M Is FOR MASHUP - April 21st, 2010
Enough Mashup Records To Stun An Ox
By DJ Useo & Readers
Check it out! There's a confluence of the mashup constellation, & that always means lots of GREAT new bootleg albums! 2010 continues to be the year of the mashup album with an incredible FOUR new compilations released just in time for this article. I see you can't wait, so let's get to the tunes.
First up is 'AudioPorn All Stars VS The Young Punx - MASHED POPPED PUNKED' is too good to be believed. But if you hear it you will believe. A group of the world's best mashup producers have mashed the new YOUNG PUNXS album. It's packed full of goodness from mixers like Dunproofin', Copycat, Phil RetroSpector, Simon Iddol, DJ Schmolli, & the world-travellers, A plus D. The Young Punx album was already great so this is like a bonus disc mixed by finestkind producers like dj BC, & Divide & Kreate. I am not overstating & I make no money on the deal .lol.
Check it out for yourself here
( audioporncentral.com/mashedpoppedpunked )
You are going to love 'Frenchtastic', a mashup double cd compilation featuring the finest tracks, new & already-released from all-French Bootleggers. It never lets up with the full-on mixing thrills given by the likes of DJ Zebra, ElectroSound, Elocnep, Michmash, Mighty Mike & Sugamotor, among many more. These tunes use all the best, well-known artists & can rock your world. This is another perfect example of why the bootleg scene thrives. The production skills displayed would not be untoward if found on a label release. Sizzle your itunes player with Frenchtastic here
( frenchtaztic.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/frenchtasti/ )
Adding to the already substantial mashup joy is 'Off The Beaten Meter' the finestkind new compilation of bootlegs/mash-ups employing time signatures other than 4/4. This is where you step outside the club scene music. It's true, this collection goes to all the 'other' beat patterns,l ike 7/8, 2/3,& 3/8ths. They really exist. I played in the symphony & I've witnessed it first-hand. These great bootleggers know them too & prove it with tunes you'll love! DJ Not-I, ToTom, G3rst, Andrewherring, & Lee Spoons are the tip of the iceberg as far the dj talent on this one. The record was conceived and compiled by DJ not-I, which is a big reason to go here & hear it
( offthebeatenmeter.blogspot.com/2010/04/compilation.html )
Next up we reach 'Rillen Rudi Collection 21-30' the 3rd collection of Rillen Rudi mashups. This collection will knock your socks off! All the tracks are audience-tested & display the fine gift Rudi has for pairings of splendid appeal. 'My Bloody Voodoo Epic' (The Prodigy vs Slayer vs Faith No More), '21 Jokers' (Green Day vs Steve Miller Band), & 'Hey Man, Nice Kyoto' (Air vs Filter) will be on your must-play list for a long while. There's more righteous mashups on here for you to enjoy, so go to his site & witness the proof
( rillenrudi.blogspot.com/2010/04/rillen-rudi-collection-21-30.html )
Have a great time with these releases & tell your friends. These records are great facebook & twitter fodder. More mashup comps coming soon, so clear your hard drives!
The Beatles remixers have a new set out of the acclaimed 'You Can't Mash That' series. It's an albums' length of super Fab Four-ish mixing from Terminus with some great parts featuring MP3J, BDj, Phil Retrospector, Air Raid,& even a track from me, DJ Useo. The entire series of 'You Can't Mash That' is must-hear mixing, but this new one will make your day.'You Can't Mash That Volume XVII' is here -
( beatlesremixers.freeforums.org/you-can-t-mash-that-volume-xvii-t770.html )
Pellas are more mixable at room temperature. Set them out them out 30 minutes before mixing.
More Beatles-like mixing from me this week with Here's a double a-side presentation in the form of ' For You Moog' (The Beatles vs Coldcut), & 'More Beatles & Pieces' (The Beatles vs Coldcut).Witness high creative fervor like you haven't heard lately. Find them here
( groovytimewithdjuseo.blogspot.com/2010/04/thebeatles-vs-coldcut.html )
Thanks everyone for reading my little column.
I do it because I know you loves the tunes too.
Now please continue with your Bartcop E reading.
(Personally, I'm stumped on the trivia question.)
DJ Useo's Podcast
NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF: A Church Mary Can Love (nytimes.com)
The Vatican could learn a thing or two from the priests and nuns who are devoted to helping the poor and the sick out in the real world.
