M Is FOR MASHUP - May 20th, 2008
GET YOUR RED HOT MASHUP COMPS!
By DJ Useo
Sure 'n we all like mashups, but there's generally the one drawback. You have to go pursue them & right-click & save them one at a time. Not entirely a bad deal, but the gold mine of mashups is the mashup compilation. Despite a few naysayers saying 'nay,' the collections do continue & the selection gets better & better! Many of you read of the new comp (theinstituteofbootleggers.blogspot.com/ ) or perhaps you chose to expose yourself to the Austrian Legend DJ Morgoth's new record DJ Morgoth - Mash-Up Your Bootz Vol. 4 (www.djmorgoth.de/index.php?id=27 ) Believe you me, there's going to be a new bootleg album out just about every week. As proof of the inherent truth of that statement, here's a review of 3 new collections that will float your boat!
We begin with DJ Mashup & his new release of his best tracks called DJ MASHUP SUMMER SMASH '09 COMPILATION (djmashupxdv.blogspot.com/2009/05/summer-smash-09-compilation.html ) The assortment is a great collection of DJ Mashup's finest tracks along with 3 unreleased exclusives to add spice. At first, I thought this was the same DJ Mashup I knew from www.multiply.com, but it seems this is another fellow entirely. Well, I wish them both well & in the meantime will continue to savor the splendid releases from this new mixer. He comes across as quite a prolific & talented bootlegger with a large selection of tracks beyond the comp. He mixes tracks like 'Beautiful Journey' (Akon feat. Colby O'Donis vs Journey), 'WonderHalo' (Oasis vs Beyonce) and 'Smack Cinderella Up Under My Umbrella' (Rihanna feat. Chris Brown vs Prodigy), all tracks found on the collection. There's plenty more besides at his blog, & I see he has added KyteTV - A Dj MashUP Channel to his site so you can enjoy his vids as well. Good 1.
Next up is MAXXHITS BOOTLEGS Presents FOOLKLEGS II AROUND THE WORLD (www.maxxhitsbootlegs.com/spip.php?article145 ). It's a splendid comp with mashups crafted from various world music styles. You'll hear tunes from Poland, Russia, South-America, Africa & even the Middle East, all mixed with modern artists like Daft Punk, Thievery Corporation, Lily Allen & Ludacris, among many others. The contributors lineup is a stunner with DJ Zebra, Grandpamini, DJ Y alias JY, Overdub, DJ Le Clown, Funky Belek, ToToM, Fissunix, Elocnep, The Bootleague, Sebwax and Michmash. The first FOOLKLEGS comp was mighty popular, so you can see why another has emerged. It ain't often that you hear a track like Fissunix's 'Womanizer In Madrid' (Espagne / Armik vs. Britney Spears) or Grandpamini's 'Russians Like To Move It Too' (Ukraine / VV vs. Reel 2 Real). If you have ever felt that mashups were too mainstream-sounding, this collection is for you.
One more collection you will want to hear is RIAA's SOUNDS FOR THE SWING-SET (www.m-1.us/soundsfortheswingset.html ) If you are familiar with RIAA, then you will know the joy & wonderment of his collections & tracks. I firmly believe RIAA is the most creative bootlegger posting. When you hear tracks from this comp like 'Bring The Strippers' (Public Enemy vs Sandy Nelson), 'Music For Creeps To Watch Girls By' (Radiohead vs The Bob Crewe Generation vs Afrika Bambattaa), & 'Hookers For Liberace' (NPR Radio vs Liberace vs George Liberace vs Da Lata) you'll instantly realize these aren't your parents' mashups! From the great pun of the title to the fascinating workings of his inventive musical arrangements, RIAA has dropped another tunebucket that will have you after his past releases.
I see more mashup collections are being readied, so please to be enjoying these before more come down the pike. (I told you so! This one just got posted (www.maxxhitsbootlegs.com/spip.php?article168 ) a minute ago! Looks good, too!)
Mix Of The Week - I normally play alt mashups when I do a radio show, but I got the chance to play 2 hours of great unreleased house music mixing with my DJ Useo White Label Dance Special (groovytimewithdjuseo.blogspot.com/2009/05/dj-useo-white-label-dance-special.html ) It's from just last week on Sound-Unsound WADIO (www.sound-unsound.com ) & contains 2 unrelenting hours of white label mixes done up the best I can. I droppin some classic surf tunes every so often & I've already heard other dj's doing that now. Get yours before the fad passes. lol
Mashup Tip : Read DJ Useo's column on BARTCOP E for good mashup tips.
