We are moving a SECOND time

So we migrated everything over to POSTEROUS, but then POSTEROUS got bought out by TWITTER, who shut the whole thing down. This blows because Posterous had possibly the best and most elegant photo hosting solution of all the bloggers/wordpresses/tumblrs/etc. BUT it's OK, we march awkwardly into the future at tumblr.

the21gunsalute.tumblr.com

Here it will continue to live, until I abruptly decide to change it again!

 
 

WE'RE MOVING!

I just migrated all the back posts of The 21 Gun Salute from Blogger to Posterous. Why? Because Blogger's image hosting is FUCKING TERRIBLE (seriously look at all the pictures on this blog they are compressed within an inch of their lives).

SO what that means is that all subsequent posts are going to be on Posterous. All OLD posts will continue to live here. But if you want the new shit! Go here:

THE21GUNSALUTE.POSTEROUS.COM

Where it will continue to live, until I abruptly decide to change it again!

 
 

Notorious Party Boy Soundtrack

Ross and Andy made an awesome mix. It's tight, fast, and very very fun. Follow their ridiculous lives here and listen to/download the mix here.

 
 

End of 2010


Last mix of the year!

is that all you get for your money

20/20 = Yellow Pills
It's Still Rock & Roll To Me = Billy Joel
Movin Out = Billy Joel
You Oughta Know = Das Racist
The Girl U Want (Black Light Odyessy Mix) = Devo
Turnaround = Nirvana
Beat My Guest = Adam & The Ants
Oh Lord = Foxy Shazam
Mr Roboto = Styx
Right On Target = Paul Parker
Listen Up (Arther Baker RMX) = Gossip
Quicksand (Mad Decent RMX) = La Roux

 
 

The Chauffeur (Extendo)

via Nick:

 
 

Let's do this!


It's not a cape I'm wearing, it's a robe!

 
 

Useless CDs

I'm trying to get rid of my useless, obsolete, worthless CDs that have very much defined a large art of who I am. These are some.



SERGE GAINSBOURG: NO. 4


I like the early Serge jazz stuff. He sing-talks his way over much more traditional arrangements and it's nice to hear him as a guy working within the prevailing musical environment, not yet fully discovering his voice yet. (see also: David Bowie "Laughing Gnome", the first Sandman graphic novel, the first Kelly Clarkson album, Batman Begins).



BENNY BENASSI: HYPNOTICA


Similar to Ratatat or Air, Benny Benassi has 1 good song that he makes over and over again. "Put Your Hands Up" is amazing, and the MV for "Satisfaction" is mega-boner-giving. I like this CD bc I like that one song.



SECRET FREQUENCY CREW: FOREST OF THE ECHO DOWNS


Michna used to work at Etherea, which was the nerdiest record shop there ever was. That was where nerds would bring their CD collections of nerdy music to, and get nerdily mocked by the nerds behind the counter bc the CDs weren't nerdy enough (and had a tiny unnoticeable scratch on the outer rim and thus had no resale value).

I liked it though, I came out on top on a couple Morrissey LPs. Before there was Michna, there was the Max Headroom-worshipping Secret Frequency Crew. The almighty SFC? Crews should always have the prefix "almighty" or the suffix "most high," or both.

Almighty Secret Frequency Crew Most High!!!

Also, as to the specifics of this CD, I never listened to this. SORRY MICHNA I STILL LOVE YOU (and anyways I listened to the hell out of Magic Monday).



JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: FUTURESEX/LOVESOUNDS


"It's always good to hear someone pretentiously try to be make this huge artistic statement and have it be problematic, then not to try at all." -Yoda



V/A: THE SEXUAL LIFE OF THE SAVAGES: UNDERGROUND POST-PUNK FROM SAO PAULO, BRASIL


What is it with me? I'll buy anything apparently. Not to say this is bad, it could very easily be good. But it's very en vogue for labels to put out comps whose titles are:

BOLD DECLARATIVE STATEMENT or SENTENCE FRAGMENT or EVOCATIVE PHRASE or NAME OF GENRE or SONG TITLE:
Very Specific Sub-Genre Of Music From A Country You Might Not Expect (date range of no more than a few years, typically from the late 70s or early 80s)












MONEY MARK: PUSH THE BUTTON


I have said my peace elsewhere re: noted Beastie Boys footnote, Money Mark. He's AZN, son! AZN PRYD!!! I bet he's eating a chicken gyro somewhere with Mario Caldato Jr, Eric Bobo, DJ Hurricane and Luscious Jackson waiting for the phone to ring.

