Monthly Archives: September 2008

Digital Kicks 026

A big hello to all you listeners out there and welcome to Digital Kicks 026. I’m your host-with-the-most DJ Kub. This month’s mix is a special one because it features double shots of some of the best artists making some of the best music around.

Things kick off with Olaf Gutbrod, who goes by the artist name of Ohm G. He is currently the resident DJ at Atzaro in the lovely island of Ibiza. When he isn’t spinning dance grooves on the wheels of steel, he is busy recording chilled out ambient music with the knobs and dials of style. Here he is with two tunes of heavenly synths and silky beats.

01. Almost Alive – Ohm G
02. La Fleur De Vie (Ambient Mix) – Ohm G

Next up we move to the man with a plan who puts the bass in your face. It’s Julien Jabre and his unique, deep House sounds. His tracks have something for your body and your mind.

03. That Day – Julien Jabre
04. Deliverance – Julien Jabre

Our next double shot takes us back to the halcyon days of the late 1970s. Gary Numan and Paul Gardiner met in 1977 in the ‘Big Smoke’. They played in both Punk and New Wave Bands together before accidentally discovering synthesizers and their shared love of science fiction. 1979 saw the release of their second long playing album, ‘Replicas’, which made them Electro pioneers and eventually, when combined with bad fashion sense and dodgy haircuts, became a major influence for the New Romantics.

05. You Are In My Vision – Tubeway Army
06. Are ‘Friends’ Electric (Early Version) – Tubeway Army

Now we are gettin’ serious people. Listen up. From a seven piece group singing to an eight piece group rapping, you better give it up for the Witty Unpredictable Talent and Natural Game Clan. And they ain’t nothing to f’ wit. They are the Wisdom, Universe, Truth, Allah, Nation and God Clan. And I am telling you they ain’t nothing to f’ wit.

07. Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing To F’ Wit – Wu-Tang Clan
08. Shame On A Nigga – Wu-Tang Clan

Two songs! Seven piece band! Them playing! You listening! Don’t touch that dial! It’s Los Campesinos!

09. We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives – Los Campesinos
10. It Started With A Mixx – Los Campesinos

You are listening to Digital Kicks. I am DJ Kub, playing all the platters that matter and dropping the beats from the streets, including these two tracks from the hippest, sharpest dressed man in all of Hip Hop today

11. Flashing Lights – Kanye West ft Dwele
12. I Wonder – Kanye West

Let’s take it down a notch now with some heartbroken Soul music from Adele Laurie Blue Adkins. Adele has said that she was influenced by Etta James and Dusty Springfield by complete accident. She claims that she went to HMV one day and was looking through the sales section for some ideas for a new hairstyle when she discovered CDs by both artists. She bought them, took them home, played them and started singing immediately. Now if she could just do something with her hair…

13. Right As Rain – Adele
14. Chasing Pavements – Adele

This month’s Digital Kicks wraps up with a couple of legends. Ella Fitzgerald grew up listening to Jazz records by Louis Armstrong. In 1956 the pair teamed up and released an album of standards called, ‘Ella And Louis’ on the Verve label. Both these tracks are taken from that recording.

15. A Foggy Day – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
16. Cheek To Cheek – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

Thanks very much to all of you for listening. I would like to leave you with a quote from the great Ella Fitzgerald herself: “It isn’t where you came from, it’s where you’re going that counts.”

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Marquee Magic

Maeve and Michael were married last Saturday in Kilkenny. It was a lovely ceremony and a fabulous day. Everything was perfect.

As part of the occasion, they asked me to DJ for them after the band. I graciously accepted and proudly did my best to give it ‘a bit of wellie’.

Five hours, 61 songs, endless beers and non-stop dancing, shouting, waving of body parts later the celebration ended.

I must admit that when I woke up and looked at the set list on Sunday there were a few scenes missing. Did I really play THAT song? I didn’t even know that I had THIS song! But, most importantly, everyone had a great time and partied like it was 1999 (again).

So, underneath the giant disco ball, here is what I played and what I wanted to play and what I thought about playing. I suppose you could call this list the (Extended Mix) of Saturday night’s set.

A huge thanks to M & M for asking me to play and a giant shout-out to all the peeps who made the night so memorable.

Dance, dance, dance…

For Maeve and Michael:

01. Day-O (Banana Boat Song – Harry Belafonte
02. Don’t Rain On My Parade – Bobby Darin
03. Hey Good Lookin’ – Ray Charles
04. Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis Presley
05. Move It On Over – Hank Williams
06. I Walk The Line – Johnny Cash
07. Going Up The Country – Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
08. Superstition – Stevie Wonder
09. Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas
10. Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
11. Jungle Boogie – Kool & The Gang
12. Pick Up The Pieces – Average White Band
13. Flashing Lights – Kanye West
14. Superfly – Curtis Mayfield
15. Black & Gold – Sam Sparro
16. One More Time (Club Mix) – Daft Punk
17. Loaded – Primal Scream
18. Sympathy For The Devil – The Rolling Stones
19. I Am The Resurrection – Stone Roses
20. Thunderstruck – AC DC
21. I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll – Joan Jett
22. Here Comes Your Man – Pixies
23. This Charming Man (Original Single Version) – The Smiths
24. Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
25. Blister In The Sun – Violent Femmes
26. The Lovecats – The Cure
27. Mickey – Toni Basil
28. Whip It – Devo
29. Pop Muzik (Long Version) – M
30. Big Time Sensuality – Bjork
31. Groove Is In The Heart (12″ Version) – Deee-Lite
32. Raspberry Beret – Prince
33. Your Love – Frankie Knuckles & Jamie Principle
34. Like A Virgin – Madonna
35. Modern Love – David Bowie
36. It Must Be Love – Madness
37. Too Much Too Young (Live) – The Specials
38. Green Onions – Booker T & The MGs
39. Superstylin’ (Discotek Mix) – Groove Armada
40. Open Up – Leftfield ft John Lydon
41. Star Guitar – The Chemical Brothers
42. I Want You Back – Jackson 5
43. Don’t Joke With A Hungry Man (Part 2) – Quantic
44. Hey Boy Hey Girl – The Chemical Brothers
45. Da Funk – Daft Punk
46. No Good (Start The Dance) – Prodigy
47. Cowgirl – Underworld
48. Insomnia – Faithless
49. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson
50. Come On Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners
51. Town Called Malice – The Jam
52. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me (Dub Version) – Culture Club
53. 54-46 (Was My Number) – Toots & The Maytals
54. Pass The Dutchie – Musical Youth
55. 3am Eternal – KLF
56. Things That Make You Go Hmm… – C+C Music Factory
57. Pump Up The Volume – MARRS
58. Body Language – Queen
59. Video Killed The Radio Star – The Buggles
60. Jane Says – Jane’s Addiction
61. They Can’t Take That Away From Me – Frank Sinatra

Rewind – Nine.0

September – In Rock History

Number One Songs

1956 Don’t Be Cruel – Elvis Presley
1960 The Twist – Chubby Checker
1962 Sherry – The Four Seasons
1964 Where Did Our Love Go – The Supremes
1966 Sunshine Superman – Donovan
1970 Tears Of A Clown – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
1973 Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
1974 Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas
1976 Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
1979 Cars – Gary Numan
1980 Start! – The Jam
1981Tainted Love – Softcell
1983 Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Eurythmics
1984 I Just Called To Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder
1988 Sweet Child ‘O Mine – Guns ‘n’ Roses
1995 Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio ft LV
1997 Mo Money Mo Problems – Notorious BIG ft Puff Daddy & Mase
2000 Music – Madonna
2005 Gold Digger – Kanye West ft Jamie Foxx
2006 Sexy Back – Justin Timberlake

1931

The first 33 1/3 LP is released with a demonstration in the Savoy Hotel, New York.

1957

Buddy Holly & The Crickets reach the top of the Singles chart for the only time with ‘That’ll Be The Day’.

1965

A van belonging to the Who is stolen from outside Battersea Dogs Home when the band go inside to buy a guard dog. The van is eventually returned but the five thousand pounds worth of equipment inside is missing.

1967

The new BBC national Pop station, Radio 1, goes live on air for the first time and begins broadcasting. The first record that plays is ‘Flowers In The Rain’ by The Move.

