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MIXTAPE BATTLE!!! TSURURADIO Presents… Should We Talk About The 80s? Hi! Hi Hi!!! Mixtape!!! Oh, and we are going on vacation! YAY!

June 25, 2010
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Modeling by Baby (thanks baby!!) Photography by me!

Alright!  This is it!  Got bad news which is kinda good news and then really good news!  First the bad good news, we are going on VACATION TOMORROW!!!  WOOOOOOOOOO!  Yep!  Tomorrow, we head out to Vancouver for a couple days, then take a lovely train ride to Banff & Lake Louise for another couple days, then finally down to Calgary to visit good friends and hit the Sled Island Film & Music Festival!!!  Hot diggity, right?

In Calgary, we’ll be visiting Aaron aka therealAARONDUNN, Sandy from Slowcoustic, and the recipient of today’s smackdown, Chris from Culture Bully!   It’s gonna be sweet biscuits on a stick, time away from work, off the bike, and with my baby, even if the trip is a total clustercuss, it will be heaven.

Hopefully, the wounds from today’s mixtape battle will be all healed and scabbed up nicely, because beers will be had and we need nothing but good times on our week away! Speaking of our mixtape battle — i.e. the REALLY good news (as far as you are concerned) —  how about we get on with it!

Culture Bully v. TSURURADIO: A friendly comparison & contrast of the music of our youths! Alternate title: 90s v. 80s WOOOOT!!!

But this time, we’ll do it just a little bit different… I’m not going to jibber-on about 80s pop culture and the stupid things I wore & did (fat boy shoelaces & parachute pants, check, done), there’s plenty websites and TV shows devoted to all that, and judging from the hipster scene, some of it is coming back!

OH NOES!!!!!!!!

No, this is about the music, MY music from those critical adolescent development years.  But, before we start talking, let’s get the music rolling, here we go as….

TSURURADIO Presents…

Should We Talk About The 80s? Hi, Hi Hi!!!

SIDE A: Looks Like Rain

1. Insert One Quarter / REM – Pop Song 89

Boooobieeeeeeeeees…

What? I’m sure there’s social commentary and what not in this vid, but at THAT age?  Boobies!!!!!!!!

2. They Might Be Giants – Ana Ng

Heard this at a party my friend threw when his “Ps” were out of town… What’s this? Lincoln by They Might Be Giants. I had it the next day (probably stole it).

3. Violent Femmes – Add It Up

What teenager doesn’t love VF? It’s a rite of passage. For me, it was a way of life.  Add in this songs near-proggish way of going all over the place and I found a new home for my ears.

4. The Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star

Yes, yes, irony and whatnot that this was MTV’s first video they played or something, blah blah blah, whatever, who cares. For me it was simply this: Pre-Asia’s Geoffrey Downes + Post-Yes Trevor Horn = Awesome. I sing ALL the parts to this song, all of them.

5. Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man

60s Cohen was some deep shit, 80s Cohen is some deep sex.

6. Camper Van Beethoven – When I Win The Lottery

Sensing a quirk theme to my 80s listenerin’??? No? Really?  Yes, “Take The Skinheads Bowling” is their “hit”, but fuck that, Key Lime Pie was TSURURIFIC!!

7. Dead Milkmen – Punk Rock Girl

JUST YOU! AAAND MEEEEE! PUNK ROCK GIRRRRRRRRL!!! Oh, how many vocal chords did I destroy singing this song in my car? My career as a lounge singer…. ruined.

8. Pixies – Monkey Gone To Heaven

It’s Pixies, man. No Pixies = So much wonderful music never existing. Period.

9. Talking Heads – Burning Down The House

I had the 45. I played this in my room as a kid over and over and over and over….

and over and over and over…

10. Peter Gabriel – I Have The Touch

Yes, I sang Shock The Monkey (SHOOOCK THE MOOONKAY) but I have the touch, creepy stalker, dirty awesomeness…..

FLIP THE TAPE!!! It’s time for Side B!!!

SIDE B: Clearing Up

1. Intermission / Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning

Quite possibly my favourite single of the 80s. I had this CASsingle and destroyed it by over-playing it. I have, not only mastered the classic dance from the video..

