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Friday, 13 June 2008
so how's the album selling?
Now Playing: nick van gelder - choose music
Topic: music appreciation

yet another reason to support the indie musician.  gotta feel for 'em after watching this one...

Posted by macedonia at 4:05 PM EDT
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Monday, 9 June 2008
Now Playing: my love for music podcast - steely dan/donald fagen spotlight
Topic: music appreciation
Gorilla vs Pants Podcast - James Pants

Posted by macedonia at 11:00 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 30 April 2008
ghostly swim
Now Playing: old school wednesdays at ejflavors.com
Topic: music appreciation

straight up and down, kids - the compilation is lovely. all you need to know is that the folks at adult swim reached out to that white-hot label outta ann arbor, michigan - the one and only ghostly international. put them both together and what have you got?

GHOSTLY SWIM. and it's good, y'all. damn good. and did i mention free?

a no-brainer here, people. go cop it...

Posted by macedonia at 11:23 AM EDT
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Thursday, 4 October 2007
prefuse 73 - class of 73 bells
Now Playing: sibot - old back ache
Topic: music appreciation

i have been sitting with the new Prefuse 73 album that drops later this month and it is phenomenal. "Class of 73 Bells" is probably the best choice for a single. it features the School of Seven Bells, a NY-based psychedelic pop outfit. i'm totally new to them, but they sound wonderful on this cut. angelic vocal harmonies wrapped around Prefuse's production - warm, orchestral and dreamy. the alternate take on this song is just as gorgeous, completely classical in arrangement. the biggest surprise, however, is the song "Smoking Red," where Prefuse teams up with Battles drummer John Stanier. the beats are simply brutal and a wall of sound crashes down on you, full of blurred chords and a roaring cloud of samples. for more info on the release and/or to hear samples, click here.

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Posted by macedonia at 4:34 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 3 October 2007
shape of broad minds
Now Playing: the sound of the work day finally winding down...
Topic: music appreciation

i've said it before and i'll say it again: keep tabs on Jneiro Jarel. that's my man right there. if you don't know him, you may want to go back to his 2005 debut Three Piece Puzzle on the Ropeadope label. straight heat, very reminiscent of Tribe Called Quest-era boom bap. the following year brought his instrumental banger (and my personal favorite album of 2006), Beat Journey, recorded under the name Dr. Who Dat? this year Jneiro introduces his new group, Shape of Broad Minds, which is himself and his main man Jaawaad. the group also includes several of Jarel's pseudonyms, including Dr. Who Dat?, rapper Panama Black, and singer Rocque Won. yeah, the Madlib comparisons have been non-stop, particularly when you consider that his MC skills take a back seat to his production, but the results are always interesting and the SBM project is no exception. this is definitely some deep underwater vibe, so get your feet wet with this five-song EP.

"Let's Go" is the first single featuring MF Doom. it's that saturday night space boogie steez, may take some getting used to for some (in which case, check the Dr. Who Dat? remix of this song - HOTNESS). "Electric Blue" is a great example of the nod to Tribe, because it almost feels a rhythmic parallel to "Electric Relaxation," except the lyrical mood isn't as lustful, but more infatuation. the JJ remix of this song adds some bump to the underwater current. "Love Continues" is a nice bonus, jazzy, spacey, and in the pocket. so if you dig Tribe, Slum Village, Madlib, Dudley Perkins, Georgia Anne Muldrow, you get the picture...cop this.

if the EP has you curious and you want to hear more, check some samples from the Craft Of The Lost Art album. Beat Journey was a very tough act to follow and while i think the MC/DJ/Producer was more controlled on Three Piece Puzzle, the SBM project is meant to be more experimental, more loose. with that said, some songs work better than others, but again...you won't be bored. so put on your scuba gear and deep sea dive for these joints especially: "beast from the east," "lullabanger," "there 4 me," "stiff robots & drunken horses," and "12c."

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Posted by macedonia at 6:10 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 2 May 2007
miho hatori and rjd2
Now Playing: cock rock disco 2006 compilation
Topic: music appreciation

two more OG versions of reviews written for Impose Magazine. the first for Miho Hatori, the second for RJD2. lots of heads hatin' on RJ's latest, but i think it's worth a listen...

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Posted by macedonia at 6:01 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 25 April 2007
funkstorung revisited
Now Playing: ceu - lenda
Topic: music appreciation

very happy to see my review of Funkstorung was posted in its original form (this one got hacked to death for the print version of the magazine). check the OG draft here.

