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Nov 25, 2008

What's the Point?

You may or may not have seen Harry Nilsson's philosophical, fantastical cartoon, The Point, which debuted on American television in 1971. With Ringo Starr narrating, it was an instant hit among children from that era (or so I hear).

The protagonist, Oblio, a small child is born into a village where everything and everyone has a point. Pointed heads, pointed buildings, pointed trees, pointed animals etc... So, oddly enough, Oblio is born without a point on his head and in order to fit into his society he begins wearing a pointed hat.

Eventually the evil count of the village banishes him due to his apparent lack of pointedness. He departs on his 'trip' into the pointless forest where he learns that its okay not to have a point and returns to the village with a valuable lesson. . .yada yada.

Here's a little peek into his magical trip in the forest.

Fittingly, the video doesn't really seem to have a point.

This post, however, does.

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across the Gomma label who facilitates such radical artists as Munk and Golden Bug. While exploring their somewhat extensive catalog I found an artist named Oblio (happens to be half of In Flagranti) who rekindled my interest in dreamy 70's'esque electronic as well as the Harry Nilsson film.

Here are a few tracks to ride until the next 'Show Your Roots' post slated for later tonight.

Oblio - Escape

Oblio - The Crux of the Matter

Oblio - A Radical Change in Direction

The video for, "The Crux of the Matter" bares a striking resemblence to the animation in the point. Coincidince. . .I think not.

Show Your Roots: Volume II

So it should be no surprise to anyone that one of the innovators of electronic disco was gay. Shocked?! Me either. His name is Patrick Cowley. He spent his younger years in New York but then moved to the San Francisco/Bay Area where he built his career. Sometime after he moved there, he teamed up with Disco/Soul singer Sylvester James or "The Queen of Disco." The results were phenomenal. Enjoy!

Volume 2: Patrick Cowley

Patrick Cowley - Megatron Man

Patrick Cowley - Mind Warp

Nov 23, 2008

Show Your Roots: Volume I

There was a day when electronic dance music didn't exist. Yes. . . . Really. There were a few pioneers that paved the road for the electronic artists of the future to follow. Who were these visionaries you ask? Well. . . .

Volume 1: Giorgio Moroder

Giorgio Moroder - The Chase

Giorgio Mordoer - I Wanna Funk With You Tonight

A little video to acquaint you.

I find it kinda weird that these songs sound like they could have come out a week ago. Both were released in the 70's, but many of the producers out today follow the same mold this guy and his contemporaries established decades ago. I guess the same holds true for punk, metal, pop and other genres as well. In a way it diminishes the notion of tapping into a futuristic genre. Food for thought. . . . Or not.

Nov 17, 2008

Chill on This

Here are some laid back tracks to kick back and chill to.

A member of my favorite one of my favorite bands, Grizzly Bear.
Dan Rossen - Deep Blue Sea

Fleet Foxes are so hot right now. Even saw them in the Starbucks.
Fleet Foxes - Your Protector

An oldschool jam from way back when.
The Smashing Pumpkins - We Only Come Out at Night

Nov 12, 2008

Space Disco is Sooo Last Week

Since Hipster Runoff has been making frequent references to space disco, I felt it was about time to start searching for a new musical bandwagon to jump onto. I didn't have to do much searching. In fact it found me. NuJazz. I know this sounds like stuff you hated from the mid-nineties, but guess what. . .it's back. Welcome to 2k9.

Here's some sweet glitchy jazz stuff from Denmark.

Badun - Myg

Badun - Pulsen

Have a smooth, relaxing night.

Nov 9, 2008

Sacred Insects of the Dance Floor

Hailing from the romantic capital of the world we have some outrageously fun "robotic booty funk" made by an insect composed of one of the most precious metals in the world. On a side note, I enjoy this album more than any other electronic album I've heard in a very long time. Without further ado. . .

Golden Bug - Rocket City


For the remix of this track by one of the best in the biz, In Flagranti, click here.
(Not hosted due to RCRDLBL's Nazism.)

Please pay some respect to this amazing slice of disco madness here.

Nov 2, 2008


Sometimes I feel emotion. Not too often, but it does happen occasionally. Butterflies. Flowers. Little candies with kute phrases. Fuzzy feelings in my stomach. Emotion. This first track pretty much sums it up. The second one isn't in English but I'm pretty sure it's about love. Who knows about the third. Anyhow. Enjoy.

Jon Brion and Deanna Storey - Little Person

Congregacion - Arrebol

Gerard Manset - Ils