But I also was able to incorporate the non-foot-moving dance into my actual dance moves in “da clubs” years later! Oddly, the song sounds as applicable today as it did way back when, eh?

2. Murray Head – One Night In Bangkok

I have no idea why, but for a time in my childhood, I was obsessed over this song. Listening now, it’s rather seedy. I think I love it even more!

3. Prince – Let’s Go Crazy

I remember corduroy jeans, brown. I remember air guitar, so so so much air guitar. This was “my jam” and I did, Prince, I went fucking crazy listening to this song, in my bedroom, as loud as my crappy little radio would go… Listening again today, the guitar solo / finale destoys almost every guitar solo ever.

4. Duran Duran – The Reflex

I remember when this song premiered on the local radio station. I was in my mom’s old Toyota Corolla, it was night time and she was taking me & my sister home from the mall I think — a special night out for us! It was dark and I heard the muses fade in singing “Da na na na, da na na na”…. Goosebumps then, and even now.

5. Madness – Our House / 6. Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen

Both of these songs were recently featured in some mixtapes of mine. They go together, for me. They are MTV songs, songs I looked for and loved when they came on at my dad’s house (he had cable). For me, these two songs represent everything MTV was trying to be that it so long ago forgot about.. Let’s watch:

7. J. Geils Band – Centerfold

Negligees………………………

Really, what else do I have to say??

8. Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror

One of two Michael Jackson songs I still love, and thanks to my sister for reminding me recently just how much I love this cheeseball tune. Michael Jackson and the 80s, very hard to separate the two, but for me, it was my mom playing the hell out of Thriller on those long Saturday morning commutes to her work. But we’d sing, all together, “PYT”, “Billie Jean”, all of them! For the most part, outside of nostalgia, I found most Jackson music painful to listen to, but not “Man In The Mirror”. But I know why…. Black Gospel + Any Song Ever = Happy Tsuru.

There you go, the 80s according to Tsuru… Like what you hear?  Go buy it here or here or wherever!!  As soon as I see Chris’s 90s mixtape, we’ll add the link here, but let’s be honest, 80s music fucking ruled!!!  Amirite???

HOORAY!

*** UPDATE ***

CULTURE BULLY’S SAVED BY THE 90S MIXTAPE IS UP!!!

CLICK HERE NOW!

Remember, we’ll be on vacation starting tomorrow, so I hope you enjoyed!  Hopefully the rest of the TSURURADIO team will keep you company while I’m out. Keep an eye out in the twitters & facebooks for vacation time updates!  Then, when we get back, we’ll have a full Sled Island Music & Film Festival coverage post and vacation wrap-up!!!  WOOOOT!!!!

Have a wonderful weekend, then week, then weekend!!!  Go buy records, go ride your bikes, go have fun!

Cheers!

Tsuru

TSURURADIO Presents… Just A Few Old School Kicks Mixtape!!!

June 4, 2010
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Photography by my grandma…

We had a lot of fun this week, don’t you think?  We shared, we laughed, we cried, we poked fun (at me), but in the end, we found that we are what we are.  We are only a culmination of our genetics & our environment, and the way our genetics interprets what’s happening in that environment.  That’s it.  There are no right or wrong answers, no wrong things to like, and certainly nothing to be embarrassed over.  We all go through our phases, love them or hate them we all did the things we did, and because of all that, we are who we are right now.  You know what?  I like who I am.

So… to cap off my week of recollecting, I offer up this, albeit quickly put together, fun little mixtape of various strolls down various lanes.  Some short, some long, some good, some…. eh, maybe not so much, but here we are and here it is as…

TSURURADIO Presents…

Just A Few Old School Kicks Mixtape!!!

(Full Zip)

01 Ween – I’m Dancing In The Show Tonight
02 Stone Temple Pilots – Interstate Love Song
03 R.E.M. – Orange Crush
04 Weezer – Undone — The Sweater Song
05 Grant Lee Buffalo – Mockingbirds
06 Duran Duran – Hungry Like the Wolf
07 The Anniversary – Crooked Crown
08 Violent Femmes – Mirror Mirror (I See A Damsel)
09 Jonathan Richman – New England
10 Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
11 They Might Be Giants – I Should Be Allowed To Think
12 Talking Heads – Wild Wild Life
13 ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic – Brady Bunch
14 Camper Van Beethoven – When I win The Lottery
15 Peter Gabriel – Don’t Give Up (Guest vox_ Kate Bush)
16 Barenaked Ladies – If I Had $1,000,000
17 Traveling Wilburys – Margarita
18 Paul McCartney – My Brave Face
19 Yes – I Would Have Waited Forever

Cheers & have a great weekend everyone!  I’ve got the Tour de Cure tomorrow morning, 100 miles for diabetes research, some fresh tattoo-age to receive on my right arm, AND a photoshoot (link NSFW)!  Gonna be a busy one!!!

