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The Sixx Mixx

The Sixx Mixx was my LIVE 105 radio show which ran from June 27, 2003 to Dec. 30, 2005. In honor of its 10th anniversary, I'm remastering the original shows and posting them here as 320kbps mp3s, along with track listings and some additional commentary and context.

Downloads are direct file links (right-click and select "save as") or links to Mediafire, although many episodes tripped Mediafire's automatic copyright scan and thus only have direct downloads. Please e-mail me at partyben@yahoo.com if you have any trouble.

The mp3 files are tagged with the displayed artwork, date and episode title, as well as a full tracklisting in the "Lyrics" tab.


SIXX MIXX 111 - 12/30/2005

Sixx Mixx 111

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Sixx Mixx 111 - 12/30/2005 - The Final Countdown - Top Ten Sixx Mixx Mashups of 2005
10. Foo Fighters vs. Starsailor "Foo To The Floor" (Dj Zebra)
9. Tegan & Sara vs. Mylo "Walking With A Ghost In Paris" (Party Ben)
8. Bravery vs. Mia "An Honest M.I.A." (A+D)
7. Beastles "I Feel Fine Right Now" (dj BC)
6. Lovemakers vs. 50 Cent "Shake That Ass"
5. Olivia Newton John & John Travolta vs. Dre & Snoop "You're The One That I Want In The Next Episode" (Disfunctional DJ)
4. Bloc Party Vs. Nine Inch Nails "Bloc Of Nails" (TimG)
3. G'n'R vs. Beatles – Sgt. Pepper's Paradise (Jimmi Jammes)
2. Lovemakers Vs. Trans-X "Lovemakers On Video" (Matt Hite)
1. Eagles vs. Green Day "Greenday Massacre" (Team9)

Commentary:
Well, out with a bit of a whimper, here, since we'd already done the "all time" mashups show for Episode 100. But since the show's ending was sorta sprung on me I didn't exactly have a ton of time to come up with a blockbuster finale. Anyway, as shows go, it ain't so bad, and those are some quality tracks, for sure, a well rounded list of some of the finest mashups of the era.

An there you have it, that's it, no more mixxes. I did continue to produce intermittent half-hour shows for 91x for a few months but they were almost entirely rearranged and recycled old Sixx Mixxez; I'll look around the hard drive and if any seem to be worth posting I'll get them up. Coming soon I'll have Sixx Mixx Qualitative Analysis wherein I'll find out the songs, artists, and mashups played the most over the show's run. But for now, happy new year everybody.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 6/10


SIXX MIXX 110 - 12/23/2005

Sixx Mixx 110

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Sixx Mixx 110 - 12/23/2005 - Christmas Edition
1. DJ John – The Christmas Massacre of Charlie Brown (Party Ben re-edit)
2. DJ Riko featuring Marcy vs. White Stripes – My Chimney
3. Jackson 5 – Here Comes Santa Claus
4. DJ Riko - Boogaloo and Holly (Frank Sinatra vs. Big Boss Man)
5. Soulwax – Last Christmas
6. Derek B – Chillin' with Santa
7. Run-DMC – Christmas in Hollis
8. Paul McCartney vs. J-Lo – Christmas on the Block (GHP mashup)
9. Dandy Warhols vs. Mousse T – Horny Christmas (Loo & Placido mashup)
10. Cheekyboy – Ice Ice Snow
11. Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping (Lionel Vionel remix)
12. Wayne Newton – Jingle Bell Hustle
13. ???
14. Tenchi Muyo vs. The Singing Dogs - Jingle Bells
15. Jet vs. ??? – Stop Christmas
16. Boston vs. a variety of stuff – Christmas in Boston (Too Many JDs mashup)

Commentary:
I should really credit the Christmas episodes to DJ Riko, whose "Mixmas" shows provided much of the raw material. This is actually a more ambitious and dense episode than the 2004 Christmas show, and a little less melancholy (no Low here). So, happy holidays, everybody.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 6/10




SIXX MIXX 109 - 12/16/2005

Sixx Mixx 109

Artwork: Henri Matisse, "Dancers II" (detail), 1910

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Sixx Mixx 108 - 12/16/2005 - Tarted-Up Rerun Edition
1. Lady Sovereign – Random
2. Sandstorm vs. Nine Inch Nails – Superonly (Fettdog mashup)
3. Led Snooppelin – Drop it Like It's Love (Party Ben mashup)
4. Super Mario Brothers vs. MIA – Supergalangalang (cry.on.my.console mashup)
5. The Beastles – I Feel Fine Right Now (DJ BC mashup)
6. Lynyrd Skynyrd vs. Nelly – Sweet Home Country Grammar (Mei-Lwun mashup)
7. Beck – Ghettochip Malfunction (Hell Yes remix by 8-Bit)
8. Chemical Brothers vs. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Galvanize Around the World (Party Ben mashup)
9. Billie Squire vs. Digital Underground – Humpty Stroke (Party Ben mashup)
10. Siouxsie & the Banshees vs. OutKast – Unknown Title (El Mannion mashup)
11. Happy Mondays – Step On
12. Run DMC – Peter Piper
13. DJ Riko – The Whistle Song
14. Olivia Newton John & John Travolta vs. Dr. Dre & Snoop Dog - You're the One that I Want in the Next Episode (Disfunctional DJ mashup)

Commentary:
Another Metreon/Basic Project Dancers episode, and with the insanity of the holidays and our annual Christmas concert I guess I didn't really have time for a totally from scratch new episode, but this is still a bit of fun, with a surprisingly excellent of the long-forgotten Sandstorm with NIN, my why-didn't-I-release-it Humpty Stroke, and a fun little Happy Mondays section from Episode 76. The show is mostly notable for the first appearance of the legendary Grease/Snoop mashup that was LIVE 105's first "Mashup of the Week" in 2006, and ended up being our most requested song for basically the whole month of January (as well as inciting backlash from hip local weekly newspapers).

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 5/10




SIXX MIXX 108 - 12/02/2005

Sixx Mixx 108

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Sixx Mixx 108 - 12/02/2005 - Sixx Mixx With a Baseball Bat Edition
1. Eric B & Rakim vs. The White Stripes - Paid for my Doorbell (Party Ben mashup)
2. AC/DC vs. The White Stripes - Black Doorbell (DJ Zebra mashup)
3. Modest Mouse vs. Amerie - One Thing 2 Float On (Tasha mashup)
4. Beck - Shake Shake Tambourine (Black Tambourine Ad Rock remix)
5. Gorillaz - Dare (JRSNCHZ remix)
6. Gorillaz - Dare (Dave Aude remix)
7. Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To (Max Tundra remix)
8. The Lovemakers vs. Trans-X - Lovemakers on Video (Matt Hite mashup)
9. Azzido da Bass vs. Dire Straits - Money for Dooms Night (Lionel Vinyl mashup)
10. Depeche Mode vs. Green Day -
Just Can't Get Enough September (Party Ben mashup, inspired by Team9)
11. The Prodigy vs. The White Stripes - Voodoo Stripes (DJ Zebra mashup)
12. Freestyle - Don't Stop the Rock
13. The White Stripes vs. Gwen Stefani vs. Tony Basil - Mickey's Orchid (Fidelski mashup)
14. The Beatles vs. Batman - To The Taxmobile (Lenlow mashup)
15. Fatboy Slim vs. Beatles vs. U2 - Vertigo Tripper (DJ Reno mashup)
16. Peanut Butter Jelly Time!

Commentary:
As I explained down in the description for Sixx Mixx 67, LIVE 105 broadcast from a special booth at downtown SF mall Metreon for a few weeks leading up to Christmas, and just as in 2004, we invited Bay Area dance troupe Basic Project to do a dance routine for the half hour of the Sixx Mixx, there in the middle of the mall. Despite or perhaps because of the inherent absurdity of it all, large crowds would gather to watch (the dancers were awesome) and I felt a certain responsibility to balance my usual alt-rock-drive-time audience concerns with "can some kids dance to this" concerns. In the case of this episode, these restrictions actually led to what I think is one of the best episodes of the Sixx Mixx, and since the three remaining episodes are sort of a half-rerun, a Christmas edition, and a finale countdown, it's sort of the last real episode.

Perhaps not coincidentally, the White Stripes often talked about artistic restrictions actually serving as stimulus for creativity (their album De Stijl is named after an artistic movement with that as a philosophy), and the debut of one of my favorite mashups opens up the show. Astute listeners will notice slight differences in this version from the one I eventually "released" but most of the important parts are there. Zebra's take on Doorbell is stupendous as well, and the whole section through the Beck remix is really fun, I think. Actually, considering the episode goes from about 80 to like 150 bpm, it's solid all the way. I love the Lionel Vinyl combo of Azzido da Bass and Dire Straits, and my silly Green Day/Depeche Mode thing is pretty funny. And of course, the viral phenom before we knew the word "viral," Peanut Butter Jelly Time, in its terrible-quality glory, ends the show on an ecstatically ridiculous note.

To help intro the mix, I would hop on my motorcycle and weave through traffic downtown to get from the LIVE 105 offices over to the Metreon, and hang out with afternoon superstar Jared, amidst all the holiday insanity, and I actually have really nice memories of all that, so maybe there's a wistfulness compromising my ability to come up with a proper scientific Sixx Mixx score, but I'm proud of this little episode.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 9/10




SIXX MIXX 107b - 11/19/2005

Sixx Mixx 107b

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Sixx Mixx 107b - 11/19/2005 - Nine Inch Nails / Queens of the Stone Age Special
1. Nine Inch Nails – Only (Russell Vargas Remix)
2. Queens of the Stone Age vs. Britney Spears – Toxic Secret (TimG Bootleg)
3. Nine Inch Nails – Head Like a Hole
4. Nine Inch Nails vs. Justin Timberlake – Head Like a Rock (Party Ben mashup)
5. Nine Inch Nails – Down In It (Shred Mix)
6. Queens of the Stone Age vs. Missy Elliot & Tweet – No One Gets Their Freak On (Loo & Placido Mashup)
7. Queens of the Stone Age – No One Knows (UNKLE Remix)
8. Nine Inch Nails – The Perfect Drug (Jack Dangers Remix)
9. Queens of the Stone Age – Little Sister (Tone396 Remix)
10. Nine Inch Nails vs. the Beatles – Come Closer (DJ Zebra Mashup)
11. Nine Inch Nails – The Hand That Feeds (DFA Remix)

Commentary:
So as I said below, Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age were scheduled to appear on a Friday a few weeks earlier, so I made a special all NIN/QOTSA Sixx Mixx to play that day. I can't remember why but the show was unexpectedly postponed (after I'd already completed the show so it musta been pretty late in the week). So we aired a repeat and I saved the mixx, and it turned out the rescheduled concert happened to coincide with a Saturday I was hosting Subsonic, the LIVE 105 electronic show, so I kicked off the show with this Sixx Mixx except it was at midnight. There was one alteration -- I'd initially ended the show with my NIN/QOTSA mashup "Insane Medicated Hand," but since it was airing on the electronic show I figured that was a bit "rock," so I switched it out with the DFA remix.

Unfortunately this episode mucks up the whole numbering system since this wasn't really a proper show (and I don't have the original session anywhere so I can't provice a remastered version of the episode anyway). In the absence of any better ideas I'm calling this Episode 107b (which is of course completely inconsisten with "52.5" below, but whatever.) In any event, I actually think that of all the artist specials, this is by far the best, since 1) I get to use two artists, and 2) those two artists happen to have a tone of awesome mashuppy tracks. I especially like the whole Perfect Drug segment, which actually feels more appropriate airing at midnight than it would have at 6pm. And yes technically that would make this 11/20 not 11/19 but come on we're already throwing accuracy out the window.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 6/10




SIXX MIXX 107 - 11/18/2005

Sixx Mixx 107

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Sixx Mixx 107 - 11/18/2005 - Dean Gray Presents American Edit
1. American Jesus
 i. American Edit
 ii. Jesus' Tears
 iii. Summer of the Damned
 iv. Suburban Ring
 v. It's Like That
2. Dr. Who on Holiday
3. Boulevard of Broken Songs
4. The Bad Homecoming
5. St. Jimmy the Prankster
6. Novocaine Rhapsody
7. Impossible Rebel
8. Ashanti's Letterbomb
9. Greenday Massacre
10. Whatsername (Susanna Hoffs)


Commentary:
So, yeah, the main "remastered" download above is just the entirety of American Edit, and the broadcast version is the recording of the airing (minus the mid-set commercial break). If you listen to that, you can hear me awkwardly talk around ownership of the thing, which is kinda dumb, but I was walking a very thin line there, posting stuff online illegally while legitimizing and publicizing it on LIVE 105 (who wished to continue a good relationship with Green Day). So kudos to them for letting me play the whole thing.

As far as commentary goes, jeez, my opinion of American Edit, 10 years later? Oy vey. Honestly, at the time, I really did like it, and I still do. It's helped for me by the fact that I have basically 3 and maybe 1/8 mashups of my own on it (Dr. Who, Boulevard, Novocaine, and I helped with American Jesus). Team9 did the heavy lifting, producing all the other tracks, and I really think they're stellar, especially the opener which is a rollicking tour de force of sampladelic mayhem. To me, the whole thing was both a joke and not a joke, a weird combo of parody and tribute and rebuke and makeover, and I still hear that now, listening to it. Yeah it's sloppy at points (and we were both so overwhelmed and hurried and busy that we finished everything as mp3s not even as waves so there's no like "clean" classic version to even remaster and share) and it's not like it ever got Grey Album notoriety (nor was it much like that album at all, which to my mind was a sort of DJ Shadow-style re-edit of The Beatles on which Jay-Z was kind of superfluous although awesome-sounding). But I feel proud of this little album, so much of it still makes me laugh (the hand wielding a mouse instead of a grenade on the cover is like, the best idea I've ever had)
and even though Team9 and I have yet to meet in person (Australia's so far!) I consider him a brother and a real trooper for sharing duties on this thing.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: n/a





SIXX MIXX 106 - 11/11/2005

Sixx Mixx 106

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Sixx Mixx 106 - 11/11/2005 - Breakdown Edition
1. Survivor vs. Scissor Sisters – Comfortable Tiger (Phil n' Dog mashup)
2. Nine Inch Nails – Only (Russell Vargas remix)
3. Beck – Shake Shake Tambourine (Black Tambourine remix by Ad Rock)
4. Kraftwerk – Musique Non-Stop
5. Rolling Stones vs. Gwen Stefani – Waiting for Satisfaction (Mixomatosis mashup)
6. Bloc Party vs. Killers – Somebody Stole Your Beat (Divide and Kreate mashup)
7. The Strokes vs. Peter Gunn - Peter's Juice Box (Team9 mashup)
8. The Strokes - Juice Box
9. The Strokes vs. The Munsters vs. Peaches - Juicebox Rock (Go Home Productions mashup)
10. The Church vs. Ministry vs. Sublime – Church of the Sublime Ministry (DJ David X mashup)
11. Coldplay vs. Kraftwerk – Computer Talk (Party Ben mashup)
12. Jackson 5 vs. Oasis – I Want Your Wonderwall (BigBadBaz mashup)
13. The Muppets vs. Electric 6 – Gay Muppet Bar (Phil n' Dog mashup)


Commentary:
Riding on the high of last week's solid episode (and playing a little bit of it as well), this episode suffers from repeat-itis, although it's bracketed by two fine productions from the delightful team of Phil n' Dog who (if you listen to the on-air version you will understand) were performing that weekend at our little Bootie club, thus the mega promotion. (I referred to Phil and his "partner" Dog in the post-show wrapup which apparently caused much giggling amongst the Brit crew who were listening.) In between, the show is intermittently intriguing--the inclusion of Ad Rock's funky remix of Beck along with a dose of Kraftwerk over the top for no good reason is, well, something--but mostly kind of yawny. It does contain the show's only appearance of Sublime, in a mashup that is miraculously actually quite enjoyable. Overall it's produced pretty well and stuff, so I'll give it a pass.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 5/10

...

On a side note, back here in 2015, it's the day after horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, which is not really related to the Sixx Mixx in any way, except it sort of is. First, thanks mostly to the patronage of DJ Zebra, I was lucky to have some of my mashups become somewhat known in France and then have the opportunity to DJ there multiple times. (I even did a guest half-hour episode for Zebra's similar Sixx Mixx-inspired Oui FM Friday show). Various gigs took me to off the beaten path areas from tiny medieval hamlet Olargues to the Festival Francofolies in La Rochelle (on Bastille Day, bien sur). I was surprised and humbled to find myself welcomed and treated seriously as an artist by interviewers and fans, and thanks to the kindness of fellow DJ friends and the music community I met along the way, I began to consider France as a sort of second home. I didn't grow up romanticizing Paris or anything, but I feel immensely privileged to have been able to experience the country in this way. I've never been to the Bataclan venue, but the Republique/Canal area has always been my favorite haunt (thanks mostly to the possibility of finding a slightly less stratospherically expensive hotel room there), and while Eagles of Death Metal weren't around in Sixx Mixx times, Queens of the Stone Age are obvious Mixx favorites, and EODM, in their wit and propulsive energy, represent the spirit of musical enjoyment and inclusiveness of the Sixx Mixx at its best. And of course, French artists made an invaluable contribution to the Sixx Mixx, from the aforementioned Zebra to Loo & Placido and Totom. I've enjoyed some amazing live music events in France and have had some of my own favorite gigs there, and I can't help but think that if it had been a few years ago, there's at least a non-zero likelihood I would have been at this EODM show. Of course, beyond all these coincidental threads, an attack on a music venue like this is deeply disturbing, not that concert attendees' lives are somehow more important than others, but that it represents an attack on expression, art, speech, culture, and the glory of shared sound experiences, one of the very few things that make life worth living. I don't have answers, prayers, words of encouragement, or political messages here. I just felt like I couldn't post a show today without expressing how shaken and sad I feel about it, like everyone.



SIXX MIXX 105 - 11/04/2005

Sixx Mixx 105

Artwork: Paul Klee, "Castle and Sun" (detail), 1926

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Sixx Mixx 105 - 11/04/2005 - Rhapsodic Edition
1. Gorillaz vs. No Doubt - Hella Dare (Party Ben mashup)
2. Deep Purple - Smoke on the Water
3. Dsico vs. 50 Cent - In Da Club (Electro mix)
4. Foo Fighters vs. Starsailor - Foo to the Floor (DJ Zebra mashup)
5. The Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again (FakeID remix)
6. The White Stripes - Walking With a Ghost
7.
Fatboy Slim - Going Out of My Head
8. The Killers - All These Things That I've Done
9. The Cult vs. Marvin Gaye - She Sells Grapevines (Irn Mnky mashup)
10. Fatboy Slim vs. Beatles vs. U2 - Vertigo Tripper (DJ Reno mashup)
11. Fatboy Slim vs. Beatles - Trippin' Up (Jimmy Jammes mashup)
12. The Strokes vs. Peter Gunn - Peter's Juice Box (Team9 mashup)
13. The Strokes - Juice Box
14. The Strokes vs. The Munsters vs. Peaches - Juicebox Rock (Go Home Productions mashup)
15. Hot Hot Heat - Goodnight Goodnight (Boom Bip remix)
16. Green Day vs. Queen - Novocaine Rhapsody (Dean Gray mashup)

Commentary:
Back to operating on all cylinders for the first time since January, really, this episode is solid front to back, as well as "cohesive" as they say on Project Runway. It sticks to a sort of "cavalcade-of-mashups" theme, centered on the rock and roll, without getting too samey or dull; plus it's bracketed by debuts of early versions of two of my own productions that would become fan favorites. Kicking off, I still enjoy the chug of Deep Purple over the stomp of the Gorillaz beat, and while segues in this episode are often quick slams, there are clever little tricks all along the way to keep the flow going. We get the debut of Zebra's pounding Foo Fighters mashup, and a crazy thing I totally forgot about: The White Stripes covering "Walking With a Ghost," which I layer over Fatboy Slim with a few nods to my earlier Tegan & Sara mix. There's an appropriate build to the dramatic intro of the stellar Cult/Marvin Gaye combo, a perhaps unwelcome retread of the Fatboy Slim/Beatles mega-mashup from Sixx Mixx 99, and a Strokes double play as well. The Boom Bip rework of Hot Hot Heat kind of knocks the energy level off a bit (er, a lot), but it's not a bad remix and was worth playing, I think. And we finish with the debut of the obviously still in progress "Novocaine Rhapsody," probably the most difficult to produce mashup I made back in the day. Sure, the episode relies tellingly on Fatboy Slim, whose rockist, cheeky interpretations of dance music more or less provide the sort of sonic template for everything here, and that style was a bit out of date by 2005, admittedly. But overall, this is a sunny and well-produced show that stays faithful to the LIVE 105 playlist while venturing far afield for interesting combinations and surprises. If I was the boss, I would have said, "Good job, let's do more of this," but six (-ish) more episodes later, the exact opposite would be said.

Regarding historical accuracy, I'm not sure of the exact dates this happened, but I had produced an all Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age episode to play the night of their planned Bay Area show (which I'm guessing was either 10/21 or 10/28). When that show was cancelled, we played a repeat Sixx Mixx instead, and then when the concert was rescheduled for Saturday 11/19, we opened our Subsonic show with the episode, so it was like an after-show party instead. That will be posted when we get to it.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 8/10





SIXX MIXX 104 - 10/14/2005

Sixx Mixx 104

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Sixx Mixx 104 - 10/14/2005 - Get On Up There and Dance. Dance, I Said! Edition
1. Franz Ferdinand vs. Gorillaz – Do You Dare To (Token Cool Kid mashup)
2. My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult – Sex On Wheels
3. Lovemakers vs. Trans-X – Lovemakers on Video (Matt Hite mashup)
4. Depeche Mode vs. Ludacris – Just Can't Stand Up (DJ Tiim mashup)
5. Depeche Mode vs. Green Day – Just Can't Wake Me Up (Party Ben Inspired By Team 9 mashup)
6. J Geils Band – Centerfold (Lionel Vinyl remix)
7. Blur vs. Michael Jackson – I Want Boys (Dsico mashup, Party Ben Inspired by Earworm remake)
8. Inner City vs. Nine Inch Nails – Big Fun Hand (Party Ben mashup)
9. Mylo vs. Tegan & Sara – Walking with a Ghost in Paris (Party Ben mashup)
10. Depeche Mode – Precious (Misc remix)
11. Coldplay – Speed of Sound (C-64 remix)
12. New Order – Blue Monday
13. Law & Order Theme Song vs. New Order – Law New Order (Brakka mashup)

Commentary:
For some reason, I feel like Sixx Mixx episodes that were entirely at dance tempo (120-ish or above) were less successful than ones that moved around a little or stuck to slower tempos. I dunno. There's nothing wrong with this episode, which stays to the "cheeky" theme, from "Sex on Wheels" to the little Chemical Brothers-backed transition between Depeche Mode and J Geils Band, to the Boys Boys Boys version of Blur I stole from Earworm. The Inner City vs. NIN is terrible, I will say that, and I'm playing more Depeche Mode because we were doing a ticket giveaway but that's doesn't really enhance the show. On the other hand, "Law New Order" is rightfully one of the most popular things I've ever played on the show, and still makes me laugh to hear it today. So, for an episode whose clear intenstion is to, you know, make people happy, I'm going to give this one a pass.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 6/10





SIXX MIXX 103 - 10/07/2005

Sixx Mixx 103

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Sixx Mixx 103 - 10/07/2005 - George Bush Doesn't Care About the Sixx Mixx Edition
1. The Legendary K.O. - George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People
2. ??? vs Green Day  - American Idiot
3. Talk Talk - Life's What You Make It
4. U2 - All I Want is You
5. Soul Coughing - Super Bon Bon
6. Nirvana - Heart Shaped Box
7. Naughty By Nature - O.P.P.
8. Fatboy Slim vs. Jackson 5 - ABCWOC (Dunproofin mashup)
9. AC/DC vs. Missy Elliott - Lose Control All Night (CRFTP mashup)
10. The Lovemakers vs. Trans-X - Lovemakers on Video (Matt Hite mash-up)
11. Franz Ferdinand - Do Ya Want To (Max Tundra remix)
12. Van Halen vs. Killers - Mr. Jumpside (Party Ben mashup)
13. RX- White Lines

Commentary:
Katrina! Bush! Kanye! It's instructional to remember the heady days of late 2005, when the anti-Bush drumbeat turned deafening (and the context in which Team9 and myself were working on American Edit) to fully understand how thrilling it was to me to discover that Gold Digger and American Idiot were in the same key. (The Legendary K.O. had released his brilliant take just a few weeks earlier). That idea was pretty much my only contribution, from what I remember, to the first track from our little Dean Gray album, and I still look at Team9's work here in complete awe. His rollicking take on Idiot veers between glitch-hop, electro-metal and acid house, swirling with samples and references, and I just think it's really stupendous. Opening with these two "important" works seems to set a tone of, ahem, gravitas, for the rest of the episode, with the combo of Talk Talk and U2 appropriately somber, and Super Bon Bon with Heart Shaped Box aggressive and outraged. The second half suffers from, well, being the same stuff I always play, but we end with an RX debut, smartly bracketing the show with George W references. This "White Lines" thing is almost incomprehensibly speedy, and I'm still sort of dumbfounded by how he was making this stuff so far ahead of his time.

This episode of course doesn't hold a candle to Episode 62, the Election 2004 edition, which married politically aware tunes from various eras into a half hour show I'm still proud of today (despite its turn from the usual Sixx Mixx insistence on musical connections above conceptual ones). But Episode 103 is still something, reflective of the crazy, angry times, and also, a teaser of the yet-to-be-released American Edit.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 7/10






SIXX MIXX 102 - 9/23/2005

Sixx Mixx 102

Artwork: Frank Stella, Untitled (Black Paintings), 1967

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Sixx Mixx 102 - 9/23/2005 - Dontcha Wish Your Sixx Mixx Was Less Full of Crap From a Couple Weeks Ago Edition
1. Gorillaz – Dare (Soulwax remix)
2. Talk Talk vs. Marvin Gaye – My Grapevine Life (Futuro mashup)
3. Cream vs. Hoxton Whores – Sunshine (white)
4. Beasties Boys – Brass Monkey
5. Pinback – Fortress
6. Information Society – What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)
7. The Snoopers – Drop It Like A Cannonball (Party Ben mashup)
8. The Kingsmen – Louie Louie
9. The Wiseguys – Start the Commotion
10. Franz Ferdinand vs. The Knack – Do You Want My Sharona (DJ Zebra mashup)
11. Franz Ferdinand vs. The Knack vs. Run-DMC – Do You Wanna Cause It's Tricky My Sharona (ThriftshopXL mashup)
12. Spencer Davis Group – Good Lovin'
13. Bloc Party vs. Pussycat Dolls – Untitled (Aggro1 Mashup)
14. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
15. Nouvelle Vague – Love Will Tear Us Apart

Commentary:
Much of this show, as the title indicates, comes from episodes 96 and 97, but as the story of the Sixx Mixx is sort of one of self-cannibalization for growth and improvement (and remember, the show aired weekly, so playing the same thing a couple weeks in a row wasn't so bad). (Also I was lazy). (Am lazy). So, the show starts with an edit of the highly enjoyable Soulwax remix of Dare, and then a "controversial" mashup, which is so transcendent in the verses you can almost overlook the key problems in the bridge and chorus. After the rerun sections we get two coincidental mashups (like how Hollywood always makes two of the same movie?) and they're both pretty good. And, occupying the novelty/cover End of the Sixx Mixx position, the esteemed Nouvelle Vague (who, if you listen to the broadcast version, were actually playing a show the next night, so look at me, supporting stuff).

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 5/10






SIXX MIXX 101 - 9/16/2005

Sixx Mixx 101

Right-click for direct download: 73MB mp3

Listen:

Sixx Mixx 101 - 9/16/2005 - Remix Frenzy Edition
1. Nine Inch Nails – Only (Richard X remix)
2. Depeche Mode – Blasphemous Rumours
3. She Wants Revenge – Tear You Apart (Party Ben bootleg remix)
4. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit (Slide remix)
5. Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round
6. Ozzy Osborne – Crazy Train (segue from an idea by Aber N Stein)
7. Missy Elliott – Lose Control
8. Yes vs. Max Graham vs. Arcade Fire – Lonely Rebellion (Lies) (Party Ben mashup)
9. REM – Shiny Happy People (TDPZ bootleg remix)
10. Franz Ferdinand vs. Run-DMC vs. The Knack – Do You Wanna Cause It's Tricky My Sharona (ThriftshopXL mashup)
11. Gwen Stefani vs. Green Day – Gwen Day (Kro mashup)
12. Elastica vs. Black Eyed Peas – Humpy Connection (Party Ben mashup)

Commentary:
Coming off the 100-episode milestone one might expect the show to strike out confidently in new directions, looking forward to unexplored musical terrains. Instead, I put My Humps over Elastica. You know, on paper, one can look at this episode and notice a dark, gothy, electro-y theme with the NIN and Depeche Mode and whatnot, and you'd think the banging 4/4 beat that unite most of the episode would be somehow unifying as well. But no, somehow it just doesn't come together, despite some segues that might have been good ideas before they were beaten into the ground. I don't mean to denigrate any individual remix or mashup -- Richard X is of course a genius, Slide's mix of Nirvana is a classic, and the various mashups are cool. Something about the episode just feels totally forced and awkward to me now though, exemplified by the awkward transition from the syncopated beat of Missy Elliott into Arcade Fire/Yes, a mashup that is itself muddy and awkward. And yes, I'm sure I was trying to be cheeky with the Humpy Connection, but the joke overstays its welcome by about three minutes.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 2/10



SIXX MIXX 100 - 9/09/2005

Sixx Mixx 100

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Listen:

Sixx Mixx 100 - 9/09/2005 - Top Ten Sixx Mixx Mashups of All Time
10. Franz Ferdinand vs. Neimo - Take Me Out Saturday Night (DJ Zebra)
9. Nena vs. Jay-Z - 99 Luft Problems (Jay-Zeezer)
8. Eagles vs. Green Day etc. - Green Day Massacre (Team9)
7. Yes vs. Sir Mix-A-Lot - Owner of a Lovely Butt (Lionel Vinyl)
6. Nirvana vs. Michael Jackson - Smells Like Billie Jean (McSleazy)
5. Blondie vs. The Doors - Rapture Riders (Go Home Productions)
4. Beastie Boys vs. Herbie Hancock vs. INXS vs. AC/DC - Intergalactic (Soulwax)
3. Lynyrd Skynyrd vs. Nelly - Sweet Home Country Grammar (Mei-Lwun)
2. NIN vs. 50 Cent - Closer to da Club (Inhumanz)
1. Green Day vs. Oasis vs. Travis vs. Aerosmith - Boulevard of Broken Songs (PartyBen)

Commentary:
This is one of those radio things, where of course the Sixx Mixx wasn't just about mashups, and these mashups weren't "owned" by the Sixx Mixx, but for your 100th episode, you try and do something self-promotional that sounds official and have people vote on their favorite mashups and then you have a show. Despite the fact that it's just 10 tracks with pretty rote segues between them (along with the included voice-over production) I actually kind of don't mind how it sounds, overall. I'd revisit the concept for the very last episode of the Sixx Mixx in just a few short months.

