American Trilogy

American Trilogy mashups USA plunderphonics bootleg anthem America (Contrafacto) (Mickey Guyton vs Team America vs Childish Gambino vs Pete Seeger vs Oak, Ash & Thorn)

Here are three mashups from unrelated challeneges but part of a trilogy – mostly downtempo or plunderphonic, the middle section is more a traditional A vs B – but very much about the state of play in the USA today from the outsdie.

It’s apparently a Superb Owl? My tribute to America 😛 You probably won’t like it…

There is a serious side to this mashup, inspired by Negativland’s ‘Our National Anthem’ which is really bothered by the co-opting of Black Lives Matter to sing lines like ‘Rockets Red Glare, Bombs Exploding In Air’ – remember Tulsa? 

That anthem disturbs me, in this age of possible WW3 and new cold war….and of course I am ambivalent or worried about American globalism as much as I am bothered by Chinese and Russian sabre-rattling….we’re in the middle!

Also deeply ironic that something so American and against an attack by the British on a fort was stolen from an English drinking tune. And a pagan one at that about Anacreon, an ancient greek poet again double ironic given the puritan history of the States.

Instamatic – America (Contrafacto) (Mickey Guyton vs Team America vs Childish Gambino vs Pete Seeger vs Oak, Ash & Thorn)

Someone on reddit yesterday said I was like Ben Sherman and hated hiphop and didn’t think it was music – I LOL’d cos I probably have forgotten more hiphop than they’ve ever heard.

So in that vein I was checking the new Post Malone album I loved the collab with Fleet Foxes, not so fond of the song but the backing is amazing….so I mixed it with Sia’s cover of California Dreaming I think just for the San Andreas soundtrack? It’s one of my favourite songs of all time.

It’s very moody.

Instamatic – Love-Hate Song To California (Sia vs Post Malone featuring Fleet Foxes)

This is the third track in the American trilogy – the first ‘America’ was also a challenge track which was ambient/experimental, and the 2nd is the Sia vs California Dreaming one which is more traditional. This is classic tbc ambient ‘Moody Mash’ yet with a very sharp point, and I pumped up the experimental by focusing on a theme and the panning/call and answer/juxtaposition intercutting and FX – delay on stun and wanted the kitchen sink BIG sound in places. 

Like it is a film credits blues gospel song for the end of an empire

It’s about the American Dream gone wrong, it’s my personal reaction to Uvalde and the rise of fascism in the US, so it’s a mix of plunderphonic and mashup, but there aren’t many pop mashups with Suicide in them, or indeed about this subject.It’s more in my mind closer to Negativland’s Our National Anthem or Guns within a mashup structure than most things. Also the original LCD track references the death of Alan Vega, so hence using Suicide. 

And there’s a lot of me in here, hence the schizophrenic sound, off-kilter, it is not meant to be a happy cheerful listen, even if it hangs together. That push/pull tension is intentional because I don’t want any to think I am using ‘Dixie’ and ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’ (which is part of the Elvis track) in any way other than utterly scathing contempt and anger. Also a LOT of America tracks are flag waving patriotic ones, or uncritical, like the T-Swift. Again using that cross-purposes here, recontextualising it. 

Also I was playing with speed, I’d never normally slow something down that much, or use sources that were several semitones apart, but I forced myself, pulling the sources far away from ‘Kansas’ as possible.

tbc aka Instamatic – American Dream Part 3 (American Trilogy) (LCD Soundsystem vs Paul Simon vs Elvis Presley vs Suicide vs Idlewild vs Taylor Swift vs MKTO)

Back to YouTube – New Mashup Videos

I have neglected my old YouTube channel somewhat – I’ve done the odd Live stream but not many proper videos for my mashups. Feeling I should make some quick ones, and at first planning to just make simple artwork only videos, I got sucked into making visualisations, or simpler videos for my work. I have created 3 major videos in the past 24 hours, and two artwork ones. Here are the tbc ones, the Instamatic ones ar in another post.

I also haven’t been posting many of my works here or over at my mashup blog, just dumping them on Sowndhaus so good to dust them off and push them out there a bit more.

First up is American Dream Part 3 mashup (LCD Soundsystem vs Paul Simon vs Elvis vs Idlewild vs Suicide vs Taylor Swift vs MKTO) – but of course, this was the only one to get blocked, so a revisit to an old dusty Vimeo account as well!

All these videos are experiments in not using band or artist footage which tends to bring the blocks faster than you can say ‘Lego party’. I am using either longer shots or re-using footage and not getting too hung, or totally reframing the mashup with a new narrative.

And a simpler one, I found these falling leaves on Pexels so thought it was perfect for my ES vs ES mash, Autumn Man (Elliott Smith / Heatmiser vs Ed Sheeran). Surprised this hasn’t had more legs, it’s been mostly ignored – I preferred the Carpenters vs Elliott one but totally knew that the mood meshed perfectly with this one. I had a weird feeling it would be the one that would ‘fly’ but no, it’s the other one.which incidentally just got an artwork video.. Not sure that needs a full one.

Happy XMash & A Kodiak Moment New Year

Part of a series called ‘let’s make the life hard of those who finished their festive mashup compilations in October’, – finally live, the Xmash compilation new and old Christmas Classics in ‘high’ quality – well we are in part talking DJNoNo here so quality is extremely subjective – but two new mashups from me, including one that has only just been finished and not previously released – the Massive Attack vs Greg Lake one.

