilarious antics merely were an extra bonus to the already outstanding performance they were giving. Again, this is a band to watch out for.

Two bands in and expectations were already high (along with most of the concert goers), it was already determined that the $23 dollar tickets were a good investment, and the main attraction hadn't even shown up yet.

And then they did...and my god.

Omar, with Juan Alderete De La Pena on the bass, Lars Stalfors on samples, Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez on keys, Deantoni Parks on drums, and Spanish pop-star Ximena SariƱana Rivera attacked the audience like it was a battle for survival. Each track was a masterpiece after the other, with each one raising the bar even higher. The audience had already been blown away by two solid openers and to then still be blown away was a feat I hardly thought plausible. What I think made the matter all the sweeter was how most of these songs were not even from his available solo records. He simply just grabbed some songs that sounded good and said "well lets play these" and they did. From Spanish ballads, to prog odysseys, to dance rock they covered the lot, and the covered it with expertise and precision. If there was a complaint to be had it would have been the venue itself. The Congress, like many rock venues was never designed for the intricacies of a concert like this and too often the multiple tiny layers that make up the sweet dessert that was the Omar Group cake were smashed into something more of a custard. Regardless, it was a journey that could never be forgotten for it set a standard. It set a standard for quality of performance and simply winning the audience over with something they had never heard. When most people go to a show they wanna hear the greats, the big hits, the singles, the songs they can all sing along to. The people at Wrigley Field that night were seeing Dave Matthews Band, a group that can do that, and make the audience love every second of it. That takes talent, and in the case of DMB some very stupid concert goers who don't understand that Dave and his band should still never be allowed back into Chicago for the atrocities committed to the poor tourists they literally dumped shit on a few years back. Regardless, yes there is something to respect in their shit dumping chorus chanting performance. It takes infinite more skill to illicit that same reaction without having a hook, no sing a longs, no singles, and no big hits. 6 musicians stepped up to the plate with a batch of songs no one had ever heard, save for two or three songs and expected the audience to eat it up all the same, and they did, and that takes a skill beyond the scope of most musicians, and is why I will continue to indulge myself in every future solo release from the musical beast that is Omar Rodriguez -Lopez.

You can track Le Butcherettes on their facebook page "Le Butcherettes Official"
Vicente Gayocan be found at Vicentegayo.com
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez can be followed at http://rodriguezlopezproductions.com/

Saturday, September 18, 2010

9-18-2010 - Today's Hotness (Drum & Bass): "Danger (Live)" - Dub Mafia.



So one of my friends on facebook, "Ghetto Child" posted this and I was on jaw-drop mode. Had to share this one with y'all! Enjoy it!

Friday, September 17, 2010

9-17-2010 - Today's Hotness (Dubstep): "Timewarp (Zeno Remix)" - Stagga.



For some reason, this track makes me want to go exploring...it has this "psychadelic ethereal dungeon with a stupidly hard boss in an RPG" vibe to it. Enjoy it!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

9-16-2010 - Today's Hotness (Drum & Bass): "Little Green Men (Neonlight Remix)" - Rico & Scoop



A cool track I had picked up a little while ago, but never really sat down to listen to. It came on my playlist when I was comin' home from hangin' with friends, and it proved to be pretty awesome. Enjoy it!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Clutchy Hopkins.

Clutchy Hopkins = 3:02



I love this guy. He blows my mind every time. Plus, this video is awesome.

9-15-2010 - Today's Hotness (Drum & Bass): "Branches" - Genetic Bros.



Another feel good / get down banger comin' at you from the Genetic Bros. Gotta love it when Drum & Bass gets all melodical, you know? Enjoy it!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A personal favorite.

Gramatik - Shaft Funk



Personally, I think if you can't groove to this, you have NO soul.

9-14-2010 - Today's Hotness (Hip Hop): "Facemelter" - Aesop Rock.



Simple yet so so sick. Aesop Rock constantly puts it down on 'em. Enjoy it!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Because this weekend was THAT good...