Anyway, even though this was actually a real vote, with a lot of people voting, I seem to remember, it embarrassed me to be at #1 on a chart on my own show. I talked to a couple people around the station about it and they were unequivocal that it was clearly #1 especially in the LIVE 105 context and that nobody would think it was weird, but I still feel awkward about it. Anyway, it's 10 mashups.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: n/a


SIXX MIXX 099 - 8/26/2005

Sixx Mixx 099

Artwork: Titian, "Bacchus and Ariadne," 1523

Right-click for direct download: 70MB mp3

Listen:

Sixx Mixx 99 - 8/26/2005 - Whoops, I Forgot to Play 99 Luft Problems, That Would Have Been Cool Edition
1. Weezer – Beverly Hills (Urbanix remix)
2. Weezer vs. Steve Miller Band – Beverly Hills Joker (Rolo mash-up)
3. Rihanna – Pon De Replay
4. Lyrics Born – I'm Just Raw (a capella)
5. The Clash vs. Michael Jackson – Should I Stay or Should I Boogie (Loo and Placido mash-up)
6. Chambers Brothers – Time
7. Basement Jaxx – Where's Your Head At (a capella)
8. Duoteque – Duoteque
9. REM vs. Basement Jaxx – Where's Your Head At / Losing My Religion (Mr. Tortazo mash-up)
10. Dead 60s vs. Tweet – Oops, a Riot (Party Ben mash-up)
11. Hot Hot Heat – Goodnight Goodnight (El-P remix)
12. Fatboy Slim vs. Beatles vs. U2 – Vertigo Tripper (DJ Reno mash-up)
13. Fatboy Slim vs. Beatles – Trippin' Up (Jimmy Jammes mash-up)
14. T-Rex – 20th Century Boy
15. Kasabian – Reason is Treason
16. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone (a capella)
17. Eagles vs. Kelly Clarkson – untitled (Aggro 1 mashup / Party Ben version)
18. Eagles – One of These Nights
19. Jay-Z vs. Billy Joel – Big Shot Pimpin' (Da Brat mash-up)
20. White Stripes – Blue Orchid (High Contrast remix) vs. Jack White live at Greek Theater, Saturday August 13, 2005 =
Party Ben's 5 Minute Break Remix

Commentary:
This episode is, basically, bad, but it moves fast enough that it's not so painful. Nothing against the individual elements--the two Weezer boots starting off the show are worth a listen, and Lyrics Born is always delightful but this was thankfully my final attempt at trying to do something with his "Just Raw" pella. Ho boy. I like the dancey little Basement Jaxx section -- kind of wish I had made a full mashup out of the Chamber Brothers combo -- and of course the Tortazo combo with REM is deligthful. Lots of sloppy segues and ill-advised combos from me follow, although the little double-time set with the two Fatboy Slim-utilizing mashups became a favorite mini-set for the remainder of the show. The Kelly Clarkson section pretty much falls flat. And then we end the show with a bit of silliness -- at a White Stripes show that week at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, one or more of the promotional LIVE 105 blow-up beach balls that were in the audience (maybe that was a bad idea) ended up on stage, causing the notoriously irritable Jack White to have a bit of a fit, and take a "five minute break" as punishment. Of course, being a wacky radio station, we ran with this, making a whole on-air announcement apologizing for our balls (hyuk hyuk) and then, somehow, we were able to get a recording of White's angry outburst, which I worked, poorly, into a remix of Blue Orchid. What a country, ay?

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 5/10


SIXX MIXX 098 - 8/19/2005

Sixx Mixx 098

Right-click for direct download: 73MB mp3

Listen:

Sixx Mixx 97 - 8/19/2005 - Coldplay Pre-Show Special
1. Coldplay – Speed of Sound (C-64 bootleg remix)
2. Coldplay – Square One (Team 9 vs. Bronski Beat remix)
3. Coldplay vs. Punx – God Put A Smile Upon Your Face (Party Ben'x Ben X Parties On Your Face remix)
4. Coldplay – Clocks (Tom Middleton/Cosmos bootleg remix)
5. Coldplay vs. Simple Minds – Don't You Forget About Clocks (TimG mashup)
6. Coldplay vs. Kraftwerk – Computer Talk (Party Ben mashup)
7. Coldplay – Trouble (Big Beat bootleg remix)
8. Coldplay – Yellow (Alpha remix / Party Ben re-remix)
9. Coldplay vs. Sum 41 – The Scientist in Pieces (Party Ben mashup, as suggested by Joanna, John and Kenny)

Commentary:
Apparently Coldplay was doing a show that night in the Bay Area, so, half-hour of Coldplay remixes and stuff. It's not so bad. Okay it's kind of bad. Team9 did a cool thing with Bronski Beat, that's good!

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 3/10


SIXX MIXX 097 - 8/12/2005

Sixx Mixx 097

Artwork: Alexander Rodchenko, "War of the Future," 1930

Right-click for direct download: 72MB mp3

Listen:

Sixx Mixx 97 - 8/12/05 - Sixx Mixx: The Next Generation Edition
1. The Snoopers - Drop It Like A Cannonball (Party Ben mashup)
2. The Kingsmen - Louie Louie
3. The Wiseguys - Start the Commotion
4. L7 - Pretend We're Dead
5. L7 vs. TLC - Pretend We're Scrubs (Team9 mashup)
6. Ram Jam - Black Betty
7. Ram Jam vs. C+C Music Factory - Gonna Make Betty Sweat (Torero mashup)
8. Nine Inch Nails - Only (a capella)
9. Kool & the Gang vs. Nine Inch Nails - Get Down Only (Totom mashup)
10. Kool & the Gang vs. Soundgarden - Fell Down on Black Days (Party Ben mashup)
11. Dsico - 7 Nation Electro
12. Blondie vs. Doors - Rapture Riders (Go Home Productions mashup)
13. Chemical Brothers vs. Flipsyde - Someday Boxer (Party Ben mashup)
14. Pink Floyd vs. Franz Ferdinand – Pink Ferdinand (Alex H mashup)
15. Fischerspooner vs. Pink Floyd (Groovepod Panikk mashup)
16. The Freestylers – B-Boy Stance
17. The White Stripes vs. Jay-Z vs. Queen – Doorbell Encore (Team9 mashup)
18. Eric B and Rakim - Paid In Full (Coldcut Seven Minutes of Madness remix)
19. Bow Wow Wow vs. 50 Cent - I Want a Candy Shop (Pheugoo mashup)
20. RX - My Generation

Commentary:
A scattershot episode with some intriguing ideas, mostly sloppily executed. We kick off with the debut of the kind of random-hip hop-vs-indie-rock-standard mashup I generally avoided, and I'm not sure this one proves I was wrong to do so, but it did end up being a crowd pleaser when I would play it out. Like much in this episode, Louie Louie over the Breeders' woobly bassline is more interesting as an idea than it is enjoyable to listen to. Same goes for the admittedly clever shifting of the bassline of Wiseguys to fit under L7. We get some delightful mashups by other producers (as well as another appearance of Rapture Riders which is a strong contender for most-played Sixx Mixx track ever). The episode retreats for a while to stuff from Sixx Mixx 93, which didn't really need to get played again, but we do get a prototype appearance of what would end up being a Party Ben favorite, my White Stripes/Eric B & Rakim combo. We finish up with a bit of an unfocused effort from the great RX, replete with clever wordplay but without much "songiness," although it really does presage viral efforts from people like The Gregory Brothers. So, clever but not really effective, is the overall theme of this episode, I guess.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 4/10


SIXX MIXX 096 - 8/05/2005

Sixx Mixx 096

Artwork: Fillippo Thomasso Marinetti, "Words in Liberty," 1913

Right-click for direct download: 70MB mp3

Listen:

Sixx Mixx 96 - 8/05/05 - Krafty Edition
1. NIN – Only (Russell Vargas Remix - LIVE 105 Remix Contest Winner)
2. Visage vs. NIN – Fade to Only (idea by Eric Masters)
3. Pixies – Bone Machine
4. Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl (a capella)
5. Beastie Boys – Brass Monkey
6. Pinback – Fortress
7. Information Society – What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)
8. New Order – True Faith
9. New Order vs. Belinda Carlisle – True Heaven (idea by Payroll)
10. Kiss – I Was Made for Loving You
11. Clash vs. Gorillaz – Feel Good Casbah (Sam Flanagan mashup)
12. Gorillaz vs. Michael Jackson – Beat It Good (Party Ben mashup)
13. Smokey Robinson – Tears of a Clown
14. The Killers – Smile Like You Mean It (Ruff & Jam Eastside Mix)
15. Missy Elliott – Lose Control
16. LCD Soundsystem – Disco Infiltrator
17. Kraftwerk – Home Computer
18. Eagles vs. Green Day – Green Day Massacre (Team 9 mashup)
19. Coldplay vs. Kraftwerk – Computer Talk (Party Ben mashup)


Commentary:
It's kind of impressive that "remix culture" had become such a part of the music world by this point that the show was put in touch with Nine Inch Nails' people as part of a remix contest, which I actually asked for submissions for on the air and got like 20 or 30, I seem to remember, and then people actually voted, and Russell Vargas won. It's a solid effort and earned him a meet & greet with Mr. Reznor himself. Anyway, the show makes the mistake of playing around with the NIN vocal even after 4 minutes of Russell's mix, and it gets a bit tired even when accompanied by the still blazingly awesome "Bone Machine." It's a weird show, impressive, I guess, for the diversity of sources and sort of "three point shot" mashup attempts, most of which go wide (like, does the Pixies work over "Brass Monkey?" Did the world need to hear Information Society over Pinback?! I have no idea, honestly). I would say I wish I'd had a quality acapella of "Beat It" to put over Gorillaz at the time because man that would have really worked, but unfortunately the extracted pella I'm using here is pretty sloppy and kind of ruins the whole thing. Clever to match up the computer arpeggios from Missy Elliott and LCD Soundsystem with their grandparents Kraftwerk, but I'm not sure it's that much fun to listen to, and then more Kraftwerk, with the first apperance of a mashup that ended up being a favorite with some fans but I always thought was kinda half-hearted. Anyway, like a couple shows around this time, I have to give this an A for Effort, but that doesn't excuse the sloppiness and as Nina Garcia might say, the "taste level."

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 5/10


SIXX MIXX 095 - 7/22/2005

Sixx Mixx 095

Right-click for direct download: 70MB mp3

Listen:

Sixx Mixx 95 - 7/22/05 - Rebellious Edition (Lies)
1. Eagles vs. Daft Punk – Victim of Da Funk (DJ John mashup)
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Suck My Kiss
3. Tears for Fears – Shout (a capella)
4. The Lovemakers vs. 50 Cent – Shake That Ass (Lovemakers mashup)
5. Stevie Wonder – Superstition
6. Stevie Wonder vs. Franz Ferdinand vs SOS Band – Franzie Wonder (DJ Nite mashup)
7. Black Eyed Peas vs. Beatles vs. Ludacris vs. The Clipse – Black Beatles (Loo & Placido mashup)
8. Gorillaz – Dirty Harry
9. MIA / Diplo vs. The Bangles – Fire Fire (off Piracy Funds Terrorism)
10. Beck – Black Tamborine (South Rakkas Crew remix)
11. Front 242 vs. Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Headhunter (A+D mashup)
12. Yes vs. Sir Mix-A-Lot – Owner of a Lovely Butt (Lionel Vinyl mashup)
13. Arcade Fire vs. Max Graham vs. Yes – Lonely Rebellion (Party Ben mashup)
14. Mint Royale vs. U2 – Waiting for New Year's Day (Phil & Dog mashup)
15. U2 vs. Whitney Houston – Dance with Bono (Go Home Productions mashup)
17. Corey Hart vs. Killers – Somebody's Sunglasses (Team9 mashup)
18. Nine Inch Queens – Insane, Medicated Hand (Party Ben mashup)

Commentary:
This is an episode with a lot of really interesting work from other people, but not really connected that well by me. We kick off with DJ John, a Bay Area guy who didn't make a ton of stuff, but what he made was always a barnstormer, and this track, while based around the Eagles and the "Da Funk" beat, uses a pile of samples to sort of create a chorus out of nothing. Crowd pleasers follow from DJ Nite and L&P, and then I gotta give myself credit for getting a little dancehall-y with the Diplo mix of The Bangles and a groovy remix of Beck (about as white as a dancehall rhythm section could be, but, hey, this was LIVE 105). Gotta love A+D's excavation of Front 242 and Lionel Vinyl's classic Yes mashup. I really wish my attempt to marry Arcade Fire with the Max Graham mix of Yes was as successful but it never quite gels. Some awkward transitions between awesome mashups follow. It's more of a showcase, I guess, which is fine, since this was the heyday of amateur mashuppery, but as an overall show, it's choppy.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 5/10


SIXX MIXX 094 - 7/15/2005

Sixx Mixx 094

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Listen:

Sixx Mixx 94 - 7/15/05 - Everybody Knows I'm Insane Edition
1. QOTSA vs. NIN – Feed My Insane, Medicated Hand (Party Ben mashup)
2. OutKast – Bombs over Baghdad
3. Cyndi Lauper – She-Bop
4. Beck – Girl
5. The Go-Gos – We Got the Beat
6. Soulwax – Any Minute Now (Whitey remix)
7. The White Stripes vs. Tony Basil vs. Gwen Stefani – Mickey's Orchid (Fidelski mashup)
8. The Kinks – You Really Got Me (DJ Zebra remix)
9. M.I.A. – Bucky Done Gun (a capella)
10. Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc (a capella)
11. Gorilla Cake – Never Feel Good (Party Ben mashup)
12. Stevie Wonder vs. Rolling Stones vs. Killers – Uptight Killer (Go Home Productions mashup)
13. The Rolling Stones – Jumpin' Jack Flash
14. New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle (Crystal Method remix)
15. The Lovemakers – Prepare for the Fight (Josh Harris remix)
16. The Eagles vs. Green Day vs Depeche Mode vs. The Beatles – Greenday Massacre (Team9 mashup)


Commentary:
Well, so, apparently something in the air in mid-July (or perhaps finally being sick of producing lackluster shows all summer) inspired me to get back on the horse, so to speak, and Sixx Mixx 94 begins a run of more or less quality shows until the (sigh) end of the Sixx Mixx in December. This episode isn't perfect but it aims high, and starts with a mashup that was always a personal favorite, despite the fact that its source material (on the QOTSA side at least) wasn't exactly well known. "Insane, Medicated Hand" (or whatever the hell name I ended up calling it) marries two Queens songs to the NIN pella, and it was rather difficult to produce, but I manage to pull out some production tricks and even now I think it's pretty fun. Ambitious of me to continue at the hyperspeed tempo for a while, and some of the She-Bop/Beck/Gogos layering doesn't totally work, but considering there are a few moments during the opening section where 4 or 5 songs are playing, I'm gonna give it an A for effort. This episode does the opposite of my usual Sixx Mixx (and DJ set) strategy of continually increasing the tempo, and in fact slows down with each song, but that in and of itself doesn't detract, I don't think. The last 10 minutes falter, sure, with some familiar stuff and a lumbering, awkward remix of "Bizarre Love Triangle" (sorry, Crystal Method, but it doesn't hold up). But it does feature the first appearance of the towering, legendary "Greenday Massacre" which was to eventually inspire the Dean Gray album coproduction with Team9, and the mix out of Lovemakers foreshadows the final episode.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 7/10


SIXX MIXX 093 - 7/08/2005

Sixx Mixx 092

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Listen:

Sixx Mixx 93 - 7/08/2005 - Old Age Edition
1. Audioslave vs. Lyrics Born – Show Me I'm Just Raw (Party Ben mashup)
2. Flipsyde – Someday (acoustic version)
3. Moby – Natural Blues (Moby's remix)
4. The Chemical Brothers – The Boxer
5. Pink Floyd – Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2
6. Pink Floyd vs. Franz Ferdinand – Pink Ferdinand (Alex H mashup)
7. The Freestylers – B-Boy Stance
8. The White Stripes vs. Jay-Z vs. Queen – Doorbell Encore (Team9 mashup)
9. Joan Jett vs. Queen – We Will Rock & Roll You (Matt Hite mashup)
10. Weezer vs. Harold Faltermeyer vs. Radiohead vs. Beck – Beverly Hills Creep (Arty Fufkin mashup)
11. Beck – Bit Rate Variations in B Flat ("Girl" remix by Paza)
12. Ils – Cherish
13. Gorillaz – Dirty Harry
14. Inner City vs. Nine Inch Nails – Big Fun Hand (Party Ben mashup)
15. Coldplay – Speed of Sound (C-64 remix)
16. U2 – All Because of You (Killahurtz remix)
17. Keane vs. Paul McCartney & Wings – Let Keane In (Faultside mashup)

Commentary:
So, this episode is pretty bad, but a) it's not quite as bad as some of the clunkers earlier in the summer and b) it marks pretty much the final not so great episode of the Sixx Mixx, as next week's show starts a run of adequacy that continues until the end. We kick off with an extraordinarily ill-advised combo, as I'd had such success with my previous Lyrics Born production, but I remember really racking my brain to come up with something to put with his followup "I'm Just Raw," and boy, Audioslave sure wasn't it. However, the brief layering of the forgotten Flipsyde over the intro the Chem's "Boxer" is really quite lovely, and the middle section with all the White Stripes and Joan Jett is fun, at least. Things go off the rails entirely at Dirty Harry, that NIN mix is abysmal, and then I just give up and play a couple of other people's tracks without even really doing much to them. The Keane/Wings is masterful, at least, and as the original recording sort of makes clear, the phones went completely bonkers for that track, and I remember even some of the LIVE 105 staff came in to ask what it was. So, again, despite my best efforts to make a terrible show, there are bright spots.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 3/10




SIXX MIXX 092 - 7/01/2005

Sixx Mixx 092

Artwork: Lawrence Weiner, "Bits & Pieces Put Together To Present a Semblance of a Whole," 2005

Right-click for direct download: 70MB mp3

Listen:

Sixx Mixx 92 - 7/01/2005 - [Mostly Sixx Mixx 88]
1. The Lovemakers – Prepare for the Fight (Josh Harris "Prepare for the Club" remix)
2. New Order – Jetstream (Thin White Duke remix)
3. The White Stripes – Blue Orchid
4. The Prodigy vs. The White Stripes – Voodoo Stripes (DJ Zebra mashup)
5. Gwen Stefani – Hella Good (a capella)
6. The Bravery vs. M.I.A. – An Honest M.I.A. (A+D mashup)
7. The Bravery – An Honest Mistake (Superdiscount remix)
8. New Order – Blue Monday
9. Interpol – Evil
10. Interpol vs. Dizzee Rascal – Live Stand Up (McSleazy mashup)
17. The Pixies – Wave of Mutilation
18. Daft Punk – Technologic
19. Devo – Whip It
20. Daft Punk – Technologic (Basement Jaxx remix) vs. Basement Jaxx "Where's Your Head At" (acapella)
21. Guns 'n' Roses vs. Beatles – Sgt. Pepper's Paradise (Jimmy Jammes mashup)


Commentary:
Mostly a repeat of Sixx Mixx 88, which I am giving one Scientific Sixx Mixx Evaluation Point for the inclusion of the blazing Jaxx remix of "Technologic."

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 1/10




SIXX MIXX 091 - 6/24/2005

Sixx Mixx 091


Right-click for direct download: 73MB mp3

Listen:

Sixx Mixx 91 - 6/24/2005 - Bloody Edition
1. Weezer vs. Steve Miller Band – Beverly Hills Joker (Rolo mashup)
2. Will Smith – Switch
3. David Bowie – Fame
4. Filter – Hey Man Nice Shot
5. Daft Punk – Robot Rock
6. Daft Punk vs. Edwin Starr vs. Breakwater – Robot Wars (Release the Beast) (Pheugoo mashup)
7. Depeche Mode – Never Let Me Down Again
8. Modest Mouse – Ocean Breathes Salty
9. Beck – Venom Confection (Green Music & Gold E-Pro remix)
10. The Music vs. Kasabian vs. My Bloody Valentine – Breaking My Bloody Process (GHP mashup)
11. Lyrics Born "Callin' Out" (acapella)
12. Jane's Addiction "Been Caught Stealing"

13. Guns 'n' Roses vs. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper's Paradise (Jimmy Jammes mashup)
14. Caesars vs. Duran Duran – Jerk Girls Out (DJ Nite mashup)
15. White Stripes vs. Tony Basil vs. Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Orchid (Fidelski mashup)
16. Tony Basil vs. Electric 6 – Mickey at the Gay Bar (Cropstar mashup)
17. Liam Lynch vs. Star Wars – United States of the Jedi (blo_up mashup)


Commentary:
Overall a sludgy and unfun show, despite some fun individual mashups, not made by me. The less said about including Will Smith's "Switch" here the better, and the turgid layering of "Hey Man Nice Shot" over "Fame" is more or less unlistenable. The overall terribleness is made all the more evident in comparison with Go Home Productions' thrilling "Breaking My Bloody Process," which still gets my blood pumping to this day. And of course, the Star Wars version of Liam Lynch is still laugh out loud funny. The three Scientific Sixx Mixx points being awarded here are despite my own work, not because of it.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 3/10




SIXX MIXX 090 - 6/17/2005

Sixx Mixx 090


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Listen:

Sixx Mixx 90 - 6/17/2005 - Reenactment of Live DJ Set at BFD 2005 - All BFD Artists (Mostly)
1. Green Day – Boulevard of Broken Dreams
2. Lyrics Born – Callin' Out (a capella)
3. U2 vs. Lyrics Born – Callin' on Sunday (Party Ben mashup / BFD 2005 remix)
4. The Lovemakers vs. 50 Cent – Shake that Ass (Lovemakers mashup)
5. KC & the Sunshine Band – Shake That Booty
6. Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
7. Blursabian – There's No L.S.F. (Party Ben mashup)
8. Tegan & Sara vs. Mylo – Walking with a Ghost in Paris (Party Ben mashup)
9. David Bowie vs. Hot Hot Heat – Let's Dance With Me (Party Ben mashup)
10. Modjo vs. Hot Hot Heat - untitled (Loo & Placido mashup)
11. Sly & the Family Stone – Dance to the Music
12. The Bravery vs. M.I.A. – An Honest M.I.A. (A+D mashup)
13. The Bravery vs. New Order – Honest Monday (Party Ben mashup)
14. Kaiser Chiefs – Every Day I Love You Less & Less (Maccers remix)
15. Green Day vs. Oasis vs. Aerosmith vs. Pryda – Boulevard of Broken Songs (Dance Mix 05)
16. Aerosmith – Dream O
n (Live)

Commentary:
This isn't really the place to reconsider the decision to theme my DJ set in the Subsonic Tent at BFD 2005 around remixes and mashups of other artists performing on the festival bill, although one could easily say to 2005 Party Ben, "What the hell are you doing? That is a supremely terrible idea. Take like 30 seconds of these wasted hours and go buy some Google stock!" Whatever the effect, or lack of effect, on the crowd there at the Shoreline, this 30 minute distillation of the set, presented as a radio show, ain't no fun. Mixes sound forced and awkward, and it's just kind of confusing. Let's pretend it never happened, and that I'm currently in my pool I bought with Google stock.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 1/10




SIXX MIXX 089 - 6/03/2005

Sixx Mixx 089

Artwork: Roy Lichtenstein, "Sleeping Girl," 1964

Right-click for direct download: 71MB mp3

Listen:

Sixx Mixx 89 - 6/03/2005 - Best of Recent Sixx Mixxes (Somehow Making a Mediocre Sixx Mixx) Edition
1. The White Stripes vs. The Prodigy – Voodoo Stripes (DJ Zebra mashup)
2. Queens of the Stone Age – Little Sister (DJ Godzilla bootleg remix)
3. Queens of the Stone Age – Little Sister (Tone 396 bootleg remix / Party Ben edit)
4. The Police – Message in a Bottle
5. Green Day – She
6. Bloc Party vs. Nine Inch Nails – Bloc of Nails (TimG mashup)
7. Foo Fighters vs. Lyrics Born – Just My Raw Life (Party Ben mashup)
8. Hot Hot Heat – Goodnight Goodnight (Boom Bip remix)
9. Z-Trip vs. The Cure vs. The Cure – Walking Dead... on Fascination Street... to a Forest? (Party Ben mashup)
10. Beck – Girl
11. Beck – Bit Rate Variation in B Flat (Girl remix)
12. Postal Service – Such Great Heights
13. The Cure – Close to Me
14. The Lovemakers vs. 50 Cent – Shake That Ass (Lovemakers Mashup)

Commentary:
Despite the cheekiness of the episode title, "mediocre" is pushing it, and "best" is clearly misinformed. This episode pulls together a couple mashups and remixes by others that are pretty good, but my own contributions are some of the worst ones of previous shows (that Postal Service/Cure should put taken out and shot), and the attempts to glue these disparate elements together are half-assed and awkward (e.g., Message in a Bottle). After the small but important successes of the previous two shows, this is a big step back -- why didn't I just play a repeat?? -- and can safely be ignored.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 0/10


SIXX MIXX 088 - 5/27/2005

Sixx Mixx 088

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Listen:

Sixx Mixx 88 - 5/27/2005 - I Need to Work at an 80s Station Edition
1. The Lovemakers vs. 50 Cent – Shake That Ass (Lovemakers mashup)
2. Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
3. Houston – I Like That
4. Franz Ferdinand vs. Beastie Boys – Franzie Boys (McSleazy mashup)
5. Thomas Dolby vs. Beastie Boys vs. Franz Ferdinand – Blind Franzie Boys (Party Ben mashup)
6. Alice Cooper – School's Out
7. The Timelords – Doctorin' the Tardis
8. Green Day – Holiday
9. The Clash vs. Gwen Stefani – Radio Hollaback (Party Ben mashup)
10. Gus Gus vs. Gwen Stefani – Believe in a Hollaback Girl (Party Ben mashup)
11. Blur vs. Kasabian – There's No LSF (Party Ben mashup)
12. The Cure vs. The Beatles – Lovetax (Team9 mashup)
13. The Bravery vs. M.I.A. – An Honest M.I.A. (A+D mashup)
14. The Bravery vs. New Order – Honest Monday (Party Ben mashup)
15. Interpol - Evil
16. Interpol vs. Dizzee Rascal – Live Stand Up (McSleazy mashup)
17. The Pixies – Wave of Mutilation
18. Daft Punk – Technologic
19. Devo – Whip It

Commentary:
At the time, a few '80s themed radio stations had just popped up, so, yeah. Anyway, while this set does rely heavily on some corny new wave, it's actually a pretty good little half hour, and even its missteps are sort of admirable efforts, and of course, we get the first prototype of what would eventually be a "major" (for me) Party Ben track. The Thomas Dolby section at the top is amusing enough, and then we veer into a pre-name version of "Dr. Who on Holiday." This one, for some reason, matched the pitch of the two tracks by lowering the Green Day song (going against my usual rule of always speed up the lower song to meet the higher one) and it sounds a little warbly for that reason, but the structure is there. There's some fun mashups from Team9 and A+D, a kind of interesting if not totally listenable sections where Interpol is layered over Blue Monday, and then there's Technologic, for no reason. So, it's fine.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 6/10


SIXX MIXX 087 - 5/20/2005

Sixx Mixx 087

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Listen:

Sixx Mixx 87 – 05/20/05 - Revenge of the Sixx Edition
1. Weezer vs. Wheatus vs. The Kingsmen vs. Will Smith vs. Shaggy vs. Fatboy Slim vs. Van Halen - "One of Those Songs" (BigBadBaz mashup)
2. Weezer vs. Joan Jett vs. Queen – We Will Rock Beverly Hills (DJ Tripp mashup)
3. Beck – Ghettochip Malfunction (Hell Yes remix by 8-bit)
4. Beck – Hell Yes (Original)
5. Z-Trip – Death Star Boogie
6. Eric Clapton – I Shot the Sheriff
7. Chemical Brothers – Galvanize (Extended Mix)
8. Primal Scream vs. Kasabian – Loaded Souls Forever (Oli Clifford mashup)
9. Cake – Love You Madly
10. Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl (a capella)
11. The Clash vs. Gwen Stefani – Radio Hollaback (Party Ben mashup)
12. Bee Gees vs. Beastie Boys – Beast Gees (Stayin' Alive vs. Alive) (djbc mashup)
13. Bee Gees vs. Will Smith – Switchin' Alive (Cheekyboy mashup)
14. M.I.A. – Galang
15. Bloc Party vs. Nine Inch Nails – Bloc of Nails (TimG mashup)
16. Pryda vs. Green Day vs. Oasis vs. Aerosmith – Boulevard of Broken Songs Dance Mix '05 (Party Ben mashup)

Commentary:
So, one of my great regrets is that I didn't come up with one of my most popular mashups during the actual reign of the Sixx Mixx, or at a time when it would have likely been a sensation rather than just a fan favorite, and this show proves just how dense I must be to have missed it. I didn't produce my Star Wars/Chemical Brothers "Galvanize the Empire" combo until 2006, but let's just imagine what could have been. This episode aired one day after the release of "Revenge of the Sith," in the midst of a sort of worldwide Star Wars mania. Moreover, I actually play Z-Trip's "Death Star Boogie," the obvious inspiration for "Galvanize the Empire," mere seconds before "Galvanize" itself, and instead of discovering their potential musical partnership, I spend a few minutes doodling around with "I Shot the Sheriff." What was I thinking??? Can you imagine how popular "Galvanize the Empire" would have been if I'd put it out that day? I would have been king of the world. Anyway, I wasn't. But so, the rest of this show is a bit of goofy fun -- the Weezer combos are entertaining, my back-and-forth between the original and remix of "Hell Yes" makes no sense at all, Cake shows up for no reason, my Gwen Stefani/Clash combo makes its first appearance, and my controversial (I wish!) dance mix of Boulevard also debuts, which I don't really like at all in retrospect, even though I sort of see what I was going for.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 6/10

 


SIXX MIXX 086 - 5/13/2005

Sixx Mixx 086

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Listen:

Sixx Mixx 86 - 5/13/2005 - DJ Create of Inhumanz Guest Mixx
(Tracklist unknown)

Commentary:
One of the central early pioneers of the "American style" of mashuppery was the Las Vegas Inhumanz crew. Often preferring to release their tracks on vinyl or white labels and eschewing the internet, it seems to me they're somewhat unsung nowadays, despite the fact that their work spread far and wide. I was an early purchaser of their "Satanic Mashups Volume 1" which contained the legendary Nine Inch Nails vs. 50 Cent combo that went on to dominate the LIVE 105 airwaves and proved to be a precursor to an entire movement of aggro-rock-meets-hip-hop bootleggery that was so dominant by the mid 2000s many people assumed that's just what mashups were. As DJ Create's guest mixx proves, their tracks found their way even into the hands of Howard Stern, whose radio show I worship to this day but whose musical taste could never really be described as "adventurous." (My own "Keep Stern Alive" from Sixx Mixx 32 made it onto the Stern show and their main question was "who's making money off this?") So, Create's mix kicks off with the aforementioned NIN/50 Cent, then barrels ahead with one rock jam vs. hip hop mainstay after another, all of them stupendously effective. This is the sound of 2005.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: n/a



SIXX MIXX 085 - 5/06/2005

Sixx Mixx 085

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Listen:

