Great News!

The Minion received her financial package — which the admissions officer has said “is not expected to change” (even with the Ex’s info — which WAS finally sent, thank the gods).

The Minion is being offered a full ride at Mount Holyoke (wiki entry — here’s the official site.) in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

ALL GRANTS. Not a loan in the bunch.


Queen & Country

Some new spybeat electronica from yours truly! (It’s been a long while since I’ve flexed those particular chops…too long, in fact.)

I took a sample from the intro music to the classic UK TV series The Sandbaggers, and turned it into a stomping bit of spybeat. I figured that there’s no better title for it than Greg Rucka’s, which he used for his Sandbaggers-homage comic book series:

@nubis – “Queen & Country.”


Friday Music

Another week —

Another track discovered via a commercial (specifically a new AT&T cellphone ad) — after it aired, and I immediately looked at eachother and said: “Got to find that song!” Turns out that it’s a bit of nifty retro-tinged electronica/neosoul/hip-hop: Lupe Fiasco – “Daydreamin’ (feat. Jill Scott).”

Scottish singer Isobel Campbell, formerly of Belle & Sebastian, has teamed up with Mark Lanegan, formerly of Screaming Trees and Queens of The Stone Age, on a new album, Ballad of the Broken Seas. Here they do a great cover of a classic Hank Williams tune: Isobel Campbel & Mark Lanegan – “Ramblin’ Man.”

Last week, I posted a track from M83, which I described as sounding like a 21st Century version of something from a John Hughes film. I picked up the album, Saturdays = Youth, and I’ve been listening to it all week long. It’s so good, in fact, that I’m going to post two tracks. Check them out, and then go buy this album.M83 – “Graveyard Girl.” and the equally brilliant M83 – “Skin of the Night.”

Here’s a hilarious B-side (with NSFW lyrics) by Kate Nash, from the single for “Mouthwash.” (Hmm – is it still a “B-side” when it’s a CD-single? You don’t flip them over…) For the record, the fast, jumbled refrain is: “Well I’m lucky I don’t have all the power in the world so I can’t fuck everything else up.” Kate Nash – “Stitching Leggings.”

A 90s one-hit wonder that I haven’t heard in a while, and stumbled upon earlier this week: Tracy Bonham – “Mother, Mother.”

And lastly, a track which simultaenously manages to be my favorite track from Method Man…AND my favorite track by the Prodigy. This is the “safe” version, with the naughty words backmasked, but it still kicks several distict varieties of ass: Method Man – “Release Yo Delf (Prodigy Mix)”

There you go. Enjoy!