October 5, 2010

Any time I get a chance to show love to D.C. musicians, I jumps on it. This time, it’s Brenton Duvall of the Potomac Boys Club who, according to his mission statement, desires to deliver “funky jams…sunny days…everyday.” I feel like that’s a train we can all get on. Duvall recently released The PBC Demos, which contains a series of interesting mashups and remixes of recognizable favorites ranging from Aaliyah to Jonsi to Wale. My personal favorite, and without a doubt the mixtape’s standout track, is “Against a Mad World,” a seamless blend of Tupac’s “Me Against the World” and Gary Jules’ cover of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World.” Add in some synths and drums, and you’ve got yourself a whole new jam.

MP3: Brenton Duvall – “Against a Mad World (Gary Jules vs. Tupac)”


From Block to Block We Snatchin’ Hearts and Jackin’ Marks

May 19, 2010

As if I could get any nerdier (see: Team Teamwork’s Ocarina of Rhyme post), I recently got an e-mail from a man by the name of Alex Kresovich (who apparently lists Team Teamwork as an influence) imploring me to listen to something called Gold N’ Fly: 007. Given that I played Goldeneye for N64 so much that I had memorized spawning points and would whoop up on unsuspecting friends, I was naturally curious. I downloaded the mixtape, which turned out to feature some of my favorite hip-hop songs mashed up with the soundtrack to each immeasurably awesome level of the game, from Dam to Cradle, and even Aztec and Temple (whatup norks!?). The songs work inexplicably well, and I have since tried to bump them at every party we’ve thrown since. The typical response from the girl is “who is this weirdo?” but the response from the bros is uncontrollable excitement and nostalgia for a simpler time. A time when James Bond dominated the scene, Natalya was the love interest, and Oddjob was off-limits for multiplayer cause he was so short and hard to shoot, no fair. Check out the two highlights, and grab yourself a copy of the mixtape here.

MP3: Alex Kresovich – “Rich Boy – Throw Some D’s (Frigate)”
MP3: Alex Kresovich – “2Pac – Holler if You Hear Me (Facility)”

For England, James? No, for me……..