Archive for September, 2009

The definite guide to Such Great Heights [music]

Posted in Music, Tips, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2009 by optpopt

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The decade is drawing to a close and the internets are a’buzzing with lists trying to decide which song really was the greatest to come out of the 00s. Pitchfork just completed their 500 list and the swedish music magazine Novell invited music journalists to create lists of their 100 greatest songs which will be presented on new years eve. Pretty much amazing is on a similar quest trying to decide the best album from each past year of the 2000s (leaving the give up album out of the 2003 poll is a bit of a shame though).

I will not attempt any of that.

Instead I decided to collect such great heights covers for you to enjoy. I’m not saying it’s the best song to come from this decade just that since it’s release in 2003 (wikipedia has the story) it’s always had a reserved spot in my playlists and whenever you play it to someone it has a certain ability to go straight to their heart. I think it’s because of this so many indie acts have decided to cover it. So here goes, about 20 covers split over 3 playlists in 3 services so you all can enjoy it. There are some overlap but also some exclusives to every playlist so be sure to check them all out if possible.

Spotify playlist

Most notable inclusions here are The Section Quartet which does and awesome string quartet take on the song. Frankmusiks piano version is ok but he adlibs and changes to much on some parts that what makes the song great to begin with is lost. Too bad, it had potential. The confide version is somewhat of a guilty pleasure, mentioned by some as the worst thing to ever leave a couple of speakers I think it has some qualities beyond being annoying in it’s special kind of screamo way.

Playlist
Tracklist:
The Postal Service – Such Great Heights
Iron & Wine – Such Great Heights
The Section Quartet – Such Great Heights
Frankmusik – Such Great Heights (piano version)
Confide – Such Great Heights
Green Envy – Such Great Heights

Mixtape.me playlist

Here we have a gameboy blip take courtesy of Firebrand boy which is a must hear. Don’t miss The wrong trousers either which really shines in it’s playfullness while keeping true to the original.

Playlist
Tracklist:
The Postal Service – Such Great Heights
Iron & Wine – Such Great Heights
Ben Folds – Such Great Heights
The Wrong Trousers – Such Great Heights
MIT Logarhythms – Such Great Heights
The New Standards – Such Great Heights
Firebrand boy – Such Great Heights (game boy version)
Amanda Palmer – Such Great Heights

Youtube playlist

This is the only source to sport both of frankmusik’s versions. I must say I do like the frankmusik mix better than the piano version. Youtube is also choir contry, where all those american a capella groups publish their concerts, and I must say, some of them are pretty awesome in their creativeness.

Playlist
Tracklist:
Frankmusik – Such Great Heights (FrankMusik mix)

Frankmusik – Such Great Heights (New piano version)
Confide – Such Great Heights

The Postal Service – Such Great Heights
Ben Folds – Such Great Heights
The Achordants – Such Great Heights
Voices in your head (University of chicago)
MIT Logarhythms – Such Great Heights
Green Envy (Tulane University) – Such Great Heights
UMD TrebleMakers – Such Great Heights
Umass Dynamics – Such Great Heights (some imogen mixed in)

The Beat – Such Great Heights (99 Red Balloons mashup)

I will end this little journey with two brothers, two ukuleles and a rooftop. Inspiring to say the least.

I know I called this the definite guide but I’m humble enough to admit there might be other great covers out there, please shout if you know of any.

Dubstep weekend [music]

Posted in Music, Tips with tags , , , , , on September 11, 2009 by optpopt

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Dubstep is often good as is, but there’s one thing that’s better. It’s when the dubstep producers go out and remix other hyped artists. Here’s three examples of matches made in heaven, one of them has already been played to death but surely deserves an honorary mention, guess which one.

Listen:
Dubstep remix weekend (mixtape.me)

Download:
Ellie Goulding – Starry eyes (jakwob remix) (mediafire)
Deadmau5 & Kaskade – I remember (caspa remix) (mediafire)
La Roux – In for the kill (skream’s let’s get ravey mix) (mediafire)

Video Wednesday [video]

Posted in Music, Tips, Video with tags , , , on September 9, 2009 by optpopt

video-wednesday

This wednesday brings us four notable videos that have been making rounds on the internets in the last couple of weeks. First out is a mashup by Pogo, the guy who mashed alice in wonderland some time ago. This one’s based on the movie hook and is just as skillfully produced.

Pogo – Bangarang

Update: Sony pictures took down pogo’s video but some kind soul reuploaded it, we’ll see how long that lasts

The hype surrounding La Roux isn’t dying down and I wasn’t sure if I should post this seeing that I’ve already written about La Roux so many times before, I might start to look like a complete fanboy. But hell, this is just too good to pass up. Really weird video set in some alternate, steampunk influenced future where everybody dances like they were lightly epileptic.

La Roux – I’m not your toy

Next up is Steve Aoki’s newest thing. Bound to turn up on some dancefloors pretty soon.

Steve Aoki feat. [[[Zuper Blahq]]] – I’m In The House

Last out is the new video for Fever Rays track Seven. It’s just as dark and creepy as the previous ones. WordPress.com being what it is won’t let me embed it properly so if you want to watch, head over to pitchfork.

Loftet @ debaser

Posted in Hype, Tips with tags on September 6, 2009 by optpopt

loftet
Optimus Poptimus attended sthlm beat connections new monthly club Loftet yesterday. Now, what do you think Optimus did?

1. Pre-hyped his friends to the point where nothing short of awesome would suck.
2. Drank one to many fernet-cokes
3. Charged them all on the card to give himself a nice “wtf-moment” the day after when checking his finances.
4. Danced until his hipster-hairdoo melted way
5. All of the above

Truth be told, last night was awesome, be sure to check loftet out next time! That sure was electro-heaven.

Bulletproof like you’ve never heard it before [music]

Posted in Hype, Music with tags on September 2, 2009 by optpopt

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Audioporn central just published the fifth version of their guilty pleasures series. This time it’s La Roux – Bulletproof that’s been given the royal treatment and the usual suspects in internet bastardisation were all there to contribute, and contribute they did, there’s a lot of new exclusives in there.

It’s a must see and hear!

Tracklist:

9freak9 – Stressproof
La Roux VS Laurent Wolf VS Daft Punk
Bobby Martini – La Roux In Pain
La Roux vs Chuck Carr
La Roux – Bulletproof (Copycat Italo Remix) *
DEEPBLK vs. Marc Johnce – Waiting For Bulletproof At First Sight *
Kylie Minogue VS La Roux Vs. Gwen Stefani
Divide & Kreate – Peaproof *
La Roux vs Black Eyed Peas
DJ Schmolli – Bulletproof Radar *
La Roux VS Britney Spears
DJ Useo – Bulletproof Circles
La Roux vs Billy Preston
Eddie Pedalo – Bulletproof Wolves
La Roux VS Prodigy
Hi-brid – Silent Bullet *
La Roux VS The Knife
mash2mix – suburban bullet *
La Roux vs Hard-Fi
La Roux – Bulletproof (Oscar TG Bullshitproof Mix)
Phil RetroSpector – Bulletproofmode *
La Roux VS Depeche Mode
Simon Iddol – circus of bullets
La Roux VS Quiet Village
The Reborn Identity – Bulletproof Monkeys *
La Roux VS Arctic Monkeys

* Pure awesomeness, Optimus Poptimus approves