Friday, October 29, 2010

Song of the Week (Die Antwoord - Enter the Ninja)

The annual SOTW Halloween edition is taking a stop in the South of Africa, known as South Africa. I only wish I had more time to fully delve into the motivations of the 3-person wrecking crew known as "Die Antwoord". The three members consist of Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek. All I can say is that this band is an enigma wrapped in an anachronism cloak that was purchased at Kids R Us circa 1987.

Die Antwoord reps a cultural movement known as "Zef". It's a white trash style in South Africa featuring discarded cultural references. According to Yo-Landi, "Zef is associated with people who soup their cars up and rock gold and shit. Zef is, you're poor but you're fancy." Fancy indeed Yo-Landi...fancy indeed.

For a better explanation see this (you won't be disappointed):

"Look at me now...all up in the Interweb!"

See you at Ghostparty Derailers.

Hope you Dig,

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Song of the Week (Ghostland Observatory - Sad Sad Kitty)

Does anyone else think the new Ghostland is kinda ghey? I mean it has it's moments, and I still went to the Halloween concert, but I expected more than "Kick Clap Speaker"? What the F is that garbage? While we're on this topic, have you heard "Body Shop"? I was pretty stoked when I heard the opening beat, then a robot voice came on and started saying stupid stuff. Then things start to get real sophomoric: "Wax It! Grind It! Work It! and Ride It!" 2006 JZ may have found this pretty badass, but 2010 JZ thinks it's kinda weak sauce.

For the record if any of my future songs contain a robot voice, that robot voice will NEVER utter the words: "Whatcha gonna do at the body shop?" It will be so much "Meow to your Sensai!" or "Prepare to die...seriously I'm about to kill you with LAZERS!"

Don't get me wrong, Halloween dominated. Both shadow and actual karate moves were employed at the concert.

Please observe the mystery that is Ghostparty Derailers:

Disclaimer: If I were going to be in Dallas for NYE, I would probably go see Ghostland again. I mean those guys reinvest every last dollar they have in lazers, capes and synthesizers. Maybe they should have reinvested in some decent songs for their new album. OHHHHHH SNNNNAAAAPPPP Ghostland!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Song of the Week (GnR - Welcome to the Jungle)

I know this isn't supposed to be an "Adventures of JZ" blog, but this is all I have been thinking about this week. Tomorrow (or today depending on when this is posted) I will be venturing with 15 other young snappers to that Desert Jungle known as Vegas for Tom-bone's bachelor party. We've been getting "all jacked up" about this weekend for months, and I've been thinking about the SOTW for this week for 7 days.
"Welcome to the Jungle" by the unmatched Guns N' Roses is THE quintessential bachelor party song. Runners up included:
1) Highway to the Dangerzone - Kenny Loggins?
2) Legs - ZZ Top
3) Creeping Death - Metallica (I'm just playin'....)

Seriously, when those first echoing Slash guitar chords come on the know what time it is. It's a time that is much more serious than "Business Time". It's time to dominate. Like my boy Macho Man Randy Savage...OHHHH YEEEEEEEEAAH

When I tell people I'm going to a bachelor party in Vegas, I keep getting: "Oh! So, are you guys gonna be like the guys from the Hangover?" No Mom. It's not gonna be like The Hangover. Chinamen are not jumping out of trunks, and Mike Tyson is not going to reclaim his Tiger. I really don't think any of that would be awesome. I'm picturing something much closer to 1984 Tom Hanks' Bachelor Party. Clearly more fun than the Hangover.

Rest assured, when "Welcome to the Jungle" comes on at the club, and you know it will, prepare yourself for the most awesome Hi-Five of your life. It's gonna hurt.

Hope you Dig,

Friday, October 15, 2010

Song of the Week (Ninjasonik - Bars)

1 word: Ninjasonik. As if the name alone didn't already signify awesomeness, these guys crushed all expectations (there were none) and put on what I would consider as the stand out performance of ACL. Sure Phish was expected to knock it out, and the collective pseudo-hipster populace is just now catching on to the trance/drum 'n bass-esque dub-step sounds of Deadmau5. But who expected 2 hip-hop artists and a DJ to absolutely control a crowd of ACL-skeptics at 1pm on Saturday? Not this guy. I mean people were h'd over, the sun was beating down, people were sneezing all over the place...gahroooosssss.

And yet, there's something about the anthemic: We are Ninja F*ckin' Sonik!...Sonik F*ckin' Ninjas! The crowd was captivated. Who are these mysterious Blipsters (Black + Hipsters), who seem to like tight pants and who harbor crushes on art school girls, and who proclaim: "Somebody gon get pregnant!"? Indeed, Messrs Ninjasonik, somebody IS gonna get pregnant...ya some point in time.

The clear highlight of the show was when Telli (the scarier rapper of the 2) started chanting: "Let dat boi cook Let dat boi cook!" At which point Jah-Jah combined would could only be described as a C-walk and a mime of cooking something, like a cake or something. Truly a sight to behold. I love it when seemingly innocuous phrases like this become anthems. Like "You go girl!" or "Deez Nutz!" Thanks to Martin and Snoop.

I give you: "Bars"

Pretty standard Punk/Hip-Hop N-Sonik fare.

Hope you Dig,

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Song of the Week (Early Edition: Mark Ronson - Bang Bang Bang featuring Q-Tip and MNDR)

All right gang...I can't decide on a band to feature for the upcoming ACL weekend, so I'm going off the grid. Expect next week's pick to accurately reflect the starpower of Austin City Limits.

Supernintendo Tommers sent me this little gem earlier this week, and I was all like...OMFG! It's as if someone reached into my subconscious and pulled out all of my favorite stuff and built a song/video to capture it.

There have been a lot of attempted crossovers of rappers trying to capitalize on the Indie/Chillwave/Electronica genre:
Snoop Dogg - "Plastic Beach"
Kanye West - "I'm a big fat loser so TAKE ME SERIOUSLY...or I' m gonna cry"
P Diddy - "Some crap that totally failed cuz it sucked"

Q-Tip struck gold here. The guy is definitely talented, but this is some next level anthem sh!t. So much props for the Nintendo/Tron-themed visuals. And the kids break-dancing...also a nice touch.

This song reminds me of D.A.N.C.E but way better. I would recommend listening to this song:
1) at a party
2) on Friday as a key component of your fresh n' clean mix
3) while playing Nintendo (kinda makes we wanna play Megaman 2...I digress)
4) at Discovery Zone

Hope you Dig,