Anniversaries are always a good thing, no matter how you look at it. Especially, when they feature insanely hot bears, cubs and their admirers all under one insanely hot roof. This type of anniversary celebrates the 12th year of the iconic bear party known as Furball, which is doing it in style next Saturday night, April 2nd, at Santos Party House in downtown Manhattan. [Read more…] about Furball 12th Anniversary Hits Up Santos Party House April 2nd
John Talabot: DJ-Kicks
Similar Artists: Andy Stott
Genre: Deep House, Atmospheric Techno
Reasons why I should write a review for John Talabot’s DJ-Kicks entry:
I.) With it being the end of 2013, writing this review could act as a good opportunity to reflect on some of the year’s best dance music (Classixx, Disclosure, Gold Panda, Daft Punk).
II.) I could possibly, hopefully, desperately try to convince you that it’s better than Disclosure’s Settle, which it may or may not be.
III.) Writing is a good way to prevent myself from doing more important things, such as cleaning my apartment or buying holiday gifts for my friends/family.
IV.) If I write enough reviews this year, maybe I have a chance of getting hired at a more indie friendly/less queer friendly website that will compensate me with free music, concert tickets and wall posters.
V.) I actually bought this mix, which is more than I can say about most of the music I’ve reviewed this year.
Reasons why I shouldn’t write a review for John Talabot’s DJ-Kicks entry:
I.) I never know who to give credit to in DJ mixes, and this one in particular has an enormous roster of artists, most of whom I’m unfamiliar with.
II.) DJ mixes are almost never as notable as the artist’s full length releases, and as hip as John Talabot is right now, I’m quite certain he won’t release anything as commendable as fin for at least a few more years.
III.) I haven’t listened to this mix that much, and don’t really feel like listening to it anymore either, especially when I could be re-listening to other albums from this year in preparation for my epic year end list (due in the coming weeks).
IV.) I rarely listen to DJ mixes, and when I do, it’s usually only so I can show them to other people, or so I can use them to disassociate myself from the awkwardness of a car ride with a person whom I share no common interests with.
V.) Very few people will read my review anyway, and no matter how good it may turn out, it will never beat out the barebacking article, or any of the other top trending articles on this nonsensical website.
01.) North Lake – Journey To The Center Of The Sun
02.) Pye Corner Audio – Underneath The Dancefloor
03.) Maps – I Heard Them Say (Andy Stott Remix)*
04.) Pye Corner Audio – Zero Centre
05.) Michael Ozone – Hetrotopia (Young Marco Remix)
06.) Madteo – We Doubt (You Can Make It)
07.) Harmonious Thelonious – The Grasshopper Was The Witness (Elmore Judd & Rowan Park Remix)
08.) Tempel Rytmik – Anagrama*
09.) John Talabot – Without You (DJ-Kicks)*
10.) Axel Boman – Klinsmann
11.) Joaquin Joe Claussell presents Residue Part One – Eno (Melodic Dub)
12.) Bostro Pesopeo & Pional – Bonus Beats
13.) Mara TK – Run (Moodymann Remix)
14.) Alex Burkat – Shower Scene
15.) Mistakes are Okay – Night Watcher*
16.) Unknown – #001
17.) Round – Glass*
18.) Max Mohr – Old Song*
19.) Samo DJ – Tai Po Kau
20.) Motor City Drum Ensemble – Escape To Nowhere*
21.) Paradise’s Deep Groove – Innermind
22.) Abby – Streets (Wraetlic Remix)
23.) DJ Jus-Ed – Turn Of The Century
24.) Genius of Time – Juno Jam
25.) Kron – Silikron (Jürgen Paape Remix)
26.) Talaboman – Sideral*
27.) Pional – It’s All Over (Locked Groove Rendition)
Album Highlight – *
DJ Tristan Jaxx is a man of many hats as you might say. The uber-talented and handsome DJ residing in San Fransisco has developed quite a name for himself in the SOMA area amongst others as well. Recently named one of the top ten DJ’s to watch, he is taking 2013 by storm by working at some of the biggest events of the year including Folsom and so much more. He recently took time to sit and talk with me about his professional experiences and where he sees himself going in the future. Take a look. [Read more…] about DJ Tristan Jaxx- Taking San Fran and the world by storm
I have had the great fortune of interviewing Steve Porter in the recent weeks. I got to know him on a much more personal level and saw how seamlessly he transitioned from EDM king to master of the viral video world.
Although his plans are to go back to his roots this year, he is still focused on doing what has made him even more successful now- making viral videos. His most noted one is the “Slap Chop” video. Now he is back and already garnering a bunch of attention for yet another amazing remix he created.
This one is called “Orange Peanut” which is a remix of the “Bad lip reading” that tends to happen a lot in the NFL. The “Orange Peanut” one comes from a memorable slip up from Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson. There are several others in it that are absolutely hilarious, and Steve does an amazing job at putting it together. Take a look at the video yourself and let us know what you think! 5 star quality in my book!
Take a look at the video here!
Dance music has come a long way in the past decade. From music you could only hear at 5 am in NYC at clubs like Sound Factory and Crobar, to now being played out by commercialized mainstream radio. Dance music is beats and vocals dubbed together by artists who can hear melodies where others do not. Having said this, it is amazing to see these artists being honored, as musicians, at the Grammy awards.
The nominees for Best Dance Recording are all very talented DJ’s. Avicii is a great DJ who brought dance music to the mainstream when Flo Rida remixed his song Levels. Although he should be recognized for helping bring dance music to the forefront of American radio, I don’t think he deserves the Grammy this year. The Best Dance Recording, in my opinion, belongs to Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin, Don’t you Worry Child. This song mixes beautiful vocals and lyrics with genius melodies and beats. Not only can you sing along to this track but you can also get lost in its atmosphere. Swedish House Mafia is a trio of talented DJ’s and ingenious producers. They mix just the right amount of commercial feel to get radio air time and still keep the respect of dance music lovers around the world.
The Grammy for the Best Dance/Electronica Album hands down belongs to Kaskade Fire and Ice. Kaskade is one of the few American DJs and producers to draw followers around the world. In 2011 Kaskade was voted America’s Best DJ 2011 by www.djtimes.com. The Fire and Ice album peaked at #17 on the US Charts and #1 on the US Dance Charts. Kaskade brings together different artists and other DJs in this album and still manages to keep his authentic sound. The album includes two discs’ (Fire and Ice) which contain the same tracks but mixed in two completely different ways. Fire is smooth and alluring, while Ice is loud and hard. Although the same songs, each disc feels and sounds completely unique. Kaskade deserves this award, in my opinion, and I believe will take home the Grammy this year. Although the other albums in this category are all great none has the originality and range of skill like Kaskade Fire and Ice.