Tuesday, December 28, 2010

DJ 0.0000001 featured in Brad Bitt's latest mix

Aside from the horrid cover art, this new mix by Brad Bitt is really good. It's in the "glitch hop" vein. It also features parts of 3 different DJ 0.000001 remixes (J-Kwon, NWA & Ween). But Brad does a good job of re-working a lot of this stuff into brand new songs - check it out.

Also Brad Bitt did an awesome remix of my song "Shocky Guy Go" to be released in the future...

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Psychological Effect of the Santa Claus Myth

Is it healthy to have your kids believe in Santa Claus?  This tradition which we so commonly practice seems a little questionable, doesn't it?  To build up a false reality in the child's mind, allow them to dream about it for years, only to later have it revealed as a grand conspiracy of deception?  A deception with no logical purpose?  What is this teaching kids?  

Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology at UC Berekely claims that children intuitively know the difference between pretending and reality, and states that children love Santa Claus "Because they like to pretend. And when children pretend, they are exercising the evolutionarily crucial human ability to envision alternative ways the world could be. In adults that ability is at the core of our very real capacities for invention and innovation."  (Blah, blah, blah...)  Sorry, Alison, but that's just not so.  Kids love Santa because he gives them toys and candy.  And he is not pretend to the kids.  As an ex-child myself, I think that many children do believe in Santa, 100 percent.  

But even if we take Alison's description of children's relationship to the Santa mythology to be true, then we can still ask, what is the point of this elaborate game?  Even the US postal service has pledged to "deliver" all letters addressed to "Santa Claus - North Pole".  (What happens to these letters, I wonder.)   We're going through a lot of trouble to perpetuate this myth, so what are our children gaining by it?

I have a theory that most adults subconsciously fear the boundless realms of the imagination, because we know that enough imaginative thinking could destroy the order by which our reality is shaped, and could lead to the unraveling of integral systems of government, transportation, economics, etc.  

The practice of building and then destroying the Santa Claus mythology within a child's mind is an effective way of destroying children's faith in their own imagination.  Children inevitably learn that Santa is a lie, and when they do they feel tricked.  In order to avoid feeling this way again, they avoid using their imagination.  They will most likely be more skeptical and close-minded to fantastical ideas, concepts and alternate realities.

But maybe it's a healthy amount of skepticism.  Maybe kids need to learn a distinction between imagination and reality, and the Santa Claus drama helps to define that.

What do you think?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Xmas I Have No $ (Remix)

It's that time of year again. Christmas is fuckin stupid, right? This track from '05 gets a dirty 8bit remix from Psychonautilus.

happy holidays

Th' Mole - Merry Xmas I Have No $ (Psychonautilus Remix) by magicalbass

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

DJ 0.000001: Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince RMX

Originally released as part of Magical Bass Episode #6, my remix of "Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince has been released today by Fresh yO!  It's free, so get it you scavengers!

BTW, none of you will care about this, I imagine, but I totally failed at making cover art for this single.  I spent hours working on it though so I feel the need to share some of my drafts with you...  cause then I will somehow feel that my time may not have been completely wasted.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Th' Mole Retaliates - WHOA!

The fans (okay, 2 people) said that the horrible "Fuck Th' Mole" song by Sickrime Komitty couldn't go without a response from me, so I did it!  Beat by Père Dodudaboum of Le Pingouin.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mutamigradaptation 2010 (FREE ALBUM!)

Hectic Recs has re-released my exquisite 2006 album, Mutamigradaptation, including a brand new track list!  This version includes the rarely heard gems "Suicide City" and "We Control Everything (Original Version)" as well as favorites such as "Not Too Punk (Mochi Mix)" and "Mutate Or Die".  

I recorded most of this while living in New Orleans, and I think you can hear the darkness in the music.  It's quite a bit more serious than some of my more recent stuff, but I think it's good.  What do you think??  

Download it for free at http://hecticrecs.bandcamp.com 

actually that's a lie about recording most of this in new orleans.  i remember now, i recorded most of it in oakland where i lived in a tiny room with no windows underneath a staircase in a warehouse with no heat.  my bed was directly below a toilet, the details of which could be heard shockingly clearly.  it was very romantic the few times that i had a woman there.  anyway, maybe that's where the darkness came from. :)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Shocky Guy Go

I originally planned to release a maxi-single for the song "Shocky Guy Go" but instead I decided to include the song with the "I Love Unicorns" maxi-single.  Below is the "Shocky Guy Go" cover art, which I never quite finished.  You can hear the song and the rest of the "I Love Unicorns" maxi-single at http://thmole.bandcamp.com

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I LOVE UNICORNS MAXI-SINGLE!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

Get ready for your brain to explode! The "I Love Unicorns" maxi-single (part one) is out and it's GLORIOUS!!!

01. I Love Unicorns (Robot Koch Remix)
02. I Love Unicorns (The Flying Skulls Remix)
03. Shocky Guy Go
04. I Love Unicorns (Frietboer Remix)
05. I Love Unicorns (Robot Koch Remix Instrumental)

Released in proud association with Chrome Kids.

Listen and purchase at http://thmole.bandcamp.com