Yes I made Massive Attack’s Teardrop simultaneously upbeat and festive and more depressing…how strange the change from major to minor. It is very much a Lockdown Xmas Coronacoaster bittersweet track…

Some old classics and two new mashups now in high quality in a single downloadable package! From bah humbug mashups and downtempo chilled dubby ambient mixes to upbeat drum and bass and party tunes, to a set of covers by TBC Poundsystem – and there even is a Secret Santa gift if you download the whole album!

Have a Happy Christmas and New Year in lockdown, and be as safe as possible…it is going to be a weird one, and this one goes out to those who have a love/hate thing with this time of year. I see you – and even better I have warped festive tunes for you!

Download the Xmas EP over at Bandcamp or over at the Bootleg Archive.

Tracklist

  1. DJNoNo – Christmas Wapping (Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion vs The Waitresses – 2020)
  2. TBC Poundsystem – Losing My Sledge (Michael Jackson vs Andrews Sisters & Bing Crosby vs LCD Soundsystem vs Lipps Inc – 2012)
  3. DJNoNo – Scarey Xmas (Mariah Carey, Dillinja and Unknown Error – 2008)
  4. DJNoNo – 12 Vaulting Hippos (Pendulum vs Gayle Peevey 2005)
  5. DJNoNo – BlacKmas Dub (Poly Styrene vs Stenchman vs Invader Zim 2011)
  6. TBC Poundsystem – Losing My Sledge original (2005)
  7. DJNoNo – Christmas Maus (Deadmau5 vs Bruce Haack 2012)
  8. tbc aka Instamatic – Massive Lake (Teardrops At Xmas) (Massive Attack vs Greg Lake – 2020)
  9. TBC Poundsystem – Losing My Sledge Dub (Michael Jackson vs Andrews Sisters & Bing Crosby vs LCD Soundsystem vs Lipps Inc –

And I have uploaded the first Kodiak Moment to Bandcamp, which oddly I never added here til now, although I posted the ‘Greatest Misses’ with the same artwork, confusingly!

Download Kodiak Moment Vol 1 at Bandcamp or over at The Bootleg Archive.

Tracklist

  1. DJNoNo – Just Lose The Accordion (Eminem vs Myron Floren)
  2. Instamatic – Ludakriss (Kriss Kross vs Ludacris)
  3. Instamatic – Push It Slut (Avenue D vs Salt n’ Pepa)
  4. Instamatic – Ghetto Peaches (Solcofn partial reboot – Peaches vs Outkast vs Scissor Sisters)
  5. DJNoNo – Em Is A Nagging Fly (Crossover vs Eminem vs Roy Orbison)
  6. Instamatic – Satan Bush Blair (Bootie Version – Orbital vs Freeland vs Eric Idle vs George Bush)
  7. tbc aka Instamatic – Comfortable Run (Scissor Sisters vs Air)
  8. Instamatic – Spanish Bombs (The Clash vs Outkast off London Booted)
  9. Instamatic – Stone Cold Roses (Outkast vs Stone Roses)
  10. Instamatic – GodLife (Blur vs Beach Boys from Parkspliced)
  11. Instamatic – Triple Spin (Dead or Alive vs Marilyn Manson vs Hi-Tek 3)
  12. Instamatic -Smells Mighty Real (Sylvester vs Sandra Bernhard vs Nirvana – Short version)
  13. Allen Smithee – Right Profile (The Clash vs The Streets – from London Booted)
  14. Instamatic -Kylie’s Ass Is A Space Ship (Kylie vs N.E.R.D. vs Super Furry Animals)
  15. tbc aka Instamatic – Long Gone (Super Furry Animals vs Beach Boys)
  16. tbc aka Instamatic – (My True Love Has a) Golden Beard (Blur vs Nina Simone vs Slowdive – off Parkspliced)
  17. tbc aka Instamatic – (Whitney Goes To Hollywood Frankie Goes To Hollywood vs Whitney Houston)

Losing My Sledge parody mashup (Michael Jackson vs Lipps Inc vs LCD Soundsystem) gets a video

Yes in time for Christmas – it’s a new remastered version of Losing My Sledge by TBC Poundsystem (myself and Jeb 50 Pound Note) – a Xmas cover version & mashup of LCD Soundsystem’s Losing My Edge – this time with remastered/remixed audio, and funky dancing Santa lipsync video with pink tinsel, fairy lights and other kitsch campness! Those with long memories will remember this from 2006 but not sure I posted it here – well here it is in much better remixed form!

Mashup also features MJ’s Don’t Stop If You Get Enough & Lipps Inc’s Funkytown, as well as sleighbells by moi and vocals by Jeb. It’s the first net release from Jeb’s Kuma-Chan records, KUMA 1000. More to come from Kuma-Chan – watch this space (well the links down below).

PRESSIES! Download the remixed 2012 track with a new dub instrumental b-side and amazing 4 page artwork by Jeb! Spread – upload – share – annoy neighbours, play over the turkey, dance like a santa-loon etc.

Happy Holidays From Tim and Jeb! And all at Kuma-Chan and Radio Clash! (same thing, LOL)