Sixx Mixx 84 – 5/06/2005 - Shake Your Moneymaker Edition
1. Nine Inch Nails – The Hand that Feeds (Straight Mix) (Interscope)
2. The Faint – The Conductor (Thin White Duke mix) (Astralwerks)
3. Human League – Don't You Want Me
4. Human League vs. Ms. Jade – Don't You Want My Big Head (Lance Lockarm mashup)
5. Queens of the Stone Age vs. The Beatles – Eleanor's in my Head (Team9 mashup)
6. Gorillaz vs. Cake – Never Feel Good (Party Ben mashup)
7. The White Stripes vs. The Prodigy – Voodoo Stripes (DJ Zebra mashup)
8. Journey – Any Way You Want It
9. The Beatles vs. Batman – To The Taxmobile (Lenlow mashup)
10. The Cure vs The Beatles – Lovetax (Team9 mashup)
11. Caesars – Jerk it Out
12. Caesars vs. New Order – Crystal Jerk (McSleazy mashup)
13. M.I.A. – 10 Dollar (XL/Beggars)
14. R. Kelly – Dollar Bill
15. Flying Lizards – Money (That's What I Want)
16. Steve Miller Band – Take the Money and Run
17. Abba – Money, Money Money
18. Pet Shop Boys – Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)
19. Pink Floyd – Money
20. Notorious B.I.G. – Mo Money Mo Problems
21. Gwen Stefani – Rich Girl
22. Hall & Oates – Rich Girl
23. O.D.B. – Gimme My Money
24. Dire Straits – Money for Nothing
25. Cyndi Lauper – Money Changes Everything

Commentary:
This is a show that, judging by the playlist, should be good, but it just isn't, with the segues awkward and forced and the various mashups feeling a bit random. I suppose it's cool I noticed the awesome Thin White Duke mix of The Faint was in the same key as "The Hand That Feeds," but did I really need to play them on top of each other for nearly 7 minutes?!! It just gets worse from there, with a far too sudden and weird mix into the Human League, and then I speed up Human League even more to make it "flow" into QOTSA but it just sounds terrible. I hate my layering of Journey over the Prodigy after Zebra's White Stripes mix, and while it's admirable I made an attempt to play some MIA in prime time, it's also pretty random. Then somehow the humor and delight of the previous subject matter mixes ("Fire," specifically, in Sixx Mixx 72, still makes me chuckle) is completely lost here in the Money mix. Maybe it's that I had to speed everything up to fit over the MIA beat, but something just feels off and not funny or fun, even though there's something possibly proto-Earwormy about the arrangement of various songs at the end. Overall this is just not good at all. Plus I listened ahead and things really don't pick up again (save Create's at Episode 86) until June or July, so feel free to come back then.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 2/10



SIXX MIXX 084 - 4/25/2005

Sixx Mixx 084

Artwork: Dennis Hopper, "Hippie Girl Dancing," 1967

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Listen:

Sixx Mixx 84 – 4/22/2005 Lowering the Barriers of Individuality and Personality to Liberate You From the Burden of Consciousness Edition
1. Gorillaz vs. Cake – Never Feel Good (Party Ben mashup)
2. Stevie Wonder vs. Stones vs. Killers vs. Bowie – Uptight Killer (Go Home Productions mashup)
3. Clash vs. Killers – Somebody Rock Me (Party Ben mashup)
4. Queens of the Stone Age – Little Sister (DJ Godzilla bootleg remix)
5. Queens of the Stone Age – Little Sister (Tone396 bootleg remix)
6. The Police – Message in a Bottle
7. Franz Ferdinand – Michael
8. Franz Ferdinand vs. Electric 6 – Michael Goes to San Francisco (DJ Jay-R mashup)
9. B-52s vs. Snoop – Rock It Like It's Lobster (DJ Tripp mashup)
10. The Yardbirds – For Your Love
11. Nine Inch Nails – The Hand That Feeds (a capella)
12. Nine Inch Nails – The Hand That Feeds (Ruff remix)
13. George Michael – Freedom
14. George Michael vs. Scissor Sisters vs. Beatles vs. Aretha Franklin – No One Takes Your Freedom (DJ Earworm mashup)
15. Queen vs. some reggae and kids – Kids Rock (Loo and Placido mashup)
16. Rage Against the Machine vs. Shaggy – Killing Boombastic (DJ Zebra mashup)
17. Gwen Stefani – Rich Girl (a capella)
18. M.I.A. vs. Gwen Stefani – Galang Girl (Party Ben mashup)

Commentary:
While the preceeding months had seeming been spent defending my show from attackers on all fronts, I was seemingly unable to translate that passion into episodes that were actually good, and while there are a few moments of interest this week, it's mostly a bust, and at times unlistenable. It's the first appearance of another listener-suggested mashup, Cake vs. Gorillaz, which is OK, and the GHP combo that follows proves that even when he was making a "throwaway" he was operating at the peak of his powers. The smidgen of QOTSA over The Police is kind of nice, as is the quick shot of Yardbirds, and there are some fun tracks by a slew of local Bay Area talent, but somehow it all adds up to less than the sum of its parts, with awkward, forced segues. And then that silly MIA/Stefani thing at the end is just nothing at all. The best thing about this episode is its title, a direct quote from then-just-ascendant Pope Benedict XVI, who as Cardinal Ratzinger in 1986 described rock and roll as "the complete antithesis of the Christian faith in the Redemption," saying that music culture was a "secularized variation of an age-old type of religion in which man uses music — and drugs and alcohol — to lower the barriers of individuality and personality, to liberate himself from the burden of consciousness. Music becomes ecstasy ... amalgamation with the universe." Freaky, Mr. Pope!

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 3/10



SIXX MIXX 083 - 4/15/2005

Sixx Mixx 083

Artwork: Jean-Antoine Watteau, "Qu'ay je fait, assassins maudits," 1718

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72MB mp3


Listen:


Sixx Mixx 083 – 4/15/05 - Bit From a DJ Edition
1. Queens of the Stone Age – Little Sister (DJ Godzilla bootleg remix)
2. Queens of the Stone Age – Little Sister (Tone 396 bootleg remix / Party Ben edit)
3. Bloc Party – Banquet (Phones Disco remix)
4. Iggy Pop – The Passenger
5. Green Day – Longview
6. Stray Cats – Stray Cat Strut
7. Green Day – Holiday
8. Green Day vs. Opus III – It's a Fine Holiday (Divide & Create mashup)
9. Green Day – Boulevard of Broken Dreams
10. Green Day vs. Sybil – Sybil's on the Boulevard (DJ Jay-R mashup)
11. Aerosmith – Dream On
12. Weezer vs. Queen vs. Joan Jett – We Will Rock Beverly Hills (DJ Tripp mashup)
13. Beck vs. Beastie Boys vs. Butthole Surfers – Doin' it in Tejas (DJ Merritt mashup)
14. Beck vs. AC/DC vs. Michael Jackson – Screaming Pro in Hell (Team9 mashup)
15. Jay-Z vs. Billy Joel – Big Shot Pimpin (The Brat mashup)
16. Survivor vs. The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize the Eye of the Tiger (Mixomatosis mashup / DJ Prince remix)
17. Missy Elliott vs. Blondie – Heart of E (Dsico mashup)
18. Z-Trip vs. The Cure vs. The Cure vs. Z-Trip – "Mashups are Dead" (Party Ben, er, mashup)

Commentary:
So, roundabout now, we were in an era of Sixx Mixx Backlash. The local alt rag SF Weekly had taken a stance against my show (and portrayed me dead and naked, floating in the Bay), and in an interview with Z-Trip, one of their writers had egged him on to the point he made a series of insulting (if nonsensical) comments about mashups, his point being that producers were "fake" DJs, and every mashup idea was "bit from a DJ." Later, one of our LIVE 105 DJs was interviewing Mr. Trip live on the air and asked me to come in and talk to him about this stuff. It was all very strange for me as I had long worshipped Z-Trip's mix albums and live shows and considered him a great inspiration for the Sixx Mixx, and his comments made no sense to me. While I tried to be respectful in our conversation, the effort more or less backfired, and I found myself the target of even more attacks from furious Z-Trip fans. At the time, all this negativity was really upsetting to me--I was just trying to make a fun show for commuters driving home and suddenly people were acting like I was a monster and a fraud. What I wish I understood then was the concept of "trolling"; it was the early days of the internet (pre-YouTube even!) and so the idea of attacks-for-the-sake-of-attacks hadn't really entered mainstream consciousness in that way, but of course much of what I was dealing with was akin to commenters on the aforementioned YouTube making racist slurs, just for the fun of it. And of course, Z-Trip's own overreaction was similar to secretly gay politicians railing against gay rights, as it turned out that of course he had been using software to make edits he was playing live. In any event, that's what the last track of the mixx is all about, and it includes some of that conversation with Z-Trip.

As far as the first 27 minutes of the show goes, it's okay, with wayyyy too much Queens of the Stone Age to start with and some extremely awkward mixing with various Green Day songs, as well as major segments of previous shows. So, um, not exactly the best show to prove the haters wrong...

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 3/10



SIXX MIXX 082 - 4/08/2005

Sixx Mixx 082


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Listen:


Sixx mixx 082 – 4/08/05 - DJ Zebra Guest Mixx
1. Franz Ferdinand vs. DJ Zebra feat. Neimo – "Take Me Out (Saturday Night)"
2. House of Pain – Jump Around
3. Kasabian vs. De La Soul – Processed Ring (DJ Zebra mashup)
4. Prince vs. Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl (US Version) (DJ Zebra mashup)
5. Fatboy Slim vs. Stooges – Slash '69 (DJ Zebra mashup)
6. Michael Jackson vs. The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Boogie (Loo and Placido mashup)
7. Cypress Hill vs. JB's – More Insane (DJ Zebra mashup)
8. Fatboy Slim vs Sloy – Gangsta Pop (DJ Zebra mashup)
9. Depeche Mode vs. Radio 4 – Master of the Underground (DJ Zebra mashup)
10. Grand National vs. Bee Gees – National Dancing (DJ Zebra mashup)
11. The Kinks – You Really Got Me (DJ Zebra remix)
12. LCD Soundsystem vs. Rick James – Superfreak is Playing at My House (DJ Zebra vs. DJ Godzilla mashup)
13. Shaggy vs. Rage Against the Machine – Killing Boombastic (DJ Zebra mashup)

Commentary:
There were countless DJs and producers who contributed amazing work to the Sixx Mixx, from one-off novelties to entire guest shows, and all of them are awesome in their own ways. But out of all of them, I think it was French producer Antoine Minne a.k.a. DJ Zebra who most "got" the show. Of course, that's partially because we were sort of living parallel lives: he had a half-hour Friday night mix show on the Paris alternative station, Oui FM, and while he appreciated dance and electronic music, he focused on interesting (and often wryly funny) juxtapositions of rock and soul music in a way that was perfect for the LIVE 105 audience. Of course, Monsieur Zebra has gone on to become a veritable superstar in France, whereas I'm sitting here typing this on a Saturday night. But partially thank to his championing of my work, I had a brief spurt of notoriety in France and was lucky enough to DJ there multiple times, and always felt a connection to the place. And of course over the years we've become good friends as well.

On the subject of this episode specifically, it's a corker. He kicks off with a radically reworked version of the popular Franz Ferdinand mix, and the set just knocks it out of the park over and over, touching on LIVE 105 faves like Kasabian and Radio 4 and tossing in more Sixx Mixx favorites like his Prince vs. Jet combo and his Kinks remix. We also get the debut of his Shaggy vs. Rage track, which would go on to be a bit of a thing. Overall it's a superb set even considering it skips his Nine Inch Nails/Beatles mix that was already one of our most requested tracks. High-five, Zebs.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: n/a



SIXX MIXX 081 - 4/01/2005

Sixx Mixx 081

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Listen:

Sixx Mixx 081 - 4/01/2005 - Untitled Cause I Lost the Title Edition
1. Beck vs. Beastie Boys vs. Butthole Surfers – Doin' It in Tejas (DJ Merritt mashup)
2. Queen – We Will Rock You (acapella)
2. Queen – We Will Rock You (acapella)
3. Joan Jett – I Love Rock 'n' Roll
4. Jay-Z vs. Billy Joel – Big Shot Pimpin' (Brat mashup)
5. Kasabian – Reason is Treason
6. Lynyrd Skynyrd vs. Nelly – Sweet Home Country Grammar (Mei-Lwun mashup)
7. The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize
8. The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize (unknown remix)
9. Mylo vs. Tegan & Sara – Walking with a Ghost in Paris (Party Ben mashup version 2.0)
10. Daft Punk vs. Eurythmics – Da Sweet Funk (IDC mashup)
11. Eurythmics vs. Killers – Somebody Dream Me (Party Ben mashup)
12. Coldplay vs. Sum 41 – The Scientist in Pieces (Party Ben mashup as suggested by Joanna, John and Kenny)


Commentary:
You'd think, with Dr. Demento-style musical prankery at the core of what the Sixx Mixx was about, I would have treated an April Fool's Day Mixx with just a little more care. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, this set is a sad amalgamation of recent hit tracks and segues, except for the very good Merritt mashup of Beck/Butthole Surfers/Beasties at the beginning (and, I guess, the first play of V2 of the Mylo/Tegan & Sara). As I said in the tracklisting for episode 79 below, the Coldplay/Sum 41 is amusing once, but not really a second time. Anyway, emimently skippable.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 1/10



SIXX MIXX 080 - 3/25/2005

Sixx Mixx 080
Artwork: Still from "TV Funhouse" Pat O'Brien "Fun with Real Audio" episode

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Listen:

Sixx Mixx 080 - 3/25/2005 - Sick Edition
1. Tegan & Sara vs. Mylo – Walking with a Ghost in Paris (Party Ben mashup - version 1)
2. Deep Purple – Smoke on the Water
3. 50 Cent – In Da Club (dsico remix)
4. The Smiths – Bigmouth Strikes Again (FakeID remix)
5. The Smithereens – A Girl Like You
6. Coldplay vs. Punx – Ben X Parties On Your Face (Party Ben mashup)
7. Coldplay - God Put A Smile Upon My Face (Fakeid Remix)
8. Outkast - The Way You Move
9. Tone Loc - Wild Thing
10. L.A. Dream Team - The Dream Team Is In The House
11. Newcleus - Space Is The Place
12. The Bravery – Honest Mistake (Superdiscount remix)
13. New Order – Blue Monday
14. LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk is Playing at My House
(Soulwax / 2 Many DJs Essential Mix version vs. more Daft Punk)
15. Dwarf Punk – Da Phunk
16. Beck – Venom Connection (E-Pro Green Music & Gold remix)
17. Colour Me Badd - I Wanna Sex You Up
18. Colour Me Badd vs. Pat O'Brien - I Really Wanna Just Get F***ing Crazy With You and Maybe Get a Hooker (Betsy's Not That Into It mix by Party Ben)

Commentary:
I'm guessing the title refers to a cold or flu or something I had, and with that in mind, this episode isn't so bad. It features the first appearance of one of my favorite things I ever made, the Mylo/Tegan & Sara combo that would go on to become a big hit on a couple radio stations and even inspire some infighting between Tegan and Sara themselves. This is an early draft which I ended up calling Version 1.0, there are a couple bits that are different if you listen closely but it's not really a big deal. Most of the episode rips from previous shows, the 80s hip hop segment from Episode 24, for instance. I do like that weird remix of E-Pro at the end, and then we get a totally silly but still chuckle-worthy (to my immature ear at least) medley of Colour Me Badd with the Pat O'Brien phone messages that had just come to light. Overall though, the episode feels awkward and forced together, and a little flu-y.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 4/10



SIXX MIXX 079 - 3/18/2005

Sixx Mixx 079
Artwork: Chris Wood "Spira"

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Listen:

Sixx Mixx 079 - 3/18/2005 - Party Mom & Party Dad in da Hizzouse Edition
1. Daft Punk – Robot Rock
2. Twisted Sister – I Wanna Rock
3. The Cure – Hot Hot Hot!!!
4. The Cure vs. Missy Elliott – I'm Really Really Hot Hot Hot (A+D mashup)
5. The Cure vs. Snoop – Drop It Like It's Hot Hot Hot (immuzikation mashup)
6. Kidz Bop Kids – Float On
7. Dolly Parton – 9 to 5 (from As Heard on Radio Soulwax Part 2)
8. Royksopp – Eple (from As Heard on Radio Soulwax Part 2)
9. Beastie Boys – Triple Trouble (a capella)
10. Beastie Boys – Triple Trouble (Graham Coxon remix)
11. Stone Roses – Fools Gold
12. Stone Roses vs. Outkast - “Stone Cold Roses” (Instamatic mashup)
13. Depeche Mode – “People Are People”
14. The White Stripes – “Hardest Button To Button” (Tk1000 white label remix)
15. The Killers vs. Europe – Somebody's Countdown (Lionel Vinyl mashup)
16. Smashing Pumpkins – 1979 (New Originals 1799 mix)
17. Coldplay vs. Sum 41 – The Scientist in Pieces (Party Ben mashup, as suggested by Joanna, John and Kenny)

Commentary:
My parents were actually visiting and in the studio during the broadcast, thus the name. Anyway, so even then, the week of its release, I was really trying to force myself to like "Robot Rock," which in its original form is super boring and irritating, something that's hard to remember post-Daft Punk Alive which put the track to such perfect use. But even trying to liven it up with "I Wanna Rock," it's a tough sell to start the whole show with it. Thankfully things get better fast, with two delightful Cure mashups and then the classic Dolly Parton into Royksopp segment from Radio Soulwax which always seemed to kick the Sixx Mixx into high gear when I played it. We'd heard some Stone Roses stuff before but the inclusion of "People Are People" really works I think. Then we get a couple upbeat remixes and a finale that was actually an audience suggestion -- people would write me all the time in the Sixx Mixx heyday with ideas but they were usually like "hey Party Ben you dumb fatso, mix together Green Day and Green Acres." Once in a while they were on point however, and while I wouldn't necessarily feel like playing this little Coldplay/Sum 41 novelty much again, it's pretty funny once.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 6/10





SIXX MIXX 078 - 3/11/2005

Sixx Mixx 078
Artwork: Pieter Muller, "A Ship Wrecked in a Storm off a Rocky Coast," 17th century


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Listen:

Sixx Mixx 78 - 3/11/2005 - Foaming at the Mouth Edition
1. New Order – Krafty (Phones Reality remix)
2. Franz Ferdinand – This Fire (Playgroup remix)
3. LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk is Playing at My House
4. Rick James vs. LCD Soundsystem – Superfreak is Playing at My House (DJ Godzilla mashup)
5. Daft Punk vs. Eurythmics – Da Sweet Funk (IDC mashup)
6. Eurythmics vs. Killers – Somebody Dream Me (Party Ben mashup)
7. Kansas – Carry On My Wayward Son
8. Elastica – Connection
9. Veruca Salt – Seether
10. Beck vs. Butthole Surfers vs. Beastie Boys – Doin' it in Tejas (DJ Merritt mashup)
11. Queen – We Will Rock You (a capella)
12. Joan Jett – I Love Rock 'n' Roll
13. Jay-Z vs. Billy Joel – Big Show Pimpin' (Brat mashup)
14. Kasabian – Reason is Treason
15. Elvis Costello vs. The Police vs. Lionel Richie vs. Peggy Lee vs. Bob Marley vs. The Hollies vs. Led Zeppelin – Wrapped Detective (Go Home Procuctions mashup)

Commentary:
While I often tried to start the show with something fresh and new, either a new remix or new release, and let it play for most of its length as a sort of "top of the show feature," 10 years later that can often seem a bit dull, as the songs are no longer, uh, new, and it's like, "why are you playing 4 minutes of 'Galvanize'??" However I would say in this case, I like this Phones mix of Krafty a lot, and it's not like it ever got "overplayed" or anything, and its strutting beat really sets the tone for the whole show, so i'm giving its nearly 3 minutes of unadulterated play a bit of a pass. Plus the mix into the equally thrilling Playgroup remix of Franz Ferdinand is really awesome; this opening trio of songs (including LCD Soundsystem) makes me nostalgic for that sort of late-dance-punk era where the new wave and electro sounds were such a thing. It was fun. Anyway, things rapidly get silly, with DJ Godzilla's (??) Rick James mashup and IDC's goofy Daft Punk/Eurythmics. Some of the ideas don't really work--the whole Kansas/Elastical thing is a bit off, and the Elastica/Veruca Salt is an admirable attempt that isn't really listenable--but it's all just weird and random enough to be amusing, at least. Then a hard tempo break and we get the debut of Merritt's super great Beck mix and some amusing fiddling around with Joan Jett and Queen (should have maybe fleshed that out into a standalone). Then, another stupendous debut, Brat's towering Jay-Z/Billy Joel combo that still makes me jump for joy. My layering of Kasabian over the top is... I dunno, totally wrong, but kind of cool sounding? Then we finish with GHP in full on collage mode with the wistful "Wrapped Detective." The show definitely doesn't have the smoothness or craftsmanship of some of the better episodes but it's got its heart in the right place.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 6/10






SIXX MIXX 077 - 2/25/2005

Sixx Mixx 077

Mediafire download link or right-click for direct download: 73MB mp3


Listen:

Sixx Mixx 77 – 2/25/05 - Heretical Boob Edition
1. Fugazi vs. Destiy's Child – Independent Room (Party Ben mashup)
2. Jay-Z vs. Linkin Park – Numb/Encore
3. Moby – Bodyrock
4. AC/DC vs. Urban Takeover – Back in Black / Rock the Funky Beats (DJ Z-Trip mix)
5. The Cure vs. Postal Service – Close to Heights (Party Ben steals Omar's idea mashup)
6. Eddie Cochran vs. Snoop – C'mon Everybody Let's Drop It Like It's Hot (DJ Prince mashup)
7. English Beat – Mirror in the Bathroom
8. Beastie Boys – Intergalactic (Prisoners of Technology remix)
9. Beck – Ghettochip Malfunction (Hell Yes 8-Bit remix)
10. Alphaville – Big in Japan
11. Audioslave – Like a Stone
12. Chemical Brothers – Galvanize
13. Blink 182 vs. Chemical Brothers – Violence/Galvanize (DJ TiiM mashup)
14. The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize (half.arsed.beats bootleg remix)
15. The Bravery – Honest Mistake (Super Discount remix)
16. The Clash vs. The Killers – Somebody Rock Me (Party Ben mashup)

Commentary:
So while the previous episode, #76, was an example of how the Sixx Mixx had advanced, both in technical skill and the ability to create a half hour that flowed well and felt "unified," #77 is an example of how sometimes everything can fail, even with the best of intentions and hard work. While the episode starts with one of my stronger individual mashups, things go wrong quickly, with an attempt to marry Moby with the Jay-Z/Linkin Park mashup and Z-Trip's AC/DC mix, which is a muddy disaster. Then it gets worse. I think I can blame the idea at least on genius San Francisco DJ Omar who I seem to remember did a seamless and thrilling segue between the Postal Service and the Cure out at some club, but my attempt to turn that into a mashup is one of the worst things that may have ever graced FM airwaves. Every 2nd chord is out of key so I attempt to fix it by pitching up the Cure, but it just sounds horrible and I can't believe I let it go on for what seems like hours. Things pick up significantly with DJ Prince's awesome Snoop mix, and I get in on the fun a little with the English Beat, but then because I'm apparently intent on making the show suck, I go right back to plodding, overworked crap, finally giving up and just playing a few tracks (Bravery, Clash/Killers) I'd played before a bunch. Even today, an episode like this reminds me why my "career" never really went anywhere, because I am terrible.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 1/10






SIXX MIXX 076 - 2/18/2005

Sixx Mixx 076
Photo by B. Monginoux / Landscape-Photo.net

Mediafire download link or right-click for direct download: 70MB mp3


Listen:

Sixx Mixx 76 – 2/18/05 - Supermegamixx Edition
1. Beck vs. Michael & Janet Jackson vs. AC/DC – Screaming Pro in Hell (Team9 mashup)
2. Led Snooppelin – Drop It Like It's Hot / Whole Lotta Love (Party Ben mashup)
3. Super Mario Brothers Theme vs. M.I.A. "Supergalangalang" (cry.on.my.console mashup)
4. The Beatles vs. Beastie Boys (Beastles) – "I Feel Fine Right Now" (dj bc mashup)
5. Lynyrd Skynyrd vs. Nelly – "Sweet Home Country Grammar" (Mei-Lwun mashup)
6. The Chemical Brothers – "Galvanize"
7. Red Hot Chili Peppers – "All Around the World"
8. Billy Squier – "The Stroke"
9. Digital Underground – "The Humpty Dance"
10. Siouxsie & the Banshees – "Peek-a-boo"
11. Siouxsie & the Banshees vs. Outkast – "Peek-a-boo / Ms. Jackson" (El Mannion mashup)
12. Happy Mondays – "Step On"
13. Run-DMC – "Peter Piper"
14. Green Day vs. Thirteen Senses vs. Smashmouth – "Mystery Boulevard" (Alex C mashup) (Party Ben rework)
15. Tegan & Sara "Walking With a Ghost"
16. Adamski vs. Killers vs. Basement Jaxx – "Somebody Kill Me" (Party Ben mashup)


Commentary:
Now here we go. This is an episode where I open up the old Audition session and look at all the intricate and subtle arrangements and trickery, all in service of the overall easygoing flow, and I think, "how did I know how to do all this stuff?" Most segues between individual tracks and mashups are clever and teasing, often including all sorts of tiny little audio bits like a single word dropped to another track for a triple-time echo or a playful lowpass filter. And it's, like, fun. We kick off with one of my favorite blends from Aussie Team9, and then there's a tricky transition into the debut of my Led Zeppelin/Snoop mashup, which didn't even have a name yet, and went on to be one of my most famous tracks. While we get some more familiar tracks for the next 10 minutes or so, their arrangement is still new and enjoyable, I think. The Billy Squier/Digital Underground combo is fun for a one-off, and all the subtle changes of the Squier beat and guitar stabs throughout were all done manually -- there was no "instrumental" to just layer over the top, so I'm just changing it up every 8 bars for fun. It's also a hoot to see the Happy Mondays here, and the Alex C mashup of Boulevard is lovely. Wish it would have ended there, however, since despite the fact that it's maybe cool to bring out Adamski, I guess, my mashup of it with the Killers is one of those that feels like it should be working but somehow feels tiring, and it lasts for like 5 minutes. So, points deducted for that, but the first 25 minutes really represents the best of what the show was all about, and shows I'd sort of developed a sense of musical structure as well as some experience with the software, and it only took me 76 shows to get there (guess Malcolm Gladwell was right).

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 7/10






SIXX MIXX 075 - 2/04/2005

Sixx Mixx 075

Mediafire download link or right-click for direct download: 71MB mp3


Listen:

Sixx Mixx 75 – 2/04/05 - Untitled
1. Electric 6 vs. Muppets – Gay Muppet Bar (Phil and Dog mashup)
2. Linkin Park vs. Jay-Z – "Points of Authority / 99 Problems"
3. Nena vs. Jay-Z – "99 Luft Problems"
4. Red Hot Chili Peppers – "Can't Stop"
5. Beck – "Where it's At"
6. Pharaoh Monch – "Simon Says"
7. Franz Ferdinand – 'Take Me Out"
8. Chic vs. Franz Ferdinand vs. Beastie Boys – "Chic Franzie Boys" (Party Ben mashup)
10. Daft Punk vs. Queen – "Another One Bites da Funk" (Party Ben mashup)
11. Queen vs. ODB – "Bite" (Kleptones Mashup)
12. Green Day vs. Oasis etc. – "Boulevard of Broken Songs"
13. Nine Inch Nails vs. Beatles – "Come Closer" (DJ Zebra Mashup)
14. The Smiths vs. Blackstreet – "Blacksmiths" (StvD mashup)
15. The Music – "Breakin'"
16. Jane's Addiction – "Been Caught Stealing"
17. Blur vs. Kasabian – "There's No LSF" (Party Ben mashup)

Commentary:
This episode is just the majority of episode 66 with different first and last tracks. Only posting it for completists, I guess. Are there Sixx Mixx completists?

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 0/10




SIXX MIXX 074 - 1/28/2005

Sixx Mixx 074
Photo: Arne Hückelheim

Right-click for direct download: 70MB mp3


Listen:

Sixx Mixx 74 – 1/28/05 - Hott Traxxx Edition
1. The Killers – Somebody Told Me (Mylo remix)
2. The Clash – Rock the Casbah vs. The Killers – Somebody Told Me (acapella) (Party Ben mix)
3. New Order – Subculture
4. Duran Duran – Girls On Film
5. The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up
6. The Prodigy vs. The Hives – Hate to Smack My Bitch Up (Party Ben mashup)
7. Nirvana – Lithium (Dirty Funker mix)
8. Bachman Turner Overdrive – Takin' Care of Business
9. Soulwax – Teachers
10. The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize (Abe Duque remix)
11. The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize (Switch remix)
12. Tone Loc – Funky Cold Medina
13. Foreigner – Hot Blooded
14. Beastie Boys – Ch-Check It Out (white label breaks remix)
15. Franz Ferdinand – This Fire (Playgroup mix)
16. LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk is Playing at My House (Soulwax remix)
17. U2 – Vertigo (Jacknife Lee 10" mix)
18. Negativland – I Still Haven't Found What I"m Looking For (Special Edit Radio Mix)

Commentary:
From start to (almost) finish, this episode kind of epitomizes the strutting electro-rock sound that was such a thing in the mid-2000s. While Mylo's angular take on "Somebody Told Me" is, I would argue, one of his less successful efforts, it sets the jaunty tone for this episode. Immediately following we get the first prototype appearance of a mashup that would go on to be one of my most well-known tracks, mixing the Killers with the Clash, the best by far of the three quick tryouts we get right in a row (boy I sure had to speed up New Order to make it work there didn't I). You can hear a couple fumbles in the Clash/Killers segment that I would fix when I fleshed it out in Episode 76. Up next, points deducted for repeating the sequence of Prodge/Hives/Nirvana/BTO from Sixx Mixx 58, although I do quite enjoy the loop of "Takin' Care of Business" as it segues into Soulwax, whose "Teachers" I feel some pride at playing at 6:12pm on a Friday on a major market radio station. The remix of "Galvanize" marks the first Sixx Mixx appearance of Switch, a guy who would go on to become one of my favorite producers of the 2000s--his original "This is Sick" and work on MIA's Arular would both come out later in 2005. Anyway, back to the Mixx: the Tone Loc/Foreigner/Beasties segment is fun and pretty well constructed, and that Playgroup remix of Franz Ferdinand is really superb. We get a little more Soulwax in their mix of LCD Soundsystem, and if I'm honest, this whole episode is (more than most, even) a kind of 2manydjs tribute, with its non-stop driving tempo and back-and-forth between rock and electro. And finally, we finish up with a clip of Negativland's genius 1991 Casey Kasem/U2 collage, which I just adore. As is well known, Negativeland and SST were sued and force to withdraw the release of their "U2" EP, on the grounds that the cover, featuring "U2" in large type, might confuse actual U2 fans. What's ironic is this actually happened to me in 1992--I was flipping through the stacks at my local record emporium in Minneapolis, and came across the EP, not knowing what it was, I was like, "why have I never heard of this U2 album called 'Negativland'?" So I didn't buy it. Boy, did I feel stupid later. But I think playing it on drive time radio in the band's hometown of San Francisco, 13 years later, makes up for that a little bit.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 7/10




SIXX MIXX 073 - 1/21/2005

Sixx Mixx 073

Mediafire download link or right-click for direct download: 71MB mp3


Listen:

Sixx Mixx 73 – 1/21/05 - Welcome Home Edition

1. The Beastles (Beastie Boys vs. Beatles) – I Feel Fine Right Now (djbc mashup)
2. Lynyrd Skynyrd vs. Nelly – Sweet Home Country Grammar (DJ Mei-Lwun mashup)
3. Beck – Hell Yes
4. The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize
5. Blink 182 vs. Chemical Brothers – Violence/Galvanize (DJ TiiM mashup)
6. The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize (half.arsed.beats remix)
7. The Music vs. Gwen Stefani – Music Worth Waiting For (Payroll mashup)
8. Real Life vs. Gwen Stefani – Waiting for You to Send Me an Angel (agentlovelette mashup)
9. The Bravery – Honest Mistake
10. Duran Duran – Planet Earth
11. Fatboy Slim vs. Devo vs. Louis XIV vs. The Knack – "Finding Out Sharona is Blind" (Party Ben mashup)
12. Bloc Party – Banquet (Phones Disco edit)
13. The Cure – A Forest
14. Peter Schilling – Major Tom (Coming Home)
15. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama (reprise)
15. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama

Commentary:
I think what was both a positive and maybe a negative about the Sixx Mixx was that I had very strict "rules" about what I would play, and how I would mix things together. As a prime-time show on a mainstream alternative radio station, I wanted to be very conscientious about keeping the music both familiar and friendly to that audience as well as just fucked up enough that there was, you know, a reason to tune in and people would go "whoa." Also, I wanted mashups and remixes with structure and progression, not just random combos. With the mixing, I was very strict with myself as well, really trying to mix in key and not just throw hip hop vocals over the latest indie favorite, and trying to be as true to the tracks' original pitch and tempo as possible. On the positive side, this hard work made the show popular with a wide group of people and individual shows are, at their best, cohesive and focused. On the negative side, it meant that I repeated a lot of tracks, since there were so few that qualified (like say Slide's remix of "Seven Nation Army, a hugely popular song turned into an awesomely new but still recognizable remix). It also meant I wasn't ever able to make the sort of conceptual leap to the next "big thing" in mashuppery: Girl Talk-style hyperspeed mayhem, jumping from track to track without worrying so much about every combo being perfect. A little bit of freedom to just "muck about" might have made the show more fun (and my Thursday nights might have ended earlier).

