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Transcontinental Remixes

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

I’ve bought so much music the past two weeks I don’t know what to do with it. I mean, besides listen to it. I know I should probably listen to it. But you know what I mean.

Busy times! Apparently Japanese people want to learn English before New Year’s. At least that’s what it feels like, as I am hella busy with work at the moment. There was also an election this past week, so everyone was talking about it.

And when I mean “it” I mean they were talking about the “big erection.” I heard how the “erection is mostly for show” and that “older people mostly care about the erection.”

Pronunciation is important people! Just last week I was trying to teach how to schedule meetings and one of my students kept saying “I have a slut available around 1pm.”

The best is when their English is good enough so I can actually explain what they’re saying, then they get a laugh out of it too. While those kind of mistakes are fun, I do remember that these people can speak English far far better than I can speak Japanese, and that I can make my own pronunciation mistakes as well. For example, last week I was trying to say “you are good looking” in Japanese, but instead I ended up saying “you got a nice pussy.”

So yeah, mistakes happen.

Speaking of mistakes, I wrote about Seven Mary Three and Paw last week.

Björk
Bachelorette (RZA Remix)
Bachelorette (Mark Bell “Blue” Remix)
Bachelorette (Mark Bell “Zip” Remix)
Bachelorette (Mark Bell “Optimism” Remix)
My Snare
I got these mixes from a CD-single/VHS tape box set that I bought for about three bucks. That means that since I arrived in Tokyo I’ve bought CDs, LPs, VHS tapes and even a pair of cassette tapes. I know it’s just a matter of time before I go full dumbass and buy a freaking laserdisc or betamax tape. Sigh. Someone stop me before it’s too late.

Madonna
Bye Bye Baby (N.Y. Hip Hop Mix)
Bye Bye Baby (Madonna’s Night On The Club)
Bye Bye Baby (Tallahasee Pop)
Bye Bye Baby (Rick Does Madonna’s Dub)
I own over 60 Madonna singles now. Japan’s been a great place to find some of her lesser work, like this forgotten single from the Erotica album. I really love the effects they put on Madonna’s vocals for this tune. She sounds like she’s singing through a tin can, but in a cool way. I enjoy the club mix the most, although all the dance beats and effects layered onto it really make the vocals sound out of place.

Yellow Magic Orchestra
Firecracker (Main Mix)
Firecracker (Beats Mix)
Technopolis (The Readymade Darlin’ Of Discotheque Track Dub Version)
Okay, real talk. These remixes aren’t that great. But I was really committed to this “three continents of remixes in one post” idea that it got the better of me. Sorry.

Kinky Go
Gimme The Love (Vocal Version)
Gimme The Love (Instrumental)
Gimme The Love (Radio Version)
Special italo disco request for the Pope. Well, a dude named Pope. Not the pope. At least not yet.

Obscure Remixes for Social Justice

Friday, December 5th, 2014

I took a week or so off because the world was too horrible to write about music. But here we all a week later and yo shit’s still horrible so I guess I’ll just keep plugging away at this silly little site

But seriously, I’m not depressed.

The fact that I’m not depressed kind of worries me, but hey, gotta live I guess.

I also realized that I’ve posted nothing but wrestling albums, Prince and Madonna for like forever and that it’s time for me to mix that shit up a bit.

Franz Ferdinand
Take Me Out (Naum Gabo Remix)
Take Me Out (Daft Punk Remix)
One of the funniest things I’ve seen in recent history was in 2013 when several reputable news outlets reported on this Daft Punk remix like it was brand new when it was, in fact, from 2004. I love it when shit like that happens, because it shows that the majority of online “news” reporting done these days is just site after site ripping each other off in a quest for the most hits possible. Original research be damned.

Anyways, I guess I really couldn’t blame them all for covering it once they discovered it. It is a pretty solid remix after all. The “Naum Gabo” one ain’t half bad either. I got these both from a 12″ single.

Bjork
Hunter (μ-Ziq Remix)
All Is Full of Love (In Love With: Funkstorung Mix)
Apparently you can’t upload a file via FTP if it has the “μ” character in it. Things you learn.

Purple Motherfunker

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

I went to a horribly bad “game music” concert last week and wrote about it over at Mostly-Retro. Read it and be flabbergasted at how badly an organization could fuck up something that seems like such a no-brainer.

Then get purple and funky with Prince.

Prince
Gett Off (Urge Mix)
Gett Off (Urge Dub)
Gett Off (Flutestramental)
Gett Off (Thrust Mix)
Gett Off (Thrust Dub)
Gett Off (Rosie’s Dub)
Gett Off (Urge Single Edit)
Gett Off (Purple Pump Mix)
Gett Off (Housestyle)
I want to buy every single Prince album. Every single one. And then rank all of his songs in order of horniness. Even modern day Jehovah’s Witness Prince is a tiny purple horndog. His new song “PRETZELBODYLOGIC” is about a threesome that was so hot the people involved can’t defend themselves from being robbed. At least, I think it is. I don’t know, maybe I’m taking the lyrics too literally – but it’s definitely about boning.

