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It all started somewhere. The late-80’s was a very dynamic era for electronic music. America was pushing the envelope with Chicago & Detroit House, and Belgium was already introducing themselves as one of the beat-making capitols of the world. The wave of Belgian New Beat had an uncanny influence on electronic music as a whole. Roots of creation lead to wider imagination. Knowledge is music my friends.
The music video for Avril Lavigne’s new single “Hello Kitty” just premiered, and incidentally it seems to be stirring up quite the controversy. A lot of people are offended, and some people like it. I can’t say I’m here to read into any of that drivel. Perhaps you’ve seen something about this on the incessant news feeds posted across the internet like I did. Like a bad song that won’t get out of your head, I suppose I had to indulge for the sake of getting it out of my system. Thus, here is my input:
10 THINGS I LEARNED FROM AVRIL LAVIGNE’S “HELLO KITTY” MUSIC VIDEO
1- Skrillex dyed his hair blonde.
2- Canada has stereotyping just like we do.
3- There is no subtext, Avril Lavigne actually wrote a song about Hello Kitty.
4- Hello Kitty, candy shops, and sex, are all somehow related.
5- According to Entertainment Weekly, “Pop-punk is unique in the sense that it’s utter inauthenticity was the central authentic aspect”.
6- According to Entertainment Weekly, this is good pop-punk.
7- Her husband Chad Kroeger of Nickleback co-wrote the song.
8- There is in fact, a “drop”.
9- Avril Lavigne is “struggling with EDM” reports Magnetic Magazine.
10- Skrillex dyed his hair blonde.
Apparently Youtube took the video down once yesterday, so if the video doesn’t play, we have another link below that you can try. If you have any problems, just head >here to watch it, since I’m sure you guys are dying to do so. ~CB
As the southern region of the United States slowly slips through the icy grip of the unfamiliar cold, residents of the Northeast shake the snow off their heels and head to their venue destinations. Yes that’s right, we’re the crazy bastards with two pairs of pants on hitting the suicidal roadways in pursuit of the only things left to go bump in the cold of night. The winter months here are always abundant with live acts. All the money and 4-wheel drive in the world couldn’t get you to every one though, so we’ll send you in the direction of solid choices.
For instance, FIXED NYC presents back to back performances from Shit Robot and John Talabot at SRB Brooklyn this Friday, February 7th! The evening will showcase Talabot’s recent collaboration with DJ Kicks, and feature accompanying sets from DFA’s own Shit Robot, and sets from FIXED founders Dave and JDH!
Now we’re aware there are a few other formidable acts playing that night in the 5 Burroughs including Hot Since 82, and Claude Van Stroke, and you might be tempted to see one of them. Those are two fine gentlemen indeed, respectable chaps born with a vinyl thumb, but you would be missing out on a truly rare spectacle. Talabot is surely something to write home about, and Shit Robot gracing the stage is a treat in itself. Get your mind off the floor, and jump beyond the midnight hour into the psychedelic house grooves that this combination will deliver.
John Talabot gives a very psychedelic perspective to acid house roots. You can feel a sense of gratitude to his predecessors in his productions. His music drops layer over layer, never abrasively, but delicately and smoothly. With his mixes, the layers continue to overlap and connect until you’re into the territory of a new track. It’s sonic exploration ladies and gentlemen. His signature might be found in the drum tracks, they serve as details to the progression of the song, rather than just a device for carrying notes. His live performance (vs. a DJ set) implements an array of live percussion kits, and is pretty fascinating. Pitchfork gave the DJ Kicks an impressive 7.9, which granted doesn’t always mean much, but in this case it does. His exclusive featured track “Without You” is without uniform to say the least, and tells the story of his style pretty well. Prevalent drum tracks, the short, stabbing bass playing the role of percussion almost, it all tilts a nod to acid house until the vocals wrap around the rhythm with two falling synths. If that sound is any inclination to the contents of his live performance, than our anticipation has doubled.
