A rising force in the bootlegging scene is the
multi-talented Simon Iddol. From his individual mashups
to his many fine boot covers, he's provided much to
enjoy for fans of the genre. He's worked with many
bootleggers, including Mash-up Industries, Totom &
Lenlow. His fine series of mashup compilations called
the WHA!? Series has a new volume out called
Superseven. The series is essential listening for fans
of combined pop music. He graciously agreed to fill us
in on some behind-the-scene info and Iddol related
In his own words, the man speaks -- "Before I became
Simon Iddol I was always involved with music somehow.
All the things in my official bio are true. I heard
about bootlegs and underground remixes, but somehow I
never got closer to them. When I was DJing or made my
own music with my band I was busy with that. When I
done the record company or media things I was busy
with those. Me and bootlegging simply never met, even
if I was always interested in multichannel mixing,
sampling, remixing, etc. After a very very sad issue I
had enough about music, the industry and everything. I
was not even listening to music or following the
happening of music in that period. A few years later
(fall 2005) I accidentally found the site of DJ
Earworm and it knocked me out, blew me away. His music
healed my wounded soul and my restrained musical ego
broke through/came back/took over. I was amazed by the
scene, the culture, the overall friendliness. I
started to collect bootlegs, DL-ed everything I found.
One day I decided to show the best pieces to my
friends so I made a compilation that was 'the who
pushed the needle?' and 'why pushed it all night
long?', but one CD was not enough so it ended up as a
triple compilation album, WHA!? the triple bootleg
compilation. 3 CDs in 3 styles. The WHA is the first
letters of the album titles -'Who pushed the needle?'
'Have you seen my guitar?' 'Am I a boy or a girl?'. It
was almost like what?? or what the fuck? I guess 99%
of the people say that when they first hear a mashup.
It is not bad or good, simply the expression of the
shock, or surprise. So I made a small cartoonish twist
with the !? symbols and the brand was ready :). It was
in January 2006, I gave a few CDs to some friends,
they liked it but something changed. I got infected
with the bootleg virus. I loved the WHA!? so much and
I was not able to stop. I decided to make a free
compilation series based on the best bootlegs. My aim
was and still is to show this amazing culture to the
world, to outsiders of the scene, for the open minded
music fans. I wanted to release them on my website,
I thought, I will connect each mashup artist, but I had
no website and I didn't know any of the artists :)).
I started to write them emails about the project, made
my first blog where I posted the tracklists. Besides
that, I started to make my own bootlegs too. I got huge
help from Adrian & the Mysterious D, they not only
answered, but their ultra friendly feedback gave me a
lotta powwa to carry on with the project. I guess A+D
are my parents in the bootleg scene, Hahahaha. Even
if we never met they helped me a lot I can't be
thankful enough to them. By the fall of 2006 I teamed
up with the wonderful freeblog.hu guys via my
manager, and finally I had a proper site with proper
hosting, so I was able to release the the WHA!?
series. The feedback was amazing, I never dreamed
about it, thousands of downloads from all over the
world, appearances in many sites, but most importantly
the warm welcome by the mashup community. It is very
important that the producers feel honoured to feature
on the WHA!? albums. It helps the whole project and
gives me more power to work, and inspiration of
Since then, in every 2 months I release a new WHA!?
album, always on the last Wednesday of the month. The
DL numbers went crazy with the last album, the '10-4
BABY',I stopped counting it after 13,000. Usually the
whole WHA!? fever takes about two weeks for each
album, but there are always newbies for the past
things...every album's structure is basically the
same, it starts with a mashup based on something very
well known, and very popular originally (the only
exception is the superseven), and each album has a
flow, a hidden story in the music. I always edit the
whole album as a radio show, or a lounge DJ set. It
starts from somewhere and ends somewhere, the order of
the tracks are very important. The duration of each
album is under 80 min (1 CD), each comes with a
playlist file (since the psychodizziac) and a
printable high resolution cover. There is always a
first round, a kindda preselection 3-4 times more
mashes than the final tracklist. I always try to give
chance for new, previously not featured artists. The
selection is always very cruel, but there are always
new faces on each album, and as far as I remember
there was no artist who featured in each WHA! album.
