I don’t think I ever actually posted this properly here, but a lot of my friends have noticed… perhaps some of you internet people noticed too…
I have a teeeeeeny tiny little part in Mike Birbiglia’s amazing 2012 movie, “Sleepwalk With Me.” It was produced by This American Life’s Ira Glass. I play a guitar-strumming emcee at an open mic night, and I have a line. It ruled.
If you haven’t already seen it, SEE IT! It’s amazing, and Birbigs is a comic genius.
This now makes me two for two at cameos in badass indie movies.
Here’s the trailer:
The Big Data love continues to roll in! After last week’s premiere via Complex Magazine, our Hood Internet remix sees its official release today via MISHKA NYC. Our remix kicks off the album, and is followed up by some other fantastic ones from Lazerbeak, Body Language, Skinny Friedman, and more.
You can download the entire album for FREEEE by going HERE.
The press coverage for our remix has been outstanding! Vibe Magazine had the following to say:
“Do You Give Up Now (Big Data Remix)” starts out with some old school ’80s beats and rhymes (dished out by Donwill), then takes a turn 50 seconds in when fused the smooth, pop vocals from My Gold Mask. The tune even sports a mad-classy jazz piano solo in the middle, making it the ultimate triple threat in genre blending.
And we were named The Chicago Reader’s 12 O’Clock Track today, too:
…stream the Big Data remix of Feat slow jam “Do You Give Up Now,” featuring contributions by Junior Pande and Donwill and My Gold Mask, remixed into a more energetic and club-worthy shape.
As some of you may know, Dan from Joywave and I have started a new band. It’s called Big Data. We’re really really excited about it, and we’re going to have lots of goodies to share in 2013.
For our first official foray into the blogosphere, we have remixed The Hood Internet’s awesome song, “Do You Give Up Now (feat. My Gold Mask, Junior Pande, and Donwill)” from their awesome new album, FEAT. Our remix is to be included on a collection of remixes from the likes of Lazerbeak (of Doomtree) and Body Language.
Complex Magazine just premiered the remix today, and had a bunch of lovely things to say about us:
The tune now carries a distinctive and infectious Italo-disco vibe and chances are you’ll have a tough time getting it out of your head.
Stream it here, and keep your eyes peeled for more Big Data news:
Psyched to share the second remix of “Stay Forever,” courtesy of music producer and friend of mine, Vasili Gavre! The remix premiered last week over at Some Kind of Awesome, where they had this to say about it:
If you have already been enjoying this track as much as we have, this reworked nugget from Gavre is a surefire way to keep you on your PRINTS love fest… The change up to the phrasing on the vocals will initially catch you off guard, but it encourages your ears to listen in different corners of the original that you hadn’t thought to appreciate before, which is something I always love about good remixes.
And while you’re at it, be sure to check out Vasili’s project, Americans in Paris!
Q3 of 2012 has come to a close, and so I must archive all my weekly mixtapes from the past 3 months and start a fresh one. I gotta say, I’ve been doing this process for a little over a year now, and I look forward to making my mixtape every single Friday. Must be similar to how a radio DJ feels…
I’ve gotten an immense amount of positive feedback from friends and strangers alike, as well as polite nudges when I’m a little late to add new songs for the week. And I’m picking up new listeners on a near-daily basis, so all signs point to keeping it alive. By all means, if any of you out there have any thoughts / comments / suggestions, as well as any albums or artists I’ve just gotta check out, bring it on!
And now for the stats… For the months of July - September:
- I listened to a total of 3100 songs.
- I listened to a total of 161 new albums, roughly 13 per week.
- My weekly playlist now has 304 subscribers, up from 254 at the end of Q2.
Be sure to subscribe to the @AlanWilkis Friday Mixtape (updated weekly) to keep up with all this great stuff I’m burning through each week, and while you’re at it, subscribe to the archives to check out my past favorites:
Meant to post this one a while back - here’s the first “Stay Forever” remix from the PRINTS series. This one is courtesy of You and the Night and the Music (aka Brooklyn musician and producer, Chris Coombs). It premiered back in September over at one of my favorite blogs, Kick Kick Snare:
Channeling the best decade ever, expect the total 90′s-house treatment. In other words, put on your Reebok basketball sneakers (yes, the ones with the pump up mechanism on the tongue) and drive your Mazda Miata to the dance floor.
Amen to that. I love this remix. Stream it up above or download it for frrrreeeee by clicking right here: http://bit.ly/SF_RMX1
Lastly, stay tuned for a new PRINTS remix premiering next week!
It gives me great pleasure to present the 3rd installment from my PRINTS project - this one’s called “Stay Forever” and features the vocalist, Paul Holmes. At the time of writing this post, the song is currently #2 on HypeMachine’s Twitter Chart, and it peaked at #15 on the WeAreHunted chart, making it the 15th most popular emerging song on the ol’ interwebz that week! The song premiered via Under The Radar Magazine, where they aptly suggested: “Meet us in the corner of the club for a drink and make-out session.” I think that about sums it up.
“Stay Forever” was an extremely fun song to make. Musically, I wanted to create something sparse, but still very rhythmic and fun. And lyrically (unless Paul corrects me otherwise), the song hearkens back to that over-the-top, almost-melodramatic, blue-eyed-soul pop of the 80s and 90s.
I hope you like what you hear, and as always, please spread it far and wide. Here’s a download link to grab the MP3: