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Brian Wilson's Lost Rap Recording: Smart Girls

This is just a hearty head scratcher to send you off into Thursday night fun times. Seems like ol Beach Boy buddy himself, Brian Wilson, went and recorded a rap track in 1989 and it's done up and surfaced, so sure, we gave it a listen. Let the hilarity ensue.



Got this info from some pals, so it's a copy and paste job we'll do, simply because they explain it much better than we ever could. (via Mixpak via WFMU) 


In 1989 Brian Wilson began recording "Sweet Insanity", an album that was due for release in 1991 but was rejected by Sire. The album was made during one of Wilson's supposedly troubled periods when he was under the influence of psychologist Eugene Landy (who was listed as a co-producer) and included guest performances by both Bob Dylan and Weird Al Yankovic. The album has long been available as a bootleg and four of the songs were subsequently released on later albums.

"Smart Girls" was produced by Matt Dike, the co-founder of Delicious Vinyl who was also part of the production team behind hits by Tone Loc and Young MC. By varying accounts Dike was at one time a member of the Dust Brothers and responsible for a some of the production on The Beastie Boy's "Paul's Boutique" which was recorded in 1989 (roughly the same time as Wilson's album). You can actually hear some vague links as "Smart Girls" employs a similar cut-and-paste sample aesthetic (to far worse effect) as bits of past Beach Boy hits are chopped up and sprinkled throughout the song. "Smart Girls" was supposedly released as a promo to radio stations and Wilson played the song on the air during an interview on Dr. Demento's show in 1992. The LA Weekly dug up this "Brains and Genius" J-Card at a used record shop which may be the radio promo or something else entirely.




mp3: Brian Wilson - Smart Girls 



40 Better Reasons to Get Excited About Music

Earlier this week, Rolling Stone launched their latest installment, dubbing this as a special issue on the "State of Rock". Featured within the pages is a piece titled "40 Reasons to Get Excited About Music", but alas, the compilation did little to titillate, especially with yawners like Black Eyed Peas and Miley Cyrus, along with "duh, we already know about 'em" nods to M.I.A. and The Roots. 



Seeing as how the general response to the subject was one massive head scratch, the fine folks over at Flavorpill decided to compile their own list of the 4x10 be[a]st reasons to really get amped about music today. I say be[a]st because they asked me to contribute my thoughts and wondries to the piece, and I'm super psyched to be a part of a comprehensive list of some of the raddest reasons we get super psyched for the songs and stylings in this piece. 


You can read Flavorpill's full piece here, and for your ease and convenience, I've pulled out my 5 submissions for you to skim through below. 


Big Wins from Little Labels

Forget chart numbers and actual record sales. Some of the most buzzed about bands and tracks come from fledgling startups and the "lesser knowns". Mixpak scored a few head turns when Jumeirah's Riddim was pulled to use as the base for Ludacris' My Chick Bad. Listen to those strings...mmm, memorable and tasty. But my favorite is Neon Gold Records. Releasing singles from Penguin Prison, Marina and the Diamonds, Ellie Goulding and Yes Giantess, just to tap the tip of their glittery glacier, the local label sees each of their artists blogged and buzzed about on a daily basis. The only time you won't hear about these kids would be is if every single blog and music site ceased to exist. EVER. Highly unlikely.


It almost feels blasphemous to include Sia in a list of "why I'm excited about music right now", because the singer has been turning out quality tunes for well over a decade. Be that as it may, the Aussie songbird is returning with her fourth studio album, We Are Born, on June 8. If you've heard the first two singles, You've Changed and Clap Your Hands, then you know she's about to score a major win thanks to the production done by local star, Lauren Flax and the bird and the bee's Greg Kurstin, respectively. Additionally, Sia, along with significant other JD Samson (of MEN and Le Tigre fame), has contributed four tracks to Christina Aguilera's upcoming release, Bionic, which drops the same day as her own offering. Color us psyched.

