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Apartment Tour

This is a long overdue tour of our new(ish) apartment in Park Slope. Check the slideshow below or click here for the gallery of images.

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Happy Holidays!

Wishing all my friends, family and Stupidfresh readers happy holidays! It's been a great year with lots of joy & success for many people in my life, and I couldn't be happier for all of us.

And in case you didn't know, Amanda and I are going to have a baby! Due date is June 1, 2009.


I spotted this video on Gothamist a few weeks ago when we had our first snowfall in NYC. It is simply gorgeous to watch and completely chills you out.

snow in new york today from Justin Ouellette on Vimeo.

Happy holidays and see you in 2009!

Stupidfresh Best 18 Songs of 2008

Another end of the year, another time to reflect on the music we've heard in the past 12 months. I myself did not think it was as strong a year as last, but there were certainly some bright moments. Actually in listening to the songs all at once I will recant and say there were some AWESOME tracks this year. I'm going to let the songs speak (or sing) for themselves.

Feel free to listen or download each track here, or download the lot of them at the bottom.

Happy Holidays!

1. Fleet Foxes - Blue Ridge Mountains
2. Don Cavalli - New Hollywood Babylon
3. Chico Mann - Dilo Como Yo
4. M.I.A. - Paper Planes (DFA Remix)
5. Haley Bonar - Big Star
6. The Mountain Goats and Kaki King - Thank You Mario But Our Princess is in Another Castle
7. Nat Baldwin - Lake Erie
8. Girl Talk - No Pause
9. The Chandeliers - Gold Rush
10. Estelle - American Boy (feat. Kanye)
11. Hercules & Love Affair - Blind (feat. Antony Hegarty)
12. Erykah Badu - Soldier
13. Shelovesmeshelovesmenot - Lina Says
14. Aimee Mann - Thirty One Today
15. Mayer Hawthorne and The County - Just Ain't Gonna Work Out
16. Q-Tip - Wont Trade
17. Albert Hammond, Jr. - GfC
18. Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue

Download the zip archive of the Stupidfresh Best 18 songs of 2008


Infinite Regress Collective Mixtape 2008

This is year two for the Infinite Regress Collective Mixtape project on Tim's blog of the same name, Infinite Regress.

The concept of how the project works is simple:
  • People pick a song to cover and record to submit to the mixtape. Preferably the song would be from the last year of music (a guideline I totally missed in the 2007 mixtape when I covered a Yaz track from 1982!)
  • Tim collects all of the cover songs people submit, and begins posting them day by day for listening and commenting.
  • Once it's all finished up he burns them all to CDs with killer original cover art and sends them out to participants, friends and loved ones.
For me, it's a great excuse to be creative and make something for the sake of making something. What a country!

This year I decided to stay in this century and had a go with "Ready for the Floor" originally by Hot Chip. You can check the post on Infinite Regress with more description.

Here is the cover itself for your listening pleasure.

Ready For the Floor (Cover) - Lippy

I highly recommend keeping up with the daily posts on IR - they are sure to be varied, inspirational and good ol' fashioned fun.

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teabag danglers

I mean - how awesome are these?

Original post on Boing Boing:

Love the little adventure dudes on the ends of these teabags, custom designed for a posh cafe in Istanbul.

Activitea... (see what I did there)

Yeah, I'm in one of my "posting a lot" moods. Why not?



Well here's a little ditty just for you ! I've put together this (almost) hour long mix called groovetime. It's a collection of some of my favorite songs I've heard in the last few months, pasted together with a few extra edits and treats along the way.


1. Intro - Guitar
2. Zadie Bobo - Ernesto Djedje
3. Paper Planes (DFA Remix) - M.I.A.
4. DWYCK (Little Kids remix) - Gang Starr
5. Ooh Baby- Pamoja (DJ Lippy Edit)
6. Gimme Some (Mike Mangini Remix) - Nina Simone
7. Tears Dry on their Own (New Young Pony Club Fucked-Up Remix) - Amy Winehouse
8. Honey (Captain Planet Remix) - Erykah Badu
9. Groove Time (DJ Lippy Edit)- Monguito Santamaria
10. Theme from Which Way is Up? - Stargard
11. All Through the Night - Escort
12. Gold Rush - The Chandeliers
13. Raid (Koushik Remix) - Madvillain
14. Uphill Peace of Mind - Carol Grimes
15. Stand (Larry Levin Mix) - The Joubert Singers
16. Lady - Modjo
17. Outro - Guitar

Here's groovetime as one long mp3 to listen to or download:
DJ Lippy - groovetime

Also, here is a .zip file of the mix split into separate tracks
DJ Lippy - groovetime ZIP

Hit me up with some comments and tell me what you think!


Let's stay in touch

I've had this task floating around my mindgrapes for the past few months and am finally ready to check it off the list.

Taking a cue from Rebecca at eensies, I hooked up Stupidfresh with some Feed Burner services. For starters, the RSS link on the right hand side of the page should work much more smoothly now. This is for the blog reader nerdusses out there like myself.

There is also now the option to sign up to receive an email in your inbox every time I post to this here site. What could be easier! Pop in your email address in the box on the right side of the page, or just click here to subscribe to Stupidfresh.

Love - Nerduss

"Easy Heaven" - Best Mashup Ever (The Commodores vs. The Cure)

Mashups are cool and all. You know - when a DJ takes the instrumental of one song and layers the acapella vocal of a different song on top of it? They've been created by DJs for years - some would contest it started in the 80s. But the medium really hit it's stride in the past three years or so.

Some of you might be familiar with the work of Girl Talk who seamlessly combines dozens of tracks into one cohesive song. While I do love his stuff, it goes beyond the pure mashup format - a winning combination of just two tracks.

A mashup is at it's best when the resulting song becomes a new entity unto itself. It goes beyond two disparate songs which blend well together, or just creating funny moments hearing two disparate styles/genres/decades/etc. combined.

The best mashups transcend the work of the originals and form a new wholly realized song.

The finest example I've heard to date is "Easy Heaven" by BRAT productions. It takes the instrumental of The Commodores "Easy (Like a Sunday Morning)" and replaces the lyrics with The Cure's "Just Like Heaven." It's perfection.

Slow down.
Sit back.
Have a listen and enjoy:

Easy Heaven (Mashup) - BRAT Productions

Direct link to Wired Listening Post blog post where I read about this
Direct link to BRAT site for more info

And finally, yes - I did create that image of Robert Smith as a member of The Commodores. Not bad eh?


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