Since the second WHA!? album I always have mashup on
the albums. As a host I think I have to add something
as well to the whole project, something which describes
the theme in the best way IMO. the aim od the WHA!?
series is to show the best bootlegs to the world. I
wanna create a series like the Cafe Del Mar or the
Dope on Plastic or the DJ Kicks. When you say Ibiza
and/or chill out almost everybody thinks about the
Cafe Del Mar. I hope the WHA!? will reach the same
level, somehow it did already :))). I try to do
everything to promote them and I'm happy with every
help I get. The WHA!? is about the art of mashing, the
celebration of this amazing subculture, and I hope it
brings more focus for the featured artists."
If you want to know more, or get some of this great
music, there are links below, including his
wonderful new site that helps you learn the art of
One other point before we
part - beat-boot-ique.co.uk has unveiled
their new site design & it's a winner. Visually
appealing & user (useo) friendly, they invite you to
surf by & partake. Now featuring Long Mix & Podcast
sections in addition to the mashup links.
Now, geddouttahere & make me some pellas! I gots mixing
PAUL KRUGMAN: Obama in Second Place (The New York Times)
One of the lessons journalists should have learned from the 2000 election campaign is that what a candidate says about policy isn't just a guide to his or her thinking about a specific issue - it's the best way to get a true sense of the candidate's character.
Beth Quinn: Readers send in "random" acts of quoteness (recordonline.com)
From Kristy Bronner of Lebanon, N.H.: My personal favorite random act of quoteness also involved a truly unfortunate misspelling on a handwritten blackboard at Lou's Restaurant in Hanover, which proclaimed their muffins to be "homade." Seems like a severe insult to the pastry chef, but what do I know.
David Bruce: Wise Up! Husbands and Wives (athensnews.com)
Daniel Keyes wrote much of "Flowers for Algernon" on his typewriter at night while his wife, Aurea, was sleeping in the same room. She got so used to his typing that when he stopped she would wake up and ask, "What's the matter?"
There I was, indulging in my daily ritual (scrolling and pausing down your site) when I came across your new feature: Read BartCop Entertainment and learn a useless new word each Tuesday. Immediately, the memories flooded back.
Years ago, when my children were small, we played, "Word du Jour" each week, give or take a week or two.
Mom (me) would scan the dictionary (pre computer days) for a new word for my children to learn and use - but not one that was too difficult for young minds. I had read that if you incorporate a, "new word" into your vocabulary and use it 10 times, it will become a part of your daily word use.
One word readily comes to mind: "Unctuous" (from Unction).
By then, my daughter's best girlfriend, who arrived at our house every morning so the girl's could walk to school together, was in on the "game," and enjoyed learning a new word as well.
So, that morning, I told the children that the word, "unctuous" meant "oily" or "greasy." I neglected to tell them it was usually used to denote a person who was "slick," or a "con man..."
A few weeks later, at a school conference, my daughter's fourth grade teacher (an African American man) thanked me (sarcastically, I'm sure) for teaching Nicole and Stephanie the, "new word" which they delighted in sharing with the class - in describing their teacher's hair as, "unctuous." This because he enjoyed liberally applying his hair dressing the same way, "Nat King Cole," and "Cab Calloway," et al., did, back in the day. Of course they didn't mean to hurt his feelings, they were simply, "showing off" for him. A, "new word" doesn't necessarily mean more discretion I discovered that day, let me tell you.
Of course I called my daughter to share with her your new feature. She suggested that I send you my list of my, "new words" from her childhood - as she feels those words would readily qualify as, "useless" for you.
Parenthood is hard, you know?
Kidding aside, I sure do enjoy your site. Thanks for all your hard work! Now I'll be looking forward to Tuesday's!
Northern NJ Reader
Back when my brother was in kindergarten, dear old dad was in the hospital having some work done on his varicose veins.
My brother & I called the veins 'nuts' because they were about the size & shape of small walnuts.
My parents insisted we refer to them as 'grapes'.