Simon de Pury: the Mick Jagger of art auctions (guardian.co.uk)
He is the renowned auctioneer able to whip art prices up into the millions. Stuart Jeffries talks to Simon de Pury about market jitters, wild bids - and the thrill of the sale.
KATHY M. KRISTOF: These financial blogs are worth your time (latimes.com)
A guide to some of the best -- and often little-known -- websites to help manage your finances.
The end of Supergrass and their greatest hit (timesonline.co.uk)
Pete Paphides explores the strange burden of 'Alright' on the Britpop veterans fifteen years and six albums later.
Craig McLean: "Kate Nash: definitely no Pussycat" (timesonline.co.uk)
The London singer talks about breaking down on tour, her pet rabbit and how turning vegetarian remedied her OCD.
The blues brothers -- and a kid sister (timesonline.co.uk)
The drummer is 11 and dad drives the bus, but the group Homemade Jamz is making a big noise. Alan Franks listens in.
David L. Ulin: "Blockade Billy" by Stephen King (Los Angeles Times)
The horror master turns to the great American pastime in a brief story about the greatest player whom no one remembers anymore.
Steve Lopez: Taking a stairway to health (latimes.com)
Writer finds balm for his body and soul by climbing L.A. treasures.
Michael Munn: The rage behind McQueen (timesonline.co.uk)
Steve McQueen was the essence of Hollywood cool but he had a dark side. In a new biography an author reveals how the star befriended him and unloaded the secret of his prostitute mother, 'psycho stepdads' and years as a gangster and pimp.
Roger Ebert: "Anna Thomas: Honey, there's a love in my soup"
I met Anna Thomas at the 1975 Chicago Film Festival. She was not yet 30, and already the world's most famous vegetarian cookbook author because of The Vegetarian Epicure,published by Knopf when she was 24. It sold well over a million copies.
Trish Bendix: An interview with Barbara Hammer (afterellen.com)
The legendary director bares all in her new memoir, "Hammer: Making Movies out of Sex and Life" and tells us why lesbian movies have the stereotype of being cheesy and just plain bad.
David Bruce: Wise Up! Gays and Lesbians (athensnews.com)
The gaydar that gays and lesbians use to find other gays and lesbians sometimes doesn't work. When gay poet Allen Ginsburg met punk poet Patti Smith, he thought she was a very cute boy, he was attracted to her, and he wanted to sleep with her. However, Patti was aware of Allen's sexual preferences, so she told him, "Look at the tits, Allen! Look at the tits!"
David Bruce, editor: Happiness! (lulu.com)
Download: FREE. Talented writers congregate in Athens, Ohio. This is a collection of some of their humorous autobiographical essays.
The Weekly Poll
I have to take a short 'medical leave of absence' and hopefully I will be back with a new question next Tuesday (04/27). It's nothing serious, mind ya, just annoying and inconvenient. Not to worry!
From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'
Here's a photo I took of Cheap Trick performing at the Long Beach Grand Prix Saturday night.
from that Mad Cat, JD
In The Chaos Household
Rainy afternoon and a cold, windy night.
Happy birthday, Purp!
Pearl Jam Duo Join In
Conan O'Brien upped the musical ante of his "Prohibited From Being Funny On Television" tour Monday in Seattle, when a pair of Pearl Jammers showed up unexpectedly to rock the late-night host's 47th birthday gig.
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder played a three-song mini-set. Accompanying himself on mandolin, Vedder began with "Rise," from his 2007 solo soundtrack to the film "Into The Wild." Next, he picked up a Telecaster-styled ukulele for a version of John Lennon's "Oh Yoko," on which he led a sing-along of "Oh Conan."
For his finale, Vedder brought out Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready for a cover of the Who's "Baba O'Riley" that was backed amusingly by O'Brien's horn section.
Pearl Jam holds the distinction of being the very first musical guest last June on NBC's short-lived "Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien."
Military Religious Freedom Foundation
A watchdog group objected Tuesday to an evangelist's invitation to speak at the Pentagon next month, saying his past description of Islam as "evil" offended Muslims who work for the Department of Defense and the appearance should be canceled.
Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said inviting evangelist Franklin Graham to speak May 6, the National Day of Prayer, "would be like bringing someone in on national prayer day madly denigrating Christianity" or other religious groups.
Graham is the son of famed evangelist Billy Graham and president and CEO of both Samaritan's Purse, a Christian international relief organization in Boone, N.C., and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, in Charlotte, N.C.
