Postcards from Poland: Trójka Radio Treasures

Warsaw, Poland Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw, Poland Warsaw, Poland

This year, I spent New Year’s in Warsaw, Poland, hangin’ with my fam. It was just about in the tween degrees outside everyday (that’s Fahrenheit for your reference) and thus a lot more time was spent in the car rather than walking around to our various stops. We listened to a radio station called Trójka and gosh darn it if I didn’t find myself Shazamming a bunch of the tracks they played.

Here are a couple flashback tracks they played from the ’70s-’80s. Judge me accordingly.

Yes, I’m aware that it is now 2015.

“Let’s All Chant” – Michael Zager Band (1978)

“You’re My Heart, You’re My Soul” – Modern Talking (1984)

And now here’s an actual, current Polish track that caught my ear. Throw the lyrics in the Google translator if you like.

“Pył (feat. Justyna Święs)” – Fisz Emade Tworzywo

Happy New Year, strangers. Na zdrowie!

Have Yourself a Merry A Little Playlist – Top Songs for Christmas

DJ Glenniest - Groovy Gifts

I hope Santa doesn’t put me down on his naughty list for this statement, but: CHRISTMAS MUSIC MAKES ME WANT TO ROAST MYSELF ON AN OPEN FIRE.

I DJed several holiday-time festivities this year and knew I’d have to add some appropriately holiday-time festive tracks to my virtual crates. So I had to find some stuff that didn’t make me want to drown myself in egg nog.

For a brief moment, I considered buying Now That’s What I Call Christmas. Oh (rein)dear.

Because Christmas is the season of giving, here’s my stash of groovy gifties just for you! Spiked egg nog drowning optional.

1. Holiday Lounge – The Christmas Remixes
A sleighful of completely listenable, legit remixes of holiday classics. The producers behind these remixes include Dan the Automator and Kaskade. Get the whole thing.

2. “Christmas in Hollis” – RUN DMC

This is no news flash. No holiday party mix is complete without this Christmastime tune from the winter wonderland of Hollis Queens. Here’s a YouTube of this holiday classic translated as emoji. (p.s. This vid is from a few years back. Man, I miss this iOS.)

3. “Santa Baby” (Alexkid & DJ Sleep Remix) – Eartha Kitt
How did I never notice the lyrics to this before? This woman has her mind on her money and her money on her mind:

“Santa honey, one little thing I really need
The deed to a platinum mine

Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa cutie, and fill my stocking with the duplex and checks
Sign your ‘x’ on the line
Santa cutie, and hurry down the chimney tonight”

Yes, Santa, hurry up with this stuff pls.

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4. “White Christmas” (Kaskade Remix) – Bing Crosby
This one is included on the Holiday Lounge compilation above, but I thought I’d call it out on its own, too. Kaskade posted it to his Soundcloud as a free download. We like FREE.

In the track notes, Kaskade says, “I only had the 2 track to work with so I had to get tricky but it’s fun and I got to put my slant on this classic, enjoy!”

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5. “Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto” – James Brown
Santa Claus, go straight to the ghetto. And tell ’em James Brown sent ya.

6. “Wonderful Christmastime” – Paul McCartney
Whoa. The video is rad for this one. Space age.

7. “The Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth” – Bing Crosby & David Bowie
Speaking of space age. I thought I was in outerspace watching Bing Crosby and David Bowie in their dapper duds and all this pa-rum-pum-pum business.

And you can’t watch the original without following it up with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s parody version. So weird and wonderful.

8. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey, The Roots, and Jimmy Fallon
I nearly passed out the other day when I realized the original Mariah classic version of this is 20 years old. Oh well, so what if it makes me feel old — white beards are really popular this time of year.

Here’s the best rendition evaaa of this song, filmed for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon a couple years ago. With classroom instruments. And The Roots. And Mariah Carey with stars on her nips???

9. “Christmas Rappin'” – Kurtis Blow
Another wow video. Kurtis Blow kilt it in this “Top of the Pops” performance of “Christmas Rappin'” from 1980. Did you know this song was the first rap song released on a major label (Mercury Records)? I didn’t. But now I do.

