Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit (DVD Error)

One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you... vomit digital nonsense.

I was watching The Game a few months back when the digital gods blessed me with the happiest of accidents: the DVD began skipping and stuttering uncontrollably towards the end of the film, making the actors sound like extras in a Ninja Tune remix.

The DVD error also happily coincided with the closing credits, thus decimating Jefferson Airplane's White Rabbit into a sonic apocalypse. I managed to pick my jaw off the floor long enough to hook my DVD player up to my laptop, record the audio, and capture a miracle.

Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit (DVD Error).mp3

Now it is available here for you to enjoy. This is the sonic equivalent of finding the image of the Virgin Mary in a cheese sandwich. It's a sign from the digital gods that they are pleased with us and our technology.

Worship the glitch!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Limahl - Neverending Story (Jason's Bootleg Remix)

And now a splash from the shallow end of the pool.

I fell in love with the movie when I was 12 (as any 12 year-old gay boy should) and I fell even more deeply in love with Limah's ridiculously sugary theme song. I found a vinyl copy of the 12" version when I was about 14 which I played more times than I care to admit.

Then in the late 90's a friend and I began to spelunk through my vinyl archives in search of an old pop song to remix for a happy hardcore project, and The Neverending Story was an obvious choice.

Limahl - The Neverending Story (Jason's Bootleg Remix).mp3

Made in 1999 with an Ensoniq ASR-10. Thanks to dj Spree for the inspiration and encouragement.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Valerie Etienne & Jazzanova Revisited

My life changed forever the day I first heard a Jazzanova remix. It was 1999 and the song was What's Your Number (Jazzanova Renumber) by Ian Pooley, and it took me a good week to get my mind around how much I loved it.

Every other remix and single since then has done nothing less than blow my mind in two. I ran, not walked, to buy their first full-length CD back in 2002 (In Between), but I only recently downloaded the remixes. Most of them are OK, but one really caught my attention. Here's the original and the remix:

Jazzanova - Mwela Mwela (Here I Am).mp3
Jazzanova - Mwela Mwela (Here I Am) (Bugz In The Attic Remix).mp3

The Bugz In The Attic Remix has been an absolute revelation. I haven't been this excited about a future jazz project for at least two years. I can't believe I missed the original release all the way back in 2003.

Groupthink and Facebook

This post has been migrated to my essay blog. The new direct link is here.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Do Not Play

This post has been moved to my new dark music / lit blog, Percival Ravenwood, Esq.

The new link for this post is here.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Vanity 6 - Nasty Girl (Bootleg House Remix)

I Heart Old Prince!

I always loved this song, and somehow I found a copy on vinyl years ago. I used to spin it on top of instrumental house tracks, and the effect always electrified the crowd. (Maybe not so much anymore: "Who's Vanity 6?")

Vanity 6 - Nasty Girl (Jason's Bootleg House Remix).mp3

Anyway, it's a very basic house re-do with some fun bits thrown in and dj-friendly intro/outro. Made with SonicFoundry SoundForge on a PC.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Have Yourself A Satanic Little Christmas

I fell in love with those wacky, Satan-worshiping freaks known as Coil back in the 80's, and this summer I was delighted to learn that they actually have their own Christmas song.

Coil - Christmas Is Now Drawing Near

It's really quite a beautiful song. It's from their Winter Solstice: North single, part of their seasonal cycle that was released in the late 90's. I bring it to you now, in anticipation of the holiday I hate most of all.

You can learn more about Coil at their Wikipedia page.

Merry Christmas, sinners!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Thomas Dolby vs Oingo Boingo

Quasi mash-up of two 80's favorites.

Thomas Dolby vs Oingo Boingo - She Blinded Me With Weird Science.mp3

Made for a Halloween party dj set list back in 2006. Created on a PC using SoundForge by Sonic Foundry .

The Cure - New Day (Bootleg Remix)

This has always been one of my favorite Cure b-sides, and I finally got around to remixing it this summer for my annual Halloween mixtape. I didn't wind up using it, but I'm glad I have a chance to share it with the online world via this new music blog.

The Cure - New Day (Jason Herrboldt Bootleg Remix).mp3

I used Twisted Wave Version 1.5 on a MacBook to remix this song. Created July 2008.

Maiden Voyage: First Music Blog

Who doesn't like free music? I know I do.

