Wednesday, April 18, 2007

ozzie newmiesome.

last night... i was lying in bed... thinking about what i'm gonna do for wex wednesdays... when my inspiration came via blaring text message alert!

top albums that my man jason newmie new new the third has turned me on to - that i still listen to today. these aren't going to be reviews or anything... just some ramblings. but trust me, these are all worth checking out:

1. Amy Winehouse "Back to Black" - newmie NEW about this lady about 3.5 smidgens before anyone else here in the states, save for a few bigger music nerds. "Rehab" is my joint. also, love the "remix" that she did with pretty toney. she's a known lush, but whatever, so are plenty of my relatives & they're good people. also, newmie took me as his guest to her first ever US show at joe's pub. she was drunk there too. but whatever, the show was dooooooope. pick it up.
2. Interpol "Turn on the Bright Lights" - i didn't think i'd like it. i mean, my friend Karen loved them, and i hate most of the stuff she oogles over, so yea. but man, this is a new york city walkin through the streets must-have. fav cut is probably the first song, which is... untitled. side note: this song was almost ruined for me by some crap deejay's "mash up" with "in da club". fuck outtttta here. i still think the one bass player dude wears some clothes that say, "i care waaaay too much about being cool". but alas.
3. Giant Drag "Hearts & Unicorns" - ayo at the album title. anyway. although the true find was their live session for sony connect, the album is great too. newmie brought me to their showcase at pianos and after i gushed over how awesome they were (that's a lie, i don't think i've ever gushed over anything), he sent me the record - the rest is giant history. i don't know what i liked more, the songs or annie's (the singer/guitarist) childlike sarcastic dialog in-between songs. sadly, they recently broke up.
4. Mulatu Astatqe "Ethiopiques Vol. 4" - ever see Jim Jarmusch's film "Broken Flowers"? it was decent. 6/10. but what really got me through the whole movie was the music that was being featured throughout. said music was provided by this Ethiopian musician and arranger - who's apparently known as the "Father of Ethio-Jazz". just real chill thinkin-man's music. pick it up. try Kim's on Astor.
5. TV On The Radio "Return to Cookie Mountain" - brooklyn's finest. this one was on everybody's year-end best-music-omg-in-the-whole-world lists. but newmie, a longtime TVOTR fan, put me up on this a while back. i still don't think the track listing i have is accurate, but alas, i love these friggin songs. looking forward to seeing them live sometime. do yourself the favor, pick it up.

dj fuckin wex, ain't a damn thing changed. except for lots of stuff, actually.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well great Wex, how are we supposed to add to this one?

"Oh, and ANOTHER great album that Jason turned Wex onto is..."

I mean, good for you and all, you have a J-New in your life, we should all be so lucky, but let us in here a little.



5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ha! well, that's true. you could go check out those albums tho - and post your thoughts! here!

but yea, i single'd out jay because out of all my friends (total=11), he throws the most new non-hip hop music my way. and it's good most of the time.

5:52 PM  
Blogger Tennis Talk, Anyone? said...

In case you haven't been indoctrinated then wex, I'm gonna throw this at you (or the band at least): Wilco. Any and all is good, even though it took me a little while to get into their last one, A Ghost Is Born. Summerteeth is the best one. If interested, I could make you a sample CD to check out. That goes for anyone else, too. Wilco rules all. The new CD drops May 15.

If you want a true lesson on what rock and kickin' ass is supposed to be about, check out Human Amusement at Hourly Rates: The Best of Guided by Voices. (Wilco still rules all, though)

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Van. You will be joining Russ "Banned in NY" The Bus outside the doors of the Knit next HHK for your love of Wilco.

GBV might get you a drink ticket though.

6:39 PM  
Blogger Tennis Talk, Anyone? said...

If that's how it has to be...

I just want to say I had a good run at HHK, met some cool people, saw some awesome performances (who could ever forget the time Big Daddy Kane showed up in BK?) and you have to admit, no one's ever rocked "Paul Revere" like me!

All you out there, you can check me out at my MySpace page. J, you can mail that drink ticket to me (or just buy me a beer whenever we head out to grab drinks.)

And one final thought:
Wilco still rules!!! "Sky Blue Sky" drops May 15 from Nonesuch Records

8:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love the plug for the album at the end!

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

J, if Van never returns due to your insensitive remark, I will never forgive you.

Momma Diggedy loves Wilco.


I checked out the links, and dig TV on the Radio. Wex gave me a copy of the album. I WILL POST THOUGHTS ONE DAY. MONITOR THIS BLOG POST FOR 9 1/2 WEEKS!

10:40 PM  
Blogger Kev frum BROOKLYN! said...

Amy W. did a remix with Pharoahe Monch for rehab. yeah that's about all I got for this one. Holla if you wanna check it out.

12:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I take it back. If you leave, who's gonna rock obscure Whodini joints?? You are welcome back. And congratulations on that new publicity job at Nonesuch. Hope that works out for ya.


I love Amy. And I love Pharoahe. But combined? Two great things that are not great together. It's like wrapping up a chocolate cake with a slice of pizza.

And I know "Momma Diggedy" and that is NOT her government name.

Finally, whatever you listen to, you should be checking this out:

One of them had one too many Mudslides. Can you guess which one?


2:34 AM  
Blogger Russ the Bus said...

Are you adding Whodini?

This party didnt start til i walked in. Though i probly will leave before the thing end. But in the mean time and in between time, if van works his thing then i'll work mine...


ps. wex- this post is even less hiphop than office space.

pps- i didnt notice it at first but i look like i'm taking a shot in the mouth in that april picture.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Tennis Talk, Anyone? said...

Thanks for lifting the ban on me guys. A guy's gotta stick up for their band!

Russ, I don't think Whodini's really gonna happen. (But I do happen to know they have "Funky Beat" in their possession if you want to campaign for it.)

Man, that clip is hilarious! I bet the Charlotte Church booking agency got let go after that. She seemed to have her act together in the Paul Weller clip listed out on the side.

And Diggedy, if you're looking for that perfect Mother's Day gift ...

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So wait.

Confessions of Fire is J?


10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

agreed the the rehab remix w/ pharoahe was absolute doo-doo.

russ, when you were in college, at your fraternity parties, did you used to get real drunk and ask fly girls if they wanted to "ride the bus"?



11:05 AM  
Blogger Russ the Bus said...



11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My man J exposed me because I'm on some retirement sh!t. Maybe y'all see me again, maybe not.

11:10 AM  
Blogger Russ the Bus said...

actually at spring break we came up with the worst pick up line of all time:
aproach a girl with the utmost sincerity and say "Excuse me, do you like robots?" Absolutely hilarious reactions are guaranteed.

I used it for about two years, got zero ass, but it was sooo worth it.

Took this game to a Roots show down the shore once, one girl instantly comes back with "NO. AND I DON'T LIKE YOU."
A little while later i had this fly asian girl talking to me for an hour about Rosie from the Jetsons. this was actually a little disturbing so i retired the line thereafter.

Polemic City is a movement.

11:21 AM  
Blogger Kev frum BROOKLYN! said...

"do you like robots?"


I'll be back once I catch my breath from laughing so hard.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pharoahe Monch and Amy Winehouse Rehab Remix


4:56 PM  
Blogger Charlie said...

i have a new blogging identity. please think of me as a new entity. thank you.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Russ the Bus said...

How bout those AMAZIN's??!!!

10:25 AM  
Blogger Russ the Bus said...

this is how we chill.

(sorry new yorkers plaaaaaayoffs tomorrow)

11:21 AM  

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