140 Fury » 001 The Love You Save

140 Fury » 001 The Love You Save
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In the inaugural episode, Glenda kicks off CraneKick for all the urban ninjas out there with a mix of beats and atmospheric guitars. The cast ventures all over the place with some breaks, a light foray into electro, underground hip-hop, a healthy dose of lo-fi indie rock, folktronica, and post-rock goodness.

A long time ago, I used to be a college radio DJ. When my stint ended, I wanted to continue being a broadcaster, but I didn’t have the resources to do that. As time went on, I evolved, audio technology and distribution channels evolved, and I kept thinking of giving it a shot again. I’ve been “thinking about giving it a shot again” for like 10 years, and now I have the resources to putz around with things.

I’m not going to go into why I started CraneKick. That’s what the About page is for.

I love discovering new music and I think of arranging lists of 10 songs in themes all the time. If I had to pick ten songs and give them a title, they could probably speak volumes as to what’s going on in my head.

CraneKick 001 Tracklist:

  1. The Chemical Brothers – “(The Best Part Of) Breakin’ Up” from the Loops of Fury EP (Astralwerks, 1996)
    Buy song at Amazon MP3 Downloads
  2. Wristerons“Freestyle Rock” (mp3) from Revenge of the B-Boy, Episode 2: The Attack of the Toyz (Bomb Hip Hop, 2002)
    Buy at Amazon MP3 Downloads
  3. Jazz Liberatorz feat. J-Live – “Vacation” from Clin d’oeil (Kif Records, 2008)
    Buy the album from Amazon MP3 Downloads
  4. Thes One – “Target” from the album Lifestyle Marketing (Tres Records, 2007)
    Buy the album from Amazon
  5. Ill Lit – “Worth The Wait” (mp3) from the album Tom Cruise (Riparian Records, 2006)
    Buy at iTunes Music Store
  6. Scientific Maps – “Solitary Confinement” from Hold On Whoever You Are (B3nson Records, 2009)
    Buy directly from the band and label
  7. Madder Rose“The Love You Save” from The Love You Save EP (Seed Records, 1995)
    You need to buy a CD from Amazon, because it’s out-of-print
  8. Exit Ocean“Haloperidol” from their 3-song EP (self-produced, 2004)
    Buy directly from the band via their website
  9. Moving Mountains “Grow Up, Grow On, Grow Out” from Pneuma (self-produced, 2007 / re-released by Deep Elm, 2008)
    Buy directly from the band
  10. Bottom Of The Hudson“Bee Hive” (mp3) from Fantastic Hawk (Absolutely Kosher, 2007)
    Buy at iTunes Music Store

DJs are ultimately curators, entertainers, appreciators and influencers of an art that no one really listens to on the same level as them. I would like to believe that they, along with the sound engineers and the producers, are the music industry’s “most passionate users.”

Sometimes things are conveyed in lyrics — other times in the song name itself (and after I’ve realized I’ve picked a bunch of tracks; I subsequently psychoanalyze myself), or maybe it’s just the feeling I get when I listen to something. When I hear something I haven’t heard in a really long time, I hit the “seek” button in my brain to go back to the instance in my life when I remember that song being part of my memory’s auditory soundtrack.

Obviously I never wrote or created any of these songs, but I feel they speak for me when I can’t be as eloquent as I’d like to be.

The podcast’s episode name is obvious because of recent events and the death of Michael Jackson. I’m not going to get into what his music ever meant to me because many people have said everything I could possibly say on the subject. However, the second vinyl LP I ever bought in my young life as a budding audiophile was Thriller. (The first was Cyndi Lauper‘s She’s So Unusual — says a lot.) I can still moonwalk with the best of them (albeit like a 7-year-old, but yes — I can still moonwalk), which many of my friends can appreciate.

You’ll have to pardon the mess, as I’m not only tweaking the levels and format of the podcast itself, but this site on the front and back-ends. Hopefully after a couple of runs, things will begin to sound smoother and so will I — admittedly, I’m a bit rusty.

That being said, this episode is available in two flavors:

  • The first is your standard MP3, which is down below, at the end of this post. (If you’re reading this in a feed reader, then obviously this information doesn’t so much apply!) It can be previewed and played right here on this web page, or downloaded for your amusement at the link under the embedded player.
  • The second, which you’ve probably cruised by already if you’ve gotten down to this part of the post thus far, is above in a video box. That video box is an iTunes enhanced M4A file, with thumbnails and links and the whole nine. It too can be downloaded at the link below the box, or you can preview and play the whole thing above. (However, I suppose if you’ve played the file in the box already up there, then you’ve already figured that part out.)

Anyway, I hope you enjoy what you hear. Catch you soon, kids!

The photo above and contained within the podcast itself is cinematic visionary Spike Jonze doing a Crane Kick off the top of a municipal parking meter, somewhere in LA. What I didn’t mention is that the photo of Spike Jonze is a mobile phone shot from Kanye West. (It’s an awesome picture Kanye, please don’t sue me for using it. K THX BAI)

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About the Author

Glenda has been messing around with media for longer than she could write complete sentences. She’s been a music writer, zine editor, audio production twiddler, and broadcaster in her past lives. Sometimes goes by her old DJ name, “The Girl DJ Speed.”