But what's good about this era of the show is that while there's still some repetition from one week to the next, I feel like it's more about taking the most successful segments of previous episodes and improving on them, building on them. The show really feels like it's "evolving" around this time, mutating in fun and exciting ways even while maintaining themes we might have heard a week or two ago. Thus, we get the pretty-good Bravery/Duran Duran segment from Episode 71, as well as an improved version of "Finding Out Sharona is Blind" from last week, but I don't think the show suffers for repeating those segments. Anyway, starting at the beginning, we get the first play of another of bc's fine Beastles tracks, and the first play of Mei-Lwun's towering "Sweet Home Country Grammar." It's the debut of Beck's "Hell Yes," one of my faves, and the interplay with "Galvanize" is fun, plus this whole front section is all in the same key which is kind of mind-boggling. The Gwen Stefani section in the middle isn't my favorite, to be honest I wasn't a fan of "What You Waiting For," but the mashups are fun and quality efforts. We get the debut of Bloc Party's "Banquet" -- some big first plays on this episode! -- and I really enjoy that whole super-fast section. (I should probably have fleshed out a full fledged mashup from the Cure thing.) Now, I really wanted to come back around to "Sweet Home Alabama" at the end, as a kind of "reprise," but I couldn't quite make it work -- I even sang the chorus myself to add a little oomph to the vocals in the absence of an acapella. I guess the idea is good enough that I can give it a pass, but I cringe a bit hearing it. Anyway, overall I feel like this episode is still pretty much a home run despite a few stumbles here and there and perhaps a bit of a slow front section, and if you take all my arcane rules into consideration, it's hard to imagine an episode fulfilling those goals better.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 8/10




SIXX MIXX 072 - 1/14/2005

Sixx Mixx 072
Photo: still from "Howl's Moving Castle," Hayao Miyazaki, 2004

Right-click for direct download: 73MB MP3


Listen:

Sixx Mixx 72 – 1/14/05 - Flaming Edition
1. The Killers – "Mr. Brightside" (Thin White Duke remix)
2. Van Halen – "Jump" (unknown white label breaks remix)
3. Presidents of the USA – "Lump"
4. The Kinks – "You Really Got Me"
5. The Kinks vs. Peaches – "Kinky Peaches" (unknown white label mashup)
6. The Caesars – "Jerk it Out"
9. Kasabian – "Reason is Treason"
10. Interpol – "PDA"
11. Fatboy Slim vs. B-52s vs. Felix da Housecat – "Rockafella Rocket Shack" (DJ Tripp mashup)
12. Hives vs. Monkees – “Two Timing Touch and Stepping Stone” (ThriftshopXL mashup)
13. Missy Elliott – “Get Ur Freak On”
14. Le Tigre vs. Missy Elliott – “Decepta-freak-on” (A+D mashup)
15. Beatles vs. Batman – “To the Taxmobile” (Lenlow mashup)
16. Devo – "Working in a Coal Mine"
17. Louis XIV – "Finding Out True Love is Blind"
18. The Knack – "My Sharona"
19. Franz Ferdinand – "This Fire"
20. Madonna – "Burnin' Up"
21. Ash – "Burn Baby Burn"
22. The Trammps – "Disco Inferno"
23. Jimi Hendrix – "Fire"
24. Duran Duran – "A View to a Kill"
25. Prodigy – "Firestarter"
26. Electric 6 – "Danger High Voltage"
27. Deep Purple – "Smoke On the Water"
28. The Cult – "Fire Woman"
29. REM – "The One I Love"
30. Bloodhound Gang – "Fire Water Burn"
31. Talking Heads – "Burnin' Down the House"
32. Busta Rhymes f/ Pharrell Williams – "Light Your Ass On Fire"
33. Bruce Springsteen – "I'm On Fire"
34. Ohio Players – "Fire"
35. The Pixies – "Dig for Fire"
36. Johnny Cash – "Ring of Fire"
37. Beavis and Butthead - "Yes, Yes, Fire, Yes"

Commentary:
While this episode contains as its gooey center about nine minutes of Sixx Mixx 64, for some reason that doesn't bother me too much here, probably because it feels like I took the best part of that episode and then surrounded it with more excitement. We kick things off in the Sixx Mixx tradition of starting with a brand new release, which is good and bad -- I liked featuring new music, but hearing one song for four minutes can be a bit of a drag. In this instance however it's the just-released Thin White Duke aka Stuart Price remix of "Mr. Brightside" that would go on to win a Best Remix Grammy, and it's honestly really good, so we'll allow it. The Van Halen to Interpol section is odd but enjoyable, and there's a high level of difficulty with all those loud rock tracks. I also still really enjoy the raucous section of Mixx 64 which seems to mash up mashups until songs are swirling around like toys in a kid's room when there's a poltergeist. We exit the 64 section with a new production, a combo of Louis XIV and "My Sharona" that LIVE 105 music director Aaron Axelsen suggested and which was later attracked (trolled?) by the SF Weekly, the local rag which would eventually go after me every chance they got with misinformation and thuggish mockery, like a sort of anti-mashup Fox News. What's funny is that despite the silly concept, I do kind of like the track's production, layering as it does the Devo bassline over it all. Anyway, then we come to the "fire" megamix. I had actually done this sort of thing as a teenager, I think I made a "baby" mix on my cassette player. I don't know what inspired me to do try it again here, but I remember having to sort of argue with myself, part of me thinking it was dopey and childish, another part of me giggling with glee. Obvoiusly that part always wins. Trivia: while Sixx Mixx track listings are inconsistent (sometimes I list proto-mashups as their separate songs and other times I list them as one track), this mix has without a doubt the highest number of individual songs of any episode.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 8/10

 



SIXX MIXX 071 - 1/07/2005

Sixx Mixx 071

Mediafire download link or right-click for direct download: 73MB MP3


Listen:

Sixx Mixx 71 – 1/07/05 - I Stole and Then I Lied Just Because You Asked Me To Edition
1. Blur vs Kasabian – "There's No LSF" (Party Ben mashup)
2. Soup Dragons – "I'm Free"
3. Led Zeppelin – "Whole Lotta Love"
4. Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell Williams – "Drop It Like It's Hot" (a capella)
5. Faith No More – "Epic"
6. Jay-Z – "99 Problems (a capella)
7. M.I.A. – "Galang" (XL/Beggars)
8. Chemical Brothers – "Galvanize"
9. Chemical Brothers – "Galvanize" (half.arsed.beats remix)
10. The Music vs. Gwen Stefani – "Music Worth Waiting For" (Payroll mashup)
11. U2 vs. Yaz ("Vertigo vs. Don't Go")– "YazU2" (Go Home Productions mashup)
12. The Bravery "Honest Mistake"
13. Duran Duran – "Planet Earth"
14. Simian Mobile Disco – "The Count" (From Radio Soulwax BBC Essential Mix 1/02/05)
15. Who Made Who – "Satisfaction" (From Radio Soulwax BBC Essential Mix 1/02/05)
16. Benni Benassi vs. Salt & Pepa vs. Rolling Stones – "Push My Satisfaction" (Fondue Meltdown mashup)

Commentary:
We kick off 2005 somewhat refreshed, with what is overall a bright and witty episode. Of course you have to get through another appearance of Blur vs. Kasabian before things really get rolling, but once they do, it's pretty fun. It marks the first appearance of my Led Zeppelin vs. Snoop mashup which went on to be a fan favorite, but I have to say I enjoy the Soup Dragons being used as a "bridge" to get there even more entertaining. The transition to Faith No More totally makes me chuckle, and of course nice to see a little MIA in the mix (the track had just been released in late 2004). Then a bunch of other mashups make their show debuts: Payroll's driving The Music (remember them??) vs. Gwen Stefani and GHP's intense U2/Yaz. While I didn't list it as such, the Bravery/Duran Duran is pretty much a standalone mashup that I probably should have separated out and made into something but, whatever. Then, as in Sixx Mixx 49, I steal a few minutes from 2manydjs which put to shame anything I've ever done, two super-cool exclusive tracks they included in a BBC Essential Mix that I would have happily played myself if I'd had them. I even wrote to Gomma requesting a promo CD of "Satisfaction" (so I could play a non-radio-rip copy) since it was completely unavailable in the US; they were kind enough to write back and say "No, we don't care about American promotion." I was like, gaaargh! So yeah this is a "cheat" and whatever, lifting another radio show, but from the standpoint of the finished product, it fits right in. So, like I said, overall it's an appealingly silly episode, if not exactly ground-breaking.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 7/10

 



SIXX MIXX 070 - 12/24/2004

Sixx Mixx 070

Mediafire download link or right-click for direct download: 74MB MP3



Sixx Mixx 70 – 12/24/04 – Christmas Edition (with thanks to DJ Riko)

1. Meco Monardo and the Cast of Star Wars – Christmas in the Stars
2. Mousse T vs. The Dandy Warhols – Horny Christmas (Loo & Placido mashup)
3. The Jackson 5 – Up On the House Top
4. Frank Sinatra vs. Big Boss Man – Boogaloo and Holly (DJ Riko mashup)
5. Soulwax – Last Christmas
6. Derek B – Chillin' with Santa
7. Paul McCartney vs. Jennifer Lopez – Christmas On the Block (Go Home Productions mashup)
8. Grandaddy – Alan Parsons in a Winter Wonderland
9. Bob Rivers & Twisted Radio – I Am Santa Claus
11. Boston vs. a variety of stuff – Christmas in Boston (Too Many JDs mashup)
12. DJ Riko – Chrismas Greeting Medley
13. Bob Rivers – Walkin' Round in Women's Underwear
14. Jet vs. Various Artists – Stop Christmas (Bad Tattoo mashup)
15. Low – Just Like Christmas

Commentary:
In 2003, I sort of "punted" on acknowledging the holiday season. The last Friday before Christmas was 12/19 and so I just wasn't that inspired to get too Christmassy I guess, and just ended the episode with "Christmas on the Block." However in 2004 I first heard DJ Riko's awesome "Mixmas" sets, which served both as inspiration and as a source for some raw materials. Plus, the show itself would fall on Christmas eve which seemed the perfect time to try out an all-Christmas novelty Mixx. In effect I just took Riko's set and sort of dumbed it down for the LIVE 105 audience, adding in some favorite mashups and alt-y tracks (Grandaddy! Low!), and the show did end up becoming a highly requested episode as time went by. But it's mostly thanks to Riko, and it turns out he's still making his Christmas sets, which you can download at his website here.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 6/10



SIXX MIXX 069 - 12/17/2004

Sixx Mixx 069
Photo: "Where Have All the Toys Come From," Hiroshi Fuji, 2012

Mediafire download link or right-click for direct download: 72MB MP3

Listen:

Sixx Mixx 69 – 12/17/04 - It's Either This or a Repeat Edition
1. Chic vs. Beastie Boys vs. Franz Ferdinand "Chic Franzie Boys" (Party Ben mashup)
2. Audioslave vs. Lumidee "Show Me How to Leave" (Party Ben mashup)
3. U2 "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
4. Steve Miller Band "Fly Like an Eagle"
5. Beck – "Where It's At"
6. Crazy Town vs. J-Kwon vs. Steve Miller "Tipsy Butterfly"
7. Modest Mouse "Float On"
8. Beastie Boys "Intergalactic"
9. Dandy Warhols vs. Beastie Boys "Intergalactic Friends" (Ultra396 mashup)
10. Air "Alpha Beta Gaga" (Mark Ronson remix)
11. The Doors vs. Justin Timberlake "Break Your Body" (Soundhog mashup/PB edit)
12. Blondie vs. The Doors "Rapture Riders" (GHP mashup)
13. Cypress Hill vs. Missy Elliott "Pass That Insane Dutch" (DJDubz mashup)
14. Nirvana "Rape Me"
15. EMF "Unbelievable"
16. Chemical Brothers "Galvanize"
17. Red Hot Chili Peppers – "Around the World"
18. Kasabian "Club Foot" (Jags Kooner remix)

Commentary:
Another hodgepodge of previous episodes, although it does flow pretty nicely. The obscure Kasabian remix makes more sense if you consider that LIVE 105 added five Kasabian songs to its playlist around this time. Whee!

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 6/10

 



SIXX MIXX 068 - 12/10/2004

Sixx Mixx 068
Photo: Mark Vidler, "This Was Pop (2002-2007)"

Mediafire download link or right-click for direct download: 69MB MP3

Listen:

Sixx Mixx 68 – 12/10/04 – Go Home Productions guest mix
GHP - "YazU2" (Yazoo / U2)
GHP - "Jet Lady Joe" (Beatles / Jet / Mud / Joe Walsh / KLF)
GHP - "Come In Black" (Will Smith / Nirvana)
GHP - "War Doggs & Iron Pigs" (Snoop Dogg & Dr Dre / Black Sabbath)
GHP - "Franz Buffalo" (Malcolm McLaren / Franz Ferdinand / XTC)
GHP - "Rapture Riders" (The Doors / Blondie)
GHP - "Jimi Public" (Public Enemy / Jimi Hendrix)
GHP - "Living Is Easy" (contains elements from The Clash / The Beatles)
GHP - "Genie In A Jah" (Christina Aguilera / The Ruts)
GHP - "Always On The Rock" (Queen / Lenny Kravitz)
GHP - "Rock & Roll" (Eve & Alicia Keys / Joan Jett)
GHP - "Ray Of Gob (2004 Radio Edit)" (Madonna / The Sex Pistols)

Commentary:
So what can I even say about Mark Vidler aka Go Home Productions? I've called him the Metallica of Mashuppers--an artist who elevated an often adolescent and novelty-focused genre (case in point, me) into true art, the act that both defines and stands above the style itself. I can't remember if we had him coming in to play at Bootie this week or if this set was apropos of nothing, but it's a real barnstomer, and Mr. Vidler clearly made the effort to keep things alt-rock-radio friendly, something that always made me nervous with guest mixxerz since I was kind of a control freak. (Was!) Anyway, it's a real honor he was on the show.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: not applicable



SIXX MIXX 067 - 12/03/2004

Sixx Mixx 067

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Sixx Mixx 67 – 12/03/04 - Dancer's Delight Edition
1. Chemical Brothers – "Galvanize"
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers – "Around The World"
3. Daft Queen – "Another One Bites Da Funk" (Party Ben Mashup)
4. Stereo Mcs vs. Eminem vs. Eagles – "Just Lose My Mind" (Party Ben Mashup)
5. Grandmaster Flash – White Lines
6. Beastie Boys vs. AC/DC vs. INXS – Intergalactic (2ManyDJs mashup)
7. Blursabian – "There's No LSF" (Party Ben Mashup)
8. Franz Ferdinand vs. Neimo – "Take Me Out Saturday Night" (DJ Zebra Mashup)
9. The White Stripes – "7 Nation Army" (Slide Remix)
10. The White Stripes vs. Alter Ego – "7 Nation Rocker" (IDC Mashup)
11. U2 vs. Way Out West – "Vertigo" (Party Ben Mashup)
12. Lenny Kravitz vs. Underdog Project vs. No Doubt vs. Tag Team vs. Electic 6 vs. Benny Benassi – "Superstar" (Loo And Placido Mashup)
13. DJ Riko – "Whistler's Delight"

Commentary:
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, LIVE 105 broadcast live from a goofy little setup in the middle of the Metreon, a sort of mall/entertainment complex in downtown San Francisco, about 15 blocks from the station's headquarters. That in itself is pretty silly. Most weeks I would finish up the mix, burn a CD, hop on my motorcycle and speed over to the Metreon where me and the current host would intro the mix. There was another layer of absurdity, however; I'm not sure whose idea it was, but somehow somebody secured a dance troupe of youngsters, who performed various breakdancey type routines for the half hour of the show, right there in the atrium of the mall for everyone's entertainment. It was so weird but kind of awesome, and for some of the shows in 2005, hundreds of onlookers would have gathered by the end of the mix. Like, seriously, huge crowds. So, my job for these mixes was even harder: make an interesting show for alt-rock-radio listeners, as usual, but also make it something a dance troupe can shake it to. So, this mix is basically a cobbled together mishmash of previous episodes, although it is noteable for the first Sixx Mixx appearance of the Chemical Brothers' "Galvanize," a track I would later mix with some Star Wars (I kick myself to this day that I didn't come up with that mashup until after the Sixx Mixx ended, a year too late). It's not a bad show just kind of dull, although we do end with the wonderful whistle-mashup from DJ Riko, which became a big favorite amongs listeners and staff.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 6/10



SIXX MIXX 066 - 11/26/2004

Sixx Mixx 066

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Sixx Mixx 66 – 11/26/04 - Good Times Edition
1. Linkin Park vs. Jay-Z – "Points of Authority / 99 Problems"
2. Nena vs. Jay-Z – "99 Luft Problems" (Jay-Zeezer mashup)
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers – "Can't Stop"
4. Beck – "Where it's At" (From As Heard On Radio Soulwax Part 4)
5. Pharaoh Monch – "Simon Says" (From As Heard On Radio Soulwax Part 4)
6. Franz Ferdinand – 'Take Me Out"
7. Chic – "Good Times"
8. Beastie Boys – "Triple Trouble"
9. Franz Ferdinand – "Take Me Out" (Norman Geist remix)
10. Daft Punk vs. Queen – "Another One Bites da Funk" (Party Ben mashup)
11. Queen vs. ODB – "Bite" (Kleptones mashup)
12. Green Day vs. Oasis etc. – "Boulevard of Broken Songs"
13. Nine Inch Nails vs. Beatles – "Come Closer" (DJ Zebra Mashup)
14. The Smiths vs. Blackstreet – "Blacksmiths" (StvD mashup)
15. The Music – "Breakin'"
16. Jane's Addiction – "Been Caught Stealing"
17. Scissor Sisters – "Take your Mama"
18. Nickelback vs. Scissor Sisters – "Take Your Mama Fighting" (Toneblender mashup)

Commentary:
Almost entirely a rearrangment of previous Sixx Mixx excerpts, let's just call this a Thanksgiving rerun. It does mark the first appearance of my Chic vs. Beastie Boys vs. Franz Ferdinand combo that would become a signature in my DJ sets, as well as a nice few seconds where Jane's Addiction layers over The Music (remember them? no?) but otherwise, skippable, and an improved Chic/Beasties track appears in Mixx 69 in a few weeks.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 2/10



SIXX MIXX 065 - 11/19/2004

Sixx Mixx 065
Photo: unknown, Studio 54

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Sixx Mixx 65 – 11/19/04 - RIP ODB Edition

1. Lyrics Born vs. ODB – "Call your Money" (Party Ben mashup)
2. Green Day – "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
3. Chemical Brothers – "Block Rockin' Beats"
4. Nine Inch Nails vs. Beatles – "Come Closer" (DJ Zebra mashup)
5. The Smiths vs. Blackstreet – "Blacksmiths" (StvD mashup)
6. Stereoasis – "Superconnected" (Party Ben mashup)
7. Marilyn Manson – "Personal Jesus" (Felix da Housecat remix)
8. Gary Glitter – "Rock 'n' Roll Part 2"
9. The Timelords – "Doctorin the Tardis"
10. Norman Greenbaum – "Spirit in the Sky"
11. Soft Cell – "Tainted Love"
12. Soft Cell vs. Madonna – "Tainted Music" (DSICO mashup)
13. The Knack vs. Kosheen – "Hide My Sharona" (DSICO mashup)
14. The Cure vs. The Faint – "Cats Disappear" (Party Ben mashup)
15. Jay-Z – "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" (a capella)
16. Linkin Park vs. Jay-Z "Dirt Off Your Shoulder / Lying from You"

Commentary:
A bit too ambitious, this Mixx, which sticks, admirably, almost entirely to rock 'n' roll, but suffers a bit from a few awkward segues and a kind of too-shrill audio quality. Ol' Dirty Bastard had passed away that week and in tribute I did the opposite of what I'd been doing with Lyrics Born til that point: utilized the instrumental of "Callin' Out" instead of the acapella, and while there's not much to the mashup I still kind of like it, as well as the transition into "Boulevard." Then we have the Sixx Mixx debut of one of the finest mashup creations of the era, DJ Zebra's towering "Come Closer." As witnessed by the Linkin Park/Jay-Z project which had also come out that week (and I reluctantly included at the end of the show), mashups had entered mainstream consciousness at the most basic level, and to most people meant, basically, "Walk This Way": rap over rock (i.e., black vs. white). I've made my share of that style of mashup, for sure, and they can be tons of fun, but they're something a bit lazy about them, production-wise and conceptually. "Come Closer," on the other hand, marries two wildly disparate sources in a musically intricate and clever arrangement, so that not only do you have the "holy crap these two totally different things can go together" feeling, you also appreciate the union as something new and wonderful in itself. I can't say enough about "Come Closer." The next track, "Blacksmiths," has the same surprise factor and is pretty cool but doesn't really stand the test of time I guess. Later in the show we have an amusing triple-time section that foreshadows what would be one of my most successful tracks, "Dr. Who On Holiday," but the sooner we forget my Cure vs. Faint disaster, the better. Anyway, points for difficulty here, but deductions for stumbles.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 6/10



SIXX MIXX 064 - 11/12/2004

Sixx Mixx 064
Artwork: Cover, "Bongos, Reeds and Brass" by Bob Florence, 1960


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Sixx Mixx 64 – 11/12/04 - Get Away From The Idiots Edition
1. U2 – “Vertigo” (Jacknife Lee 12” mix)
2. Offspring – “Gotta Get Away”
3. Franz Ferdinand – “Take Me Out” (Naum Gabo mix)
4. Foreigner – “Hot Blooded”
5. Primal Scream – “Rocks”
6. Air – “Kelley Watch the Stars” (Moog Cookbook mix)
7. Fischerspooner vs. Billie Squier – “Everybody Wants to Emerge” (Barry Harris mashup)
8. David Bowie – “Suffragette City”
9. Interpol – “Slow Hands” (Britt Daniels mix)
10. Billy Idol – “Rebel Yell”
11. Fatboy Slim – “Rockafella Skank”
12. Fatboy Slim vs. B-52s vs Felix da Housecat – “Rockafella Rocket Shack”
13. Hives vs. Monkees – “Two Timing Touch and Stepping Stone” (ThriftshopXL mashup)
14. Missy Elliott – “Get Ur Freak On”
15. Le Tigre vs. Missy Elliott – “Decepta-freak-on” (A+D mashup)
16. Beatles vs. Batman – “To the Taxmobile” (Lenlow mashup)
17. Scanty Sandwich – “This One” (From Soulwax – Hang All DJs Vol 3)
18. Incredible Bongo Band – “Last Bongo in Belgium” (From Soulwax – Hang All DJs Vol 3)
19. Green Day vs. Depeche Mode “I Feel an Idiot” (Go Home Productions mashup)

Commentary:
While this Mixx starts off somewhat ploddingly with far too much of the seemed-exciting-at-the-time Jacknife Lee mix of "Vertigo," once that's out of the way, it becomes a surprisingly nimble and energetic episode, with some clever linking up of excellent and funny tracks by some real awesome producers, as well as a fun rock 'n' roll theme. There's a snippet of Sixx Mixx 30 in the Hot Blooded section, but it's freshened up significantly by the presence of the delightful Moog Cookbook remix of Air and the triumphant Fischerspooner/Billie Squier mashup that made a big splash at the time. Great to hear Bowie in there as well. The Interpol/Idol section seems a bit forced to my ears now, but then we move into a section teeming with fresh mashup talent: the first appearance of ThriftshopXL with a super fun Monkees/Hives combo; "Decepta-freak-on," the stupendous first major mashup effort from my Bootie compadres A+D, "To the Taxmobile," the hilarious "why didn't I think of that" jam from Lenlow (his first appearance in the Sixx Mixx as well), and what I might delicately say is a lesser effort from the towering Go Home Productions (whose lesser efforts trump most producers' finest moments). I loved the Sixx Mixx when it did this job, i.e. featuring "new talent," but it also has a fun flow at points, gradually ramping up in tempo and getting wackier and wackier. If it wasn't for a few bum sections from myself and the endless Vertigo mix at the beginning, this might rival #49 as a Great Episode, but still, not bad.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 7/10



SIXX MIXX 063 - 11/05/2004

Sixx Mixx 063


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Sixx Mixx 63 – 11/5/04 – NSSN 04 Special Edition
1. Jet vs. Beatles  - “jet Lady Joe” (Go Home Productions bootleg)
2. Interpol – “Untitled”
3. 50 Cent – “In Da Club” (a capella)
4. Modest Mouse – “Float On”
5. George Michael – “Monkey” (a capella)
6. Franz Ferdinand – “Take Me Out”
7. Franz Ferdinand vs. DJ Zebra feat. Neimo – “Take Me Out (Saturday Night)
8. Franz Ferdinand – “Take Me Out” (Crash Berlin remix)
9. Van Halen – “Jump” (Breaks Mix white label) vs. Killers “Mr. Brightside”
10. Killers – “Somebody Told Me” (Josh Harris mix)
11. Duran Duran “Girls On Film”
12. Fatboy Slim – “Rockafella Skank”
13. Interpol – “Slow Hands” (Britt Daniels mix)
14. Radiohead vs. John Lennon – “Karma Life” (Go Hope Productions bootleg)


Commentary:
When will I learn: NO THEME MIXES! This is just bad, an attempt to force together a bunch of bands playing LIVE 105's winter concert, and yes sure I deserve points for being a Team Player and all that but oof, let's never speak of it again.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 1/10



SIXX MIXX 062 - 10/29/2004

Sixx Mixx 062


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Sixx Mixx 62 – 10/29/04 - Election 2004 Edition
1. Eminem – “Mosh”
2. NIN vs The Beatles – “Come Closer” (DJ Zebra mashup)
3. RX – “Imagine”
4. Beastie Boys - “Right Right Now Now”
5. Candyskins – “For What It’s Worth”
6. Public Enemy – “Fight the Power”
7. Edwin Starr – “War”
8. Love & Rockets – “Ball of Confusion”
9. Radiohead – “The Gloaming” (DJ Shadow George W mix)
10. The Chemical Brothers – “Chemical Beats”
11. Bruce Springsteen – “Born in the U.S.A.” vs. Nectarios - "Phoenix" (Party Ben mix)
12. The Crystal Method – “Keep Hope Alive”
13. Crystal Method vs. Howard Dean – “Keep Dean Alive” (Party Ben mix)
14. Faithless – “Mass Destruction” (Tom Middleton remix) vs. George W. Bush (Party Ben version)
15. RX – “Sunday Bloody Sunday" (U2 vs. George W. Bush)

Commentary:
While the mixing is quick, dirty, and often nonexistent, and some of the tracks haven't exactly stood the test of time ("Mosh" doesn't really get a lot of airplay these days), there was something that felt very powerful about this episode at the time, such an agonizing moment in American history. Quite a few people told me they stopped what they were doing to listen, and that there was something about the progression from each track to the next that sort of told a story. I'm not sure about that last part--as usual with the Sixx Mixx I was just trying to get all the stuff to fit together--but maybe unintentionally there turned out to be some sort of progression? Either way, "themed" Sixx Mixxez, looking back, are often not my favorites because the musical choices were being made for extra-musical reasons. But this one felt necessary, like a cry of anguished protest, and seemed to connect with listeners, expressing something in the collective zeitgeist. It's maybe not the most musically ground-breaking, but to my mind, it's one of the show's proudest moments. It also does kind of amaze me that it played on a major commercial radio station at 6:00pm, and that's something that also feels very special about this episode, like it couldn't have happened anywhere else.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 8/10



SIXX MIXX 061 - 10/22/2004

Sixx Mixx 061

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Sixx Mixx 61 – 10/22/04 - In A Rut Edition
1. Eminem vs. Stereo MCs vs. Eagles “Just Lose My Mind” (Party Ben Mashup)
2. Audioslave – “Like a Stone”
3. Beastie Boys – “Ch-Check It Out” (White Label Breaks Mix)
4. Deep Purple – “Smoke on the Water”
5. Incudoubt – “Hellamaniac”
6. Devo – “Freedom of Choice”
7. Interpol – “Slow Hands” (Britt Daniel remix)
8. Fatboy Slim – “Rockafella Skank”
9. Coldplay – “Clocks”
10. Coldplay vs. Simple Minds – “Don’t You Forget About Clocks” (TimG mashup)
11. Duran Duran – “Rio”
12. The White Stripes – “7 Nation Army”
13. Franz Ferdinand – “Take Me Out”
14. Way Out West vs. U2 – “Vertigo” (Party Ben mix)
15. Catherine Wheel – “I Wanna Touch You”
16. Nirvana – “Come As You Are” (Slide “Coburn vs. Cobain” mix)
17. RX vs George W Bush – “Imagine”

