Big Blue Playlist 24/9/08

Braintax
Braintax

Tonight’s best new track was ‘The Beast Is Us’ by Braintax. This track sums up why I love hip hop so much more than any rock, indie or other song-form music. It’s so powerful, it’s the perfect meld of brain and body. The lyrics are ferocious, intelligent and funny and the beat is undeniable. How can you go wrong with shit like this? :

“Spit ’bout crimes we forget for the sake of our own little tragedy’s
Incidental maladies
Irrelevant like a fucking Akon ballad is
The biggest shame of this society we live in
While we act all spiritual when we’re money driven
It’s the way we forget in a hell of a rush
Like ‘If it ain’t affecting me, then I ain’t too fussed’
Then there’s bombs on the street and us Brits get shaky
But how can we be shocked – Check our leadership lately?
They’re rattling the sabres, talking ’bout Jesus
Fundamentalist believers acting like crusaders
Memories are short over here
The zeitgeist is a truck that the media steer
So we ain’t on the streets protesting – We’re stuck in front of TV sets digesting
Forgetting about the lies and the unfound weapons
Suggestions, the questions we should be asking journalists a second
I’m (BRAAAIIIIN) taxing – the opposite of aspirin
Blood is on the streets and the East End soaking it up
Bush making me a target – and I’m not too pleased
There’s no peace when the beast is us”

There’s more going on in that one verse from Braintax than a decade’s worth of mewling indie kid slop. I really hope that Braintax isn’t quitting hip hop as has been reported. We need more artists like him, not fewer.

The Vaselines
The Vaselines

The best old track was The Vaselines’ ‘Son Of A Gun.’ What a stunning band and what a perfect pop song. Ace.

Tonight, you heard:

Raine Maida – Careful What You Wish For
System of a Down – Suite Pee
Lil’ Wayne – Dr. Carter
Elemental – Bleep
Les Savy Fav – The Equestrian
13 & God – Perfect Speed
The Medic Droid – Tease
Cardopusher – Everything Is A New Surprise
Misery Index – We Never Come In Peace
Napoleon IIIrd – Defibrillator
Hüsker Dü – Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely
IRS – The World Is Theirs
The Hold Steady – Stay Positive
MGMT – Electric Feel (Justice Remix)
Laura Marling – Cross Your Fingers
All That Remains – Relinquish
The Presets – This Boy’s In Love (Lifelike Remix)
Benga – Roller
Baroness – Coeur
Errors – Salut! France
AFI – He Who Laughs Last…
Marv Ellis – The Grind To Paradise
These New Puritans – Swords Of Truth
Keepin’ 6 – Step Back
Kardinal Offishall – Set It Off
The Morning Light – Wake Up!
ScareCrow – Moonlight
Mastodon – Seabeast
Braintax – The Beast Is Us
Travis Stewart – Machine Drum Remix
Throw Rag – Hang Up
Russian Circles – Harper Lewis
mc chris – Fett’s Vett
Bon Voyage – Monster
Pete and The Pirates – Mr Understanding
Audrey – Northern Lights
I Heart Hiroshima – The Cover
Distance – Mount Zion (Remix)
The Vaselines – Son Of A Gun
Vim – Purple GBC Fights Boredom AKA
Black Nite Crash – Falling Down
Pavement – At And T
Maxx Brannslokker – Solar Trip Feat. Katya Tyukova
Toxic Holocaust – War Game
Late of the Pier – Focker
Rabbi Darkside – Hors La Loi
Chromeo – Call Me Up
Propagandhi – Nation States
The Grates – Carve Your Name
Alias – Death Watch
Jenny Wilson – Let My Shoes Lead Me
Change of Ideas – Believe
Sébastien Tellier – Sexual Sportswear
Circuits – Pistols At Dawn
King Cannibal – Badman Near Dark (Komonazmuk Remix)
Destruction – Offenders Of The Throne
John Barry – Fight At Kobe DockHelga
Nas – Get Down
Gorilla Biscuits – Start Today
The Get Up Kids – How Long Is Too Long
The Parson Red Heads – Out To Sea
Lykke Li – Little Bit