Friday, September 29, 2006
Let's face it, we're all sneaker addicts here at the Kriton Music. We love our sneakers, we can't stop buying new sneakers and we do everything to keep them look like they're fresh out of the box .
And we love Flickr, 'cos we luv posting our stupid pics for everyone to see. Now here is where Sneakerplay comes along. It's a community based on a shared interest in sneakers and taking pictures of them. How cool is that?
Which reminds me of the fact, that I should get a new pair of Air Force ones...
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
But it is true in a sense. During the past few weeks we have been making a couple 100% bona fide original Kriton remixes, that you will get to hear pretty soon (=as soon as something is mixed and mastered). But aside that, we have been busy doing some new remixes the old school blend-style at home. And also, don't forget that Busta Rhymes / Swizz Beatz Remix that Hennessy did a couple of weeks ago. Up there in Myspaceland as well as da Kritonville.
So there's a lot of new heat: i made the Missy Elliott / Three 6 Mafia -blend (no, dont call it a "mash-up", that's so 2003) "Fly Control" off of two urban classics from last year. That's up for listening/downloading at the Kriton MySpace page.
Also, Hennessy's mashed together a nice combo of Bone Crusher's Can't Get No Lower and revival riddim Police Inna Helicopter. If they mated? yes, that's right: Can't Get No Helicopter!!!
Also up for downloading at Kriton Myspace site today! So watch that show.
I also have two new heaters ready and out the oven (big 2006 hits), they will be posted on the myspace site soon enough. And i will tell you what they are, when they are.
And on top of that: the very cool dudes of Top Billin also promised to play some of our new remix ishh at the GRAND OPENING of their new club - Top Billin! That's on friday 29.9. at Rose Garden, Helsinki. And you should go there. Because Top Billin is the shiznitzel. if you don't know you better axx somebody.
Monday, September 25, 2006
I would like to warmly welcome you, the extension of the Helsinki’s one and only subway line, to the wonderful City of Espoo.
As you indeed already know, many of us have been waiting for you since the 1980s, even if the local decision-makers in the city government, most of them from more or less politically conservative and right-leaning, have not taken much heed to the wishes of the citizens.
We are very happy that you have finally decided to come and to bring means of relatively economic and in long-term definitely environmentally much more sustainable mass-transit for the people living in Espoo. Even, if it will still take anywhere between 7-15 years before the trains actually start running.
Nevermind the fact that many of us do not even live in Espoo anymore. And let's just forget about the fact that some of us have indeed moved away to Helsinki and decided to stay there, probably completely unrelated to the metro-issue.
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Ok, maybe my so-called 'Open Letter'/rant needs so explanation, maybe not. Anyhow, it's cool that City Of Espoo, the "Los Angeles of Finland" finally decides allow the subway to be built there. The goverment will pay for 30% of it and all. I have been waiting this for 20 years already but the nice people in power in Espoo always resisted for no reason at all and drove their cars to Helsinki every day all day (where most of them work anyway) causing air pollution and traffic congestion. During all these years some of the arguments against the subway bordering on propaganda have gone along the lines (in worst cases) like "if we build a metro line to Espoo from Helsinki, then all the poor unemployed alcoholic white trash from eastern Helsinki will flow to Espoo and bring all their social problems along...". Yeah, right.
But now those people have finally lost the game.
Friday, September 22, 2006
The Space Shuttle Atlantis returned to earth and landed safely at NASA's Kennedy space Center in Florida yesterday, after 12 days in space. Hooray!
‘Yeah, so what?’, you might ask. But let's spend a minute thinking about spaceships. Spaceships are cool. In fact they are about the coolest things man has been able to conceive and build.
Let me quote NASA here: ‘The space shuttle, the most complex machine ever built, is the only spacecraft with its robust capacity. The shuttle’s capacity enables human today to build the world’s largest orbiting laboratory, paving way back to the moon, on to Mars and further into the universe.’
Flying machine that flies a bunch of people away from the earth? Whoa, dude! And just look at that picture of Atlantis landing there.
Ok, maybe there’s one flying thing almost equally cool as a space shuttle and that’s the F-117A Night Hawk, or the Stealth Fighter, but since it’s a military aircraft (and I am a pacifist) plus it cannot go into space, we can forget about it.
And when I think about things that I though were cool when I was a kid and that I still think are cool, there aren’t that many things left there, except for spaceships of course. Police cars and fire trucks? Not really. Candy and lemonade? Well, I am not really sure anymore. Chopper-bicycles; doesn’t every trendy wannabe-rocker-idiot have one of those these days? You get what I mean?
Spaceships. ‘Nuff Respect!
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Whoa! Now all you deejays out there need to check this out, it’s coming straingt outta Munich, Germany. Traditionally the land of true old skool engineering skills, seen?