He said through a spokesman that he will be a guest of the Pentagon and will speak only if he's still invited. A military spokeswoman said she was locating officials to respond to the criticism.
After the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Graham said Islam "is a very evil and wicked religion." He hasn't changed his views on Islam, said his spokesman, Mark DeMoss.
Another 'Curb' Season
Larry David will be back for more comedy and angst when HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" returns for an eighth season.
David says the decision to do more was reached "after much soul-searching - and by the way, it was nowhere to be found."
"Curb" is a larger-than-life depiction of its star's neurotic world. It begins filming 10 new episodes in Los Angeles and New York this summer. HBO said in its announcement Tuesday that they are slated to debut next year.
"Curb" had concluded its seventh season in November and already is HBO's longest-running scripted comedy or drama series.
First the Beatles and Elvis, now Michael Jackson.
The acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil announced Tuesday that it will put on a live touring show featuring the songs of the King of Pop starting late next year.
That will be followed by a permanent production in Las Vegas in 2012 at a property owned by MGM Mirage Inc. The casino company did not say which venue will host the show. A nightclub in Las Vegas will also open with the show.
Cirque and Jackson's estate will each own 50 percent of the projects and share equally in the cost of putting them on. The estate will also receive royalties from the use of Jackson's music and other assets.
Fox Rupert is renewing one of the longest-running shows in primetime, "Cops," for a 23rd season.
The series will soon celebrate its 800th episode on the network and has shown 2,044 arrests across 140 U.S. cities.
"We're doing gangbusters," creator John Langley said. "It's an existential variety show -- dramatic, life-threatening, philosophical and legal. We're still the only show on television with no script, no actors, no host and no re-enactments."
Despite its age, the franchise also ranks as one of the few primetime broadcast series to maintain its ratings this year. Although Friday shows have been declining, Saturday night's "Cops" continues to rake in a steady 5 million viewers per week.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit Dismissed
Court filings show a long-running federal lawsuit over the death of rapper Notorious B.I.G. against the city of Los Angeles has been dismissed.
Attorneys for the estate of the rapper and the city agreed to dismiss the case "without prejudice," a legal designation that means the allegations could be brought in another lawsuit.
The case was first filed in 2002, five years after the rapper's death. It went to trial in 2005, but it ended in a mistrial after a judge said a police detective had hidden statements by a jailhouse informant linking the killing to two former officers.
B.I.G., born Christopher Wallace and known as Biggie Smalls, was 24 when he was gunned down in March 1997, after leaving a late-night party at a Los Angeles museum.
A police investigation into the rapper's death is ongoing.
Robbed At Gunpoint In D.C.
Actor Kal Penn's agent confirms that the actor who played Kumar in the movie "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" and had a recurring role on the Fox show "House" was robbed at gunpoint in Washington, D.C.
The Indian-American actor whose given name is Kalpen Modi is working in the White House's Office of Public Liaison. He is focusing on connecting President Barack Obama with the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.
Penn's agent Jennifer Goodwin confimed a TMZ.com report that Penn was walking in the city at 1:20 a.m. Tuesday when a robber took his wallet and other items.
Penn did not respond to requests for comment. The White House referred inquiries to the Metropolitan Police Department, which said it could not release information.
A judge sentenced Michael Douglas' son on drug charges to five years in prison Tuesday, calling it his "last chance to make it."
U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman announced the sentence after hearing 31-year-old Cameron Douglas apologize with his father in court, admitting that he had squandered a lot of opportunities to turn his life around.
Early in a sentencing hearing that stretched more than an hour, the judge said he was not confident that Douglas would turn his back on drugs after pleading guilty in January to charges that he dealt large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine.
A charge of conspiracy to distribute drugs carried a mandatory 10 years in prison, but the judge said the government had agreed that Douglas qualified for a lesser sentence. It had been revealed at a pretrial hearing that Douglas had tried to cooperate.
Accepted To Pretrial Program
Philadelphia prosecutors have agreed to accept the son of actress Cybill Shepherd into a pretrial diversion program in a theft case against him.
Cyrus Shepherd-Oppenheim of Sebastopol, Calif., is charged with stealing cash, a camera and other items from carry-on luggage during a cross-country United Airlines flight in January.
The University of Pennsylvania student appeared Tuesday in Philadelphia Municipal Court. Prosecutors say his record will be cleared if he abides by all conditions while he's in the program. Another hearing is scheduled for June 4.
