nate patrin.


I AM POWERLESS TO RESIST
July 3, 2008, 1:30 pm
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I thought I already did this “favorite album of each year of your life” exercise sometime, somewhere, some years ago. But in case I didn’t, here’s my current version. As a special bonus, I’m throwing in singles and obscure/underrated/overlooked favorites, ’cause I feel like it. Enjoy this perplexing juxtaposition of famous rap records, club/pop dance stuff and indie rock/new wave/Britpop/nu-psych.

1977: Steely Dan, Aja; Parliament, “Flash Light”; Mandre, s/t

1978: Van Halen, s/t; Giorgio Moroder, “Chase”; Parlet, Pleasure Principle

1979: The Clash, London Calling; Machine, “There But for the Grace of God”; Candido, Dancin’ & Prancin’

1980: The Clash, Sandinista!; Prince, “Dirty Mind”; Defunkt, s/t

1981: Kraftwerk, Computer World; Rick James, “Give It to Me Baby”; Scientist, Scientist Meets the Space Invaders

1982: Michael Jackson, Thriller; Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force, “Planet Rock”; Prince Jammy, Prince Jammy Destroys the Invaders*

1983: Madonna, s/t; Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel, “White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It); ESG, Come Away With ESG

1984: Prince, Purple Rain; Van Halen, “Jump”; The Treacherous Three, s/t

1985: New Order, Low-Life; Doug E. Fresh, “The Show”; Mantronix, s/t

1986: Run-DMC, Raising Hell; Beastie Boys, “It’s the New Style”; Just-Ice, Back to the Old School

1987: Boogie Down Productions, Criminal Minded; Prince, “U Got the Look”; Just-Ice, Kool & Deadly (Justicisms)**

1988: Public Enemy, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back; Eric B. & Rakim, “Follow the Leader”; Stetsasonic, In Full Gear***

1989: The Beastie Boys, Paul’s Boutique; Public Enemy, “Fight the Power”; Low Profile, We’re in This Together

1990: Eric B. & Rakim, Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em; Brand Nubian, “All for One”; D-Nice, Call Me D-Nice

1991: Massive Attack, Blue Lines; A Tribe Called Quest ft. Leaders of the New School, “Scenario”; Ragga Twins, Reggae Owes Me Money

1992: Eric B. & Rakim, Don’t Sweat the Technique; Pete Rock & CL Smooth, “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.); Diamond & the Psychotic Neurotics, Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop

1993: The Wu-Tang Clan, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers); KRS-One, “Sound of Da Police”; Black Moon, Enta Da Stage

1994: Nas, Illmatic; OutKast, “Git Up, Git Out”; Bay B Kane, The Guardian of Ruff

1995: Genius/GZA, Liquid Swords; Pulp, “Common People”; Big L, Lifestyles Ov Da Poor and Dangerous

1996: OutKast, ATLiens; Beck, “The New Pollution”; The Juggaknots, s/t

1997: The Chemical Brothers, Dig Your Own Hole; The Notorious B.I.G., “Hypnotize”; Faze Action, Plans & Designs

1998: Massive Attack, Mezzanine; OutKast, “Rosa Parks”; Hieroglyphics, 3rd Eye Vision

1999: MF DOOM, Operation Doomsday; Basement Jaxx, “Red Alert”; Mike Ladd, Welcome to the Afterfuture

2000: Ghostface Killah, Supreme Clientele; Wu-Tang Clan, “I Can’t Go to Sleep”; Lifter Puller, Fiestas + Fiascos

2001: Daft Punk, Discovery; The Strokes, “Hard to Explain”; Res, How I Do

2002: The Roots, Phrenology; Clipse, “Grindin'”; Comets on Fire, Field Recordings from the Sun

2003: Basement Jaxx, Kish Kash; Dizzee Rascal, “I Luv U”; Burnt Sugar, Black Sex Y’all Liberation & Bloody Random Violets

