Pop.Drop.Roll. - June 15, 2006

Summer's here. Time to break out some fresh white kicks, drink on roofs, and become best friends with someone who owns a functioning a/c. This mix is the soundtrack to all those things; those hot, humid, humming summer day where your brain's too cooked to decide what to listen to. Consider it an alternative, a cure, if you will, to those doldrums of the Dem Bow Blues.
Shit yeah, download HERE.

oh, and one last thing: HOT PANTS!

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This Mix is SICK! (aka Breakin' All the Rules)

Getting sick is generally pretty shitty. However, it can have one redeeming quality: the chance to lie in bed (on painkillers) and listen to ambient music. Get the music by e-mailing cosmodromemag@gmail.com for some spaced out sublimity.

1. Jens Lekman: “Maple Leaves (7” Version)” (Oh You’re So Silent Jens)
This one is essentially unrelated to the overall theme, but there is some sort of fundamental rule about opening a mixtape with a beat like this. The shout-out of Cosmodrome fave Mark E. Smith also gains it bonus points.

2. The Velvet Underground: “Lady Godiva’s Operation” (White Light/White Heat)

3. J. Dilla: “Hi” (Donuts)

4. The Knife: “Marble House” (Silent Shout)

5. Caetano Veloso: “Michelangelo Antonioni” (Noites Do Norte)
Antonioni makes movies for people on painkillers. ...Read on...

So Much Dancing and Singing in the Streets - World Cup Soccer on US TV

Can we talk about the TV coverage of the World Cup for a moment?

The World Cup, as it seems, is a pretty big deal, and TV is a big part of why it’s great. Germany’s fairly hospitable time zone for US viewing (in comparison to those nightmarish early-AM matches from the Far East in ’02) and the fact that the Teutonic sun stays out until about 9:45PM this time of year means that live games can be seen all day on the ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 family.

We all know about the difficult time soccer/football has had here in the US for any number of reasons (Is it OK to call it soccer? Too pretentious to call it football?) and I’m not even going to get into that discussion. But as a casual fan and admirer of the beautiful game who has watched something like 12 hours of soccer on TV in the last three days, I’ve noticed a few things about how this game is presented to the US.

As Bono (of course) so eloquently puts it in ESPN’s promotional spots for the Cup, “It’s a simple thing, a ball and a goal.” He then reminds us that once every four years, this simple thing closes shops, stops wars, changes the world, does more than politicians ever could, and so on. These spots were the opening salvo in ABC/ESPN’s campaign to bludgeon its viewers repeatedly with soccer’s profound importance in the world. ...more

Lars' Dogmas

Dogma 95 is nothing if not enigmatic. Among its contradictory elements are Dogma 95’s simultaneous rejection and embodiment of auteurism and its inconsistent and confusing attitude towards democracy and the public.

On the one hand, Dogma 95’s manifesto is an explicit challenge to New Wave and auteurism: “The anti-bourgeois cinema itself became bourgeois, because of the foundations upon which its theories were based was the bourgeois perception of art. The auteur concept was bourgeois romanticism from the very start and thereby . . . false! To DOGME 95 cinema is not individual!” This philosophy found its way into the Dogma Vow of Chastity’s tenth and final rule, which announced that “The director must not be credited.” In other words, Dogma films would renounce the possessory credit by banishing the director’s name from the credits.

CAPITAL LETTERS -- May 29, 2006

...as in OLD, COPPED, HOT, and DANCE! Yeah, whatev. Just listen. It's awesome...except maybe that one song that I chose almost purely because the band's name is my birthday.


1. Beirut: "The Gulag Orkestar" (The Gulag Orkestar)

2. Sonic Youth: "What A Waste" (Rather Ripped)

3. Gorillaz: "Kids With Guns (Hot Chip remix)" (Kids With Guns (EP))

4. TKO: "1-800-Ted & Kette" (Let's Get Ready to Rumble)

Another False Alarm - May 26, 2006

Elvis. Bruce. Neil.

Sometimes it's necessary to listen to the Great White Men.


1. Bruce Springsteen: "Thunder Road" (Born to Run)

2. The Clash: "Train in Vain" (London Calling)

3. Elvis Costello: "Pump It Up" (This Year's Model)

4. David Bowie: "Rebel Rebel" (Diamond Dogs)

So So Broke 05.23.06

"Is anyone else noticing a pattern in the Hustlina mixes? By the 12th mix, we will probably have an entire Fall album, an entire Misfits album, an entire ESG album, and a whole bunch of hip hop."
Jeff Deutchman

I've always complained about how choosing the best tracks for each mix is an angering process that ends with me cursing myself and my mp3 collection. I go through the library collecting everything that I deem mixworthy, and I end up with a six hour playlist. After this critical point in the selection process, choosing which songs make it and which don't is, basically, completely arbitrary. That's why I decided to drop this one so soon after my last one.

COP THAT SHIT! (expires in one week)

01. The Fall, "Frightened"
02. The Misfits "Hybrid Moments"
03. Juelz Santana, "Santana's Town"
04. Soundmaster T, "2 Much Booty (In Da Pants)"
05. American Kompa, "NYC Generation"
06. Shystie, "Woman's World"

The Simpsons Movie? How About The Simpsons Cinema!

"For the average consumers such as ourselves, television is virtually an anonymous medium."

Rosalind Coward

If there is a medium that fully realizes the ideas of postmodernism – the deconstruction of authorship, the dismantling of fixed meaning, the collapsing of high and low forms of culture into a completely undifferentiated vacuum of Mass Art, and the championing of irony – it must be television. For some of these very reasons, television is only of partial interest to me. It is not the medium that I love, but it is a medium from which, I believe, cinema can learn.

The Simpsons has become the longest-running situation comedy in television history, and for good reason. Like many television series, The Simpsons has created its own universe that seems to exist, whether we are watching or not. Jeffrey Sconce confirms this with the concept of the “haunted TV,” the unique electronic presence of which suggests “that even after a program is over and the receiver [is] turned off, the television set itself still loom[s] as a gateway to oblivion simply by sitting inert and watchful in the living room.” Though this characteristic is most acutely realized with serialized television, it was also true of classic Hollywood movies. Read on...

Everyday I'm Hustlin'

It was rainy all day, so HERE is a playlist expressing my inner precipitation. Admit you just laughed!

You have one week before the link expires.


01. Rick Ross, “Hustlin”
Clique-anthem-worthy-title aside, this dozen-layered beat is so spooky. Verses are thoroughly disappointing, but whatever.
02. Chamillionaire ft/Krayzie Bone, “Ridin’”
I am so glad this song exists. Especially because of the end of a certain Bone Thugs star's verse. "My music's so loud, we SWANGIN!"
03. The Misfits, “Return of the Fly”
It is hard for me to go without a track from Static Age on any mix. I probably won't stop until I have gone through the whole album. I love New Jersey! I love Glenn Danzig's heavenly voice!
04. Cabaret Voltaire, “Silent Command”
Take a few drugs, and you'll understand.
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Literary Figures With Porn Star Names


1. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

2. E.E. Cummings

3. Emily Dickinson

4. Ezra Pound

5. Margaret Atwood

6. Thomas Hardy

7. Kingsley Anus

Well, maybe not the last one. Which other authors/poets/respected academians have names that make you snicker immaturely?

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