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[Sunday Pickup] Watch The Black Keys Perform Live at Emo's, Austin in 2003 (Full Set)

Today The Black Keys are one of the biggest bands on the planet and they sell out arenas on a daily basis, and rightly so. They've toured relentlessly for a decade and recorded seven studio albums. The last two of which launched them into the stratosphere of rock royalty. Brothers and El Camino both made our top of the year lists in 2010 and 2011 respectively. I personally began my love affair with the band in 2009 on a hot summer's day, one of those days where there's absolutely no wind and the heat just sits there waiting to pounce leaving you practically immobile for the effort it takes. I was on Last.FM browsing through recommendations and I saw this two-piece from Ohio appear. I click through to the page and hit play and my mind was immediately blown. The raw sound pumping through the speakers in my sweaty little bedroom would change my musical outlook for the months to come. 

I immediately set my sights on gaining their entire back-catalogue. At the time I lived in a pretty nice converted house in the top floor apartment in which I had a skylight that you could climb up out of and onto the flat roof of the building. I remember listening to The Big Come Up repeatedly for the next week or so, "The Breaks" became and early leader in my favourite tracks from the band and remains that way to this day. As I delved deeper into the catalogue I found myself listening to very little else but the band for a good three months. 

I'd go on to fall in love with Magic Potion which still gets heavy play from me on a bi-weekly basis but earlier this week when browsing the net, the video you can watch at the top caught my eye. An entire set from Dan and Patrick performing at Emo's in Austin, Texas back in 2003, half a year after they'd released Thick Freakness and I was once again taken back to that sweaty, hot summer up on my roof in 2009. This band will forever take me back to that summer and the mind-set I had back then and that's why I love them. That's why I love music. It holds sentimental value and can instantly transport you back to a place you've been.

Check out the performance at the top of the page which was filmed as part of Jumper Productions "Texas Bootleg" Concert Series. You can check out the set-list below but prepare for some fuzzy guitar goodness from The Black Keys when you hit play. Turn it up LOUD. Annoy your neighbours, it's Sunday, they won't mind.

Set List:
Hard Row, Thickfreakness, Busted, Them Eyes, Breaks, Set You Free, Do The Rump, I'll Be Your Man, Have Love Will Travel, No Trust, No Fun.
Encore:
Everywhere I Go & Heavy Soul.

[Sunday Pickup] Arctic Monkeys - Early Rarities

When you hear stories about Arctic Monkeys and their inception you hear of Myspace and free CD's. At the peak of Myspace use I must admit, I was all over it daily. I was hesitant to even change to using Facebook once I got to University. However I didn't come upon Arctic Monkeys because of Myspace, I was given a CD from a friend, a CD that simply said Beneath The Boardwalk on it. To this day I have that CD amidst my collection of discs piling up to the Ceiling, it might take me a while to find it but it's there! On that burnt CD was my first impressions of Arctic Monkeys, and as a close minded kid I wasn't that impressed upon first listen. Roll on a few months and the same friend convinces me to jump on a train to Sheffield for £3 to see Alex, Jamie, Matt and Andy. I was converted. I was a fan. I don't know what happened but in that small room I had an epiphany. From that point on this band would play a huge part in my memories of finishing school and going on to Sixth Form and later on, University.  

Back to that CD that I was not so fond on after first hearing yet was time and time again found to be in my bedroom stereo. After seeing these songs live they took on a whole new meaning now I was  playing them at home. Rough versions of "Riot Van" which features lyrics such as "Smoked a bong last night, and stole somebody's telephone" would later become "Got chased last night, from men with truncheons dressed in hats" on the cleaned up album version for Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. Other tracks stood out to me as an impressionable teen were the likes of "Cigarette Smoke" again, the drug reference was a bit of a no go in my house. My Mum is one of the coolest I know but back then she wasn't best pleased with me having Alex Turner blaring "snorting some coke of her thighs" at full blast until the early hours. "Knock A Door Run", "Choo Choo" and "On The Run From MI5", this CD that on first listen I couldn't stand had planted it's roots in my mind and would forever more be there. 

Arctic Monkeys would go on to release Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not in 2005 and it would be the fastest selling UK record in history. 360,000 in week one to be precise. Pretty mad for 4 guys who a few years earlier were studying in Sheffield. It's now 2012 and after Andy left the band Nick O'Malley took over, they've released 3 more albums all to critical acclaim, undoubtedly making them one of the biggest bands in the world. So, without further ado give a listen to some rarities from the Steel City boys below and have a very, very nice Sunday.

