The Rich Girls Are Weeping

25 July 2006

An entry to remind you of the relevance of the mashup, among other things. The DJs of the party hearty Car Stereo (Wars), an off-shoot of local hard-working design collective Super!Alright and arty rockers Single Frame, have recieved all kinds of accolades for their recent mashups featuring local up-and-coming dancepunkers Ghostland Observatory. And for good reason, they're slickly mixed examples of that hip-hop over indie rock phenomeon that's gained a whole lot of traction in the Austin dance party market (and I imagine elsewhere, too -- Girl Talk, anyone?) lately. Listen to or download "Ghostface Observatory" and "Ghostland Gets Bossy" at their Myspace page.

And, it's always nice to get an email that DJ Earworm has a new mashup: His latest offering, "Paula's Smoking Kelly's Doobie," brilliantly blends Paula Abdul's "Cold-Hearted Snake," Kelly Clarkson's "Walk Away" garnished with The Doobie Brothers' "Long Train' Running" (love that hot guitar lick) and Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water." Classy!

DJ Earworm -- Paula's Smoking Kelly's Doobie

And we would be remiss if we didn't mention Party Ben's pumpy-thumpy take on the "Crazy" mashup craze: Party Ben -- I Feel Crazy (Gnarls Barkley vs. Donna Summer)

Furthermore, as an advocate of the artful creation of mashed-up mixes, but completely without posession of the time to make any of my own, I offer the follwing tools. If you use either of these tracks for a brilliant mix, send them over! Hmm, maybe I should hold a contest...

Yeah Yeah Yeahs -- Cheated Hearts (Instrumental)
The Spinto Band -- Oh Mandy (Instrumental)

Oh, and while we're on the subject, I was surprised to find that this remix of AFI's "Miss Murder," as presented by those gothy (in that glammy Bauhaus meets Placebo correction: futurepop kind of way) Germans VNV Nation, was surprisingly good. "Miss Murder" is about the weakest track on AFI's otherwise quite arresting Decemberunderground, and this chilly remix really perks it up quite a bit, shaving out the worst of the rickety shout-along chorus.

AFI -- Miss Murder (VNV Nation Remix)

Unrelated sidebar: Gorilla Vs. Bear's posted Marissa Nadler's lovely and melancholy song "Daisy and Violet," which is concerned with one of my odder obscure interests: conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton. Born in Brighton in 1908, they were a hit on on the American vaudeville circut in the 1020's and 1930's and lived in San Antonio for a time, appeared in two films (Freaks and Chained for Life) and came to a sad and tragic end in 1969, when, abandoned by their manager and working in a grocery store in Charlotte, NC, they perished from influenza. Definitely worth a listen...


Blogger Pinkie von Bloom said...

gothy (in that glammy Bauhaus meets Placebo kind of way) Germans

are you talking about the same VNV nation that i'm thinking about? because i'd put them more in the "new bullshit bastard son of industrial meshed with marilyn manson crap" breed of goth. (if i didn't actually like carlos, i wouldn't find that quote quite as funny.) i can't remember a time that i've heard VNV nation that i haven't in laughed at, rather than merely enjoying the bricklike beauty of velveeta, so like the caked on greasepaint foundation, talc, kohl eyeliner, and aubergine lipstick of my own (and others') days of yore. =P

gah. i'm bitter today. and i think my xymox tee-shirt is at my parents' house.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 1:35:00 PM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

Well, yeah, you've called me out -- that's them. But they've gone totally, totally industro-glam then. I swear.

But yes, VNV Nation were pretty awful in the past, but the stuff that's on the Myspace now is surprisingly listenable, at least. Or, well, at least less likely to make you laugh in a bad way.

You are bitter today. Then again, I'm tired and crabby. It's the weather?

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 1:40:00 PM  
Blogger Pinkie von Bloom said...

more like bullshit bastard son of laibach meshed with progressive trance crap. i expect their live show has some sort of lazer light component and a whole lot of smoke machines. you know, so that you sort of feel like you're sixteen and baked at the planetarium for the pink floyd lazer presentation...only you're actually in your mid-30s, wearing polyester panne "velvet," a cheap corset, and "cruelty free leather," and that you don't usually go out because you're too busy staying at home reading/writing harry potter fanfic, breeding cats, and participating in polyamory.

sheesh. maybe it is the weather. i'm just mean.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 1:51:00 PM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

"You said Harry Potter fanfic on Avenue A!"

Oh, we're not THAT mean. I hope this clears up for people that we neither of us owns anything made of panne velvet (gag), though it must be revealed that one of us owns a rather expensive corset. That's worn under one's clothing, not over -- if it's ever worn at all.

Grumble, grumble, grumble.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 1:55:00 PM  
Blogger Pinkie von Bloom said...

you've just been waiting for an opportunity to use the quoteable meg, haven't you? ;) gah...that day was wrong. and then the evening ended up being really, really right, even though all possibility ended a month later with a broken heart over a boy who is absurdly inept at disguising guilt.

at any rate, said meanness, at a point, is just funny. at least to us. then again, we might just be mean. =P i see your corset a raise you a six garter merry widow. which reminds me--i need to call trashy diva. and yes, nonnie ciccone is the only woman who is cleared to wear foundation garments over her even then, only prior to 1990.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 2:04:00 PM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

I am always always looking for a reason to use the Quotable Meg. She's the O. Wilde-meets-D. Parker of my circle of friends!

You would rub in that your unmentionables are more interesting than mine. Bah, I have too much trouble with garters anyway. I need like, those magnets they use in semiconductors or whatever to hold up my stockings, I think; they always slide right down my carrot legs. :P

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 2:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cindy - did you hate the
Peaches vs. Gary Glitter mashup I emailed you? I got no reply, and I'm sad :(

Or if you wanna hear it, it's still posted here:

Still love ya, and LOVE the blog :)

Wednesday, July 26, 2006 2:04:00 AM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

DJ Paul -- I'm sending you an email now -- your message got lost in my inbox somehow. I loved the mashup and I'm sorry I didn't mention it in this post -- it's really, really fantastic!

(And, maybe that's Joan Jett? I wouldn't be surprised...)

Wednesday, July 26, 2006 11:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you've got good taste in music :)..

Monday, July 31, 2006 5:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, vnv isn't german; one guy's irish (who did live in germany for a while,) the other's english. and older vnv was better, before it was overproduced and overtranced. at least AFI pays for good remixing talent.

heh, you emo-gauths are funny.


Wednesday, September 20, 2006 11:21:00 PM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

Dude, I am not emo-goth! :P

I thought I'd corrected the text here, I guess I hadn't -- about a billion people have sent corrections about VNV Nation's uh, nationalites...

Thursday, September 21, 2006 12:30:00 PM  

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