I don’t often post about my musical tastes, as it leaves me ripe for criticism (“oh my god, you like this electro-trash?”). However, I haven’t posted recently and, in want of a more thought-out post, I’ll just list what has been occupying my ear canals for the last week or two. I mean, I added a whole category for it in my blog, might as well, right?
First off, I’ll admit readily that I’m a total mash-up whore. The idea that you can take two songs, sometimes even terrible songs on their own, and play them at the same time and come up with something awesome is just pretty neat to me. While it may seem I’ve found a few I really like in the past, such as these two Ratatat/Michael Jackson ones (I can never figure out which I like more), this Eurythmics/Lady Gaga one (in spite of the quality issues), and this Gnarls Barkley/Avalanches mashup is just crazy awesome. I miss the original video I saw of that last one, which mashed up both songs’ videos and scenes from The Shining.
But no one has quite captured my fancy as much as Robin Skouteris, who regularly tosses six or so songs into the mix and makes it work. I suggest, if you enjoy a good mash-up, go check out his videos, cause almost all of them are good in some way. However, the one I really like is an ambient mix of HIM, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, and what seems like 50 other people:
So, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s continue to a single artist. Massive Attack has been a long-standing favorite of mine. I have most of the CDs they’ve produced or been featured on. Yeah, CDs, right? I know. Anyway, somehow I missed that they released an album in February. I want to buy it, but at this point I’m still on the fence about this whole “digital media” thing. I want to avoid having more CDs to clog up my physical space, but I’m concerned that by downloading the music from iTunes or Amazon, I’ll be getting a file of inferior quality, due either to DRM or just low-rate encoding. I can’t tell much difference about the encoding cause it seems my high-range hearing is terrible, but other people complain when I put that crap on.
In the meantime, I’ve been entertaining myself by watching this incredibly trippy video for “Paradise Circus”: