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What better way to celebrate Christmas than with Can, covering “Silent Night” – Christmas goes Krautrock. Merry Christmas and hopefully you all got what you want 🙂

Download: Can – Silent Night

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Asian Dan Q&A: BIBIO

Bibio’s “Ambivalence Avenue” caught me off guard this past fall. I am familiar with his past work but this album is the perfect blend of introspective lo-fi electronica with beautiful guitar work. Exactly what I need in these banger times. “All The Flowers” and “Lover’s Carvings” are perfectly written pop songs that I just can’t stop listening to. “Ambivalence Avenue” is up there for album of the year for me (Check out the blog next week for all my obligatory end of the year/decade lists to see who made it, as well as a few lists from some guests)

Stephen was kind enough to answer a few questions for Asian Dan giving us all a peek into his musical mind, naming some of his favorite guitar compositions by the likes of Steve Reich and Tortoise as well as explaining his musical philosophy.

Bibio – All the Flowers

Bibio – Lover’s Carvings

Asian Dan Q&A: BIBIO

1. Who is Bibio?

Bibio is Stephen James Wilkinson from Wolverhampton, England.

2. What are your influences, musical or otherwise?

Imperfections in technology like spherical aberration in lenses, wobble on tape, distortion in valves, crackles on vinyl. Also, beautiful common occurrences in nature like flickering shadows caused by overlapping leaves wagging in a gentle breeze. The smell of damp foliage. The sound of wind through leaves and the chorus of bees, lawnmowers and blackbirds.

What was your first musical memory?

Learning ‘Silent Night’ on my brother’s old bontempi electronic organ.

3. You set the guitar in a very interesting and refreshing context. When did you pick up guitar?

I started to learn guitar chords at the age of about 11 or 12.

Who are some guitar heroes?

Dave Murray (Iron Maiden), Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine),Jeff Parker (Tortoise), Joao Gilberto, Joe Pass.

Who are some non-guitar musicians/composers you love that inspire your playing?

Steve Reich, Boards of Canada.

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Joy Orbison – She Dressed in Her Best

Joy Orbison strikes again with yet another flawless production. And apparently the vocal sample is a Boys II Men sample? For those of you that have heard “GR Etiquette” by Joy Orbison – that too is a classic R&B vocal sample by Mr. Jamie Foxx 🙂

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Mehdi Mixmas

Can’t wait to see DJ Mehdi spin on NYE in LA with A-Trak and Boys Noize. Dance.

“In the spirit of the season, I prepared this little mix for your Christmas pleasure. It’s nothing too fancy, just some of those 09 tracks, mixed and recorded at home, while dancing with my CDJ’s. Starts quite smoothly and gets harder towards the end, just like I like it.” – DJ Mehdi

1. SEVEN SEALS James Pants (Stone Throw)
2. SO MANY NIGHTS Burns (Breastfed)
3. EVERYBODY WANTS Kid Sister & Green Velvet (Relief)
4. HUNGRY FOR THE POWER Azari & Ill/Agayo Remix (Cliché)
5. DISCOMONSTER Le Le/Mercury Remix (Magnetron)
6. GET ON DOWN Feadz (Ed Banger)
7. ATTO D’ARMORE Serge Santiago (Arcobaleno)
8. IF YOU CAME HERE Tony Senghore (Anonym)
9. CHAPEL OF GHOULS Boy-8-Bit (Mad Decent)
10. BECAUSE OF YOU Skunk Anansie/Michel Cleis Remix (One Little Indian)
11. BANGKOK Boris Dlugosh (Phantasy)
12. HELLS BELLS Arveene & Misk (Clampdown)
13. WEDOUWEDOU Momma’s Boy/Kid Kaio Remix (Sound Pellegrino)
14. COMPUTER JUICE Riton & Seiji/DIM & TAI Remix (Turbo)
15. KEEP ON MOVING Philip & Lloyd (Off Track)

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The Album Leaf – Falling From The Sun

Mr. LaValle returns with another introspective tune that he mixed once again in Iceland. He channels the innocence and purity that the Iceland emits from its steamy hot springs and comes up with “Falling from the Sun”. With heavier glitched out beats than usual and his vocals that he knows are not perfect, he still wins me over. I’m looking forward to “A Chorus of Storytellers” out 2.2.2010

The Album Leaf – Falling From The Sun

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Music Video: Miike Snow – Silvia


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Asian Dan & EIKNARF present A Night Out With Passion Pit

My buddy EIKNARF and I had the opportunity to sit and chat with Jeff and Nate (Shuttle) of Passion Pit two weeks ago at their Phoenix/Passion Pit afterparty here in NYC. This is an impromptu/candid conversation as they look back at 2009 and what they have in store in the future.

Just remember that life is just a giant cactus and we are all woodpeckers just trying to get to that precious water inside…

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Van She x Holy Ghost!

I think Van She did an amazing job covering such a cult classic of a tune now Holy Ghost! reworks this tune into a slow burner of a disco tune. Rejoice there is a cowbell in this version!

Download: Van She – ((Don’t Fear) The Reaper [HOLY GHOST’S B-LIVE MIX]

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Body Language x Shuttle

Mr. Shuttle adds his touches of dubstep to Brooklyn’s own Body Language turning “Work This City” into a what I like to call a “pop-step” tune. I feel it. The vocals are very XX sounding and the basslines are big but not obnoxious. Bump it on your computer speakers or out in the club. Your choice, they both do it justice.

Body Language – Work This City (Shuttle Remix)

Also 1.8.2010 Shuttle will be DJing at Webster Hall with Classixx and Holy Ghost! See y’all there.

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Late Of the Pier – Blueberry

Late of the Pier strikes back with the help of Mr. Alkan once again to round out 2009 with a perfect pop tune. Just wait for when that first verse kicks in. It is a breathe of fresh air and a sign that good songwriting still exists and that Late of the Pier will fuck shit up once again. It is a tune that swirls through the decades of pop music, first stopping off in the 60s, paying homage to Late of the Pier’s weird psychedelic roots with a chorus which gives nod to britpop’s finest then next comes a very 70s/80s synth inspired 2nd verse that reminds me of something Sparks would come up with. The song ends in a fury of detuned guitars that blast off into the future – a place where Late of the Pier reigns supreme. “Blueberry” is up for download now on iTunes, Beatport, and Juno. But a lovely 12″ shall be out in early Twenty-Ten with the B-side “Best in The Class” – check out a live studio session of that tune after the jump. Pop goodness.


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