Pretty Lights = "Aimin At Your Head"



I needed 2 epic tracks to express the excitement :)

Get your funk on...

The Isley Brothers : "It's Your Thing"



Epic weekend calls for an epic track :)

9-12-2010 - Today's Hotness (House): "Somewhere Beyond" - Michael Gray



Checked this one out when I was actually looking for a different track by the same artist. I'm postin' it more for the video than the song, although the song isn't even bad. I mean, shit...just watchin' it the first time put the biggest smile on my face. It's a really feel-good video, and if it doesn't envoke the same feeling in you, then I don't know what the hell is wrong with you...Enjoy it!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Ginuwine - So Anxious.

Ginuwine = So Anxious.



Mmmmmmhmmmmm ;)

9-10-2010 - Today's Hotness (Dubstep): "We Kill Everything" - Lank, KirKus, Sluggo.



Some more sinister beats for y'all to get down to this Friday. Enjoy it!

The Facebook Archives are done, now we can move forward.

Ok, so for those that have been keepin' up, you may have noticed a few trends pop up with my posts for the Facebook Archives. On some days, you may have seen more than one track for the same day; that was a new feature I had started on Facebook simply called "Extra Track of the Day". These would occur by something in my life reminding me of a particular song, so then I'd post it. Kinda like how one would unlock a reward in a video game by meeting certain requirements. More often than not though, they'd show up in the case of birthdays. I may still do extra tracks, but I don't think I'll be doin' 'em for birthdays much anymore (November would be the biggest pain in the ass).

Somethin' else that was happenin' near the end, was the "Mixtape Monday". Basically, I'd find a lengthy mix of music and post that. This will definitely be coming back for this blog.

Lastly, there was "Sucka Free Sunday" (I got the name from MTV, but I'm sure it isn't their concept), which was some kind of Music-Posting-Battle between Mandey / Haze.EXE (who posts under, "AK" on here, by the way) and myself. I'm not too sure I wanna do that anymore...at least not like THAT. Maybe it'll be reserved specifically for Funk / Hip Hop Instrumental type shit. She and I will have to talk about it. (Also, we might become roommates in the near future)

One more thing before I post today's track, is that I'm going to try to get even more co-authors to this blog (I hate that word, "Blog"...ugh.) so that the musical content will be more diverse, thusly appealing to a more broad scope of people. That would be nice...

For those of you that have been keeping up with this site, either from back when I was doing it on facebook, or if you stumbled your way here, thank you for listening. I'll do my best to make this spot better for y'all.

Catch you later...

- Kenny / Riot.EXE -

Thursday, September 9, 2010

It's Such a Beautiful Day :)

Lupe Fiasco feat. Jill Scott - Daydreamin'

9-9-2010 - Today's Hotness (Techno): "Toxygene" - The Orb.



Alright, here's a really chill old school track for y'all today. Enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 6-19-2010. (Hip Hop): "Ping Pong (The Return)" - Anti-pop Consortium.



The FINAL Track of the day for a while...gonna give it a site of its own. I'll keep y'all posted, and thanks for following it for the time being! Enjoy it!

EDIT: This entry ends the Facebook Archive posts. Hip hop hooray to that.

Facebook Archives: 6-18-2010. (Digital Hardcore): "Riot 1995" - Atari Teenage Riot.



Bringin' back the classics today. October 1st can't come soon enough...enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 6-17-2010. (Drum & Bass): "Stigma" - Noisia.



A track that definitely gets the adrenaline rush goin'. Enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 6-16-2010. (House): "Don't Deny Love (Ridge Racer 7 Version)" - Boyd Jarvis.



Sick house track right here! Excellent fit for the Ridge Racer series. Enjoy it!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Time for some instrumentals...

Gramatik - Chillaxin' By The Sea

9-8-2010 - Today's Hotness (House): "Zombies" - Herve.



Here's a baller house track for y'all. Enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 6-15-2010. (Dubstep): "Normalize" - Flux Pavillion.



