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Who says cool stuff doesn’t happen in Ottawa?

After a crazy couple of months of non-stop work and a shamelessly-short holiday, I am back on the streets of Ottawa looking for stylin’ people. I went to Mercury Lounge on Saturday night and came across these two cute boys … loved their cozy mash up of plaids and stripes. Jesse and Steye are from the Netherlands, here participating in a project called “In a Cabin With”. The premise is Dutch musicians travel to inspiring places on the planet, hole up in a “cabin” with local musicians and write a bunch of music. Steye and Jesse, along with Philippe LaFraniere and Zakari Frantz will showcase their creations at Mercury on February 9th. And all the finished songs are available to download free from the “In a Cabin” website. SO COOL…’nuff said! www.inacabinwith.com

jesse-and-steye

Who? Jesse and Steye

Occupation: J – Singer, Songwriter. S – Musician, Producer.

Who’s your style icon? J – Elvis. S – My Grandmother, she’s 92.

What are you listening to these days? J – Ryan Adams, Nick Cave, The Pixies. S – Jimi Hendrix, Curtis Mayfield, Feist, RedNose Distrikt.

What’s your favourite thing about Ottawa? J – The snow! S – Fish, beer, banana-date bread.

If you were an animal, what would you be? J – Monkey. S – German Sheppard.

Upstairs, I ran into Karinka. She looked really pulled together and her shoes were hot so I took her photo too.

karinka

Who? Karinka

Describe your style? Classic with an edge.

Who’s your style icon? Kate Winslet, Katie Perry, Anne Hathaway.

What are three things you can’t live without? Mascara, heels, a great purse.

What are you listening to these days? Everything …House, Jazz, Punk.

What’s your favourite thing about Ottawa? Sephora!

If you were an animal, what would you be? A cat.

Photos and Text by: Payton Kennedy – Payton.kennedy[at]gmail[dot]com 613-868-9847

New music from DJ Doorbell

Having just learned how to dj, my friend DJ Doorbell has sent me his first attempted mix. So far, I like what I hear and I hope you will too. Download his first mix here.

Tracklist:

Tracklist:

1. Cut Dick – Mr Oizo
2. I am Somebody – Dj Mehdi feat. Chromeo
3. Phantom II – Justice
4. Positif – Mr Oizo
5. Bongo Song – Zongamin
6. Get Innocuous/Someone Great LCD SoundSystem

The Streets (CHEW FU fix)

Some music for everyone. Enjoy.

chew_fu_(Yousendit link)
Chew Fu “Cash In My Pocket” DJ Set
https://rcpt.yousendit.com/639028902/60252ba38b1a49e33b9e1a07f459a4d5

The Streets-Get Out Of My House(Chew Fu H=H fix)
https://www.yousendit.com/download/WnBSckhjcklvQnNLSkE9PQ

(Zshare link)
Chew Fu “Cash In My Pocket” DJ Set
http://www.zshare.net/audio/53702409d1f98a2b/

The Streets-Get Out Of My House(Chew Fu H=H fix)
http://www.zshare.net/audio/53706551c09fc2ae/

(divshare link)
Chew Fu “Cash In My Pocket” DJ Set
http://www.divshare.com/download/6247502-e02

The Streets-Get Out Of My House(Chew Fu H=H fix)

http://www.divshare.com/download/6247507-aab

GiG_Dates in Australia ;
Sat Jan 10:  Chinese Laundry, Sydney
Sat Jan 24:  Chinese Laundry, Sydney
Sun Jan 25: Trinity Bar, Canberra
Sat Feb 14:  Empire, Brisbane

Tracklisting;Chew Fu “Cash In My Pocket” DJ Set(ARTWORK ATTACHED/Photo;Manja Van Mastrigt)

0.The Streets-Get out of my house (Chew Fu H=H fix)
1.Wiley-Cash in my pocket(Chew Fu Small room fix)
2.Chew Fu-Chicks & Pills
3.Frank Sinatra-New York New York(Chew Fu Big room fix)
4.Frankie Finch & Chew Fu -Let it Go
5.Chew Fu & King B-hey Shawty
6.The Score-We Got You(Chew Fu refix)
7.Master SHortie-Rope Chain(Chew Fu refix)
8.Chew Fu & J-cast-Bakerstreet(Chew Fu Barfight fix)
9.Missy Elliott-Lick Shots(Chew Fu Refix)
10.Chew Fu & Popov-i`m the man in my city
11.Wiley-cash in my pocket(Chew Fu Big Room fix)
12.Depeche mode-enjoy the silence(Chew Fu fix)
13.OASIS-The Turning(Chew Fu Fix)
14.M.A.W.-Work(Chew Fu Fix)
15.Master Shortie-Dead end(Chew Fu Fix)
16.Busta & Link Park-We made it(Chew Fu Fix)
17.Chew Fu & Steve Clisby-Stand by me
18.the Doors-People are strange(Chew Fu Fix)
19.Kanye West – Love Lockdown(Chew Fu SMall room fix)