DJ Useo's Podcast
Froma Harrop: Illegal Immigration in Tough Times (creators.com)
While the recession has rattled every rung of economic ladder, it has ravaged the bottom bars. Unemployment stands at just over 4 percent for college graduates but at nearly 15 percent for those lacking high-school diplomas. In poor black neighborhoods, it's around 30 percent and approaching Great Depression levels.
"Let's See: Writings on Art from the New Yorker" by Peter Schjeldahl: A review by Sanford Schwartz
'Let's See' is the fourth and most reserved, or certainly least rambunctious, collection of essays and reviews by our best -- our most perspicacious and wittiest -- art critic.
20 QUESTIONS: Christopher Potter (popmatters.com)
Christopher Potter captures the universe as we know it between the covers of his compelling book, You Are Here, but closer to home, it's Doctor Who that captures his fancy.
ROGER EBERT: Even now already is it in the world
There's electricity in the air. Every seat is filled, even the little fold-down seats at the end of every row. It is the first screening of Lars von Trier's "Antichrist," and we are ready for anything.
ROGER EBERT: What are they thinking of?
There are few prospects more alarming than a director seized by an Idea. I don't mean an idea for a film, a story, a theme, a tone, any of those ideas. I'm thinking of a director whose Idea takes control of his film and pounds it into the ground and leaves the audience alienated and resentful.
Cannes 2009: Francis Ford Coppola on his most personal film yet (guardian.co.uk)
At 70, Francis Ford Coppola is not worried about ruining his career - because he no longer has one. He tells Xan Brooks why he's finally free to make the films he wants.
Will Harris: A Chat with Kyle Newman, Director of "Fanboys" (bullz-eye.com)
"After a lot of people in Hollywood had read the script and really fell in love with it, the next step was, 'Well, what does George Lucas think about it?' So we had to go and get that approval."
Joe Weider: Where to Learn Weightlifting? (creators.com)
Tip of the Week: Get a checkup ... tomorrow.
Marilynn Preston: Instant Spot Reduction! The Secret You've Been Waiting For! (creators.com)
You want to spot reduce! And as your most personal trainer, I'm here to help. The best way to do that is tell you a secret. Here it is - lean in a little closer ... and commit this to memory: There is no such thing as spot reduction.
Celebs as Pin-Ups
Cluster of Stars
The Weekly Poll
The 'Pay it Forward' Edition...
Michelle Obama, in her debut as a commencement speaker, encouraged graduating students at the University of California - Merced to use their newfound skills to help lift up those around them.
She said, "...Remember that you are blessed. Remember that in exchange for those blessings, you must give something back. You must reach back and pull someone up. You must bend down and let someone else stand on your shoulders so that they can see a brighter future."
Do you volunteer your time and/or donate from your resources to help those less fortunate than yourself?
Send your response to
Alan J A-19 | L-19
Charlie A-18 | L-19
DC Madman A-1 | L-1
Gary G A-0 | L-1
Jim from CA A-2 | L-2
Joe S A-19 | L-19
José-Ariel A-2 | L-3
MAM A-19 | L-19
Maria in Chicago A-13 | L-13
Marian the Teacher A-16 | L-16
Sally A-19 | L-19
Tom B A-1 | L-1
from that Mad Cat, JD
In The Chaos Household
Still sunny and a lot cooler than inland.
Former President Bill Clinton became the U.N.'s first special envoy to Haiti on Tuesday, bringing an unmatched combination of local popularity and global star power to help a country devastated by political turmoil, poverty and natural disasters.
Haitians - at least those old enough to have heard of Clinton - welcomed the international attention they said he will bring to their desperate nation and some expressed optimism that he can help alleviate poverty.
Clinton - who will be paid $1 a year and travel to Haiti several times annually - said he is honored.
Clinton's popularity could help temper the feelings of many Haitians toward the U.N. peacekeeping force. Many see the "blue helmets," who have been the country's only real security since 2004, as unwanted occupiers and ask why they haven't done more to alleviate poverty in a country where 80 percent of people live on less than $2 a day.