Commentary:
It's funny that my impression, looking back, at this period of the Sixx Mixx is that it was reaching a higher level of creative fruitfulness, not only in its presentation of preexisting tracks but in the tendency of my own productions for the show to become popular on their own. However at the time, of course, I was deeply self-critical, enough so that I thought this episode was an example of the show being "in a rut." Well, sure, a lot of weeks I didn't have a ton of time to spend on the show, and this week's episode contains significant chunks of Episode 60, as well as some standard Sixx Mixx fare. But there are a couple nice moments. It's the debut of the fully-fleshed-out version of the Eminem vs. Stereo MCs track that I always kind of liked. The nearly unnoticeable mix into Audioslave is pretty cool, and the fact that the entire first 10 minutes of the show is all in the same key is kind of impressive. The whole Clocks/Duran section sucks but I really love the little guitar loop from Catherine Wheel over the Way Out West beat, and then to end the show we have another editing masterpiece from RX. Overall not really a cohesive show but hey, let's give it a break.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 7/10




SIXX MIXX 060 - 10/15/2004

Sixx Mixx 060
Photo: "Statue Park, Budapest," Tom O'Connor, 2001

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Sixx Mixx 60 – 10/15/04 - Everybody Knows It’s Hard Edition
1. U2 vs. Lyrics Born – “Callin’ Out” (Party Ben Mashup)
2. Nin vs. 50 Cent – “Closer To Da Club” (Inhumanz Mashup)
3. Green Day vs. Oasis vs. Travis vs. Eminem “Boulevard Of Broken Songs” (Party Ben Mashup)
4. Eminem – “Lose Yourself” (White Label Jungle Mix)
5. Fatboy Slim – “Rockafeller Skank”
6. Interpol – “Slow Hands” (Britt Daniel Remix)
7. Faithless – “Mass Destruction” (Tom Middleton Remix) vs. George W. Bush (Party Ben version)
8. U2 vs. Way Out West – “Vertigo” (Party Ben Mashup)
9. Van Halen – “Jump” (White Label Breaks Mix)
10. The Killers – “Mr. Brightside”
11. The Sex Pistols – “Anarchy In The Uk” (DJ Zebra Bootleg Mix)

Commentary:
Not a perfectly executed show by any means and a few too many repeats, but there's a tonal consistency to the episode that I find intriguing, from the driving beat of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" to Zebra's pounding "Anarchy" rework. I also really like the remix-remix I did of "Mass Destruction;" the Tom Middleton version of the song had just come out and I really liked it, so I did another version of my George W. Bush thing over the top, this time focusing on his supremely irritating repetition of the "hard work" trope which just about made my head explode back in 2004. The Fatboy beat over Slow Hands doesn't really work, and, in the interest of complete historical accuracy, there was no "Mr. Brightside" acapella available at the time, so that vocal is in fact me singing. Yes. While there was some precedent in singing in your mashup as Zebra had done some of the vocal work in his "Take Me Out Saturday Night" track, my singing is actually quite terrible and embarrasses me now but I really wanted to make that mashup. Anyway, the odd episode that works better considered as a whole than examined minute-by-minute.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 6/10





SIXX MIXX 059 - 10/01/2004

Sixx Mixx 059
Artwork: Vincent Van Gogh, "Pollard Windows with Setting Sun," 1888

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Sixx Mixx 59 – 10/01/04 - Mixed Messages Edition
1. Eminem – “Just Lose It”
2. The Eagles – “One Of These Nights”
3. Stereo MCs – “Elevate My Mind”
4. Grandmaster Flash – “White Lines”
5. Beastie Boys vs. H. Hancock + INXS + AC/DC – “Intergalactic” (Soulwax mashup)
6. Blur vs. Kasabian – “There’s No Other LSF” (Party Ben mashup)
7. Franz Ferdinand – “Take Me Out”
8. Franz Ferdinand vs. DJ Zebra feat. Neimo – “Take Me Out (Saturday Night)
9. The White Stripes – “7 Nation Army”
10. The White Stripes – “7 Nation Army” (Slide bootleg remix)
11. The White Stripes – “7 Nation Rocker” (IDC bootleg mix)
12. U2 vs. Way Out West – “Vertigo” (Party Ben bootleg mix)
13. Beasties vs Beatles – “Tripper Trouble” (DJbc mashup)
14. Fatboy Slim “Rockafella Skank”
15. Pulp – “Common People”
16. William Shatner – “Common People”
17. Green Day – “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
18. Oasis – “Wonderwall”
19. Travis – “Writing to Reach You”
20. Eminem – “Sing (For the Moment)”

Commentary:
Well, here it is: the one with "Boulevard" in it. By now I've told the story a thousand times: I had the idea for the mashup about an hour before showtime on Friday afternoon, and was desperate to use Aerosmith's "Dream On" at the end, but it was nowhere to be found. This was 2004, remember, and we didn't have access to everything in the world all the time. (There wasn't even YouTube yet). The song was inexplicably not even on iTunes then, and none of our sister stations had it in their libraries, and time was running out, when suddenly I remembered Eminem had sampled "Dream On" in "Sing (For the Moment)," which we did have in the studio, so kaboom, Eminem saves the day. Of course at this point I hadn't come up with the name for it, so it's indicated in my original tracklisting just by the original songs.

As the show had been going on for over a year at this point, I would still get some high-fives as I exited the studio at 6:30pm, like, "Hey nice show today," but people were pretty used to the craziness by now. However, I will honestly never forget the atmosphere after this episode ended. This may sound like hyperbole, but I remember a sort of hush over the office, and a few of my coworkers sort of emerged from their rooms with a dumbfounded expression, saying, "What... was that???" The phone op came over from their desk and said, "um, the phones are going crazy, what was that Green Day thing you played?" I got to my studio and there were already e-mails asking about it. I'm pretty sure Adrian from Bootie told me he started working on the next club flyer, marrying Billie Joe and Noel Gallagher's faces, that evening. The reaction was immediate and shocking and unlike anything I had experienced with the show until that point. Of course, the places "Boulevard" ended up were destined to continue to shock me for about another two years.

The rest of the episode is actually pretty good as well, things kick off with what was the debut of a new Eminem song that turned out to be a bit of a dud but I still kind of enjoy its bonkers lyrics (num num num, touch my body) and we get a hint of my future Stereo MCs mashup of the track. The full Blursabian track makes its debut and there's the first play of a "7 Nation Army" mix that isn't Slide's, an awesome blend of the White Stripes and Alter Ego's "Rocker." This is also the debut of my U2 "Vertigo" mix that also went on to get some spins on Judge Jules' show on BBC Radio 1, amazingly. And of course there is no better introduction to the "Boulevard" debut than the enormous climactic moment of the awesomely silly William Shatner cover of "Common People." Not a bad half hour.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 8/10




SIXX MIXX 058 - 9/24/2004

Sixx Mixx 058

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Sixx Mixx 58 – 9/24/04 - Help Me Move To Canada Edition
1. Radiohead vs. George W. Bush – “The Gloaming” (DJ Shadow Mix)
2. The Killers – “Somebody Told Me” (Josh Harris Remix)
3. Duran Duran - “Girls On Film”
4. The Prodigy – “Smack My Bitch Up”
5. The Hives – “Hate To Say I Told You So”
6. Nirvana – “Lithium” (Dirty Funker Mix)
7. Bachman Turner Overdrive – “Takin Care Of Business”
8. Dizzee Rascal – “Stand Up Tall” (Fakeid Mix)
9. Franz Ferdinand – “Take Me Out” (Naum Gabo Mix)
10. Franz Ferdinand – “Take Me Out”
11. Smash-Up Derby – “Take Down The House”
12. Beastie Boys – “Right Right Now Now”
13. DJ Shadow “Organ Donor”
14. The White Stripes – “7 Nation Army” (Dsico Electro Mix)
15. Blondie vs. The Doors “Rapture Riders” (Go Home Productions Mashup)
16. Blur – “There’s No Other Way”
17. Kasabian – “LSF"
18. U2 vs. Lyrics Born – “Callin’ On Sunday” (Party Ben Mashup)
19. RX vs. George W. Bush “Sunday Bloody Sunday”

Commentary:
A pretty standard Mixx here, bracketed by two brilliant politically-themed collages that hint at the Election Special to come. It seemed like everybody was jumping on the "make something out of George W Bush's gut-wrenchingly moronic and horrifically fascistic speeches" in those days, with the election approaching. While my Bushy mix of Faithless' "Mass Destruction" layered sections of his speech over the track's propulsive beat, Shadow goes for a staccato barrage of single words and phrases, "nuke-you-lar" most prominently. The high-speed rock-ish section from Killers to Franz is standard but effective, and there are a couple nice moments later like a hint of NERD over DJ Shadow's "Organ Donor." This also marks the debut of a track I'd eventually flesh out into a somewhat popular mashup, Blur vs. Kasabian. And then we come to a producer who was light years ahead of his time, a guy called RX, who did the painstaking work of arranging W's words into an actual song, with the product both hilarious and haunting. It's a trope that still goes viral today--see the recent Jimmy Fallon-presented clips of Obama and Brian Williams chopped up to sing various popular numbers--but this was one of the first times I'd heard it done so effectively, and I'm guessing Mr. RX didn't have the searchable trove of video clips that NBC producers have. True genius. RX if you're out there, let me know what you're up to!

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 7/10



SIXX MIXX 057 - 9/17/2004

Sixx Mixx 057
Photo: Terry Richardson

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Sixx Mixx 57 – 9/17/04 - My Limit Of Beastie Boys Edition
1. Led Zeppelin vs. Beastie Boys - “The Immigrant Check” (Nemozob Mashup)
2. Tears For Fears - “Shout” (a capella)
3. Linkin Park - “Numb”
4. Moby - “Bodyrock”
5. David Bowie - “Golden Years”
6. Rage Against The Machine – “Guerilla Radio”
7. The KLF – “Last Train To Trancentral”
8. AC/DC vs. Natural Born Chillers – (Untitled DJ Z-Trip mix)
9. Beastie Boys “Triple Trouble” (Graham Coxon Remix)
10. The Stone Roses – “Fool's Gold”
11. Stone Roses vs. Outkast - “Stone Cold Roses” (Instamatic Mashup)
12. Depeche Mode – “People Are People”
13. The White Stripes – “Hardest Button to Button” (Tk1000 Bootleg Mix)
14. Fountains Of Wayne – “Stacy’s Mom” (Bigbadbaz Bootleg Mix / Party Ben redo)
15. Linkin Park vs. Britney Spears – “Faint Britney” (Nowmash Mashup)
16. The Killers – “Somebody Told Me” (Josh Harris Remix)
17. Beastie Boys – “Fight For Your Right To Party” (Ocean Rider Bootleg Mix)


Commentary:
Another special edition that was probably more entertaining in context, that context being now forgotten--I'm assuming some sort of Beastie Boys live show in the Bay Area or something? In any event, it turns out my limit of Beastie Boys was remarkably low, since there are only three Beastie tracks here. But they're all good ones: the Zep mix by Nemozob became a LIVE 105 mainstay, Graham Coxon's funky mix of "Triple Trouble" is delightfully quirky, and the big breaks mix of "Fight for your Right" is a jam. In between there's some amusing stuff, I do like the Tears For Fears through KLF section (that transition into "Golden Years" is fun and, of course, horray KLF!!!), and it's always great to hear "Fool's Gold," and the mixing around there is surprisingly tolerable and speedy. My reedit of Bigbadbaz's version of "Stacy's Mom" is fun. Overall I would say despire a lot of same-old same-old content, it's a strong episode.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 8/10




SIXX MIXX 056 - 9/10/2004

Sixx Mixx 056
Photo: Kristi Highum

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Sixx Mixx 56 – 9/10/04 – Adam Freeland Guest Mix
1. Freeland - We Want Your Soul
2. Adam Freeland vs. Nirvana - Smells Like Freeland
3. Freeform Five - Strangest Things
4. Adam Freeland vs. White Stripes - 7 Nation Freeland
5. Infusion - Better World (Adam Freeland Remix)
6. The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary (PFN Remix)

Commentary:
The second guest-produced Sixx Mixx came from a producer with whom I always felt a lot in common, except of course he's awesome and successful and has way better hair (see picture above from Coachella 2009). I had always been a big breaks fan and loved Mr. Freeland's work (and his Marine Parade label), but then he started making tracks that seemed tailor made for the Sixx Mixx. His rework of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is a true masterpiece (and may, after this little Sixx Mixx re-examination project is done, turn out to be the most played track on the show). His original track "We Want Your Soul" went into regular rotation on LIVE 105 in 2004 and became a huge hit for us, expressing the political disenchantment that was perhaps more evident in San Francisco than anywhere else in the country. So when I learned he'd be coming to town for a DJ gig it was a no brainer to ask him to do a guest mix. Perhaps unsurprisingly, however, there was a bit of chaos. His flight was delayed and I wasn't even sure he was going to make it to the station in time, so I grabbed an old Mixx and was ready to roll that instead, when at about 5:45 he came running into the studios, laptop in hand. Of course he wasn't even finished with the set, so we stuck him in our conference room and I waited, biting my nails. I'm not exaggerating to say that he finished the Mixx and burned the CD with seconds to spare, and we ran into the studio and hit "play."

Unfortunately, amidst the chaos, I have no idea where that CD went--did he take it back??--and I had no copy of the mix. If there's anybody out there who might have recorded it, let me know.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: not applicable

 


SIXX MIXX 055 - 8/27/2004

Sixx Mixx 053
Art: The Cure, "Pornography," 1982

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Sixx Mixx 55 - 8/27/04 - Robert Smith In A Funny Hat Edition
1. The Cure “Lullaby”
2. Beastie Boys “Triple Trouble” (A Capella)
3. Shannon “Let The Music Play” (A Capella)
4. Tweet “Oops Oh My” (A Capella)
5. Lyrics Born “Callin’ Out” Remix Feat. E40 And Casual)
6. Survivor vs. Scissor Sisters “Comfortable Tiger” (Phil & Dog Mashup)
7. Franz Ferdinand “Take Me Out”
8. Franz Ferdinand “Take Me Out” (Morgan Geist Remix)
9. The White Stripes “7 Nation Army” (Slide Remix)
10. Metallica “Enter Sandman” (Who Are ___ Remix)
11. Linkin Park vs. Britney Spears “Faint Britney” (Nowmash Mashup)
12. Blank & Jones Feat. Robert Smith “A Forest”
13. The Cure vs. Bjork “Hidden Forest” Gordyboy mashup


Commentary:
I'm guessing the Cure was playing somewhere that night, so I slapped some Cure stuff on the beginning and end of old show excerpts. The title references that back in like 1995 I was a little intern for LIVE 105 and the Cure were playing our big summer concert, and I was assigned as their designated van driver for the weekend. They were total lunatics and always late for everything, and they almost missed the entire show because they made me take them to Fisherman's Wharf so they could buy some funny jester hats they had seen somebody wearing the day before. Robert Smith was very nice about it all though.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 3/10





SIXX MIXX 054 - 8/20/2004

Sixx Mixx 053

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Sixx Mixx 54 - 8/20/04 - Lost In America Edition
1. Incudoubt – “Hellamaniac” (Party Ben Mashup)
2. Devo – “Freedom Of Choice”
3. Soft Cell – “Tainted Love”
4. The Hives – “Hate To Say I Told You So”
5. Basement Jaxx – “Where’s Your Head At”
6. New Order – “Blue Monday”
7. Madonna – “Music (A Capella)
8. No Doubt – “Hella Good” (A Capella)
9. Britney Spears – “I’m A Slave 4 U” (A Capella)
10. Grand Funk Railroad – “We’re An American Band”
11. Franz Ferdinand – “Take Me Out” (Naum Gabo Mix)
12. Franz Ferdinand – “Take Me Out”
13. Beastie Boys vs. Franz Ferdinand – “Franzie Boys” (Mcsleazy Mashup)
14. U2 vs. Lyrics Born – “Callin’ On Sunday” (Party Ben Mashup)
15. DJ Shadow – “Lost And Found”
16. Radiohead – “Street Spirit”
17. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Californication”
18. Steve Miller Band – “Fly Like An Eagle”
19. Beck – “Where It’s At”
20. Crazy Town – “Butterfly”
21. J-Kwon – “Tipsy” (A Capella)
22. Modest Mouse – “Float On”
23. Dandy Warhols vs. Beastie Boys – “Intergalactic Friends” (Ultra 396 Mashup)
24. Air – “Alpha Beta Gaga” (Mark Ronson Remix)

Commentary:
A bit unfocused but some interesting moments here. We finally get a more or less completed version of the incubus/No Doubt thing, a bunch of random stuff over "Blue Monday" which isn't that bad, and then we sort of slowww things dowwwn for a kind of intriguing mellow set layered over DJ Shadow's U2-sampling "Lost and Found." Not all of it works but I thought it was nice when the show got a little darker. Super awesome remix of Air here as well. All in all not bad.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 6/10





SIXX MIXX 053 - 8/13/2004

Sixx Mixx 053
Photo: Mike Kelley, Memory Ware Flat (detail)

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Sixx Mixx 53 - 8/13/04 - Ambivalent About Myself Edition

1. Dizzee Rascal – “Stand Up Tall” (FakeID Bootleg Mix)
2. The Killers – “Somebody Told Me” (Josh Harris Remix)
3. Unknown – Unknown (From Radio Soundhog 4)
5. Hot Hot Heat – “Talk To Me Dance With Me” (A Capella)
6. Incudoubt – “Hellamaniac” (Party Ben Bootleg)
7. Devo – “Freedom Of Choice”
8. Rolling Stones “Satisfaction”
9. Benny Benassi vs. Salt & Pepa vs. Rolling Stones – “Push My Satisfaction” (Fondue Meltdown Bootleg)
10. Fatboy Slim – “The Rockafella Skank”
11. Faithless – “Mass Destruction” (Party Ben George W Bush Mix)
12. Outkast – “Hey Ya” (Instrumental)
13. Franz Ferdinand – “Take Me Out”
14. Scissor Sisters – “Take Me Out”

Commentary:
You know, you win some, you lose some, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the world of Songs or Artists I Championed On the Sixx Mixx. Streets, Lyrics Born, The Rapture? All good calls. Dizzee Rascal? Well, to paraphrase "Mean Girls": "Stop trying to make Dizzee Rascal a thing." Ah well. I did like FakeID's (aka Lionel Vinyl) funky remix, but boy, with that and Somebody Told Me taking up the first 10 minutes of the show, it's all a bit much. Although whatever the big scronky breakbeat track is (which I still don't know--anyone?) from Soundhog's mix, is pretty cool. Then a mashup whose idea I liked but I never got quite right, the Incubus/No doubt/Devo thing. Also, in embarrassing Sixx Mixx Secrets, that's me singing the Incubus vocal over Devo, since there was no acapella available. Bad. Things get a little wacky (wackier) after that, with the loud and silly Fondue Meltdown "Satisfaction" mix, another iteration of my Faithless thing, and the pretty unlistenable cover of "Take Me Out" by the Scissor Sisters.

A note about the title: it's a quote from New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey's resignation/coming out statement: "As a young child, I often felt ambivalent about myself, in fact, confused." Still have no idea what that means.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 3/10




SIXX MIXX 052.5 - 8/06/2004

Sixx Mixx 053

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Sixx Mixx 52.5 8/6/2004 - McSleazy Guest Mix
1. Rasmus - In the Shadows
2. Modest Mouse - Float On
3. Missy Elliot - Pass The Dutch (Acapella)
4. Nina Sky - Move Ya Body
5. Tiga - Hot in Herre (Acapella)
6. Blur - Song 2
7. Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby (Acapella)
8. EMF – Unbelievable
9. Beyonce - Work It Out (Acapella)
10. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
11. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (Acapella)
12. Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
13. Beastie Boys - Triple Trouble
14. Outkast - Roses (Acapella)
15. Selecter - On My Radio
16. Avril Lavigne - Skater Boi (Acapella)
17. TLC - Unpretty (Acapella)
18. Wham - I'm Your Man
19. Emotions - Best of Your Love
20. 50 Cent - In Da Club (Acapella)
21. Kelis - Milkshake (McSleazy Remix)

Commentary:
While it took me a few episodes to hone in on the right style and sound, after 50-ish episodes I really felt like the Sixx Mixx was a very specific sort of thing. It had to be somewhat friendly to an Alternative Radio crowd (Foo Fighters! White Stripes) but also buck that genre in an amusing way, and also nod to the uniqueness of LIVE 105 and the Bay Area, and do it all in a half-hour set that a 6pm audience would find palatable. So I was very hesitant to consider offering the entire show to a guest producer. All the better then that the first guest mix was by the brilliant McSleazy. The cheeky Scot had already produced a slew of tracks that were exactly in the Sixx Mixx wheelhouse, especially the seminal mashup masterpiece "Smells Like Billie Jean." However, for some reason I got the numbering all screwed up. I can't remember exactly why--maybe I'd already started next week's episode or something? I could have renumbered all the Mixxez after the fact, but so many people already knew the numbered episodes, that seemed like a bad idea. So we're calling this Sixx Mixx 52.5, which should not at all indicate it is a less important or significant episode, merely that I apparently have problems with numbers.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: Guest Mixxez excluded from scoring!



SIXX MIXX 052 - 7/30/2004

Sixx Mixx 052

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Sixx Mixx 52 - 7/30/04 - Don't Worry 'Bout The President Edition

1. U2 vs. Lyrics Born - "Callin' On Sunday" (Party Ben Bootleg)
2. Modest Mouse "Float On"
3. Black Crowes vs. Beastie Boys "Hard To Ch-Check It Out" (from Radio Soundhog Vol 4)
4. Beastie Boys "Ch-Check It Out" (a capella)
5. Felix Da Housecat "Rocket Ride" (Soulwax Mix)
6. Nirvana - "Lithium" (Dirty Funker Bootleg Remix)
7. Lou Reed "Satellite Of Love '04"
8. The White Stripes "7 Nation Army" (Slide Bootleg Mix)
9. Sly And The Family Stone "Dance To The Music"
10. Primal Scream "Rocks"
11. Jet "Cold Hard Bitch"
12. REM "Pop Song '89"
13. Azzido Da Bass "Dooms Night" (Timo Maas Mix)
14. Azzido Da Bass vs. Dire Straits "Money For Dooms Night" (from Radio Soundhog Vol 4)
15. Depeche Mode vs. D12 "Just Can't Get Enough Pills" (Freelance Hellraiser Bootleg)
16. The Streets feat. Chris Martin "Dry Your Eyes"

Commentary:
First of all, after some complaints about downloads not working right, I'm going to be uploading the Mixxez to file-sharing sites from now on. Let me know if that works better. So anyhoo, this episode starts off pretty well -- after futzing around with the Lyrics Born acapella for months, I finally stumbled on the perfect backing track with "Sunday Bloody Sunday." I had to break a little bit of a rule for it though -- I had previously used the U2 song in a mashup with Janet Jackson's "Control" and sort of felt like I shouldn't be re-using tracks. But it was so much better with Lyrics Born, I was happy to just toss the Janet one out. "Callin' On Sunday" went on to be a big LIVE 105 favorite, I remember fans of the station mentioning it a lot when I was out and about. Remember being out and about? Sigh. Anyway, we get some more mid-tempo rock including Soundhog's admirable Black Crowes mashup, and then I jump somewhat awkwardly into dance tempo. I suppose that the inclusion for the 1000th time of Lithium and 7 Nation Army is made somewhat more palatable by the interesting-for-a-minute "Satellite of Love" remix and Sly and the Family Stone, but not much. I do like the 4/4 rock mix that Sly kicks off though. Soundhog's Dire Straits/Azzido da Bass is inspired, and we finish on a track that had just come out, the Chris Martin version of the Streets breakup ballad, which at the time seemed like a very big deal to us fans of lil Mikey Skinner who had been sneaking his songs onto the radio for a while. All in all a disjointed show with some OK elements.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 4/10




SIXX MIXX 051 - 7/23/2004

Sixx Mixx 051
Photo: Jordy Theiller, "Stairway to Hell"

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Sixx Mixx 51 - 7/23/04 - Off To Never Never Land Edition

1. Faithless - Mass Destruction (Party Ben Weapons Remix)
2. Outkast - Hey Ya (Instrumental)
3. Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
4. Sean Paul - Gimme The Light (a capella)
5. Beastie Boys - Triple Trouble (a capella)
6. Lyrics Born - Callin' Out (a capella)
7. Moby - Porcelain
8. Blondie vs. The Doors - Rapture Riders (Go Home Productions Bootleg)
9. Cypress Hill vs. Missy Elliott - Pass That Insane Dutch (DJ Dubz Bootleg)
10. Nirvana - Rape Me
11. EMF - Unbelievable
12. Rinesout Brothers - Unbelievable (Lionel Vinyl Remix)
13. White Stripes - 7 Nation Army (Slide Bootleg Mix)
14. Metallica - Enter Sandman (Who Are _ _ _ Remix)
15. The Hives - Walk Idiot Walk (Big Bad Baz Remix)
16. Kylie Minogue vs. Ludacris - Can't Get You Out Of My Fantasy (Unknown Bootleg)
17. Travis Morrison - What's Your Fantasy

Commentary:
It's hard now to really remember how dark things were in the summer of 2004, in terms of politics/war/etc. The Iraq War had metastasized into a full-fledged seemingly intractable insurgency with no end in sight. Abu Ghraib had just come to light, appearing to confirm in gruesome detail that the entire war was some sort of horrific Milgram experiment in torture and dehumanization. And in response, the Bush administration shamelessly sputtered out lie after lie, like a desperate child caught breaking a rule, except with a vocabulary that increasingly took on sickening wafts of Orwellian doublespeak. I know that for me at the time, layering Bush's speeches over this majestic Faithless song felt cathartic and important and urgent. I think that's partially why I never settled on one "version" of the track idea, continually shifting elements around and rearranging the clips every time I included it, as it never felt like I ever quite achieved what the moment demanded. Excavating which version is which and which is the best could take a lifetime, so let's just say another version opens Sixx Mixx 51, and it's okay.

Moving along, the stretch through EMF nearly matches Sixx Mixx 49 as a fast-paced hip-hop-tempo set, even if it uses some of the same old elements. Of course, 7 Nation Army has to make another appearance (at the end of this project I'll be counting up tracks to see what the most played songs were over the course of the show, but let me just say that this is the 14th episode in which 7 Nation Army appears in some form or another). It's almost excused by the inclusion of the Metallica remix, which layers perfectly over the White Stripes. After that things sort of fall apart and get super sloppy but at least in a kind of funny way, ending on Travis Morrison's silly cover of Ludacris. All in all, an entertaining show.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 7/10

 


SIXX MIXX 050 - 7/16/2004

Sixx Mixx 050

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Sixx Mixx 50 - 7/16/04 - Disco Disco Edition

1. Beastie Boys vs. Soulsonic Force - "Ch-Check Out The Rock" (Party Ben Bootleg)
2. The Killers - "Somebody Told Me" (Unknown Remix)
3. Blur "Song 2"
4. Blur vs. Miss Kittin "Blurred Distortion" (DJ Tripp Bootleg)
5. Nirvana - "Smells Like Freeland" (Adam Freeland Bootleg Mix)
6. Le Tigre - "Deceptacon" (DFA Remix)
7. Depeche Mode - "Enjoy The Silence"
8. The White Stripes - "Hardest Button To Button" (Tk 1000 Bootleg Mix)
9. The Hives - "Walk Idiot Walk" (Bigbadbaz Bootleg Mix/Party Ben redo)
10. Franz Ferdinand - "Take Me Out" (Naum Gabo Mix)
11. Franz Ferdinand vs. DJ Zebra "Take Me Out Saturday Night"
12. Eminem "Without Me" (A Capella)
13. DJ Shadow - "The Number Song" (Cut Chemist Remix)
14. Stereoasis "Super-Connected" (Party Ben Bootleg)
15. Jay-Z "99 Problems" (A Capella)
16. Nena vs. Jay-Z - "99 Luft Problems" (Jay-Zeezer Bootleg)

Commentary:
After the high of Sixx Mixx 49, even a somewhat half-assed effort like this episode seems better, just a bit tighter and more confident. The ingredients are a bit same-old--Beasties, Nirvana, Hives, Franz--but there's some originality in the mixing, especially the first half section of dance-tempo layering, tnanks partially to the inclusion of the toweringly great DFA mix of "Deceptacon." It doesn't always work--it gets a bit sloppy in the Depeche Mode section--but there's some interesting looping and timing. First appearance of Oasis vs. Stereo MCs which is something that I always thought was pretty good in theory just not so much in reality. All in all a satisfying if flawed episode.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 5/10

 



SIXX MIXX 049 - 7/09/2004

Sixx Mixx 049
Art: Wassily Kandinsky, "Squares with Concentric Circles," 1913

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Sixx Mixx 49  -  7/9/04 - Middle-Aged Edition

1. Lyrics Born - "Callin' Out"
2. Jane's Addiction - "Just Because"
3. Moby - "Porcelain"
4. Ac/Dc - "Back In Black"
5. Modest Mouse - "Float On"
6. Fugazi - "Waiting Room"
7. Destiny's Child - "Independent Woman" (A Capella)
8. Dolly Parton vs Royksopp - "9 To Eple" (From As Heard On Radio Soulwax Part 2)
9. Beastie Boys - "Triple Trouble"
10. Franz Ferdinand - "Take Me Out"
11. Franz Ferdinand vs. DJ Zebra - "Take Me Out Saturday Night"
12. Jay-Z - "99 Problems" (A Capella)
13. Nena vs. Jay-Z - "99 Luft Problems" (Jay-Zeezer Bootleg)
14. Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Can't Stop"
15. Beck - "Where It's At"
16. Pharoah Monch - "Simon Says" (From As Heard On Radio Soulwax Part 4)
17. Jerky Boys - "My Name Is" (From As Heard On Radio Soulwax Part 4)
18. Daft Punk vs. Queen - "Another One Bites Da Funk" (Party Ben Bootleg)
19. Daft Punk - "Da Funk" (Live)
20. The Pixies - "Gigantic"
21. Grandmaster Flash - "White Lines"
22. Big Audio Dynamite - "The Bottom Line"
23. Jackson 5 vs. Oasis - "I Want Your Wonderwall" (Bigbadbaz Bootleg)

Commentary:
So, here we are, at Sixx Mixx 49. As I was far too busy around this time to "look ahead" or "plan" or "strategize," in any arena of my life, let alone my goofy radio show, so I never really thought about how long the show might last or where it would go. Noting at the time that it was the 49th episode, I jokingly called it a "Middle-Aged Edition," based only on the idea of "turning 49." But considering the show ended up lasting more or less 110 episodes, this did turn out to be a sort of fulcrum (one might even say zenith) of the show -- you can split the show's history into Before and After #49.

