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Wednesday, 6 January 2010
BSOTS 095 - 2009 overview (pt. one)
Now Playing: real sound of chicago radio mix
Topic: my podcasts

the sunday night before i returned to work, i found myself in my living room wearing a coat because it was so cold, typing up show notes for this episode. northeast america is in a deep freeze right now, but my wife reminded me that we both attended college at (and for a time, resided in) albany, ny. their winter season is no joke. i think we're getting older. sure, it's insanely cold outside, but we don't absorb it like we used to.

hopefully, this show will be as welcome to you as a warm sweater, blanket, and hot cup of cocoa or cider. the first of two overview shows for 2009, there's a lot of audio firepower in this one. musically, the genres are coming together and two bands here prove that: phantogram and glass ghost. an itunes customer review actually described phantogram as "what music will sound like in 2010" and i completely agree. i love the hip-hop head nod of "as far as i can see" with sarah's breathy vocals and electronic pop accessibility. it's my favorite cut from the eyelid movies album (check out the EPK above to find out more about the band). meanwhile, "the same" by glass ghost is anything but the same ol' thing. i've been referring to it as outsider funk. it sounds like the type of song a recluse would make when they're getting their personal party on and they don't care who's looking. by the end of the song, it sounds like a carnival where everyone's invited. there's nothing else like it on the show and i've been dying to share that song with you.

two of my absolute favorite netlabels stand strong on this episode: error broadcast and just plain sounds. the title cut from EB's bag of nothingness compilation starts off the show (respect due to comfort fit on the production) while oh.bliv's "send it on down" brings a neck-snapping holy hip-hop instrumental to your headphones (an unconventional hymnal addition for sure...). renzu comes to us via japan's bumpfoot netlabel with the stirring "amasawa". don't sleep on their across the threshold album - simply gorgeous. the beautiful moments don't stop there, either. pay particular attention to eric kupper's remix of john shannon's "somewhere", a cut that my podcast partners anji bee and darren keith have both played on their shows last year and i just had to represent for it as well. new villager's "rich doors" is one of those songs that'll get stuck in your head and you will be too busy smiling to ask it to pay room and board. cotton jones is another one of those ensembles that will instantly make you feel good. i loved the rio ranger e.p. from the first time i heard it and "where you stop for a minute" has that pastoral, slightly left-of- center vibe that you can't help but find intriguing. and good LORD, julien dyne's "fallin' down" is just spectacular. seriously, what are they putting in the water in new zealand and can they ship a few cases to the u.s.?

of course, a BSOTS show wouldn't be complete without some hip-hop and we've got plenty to spare. foreign beggars bring the hotness with "higher," flako + noir provide a killer cut with "w0oop", mantis gets the party going with "what," and brother ali bares his soul on "us." add in some midtempo electronic goodness from city rain and a dizzying instrumental from cy tru and you have the first 15 songs from the 2009 overview. it's shows like these that get me very excited for what awaits us musically in 2010. after hearing this one, i hope you feel the same way. HAPPY NEW YEAR...

p.s. scroll past the tracklisting and receive a bonus mix: 15 of my personal favorites from year one of wfmu's free music archive...

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theme music produced by cy tru. id drops courtesy of fave, india from astronauts of antiquity, ej flavors, and darren keith wyatt. background music includes "germinal ring" and "dead air (live 2) by cyclops joint and "bathing" by techniken defunkus.

other key info:
best artists round table 2009
darkside of 2009 mixtape
jason's hip-hop mix on the free music archive
lou ziegler's freeform mix on the free music archive

this episode's tracklist:

1. comfort fit - "bag of nothingness" {FREE DOWNLOAD}
2. phantogram - "as far as i can see" {bbe music}
3. cy tru - "just robbed" {FREE DOWNLOAD}
4. flako + noir - "wOoop" {FREE DOWNLOAD}
5. foreign beggars - "higher (feat. audra nishita)" {iTunes}
6. julien dyne - "fallin' down (feat. parks) {bbe music | iTunes}
7. new villager - "rich doors" {iTunes | FREE DOWNLOAD}
8. city rain - "this i will remember (pt. 1)" {FREE DOWNLOAD | Electronic Eel Records - Label Store}
9. renzu - "amasawa" {FREE DOWNLOAD}
10. john shannon - "somewhere (eric kupper reprise)" {iTunes | Amazon MP3}
11. glass ghost - "the same" {iTunes | Amazon MP3}
12. oh.bliv - "send it on down" {free download}
13. cotton jones - "where you stop for a minute" {quite scientific}
14. brother ali - "us" {iTunes | Amazon MP3}
15. mantis - "what (feat. justis)" {FREE DOWNLOAD | iTunes}

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Posted by macedonia at 11:09 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 7 January 2010 7:10 AM EST
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