New music from Fazhands

Fazhands has sent me his latest music, a remix of A1 Bassline’s Girl Thing
Here’s a link to the 320kbps copy of it:
http://www.mediafire.com/?jjaytzwaeju

J’en peu plus – musique 2008

It just dawned on me that my university GPA would’ve been much higher if I didn’t spend so much time at the library discussing music over homework and scrolling through music blogs instead of Virtual Campus. Oh well, I ended up graduating with a good GPA and a HUGE music collection. So huge in fact that my Macbook Pro went from 100GB to a mere 12GB. Thank you Morisset library for 1) the inspiration and 2) bringing people together during the most social time of the year, finals. I will forever be thankful to you and to the University of Ottawa’s disastrous VPN client.

So as 2008 comes to a close, I begin thinking back at all the songs that I obsessed over throughout the year. These are the tunes that kept up with the loop button on the ipod (which likes to freeze on shuffle mode and ends up stopping during a great tune, leaving you incapable of completing your magnificient dance moves).

Compiling this list also made me realize that I listen to way too many remixes (Arty are you nodding in approval yet?). Sometimes I forget what the original sounds like altogether. This list is seriously, in the words of George Michael, for the feet. Please note, some are old school songs but were on repeat nonetheless! Also note that when reading through this list, make sure your body parts are coordinated and 100% focused because they’ll all be taking part in the dance marathon you’ll be participating in afterwards. Without further adue, here’s the list that’s more essential than the BBC radio 1 mixes. I would like to dedicate this to Bear, Arty and Dre, all who have strong connections to this list even though we are all at various corners across the world.

  1. Cut Copy – Hearts on Fire (Aeroplane Pop mix)
  2. Junior Boys – FM (Tensnake remix)*
  3. Maurice Fulton mix for Pig Radio
  4. Kinky Foxx – So Different*
  5. Yazoo – Situation (Hercules & Love Affair remix)*
  6. Lo-Fi-Fnk – Want U*
  7. Whitest Boy Alive – Golden Cage (Fred Falke remix)*
  8. Fleetwood Mac – Never Forget (Cut Copy remix)*
  9. Emergency – Too Much (Shazam remix)*
  10. Air France – Collapsing at your doorstep
  11. Mr. Oizo – Cut Dick
  12. Grovesnor – Drive your car (Hot Chip remix)
  13. Prince – Erotic City*
  14. The Teenagers – Homecoming*
  15. The Teenagers – French Kiss
  16. The Radio Dept – Freddie and the Trojan Horse
  17. Crookers – Gypsy P
  18. Charlie Smalls – Never Felt Like This Before*
  19. Player – Baby Come Back
  20. The Klaxons – As Above, So Below (Justice remix)*
  21. Friendly Fires – Paris (Aeroplane remix)*
  22. Digitalism – Idealistic*
  23. Brendan Canning – Hit the Wall
  24. The Twelves – Works For me*
  25. Ted & Francis – I wish I was a polar bear (Arctic Urgency edit)
  26. Phoenix – If I ever feel better, I’ll go to the disco – Said the Buffalo Bunch*
  27. Van She – So High
  28. Van She – Changes
  29. Van She – Sex City (The Teenagers Remix)
  30. Sebastien Tellier – Look
  31. Sebastien Tellier – Kilometer (Moulinex Remix)
  32. Sebastien Tellier – Pomme
  33. Lykke Li – Little Bit*
  34. Little Boots – Meddle (Treasure Fingers Remix)*
  35. X&Hell – My Fkn Hat (produced by Shazam)
  36. U-Tern – Pop Lock*
  37. Depeche Mode – Policy of Truth
  38. Juan Maclean – Resident Advisor Podcast 2008-01-14
  39. Juan Maclean – Happy House
  40. Jocko – Rhythm Talk*
  41. The Virgins – Rich Girls
  42. Cut Copy – Lights & Music (Moulinex Remix)*
  43. Au Revoir Simone – Sad Song (RAC remix)
  44. Fleetwood Mac – Tell me Lies*
  45. Fleetwood Mac – Gypsy*
  46. Hercules & Love Affair – Blind*
  47. Peter Sarstedt – Where do you go to my lovely*
  48. Pnau – With you forever
  49. Pnau – Baby (Breakbot remix)*
  50. Treasure Fingers – Cross the Dancefloor*
  51. One Hand Loves The Other – Don’t know (Treasure Fingers remix)
  52. Treasure Fingers – Cross the Dancefloor (Lifelike remix)*
  53. Thieves Like Us – Declarations
  54. Mr. Oizo – Yves
  55. DJ Illo – 1979 shake
  56. Cut Copy – Stars*
  57. Top Billin’ – Willing*
  58. Cut Copy – Far Away (Damn Arms Remix)*
  59. George Michael – Too Funky
  60. Black Kids – I’m not gonna teach your boyfriend (The Twelves Remix)*
  61. Erlend Oye – Sudden Rush (The Twelves Remix)
  62. Juiceboxxx and Dre Skull – Center Stage (Curses! Remix)
  63. Rufus Wainwright – Chelsea Hotel No 2 (Leonard Cohen cover)*
  64. Golden Bug – Barbie’s Back (warning this song is terribly graphic)
  65. Louis Laroché – Peach*
  66. Girl Talk – Let me see you
  67. CSS – Move (Cut Copy remix)*
  68. Zingone featuring Nina – Auto Remix Happy face*
  69. Hot Chip – A Glue Too Thick*
  70. LCD Soundsystem – Get Innocuous
  71. Scenario Rock – Hard Task
  72. Scenario Rock – Skitzo Dancer (part 1)
  73. Johan Agebjorn & Sally Shapiro – Pig Radio Mix*
  74. Atmosphere – Shhh…
  75. Radiohead – Videotape (Ring Trick mix)*
  76. Diplo featuring Rye Rye – Wassup Wassup
  77. Daft Punk – Something about us (Eastar remix)*
  78. Low Motion Disco – Things are gonna get easier
  79. Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele – Meet Me In The Garden*
  80. Broken Social Scene – Lover’s Spit (Beehives album version) this one will be on every list I compile. You know why? Because it’s phenomenal, that’s why, so live with it always being here!*