It's far from perfect: it cribs two of its best moments from 2manydjs, and a couple segments are lifted from previous shows. But something just seems to "gel" here. The consistent mid-tempo hip-hop beat is part of it, as the show feels like a self-contained, consistent whole. The mixing layers vocals over music segues, music over vocal segues, so that everything fits together like a puzzle. And most importantly, it's colorful--for synaethetes like myself, all the shows have a certain color scheme and this one feels the most rich and balanced, bright and sunny and vivid. (The Kandinsky artwork I've chosen for this episode is an attempt to visually approximate the colors I see listening to this show). I also think there's a winking sense of humor the whole way through, from the first appearance of what I think is my hilarious "Independent Room" to the silly and awesome "99 Luft Problems" to the Jerky Boys segment. It's fast-paced and progresses until climaxing with the delightful Bigbadbaz mix of Jackson 5 and Oasis. It's a show that fans often spoke of to me in reverential tones, and I feel it as well. It may not be the "best" Sixx Mixx, but I think it's the quintessential Sixx Mixx.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 9/10

 


SIXX MIXX 048 - 7/02/2004

Sixx Mixx 048

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Sixx Mixx 48 - 7/02/04 - Evildoers Edition
1. Faithless - "Mass Destruction" (Party Ben's George W. Bush Edit)
2. Berlin - "The Metro"
3. Von Bondies vs. Fatboy Slim vs. Princess Superstar vs. Simian - "C'mon F*** Me" (DJ Zebra Bootleg)
4. Bumblebeez 81 - "Pony Ride"
5. Foo Fighters - "All My Life" (TDPZ Bootleg Mix)
6. Soulsonic Force vs Beastie Boys - "Ch-Check Out The Rock" (Party Ben Bootleg)
7. Luke Chable vs. Linkin Park - "Somewhere In Melburn" (Party Ben Bootleg)
8. Rodeohead - "Radiohead Medley"


Commentary:
I'd just like to remind everyone that during this time of Sixx Mixxez, I also had the most time-consuming actual job of my life at good old LIVE 105. As the station's imaging director, I was in charge of say, writing and producing 100 different biographical intros which aired in front of songs during a "Top 100 American Artists" weekend countdown, which would take days and days. I can't remember exactly if that was going on this week, but my real work easily took up 70-80 hours a week on a regular basis, so a show like this one, where I sort of lift 10 minutes from a previous episode and tack a few new things on, I plead with you to forgive, because sometimes I was just too busy to do much more. I always said, at least it's better than a repeat.

So, as such, here we have an early and not so great prototype of my various George W Bush mixes of "Mass Destruction," although I made about 27 different versions of it and have no idea which one is actually the best. Bunch of stuff we've already heard before and then the majestic, stupendous Rodeohead medley which still blows my mind and deserves to get the full 5 minutes of airplay it got but that doesn't exactly make this a "good" "show" in retrospect.


Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 3/10

 


SIXX MIXX 047 - 6/25/2004

Sixx Mixx 046

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Sixx Mixx 47 - 6/25/04 - Totally Not Gay Edition

1. Prodigy - "Girls"
2. Beastie Boys - "Ch-Check It Out" (Party Ben Old Skool Mix)
3. Nirvana - "Lithium" (Dirty Funker Mix)
4. The Clash - "Rock The Casbah"
5. The Romantics - "Talking In Your Sleep"
6. The White Stripes - "7 Nation Army" (Slide Bootleg Mix)
7. The Hives - "Idiot Walk" (Bigbadbaz Mix) (Party Ben redo vs. Chemical Brothers "Morning Lemon")
8. Fatboy Slim - "Going Out Of My Head"
9. The Who - "I Can't Explain"
10. Franz Ferdinand vs. DJ Zebra - "Take Me Out Saturday Night"
11. Billy Squire vs Lil' Kim & 50 Cent - "Magic Stroke" (Inhumanz Bootleg)
12. The Muppets vs Electric 6 - "Gay Muppet Bar" (Philmanns Bootleg)

Commentary:
A bit of an inconsistent show, with some lazy mixing (especially in the first 10 minutes) but a couple really nice moments and big "first plays." The track record of my Sixx Mixx debuts of new music was kind of mixed -- while Lyrics Born's "Callin' Out" went on to be a #1 hit on LIVE 105 after my "discovery" and first play of it on the Sixx Mixx, other big splashy debuts went nowhere. L
ike, Dizzee Rascal didn't really catch on in the US, and here, while I still kind of like the quirky Think White Duke energy of The Prodigy's "Girls," it didn't exactly turn out to be a "Firestarter." Anyway, then we get another full-length replay of my now-painful-to-my-ears version of "Ch-Check It Out," but things start looking up after that. It's the first play of Dirty Funker's smashing mix of "Lithium," and a really fun rock segment blending the Clash all the way through The Who. I enjoy the (admittedly obvious) Fatboy Slim/Who combo enough that I wonder why I never made a full-length version and put it up as a single? Happened a lot I guess. Then three more big debuts: Zebra's toweringly great rework of "Take Me Out" with original vocals, which went on to get played on the show about every other week; Inhumanz straightforward but catchy "Magic Stroke," establishing the rock/hip hop style that would soon find such mainstream success; and then, perfectly timed for San Francisco's Gay Pride weekend, one of the most popular and requested tracks from the history of the whole Sixx Mixx era: Phillmanns' stupendous and hilarious "Gay Muppet Bar." If it wasn't for a little bit of slow mixing I think this show would deserve a higher rating, and the center section points towards the possitilibies explored in Sixx Mixx 49.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 6/10

 


SIXX MIXX 046 - 6/18/2004

Sixx Mixx 046

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Sixx Mixx 46 - 6/18/04 - Troubled Edition

1. Franz Ferdinand - "Take Me Out"
2. Kelis - "Milkshake (A Capella)"
3. Frankie Goes To Hollywood  - "Relax"
4. Beastie Boys - "Triple Trouble"
5. Led Zeppelin vs. Beastie Boys  - "The Immigrant Check" (Nemozob Bootleg)
6. Tears For Fears   - "Shout" (A Capella)
7. Linkin Park  - "Numb"
8. My Bloody Valentine  - "Soon"
9. Moby  - "Bodyrock"
10. The Killers  - "Somebody Told Me" (Insider Remix)
11. The Fixx – One Thing Leads To Another
12. Blur vs. Miss Kittin - "Blurred Distortion" (DJ Tripp Bootleg)
13. Modjo vs. Hot Hot Heat - "Dance All Night With Me" (Loo And Placido Bootleg)
14. Von Bondies vs. Fatboy Slim + Princess Superstar + Simian - "Cmon F*** Me" (DJ Zebra Bootleg)
15. Bumblebeez 81  - "Ride The Pony"
16. Foo Fighters  - "All My Life" (Digital Punkz Mix)
17. Queen vs. various artists - "Kids Rock" (Loo and Placido Bootleg)

Commentary:
After a well-deserved two-week post-BFD break, the Sixx Mixx returns refreshed here in mid-June 2004, and kicks off a rapid upturn in quality that was to culminate in what many (myself more or less included) consider the peak of the Sixx Mixx exxperience, Sixx Mixx #49. The opening mid-tempo section especially has the quick movement and overlapping acapellas (like the Tears for Fears vocal which layers over three different songs) that characterized the best shows to come. Operating at its full potential, the show would include mashup "sections" for the show that really deserved to be fleshed out into entire mashup tracks,
but I just didn't have time--witness the Beasties/Franz blend that the awesome McSleazy was to later think of on his own and turn into one of his most beloved tracks. Unfortunately there are two awkward tempo changes that trip things up here, although it's great to get Tripp's wicked "Blurred Distortion" and Loo & Placido's disco-riffic mix of Hot Hot Heat in there, and finishing the show up with their towering reggae version of Queen reminds me just how far ahead of most everybody else they were at the time.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 6/10




SIXX MIXX 045 - 6/04/2004

Sixx Mixx 045

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Sixx Mixx 45 - 6/04/04 - BFD Special Edition

1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs vs. Andrea Doria - "Bucci Maps" (Party Ben Bootleg)
2. Beastie Boys - "Ch-Check It Out" (Party Ben Old Skool Mix)
3. The Rapture - "House Of Jealous Lovers" (Cosmos Mix)
4. The Rapture vs. Tiga - "Hot Lovers" (Party Ben Bootleg)
5. The Streets  - "Blinded By The Lights"
6. Von Bondies vs. Fatboy Slim vs. Princess Superstar vs. Simian "Cmon F*** Me" (DJ Zebra Bootleg)
7. The Strokes vs. Dizzee Rascal  - "Just A Reptilian" (Lionel Vinyl Bootleg)
8. Beastie Boys  - "Intergalactic" (Prisoners Of Technology Mix)

Commentary:
You know, I was a good LIVE 105 employee, and when we had a big station event like a summer concert, I did my part and made a special Mixx featuring artists on the bill, and it was a slapdash, forced-together mess, especially the idea that "Maps" should go over "Bucci Bag" for six freakin minutes.


Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 1/10




SIXX MIXX 044 - 5/28/2004

Sixx Mixx 044

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Sixx Mixx 44 - 5/28/04 - Forgetful Edition
1. Beastie Boys "Ch-Check It Out" (Party Ben's Old Skool Mix)
2. The Vines "Ride" (Big Bad Baz Big Beat Mix)
3. QOTSA vs. Britney Spears "Toxic Secret" (Timg Bootleg)
4. QOTSA vs. Tweet & Missy Elliott "No One Gets Their Freak On" (Loo and Placido Bootleg)
5. Von Bondies vs. various artists "C'mon F*** Me" (DJ Zebra Bootleg)
6. QOTSA "Never Say Never"
7. Dizzee Rascal "Jus' A Rascal"
8. Dandy Warhols vs. Beastie Boys "Intergalactic Friends" (Ultra 396 Bootleg)
9. AC/DC & INXS vs. Beastie Boys "Intergalactic" (Soulwax Bootleg)
10. Daft Queen "Another One Bites Da Funk" (Party Ben Bootleg)
11. Daft Punk "Da Funk" (Live Mix)
12. The Pixies "Gigantic"
13. Franz Ferdinand "Take Me Out"
14. Kelis "Milkshake" (acapella)

Commentary:
Mostly a "refinement" (if we're being generous)
of previously aired concepts, this Mixx is at least notable for its predominantly rock theme, which I think was inherently more difficult to pull off. Regarding the first track, I was into my "Old Skool" mix of the Beasties back in the day, but now it's so loud it kind of hurts my ears. Ironic that an "Old Skool" mix would become less pleasant to me now that I am in fact old.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 4/10




SIXX MIXX 043 - 5/21/2004

Sixx Mixx 043

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Sixx Mixx 43 - 5/21/04 - Party Ben Ist Der Twisted S*** Edition

1. Strokes vs. Dizzee Rascal "Just A Reptilian" (Lionel Vinyl Bootleg)
2. The Strokes "Reptilia"
3. Devo "Whip It"
4. The Von Bondies "C'mon C'mon"
5. Foo Fighters "This Is A Call"
6. Fischerspoonser vs. Michael Sembello "Maniacs Emerge" (DJ Tripp Bootleg)
7. U2 "I Will Follow"
8. Joy Division vs. Missy Elliot "Love Will Freak Us" (Dsico Bootleg)
9. The Knack vs. Kosheen "My Sharona" (Dsico Bootleg)
10. Tony Basil vs. Electric 6 "Mickey In The Gay Bar" (Cropstar Bootleg)
11. Beastie Boys "Intergalactic"
12. Beastie Boys "Ch-Check It Out" (Party Ben Old Skool Mix)
13. Gene Simmons "Firestarter"
14. The Prodigy "Breathe" (Dictionary-Oke Version)
15. The Hives vs. Prodigy "Hate To Smack My Bitch" (Party Ben Bootleg)
16. The Killers "Somebody Told Me"
17. The Faint "Glass Dance" (Paul Oakenfold Mix)
18. Luke Chable vs. Linkin Park "Somewhere In Melburn" (Party Ben Didn't Do Much Mix)
19. David Bowie vs. David Bowie "Rebel Never Gets Old" (Go Home Productions Fully Authorized Bootleg)

Commentary:
Speaking as I did below for #42 about how I came up with the names for the Mixxez, well, this one is "ripped from the headlines" -- I wish I had a link, but a German web site reviewed some of my mashups or something, and that sentence, "Party Ben Ist Der Twisted Shit," was the headline. It's perhaps the greatest sentence ever uttered in any language. Unfortunately the Mixx here doesn't exactly live up to the name,
with a repeat of some elements from #39, some amusing fast-tempo mixing with Fischerspooner and U2, some quality mashups from Dsico and Cropstar and Tripp, and some silly stuff. The Killers "Somebody Told Me" had literally come out two weeks before, which is crazy to think about, so that was brand new, and GHP had gotten David Bowie interested in mashups so he made this quite good combo that got an official release. So, an interesting collection of items, but not much of a show.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 5/10

 


SIXX MIXX 042 - 5/14/2004

Sixx Mixx 042

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Sixx Mixx 42 - 5/14/04 - Confused Edition

**Rock Generation Mix Version 3
1. Jet vs. Beatles - "Lady Joe" (Go Home Productions Bootleg)
2. Iggy Pop - "Lust For Life"
3. The Who - "My Generation"
4. The Jam - "Town Called Malice"
5. The Strokes - "Last Night"
6. Good Charlotte - "Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous"
**(end of Rock Generation mix)
7. The Cure - "Why Can't I Be You"
8. Public Enemy - "Bring The Noise" (A Capella)
9. Beastie Boys - "Intergalactic" (A Capella)
10. Chemical Brothers - "Leave Home"
11. Chemical Brothers - "In Dust We Trust"
12. Beastie Boys - "Ch-Check It Out" (A Capella)
13. The Rapture vs. Tiga - "Hot Jealous Lovers In Herre" (Party Ben Bootleg)
14. The Streets - "Blinded By The Lights"
15. Luke Chable vs. Linkin Park "Somewhere In Melburn" (Party Ben Slightly Altered Mix)
16. The Beatles vs. Jay-Z - "Public Service Announcement" (Danger Mouse Bootleg)

Commentary:
As far as naming the Mixxez goes, it was pretty random. Sometimes it was just something that happened to me that day or it referred to something in the news or described the Mixx itself. I don't remember why I called this one "Confused," but that it is. It's got a repeat of the swing-beat Rock Generation mix, a loopy mashup of Public Enemy over the Cure, and some Chems, for whatever reason. The Rapture vs. Tiga mashup I released on its own makes its first appearance here, and I do still get a chuckle over it. And then a new Streets jam (making The Streets happen in America was like my life goal at LIVE 105 around this time -- I literally just put like 5 Streets songs in the station audio computer so that the DJs would just throw them in and it got to the point where they started getting played enough that they'd show up on our station charts in Mediabase. Those were the days) and a couple more repeats and out. I might have been tired this week.


Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 3/10


SIXX MIXX 041 - 5/07/2004

Sixx Mixx 041

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Sixx Mixx 41 - 5/07/04 - Abusive Edition

1. Beastie Boys - "Ch-Check It Out"
2. DJ Shadow - "Right Thing" (Z-Trip Remix)
3. Beastie Boys vs. Basement Jaxx - "Intergalactic Camberwell" (Mcsleazy Bootleg)
4. Beastie Boys vs. Ac/Dc + Herbie Hancock + INXS  - "Intergalactic" (Soulwax Bootleg)
5. Daft Punk - "Da Funk" (Live 1997 Mix)
6. The Pixies - "Gigantic"
7. Grandmaster Flash - "White Lines"
8. Big Audio Dynamite - "The Bottom Line"
9. Jackson 5 vs. Oasis - "I Want Your Wonderwall" (Bigbadbaz Bootleg)
10. Chemical Brothers - "Block Rockin' Beats"
11. Queen - "Another One Bites The Dust"
12. 50 Cent - "In Da Club" (A Capella)
13. Franz Ferdinand - "Take Me Out"
14. Luke Chable vs. Linkin Park - "Somewhere In Melburn" (Party Ben More Commercial Version)
15. Vitalic - "Le Rock"
16. Nirvana - "Lithium"
17. Dokaka - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

Commentary:
So as I said below in the commentary for Sixx Mixx 40, 2manydjs were the main inspiration for the Sixx Mixx, and this show is a great example of how that inspiration, filtered through my brain and molded to a prime-time alt-rock audience, could both succeed and fail. The Beasties medley is a lot of fun, and then
we have the first appearance of something I would end up playing out a lot, a little blend of Daft Punk's amazing live version of Da Funk and The Pixies' Gigantic. It's not really apropos of anything but it's fun. The 50 Cent acapella bouncing over Queen and Franz is fun, and I do like the atmospheric Linkin Park thing. But the White LInes/Bottom Line combo is ham-fisted at best, and then most embarrassingly, my attempt at recreating something I saw 2manydjs do live, a mix of Vitalic's brain-melting electro jam "Le Rock" with Nirvana's "Lithium" is eardrum-pierclingly awful. Perhaps sensing things had gone off the rails I finish up with a nearly unlistenable but kind of hilarious cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit." In all there are moments of fun and inspiration but after the 2manydjs special of the week before, I think I got a little ahead of myself.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 5/10

 


SIXX MIXX 040 - 4/30/2004

Sixx Mixx 040

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Sixx Mixx 40 – 4/30/04 - 2manydjs Special
1. Emerson Lake & Palmer - "Peter Gunn" (Live) vs. Basement Jaxx  - "Where's Your Head At"
2. Peaches - "F*** The Pain Away"
3. Velvet Underground - "Waiting For The Man"
4. Sly And The Family Stone - "Dance To The Music"
5. Ready For The World - "Oh Sheila" (A Capella)
**(Tracks 1-5 From Radio Soulwax Pt. 2)
6. Stooges vs. Salt 'N' Pepa - "Push It / No Fun" (Soulwax Bootleg)
7. Beastie Boys - "Intergalactic" (A Capella)
8. Herbie Hancock - "Rockit"
9. Inxs - "Mediate"
10. Run-Dmc "Peter Piper"
**(Tracks 6 - 10 From Radio Soulwax Pt. 4)
11. Dolly Parton - "9 To 5"
12. Royksopp - "Eple"
13. The Breeders - "Cannonball"
14. Skee-Lo - I Wish (A Capella)
15. The Cramps - "Human Fly"
16. The Wildbunch - "Danger High Voltage"
17. Op:1 Bastards - "Don't Bring Me Down"
18. New Order - "The Beach"
19. Detroit Grand Pubahs - "Sandwiches" (A Capella)
**(Tracks 11-19 From Radio Soulwax Pt. 2)
20. Rolling Stones - "Undercover Of The Night"
**(From Radio Soulwax Pt. 7)
21. DJ Shadow - "6 Days" (Soulwax Remix)


Commentary:
As mentioned earlier, the main inspiration for the Sixx Mixx was the brothers
Dewaele aka Soulwax aka 2manydjs, whose Radio Soulwax compilations blew my tiny little mind. As a big fan of the wild mashup and the skronky electro, their mixes were perfect for me (and, assumedly, many Belgians), but for the Sixx Mixx, aimed at the American Alt Rock audience (and the 6pm radio drive time listeners) I didn't feel like I could necessarily push it so far into late-night techno territory. So when the duo had a DJ set lined up at local club Mezzanine I edited together my favorite "mainstream" Radio Soulwax moments into one happy half hour, along with a finale of their masterful remix of DJ Shadow. It's a nice little "intro" to Soulwax I suppose but I don't think it deserves a "score" here since it's really just their work.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: N/A

 

 


SIXX MIXX 039 - 4/16/2004

Sixx Mixx 039
Photo: Jay Janner, Austin-American Statesman, 2011

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Tracklisting:

Sixx Mixx 39 - 04/16/04 - Why Is Bush Still President Edition
1. The Streets - Fit But You Know It
2. Green Day - Hitchin' A Ride
3. Queens Of The Stone Age - No One Knows
4. Qotsa vs. Missy & Tweet - No One Gets Their Freak On (Loo And Placido Bootleg)
5. Devo - Whip It
6. The Strokes - Reptilia
7. The Von Bondies - Cmon Cmon
8. Outkast - Hey Ya
9. Outkast vs. William Hung - Hey Hung
10. U2 vs Janet - Control Bloody Control (Party Ben Bootleg)
11. Eric B & Rakim - Paid In Full (Coldcut Mix)
12. Modest Mouse - Float On
13. 50 Cent - In Da Club (Acapella)
14. David Bowie - Golden Years
15. David Bowie - Sound & Vision
16. David Bowie - China Girl
17. Danger Mouse - What More Can I Say
18. Radiohead vs. John Lennon - Karma In The Life (Go Home Productions Bootleg)

Commentary:
Not so bad if you can get through the painful segue from The Streets into Green Day. Yeeouch! Otherwise, highlights include the Devo/Strokes thing (that I should have made into a standalone mashup) and good old U2 vs. Janet, which isn't so great but is one more step on the way to U2 vs. Lyrics Born. It's like, oooh, so close! Why the Bowie triple-play I don't know -- maybe was playing a show that night? Hmm let's Google that. [...] Yup looks like he played 4/16 and 4/17. Neat. Of course the continued presence of William Hung is baffling. Anyway
, this Sixx Mixx exists, I guess.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 4/10

 


SIXX MIXX 038 - 4/09/2004

Sixx Mixx 038

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Sixx Mixx 38 - 04/09/04 - '71 CB750 Edition
1. Incujaxx - "Megalohead" (Party Ben Copycat Bootleg)
2. Yes vs. Sir Mix-A-Lot - "Owner Of A Lovely Butt" (Lionel Vinyl Bootleg)
3. The Vines - "Ride"
4. N.E.R.D. - "She Wants To Move" (Basement Jaxx Remix)
5. Si Begg - "Buss Boglin Clocks"
6. Beastie Boys - "Intergalactic"
7. Beastie Boys vs. Herbie Hancock - "Intergalactic Rockit" (Soulwax Bootleg)
8. The Stone Roses - "Fools Gold" (From Radio Soundhog Volume 3)
9. The White Stripes - "Hardest Button To Button" - (From Radio Soundhog Volume 3)
10. The White Stripes - "Hardest Button To Button" (Tk 1000 Bootleg Remix)
11. Steve Miller Band - "Jet Airliner"
12. Hal 9000 - "Blow 'Em Out"
13. G 'N' R vs. William Hung - "Sweet Hung Of Mine" (Richie Losario Bootleg)

Commentary:
So we kick off with my "simplified" version of the Incubus mashup from a few weeks back, and then, the first appearance in the Sixx Mixx of Lionel Vinyl's classic
Yes/Sir Mix-a-Lot combo, which still gives me a chuckle to this day. The Si Begg Coldplay mix may feature the earliest LIVE 105 appearance of wobble bass -- crazy to hear that. And I love the Stone Roses/50 Cent/White Stripes thing even if it's mostly 2manyDJs' doing. Anyway not much exciting mixing of my own but a couple interesting tracks.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 5/10

 


SIXX MIXX 037 - 4/02/2004

Sixx Mixx 037

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Sixx Mixx 37 - 4/02/04 - Nirvana Special

1. Dsico "Smells Like Electro"
2. Adam Freeland "Smells Like Freeland"
3. Nirvana vs. Michael Jackson "Billie Spirit" (Mcsleazy Bootleg)
4. Nirvana vs. Destiny's Child "Smells Like Booty" (Freelance Hellraiser Bootleg)
5. Fischervana "Smells Like Emerge" (Party Ben Bootleg)
6. Nirvana vs. Depeche Mode "About A Girl In My Dream" (Team 9 Bootleg)
7. Nirvana vs. Missy Elliott "Get Ur Nirvana On" (Kid Download Bootleg)
8. Nirvana vs. 50 Cent "You're Right In Da Club" (Anonymous Bootleg)
9. Madonnavana "Come Into The Light" (Party Ben Bootleg)
10. Coburn vs. Cobain "Come As You Are" (Slide Bootleg Mix)
11. Nirvana vs. Basement Jaxx "Where's Your Lounge Act" (TimG Bootleg)

Commentary:
As the single-artist special Mixxes went, this one wasn't so bad. It was of course in honor of the 10th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, which is now the 20th anniversary, which is crazy.


Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 5/10

 


SIXX MIXX 036 - 3/26/2004

Sixx Mixx 028
Photo: Celine Ramoni, Yurikamome High Speed Rail, 2011

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Sixx Mixx 36 - 3/26/04 - Can't Stop The Rock Edition

The Beatles vs. Jay-Z - "Public Service Announcement" (Danger Mouse Bootleg)
Moby vs. Lyrics Born - "Callin' Porcelain" (Party Ben Bootleg)
Living Colour - "Cult Of Personality"
Beastie Boys - "She's Crafty"
Franz Ferdinand - "Take Me Out"
The White Stripes - "7 Nation Electro" (Dsico Remix)
The Cars - "Just What I Needed"
Fountains Of Wayne - "Stacy's Mom"
Adam Freeland - "We Want Your Soul"
QOTSA vs. Britney Spears - "Toxic Secret" (Timg Bootleg)
QOTSA vs. Missy Elliot + Tweet - "No One Gets Their Freak On" (Loo And Placido Bootleg)
QOTSA - "No One Knows" (String Quartet Version)
Incubus vs. Mousse T + Madonna + Basement Jaxx - "Megalomaniac Recycled" (The Father Bootleg)
BRMC vs. Basement Jaxx - "Whatever Happened To My Head" (Soundhog Bootleg)
Sex Pistols - "God Save The Queen"
Sex Pistols vs. Madonna - "Ray of Gob" (Go Home Productions Bootleg)

Commentary:
Other than the presence, again, of two of the most overplayed tracks in Sixx Mixx-story (sorry), "7 Nation Army" and "We Want Your Soul" (both good songs, but sheesh), there is really nothing wrong with this episode, front to back. It kicks off with another majestic and haunting track from the Grey Album, hints at the Lyrics Born megamix that was
to so memorably kick off Sixx Mixx 49, gives us the first Sixx Mixx play of Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out," teases with a couple segues that could have been fleshed out into full length mashups (the Cars/Fountains of Wayne thing anyone?) and concludes with the debut of GHP's towering "Ray of Gob." There's intricate and confident mixing throughout (see the Beasties into Franz, and the looping and speeding-up of Franz into 7 Nation Army). it's a good mix of old and new, and moreover, focuses on rock music almost entirely, upping the difficulty level. This is the show operating at its full potential, finally.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 8/10

 


SIXX MIXX 035 - 3/19/2004

Sixx Mixx 028
Art: "The Blindman's Meal," Pablo Picasso, 1903

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Sixx Mixx 3/19/04 - Slightly Altered Repeat Of 1/30/04
1. Radio 4 - Dance To The Underground
2. The Clash - Rock The Casbah
3. Hot Hot Heat - Talk To Me, Dance With Me
4. U2 - Even Better Than The Real Thing
5. The Smithereens - A Girl Like You
6. The White Stripes - The Hardest Button To Button (Tk 1000 Bootleg Mix)
7. Party One - I'm So Crazy (From Hang All DJs Volume 3)
8. Zoot Woman - Living In A Magazine (From Hang All DJs Volume 3)
9. Kelis - Milkshake
10, Bachman Turner Overdrive - Takin Care Of Business
11. The Beastie Boys - Girls
12. Diffrent Darkness - Orchestral Manoevers In The Darkness
13. Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough
14. Depeche Mode vs. Eminem - Just Can't Get Enough Pills (Freelance Hellraiser Bootleg)
15. The Strokes - 12:51 (Dsico Electro Mix)
16. The Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again
17. Coldplay vs. Punx - Ben X Parties On Yer Face (Party Ben Bootleg Mix)
18. New Order - Blue Monday
19. Grand Funk Railroad - We're An American Band

Commentary:
Most of the time if I was too busy or out of town for a new Sixx Mixx I'd just play a repeat, and this is basically a Frankenstein repeat, with elements of Sixx Mixxes 28 and
31. It might actually be a bit of an improvement on both of them, in terms of arrangement, but still, it's nothing new.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: N/A

 


SIXX MIXX 034 - 3/12/2004

Sixx Mixx 034

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Sixx Mixx 34 - 3/12/04 - Ban Marriage Edition
1. David Bowie vs. Hot Hot Heat "Let's Dance With Me" (Party Ben Mashup)
2. David Bowie "Let's Dance" (White Label Remix)
3. Ima Robot "Black Jettas"
4. Blur vs. Madison Avenue "Don't Call Me Blurry" (Mcsleazy Bootleg)
5. ELO "Don't Bring Me Down"
6. The Vines "Ride"
7. Coldplay vs. Punx "Ben X Parties On Yer Face" (Party Ben Bootleg)
8. Blur vs. Michael Jackson "I Want Boys" (Dsico Bootleg)
9. Blur "Girls & Boys" (From Radio Soulwax Pt 3)
10. Prince "Girls & Boys" (From Radio Soulwax Pt 3)
11. The Chemical Brothers "Hey Boy Hey Girl" (From Radio Soulwax Pt 3)
12. Beastie Boys "Girls"
13. Edwin Collins "A Girl Like You"
14. Smithereens "A Girl Like You"
15. Garbage "Stupid Girl"
16. Devo "The Girl You Want"
17. The White Stripes "Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine"
18. Duran Duran "Girls On Film"
19. Motley Crue "Girls, Girls, Girls"


Commentary:
Unlike normal boys, who went out and played sport games or whatever, as a youngster I amused myself by having a pretend radio station (really!) where I'd get my friends to do silly comedy bits and stuff. I would also make parody songs in the style of Weird Al, or funny tape edits of stuff. At one point, I made a medley of a whole bunch of songs that said "baby" on a mixtape for somebody--something that wasn't easy to produce on a Sears tape teck. Amusing (or perhaps pathetic) that 20-odd years later, I was still doing basically the same thing: "Hey, let's stitch together songs that say 'girl'!" I'm hoping it was mildly amusing if you stumbled across it on the radio.


Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 3/10



SIXX MIXX 033 - 3/05/2004

Sixx Mixx 033

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Sixx Mixx 33 - 3/5/04 –Toxic Edition
1. Qotsa vs. Britney Spears “Toxic Secret” (TimG Bootleg)
2. Nirvana “Smells Like Freeland” (Adam Freeland Remix)
3. Run-DMC “It's Tricky”
4. New Order “Fine Time”
5. Kansas “Carry On My Wayward Son”
6. Soft Cell “Tainted Love”
7. Soft Cell vs. Madonna “Tainted Music” (Dsico Bootleg)
8. The Knack vs. Kosheen “Hide Sharona” (Dsico Bootleg)
9. The Postal Service “Nothing Better”
10. Detroit Grand Pubahs “Sandwiches”
11. DJ Icey “Reaper”
12. SNL vs. Hot Hot Heat “More Cowbell” (Party Ben Edit)
13. Loverboy “Workin' For The Weekend”
14. The Strokes “Reptilia”
15. Beatles vs. Jay-Z “99 Problems” Danger Mouse Bootleg
16. Crystal Method vs. Howard Stern “Keep Stern Alive” (Party Ben Bootleg)
17. Scissor Sisters “Comfortably Numb”

Commentary:
Sometimes, listening back to these old mixes, I wish I had been a little crazier, thrown caution to the wind and just played whatever came to mind, and not been so obsessive about bracketing everything with LIVE 105 music and keeping things in key more or less. However, this mix, at least its first half, is "crazy," the sense of it veering nonsensically between random songs, and it doesn't quite work. "Toxic Secret" is an all-time great mashup, and the transitions into the Nirvana mix and Run-DMC
are pretty cool, but the rest are kind of forced. Fun to see "Sandwiches" pop up out of nowhere, and of course the Cowbell sketch ended up being one of the most-requested "things" ("mashups"? "songs?") I ever made on LIVE 105. But overall this is a disjointed listen.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 4/10

 


SIXX MIXX 032 - 2/27/2004

Sixx Mixx 029
Artwork: Cover detail, Jeremy Steig, "Flute Fever," 1963

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Sixx Mixx 32 - 2/27/04 - Cry Baby Cry Edition

1. Beatles vs. Jay-Z "Justify My Thug" (Danger Mouse bootleg)
2. Led Zeppelin "Stairway To Heaven"
**Rock Generation Mix Version 2**
3. Iggy Pop "Lust For Life"
4. Jet "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?"
5. The Who "Talkin' Bout My Generation"
6. The Strokes "Last Night"
7. Good Charlotte "Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous"
8. 50 Cent "In Da Club"
9. Audiocent "Show Me To Da Club" (Party Ben Bootleg)
10. The Strokes vs. Dizzee Rascal "Just A Reptillian" (Lionel Vinyl Bootleg)
11. The Clash "I Fought The Law"
12. Outkast "Hey Ya"
13. Outkast vs. William Hung "Hey Hung"
14. Cougar Tip "Vivrant Jack And Diane" (DJ Mei-Lwun Bootleg)
15. Digital Underground "Humpty Dance"
16. Beastie Boys "Sure Shot"
17. Jeremy Steig "Howling For Judy"
18. Ac/Dc vs. Urban Takeover ??? (DJ Z-Trip Mix)
19. Bing Ji Ling "You Shook Me All Night Long"
20. Crystal Method vs. Howard Stern & Various "Keep Stern Alive" (Party Ben mix)

Commentary:
Another sloppy rearrangement of previousy heard sections of the show, with a few odd choices interspersed, and wild circus-y segues. Again, giving myself a break this week. The layering, briefly, of "Stairway to Heaven" over the Danger Mouse beat is kind of lovely, but immediately turns foul as I try to force it into "Lust for Life." We get a slightly updated version of the swing-beat rock mix first heard back in Sixx Mixx 12, and
then it's just a lot of silliness, including William Hung, Bing Ji Ling and finally, another installment in the Take Newsworthy Audio and Play It With Some Echo Over "Keep Hope Alive," this time the bonkers Howard Stern/FCC nonsense that was happening at the time in the wake of the Janet Jackson Nipplegate scandal. (A few days later I came in to the station shocked to hear Howard playing this mix; amusingly, much of their discussion was over how much money The Crystal Method was making using his voice and whether they could get a cut of it. They clearly didn't understand the provenance. Anyway, I found out later that K-Rock DJ Liquid Todd was the culprit, after he played my mix on his late night show, somebody told the Stern crew about it and they asked for a copy. Weird!) This was all 10 years ago, people. Anyway, skip this one.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 2/10




SIXX MIXX 031 - 2/20/2004

Sixx Mixx 029
Artwork: Gerhard Richter, "Seascape (Sea-Sea)," 1970

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Sixx Mixx 31 - 2/20/04 - See You Soon Trixie Edition
1. The Beatles vs. Jay-Z "What More Can I Say" (Danger Mouse Bootleg)
2. Radiohead vs. John Lennon "Karma Life" (Go Home Productions Bootleg)
3. Hot Hot Heat "Talk To Me Dance With Me" (A Capella)
4. David Bowie "Let's Dance" (White Label mix)
5. Radio 4 "Dance To The Underground"
6. The Roots "The Seed 3.0" Party Ben Bootleg Mix
7. New Order "Blue Monday"
8. Grand Funk Railroad "We're An American Band"
9. Different Darkness "Orchestral Manoevers In The Darkness"
10. White Stripes "7 Nation Army" (String Quartet Version)


Commentary:
As mentioned in the Sixx Mixx 28 commentary, a close friend (who, every once in a while, used the nickname Trixie) had been battling cancer during this time, and it was this week that he lost. I'm kind of shocked that amidst funeral arrangements, etc., I was still able to pop out a show, but not surprised that it's a bit of a shambles. It helps to open things with two bona fide masterpieces: my favorite cut from the still-astonishing Grey Album, and the haunting "Karma Life" from Go Home Productions, operating at the peak of his powers. The attempt to segue to dance tempo is regrettable, however, and there's no need to hear my Seed remix again. I do still enjoy the Blue Monday/American Band combo, despite its hamfistedness, it's just so unlikely that it makes me happy. And we end on a mournful note with the string quartet version of "7 Nation Army," another small nod to my friend who adored the White Stripes. This episode is by no means a
tribute, as it's not worthy of that, but the somber tone was really all I could manage.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 4/10




SIXX MIXX 030 - 2/13/2004

Sixx Mixx 029
Artwork: Kenny Scharf, various donut works, 2010-2011

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Sixx Mixx 30 - 2/13/04 - More Hung Edition

1. Queens of the Stone Age "No One Knows" (Unkle Remix)
2. Outkast "Hey Ya" (Party Ben Bootleg Mix)
3. Outkast vs. William Hung  "Hey Hung" (Williamhung.Net Bootleg)
4. Joy Division vs. Missy Elliott  "Love Will Freak Us" (Dsico Bootleg)
5. Tainted Love vs. Madonna  "Tainted Music" (Dsico Bootleg)
6. The Knack vs. Kosheen "Hide My Sharona" (Dsico Bootleg)
7. The Hives "Main Offender"
8. Offspring "Gotta Get Away"
9. Foreigner "Hot Blooded"
10.  Billy Squire vs. Fischerspooner  "Everybody Wants To Emerge" (Barry Harris Queer Eye Bootleg)
11. Nirvana "Smells Like Electro" (Dsico Electro Mix)
12. No Doubt "It's My Life" (Thin White Duke Mix)
13. The White Stripes "7 Nation Army" (String Quartet Version)
14. The White Stripes "7 Nation Army" (Slide Bootleg Mix)
15. Rick Dees vs. Party Ben "My Message To Listeners"

Commentary:
A breather, so to speak, and not bad, considering it's mostly old material. (Dear God why can't I stop playing the Slide mix of "7 Nation Army"???) Bit of a mini-tribute here to Aussie producer Dsico who was one of the early "stars" of bootleggery and also a swell guy. William Hung was a thing that week (in a Great Sixx Mixx Irony he was to land just behind myself six years later on a list of Bay Area "High Notes" in music, making me unsure where the sarcasm line was--before or after me??) so he's in here. And the finale is, with only a little bit of comedic alteration, is a totally real thing posted by Rick Dees after he was more or less fired from the morning show at LA's KIIS FM, and its treacly music bed (real!!), transparent bragging and Jesus-y lovey talk (so real!!!) made us all laugh our asses off at LIVE 105.
Of course, Mr. Dees was to have his revenge on Party Ben later, in another one of the Great Sixx Mixx Ironies.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 4/10

 


SIXX MIXX 029 - 2/06/2004

Sixx Mixx 029

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Sixx Mixx 29 - 2/6/04 - Get You Naked By The End Of This Mixx Edition
1. Lyrics Born "Callin' Out"
2. Jane's Addiction "Just Because"
3. Moby "Porcelain"
4. AC/DC "Back In Black"
5. AC/DC vs. Urban Takeover vs. Beastie Boys. vs. Peter Schilling "Unknown" (DJ Z-Trip Mix)
6. Avalanches "Frontier Psychiatrist"
7. Beck "Where It's At"
8. Beck vs. Pharoah Monch "Simon Says" (2manydjs version)
9. Jerky Boys vs. Eminem "My Name Is" (2manydjs version)
10. The Streets "Sharp Darts"
11. Outkast "Happy Valentines Day"
12. Deltron 3030 "Positive Contact"
13. Beastie Boys "Body Movin"
14. Heiroglyphics "Let It Roll"
15. Cypress Hill "Insane In The Brain"
16. DJ Shadow "The Number Song" (Cut Chemist Mix)
17. Run-DMC "Peter Piper"
18. Rob Dougan "Clubbed To Death"
19. Crystal Method vs. Janet Jackson "Keep Janet Alive" (Party Ben Bootleg)
20. Dsico "Seven Nation Electro"
21. Blondie vs. The Doors "Rapture Riders" (Go Home Productions Bootleg)
22. Eric B & Rakim "Paid In Full"
23. Dizzee Rascal "Fix Up Look Sharp"

Commentary:
Another
major leap forward for the show, although it relies on the "easy-to-mix" hip hop tempo for most of its length and includes a lengthy segment of Sixx Mixx 21 (see below) as well as shorter segments of Z-Trip's Uneasy Listening and 2manydjs As Heard On Radio Soulwax Vol. 4. Perhaps most significantly, it's the debut of Lyrics Born's "Callin' Out," probably the biggest "hit" I ever brought to LIVE 105. A few weeks before I had read a review of the Lyrics Born album Later That Day in the local SF Bay Guardian, and ambled down to Aquarius Records on Valencia Street (so hip!) to buy the CD. As the album version says "...make this shit happen right here right now," over and over, I had to make my own edit to play on Subsonic, our Saturday night electronic show. Eventually I got Quannum, the local label, to get me a clean version ("make it all happen") and an acapella, and I went to town. At this point the track had not been put in rotation on LIVE 105 and I was kicking off the show with it just out of my own belief in the song. Of course the more notable "Callin' Out" mashups were to come later, but the rapid-fire blast of Jane's Addiction, Moby and AC/DC is a lot of fun. The hip hop section is still nice although, again, a repeat; "Clubbed to Death" is sort of apropos of nothing here but does create a nice dramatic lead-in for #2 in what eventually became my 4-part "Keep Stuff Alive" series, as I noted that just about any spoken word recording, layered over "Keep Hope Alive" with a ton of echo, sounded cool. Amazing to think the nip slip was 10 years ago, huh. Anyway, perhaps equally as significant as the Lyrics Born appearance, this is also the debut of Go Home Productions' toweringly great "Rapture Riders," a seminal moment in bootleggery. Ending the show with Dizzee Rascal, who never really took off in America, was a bit of a stretch, and again, a deduction of a few points for the repetition, but a Sixx Mixx Milestone, for sure.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 6/10




SIXX MIXX 028 - 1/30/2004

Sixx Mixx 027
Art: "The Blindman's Meal," Pablo Picasso, 1903

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Sixx Mixx 28 - 1/30/04 - As Seen On TV Edition

1. Radio 4 - Dance To The Underground
2. The Clash - Rock The Casbah
3. Hot Hot Heat - Talk To Me Dance With Me - (A Capella)
4. SNL – Cowbell sketch (excerpt)
5. U2 - Even Better Than The Real Thing
6. The Smithereens - A Girl Like You
7. The White Stripes - The Hardest Button To Button (TK 1000 Remix)
8. Party One - I'm So Crazy (from Hang All DJs Volume 3)
9. Zoot Woman - Living In A Magazine (from Hang All DJs Volume 3)
10. Eurythmics – Love is a Stranger (from Hang All DJs Volume 3)
11. Kelis - Milkshake
12. Bachman Turner Overdrive - Takin' Care Of Business
13. Beastie Boys - Girls
14. Different Darkness - Orchestral Manoeuvers In The Darkness
15. Depeche Mode - I Just Can't Get Enough
16. Depeche Mode vs. Eminem - I Just Can't Get Enough Pills (Freelance Hellraiser Bootleg)
17. The Strokes - 12:51 (Dsico Electro Bootleg Mix)
18. The Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again
19. Coldplay vs. Punx - Ben X Parties On Your Face (Party Ben Bootleg Mix)
20. No Doubt - It's My Life (Thin White Duke Remix)

Commentary:
So, this begins a dark yet important period in Sixx Mixx history, such as it is. Probably my closest and oldest friend had been diagnosed with cancer a few months previous, and it was around this time that it became clear he wasn't going to make it. There was a lot of time spent at the hospital, and then I, like a good Nebraskan, avoided my emotions by burying myself in work. It felt theraputic to me at the time; this friend had introduced me to a lot of music over the years, and so my meticulous slaving away all night, zombie-like, on the show seemed somehow appropriate--I almost felt like I was making tributes to him. Of course, with that kind of focus and intensity, the show really did have a sort of breakthrough. Not only is this episode musically strong, with effective and surprising segues and layering, but is the first to really have a unifying emotional thread. I may just be projecting my own memories of my mental state at the time, but this show seems both celebratory and profoundly dark, a sort of musical cry of anguish. The disco-punk flavor of Radio 4 opens things up and that driving tempo never really lets up for the entire 32+ minutes. The Radio 4 through White Stripes segment is one of my favorite Sixx Mixx moments, and while the next section is lifted entirely from a 2manydjs mix it doesn't seem out of place or, you know, unfair. And I still feel like the remix of "It's My Life" is one of the finest things Stuart Price has ever done; its soaring, brilliantly rearranged chords give me the chills, and it deserves to live alone and unmolested at the end of the episode.

The next week, amazingly enough, an associate of Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens got in touch via e-mail to say he had been in town and heard the "Girl Like You" segment and loved it--it seemed like a sign I was on to something, and the name of the episode of course references that I had just been on the TV news that week for the last episode's Dean Scream remix.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 8/10




SIXX MIXX 027 - 1/23/2004

Sixx Mixx 027
Photo: The Shard, London

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Sixx Mixx 27 - 1/23/04 - Yeeargh Edition

1. The Blankett "Hey Ya"
2. Outkast vs Party Ben "Hey Ya" (Party Ben Bootleg Mix)
3. Rolling Stones "Jumpin Jack Flash"
4. Rolling Stones vs. Fatboy Slim "Satisfaction Skank" (Party Ben Bootleg)
5. The Strokes vs. Dizzee Rascal "Just A Reptilian" (Lionel Vinyl Bootleg)
6. Radiohead "I Might Be Wrong"
7. Kelis "Milkshake"
8. Lumislave "Show Me How To Leave" (Party Ben Bootleg)
9. DJ Shadow "6 Days"(Soulwax Remix)
10. The Crystal Method – Broken Glass
11. David Bowie vs. Jacko "Smooth Dancer" (DJ Stink Remix)
12. Different Darkness "Orchestral Manoeuvers In The Darkness"
13. Crystal Method vs. Howard Dean "Keep Dean Alive" (Party Ben Mix)

Commentary:
One of my favorite shows and biggest influences on the Sixx Mixx was Dr. Demento, whose parody songs, novelty records and far-out freakishness blew my mind when I first stumbled across it in what must have been the late 70s. I never actually heard it on the radio, I don't think, but somebody had a cassette tape, probably, and I remember being totally dumbfounded by both the knowing wink of Weird Al's "Still Billy Joel to Me" and the complete nonsense of "Fish Heads." Weird covers were a staple of the Sixx Mixx, both because the show was a good place to play something once that probably only deserved to get played once, and because the entire agenda of the Sixx Mixx was to offer a new perspective on familiar material--it was a 6pm show, not a midnight show. And so, I have no idea where that Blankett cover of Outkast came from that starts the episode, but it's really great. There's no need to hear my version again, though, especially for like 6 minutes. Things get sloppier and stupider from there, although it's nice to see the first appearance of the majestic Soulwax mix of DJ Shadow. The show ends with my Dean Scream/Crystal Method thing, which ended up being my first sort of "topical" mashup that actually made the news--the local Fox affiliate, KTVU, sent out their political reporter to interview me for a segment on pop culture responses to the Howard Dean campaign-killing speech. All I remember from it is being terrified and the reporter having us stop so he could say "Um, Ben, could you stop moving your head back and forth so much," since apparently in my nervousness I was wobbling back and forth like Stevie Wonder on stormy seas. Anyway, this episode has little the way of good "musicality" but at least it was kind of amusing, probably, at the time.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 4/10




SIXX MIXX 026 - 1/16/2004

Sixx Mixx 020
Photo: LAX, Monkeytime Brachiator, 2007

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Sixx Mixx 26 – 1/16/04 - Different Edition
1. Different Darkness "Orchestral Manoevers In The Darkness"
2. Outkast "Ghetto Musick"
3. New Donna "Bizarre Light Triangle" (Party Ben Bootleg)
4. White Stripes "Hardest Button To Button" (TK 1000 Bootleg Mix)
5. Run-DMC "It's Tricky"
6. Andrea Doria "Bucci Bag"
7. Hal 9000 "Blow 'Em Out"
8. Nirvana "Smells Like Freeland" (Adam Freeland Bootleg)
9. Offspring "Hit That" (USC Marching Band version)

Commentary:
Ho boy. I'm going to assume that I had some things going on in my life that prevented me from doing a real Sixx Mixx this week, because this just isn't one. I play some songs, that's sort of it. It's notable for the first appearance of my New Order / Madonna mashup which I quite liked at the time, but almost every segue and song choice is a poor one. Skip it, I promise they get better.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 0/10





SIXX MIXX 025 - 1/09/2004

Sixx Mixx 020
Photo: House Where Nobody Lives, Derek Phillips, 2008

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Sixx Mixx 25 – 1/09/04 - Soma Sweatshirt Edition
1. The Strokes vs. Dizzee Rascal “Just A Reptilian” (Lionel Vinyl Bootleg)
2. The Strokes “Reptilia”
3. Outkast “Ben Ya” (Party Ben Bootleg)
4. Just Jack “Snowflakes”
5. Audioslave vs. Lumidee – Show Me How to Leave (Party Ben Bootleg)
6. Beastie Boys “Sure Shot”
7. DJ Shadow “The Number Song” (Cut Chemist Mix)
8. Stereo MCs “Connected”
9. Oasis “Supersonic”
10. Atmosphere “Trying To Find A Balance”
11. Public Enemy “Terminated X To The Edge Of Panic”
12. Radiocent “In Thom’s Club” (Party Ben Bootleg)
13. Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
14. The Bad Plus “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Commentary:
Erf, lots of bad, and not so much good. The Just Jack Cure-sampling "Snowflakes" blew all our minds at LIVE 105 but kind of went nowhere. My Audioslave/Lumidee combo was one of my early faves, but now just sounds super tired. A cute combo of Stereo MCs and Oasis makes its first appearance here, and that was something a few people liked, and I kind of enjoy the transition from Public Enemy into the Radiohead/50 Cent thing. The Bad Plus had just come out with their cover album of various alty tracks and it seemed newsworthy at the time but I dunno, there are about 50 different "Smells Like Teen Spirit" covers that are better. All in all a bit of a muddled start to 2004 for the Sixx Mixx but the shows get a bit better in a few weeks.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 3/10




SIXX MIXX 024 - 12/19/2003

Sixx Mixx 020

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Sixx Mixx 24 - 12/19/03 - Happy F***ing Christmas Edition
1. Transplants "California Babylon"                            
2. Transplants vs. Missy Elliott "Work It California" (Unknown Bootleg)      
3. Nin vs. 50 Cent "Closer To Da Club" (Satanic Bootleg)
4. Radiocent "In Thom's Club" (Party Ben Bootleg)
5. Audio Bullys "The Things"
6. Beyonce "Crazy In Love" (A Capella)
7. Jay-Z "99 Problems"
8. Faith No More "Epic"
9. Royksopp "Eple"
10. Public Enemy "Bring The Noise"
11. Coldplay "God Put A Smile Upon My Face" (Fakeid Remix)
12. Outkast "The Way You Move"
13. Tone Loc "Wild Thing"
14. L.A. Dream Team "The Dream Team Is In The House"
15. Newcleus "Space Is The Place"
16. Soulsonic Force "Planet Rock"
17. White Stripes "7 Nation Army" (Slide Remix)
18. Paul Mccartney vs. J-Lo "Christmas On The Block" (Go Home Productions mashup)

Commentary:
You know, I tend to sneer jealously at Girl Talk's formula of random-hip hop-vocal-over-random-indie-jam-and-repeat, but the first half of this episode is more or less that, and it's fine. I *think* the Transplants/Misssy is Loo & Placido but I'm not sure. I enjoy the little Jay-Z into Faith No More segue and everything sounds good with Eple. The apropos of nothing venture into early '80s dance-rap also amuses me, LA Dream Team and Newcleus were among tracks I heard on a radio station in Omaha when I was like 13 or so and totally changed my life, but why I'm playing them now who knows or cares. And then we get a whole bunch of 7 Nation Army because that's what the Sixx Mixx did every week, and the lovely GHP Macca mashup and we're out. Later Sixx Mixxes took a nod (and, erm, whole chunks) from DJ Riko's all-Christmas mixes, which was a much better holiday episode idea, but hey, baby steps.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 3/10





SIXX MIXX 023 - 12/05/2003

Sixx Mixx 020

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Sixx Mixx 23 - 12/5/03 - Electronica Hannukah Edition
1. Audio Bullys "We Don't Care"
2. Audio Bullys  "We Don't Care" (Dub Version)
3. White Stripes "7 Nation Army" (Slide Mix)
4. White Stripes "7 Nation Army" (Dsico Electro Mix)
5. Basement Jaxx "Where's Your Head At" (A Capella)
6. Nirvana vs. Basement Jaxx "Where's Your Lounge Act?" (Tim G Bootleg)
7. Foo Fighters "All My Life" (Digital Punks Remix)
8. Hive "Ultrasonic Sound"
9. 50 Cent "In Da Club" (A Capella)
10. Beastie Boys "Pass The Mic"
11. Outkast  "Ben Ya" (Party Ben bootleg mix)
12. Various vs. Eminem "Lose Yourself" (Lockarm Bootleg)
13. Jane's Addiction vs Ashanti "Rock With Addiction" (Go Home Productions mashup)
14. Queen & Bowie vs. Michael Jackson "Jacko Under Pressure" (Go Home Productions mashup)

Commentary:
This half-assed episode gets points for including a couple sort of fun tracks from artists performing at our electronic-themed Christmas show that year including Audio Bullys and Hive; my lazy layering of the 50 Cent a capella over the latter is basically the only thing I did myself in the entire show but it kind of works. For some reason the a capella of Basement Jaxx that is in the tracklisting isn't there in the actual audio file I have -- there's a space for it but maybe for some reason this wasn't the final mix? Who knows. Anyway, I do kind of still enjoy Lockarm's random (proto-Girl Talky?) mix of Eminem that careens from one alt-rock jam to another, but the segue from the Beasties into Hey Ya is cringe-worthy.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 2/10





SIXX MIXX 022 - 11/28/2003

Sixx Mixx 020

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Sixx Mixx 22 – 11/28/03

1. White Stripes  "7 Nation Army" (Slide Bootleg Remix)
2. Audio Bullys "Hit The Ceiling"
3. Freeland "We Want Your Soul"
4. Eminem "Lose Yourself" (Bootleg Jungle Mix)
5. The Network "Roshambo"
6. The Strokes "Hard To Explain"
7. Christina Aguilera vs. The Strokes "Stroke Of Genie-us" (Freelance Hellraiser Bootleg)
8. Outkast "Ben Ya" (Party Ben Bootleg mix)
9. Missy Elliott "Get Ur Freak On"
10. Beatles vs. Michael Jackson "How Does It Feel To Be Rich, Man?" (Go Home Productions Bootleg)

Commentary:
A more or less pointless rehash of stuff I'd already played way too much. I'm going to assume that maybe I was really busy that week and threw something together because I figured that was better than completely giving up and playing a repeat, which is fine, but you don't need to download it.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 0/10



SIXX MIXX 021 - 11/21/2003

Sixx Mixx 020

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Sixx Mixx 21 – 11/21/03
1. Outkast "Ben Ya" (Party Ben bootleg mix)
2. Fatboy Slim vs. Rolling Stones "Satisfaction Skank" (Party Ben version)
3. AC/DC vs. Urban Takeover vs. Beastie Boys vs. Peter Schilling (DJ Z-Trip Mix)
4. Avalanches "Frontier Psychiatrist"
5. Deltron 3030 "Positive Contact"
6. Beastie Boys "Body Movin'"
7. Hieroglyphics "Let It Roll"
8. Cypress Hill "Insane In The Brain"
9. DJ Shadow "The Number Song" (Cut Chemist Remix)
10. Black Eyed Peas "Smells Like Funk"
11. Run-DMC "Peter Piper"
12. Nirvana vs. Michael Jackson "Billie Spirit" (Mcsleazy Bootleg)

Commentary:
Another episode sans le nom. Pourquoi? Je ne sais pas. But what this episode lacks in, um, nameyness, it makes up for in fun, if straightforward mixing and song choices. It's the debut of my rework of Outkast's "Hey Ya," which was in essence my attempt to pull a "Smells Like Freeland" on Outkast -- Mr. Freeland, as mentioned before, created his genius rework of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" using only the original song, altered and rearranged, as source material. The same is true in my version of "Hey Ya": the kick is from the original, just slowed down an octave, and each element is sloppily isolated from the mix with some EQ, basically. I'm quite proud of the mix which was my greatest technical achievement at the time, both in its intricacy and in the difficulty of transferring the original's odd time signatures to a straight-up 4/4 beat. And I think it ended up elucidating the jump-up jungle influence in the original. Anyway, the mix continues with an excerpt of DJ Z-Trip and DJ P's "Uneasy Listening Vol 1," which along with 2manydjs was a profound influence on the show. (Of course, the association with Z-Trip turned sour after he made disparaging comments about mashups and people who use computers to DJ with etc. in a local paper, and I confronted him about it during an interview on LIVE 105, inspiring legions of Z-Trip fans to wage war on me, but that's a story for another time.) Anyhoo, the Z-Trip segment is a reminder of what was so great about Uneasy Listening, with muscular, bold and funny layering, all based on a hip hop tradition. In that spirit, I spend the rest of the show barreling through some LIVE 105 hip hop favorites, sullied only by the presence of the awful "Smells Like Funk," included due to the Peas' presence on the lineup of an upcoming LIVE 105 concert. Which is weird. And like many DJ sets to come, the show ends dramatically with good old "Billie Spirit." It's not exactly breaking ground and is admittedly lazy for its reliance on hip hop singles, but overall it flows well and has a fun vibe.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 6/10




SIXX MIXX 020 - 11/14/2003

Sixx Mixx 020

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Sixx Mixx 20 - 11/14/03

1. Talk Talk "It's My Life"
2. No Doubt "It's My Life"
3. The Strokes "12:51" (Dsico Electro Mix)
4. Iggy Pop W Peaches "Motor Inn" (Felix Da Housecat Mix)
5. Offspring "Pretty Fly" (Baka Boys Low Rider Mix)
6. Prince "Let's Go Crazy" (2 Many DJs Mix Cd Version)
7. Inner City "Big Fun" (Soulwax Mix)
8. The Rapture "House Of Jealous Lovers"
9. The Rapture "House Of Jealous Lovers" (Cosmos Mix)
10. Hot Hot Heat "Talk To Me Dance With Me"
11. The Clash "Rock The Casbah"
12. The Clash vs. Basement Jaxx "Magnificent Romeo" (Unknown Bootleg)
13. Audio Bullys "We Don't Care"
14. Brock Landers "S.M.D.U."
15. Blur "Song 2"
16. Blur vs. Madison Avenue "Don't Call Me Blur" (Mcsleazy Bootleg)
17. Adam Freeland "7 Nation Freeland"
18. Prince "Darling Nikki"

Commentary:
No episode name for this one, for some reason. Anyhoo, we kick off with something kind of random -- a "mashup," such as it is, of a song and its cover. Really they're just playing at the same time, and not sure it's a thing that ever needs to be done again. Some nice electro type sounds then take over -- so much easier than mixing other genres! Big ups to genre innovator Dsico, but wow, that Motor Inn track is just abysmal, there must have been some reason I played it, like, Iggy Pop died or something? Of course the best bit of the whole show is cribbed from a 2manydjs CD -- their sped-up and looped bits of Prince and Inner City have more excitement and chutzpa than anything else in this set. Sigh. Not sure why I brought out the Blur tracks -- we'd played "S.M.D.U." on Subsonic since the Blur track was popular back in 1997. And then I believe the Foo Fighters had just released their cover of "Darling Nikki" so I suppose it's nice I played the original. Overall, whatever. At least it's mixed decently.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 3/10





SIXX MIXX 019 - 11/07/2003

Sixx Mixx 019
Photo, Darren Nisbett, "Desolation," 2013

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Sixx Mixx 19 - 11/7/03 - NSSN Kickoff Edition

1. Janes Addiction "Just Because" (Party Ben Mix)
2. Black Eyed Peas "Smells Like Funk"
3. Rancid "Fall Back Down"
4. B.R.M.C. "Love Burns"
5. Richard X   "Rock Jacket"
6. The Cure vs. Bjork "Hidden Forest" (Gordy Boy Bootleg)
7. Fatboy Slim vs. Eminem "My Name Is Skank" (Unknown Bootleg)
8. Radiohead "Go To Sleep"
9. Radiohead vs. 50 Cent "In Thom's Club" (Party Ben Bootleg)
10. Radiohead vs. John Lennon "Karma Life" (Go Home Productions Bootleg)
11. Freeland "We Want Your Soul"
12. Underworld "Born Slippy" (Paul Oakenfold Remix)
13. Richard X Feat. Jarvis Cocker "Into You"

Commentary:
Hoo boy. "Themed" Sixx Mixxes were a, um, mixxed bag. The earlier Chems episode was an unmitigated disaster, but later "specials" (like a Queens of the Stone Age/Nine Inch Nails edition for their Bay Area show) were actually pretty fun. This falls into the "disaster" camp, with bands playing at what I'm assuming was our just-announced Not So Silent Night show shoehorned in awkwardly. I have no record of the 2003 lineup--did the Black Eyed Peas play our show??--but their track here is just astoundingly awful, that Jane's mix was an already-proven fail, and whatever I'm trying to do with the Chems beat over Rancid is just wrong. Even the timing of my transition from the original of Born Slippy into the new remix is off. One point given for inclusion of the Richard X track.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 1/10





SIXX MIXX 018 - 10/31/2003

Sixx Mixx 009

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Sixx Mixx 18 - 10/31/03 - Memorial Day Edition

1. Ministry - Every Day Is Halloween
2. Beyonce - Crazy In Love (A Capella)
3. The Chemical Brothers - Leave Home
4. Eminem - Without Me (A Capella)
5. Eminem vs. Party Ben - Without Me (Nobody Listens To Techno Mix)
6. The White Stripes - Hardest Button To Button (Fake ID Remix)
7. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Freeland
8. Basement Jaxx - Lucky Star
9. Radiohead vs. 50 Cent - In Thom's Club (Party Ben Bootleg)
10. Radiohead vs. John Lennon Karma Life (Go Home Productions Bootleg)
11. DJ Shadow - Building Steam From A Grain Of Salt
12. Rocky Horror - The Time Warp

Commentary:
Ha, get it, Memorial Day Edition? Cause it's Halloween? Yeah. Anyway, I always kind of liked the little proto-mashup I kicked this off with, Crazy In Love over Ministry, and would pull it out for Halloween DJ gigs now and then but never released it I don't think. Weird to hear my old mix of Eminem's Without Me which was really my first big 'viral' hit and a major reason I got the Sixx Mixx show, but now sounds really sloppy and insane to my ear. Plus one point for including something off Endtroducing.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 4/10