Miss Pat, the kindergarten teacher, asked my brother, "Johnny, why is your daddy in the hospital?'
And he replied 'he's having his nuts cut off.'
Miss Pat called mom, who, while embarrassed, had a good laugh (after she got off the phone and calmed down).
That was the day we learned to always call varicose veins varicose veins.
And appreciate 'big' words.
Here's a new useless word...this one ALMOST sounds pervy
n. one who reads in bed
- it was proposed by Christopher Morley in his Haunted Bookshop (1919):
'All right,' said the bookseller amiably. 'Miss Chapman, you take the book up with you and read it in bed if you want to. Are you a librocubicularist?'
Titania looked a little scandalized.
'It's all right, my dear,' said Helen. 'He only means are you fond of reading in bed. I've been waiting to hear him work that word into the conversation. He made it up, and he's immensely proud of it.'
Really heavy marine layer - got about an hour of sun. Very nice.
CBS starts the night with a RERUN'King Of Queens', followed by another RERUN'King Of Queens', then a RERUN'Criminal Minds', followed by a RERUN'CSI: The 3rd One'.
Scheduled on a FRESHDave are Nicole Richie, Artie Lange, and Chrisette Michele.
Scheduled on a FRESHCraig are Carl Reiner, Jonah Hill, and Bright Eyes.
NBC fills the night on the East Coast with LIVE'NHL Hockey - The Stanley Cup', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe a 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESHLeno are Bernie Mac, Cat Deeley, and Chris Cornell.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Debra Messing and Nelly Furtado.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson Daly are Olivia Wilde and Peter Bjorn & John.
ABC begins the night with a FRESH'The Next Best Thing: Who Is The Greatest Celebrity Impersonator', followed by the SESASON PREMIERE'American Inventor', then a FRESH'Traveler'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Kevin Costner, Leslie Mann, and Patrick Wolf.
The CW offers a FRESH'Hidden Palms', followed by a FRESH'One Tree Hill'.
Faux has a FRESH'So You Think You Can Dance'.
MY has a FRESH'American Heiress', followed by a FRESH'Saints & Sinners'.
A&E has 'CSI: The 2nd One', another 'CSI: The 2nd One', 'The Sopranos', and more 'The Sopranos'.
AMC offers the movie 'Fletch Lives', followed by the movie 'Red Dawn', then the movie 'Commando'.
[12:00 PM] Daily Cooks! - Episode 3;
[12:30 PM] Rick Stein's Food Heroes - Episode 3;
[1:00 PM] The Naked Chef - Ep 3 Babysitting;
[1:30 PM] Masterchef Goes Large - Episode 3;
[2:00 PM] The Weakest Link - Episode 4;
[3:00 PM] How Clean Is Your House? - Episode 6;
[3:30 PM] How Clean Is Your House? - Episode 7;
[4:00 PM] Changing Rooms - Ep. 1 Conisbrough;
[4:30 PM] Changing Rooms - Ep. 2 Heybridge;
[5:00 PM] Whose Line Is It Anyway? - Episode 7;
[5:30 PM] Whose Line Is It Anyway? - Episode 8;
[6:00 PM] The Weakest Link - Episode 5;
[7:00 PM] BBC World News - BBC World News;
[7:30 PM] My Family - Ep. 3 Droit De Seigneur Ben;
[8:00 PM] Footballers Wive$ - Episode 1;
[9:30 PM] Absolutely Fabulous - Episode 1;
[10:00 PM] Hollyoaks - Episode 2;
[10:30 PM] Hollyoaks - Episode 3;
[11:00 PM] Footballers Wive$ - Episode 1;
[12:30 AM] Absolutely Fabulous - Episode 1;
[1:00 AM] Hollyoaks - Episode 2;
[1:30 AM] Hollyoaks - Episode 3;
[2:00 AM] The Weakest Link - Episode 5;
[3:00 AM] Mile High - Episode 5;
[4:00 AM] Mile High - Episode 6;
[5:00 AM] Mile High - Episode 7;
[6:00 AM] BBC World News - BBC World News. (ALL TIMES EDT)
Comedy Central has 'Scrubs', another 'Scrubs', last night's 'Jon Stewart', last night's 'Colbert Report', 'Reno 911!', 'South Park', another 'South Park', and still another 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJon Stewart is Michael Barone.