Remember! You can STILL donate & sponsor my ass on tomorrow’s ride! Just click below!!!

Thank you so much, wish me luck! Until next time!

Tsuru

TSURURADIO vs. The Needle Drop: TSURURADIO Presents… Drop The Needle Mixtape!!!

May 28, 2010
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I thought about doing a big write up, full of bombastic imagery….  but then, after watching countless minutes of Anthony jibber-jabber on at his v/blog, getting to know the enemy, be the enemy, touch the enemy in his sleep, snuggle with the enemy after slipping roofies in his drink down at the Shampoo Club that one night,  it seemed only appropriate to do this thing vlog-style, eh?

Eh, indeed!

Fuck it, here we go!

Gotta say, weird watching me & hearing me…. Not sure how I feel about any of that at all.  Forgot my glasses, huh, and what is going on with that quaff????

Some kinda quasi-greaser-come-over action???  Was I rocking that shit all day?  Damn!  For the record, that wall is blue, a sky blue.  Maybe next time I’ll go all high-def on ya so you can see all my luscious aging and shit!  Even give you a tour of the Tsuru residence??

Anywhosaldoosalwoosal…

This much I AM sure of, what follows is one BAD ASS mixtape, right from my collection, right from my heart, my soul, my balls, and my brain nuggets, spilled out to you, in two-sided vomit sessions, one needle in a groove at a time! Soooooooooooooo, what do you say? Enough talk?  Ya’ll ready for this?

LET’S DO THIS THING!!!  RAWR!

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Put yer listenerin’ caps on!

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Put yer game face on!

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Put yer smilerin’ on!

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Put yer Push Play fingerin’ on!

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Oh wait…. that didnt’ sound right….

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HERE!  WE! GOOOOOOOOO!

TSURURADIO Presents… Drop The Needle Mixtape!!!

SIDE A: Drop The Needle! “Smile”

Featuring New Pornographers, REM, Kevin Drew, Talking Heads, & more!!!


SIDE B: Drop The Needle! “Nod”

Featuring Wolf Parade, Destroyer, Arcade Fire, & more!!!

WOOOOOOT!!!!

Oh man…. you listening?? I know, right? We TOTALLY kicked ASS!!!  We’ll update the post with The Needle Drop’s entry as soon as we see it’s up, but if he hopes to beat our little mixtape o’ love, he’s got his work cut out for him!  HA!

* * * UPDATE:  The Needle Drops’ Mixatpe (Psh!) is up (Psh!)!  Go have (psh!) a listen!!!! * * *

After all this and all the twitter-trash-talking and all the hoopla & pomp & circumstance, I just have a couple things to say.  Anthony, first off…. Thanks man, it’s been fun, sorry I had to go and destroy you and stuff, better luck next time and what not.  Second & finally, this is for you…

Cheers,

Tsuru!

Is it the end of music blogging as we know it? And TsuruBride Presents… Bibliomania!!!

May 4, 2010
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Well, my friends… The end of music bloggerin’ as you & I know it may be ending soon.

It’s true.

You see, over in Ireland, there’s a group called IMRO that is basically a union for music artists that have decided it would be a good thing to force music bloggers who host music on their site to pay licensing fees to “play” the music on the site if it’s available in Ireland (of course it’s available in Ireland, as far as I know, none of block any countries).

Though initially they are targeting Irish bloggers, like Nialler9, The Torture Garden, and Asleep On A Compost Heap, they’ve made it clear, they will require every blog that is accessible to Ireland to pay up, even if they don’t “play” Irish bands.  It’s a very strange thing and, if they succeed, opens up a terrible precedent.  If bloggers pay up to Ireland, what’s to stop the ASCAP, SOCAN or PRS from doing the same thing?