I always love it when I stumble upon a music blog with lots of free goodies to stick in my iPod. And now I've finally pulled my act together and published my own! I want to share a little piece of the world of music with you. Aren't you lucky!

Click here to download/listen to the first episode. It's just a vocal introduction. I'll post a real song in a minute.

May there be many, many more to come.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Friday, October 3, 2008

Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Movie Trailer Theme That Wouldn't Die

I'd like to bring some hate about a beautiful piece of music that's been completely destroyed by overuse. I'm talking about the song Lux Aeterna by Clint Mansell, and anybody who's been to a big box movie in the last eight years has heard this song at least once, and at most... well... at most about 8,034,665,713 times.

This song, originally featured on the brilliant Requiem For A Dream soundtrack, is a music lawyer's wet dream. Talk about mechanical royalties. This one song, originally written for a single movie, has been so successfully integrated into the zeitgeist, that it has been featured in sporting television specials, remix albums, video games, Lost episodes, R&B radio hits, and of course, movie trailers.

I recognized this song the first time I saw it in a movie trailer (probably in the 2002 sequel Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers), but didn't really think much of it. Then I recognized it again in 2005 when I saw the DaVinci Code trailer, and I began to suspect that something was amiss. I started to wonder if there was a songwriter's strike that I didn't know about.

What makes me crazy is that it didn't stop there. I heard it again during the trailer for Sunshine, and again during the trailer of I Am Legend. (It was at this point that I ceased being surprised). At this point I actually re-watched Requiem For A Dream for the first time since it came out, and realized that this was the genesis of the song. (Oddly enough there are no explosions, helicopters, or cars flying off highway overpasses in Requiem.)

And of course, while out at the movies with a friend last weekend, I heard the same song yet again while sitting through the preview for Babylon A.D. Not even Vin Desiel's bulging biceps could save me from despair.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!? W
hat is the deal here? Why is this song getting beaten to death in movie previews? I even heard teenage girls snickering over their tinny one-note Lux Aeterna cell phone ring tone while perusing a Blockbuster last winter. No song deserves to be clobbered to death like this, despite the fact that the pretentious gothic sting outfit Kronos Quartet dropped the original back in '99.

Movie producers, please - please - stop using this song in trailers! We know it's great at communicating a sense of drama and urgency, but we're getting desensitized over here, already. Let's try something else on for size, hmm?

Friday, August 1, 2008

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Evil Music Will Befall You

(Parts of this collection are now available on my dark ambient blog. Direct link is here.)

I have an affinity for evil things. Evil movies, evil books, and most of all, evil music. For me this is the summer of Coil, of Current 93, of doom and death metal, of dark & techy drum & bass, of cold dark ambient soundscapes, of distortion pedals and quiet weeping. And for the second year in a row, I'm going to unleash my firestorm of woe on a (kind of) unsuspecting audience.

Last year I made a retrospective goth mixtape (highlighting mostly UK gloom bands circa 1980 - 1983) and air-dropped the CDs on a (kind of) unsuspecting city the week before Halloween. The faces of the CDs were blank, save for the words Do Not Play hastily scrawled in black marker. I did submit the track list to Gracenote's CDDB, but I left my name completely out of it. It was, until this moment, an anonymous, aural assault on the hipsters and freaks bold enough to take the CDs home and... well, play them.

Here's the track list of last year's collection:

  1. ii:ii II:II - Do Not Play
  2. Einst├╝rzende Neubauten - Steh Auf Berlin
  3. Bauahus - Double Dare
  4. Psychic TV - Southern Coumfort
  5. The Cure - Splintered In Her Head
  6. Killing Joke - The Wait
  7. ii:ii II:II - Transmitting From The Basement Of Hell
  8. Meat Beat Manifesto - God O.D. (Part 4)
  9. Delerium - Lost Passion
  10. Cocteau Twins - Blood Bitch
  11. Sonic Youth - I Don't Want To Push It
  12. II:II ii:ii - Interlude I
  13. Coil - Titan Arch
  14. Joy Division - She's Lost Control
  15. Giorgio Moroder - Night Rabbit
  16. Siouxsie & The Banshees - Premature Burial
  17. Coil - Hellraiser Box Theme
  18. Tones On Tail - Christian Says
  19. II:II ii:ii - Interlude II
  20. Test Dept - Fall From Light
  21. ii:ii II:II - He Has Waited For This Night
And so I find myself, now that summer has reached its peak, starting to pull together another dark collection of stomach-turning sounds to foist upon a hapless city in the prime weeks of autumn. The Antichrist is the theme of this year's collection. The Book of Revelations will serve as my guide. Darkness will penetrate my iPod. Puppies will quiver in corners. Candles will float through dark, empty rooms. Wheels of despair will grind slowly. Your mom will ask you to turn it down.