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Mein lieber Herr die Erde ist eine Scheibe und sie ist aus Vinyl... und Dein Twister is suuuper !!!
The 45 Twister is the ultimate tool for every DJ playing 45 singles. The 45 Twister guarantees that the 7inches are able to scratch, mix, cut perfectly as a 12inch! Beat-juggling, contest scratching - no problem anymore! The 45 Twister works on every turntable, because it is a precision product made in EU of best stabile material, perfect measured 45 compatible, plus a super soft-rubber surface mat. This high grade tool guarantees the most fast and safe way to play your 7inches! The "45 Twister" was developed and designed by DJ Enne.
45 Twister Quotes:
Mein lieber Herr die Erde ist eine Scheibe und sie ist aus Vinyl... und Dein Twister is suuuper !!!
(Arno Stuermer / Soul-Sugar / Vienna)
If you wanna mix & cut 45's proper there's no alternative!
(Florian Keller / Compost)
Alle wollen den 45twister! Ich bin begeistert!
(Hery Storch / Unique Records)
Zum Auflegen TOP!
This little adaptor is genuss!
(Jon Kennedy / Grand Central / Tru Thoughts)
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And hey, it is "Made In EU" too. The price here in Finland seems to be 19€, at least in the famous Lifesaver record store.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
For anyone interested in making sample based electronic music: I just had to post this picture. It’s the latest member of the famous AKAI MPC-range of beat making machines, the AKAI MPC500. No one seems to have any idea when it is going to be released or what functions it will be lacking in comparison to its bigger brother(s) but look how cute it is!
Now it is official too, see the official site by clicking this.
But then the real let down & bad part: current list price: $1,299. Say whaaat?!???
Friday, September 15, 2006
It's suprising to see how some tv shows can keep up their standards and not lose their grip. There are many examples of those who can't do it, but not so many of those who could. One of my all time favourites is of course the Simpsons. The first seasons were a bit more clever than the rest, but I must say that I'm still always nailed to the screen, once the classic theme begins.
They are now actually converting the early episodes of the series into Ipod-format, so you could get your Simpsons with you where ever you go. I guess the Simpsons are just about the best mobile video content you can imagine.
The clip above is not new, but it's hilarious. Yah mon!
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Hennessy has remixed the NYC anthem "New York Shit" by Busta Rhymes. This track was done during one hot afternoon this past summer in a far away summer cottage / studio, where some of the Kriton boys like to chill out and hide from the urban stress and feel the Hyphy/Crunk Sauna. So you should feel the heat from this baby.
This remix pays homage to the big apple and the 80's thru 90's hip hop producers. This remix will not be on the Kriton High School Bangers' upcoming "..presents the Bangers" -remix cd, it's a special treat for all Kriton fans out there.
You can download this exclusive banger for free from www.Kriton.biz.
Monday, September 11, 2006
Time for some politics again.
On Saturday afternoon, September 9th, Finnish police force closed down several Leftist & Anarchist groups’ legal SMASH ASEM demonstration against the ASEM 2006 summit in the center of Helsinki.
Helsingin sanomat writes:
The "Smash Asem" demonstration began peacefully at around 6 p.m., but was unable to move on from the gathering point in the square in front of Kiasma by the arrival of around 200 riot police equipped with shields, helmets, and truncheons.
Not merely the 300 or so demonstrators were hemmed in, but also passers-by on their way home, journalists and cameramen, and people who had turned up out of curiosity to see what was happening, and whether the demonstrators would make good on their website pledge to "bring at least a bit of disorder to the streets of Helsinki".
There were a further several hundred police officers behind the inner ring, as well as five Helsinki City Transport buses arranged as a wall.
In all 136 people including two members of Helsinki City Council were arrested and kept in custody over night for questioning. Five people, none of which were police officers, were injured.
The police prohibited people from using their constitutional right of demonstrating in a public space, right to gather and the right to free speech. During the demonstration some police officers also apparently threatened Mr. Ilkka Tapale, a social-democrat member of parliament by telling him that they could arrest him too (note: according to the Finnish law they cannot do this). Police and Finnish BOrder & Customs officers were filming the demonstrators and and passers-by for their own records. Names and IDs of both demonstrators and people watching the incidents were recorded before they were allowed to leave the place. Police officers hid their name and ID badges.
Finland is a democratic society that prides itself as an example of a democracy, egalitarianism, all encopassing welfare state, transparency of administration and so on and so on.
As J-Dilla (RIP) and NWA said it “Fuck The Police”.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
I used to consider impersonators as pretty friggin' dull, I mean guys like JP don't really make me laugh. Then there are guys like Dave Chapelle, who do it pretty good - not maybe technically, but they can capture the real essence of the person in the case (like the classics "I'm Rick James, b****" and such). But this guy in the clip above is awesome. He don't make me laugh either, but uzgotta admit, he's the top cat. He goes so smoothly from Snoop Dogg to Jay Z to DMX.