Scheduled on a FRESHColbert Report is Carl Bernstein.
FX has the movie 'I, Robot', followed by the movie 'Taxi', then the movie 'Taxi', again.
[06:30 AM] Picture Bride;
[08:10 AM] Dancer in the Dark;
[10:35 AM] Picture Bride;
[12:15 PM] The Son of the Bride;
[02:25 PM] L'Auberge Espagnole;
[04:35 PM] Dancer in the Dark;
[07:00 PM] Being John Malkovich;
[09:00 PM] StrangeLand;
[10:30 PM] Wendigo;
[12:05 AM] StrangeLand;
[01:40 AM] Wendigo;
[03:15 AM] Being John Malkovich;
[05:15 AM] Man of the Century. (ALL TIMES EDT)
SciFi has 'Ghost Hunters', another 'Ghost Hunter', followed by a FRESH'Ghost Hunter', and a FRESH'Destination Truth'.
[04:00 AM] Before the Rain;
[06:00 AM] Charley Varrick;
[08:00 AM] Safe Men;
[09:00 AM] Mademoiselle and the Doctor;
[11:00 AM] What Rats Won't Do;
[12:00 PM] Imagining Argentina;
[02:00 PM] Charley Varrick;
[04:00 PM] Safe Men;
[06:00 PM] Episode 4: Every Inch a King;
[07:00 PM] Wasp;
[07:00 PM] Adam & Paul;
[09:00 PM] Episode 5: Father and Son;
[09:00 PM] Episode 2;
[10:00 PM] 5 x 2;
[11:00 PM] Time To Leave;
[01:00 AM] Morvern Callar;
[02:00 AM] Year of the Horse;
[04:00 AM] Wasp;
[05:00 AM] What Rats Won't Do. (ALL TIMES EDT)
"Ocean's 13" cast member Bratt Pitt (L) jokes with George Clooney before getting their hand and footprints in cement in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles June 5, 2007.
Photo by Chris Pizzello
"I mean how about Gordon Pinsent in 'Away From Her?' How about that?" said Eugene Levy, who's hosting the festivities this weekend as Pinsent and several other Canadian celebs are welcomed to Canada's Walk of Fame. "I was honestly just blown away. I'm starting the Oscar buzz for Gordon Pinsent. In fact, I'm not even starting it - it's already started."
Pinsent, for his part, has been typically humble - but exceedingly grateful - about all the praise coming his way since Sarah Polley's "Away From Her" went into mainstream release last month to be greeted with almost universal raves from publications as prestigious as The New Yorker and the Los Angeles Times.
Pinsent says he's delighted to be joining a roster of six other Canadians being inducted into the Walk of Fame this year: Catherine O'Hara, Lloyd Robertson, Rick Hansen, Jill Hennessy, Nickelback and Johnny Bower. Legendary film producer Ivan Reitman will also be on hand to take part in the festivities after missing the party a few years ago when he was officially inducted.
U.S. actress Daryl Hannah reacts as a Cofan indigenous man uses his blowgun in Cofan Dureno in Ecuador's Amazon, Monday, June 4, 2007. Hanna visited Ecuador's oil region where locals are demanding oil company Chevron Texaco for damages they claim have been caused to the environment.
Photo by Dolores Ochoa
A poet's writings on the war in Iraq cost him a chance to become the first poet laureate of Nassau County - one of the wealthiest counties in the nation - after lawmakers denounced his work as an affront to Americans in the military.
A Nassau County legislative committee voted 6-1 Monday against giving the unpaid post to Maxwell Corydon Wheat Jr., who had been nominated by a six-member advisory group. Wheat, 80, has written poetry for decades and is known for writing about Long Island's natural attributes.
It was Wheat's 2004 book, "Iraq and Other Killing Fields: Poetry for Peace," that became a point of contention for the county Legislature's Government Services Committee.