Music As Torture
Human rights activists seeking a ban on the use of loud music to exert psychological pressure on detainees in U.S. custody are appealing to Bruce Springsteen and Eminem to join their campaign against music as torture.
The campaign called the Zero dB project, standing for zero decibels, was launched at the end of last year by British legal charity Reprieve, which represents dozens of prisoners held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
At a recent "Music and Torture" conference near New York, Chloe Davies, a representative of Reprieve and Zero dB, described the experience of several former detainees including Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian who moved to Britain as a teenager. He was released from Guantanamo in February after nearly seven years in U.S. and Moroccan custody.
During interrogations in Morocco, Mohamed reported being physically tortured, including having his penis repeatedly cut with a scalpel, yet he said what he found hardest was having loud music blasted at him in the dark for days on end.
More Than Lip Service
Spanish film-maker Pedro Almodovar explained Tuesday how he directs his cast and recalled he once performed oral sex on an actress to show how he wanted it done. Skip related content
"I play all the roles on set," Almodovar said at Cannes where he is attending the premiere of his latest oeuvre "Broken Embraces."
"In a film I made a long time ago ... I even performed cunnilingus on an actress to show the actor how to do it," he said at a press conference as he sat next to Penelope Cruz, who stars in his new movie.
Sets World Record
Montreal-born musician Gonzales was recovering from insomnia, hallucinations and cramped muscles Tuesday after setting a Guinness World Record for the longest concert by a solo artist.
"There's still a lot of adrenalin left over in my system," the singer, songwriter, rapper and producer said in a telephone interview from Paris after he set the record on the piano over a period of 27 hours, three minutes and 44 seconds.
Gonzales, whose real name is Jason Beck, began his record attempt late Saturday at Cine 13 Theatre in Paris.
The previous record was 26 hours and 12 minutes, set by Prasanna Gudi in India in December 2008.
Early Poem To Auction
Long before he became famous for such tunes as "Blowin' in the Wind," Bob Dylan's social consciousness and artistry were evident in a poem he penned about a little dog who met a tragic end.
Dylan was just 16 - and still going by his given name Bob Zimmerman - when he wrote "Little Buddy" in the summer of 1957 for the newspaper at Herzl Camp in Webster, Wis.
Now the poem is being offered for sale at a Christie's auction, where it is expected to sell for $10,000 to $15,000 on June 23.
Fellow camper and editor of the Herzl Herald, Lisa Heilicher, has decided to sell the poem to help support the camp's $8 million capital campaign.
House For Sale
The home of Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, estimated to be worth up to four million euros (5.4 million dollars), has gone under the hammer, the company in charge of the sale said Tuesday.
Several parties had expressed an interest in buying the property, Joachim Wrang Widen, European director for Christie's Great Estates, told AFP.
Built on the coast of the remote Swedish island of Faaroe in 1967 after Bergman fell in love with the location, the property is split into four individual buildings, one of which served as the director's own personal cinema.
The house is typically Swedish in style, made entirely of wood and surrounded by sand dunes, pine trees and rocks.
International Criminal Court Observer
Angelina Jolie sat in a courtside booth Tuesday at the International Criminal Court and watched the trial of a Congolese warlord charged with using child soldiers.
In a statement released by the court, Jolie, a mother of six, said the case against Thomas Lubanga is a "landmark trial for children" and paid tribute to the former child soldiers who travel to the court's seat in The Hague to testify.
Tuesday's visit was Jolie's second to the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal in less than two years. The goodwill ambassador for the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said children deserve special protection during wars.
"Using children in conflict is a heinous crime and destroys the very fabric of a society," she said.
Making TV Causes Crash
`Dog the Racist Bounty Hunter'
Police in Colorado say a driver being followed by bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman during filming for his reality TV show was involved in a rollover crash.
Colorado Springs police say Chapman's daughter called them to say the man was trapped inside the vehicle early Tuesday. But police say the man got out of the car and ran away and hasn't been found.
Chapman is the star of A&E's "Dog the Bounty Hunter." Authorities say he and a television crew were pursuing a man wanted for failure to appear on a narcotics charge.
`Dog the Racist Bounty Hunter'
Showman Makes Most Of Denver Overbooking
World Wrestling Entertainment thrives on outlandish story lines and characters, but the company finds itself embroiled in a real-life controversy with the Denver Nuggets. And WWE's bombastic owner is making the most of it.
WWE chairman Vince McMahon, the promoter who helped transform professional wrestling into prime-time television entertainment, fired the first salvo Monday. In interviews with ESPN, he loudly called out Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke and challenged him to a steel-cage match. (Is there any other way to resolve a grudge?)
WWE spokesman Robert Zimmerman said the company reserved the Pepsi Center last August and had already sold more than 10,000 tickets for the Monday Night Raw event. He said the organization expects a sellout, with tickets ranging from $20 to $70.
But the Nuggets are planning to play Game 4 of the NBA's Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday at the Pepsi Center, the team's home floor.
Scientists Debunk "Angels and Demons"
"Angels and Demons," the recently released film version of the Dan Brown thriller, focuses on a plot to destroy the Vatican using a small amount antimatter pilfered from the European particle physics laboratory CERN, the world's largest particle accelerator.
Some of the world's top particle physicists attempted to sort through facts and fiction about antimatter on Tuesday, and comment on their real quest behind CERN -- to unlock secrets about the origins of the universe.
"Antimatter atoms exist, but it is very difficult to make them," Rolf-Dieter Heuer, director-general of CERN, or the European Organization for Nuclear Research, said on Tuesday in a telephone briefing.
And while tempting, the notion of using antimatter as an alternative energy source is also impractical, Kayser said. It would take too much energy to make and store.
Colony Collapse Slows Slightly
The decline of honeybee colonies has slowed slightly since last fall, but a mysterious combination of ailments is still decimating the insect's population, federal researchers say.
U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers found that honeybee colonies declined by 29 percent between September 2008 and early April. That's an improvement over the last two years, when researchers found that 32 percent and 36 percent of all beekeepers surveyed lost hives.
Domestic honeybee stocks have been waning since 2004 because of a puzzling illness scientists called colony collapse disorder, which causes adult bees to inexplicably forsake their broods. Bees now appear also to be suffering from other ailments.
The survey released Tuesday included 787 beekeepers who account for 20 percent of the country's approximately 2.3 million commercially managed bee hives. The data - collected through a spring telephone survey in which researchers polled keepers about how many of their hives survived the fall and winter, when queens go dormant - is being prepared for submission to a journal.
Water Bowl Blamed
Sunny Day Fire
Fire officials in Washington state said a sunny day and a dog's glass water bowl combined to cause a blaze that charred the back of a home. Bellevue Fire Department Lt. Eric Keenan said investigators determined the glass bowl of water focused sunlight enough to act like a magnifying glass and start the fire on the home's wood deck Sunday.
Investigators said there was no electrical wiring or other possible cause.
The homeowners were away, but neighbors noticed the smoke and flames. The family dog was rescued. Damage is estimated at $215,000.
Sunny Day Fire
Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen Media Research for May 11-17. Listings include the week's ranking, with viewership for the week and season-to-date rankings in parentheses. An "X" in parentheses denotes a one-time-only presentation.
1. (1) "American Idol" (Wednesday), Fox, 24.67 million viewers.
2. (2) "American Idol" (Tuesday), Fox, 22.71 million viewers.
3. (3) "Dancing with the Stars," ABC, 18.55 million viewers.
4. (15) "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 16.53 million viewers.
5. (7) "The Mentalist," CBS, 16.21 million viewers.
6. (5) "NCIS," CBS, 16.20 million viewers.
7. (4) "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," CBS, 14.81 million viewers.
8. (8) "Dancing with the Stars Results," ABC, 14.06 million viewers.
9. (9) "Desperate Housewives," ABC, 13.96 million viewers.
10. (13) "CSI: Miami," CBS, 13.59 million viewers.
11. (17) "Without a Trace," CBS, 13.4 million viewers.
12. (12) "Criminal Minds," CBS, 13.37 million viewers.
13. (11) "Two and a Half Men," CBS, 13.11 million viewers.
14. (X) "Survivor: Tocantins Finale," CBS, 12.94 million viewers.
15. (X) "CSI: NY" (Special), CBS, 12.77 million viewers.
16. (19) "House," Fox, 12.74 million viewers.
17. (16) "CSI: NY," CBS, 12.33 million viewers.
18. (17) "Survivor: Tocantins," CBS, 12.18 million viewers.
19. (36) "Biggest Loser 7," NBC, 11.85 million viewers.
20. (X) "Survivor: Tocantins Reunion," CBS, 11.59 million viewers.