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Marfa, Marfa, Marfa!

This is the first time in a long time that I haven't felt 100% satisfied to be back in NY after a trip outside the 5 boroughs.

Thanks to We Came In Peace, Marfa Film Festival and Cafe Bustelo, I just spent the good part of 7 days in the magical West Texas desert town of Marfa, setting the aural tone of The Filling Station, an abandoned-then-re-modeled Masonic Temple which became a fully connected coffee lounge, complete with wi-fi, celebrities, more cold coffee than one person could safely consume, authentic vintage furnishings, guest DJs, Patron, ghosts, and of course, the perfect soundtrack!

To share my musical vision for the Filling Station, below is a zip folder of my favorite tracks, unmixed, from my sets. Exotica, lounge, easy listening, space jazz and library music can all be found in small doses here, but I highly encourage more thorough research on the included artists/songs.

Download The Filling Station highlights here:

As a bonus, some of the amazing people involved in creating the indie music doc, Echotone (the cinematic highlight of the festival, which premiered to a packed house with people overflowing into the aisles), came by The Filling Station and took over the decks for a couple hours, spotlighting some of the more outstanding up and coming bands from Austin, all featured in the film. Director Nathan Christ, producers Victor Moyers and Daniel Perlaky, and Sunset front-man Bill Baird all dropped in and delivered gems representative of the musical styles that have made Austin one of the most prolific and vibrant musical scenes in the country.

Below is a small sampler of tracks courtesy of the Echotone film:

Words would not do any of the experiences any justice, so download the tunes and take a look at some of the images that represent the more memorable moments in the space and at the festival. I met amazing people, saw some amazing films and am now mildly obsessed with the coolest little town in West Texas.


RIP Mark Linkous aka Sparklehorse


Another tragic and sensless loss of an under-appreciated artist... And just when it seemed like he was hitting his stride again. His music was truly unique and based on the long list of collaborators, it's safe to say that, at least in the music community, his music was cherished.

Here's a few tracks I picked out that I really dig, that may have been harder find at one point. Hopefully you'll dig them too and if you're not too familiar with his work, maybe these tracks will inspire you to investigate his catalog a little closer. It's worth it.

Goodnight Sweetheart - Taken from the Sparklehorse & Fennesz album In The Fishtank

 My Yoke Is Heavy - Daniel Johnston cover, taken from Sparklehorse's Distorted Ghost EP

Dark As A Dungeon - Johnny Cash cover, taken from the Mojo compilation, Cash Covered

Jack's Obsession - Taken from the album Nightmare Revisited - A remix album based on Tim Burton's A Nightmare Before Christmas.

Dark Night Of The Soul ft. Vic Chesnutt - Produced by Sparklehorse and DangerMouse and featuring vocals from Vic Chesnutt, also recently passed. Gorgeous title track from the experimental project, although twice as haunting now.

Wish You Were Here ft. Thom Yorke - Pink Floyd cover, taken from the Pink Floyd tribute album, Come Again.


Protest like it was 1994

"After being an A&R assistant at Sony Music (primarily Columbia Records), I saw a lot of bands and projects come and go. As I was recently cleaning up my own archives I rediscovered the files from a Leonard Peltier benefit that some of the guys from C.O.C. had been working on back in '94. While 16 years have passed the cause and material are still very poignant.

Please support these artists who were brave enough to make their support public and take action."

Find out more about the situation and how you can help by visiting the anonymous site. Also be sure to download the benefit album that was never officially released, compiled by Corrosion Of Conformity. It includes rare and unreleased tracks by The Beastie Boys, Rage Against The Machine, Josh Homme (Pre-QOTSA), Superchunk and more. No telling how long that will stay up, but definitely worth a listen.


Dream-Pop I can get with!

Click on the image to visit Moodgadget and stream 800Beloved's new album, Everything Purple.

... And then there's Moodgadget, where quality A&Ring reigns supreme. They're being generous enough to be streaming the new and beautiful 800Beloved album before it's release on April 6th. I think they're really just trying to will the summer to show up already.

For prime examples of quality assurance, attention to detail and class, keep in tune with this label.


I'm on tour ni**a, you on Facebook.

The Funk Doc himself, Reggie Noble aka Redman, just dropped the new single, Money On My Mind, off his new album, simply titled Reggie, and LAWD HAVE MERCY! Not as playful as his usual stuff, but I'll be damed if he still isn't one of the nicest MCs, consistently. Not sure who produced this either, but it's like he's rapping over a molasses-dipped 808. I'm also not that mad at him (kinda) singing the hook.

ps. Check the awesome Black Dynamite reference at 2:10... Reggie got his eyes on streets!


I'm really too young to be feeling this old.

Click the artwork for the new Drake single, Over (produced by the oh-so-hot-right-now Boi 1da), off his upcoming official debut album, Thank Me Later. I know Drake ain't for everyone, but I think if he stays away from the lover boy routine, he might actually be able to somewhat live up to the hype.


Dream On


We're officially official! The wonderfully dirty club music duo, Nue Pourn, have just released their latest EP, Dream On, along with exclusive remixes and an acid-trip of a video (directed and produced by my favorites, WCIP). There's already a slew of new EPs in the works, featuring some surprise guest remixers as well as some brand spankin new Nue Pourn music! Finally!

The first part of this new Nue Pourn experience is available at iTunes, of course, as well as the world's finest electronic music retailer, Beatport!

Also, if you're in the NYC area tomorrow night (Thursday, Feb 25th), come help celebrate at the release party (see previous post).



Nue Pourn presents Animal Farm

On the cusp of their newest EP, Dream On, Nue Pourn has put together a very special live show to help celebrate the release.

This is the first electronic release on So Valid, and I couldn't think of a better way to get the party started. There's already more Nue Pourn remixes and releases in the works, so buckle up, grab a vodka/red bull and let the experience dictate your actions.




Newnew awesome/creepy video from one of my favorite bands.

Liars new album, Sisterworld, is out March 9th, and I can't friggin wait. That is all.



Salvador Santana - Don't Do it [Michna Remix] - Exclusive remix of a great track taken from Salvador's debut album, Keyboard City, which I also highly recommend checking.

Joy Orbison - BRKLN CLLN [Michna's Brooklyn Bridge Remix] - Bubbling remix of a super bubbling artist.

Michna has been on FIRE lately and lucky for us, he's giving us some of his recent works for Free.99! See below for links. Included are the sublime remix he did for Salvador Santana (Carlos' son, whose new album you should also check for) and also a banger of a remix he did for the bubbling Joy Orbison.

If you happen to be in the BK area on Feb. 18th, I highly recommend checking him live, holding it down for Dr. Dre's birthday celebration, aka Dre Day 2010. Unless of course, yous a trick ass mark.

Gz up, hoez down. But not really.