Sometimes I wonder how people will perceive my opinions in these shows. It’s not because I’m unsure of them, it’s that I don’t want to be that hipster who trash entire albums (or an artist’s entire career!) after listening to only a few songs.
I don’t want to claim I’m above such behavior or stake my identity in not being those pretentious guys. (That just creates another problem, right?) But rest assured that I usually do my homework before spouting off, criticising an important pop icon like Diana Ross in this episode. Just look at my record collection, and you’ll see what I mean.
At any rate, you know I’m a fan of getting awesome music for free. I start this week’s show with a Pretty Lights* track from one of the three (!) EPs it released last year. Pretty Lights is Derek Vincent Smith’s sample-crazy project, and he gives away all his music, in exchange for an email address. Trust me, while the songs may start like RJD2, Jay Z or Moby, Smith turns your expectations on their head with some insane beats and just flat-out sick synth lines. The music is mind-blowing, and the price is right. Enjoy.
- “Total Fascination” – Pretty Lights (Making Up a Changing Mind / Pretty Lights Music / 2010 )
- “Up the Ladder to Roof” – The Supremes (Right On / Motown / 1970)
- “Cheap Lovin'” – The Supremes (The Supremes Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Webb / Motown / 1972)
- “Throw Me Over” – Common Children (Skywire / Tattoo / 1996)
- “Wildflower” – Cee-Lo Green (The Lady Killer / Elektra / 2010)
*I’m listening to this show as I type, and I realized that I introduced the first artist as Pretty Things, not Pretty Lights. The Pretty Things were, indeed, an awesome band, but not this band. Sorry for the confusion.