Thursday, January 6, 2011

V.A. Body Work (2011)

ALBUM`````Body Work
GENRE`````Stuck in 1980's, Classics, Funk, Electro-Funk, Disco, Breaks
A Bleeding Panda Compilation!

I've been meaning to finish this one ever since the HD Computer Music comp. This one is brimming with "stuck in 80's" funk-disco classics, a few mega icky childish pop tracks (Scritti Politti anyone?) and as always some lost or faded gems (Tarzan The Breakman, Ja Ready To Rock, Gettin' Loose). Also, the highlight here is most definitely one of the dopest disco-funk tracks of the 1980's: Tee's Happy (Tee Scott Club Mix), a gorgeous paradise of rhythm machinery and heart ripping guitar and synth work.

01 D-Train - You're The One For Me (1982)
02 Hot Streak - Body Work (1983)
03 Freestyle - Fly Freestyle (Instrumental Version Excerpt) (1984)
04 Man Parrish - Boogie Down (Bronx) (1986)
05 Scritti Politti - Hypnotize (1985)
06 Aleem - Sweet Treat (1987)
07 Kleeer - De Ting Continues (1982)
08 Bumble Bee Unltd. - Bumble Bee Rap (1981)
09 Captain Rock - Cosmic Blast (12''Mix) (1984)
10 Break Machine - Street Dance (1983)
11 Alex O - Gettin' Loose (1988 Nigeria)
12 Northend - Tee's Happy (Tee Scott Club Mix) (1981)
13 Aleem - More n More Love (1987)
14 Warp 9 - Nunk (1982)
15 Ministry - What He Say (1983)
16 Konk - Your Life (1984)
17 Afro Joe & The Bangos - Tarzan The Breakman (Radio Edit) (1984)
18 Hong Kong Syndikat - Roby (1984)
19 Midnight Star - Operator (Vocal LP Version) (1984)
20 Zapp And Roger - Ja Ready To Rock (1985)
21 Herbie Hancock - Autodrive (12'' Version) (1983)

!!! The folder is marked with (2010) because I uploaded it before the 2011 so just retype that if you care:)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Megafaun - Gather Form And Fly (2009)

ALBUM`````Gather Form And Fly
GENRE`````Experimental Country-Rock, Freak-Folk, Indie

Megafaun sound completely lost in time, frolicking around in forests, exploring gorges and finding shady rocks to use as diving boards into hot springs. Guys from The Onion said it the best - "Megafaun fits squarely in the bearded Caucasian folkie camp, but the ethereal Gather, Form & Fly is far too extraterrestrial-sounding to be bound to this planet, much less this country. Evoking a warmly inviting yet mysteriously alien countryside terrain reminiscent of those gorgeously golden wheat fields from Terrence Malick’s Days Of Heaven, Gather, Form & Fly has a psychedelic mind & a Pentecostal heart, applying raggedly strummed banjos and woozy acoustic guitars to harmonies that swell heavenward like ghostly dust clouds."

Be sure to google the lyrics - they are excellent.

When Justin Vernon left Raleigh-by-way-of-Eau-Claire-WI indie folkers DeYarmond Edison to go on to late-'00s indie wunderkind status as Bon Iver, the remaining members of DE, Phil Cook, Brad Cook, and Joe Westerlund, carried on in North Carolina as Megafaun. With an impossible-to-pinpoint, laid back lo-fi sound incorporating Byrds-esque harmonies, elegiac folk-picking, and off-kilter instrumentation (think a rougher-around-the-edges Fleet Foxes), Megafaun earned accolades beyond their feted former bandmate. The trio gained solid enough reviews for the sparse debut disc Bury the Square in 2008; however, their sophomore release the next year, Gather, Form & Fly, on the Home Tapes label, drew raves, with high marks from the Onion AV Club and Pitchfork.

Review byStephen M. Deusner
Megafaun's songs change shape constantly-- a thrillingly mercurial quality that makes Gather, Form & Fly a headily absorbing, occasionally unsettling listen. Despite their musical wanderlust, the trio remain firmly rooted in the Appalachian foothills, enamored with folk traditions and pastoral airs.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Documentary: Last Train Home (2009)

Last Train Home tells the story, movingly and without narration, of the world's largest human migration, which takes place once a year during the Chinese New Year's holiday. That's when 130 million Chinese migrant workers, many of whom have come from rural villages to work in urban factories, return home to visit the families they left behind.How to tell such a huge story? By focusing on a single family.
It's depressing enough to watch this family's struggles with life. But their pain really hits home when you think that the pants you might be wearing could have contributed to it.

Review from New York Times
Tells the story of a family caught, and possibly crushed, between the past and the future--a story that, on its own, is moving, even heartbreaking. Multiplied by 130 million, it becomes a terrifying and sobering panorama of the present.

Review by Emanuel Levy
This extraordinary Chinese-Canadian documentary illuminates the human price involved in China's ascent into a global economic power: every year over 130 million migrant workers take an arduous journey back home. Emotionally engaging and starkly beautiful, the film offers intimate observations of one fractured family, shedding light on the human cost of China’s ascendance as an economic superpower. It's hard to think of another film that captures so vividly and painfuly the human price paid in the country's rapid process of modernization.

Some notable films made by EyeSteelFilm:
Antoine A film about a very creative blind boy. Watch the trailer.
(if you find a download link let me know)

RiP: A Remix Manifesto A very fun documentary about the remix & mash-up culture and the music industry's reaction to it. Watch the trailer.

Up the Yangtze A film about the collateral damage caused by the building of the Three Gorges Dam.Watch the trailer.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Within a Deep Forest (Indie Freeware PC Game)

NAME``````````````Within a Deep Forest
TYPE```````````````Platform Game
DEVELOPER```Nicklas Nygren
SIZE````````````````Just 20MB

Happy New Year Everybody! Now waste some time with this excellent minimalist indie freeware platform game.

Review by dessgeega (
The game is drenched in twilight, the horizons frayed with purple. small pixel creatures lend hints of life and detail to the game’s massive rooms. a downtempo soundtrack ranges from hushed to softly jazzy, and hovers at the fringe of the player’s perception. the game itself is about a ball, with small eyes that sometimes blink and a short mouth that never moves.

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