Emotional Mashup 2: Elliott Smith & Heatmiser

I am a mahoosive fan of Elliott Smith and his former band Heatmiser and weirdly until this year I have never mashed or remixed his work. His chords and keys are quite complex, although as I found if you go back to what he cribbed (the Beatles mainly) you can sidestep that. Also until the rise of AI extraction – we had no acapellas or stems. Now the world is our oyster! So here are three Elliott Smith mashups – well Heatmiser really.

tbc aka Instamatic - Plainclothes Ticket Man (Elliott Smith / Heatmiser vs The Carpenters) mashup

WINNER of the Crumplbanger Challenge!

The latest Crumplbanger Challenge set by vixoriadrift is limited to a few artists – one of which is Elliott Smith – so I had to breakl my hiatus to do a few E.S. mashups. 

I chose Plainclothes Man cos it’s my favourite Elliott song, I indeed used to dream in black and white for decades (and used to do film photography, developing etc) so, that lyric hit me like a brick, I totally know what he means about gradual decline and photographs not only documenting that but reminding you of happier times. I don’t like looking at my old photos for this reason.

So to make it REALLY hard, I decided to have not one but two tracks with tempo/bar issues (one is pre click track helpfully with no drums in most of it, yeah, classic unequal bar length stuff, weirdly at the same points which helped, also I only have Lite so I can’t do fancy ‘Follow BPM’ so if someone suggests that, they can pay for my copy of Studio :-P), and also some fun extraction gremlins which I kind of tried to make a sort of feature interweaving the vocals…so it sounds less unintentional. 

I also had to do a lot of hopefully subtle sneaky re-ordering.for key/sequencing reasons that you might spot if you know the Carpenters track well but hopefully it’s not obvious.

Also I worked out how you beat Elliott’s musical tricks – go to the homework he cribbed 🙂

tbc aka Instamatic – Plainclothes Ticket Man (Elliott Smith / Heatmiser vs The Carpenters)

tbc aka Instamatic - Autumn Man (Elliott Smith vs Ed Sheeran) mashup cover

The latest Crumplbanger Challenge set by vixoriadrift is limited to a few artists – one of which is Elliott Smith – so I had to breakl my hiatus to do a few E.S. mashups. 

My favourite Elliott track is Not Half Right which I mashed with Billie Eilish, but my second is Plainclothes Man, partly cos of the ‘I dream in black and white’ line cos I used to do just that for decades…it’s a bit of a cheat cos it’s a Heatmiser track, but he covered it later solo.

In my head this isn’t a massive genre clash, but it’s an era clash and indie vs pop. Not a fan of Ed’s but this does work mood wise. I tried to redirect the purpose of the Ed Sheeran track about his friend to be about my feelings re: Elliott, still gutted he’s gone…and the 747 line and the mashup cover are both a reference to the cover of Mic City Sons album, where this song is from.

tbc aka Instamatic – Autumn Man (Elliott Smith vs Ed Sheeran)

tbc aka Instamatic -Not Lovely Or Half Right (Elliott Smith vs Billie EIlish & Khalid) mashup cover

Another one for the Crumplbanger Discord Challenge – (I usually avoid making these melancholic mashes unless I am drunk) emotional mashups – and I made the most depressing mashup EVAH! Go me. It’s about my depression, mixing Billie Eilish & Khalid’s lovely with Elliott Smith’s Half Right (although officially this is the Heatmiser version).

Cheery. This is the sound playing 24/7 in my head though, why I create silly mashups to drown it out.

Image is Mini Dall-E’s ‘idea’ of Eillott and Eilish together. Weirdly even munged like that, it looks like them.

tbc aka Instamatic –Not Lovely Or Half Right (Elliott Smith vs Billie EIlish & Khalid)

Kodiak Moment Vol 2: Best Of Instamatic 2003-2008

So here finally is the second Kodiak Moment with my mashup work for the first 5 years – 2003-2008 as Instamatic and tbc..

Picking up where the first one left off with also a look into the pre-history of my first mashups – included is my third ever mashup, and there is earlier in the secret bonus section *only* with the full album download.

Includes: Exclusive unreleased bootlegs and annotations for each bootleg, extra bonus demos and alternate versions, and I have remixed and remastered many of them to make them all nice and shiny for 2020.

I have sourced 36 of the 38 tracks from lossless sources, many for the first time as they existed only as low-res MP3 on here.

It is like a bootleg box set!

And there is more to come in this set, I have deeply raked over the last 17 years of making mashups.

