Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Petite Feet

Tim and Eric are releasing Awesome Record! Great Songs! Vol. 1 next week and it's 44(!) tracks of brilliance just as hilarious and uncomfortable feeling as you all hoped it will be. The title says it all right? Here's a little taste...

Tim and Eric- Petite Feet

The season one DVD is on sale now and they're on tour as we speak (the two dates in SF sold out before I even knew about it, so get on it!). Spagett!

Something In The Air

Perfect track and video from an amazing dude, Yukihiro Takahashi of Yellow Magic Orchestra. What else is there to say?

Yukihiro Takahashi- Something In The Air

Thanks to Jaz (who's got some sweet new edits up by the way) for hipping me to Takahashi's 1981 album Neuromantic which I've had on heavy rotation for about four months now.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


At one mystic time of the 80's, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson (Whistler!) joined forces for an outlaw country supergroup they dubbed, The Highwaymen. In this track, just your average flanger disco country with spidery Mark Knopfler-esque guitars, Willie stabs people with swords, Kris sails boats and Waylon builds dams while Johnny Cash, ever the forward thinker, leaves Earth and all it's problems behind...

"I fly a starship across the universe divide
And when I reach the other side
I'll find a place to rest my spirit if I can
Perhaps I may become a highwayman again
Or I may simply be a single drop of rain
But I will remain
And I'll be back again, and again and again and again and again..."

Excuse my language, but that is so fucking awesome.

The Highwaymen- Highwayman

In other country music news, B-Town Hit Parade put up a fantastic mixtape of down home flavors entitled, Country Roads, which made parts of my lonesome six hour drive yesterday absolutely fantastic.

Take On Me

Take On Me is one of the world's perfect pop songs, catchy, well-produced, nearly impossible to sing correctly and accompanied by arguably the best music video ever made (just don't argue with me about it, I'm very stubborn about it). It had a big hand in forming my musical tastes and is still easily one of my favorite songs ever made. The other day I found three early versions of this superjam and as you can imagine, I was pretty excited. Apparently the band released the song twice in different unsuccessful versions before they finally nailed it in the version we all know and love. I just love hearing this song as such a diamond in the rough with the production so stripped down and his voice so imperfect, but still holding such beauty and promise.

a-ha- Take On Me (Original Version)
a-ha- Take On Me (Early Tony Mansfield Mix)
a-ha- Take On Me (Unreleased Demo)

And how rad is that picture? Not only is somebody pretty proud of their butt, but I had no idea Hasselhoff was in the band.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Magic Pill

I'll be in Southern California for a bit to enjoy some time with friends, family and hopefully the water spirits but before I go, I'd like to leave a gift for my all friends here...

Last month I heard that one of my dearest friends was going over some unexpected health hurdles, and being the lovely luminous light he is, he didn't let it get him down and if anything, is just more bright and positive than before. He asked all his friends for just a little good energy or thoughts sent his way to help in the healing process and this was my contribution to the good cause. A mix of stuff that just feels good and therapeutic, and sounds to me like those quiet little moments in life that are sometimes too few and far between for my tastes.

White Lights (A Magic Pill for G)

Monday, April 21, 2008

All the Time

Sometimes San Francisco's bi-polar weather drives me a little nuts. One day it's beautiful and hot the next... crap. Cold windy crap. Do Piano's unique blend of gothy synth-pop is the perfect bittersweet pill to swallow on such a cold, cold day. With her sick-of-it-all monotone that scowling young lady up there reminds us that no matter how bad you've got it, she's got it way worse. So relax already.

Do Piano- All the Time

Should you need a stronger dose of happy to break through that funk, put your shorts on, lotion up and cruise over to one of my favorite blogs, Buzzin Cousin for Sunshine Pop Week! Yay!

Friday, April 18, 2008


I've been totally broadsided by Gesaffelstein. He seemingly came out of nowhere with his dark star of an EP, Vengeance Factory, released quietly in late February on OD records. The four track EP combines the dark undulations of EBM with quirky flourishes of italo, all painted over with a Lifelike-ian sheen and it's really, really awesome.

Here's my favorite of the EP, a slow burner that once it finally reaches the hook with this big growling bass and glorious arpeggios, will have you wondering why this beautiful thing has such an awful sounding name.

Gesaffelstein- Death Fagh

You can buy this entire EP digitally at Juno or for realsies at Clone.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

And your name is?