Sean Lennon is also in this fictional room.

 
 


CHAK!

CHAK!!

CHAK!!!

This is a mix I made for a friend. That's why I use songs I've put up on other mixes in the past. Also, the Mancini thing was mixed live so it falls out of time.

"Imperfections make it fresha!" -etc

muscles: sweaty (shazam remix)
simian mobile disco: tits & acid
justin martin: get low
depeche mode: master & servant
aphex twin: windowlicker
lowfish: no longer accepting complaints
boy 8-bit: the suspense is killing me
kanye west: power (remix)
fabolous: breathe
henry mancini: experiments in terror
2pac: california love (rusko remix)
solid groove & sinden: overbooked
skatt brothers: walk the night

 
 

Are you kidding me with this?

THIS is what Crystal Castles look like. YIKES. Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin you ain't!


Gah! Look at this hirsute man! Looks like he's wearing a hairsuit, if you knowwhatI'msayin! Hey giant twin caterpillars, good thing you're racing to get to the center of that guy's head! Bet THIS GUY doesn't eat pork, savvy?

And don't get me started on you neither, lady-alien! Christ you have the skull shape of a Na'vi priestess! etc etc

 
 

Not at all ashamed


Proud, in fact.

 
 

Tron

DuuuOOOOOOODDDDES (again!)

Tron Legacy - End Titles by Mr HBF

 
 

Useless CDs

TALL DWARFS - FORK SONGS


I bought this bc of the allmusic review of it, which says it's seminal. SEMINAL! Read this!

The acclaimed duo of Chris Knox and Alec Bathgate's 1980s output on the Flying Nun label was profoundly influential on a generation of lo-fi music. Their influence can be traced in the music of Yo La Tengo, Pavement, Smog, and others working with intimate and primitive songcraft. Legendary home recorders, Fork Songs continues to expand their self-built universe and deepen their songwriting partnership. Fearless assemblages of noisy loops, primitive guitars, and household objects are the instruments favored, and the ease with which they sculpt oblique elements into delicate upbeat songs is stunning. Like the Television Personalities, their low-tech methods prove that great songs will transcend recording methods, and Fork Songs is only another crucial chapter in the book of musical invention that the New Zealand duo wrote.
Come on, tell me that doesn't sound awesome. They're basically saying 2 weird best friends recorded an album using weird instruments and important bands like them. I am going to give this another shot bc I sometimes like listening to Jonathan Richman and other man-children banging pots together and singing about whatever they like.



GUNS N ROSES - USE YOUR ILLUSION II


Yeah! What's up, 1991! Memories:
  • In high school, Jenny got me this on tape for Xmas one year and I never listened to it.
  • My nerdy debate friend Kumar quoted the Axl rant in "Get In The Ring" to me verbatim, much to my delight and shock.
  • I still don't know what parts of "Knockin On Heaven's Door" are sung by the guy from Blind Melon.
  • "Don't Cry (Alternate Lyrics)" < "Don't Cry (Regs Vers)"
  • The song "Estranged" should change its name to "what in God's name is this music video about, seriously, dolphins?"
  • "You Could Be Mine" is Eddie Furlong wearing a Public Enemy shirt with Sam from Diff'rent Strokes pumping a boombox (and decidedly not Christian Bale setting up a wire to trick a Terminator while Common hangs around next to him, being all smooth).
BEST SONG: DON'T CRY / KNOCKIN ON HEAVEN'S DOOR (TIE)



SOFT CELL - LIVE


I never listened to this album, I bought it bc I was hoping there'd be some amazing live version on it of a famous song that no one else would ever be up on, a la the Kraftwerk Minimum/Maximum album. Either way, Soft Cell gets a spot in history because of this 12":




SHUGGIE OTIS - INSPIRATION INFORMATION


This is a Pete from TTL record x1000. In terms of music, this is like what I associate with him the strongest. That and his crazy hyena laugh. Shuggie Otis is cool. It's light and pleasant and has that awesome 70s drum machine thing that's on There's A Riot Goin On. Totally springtime apartment cleaning music. Gonna go buy an armchair at CB2, it's so nice.



SERGE GAINSBOURG - AUX ARMES ET CAETERA


I bought this hoping/wishing there'd be an amazing reggae album on it but nope, it's not good. To counteract this, I'm going to put up a bunch of pictures of Serge being awesome.








 
 
 
 
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