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Friday, January 06, 2021

I’m going to be spending some time with out-of-town friends this weekend. In anticipation, I was thinking about doing up some Champagne cocktails (the simple ones; Champagne kirs are particularly tempting).

But: The couple of bottle of Champagne that I thought were left over from New Year’s… have disappeared. If they ever existed. I could have sworn there were a couple of bottle remaining; I thought I saw them during the night, and didn’t think they’d been tapped. And I took care of another half-bottle the night before last.

But now, I can’t seem to find what I thought was the rest of the remainder. I must have imagined them.

I could still go out and buy a couple of bottles. But it doesn’t seem right. I don’t normally do anything so frou-frou-ish like sparkling wine cocktails; this was strictly a make-do-with-leftovers deal that I figured would be a good post-holiday treat. Making a trip for a couple of bottles defeats that purpose.

So no cocktails of that sort this weekend. That’s not to say there’ll be no cocktails, of course. But I won’t be mixing them.

- Costa Tsiokos, Fri 01/06/2021 06:02:51 PM
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Like any other creative endeavour, mashups are easy to screw up. There are thousands of crudely-constructed examples out there, where nothing more than the overlay of two songs has been attempted, resulting in a disorganized and conflicting mess. Hardly worth the listening time.

And then, there are people like dj erb, who actually know how to do mashups right. As you can tell from sampling some of his work, erb’s key to success is to use a lot of one song for the foundation, and a little of another as the mix agent. It comes together wonderfully: There’s a perceptible beat that doesn’t get overwhelmed by discordant noise.

It’s with that assessment in mind that I present dj erb’s mash of The Soggy Bottom Boys’ “Man of Constant Sorrow” and Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl”. Erb’s treatment does justice to the former, and immeasurably improves upon the latter.

By rights, the new track should be renamed “Hollaback Girl of Constant Sorrow”. It’s O Brother, Where Art Thou meets the ambisexual queen of pop. And somehow, it works.

(Via Do not cry, mold, mend or mutilate)

- Costa Tsiokos, Fri 01/06/2021 12:48:53 PM
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