Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Klaxons Do Paris

Klaxons, "Golden Skans (Surkin remix)" (YSI link)

Klaxons, "Golden Skans (SebastiAn remix)"
(YSI link)

I've been waiting for some of the Parisian heavyweights to take a crack at remixing the Klaxons tunes. It finally happened with a French-only vinyl edition of "Golden Skans," the most recent Klaxons tune to get love. You get two remixes from two of the lesser known talents making Paris the center of the Pound for Pound universe, SebastiAn and Surkin.

SebastiAn did a quite restrained remix, featuring a nice oscillating synth, warbly vocals and a molasses beat. Surkin, who should be such a huge name, brings my favorite of the two (although neither will be on the greatest hits list for either man) with an edgier take on the original. It starts off a little blah, but once he starts bringing in the chopped up and fucked up vocals, it gets nice.

-I'm writing this as the 4th Anniversary of the Iraq War comes to an end, not really sure what to say. It's a tragedy of epic proportions and it seems to have no end in sight. BarbinMD of Daily Kos takes a look at Bush's words these past four years and the escalating death toll. Eric Alterman has a great look at a piece by The Weekly Standard, one of the main cheerleaders of this disaster, mocking anti-war people for being wrong. He also destroys Christopher Hitchens and his latest embarassing apologia for Slate. Joan Walsh of Salon also has a great quote from Hitchens, a man wrong about everything.

-In other Bush White House disgraces, the US Attorney keeps growing. It looks like Alberto Gonzalez won't last much longer, thankfully. One amazing detail came to me in a discussion of the most recent document dump of email correspondences within the Justice Dept. The Attorney General of the United States does not use email. How is this possible? Does he use a telegraph for daily communication? Is D.C. a part of Narnia now?

-I want to finally call attention to this piece by Michael Kinsley, former Crossfire host, New Republic editor, blogger now at Time, on the US AG scandal. It's one of the most pathetic pieces of writing I've ever seen, contrarian for the sake of being "independent" and sums up the sad state of journalism today. The comments below the post are some of the most brilliant, funny shit I've ever read.