[Sunday Pickup] Daft Punk, Justice, DJ Shadow, Moby, Mark Ronson, Basement Jaxx, Portishead & Many More Essential Mixes Circa 1993

The Essential Mix Series on Radio One dates back to 1993, when on the 30th of October, Pete Tong first put out a mix on the show that became the first of hundreds that would grace the airwaves. Nearly 18 years on and they're still going strong as UK phenomenon James Blake put in a great sounding mix featuring just yesterday in the early hours debuting some brand new material from himself along with a wide spectrum of other musical genres. After posting the JB Mix I received a tweet from some friends over at Another Whiskey For Mister Bukowski sending me in the direction of 900+ Essential Mixes dating way back to 1993! 1993!

In the space on two hours I'd gone from one end of the Essential Mixes history with the latest guest spot, way back to the first ever one from Pete Tong himself. I'd of been but a little 4 year old back in 1993, dressed in a Thunderbirds outfit jumping off of my drum kit trying to fly before subsequently falling through the snare drum my Mum had just moments before told me I'd break. I may not of been aware of the vast array of electronic that the club scene was thriving on in the 90's, but, through the joy of ageing and the magical times that we live in we can check out a vast array of music we may have missed whilst trying to fly as a child via the internet.

This bumper sized Sunday Pickup contains Essential Mixes from some of the biggest DJ's the world has ever seen. Sets from the likes of Daft Punk way back in 1997. Fitting after we just 2 days ago got to hear their previously unreleased track from 1994, "Drive". Other mixes come from Justice, Flying Lotus, Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim, DJ Shadow, Moby (1994), Digitalism, 2 Many DJ's,  Mark Ronson, Magnetic Man, Portishead. I could go on to list all 900+ mixes but that would be pointless as you are all at home having a lazy Sunday (maybe), so spend it listening to some classic tracks dating back to 1993 right up until 2007. Have a scroll below and happy listening it should take you about 109K plus hours to get through it all. Better get started! (After the jump there's a few track numbers to help you find the sets in the title eg DAFT PUNK at 743!)

Essential Mix Db by +dB

Personal picks:

Daft Punk: 743

Justice: 201

DJ Shadow: 420

Flying Lotus: 122

Mark Ronson: 223

Moby: 873

Fatboy Slim: 650

2 Many DJ's: 329

Digitalism: 196

Skream: 200

The Rapture: 391

Basement Jaxx: 705 / 628 / 26

Portishead: 838

DJ Yoda: 228

Diplo: 187

Hot Chip: 172

Crookers: 146

Deadmau5: 142 / 129

Chase & Status: 138

Mr Scruff: 112

Toddla T: 100

Friendly Fires: 97

Major Lazer:93

Simian Mobile Disco: 68

Magnetic Man: 41

Beardy Man: 16

[Download] Chromeo - "Hot Mess" (Punks Jump Up remix)

Chromeo's tracks are always up for reworks and remixes so it's nice to see when something comes along and shines out from the crowd. Standing tall from the pack today we have a remix of the funk-duo's track, "Hot Mess". The remix itself has been done by Londoner Joe Attard and Swede David Andersson or as they're collectively known together, Punks Jump Up. Check it out below and grab yourself the download courtesy of the PJU boys themselves via their Soundcloud Page.

Chromeo-Hot Mess (Punks Jump Up remix) by Punks Jump Up

[Sunday Pickup] Atlas Sound (Bradford Cox of Deerhunter) - Bedroom Database Vol. 1-4

Deerhunter Frontman Bradford Cox decided to let us into his hard drive for the holiday season by releasing 4 albums worth of demos from his solo project Atlas Sound. Cox released 2 albums under the Atlas Sound name Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See but Cannot Feel in 2008 and Logos in 2009. This is a must have any music fan especially since Deerhunter has already hit out of the park with their latest album, Halcyon Digest. Check out some selections from the Bedroom Database series below and then grab the albums after the jump.