"If there is anything that kids could walk away with it is that people who use drugs and alcohol are masking something," says Leslie Jordan, who plays flamboyant AA sponsor Jesse Jo on the CW's teen soap "Hidden Palms."
"With me, it was my homosexuality. It was just easier to be gay when I was high. So I stayed high for 33 years," he explains in his Chattanooga drawl. "It was recreational, then it just evolved ... I don't know when it went from recreational to medicinal, but that's the line you cross where I needed a drink to get to a party, to be funny, to be me."
Jordan, 52, who won an Emmy last year for his recurring bit as Megan Mullaly's pretentious rival on "Will & Grace," has tapped into his tumultuous past for "Hidden Palms," which airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EDT. He plays the local drag queen and confidant to troubled high-schooler Johnny Miller ("The OC's" Taylor Handley), who's struggling to stay sober.
The diary of a 14-year-old Jewish girl, dubbed the "Polish Anne Frank," was unveiled Monday by Israel's Holocaust museum more than 60 years after the teenager vividly described the world crumbling around her as she came of age in a Jewish ghetto.
"The rope around us is getting tighter and tighter," Rutka Laskier wrote in 1943, shortly before she was deported to Auschwitz. "I'm turning into an animal waiting to die."
Within a few months Rutka was dead and, it seemed, her diary lost. But last year, a Polish friend who had saved the notebook finally came forth, exposing a riveting historical document.
"Rutka's Notebook" is both a daily account of the horrors of the Holocaust in Bedzin, Poland, and a scrapbook detailing the life of a teenager in extraordinary circumstances. The 60-page memoir includes innocent adolescent banter, concerns and first loves - combined with a cold analysis of the fate of European Jewry.
Shirley Jones, the matriarch of TV's "The Partridge Family," has been honored by the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera for her lifetime contribution to musical theater.
Jones, who was born in nearby Charleroi, was presented the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theater on Saturday.
Jones, 73, will appear as Aunt Eller in the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera production of "Oklahoma!" this month. She played Laurey Williams in the 1955 movie based on the Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical.
"Girls Gone Wild" creator Joseph Francis, granted bail in a federal tax evasion case in Nevada, will remain in jail to avoid the possibility of being sent to Florida to be arrested on another charge, his lawyer said Tuesday.
"We had hoped he'd be out today," defense lawyer David Houston said. But when the judge in the criminal case in Florida refused to set bail there, his attorneys decided he should stay behind bars in Nevada.
Francis, 34, was taken into federal custody May 14 in Florida after serving a criminal contempt sentence in a separate civil matter, and arrived in Reno on Monday, Houston said. He appeared during a hastily scheduled hearing later in the day and pleaded not guilty to tax evasion, Houston said.
A humanoid robot named Kansei, meaning "sensibility" in Japanese, makes a facial expression depicting "happiness", next to the word "Love" during a demonstration at a laboratory of Meiji University's Robot and Science Institute in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo June 4, 2007. Kansei frowns when he hears the word "bomb", smiles at "sushi" and looks scared and disgusted when someone says "president" -- and he isn't even human.
Photo by Yuriko Nakao
Isaac Slade, frontman for The Fray, says he hasn't decided whether he wants to inherit a $15 million English mansion from Sir Benjamin Slade, a 60-year-old aristocrat who may be a distant relative.
Slade, who has no children, is looking for an heir for the 150-acre estate, Maunsel House, located 140 miles west of London. The 13th-century mansion boasts three lakes, a ballroom and hundreds of cattle.
The Denver-based rocker, who contacted his namesake, said he and his wife, Anna, had visited Slade and his wife at their estate.
"We had a wonderful couple of days with Ben and Kirsty, who were amazing hosts," he said in a statement this week. "For now, we're all just getting to know each other."
A photographer shoots a detail of "Self Portrait" by British artist Francis Bacon, displayed at Sotheby's in central London June 5, 2007. The piece is estimated to sell for 8-12 million pounds ($15.9 - 23.9 million) when it is auctioned later this month as part of a sale of contemporary art.
