Blog - December 2008

The Trout's Top 10 Albums of 2008

1) Damon Aaron ‘Highlands’ (Ubiquity)
Horrible album artwork, but brilliant album. It reminds me of a really smooth Ben Harper mixed w/ Maxwell (in his prime).

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2) Beck ‘Modern Guilt’ (DGC)
Love what he did w/ the mellow vocals and the sporadic DM beats. Great pairing of like minds.

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3) Jazzanova ‘Of All the Things’ (Verve)
Sounds like straight up 70’s pimp soul. I really love the record, but wish they’d have left the rapping off of it.

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4) Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan ‘Sunday at Devil Dirt’ (Fontana)
Quite a dark album, but I love the dynamic of pairing Lanegan’s raw gravely groan with Isobel’s light and airy softness.

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5) King Kooba & The Trout ‘Slow-Gin Volume 6’ (O-W-E)
This mix sounds better to me with every listen.

6) Al Green ‘Lay it Down’ (Blue Note)
It’s great to hear Al Green sounding like Al Green again. Props to Questlove for helping put it together.

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7) TV on the Radio ‘Dear Science’ (DGC)
This album broadens the horizons for one of the most intriguing rock bands in the world.

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8) The Black Keys ‘Attack & Release’ (Nonesuch)
Another DM produced album in the top 10. Dude had a great year! These two white boys from Ohio rock like none other.



9) Clutchy Hopkins & Shawn Lee ‘The Clutch of the Tiger’ (Ubiquity)
Great jazz breaks and downtempo oddness. Love it.

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10) DJ Mark Farina ‘Mushroom Jazz 6’ (Om)
Props go out to my man Mark for keeping it fresh for over fifteen years!

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Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on December 22, 2008 @ 12:01 PM
Posted in: Music

Mike Monday's Top 10 Albums of 2008

Posted by: Mike Monday on December 19, 2008 @ 2:50 PM
Posted in: Music

Om’s up-and-coming stars Cates&dpL have done their worst again – this time reworking Ladyhawke’s “Magic.”
Its ready for the dancefloor… listen and download below!

Posted by: Gaggaz on December 19, 2008 @ 2:45 PM
Posted in: Music

J-Boogie on Brooklyn Radio

J-Boogie just recently visited the Soulstatic Show on Brooklyn Radio for a special in station dj mix. Boogie keeps his mixing cool with a nice blend of hip hop, reggae, soul, disco and uptempo classics. Click the banner to navigate to the podcast page where you can download the mix or stream it in our player.

Check out the musical blessings of J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science ‘Soul Vibrations.’

Posted by: Jonthecorner on December 17, 2008 @ 12:49 PM
Posted in: Music

Andy Caldwell New Mix

Happy Monday! Om Recording artist Any Caldwell just hit me with a new exclusive after hours mix specially designed for the big room. Featuring several tracks from his own imprint, UNO Recordings as well as new joints from Wolfgang Gartner, Ron Carroll and the Crookers Remix of Kid Cudi ‘Day ’N’ Night.’ Click the banner to visit the podcast page where you can either stream or download the mix by right clicking the link.

1. Zinga – Tom Flynn – UNO Recordings

2. Warrior feat. Lisa Shaw – Tiger Stripes Mix – Andy Caldwell – UNO Recordings

3. Cantonese Woman – Presslaboys Remix – Mikael Jonasson & Ricky Stone

4. Music Talking – D.O.N.S. & DBN Remix – Roland Clark & The Montanas

5. The Rhythm Of Life – David Penn Remix – Ruben Alvarez & Rober Gaez

6. Mini Jack – Original Mix – Ramon Tapia

7. Bump To Dis – Bart B More & Bingo Players Remix – Ron Carroll

8. Clap – Original Mix – Wolfgang Gartner

9. It’s Guud Master (Matteo Dimar Mix) – Andy Caldwell – UNO Recordings

10. Right On Time – Original Mix – Spencer & Hill

11. Day ‘N’ Nite (Crookers Remix) – Kid Cudi

Click here to sign up for Andy Caldwell’s mailing list.

Posted by: Jonthecorner on December 15, 2008 @ 10:18 AM
Posted in: Music

Mushroom Jazz Series

Hey you hardcore Mushroom Jazz heads! We have something cool to offer you. Limited Mushroom Jazz series sets. Featuring the entire series Vol. 1 – 6 on CD + the rare and hard to find promo of Blue Boy “Remember Me” CD Single, a Mushroom Jazz Vol. 6 Sticker, and an autographed poster. All of this comes in a limited Mushroom Jazz tote bag, perfect for the trips to the record store, liquor store, or your local herbal pharmaceutical.

