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Album Spotlight: TRV$DJAM - Fix Your Face Vol. 2 - Coachella '09

NOTE: Twitter is no longer required to download this album for free.

I have to admit, I'm really surprised at what a great source of free music Twitter has become for me. A recent article on Mashable (which I follow on Twitter, naturally) described a free mixtape from the duo of Travis Barker and DJ-AM (collectively known as TRV$DJAM), which currently can only be obtained by sending out a tweet with a link to the download page. I guess I must be getting old or something, because I had never heard of these guys before now, and to me a "mixtape" is an actual cassette tape - hardly something that can be shared over the Internet. Still, one tweet is nothing for some free music, so I happily authorized the site to send out a tweet from me and proceeded to download the 70.9 MB zip file.

I'm glad I did. Fix Your Face Vol. 2: Coachella '09 is quite unlike anything I've ever heard before. The album starts off with the opening notes of Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle", which is then given a dance beat before segueing into The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby", which is backed up by a grooving drumbeat. All of this happens in the first 90 seconds of the first track, at which point I began to understand what the term "mixtape" means in this context - basically, the 50-minute album is a continuous mix of songs spanning multiple genres and eras. I listened to it while I was putting out my garbage last night, and on many occasions I had to stop and marvel at what these guys have done. Anyone can make a mixtape with songs like The Mamas and The Papas' "California Dreamin'", The Who's "Baba O'Riley", and Metallica's "Enter Sandman"; to do it so seamlessly, with songs flowing into, out of, and over one another makes this a true work of art that anyone who considers themselves a lover of music should hear.

The extremely wide range of music featured on this mixtape means that anyone who listens to it is sure to come out of it with their own list of highlights. There are songs on here that I love, some I've hated, and some I'd never heard before, but I love the way that they all work together. If there are any moments that stand out to you as being particularly noteworthy, please leave a comment so we can all check it out. Happy listening!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've been a huge fan of the drummer Travis Barker ever since Blink 182. I've followed him through his numerous bands. DJ AM is a bit new to me. I just found out he was the DJ for that band Crazytown who did that "Butterfly" song. Whatever the case, these guys couldn't have been a more perfect match. That whole drummer vs. dj concept has always been a hot concept. This mixtape has been in heavy rotation ever since I picked it up...but if you like this then you HAVE to check out the first Volume of Fix Your Face...I like it much better and it has saved many parties for me since I got it.