Everyday we going around signing papers and checks, dealing with awkward introductions and showing ID after ID. How much more fun would all this be if you had a really sweet name? If you could shake the hand of your slimy new manager, look him right in the eye and, say "Honey Puppy. Nice to meet ya" and then just stand there all like, "What? Something funny?". Or when you're being cool with the kids you could say, "Please, call me Honey. Mr. Puppy's my father's name". That would rock. Of course it would probably be spirit-crushing to have to carry such a name-burden throughout your school years, but I'm not here to think negatively people. And neither is Honey Puppy.

Dance Reaction- Honey Puppy is My Name

If you're anything like me, this songs gonna flip you out. Like catnip style.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Push It

This tasteless dedication goes out to my friend Rachel who's having a baby. Like right this second. Yowch!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Workin' Disco Magic

If you haven't heard Tommy Boy's recent "cosmic leather disco" mix, Tardust Discojus yet, not only are you missing out on a sweet intergalactic potpourri, but you're also falling behind. Keep up people! He's already got another mix out! Let's go listen to it together shall we?


Soul To Soul

This one feels so odd yet so... comforting. It's like Chicago and Air Supply go Downy soft AM disco, blended together with Zager's Disney-esque touch. Then there's also this intense (well, in comparison) funky interlude that tricks you into thinking it's gonna be crazy dancemania once it breaks, but instead it just nonchalantly drops you right back off in soft rock territory, all like, wha' happen?

Michael Zager Band- Soul to Soul

Friday, April 11, 2008

Stay With Me

I think I like about two songs from the hitmaking songwriting/production team of Stock, Aitken and Waterman (SAW). Meaning their record with me is like... two for a billion. Seriously, whether or not this hit machine makes songs you like, you've got to respect the sheer numbers of their catalog. Yowsers.

So that brings me to Canton, an Italo group whose 1984 single Sleepwalking I hold so dear (check here for that). Despite this SAW produced collaboration working out splendidly, even the all powerful SAW team couldn't turn these snappy dressers into a hit group. I think the reason for their failure is the fact that they also had a song called Please Don't Stay. The mainstream public obviously disapproved of their inability to make a decision and stick to it. Or maybe it was just those awful jackets.

Canton- Stay With Me

For the curious, the other SAW song I like is Kylie Minogue's Got to Be Certain. Actually, make that three, I totally forgot about Rick Astley.

The Fist of God

10000 Watts

Just a little PSA to let everyone know that not only does ARAWA have a spiffy new easy-to-remember domain name, but thanks to my new hosting service, all tracks will now be available directly. For those that don't know how that works (yes you Jone) just right-click the song title and save. Ta dah!, same old site but just a wee bit easier.

And now for a totally unrelated song that happens to have the word radio in it...

Savage- Radio

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Dream of Neon Cities

Fellow Jon Anderson lover and Sagittarian, Shermstixx emailed me recently to hip me not only to a super trippy Jon Anderson album (Olias of Sunhillow anyone?), but also his own album, Realms of the Electrohesher. It was done solely with two Juno's (D and a G) and beats from a Dr.202 and then recorded onto a 8 track. Old school! Spare drum arrangements, offset with layers and layers of synths, drifting and sparkling through space and time... It's lovely stuff. Think Glass Candy sans vocals, Kraftwerk and a touch of Vangelis with a bit more of a DIY feel. Its been on repeat around ARAWA headquarters and I'm sure you'll soon be enjoying it in your quarters as well.

Shermstixx- Dream of Neon Cities
Shermstixx- Alive Outside of Space and Time

You can download the entire album here for free and if you like it, go to Shermstixx' myspace or blog and donate some cash to the cause.

Monday, April 7, 2008

My Baby My

Here's a little slo-mo robo soul to start this week off right, straight out of Pete Belotte's extensive catalog. For those that don't know, Pete Belotte, was a prolific producer and was one of Giorgio Moroder's more frequent collaborator's, as the other half of Munich Machine and co-producer of some pivotal Moroder moments, including some song called I Feel Love. I've heard that one's pretty good. As for Sue Ann, she went on to do backup vocals for Celine Dion, Ricky Martin, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Bobby Brown, Rod Stewart and Cher. Which is cool too. Just in a different way.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


Sometimes ARAWA sleeps too deeply and it's beyond my mere human strength to wake it. Luckily Sensus found me today and woke ARAWA, shining it's blacklight in the face of this gentle monster and inviting it skyward and beyond. Welcome to the year 2020.

Ooh. Dramatic.

Sensus- Sensus (12" Version)
Sensus- Sensus (Instrumental)