No Better Time Than Meow

Now that Mo-vember is over and my line of sight to my keyboard is no longer hindered by my gigantic facial hair I can finally resume blogging (Hannukah is saved!). What has a month brought us then? Well there were tears, there was laughter, love, heartbreak, amends, post World War Two Japanese expressionist author Mishima, a ridiculously explosive toilet, concerts, birthdays, gigs – and that was just Kevin and I. In all seriousness though we did do some cool stuff which will be presented in a style borrowed from Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (which you should probably have seen by now):

Mr. Yellow (Kevin)

Sign of a good month: New Profile Picture

TYA’s renaissance man continues to reap the fruits of what was probably a little too much time alone in his basement as a child. He performed for a packed crowd as well as the youtube boys Wong Fu Productions. There guys have over a million subscribers and unlike other youtube celebs actually deserve them.

K.Lee also performed along with the Effusion a cappella crew and as an a cappella expert (shout out to Fresh Fellas A Cappellas) I can say without a doubt that the show was top notch, their rendition of Alica Keys’ Fallin’ brought me to quasi-religious ecstasy.

Mr. White (Mark)

A couple days later I had the chance to see another show: Watch the Throne’s Montreal stop. I don’t think words can truly describe that experience but if I had to pick one it would be hands down CRAY. They played N****s in Paris 5 times and a row and each time got better. There were sharks, there was fire: it was awesome.

I also had the opportunity to DJ outside of my bedroom in Montreal for the first time. Big thanks goes to to everyone who came out to support DJ Thousand Years and have some fun. You can stream and download part of my set below:

As for our Toronto and London fams I wouldn’t do justice trying to capture the romance, intrigue and adventure of their past couple weeks. But if I had to try it would look like this:

With finals looming their ugly heads I hope your keeping some semblance of sanity for the next three weeks. In the mean time

Good luck!

❤ Mark & Kevin

 

MASHUP OPERA

Don’t really know how to describe this, but its pretty damn epic. A 155 minute long mashup album divided into 7 chapters by SLEEPER (pictured above). The work is called Counting Cavemen and SLEEPER himself has this to say about it:

I think about Cave­men everyday.

Their sounds, smells, habits, & pains…
what they did in sit­u­a­tions like my own.

I’ve been cap­ti­vated by them since as long as I can remem­ber.
Think­ing about how we lived our lives hun­dreds of years ago blows my mind.

Count­ing Cave­men is the sequel to Count­ing Laz­ers.
I’ve been work­ing on it for almost three years.
There was a point where I thought it would never be fin­ished, bah!

The mix has 7 chap­ters/​sections which all con­nect together. Each chap­ter has a dif­fer­ent musi­cal style/​theme that Cave­men went through.

* Chap­ter 1: Gui­tar
The very first instru­ments & sounds of the world. Filled with live music, piano, gui­tar, grunts and claps.
* Chap­ter 2: Pimp
First cave­man pimp arrives and finds his muse. She gets pimped. Uptempo, grind­ing, uptempo, nasty boom.
* Chap­ter 3: Love
Pimp falls deeply in love with his muse. She’s a whore & breaks his heart. Jazzy, drum & bass, smooth.
* Chap­ter 4: Dance
Heart­bro­ken Cave­man moves on, cre­ates a cave solely made for dance. The first b-​​boy is born. Packed with dance, dance, dance.
* Chap­ter 5: War
World War of mon­strous pro­por­tions spreads across the globe. Hard, evil, dark, dub­step, drum & bass.
* Chap­ter 6: God
Cave­men dis­cov­er & feel God. Intro­spec­tive, mag­i­cal.
* Chap­ter 7: Heaven
Cave­men become extinct. Melodic, epic, pow­er­ful.

Weird description I know, but the mix is impressive both in its quantity and quality. I haven’t got a chance to listen to all of it but what I’ve heard so far is really good stuff. You can check it out here. Even more impressive is that he made video 3 different video mixes for some of his chapters, and if you’ve ever done any video editing you know these take a lot of talent and patience. For your viewing pleasure:

Definitely blows DJ EARWORM out of the water.

-TYA