Travis’ Two Cents (In Five Parts) #9

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I’m Travis Holcombe and you can catch me on the air on Tuesday nights at midnight~3AM (which is technically Wednesday morning). Here are my two cents:

Big Boi and Little Dragon from Big Boi's Twitter account

1) Last week, via Big Boi‘s twitter account,  came word of a collaboration between KCRW‘s favorite Swedes, Little Dragon and Big Boi of Outkast. Judging from the excitement of the parties involved this should be pretty great. Expect to hear the two tracks they cut on Big Boi‘s forthcoming solo album, Daddy Fat Saxxx: Soul Funk Crusader, said to be released sometime in early 2012. Having heard nary a note of this, I will guarantee you it will be better than Lou Reed and Metallica‘s Lulu debacle, which the Quietus panned as “quite possibly a candidate for one of the worst albums ever made”. Ouch.

2) In other interesting collaboration news, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and Thom Yorke (whose name seems to be surfacing everywhere lately) have a new song coming out with another one of my favorite rappers, DOOM. Their new track will be available digitally very soon as part of Lex RecordsComplex compilation, celebrating the label’s 10th anniversary. I think I got spoiled by (sometimes MF) DOOM‘s 2003-2004 output and keep expecting him to go on another run like that. Until then, we’ll all have to settle for these dribs and drabs of new DOOM.

3) A lot of people came up to me and told me about how they loved the last dubstep dancing video I posted on this blog, so here’s another one; this time courtesy of iGlide:

4) The Flaming Lips have a new song out entitled “7 Skies H3”. Aside from being a new Flaming Lips song, there are two reasons why this is interesting: (1) the track is 24 hours long, and (2) if you’re a Flaming Lips completist with $5000 burning a hole in your paypal account, you can purchase the track encased in an actual human skull with chrome dripped hairpiece. Oh by the way, you can stream “7 Skies H3” for free here.

The whole idea of the Lips’ 24 hour song got me wondering — what is the longest song ever recorded? There’s no real consensus, but one name that kept popping up on my searches was “The Chosen Priest and Apostle of Infinite Space” by Bull of Heaven which clocks in at a hair over 2 months long. Between you and me, I’ve heard that their live show is a tad on the self-indulgent side.

This just in…apparently Bull Of Heaven‘s “The Chosen Priest and Apostle of Infinite Space” is one of their shorter pieces. They also have a track called “Like A Wall In Which An Insect Lives And Gnaws” which is about 6 years long. You can hear part 1 of 200,000 of the song here. You’re welcome.

5) If you haven’t already seen it, you should check out the new (NSFW) video for the Duck Sauce track “Big Bad Wolf streaming on Rolling Stone‘s website. It’s definitely surged into my personal top 10 all-time favorite music videos.

Just a warning: there’s no actual genitalia shown, but it’s might be NSFW if you work somewhere where your boss monitors what you’re watching on the internet. If you get fired over it, that’d be a great story, though.

BONUS CHANGE!) I want to close out this post by giving a shout out to everyone who came out to the KCRW Halloween Masquerade Ball this past Saturday. The ratio of good costumes to ~meh~ costumes was off the charts as always. It’s proven once again to be the premiere Halloween party in LA, if not the world.

I also want to give an extra big thank you to the KCRW events staff and all of the amazing volunteers at the station who worked tirelessly to put the whole thing together and made sure everything ran fairly smoothly. I’m relatively new to the station, but I’ve always been impressed with how the Events staff has been able to throw these mammoth parties and make it look easy.

Do yourself a favor and make sure you go next year if you didn’t make it this year. If the Mayans prove to be correct, it might be the last one and that’d be a bummer if you lived your whole life and never made it out to a KCRW Halloween Masquerade Ball.