Fuckin' deep ass track right here. I get my mind so right with this one, and I think you will too. Enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 6-14-2010. (Drum & Bass): "Drum & Bass 2010 Studio Mix" - Wickaman.



Got an hour to kill? Cool, sit down and absorb this mix. Enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 6-13-2010. (Acid Jazz): "Life in the Rain" - Quantic.



More Sucka Free Sunday action...

Facebook Archives: 6-13-2010. (Electronica): "Waiting for Initiation" - Bluetech.



Amazingly chill track right here. Amanda K. Mothersbaugh...bring it on!

EDIT: This was part of a new feature I had introduced called "Sucka Free Sunday", in which Mandey Mothersbaugh / Haze.EXE and I would go back and forth posting tracks. I'm not sure if I'll bring it back, but if I do, it won't be EVERY Sunday.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Chicago Hip Hop is what's up.

Common - I Want You.

9-7-2010 - Today's Hotness (Drum & Bass / Hip Hop): "Rumours" - Disaszt & Shimon feat. Coppa.



Slap a gossipin' ho in the face today! Enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 6-12-2010. (Drum & Bass / Ragga): "Love International" - Jamalski.



One of the oldies from the AMP days. I get a serious "Jet Set Radio" vibe from this track AND video. Enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 6-11-2010. (Alternative): "Super Bon Bon" - Soul Coughing.



I referenced it in a conversation, so this is my way of purging it from my head. I know this track has an actual video, but I couldn't find it, so you get Tron instead. Enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 6-10-2010. (Hip Hop): "Sirens" - Dizzee Rascal.



Amazing track from across the Atlantic. Enjoy it!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Lazer Sword : Hood Nigga (Gorilla Zoe) Remix

Lazer Sword : Hood Nigga (Gorilla Zoe) Remix



This is the first Lazer Sword track I ever heard, I fell in love.

9-6-2010 - Today's Hotness (Electronica): "Dynamite Fishing (Ill Gates Bird Fishing Remix)" - Mr. Rogers feat. Stephane Vera.



Deep track for y'all today...enjoy the painting as well. Those motherfuckers are talented as hell! Enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 6-9-2010. (Industrial): "Megalomaniac" - KMFDM.



That's right, I'm kickin' it old school today...best enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 6-8-2010. (House): "Flick a Switch (Krafty Kuts ReRub)" - Loops of Fury.



Bring the noise, bring the funk. Lose yourself in this one today, enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 6-7-2010. (Drum & Bass): "Liquid Drum & Bass Mix" - Fred V & Grafix



MIXTAPE MONDAY!!! Rock this mix today and uplift yourself. Enjoy it!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

One of Those Days

The-Dream : "Falsetto"



Love this. Reminds me of Chicago ;)

9-5-2010 - Today's Hotness (Hip Hop Instrumental): "Mundian To Bach Ke" - Punjabi MC.



Popped into my head...cool track from back in the day for y'all today. Interesting use of the Knight Rider theme (listen carefully). Anyways...enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 6-6-2010. (Dubstep): "Pornstep" - Dodge & Fuski feat. The Highbury Whores.



Sexy Sexy Sunday! Enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 6-5-2010. (Drum & Bass): "Machete (VIP Mix)" - DJ Hazard.



Oh shit... Kris Gilliland / Machete.EXE got a VIP mix? Well I'll be good god damned! Enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 6-4-2010. (Hip Hop): "The B-Side Wins Again" - DJ Spooky feat. Chuck D. & Dave Lombardo.



Fuckin' amazing track right here...Get-Hype-Friday is GO! Enjoy it!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

9-4-2010 - Today's Hotness (House): "Trapper Keeper" - Y@ & Shonn.



Pimpin' house banger right here. Enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 6-3-2010. (Reggae): "Hold the Line" - Major Lazer.



Fuck you, this track is the shit, and those toys are the shit. Enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 5-30-2010. (Hip Hop Instrumental): "Orchestrated Incident" - Gramatik.