My feet require top of the line beats, compris?

fleetwood-mac-rumours1Gypsies ended up being a topic of a delightful conversation at my workplace. I’ve always been fascinated by them and got unnecessarily excited when Vivienne Westwood used gypsies in a runway show. I, however, am unable to explain my fascination, it just is. In celebration of the gypsy mention, I decided to listen to Gypsy by Fleetwood Mac. If you’re not familiar with the song, you might have heard it mashed up on the track Let Me See You by Girl Talk (come to think of it, Girl Talk mashes up so much Fleetwood Mac, Overtime from Night Ripper samples Tell Me Lies). I really like Fleetwood Mac. Something about their songs makes you press repeat over and over again. Especially Never Forget…that song fills me up with so much nostalgia that I end up doing things I may regret the next day. Guilty.

Any way, I decided to search the song on hypem (for potential remixes to make my feet two step) and I found one remixed by none other than Cut Copy. This means the remix has to be amazing because all Cut Copy remixes are, sorry to sound repetitive here, AMAZING. My gut feeling was right, I’m really hooked on it…Fred Falke and Lo-Fi-Fnk styles.

girl-talk-755754Alongside the Fleetwood Mac taking over all the playtime on my ipod, there’s another song I’ve been heavily addicted to lately because it sounds so good and I want you to get addicted to it too (Bear are you reading this?). It’s called Paris by Friendly Fires featuring Au Revoir Simone and remixed by Aeroplane. If you haven’t heard it yet, time to get your toes in with the groove.

image sources: http://adamanthenes.files.wordpress.com/2007/03/fleetwood-mac-rumours.jpg
http://www.keenlyobserved.com/uploaded_images/girl%20talk-755754.jpg

A Study in Plaid

From contributor: PAYTON– Payton.kennedy [at] gmail [dot] com

I was at the Elmdale Tavern this weekend for The Fiftymen. Great show … and great style! I didn’t notice until looking at the shots at the end of the evening that all of my subjects were wearing plaid. Expected at alt-country/rock show I suppose but I love how they all wore it in their own unique way, and as comfortably as well … an old, plaid shirt.

jake

Who? Jake
Occupation: Drummer for The Fiftymen, Guitarist for Jim Bryson, proud new daddy of “Ramona”
Where’d you get that? My hat is probably from Ragtime Vintage … I own a few; I’m a hat-guy
Who’s your style icon? Rick Danko, circa 1967
What are you listening to these days? Notwist and Marc Ford
What’s your favourite thing about Ottawa? My family

megan
Who?
Megan
Occupation: Librarian for the government
Where’d you get that? My dress is from H&M in the States, I bought my glasses in London, England
What’s your favourite thing about Ottawa? You know where everything is!
If you were an animal, what would you be? A dinosaur

melissa

Who? Melissa
Occupation: Cook at Café Fresh
Where’d you get that? I bought my shirt at Dynamite. Genevieve at La Spa cuts my hair
Who’s your style icon? Betty Page (Payton thinks a little Patsy Cline as well … Melissa agrees)
What are you listening to these days? The new Dolly Parton album, Matthew Barber, The Fiftymen
If you were an animal, what would you be? A bird … a Loon to be exact
What’s your favourite thing about Ottawa? Its small town vibe and big city feeling

Okay, not at the Elmdale and not in plaid, but look at his hair … fierce!

richard

Who? Richard
Occupation: Bartender/Manager, The Whalesbone
Where’d you get that hair? Pedro at Scizzors cuts my hair
Describe your style: Comfortable, clean, eco-friendly
What are you listening to these days? Cat Stevens, Neil Young, James Taylor
Your tombstone will say? No regrets!