M Is FOR MASHUP - December 17th, 2014
December 2014 Mashup Album Roundup
From DJ Useo
The way that new mashup collections are popping up, you'd think Santa had assigned elves to make them. Lol.
I've been finding around 3, or 4 a day all month long. How can anyone keep up with all of them? You can't! So, here's a wonderful batch that'll leave you with many of the best.
01 - Zigmond Fraud's "Crumblepang" is a great bootleg release. In his own words. Mr Fraud says "Hey Hey Folks! It's been sometime since my last mash, and so, I now present to you the fruits of my recent mash labour "Crumblepang". It's a 10 track LP of Electronic Mashes and Juxtapositions, 50 minutes long.
It is predominantly instrumental, but there are some vocals here and there.This is my first LP, so I spent some time to make some stuff that suited each other's presence and arranged them in a nice flow!
Hope you enjoy the vibe, Ziggy!" I say this is one to enjoy often. It has it's own style, & is excellent in all ways.
The full zip file is here
( www.audiomack.com/album/zigmond-fraud/crumblepang )
Stream, or d/l the singles here
( hearthis.at/zigmondfraud/set/crumblepang-lp/ )
New video of track 2 from the album is here
( www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ez_fJDhUhv8 )
02 - Loo & Placido rule amongst the top bootleggers internationally, so it's a major release when they post a new album. "LOO & PLACIDO presents SDM [SMASHING DANCE MUSIC]" lives up to the expectations, & more. I've heard it twice so far, & I crave more. Loo & Placid are also doing that "advent" thing, so they're releasing one new track a day till Christmas. Can you believe how much fantastic new bootleg music that is? Gawrsh!
Zip file, & complete single links for streaming, or d/l are here
( looandplacido.com/sdm-smashing-dance-music-en )
03 - "DRA'man - UNmetalised Vol 2 - Various artists" features 11 Metal tracks 'unmetalized' by the practiced hand of one of the best bootleggers out there. He demonstrates his rock solid ability to transform & elevate source music into more than it was. You're assured a splendid musical experience with this set. The extra icing on the cake is there's a volume one still available from the same site! Get it all, or just your selected faves here
( soundcloud.com/draman/sets/unmetalised-vol-2-various-artists )
04 - CHANGE's "Neon" is currently 37 awesome club-oriented bootlegs, available for streaming, or d/l-ing. CHANGE says "I've thrown all my recent Mashups in in this set, and will continue to add more as they come along." I signed up to 'follow' him, so I know I'll be enjoying the upcoming releases. He has large skills, & also a large following! It's always a good feeling when you get more than 150,000 listens for one track! Woot! Listen to all here
( soundcloud.com/who-is-change/sets/mashups )
05- DJ Earworm does it AGAIN with his latest year-end top 20 single mashup video. It's got 20 (!) wonderful tracks all mixed to perfection into only one 4 minute track, with an unbelievable video to accompany it. You'll love it again, & again, & then you'll go for the past years' versions. A great time is had comparing, contrasting, & cormorating. ( sic )
( www.youtube.com/watch?v=nN2KpmREfMo )
06 - The New Album: "Mash of The Titans 3" Compiled By Panos T, is all that name implies. If you survived the intense pleasure of the first 2 volumes, you're primed for the joy this one inspires. There's 19 tracks, & nearly that many video versions for you to digest, & savor. Check out the full playlist of mixers, & source artists on the host page, but I guarantee you, this is worth obtaining. As all bootleg albums are, it's free, meanwhile its available here
( www.themashupradio.com/whatsnew/new-album-mash-of-the-titans-3-compiled-by-panos-t/ )
Have a Merry Christmas, & Holiday season, all'a youse mugs reading this. I'll have more mashups for you next week.
Andrew Tobias: Oh, Boy - $324,000
In return for not shutting down the government, the Republican Party has required a tenfold increase in the limit any citizen (or Green Card holder) may give the Republican National Committee. That's $324,200 a year, up from $32,400.
Amanda Palmer: Art is a business - and, yes, artists have to make difficult, honest business decisions (Guardian)
It's tough enough to make a living when we do what we love. Quit being so critical of artists who are transparent about the money side.
Diana Cook: 6 Simple Things Too Many People Don't Know How to Do (Cracked)
Juggling chainsaws or busting a pop-and-lock on a crowded dance floor are totally impressive talents, but unless you want to teach at clown college or plan on a career as a competitive breakdancer, they're not super useful. However, there are certain skills that are important to virtually everyone. If you haven't already, you really should make sure that these essential abilities are part of your repertoire. There's really no excuse not to know how to do things like ...
Kristi Harrison: 5 Inspiring Acts of Kindness by Terrifying Crime Syndicates (Cracked)
This is the time of year when we like to stop and celebrate human generosity and togetherness. You'll hear lots of stories of kind strangers helping bringing surprise gifts to poor children and charities giving toys to the homeless and all that sort of thing. It's all very heartwarming. But you know who also is generous from time to time? Organized crime. That's right; even the most murderous organizations in the world find the spirit of human kindness inside them from time to time.
