Archive: January, 2010

Live Nation + Ticketmaster: Decoding the Merger

After spending nearly a year in deliberation, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has finally approved the merger between Live Nation and Ticketmaster. Live Nation, the largest concert promoter in the U.S. and the second largest ticket seller (behind Ticketmaster), books tours and owns venues across the country; Ticketmaster controls 70-80% of all ticket sales and also has an artist management division, Front Line Management, that counts Kings of Leon, the Eagles, Journey, and Miley Cyrus as clients. The two companies will now operate under the name Live Nation Entertainment.

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BBC’s Essential Mix: Four Tet

One of the UK’s most creative music brains delivers a lush two hours of genre-bending electronic music. Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet, is a London-based producer and DJ who has held residencies at The End and Plastic People in the capital and regularly plays venues as diverse as The Plug in Sheffield to the Cartier Foundation in Paris. His fifth album as Four Tet, entitled There Is Love In You, was released today as a nine track EP.

Four Tet – Essential Mix [Download]

Four Tet will be stopping by Le Poisson Rouge on February 17th along with Nathan Fake.

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Uproot Andy: Cumbia with Swagger

Swagger is defined as an impressive strut of assured confidence. Uproot Andy and Geko Jones, the purveyors of the monthly Que Bajo?! party, have a strut that happens to the beat of a drum that inspires the beholder’s stride. After an impressive set at No Escape from New York, Uproot Andy left us wanting more, leading us to check out Que Bajo?! at Santos Party House for ourselves. Merging different styles of music, from Colombian Cumbia and Chicha to Peruvian Cumbia over surf guitars, Uproot Andy (aka Andy Gillis) blends these traditional beats with tracks from popular artists like Toy Selectah, Radioclit, Douster, ODB, and Daft Punk, along with international artists like Grupo Kual from Mexico, Los Pibes Chorros from Argentina, and Petrona Martinez from Columbia.

Andy delivered rhythmic infusions to a packed room that shuffled and sashayed to his unique style of mixing. While he threw in familiar songs like Major Lazer’s “Hold The Line,” the night held a series of surprises that kept a fervent audience dancing  in excitement to Spanish accents that shook the dance floor of Santos well into the night. Adding injections of dancehall, bullerengue, baile funk, mambo, dubstep and crunk, Andy whipped-up a concoction of delectable beats. On paper, his electronic infusions of sounds may seem incompatible, yet Andy expertly puts them together like the pieces of a puzzle and cuts tracks at their corners to create a mix and match like a magician behind the decks. With a captivating style, Andy’s sound is a colorful breath of fresh air. More importantly, he and Geko Jones catered a great event that put smiles on faces as they came and went, providing a new beat fit for the stride of any swagger, along with their own.

Check out photos from the night by Oliver Correa. If you missed the revelry, check out two tracks from Andy below.

Uproot Andy – “Daft Cumbia”

Uproot Andy – “Brooklyn Cumbia”

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Photo Gallery: Prefuse 73 & Gaslamp Killer (January 19, 2010)

Featuring The Gaslamp Killer & Prefuse 73 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg


Gaslamp Killer – I Spit On Your Grave

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Coachella Announces 2010 Line-Up

After seeing Coachella‘s initial line-up, we might just have to add it to our jam-packed spring schedule. Jay-Z, Muse, and Gorillaz are set to headline the three-day festival, now in its 11th year.

The massive line-up of over 130 artists includes Major Lazer, Vampire Weekend, Flying Lotus, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Miike Snow, Matt & Kim, Rusko, Deadmau5, Passion Pit, Phoenix, La Roux, Faith No More, MGMT… we could go on forever.

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, who is listed on the flier as “Thom Yorke ????”,  is indeed confirmed for Sunday. The question marks next to his name refer to the backing band he had assembled to play in Los Angeles last fall: Flea from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich,  and session hands Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco.

This year, Coachella will offer expanded camping options to include cars and RVs, in addition to traditional tent camping. This is also the first year that the festival will allow in-and-out privileges for all attendees.

Coachella will take place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA from Friday, April 16 – Sunday April 18. Tickets will be available starting Friday, January 22 at 10 AM. For those of us strapped for cash, they are offering a layaway payment plan. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Coachella is also teaming up with Valley Music Travel to provide exclusive deals and packages that include travel, local hotel shuttle transportation, and private home rentals with VIP access to the festival.

Check out the full line-up after the jump…

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Telephoned: Off the Hizzy

Meet Fool’s Gold’s latest signee, Telephoned, the brainchild of Maggie Horn and Fool’s Gold DJ/producer Sammy Bananas.  The 18-track “Off The Hook” Mixtape features a new spin on many songs that we already know and (in some cases) love.

The project’s tracks are neither remixes nor covers, rather a hybrid of both. Sammy Bananas expertly morphs the original beats into infectious tunes fit for the dance floor. Paired with Maggie Horn’s vocal stylings, each song on the mixtape brings a fresh take on the original track. The reggae-tinged “Dancin’ On Me” (Featuring Jahdan Blakkamoore) samples Enur’s Calabria and has a hint of dubstep, while “Million Dollar Bill” (originally by Whitney Houston) samples Major Lazer’s “Keep it Goin Louder”. The mixtape also features reimagined versions of “aNYway” by Duck Sauce, “Turn My Swag On” by Soulja Boy (featuring Telli Gramz from Ninjasonik), and “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys.