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Posted by macedonia at 3:18 PM EDT
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Monday, 9 April 2007
7 songs
Now Playing: mister c hosting downtown soulville (wfmu.org)
Topic: music appreciation

the lovely, talented, and prolific miss anji bee tagged me about a week and a half ago for this 7 songs game going around. i suppose it's high time that i take a little time away from time i don't have and submit my own seven...

4 hero - morning child {rhapsody}
aunt jessica - thin air {emusic}
the frail - who am i {pmn}
hired gun (freeradicalz music) - rappers are in danger {pmn}
simian mobile disco - it's the beat (luke vibert mix) {pmn}
thes one - target {emusic}
youngblood brass band - nuclear summer {pmn}

time for me to tag seven people, so here goes: Jeff, Hired Gun, Core Rhythm, Baratunde, DJ Drilla, Colin, and Me-saj & Jason.

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Posted by macedonia at 12:46 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 9 April 2007 12:52 PM EDT
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Sunday, 4 March 2007
spinnin' pretty in jersey city: macedonia on wfmu
Now Playing: aunt jessica - thin air
Topic: music appreciation

this morning, i hosted WFMU's Listener Hour. with my podcast, i'm always concerned with making sure everything that i play is "podsafe" - getting permission from artists and labels or acquiring music from online safe havens like the podsafe music network or ioda promonet. with that said, it was nice to be able to spin whatever i wanted for an hour. i'm so happy that i got a chance to do this. still all smiles at the end of the day... brought back a lot of great memories of college radio for me...

after a nervous slip-up in the beginning, it was relatively smooth sailing from here. fumbling over my words a little bit, but it's been a while since i've been on the air (almost nine years since i last hosted a radio show at WCDB). i had a lot of fun and it was a great way to start off the morning. many thanks to Brian Turner for getting things set up. respect due to Bill Mac and Michael Shelley for great shows before me and after me, respectively.

below is a playlist on the songs broadcast for my edition of the Listener Hour. audio archives of the show are hosted by WFMU and can be found here. i'm listed under my birth name (jason smith) for march 3, 2007. normally, streaming MP3 files are online for two weeks before they're taken off the site. the realaudio files stay up there forever...

listen in realaudio

(artist * title * album * label * format)
the company * gumboot dance * king kong (london production cast) * decca * LP
continental four * escape from planet earth * [45 single] * jay-walking * 7"

ultra living * entwurf * [split single] * after hours * 12"
bama the village poet * nothingness * ghettos of the mind * aware * LP
sun city girls * souvenirs from jangare * three fake female orgasms * majora * 2x7"
macedonia (afronaut) * my voice * analog delusions of grandeur * (no label) * CD-R
mysterious minds * it's real * mind over matter * mystic minds * LP

video kids * woodpeckers from space * woodpeckers from space (single) * break * 12"
belgradeyard sound system * munchies (edit) * munchies (single) * earsugar * 7"
ralph carmichael feat. pat boone * the addicts psalm * resurrection - the amplified bible of heavenly grooves * second coming * LP
lavice & company * thoughs (sic) were the days * good god!: a gospel funk hymnal * numero group * CD

daniel givens * light travel (fetch the future) * dayclear and first dark * aesthetics * CD
capitol k * pillow * pillow (single) * xl recordings * 12"
max tundra * coming up * cabasa (single) * domino * 12"
push * after hours * contemptous/after hours (single) * blue lunch * 7"

cosmo vitelli * we don't need no smurf here * we don't need no smurf here (single) * solid * 12"

Posted by macedonia at 12:04 AM EST
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Friday, 16 February 2007
kruder & dorfmeister - g-stoned ep
Now Playing: wefunkradio.com
Topic: music appreciation

this is the joint that turned me on to g-stone back in 1994, i think it was. when eightball records was still open in nyc, the cat playing records behind the counter wouldn't let me leave the store until he played something from k&d. the cut was "high noon." it had me dancing in the store. been one of my favorite cuts ever since.

i love the fact that they replicated a simon & garfunkel album cover perfectly with their poses - it's almost eerie how exact it is. i hear that this is difficult to find on vinyl these days, so i figured i'd throw up the bleep player and let heads check out some joints. on the real, if you don't have it already, cop this...

Posted by macedonia at 5:37 PM EST
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