Of course in terms of horny Prince songs, “Gett Off” is kind of the king. A few weeks ago I featured “Get Off” (notice the singular “t”) which is a pretty sex-fueled little number, but it can hold a lubricated candle to it’s misspelled cousin here. For any other artist this would be the most sexual single of their career, but for Prince, who released tracks like “Let’s Pretend We’re Married,” “Do Me, Baby,” “Do It All Night” and “Little Red Corvette” (spoiler:  the title isn’t about a car) it might not even make the top 10.

So here we are with nine mixes of the track, because why the fuck not. The dubs and instrumental mixes are interesting, but I’m only including them for the sake of being a completionist. The “Urge” and “Thrust” mixes are good, and definitely worth repeated listens, but they’re not as intense as the original version as they strip out the hard and heavy industrial beat that made the that such a powerful tune. That’s why the “Purple Pump” remix is probably my favorite of the bunch, as it’s just an extended version of the original. Hot.

The first six mixes are taken from a 12″ promo single I scored in Chiba  few weeks back, while the remaining three are from a CD single.

Additional Prince incoming soon.

The Most Beautiful Blog Post In The World

Monday, November 10th, 2014

His name is Prince. And he is funky.

And from what I hear he’s rather finicky too. But “My name is Prince, and I am rather finicky” isn’t a good lyric.

Prince
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (Beautiful)
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (Staxowax)
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (Mustang Mix)
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (Flutestramental)
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (Sexy Staxophone And Guitar)
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (Mustang Instrumental)
I’m on a big Prince kick right now, thanks largely to his two new albums, well mostly just one of them. Because while Art Official Age is pretty good, PLECTRUMELECTRUM is fantastic, easily one of my favorite records of the year. Prince’s guitar work on the album is otherworldly, and it has some of his best songs in decades. “PRETZELBODYLOGIC” is the hottest song ever named after a baked bread product, that’s for sure. You should buy that record.

Prince’s two new albums are also noteworthy because they’re his first albums with Warner Bros. since 1996, and supposedly signal a new relationship between the artist and the label that will see the re-release of all his old albums complete with bonus tracks. First up on the docket will be Purple Rain, and oh my god a 3CD deluxe edition of that album just might kill me with awesome.

Although if they fuck that up I might kill someone.

Anyways, “The Most Beautiful Girl In The World.” These mixes are from a 1994 EP entitled The Beautiful Experience. As the title suggests, its nothing more than various mixes of “The Most Beautiful Girl In The World,” the six remixes I’m including above, as well as the single version.

Does the world really need six remixes of “The Most Beautiful Girl In The World?” Eh, probably not. But I’m in a Prince mood so here’s Prince. Expect more Prince soon. Prince.

Prince.

Tokyo Hollywood

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

In the middle of a busy week as my mom is currently in Tokyo visiting me. That’s the good kind of busy, but it is making it rather difficult to put the finishing touches on my last wrestling-related post. I’ll try to have it done next week. In the meantime, here’s some Madonna remixes. Because I don’t post enough of those, right?

Madonna
Hollywood (The Micronauts Remix)
Hollywood (Oakenfold Full Remix)
Hollywood (Calderone And Quayle Glam Mix)
Hollywood (Oakenfold 12″ Dub)
Continually shocked that I find 12″ Madonna singles that I don’t own. Guess I’m not the only person in Japan who likes to rock fierce.

Yeah, Madonna’s “Hollywood” isn’t her best single, but it’s certainly her best single off of American Life, an album that I maintain is one of the worst ever released by a major artist. I stand by that. Sorry. Anyways, if American Life does have a good track, it’s this one, and these are actually some pretty decent remixes of it. I think I posted the Oakenfold mix before, but this is a new recording and it sounds slightly better.

Enjoy, more wrestling next week. I know you’re all stoked.

I Think Capsule Is a Drug Reference

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

You know one of the best things about Japan? No one here likes Nicki Minaj.

Capsule
Feelin’ Alright (Extended-Mix)
Never Let Me Go (Extended-Mix)
In The Rain (Extended-Mix)
Dee J (Extended-Mix)
All The Way (Extended-Mix)
Motor Force (Extended-Mix)
Capsule are an electronic music duo out of Japan (shocker, I know). They’ve been around for a very long time, but they’ve barely broken through internationally, which is a surprise to me, as they’re fucking incredible.

The group is a duo, but the core of it is a man named Yasutaka Nakata, who is Japan’s foremost electronic/dance music producer at the moment. In addition to his work with Capsule, he also produces music for the super-huge-gigantic pop trio Perfume, as well as the solo artist Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, who is probably the closest thing j-pop has had to a crossover success since Pizzacato Five.