  Selections From Atlas Sound's Bedroom Databank Vol. 1-4 by Some Kind of Awesome


Bedroom Databank Vol. 1

B. COX: Harmonica, Synthesizer, Drums, Vocals, Computer
W.A.B. II: Maracas, Other Vocals

1. GREEN GLASS BOTTLES +
2. THESE WERE MY WALLS +
3. WILD LOVE +
4. LANTERNS ^
5. NEW ROMANTIC +
6. CYNIC'S RECOURSE +
7. FREAK TRAIN (KURT VILE) *
8. AFTERNOON DRIVE *
9. HOTEL ORLANDO +
10. THIS WHEEL'S ON FIRE (DYLAN) +
11. POSTCARD ^


+ Recorded at Home November 15-22, 2010 on TASCAM DP-08
^ Recorded on Computer Oct. 2010
* Recorded at Home August 2010 on TASCAM DP-08 

Bedroom Databank Vol. 2

B. COX: Electric Bass, Bells, Congas, Nylon Guitar, Mouth Organ, Vocals

1. PILOT LIGHT +
2. STRANGE PARADE +
3. STATIONARY BLOOD *
4. LA LUNA +
5. DAY OUT *
6. HEATWAVE +
7. CHANGE IS GOOD +
8. MOUTH OF THE DESERT *
9. AUTUMN INTRO CASCADING INTO UNIVERSITY COURTYARD +
10. TOWN CENTER +
11. HELIO INTRO +
12. SUMMER EDIT +
13. WILLFUL *
14. WINTERGREEN SKETCH +
15. OCEANVIEW +
16. HERE COME THE TRAINS *

+ Recorded at Home
* Recorded at Notown

All tracks recorded in 2010

Bedroom Databank Vol. 3 

B. COX: LIT GLOBE, PANIC, FALSE SNARES
1. MONA LISA (VERSION 1) ^
2. YARDS OF SILK +
3. I CAN'T TAKE IT *
4. BORDER AGENTS #
5. INDIAN BITRATE *
6. MOONROOF *
7. CROSSRIVER #
8. COMET 8 *
9. DRUMS & PISSING *
10. WESTERN SHIRT +
11. NOTOWN PHASE *
12. DREAM COLOR *
13. MONA LISA (ALT. VERSION) ^
14. EPILOGUE *

^ RECORDED AT HOME NOV. 23, 2010
+ RECORDED AT HOME SUMMER / FALL 2010
* RECORDED AT NOTOWN 2010
# RECORDED AT THE HOXTON HOTEL, LONDON 7/10

Bedroom Databank Vol. 4

B. COX: Clock Repair, Honesty

1. FARMLAND FANTASY
2. TERRARIUM
3. SPECTRE (ROYAL TRUX)
4. TALENT SHOW AUDITION TAPE, WINNEPEG 1975 +
5. WIRE BRUSH STOMP
6. EX-PRODIGY (FOR NORBERT WIENER)
7. MOONLIGHT ON VERLAINE
8. HOW TO PASS THE TIME

RECORDED AT HOME NOV. 24 2010
+ RECORDED IN THE BASEMENT OF TOMMY'S PARENT'S HOUSE, APRIL 1975
[Sunday Pickup] The Strokes - Live at Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia (July 30 2010)

You guys up for a Sunday Pickup? Yeah, me too. Except i'm fiending for booze and grub. But for you folks we got an awesome recording from The Strokes live show at Festival Hall in Melbourne, Australia from back in July. Sadly, the band didn't perform any new tunes but they sound solid live since reuniting. So while I'm out in search for my preference, you guys enjoy the show below. ORDER UP!

The Strokes Live at Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia (July 30 2010) by Some Kind of Awesome

[Sunday Pickup] N*E*R*D Perform New Songs On MTV Live Sessions

The Neptunes.org help bring this week's Sunday Pickup to life by bringing us N*E*R*D's recent live session on MTV UK. The boys performed two of their previous singles "Sooner or Later" and "Everyone Nose" from Seeing Sounds and a few new jams "Party People" and "Help Me" as well as their current single "Hot-N-Fun" from their upcoming album Nothing which drops this September.  Check out this awesome session below. ORDER UP!

N*E*R*D - MTV Live Session by Some Kind of Awesome

[Sunday Pickup] The Black Angels - Live in Netherlands 2010

Been awhile since we've done a tradition Sunday Pickup. So this week were coming back with a strong pickup from Austin, Tx garage rock band The Black Angels performing live from the Netherlands. The band performed songs from their older catalogue on their set and also threw in 5 new songs off their upcoming album Phosphene Dream ("Haunting At 1300 McKinley", "Yellow Elevator #2", "Entrance Song" and the two singles from the album "Bad Vibrations" and "Telephone.") 

Check out the show on the player below and preorder their new album Phosphene Dream here. Definitely look forward to it. ORDER UP!

The Black Angels - Live in Netherlands 2010 by Some Kind of Awesome