Elucidating the mashup hype
The Sixx Mixx was my LIVE 105 radio show which ran from June 27, 2003 to Dec. In honor of its 10th anniversary, I'm remastering the original shows and posting them here as 320kbps mp3s, along with track listings and some additional commentary and context.
Downloads are direct file links (right-click and select "save as") or links to Mediafire, although many episodes tripped Mediafire's automatic copyright scan and thus only have direct downloads.
Please e-mail me at [email protected] you have any trouble. Mylo "Walking With A Ghost In Paris" (Party Ben) 8.
The mp3 files are tagged with the displayed artwork, date and episode title, as well as a full tracklisting in the "Lyrics" tab.
I love the Lionel Vinyl combo of Azzido da Bass and Dire Straits, and my silly Green Day/Depeche Mode thing is pretty funny. Nine Inch Nails – The Perfect Drug (Jack Dangers Remix) 9. Nine Inch Nails – The Hand That Feeds (DFA Remix) Commentary: So as I said below, Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age were scheduled to appear on a Friday a few weeks earlier, so I made a special all NIN/QOTSA Sixx Mixx to play that day. To me, the whole thing was both a joke and not a joke, a weird combo of parody and tribute and rebuke and makeover, and I still hear that now, listening to it. Various gigs took me to off the beaten path areas from tiny medieval hamlet Olargues to the Festival Francofolies in La Rochelle (on Bastille Day, bien sur). Regarding historical accuracy, I'm not sure of the exact dates this happened, but I had produced an all Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age episode to play the night of their planned Bay Area show (which I'm guessing was either 10/21 or 10/28). My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult – Sex On Wheels 3. Trans-X – Lovemakers on Video (Matt Hite mashup) 4.
Actually, considering the episode goes from about 80 to like 150 bpm, it's solid all the way. Justin Timberlake – Head Like a Rock (Party Ben mashup) 5. Queens of the Stone Age – No One Knows (UNKLE Remix) 8. Team9 did the heavy lifting, producing all the other tracks, and I really think they're stellar, especially the opener which is a rollicking tour de force of sampladelic mayhem. (I even did a guest half-hour episode for Zebra's similar Sixx Mixx-inspired Oui FM Friday show). If I was the boss, I would have said, "Good job, let's do more of this," but six (-ish) more episodes later, the exact opposite would be said. Gorillaz – Do You Dare To (Token Cool Kid mashup) 2.
Hot Hot Heat - Goodnight Goodnight (Boom Bip remix) 16. Queen - Novocaine Rhapsody (Dean Gray mashup) Commentary: Back to operating on all cylinders for the first time since January, really, this episode is solid front to back, as well as "cohesive" as they say on Project Runway.
Astute listeners will notice slight differences in this version from the one I eventually "released" but most of the important parts are there. It's helped for me by the fact that I have basically 3 and maybe 1/8 mashups of my own on it (Dr. Peaches - Juicebox Rock (Go Home Productions mashup) 10. Overall it's produced pretty well and stuff, so I'll give it a pass. On a side note, back here in 2015, it's the day after horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, which is not really related to the Sixx Mixx in any way, except it sort of is. Sure, the episode relies tellingly on Fatboy Slim, whose rockist, cheeky interpretations of dance music more or less provide the sort of sonic template for everything here, and that style was a bit out of date by 2005, admittedly. Michael Jackson – I Want Boys (Dsico mashup, Party Ben Inspired by Earworm remake) 8. Nine Inch Nails – Big Fun Hand (Party Ben mashup) 9. Tegan & Sara – Walking with a Ghost in Paris (Party Ben mashup) 10. Sixx Mixx 103 - 10/07/2005 - George Bush Doesn't Care About the Sixx Mixx Edition 1. Perhaps not coincidentally, the White Stripes often talked about artistic restrictions actually serving as stimulus for creativity (their album De Stijl is named after an artistic movement with that as a philosophy), and the debut of one of my favorite mashups opens up the show. As far as commentary goes, jeez, my opinion of , 10 years later? Honestly, at the time, I really did like it, and I still do. Sublime – Church of the Sublime Ministry (DJ David X mashup) 11. It does contain the show's only appearance of Sublime, in a mashup that is miraculously actually quite enjoyable. And we finish with the debut of the obviously still in progress "Novocaine Rhapsody," probably the most difficult