Archive | March, 2011

Miike Snow and LCD Soundsystem

31 Mar

So I didn’t go to Ultra, thanks to my current residence being in the middle of nowhere, and my suntan from Nicaragua has probably disappeared already thanks to snow, clouds, and cold. But amongst that awfulness, I did find this gem,  Joywave’s “Betelgeuse” featuring Miike Snow and LCD Soundsystem. Listen to this. That’s an order. Two of my favorite artists in one great song.

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Ultra Day 3

28 Mar

Highlights:

Laidback Luke- a lot of mainstream stuff on his tracklist but made for a fun set

Crystal Castles- love them. Almost as good as they were at Grand Central in September.

(Van Buuren- missed him but he’s #1 for a reason)

Guetta- I thought he was overrated but he put on a damn good show. Such a character with that french accent. I think his best quality is that he gets the ladies going like crazy.

SKRILLEXXXXXXXXX- Future headliner. Hands down best show on both days he performed. The other dubstep sets I saw, (Nero and Skream) just can’t compare. I don’t know what to call his music, Dubstep with hints of electro house and Drum n Bass, all the while heavily influenced with his post-hardcore roots in From First to Last? Something I’ve never heard. He also had suprisingly quite a few pop hits in his set, showing that he’s not some outcast/dubweirdo; he can play with the best well-rounded DJs out there. Despite his emo appearance and song titles like “Fucking Die” and “Kill Everybody,” Sonny Moore was as friendly and engaging as any artist I saw. Awesome to watch. The energy, his movement with the music, clearly loving what he’s doing. Speaking of love, I don’t think anyone expressed as much gratitude and genuine love for his fans as Skrillex. I also liked when  requested for the guys to politely ask the ladies to go on their shoulders, and in the moments that followed, in the midst of a sea of levitated women, he says “and who says girls don’t like dubstep”.Less than 10 months ago, Skrillex was essentially nonexistent, releasing his debut EP in June. Before this weekend I’m sure not many knew him besides a small scribble on the third tier of the sunday UMF lineup page, but that’s changed. Although Skrillex’s music may not exactly be pleasant nor a joyful listen with your cup of morning tea, when ur wasted or rolling its a whole other story. And just as dubstep was getting mainstream and its remixes cliché, Skrillex is taking us in a new direction.

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I’m sorry Ali, Skrillex isn’t a sell-out who was second to Matt Good, Sonny left emo-rock and went from last to first.

-Him

Ultra Day 2

28 Mar

Highlights:

Avicci- though his set time was too early. House just isn’t the same in the daytime.

Aoki- sick, as expected

Moby- completely suprised me. At 45 he sounded/performed just as any young DJ. Impressive, though I wish he kept it more old school just to mix it up.

Deadmua5- eh, cool stage props but even with his new hits from 4 x 4=12 I wasn’t impressed. I probably would have liked it better if it wasn’t stupidly crowded and so late (I was beat). “Sofi Needs a Ladder” was memorable, as SOFI came out for the vocals and Tommy Lee (Motley Crew) made an appearance on drums.

CUT COPY- the group I was looking forward too most on Saturday and they didn’t let me down. These aussies are cool as hell. This was the only instrumental show I saw… thank god UMF invited them.

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-Him

Family of the Year

24 Mar

In Nicaragua on Saint Patrick’s Day, this one bar had an Irish band playing. Yeah, I know, Saint Patrick’s Day in Nicaragua. That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. But hearing this band, which was playing awful folk tunes, reminded me how uniting live music can be.

While this band doesn’t play Irish folk tunes in a bar in Nicaragua, they certainly have character. Think Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. Give a listen to Family of the Year‘s “Chugjug.” They claim their music is a “feel good summer sound” and I don’t doubt it.

 

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Pendulum

20 Mar

Playing friday at Ultra

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-Him

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Spring Break

20 Mar

Sun, Beach, Surfing

-Him

 

Avicii

8 Mar

If you’re looking for more of the electro you heard in the previous post, heres’ a quick catchy one by Avicii, playing saturday at Ultra.

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-Him

 

 

My Spring Soundtrack

6 Mar

I decided late last night that this song will be the soundtrack to my Spring (uh, I mean, Spring Party Weekend for those of you who go to school with me). Incredible. Enjoy “Starworshipper (Owl Vision Remix)” by Futurecop! and get psyched for warm weather and Ray Bans.

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Wolfgang Gartner

4 Mar

A mashup of of his hits, “Illmerica”, “Wolfgang’s 5th Symphony”, and “Undertker”.

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-Him

 

 

Don’t be shy

3 Mar

Crystalised Edit of “Shyness” by Thieves Like Us.

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