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Archive for February, 2013

Song of the Day: “Goodnight” by Philip Owusu

I can finally make this song of the day! Okayplayer just premiered this track and posted an extensive interview with Philip! To quote his soundcloud, “Goodnight” is the first song from my new solo album “SUBS”, coming soon. First played on BBC by Gilles Peterson at the end of 2012, ‘Goodnight” has appeared on both Gilles Peterson’s and Anthony Valadez’s (KCRW) ‘Best of 2012′ shows, as well as Jason Bentley’s (KCRW Music Director) ‘Top 10 Most Anticipated Albums of 2013′, lists.

Goodnight will be available for purchase tomorrow March 1st on bandcamp.

Song of the Day: “Samurai (Long Version)” by Jazztronik

I saw that Jazztronik (Tokyo) posted this to their soundcloud a couple days ago. I absolutely love the studio and the live version of this song that I already have but this another version that I am unfamiliar with that takes a winding 6:00+ of synth jazz funk to get to the main theme (and then gets a little crazy for my taste around 8:54).

It says it’s going to be coming out on “Jazztronik Studio Live Extra” the follow up to “Jazztronik Studio Live Best.” Unfortuantely, it’s showing up on the Japanese iTunes store but not the American one. Google translate tells me it will be released by Seven-Five-Three Festival (七五三) Records.

The Main Ingredient Radio Show NYC – Episode #191 (February 26, 2013)

The Main Ingredient Radio Show NYC – Episode #191 (February 26, 2013)
stro elliot – turn on some marvin (stro.bandcamp.com)
medline – wind parade (mpmsite.com)
kaytranada – all we do featuring JMSN (jakartarecords.de)
laura mvula – green garden (rca/victor)
mop mop – kamakumba (agogo-records.com)
skyzoo – ticker tape parade (audiomack.com/artist/skyzoo)
indiana rome – night shift featuring black spade, sean falyon, teresa jenee (indianarome.com)
szjerdene – arrow(s) (szjerdene.bandcamp.com)
falty dl – korben dallas (ninjatune.net)
flume – holdin on (futureclassic.com.au)
jr & ph7 – goodbye (brenk remix) featuring phonte & median (jrandph7.bandcamp.com)
slum village – riot featuring rapper big pooh, joe scudda and t3 (synchronization)
fat jon as maurice galactica – a wingman supreme (amplesoul.com)
soulpersona starring princess freesia – cocaine (soundcloud.com/soulpersona)
little people – marzipan children (youth & progress)
rhye – verse (universal/polydor)
troumaca – layou (troumaca.co.uk)
little dragon – little man (vindata remix) (soundcloud.com/vindata)
toro y moi – cola (carparkrecords.com)
inc. – 5 days (4ad.com)
bondax – gold (sony music uk)
fs green – regenjas & planga (siroj remix) (fsgreen.bandcamp.com)
osunlade – camera shy (yorubarecords.bandcamp.com)
bjork – virus (hudson mohawke peaches and guacamol rework) (one little indian | indian.co.uk)
scrimshire – say something (wahwah45s.com)
el perro del mar – home is to feel like that (elperrodelmar.com)
black einstein – arabia (instrumental) (blackeinstein.bandcamp.com)
heidi vogel – black narcissus (faroutrecordings.com)
seven deaths – all night graves (thisisluckyme.com)

The Main Ingredient is a weekly radio show covering brand new soulful underground music from around the world, featuring as in-studio interviews with the artists making it. New episodes can be found Wednesdays at noon at jonolivermusic.com. The show began in May 2009 as a weekly broadcast from East Village Radio’s storefront studio on 1st Ave. & 1st St. in NYC and continued there until EVR closed it doors in May 2014. This episode is from the East Village Radio Archives.

Song of the Day: “Green Garden” by Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula (London) will release her debut album Sing To The Moon March 4th on RCA.

Song of the Day: “Holdin On” by Flume

Flume (Sydney, Australia) released his self-titled album last Tuesday on Future Classic. [via MixtapeRiot]

Song of the Day: “Arrow(s)” by Szjerdene

Szjerdene put me onto this dope Jacques Greene track through the “vocal cover” she put out last week. Sorry for the mismatched players – I couldn’t find both songs on the same site.

