MP3 Violator

I’ve been meaning to write about those albums you see to the right –>

It’s an especially exciting time for my iPod, between the perfectly executed Grandaddy mix and the expanded Crooked Rain reissue (a must for any Pavement fan). But those reviews have to wait until later because it’s time for Depeche Mode.

I’m only a casual fan of The DM. When I think about Depeche Mode, I’m reminded of some girl in my high school who chose as her yearbook quote, “DEPECHE MODE DEPECHE MODE DEPECHE MODE.” My friends and I thought that was hilarious, especially because it was many years after the band could possibly be considered cool or relevant.

There’s a massive new collection Remixes 81-04 that’s worth checking out despite the fact that Depeche Mode remixes are a dizzime a dizzozen. You can sample all the mixes and download wallpaper and whatnot at The following remix is not my favorite, but it was done by Air, and I’ll listen to anything they do. It wouldn’t sound out of place on Moon Safari.

Depeche Mode – “Home (Air Remix)”

Fred from Best Week Ever sent me a great Depeche Mode/Romantics mash-up. It was done by Daniel Barassi from BRAT Productions, who apparently works for the band. He writes…

I usually shy away from using any Depeche Mode elements in my mashups, simply because – well – I work for the band. I even did an official, released remix of “Dream On” (the other song in this mashup), so I would definitely (normally) shy away from using “Dream On” in a mashup. I figured there would be a conflict of interest. But – there was a workaround for this. “Dream On” was used in a remix contest on AcidPlanet. There are hundreds of fan mixes of this song floating around the net, and some sites are even illegally hosting all the remix elements (AcidPlanet took the parts off of their web site years ago). So, all I did was download the AcidPlanet acapella loops, and use those (instead of the proper parts the label supplied me when I did the remix). There ya go. Dilemma solved!

He requests that we not deeplink to his site, so if you wanna hear The Romantics vs Depeche Mode – “Dreaming In Your Sleep” (BRAT Mix), then go here to download the MP3. (Also download his The Beatles vs Paul McCartney “Say Lady Say” bootleg).

I’ll probably be DJing one of the Depeche remixes at this:

iParty w/ DJ AndrewAndrew Presents Fluxblog vs. Stereogum
The MP3 Blogger Battle
Tuesday, Nov. 23rd 10pm
APT 419 West 13th (9th/Washington) NYC

I’ll have more info on that in the coming weeks. Of course Matthew will kick my ass, but maybe I’ll learn some DJ tips from him. Which reminds me, I never wrote about that CMJ panel about MP3 bloggers. Now is as good a time as any…

Press Play: Rediscovering Music Journalism Online
Is Pitchfork the Rolling Stone of its generation? How did the small community of music blogs suddenly emerge as the hot place to discover new sounds? Has the print media dropped the ball, and if so, is music journalism’s future to be found online?
Moderator: Will Hermes (Spin, Tracks)
Panelists: Scott Plagenhoef (Pitchforkmedia), Matthew Perpetua: (Fluxblog), Mark Willett (Music For Robots), Steve Manning (Publicity Director, Sub Pop), Felice Ecker (Founder, Girlie Action)

I arrived late because I went to the wrong building first. Here’s what I remember:

  • Will Hermes seems really cool. He was funny, and a good moderator. He’s a frequent visitor of Fluxblog.
  • Matthew and Mark did a great job. They said exactly what I would’ve said about MP3 blogs. We all seem to follow the same tacit rules about MP3 blogging. Matt and Mark also did most of the talking.
  • Everyone agreed on the awesomeness that is Anniemal.
  • The kids in the audience wanted to know how to get traffic to their MP3 blogs. Some girl even stood up and bitched about Ultragrrrl and the Killers … even though Sarah wasn’t even there! I called her after to see if her ears were burning.
  • Apparently Travis Morrison’s review was controversial. For the record, Scott was against giving it a 0.0.
  • Sub Pop is MP3blog-friendly and is revving up its New Media Department.

    It was fun to be in a room full of people who listen to Dungen. I conclude MP3 blogs have not jumped the shark quite yet. Start yours now. I’ll totally link to it if it doesn’t suck.