I think of the three Capsule is the least-popular, but that speaks less to Capsule’s lack of popularity and more to the HOLY SHIT HUGE popularity of KPP and Perfume. They’re certainly just as good as those other groups, if lacking a bit in personality (while KPP practically explodes with wacky quirkiness). If you like upbeat, club-ready house/electronic tracks then you should really dig on them.

These extended tracks are all taken from the 2CD edition of their 2012 album STEREO WORXXX. The regular, single CD version is available on iTunes, and I suggest picking that up if you like these tunes, it’s a good jumping on point for the group.

SURPRISE I FOUND MORE MADONNA SINGLES

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

I KNOW! What were the odds?

Madonna
Why’s It So Hard [Live]
Secret (Junior’s Luscious Single Mix)
Bedtime Story (Orbital Mix)
Fever (Hot Sweat 12″ Mix)
Human Nature (Love Is The Nature Mix)
Express Yourself (Shep’s Remix)
Friday was the first really nice day in Tokyo since the beginning of August (when it gets to the mid-90s Fahrenheit with a humidity of approximately 100000%). High 70s temperature, nice wind, survivable humidity. Just all around beautiful.

So I went for a nice three and a half hour walk, give or take.

The compulsive collector’s guide to losing weight. That’s what I call my exercise plan. If I want to go shopping for records or CDs that I have absolutely no need for, that’s great – but I gotta walk there. Before the summer heat hit I managed to lose over 50 pounds in five months, and I’m hoping that I can pick up where I left off now that the weather isn’t being an asshole anymore.

And while the main winner in this situation is my heart, you all make out too! Because I pass the records onto you.

These Madonna tracks are all CD rips, taken from a series of single that I snagged at a Disk Union. Most of these have never been posted on my site before, save for “Bedtime Story (Orbital Mix)” and the remix of “Express Yourself.” I originally posted vinyl rips of them several months/years ago, but these rips sound much better.

Additionally, the “Human Nature” remix is the first version of that song I’ve actually liked. It’s a synthgasm.

Prince
New Power Generation (N.P.G.) [Funky Weapon Remix]
New Power Generation [T.C.’s Rap]
Brother With A Purpose
Get Off
Lubricated Lady
Loveleft, Loveright
These are all from the CD single for “New Power Generation.” Remixes of “Thieves In The Temple” are also on the single, but I posted those mixes not too long ago, and I think my vinyl rips sounded fine so I’m not going to replace them tonight.

“Get Off’ is NOT “Gett Off.” Actually, it, along with “Lubricated Lady” are really two additional remixes of “New Power Generation.” They also segue together quite well. “Loveleft, Loveright” also shares some elements with the main single, but it varies it up a lot more.

Also, yes, there is a song called “Lubricated Lady.” A song title like that would easily rank as the most offensively stupid in any artist’s back catalog. But isn’t just any other artist, and with song titles like “Pussy Control,” “Scarlet Pussy” and “Soft And Wet” I don’t even know if it ranks in the top ten.

Prince is a classy motherfucker.

Fight Music For The Fight – Bare Knuckle DJ Mix by Yuzo Koshiro

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

I came to Japan for a lot of reasons. I wanted to teach people and try and do something that actually can make a difference in people’s lives. I wanted to expand my comfort zone and try new and exciting things. I wanted to meet new people, make new friends and go on exciting new adventures.

All that and, y’know, buy DJ mixes of classic video game music.

The important shit.

Bare_Knuckle_Original_Soundtrack_A

Yuzo Koshiro
Bare Knuckle Legend Mix 
One of the first game music CDs I bought when I came to Japan for vacation last year was a copy of the Bare Knuckle II (AKA Streets of Rage II) soundtrack. It cost me nearly 50 bucks, but it was worth it, because that game’s music is, no doubt, some of the best music ever put on a cartridge. I want Yuzo Koshiro to score my life. I’m sure if he did it would be hella exciting, and feature 50% more dropkicks. And we all know dropkicks are the most dope kicks.

At least, I thought it was worth it, but that was because no one ever told me there was 4 CD VERSION WHAT THE FUCK.

Four CDs of Streets of Rage music. God. Damn. That’s my jogging soundtrack for the next month (that and the Pointer Sisters’ Break Out, did you know that’s one of the greatest albums of ll time, cuz it totally is). How do you fill up 4 CDs of music from Streets of Rage?

GOOD QUESTION allow me to answer it.

Not only does this set have the entire soundtrack to Streets Of Rage and Streets of Rage II for the Sega Genesis (Mega Drive), but it also includes, in their entirety, the complete soundtracks to the Game Gear versions of both games. That’s the kind of attention to completist overkill that I can really get behind.