10. “Last Christmas” – Wham!
I know you’ve probably already heard this one too many times as you wandered around the aisles of CVS, but here it is again. I like to really consider the lyrics:
“Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
The very next day, you gave it away.”

The very next day?! Sucks.

This year, to save me from tears, I’ll give it to someone special.

Merry xmas, strangers. Stay safe, stay warm, stay away from shopping malls.

Interview with DZSTRKRFT re: his new EP “Cut, Paste, Destroy”

DZSTRKRFT - Cut, Paste, Destroy

Come come, strangers. Let’s all get on board the DZSTRKRFT submarine on its maiden voyage and dive into the percussive depths, leaving behind a little trail of noise bubbles.

Today, you get 4 #free songs and an interview with one of my vurry best friends, Roycifer, who has just released his first EP independently under the moniker DZSTRKRFT. Which is pronounced disaster-craft. And what a finely crafted disasterpiece it is.

I chatted electronically with the man behind DZSTRKRFT and his debut release Cut, Paste, Destroy, and here’s what he had to say for himself:

ASs: What was your creative process for making Cut, Paste, Destroy? Or did we just answer our own question?

DZSTRKRFT: indeed you did. the sounds you hear on the EP are the sounds that have been swirling in nebulous forms in my head for almost a lifetime but i was only now able to assemble into a complete idea. i was very explicitly after something utilizing breakbeats, sub-bass, slow tempos, and cut-up and glitchy. “cut, paste, destroy” is entirely sample-based which allowed me to capture those sounds (cut/paste) and then scramble it all up (destroy). as explicitly stated in the vocal sample in “the creative process/swartz dub”, “everything is built on something else”.

ASs: How would you define your sound? We are frothing for a good genre name.

DZSTRKRFT: this is hard for me to answer because i can only offer the things that inspired me but its hard to describe the final output objectively. “electronic” is too broad, “glitch” or “dub(step)” are too narrow, “post-digital” is wonderfully meaningless. so suggestions for a good, hashtag-able genre name are welcome.

ASs: Who are we hearing in the vocal samples throughout the EP?

DZSTRKRFT: the vocal samples are lifted from interviews with the late aaron swartz, who was one of the inventors of RSS, a cofounder of reddit, and eventual internet “hacktivist” with greater political aspirations. his understanding of the power of the internet and being able to see through institutionalized thinking are things that resonate greatly with me. i never intended on utilizing vocals of any kind, but a film about aaron’s life, “the internet’s own boy“, came out around the time i started working on the tracks which sent me down a youtube hole where i found some awesome interviews with aaron. the sound bites about everything being built on something else and questioning everything fit perfectly with the “cut, paste, destroy” concept.

ASs: What do you want strangers to know about you and your music?

DZSTRKRFT: i just want people to listen to my music and share it if they like it. music is made to be heard.

ASs: Tell us more about your cat.

DZSTRKRFT: my cat likes to sit atop a brita. her name is dita. she is also into destruction. cat, pet, destroy.

DZSTRKRFT's disaster cat, Dita

Playlist for your listening ease below. And a link to the DZSTRKRFT Bandcamp where you can download the EP in one tidy little zip.

DZSTRKRFT - Cut, Paste, Destroy

Comin’ Up: SBTRKT @ Belasco Theater 10.14 and 10.15

I am in love with this SBTRKT sound critter that is the cover model for his upcoming second album Wonder Where We Land. I want to hold him in my hand and listen to the new single “NEW DORP. NEW YORK,” featuring Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend.

Let’s pretend he’s in our slender, cool palms right now, and we are surrounded by bright red walls, and open our ears:

When I close my eyes, I almost wouldn’t recognize this as SBTRKT at all. It’s definitely a departure, happily laced with Ezra’s charming vocal vibe. My ears like it.

Also, I did the courtesy of looking up New Dorp… It’s in Staten Island.

Wonder Where We Land comes out September 23, and LA folks have 2 chances to see the live show — October 14 and 15 at the Belasco Theater. Tickets go on sale here, July 31 @ 10am.