Thursday, January 16, 2014

#TBT My First Radio Show

Back in 2004 (ten years ago!), I broadcasted my first ever radio show live on air on January 13th on KCSB-FM 91.9 in Santa Barbara. At the time, I was a freshman in college at UC Santa Barbara and my time slot was 4-6am (everyone who made the cut started there), but I kept programming my show "Break Out The Shakedown" (a title inspired by The Rapture) for another 2+ years. I eventually worked my way up to the not-so-coveted 12-2a slot and held steady.

The first show was all over the place: house, indie rock, hip-hop, UK grime & garage, dance punk, electronica, etc. I now present the playlist from my first radio show on that fateful night/morning, taken from my website archives:

1.13.04 Playlist
Don't Hide It
Pias America
The Joggers
Hot Autism
StarTime Int'l
Lost Your Mind
Red Urban
The Ends
Are You Really From The Ends?
Gravy Train!!!!
Titties Bounce
Kill Rock Stars
The Rapture
Sister Saviour
TV On The Radio
Staring At The Sun
Touch & Go
Deep In The Jungle
The Darkness
I Believe In A Thing Called Love
The Streets
All Got Our Runnins
Prefuse 73
Radio To B
Walk In To The Light
Coup de Grace
Obstacle 2
Moving Units
Between Us And Them
Palm Pictures
Junior Senior
Shake Your Coconuts
Crunchy Frog
Mount Sims
Black Sunglasses
Emperor Norton
Summer Days
The Shins
Saint Simon
Sub Pop
Roots Manuva
Join The Dots feat. Chali 2Na
Big Dada
Clocks (Röyksopp's Trembling Heart Remix)
Poor Leno
The Beta Band
I Know
The Stills
Lola Stars And Stripes
The Strokes
Under Control

Here's the very first song I opened with:

Friday, January 10, 2014

Best Music of 2013

Wow, how I never give my blog any love these days! And here I am making my annual "Best Of" post for 2013 this late. One barely needs to scroll down to see last year's on the same screen (say what!). Granted, I did a few private gigs last year that I couldn't share on my blog, but's been a little quiet here.

Anyhow, I couldn't keep putting this off. This time around I decided to open up my selection to EPs in addition to full-length albums. So there's three favorite EPs of mine from 2013 on here. Looking forward to seeing 5 of these artists + all the other great talent at Coachella 2014 (Weekend 1) in a few months.

In no particular order, I present to you my Best of 2013 music releases followed by song selections to check out:

Kanye West - Yeezus "Black Skinhead"
Pusha T - My Name Is My Name "Numbers On The Boards"
Disclosure - Settle "Latch feat. Sam Smith"
Factory Floor - Factory Floor "Fall Back"
Junip - Junip "Line Of Fire"
Laura Mvula - Sing To The Moon "Can't Live With The World"
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II "Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)"
Cayucas - Bigfoot "Cayucos"
Big Black Delta - Big Black Delta "Side Of The Road"
Roosevelt - Elliot EP "Elliot"
Boys Noize - Go Hard EP "Starwin"
Empire of the Sun - Ice On The Dune "Alive"
Wild Belle - Isles "It's Too Late"
AlunaGeorge - Body Music "Attracting Flies"
Djrum - Seven Lies "Arcana (Do I Need You)"
Chrome Sparks - Sparks EP "Marijuana"

Honorable Mentions:
Phoenix - Bankrupt! "Chloroform"
Myron & E - Broadway "If I Gave You My Love"
Darkside - Psychic "Freak, Go Home"
Machinedrum - Vapor City "Don't 1 2 Lose U"

Previous "Best Of" lists:

Friday, June 28, 2013

Grave Wave, Vol. 1 @ CP Lounge w/ Perseus

There's a new party in town that's coming to Newport Beach this weekend. Ezekiel Clothing and OC Mafia are bringing the summer-y dance vibes of Perseus to Orange County for their first installment of Grave Wave this Saturday, June 29th. Yours truly will be opening up the night along with Touch Sensitive and Tropicool. You know what to do!

Perseus - Running Back To You

Perseus -
Touch Sensitive -
Tropicool -
Heavy Accents -

CP Lounge
2800 West Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA

Free with RSVP:

Monday, April 1, 2013

MASHUP: Uffie - Ready To Uff vs. Justin Timberlake - SexyBack

The term "mashup" is such a relic of the last two decades or so, but I totally jumped on the bandwagon in the middle of the '00s. This edit of Uffie's "Ready To Uff" x Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" I made back in 2006 as Andytron was only posted to MySpace and my old blog. I finally got around to dusting the track off and posting the audio up on YouTube, so here it is, a snapshot of the music of Blog House past:

Monday, December 31, 2012

Top 16 Albums of 2012

It's that time again! The world didn't end, so here's my Top 16 Albums of 2012. So much good music over the last 12 months, so little space to include it all. Frank Ocean & Tame Impala seemed to absolutely kill it this year on everyone's Best Of lists, and for good reason too. Check out my song pick for each record next to the respective entry. Cheers!

1. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Trouble listen
2. Tame Impala - Lonerism listen
3. Frank Orange - Channel Orange listen
4. Beach House - Bloom listen
5. Grizzly Bear - Shields listen
6. John Talabot - Fin listen
7. DIIV - Oshin listen
8. El-P - Cancer 4 Cure listen
9. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls listen
10. Jessie Ware - Devotion listen
11. Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe listen
12. Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes listen
13. Kindness - World, You Need a Change of Mind listen
14. The Walkmen - Heaven listen
15. Lianne La Havas - Is Your Love Big Enough? listen
16. XXYYXX - XXYYXX listen

Honorable Mentions:
Niki and The Dove - Instinct listen
Dan Deacon - America listen
Poolside - Pacific Standard Time listen
Allah-Las - Allah-Las listen

Previous 'Best Of' lists:

Monday, October 29, 2012

MIXTAPE: Burning Down The House

The purpose of this mixtape is to embody the Heavy Accents' interpretation of house music. I've unfortunately taken out the usual disco flare this time around, but packed the mix in deep / tech / indie house, with some UK garage vibes, and rounded it out with an indie electro number from Digitalism's DJ-Kicks Exclusives EP that came out over the summer.

If the title sounds familiar, Burning Down The House is taken from the name of a Talking Heads song, which is not even remotely relevant to house music. But nonetheless, house music is the subject of the day, and here is my personalized serving for those willing to listen. And just a little secret, that house icon on the cover was hijacked from a Webding :-).

1. Nicolas Jaar - And I Say (Xinobi Edit)
2. Justin Jay - Femme Fatale
3. Marvin Gaye - Sunny (Mercury Edit II)
4. Dusky - Flo Jam
5. Simian Mobile Disco - Everyday
6. Zombie Disco Squad - Be Down
7. Jessie Ware - Running (Disclosure Remix)
8. Groove Armada - Don't Take Your Love Away (92 Mix)
9. Jacques Greene - Ready
10. Julio Bashmore - Au Seve
11. Audiojack - Kicks For Kicks
12. Sneaky Sound System - Really Want To See You Again (Kink Remix)
13. Riva Starr - OPA! (Dub Mix)
14. Digitalism - Silenz


Burning Down The House
(51 min | 71 mb)

Monday, July 2, 2012

REMIX: Delta Spirit - California (Heavy Accents Remix)

Here's my second Heavy Accents remix! It's of Delta Spirit, an indie rock band from San Diego, CA, and their song "California" (how fitting) off of their self-titled 2012 album. The stems were provided for a Lollapalooza remix contest, but I figured I liked the song enough (I heard it played on KCRW many times and the lyrics always stuck in my head) that I'd steal the stems and put together this bootleg remix just for fun.

The Original:

Instead of going for a more traditional dance pace, I kept the track at its original tempo and kept the vocals and most of the guitar work in place (with a few tweaks). Below are links to stream and download the remix. Cheers!



Sunday, June 17, 2012

MIXTAPE: S.P.F (Super Pacific Frequencies)

S.P.F. is my latest mixtape bringing it back to basics on the disco tip + classic house vibes. It is in part inspired by the persistently awesome weather in California, as well as by everyone's need for a little SPF when summer rolls around. Though in my world, SPF means "Super Pacific Frequencies" :-).

The mix opens with a tropical toe-tapper from Count Jackula (aka Moullinex) and leads into sunblockers like a b-side from Todd Terje's superb It's The Arps EP, a Bottin edit of Lio's "Sage Comme Une Image", a cut from Session Victim's excellent debut full-length The Haunted House Of House, my current Kraak & Smaak song obsession, and Turbotito's fantastic twist on a new Bonde de Role single.

Protect yourself this summer, grab some S.P.F. below!

1. Count Jackula - Slowburner
2. U-Tern - You Don't Know Me
3. Perseus - Russian Girlfriends
4. Moon Boots - Got Somebody
5. Joakim - Nothing Gold (Todd Terje Remix)
6. Mario Basanov - Lonely Days
7. Chris Malinchak - Tango In Paris
8. Todd Terje - Swing Star (Part 2)
9. Bottin - Sage Oil
10. Session Victim - Good Intentions (Album Mix)
11. Jonas Rathsman - Feeling You
12. Gigamesh - Your Body
13. Kraak & Smaak - This Feeling
14. Bonde Do Role - Kilo (Turbotito Reggae Party Remix)
15. Mercury - Running Back To You (feat. Christopher McCray)


S.P.F (Super Pacific Frequencies)
(40 min | 56 mb)