And I also love the beat (Nas: thief's Theme) that samples the ever great "Inagaddadavida" by Iron Butterfly . What actually makes me laugh, is that it reminds me of the Simpsons' episode, where the reverend went berzerk and started singing the same tune, with the lyrics "in the garden of eden, baby..."
Friday, September 08, 2006
Once again, interesting news stolen from the excellent Popbitch-newsletter:
While every top NBA-baller has their own $150+ dollar sneaker models out, New York Knick’s Stephon Marbury has made it his mission to bring out a line of shoes for poor kids. The cost of his new sneaker the Starbury is just $15. And the dude is wearing the shoe on court himself.
Even if I personally hate the way those techno-b-ball-sneakers look (I prefer more that classic old school style in sneakers), I think this is actually pretty cool thing and it somehow reminds me a lot of 50 Cents’ G-Apple thing.
The Starbury sneakers are sold only in US discount store Steve & Barry's, which prides itself on enabling a family to be clothed for a year for $100. The shoe has become a word-of-mouth phenomenon. Queues run outside the stores, with a two-item per person limit now enforced on the Starbury range. Marbury's aim is to show people just how little it really costs to make high quality sneakers. "Two hundred to buy a pair of sneakers? That's groceries for the week," he says. "History is going to say Stephon Marbury changed the game."
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
This is the new s***t. Edu Kehäkettunen feat. Stig Dogg have remade the hook from the song Liiku by the mormon (!) R&B-singer Jonna and the mainstream rapper Cheek.
Here's the link to EDU'S PAGE, there you have the song. If you speak finnish, you will get the message how they've turned the catchphrase or the lyrical hook around to make it really durrrrty - not a surprise here, concidering what Edu and Stiggity have done in th past. . If you don't get any finnish, just enjoy the autotune - it's still all good.
I spoke with Stig the other day, and he said people are already requesting this song during his shows - although it's actually Edu's material...
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
To all you Rock*n*Roll Fiends out there, check this out. It is a Marshall JMP bass tube amp from 1973 for sale on Finnish Huuto.Net auction site, but what’s special here is that the seller claims that it was previously owned by Nasty Suicide from the Legendary Hanoi Rocks.
What more need I say about this? If it really is Nasse’s old amp, it is a piece of Finnish Rock’n’Roll history and at least so far it is not that expensive either. Those old tube Marshall amps change hands for
big money these days anyway if you check out Ebay. Damn, if I had more money I would invest on that and sell it later to a Japanese collector for crazy money.
After the original Hanoi Rocks line up broke up Nasty played with Johnny Thunders, had couple of bands (Cherry Bombs, Demolition 23 most notably) and then quit rock’n’roll and returned to Finland to complete high school. Later he got into university and graduated with a provisor’s diploma in Dept. of Pharmacology at the University of Helsinki. But you know, apparently he did have some knowledge of different chemicals and substances prior to that - from The Rock'n'Roll University.
Friday, September 01, 2006
Damn, just when I confessed my new-found love for early 1990s indie-rock, Dinosaur Jr. get their gear stolen in NYC. That sucks, attention all yo’ NYC crackheads, return all that gear immediately.
Anyhow, I am such gear whore that I hope wish they had posted pics of all of those lovely guitars.
Dinosaur Jr Gear Stolen (Long Island City, NY)
Wednesday, 30 August 2006
After a blistering set last night in Brooklyn, NY the band awoke this morning to find that their trailer had been broken into and all of the gear has been taken. J's Amma guitar, the mountain man guitar, Lou's Rickenbacker... EVERYTHING IS GONE. They are still taking inventory to see what else is gone but they were pretty much wiped out.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! Spread the word to everyone you know, every music store, pawn shop, club... anywhere you can think they may show up. If you have ANY information let us know - management @ jmascis.com. Thank you.
1959 Fender Jazzmaster SN# 38927.
-decal coming off. cracked headstock at top near low E peg. color black with purple/bluish sparkle coming through. adonized pick guard gold metal. Tune-o-matic bridge gold, tuning pegs gold.
1961-3 Fender Jazzmaster SN# 62012.
-purple sparkle, black pickup covers. headstock repaired, a whole new piece of wood was glued on for the top part of the headstock under the tuners and up a 1/2” , along the whole top of the headstock. gold tune-o-matic bridge, gold tuners.
1964-5 Fender Jazzmaster SN# L21581.
-orange, white pearl pickguard, stickers we're all over it, original tuners.
Fender Purple Jazzmaster new SN# R074329.
-purple sparkle with matching headstock gold adonized guard tune-o-matic bridge.
Rory Gallagher Stratocaster new SN# R25507.
-has a big gold grover tuning peg on low E
Rickenbacker 197? Fireglo Bass SN# 4001.
B.C. Rich Warlock Bass SN# 4242413