2004: Sonic Youth, Sonic Nurse; Annie, “Heartbeat”; Soulwax, Any Minute Now

2005: M.I.A., Arular; Three 6 Mafia, “Stay Fly”; DJ Muggs vs. GZA, Grandmasters

2006: Ghostface Killah, Fishscale; T.I., “What You Know”; Ciara, The Evolution

2007: UGK, Underground Kingz; Justice, “D.A.N.C.E.”; Neil Landstrumm, Restaurant of Assassins

2008 (so far): The Bug, London Zoo; Justice, “DVNO (Radio Edit)”****; Kail, True Hollywood Squares*****

*man, the early ’80s were a great time for Space Invaders-themed dub records

**so yeah, Just-Ice was pretty damn good

***though I guess only in the ’80s’ best year for rap could this get overlooked

****I know this showed up on their album last year but this version’s more than different enough to count as an ’08 track

*****maybe it’s kind of early to call this one obscure/underrated/overlooked but dude doesn’t even have his own page on discogs.com or rateyourmusic yet

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THE HALFWAY HOME HOT 100
July 2, 2008, 9:04 pm
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Yeah, here’s a list of stuff I’ve liked so far this year, neatly rounded off to 100. (Oddly enough, I went through my list of artists who released something in 2008 that I liked, dragged-and-dropped one song from each artist into a playlist sight unseen, worried that I wouldn’t have enough to make a list of 100, then found that I had exactly that many.) Note that some of this hasn’t been officially released as of the pseudo-half-year mark of 7/1/08, but enh. This is maybe the indiest/geekiest aggregation of pop music I’ve put together in a while, but it’s all good in its own way whether it’s trashy electro or slick R&B or indie rap or mainstream rap or used-to-be-mainstream-but-is-now-indie rap. Or indie rock, yikes. Arranged alphabetically, so it also boasts the hilarious awkwardness of pitting Jason Forrest Donna Summer next to Real Actual Original Donna Summer.

THE HALFWAY HOME HOT 100

Alliteration!

