Monthly Archives: June 2010

Peg (De La Soul, Steely Dan)

Before Steely Dan was Steely Dan, they were called The Leather Canary and Chevy Chase was their drummer. Fortunately something happened to change that. They also were sampled from time to time (albeit sparingly). Here’s their song “Peg” followed up … Continue reading

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It’s time for: Silly Mash-Up of the Week!

This week’s silly mash-up: My Life on the Crazy Train Sucks! (Kelly Clarkson vs. Pink vs. Ozzy Osbourne vs. Daft Punk) This was discovered from Culture Bully’s “Top Mashups of 2009”. They have a lot of good stuff, and some … Continue reading

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Sensitive Rapper Series, Volume 1

This series is dedicated to all of the hard rappers who eventually slip in a lyric or two that let us all know that deep down, they’re sensitive just like the rest of us. To start this series off right, … Continue reading

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PS22

PS22 is a public school in Staten Island who hired a very unique music director. His name is Gregg Breinberg, and he decided to teach his chorus students pop and indie songs instead of the classics (Heal the World, Light … Continue reading

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Liszt’s Mania

I think people have a right to know what the term “Lisztomania” actually means. And yes, we all know it’s a very good Phoenix song. “Lisztomania”: a term used to describe the intense fan frenzy directed toward Franz Liszt during his … Continue reading

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Jay-Z and Timbaland Making the Black Album

This video documents some of the making of the Black Album from inside the studio. At around 8:00, Timbaland comes into the studio and starts showing Jay-Z (J, Jigga, HOV, etc.) some of the beats he’s been working on. I … Continue reading

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Irv Gotti

I grew up in Larchmont, New York (in Westchester). Like any 13 year old, I went to around 60 or 70 bar and bat mitzvahs, and became absurdly well-acquainted to the big pop songs of the 2001-2002 season. It turns … Continue reading

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Bobby McFerrin

This isn’t a song or anything either, but I think it’s really cool. Bobby McFerrin (Don’t Worry, Be Happy dude) shows how the pentatonic scale is hardwired in humans. He was brought in to the TED conference (short for Technology, … Continue reading

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That’s That Whirlwind

I actually heard the mash-up of “Do the Whirlwind” by Architecture in Helsinki with “That’s That Shit” by Snoop Dogg and R Kelly before I heard either of the originals. It’s another track by the Hood Internet, re-dubbed “That’s That … Continue reading

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Weather Report and Portishead

Check out the first couple of seconds in “Elegant People” by Weather Report and “Strangers” by Portishead. Notice anything suspicious?! Both songs are awesome…it’s worth it to keep going after the intros. It’s kind of incredible that even relatively obscure … Continue reading

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