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Pop Culture Junkies = Nostalgia Hilarioos

ursa: i’m ready. lay it on me.

SD: kay.

ursa: the facts. c’mon.

SD: whadthafug’ryouonabout?

ursa: mixtapesSAH!

SD: right, ummm…so… i finished up an old project thanks to help from you. you. aaaaaahhh lolz. thanks for the arty art, boo boo.

ursa: donmenshnit. what were we working on then?

SD: right so summer 2011, me and a comedian friend of mine, Drew MC , thought it would be funny to make an album of songs, which would start as spoken word, rap covers of songs written for films. generally title tracks and one rule was NO AWARD WINNERS ALLOWED.

ursa: is this a mixtape…izle?

SD: not exactly.

ursa: why suh, is suh it, not uh mix-uh tape-uh?

SD: i don’t google these definitions, so people may argue with me butt fuck em. a mixtape is generally a collection of tracks with lyrics (often improvised) that are performed and recorded on an already existing instrumental generally not created by the performing arist, but sometimes presented as a remix.

ursa: can you give me an example


ursa: !

SD: no. i don’t really collect music so i would never be able to tell you. i just talk people and they play their music all the time so that’s one way of keeping things interesting. whateva! what we’re doing here is really just covers on remixes (although i would say covers really benefit when approached like a remix, i already know how the original artist plays it thanks)

ursa: neat!

SD: really?

ursa: you are being mean today.

SD: and you’re talking like a five year old. were you mind controlled when you were a kid or something?

ursa: egh, maybe.

SD: better… >: | anywho the tracks we ended up making before drew stopped calling me were:

Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks – “City of Crime” – Dragnet

Partners in Kryme – “Turtle Power” – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

MC Hammer – “Addams Groove” – The Addams Family

others on the list were:

Queen – “Princes of the Universe” – Highlander

Will Smith – “Wild Wild West” – Wild Wild West

The Fat Boys – Are You Ready Freddy” – A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

i dunno the list was long. me and drew actually made another video rap track called hot in the club like a year later or whatever.

ursa: but that’s not what we’re talking about right now.

SD: ahahaa k.

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MashUp March: Ocarina of Rhyme

Hey nerds. Are you feeling a little left out of the mashup loop with all this shiny pop music? Are you wondering why we’re carrying our MashUp March into April? Shut up. No, just shut up.

I love you dorks. Here’s something you can shuffle awkwardly to.
Team Teamwork: Ocarina of Rhyme (Busta Rhymes/Gerudo Valley)

Ocarina of Rhyme is the baby of Team Teamwork, and holy crap I’ve never felt more badass about my nostalgic obsession with the soundtrack to the Ocarina of Time. The full album (which can be downloaded here) is one of many nerd/rap-flavored projects in his repertoire. If you hit up his website, you’ll find all kinds of geekery. Super Nintendo, Sega, Final Fantasy… I encourage you to check it out.


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Yoko Kanno Week #7

Welcome all to our final E. Leventine feature entry on composer and performer Yoko Kanno. If you are just joining us now, here are the first six parts so you can catch up:
#1 (Intro)
#2 (Jazz and Blues)
#3 (Classical)
#4 (Rock and Metal)
#5 (Electronic and Ambient)
#6 (Pop Music and Ballads)

In this last post, we’re going to try and wrangle up the stragglers. The pieces that didn’t really fit into the previous categories, but deserve to be heard. You’re going to hear lots of foreign influence in this category, and a touch of hip-hop. I guess you could call this section Kanno’s Oddities.

I mentioned before how much I love the GITS :SAC OST be Human. It is just full of these ridiculous surprises. I’m like, “What’s this now? A bossa nova track? Sure, let me have it.” And it turns out to be such a ridiculous track that I’m like “Oh, Kanno. What is this? I love you”. It’s like they told the vocalists “ham it up! ham it up like you’re in a detergent commercial from the 50s!” and on top of that, it honestly sounds like it was written on one of these:
casioDespite how poorly I just hyped the song, Bang Bang Banquet is legit super cool. She made it work.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Comples (be Human)- Bang Bang Banquet

Really not sure how to academically describe this song. I’m hearing latin guitar technique, gaelic influences, and a touch of something middle-eastern. 2nd life is from the Earth Girl Arjuna sountrack I discovered while researching Kanno for these posts. Keep an ear out for the barely-audible whispers of the background vocalists. It sounds like a countdown.
Earth Girl Arjuna: Into Another World- 2nd Life

I love it when you hear the first twenty seconds of a song and still have no idea of where its going, what it will sound like in another twenty seconds. Cream starts off with some borderline discordant digital echo. The percussion quickly joins in, awkwardly hollow and metallic  and I’m wondering how I’m going to make sense of this messy track.  Before I can finish my thought, the strings make their grand entrance,  then it’s suddenly a rap, then the drums are genius I get it now. I love this track, you guys. Rap and male vocals by Hideyuki Takahashi from Project.R.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complez (be Human)- Cream

I thought it would be fitting that our last track be from Cowboy Bebop, as the series is what began my awareness of Yoko Kanno as an artist. Yo Pumpkin Head is from the Cowboy Bebop Movie soundtrack. You know when a song stops being a song and becomes instead the musical manifestation of something tangible? This song, to me, is the musical manifestation of Mardi Gras.
Cowboy Bebop Movie OST (Knockin On Heaven’s Door/Future Blues)- Yo Pumpkin Head

That’s it for our Yoko Kanno feature. If you ever hear a fantastic Kanno track and think of us, drop by and post it in the comments.  I’m feeling a little poignant, now that I’m finished. I’ll leave you with some of her lyrics.

Everything is clearer now
Life is just a dream, you know,
That’s never ending
I’m ascending”

Yoko Kanno- Blue


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