While perusing YouTube for mashups recently, I happened upon Peter Bull, a man who does remixing under the name Norwegian Recycling. He is one of the many mashup artists that have gained increasing popularity in the last few years, but he is one of the better ones. He cites his influences as DJ Earworm, Lawrence Lessig, 4:20, and Brett Gaylor to name a few. He is a fan of some of my favorite lesser known electronic/dance artists: Deadmau5, Klaas, Pendulum, Ott, Justice, Teenage Bad Girl, edIT, Røyksopp, Jack Beats, and Owl City. His remixes are eclectic, pairing melodies beautifully and creatively. Where Girl Talk has come under fire for taking the easy route out of sampling (mixing pop melodies with rap beats), Norwegian Recycling’s sampling seems more thoughtful, both in pairing of song genres, lyrics, and tunes. There is a very appealing consonance to his music. Check out Norwegian Recycling’s YouTube channel here. An example of his mastery: “Viva la Viral” combines music from Coldplay, The Killers, Muse, Kelly Clarkson, Bon Jovi, Empire of the Sun, and hellogoodbye. Here’s one of his oldest and most popular mashups, sampling from Jason Mraz, Howie Day, Five for Fighting, Angela Ammons, Boyzone, & 3 Doors Down.
I am lying in bed slightly hungover reviewing my latest music downloads/addition to my collection. I am beginning to understand why I hadn’t previously downloaded the entire Les Miserables album. The latest and greatest from the Kings of Leon is definitely something that my Ipod has been missing though; it’s a whole new sound for them. I may keep “Sex on Fire” on repeat for the next series of days. They sound less hard and more indie, but it’s a good edge for them. It’s nice to have a solid album to listen to that I won’t be ridiculed for –> re: Coldplay, Viva la Vida or Death and All of His Friends. They are universally loved and thus “too mainstream” to be discussed around any of my hipster friends. But come on…how can you deny the appeal of “Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love” or “Strawberry Swing?” They’re lyrically and melodically en point. Other noteworthy additions (singles): “If You Seek Amy” (Britney Spears), “Untouched” (The Veronicas), “No More” (Ruff Endz…throwback to the 90s, I know), and Anberlin’s “Never Take Friendship Personal” and “Blueprints for the Black Market” albums; I used to have them and have been missing their style of rock in my life. Check out “Paperthin Hymn,” “Amsterdamn” and “The Feel Good Drag” from the first and “Love Song” and “Naive Orleans” from the second.