Ashley Cowburn: "Lindsay Lohan: why I want to make London my home" (Guardian)
Actor talks about her love affair with the capital, the BBC and why Oprah Winfrey is responsible for the turnaround in her life.
Ryan Lizza: Inside the Collapse of The New Republic (New Yorker)
… Hughes had forced out the magazine's editor, Franklin Foer, and Vidra had announced that the hundred-year-old opinion magazine, which was founded to "bring sufficient enlightenment to the problems of the nation," would be reduced from twenty to ten issues a year and would move to New York, where it would be reinvented as a "vertically integrated digital-media company." Minutes before the Friday meeting began, most of the magazine's writers and editors had resigned in protest.
Anthony Grafton and James Grossman: Habits of Mind (American Scholar)
Why college students who do serious historical research become independent, analytical thinkers.
Graeme Wood: Lighten Up (American Scholar)
In 2001, I heard V. S. Naipaul tell a skeptical audience in Boston that he could make them laugh by reading aloud from any page, selected at random, from his collected writings. Was he joking? A House for Mister Biswas had indeed made me chuckle, but not 576 times. Many of Naipaul's books seem sober throughout. Naipaul, however, meant what he said.
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Michelle in AZ
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 email@example.com.
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
Rainy night followed by a rainy day, and then another rainy night.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, the late rocker Lou Reed, punk group Green Day and singer Bill Withers are among the 2015 inductees named on Tuesday to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, rockers Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, rhythm and blues band the "5" Royales, the late blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and the band Double Trouble will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Cleveland on April 18.
Starr was selected in the music excellence category. He was inducted as a member of The Beatles in 1988. His bandmates have since entered the Hall of Fame as solo artists: John Lennon in 1994, Paul McCartney in 1999 and George Harrison in 2004.
Artists are eligible 25 years after the release of their first record for induction into the Hall of Fame, which was established in 1983.
In 2015, Stephen Colbert (sans conservative persona) will head to CBS to helm "The Late Show." His departure from "The Colbert Report" is one we've been prominently mourning. Yet there's another long-time comedian leaving his late-night show this week: Craig Ferguson of CBS's the "Late Late Show."
Ferguson took the reins of "The Late Late Show" from Craig Kilborn in 2004. (Kilborn, in another episode of intense late-night chair shuffling, had preceded Jon Stewart as host of "The Daily Show," before heading to CBS in 1999.) Fast-forward to present: Although many thought Ferguson would be the natural replacement for David Letterman on "The Late Show," the spot ultimately went to Colbert. There were apparently no hard feelings, but with his contract up at the end of the year, Ferguson now heads to greener pastures. His last show is this Friday. James Corden will take over in 2015.
Since we've spent so much time giving Colbert his due, we thought we'd stop and pay homage to the wickedly funny Craig Ferguson. (And of course his trusted sidekick Geoff.) Here are some classic clips:
Videos at link - Craig Ferguson
Vatican Offers Olive Branch
A sweeping Vatican investigation into Roman Catholic nuns in the U.S. that began amid fears they had become too feminist and secular ended up praising the sisters for their selfless work caring for the poor - a major shift in tone that reflected the social justice mindset of Pope Francis.
The overwhelmingly positive report Tuesday also promised to value their "feminine genius" more, while gently suggesting ways to serve the church faithfully and survive amid a steep drop in their numbers. It was cheered by the American sisters themselves, dozens of whom swarmed the Vatican news conference announcing the results in a rare occasion of women outnumbering men at the Vatican.
The report was most remarkable for what it didn't say, given the criticism of American religious life that prompted the Vatican under Pope Benedict XVI to launch the investigation in 2009.
There was no critique of the nuns, no demands that they shift their focus from social justice to emphasize Catholic teaching on abortion, no condemnation that a feminist, secular mentality had taken hold in their ranks.
Rather, while offering a sobering assessment of the difficult state of American congregations, the report praised the sisters' dedication and reaffirmed their calling in a reflection of the pastoral tone characteristic of history's first Jesuit pope.
With the curtain soon to fall on David Letterman's late-night television career, the end comes Friday for an odd and emotional holiday tradition that involves comic Jay Thomas, the Lone Ranger, a giant meatball and, most indelibly, singer Darlene Love.
Love will sing "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" for the 21st and final time on Letterman's annual holiday show. He's retiring from the "Late Show" next May.
Letterman's holiday show has traditions, just not the ones you see in most households. Thomas comes by to repeat the story of giving a ride to Clayton Moore, television's Lone Ranger. Then, as he's done since 1998, Thomas tries to knock the meatball off the top of a Christmas tree with a football.