I'll be distributing the putrid discs randomly throughout the uptown, dinkytown, and downtown areas on the weekends of the 3rd and the 10th of October. Think of it as an evil Easter egg hunt. You might find a disc in a random gas station bathroom, or in between sweaters at a used haberdashery. But you'll certainly find them on flier tables in indie businesses up and down avenues Lyndale, Hennepin, Como, University, Washington, and Nicollet. I plan on making around 100 copies this year. (E-mail me or leave a comment if you want a copy of last year's collection.)

So when you're out shopping for black lipstick or trying out leather slings this fall, look for blank CDs with the words He Sees You hastily scrawled in black ink and left suspiciously perched in upsetting, out of the way corners. On second thought, be thankful if you don't find one. It will be the sonic equivalent of suffering turned inside out.

This year there will be no mercy.

(Ooo! But there will be a brand new, super secret surprise bootleg remix of an early 80's Cure song.)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Monday, July 14, 2008

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Friday, June 27, 2008

Monday, June 16, 2008

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Friday, May 23, 2008

Class Of '93

To keep myself busy (and amused) while battling the crushing void of unemployment, I've taken it upon myself to plumb the depths of my CD and MP3 collection to make the ultimate mixtape. What am I looking for? I'm so glad you asked.

I am working on an old-school, '93-and-back, super fabulous, techno/breakbeat rave hysteria megamix. It will be the mixtape to end all mixtapes, and it will unleash an outbreak of suddenly-recovered, drug-addled memories among an otherwise non-nostalgic population of 30 to 40 year-olds around the world. Or, you know, maybe just in Minneapolis.

Hey, all you aging children of hippies. Remember when you bought your first tab of ecstasy? It was the same week you bought your first rave compilation CD. Remember Only For The Headstrong? Ho
w about Rave 'Til Dawn? Aww, yeah. You were there. Admit it. You came of age about five minutes after acid went out of style, and about ten minutes before breakbeat hysteria shed it's helium-driven piano divas and evolved into jungle. You know who you are.

I've been working on this mix around the clock, which is why I haven't been blogging. And a blog should be kind of like a diary, so here I am. I also have an interview for a "real" job this morning, and another one coming down the pike next week. So I may be torn away from my life's work -- er, this fun project -- for a while.

The mix will be about 45 minutes long, but each song is only given about twenty seconds to shine. So it's going to be quite the whirlwind. Here's a smattering of some featured artists:

  • L.A. Style
  • Moby
  • Altern-8
  • Bizarre Inc.
  • Messiah
  • Prodigy
  • Smart E's
  • Utah Saints
I'll be sure to post a blog when I've finished it to let everybody know where to find it online. I'm not sure I know how to host an MP3, but I'll totally make it available for streaming. You hookers I know in real life get a copy on CD. Everybody else can suck it.

Have a nice day!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Monday, April 7, 2008

iGod Is My God Now

The Two Rings of the Tower Lord (Two Part Trilogy Mix) | You Can't Take Tiger Mountain When Justin Timberlake | Explicit Asian Bukkake Zoo Trannies (Barely Legal Celeb Upskirt) | Barenaked Chicken (Stavros the Wonder Mix)

These are some of the wonderfully surreal track names of the latest iGod offering, Google Search And Destroy. It's an instant classic that takes you quietly around the world and back in 80 weird minutes, and it's what I'm blogging about today.

I first stumbled across iGod on YouTube where I somehow found myself watching the video for Wendy Carlos and the Kubrick Rubric (Shining Orange Mix) (easily the best song on the CD). I listened to a few tracks at the iTunes Store and was instantly hooked. Paying homage to early Orb, Future Sound Of London, and Aphex Twin, iGod offers an unforgettable collection of forgettable vignettes that are new and refreshing on even the tenth listen. Dude also gets kudos for bucking the iTunes system by offering 36 short tracks for $9.99, rendering meaningless the standard $.99 price of each individual song.

iGod forces a much needed and rejuvenated incarnation of culture jamming softly in our faces. He is my temporary cure for the endless ridiculousness of early 21st Century pop culture life, and I hope he never, ever goes away.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Hey, That's Me On The Radio!