Shepherd-Oppenheim is the son of the "Moonlighting" star and her ex-husband, chiropractor Bruce Oppenheim.
Woman Drops Lawsuit
A woman who accused David Copperfield of luring her to his private island in the Bahamas and raping her - and who was later charged with fabricating sexual assault claims against another man - dropped her federal lawsuit against the magician Tuesday.
Attorneys for model and waitress Lacey Carroll announced her decision in a news release.
"It has never been about money," Carroll said in the statement. "I just wanted him held accountable for what he did."
Carroll claimed Copperfield pulled her out of the crowd during a show in Kennewick, in southeastern Washington. She was later invited to visit his island in July 2007. The trip was supposed to lead to possible modeling gigs doing promotional brochures or other materials for Copperfield, she claimed, but Copperfield forced her to perform sex acts instead.
Split A Shock
Mel "Sugar Tits" Gibson's Russian ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva has spoken out about their split at her first public appearance since the break-up was revealed.
The 39-year-old musician - who gave birth to Mel's daughter Lucia last October - attended a press conference in Moscow on Monday to announce a concert for the Give A Life charity.
According to OK magazine, Oksana said: "I can tell you that we have split up, suddenly and recently, unfortunately, I cannot give you the reason. But you will find out everything quite soon."
She added: "Here is the official version: We split up by mutual consent and we will raise our daughter together. She is currently with my mother in my Los Angeles home."
Oksana also confirmed to reporters she is having a hammer-and-sickle tattoo - which Mel, 54, suggested for her - removed from her ankle.
New Charge In Extortion Case
Federal prosecutors in Michigan's Upper Peninsula have filed a fresh criminal charge against two people accused of trying to extort money from actor John Stamos.
Scott Sippola and Allison Coss are charged with using interstate commerce to make the threat. It was filed Monday as a "felony information," which means a guilty plea is likely.
Sippola and Coss are accused of threatening to sell photos of Stamos unless he paid them $680,000. They were arrested in December at an airport near Marquette. At the time, Stamos' spokesman said there was nothing embarrassing about the images.
Stamos met Coss in Florida in 2004 and attended a party where photos were taken.
Regulators Approve 2nd Market
U.S. regulators on Tuesday approved a second market that would give speculators a way to bet on expected movie box office receipts, but again withheld a decision on the contracts that would allow trading to begin.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's ruling on the Cantor Futures Exchange follows a similar decision it made last week approving the Trend Exchange.
Hollywood's major studios and the country's largest theater-owners organization have opposed the trading of movie futures contracts, calling it a form of legalized gambling.
Cantor Fitzgerald LP, the backer of the futures market, said in a statement it appreciated the "excellent work" of the commission.
Forget Hippie Hill. For thoroughly modern marijuana smokers in the San Francisco Bay area, the hip place to celebrate their movement's high holiday this year was the inside of a stretch Hummer parked outside a pot gardening superstore.
Marijuana legalization advocates across the country are expected to light up during Tuesday's annual observance of 4/20, the celebration-cum-mass civil disobedience derived from "420" - insider shorthand for cannabis consumption.
IGrow, a 3-month-old cultivation equipment emporium, got a 24-hour jump, sponsoring a "420 Eve" festival Monday afternoon.
Several hundred revelers lined up outside the 15,000-square-foot shop - security guards kept them at bay until 4:20 p.m. - waiting for the chance to revel in marijuana's rising commercial clout.
Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by the Nielsen Co. for April 12-18. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.
1. "American Idol" (Wednesday), Fox, 21.02 million.
2. "American Idol" (Tuesday), Fox, 20.64 million.
3. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 20.56 million.
4. "Two and a Half Men," CBS, 13.71 million.
5. "Glee," Fox, 13.66 million.
6. "Dancing With the Stars Results," ABC, 13.6 million.
7. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 13.39 million.
8. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," CBS, 13.19 million.
9. "Academy of Country Music Awards," CBS, 13.02 million.
10. "Castle,' ABC, 12.68 million.
11. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 12.44 million.
12. "Survivor: Heroes & Villains," CBS, 12.31 million.
13. "The Mentalist," CBS, 11.45 million.
14. "NCIS," CBS, 11.1 million.
15. "60 Minutes," CBS, 10.98 million.
16. "CSI: NY," CBS, 10.85 million.
17. "House," Fox, 10.8 million.
18. "CSI: Miami," CBS, 10.78 million.
19. "Desperate Housewives," ABC, 10.62 million.
20. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS,, 10.43 million.