Saturday, October 11, 2008

Real Thang Remix

Erykah Badu, "Real Thang"
Noddable "Fudge Thang" remix

Since July, I have been waiting for Erykah to call Tyrone. And by "Tyrone" I mean me. And by "call" I mean e-mail. And by "Erykah" I mean whoever is judging the Erykah Badu Remix Contest. The deadline (extended at least once) was July 30, and the winner was to be contacted by e-mail.

I was sure I wouldn't win, but I figured I had a good chance of placing. From the sounds of it -- "Creativity is key, so all types of remixes are welcomed (hip-hop, r&b/soul, house, broken beat, rock, reggae, etc.)." -- they were looking for something a little different, and I gave them that (see "etc."). Oh wellz. That e-mail is apparently not forthcoming (it makes me feel a little better to know that no one on Okayplayer has heard back either), so I'm posting this now.

I started on this track before I knew about the contest, and I made exactly the track I wanted to make, so I'm pleased with the outcome regardless. Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

"Quiet, Honey": Smashing Pumpkins vs. Erykah Badu

That's all you need to know, really.

"Quiet, Honey"
Smashing Pumpkins "Quiet" vs. Erykah Badu "Honey"

Or hear it streaming at

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Who's Nodding Now: Elmattic


I "met" Elmattic over at acapellas4u a while back. He has been bringing the heat for a while, and this time is no different, but I'm posting about it because he used "Respect the Name" in his latest mix. Many thanks for the nod.

It's always nice to hear my stuff in the mix, especially because that means a fellow producer gets what I'm doing. In Elmattic's case, he even gets the much maligned "So Emo". ("On some Minor Threat Bodyguard tip" might be the funniest description of it I've ever heard.) I'm still feelin it myself, so I've posted an extract from the podcast on my MySpace page: It's a (some would say mercifully) short version of "So Emo" mixed into my other Fugazi mashup, "Celebrity Break". Head here and click on "Celebrity Emo" in the jukebox.

While you're at it, check out Elmattic's page. the one finger of victory is a particular favorite of mine.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Tracks from Bootie-to-Go mix

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I was corresponding with a fan on MySpace (that's right, wise guy, I have a fan) who was asking why some tracks that appear on the Bootie-to-Go mix are not posted anywhere as stand-alone tracks. Truth is, I'd been thinking about posting those and just never got around to it. They are now linked up to the podcast playlist.

I redid some tracks because I always thought they were excellent in concept, but I didn't have the technical skill at the time to make them as good as they could be. Others I did specifically for the podcast. Still others I used it in an unaltered form, or the altered form was worse. So you won't read about those below, but the original tracks are still linked up on the podcast page.

(BTW, if you want to know track and album information, go here:

True Spit

Broken Social Scene vs. Spandau Ballet

"Connective tissue" for the podcast, this is a case of never hearing the BSS song without hearing the SB song. BSS drops the beat near the end, so you'll hear the two tracks go out of sync. I guess click tracks haven't made it up to "The Frozen Nort'" yet. Just joshin'. I love you guys.

The Scene and Cake

Broken Social Scene vs. The Sea and Cake

More BSS (seriously, I love you guys) and also new for the podcast. I planned at some point to do an EP or LP around these two artists and call it The Scene and Cake. But you know how plans go. I guess it'll have to wait until I win the MacArthur genius grant (or, far more likely, the lottery).

Step into Flint

Sufjan Stevens vs. Archers of Loaf

I almost called this "Flint with Drums" cause that's basically what it is. But it is a mashup, so I've got nothing to hide. And if it gets one more person to check out Archers, that's cool. When I told The Review Committee (aka, my wife) that I'd added drums to "Flint", she was curious to hear it, probably thinking I'd made it more upbeat. Then she heard it and said, "Wow, I didn't think you could make 'Flint' even more depressing." It's a talent of sorts.

Hated for Hipster Qualities
Blonde Redhead vs. Tortoise

Redo for the podcast and another foray into the "depressing mashup" genre. Just always heard these two songs together. Little touch of Fugazi there at the end, if you hadn't noticed.

Rock Ya Bono
Justin vs. U2

OK, this is an old one, and I didn't redo it, but I didn't release it the first time either (unless you're a reader of the Tweak section of GYBO). Fair warning: Sound quality on the DIY Justin pella is awful (thus the Tweak section), and I think the chorus is the only part that's really worth hearing (that's all that's on the podcast). But, hey, download and decide for yourself. If you take things like the lyrics in pop music seriously, this one is pretty blasphemous.

Last Look of Love
Slum Village vs. Jeff Buckley

New for the podcast. This was never a full composition, so it's all connective tissue here. Also blasphemous, if you're a listen-to-the-lyrics type.

Sunny Day of Tha Month
Sunny Day Real Estate vs. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Redo for the podcast. This one continues to be one of my favorites. Urban jubilation meets (in my case) exurban angst. It's never set anyone else's hair on fire, so I don't think some analysis will ruin it for anyone.

The chorus is a classic example of the comic's cliche, "black people do it this way, white people do it this way." The "wake up, wake up..." part of the Bone chorus is syncopated (i.e., emphasis is on the one-and), whereas the corresponding SDRE "juh-nuh, juh-nuh..." guitar part is right on the beats, so I had to shift the vocal chorus back a bit.

I love both the source songs, though for years I wouldn't have admitted to liking Bone (I'm over it). I never could understand why it's un-hip to like Bone, who basically invented this style of rapping, but it is hip to like other tongue-twisters like Blackalicious or Twista, who came along later. Oh well. I like all those cats. Obviously.

Loro Circles an Angel
Pinback vs. Sunny Day Real Estate

New for the podcast. More SDRE, this time with Pinback. They often remind me of each other, though I can't say why (they're not much alike).

That's it. I hope you enjoy.

Sunday, April 13, 2008



My daughter was born two weeks ago today. "Woo!" pretty much describes my feelings about it... and it just so happens I have an instrumental by that title that I haven't shared yet. It's just a little pop tart (the track, not the girl) but I wanted to commemorate.

Noddable Industries is, for the most part, an ironic moniker for one guy who makes not-always-noddable music at a decidedly non-industrial pace and posts it on the internet. But around my house, music is most definitely a family affair, and I am so pleased about our latest addition. Welcome little one.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

"Bed Lady" and some instrumentals

"Bed Lady"
Erykah Badu "Bag Lady" vs. The Police "Bed's Too Big Without You"

Been off the blog for a while -- I apologize if you've stopped by looking for something to hear. Haven't done a mashup in a while, so I thought I'd share. Have been wanting to do this one for a while and finally got around to it. Your basic A+B but with some breaky cutups in the middle just for grins.

I've also got some new instrumentals -- links and blah blahs below. BTW, I always post stuff to myspace with a bulletin ( before I ever get around to posting it here. So if you want to hear this stuff streamed you can go there (add me while you're at it why don't you).

"Respect the Name"

Your basic beat. Lots of samples, but I ain't tellin.

"Cello Joint"

One possible answer to the question: What would happen if D'Angelo traveled back in time and crashed Nick Drake's recording session?

"Ready Already"

Most sounds by Don Cab. J Dilla, Aesop Rock, and Lungfish on the hooks. Verses are wide open -- would love to hear someone set it on fire.