Download Kodiak Moment Vol 2: Best Of Instamatic 2003-2008 my Bandcamp or over at the Bootleg Archive

Tracklist

  1. Instamatic – Future Sound of Peaches (Future Sound of London vs Peaches 2003-4)
  2. Instamatic – Jump Uprising minimix including Ludakris Bastard version (Ludacris vs Kriss Kross vs Kid Carpet), Jump x2 (House of Pain vs Kriss Kross) and Renegade Trouble (Wildchild vs Beastie Boys) – 2004
  3. Instamatic – My Telephone Doesn’t Work (aka Telephonic Sympathy – Missy Elliott vs Kraftwerk vs Coldcut vs Grandmaster Scott and Dynamic 3 – 2005 – 2020 tweaks)
  4. Instamatic – Peaches n’ Orbs (shorter version) (Roy Orbison vs Peaches – 2004)
  5. Instamatic – Infidel Milkshake Party (Wyclef Jean featuring Missy Elliott vs Kelis – 2004)
  6. Instamatic – Work It Tiger (Le Tigre vs Masters at Work – 2004)
  7. Instamatic – Weed Milkshake (Luniz vs Kelis – 2004 – 2020 repitch)
  8. Instamatic – Radio4Play (extended) (Radio 4 vs Shannon – 2004)
  9. Instamatic – Altogether Let It Be Me (The Farm vs Nancy Sinatra – 2004)
  10. Instamatic – Fragile Tomorrow (Fragile State vs Kings of Tomorrow – 2004 – 2020 remaster)
  11. Instamatic – My Room Is A Warm Place (NIN vs Nancy Sinatra vs Depeche Mode – 2004)
  12. Instamatic – Missy Wants A White Horse (Missy vs Laid Back vs Jacky – 2004)
  13. Instamatic – Dirty Money Mouth (Rose Royce vs Ol’ Dirty Bastard featuring Kelis – 2005, 2020 tweak-remaster)
  14. Instamatic – LFO Can’t Turn Around (LFO vs Farley Jackmaster Funk vs Foremost Poets- 2006 – 2020 remaster)
  15. Instamatic – Push it Slut (French Avenue) (Avenue D vs Salt n’ Pepa vs Kraftwerk – 2006 remake)
  16. Instamatic – Burn Yr Radio (P.E. Version) (Queen vs Leftfield vs Public Enemy – 2006)
  17. Instamatic – Ghetto Tits (Outkast vs Peaches vs Scissor Sisters – Solcofn partial reboot – 2006 remake)
  18. Instamatic – Madonna’s Hung Up (aka Let’s Hang Madonna) – 2006
  19. Instamatic – Alison She’s So Horsey (Goldfrapp vs Laid Back vs DJ Weight Problem – 2006)
  20. Instamatic – Nothin’ Crazy aka Crazy Marvin (Gnarls Barkley vs Marvin Gaye – 2006)
  21. Instamatic – Dirty Hitchhiker (Christina Aguilera vs Bernie Leadon – 2006)
  22. Instamatic – Juicy Clare (B52’s vs The Strokes – 2006, released 2007)
  23. tbc – Swan Rot Chaos (Michael Nyman vs Blackalicious – 2006)
  24. tbc – Saturday Sunshine (Boards of Canada vs Roy Ayers – 2006, remade 2012)
  25. tbc – I Try But The Words Weigh Too Much (Macy Gray vs Kings of Convenience (Four Tet mix) – 2006 – 2020 tweak-remaster)
  26. tbc – Cowboy Mary (Boards of Canada vs Scissor Sisters – 2006 – 2020 remix)
  27. Instamatic – Basement Void (Sterling Void vs Basement Jaxx 2003)
  28. Instamatic – Blancmange Milkshake (Blancmange vs Kelis – 2004 *from MP3 source)
  29. Filthy McNasty – Song 2 Divided By Zero (Blur vs Pet Shop Boys vs My Robot Friend – 2005)
  30. Instamatic – Madison Heartbreak (Maisonettes vs Madison Avenue – 2004 *from MP3)
  31. Instamatic – Let The Uziq Play (U-Ziq vs Shannon – 2004 demo)
  32. Instamatic – Like To Coup You Well (Howard Jones vs 23 Skidoo – 200? demo)
  33. Instamatic – Ludakris (Bastard version with Kid Carpet vs Ludacris vs Kriss Kross – 2004)
  34. tbc – Mama Believe Me Now (Scissor Sisters vs E.L.O. 2006 – 2020 remix)
  35. Instamatic – Peaches n’ Orbs (full-length version – Roy Orbison vs Peaches – 2004)
  36. Instamatic – Push It Slut (2004 original 2020 remaster-tweak)
  37. tbc – Sunday Work-Hating Jam (Various – 2004)
  38. Instamatic – Weed Milkshake (Luniz vs Kelis – 2004 original)

NEW: My Telephone Doesn’t Work (Grandmaster Scott and Dynamic 3 vs Missy Elliott vs Kraftwerk vs Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield)

And to show I’m not dead, it’s my *fairly-new electro-tastic and Missy-reviving tune…basically the story goes a little something like this:

In 1983 or 4 a little known electro-hip-hop act called Grandmaster Scott and Dynamic 3 (they did the oft-copied ‘The Roof is On Fire’) recorded a track called ‘Request Line’ – now you probably know where this is going – Missy Eliott sampled this for her hit a couple of years back, ‘Work It’. Here I reunited the long-lost-cousins with some other classic electro/house tracks – ‘Telephone Call’ by Kraftwerk and Coldcut’s classic ‘My Telephone’ from their first LP with Lisa Stansfield on vocals.

This originally was intended to be a longer mix ‘Telephonic Symphony/Sympathy’ – a bit like the Money mix on Radio Clash; but ended up being this bootleg

My Telephone Doesn’t Work

*unless you knew where to err, dig that is 😉