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For the electronic music lovers in the New York area, you may want to consider checking out the first ever Minitek Festival going down on September 12, 13 and 14 in NYC. The festival is focusing on innovation in both music and art. Featuring musicians and artists that are using unique techniques to change the way we experience performances and exhibitions. The tickets are only $80 for the entire weekend, and with the look of the lineup of performers that seems very reasonable. Head over the their website for more info, full lineup and tickets.
Milosh is one of my favorite artists of all time. The recent track he has produced for Adult Swim’s Ghoslty Swim really left me craving for more new tracks, and it would appear my thirst will be quenched. Due out September 23rd Milosh will be releasing his new 9 track (a bit disappointed at the shortage of tracks) titled iii. Apparently the entire album was recorded during a trip to the Thai island of Koh Samui which I find a pretty interesting. Having been there myself I wouldn’t really place it as somewhere Milosh would gather inspiration for his music, so I am curious to see if it’s reflected in the album.Read more about the release over at XLR8R.
EDIT: You can also preview 3 of the new tracks over at Boomkat.
In the past I have been rather skeptical of most event and concert community websites. They never seem to keep good track of the smaller, less mainstream shows and venues. However, Eventful has quickly changed my opinion. The website’s integration with many other tools is the best part. Eventful not only allows you to track your favorite local venues and the shows that are playing there, but it does a great job at customizing your profile to search out artists that you like. Eventful will even search you Last.fm profile and iTunes library for the music you listen to and then search for those artists playing in your area. You can also demand artists that you would like to see in your city, join community groups and discussions and add your favorite venues and artists to your watch list.
And for those of you with an iPhone of iPod Touch be sure to check out Eventful’s iPhone application.
Adult Swim is at it yet again! Quickly following up their last free download compilation with World Wide Renewal Program, download it here. This time around Adult Swim has teamed up with record label Chocolate Industries. Featuring artists such as Cool Kids, Diverse, Hollywood Holt, Vast Aire along with plenty of other experimental Hip-Hop big names. Adult Swim deserves major props for not only teaming up with such great artists to create these compilations, but also for making them free to download!
Sebastian Tellier has been in the electronic music game for years, making sexy beats supported by his smooth classic vocals. Tellier has collaborated with such artists as Mr. Oizo, Guy-Manuel De Hommem of French Electro forefathers Daft Punk, and more recently had remixes of his single “Divine” done by Donovan, Midnight Juggernaughts, Night Facilities and my personal favorite done by fellow Frenchman Danger. Danger, who has quite a an impressive remix resume (not to mention some of the coolest promo graphics I have seen), has done an excellent job of taking Tellier’s bouncy electro-pop jam and transforming it to a dance floor fist-pumper.
MP3 :: Sebastian Tellier – Divine (Danger Remix)
(BONUS) MP3 :: Sebastian Tellier – Divine (Night Facilities Remix)
There’s nothing worse than forgetting the name of the artist who sings a song you heard. Or when you hear a song in a store an really want to know who the artist is that sings it. Midomi for the iPhone takes care of these problems along with providing many other cool features. This iPhone application allows you to sing, hum or play a song into your iPhone’s mic, then searches Midomi’s music database to match your singing, humming or the song with the closest results. You can also simply say or type the name of a song or artist to search the Midomi database. After you do a search and results are found you can then purchase the artist’s tracks from iTunes, view YouTube videos, view photos and see more tracks available from the artist. The application’s interface is very simple and easy to use. I only hope that the database becomes a bit more expansive, as many of the more obscure songs I have searched have no results. Overall a great application with many uses.
I am a little behind on this one, and I can’t believe I didn’t start listening to MGMT (their website is horribly awesome) until just recently. When I think of music of the current decade, I think of music inspired by the past revisited and done right this time. MGMT sounds like classic rock done right. Their first full length album Oracular Spectacular was released in stores in January of this year. It was only after hearing the remix Justice did of MGMT’s track “Electric Feel” that I decided to check them out. After hearing the original version of the song I discovered that I actually like it better than Justice’s version (even though it’s a great remix), and I love the entire album.
Last month I began seeing Converse ads popping up in a bunch of magazines that featured Pharrell Williams, Santogold and Julian Casablancas. I, like many others I am sure, wondered what Converse had up their sleeve. On July 10th is was revealed that Converse had gotten the artists together to collaborate on a track in celebration of their 100th anniversary. The track titled “My Drive Thru” is available as a free download on Converse’s website. The website also features many other musicians that are all often talked about in the blogosphere including MGMT, Bradford Cox of Deerhunter and Atlas Sound, YACHT, Kid Sister, Eleanor Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces, Frank Carter of Gallows; Does It Offend You, Yeah?, and Sophie of Care Bears on Fire. Again this is yet another example of a company adapting to the changing digital world, creating music available for free to the listeners while still supporting the artists behind the music.
