The Majak Mixtape - Mixtaping For Warmth

Happy Thirsty Thursday! Welcome to yet another stunning, flawless, amazing, wrapped in twelve million blankets better than your favorite edition of Majak Mixtape, where pop culture goes when its pipes freezes. It is freakin' cold out, y'all! With a huge blizzard attacking the Midwest as well as a huge drop in temperatures that see numbers reaching below zero today BEFORE you even factor in the wind chill. Mother Nature most definitely needs to get laid or something because she's being one huge frigid bitch at the moment, that's for sure. With the cold weather attack upon us, we here at the Mixtape wanted to put together a mix of songs that will help get your mind off the cold, your chattering teeth and the fact that you might be losing a finger or two to frost bite right now. But before we get to the tunes, we've got a kettle of hot water on, and we are ready to:
Up first, The White Stripes have announced that they decided to split up according to Entertainment Weekly. In a joint statement released to the media, Meg and Jack White have come out and said that the band is "officially over," and that the split is not due to health problems, creative differences or anything of that but to "preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way." Whatever. That's going to be pretty much cold comfort to White Stripes super fan Conan O'Brien, who once devoted a week to having them and perform as well as had them on the last night of his stint on "The Tonight Show. We're sure he and his ginger beard are crying on Andy Richter's shoulder.

Speaking of tears and break-ups, the Halle Berry/Gabriel Aubry custody battle has taken on a life of its own at this point. Yesterday we talked about Halle issuing a press release, stating how she was dropping out of movie to devote time to the custody battle while Gabriel countered with his own message about how he wanted to be in his daughter's life. NOW sources close to Halle Berry are doing a full-frontal character assault on Gabriel by going to TMZ to discuss how Gabriel allegedly called Halle the N-Word repeatedly and ALSO that their child Nahla is terrified of being around him. The whole situation is BEYOND messy as Halle's people leaking this info left and right to the media is almost as bad as her performance as Storm in the "X-Men" film while the accusations don't instill a lot of faith in Gabriel either. We hope a gag order is placed on them both as apparently Halle and her temper may be on tape, Mel Gibson-style too. To both of you, we say:

Elsewhere, just when you thought it was safe for a former child star to be out of rehab, Lindsay Lohan is in trouble with the law AGAIN. Time to trot out our icon again!
As first reported on RadarOnline, Lindsay Lohan got in touch with her inner Winona Ryder and walked off with a $2,500 necklace. The necklace was returned to the store, but that is a bit too Lohan, too late for the D.A. as not only a search warrant was issued but also charges are likely to be filed against the embattled starlet.
Michael Lohan, who seriously must have every gossip blog's phone number programmed into his phone, has come out in defense with Lindsay, hilariously claiming that he doesn't like to speak about his daughter. Yes Michael, let's talk about something else like your fantastic bromance with Jon Gosselin or your love of vaguely see-through black shirts or how you and Dina are in a life-long competition to see who can parent worse. Just stop with it Michael.

And that's the latest batch of tea for today! Next up, music to keep you warm!

Oh this indeed the winter of our discontent isn't it? It's freezing outside as the weather has taken a turn of being about as warm and exciting as Gwyneth Paltrow's persona. As we try to stay warm in our hat and gloves and scarves and long johns and peacoats, we here at the Mixtape have decided to put together a mix of songs that will hopefully take your mind off the cold with some people, places and things that warm our heart. So scrape the frost off your computer screen, drop some mini-marshmallows in your cup of hot chocolate and crank up that Amish heater you bought off television at 4 in the morning and enjoy today's Majak Mixtape!

In honor of the cold, we start off with a track from the band The Avalanches. Their one album "Since I Left You" is a thing of beauty as it is a kooky mix of samples stitched together like a musical quilt that you can wrap yourself in. Below, appreciate the fabulous track "Frontier Psychiatrist" as it seems like it'll be a cold day in hell before The Avalanches. (Extra snaps for the use of sampling John Waters' film "Polyester.")

Next up, Swedish band Alphabeat and their song "Heat Wave" off their seriously underappreciated yet amazingly awesome second album "The Beat is" is fantastic pastiche of early 1990s dance music.

It's a switch from their first album "This is Alphabeat" which was a reworking of classic early 1980s new wave sound.

We're assuming their next album will sound like the early 2000s, which is the 1980s with Ugg Boots.

Next up, "When the Sun Don't Shine" off of Best Coast's album "Crazy For You."

Yeah, yeah, we know that loving Best Coast is as hipster as hipster can be at the moment. And we don't really care. Being a hipster du jour outfit doesn't make Best Coast any less awesome what Bethany Costino and Bobb Bruno do in the group as they update that Phil Spector Wall of Sound and mix it with garage rock to make something that is catchy as it is lo-fi.

Next up, Of Montreal and their tune "Springtime is the Season" because LORD YES. Winter is unstunning, flawed, not amazing, snatching the wigs of no one.

And after spring has sprung, we'll be happy for the return of summer. At least for the first month or two until we start whining about how hot it is and stay inside in air conditioning until around Oktoberfest. At least. In the meantime, we celebrate summer with the Magic Kids and their tune "Summer."

If we can't get better weather here now, we might as well make like half of our friends and book a trip somewhere. Maybe we can go off to the West Coast and find our own Seth Cohen. Below, Mates of State cover Phantom Planet's once ubiquitous tune/"The O.C." theme song "California."

Bright Eyes and their/his tune "June on the West Coast."

Or maybe we can go to Rio. Below Hugh Jackman gets his Broadway extravaganza from when he starred on Broadway in the Peter Allen bio-musical "The Boy From Oz." Peep the closing number, "I Go To Rio."

We hope the next Wolverine movie incorporates some of these moves into it.

Or there is always Miami.

And if we can't go on vacation, we can always find a cuddle buddy to generate some warmth with. Winter: the season where you slut for survival. Below, a new Mike Posner tune with Lil Wayne titled "Boom Chicka Wow Wow." Yes, we're officially making songs based around stereotypical porn music noises.

Next up, a throwback slow jam to curl up in front of the fireplace to. Miss Stephanie Mills shuts it down with her classic tune "Feel the Fire."

And if you do it right, you'll be doing it "Till the Wheels Fall Off." Kelis rips-off Prince-style music in brilliant fashion off her underappreciated album "Kelis Was Here."

Bonus, Kelis' version of The Pretenders' song "Brass in Pocket."

At the end of the day, we just want something less crappy than this sub-zero thing of bullshit. Is that so much to ask? We didn't think so. In the meantime, we'll just have to deal with the wind chill being a whirlwind of fail which is completely different from the whirlwind of win that is Architecture in Helsinki and their tune "Do the Whirlwind." They whip their V-necks back and forth, y'all.

And with that, we bring to close another stunning, flawless, amazing edition of the Majak Mixtape. As always, we wish you love, peace and downloads! NOW BRING ON THE DANCERS!

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