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Single Minded: Lady Gaga’s H1N1 Remix, Beastie Boys Go Russian

November 6th, 2009
Photo: Polk/Getty Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance” [Chew Fu H1N1 Club Mix] Are we really ready for mixes to be dubbed the “H1N1 mix”? Are we at that point yet? Last we checked, people still weren’t sure if they wanted to get the cure for that thing (see Corgan, Billy), let alone swivel their hips to it on the dance floor. Name aside, Chew Fu turns this track inside out, making it both sleek and superpowered. We anxiously ...

Hype Monitor: Shrinebuilder, Florence and the Machine, Fool’s Gold

November 5th, 2009
The Band: Shrinebuilder The Buzz: Shrinebuilder may be a relatively new band, but they’re hardly up-and-comers. Comprised of members of metal titans Scott Weinrich of St. Vitus, Al Cisneros of Sleep, the Melvins’ Dale Crover and Scott Kelly of Neurosis, the group binds together the best qualities of its significant legacy, making slow-moving metal that engulfs like a tar pit. Listen If: You’ve ever waxed rhapsodic about Master of Reality — and especially if you have done ...

Aretha Franklin, Ozzy Osbourne Encourage Young Rockers Backstage at Hall of Fame Concert

October 31st, 2009
Photo: Kambouris/WireImage If the first night of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th anniversary concerts were about looking back and celebrating legacies, night number two was about looking forward. From the performances — which focused heavily on punk, post-punk and metal — to the conversations that took place backstage, Friday night at Madison Square Garden was a testament to rock’s continued relevance, and the struggles it faces weathering a decade in which tastes have ...

Morello, Raitt, Crosby Pay Tribute to Fellow Legends Backstage at First Rock Hall Concert

October 30th, 2009
Photo: Mazur/WireImage If there was a single word that summed up the first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concert Thursday night, it was “legacy.” Backstage, artist after artist spoke of the importance of musical heritage, emphasizing the icons who influenced them as they delivered awe-struck commentary on the show’s spectacular moments. The parade of praise wouldn’t have been so remarkable if the artists in question were up and comers, but the backstage guests included ...

Hype Monitor: Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, Cold Cave, Knight School

October 29th, 2009
The Band: Thao with the Get Down Stay Down The Buzz: She may play the guitar with instruments as unconventional as a toothbrush and a pen, but the songs 25-year-old Virginian Thao Nguyen writes are sweet as honeycombs, as rich in detail as they are sparse in arrangement. And if that’s not appealing enough, she’s offering to write a personal song for a lucky fan to benefit the musicians’ organization CASH. Listen If: You always wondered what ...

Single Minded: Flaming Lips Do Pink Floyd’s “Eclipse,” More

October 23rd, 2009
Photo: Diaz/WireImage The Flaming Lips, “Eclipse” [Pink Floyd Cover] Earlier this week, the Flaming Lips announced their intention to cover Dark Side of the Moon; this session at KCRW gives an indication of what the results might be like. Surprise, surprise: it’s spacey and languid and gorgeous, and Wayne Coyne’s trembling distant voice adds a welcome element of eerieness. The Killers vs. La Roux, “Smile Like You’re Bulletproof” [Mashup] Two ’80s obsessives meet head-on, and their shared aesthetic brings ...

Hype Monitor: Temper Trap, Hull, Surfer Blood

October 22nd, 2009
Photo: Perou The Band: Temper Trap The Buzz: Rock and fashion have always enjoyed a symbiotic relationship, but in the case of the Temper Trap, the connection is more literal: this Australian band met at the Down Under equivalent of Urban Outfitters, ensuring they’d be well-dressed even if success proved elusive. Listen If: INXS’s “Never Tear Us Apart” was your wedding song — or you want it to be. Key Track: “Love Lost,” which manages an odd combination ...

Single Minded: Britney’s “3,” Led Zep’s “Whole Lotta Love” Remixed

October 16th, 2009
Led Zeppelin feat. Xaphoon Jones, Clipse and Birdman, “Whole Lotta Love” [Remix/Mashup] Hearing Pusha T and Malice repeat “What happened to that boy?” between Plant’s pained yowl is weirdly thrilling — like they’re egging him on. Unlike most rock/hip-hop mashups, all the rappers sound genuinely great on this, matching the original’s toughness note for sneering note. Britney Spears, “3″ [Slow Remix] If this is the “slow” remix, what does the fast remix sound like? Those odd guitar arpeggios ...

Hype Monitor: Memory Tapes, Lover!, Diamond District

October 15th, 2009
The Band: Memory Tapes The Buzz: Ex-member of overlooked Philly punks Hail Social, Dave Hawk writes eerie, mysterious pop songs long on atmosphere and mood. This is no hipper-than-thou niche act: Hawk was recently contacted about remixing a Michael Jackson song for a posthumous collection. Listen If: You’re slowly getting into this whole “chillwave” thing, but wish that chilly meant “spooky” as often as it meant “remote.” Key Track: “Green Knight,” where Hawk’s unnaturally high voice glides over ...

Single Minded: Miley Meets Biggie, Justice Remix Lenny Kravitz

October 9th, 2009
Miley Cyrus & the Notorious B.I.G., “Party and Bullshit in the U.S.A.” [Mashup] What’s most remarkable about this mashup is how perfectly the play-doh production suits Biggie’s delivery — proving the long-held theory that Biggie could pretty much rap over anything. You guys hear that Bigge/Tesla mashup? Yeah, it’s badass. Mariah Carey feat. Big Boi, Gucci Mane and OJ Da Juiceman, “H.A.T.E.U.” [Remix] See, now, this is a classic case where we wish the remix was the original. ...