The cherry on top is the fourth CD, which includes an exclusive DJ mix of the music from the series by Koshiro himself. That is what I’m sharing tonight. He apparently mixed this live at some game music club event in 2002. That’s incredible. Are game music DJ mixes a regular thing in Tokyo? If so, then fuck I’ve been going to the wrong clubs. I want to get my groove on to a non-stop Mega Man mix.

Wait, YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD BE GREAT? Gradius DJ mix. No, wait, a Darius DJ Mix. On second thought, no, that would just be too damn weird. On third (fourth? I’m tired) thought, I just want someone to do a DJ mix that combines all of the greatest game music of all time. Double Dragon, Tempest 2000, Shinobi, Afterburner, Pac-Man DX, you name it. Girl Talk that shit. Mash it up. That would be epic.

And they have to end it with Vib-Ribbon. Because there’s no time hurry up everything is so fantastic.

Transcontinental Remixes and Rarities

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Summer is almost over! Yay! Summer sucks. Summer especially sucks in Tokyo, when it’s been like 32c-35c (89-95f) EVERY GODDAMN DAY since July 1st. If you could bottle all the perspiration I’ve sweated out over the past two months then you’d have solved California’s water crisis.

And with that lovely mental picture in all your heads, here is some music.

Lene Lovich
Wonderland (New York Dance Mix Radio Edit)
Wonderland (London Dance Mix)
Wonderland (London Dance Mix Radio Edit)
Don’t ask for my opinion of Lene Lovich, I don’t even know how to pronounce her name. All I know about her is that she was on Stiff Records, so I of course own some of her stuff.

Sheena & The Rokkets
You May Dream
Radio Junk
Rocket Factory
Sheena & The Rokkets were yet another in a long line of Yellow Magic Orchestra protege acts that gained some degree of notoriety in their native Japan during the late 70s and early 80s.

Of all the YMO-associates they’re probably the most different – eschewing the cold, Kraftwerk-inspired aesthetic of their label mates for a far more new wave/punk rock style reminiscent of early Blondie. If you told me they played CBGB’s I wouldn’t be surprised (oh wait, they did).

Even though the group didn’t sound a lot like YMO, the synth-pop pioneers are all over their 1979 debut album Vacuum Pack. All three members of YMO are credited keyboard players on the LP, and each of them wrote a song for the album as well, which are the three I’m sharing tonight. “You May Dream” was written Haruomi Hosono; Yukihiro Takahashi wrote the upbeat and utterly amazing “Radio Junk” (which YMO would perform live) and Sakamoto-san composed the all-keyboards album closer “Rocket Factory.” It sounds absolutely nothing like anything else on the album, and I feel hesitant to even call it a Sheena & The Rokkets track, as it’s obviously a Sakamoto joint through and through.

I may share more Sheena & The Rokkets later, I really dig these guys.

Luscious Jackson
Ladyfingers (Refrigerator Box Remix)
Ladyfingers (Guaranteed Every Time Remix)
Ladyfingers (BD’s Smooth Finger Remix)
Ladyfingers (Smackit Remix)
I’m really glad that me moving to another country hasn’t stopped me from buying completely inessential singles from bands that I wasn’t that big a fan of in the first place.

I’m fairly certain that at least one of these remixes samples “Atomic Dog” though, so there’s that.

Reality vs Remixes

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Boy, the world is just a horrible shitty place full of horrible people that do shitty things to each other for no reason other than to be horrible and shitty. Sigh.

No. FUCK THAT. Hey overwhelming anxiety and depression, go to hell. I have obscure remixes of marginally successful songs from over a decade ago – so you can just go to hell with that bullshit.

I’m actually going to be writing something over at Mostly-Retro in the next few days about all the horribleness going on in the world (specifically Missouri, which has gotten even more horrible than it usually is), and how music is failing the world at the moment.

But until then, hey! I went to a big giant huge music festival in Japan last weekend and wrote about it! Check that out!

Franz Ferdinand
Do You Want To (Unknown Remix)
Do You Want To (Unknown Remix 2)
Mysterious remixes! Found these on a white label 12″ single that I bought for about 100 yen (a buck). Totally bootleg for sure, but definitely better than some legit remixes of Franz Ferdinand songs that I’ve heard in the past, I can tell you that much. I know nothing about these, so if anyone has any clue as to who the hell did these (probably no one of note, but you never know), please holler.

Muse
New Born (Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto Remix)
Sunburn (Timo Maas’ Sunstroke Remix)
Sunburn (Timo Maas’ Breakz Again Mix)
Whenever I hear “New Born” I think of a murderous lesbian with a concrete saw. So when I hear this dance remix by Paul Oakenfold I just think of a murderous lesbian with a concrete saw at a rave. Thanks movies, you always ruin everything.