to produce mashup I made back in the day. So, for an episode whose clear intenstion is to, you know, make people happy, I'm going to give this one a pass. In the case of this episode, these restrictions actually led to what I think is one of the best episodes of the Sixx Mixx, and since the three remaining episodes are sort of a half-rerun, a Christmas edition, and a finale countdown, it's sort of the last real episode. So kudos to them for letting me play the whole thing. (I referred to Phil and his "partner" Dog in the post-show wrapup which apparently caused much giggling amongst the Brit crew who were listening.) In between, the show is intermittently intriguing--the inclusion of Ad Rock's funky remix of Beck along with a dose of Kraftwerk over the top for no good reason is, well, something--but mostly kind of yawny. The Boom Bip rework of Hot Hot Heat kind of knocks the energy level off a bit (er, a lot), but it's not a bad remix and was worth playing, I think. On the other hand, "Law New Order" is rightfully one of the most popular things I've ever played on the show, and still makes me laugh to hear it today. Dre & Snoop Dog - You're the One that I Want in the Next Episode (Disfunctional DJ mashup) Commentary: Another Metreon/Basic Project Dancers episode, and with the insanity of the holidays and our annual Christmas concert I guess I didn't really have time for a totally from scratch new episode, but this is still a bit of fun, with a surprisingly excellent of the long-forgotten Sandstorm with NIN, my why-didn't-I-release-it Humpty Stroke, and a fun little Happy Mondays section from Episode 76. Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To (Max Tundra remix) 8. Trans-X - Lovemakers on Video (Matt Hite mashup) 9. Dire Straits - Money for Dooms Night (Lionel Vinyl mashup) 10. Green Day - Just Can't Get Enough September (Party Ben mashup, inspired by Team9) 11. The White Stripes - Voodoo Stripes (DJ Zebra mashup) 12. To help intro the mix, I would hop on my motorcycle and weave through traffic downtown to get from the LIVE 105 offices over to the Metreon, and hang out with afternoon superstar Jared, amidst all the holiday insanity, and I actually have really nice memories of all that, so maybe there's a wistfulness compromising my ability to come up with a proper scientific Sixx Mixx score, but I'm proud of this little episode. So we aired a repeat and I saved the mixx, and it turned out the rescheduled concert happened to coincide with a Saturday I was hosting Subsonic, the LIVE 105 electronic show, so I kicked off the show with this Sixx Mixx except it was at midnight. But I feel proud of this little album, so much of it still makes me laugh (the hand wielding a mouse instead of a grenade on the cover is like, the best idea I've ever had)1. Scissor Sisters – Comfortable Tiger (Phil n' Dog mashup) 2. Beck – Shake Shake Tambourine (Black Tambourine remix by Ad Rock) 4. I didn't grow up romanticizing Paris or anything, but I feel immensely privileged to have been able to experience the country in this way. And of course, the viral phenom before we knew the word "viral," Peanut Butter Jelly Time, in its terrible-quality glory, ends the show on an ecstatically ridiculous note. Queens of the Stone Age – Little Sister (Tone396 Remix) 10. I can't remember why but the show was unexpectedly postponed (after I'd already completed the show so it musta been pretty late in the week). Yeah it's sloppy at points (and we were both so overwhelmed and hurried and busy that we finished everything as mp3s not even as waves so there's no like "clean" classic version to even remaster and share) and it's not like it ever got notoriety (nor was it much like that album at all, which to my mind was a sort of DJ Shadow-style re-edit of The Beatles on which Jay-Z was kind of superfluous although awesome-sounding). Gwen Stefani – Waiting for Satisfaction (Mixomatosis mashup) 6. Killers – Somebody Stole Your Beat (Divide and Kreate mashup) 7. I was surprised and humbled to find myself welcomed and treated seriously as an artist by interviewers and fans, and thanks to the kindness of fellow DJ friends and the music community I met along the way, I began to consider France as a sort of second home. The Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again (Fake ID remix) 6. When that show was cancelled, we played a repeat Sixx Mixx instead, and then when the concert was rescheduled for Saturday 11/19, we opened our Subsonic show with the episode, so it was like an after-show party instead. Sixx Mixx 104 - 10/14/2005 - Get On Up There and Dance.