Early Christmas Tree Fires: Winter Mix 2011

Winter Mix Cover

Fear not my meandering minions, ’tis the season…oh, fuck that noise. It’s December 1st, and 50 degrees here in the Northeastern United States. No need to remind you how this year flew on by or how insane the weather is (HAARP). We are here to celebrate winter or, shall I say, the winter soon cometh, with another musical concoction. So, open your refrigerator and throw away last year’s boxed nog and grandma’s disgustingly-molded-over fruit cake. We will malaise together this winter season with this refreshingly, seasonal-affective-disorder friendly mix. I leave you with how I feel about this year finally coming to an end—-Fuck Christmas, Hannukah, and the year 2012! I will see you all again with fresh tracks in the Spring. The tracklisting and download link is below as always doll.

Tracklisting:

1. Blood Orange – “Bad Girls”

2. Craft Spells– “Time Lapse”

3. Still Corners – “Into The Trees”

4. Cults – “Bad Things (Remix) (Feat. Freddie Gibbs)”

5. Gauntlet Hair – “Keep Time”

6. Pat Jordache– “Get It (I Know You’re Going To)”

7. Washed Out – “Amor Fati (Au Revoir Simone Remix)”

8. Jane Jane Pollock – “Stuck On A Highway Island”

9. Youth Lagoon – “Cannons”

10. Glass Vaults – “Golden”

11. Summer Fiction – “Christmas Eve For Two”

12. ASAP Rocky – “Palace”

13. The Drums – “Money”

14. Fantasy Island – “Avenue”

15. Dreams – “Inlove.”

16. Future Trends – “Dangers Of The Night”

17. Drake – “Crew Love (Feat. The Weekend) (Chopped & Screwed)”

18. Seventeen Evergreen – “Angels”

19. Viernes – “Lightyear”

20. Parenthetical Girls – “Sympathy For Spastics”

21. Blackout Beach – “Be Forewarnded, The Night Has Come”

22. Kisses – “Johnny and Mary”

Download Early Christmas Tree Fires Winter 2011 Mix

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Kanye West’s “Monster” Mash

Very recently, when I had come across an AV Club posting about a possible collabo of Kanye West and Bon Iver (a.k.a. Justin Vernon); I pretty much had thought of it as an idle threat. Oh, how wrong I was.

Kanye uncaged this “Monster” on his blog over the weekend, as part of “G.O.O.D. Fridays”. This track features, aside from Bon Iver, a diabolically insane line-up with Jay-Z, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj.

Now, i’m reasonably sure, that an infinitesimal line has been crossed somewhere. The N.I.N.-like backing beat sounds all cavernously low-end. And I am still unsure if the programmed drums and minced vocal samples work in Monster’s favor or not. For a song that features Bon Iver “singing”, I was expecting to be more skinny loved than Kid Cudi’d. I mean, the track is listenable in theory, but Kanye’s and Jay-Z’s horrorcore verses creepily, sound more like threats than boasting in a horror-themed fashion. Let me not get started on Nicki Minaj’s warbling, long-winded rhyming.

According to Kanye, “Monster” is a track off his yet-to-be-titled new LP.

This song just leaves me wondering, what we’re in store for with that Raekwon and Justin Beiber track Kanye’s threatened us with.

Download Kanye West “Monster (Feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver & Nicki Minaj)”

Nneka’s “Heartbeat” gets a new pulse with NAS

Nneka

I recently discovered Nigerian-German nightingale Nneka. Her stellar LP, “Concrete Jungle”, which has been out for a couple of months. Nneka is currently on tour with Nas, who’s featured on this latest remix of “Heartbeat” and Damian Marley, (aka Distant Relatives). It is  a perfectly seemless  collaboration and one step up from the original. Listen and Download below.

Tour Dates:

7/31 – Newport Folk Festival   Newport
8/1 – Lilith Fair Hartford   Hartford, CT
8/2 – Highline Ballroom   New York, NY
8/3 – Lilith Fair   Washington, D.C.
8/4 – Lilith Fair     Raleigh, NC
8/6 – Lilith Fair     Charlotte, NC
8/8 – Lollapalooza   Chicago, IL
8/10 – El Mocambo Club   Toronto
8/12 –  Crocodile Cafe     Seattle, WA
8/13 – Dog Fir Lounge    Portland, OR
8/15 – Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival    San Francisco, CA
8/16 –  Troubadour     West Hollywood, CA

Download Nneka “Heartbeat (Remix) (Feat. Nas)”