I make 0, that’s a big fat Z-E-R-O, dollars on this site (it’s actually a money-losing endeavour with server fees and what not).  If suddenly I’m forced to pay licensing in Ireland and then the States and whatever other country decides they want in, well, yeah, no…. Ain’t happening.  Me & probably every other blogger you know will do one of 3 things.

1.  Stop the music.  Maybe embed some licensed stream or maybe a legal 30 second clip (Mmm…. 12 minute prog songs summed up in 30 secs?  Awesome-o) but that’d be it.  Sounds exciting, eh? In this world of portability, where you listen to the music pretty much everywhere BUT attached to your computer, embed onlys are pretty limp.

2. Go rogue & underground, ala PirateBay or whatever.  Host the site through some secret country, anonymously, etc, and hope they never find you.  Exciting. Personally though, bloggerin’ ain’t worth going to the pokey for…

3.  Quit. It’s already a scary place with Blogger shutting people down, DMCA notices to twitter, and crazy shit.  Now paying up? Nope!

I’m too old to “go rogue”, so I’d probably go to 30 sec embeds or, if it’s allowed, Soundcloud or something…. OR just say “fuck this”.

Nialler9 wrote a wonderful article with tons of details here. For more info, The Guardian also has an article & Shane at The Torture Garden has now written on it a couple times.  Basically it all comes down to the same thing.  Blogs, love them or hate them, are a part of the music industry now, we are part of “getting the word out” and getting bands the press they may or may not get other wise.

What’s funny, sad, etc, is that alot of these blogs, me included, are inundated with emails from labels, bands, PR people, etc asking us to listen & share their music, for FREE!  Listen to this, post this, please!  This includes bands covered by the IMRO.  Talk about a mixed message, eh?

So… what if this passes through and the bloggers that keep on bloggerin’ pay up, then the next one wants money, then the next. At some point, you won’t be left with much except the rich “opinion makers” which is why so many people turned to blogs in the first place!  Because the opinion of the few is too often, well, crap.

Go to Nialler’s write up, follow up, learn what you can do, write the IMRO, make yourself heard. Basically, give this proposal a BIG. FAT.

Okay, before we call this a day, let’s get some music going, eh?  And man I’ve got a GEM & special treat for you!!!  The unimitatable TsuruBride has made a rare and elusive mixtape!!!  This one was made for Crane’s Day down in the Society for her Crane Buddy and now that everyone’s got their Crane’s Day gifts, I can finally share this with you!!!  It’s called Bibliomania and given Baby’s penchant for readin’, I’ll give you oooone liiiittle gueeeess on the theme.

It’s books.

Man… really? I had to tell you that?  Oh my.  20 gems blatantly and not-so-blatantly about books, reading, and/or adorable librarians!  HOT!  So let’s do this, okay?  Let’s keep the music going, let’s keep the “blogosphere” going, let’s keep, not just my voice, but really everyone’s voices heard, and let’s get our mixtape on as……

Illustration by The Black Apple

TsuruBride Presents… Bibliomania!!!! (Full Zip)

01 Camera Obscura – Books Written For Girls
02 The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Young Adult Friction
03 Magic Bullets – The Book Is Closed
04 Belle and Sebastian – Wrapped Up In Books
05 My Morning Jacket – Librarian
06 The Magnetic Fields – The Book Of Love
07 The Decemberists – The Engine Driver
08 The Beatles – Paperback Writer
09 Of Montreal – In The Army Kid
10 The Smittens – Gumdrops
11 Elvis Costello And The Attractions – Every Day I Write The Book
12 The Monotones – The Book Of Love
13 Lali Puna – Faking The Books
14 Cake – Open Book
15 Moxy Fruvous – My Baby Loves A Brunch Of Authors
16 Talking Heads – The Book I Read
17 The Shins – Pressed In A Book
18 Stars – My Favourite Book
19 Piano Magic – I Am The Sub-Librarian
20 Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – There She Goes, My Beautiful Woman

Amazing.  Thank you Baby, so so much!!!  I love your mixtapes so much.  I hear you in every song.  SMOOOCH!

Cheers everyone and until next time??

Tsuru