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Sunny Sunday Drum n Bass

by on Oct.01, 2012, under mixes

Published on a not very sunny Monday…

Recorded live in November 2007 at the Scottish Drum n Bass Sessions at the Liquid Lounge, Glasgow.

All vinyl (I think) with fx applied live from the mixer.

Track listing to follow (possibly).

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Recommended: Kiss Me Again – Dinosaur

by on May.23, 2012, under Uncategorized

It’s not been a good week for disco, what with the deaths of Donna Summer and Robin Gibb. So here’s something to lift your spirits: http://open.spotify.com/track/5hSK7ihdXQzIdru1EEQLvR

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Van Halen

by on May.21, 2012, under artists of note, nostalgia

Too long since the last post… Last chance to revive this blog…? Who knows…

Notwithstanding the new album, and Sammy Hagar’s recent comments, I put forward a case for Van Halen:

Recently, I’ve been listening to Van Halen… a lot.  Spotify seems to encourage nostalgia (in me, at least). So, I’ve been revisiting the sounds of my youth, and VH were quite a big part of my life. For a few years, anyway.

There are lots of reasons not to like VH (bad hair, egos, non-PC lyrics).  They’re just not cool now. After the DJ plays ‘Jump’ (ironically?) at a wedding, there’s not much of a recovery job that can be done… or is there?

Although they invented the ‘hair metal’ genre (arguably), they’re better than all of their peers.

Better (and more consistent) songwriting.  Where Extreme had ‘Get the Funk Out’ and ‘More Than Words’, and one decent album (‘Pornograffitti’), VH had at least one stand-out album track (i.e. not a single) every time they released

In Eddie Van Halen, they had (again arguably) the best guitar player since Jimi Hendrix.  Innovation, style, emotion, song-writing, funk… he had it all, in the rock genre, anyway.

And, like him, or not (and I’m not his greatest fan by a long way), David Lee Roth was a great frontman.

Of course they also had a sense of humour. Take ‘Hot for Teacher’ (not to mention the video) for example!

Don’t forget their great choice of cover versions – You Really Got Me, Ice Cream Man, Oh Pretty Woman and Won’t Get Fooled Again.

So, avoiding the obvious big hits, here are some tracks worth checking out:

  • Ice Cream Man (Van Halen)
  • Top Jimmy (1984)
  • Right Now (For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge)
  • Mean Street (Fair Warning)
  • Best of Both Worlds (5150)
  • Finish What Ya Started (OU812)

Here’s a Spotify playlist with some of my favourite tracks.

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Warm House Mix

by on Feb.22, 2011, under mixes

A mix that I did on Saturday afternoon as a present for a friend’s house-warming party (did you see what I did there?).  All vinyl, one take, no software edits… quite boring really.  I was trying to do an all-house mix, and almost succeeded – as you can see from the tracklisting:

Eddie Amador – House Music

Mount Rushmore – You Better

Funky Green Dogs – Fired Up (Angel’s DDDDeep Vocal Mix)

Living Colour – Elvis is Dead (Elvis is in the House Mix)

Dreadzone – Captain Dread (X-press 2 Mix)

X-press 2 (feat David Byrne) – Lazy

Ruffneck Featuring Yavahn –  Everybody Be Somebody (Original Vocal Mix)

CJ Boland – Sugar is Sweeter (Armand’s Drum n Bass Mix)

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – The Star and the Wiseman (S-Man’s Supafunkee Club Mix)

Winc – Thoughts of a Tranced Love

They Came from the Stars I Saw Them – Moon Song (The Gospel According to Mung 2012 Live at the Hacienda Version)

Couch Boy – Warm House Mix

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Bah Dang!

by on Jan.11, 2011, under tracks, work in progress

New music for a new year from Couch Boy! Apologies for the relative quiet of the last few months.

File this under ‘work in progress’ (for now anyway). Whatever was holding me back from working on music has disappeared and I’m back in front of Ableton Live again.  The track is heavily influenced by The Marcels version of Blue Moon but it is very much a piece of electronic music.

I hope you like it.  If you download it, please leave a comment. Ta!

Couch Boy – Bah Dang

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Joe Viterbo

by on Sep.18, 2010, under bands

This was our second year at the Wickerman Festival. The annual event set in an idyllic location near Kircudbright, not far from Dumfries is great for parents who enjoy music, and people who find T in the Park a little ‘full-on’.LeAnn Viterbo

Whilst enjoying the sounds of The Charlatans on the Friday night, we got talking to LeAnn,  one of the members of Joe Viterbo, a ska-punk band playing the following day.  They sounded interesting, and being the open-minded folk that we are, we decided to check them out… Well, my four year old decided 🙂

Anyway, we quite liked them (the CD has been on continuous rotation in our kitchen), so check them out using the following routes:

http://www.myspace.com/joeviterbo

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Joe-Viterbo/114557185225307

Ghost Train by Joe Viterbo

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Keir and Daddy mix

by on Sep.06, 2010, under mixes

Ok, here’s what happens when you let a four year old choose the tunes.  Excuse the mixing as I also had a one year old climbing all over me.  Some of the tunes are ones that Keir knows, and others he stumbled over and demanded requested that they get played… and a few were my choice!

Short mix this one, due to short attention spans!

Abba – Mama Mia

Terence Trent D’arby – Dance Little Sister

Fatboy Slim – Rockafella Skank

Elextric Six – Danger High Voltage (Soulchild mix)

X-press 2 and David Byrne – Lazy

Stone Roses – Fools Gold (Rabbit in the Moon mix)

They Came from the Stars I Saw Them – Moon Song

Download it

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WordPress v3.0

by on Jun.23, 2010, under geek

In honour of the release of version 3.0 of WordPress, the ubiquitous blogging-platform-slash-cms used, I have switched to the new default theme ‘twenty-ten’.

Not sure how long I’ll stick with it but it’s here for now.  I’ll post more of this boring, techy stuff at www.chrismackie.co.uk, if you’re interested.  If not, the next post will be along whenever it gets written.

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thisisnotanexit records

by on Jun.07, 2010, under bands

I’ve been helping out a bit with the website for thisisnotanexit records.  They describe their sounds as ‘New Wave / Post punk / Techno’.  If any of those labels are of interest to you, I would recommend you head over to their website for more info/sounds/videos.

See here:

thisisnotanexit records

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Spotify Mobile

by on May.28, 2010, under geek

I must say I was sceptical about Spotify‘s mobile service. One factor was certainly cost (£10 per month). But battery life on my Nokia 5800 was another.

Happily, I’ve found the service to be well worth the money and also not too much of a strain on my poor battery – as long as you accept daily charging as a reality. Streaming is possible but only where a 3G mobile signal is present. Therefore, as others have stated, I’ve found the most effective way to use Spotify Mobile is to sync my phone to create offline playlists, so that playback is be unaffected by breaks in 3G signal. If you’re commuting between Glasgow and Edinburgh (or similar), this is a definite consideration.

What concerns me more is the low level of royalties that are passed on to the songwriters. The Guardian reported that one million plays on Spotify had earned Lady Gaga a total of $167.

Clearly this is a legal service, in that the record companies have signed up to Spotify but whether it is morally right that royalties are so low is another question entirely…

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