Thursday, June 28, 2007
This is. Alppila a.k.a. Fiilin Myself, that is me, with Big Pimpin' boss DJ Henrikki spinning records at a nice bar atmosphere in Töölö, Helsinki. Well, at least, i'll be spinning records, Henrikki will be prob'ly spinning those Serato discs that i'm so jealous of him for. Fri the 29th of June. free to get in. Nyce, innit?
But this time it's not gonna be the usual "strictly bangers" law, cos it's a bar. Along with da usual hip hop, we'll play some indie disco, soul, reggae, remixes, 80's shit and whatnot. Special treatment, peoples!
Friday, June 22, 2007
How scary is this?
"SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A lake in southern Chile has mysteriously disappeared, prompting speculation the ground has simply opened up and swallowed it whole. The lake was situated in the Magallanes region in Patagonia and was fed by water, mostly from melting glaciers. It had a surface area of between 4 and 5 hectares (10-12 acres) -- about the size of 10 soccer pitches.
"In March we patrolled the area and everything was normal ... we went again in May and to our surprise we found the lake had completely disappeared," said Juan Jose Romero, regional director of Chile's National Forestry Corporation CONAF.
"The only things left were chunks of ice on the dry lake-bed and an enormous fissure," he told Reuters.
CONAF is investigating the disappearance.
One theory is that the area was hit by an earth tremor that opened a crack in the ground which acted like a drain. Southern Chile has been shaken by thousands of minor earth tremors this year."
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Ladies and gentlemen, it is finally the time for da Kritons to go international. And we went straight to The Bay Area, where else!
I know, we have blogged about this earlier too, when it was still under construction. But now that it's ready and released, we have to give a special advertisement blog entry about our brand new track, "That Buddy Leezle Joint", or "The Arrival", as Buddy Leezle himself calls it.
It is a remix for Buddy Leezle, a mega talented MC from San Francisco, USA. He is also a part of the group 215: The Freshest Kids, and some other bands too. I dunno if you should really call it it a remix or an original track, since none of us have actually heard the original version. But it's safe to say, that our version blows the f***in roof off yer building. Try it, homie. But don't say we didn't warn ya!
It's gonna be featured on Leezle's new mixtape-album "Hipster Jesus" (probably the best album title in long while!) and you can of course hear it on our myspace site as well as Leezle's.
OR if you are really in need of this track, you just might be able to download it from here, at least for a while...
And as they so often say in heavy metal record covers: play that sucker loud.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
The Kriton Boys spent last nite cleaning up our old studio / rehearsal place, the classic "4th line studios" in Kallio. Apparently the neighbours couldn't take the punk rock anymore, 'cos I have rented the place to my good friends Fumble and some other damn well rocking bands too. So I got the eviction note some time ago and now it was time to see what we had left behind. I've had the place for over 10 years, so there were more old speakers and amps than in a jamaican soundsystem. Most of it was pretty beaten, so we had to dump the stuff to the local garbage dump.
The best part is that after sweating the whole night, the Alppilounge (the place where all hotness nowadays happes, our new studio) has now a lot more instruments to play with. First we got 2 keyboards from the 4th line studios: one Casio and one Yamaha DX-? (I'll update all models and makes next week,, can't really recall all of them now), one Ibanez RG-750 el-gitarro (Yepp, the speed-picking-god), a Laney AOR tube amp + a Marshall 4x12 stack, and small FBT-guitar amp, the classic Cry baby wah wah pedal made famous by Jimi Hendrix, and some other cool effect pedals (delay, fuzz, tremolo...)
And to top it all: from the garbage dump we picked another cool Casio keyboard! Couldn't believe how much good stuff peeps leave there. We were so stoked about this recycling thing that Young JzZi also picked up a blue pogo stick (!) and a rechargeable drill from the dump. There was an electric fireplace as well, but we had to leave it there, 'cos it would have been too much, I mean it's summer and all.
I hope all this stuff works too, it would have been a shame to throw all this away. I mean, now they can get a second life as Kriton tools... Can't wait to start tweaking and modifying those Casio babies...
Thursday, June 14, 2007
We like blends, we like doing blends. You already know that.
That's why da Hennyman and yours truly, Fiil Inc, decided to make some new party blends. Not just any party blends. But ones that fit summertime parties. The recipe is easy: step 1) Take a "older" portion, familar to most everyone from summer parties in the past. Step 2) take a newer portion, to make it current, just right for this season.
We took the time to throw together two new tracks by that recipe and here is what you get:
- Hennessy doing his thing with vocals from Ludacris' megahit "Stand Up" and the beat from Petey Pablo's recent banger "Get Me Out Of Jail". Uptempo banger alert!
-Fiil Inc (aka Alppila) effing around with a sure fire classic beat from Was Not Was' "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" version (from 1990) and Pitbull's last year's party anthem "Bojangles". Loose and funky enough to fit a bmore style or a disco set. DJ's take notice!