The Cumbia Crossover

For those unfamiliar with the spicy stylings of the modern stance on traditional rhythms of Columbia, last month's SXSW was a great way to get acclimated. Introducing Mexican outfit Bomba Estereo to a bevy of hand claps and "wows", the band brought their fiery flare to many a main stage. Much in the same vein, noted London-via-Columbia DJ and party-thrower, Isa GT, just released an EP that pulls in Crookers for a remix of her track Pela'O. Need more proof? Google search "Isa GT remix video" and hit the first link. You might not have a clue what she's saying, but I dare you to try and not dance.

MNDR's Live Show

With but one EP, and a one-off single to her credit, Brooklyn's MNDR (pronounced: Em En Dee Are) manages to take the title of my "most seen in a live setting over the past 6 months" artist, thanks to a dynamic stage presence and equally rad tracks to boot. Quite a mouthful, but the IDM (intelligent dance music) and nerdcore solo star is worth the words and effort to catch her in any setting. Having previously been associated with Yeah Yeah Yeahs as their touring keyboardist and engineer, she's made a name for herself by combining accessible electronic tunes with a lovably charismatic and spastically awesome aesthetic. 100% Beaston approved.

Phil Collins 4-Nights at Roseland in NYC

If you think for one second that I will not be in attendance for at least one of Collins' just announced nights at Roseland Ballroom in June, you're sorely mistaken. Look at any popular mainstream drummer today (wait, are there any?) and give an homaged nod to Phil's pad prowess. Now if by some stroke of luck it was announced that Steve Winwood was opening, the 5 year old in me might start hyperventilating.



mp3: Le Tigre - Im So Excited (The Pointer Sisters Cover)



Mixpak Launches Natalie Storm Remix Contest

Earlier this year, Sticky's Jumeirah Riddim was a constant staple of my playlist rotationals. Hell, it still is...who am I kidding. With a stringed bass and beat that makes my pulse race like none other, it's easy to see, nay HEAR, why I love it...in addition to the respect it garnered from being used in a Ludacris track.


The big news these days at Mixpak headquarters is the growing success of the Sticky and Natalie Storm single Look Pon Me, which uses the former's track to base the bounce. Get this: in the UK, Storm's video has been added to the official playlist on MTV, giving her the distinction of being only the second Caribbean artist on the channel (yes, the other is Rhianna). Not bad exposure for a small label like Mixpak and, if anything, it speaks to how good this track is.

With all the success, Mixpak has decided to give you the chance to remix this UK-Funky-meets-Jamaica-jam hit. Respec'.



1. Download the acapella.
2. Remix the song.
3. Name your remix Natalie Storm - Look Pon Me (with your remixer name) and then upload your remix to the Mixpak Sound Cloud drop box, adding “Look Pon Me Remix Contest” in the tags.
4. The winners will be selected by Mixpak and streamed on their site.

1st Place: A custom Natalie Storm dubplate, where she works your production/DJ name into a track for use in your clubs sets, sound clashes and on your mixtapes. You will also win the complete Mixpak vinyl discography and a Mixpak Artist Series T-Shirt of your choice.

2nd + 3rd Place: A Mixpak vinyl of your choice and a Mixpak Artist Series T-Shirt of your choice.

Deadline To Submit Your Entry: May 2, 2010



mp3: Sticky (featuring Natalie Storm) - Look Pon Me


Luda's Got Riddim...Do You?

Prepare yourself for a pleasure of guilty proportions. There's a reason that I've fallen into swoon-mode for Ludacris' track, My Chick Bad; and before you jump to conclusions, no, it's not solely because of the rad drop from Nicki Minaj, who we pined for earlier this week.


The noticeably-rad bass and string line used in Luda's track, from his upcoming album Battle of the Sexes, actually is a sample from Mixpak artist, Sticky

This past November, the London-based producer released his Jumeirah Riddim EP, from which Ludacris pays homage to the title instrumental by slowing it down and giving it a sexy hood swagger. Personally we're fans of Sticky's original, but normally that's the way it goes. Now if only we could get Miss Minaj to spit a lick over it, we'd be all set. (watch Luda's video here)

Via Sticky's EP, we're also treated to a vocal version featuring Natalie Storm, dubbed Look Pon Me. Watch the video here.


mp3: Sticky - Jumeirah Riddim

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