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Deconstructing the Perfect Mashup with Adrian (A Plus D, Bootie SF) and Remixer/Producer Shahar Varshal

Posted by Billyjam, August 9, 2014 08:00pm | Post a Comment

"Timber Party" Pitbull ft Kesha vs Rihanna vs RedNex vs Garbage (Shahar Varshal Mashup) (2014)

Last weekend at the weekly Bootie SF party in San Francisco when DJ Mysterious D dropped the above mashup track into her mix the already packed and energized DNA Lounge dancefloor revved into full-on party mode dancing with wild abandon to the mashup that pitch-perfectly blends elements of '90's hits by both Garbage and RedNex with the current era hits by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha ("Timber") and Rihanna  ("What Now"). It was no wonder the Saturday night club goers responded so well to the Shahar Varshal produced "Timber Party" since the remix qualifies as the perfect mashup - one that expertly builds upon each of its elements so that the whole is even greater than the sum of its already spectacular parts.

In the case of the "Timber Party" mashup, producer Varshal takes two already great contemporary pop songs ("Timber" released late last year as a single off Pitbull's 2013 release Global Warming: Meltdown and Rihanna's hugely popular 2013 single "What Now") but elevates both to new heights by melding the best of the two together (the Rihanna vocal only here) and adding in perfectly chosen parts of both RedNex (usually fun but kinda cheesy, guilty pleasure) 1994 hit single "Cotton Eye Joe," and the vocals from 90's alt rock, female fronted band Garbage's breakout 1995 hit single "I'm Only Happy When It Rains"  - making Shirley Manson's sultry vocals sound even better than on the original by giving her a whole new instrumental backdrop thanks to the Pitbull track and matching her up with Rihanna - the most unlikely yet perfect pairing of voices - and all the while anchoring the song with the Ke$ha "I'm yelling timber" chorus vocal as the song's main hook.

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Freedy Johnston's 'Perfect' Pop Gem: I'll Buy THAT for a dollar!

Posted by J. Mark Beaver, July 20, 2009 09:25pm | Post a Comment
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Freedy Johnston
came out of Kansas and played around New York until he got signed by Bar/None Records, who released his debut, Trouble Tree in 1990. Trouble Tree was well received, but it was 1992's Can You Fly that got Johnston's name and songs bouncing all around college radio.

I've always thought of Freedy Johnston as the lost member of the Db's. He has a pristine pop quality to his voice and the stories he writes have the same almost-too-clever and slightly melancholic take on relationships that made the Db's' Amplifier the deservedly huge college rock classic that it became.

In 1994 I was working at SF's Reckless Records of London, an arguably cool and decidedly tiny record store on upper Haight St. As always, I was listening to anything I could get my hands on. Johnston's This Perfect World happened across the counter and stopped me in my tracks just by the power of its sheer completeness.

Produced by Butch Vig (Garbage) and featuring contributions from Graham Maby (Joe Jackson Band), Kevin Salem (Dumptruck), Marshall Crenshaw, Marc Ribot, Mark Spencer (Blood Oranges) and David Schramm, who worked repeatedly with the Db's' Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple, This Perfect World is a perfect pop record. Most of it is deeply written, deeply produced and played rock-pop, though in places ("Gone Like the Water") it reveals Johnston's beloved folk-country roots. I've heard the criticism that Butch Vig sucked the edge out of it in the production, but I wasn't noticing that in 1994 and don't really notice it today, 15 years later, listening to it (still) from beginning to end.

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