Birthday Wishes to Amanda K. Mothersbaugh / Haze.EXE...you better have a damn fine one today, hon'! Enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 5-29-2010. (Hip Hop): "Motherfucker" - Xzibit.



Yo Dawg, I heard you like fightin' games, so I kidnapped all yo' peeps and told 'em to fight it out! Enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 5-29-2010. (Suburban Rap): "Suburban Life" - Kottonmouth Kings.



Yeah, every fuckin' time I go out with friends and we're at some local bar/pub/what-have-you...This is what pops into my head. Every fuckin' time. Enjoy it...?

Friday, September 3, 2010

9-3-2010 - Today's Hotness (Dubstep): "Machete (High Rankin Remix)" - Drop Top.



Before, it was just a fake trailer for Grindhouse, now "Machete" is a full length movie! Also, this track, while using the trailer sample, has NOTHING to do with the DJ Hazard track of the same name. Besides, the original Drop Top version is a House track! Enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 5-28-2010. (Hip Hop Instrumental): "Whatever it Takes" - Just Blaze.



The original version of the track used to promote Super Street Fighter IV...I read it was for LeBron James or some shit. Whatever, this track is the shit. Enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 5-28-2010. (Digital Hardcore): "Punks" - Shizuo.



I like the dirty punk guitar sample here...enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 5-27-2010. (Dubstep / Indie): "The Science of Fear (Herve Dub Mix)" - The Temper Trap



One for my homegirl Lexi / Amazon.EXE. Enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 5-26-2010. (House): "Worth It Pt. 1" - Zombie Nation.



WHOA! A Zombie Nation track I actually LIKE!?! Gawd Damn, y'all! Enjoy it!

Throwback!

Nas - Nastradamus



My all-time favorite rapper, yup, even over Kanye.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

DANCE!

Deadmau5 - Some Chords

9-2-2010 - Today's Hotness (Hip Hop): "March of Death" - Zack de la Rocha & DJ Shadow.



Found this buried treasure when I was diggin' around on youtube yesterday morning. I knew I had to post it for you folks out there, so enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 5-25-2010. (Dubstep): "Diesel Not Petrol" - Sukh Knight.



She needs premium dude! PREMIUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUM!!! Enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 5-24-2010. (Drum & Bass): "High Technology" - DaVIP & Encode.



Birthday Wishes to Ryan Byczek / Jesterkik. Enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 5-23-2010. (Metal): "I Won't Tell You" - Lacuna Coil.



Birthday Wishes to Leesa Van Deelen / LadyRiot.EXE (yes, that's right.) I remember that you really love this band or somethin', so this one is for you! Enjoy it!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Coolin' System - Sweet Honey Bee

The Coolin' System - Sweet Honey Bee
[[It's a cover of a Duke Pearson song, but in my opinion, much better than the original.]]



Grab a drink, go outside, enjoy the beginning of fall, and groove out to this :)

9-1-2010 - Today's Hotness (Dubstep / Hip Hop): "It's Bigger Than Hip Hop UK (WTF!? Full Vocal Explicit Mix)" - Dead Prez.



Awesome remix of this classic hip hop track. For a lot of you, it's probably vaguely familiar because Dave Chappelle used the original as his entrance theme on the "Dave Chappelle Show". Enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 5-22-2010. (Drum & Bass): "Dreams" - Camo & Krooked.



Battle anthem of Krystle Bartusek / Phantasma.EXE. Yes, it makes perfect sense, damn it. Enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 5-21-2010. (Drum & Bass): "Signal" - Black Code.



Dark and Hard Hitting...pick yourself up from out of that murky puddle you just got knocked into and get the fuck back into that fight! Enjoy it!

Facebook Archives: 5-20-2010. (Electronica): "Dirt" - Death in Vegas.



Classic Track from back in the day...I think I was in Middle School at the time? Whatever, Enjoy it!Death in

Facebook Archives: 5-20-2010. (House): "Check Out Our Groove (Ghetto Bass Remix)" - Voodoo Chili.



Fuck yes. This one gets you out of your seat. Enjoy it!