Currently Reading: Goodbye Helter Skelter

Summer reading is in full effect! Click here for more info and ordering options. At the present time, it's out of stock on Amazon, however I ordered my copy directly from the publisher and it was received shortly thereafter. I'm still in the process of reading Squeaky: The Life and Times Of Lynette Alice Fromme, but I think I'm putting it on the back burner to read this instead. 

Just A Dog Day Afternoon

As part of his bucket list, Scoob was treated to some well-deserved time down on the beach where he frolicked and waded in the South Florida surf. He oggled a few tourist gals in bikinis and asked them to "show their tits", but as to be expected, this was promptly met with rejection and Scoob was left high and dry. Personally, I think that Scooberto needs to work on his approach, but he strongly insists that the line has worked before, however he also insists that he knows how to drive a motorcycle, so I take what he says with a grain of salt. Nonetheless, I think that he had a great time down at la playa!

My Impromptu Set List

We had a small shindig at the house yesterday and this was my impromptu set list...

Maceo & The Macks - Cross the Tracks
Stanglers - Golden Brown
Madonna - Lucky Star
Eddy Grant - Electric Avenue
Falco - Der Kommissar
The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian
Duran Duran - Save A Prayer
Talking Heads - Burning Down The House
Faze-O - Riding High
Cat Stevens - Wild World
America - A Horse With No Name
The Undisputed Truth - Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite The World) Friendship Train
DJ Krush - Dig This Vibe
Rick Rubin - Dust Cloud
DJ Shadow - Six Days
DJ Shadow - What Does Your Soul Look Like Part 2 (Peeshay Remix)
Alex Reece - Feel The Sunshine
Jonny L - 2 Of Us (Photek Remix)
Missy Elliot - The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) (Lumbajak Drum-N-Bass Mix)
Jhana - Say Say Say
DJ Shadow - Def Surrounds Us
James Brown - I Feel Good (Tincup Remix)
Elton John - Tiny Dancer
Yasunori Mitsuda - Swamp Of Hydra
Simon & Garfunkel - America
MC Lyte - Cha Cha Cha (instrumental)
DJ Shadow - I Gotta Rokk (Irn Mnky Swagger Mix)
DJ Krush - Shin-Sekai
MC Solaar - Nouveau Western
Towa Tei - Technova (La Em Compacabana)
The Pop Tarts - Money, Success, Fame, Glamour
Nena - 99 Luft Balloons
Desmond Dekker & The Aces - 007
Blondie - The Tide Is High
The Andrews Sisters - South American Way
Chicks On Speed - For All The Boys
George Michael - Careless Whisper
The Beatles - Do You Want To Know a Secret
Charity Shayne - Ain't It Babe
Friends Of Distinction - Grazing In The Grass
The Gals And Pals - Blue On Blue
Dionne Warwick - I Say A Little Prayer For You
Betty Everett - The Shoop Shoop Song
The Vogues - Magic Town
Heart - Magic Man
Steve Miller Band - Space Intro/Fly Like An Eagle
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Refugee
Tori Amos - God
Luscious Jackson - LP Retreat
Duran Duran - Come Undone
New Age Steppers - Fade Away
Outkast Bombs Over Baghdad 
Keisuke Egusa - Call Me
Red Martian - Daichee Bell
The Fifth Dimension - Aquarius/ Let The Sunshine In
Neil Diamond - Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon

Eclectic? Yes.
Good times? Indeed. 

Beastie Boys Instrumental Collection

Reuploaded for all of your karaoke, sing-a-long, or nostalgic needs; these are the full instrumentals ranging in quality from 192kbps to 320kbps, with a majority being the latter. Also included are the Hello Nasty and To The Five Boroughs show vinyl from their live performances in 1999 and 2004, respectively. If you're a fan of the Beasties, this collection is a must have for a multitude of reasons, but if for nothing else, to check out the amazing production they pulled off on some of the tracks. Seriously, even without vocals, some of these instrumentals are masterpieces unto themselves, especially Paul's Boutique, but that probably goes without saying. As is usually the case, I don't foresee these files being up for very long, so if you want 'em, ya better get 'em! If the links below are no longer available, simply email me at alohamiscreant@gmail.com, and I'll link you with the files!

Click here for a complete track listing via PDF. 

Collection Includes:

(1986) Licensed To Ill Instrumentals
(1988) Paul's Boutique Instrumentals
(1992) Check Your Head Instrumentals
(1994) Ill Communication Instrumentals
(1998) Hello Nasty Instrumentals
(1998) Hello Nasty Show Vinyl
(2004) To The 5 Boroughs Instrumentals
(2004) To The 5 Boroughs Show Vinyl

Part One (496mb)
Part Two (396mb)

Enjoy!

Casiohardcore - Premeditated

Track: Premeditated
Source: drum machine/sampler/sequencer

The Daily Commute

Recorded on 05-07-14 between Coral Springs and Boca Raton, Florida

Music: The Hi-Fi/Low-Life - The Deal (previously unreleased)

The Lost Tapes Part 5: Moo Moo Baa Baa


Nearly 20 years ago to the day, I stood in the "vocal closet" of my makeshift studio (aka The Palm Plaza) and belted out this off-the-cuff little ditty as an homage to one of my most favorite cartoon scenes. I loaded up a quick beat on the DR-550, added some guitar nonsense, and threw it all together in just one take. If memory serves me right, the crackhead neighbor who lived next door started banging on the wall and said that he was calling the police if we didn't keep it down. Needless to say, we didn't keep it down, the police were never called, and the rest is strange history. Moo moo baa baa, baby.