1. Akrobatik – Rain (ft. Brenna Gethers) (3:11)
2. Arcade Lovers – Fantasy Lines (Original Mix) (6:27)
3. Atmosphere – Wild Wild Horses (4:15)
4. Awesome Color – Already Down (2:42)
5. Baby Charles – This Time (2:57)
6. Bad Dudes – Cabana Boyzz, B.C. (2:07)
7. Erykah Badu – Twinkle (6:56)
8. Beck – Chemtrails (4:40)
9. Big Boi – Royal Flush (ft. Raekwon & Andre 3000) (3:17)
10. The Black Angels – 18 Years (5:25)
11. Black Mountain – Evil Ways (3:25)
12. Booka Shade – Control Me (5:08)
13. Boris – Flower, Sun, Rain (5:35)
14. The Bug – Angry (ft. Tippa Irie) (3:37)
15. Bun-B – Underground Thang (ft. Pimp C & Chamillionaire) (4:28)
16. Chicha Libre – Gnosienne No. 1 (4:33)
17. Clinic – Coda (3:17)
18. The Cool Kids – Gold and a Pager (3:47)
19. Cut Copy – Hearts on Fire (4:54)
20. Daedelus – Get Off Your HiHats (4:53)
21. Dengue Fever – Intergration (3:43)
22. The Dirtbombs – Ever Lovin Man (2:45)
23. Disfear – Get It Off (3:17)
24. Dizzee Rascal – Driving With Nowhere to Go (3:56)
25. DJ Donna Summer – Sweet Assed Child ‘O Mine (4:21)
26. Donna Summer – I’m a Fire (7:10)
27. Drive-By Truckers – Daddy Needs a Drink (3:48)
28. Dub Trio – Mortar Dub (4:19)
29. El-P – Krazy Kings 3 (4:19)
30. Elephant9 – Dodovoodoo (5:12)
31. eMC – Say Now (4:16)
32. Estelle – American Boy (ft. Kanye West) (4:44)
33. Factor – Time of the Year (ft. Sadat X) (2:03)
34. Fat Ray & Black Milk – Flawless (3:00)
35. Flying Lotus – GNG BNG (3:38)
36. Food For Animals & Faust – Planet Say (4:51)
37. Sascha Funke – We Are Facing the Sun (7:10)
38. Morgan Geist – Palace Life (4:46)
39. Gnarls Barkley – Who’s Gonna Save My Soul (3:16)
40. Al Green – I’m Wild About You (4:51)
41. HEALTH – Triceratops (CFCF Rmx) (3:34)
42. Karl Hector & the Malcouns – Sahara Swing (3:29)
43. The Herbaliser – Street Karma (A Cautionary Tale) (ft. Jean Grae) (3:39)
44. Hercules & Love Affair – Athene (4:00)
45. The Hold Steady – Navy Sheets (3:23)
46. Michael Hunter – Soviet Connection (Theme from GTA IV) (2:51)
47. Invisible Conga People – Cable Dazed (6:12)
48. J.Rawls & Middle Child – By Your Side (5:00)
49. James Pants – Theme from Paris (1:46)
50. Jay Reatard – See/Saw (2:57)
51. The Juan MacLean – Happy House (Original) (12:40)
52. Justice – DVNO (Radio Edit) (3:13)
53. Kail – Sweet Dick Willy (4:56)
54. Kleerup – 3AM (ft. Marit Bergman) (3:57)
55. Knife World – Sunbeam (3:18)
56. Seun Kuti & Fela’s Egypt 80 – Don’t Give That Shit to Me (9:22)
57. Ladytron – Runaway (4:50)
58. Lil Wayne – Shoot Me Down (4:29)
59. Lindstrøm – Where You Go I Go Too (28:58)
60. Little Vic – Caked Up (ft. Kool G Rap) (4:41)
61. Lloyd – Girls Around the World (ft. Lil Wayne) (3:29)
62. The Long Blondes – Too Clever By Half (4:25)
63. Lyrics Born – I Like It, I Love It (3:42)
64. M83 – We Own the Sky (5:02)
65. Metaform – Lamenting Break (1:23)
66. Monade – Elle Topo (4:27)
67. Monotonix – No Metal (3:38)
68. Alex Moulton – Out of Phase (7:15)
69. Mudhoney – Tales of Terror (3:17)
70. Neon Neon – Luxury Pool (3:55)
71. NOMO – Ghost Rock (6:00)
72. Lee ”Scratch” Perry – Party Time (4:22)
73. Plantlife – Rollerskate Jam (3:37)
74. Kelley Polar – Entropy Reigns (Pearson and Usher’s Second Law Instrumental) (8:27)
75. Poni Hoax – The Paper Bride (6:32)
76. Portishead – Threads (5:47)
77. Presto – Part of Greatness (ft. CL Smooth) (3:54)
78. Connie Price & the Keystones – Thundersounds (ft. Percee P) (2:58)
79. Prodigy – New Yitty (2:38)
80. Quiet Village – Broken Promises (5:47)
81. The Raconteurs – You Don’t Understand Me (4:53)
82. Ratatat – Shempi (3:57)
83. Re-Up Gang – Cry Now (4:02)
84. Rigas – Born Not to Run (3:03)
85. The Roots – 75 Bars (Black’s Reconstruction) (3:19)
86. RZA – Put Your Guns Down (ft. Star) (3:33)
87. Santogold – Creator (3:33)
88. Shaya – Impeccable Concepts (2:56)
89. Snoop Dogg – Sexual Eruption (4:00)
90. Sinkane – Autobahn (6:40)
91. Spoon – Don’t You Evah (Ted Leo’s I Want It Hotter Remix) (4:00)
92. Subtle – Unlikely Rock Shock (3:10)
93. Titus Andronicus – My Time Outside the Womb (2:54)
94. Trama – 9,10,11,12 (ft. Carnage & Ayentee) (3:18)
95. Vast Aire – Mecca and the Ox (ft. Vordul Mega) (3:29)
96. The Whitest Boy Alive – Golden Cage (Fred Falke Remix) (8:28)
97. Wiley – Wearing My Rolex (Club Edit) (2:43)
98. Williams – Love on a Real Train (Version By Studio) (9:01)
99. Wire – Perspex Icon (3:16)
100. Zomby – Mu5h (4:12)