Mushroom Jazz has been a series that has forever changed the lives of many individuals. Before there was downtempo, there was Mushroom Jazz. If you are a fan and have the entire series already, here is your chance “to take a hit and pass it on along” to a friend. This is the perfect introduction to the downtempo electronic genre’s oldest mix series.

-Mushroom Jazz Vol. 1 CD
-Mushroom Jazz Vol. 2 CD
-Mushroom Jazz Vol. 3 CD
-Mushroom Jazz Vol. 4 CD
-Mushroom Jazz Vol. 5 CD
-Autographed Mushroom Jazz Vol. 6 CD
-Mushroom Jazz Vol. 6 Sticker
-Mushroom Jazz Poster
-14"x 14" Mushroom Jazz Tote Bag.

Limited to Only 40 Units
Click Here To Check It Out.

Posted by: on December 9, 2008 @ 8:55 PM
Posted in: News

<a href= target="_blank">FREE Mix by Colette

As if there isn’t enough to be thankful for this food filled Thanksgiving weekend, Om is hookin’ you up with a FREE download of Colette’s newest mix! This podcast features a solid hour of some funky dance music jams with booty shakin’ beats and smooth vocals from your girl Colette. If your jeans are fitting a little tighter this morning due to a some extra post turkey-day cushion, I would recommend that you go to the podcast section of the Om site, download this FREE podcast to your iPod and hop on that tread-mill, or better yet, grab the homies, turn up your speakers and shake of them pounds! Either way, enjoy it because not only does it sound good, but its FREE!

Happy Listening :)

01 – Colette “What Will She Do For Love” (live performance)

02 – Giom “Be Free”

03 – Joshua Heath “My headphones” (live performance)

04 – Wawa “No problem” (live performance)

05 – Mr Patron “Give it Up”

06 – Santiago & Bushido “Party Life”

07 – Colette “If” (live performance)

08 – Sneak “Zippin on some Sneak shit” (live performance)

09 – Santiago & Bushido “White label”

10 – Natalie Williams “U don’t know”

11 – Colette “Didn’t mean to turn you on” (live performance)

12 – Alexander East “Believe en me”

13 – Colette “About Us”

14 – Just Jason “Let it off” (live performance)

Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on December 9, 2008 @ 12:00 PM
Posted in: Music

Voices for NextAid

Sometimes voices just need to be heard. That’s what a few of your favorite DJ’s think. It’s time to spread the word. Think about it — I watched this video and posted it for all you lovely folks to take a look at. Then you turn around and show it to you favorite people, and then they show it to theirs…. you get where I am going with this. Its the small things we can do that bring light to some serious situations happening all around us. Watch as world renowned artists such as Louie Vega, Mark Farina, Miguel Migs, DJ Colette, DJ Dan and more speak about the AIDS crisis and give a voice to African children orphaned by AIDS.

A bit about NextAid — NextAid is a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization committed to developing and implementing innovative solutions to the challenges facing African children. Their mission is to promote community-driven, environmentally sustainable, economically and socially empowering responses to the AIDS orphan pandemic. NextAid collaborates with individuals, businesses and nonprofits to produce creative, culturally-rich, awareness-raising projects and music events involving technology, the arts, public education projects,and volunteer opportunities.

Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on December 5, 2008 @ 12:35 PM
Posted in: Take Action

'Worthy' promo mix for your listening pleasure.

There’s nothing like a new mix to brighten your long workday. That’s why when this promo mix from San Francisco’s own — Worthy, came across my desk I had to post it for you all.
The mix, “Station Grape” skates the line between techno, tech-house, and minimal and features his upcoming new music on including his December Anabatic release Madcap.
Worthy is no stranger to the music game, after moving to San Francisco in 2001 he set up his studio and began producing and Djing around the city. Teaming up with Dirtybird, and eventually launching his own label Anabatic Records Worthy has taken his musical musings to whole new level. His remix work has shown up on Curfew, Utensil, and Tentigo Records, as well as DJ charts across the world.

Listen to the mix!

Check out his underground hit ‘Work the Walls’ on Anabatic Records, and view the accompanying video

Now sit back, and enjoy the funk!

Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on December 4, 2008 @ 4:34 PM
Posted in: News

'Catnip' Polarizes America

It was a big week for Mike Monday’s ‘Catnip’ video. A couple weeks ago iTunes featured it as their video of the week. Some loved it, some hated it…. Mike had a few words to say about it himself, and I couldn’t agree more.

Take a read….

The hubris of my last post is worthy of a Greek tragedy. After reading the frankly hilarious Catnip video reviews on iTunes US, I have started to wonder whether I really meant what I said. How could anyone get so angry about something as harmless and fun as Catnip? I can’t help but think that the more vitriolic reviews say more about the reviewer than the video itself…….

There’s more – see the rest here.

Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on December 3, 2008 @ 1:45 PM
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