Friday, March 28, 2008
Bike riding isn't my only passion. Making and mixing music is a close 2nd. This is a mash-up I did a few years ago of Jay-Z's Black Album with The Meters (aka the godfathers of funk). I'm a huge fan of The Meters and I always thought their music would be perfect for an MC. So, I gave them one. I pretty much just chopped, stretched, and matched up Jay's verses with the structure of the The Meters' songs. In some cases, I rearranged the verse and chorus of the instrumentals to match up better with Jay's lyrics. The last song of the album "My 1st Song" is mashed up with the Modest Mouse song "Dramamine." I really wanted to mix that song, but I couldn't find a Meters' track in 3/4 time, so I had to use something else.
I have uploaded a few of the tracks that you can listen to by clicking the players below. If you dig it, you can download the entire album by clicking here. Long live the funk!!
On a related note, there were a lot of quality remixes of The Black Album. The most famous (and probably the best) was Dangermouse's "Grey Album," which was The Black Album mixed with The Beatles' White Album. That thing is pure genius. I think it really helped show what hip hop sampling is all about. Sampling is not simply "stealing" music. Sampling at its best is the creative use and arrangement of prerecorded pieces of audio. Real sampling is art. Check that thing out, if you haven't already.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
I was browsing for Spoon videos and stumbled upon this. It looks simple enough, but it's actually a very complex robot called Keepon that is "designed to interact with children by directing attention and expressing emotion." And it dances... probably better than I do. Check the beatbots website for more info on the little dude.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Ride BMX dubbed this picture from Pinter's Jam "UFO - Invert." But, if you follow LD, you know that steez could only be Bretty Boy. He and Andrew both were holding their own with the big dogs... I don't think he'll be a UFO for long.
Rider: Brett Auerbach
Photo via ridebmx.com
Hucker has been having some bad luck lately. First hidden gets plowed, then he breaks his hand, and then he loses all his hair (well, maybe he did that one on purpose). But, he still has some of the sickest dumped 3s in the game.
Rider: Mike "Hucker" Clark
Photo via his myspace page
Monday, March 17, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
I haven't seen any info on this posted on other sites, so here it is. Atomlab, Black Market, and others are hosting a jam in San Diego April 12th - 14th. Liquid Dirt will be there... will you? Check Thrashbike.com for more info.
And wait until you see pics from the jam we went to today... can you say Aitken, Bohan, Hawk, and Nyquist?
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I don't think I ever posted this pic of Brett up on the wall, but it's pretty rad. Unfortunately, you can't get to the wall now because of the damage from the rain. But, I think there are few of us dedicated to getting this place up and running again. Skeleton will rise from the grave... BWAHAHAHA.
Rider: Brett Auerbach
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
We took a little road trip up the coast this weekend. We met up with Zach Dank and rode with some rippers at four different trail spots. It was off the radness the meter for sure. Zach got some pics and some footage for his upcoming video "From Dusk 'Til Dirt." Which, from what we saw this weekend, should be insanely good. Zach, Alex Reveles, Ryan Howard, Brandon Semenuk, Jaime Goldman, Greg Watts, Cam McCaul, and Brian Miller were all shredding like it's going out of style. We finished off the trip with a party and fire on the beach. Good times.