Workaholics 2013 Hip-Hop Mix

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A while back when I first started trying to make DJ mixes I had the idea to try to make themed mixes, both for fun and to push myself to have a certain focus on these mixes. The two theme types I’ve been most interested in making are genre themed mixes and sample themed mixes. In this case I appeased both of my interests by making a hip-hop/rap genre themed mix which is also themed after the hilarious show Workaholics (via copious vocal samples and specific song selection), which not coincidentally also features a lot of hip-hop music on the show.

Anyways, I had fun rewatching all of the Workaholics Season 3 episodes and cutting up samples of what were some of the funniest moments to me, and I hope that you get some enjoyment or laughs from them as well. Most importantly, I really like all of the songs I used on the mix and feel happy with my selections in pairing them with an appropriate themed Workaholics sample(s). But enough talking about it, just give it a listen below.

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Flashflooder’s Top 50 Music Releases of 2011

And another year has gone by, just like that. Time really does fly.

What initially seemed like a bit of a slow year for music definitely caught its stride midyear and accelerated on to produce numerous quality releases across a variety of genres for your listening pleasure. I thought about writing a little blurb for each release about why I think these albums are worth checking out or even maybe buying (dear god!), but instead I’m just going to list out my top 50 releases from 2011 and let the critics do the talking and you do the listening and deciding.

In case you were wondering how I kept track of all the music I’ve listened to this year, I’ve been keeping a spreadsheet since early January and throwing albums onto it after I’ve listened to them, in approximate ranking position and then editing whenever. If you’re the type of person who does a yearly best of list, you should try it out for yourself! (it’s kind of fun)

And if you’re interested in what some other music critics thought about 2011, check out metacritic’s Music Critic Top 10 Lists for 2011, it’s quite extensive. There’s some great stuff on there and if you’re looking for new things to listen to, that’ll keep you busy for a while.

Anyways, here goes for my list…Honestly all of these releases are really great and I recommend you to check out all of them (and if you look carefully, you might find some download links below heh) regardless of the subjective order I put them in (an order that changed daily btw haha). Enjoy!

Flashflooder’s Top 50 Releases of 2011

50. Feed Me – To The Stars [Mau5trap]

49. Porter Robinson – Spitfire EP [OWSLA]

48. Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact [4AD]

47. Neon Indian – Era Extrana [Mom & Pop/Static Tongues]

46. John Maus – We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves [RibbonMusic/Upset the Rhythm]

45. The Field – Looping State of Mind [Kompakt]

44. Burial – Street Halo EP [Hyperdub]

43. The Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 [Capitol]

42. The Roots – Undun [Island]

41. Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise [Circus Company]

40. Childish Gambino – Camp [Glassnote Records]

39. ASAP Rocky – LiveLoveASAP [Self Released]

38. MellowHype – BlackenedWhite [Fat Possum]

37. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra [Self Released]

36. SebastiAn – Total [Ed Banger]

35. DJ Shadow – The Less You Know, The Better [Verve/Island]

34. Washed Out – Within and Without [Sub Pop]

33. SBTRKT – SBTRKT [Young Turks]

32. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo [Matador]

31. Digitalism – I Love You Dude [V2 Records]

30. Wild Beasts – Smother [Domino]

29. Radiohead – King of Limbs [XL]

28. Bon Iver – Bon Iver [Jagjaguwar]

27. Atlas Sound – Parallax [4AD]

26. Justice – Audio, Video, Disco [Ed Banger]

25. Kaskade – Fire & Ice [Ultra Records]

24. The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) – Watch The Throne [Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam]

23. Gui Boratto – III [Kompakt]

22. Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972 [Kranky]

 21. Andy Stott – We Stay Together/ Passed Me By [Modern Love]

20. Young Montana? – Limerence [Alpha Pup]

19. Little Dragon – Ritual Union [Peacefrog Records]

18. Clams Casino – Instrumentals Mixtape/Rainforest EP [Self Released]

17. James Blake – James Blake [A&M/Atlas]

16. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes [LL Recordings]

15. Toro Y Moi – Underneath The Pine [Carpark]

14. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming [Mute]

13. The Antlers – Burst Apart [Frenchkiss Records]

12. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues [Sub Pop]

11. Balam Acab – Wander / Wonder [Tri Angle]

10. Zomby – Dedication [4AD] / Nothing EP [4AD]

09. The Weeknd – House of Balloons/Thursday/Echoes of Silence [Self Released]

08. Tyler, The Creator – Goblin [XL]

07. Drake – Take Care [Young Money]

06. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy [4AD]

05. Explosions In the Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care [Temporary Residence]

04. Panda Bear – Tomboy [Paw Tracks]

03. Destroyer – Kaputt [Merge]

02. Real Estate – Days [Domino]

01. Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica [Mexican Summer/Software]

DJ Shadow Live in SF, CA (10/21/11)

I recently saw (the bay area’s very own) DJ Shadow aka Josh Davis at the Regency Center in San Francisco on Friday (on 10/21/11) with his Shadowsphere production; and as you might expect, Shadow mixed an enjoyable myriad of genres reaching from mainly his own material ranging from his early days to his latest album.

The Shadowsphere’s visuals were great (although I recommend not to see them right after seeing Amon Tobin’s ISAM live show because all visuals look kinda lame after that), the music was recognizable at times but still varied and interesting, and Shadow’s showmanship was center stage with all of the musical toys he packed onto the tables in his little sphere (my favorites being his virtual drums); the only thing surprising was that his set was short in length topping out a little over an hour.

Anyways, I managed to take a few videos so check out DJ Shadow playing “Redeemed” off his 2011 album (The Less You Know, The Better) and a longer drum & bass style mix containing components of “Stem Long Stem Transmission”. “The 6 Day War”, “What Does Your Soul Look Like (Pt 1)”, and some other songs below. Enjoy.

My DJ Techtools Article “DJ Booths Are Getting Crazy!”

Sorry for being so m.i.a. to this blog lately (and no, i’m not referencing her) but times have been pretty busy having just recently moved to San Francisco while keeping hard at work with the personal and professional projects I’ve got going right now (which will hopefully amount to some cool stuff to talk about here later).

Along those lines, I wrote an article recently for DJ Techtools showcasing some of the more interesting DJ booths being used in live setting these days from an entertainment aspect. It showcases the likes of DJ Shadow and his ridiculous Shadow Sphere,  Deadmau5, Etienne De Crecy, and Vitalic’s V-Mirror show.

And seriously, if any of these guys come through your town, go support them, whoever made their crazy light devices, and above all else,  just have yourself a good time. By the way, I recently found an even better video of the Shadowsphere in action that actually has somewhat decent audio (unlike most others) so check that out for a short glimpse into his epic current live show.

Check out my recent DJ Techtools article “DJ Booths Are Getting Crazy!” here