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Month: August 2010

[MP3s] You Ain’t No Picasso’s favorite songs of August 2010

[MP3s] You Ain’t No Picasso’s favorite songs of August 2010

August was a pretty fun month. I hit up Lollapalooza, got a sweet set up for my record player and heard a lot of great music. Here’s some of the songs that made August such a blast.

You Ain’t No Picasso’s Favorite Songs of August

MP3: The Drums – We Used to Wait (Arcade Fire)
MP3: Sufjan Stevens – I Walked
Cee Lo Green – Fuck You (link)
MP3: Poison Control Center – Friends in the Band
MP3: Pepper Rabbit – Older Brother
MP3: Soft Cat – It Won’t Be Long
MP3: Tom Waits – Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag (James Brown)
MP3: the Arcade Fire – Such a Shame (Jay Reatard)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Circuital (new; live)
MP3: Jonathan Richman – I’m a Little Dinosaur
MP3: Yip Deceiver – Obnoxia
MP3: Wale – the Soup

[STREAM] Major Lazer’s “Percolator” remix

[STREAM] Major Lazer’s “Percolator” remix

I’ve been curious to hear this one ever since Diplo hinted at it with this silly introduction. Here’s Diplo/Major Lazer’s remix to Cajmere’s simple but addictive “Percolator.”

Stream the Major Lazer remix of “Percolator”

And for those of you hoping to learn the “Percolator” dance, this video is absolutely no help at all. Though to be fair, neither is this one.

[VIDEO] the Apples in Stereo’s “mind controlled analog synth”

[VIDEO] the Apples in Stereo’s “mind controlled analog synth”

File this under “the coolest thing I’ve seen today.” Apples in Stereo frontman Robert Schneider hooked up his Moog synthesizer to a Mattel Mind Flex game to create a mind controlled analog synth. Maybe the best part of the video is that Robert is so excited about it that it’s hard for him to relax enough to lower the pitch of the synth!

Robert says…

As some of you may know, I was working on putting together a mind-controlled Moog synthesizer, allowing you to play the synth with your thoughts, but was having trouble perfecting it. It turns out my Moog MG-1 synth (the first instrument I ever owned, incidentally) has a slider that shorts out, and that was causing me mysterious problems. Anyway, I got the thing working yesterday and have been playing around with it a little:

It is an easy modification to make, to the Mattel Mind Flex game, to connect it to the control voltage (CV) input on an analog synthesizer (the CV is labelled “pitch” on my MG-1). I will post instructions soon, so that others can play their analog synths with their thoughts as well– an interesting and satisfying feeling, even though it is challenging to control.

[MP3] the Drums: “We Used to Wait” (Arcade Fire cover)

[MP3] the Drums: “We Used to Wait” (Arcade Fire cover)

The first post of the day was a cover. The second was for the Arcade Fire’s “We Used to Wait.” So I guess it’s fitting that the third post should be a cover of the Arcade Fire’s “We Used to Wait.” This live take trades out the piano for a smart guitar riff and turns the song into something NME circa 2008 would have loved. Unsurprisingly it’s also something You Ain’t No Picasso in 2010 loves.

MP3: The Drums – We Used to Wait (Arcade Fire cover)

[VIDEO] Portugal. The Man do “Home” acoustic and host a SPIN/ACL contest

[VIDEO] Portugal. The Man do “Home” acoustic and host a SPIN/ACL contest

I think I’ve occasionally said “it’s a good day to be a Portugal. The Man fan” when posting new videos, MP3s or news from that band. However, as any Portugal. The Man fan knows, there’s no such thing as a bad day to be a PTM fan. Today, however, is especially good because we get this video of PTM playing “Home” acoustic in a hallway. Also, those of you attending ACL get the chance to have breakfast with the band.