eminem

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    Nov 29
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    Dec 02
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mashups

it's time to mash some of your favorite songs together.

mashups are like carefully constructed genetic accidents: some clever god with a good ear and mixing software takes the elements of one song and combines them with another song--matching the beats, key, and whenever possible, chord changes--and produces a hybrid with the best of both dna samples. sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't (great hype was written about "the grey album"--a mashup of tracks from the beatles "white album" and jay-z'seminem "black jimmy pagealbum"--but i didn't think it worked).

most of the producers who do the production toil in uncompensated anonymity. this week they get their due, if not their dues.

the first weird combination is eminem [left] and led zeppelin [right]. take the hard-edged riffs of led zep and the gritty spit of slim shady and the result is...well, riffy spit or something like that. ok, get the idea?

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    Nov 15
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    Nov 18
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maybe 2010 was music's best year

it was only 2 years ago, so the nostalgia factor is nil, but the music in 2010 was pretty good. maybe very good. hell, it was excellent, and this week i make the case for 2010 being the best musical year of all time.

arcade firehere's what stood out to me: the semi-indie band arcade fire [right] came out of the semi-indie closet with a well-deserved grammy for "the suburbs." less pretentious than most, they showed creative nerds can make great music too.

another band just coming into its own in 2010 was the semi-classical e s posthumus, whose pretentious but musically brilliant "makara," was inspired by vedic dieties and beethoven. tragically one of its leaders died, so this may have been their peak, and their name takes on new meaning. read more...

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    Dec 09
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    1:00 pm
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    Dec 12
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2010

The musical year in review reveals enough musical creativity for several of my shows--taking up the rest of the year.

Alot of critics were blown away by Kanye West's new CD. I was "mehed" by it--especially his intentional (god, I hope it was intentional) off-key singing, and inconsistent rhymes. But I found something worthy of your listening

Eminem's "Recovery" was also released last year. Compared to Kanye, his highs were higher and his lows were lower into the gutter.

arcade fireMy vote for the possibly-best CD of the year goes to Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs." The Montreal-based, surprisingly anglophonic group cannot be readily categorized, except to say that their melodies are fresh and their arrangements nearly perfectly understated.

For the complete playlist, see: http://kruufm.com/node/9081