Yewknee has begun the annual Summer Mix Series for 2008. While it’s only been up for less than a week there are already plenty of great submissions. If you aren’t familiar with the concept of Yewknee’s Summer Mix Series the rules are simple. Compile a mix of your favorite music that follows a particular theme or concept whether it be obscure or obvious. Then get creative and come up with some cover art for your mix, upload it to your file storage of choice and then submit it. It will then be posted along with the collection of other great mixtapes and hopefully you will go down in history as a Summer Mixtape Master. If you’d rather not submit your own mix I still highly recommend checking out some of the mixes available. You will have plenty of themed mixes to last you throughout the summer.
There is not a single bad word that can be said about The Presets. They have now released two amazing albums and plenty of dance floor pleasing EPs and remixes. With their ever growing resume, having fellow Australians Miami Horror remix their track “Talk Like That” makes the resume that much more impressive. Miami Horror, who also have quite the remix tracklist, has taken the track and added their signature electro-disco touch. Those damn Aussies just keep putting out banger after banger and I hope they don’t stop coming.
I like to see musicians using alternative means of promotion and ways of selling their music these days. Such as Nine Inch Nails making multitracks available to download and remix, or Radiohead making their album In Rainbows available to download at a “name your cost” basis and more recently Girl Talk doing the same with his album Feed the Animals. Rather than fighting file sharing and download community, they are utilizing it to their advantage.
Unkle is doing something cool to promote their new album End Titles… Stories For Film (in stores July 7th). Starting today with the track “Kaned and Able”, Unkle are making four tracks from the new album available free to download via four different websites. Each track will be released on a different day, and when compiled together make one seamless piece of music that also makes up the middle section of their album. This is another great example of how artists are using innovative ways to promote themselves, benefiting both the artists and the fans.
Download the first track and see when and where the rest are available here.
Crystal Castles is amazing. The wailing voice of Alice Glass, the 8-bit bleeps and unique electro-dance-punk sound is unlike any other. It surprises me there isn’t more good remixes of Crystal Castles, and until now I haven’t found one of “Alice Practice” that I like. Futurecop! has taken all the good parts of “Alice Practice” and chopped it up to dance perfection. With only a year of music production under his belt, the Manchester based artist has released a handful of great tracks (not to mention he has the coolest Myspace I have ever seen). This track is a bit different than the other 80s inspired tracks Futurecop!, but it’s just as good and it’s a remix begging to be set to repeat.
This coming Wednesday (June 18th) The Sugar Rush Kids and TheDopeFiend bring you the kickoff party to our new weekly club night STEREO. STEREO is a night dedicated to bringing a whole new breed of internationally recognized DJs and bands to Salt Lake City, as well as giving local DJs the opportunity to play and gain exposure. Unlike most other weekly club nights in Salt Lake City, STEREO will feature new DJs every week, many of which have never performed in Utah. Plans are already in the works to bring out MSTRKRFT, Eli Smith and other So Sweet artists, Steve Aoki of the DIM MAK fame, and many others.
For the kickoff party Dan-oh , weekly resident at Hollywood’s DIM MAK Tuesdays, will be laying down a set that’s sure to be unforgettable. Also performing will be Salt Lake’s own Never Eat Neon and DJ Nova from Los Angeles.
If you live in SLC and you are looking for something different check out STEREO.
579 West 200 South
Email here for VIP list
Sleep Well is the second full length album to come from the genre-bending indietronica duo Electric President. I have anxiously been awaiting this album, and like all records that are released on Morr Music it was well worth the wait. Similar to their previous album, Sleep Well is is full of haunting, lo-fi vocals, electronic blips and folky guitar riffs. It is a great second effort for Electric President and almost sounds like a sequel to their first album. Sleep Well was released on June 6th and is available now.
I think almost every musician/artist has dreams of touring the world, playing for hundreds of thousands of people and making people lose themselves for a short time. Part of the Weekend Never Dies is a documentary about the four members of Radio Soulwax. Filmed at over 120 shows and 6 different continents Part of the Weekend Never Dies gives us a look into the touring life of a DJ/Band on the road. It also features James Murphy, Nancy Whang, Erol Alkan, Tiga, Justice, Busy P, So-Me, Peaches, Kitsuné & Klaxons in behind the scenes footage and interviews.