Monthly Archives: August 2013

This Week’s Groove – One Week Later

My bad.  Life got in the way and I’m a week behind, but never fear, Savior Faire is here. (60’s cartoon reference for those that get it).

Anyway, I’m dropping something I’m sure you will like, from Deadmau5.  And if you don’t know who Deadmau5 is…we need to talk.  Seriously.

Just in case:

Joel Thomas Zimmerman (born January 5, 1981), better known by his stage name deadmau5 (pronounced “dead mouse”), is a Canadian progressive-house music producer and performer from Toronto, now based in Los Angeles.

Zimmerman produces a variety of styles within the house genre and sometimes other forms of electronic dance music. His tracks have been included in numerous compilation albums such as the 2007 In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza CD. The February 2008 issue of MixMag’s music magazine included a free CD which was titled MixMag Presents: The Hottest New Name In Dance! DEADMAU5 Tech-Trance-Electro-Madness, mixed by Zimmerman. Tracks have also been included and presented on Armin van Buuren’s A State of Trance radio show. His debut album, Get Scraped, was released in 2005, followed by others in the next few years.

I just purchased “HR 8938 Cephei” from a EP of the same name off of Amazon a couple of weeks ago.  To be honest, I’d heard of Deadmau5 a long time ago, but never spent the time to listen to his music until a few months ago, and now I’m a BIG fan.  His work and the collaborations he’s done with Kaskade are absolute badass, if you, like me, are into dance, trance and progressive house music.

So let me share not only this track, but one from a few months ago that Deadmau5 put down of a Sci-Fi short story by the late, great Ray Bradbury, called “The Veldt.”  I encourage you to check out the story and get the Deadmau5 track of the same name into your collection.

This Week’s Groove(s): “HR 8938 Cephei” and “The Veldt” by Deadmau5.

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This Week’s Groove – Day-Late Edition

Interesting thing about music.  Some music is timeless.  Most isn’t.

Timeless music spans decades.  If you hear anything from Stevie Wonder’s “Songs In The Key of Life” from 1976, it’s as good today as it was 37 years ago.  If you haven’t heard Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” from 1968, you’re missing out.  THAT album could have been recorded today and would be equally as relevant right now, as it was in 1968, protesting the Vietnam War, the destruction of the Earth by pollutants and the lack of concern and empathy for our neighbors, friends and community.

Mercy, Mercy: “…oil wasted on the oceans and among our seas/fish full of mercury.”  Timeless.

Back in the day, when an artist released an album, you went to the record store, bought it and most, if not all the album was good, front to back.  Timeless.

There weren’t as many musicians out there as there are now.  Frankly, I can barely keep up. And I try.  If it wasn’t for the Internet, I wouldn’t have heard 60% of the music I’ve been exposed to in the past 3 years.  An overwhelming amount of good music.  But with so much to choose from, and so many artists to keep up with, are we making less timeless music and just more noise in the ether?

If an artist releases an album today with an average of 10 songs, I’d venture that ONE, maybe TWO songs are worth the time but not the album.  And of those two the second is mediocre and of the “hit” track, you’ll forget about it in 3 weeks, on to the next “forgettable tune.”

Timeless?  nah.  Barely a blip on the music continuum.

That doesn’t mean that there’s not music out there that hits you “right there” and makes you want to hear it again and again on repeat.  it’s still out there.  You can find it.  If you look.  Listen. And take the time.

Yeah, there’s the latest from Katy Perry, or Lady Gaga or Rhianna, if that’s what does it for you, but have you heard Tycho? What about Arty?  Have you paid any attention to Imogen Heap?

This Week’s Groove(s):

“Adrift” by Tycho from his LP “Dive”

“Grand Finale” by Arty feat. Fiora

“Canvas” by Imogen Heap from her LP “Ellipse”

 

This Week’s Groove from The Groove List

This week’s groove is from “frequence destiller” aka Frank Burkhardt from Germany.  “frequence destiller’s” music is deep house, trance electronica, one of my personal favorite genres.  From his MySpace bio:

“I began as a keyboardist and percussionist in a blues/rock band. After its dissolution, I was with one of the band members in the home Studio on the exploration for more modern ways to produce music. Sampler, synthesizer, sequencer, and computers were our instruments there.

After our paths separated I stayed at this form of electronic music to this day. Only the percussion are still sampled or played live.”

His album of the same name is a highly listenable compilation and very well done.  I’ve been listening to tracks from this album on and off all week as time permits.  I’m sure you will enjoy it as well.

This week’s groove: “The album “frequence destiller” by the artist of the same name.  Dig it.  On new MySpace.