1975

Pink Floyd release ‘Wish You Were Here’, the follow up album to ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’. The album only contains five tracks and one of them, ‘Have A Cigar’ is sung by Roy Harper because neither Roger Waters or Dave Gilmour can reach the high notes. It is extremely difficult for the band to get motivated in the studio. The overwhelming critical, commercial and financial success of ‘Dark Side’ has left the band physically and emotionally drained. They have sketches for three songs but spend most of the time in the studio going through the motions, with their minds and feelings elsewhere. Years later, they are quoted as saying:

“Wish You Were Here was a very good title for that album. I’ve often said what that album should have been called was Wish We Were Here because we weren’t really.”
– Roger Waters, 1989

“It was a very difficult period I have to say. All your childhood dreams had been sort of realized and we had the biggest selling records in the world and all the things you got into it for. The girls and the money and the fame and all that stuff it was all…everything had sort of come our way and you had to reassess what you were in it for and it was a confusing and sort of empty time for a while…”
– David Gilmour, 1992

1979

‘Rapper’s Delight’ is released by the Sugar Hill Gang. It is the first rap song to appear in the charts, reaches Number 36 and sells over eight million copies. The band, comprised of Guy O’Brien (Master Gee), Michael Wright (Wonder Mic), Big Bank Hank and bassist Doug Wimbish is brought together by producer and label owner Sylvia Robinson in an effort to commercialise the underground Hip Hop block party scene.

1980

John Bonham of Led Zeppelin dies in Jimmy Page’s house after a drinking binge. It is reported that the drummer choked on his own vomit while sleeping after drinking approximately forty shots of vodka. Despite preparing for a US tour, the band decide to call it quits following Bonham’s death.

1988

‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ by Bobby McFerrin becomes the first acappela song to reach the Number 1 spot in the US charts. It also claims Grammys for ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Best Pop Vocal Performance’.

1991

Bryan Adams’ song, ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ breaks a UK record by spending it’s twelfth week at Number 1 in the Singles chart. The songs sells over eight million copies during these three months.

1996

Tupac Shakur and Marion ‘Suge’ Knight are shot in Las Vegas following a Mike Tyson fight. Tupac dies six days later of respiratory failure and cardiac arrest at the age of 25. At the time of his death he is the biggest selling rap artist with more than 75 million records sold worldwide.

1999

The largest music bootleg bust in US history takes place. It is estimated that over 100 million dollars are lost in revenues. During the bust, more than 250,000 dollars of recording equipment, 100,000 CDs, 110,000 cassettes, 300,000 blank CDs and four million labels are confiscated.

2001

In the wake of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, a list of 150 songs that will be banned on US radio is generated. Songs included in the list are:

‘Bennie & The Jets’ – Elton John
‘Get Together’ – The Youngbloods
‘Wipeout’ – Surfaris
Every single song recorded by Rage Against The Machine

The Way Of The Dragon

 

Lee’s father forced him to move back to America when he was 19 after getting into a fight and severely injuring his opponent. Upon returning to the States, he moved to Seattle and began teaching martial arts. He modified what he had learned and improvised techniques in an effort to develop his own system with an emphasis on practicality, flexibility, speed and efficiency.

By 1965, he originated Jeet Kune Do whose symbols indicated that ‘using no way as the way’ and ‘having no limitation as a limitation’. He threw out the formalised approaches that he felt held back the traditional styles of martial arts. He adopted and emphasized ‘the style of no style’. He lived his life and taught his students how to exist outside of parameters and boundaries.

Lee met and taught several famous people in his studios, including:
Kareem Abdul-Jabar
Steve McQueen
James Coburn
Roman Polanski
Chuck Norris

Physical Abilities
Lee’s philosophy and exceptional training program meant that he was able to achieve a phenomenal level of fitness and perform exceptional physical feats, which included:

* Achieving striking speeds of five hundredths of a second from three feet away with his hands down by his side.

* Lifting a dime off a person’s open palm and leaving a penny behind before they could close their hand.

* Performing push-ups using only his thumbs.

* Performing up to 50 repetitions of one arm chin-ups.

* Throwing a grain of rice in the air and then catching it in mid-flight with a pair of chop sticks.

* Thrusting his fingers through unopened steel cans of Coca-Cola.

Acting
Lee began acting (if you can call it that) at the age of only three months and continued throughout his entire life. He died shortly after filming completed for ‘Enter The Dragon’.

