Guest Post: TV Girl
Melodic sample shufflers TV Girl of San Diego detail the significance of each track on their 7-track DJ setlist they virtually spun as PORTALS Turntable Friday Guest DJ’s on May 18th. Read through as they propose Madlib for president, put you on an internet hunt for the hardest album to find, and why Wise Blood is the shit. TV Girl will be headlining the PORTALS Traveling Showcase w/ 6bit in Los Angeles on June 2nd at Space 15 Twenty alongside Mister Lies, Dreams, and many more—buy your tickets before you can’t by clicking on either the side/bottom ad of this post, and RSVP here!
Tracklist by time marks, mixtape embedded below:
1) Kool A.D. — “La Pinata” (0.00 – 2.14)
“Just the way you are.” Not gonna lie, I was a little let down when Kool released his first solo mixtape, Palm Wine Drunkard, early this year. I got the feeling that he was losing interest in rap and indulging in the on the fringes weirdness that had always lurked beneath his work with Das Racist. That’s why I was incredibly stoked about his new mixtape 51, which features some of his most effortless, barely cohesive verses in a while. This beat is a particular standout.
2) Quasimoto — “Axe Puzzles” (2.15 – 4.42)
Madlib for president. One of my favorite songs off one of my favorite albums from my all time favorite hip-hop alter ego. Still don’t know what an Axe Puzzle is. I hope I never do.
3) Evie Sands — “I Love Makin’ Love to You” (4.43 – 8.45)
With the end of Megaupload and Mediafire seemingly on the ropes, the golden age of file sharing seems to be over. I’ve never had so much trouble finding an album as Evie Sands’s Estate of Mind. It wasn’t even available for legal purchase! I don’t even remember how I eventually got it, but it was worth it. She is one of the great lost talents. Good luck getting it!
4) Ricky Eat Acid – “Slo’ Dancin” (8.46 – 10.32)
I’m not immune to the pleasures of a kick ass beat drop, and one of the best one’s I’ve ever heard occurs at second eleven of this gem from REA‘s fabulous Haunt U Forever beat tape. The way those speaker shredding kicks come in after that monstrous feedback squall gives me goose pimples. Sam Ray is one of the most enigmatic and versatile talents in underground music right now, no question. Get it. Love it. Thanks.
5) Lizzy Mercier Descloux — “Funky Stuff” (10.33 – 14.37)
Whenever I’m in a DJ position and want to feel like the coolest guy in the room, I always go for some Lizzy. Everyone always asks who it is. It’s mind blowing to me how little known her albums are. TV Girl‘s song “Lizzy Come Back to Life” is about her.
6) Wise Blood — “STRT SRNS” (14.38 – 16.38)
Wise Blood is the musical project that I’m most excited about. It’s hard for a new artist to carve out a sound that you can say is honestly is original, and he’s done it. He also has the best quote about sampling laws. When asked about potential lawsuits, he said “Fuck that. My shit transcends copyright.” The man seems like a truly unhinged, dangerous visionary. His rumored full-length “Scapegoat Chris” is my most anticipated for sure.
7) Gremlins — “Maim My Bitch” (16.39 – 20.15)
Speaking of visionaries. Mat Cothran is one of the best young songwriters out there. I truly hope he gets some kind of Jeff Mangum-esque cult audience and is able to headline big festivals in 15 years. This project is a collabo with the aforementioned Ricky Eat Acid, and it’s fun to hear Mat’s characteristic songwriting in an unfamiliar electronic setting. Also, his Twitter is the best thing I’ve ever seen.
Stream the mix below: