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An Open Letter to 2011 by jason

Dear 2011,

You know what? You weren’t half bad. I often look at each new year as a chance for things to get better, but as far as years have gone, you were fairly decent. I mean, sure, we lost some musicians like Amy Winehouse, Heavy D, Warren G, but you know what? To quote a British Sit Com: “Death isn’t the handicap it used to be.” Just ask Tupac and Elliott Smith.

We also had some bland pop music, like that one song with the autotuned guy bragging about his car and asking a girl to come back to his place. You know the one I’m talking about, right? But every year has bland pop music.

However, we had some really good music, too, as my top 10 list and Jayson’s top best of list will attest. And even the bad music, such as Loutallica’s Lola, was entertainingly bad. “Hallucinaaaaaaation! Hallucinaaaaaaaation! I thought you were listening!” Heh.

And in 2012, we’re planning on moving the site over to a different server, getting another writer or two, and generally shaking things up at both To Eleven North and To Eleven South. This all means that we may look back at 2011 as “The year before shit got all fucked up.” That is, unless the 2012 apocalypse is the real one and we die before John Cusack can save us. Or, you know, if SOPA passes. Or that kid in North Korea launches nukes.

Damn. 2012 is looking worse and worse, isn’t it.

It is with this in mind that I say, “Don’t leave us, 2011.”

When the ball drops in Times Square, I sincerely hope the numbers light up to say “2011” again. We could really stand to have another one of you.

So stay if you will, but go if you must, and know that you were a good year.

To Eleven

Mash-up Monday: 2Pac vs. Ratatat by jason
May 30, 2011, 12:00 pm
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As far as I can tell, this one is mashed by MBM415. He or she took “Changes” by Tupac and Ratatat’s “Wildcat.” It’s a good idea, and though I have a few issues with it’s execution, It’s a pretty good mash-up.

Mash-up Monday: Nas vs. Kate Bush- “One Hill” by jason
May 30, 2011, 10:00 am
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Patrick Ripoll took Nas and Kate bush, mixed in a dash of Jay-Z and 2Pac, and made awesome. This is that awesome.

Mash-up Monday: Tupac vs. Bon Jovi by jason
May 23, 2011, 11:00 am
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I’m running a little late with the mash-ups today, as it is my girlfriend’s birthday. Here’s a mash-up of Tupac and Bon Jovi by Johny1LUV AKA BeastMan. It’s like Tupac Unplugged. With Turtles.

Mash-up Monday: 2Pac vs. Red Hot Chili Peppers- “I’m Gettin’ Money (Lil’ Prophet Remix)” by jason
February 7, 2011, 2:00 pm
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Lil’ Prophet mashed up 2Pac and the Red Hot Chili Peppers with his remix of “I’m Gettin’ Money.” Needless to say, it’s NSFW, but it’s pretty damn good, too. JCube put the video together.

Cash Grab by Jayson
January 20, 2010, 10:21 am
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Looks like we’re going to have a new Johnny Cash album really soon. Straight from No Depression, we have the official press release. I’m going to guess because World Painted Blood sucked so much, Rick Rubin can’t afford a Weezer Snuggie and is looking for something that will be guaranteed sales.

I find this kind of weird. If Cash was worried that the last thing he recorded was American IV, why wasn’t this released more quickly after his death? Not even right after, like maybe a year or two? I will tell you what though, I’m buyin’ it. Even if it’s just Cash messing around in the studio, it’ll be worth a listen. Hell, the Unearthed boxed set is 4 discs of that and it’s 100% worthwhile. I know a lot of people thought American IV was terrible, but I maintain that even the worst thing a musician like Johnny Cash did is still head and shoulders above a lot of the best things other musicians do. I mean, the only reason Nine Inch Nails ever had for existing is so he could cover “Hurt” on IV.

Under the headline of ‘Bands No One But Jayson Cares About’ one-cover-hit-wonders Urge Overkill are back together and recording! I’m actually more stoked about this than I am for the Soundgarden reunion. I may end up eating it on this, but as one of the two people who bought and loved Exit the Dragon, I’m excited for new material.