Skrillex: Bangarang (Owsla/Big Beat/Atlantic)
"The most hated man in dubstep" therefore isn't "in" dubstep at all, which allowing for a few wannabes is fine by the rest of us who aren't in dubstep, meaning 99 percent if not 99.99 percent of music consumers. If you're too smart or knowledgeable for this young goof and his damn Grammys that Robyn wouldn't have won anyway, by all means enjoy your cool. I'm not. But I know this much. This is a pop record because its shamelessly hedonistic barrage of proven dancefloor tricks will obviously be more fun at home than in a club, where it would blare forth at quadruple volume to young jerks who'd get just as excited about LMFAO. A MINUS
Clams Casino: Instrumental Mixtape (free download)
Have been enjoying Bangarang for a couple of weeks now. Without sounding a thing like it, it keeps detonating beats-as-hooks/hooks-as-beats in the manner of It Takes a Nation of Millions...
Clams Casino, huh? Sounds delicious.
P.S. I shall henceforth be known as Tha Wizard.
(sheesh, all i been tryin' to post is that i am now and evermore Tha Winged Cow*!)
*grovel as ye must, low-born ones.
Liam Smith - 100-Watt Warlock
Liam MacGabhann - Embryonic Crusadah
Pádraig Smith - Dependable Skeleton
Pádraig MacGabhann - Vangelic Surgeon
The last one is my favourite but it sounds a bit painful.
Liam Smith - Ham Limits
Liam MacGabhann - Cambial Hangman; A Mama Blanching; Banana Mag Milch [Cambial is a plant stem, apparently)
Padraig Smith - diaphragm sit, paradigms hit
Padraig MacGabhann - Bandana Magic Graph
Last one's my favourite again
Or with my full name, A Drunkard Libido Hit or A Bad Idiot Drink Hurl. This thing doesn't think very highly of me.
(some sort of butt-size reference, no doubt)
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Hairy Irene: I'm spending this one alone. If there were a song titled, "V-Day Gives Me the S**ts" then I'd probably be listening to that. But there is not, so It'll will be more or the same for me.
I'm sorry to hear about your cat.
His pop savvy notwithstanding, Skrillex can sometimes veer from young goof to young jerk himself:
Funny you would mention this. My wife's reaction to the "Who is Paul Mc?" posts was, "It's because he doesn't use the 'n' word enough."
To Irene: I'm stilling playing The Wren's Seacaucus as recommended by Ryan. Except when I'm driving, where Strawberry seems to be stuck in the player for the nonce. Not really Valentine's Day music. It will get cheery when wifey and I go out to dinner this evening. Either oldies or Todd Snider live.
To Liam: The first two are awesome DJ names. I'd be snagging them in a heartbeat. Especially since I remain,
Mr. No Egg Rot
Pencils in my Top 5 real fast.
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Starting in 1967, Robert Christgau has covered popular music for The Village Voice, Esquire, Blender, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He teaches in New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, maintains a comprehensive website at robertchristgau.com, and has published five books based on his journalism. He has written for MSN Music since 2006.