M Is FOR MASHUP - May 20th, 2015
How To Pass Your Mashup Summer
By DJ Useo
Howdy again, y'all. As you know, around this time of year, the entire internet sheds tons of browsing computerists, as people remember the annual ritual of "going outside". However, it's scorching hot here in Austin, already, so you need to curtail your "sun exposure", or you can end up dehydrated, bleached & life-depleted. This, I prefer to stay indoors during the hottest time of the day, in a bid to continue my survival.
Over at my AUDIOBOOTS Mashup Forum ( www.audioboots.com ) business has slowed considerably due to most everyones absence. It's a kind of online "hookie" with no one available to corral the missing mixers. Now, when you combine the extra posting space, with my personal mashup output, there's a large disparity. I'm happy anyway, because I just slog away with my usual trio release of one mainstream mix, one alternative mix, & one "wtf!" mix.
Allow me, if you will, to tell of the recent mashups I'm allowing the public access to. All have been recently mixed, with a fair bit of time included before posting, to ensure I have plenty of personal plays to check for that rare, but inevitable OOK, or OOT moment. ( Out of time, & out of key ) Many of these have been out a few weeks, so you get an early glimpse of how people are taking to them. Over at my home base, my GROOVY TIME WITH DJ USEO blog ( www.groovytimewithdjuseo.blogpot.com ) the normal 700-800 daily visitors drops off to 300-400, but I still like to have plenty of new tracks to satisfy those who still come by.
Here's a large passle of my most recent mashups. -
01- Synth Pop meets whatever Genesis is, in the mix "Don't You Want Abacab" ( Genesis vs Human League)
( soundcloud.com/dj-useo/genesis-vs-human-league )
02 - Alt Rock meets Minimal house tech with "Price Tag Blessings" ( Sleater-Kinney vs Droplex vs Crainium )
( soundcloud.com/dj-useo/sleater-kinney-vs-droplex-vs-cranium )
03 - New Wave meets Electronic with "Happy Crazy Psycho Whip" ( Queen vs Devo vs Talking Heads vs Röyksopp )
( soundcloud.com/dj-useo/queen-vs-devo-vs-talking-heads-vs-royksopp )
04 - Modern Pop meets classic rock with "Do It Again Part Of Me" ( Katy Perry vs Steely Dan )
( soundcloud.com/dj-useo/katy-perry-vs-steely-dan )
05 - Classic House club meets retro rap with "We Like Delight" ( Sugarhill Gang vs Vengaboys ) ( Synth Version ) Mixed by AtoZeo ( AtoZ vs DJ Useo )
( soundcloud.com/dj-useo/sugarhill-gang-vs-vengaboys )
06 - Modern Alt Pop meets dubstep techno with "Different Teenagers & World Rituals" ( Angels & Airwaves vs Feed Me )
( hearthis.at/djuseo/different-teenagers-world-rituals-angels-airwaves-vs-feed-me/ )
07 - Alt rock/pop meets dubstep club with "Metal Detector Go To Hell" ( They Might Be Giants vs Frozzy )
( www.hulkshare.com/5ts16joejp1c )
08 - 90's alt rock meets modern house with "Will To Believe Sex & Candy" ( Marcy Playground vs Basil O'Glue vs Christopher Vassilakis )
( soundcloud.com/dj-useo/marcy-playground-vs-basil-oglue )
09 - New wave meets Swiss retro instrumental with "The Spacesound Effect U Want" ( Devo vs Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited )
( www.hulkshare.com/djuseo/the-spacesound-effect-u-want )
10 - 90's alt rock meets minimal techno with "The Hard Gold Sun" ( Indio vs Beat Sounds vs HSU )
( hearthis.at/djuseo/the-hard-gold-sun-indio-vs-beat-sounds-vs-hsu/ )
11 - 80's punk meets classic rock with "Mica In The Flesh" ( Mission Of Burma vs Pink Floyd )
( soundcloud.com/dj-useo/mission-of-burma-vs-pink-floyd )
Now that's a lot of genre clash in only a few short weeks. I realize, of course, that no one will take to them all, but they'll reach the people I want. Meanwhile, I'm almost done assembling the annual SUMMER BOOTY The Summer Mashup Album, with around 30 contributing bootleggers. The tenth INTENSE PSYCHEDELIA mashup album from me is very close to being finished. I also see the Pink Floyd vs Beatles collection I've been slowly putting together is 2 tracks from being done! Yes, I mix at a fast pace all through the year, certainly more than most. As long as it keeps me happy, I'll be keeping it up.
I've got my next three single track releases done already, & will post over the next few days. To keep current with me, simply check for new posts at http://www.groovytimewithdjuseo.blogpot.com I'll be sure & oblige y'all with my best efforts. Now, go enjoy yourselves. Gawrsh, it's a hot 'un today. I'm going inside to mix.
Paul Krugman: Errors and Lies (NY Times)
The Iraq war, based on lies, was more than a mistake.