The centerpiece is Love's performance of the song that identifies her as the "Christmas queen," primarily because of the annual exposure on Letterman.
"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" was the single off "A Christmas Gift For You," an album by producer Phil Spector and the artists in his orbit. Now considered a classic, it was a flop upon its release on Nov. 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
Majority OK With Torture
A majority of Americans believe the harsh interrogation tactics detailed in last week's Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the Central Intelligence Agency's handling of prisoners after the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks were warranted, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds.
The survey - conducted following the release of the committee's long-awaited report on the CIA's controversial techniques - found 51 percent of Americans approved of the tactics, while 28 percent said they went too far.
The results virtually match a Pew Research Center poll that also found 51 percent believe the CIA's methods were justified, while 29 percent said they were not. A Washington Post-ABC News poll released Tuesday found 59 percent approved of the CIA's tactics, while 31 percent disapproved. The same poll found roughly half of Americans believe the CIA treatment of suspected terrorists amounted to torture, while 38 percent said it did not.
On Sunday, former Vice President and unindicted war criminal Dick Cheney defended the program, refusing to call practices "involuntary rectal feeding" outlined in the report "torture."
It seems many Americans tend to agree. According to the NBC News/WSJ survey, 45 percent think such techniques should be used in the future, while 28 percent did not.
The survey also found a partisan split on the issue of torture. Among Republicans, an overwhelming majority (80 percent) said the Bush-era practices were acceptable, while just nine percent said they went too far. Among Democrats, 32 percent said the techniques were acceptable under the circumstances, while 44 percent said they were unacceptable.
Bout Was Fixed
Mickey Rourke is on the defense today.
The 62-year-old actor and boxer's opponent in a match last month in Moscow, Russia, has told TMZ Sports on video that he was paid $15,000 to take a dive. The exhibition match against Elliot Seymour, 29, ended in the second round after Rourke threw multiple punches and the referee ended it. The fight was The Wrestler star's first in two decades.
"As far as I know, Mickey had no knowledge of this. He was in the dark," Seymour revealed to the website. "Mickey's a stand-up guy. I think he's a nice man, great actor. He didn't have anything to do with [the fix]. That was all his people."
At the time of the fight, the Internet's reaction was that it appeared staged, although some noted that Seymour had a 1-9 record going into the bout.
The Daily Mail was the first to report that Seymour threw the fight on Nov. 30. The newspaper's report also quoted a source close to Seymour's family, who said that he had been homeless for about a year-and-a-half before the fight.
Sanctimonious Racist In Uniform
San Jose, California
A San Jose police officer who tweeted threatening messages to demonstrators protesting the police killings of unarmed black men has been placed on administrative leave, a spokeswoman for the department said Monday.
"Threaten me or my family and I will use my God-given and law appointed right and duty to kill you," White wrote on Twitter, adding the hashtag #CopsLivesMatter, a riff on the protest slogan "Black Lives Matter."
"By the way," he wrote on Twitter, "if anyone feels they can't breathe or their lives matter I'll be at the movies tonight, off duty, carrying my gun."
White worked on gang prevention programs for the police department, and also coached basketball at Menlo College & University in Atherton.
The tweets were first reported on Sunday by the online content service BuzzFeed, where screenshots of the statements can still be seen.
San Jose, California
Court Settles Dispute Over Undersea Border
The U.S. Supreme Court waded into the Pacific Ocean to settle a long-running dispute Monday over where California ends and federal offshore lands begin.
The court's decree Monday will help settle federal and state disputes and prevent future litigation over oil, gas and other mineral leases.
The decree addresses a fight launched in 1945 when the federal government sued the state for leasing land for oil drilling off Long Beach.
The boundary spelled out in more than 100 pages of map coordinates will determine whether state or federal agencies regulate the undersea lands.
The boundary determines the regulatory agencies that can lease land and issue permits. The Lands Commission, for example, issues leases for the land, but agencies such as the California Coastal Commission and Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources regulate activities.
Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Dec. 8-14. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.
1. NFL Football: Dallas at Philadelphia, NBC, 24.25 million.
2. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 17.51 million.
3. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 15.49 million.
4. "The OT," Fox, 12.75 million.
5. "Football Night in America, Part 3," NBC, 12.39 million.
6. "60 Minutes," CBS, 11.38million.
7. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.19 million.
8. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 11.09 million.
9. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 10.84 million.
10. "Mom," CBS, 10.75 million.
11. "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," CBS, 10.64 million.
12. "NCIS," CBS, 10.30 million.
13. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 10.12 million.
14. "Scorpion," CBS, 10.00 million
15. "Modern Family," ABC, 9.69 million.
16. "Survivor," CBS, 9.47 million.
17. "Two and a Half Men," CBS, 9.30 million.
18. "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," CBS, 9.29 million.
19. "Undercover Boss," CBS, 8.92 million.
20. "Hawaii Five-O," CBS, 8.77 million.