Here’s a funky free EP from Mayer Hawthorne via Stones Throw + No Strings Roller Boogie Remix By Dj Jazzy Jeff. I like it all, but be sure to check out the Jazzy Jeff remix.

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Mayer Hawthorne Impressions EP Mp3 Link

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Work To Do

This one features my live band, The County: Quentin Joseph on drums, Topher Mohr on guitar, Quincy McCrary on piano, and Joe Abrams on bass. It was recorded live in a radio station studio somewhere during our Winter 2010 US tour. The tapes recently surfaced, but nobody can remember exactly where we were. The song is originally by The Isley Brothers, and that’s the only version I was familiar with until we started playing it in our live shows and people would come up to us and say “hey, loved your cover of Average White Band!”.

2. Don’t Turn The Lights On
My favorite track from Chromeo’s latest LP. On the surface it’s an electro-funk, dance floor filler, but underneath is a brilliant love ballad with lyrics that reminded me of something from Tyrone Davis. Dave1 (of Chromeo) told me the song is about a guy who falls in love with a ghost, so I wanted my version to have an eerie, ghostly feel to it. Quincy McCrary played the creepy piano solo at the end.

3. You’ve Got The Makings Of A Lover
Textbook Northern Soul from a little known Dallas, Texas group called The Festivals. I was digging for records in NY with my homey DJ Kurse, and the shopkeeper played the 45 in the store. Both of us immediately ran up to the counter and said “yo! what is THAT?!”. The original version was recorded in the late 60s, and the mix isn’t very good. I wanted a version that I could bump. Quentin Joseph played the drums and we recorded them at Sam Beaubien’s studio in Detroit. That’s Sam playing the trumpet as well.

4. Fantasy Girl
This song was written and composed by an amazing man from Pasadena named Steve Salazar. He was born with a heart condition and passed away at the young age of 27. Before he died he recorded one incredible album of demos in the mid-70s with a band called Shorty’s Portion. Peanut Butter Wolf found a copy of the album and I loved it so much that he gave it to me (thanks Wolf!). The vinyl had a handwritten note tucked in the sleeve that was addressed to anyone who could help the band with management, a record deal, radio airplay, etc. I’d estimate there were less than 300 copies pressed. That’s my Dad playing pedal steel guitar and Topher Mohr shredding the guitar solo on my version.

5. Little Person
Jon Brion is not from this planet. He penned this song for the soundtrack to Charlie Kaufman’s film “Synecdoche, NY”. I didn’t get the film at all, but I really got the soundtrack. The original has only female vocal and piano, but I always heard a larger arrangement. Hubert Alexander played some of the piano and I did everything else.

6. Mr. Blue Sky
This one also features my band, The County, and was recorded live, in one take, in a tiny makeshift tent, at a festival in Dour, Belgium.

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OUT MARCH 14TH ON NINJATUNE

Album Press

The one and only Luke Vibert returns to the fray under his most celebrated and wondrous moniker, Wagon Chris (to clarify, he is not under a wagon. Nor on one. Nor is he, strictly speaking, Christ, though we can’t rule out his messianic status). The king of stoned exotica, ridiculous vocal samples, toothsome puns, swinging rhythm and the psychedelic groove, Vibert has never been one to take himself too seriously, but his music continues to delight.

“Toomorrow” is a case in point. Built around a dizzying array of vocal samples – by turn funny, vacuous, pointed and occasionally threatening – the album spins out in a hundred and one directions whilst always been recognisably a Wagon Christ production. “Ain’t He Heavy, He’s My Brother,” sounds like an instrumental outtake from a lost album by A Tribe Called Quest on ectasy. “Manalyze This!” combines pounding bass with the campest keyboard line heard outisde of a tent. “Accordian McShane” makes light work of timpani and massed crazy orchestral stuff. “My Lonely Scene” soundtracks a singles-club disco for monsters while “Respectrum” is cop show music for Emo Phillips. “Rennie Codgers” emulates Blackpool-beat at its most advanced while “Wake Up” is reminsicent of being chased through a particularly disturbing sex dream by bees. “Lazer Dick” brings pure phazer-phunk, “Sentimental Hardcore” delivers Disney with gurns. “Harmoney” is an advertmisement for non-ironic mullets and “Mr Mukatsu” finishes the record with a limping, limpid beauty.

Z-Trip Released a New Mix

Posted: January 27, 2011 in Dj Mix
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Dj Z Trip released a new mix. It’s pretty much like any of my live sets, but give it a listen anyways.

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Z Trip Mix Download Link

This mix came out with the Ninja Tune 20th anniversary series. If you like the classic Ninja Tune tracks, you should dig this mix. It’s not brand spankin’ new, but it’s a good listen. Check out the Ninja Tune / Big Dada Sound Cloud page for a plethora of Ninja songs & mixes.

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Sexy XXXMAS

Posted: December 23, 2010 in The Zoo
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A Christmas song from us to you.

Looking forward to Burning Man next year. Here’s something Mic Phedusha put together from his experience this year. Check out his blog. It’s good stuff.

A weekly webcast in which your fearless host explores the unknown and travels through time and space.This week Mike is joined by Paranormal Investigator, Dr. Richard von Munchhausen.
I’ll see you tonight New Orleans!
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