Don't forget to check out the ongoing Lost Tapes series here!

The Beastie Boys Sample Source Collection


In 1998, I began a quest (if you will) to source and track down every song that had ever been sampled by the Beastie Boys. I was inspired by the classic Ultimate Breaks and Beats records that I used to collect when I was younger as they introduced me to songs that I had only heard in sampled form, so hearing these tracks in their entirety opened my mind to a whole new musical experience. Back in 1991, a friend and I were cruising the old Fort Lauderdale strip and listening to the local classic rock radio station when they played a double shot of Led Zeppelin; When The Levee Breaks followed by The Ocean, and immediately, I recognized the drums from Rhymin' and Stealing and the guitar riff from She's Crafty. From that moment on, I paid keen attention to classic rock and funk songs looking for other bits and pieces that were sampled by the Beastie Boys. Sample credits within the liner notes were great starting points, but they hardly covered all of the bases, and since the internet was still in it's infancy, there weren't many viable resources to track down these samples, so a lot of my early research was done on bulletin boards and through word of mouth. Flash forward to 1996 when I discovered the white-label/bootleg pressing of the infamous B-Boy Breaks:
This filled several holes in my fledgling collection, however it hardly scratched the surface as there were hundreds (if not thousands) of other samples that needed to be sourced and tracked down. In 1998, the internet was becoming more robust and though various boards and fan sites, I was able to start compiling a list of all the samples that were used on a per-album basis and that's when it all started coming together. By this point, I had only tracked down a handful of records and tapes, but it wasn't long before I was trading digital tracks with like minded sample-nerds and finally in 2005, I released the prototype of what would become The Beastie Boys Sample Source Collection. In hindsight, it was a great start, but it definitely needed some work. The quality of the tracks that I had personally ripped from vinyl or cassette were less than stellar, and in most cases, around 128kbps and the digital tracks which I had acquired online were just as bad, if not worse. From that point forward, I made quality a higher priority and taught myself a more efficient process for ripping vinyl/cassettes. I also made it a point to only trade/acquire higher bit rate versions of tracks and avoided the dreaded web-rips which were usually around 64kbps. Thanks to Soulseek, Discogs, eBay, and a bunch of really cool cats that I've met over time, the project continued to move forward and it wasn't long before all of the ducks were in a row and it was time to release the dragon! In 2007, I re-released the compilation and made continuous updates throughout the next few years as additional samples were sourced and found.

From Licensed to Ill up until To The 5 Boroughs, although it will never be 100% complete, this is probably as close as it gets. As it stands, the only significant source that I wasn't able to track down is Modern Dynamic Physical Fitness Activities by Ed Durlacher, which was sampled in Body Movin', however even amongst collectors of Durlacher's instructional music, this particular album is pretty rare. If anybody reading this happens to have this album, please let me know as this is something of a holy grail. Likewise, if anybody feels that I've missed anything and/or has anything to contribute, please let me know! I think just about everything has been sourced, but every now and then, something new will be discovered, and as a self-proclaimed sample-nerd, those are always cool moments. 

Click here for the complete track listing via PDF

As anybody on the internet will tell you, the file-sharing freedom of the past few years is gone and it's been harder and harder to keep this compilation online. The last time that this was publically shared, the links were killed within just a few weeks, and I have a feeling that this will continue to be the case. With that said, I've temporarily hosted the collection on uploaded.net, and although the files can be downloaded free, unless you have a premium membership, you can only download one file every 2 hours. Considering that the files are about 500mb each and take any where from two to three hours to download, you might be better off purchasing a 48 hour pass. Trust me, I'm not a fan of this process, but it will definitely be a quicker download experience. If you've been trying to cop this collection, I strongly suggest grabbing these while you can since it's not likely they will stay up for very long: 

Part One (508mb)
Part Two (508mb)
Part Three (508mb)
Part Four (350mb)

As a failsafe/backup, I've also uploaded these to my private DropBox account, so if (and when) the links above are no longer available, simply contact me at alohamiscreant@gmail.com, and I will directly link you with the files! I want to personally thank each and every single person out there that has checked out this collection, lent insight, shared knowledge, or provided me with any of the tracks that were used to compile this amazing piece of history. It goes without saying that much love and respect is owed to the Beastie Boys for introducing me (and the world) to amazing music that otherwise would likely not be heard, let alone acknowledged. Sampling is an art, and regardless if we're talking about the intricacy of Paul's Boutique or the oddities of Check Your Head, the Beasties (and of course the Dust Brothers) were masters of their craft and this compilation is their gallery as well as part of their legacy. 

Enjoy!

Music For Sleazy + Illicit Encounters

 
The Hi-Fi/Low-Life - Music For Sleazy + Illicit Encounters

The Money Shot
Crime Factory
Dusted/Tuning Out
Pushing Buttons on a Buring Bridge
Gnome in the Barrio
Crime Factory (Arthur Diddle Style) 
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