Paul Krugman: Stupid Austerity Tricks (NY Times)
Against willful stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain. So it's no surprise that Simon Wren-Lewis is having a hard time of it. Still, it's amazing just how dependent the pro-austerity camp has become on one dumb trick - misunderstanding, or pretending to misunderstand, the difference between levels and rates of change.
Wednesday Martin: Poor Little Rich Women (NY Times)
Then I met the women I came to call the Glam SAHMs, for glamorous stay-at-home-moms, of my new habitat. My culture shock was immediate and comprehensive. In a country where women now outpace men in college completion, continue to increase their participation in the labor force and make gains toward equal pay, it was a shock to discover that the most elite stratum of all is a glittering, moneyed backwater.
EREZ YOELI, SYON BHANOT, GORDON KRAFT-TODD and DAVID RAND: How to Get People to Pitch In (NY Times)
In short, the currency that matters most is not measured in dollars and cents, but in the opinions of others. Putting this principle into practice can help us make the world a better place, or at least make California's dwindling water supply last just a little bit longer.
Iain Overton: "Trigger warning: 10 shocking truths about gun violence" (Guardian)
This weekend's shootout between rival biker gangs in Waco, Texas has reopened the debate about gun control in the US. But experience shows this is the only country in the world that reacts to mass shootings by relaxing gun laws.
Michele Hanson: Why buy a Picasso if you can't show it off? (Guardian)
Les Femmes d'Alger was a silly purchase anyway, for that money, this being one of Picasso's poorer efforts.
Interviews by Keith Stuart: "How we made ... Grand Theft Auto" (Guardian)
Paul Farley, game designer: 'In one version, you had to go around burning churches. You'd probably get arrested for that now.'
David Bruce's Amazon Author Page
David Bruce's Smashwords Page
David Bruce's Blog
David Bruce's Lulu Storefront
David Bruce's Apple iBookstore
David Bruce has over 80 Kindle books on Amazon.com.
Michelle in AZ
Mercury Retro Heads Up
From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'
from Marc Perkel
Hello Bartcop fans,
As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and provide email lists and groups for those who might put something together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bart's final wish was to pay off the house mortgage for Mrs. Bart who is overwhelmed and so very grateful for the support she has received. Anyone wanting to make a donation can click on this the yellow donate button on bartcop.com
But - I need you all to help keep this going. This note isn't going to directly reach all of Bart's fans. So if you can repost it on blogs and discussion boards so people can sign up then when we figure out what's next we can let more people know. This list is just over 600 but like to get it up to at least 10,000 pretty quick. So here's the signup link for this email list.
( mailman.bartcop.com/listinfo/bartnews )
from that Mad Cat, JD
In The Chaos Household
May gray morning, sunny afternoon, still on the cool side.
A judge on Tuesday awarded a $100 million civil judgment to a man who lost most of his left arm, his left leg below the knee and his left ear in an attack by a pack of dogs outside a Detroit home.
It's unlikely that Steve Constantine will collect anywhere near the amount entered by Wayne County Circuit Judge Daphne Means Curtis, but the meaning runs deeper than money, said Mark Bernstein, his attorney.
Constantine, 50, was mauled in October as he tried to feed dogs belonging to Derick Felton at a house owned by Felton's mother.
Police killed one dog at the scene and said they rounded up at least 11 other pit bulls or pit bull mixes that were later euthanized.
Feed Them Better?
A new federal plan aims to reverse America's declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations by making millions of acres of federal land more bee-friendly, spending millions of dollars more on research and considering the use of fewer pesticides.
While putting different type of landscapes along highways, federal housing projects and elsewhere may not sound like much in terms of action, several bee scientists told The Associated Press that this a huge move. They say it may help pollinators that are starving because so much of the American landscape has been converted to lawns and corn that don't provide foraging areas for bees.
"This is the first time I've seen addressed the issue that there's nothing for pollinators to eat," said University of Illinois entomologist May Berenbaum, who buttonholed President Barack Obama about bees when she received her National Medal of Science award last November. "I think it's brilliant."
Environmental activists who wanted a ban on a much-criticized class of pesticide said the Obama administration's bee strategy falls way short of what's needed to save the hives.
Actor Randy Quaid, who once claimed he was being hunted by "Hollywood star-whackers," was ordered released from a Montreal immigration detention centre Tuesday after more than two years of living under the radar.
Quaid, 64, was nabbed last Thursday in Montreal, where he's lived since January 2013, a month after finding out his bid for permanent residency in Canada had been denied.
He became the subject of a nationwide arrest warrant after he stopped checking in with the Canada Border Services Agency.
The Quaids arrived in Canada with a string of legal problems, but Tuesday's hearing was told that all of the charges against them were dismissed except for one - a burglary charge which Quaid claims is identity theft.
Sporting a massive beard and shoulder-length grey hair, Quaid apologized and indicated he's ready to return to the United States to deal with the case and ultimately return to Canada.
Wedding Called Off
The wedding date of Bristol Palin, a reality television personality and the daughter of former half-term Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R-Quitter), has been called off, Sarah Palin said in a post on Facebook.
