Posts Tagged ‘CEO’

getting interactive: first contact


it took a few days, but i finally got a bite for my interactive mix project. i’d like to thank RJ for this selection.

the breeders – bang on

it’s not one that i would think of at first but it fits perfectly with the vibe of the first song…

the vocals switch from sampled to sung and the beat picks up a bit, giving the mix an increased forward momentum while maintaining the playfulness. what do you think?

as it stands, we’re at two tracks:

1. ceo – everything’s going to be alright
2. the breeders – bang on

still plenty of songs to go! don’t be shy with requests/suggestions for what comes next, be they through comments, email, or twitter.


getting interactive



as longtime readers (all three? four of you?) may remember, i had long ago expressed an interest in making pop that rocks more open to outside participation and contributions. i also keep teasing the prospect of making and posting mixes.

inspired by an idea my friend john has executed with moderate success in the past amongst his friends, i thought it might be fun to combine these aspirations. hence, this announcement/invitation for the pop that rocks interactive mix project!

think of it as a game of telephone. sort of. i’ll start by posting the song here that i’d like to kick off the mix with. you would then submit a song that you think should go after it. it can be any song you like. i’ll keep constructing the mix from various submissions and close it with one more selection of my own once we’ve reach about and hour and twenty of music (typical mix CD length). sounds easy enough right?

you can submit your suggestions for songs in the comment section, via email, or through my twitter. i’ll probably update the mix every two days or so in order for people to see what’s chosen and decide what they think should go next. depending on how many submissions i get, i’m going to try and maintain a limit of one song inclusion per user.

so without further delay, let’s get this thing started! i’m beginning with a b-side from one of my favorite new acts of the year, ceo, aka eric berglund of the tough alliance. released online shortly after his delightful debut album white magic, “everything is going to be alright” more readily reflects his parent project’s balearic, beat-driven beauty.

its looping beat, wordless sighs and house samples make for what i think is a perfect start to this little game.

have a listen below and see what you think should come next. i’ll update the post in the next day or so with one of your recommendations.

ceo – everything is going to be alright

have fun and thanks in advance for playing!

fyi, i’m also open to suggestions on a nifty graphic to run with the finished mix.

while i was out…


between prepping for my final show and trying to enjoy the fourth of july holiday weekend, some choice new tunes flew past my radar that i had to circle back to spotlight. to save time here they are all at once:

ceo – everything is gonna be alright

ceo‘s debut album white magic is turning out to be the gift that keeps on giving this summer, a perfectly chilled post-balearic antidote for the blaringly hot temperatures. apparently eric berglund is hellbent on spoiling us all some more (as if he doesn’t give us enough between this and the tough alliance) with this free b-side from the album. this one hits even closer to his TTA home with it’s abrasive sample breaks and wordless sighs.

florence and the machine – cosmic love (isa machine and lexxx remix)

flo-mach is finally releasing the best song from her impressive debut lungs as a single. took around a year to do it but better late than never. it’ll be accompanied by this atmospheric remix by her own bandmate, isa machine, who got some help from crystal castles collaborator lexxx. it adds a welcome sense of claustrophobia to all of the cloudbusting.

and finally,

cults – oh my god

the final installment of adult swim’s pretty awesome 8 singles 8 weeks series (which has featured the likes of LCD soundsystem, washed out, and madvillain, among others) is a new song from brooklyn upstarts cults. surprise, surprise, it’s another sunny slice of pop nostalgia in the vein of their breakout hit “go outside.” serious surprise, it may be even better than that. the guitar riff is killer.

and there you have it. enjoy!

pop that y-rocks 6.29.2010


my weekly internet radio show the circuit airs tonight at 10pm ET (and again saturday at 9pm ET) on y-rock. tune in to hear new music from sun airway, janelle monáe, ceo, diamond rings, ariel pink’s haunted graffiti and many more. if you have a track or artist that you think is circuit-worthy, feel free to hit me up via e-mail or twitter.

this week’s playlist and mp3s after the jump…


pop that y-rocks 6.8.2010


my weekly internet radio show the circuit returned from holiday hiatus last night at 10pm ET on y-rock. tune in again this saturday at 9pm ET to hear new music from robyn, active child, wild nothing, ceo, quadron and many more. if you have a track or artist that you think is circuit-worthy, feel free to hit me up via e-mail or twitter.

this week’s playlist and sonic swag after the jump…


come with me


new music from CEO, the new project from the tough alliance’s eric berglund. it’s called “come with me” and (surprise, surprise) it sounds like the tough alliance. fortunately, that’s a very good thing.

come with me

CEO’s debut album white magic will be out june 29 on modular. full tracklisting after the jump.



happy birthday CEO


not sure who this CEO is, but he bears more than a passing sonic resemblance to the tough alliance. given that this video comes to us courtesy of alliance-run label sincerely yours, it’s entirely possible that they’re involved in at least some way.

read about him/her/them here.

watch him/her/them here.

you can also wish CEO a happy birthday with sincerely graduates jj, who have just come off a series of interesting if awkward live performances to release a new track, this time a piano sort-of-cover of “birthday sex” by jeremiah.

check that out here.