I was hanging out at home listening to Groove Salad on SOMA FM when I heard a familiar sound... the intro to a song I wrote, produced, and recorded in 2000!

The song is Noite Sossegada De Varaeo, and I recorded it under the name Caspian. It was created for a compilation called Virtual Brazilia on Cosmic Flux Musiq, a label I was signed to for a couple of years. Oli, the owner
of the label, wanted me to create a mid-tempo lounge cut with South American vibes, something I had never attempted up until that point.

But the song came out great, Oli loved it, and off it went. I knew that Oli locked down some mechanical deals with indie radio stations, but I hadn't heard my shit on the radio for a while. (I heard another tune of mine from an Om Records release a few years ago on a different radio station.)

Anyway, it was a cool experience. You don't get to hear yourself on the radio every day. This was just as cool as walking into a Barnes & Noble and seeing a CD for sale with one of my songs on it. Awesome.

Also, I heard this song the same day I found out that I aced a calculus quiz and locked in a new apartment. So it was a total rock star day.

Go to my MySpace Music Page to listen to or download the track. Check back tomorrow if you don't see it right away. I just uploaded it, and it takes 24 hours to process.


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Cloverfield Rocks The House

I was lucky enough to catch last night's Cloverfield sneak peek, and I'm here to tell you. Dude, this movie rocks the fuckin' house!

I don't want to give too much away, so I'll avoid plot points and spoilers. I just wanted to post my initial reaction on this blog and sing the praises of JJ Abrams, Matt Reeves, Drew Goddard, and the entire creative team behind this great modern American monster movie.

Anyone who's interested in this film probably already knows that the entire movie is shot through a cam-corder, ala Blair Witch Project. My friends and I were fortunate enough to get seats all the way in the back of the theater, because this effect gets a little hard to watch after a while. (There was much running and dropping of the cam-corder, and lots of swirling chaos to endure.) I was fine, but my seasick-prone friend wisely dropped a tab of Dramamine before the lights went down.

Now about the decision to use a cam-corder. In making this one small, novel choice about how to shoot a monster-in-metropolis movie, the makers of Cloverfield did away with two staples of modern action/horror that usually make films like this unwatchable -- music score and editing. There was editing done to be sure, excellent editing, but it was to cleverly couch the film in its unfamiliar surroundings of a dude's cam-corder, later captured and categorized by the Department of Defense. I guess what I mean is that there wasn't any perspective editing, and this is a good thing.

This film wouldn't have worked at all had it been run through the regular Hollywood machines. The scenes would have appeared boring, listless, disconnected, and devoid of much plot. But the reason it works here is that the audience (thankfully) isn't dictated to for one second. The camera doesn't hang on to character A long enough to register he's feeling remorse or flip back and forth between characters B and C during a confrontation to register the emotional tension is building. We're not told how we should feel, period. We're thrust into the moment, and we have to make up our own minds as we go. The overall effect is breathtakingly real. I think this is the only high budget movie I've seen that is bold enough to do away with such industry-standard bread and butter, and we are the luckier for it.
You really are trying to cross the Brooklyn Bridge with seven hundred other people.

The only objection I had was personal. In the first hour we see what it looks like from down the street as the Empire State building collapses. The viewers, along with the principle characters, rush inside a convenience store and watch the rumbling ashes roll past the storefront. When they (and you) emerge, there are coughing New Yorkers walking around in a daze, and everything is covered in dust. Not a comfortable moment to live through, despite the fact that the scene was beautifully executed and breathtakingly realistic. If I had been a 9/11 survivor, I'm not sure I wouldn't have walked out at that point.

Make no mistake, this is a Godzilla movie. (The first 20 minutes of the film revolves around a Generation Y VP who's attending a going-away party before he leaves for... wait for it... Japan.) There are other deadly creepy-crawlers that the beast seems to bring with him, there is much blood and mayhem, and there is quite a bit of damage done to Midtown Manhattan. There is a wonderful sequence that involves the principle characters (and you) negotiating the rooftops of halfway collapsed high rise apartment buildings sixty stories up as fighter jets roar overhead. The acting is passable, the writing is clever and sparse, and the special effects are nothing short of amazing.

This is the ultimate reality TV monster movie.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Monday, January 7, 2008

Wednesday, January 2, 2008