It remained unclear if the nuptials might be rescheduled to a later date.
Bristol Palin announced on her blog in March that she and Medal of Honor winner Dakota Meyer had gotten engaged. The wedding date was set for May 23.
But on Monday, Sarah Palin said in a message on her Facebook page that the ceremony had been called off.
In her Facebook message, Sarah Palin wrote that the Palin and Meyer families would gather in Kentucky on the day the wedding would have been held, but instead will attend a barbecue to celebrate life. Meyer is from Kentucky.
Sweden Seizes Web Domains
A Stockholm court on Tuesday seized the Swedish web domains of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay over repeated copyright violations in a bid to end the site's activities.
This was the first time a Swedish prosecutor had requested that an internet address be taken off the web permanently, according to the online edition of Swedish paper of reference Dagens Nyheter.
However, it was unclear what effect the Swedish court's decision would have. Several hours after the ruling, users typing the addresses piratebay.se and thepiratebay.se were simply redirected to other Pirate Bay sites.
The two domains belonged to a Thai woman, Supadavee Trakunroek, 25, whom the Stockholm district court identified as the business partner of one of the Pirate Bay's founders, 37-year-old Fredrik Neij.
Assault Rifle Funny Business
Federal authorities are investigating a Connecticut gun-maker after agents found nearly 3,000 assault rifle parts missing serial numbers, according to recently filed court documents.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents seized nearly 300 of the AR-15 parts from Stag Arms in September following routine inspections, prosecutors said. At the time, the father of Stag Arms owner Mark Malkowski told authorities that the employee who places serial numbers on parts was on vacation.
The New Britain-based gun-maker gained a high profile in the state when Malkowski became a vocal critic of a stricter state gun-control law passed in the wake of the 2012 Newtown school shootings.
The allegations that Stag Arms violated the National Firearms Act came in a forfeiture request by filed by prosecutors May 6 in federal court in Bridgeport. Prosecutors asked a judge to allow the government to keep nearly 110 of the seized assault rifle parts for "the use and benefit of the United States."
Besides Malkowski's father saying the serial number worker was on vacation, another employee told authorities that some parts didn't have serial numbers because they were going to be used to duplicate parts of guns with serial numbers that were damaged, a practice that also violates regulations, prosecutors said.
Whale Meat Shipment To Japan
Environmentalists reacted angrily Tuesday to a controversial shipment of fin whale meat to Japan by an Icelandic whaling company, saying it flouted international conservation agreements.
The Icelandic whaling company Hvalur HF plans to ship 1,700 tonnes of whale meat via Luanda in Angola, repeating a similar controversial delivery of 2,000 tonnes last year which sparked protests along its route.
According to Icelandic daily Eyjan the meat was loaded aboard a vessel known as Winter Bay near the Icelandic capital Reykjavik two weeks ago but its departure has been delayed due to a mechanical failure.
Iceland and Norway are the only nations that openly defy the International Whaling Commission's (IWC's) 1986 ban on hunting whales.
Consumption of whale meat in Japan has fallen sharply in recent years while polls indicate that few Icelanders regularly eat the meat.
Jindal's Personal Butler
Bobby Jindal's personal butler is known as the first worker to arrive at the governor's mansion every day and the last to leave. He routinely works with the likely Republican presidential contender and his children. "You can't get any closer to the governor than he is," the mansion's coordinator said.
He's also an inmate serving life for second-degree murder for stabbing his nephew - a sentence he wants a state district judge to reduce.
Harrison Cage is a prison trusty, an inmate who is considered trustworthy by prison authorities and gets privileges such as working outside the penitentiary. Nationwide, governors often employ trusties to work in mansions. Cage 52, lives at the State Police Barracks and has worked at the mansion for eight years.
At the hearing, mansion coordinator Irene Shepherd testified that Cage, 52, handles any duties she asks of him for the Jindal household. Shepherd said she has no concerns about Cage and that she'd be comfortable having him as her next-door neighbor.
Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for May 11-17. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.
1. "NCIS," CBS, 14.94 million.
2. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 13.61 million.
3. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 13.48 million
4. "Billboard Music Awards," ABC, 11.18 million.
5. "Dancing With the Stars Results Show," ABC, 10.16 million.
6. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 10.05 million.
7. "Survivor," CBS, 9.61 million.
8. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 9.57 million.
9. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 9.14 million.
10. "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.99 million.
11. "CSI: Cyber," CBS, 8.67 million.
12. "Castle," ABC, 8.44 million.
13. "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 8.33 million.
14. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 8.21 million.
15. "The Odd Couple," CBS, 8.17 million.
16. "Modern Family," ABC, 8.13 million.
17. "Scandal," ABC, 8.08 million.
18. "The Big Bang Theory" (Thursday, 9 p.m.), CBS, 8.06 million.
19. "American Idol" (Wednesday), Fox, 8.03 million.
20. "The Big Bang Theory" (Thursday, 9:30 p.m.), CBS, 7.91 million.