Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Jeff Buckley & Elizabeth Fraser - All Flowers In Time

I think I might have been the only die-hard Cocteau Twins fan that didn't know Lizzie & Jeff were an item back in the mid-90's. I also hadn't heard their only musical collaboration until last year.

Jeff Buckley & Elizabeth Fraser - All Flowers In Time

Breathtaking.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Old Skool Jungle: Bake Sale EP!

I just loves me some old school jungle.

Today's offering is from my self-released 1994 EP Bake Sale, originally released under the moniker Wix. Made entirely with an Ensoniq ASR-10 that I had just recently learned how to drive under the influence of a fat, sticky dime bag.

Wix - Hyphereiod.mp3
Wix - Rockin' For Myself.mp3

Includes illegitimate samples of Led Zeppelin, Meat Beat Manifesto, 808 State, Prince, Brian Eno, Porno for Pyros and Gipsy.

Rewind.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Steely Dan - Peg (Bootleg House Remix)

I came across an old vinyl copy of Aja at a friend's yard sale in July of 2000, and it became immediately clear that no group can evoke and embody summertime like Steely Dan.

I don't think anybody can make Peg a better song, but it's always fun to hear and old favorite in a new context.

Steely Dan - Peg (Jason's Bootleg House Remix).mp3

Made with an Akai S-2000 and Cakewalk.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Audio Scrapbook: Election Night Mania

I thought I'd do my small part (from the far-off city of Minneapolis) to help ring in the Obama inauguration by posting an audio recording that has great meaning to me.

Election Night Mania.mp3

I recorded these sounds of victory and celebration coming through my open apartment windows with my Mac just an hour or so after the final election results became public.

Then I wandered outside, and it struck me that I've never been witness to something like this before in my life: People were shouting and waving their arms, hugging, wandering into the street to shake hands with strangers in their cars, and (of course) getting quite hammered. (At the time I lived on a corner near three bars and one very busy street.)

I think the Obama victory in November will be seared onto the national consciousness in a way that only a transformational moment can be. It is probably trumped in recent history only by 9/11. The current generations hold these two moments of history in their minds apart from any other.

These are our versions of JFK's assassination, of V-Day, of the Pearl Harbor attack: every one of us remembers exactly where we were and what we were doing on the morning of September 11th, 2001 -- and now I think the same can be said for the evening of November 4th, 2008.

This weekend's inauguration is a wonderful crown on Obama's amazing victory, and hopefully a new opportunity for America to rediscover its greatness.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Jon Stewart: Equal Opportunity Mocker

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

Caspian - In My Life (Original & Remix)

It's weird to think that I actually used to get paid to make music back in the day.

In My Life, written and recorded in December 2001 under the name Caspian, was definitely one of my favorite pair of songs to produce. They just fell into place after a six-month dry spell, and the label I was signed to at the time liked them enough to release them.

The pair was featured as a 12” vinyl-only release on Cosmic Flux Records in 2002, and the original version was later released on a Nikki Beach compilation.

Caspian - In My Life.mp3
Caspian - In My Life (Higher & Stronger Mix).mp3

I had turned my back on drum & bass around 2000, and this was (I think) one of my better stabs at 2-step (in the original), and straight-up, San Fransisco-style house music (in the remix).

Good times.

[Update 12/2016: just found the remix parts in some old computer files.]

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Forbes: What Depression?

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

Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls (Extended Dance Version)

You know you want it.

Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls (Extended Dance Version).mp3

There's even an extra verse with new lyrics that's not on the original!

Getcher 80's homo on.

Lemon out.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Jason Herrboldt - Chemical Suit (Compressed)

Here's a song I wrote and recorded from back in the day. Sometime in 1990, while still figuring out how to make my two synthesizers and drum machine talk to my 4 track, a friend and I made an amazing discovery.

Anyone under 25 will probably won't know what the hell MIDI is, but us old school cats all have fond, fond memories. It was the coolest skill a starry-eyed 12 year-old could have, and all he (or she) could think about when wandering through a music store filled to capacity with electronic gear. (I even remember hearing an early techno song from back in the day called MIDI Rain.)

So a friend and I were dinking around in my studio when we realized we could send the MIDI outs from my drum machine to my keyboards, with amazing results. There are no recorded drum sounds, but if there were, you would notice that they coincide with the keyboard hits. That’s how I got the keyboards to sounds so random, yet repetitive.

Jason Herrboldt - Chemical Suit (Compressed).mp3

Made with a Roland Juno 106, a Yamaha DX-7, a Yamaha drum machine (don't remember which model), and a Tascam 4 track.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Who Let The Goats Out?

Here's another custom track from last year's Halloween mixtape. It appeared as the closing song, and rightly so. It's a long, meandering, menacing mash-up of several different source materials, and ends with the Lord's Prayer spoken backwards.

In this track -- created on a Mac with Twisted Wave -- I tapped Future Sound Of London, Coil (of course), Aphex Twin, and the Climax Golden Twins. The goats and church bells are courtesy of a random Google sound effects search. The kickass backwards robot Lord's Prayer at the end was made with a totally fun program called Speak To Me.

Jason Herrboldt - Let Your Worries Go 1478.mp3

Enjoy, sinners.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Old Remix From Nu Shooz

I think hearing this remix this was probably the first time I really got a feel for what a sampler can really do. Well no, I guess Art of Noise has that honor. But this was the era for putting the kitchen sink through a sampler to see what happens.

The Drone Bros really brought the freakshow to the dance floor by looping and pitching everything completely out of proportion with I Can't Wait, thus making a 12 year-old me quite happy. And that vocal "uh" sample - the very meaning of iconic.

Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait (Long Dutch Mix)

This is also one of the first remixes I ever heard. Finding the vinyl 12" one day after getting out of Jr. High was like being touched by the hand of the remix god.