SIXX MIXX 017 - 10/24/2003

Sixx Mixx 009
Photo: Dave Gaydos, 2013

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Sixx Mixx 17 - 10/24/03 - 12 Folsom Edition
1. Adam Freeland vs. White Stripes - Seven Nation Freeland
2. Evanescence - Going Under (Acoustic Mix)
3. The Rapture - House Of Jealous Lovers (Cosmos Mix)
4. Fountains Of Wayne - Stacy's Mom
5. Fatboy Slim - Going Out Of My Head
6. Freeland - We Want Your Soul
7. Linkin Park - Faint
8. DJ Icey - Reaper
9. Kings Of Leon Vs. Basement Jaxx Molly's Doin' Her Thing (Lionel Vinyl Bootleg)
10. Wings vs. Eminem - Mcshady 2 (Go Home Productions Bootleg)
11. Stooges vs. Salt N Pepa - Push It / No Fun (Soulwax Bootleg)
12. The Muppets vs. Electric 6 - Gay Muppet Bar (Philmanns Bootleg)

Commentary:
Lots of Freeland here. I felt a real kinship with that dude, what with his work in the breaks world (which had been my musical focus right up until stumbling into mashups) and his sort of culture-jammy remix-y politically-aware attitude. We played the heck out of "We Want Your Soul" on LIVE 105 in a sort of vain attempt to make it a hit but it never really caught on. I still believe his "Smells Like Freeland" mix of Nirvana is an absolute masterpiece, with nothing even close to it in the mashup/remix world, as a "rearrangement" of (mostly) just the original track. I was dumbfounded with excitement when he came in to do a guest Mixx but that's a tale for that episode. So back to this one: mixing is actually not bad, even it if is at standard club speed for most of the first 2/3 of the show. Evanescence over White Stripes is a fail, but the other segues are fine, if intense. The show is saved by the more or less unmixed inclusion of four awesome and silly mashups at the end; of course Gay Muppet Bar would go on to become a LIVE 105 favorite.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 4/10




SIXX MIXX 016 - 10/17/2003

Sixx Mixx 009

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Sixx Mixx 16 – 10/17/2013 – Somebody Shoot Me Edition

1. Iggy Pop - Lust For Life
2. Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl
3. The Who- My Generation
4. The Jam - Town Called Malice
5. The Strokes - Last Nite
6. Good Charlotte - Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous
7. 50 Cent - In Da Club (Acapella)
8. Audiocent - Show Me To Da Club - (Party Ben Bootleg)
9. Transplants – DJ DJ (80 Skratch Gangstas Remix)
10. The Strokes vs. Christina Aguilera - A Stroke Of Genius (Freelance Hellraiser Bootleg)
11. Outkast - Hey Ya
12. Queens of the Stone Age - You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar But I Feel Like A Millionaire
13. Happy Mondays vs. Beyonce - Beyonce's Twisted Melons (EZLee Bootleg)
14. Beastie Boys vs. Herbie Hancock – Intergalactic
15. The White Stripes - The Hardest Button To Button (TK1000 Bootleg Remix)

Commentary:
Not much Party Ben mixing here (other than a replay of the Rock Generation mix from Sixx Mixx 12) but what there is is more or less fine. Lots of repeats as well but nice to see that Happy Mondays strack pop up. Also, episode titles are more or less standard from here on out. Of course, mostly they were just expressions of whatever bad mood I was in at the time, but now and then I managed to crawl up out of my morass of despair long enough to notice something in the outside world and name the show after that.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 3/10





SIXX MIXX 015 - 10/10/2003

Sixx Mixx 009
Photo: John Burcham, "Tumbleweed on the Bonneville Salt Flats"

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Sixx Mixx 15 - 10/10/2003
1. Queens of the Stone Age - No One Knows (U.N.K.L.E. Remix)
2. Queens of the Stone Age vs. Tweet + Missy Elliott - Oops, No One Gets Their Freak On (Loo And Placido Bootleg)
3. Eminem - Lose Yourself (White Label Jungle Mix)
4. The Cure vs. Bjork - Hidden Forest (Gordy Boy Bootleg)
5. Blank & Jones Feat. Robert Smith - A Forest
6. Coldplay - Ben X Parties On Your Face
7. Bush Vs. Beyonce - Crazy Machine (Tim G Bootleg)
8. Freeland - We Want Your Soul
9. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army (Slide Remix)
10. The White Stripes - The Hardest Button To Button (TK1000 Remix)
11. Beatles vs. Michael Jackson - How Does It Feel To Be Rich, Man? (Go Home Productions Bootleg)

Commentary:
Three strikes in a row - if this show had quality control, it would have been cancelled. A half a point for the first spin of the toweringly great Gordy Boy mashup of Bjork and the Cure, withdrawn for layering the jungle rhythm over the whole thing; one point awarded for playing more GHP.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 1/10




SIXX MIXX 014 - 10/03/2003

Sixx Mixx 009
Art: Vince Hewitt, Retro Spaceship, 2012

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Sixx Mixx 014 - 10/03/2003 - Go Shorty, It's Yer Birthday Edition
1. 50 Inch Nails - Closer To Da Club (Satanic Bootleg)
2. 50 Cent vs. Audioslave - Show Me To Da Club (Party Ben Bootleg)
3. The Postal Service - Such Great Heights
4. Eminem vs Fatboy Slim - My Name Is Skank (Unknown Bootleg)
5. Foo Fighters - All My Life (Digital Punks Remix)
6. Outkast vs. Aphrodite - Hey Ya (Party Ben Remix)
7. Missy Elliott - Get Ur Freak On
8. Queens O.T.S.A. - No One Knows” (UNKLE Remix)
9. Radiohead vs. John Lennon “Karma Life” (GHP Bootleg)
10. Hot Hot Heat - Talk To Me Dance With Me vs. Rapture – House of Jealous Lovers (Cosmos Remix) (Party Ben edit)
11. Richard X - Rock Jacket
12. Freeland - We Want Your Soul

Commentary:
Another real dud here. I do sort of like the Audioslave/50 Cent mix although it just sort of goes to show that Fiddy goes over anything. And everything goes downhill from there -- the Outkast mix over the Aphrodite is unlistenable, but at the very least the concept ("Hey Ya is sort of jungly!") was sort of redeemed by my later rework inspired by Freeland's Nirvana "reedit/remix" which used only elements from the song itself. No point to the inclusion of "Rock Jacket" here either and boy, "We Want Your Soul" did not stand the test of time very well either. Like Mixx 13, let's just ignore this one.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 1/10





SIXX MIXX 013 - 9/26/2003

Sixx Mixx 009

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Sixx Mixx 013 - 9/26/2003 - Chemical Brothers Special
1. Chemical Brothers - Block Rockin' Beats
2. Public Enemy - Don't Believe The Hype
3. Linkin Park - Session
4. Siouxsie & The Banshees Vs. Outkast + The Vines + Justin Timberlake - Peek At Ms. Jackson (El Mannion Bootleg)
5. Chemical Brothers - Leave Home
6. Dizzee Rascal - Fix Up Look Sharp
7. The White Stripes- The Hardest Button To Button
8. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army (Slide Bootleg Mix)
9. Chemical Brothers - Star Guitar
10. Coldplay - God Put A Smile Upon Your Face (Ben X Parties On Your Face Mix)
11. Chemical Brothers - Elektrobank

Commentary:
Well, we go from a couple medium-to-satisfactory Mixxez and plummet right back to the gutter. There's really nothing good about this episode, which was for some reason semi-dedicated to the Chems (maybe they had a show coming up or something). Of course, the Chemical Brothers are one of my favorite musical acts of all time, but that makes the poor quality of this episode even sadder -- why only four songs? Why not just an all-Chems episode? Why are all the mixes so terrible? Why did I have to rely on that Coldplay mix again?!It's episodes like this that make me question the whole project of reposting all the shows, since noone needs to listen to this ever again.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: - 0/10

 


SIXX MIXX 012 - 9/19/2003

Sixx Mixx 009
Art: Pierre-Desire Guillemet, "Portrait of a Lady of the Court Playing the Tambourine," 1875

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Sixx Mixx 012 - 9/19/2003
1. Radiohead - Everything In Its Right Place (Hybrid Mix)
2. Coldplay - God Put a Smile Upon My Shirt (Party Ben Bootleg Mix)
3. Grafiti - What Is the Problem?
4. The Rapture - House of Jealous Lovers (Cosmos Mix)
5. Hot Hot Heat - Talk to Me Dance With Me
**Rock Generation Mix**
6. Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl?
7. The Who - My Generation
8. Iggy Pop - Lust For Life
9. The Jam - Town Called Malice
10. The Strokes - Last Night
11. Good Charlotte - Lifestyles of the Rich And Famous
12. Jet Vs. The Who - Are You Gonna Be My Generation?
13. Sean Paul Vs. Chemical Brothers - Get Busy F*** You  (Payroll Bootleg)
14. Beastie Boys Vs. Herbie Hancock + Inxs + Ac/Dc - Intergalactic (Soulwax Bootleg)

Commentary:
A mixed bag, this episode. We kick off with some of the same old same old but then we get the first iteration of one of my favorite "segments" of the show: a sort of mega-mix of tracks with the fast swing beat that had become oddly resurgent at the time (see Jet, Strokes, Good Charlotte). It's a bit sloppy here and my attempt to tie it all together with a filtered snippet of "My Generation" over the top sometimes gets a little old, but I was always kind of proud to have thought of doing some mixing at that tempo.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 5/10

 


SIXX MIXX 011 - 9/12/2003

Sixx Mixx 009

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Sixx Mixx 011 - 9/12/2003
1. The Rapture - House Of Jealous Lovers (Cosmos Remix)
2. Hot Hot Heat - Talk To Me Dance With Me
3. Grafiti - What Is The Problem (Klonhertz Mix)
4. Beck - The New Pollution
5. Weezer - Hash Pipe (Chris Vrenna Remix)
6. Bloodhound Gang - The Bad Touch
7. Nirvana vs. Adam Freeland - Smells Like Freeland
8. Freeland - We Want Your Soul
9. Red Hot Chili Poppers - By The Way (White Label)
10. Johnny Cash - One


Commentary:
After the high point of Episode 10, we slump back down to a rather lazy show again, bracketed by dance remixes and without much of any interest. Of course the Cosmos mix of The Rapture is glorious, and it was fun that we were so into The Streets back then that I was even pushing his Grafiti side project, but most everything else in here already feels pretty old. Of course, Johnny Cash died earlier that day and so I ended the show with a little bit of his voice and his U2 cover, the first time I responded to current events on the show, something that also was to happen more often (and perhaps more notoriously).

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 3/10

 


SIXX MIXX 010 - 9/05/2003

Sixx Mixx 009

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Sixx Mixx 010 - 9/05/2003 - All Bootleg Edition
1. NIN vs. 50 Cent - 50 Inch Nails (Satanic Bootleg)
2. Oasis Vs Marvin Gaye - Oasis Are Gaye (Unknown Go Home Productions Bootleg)
3. Oasis Vs. Tweet - Oops Oh My Wonderwall (John M Bootleg)
4. Queens Of The Stone Age Vs Tweet Vs Missy Elliott - No One Gets Their Freak On (Loo And Placido Bootleg)
5. QOTSA - No One Knows (U.N.K.L.E. Remix)
6. Foo Fighters - All My Life (Digital Punks Bootleg Mix)
7. Eminem vs Fatboy Slim – Rockafella Skank / My Name Is (White Label)
8. Eminem vs unknown - Without Me (Party Ben Re-remix)
9. Nirvana vs. Michael Jackson - Billie Spirit (McSleazy Bootleg)
10. Nirvana Vs. Destiny's Child - Smells Like Booty (Freelance Hellraiser Bootleg)
11. Fischervana - Smells Like Emerge (Party Ben Bootleg)
12. Coldplay – Clocks (Cosmos Remix)
13. White Stripes - Seven Nation Army (Slide Remix)
14. Basement Jaxx vs. Blancmange - Where's Your Vision At (White Label)
15. Basement Jaxx Vs. E.L.P. - Where's Peter Gunn At (Soulwax Bootleg)


Commentary:
Just as the name evolved from "Six Mix" to "Sixx Mixx" right around episode, er, 6, the shows eventually started to get episode titles, beginning with this one here, although it took me until #16 to realize it was a fun idea to name them all. So this one, for whatever reason, is an "all bootleg" show. Of course, the idea of a Sixx Mixx made up entirely of non-official mashups and remixes turned out not to be that unusual, I hadn't yet accomplished it (or even seen it as a goal) until this episode. Appropriately, it seems to be the one where the show's concept and goals--both to present quality new remixes, bootlegs and mashups that deserved attention, and to create a witty, enjoyable "flow" where songs seemed to all fit together like puzzle pieces--finally gelled. The "Wonderwall" section a case in point -- I started with some of the Oasis original over the NIN/50 Cent track, then into two separate mashups, both of which still sound great to my ears today. (*Edit - the Oasis/Marvin Gaye is the great Go Home Productions, I think maybe I knew that at some point but I forgot. Thanks eagle-eyed Sixx Mixx fans!) We get a retread of the QOTSA/Foo Fighters segue which was a mainstay of the show, and a vastly improved version of the Nirvana megamix that I first tested in Sixx Mixx 3. The Eminem thing is a simple rework of my "Nobody Listens to Techno" mix that had gotten so much attention a year or two before, but for this I just layered it over another song and messed around with it a little. I have no record of what that song is but it's really great, and that syncopated, wobbly beat feels oddly contemporary (again, any help is appreciated). (I was always proud of "sneaking in" some underground beats for the prime time audience--electronic music was always my first love, but the show itself sort of developed out of trying to figure out what would appeal to the mainstream listener, but still be different from the usual playlist. So if I found a way to put new music in there in a way that didn't lose those people, I felt I'd done a good deed.) Then we get some of the best alt-friendly bootleg remixes of the time, a little Soulwax, and we're out. It's the first episode of the show that's basically good, front to back, and to my mind sort of established the framework for the best episodes to come.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 7/10

 


SIXX MIXX 009 - 8/29/2003

Sixx Mixx 009

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Sixx Mixx 009 - 8/29/03
1. Fischervana - Smells Like Emerge (Party Ben Bootleg Mix)
2. Linkin Park - Faint
3. Fatboy Slim - Going Out Of My Head
4. Hot Hot Heat - Bandages
5. Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up
6. The Hives - Hate To Say I Told You So (Slide Bootleg Mix)
7. Stooges Vs Salt & Pepa - Push It / No Good (2 Many DJs Bootleg)
8. Salt & Pepa Vs. Benny Benassi - Push My Satisfaction (Boot106.co.uk Bootleg)
9. The Rapture - House Of Jealous Lovers
10. New Order - Blue Monday
11. Kylie Minogue - Can't Get Blue Monday Out Of My Head
12. White Stripes - 7 Nation Army (Slide Bootleg Mix)
13. Evanescence - Bring Me To Life
14. Freeland - We Want Your Soul
15. The Roots - The Seed 3.0 (Party Ben Bootleg Mix)


Commentary:
Managed to find the actual CD I burned to play this on the air (I have about 40 of them on a dusty old spindle) so back up to wave quality for the original of this one. So, I want to address the repetition of tracks -- the show was really freakin hard to make, first of all, and I was working about 60-70 hours/week at my regular LIVE 105 job at the time, so this was just "bonus" time, i.e., staying at the station til 3AM on Thursday nights. There was also a dearth of material worthy of playing -- as a 6:00pm show I wanted to at least nod to the station's alt format. So, lots of Nirvana, Hives, White Stripes, and Roots remixes. And remember the show just aired once a week so if I believed in a track and wanted to give it some attention, well, I was playing it a few weeks in a row. But yeah, it does make them kind of boring in retrospect. Maybe remastering and rereleasing them was a bad idea.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 3/10




SIXX MIXX 008 - 8/22/2003

Sixx Mixx 008

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Sixx Mixx 8 - 8/22/03
1. Coldplay - Clocks (Royksopp Remix)
2. Hot Hot Heat - Talk To Me, Dance With Me
3. ELO vs. Pink - Don't Bring Down The Party (Unknown bootleg)
4. Hives vs. Prodigy Hate To Smack My Bitch (Party Ben Bootleg Mix)
5. Audio Bullys - The Things
6. Beyonce - Crazy In Love
7. Destiny's Park Somewhere I Survive (Party Ben Bootleg Mix)
8. Queens O.T.S.A. - No One Knows (U.N.K.L.E. Remix)
9. Foo Fighters - All My Life (Digital Punks Bootleg)
10. Eminem - Lose Yourself (Urban Legendz Bootleg)
11. Electric 6 - Gay Bar
12. Beastie Boys - Intergalactic (Prisoners Of Technology Mix)
13. Postal Service - Such Great Heights
14. Tequila! (Bootleg Mix)


Commentary:
Okay, for this one, I actually couldn't even find an mp3 or anything. I tried re-opening the original session file but so many of the original files were missing, I had to fudge a few things and recreate it out of what remained. I'm not sure what I was smoking back then, but there's a whole slew of missing tracks from early Mixxes -- I'm guessing I just ascribed so little importance to the show I never thought I'd need any of that stuff. So, anyway, this is what we have for Episode 8, it's 95% accurate.

Either way, it's pretty dull--relying again on the good old Hives/Prodge (which I never liked that much anyway) but gets a little fun towards the 2nd half with the jungle remixes, as well as the first instance of what was to become a go-to segue, the Queens UNKLE remix into the Foo Fighters. (It was an alternative station in 2003 after all).

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 3/10

 


SIXX MIXX 007 - 8/15/2003

Sixx Mixx 007

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SIXX MIXX 7 – 8/15/2003
**MULLET MEDLEY**
1. Hal 9000 – Blow 'em Out
2. Black Sabbath – Paranoid (Unknown Remix)
3. Blue Oyster Cult – Don't Fear the Reaper (DJ Icey remix)
4. Black Spider – Save Your Life (Warp Brothers Mix)
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5. Nirvana vs. Michael Jackson - Billie Spirit (Mcsleazy Bootleg Mix)
6. White Stripes - 7 Nation Army (Slide Bootleg Remix)
7. Hot Hot Heat - No, Not Now (Junior Sanchez Mix)
8. Free*land - We Want Your Soul


Commentary:
Again, remastered from a medium-quality mp3 (sorry).

Another Sixx Mixx that suffers from lack of context, but unfortunately everyone, myself included, has forgotten the context. I think we might have been doing a Mullet Weekend of some sort, who knows exactly what that involved, but I played along by including 4 rawk-sampling tracks in the first part of the mix then going on the mic and asking listeners to name the samples and they won something. Totally lame but jeez, we didn't exactly have a budget for major promotions. Or pens. So we did what we could. The only real notable thing about this edition is the inclusion of the soon-to-be-LIVE 105-favorite "We Want Your Soul," part of a general fascination with the awesome Adam Freeland on the show (his guest mix coming up later).

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 2/10



SIXX MIXX 006 - 8/08/2003

Sixx Mixx 006

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Sixx Mixx 006 - 8/8/2003
1. Nirvana - Smells Like Freeland (Adam Freeland Bootleg)
2. Agent Sumo - Mayhem
3. White Stripes - Hardest Button To Button
4. Kernkraft 400 - Zombie Nation
5. The Roots - The Seed 3.0 (Party Ben Bootleg Mix)
6. Fannypack - Cameltoe
7. DJ Icey - Reaper (Bootleg Mix)
Hot Mix>>
8. Hot Hot Heat - Talk To Me, Dance With Me
9. Tiga - Hot In Herre
10. Red Hot Chili Poppers - By The Way (Bootleg Mix)
11. Janes Addiction - Jane Says
12. 50 Cent - In Da Club (Acapella)
13. Bjork - Army Of Me
Rock Star Mix>>
14. N.E.R.D. - Rock Star
15. Cypress Hill - Rock Superstar
16. Run-DMC - King Of Rock
17. Moby - Bodyrock
18. Linkin Park - Session
19. Public Enemy - Don't Believe The Hype
20. Chemical Brothers - Come With Us
21. Bjork - Big Time Sensuality

Commentary:
Again, remastered from a medium-quality mp3 (sorry).

This little set makes me happy, despite some still-clunky mixing, it's got the kind of gleeful goofiness that I think characterized the best of my shows. I've criticized Girl Talk for having no structure to his random sets, but to be honest, the parts here that are most Girl Talky are kind of my favorites -- the nonsensical 50 Cent bit over Jane's Addiction and Bjork, for instance. If I had had more time (and talent), that Hardest Button/Kernkraft thing could have been epic, and give me at least one point for including "Cameltoe" in the set. (I also believe Bjork was performing that night or something and thus the tacking on of Sensuality at the end there.)

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 4/10

 


SIXX MIXX 005 - 8/01/2003

Sixx Mixx 005

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SIXX MIXX 005 8/01/2003 – NOTHING BUT NEW MUSIC
1. Grafiti - What Is The Problem
2. ILS - Music (Evilnine Punk Rock Remix)
3. BLIM & Rennie Pilgrem - Freaks
4. Audio Bullys - We Don't Care
5. Benny Benassi - Satisfaction
6. BT - Somnambulist (JXL mix)
7. Arthur Argent - Real Fookin Noise (Acen remix)
8. Chemical Brothers w/ Flaming Lips - The Golden Path

Commentary:
First, a brief note about audio quality -- the original wave file mix-downs of Mixxes 005 - 009 are missing, and because I was just starting out and didn't really know what I was doing, the session files are basically unusable. So these next few are remastered from medium-quality mp3s.

Context, as they say, is everything, and here we have a mixx that's pretty atrocious, unless I give it some context, in which case it's merely embarrassing. One might say I'm mixing up "context" with "excuses" but so it goes. First of all, back in the Oughts, LIVE 105 was prone to trying wacky things, like, flipping to Spanish or KGAY or fake-interrupting broadcasts with "pirate radio." (Spoiler alert.) So, apparently this Sixx Mixx was kicking off a weekend of "nothing but new music," wherein only new tunes would be played, and this was my little "here is some new music I like, also, since I am a part of things that are happening" contribution. The second bit of context is my own convoluted DJ history. In the late 90s and early 00s, I got deep into "Nu Skool Breaks" and that was sort of my "thing" before the mashup "thing" became a "thing." (In fact I had just recently, I think, scored a gig at "Hektik" the breaksy front room at "Eklectik" the legendary drum 'n' bass club in SF, and was super stoked on it). So, this breaks-heavy mix is a bit of a "last gasp" of that personal prediliction.

It's not a poorly-executed set, or anything, but it all sounds utterly boring to my ears today. (Crazy to think Satisfaction was at one point a new song, though, huh.)

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 2/10

 


SIXX MIXX 004 - 7/25/2003

Sixx Mixx 004

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SIXX MIXX 004 - 7/25/2003
1. Jane's Addiction  Just Because  Party Ben Mix
2. N.I.N. Vs. 50 Cent Closer In Da Club White Label
3. Chemical Brothers Block Rockin' Beats
4. Trapt Headstrong
5. Ac/Dc Vs. Missy Elliott  Work It In Black 2 Many Djs Mix
6. Dolly Parton Vs Royksopp  9 To Eple 2 Many Djs Mix
7. Beastie Boys  Intergalactic Remix
8. The White Stripes The Hardest Button To Button
9. Dj Shadow Right Thing  Z-Trip Remix
10. Basement Jaxx Vs Blancmange  Where's Your Vision At White Label
11. Coldplay  Clocks  Cosmos Remix
12. Benny Benassi   Satisfaction           
13. Rolling Stones   (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
14. Fatboy Slim Vs. Party Ben  Satisfaction Skank   Party Ben Mix
15. Hot Hot Heat  Bandages
16. The Roots Vs. Party Ben   The Seed 3.0  Party Ben Mix
17. Azzido Da Bass Dooms Night  Timo Mass Remix
18. The Streets   Let's Push Things Forward  Studio Gansters Mix

Commentary:
Finally we're getting somewhere. After this project is done, we can go through all the Sixx Mixxes and determine what the ideal tracklisting is, but if I was to guess, I'd say somewhere around 18. Gives you less than 2 minutes per song, and keeps things moving. Unfortunately the mixing is a little choppy here, and while there was probably a good idea somewhere in that Jane's Addiction mix, the end result is a muddy mess. A little bit of chipmunked "Headstrong" over Block Rockin' Beats is cute I guess. Of course the entire Sixx Mixx concept was inspired by 2manyDJs earth-shattering Radio Soulwax mixes, and while it was sort of "cheating" to use their ready-made segues, I always felt like people needed to hear the Dolly Parton into Eple segue, as one of the greatest mixes of all time, so I kind of excused it on humanitarian grounds. On a side note, it still kind of blows my mind that a couple of the bootlegs I was playing back then were on vinyl -- that Blancmange/Jaxx thing for instance. Also, cute that I used the silly Satisfaction computer voice to say "LIVE 105," and awesome that some speed garage (Studio Gangsters' bouncy mix of The Streets) got played on major market Bay Area radio at 6:28pm.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 4/10

 


SIXX MIXX 003 - 7/18/2003

Sixx Mixx 003
Photo: Ray Gralak, Horsehead Nebula

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1. Radiohead "Everything In Its Right Place" (Hybrid Remix)
2. The Roots "The Seed 3.0" (Party Ben Mix)
3. Adam Freeland "Smells Like Freeland"(White Label)
4. Freelance Hellraiser "Smells Like Booty"
5. Fischervana "Smells Like Emerge"(Party Ben Mix)
6. Eminem Vs. Panjabi MC "Lose Yourself"(White Label)
7. Dj Z-Trip "Death Star Boogie"
8. Run-DMC  "Peter Piper"
9. Chemical Brothers  "Leave Home"
10. White Stripes "Seven Nation Army" (Slide Remix)
11. Coldplay "Clocks" (Cosmos Remix)

Commentary:
The third in the Sixx Mixx series wasn't exactly a "charm," but there were a few inklings of future favorites and a couple moments I still enjoy. The overall structure reverts a bit to the 126-bpm dance-remix style of 001, but some of those remixes are pretty awesome, from the Hybrid mix of Radiohead (the copy of which I'm playing I think might even be a radio rip, I was so desperate to put it on the air) to the soaring, shiver-inducing Cosmos mix of Coldplay which still sounds incredible today. This marked the first appearance of a "standard" Sixx Mixx segue, going from Adam Freeland's genius mix of Nirvana into other Nirvana boots -- not exactly rocket science but an effective few minutes. Also this is the first play for Z-Trip's "Death Star Boogie" which I totally copied, er, was inspired by, for my future mashup "Galvanize the Empire." I really like the little loop I did of the "goddamn that DJ made my day" out of Run-DMC and the sped up section of "Leave Home" over "Seven Nation Army" sounds cool. But it's still a bit dull and at only 11 tracks, moves a little slow.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 4/10

 


SIXX MIXX 002 - 7/11/2003

Sixx Mixx
Photo: Dan Cronin, "Dark Alley, Literally," 2011

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SIXX MIXX 02 - 7/11/2003

1. Queens O.T.S.A.  "No One Knows" (Unkle Remix)
2. Eminem "Sing For The Moment"
3. Eminem vs Fatboy Slim "My Name Is Funk Soul Brother" (Bootleg Mix)
4. The Streets "Don't Mug Yourself"
5. The Streets "Don't Mug Yourself" (Remix Version)
6. Beastie Boys  "Body Movin'" (Aphrodite Mix)
7. P.O.D. "Alive"
8. Audio Bullys "100 Million"
9. Adam Freeland  "Smells Like Freeland" (Bootleg)
10. Freelance Hellraiser  "Smells Like Booty" (Bootleg)
11. Fischer-Vana  "Smells Like Emerge" (Party Ben Bootleg)
12. Linkin Park "Faint"
13. Fatboy Slim   "Going Out Of My Head"
14. Junior Senior "Move Your Feet" (Krafty Kuts Mix)
15. Hot Hot Heat  "Bandages"
16. Prodigy  "Smack My Bitch Up"
17. Hives "Hate To Say I Told You So" (Slide Bootleg Mix)


Commentary:
After a one week break (was it our big summer concert? Who knows) the Sixx Mixx returned, retooled, and more or less in the form it was to continue in until its end. While much of the mixing here is "DJ style" -- without much concern about key and just layering the drum intro over the outro of a song -- the density is starting to get where it should be, with 17 tracks, more or less. A few notable tracks show up, including the Streets (who were starting to become major LIVE 105--and Bay Area--favorites at the time), the first appearance of the toweringly great Adam Freeland mix of "Smells Like Teen Spirit," which went on to become the most played track on the Sixx Mixx, and my ham-fisted attempt to mash it up with Fischerspooner. The segues are still pretty poor -- my time-stretching software was only the basic effect included with Cool Edit which was pretty awful , causing weird audio glitches and not keeping very good time. This was to hamstring the quality of the Sixx Mixxes, in my opinion, until I found 3rd party time-stretching plugins the next year. There are one or two nice moments, like the mix from the Streets into the Beasties, and the mix from "Smack My Bitch Up" into Slide's version of the Hives, plus a bit of foreshadowing to "Boulevard of Broken Songs" with a quick clip of Emimen's Aerosmith sample in "Sing." But overall it's a herky-jerky listen.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 3/10

 


SIXX MIXX 001 - 6/27/2003

Sixx Mixx 001

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SIXX MIXX 01 - 6/27/2003

1. Junior Senior "Move Your Feet" (Mantronix Mix)
2. White Stripes "Seven Nation Army" (Slide Bootleg Mix)
3. Zongamin "Serious Trouble"
4. Coldplay "Clocks" (Bootleg Mix)
5. Ceasers "Jerk It Out"
6. Agent Sumo "Mayhem"
7. Mulder "Listen To The Bassline"
8. Eminem "Without Me"

Commentary:
In early 2003, I was imaging director at LIVE 105 radio in San Francisco, and thanks to the open-mindedness of then-Program Director Sean Demery, random ideas I had were sneaking onto the airwaves. Thus, the station had already been playing a few mashups here and there at this point. I'd been experimenting with using Cool Edit (later to be purchased by Adobe and renamed "Audition"), the basic audio software I used to make my station promos etc., to piece together longer form mixes. I actually think I'd made one for the birthday of account executive Mary Nite and that may have given me inspiration, or something, but it's honestly hard to remember. In any event, at some point in June, 2003, Sean came to me and asked me to start doing a wacky, mashuppy, half-hour mix show, to air every weeknight at 6:00pm. I loved my job, but my work load was already exceeding 60-70 hours per week at that point, and I couldn't imagine having time to put together a 30 minute mix every day. So I said, "howabout just Fridays?" And lo, The Sixx Mixx was born. Sean wanted to just call it "Six Mix," from what I remember, and I insisted on "The Six Mix," for some reason. (The extra Xs came later, technically, but in the interest of consistency, I'll be calling all these remastered files "Sixx Mixxes.")

Unfortunately this first edition is a bit of a false start. It's hard to imagine in this day and age but 2003-era LIVE 105 was a very adventurous station and so the idea of playing Zongamin at 6:10pm didn't seem, you know, completely insane. Even so, I had yet to break out of the box of dance remixes and straight up house-tempo mixing, and just didn't have a ton of material to work with at that point. There are inklings of things to come -- like the playing around with "Jerk It Out" -- but the segues are terrible and the whole thing is a mess. There's also a flub around 9:20 where a stray bit of "7 Nation Army" got in the mix -- the original files from the Cool Edit session are missing so I wasn't able to fix it and do another mixdown. In any event, this is poor enough that when I had the idea to remaster and rerelease all the Sixx Mixxes, I almost didn't do it, since I realized I would have to start with this one.

Party Ben Scientific Sixx Mixx Score: 1/10