Photo by Toby Melville
They don't seem like much at first glance, the two boxes of yellowing letters sitting amid the shelves of aged leather-bound volumes.
But the 274 epistles have unlocked two decades' worth of mysteries about the years of correspondence between author Flannery O'Connor and longtime friend, Elizabeth "Betty" Hester.
A steady stream of O'Connor biographers and a few fans have wandered into Emory University's special collections library over the last few weeks to read the letters, which were unsealed in mid-May after 20 years. Hester donated them to Emory in 1987 with the stipulation that they remain closed to the public for that long.
The two women wrote each other until 1964 - the last correspondence coming just a few weeks before O'Connor slipped into a coma and died from complications from lupus, a disease that also afflicted her father.
Spain may send its navy to stop and search two U.S. boats suspected of carrying treasure from ancient shipwrecks belonging to Spain, Culture Minister Carmen Calvo said on Tuesday.
A judge in Cadiz has issued search warrants for the Odyssey Explorer and Ocean Alert, two boats belonging to the company Odyssey Marine Exploration, newspaper El Pais reported on its website.
Since Spanish authorities cannot intercept the U.S. boats while they remain in the military port in British-controlled Gibraltar at the southern tip of Spain, the Civil Guard is waiting for them to enter Spanish waters.
The Game was charged Monday with making a criminal threat and possessing a firearm in a school zone, authorities said.
The felony charges against the 27-year-old rapper, whose real name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, stemmed from a fight during a Feb. 24 pickup basketball game in South Los Angeles, the district attorney's office said.
Taylor pulled a gun from his red Cadillac Escalade after punching a player on the opposing team and threatened to shoot him, police said.
Prime-Time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen Media Research for May 28-June 3. Listings include the week's ranking, with viewership for the week and season-to-date rankings in parentheses. An "X" in parentheses denotes a one-time-only presentation.
1. (6) "House," Fox, 17.23 million viewers.
2. (4) "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," CBS, 12.09 million viewers.
3. (X) "Two And a Half Men," CBS, 10.75 million viewers.
4. (50) "So You Think You Can Dance" (Thursday), Fox, 10.58 million viewers.
5. (21) "CSI: NY," CBS, 10.1 million viewers.
6. (17) "NCIS," CBS, 9.97 million viewers.
7. (54) "Boston Legal," ABC, 9.93 million viewers.
8. (X) "CSI: Miami," CBS, 9.4 million viewers.
9. (57) "So You Think You Can Dance" (Wednesday), Fox, 9.33 million viewers.
10. (25) "Shark," CBS, 9.27 million viewers.
11. (21) "Cold Case," CBS, 9.03 million viewers.
12. (29) "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" Fox, 8.93 million viewers.
13. (28) "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.84 million viewers.
14. (21) "Criminal Minds," CBS, 8.8 million viewers.
15. (20) "Without a Trace," CBS, 8.79 million viewers.
16. (X) "King Of Queens," CBS, 8.6 million viewers.
17. (32) "Law and Order: SVU," NBC, 8.47 million viewers.
18. (85) "The Next Best Thing," ABC, 7.75 million viewers.
19. (X) "Without a Trace," CBS, 7.74 million viewers.
20. (X) "Law and Order: Criminal Intent," NBC, 7.41 million viewers.
One of two male California condors is seen Monday, June 4, 2007, after traveling more than 1,800 miles (2,917 km) from the San Diego Zoo?s Wild Animal Park to their new home at the at the Chapultepec Zoo, in Mexico City. U.S Ambassador Antonio Garza presented the condors to Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon. The Chapultepec Zoo joins U.S. In this photo released by the Zoological Society of San Diego Fish and Wildlife Service's California Condor recovery program, marking the first time that condors have lived in a Mexican zoo. Approximately 138 condors are flying free in the skies above parts of California, Arizona and in Baja, California, Mexico. There are more than 148 condors at the San Diego Zoo?s Wild Animal Park, and its conservation partners the Los Angeles Zoo, the Peregrine Fund and Oregon Zoo.
Photo by Ken Bohn
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