Free Weezy!!!

Grammy award-winning recording artist Lil’ Wayne is due out of prison this Thursday, November 4th, 2010. Billboard has an interview with the rapper, and we have a copy of one of his handwritten letters.



Aphex Twin Hoards Six New Albums

Pitchfork Media is reporting that IDM/glitch/electronica virtuoso Richard D. James (or Aphex Twin, AFX, Blue Calx, etc.) has six albums of material that for some reason are just sitting around, not getting released since 2001. James says:

“I’ve got six completed. Two are very non-commercial, abstract, modular-synthesis, field recordings– those I finished four years ago. Another one is Melodies From Mars, which I redid about three years ago. There’s one of stuff I won’t go into, a comp of old tracks which is never really finished and always changing, and then one I’m working on now. There are also loads of tracks which don’t belong anywhere.”

This is flabbergasting news! Being a dork always and forever, I’ll admit that Aphex Twin has enjoyed the role of  “architect” in defining my musical  taste. Despite five years without any new material (James’ last release was the excellent Chosen Lords as APX in 2006), I would point out that the current proliferation of electronica music stems from James’ archetypal catalog of computer-generated sound.

You want evidence? Watch Kanye West’s epic music video (seemingly a visual illustration of his entire new album). He is definitely sampling “Avril 14th” (off James’ 2001 release Drukqs) around the 25-minute mark.

Come on, Richard D. James. You are going to need to release some of this material so that, in ten years, the best hip-hop producers can incorporate it into their sampling repertoire.

Katy, Your Chests are on Fire

Is there anything Katy Perry does that does not involve her breasts?

Vodpod videos no longer available.

DListed reports:

Is there anything Katy Perry’s tits can’t shoot out? Does that mug of Swiss Miss on your desk need a little dressing? Well, Katy Perry’s boobs can spray a dollop of canned whipped cream on that shit. And in her new video for Firework, Katy shows us that we don’t need to pay a visit to The Bang Bang Lady and The Boom Boom Girl, because she can give us an inspirational firework show just by sticking her chest out. Caretitty Stare!

Daily Sample Rate

I rate Madvillain’s sample of Marion Elling, William Loose, and Stu Philip’s “Kelly” as a perfect 10.

The original (1996):

The sampled version (2004):

Oops Takes Top Honors

Chris Beckman put this together to a hypnotizing result. A testament to the new age fetishism for archiving. Winner of the Vimeo Awards in the Experimental category.


Mondo Loses Project Runway

Music for Airports

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