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Maybe I’ve touched on this before, but someone having the idea to remix Bon Iver at all is a little strange, but it is also encouraging. Covers aren’t all House producers messing with songs by other House producers, or “genre reacharounds” as I like to call them. I consider very little to be sacred music that you just don’t mess with, because you can’t improve it, and the likelihood of success in forging it into your own sound while maintaining the key, identifiers in the song are not friendly.

I think part of the reason for that is one of the key components of pretty much any Justin Vernon song, which is the treatment of his vocals. The music is built around his dual mic approach, doubling the impact, in addition to the heavy reverb and occasional vocoder applied. Right, so where do you go with that? In the case of Slow Magic’s remix of Hinnom, TX, they kind of spread the concept to then entire song, which is a fitting decision in that it creates a new, unique song from the source while maintaining Vernon’s vocals. The entire thing is pieced apart and assembled differently, to sound as if it could legitimately be a Slow Magic track. Well done.

Autograf’s UKF podcast is kind of a pain in the ass to download. It’s not a matter of a simple button click and it starts. But I like this mix so much that I think it’s worth the extra effort and clicks. Also, I know the three members constituting Autograf are likely never going to read this, but you need to change up your intro. Your music and mixes and remixes are constantly improving, and I’m more impressed with each listen, but man, the intro is a total boner-killer. Whatever you’re reaching for, let it be. Relax and talk into the mic like you’re talking to a person. If that’s how you talk to a person, then get one of the other two guys to do it.

A cartoonist, not a musician, named David Rees decided to mash together two unlikely Aphex Swift (not Taylor Twin) for an entire 8-song makeshift album.Obviously Mr. Rees holds very little in the world to be holy. Let’s make this brief: some of these songs work and the two pieces of source material are blended well and sound like a new, legitimate work. However, others sound like they are really forced by somebody who doesn’t quite know how to operate sound software. But I glad that Rees, a six-year contributor to the Huffington Post, has a second job in a market so niche…I’m not even sure how it exists. Directly from his Wikipedia (donate $3) page:

In July 2010, Rees announced his Artisanal Pencil Sharpening service, where for starting at $40.00, people can mail in their own pencils to be sharpened by him, or receive a sharpened pencil provided by the craftsman. According to the site, “…craftsman David Rees still practices the age-old art of manual pencil sharpening. His artisanal service is perfect for artists, writers, and standardized test takers. Shipped with their shavings and a ‘certificate of sharpening’, these extra-sharp pencils make wonderful gifts.”[6][7][8] His book, How to Sharpen Pencils, was released April 16, 2012.



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