Here is a list of his film credits:

Childhood
1940 – Golden Gate Girl
1946 – The Beginning Of A Boy
1946 – The Birth Of Mankind
1946 – My Son, Ah Cheun
1958 – It’s Father’s Fault
1958 – The Orphan

Adulthood
1969 – Marlowe
1971 – The Big Boss / Fists Of Fury (US)
1971 – Fists Of Fury / The Chinese Connection (US)
1972 – Way Of The Dragon / Return Of The Dragon (US)
1972 – Game Of Death (completed and released after his death)
1973 – Enter The Dragon

Philosophy
Lee was believed to have more than 2500 books in his personal library and his eclectic philosophy was a result of borrowing something from everything that he read or studied. Ultimately, he believed that any knowledge led to self-knowledge and that each person had a chosen method of self-expression based on their knowledge.

Quotability
“A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard.”

“A glass that is half empty is better than a fully broken glass.”

“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.”

“Balance your thoughts with action. If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”

“Cease negative mental chattering. If you think a thing is impossible, you will make it impossible. Pessimism blunts the tools you need to succeed.”

“Don’t fear failure. Not failure but low aim is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”

“If you always put a limit on everything you do, it will spread into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus and you must not stay there. You must go beyond them.”

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

“Know the difference between a catastrophe and an inconvenience. To realise that something is just an unpleasantness is part of coming into your own, part of waking up.”

“Optimism is a faith that leads to success.”

“Simplicity is the key to brilliance.”

“Take inventory of everyone with whom you have contact.”

“To be perfectly frank, I really do not. I believe in sleeping.”
– When asked if he believed in God.

“To me, the function and duty of a quality human is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential.”

“Use only that which works and take it from any place you can find it.”

“We all have time to spend or waste and it is our decision what to do with it. But once passed, it is gone forever.”

“We are always in the process of becoming and nothing is fixed.”

“What you habitually think largely determines what you will ultimately become.”

“Your best move is the one you regret not doing.”

Music
Kick or chop here to listen to the Bruce Lee mix.

01. Bruce Lee Speaks (Part 1) :: Bruce Lee
02. The Dragon :: Homeless Balloon
03. Bruce Lee :: Underworld
04. Bruce Lee Speaks (Part 2) :: Bruce Lee
05. Kung Fu Fighting :: Karl Douglas
06. Martial Beat Arts :: The Quiet ft DJ Silent
07. Bruce Lee Speaks (Part 3) :: Bruce Lee
08. China :: Red Rockers
09. Karate Stance :: The Combovers
10. Bruce Lee Speaks (Part 4) :: Bruce Lee

Martial Arts
Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco in 1940 and grew up in Hong Kong. He was introduced to martial arts by his father and began formal training at the age of 13. He excelled in Wing Chung Gung Fu and was eventually trained privately for several years by his master, who greatly influenced him. In addition to studying Gung Fu, he also boxed and became a champion at the age of 18, beating many of the best amateur fighters his age in Hong Kong. Lee’s brother, Peter, was a champion fencer and Bruce learned the techniques of the sport from him. This wide range of influences and abilities helped Lee formulate his own style of Kung Fu later in life.

Scroll Call – September 2008

This month my iPod is full of aural delights like these:

At Last – The Jellyheads
Black & Gold – Sam Sparro
Can’t Change Me (Ron Trent Vocal Mix) – N’Dambi
Dr Suzanne Mattox PhD – The Wombats
El Laboratorio Fantasma (Original Mix) – Brian Babinec
Feel The Fader – Palm Skin Productions
Gypsy In My Soul – Shirley Bassey
Heartbreaker – Will.I.Am ft Cheryl Cole
If I Was A Funkey – Timewarp Inc
Jus’ Wanna Feel – Jimpster
Killing Time Between Meals – Revolvo
Looking For Astronauts – The National
Movin’ On – Kawabata
Nature Of The Experiment – Tokyo Police Club
Oxford Comma – Vampire Weekend
Portrait (Instrumental Version) – Tommy Evans ft Neneh Cherry
Rock Your (Kenny Dope Mix) – Kenny Dope
sequestered In Memphis – The Hold Steady
Take The ‘A’ Train – Duke Ellington
Toca’s Miracle 2008 – Fragma
Vulcanice – Das Glow
What’s Your Name (Future Loop 12″ Extended Mix) – Future Loop Foundation
You Got Me (Original Mix) – Johan Yogi Williamberg