Enjoy these little babies at www.myspace.com/kritonhigh
(and ask for quality mp3's if you wish)
and ps... The LONG AWAITED Buddy Leezle remix coming up soon!
You probably all read about this already but it's so funny I need to post it here again:
"In December 2004, The Sunshine Project, a watchdog group based in Austin, Tex., and Hamburg, Germany, that opposes biological weapons, uncovered a "U.S. military proposal to create a hormone bomb that could purportedly turn enemy soldiers into homosexuals and make them more interested in sex than fighting."
The proposal came from the Air Force's Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, which requested $7.5 million to develop a so-called "gay-bomb." Using the Freedom of Information Act, Edward Hammond, director of the U.S. office of the Sunshine Project, obtained a copy which was "part of a military effort to develop non-lethal weapons." If completed, the bomb would release a chemical aphrodisiac "and by virtue of either breathing or having their skin exposed to this chemical... soldiers would become gay." This would cause their units to break down as the troops "became irresistibly attractive to one another." In addition to a "gay bomb" the proposal also mentions using chemicals which could make bees angry so that enemy forces would be attacked not only by our troops but also swarms of stinging insects.
Defense Department officials have acknowledged that such ideas were proposed by the Air Force in 1994, and then "quickly dismissed." They played down the significance of the Sunshine report, stating that many proposals come their way that are rejected for ethical reasons."
It's even in Wikipedia.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Ever wanted to know where you are coming from, dear fans of Kriton Music Blog (tm)?
Well, now yo'all can see it, thanks to our super secret high-tech visitor statistics counter system.
Just click on the map above to make it bigger, and remember that the map shows only the visitors today.
I just love maps.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Last night I was listening to the Kovalevy show on Basso Radio where Mr. Fiskars was blasting B-More or Baltimore Club Tracks or whatever you wanna call that stuff.
You know what I am talking about, right? Look HERE and read up if you don’t.
Anyhow, he played several tracks which sampled heavily those ‘60s girl pop groups and similar stuff, like ‘Please, Mr. Postman’ etc. This made me realize one thing:
B-More = Jive Bunny.
Yeah, that’s right. Unlike many of those young jocks playing that Baltimore stuff, I am old enough to remember Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers in the 1980s, unfortunately. And I can assure you that the difference between the classic Jive Bunny tracks such as "Swing the Mood" and "Let's Party" and some of those B-More tracks, is next to non-existent.
So what? I dunno. I guess nothing. Carry on, sir.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Hi! I’ve been taking a bit of a vacation from writing here for quite some time already. For no reason at all, apparently. Whatever, now let’s see what’s going on with everything/everyone related to the Kriton Universe ™:
The Kriton Boys
We’ve been quite busy on the Alppila studio lately, with a little help of some nice Keko, I guess. The MySpace RMX of Buddy Leezle’s track we been working on is basically ready finally. It’s gonna be da bomb. I promise.
And yea, the Kriton club night in the Vinyl Bar a while ago was a blast. So much so in fact that I guess we will not re-do it too soon again. Especially because of the regulars complaining about our sound not being smooth enough for their distinguished house music tastes.
Then Mr. Fiskars, of two of Helsinki’s most Excellent clubs TOP BILLIN’ & Kovalevy digs us too, check out his TOP 10! (Ok, you need to be logged in w/ your MySpace account to see it but we are #1 !!!)
And even more, the long-overdue video for our track ‘Scared Money’ by Fiilin.com & the BCN posse should/could be out some time soon. It will be dope yet scary at the same time. Watch out!
NAGA!marque AKA Sandal Flamenberg
Mark has apparently also been quite busy in the Kriton Studio/Hangout in Alppila lately. There are two new and new-ish tracks on his MySpace page, both of which include some secret vocal contributions from yours truly, BTW!
The latest one, ‘Hector the Scrambler’ was released on Sunday on his MySpace-page. It’s mad beautiful and very shoegazer-y -too. It’s his most melodic and even ‘pop’ track so far. Congratulations, man.
The rumour has it that the dude might soon finally have enough tracks ready for his debut mini-album to be released by Kriton Music. There’ll be eventually a special limited hand-numbered CD-R run for all yo’ll Wire-reading peoples out there in the Internets.
On the side note, I guess that the Keko is also to be thanked here for keeping our favorite Aussie sitting tight in the studios…
Giacbot also has new lovely song, ‘Rosa Mota’ out there on his MySpace-page. It was incidentally released last Sunday just like Mark's new track. It was inspired by a long hot summer day at home in his wooden house in Kumpula, apparently. And some Velvet Underground too, I guess.
The trademark Interflug-style we all love is all there. CasioTone madness, acoustic guitar, the man himself and all, and in a very laid-back and summer-y style. Nice!
Yours Truly, Young jZ
Well, I have only one week to go here at work before going on the longest holiday of my life so far. Which is nice. My Jopo is fixed again, after being broken for months, my guitar fx pedal collection just keep growing and I have already begun growing a proper German-style moustache for the summer. Let’s see how far I can take the moustache project this time, I mean this time it’s 4REAL, maybe.