Cop a free download of the mixtape from RCRDLBL or stream it after the jump. The duo’s self-titled EP, released today, is available on iTunes and features full versions of “Dancin’ On Me”, “Turn My Swag On”, “Rockin’ That Thang”, “Pop Champagne”, and “Can’t Believe It”.

Telephoned will be celebrating the release of their EP tomorrow night at Ella. Check out our events page for more details and to RSVP. You can also catch the duo at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 30th with Cubic Zirconia and Cage. Click here for tickets.

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Dr. King: The Speeches Mixtape

In honor of Martin Luther King day, producer Greg Street has released a mixtape infusing samples from Dr. Dre’s The Chronic with recordings of Martin Luther King Jr.’s monumental speeches. “This mixtape is dedicated to the biggest movement of all times,” Greg Street states in the accompanying release, “Every time I listen to these speeches it makes me realize how deep life really is. This man’s legacy is amazing & ask yourself after all he did for man kind. Did Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. die a millionaire? How much is your legacy worth?”

We must not forget that in a world of many differences, our adversity is finding a universal peace that comes with the acceptance and acknowledgment of our continental digressions and contrasts. We leave you with an excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech, delivered in Stockholm on December 11, 1964:

“Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”

Listen to the mix after the jump, or click here to download.

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Trouble & Bass Kicks Off No Escape From New York with Ninjasonik & Uproot Andy

Trouble & Bass‘ first outing of the year proved to be a resounding success. Testing the waters with a new venue, The Studio at Webster Hall was a more fitting backdrop for the grimy bass that we’ve come to expect from the Trouble & Bass Crew, who kicked things off with a tag-team set. The CaptainStar Eyes, and AC Slater began on a lighter note, with some Jeff Mills-inspired electro-pop; it wasn’t until later that The Captain moved into dubstep after dropping a remix of Sisqo’s “Thong Song”. Other highlights included remixes of “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” by SOS Band and “Sound of Kuduro” by Buraka Som Sistema (featuring M.I.A.).

As they took the stage close to 1 AM, Ninjasonik frontman Telli Gramz appropriately declared, “we’re here to bring a little trouble to go along with this bass”. While there was considerably less crowd surfing this time around, Ninjasonik managed to keep the energy high with songs like “Somebody Gonna Get Pregnant”, and remixes of Major Lazer’s “Hold the Line” and “Pon de Floor”. They closed with their remix of “Daylight” by Matt and Kim.

Like the tropical song that he opened with, Uproot Andy blew in like a fresh breeze. His set was effortlessly diverse, moving seamlessly between reggae, soca, calypso, dubstep, hip-hop, electro and house with tracks like ”Sabali” by Amadou & Mariam and “Took the Night” by Chelley. 77Klash got on the mic to hype the crowd for a few songs, including a reggae edition of Aaliyah’s “Hot Like Fire”.

Click here to view photos of the night by Oliver Correa. No Escape From New York will return to the Studio at Webster Hall on February 10 with special guest Sinden… stay tuned for details.

And if you missed the action last week, catch Uproot Andy and Geko Jones this Thursday at Santos Party House for their monthly Que Bajo?! party. For more information and to see our recommended upcoming events, click here to check out our revamped events page.

Posted in Concerts, DJ, Events, Live Music, Local Flavor, Photo Gallery

Contest: Fixed Presents Brodinski and Pink Skull at Le Poisson Rouge

Next Saturday (January 23), Fixed will host their first party of the year at Le Poission Rouge, with a guest DJ set by Brodinski and a live performance by Pink Skull.

World-famous DJ and BBC Radio 1 host Annie Mac dubbed Brodinski “the most exciting DJ and producer to explode onto the scene in recent years”. Brodinski has put his touch on remixes for Klaxons, Das Pop, D.I.M., Hearts Revolution, and most recently, Buraka Som Sistema (streamed below). Accentuated with wit, Brodinski has an exciting eclecticism about his style. This rare US appearance by the French DJ/producer is not to be missed.

Buraka Som Sistema featuring Deize Tigrona – “Aqui Para Voces” (Brodinski Remix)

Pink Skull started as a DJ duo, formed in 2004 by Julian Grefe and Justin Geller, and expanded to form a full band in 2006 with the addition of Jeremy Gewertz (drums), Mike Hammel (bass) and Sam Murphy (guitar). Their most recent album, Endless Bummer, was released last November through JDH and Dave P’s own label, Rvng Intl.

Speaking of JDH and Dave P, they recently released a mix of their own through RCRDLBL. Fixed Winter Mix is ninety minutes of pure electro, and a solid showcase of the duo’s diverse musical range. The mix includes tracks from Boys Noize, The Knife, and Florence and the Machine. Click here to download the Fixed Winter Mix or listen to it below.

JDH & Dave P – “Fixed Winter Mix”

Hopefully we’ve given you enough material to help you prepare for what is sure to be another Fixed rager. And just for good measure, we’re giving away two pairs of tickets to the show… enter the contest after the jump.

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Theophilus London Debuts Humdrum Town on MTV2

Talk about starting the year off with a bang – Theophilus London debuted his first official music video for “Humdrum Town” on MTV2 today. The video, which was shot in Brooklyn last December, showcases the artist’s unique style and point of view. Watch the video after the jump, and for an added bonus check out a live performance of “Humdrum Town” at CMJ last October.

For all you jet-setters out there, Theophilus will be performing at a Diesel event in Berlin on January 20, and at the World Wide Awards in London on February 2. Click here for tickets.

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