It’s also fitting to be paired with Shit Robot, an artist who has been DJing and producing music for two decades. Marcus Lambkin, the man behind the bot, packed up his turntables and left Ireland in the mid-90’s to ambitiously integrate himself into the New York club scene. Not long after, he did just that when he met James Murphy and found a home with DFA Records in the early 2000’s, assimilating into the lifeblood of the Brooklyn nightlife. The man is a legend in his own right. Never following conventional formulas, he has always had an abstract approach to music. It’s that obscurity in his sound that pushes the envelope and has made him a respected name. Let’s face it, you can’t get away with making music under the moniker “Shit Robot” for that long if you don’t have any talent. The bill celebrates Talabot’s DJ Kicks release, but Shit Robot is also releasing his first studio album in years, titled ‘We Got a Love’ on March 17th! Thus, it’s very likely that he will be working some new material into his performance, which is certainly something to get excited about. If you want to get an idea what his skills behind the decks amount to, check out this mini-mix he did last month for Annie Mac here.
On one hand you have Talabot moving forward with a modern blend of influences, and on the other, you have Shit Robot, an artist nestled firmly in the roots and history of this music’s movement, with a touch of disco. Incidentally, you are witnessing firsthand the reciprocating evolution of house music. The city dwellers have it easy, but is this show enough to make the small-towners travel? Are you going to wake up the next morning in a radical shift back to suburbia, where the morning snowfall cloaks your home in silence, as if it were a all dream you never wanted to end? Or will you breathe a sigh of relief to be back? We can’t tell you that, but we can tell you those are the questions we live to answer. We can also tell you, that if this event receives the accolades of an unforgettable night, you’ll be sure glad you went. With these two headliners at the decks, and FIXED hosting the party, it’s a safe bet you won’t be forming a refund hungry, torch-carrying mob through the streets of Brooklyn.
Get tickets to the show HERE!
Copenhagen’s rising star Brynjoflur is a brand new addition to Europe’s disco mafia, Eskimo Recordings. His first single with the label, “I Love You”, was made as an exclusive for the compilation album ‘The Pink Collection’, in addition he released an EP as well. Disregard the fact you’ve never heard of him. Like that matters, because you will. The kid is fierce, and nestles nice and snug with Eskimo. Far from a lethargic DJ (we don’t deal with those types), he’s been playing piano since he was a tiny Danish lad and experimenting with house music since his adolescence. This is his first EP and he already has support from Tensnake, Djuma Soundsystem, and the release features remixes from Pharaoh Black Magic, and Peter Visti. His discography is short but saturated with style and zeal. Check out the new “I Love You Mixtape for Eskimo Recordings” linked above, starting off with the title track and over an hour of first class disco-house picks.
Aeroplane just released a new remix of Surahn’s “Wonderful”, which you can stream now (linked above). This tune is classic Vito (Aeroplane). To this day he hasn’t produced a track faster than 120 beats per minute, and he has no need to. The melodic piano rolls, the walking bass that just won’t quit, the flashy synthesizers, it’s all there. He has a brand, a patented style, and that is only one of several indications of his talent. After a long career with Eskimo Recordings and a brief hiatus, he founded his own Aeropop label last year. You can see him perform courtesy of FIXED in New York City at the Highline Ballroom on September 27th! The remix will be available for purchase on DFA Records September 24th!
Check out the new ‘La Crique’ August Tape from Zimmer! Summer may be at an end, but that doesn’t we can’t pretend. Zimmer crafted this mix to be “the perfect pool party music”, and meets that goal with much success.
Enjoy the beats folks, it’s a pleasure as always -Cb
This is pretty sweet (pun intended). Watch a Patton Oswald doppelganger in Denver, Colorado give away 1000 free ice cones for the Jordan Jesse Go! podcast, filming the entire event. After editing the movie, what music did he choose for the score? Well Lotus of course, because Lotus always comes to mind when you think of ice cream right? When considering the fact that they sold out the Red Rocks Amphitheater when The Disco Biscuits could not, it isn’t all that surprising. Listen to the studio version of “Bush Pilot” from their self titled album as this guy slings cones in the downtown mile-high. It’s worth a few laughs as these two guys are pretty comical, and it’s an excuse to listen to some Lotus.