Song of the Day: “Lucky Fellow (Soulpersona Re-Edit)” by Leroy Hutson

Even though I have this original track (maybe I have some re-recorded version, the piano is much less prominent), I didn’t realize it was the sample for Erykah Badu’s “No Love” until I heard this edit. Soulpersona is musician, producer, remixer and arranger from the North of London.

Song of the Day: “All We Do” by Kaytranada featuring JMSN

I’ve been seeing this guy’s name a lot on social networks the last few weeks. I think there is a new album afoot. His KAYTRA TODO EP came out yesterday on HW&W (US) and Jakarta Records (Europe).

This uses that sample from “Rumble In The Jungle” by the Fugees featuring A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes & John Forté from the When We Were Kings Soundtrack; the other sample, the one that isn’t ABBA. Anyone know what it is?

If you have a short attention span, let it play through the chorus.

Oddisee Live At The Loft

#23 Oddisee from LIVE AT THE LOFT on Vimeo.

Befriend Your iTunes #1

This post is for people who use iTunes but listen to the same few songs over and over again and feel like the rest of their iTunes library is a kind of daunting/boring place where music goes to die. This is a suggested way to get back in touch with your unheard songs in a way that pays increasing dividends towards your happiness.

If you aren’t already familiar with “Smart Playlists,” let me introduce you to a great ally. They can be found in the file menu; the menu layout is slightly different if you have an older version of iTunes:

They can also be found in the bottom left corner of the sidebar:

Once you click on “New Smart Playlist” you will see this window where you can specify simple criteria for iTunes to use to filter your songs. iTunes will then show you the songs that match your criteria and instantaneous update the playlist as you make changes to your library. It will say “Artist” where it says “Rating” in my screen shot below. Click there to see a drop menu of your many choices. The options change depending on what category you choose. My suggested playlists for today are all based on ratings. Choose “Rating” from the dropdown, then change the 5 stars on the right to zero, then click OK. Name the playlist “Unrated” or something indicating they are songs you need to go through. Load this playlist onto your iPod. If it won’t fit, click on the “Limit To” box, change “items” to “GB” and type in a size that works with your iPod.

Take this playlist out into the world and start rating songs. It can be fun to do on shuffle. Working album by album has it’s advantages as well. The ratings you specify on your iPod will be transferred back to your iTunes the next time you synch them. A friendly suggestion: if you aren’t sure what to rate a song, ask yourself how excited you would be for this song to show up on shuffle a month from now, do not try to objectively assess the song’s merit. The only thing that matters is if you want to hear again. These are my general guidelines for rating songs:

1 star = The song is sonically (or lyrically) offensive to me in some way
2 stars = Sounds fine but i don’t want to hear it again
3 stars = I’d be happy to hear this song again in the right context
4 stars = A great song; I would be glad to hear it pretty much anytime
5 stars = The best of the best (I have very few 5 star songs)

Next make another smart playlist with the following criteria:

Be sure to select “is in the range” instead of the default “is.” Name this playlist “3-5 stars” or something more fun that indicates that it’s songs you like. Once you get a decent amount of songs rated you can go back and forth between rating new songs and hearing your newly rediscovered gems.

Last but not least, create a playlist with these criteria:

Be sure to check the “Match only checked items” on this playlist. That is because songs that show up on this playlist are going to be unchecked (see below if you don’t know what “checked” means). When you uncheck a song it no longer plays unless you specifically double-click on it. It also is no longer synced to your iPod if you use the default settings. After rating a bunch of songs, go into this playlist and (on a mac) hold down the command key while you click on one of the checkboxes (I’m not sure of the Windows equivalent, probably control or option). All of the songs in that playlist will become unchecked and subsequently disappear because they no longer match your “Match only checked items” rule.

As you work your way through your library, your list of favorite songs will get longer and longer, the songs that annoy you will disappear into oblivion and your feeling that your library is a daunting/boring place where music goes to die will fade away.

You may want to put these playlists in a folder (File Menu / New / Playlist Folder) to keep them together.

This has been Befriend Your iTunes Part #1. If this was helpful to you please leave a comment. Thanks.

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