Mash-ups? Over? Never! While it’s kind of a fad to say you’ve moved on, don’t forget how many disparate flavors still haven’t been swirled. The question now is one of quality. The Jaydiohead album doesn’t stick to just one album by either Jay-Z or Radiohead, allowing for more options to match instrumentals with rhymes. It makes for a listen gilded with more than just one ‘a-ha!’ moment. We’d rather not give away all the surprises, but here’s one to whet your appetite: ‘Dirt Off Your Android”. Check it out at Jaydiohead.com – It’s free!
It’s good to bump some nerding-out music every once in a while, and if you’re new to the style, we recommend Quarta330′s newest offering. With an equipment list that includes a Moog Rogue, lo-fi resonator, and a Nintendo GameBoy, the Japanese producer twists grime and dubstep rhythms into glitchy, dirty video game music complete with laser sounds and action noises. Sabacco EP falls somewhere between those old school video game jams and Bogdan Raczynski; sugary and beat-oriented, dirty and jarring as hell.
Green Light Flix, a vegan-friendly community of animal rights activists and environmentalists, has opened the doors of their film studio to member participation in the creation of podcasts, videos, and web content. The Florida-based, fan-managed studio is more of an online creation hub than an exporter of slaughterhouse footage; it aims to make producers out of contributors who pay $25+ annually. Their efforts help finance the films, and also give them a say in the projects, their logos, and websites. Besides educational videos about vegan chefs and “greentrepreneurs,” the site also features projects in development for member voting, with the highest rated films getting produced and DVD copies going to the members who helped in their creation. “There are millions of vegetarians and vegans around the world, and many of us are insulted by being portrayed in films and TV shows as pale, 85-pound hippies that look sickly and need a murdered farm animal’s carcass and dairy products to feel better,” said Green Light Flix co-founder Scott Cardinal.
Travel guides typically provide information on places and things, but what about people? If you’re entering into a foreign culture, shouldn’t you have a couple clues about its denizens? Here’s where the 51 Japanese Characters project comes in handy. While an exchange student in Japan, German visual communication design student Peter Machat “tried to shed some light on the areas of Japanese society that are often perceived as being mysterious and closed.”
51 Japanese Characters showcases typical archetypes and cultural phenomena of Japanese society. It comes in the form of a handsome set of postcards in customizable display boxes. Each card shows one of the 51 characters on the front and an accompanying explanation (in English, German and Japanese) on the back. The first edition is limited to 500 sets, produced in the offset printing studio of Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. 51 Japanese Characters is both playful (turning the character-loving Japanese society itself into characters) and an easy way for a gaijin to learn how to avoid crowded subway trains when heading to Tokyo. You can order the postcards for about $24 (+ shipping) or a poster featuring all of the characters for about $13 (+ shipping) here.
Continuing a work relationship that’s been going for 17 years, ambient/techno producer John Tejada teams up once again with long time collaborator Arian Leviste. The duo that brought us the LPs Fairfax Sake and Back For Basics add yet another 12″ to the list of releases since 1994. M Tracks consists of four exercises in modular synth madness, assembled using analog sequencers, and brings the producers back to a machinery setup that shaped their early sound. The songs range from familiar techno styles to more a experimental sound. Vinyl heads will want this one on wax.