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Mix Fix: “O.N.E.” by Yeasayer (Mouth’s Cradle Remix)
April 24, 2010, 7:13 pm
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SU's very own Mouth's Cradle is competing in a Yeasayer remix contest.

PREVIEW THE DJ: Mouth’s Cradle’s MySpace

LISTEN: “O.N.E” (Mouth’s Cradle Remix)

You’ve gotta hand it to Mouth’s Cradle for keeping their foot on the gas pedal after releasing their LP, The Next Big Thing. Brandon Linn is staying busy by entering into this remix contest for best remix of “O.N.E.” by Yeasayer. Linn brings an interesting Discovery approach to the song, while mixing in a jazz interlude. Linn loves the jazz interlude. He mixed it with a remix he did of The Smash Brothers’ “Maverick.” Take a second and support Mouth’s Cradle, and vote on their remix.

–Jett Wells

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Mix Fix: Cold Cave’s “Life Magazine” (The Arthur Baker’s Not Going Back Remix)
April 20, 2010, 2:04 pm
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Cold Cave finally gets a remix it deserves.

PREVIEW THE DJ: Arthur Baker’s MySpace

LISTEN: “Life Magazine” by Cold Cave (The Arthur Baker’s Not Going Back Remix)

Now that we’re past the Pantha Du Prince mess, Cold Cave finally gets a remix of “Life Magazine” worth jumping to. Unlike Pantha Du Prince, Baker builds the mix around the chorus’ amazing beat. Why one would avoid the best part of the song is beyond me, but I’m happy there’s finally a mix that does the original some justice. It takes it’s time with a long build-up by breaking into a great crash and flow, whirling the original beats with warped high-pitched ones. The song is apart of a collection of Cold Cave remixes, called “The Life Magazine “12,” being released by Matador Records on June 8th.

–Jett Wells

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Mix Fix: “Yoshimi Battle The Pink Robots Pt.1” (Mr. Scribbles Remix)
April 15, 2010, 8:10 pm
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In honor of this Sunday's The Flaming Lips show, here's a good mix.

PREVIEW THE DJ: Mr. Scribbles MySpace

LISTEN: “Yoshimi Battle The Pink Robots Pt.1 (Mr. Scribbles Remix)

This Sunday is Cornell’s famous Flaming Lips concert, and once again, it’s time to toss in a remix to pregame for the festivities ahead. Mr. Scribbles adds a little thump and bump to “Yoshimi Battle The Pink Robots,” and it’s a pleasant experience for what it is. You still get the mellow jive of the original song, but also some zesty electronic keys and bass notes. If you’re going to the show this Sunday, get ready for a blast.

–Jett Wells

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Editor’s Pick #301: “Doe Deer” by Crystal Castles
April 15, 2010, 7:27 pm
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They're back, and the new sound is electric.

PREVIEW: Crystal Castles’ MySpace

LISTEN: “Doe Deer” by Crystal Castles

It’s only a short, radio-version of the song from BBC Radio 1, but if “Doe Deer” is a reliable indicator of the new Crystal Castles album coming out in June, then we’re in for something awesome and special. It’s a lot more fast-paced and bouncier than we’re normally accustomed to, and I love that! I wish the track was longer, but this is all we get for now. It leaves me craving for so much more. There were questions if this band was going to break up a while back, but after seeing them perform at All Points West last summer, there was no doubting the passion from this band. You could smell the sweat trickling from Alice Glass’ nose, and you could feel the tremors from the bass. You don’t perform like that and half-ass it, and now with this released track and fresh new tour, Crystal Castles is back for real this time. I for one am stoked. What say you?!

–Jett Wells

20 Watts Video: Meet Nick Cicero
April 11, 2010, 11:39 pm
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PREVIEW: Nick Cicero’s MySpace

Nick Cicero is a musical phenom on campus, and no one knows it. He’s a hustler in the competitive world of hip-hop, and he loves every minute of it. He’s a shape-shifter too; he makes beats, sells them, and collaborates with big-time and small artists. Call him driven, call him determined–whatever it is, it speaks to him. Currently, he’s a grad student studying at Newhouse in advertising. He’s been actively working with Myles P and Delirium, who are also young risers themselves.

–Jett Wells

Mix Fix: “$hwagger Jagger” — Ludacris v. Kesha (Pres Mash)
April 11, 2010, 1:39 pm
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Kesha's "Tik Tok" finally gets put to use in this awesome mashup.

LISTEN: “$hwagger Jagger” Ludacris v. Kesha (Pres Mash)

Ludacris strikes again! Rarely does a mashup flow so smoothly with another track like “Tik Tok” by Ke$ha. The DJ really stepped it up, and I can say this is the best “Tik Tok” mix I’ve ever heard. Twerkshop remixed this same Ludacris track, and it bounces just as hard. The man’s still got it! You know Kesha is gonna be featured in DJ Earworm’s “United State of Pop 2010.” I like how his end-of-the-year remixes have become a spectacle to look forward to.

–Jett Wells

20 Watts Video: Sleigh Bells @ Spark Art Place (INTERVIEW!)
April 9, 2010, 3:59 pm
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PREVIEW: Sleigh Bells’ MySpace

[EDITOR’S NOTE ON THE INTERVIEW: Derek Miller of Sleigh Bells did work on M.I.A.’s upcoming album–its not the other way around. PLEASE IGNORE THAT PART OF THE INTERVIEW!!]

It’s been less than a year since Sleigh Bells broke out at last summer’s CMJ Festival, and the hype keeps getting bigger. Spark Art Place in Syracuse, NY doesn’t get much more smaller or more obscure for such a big indie band, but it didn’t matter. The bodies in the crowd exploded as Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller pumped their shoes into ground, rattling the small art gallery till the dry paint on the walls began to crumble on Thursday. It took no longer than the second song for the guys in the crowd to start flying in the air and throwing elbows. It was sweaty, dirty and raw–just how the band likes it. Sleigh Bells live is a high-powered, emotional, full bodied experience Syracuse won’t soon forget.

Props to Mouth’s Cradle for setting the tone, as the band celebrated their first show since releasing their debut LP, The Next Big Thing. Kevin Hegedus and Brandon Linn rocked the red suit jackets and flourished under the spotlight with fun DJ jams and witty rhymes.

–Jett Wells